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Thanks for joining the Offline project![edit]

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Thanks for pitching in at Offline Wikipedia for Indian Schools! You are going to make a lot of children very happy :) AshLin (talk) 16:10, 23 December 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For the new tool you created for assessing. It really looks awesome and sounds very much helpful. Way to go \m/ -- ♪Karthik♫ ♪Nadar♫ 04:28, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

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Thanks for creating such a helpful tool for WikiProject India, merci encore! — Bill william comptonTalk 12:33, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

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The assessment bar is a stroke of genius, and it'll save hours of work - thank you so much for coming up with it! I've been vaguely hoping for a tool like this for years... Shimgray | talk | 14:19, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your tremendous achievement, a Special Barnstar. I can't thank you enough :-) -- ɑηsuмaη ʈ ᶏ ɭ Ϟ 15:45, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

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Thank you for making the tag assess process really simple! cheers :) Noopur28 (talk) 17:22, 7 April 2012 (UTC)
Just one more tiny little itsy bitsy doubt, I can keep using this tool after tag-assess is formally over, right? It's really helping me edit because I can easily find random stubs to improve. Noopur28 (talk) 04:26, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
Of course you can! And if you just want the 'find unassessed' things, you can just bookmark this URL ( and hit that. Every time you hit that, you shall get a 'Unassessed article', picked randomly. I can make that for any category you want, so let me know if you'd like them made for other categories too :) YuviPanda (talk) 04:38, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

One more, you deserve more...[edit]

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What an incredible tool! Thanks for such an easy and tremendously helpful tool for assistance with assessment. Kudos!!--Dwaipayan (talk) 20:18, 7 April 2012 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png I think we both deserve a drink now! :)

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A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png For *cough*MadamHut*cough* Srikanth (Logic) 02:51, 9 April 2012 (UTC)
MadamHut doesn't like beer. AssessmentBar does :P Yuvi (talk) 02:53, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png now with this bar all we need is some beer to enjoy.. burrrp :P ÐℬigXЯaɣ 07:19, 9 April 2012 (UTC)


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For the most invaluable tool you have coded for the assessment drive @ WP India, Cheers! Around The Globeसत्यमेव जयते 09:13, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Tag and Assess 2012[edit]

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Hi Yuvi, an excellent idea that has eased the work of many participants of the drive. Thanks a lot. Ssriram mt (talk) 22:52, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Simply fabulous[edit]

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For creating what is easily one of the most useful tools I have ever seen in Wikipedia. Your act has reduced tedious burdens to one-click matters. Simply fabulous! ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 07:01, 10 April 2012 (UTC)
Your welcome :) If you have any other such brilliant ideas, please implement them. ~*~AnkitBhatt~*~ 05:43, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

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For the fabulous Assessment Bar which saves hours of work! :D Srikar Kashyap (talk) 07:04, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

Documentation for "Assessment Bar"[edit]

Documentation for Assessment Bar has been created at :

Trust this meets your requirement.

AshLin (talk) 11:44, 10 April 2012 (UTC)

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Your assessment bar is awesome. Ankit MaityTalkContribs 05:40, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

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Excellent !dea - Assessment bar is awesm :) Gaurav Pruthi 08:51, 13 April 2012 (UTC)

Addition of Biography as subproject of WikiProject India[edit]

Can we add Biography as subproject of WikiProject India in the assessment bar you developed... Excellent work BTW :)

Need to add validation in Assessment Bar.[edit]

Hi Yuvi, The assessment bar allows the addition of 'sub-project' without selection of any sub-project from drop-down menu , I mean it adds the blank sub-project in the WP:India Template with the fields:
|=yes|-importance=| .
Though there are no side effects do check if we can put some validation while not allowing the empty sub-project selection.
Thanks for this handy tool :)
Gaurav Pruthi 11:26, 18 April 2012 (UTC)


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bug report[edit]

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Missing Assessment bar[edit]

Hi Yuvi, the assessment bar seems to have disappeared. Is it because there are no more articles under the unassessed category? Ssriram mt (talk) 00:14, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

  • Yes please bring it back and working, as i would prefer to use this bar full time whenver i come accross unassessd Indian articles. thanks--DℬigXray 14:38, 14 June 2012 (UTC)
Thanks mate. Ssriram mt (talk) 06:41, 17 July 2012 (UTC)

