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Deletion of Robert Sayre article[edit]

The article you deleted (and replaced with a redirect) had been on Wikipedia for five years. I disagree with your decision to unilaterally wipe it out without an RfD vote. Sayre is notable by virtue of his co-authorship of the Atom standard, an important and widely adopted technical standard in the syndication community, and none of the personal information in the article was controversial. As someone who wants to see better encyclopedia entries for the authors of popular Internet standards on Wikipedia, I don't see why Sayre's entry should have been wiped out in its entirety instead of improved. Also, you said on my Talk page that we need to be cautious about not invading the subject's privacy with things that are private information. I agree with this, but there was nothing in the entry of that nature. Looking at caches from other sites, I see one thing about a personal health battle overcome in childhood, but I think that was cited from Sayre's own writings from his blog on Mozilla. Peterkiesler (talk) 00:49, 29 December 2014 (UTC)

I've added more thoughts on my Talk page in response to yours. If you want to discuss it further, that's probably the best place. Peterkiesler (talk) 02:12, 29 December 2014 (UTC)
Since we've discussed this, you can delete this from your Talk page if you like. Peterkiesler (talk) 00:18, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Compensation[edit]

Is it publicly disclosed anywhere how much you will be compensated for the WiR program with Cochrane? If not, is this something that you would personally disclose? - 2001:558:1400:10:4D4F:DD4B:A6F3:7A90 (talk) 14:35, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Yes, it was published with the initial posting of the job. I have the link on my user page but for your convience I'll add it here, too. Wikipedia:Cochrane/Wikipedian in Residence The position receives a stipend of $6,500 for 6 months of part time remote work. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 14:43, 7 May 2014 (UTC)
Depending on how "part" is the "part time", that seems like a dreadfully meager stipend. I wish you luck in advancing factual information on Wikipedia, regardless. Eventually, we'll see corporate (business) WiR programs, and then we'll finally have some balance on the subjects of corporations (which, to my eye, seem to bias too heavily toward petty criticisms of product or service minutiae). - 2001:558:1400:10:4D4F:DD4B:A6F3:7A90 (talk) 14:49, 7 May 2014 (UTC)

Congrats![edit]

Just stopping by to say congratulations on the residency. That's awesome. :-) --MZMcBride (talk) 01:47, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 01:56, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

I'm sorry I'm just hearing about this now (I was away for the last couple months) but this is fantastic news. Congrats! Kidzangi (talk) 03:47, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Hello from Wikimed at Sinai[edit]

Please see our course page. Thanks! Salubrious Toxin (talk) 20:24, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi :-) It is nice to meet you. I'll check out your course page. Let me know if I can be of any help to you. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 20:29, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Great to see you again in NY. I had no idea you had the Cochrane connection - I just sent you an email related to Cochrane.--S Philbrick(Talk) 01:07, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Cervix - in particular Cervical screening[edit]

Sydney, I somehow ended up working on cervix, which is good as there is a bit of a vibrant collaboration happening. It only has rudimentary information on cervical screening. There is a pre-FAC peer review in progress at Wikipedia:Peer review/Cervix/archive1 - feel free to comment and have a look at the article and check and cochranise sources :) Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 21:12, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Cas,
Thanks for letting me know. I'll check it out. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 18:26, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

HI[edit]

Hi Sydney! My best wishes on your new position at the Cochrane Library! I Just wanted to introduce myself as another Wikipedian-in-Residence! :) Where is the best page to find recent updates about the project? Yours, OR drohowa (talk) 19:44, 26 July 2014 (UTC) (email me at dorohoward@gmail.com if you want to talk more!)

David Baker[edit]

Hi I have added my full name and brief description of who and what I am. Plus a disclaimer. My plan with the Restless Leg article is not to edit it myself but to ask a well known and respected physician to add the text so it is coming from a credible source. My task is to figure out how to do it and make sure we go through the right channels and maintain the integrity of Wikipedia. All the best David --98.189.164.60 (talk) 18:02, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Task List[edit]

Glad you liked the task list instructions Sydney. Was just mainly repeating what you all keep saying. amosabo t@lk; 13:09, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Also thank you very much for the edit-a-thon link it has proved most helpful. amosabo t@lk; 13:40, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

hey just came to drop in Hi & check talk page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jainvaibhav1307 (talkcontribs) 05:25, 21 September 2014 (UTC) --Jainvaibhav1307 (talk) 05:27, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

Medical Translation Newsletter Aug./Sept. 2014[edit]

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During August we have translated Disease and it is now live in more than 60 different languages! To help us focus on African languages Rubric has donated a large number of articles in languages we haven't previously reached–so a shout out them, and Ian Henderson from Rubric who's joined us here at Wikipedia. We're very happy for our continued collaboration with both Rubric and Translators without Borders!

