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Bologna related pages[edit]

Hey Wittylama, I'm doing my best to add more content (even my own pics) to Bologna history and monuments related pages. I'm also doing some cleaning and organisation work, by adding a new category 'monuments and hitoric places in bologna'. I've seen you thanked me, pls keep an eye on what I am doing if you can so you can help me improve the work. txs ---- Lorenzov79 (talk!)

Hi Lorenzov79, I noticed you added that category today to a series of articles I have on my watchlist. As a resident of Bologna I'm very happy to have other people working on the English Wikipedia to help improve its coverage! :-) However, I notice that your new category is an 'orphan', in the sense that it is itself not within any other categories - It's sitting outside any existing categorisation hierarchy. Also, I think that the new category is a bit of a duplication of the pre-existing structure that exist under Category:Buildings and structures in Bologna: it has sub-categories for "churches", "piazzas", "towers" "monuments and memorials" and most notably Category:Buildings and structures in Bologna by style‎ (which itself has five subcategories).
What do you think? Wittylama 12:05, 20 January 2016 (UTC)
You're right Wittylama, later today I'll delete the new category and verify all related pages are under Category:Buildings and structures in Bologna or its subcategs. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lorenzov79 (talkcontribs) 13:38, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

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Books & Bytes - Issue 15[edit]

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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 7[edit]

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This month:

One database for Wikipedia requests

Development of the extension for setting up WikiProjects, as described in the last issue of this newsletter, is currently underway. No terribly exciting news on this front.

In the meantime, we are working on a prototype for a new service we hope to announce soon. The problem: there are requests scattered all across Wikipedia, including requests for new articles and requests for improvements to existing articles. We Wikipedians are very good at coming up with lists of things to do. But once we write these lists, where do they end up? How can we make them useful for all editors—even those who do not browse the missing articles lists, or the particular WikiProjects that have lists?

Introducing Wikipedia Requests, a new tool to centralize the various lists of requests around Wikipedia. Requests will be tagged by category and WikiProject, making it easier to find requests based on what your interests are. Accompanying this service will be a bot that will let you generate reports from this database on any wiki page, including WikiProjects. This means that once a request is filed centrally, it can syndicated all throughout Wikipedia, and once it is fulfilled, it will be marked as "complete" throughout Wikipedia. The idea for this service came about when I saw that it was easy to put together to-do lists based on database queries, but it was harder to do this for human-generated requests when those requests are scattered throughout the wiki, siloed throughout several pages. This should especially be useful for WikiProjects that have overlapping interests.

The newsletter this month is fairly brief; not a lot of news, just checking in to say that we are hard at work and hope to have more for you soon.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 01:43, 24 February 2016 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #1—2016[edit]

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Now, you can also rearrange columns and rows. Click "Move before" or "Move after" to swap the column or row with its neighbor.

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 VisualEditor Team has fixed many bugs. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Indic, and Han scripts, and improving the single edit tab interface.

Recent changes[edit]

You can switch from the wikitext editor to the visual editor after you start editing. This function is available to nearly all editors at most wikis except the Wiktionaries and Wikisources.

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You can now re-arrange columns and rows in tables, as well as copying a row, column or any other selection of cells and pasting it in a new location.

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Future changes[edit]

The single edit tab project will combine the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab. This is similar to the system already used on the mobile website. (T102398) Initially, the "Edit" tab will open whichever editing environment you used last time. Your last editing choice will be stored as an account preference for logged-in editors, and as a cookie for logged-out users. Logged-in editors will have these options in the Editing tab of Special:Preferences:

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  • Show me both editor tabs.  (This is the state for people using the visual editor now.)

The visual editor uses the same search engine as Special:Search to find links and files. This search will get better at detecting typos and spelling mistakes soon. These improvements to search will appear in the visual editor as well.

The visual editor will be offered to all editors at most "Phase 6" Wikipedias during the next few months. The developers would like to know how well the visual editor works in your language. They particularly want to know whether typing in your language feels natural in the visual editor. Please post your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on mediawiki.org. This will affect the following languages: Japanese, Korean, Urdu, Persian, Arabic, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Hindi, Bengali, Assamese, Thai, Aramaic and others.

