Wikipedia:Geonotice

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A geonotice is a notice on Special:Watchlist that is displayed only to users who are physically located in some subset of the Earth. The configuration page of geonotices is on Wikipedia:Geonotice/list.json.

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.

Geonotices requested here are only displayed on the watchlist on the English Wikipedia. If you want to target users of all Wikimedia Foundation wikis in a particular geographical area, you can go to meta:CentralNotice to request a geotargeted banner.

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.

Technical details[edit]

Geonotices are a type of watchlist notice, a type of top of page message similar to a MediaWiki:Sitenotice, MediaWiki:Anonnotice or MediaWiki:Watchlist-messages notice.

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 m:Geo IP lookup. Currently, MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition specifies the geonotices to be listed at MediaWiki:Gadget-geonotice-list.js (IAdmin-protected), which is turn is updated automatically by User:MusikBot II by synchronizing from Wikipedia:Geonotice/list.json (Sysop-protected).

The "hide" button that is displayed with each message will persistently dismiss that particular message. You can also disable all Geonotices by disabling the Geonotice gadget in your preferences. Geonotices will also be hidden if you have opted to hide all 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.

See this auto-generated map of currently pending and running geonotices (Note: temporarily out of order due to Toolserver change).

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)]] ===
<syntaxhighlight lang="json">
  "begin" : "18 September 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "25 September 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[45, -90], [52, -100]], 
  "text" : "Replace this with your message. You can add [[Wikipedia:Meetup|Wikilinks]] or [https://en.wikipedia.org external links]."
</syntaxhighlight>

'''Discussion'''
* ''User requesting:'' ~~~~

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. The format of the coordinates is [ [latitude, longitude], [latitude longitude] ]. To identify appropriate bounding boxes, the Flickr API offers a handy reference database - eg/ British Columbia. If in doubt, pick a central point and go a degree or two in all directions. 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.
For country-wide geonotices, we can target the geonotice to a specific country with something such as country: 'US' instead of the corners: specification. The geonotice tool uses ISO 3166 Country Codes. (see full list). This method is generally more reliable.

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.

Notify geonotice maintainers

In case there is no feedback in a few days after posting the request, ask User:Redrose64, User:Deryck Chan, or 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 the administrators.

Wikimedia in Scotland/Train the Trainer 2019[edit]

  "begin" : "As soon as possible",
  "end" : "2 November 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[59.45, -9.21], [53.11, 0.52]], 
  "text" : "Wikimedia UK are looking for new trainers. Join us at a Train the Trainers course in Glasgow on 22–-24 November. [[:wmuk:Wikimedia in Scotland/Train the Trainer 2019|Expressions of interest closes on 1 November]]."

Discussion

@Sara Thomas (WMUK): So you get a notification that I've filed this request and in case you want to tweak the wording. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 09:24, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

Native American Artists Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon/Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)[edit]

  "begin" : as soon as feasible
  "end" : "9 November 2019 22:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[45.11, -93.45], [44.81, -92.97]],
  "text" : "In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, join in honoring Native American artists whose work is represented in the Minneapolis Institute of Art's collections by creating or enhancing Wikipedia articles. [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Minnesota/Minneapolis/Native American Artists Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon/Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)|Native American Artists Wikipedia Edit-a-thon]], Saturday, November 9."

Discussion

University of Manchester, Women in Phsysiology[edit]

Locations required
  • Around Greater Manchester, England: [ [-2.76, 53.20], [-1.90. 53.80] ]
Possible messages
Date range required
  • As soon as possible, ending on 18 October at 10:00 UTC
Misc info
  • Reason for requesting: To increase visibility among Wikipedians in Greater Manchester
  • User requesting: user:Duncan.Hull Duncan.Hull (talk) 23:41, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Discussion

[Rutgers University-Camden Local History Edit-a-Thon in Camden, NJ][edit]

  "begin" : "24 October 2019 12:00 EST",
  "end" : "24 October 2019 15:00 EST",
  "corners" : [[40, -75], [39, -74]], 
  "text" : "Please join students and community members to add and edit Camden, NJ local history to Wikipedia. All experience levels welcome. More info at https://libguides.rutgers.edu/editathon"

Samanthack (talk) 14:09, 14 October 2019 (UTC) Discussion

University of Texas at Arlington Learn to Edit Wikipedia Workshop[edit]

  "begin" : "21 October 2019 06:00 UTC",
  "end" : "23 October 2019 18:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[33.2, -97.6], [32.4, -96.2]], 
  "text" : "Please join us for a [[Wikipedia:Meetup/University of Texas at Arlington/Learn to Edit Wikipedia Workshop, October 23, 2019|Learn to Edit Wikipedia Workshop]] at the [[University of Texas at Arlington]] from 1-3pm on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. All are welcome!"

