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, User:L235, 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.

Meetup/

Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/September 2020 Wiknic[edit]

  "begin" : "8 August 2020 08:00 UTC",
  "end" : "6 September 2020 06:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[35.00, -114.00], [32.50, -121.00]], [[Southern California]]
  "text" : "You're invited to attend a [[bonfire]] [[WP:GAW|wiknic]] [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/September 2020 Wiknic|from 5:30PDT until 10:00PDT Saturday September 5th]]. It will be on Vacation Isle in the middle of [[Mission Bay (San Diego)|Mission Bay]], with COVID19 precautions observed."

Discussion

  • User requesting: RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 01:19, 5 August 2020 (UTC)
    • @RightCowLeftCoast: Done with minor modifications. I've excluded LA from the targeted region (since this will be a fully San Diego event), delinked bonfire, and bolded the link to the meetup. Hope this works, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 17:09, 5 August 2020 (UTC)
@L235:, I was hoping to utilize the geonotice to invite all Wikimedians in the Southern California region. Also it's been a minute since we have invited Wikimedians in (The Greater) Los Angeles (Area), to any events in San Diego.--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 19:47, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
@RightCowLeftCoast: Hi, my personal position is that expanding this to LA will increase the number of people targeted by 5x and that optimistically only a couple users who live in LA would be able to come to San Diego. That's why I'm somewhat opposed to increasing the range to LA, but if you feel strongly about it I'm totally fine if you ask another administrator to take a look at this thread and increase the range if they want to. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 19:53, 12 August 2020 (UTC)
@L235: @Redrose64, Deryck Chan, and MelanieN: the last meetup organized which Wikimedians from the Greater Los Angeles area were invited to attend, was in December 2019. If US-LA were to organize an in person meetup during the period which the requested geonotice is active, I would understand reducing the geographic scope due to overlapping geonotices, however this is not the case to the best of my present knowledge.--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 17:35, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
@RightCowLeftCoast and L235: I would support including LA in the SD meetup notice if there is any realistic prospect of anyone deciding to drive from LA to SD for the meetup off the back of that notice (which I think is plausible - we regularly have Wikimedians driving 2-3 hours from the Eastern England countryside to Cambridge meetups). However, I see that there's also the US-wide WikNic notice. Shall we keep the notice to SD only for now, and then expand it to include LA after 17 August? Deryck C. 20:56, 13 August 2020 (UTC)
Having two geonotices with overlapping areas is not a problem - some people will see one, some the other, and a number of them will see both. If a user sees both geonotices, they can dismiss either one, or both as they wish. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 10:30, 14 August 2020 (UTC)

meta:London/155 London's lockdown meetup has been extended to zones 7 - 12[edit]

  "begin" : "8 June 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "14 June 2020 18:00 UTC",
  "country" : "GB",
  "text" : "You are cordially invited to [[meta:London/155|''London's'' lockdown meetup on the 14 June]]. Beer is optional, Corona or Real. Please stay at least two miles apart. Londoners, aspirant Londoners, former Londoners, and people who would only attend a London meetup virtually are all welcome. Sunday 14 June from 1pm to 6pm."

Discussion

  • User requesting: ϢereSpielChequers 13:41, 6 June 2020 (UTC)
@WereSpielChequers: I already put up a notice for this meetup, although I have to admit your wording is more amusing :) the wub "?!" 13:52, 6 June 2020 (UTC)

Meetup/UK virtual/1[edit]

  "begin" : "13 May 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "16 May 2020 18:00 UTC",
  "country" : "GB",
  "text" : "Join Wikimedians from the UK at a [[meta:Meetup/UK virtual/1|virtual meetup]] on Saturday 16 May at 5pm."

Discussion

 Done — JJMC89(T·C) 04:42, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

Open access for federally funded research[edit]

  "begin" : "10 March 2020 19:30 UTC",
  "end" : "16 March 2020 20:50 UTC",
  "country": "US",
  "text" : "Please send email asking the US government to [[Wikipedia:Village pump (miscellaneous)/Archive 64#Request for Information: Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications|require open access to federally supported research.]]"

