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There is a complete list of public mailing lists for all Wikimedia Foundation matters at meta, including:
- Projects other than Wikipedia
- Languages other than English
- Local chapters serving predominantly non-English-speaking users
The public mailing lists for the Wikipedia project include:
- WikiEN-l for email discussion of the English Wikipedia
- Wikimedia-l for announcements, cross-project matters and Wikimedia Foundation issues
- Wikipedia-l for issues specific to Wikipedia (and not sister projects such as Wiktionary) but affecting editions of Wikipedia in more than one language
- MediaWiki-l for people with questions about their own installation of the MediaWiki software (ie., not Wikimedia projects)
- Wikitech-l for any WikiMedia development issues, technical discussions, and hardware purchases
- Daily-article-l for an extract of the English Wikipedia's featured article of the day
- mobile-l for any discussions about Wikimedia projects on mobile devices
- Gender gap brings together people of any gender interested in improving the participation of women in Wikipedia and related projects.
There are various private mailing lists hosted by Wikimedia Foundation servers that facilitate internal communication among Wikimedia Foundation board members and certain committees and subcommittees. These include:
- The Arbitration Committee's mailing lists arbcom-l and functionaries-en
- The Mediation Committee's mailing list
- oversight-l, the oversight mailing list, used for oversighter group discussion only (only those with oversight rights can send to or read it, non-member emails are automatically rejected) NOTE: Please do not send requests for oversight to this list any longer. Instead, use oversight-en-wp mentioned below.
- oversight-en-wp, the oversight request OTRS queue (anyone can send messages to this, but only those with oversight rights can read it)
- checkuser-l, the checkuser mailing list (only those with checkuser rights can send to or read it, non-member emails are automatically rejected)
- Wikien-bureaucrats mailing list (anyone can send to this, but only those with bureaucrat rights can read it)
- accounts-enwiki-l for discussion of account requests and the ACC tool interface
- unblock-en-l for discussion of unblock requests and the UTRS tool interface (note: this list was used for unblock requests, but was phased out for that purpose in March 2012 with the deployment of UTRS)
- Meta:Mailing list, for further information, Meta:Mailing lists/Overview for the full listing.
- Wikipedia:External discussion
- User:Jimbo Wales/Statement of principles, Jimmy Wales' statement of principles in which the sixth is: "The mailing list will remain open, well-advertised, and will be regarded as the place for meta-discussions about the nature of Wikipedia".