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Resources

This page serves as an internal reference for the Signpost on external and internal resources available for writing, for use by writers researching weekly going-ons ahead of inclusion in that week's report. For information on the use of templates within Signpost articles see the style guidelines and the documentation for the specific templates in question. For content guidance see the content guidelines.

News and notes[edit]

  • Planet 2.0: A Foundation-run community blog aggregator, includes official blog content.
  • WM Blog Official blog. Publishes both press releases and some community content (cf. Planet 2.0).

In the media[edit]

WikiProject report[edit]

Example questions
*What motivated you to become a member of WikiProject XXXXXX? What kind of XXXXXX-related articles do you like to work on?
  • Has your project developed particularly close relationships with any other projects?
  • Has your project formed any "Special Interest Groups" (workgroups)?
  • What are WikiProject XXXXXX's most pressing needs?
  • How can a new contributor help today?
  • Anything else you'd like to add?

Discussion report[edit]

Featured content[edit]

  • WP:GO is by far the most useful resource, setting out all promotions in convenient weekly logs.

Other resources include:

Technology report[edit]

Research[edit]

Humour[edit]

Publication[edit]

Script[edit]

As of May 2017, there is a new userscript to automate the publishing process – see User:Evad37/SPS.

The script does all the on-wiki publishing tasks, including local and global mass-messaging. Tasks that still need to be completed manually are:

  • Announce the new issue on WikimediaAnnounce-L, using the pre-generated output below for copy & paste. Send from the wikipediasignpost@gmail.com account. When composing the message in Gmail, click the Tx icon to remove HTML formatting before sending. (WikimediaAnnounce-l will automatically forward every message to Wikimedia-L, so do not send directly to Wikimedia-L, unless there is a forwarding error.) Check here and here to ensure that the messages have been posted.
  • Post to social media: Tweet about the new issue, linking, for example, to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2020-02-19 as landing page. Post to our Facebook page as well.
  • Cleanup the newsroom: Reset the article status table on the Newsroom by following the instructions in the hidden comments in that section. Archive discussions on its talk page related to the now-published issue.

If there is a problem with the automated process, follow the steps in the section below to publish manually.


Mailing list output for this issue[edit]

The Signpost – Volume 16, Issue 1 – 27 January 2020


From the editor: Reaching six million articles is great, but we need a moratorium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/From_the_editor

News and notes: Six million articles on the English language Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/News_and_notes

Special report: The limits of volunteerism and the gatekeepers of Team Encarta
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Special_report

In the media: Turkey's back up, but what's happening with Dot-org and a new visual identity?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/In_the_media

Arbitration report: Three cases at ArbCom
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Arbitration_report

Traffic report: The most viewed articles of 2019
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Traffic_report

Gallery: Wiki Loves Monuments 2019, we're all winners
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Gallery

News from the WMF: Capacity Building: Top 5 Themes from Community Conversations
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/News_from_the_WMF

Community view: Our most important new article since November 1, 2015
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Community_view

In focus: Cryptos and bitcoins and blockchains, oh no!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/In_focus

Recent research: How useful is Wikipedia for novice programmers trying to learn computing concepts?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Recent_research

From the archives: A decade of The Signpost, 2005-2015
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/From_the_archives

On the bright side: What's making you happy this month?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/On_the_bright_side

WikiProject report: WikiProject Japan: a wikiProject Report
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/WikiProject_report

Humour: Predicting the 6,000,000th article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Humour

Obituary: Remembering Wikipedia contributor Brian Boulton
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2020-01-27/Obituary


Single-page view

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single



https://facebook.com/wikisignpost

https://twitter.com/wikisignpost


Manual process[edit]

Main details

Handle the actual "publishing" tasks in the following order; it should avoid the necessity of having to purge each individual article to update the footer.

