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I noticed that WP Relativity, WP Fluid dynamics and WP Acoustics all have low level of participation, if any. I would propose making them taskforces of WP Physics rather than WikiProjects due to the relatively low number of articles under their wings. I think participation in them would increase if they were made taskforces, as well as make it easier to coordinate efforts. Any thoughts?

I'm also posting this on the relavant WP talk pages.Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβςWP Physics} 22:20, 10 November 2008 (UTC)

Recent Recruiting:

Several members of the taskforce and myself have been working to spread the word about the taskforce by writing an article for an acoustics magazine. We anticipate that the activity will increase substantially by the end of the year. Mic shep (talk) 20:15, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Does your WikiProject care about talk pages of redirects?Edit

Does your project care about what happens to the talk pages of articles that have been replaced with redirects? If so, please provide your input at User:Mikaey/Request for Input/ListasBot 3. Thanks, Matt (talk) 01:29, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

Reviving this project.Edit

Hi, I'm Headbomb (Gaëtan Landry if you need to have a name). I coordinate the physics projects, and since people want to revive this taskforce, here's a few pointers.


  • Place a notice on talk:sound, talk:acoustics, and other highly pertinent acoustic-related talk pages to let people know about the project. I can take care of that if you identify what the pertinent pages are.
  • We very badly need experts. If you know any (a colleague, a friend, some person you worked with in the past, ...) it's a good idea to invite them to join the project/taskforce. Editing Wikipedia may be intimidating at first, but the community is very supportive, and people truly help each other get the hang of things. If they aren't interested in editing, they may be interested in reviewing, and we do need knowledgeable reviewers too.

Bots are incredibly useful for tedious tasks, such as article monitoring, etc... There are ways to get bot support for this project, and I can help there too.

  • Monitoring newly created articles: If you build a list of acoustics-related keywords, AlexNewArtBot will deliver daily reports of newly created articles containing those keywords. Phonon and acoustics are exemples of good keywords. It is not necessary that the keywords are false-positive proof, but loosely-associated keywords such as music should be avoided.
  • Monitoring discussions: This project is subscribed to Article alerts, which delivers daily reports of proposed deletions, peer reviews, and so on. Please watch Wikipedia:WikiProject Physics/Taskforces/Acoustics/Article alerts to be notified of these (your watchlist must show bot edits).
  • Cleanup: WolterBot compiles a cleanup listing every few months. If you want to help, you can find work to do there (you can remove what you cleanup for that list if you want to keep track of what you've cleaned up).

Tagging acoustics-related articles with {{physics|class=|importance=|acoustics=yes}} is imperative for the good operation of this project. Tagging is how projects keep tab on their articles. Untagged articles are not picked up by bots, and are not as-well monitored, making them more vulnerable to spam, vandalism, conflicts of interest, etc... If you see something that is acoustics-related, tag it! (However, sound production-related articles should be tagged with {{WikiProject Professional sound production}} instead.)

That's pretty much it for now. If you got questions, simply ask and I'll answer as best I can. Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβς – WP Physics} 16:44, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Bot keywordsEdit

Please list acoustics-related keywords here, so bots can monitor newly created articles. Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβς – WP Physics} 16:44, 29 May 2009 (UTC)

Changes to popular pages listsEdit

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Leonid Maksimovich BrekhovskikhEdit

I recently created this biography of this guy who apparently was of some importance in the field of acoustical oceanography. Feel free to expand, add, cross-reference, enjoy reading, and so on. Feedback and comments appreciated. Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβς – WP Physics} 01:45, 19 August 2009 (UTC)

WP 1.0 bot announcementEdit

This message is being sent to each WikiProject that participates in the WP 1.0 assessment system. On Saturday, January 23, 2010, the WP 1.0 bot will be upgraded. Your project does not need to take any action, but the appearance of your project's summary table will change. The upgrade will make many new, optional features available to all WikiProjects. Additional information is available at the WP 1.0 project homepage. — Carl (CBM · talk) 02:25, 22 January 2010 (UTC)

Acoustic dispersionEdit

It appears to me that there is a need for an article regarding the subject of dispersion as related to acoustics or sound. Two appropriate titles that have occured to me are Acoustic dispersion or Dispersion (acoustics). Or even something like Sonic dispersion. Anyway, I may go ahead and create a stub, but other than that, this will require someone with more knowledge of this subject than I have. It probably has similar concepts to dispersion as related to electromagnetic radiation. Steve Quinn (formerly Ti-30X) (talk) 04:59, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

OK here it is: Acoustic dispersion --- Steve Quinn (formerly Ti-30X) (talk) 06:43, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

RfC on WP Physics coordinatorsEdit

Please take a look and feel free to comment (or not). Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβς – WP Physics} 23:39, 23 February 2010 (UTC)

Unreferenced living people articles botEdit

User:DASHBot/Wikiprojects provides a list, updated daily, of unreferenced living people articles (BLPs) related to your project. There has been a lot of discussion recently about deleting these unreferenced articles, so it is important that these articles are referenced.

