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The coordinators page of WikiProject Films lists the current coordinators and their responsibilities. The page also addresses how coordinators are selected and links to the election history. Also included is a handbook for what coordinators can do in their roles.



The project coordinators are generally responsible for maintaining all of the procedural and administrative aspects of the project, and serve as the designated points-of-contact for procedural issues. They are not, however, endowed with any special executive powers, nor with any authority over article content or editor conduct.

The Lead Coordinator bears overall responsibility for coordinating the project; the Coordinators aid the Lead Coordinator and focus on specific areas that require special attention.

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The primary responsibility of the project coordinators is the maintenance and housekeeping work involved in keeping the project and its internal processes running smoothly; this includes a variety of tasks, such as keeping the announcement and open task lists updated, overseeing the assessment and review processes, managing the proposal and creation of task forces, and so forth. There is fairly little involved that couldn't theoretically be done by any other editor, of course—in only a few places have the coordinators been explicitly written into a process—but, since experience suggests that people tend to assume that someone else is doing whatever needs to be done, it has proven beneficial to formally delegate responsibility for this administrative work to a specified group.

The coordinators also have several additional roles. They will serve as the project's designated points of contact, and are explicitly listed as people to whom questions can be directed in a variety of places around the project. They also try to regularly contribute to the reviews involving film-related articles, looking out in particular for reviews which require additional voices. In addition, they have highly informal roles in leading the drafting of project guidelines, overseeing the implementation of project decisions on issues like category schemes and template use, and helping to informally resolve disputes and keep discussions from becoming heated and unproductive. The coordinators are not, however, a body for formal dispute resolution; serious disputes should be addressed through the normal dispute resolution process.


Coordinators are elected by a simple approval vote, held every 12 months. Any editor with membership in WikiProject Films and with at least 500 edits by the announcement of the election may be a candidate. This includes current coordinators, who may be re-elected without limit. The latest election process consisted of a two-week sign-up period and a two-week voting period, but these times—as well as all other details of the elections—are subject to change at any time, provided that a consensus to do so exists within the project.

Co-opting members into coordinators may also be done at the discretion of the coordinators, but should be expected to be used on a limited basis to replace those unlikely to return, fill empty seats, cover long-term absences, or help the coordinators continue to work efficiently if they feel otherwise understaffed.


Initial concept

The initial discussion that led to the creation of the project coordinator positions took place in September 2007; it arose from the awareness of a similar position within the Military history project.

Tranche Term Election Lead
I October 12, 2007 – April 11, 2008 September – October 2007 Girolamo Savonarola Nehrams2020
The Giant Puffin
II April 12, 2008 – September 28, 2008 March - April 2008 Girolamo Savonarola Bzuk
Erik II
Nehrams2020 (co-opted)
III September 29, 2008 – March 28, 2009 September 2008 Girolamo Savonarola Bzuk
Ecoleetage (retired mid-term)
Erik II
PC78 (co-opted)
Sephiroth BCR
IV March 29, 2009 – September 28, 2009 March 2009 Erik II AnmaFinotera
Girolamo Savonarola
Sephiroth BCR
V September 29, 2009 – September 28, 2010 September 2009 Erik II (stepped down)
Big Bird
PC78 (appointed)
VI September 28, 2010 – October 29, 2011 September 2010 Erik II Bovineboy2008 (appointed)
VII October 29, 2011 – October 2011 Erik II Bovineboy2008
Karthikndr (appointed)


Note: Below is a preliminary agenda to outline what can be accomplished this term and beyond and is subject to modification.

The agenda is categorized into five areas: internal organization, external organization, article quality, internal collaboration, and external collaboration. Each area lists objectives, tasks to complete them, and identifies the objectives' priority.

