User talk:Quiddity

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I usually watchlist talkpage threads for a few days, so please reply in original threads.
If you leave a new message here, I will probably reply here, unless requested otherwise.
"I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything!" -- Bart Simpson[3]
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing ever happened." - Winston Churchill[citation requested]

a small bag of holding[edit]

This yellowing sack, woven of bananafibre and buckypaper, currently contains:

  • one copy of this week's newspaper
  • two photographs of cat noses
  • the susurrus of neglected conversations ...
Pink cat nose.jpg
Detalhe nariz Osk.jpg
The Signpost
1 July 2015
"Attention and activity lead to mistakes as well as to successes; but a life spent making mistakes
is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." – George Bernard Shaw[2]


Hi Quiddity. I would like to ask for your advice. There's a Wikitable in my Sandbox, but it seems I have been having problems about choosing the right color for the job. I think the color for Piano 2 hands, Piano 4 hands, Two pianos 4 hands, Stage music, Trio, Organ, and Orchestra with solo instrument are ok, but the others look too intense. I believe pastel colors might have a better effect. Maybe you could suggest something, thanks ! Krenakarore TK 22:41, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Hey Krenakarore. Hmmm, looking at User:Krenakarore/sandbox (permalink) I'd first ask what system(s) or software or sites you're currently using to get the color codes?
(Also, just of curiosity (I'm happy to be asked this!) I'd also ask why you chose/found me? I haven't touched WP:Accessibility#Color or similar in years! I recognize your username, but I can't place where from... >.< sorry!)
AFAIK, is the best tool for generating schemes that are safe for visually-impaired readers. Click the "diverging" radiobutton, and then from the "Number of data classes" dropdown and select "11". Then click the checkbox for "colorblind safe". Add black (or mix schemes) to get the number of available colors up to the 12 you need.
HTH. Quiddity (talk) 07:39, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Aha! There are three 12-color colorblindsafe schemes, at (pages 4, 7, 10). :D Quiddity (talk) 07:48, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
Wikiproject Numismatics. That gray color was too strong, remember ? List of colors: A–F. I pick up the colors I need through my eyemometer ! I need more than that Quiddity, I need your magic :) ! I need you to choose the colors to replace those which are not ok. Could you my friend ?! Krenakarore TK 13:07, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
I do plan to get back to this, but haven't had time, yet. Much sleep now. Quiddity (talk) 06:42, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Resurrected Outline of cuisines[edit]

See Talk:Outline of cuisines for details. The Transhumanist 07:26, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 4[edit]

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Newsletter • May/June 2015

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)

Wikidata weekly summary #164[edit]

Tech News: 2015-27[edit]

15:56, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Women in Technology[edit]

Hello! Since you expressed interested in WikiProject Women in Technology, I am pleased to say that the new membership feature is online. If you would like to be listed as a member of the WikiProject, simply go to Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Technology/Members, click on "Join WikiProject", and follow the prompts. Please let me know if you have any questions. Cheers, Harej (talk) 15:05, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 01 July 2015[edit]

Wikidata weekly summary #165[edit]

Tech News: 2015-28[edit]

15:13, 6 July 2015 (UTC)