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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)

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)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── @Samwilson, Only in death, The ed17, and Resident Mario: One thing that could conceivably be a quick-fix is the current CSS formatting of the main page, which attempts to fit 3 columns onto a mobile screen. Just re-flowing columns to a single stack on mobiles would be an immediate (and I think simple?) improvement (e.g. see {{col-begin}}). Sorry I can't more directly help, but I'm not really familiar with where/how LivingBot stores the template it uses to create the signpost page. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 00:38, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

Another old editor-in-chief here ;) To confirm Ed's hunch above that the Signpost is still most often read on desktop, I ran a quick query over recent pageview data. Indeed, mobile only accounts for 9% of the Signpost's views. That said, recalling the overall pageview numbers from ResMar's recent investigation, these 9% still translate into several hundred mobile views per week. Also, there might of course be more mobile readers if the Signpost's templates were updated to work better on mobile.

Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 01:48, 25 January 2016 (UTC) ──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Hi Tbayer (WMF). The metrics are flawed. Readers are viewing the Signpost on their SmartPhones but they are doing it via the Desktop View. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 15:18, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

In the discussion above, and the metrics I gave, "mobile" refers to the mobile site (; alongside app views which don't play a large role yet). How many people view the desktop site on their phones is a separate question. Agree that numbers on that would be interesting too, do you have any? Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 16:58, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia and thirst for knowledge[edit]

"I see it everyday with my kid and his unending stream of questions. It’s not that he is particularly gifted or special. The reason he can even ask about quantum computing is a direct effect of Wikipedia’s beneficial feedback loop. Unfettered access to knowledge makes him more inquisitive, and not the other way around. He asks increasingly complex questions precisely because he asked about regular, binary computing beforehand and got a response from me (which I culled from Wikipedia)." [1] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:57, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

Great edition[edit]

I was really impressed with this week's (2016-01-13) edition, it had a large amount of content and I thought each article was engaging. Thanks to the writers and editors who I suspect don't always get the kudos they deserve. Cheers, Jenks24 (talk) 07:05, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Support the above. I mean, I agree! ;-) I have been an infrequent Signpost reader, but is this a new format for the content page? If so, I really think it's an improvement. Jm (talk | contribs) 17:00, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Ditto. Really great work. I was so impressed by The Signpost that I decided to translate the (digest of the) Jan 6 and Jan 13 issues into Russian (both should be published tomorrow). --SSneg (talk) 18:25, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

@Jenks24, Jsharpminor, and SSneg: On behalf of the editorial team, can I thank you for taking the time to write to us with your thanks :) Also glad to hear we have a influence outside the English world. We hope to be able to keep the good work up. Mdann52 (talk) 21:52, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

unsubscribing blocked users[edit]

Is there a way to unsubscribe blocked users? There's no point cluttering up their talk page; the most important thing to see is the block notice, and that will get buried over time if the newsletter keeps getting posted to the user talk page. Case in point is User talk:Angry Bald English Villian Man. Schwede66 23:29, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

You probably meant indefinitely blocked and banned users? - üser:Altenmann >t 05:33, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes. Schwede66 08:49, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
You mean our free advertising space? ;) There's no automated way of dealing with this and setting something up just flat out doesn't warrant the time. In the long-term there's a newsletter extension in the works which is supposed to make talk-page deliveries redundant anyway. ResMar 06:07, 26 January 2016 (UTC)
2 blocked, 4 retried, 32 renamesDispenser 17:25, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Sorry for the news[edit]

I sympathize with The Signpost staff about the news. Not any particular news, but just the amount of it, and how there is pressure obligating volunteer news staff to coordinate something.

Interesting news is fun, and I hope you like reporting it, but I know it is also a lot of work to get stories in print. I hope that soon a week will happen with no events to give you all a break. Thanks for the awesome newspaper. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:14, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

Haha. Indeed, it is a lot of work and we're all busy, but it is great to work with such a great team to be able to put these issues together. On any given week, a different one of us may take the lead, but the background collaboration is really what enables us to share with the community. Thanks for your message. All the best, Go Phightins! 03:59, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Defamation case in Uruguay[edit]

Uruguay vicepresident Raúl Sendic has opened a defamation case for vandalism of the Spanish Wikipedia article on him (link). -- (talk) 14:44, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Newsroom - WikiProject desk[edit]

Greetings, I had noticed that the WikiProject desk section was missing from the Newsroom page so I created this new section. If there are any Approve/Deny comments, they are welcome here. Regards,  JoeHebda (talk)  23:02, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

PDF fails rendering[edit]

I created a book so that the PDF view would work, but after fixing a few minor things and adding the op-ed, rendering fails. Maybe someone more knowledgeable can help fix the problem? --Slashme (talk) 09:36, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Greetings Slashme – The Village pump-technical should have the experts to help with the issue. They have helped me in the past with various problems. Regards,  JoeHebda (talk)  15:26, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks JoeHebda, I've posted there. --Slashme (talk) 07:51, 10 February 2016 (UTC)


Hello signpost members, I have a problem, How to join Wikipedia Signpost(I want to join!)! If this is the right place then I have a request to join this(Signpost) please! Regards BOTFIGHTER (talk) 10:09, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi there, BOTFIGHTER. Are you interested in receiving the Signpost on your talk page, or contributing to its compilation? Go Phightins! 18:16, 9 February 2016 (UTC)
Yes!!!BOTFIGHTER (talk) 12:23, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

Wikimania to become biennial?[edit]

Grants:IdeaLab/Towards a New Wikimania/Outcomes --NaBUru38 (talk) 00:42, 10 February 2016 (UTC)