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James Goodnight[edit]

Hi John. I've pinged a good 4-5 people to try to get someone to fulfill the request edit with no dice. Since you have already evaluated the article's sourcing, would you be comfortable doing the merge? SlimVirgin said she would try to take a look (but no promises) and a couple others who had edited the article in the past didn't respond. The Request Edit is about one-month old now. CorporateM (Talk) 20:19, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Hi John. You mentioned I could ping you for Request Edits that are over a week old. I would actually be happy to wait a month per WP:NORUSH, but I have one case where the non-free image in draft space is going to get deleted Wednesday and I think I might get in trouble if I keep uploading it for a third or fourth time. I wonder if you could take a look if no one responds tomorrow. We actually trimmed the promotionalism substantially here and there is nothing controversial where our COI is compelling except that it is always hard to write neutral product articles, but I did point out some of the sourcing for its version history is not exactly mainstream. It could use some editorial smoothing, but a GA reviewer might help with that. CorporateM (Talk) 14:16, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Hi John. Appreciate you following me around with B and C class tags. Sort of gives me a score to chase after, so I can work up to GA incrementally. I got my first two GAs, but on a volunteer basis (which is much easier).
It hasn't been a month yet (2 weeks), but all the relevant editors have been notified of my JMP (statistical software) article without response. My proposed edits are pretty non-controversial considering they are mostly based on the feedback of other editors. I was wondering if you were comfortable doing the merge and/or providing feedback on what it still needs to hit the GA mark. CorporateM (Talk) 22:59, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
Hi John. Just wanted to see if you were going to get a chance to take a look. No big deal if I need to wait another week or two ;-) CorporateM (Talk) 01:16, 4 February 2013 (UTC)

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COI template[edit]

I have initiated a discussion at Village Pump Proposals regarding applying Template:COI editnotice more broadly, in order to provide advice from WP:COI directly onto the article Talk page. Your comment, support or opposition is invited. Cheers. CorporateM (Talk) 19:49, 12 March 2013 (UTC)

Facebook[edit]

I was waltzing by some archives and found this. I chuckled on how you told me you weren't familiar with Facebook. Have you heard about it by now? LOL Feedback 02:52, 19 March 2013 (UTC)

Assistance with COI request[edit]

Hi John, I have a couple of small requests I wonder if you would be able to help with, creating a couple of redirects and adding a logo for a new article I wrote for Rally.org. As I wrote this on behalf of the company, I have a COI so I'd prefer not to make these edits myself. I hope you don't mind me asking, as I noticed that you're a member of WikiProject Cooperation. For background: the article passed through AfC, and an editor at there reviewed it, as did an editor from WikiProject Cooperation. Both these editors are now busy, so I'm looking for an editor to wrap up some loose ends on the article. The full details are in my request at Paid Editor Help. Can you help? Thanks, 16912 Rhiannon (Talk · COI) 19:42, 12 April 2013 (UTC)

You are invited to the "All Things GW" editathon on Saturday, April 20[edit]

The "All Things GW" editathon on Saturday, April 20, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. is a rare chance to go behind the scenes in the University Archives of the GW Libraries and use their unique resources to research and update Wikipedia pages related to The George Washington University and the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Did you miss our last D.C. history editathon? This is your is your chance to come edit with wiki-friends using different great collection! The event includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the University Archives and a show-and-tell of some of its most interesting treasures, snacks, and the editathon.

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Input request[edit]

Hello John Broughton,

I am requesting input from all participants in the discussion from the recent Signpost article on sexism in Wikipedia for a proposal at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Football/National teams#Proposed change: consistency in article title gendering. Thank you in advance for any contributions to the discussion. Dkreisst (talk) 21:25, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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NIH[edit]

I am going to be meeting with the NIH next week. I remember that you and Tim organized an event there a few years ago [1]. Wondering how it went and if there was interest to build upon things when you were there? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 12:06, 17 May 2013 (UTC)

Josh Urbiztondo[edit]

Thanks for helping to replace the stuff his daddy was putting in. --Orange Mike | Talk 12:42, 22 May 2013 (UTC)

WP:General sanctions[edit]

Hello John. Regarding this change. The two header items you removed are presumably intended to explain the entries in the 'Type' column of the table below. Both general restrictions and revert restrictions are currently mentioned in the Type column. Those are the two things you removed. So the rationale for your change is unclear. Do you really want to insert in GS a pointer to WP:RESTRICT so people can see the full enumeration of sanction types? Even so, that would not cover the complete set of sanction types that are currently in use in in GS. I have always found the GS page rather confusing, so improvements are surely possible. Thanks, EdJohnston (talk) 04:21, 28 May 2013 (UTC)

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Wikipedia: The Missing Manual[edit]

Hi John.

I thought I'd let you know that I created the article infobox and used your book Wikipedia – The Missing Manual as one of the sources. Mindmatrix 23:21, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

June 2013[edit]

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Thanks re: Reverse T3[edit]

Dear John;

Thanks so much for your note! I appreciate your concerns about the appropriateness of the content.

I will, as you have suggested (thanks, didn't know that!), create a sandbox and get my article into it as quickly as my learning curve permits.

Your offer was wonderful: I'd really appreciate your taking a read-through and sharing your opinions with me.

Oh, my wife Natalie and I left Santa Rosa just a year ago - small world!

