CC'ing mobile-l@ to keep them in the loop
Things are progressing nicely on the login feature. Patrick tells me that
were looking good to finalize the functionality for a beta launch this
Thursday. We've completed the majority of the ops and development work to
allow posts, caching (disabled for logged in), etc for logins.
Were also making good progress on getting the wildcard subdomain certs. CT
has been working tirelessly to get an SSL vendor that will grant us a *.
m.wikipedia.org and a *.wikipedia.org cert. He's close in getting one
vendor to agree to it and were eager to get certs for testing.
I'd like to push logins regardless of wether we have certs or not to the
beta so that we can start testing. We'll want the certs in place before we
take logins into production of course.
Exciting times ahead.
On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM, Tomasz Finc <tfinc(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> The great mystery shall be answered tomorrow when I talk with the ops
> teams. For now lets say we'll just use a seperate account so that the
> software work isn't blocked.
> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 4:44 PM, Brion Vibber <bvibber(a)wikimedia.org>wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 4:34 PM, Tomasz Finc <tfinc(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> For those of you eager to know whats coming next in the beta .. we've
>>> created a simple status page to keep track of everything thats moving in
>>> and out of the beta
>>> Let us know how it works.
>> Is user login going to force use of SSL, or is SSL for mobile still
>> -- brion
On mobile devices, many people go directly to wikipedia.org. Unfortunately,
this shows the standard portal page of the globe and languages. Everyone in
the world currently sees the same page on their mobile device, and it is
not so easy to read and navigate that page on a small screen.
What if we could show a country-specific portal page automatically, based
on the current location of the user? The search interface would use the
most-used language of that country, with secondary languages for that
country prominently displayed as options.
In order to see how countries use languages, take a look here:
In some countries, the native language is the primary version of Wikipedia
that is used. Certainly that is true of all English-speaking countries,
Germany, France, Spain, Japan, etc. But there are more than 60 countries
where English is not their native language, and yet English Wikipedia is
the primary version. Usually the secondary version is the one in their
And in India, English may be the common denominator, but all the Indic
languages would be obvious choices. Easily searching in one of those
languages could be so much more obvious. Viewing and typing in some
languages can be an issue, of course.
What do you think of this idea? Give us your feedback so we can prioritize
As a reminder, the home page of other Wikimedia sites will be converted
quite soon to the mobile view, meaning users by default will see the Mobile
Frontend version of the site from mobile devices. User can switch to the
desktop view at the bottom of the page. If the home page has not been
formatted, only the search bar will appear in the mobile view. Again, for
instructions on how to format the home page, see:
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Phil Inje Chang
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From: Srikanth Ramakrishnan <parakara.ghoda(a)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Dec 1, 2011 at 1:46 AM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] [Android] Picture of the Day Wallpaper
To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
I was searching the Android Market, when I stumbled upon this app:
It's called Picture of the Day Wallpaper
>From the market page:
Beautiful daily photos from Wikimedia Commons scroll across your desktop.
Live Wallpaper which displays the Picture Of The Day posted by Wikimedia
Commons, an public domain media file repository
Each day a different glorious image from the Wikimedia Commons image
library is automatically downloaded and added to the scrolling rotation of
the last six images.
A convenient shortcut to the Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Day webpage
is provided on the initial application and preferences screens. A
preference setting is also provided to control the image scroll speed and
position of the image title.
To install this animated wallpaper, launch the application icon or
long-click on your phone's desktop, then select Wallpapers, then select
*All images are credited to NASA (NASA.gov)*
That last line worries me a bit. Are all photos credited to NASA,
irrespective of who uploaded it?
Are all photos of the Day by NASA, thereby giving others no chance for a
front page visit?
Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on December 10th.
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Global Development, Manager
CC'ing mobile-l@ to keep them in the loop. This really argues in favor of
improving our overall search experience through both google and our own
search. I'm really glad that were paying more attention to both.
For those in our beta we have our next search improvement coming out
tomorrow. Full screen search for the beta. We think this really improves
the experience and allows users to focus on what their doing better then
On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 2:31 PM, Philip Chang <pchang(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> This is very interesting. Actually supports both strategic objectives of
> Global South and overall growth of mobile page views.
> In other words, India is great for us to focus on.
> On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 4:21 PM, Mani Pande <mpande(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Thought this will interest all of you....
>> In fact, about 40 per cent of search queries for Google India comes from
>> mobile phones as against US (14), UK (6) and Russia (11), said<http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/mobile-search-queries-highestin…> Rajan
>> Anandan, managing director of Google India during a speaker session at
>> 'Confluence 2011' on Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)
>> Mani Pande, PhD
>> Head of Global Development Research
>> Twitter: manipande Skype: manipande
> Phil Inje Chang
> Product Manager, Mobile
> Wikimedia Foundation
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> 415-882-7982 x 6810