Pending changes may be applied only in the same circumstances as usual protection, as determined by the protection policy, and will be limited to 2000 articles for the trial.
Pending changes goes live
The trial of the new pending changes system (see last week's Signpost coverage) will go live at 11pm UTC on June 15 (accompanying notes illustrated); the technical infrastructure was put in place on June 14 and will be switched on to start the trial. Details about the trial are available here.
A new help page, still in the process of being perfected, is here. Some diagrams explaining the terminology are here. Policy related to the new feature is described at Wikipedia:Pending changes.
The announcement on the Foundation's blog tried to dispel possible assumptions that the feature represented a move towards tighter editorial control on Wikipedia, emphasizing its potential to replace existing page protection instead:
Over the next few days, English language Wikipedia users may notice a small change on some articles: a little magnifying glass where a lock once was. The icon, on the upper right corner of the article, represents an important step that Wikipedia volunteers have taken to open up articles that were previously protected from editing.
First state-funded Wikipedia project concludes after three years
Rapeseed field (illustration from the German Wikipedia's article on renewable resources)
Wood-plastic composite (illustration from one of the Nawaro project's articles)
The very first publicly funded project to improve Wikipedia articles concluded recently on the German Wikipedia. It had been started three years ago with the goals of improving coverage of renewable resources (in German: "nachwachsende Rohstoffe", abbreviated "Nawaro") and recruiting external experts to contribute to Wikipedia. Due to its pioneering character, it received a fair amount of attention by international media at the time (see also 2007 Signpost coverage).
Two longtime Wikipedians who had been employed in connection with the project, Achim Raschka and Denis Barthel, recently published a wrap-up in the Kurier (the Signpost's sister publication in the German Wikipedia). They concluded that the goal to improve content had been fully met – all in all, 557 articles were edited over the course of the project, 434 of which were started or substantially expanded by it. They expressed some disappointment regarding the goal of recruiting external experts as Wikipedia contributors: Although there had been considerable interest and much effort had been made to support such experts, few sustained contributions resulted. (To compensate, in 2009 members of Nova-Institut's own team became involved more directly in editing.) On the other hand, the project was very successful in motivating the German Wikipedia community: Two "Nawaro-Marathon" article drives were well attended, and the "WikiProjekt" founded at the start of the initiative is expected to remain active.
The FNR's total budget for the project seems not to have been published, but Wikimedia Deutschland, which employed a Wikipedian (Barthel) during the time – tasked with interfacing between the experts and the community and with assisting new authors – recorded 35,248.80 Euro in expenditure with respect to Nawaro in its 2007–2009 annual reports, in essence covered by project funds. At Nova-Institut, several employees were involved in the project, including Raschka.
In a post titled Usability: Why Did We Move The Search Box?, the Wikimedia Foundation's user experience (UX) team addressed "[t]he single most frequently expressed concern about the changes we’ve made" in the recent modification of Wikipedia's user interface.
English language reports have recently been published by Wikimedia chapters Wikimedia Deutschland (March 2010, April 2010) and Wikimedia Sverige (May 2010), and by the Catalan Amical Viquipedia association (May 2010).
Registration for Wikimania 2010 opened on June 14, less than four weeks before the start of the conference on July 9 (for previous Wikimanias, this interval was longer). Some additional information about accommodation was still forthcoming.