Thanks again! Alan McDaniel. Njmcdaniel (talk) 19:39, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

Hello again!
John, I hate to bother you. I've run into a snag, it seems and I wonder if you might know the solution.
In following the suggestions you sent, I've tried to download the file given at Help:WordToWiki but it isn't working.
My computer-savvy nephew wrote: "I'm having a Word 2007 issue. I've corrected the "normal.dot" to "normal.dotm" but it still won't debug to upload. Also tried the normal1.dotm and that didn't work, either."
Have you any suggestions? Thanks again! Alan. Njmcdaniel (talk) 17:47, 12 June 2013 (UTC)
Dear John; Thanks for your speedy response. As it happens, I just started to muddle away and have made decent progress in my own sandbox, as you'd suggested. I will treasure away your suggestions and with my nephew's benign oversight, will try to apply them later on. For now, slow and steady! I'll drop you a line when I've gotten the job done to a degree of satisfaction and I'm very anxious to find out how suitable it seems for Wiki! Thanks again - Alan. Njmcdaniel (talk) 18:30, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

don't judge a wikiproject by edits to the project page[edit]

Re WP:ENLANG: You neglect to consider the possibility that people are working on the actual articles. Which is what everyone should be doing. • ServiceableVillain 02:43, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

@ServiceableVillain: If you have any data that suggests that WP:ENLANG is an active project - one that somehow coordinates its work and has lots of interested editors who connect with each other without many posts on the project and project talk pages - then I highly recommend that you post that information at Wikipedia talk:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-06-05/News and notes. That page is where some other editors actually offered data that you appear to believe misrepresents the situation.
You're entitled to your opinion, but without any data, I do question how informed it actually is. In any case, posting here and User talk:Chris troutman doesn't seem as effective use of your time as working on articles. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 04:52, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

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Help on IRC[edit]

I saw you helping at the Help Desk and wondered if you helped in #wikipedia-en-help connect. We get lots of questions relating to both images and AfC drafts there, so if either of those are your forte then we'd appreciate the help :) Charmlet (talk) 01:05, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

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Another request[edit]

Hi John. If you have time, I was wondering if you could help take a look at a couple fairly minor Request Edits for Hightail here and Viralheat here. CorporateM (Talk) 23:49, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

@CorporateM: Sure, glad to help out. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 04:05, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-03[edit]

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Books & Bytes New Years Double Issue[edit]

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Yelp, Inc.[edit]

I have a COI. I would like to bring it up to GA, but it's been slow-going. Would you be willing to spend some time on it with me? The most glaring thing that comes to mind right now is the "Controversies" section, which is out-of-line with WP:Criticisms. It seemed like there was prior support for either "Integrity of reviews" or to spread it out through the article, but nobody edited boldly and instead the title of the section got increasingly worse. Also, I asked for it to be de-flated because it previously used a lot of low-quality sources to inflate it, but they trimmed too much and my comments about adding how the whole controversy got started went ignored.

It's hard to find someone willing to chip in on an article that may require more involvement and where editors disagree on some things (user:Wikidemon and user:Candleabracadabra for example disagree on the wording of the Lead and could use a third-party to review the arguments and see what can be worked out). I've seen in my prior pings that you really take the time to read sources and edit independently, so I thought I would try my luck. CorporateM (Talk) 15:16, 31 January 2014 (UTC)

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COI stuff[edit]

Hi John. I've been bugging a few editors hoping to get someone to fulfill my Request Edit here and review my AfC here. In both cases I have gotten some feedback on minor tweaks here and here respectively, but haven't been able to find anyone to actually make the edit per WP:COI. I'm being a little impatient knowing the AfC backlog is a month long. I was wondering if you had time to take a look and accept or reject the AfC, make the Request Edit, etc. if appropriate. CorporateM (Talk) 13:50, 5 March 2014 (UTC)

@CorporateM: I've taken care of the AfC request; I note that there seems to be a bad link for the image in the article, and that it's missing categories. I don't believe that adding categories involves COI issues (at least normally), so if you could fix that problem, it would be appreciated. I'll take a look at the edit request when I have a chance.
More generally, feel free to drop me a line whenever you've got an article in the AfC queue that's more than a week old. I do enjoy reviewing/editing well-sourced proposed articles. (Since most of the AfC submissions are not well =-sourced, I don't normally do AfC reviews.) -- John Broughton (♫♫) 17:43, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Yah, since trademarked images are not allowed in non-article space, I usually just leave a placeholder. I fixed the image and the categories. Fluffernutter said it could use an image and I may be able to obtain one of their showroom, but I am hesitant as to whether that would be promotional and if there is room for one on such a small article.
The SMS Audio one will be harder to compare the two versions, but I don't know what better way to do it, since many edits are needed and it would be even more tedious to describe them one-by-one. CorporateM (Talk) 20:59, 5 March 2014 (UTC)
Hi John. Just a heads up, North got the SMS Audio page. If I haven't worn out my welcome, I could also use your input/collaboration here. CorporateM (Talk) 15:11, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Triumph International & Upromise[edit]

If I have not imposed too much of a burden on you yet as to wear out my welcome, I'd also love your input here and here. BTW, no rush, but I have also provided a cited text as a proposed improvement to the DARE article if you care to take a look here. CorporateM (Talk) 17:20, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

@CorporateM: I'd rather be involved in situations where you've not gotten any (adequate) response (say, in a week or so), or need a tie-breaker. So please let me know, later, if I'm still needed for any of these three situations. I'm always glad to help, but I prefer to give other editors adequate opportunity.
As an aside, one of the things you wanted me to look at are your comments about an article which you posted on this user talk page. A suggestion - it's generally better to put such comments on the article talk page, and then drop a note (I find the {{reply to}} template to be quite useful) on the user talk page. That way, future editors and readers can easily find the discussion. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 18:46, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
No problem! I'll be out-of-town next week, so I'll circle back either Friday or the week after around the 24th. CorporateM (Talk) 00:31, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

