I realised a while back that I have in the past written to the Wikimedia
Foundation Mailing List and to the Wikimedia Mailing List without een
realising that I was writing to more than one list. I do now vaguely recall
once getting a response saying that what I wanted discusses would best be
discussed on the Foundation List. And I see there is also a Wikipedia
information team. And how do these, if at all, overlap with the Village
Pump? And the Portals?
Where could I find out more about what exactly is the purview of each of
Examples of the kind of issues and where to discuss:
1. A simpler (automated) merge proposal template
2. A simpler deletion proposal process
3. Content issues that affect many articles (therefore talkpages are not
Some of these I have brought up before on one of the lists.
Right now I would like to make two further suggestions even if after this
it turns out that I must do this on a different forum:
1. A source ranking system - edit summaries are full of "not a reliable
source" justifications. Can we not create a ranking system where editors
rank each source on a scale of 1-10 and a programme automatically
calculates that source a reliability value?
2. a) "Keep me informed on this" - often one issue is discussed on a
multitude of pages (Bushmen/ Khoisan/ Khoi and San, is such an example) and
it is difficult to keep track. Using any of the existing systems that group
pages together - such as categories - could we not create a "theme/ issue
watchlist" similar to the page wattchlist currently available?
2. b) As an add-on to the above, an actual means of communication to
contact all editors working on a specific these - Asian languages, or
prehistoric art, for example.
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