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Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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Tech News: 2017-06[edit]

19:46, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: January 2017[edit]

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About This Month in GLAM · Subscribe/Unsubscribe · Global message delivery · Romaine 18:52, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Category:Unassessed-Class articles[edit]

Just a quick pointer to Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2016 December 20#Category:Unassessed-Class_articles, which was closed as "rename" per your nomination.

Your nomination seemed to indicate an understanding of the relevant WikiProject classification templates, so I thought that I would notify you in case there was any followup work you wanted to do. If I misunderstood things, then sorry for disturbing you. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 03:54, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

  • @BrownHairedGirl: Thanks for the notice. I'm waiting a little bit to make the change since {{class}} has over six million transclusions; aiming to update the template code sometime when the servers have slightly less work to start. Can't hurt, right? I'll make the template change first, then use three moves to swap the category and soft-redirect in place, then do an AWB run to fix child categories, the last probably competing a bit with bots—but minimizing the transition period is probably worth it. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 14:09, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
    • Or, hmm, looks like Cydebot has already done the second parts. Efficient bots are efficient. Since only the template change is left, I'll do it in about 12 hours; looks like sometime near midnight where I am (UTC -5) is good. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 15:37, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

That's great work. Looks like it is nearly all done ... but Category:Unassessed-Class articles is not yet empty, and when I tried a few null edits to purge the stragglers, it made no difference. From a quick glance it seems that there are a few specialist templates, such as Template:WPMILHIST Task force assessment level category, which need updating. May I leave those to you to sort out? --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 08:10, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

  • @BrownHairedGirl: WOSlinker deserves the credit, but the top-level category's empty now. The catch is that I've discovered {{unassessed class}}, which is used in {{WPBannerMeta/hooks/qualimpintersect}} and produces the "-Class" suffix when used with UNASSESSED_APPENDIX = -Class or similar. A quick search uncovers more cleanup that'll have to be done. In particular, it looks like the affected WikiProjects are using the "-Class" suffix in lower-level categories. I guess my next step's to work on resolving these lower-level inconsistencies. It'll take some more category moves to fix these, and that parameter ought to be eliminated—the whole point of the move that kicked this off was to provide category naming consistency, after all. I'm just worried that the rabbit hole I'm leaping into is less "Lua-fy {{class}}" (my original goal) and more "Lua-fy {{WPBannerMeta}}" (!!!). {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 16:49, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Recently edited page of COTUS :)[edit]

I noticed that you recently edited the Constitution Of The United States (COTUS) page on Wikipedia. I was wondering what had changed. I am a newby at membership (although a Wikiversity member since 2012) and so do not know how to search backwards for changes to entries. Thank you for supporting this page!

Jlodgec (talk) 21:08, 11 February 2017 (UTC)John L. Onnelly (jlodgec)

  • @Jlodgec: Here's the diff (short for "difference", a diff has a specific "textual comparison" meaning) showing the change I made. It was pretty minor: I replaced the template {{further2}} (which takes raw markup as its input) with {{further}}, which takes a page link as its input. As part of that, I "unpiped" the link produced, i.e. removed the display text so it displays the link provided exactly. That said, {{further}} uses Lua to tweak the formatting, so we get pretty output with a section sign ("§") instead of the "#" markup normally part of section links (which comes from its use to implement section links in URLs). Both {{further}} and {{further2}} produce pretty similar hatnote messages, but as far as I'm concerned {{further}} is vastly preferable, so I replaced the usage. Most people won't notice much different there but the display text for the link.

    You can see a full list of changes to articles using the "history" link in the tabs at the top of the page; mine is still the most recent as of this response, so it's at the top. There's also documentation on how page histories work, if you'd like. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me! :) {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 03:48, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Precious two years![edit]

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Two years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:50, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Three years now! ----Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:10, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-07[edit]

18:06, 13 February 2017 (UTC)

Template issue[edit]

Hello Nihiltres. I noticed that a recent edit you performed on Template:COMICS Work group assessment level category seems to have created a small problem. For some reason, the template is now categorizing pages using it under the category Category:X articles (which don't exist), rather than Category:X-class articles. Since you were the one who made the edit and I'm terrified of editing templates (how do you people keep track of all those brackets?), I thought it'd be prudent to let you know. Thanks! spiderjerky (talk) 21:39, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

@Spiderjerky: Ack! The problem was precisely that I didn't keep track of all the brackets. I can't believe I bungled that so badly; I've fixed it now. The change means that the template outputs Category:Unassessed articles instead of Category:Unassessed-Class articles when parameter 2 is "unassessed", since the latter category has been renamed to the former. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 01:03, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-08[edit]

19:25, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-09[edit]

19:56, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2017).

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  • A recent query shows that only 16% of administrators on the English Wikipedia have enabled two-factor authentication. If you haven't already enabled it please consider doing so.
  • Cookie blocks should be deployed to the English Wikipedia soon. This will extend the current autoblock system by setting a cookie for each block, which will then autoblock the user after they switch accounts under a new IP.
  • A bot will now automatically place a protection template on protected pages when admins forget to do so.