Follow up[edit]

Hi John. My Talk page comments, Request Edits, COIN posts, etc. regarding DARE, Triumph International, and Upromise have not elicited a response. Unfortunately, I typically have to rely on pinging one of a handful of editors that are responsive to these types of requests. I'm about to go out of town for a week, so while I still have internet access, I wanted to make sure to follow up. If you do have time to take a look at the DARE text, I wouldn't mind taking the other two to someone else so I am not relying on you so heavily. CorporateM (Talk) 17:47, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

@CorporateM: I've added comments for each of the three that should, hopefully, move things along. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 03:58, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-11[edit]

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Tech News: 2014-12[edit]

07:14, 17 March 2014 (UTC)

AN/I discussion regarding Providence (religious movement)[edit]

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VisualEditor newsletter—March 2014[edit]

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SAS Institute[edit]

Hi John. I was wondering if you had any advice regarding this article (see my Talk page post here and the draft here). I'm actually cleaning up some classic COI mistakes I made when I authored the page three years ago, but at the same time, their reputation in the source material is gushingly positive. My draft so far is extremely toned down from the sources and it would still be the most positive article I have written in recent times, de-throning Noodles & Company, which is also a positive (but representative) article. When a page isn't "balanced" this tends to lead to assumptions that it is not representative, especially where a COI is involved and especially because COIs often make this argument of a positive article being representative falsely. Any thoughts? CorporateM (Talk) 22:50, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

@CorporateM: I've posted a counter-proposal of sorts on the article talk page. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 03:50, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! There's nothing from you on the article Talk page though. Did you forget to hit Save Page? I do that sometimes. CorporateM (Talk) 04:22, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
@CorporateM: Fortunately, the browser tab was still open (I'd done preview, but not save), so I finished up. So yes, now there is something for you to look at. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 16:16, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
You are spot-on as always. Should I see if someone else may take an interest in the page or would you like to hang around to review the content, etc. as well? CorporateM (Talk) 16:50, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
@CorporateM: I'd like to be the final resort, generally. But as long as you've had something up for at least a week on a talk/discussion page without a (good) response by any other editor, I'm happy to get involved. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 16:43, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Coolio. It looks like User:Smartse may take an interest (*crosses fingers) and I know him to be an editor that can handle COI situations well. I don't mind waiting a couple weeks for an editor to get around to each section, just so long as I know someone will. Since the Request Edit queue isn't consistently managed, there's no consistency in scooting up the line and getting to the front of the queue over time. Anyways, thanks as always!! CorporateM (Talk) 16:53, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-16[edit]

07:18, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Books & Bytes - Issue 5[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 5, March 2014
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs)

  • New Visiting Scholar positions
  • TWL Branch on Arabic Wikipedia, microgrants program
  • Australian articles get a link to librarians
  • Spotlight: "7 Reasons Librarians Should Edit Wikipedia"

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Tech News: 2014-17[edit]

08:34, 21 April 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 April 2014[edit]

VisualEditor newsletter—April 2014[edit]

Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor team has mostly worked on performance improvements, image settings, and preparation for a simplified citation template tool in its own menu.

  • In an oft-requested improvement, VisualEditor now displays red links (links to non-existent pages) in the proper color. Links to sister projects and external URLs are still the same blue as local links.
  • You can now open templates by double-clicking them or by selecting them and pressing  Return.  This also works for references, images, galleries, mathematical equations, and other "nodes".
  • VisualEditor has been disabled for pages that were created as translations of other pages using the Translate extension (common at Meta and MediaWiki.org). If a page has been marked for translation, you will see a warning if you try to edit it using VisualEditor.
  • When you try to edit protected pages with VisualEditor, the full protection notice and most recent log entry are displayed. Blocked users see the standard message for blocked users.
  • The developers fixed a bug that caused links on sub-pages to point to the wrong location.
  • The size-changing controls in the advanced settings section of the media or image dialog were simplified further. VisualEditor's media dialog supports more image display styles, like borderless images.
  • If there is not enough space on your screen to display all of the tabs (for instance, if your browser window is too narrow), the second edit tab will now fold into the drop-down menu (where the "Move" item is currently housed). On the English Wikipedia, this moves the "Edit beta" tab into the menu; on most projects, it moves the "Edit source" tab. This is only enabled in the default Vector skin, not for Monobook users. See this image for an example showing the "Edit source" and "View history" tabs after they moved into the drop-down menu.
  • After community requests, VisualEditor has been deployed as an opt-in feature at Meta and on the French Wikinews.
The drop-down menu is on the right, next to the search box.

Looking ahead:  A new, locally controlled menu of citation templates will put citations immediately in front of users. You will soon be able to see the Table of Contents while editing. Support for upright image sizes (preferred for accessibility) is being developed. In-line language setting (dir="rtl") will be offered as a Beta Feature soon. Looking further out, the developers are also working on support for viewing and editing hidden HTML comments. 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 Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Feedback or by joining the office hours on Monday, 19 May 2014 at 18:00 UTC. If you'd like to get this on your own page, subscribe at Wikipedia:VisualEditor#Newsletter for English Wikipedia only or at meta:VisualEditor/Newsletter for any project. Thank you! Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:23, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-18[edit]

07:23, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 April 2014[edit]

Tech News: 2014-19[edit]

07:29, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Kuali[edit]

Because of the copyright violations, I suggest you take a copy off-line asap. I've killed the SD tags, but it's still deletable Jimfbleak - talk to me? 19:51, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 07 May 2014[edit]

Tech News: 2014-20[edit]

06:00, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-21[edit]

07:18, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor newsletter—May 2014[edit]

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Did you know?

