WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 3
Greetings! For this month's issue...
We have demos!
After a lengthy research and design process, we decided for WikiProject X to focus on two things:
- A WikiProject workflow that focuses on action items: discussions you can participate in and tasks you can perform to improve the encyclopedia; and
- An automatically updating WikiProject directory that gives you lists of users participating in the WikiProject and editing in that subject area.
We have a live demonstration of the new WikiProject workflow at WikiProject Women in Technology, a brand new WikiProject that was set up as an adjunct to a related edit-a-thon in Washington, DC. The goal is to surface action items for editors, and we intend on doing that through automatically updated working lists. We are looking into using SuggestBot to generate lists of outstanding tasks, and we are looking into additional options for automatic worklist generation. This takes the burden off of WikiProject editors to generate these worklists, though there is also a "requests" section for Wikipedians to make individual requests. (As of writing, these automated lists are not yet live, so you will see a blank space under "edit articles" on the demo WikiProject. Sorry about that!) I invite you to check out the WikiProject and leave feedback on WikiProject X's talk page.
Once the demo is sufficiently developed, we will be working on a limited deployment on our pilot WikiProjects. We have selected five for the first round of testing based on the highest potential for impact and will scale up from there.
While a re-designed WikiProject experience is much needed, that alone isn't enough. A WikiProject isn't any good if people have no way of discovering it. This is why we are also developing an automatically updated WikiProject directory. This directory will surface project-related metrics, including a count of active WikiProject participants and of active editors in that project's subject area. The purpose of these metrics is to highlight how active the WikiProject is at the given point of time, but also to highlight that project's potential for success. The directory is not yet live but there is a demonstration featuring a sampling of WikiProjects.
Each directory entry will link to a WikiProject description page which automatically list the active WikiProject participants and subject-area article editors. This allows Wikipedians to find each other based on the areas they are interested in, and this information can be used to revive a WikiProject, start a new one, or even for some other purpose. These description pages are not online yet, but they will use this template, if you want to get a feel of what they will look like.
We need volunteers!
WikiProject X is a huge undertaking, and we need volunteers to support our efforts, including testers and coders. Check out our volunteer portal and see what you can do to help us!
As an aside...
Wouldn't it be cool if lists of requested articles could not only be integrated directly with WikiProjects, but also shared between WikiProjects? Well, we got the crazy idea of having experimental software feature Flow deployed (on a totally experimental basis) on the new Article Request Workshop, which seeks to be a place where editors can "workshop" article ideas before they get created. It uses Flow because Flow allows, essentially, section-level categorization, and in the future will allow "sections" (known as "topics" within Flow) to be included across different pages. What this means is that you have a recommendation for a new article tagged by multiple WikiProjects, allowing for the recommendation to appear on lists for each WikiProject. This will facilitate inter-WikiProject collaboration and will help to reduce duplicated work. The Article Request Workshop is not entirely ready yet due to some bugs with Flow, but we hope to integrate it into our pilot WikiProjects at some point.
Hey, I got an email to say I'm approved to use the tool, however every time I try to log on, I'm met with "User account is not identified. Please email email@example.com if you believe this is in error." Regards, — BranStark (talk) 15:57, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Unsuitable username email
Hi-not sure what's happened,but I've received an email from you stating that my username does not comply with the Username Policy,and I have to apply for a new username.I can't see any reason for this,and so it looks like some sort of glitch?-or someone is trying to use my username without my permission.Hoping you can clear it up :) Cheers Lemon martini (talk) 21:30, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
- @Lemon martini: |Did you request another account through the Request an account process? If you can copy the raw message, including all of the headers, and email the content back to me, I will look into it. Regards, DocTree (ʞlɐʇ·ʇuoɔ) WER 21:44, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
Here it is. Just realized that it's talking about a new request- I'm not sure if this refers to 1.a new request for an account has been received(in which case it's not me) or 2.a request for a new account with a new acceptable username to replace the current one.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wed 4/22/15 9:14 PM To: Many thanks for your interest in Wikipedia. Unfortunately the username that you have requested does not comply with our username policy.
Please take a look at our username policy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Username_policy) and choose a different username. You may be able to create an account with the new name you have chosen yourself at http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Userlogin&type=signup. If so, I wish you all the best and hope you enjoy your time on Wikipedia.
If you are still unable to create the name yourself, we will gladly process your new request here, and I look forward to hearing from you again with your new choice of username.
- If you did not make this request, please ignore this email. If you wish to report this, please send an email to email@example.com with a copy of the original email.*
Doc Tree http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Doctree English Wikipedia Account Creation Team
- @Lemon martini: Hi, again Lm. I requested (and received) oversight of the email address to preserve everyone's privacy. The account creation interface system requires that email addresses be verified before a request is sent to the ACC Open requests queue. The email that you forwarded is generated when an ACC team volunteer clicks the "Decline-UPol" button. The only account request that I see where I declined for that reason today asked for a disruptive username. You may want to change your email account password. Looks like your email may have been hacked or at least spoofed. Take care, DocTree (ʞlɐʇ·ʇuoɔ) WER 00:44, 23 April 2015 (UTC)