Hi everyone,

Here's this week's software updates from the Editor Engagement Experiments team. Today, we deployed some changes to the Guided Tour extension,[1] including...

New languages! Guided Tours are now available to use or create on the following Wikipedias: Catalan, Hebrew, Hungarian, Malay, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian. Look on your local Village Pump for an announcement. Particularly exciting is that Hebrew is our first real test of use on a RTL language wiki.

A new tour! In support of our work onboarding new Wikipedians,[2] we've launched a general "make your first edit" tour. Try it by appending ?tour=firstedit to an article URL.[3] This tour is brand new, and probably needs translation for non-English speakers. 

Note that this tour is for wikitext editing only, regardless of whether VisualEditor is deployed to your wiki or not. Soon (likely next week), we'll have an equivalent first edit tour that guides you through the basics of using VE. In the onboarding experience, we're going to point to VisualEditor if it exists for that user, but we'll have this wikitext tour as a backup. 

Please speak up if you have any questions about how to use guided tours, or create your own.

1. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:GuidedTour
2. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Onboarding_new_Wikipedians#Proposed
3. Example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michikawa_Station?tour=firstedit 

Steven Walling