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The cite menu offers quick access to up to five citation templates.  If your wiki has enabled the "Cite" menu, press "Cite" and select the appropriate template from the menu.

Existing citations that use these templates can be edited either using the "Cite" tool or by selecting the reference and choosing the "Basic" item in the "Insert" menu.

Read the user guide for more information.

Since the last newsletter, the VisualEditor team has mostly worked on the new citation tool, improving performance, reducing technical debt, and other infrastructure needs.

The biggest change in the last few weeks is the new citation template menu, labeled "Cite". The new citation menu offers a locally configurable list of citation templates on the main toolbar. It adds or opens references using the simplified template dialog that was deployed last month. This tool is in addition to the "Basic" item in the "Insert" menu, and it is not displayed unless it has been configured for that wiki. To enable this tool on your wiki, see the instructions at VisualEditor/Citation tool.

Eventually, the VisualEditor team plans to add autofill features for these citations. When this long-awaited feature is created, you could add an ISBN, URL, DOI or other identifier to the citation tool, and VisualEditor would automatically fill in as much information for that source as possible. The concept drawings can be seen at mw:VisualEditor/Design/Reference Dialog, and your ideas about making referencing quick and easy are still wanted.

  • There is a new Beta Feature for setting content language and direction.  This allows editors who have opted in to use the "Language" tool in the "Insert" menu to add HTML span tags that label text with the language and as being left-to-right (LTR) or right-to-left (RTL), like this:  <span lang="en" dir="ltr">English</span>. This tool is most useful for pages whose text combines multiple languages with different directions, common on Right-to-Left wikis.
  • The tool for editing mathematics formulae in VisualEditor has been slightly updated and is now available to all users, as the "Formula" item in the "Insert" menu. It uses LaTeX like in the wikitext editor.
  • The layout of template dialogs has been changed, putting the label above the field.  Parameters are now called "fields", to avoid a technical term that many editors are unfamiliar with.
  • TemplateData has been expanded:  You can now add "suggested" parameters in TemplateData, and VisualEditor will display them in the template dialogs like required ones.  "Suggested" is recommended for parameters that are commonly used, but not actually required to make the template work.  There is also a new type for TemplateData parameters: wiki-file-name, for file names.  The template tool can now tell you if a parameter is marked as being obsolete.
  • Some templates that previously displayed strangely due to absolute CSS positioning hacks should now display correctly.
  • Several messages have changed: The notices shown when you save a page have been merged into those used in the wikitext editor, for consistency.  The message shown when you "<visualeditor-toolbar-cancel>" out of an edit is clearer. The beta dialog notice, which is shown the first time you open VisualEditor, will be hidden for logged-in users via a user preference rather than a cookie.  As a result of this change, the beta notice will show up one last time for all logged-in users on their next VisualEditor use after Thursday's upgrade.
  • Adding a category that is a redirect to another category prompts you to add the target category instead of the redirect.
  • In the "Media" dialog, it is no longer possible to set a redundant border for thumbnail and framed images.
  • 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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Tech News: 2014-22[edit]

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Tech News: 2014-23[edit]

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June 2014[edit]

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Books & Bytes, Issue 6[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 6, April-May 2014
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs)

  • New donations from Oxford University Press and Royal Society (UK)
  • TWL does Vegas: American Library Association Annual plans
  • TWL welcomes a new coordinator, resources for library students and interns
  • New portal on Meta, resources for starting TWL branches, donor call blitzes, Wikipedia Visiting Scholar news, and more

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Tech News: 2014-24[edit]

07:39, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Citation bot[edit]

I think you've had some experience with discussing this: Wikipedia:Bot owners' noticeboard#User:Citation bot - mass creation of sub-templates. Anything you have to add would be appreciated. -- Netoholic @ 19:00, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-25[edit]

07:13, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library: New Account Coordinators Needed[edit]

Hi Books & Bytes recipients: The Wikipedia Library has been expanding rapidly and we need some help! We currently have 10 signups for free account access open and several more in the works... In order to help with those signups, distribute access codes, and manage accounts we'll need 2-3 more Account Coordinators.

It takes about an hour to get up and running and then only takes a couple hours per week, flexible depending upon your schedule and routine. If you're interested in helping out, please drop a note in the next week at my talk page or shoot me an email at: jorlowitz@gmail.com. Thanks and cheers, Jake Ocaasi via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:41, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 18 June 2014[edit]

Tech News: 2014-26[edit]

07:20, 23 June 2014 (UTC)

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)

Tech News: 2014-27[edit]

06:53, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-28[edit]

07:07, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Pablo Ganguliwikipage[edit]

Hello we were thinking of ways to improve the Ganguli page. Is there a way to add more top media links and references about his recent achievements and news? also an image for the page? thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by 189.217.154.20 (talk) 05:17, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, there is. Unfortunately, I don't have time to help on this. I strongly suggest that you post your question at WP:HD. Someone there is much more likely to be able to help you. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 01:26, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Invisalign[edit]

Hi John. Regarding a draft History section for this article, which I have submitted with a COI, I was wondering if you could take a look at the discussion here and weigh in? CorporateM (Talk) 17:28, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-29[edit]

07:48, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

National Retail Federation page created[edit]

