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IEG idea[edit]

Hi Siko, I'm Dan. Maggie/Moonriddengirl gives you glowing praise, and she always knows what she's talking about, so I'll just jump right in. I understand you're running the WP:IEG project, and that we've got a deadline of February 15 coming up. My next big project (whether IEG plays a role or not) is software (scripts or external) to help people who use the various reviewing processes (WP:PR, WP:DYK, WP:GAN, FAC). Much of the advice people get is routine, and could be automated. But there are two hitches: I don't have access yet to suitably customizable software, and just jumping in and giving advice to new nominators is the wrong first step, we'll have to proceed carefully to get consensus on what people want. (For instance, if a relatively new editor puts an article up at DYK, and they're confronted with a page of advice telling them that the hyphens should be dashes and they need to fix 20 things to format their references consistently, that's going to have a net negative impact.) So ... we need community discussion followed by a couple of requests for comments, and it may be when you guys see the outcome of the discussion, you're not that excited about the goals the community has selected ... or maybe the community will deadlock. So I don't think this is the right time to be asking for money ... OTOH, I could really use some help, and I'd like to get an IEG going for the October funding cycle if possible ... and perhaps the best way to get ready for October is to start now. I'm open to suggestions. - Dank (push to talk) 12:16, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

Hi Dan! This seems super interesting - I'd love to see you start to flesh out the idea more :-) Why not create a new idea in the Grants:IdeaLab with what you've said above, so you've got a proposal page to keep putting info into as things move forward, and can start to collect some help? That way, whenever the right time for funding is, you'll be off to a good start. Offhand, I wonder if you're considering taking an experimental approach to deciding what advice to send - setting up a few short tests in one or more processes based on discussions, see what works and what doesn't, refine, and based on what's been learned then taking it to the community for further RfCs on expanding to other processes or kinds of advice? This seems like something where being data-driven might help you get to the most useful consensus, and maybe also get started more quickly than you would expect. At any rate, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next, hope you decide to start writing up the idea! Siko (WMF) (talk) 07:33, 7 February 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the enthusiasm, and I'm spending most of my time on this project now. We've got some work to do before putting this under a spotlight, I think, so I'm not going to make the deadline on the 15th, but I just wanted to say thanks and I'll get back with you soon. - Dank (push to talk) 14:24, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Sounds good, Dan - thanks for the update and looking forward to hearing more whenever you're ready :-) Siko (WMF) (talk) 19:53, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

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The Tea Leaf - Issue Seven[edit]

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Thanks again! Ocaasi 01:58, 9 February 2013 (UTC)

If we got something wrong, could you comment?[edit]

At WP:WMFN, thanks! Biosthmors (talk) 16:52, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

The Tea Leaf - Issue Seven (special Birthday recap)[edit]

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It's been a full year since the Teahouse opened, and as we're reflecting on what's been accomplished, we wanted to celebrate with you.

Teahouse guests and hosts are sharing their stories in a new blog post about the project.

1 year statistics for Teahouse visitors compared to invited non-visitors from the pilot:

Metric Control group Teahouse group Contrast
Average retention (weeks with at least 1 edit) 5.02 weeks 8.57 weeks 1.7x retention
Average number of articles edited 58.7 articles 116.9 edits 2.0x articles edited
Average talk page edits 36.5 edits 85.6 edits 2.4x talk page edits
Average article space edits 129.6 edits 360.4 edits 2.8x article edits
Average total edits (all namespaces) 182.1 edits 532.4 edits 2.9x total edits

Over the past year almost 2000 questions have been asked and answered, 669 editors have introduced themselves, 1670 guests have been served, 867 experienced Wikipedians have participated in the project, and 137 have served as hosts. Read more project analysis in our CSCW 2013 paper

Last month January was our most active month so far! 78 profiles were created, 46 active hosts answered 263 questions, and 11 new hosts joined the project.

