Some of us have asked for and/or received rollback rights as experienced
editors in Wikipedia. The feature is one from the administrators set of
tools and should be used sparingly. Recently I saw a case where an editor
lost his rollback rights due to misuse. I realised that I myself was not
quite clued up about rollback rights and got smart very fast.
Extracts from the [[Wikipedia:Rollback_feature#When_to_use_rollback|relevant
page]] are provided below:
Rollback *may* be used:
- To revert obvious
edits where the reason for reverting is absolutely clear
- To revert edits in your own user
- To revert edits that you have made (for example, edits that you
- To revert edits by banned
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:BAN>users who are not allowed
to edit (but be prepared to explain this use of
rollback when asked to)
- To revert widespread edits (by a misguided editor or malfunctioning
bot) which are judged to be unhelpful to the encyclopedia, provided that an
explanation is supplied in an appropriate location, such as at the relevant
Use of standard rollback for any other purposes – such as reverting
good-faith changes which you happen to disagree with – is likely to be
considered misuse of the tool. When in doubt, use another method of
reversion and supply an edit summary to explain your reasoning.
Please be careful in the use of this tool if you are authorised. Misuse is
not taken lightly and mostly results in revocation of rights.
Its (high) time for the Collaboration of the Month. Lets have a look at
what we achieved in these COTMs.
Last month we had restarted the COTM and decided to take up just two
considering that fewer members were taking interest in it. The one's
selected were :
* [[Mullaperiyar dam]] &
* [[Manmohan Singh]]
During the period under question, Mullaperiyar Dam was the more active of
the two. We had 267 edits from 62 contributors. This was good from the
point of view of COTM. The COTM was a success in this case as the dam
article improved substantially:
* Improved lead.
* Improved material in Infobox
* New image on irrigated area by Captain of Hope.
* Some POV trash removed/rewritten.
* Dispute points clearer now.
* Improved references.
* Article sections were restructured.
* History of its construction improved.
Is it ready for GA? No, there are number of content issues. The article is
not stable. Unless some passionate editor really gets down to sift through
all the dispute points, ensure that they are written well in context, NPOV
and with a timeline, it is not complete from substance point of view. In
parts of TN, Pennycuick, the builder of the dam, is idolised and busts of
his can be found in the countryside. This fact (with reference) and an
image is also needed imho. Someone who is a civil engineer needs to vet the
article to ensure whatever is written makes engineering sense. However, the
article reads much better now.
The top five editors (excluding self) of Mullaperiyar Dam during 01
December 2011 to the time of writing this email were:
* Jponnoly - 51 edits
* Rsrikanth05 - 32 edits
* NortyNort - 19 edits
* 184.108.40.206 (anon) - 14 edits
* Captainofhope - 11 edits
To encourage contribution, the first three registered users have been
awarded a Barnstar for taking time and effort to participate. Captainofhope
also gets a barnstar both for his edits and the new diagram created.
Thumbs down point - the previous month's edits were even more - 348 in
November 2011. Main reason, due to interest generated by Prad2609 and
RSrikanth05, Wikipedia editors started editting the article in right
earnest and over a hundred edits are in the last week of November (Prad2609
was a significant contributor to those already mentioned). Also, the
dispute itself was in the news and saw attention form angry editors on both
sides. Considering the heat with which the dispute raged irl, the article
was relatively serene in December. :)
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED IN MULLAPERIYAR DAM COTM (Yes, I'm
Manmohan Singh was a different story. Perhaps people did not like his
stance in the Lokpal Bill, but there were only 43 edits of which 14 were by
User:AroundTheGlobe, who gets a barnstar for dogged determination. The
article was cleaned up but overall the effort the community put into the
article was not enough and it was not much improved.
So FAIL for this COTM!
In the next post, I shall be discussing the proposal for next month's COTM.
While restarting COTM last month, we had reduced our COTM targets from five
to two and we saw that of these one did well - the other flagged. Perhaps
it means that the number of people interested in COTM are not that many.
User:AroundTheGlobe had suggested last month that we consider developing
the low-hanging fruit ie former GA and FA articles and bringing them back
to quality each month. Personally I like this idea for many reasons:
* it gives a different activity for people to do than just improving an
* brining an article to GA is like a quest or challenge for those who
* the articles have already reached very good quality and relatively little
work is required to improve them and restore them to former status.
* the WikiProject benefits much more tangibly.
* editors get to learn the GA process (lets begin with GA first) which they
can then use to improve their own articles.
So I propose that for January, we choose one normal article as normal COTM
and the other as Good Article Collaboration of the Month.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Mihály Héder <mihaly.heder(a)sztaki.hu>
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 20:38
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Beta release of Sztakipedia Toolbar
(sorry if someone already got this on an other list)
please try out Sztakipedia toolbar, which is meant to show how AI
technology could help Wikipedia editing.
The 90 sec intro video explains everything:
alternatively, please check out the home page of the tool:
http://pedia.sztaki.hu, for installation instructions, etc.