Discussion

October Wikipedia meet up and Edit a thon in Cork[edit]

  "begin" : "09 October 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "17 October 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[55.5, -11],[51, -5.3]], 
  "text" : "Interested in having a chat with fellow Wikipedians? Join us in [[Cork (city)|Cork, Ireland]] for the most recent meetup and hopefully the first in a series of regularly scheduled events in Cork.  Details at [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Cork/October 2019]]!"

Discussion

University of the Pacific Editathon[edit]

  "begin" : "09 October 2019 13:00 PDT",
  "end" : "11 October 2019 17:00 PDT",
  "corners" : [[-122.5, 37.2], [-120.8, 38.6]], 
  "text" : "All experienced and aspiring Wikipedians are invited to the University of the Pacific Libraries’ first Wikipedia Editathon. Join us as we add to or create new entries in Wikipedia on topics related to local history and the University of the Pacific using archival material from the Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives. More info here: [http://bit.ly/2lSk4ZI University of the Pacific Editathon]"

Discussion

  • User requesting: Cinnamingirl (talk) 00:11, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
    • Hi @Redrose64 and Deryck Chan: could you help with this? Cinnamingirl (talk) 21:51, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
      {{done}} I had to amend it, the timezone needs to be UTC and the latitude and longitude were clearly transposed:
          "Pacific20191009": {
              "begin": "9 October 2019 20:00 UTC",
              "end": "11 October 2019 23:59 UTC",
              "corners": [[37.2, -122.5],[38.6, -120.8]],
              "text": "All experienced and aspiring Wikipedians are invited to the University of the Pacific Libraries' first Wikipedia Editathon. Join us as we add to or create new entries in Wikipedia on topics related to local history and the University of the Pacific using archival material from the Holt-Atherton Special Collections and Archives. More info here: [http://bit.ly/2lSk4ZI University of the Pacific Editathon]"
          }
      
      --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 22:19, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
      It was rejected by MusikBot II (talk · contribs). --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 22:41, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
      Fixed by replacing the blacklisted link — JJMC89(T·C) 01:33, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia Women in STEM Wiki-a-Thon[edit]

  "begin" : "12 October 2019 11:00 EDT",
  "end" : "12 October 2019 16:00 EDT",
  "corners" : [[40.5, -76], [39.5, -74.5]] 
  "text" : "Celebrate Ada Lovelace Day and edit Wikipedia with the 500 Women Scientists Philly Pod at [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia|WikiSalon]]'s [https://www.sciencehistory.org/event/women-in-stem-wiki-a-thon Women in STEM Wiki-a-Thon] on October 12, 2019 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., at the [[Science History Institute]] in Philadelphia."

Discussion

Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle/Wiknic/2019[edit]

  "begin" : "16 August 2019 20:00 UTC",
  "end" : "24 August 2019 20:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[-122.83, 48.15]], [[-121.9, 47.2]]
  "text" : "Please join us for a [[Wikipedia:Wiknic|wiknic]] at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle from 12-3pm on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  Find out more information [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Seattle/Wiknic/2019|here]]!"

Discussion

Wikipedia:Meetup/San Francisco/Prelinger Library Wiki-a-thon with Bay Area Wiki Salon[edit]

  "begin" : "11 August 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "24 August 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[-122.9, 37.1]], [[-121.3, 38.2]]
  "text" : "Join us for an edit-a-thon at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco from 12-5pm on Sunday, August 25, 2019."

Discussion

@Redrose64 and Deryck Chan: bump - up for helping us out? Ben Creasy (talk) 04:40, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

 Done Galobtter (pingó mió) 05:40, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Galobtter. Is it possible to edit this after it is live? The link to the meetup page was left out and we'd like to add it if we can. Thank you, Nikikana (talk) 20:30, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Nikikana,  Done. Deryck C. 21:08, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Deryck! Nikikana (talk) 21:31, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia[edit]

  "begin" : "07 July 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "13 July 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[40.5, -76], [39.5, -74.5]] 
  "text" : "To find out more and improve Wikipedia, come to the monthly Saturday [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia|WikiSalon]] on July 13, 2019, at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia."