Just some of our over 60 translations:
New roles and guides!

At Wikimania there were so many enthusiastic people jumping at the chance to help out the Medical Translation Project, but unfortunately not all of them knew how to get started. That is why we've been spending considerable time writing and improving guides! They are finally live, and you can find them at our home-page!

New sign up page!

We're proud to announce a new sign up page at WP:MTSIGNUP! The old page was getting cluttered and didn't allow you to speficy a role. The new page should be easier to sign up to, and easier to navigate so that we can reach you when you're needed!

Style guides for translations

Translations are of both full articles and shorter articles continues. The process where short articles are chosen for translation hasn't been fully transparent. In the coming months we hope to have a first guide, so that anyone who writes medical or health articles knows how to get their articles to a standard where they can be translated! That's why we're currently working on medical good lede criteria! The idea is to have a similar peer review process to good article nominations, but only for ledes.

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WikiData[edit]

Hey Sidney, I just had a brainwave while working on a presentation. Would it be useful to link Cochrane reviews to clinical items on Wikidata? This would massively improve accessibility and would be easy to update whenever a new version of a review appears. JFW | T@lk 11:54, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

@ User:Jfdwolff Hi Jacob, that sounds like an interesting idea. Could you give me a specific example about how it will work? Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 18:29, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

The wonderful annual meeting! And more![edit]

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Hello, fellow Wikipedian!

I am excited to announce our upcoming Annual Meeting at the National Archives! We'll have free lunch, an introduction by Archivist of the United States David Ferriero, and a discussion featuring Ed Summers, the creator of CongressEdits. Join your fellow DC-area Wikipedians on Saturday, October 18 from 12 to 4:30 PM. RSVP today!

Also coming up we have the Human Origins edit-a-thon on October 17 and the WikiSalon on October 22. Hope to see you at our upcoming events!

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Give me a link?[edit]

Hey Sydney,

At this point, the article's hopeless, but I'm curious about the subject now. Can you give me a link to one of those many sources that talks about how a person develops epilepsy? A lay source is just fine, since that's what most of our readers will be looking at and therefore that's what our readers' expectations will be formed by. I haven't been able to find one. I can find plenty of sources that use the word "unknown" to describe the mechanism of epilepsy, and I find plenty of sources that talk about the well-understood mechanism of having a seizure. However, I find zero that identify a mechanism of getting epilepsy.

To be clear, I'm looking for a mechanism that can go in a section on the mechanism of epilepsy itself, not a section on the mechanism of having a seizure. (Act now, or someone will revert those links.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:49, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you for the information about medical editing. It's helpful for me and my students. --LynnMcCleary (talk) 20:21, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

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End-of-the-year meetups[edit]

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You're invited to the end-of-the-year meetup at Busboys and Poets on Sunday, December 14 at 6 PM. There is Wi-Fi, so bring your computer if you want!

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FergusM1970[edit]

FergusM1970 writes here that you know "the articles [FergusM1970] was paid to edit." Is that true? When did he inform you of this? Were you aware that the Terms of Use, linked at the bottom of every page, says "you must disclose your employer, client, and affiliation with respect to any contribution for which you receive, or expect to receive, compensation?" Hipocrite (talk) 15:45, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

His statement on ANI was a bit disingenuous, no? Sorry for the formal tone above, he certainly implied he disclosed it to you well before today. Hipocrite (talk) 16:16, 22 December 2014 (UTC)
No problems, you were confused. And yes, it could be implied that I knew about it much longer. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 16:27, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

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Cochrane Collaboration[edit]

Hi Sydney,

I've just read that you're the Wikipedian in Residence at the Cochrane Collaboration - I don't know how I missed that, but belated congratulations! Since September, I've been Wikimedian in Residence at the Royal Society of Chemistry; see Wikipedia:GLAM/Royal Society of Chemistry for details. Do you have a page like that? I found Wikipedia:Cochrane/Wikipedian in Residence, but it's out of date.

We recently launched a Wikipedia Library donation: Wikipedia:RSC Gold which may be of interest to some of your collaborators; please let them know about it, and do let me kwow if you have any ideas on how we might collaboarate, or if I can help you in any way. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:24, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

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Did you know...[edit]

Did you know that you have your Internationalisation preference set to "She edits wiki pages" (yeah!), but you aren't a member of [[Category:Female_Wikipedians|Category:Female Wikipedians]]? I hope that you'll add yourself! Lightbreather (talk) 23:47, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Test Kaffeeklatsch area for women-only[edit]

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Museum hacks and museum edits[edit]

Hello there!

