[Wikimedia-l] Wiki of functions naming contest

2020-09-29 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hello all,

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.[1] 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 broad 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:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia/Wiki_of_functions_naming_contest

Thank you.
Nick / Quiddity

[1] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Abstract_Wikipedia/Wiki_of_functions_naming_contest#What_is_a_function%3F

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia

2020-08-06 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Wed, Aug 5, 2020 at 2:01 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:

> We used to have a roughly weighted list of major world languages by
> (spoken, written; primary, secondary) and how well covered they were by wp
> (articles, contributors).  Is there something like that still?
>

I think you might be referring to the links in the 3rd and 4th line of
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Lists_of_Wikipedias ?
Looking more closely, it appears that the "speakers per article" listing is
unfortunately a few years out of date, as the column of "Speakers" was
being manually updated from Ethnologue stats (which are now paywalled).
I've started a tangential discussion on the talkpage there, about using
Wikidata instead.
Additionally, none of those links contain the "primary / secondary
language" statistics, for which I think we'd need to cross-reference with
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_languages_by_total_number_of_speakers
(https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1394450) Or perhaps Wikidata can resolve it
again, as at least some languages' items include a split of the statistics
for that, e.g. Q150. Let's discuss further onwiki?

And +1 to the overall recommendation from C. Scott. :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-06-04 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hi Ad,
We've sent you the zoom link offlist (per Maggie's note in the email below).

Also, the link for the stream is at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGRXVx5EeCk
Thanks.


On Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 10:55 AM Ad Huikeshoven  wrote:

> Where can I find the Zoom link?
>
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 11:24 PM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
> > Hello, all.
> >
> > First, I’m sorry for not doing a better job introducing myself last time.
> > (I was told I should have done that.) I am Maggie Dennis. Currently I am
> > the Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability under the
> > General Counsel of the Foundation. I’ve been with the Foundation for 9
> > years in various roles, but always connected to the group who now conduct
> > Trust & Safety in one form or another. I am also a volunteer,
> > Moonriddengirl, primarily on English Wikipedia, although I am so much
> > diminished in my volunteering that it embarrasses me to point it out.
> >
> > This office hour is still scheduled for 18:00 UTC June 4th. I will be on
> > camera, and it will be livestreamed here:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGRXVx5EeCk
> >
> > We will post notes from the meeting, with the identity of question-askers
> > anonymized, afterward. Questions can be submitted on Telegram [1], on IRC
> > [2] or in the YouTube Chat or by email in advance to
> answ...@wikimedia.org
> > (To make sure they are presented during this meeting, please use “Trust &
> > Safety” as the subject line.)
> >
> > I want to invite people to join me in the Zoom call itself as well. I’d
> > much rather be talking to people than nervously answering anonymous
> > questions. Since I’m told that there are security issues with publishing
> > the link, we’ll be sharing the link with interested individuals as the
> > meeting begins. If you want the link to get in, please ask for it at
> > answ...@wikimedia.org, at least an hour in advance of the meeting’s
> start
> > (again, with “Trust & Safety” as the subject line). The link will be sent
> > out via email during the hour before the meeting.
> >
> > If you are in Zoom, of course, and on camera or speaking out loud, people
> > who watch the stream will see you, so if you prefer more anonymity
> Telegram
> > or IRC may be more comfortable for you.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Maggie [3]
> >
> >
> > P.S. NewYorkBrad, colon added. :D 18:00. I was typing it the way my dad
> > always said it out loud. That said, I get stagefright and thus wouldn't
> be
> > at all unhappy to have finished this over 200 years ago. :)
> >
> > [1] https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
> > [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)
> >
> > On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM Maggie Dennis 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hello, all.
> > >
> > > With the Board’s recent statement, this seems like a good time to
> launch
> > > the quarterly office hours I’ve been wanting to create for people who
> > want
> > > to talk to me about issues involving “community resilience and
> > > sustainability,” including the work of Trust & Safety, whom I oversee.
> > > (after months of wanting to do this I’ve come to realize that I will
> > always
> > > be "too busy" to feel like it's the perfect time for this. So I’m going
> > to
> > > do it now anyway!)
> > >
> > > There’ve been requests to make office hours more personal, so I will
> host
> > > a Zoom hangout where people can join me, but I'll also take questions
> > from
> > > Telegram and IRC.[1] I know that finding an hour that works for
> everybody
> > > is not going to happen, and I know from past office hours I’ve been
> > > involved in that I may get far more questions than I can answer (or,
> > > contrarily, nothing at all :)). Nevertheless, I will do my best to
> answer
> > > questions posed to me in that hour by Wikimedians in good standing (not
> > > Foundation or community banned) and to follow up in writing with any I
> > > don’t have time for over the next few days or week or so, time
> allowing.
> > I
> > > might aggregate similar questions into a kind of FAQ. We’ll publish
> > notes,
> > > anonymizing those who’ve asked questions, after.
> > >
> > > I do, however, have the following caveats:
> > >
> > >-
> > >
> > >I can’t and won’t discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
> > >can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as
> > well
> > >as some of the mistakes we’ve made, some of the things I’m proud of,
> > and
> > >some of the things we’re hoping to do.
> > >-
> > >
> > >I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful
> to
> > >me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk
> > civilly
> > >about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you.
> I
> > won’t
> > >compromise on this.
> > >
> > >
> > > I’m not sure if I will stick with Zoom as the way I do office hours
> > > forever, but I am responding to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoying ads

2020-05-07 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
This has been on our departments' minds for the past few months. Since the
beginning of the pandemic, we have been changing our campaign schedules
(including shortening the Italian campaign) and steadily revising our
messaging. We are closely monitoring reader and donor feedback, responding
to what we hear, and making adjustments as we go. There is a lot of
interest in fundraising right now and how we adapt in the current
environment and going forward (including amongst Affiliates and closely
related external orgs whom we talk to). It’s uncertain when things will go
back to “normal” so it is important we start learning how to fundraise in
this environment. We are working on a plan to share more information and
updates. Our team is working with limited capacity right now so these
deeper updates may not happen right away, but we are making this a priority.

