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Intel International Science and Engineering Fair[edit]

by all means, add to the article! just curious, what country did you represent at ISEF2005 phoenix? PeregrineAY July 3, 2005 11:11 (UTC)

welcome[edit]

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Meelar (talk) 21:00, Dec 24, 2004 (UTC)

Selected Anniversaries[edit]

Hello, Blahma. Thank you for your suggestion. Battle of Austerlitz should have been featured on the MainPage yesterday. I wish I had seen your msg earlier. I've just moved your msg to Wikipedia talk:Selected anniversaries/December 2 so that I can see it next year. The next time you have a good anniversary to propose for the MainPage, please leave a msg on the talk page of "Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/Month Day#" for that day. I usually check the talk page when I update each day's template. Thanks. -- PFHLai 21:34, 3 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikics template[edit]

Hi Blahma! I've just created a new template to indicate English Wikipedia users who also contribute to the Czech Wikipedia.

Template:User wikics

Feel free to add it to your userboxes if you like it (and if you actually contribute). Happy Easter. Daniel Šebesta (talkcontribs) 13:01, 14 April 2006 (UTC)

Positive-definite matrix[edit]

Thank you very much for correcting my error on positive-definite matrix. -- Jitse Niesen (talk) 13:05, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Czech Wikipedian's notice board[edit]

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Orphaned non-free media (File:Entropa.jpg)[edit]

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File:Entropa-Bulgaria.jpg[edit]

If you have an opportunity, would you be able to get a version of File:Entropa-Bulgaria.jpg, taken from the same alignment and now covered up (for before, and after comparison). Many Thanks, —Sladen (talk) 17:01, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

Yes, that's a good idea. I will go to Brussels tomorrow, although I am not sure if I will have the opportunity to go to Justus Lipsius. Otherwise, I would try to find another opportunity soon. Blahma (talk) 17:58, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

DYK for Entropa[edit]

Updated DYK query On January 23, 2009, Did you know? was updated with a fact from the article Entropa, which you created or substantially expanded. If you know of another interesting fact from a recently created article, then please suggest it on the Did you know? talk page.

Dravecky (talk) 07:10, 23 January 2009 (UTC)

euro[edit]

Hi there,

Just a quick note to let you know I have reverted your recent changes to Euro; in my opinion, this contribution does require to be sourced. If you need help adding references, please do not hesitate in asking.

Thanks, Miguel.mateo (talk) 07:03, 14 February 2009 (UTC)

Hello Miguel.mateo, I have added the sources now directly into the article. First, I thought it would be enough to have the fact sourced in the article Germain Pirlot itself, but now I realize that it needs to be duplicated also in the Euro article. Note that I also own a copy of the letter (referred to in Germain Pirlot) which is the first level source in which the EC thanks to Pirlot for his suggestion. If that would be necessary, I can either add that source to the Euro article as well, or even publish the copy somewhere so that others can check it, but for now I consider the news article (which makes a reference to the letter, among others) as a sufficient source for the information. Thanks for your care and cooperation. Blahma (talk) 12:57, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
I think you recent additions are great and we do not need to add any more sources. Thanks for your quick reply and good addition to the article. Miguel.mateo (talk) 02:45, 15 February 2009 (UTC)

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Good talk[edit]

Definitely is something we working at WP:MED need to look at with the collaboration with TWB. Here is our progress with the medical articles Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Translation_task_force/RTT With the overview here Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Translation_task_force. Another issue we have is that the translators are not used to MediaWiki markup and break it form time to time. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 07:02, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

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Concerning wm2013:Submissions/Reproducing a featured article into other languages by coordinated effort[edit]

You had a question "was something alike before?". I want to remind (tell) you about CoSyne. Unfortunately, the project is ended and I can't see a working instrument. But the idea was similar and good. Infovarius (talk) 12:13, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

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March 2014[edit]

