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Opinion desk

Opinion desk

The Signpost is calling for position pieces, calls to arms, perspectives from other projects, debates and essays addressing important issues facing the English Wikipedia and the broader Wikimedia community.

How it works[edit]

The opinion desk acts as a holding pen for submissions to give feedback and try to find ways to improve and polish them, and to collect sets of related pieces.

The publication of opinion pieces is at the discretion of the Signpost's editor-in-chief, The ed17 (talk · contribs)

Please comment on the opinion submissions below: share ideas about how to improve pieces that catch your interest, make suggestions as to whether a given piece is ready for publication, or pitch ideas for future pieces.

While submissions that take strong positions on important issues are welcome, we ask that comments be kept constructive. If you are unclear on any of the process or have questions related thereto, feel free to use the talkpage.

Submission guidelines[edit]

The criteria for publishing opinion pieces are quality of argument, originality, and relevance to the community, as judged by the Signpost.

Unlike the weekly news reporting focus of the standard Signpost articles, and the investigative and evaluative focus of its special reports, opinion pieces are primarily editorial in tone. As the Signpost does not have a house point-of-view or political agenda, it does not endorse the perspectives of opinion pieces, which express only the views of their authors.

Similar to newspaper op-eds, opinion pieces should be accompanied by an extended byline (suggestion: one to three sentences), that briefly introduces the author and indicates why his or her opinion about the topic might interest the reader.

The purpose of publishing opinion pieces is to provoke thought and discussion in a productive rather than antagonistic fashion, and so submissions should be well-researched and not factually misleading or unnecessarily inflammatory.

A related set of submissions that address the same issue but from editors' different perspectives are especially encouraged. If you have a submission or idea for one, you can list it below, approach the editor on-wiki, or email it to the editor-in-chief.


Opinion desk

Please link your letters to the editor, position pieces, and short opinion essays here, using the formatting below to propose it here.

The coordinator of the opinion desk is responsible for reviewing proposals and overseeing essay development. The current coordinator is Signpost managing editor The ed17, who should be contacted in the case of any questions or queries.

Your piece's title here[edit]

  • Submission: wikilink to your submission; no special formatting is required
  • Author: {{u|Your username}}
  • Rationale: Comment explaining what the focus of your essay is and why it merits publication in light of the guidelines outlined above.

Typography updates to Wikipedia's default skin[edit]

  • Submission: User:Steven (WMF)/Typography refresh signpost
  • Author: Steven (WMF)
  • Rationale: An overview of the upcoming changes to the core Vector typography.
    • @Steven (WMF): When are you looking to publish this? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:05, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
      • @The ed17: From the tech news, "Typography Refresh will be enabled for test wiki and users who use the Vector skin on March 27. For users on non-Wikipedia wikis, it will be enabled on April 1, and for Wikipedia users on April 3. If you don't use Vector as your skin, you will not be affected.". I would guess that it would make the most sense to run the piece this coming issue, before Typography Refresh hits Wikipedia. Sven Manguard Wha? 23:12, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
      • Ed: I'll also ping @Jaredzimmerman (WMF): for you, since he's the one who signed the piece. Sven Manguard Wha? 23:15, 25 March 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── The ed17 I think I'm happy with the current version that's on my subpage. Feel free to move that to an appropriate op-ed subpage. I don't know Signpost page naming conventions like you do. :) Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 22:30, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

A Foolish Request[edit]


The following articles have been published in the Signpost as opinion pieces:

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