Upcoming events:

  • February 6–8: The third annual ArtBytes Hackathon at the Walters Art Museum! This year Wikimedia DC is partnering with the Walters for a hack-a-thon at the intersection of art and technology, and I would like to see Wikimedia well represented.
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  • February 15: Wiki Loves Small Museums in Ocean City. Mary Mark Ockerbloom, with support from Wikimedia DC, will be leading a workshop at the Small Museum Association Conference on how they can contribute to Wikipedia. Tons of representatives from GLAM institutions will be present, and we are looking for volunteers. If you would like to help out, check out "Information for Volunteers".

I am also pleased to announce events for Wikimedia DC Black History Month with Howard University and NPR. Details on those events soon.

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Robert Sears (physician)[edit]

I've removed BullRangifer's reinsertion of the problematic material, but I've looked into the problematic section you removed. The "Consequences of epidemics" section directly connects Sears to the patient, but goes much farther by implying that Sears is responsible for the "epidemic" (since when is less than dozen people an epidemic anyways?). Aside from using Huffington Post comments - Sear's clearly gave context, the doctor is not liable for patient's parents who refuse. WebMd even has Sears suggesting the vaccine in the normal schedule and but advising to getting the first dose before the child enters daycare or school. CDC has some context on the timeline. All the background essentially points blame at Sears for it because the parents apparently did not want to get their child vaccinated (info is lacking here), but has no problem pointing it at Sears who is not even the sole pediatrician who cared for the child. It is not fit for a biography because it implies responsibility where he has none. It was a good removal. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 07:01, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

There seems to be a disconnect with some users about BLP - frankly - it is troubling and increasingly hostile. I am particularly concerned by Brangifer's actions and have warned him of the discretionary sanctions. The editors do not want to listen to someone who disagrees with them and while expected - spells a problem for the article's growth and neutral presentation. Any advice on how to proceed? ChrisGualtieri (talk) 15:21, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes. Stop pushing your unique version of BLP and listen to what multiple other editors are saying. --NeilN talk to me 15:37, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi ChrisGualtieri and NeilN|, I see that there is lively discussion on the talk page and the article is being heavily edited. I too have concerns that the article is an attack page and is highlighting his work in a negative light instead of giving a balance perspective. I have a few more thing to to do before I can give it some attention today. But I'll be sure to make a few comments on the talk page, and give you some suggestions about other ways to address the problem. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 15:41, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you. I'll await your comments. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 16:10, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
I'm am beginning to feel threatened by BullRangifer's talk post action which are deeply concerning because of this edit which includes: Openness, honesty, and credibility are valued here, and it shouldn't be necessary to dig through your contribution history to find what's really happening on this page. When you finally delete it, it should be easy to find in your archives. I know there are devious editors who don't maintain faithful archives, and I hope you're not one of them. is unacceptable following the editors conduct on that page and others as you just highlighted. I see this as an attempt to chill the discussion following numerous concerns and I am wondering if I need to go to AE over it. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 19:31, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Asks the editor who falsely accuses other editors of inserting defamatory material into articles? --NeilN talk to me 19:35, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Wow! And I thought we were all adults here. When an editor can't handle civil criticism from more experienced editors, we have a problem. Don't worry, I won't repeat that mistake with Chris. I wouldn't want to cause him unnecessary anguish.
I wish he had held such concerns for my feelings when he very rudely made strong and repeated personal attacks on me in multiple venues and outright lied "spoke untruths" about what I had written. He did it because his reading comprehension is sadly lacking, so I'll drop the "lie" part. That's a question of motive, so I'll just consider him misguided and rash. Although I called him on it, he's never apologized. -- Brangifer (talk) 19:52, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

FloNight - I am being stalked and repeatedly harassed by NeilN. This editor refers to me warning a user named Cwobeel for edits which included restoring "He is of racist persuation and wanted to have the police officer not prosecuted at all, so he deliberately presented a false witness to the Grand Jury (witness #40) whom he knew in advance was not there and was lying. This carries a mandatory disbarment as per the Missouri bar. McCullough is proud of his lies and openly incriminated himself by admitting this." to the lead of Robert P. McCulloch (prosecutor). I recently took Cwobeel to Arbitration Enforcement on a different matter and he was blocked and sanctioned with a restriction.[1] Sorry this drama came to your stoop, but NeilN's rhetoric is not helping. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 19:48, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Bit more to it than that, isn't there Chris? Happy to provide diffs showing your attempts to chill discussion to FloNight if needed. Ironically, one of them will be you removing her post saying it was a BLP violation. --NeilN talk to me 19:58, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Ugh - This is not worth the headache - this sounds like the fuss of Guerillo courtesy blanking the GG case. I did not say FloNight made a BLP violation, I removed it from the talk page because it implies Sears is responsible for the "epidemic" of 11 cases and has been repeatedly reinserted back into the article against WP:BLP. This TV-fueled drama blunts the senses and reduces civility. Next it will be arguing that Putin has Asperger's and autism.... FloNight, sorry, but I'm staying out of this sphere of drama. I've received personal attacks and I'm not up for getting any more death threats. The foundation knows about the last one, so I'm staying out of this. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 20:31, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
OMG! Seriously. We have something in common. My death threats, and threats against my children, came after I unwisely shared some content from a book I was writing about chiropractic. Their threats were very plain, and my life has been totally uprooted since then. The threats got even worse during my ArbCom proceedings. (I was vindicated and my opposer was indeffed by the community.) Chris, you have my sympathies. -- Brangifer (talk) 20:36, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Replying to Rangi on talk. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 20:59, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Cochrane table of reviews[edit]

