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This page is a proposal for a new Wikimedia Foundation Sister Project.
Status Stale (could be re-opened)
Reason Inactive since 2016. * Pppery * has returned 22:25, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
What is the proposed name for the project? WikiSymbols
Proposed project tagline Enabling visual communication
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
The proposed WikiSymbols is about symbols/icons that can be understood by people from different cultures and different educational backgrounds as well as illiterate people. WikiSymbols enables (intercultural) communication without words. Contributors to the proposed WikiSymbols design symbols for all kinds of words and upload them with different tags so they can be found. Users worldwide can then download them and use them for websites, presentations, ... simply communication without words. The symbols could also be integrated into other wiki projects.

The contributors can choose whether their symbol/icon has a public domain licence or a creative common licence. The icon can driectly be downloaded in both cases. In the case of public domain, the creator of the icon/symbol has not to be credited. In the case of creative commons, the creator of the icon has to be credited.

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?
Proposed logo for the project
WikiSymbols Logo.png
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?
A number of unique features needed:
Development wiki
Interested participants GabrielVogel ( User:The brave celery


  • There is no central repository that allows free access to symbols/icons.
  • There is a high demand for icons.

(“ has 1.3 million unique monthly visitors. [...] I do know that GraphicRiver boasts several millions. [...] iStockPhoto and Shutterstock have been around for at least 2 decades so they have tens-of-millions of monthly users, if not more.” (Scott Lewis, Professional icon designer, Sr. Developer & Head of Content for

  • The demand for icons is met by icon online market places that resell icons with high commission rates (30-70%).
  • Wiki Commons has already a lot of icons and contributing designers (over 1 000 registered vector graphics editors).
  • The number of icons on Wiki Commons is insuffiecient though. The quantity of icons is also small compared to icon online market places.
  • While icon online market places are designed like search engines, Wiki Commons symbols/icons are hard to find.