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From: "Jon Robson" <jdlrobson(a)gmail.com>
Date: 19 Apr 2013 00:41
Subject: Re: [Design] [Wikitech-l] Making inter-language links shorter
To: "A list for the design team." <design(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The alpha version (here be dragons more) of the mobile site exposes talk
pages in an overlay. Currently working on allowing contribution to this
Try it out by going to settings opting into beta then going back again and
opting into the dragons mode... feedback welcomed!
On 19 Apr 2013 00:38, "Mathieu Stumpf" <psychoslave(a)culture-libre.org>
> Le 2013-04-19 00:12, Brion Vibber a écrit :
>> On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 3:08 PM, Mathieu Stumpf
>> <psychoslave(a)culture-libre.org**> wrote:
>> Oh by the way, is there an access to discussion pages on the mobile
>>> version now? Last time I checked it wasn't accessible directly, but at
>>> the begining it wasn't possible to access other languages if I'm not
>>> mistaken, so I thought that may also come with an update.
>> I believe Jon may be working on something to expose talk pages, but
>> it's not quite ready yet. We were kind of hoping to wait for a more
>> structured discussion system to come into place, but we're still
>> waiting on that.
>> In the meantime, you should be able to jump to them via the search
>> box, it just won't be very pretty. :)
> My personal work around is: going to the desktop version>going to the talk
> page>going to the mobile version
> On mobile following links is, in my experience, easier to do than typing
> words. ;)
> Association Culture-Libre
> Design mailing list
Le jeudi 18 avril 2013 à 12:57 -0700, Brion Vibber a écrit :
> On the mobile site we've collapsed the whole thing to an "Other languages"
> section or button (depending on if you're in beta mode) at the bottom of
> the article, and this seems to have gotten good usability responses from
> mobile users.
Oh by the way, is there an access to discussion pages on the mobile
version now? Last time I checked it wasn't accessible directly, but at
the begining it wasn't possible to access other languages if I'm not
mistaken, so I thought that may also come with an update.
For those of you who haven't obsessively followed Brandon Harris's
answers on Quora http://www.quora.com/Brandon-Harris-1/answers -- check
out his suggestions on how to improve your skills at interaction design
and visual design:
A few key tips from Brandon's answer: design is about understanding
problems. Look at problems and try to re-solve the problems you run
across every day, both simple and complex. Research why people created
existing solutions and made certain decisions, and think about what
you'd do differently. Learn to communicate your designs, and practice a
Brandon, thanks for the writeup.
Engineering Community Manager
Mabdul, an English Wikipedian, is looking for someone with CSS skills to
help pretty up the latest version of his Articles for Creation helper
script. Discussion at the Village Pump:
For context: Articles for Creation, or AFC, is how new users and IPs can
create a draft of an article and request review by an experienced editor.
The process is severely backlogged, so enhancements to this script may make
a big impact on new editors by speeding up reviews. The script is used
somewhat like Twinkle to automate accepting, declining, or reviewing a
Sorry, but this announcement was frankly too little, too late. I had looked
at the Wikimedia blog post, the Noun Project blog post, the eventbrite
page, the talk pages of the event pages in mediawiki, meta and wikipedia
(btw, why so much duplication? where was the central hub?) and there was
nothing even suggesting that remote participation would be possible, or
that a hangout could be expected. This is even worse considering that it
was asked a while ago (
nobody seems to have answered.
Apart from that, where were the results posted? All I found were pictures
from the event, spread across several categories. I've collected them on
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Iconathon_2013 and cleaned up
the other categories they were polluting (e.g. Category:I !!). I would
expect the results to be uploaded to
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_Noun_Project but so far I
haven't seen any new icons there. Is this coming soon?
Self-answer, after doing a little research: "Afterwards, The Noun Project
will take the pen/paper sketches and have their vector artists render them
in SVG. They will be released about a month after the event" — from
this wasn't mentioned anywhere in any of the page I listed above. A
"results" section would be most welcome for those who weren't able to
Related, for anyone interested: I recently came across interesting
resources for the kinds of icons that the Noun Project seems to focus on,
and tried to organize the categories in commons to make them more findable:
subcategories) and fontello.com (font-based icons, all of them freely
ps - I don't understand why this announcement wasn't also posted to the
design mailing list. I'm CC'ing it.
On Sat, Apr 6, 2013 at 6:34 PM, Munaf Assaf <massaf(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> You can watch the iconathon here:
> If you would like to participate in the hangout, please email me, Pau Giner
> (pginer(a)wikimedia.org) or Vibha Bamba (vbamba(a)wikimedia.org).
> Wikitech-l mailing list
Saw a relevant little tweet today!
[image: Inline image 1]
I would encourage us all to do more of this.
Anyone can do this using simple things such as keynote to complex css.
The positive is that prototypes giv you a real sense of an experience since
you find yourself naturally responding to an experience as opposed to
thinking about how you might respond.
Conversations resulting from playing with a proto are also much more
detailed and informed.
Reach out if you need help but lets make more prototypes!
>From the Wikimedia researchers' mailing list.