The unreferenced articles related to your project can be found at >>>Wikipedia:WikiProject Physics/Taskforces/Acoustics/Unreferenced BLPs<<<

If you do not want this wikiproject to participate, please add your project name to this list.

Thank you. Okip 02:50, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

Acoustics articles have been selected for the Wikipedia 0.8 releaseEdit

Version 0.8 is a collection of Wikipedia articles selected by the Wikipedia 1.0 team for offline release on USB key, DVD and mobile phone. Articles were selected based on their assessed importance and quality, then article versions (revisionIDs) were chosen for trustworthiness (freedom from vandalism) using an adaptation of the WikiTrust algorithm.

We would like to ask you to review the Acoustics articles and revisionIDs we have chosen. Selected articles are marked with a diamond symbol (♦) to the right of each article, and this symbol links to the selected version of each article. If you believe we have included or excluded articles inappropriately, please contact us at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8 with the details. You may wish to look at your WikiProject's articles with cleanup tags and try to improve any that need work; if you do, please give us the new revisionID at Wikipedia talk:Version 0.8. We would like to complete this consultation period by midnight UTC on Monday, October 11th.

We have greatly streamlined the process since the Version 0.7 release, so we aim to have the collection ready for distribution by the end of October, 2010. As a result, we are planning to distribute the collection much more widely, while continuing to work with groups such as One Laptop per Child and Wikipedia for Schools to extend the reach of Wikipedia worldwide. Please help us, with your WikiProject's feedback!

For the Wikipedia 1.0 editorial team, SelectionBot 00:04, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

Labyrinth acoustic phenomenonEdit


Could someone explain this phenomenon and update the labyrinth article accordingly? It isn't addressed at all in Labyrinth even though it is quite common to modern labyrinths:

When standing in the center of certain labyrinths, particularly those made from radially positioned stone or brick tiles, one (or a group) can stand or sit in the middle and shout or hit the ground, and an echo is audible, but only to those in the center of the labyrinth. Bystanders outside the center hear the sound normally, without an echo, and may stop and stare at those whacking the ground since they don't hear the funny echoes. Bob the Wikipedian (talkcontribs) 00:08, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

After discussing this with an engineer, we concluded it is probably due to the circular wall (be it semicircle or full) just beyond the edge of the labyrinth. Bob the Wikipedian (talkcontribs) 01:14, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

Citation templates now support more identifiersEdit

Recent changes were made to citations templates (such as {{citation}}, {{cite journal}}, {{cite web}}...). In addition to what was previously supported (bibcode, doi, jstor, isbn, ...), templates now support arXiv, ASIN, JFM, LCCN, MR, OL, OSTI, RFC, SSRN and Zbl. Before, you needed to place |id={{arxiv|0123.4567}} (or worse |url=, now you can simply use |arxiv=0123.4567, likewise for |id={{JSTOR|0123456789}} and |url=|jstor=0123456789.

The full list of supported identifiers is given here (with dummy values):

  • {{cite journal |author=John Smith |year=2000 |title=How to Put Things into Other Things |journal=Journal of Foobar |volume=1 |issue=2 |pages=3–4 |arxiv=0123456789 |asin=0123456789 |bibcode=0123456789 |doi=0123456789 |jfm=0123456789 |jstor=0123456789 |lccn=0123456789 |isbn=0123456789 |issn=0123456789 |mr=0123456789 |oclc=0123456789 |ol=0123456789 |osti=0123456789 |rfc=0123456789 |pmc=0123456789 |pmid=0123456789 |ssrn=0123456789 |zbl=0123456789 |id={{para|id|____}} }}

Obviously not all citations needs all parameters, but this streamlines the most popular ones and gives both better metadata and better appearances when printed. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 02:24, 8 March 2011 (UTC)

Teylers Challenge: acoustic instrumentsEdit

Allow me to draw your attention to the Wiki Project Teylers: a collaboration between Wikipedia and Teylers Museum (Haarlem, the Netherlands) to improve the content of articles related to Teylers Museum and its collections: Wikipedia:GLAM/Teylers/Multilingual_Challenge. The Physical Cabinet of Teylers Museum houses a collection of scientific instruments from the 18th and 19th centuries. These instruments were used for research as well as for public demonstrations. Among them is a very interesting collection by the acoustic instrument maker Rudolph Koenig. The entire collection is available online: museum website > Instrument Hall > choose format ' show all' > case VIII & IX: acoustics. You will also find the descriptive catalogue (full text searchable) on this website. For the Teylers Challenge we are still looking for people who'd be interested in writing / expanding articles on the instrument collection! The museum can supply pictures and sources. Gjjanse (talk) 09:52, 28 February 2012 (UTC)

