Wikipedia:Geonotice

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A geonotice is a notice similar to a sitenotice, anonnotice or watchlist notice, but it is displayed only to users who are physically located in some subset of the Earth. The purpose of geonotices is to announce events that would be of great interest to people in a specific region, but that would not be interesting to most of our readers. The use of targeted messages allows us to scale our communication better; rather than flooding people with multiple messages or avoiding messages entirely, we can display messages only to the people who are most likely to find them useful.

Example uses for targeted messages are: to announce upcoming Wikipedia meetups and local events, for local chapter activities and to advertise mailing lists focused on geographical areas. They might also be used to display customized fundraiser notices that are better targeted to improve our fundraising results.

Currently, only a watchlist geonotice exists (although you can also make meta:CentralNotice banners geotargeted). No data or personal information is gathered from users to make this notice possible, nor does this notice share any user's personal information with outsiders.

See http://maps.google.com/maps?q=https://tools.wmflabs.org/para/geo/geonotices for an auto-generated map of currently pending and running geonotices.

Technical details[edit]

The current implementation works by loading the user's latitude and longitude from geoiplookup.wikimedia.org and using a small bit of JavaScript (Geonotice-core.js and Geonotice-list.js) to determine whether or not to display a notice to the user. Once the possible applications of this feature are better understood, it will be integrated into MediaWiki proper. One significant open question is how best to allow users to specify the locations of interest for a message. Right now, the location range must be hard-set in the software.

The location detection is IP address-based, using a lookup system at geoiplookup.wikimedia.org. To identify appropriate bounding boxes, the Flickr API offers a handy reference database - eg/ British Columbia.

The notice can be persistently dismissed using a hide button that is displayed with the message. It can permanently be hidden by disabling the Geonotice gadget in your preferences. It will also be hidden if you have opted to hide other watchlist notices.

Guidelines[edit]

Create request

To propose a geonotice, simply create a new third level section (using ===) under the "Requests" section, using the boilerplate text below, and follow the instructions in this section.

=== [[Related page name (e.g. meetup page)]] ===
'''Locations required:'''
<!-- List the area to be notified.  Please either give a country (eg "Ireland")
     or a set of geo-coordinates specifying the corners of the area covered,
     in the form [45,10], [46,12]. We cannot target named cities, only
     geographic areas. -->
* 
* 
'''Possible messages:'''
<!-- Only one is necessary, but feel free to list options if you are unsure.
     Include a wikilink, not an external URL -->
* 
* 
'''Date range required:'''
<!-- Please give us at least 5 days warning, unless you have an important reason -->
* 
'''Misc info:'''
* ''Reason for requesting:'' 
* ''User requesting:'' <!-- sign here with FOUR tildes -->
'''Discussion'''

Locations

Try to be as specific as possible with the location. For example, a Washington, D.C. meetup would not be appropriate to advertise to everyone in the United States. Be aware that the detection is not flawless; due to varying boundaries and the inaccuracies of IP locating, the result cannot be perfect.
It makes things much easier if you can give us geographic coordinates. If in doubt, pick a central point and go a degree or two in all directions.
For country-wide geonotices, we can target the geonotice to a specific country with something such as country: 'US'. The geonotice tool uses ISO 3166 Country Codes. (see full list). This method is generally more reliable.

Messages

Messages should be one or two sentences in length, and they should not contain any flashy text or images. It is a good idea to provide at least two options, in case one is deemed inappropriate.
Messages exceeding four sentences are deemed too large, except in cases where the sentences are short.
Geonotices should always be used with the understanding that some of the intended audience will be excluded and that some unintended people will be included. As such, the message should be written in a way that would be suitable for display to all users. For example, write "The New York City Wikipedia Meetup will be on August 12" rather than "Hello resident of Long Island...".
Remember to link the event signup page (where appropriate) in the notice - and please use a wikilink (to Wikipedia, Meta, etc) rather than a URL. External URLs do not always work reliably.

Date range

Try to post your request at least five days (preferably seven to ten days) in advance. It may take a while for requests to be handled.

Reason requesting

In the case of a meetup, where that page is linked and it is obvious by the message, this is not necessary. If there is possible confusion regarding the reason for the geonotice, please state a clear reason.

Notify geonotice maintainers

In case there is no feedback in a few days after posting the request, ask an administrator to take a look.

Requests[edit]

Add new requests to the top of this list. Please include coordinates where possible, as this will speed up processing. Note that this page is quite low-traffic - if you've had no response after a day or two, or if it's urgent, please poke Andrew Gray (talk · contribs).

