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WikiProject Council
WikiProject icon This page relates to the WikiProject Council, a collaborative effort regarding WikiProjects in general. If you would like to participate, please visit the project discussion page.
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Community Wishlist Survey - popular pages report[edit]

FYI A proposal for reviving the popular pages report: See: m:2016_Community_Wishlist_Survey/Categories/WikiProjects#Fix_and_improve_Mr.Z-bot.27s_popular_pages_report Ottawahitech (talk) 23:35, 16 November 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Looks like this is one of the lucky proposals that made it into the top 10 (which I believe means it will be implemented?). Ottawahitech (talk) 19:57, 31 December 2016 (UTC)please ping me


I just made a proposal at Wikipedia:WikiProject Council/Proposals, but see there is nearly a four year backlog there. I am reasonably patient, but am not going to wait that long. To be honest I am not entirely sure what the purpose of that page is as I came to it via Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Using the bot#Setting up for the bot. Is there anything stopping me just starting the Wikiproject I had in mind, because if the wait is going to years then I would rather not worry about the bot. AIRcorn (talk) 21:23, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

@Aircorn: I believe that anyone is allowed to start a new project, approved or not. However it will probably take some effort on your part to get the project known and goIng. Just my $.02. Ottawahitech (talk) 20:02, 31 December 2016 (UTC)please ping me
@Ottawahitech:. Thanks for the reply. I ended up just starting it. If it ends up being nothing more than a way to organise articles and I am the only main contributor to it then I still feel it will have value. AIRcorn (talk) 23:29, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

Advertising a WikiProject?[edit]

Am I allowed to advertise a WikiProject here? UNSC Luke 1021 (talk) 19:35, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

@UNSC Luke 1021: Good question! Anyone? Ottawahitech (talk) 20:04, 31 December 2016 (UTC)please ping me

Looking for editors to test a new editing mode[edit]

I need some editors to test a new editing mode. I'd like to find both people who mostly use the visual editor and people who mostly use one of the old wikitext editors for this. I'm not looking for admins or technical people – just ordinary editors, and new people are fine. Probably most of the people who read this will qualify, but I'm particularly posting here in the hope that some of you will think of both yourself and a new editor that you recently ran across, who might be interested.

Users who want to participate in this testing project must:

  • be able to speak English,
  • have access to Google Hangouts (for screensharing and talking),
    • You don't have to be videotaped yourself, but you must be able to share your screen via Hangouts, so we can see what you're doing.
    • You must have access to a working microphone (either external or built-in is fine), so you can tell us what you think.
  • have access to quiet place for 30-45 minute research session,
  • be willing to sign a standard research release form (I can get you a copy), and
  • have access to Chrome, Firefox or Safari (I believe this must be on a desktop system, not on a smartphone).

If you're interested, or if you think you might know someone who is interested, then please click here to leave a note on my talk page. Thanks for considering it! Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:37, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

@Whatamidoing (WMF): Do you have enough volunteers? If not how about posting this message at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Editor Retention? Ottawahitech (talk) 20:08, 31 December 2016 (UTC)please ping me
Thanks, we got just enough people in the end. (Finding newer editors is always a problem.) Anyone who is interested in future projects can go to mw:Wikimedia Research/Design Research#Discover with us! and sign up. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:16, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

Assessment issue[edit]


I have noticed an issue with the table of assessment of the Wiki Loves Women project Wikipedia:WikiProject Wiki Loves Women/Assessment.

In the table, there are about 100 articles listed as "unassessed". When I click on links, I get to a tool lab page (for example [1]) where I see a list of articles supposingly unassessed. Except that if I click on those articles and check the talk page... they ARE assessed. For example, first article listed: Talk:Amal Bishara is actually assessed both in importance and quality since Nov 25.

Any idea what's going on ? Anthere (talk) 16:06, 19 December 2016 (UTC)

@Anthere: I see that there are only 10 unassessed articles now. Has the problem been resolved and if so how? Just being nosy. Ottawahitech (talk) 19:51, 31 December 2016 (UTC)please ping me
@Ottawahitech:. So I waited for some time, made several reassessments again to see if it would restart the system. But nothing happened.
I then wondered if it was only for this project. I have another project with an assessement system. I realized the same was going on on that second project. So I made some reassessment at that second project and I observed the same thing (no log). This suggested the issue was not only related to Wiki Loves Women.
Next, I checked if the two projects were still known from the bot, and yes, in both cases, they were on the bot list.
So here is what I did... I went to [2] and did a manual update for both projects (forced the reassessment). It worked and seems to have done so ever since. So ... I have no idea why the bot was not running for those two projects for a while... but once I forced the running... it ran again. Very odd. So in short... problem resolved... no idea why it was not working.... no idea why it started working again.
If anyone run into the same situation... force the reassessment would be my suggestion. Anthere (talk)

January 2017 at Women in Red[edit]

Franz Joseph Spiegler (Umkreis) Anna lehrt Maria das Lesen.jpg
Woman teaching geometry.jpg

January 2017

Women Philosophers & Women in Education online editathons
Faciliated by Women in Red

Women in Red logo.svg

(To subscribe, Women in Red/Invite list. Unsubscribe, Women in Red/Opt-out list) --Ipigott (talk) 17:17, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

An MFD to consider[edit]

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/File talk:Nexstar Logo.jpg - more of a metaquestion on project tags on files moved to commons. Agathoclea (talk) 12:47, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Request to delete older versions of Women in Red barnstar designs[edit]

The WikiProject Women in Red team were working on a barnstar, and decided on final versions of a plain barnstar, and a barnstar with laurels. We would like to have the older versions deleted from Commons so they are not used by mistake. I don't know the process for deleting files from Commons. If you know of an admin on Commons that could please delete the files listed below, that would be terrific. Or if you could point me in the right direction (with directions) to do so myself, I will. These are the files that need deleting:

WIR Barnstar5.jpg (uploaded by Netherzone at 16:400, 8 February 2017) WIR Barnstar4.jpg (uploaded by Netherzone at 15:50, 8 February 2017) WIR Barnstar3.jpg (uploaded by Netherzone at 15:40, 8 February 2017) WIR Barnstar2.jpg (uploaded by Netherzone at 04:48, 7 February 2017)

Many thanks in advance. Netherzone (talk) 15:44, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Help for WikiProject Sia?[edit]

Is someone familiar with setting up WikiProjects (specifically, quality assessment and WikiProject banners) able to take a look at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Sia#Coding_help and see if the assessment categories are correct. There is also a discrepancy between the "Sia"-related and "Sia-Furler"-related categories. Thanks in advance to anyone who may be able to take a look. ---Another Believer (Talk) 01:05, 16 February 2017 (UTC)