It is great to have this new list.
To introduce myself, I have been a wikipedia contributor for a few years
and recently started dabbling with Mediawiki.
I have been trying to put together a mediawiki based site for a specific
purpose. That's when I discovered that the many things we take for granted
on Wikipedia don't come out of the box in a new media wiki installation and
need to be added.
- Templates (especially infobox, which we are so used to on WP, havent
figured how to add these)
- Having to install Extension cite (for references) and not being out of
the box was a surprise.
- Addition to addon like Wikilove and WikiEditor.
- Extensions I had not heard of like Parser, Validator seem essential
- Extensions to manage spam need to be installed additionally
Also I had a few other struggles:
There are so many extensions but still difficult to choose. Wish they were
Also Many don't have links to examples where they are deployed, that would
a be very helpful.
Help doesn't get installed for a new mediawiki and needs to be copied for
Also the user manual has so much detail, that it would scare off a new
user. I have grouped the help into 4 sets - reader, editor, experienced,
advanced editor and admin on my instance to make it easy for new users.
Thought of sharing my experience and seeks any inputs or advise from the
more experience folks on the list (Apologies if I am wrong in any of the
I found SMW very exciting in terms of capability and impact it could
create. I would be keen to connect with folks who are familiar with SMW.
Some suggestions for projects that could be considered:
Base template kit to import for new wikis
Create more add on bundles like the Semantic Bundle.
Great to be on this list.
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From: Simon Shek <simon.shek(a)wikimedia.hk>
Date: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2013 scholarship now accepting application
Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2013 in Hong Kong are being accept.
The application window is one month (through 22 February).
Wikimania 2013 scholarship is an award given to an individual to enable
them to attend Wikimania in Hong Kong from 7-11 August, 2013.
Both types of scholarships will be available this year. Partial
scholarships will cover travel expenses to Wikimania, capped at 50% of the
estimated air fare from your nearest international airport according to
[[wm2013:Getting to Hong Kong]]. Full scholarships will cover round-trip
travel, dorms accommodations as arranged by the Wikimania Team, and
registration for Wikimania 2013.
Applicants will be rated on the following four dimensions:
1. Activity within Wikimedia (on-wiki and off-wiki) - 50%
2. Activity outside of Wikimedia and other free knowledge/software projects
3. Interest in Wikimania and the Wikimedia movement - 25%
4. Fluency of English language - 10%
To learn more about Wikimania 2013 scholarships, please visit
To apply for a scholarship, you can fill out the application form here:
If you have any question, email us at wikimania-shcolarship(a)wikimedia.org .
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Physical Research Laboratory(PRL).
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> From: Ct Woo <ctwoo(a)wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Wikitech-l] More Update on Ashburn data center switchover / migration – target date is week of 1/22/13
> Date: 20 January 2013 12:27:28 AM GMT+05:30
> To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Wikimedia Engineering <engineering(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Reply-To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> We will be proceeding with the datacenter switchover plan this coming
> Tuesday (Jan 22, 2013), unless we discover some unexpected and
> insurmountable issues in our tests between now and then.
> During the 8-hour migration window on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th (from 17:00
> UTC to 01:00 UTC hours / 9am to 5pm PST), there would be times (lasting
> about 30 minutes) where the site would be set to "read-only" mode, to
> facilitate master database switchovers from one datacenter to another.
> While the site should be available to readers, no new contents could be
> created, edited or uploaded.
> We are aware of the inconvenience and we have put together plans to
> minimize such annoyances, e.g., automating much of the procedures,
> mitigating known risks, and performing tests to identify issues prior to
> deployment. Given the scale and complexity of this migration, we do realize
> not all operational impact is predictable. Some users could experience
> intermittent site unavailability and/or performance issues unfortunately.
> You can follow the migration on chat.freenode.net <http://irc.freenode.net>
> (and not irc.freenode.org as mentioned in previous email) in the
> #wikimedia-operations channel.
