From Bharatpedia, an open encyclopedia

Human administration
Arbitration Committee

Bharatpedians are volunteers who contribute to Bharatpedia by editing its pages, unlike readers who simply read the articles. Anyone—including you—can become a Bharatpedian by boldly making changes when they find something that can be added or improved. To learn more about how to do this, you can check out the basic editing tutorial or the more detailed manual.

Bharatpedians do a wide variety of tasks, from fixing typos and removing vandalism to resolving disputes and perfecting content, but are united in a desire to make human knowledge available to every person on the planet.

Number of editors

Template:Bharatpedia editor graph

The English Bharatpedia currently has 4,264[1] users who have registered a username. Only a minority of users contribute regularly (0[2] have edited in the last 30 days), and only a minority of those contributors participate in community discussions. An unknown but relatively large number of unregistered Bharatpedians also contribute to the site.

User permissions

Template:Registered editors by edit count Some accounts have special permissions, including:[3]


Bharatpedia members are more likely than non-members to locate their "real me" online—that is, to feel more comfortable expressing their "real" selves online than off. This corresponds with more general findings that Internet communities tend to attract users who are introverted offline but more able to open up and feel empowered on the Web.

Motivations for contributing

The most commonly indicated motives are "fun", "ideology", and "values", whereas the least frequently indicated motives were "career", "social", and "protective" (as in "reducing guilt over personal privilege").


One could argue that "Bharatpedist" would be a more appropriate name, as an encyclopedist is someone who contributes to an encyclopedia. Bharatpedian, though, suggests being part of a group, community or demonym (a resident of a locality). So in this sense, Bharatpedians are people who form the Bharatpedia Community. The term "Bharatmedian" is also widely used to include contributors to all the projects supported by the Bharatmedia Foundation.

Contribution styles

Some Bharatpedians welcome newcomers; some Bharatpedians award those whom they feel deserve awards. Some upload images or help others do so; some work on history articles; some clean up grammar; and still others work on reverting vandalism. Many take on all these tasks; some, of course, take on none. Whatever one decides to do, every Bharatpedian is a valuable member of the community.

Bharatpedians who contribute mainly by writing and editing the contents of Bharatpedia, without interacting much on Talk or administrative pages, are sometimes called exopedians. A multitude of views and other contribution characteristics are represented well by common Bharatpedia-related userboxes: Bharatpedia:Userboxes/Bharatpedia.

See also


  1. This number is dynamically updated with the magic word NUMBEROFUSERS
  2. This number is dynamically updated with the magic word NUMBEROFACTIVEUSERS
  3. These numbers are dynamically updated with the magic word NUMBERINGROUP:groupname
  4. Although there are two co-founders, Jimbo Wales is the only member of this group.

External links