Hi Sydney. I've got a version of the table up on my sandbox. What do you think? I'm maintaining it in a word doc table for now and can copy and paste it into the wiki editor from there without any changes. That way it's easier to maintain and make changes. Robbeigh (talk) 13:55, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

I've added the table to the project page. Can you remind me what our plans were for an extra column? It was something about allowing editors to flag up when they are using a certain review, or make a note of where the citation was placed. This might not be necessary.Robbeigh (talk) 15:12, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Robbeigh, it looks great. The extra column was for the diff to the articles where the review went on Wikipedia. That way we can see that someone found them useful and used them in articles. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 15:16, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia DC celebrates Black History Month, and more![edit]

Hello again!

Not even a week ago I sent out a message talking about upcoming events in DC. Guess what? There are more events coming up in February.

First, as a reminder, there is a WikiSalon on February 11 (RSVP here or just show up) and Wiki Loves Small Museums at the Small Museum Association Conference on February 15 (more information here).

Now, I am very pleased to announce:

There is going to be a lot going on, and I hope you can come to some of the events!

If you have any questions or need any special accommodations, please let me know.


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While carrying out our research, we are documenting the problems with WikiProjects and our ideas for making WikiProjects better. Some ideas include better integration of existing tools into WikiProjects, recommendations of WikiProjects for people to join, and improved coordination with Articles for Creation. These are just ideas that may or may not make it to the design phase; we will see. We are also working with WikiProject Council to improve the directory of WikiProjects, with the goal of a reliable, self-updating WikiProject directory. Stay tuned! If you have any ideas, you are welcome to leave a note on our talk page.

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The Bugle: Issue CVII, February 2015[edit]

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Presentation proposal for Wikimania 2015[edit]

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Hello to the members of WikiProject Women writers! Victuallers and I have developed a proposal for a talk to be presented at Wikimania 2015. It's titled, How to pick up more women -- as in more women editors and more women's biographies. The proposal review process has begun and there's no guarantee that this proposal will be accepted. That's where you come in. Please review our proposal and give us feedback. Ultimately, we hope you add your name to the signup at the bottom of the proposal which signifies you're interested in the talk (it does not signify you'll be attending the event). Thank you! Rosiestep (talk) 21:53, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

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Editing for Women's History in March[edit]

Hello,

I am very excited to announce this month’s events, focused on Women’s History Month:

  • Sunday, March 8: Women in the Arts 2015 Edit-a-thon – 10 AM to 4 PM
    Women in the Arts and ArtAndFeminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Free coffee and lunch served!
    More informationRSVP on Meetup
  • Wednesday, March 11: March WikiSalon – 7 PM to 9 PM
    An evening gathering with free-flowing conversation and free pizza.
    More informationRSVP on Meetup (or just show up!)
  • Friday, March 13: NIH Women's History Month Edit-a-Thon – 9 AM to 4 PM
    In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is organizing and hosting an edit-a-thon to improve coverage of women in science in Wikipedia. Free coffee and lunch served!
    More informationRSVP on Meetup
  • Saturday, March 21: Women in STEM Edit-a-Thon at DCPL – 12 PM
    Celebrate Women's History Month by building, editing, and expanding articles about women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields during DC Public Library's first full-day edit-a-thon.
    More informationRSVP on Meetup
  • Friday, March 27: She Blinded Me with Science, Part III – 10 AM to 4 PM
    Smithsonian Institution Archives Groundbreaking Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Free lunch courtesy of Wikimedia DC!
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  • Saturday, March 28: March Dinner Meetup – 6 PM
    Dinner and drinks with your fellow Wikipedians!
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Hope you can make it to an event! If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please let me know.


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Hello,

I wish to inform you that I have reviewed the above article you created, and it has been approved to appear on the Main page as an example of promising new work. Congratulations.

