Project stages and paths

This is one of my present ideas for analyzing and improving work on Wikimedia projects. All of those ideas will be presented on my blog and on foundation-l mailing list. If ideas find widely acceptance, I’ll start pages on Meta for further development.

Even this particular analysis is complex enough and their parts should be analyzed and discussed separately. Here is the list of documents by place inside of the bigger picture.

This document will be changed during the time. The most of changes will be related to adding new topics and their descriptions.

While a lot of documents are written about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, I didn’t see continuously work on Wikimedia projects development. A lot of time is spent on implementation of static policies, but there is no significant work which aims to give answers on questions like: Do we have systematic problems? Where Wikimedia projects would be in 1, 2, 5, 10 years? What are our social needs which should be implemented through technical solutions? And so on.This document tries to analyze project stages. It is based on some project developments known to me and because of that inputs from various non-English projects are welcome.


It is not so easy to define discrete phases, but it is not so hard to recognize some global project tendencies.

First of all, there are some different paths based on types of projects and diversity of population which uses particular language.

  1. Paths by project type
  2. Paths by language type
  3. Combined paths


  1. Some examples of the stages. However, in this moment I didn’t come up to this analysis.
    1. Project initialization.
    2. Building a project.
    3. Building project’s community.
    4. Developed monolith community.
    5. First faction wars.
    6. Stagnation.
    7. Developed diverse community.
    8. Imposing strict scientific methods to the project.
    9. Well developed

See other Wikimedian needs.


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