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A question[edit]

I read over the sockpuppetry page and I'm still confused. I want to make a second account. I want to use this one for sports and the new one for everything else. My watchlist is a mess. Can I do this? Thanks. Leggomygreggo8 (talk) 17:54, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

@Leggomygreggo8: Hmm. That's an interesting question! My initial reaction is that regardless of whether it's technically allowed, it's a bad idea—it'll look strange, and "smell like" a sockpuppet even assuming you're great about keeping everything separate. Although I think a bad idea, I don't think it's a violation of the spirit of the rules, as long as you're clear about it being an above-board alternative account, probably through a prominent link between the userpage of each account.

It's probably worth considering alternatives. For example, if your watchlist feels overloaded, you could create a "secondary watchlist" by making a list of links on a user subpage and then using Special:RecentChangesLinked on that page—the catch being that the secondary watchlist would be inherently public, while the main one is private. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 18:10, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-10[edit]

23:23, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: February 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-11[edit]

15:26, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Happy Birthday![edit]

Tech News: 2017-12[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-13[edit]

14:47, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2017).

Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion on the backlog of unpatrolled files, consensus was found to create a new user right for autopatrolling file uploads. Implementation progress can be tracked on Phabricator.
  • The BLPPROD grandfather clause, which stated that unreferenced biographies of living persons were only eligible for proposed deletion if they were created after March 18, 2010, has been removed following an RfC.
  • An RfC has closed with consensus to allow proposed deletion of files. The implementation process is ongoing.
  • After an unsuccessful proposal to automatically grant IP block exemption, consensus was found to relax the criteria for granting the user right from needing it to wanting it.

Technical news

  • After a recent RfC, moved pages will soon be featured in a queue similar to Special:NewPagesFeed and require patrolling. Moves by administrators, page movers, and autopatrolled editors will be automatically marked as patrolled.
  • Cookie blocks have been deployed. This extends the current autoblock system by setting a cookie for each block, which will then autoblock the user if they switch accounts, even under a new IP.

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Tech News: 2017-14[edit]

17:53, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-15[edit]

18:35, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: March 2017[edit]

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About This Month in GLAM · Subscribe/Unsubscribe · Global message delivery · Romaine 17:26, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

APA[edit]

Hey Nih. The APA has requested we not use their definitions verbatum thus I have paraphrased them here. Best Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:19, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

@Doc James: Uh, OK. For reference, all I did was reformat it using proper list markup for better accessibility (here's a clearer example of the same sort of edit). Good catch, though, definitely better to paraphrase. :) {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 20:34, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
Yes I realize that you did not introduce any concerns. Just letting you know why I went and changed the wording. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:37, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2017-16[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-17[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-18[edit]

19:50, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2017).

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  • Following an RfC, the editing restrictions page is now split into a list of active restrictions and an archive of those that are old or on inactive accounts. Make sure to check both pages if searching for a restriction.

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Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

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In 2016 you were one of the top ~200 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs.

Thanks again :-) -- Doc James along with the rest of the team at Wiki Project Med Foundation 18:08, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-19[edit]

02:25, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

Editing News #1—2017[edit]

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Recent changes[edit]

A new wikitext editing mode is available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices. The 2017 wikitext editor has the same toolbar as the visual editor and can use the citoid service and other modern tools. Go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures to enable the New wikitext mode.

A new visual diff tool is available in VisualEditor's visual mode. You can toggle between wikitext and visual diffs. More features will be added to this later. In the future, this tool may be integrated into other MediaWiki components. [73]

The team have added multi-column support for lists of footnotes. The <references /> block can automatically display long lists of references in columns on wide screens. This makes footnotes easier to read. You can request multi-column support for your wiki. [74]

Other changes:

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  • The way to switch between the visual editing mode and the wikitext editing mode is now consistent. There is a drop-down menu that shows the two options. This is now the same in desktop and mobile web editing, and inside things that embed editing, such as Flow. [76]
  • The Categories item has been moved to the top of the Page options menu (from clicking on the "hamburger" icon) for quicker access. [77] There is also now a "Templates used on this page" feature there. [78]
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  • Tables can be set as collapsed or un-collapsed. [80]
  • The Special character menu now includes characters for Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics and angle quotation marks (‹› and ⟨⟩) . The team thanks the volunteer developer, Tpt. [81]
  • A bug caused some section edit conflicts to blank the rest of the page. This has been fixed. The team are sorry for the disruption. [82]
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  • The VisualEditor team is working with the Community Tech team on a syntax highlighting tool. It will highlight matching pairs of <ref> tags and other types of wikitext syntax. You will be able to turn it on and off. It will first become available in VisualEditor's built-in wikitext mode, maybe late in 2017. [84]
  • The kind of button used to Show preview, Show changes, and finish an edit will change in all WMF-supported wikitext editors. The new buttons will use OOjs UI. The buttons will be larger, brighter, and easier to read. The labels will remain the same. You can test the new button by editing a page and adding &ooui=1 to the end of the URL, like this: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Sandbox?action=edit&ooui=1 The old appearance will no longer be possible, even with local CSS changes. [85]
  • The outdated 2006 wikitext editor will be removed later this year. It is used by approximately 0.03% of active editors. See a list of editing tools on mediawiki.org if you are uncertain which one you use. [86]

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This Month in GLAM: April 2017[edit]