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DYK for Kimberly Bryant (technologist)[edit]

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Precious[edit]

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health care
Thank you, Sydney, veteran editor with a "strong interest in health, health care and health policy", for quality articles on women and women's groups, such as Kimberly Bryant and Women's National War Relief Association, for welcoming "from WikiProject Med", for great images and nursing by support, - repeating: you are an awesome Wikipedian (22 July 2007: "If one proves weak who you fancied strong, or false who you fancied true", 15 October 2008)!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:22, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Thank you very much, Gerda Arendt. I especially appreciate you noticing the many different ways that I contribute. Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 13:37, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
You probably don't know that I recently described myself as a nurse, and mentioned the Nightingale award ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 18:24, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
 :-) Sydney Poore/FloNight♥♥♥♥ 20:17, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

thanks for notice[edit]

I am very happy for your notice and respectFloNight. I also think that we can communicate more better through email for clarification.. nice too meet you again..--m,sharaf (talk) 17:58, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 2[edit]

For this month's issue...

Making sense of a lot of data.

Work on our prototype will begin imminently. In the meantime, we have to understand what exactly we're working with. To this end, we generated a list of 71 WikiProjects, based on those brought up on our Stories page and those who had signed up for pilot testing. For those projects where people told stories, we coded statements within those stories to figure out what trends there were in these stories. This approach allowed us to figure out what Wikipedians thought of WikiProjects in a very organic way, with very little by way of a structure. (Compare this to a structured interview, where specific questions are asked and answered.) This analysis was done on 29 stories. Codes were generally classified as "benefits" (positive contributions made by a WikiProject to the editing experience) and "obstacles" (issues posed by WikiProjects, broadly speaking). Codes were generated as I went along, ensuring that codes were as close to the original data as possible. Duplicate appearances of a code for a given WikiProject were removed.

We found 52 "benefit" statements encoded and 34 "obstacle" statements. The most common benefit statement referring to the project's active discussion and participation, followed by statements referring to a project's capacity to guide editor activity, while the most common obstacles made reference to low participation and significant burdens on the part of the project maintainers and leaders. This gives us a sense of WikiProjects' big strength: they bring people together, and can be frustrating to editors when they fail to do so. Meanwhile, it is indeed very difficult to bring editors together on a common interest; in the absence of a highly motivated core of organizers, the technical infrastructure simply isn't there.

We wanted to pair this qualitative study with quantitative analysis of a WikiProject and its "universe" of pages, discussions, templates, and categories. To this end I wrote a script called ProjAnalysis which will, for a given WikiProject page (e.g. Wikipedia:WikiProject Star Trek) and WikiProject talk-page tag (e.g. Template:WikiProject Star Trek), will give you a list of usernames of people who edited within the WikiProject's space (the project page itself, its talk page, and subpages), and within the WikiProject's scope (the pages tagged by that WikiProject, excluding the WikiProject space pages). The output is an exhaustive list of usernames. We ran the script to analyze our test batch of WikiProjects for edits between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015, and we subjected them to further analysis to only include those who made 10+ edits to pages in the projects' scope, those who made 4+ edits to the projects' space, and those who made 10+ edits to pages in scope but not 4+ edits to pages in the projects' space. This latter metric gives us an idea of who is active in a certain subject area of Wikipedia, yet who isn't actively engaging on the WikiProject's pages. This information will help us prioritize WikiProjects for pilot testing, and the ProjAnalysis script in general may have future life as an application that can be used by Wikipedians to learn about who is in their community.

Complementing the above two studies are a design analysis, which summarizes the structure of the different WikiProject spaces in our test batch, and the comprehensive census of bots and tools used to maintain WikiProjects, which will be finished soon. With all of this information, we will have a game plan in place! We hope to begin working with specific WikiProjects soon.

As a couple of asides...

  • Database Reports has existed for several years on Wikipedia to the satisfaction of many, but many of the reports stopped running when the Toolserver was shut off in 2014. However, there is good news: the weekly New WikiProjects and WikiProjects by Changes reports are back, with potential future reports in the future.
  • WikiProject X has an outpost on Wikidata! Check it out. It's not widely publicized, but we are interested in using Wikidata as a potential repository for metadata about WikiProjects, especially for WikiProjects that exist on multiple Wikimedia projects and language editions.

That's all for now. Thank you for subscribing! If you have any questions or comments, please share them with us.

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The Bugle: Issue CVIII, March 2015[edit]

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Upcoming attractions in DC[edit]

Hello!