We'd also like to acknowledge GerardM’s point about giving people an
opportunity to give, and note that we’re also hearing this from some donors
- Some are giving because they are now realizing the huge value of the
projects. These are some examples we can share:

"I was prompted quite a few times to donate but so far I always rejected
even if it didn't feel right. Probably this virus situation made me more
aware of my environment; what's important and what's not."

"I give because I appreciate that there is even a Wikipedia. Solid
information ties in with our hope and is key to calming these uncertain
times. Thanks again. Stay well and safe."

"We need Wikipedia, and if everyone give some, well you know... In Norway
we have a special word for this act... "dugnad" (when everyone contributes,
it will not be so big efforts for a few) Like we have this corona situation
now. We must help each other, take care of each other, and do what the
governments tell us to do. Then the virus will go away much faster."

"I really got into the Internet in 1995 with my 1st home PC…I never thought
that one day, the global network would be our life-saving resource facing a
global health crisis...You and all the Wikimedia teams do a TERRIFIC work.
Wikipedia is the single most important website."

I hope that helps.
Best,
Nick

On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 8:47 AM Gerard Meijssen 
wrote:

> Hoi,
> To me this is similar to the argument why we do not really raise funds in
> some countries that "are poor". Some people are poor, certainly, but many
> others are not. The argument that we can afford has a relation to our
> aspirations, ambitions what can we do better, more particularly in the
> countries where people are stuck in their homes. If anything this is the
> time to adapt to changing circumstances. People are at home, there is this
> "captive audience" with many people that are helped mentally when they have
> something worthwhile to do.
>
> We can reach out for readers, editors and donors.
> Thanks,
>GerardM
>
>
> On Tue, 5 May 2020 at 14:58, WereSpielChequers <
> werespielchequ...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Given the large reserves that the WMF carries, and the savings from
> > cancelling events such as Wikimania 2020, I would have thought that the
> WMF
> > was one organisation that could afford to pause its fundraising for a few
> > months. At least in countries where the economy is in freefall.
> >
> > In a few months time lots of people will still be in a financial mess.
> But
> > the large number of people who are currently going to be worried about
> > their financial future will hopefully be divided into those who have kept
> > their jobs. or got new ones and those who were right to be worried.
> > Hopefully some of those who come through this financially OK will be in a
> > position to donate.
> >
> > WSC
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoying ads

2020-05-07 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
My apologies John for my overly basic initial response. I wanted to note
that regarding the banner design [1] we’ve definitely heard and taken the
feedback on board as a team. Our design team discussed it on Monday and are
exploring ways in which we might iterate on this in future tests.

We are always sympathetic about any potential impact that fundraising
campaigns have on reader experience. This is why we use tools to limit
impressions seen by readers, limit traffic or campaign length, and only
send a limited number of emails to past donors. Most non-profits and pretty
much every other online fundraising model involves running campaigns all
year around, all the time.

Regarding this related issue both Sam and you brought up about the use of
cookies in Central Notice and exploring the usage of hash id’s. It’s an
interesting idea but certainly one fraught with potential public
misconceptions along with ethical and technical challenges. Even with
navigating those I’m not sure Fundraising is really the team to take a lead
on this kind of device fingerprinting within MediaWiki and falls well
outside our team’s area of responsibility and expertise. There are also big
changes expected in the way browsers provide the necessary information so
we are going to need to see how this comes out in the wash. Either way,
we’ve created a phabricator ticket to facilitate future discussion about
this topic.[2]

Thanks again for your recommendation. Please do continue to leave any
feedback, ideas, or questions on the fundraising talk page.[3]

Best wishes,
Nick

[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=NASA=B1920_0331_enWW_dsk_p2_sm_twin1=en=1
[2] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T252123
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising

On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 2:32 PM John Erling Blad  wrote:

> It happen after a reboot where the browsers was reset.
> No, I did not take a screenshot.
>
> On Tue, May 5, 2020 at 7:43 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
> > >
> > > This is a complaint about multiple banners on the same page.
> >
> >
> >
> > > I believe it would be better to put the add on the lower part of the
> > > viewport, for all users, and for a limited time. Posting ads at random
> > > locations
> >
> >
> > I couldn't figure out how to experience this feature -- can you share a
> > screenshot?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Annoying ads

2020-05-04 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hi John, thank you for the feedback.

The banners you see are continually changing, as we refine our designs
based on feedback and efficacy. Donation banners are inherently disruptive,
on any site. We try to minimize the annoyance whilst also maximizing the
effectiveness in order to show as few banners as possible. It's a difficult
balance, and feedback like yours, and the emails and comments we get from
readers, help us out over time.

If you don’t want to see fundraising banners, there are a few options: You
can login to Wikipedia, or click the "close" button in a banner, or visit
our donor thank you page.[1]

If you're browsing in a private-window, this means the browser cannot
remember (save in a cookie) that you clicked "close" or saw the banner
already, hence you might be seeing more banners than most readers would.

Thanks again,
Nick

[1] https://donate.wikimedia.org/wiki/Thank_You

On Mon, May 4, 2020 at 7:56 AM John Erling Blad  wrote:

> Often I surf Wikipedia without being logged in, and so I did right now. I
> got the usual banners, but this time they popped up repeatedly in several
> locations. This quickly gets extremely annoying, and I find it unwise.
> Create one banner, and stick with that. Several banners are simply way over
> the top.
>
> /jeblad
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Multi-page advertising on Wikipedia

2020-04-15 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hi MZMcBride,

You are right that it's unusual for us to display any banners on English
Wiki in the USA at this time of year.

We wanted to do a thorough evaluation of our backend systems and receive
some live data on our banners, which we have been adjusting to be sensitive
during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Along with other analysis, we use brief tests to collate necessary data to
inform future projections. Given the significant global changes over the
last few months we felt it vital to gather this now to help inform annual
and long term planning for the WMF, and by extension the broader movement.
These tests will only be running for 1-3 hours and the current expectation
is to run a couple of additional brief tests in the next few weeks.

Just also to note I am currently replacing Seddon as the community liaison
for the Advancement department, whilst he is working with the Product
department. This handover is ongoing. I did leave a note on the English
Wikipedia village pump before the test [1] and I will make sure the
CentralNotice calendar is updated to reflect our known planned fundraising
activities.