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Up to a couple of articles in the next while?[edit]

Hey bloke! I am transcribing Elizabeth Lee's Wives of the prime ministers, 1844-1906 which includes bios which are missing articles, eg. Julia Peel. Are you interested in these, or can you point out someone who might be interested in these as I finish them over the next week? Thought that I could get some source material together for March's Women in History thingy. Ta. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:24, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

Julia, Lady Peel - Lawrence 1827.jpg
Hi billinghurst, Thanks for thinking of me. For what it's worth, I've gone head and created the wikidata entry for her - Julia Peel (Q22970377) and populated it with birth/death/marriage dates as well as spouse/parents/childrens names (there are a couple of their children that don't have wikidata items yet so i couldn't list all of them). It was a little tricky identifying who is who because these 'great families' of the British aristocracy have a habit of re-using the same names over the generations! I also found this lovely portrait of her, already in Commons, by Thomas Lawrence in the Frick collection. However, at least from a cursory search (e.g. the Oxford Dictionary of Biography) she seems to be entirely defined by her association with the prominent men in her life - father, husband, sons - and this accounts for the lack of any detail about her in Wikipedia. If you've got any sources that can demonstrate an independent notability (as per WP guidelines) then that would be a first step... Perhaps Whiteghost.ink would be interested in this task of yours? Wittylama 19:29, 28 February 2016 (UTC)
s:Wives of the prime ministers, 1844-1906/Chapter 2 for Julia Peel. Though your colour image is nicer than the grayscale from the work. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:59, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
billinghurst, i've now added that as a reference for her birthdate (not just the year, but the precise date) in the Wikidata item - although I think that i'm not using the correct property for that citation (diff). Having read that Chapter now, I'm still not convinced that she would pass the general notability guideline for a en.WP article unfortunately. Other than the fact she rejected a peerage offered by Lord John Russell, all of the comments in that chapter are actually about the significant men in her life rather than about her... This is a factor of the way that history is written, but has a direct implication for Wikipedia - without primary and secondary sources that treat women as agents of history in their own right then tertiary sources like Wikipedia have great difficulty "proving" their notability (in the Wikipedian sense of the word), further propagating the gender gap of women "missing" in history. Wittylama 14:27, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

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Do you want one Edit tab, or two? It's your choice[edit]

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Books & Bytes - Issue 16[edit]

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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 8[edit]

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This month:

Transclude article requests anywhere on Wikipedia

In the last issue of the WikiProject X Newsletter, I discussed the upcoming Wikipedia Requests system: a central database for outstanding work on Wikipedia. I am pleased to announce Wikipedia Requests is live! Its purpose is to supplement automatically generated lists, such as those from SuggestBot, Reports bot, or Wikidata. It is currently being demonstrated on WikiProject Occupational Safety and Health (which I work on as part of my NIOSH duties) and WikiProject Women scientists.

Adding a request is as simple as filling out a form. Just go to the Add form to add your request. Adding sources will help ensure that your request is fulfilled more quickly. And when a request is fulfilled, simply click "mark as complete" and it will be removed from all the lists it's on. All at the click of a button! (If anyone is concerned, all actions are logged.)

With this new service is a template to transclude these requests: {{Wikipedia Requests}}. It's simple to use: add the template to a page, specifying article=, category=, or wikiproject=, and the list will be transcluded. For example, for requests having to do with all living people, just do {{Wikipedia Requests|category=Living people}}. Use these lists on WikiProjects but also for edit-a-thons where you want a convenient list of things to do on hand. Give it a shot!

Help us build our list!

The value of Wikipedia Requests comes from being a centralized database. The long work to migrating individual lists into this combined list is slowly underway. As of writing, we have 883 open tasks logged in Wikipedia Requests. We need your help building this list.

If you know of a list of missing articles, or of outstanding tasks for existing articles, that you would like to migrate to this new system, head on over to Wikipedia:Wikipedia Requests#Transition project and help out. Doing this will help put your list in front of more eyes—more than just your own WikiProject.