> CT Woo
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> From: Ct Woo <ctwoo(a)wikimedia.org>
> Date: Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 12:07 PM
> Subject: Update on Ashburn data center switchover / migration – target date
> is week of 1/22/13
> To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, Development and
> Operations Engineers <engineering(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> The Migration team is in the last lap on completing the remaining tasks to
> ready our software stack and Ashburn infrastructure for the big switchover
> Per my last update,<http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2012-October/063668.html>
> with the Fundraising activity behind us now, the team has scheduled the *week
> of 22nd January*, 2013 to perform the switchover. We are going to block a
> 8-hour migration window on the *22nd, 23rd and 24**th*. During those
> periods, *17:00 UTC to 01:00 UTC hours (9am to 5pm PST*), there will be
> intermittent blackouts and they will be treated as 'planned' outages. You
> can follow the migration on irc.freenode.org in the #wikimedia-operations
> The team is putting the finishing touches to the last few tasks and we will
> make the final Go/No decision on 18th Jan, 2013. An update will send out
> then. For those interested in tracking the progress, the meeting notes are
> captured on this wikitech
> *Please note that we will be restricting code deployment during that week,
> allowing only emergency and critical ones only.*
> CT Woo
> Wikitech-l mailing list
the following script was created at Hackfest, IITM with the help of mentor
Yuvi Panda. It enables custom shortcut keys. You can set your own
key-selector id mapping in the keymap.js file.
Computer Science and Engineering
Vellore Institute of Technology,Vellore
This is a post which I mailed to the India community during the release of
the Indic typing tool. I feel it is also relevant for this list. So,
sending it again ;-)
Recently YuviPanda visited us during his vacation along with John and Rob
from WMF. Yuvi spent a week with us and I got a chance to explain how
problematic it is for a mobile user to type in Indic languages though most
smartphones have sound font support and rendering. I explained him what an
end user would like to have (A simple interface and easy navigation,
options to switch typing schemes/languages (Indic ↔ English) and readable
Indic font size). Based on the jQuery.ime for Indic languages Yuvi created
a prototype (http://goo.gl/jH3TO).
In rounds of testing and bug fixing finally it is here: http://yuvi.in/indic
Right now it works online for most smartphones having Indic and rendering
support. Someone can use it online from the same link above. The offline
version works fro iPhone and Yuvi is working on fixing bugs for Android.
The offline app will soon be available for Android. Once it works perfectly
with Android it will be made available for free in Android market. We are
still to test this for Symbian, Blackberry and Windows, 3 other market
leaders. Please test and give us feedback and report bugs on
I am still in the pipeline to persuade to add a feature for searching on
Indic wikipedias from this app. Please join me clapping for Yuvi for this
amazing tool and persuading him for adding the search option for
Indicwikipedias which will enable a user to search in a respective
wikipedia by typing a particular word in this tool!
*-> Link to the tool:* http://bitly.com/indictyping
*-> Tutorial to use it online and offline (For iPhone):* http://goo.gl/HdVJW
*-> Quick links:*
- Source code: https://github.com/yuvipanda/indic-typing-tool
- Test the app and report the bugs directly on
on Meta <http://goo.gl/sBiaF>.
- App credits: YuviPanda <http://yuvi.in/>, Subhashish
, Santhosh Thottingal<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Santhosh.thottingal>
->* Blog post about the
Programme Officer, Access To Knowledge
Centre for Internet and Society, New Delhi
Forwarding to mediawiki-l
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From: Yuvi Panda <yuvipanda(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Subject: Introducing mediawiki-india mailing list
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
As part of growing a sustainable technical community around MediaWiki in
India, a new mailing list has been created. You can subscribe to it at
This is the first geographical MediaWiki list (rationale) - and hence
we're still experimenting with the scope. If topics being discussed on
mediawiki-india would benefit from wider exposure, I'm sure they'll 'bubble
up' to wikitech-l or mediawiki-l. I also think that a lot of talk about
events that happen locally. It would also serve as a central mailing list
for the new city-wide MediaWiki groups that form in India.
But honestly, I've no idea how this is going to be used :) So [[WP:BOLD]]
and go wild :)
Looking forward to having more Mediawiki hackers from India!
Yuvi Panda T
Yuvi Panda T
I have developed a code editor gadget to replace the existing text
editor when users edit JS/CSS files. Have a go at it and let me know of any
feedback that you might have.
Code editor can be enabled by adding the below to common.js:
Please add issues here :