Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome messages at arwiki

2018-01-23 Thread Alessandro Marchetti via Wikimedia-l
There are a lot of SUL issues that are waiting to be addressed. One for example 
is the definition of what is not "appropriate" as a name. Another one is a 
centralized interface for preferences, a third one is a centralized management 
of key user information, a forth one is the possibility to disactivate 
crosswiki ping services so you can manage them only when you want to... and so 
on... one reasonable thing you can ask is that the message is not inserted in 
the talk of people with no edits, for example. Or that the welcome messages are 
progressively standardized, with a clear layout for the message that can be 
declined with the users' language preferences when they are declared. Sure, 
there is no point in linking me again to the five pillar, but a link to some 
key pages might still be useful.
In any case I cannot think of it as really important, and it is to me less 
important than other issues related to the SUL interface.
Right in these days one of my friends that I registered years ago or that was 
already registered (in any case a very minor contributor, with only a 
superficial involvement on wiki platforms) received one of this welcome message 
in one "non-western language". He/She found it funny.
I probably have very tolerant friends... good for me! But so far I still feel 
that this is a problem only for a small fraction on  mid-term and long-term 
users than for the rest of the world. I believe that if you make an extensive 
research these messages might have no effect (especially if left by bot), they 
probably have some effect if they are part of a human interaction, and there is 
a minority who will disagree with them strongly. Based on the human 
interactions and experiences in my life at the workplace, I kinda suspect that 
for many of these people this could be also their general attitude in other 
fields.
Don't get me wrong, I am concerned by the abuse of psychometric and personal 
data on modern internet platform, I'll do whatever I could to prevent it that's 
why I really don't understand why these messages given by an open and linear 
process are such a big deal per se. To me it's like overthinking something 
quite superficial and that's unfortunately rarely in the interest of taking 
care of the real big deal, such as e.g. your personal metadata being sold to 
big conglomerates without your "active permission". So are my friends, and, 
surprise surpirse, they don't care about these welcome messages too. 

Il Mercoledì 24 Gennaio 2018 4:41, Pine W  ha scritto:
 

 FYI for those on WIkimedia-l who may be interested, conversation about this
matter is ongoing. I am waiting a response from WMF Legal, and there may be
others who have opened their own lines of inquiry.

If I don't receive a reply from WMF Legal that I feel is satisfactory, or
if I don't receive one at all, then I plan to set up an RfC about this
matter.

Pine 


On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 2:17 PM, Vi to  wrote:

> I'm scared of the solutions that will "fix" this.
> I expect something as dramatically useful as the removal of "unblock this
> IP" button for IPs caught by autoblocks of registered users.
>
> Vito
>
> 2018-01-01 22:46 GMT+01:00 Pine W :
>
> > I have created https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T183876 and am pinging
> > Legal to request a review of this matter.
> >
> > Happy new year,
> >
> > Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome messages at arwiki

2018-01-23 Thread Pine W
FYI for those on WIkimedia-l who may be interested, conversation about this
matter is ongoing. I am waiting a response from WMF Legal, and there may be
others who have opened their own lines of inquiry.

If I don't receive a reply from WMF Legal that I feel is satisfactory, or
if I don't receive one at all, then I plan to set up an RfC about this
matter.

Pine 


On Mon, Jan 1, 2018 at 2:17 PM, Vi to  wrote:

> I'm scared of the solutions that will "fix" this.
> I expect something as dramatically useful as the removal of "unblock this
> IP" button for IPs caught by autoblocks of registered users.
>
> Vito
>
> 2018-01-01 22:46 GMT+01:00 Pine W :
>
> > I have created https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T183876 and am pinging
> > Legal to request a review of this matter.
> >
> > Happy new year,
> >
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[Wikimedia-l] What's making you happy this week? (Week of 21 January 2018)

2018-01-23 Thread Pine W
What's making me happy this week -- I will reword this to say, "what's
making me grateful this week" -- is the summary from Andre Klapper about
results from Google Code-in 2017.

