As we have stated in our annual plan , “currently, community members
must search many pages and places to stay informed about Foundation
activities and resources.” We have worked in the past two quarters to
create a single point of entry. We call it the Wikimedia Resource Center,
and its alpha version is now live on Meta Wikimedia:
As the movement expands to include more affiliates and more programmatic
activities every year, newer Wikimedians are faced with lack of experience
in the movement and its various channels for requesting support. In order
to expand Wikimedia communities’ efforts, we want to provide easy access to
resources that support their very important work. The [[m:Wikimedia
Resource Center]] is a hub designed in response to this issue: it is
intended to evolve into a single point of entry for Wikimedians all over
the world to the variety of resources and types of staff support they may
need to develop new initiatives or also expand existing ones.
This version of the Resource Center is only the beginning. For phase two of
the project, we will enable volunteer Wikimedians to add resources
developed by other individuals or organizations to the Wikimedia Resource
Center, and in phase three, the Wikimedia Resource Center will include
features to better connect Wikimedians to other Wikimedians that can
We want to hear what you think about this prototype and our plans for it!
If you have comments about the Wikimedia Resource Center, you can submit
your feedback publicly, on the Talk Page, or privately, via a survey hosted
by a third party, that shouldn’t take you more than 4 minutes to complete.
A feedback button is on the top right corner on every page of the hub.
Looking forward to more collaborations!
Communications and Outreach Project Manager, Community Engagement
*Nutshell: The big, blue button will soon say "Publish page" instead of
"Save page", because when you click it, the contents get published on the
I apologize for cross-posting this to the GLAM and Education lists:
A long-requested change to the "Save" button may finally happen towards the
end of March. This is a button that anyone leading a workshop about
editing is going to talk about, so I wanted to make sure that you didn't
get surprised by this change.
Last year, the WMF looked into an old request to clarify the language on
the "Save" button, which confuses some new contributors. The main problem
is that it is unclear whether "Save" means "save a private copy" (as it
does on most websites these days) or "irrevocably post this to the
internet". This confusion apparently explains a few unwanted behaviors,
such as editors who save the page ("just to be safe") before previewing
There are some other reasons behind to do this: It creates some
inconsistency in the interface, as some things (e.g., Special:Preferences)
get saved but kept private, while other things (e.g., normal wiki pages)
get saved and immediately published. It is also difficult to translate the
label into some languages, as the word has multiple possible translations
in some languages.
The plan, therefore, is to change "Save" to "Publish". Instead of the big
blue button saying "Save page" (for a new page) or "Save changes" (when
you edit an existing page), the button will instead say "Publish page" or
The upside to this small change is that new contributors will understand
that all of their edits go to the public immediately. The downside is
that all of the documentation and help pages is going to be out of date.
This plan was announced on the wikis last August, and is tentatively
scheduled for sometime in March. I hope that this extra note will keep you
from getting surprised in front of a group and give you enough time to
update any handouts that you might be using in the future.
- https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T131132 – main task (best place to
figure out if this gets postponed again)
 The color of this button in all of the older wikitext editors will be
changing this week. It's going to be big and blue.
 This is true even when the wiki is using FlaggedRevisions or
PendingChanges, because the un-accepted changes can be seen by the general
public from the history page or from &oldid URLs, regardless of whether the
revision has been accepted.
Sherry Snyder (WhatamIdoing)
Community Liaison, Wikimedia Foundation
many of you may be familiar with the Wikimedia Research Newsletter
(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Newsletter , doubling as the
"Recent research" section of The Signpost on English Wikipedia), a
monthly overview of recent academic research about Wikipedia and other
We are planning to focus our upcoming issue on the topic of Wikipedia
in education, and would love for people from this list (and others
familiar with the topic as practictioners) to volunteer summaries or
full reviews of a number of recent papers.
See https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/WRN201701 for details on how to
contribute, and the list of publications we plan to include in this
issue. I'm excerpting the titles below. Publication is planned for
next Monday, February 20.
* "Teaching with Wikipedia in a 21st-century classroom: Perceptions of
Wikipedia and its educational benefits"
* "Faculty Perception of Wikipedia in the California State University System"
* "Writing for Wikipedia in the classroom: challenging official
knowledge (a case study in 12th grade)"
* "Veni, Vidi, Vicipaedia: Using the Latin Wikipedia in an Advanced
* "Using Wikipedia to Teach Discipline Specific Writing"
* "Competencias informacionales básicas y uso de Wikipedia en entornos
* "Improving Information Literacy Skills through Learning To Use and
Edit Wikipedia: A Chemistry Perspective"
* "Teachers' use of Wikipedia with their Students"
* "How to motivate formal students and informal learners to
participate in Open Content Educational Resources (OCER)?" [on
* "Ninth Graders’ Use of and Trust in Wikipedia, Textbooks, and
Digital Resources From Textbook Publishers"
The newsletter is widely read both among Wikipedia community members
and among academic researchers active in the area, and we also always
try to inform researchers when their paper has been covered.
IRC (Freenode): HaeB
I would add 2 points when talking to educators:
1) "You can improve it!" Wikipedia welcomes EVERYONE to improve its
contents. There are policies, guidelines, and even training available,
making it a tool for all of humanity to constantly improve its contents.