An open database means new tools

WikiProject X maintains a database that associates article talk pages (and draft talk pages) with WikiProjects. This database powers many of the reports that Reports bot generates. However, until very recently, this database was not made available to others who might find its data useful. It's only common sense to open up the database and let others build tools with it.

And indeed: Citation Hunt, the game to add citations to Wikipedia, now lets you filter by WikiProject, using the data from our database.

Are you a tool developer interested in using this? Here are some details: the database resides on Tool Labs with the name s52475__wpx_p. The table that associates WikiProjects with articles and drafts is called projectindex. Pages are stored by talk page title but in the future this should change. Have fun!

On the horizon
  • The work on the CollaborationKit extension continues. The extension will initially focus on reducing template and Lua bloat on WikiProjects (especially our WPX UI demonstration projects), and will from there create custom interfaces for creating and maintaining WikiProjects.
  • The WikiCite meeting will be in Berlin in May. The goal of the meeting is to figure out how to build a bibliographic database for use on the Wikimedia projects. This fits in quite nicely with WikiProject X's work: we want to make it easier for people to find things to work on, and with a powerful, open bibliographic database, we can build recommendations for sources. This feature was requested by the Wikipedia Library back in September, and this meeting is a major next step. We look forward to seeing what comes out of this meeting.


Until next time,

Harej (talk) 01:29, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia library Newspapers.com renewal[edit]

Your free one-year account with Newspapers.com will end on April 28 2016. Newspapers.com has offered to extend existing accounts by another year. If you wish to keep your account until April 28 2017, please add your name to the Account Renewal list here. I'll let Newspapers.com customer support know, and they will extend your subscription. If you don't want to keep your account for another year, you don't have to do anything. Your account will expire unless I hear from you that you want to keep it. HazelAB (talk) 20:16, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #206[edit]

Europeana artwork listed at AfD[edit]

Hi Wittylama, I thought that as the Europeana GLAMwiki Coordinator you might be interested to know that there is an ongoing AfD for one of the works in the Europeana Art History Challenge Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Landscape_(Painting_by_Zlatyu_Boyadziev) Mduvekot (talk) 14:39, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for telling me Mduvekot. I've left a comment there and have informed a series of people who might be able to help provide some reliable source references for the article. Wittylama 12:32, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Licens for Europeana artwork[edit]

Take a look at this: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Portrait_of_the_poet_Ilarie_Voronca.jpeg .--Villy Fink Isaksen (talk) 09:47, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for informing me. I'm leaving comments over there (and the related parallel deletion discussion). Wittylama 12:39, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

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Precious anniversary[edit]

Three years ago ...
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... you were recipient
no. 510 of Precious,
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Books & Bytes - Issue 17[edit]

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Peace Treaties in Art 30 x 30 Challenge[edit]

Hi Wittylama! I am Iñaki LL, a Wikipedian in residence at the San Telmo Museoa, Donostia-San Sebastián. We are holding the Peace Treaties in Art 30 x 30 Challenge in collaboration with Donostia-San Sebastián European Capital of Culture 2016 with a view to fostering a culture of peace and based on its Peace Treaty exhibitions at different city locations.

Your remarkable participation in the recent, similar Europeana contest grabbed my attention, and would really love to have all your good wikipedic and artistic know-how poured into this inspirational challenge :p The contest will reach its climax in an edit-a-thon we will be holding on July 9! Take a look, hopefully see you virtually or on the spot, all contributions welcome! Iñaki LL (talk) 09:38, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 9[edit]

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Ciao[edit]

