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There are all manner of projects scattered about WP.
I see a thousand points of light... bring 'em all together. I want 'em all here.
Domain-level projects 
These are top-level projects, each of which will eventually have their own community, their own domain name, their own Recentchanges. (Note that as the underlying software improves, and users are better able to customize and filter what they see, the difference between "large" and "small" projects will disappear.)
Active projects 
Dormant projects 
Activity: Vandal-reversion; protection of one or two contentious pages. ~1 other edit/week. Interest: Maximus Rex?
Activity: New stub creation for taxonomy nodes (15/day). 325 pages created in the first month. Interest: 3 users over the past week; little or no policy discussion; founders absent for over a week.
Proposed projects 
for a long list of less developed proposals, see List of proposed projects
Interest: Mav, Sj, some indication of general interest (poll: ?).
Proposal: Wikiversity? Could be a new proj, could be a subproj of Wikibooks as it is today, could encompass Wikibooks (which would become a deep-link redirect to the appropriate sub-Wikiversity page/namespace).
Unified project 
Unification of most existing projects into a single one, with better abstract namespace design; allowing for cleaner intranamespace links, covering subpages, projects and subprojects, interlanguage links, different templates for data structures in different namespaces...
Types of subprojects 
Tools/templates used are indicated in parens next to the project name.
If you know of a multilingual / internationalization / localization project, in any language, please add it here.
- Press releases: A little bit at en:Wikipedia:Press releases, with quaintly oudated (10/2003!) bits at Wikimedia press releases and Wikimedia's third press release; latest ongoing press release: May 2004 release
- Press coverage: multilingual page from en: (this page & its translations should be moved to meta), ...
- Wikipedia press corps: Press Corps - A multilingual group of photographers and photojournalists covering major events for WP.
- Formal projects on various langs: Wikipedia:WikiProject, es, de, fr, it, ja, sv, zh.
- Various policy pages (implicit projects never formalized as such) on both meta: and individual WPs. Policy projects like the Policy Thinktank.
- Individual: sets of interesting projects for the future; Brion used to have a set in his user pages; there are more on the dev wiki and implicitly in the bug tracker (SF/Mediazilla); see also Sj's projects list.
Focused topics 
- Print editions: Wikireaders (in development), Wikipedia 1.0 ('slated' for completion by the end of 2004?), Wikijunior single-subject folios.
- The Africa Project: Identification of key core articles, translation and distribution throughout [originally East] Africa, partnering with existing university-outreach (for translation) and computers-to-schools (for distribution) programs.
- Translator training: See Wikiversity for a Spanish <--> English translation project, aimed at training translators on WP content.
- Wikijunior: for elementary school+ kids...
- WikiProjects on en: - over 100 topic-specific projects in 16 major categories.
- A few topical projects haven't created a WikiProject page yet... or never quite got off the ground. Some are in User subpages, some floating around on Meta, some limited to the Talk: pages of a few key articles. Many crop up implicitly. See for instance
- WP:Infobox for lists of infobox colors (and related projects).
(note that most other projects have their own templated infobox (generally right-aligned at the top of the page), and a standard table of contents (TOC) that varies little from one page to another. However, these projects are just about fixing certain format/layout issues.)
- Spelling (lists of common misspellings).
- Disambiguation (bots; multiple indiv. projects)
- Double-redirects (bots??)
- Article of the week (started May '04)
- Topic of the week (...)
- Pic of the day (by hand?)
- Time Charts, enabled by a new software feature: Wikipedia Project Time Charts
Theory behind projects 
Why projects rock 
People love a good focused project. It solve the question of "what to do next?", gives measureable milestones, allows for collective deadlines, and puts discussions of how best to do something to immediate use (providing much gratification after possibly agonizing deliberation). Many hands make for light work. Working with a project team builds your connection with other WPans; lets you know how others work; gives users contacts for fleshing out and realizing their own projects in the future.
How to develop a project 
Tools for projects 
There are a few meta-projects and policy discussions which aim to direct the work of projects. See en:Wikipedia:Projects, your local en:Wikipedia:Style Guide, and much more. (add other links to this list!)
How to announce a project 
Some good ways of announcing projects:
- Create a page for the project description. List the basic idea on Proposals for new projects.
- Send an email about the project to email@example.com , including a link to the project description page. This will help get early feedback from others.
- Create a detailed proposal on the project-description page. Describe what the project should eventually do, what its target audience will be, who would be interested in contributing to it. Describe also how it will be set up at the start. Suggest what its initial policies would be, and how it would avoid overlapping with existing projects.
- For domain-level projects, start a poll regarding whether or not the project should be started (on Meta). Announce this on the mailing lists.
- Create an entry on this page for the newly-detailed project; include links to the mailing list discussions, and names of interested users (Hint: there should be at least two before you put a project on this page).
- If your project is intended to start out as part of another project :
- The first steps of a project often include a standard msg for relevant Talk pages which includes a link to the project page. This helps users who stumble across a project page to figure out where to find details on the project in general
- Add categories to project pages, so users can find a list of them easily.
- Update your project's entry on this page and on Proposals for new projects.
- Send updates to the mailing list once every few weeks.