Please give me feedback, good or bad at the talk page of the tool:
For me, your feedback is the most essential thing. As a PhD student my
resarch topic is about how to bring some AI into the editor interfaces
where people create knowledge. My primary target was Wikipedia, even though
I'm an occasional contributor only. Dealing the wiki system is no easy
matter though, so the system I introduce today is not implementing the
whole vision I had when we started the development with some other
students. Not even close.
However, I hope that the new visual editor the foundation is working will
could open up new options for the integration of AI. So even if you do not
prefer the current form of Sztakipedia, please share your vision on how we
should do this in the future.
Computer and Automation Research Institute
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Wikitech-l mailing list
A few months ago, the Italian Wikipedia community made a decision to blank
all of Italian Wikipedia for a short period in order to protest a law which
would infringe on their editorial independence. The Italian Parliament
backed down immediately. As Wikipedians may or may not be aware, a much
worse law going under the misleading title of "Stop Online Piracy
is working its way through Congress on a bit of a fast track. I may be
attending a meeting at the White House on Monday (pending confirmation on a
couple of fronts) along with executives from many other top Internet firms,
and I thought this would be a good time to take a quick reading of the
community feeling on this issue. My own view is that a community strike was
very powerful and successful in Italy and could be even more powerful in
this case. There are obviously many questions about whether the strike
should be geotargetted (US-only), etc. (One possible view is that because
the law would seriously impact the functioning of Wikipedia for everyone, a
global strike of at least the English Wikipedia would put the maximum
pressure on the US government.) At the same time, it's of course a very
very big deal to do something like this, it is unprecedented for English
Wikipedia. — Preceding
added by Jimbo
Wales <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jimbo_Wales> (*talk* •
07:42, 10 December 2011
Best - sorry if this is not of relevance for this list,
Just a quick reminder to the list. its not just Mullaperiyar Dam but also
Manmohan Singh which is up for Collaboration of the Month for December
2011. Mullaperiyar is getting a lot of edits both because of the COTM and
the fact that it is controversial. However, Manmohan Singh has got little
attention so far, except for edits by Pranav Curumsey, some by a newbie and
a few flyby edits.
So please take a little time out for one of the most important topics on
India in Wikipedia.
ANNOUNCING A NEW WIKIPROJECT
(WikiProject Offline Wikipedia for Indian Schools)
This is to announce the beginning of a new project for WikiProject
India - WikiProject
Offline Wikipedia for Indian Schools (OWIS). For quite some time now, there
has been a need for an offline wikipedia compilation suitable to Indian
schools. There are, and have always been, a whole lot of Indian schools and
students out there who do not have access to an English encyclopedia. The
web has killed off a whole range of printed encyclopedias and factbooks
besides paid encyclopedia packages such as Encarta. If the school does not
provide wide-spread, regular and dependable access to the web. then the
students have zilch. So, keeping in mind that English Wikipedia has been
around for more than a decade and has more than enough material for an
encyclopedia, we began this project so that all interested people could
pitch in and collectively prepare such offline compilations which are the
need of the hour.
About the Wikiproject
To do this, we began a new WikiProject in English Wikipedia, daughter to
WikiProject India. Titled WikiProject Offline Wikipedia for Indian
Schools(OWIS), it is intended to be the umbrella WikiProject for all
versions of offline English language wikipedias for students and
communities. The WikiProject will concentrate on content issues and leave
the production to a team of technically oriented guys from the community
(to be decided later).
You can read about the WikiProject page here:
Under this WikiProject, it is proposed to provide a variety of compilations
suitable for various needs, such as a full offline encyclopedia, single
disc collations on topics related to India etc.
The first project
To begin with, we felt it is best to create a single DVD compilation with
all subjects covered in sufficient detail. We have named it as Offline
Wikipedia for Indian Schools (Full version) or OWIS-FULL (in short).
It is based on and will be similar to the SOS Children’s Village Offline
Wikipedia for School which you can checkout for yourself at this link:
The project page for this first project is here:
The SOS village compilation is CD based with approximately 6500 articles
based on the British educational syllabus. Naturally, it contains a large
number of topics relevant only to the UK and has a distinct Western flavour
in its overall choice too, which is only natural.
To make this compilation suitable for our environment, we will have to not
only add a whole host of new articles on Indian topics to the compilation
but also remove topics/articles irrelevant to Indian students. In addition,
the SOS Children’s Encyclopaedia, being in existence for the last few
years, is designed to fit on a CD with the consequence that the number of
articles on a subject cover a subject satisfactorily but skimpily. Since we
plan our compilation to be on a DVD, there is scope to improve coverage on
all subjects as well. Hence it is planned to have in the region of around
So where are we now? As a first step we have established the framework in
the form of the WikiProject and pages where one can work. The list of
topics from the SOS compilation has been prepared subjectwise. These lists
need to be vetted/improved/extended and then finalised.
As of now, six subjects have been opened up for topic selection - Art, IT,
Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry. We need motivated editors to join
the teams and pitch in. The selection of topics needs to be completed in
ten days time so that we can move on to other subjects, other tasks.
So, if this venture interests you, if you want to do something really
important with us, if you agree with our proposition that this is critical
for delivering the potential of Wikipedia to digitally-challenged
communities, sign up here:
All the best to all of us to successfully complete this vital project.
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