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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 2017. * Pppery * it has begun 19:51, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
What is the proposed name for the project? wikiology
Project description
What is the project purpose? What will be its scope? How would it benefit to be part of Wikimedia?
wikiology helps identify real life objects (in particular plants and animals) by guiding the user through a number of easy-to-answer questions.
How many wikis?
Will there be many language versions or just on one multilingual wiki?
Not based on MediaWiki.
How many languages?
Is the project going to be in one language or in many?
Many languages
Proposed project website address

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?
Not based on MediaWiki.
Development wiki
Interested participants Michivo

The idea behind wikiology is to help people identify real life objects (in particular plants and animals). Sample use-case: I like picking mushrooms. When I find one in the woods, I often do not know what species it is. I go to the wikiology website, the web site guides me through several questions regarding the appearance of the mushroom I have in front of me (e.g.: Is it gilled? Does it have pores? What color is it? What size is it? Is the cap smooth or are there flakes/scales on it?). In the end wikiology will tell me what mushroom it is, provide a link to wikipedia and commons, maybe warn me that this mushroom might easily be confused with a different one, ... The demo should make the idea rather clear.

The data needed for wikiology (mostly categorizations of objects: Is a mushroom gilled? What is its color? ...) should be editable by any user, probably as part of wikidata.

Proposed by[edit]

  • Michael Faschinger Michivo - feel free to contact me at

Alternative names[edit]

My first idea was wikiexpert (since it is an expert system, now I prefer wikiology.

Related projects/proposals[edit]

  • Wikidentify - This proposal seems to have a different approach: Whilst wikidentify seems like a query system (example: the user queries the system for all yellow diesel cars), in wikiology the system 'queries' the user for information and helps him identify an object.

Domain names[edit]

Mailing list links[edit]



People interested[edit]

  • Archi38 (talk) 19:28, 12 February 2016 (UTC) Great idea. I can help for creating the french community