I say "grateful" rather than "happy" because, although I'm grateful for the
contributions of these developers and the people who mentored them, I am
mindful that many of us, like some of these developers, have sacrificed
some measure of success in school, time for sleep or other healthy
activities, and/or opportunities for paid work, because for we decided that
Wikimedia was a higher priority. One of my hopes is that people will
contribute to Wikimedia in a way that is sustainable and healthy for
themselves personally, and that may mean that people should prioritize (for
example) school and sleep before they work on Wikimedia projects.

I am, nonetheless, grateful for the good outcomes of this campaign,
including the comments from students who said that overall they enjoyed
their participation. I hope that future rounds we can help them to get
enough sleep and succeed in school while participating in Google Code-in. :)

What's making you happy or grateful this week?

Pine 


-- Forwarded message --
From: Andre Klapper 
Date: Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 11:45 AM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Google Code-in 2017: Students' summaries
To: Wikimedia developers 


After seven weeks, Google Code-in 2017 ended.

Wikimedia has seen 760 completed tasks (last year: 453). 300 students
(last year: 192) finished at least one task (out of 686 who worked on
Wikimedia tasks). Supported by 51 active mentors (last year: 46).
Thanks everybody who took part - students, mentors, admins, everyone
who helped sort out issues and answer questions, Google.

Numerous contributors have blogged about their experience. Reading
these posts is a good use of time to get reminded why free and open
source software communities can be a beautiful:

https://www.codebucket.de/blog/contest/2018/01/17/
google-code-in-2017-and-the-future.html
https://medium.com/@Albert221/the-end-of-gci2017-or-maybe-not-d82758d359b1
https://struggling-math-tech.blogspot.com/2018/01/my-
experiences-with-google-code-in.html
https://blog.phandev.net/posts/gci17
http://gciexpreincewithwikimedia.blogspot.com/2018/01/my-gci-
exprience-with-wikimedia.html
https://omkarfarmax.blogspot.com/2018/01/google-code-in-
best-thing-ever-happened.html
https://googlegcitaskanurag.blogspot.com/2018/01/my-gci-
experience-with-google-and.html
https://www.arefly.com/google-code-in-2017-wikimedia/

For the complete list, see
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Code-in/2017#Wrap-up_blog_posts

Thanks,
andre

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Siamese networks and image classification

2018-01-23 Thread Pine W
Hi John,

I am having a little trouble with understanding your email from January
15th. Could you perhaps state your question or point in a different way?

Pine 


On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 5:55 AM, John Erling Blad  wrote:

> This is the same as the entry on the wishlist for 2016, but describes the
> actual method.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Community_Wishlist_
> Survey/Categories/Commons#Use_computer_vision_to_propose_categories
>
> Both contrastive and triplet loss can be used while learning, but neither
> are described at Wikipedia.
>
> On Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 8:16 PM, Pine W  wrote:
>
> > Hi John,
> >
> > I have not heard of an initiative to use Siamese neural networks for
> image
> > classifications on on Commons. You might make a suggestion on the AI,
> > Research, and/or Commons mailing lists regarding this idea. You might
> also
> > make a suggestion in IdeaLab
> > .
> >
> > Pine 
> > 
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 14, 2018 at 3:46 AM, John Erling Blad 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Has anyone tried to use a Siamese neural network for image
> classification
> > > at Commons? I don't know if it will be good enough to run in autonomous
> > > mode, but it will probably be a huge help for those that do manual
> > > classification.
> > >
> > > Imagine a network providing a list of possible categories, and the user
> > > just ticks off usable categories.
> > >
> > > A Siamese network can be learned by using a triplet loss function,
> where
> > > the anchor and the positive candidate comes from the same category, and
> > the
> > > negative candidate comes from an other category but are otherwise close
> > to
> > > the anchor.
> > >
> > > Output from the network is like a fingerprint, and those fingerprints
> can
> > > be compared to other images with known fingerprints, or against a
> > > generalized fingerprint for a category.
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's map capacities! (Announcing the CCM)

2018-01-23 Thread Pine W
I agree with Tomasz that some UI love would be beneficial. I think that
simplification of the language for people who are not native English
speakers might also be beneficial.

