'Wikitrack' started out from an idea that I had about tracking edits on
Wikipedia from mobile. I always felt that there's more to tracking edits
and their quality on Wikipedia. For one, we could zero-in on better
contributors than just going by the edit counts. And doing that for mobile
could be good for a tool that can be used on the go.
WikiTrack in its initial version had been released last year for Wikipedia
projects of few Indian languages, namely Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and
Sanskrit for Android. The initial version allows the users to just track
the Recent Changes, the diff between changes, their Watchlist and any
user's contributions. Each of these have seen thousands of downloads (As of
the day of sending this email: WikiTrack Tamil - 17345 downloads with
an average rating of 4.2 out of 5, WikiTrack Kannada - 14480 downloads
with an average rating of 4.038 out of 5 and WikiTrack Malayalam  with
7756 downloads with an average rating of 3.8 out of 5 on Google's Play
Store) with thousands of active users tracking their favorite Wikimedia
project using this application. The project so far has been self-funded and
the source code of the app has been released under GPL.
I've put in an IEG Proposal with a goal to consolidate these different
apps into one and to provide support for all Indian languages and beyond
(covering as many languages as possible), to rewrite the code, to make it
better and to extend it further to improve the utility of the app including
a release for iOS.
The idea is to achieve the above goal and get it to a good shape before
planning further on including other useful ways of allowing the editors to
track Wikimedia projects from mobile and to keep them engaged.
I realize that this is the very last minute request, but would love to hear
feedback about it.
If you are a user of the WikiTrack app, you can help by endorsing the
proposal to improve the chances of getting WikiTrack extended in future.
Hari Prasad Nadig
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