Tag and Assess 2012[edit]

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With the help of contributors like you, the Tag and Assess 2012 project has achieved the planned objectives. Close to 65,000 articles have been assessed and 19,000 articles have been added to the scope of the project. Please do watch out for the post tag and assess activities. Thanks a lot. Ssriram mt (talk) 02:07, 1 June 2012 (UTC)


I am in Wikimania 2012. Can we meet regarding Wiki Loves Monuments to prepare list of Indian monuments. The state-wise list of these Indian monuments are available in the Government website.Dr. Rajasekhar A. 19:33, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Attention, need your help![edit]

Hello. I am the founder of WikiProject Indian Premier League and we want a assessment tool for our project as you did for WikiProject India, so if you help you have a special reward waiting for you from the members of our WikiProject! Dipankan (Have a chat?) 16:05, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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This barnstar is very precious. It is only given to the persons who have contributed greatly to the project, WP:IPL. I'm honored to present you this award. Dipankan (Have a chat?) 15:13, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

Tool for assessing articles[edit]

Congratulations for being part of the hugest and the successful WP:India collaboration. Your name was mentioned as having coded a tool that the participants used to tag articles. I would like to know the name and learn more about this tool and how it could be used in a project like Wikiproject:Kenya for instance. Uwanja Talk to Me. Email Me. 10:46, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

I tried first copying the code as instructed on the documentation of this script but it did not work out. In fact it rendered other scripts I use non functional. The I tried importing the code as you can see at 1 but nothing seems to work right. Am quite new to js integration on Mediawiki.But first things first, How does the script behave? Does it show an extra button like twinkle and autoED does? If yes where does this button appear? --₫ӓ₩₳ Talk to Me. Email Me. 10:33, 25 July 2012 (UTC)
Woot woot! The tool is working. Am tagging the articles now with the appropriate tags. Cheers. ₫ӓ₩₳ Talk to Me. Email Me. 09:55, 26 July 2012 (UTC)
Sorry for spamming your talk page. I have come across another hitch while assessing and tagging the articles under Wikiproject Kenya. Your tool shows up if the article is marked as un-assessed using the template {{WikiProject Africa}} only. There are some other articles that relate or about features in Kenya that are marked as un-assessed using the template {{AfricaProject}} and it seems your tool is not recognizing them as under WikiProject Africa.Is there something we can do about this? ₫ӓ₩₳ Talk to Me. Email Me. 12:37, 26 July 2012 (UTC)


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Assessment tool[edit]

Hi Yuvi,

I'm going through the British Library related articles at the moment - {{WikiProject British Library}} etc - and I've been trying to set up a version of your tool to help with rating them. I've got a rough attempt at the data page on User:Andrew Gray/AssessmentBar/WPBL.js, and I'm invoking it with User:Andrew Gray/vector.js.

However, I can't seem to get it to appear. I've tested with your WPIndia bar, and that works great, but I can't seem to get my version to appear on any BL articles.

I'm wondering if it might be:

a) the result of a space/underscore in the username & URL for my data page; b) the fact that there are fields which aren't used in the BL template (subProjects, actionNeeded)

Any suggestions? I've tried to include null entries for the missing fields, but it doesn't seem to have worked.

Thanks, Andrew Gray (talk) 10:39, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Weird - it works fine now! I had cleared and purged my cache many times on Friday, but for some reason it just didn't stick - going away for the weekend and then trying again seems to have done it.
One problem, though - the nextCat parameter goes to a 404 at I think this is a randomiser on the India toolbar - would it be possible to have one using Category:Unassessed_British_Library-related_articles at this link? Thanks very much! Andrew Gray (talk) 20:00, 29 July 2012 (UTC)


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Per IRC you have been poked. -- A Certain White Cat chi? 21:19, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Hello? :/ -- A Certain White Cat chi? 11:32, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Gadget-charinsert: Success![edit]

I'd link to the successfulness, but there was a lot of stuff involved, most of which you provided anyway. And you, you're amazing. -— Isarra 01:02, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Well, okay, Anomie wound up having to fix a few things, but it worked out in the end. -— Isarra 05:35, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Account creator userright[edit]

Following your request and per our conversation, I have temporarily granted you the Account creator userright, for the sole and express purposes of bypassing the IP account creation limit at the hackaton you're holding. Let me know when it is no longer required, otherwise it will be removed in ~24 hours. Regards, Snowolf How can I help? 13:06, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

I have removed the userright, but I see you haven't used it at all, what happened? Snowolf How can I help? 10:47, 27 October 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for taking the time to find sources for 2012 Delhi gang rape case. :) Legoktm (talk) 19:06, 20 December 2012 (UTC)

codemirror for wikipedia and mediawiki[edit]

Hi Yuvi!

