Telugu Wiktionary launched Word Of The Day (WOTD) feature on its first
page yesterday. The series is featuring words as per the Telugu alphabet
with today's word being COW (ఆవు). On behalf of Telugu Wiktionary
community, I thank Tejas Jain, Kannada Wiktionarian (user page) for
all the tech help over three weeks in creating and fine tuning the
templates for WOTD and also for updating the first page to give a new look.
This feature has been a long felt need for Telugu Wiktionary and not much
work was done due to lack of competent tech editors in Telugu after the
initial roll out period of 2006-2009. During the recent special Bangalore
meetup with Hisham and Barry, there was a good discussion around the needs
of Indian language wikipedias. I, representing Telugu wikipedia and
OmShivaprakash, Kannada SIG Chair shared the need for fixing the template
problems. Hisham helped us connect with an English Wikipedia Editor with
technology interest. I projected WOTD and Infobox India Jursidiction
templates (translated into Telugu long time back) as the major need.
However the said editor expressed regret as he is not comfortable with
working on localised tempaltes. Tejas who happened to see the discussion
offered to help out with WOTD as he has done a similar thing for Kannada.
After two weeks of development and updates based on feedback, the feature
is now released.
Thanks to Hisham for interaction and followups which helped in getting us
connect with Tejas.
We need more of interactions offline and online among the various Wiki
language communities (technical/content) to strengthen our projects serving
information needs of people.
Arjuna Rao Chavala
On behalf of Telugu Wiktionarians.
Since there are many people here who know 3 or more languages and use
multiple language wikis, see if you could help :)
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From: Pau Giner <pginer(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Tue, May 22, 2012 at 3:10 PM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Introducing: Designs for the Universal Language
To: wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org, mediawiki-i18n(a)lists.wikimedia.org,
Today we are announcing the designs and interactive prototypes for the
Universal Language Selector.
Wikipedia is available in 285 languages, and MediaWiki has been
translated to almost 400 languages.
Several language-related tools are available to support the
consumption and contribution of content in different languages.
These tools allow users to type text in a language for which their
keyboard is not prepared, download appropriate web fonts to display
non-Latin scripts properly and choose the language of their user
The Universal Language Selector is a tool that will allow users to
select a language and configure its support in an easy way.
When the number of languages in a list approaches 400, ease of use
becomes both a need and a challenge.
The design process for the selector started with the analysis of user
needs and the definition of representative scenarios to support.
Then, we explored different ideas in the form of sketches and
wire-frames through different iterations.
Finally, we have created interactive prototypes to test whether our
ideas work with real users, and we want to share them with the
More information about the designs has been recently published at the
Wikimedia Foundation blog:
We are announcing the availability of the Universal Language Selector
designs to gather feedback on the proposed solutions, and ask for
volunteers to test our prototypes.
If you want more details on the designs or want to have ideas for
improvement or criticism on the designs, feel free to do so on the
talk page for the Universal Language Selector:
If you are a speaker of Arabic, Dutch, Hebrew or Hindi, you can also
request participation for the usability tests at http://goo.gl/QpWmu
In less than 30 minutes you can participate in the tests and
experience whether our proposed solutions work in practice for your
specific language community and context.
Wikitech-l mailing list
Forwarding to this list, since one of the fellowships relates to
And congratulations, Tanvir! Am very interested in seeing how this develops.
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From: Siko Bouterse <sbouterse(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, May 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing 2 Community Fellows
It is my great pleasure to introduce two new Community Fellows in the
Wikimedia Fellows Program: Tanvir Rahman and Steven Zhang.
Tanvir Rahman is a Wikimedian who serves the movement locally and
globally, both on- and off-wiki. Tanvir has been an active editor of
Bengali Wikipedia since 2009, he holds administrator rights on
multiple projects and he was elected a steward in 2011. He also
volunteers on the Small Wiki Monitoring Team, the Countervandalism
Network, as an OTRS agent, and is a translator for translatewiki.