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  • Argentina report: End of contest, new heritaged donated and digitizing workshop
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  • Belgium report: Brussels writing weeks; Dutch Language Union workshop; Civic Lab Brussels start; Edit-a-thon Leuven
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  • Germany report: You may only harvest after putting a grain
  • Ghana report: GLAM Ghana duly launched
  • Italy report: Open Data for Cultural Heritage
  • Macedonia report: 12 Peaks hiking challenge
  • Netherlands report: The Netherlands and the World: Photo hunt Chinsurah; Photohunt public library Tilburg; Wikipedian in Residence for UNESCO's Memory of the World programme in the Netherlands; Picture books from Koninklijke Bibliotheek
  • Spain report: Management and dissemination of cultural heritage
  • Sweden report: GLAM-EduWiki collaboration awarded Pedagogy Award of the year at Swedish museums; Connected Open Heritage
  • UK report: Bio-Medical History Residences
  • USA report: New connections at the Library of Congress and Smithsonian
  • Wikipedia Library report: Books & Bytes
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Tech News: 2017-20[edit]

21:48, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-21[edit]

22:15, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

The Ideal Movie[edit]

  • Добрый день коллега! 4 октября 2013 года вы удалили страницу The Ideal Movie за нарушение правил. Редактируя страницу о Папе Римском Пие XII, я наткнулся на эту удалённую ссылку. Не могли бы вы мне помочь: подскажите содержание удалённой страницы или материалами о данном фильме, заранее спасибо! С уважением, — Михаил Рус (обс.) 9:20, 30 мая 2017 (UTC)
ru-0Этот участник не понимает русский язык.

Machine translation of the above:

Good afternoon colleague! On October 4, 2013, you removed The Ideal Movie for breaking the rules. Editing the page about Pope Pius XII, I came across this remote link. Could you help me: tell me the contents of the deleted page or the materials about this film, thank you in advance! Yours faithfully, — Michael Rus (talk) 9:20, May 30, 2017 (UTC)

  • Мне будет удобнее, чтобы вы прислали мне текст на электронную почту. Вот она zerkalo-serebro@mail.ru. С уважением, — Михаил Рус (обс.) 19:46, 30 мая 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-22[edit]

12:18, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-23[edit]

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This Month in GLAM: May 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-24[edit]

15:30, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-25[edit]

15:44, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-26[edit]

15:38, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-27[edit]

15:32, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2017[edit]

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News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2017).

Administrator changes

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removed Zad68

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Miscellaneous

  • A newly revamped database report can help identify users who may be eligible to be autopatrolled.
  • A potentially compromised account from 2001–2002 attempted to request resysop. Please practice appropriate account security by using a unique password for Wikipedia, and consider enabling two-factor authentication. Currently around 17% of admins have enabled 2FA, up from 16% in February 2017.
  • Did you know: On 29 June 2017, there were 1,261 administrators on the English Wikipedia – the exact number of administrators as there were ten years ago on 29 June 2007. Since that time, the English Wikipedia has grown from 1.85 million articles to over 5.43 million.

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Tech News: 2017-28[edit]

15:07, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: June 2017[edit]

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Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-29[edit]

22:59, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Structured Data on Commons Newsletter, July 19, 2017[edit]

Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons?[edit]

The millions of files on Wikimedia Commons are described with a lot of information or (meta)data. With the project Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons, this data is structured more, and is made machine-readable. This will make it easier to view, search (also multilingually), edit, organize and re-use the files on Commons.

In early 2017, the Sloan Foundation funded this project (see documentation). Development takes place in 2017–2020. It involves staff from the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE) and many volunteers. To achieve this, Wikibase support is added to Wikimedia Commons. Wikibase is the technology that is also used for Wikidata.

Recent developments: groundwork[edit]

  • A new and crucial technical step (federation) now makes it possible to reference data from one Wikibase website in another. Because of this, it will be possible to use Wikidata's items and properties to describe media files on Commons.
  • Another important piece of groundwork is under development: so-called Multi-Content Revisions. This feature allows structured data to be stored alongside wiki text, so that one wiki page can contain several types of content.

Team updates[edit]

  • Amanda Bittaker was hired as Program Manager for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons. Amanda will take care of the overall management of the project.
  • Sandra Fauconnier (known as Spinster in her volunteer capacity) is the new Community Liaison. She will support the collaboration between the communities (Commons, Wikidata, GLAM) and the product development teams at the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland.
  • We have open positions for a UX designer and a Product Manager!

Talking with communities and allies[edit]

  • Long-term feedback from GLAMs. Besides the Wikimedia community, many external cultural and knowledge institutions (GLAMs - Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) are interested in Structured Data on Commons and are willing to provide feedback on the long-term plans for the project. Alex Stinson, GLAM strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, is currently in contact with Europeana, DPLA, the Smithsonian and the National Archives of the United States. Alex is also looking for other GLAM institutions who might be able to advise on the long term. If you know of an institution or partner that may be appropriate for consultation, do get in touch with Alex.
  • Jonathan Morgan, design researcher, is starting to work on two projects:

What comes next?[edit]

  • The Structured Data on Commons team meets in the week after Wikimania to lay the groundwork for the next steps. This includes new backend development and design work, for better and more clear integration of the structured data in pages on Wikimedia Commons.
  • The project's information pages on Wikimedia Commons will receive a long overdue update in the upcoming months. The team will also work on more and better communication channels. Feedback, wishes and tips are welcome at the project's general talk page.

Get involved[edit]

Many greetings from SandraF (WMF) (talk), Community Liaison for this project! 13:55, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-30[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-31[edit]

21:45, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2017).