  1. Create an issue contents page (at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/YYYY-MM-DD, e.g. this Wednesday: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-02-20). It should be in the same format as Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2016-12-22 (The numbers in the second parameter, the "story numbers," determine the order of the stories in talkpage notifications). If there is a note from the editor, make that story #0, so it is at the top of the list. (It will have different formatting, so only use "0" for important announcements). The sample page shows the "standard order," but it's fine to adjust it to reflect importance. Add the new issue date to each line. Copy the section titles from the draft header template on each section. When you first save the page, all the links will be red until you complete later steps.
  2. Move each section to a subpage of Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/YYYY-MM-DD. When you move each one, in the page title, replace "/Next issue/" with "/YYYY-MM-DD/" (with the actual date numbers).
    • Make sure each section has a standard name (e.g., "News and notes", not "News") so that the links to previous issues work.
    • Untick the "Move associated talk page" option (the talk pages should only contain the "please use the newsroom" notice).
    • If you're an admin or page mover, untick "Leave a redirect behind". If you're not, ask an admin to delete the pages you leave behind (at some point in the next few hours; not mission-critical for publication).
    • Optional for now: Purge the "issue contents" page created in step #1, and the links should all turn blue.
  3. Double-check that the footer exists at the bottom of each section. If it's not there, add the following line: <noinclude>{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Signpost-article-comments-end||YYYY-MM-DD|}}</noinclude> The YYYY-MM-DD in this code should be replaced with the previous issue in which that section ran.
  4. Change Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Issue to the date of publication, and update Volume # and Issue #. Write an edit summary that notifies readers, via watchlists, that you are publishing a new issue; e.g. "Publishing new edition."
  5. Edit main page, starting with the generic skeleton. Ensure there are no redlinks by removing pages that are not part of the current issue, and manually add irregular content sections. Copying titles and blurbs is tedious without scripts.
  6. Create a new single-page edition by copying this code: {{Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single|issuedate=2016-XX-XX}} to the subsequent redlink you'll see: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single/2020-02-20.
  7. Create archive page by adding {{Signpost archive|last edition date|today's date|next edition date}} in the format {{Signpost archive|2016-XX-XX|2016-XX-XX|2016-XX-XX}}.
  8. Remove "draft" templates from the headers of the pages (this goes from {{"Signpost draft" down to "ready = Yes}}).
  9. Purge the cache of Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Issue [1], Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost [2], Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single[3], this issue's archive page [4] and this page (the last for pre-generated output to copy/pastes farther down)
  10. Announce the new issue on WikimediaAnnounce-L, using the pre-generated output above for copy & paste. Send from the wikipediasignpost@gmail.com account. When composing the message in Gmail, click the Tx icon to remove HTML formatting before sending. (WikimediaAnnounce-l will automatically forward every message to Wikimedia-L, so do not send directly to Wikimedia-L, unless there is a forwarding error.) Check here and here to ensure that the messages have been posted.
  11. Post the Signpost on the talkpages of subscribers. The subscribe message is loaded into Special:MassMessage for automatic delivery; see this for the proper formatting, updating the dates and volume/issue number where appropriate and replacing "20:44, 5 March 2016 (UTC)" with five tildes:

    <div lang="en" dir="ltr" class="mw-content-ltr"><div style="-moz-column-count:2; -webkit-column-count:2; column-count:2;"> {{Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2016-XX-XX}} </div><!--Volume 12, Issue XX--> <div class="hlist" style="margin-top:10px; font-size:90%; padding-left:5px; font-family:Georgia, Palatino, Palatino Linotype, Times, Times New Roman, serif;"> * '''[[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost|Read this Signpost in full]]''' * [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single/2016-xx-xx|Single-page]] * [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Subscribe|Unsubscribe]] * [[User:MediaWiki message delivery|MediaWiki message delivery]] ([[User talk:MediaWiki message delivery|talk]]) ~~~~~ </div></div>

You will send this to Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Tools/Spamlist. You must be an admin or mass message sender to do this.

  1. Tweet about the new issue, linking, for example, to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2020-02-19 as landing page. Post to our Facebook page as well. (Note, this will automatically forward to Twitter; we should perhaps disconnect them, if we are going to be diligently posting to both sites.)
  2. Post the Signpost on talk pages of subscribers on other projects, using m:Global message delivery. The subscribe message is loaded into m:Special:MassMessage for automatic delivery; you can use the pre-generated output below for copy & paste. Only users on the access list can initiate a bot run (Meta admins can add themselves).
  3. Update the archive overview for the current year at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Archives/2020, by copying the date above (which will be older) and updating the issue number and date.
  4. Cleanup the newsroom: Reset the article status table on the Newsroom by following the instructions in the hidden comments. Archive discussions on its talk page related to the now-published issue.
  5. Leave a note under Notes to thank this week's contributors and to announce any important upcoming news and any issues that have arisen with publication.
  6. Find the previous instance of each section, and add a link to the current edition's section. Here is an example edit, where the previous Traffic Report is updated to add a "next Traffic Report" link. Keep in mind, not all sections run in every edition; so in some cases, this will mean going back two, three, or more editions.
Manual process: English Wikipedia mass message delivery output for this issue

