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VisualEditor News 2015—#1
Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has fixed many bugs and worked on VisualEditor's appearance, the coming Citoid reference service, and support for languages with complex input requirements. Status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. Upcoming plans are posted at the VisualEditor roadmap.
The Wikimedia Foundation has named its top priorities for this quarter (January to March). The first priority is making VisualEditor ready for deployment by default to all new users and logged-out users at the remaining large Wikipedias. You can help identify these requirements. There will be weekly triage meetings which will be open to volunteers beginning Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 12:00 (noon) PST (20:00 UTC). Tell Vice President of Engineering Damon Sicore, Product Manager James Forrester and other team members which bugs and features are most important to you. The decisions made at these meetings will determine what work is necessary for this quarter's goal of making VisualEditor ready for deployment to new users. The presence of volunteers who enjoy contributing MediaWiki code is particularly appreciated. Information about how to join the meeting will be posted at mw:Talk:VisualEditor/Portal shortly before the meeting begins.
Due to some breaking changes in MobileFrontend and VisualEditor, VisualEditor was not working correctly on the mobile site for a couple of days in early January. The teams apologize for the problem.
The new design for VisualEditor aligns with MediaWiki's Front-End Standards as led by the Design team. Several new versions of the OOjs UI library have also been released, and these also affect the appearance of VisualEditor and other MediaWiki software extensions. Most changes were minor, like changing the text size and the amount of white space in some windows. Buttons are consistently color-coded to indicate whether the action:
- starts a new task, like opening the Save page dialog: blue ,
- takes a constructive action, like inserting a citation: green ,
- might remove or lose your work, like removing a link: red , or
- is neutral, like opening a link in a new browser window: gray.
The TemplateData editor has been completely re-written to use a different design (T67815) based on the same OOjs UI system as VisualEditor (T73746). This change fixed a couple of existing bugs (T73077 and T73078) and improved usability.
Search and replace in long documents is now faster. It does not highlight every occurrence if there are more than 100 on-screen at once (T78234).
Editors at the Hebrew and Russian Wikipedias requested the ability to use VisualEditor in the "Article Incubator" or drafts namespace (T86688, T87027). If your community would like VisualEditor enabled on another namespace on your wiki, then you can file a request in Phabricator. Please include a link to a community discussion about the requested change.
The Editing team will soon add auto-fill features for citations. The Citoid service takes a URL or DOI for a reliable source, and returns a pre-filled, pre-formatted bibliographic citation. After creating it, you will be able to change or add information to the citation, in the same way that you edit any other pre-existing citation in VisualEditor. Support for ISBNs, PMIDs, and other identifiers is planned. Later, editors will be able to contribute to the Citoid service's definitions for each website, to improve precision and reduce the need for manual corrections.
We will need editors to help test the new design of the special character inserter, especially if you speak Welsh, Breton, or another language that uses diacritics or special characters extensively. The new version should be available for testing next week. Please contact User:Whatamidoing (WMF) if you would like to be notified when the new version is available. After the special character tool is completed, VisualEditor will be deployed to all users at Phase 5 Wikipedias. This will affect about 50 mid-size and smaller Wikipedias, including Afrikaans, Azerbaijani, Breton, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Mongolian, Tatar, and Welsh. The date for this change has not been determined.
Let's work together
- Share your ideas and ask questions at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback.
- Please help complete translations of the user guide for users who speak your language.
- Join the weekly bug triage meetings beginning Wednesday, 11 February 2015 at 12:00 (noon) PST (20:00 UTC). Information about how to join the meeting will be posted at mw:Talk:VisualEditor/Portal shortly before the meeting begins. Contact James F. for more information.
- Talk to the Editing team during the office hours via IRC. The next session is on Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 19:00 UTC.
Asking for your opinion
I wonder if you can find the time to tackle these two reverts I recently bumped into that I believe are not justified:
Both editors are established and I do not wish to enter into an edit war with them. I am therefore asking for your opinion as an editor I respect who holds a differrent wiki-philosofy than mine. I would appreciate it if you could post yor opinion on the corresponding talkpages of these articles.
- @Ottawahitech: the Ellen Pao revert was probably triggered by the high density of peacock terms in the edit: high-profile, hailed as, ascent. The revert was two months ago; if you think the same subject matter should be included in better-written form just boldly add it. The List of Wikipedia controversies edit needs talk page discussion and better sourcing. One source does not a controversy make, and how to cover meta-content is often contentious. VQuakr (talk) 04:12, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, Portland Oregon (March 7, 2015)
You are invited!
- Saturday, March 7: Art+Feminism – noon to 5pm
- Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Portland Art Museum's Crumpacker Family Library (Mark Building, 2nd Floor; 1219 SW Park Avenue). Art+Feminism is a campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia. No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; as needed throughout the event, tutoring will be provided for Wikipedia newcomers. Female editors are particularly encouraged to attend. Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords.
Hope you can make it! If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please let me know.
Re; Debito Arudou page
Hi VQuackr, I'm a new editor here at Wikipedia, so apologies in advance for any mistakes and such.
I had added the comment from Peter Tasker re: Arudou's onsen case because otherwise it seems like Alex Kerr is the only person to have criticized Arudou (which is hardly the case) and because Peter Tasker is indeed a well-known Japan watcher; he's lived there for decades, published numerous books on or concerning Japan (fiction and non-fiction), he's a very frequent columnist for the Financial Times writing about Japan (probably over 100 columns over the years), and he's also written for Foreign Policy on Japan.
- @GrandTheftVotto: you should consider starting an article on Tasker, as you seem to be familiar with him. I could help review a draft if you wanted. Your edit had several problems, but the two that made it unusuable were: the specific source chosen (a letter to the editor) was not appropriate for the type of content (negative coverage of a living person), and the unsourced characterization of the author of the comment as a "renowned Japan watcher." VQuakr (talk) 07:56, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
---Many thanks for your comments, and understood re the Arudou edits!
Just an FYI - I think it's probably best if I go off and contribute to other pages... I think that this particular page has rather significant issues, and that I can't really contribute in a constructive way. I find the subject of the BLP to be fairly obnoxious, and therefore it probably isn't a good use of my time to edit the page or contribute, because it would be hard to do so without bias. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction with a few explanations and so on. I greatly appreciate it. I'll probably stick to pure fact based things, like sciences and so on. ChemicalG (talk) 07:26, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Chandler Bats Page Edits
VQuakr, First of all I apologize for any mistakes made in my post, as I am new to wikipedia and did what I could after reading many posts about how to post and such. I just have a few questions about the edits you made to my post. I know that you deleted the list of clients because you said there are not other lists like such for companies like Hillerich & Bradsby, but they do list multiple athletes who have sported their brand throughout the years. It is of a different format than mine is, but a small list is existent. There was also more text in that section that was not just a list of athletes that I would like to keep. Pertaining to the bat making section, I am confused as to why you deleted it. You said it was "spammy" but I do not understand what this means or why it was deleted. I am planning on reverting that change. I see where my tone needed to be cleaned up in some spots, but some of the edits seem unnecessary and was wondering if you had further justification as to why you made them what they are. I guess I am just trying to learn and understand while trying to keep the post as helpful as possible for readers. Thank you for your time on my post and I hope to grow from this experience.