Thanks.
Nick

[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(miscellaneous)#English_Fundraising_system_tests

On Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 9:41 AM MZMcBride  wrote:

> Hi.
>
> I happened to pull up a wiki article on my phone this morning and I got
> hit with multi-page advertising begging for money from Wikimedia
> Foundation Inc. It's mid-April, what is going on? This spam is typically
> confined to late November and December.
>
> I don't see any relevant campaign listed at
> .
>
> MZMcBride
>
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community survey: Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2020

2020-01-21 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Gerard, you can read about the previous events (which include answers about
scope), at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Diversity_Conference



On Mon, Jan 20, 2020 at 10:43 AM Gerard Meijssen 
wrote:

> I am not interested when I do no have a clue about the scope
>
>
> Op ma 20 jan. 2020 15:09 schreef Ilario Valdelli :
>
> > That can be an output of the conference. Is not it?
> >
> > On Mon, 20 Jan 2020, 13:57 Gerard Meijssen, 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hoi,
> > > How do you define diversity?
> > > Thanks,
> > >  GerardM
> > >
> > > On Mon, 20 Jan 2020 at 13:44, Jon Harald Søby 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi all, and apologies if you receive this email several times – I
> will
> > be
> > > > posting it to multiple mailing lists.
> > > >
> > > > Wikimedia Norge would like to organize a regional Wikimedia Diversity
> > > > Conference in 2020 for Europe, with the hope of many other regional
> > > > conferences on the same topic being held in the near future. The
> > > Wikimedia
> > > > Diversity Conference 2020 will provide a meeting place for
> discussing,
> > > > debating and generating recipes for change concerning diversity in
> the
> > > > Wikimedia movement.
> > > >
> > > > We will be sharing more updates regarding a possible conference later
> > in
> > > > 2020. For now, we are working on drafting a grant proposal to the
> > > Wikimedia
> > > > Foundation to support the conference. As part of the drafting the
> > > proposal,
> > > > a Community Engagement Survey is crucial to understand what community
> > > > members are expecting out of such conference. In that regard,
> Wikimedia
> > > > Norge invite all those who are interested in the topic of diversity
> to
> > > take
> > > > part in the survey.
> > > >
> > > > Please take the survey here
> > > > <
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEaXc2AIaaFgKiQUWCDdnJKLd26KA8_DDQsyAqemXsH-wRyw/viewform
> > > > >
> > > > or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdEaXc2AIaaFgKiQUWCDdnJKLd26KA8_DDQsyAqemXsH-wRyw/viewform
> > > >
> > > > *Participants*
> > > > For a Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2020 we would like to invite
> > > > participants who are decision-makers in the movement (volunteers,
> board
> > > or
> > > > staff members of a Wikimedia affiliate) or highly engaged in projects
> > > about
> > > > knowledge equity and diversity. The conference will be an opportunity
> > for
> > > > the participants to discuss solutions for implementation of the 2030
> > > > movement strategy
> > > >  >
> > on
> > > > knowledge equity.
> > > >
> > > > Best regards,
> > > > *Jon Harald Søby*
> > > > Prosjektleder / Prosjektleiar / Prošeaktajođiheaddji / Project
> Manager
> > > > Wikimedia Norge / Wikimedia Noreg / Wikimedia Norga
> > > >
> > > > +47 977 67 510
> > > > jhs...@wikimedia.no
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The wikisites looks like 1996

2019-12-12 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Multiple responses:

On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 10:07 AM Juergen Fenn  wrote:

> Am 12.12.19 um 02:25 Uhr schrieb Strainu:
> > There is also a
> > question of opportunity: with less and less desktop users, it just
> > makes more sense to invest in the mobile experience
>
> Most authors still use desktop computers for writing articles or doing
> maintenance work. Mobile is for readers.
>

That is true in most wikis, but not all, and it's a slowly growing
percentage. Some contributors only have a phone as their single (or
sometimes even just *shared*) access to the internet. Much of the world
cannot afford a laptop/desktop computer. There are edit-percentage
statistics in this spreadsheet in columns P and K:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1a-UBqsYtJl6gpauJyanx0nyxuPqRvhzJRN817XpkuS8/edit#gid=1610967999
Secondly, we always need/hope to find new editors in all the projects, and
if the readers are getting to our projects via mobile, then that could be
the best place to get them started on the path to being an editor
(occasional or regular). Getting readers to take that first step of an
initial edit, can be the hardest part.
Lastly, there's a useful essay by this Ewiki admin about mobile editing.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Cullen328/Smartphone_editing


On Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 11:21 PM Amir E. Aharoni <
amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:

> The tragic thing here is that reading is increasingly done on mobile
> devices, and in some countries it's already the majority of pageviews. But
> editing is mostly done on the desktop, which looks completely differently.
> So editors don't even see a preview of how what they write will look for
> *most* readers.


Agreed.
There is an old gadget on Enwiki (and re-used at a dozen other wikis, per
[[m:Gadgets]]) which shows a mockup of how the article might appear on a
small screen. I suspect it needs improvements in a few aspects (design,
performance), but it works quite well.
Anyone can see how it looks (ideally from a laptop-or-bigger window!) with
this URL:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon?withJS=MediaWiki:Gadget-mobile-sidebar.js=MediaWiki:Gadget-mobile-sidebar.css
Or here's a screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/juXqcKW.png


On Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 5:26 PM Strainu  wrote:

> The main problem I see with that is that is changing all the on-wiki
> templates and scripts that work with the current skin. There is also a
> question of opportunity: with less and less desktop users, it just
> makes more sense to invest in the mobile experience (and the beta mode
> there is super cool, but still breaks some templates).


Templates that still have problems on mobile at some wikis, can usually be
fixed with the assistance of this page (especially section #12)
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Recommendations_for_mobile_friendly_articles_on_Wikimedia_wikis
-- I'll be sending a reminder to a few VillagePumps about this in the next
few weeks.

Gadgets/scripts sometimes work as expected across different skins, and
sometimes not. That's a very different and distinct problem from templates.