Ciao Wittylama, scusa se ti scrivo in italiano, ho letto che hai un buon livello di conoscenza della lingua, tu rispondimi pure in inglese non ci sono problemi. Ti scrivo su suggerimento di Slowking4 in merito ad un'idea che ho presentato all'Idealab nella campagna contro l'harassment. La trovi a questo link [3]. Mi sembra che Slowking4 sia l'unico ad aver capito il senso di quello che penso. Confesso di essere un po' scoraggiata nell'insieme nell'esperienza di Wikipedia, e di voler fare un passo indietro. Ho anche ritirato una proposta di grant per un IEG, avendo sperimentato una certa ostilità, a mio avviso ingiustificata. Non penso di chiudere definitivamente. Per quanto riguarda l'IEG, sono in attesa di sapere se gli altri editor italiani interessati al progetto desiderano portarlo avanti; in questo caso li aiuterei ma con un ruolo molto ridimensionato rispetto al progetto iniziale. Più in generale, penso di ricominciare a fare come facevo prima, scrivendo una pagina ogni tanto, quando ne ho il tempo. Slowking4 è stato molto cortese, mi ha scritto di contattarti, per questo lo sto facendo. Grazie, --Kenzia (talk) 07:25, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Editing News #2—2016[edit]

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Place the cursor where you want to display the references list (usually at the bottom of the page). Open the "Insert" menu and click the "References list" icon (three books).

If you are using several groups of references, which is relatively rare, you will have the opportunity to specify the group. If you do that, then only the references that belong to the specified group will be displayed in this list of references.

Finally, click "Insert" in the dialog to insert the References list. This list will change as you add more footnotes to the page.

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 VisualEditor team has fixed many bugs. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. Their current priorities are improving support for Arabic and Indic scripts, and adapting the visual editor to the needs of the Wikivoyages and Wikisources.

Recent changes[edit]

The visual editor is now available to all users at most Wikivoyages. It was also enabled for all contributors at the French Wikinews.

The single edit tab feature combines the "Edit" and "Edit source" tabs into a single "Edit" tab. It has been deployed to several Wikipedias, including Hungarian, Polish, English and Japanese Wikipedias, as well as to all Wikivoyages. At these wikis, you can change your settings for this feature in the "Editing" tab of Special:Preferences. The team is now reviewing the feedback and considering ways to improve the design before rolling it out to more people.

Future changes[edit]

The "Save page" button will say "Publish page". This will affect both the visual and wikitext editing systems. More information is available on Meta.

The visual editor will be offered to all editors at the remaining "Phase 6" Wikipedias during the next few months. The developers want to know whether typing in your language feels natural in the visual editor. Please post your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on mediawiki.org. This will affect several languages, including: Arabic, Hindi, Thai, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Urdu, Persian, Bengali, Assamese, Aramaic and others.

The team is working with the volunteer developers who power Wikisource to provide the visual editor there, for opt-in testing right now and eventually for all users. (T138966)

The team is working on a modern wikitext editor. It will look like the visual editor, and be able to use the citoid service and other modern tools. This new editing system may become available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices around September 2016. You can read about this project in a general status update on the Wikimedia mailing list.

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Books & Bytes - Issue 18[edit]

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  • Spotlight: GLAM and Wikidata
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Sydney Meetup next Thursday evening[edit]

You are invited to the Sydney Meetup!

  • Thursday 15 September at 6PM at Petersham Bowling Club.
    (a) accessible by train - Petersham station
    (b) has some nice draught beers
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    (e) accessible by car with straightforward parking nearby
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Season of Mischief’[edit]

Hello I think that the page is significant because Halloween is the third biggest retailing occasion of the year. This is the 8th year this has happened It is participated in by a large number of people via social media , Just search the # Season of Mischief

please remove the deletion tag — Preceding unsigned comment added by Heavymetal12345 (talkcontribs) 11:43, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Stopped by to say thanks[edit]

Hi Wittylama. That was fun contributing alongside you this morning on the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize article. I learned a lot. Any pointers (as I get my feet wet again at this stuff) would be welcome. --Litjade (talk) 21:11, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

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Editing News #3—2016[edit]

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Did you know that you can easily re-arrange columns and rows in the visual editor?

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Select a cell in the column or row that you want to move. Click the arrow at the start of that row or column to open the dropdown menu (shown). Choose either "Move before" or "Move after" to move the column, or "Move above" or "Move below" to move the row.

