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The Signpost

Next issue: July 23, 2014

Submission deadline: 72 minutes ago!  Publication scheduled for late Wednesday.
Once all tasks are complete, editor-in-chief The ed17 (or nominated deputy) will complete the publication process.

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Notices for contributors and interested editors[edit]

  • Standard weekly schedule
  • Thursday–Sunday: start. Start all pages that are to be included in the next edition, either on-wiki or in Google Docs. Please note that "News and notes", "In the media", and the "Arbitration report" are typically drafted in the latter, but suggestions for them are always welcome through our suggestions page.
  • Monday: draft. A rough outline of topics to be covered should be in place by the middle of Monday, so that if a regular reporter is unavailable, the editor can find a replacement for that week.
  • Tuesday, early Wednesday: mature versions. Aim to have reasonably mature drafts of all pages for comments by the managing editors, fellow journalists, and other interested editors. Signpost editors recommend any structural changes, reductions in length, expansions in scope, necessary coordination between pages, postponement to subsequent issue.
  • Wednesday: finish! Last-minute tweaks and copy-editors go through the drafts; publication in the evening.
  • Everyone interested in Signpost matters is invited to join the IRC channel at #wikisignpost connect.
  • Those wishing to submit an irregular article, such as (but certainly not limited to) interviews and op-eds, should email the editor-in-chief at least one week prior to your desired publishing date.

Current discussion[edit]

Publication will likely happen in about ten hours. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:42, 18 July 2014 (UTC)


Ideas for Signpost features can be pitched and discussed by any interested parties here

The path to becoming an accomplished editor[edit]

Set out a few thoughts on what it was like "Getting through the beginning stages of editing ...". Actually considered calling this essay "Wikipedia may not need new articles ... (unless they're about Africa)," because people show up at editathons thinking they need to write a new article. It takes a bit of doing to explain to newbies that they probably need to start out as a content creator who improves quality by adding images and facts, or as a gnome who tidies up existing material.

(One thing I'd like to try with newbies is pointing out the recent changes or watchlist for a WikiProject of interest to them, and see if this gives them some ideas about how to gnome.)

We don't have a clear path yet for progressing from editathon newbie to accomplished editor. Perhaps some collaboration and sharing of experience on how this process has worked for different people would help us develop editors. Would anyone here be interested in collaborating on a Signpost article on the topic? Djembayz (talk) 15:25, 22 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Djembayz, thanks for posting here. This sounds like a perfect opportunity for a collaborative op-ed arguing for a specific approach, or a forum (see an example) putting forward several different approaches. Did you have anyone in mind that you think would be interested? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:41, 22 June 2014 (UTC)
Not really-- got the idea from a post by DGG. I'd like to hear more experiences from others ... not sure how to go about this, so will leave the ball in your court. Djembayz (talk) 22:00, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
we don't disagree on how to learn to edit, but I certainly wouldn't say--and I don't think you would either--that the only missing area is Africa. For one thing , we only have about 60% of the current members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 5% of the National Academy of Engineering. DGG ( talk ) 23:16, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
@Djembayz: Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. With an op-ed, there's not a lot that I can do to kindle it. :-) Why don't you and DGG work in your userspace on a argumentative piece on how the English Wikipedia can improve its newcomer's experience and lower the bar to entry? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:14, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Tech news[edit]

@The ed17: Tech news is produced weekly by volunteers. Can we use it for the Signpost's "Technology report?" --Pine 05:04, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

When I was doing the Technology Report, I found it needed a lot of work to get it down to a "general public" level. And most of the most interesting stuff I found out by asking people. Adam Cuerden (talk) 05:52, 27 May 2014 (UTC)
We can always include bits as they come; I've subscribed to it for that reason. However, Adam is right in that it doesn't (normally) give the level of context we need for our readers. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 18:48, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

WP:Personal acquaintances goes international[edit]