Information icon Welcome to Wikipedia. We welcome and appreciate your contributions, including your edits to Microsoft Office, but we cannot accept original research. Original research also encompasses combining published sources in a way to imply something that none of them explicitly say. Please be prepared to cite a reliable source for all of your contributions. Thank you. Codename Lisa (talk) 18:27, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Hello and thank you for bringing the SYNTH rule to my attention, because in spite of having edited for almost 10 years (though mainly on eowiki and cswiki), I have not heard about it so far. Still, after reading the description of the rule, I cannot understand in which way my edit might be considered a synthesis, i.e. original research.
The two statements that consitute the sentence "Microsoft Office 2010 [is named] Office 14.0, because [version] 13.0 was skipped [link to triskaidekaphobia]" are
A: "Microsoft Office 2010 is named 14.0 [in contrast to the previous version which was 12.0]" (that information was already present in the article before my edit) and
B: "triskaidekaphobia is a common reason for skipping number 13" (this can be found in the Wikipedia article on triskaidekaphobia).
The new piece of information in my edit is implying a relation between A and B.
However, the implied relation of A and B has, in my opinion, been properly sourced and the statement does appear as a whole in the source, cf.: "The company skipped 13 for superstitious (i.e. fun) reasons." In a related article, I have even discovered an additional source, in which the skip is put into relation with the superstition even in the article's title ("Microsoft to skip “unlucky” Office 13"). The latter source quotes a Microsoft employee as having said: "but that’s is an unlucky number so we’re going to skip Office 13 and call the next one Office 14". In your opinion, why does this fail to qualify as reliable sources publishing the same argument in relation to the topic of the article? --Blahma (talk) 22:09, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
Hi. Thanks for taking the time to write the reply and your due diligence.
I wouldn't have reverted you if you had supplied the APCMag source. The source claims to have interviewed with Jensen Harris, Group Program Manager for Microsoft’s Office User Experience Team, so we can at least attribute it to a certain person.
The source that you inserted, however, is Paul Thurrott's personal blog and reflects his own opinion. He didn't claim to have interviewed with anybody and this Microsoft fan does not himself go out there to interview with people. He just has seen the jump from 12 to 14 and assumed it was for either superstition or fun. If he had supplied a source, he'd have become a secondary source, something that Wikipedia loves. But he hasn't, therefore, his blog has become a primary source for a personal opinion (OR); it is already a WP:SPS. WP:NOT#OR has more on this.
Again, thanks for the due diligence.
Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 19:24, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
Hello again, and thanks for the patient and detailed explanation. I have now put the fact back with this second, "better" source. Obviously, the two other wikis I have been active in follow lower standards, because I have never seen such a deep analysis of sources like the one you have just demonstrated, nor have I seen someone trying to reconstruct the thinking processes of a source's author while evaluating its credibility. Thank you for providing links to further reading on the policies valid at this wiki. Also, unlike you, I am not a subject matter expert and I am not native to the English-speaking world, so it's not that straightforward at all for me to tell the credibility of "winsupersite.com" and "apcmag.com" compared (they might easily be blogs both, if judging only by domain name and website design).
Most importantly, however, when including the number 13 statement and quoting winsupersite.com as source, I was just copying a piece of information that was already present (same fact, same source) in another article – which you have also been editing in the past – Microsoft Office 2010. Actually, it had been there, "unremarked" (until I replaced it today, following your judgement), for more than 5(!) years – although it used to say "presumably" for the first few months – and the supposition that 13.0 was skipped because of triskaidekaphobia has even been a part of the article from its very beginning (7 years).
I know that Wikipedia will never be perfect and that there are still things in it that should not be there, but I point to that edit history in order to further justify the good faith of my edit. Because, believe me, it really feels somewhat uncomfortable if you just copy a sourced sentence from one article to another (believing it ought to be there as well and that you can't break anything by doing so) but your edit gets reverted immediately and you are told that you have to choose your sources more wisely next time. I do not believe that you meant to hurt me, but it is getting more and more difficult for me to imagine how a newbie could make a useful edit (other than fixing a typo) if the level is set that high. But that'd be already for another discussion and English Wikipedia probably does not need to attract new contributors so badly as the Czech or Esperanto ones.
Anyway, I appreciate your care of the Microsoft related articles here and thank you for your willingness to discuss these "cultural differences" with me here. Regards, --Blahma (talk) 22:36, 12 March 2014 (UTC)
You are welcome. I remember having removed the sentence in Office 2010 article. But I don't know when it came back. (Or maybe the day that I removed it, my change wasn't saved. Well, hard to tell.)
But you said something that I think I must comment on: "Trying to reconstruct the thinking processes of a source's author" isn't what I did. It is a dangerous form of original research. I just asked two questions: What is the source? What is the source of the source? In case of APC, the second question's answer is: Allegedly, Jensen Harris. In case of Paul, however, the second question has no answer. But, yes, we did investigate about the credibility of Paul's website and how he gathers his information. Now, we do know that whenever he does not supply a source for himself, the information has come from himself.
Oh, and by the way, you don't need to put talkback notice in my talk page every time you reply here. Your reply appears on my watchlist.
Best regards,
Codename Lisa (talk) 03:55, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