Send from Special:MassMessage using these details:


# Page or category containing list of pages to leave a message on:

Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Subscribe

# SUBJECT

''The Signpost'': 27 January 2020

# BODY

<div lang="en" dir="ltr" class="mw-content-ltr"><div style="-moz-column-count:2; -webkit-column-count:2; column-count:2;"> {{Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2016-XX-XX}} </div><!--Volume 12, Issue XX--> <div class="hlist" style="margin-top:10px; font-size:90%; padding-left:5px; font-family:Georgia, Palatino, Palatino Linotype, Times, Times New Roman, serif;"> * '''[[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost|Read this Signpost in full]]''' * [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single/2016-xx-xx|Single-page]] * [[Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Subscribe|Unsubscribe]] * [[User:MediaWiki message delivery|MediaWiki message delivery]] ([[User talk:MediaWiki message delivery|talk]]) ~~~~~ </div></div>


Manual process: Global mass message delivery output for this issue

Send from meta:Special:MassMessage using these details:


# Page or category containing list of pages to leave a message on:

Global message delivery/Targets/Signpost

# SUBJECT

''The Signpost'': 27 January 2020

# BODY

<div lang="en" dir="ltr" class="mw-content-ltr"><div style="margin-top:10px; font-size:90%; padding-left:5px; font-family:Georgia, Palatino, Palatino Linotype, Times, Times New Roman, serif;">[[File:WikipediaSignpostIcon.svg|40px|right]] ''News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia''</div>
<div style="-moz-column-count:2; -webkit-column-count:2; column-count:2;">
* From the editor: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/From the editor|Reaching six million articles is great, but we need a moratorium]]

* News and notes: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/News and notes|Six million articles on the English language Wikipedia]]

* Special report: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Special report|The limits of volunteerism and the gatekeepers of Team Encarta]]

* In the media: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/In the media|Turkey's back up, but what's happening with Dot-org and a new visual identity?]]

* Arbitration report: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Arbitration report|Three cases at ArbCom]]

* Traffic report: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Traffic report|The most viewed articles of 2019]]

* Gallery: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Gallery|Wiki Loves Monuments 2019, we're all winners]]

* News from the WMF: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/News from the WMF|Capacity Building: Top 5 Themes from Community Conversations]]

* Community view: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Community view|Our most important new article since November 1, 2015]]

* In focus: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/In focus|Cryptos and bitcoins and blockchains, oh no!]]

* Recent research: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Recent research|How useful is Wikipedia for novice programmers trying to learn computing concepts?]]

* From the archives: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/From the archives|A decade of The Signpost, 2005-2015]]

* On the bright side: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/On the bright side|What's making you happy this month?]]

* WikiProject report: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/WikiProject report|WikiProject Japan: a wikiProject Report]]

* Humour: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Humour|Predicting the 6,000,000th article]]

* Obituary: [[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-01-27/Obituary|Remembering Wikipedia contributor Brian Boulton]]

</div> <div style="margin-top:10px; font-size:90%; padding-left:5px; font-family:Georgia, Palatino, Palatino Linotype, Times, Times New Roman, serif;">'''[[w:en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost|Read this Signpost in full]]''' · [[w:en:Wikipedia:Signpost/Single|Single-page]] · [[m:Global message delivery/Targets/Signpost|Unsubscribe]] · [[m:Global message delivery|Global message delivery]] ~~~~~ </div></div>
Generic skeleton for manually updating the issue contents page of the upcoming issue

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|1||News and notes|Add to "News and notes"}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|2||In the news|Add to "In the news"}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|3||Discussion report|Discussion Reports and Miscellaneous Articulations}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|4||WikiProject report|Talking with WikiProject}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|5||Featured content|The best of the week}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|6||Arbitration report|The Report on Lengthy Litigation}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|7||Recent research|Recent research}}

{{Wikipedia:Signpost/Template:Cover-item|{{{1}}}|8||Technology report|Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News}}