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Welcome to the General reading room. On this page, Wikibookians are free to talk about the Wikibooks project in general. For proposals for improving Wikibooks, see the Proposals reading room.

Trademark discussion[edit]

Hi, apologies for posting this in English, but I wanted to alert your community to a discussion on Meta about potential changes to the Wikimedia Trademark Policy. Please translate this statement if you can. We hope that you will all participate in the discussion; we also welcome translations of the legal team’s statement into as many languages as possible and encourage you to voice your thoughts there. Please see the Trademark practices discussion (on Meta-Wiki) for more information. Thank you! --Mdennis (WMF) (talk)

Call for comments on draft trademark policy[edit]

Universal Language Selector will be enabled by default again on this wiki by 21 February 2014[edit]

On January 21 2014 the MediaWiki extension Universal Language Selector (ULS) was disabled on this wiki. A new preference was added for logged-in users to turn on ULS. This was done to prevent slow loading of pages due to ULS webfonts, a behaviour that had been observed by the Wikimedia Technical Operations team on some wikis.

We are now ready to enable ULS again. The temporary preference to enable ULS will be removed. A new checkbox has been added to the Language Panel to enable/disable font delivery. This will be unchecked by default for this wiki, but can be selected at any time by the users to enable webfonts. This is an interim solution while we improve the feature of webfonts delivery.

You can read the announcement and the development plan for more information. Apologies for writing this message only in English. Thank you. Runa

Amendment to the Terms of Use[edit]

Noted. I've already voiced by opposition of that page. Paid contributions should be completely banned in my opinion.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 21:31, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Call for project ideas: funding is available for community experiments[edit]

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I apologize if this message is not in your language. Please help translate it.

Do you have an idea for a project that could improve your community? Individual Engagement Grants from the Wikimedia Foundation help support individuals and small teams to organize experiments for 6 months. You can get funding to try out your idea for online community organizing, outreach, tool-building, or research to help make Wikibooks better. In March, we’re looking for new project proposals.

Examples of past Individual Engagement Grant projects:

Proposals are due by 31 March 2014. There are a number of ways to get involved!

Hope to have your participation,

--Siko Bouterse, Head of Individual Engagement Grants, Wikimedia Foundation 19:44, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Hello, hello? Is this mic on?[edit]

In response to the message asking me to introduce myself: Elizabeth Penrose. I've had a few of my [SF/Fantasy/Genre] poems published, and you can find some of them on the web. Although I've made factual edits to Wikipedia (I like poetry & Pittsburgh history), most of my marks revise article grammar. Pittsburgh Poet (discusscontribs) 22:54, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Proposed optional changes to Terms of Use amendment[edit]

Hello all, in response to some community comments in the discussion on the amendment to the Terms of Use on undisclosed paid editing, we have prepared two optional changes. Please read about these optional changes on Meta wiki and share your comments. If you can (and this is a non english project), please translate this announcement. Thanks! Slaporte (WMF) 21:56, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
Very sloppy work by Meta as usual. Every time they post a message here they ask us to translate it. What language do they think we speak here?--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 02:25, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Automatic PDF/ePUB download links (or collection shortcut)[edit]

At the moment, generating an ePUB ebook can only be done by manually adding each page of the book to a collection (which can be an error-prone process if you miss subpages) and downloading the resulting ePUB file from the collection manager.

For PDF files, some books seem to have had their PDF generated and uploaded as a static file (I gather this from the URL of said files). Which would mean that the PDF file becomes obsolete after the first edition of the book.

What would be the technical difficulty of having at least a link that gets the user to the collection manager pre-filled with the pages? Also, a few links for the most obvious choices in options would be great, at least 1-column PDF and ePUB.

--Nowhere man (discusscontribs) 13:15, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

I'm a little confused by your question. When I look at, for example, the German Wikibook, all the way at the bottom on the right side it says "This book has a collection" that already has "a link that gets the user to the collection pre-filled with the pages". --DavidCary (discusscontribs) 14:06, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Changes to the default site typography coming soon[edit]

This week, the typography on Wikimedia sites will be updated for all readers and editors who use the default "Vector" skin. This change will involve new serif fonts for some headings, small tweaks to body content fonts, text size, text color, and spacing between elements. The schedule is:

  • April 1st: non-Wikipedia projects will see this change live
  • April 3rd: Wikipedias will see this change live

This change is very similar to the "Typography Update" Beta Feature that has been available on Wikimedia projects since November 2013. After several rounds of testing and with feedback from the community, this Beta Feature will be disabled and successful aspects enabled in the default site appearance. Users who are logged in may still choose to use another skin, or alter their personal CSS, if they prefer a different appearance. Local common CSS styles will also apply as normal, for issues with local styles and scripts that impact all users.

For more information:

-- Steven Walling (Product Manager) on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation's User Experience Design team

Tagging Other Pages[edit]

Sorry I'm quite new to Wikibooks and I apologise if this is a stupid question.

Basically we are doing a page for Technological Determinism. We are the only group doing this and thus we have been asked to engage with other groups.

I was wondering if there was a way in which we can hyperlink our page from pages that can be attributed to Technological Determinism.

Does anyone know if this can be done?

I'd be grateful of any help.

(TallNorthernIrishEthan (discusscontribs) 14:51, 3 April 2014 (UTC))

Er. Wikibooks is for books, rather than individual pages on a given topic. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:28, 3 April 2014 (UTC)


I am writing a book on North Carolina and I want some suggestions on how I could separate the parts of the history section. StudiesWorld (discusscontribs) 21:47, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Looking at what you've just written on North Carolina/History seems like the way to go. One extra thing might be to put the years in brackets, e.g. Civil War (1860-1865). I know nothing about American history, not even sure if my date guess was close. Hopefully other editors may share their views here soon.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 22:54, 8 April 2014 (UTC)
I don't know the dates exactly but I agree with that. I will work on getting those dates. StudiesWorld (discusscontribs) 23:30, 8 April 2014 (UTC)

Check User self-nomination[edit]

Over at Requests for permissions I've nominated myself for Check User. Share your views or ask questions as you see fit.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 17:10, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

Introduction for GQ Freeman[edit]

I am a semi-retired engineer. I recently gave up the idea of becoming a high school science teacher in favor of trying to start a tiny, indie 3D graphics studio with a new friend. I'm endeavoring to add corrections/clarifications to "Blender 3D: Noob to Pro" as I slog my way through it.

Thank you for introducing yourself here. Good luck with the corrections and clarifications. If you have any questions feel free to post a message in here and someone, hopefully, will reply.--ЗAНИA Flag of Estonia.svgtalk 01:20, 16 April 2014 (UTC)


I come from the English Wikipedia, though I am also active on Commons. I've been adding a few things to the Bartending guide. I probably won't be around too much, but I'm definitely going to be keeping Wikibook in mind for future projects. There is a lot of cool stuff on here. Zellfaze (discusscontribs) 18:58, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Welcome! It is always nice to see a new face. Thenub314 (talk) 19:56, 17 April 2014 (UTC)