On Wed, Dec 11, 2019 at 8:58 PM Aron Manning  wrote:

> That's nice. Try these redesigns with an adblocker for a comparison:


I've just added a new batch of links that I learned about yesterday, to
that page. ;)
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Unsolicited_redesigns=930505897=913318977=source


On Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 1:38 PM Todd Allen  wrote:

> Erm, I remember what websites looked like in 1996. I even made some then.
> It looks nothing like that.
>
> On the other hand, on the site you linked to? The first thing I see is an
> absolutely huge photo of a robot looking at me. I have to scroll down past
> that to get to the actual meat, the text content. *That* looks like 1996.
>
> I'll take the way we have it over that, thanks very much.


I initially learned HTML from this site/book c.1998,
https://web.archive.org/web/2818170520/http://www.arsdigita.com/books/panda/index.html
and ever since I've appreciated clean simple structured content. I
completely understand what you mean here, Todd. Although I'd balance it out
with: not-all-wikis-are-Wikipedia, and hence some of the Wikivoyages have
their distinct intro-landscape-image design, e.g.
https://es.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Tokio

I think we all generally endorse incremental improvements, instead of
drastic overhauls. Overhauls can make many users (of any site) confused or
frustrated, and our users (readers and editors) are the whole point of this
endeavour. The problem is there simply haven't been many improvements to
the basic site-design elements over the last decade, despite the numerous
great ideas that editors and gadget-authors and others amongst us (and
beyond us) have had.

The biggest complexities of any changes here, are the vastly different
needs of all the different demographics/types of users (e.g. keeping things
similar enough so that readers don't get confused when they start to edit;
e.g. not disrupting 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Be the change you want to see (was: WMF commitment for a Wikimedia projects archive)

2019-05-16 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Thu, May 16, 2019 at 3:06 PM Joseph Seddon  wrote:

> The Wikimedia Resource Center (which
> currently is broken it seems) had the goal of trying to aid a community
> member in getting the right information, the right person or the right
> process to fulfill their needs. It's focus was on programmes but it was a
> good idea. I'm not saying this exact form would be suitable, given there is
> clearly a maintenance burden, but the concept has merits.


Now fixed. (There was a mis-located translation which had confused the
software.)
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Resource_Center :-)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse - applications still open until May 12!

2019-05-02 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
(Reposting with fixed links)

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 6:56 PM Melissa Guadalupe Huertas <
mguadal...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hola everyone!
>
> Sorry in advance for cross-posting. As many of you are aware, last April
> 5th the Education team at the Wikimedia Foundation announced the launch of
> the Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse (https://w.wiki/385). The W
> Greenhouse is a
> fully immersive co-learning experience that lasts 9 months and is designed
> for emerging education leaders in our movement who believe in the value of
> Wikimedia projects in education. It will equip participants with the
> skills, knowledge, and support to bring their ideas to life and scale them
> into high-impact education initiatives in their community.
>
> The W Greenhouse has two modalities of participation: as a team (
> https://w.wiki/3A$) and as an individual(https://w.wiki/3NY). Applying as
> a team means that
> you present an idea for an education project you want to develop in your
> local community. One team will be selected to receive seed funding for
> their project, on-site mentoring from WMF staff, and access to a free
> project management online course. Applying as an individual means
> completing a short form expressing your interest and motivation, and this
> will give you access to the free online course.
>
> So far we have received 1 team application and over 60 individual
> applications from all over the world. Additionally, we have a great team of
> experienced Wikimedia education leaders collaborating in the development of
> this initiative. There are still two weeks left to apply (deadline is May
> 12) and we are very excited to keep reading about the amazing education
> projects you want to develop! We have prepared some additional resources to
> support applications during these final weeks and we have compiled them
> into this slideshow (https://w.wiki/3NZ), including a short video guide
> for team
> applications.
>
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> Guadalupe Huertas via email: mguadal...@wikimedia.org. We appreciate you
> sharing this among your networks and we look forward to reading more
> applications.
>
> Cheers!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia has been accepted as a mentor organization in GSoC 2019!

2019-02-27 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hi James,

I'd like to emphasize the point (so that non-devs are aware) that outreach
programs are generally more work for a mentor than "just implement the
feature yourself" would be. I.e. The mentors generally have to help onboard
the newcomer and get their tools setup properly, and then understand the
feature that is being built better than the newcomer does, and other
additional tasks.
The tangential outcomes can be hugely beneficial -- training a new
community member, helping identify weaknesses in our existing docs, often
finding other new bugs which the mentee will describe very clearly, helping
the mentor understand new areas, etc -- but outreach programs are
definitely not a shortcut to getting more wishlist items completed quickly.
They often require more time-resources, not fewer.

The other important aspect for many community wishlist items in particular,
is that they are often "wishlist items" because they are very complicated
(for technical or social reasons) and hence have not been done for many
years. If they were (relatively) simple enough for a newcomer to complete,
they would've already been solved years ago!

Cheers,

On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 10:36 AM Srishti Sethi  wrote:

> Yeah, we can! But, we need projects with a clear scope and two mentors who
> are willing to provide guidance to students throughout the summer
> (May-August) as they develop their projects. And, this is not necessarily
> the case with community wishlist projects that are not in the top 10. In
> the past, we have tried to promote the wishlist projects through our
> outreach programs but couldn't make any progress.
>
> If any developer is interested in mentoring a project from the wishlist, I
> would be happy to chat with them!
>
> *Srishti Sethi*
> Developer Advocate
> Wikimedia Foundation 
>
>
>
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 7:01 PM James Heilman  wrote:
>
> > We have a lot of amazing potential projects that just missed the
> selection
> > criteria for the community wish list in 2019
> >
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2019/Results
> >
> > Would some of these quality as projects?
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 2:11 PM Srishti Sethi 
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hello everyone,
> >>
> >> Wikimedia has been accepted as a mentor organization in the Google
> Summer
> >> of Code 2019 with 207 open source projects
> >>  >
> >> :)
> >> And, application period for Outreachy Round 18 started last week.
> >>
> >> We have listed a few ideas for projects for both programs on MediaWiki
> and
> >> we are looking for more. Unlike Google Summer of Code, Outreachy is open
> >> to
> >> non-students and non-coders and projects could be around documentation,
> >> design, translation research, outreach, etc. View current list of ideas:
> >>
> >> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/2019
> >>
> >> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Outreachy/Round_18
> >>
> >> Both these programs have a similar timeline for the summer round.
> Accepted
> >> candidates will work with mentors from May to August 2019. If you are
> >> interested in mentoring a project, create a task on Phabricator and tag
> it
> >> with #outreach-programs-projects and #Google-Summer-of-Code (2019) or
> >> #Outreachy (Round 18). You can also choose to mentor for projects
> already
> >> on outreach-programs-projects
> >> 
> >> workboard. Remember, every project must have two mentors.
> >>
> >> Some helpful resources for you:
> >> * Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a mentor:
> >> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/Mentors
> >> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Outreachy/Mentors
> >>
> >> * View full program timeline:
> >> https://developers.google.com/open-source/gsoc/timeline
> >> https://www.outreachy.org/apply/project-selection/
> >>
> >> Looking forward to your participation! :)
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >>
> >> Srishti, Derick and Pratyush (Wikimedia org admins)
> >>
> >>
> >> *Srishti Sethi*
> >> Developer Advocate
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Hello. New user - which mailing list should i use ?

