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Here's a list of some things I anticipate for OrthodoxWiki in the future. The Roadmap should generally be used for larger, longer range goals rather than as a simple to-do list.

Soon! (before December 2005)

  • The logo contest will end on November 15th. Shortly after that, we'll need to integrate the new logo into the site, and use it as a model to create new link buttons, etc.
  • We need to revise our copyright policies in order to solve some incompatibility issues (with Wikipedia) and to better anticipate any future works.
  • We need to come up with a strategy to deal with vandalbots and an information page to help people understand what to do when an attack comes. (See OrthodoxWiki:Vandalism.)

Before February 2006

  • A new template - I'd like to see at least one new template for OrthodoxWiki, giving users a better opportunity to choose how they view the wiki. - Maybe later, not really needed now.
  • It is now possible to create access-restricted namespaces. We should consider whether or not to create such a space for sysops. Not necessary now - only relevant for system management info, and that can be handled one on one at this point.
  • Year-end inventory - After a year of being in service, the wiki could surely use some optimization. I am proposing a yearly review process, involving especially the Sysops, in which we go over all categories and pages, thinking about how we could better structure out wiki and considering what needs pruning. Discussion underway -- see OrthodoxWiki:Inventory.
  • With the launch of our first localized wiki (bg.orthodoxwiki.org - in Bulgarian) expected sometime around January 2006, we will need a set of explicit guidelines and helps for others who want to help launch localized editions of OrthodoxWiki. In draft stage -- See OrthodoxWiki:Localization.
  • We need to consider whether or not we want to create something like an "OrthodoxWiki Foundation" that can act as a kind of trust to steward the information on the wiki. - Not now.

OrthodoxWiki Projects and Sister Sites

Right now, OrthodoxWiki is considering possibilities for expansion. The Wikimedia Foundation has found it useful to initiate a number of different projects. We think OrthodoxWiki could benefit from some well-thought out diversification.

See links at Other wikis.

  • Something like Wikinews would better be done as an RSS aggregator. See Orthodox news for a small sample.
  • Wikisource is an interesting proposition. There are probably not enough Orthodox books or original articles that we could get permission for to justify a separate site at this time. They could be included here as part of a separate category.
  • Wikibooks, which focusses on the collective creation of textbooks is another interesting idea. Again, probably not necessary as a separate entity for us. It would be nice to encourage some of this down the road though.
  • Wikispecies - right!
  • Same goes for Wikiquote. It would be great to have collections of famous Orthodox quotes, sayings, aphorisms though. We should figure out how to better encourage this. Probably this could be done with a special category or template, and links to the entry for the author or book, if relevant.

The one I'm most interested now, though, is the Commons. Please see OrthodoxWiki:Media for more discussion of this. Our focus would be a little different that Wikimedia's, but I think this is a distinct enough project to warrant it's own separate wiki.