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This Month in GLAM: July 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-32[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-33[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-34[edit]

18:01, 21 August 2017 (UTC)

Page previews update and poc[edit]

Hi, we spoke during the hackathon about getting you some more information on the new page previews code. The person you want to talk to is Sam Smith (samsmith@wikimedia.org, phuedx on IRC). I gave him a heads up you'll be reaching out with some questions! OVasileva (WMF) (talk) 11:51, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-35[edit]

22:10, 28 August 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2017).

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Administrator changes

added NakonScott
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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • You will now get a notification when someone tries to log in to your account and fails. If they try from a device that has logged into your account before, you will be notified after five failed attempts. You can also set in your preferences to get an email when someone logs in to your account from a new device or IP address, which may be encouraged for admins and accounts with sensitive permissions.
  • Syntax highlighting is now available as a beta feature (more info). This may assist administrators and template editors when dealing with intricate syntax of high-risk templates and system messages.
  • In your notification preferences, you can now block specific users from pinging you. This functionality will soon be available for Special:EmailUser as well.

Arbitration

  • Applications for CheckUser and Oversight are being accepted by the Arbitration Committee until September 12. Community discussion of the candidates will begin on September 18.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:35, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-36[edit]

22:15, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-37[edit]

19:16, 11 September 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: August 2017[edit]

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Invitation to Admin confidence survey[edit]

Hello,

Beginning in September 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation Anti-harassment tool team will be conducting a survey to gauge how well tools, training, and information exists to assist English Wikipedia administrators in recognizing and mitigating things like sockpuppetry, vandalism, and harassment.

The survey should only take 5 minutes, and your individual response will not be made public. This survey will be integral for our team to determine how to better support administrators.

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Tech News: 2017-38[edit]

15:32, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-39[edit]

16:00, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2017).

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Administrator changes

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Technical news

Arbitration

  • Community consultation on the 2017 candidates for CheckUser and Oversight has concluded. The Arbitration Committee will appoint successful candidates by October 11.
  • A request for comment is open regarding the structure, rules, and procedures of the December 2017 Arbitration Committee election, and how to resolve any issues not covered by existing rules.

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Tech News: 2017-40[edit]

23:25, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: September 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-41[edit]

14:21, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-42[edit]

15:31, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-43[edit]

18:18, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

Structured Commons newsletter, October 25, 2017[edit]

Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Community updates
Things to do / input and feedback requests
Presentations / Press / Events
Audience at Structured Commons design discussion, Wikimania 2017
Team updates
The Structured Commons team at Wikimania 2017

Two new people have been hired for the Structured Data on Commons team. We are now complete! :-)

  • Ramsey Isler is the new Product Manager of the Multimedia team.
  • Pamela Drouin was hired as User Interface Designer. She works at the Multimedia team as well, and her work will focus on the Structured Commons project.
Partners and allies
  • We are still welcoming (more) staff from GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) to become part of our long-term focus group (phabricator task T174134). You will be kept in the loop of the project, and receive regular small surveys and requests for feedback. Get in touch with Sandra if you're interested - your input in helping to shape this project is highly valued!
Research

Design research is ongoing.

  • Jonathan Morgan and Niharika Ved have held interviews with various GLAM staff about their batch upload workflows and will finish and report on these in this quarter. (phabricator task T159495)
  • At this moment, there is also an online survey for GLAM staff, Wikimedians in Residence, and GLAM volunteers who upload media collections to Wikimedia Commons. The results will be used to understand how we can improve this experience. (phabricator task T175188)
  • Upcoming: interviews with Wikimedia volunteers who curate media on Commons (including tool developers), talking about activities and workflows. (phabricator task T175185)
Development

In Autumn 2017, the Structured Commons development team works on the following major tasks (see also the quarterly goals for the team):

  • Getting Multi-Content Revisions sufficiently ready, so that the Multimedia and Search Platform teams can start using it to test and prototype things.
  • Determine metrics and metrics baseline for Commons (phabricator task T174519).
  • The multimedia team at WMF is gaining expertise in Wikibase, and unblocking further development for Structured Commons, by completing the MediaInfo extension for Wikibase.
Stay up to date!

Warmly, your community liaison, SandraF (WMF) (talk)

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Tech News: 2017-44[edit]

00:20, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2017).

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Administrator changes

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Technical news

Arbitration

Obituaries

  • The Wikipedia community has recently learned that Allen3 (William Allen Peckham) passed away on December 30, 2016, the same day as JohnCD. Allen began editing in 2005 and became an administrator that same year.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:50, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-45[edit]

18:45, 6 November 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: October 2017[edit]

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  • Australia and New Zealand report: Adding Australian women in research to Wikipedia
  • Brazil report: Integrating Wikimedia projects into the Brazilian National Archives GLAM
  • Bulgaria report: Botevgrad became the first wikitown in Bulgaria
  • France report: Wiki Loves Monuments; Opérations Libres
  • Germany report: GLAMorous activities in October
  • Italy report: Experts training on GLAM projects
  • Serbia report: Wikipedian in residence at Historical Archives of Subotica; Model of a grain of wheat exlusivly digitized for Wikimedia Commons; Cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Information and Wikimedia Serbia - GLAM presentations and workshops for museums, archives and libraries
  • Spain report: Women Writers Day
  • Sweden report: Swedish Performing Arts Agency; Connected Open Heritage; Internetmuseum; More Working life museums
  • UK report: Scotland's Libraries & Hidden Gems
  • Ukraine report: Wikitraining for Librarians; Library Donation
  • USA report: trick or treat
  • Wikidata report: WikidataCon & Birthday
  • WMF GLAM report: News about Structured Commons!
  • Calendar: November's GLAM events
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Tech News: 2017-46[edit]

19:19, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-47[edit]

19:19, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-48[edit]

20:30, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2017).

