While we have a German Wikipedia entry for openHAB since quite a while (many thanks to everyone who contributed to it!), I have never managed to get an English version published. My own attempts resulted in the complaint that I am too biased and thus not trustworthy to write such an article. Also the relevance of openHAB was questioned - since then, some others added some content, but it is still only listed as an unpublished draft.
I received this kind offer today:
I am a Wikipedian. I was going through the list of submitted drafts the other day I came across your draft here at the following link;
It was declined because of lack of reliable sources and the content up there did not meet wiki requirements.
I will rewrite the content to make it Wiki acceptable using reliable references available and I will use my privileges to publish it on Wikipedia.
I was certainly grateful for that offer and responded immediately. Unfortunately, this uncovered the real nature of the contact:
I will do all the necessary research required to draft the content and make it Wiki acceptable (like refraining from promotional content and writing from a neutral point of view etc) but I will also need you to approve the content so it should not contain any information you may not like to be posted.
Also, I will let you know if I will need any information and citations from your side.
The entire procedure will cost you $400 and you will need to pay only when the page gets published on Wikipedia.
Let’s put the questionable process of how Wikipedia articles can get approved by “officials” aside (although it slightly worries me…). It clearly shows that openHAB is notably enough to be allowed to be covered on Wikipedia.
Looking at the comments on the draft over the past weeks, it seems that Wikipedians are still in doubt about the relevance of openHAB and they are specifically asking for neutral reliable sources for information about openHAB (news agencies, etc.) and it seems that they are considering to even delete the draft anytime soon.
THEREFORE I ASK FOR YOUR HELP! If you think as well that openHAB has some relevance in the smart home market and you are able to express yourself decently in English, it would be awesome if you could help contributing to this article!
Content is imho likewise important as relevant references - simply follow the Wikipedia rules and be a fair citizen there. Note that I am asking specifically the pure openHAB users for help here - as they can best comment and describe neutrally and are not biased.
From my experience, it will be hard to get to approval, especially as some Wikipedia reviewers seem to have made up their mind already (while many other articles that imho are far less relevant) - but I trust in our community that we can convince them of the relevance of openHAB!
A million thanks in advance!