Wikipedia:Geonotice

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A geonotice is a top of page message (see WP:WLN) similar to a MediaWiki:Sitenotice, MediaWiki:Anonnotice or MediaWiki:Watchlist-details notice, but it is displayed only to users who are physically located in some subset of the Earth. The purpose of geonotices is to announce events that would be of great interest to people in a specific region, but that would not be interesting to most of our readers. The use of targeted messages allows us to scale our communication better; rather than flooding people with multiple messages or avoiding messages entirely, we can display messages only to the people who are most likely to find them useful.

Example uses for targeted messages are: to announce upcoming Wikipedia meetups and local events, for local chapter activities and to advertise mailing lists focused on geographical areas. They might also be used to display customized fundraiser notices that are better targeted to improve our fundraising results.

Currently, only a watchlist geonotice exists (although you can also make meta:CentralNotice banners geotargeted). No data or personal information is gathered from users to make this notice possible, nor does this notice share any user's personal information with outsiders.

See this auto-generated map of currently pending and running geonotices.

Technical details[edit]

The current implementation works by loading the user's latitude and longitude from geoiplookup.wikimedia.org and using a small bit of JavaScript (Geonotice-core.js and Geonotice-list.js) to determine whether or not to display a notice to the user. The location detection is IP address-based, using a lookup system at geoiplookup.wikimedia.org. To identify appropriate bounding boxes, the Flickr API offers a handy reference database - eg/ British Columbia. Currently, MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition specifies the geonotices to be listed at MediaWiki:Gadget-geonotice-list.js.

The notice can be persistently dismissed using a hide button that is displayed with the message. It can permanently be hidden by disabling the Geonotice gadget in your preferences. It will also be hidden if you have opted to hide other watchlist notices.

Geonotices are currently a candidate to be integrated into MediaWiki proper. One significant open question is how best to allow users to specify the locations of interest for a message. Right now, the location range must be hard-coded in the the JavaScript itself.

Guidelines[edit]

Create request

To propose a geonotice, simply create a new third level section (using ===) under the "Requests" section, using the boilerplate text below, and follow the instructions in this section.

=== [[Related page name (e.g. meetup page)]] ===
'''Locations required:'''
<!-- List the area to be notified.  Please either give a country (eg "Ireland")
     or a set of geo-coordinates specifying the corners of the area covered,
     in the form [45,10], [46,12]. We cannot target named cities, only
     geographic areas.

     You can get a bounding box from http://boundingbox.klokantech.com/ . See
     below under Locations for details.
     -->
* 
* 
'''Possible messages:'''
<!-- Only one is necessary, but feel free to list options if you are unsure.
     Include a wikilink, not an external URL -->
* 
* 
'''Date range required:'''
<!-- Please give us at least 5 days warning, unless you have an important reason -->
* 
'''Misc info:'''
* ''Reason for requesting:'' 
* ''User requesting:'' <!-- sign here with FOUR tildes -->
'''Discussion'''

Locations

Try to be as specific as possible with the location. For example, a Washington, D.C. meetup would not be appropriate to advertise to everyone in the United States. Be aware that the detection is not flawless; due to varying boundaries and the inaccuracies of IP locating, the result cannot be perfect.
It makes things much easier if you can give us geographic coordinates. If in doubt, pick a central point and go a degree or two in all directions.
For country-wide geonotices, we can target the geonotice to a specific country with something such as country: 'US'. The geonotice tool uses ISO 3166 Country Codes. (see full list). This method is generally more reliable.
To get a bounding box, you can use http://boundingbox.klokantech.com/ . Drag and drop the yellow handles to position and size your bounding box, then under "Copy & Paste" (at bottom), choose DublinCore. You can include that string in your request.

Messages

Messages should be one or two sentences in length, and they should not contain any flashy text or images. It is a good idea to provide at least two options, in case one is deemed inappropriate.
Messages exceeding four sentences are deemed too large, except in cases where the sentences are short.
Geonotices should always be used with the understanding that some of the intended audience will be excluded and that some unintended people will be included. As such, the message should be written in a way that would be suitable for display to all users. For example, write "The New York City Wikipedia Meetup will be on August 12" rather than "Hello resident of Long Island...".
Remember to link the event signup page (where appropriate) in the notice - and please use a wikilink (to Wikipedia, Meta, etc) rather than a URL. External URLs do not always work reliably.

Date range

Try to post your request at least five days (preferably seven to ten days) in advance. It may take a while for requests to be handled.

Reason requesting

In the case of a meetup, where that page is linked and it is obvious by the message, this is not necessary. If there is possible confusion regarding the reason for the geonotice, please state a clear reason.

