Sorry to interrupt from cheering to a ‘walled garden’, and I don’t want
to be negative, but there are some important questions about this
endeavour that weren’t answered while the site was being developed:
1. Is the translation of the new site easily available for volunteers? I
see only ‘English’ in the options, and from my knowledge (I might be
wrong, that’s what I am aware of), current translators of new website
have to provide their translations by email (!).
2. Who’s going to fix the links to the old website?
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/test doesn’t work anymore − and
there are probably hundreds of non-interwiki links scrambled around
Wikimedia projects, and I would guess across the Internet as well.
3. Was it so hard to develop the website using MediaWiki platform (and
your soon-to-be-deprecated website) instead of WordPress? There’s really
nothing that unusual there that warranted such a breaking change. It’s
kind of laughable that OSM Foundation can use and customise MediaWiki,
but Wikimedia Foundation that directly supports its development can not.
The current trend for English-only, non-translatable websites for
Wikimedia Foundation is, frankly, shameful. We get that you are an
American organisation, but you’re, after all, an organisation that
represents a global movement.
— Public Policy website is English-only for three years or so already
since its existence. (https://policy.wikimedia.org)
— Transparency Reports website is also English-only since its existence.
— Donation information website features multilingual text, but it’s
designed in such a way that most of people won’t know how to use it.
Now the head website is being made English-only without any simple and
visible ability to get involved because of preferring WordPress to an
easily localisable system like MediaWiki.
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