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Topics: Users Discussion
Dec 29, 2014 at 12:02 AM
Currently, VeraCrypt's only presence on Wikipedia is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TrueCrypt#VeraCrypt

VeraCrypt should really have its own Wikipedia page.
Coordinator
Dec 29, 2014 at 11:29 PM
I agree that a Wikipedia entry would be helpful to expose the nature and functionality of VeraCrypt especially that there are new features that are introduced.
Currently, I'm busy on the development side so I don't have time for such action. Moreover, I have no experience on Wikipedia submission process.

If someone with experience on this can help, I can assist by giving any information that maybe useful for the VeraCrypt entry.
Dec 31, 2014 at 8:10 PM
It's frowned upon to write the Wikipedia entry for one's own project, so you don't want to do it yourself even if you have time.
Jan 4, 2015 at 8:23 PM
Edited Jan 4, 2015 at 8:24 PM
idrassi, do you grant permission for the nonprofit use of the VeraCrypt logo and VeraCrypt screenshots and VeraCrypt documentation by Wikipedia? I am working on a VeraCrypt Wikipedia page and I will need this in order to continue. Thanks!
Coordinator
Jan 4, 2015 at 9:09 PM
I have nothing against such use of VeraCrypt resources. Thus, I'm giving my permission to the nonprofit use of VeraCrypt logo, screen shots and documentation by Wikipedia.
Jan 5, 2015 at 12:52 AM
Edited Jan 5, 2015 at 1:16 AM
Coordinator
Jan 5, 2015 at 5:19 PM
Thank you for your effort.

I don't know if I'm allowed to give remarks but I have few of them:
  • In the text, there are places that mention TrueCrypt instead of VeraCrypt like in sections Algorithms and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VeraCrypt#Modes_of_operation, or the reference [9].
  • It may be interesting for reader to know the details of security corrections done in VeraCrypt compared to TrueCrypt. There is link in the main page that gives such details so a reference to it can be useful.
  • The license of VeraCrypt is dual in the sens that it inherits the TrueCrypt license for the code and it uses Ms-PL to protect VeraCrypt own copyrights and resources. I don't know if it is possible to show this in Wikipedia.
I hope this will be the start of a collaborative effort by many contributors in order to provide the end users with helpful information.
Jan 5, 2015 at 6:13 PM
Done!! Take a look: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VeraCrypt

idrassi's Points 1 & 3 are (I think) fully implemented. Point 2 is intentionally discussed at a higher level for the Wikipedia audience with a link provided to the VeraCrypt site for those interested in the technical specifics.

If anyone sees any other errors or omissions please feel free to post them here. Thanks!!
Coordinator
Jan 5, 2015 at 9:27 PM
Thanks!
There is a small mistake I didn't notice at first: the initial release of VeraCrypt (version 1.0a) was on June 22nd 2013, more than a year and half ago. In the text, it is indicated as July 2014 which doesn't correspond to any release (1.0d was released on June 2014 and 1.0e on September 2014). Maybe it is just an automatic date set by Wikipedia.
Jan 6, 2015 at 1:08 AM
Feb 6, 2015 at 1:24 AM
FYI commenter8:

Wanted to make sure you knew that Wikipedia is considering deleting your VeraCrypt page.

WytnoiZ
Feb 7, 2015 at 11:13 PM
Everyone so far has said "Keep" in the Wikipedia discussion, but I invite everyone to visit https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/VeraCrypt and add their own voices to the "Keep" side just to make sure. Thanks for the heads up, WytnoiZ!
Feb 10, 2015 at 11:53 PM
The VeraCrypt Wikipedia page was supported by everyone other than the one hater who nominated it for deletion. That nomination was soundly defeated by lots of "Keep" votes and so the VeraCrypt page remains in place. Thanks to everyone for their support!