John,

For the NRF page you created years ago, there are a few factual links that can be updated for the events listings: BIG Show - nrf.com/annual

The Washington Leadership Conference is now Retail Advocates Conference nrf.com/retailadvocates

NRF Loss Prevention Conference & EXPO is now NRF PROTECT nrf.com/nrfprotect

NRF Human Resources Executives Summit nrf.com/hrsummit

Shop.org Annual Summit – is the Shop.org Summit shop.org/summit

CMO Summit – corrected URL http://events.nrf.com/cmo14/Public/MainHall.aspx?ID=22780

NRF has also recently updated its logo, which one can find at https://www.flickr.com/photos/nationalretailfederation/sets/72157644027640394/

Best, KyraQuilt KyraQuilt (talk) 19:05, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Retail Loss Prevention professional conferences[edit]

For the Retail Loss Prevention page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retail_loss_prevention, one area that may expand the page is a listing of professional conferences. Below is a list of major conferences and the organizations that host this functional area:

  • Food Marketing Institute (FMI) - Asset Protrection Conference
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) - Retail Asset Protection Conference
  • Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association (RLPSA) - Restaurant Loss Prevention & Security Association Conference
  • National Retail Federation (NRF) - NRF PROTECT

KyraQuilt (talk) 19:10, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)Trade shows of this sort rarely if ever rise to the level of notability. Wikipedia is not a directory, and a list such as you suggest has no place here. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:28, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
@Orangemike: As noted, Kyra and I are talking about improvements to the Retail loss prevention article. We'd want to have a reliable source for each trade show listed, of course. Assuming we do, I don't see a small section with a list as being in violation of WP:NOT. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 20:11, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-30[edit]

07:42, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-31[edit]

08:09, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 7[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 7, June-July 2014
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs)

  • Seven new donations, two expanded partnerships
  • TWL's Final Report up, read the summary
  • Adventures in Las Vegas, WikiConference USA, and updates from TWL coordinators
  • Spotlight: Blog post on BNA's impact on one editor's research

Read the full newsletter

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Tech News: 2014-32[edit]

07:37, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor's user guide[edit]

Hi John,

I don't know if you have any free time, but I'm updating mw:Help:VisualEditor/User guide today and tomorrow. There have been many changes recently, which change a few workflows and invalidate most of the images. Are you interested in looking at it? I'm unfortunately working on a pretty tight deadline: a translation push starts on Wednesday morning at Wikimania (in London). Images can be easily updated later, but this will be our best chance to make major changes to the text this year. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:51, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

@Whatamidoing (WMF): Actually, I prefer to start with updated images, and revised the text accordingly - I find that much easier. I'd be happy to do the text if you do the images. (The images don't need to be inserted into the user manual; I just need to know where they are [what their names are].) -- John Broughton (♫♫) 18:13, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

I'm updating images at mw:Help:VisualEditor/User guide#Editing links right now, and working my way down the page. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:45, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): Great! I'll follow behind, changing the text. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 19:00, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
By the way, I'm using https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Whatamidoing_(WMF)/Sandbox?veaction=edit&uselang=qqx to find out the auto-translating system names.
Also, what do you think about moving the section about citing references up higher? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:13, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
Lunch time, and then I've got to work on other things for a while, but I hope to get back to the reference section later today. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:44, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): Yes, the citing references section should be higher up. If you don't do it, I'll move it one section higher (references are more important than, and more frequent than, editing images and other files, I'm sure). A good argument could be made to put it yet one section higher (before links are discussed), but I can see valid counterarguments (for example, if links are used within references). -- John Broughton (♫♫) 23:24, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

@Whatamidoing (WMF): I've finished the first six sections. The seventh, Templates, is problematical. Two of the first three screenshots need to be replaced, and that's as far as I got. Also, two screenshots near the end of what was section 6 (citations; now section 5) also need to be replaced. So my question to you is whether I should wait for you to do more screenshot replacements - in sections 7 to the end - or whether this cluster is just an anomaly, and I should continue editing to the end, because there is no reason to think that a lot more screenshots are wrong.

I've posted, at your talk page, more details about the four problematical screenshots, as well as two subsection headings I added that need to be "wrapped" in translation tags. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 03:31, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

In case it wasn't clear: you should assume that any image containing a "<" in the upper left corner or an "X" in the upper right corner is out of date. Before we started, it was probably half the (70) images on the page. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 03:14, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

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)

Tech News: 2014-33[edit]

07:43, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Nomination of Steve Harrison (candidate) for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Steve Harrison (candidate) is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Steve Harrison (candidate) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Boleyn (talk) 16:11, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-34[edit]

07:17, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

refs[edit]

please use high quality resources rather than blogs

thanks Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 21:26, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

@Jmh649: To quote from WP:RS: "Note that otherwise reliable news sources—for example, the website of a major news organization—that publish in a 'blog' style format for some or all of their content may be as reliable as if published in a more 'traditional' 20th-century format."
In this case, the blog I cited (I'm assuming you're referring to this edit) was published by The New York Times, and the author is a journalist who "specializes in writing in-depth stories about health and medicine".
you're welcome -- John Broughton (♫♫) 21:44, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Per WP:MEDRS we tend to use the high quality secondary sources over the popular press. Thus this would be a better source http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_03/sr03_036.pdf Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 21:50, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
@Jmh649: I didn't realize that medical articles had higher standards for sourcing - thank you for bringing that to my attention. I'll keep in mind that WP:MEDRS does say that "... high-quality popular press can be a good source for social, biographical, current-affairs, financial, and historical information in a medical article". -- John Broughton (♫♫) 22:50, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks agree. Switched the ref. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) (if I write on your page reply on mine) 22:53, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-35[edit]

09:21, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Andreas Kaplan-related sockpuppet investigation notice[edit]

Hello, you are receiving this notice because you made a contribution at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Andreas Kaplan (2nd nomination), now closed. Subsequent to the closure of the AfD, a related sockpuppet investigation (define) was opened. If you are interested, you can view or contribute to it. Thank you. — Brianhe (talk) 03:31, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-36[edit]

07:49, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-37[edit]

09:33, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 10 September 2014[edit]

Tech News: 2014-38[edit]

08:34, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-39[edit]

09:05, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-40[edit]

09:44, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

http://www.gopedia.org/[edit]

is not reachable.

