[ros-users] improving ROS on wikipedia

Thibault Kruse kruset at in.tum.de
Thu Apr 17 07:46:38 UTC 2014

The rules with respect to self-edits are given here:

So making the page less "dull" or "boring" would probably count as
self-promotion, regardless of whether an OSRF member does it or a core ROS

To me it would make sense to rather reduce the information on wikipedia
and put all editorial effort into the ROS wiki. E.g. the YARP page seems
okay in that respect to me http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YARP. Getting rid
of that surplus content would seem to me like an edit OSRF can do in good

The Robotics_middleware page seems to have been started by Dr. Herman
Bruyninckx I guess (user "Bruyninc"), but the list of middleware examples
was added by some other user in 2009. As a wikipedia user, IMO on that
page all the details about example projects should be mercilessly deleted
anyway, pointing to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-source_robotics


> IMO, as long as you're just stating facts, it shouldn't matter who edits
> it.
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> [mailto:ros-users-bounces at lists.ros.org] On Behalf Of William Woodall
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 1:40 PM
> To: User discussions
> Subject: Re: [ros-users] improving ROS on wikipedia
> Thanks for pointing that out Vincent, I agree that should be spruced up.
> Maybe I am making this up, but is it considered bad form to modify "your
> own" wikipedia page? I guess what I am asking is, is it better to have the
> community write the ROS wikipedia page rather some of the core maintainers
> here at OSRF?
> On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 9:07 AM, Vincent Rabaud
> <vincent.rabaud at gmail.com<mailto:vincent.rabaud at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I had a look at the wikipedia page for ROS and it is fairly dull:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot_Operating_System
> (and it's not even on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotics_middleware )
> Nothing about :
> - the build system
> - the fact that parts of it are in distros now (urdfdom in Ubuntu)
> - about the companies that use it
> - no screenshots (about RViz, rQt, robotWebTools ...)
> - the latest stats (7k registered on
> answers.ros.org<http://answers.ros.org>)
> - ROSCon
> ...
> So please, let's brainstorm here about what is needed and let's contribute
> to the page !
> Vincent
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