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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Closed (could be re-opened under new policy).
Reason Inactive proposal. --Sannita (talk) 16:15, 21 September 2013 (UTC)
What is the proposed name for the project? GreenWiki
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?

Technical requirements
If the project requires any new features that the MediaWiki software currently doesn't have, please describe in detail. Are additional MediaWiki extensions needed for the project?
Development wiki
Interested participants

This isn't a standalone wiki. It's just an experiment to see if using a dark background (e.g. black, dark gray) instead of the current white one and make the text a light color on some wikis (such as Wikipedia). Two reasons exist for this change:

  • Using a black background will save energy on most computer monitors, as opposed to using a white background. The search engine Blackle has saved users 2.9 MWh (megawatt-hours) of electricity.
  • Reading black text on a white screen for long periods of time can cause damage to the eyes. As I type this proposal, my eyes are stinging due to this effect. In contrast, white or colored text on a dark background will not cause as much damage.

Preferably, the test will occur on Earth Day (April 22, 2012), as it's already a day to start thinking about energy efficiency and all that green, so Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects can go green—or black. Ideally, the text could be light gray (#9B9B9B) or green (#00CC00), and the background could be black or light gray – or even a gradient.

GreenWiki could also be a forum for other ways for the Wikimedia Foundation to become more environmentally friendly.

Proposed by[edit]

The Doctahedron

Alternative names[edit]

  • BlackWiki
  • WikiBlack
  • Blackout (not that kind)
  • Paint It Black

Related projects/proposals[edit]

Domain names[edit]


We don't even need to put it on a standalone site. The entire project could take place here on Meta-Wiki. Just put discussions under the namespace GreenWiki for project pages.

Mailing list links[edit]

Demos[edit] – Energy Saving Search (Google Custom Search)

People interested[edit]

  1. Skippy le Grand Gourou (talk)

--Mirzabegoviç (talk) 08:57, 11 November 2012 (UTC)