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Welcome to the General reading room. On this page, Wikibookians are free to talk about the Wikibooks project in general. For proposals for improving Wikibooks, see the Proposals reading room.

A proposal for WikiJournals to become a new sister project[edit]

Over the last few years, the WikiJournal User Group has been building and testing a set of peer reviewed academic journals on a mediawiki platform. The main types of articles are:

  • Existing Wikipedia articles submitted for external review and feedback (example)
  • From-scratch articles that, after review, are imported to Wikipedia (example)
  • Original research articles that are not imported to Wikipedia (example)

Proposal: WikiJournals as a new sister project

From a Wikipedian point of view, this is a complementary system to Featured article review, but bridging the gap with external experts, implementing established scholarly practices, and generating citable, doi-linked publications.

Please take a look and support/oppose/comment! Evolution and evolvability (discusscontribs) 04:18, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

I want to become a reviewer[edit]

What are the criteria to be a reviewer? Debanshu.Das (discusscontribs) 15:19, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

@Debanshu.Das: once you are around for a bit longer, you'll become a reviewer automatically --DannyS712 (discusscontribs) 15:25, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
@Debanshu.Das: The hope is to let folks acclimate to the local culture before they get the review bit. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:56, 4 June 2019 (UTC)


Thanks to DannyS712 and Pi zero for clearing my doubts.

Printable and pdf version of book[edit]

Some books have a printable and a pdf version. I can't understand how to make the same for the book 'QBasic' (although it is not needed now). It will be nice to know in advance how to do it so that I can immediately make the versions available.Debanshu.Das (discusscontribs) 11:18, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

It's explained into Help:Print versions. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 12:34, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

can we use images from outside[edit]

Hello, just a query. Can we utilise images from external websites. If yes, then how? Debanshu.Das (discusscontribs) 08:44, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

@Debanshu.Das: It depends. If the image is free (i.e, the license allows you to reuse the image), then it should be uploaded at Wikimedia Commons. However, in other cases (will be mostly the case when you take images from the web), the assets are not free, and you will have to request uploading the image to Wikibooks at WB:RFI or apply for Wikibooks:Uploader if you plan to upload many such images. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 08:48, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

Not included in print version(part of it)[edit]

Hello, Just asking something. In the print version, I have included one of my pages. Part of it is coming , but the later included sections are not coming. Just to let you know , if it might matter, the page was a really big one, with the latest section added, (which is creating all the problems) being somewhere near 3000 bytes. I have not included the tag or anything like that. Please tell me why this is happening.Debanshu.Das (discusscontribs) 16:39, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

You can practice a null edit, by saving the print page without modifying it, to force the server cache renewal. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 07:41, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
Wow, that worked. Thanks a lot! Debanshu.Das (discusscontribs) 14:56, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Pdf problem[edit]

I have been seeing all the pdf versions of the "featured books" . They seem to have something of a license page at the front, followed by the contents table. Now, I have seen their print versions, and there was nothing of the sort there. I have made a pdf using two ways, the print option and the download as pdf option. None of them have the features I have talked about. Can someone please tell me how the pdf versions were made? Debanshu.Das (discusscontribs) 15:37, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

The PDF versions are normally made from the print versions, which can use the following templates: Category:Print templates. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 17:39, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

False positives[edit]

I am not sure that denying external links because of a mere technicality (that users' accounts are too new) is reasonable in my view if the reason is adequate enough (like this. Yes, we are not a link factory, but these are cases which would be otherwise acceptable.

P.S: That was the idea behind Wikibooks:Edit_filter/URL_requests, and while many requests there are denied, there are a significant number of requests which are reasonable as well. Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 22:02, 26 June 2019 (UTC)

Well, a couple of thoughts.
  • The filter log presumably understates the effect of the current restriction, because the log can't show that a spammer didn't try, knowing it wouldn't work.
  • Those slowed down by the restriction may be encouraged to a lasting attitude of conservativism in external linking.
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 01:42, 27 June 2019 (UTC)


I've written an essay, in my userspace, about what direction I believe wikis should be heading for. Though short, it develops several themes I've had in mind for a while. I'd be interested in other Wikibookians' thoughts on it (at all levels — articulation, ideas, issues).

--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:02, 29 June 2019 (UTC)