To whom it may concern,
Pursuant to consensus at Commons:Requests for comment/Media Viewer software feature the Media Viewer must be switches off for logged in users and logged out users. The current status is that the feature has been only disabled for logged in user. This tool is not needed on Wikimedia Commons, it makes commons hard to use.
I request the Wikimedia Foundation to disable Media Viewer for logged out users as well. There is consensus to do so. Please respect community consensus.
This month, our research showcase
Andrei Rizoiu (Australian National University) to talk about his work
<http://cm.cecs.anu.edu.au/post/wikiprivacy/> on *how private traits of
Wikipedia editors can be exposed from public data* (such as edit histories)
using off-the-shelf machine learning techniques. (abstract below)
If you're interested in learning what the combination of machine learning
and public data mean for privacy and surveillance, come and join us
March 16* at *1pm Pacific Time*.
The event will be recorded and publicly streamed
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xle0oOFCNnk>. As usual, we will be hosting
the conversation with the speaker and Q&A on the #wikimedia-research
channel on IRC.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Evolution of Privacy Loss in WikipediaThe cumulative effect of collective
online participation has an important and adverse impact on individual
privacy. As an online system evolves over time, new digital traces of
individual behavior may uncover previously hidden statistical links between
an individual’s past actions and her private traits. To quantify this
effect, we analyze the evolution of individual privacy loss by studying the
edit history of Wikipedia over 13 years, including more than 117,523
different users performing 188,805,088 edits. We trace each Wikipedia’s
contributor using apparently harmless features, such as the number of edits
performed on predefined broad categories in a given time period (e.g.
Mathematics, Culture or Nature). We show that even at this unspecific level
of behavior description, it is possible to use off-the-shelf machine
learning algorithms to uncover usually undisclosed personal traits, such as
gender, religion or education. We provide empirical evidence that the
prediction accuracy for almost all private traits consistently improves
over time. Surprisingly, the prediction performance for users who stopped
editing after a given time still improves. The activities performed by new
users seem to have contributed more to this effect than additional
activities from existing (but still active) users. Insights from this work
should help users, system designers, and policy makers understand and make
long-term design choices in online content creation systems.
*Dario Taraborelli *Head of Research, Wikimedia Foundation
wikimediafoundation.org • nitens.org • @readermeter
Following up on the reading strategy.
The reading team is launching an experiment that supports early engagement
in ideation phase, with a wide variety of users.
This aims at allowing a public space, where editors, staff and readers, can
submit and discuss ideas around our how to enhance user interaction with
content and with each other on Wikipedia. We plan to run this for 4 weeks,
where after two weeks we can start to narrow down ideas and discuss them in
details. Please check the link below, and feel free to submit ideas, ask
questions or leave a comment, and help us spread the word.
I'm very pleased to announce that we've updated the Wikipedia.org
<http://wikipedia.org/> portal page with a brand new search box that is
more prominent and will now display meta data with images (as available) in
the search results (see attached image).
This was a large effort by the Discovery Portal team to develop a
browsers will see all the new meta data. Alongside that effort, we also
Explorer versions), our visitors won't have a bad experience when choosing
a language to search in. (Note: in older IE versions and JS disabled
browsers, the type-ahead and meta data search results information will not
We also implemented a shorter language code (ie: EN for English, ES for
Spanish, etc) to allow for more characters to be typed into the search box.
When a user toggles the language selector, the full language name will be
displayed in the dropdown for easy finding of the language you prefer to
search in. For the more technical minded - I've attached a screenshot of
one of the ways we test our code, visually.
We're interested in hearing your feedback or if you have any questions!
