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=http://toolserver.org/~para/geonotices.php 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 cities/regions to be notified.  Optionally include geo-coordinates - a box
     specifying the corners of the area covered is best, in the form [45,10], [46,12] -->
* 
* 
'''Possible messages:'''
<!-- Only one is necessary, but two is recommended in case one is rejected -->
* 
* 
'''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 region boundaries and the inaccuracies of IP locating, the result cannot be perfect. If, for whatever reason, you need to reach everyone in the target area, request the surrounding areas as well.
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)

Messages

Messages should be under three 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!

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.
Requests should not be shown for meetups more than 2 months in advance.

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).

Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle[edit]

Locations required:

  • Seattle [48.5,-123.8], [47.0,-121.5]

Possible messages:

  • You are invited to the Seattle monthly Wikipedia meetup for camaraderie and collaboration. We will meet at Cafe Allegro on Tuesday, October 14. Join us! More details on our meetup page: Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle.

Date range required: October 1 to October 15, 2014

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Regular meeting invitation
  • User requesting: --Pine 07:31, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Fortitude and Frailty: Reading the Human Condition in Yorkshire[edit]

Locations required:

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • 15 October 2014 - 22 November 2014 (inclusive)

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Promote Local Community Involvement in Wikipedia
  • User requesting: Mhbeals (talk) 13:47, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

I spotted it going into the UK meetup list, and I've added it to the meetup geonotice queue. Meetup geonotices for the UK don't go up earlier than four weeks in advance; less than that if there are more than four upcoming meetups. Of the regular meetups that are not yet queued, I'm expecting to queue London 87 (3-4 weeks in advance of 9 Nov), Oxford 22 (3-4 weeks in advance of 16 Nov) and Manchester 26 (3-4 weeks in advance of 22 Nov). On that basis, Sheffield should go up around the beginning of November. --Redrose64 (talk) 15:14, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Cheers! Mhbeals (talk) 12:48, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

Women in Classicism at Institute of Classics, London[edit]

Locations required:

  • London and South East

Possible messages:

  • Wikimedia UK and the Institute of Classics would like to invite you to an editathon in London on Women in Classicism. Tuesday 23rd September from 10am to 6pm.

Date range required:

  • September 11th through September 16th

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: we have some spare places at an event where we are already supplying trainers
  • User requesting: Jonathan Cardy (WMUK) (talk)

Discussion

Wikipedia:WikiProject_LGBT_studies/Editathons/Bishopsgate_Library,_London[edit]

Locations required:

  • UK [55.88, -7.69], [50.23, 2.922]

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • October 4th through October 18th

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Edit-a-thon
  • User requesting: (talk) 15:43, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

OK, Yes check.svg Done - I went with the first of the two messages. --Redrose64 (talk) 16:12, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Tidied slightly to avoid two links (and clariy where Bishopsgate is). Andrew Gray (talk) 16:49, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/Riverside/WLL/2014[edit]

Locations required:

Possible messages:

  • This year's UC Riverside edit-a-thon will be held on 16 October from 10am to 4pm on campus at Rivera Library. Learn how to edit Wikipedia!
  • Finally an edit-a-thon for the Inland Empire! Join us at Rivera Library on the UC Riverside campus. Utilize the excellent references of the library including the Special Collections department to improve Wikipedia's articles.

Date range required:

  • September 22nd through October 16th

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Edit-a-thon
  • User requesting: Chris Troutman (talk) 19:05, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Yes check.svg Done, active on 22nd. Andrew Gray (talk) 16:49, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco/Litquake Edit-a-Thon[edit]

Locations required: San Francisco Bay Area

Possible messages:

  • Please join us at the Litquake Edit-a-Thon, which will occur in parallel with Litquake, the San Francisco Bay Area's annual literature festival: Saturday, October 11th @ 1pm - 5pm @ Wikimedia Foundation, 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.
  • Please join us for the 22nd SF meetup -- the Litquake Edit-a-Thon -- on Saturday, October 11th from 1pm to 5pm at the Wikimedia Foundation, 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Date range required:

  • September 24, 2014 through October 11, 2014, inclusive

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Edit-a-Thon
  • User requesting: Rosiestep (talk) 02:08, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle#Monthly_meeting_September_9.2C_2014.2C_6pm_to_8pm[edit]

Locations required:

  • Seattle [47.8,-122.8], [47.2,-121.8]

Possible messages:

  • You are invited to the Seattle monthly Wikipedia meetup for camaraderie and collaboration. We will meet at Cafe Allegro on Tuesday, September 9. Join us! More details on our meetup page.

