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Next issue: March 4, 2015

Submission deadline: 15 hours ago!  Publication scheduled for late Wednesday.
Once all tasks are complete, editors-in-chief Gamaliel, Go Phightins!, or publication manager Pine will complete the publication process.

Notices for contributors and interested editors[edit]

  • Interested in Signpost matters? Have a concern to share? Possibly want to become a regular or irregular contributor? Try finding us on IRC at #wikisignpost connect, the best way for Signpost writers to connect. Or, use the talk page. To learn more about how we operate, see our content guidance page.
  • Got a news tip to share? Send it down our grapevine.
  • Interested in contributing an irregular article or a special column, such as an interviews, op-ed, or special report, to the Signpost? Great! See our content guidelines for more details, and submission instructions from there.
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  • Our current 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. Note that Featured content, due to using a weekly schedule based on WP:GO, will not have a finalized content list until the Sunday (UTC) starts, and will thus usually be a little bit behind the others at this point.
  • 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. However, due to its prominent position at Portal:Featured content, the Signpost cannot publish if every single section of the Featured Content report isn't finished, and this section can't even really be started until Sunday mornings. Please pitch in if Featured Content is falling behind.

Current discussion[edit]

Ideas for Signpost features can be pitched and discussed by any interested parties here. Items should be listed directly at the opinion desk or the special desk, submissions from which are automatically transcluded here.

From the opinion desk[edit]

The following proposals have been transcluded from the opinion desk.

WiR for WikiAfrica[edit]

In development

I served as WiR with the WikiAfrica Project for all of last year. I wanna write about the experience and the achievements. Fits in here? Under what category will it be under? Can I write in google docs and later transfer here or ask for review on there? Thanks --Nkansahrexford (talk) 11:45, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Given that you were involved in it, it would have to be an op-ed. Otherwise, go for it! Create it as a personal sandbox page and leave a link to it here. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 16:51, 15 January 2015 (UTC)
Hey Nkansahrexford. Any update on this? We would still be interested in running it. Go Phightins! 23:06, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Go Phightins!, I started the article after receiving the notification today. The draft can be found here: . Still working on.--Nkansahrexford (talk) 19:39, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
OK, let me know when it's ready for review. Thanks, Nkansahrexford. Go Phightins! 02:37, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

From the special desk[edit]

The following proposals have been transcluded from the special desk.

Core Contest[edit]

Needs drafting
  • Submission:
  • Author: Casliber
  • Rationale:
  • Discussion:

Submitted via Suggestions. ResMar 18:20, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Education initiative[edit]

Needs drafting

I am beginning preliminary research for a long-form special report on the progress of the Wikimedia Foundation education initiative, spurred by the release of the Education toolset this week—the capstone of a very long build-up process that's been a very integral part of Foundation operations for many years now. ResMar 06:00, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Other proposals[edit]

This space is for irregular reports which do not belong to categories above.

@Serendipodous, Milowent: The top-20 by edits and editors is being regularly updated at User:DataflowBot/output/Top 20 enwiki articles by edits and editors in past 7 days (id-1) and can be transcluded from, copied from, or linked to there. I note it often continues to lead the most read articles that appear in both by a few days. EllenCT (talk) 21:46, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Are you asking us to do it? Because we both have our hands full with the Top 25/Traffic report. And unless it goes in the Signpost, I don't really know where to put it. Serendipodous 22:12, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I've been asking for it over and over, with plenty of enthusiastic support. Why not just link to it from the bottom of the Traffic report? EllenCT (talk) 04:08, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I've included a reference and link in the draft Traffic Report that I just submitted, that should bring some attention to it.--Milowenthasspoken 18:55, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

The following proposals have been transcluded from the review desk.

The following proposals have been transcluded from the dispatch workshop.


This space is for editors sharing internal ideas about topics or issues the Signpost should focus on or find writers to address, but for which reports or proposals have not yet been drafted. Items here are automatically transcluded to the opinion and special desks so that contributing editors may be aware of our current editorial focus.

  • Wikimedia Ukraine: Possible follow-up with Wikimedia Ukraine on editing WP in the midst of war? (see previous coverage)
  • Copyright: How overly strict copyright limits are hurting Wikimedia contributors? Alternatively, how Wikimedia contributors' copyrights are violated on a daily basis?
  • Resource exchange: An interview with the people who help content creators at the Resource Exchange.
  • Public release I've seen a couple of stories about major releases of materials into the Creative Commons of large numbers of literary and scholarly works in the languages of India, specifically Kannada and Tamil, thanks to the efforts of Wikipedians. Perhaps a talk with some of the participants or an overview of these kinds of efforts?
  • Guerrilla Skepticism: Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia is still a hot topic amongst proponents of alternative medicine and science. This seems ripe for a news feature or perhaps an interview with Susan Gerbic.