As I said before, I like the general concept. If affiliates and online
communities can be persuaded to use this tool or one like it in a somewhat
systematic way, the patterns in the data could be very interesting.

Pine 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Rémy Gerbet
Congratulations to you all !!


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2018-01-23 17:00 GMT+01:00 Galileo Vidoni :

> Hi all,
>
> Thanks to Kirill and to the rest of the committee for their kind words.
> I'm very fond of having served AffCom and I'm always available if you think
> my past experience could be useful.
>
> As to Stu's question —yes, there have been cases of outgoing committee
> members not being re-appointed.
>
> Best,
>
> Galileo
>
>
> El 23 ene. 2018 4:37 p. m., "Stuart Prior" 
> escribió:
>
> Congratulations to those re-selected and newly appointed, and
> commiserations to those unsuccessful.
>
> I do have one question spurred on by the consistent re-selection of
> existing members for the past two rounds which will might require a little
> collective institutional memory to answer.
> Has anyone putting themselves forward for re-selection ever not been
> re-appointed by the committee?
>
> Best
>
> Stuart
> (User:Battleofalma)
>
> On 23 January 2018 at 13:52, Nabin K. Sapkota  >
> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Nabin
> >
> > On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and
> > Sami
> > > Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
> > > addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have
> > been
> > > re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our
> new
> > > and returning members.
> > >
> > > The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
> > > stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
> > > everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
> > > standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-23 Thread Isaac Olatunde
Perhaps our readers aren't getting their topics of interest on Wikipedia,
partly because Wikipedia is becoming nothing more than a biographical
encyclopedia.

Regards,

Isaac.

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 5:54 PM, James Heilman  wrote:

> Our data is only comparable between May 2015 and Dec 2017 so:
>
> Nov/Dec/Jan 15/16 total 15.7, 14.6, 16.2
>
> Nov/Dec/Jan 16/17 total 16.4, 15.5, 17.0
>
> Nov/Dec/Jan 17/18 total 15.3, 14.3, 16.4 (last number an estimate)
>
> So went up from 15/16 to 16/17 and now come down in 17/18 to about were it
> was in 15/16. We are definitely not seeing growth in pageviews though which
> is concerning.
>
> James
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 5:10 AM, Wojciech Pędzich 
> wrote:
>
> > In order to have at least a partial answer we would need to know how the
> > pageviews relate to actual database traffic I assume? That would explain
> > Google and I do not know whether there are any other services worldwide
> > that use the datastram without actually displaying pages.
> >
> > Wojciech
> >
> > 2018-01-23 11:55 GMT+01:00 Anders Wennersten :
> >
> > > We are seeing a steady decrease of page views to our projects
> > (Wikipedia).
> > > Nov-Dec-Jan it is decreasing in a rate of 5-10% (year-year), and for
> big
> > > languages like Japanese,  Spanish close to 10%, or some months even
> more
> > > [1]
> > >
> > > Is there any insights of why this is so? Could it be that Google take
> > over
> > > accesses with their ever better way of showing results direct  (but
> then
> > > also with showing extracts of Wikipedia articles) . Or that our
> interface
> > > on mobiles is inferior so we miss accesses from mobiles (now being 54%
> of
> > > total). Or horror of horror that users look for facts on all new sites
> > with
> > > fake news instead of Wikipedia?
> > >
> > > Anders
> > >
> > > [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm
> > >
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Publicpolicy] Update on FISA 702 reauthorization

2018-01-23 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
First, what the Foundation does is not in order to protect itself but to
protect its readers, its authors.

Second, when you consider security theatre, consider the other countries
and then consider the countries where security has a better chance than the
USA. Be advised that in many, most countries citizens of other countries
are fair game and that the USA is often an active participant in odious
regimes in many countries.

Third, when we give up on security we are complicit. We have to consider
what companies like Facebook do to create their own hardware and when we
can strengthen the move to a state where Cisco hardware is no longer used
(Cisco has a bad reputation for open backdoors).