On behalf of the very happy Wikipedia.org Portal Team,
Product Manager, Discovery
The quest to bring maps to Wikipedia continues:
* Kartographer has launched for WikiVoyage
* Julien Girault will help maps with his UI expertise
* Talk to us at the FreeNode IRC channel #wikipedia-interactive
Last week we enabled Kartographer extension for Wikivoyage sites, allowing
users to add maps to wiki pages without any additional wmflabs and
wiki page, or even use the Visual Editor to insert a map. Additionally, you
* add markers and polygons visually
* edit geojson and see how it changes the map on each keystroke
* add auto-numbered markers (either numbers or letters), and have multiple
* have multiple "groups" of markers/polygons and showing them on the same
map or on separate maps (e.g. all food and all drink maps and one combined
* markers can be of any color, 3 sizes, and contain many different icons
* markers and polygons can be clicked and will show popups with wiki text
* very fast full screen popup map
Bugs & TODOs: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/kartographer/
All maps-related tasks: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/maps/
== What's next? ==
There will be plenty of cleanup and polishing work to make Kartographer
work seamlessly. We will need to address the missing functionality reported
to us by the community, and help migrate existing wmflabs-based maps to the
new platform. Lastly, VE editing will need some more work to become
Yet, our site is still set on the bigger target - maps for all of
Wikipedia. For that we are waiting for more hardware, plus we will need to
improve our static maps service to be able to handle wiki-load.
Hardware task: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T125126
Thank you Max Semenik, Ed Sanders, Alex Kosiaris, Brandon Black, Chris
Koerner, Chris Steipp, Tomasz Finc, and Wes Moran for making this possible.
In late 2015 and early 2016, the Collaboration team worked on building a
cross-wiki notification feature: listing notifications from other wikis in
the notification panel. We made this feature available on a small set of
wikis  initially, and about six hours ago we made it available on all
wikis as a beta feature.
You can enable cross-wiki notifications by clicking the "Beta" link  in
the top right corner (or top left in RTL languages) and enabling the
"Enhanced notifications" setting. The notification panels (accessible
through the bell and speech bubble icons in the top right/left corner) will
now display an additional item telling you which other wikis you have
unread notifications on, and you can click this item to expand it and see
those notifications . For more information, see the documentation on
mediawiki.org , with mostly complete translations in 13 languages at the
time of this writing.
Because we don't have cross-wiki preferences, enabling the beta feature on
one wiki doesn't automatically enable it on any other wiki. However, you
only have to enable the beta feature to see cross-wiki notifications on a
wiki, not to get them from that wiki. For example, if you only enable the
beta feature on the French Wikipedia, you will see notifications from the
French Wikisource, the Spanish Wikipedia and the Upper Sorbian Wiktionary
even if you haven't enabled the beta feature on those wikis. In fact, if
you've had an account for a while, you are likely to see some very old
notifications from wikis you haven't visited in years; Magnus Manske
tweeted a screenshot of this yesterday .
Please try this out and let us know what you think! There's a talk page on
mediawiki.org  where you can leave feedback. If you find a bug, please
report it on Phabricator  or on the feedback page.
Thanks a lot to the Collaboration team  as well as community liaisons
Nick Wilson (Quiddity) and Benoît Evellin (Trizek) for their work on this
over the past few months.
--Roan Kattouw (User:Catrope)
 All French wikis, all Hebrew wikis, Commons, Wikidata and mediawiki.org
 Or go to [[Special:Preferences]] and click the "Beta features" tab
Applications for Annual Plan Grants are accepted twice each year and
assessed by the volunteer Funds Dissemination Committee. Initial
eligibility has been assessed for the five organizations submitting Letters
of Intent for 2015-2016 Round 2 of the APG process. 3 of 5 organizations
are immediately eligible, and 2 may become eligible if gaps are met prior
to 15 March 2016.
The following organizations are immediately eligible:
*Centre for Internet and Society (CIS)
*Wikimedia Armenia (WMAM)
*Wikimedia Italia (WMIT)
The following organization may be eligible:
*Wikimédia France (WMFR)
*Wikimedia Norge (WMNO)
If your organization needs to submit documents in order to fill an
eligibility gap, please notify FDC staff at <FDCSupport(a)wikimedia.org>, and
they will make the appropriate adjustments to this page. *Eligibility will
be confirmed by 15 March 2016, and applications will be due by 1 April
Thanks to the five organizations who submitted letters of intent!