Discussion

  • Reason for requesting: I ask that this request for information from the US Office of Science and Technology Policy pertaining to open access to federally sponsored research be targeted to US readers. This issue is absolutely central to the movement. Volunteers, the Foundation, chapters and affiliates have been trying to achieve it for decades. Please note the solicitation has a deadline of March 16 at 4:59 p.m. Eastern time.
  • User requesting: EllenCT (talk) 19:23, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
    • @EllenCT: Hey, while I agree this is an important issue and am sympathetic to this request, this falls outside of what geonotices have traditionally been used for. Is there any consensus that this is an appropriate use of a geonotice? Kevin (alt of L235 · t · c) 19:35, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
@L236: Kevin, a geonotice was called the optimal solution at MediaWiki talk:Watchlist-messages#Open access for federally funded research, and was recommended at WT:CENT as well. EllenCT (talk) 20:05, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
@EllenCT: My reading of those discussions is that a geonotice is preferred compared to posting at CENT, but commenters are not necessarily supporting a watchlist notification themselves. As SnowFire said, This may or may not be a worthy goal, but even if it was a worthy goal, it isn't really what this template is intended for. (emphasis added). I know this is hard given the tight deadline here, but I would prefer to see a more explicit consensus for addition before essentially launching a US-wide political call to action on Wikipedia. Courtesy ping: @Visviva, Xaosflux, Redrose64, Ymblanter, and Trialpears: Kevin (alt of L235 · t · c) 21:08, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
I don't normally police geonotices, but this seemed inappropriate for a WLN as the 'call to action' is a bit vague and off-wiki - also only seems applicable to editors in one country. — xaosflux Talk 23:30, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: The point about geonotices is that they are directed to one locality - in this case the United States - so it wouldn't be seen by people to whom it's not applicable. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 09:03, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
Oh indeed that helps, I was only here because I was pinged and only was referring to the WLN decline. — xaosflux Talk 11:38, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
FWIW, I support the geonotice request. Unless I've been logging in to the wrong website all this time, we're here to give every person "free access to the sum of all human knowledge", which is what this RFI is all about. So it seems to me that this would serve the purpose of the project, and any other considerations would be secondary. It's a political request only to the extent that anything involving a government agency is going to be political. Vagueness is a legitimate concern; I think it would be ideal if there was an on-wiki page giving additional background and guidance, but I don't see any reason why the request as it stands would be any more problematic than any other sort of on-wiki call to off-weiki action (such as editathons). -- Visviva (talk) 02:26, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Support We make a lot of crappy geonotices/centralnotices about events on commons, small editathons, pointless outreach events, blah blah blah. This is an important issue, and a geonotice is one of the only ways in which Wikipedia can publicly endorse the cause. SD0001 (talk) 07:31, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
I think this is a fine use of a geonotice. It fits with the wikimedia movements goals and is actionable for everyone in the US. ‑‑Trialpears (talk) 12:09, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
 Done. My reading of this discussion is that various venues of notification have been explored, and a US-targeted geonotice is the least bad option. I think the lack of a precedent means that we should try it. We can always retract the notice if people start complaining. Deryck C. 12:53, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
@Deryck Chan: Consider me the first to complain; asking for activism on watchlists, regardless of how noble the cause, is completely inappropriate. Please remove this. –Deacon Vorbis (carbon • videos) 13:31, 11 March 2020 (UTC)
@Deacon Vorbis:: Thanks for opening the discussion, and thanks User:TonyBallioni for unloading the geonotice. Let's continue the discussion at Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#Calls for political action in geonotices/watchlist notices. Deryck C. 14:41, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Community College Awareness Month edit-a-thon @ Southwestern College[edit]

  "begin" : "1 April 2020 07:00 UTC",
  "end" : "15 April 2020 20:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[33.00, -116.00], [31.70, -117.60]], [[San Diego County]] & Northern [[Baja California]] 
  "text" : "You're invited to a '''[[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/April 2020|Community College Awareness Month edit-a-thon]]''' at [[Southwestern College (California)|Southwestern College]]!"