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  • There is a new Template Documentation Editor for TemplateData.  You can test it by editing a documentation subpage (not a template page) at Mediawiki.org: edit mw:Template:Sandbox/doc, and then click "Manage template documentation" above the wikitext edit box.  If your community would like to use this TemplateData editor at your project, please contact product manager James Forrester or file an enhancement request in Bugzilla.
  • There have been multiple small changes to the appearance:  External links are shown in the same light blue color as in MediaWiki.  This is a lighter shade of blue than the internal links.  The styling of the "Style text" (character formatting) drop-down menu has been synchronized with the recent font changes to the Vector skin.  VisualEditor dialogs, such as the "Save page" dialog, now use a "loading" animation of moving lines, rather than animated GIF images.  Other changes were made to the appearance upon opening a page in VisualEditor which should make the transition between reading and editing be smoother.
  • The developers merged in many minor fixes and improvements to MediaWiki interface integration (e.g., edit notices), and made VisualEditor handle Education Program pages better.
  • At the request of the community, VisualEditor has been deployed to Commons as an opt-in. It is currently available by default for 161 Wikipedia language editions and by opt-in through Beta Features at all others, as well as on several non-Wikipedia sites.

Looking ahead:  The toolbar from the PageTriage extension will no longer be visible inside VisualEditor. More buttons and icons will be accessible from the keyboard.  The "Keyboard shortcuts" link will be moved out of the "Page options" menu, into the "Help" menu. Support for upright image sizes (preferred for accessibility) and inline images is being developed. You will be able to see the Table of Contents while editing. Looking further out, the developers are also working on support for viewing and editing hidden HTML comments. VisualEditor will be available to all users on mobile devices and tablet computers. It will be possible to upload images to Commons from inside VisualEditor.

If you have questions or suggestions for future improvements, or if you encounter problems, please let everyone know by posting a note at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback or by joining the office hours on Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 10:00 UTC. If you'd like to get this newsletter on your own page (about once a month), please subscribe at w:en:Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Newsletter for English Wikipedia only or at meta:VisualEditor/Newsletter for any project. Thank you! Whatamidoing (WMF) 22:16, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

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VisualEditor global newsletter—June 2014[edit]

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The character formatting menu

Did you know?

The character formatting menu, or "Style text" menu lets you set bold, italic, and other text styles. "Clear formatting" removes all text styles and removes links to other pages.

Do you think that clear formatting should remove links? Are there changes you would like to see for this menu? Share your opinion at MediaWiki.org.

The user guide has information about how to use VisualEditor.

The VisualEditor team is mostly working to fix bugs, improve performance, reduce technical debt, and other infrastructure needs. You can find on Mediawiki.org weekly updates detailing recent work.

  • They have moved the "Keyboard shortcuts" link out of the "Page options" menu, into the "Help" menu. Within dialog boxes, buttons are now more accessible (via the Tab key) from the keyboard.
  • You can now see the target of the link when you click on it, without having to open the inspector.
  • The team also expanded TemplateData: You can now add a parameter type  "date" for dates and times in the ISO 8601 format, and  "boolean" for values which are true or false. Also, templates that redirect to other templates (like {{citeweb}}{{cite web}}) now get the TemplateData of their target (bug 50964). You can test TemplateData by editing mw:Template:Sandbox/doc.
  • Category: and File: pages now display their contents correctly after saving an edit (bug 65349, bug 64239)
  • They have also improved reference editing: You should no longer be able to add empty citations with VisualEditor (bug 64715), as with references. When you edit a reference, you can now empty it and click the "use an existing reference" button to replace it with another reference instead. 
  • It is now possible to edit inline images with VisualEditor. Remember that inline images cannot display captions, so existing captions get removed. Many other bugs related to images were also fixed.
  • You can now add and edit {{DISPLAYTITLE}} and __DISAMBIG__ in the "Page options" menu, rounding out the full set of page options currently planned.
  • The tool to insert special characters is now wider and simpler.

Looking ahead[edit]

The VisualEditor team has posted a draft of their goals for the next fiscal year. You can read them and suggest changes on MediaWiki.org.

The team posts details about planned work on VisualEditor's roadmap. You will soon be able to drag-and-drop text as well as images. If you drag an image to a new place, it won't let you place it in the middle of a paragraph. All dialog boxes and windows will be simplified based on user testing and feedback. The VisualEditor team plans to add autofill features for citations. Your ideas about making referencing quick and easy are still wanted. Support for upright image sizes is being developed. The designers are also working on support for viewing and editing hidden HTML comments and adding rows and columns to tables.

