[Haskell-cafe] Haskell WikiProject

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Mon Jan 19 13:52:38 EST 2009

> Is anyone else interested in forming a Haskell WikiProject on Wikipedia,
> to collaborate on improving and maintaining the coverage and quality of
> articles on Haskell-related software and topics (broadly defined)? Not
> just programming topics specific to Haskell, but also ones of interest
> to the Haskell community.
> Some of you might already be doing this from time to time, but forming
> an explicit WikiProject might help to:
> * Highlight things that could use some attention
> * Divide up tasks (based on expertise or interest)
> * Recruit more editors (sticking a banner on article Talk pages can let
>   editors know the WikiProject exists)
> * Eventually (something for the future, maybe!) work together on a
>   Wikipedia Haskell Portal
> * And of course, improve the visibility of Haskell on Wikipedia, which
>   should help our community
> Here's a good example to start with. The article on Eager evaluation
> could do with some improvement - and possibly should be merged into the
> Lazy evaluation article, I'm not sure:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eager_evaluation
> We could also probably create some more articles on projects written
> in Haskell, and add more references to Haskell research papers.
> Software projects don't have to be polished to be covered in Wikipedia -
> or even working! - they essentially just have to be "notable", as the
> Wikipedia guidelines define it.
> By the way (getting a bit offtopic here) an annoying limitation of the
> Wikipedia category system, that you couldn't run queries like "Give me
> all the articles in the Haskell category that are also in the
> Unreferenced category" has now been partially addressed by the
> experimental prototype of Category Intersection:
> http://toolserver.org/~dschwen/intersection/
> This is slightly better than Googling, because crucially, it searches
> *recursively* through categories. That means it will turn up articles
> that are in a subcategory of "Category:Haskell programming language" but
> don't explicitly mention Haskell. Don't know if there any such articles
> yet, but it's worth bearing in mind that you can do this. I think it
> will, in principle, make topic-specific maintenance a bit more
> convenient - and it's what I've been waiting for before getting
> involved in topic-specific maintenance.
> If you want to just express interest in signing up for such a
> WikiProject (no commitment required whatsoever!), please reply
> privately via email or publicly on my User Talk page (User talk:Greenrd)
> - to avoid clogging up this mailing list.


Also, we have many good writers who've written extensively on topics on
blogs who I'm sure would be happy to donate content.

-- Don

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