Here are some upcoming DC meetups in April and May:

  • Tuesday, April 14: National Archives Hackathon on Wikipedia Space with American University – 2:30-5pm
    See the latest work on the Wikipedia Space exhibit in the new NARA Innovation Hub and brainstorm on new ideas for a public exhibit about Wikipedia
  • Friday, April 17: Women in Tech Edit-a-thon with Tech LadyMafia – 5-9pm
    Team up with Tech LadyMafia to improve Wikipedia content on women in the history of technology.
  • Saturday, April 25: April Dinner Meetup – 6 PM
    Dinner and drinks with your fellow Wikipedians!
  • Friday, May 1: International Labour Day Edit-a-Thon – 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
    An edit-a-thon at the University of Maryland

Hope to see you at these events! If you have any questions or require any special accommodations, please let me know.


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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 3[edit]

Greetings! For this month's issue...

We have demos!

After a lengthy research and design process, we decided for WikiProject X to focus on two things:

  • A WikiProject workflow that focuses on action items: discussions you can participate in and tasks you can perform to improve the encyclopedia; and
  • An automatically updating WikiProject directory that gives you lists of users participating in the WikiProject and editing in that subject area.

We have a live demonstration of the new WikiProject workflow at WikiProject Women in Technology, a brand new WikiProject that was set up as an adjunct to a related edit-a-thon in Washington, DC. The goal is to surface action items for editors, and we intend on doing that through automatically updated working lists. We are looking into using SuggestBot to generate lists of outstanding tasks, and we are looking into additional options for automatic worklist generation. This takes the burden off of WikiProject editors to generate these worklists, though there is also a "requests" section for Wikipedians to make individual requests. (As of writing, these automated lists are not yet live, so you will see a blank space under "edit articles" on the demo WikiProject. Sorry about that!) I invite you to check out the WikiProject and leave feedback on WikiProject X's talk page.

Once the demo is sufficiently developed, we will be working on a limited deployment on our pilot WikiProjects. We have selected five for the first round of testing based on the highest potential for impact and will scale up from there.

While a re-designed WikiProject experience is much needed, that alone isn't enough. A WikiProject isn't any good if people have no way of discovering it. This is why we are also developing an automatically updated WikiProject directory. This directory will surface project-related metrics, including a count of active WikiProject participants and of active editors in that project's subject area. The purpose of these metrics is to highlight how active the WikiProject is at the given point of time, but also to highlight that project's potential for success. The directory is not yet live but there is a demonstration featuring a sampling of WikiProjects.

Each directory entry will link to a WikiProject description page which automatically list the active WikiProject participants and subject-area article editors. This allows Wikipedians to find each other based on the areas they are interested in, and this information can be used to revive a WikiProject, start a new one, or even for some other purpose. These description pages are not online yet, but they will use this template, if you want to get a feel of what they will look like.

We need volunteers!

WikiProject X is a huge undertaking, and we need volunteers to support our efforts, including testers and coders. Check out our volunteer portal and see what you can do to help us!

As an aside...

Wouldn't it be cool if lists of requested articles could not only be integrated directly with WikiProjects, but also shared between WikiProjects? Well, we got the crazy idea of having experimental software feature Flow deployed (on a totally experimental basis) on the new Article Request Workshop, which seeks to be a place where editors can "workshop" article ideas before they get created. It uses Flow because Flow allows, essentially, section-level categorization, and in the future will allow "sections" (known as "topics" within Flow) to be included across different pages. What this means is that you have a recommendation for a new article tagged by multiple WikiProjects, allowing for the recommendation to appear on lists for each WikiProject. This will facilitate inter-WikiProject collaboration and will help to reduce duplicated work. The Article Request Workshop is not entirely ready yet due to some bugs with Flow, but we hope to integrate it into our pilot WikiProjects at some point.

Harej (talk) 00:57, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Haiti[edit]

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You are invited to join WikiProject Haiti, an outreach effort which aims to support development of Haiti related articles in Wikipedia. We thought you might be interested, and hope that you will join us. If you'd like to join, please sign up here. L'union fait la force! Thanks!

Hi FloNight, I noticed your interests in Haiti and thought I'd extend the invite to a completely revamped WikiProject Haiti. Cheers! Savvyjack23 Savvyjack23 (talk) 06:00, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Requests for comments on Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements[edit]

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The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is requesting comments on the approval process and agreements for Wikimedia user groups.

Wikimedia user groups are groups of Wikimedia users who support and promote the Wikimedia projects in the offline world by organizing meetups and other projects. The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee's responsibilities include approval of new Wikimedia user groups.

The committee will seek community input until Friday, May 1, 2015. The committee will then review the community's input, and publish the new process and agreements on Meta-Wiki. The committee will again seek community input approximately six months after any changes are adopted to gauge effectiveness and if any additional changes are necessary.

Please see the RFC page on Meta-Wiki for more information and to provide feedback.