Internal organization[edit]

Objective Tasks Priority Completion
Assessment of unassessed film articles
  • Address backlog of 5K+ unassessed articles
  • Pursue Tag & Assess 2009 drive
  • File bot request to find articles using {{Infobox Film}} and lacking {{Film}} on their talk pages and to list the articles
  • File bot request to find articles with {{film-stub}} and its variations and assessing them as Stub-Class on their talk pages
  • Create list for articles that are not film-centric and may need film content to be split from them
  • Create manual assessment checklist for editors to use
High In progress
Audit of style guidelines
  • File Request for Comment to discuss move to more general guideline-based page title
  • Re-structure guidelines to have primary sections, secondary sections, and sub-guidelines for different types of film-related articles
  • Review older sections in their entirety and revise with contemporary best practices
Middle Not done
Audit of naming conventions guidelines Middle Not done
Audit of notability guidelines Low Not done
Audit of Template:Infobox Film Low Not done
Audit of Films based on books department
  • Discuss to see if department has any merit or should be archived for historical purposes
Low Not done
Audit of Missing films department
  • Determine if department is redundant to more fleshed-out Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Requests
  • Discuss to see if department has any merit or should be archived for historical purposes
Low Not done
Revision of WikiProject Films home page Low Not done

External organization[edit]

Objective Tasks Priority Completion
Organization of categories
  • Create checklist for editors to discover categories to include in articles (filming locations, subject matter, etc.)
Low Not done
Organization of lists
  • Add sub-guidelines for writing film-related lists (see article guidelines objective)
  • Discuss best practices for maintaining highly dynamic lists
Low Not done
Organization of templates
  • Add sub-guidelines for using templates in film-related articles (see article guidelines objective)
  • Standardize external link templates.
Low Not done

Article quality[edit]

Objective Tasks Priority Completion
Improvement of core articles
  • Discuss setup of collaboration drive
  • List anniversaries for core articles to target in collaboration drive
High Not done
Article guidelines
  • Heighten awareness of guidelines and encourage referring to them
Low Not done
Article clean-up (listing)
  • Design process to categorically address each area to clean up
  • Clean up "Needs additional references"
  • Clean up "Has original research"
  • Clean up "Needs expansion"
  • Clean up "Needs merging"
  • Clean up "Needs clarification of notability"
  • Clean up "Has trivia section"
  • Clean up "Has NPOV dispute"
  • Clean up "Orphaned article"
  • Clean up "Has overly long plot summary" (sort by most serious offenders to least with x word count)
High Not done
GA and FA reviews
  • List Good Articles and Featured Articles predating specific year (e.g., 2007) to review for current quality
  • Compare articles' current revisions to revisions at time of promotion to determine extent of clean-up
  • Determine criteria for when to defer to WP:GAR and WP:FAR
Low In progress

Internal collaboration[edit]

Objective Tasks Priority Completion
Task forces
  • Discuss how to make task forces more active (e.g., move WT:FILM discussions to related task forces)
  • Discuss possibility of delegating coordinators to different task forces
  • Focus on specific task force to serve as model task force for others
Medium Not done
Reviews (peer, GA, FA)
  • Implement process to ensure that all reviews are transcluded properly
  • Implement process to notify editors on relevant pages of new reviews
  • Discuss how to encourage collaborative review (quid pro quo: editor weighs in on another's review and vice versa)
Low Not done
Launch of outreach campaign
  • List recent changes links at outreach page for editors to use to find potential members
  • Implement guideline to identify potential members (reviewing contributions, avoiding recent changes patrollers)
  • Encourage editors and coordinators to invite potential members
  • Discuss if newsletter could be improved
High Not done
Collaboration department
  • Discuss best timelines for different types of collaboration (e.g., monthly collaboration for core articles, weekly collaboration for clean-up tasks)
  • Discuss creation of department and what it entails
  • Determine award system for editors involved in collaboration
Medium Not done
Proliferation of Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Resources
  • Encourage editors to add their libraries
  • Expand page with additional resources
  • Formalize method to spread awareness of page
Low Not done
  • Discuss how to reward editors for working together and/or improving article quality
  • Explore Wikipedia:Reward board as possible venue
Low Not done

External collaboration[edit]

Objective Tasks Priority Completion
Collaborate on Wikipedia:WikiProject Council
  • Assess what council objectives are favorable for WikiProject Films
  • Appoint coordinator to follow council proceedings and to represent the WikiProject in participations
Low Not done
Freely licensed images
  • Explore possibility of requesting actors and filmmakers to submit photos from their set with proper licensing
  • Explore possibility of having available editors attend film premieres and take photos of cast members
Low Not done