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 11:05:14 +0100
From: Jodi Schneider <jschneider(a)pobox.com>
To: Research into Wikimedia content and communities
Subject: [Wiki-research-l] Fwd: [Air-L] CFP IJHCS Special Issue:
Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and
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For those doing participatory HCI research, this may be relevant. First
deadline July 31st is an indication of interest. Details below.
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From: John Vines <john.vines(a)newcastle.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Subject: [Air-L] CFP IJHCS Special Issue: Perspectives on participatory HCI
research: Beginnings, middles and endings
To: "air-l(a)listserv.aoir.org" <air-l(a)listserv.aoir.org>
Apologies for cross-posting
Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Int. Journal of Human-Computer Studies
Perspectives on participatory HCI research: Beginnings, middles and endings
Participation is a research area of sustained interest to the HCI
community. Traditionally, the term has been used to suggest a democratized
approach to the design of technology that calls for end-user involvement in
the design process. This may vary from researchers inviting specific users
or stakeholders to participate in design workshops, through to long term
engagements with communities to define research questions and study
deployments of new technologies. As HCI is an interdisciplinary field,
however, there are multiple understandings of what participation in
research might mean, from subjects and disciplines such as social science,
participatory and performance arts, international development, and action
research. Beyond these influences, there is also increased pressure from
funding bodies and public institutions to involve a wider spectrum of the
public in academic research. The convergence of these factors has drawn
attention to the potential benefits and challenges, both theoretical and
practical of involving users and the public in HCI research.
While user, citizen or stakeholder participation in design processes can
offer great insight into the applicability of technological interventions
in certain contexts, the HCI community would benefit from critically
reflecting on how participation is planned, managed, and sustained. The
mundane yet still significant details of how participatory HCI research is
performed are rarely documented and discussed by the community. The coming
together of multiple perspectives from different disciplines – some of
which have existing frameworks, some debate the very notion of
participation – provides an opportunity for HCI researchers to reflect
critically on how people are involved in design processes. Specifically, we
call attention to the following three phases of performing participatory
How we begin:
How do researchers establish relationships with communities, participants,
or users and stakeholders prior to commencing participatory research? Who
here determines the research context and the setting it takes place in, or
what research questions are formed? Furthermore, what agendas, skills and
assumptions do researchers bring to a participatory project? Why are
certain participants selected or invited to take part over others?
How we reflex and reflect:
How do researchers reflect upon and manage the complicated processes of
participation and engagement while working with groups or communities? How
are researchers and participants given space to document and reflect upon
the activities they perform and how does this inform the research or design
process throughout? How do we understand our practice when busy doing it
and can we develop strategies to elicit generative reflections on practice
as it is enacted? Furthermore, is it possible to document participatory
work along the way without skewing the process itself?
How we end:
How do researchers determine whether deployments or interventions should be
sustained beyond the formal completion of research, and what are the
practical challenges of leaving a legacy of a participatory project? Is
sustainability or legacy always positive outcome of participatory research,
and are there ways of empirically understanding transformations within a
context beyond the uptake or success of a specific technology or
This special issue aims to present a set of high quality, thought
provoking, original research articles that address one or more of these
stages through topics including, but not limited to:
-- Empirical studies collaborating with organizations and communities in
the design or evaluation of new technologies.
-- Studies of participatory HCI that target specific populations or
communities, such as older people, young people, activist groups,
charities, rural communities, among others.
-- Theoretical and conceptual frameworks that unpack the questions and
related problems of participation as a process.
-- Critical reflections on existing and historical examples of
participation in HCI.
-- Strategies for documenting and eliciting reflection from both
researchers and participants engaged in research.
-- Considerations of the ethical, moral and political implications of
designing technologies with communities of users and stakeholders.
-- Interdisciplinary perspectives on participatory HCI research.
-- Case studies discussing experiences of beginning, reflecting on or
sustaining participatory HCI research.
It is anticipated that submissions will tackle at least one stage of
participatory research/design processes in use, as described above, and
that accepted papers will comprise examples from each phase. Papers
addressing theoretical issues will only be considered where the
contribution is exceptional.
Authors are requested to contact the guest editors (email:
participation.di(a)gmail.com<mailto:email@example.com>) prior to
making a submission by July 31st 2013 to inform them of their plans to
submit to the special issue. All submissions should be made to the IJHCS
submission system at http://ees.elsevier.com/ijhcs selecting "SI:
participatory HCI" as the Article Type. Full manuscripts should be
submitted according to the IJHCS Guide for authors and will be blind
Articles must be based on original research, although extended versions of
published conference papers may be acceptable if they contain at least 50%
new material. All manuscripts should be submitted online. The IJHCS Guide
for authors and online submission is available at
Email guest editors prior to submission: 31st July 2013
Paper due date: 31st August 2013
Review completion date: 15th November 2013 (Notification of 1st
Re-Submission by: 17th January 2014
Final Acceptance: 21st February 2014 (Notification of 2nd review)
Final Version due: 7th April 2014
John Vines, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
Rachel Clarke, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
Ann Light, Northumbria University (United Kingdom)
Peter Wright, Newcastle University (United Kingdom)
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