Today we deployed a new feature to English Wikipedia -- a Draft
namespace. (For those not familiar, namespaces on our wiki are how we
separate types of pages, like articles versus discussion pages.)
There isn't anything technically that exciting about this new namespace
yet. One key feature is that it is not indexed, however, meaning drafts are
hidden from readers using most search engines.
However, we think this idea show a lot of promise. In the future, we plan
to experiment with additional software support for this namespace,
providing tools to help create, review, and publish drafts with minimal
headache. If encouraging new users to create their first articles in draft
mode first really improves their retention and overall experience on
Wikipedia, we do plan on rolling this out beyond English.
You can learn more about our evolving ideas on mediawiki.org, and help
answer open questions we've put to community members on Wikipedia
talk:Drafts on English Wikipedia. Please participate!
Simple to create with some screenshots and text strings. Simple to
follow as a potential contributor.
As opposed to http://www.whatcanidoformozilla.org/ , OSM Task Manager is
sequential with a single track.
I'm not sure how exactly this could inspire Guided Tours, or whether it
would make sense as a completely separate site. It might work for
onboarding contributors on certain first time tasks.
Technical Contributor Coordinator @ Wikimedia Foundation
Phoebe and SJ pointed out this very cool tool now on Wikivoyage:
Phoebe rightly suggests below that it could be a good model to build on for community 'to-do' lists and related collaboration tools.
Anyone know more about it -- how it came about, who created it?
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> From: "Phoebe Ayers (Twitter)" <notify(a)twitter.com>
> Subject: Phoebe Ayers (@brassratgirl) mentioned you on Twitter!
> Date: November 21, 2013 8:22:43 AM PST
> To: Fabrice Florin
> Fabrice Florin,
> You were mentioned in a Tweet!
> Phoebe Ayers
> attn @StevenWalling, @metasj, et al: have you seen this? Just a table, but pretty neat. en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Wikivoyag… - 19 Nov
> More Tweets
> Phoebe Ayers
> @metasj @fabriceflorin it would be cool if it was an extension, though, that every wiki could fill in their own local parameters for.- 21 Nov
> Phoebe Ayers
> @metasj @fabriceflorin It could be the "to-do" extension :)
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Can you help us create a better multimedia experience on Wikipedia and its sister sites?
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, we'd like to invite you to join a special Multimedia Meetup at the Wikimedia Foundation, this Monday, December 9 at 6:30pm PST.
This one-hour event will bring together dozens of developers and community members to discuss how we can use images, sounds and videos to help people learn more effectively on our sites.
To join us, simply sign up here:
If you know anyone else outside WMF whom you think would be interested, you are welcome to spread the word in your community -- the more, the merrier :)
We will start our meeting by presenting a vision for multimedia in 2016 and ask you how we can improve it.
We will then demo and discuss these new projects together:
* media viewer
* file feedback
* new video formats
* campaign tools
As a group, we will brainstorm new ways to view, contribute, curate, discover and use media files on Wikipedia, and grow our audio-visual knowledge base in the process.
This is a great opportunity to plan our next steps together and network with other like-minded community members. And we'll be serving free drinks and pizza to make this even more fun for you. :)
Images, sounds and videos can engage users more deeply than text articles, and better support their individual learning styles. To that end, we aim to help more users to collaborate through multimedia -- by improving their viewing experience, supporting their media contributions, and making it easier to use media in articles.
We look forward to your advice on how to make this vision happen together.
Thanks for your consideration. We hope to speak with you soon. :)
All the best,
Product Manager, Multimedia
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Adam Wight <awight(a)wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Rough draft of Workflow design
> Date: September 10, 2013 5:11:56 PM PDT
> To: Maryana Pinchuk <mpinchuk(a)wikimedia.org>, fr-tech <fr-tech(a)wikimedia.org>, Terry Chay <tchay(a)wikimedia.org>
> I've outlined some thoughts about how to design a workflow engine, at
> My main concern is that we produce something that is appropriate for general on-wiki use, and for Fundraising's internal needs.
> Please review,
Last week the Editor Engagement Experiments team deployed a new extension
to all wikis, Extension:Campaigns (
The campaigns extension does one thing: if you add "campaign=example" to a
link pointing at the account creation form, it logs the campaign name at
the time of signup.
This capability has been around a long time in some form or another, but we
disabled it so we could get to work on our redesign of account creation and
login. Now that's it's finished, we wanted to make it available again.
There's more in the documentation I linked to above, but the general point
is that this gives us a low cost, minimally invasive way to figure out how
many people are coming to sign up via a particular avenue.
Among our first test cases, my team would really like to know if
significant numbers of people are signing up via the links English
Wikipedia puts in system messages directed at those viewing semi-protected
pages and anonymous editors. I've put up a proposal about this on-wiki at
If you have any questions about how campaigns work and how they might be
applied elsewhere, please speak up. :)