2018-06-07 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 4:12 PM  wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 3:23 AM James Hare  wrote:
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> Thats this list :) the one i posted to.
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Briefly:
This list is
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l
you want
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(The confusion is legendary. See
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipmediawiki for details. :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] 2017 Community Wishlist Survey starts today!

2017-11-06 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Completely fixed link:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/2017_Community_Wishlist_Survey
:-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How can we fix the two-stage page loading problem?

2017-09-03 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
:09, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net> wrote:
>>
>> > This is possibly the most annoying feature of the Wikimedia projects at
>> the moment. You access a page. Then you start reading or editing it. And
>> then suddenly the page jumps when a fundraising banner / central notice /
>> gadget / beta feature loads. So you have to start reading the page again,
>> or you have to find where you were editing again, or you have to undo the
>> change you just made since you made it in the wrong part of the page.
>>
>>
>> Or you click "edit" and it hits the banner that suddenly popped up
>> under your click. 
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wiki-research-l] Video demos of upcoming changes to edit review / RC patrol

2017-06-01 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hi Kerry,
The short answer is yes! the Collaboration Team is working now to extend
the new user interface so that it includes all the existing features on the
Recent Changes page, Watchlist and a few related pages—along with some new
tools users are requesting. We’re doing user testing right now of this
extended functionality (which includes things like Namespace filters, Tag
filters, User filters and, possibly, a Category filter).
When we have it all working the way it should, we plan to bring the new UI
and tools to Watchlist. This should happen in the next few months.

However, it is also already possible to add a "On [my] watchlist" filter or
highlight, to the results on the recent changes page.
E.g.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChanges?hidebots=1=1=1=watched
or
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChanges?hidebots=1=1=1=watched

Further details are in the main documentation at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Edit_Review_Improvements
and pages linked in the side-navbox.

Feedback appreciated at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Edit_Review_Improvements/New_filters_for_edit_review

Cheers,

On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM, Kerry Raymond <kerry.raym...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> I only watched the first video but I can see it is  useful addition to
> managing a large number of recent changes. Is there any plan to offer a
> similar service with watchlists?
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Wiki-research-l [mailto:wiki-research-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org]
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>
> I'd like to highlight two videos (some people may have already seen these)
> that demo upcoming changes to edit review / RC patrol that take advantage
> of ORES. I feel that that the changes look promising, and I hope that RC
> patrollers, Teahouse hosts, newbie adopters, and others will find that the
> changes make their work easier. I also hope for improved retention of
> good-faith contributors.
>
> 0. A succinct overview by Joe Matazzoni (WMF):
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3ANew-
> feature_demo%E2%80%94smart_Recent_Changes_filtering_with_ORES.webm
>
> 1. A more extensive overview, also by Joe, including valuable context,
> from the WMF Metrics Meeting for May 2017:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAGwQdLyFb4 between 15:00 and 28:15.
>
> Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Turn the extension for ContentTranslation off?

2017-05-02 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Note, this thread was forked into a different subject/title.
See - "[Wikimedia-l] machine translation" - for newer discussion and detail.

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[Wikimedia-l] Server switch 2017 - Short editing outages on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 and Wednesday, 3 May 2017

2017-04-12 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Reminder, this is coming next week.

**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 approximately 20 to 30 minutes on
Wednesday, 19 April and Wednesday, 3 May. The test will start at 14:00
<https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20170419T14> UTC
(15:00 BST, 16:00 CEST, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT, 23:00 JST, and in New Zealand
at 02:00 NZST on Thursday 20 April and Thursday 4 May).

Additional / translated short details:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Tech/Server_switch_2017
**Please share this information with your community** (It has been widely
announced already, but just in case.)

Technical details:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2017-April/087919.html

Thank you.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to communicate compassionately with non-native English speakers

2016-07-07 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 5:11 PM, Yusuke Matsubara  wrote:

> Perhaps https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Writing_clearly as well?
>
>
Perfect, thanks! I had already watchlisted that at some point, but I didn't
find it whilst searching. I'll look around later, to see where else that
page could be usefully linked from.


On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 5:05 AM, Birgit Müller
>  wrote:
> > Nick, thanks for sharing! This is really awesome. (Or should I write:
> "This
> > is helpful" to fit into the German stereotype? :D)
>

Haha! Yes, at Wikimania, various people from a few Northern European
countries commented on the habit in some cultures (particularly North
American) of frequently using superlatives. The tangential example that I
immediately thought of, is the song from The Lego Movie, "Everything Is
Awesome".


> Link it on Meta: I found
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Best_practices_in_giving_a_Wikipedia_presentation
> > and
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Presentations, but both pages seem to
> be a
> > bit outdated/not visited very often.
> >
> > Might also make sense to link it on the general conference/Hackathon
> pages
> > like
> >
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Hackathons/Hackathon_tips_for_organizers#Communications
> > ?
>

I was initially thinking of it more as a guide to clearly-written (and
empathetically-read) communication, but yes, presentations are also
relevant. Maybe we should just interlink the [[Writing clearly]] page, from
one or more of those.