Date range required: September 6 to September 9, 2014

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Regular meeting invitation
  • User requesting: --Pine 03:29, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Ping didn't work, for some reason! Will put this up now. Apologies. Andrew Gray (talk) 14:28, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:GLAM/National_Digital_Forum[edit]

Locations required:

  • Country: NZ

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • Prefer display for 8-10 days, starting as soon as convenient.

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Wikipedia workshop being held at event organised by the national museum, national library, national archives and others. The physical location is the national museum. See http://www.ndf.org.nz/ / https://twitter.com/NDFNZ for the off-wiki organisation of this event. This is our first time organising a wikipedia event and a geonotice, so any feedback welcome.
  • User requesting: Stuartyeates (talk) 07:17, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

  • Yes check.svg Done - I've added "Wellington" and dropped the other links, to avoid reader confusion. Up from today until 15/9 but feel free to extend it. Andrew Gray (talk) 18:40, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Bangla Wikipedia Photography Contest 2014[edit]

Locations required:

  • Bangladesh

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • September 1st to October 31st

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: publicity for an upcoming event
  • User requesting: ~ Nahid Talk 22:44, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Done. Andrew Gray (talk) 18:36, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
Much obliged. ~ Nahid Talk 19:44, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/LA/20[edit]

Locations required:

  • Los Angeles metro area [33.65,-118.51], [34.15,-118.01]

Possible messages:

  • The next edit-a-thon in Los Angeles will be held on 21 September from 11am to 4pm at 5531 W. Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016. Learn how to edit Wikipedia!
  • Please join us for the 20th L.A. meetup on Sunday, September 21 from 11am to 4pm at 5531 W. Washington Blvd in mid-city Los Angeles.

Date range required:

  • September 5th through 21st

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Edit-a-thon
  • User requesting: Chris Troutman (talk) 07:20, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

  • Yes check.svg Done - I've gone for the second (as this is a watchlist notice...) and used the larger coordinates for the current LA editathon notice, set to activate on 5 September. I can restrict it to the smaller area if you'd like. Andrew Gray (talk) 20:11, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I don't know whether this is a problem with the coordinates or some peculiarity of my IP address, but I am seeing this notice, and I live hundreds of miles away in the San Francisco Bay Area. Andrew Gray could you double-check coordinates? Good luck with the event Chris troutman! -Pete (talk) 02:07, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
    @Peteforsyth: The coordinates cover a rectangle defined by two corners (see MediaWiki:Gadget-geonotice-list.js), in this case those corners are 33°00′N 117°15′W / 33°N 117.25°W / 33; -117.25 and 35°00′N 119°15′W / 35°N 119.25°W / 35; -119.25 - 2° high by 2° wide, centred on 34°00′N 118°15′W / 34°N 118.25°W / 34; -118.25 - very close to the centre of LA. This rectangle excludes such cities as Bakersfield and San Diego; it certainly doesn't extend all the way to SF. You can check what areas that it does cover at this map: uncheck all the boxes on the left except for the LAneetup20 one, then drag about and zoom in to see what area is covered by the green rectangle. But Geolocation by IP address is an inexact science: it's only as good as the data that is currently held, and if an IP address is a dynamic IP, it might be reassigned on a frequent basis to computers that are far apart physically. Many British IP addresses (like mine) geolocate to London, perhaps because the ISP's headquarters is there. It might be that your ISP's headquarters is in LA. This may also mean that somebody who truly is in LA might not be seeing the notice if their ISP is headquartered in, for instance, Seattle. --Redrose64 (talk) 10:27, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
  • As RR says, this is a pretty hit-and-miss approach - in theory it should only be picking up people around LA, but it's only as good as the data the ISPs give us. (You can see where yours thinks it is here.) Andrew Gray (talk) 14:26, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you both for the thorough responses. Looks like you've got it covered! Thanks for that link, Andrew...today, it seems to have a pretty good read on where I am, but I guess yesterday it didn't. -Pete (talk) 16:13, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
So, Andrew Gray, it's still showing up for me, even though my location is accurate:
Geo = {"city":"Emeryville","country":"US","lat":"37.834202","lon":"-122.289703","IP":"107.138.146.41"}
Something seems to be amiss. I'm not worried about it for myself, but it seems worth digging into, like there might be a bug somewhere along the way...only, I have no idea where to start! -Pete (talk) 17:15, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Very weird. Unfortunately, I've no idea either - I just list the entries! No real idea how the code itself works. One possibility might be that you went to LA recently and it's somehow cached on your browser, but that's pushing it... Andrew Gray (talk) 17:42, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

