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Suggestion by Charlesjsharp (2020-05-04)[edit]

I have just produced a new free magazine that gives tips for photographers in lockdown. It encourages photographers to contribute to Wikipedia and to Commons. Each issue will have a guest spread on another Wikipedian's work. The link is on my user page User:Charlesjsharp. Charlesjsharp (talk) 13:57, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

Wow, that's really cool. Kaldari (talk) 00:55, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by kosboot (2020-05-14)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Now that most Wikimedia activities are being held online, geographical distance is no longer a hurdle to attending open chapter meetings/user groups all over the world. Might someone want to compile a running list/calendar of such activities? kosboot (talk) 13:10, 14 May 2020 (UTC)

  • @Kosboot: - Any idea where to start looking for these? Or better yet, could you get a completely list for next month? or even write it up yourself? Is there anybody else who would be willing to try this out? Once we get started, I don't think it would be that difficult to do. This fits in quite well with some ideas I want to pursue, and I'm sure we have a place to put it, e.g. in News & notes for a short list (which might be best in just getting started). Thanks for the suggestion. Smallbones(smalltalk) 15:21, 16 May 2020 (UTC)

kosboot Perhaps it belongs in Wikipedia:Meetup/Calendar which currently lacks online events. I suspect it's rather skimpy even on last year's in person meetings. I guess making it effective would require first getting some of the major chapters to list their events there. Jim.henderson (talk) 01:55, 19 May 2020 (UTC)

Sorry not to get back to you sooner Smallbones. I think it used to be that, at least in the U.S., there was a communal calendar or list indicating all the monthly meetups. The pandemic seems to have done away with that and now everyone is acting as if feudalism is back in style. Then perhaps the solution is to use the Signpost as a call for online meetings that anyone can attend. Then the Signpost could collect and publish them. (I know Wikimedia NYC's next meeting is June 17 (although the page has not been created yet). -kosboot (talk) 01:23, 22 May 2020 (UTC)
Perhaps a blurb in the next addition advertising our desire to have people share event dates with us would be helpful. -Indy beetle (talk) 01:45, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

Fox News article[edit]

Larry Sanger's upset again [1]. I'd normally put this in ITM without any question, but it is Fox News, and considering it reviews a lengthy blog post by Sanger perhaps we can do something more with it. -Indy beetle (talk) 02:30, 22 May 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by koavf (2020-05-24)[edit]

Mention of Andorra: (koavf)TCM 18:37, 24 May 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Another Believer (2020-05-27)[edit]

You might want to mention this Slate article:

Thanks! ---Another Believer (Talk) 18:30, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Another Believer re: WikiProject Black Lives Matter (and Wiki Loves Pride)[edit]

In case The Signpost shares newly created WikiProjects, or plans to cover the George Floyd / Black Lives Movement demonstrations in some way, I've just created WikiProject Black Lives Matter for interested editors. Thanks, ---Another Believer (Talk) 21:32, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

PS - I should also note, Wiki Loves Pride is ongoing. Thanks! --Another Believer (Talk) 21:32, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

By the way, I've asked here if any members of WikiProject Black Lives Matter are interested in working on a special report for The Signpost, similar to one recently published re: COVID-19. ---Another Believer (Talk) 18:33, 7 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggested ITM subtitle: Canuck Crackdown[edit]

Apparently the Canadian government doesn't like it when their employees edit Wikipedia. It would be great if someone could find the original research report. -Indy beetle (talk) 18:45, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Thanoscar21 (2020-06-05)[edit]

The Signpost should feature WP:TRUMPPOV. It's a really good and expansively written essay. Thanks, Thanoscar21talk, contribs 00:04, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

To be fair, the essay is the very picture of Trump Derangement Syndrome found here on Wikipedia. Mother Jones is an ok source but Fox News isn't? How does Foreign Policy lean right when made up of never-Trumpers and lefties? This, I think, is what Atsme was talking about in her recent op-ed. Writing an essay about concerted community opposition to Trump-sympathetic editors = noteworthy and good. Challenging the implicit left-wing bias of over-educated underemployed recent grads = impossible and unthinkable, probably a hate crime to even consider it a possibility. The WMF, if it weren't wasting its money on furniture, overseas travel, and questionable grants, ought to be spending money to really prevent further bias from all parties before this website becomes an even-worse dumpster fire. Chris Troutman (talk) 17:44, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

Ryan Merkley on Lawfare Project podcast[edit]

The Lawfare Podcast: Ryan Merkley on Why Wikipedia Works; this is the sort of stuff I listen to while I scrub dishes. If there's interest, I can instead listen, take notes, and write something up. Chris Troutman (talk) 17:35, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

Considering that Merkley has revealed practically zilch about his plans, hopes, or even idle thoughts about the Wikimedia projects, I think a write-up would be welcomed by many people. -- llywrch (talk) 21:12, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
@Chris troutman: I was thinking of this as a short paragraph for "In the media", but if you wanted to make that a long 2 paragraphs or its own article, that would be ok too. I listened to about half of the podcast, jumping around a bit. The 1st half sounds pretty much like most of the current WMF stuff - though maybe I listen to more of that than is healthy. What I heard from the 2nd half sounded more interesting, e.g. editing by (non-US?) governments and what we can and can't do to stop it. Go for it! BTW I think I had a short interview with Ryan in last August's issue. Smallbones(smalltalk) 04:09, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
@Smallbones: your memory is getting almost as bad as mine: there was no interview with him, just a short profile & a link to his Wikimania talk. (I still have no idea what he intends to do as COO, & since C-level hires who don't share their dreams/plans at the beginning tend to have a short tenure at the Foundation, I'm mildly concerned he may be gone before we notice.) As for the podcast, it was clear from what he said that most of his information about Wikipedia is second-hand, which does not portend good things. -- llywrch (talk) 18:44, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
I've since listened to it; I'm rather displeased with the podcast hosts. I think Ryan came out well; he gives all credit to the editing community. I'm going to mull this over before I write a draft. Chris Troutman (talk) 23:50, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Internet Archive-legal issues with their digital library project[edit]