On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 12:34 AM, Gerard Meijssen 
wrote:

> Hoi, I have been thinking about what you say. The problem I see is that
> your attitude is one where you have to be compassionate for the benefit of
> people for whom English is a second language. [...]
>

I think I understand what you mean, but I'd suggest that this is a perfect
example of what the article is about.
You have focused on the word-choice of "compassion", and a specific
definition of that word. We could instead, interpret the intent of the
author more towards the definition of "empathy" or "consideration". The
article could (should! AGF!) instead be more generously interpreted, to be
about cross-language communication in general, and to understand that it
was simply written by someone who uses English as their primary language
hence it approaches the issue from that perspective.

I.e. The same advice all applies if you work/communicate in a group that
uses [Japanese] as the primary language, but some of the participants are
not native [Japanese] speakers.

So, I'd reword your conclusion, as "we have to be empathetic (or
considerate) towards people for whom our native language (whatever that may
be) is not their own."

It is tough to consider that it is not so much the words that are used but
> it is understanding what points are made
>

Exactly! :-)  We should be careful about spending too much effort arguing
about the nuances of word choice, especially in informal discussions
(versus drafting a policy or writing code or similar, where word-choice can
be crucial!), and instead try to interpret what other people are
saying/writing, with an assumption of positive intent.

Hope that helps,
Quiddity / Nick
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[Wikimedia-l] How to communicate compassionately with non-native English speakers

2016-07-05 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
https://medium.com/@mollyclare/taming-the-steamroller-how-to-communicate-compassionately-with-non-native-english-speakers-d95d8d1845a0
A good essay.

TL;DR: Some detailed examples of how to improve communication and
interactions, for the benefit of anyone who uses English as a second
language.


Excerpts, to whet [sharpen or stimulate] your appetite:

> Phrasal verbs in English can be particularly hard to master. Just think
about “cut off” vs. “cut up” vs. “cut over” vs. “cut in” vs. “cut out” vs.
“cut down” vs. “cut back” and you’ll see how confusing it can be when you
recommend “cutting back” on something, or asking someone to “cut it out”.
[...]

> Make your message very clear, especially your request. This is doubly
true for me, because I work with Germans, who are famously direct. The
American habit of softening and burying a request is just confusing and
pointless to them.

> The last thing you and I want to do is overwhelm. We work across language
barriers, not because it’s glamorous or fun or easy, but because we care
about collaborating with people who are different from us [...]. And
non-native speakers are committing to this collaboration even more than we
are: they’re reaching out to us by working in English. [...]

n.b. Yes, there are some over-generalizations and stereotypes in there.
It's still good overall, though! ;-)


I'd like to link it on Metawiki, but I'm not sure where; Any suggestions?
I've gotten (happily) lost in the [[Multilingual]] disambig page, and the
[[Grants:Learning patterns]] pages, but the only place I can find that
collects advice like this, is the first section at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/News/Manual#Guidelines - What page
might I have missed?

Quiddity
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Crisis of Confidence

2016-05-02 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 2:21 AM, Fæ  wrote:

> [...]

With regard to "[the WMF board] delivering services that are of a high
> quality", all the metrics that the WMF report show the opposite. The
> WMF consistently fail to meet the performance targets they set for
> themselves, as you can see from the most recent quarterly report, they
> "missed", i.e. "failed", 35% of all their objectives.[3] In the Retail
> & Telecoms businesses I have worked in, a pattern of poor performance
> like this would see speedy major investment in change and improvement,
> including major changes at the board level.
> [...]
> 3.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Quarterly_Report,_FY_2015-16_Q2_(October-December).pdf=5



The explanation for this, is at the top of
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews
: "NB: In a mature 90-day goalsetting process, the “sweet spot” is for
about 75% of goals to be a success. Organizations that are meeting 100% of
their goals are not typically setting aggressive goals."
Note that partial successes are not also represented, if one just checks
the overview result; it's a simple binary system. See the textual notes for
details about partial successes within individual goals.
Plus, not reaching that 75% target of completely-successful goals, is
perhaps also attributable to the intense and widespread stress of that time
period...
Hope that helps.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Calendars

2016-04-29 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 8:26 PM, Brill Lyle  wrote:

> Hello --
>
> In an effort to de-clutter the Wikimedia NYC calendar -- and to support the
> various initiatives and enhance event calendaring within Wikimedia -- after
> some active discussion, Wikimedia NYC (well that would be me) has set up
> the following calendars.
>
> Many events were pulled from these source:
> - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Events
> - https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Events
>
> Ideally a calendar solution would be open source and Wiki-friendly (see
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T1035 Consolidate the many tech events
> calendars in Phabricator's calendar), but Google calendars seem to provide
> the most functionality right now so this is seen as an interim solution.
> For reference: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/calendar/
>
> Please feel free to add events and share widely.
>
> *G L O B A L*
>
>
> *Wikimedia Global Events*
> Calendar ID: 7naa8gc5mjqhgjn1g2pbb48...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/7naa8gc5mjqhgjn1g2pbb4829s%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
>
> *Global Tech Events*
> Calendar ID: 8bkj15efk0qgu4jut3oe5kd...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/8bkj15efk0qgu4jut3oe5kd5eg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
> --
>
> *I N I T I A T I V E S*
>
> *AfroCROWD*
> Calendar ID: djfkq9sql4h956b8vo6e35h...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/djfkq9sql4h956b8vo6e35h484%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
> *Art+Feminism* -- 3/4 complete, will go back and add missing & updated 2016
> events
> Calendar ID: vpjc23to157rgtvgnkces05...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/vpjc23to157rgtvgnkces05oq4%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
> *Black Lunch Table* -- will double-check complete
> Calendar ID: speen8r33k1oh2e99u608g7...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/speen8r33k1oh2e99u608g7moc%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
> *Black WikiHistory Month*
> Calendar ID: 40pgnrv1hbagcd40ukv6c15...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/40pgnrv1hbagcd40ukv6c15o0c%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
>
> *GLAM*
> Calendar ID: ljmqctd112nju1fsngd1mvb...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/ljmqctd112nju1fsngd1mvbelc%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
> *Women in Red* -- just started, in progress
> Calendar ID: qnadatlib4j65u1cn4ifo17...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/qnadatlib4j65u1cn4ifo17o4k%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
>
>
> *WikimediaNYC*
> Calendar ID: nnvhsl9su019vngvb58qb68...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/nnvhsl9su019vngvb58qb68u6o%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
> *WM NYC Planning* -- Board and Event Planning so not public
> Calendar ID: ed471n0r5vkgg99dn3tau1i...@group.calendar.google.com
> ics:
>
> https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/ed471n0r5vkgg99dn3tau1i9vg%40group.calendar.google.com/public/basic.ics
>
>
> Please forgive typos, errors and works in progress. :-)
>
> - Erika
>
> *Erika Herzog*
> Wikipedia *User:BrillLyle* 
> Secretary, Wikimedia NYC
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Thanks, BrillLyle!
I've been making a related linkdump page at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Calendars,_events,_meetings,_and_conferences
(feel free to add/edit/overhaul/etc) to try to collect and better
understand the various problems, and this interim solution seems like a
good one for the short-term. Extra thanks for clear linking to the .ics
files. :-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cross-wiki notifications beta feature now available on all wikis