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Administrator changes

added Joe Roe
readded JzG
removed EricorbitPercevalThinggTristanbVioletriga

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, a new section has been added to the username policy which disallows usernames containing emoji, emoticons or otherwise "decorative" usernames, and usernames that use any non-language symbols. Administrators should discuss issues related to these types of usernames before blocking.

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Over the last few months, several users have reported backlogs that require administrator attention at WP:ANI, with the most common backlogs showing up on WP:SPI, WP:AIV and WP:RFPP. It is requested that all administrators take some time during this month to help clear backlogs wherever possible. It should be noted that AIV reports are not always valid; however, they still need to be cleared, which may include needing to remind users on what qualifies as vandalism.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Community health initiative is conducting a survey for English Wikipedia contributors on their experience and satisfaction level with Administrator’s Noticeboard/Incidents. This survey will be integral to gathering information about how this noticeboard works (i.e. which problems it deals with well and which problems it struggles with). If you would like to take this survey, please sign up on this page, and a link for the survey will be emailed to you via Special:EmailUser.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:58, 2 December 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Nihiltres. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2017 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Brigid Lowry (previously deleted)[edit]

Hi, I was about to create an article for the New Zealand author Brigid Lowry but saw that an article with that same name had previously been deleted by you. The author has won a number of awards and is quite notable so I feel she merits an article. I would like to ensure the new article has all the relevant information/sources and justifies its notability so it would be helpful to see the contents of the previous article or know why it was deleted. Would it be possible to move the previously deleted article to the draft space? Thanks in advance for your help! Slafayette (talk) 20:20, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-49[edit]

17:51, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

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Any update on the Template:Metabanner? You were working on rather interesting stuff last we spoke. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 21:28, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

It's currently stuck in development hell, mostly because I've had much less time recently to work on things than usual. I've got a bunch of it a good ways towards done, but I need to write/refactor a lot more code to make it work, let alone be as robust (error handling) as I'd like to make it. Once I've got enough done that I can render a basic template with it, I'll copy things onto the wiki. From there, the focus will be on a) migrating projects using the basic settings to use it and b) supporting more advanced features that certain projects use, e.g. class-masking and sub-criteria for quality ratings. Thanks for checking in; it helps motivate me. :) {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 00:50, 9 December 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: November 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-50[edit]

17:58, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Structured Commons newsletter, December 13, 2017[edit]

Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Community updates
Things to do / input and feedback requests
A multi-licensed image on Wikimedia Commons, with a custom {{EthnologyItemMHNT}} Information template. Do you also know media files on Commons that will be interesting or challenging to model with structured data? Add them to the Interesting Commons files page.
Presentations / Press / Events
Presentation about Structured Commons and Wikidata, at WikimediaCon in Berlin.
  • Sandra presented the plans for Structured Commons during WikidataCon in Berlin, on October 29. The presentation focused on collaboration between the Wikidata and Commons communities. You can see the full video here.
Partners and allies
  • We are still welcoming (more) staff from GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) to become part of our long-term focus group (phabricator task T174134). You will be kept in the loop of the project, and receive regular small surveys and requests for feedback. Get in touch with Sandra if you're interested - your input in helping to shape this project is highly valued!
Research
  • Research findings from interviews and surveys of GLAM project participants are being published to the research page. Check back over the next few weeks as additional details (notes, quotes, charts, blog posts, and slide decks) will be added to or linked from that page.
Development
  • The Structured Commons team has written and submitted a report about the first nine months of work on the project to its funders, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The 53-page report, published on November 1, is available on Wikimedia Commons.
  • The team has started working on designs for changes to the upload wizard (T182019).
  • We started preliminary work to prototype changes for file info pages.
  • Work on the MediaInfo extension is ongoing (T176012).
  • The team is continuing its work on baseline metrics on Commons, in order to be able to measure the effectiveness of structured data on Commons. (T174519)
  • Upcoming: in the first half of 2018, the first prototypes and design sketches for file pages, the UploadWizard, and for search will be published for discussion and feedback!
Stay up to date!

Warmly, your community liaison, SandraF (WMF) (talk)

Message sent by MediaWiki message delivery - 16:32, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-51[edit]

15:27, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2017).

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Administrator changes

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readded AnetodeLaser brainWorm That Turned
removed None

Bureaucrat changes

readded Worm That Turned

Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

Technical news

Arbitration


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Tech News: 2018-02[edit]

16:19, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: December 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2018-3[edit]

18:45, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-04[edit]

23:56, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-05[edit]

17:07, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2018).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC has closed with a consensus that candidates at WP:RFA must disclose whether they have ever edited for pay and that administrators may never use administrative tools as part of any paid editing activity, except when they are acting as a Wikipedian-in-Residence or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.
  • Editors responding to threats of harm can now contact the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency address by using Special:EmailUser/Emergency. If you don't have email enabled on Wikipedia, directly contacting the emergency address using your own email client remains an option.

Technical news

  • A tag will now be automatically applied to edits that blank a page, turn a page into a redirect, remove/replace almost all content in a page, undo an edit, or rollback an edit. These edits were previously denoted solely by automatic edit summaries.