Sound amplification by stimulated emission of radiationEdit

Hello! I am an MSc student working on the improvement of this subjecton Wikipedia. I would appreciate any suggestions regarding the content of this very interesting subject. Any comments or ideas from people working on this are very welcome. I am sure that any interaction would be extremely productive. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Philipposc (talkcontribs) 14:29, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Popular pages tool updateEdit

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Web tools, to replace the ones at tools:~alexz/pop, will become available over the next few weeks at toollabs:popularpages. All of the historical data (back to July 2009 for some projects) has been copied over. The tool to view historical data is currently partially available (assessment data and a few projects may not be available at the moment). The tool to add new projects to the bot's list is also available now (editing the configuration of current projects coming soon). Unlike the previous tool, all changes will be effective immediately. OAuth is used to authenticate users, allowing only regular users to make changes to prevent abuse. A visible history of configuration additions and changes is coming soon. Once tools become fully available, their toolserver versions will redirect to Labs.

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Expert attentionEdit

This is a notice about Category:Physics/Taskforces/Acoustics articles needing expert attention, which might be of interest to your WikiProject. It will take a while before the category is populated. Iceblock (talk) 20:05, 9 December 2014 (UTC)

Loudest soundsEdit

There are currently discussions at RfD for the redirect Loudest man-made sound on Earth at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2017 January 13#Loudest man-made sound on Earth where input from editors knowledgeable about loudness and related concepts would be most welcome. Thryduulf (talk) 21:02, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

Popular pages reportEdit

We're happy to announce that the Popular pages bot is back up-and-running (after a 1 year hiatus)! You're receiving this message because your WikiProject or task force is signed up to receive the popular pages report. Every month, Community Tech bot will post at Wikipedia:WikiProject Physics/Taskforces/Acoustics/Popular pages with a list of the most-viewed pages over the previous month that are within the scope of WikiProject Physics.

We've made some enhancements to the original report. Here's what's new:

  • The pageview data includes both desktop and mobile data.
  • The report will include a link to the pageviews tool for each article, to dig deeper into any surprises or anomalies.
  • The report will include the total pageviews for the entire project (including redirects).

We're grateful to Mr.Z-man for his original Mr.Z-bot, and we wish his bot a happy robot retirement. Just as before, we hope the popular pages reports will aid you in understanding the reach of WikiProject Physics, and what articles may be deserving of more attention. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at meta:User talk:Community Tech bot.

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Request for information on WP1.0 web toolEdit

Hello and greetings from the maintainers of the WP 1.0 Bot! As you may or may not know, we are currently involved in an overhaul of the bot, in order to make it more modern and maintainable. As part of this process, we will be rewriting the web tool that is part of the project. You might have noticed this tool if you click through the links on the project assessment summary tables.

We'd like to collect information on how the current tool is used! How do you yourself and the other maintainers of your project use the web tool? Which of its features do you need? How frequently do you use these features? And what features is the tool missing that would be useful to you? We have collected all of these questions at this Google form where you can leave your response. Walkerma (talk) 04:24, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Suggestion for the creation of a Section with a wish list for articles to be createdEdit


I am part of Wikipedia:WikiProject Occupational Safety and Health and we have a Requst list, that i find helpful. In particular to id articles that do not yet exist. TMorata (talk) 15:42, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

Invitation to Wiki4YearOfSound2020 CampaignEdit

Several organizations in acoustics designated 2020 as the International Year of Sound. It is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies for all in society. The International Year of Sound activities aim to stimulate the understanding throughout the world of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. Contributions are welcome in subdisciplines including aeroacoustics, audio, signal processing, architectural acoustics, bioacoustics, electro-acoustics, environmental noise, musical acoustics, noise control, hearing and psychoacoustics, physical acoustics, speech, ultrasound, underwater sound and vibration.

For International Year of Sound 2020 (#IYS2020), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, took the lead in designing the online event Wiki4YearOfSound2020, to facilitate the improvement of Wikipedia content related to acoustics, sound, human communication, music, noise its effects and control, and soundscapes. Please visit us and help us spread the word of

Suggestions are welcome! Ways to participate include registering for the campaign so we can follow the visit to the pages your contributed, hosting a short event, or incorporating Wikipedia assignments in the classroom. The WikiEducation Foundation offers superb support for thatTeach-with-wikipedia. TMorata (talk) 15:43, 31 October 2019 (UTC) TMorata (talk) 16:03, 7 January 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion for gathering input on Tasks and RequestsEdit

Hi, I participate in several Wikiprojects and I find it very useful to have a place where members can enter requests and tasks. See example Thanks, (talk) 19:38, 29 June 2020 (UTC). Sorry, I did not realize I was not logged in. TMorata (talk) 19:39, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Return to the project page "WikiProject Physics/Taskforces/Acoustics".