Wikipedia:WikiProject Software

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Hello and welcome to WikiProject Software, a collaboration area and open group of editors dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of software articles. If you are interested please feel free to add your name to our list of participants.

For more information on WikiProjects, please see Wikipedia:WikiProjects and Wikipedia:WikiProject best practices.

Goals and scope


The project aims primarily to improve:


WikiProject Software is a collection of pages devoted to the management of computer software articles on Wikipedia. We aim to help set up standards of organization and presentation for articles on:

  • Software
  • Software Vulnerabilities and Exploitation (Viruses, Adware, Spyware, etc.)
  • Software Security tools
  • Information Security issues
  • Free Software

Things to keep in mind

There are a few things that you should try to keep in mind while editing software articles.


One of the primary goals of this project is to make computer science articles accessible, so you should make an effort to explain any jargon.



Try to ensure that every computer science article includes at least a few relevant references, and direct citations for anything that could be considered controversial. Wikipedia articles cannot be a substitute for a textbook (that is what Wikibooks is for), and references can give readers some idea of where they should go if they need more information than the article can provide. Just as important, providing further reading enables other editors to verify and to extend the given information, as well as to discuss the quality of a particular source.

You can find more information on citations and references, as well as several examples for how the cited literature should look, in the style guide on citations. Wikipedia's List of publications in computer science can be a good source of references and citations for computer science articles, as can Citeseer and Google Scholar.

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  • Software Wikia is a wiki specialised on software using semantic extras. If a nice article does not have the required Wikipedia:Notability, simply export it and ask an admin for an import there.
  • WikiProject Free Software is now merged with WikiProject Software. The link to WikiProject Free Software is Wikipedia:WikiProject Software/Free Software.
  • To better serve Wikipedia, WikiProject Malware is now under the parent of WikiProject Computer Security. All Malware articles are currently being transferred over to the new project. In any case, you are welcome to join at WikiProject Computer Security!
  • All members of WikiProject Software are urged to install the Centralized Announcement System on their talk page.
  • I have changed the participant (members) table by replacing the Task column with Area of Expertise. I also introduced a new template based status system so as to "arrange" the members according to whether they are active, semi-active, inactive, or retired. Please update your entry accordingly.
  • New IRC server! The old channel on Freenode is not used anymore. See See here. Manual for using IRC can be found here for why. Find us at:
Server host
Port 6697
channel #wikipedia-en-software
quick access


Participants of this WikiProject can add this Userbox to their User page:

System-installer.svgThis user is a member of WikiProject Software.

To add the Userbox insert the following to the your user page:

{{User WikiProject Software}}

Tagging and assessment


Any articles that are within the scope of this project should be tagged with the project banners of WikiProject Software:

WikiProject Software / Computing  (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis article is within the scope of WikiProject Software, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of software on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
Project This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.
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This article is supported by WikiProject Computing.

To tag an article insert the following to the top of the discussion page of the article: {{WikiProject Software|class=|importance=}}

Stubs should additionally be tagged with {{software-stub}} at the bottom of the article.


Anyone can assess articles (regardless of membership to the WikiProject) by adding or editing the class and importance parameters to the {{WikiProject Software|class=|importance=|computing-importance=}} template. The template is found on talk pages.

Project articles

Quality scale

The quality scale is the WikiProject computing scale.

The B-Class criteria are: (1) referenced; (2) coverage; (3) structure; (4) grammar; (5) supporting materials; (6) accessible language.

Importance scale

Importance Criteria Examples
Top Core articles which are a "must have" for Wikiproject Software.
High-traffic articles which many people outside of computer software will already have a good knowledge of.
Mac OS, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
High Most people interested in software will be familiar with the topic, and the article gives context to a number of other information software articles. Is mentioned by many books and academic papers, and discussed in detail in more than one. Adobe Acrobat, Avast!, iOS
Mid Known to many people interested in software, even if not in detail. Adobe Flash Player, Google Voice, RAID
Low More specific and specialized content known only to some people interested in software.
Most individuals, standards and software projects will be low importance unless they are well known or have high adoption.
DVD Studio Pro, Defraggler, EJay


One of the important activities of this project is to manage the list of Categories related to Computer Software.

Stuff to do

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:

WikiProject Software to do list

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