Notify geonotice maintainers

In case there is no feedback in a few days after posting the request, ask an administrator to take a look.

Requests[edit]

Add new requests to the top of this list. Please include coordinates where possible, as this will speed up processing. Note that this page is quite low-traffic - if you've had no response after a day or two, or if it's urgent, please poke Andrew Gray (talk · contribs), or any admin.

Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon December 2016[edit]

Locations required:

  • San Francisco Bay Area: [ [38.8, -123.8], [36.8, -121.8] ] (from Santa Cruz to Napa, and from SF to Sacramento)

Possible messages:

  • Everybody is invited to the monthly Bay Area WikiSalon, Wednesday, December 21 (6 - 8:30 pm) to collaborate, mingle, have fun and maybe learn something at the Wikimedia Foundation's downtown SF lounge.

Date range required:

  • 8 December 2016 to 22 December 2016

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Monthly Bay Area WikiSalon meetup
  • User requesting: {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 05:06, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Discussion:

Wikipedia:Bay Area WikiSalon November 2016[edit]

Locations required:

  • San Francisco Bay Area: [ [38.8, -123.8], [36.8, -121.8] ] (from Santa Cruz to Napa, and from SF to Sacramento)

Possible messages:

  • Everybody is invited to the monthly Bay Area WikiSalon, Wednesday, November 30 (6 - 8:30 pm) to collaborate, mingle, and have fun learning at the Wikimedia Foundation's downtown SF lounge. Katherine Maher, WMF executive director will be there too!

Date range required:

  • 16 November 2016 to 30 November 2016

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: Monthly Bay Area WikiSalon meetup
  • User requesting: {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 22:37, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Discussion:

Wikipedia:GLAM/Wellcome/Events and Workshops/NHS[edit]

Locations required:

  • Areas around London

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • ASAP to 22nd November

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: To invite people to an editathon
  • User requesting: ϢereSpielChequers 13:43, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Discussion

  • Yes check.svg Done. Deryck C. 11:28, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2016 November 15[edit]

Locations required:

  • In and around Perth, WA [-30,118],[-36,113]

Possible messages:

Date range required:

  • 7 days from now

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: To invite people in that area to help check a QRPedia plaque, as we might be introducing a breaking change on the English Wikipedia.
  • User requesting: Deryck C.

Discussion

  • Done it myself, posting here for accountability purposes. Deryck C. 11:53, 15 November 2016 (UTC)
  • not needed, QRpedia plaque removed and discussion closed Gnangarra 13:22, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/UK/Salford Wikipedia workshop, November 2016[edit]

Locations required:

  • Areas around Greater Manchester [53.1, -3.1] [54.1, -1.4]

Possible messages:

  •  Join the People's History Museum and the Manchester Girl Geeks at an editathon in Salford on 20th November.

Date range required:

  • ASAP to 20th November

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: To invite people to an edithaton in their region
  • User requesting: Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 16:47, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Discussion

  • @Redrose64: Do you know what's the accuracy of UK geolocation at the moment? Deryck C. 11:53, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
    Hopeless. http://geoiplookup.wikimedia.org/ has gone dead so I don't know where I currently geolocate to. But I am getting the recently-updated MediaWiki:Gadget-geonotice-list.js, although puzzled why the extra parenthesis "(hosted by People\'s History Museum and Salford Girl Geeks)" is necessary - we don't normally include that. --Redrose64 (talk) 13:37, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
    @Redrose64: I put in the bracket because it isn't a regular meetup. Alternatively we can have a separate GB geonotice for this event. Deryck C. 15:44, 10 November 2016 (UTC)
    @Odder: No bother,[1] redirects are magic! Deryck C. 11:10, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/Selangor 1[edit]

Locations required:

  • East Malaysia (if possible) or
  • Malaysia

Possible messages:

  • You are invited to the Selangor meetup on 11 December 2016. If you are interested, be sure to check out the meetup page!

Date range required:

  • As soon as possible - 10 December

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: To invite more Malaysia Wikipedians to join the Selangor meetup.
  • User requesting: NgYShung huh? 07:28, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

Discussion

BBC 100 Women edit-a-thon[edit]

Locations required:

Possible messages:

  • You are invited to the BBC 100 women edit-a-thon on 8 December 2016 in Islamabad. If you are interested, please contact Tahir Imran "tahir.imran@bbc.co.uk "

Date range required:

  • As soon as possible - 8 December

Misc info:

  • Reason for requesting: To invite Wikipedians to join the edit-a-thon.
  • User requesting: --Saqib (talk) 16:00, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Discussion

Previous requests[edit]