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Thank you to the volunteers!
‘Tis the season to say thanks! And no one deserves more thanks than the
volunteers. Thanks everyone who has followed the year in development, and
thanks everyone who contributed to the project. We want to thank a few
volunteers by name.
Teleosteen has been very active in the last few months in particular,
picking up tasks from the Phabricator board and improving the prototype as
we move along. Teleosteen has been contributing to end-to-end tests which
proved absolutely critical to ensuring smoother development and,
eventually, a successful launch of Wikifunctions. Thank you, Teleosteen!
Thanks go out to the volunteers on the Natural Language Generation
workstream, Mahir Morshed, Maria Keet, and Kutz Arrieta, for their
contributions during the last few months, and Aarne Ranta and Krasimir
Angelov for recently joining meetings. The members in this group have been
actively working on their approaches, and, warm-heartedly, we are impressed
and thankful for how they are cooperating and bringing the best ideas from
their solutions together.
Thanks to William Avery for his contributions to the Form checker tool
<https://vrandezo.github.io/formcheck/> we featured a few weeks ago. He
extended the tool to allow separating between, e.g., nouns of different
grammatical genders; and made the tool more usable with a throbber, and
features to filter and select. The current version is so much more useful.
Thanks to Hogü-456's work on exploring how to bring programming to a larger
number of people. He correctly identified spreadsheets as the most widely
used coding platform, and is working on bridging the gap between
Wikifunctions and spreadsheets
A big thank you to Jan Ainali, who is consistently spreading the word about
Wikifunctions to more audiences. I appreciate it.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed and played around on the Wikifunctions
We have cleaned up the main page of the Beta, in order to make the existing
work visible, and there are dozens of functions there that just worked out
of the box. A few of them we tried to help fix. If there is something you
are curious about, feel free to ask. I’d be happy to help. Take a look at
the main page of the beta, and try out some of the functions we have! And
feel free to add more.
Thanks to the contributors of lexicographical data on Wikidata! There are
too many to name them all, but let me highlight Nikki and their continued
work with the coverage dashboard
Årup Nielsen and his work on Ordia <https://ordia.toolforge.org/> which
makes the results visible, again Mahir and his contributions to push the
lexicographical data to become more expressive, and Envel Le Hir for
running the weekly Wikidata Lexeme Challenge
Thanks to everyone contributing to translations of the documentation and
the code. In particular: 리듬
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:%EB%A6%AC%EB%93%AC> and Frettie
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Frettie> for translating almost
all the Newsletters and many other pages!
And thanks to all of you who have left ideas, nice and encouraging words,
in emails, chats, wiki pages, other websites, and sometimes even in person.
Thanks to everyone reading these words, and for your interest in Abstract
Wikipedia and Wikifunctions.
Thank you all! We are thankful for all of your trust in what we are doing,
it is a blessing, and we are excited to build this project and community
together with all of you!
Development updates (as of December 2)
Experience & Performance:
- Wrote a patch
use Vue Testing in FE integrations
- Fixed more FE bugs
- Finalized the design proposal for Aliases component improvements (
- Added a success snackbar to the redirect page after successful zObject
creation (T321741 <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T321741>)
- Started work on timeouts in the orchestrator/evaluator
- Closed epic: *Function, Implementation, and Tester meta-data is
emitted and displayed to users* (T303345
- *Orchestrator does not pass down error to PHP layer* (T321389
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T321389>) (subject to review and
Natural Language Generation:
- Active discussions about how to integrate the Grammatical Framework
- Aarne Ranta demoed Wikidata statements