Discussion

  • User requesting: Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 13:09, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
    Mary Mark Ockerbloom, I loaded this on 12th July on User:GPHemsley's request. You're welcome to put in an early notice for future Wikipedia events in Philadelphia - we often keep notices up for long (a month or more) periods of time. Deryck C. 16:50, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! We don't have a meetup in August, but I will try to get one listed in plenty of time for September 14, 2019, now that we have the template details. Mary Mark Ockerbloom (talk) 17:27, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/September 2019‎[edit]

  "begin" : "7 August 2019 07:00 UTC",
  "end" : "1 September 2019 22:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[35.00, -114.00], [31.00, -121.00]],
  "text" : "We cordially invite up everyone to attend a [[WP:GAC|wiknic]] and [[bonfire]] in [[Southern California]]. Find out more information [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/September 2019|here]]!."

Discussion

Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/July 2019[edit]

  "begin" : "1 July 2019 07:00 UTC",
  "end" : "21 July 2019 22:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[33.5, -114.3], [32.23, -117.76]],
  "text" : "We cordially invite up to fifteen (15) people to attend a edit-a-thon and networking meetup at the [[San Diego Central Library]] near [[San Diego Comic-Con|Comic-Con International 2019]]. Find out more information [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/July 2019|here]]!."

Discussion

Sorry the correction date is a typo.
However, the corners are correct as they are the ones which you had previously created to encompass primarily San Diego County.--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 23:15, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
@Deryck Chan: I corrected the typo on 6 June. Is it OK now?--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 00:13, 3 July 2019 (UTC)
@RightCowLeftCoast:  Done. I've edited the notice text to keep to one link per notice and condense the text. Deryck C. 11:46, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

P.S. Here's the code I loaded, for your future reference:

    "SanDiego201907": {
        "begin": "1 July 2019 07:00 UTC",
        "end": "21 July 2019 22:00 UTC",
        "corners": [[33.5, -114.3], [32.23, -117.76]],
        "text": "You are cordially invited to attend [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/July 2019|an edit-a-thon and networking meetup at the San Diego Central Library]] near Comic-Con International 2019. Capacity is limited to 15 people so please sign up early!"
    },

Deryck C. 09:03, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetups/UK/Ditchling Museum[edit]

Locations required:

  • Southern England

Possible message:

Date range requested:

  • ASAP to 1 June 2019

Misc info:

  • Requesting geonotice to increase attendance.
  "begin" : ASAP,
  "end" : "1 June 2019 18:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[51.3044N, 1.5303W], [50.6242N 1.1995E]],
  "text" : "Come to the [[Wikipedia:Meetups/UK/Ditchling Museum|Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft's editathon]] to improve articles about female artists."

Discussion

Hong Kong Education Project[edit]

  "begin" : ASAP,
  "end" : "16 August 2019 16:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[22.1897N, 113.8160W], [22.6464N 114.4574E]],
  "text" : "[https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdddgJy6PgtIgucqn272vYv8yBPTsYZkQsQF9o3Uyvnka64qg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2nXtZ0k83A9hEz9QlsOnh12bQG0E0jT-LA1PDmXChes96Qg_DPNkJID_I Apply for support] for Wikipedia-related courses, workshops and lectures held in Hong Kong Universities at the next academic year."

Discussion

  • User requesting: Thanks from the Hong Kong User Group. 1233 ( T / C 04:14, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
    1233, Please check the date in your request. Deryck C. 08:59, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
    Deryck Chan, updated. Thanks.--1233 ( T / C 12:02, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
    1233, Thanks. Can this wait until 20th July when the Strategy Salon notice expires? Or do you and User:無聊龍 want the notices to run at the same time? Deryck C. 13:15, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
    Deryck ChanYes for running at the same time if the technology is available.--1233 ( T / C 14:00, 6 July 2019 (UTC)
    1233, Loaded. Can you see both notices now? Deryck C. 10:35, 9 July 2019 (UTC)
    (talk page watcher)@Deryck Chan: Probably not, since the request was rejected. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 19:11, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

meta:StrategySalon@HongKong[edit]

  "begin" : "6 July 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "20 July 2019 09:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[22.1897N, 113.8160W], [22.6464N 114.4574E]],
  "text" : "Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong invites all Hong Kong Wikimedians to attend a Strategy Salon on 20 July 2019 for Movement Strategy related discussions. [[meta:StrategySalon@HongKong|Register here. ]]"

Discussion

  • User requesting: 無聊龍 (talk) 09:34, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
    無聊龍, I've loaded this geonotice. Please check that it's displaying in your watchlist. Deryck C. 09:01, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Previous requests[edit]