I've been hoping to bring codemirror as an improved editor to mediawiki and wikipedia as well :). I noticed your hackfest idea at mw:User:Yuvipanda/Hackfest_ideas#Integrate_CodeMirror_editor_into_MediaWiki and want to encourage you to continue promoting and developing this idea! There is one other effort on sourceforge worth noticing from the past. Thanks for your contributions, let me know if you get stuck or start a repository somewhere! I'll do the same. -- see you around ! here 08:31, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Image descriptions.[edit]

Any chance of checking through these and adding descriptions?


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Logging service[edit]

I set up a proof of concept the week before last as tool "logger" and had added you. "Source" is in ~/src/logger (I have a passion for autotools :-), but considering your Babel templates you should do fine), make install installs the daemon wrapper in ~/bin and the configuration file in ~/etc. ~/bin/logger-daemon starts the daemon in the foreground (for debugging). I used some Python script for testing, but I don't find it anymore. I ran into the problem that the output looked awful (cf. ~/logs/general), and as there was no deadline, I didn't press to fix it. My plan was to include one subconfiguration that created one rule for every directory in /data/project, and another subconfiguration that allowed for additional individual rules (i. e. special filters & Co.).

If I were to set it up as a separate instance instead of a tool, my Puppet configuration would probably look something like this:

  • Copy file /etc/logger.conf from Puppet (listening on port x).
  • Ensure directory /etc/logger.d exists.
  • Hourly cron job that creates/refreshes /etc/logger.d/one-rule-for-every-tool.conf.
  • Start logger service that reads /etc/logger.conf.
  • IP forwarding that redirects traffic to port syslog but not originating from the host itself to port x.

That way the system's syslogd continues as before, but you get around having to use a different port. I would probably keep the additional individual rules in Puppet, so that we don't have to worry about backup. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 21:38, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Ah, found the test script:

import logging
import logging.handlers

rootlogger = logging.getLogger('')
socketHandler = logging.handlers.SocketHandler('', 8268)
formatter = logging.Formatter('%(name)-12s: %(levelname)-8s %(message)s')
rootlogger.addHandler(socketHandler)'Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.')
(The IP address is that of tools-login.) That produced the ugly output in the logs, but I haven't investigated further what to tweak. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:16, 10 June 2013 (UTC)


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Testing thisafsdfads YuviPanda (talk) 22:22, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

STiki emergency[edit]

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Thank you so much for helping me set up an instance on Wikimedia Labs. Your help is going to greatly advance the migration of the WP:Unblock Ticket Request System from toolserver to Labs so we can continue handling unblock requests via the more private UTRS system instead of via email. v/r - TP 21:53, 11 November 2013 (UTC)


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A cup of filter coffee for you![edit]

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Hey Yuvipanda, is this yours? Are you still planning on maintaining it? The script that publishes the Signpost is here, if that helps. Thanks, as always! Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 21:52, 28 March 2014 (UTC)

Hey Yuvi, just a quick reminder poke on this. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:50, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
Hi Yuvi, just a reminder. :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 22:53, 22 November 2014 (UTC)


Can you add /* <nowiki> */ to the top and /* </nowiki> */ to the bottom of User:Yuvipanda/drn.js? It's currently showing up in categories and other stuff it probably shouldn't be. Jackmcbarn (talk) 21:56, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Don't think anything uses it, so I just had it deleted. Thanks for pointing out! YuviPanda (talk) 22:05, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

peace, love and Nokia X[edit]

it works :) could totally do with some context-sensitive magic for user talk pages, like a "leave this user a message" entry on the right-hand menu (the one with ToC and Share entries). (talk) 18:01, 27 May 2014 (UTC)

Rousing the CodeWarrior once again[edit]

Hey YuviPanda, its that time of the year again. We are assessing the backlog (just 3800 articles or so) using your Tag & Assess Bar. You may soon find feedback & barnstars heading your way once again. Rise & shine! :) AshLin (talk) 15:01, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