Edit-a-thon in Dublin Focusing on Ireland in WWI Saturday February 14, 2015[edit]

Locations required:

  • Ireland

Possible messages:

  • Wikimedia Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland are hosting an event on the Irish and WWI. Experienced and new editors are welcome to drop in or join us for the afternoon. register here if you can join us

Date range required:

  • from now through February 14, 2015

Misc info:

Wikipedia:GLAM/Thinktank[edit]

Locations required:

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • ASAP, until 6 March

Misc info:

Discussion

Yes check.svg Done Andrew Gray (talk) 21:24, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Meetups/Spain/Europeana Fashion editathon January 2015[edit]

Locations required:

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • from now through 24 January 2015

Misc info: * Reason for requesting: to reach experienced Wikipedia editors who can help train new ones and more participants

  • User requesting: --Millars (talk) 21:37, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Discussion

Edit-a-thon in Swansea Focusing on Women in History Wednesday January 28, 2015[edit]

Locations required:

  • Swansea
  • Cardiff

Possible messages:

  • Wikimedia UK and Swansea University would like to invite you to an editathon focussed on Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice. Experienced editors are most welcome as we will have 30-40 students and staff to train.register here if you can join us

Date range required:

  • from now through 27 January 2015

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: to reach experienced Wikipedia editors who can help train new ones
  • User requesting:Robin Owain (WMUK) (talk) 16:38, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
@Robin Owain (WMUK): Please give the target area as a pair of coordinates which describe a rectangle. This is because in the UK we can't geolocate as precisely as a city - or pair of cities. My own IP address sometimes geolocates to London, sometimes to Sheffield, and I actually live near Oxford. --Redrose64 (talk) 18:21, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
Done (with a very approximate S-Wales area). Andrew Gray (talk) 11:37, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Many thanks Andrew; great work, once again! Robin Owain (WMUK) (talk) 12:34, 23 January 2015 (UTC)

Edit-a-thon at the BFI in London Monday January 26, 2015[edit]

Locations required:

  • Southeastern England

Possible messages:

  • Wikimedia UK and the BFI would like to invite you to an editathon at the BFI re ethnic minorities in the film industry. Experienced editors are most welcome as we hope to have some newbies to train.register here if you can join us

Date range required:

  • from now through January 24, 2015

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: to reach experienced Wikipedia editors who can help new ones who attend - and we now have spare places
  • User requesting:Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 12:33, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
@Jonathan Cardy (WMUK): Please give the target area as a pair of coordinates which describe a rectangle. This is because in the UK we can't geolocate as precisely as Southeastern England. My own IP address sometimes geolocates to London, sometimes to Sheffield, and I actually live near Oxford. --Redrose64 (talk) 18:21, 16 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. I have a pretty cruddy "south-east England" one which will do, I think. Andrew Gray (talk) 11:30, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks guys. I'm loathe to draw this as a rectangle because I'm pretty sure there are bits of the continent closer to London than some places that one could consider SE England. Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 14:10, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Edit-a-thon in Dublin Focusing on Women in Engineering Sunday February 8, 2015[edit]

Locations required:

  • Ireland

Possible messages:

  • Wikimedia Ireland and Engineers Ireland would like to invite you to an editathon focussed on Women in engineering. Experienced editors are most welcome as we hope to have some newbies to train. register here if you can join us

Date range required:

  • from now through February 8, 2015

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: to reach experienced Wikipedia editors who can help new ones who attend
  • User requesting:Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk) 12:33, 16 January 2015 (UTC) (email request for support from Wikimedia Ireland)

Edit-a-thon in Lowell, Massachusetts Focusing on Lowell History on Sunday January 25, 2015[edit]

Locations required:

  • Massachusetts, United States

Possible messages:

  • Pollard Memorial Library and UMass Lowell Library are having a History Edit-a-thon. Library resources and snacks will be provided. Experienced editors are most welcome.[1]
  • The public and university libraries in Mass are hosting an edit-a-thon focusing on Lowell articles. Resources and snacks will be provided. We look forward to experienced editors sharing their knowledge at this event. [2]

Date range required:

  • from now through January 25, 2015

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: to reach experienced Wikipedia editors who can help new ones who attend
  • User requesting:NegMawon (talk) 21:17, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Done - sorry, haven't had a chance to check this page lately! Andrew Gray (talk) 11:14, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Previous requests[edit]