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Perishable statistics[edit]

Please don't forget that your pages remain accessible for a great deal of time after the "publication date". When including status updates or statistics, please consider noting the "as of" date or that the data is dynamically updated. I just read the article on wikiwork, and found myself constantly wondering how much of what I was reading is now outdated and how much is current. Thank you for your consideration. ~ MD Otley (talk) 19:36, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Featured pictures[edit]

Thank you so much for making the newly featured pictures section a photo gallery rather than a text list. It's much better as a gallery because it enables readers to quickly see all the images without having to click through, and the gallery format is superior to a stack of images on the side. Keep up the good work! --Albany NY (talk) 02:00, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

Would anyone object if I fiddle a little with the FP section this week int he name of experimentation? I'd like to try something and see what the community thinks about it. (Also, if you reply here, please ping me as this is not a page that I have watch listed.) TomStar81 (Talk) 22:40, 19 October 2015 (UTC)
@TomStar81: go for it! Gamaliel (talk) 00:09, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
@Gamaliel: Sweet. Ok, first question: are all the FPs for the upcoming publication present in the Featured Content section? I ask so I can determine if the current FPs there are all I should expect or if there will be more incoming. TomStar81 (Talk) 01:28, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
@TomStar81: We have a script that imports them all simultaneously. Everything should be there. Gamaliel (talk) 01:31, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Um, what happened to the Traffic Report?[edit]

Got the update ready to go, can't access the page. Serendipodous 17:49, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

I fixed the link in the newsroom. Seems to be an issue with the template, I'll see if I can fix it permanently. Gamaliel (talk) 18:16, 19 October 2015 (UTC)
I ran into the same issue when I was trying to submit the last report, i had to edit the page to add a missing "=" sign [1] before I could submit it.--Milowenthasspoken 19:16, 19 October 2015 (UTC)
I've added the = to the template that generates the next issue grid in the newsroom so we shouldn't have that problem again. Gamaliel (talk) 19:23, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

single page not working[edit]

The single page isn’t working: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single/2015-10-21. It has the correct syntax but is empty, possibly as it is in Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded. Oddly Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Single looks OK, so I don’t know where the problem lies.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 17:53, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

Possible typo[edit]

Where it says "You can subscribe via template by placing a [X} or [X] template anywhere where you want to keep up with Signpost publications—nominally, your userpage" I think perhaps "nominally" is supposed to say "normally." Marquardtika (talk) 15:48, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

FYI, I went ahead and made the change. Marquardtika (talk) 03:47, 28 October 2015 (UTC)


Hello The Signpost. We previously did an interview with you two years ago, and we have just commenced a discussion about whether to do another one, considering how far we have evolved over that time. Please weigh in at that discussion here: Wikipedia talk:Today's articles for improvement#Our old Signpost interview. While you're there, why not vote on some of the TAFI nominations, contribute to other discussions on the talk page, or edit the current TAFI: comedy horror. :)--Coin945 (talk) 18:54, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Nobel and Wikipedia humour[edit]

Swedish Academy gives Nobel Prize to a Belarusian journalist that we had to search on Wikipedia. Have fun! --NaBUru38 (talk)

Pull-quotes and the WP:MOS[edit]

[[Pull quotes]] are for blocking text that is already somewhere else in the article. Can we please stop ab-using them? Thank you. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 04:01, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

In this example, a pull quote is centered between two columns. The text has been "pulled" from the bottom of the first column

A pull quote (also known as a lift-out pull quote) is a key phrase, quotation, or excerpt that has been pulled from an article and used as a graphic element, serving to entice readers into the article or to highlight a key topic. It is typically placed in a larger or distinctive typeface and on the same page. The term is principally used in journalism and publishing.[1]

Placement of a pull quote on a page may be defined in a publication's or website's style guide. Such a typographic device may or may not be aligned with a column on the page. Some designers, for example, choose not to align the quote. In that case, the quotation cuts into two or more columns, as in the example shown. Because the pull quote invites the reader to read about the highlighted material, the pull quote should appear before the text it cites and, generally, fairly close to it.[2]

Pull quotes need not be a verbatim copy of the text being quoted; depending on a publication's house style, pull quotes may be abbreviated for space and/or paraphrased for clarity, with or without indication.


  1. ^ Ilene Strizver. "Pull-quotes". Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Designing a Magazine Layout". 

Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 04:40, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost, like the journalism copy that created this convention, follows its own, distinct style guidelines. ResMar 14:49, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Main page image overlapping text[edit]

For the latest issue (4 November 2015), the image is overlapping the text on my 1280px screen. Opencooper (talk) 07:43, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

On 1280px? Do you have a screenshot? -- [[User:Edokter]] {{talk}} 08:56, 8 November 2015 (UTC)
1280px meaning that the screen is 1,280 pixels wide. Here is a screenshot. Opencooper (talk) 09:04, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

Next issue[edit]

I am ready to submit the next Traffic Report, but last weeks' articles are still on the editing board in the Newsroom, if we can get a clean slate. Cheers. --Milowenthasspoken 14:48, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost is the American Top 40! --Allygggggg (talk) 19:48, 14 November 2015 (UTC)

Red print[edit]

Have we discussed using light pink rather than bright red for non-existent links? Many of these are names of people or corporations that don't deserve the prominence of the red ink, but may even prefer it.Jzsj (talk) 17:42, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

What does this have to do with the Signpost, specifically? ResMar 18:27, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Mobile view not great[edit]

The mobile view of e.g. this is too wide, at least on some browsers (e.g. Android Samsung Galaxy). Seems okay on iPhone, not sure. I realise that mobile and cross-browser support is bloody annoying stuff, but I thought I'd just mention this here in case someone with great CSSfu comes along and knows how to fix it. Thanks! —Sam Wilson 23:18, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

@Samwilson: Old editor-in-chief here. The Signpost on mobile devices has looked terrible for years, and there's no great way around it, so we've traditionally focused on desktop (which is where almost all of our readership [read: editors] is located). That said, Yuvipanda will hopefully be able to fix the app he built at some point (please!). :-) Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 07:57, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
Ah, oh well :-) you're quite right of course, the other day was the first time ever I'd tried to read Signpost on my phone over my wheatbix... normally it looks lovely (on the desktop). The easiest solution is for me to constrain my perusal to the dozy hours after lunch at work! ;) Sam Wilson 10:21, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
It looks terrible on a 10inch android tablet as well. Unfortunately in mobile view all it does is scale up the problems. At least on the tablet I can switch to full desktop however. But it shouldnt be that hard to fix surely? Only in death does duty end (talk) 12:13, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
@Samwilson and Only in death: It's surely possible to fix, but it would require someone very knowledgeable (which we have in Resident Mario) and a time-consuming redesign (time he doesn't have). Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 05:49, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
Well for me it tends to be scale issues of individual sections - certain parts tend to push other sections too wide/narrow etc, and it seems fairly consistant, so I assumed it was a formatting issue. Only in death does duty end (talk) 12:33, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Traffic Report formatting[edit]

Can someone review the comments on the formatting of the Traffic Report from User:Jacklee at Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-11-11/Traffic_report. I don't know if I someone (like me!) added something wrong to this one, or if this is an ongoing issue, and how it might be addressed. Cheers!--Milowenthasspoken 14:20, 17 November 2015 (UTC)