Arbitration


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Tech News: 2018-06[edit]

20:51, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: January 2018[edit]

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Tech News: 2018-07[edit]

21:59, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-08[edit]

22:55, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-09[edit]

19:52, 26 February 2018 (UTC)

Editing News #1—2018[edit]

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Did you know?

Did you know that you can now use the visual diff tool on any page?

Screenshot showing some changes, in the two-column wikitext diff display

Sometimes, it is hard to see important changes in a wikitext diff. This screenshot of a wikitext diff (click to enlarge) shows that the paragraphs have been rearranged, but it does not highlight the removal of a word or the addition of a new sentence.

If you enable the Beta Feature for "Visual differences", you will have a new option. It will give you a new box at the top of every diff page. This box will let you choose either diff system on any edit.

Toggle button showing visual and wikitext options; visual option is selected

Click the toggle button to switch between visual and wikitext diffs.

In the visual diff, additions, removals, new links, and formatting changes will be highlighted. Other changes, such as changing the size of an image, are described in notes on the side.

Screenshot showing the same changes to an article.  Most changes are highlighted with text formatting.

This screenshot shows the same edit as the wikitext diff. The visual diff highlights the removal of one word and the addition of a new sentence. An arrow indicates that the paragraph changed location.

You can read and help translate the user guide, which has more information about how to use the visual editor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has spent most of their time supporting the 2017 wikitext editor mode, which is available inside the visual editor as a Beta Feature, and improving the visual diff tool. Their work board is available in Phabricator. You can find links to the work finished each week at mw:VisualEditor/Weekly triage meetings. Their current priorities are fixing bugs, supporting the 2017 wikitext editor, and improving the visual diff tool.

Recent changes[edit]

  • The 2017 wikitext editor is available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices. It has the same toolbar as the visual editor and can use the citoid service and other modern tools. The team have been comparing the performance of different editing environments. They have studied how long it takes to open the page and start typing. The study uses data for more than one million edits during December and January. Some changes have been made to improve the speed of the 2017 wikitext editor and the visual editor. Recently, the 2017 wikitext editor opened fastest for most edits, and the 2010 WikiEditor was fastest for some edits. More information will be posted at mw:Contributors/Projects/Editing performance.
  • The visual diff tool was developed for the visual editor. It is now available to all users of the visual editor and the 2017 wikitext editor. When you review your changes, you can toggle between wikitext and visual diffs. You can also enable the new Beta Feature for "Visual diffs". The Beta Feature lets you use the visual diff tool to view other people's edits on page histories and Special:RecentChanges. [290]
  • Wikitext syntax highlighting is available as a Beta Feature for both the 2017 wikitext editor and the 2010 wikitext editor. [291]
  • The citoid service automatically translates URLs, DOIs, ISBNs, and PubMed id numbers into wikitext citation templates. This tool has been used at the English Wikipedia for a long time. It is very popular and useful to editors, although it can be tricky for admins to set up. Other wikis can have this service, too. Please read the instructions. You can ask the team to help you enable citoid at your wiki.

Let's work together[edit]

  • The team is planning a presentation about editing tools for an upcoming Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting.
  • Wikibooks, Wikiversity, and other communities may have the visual editor made available by default to contributors. If your community wants this, then please contact Dan Garry.
  • The <references /> block can automatically display long lists of references in columns on wide screens. This makes footnotes easier to read. This has already been enabled at the English Wikipedia. If you want columns for a long list of footnotes on this wiki, you can use either <references /> or the plain (no parameters) {{reflist}} template. If you edit a different wiki, you can request multi-column support for your wiki. [292]
  • If you aren't reading this in your preferred language, then please help us with translations! Subscribe to the Translators mailing list or contact us directly. We will notify you when the next issue is ready for translation. Thank you!

User:Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 23:15, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2018).

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Administrator changes

added Lourdesdagger
removed AngelOfSadnessBhadaniChris 73CorenFridayMidomMike V
dagger Lourdes has requested that her admin rights be temporarily removed, pending her return from travel.

Guideline and policy news

  • The autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) is scheduled to end on 14 March 2018. The results of the research collected can be read on Meta Wiki.
  • Community ban discussions must now stay open for at least 24 hours prior to being closed.
  • A change to the administrator inactivity policy has been proposed. Under the proposal, if an administrator has not used their admin tools for a period of five years and is subsequently desysopped for inactivity, the administrator would have to file a new RfA in order to regain the tools.
  • A change to the banning policy has been proposed which would specify conditions under which a repeat sockmaster may be considered de facto banned, reducing the need to start a community ban discussion for these users.

Technical news

  • CheckUsers are now able to view private data such as IP addresses from the edit filter log, e.g. when the filter prevents a user from creating an account. Previously, this information was unavailable to CheckUsers because access to it could not be logged.
  • The edit filter has a new feature contains_all that edit filter managers may use to check if one or more strings are all contained in another given string.

Miscellaneous

Obituaries

  • Bhadani (Gangadhar Bhadani) passed away on 8 February 2018. Bhadani joined Wikipedia in March 2005 and became an administrator in September 2005. While he was active, Bhadani was regarded as one of the most prolific Wikipedians from India.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:01, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-10[edit]

17:12, 5 March 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: February 2018[edit]

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Tech News: 2018-11[edit]

19:44, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-12[edit]

15:03, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-13[edit]

20:04, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2018).