Supporting your wiki[edit]

Please read VisualEditor/Citation tool for information on configuring the new citation template menu, labeled "Cite". This menu will not appear unless it has been configured on your wiki.

If you speak a language other than English, we need your help with translating the user guide. The guide is out of date or incomplete for many languages, and what's on your wiki may not be the most recent translation. Please contact me if you need help getting started with translation work on MediaWiki.org.

VisualEditor can be made available to most non-Wikipedia projects. If your community would like to test VisualEditor, please contact product manager James Forrester or file an enhancement request in Bugzilla.

Please share your questions, suggestions, or problems by posting a note at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback or by joining the office hours on Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 21:00 UTC (daytime for the Americas and Pacific Islands) or on Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 9:00 UTC (daytime for Europe, Middle East, Asia).

To change your subscription to this newsletter, please see the subscription pages on Meta or the English Wikipedia. Thank you! Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 04:59, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 June 2014[edit]

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Wikidata weekly summary #116[edit]

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VisualEditor newsletter—July and August 2014[edit]

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The VisualEditor team is currently working mostly to fix bugs, improve performance, reduce technical debt, and other infrastructure needs. You can find on Mediawiki.org weekly updates detailing recent work.

Screenshot of VisualEditor's link tool
Dialog boxes in VisualEditor have been re-designed to use action words instead of icons. This has increased the number of items that need to be translated. The user guide is also being updated.

The biggest visible change since the last newsletter was to the dialog boxes. The design for each dialog box and window was simplified. The most commonly needed buttons are now at the top. Based on user feedback, the buttons are now labeled with simple words (like "Cancel" or "Done") instead of potentially confusing icons (like "<" or "X"). Many of the buttons to edit links, images, and other items now also show the linked page, image name, or other useful information when you click on them.

  • Hidden HTML comments (notes visible to editors, but not to readers) can now be read, edited, inserted, and removed. A small icon (a white exclamation mark on a dot) marks the location of each comments. You can click on the icon to see the comment.
  • You can now drag and drop text and templates as well as images. A new placement line makes it much easier to see where you are dropping the item. Images can no longer be dropped into the middle of paragraphs.
  • All references and footnotes (<ref> tags) are now made through the "Cite" menu, including the "Basic" (manual formatting) footnotes and the ability to re-use an existing citation, both of which were previously accessible only through the "Insert" menu. The "<visualeditor-dialogbutton-referencelist-tooltip>" is still added via the "Insert" menu.
  • When you add an image or other media file, you are now prompted to add an image caption immediately. You can also replace an image whilst keeping the original caption and other settings.
  • All tablet users visiting the mobile web version of Wikipedias will be able to opt-in to a version of VisualEditor from 14 August. You can test the new tool by choosing the beta version of the mobile view in the Settings menu.
  • The link tool has a new "Open" button that will open a linked page in another tab so you can make sure a link is the right one.
  • The "Cancel" button in the toolbar has been removed based on user testing. To cancel any edit, you can leave the page by clicking the Read tab, the back button in your browser, or closing the browser window without saving your changes.

Looking ahead[edit]

The team posts details about planned work on the VisualEditor roadmap. The VisualEditor team plans to add auto-fill features for citations soon. Your ideas about making referencing quick and easy are still wanted. Support for upright image sizes is being developed. The designers are also working on support for adding rows and columns to tables. Work to support Internet Explorer is ongoing.

Feedback opportunities[edit]

The Editing team will be making two presentations this weekend at Wikimania in London. The first is with product manager James Forrester and developer Trevor Parscal on Saturday at 16:30. The second is with developers Roan Kattouw and Trevor Parscal on Sunday at 12:30.

Please share your questions, suggestions, or problems by posting a note at the VisualEditor feedback page or by joining the office hours discussion on Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 09:00 UTC (daytime for Europe, Middle East and Asia) or on Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 16:00 UTC (daytime for the Americas; evening for Europe).

If you'd like to get this newsletter on your own page (about once a month), please subscribe at w:en:Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Newsletter for English Wikipedia only or at Meta for any project. Thank you! Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:14, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

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Wikidata weekly summary #125[edit]

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VisualEditor newsletter—September and October 2014[edit]

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Did you know?

TemplateData is a separate program that organizes information about the parameters that can be used in a template. VisualEditor reads that data, and uses it to populate its simplified template dialogs.