Fourth, what was the use of HTTPS about if all we do is theatre? NO; it is
relevant and lets make it more so.
Thanks,
 GerrdM



On 22 January 2018 at 01:45, Craig Franklin 
wrote:

> I think, as Geni says, that even that isn't going to provide any effective
> barrier.  If the NSA or other US Government spooks want to get into the
> servers, they will, regardless of what hardware it's running on, what
> software it uses, or what jurisdiction it is located in.  Anything that the
> Foundation does to "protect" itself is just going to be security theatre.
> Anyone doing anything that the current or future American administrations
> might object to should keep that in mind.  I assume that every place I go
> on the Internet is already compromised and act accordingly.
>
> Cheers,
> Craig
>
> On 21 January 2018 at 19:13, Yaroslav Blanter  wrote:
>
> > What about moving to another country? Still not an option?
> >
> > Cheers
> > Yaroslav
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 21, 2018 at 8:38 AM, Lodewijk 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > 1) still don't see the relevance. If better technology is needed, it's
> > > needed - that should be independent of any lobbying preferences. It
> looks
> > > like you're just pushing tangents again.
> > >
> > > 2) You do realize that the FTC and the FEC are very different
> > > organizations? But again, it seems you just used this statement as an
> > > opportunity to push a tangent.
> > >
> > > Please don't do that.
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > > Lodewijk
> > >
> > > On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 2:43 PM, James Salsman 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > > 1) I don't quite see how your question about servers and switches
> > > relates
> > > > > to Stephen's statement. Could you explain for us mere mortals how
> you
> > > > link
> > > > > the two?
> > > >
> > > > The NSA surveillance which was reauthorized by Congress can not
> depend
> > > > on eavesdropping alone with new HTTPS cyphers. It needs compromised
> > > > hardware to work, such as has been included in Dell servers since the
> > > > Foundation started purchasing them, and the design of which was
> > > > overseen by the Foundation's CTO, who worked then at Intel. This
> > > > provides us with the know-how, a teachable moment, and an excellent
> > > > opportunity to specify and acquire replacement open source hardware
> > > > which doesn't have the DIETYBOUNCE / System Management Mode OOB /
> iAMT
> > > > and related backdoors.
> > > >
> > > > https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/01/nsa_exploit_of.html
> > > >
> > > > > 2) I somehow missed the commitment by the WMF to research "FEC
> > > > requirements
> > > > > of organized advocates for US political candidates' or anything
> that
> > > > > suggests that the WMF may advocate for specific political
> candidates
> > > > (which
> > > > > seems a change of course that would be hard to sweep under the
> rug).
> > > > Could
> > > > > you quote?
> > > >
> > > > https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia_
> > > > talk:Conflict_of_interest=prev=815460492#
> > > > Note_from_Wikimedia_Legal
> > > >
> > > > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Slaporte_(WMF)#
> > > > Research_topic_request
> > > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The 2016-2017 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report

2018-01-23 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
As a document targeting donors it is effective.

For me, it is indeed an accomplished selly thingie that does not connect.
It is all Wikipedia and Wikipedia is not that shiny. It is a community
where infighting is common, where external knowledge and tools are seen as
problematic because they do not comply with Wikipedia hard fought
"compromises". They do not entertain the thought that compromises are often
sub optimal seen in a different light but that light is not considered in
the "beauty" of all of Wikipedias accomplishments.

It takes an external organisation to come begging to bring us comparison
between the facts offered in all the Wikipedias and, it compares them also
with Wikidata.. We have a community that transcribes books but we do not
care for their finished products. It is apparently not part of the sum of
what we consider all knowledge.

