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Welcome!

Welcome to the free and open-source software task force, a project devoted to creating, improving, and maintaining articles related to free and open-source software (FOSS), and bringing them to good or featured article status. The scope of this project extends to articles about:

Always remember to follow Wikipedia conventions, and to be bold!

The FOSS task force is supported by WikiProject Software and WikiProject Computing.

Core tasks

Here are some tasks that have to be done constantly or to almost every article. Further down the page you'll find TODO lists with one-off tasks that need to be done.

Verify the bare minimum

Each article about a free and open-source software project should:

  1. Contain a link to the Free and open-source software portal:
    • add {{Portal|Free and open-source software}} to the "See also" section or the last section of prose in the article body.
    • Alternatively, add {{Portal bar|Free and open-source software}} to the bottom of the page.
  2. Mention that it is free and open-source software in the opening paragraph, preferably in the first sentence
  3. Describe the free software licenses used by the project, preferably in the infobox, with a citation to the project's license
  4. Use {{citation needed}} to tag any unverified statements

Complete tasks on to-do list

Those tasks are the backlog of issues found by other task force members.

Add references

Make sure that your source meets the criteria for reliable sources, especially that they are not self-published (personal blogs, forums, etc.)

Improve article links

Many articles containing phrases such as "free software licence" or "free software community", when it is usually better to link to "free software licence" and "free software community" instead of the main free software article.

Article alerts

Articles for deletion

Proposed deletions

Redirects for discussion

Good article nominees

Good article reassessments

Requests for comments

Articles to be merged

Articles to be split

Articles for creation

Participants

Participants

If you wish to join the project, please add your name to the list with:

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Articles

To tag an article as a FOSS article, please add the following to the top of its talk page:

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Invitation

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Hi, WikiProject Software/Free and open-source software task force! Thank you for your contributions to articles related to free and open-source software. I'd like to invite you to become a part of the free and open-source software task force, a project aimed at improving the quality of articles about free and open-source software on Wikipedia.

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Use {{subst:FOSS task force invite|heading=y}} to include a section heading before the message.

Assessment

The Assessment department will focus on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's FOSS-related articles. This will aid us in recognising excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

Stub-, Start-, and B-class assessments can be made by every editor (although generally you should not assess an article on which you have had a major influence). A-class assessment is made within this project, while Good Article and Feature Article assessments require formal review procedures outside of this project.

Assessment should be conducted following these guidelines.

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Open tasks

Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:WikiProject Software/Free and open-source software task force: edit·history·watch·refresh· Updated 2020-10-29


Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
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If you would like to help, here are some suggestions for things to do. The date in parenthesis is the date on which the task was added.

  1. (2018-08-27) The Source-available software article needs to be expanded with high-quality secondary sources.
  2. (2007-10-28) The timeline of FSF's and Debian's free software definitions needs to be constructed (see Talk:The Free Software Definition#Timeline: FSD and DFSG)
  3. (2007-09-18) The European Union v. Microsoft (the anti-trust case) article needs to add mentions of FSFE, free software, and Samba.
  4. (2007-09-17) The GNU Compiler Collection article contains no information about how fast/slow or big/small the outputted programs are.
  5. (2007-05-14) The GNU/Linux naming controversy, Emacs, Common Unix Printing System, Ubuntu (operating system) and PaX articles were formerly featured articles, but have since had that status revoked. Maybe it would be easy to get them back up to Featured Article quality.
  6. (2007-04-13) The Player Project needs expansion, particularly someone with knowledge of the project to write about its history, goals, features without turning it back into an advert.
  7. (2007-01-24) Some cleanup, and some aggregation is needed for GNU toolchain
  8. (2006-09-18) Free software should be mentioned in Software engineering

Article stubs

Exquisite-kfind.png On Wikipedia, "stubs" are articles that someone has started, but need help in their expansion. Free software related stubs in need of your help can be found in Category:Free software stubs.

Some specific articles that have been highlighted by contributors to this portal are: BKchem | DSPAM | Free Software Foundation Latin America | Ricardo Galli | Stet | W3C Software Notice and License | ExifTool

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