Open tasks[edit]

These tasks should be done as often as needed—ideally, on a daily basis.
  • Monitor the daily assessment log. The main things to look for:
    • Articles being removed. This is usually legitimate (due to merges or non-film articles getting untagged), but is sometimes due to vandalism or broken template code. Also note that even though the banner and tags remain on the talk page, assessing a Future-class will remove the article from the bot's listing.
    • Articles being moved to "GA-Class" and higher quality. These ratings need to correspond to the article's status in the GA and FA lists, as well as our A-Class review.
    • All newly added articles should be quickly scanned to see if additional task force tags or other maintenance tags (such as "needs infobox") are required.
  • Deal with any new assessment requests and the unassessed articles.
Peer review
A-Class review
Featured content
Member outreach
  • Fix the {{Film}} syntax on any articles in Category:Incorrectly tagged WikiProject Films articles. The main culprits are the following:
    1. Deleted peer-review or old-peer-review parameters. Restore as appropriate.
    2. No WP Films peer review subpage. This usually occurs when editors turn on the peer-review tag in our banner but use the main peer review page. Open the banner, click on the peer review redlink, and redirect the page (Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Peer review/Foo film) to the original peer review page (Wikipedia:Peer review/Foo film).
    3. Changed page name. Do as above, but redirect to the wherever the original peer review was.
    4. Start or Stub articles that meet all of the B-Class parameters. Check the article to see if they actually do. If not, change the relevant parameters. If they do, then reassess the article to B-Class.
    5. A-Class articles which have not passed A-Class review. (To be effective shortly when the dormant parameter is activated.) Re-tag down to GA (if already earned) or B.

One-time tasks[edit]

These tasks are targeted housekeeping drives which require immediate attention only once or infrequent maintenance.
  • Task force tagging - several task forces are in need of comprehensive "search and tag" runs so that the vast majority of their articles are identified and tagged. Most notably the following:
    • Film awards (well-tagged, but needs a more thorough follow-up)
    • British cinema


New task force[edit]

N.B.: Creating a task force involves a great deal of work, and is very time-consuming to reverse if an inappropriate or misnamed group is created. It is generally inadvisable to create task forces without prior discussion—particularly regarding the name and scope—on the project's main talk page.

Before a task force can be created, it is necessary to decide on a name for it. The process requires both a full name (e.g. "French cinema" or "Film festivals") and a one- or two-word or acronym shorthand used for some template parameters (e.g. "French" or "Festival"). The instructions below use the "Fooish cinema" task force (shortened to "Fooish") as an example; when creating an actual task force, remember to substitute the correct name, rather than actually creating the example pages.