I'm getting a message back from https://sites.google.com/a/gopedia.org/www: "Google Apps wurde für gopedia.org gesperrt. Wenden Sie sich an Ihren Administrator, um nähere Informationen zu erhalten." --Manorainjan (talk) 15:08, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

@Manorainjan: Yes, gopedia.org is not reachable. The website was built using a Google software tool, but Google then stopped supporting that tool. So the website doesn't work anymore. I could rebuild it, but I'm not that interested, at the moment.
More helpfully, you can find the website and its contents here, at archive.org. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 15:53, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-41[edit]

06:10, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 8[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 8, August-September2014
by The Interior (talk · contribs), Ocaasi (talk · contribs), Sadads (talk · contribs)

  • TWL now a Wikimedia Foundation program, moves on from grant status
  • Four new donations, including large DeGruyter parntership, pilot with Elsevier
  • New TWL coordinators, Wikimania news, new library platform discussions, Wiki Loves Libraries update, and more
  • Spotlight: "Traveling Through History" - an editor talks about his experiences with a TWL newspaper archive, Newspapers.com

Read the full newsletter



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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!

Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 00:10, 8 October 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:The Missing Manual[edit]

Did copies of it end up selling online? Enigmamsg 02:45, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

@Enigmaman: No, the publisher never put out an ebook version of the book. It is possible, however, to build your own via Book:Wikipedia: The Missing Manual. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 17:16, 12 October 2014 (UTC)
I was showing it (the abridged version, I still have some copies) to someone last night and he pointed out that the physical version of the book had a price on it. I meant were copies of that sold. Enigmamsg 19:05, 12 October 2014 (UTC)
@Enigmaman: Hmm, not sure what you mean by the "abridged" version - there is a Wikipedia Reader's Guide: The Missing Manual, a quite small book, which has just chapter one of W:TMM (as an appendix), but that's quite a different thing.
Anyway, yes, the book was physically sold (and the Reader's Guide as well) - some thousands of copies, though I haven't bothered to look to see exactly how many. It's still for sale, for example here. The Reader's Guide is also for sale, for example, here.
The text of the book now on Wikipedia (H:TMM) wasn't available until about a year after the (main, large) physical book was published. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 00:11, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
I meant the Reader's Guide. My mistake. Enigmamsg 01:52, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
@Enigmaman: Perhaps the source of confusion is that the Reader's Guide was initially given out for free by the publisher, O'Reilly Media, at a Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area (2008? 2009?). It subsequently became simply another book sold by that publisher, though it's quite possible (I don't know) that it was handed out (for free) at later Maker Faire events as well. The publisher also provided copies to some volunteer Wikipedia events, I believe, and perhaps there were some free copies given out for other purposes. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 03:43, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
You sent me a box of them to hand out at an NYC Meetup in 2008 or 2009. I tried to find the Meetup page where you asked for someone to hand out copies but I can't find it. It appears to be gone. Maybe I should check deleted contributions. Enigmamsg 04:17, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-42[edit]

08:54, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 15 October 2014[edit]

Tech News: 2014-43[edit]

13:48, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-44[edit]

05:20, 27 October 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 October 2014[edit]

Tech News: 2014-45[edit]

17:28, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Now Available (November 2014)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today :)

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for, free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for:

  • DeGruyter: 1000 new accounts for English and German-language research. Sign up on one of two language Wikipedias:
  • Fold3: 100 new accounts for American history and military archives
  • Scotland's People: 100 new accounts for Scottish genealogy database
  • British Newspaper Archive: expanded by 100+ accounts for British newspapers
  • Highbeam: 100+ remaining accounts for newspaper and magazine archives
  • Questia: 100+ remaining accounts for journal and social science articles
  • JSTOR: 100+ remaining accounts for journal archives

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 23:25, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language. Please contact Ocaasi (WMF).
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VisualEditor newsletter—November 2014[edit]

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Did you know?

VisualEditor is also available on the mobile version of Wikipedia. Login and click the pencil icon to open the page you want to edit. Click on the gear-shaped settings in the upper-right corner, to pick which editor to use. Choose "Edit" to use VisualEditor, or "Edit source" to use the wikitext editor.

It will remember whether you used wikitext or VisualEditor, and use the same editor the next time you edit an article.

The user guide has information about how to use VisualEditor. Not all features are available in Mobile Web.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and requests, and worked on support for editing tables and for using non-Latin languages. Their weekly updates are posted on Mediawiki.org. Informal notes from the recent quarterly review were posted on Meta.

Recent improvements[edit]

The French Wikipedia should see better search results for links, templates, and media because the new search engine was turned on for everyone there. This change is expected at the Chinese and German Wikipedias next week, and eventually at the English Wikipedia.