We are so enthralled with the shine of Wikipedia that we do not consider
our primary objectives. In a world where fake news is well established, we
are postage stamp collectors as we do not consider what news is fake and
how that effects the information we provide. When it has to do with
nursing, the effect can be deadly in the first degree [1]. Then again, it
is not part of the big plan and it is officially not considered that
relevant. When we consider "biographies of living people" something that
applies to Wikipedia, Wikidata has... data not biographies. We do not
consider that comparison brings out the differences between what is stated
in a Wikipedia article and is stated elsewhere. The point; when we
concentrate on differences, we concentrate on what is problematic and that
is where our effort has the most effect on what is wrong, problematic or
even fake. We don't because of policies and we.. Wikipedia.. do not think
others have anything to offer.

Usability is something that is seen as important but Wikidata is not seen
as a project used by "end users" and consequently it is not even considered
to bring a more informative display to Wikidata like Reasonator. What
Reasonator brings is instant context to the data and an instant interface
to add missing labels in *your* language.. I used it for Russian for this
very Russian / American subject [2]. As an editor with over two million
edits, many of them manual edits, I can tell you it is indispensable. When
this type of functionality becomes standard, we will gain many more
contributors to Wikidata.. Then again the WMF outreach officer cannot stand
to be told how important usability is so it is unlikely to happen, him
being considered the/a guru of Wikidata..

While this selly thingie is an accomplished product and it is, there is
much more money to be made when you consider local fundraising. In the
Netherlands people tend to give automatically with typically larger amounts
of money. They tend to leave organisations like Wikimedia in their will and
for some really big charities this is as much as 40% of their income. I am
convinced that with one or two persona in the Netherlands raising funds for
the WMF we would more start to grow income exponentially at first. One
reason to do this is to make Wikimedia less reliant on USA money and
consequently make it culturally easy to do more elsewhere and take a non
USA point of view.

I do appreciate that it is almost impossible to write an acceptable annual
report for us, the contributors. What is possible is to write a composite
of different takes on Wikimedia projects and its place in the world. 
one award winning Wikimedian I would love to hear his opinion ..  Egon
Willighagen.  I would also love to hear an external view on
Wikisource for instance from the Internet Archive.. What I would seek in
this composite is the use of our projects, our efforts and what it
effectively means for them. I do not want us to dwell on what divides us, I
want us to concentrate at what it is we achieve, our purpose.
Thanks,
  GerardM

[1] https://ultimategerardm.blogspot.nl/2018/01/wikipedia-
fiduciary-responsibilities.html
[2] https://tools.wmflabs.org/reasonator/?q=Q47455696=ru

On 19 January 2018 at 01:35, Zachary McCune  wrote:

> Hello all-
>
>
> Last year, the Wikimedia Foundation received more than 6 million donations
> to support free knowledge. Today, we would like to share the Foundation’s
> 2016 - 2017 Annual Report which helps document how those donations were put
> to use. [1]
>
> This Report is meant mostly for donors, but it may be of use to any
> audience looking to learn more about the Wikimedia Foundation, our
> activities, and our community support.
>
> In (very) brief, last year:
>
> * We worked on building safer communities with new tools like Abuse Filter
> and Mute to reduce harassment on Wikipedia.
>
> * We improved our services for mobile devices: making images smaller and
> articles load faster, streamlining our apps to assist users.
>
> * We partnered with international organizations to add missing languages
> and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] January Wikimedia Foundation Metrics & Activities meeting

2018-01-23 Thread Samuel Patton
Agree with James, this is a great idea and I'm looking forward to seeing
Wiki DE do their thing.

Sam

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, James Heilman  wrote:

> Excellent idea. Super cool to see.
>
> J
>
> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 6:09 PM, Gregory Varnum 
> wrote:
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> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > The currently-scheduled January metrics and activities meeting is
> scheduled
> > to occur during the Wikimedia Foundation's annual meeting for staff and
> > contractors (known as All Hands). Given this, we have a need to
> reschedule,
> > and decided to use that change to experiment.
> >
> > So, I am very excited to share that the January metrics and activities
> > meeting will be hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland on February 1 from 16:00
> to
> > 17:00 UTC (8:00-9:00 PT).
> >
> > Please stay tuned for more details from Wikimedia Deutschland in the days
> > to come! I hope that you will turn out and support our friends in Germany
> > in this experiment as part of our ongoing efforts to make the monthly
> > metrics and activities meetings representative of our global movement.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] January Wikimedia Foundation Metrics & Activities meeting

2018-01-23 Thread James Heilman
Excellent idea. Super cool to see.

