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The Signpost

Next issue: December 24, 2014

Submission deadline: 4 days' time!  Publication scheduled for late Wednesday.
Once all tasks are complete, editor-in-chief The ed17 (or nominated deputy) will complete the publication process.

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. 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.
  • 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]

There's plenty of available stories for anyone interested in getting involved! Shoot me a message and we'll talk. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 21:09, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

  • Possible follow-up with Wikimedia Ukraine on editing WP in the midst of war? (last major story on them) [proposed by Ed]
  • How overly strict copyright limits are hurting Wikimedia contributors? [Ed]
  • An interview with the people who help content creators at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Resource_Exchange/Resource_Request [Ed]
  • 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? [Gamaliel]
  • 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. [Gamaliel]


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

In development[edit]

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

Looking ahead a week, we'll have a FC for the 24th; can we publish then, even if it's the only update? Adam Cuerden (talk) 14:36, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

Article status[edit]

Irregular articles

On hiatus

News and notes

Not started

In the media

Not started

Discussion report

Not started

WikiProject report

Not started

Sorry for not reporting in this slot for the last couple of weeks, but I have an interview set up now, so that should be ready for this week's edition. Rcsprinter123 (express) @ 20:47, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Featured content

In progress

Arbitration report

Not started

Traffic report

Not started

Technology report

Not started

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 (open) Tony1 Normally drafted in a Google Drive doc.
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)
Featured content Adam Cuerden Pine, The Herald, Rcsprinter123, Ian Rose and Dank (open)
Arbitration report
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
Editor-in-chief The ed17
Publication and newsroom manager Pine The ed17, Jarry1250, Tony1, HaeB (technical advice)
Communications and social media coordinator The ed17 Pine, Tony1, Gamaliel
Talkpage deliveries Special:MassMessage Publication tool engineer is Jarry1250
Data and graphs Dispenser
Design and templates Pretzels Ebe123, Matthewrbowker
Copy-editing team Graham87, Gamaliel and Wavelength (sporadic editing)
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