Winifred & Katy
The Wikimedia Foundation Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is
accepting proposals from March 14th to April 12th for new ideas to improve
Wikimedia projects. <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG> Funds are
available (up to $30,000 USD) to support individuals or teams of up to four
people to implement promising ideas, whether focused on building a new tool
or gadget, organizing a better process on your wiki, researching an
important issue, or providing other support for community-building. Ideas
from the current Inspire Campaign on content curation and review are very
Do you have have a good idea, but would like some feedback before
applying? Put it into the IdeaLab, where volunteers and staff can give you
advice and guidance on how to bring it to life. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab> Once your idea is ready,
it can be easily migrated into a grant request.
Community Organizer (and former IEG recipient) Chris Schilling and I will
also be hosting Hangouts at least weekly for real-time discussions about
the Inspire Campaign and the IEG Open Call to answer questions and help you
make your proposal better. Hangouts are already underway - with the next
two scheduled for March 15th and 22nd. <
We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and
make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into
motion, and submit your proposal between March 14 and April 12! <
Please feel free to get in touch with me (mjohnson(a)wikimedia.org) with
questions about getting started with your idea.
*Marti JohnsonProgram Officer*
*Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share
<http://youtu.be/ci0Pihl2zXY> in the sum of all knowledge. Help us make it
Support Wikimedia <https://donate.wikimedia.org/>
On March 1, Jimmy Wales wrote:
things like standard boilerplate language to be signed by
> all employees doesn't strike me as something in and of itself to be kept
> private - there is a valid interest in showing that our policies are
> fair and humane for employees, responsible in terms of the privacy of
> personal information, etc.
Nothing appears to have happened since then – we seem to be no nearer to
transparency about the non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement
clauses WMF staff have to sign than we were two weeks ago, when discussion
around this topic kicked off in another thread.
This seems to be a recurring (and daunting) pattern. People call for
transparency about a particular issue. Eventually, someone in a leadership
position responds that yes, demands for transparency about this issue are
quite reasonable, and in fact more transparency would be absolutely
At this point, people relax, feeling they have been heard. The clamouring
crowd disperses. But in fact, nothing happens, and the same questions arise
again some weeks, months, years down the line.
Maggie, is this something your department could take on? It would be good
to have one identified person at the Foundation who is responsible for
tracking such queries and reporting back to the community, one way or the
I'm Ivana Madžarević, Project and Community Manager of Wikimedia Serbia
I'm reaching out to you hoping that you will join organizing World Mime Day
Wiki edit-a-thon. It's an international event that will be held in several
countries (so far confirmed) around the world on 22nd of March.
The idea came up in cooperation of Wikimedia Serbia and Serbian actor Marko
Stojanović (also president of World Mime Organisation
<http://www.worldmime.org/>). We wanted to enrich Wikipedia and Wikimedia
Commons with relevant articles and photos of mime artists, theaters,
festivals, history etc. Mr Stojanović is very well connected with
institutions who can provide literature, photo materials and maybe even a
venue for the edit-a-thon. It would have much more impact if it's organized
in several countries on the same date - similar like Art&Feminism
edit-a-thons. Organizing such an event will help developing strong
relations between chapters and building partnerships with relevant
institutions through networking.
I've created meta page
and I'm asking you to join and add information about your chapter if you're
willing to organize it. So far, several countries confirmed their interest.
Wikimedians from Bulgaria, Armenia, Macedonia and Georgia will organize it
and some of them have already contacted institutions who can help with
sources and photos. Event in Serbia will probably be organized at Singidunum
faculty <http://eng.singidunum.ac.rs/> in Belgrade. Mr Stojanović is
preparing photos that will be released and used for illustrating Wikipedia
Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance or help. Also, if you
have any suggestion or comment, do share them.
Менаџер пројеката и заједнице
Викимедија Србије - rs.wikimedia.org -
00381 (0)60 7 454 773
„Замислите свет у коме свака особа има слободан приступ целокупном људском
знању. То је оно на чему ми радимо.“