The "pawn" system has been mostly replaced. Bugs in this system sometimes added a chess pawn character to wikitext. The replacement provides better support for non-Latin languages, with full support hopefully coming soon.

VisualEditor is now provided to editors who use Internet Explorer 10 or 11 on desktop and mobile devices. Internet Explorer 9 is not supported yet.

The keyboard shortcuts for items in the toolbar's menus are now shown in the menus. VisualEditor will replace the existing design with a new theme from the User Experience / Design group. The appearance of dialogs has already changed in one Mobile version. The appearance on desktops will change soon. (You can see a developer preview of the old "Apex" design and the new "MediaWiki" theme which will replace it.)

Several bugs were fixed for internal and external links. Improvements to MediaWiki's search solved an annoying problem: If you searched for the full name of the page or file that you wanted to link, sometimes the search program could not find the page. A link inside a template, to a local page that does not exist, will now show red, exactly as it does when reading the page. Due to a error, for about two weeks this also affected all external links inside templates. Opening an auto-numbered link node like [856] with the keyboard used to open the wrong link tool. These problems have all been fixed.

TemplateData[edit]

The tool for quickly editing TemplateData will be deployed to all Wikimedia Foundation wikis on Thursday, 6 November.  This tool is already available on the biggest 40 Wikipedias, and now all wikis will have access to it. 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.

You can use the new autovalue setting to pre-load a value into a template. This can be used to substitute dates, as in this example, or to add the most common response for that parameter. The autovalue can be easily overridden by the editor, by typing something else in the field.

In TemplateData, you may define a parameter as "required". The template dialog in VisualEditor will warn editors if they leave a "required" parameter empty, and they will not be able to delete that parameter. If the template can function without this parameter, then please mark it as "suggested" or "optional" in TemplateData instead.

Looking ahead[edit]

Basic support for inserting tables and changing the number of rows and columns in tables will appear next Wednesday. Advanced features, like dragging columns to different places, will be possible later. The VisualEditor team plans to add auto-fill features for citations soon. To help editors find the most important items more quickly, some items in the toolbar menus will be hidden behind a "More" item, such as "underlining" in the styling menu. The appearance of the media search dialog will improve, to make picking between possible images easier and more visual. The team posts details about planned work on the VisualEditor roadmap.

The user guide will be updated soon to add information about editing tables. The translations for most languages except Spanish, French, and Dutch are significantly out of date. Please help complete the current translations for users who speak your language. Talk to us if you need help exporting the translated guide to your wiki.

You can influence VisualEditor's design. Tell the VisualEditor team what you want changed during the office hours via IRC. The next sessions are on Wednesday, 19 November at 16:00 UTC and on Wednesday 7 January 2015 at 22:00 UTC. You can also share your ideas at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback.

Also, user experience researcher Abbey Ripstra is looking for editors to show her how they edit Wikipedia. Please sign up for the research program if you would like to hear about opportunities.

If you would like to help with translations of this newsletter, please subscribe to the Translators mailing list or contact us directly, so that we can notify you when the next issue is ready. Subscribe or unsubscribe at Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Newsletter. Thank you!

Whatamidoing (WMF) 20:41, 6 November 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-46[edit]

15:00, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-47[edit]

18:28, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Copyright checks when performing AfC reviews[edit]

Hello John Broughton. This message is part of a mass mailing to people who appear active in reviewing articles for creation submissions. First of all, thank you for taking part in this important work! I'm sorry this message is a form letter – it really was the only way I could think of to covey the issue economically. Of course, this also means that I have not looked to see whether the matter is applicable to you in particular.

The issue is in rather large numbers of copyright violations ("copyvios") making their way through AfC reviews without being detected (even when easy to check, and even when hallmarks of copyvios in the text that should have invited a check, were glaring). A second issue is the correct method of dealing with them when discovered.

If you don't do so already, I'd like to ask for your to help with this problem by taking on the practice of performing a copyvio check as the first step in any AfC review. The most basic method is to simply copy a unique but small portion of text from the draft body and run it through a search engine in quotation marks. Trying this from two different paragraphs is recommended. (If you have any question about whether the text was copied from the draft, rather than the other way around (a "backwards copyvio"), the Wayback Machine is very useful for sussing that out.)

If you do find a copyright violation, please do not decline the draft on that basis. Copyright violations need to be dealt with immediately as they may harm those whose content is being used and expose Wikipedia to potential legal liability. If the draft is substantially a copyvio, and there's no non-infringing version to revert to, please mark the page for speedy deletion right away using {{db-g12|url=URL of source}}. If there is an assertion of permission, please replace the draft article's content with {{subst:copyvio|url=URL of source}}.

Some of the more obvious indicia of a copyvio are use of the first person ("we/our/us..."), phrases like "this site", or apparent artifacts of content written for somewhere else ("top", "go to top", "next page", "click here", use of smartquotes, etc.); inappropriate tone of voice, such as an overly informal tone or a very slanted marketing voice with weasel words; including intellectual property symbols (™,®); and blocks of text being added all at once in a finished form with no misspellings or other errors.

I hope this message finds you well and thanks again you for your efforts in this area. Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 02:20, 18 November 2014 (UTC).

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Tech News: 2014-48[edit]

19:31, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Publishers Clearing House[edit]

Hi John. I was wondering if you had a minute to get involved in the discussion on this page. An editor Bilbobag seems to have a strong interest in a controversial subject. We got a third opinion from Martin Hogbin, who seemed to be suggesting some substantial trimming of the controversial material was appropriate, saying the article was unencyclopedic and should give a summary, rather than mentioning every controversial event.