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Quarry is amazing and I use it all of the time. Thanks for your hard work.  :)!!! EpochFail (talkcontribs) 16:36, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

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Quarry is fantastic, great job! Just discovered that I can export results as well, made it even better, way to go! Nettrom (talk) 17:10, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Recent changes app[edit]

Hello Yuvipanda,

I'm an editor from the Catalan Wikipedia and I write small programs as a hobby (Python bots and some PHP and JavaScript). Recently I had the idea of making a Recent-changes-patrolling app where you could easily mark as patrolled or revert the recent changes. I had the idea of putting each unpatrolled edit in a "card" that you could swipe left to revert and right to mark as patrolled (something like Tinder or Swipable-Cards). The problem is I don't know where to start. I've never programmed an app before (but I would like to learn how to do it) and I don't know if is there a way to go multi-platform easily. I'm asking you this because you and User talk:Brion VIBBER are the main contributors of the Wikipedia app.

I wouldn't like to annoy, please feel free to say "Sorry, but I can't help you"

Thanks in advance,

Gerardduenas (talk) 20:09, 21 December 2014 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 1[edit]

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Has WikiProject X changed the world yet? No.

We opened up shop last month and announced our existence to the world. Our first phase is the "research" phase, consisting mostly of reading and listening. We set up our landing page and started collecting stories. So far, 28 stories have been shared about WikiProjects, describing a variety of experiences across numerous WikiProjects. A recurring story involves a WikiProject that starts off strong but has trouble continuing to stay active. Most people describe using WikiProjects as a way to get feedback from other editors. Some quotes:

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We also have 50 people and projects signed up for pilot testing, which is an excellent start! (An important caveat: one person volunteering a WikiProject does not mean the WikiProject as a whole is interested; just that there is at least one person, which is a start.)

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

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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 2[edit]

For this month's issue...

Making sense of a lot of data.

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

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

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

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

As a couple of asides...

  • Database Reports has existed for several years on Wikipedia to the satisfaction of many, but many of the reports stopped running when the Toolserver was shut off in 2014. However, there is good news: the weekly New WikiProjects and WikiProjects by Changes reports are back, with potential future reports in the future.
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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 3[edit]

Greetings! For this month's issue...

We have demos!

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

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

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

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

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

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

We need volunteers!

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

As an aside...

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

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

WikiProject 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)

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WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 5[edit]

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Newsletter • October 2015

Hello there! Happy to be writing this newsletter once more. This month:

We did it!

In July, we launched five pilot WikiProjects: WikiProjects Cannabis, Evolutionary Biology, Ghana, Hampshire, and Women's Health. We also use the new design, named "WPX UI," on WikiProject Women in Technology, Women in Red, WikiProject Occupational Safety and Health. We are currently looking for projects for the next round of testing. If you are interested, please sign up on the Pilots page.

Shortly after our launch we presented at Wikimania 2015. Our slides are on Wikimedia Commons.

Then after all that work, we went through the process of figuring out whether we accomplished our goal. We reached out to participants on the redesigned WikiProjects, and we asked them to complete a survey. (If you filled out your survey—thank you!) While there are still some issues with the WikiProject tools and the new design, there appears to be general satisfaction (at least among those who responded). The results of the survey and more are documented in our grant report filed with the Wikimedia Foundation.

The work continues!

There is more work that needs to be done, so we have applied for a renewal of our grant. Comments on the proposal are welcome. We would like to improve what we have already started on the English Wikipedia and to also expand to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. Why those? Because they are multilingual projects and because there needs to be better coordination across Wikimedia projects. More details are available in the renewal proposal.

How can the Wikimedia Foundation support WikiProjects?

The Wikimedia Developer Summit will be held in San Francisco in January 2016. The recently established Community Tech team at the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in investigating what technical support they can provide for WikiProjects, i.e., support beyond just templates and bots. I have plenty of opinions myself, but I want to hear what you think. The session is being planned on Phabricator, the Wikimedia bug tracker. If you are not familiar with Phabricator, you can log in with your Wikipedia username and password through the "Login or Register: MediaWiki" button on the login page. Your feedback can help make editing Wikipedia a better experience.

Until next time,

Harej (talk) 09:03, 26 October 2015 (UTC)