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 VisualEditor Team has mainly worked on a new wikitext editor. They have also released some small features and the new map editing tool. Their workboard is available in Phabricator. You can find links to the list of work finished each week at mw:VisualEditor/Weekly triage meetings. Their current priorities are fixing bugs, releasing the 2017 wikitext editor as a beta feature, and improving language support.

Recent changes[edit]

  • You can now set text as small or big.[4]
  • Invisible templates have been shown as a puzzle icon. Now, the name of the invisible template is displayed next to the puzzle icon.[5] A similar feature will display the first part of hidden HTML comments.[6]
  • Categories are displayed at the bottom of each page. If you click on the categories, the dialog for editing categories will open.[7]
  • At many wikis, you can now add maps to pages. Go to the Insert menu and choose the "Maps" item. The Discovery department are adding more features to this area, like geoshapes. You can read more on MediaWiki.org.[8]
  • The "Save" button now says "Save page" when you create a page, and "Save changes" when you change an existing page.[9] In the future, the "Save page" button will say "Publish page". This will affect both the visual and wikitext editing systems. More information is available on Meta.
  • Image galleries now use a visual mode for editing. You can see thumbnails of the images, add new files, remove unwanted images, rearrange the images by dragging and dropping, and add captions for each image. Use the "Options" tab to set the gallery's display mode, image sizes, and add a title for the gallery.[10]

Future changes[edit]

The visual editor will be offered to all editors at the remaining 10 "Phase 6" Wikipedias during the next month. The developers want to know whether typing in your language feels natural in the visual editor. Please post your comments and the language(s) that you tested at the feedback thread on mediawiki.org. This will affect several languages, including Thai, Burmese and Aramaic.

The team is working on a modern wikitext editor. The 2017 wikitext editor will look like the visual editor and be able to use the citoid service and other modern tools. This new editing system may become available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices in October 2016. You can read about this project in a general status update on the Wikimedia mailing list.

Let's work together[edit]

Do you teach new editors how to use the visual editor? Did you help set up the Citoid automatic reference feature for your wiki? Have you written or imported TemplateData for your most important citation templates? Would you be willing to help new editors and small communities with the visual editor? Please sign up for the new VisualEditor Community Taskforce.

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Books and Bytes - Issue 19[edit]

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  • Spotlight: Fixing one million broken links

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Jacaranda[edit]

Hi Wittylama, thanks for the thanks. I just noticed your dyk hook has 2 x 'the' in it "...time the the jacaranda tree bloomed..." JennyOz (talk) 12:41, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

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DYK for Jacaranda, University of Sydney[edit]

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ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Best wishes for the holidays...[edit]

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Books and Bytes - Issue 20[edit]

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  • Partner resource expansions
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Message[edit]

We could use your expertise on the GLAMwiki Toolset here. Thank you!--Strainu (talk) 22:35, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

HNY[edit]

Your response is well worded at AWNB - it takes lot to say nope these days :) JarrahTree 14:52, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

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Amber Galloway Gallego[edit]

Hey! I made an article based on something in your userspace. I wrote you @ User talk:Wittylama/Amber Galloway Gallego that it'd probably be finished next week because I thought I had to do something today, but then my plans changed so I did it today. Let me know what you think if you have a chance! SCongratulate.svg Psiĥedelisto (talk) 13:11, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

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Fair Use campaign - Next steps - clarity[edit]

Sorry but I don follow your point 1 - has it lost something in copy-edit? Aoziwe (talk) 12:36, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

thanks Aoziwe - i've made a little change. You're right, it was a copyediting mistake. Wittylama 12:57, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

Fair Use in Australia discussion[edit]

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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A great start to an article on Faire Use proposals in Australia. Tango Mike Bravo (talk) 11:49, 24 March 2017 (UTC)
Why thank you Tango Mike Bravo! Any help getting it 'up to scratch' to launch into mainspace is VERY appreciated! Wittylama 12:39, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

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An update from the Sustainability Initiative[edit]

Thank you for supporting the Sustainability Initiative!