J

On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 6:09 PM, Gregory Varnum 
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> The currently-scheduled January metrics and activities meeting is scheduled
> to occur during the Wikimedia Foundation's annual meeting for staff and
> contractors (known as All Hands). Given this, we have a need to reschedule,
> and decided to use that change to experiment.
>
> So, I am very excited to share that the January metrics and activities
> meeting will be hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland on February 1 from 16:00 to
> 17:00 UTC (8:00-9:00 PT).
>
> Please stay tuned for more details from Wikimedia Deutschland in the days
> to come! I hope that you will turn out and support our friends in Germany
> in this experiment as part of our ongoing efforts to make the monthly
> metrics and activities meetings representative of our global movement.
>
> Best,
> Greg and Sam
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[Wikimedia-l] January Wikimedia Foundation Metrics & Activities meeting

2018-01-23 Thread Gregory Varnum
Hello everyone,

The currently-scheduled January metrics and activities meeting is scheduled
to occur during the Wikimedia Foundation's annual meeting for staff and
contractors (known as All Hands). Given this, we have a need to reschedule,
and decided to use that change to experiment.

So, I am very excited to share that the January metrics and activities
meeting will be hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland on February 1 from 16:00 to
17:00 UTC (8:00-9:00 PT).

Please stay tuned for more details from Wikimedia Deutschland in the days
to come! I hope that you will turn out and support our friends in Germany
in this experiment as part of our ongoing efforts to make the monthly
metrics and activities meetings representative of our global movement.

Best,
Greg and Sam
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost – Volume 14, Issue 1 – 16 January 2018

2018-01-23 Thread Wikipedia Signpost
News and notes: Communication is key
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/News_and_notes

In the media: The Paris Review, British Crown and British Media
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/In_the_media

Featured content: History, gaming and multifarious topics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/Featured_content

Interview: Interview with Ser Amantio di Nicolao, the top contributor to
English Wikipedia by edit count
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/Interview

Technology report: Dedicated Wikidata database servers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/Technology_report

Humour: Why don't we have an article about _?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/Humour

Arbitration report: Mister Wiki is first arbitration committee decision of
2018
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/Arbitration_report

Traffic report: The best and worst of 2017
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2018-01-16/Traffic_report


Single-page view

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Santiago Navarro
Congratulations and good luck to the new and the re-elected members. And 
thanks to Galio for his work during these six years.


El 2018-01-23 17:00, Galileo Vidoni escribió:

Hi all,

Thanks to Kirill and to the rest of the committee for their kind words. 
I'm
very fond of having served AffCom and I'm always available if you think 
my

past experience could be useful.

As to Stu's question —yes, there have been cases of outgoing committee
members not being re-appointed.

Best,

Galileo


El 23 ene. 2018 4:37 p. m., "Stuart Prior" 


escribió:

Congratulations to those re-selected and newly appointed, and
commiserations to those unsuccessful.

I do have one question spurred on by the consistent re-selection of
existing members for the past two rounds which will might require a 
little

collective institutional memory to answer.
Has anyone putting themselves forward for re-selection ever not been
re-appointed by the committee?

Best

Stuart
(User:Battleofalma)

On 23 January 2018 at 13:52, Nabin K. Sapkota 


wrote:


Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.

Cheers,
Nabin

On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin 
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>
> I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and
Sami
> Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
> addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have
been
> re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our

new

> and returning members.
>
> The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
> stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
> everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
> standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.
>
> Regards,
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Community of Republic of Srpska_Annual Report 2017

2018-01-23 Thread WМ RepublikaSrpska
Hello,

The Wikimedia Community of Republic of Srpska annual report is now
available in English. This time, we made two types of reports - *an
interactive*  and *standard one*
.
Please refer to both versions. In standard we have uploaded more data and
links.