Come by the Teahouse to share a cup of tea and enjoy a Birthday Cupcake! Happy Birthday to the Teahouse and thank you for a year's worth of interest and support :-)

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It's been an exciting year for the Teahouse and you were a part of it. Thanks so much for visiting, asking questions, sharing answers, being friendly and helpful, and just keeping Teahouse an awesome place. You can read more about the impact we're having and the reflections of other guests and hosts like you. Please come by the Teahouse to celebrate with us, and enjoy this sparkly cupcake badge as our way of saying thank you. And, Happy Birthday!


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Reply at last[edit]

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Congrats... You fixed the Teahouse just where it needed to be fixed![edit]

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Here's a sample message to show off Technical's code. It looks clean to me and it now works with WikiLove. What do you think??
Ocaasi t | c 16:19, 23 April 2013 (UTC)


Help Project newsletter : Issue 6[edit]

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The Help Project Newsletter

Issue VI - April 2013

Open Help Conference

The Open Help Conference will be taking place June 15-19 in Cincinnati Ohio, USA. The conference includes two days of presentations and open discussions, followed by team "sprints" - collaborative efforts to write and improve documentation.

It has been suggested to send a team from Wikipedia/Wikimedia: to share our own knowledge about help, learn from others in the open source community working on similar problems, and to carry out a sprint to improve some aspect of Wikipedia's help.

There may be support available for volunteers to attend from the Participation Support program (and your editor is certainly hoping to be there!) Please join the discussion in Meta's IdeaLab if you're interested, and/or have suggestions about what we could work on.

Other news

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the wub "?!" 16:22, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Wiknic 2013[edit]

Wiknic 2013
Sunday, June 23rd · 12:34pm · Lake Merritt, Oakland
Theme: Hyperlocal list-making
Lake Merritt Wild Duck Refuge (Oakland, CA)

This year's 2013 SF Wiknik will be held at Lake Merritt, next to Children's Fairyland in Oakland. This event will be co-attended by people from the hyperlocal Oakland Wiki. May crosspollination of ideas and merriment abound!

Location and Directions[edit]

  • Location: The grassy area due south of Children's Fairyland (here) (Oakland Wiki)
    • Nearest BART: 19th Street
    • Nearest bus lines: NL/12/72
    • Street parking abounds
EdwardsBot (talk) 04:44, 3 May 2013 (UTC)

You're invited...[edit]

to two upcoming Bay Area events:

  • Maker Faire 2013, Sat/Sun May 18-19, San Mateo -- there will have a booth about Wikimedia, and we need volunteers to talk to the public and ideas for the booth -- see the wiki page to sign up!
  • Edit-a-Thon 5, Sat May 25, 10-2pm, WMF offices in San Francisco -- this will be a casual edit-a-thon open to both experienced and new editors alike! Please sign up if on the wiki page if you can make it so we know how much food to get.

I hope you can join us at one or both! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 17:34, 13 May 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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Hi! We're so happy you wanted to play to learn, as a friendly and fun way to get into our community and mission. I think these links might be helpful to you as you get started.
If you have any questions, you can ask me personally. I'm Ocaasi. I'm glad you're with us :) -- Ocaasi leave me a message
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Help Project newsletter : Issue 7[edit]

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The Help Project Newsletter
Issue VII - August 2013


Hello from Hong Kong, and the Wikimania DevCamp! Just a quick bulletin to update everyone on recent goings-on:

Suggestions for future issues are welcome at Wikipedia:Help Project/Newsletter.

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-- EdwardsBot (talk) 06:16, 7 August 2013 (UTC)

Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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Hi! We're so happy you wanted to play to learn, as a friendly and fun way to get into our community and mission. I think these links might be helpful to you as you get started.
-- 19:54, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
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Welcome to The Wikipedia Adventure![edit]

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Hi ! We're so happy you wanted to play to learn, as a friendly and fun way to get into our community and mission. I think these links might be helpful to you as you get started.