Hi, Wittylama! Thank you again for supporting the Sustainability Initiative, which aims at reducing the environmental impact of the Wikimedia movement. Over the past two years, more than 200 Wikipedians from all over the world have come together to push the Wikimedia movement towards greater sustainability.

What's new?

We are writing you this message because there is great news: The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation has finally passed a resolution stating that the Foundation is committed to seeking ways to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment. Also, we have created a cool logo and found a nice name for the project which you can see on the right :-)

What's next?

Currently, we are working with Wikimedia Foundation staff to make sustainability a key priority for the selection of a new location for Wikimedia servers in Singapore. Also, we have presented the Wikimedia Foundation with a green energy roadmap to have all Wikimedia servers run on renewable energy by 2019.

Please help!

Let's keep this project moving forward – and there are several ways in which you can help:

  • Ask other Wikipedians to sign the project page as well – this way we can show the Wikimedia Foundation that this is an issue that the community really cares about.
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If you have any questions, you can contact us on on Meta. Again, thank you very much for your support! --Aubrey und Gnom, 2 April 2017 —Preceding undated comment added 20:41, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 21[edit]

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  • #1lib1ref 2017
  • Wikipedia Library User Group
  • Wikipedia + Libraries at Wikimedia Conference 2017
  • Spotlight: Library Card Platform

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Wall of sand[edit]

a) Harris is the guy who invented the name
b) PRC are NOT the only people reclaiming land
Pdfpdf (talk) 14:33, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

It's best if we discuss how to write the lead of the article Great wall of sand on the talkpage of the article itself. I've created a summary of our back-and-forth-editing over there and asked for a third-party opinion to propose a neutral description. See Talk:Great_wall_of_sand#Lead_paragaph. Wittylama 16:23, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

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Wikimedian in Residence BoF at Wikimania 2017[edit]

Hello!

My name is David Alves (User:Horadrim~usurped), and I'm an Wikipedian in Residence at RIDC NeuroMat (User:Horadrim). I've reach your contact through the Wikimedian in residence page in Outreach. As you may know, Wikimania 2017 is coming! I am here because, as a fellow WiR, I believe this would be a great opportunity for us to share experiences, discuss difficulties and exchange solutions, creating a community among us capable of supporting in other projects that would benefit from residents. In that sense, I have submitted a proposal of a Birds of a Feather activity to Wikimania that you can check out here. I hope to count with your support in this project and would like to invite you to join us if you participate in Wikimania. In case of any doubts, please feel free to contact me, either in my talk pages or by e-mail at david.alves(at)outlook.com.

Thank you very much! ‎Horadrim~usurped (talk) 00:33, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

April 2017[edit]

Information icon Hello, and thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. This is just a note to let you know that I've moved the draft that you were working on to Draft:History of Fair Use proposals in Australia, from its old location at User:Wittylama/History of Fair Use proposals in Australia. This has been done because the Draft namespace is the preferred location for Articles for Creation submissions. Please feel free to continue to work on it there. If you have any questions about this, you are welcome to ask me on my talk page. Thank you. KGirlTrucker81 huh? what I've been doing 12:06, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

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Editing News #1—2017[edit]

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Did you know that you can review your changes visually?

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When you are finished editing the page, type your edit summary and then choose "Review your changes".

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

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

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The wikitext diff is the same diff tool that is used in the wikitext editors and in the page history.

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 VisualEditor 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 adding the new visual diff tool. Their workboard 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 as a beta feature, and improving the visual diff tool.