2016-03-14 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 1:34 PM, Andy Mabbett 
wrote:

> > Cross-wiki notifications
>
> This is great, thank you.
>
> Two requests:
>
> Please could we have two icons, one for local notifications, another for
> those from elsewhere?
>
>
I've pinged you in the existing discussion about this at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:T03hw9u0lnii21k4


And could we have some way to avoid mass notifications when we are
> mentioned in a newsletter like The Signpost, This Week in GLAM, or the
> Wikidata Weekly Summary, which are posted to many talk pages?
>
>
I've started a topic with some notes about this, at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:T06vs34wgdt4u1ch

Thanks for the suggestions!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cross-wiki notifications beta feature now available on all wikis

2016-03-14 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 10:01 AM, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Is this change related to the standard notifications pop-up window no
> longer working in Chrome (it just sits waiting to get painted), or was
> that an existing bug?
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
>


Hi Fae,
I've just tested, and the notifications popup window is working for me in
both Chrome and Chromium (and Firefox, my default). If you can still
reproduce this problem, please could you either submit a bug-report to
phabricator, or start a thread at the feedback page,[1] or send them to me
offlist? (With details on your browser/OS versions, any javascript blocking
browser extensions you might use, and if possible what errors you see in
browser console.[2])
Much thanks.
Quiddity / Nick

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help_talk:Notifications
[2] http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/a/77337



> On 11 March 2016 at 07:07, Roan Kattouw <rkatt...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > In late 2015 and early 2016, the Collaboration team worked on building a
> > cross-wiki notification feature: listing notifications from other wikis
> in
> > the notification panel. We made this feature available on a small set of
> > wikis [1] initially, and about six hours ago we made it available on all
> > wikis as a beta feature.
> >
> > You can enable cross-wiki notifications by clicking the "Beta" link [2]
> in
> > the top right corner (or top left in RTL languages) and enabling the
> > "Enhanced notifications" setting. The notification panels (accessible
> > through the bell and speech bubble icons in the top right/left corner)
> will
> > now display an additional item telling you which other wikis you have
> > unread notifications on, and you can click this item to expand it and see
> > those notifications [3]. For more information, see the documentation on
> > mediawiki.org [4], with mostly complete translations in 13 languages at
> the
> > time of this writing.
> >
> > Because we don't have cross-wiki preferences, enabling the beta feature
> on
> > one wiki doesn't automatically enable it on any other wiki. However, you
> > only have to enable the beta feature to see cross-wiki notifications on a
> > wiki, not to get them from that wiki. For example, if you only enable the
> > beta feature on the French Wikipedia, you will see notifications from the
> > French Wikisource, the Spanish Wikipedia and the Upper Sorbian Wiktionary
> > even if you haven't enabled the beta feature on those wikis. In fact, if
> > you've had an account for a while, you are likely to see some very old
> > notifications from wikis you haven't visited in years; Magnus Manske
> > tweeted a screenshot of this yesterday [5].
> >
> > Please try this out and let us know what you think! There's a talk page
> on
> > mediawiki.org [6] where you can leave feedback. If you find a bug,
> please
> > report it on Phabricator [7] or on the feedback page.
> >
> > Thanks a lot to the Collaboration team [8] as well as community liaisons
> > Nick Wilson (Quiddity) and Benoît Evellin (Trizek) for their work on this
> > over the past few months.
> >
> > --Roan Kattouw (User:Catrope)
> >
> > [1] All French wikis, all Hebrew wikis, Commons, Wikidata and
> mediawiki.org
> > [2] Or go to [[Special:Preferences]] and click the "Beta features" tab
> > [3]
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Notification_panel_with_cross-wiki_notification.png
> > [4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Notifications/Cross-wiki
> > [5] https://twitter.com/MagnusManske/status/707712047065210882
> > [6] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help_talk:Notifications
> > [7]
> >
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/task/edit/form/1/?projectPHIDs=Notifications
> > [8] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Collaboration
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] I am going to San Francisco

2016-03-01 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Craig, I believe it is all free (not purchased), per
https://www.google.com/intl/en/nonprofits/products/#apps#tab5 ("Google Apps
for Nonprofits")

On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 6:27 PM, Craig Franklin 
wrote:

> My understanding is that the Foundation purchases certain technical and
> apps services (cloud email, for instance) from Google.
>
> Cheers,
> Craig
>
> On 1 March 2016 at 12:15, Risker  wrote:
>
> >
> > I cannot for the life of me imagine what Google sells that the WMF would
> be
> > interested in buying, so I'm finding your example a bit weird.
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Universal Design (for learning)

2015-09-15 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 6:48 AM, Juan de Vojníkov 
wrote:

> Hello folks,
>
> I am looking for someone/institution which is applying a Universal Design,
> by the means of removing all barriers for people with disabilities. Could
> you give me any contacts, case studies or links?
>
> Thank you very much!
>
>
> Juandev
>
>
>
CCing design list.

Hi Juandev, could you give us a few more details on what you're aiming for,
as a goal?
Are you looking for something to help MediaWiki development become more
accessible, or simply for anything related to online accessibility?  Or
offline, too?

If MediaWiki: There's a compilation of the core links at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Accessibility_and_usability_cleanup

If general online accessibility: You might be looking for something like
the work by FLOE and GPII and IDRC. eg
http://www.floeproject.org/prefsEditors.html (click the top-right "Show
display preferences" button, and watch the video) plus everything linked
from there..

