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NYC Wiki-Picnic: Saturday June 22[edit]

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You are invited to the Great American Wiknic NYC in Brooklyn's green and lovely Prospect Park, on this Saturday June 22! We would love to see you there, so sign up and bring something fun for the potluck :) -- User:Pharos (talk)

Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn! Saturday September 7[edit]

Brookln Public Library
Please join Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn scavenger hunt on September 7, 2013!
Everyone gather at the Brooklyn Public Library to further Wikipedia's coverage of—
photos and articles related to Brooklyn, its neighborhoods and the local landmarks.
--EdwardsBot (talk)

Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon" at Queens Library! Friday December 6[edit]

Queens Library
Please join Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon on December 6, 2013!
Everyone gather at Queens Library to further Wikipedia's local outreach
for borough articles on the history and the communities.
Drop-ins welcome 10am-7pm!--Pharos (talk) ~~~~~

AFC Backlog Drive[edit]

Saturday: NYC Art And Feminism Wikipedia Editathon[edit]

Jefferson Market Public Library
Please join Wikipedia "Art and Feminism Editathon" @ Eyebeam on Saturday February 1, 2014,
an event aimed at collaboratively expanding Wikipedia articles covering Art and Feminism, and the biographies of women artists!

There are also regional events that day in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley.
--Pharos (talk)

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon[edit]

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon

You are invited to join upcoming Wikipedia "Editathons", where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on a selected theme, on the following two Saturdays in March:

I hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

Upcoming Saturday event - June 21: Wiki Loves Pride NYC
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You are invited to join us at Jefferson Market Library for "Wiki Loves Pride", hosted by New York Public Library, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Wikimedia LGBT and Wikimedia New York City, where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on this theme:

11am–4pm at Jefferson Market Library.

We hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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The Signpost: 06 May 2015[edit]

403 error[edit]

Hi Ben. I am getting a "Yahoo! BOSS Error: HTTP Error 403: Forbidden" error when I plug in article titles and try to do a copyvio search as opposed to searching on an individual url (that function is working fine). Any help you can offer to get this fixed would be appreciated. Thanks, -- Diannaa (talk) 02:44, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

Hey, thanks for the note. I noticed this earlier today but I'm not sure what can be done about it. Hopefully Yahoo is having some intermittent problem (which will resolve itself soon), or I'll need to poke the higher-ups who manage the search permissions. Will check tomorrow. — Earwig talk 05:11, 9 May 2015 (UTC)
Not yet resolved. No need to reply. Fiddle Faddle 14:59, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Update for people watching: I've identified the problem as Yahoo BOSS reporting this error when doing searches:

{"error":{"lang":"en-US","description":"Valid AppID but requires registration."}}

But I have no idea why this is happening. The internet is not that helpful, but suggests either waiting or verifying payment info (which the WMF would have to do). I sent an email to Coren. — Earwig talk 22:49, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

@Coren: The problem is also having an impact on the work of CorenSearchBot, so this needs to be fixed ASAP. -- Diannaa (talk) 21:32, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
  • The Boss page says they charge per 1000 queries. I don't know if that's new or not, but perhaps the bill needs paying? CrowCaw 22:34, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
  • They've always had that up there, but I assumed the WMF had some kind of deal (y'know, the whole non-profit benefiting-humanity thing) or automatic payment set up. But that could be it. — Earwig talk 23:48, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Still affecting it I fear. Fiddle Faddle 13:05, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

I have notified Coren on his talk, and also Moonriddengirl, who works for the Foundation. So hopefully this will get fixed soon. --Diannaa (talk) 13:45, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Things should be back in service by tomorrow. There was a billing mixup, and the fabulous Praveena, executive assistant to the VP of engineering, called them directly to work it out as quickly as possible. :) Thanks for letting me know, Diannaa. If it doesn't sort, please let me know! --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 17:59, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Maggie for your prompt assistance. Perhaps we should come directly to you if this problem recurs in the future :) -- Diannaa (talk) 19:48, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi Ben sorry to keep bothering you. CorenSearchBot seems to have resumed its work, but I am still getting the 403 error on the copyvio search tool. Would you mind having a look? Thanks, -- Diannaa (talk) 18:42, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Dunno; this isn't something that would change by restarting the tool or the like. Let's give it a little more time. — Earwig talk 20:39, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
Did not @Moonriddengirl: give you the new API key? — Coren (talk) 09:22, 15 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi, Coren. Not yet. :) There was some confusion, guys, around the fact that we created a new account rather than resuming the old one, which means that bots that use this need new keys. Praveena produced this yesterday, but I'm afraid that I had not yet gotten to that email. Earwig, check your email. :) It should be coming your way in about 10 minutes. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 10:53, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Alright everyone, I've updated the key to the one Maggie sent me and restarted the tool. Looks like it works now! Thanks again to the WMF for providing this service. — Earwig talk 22:01, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks to everyone who helped get these important tools functioning again. -- Diannaa (talk) 22:17, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

June 10: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting[edit]

Wednesday June 10, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our next evening "WikiWednesday" salon and knowledge-sharing workshop by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan.

This month will also feature on our agenda: recent and upcoming editathons, the organization's Annual Meeting, and Chapter board elections.

We also hope for the participation of our friends from the Free Culture movement and from educational and cultural institutions interested in developing free knowledge projects. We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming editathons, and other outreach activities.

After the main meeting, pizza and refreshments and video games in the gallery!

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street

Featuring a keynote talk this month to be determined! We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 17:23, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 13 May 2015[edit]

The Signpost: 20 May 2015[edit]

A couple of Wikipedia mirrors to add to User:EarwigBot/Copyvios/Exclusions[edit]

I just came across these Wikipedia mirrors, which should probably be added to the exclusions list:

--Ahecht (TALK
) 15:11, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Done, thanks. — Earwig talk 17:56, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Copyvios "No webservice" Comment[edit]

Hi The Earwig,

Sorry if I missed any notices about planned maintenance - I just would like to let you know that the page for copyvios ( is showing a "no webservice" error. It would be great if you could have a look if this is not supposed to happen.

Thanks, - Andrew Y talk 12:51, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Hi The Earwig, The page seems to be available now. Thanks! - Andrew Y talk 14:13, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
Hi – It happens once in a while but should fix itself in a few minutes. I'm aware of the issue but fixing it is going to be annoying so I'm not sure how soon that will be. — Earwig talk 16:22, 28 May 2015 (UTC)
Scratch that, looks like that particular case might have been a known issue with Labs a few hours ago. Either way, an intermittent sort of thing... — Earwig talk 16:25, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 May 2015[edit]