Dear Wikipedians from all over the world,
for 10 days now the arguably largest article writing contest has been
taking place in Central and Eastern Europe - Wikimedia CEE Spring . For
72 days Wikipedians from 29 communities  will be writing about the
culture, history, important persons and much more about the region on their
Wikipedias. The contest aims at closing content gaps about countries,
regions  and languages  from the region. Each community created a
list of at least 100 articles  which it would like to see written in all
languages and all other communities are doing so with fervour! Communities
as large communities as the Russian, Ukrainian and Polish ones, and as
small as the Sakhan, Estonian and Macedonian ones, have joined. Highly
motivated local organisers and guys with magical technical skills have
emerged from all the communities and have made organising the contest an
At the moment of writing the Ukrainians are leading the pack when it comes
to the highest amoung of created and significantly expanded articles 
and most articles have been written from Hungary's lists . Participants
are gladly sharing their articles with their friends via a Facebook page
. Over 1000 articles from the lists and over 1400 in total have been
created or significantly expanded during the first 10 days .
Some communities have special prizes aiming at closing the content gender
gap, too. Most countries have put notable women in their wished topics. The
project is funded by an international grant  which covers expenses for
books and other source materials for writing articles on Wikipedia and its
sister projects of up to 400 Euro per community.
Spread the word and write some articles about CEE!
Nikola Kalchev / User:Лорд Бъмбъри / Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group
On behalf of the international organising team
 We started with 21, but more and more are joining!
 CEE politics is complicated
 We claim the Esperanto language for ourselves
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:BaseBot/CEES/MMXVI/Wikis (not all
I was looking for some lichen images on Commons and I was wondering how can
I show a grid of images. I tried several options but nothing, I think that
there was some hack to make the search results look more like Google
images, or maybe I am wrong?
Is this part of the Discovery team work?
Thanks and regards
REMINDER: This meeting starts in 30 minutes.
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From: Praveena Maharaj <pmaharaj(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Subject: Invitation to WMF February 2016 Metrics & Activities Meeting:
Thursday, March 31, 18:00 UTC
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
March 31, 2016, at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be broadcast as
a live YouTube stream.
* Community update
* Strategy & Annual Plan update
* Strategic Partnership update
* Research presentation
* Review of WMF top-level metrics
* Product demo
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about the meeting and how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Executive Assistant to the VP of Product
Wikimedia Foundation \\ www.wikimediafoundation.org
I don't know about the WMF's position re Wikiwand, but I see Wikiwand as a
more reader friendly way to view Wikipedia. We have far more readers than
editors so in some sense this is a good thing. I can understand a reader
being more interested in seeing the table of contents in the left hand
margin than a bunch of links to "recent changes" and even "what links
here". But the more you hide the various functions that are of interest to
editors the more difficult it becomes to recruit editors from amongst our
readership, and in the long run without new editors we can't maintain the
site. Despite many attempts we don't yet have a viable alternative way of
recruiting new editors other than the edit buttons on our sites, so any
attempt to make the editing features less obvious is a threat to our future
The problem is that most designers don't like clutter, and to a non editor
many of the bits of the interface that are most useful to editors are
clutter. I'm not sure what the solution is to this. One possibility would
be a more gradualised interface, one that always shows you one or more
editing options than you have used, and ideally different ones or in
different form so you notice them. I seem to remember some successful tests
a while back that simply modified the edit button to make it more prominent
or even just different. In theory simply changing the edit button to so
that for a month IPs see it as "fix this" or "correct an error" should
stop people mentally blanking the edit button out as part of the furniture.
We also have a problem that some of our metrics value visits to Wikimedia
sites above viewing Wikimedia content on mirrors such as WikiWand. We've
had a similar problem in the GLAM program trying to convince museums etc
that such a view is illogical and if your mission is to make content
available to all humanity you should value hits to your content on mirrors
equally to hits to that same content on your own website. Hopefully it is
just a historic problem that will recede as it becomes easier to get
metrics that include mirrors, but it is a barrier that prevents some GLAMS
from sharing media onto Wikimedia Commons and hugely ironic that we have
the problem ourselves in our own metrics.
Jonathan / WereSpielChequers
> Message: 2
> Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 08:39:46 +0200
> From: Anders Wennersten <mail(a)anderswennersten.se>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikiwand
> Message-ID: <56FCC632.2090406(a)anderswennersten.se>
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> What is WMFs position on Wikiwand ?
> is it a complement or a commercial run interface that is better that we
> can offer?
>  http://www.wikiwand.com/about
We are happy to announce that the 2015 Picture of the Year
competition is now open.
Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
international Wikimedia Commons community. From professional animal and plant shots to
breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant
images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems,
diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human
portraits, Commons features pictures of all flavors.
For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two
rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many
images as you like. The first round category winners and the top ten
overall will then make it to the final. In the final round, when a limited
number of images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want
to become the Picture of the Year.
Users must vote with an account meeting following requirements: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2015/Rules
To see the candidate images just go to the POTY 2015 page on Wikimedia
Round 1 will end 10 April 2016.
POTY 2015 committee
A flag waive for this handy cross-project report highlighting when
'newbies' have overwritten a photograph of a living person or someone
recently deceased. Technical problems caused the report to be offline
for several months, it is back though running slightly less
frequently. The live report gives a convenient way of spotting
potential image vandalism such as "revenge porn" attacks, which are
not currently highlighted using standard anti-vandalism or article
patrol tools on Wikipedia or Commons. Future improvements under
discussion for general watchlists may give us more local options.
The report is targeted at Commons hosted images used by the English
Wikipedia, but if non-English projects have experienced this type of
vandalism and would like a similar tool, please feel free to approach
me on Commons and I'll take a look at the possibility.
On 12 March 2015 at 18:50, Fæ <faewik(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> A quick reminder about this report which helps vandalism patrollers
> for the English Wikipedia spot when images used in Wikipedia
> biographies are being overwritten by "newbie" accounts. I recommend
> more admins add the report to their watch-list. It is not too much of
> a pest, as in a day it tends to change between 4 to 10 times with
> normally only 1 or 2 new images being added.
> The most active Commons patrollers I have noticed taking action on
> reported images being Denniss and Mattbuck; so hats off to them for
> lots of useful admin work. :-)
Please join us tomorrow during the Metrics meeting as we share findings
from a recent user research trip to Mexico. Background on this research
project can be found on MediaWiki, where we are documenting timelines,
methodologies, and interview responses from 15 participants and a number of
This research is part of a joint project from the Reading, Strategic
Partnerships, Design Research, and Communications teams at the Wikimedia
Foundation. We're collaborating to better understand and then better serve
potential Wikimedia readers in countries where access to the internet is
We’re calling this group “New Readers,” to focus on high population
countries with rapidly increasing internet access rates, but relatively low
Wikimedia readership. We hope to understand and reach these “new readers”
coming online. The first 3 priority countries are Mexico, Nigeria, and
India—3 countries with massive populations, rising access to the Internet,
and regional influence.
We know that many of you may remember previous Wikimedia movement research
on these regions, and have considerable expertise and connections in these
countries. If so, please share with us by emailing newreaders(a)wikimedia.org!
Our project work will be collectively documented and linked from Meta-Wiki
 where you can keep up with the research progress and findings.
If you have questions, feel free to ask them during Metrics tomorrow (when
we’ll explain more on methodology, objectives, subject criteria, and
research output), on the project talk page or on this thread.
Anne Gomez, Abbey Ripstra, Zack McCune, Adele Vrana, Dan Foy, Jorge Vargas,
Smriti Gupta, Jack Rabah, Joe Sutherland, Toby Negrin
*Anne Gomez* // Reading Product Manager, New Readers
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. Donate
Another use for georeferenced Wikipedia articles: this app lets you
load up a flight path in the United States between two airports, and
get Wikipedia articles about points of interest as well as geological
and fossil data along that path, and then view it offline as you fly
over. Also available for driving and hiking speeds.
* I use this address for lists; send personal messages to phoebe.ayers
<at> gmail.com *
let me briefly introduce myself since I'm new on this list: My name is
Katharina Nocun, but I prefer to go by my nickname Katta/kattascha. I
just joined WMDE as Project Manager for (Online-) Campaigns.
Why am I writing on this list? WMDE is currently exploring ways how to
improve the attracting and “onboarding” process for new editors. We
do not want to reinvent the wheel and know that there already have been
awesome initiatives in our movement. We are at most interested in
projects or findings that can be transfered to the German context and
are scalable to large numbers of potential editors/new editors. We know
that initiatives such as the research conducted by the former Growth
Team at WMF or the current MOOC-campaign run by the community in France
provide important empirical values and some lessons-learned.
So here's my question: Do you have any information on successful (or
failed) projects that were already applied somewhere in our movement
that managed to attract new users and are as well transferable and
scalable? Or do you know any interesting research documents or tests
that provide meaningful insights for us? Then please let me know. I
think we all can benefit from an exchange of current or past campaigns
and initiatives. We will as well share with pleasure the insights of our
coming activities in this area.
Project Manager (Online-) Campaigns
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 (0)30-219 15 826-0