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The Bugle: Issue CIX, April 2015[edit]

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The Bugle: Issue CX, May 2015[edit]

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Industry funding and ghostwriting of sources[edit]

Hi Sydney, I meant to ping you about this, so I'm leaving this note instead. In case you'd like to comment, I've opened a discussion about the above at Wikipedia talk:Identifying reliable sources (medicine)#Industry funding and ghostwriting of sources, with a view to adding something to the guideline. Best, Sarah (SV) (talk) 22:11, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 4[edit]

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Hello friends! We have been hard at work these past two months. For this report:

The directory is live!

For the first time, we are happy to bring you an exhaustive, comprehensive WikiProject Directory. This directory endeavors to list every single WikiProject on the English Wikipedia, including those that don't participate in article assessment. In constructing the broadest possible definition, we have come up with a list of approximately 2,600 WikiProjects. The directory tracks activity statistics on the WikiProject's pages, and, for where it's available, statistics on the number of articles tracked by the WikiProject and the number of editors active on those articles. Complementing the directory are description pages for each project, listing usernames of people active on the WikiProject pages and the articles in the WikiProject's scope. This will help Wikipedians interested in a subject find each other, whether to seek feedback on an article or to revive an old project. (There is an opt-out option.) We have also come up with listings of related WikiProjects, listing the ten most relevant WikiProjects based on what articles they have in common. We would like to promote WikiProjects as interconnected systems, rather than isolated silos.

A tremendous amount of work went into preparing this directory. WikiProjects do not consistently categorize their pages, meaning we had to develop our own index to match WikiProjects with the articles in their scope. We also had to make some adjustments to how WikiProjects were categorized; indeed, I personally have racked up a few hundred edits re-categorizing WikiProjects. There remains more work to be done to make the WikiProject directory truly useful. In the meantime, take a look and feel free to leave feedback at the WikiProject X talk page.

Stuff in the works!

What have we been working on?

  • A new design template—This has been in the works for a while, of course. But our goal is to design something that is useful and cleanly presented on all browsers and at all screen resolutions while working within the confines of what MediaWiki has to offer. Additionally, we are working on designs for the sub-components featured on the main project page.
  • A new WikiProject talk page banner in Lua—Work has begun on implementing the WikiProject banner in Lua. The goal is to create a banner template that can be usable by any WikiProject in lieu of having its own template. Work has slowed down for now to focus on higher priority items, but we are interested in your thoughts on how we could go about creating a more useful project banner. We have a draft module on Test Wikipedia, with a demonstration.
  • New discussion reports—We have over 4.8 million articles on the English Wikipedia, and almost as many talk pages as well. But what happens when someone posts on a talk page? What if no one is watching that talk page? We are currently testing out a system for an automatically-updating new discussions list, like RFC for WikiProjects. We currently have five test pages up for the WikiProjects on cannabis, cognitive science, evolutionary biology, and Ghana.
  • SuggestBot for WikiProjects—We have asked the maintainer of SuggestBot to make some minor adjustments to SuggestBot that will allow it to post regular reports to those WikiProjects that ask for them. Stay tuned!
  • Semi-automated article assessment—Using the new revision scoring service and another system currently under development, WikiProjects will be getting a new tool to facilitate the article assessment process by providing article quality/importance predictions for articles yet to be assessed. Aside from helping WikiProjects get through their backlogs, the goal is to help WikiProjects with collecting metrics and triaging their work. Semi-automation of this process will help achieve consistent results and keep the process running smoothly, as automation does on other parts of Wikipedia.

Want us to work on any other tools? Interested in volunteering? Leave a note on our talk page.

The WikiProject watchers report is back!

The database report which lists WikiProjects according to the number of watchers (i.e., people that have the project on their watchlist), is back! The report stopped being updated a year ago, following the deactivation of the Toolserver, but a replacement report has been generated.


Until next time, Harej (talk) 22:20, 17 June 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXI, June 2015[edit]

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Many thanks[edit]

Hello, I really appreciated getting the opportunity to speak to you! Looking forward to more collaborations! Ongmianli (talk) 19:11, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Re: Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

Sydney, thank you for the photographs you've uploaded from Lexington Pride. These are great! I did move your gallery from the Results page to the page you created for Lexington. This way we can show all images from the event on the Lexington page and just display a sample at the Results page. Again, these are just great. Thank you so much for contributing to Wiki Loves Pride. :) ---Another Believer (Talk) 17:01, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Cochrane Collaboration meeting in Vienna, October 1st[edit]

Hi Sydney,

recently we skyped about the Cochrane Collaboration meeting in Vienna. Somebody (you?) reserved some time for a wikipedian pre-colloquium [2]. After our skype session, several people expressed their willingness to attend, but we need some details. Are you planning to give a speech, a workshop, or anything else? Do you want us to prepare something? What will be our objective? Please answer on our wikiproject's subpage, English is OK. Regards, --MBq (talk) 08:56, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

