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Current discussion[edit]

From the submissions desk[edit]

WikiJournal of Medicine[edit]

Needs update
@Evolution and evolvability: Sorry we missed responding to this for so long; we've been rather disorganised since February. Would you be able to write a short update as to how thing have been going so far in 2017, which we could include at the end of the piece? (perhaps as a postscript, or otherwise formatted so as to differentiate from the original) - Evad37 [talk] 01:43, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
I'm drafting a short article now that should be ready in a few weeks to hopefully accompany a related publication in a medical journal. It will summarise and expand on a few things that some coauthors and I have been working on over the last year. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 02:13, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia competitors[edit]

Needs drafting
  • Good idea Eddie891, I think this is something Signpost readers would be interested in. There are a number of these "...pidias" out there, some focused on specific topics, areas of interest. Don't know if you would care to include mention of Simple English Wikipedia. JoeHebda • (talk) 18:47, 22 June 2017 (UTC)
Thumbs up Should be interesting - Evad37 [talk] 02:00, 23 June 2017 (UTC)
  • Competitors? I don't remember reading anything in our prime objective, or the five pillars, or the core content policies about there being a competition. Perhaps we and (more importantly) our readers might be better off if we think of other encyclopedias as enterprises we can work with or learn from (if nothing else, from their mistakes), rather than competitors that we need to "beat". We're here to build an encyclopedia, not win a competition. Mitch Ames (talk) 08:06, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
  • WPEN, being firmly #1, can pretty much ignore our competitors, of whom Conservapedia and Citizendium are perhaps have the most impact thus far. It's hard to believe WPZH, who I hear are #2 in their language, can ignore the market leader. Jim.henderson (talk) 14:33, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes but (Mitch Ames and Jim.henderson, readers of the Signpost are certainly interested in this sort of thing. Like someone mentioned, these 'competitors' often have information that can improve WP articles. I know I've gone to these others and found interesting material. One of the biggest differences between "us" and "them" is their referencing is practically non-existent. So their utility is pretty low. As long as content here has to have a reference, the quality will be maintained.
Best Regards, Barbara (WVS)   20:07, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Missing competitors, I just wrote a blog piece about Amazon's Alexa device. It uses WP content when a user poses a coherent question. It isn't perfect yet, but it really is a competitor. Now you don't even have to lift a finger and type anything into WP's search box to access information. Just open your mouth and make some kind of sound and Alexa will quote the first sentence of the WP article it thinks you asked about. Of course, I'm miffed because I hear the content I created coming out of a black cylinder that someone else is paid for. Commercialization was inevitable. Barbara (WVS)   20:15, 14 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Related upcoming (26 July) event in Perth: Wikipedia, friend or foe? - Is Wikipedia a competitor for the sharing of knowledge, or a complementary partner to traditional methods? Mitch Ames (talk) 00:23, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Next issue[edit]

Publishing: -1 days left (-7%)
Discussion here is archived after the publication of each issue

A big thanks to all the contributors to our current issue, that's finally published! Next publication date: Friday 28 July, 02:00 (UTC) (convert to local time) - Evad37 [talk] 02:10, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Humour is ready for a review. Ritchie333, has been wonderful and jumped right in to create some funny content. Thank you Ritchie333.
Barbara (WVS)   00:50, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
Ritchie, your British spelling is making me crazy. Barbara (WVS)   17:20, 22 July 2017 (UTC)
Are we on track for the Friday 2:00 UTC deadline? (ping Evad37)
TBH, there's only an about 50% chance at this point that Recent research will be in a publishable state - if not, it may need to go into the next issue. (Masssly and I had some trouble with our process of importing newly found papers to our todo list Etherpad, and didn't get to reach out in time to our contributor base with the usual invitation message.) Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 20:06, 27 July 2017 (UTC)
@Tbayer (WMF): I don't think we'll be in a position to publish for at least several days yet – probably not until next Friday (4 August), but possibly Wednesday or Thursday. Partly because I've been a bit under the weather the past few days and haven't done much, but also just generally there's a lot to do for each issue and only a few regular writers. - Evad37 [talk] 02:47, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

Outsider Art[edit]

I'm helping out with the traffic report and have no idea why Outsider Art had 1/2 million pageviews. What is the story on this?

Barbara (WVS)   00:56, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
Michael Bonesteel in the news maybe? The article Henry Darger had a 15x spike in pageviews on July 10 too. ☆ Bri (talk) 05:02, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
Correction: other artists' pageviews went up at the time same. I think it's because of this Reddit TIL, dated July 10 [1]. ☆ Bri (talk) 05:14, 24 July 2017 (UTC)


The import tool isn't working. Barbara (WVS)   11:43, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

Found the script: here but lack the skill to use it. Barbara (WVS)   11:49, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

Article status[edit]

Next issue: Current subpages

Irregular articles

See current proposals Add irregular article

News and notes

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In the media

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Some items at Wikipedia:Press coverage 2017#July

I am not very good at in the media, so I welcome all editors

Discussion report

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WikiProject report

  • Status for WikiProject Comics Article (By @Jamesjpk:): Waiting for interview to be complete. Jamesjpk (talk) 03:04, 1 July 2017 (UTC)
  • Status for WikiProject YouTube article (By @Megalibrarygirl:): Postponed to July 28 edition

Featured content

In progress

Arbitration report

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Traffic report

In progress
  • Copyedit  Done
  • Thumbnail images  Done
  • Title
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  • Classes

Technology report

In progress


Not started


In progress

Use the Labs Tool to simplify importing.

Maybe ?

Recent research

In progress
As usual, we are preparing this regular survey on recent academic research about Wikipedia, doubling as the Wikimedia Research Newsletter (now in its seventh volume, still catching up on our monthly schedule after the Signpost hiatus earlier this year). Help is welcome to review and/or summarize the many interesting items listed here, as are suggestions of other new research papers that haven't been covered yet. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 01:07, 25 July 2017 (UTC)


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Regular responsibilities[edit]

Editorial board[edit]

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Task User Backup
Editor-in-chief Pete Forsyth
Editor emeritus Go Phightins!
Content editors
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Features (open)
Editorial (open)
Special reports and interlanguage desk Tony1
Publication editors
Publication manager
Design editor (open)
Social media coordinator (open)
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News and notesR Peteforsyth Tony1, Go Phightins!
In the mediaR Milowent Peteforsyth, 3family6
WikiProject reportRD Megalibrarygirl
Discussion reportR Esquivalience
Featured contentR Armbrust
Arbitration reportR GamerPro64
Technology reportR (open) Evad37
Traffic report Serendipodous, Milowent EllenCT, Maplestrip, JFG
Recent research
(last issue of each month)
Tbayer (WMF) In collaboration with the Wikimedia Research Newsletter.
Copy-editors Montanabw
Backup writer (open) (open)
  • EllenCT (Traffic, Tech, Discussion, CEing)