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The worklist shows the actual work to be done to achieve the goals of the Chemicals wikiproject. The choice of important compounds articles to work on has been finalized in an earlier stage of the wikiproject (around mid 2005), and no further articles are added, although we remain open for strong suggestions on this talkpage. The work these days focuses on improving the articles, from Chem Stub all the way to Chem A-Class articles. The table below shows that progress.

Worklist historical status
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Jun Oct May Oct Mar Oct Feb Aug Apr Dec
A-Class 29 26 32 32 33 25 25 23 18 18
B-Class 71 84 101 130 148 156 158 180 185 188
Start 112 131 199 190 174 174 180 153 160 161
Stub 97 130 46 29 27 27 19 26 19 18
unclassified 76 - - - - - - - - -
Total 385 371 378 381 382 382 382 382 382 382
Chem Start
55.1 65.0 87.8 92.3 92.9 92.9 95.0 94.0 95.0 95.3
progress, %
42.2 50.4 57.8 60.8 62.2 61.7 62.4 63.1 63.2 63.9

The percentage ≥ Chem Start was indicative of the initial effort. Now that we are progressing to more advanced progress, the weighted progress indicator is used, calculated as (Unclass*0 + Stub*1 + Start*2 + B-Class*3 + A-Class*4) / (Articles*4).

For the statistics for all chemicals, as registered by the bot, also see complete list

Purple pH indicator[edit]

Dear Chemistry team, I've just started an article on Metacresol purple, I've got a medical background and I am struggling to compare/contrast three similar chemicals


Could you add a little chemistry finesse to the article. Many thanks, DemandAmbition (talk) 15:39, 30 July 2017 (UTC)

RfC: Colour group 12 as post-transition metals[edit]

I am seeking comments on a proposal to color code the group 12 elements as post-transition metals in the Wikipedia periodic table, rather than transition metals as they are currently color coded.

The RfC can be found here. Sandbh (talk) 23:06, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

History of WikiProject Chemicals[edit]

Martin Walker (user:Walkerma) speaks about WikiProject Chemicals in its early days

Following Wikimania 2017 in Montreal I and some others went to nearby SUNY Potsdam for a Wikipedia event hosted by WikiProject Chemicals' own Martin Walker, user:Walkerma. He told stories about Wikipedia around 2005 including the one in this video. He mentioned Wimvandorst, Rifleman 82, Beetstra, and Physchim62, so I thought WikiProject Chemicals would be interested. I looked around elsewhere to see what other media existed around WP:Chemicals and found these.

  • Bradley, David (April 2006). "Interview with Martin Walker". Retrieved 18 August 2017. 
  • Walker, Martin A. (2010). "Wikipedia as a Resource for Chemistry". In Belford, Robert E.; Moore, John W.; Pence, Harry E.; ACS Division of Chemical Education. Enhancing learning with online resources, social networking, and digital libraries. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society. pp. 79–92. ISBN 9780841226005. 
  • Davenport, Matt (14 September 2015). "Working With Wikipedia". Chemical & Engineering News. 93 (36). 

There was also a WikiProject Report in The Signpost in 2012. It is challenging to recognize history when it happens but I think that WikiProject Chemicals might have been a significant and successful attempt at sorting essential information in a way that made it radically more available than anything which had come before. Congratulations to participants here for all that you have accomplished. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:24, 18 August 2017 (UTC)

Great, I'll have a look at this, thanks Martin! --Dirk Beetstra T C 15:47, 18 August 2017 (UTC)