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Global ban RFC for Nrcprm2026/James Salsman
Nrcprm2026, better known as James Salsman, has an active discussion regarding a possible global ban.--GZWDer (discuss • contribs) 07:57, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Wiki of functions naming contest
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Hello. Please help pick a name for the new Wikimedia wiki project. This project will be a wiki where the community can work together on a library of functions. The community can create new functions, read about them, discuss them, and share them. Some of these functions will be used to help create language-independent Wikipedia articles that can be displayed in any language, as part of the Abstract Wikipedia project. But functions will also be usable in many other situations.
There will be two rounds of voting, each followed by legal review of candidates, with voting beginning on 29 September and 27 October. Our goal is to have a final project name selected on 8 December. If you would like to participate, then please learn more and vote now
at meta-wiki. Thank you! --Quiddity (WMF)
21:25, 29 September 2020 (UTC)
Call for feedback about Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changes and Board candidate rubric
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Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees starts two calls for feedback. One is about changes to the Bylaws mainly to increase the Board size from 10 to 16 members. The other one is about a trustee candidate rubric to introduce new, more effective ways to evaluate new Board candidates. The Board welcomes your comments through 26 October. For more details, check the full announcement.
Thank you! Qgil-WMF (talk) 17:09, 7 October 2020 (UTC)
I want to start a wiki book on criminals. Seikopo (discuss • contribs) 00:38, 12 October 2020 (UTC)
- Maybe look into Subject:Criminal law? —Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:29, 12 October 2020 (UTC)
Important: maintenance operation on October 27
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The Wikimedia Foundation tests the switch between its first and secondary data centers. This will make sure that Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia wikis can stay online even after a disaster. To make sure everything is working, the Wikimedia Technology department needs to do a planned test. This test will show if they can reliably switch from one data centre to the other. It requires many teams to prepare for the test and to be available to fix any unexpected problems.
They will switch all traffic back to the primary data center on Tuesday, October 27 2020.
Unfortunately, because of some limitations in MediaWiki, all editing must stop while the switch is made. We apologize for this disruption, and we are working to minimize it in the future.
You will be able to read, but not edit, all wikis for a short period of time.
- You will not be able to edit for up to an hour on Tuesday, October 27. The test will start at 14:00 UTC (14:00 WET, 15:00 CET, 10:00 EDT, 19:30 IST, 07:00 PDT, 23:00 JST, and in New Zealand at 03:00 NZDT on Wednesday October 28).
- If you try to edit or save during these times, you will see an error message. We hope that no edits will be lost during these minutes, but we can't guarantee it. If you see the error message, then please wait until everything is back to normal. Then you should be able to save your edit. But, we recommend that you make a copy of your changes first, just in case.
- Background jobs will be slower and some may be dropped. Red links might not be updated as quickly as normal. If you create an article that is already linked somewhere else, the link will stay red longer than usual. Some long-running scripts will have to be stopped.
- There will be code freezes for the week of October 26, 2020. Non-essential code deployments will not happen.
This project may be postponed if necessary. You can read the schedule at wikitech.wikimedia.org
. Any changes will be announced in the schedule. There will be more notifications about this. A banner will be displayed on all wikis 30 minutes before this operation happens. Please share this information with your community.
-- Trizek (WMF) (talk) 17:10, 21 October 2020 (UTC)
Bot Wikipedias and human Wikibooks
At start they were mostly for inserting interwikis (links between Wikipedia articles in different languages), but gradually they started to create new articles. Lastly, some Wikipedia versions like Cebuano, Waray-Waray and Egyptian Arabic were remained full of bot articles but with small reader communities. Bot usage was always at low level in Wikibooks, maybe because of complexities of its scientific content and contextual relationship between its pages. As well as, this project has the least number of interwikis (between various languages of Wikibooks), now present in the Wikimedia project Wikidata. Wikidata provides data for other Wikimedia projects including Wikibooks (now mostly in Lua language). These data can be used to autofill infobox templates in some Wikivoyage versions and may have more usages. Is wikidata changing Wikibooks to become a bot-based project, too? --Doostdar (discuss • contribs) 10:59, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
- We do not remove manual interwikis even if they are also linked at Wikidata. Neither does en.wn. --Pi zero (discuss • contribs) 19:31, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
- I will "battle" all day long to resist the encroachment of Wikidata here. I've seen what similar tools can do. A data set is used to generate "human readable" (debate!) content that is then consumed by more technology. For example, financial services companies create "commentary" on stocks by dragging data into "AI" generated templates to create something that has some resemblance to human written analysis. It is then typically read by another piece of software to extract the data for consumption into an analytics platform. The sum of all this computer horsepower is to move one set of data points to another place while dressing up as if there is some intelligence or meaning in it. It's idiotic. QuiteUnusual (discuss • contribs) 15:26, 5 November 2020 (UTC)
Wiki of functions naming contest - Round 2
Reminder: Please help to choose the name for the new Wikimedia wiki project - the library of functions. The finalist vote starts today. The finalists for the name are: Wikicode, Wikicodex, Wikifunctions, Wikifusion, Wikilambda, Wikimedia Functions. If you would like to participate, then please learn more and vote now at Meta-wiki.
Thank you! --Quiddity (WMF)
22:10, 5 November 2020 (UTC)
Starting a book???
What can I start one on? FcoonerBCA (discuss • contribs) 06:22, 7 November 2020 (UTC)
- You can start one on what you like, if within scope and policy. You might want to read Wikibooks:What is Wikibooks? first, to give you an idea of what is allowed. Using Wikibooks is helpful as a manual. If you want to start "History of Wales" I'd imagine that would be fine. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 11:02, 7 November 2020 (UTC)
Call for insights on ways to better communicate the work of the movement
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Call for insights on ways to better communicate the work of the movement
The Movement Strategy recommendations published this year made clear the importance of establishing stronger communications within our movement. To this end, the Foundation wants to gather insights from communities on ways we all might more consistently communicate about our collective work, and better highlight community contributions from across the movement. Over the coming months, we will be running focus groups and online discussions to collect these insights. Visit the page on Meta-Wiki to sign up for a focus group or participate in the discussion.
ELappen (WMF) (talk) 18:56, 18 November 2020 (UTC)
The 2021 Community Wishlist Survey is now open! This survey is the process where communities decide what the Community Tech team should work on over the next year. We encourage everyone to submit proposals until the deadline on 30 November, or comment on other proposals to help make them better. The communities will vote on the proposals between 8 December and 21 December.
The Community Tech team is focused on tools for experienced Wikimedia editors. You can write proposals in any language, and we will translate them for you. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your proposals!
SGrabarczuk (WMF) 05:52, 20 November 2020 (UTC)