6th Cape Town Meetup[edit]

Locations required:

  • South Africa - Western Cape region if possible

Possible messages:

  1. You are invited to the Cape Town quarterly Wikipedia meetup for camaraderie and collaboration. We will meet at Truth Coffee on Sunday, 7th September. Join us! More details on our meetup page.
  2. You are invited to the 6th Cape Town Wiki meetup in Cape Town! Meet and talk with like minded people about Wikipedia and other wikis.

Date range required:

  • Now until end of day on the 7th September 2014

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting:
  • User requesting: Discott (talk) 16:22, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Here's a possibility, based on what went up in April for the fifth meetup:
CapeTownSep14:
{
  begin: '22 August 2014 00:01 UTC',
  end: '7 September 2014 23:59 UTC',
  corners:[ [-47, 16], [-22, 38] ],
  text: "Please join us for the [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Cape Town/Cape Town 6|6th Cape Town Wiki-meetup]] on 7 September from 11am onwards. Truth Coffee building, 36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town."
},
How does that seem? Adjust the wording if you like. --Redrose64 (talk) 18:34, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Apologies - didn't see this one before I went away! Now up. Andrew Gray (talk) 19:46, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
I would have put it up a week ago; before doing so, I had hoped that Discott would approve the wording. They didn't answer: I forgot that it was still pending. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:19, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for mentioning me in your responce so that I am notified. I have been a bit snowed under with WLM stuff. The wording looks great Redrose64, sorry for the delayed response. Thanks for putting it up Andrew Gray. --Discott (talk) 09:16, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

wmuk:Training the Trainers/November 2014 event[edit]

Locations required:

  • UK - Scotland & North of England in particular

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • Now - 14 September 2014

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: This is an ideal training event for existing editors who may want to teach others how to edit.
  • User requesting: Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 15:13, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Katie, how about sonething like this:
TTT201411:
{
  begin: '20 August 2014 17:00 UTC',
  end: '14 September 2014 12:00 UTC',
  corners: [ [60,-9], [52, 2] ],
  text: 'Interested in teaching others how to edit? Attend a free, professionally-run workshop for trainers on [[wmuk:Training the Trainers/November 2014 event|1—2 November 2014 in Edinburgh]].'
}
What would be the best southern limit? --Redrose64 (talk) 18:16, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
52 seems a bit far south - perhaps 53/54? Andrew Gray (talk) 18:56, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
@Redrose64: @Andrew Gray: I'm happy with [54, 0]. -- Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 20:16, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Andrew Gray (talk) 20:31, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
About three miles north of York then. --Redrose64 (talk) 20:34, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I had York in mind as the cutoff, but hadn't checked it exactly. I'll drop it a couple of points southwards... Andrew Gray (talk) 20:53, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
That looks great, thanks both. -- Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 10:05, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Ed Foundation hiring two Wikipedians[edit]

Locations required:

  • continental United States: [-124.7625, 24.5210], [-66.9326, 49.3845]
  • Alaska: [-179.1506, 51.2097], [-129.9795, 71.4410]
  • Hawaii: [-160.2471, 18.9117], [-154.8066, 22.2356]

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • Now until August 23, or 1 week from the start date.