Article status[edit]


For this week

News and notes


Effectively ready for publication review; more briefs can be added as the week goes along and stuff happens but major stories will be held over until next week. Two reasons: this is already very long; and I don't have time to deal with it during the weekdays. ResMar 06:29, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Great job this week. Gamaliel (talk) 22:23, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

In the media

Almost forgot to ready this for publication. It's good to go now. Gamaliel (talk) 05:40, 5 March 2015 (UTC)



@Gamaliel: Are we running yours this week? Go Phightins! 02:23, 4 March 2015 (UTC) Yes, just waiting on some more feedback from Tony1 if he has time. Gamaliel (talk) 04:39, 4 March 2015 (UTC) Gamaliel, can look in an hour or so, if that's within time. Tony (talk) 06:43, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Tony1! I'm wrapping it up now. Gamaliel (talk) 04:47, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject report

Not started

  • I don't have time to do this this week, and probably most weeks until mid June. Rcsprinter123 (interface) @ 20:44, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
    • OK, are any interviews in progress, and do you have anyone in mind who might be interested in doing the section for a while? Thanks, Rc. Go Phightins! 02:23, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
      • I don't know of anybody in particular, although you could try inviting Mabeenot back. Meanwhile, I see you asked some questions for WP Christianity; you need to invite them to respond. Also, I don't prefer "Rc". Rcsprinter123 (confess) @ 18:53, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
        • Mabeenot is unfortunately extremely busy in real life (I've emailed him about coming back a couple times before you took it on!). We're going to put the spot in "from the editor" this week and hope someone bites. We'll be happy to see you back whenever you can do it, Rcsprinter123! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:22, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
          • Yes, I second that. Don't feel you have to keep it up every week, just contribute when you can. I enjoy reading your reports. Gamaliel (talk) 05:31, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Featured content

In progress
Should be done by this evening; just was a bit out of it from allergies. Adam Cuerden (talk) 11:28, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Arbitration report

Not started

Traffic report


Has this been copyedited? Go Phightins! 20:30, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

I previously read it over and didn't see any errors. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:34, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Looks good. Gamaliel (talk) 21:36, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Technology report


Has this been copyedited? Go Phightins! 20:30, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

This should be good. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 20:34, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Maybe we could include the roll-out of these little section links I'm seeing all over the non-main namespace all of the sudden. ResMar 22:45, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

From the editor

In progress

In Google Doc awaiting ResMar's additions. Go Phightins! 03:42, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Can't into permissions :) ResMar 03:51, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Duh. I'm an idiot. Fixed now? Go Phightins! 03:55, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
I've tweaked it some and included a contributor's poll, feel free to make further modifications. ResMar 16:24, 4 March 2015 (UTC)



Any objection/problem with running the Black History Month WMF blog post? It will tie in well with ITM this week. Gamaliel (talk) 04:47, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

As an aside: does our agreement with them require us to run a blog post every week? I'd quite like to do it bi-weekly instead, because introducing what seems like a new weekly section will draw attention away from the rest of our (actual) articles. ResMar 05:04, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm fine with this going forward, but I'd like to run this one in-particular because it covers a lot of things that were in the news. A good tie in and it will save me some writing tomorrow. Gamaliel (talk) 05:18, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Aye. ResMar 05:33, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
This looks ready to go. Gamaliel (talk) 21:34, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

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 Lead editor(s) Contributors Notes
News and notes Resident Mario The ed17, Tony1
In the media Gamaliel Jayen466, Peaceray Normally drafted in a Google Drive doc.
WikiProject report Rcsprinter123 Buffbills7701, Mabeenot Coordinated at the WikiProject desk
Discussion report (open) Rexford
Featured content Adam Cuerden Hafspajen, Xanthomelanoussprog, Pine, The Herald, Ian Rose and Dank All are welcome. Can get a little silly at times.
Arbitration report Harry Mitchell
Technology report (open) Jarry1250, Edokter, Rcsprinter123 and Godisgood737
Traffic report Serendipodous, Milowent 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
Editors-in-chief Gamaliel and Go Phightins!
Publication and newsroom manager Pine The ed17, Jarry1250, Tony1, HaeB (technical advice)
Editor emeritus The ed17
Communications and social media coordinator The ed17 and Go Phightins! Pine, Tony1, Gamaliel
Talkpage deliveries Special:MassMessage Publication tool engineer is Jarry1250
Data and graphs Dispenser
Design and templates Pretzels, Resident Mario Ebe123, Matthewrbowker
Copy-editing team Graham87, Gamaliel and Wavelength (sporadic editing)
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