I have created a wishlist for Commons to have all the phabricator
tickets(approximately 900) fixed, the video upload issues to be fixed, tfa
to be added to existing tools. Via a team of Staff and volunteers being
created to focus on Commons.
Two fold fix the existing problems, and then make it possible to bring new
multimedia content to the projects.
Its in your hands now.
The Community Wishlist Survey 2022
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2022> starts in
less than two weeks (Monday 10 January 2022, 18:00 UTC
We, the team organizing the Survey, need your help.
- Translate important messages
- Promote the Survey
among anyone and everyone you know who has an account on wiki. Promote the
Survey on social media, via instant messaging apps, in other groups and
chats, in your WikiProject, Wikimedia affiliate - wherever contributors
with registered accounts may be.
- You may also start thinking about ideas for technical improvements or
even writing them down in the CWS sandbox
*Why are we asking?*
- We have improved the documentation
friendlier and easier to use. This will mean little if it's only in English.
- Thousands of volunteers haven't participated in the Survey yet. We'd
like to improve that, too. Three years ago, 1387 people participated. Last
year, there were 1773 of them. We hope that in the upcoming edition, there
will be even more - if you help us with translations. Also, you are better
than us in contacting Wikimedians outside of wikis. We have prepared some
images to share. More to come.
*What is the Community Wishlist Survey?*
It's an annual survey that allows contributors to the Wikimedia projects to
propose and vote for tools and platform improvements. Long years of
experience in editing or technical skills are not required.
Thank you for your time and attention. To those who have participated in
the Survey - many thanks for your dedication.
See you in January!
Szymon Grabarczuk (he/him)
Community Relations Specialist
There's an old MediaWiki feature: When an administrator deletes a page, a
bit of its content is automatically added to an edit summary. This is later
viewable in deletion logs.
If you edit in the English, German, or Italian Wikipedia, then you haven't
actually seen this feature in years, because administrators in these wikis
essentially removed it by locally blanking the system messages that make it
In many other wikis, however, this feature is still working.
Is it actually useful? Or should it perhaps be removed?
Here's a Phabricator task about it:
If you have an opinion, weigh in there or here.
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
We want to give you an update related to Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022.
Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022 (or WMWM2022) was to be conducted on 18 to 20
February 2022, and is postponed now.
Currently we are seeing a new wave of the pandemic that is affecting many
people around. Although WMWM is an online event, it has multiple
preparation components such as submission, registration, RfC etc which
require community involvements.
We feel this may not be the best time for extensive community engagement.
We have also received similar requests from Wikimedians around us.
Following this observation, please note that we are postponing the event,
and the new dates will be informed on the mailing list and on the event
Although the main WMWM is postponed, we may conduct a couple of brief
calls/meets (similar to Stay Safe Stay Connected call) on the mentioned
date, if things go well.
We'll also get back to you about updates related to WMWM once the situation
on behalf of WMWM
Centre for Internet and Society
For some time now there's been a project called Wikidebate on Wikiversity:
The project has matured over the years, receives occasional contributions,
drives some 7000+ views a month and ranks first on some search keywords
like "objective reality" and "subjective reality".
I feel it has potential, but the truth is it hasn't been growing much
lately. So today I thought I could ask others for their wisdom: do you have
any ideas on how to help it grow? Maybe doing something to the home page,
the flow for creating new debates, or the title conventions?
Feel free to reply here or at the main talk page of the project:
*You can find this message translated into additional languages on
from the Movement Strategy and Governance team will be posted within the
next day) *Please help translate to your language
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Call for Feedback: Board of
Trustees elections so far. The Movement Strategy and Governance team
suggested another question was still under discussion. As of today, we
announce the last key question:
How should affiliates participate in elections?
Affiliates are an important part of the Wikimedia movement. Two seats of
the Board of Trustees due to be filled this year were filled in 2019
through the Affiliate-selected Board seats process. A change in the Bylaws
removed the distinction between community and affiliate seats
This leaves the important question: How should affiliates be involved in
the selection of new seats?
The question is broad in the sense that the answers may refer not just to
the two seats mentioned, but also to other, Community- and
Affiliate-selected seats. The Board is hoping to find an approach that will
both engage the affiliates and give them actual agency, and also optimize
the outcomes in terms of selecting people with top skills, experience,
diversity, and wide community's support.
The Board of Trustees is seeking feedback about this question especially,
although not solely, from the affiliate community. Everyone is invited to
share proposals and join the conversation in the Call for Feedback
channels. In addition to collecting online feedback, the Movement Strategy
and Governance team will organize several video calls with affiliate
members to collect feedback. These calls will be at different times and
Due to the late addition of this third question, the Call will be extended
until 16 February.
Join the conversation.
Movement Strategy and Governance
Jackie Koerner (she/her) Communication Specialist, Movement Strategy and
Governance Location: Midwestern US (UTC-6)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
The Community Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation has been
thinking about an online learning platform for several years now. The onset
of the COVID-19 pandemic has focused us more strongly on building such a
platform to support learning and knowledge sharing across the movement, and
in early 2021, the team piloted <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiLearn>
hosting two online courses using the Moodle platform.
We have now published a report
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiLearn/Pilot_report> about that
pilot program, with a description of the rationale, design considerations,
curriculum structure, and both learners' and our own evaluations of how it
went. The report concludes with a series of recommended next steps. The
team is actively pursuing those next steps, and they are going to be
submitted by the team in the upcoming annual plan process for the
Foundation's next fiscal year.
We invite you to read the report and ask any questions on the talk page. If
you are interested in taking part in teaching using this online learning
platform, please get in touch with the team by email to
comdevteam(a)wikimedia.org and tell us a bit about your plans, your subjects,
and your expected audience.
With best wishes for a healthy and productive 2022,
Community Development team
Asaf Bartov (he/him/his)
Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!