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Unregistered University of Missouri class assignment[edit]

Ryan (Wiki Ed), LiAnna (Wiki Ed): Could you please reach out to new editor FJ329, who has been editing as part of a University of Missouri class assignment? This one appears to be unregistered, and I think the course instructor should be coordinating with you. Thanks. --Neutralitytalk 22:04, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the ping! I left a note on FJ329's talk page, asking them to connect their instructor with us. --LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 23:20, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

Student journals[edit]

Bringing RHaworth's comment at Shalor's page here here for wider notice, and comment. (Good catch, RHaworth!). Though most of these "journals" are stubs so far, so we can't be sure how they will use them, nevertheless this webpage does give some indication of what is expected, for those journals in the sci-fi section, at least. To me, this contravenes WP:NOTWEBHOST and is not appropriate for storage on Wikimedia servers; the university should use its own servers for these pages. This should be escalated at Wiki Ed, and passed on to WMF for comment, if necessary. Mathglot (talk) 09:18, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

@Mathglot and RHaworth: Sorry for causing trouble. I understand that these journals stretch (if not break) what's allowed on Wikipedia, but here's my thinking:
  1. They allow students to get comfortable with working on Wikipedia (learning to edit, reference, etc.) in a relatively safe space;
  2. They will lead directly to students editing Wikipedia articles with what they research and discuss;
  3. They teach students correct ways to interact on Wikipedia;
  4. They are for educational uses of Wikipedia that will help build a community of editors.

That said, yes, I will definitely use my own server in the future. It's just being able to link directly to Wikipedia articles, etc., is easiest done directly on Wikipedia. But, I understand that these subpages are problematic. I will make other arrangements and get more creative on assignments. Thanks. —Grlucas (talk) 15:11, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

Grlucas thanks for being so receptive on the student journal part. I took a look at a bunch of the work your students produced this summer and found the work to generally be high quality additions. The one issue I saw was a well written article on a non-notable topic. So thanks for creating at least one class (and presumably more given the list of classes you've taught) which is improving Wikipedia and doing so without too much strain on volunteer editors. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 15:36, 25 August 2019 (UTC)
  • I hope we will accept Grlucas’ offer to use his own server in future. Gerald, you argument about wikilinks is weak in two respects: very few of the student essays contain wikilinks and, more importantly, when you set up a new installation of the MediaWiki software there are no doubt a bewildering number of options. Among these you will be able to specify that a link coded as [[:en:user:Grlucas|Gerald Lucas]] will come out looking like this: Gerald Lucas on your server just as it does here. — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 10:44, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

Online Ambassador application: ShaktiPD[edit]

The "online ambassador" program on the English Wikipedia was retired. — xaosflux Talk 01:20, 29 August 2019 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


ShaktiPD (talk · contribs)

  1. Why do you want to be a Wikipedia Ambassador?
  2. In three sentences or less, summarize your involvement with Wikimedia projects.
  3. Please indicate a few articles to which you have made significant content contributions. (e.g. DYK, GA, FA, major revisions/expansions/copyedits).
  4. How have you been involved with welcoming and helping new users on Wikipedia?
  5. What do you see as the most important ways we could welcome newcomers or help new users become active contributors?
  6. Have you had major conflicts with other editors? Blocks or bans? Involvement in arbitration? Feel free to offer context, if necessary.
  7. How often do you edit Wikipedia and check in on ongoing discussions? Will you be available regularly for at least two hours per week, in your role as a mentor?
  8. How would you make sure your students were not violating copyright laws?
  9. If one of your students had an issue with copyright violation how would you resolve it?
  10. In your _own_ words describe what copyright violation is.
  11. What else should we know about you that is relevant to being a Wikipedia Ambassador?

ShaktiPD (talk) 15:10, 26 August 2019 (UTC)


(Two endorsements are needed for online ambassador approval.)

  • Not done @ShaktiPD: this user access group doesn't exist anymore, I'm a bit confused on what workflow led you hear as well - can you identify? — xaosflux Talk 15:29, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
  • @Xaosflux: I can't seem to find anything as far as live WP content goes. All I can figure is that they may have gone through the history of this page and pulled up a revision that allowed them to add the template here. It's possible that there may be an outdated Wikipedia mirror somewhere that brings up the old page, but that seems unlikely. I don't know if this is still up on some of the other pages for education programs aside from our group. I checked around but didn't see anything and there's not anything at WMF's outreach site that I can easily find. Shalor (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:49, 28 August 2019 (UTC)
    Thanks Shalor! — xaosflux Talk 01:20, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Wiki Education's Monthly Report for July 2019 is available as a PDF, on-wiki, and on our blog[edit]

Wiki Education’s Monthly Report for July 2019 can be found on Commons, meta, and our blog. Please let me know if you have any questions. OzgeGundogdu (talk) 21:27, 11 September 2019 (UTC)