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Job opportunity that may be of interest to many editors.
  • User requesting: Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:20, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Discussion We're hoping to open this up to non-US editors as well, but we're still checking with our HR provider. If/when we can confirm that we're able to hire non-US folks, I'll request to disable this and put up a general watchlist notice instead. @Andrew Gray:. --Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:20, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Just up - hopefully, it's the first time I've used the new system. Is there an interwiki for WEF? (Not essential, but it tidies things up a bit). Andrew Gray (talk) 00:03, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! There is no interwiki for Wiki Ed.--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 17:36, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Andrew Gray: I think it's not working. It isn't showing up for me (in Seattle) or LiAnna (in San Francisco), at least.--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:50, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Odd - it's definitely being picked up by the toolserver feed, which generally means it's working. Have you tried purging your cache on the watchlist page? Andrew Gray (talk) 20:58, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Andrew Gray: yes, I've tried purging the cache and also cleared out my custom .js just in case that was causing the problem. Still not showing.--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:23, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
I'm at a loss, I'm afraid - hmm. The only thing that might possibly be causing problems that I can see is the html links, but they look fine - if you want to knock up an onwiki soft redirect page I could switch to that and see if it works. Andrew Gray (talk) 21:27, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Andrew Gray: I think I've discovered the problem; I have an IPv6 address, and that isn't being picked up by our geoip system. When I set my browser to force IPv4, it showed up.--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:59, 18 August 2014 (UTC)
Aha! Yes, that would do it - I remember someone mentioning we can't geolocate any IPv6. At least it's now a known problem - not sure there's any practical workaround, though, short of advertising it to everyone... Andrew Gray (talk) 22:12, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

meta:Research:Labs2/Hackathons/August 6-7th, 2014/Meetups/Philadelphia, PA, US[edit]

Locations required:

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Possible messages:

  • You are invited to the Wiki Research Hackathon in Philly! Meet and collaborate on research about Wikipedia and other wikis

Date range required: Now (whenever it's turned on) to August 7th, 2014

Misc info:

Discussion

@Andrew Gray: Can you take a look at this request, please? Superm401 - Talk 15:27, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Andrew Gray (talk) 18:47, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle[edit]

Locations required:

  • Seattle [47.8,-122.8], [47.2,-121.8]

Possible messages:

  • You are invited to the Seattle monthly Wikipedia meetup for camaraderie and collaboration. We will meet at Cafe Allegro on Sunday, August 17. Join us! More details on our meetup page.

Date range required: August 1 to August 17, 2014

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Regular meeting invitation
  • User requesting: --Pine 23:39, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

  • Andrew Gray I messed up the date in the watchlist notice. Please change to Sunday, August 17 as now stated. --Pine 04:27, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Can't believe I didn't spot that! Fixed. Andrew Gray (talk) 11:48, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject Open Wikipedia Barn Raising[edit]

Locations required:

  • San Francisco Bay Area (see past event for coordinates? This would ideally center on Oakland CA.)

Possible messages: Bay Area Wikipedians interested in education are invited to the WikiProject Open Wikipedia Barn Raising, where we will work to improve articles related to openness in education. Lunch is provided; participants around the world are welcome to participate virtually.

User requesting:

Date range:

  • Now to July 19, 2014
  • Looks like we missed this one, sorry. Andrew Gray (talk) 18:50, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Pakistani Cultural Heritage Edit Drive[edit]

Locations required:

  • Pakistan

Possible messages:

  • Wikimedia Community User Group Pakistan is organizing an edit drive for Pakistani Wikipedians on Pakistani Cultural Heritage throughout the month of July. Top three contributors will be given a gift pack containing Wikipedia merchandise. You can read the event details here.

Date range required:

  • Now till July 31

Misc info:

  • Public event

Discussion

I can see the post. I have removed the bold font from here in the end since it was appearing as '''here'''. Is there any way that can be changed now. Thanks! Samar Talk 19:11, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
@Samar: Fixed. I'm new at geonotices -- doesn't work exactly like wikicode, still figuring it out.... Thanks for your patience :) Calliopejen1 (talk) 19:26, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
No problem, its fine now. Though the font is quite large (which is all right for me, it makes the message very prominent). Thanks! :) Samar Talk 20:08, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Previous requests[edit]