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Yo Ho Ho[edit]

Thanks, WereSpielChequers! Wishing you very happy holidays as well :) Siko (WMF) (talk) 18:36, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

You're invited: Art & Feminism Edit-a-thon[edit]

Art & Feminism Edit-a-Thon - You are invited!
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Hi Sbouterse (WMF)! The first Art and Feminism Edit-a-thon will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014 in San Francisco.

Any editors interested in the intersection of feminism and art are welcome. Wikipedians of all experience levels are invited! Experienced editors will be on hand to help new editors.
Bring a friend and a laptop! Come one, come all! Learn more here!

SarahStierch (talk) 09:09, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Individual Grants for the Arabic Wikipedia[edit]

Hi Siko, it's a wonderful idea to create a page in the Arabic Wikipedia for individual grants. For example, Many of the Arab contributors have ideas for biographical articles but they lack the resources. Buying biography dictionaries or Who's Who will be the solution.--Salah Almhamdi (talk) 20:46, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Salah! Thanks for the feedback, and your example is really helpful to hear :) A follow-up question for you: In terms of biographical resources, the trick is what's the easiest way to get these into the hands of Wikipedians. I can think of a few ways we could get these resources to editors: 1) getting subscriptions to resources that are available online for a fee, and giving out free accounts to these (I'm not sure there are any good online biographical dictionaries in Arabic, though, are there?), 2) having an account for an online bookseller where we pay but editors can order their own approved books directly (this requires knowing what online stores most Arab contributors have access to...in the US Amazon is the natural choice, but there may be a better option for other countries?), or 3) just giving people money to buy the book locally. The third option may be the slowest option for everyone, so if you had any suggestions for considering options 1 or 2, I'd love to hear them! Looking forward to seeing this discussion move forward, and thanks again for the suggestions! Siko (WMF) (talk) 21:04, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
    • 1) I will look if there is any good online biographical dictionaries in Arabic. 2) In the Arab world we have Neelwafurat.com --Salah Almhamdi (talk) 22:07, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Siko , I want to thank you for the great Idea for thee Library of Arabic Wikipedia , I created Page now for the Library and I am ready to organize the library --Mohamed Ouda (talk) 09:29, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Hi Mohamed! Thank you so much for creating the page and volunteering to organize, I'm so glad you like the idea :) We need to get a few things (like the accounts needed to place book orders) setup on this end so that we can be ready to begin, but I can start working on those next week, and then I will send you more information by the end of the week. Hope that sounds good to you - I'm really looking forward to the مكتبة ويكيبيديا . I'm also paging Ocaasi, who started the English Library, because I think he will be very happy to see the beginning of this new Arabic page. More soon! Best wishes, Siko (WMF) (talk) 03:14, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
Mohamed Ouda, that is one of the neatest things I've ever seen on Wikipedia. I'm so excited for TWL to have a presence in another language and community. Thank you for taking such a great first step to get it going. This will be awesome. Phew, Sbouterse, that was fast. Nice. work. Cheers, Jake Ocaasi t | c 03:25, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Thank you so much The Interior and Ocaasi , and I am willing to start the Arabic Library soon--Mohamed Ouda (talk) 16:48, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

You're invited! WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon at the University of California, Berkeley[edit]

Saturday, April 5 - WikiWomen's Edit-a-thon at the University of California, Berkeley - You are invited!
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The University of California, Berkeley's Berkeley Center for New Media is hosting our first edit-a-thon, facilitated by WikiWoman Sarah Stierch, on April 5! This event, focused on engaging women to contribute to Wikipedia, will feature a brief Wikipedia policy and tips overview, followed by a fast-paced energetic edit-a-thon. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please bring your laptop and be prepared to edit about women and women's history!

The event is April 5, from 1-5 PM, at the Berkeley Center for New Media Commons at Moffitt Library.

You must RSVP here - see you there! SarahStierch (talk) 23:54, 13 March 2014 (UTC)