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First anniversary of Wikispore Day was marked with a mini-conference on July 19, 2020.

Wikispore is a proposal for a new project to develop test wikis to fill out the rest of the reference shelf with new genres of free knowledge. It would differ from Wikimedia Incubator in that it would support experimentation and diversification in new formats, as well as new languages. Eventually, it should function similarly to the Community Wishlist Survey in that 10 test wikis would be selected each year for interim development, and, after a maturation phase, perhaps one or two a year might "graduate" to full sister project.

The idea was inspired by a recurring theme that came up at the New York City Wiknic / Strategy Salon, that expanding partnerships and diversity requires greater flexibility with the starting of new "spore" mini-projects to support new directions for the movement.

Development wiki:

Technical information: wikitech:Nova Resource:Wikispore

Meetings in 2020:

  • February 29
  • March 22
  • May 17
  • May 31
  • June 14
  • July 12
  • July 19 (Wikispore Day)
  • August 2
  • August 23
  • September 13
  • October 3
  • November 1

Proposal box[edit]

This is a proposal for a new WMF sister project.
Wikispore logo.svg
Status of the proposal
Statusunder discussion
Details of the proposal
Project descriptionA well-tended wiki farm for the exploration of new genres of free knowledge
Is it a multilingual wiki?Series of multlingual wikis
Potential number of languagesMultilingual
Proposed taglineFree wiki germination
Technical requirements
New features to requireTo be determined
Development wiki
Interested participants

Potential germinations[edit]

Wikispore could potentially support and provide an initial home for any of the Proposals for new projects that are consistent with the established copyright and NPOV principles of the Wikimedia movement, and that are compatible with our somewhat limited tech environment. This includes providing a narrative base for the wide range of Wikidata topics that don't fit inside current Wikimedia text-based projects.

Further reading[edit]