Although it's not strictly about Wikipedia, I thought people who read The Signpost are likely to be interested in coverage of the Internet Archive's recent legal case. Sources: NYTimes, here. Blythwood (talk) 05:10, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, I'll take a close look. The Internet Archive and maybe Creative Commons are about the only 2 organizations that I'd usually cover unless there was a very direct conection in the specific news about them . Smallbones(smalltalk) 04:00, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Eddie891 (2020-06-09)[edit]

Not sure what, but The Wikipedia Library just got a pretty substantial update. Could be worth covering Eddie891 Talk Work 11:46, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for posting Eddie891! We just deployed Authentication-based access which makes most of the library's content available through a single login instead of many individual accounts, and opens a bunch of content up to not requiring an application at all. Approximately 25,000 users can now access paywalled research immediately for free! Please let me know if you have any questions :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:27, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
@Eddie891: Could you write up a couple of long paragraphs for News and notes? Smallbones(smalltalk) 16:08, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
Smallbones, Yeah I'll see what I can do
Samwalton9: could I email you some questions if I have them? Eddie891 Talk Work 20:47, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
Yep, feel free :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 21:19, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
Oh yes please do cover this, as mentioned above it's now supereasy to gain access to loads of content, I was put off by the rigmarole before but now it's great, I have access to things like the Oxford Dictionary of Biography :) Mujinga (talk) 17:58, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Coverage of us and our harassment policy, inclusion, etc.[edit] (koavf)TCM 22:29, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, it is a good article. There will be at least 2 paragraphs on it in "In the media" likely more when others write similar articles. Smallbones(smalltalk) 23:20, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by USERNAME (2020-06-14)[edit]

The Signpost should write about in the media blurb: Bayard Rustin was a key figure in the civil rights and gay rights movements (koavf)TCM 18:48, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks. Got it started at In the media. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:46, 19 June 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia editing problems[edit]

briefly, see phabricator task and public incident documentation. Too technologically advanced for me, but perhaps someone could summarize? Eddie891 Talk Work 19:21, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Madcoverboy (2020-06-17)[edit]

The Signpost should write about a new pre-print (not yet published but currently under peer review) by yours truly analyzing Wikipedia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Madcoverboy (talk) 14:03, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Madcoverboy, Do you mind sharing this at Talk:Wikipedia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic as well? ---Another Believer (Talk) 14:18, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
@HaeB: - does this look good for Recent research? Otherwise, it's a paragraph in News & notes, or wait 'till next month. Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:53, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes, we (Miriam) already tweeted it, and it's definitely going to be on the list for RR. Regards, HaeB (talk) 02:16, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
When it's published you might be able to push a brief summary as to how we avoided misinformation over at Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic#Wikipedia as well. --Masem (t) 01:36, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

WikiJournal of Medicine will be included in Scopus (2020-06-18)[edit]

WikiJournal of Medicine, a peer-reviewed open access journal hosted in Wikiversity will be accepted into Scopus. OhanaUnitedTalk page 22:36, 18 June 2020 (UTC)

Additional details here. T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 12:56, 19 June 2020 (UTC)
Smallbones for N&N? I can write a bit up if you want. Eddie891 Talk Work 01:15, 27 June 2020 (UTC)
Eddie891 Please do write it up. I'd think 1 or 2 paragraphs, but it's up to you. Smallbones(smalltalk) 02:08, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by DePiep (2020-06-28)[edit]

Could The Signpost clarify what the "rebrand / rename" topic is about? I could use an introduction. DePiep (talk) 21:36, 28 June 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Eddie891 (2020-06-30)[edit]

Citizendium over? Eddie891 Talk Work 00:59, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Olive Morris[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Olive Morris, who was recently featured on a google doodle, meaning that her wikipedia page got checked almost 300,000 times on 26 June! Mujinga (talk) 11:14, 30 June 2020 (UTC)

Wikilambda project approved by Board of Trustees[edit]

Wikilambda, a proposed Wikimedia project, has been approved by the Board of Trustees. This topic was previously covered by the Signpost in Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-04-26/In focus. The announcement was made in the mailing list and on Meta. --Yair rand (talk) 18:02, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Possible tempest in a teapot over the Kamala Harris article[edit]

Today The Intercept on Talk:Kamala_Harris#It_got_noticed. Chris Troutman (talk) 02:59, 3 July 2020 (UTC)

Suggestion by Stefan Kühn (2020-07-03)[edit]

Screenshot "The Book" with an english page (300+ language available)

The Signpost should write about the new tool "The Book". I want to inform the English community about my new project "The Book". This project shows the Wikipedia like a old lexicon in a multi-column page. You can turn to the next or previous page. All article are in alphabetic order and "The Book" shows only the first text section and the first image. Also you can go to a specific title or random page. It is in 300+ languages available.

It is fun to explore our Wikipedia with this new way. You will find many interessting articles on your way in "The Book". --sk (talk) 15:14, 3 July 2020 (UTC)