Purpose:WikiProject Syria (or WP:SY for short) is a forum for Wikipedia editors interested in improving and maintaining articles related to Syria, with a primary focus on the history and achievements of Syrian societies.
Issues for discussion on this forum: identifying articles and topics in the scope of this project, discussing ways to improve article standards, coordinating collaborations and article improvement efforts, developing standards and guidelines designed to achieve consistency between related articles, rating articles by appropriate standards and classes and organizing the articles by suitable categories and links.
Project structure: The WikiProject's main page includes the following elements:
An introduction to the project's scope, its goals, and its subject area
A list of the members and participants of the project
An assessment of the current status of the articles within the scope of the project
A catalog of all the templates and categories related to Syria and its WikiProject
Improve and maintain Syria-related articles: fact and prose checking, expanding and ensuring currency of information, providing reliable citations and references, maintaining a NPOV, bringing more selected articles up to Featured article or Good article status;
Expand Wikipedia's coverage of Syria-related topics: check for completeness of articles, start new articles, expand entries on neglected subjects;
Maintaining consistency in article organization: maintaining a similar structure, coverage and presentation across articles, maintaining categories and links;
Develop tools and resources for others to use in article production: templates, categories, infoboxes, diagrams, base maps, useful and commonly used references;
Coordinating collaborations: between editors to establish priorities and avoid duplication of effort, gaining consensus on disputed issues.
Develop the subject's site map: the Outline of Syria is intended to map out Wikipedia's coverage of Syria, providing a convenient navigation aid to visiting the many articles about Syria, by providing links to those articles or the lists which include them. This navigation system is useful to both readers and editors. It helps readers see what is available, and it helps editors see the gaps that need to be filled and identify problems in existing articles. (And by using "Related changes", it serves as an extensive watchlist).
The scope of this WikiProject includes Syrian-related articles, lists, categories, and templates.
Items within this scope can be grouped under the following high-level topics or themes:
Syrian Geography – regions, locations, natural history, environment, vegetable and mineral resources, climate, hydrology, geology
Syrian Archeology – chronologies, structures, monuments, pottery and other artifacts
Syrian History – by time periods, by civilization, of events, of individuals, historical documents
Syrian Cultures and Civilizations – descriptions of the peoples and their locations, histories, polities, interactions, accomplishments, society, beliefs, influences, continuity of heritage to the preset day
Syrian Languages – languages related to Syria, their phonology, typology, grammar etc.
Syrian Society – cultural practices, polities and governance, social structures and order, commerce and trade, education, warfare, costume and dress, gender roles, population trends
Syrian People – biographies of notable personages, rulers, roles and titles, (includes also notable non-Syrian figures related to Syria)
Syrian Arts – visual arts and decorative styles, iconography, media, cross-cultural influences, music, dance
Syrian Mythology and Religion – religions, beliefs, philosophies, mythologies, rituals and ceremonies
purpose: Project banner template; identifies in-scope articles, alerts other editors to this WikiProject. Also used for recording article assessments per the rating scheme via its parameters, there are other flags as well.
placement: On the talk page of relevant articles, at the top.