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Administrator changes

added 331dotCordless LarryClueBot NG
removed Gogo DodoPb30SebastiankesselSeicerSoLando

Guideline and policy news

  • Administrators who have been desysopped due to inactivity are now required to have performed at least one (logged) administrative action in the past 5 years in order to qualify for a resysop without going through a new RfA.
  • Editors who have been found to have engaged in sockpuppetry on at least two occasions after an initial indefinite block, for whatever reason, are now automatically considered banned by the community without the need to start a ban discussion.
  • The notability guideline for organizations and companies has been substantially rewritten following the closure of this request for comment. Among the changes, the guideline more clearly defines the sourcing requirements needed for organizations and companies to be considered notable.
  • The six-month autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) ended on 14 March 2018. The post-trial research report has been published. A request for comment is now underway to determine whether the restrictions from ACTRIAL should be implemented permanently.

Technical news

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee is considering a change to the discretionary sanctions procedures which would require an editor to appeal a sanction to the community at WP:AE or WP:AN prior to appealing directly to the Arbitration Committee at WP:ARCA.

Miscellaneous

  • A discussion has closed which concluded that administrators are not required to enable email, though many editors suggested doing so as a matter of best practice.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team has released the Interaction Timeline. This shows a chronologic history for two users on pages where they have both made edits, which may be helpful in identifying sockpuppetry and investigating editing disputes.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:23, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-14[edit]

19:28, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Structured Data on Commons Newsletter - Spring 2018[edit]

Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter and contribute to the next issue. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Community updates
  • Our dedicated IRC channel: wikimedia-commons-sd webchat
  • Several Commons community members are working on ways to integrate Wikidata in Wikimedia Commons. While this is not full-fledged structured data yet, this work helps to prepare for future conversion of data, and helps to understand how Wikidata and Commons can work better together.
Things to do / input and feedback requests
Discussions held
Events
Partners and allies
  • We are still welcoming (more) staff from GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) to become part of our long-term focus group (phabricator task T174134). You will be kept in the loop of the project, and receive regular small surveys and requests for feedback. Get in touch with Sandra if you're interested - your input in helping to shape this project is highly valued!
Research
Development
  • Prototypes will be available for Multilingual Captions soon.
Stay up to date!

-- Keegan (WMF) (talk)

Message sent by MediaWiki message delivery - 19:48, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-15[edit]

18:08, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: March 2018[edit]

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Tech News: 2018-16[edit]

15:21, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-17[edit]

18:16, 23 April 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-18[edit]

16:18, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2018).

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Administrator changes

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removed ChochopkCoffeeGryffindorJimpKnowledge SeekerLankiveilPeridonRjd0060

Guideline and policy news

  • The ability to create articles directly in mainspace is now indefinitely restricted to autoconfirmed users.
  • A proposal is being discussed which would create a new "event coordinator" right that would allow users to temporarily add the "confirmed" flag to new user accounts and to create many new user accounts without being hindered by a rate limit.

Technical news

  • AbuseFilter has received numerous improvements, including an OOUI overhaul, syntax highlighting, ability to search existing filters, and a few new functions. In particular, the search feature can be used to ensure there aren't existing filters for what you need, and the new equals_to_any function can be used when checking multiple namespaces. One major upcoming change is the ability to see which filters are the slowest. This information is currently only available to those with access to Logstash.
  • When blocking anonymous users, a cookie will be applied that reloads the block if the user changes their IP. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. This currently only occurs when hard-blocking accounts.
  • The block notice shown on mobile will soon be more informative and point users to a help page on how to request an unblock, just as it currently does on desktop.
  • There will soon be a calendar widget at Special:Block, making it easier to set expiries for a specific date and time.

Arbitration

Obituaries

  • Lankiveil (Craig Franklin) passed away in mid-April. Lankiveil joined Wikipedia on 12 August 2004 and became an administrator on 31 August 2008. During his time with the Wikimedia community, Lankiveil served as an oversighter for the English Wikipedia and as president of Wikimedia Australia.

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Tech News: 2018-19[edit]

16:28, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: April 2018[edit]

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Tech News: 2018-20[edit]

22:23, 14 May 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-21[edit]

17:34, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-22[edit]

12:40, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2018).

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Administrator changes

added None
removed Al Ameer sonAliveFreeHappyCenariumLupoMichaelBillington

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in June. This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team will build granular types of blocks in 2018 (e.g. a block from uploading or editing specific pages, categories, or namespaces, as opposed to a full-site block). Feedback on the concept may be left at the talk page.
  • There is now a checkbox on Special:ListUsers to let you see only users in temporary user groups.
  • It is now easier for blocked mobile users to see why they were blocked.

Arbitration

  • A recent technical issue with the Arbitration Committee's spam filter inadvertently caused all messages sent to the committee through Wikipedia (i.e. Special:EmailUser/Arbitration Committee) to be discarded. If you attempted to send an email to the Arbitration Committee via Wikipedia between May 16 and May 31, your message was not received and you are encouraged to resend it. Messages sent outside of these dates or directly to the Arbitration Committee email address were not affected by this issue.