The tool for Wikip/medians to confirm that they have met a real person behind a user account was started in 2008 in de:wp and has meanwhile been translated into 7 languages and spread to more than 13 WMF projects. Over 1,500 users have given more than 50,000 confirmations since. The English language pages in en:wp, de:wp, wmflabs and Commons are looking for native speakers to improve the text and for more Wikimaniacs to go to WP:Meetups and connect to each other. Spread the word and let's make it a big thing at the upcoming Wikimania in London (please help improving the English text for the Wikimania leaflet). Looking forward to meet you! :) --Jan (media) 21:06, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note here, Jan. I'll look into covering it! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:14, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

In development[edit]

The following proposals have been greenlit and are considered in active development

Article status[edit]

Book review

Not started


In progress

Wikimedia in education


News and notes

Not started

Godot13 interview

Not started

Adam Cuerden, how is this coming along? Can I help at all? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:11, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Ach. I need to write up the questions; think it'll be ready in time. Sorry, this weekend went absolutely crazy. Adam Cuerden (talk) 02:17, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
@Adam Cuerden: No worries, Adam. Please let me know if we'll need to delay it to next week; that won't be a problem! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 18:09, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Depends when we publish. I think I can get it for Saturday, but have been doing a lot of work proofreading for a friend. Adam Cuerden (talk) 22:10, 17 July 2014 (UTC)
Hey Adam Cuerden, I missed this here. I'm hoping to publish in about 4.5 hours, so is it alright if we delay it until next week? I know how tedious and long proofreading for friends can be. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 12:34, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
I took the liberty of publishing and pushing this back. I hope that's alright! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 18:55, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Discussion report

In progress

WikiProject report

Not started

Featured content

In progress

Traffic report

Done subject to any editorial oversight by Ed.--Milowenthasspoken 21:11, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikicup interviews

In planning, not for this week

Regular responsibilities[edit]

In addition to once-off and irregular features contributed on an ad hoc basis, the Signpost has a number of regular reports (published on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis) for which experienced contributors tend to claim responsibility. This responsibility entails ensuring the report in question is consistently well-written and submitted before deadline, which in turn involves selecting the stories to be covered, managing the writing of the report (often contributing most of the content themselves, or recruiting other reporters to do so), and communicating with the newsroom to keep editors informed of developments. While all articles are subject to final review by the editor-in-chief (or managing editors), the regular reporter of a feature typically determines its direction and focus.

The Signpost is always looking for new reporters, so if you are interested in contributing to a given feature, contact the reporter listed as responsible for it below, add yourself to the "Contributors" column of the feature, or simply go right ahead and edit the draft article. If there is no reporter listed as responsible for a given feature, interested editors with experience contributing to the report and who feel up to the task can assume responsibility for it. If a regular reporter is unavailable or no draft for the next issue is listed above, any editor should feel free to write it that week.

Feature Editor(s) Contributors Notes
News and notes The ed17 Resident Mario, Aude, Mono, Hahc21 Normally drafted in a Google Drive doc.
In the media Jayen466 and Go Phightins! Andrewman327, Mark Miller, Gamaliel, Kevin Rutherford Normally drafted in a Google Drive doc.
WikiProject report Mabeenot Buffbills7701 Coordinated at the WikiProject desk
Discussion report Hahc21 Pine
Featured content Adam Cuerden Hahc21, Pine, The Herald, and Ian Rose (open)
Arbitration report (open) M.O.X
Technology report (open) Edokter and Godisgood737
Traffic report Serendipodous A collaboration with Wikipedia:Top25Report
Opinion essays The ed17 N/A Coordinated at the Opinion desk
Recent research Tbayer (HaeB) and DarTar Coordinated at the Wikimedia Research Newsletter desk (last issue of each month)
Task User Backup
Design and templates Pretzels Ebe123, Matthewrbowker
Copy-editing team Graham87 and Wavelength (sporadic editing)
Publication The ed17 Jarry1250, HaeB (technical advice),
Talkpage deliveries Special:MassMessage
Data and graphs Dispenser
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