I was going to get started on maybe proposing a draft that is trimmed down a bit, if you think that's the appropriate next-step. However, I think Bilbo and I will need help from a third party to help provide an outside opinion, resolve any disagreements, etc.. CorporateM (Talk) 15:22, 4 December 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-50[edit]

17:11, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Updates[edit]

Hi John,

I made a note to tell you all of this before Thanksgiving, so it's possible that some of this has been overtaken by events, but:

  • We have a complaint that the concept of reference groups aren't well explained in the VisualEditor/User guide. It isn't making sense to people who haven't used ref groups in wikitext. I'm not sure whether how much detail is appropriate, however. The user guide already seems pretty long and complex to me. (Maybe that's due to the difficulty of editing the master page, though.)
  • We also need to add tables. However, almost everything about tables will be changing in the coming weeks. I've added a little placeholder section, and incidentally requested help with a broken image on the page.
  • It's possible that almost all the screenshots will need to be re-done in a couple of weeks. The changes should be largely or entirely aesthetic, but you should feel free to remind me if I'm not getting it handled.

I hope that you're doing well. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 07:01, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

@Whatamidoing (WMF): I edited the user guide to make it clearer that almost all editors don't need to use reference groups, but if they do, they should go to WP:REFGROUP for information. Personally, I'd be happy with saying even less - I don't know, for example, why a VE tool is mentioned. The use of reference groups is so rare that I've seen them - but not initiated one - in perhaps a handful of edits that I've done. Reference groups are almost like asking the price of a really expensive item: if you have to ask someone how to use this technique, you almost certainly shouldn't be using it.
A placeholder for something about to change radically sounds exactly correct to me.
I'm doing well. Thanks for posting this, and best wishes to you for the holidays. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 21:06, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
The "theme" will change here in the first week of January. Because of where it falls with respect to the holiday code freeze, it will be at MediaWiki before Christmas, and everywhere else after New Year's. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:02, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-51[edit]

16:43, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Now Available (December 2014)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today :)

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for, free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for:

Other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team.00:25, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language. Please contact Ocaasi (WMF).
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Marco Rubio[edit]

This edit left a floating "Rubio was elected at the age of 28 to ..."

I think I cleaned it up, but I don't know the timeline. Can you review the article again? Thanks! Hipocrite (talk) 15:23, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

@Hipocrite: Thanks for fixing my mistake. That text was hanging because I didn't plan to leave it in the article, but forgot to delete it. I didn't want it in the article because the reader can calculate Rubio's age upon being elected to the Florida House, if he/she is interested, and while it's apparently unusual to be elected to the House at such a young age, it's not unprecedented. I consider factoids like this to be things that writers insert as part of a particular story line (see the title of the citation for Rubio's runoff victory, for example), which is fine for alternative newspaper articles with a point of view, but not for Wikipedia. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 16:54, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor newsletter—December 2014[edit]

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Did you know?

Basic table editing is now available in VisualEditor. You can add and remove rows and columns from existing tables at the click of a button.

The user guide has more information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on table editing and performance. Their weekly status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.

VisualEditor was deployed to several hundred remaining wikis as an opt-in beta feature at the end of November, except for most Wiktionaries (which depend heavily upon templates) and all Wikisources (which await integration with ProofreadPage).

Recent improvements[edit]

Basic support for editing tables is available. You can insert new tables, add and remove rows and columns, set or remove a caption for a table, and merge cells together. To change the contents of a cell, double-click inside it. More features will be added in the coming months. In addition, VisualEditor now ignores broken, invalid rowspan and colspan elements, instead of trying to repair them.

You can now use find and replace in VisualEditor, reachable through the tool menu or by pressing ⌃ Ctrl+F or ⌘ Cmd+F.

You can now create and edit simple <blockquote> paragraphs for quoting and indenting content. This changes a "Paragraph" into a "Block quote".

Some new keyboard sequences can be used to format content. At the start of the line, typing "*  " will make the line a bullet list; "1.  " or "# " will make it a numbered list; "==" will make it a section heading; ": " will make it a blockquote. If you didn't mean to use these tools, you can press undo to undo the formatting change. There are also two other keyboard sequences: "[[" for opening the link tool, and "{{" for opening the template tool, to help experienced editors. The existing standard keyboard shortcuts, like ⌃ Ctrl+K to open the link editor, still work.

If you add a category that has been redirected, then VisualEditor now adds its target. Categories without description pages show up as red.

You can again create and edit galleries as wikitext code.

Looking ahead[edit]

VisualEditor will replace the existing design with a new theme designed by the User Experience group. The new theme will be visible for desktop systems at MediaWiki.org in late December and at other sites early January. (You can see a developer preview of the old "Apex" theme and the new "MediaWiki" one which will replace it.)

The Editing team plans to add auto-fill features for citations in January. Planned changes to the media search dialog will make choosing between possible images easier.

Help[edit]

If you would like to help with translations of this newsletter, please subscribe to the Translators mailing list or contact us directly, so that we can notify you when the next issue is ready. Subscribe or unsubscribe at Meta.

Thank you! WhatamIdoing (WMF) (talk) 23:37, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Above All State Park/GA1[edit]

John Broughton, it has been over a month since you last posted to this review. If you are still interested in pursuing it, please return to it. If not, I can put it back into the reviewing pool. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 18:47, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

@BlueMoonset: - I've made my comments, and I really don't have anything else to add. So, yes, please keep the process moving. -- John Broughton (♫♫) 04:29, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Tech News: 2014-52[edit]

16:52, 22 December 2014 (UTC)