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[Wikimedia-l] Updates on the new Wikimedia Foundation website

2018-01-23 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings!

As mentioned in the Annual Plan and past Metrics and activities meeting
updates, this year the Wikimedia Foundation has been actively working to
refresh the organization’s website (wikimediafoundation.org).[1] It has
been a long time coming, as the current version was created more than 13
years ago. We are incredibly excited about this new opportunity to help us
speak more clearly and easily to donors, new partners, future employees,
members of the media, and the public.

The Communications department has been working since June 2017 with Mule
Design, who specialize in helping nonprofit organizations utilize online
channels to educate the world about their work. We are still a few months
away from a new website, but wanted to share the research we have been
using to inform our decision making and an update on our overall progress.

The current Foundation website—which contains more than 4,500 content pages
and 19,000 pages overall—has remained largely untouched in scope and
overall design since its initial launch as a wiki in 2004. We have grown a
tremendous amount during that time, but this particular communication
channel has not been revised to match those changes and support our
objectives. Many of us have discussed for years about how we not only could
do better, but needed to do better.

Mule began by speaking with people across the movement to determine the
needs of our site. This work, known as Discovery, involved interviews with
dozens of staff, volunteers, donors, and movement partners. It was one of
the largest Discovery processes we have ever undertaken for a
communications project. Those initial findings and recommendations were
used to make decisions around the design, content scope, platform, and
target audiences. We are posting Mule's summary of the Discovery process on
Meta-Wiki if you are interested in reviewing it more in-depth.[2]

So what will this new website be? We hope something that helps each of you
in clearly conveying both our work and the mission of the Wikimedia
Foundation. This is not just a rearrangement of the existing wiki, it’s an
entirely new site with new intentions and content. Specifically:

* Audience-centered design meant to improve navigation for people
unfamiliar with Wikimedia or the Wikimedia Foundation
* Expressive content (photos, type, and articles) that clearly communicate
our mission and impact
* Multilingual switching to allowing reading and navigation across many
languages

The new site will be built on WordPress—a free and open-source content
management system that many in the movement have been using with great
success. We will be archiving pages which are no longer active and have
caused confusion. We will also be moving some content to more collaborative
places like Meta-Wiki. We will continue to rely on MediaWiki to support
on-wiki documentation and collaboration.

With our technical, content, and design scopes finalized—we are beginning
to build the new site. We have reached out to department leaders within the
Foundation to help identify who we will be working with on the site’s
content strategy and creation. Up next:

* We will be developing a content strategy through this and next month
* We will proceed to content creation later next month followed by
translation
* We are working towards a formal site launch before the end of the fiscal
year (June - July 2018)

Thank you to the dozens of staff, volunteers, supporters, and partners from
around that world that have already been involved in this process, and to
the dozens more who will be involved in the months to come!

-greg

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_website/2017-2018_update

[2]
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-23 Thread James Heilman
Our data is only comparable between May 2015 and Dec 2017 so:

Nov/Dec/Jan 15/16 total 15.7, 14.6, 16.2

Nov/Dec/Jan 16/17 total 16.4, 15.5, 17.0

Nov/Dec/Jan 17/18 total 15.3, 14.3, 16.4 (last number an estimate)

So went up from 15/16 to 16/17 and now come down in 17/18 to about were it
was in 15/16. We are definitely not seeing growth in pageviews though which
is concerning.

James



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> In order to have at least a partial answer we would need to know how the
> pageviews relate to actual database traffic I assume? That would explain
> Google and I do not know whether there are any other services worldwide
> that use the datastram without actually displaying pages.
>
> Wojciech
>
> 2018-01-23 11:55 GMT+01:00 Anders Wennersten :
>
> > We are seeing a steady decrease of page views to our projects
> (Wikipedia).
> > Nov-Dec-Jan it is decreasing in a rate of 5-10% (year-year), and for big
> > languages like Japanese,  Spanish close to 10%, or some months even more
> > [1]
> >
> > Is there any insights of why this is so? Could it be that Google take
> over
> > accesses with their ever better way of showing results direct  (but then
> > also with showing extracts of Wikipedia articles) . Or that our interface
> > on mobiles is inferior so we miss accesses from mobiles (now being 54% of
> > total). Or horror of horror that users look for facts on all new sites
> with
> > fake news instead of Wikipedia?
> >
> > Anders
> >
> > [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Galileo Vidoni
Hi all,

Thanks to Kirill and to the rest of the committee for their kind words. I'm
very fond of having served AffCom and I'm always available if you think my
past experience could be useful.

