Wikipedia talk:Village pump (idea lab)

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Crazy Wikipedians/Wikipedia stories???[edit]


I'm a filmmaker, looking into stories related to Wikipedia and I want to get in touch with folks around the world who are addicted to checking Wikipedia, or who have contributed the most, and for whom this online wealth of knowledge has manifested and possibly changed your life.

Please reply to this post - would love to hear from you! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:42, 14 August 2010 (UTC)

      • Very interesting and topical ... Sort of a behind the scences look. My guess is that editors are highly varied. You could have anything from a bored high school teacher goofing off and not watching her class (LOL) to a paid lobbiest or homeland security person. Bridgetttttttebabblepoop 01:01, 17 September 2010 (UTC)
    • Sometimes people who never edited attend a Wikipedia:Meetup to see what kind of people do. I haven't asked whether they find us all or none intersting. Jim.henderson (talk) 01:29, 28 November 2012 (UTC)
Are you interested in just major editors, or high-volume Wikignomes as well?    → Michael J    12:37, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

What actually happens to these ideas?[edit]

Are they just here to collect dust or are they discussed and eventually forwarded/read by developers/admins? What's the workflow of these so to say?

And isn't Wikipedia Open Source -> couldn't other programmers implement some of the ideas? (Please explain)

--Fixuture (talk) 22:43, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Most ideas don't require developer effort, since they are ideas about changing policies and procedures for the English Wikipedia, rather than changing software. Many are abandoned by their proposers. If dev time is needed, people (including me, but far more often a volunteer) report the idea at phabricator:.
Yes, MediaWiki software (the software that Wikipedia and thousands of other wikis uses) is a free open source project! If you would like to help out, then see mw:How to become a MediaWiki hacker. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:42, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
Great to hear that! So if any of my ideas isn't already implemented or otherwise unfit (as per comments in the idea lab) and requires dev time I should report it at phabricator right? I would certainly love to help out with the software...I don't think I'm yet skilled enough for it but I'm probably going to look into it the next days or so anyways. --Fixuture (talk) 12:30, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
@Fixuture:For most ideas to change the software, I would suggest raising it at WP:Village Pump (technical) (or another village pump if it's a non-tech idea) and make sure that we think it's a good idea first. If there's consensus to do it there, the WMF developers are more likely to work on it. Oiyarbepsy (talk) 15:37, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
@Oiyarbepsy:Ok, thanks again! By now I would have raised them here and proceeded with phabricator after things are settled here. So if any of the ideas I already posted here isn't yet implemented I should post them there as well I guess?
Eventually it would also be a good idea to slightly change the description of Village pump (technical) because by now it's relatively unclear where ideas for technical augmentations belong (it just states "issues" and seems to be more focused on questions/problems than such).
Also it seems like some of my ideas are already technically implemented - however just usable via obscure ways such as some relatively hard to use and find wiki-tools which would render it mostly useless as these ideas just work out if they are accessible by the larger public. Such cases would shrink my ideas down to making these tools more accessible and incorporating them in the official Wikipedia instead of external tools. How to proceed with these? --Fixuture (talk) 16:28, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
@Fixuture:Whether to post at technical or not is based on whether discussing it requires technical knowledge. If it's a matter of bringing more attention to a hard-to-find feature, Village Pump Proposals probably is the way to go. If it's a new feature that all editors will understand, also post it at proposals. If it's some esoteric thing about template and module processing, that would go to technical, where editors would actually understand it. Idea Lab is when your idea is vague enough that other users won't really be able to say whether they oppose or support it - after discussion there, you would get a clearer idea of what to do and could then bring up a specific idea at Proposals. Oiyarbepsy (talk) 16:42, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
@Oiyarbepsy:Ok then I'm gonna post them at Village Pump Proposals.--Fixuture (talk) 17:01, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Fixuture, you should feel free to post ideas at Phabricator whenever you want. Sometimes, ideas aren't suitable for the English Wikipedia, but are interesting or valuable for other projects. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:11, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Make wikipedia more user friendly[edit]

I think it will be better if users will able to highlight their text(only at their device,also for as much time as they want). This is an issue of your technical team but it will definitely make your organization(software) better and user friendly. By this change , researchers will feel much comfortable in their work and also a great amount of users - "students" will feel more friendly and its really become helpful for them to making notes and many more aspects. Thanks . Will Feel great if I see these changes in my wikipedia.

Sangharsh Vyas (talk) 18:01, 27 November 2017 (UTC)
  • When you say “highlight text”, do you mean that they can mark text in a distinct way (e.g. yellow background) and have it remain visible to them if they return later to view the page? I like the idea. This is information that could be stored in a local cache on their device, but would not be visible on other devices. One option would be to store it with their account on Wikipedia if they have one, but that might be burdensome for the servers. — Andy Anderson 21:46, 27 November 2017 (UTC)