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Another suggestion by llywrch[edit]

Not strictly Wikipedia-related, but Nature published a study about toxicity in online discussions, looking at 30 years of data from Usenet & the earliest Listservs to contemporary web fora. In short, software has made no difference in toxicity -- it's all driven by us humans. Article here links to the article on Nature's website. -- llywrch (talk) 06:32, 23 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

WP:URFA/2020 report for 2023[edit]

The text of WP:URFA/2020's report for 2023 has been posted, and can be found at Wikipedia:Unreviewed featured articles/2020/4Q2023. Z1720 (talk) 17:10, 31 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Jerome Charles Potts (2024-03-31)[edit]

The Signpost should write about the French Witionary posting a banner saying that it is being sued (in France). The names of plaintif(s) and others implicated are obfuscated.

Jerome Potts (talk) 23:09, 31 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Gråbergs Gråa Sång (2024-04-11)[edit]

A piece of research, may be worth a mention:Wikipedia and the Outsider Within: Black Feminism and Social Inequality in Knowledge Sharing. Afaict [1] it hasn't been mentioned. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:56, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Gråbergs Gråa Sång I don't know if it will be included in this issue's RR column, but we'll look into it! Oltrepier (talk) 10:27, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Oltrepier Just thought of looking at this page, huh? ;-) Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:42, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Another Believer (2024-04-11)[edit]

The Signpost should write about the Joint Statement on Palestine:

--Another Believer (Talk) 16:49, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Another Believer It likely won't make the cut for the upcoming issue, but we'll look into it! Oltrepier (talk) 10:27, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Avessa (2024-04-16)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Yuri Lushchai, an admin and a member of the Arbitration Committee on ruwiki, who died during Russian shelling of a village near Bakhmut (ruwiki discussion, Kramatorsk Post, Pro100media, Suspilne, Strana, Radio Svoboda). Avessa (talk) 20:16, 16 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Avessa Thank you for flagging it: it likely won't make the cut for the upcoming issue, but we'll look into it! Oltrepier (talk) 10:28, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Arcorann (2024-04-18)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Wikimedia Foundation Joins as an Associate Member of the Unicode Consortium (2024-03-28). Haven't seen this mentioned yet. Arcorann (talk) 13:24, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Arcorann It likely won't make the cut for the upcoming issue, but we'll look into it! Oltrepier (talk) 10:28, 22 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Jmabel (2024-04-27)[edit]

The Signpost should write about the recently completed Wikimedia Summit 2024. Here is my report back to my affiliate group; I imagine there are other reports like this that can be used as source materials, but weirdly I haven't seen any linked yet. Jmabel | Talk 13:46, 27 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

@Jmabel It seems like Bluerasberry is already on it, but thank you for flagging it, nevertheless! I'd suggest you to keep in touch with him (if you haven't already), so you can work together on the draft! Oltrepier (talk) 07:58, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Bluerasberry, feel more than free to incorporate some of my notes, and to get hold of me if I can be useful beyond that. - Jmabel | Talk 14:38, 1 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by PAC2 (2024-05-16)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Categories of created articles.

Last year, I published an article about a set of tools to analyse the list of articles created by a user. I've just developed a new tool which analyses all categories associated to the list of articles created by a user.

PAC2 (talk) 21:44, 16 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Ham II (2024-05-21)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Trump’s social media account shares a campaign video with a headline about a ‘unified Reich’ (Associated Press): "A video posted to Donald Trump’s account on his social media network included references to a “unified Reich” among hypothetical news headlines if he wins the election in November." ... "At least one of the headlines flashing in the video appears to be text that is copied verbatim from a Wikipedia entry on World War I [for clarification, it's the article World War I]: 'German industrial strength and production had significantly increased after 1871, driven by the creation of a unified Reich'." Ham II (talk) 14:51, 21 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Mike Peel (2024-05-22) - Sibling Project Lifecycle call for feedback[edit]

The Signpost should write about the call for feedback on the procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle.

See Victoria's email to wikimedia-l and diff post for details. This is a call for feedback on a key part of the work of the m:Wikimedia Foundation Community Affairs Committee/Sister Projects Task Force, which aims to revive the discussions and processes for opening new Wikimedia projects, as well as considering the overall lifecycle with our projects, including procedures for closing projects. Feedback is open until June 23rd, and there will be open calls on 23 and 30 May on this topic. The task force is open to answering questions about this work, ideally on the talk page. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 13:30, 22 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Suggestion by Gråbergs Gråa Sång (2024-05-26)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Wikipedia’s Indian problem: settler colonial erasure of native American knowledge and history on the world’s largest encyclopedia. Something for the recent research page. Previously by the same author:[2] Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:13, 26 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

In a related story, WikiProject Indigenous peoples of North America has been accused of engaging in a campaign to discredit state-recognized tribes, among other things. This could result in legal action against editors by some tribes. See this tumblr post by moniquill. Also, one of the editors mentioned in the paper (Pingnova) has also commented on said tumblr post. There’s definitely something worth investigating here, but that might be outside of the signpost’s scope. MRN2electricboogaloo (talk) 08:14, 27 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Article-writer Kyle Keeler invokes Klein and Grabowski, maybe Arbcom will feel obliged to initiate another case. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:19, 27 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, I see discussion at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Indigenous_peoples_of_North_America#Academic_journal_article_of_interest. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:21, 27 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]