Additional discussion at the talkpage
  1. Support Support as initial proposer.--Pharos (talk) 19:22, 12 August 2019 (UTC)
  2. Strongest possible Support Support! –SJ talk  08:51, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
  3. Support Support, both hands! -Geraki TL 13:03, 13 August 2019 (UTC)
  4. Support Support, VIGNERON * discut. 13:18, 14 August 2019 (UTC)
  5. Support Support Tgr (talk) 14:35, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
    Support Support Gnangarra (talk) 04:34, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  6. Support Support I think we need to start experimenting again. --Sannita - not just another sysop 14:14, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
  7. Support Support We have an experimentation space for new languages of Wikipedias, but we need an experimentation space for various projects of other types. In Wikidata there will be countless variations on Wikibase instances, and for other sorts of projects we have many other odd pending proposals. Right now WikiCite and Structured Data on Commons seem like the most developed Wikibase'd projects and WikiJournal seems like the most developed non-Wikibase project which needs incubation. Blue Rasberry (talk) 08:29, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
  8. Support Support Rosiestep (talk) 20:16, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
  9. Support Support A fascinating idea if you think about it... Arep Ticous 17:34, 29 August 2019 (UTC)
  10. Support Support So this would be a place where new wikis could be created. I like it. SelfieCity (talk) 18:28, 31 August 2019 (UTC)
  11. Support Support This would likely be helpful in the creation and development of WikiLaw (3). –MJLTalk 06:14, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
  12. Support Support seems a very logical partner system to sit alongside the incubator. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 02:54, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
  13. Support It would help a lot to have this kind of platform for testing new projects, which means more ideas become projects.
  14. Support Support Battleofalma (talk) 11:21, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
  15. Support Support. Ivanhercaz (talk) 01:54, 5 November 2019 (UTC)
  16. Support Support -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 03:24, 8 November 2019 (UTC)
  17. Support Support I was skeptical, but Pharos convinced me this is valuable. stephen (talk) 20:46, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
  18. Support Support --Ragesoss (talk) 20:48, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
  19. Support Support More wikis! MahmoudHashemi (talk) 20:49, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
  20. Support Support Reify-tech (talk) 20:57, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
  21. Support Support, probably. Incubator handles languages, but overall new project prototyping definitely merits a platform for investigation and support. I don't know if we have the technical basis here to pull it off at this stage, but perhaps that is part of what simply requires further investigation. -— Isarra 21:18, 9 November 2019 (UTC)
  22. Support Support Emjackson42 (talk) 14:48, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
  23. Support Support BlaueBlüte💬 01:44, 9 December 2019 (UTC)
  24. Support Support ChristianSW (talk) 07:48, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
  25. Support Support (in my hat as a volunteer..) Shani Evenstein. 22:03, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
  26. Support Support Rajeeb Bouncywikilogo.gif(talk!) 14:53, 6 January 2020 (UTC)
  27. Support Support A great idea overall. InvalidOS (talk) 17:38, 7 January 2020 (UTC)
  28. Support Support Interesting concept.--A12n (talk) 17:12, 9 February 2020 (UTC)
  29. Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support. BoldLuis (talk) 00:42, 2 May 2020 (UTC)
  30. Support Support --Tmv (talk) 00:36, 7 May 2020 (UTC)
  31. Support Support Excellent proposal! Zblace (talk) 18:45, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
  32. Support Support --denny (talk) 23:09, 17 May 2020 (UTC)
  33. Support Support -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:57, 24 May 2020 (UTC)
  34. Support Support Vermont (talk) 16:54, 24 May 2020 (UTC)
  35. Support Support - PKM (talk) 18:30, 24 May 2020 (UTC)
  36. —M@sssly 16:51, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  37. Support Support --GiFontenelle (talk) 18:43, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
  38. Support Support A place for testing new project ideas is very much needed. DraconicDark (talk) 15:04, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
  39. Support Support -- econterms (talk) 22:46, 30 May 2020 (UTC) -- I'd be interest to have one for economics of covid and one for patents.
  40. Support Support -- Celestinesucess (talk) 20:13, 6 June 2020 (UTC)
  41. Symbol strong support vote.svg Strong support Absolutely. Wikimedia Foundation has an excess of financial resources, and providing an incubation wiki for potential new projects, modeled after the Incubator wiki for new language products is a great idea. If this passes, I would also like to suggest that we opt it in to Global Sysops wikiset for, at a minimum, aiding with counter vandalism and spam efforts by single-purpose accounts. I would also further suggest that it have the latest relatively stable extensions, including StructuredDiscussions and DiscussionTools as well as things the VisualEditor and New Wikitext Editor, to provide another production quality environment to test these extensions. It absolutely would be in keeping with the goals and aims of Wikimedia Foundation to encourage the sharing of knowledge in other ways that aren't within the scope of the existing projects. Moreover, the more wikis we're running gives us new and different avenues for potential new ideas for extensions and gadgets we may want to develop. Plus, it also aids with our outreach efforts to attract new editors, who, in turn, may become involved with other existing projects as well. Dmehus (talk) 02:23, 29 June 2020 (UTC)
    • Structured Discussions is currently not a stable extension installable in further wikis.--GZWDer (talk) 15:29, 4 July 2020 (UTC)
  42. Support Support --JuanToño (talk) 05:56, 15 July 2020 (UTC)
  43. Support Support Doctorxgc (talk) 17:11, 19 July 2020 (UTC)
  44. Support Support per what many others wrote. Yaron Koren (talk) 20:40, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
  45. Strongest possible Support Support! WikiSpore has great potential to showcase innovation in digital humanities, GIS, data visualization, and digital storytelling. RachelWex (talk) 22:33, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
  46. Support Support Me too -Killarnee (CTU) 21:01, 25 July 2020 (UTC)
  47. This could be used to develop an oral knowledge project that could feed additional knowledge to Wikimedia projects (recording knowledge previously only known orally) WhisperToMe (talk) 16:22, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
  48. Support Support. This is an excellent way to push forward the variety of wikis. --Csisc (talk) 17:05, 26 July 2020 (UTC)
  49. Support Support. Treetopz (talk) 17:49, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
  50. Support Support. I'm always up for trying new things, as long as the selection process is well-managed with lots of community input. It might be useful to look at StackExchange's Area 51 to get a sense of how many contributors might be needed to jump-start a new community. -- Gaurav (talk) 00:30, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
  51. Support Support Bumsowee (talk) 09:59, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
  52. Support Support Fantastic, I would especially love to see us diversify the format. Color, poetry, things outside the current wikiverse! Thanks for this initiative, Adamw (talk) 11:18, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
  53. Support Support--evrifaessa ❯❯❯ mesaj 14:48, 10 August 2020 (UTC)
  54. Support Support Sam Wilson 06:10, 11 August 2020 (UTC)
  55. Support Support The project's mission is perhaps the most promising among the Wikimedia projects. ミラP 22:15, 14 August 2020 (UTC)
  56. Support Support just for making the site faster. Idea is good also. --Zache (talk) 13:51, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
  57. Support Support Very good idea. Kizule (talk) 13:54, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
  58. Support Support This is a brilliant idea to grow the wikiverse in a way that doesn't create yet another parallel universe! ----ToniSant (talk) 18:29, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
  59. Support Support I would like to hear more about this, but so far it looks pretty good. Random Wikimedian (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 15:39, 25 February 2021.
  60. Support Support per others. AnotherEditor144 t - c 12:34, 1 March 2021 (UTC)
  61. Support Support Always wanted this. Need multiple important Wikis to grow. Other wikifarms always have limiting barriers -Vis M (talk) 21:19, 16 April 2021 (UTC)
  62. Support Support Fantastic idea, this would really help new proposals actually show what they're suggesting. And, having a general test environment for people to "play" in, may actually see new ideas form. Supertrinko (talk) 22:37, 14 June 2021 (UTC)