2) For educators, making sure their students learn to read correctly the
Wikipedia (understanding quality issues, history of articles, and so on),
is maybe 1/3 of the educational value of the Wikipedia. the next 2/3 are
about learning how to write in it.
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On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 9:07 AM, <education-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
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> 1. Re: WikiProjects, Article Importance, and Article Quality: An
> Intimate Relationship (1/2)
> (Wikimedia Among Scouts :Executive Director)
> 2. Re: WikiProjects, Article Importance, and Article Quality: An
> Intimate Relationship (1/2) (Robert Connolly)
> Message: 1
> Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:55:43 +0530
> From: "Wikimedia Among Scouts :Executive Director"
> To: Wikimedia Education <education(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia Education] WikiProjects, Article Importance,
> and Article Quality: An Intimate Relationship (1/2)
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> Thanks a lot for you Richrad, Your reply given me a refreshment. Hope I
> will give your answers if anyone tell something wrong about wikipedia.
> On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 4:08 PM, Richard Nevell <
> richard.nevell(a)wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:
> > Hello Shriheeran,
> > I think if academics say Wikipedia can't be used as a source, we should
> > say that's absolutely correct. The English Wikipedia has a policy
> > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Verifiability#
> > which says that Wikipedia isn't considered a reliable source. Instead of
> > citing Wikipedia, people can use it as a starting point for research.
> > Wikipedia is very open about where its information comes from, and even
> > includes warning when articles might not be high quality. I can't think
> > another website which would include a warning to readers that one of its
> > pages might contain a point of view, or might need more fact checking.
> > When you talk to academics about Wikipedia, is there anything in
> > particular you're asking them to do?
> > Regards,
> > Richard Nevell
> > On 16 February 2017 at 00:23, Wikimedia Among Scouts :Executive Director
> > shriheeran(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Just I had a meeting with an it acadamic professionalist, the things got
> >> from Wikipedia are not accepted as valid. Because they say that enyone
> >> edit wikipedia. That's the reason.But I said to that references are
> >> to each points there and temples such as citation needed are put in
> >> WIKIPEDIA. What do you think about this? I am from srilanka.
> >> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 1:15 AM, Kleefeld, John <john.kleefeld(a)usask.ca
> >> wrote:
> >>> Colleagues, here is my fifth blog post, the first of a two-part set.
> >>> *WikiProjects, Article Importance, and Article Quality: An Intimate
> >>> Relationship (1/2)* http://bit.ly/2lH9hjJ
> >>> And here are the links to the previous four, in reverse chronological
> >>> order:
> >>> *Wikipedia’s Gender Bias – and What Your Students Can Do About It *
> >>> http://bit.ly/2kOkSMC
> >>> *What Does It Mean to Say That “Anyone Can Edit” Wikipedia? *
> >>> http://bit.ly/2jqMV5y
> >>> *How Students Are Learning Medicine and Collaborative Skills, And
> >>> Transforming Wikipedia *http://bit.ly/2jt5fH7
> >>> *The Wikipedia Manifesto *http://bit.ly/2jGlAc1
> >>> Yours truly,
> >>> John Kleefeld
> >>> Associate Professor, College of Law
> >>> 2017 Teaching Fellow, Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness
> >>> University of Saskatchewan
> >>> 15 Campus Drive
> >>> Saskatoon SK S7N 5A6
> >>> tel: (+1) 306.966.1039 <(306)%20966-1039>
> >>> email: john.kleefeld(a)usask.ca
> >>> skype: johnkleefeld
> >>> twitter: @johnkleefeld
> >>> web: http://law.usask.ca/find-people/faculty/kleefeld-john.php
> >>> mission: http://www.usask.ca/leadershipteam/documents/president/Missi
> >>> onVisionValues.pdf
> >>> _______________________________________________
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> >> --
> >> Best.
> >> Shriheeran Logeswaran.
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> Shriheeran Logeswaran.
Early notification about potential server ops that may result in temporary
read-only status or downtime.
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From: Whatamidoing (WMF)/Sherry Snyder <ssnyder(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 6:01 PM
Subject: [GLAM] Possible editing outages during April
To: "glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org" <glam(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
This is early warning of some planned server operations, as an outage can
cause a severe disruption on a short workshop:
In April 2016, the Technology Operations team at the WMF did some work on
the servers that run Wikipedia and the other wikis. This resulted in all
editing being stopped at all wikis for about half an hour on two different
A similar project is currently expected sometime in April 2017. I do not
have specific dates or times yet. However, I expect the first editing
disruption to happen during the first half of April and the second to be
about two weeks afterwards.
They are hoping that the editing outages will be shorter this time (perhaps
15 to 30 minutes). The time of day is undecided; however, it will almost
certainly be when most of the Ops staff is online (afternoon in Europe and
Africa/morning in the Americas).
Last year, the official schedule was kept at https://wikitech.wikimedia.
org/wiki/Switch_Datacenter and the same page may be used again. *If you
are scheduling short workshops during April, then please consider checking
that schedule* or checking with me before you finalize your plans. If you
need to reach me, then I am currently subscribed to the GLAM mailing list,
and you can always leave a note on my talk page at https://en.wikipedia.org/
Sherry Snyder (WhatamIdoing)
Community Liaison, Wikimedia Foundation
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