With the new TemplateData editor, it is easier to add information about parameters, because the ones you need to use are pre-loaded.

See the help page for TemplateData for more information about adding TemplateData. The user guide has information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing team has reduced technical debt, simplified some workflows for template and citation editing, made major progress on Internet Explorer support, and fixed over 125 bugs and requests. Several performance improvements were made, especially to the system around re-using references and reference lists. Weekly updates are posted on Mediawiki.org.

There were three issues that required urgent fixes: a deployment error that meant that many buttons didn't work correctly (bugs 69856 and 69864), a problem with edit conflicts that left the editor with nowhere to go (bug 69150), and a problem in Internet Explorer 11 that caused replaced some categories with a link to the system message, MediaWiki:Badtitletext (bug 70894) when you saved. The developers apologize for the disruption, and thank the people who reported these problems quickly.

Increased support for devices and browsers[edit]

Internet Explorer 10 and 11 users now have access to VisualEditor. This means that about 5% of Wikimedia's users will now get an "Edit" tab alongside the existing "Edit source" tab. Support for Internet Explorer 9 is planned for the future.

Tablet users browsing the site's mobile mode now have the option of using a mobile-specific form of VisualEditor. More editing tools, and availability of VisualEditor on smartphones, is planned for the future. The mobile version of VisualEditor was tweaked to show the context menu for citations instead of basic references (bug 68897). A bug that broke the editor in iOS was corrected and released early (bug 68949). For mobile tablet users, three bugs related to scrolling were fixed (bug 66697bug 68828bug 69630). You can use VisualEditor on the mobile version of Wikipedia from your tablet by clicking on the cog in the top-right when editing a page and choosing which editor to use.

TemplateData editor[edit]

A tool for editing TemplateData will be deployed to more Wikipedias soon.  Other Wikipedias and some other projects may receive access next month. This tool makes it easier to add TemplateData to the template's documentation.  When the tool is enabled, it will add a button above every editing window for a template (including documentation subpages). To use it, edit the template or a subpage, and then click the "Manage TemplateData" button at the top.  Read the help page for TemplateData. You can test the TemplateData editor in a sandbox at Mediawiki.org. Remember that TemplateData should be placed either on a documentation subpage or on the template page itself. Only one block of TemplateData will be used per template.

Other changes[edit]

Several interface messages and labels were changed to be simpler, clearer, or shorter, based on feedback from translators and editors. The formatting of dialogs was changed, and more changes to the appearance will be coming soon, when VisualEditor implements the new MediaWiki theme from Design. (A preview of the theme is available on Labs for developers.) The team also made some improvements for users of the Monobook skin that improved the size of text in toolbars and fixed selections that overlapped menus.

VisualEditor-MediaWiki now supplies the mw-redirect or mw-disambig class on links to redirects and disambiguation pages, so that user gadgets that colour in these in types of links can be created.

Templates' fields can be marked as 'required' in TemplateData. If a parameter is marked as required, then you cannot delete that field when you add a new template or edit an existing one (bug 60358). 

Language support improved by making annotations use bi-directional isolation (so they display correctly with cursoring behaviour as expected) and by fixing a bug that crashed VisualEditor when trying to edit a page with a dir attribute but no lang set (bug 69955).

Looking ahead[edit]

The team posts details about planned work on the VisualEditor roadmap. The VisualEditor team plans to add auto-fill features for citations soon, perhaps in late October.

The team is also working on support for adding rows and columns to tables, and early work for this may appear within the month. Please comment on the design at Mediawiki.org.

In the future, real-time collaborative editing may be possible in VisualEditor. Some early preparatory work for this was recently done.

Supporting your wiki[edit]

At Wikimania, several developers gave presentations about VisualEditor. A translation sprint focused on improving access to VisualEditor was supported by many people. Deryck Chan was the top translator. Special honors also go to संजीव कुमार (Sanjeev Kumar), Robby, Takot, Bachounda, Bjankuloski06 and Ата. A summary of the work achieved by the translation community has been posted here. Thank you all for your work.

VisualEditor can be made available to most non-Wikipedia projects. If your community would like to test VisualEditor, please contact product manager James Forrester or file an enhancement request in Bugzilla.

Please join the office hours on Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 18:00 UTC (daytime for the Americas; evening for Africa and Europe) and on Wednesday, 19 November at 16:00 UTC on IRC.

Give feedback on VisualEditor at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback. Subscribe or unsubscribe at Meta. To help with translations, please subscribe to the Translators mailing list or contact Elitre at Meta. Thank you!

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