Discussion

  • Reason for requesting: To inform editors in San Diego County and Northern Baja California of an edit-a-thon.
  • User requesting:--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 05:02, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
    •  Done Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 05:14, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

[UMass Lowell and Pollard Memorial Library Women in Red][edit]

  "begin" : "29 February 2020 15:00 UTC",
  "end" : "29 February 2020 20:00 UTC",
  "corners" : westlimit=-73.3768; southlimit=41.5185; eastlimit=-69.7522; northlimit=42.834, 
  "text" : "Join us for an edit-a-thon to celebrate Women's History and Lowell's Women's Week! Increase entries about women, related to women's work, or balancing gender representation within Wikipedia. Join us at Pollard Memorial Library in Downtown Lowell, MA from 10am - 3pm. All levels of experience are welcome. Snacks and lunch will be provided. [https://pollardml.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/edit-a-thon-for-gender-equity/| please register ahead!]"

Discussion

  • Reason for requesting - we have hosting an edit-a-thon this weekend and want to make sure editors in the region know about it so they can join us. I'm pretty sure I have the right corner coordinates for the state of Massachusetts and surrounding areas. --LibraryGurl (talk) 15:45, 24 February 2020 (UTC)
    • Doing, though normally I'd prefer linking to some sort of on-wiki WP:Meetup page. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 05:06, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
      • Done. Please note I've edited your text somewhat; see below. Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 05:12, 27 February 2020 (UTC)
"UMass2020-02": {
        "begin": "25 February 2020 15:00 UTC",
        "end": "29 February 2020 20:00 UTC",
        "corners": [[41.5185, -73.3768], [42.834,-69.7522]],
        "text": "Join us for an edit-a-thon to celebrate Women's History and Lowell's Women's Week at Pollard Memorial Library in Downtown Lowell, MA on Saturday, February 29, from 10am to 3pm! All levels of experience are welcome. Snacks and lunch will be provided. [https://pollardml.assabetinteractive.com/calendar/edit-a-thon-for-gender-equity/ Please register ahead!]"
    }

Wikipedia:Meetup/Albany-Capital_Region/ArtAndFeminism_2020[edit]

 "begin" : "20 February 2020 23:00 UTC",
  "end" : "5 March 2020 12:00 UTC",
'''Locations required:'''
* Greater Capital District, NY Area: westlimit=-74.240521; southlimit=42.504563; eastlimit=-73.325909; northlimit=43.103299 
 "text" : "You are invited to an [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Albany-Capital_Region/ArtAndFeminism_2020| Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon] at the University Art Museum, University at Albany, on Thursday, March 5. Drop-in hours noon to 3 pm"

Discussion

  • Reason for requesting: We hope new and experienced Wikipedians might be able to join us. (I hope that this type of geographical listing is ok, I've copied it from previous geonotices. I'll fix if "corners" are needed. Thank you)
  • User requesting: TrudiJ (talk) 17:11, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
    • Done. You might want to check out the format in which I added it ([1]) so you can make future requests that are a bit easier to action, but this is fine if that's what you've got. Also note that internal Wikipedia links should use the double-square-bracket format [2]. Thanks, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:15, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

Asia Pacific American Heritage Month edit-a-thon @ San Diego Central Library[edit]

  "begin" : "1 May 2020 08:00 UTC",
  "end" : "17 May 2020 23:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[33.00, -116.00], [32.50, -117.60]], [[San Diego County]]
  "text" : "You're invited to a [[Asia Pacific American Heritage Month]] [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/May 2020|'''edit-a-thon''']] at the [[San Diego Central Library]]!"

Discussion

  • Reason for requesting: To inform local editors of a edit-a-thon in Downtown San Diego.
  • User requesting: --RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 04:03, 20 February 2020 (UTC)
    • Done, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:15, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

Black History Month Wiki-a-thon at Prelinger Library, San Francisco[edit]

  "begin" : "7 February 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "9 February 2019 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[-122.9, 37.1]], [[-121.3, 38.2]]
  "text" : "Join us for an [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San_Francisco/Black_History_Month_Wiki-a-thon_at_Prelinger_Library|edit-a-thon in honor of Black History Month]] at the Prelinger Library in San Francisco on Sunday, February 9, 2020; from 12 - 5 PM"

Discussion

  • User requesting: Nikikana (talk) 22:24, 7 February 2020 (UTC)
    • Forgive the very short notice for this, as the event is in two days. If this could be posted today or tomorrow we'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks for any help. Nikikana (talk) 22:24, 7 February 2020 (UTC)
  •  Done — JJMC89(T·C) 05:46, 8 February 2020 (UTC)

Wikimedia in Education UK Summit 2020[edit]