If general accessibility: I'm not sure, beyond googling for it.

Hope that helps,
Quiddity
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Collaboration team reprioritization

2015-09-02 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Quick followup, with a reminder that onwiki feedback would be ideal. The
original message is replicated at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:So4pui07y03ibgqq and your input there
will be greatly appreciated.
​Thanks.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Collaboration team reprioritization

2015-09-02 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
T​o clarify: Starting in October, Flow will be maintained; it's not being
abandoned. Further work on the discussion system will need to be driven by
communities voicing their desire for further work on it. Additional
development on the discussion system will be prioritized on community
request and on a project by project basis.

As a pattern that we're all familiar with, it's more likely that people
will comment when they have negative or critical feedback, particularly at
a centralized forum. While it's helpful to point out things that are not
user-friendly or are frustrating to use, it's also helpful for the team to
know what is going well - so we can do more of it. I’d like to encourage
people to speak up (here or onwiki) when there's positive feedback as well
– this goes for article-editors as much as software-developers. There are
people on many wikis who have been happily using Flow, but they haven't
gone out of their way to broadcast that information off of their usual home
wiki. What do you like about this software? Is it headed in the right
direction, even if it doesn’t seem complete? Are there things about it that
the Collaboration team could continue to focus on?

See also, the thread on wikitech-l, for additional discussion.
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/83889

Hope that helps
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Keep me logged in (for up to 30 days)

2015-05-29 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Thanks Jane,
I've filed a bug at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T100818 and I will
ask a few people to take a look.

On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 4:02 AM, Jane Darnell jane...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hello everybody,

 I have to login to Wikimedia projects every single time I begin a session
 on my iPad1 now because I cannot select the button on the user login page
 next to the text Keep me logged in (for up to 30 days)

 I think it's a java mismatch with my old built-in iPad1 safari browser
 (which cannot be updated, as far as I know). Is there anyplace to check
 this box in some other way? Also, is there a reason this box looks like
 this?

 Thanks in advance,
 Jane
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A Listen Button

2015-05-29 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
On Thu, May 28, 2015 at 2:58 AM, Ilario Valdelli valde...@gmail.com wrote:

 [...]
 The first lesson learned is that blind (or almost blind) people use always
 a software of speech synthesis with a speed that makes the audio
 almost unintelligible
 for not experienced people. The operating system provides several tools for
 that including mobile OS.

 The second lesson is that this software of speech synthesis is crucial for
 them and they would set and control it. So forget the normal speed of audio
 that everyone of us is experienced to use.



I asked if anyone could point me to examples of how fast do screenreaders
actually read, a few months ago.[1] The best examples I could find at the
time, are here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrC4R7SsH4#t=1561s
and here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92pM6hJG6Wo

Searching a few days ago, I learned that the average speed that experienced
users generally use is 250-400 wpm, and that the default settings are
around 180wpm.
(Note: Users seem to typically talk about the speed they use in terms of x%
of maximum, rather than wpm, e.g. I've got 63% with rate boost, and
rising.  I used to think 75% with JAWS was fast, but not anymore.  I'm just
turning it 1% faster every couple days, and I'm doing it because I can.
[2])

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Words_per_minute#Speech_and_listening says
English language audio books are generally at 140-160 wpm.

[1]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style/Accessibility/Archive_13#Good_videos_demonstrating_screenreaders_in_use
[2] http://forum.audiogames.net/viewtopic.php?id=10649


No one knew that I am from a Wikimedia chapter except the organizers and I
 did several questions about Wikipedia because (I did not know it) it was
 presented as good example of website for speech synthesis.


I believe this is partially through the long-term efforts of: our
developers who have an understanding of accessibility issues, and our few
blind editors and many sight-impaired editors who give regular feedback and
bugreports.[3] Immense kudos to all of them.

[3] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/accessibility/


(Sidenote:  I compiled a list of all the related pages I could find, at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Accessibility_and_usability_cleanup
Anyone's additions to that listing, or notes/improvements/merge-efforts at
the linked pages over the longterm, would be greatly appreciated. :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for Flow - 23 March 2015 19:30 UTC / 12:30 PDT

2015-03-23 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hi,
A quick reminder, this is starting in 1 hour.
Please see below, for the original announcement and links.
Thanks,
Quiddity

On Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
nwil...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hello everyone, (my apologies for cross-posting)

 We'll be holding an Office hour for Flow on IRC, this Monday at 19:30
 UTC / 12:30 PST.[1] It will take place in #wikimedia-office on
 Freenode IRC.
 You can find information on how to get online, including a link to a
 webchat option if you don't have an IRC client, on the meta office
 hours page.[2]
 The intended focus is for questions about the LQT - Flow conversion
 on MediaWiki.org, as discussed in the related wikitech-l thread and
 onwiki.[3][4]
 Everyone is welcome for discussions and question answering. Logs will
 be posted on the meta office hour page afterwards.

 Thanks,
 Quiddity

 [1] Time conversion:
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19min=30sec=0day=23month=03year=2015
 (30 mins later than previously mentioned)
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
 [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:Sdoatsbslsafx6lw and at
 http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/82069
 [4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow

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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours for Flow - 23 March 2015 19:30 UTC / 12:30 PDT

2015-03-20 Thread Nick Wilson (Quiddity)
Hello everyone, (my apologies for cross-posting)

We'll be holding an Office hour for Flow on IRC, this Monday at 19:30
UTC / 12:30 PST.[1] It will take place in #wikimedia-office on
Freenode IRC.
You can find information on how to get online, including a link to a
webchat option if you don't have an IRC client, on the meta office
hours page.[2]
The intended focus is for questions about the LQT - Flow conversion
on MediaWiki.org, as discussed in the related wikitech-l thread and
onwiki.[3][4]
Everyone is welcome for discussions and question answering. Logs will
be posted on the meta office hour page afterwards.

Thanks,
Quiddity

[1] Time conversion:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19min=30sec=0day=23month=03year=2015
(30 mins later than previously mentioned)
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
[3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Topic:Sdoatsbslsafx6lw and at
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/82069
[4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Flow

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