Great! But uhmm, the voting page says:
*Please reorder the options below in your order of preference.Your vote:*
5 - 1 - 3 - 6 - 4 - 2
but doesn't actually state the order of preference !
How about that gets updated to say:
*Please reorder the options below in your order of preference. Left most is
most favorite, Right most is least favorite.Your vote:*
5 - 1 - 3 - 6 - 4 - 2
or something that explains the ordering preference?
On Thu, Nov 5, 2020 at 3:41 PM Denny Vrandečić <dvrandecic(a)wikimedia.org>
The on-wiki version of this newsletter is here:
The second round of voting has started for naming the new Wikimedia
project, the wiki of functions!
often do you have the opportunity to name a Wikimedia project? This will be
the first new Wikimedia project to launch since 2012.
Today I will talk about the details of the second round of the naming
contest. Feel free to skip this update if you are not interested in this.
The first round saw more than 170 proposals submitted for what to call the
central wiki of functions. After more than 500 votes, we have a list of the
six top proposals. We have published considerations from legal and
The six top proposals, in alphabetical order, are:
- Wikimedia Functions
Winner of the MediaWiki logo contest
We have used and adapted a gadget written by Amir Sarabdani
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ladsgroup> in his volunteer
capacity, and diligently adapted by James and Nick for our usage. The
gadget was written and has been used previously for voting on the new
logo for the MediaWiki software
That vote, by the way, just a few days ago, and the winner of the vote was
just announced. The preliminary winner - pending the final Legal check-up -
can be seen to the right. Congratulations to Amir for running this process,
and congratulations to the MediaWiki community on a fresh and beautiful
proposed new logo!
Unfortunately, gadgets do not work on the mobile website. If you're using
a mobile device, you can go directly to the vote recording page
enter your preference manually.
For the second round, you are asked to rank the six proposals by
preference. We will then use a modified instant-runoff voting system to
decide on the winner of the vote. The vote tallying will work as follows:
First, we count how many valid votes have been made. This provides the
denominator. Then we count, for each proposal, how often it has been listed
as the first preference. This provides the numerator. If any proposal
reaches more than half at this point, it immediately becomes the winning
proposal. If, which is more likely, none of the proposals manage to exceed
half at this point, we count which proposal is listed least frequently as
the first preference. This proposal gets eliminated (in case of a tie, all
of the least popular proposals get eliminated together). Then all votes
which had an eliminated proposal as their top preference are re-assigned to
the next-ranked preference, and we count the votes again.
We repeat this process until one proposal becomes the top preferred choice
by at least half of all voters. This proposal becomes the winner of the
second round of voting.
The winner of this second voting round will then undergo a more thorough
(and expensive) vetting process. Assuming the vetting process finds no
issues with the candidate, the candidate will become the official name of
the new project.
In the case that there are findings that disqualify the proposal, we will
remove that proposal from all rankings, and repeat the tallying of the
votes with the now modified rankings. This will produce a new top proposal,
which in turn gets validated. This proceeds until a top candidate is deemed
acceptable by the legal vetting process.
Votes have opened on Monday, and will be open for two weeks, *until 16
November*. We have kept the same rules regarding voting eligibility as
applied to the first round:
- You must have a registered account which is not blocked on more than
- You must not be a bot
- You must have made at least 25 edits as of September 1 on any public
Wikimedia production wiki
Additionally, current and former members of the Board of Trustees and of
the Advisory Board of the Wikimedia Foundation are also qualified to vote.
We hope that this process will be finished by 8 December, when we plan to
announce the name of the project - and then kick-off the contest to find a
logo to go with the new name.
So, if you are eligible, please go ahead and cast your vote! Let us know
your preferences and help to name a brand new Wikimedia project. Spread the
word in your communities!
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