[Wikimedia-l] New Tool: QuickCategories

2019-03-24 Thread Lucas Werkmeister
Hi everyone!

Last week I published a cross-wiki tool to quickly add and remove
categories from pages. Since it’s not specific to any wiki, I wasn’t
sure where to announce it, and some people suggested this mailing list,
so here it is :)

The tool is called QuickCategories [1][2]. It’s similar to the
QuickStatements tool for Wikidata [3][4]: you prepare a list of edits in
a tabular, textual format – e. g. in a spreadsheet – and then you paste
it into the tool to create a batch, which you can then run.

Some page|+Category:Something|+Category:Something else|-Category:Other
Other page|+Category:Something|+Category:Something else|-Category:Other

For example, yesterday I used this tool to add [[Category:Tomb in the
Panthéon de Paris]] to several Commons categories that I had created
earlier (before realizing they should be in this category) [5], and
Harmonia Amanda has used it to categorize thousands of sportspeople by
their nationality according to Wikidata (e. g. [6]).

Please use the tool responsibly – I’m reasonably confident that it won’t
do bad things on the wikitext level (it uses MediaWiki Parser from Hell
[7], the same library as EarwigBot [8]), but it can’t decide for you
whether a category is appropriate or not. For instance, in the
announcement on Commons [9] I had proposed to automatically add
[[Category:Politicians of the United Kingdom]] to all Members of
Parliament of the United Kingdom according to Wikidata, but it turned
out this category may be more debatable than I expected. I still think
it should be possible to add this category to some automatically
selected people, using a more refined query, but I’ll leave that to
people more familiar with UK politics :)

If you have any questions, feel free to reply here or {{ping}} me
on-wiki – otherwise, I just hope this is useful to some of you :)

Best regards,
Lucas Werkmeister

[1]: https://tools.wmflabs.org/quickcategories/
[2]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Lucas_Werkmeister/QuickCategories
[3]: https://tools.wmflabs.org/quickstatements/
[4]: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Help:QuickStatements
[5]: https://tools.wmflabs.org/quickcategories/batch/26/
[6]: https://tools.wmflabs.org/quickcategories/batch/25/
[7]: https://github.com/earwig/mwparserfromhell/
[8]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:EarwigBot
[9]:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons:Village_pump=343626030#New_tool:_QuickCategories

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[Wikimedia-l] please hire a CTO who wants to protect reader privacy

2019-03-24 Thread James Salsman
I noticed just now that the Foundation is soliciting applications for a new CTO:
https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6515003866130505729

Can we please hire a CTO who would prefer to protect reader privacy
above the interests of any State or non-state actors, whether they
have infiltrated staff, contractor, and NDA signatory ranks, and
whether it interferes with reader statistics and analytics or not,
please?

In particular, I would like to repeat my request that we should not be logging
personally identifiable information which might increase our subpoena
burden or result in privacy violation incidents. Fuzzing geolocation
is okay, but we should not be transmitting IP addresses into logs
across even a LAN, for example, and we certainly shouldn't be
purchasing hardware with backdoor coprocessors wasting electricity and
exposing us to government or similar intrusions:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/analytics/2017-January/005696.html

Best regards,
Jim

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Temporary personal break from mailing lists

2019-03-24 Thread Samir Elsharbaty
Sorry to hear about your negative experiences, Pine and thanks for your
continued support to the movement!

See you around the Wiki cyberspace! :)

Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)

Community Brand and Marketing coordinator

Wikimedia Foundation 



On Sun, Mar 24, 2019 at 2:35 AM Pine W  wrote:

> Hi mailing list colleagues,
>
> I'm not sure whether I should make this be public, but I tend to be a
> frequent participant on mailing lists so maybe sharing this would be good.
>
> I am taking a temporary break from participating on Wikimedia mailing
> lists. Recently I am finding myself frequently experiencing frustration in
> conversations on lists, and I am concerned that in my frustration I may
> write something that I later regret. Also, I would like to be a generally
> positive presence on the lists, and I think that a "reset" would be good.
>
> I will remain in the Wikiverse for the foreseeable future. I like
> Wikimedia's educational mission, and I like my current principal project. I
> will continue to be a list subscriber, and may occasionally read list
> discussions. Also, I will continue to read off list emails. Perhaps in a
> month or two I will resume participating on lists.
>
> Thanks for all that you do in support of the mission. The Wikiverse is
> amazing and I am grateful to be a small part of it.
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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