  1. Create the task force page:
    1. Create the main task force page (Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Fooish cinema task force) with {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Coordinators/Task force|Fooish cinema|Fooish}} as the content.
    2. Fill in the "Scope" section on the new task force page.
    3. Create the task force talk page (Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Films/Fooish cinema task force) with {{Wikipedia:WikiProject Film/Sidebar}} as the content.
  2. Add support for the task force to {{Film}}:
    1. Select an image to use as the task force icon. The image should be recognizable at a small size and reasonably representative of the topic of the task force.
    2. Add the task force display code (shown below) to the task force section of {{Film}}, in correct position among the task force parameters. The first letter of the task force name should always be capitalized.
      {{!}} [[File:Fooimage.svg|{{#switch:{{lc:{{{small|}}}}}|yes|y=20x20px|30x30px}}|center]]
      {{!}} This {{#switch:{{Film/Class|class={{{class|}}}}}|NA=non-article page|Disambig=disambiguation page|Template=template|Category=category|article}} is within the scope of the '''[[Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Fooish cinema task force|Fooish cinema task force]]'''.{{#switch:{{lc:{{{category|}}}}}|no|n=|<includeonly>{{Film/Task force categories|name=Fooish cinema|class={{{class|}}}|core={{{core|}}}|needs-image={{{needs-image|}}}|needs-infobox={{{needs-infobox|}}}|needs-plot={{{needs-plot|}}}|needs-cast={{{needs-cast|}}}|B-Class-1={{{B-Class-1|}}}|B-Class-2={{{B-Class-2|}}}|B-Class-3={{{B-Class-3|}}}|B-Class-4={{{B-Class-4|}}}|B-Class-5={{{B-Class-5|}}}}}</includeonly>}}
    3. Add the appropriate code to the checks section of {{Film}}, as well as the {{WikiProject Film/Checks}} subtemplate.
    4. Update the project banner documentation:
      1. Add "|Fooish-task-force=" to the example syntax, in correct position among the task force parameters.
      2. Add "* '''Fooish-task-force''' – "''yes''" if the article is supported by the [[Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Fooish cinema task force|Fooish cinema task force]]." to the instructions, in correct position among the task force parameters.
  3. Set up the task force assessment infrastructure:
    1. Create the main task force category (Category:Fooish cinema task force articles) with {{WPFILMS Task force category|Fooish cinema}} as the content.
    2. Create the main task force assessment category (Category:Fooish cinema articles by quality) with {{WPFILMS Task force assessment category|Fooish cinema}} as the content.
    3. Create the assessment level sub-categories:
      1. Category:FA-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|FA}} as the content.
      2. Category:FL-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|FL}} as the content.
      3. Category:A-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|A}} as the content.
      4. Category:GA-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|GA}} as the content.
      5. Category:B-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|B}} as the content.
      6. Category:Start-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Start}} as the content.
      7. Category:Stub-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Stub}} as the content.
      8. Category:List-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|List}} as the content.
      9. Category:Future-Class Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Future}} as the content.
      10. Category:Unassessed Fooish cinema articles with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Unassessed}} as the content.
      11. Category:Non-article Fooish cinema pages with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|NA}} as the content.
      12. Category:Fooish cinema categories with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Category}} as the content.
      13. Category:Fooish cinema disambiguation pages with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Disambig}} as the content.
      14. Category:Fooish cinema templates with {{WPFILMS Assessment level category|Fooish cinema|Template}} as the content.
    4. Add the task force's statistics table ({{WPFILMS Task force assessment|WPFILMS Task force assessment}}) to the task force statistics table in the assessment department.
  4. Set up the task force's open tasks listing:
    1. Create the task force's open task template ({{WPFILMS Announcements/Fooish cinema}}) using the syntax shown on {{WPFILMS Announcements/Task force}} as the content. At a minimum, the |name= parameter must be set to "Fooish cinema"; optionally, some initial tasks should be located and added to the listing.
    2. Add the new template to the "Task force lists" section of {{WPFILMS Announcements}}; the column break should be moved, if necessary, to keep the two columns properly aligned.
  5. Set up the task force's userboxes:
    1. Create the task force userbox ({{User Fooish cinema task force}}) with the following content, using the same image as was used in {{Film}} above:
      | border-c = #C0C090
      | id = [[File:Fooimage.svg|40x40px]]
      | id-c = #F5DEB3
      | info = This user is a member of the [[Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Fooish cinema task force|'''Fooish cinema task force''']].
      | info-c = #F8EABA
      [[Category:WikiProject Films user templates|Fooish cinema]]
    2. Add the following to the userbox listing at Wikipedia:WikiProject Films/Templates/Userboxes, in proper order among the other task force userboxes:
      | {{tlx|User Fooish cinema task force}}
      | {{User Fooish cinema task force}}
  6. Add the task force to the project's navigation system:
    1. Add a link to the task force to the "Task forces" section of the main project page.
    2. Add links to the task force and talk page to the appropriate section of {{WP Film Sidebar}}
  7. Announce the new task force:
    1. Add an announcement of the new task force page to the "Announcements" section of {{WPFILMS Announcements}}, and to the discussion of the task force proposal on the project's talk pages (if any).
    2. Add the task force to the "Films" section of the WikiProject directory; add cross-reference links to any other sections into which the task force falls.

Boilerplate and templates[edit]

mostly "Film"-ified...
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