Hi Sydney, Hi James,

I've expanded our project page de:Wikipedia:Redaktion_Medizin/Cochrane_Collaboration with some background info for possible non-wikipedian reader, made it bilingual, and added some ideas for 'other' agenda items (we generated them after our Skype session). I've moved the discussion part to the talk page. Please have a look and feel free to correct, change, or delete. Regards, --MBq (talk) 14:25, 4 July 2015 (UTC)

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Canada and United States affiliates meetup[edit]


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You are invited to attend the Canada and United States affiliates meetup at Wikimania 1015, Friday, July 17 at 17:30 and Saturday, July 18 at 18:00. Please RSVP and state your topic preference(s)!
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Change in your user rights[edit]

Your Wikipedia account was previously granted a user right called "course instructor" by the Wiki Education Foundation. That right enabled you to create a course page through the EducationProgram MediaWiki extension. Starting in fall 2015, the Wiki Education Foundation has discontinued its use of this extension. Going forward, users should create course pages through the Wiki Education Foundation website. That application is more user-friendly, and any content is automatically mirrored to Wikipedia. To prevent confusion, we'll be removing your "course instructor" user right, as it is not needed with the new system. This is simply a notification of the technical change to your account. No action is needed from you at this time.

If you plan on teaching with Wikipedia for the fall 2015 term, please email me (helaine@wikiedu.org) for instructions how to create your next course page using our new system. --Helaine (Wiki Ed) (talk), sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:34, 21 July 2015 (UTC)

JAMA review[edit]

Why was the JAMA review removed [3]? Have re added. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:32, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXII, July 2015[edit]

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WikiProject Women[edit]

Hi, I see you recently joined Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red. I've made a proposal to merge this project into Wikipedia:WikiProject Women at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women in Red, so we can not only cover missing articles but focus on general quality of women's biographies. If interested please put your name down on the WP:Women page at the bottom.♦ Dr. Blofeld 09:04, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

Grace Marilynn James[edit]

FloNight, I wanted to thank you for your work on the article for Grace Marilynn James. You should consider nominating this article for inclusion in the Wikipedia:Did you know section of the Main Page. You can nominate this article at Template talk:Did you know. Please let me know or ping me if you need any assistance in doing so, as this would be a welcomed addition to DYK. Once again, congratulations on a job well done. -- West Virginian (talk) 15:37, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Harriet Gibbs Marshall[edit]

I think that another four sentences would get Harriet Gibbs Marshall to WP:DYK standard. WhatamIdoing (talk) 02:05, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

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Women in Red[edit]

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There is currently a merge discussion at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women in Red#Formal merge proposal. As you are a member of WiR, this is a courtesy notification in case you want to join in the discussion. Thank you. Rosiestep (talk) 02:31, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXIII, August 2015[edit]

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You're invited! Women in Red World Virtual Edit-a-thon on Women in Leadership[edit]

You are invited!World Virtual Edit-a-thon on Women in LeadershipCome and join us remotely!
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Dates: 7 to 20 September 2015
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The Virtual Edit-a-thon, hosted by Women in Red, will allow all those keen to improve Wikipedia's coverage of Women in Leadership to participate. As it is a two-week event, inexperienced participants will be able to draw on the assistance of more experienced editors while creating, translating or improving articles on women who are (or have been) prominent in leadership. All levels of Wikipedia editing experience are welcome. RSVP and find more details →here←--Ipigott (talk) 08:57, 30 August 2015 (UTC)

You're invited! Smithsonian APA Center & Women in Red virtual edit-a-thon on APA women[edit]

Asian Pacific American Women World Virtual Edit-a-thon
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"The Smithsonian APA Center invites you to attend the 2nd annual Wikipedia APA an editathon for cultural presence, which will be held during the month of September 2015. We are thrilled to invite you to Wikipedia APA, an editing event for improving and increasing the presence of cultural, historic, and artistic information on Wikipedia pertaining to Asian Pacific American ("APA") experiences. The second Wikipedia editathon dedicated to APA content, this project will occur as physical events during September 2015... as well as remotely, with participants taking part from all throughout the world."
Did you Know that 15% of the biographies on Wikipedia are about women? Not impressed? WiR focuses on "content gender gap". If you'd like to help contribute articles on women and women's works, we warmly welcome you! WiR will be hosting one of this world virtual edit-a-thon. The 3-day event will focus on improving Wikipedia's coverage of Asian Pacific American women and their works (books, paintings, and so on).

--Rosiestep (talk) 03:23, 1 September 2015 (UTC)