As to Stu's question —yes, there have been cases of outgoing committee
members not being re-appointed.

Best,

Galileo


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escribió:

Congratulations to those re-selected and newly appointed, and
commiserations to those unsuccessful.

I do have one question spurred on by the consistent re-selection of
existing members for the past two rounds which will might require a little
collective institutional memory to answer.
Has anyone putting themselves forward for re-selection ever not been
re-appointed by the committee?

Best

Stuart
(User:Battleofalma)

On 23 January 2018 at 13:52, Nabin K. Sapkota 
wrote:

> Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.
>
> Cheers,
> Nabin
>
> On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and
> Sami
> > Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
> > addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have
> been
> > re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our
new
> > and returning members.
> >
> > The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
> > stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
> > everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
> > standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Stuart Prior
Congratulations to those re-selected and newly appointed, and
commiserations to those unsuccessful.

I do have one question spurred on by the consistent re-selection of
existing members for the past two rounds which will might require a little
collective institutional memory to answer.
Has anyone putting themselves forward for re-selection ever not been
re-appointed by the committee?

Best

Stuart
(User:Battleofalma)

On 23 January 2018 at 13:52, Nabin K. Sapkota 
wrote:

> Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.
>
> Cheers,
> Nabin
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> On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin 
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> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and
> Sami
> > Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
> > addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have
> been
> > re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our new
> > and returning members.
> >
> > The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
> > stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
> > everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
> > standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Nabin K. Sapkota
Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.

Cheers,
Nabin

On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and Sami
> Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
> addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have been
> re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our new
> and returning members.
>
> The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
> stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
> everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
> standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
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[Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-23 Thread Kirill Lokshin
Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand, and Sami
Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.  In
addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni -- have been
re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming our new
and returning members.

The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who is
stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and to
everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether by
standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the applications.

Regards,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-23 Thread Wojciech Pędzich
In order to have at least a partial answer we would need to know how the
pageviews relate to actual database traffic I assume? That would explain
Google and I do not know whether there are any other services worldwide
that use the datastram without actually displaying pages.

Wojciech

2018-01-23 11:55 GMT+01:00 Anders Wennersten :

> We are seeing a steady decrease of page views to our projects (Wikipedia).
> Nov-Dec-Jan it is decreasing in a rate of 5-10% (year-year), and for big
> languages like Japanese,  Spanish close to 10%, or some months even more
> [1]
>
> Is there any insights of why this is so? Could it be that Google take over
> accesses with their ever better way of showing results direct  (but then
> also with showing extracts of Wikipedia articles) . Or that our interface
> on mobiles is inferior so we miss accesses from mobiles (now being 54% of
> total). Or horror of horror that users look for facts on all new sites with
> fake news instead of Wikipedia?
>
> Anders
>
> [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm
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[Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-23 Thread Anders Wennersten
We are seeing a steady decrease of page views to our projects 
(Wikipedia). Nov-Dec-Jan it is decreasing in a rate of 5-10% 
(year-year), and for big languages like Japanese,  Spanish close to 10%, 
or some months even more  [1]


Is there any insights of why this is so? Could it be that Google take 
over accesses with their ever better way of showing results direct  (but 
then also with showing extracts of Wikipedia articles) . Or that our 
interface on mobiles is inferior so we miss accesses from mobiles (now 
being 54% of total). Or horror of horror that users look for facts on 
all new sites with fake news instead of Wikipedia?


Anders

[1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm


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