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. [67]

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. [68]

Other changes:

  • You can now use your web browser's function to switch typing direction in the new wikitext mode. This is particularly helpful for RTL language users like Urdu or Hebrew who have to write JavaScript or CSS. You can use Command+Shift+X or Control+Shift+X to trigger this. [69]
  • 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. [70]
  • The Categories item has been moved to the top of the Page options menu (from clicking on the "hamburger" icon) for quicker access. [71] There is also now a "Templates used on this page" feature there. [72]
  • You can now create <chem> tags (sometimes used as <ce>) for chemical formulas inside the visual editor. [73]
  • Tables can be set as collapsed or un-collapsed. [74]
  • The Special character menu now includes characters for Canadian Aboriginal Syllabics and angle quotation marks (‹› and ⟨⟩) . The team thanks the volunteer developer, Tpt. [75]
  • 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. [76]
  • There is a new keyboard shortcut for citations: Control+Shift+K on a PC, or Command+Shift+K on a Mac. It is based on the keyboard shortcut for making links, which is Control+K on a PC or Command+K on a Mac. [77]

Future changes[edit]

  • 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. [78]
  • 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. [79]
  • 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. [80]

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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
  • Basque Country report: Students working on literature with new Wikipedian in Residence
  • Belgium report: Brussels writing weeks; Dutch Language Union workshop; Civic Lab Brussels start; Edit-a-thon Leuven
  • Brazil report: Wikimedia Conference, gender and International collaboration
  • 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
  • Wikidata report: Federation and new datatypes
  • WMF GLAM report: DPLAFest and Beyond
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DYK for History of Fair Use proposals in Australia[edit]

Updated DYK query.svg On 23 May 2017, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article History of Fair Use proposals in Australia, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that six government reviews have recommended Australia adopt "Fair Use" into its copyright law? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/History of Fair Use proposals in Australia. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, History of Fair Use proposals in Australia), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in section F5 of the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. The Haz talk 01:40, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 22[edit]

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Issue 22, April-May 2017

  • New and expanded research accounts
  • Global branches update
  • Spotlight: OCLC Partnership
  • Bytes in brief

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Collaboration products newsletter: 2017-06[edit]

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Wiki Loves Music[edit]

Easy as 1-2-3!

Hey Liam, remember when I told you about taking my first baby steps in the GLAM world at WMCON in March? Well, it finally happened. I was told to create a little report on Outreach wiki and you can find it here. Do you have a minute to take a look and maybe iron out any weird grammar? Thanks, --Gnom (talk) 07:29, 6 July 2017 (UTC)

This Month in GLAM: June 2017[edit]

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  • Netherlands report: Workshop children's books, Sharing is Caring Brussels, short WiR period at Utrecht University Library & Preparations medieval image donation
  • Russia report: WikiProjects of students of Petrozavodsk State University
  • Spain report: Wikipedia and the Museum of Málaga
  • Sweden report: Connected Open Heritage; Wiki Loves Earth; Water data on Wikidata
  • UK report: Summer of data
  • Ukraine report: Sharing images in print and digital
  • USA report: June is bustin' out all over
  • Wikidata report: Requesting your input; news from MySociety
  • WMF GLAM report: Welcome; Documentation Update; Other updates
  • Calendar: July's GLAM events
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New page reviewer granted[edit]

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Hello Wittylama. Your account has been added to the "New page reviewers" user group, allowing you to review new pages and mark them as patrolled, tag them for maintenance issues, or in some cases, tag them for deletion. The list of articles awaiting review is located at the New Pages Feed. New page reviewing is a vital function for policing the quality of the encylopedia, if you have not already done so, you must read the new tutorial at New Pages Review, the linked guides and essays, and fully understand the various deletion criteria. If you need more help or wish to discuss the process, please join or start a thread at page reviewer talk.

  • URGENT: Please consider helping get the huge backlog down to a manageable number of pages as soon as possible.
  • Be nice to new users - they are often not aware of doing anything wrong.
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  • Don't review a page if you are not sure what to do. Just leave it for another reviewer.
  • Remember that quality is quintessential to good patrolling. Take your time to patrol each article, there is no rush. Use the message feature and offer basic advice.

The reviewer right does not change your status or how you can edit articles. If you no longer want this user right, you may ask any administrator to remove it for you at any time. In case of abuse or persistent inaccuracy of reviewing, the right can be revoked at any time by an administrator. Anarchyte (work | talk) 13:53, 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)

Collaboration products newsletter: 2017-07[edit]

16:43, 24 July 2017 (UTC)