Miscellaneous


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Tech News: 2018-23[edit]

21:54, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: May 2018[edit]

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Headlines
  • Armenia report: GLAM meetings and collaborations
  • Australia report: GLAM Peak having impact & International Museum Day edit-a-thon
  • Belgium report: Public domain month celebration; Edit-a-thon Amnesty International Vlaanderen; Upcoming photo contest: Wiki Loves Heritage
  • Brazil report: New milestones for Brazilian GLAMs
  • France report: Bibliothèque universitaire de la Sorbonne; Laboratoire Latmos; Study day on photographic as heritage
  • Germany report: Two fantastic weekends with science fiction literature and the history of mining made audible
  • Ireland report: First Irish GLAM upload to Wikimedia Commons; Hunt Museum is first Irish GLAM to donate images to Wikimedia Commons
  • Italy report: Contests, webinair and meetings
  • Macedonia report: GLAM activities
  • Netherlands report: Women Tech Storm, GWToolset workshop and Wiki goes Caribbean
  • Norway report: Bodil Biørn and human rights
  • Portugal report: FEM's GLAM and Guinea-Bissau
  • Russia report: GLAM in Russia: need more contests
  • Serbia report: Wikipedian in residence in the Museum of Yugoslavia
  • Sweden report: Democracy; Museum of World Culture
  • UK report: Scottish Library and Information Council
  • USA report: AfroCROWD Wikipedia Editor's Article on Doria Ragland Tops Wiki Search List For UK Royal Wedding: Libraries Key in her Wikipedian Journey
  • Wikipedia Library report: Books & Bytes
  • Wikidata report: EuropeanaTech conference, Lexicographical data, plus all your usual news
  • WMF GLAM report: Recent travels; Structured Data on Commons updates
  • Calendar: June's GLAM events
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Tech News: 2018-24[edit]

21:55, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-25[edit]

21:47, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Hatnote TfXs[edit]

Nomination for deletion of Module:See also[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgModule:See also and Module:Key people have been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the module's entry on the Templates for discussion page. (posting this here because you created the module these were merged into). {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 20:00, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Nomination for merging of Module:Distinguish[edit]

Module:Distinguish has been nominated for merging with Module:Labelled list hatnote. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Thank you. {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 02:56, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

I seem to be nominating a large number of modules created by you for deletion or merging today. I'm not going to notify you of each one, because that would be a little bit spammy. {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 17:06, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
No problem; thanks for the notifications. :) I merged these two slightly for convenience in case you make further nominations in days to come. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 20:56, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Module:Main[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgModule:Main has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the module's entry on the Templates for discussion page. -- although you didn't create this module, my reason for nomination is essentially "redundant to Module:Labelled list hatnote, and thus I'm notifying you. {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 17:52, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-26[edit]

23:10, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-27[edit]

00:46, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2018).

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Administrator changes

added PbsouthwoodTheSandDoctor
readded Gogo Dodo
removed AndrevanDougEVulaKaisaLTony FoxWilyD

Bureaucrat changes

removed AndrevanEVula

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC about the deletion of drafts closed with a consensus to change the wording of WP:NMFD. Specifically, a draft that has been repeatedly resubmitted and declined at AfC without any substantial improvement may be deleted at MfD if consensus determines that it is unlikely to ever meet the requirements for mainspace and it otherwise meets one of the reasons for deletion outlined in the deletion policy.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus that the {{promising draft}} template cannot be used to indefinitely prevent a WP:G13 speedy deletion nomination.

Technical news

  • Starting on July 9, the WMF Security team, Trust & Safety, and the broader technical community will be seeking input on an upcoming change that will restrict editing of site-wide JavaScript and CSS to a new technical administrators user group. Bureaucrats and stewards will be able to grant this right per a community-defined process. The intention is to reduce the number of accounts who can edit frontend code to those who actually need to, which in turn lessens the risk of malicious code being added that compromises the security and privacy of everyone who accesses Wikipedia. For more information, please review the FAQ.
  • Syntax highlighting has been graduated from a Beta feature on the English Wikipedia. To enable this feature, click the highlighter icon (Codemirror-icon.png) in your editing toolbar (or under the hamburger menu in the 2017 wikitext editor). This feature can help prevent you from making mistakes when editing complex templates.
  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in July (previously scheduled for June). This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.

Miscellaneous

  • Currently around 20% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 17% a year ago. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless if you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

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Structured Data on Commons Newsletter - Summer 2018[edit]

Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter and contribute to the next issue. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Community updates
  • Our dedicated IRC channel: wikimedia-commons-sd webchat
  • Since our last newsletter, the Structured Data team has moved into designing and building prototypes for various features. The use of multilingual captions in the UploadWizard and on the file page has been researched, designed, discussed, and built out for use. Behind the scenes, back-end work on search is taking place and designs are being drawn up for the front-end. There will soon be specifications published for the use of the first Wikidata property on Commons, "Depicts," and a prototype is to be released to go along with that.
Things to do / input and feedback requests
Discussions held
Wikimania 2018
Partners and allies
Research

Two research projects about Wikimedia Commons are currently ongoing, or in the process of being finished:

  1. Research:Curation workflows on Wikimedia Commons—a project that seeks to understand the current workflows of Commons contributors who curate media (categorize it, delete it, link to it from other projects, etc.).
  2. Research:Technical needs of external re-users of Commons media—soliciting feedback from individuals and organizations that re-use Commons content outside of Wikimedia projects, in order to understand their current painpoints and unmet needs.
Development
  • Prototypes will be available for Depicts soon.
Stay up to date!