  "begin" : "31 January 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "25 February 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "country" : "GB",
  "text" : "Learn about the use of Wikipedia and sister projects in education, at the [https://blog.wikimedia.org.uk/2020/01/announcing-the-wikimedia-in-education-uk-summit/ Wikimedia in Education UK Summit] at Coventry University on 26 February"

Discussion

  • User requesting: Link is Wikimedia UK blog; is that OK? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:35, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
  •  Done Yes, the blog is OK. — JJMC89(T·C) 04:14, 1 February 2020 (UTC)

January Wikipedia meet up in Cork[edit]

  "begin" : "22 January 2019 00:01 UTC",
  "end" : "29 January 2019 23:59 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 in a series of regularly scheduled events in Cork.  Details at [[Wikipedia:Meetup/Cork/January 2020]]!"

Discussion

Art + Feminism Editathon at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center[edit]

  "begin" : "01 March 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "28 March 2020 17:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[35, -82], [36, -83]], 
  "text" : "Celebrate Women's History Month by participating in an [https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/Black_Mountain_College_Museum_and_Arts_Center/Black_Mountain_College_Museum_and_Arts_Center_-_Art_and_Feminism_2020/home Art + Feminism Editathon at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center] in downtown Asheville on March 28, 11am to 5pm. New editors are welcome!"

Discussion

  • User requesting: Cpfffr (talk) 15:37, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
    • Please let me know if I've submitted this incorrectly. I know external links are not preferred, but I'm not sure of the best way to handle the Outreach Dashboard link. Thank you! Cpfffr (talk) 15:37, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
      You've formatted it as if it were an internal link. One pair of square brackets and no pipe, see WP:EL. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 20:46, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
      I've corrected the formatting. Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 22:28, 14 January 2020 (UTC)
      Thank you! Cpfffr (talk) 14:08, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
  •  Done — JJMC89(T·C) 03:44, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    Thank you! Cpfffr (talk) 14:08, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Enhancing the Narrative of DC Public Schools: A Wikipedia Editing Workshop 2020[edit]

  "begin" : "13 January 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "19 January 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[37, -76], [39, -78]], 
  "text" : "Join Wikimedia DC for [[Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Enhancing_the_Narrative_of_DC_Public_Schools:_A_Wikipedia_Editing_Workshop_2020|Enhancing the Narrative of DC Public Schools: A Wikipedia Editing Workshop]] on January 18 at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives in Washington DC.  Advance sign up required on [https://www.eventbrite.com/e/enhancing-the-narrative-of-dc-public-schools-a-wikipedia-editing-workshop-tickets-84630180147 Eventbrite]."

Discussion

  • User requesting: Gamaliel (talk) 23:27, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
 Done Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 23:33, 12 January 2020 (UTC)

@L235: or anyone. I’ve just learned the museum has postponed the event until February due to some kind of last minute issue. Please remove and I will re-request once I verify the final date. Thank you. Gamaliel (talk) 20:59, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

@Gamaliel:  Done Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:32, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/January 2020[edit]

  "begin" : "4 January 2020 08:00 UTC",
  "end" : "19 January 2020 23:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[33.00, -116.00], [32.50, -117.60]], [[San Diego County]]
  "text" : "You're invited to a [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Day|Wikipedia Day]] [[Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/January 2020|'''edit-a-thon''']] at the [[San Diego Central Library]]!"

Discussion

  • Reason for requesting: To inform local editors of a Wikipedia Day event in Downtown San Diego.
  • User requesting:--RightCowLeftCoast (Moo) 06:11, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

 Done — JJMC89(T·C) 07:20, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Women's Suffrage Centennial Wikipedia Editing Workshop[edit]

  "begin" : "07 January 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "end" : "14 January 2020 00:00 UTC",
  "corners" : [[37, -76], [39, -78]], 
  "text" : "Join Wikimedia DC at the [[Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Women's Suffrage Centennial Wikipedia Editing Workshop|Women's Suffrage Centennial Wikipedia Editing Workshop]] on January 14 at the Shirlington Branch Library. Sign up with the [https://arlingtonva.libcal.com/event/6046201 Arlington Public Library]."

Discussion

  • User requesting: Gamaliel (talk) 18:21, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

 Done — JJMC89(T·C) 07:26, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

Previous requests[edit]