Tanvir helped found Wikimedia Bangladesh and organizes local outreach
activities to raise awareness for Wikimedia and bring new editors to
In his fellowship project, Tanvir will be experimenting with on-wiki
strategies to encourage and grow the editing community on small
language versions of Wikipedia, with specific focus on the Bengali
Wikipedia. Smaller projects have different needs and challenges than
the large language communities and may require different approaches to
engage with editors. By focusing on a community like Bengali
Wikipedia, which has about 50 active editors per month and sees 10 new
editors per month, Tanvir hopes to learn more about the basic editing
infrastructure needed to encourage new editors in new or small-scale
Steven Zhang is a Wikipedian with a passion for resolving on-wiki
disputes and helping others do the same. He has been contributing to
the English Wikipedia since 2008 and has been particularly active in
dispute resolution forums, including the Wikipedia Mediation Cabal.
Steven is studying a Certificate IV in Mediation at Open Colleges, and
over the past year he has made it his mission as a volunteer to
recruit more editors to join dispute resolution efforts. In 2011, he
helped create the dispute resolution notice board, an entry point for
mediating disputes on the English Wikipedia. Steven has noted that
there aren’t enough active participants to resolve all of the disputes
that arise on Wikipedia each day, and he believes that dispute
resolution processes could be streamlined to make them more accessible
and efficient to all editors who need them.
For his fellowship project, Steven will be analyzing community
feedback and dispute resolution activity in order to build a deeper
understanding of what is effective and what needs improvement in the
current systems. He will also be developing a guide for new editors
who want to get involved in resolving on-wiki disputes.
Steven and Tanvir will be documenting their work on-wiki and on the
Foundation blog. You can learn more about their projects and how to
get involved by visiting:
Welcome, Tanvir and Steven!
Head of Community Fellowships
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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A friend got in touch with me about this. He is currently seeing
advertisements on Wikipedia pages (on all pages except the home page). Here
is a link to a screenshot:
These advertisements were not visible to him when I asked him to check
through the secure WM server. These advertisements are also not visible to
him on any other web page. To the bottom right of each ad, there is some
text that says, "ads not by this site". I've taken a quick look through the
page source he forwarded, nothing looks untoward. His right-click menu does
not appear when he right-clicks on the ad.
He is based out of Mumbai and ISP is "Tata Teleservices Maharashtra Ltd".
His IP address is 184.108.40.206 (or was, while he accessed this page; I've
since had him change his IP address since I'm sharing this one). I'm not
sure if this issue is restricted to Mumbai; since the IP address shows up
in Pune when I try to geolocate it (though I understand this is fairly
The link he is directed to when he clicks the ad is this:
I'm adding this here and copying the founder of Inkfruit since the campaign
data in the URL parameters may help identify the problem (also, I'm not
sure if Inkfruit is aware of this campaign).
I've copied my friend here in case there are further questions he could
Could this be a case of DPI by his ISP, or simply malware on his machine?
If it were the former, what would be the legal status of the issue?
For those I haven't met, I work at WMF on the team that manages mobile
The Vodafone ad was their own initiative (we didn't know about it in
advance). Since the ad doesn't use the Wikipedia logo, it doesn't need
approval to create. We see this happen a fair amount in other countries
too. These ads are good for creating exposure and awareness, but if a
company is willing to spend that money to advertise Wikipedia, we would
prefer to work with them on it to ensure accurate messaging. We did talk
with Vodafone since, and will be more directly involved in future creations.
This is completely independent of the Wikipedia Zero program that Gautam
noted, but bringing that to India is high priority, and we're working on
it. Nothing to say on that yet, but I hope soon.
> Message: 7
> Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 04:34:12 -0700
> From: Gautam John <gautam(a)prathambooks.org>
> To: Wikimedia India Community list
> Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Vodafone advertisement -- Internet is
> fun, Wikipedia
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
> I wonder if the WMF push to get access to Wikipedia on mobiles has
> anything to do with this...
> Thank you.
> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list
> End of Wikimediaindia-l Digest, Vol 168, Issue 1
When you're running an event, sometimes you want to help lots of people
create accounts on Wikimedia sites. To prevent spamming/vandalism,
ordinarily there's a cap on the number of accounts that can be created
from one IP address in a single day. But there's a way to ask for a
temporary removal of that restriction. The Foundation's Maggie Dennis
has written a quick HOWTO:
and so please feel free to link to it in your outreach HOWTOs, event
planning checklists, and so on. Thanks, Maggie!
Engineering Community Manager
Thanks to Chris Keating of the UK Chapter for sharing this:
You’ve probably heard the saying, “In theory, Wikipedia shouldn’t work, but
in practice it does.” Three of the things that contribute to make Wikipedia
work are topic-specific WikiProjects (“let’s write about a town), Wikimedia
chapters (“let’s organize throughout the United Kingdom”), and unique ideas
(“let’s use QR codes to share content”). This week these three things
successfully came together to create Monmouthpedia, “The World’s First
Wikipedia Town” in Monmouth, Wales.
The idea for Monmouthpedia began at a TEDx talk in Bristol when John
Cummings, an occasional Wikipedia editor, suggested from the audience that
the UK Chapter use QR codes to “do a whole town.” That challenge was handed
to Cummings when the Wikimedia UK chapter backed the idea. He then moved to
his home town of Monmouth where he assembled an ad hoc group of supporters
who wanted to participate, including the local County Council.
The project has taken six months of preparation, including a commitment by
the town to install a free, town-wide wi-fi network (the first of its kind
in Wales). On 19 May the entire town will be bedecked with banners
declaring Monmouth as the first Wikipedia Town in the world.
The Monmouthpedia project uses QRpedia to allow visitors to scan QR codes
that link directly to the Wikipedia article in their own language. Because
of Monmouth’s efforts to provide free wi-fi and implement QRpedia, the town
is likely the only place where a visitor can tour in Hungarian, Hindi,
Indonesian, Welsh, or numerous other Wikipedia languages using QR codes.
Much of the success of Monmouthpedia comes from its ability to capture the
imagination of the Wikipedia community, which has embraced the town
virtually. Wikipedia volunteers have contributed nearly 500 new articles in
over 25 languages, as well as videos on topics such as the historic
The project also has a long list of partners, including 200 businesses,
several universities and nearly every school and community group in the
area. Wikipedia has partnered with museums and other institutions before,
as in Derby, but in Monmouth you will see over 1,000 QR codes on every
school, every important building, and hundreds of shops. The County Council
itself has a QRpedia code in its reception that takes you to their
Lest you think this is a passing interest, the town of Monmouth is in it
for the long haul. Many of the QRpedia codes are printed on ceramic plaques
that should last for decades. The information in articles is backed by the
Wikipedia community and will be continually improved and expanded. Physical
guides and maps will become outdated, but the Wikipedia articles will
always be able to be updated. This potential for on-site access to
up-to-date information in any language is what makes the Monmouthpedia
model so exciting.
How long can Wikipedia defy the theory and continue to deliver free
information to the planet in over 280 languages? We think the Monmouthpedia
story provides a very optimistic outlook. If you want to find out more,
visit the Monmouthpedia website and take a look at the associated articles
*Post written by Roger Bamkin, Director of Wikimedia UK (Victuallers )*
Barring the WiFi, something of this sort can be done on a smaller scale in
Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Star Gazers, Coimbatore.
The English Wikipedia article about Telugu, one of the most important
languages in India, is not so great. It has many grammar mistakes and
confusing sentences such as "Etymology is Telugu language originated
in Rajamahendri now Rajahmundry. First telugu poet Nannayya gave
Telugu a script, which made it a language."
It also suffered from some revert wars recently, which were not
Is there anybody here who knows Telugu well and can improve that article?
(Of course, improvements in articles about other languages of India
are just as welcome. I just noticed this one by coincidence.)
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
I just saw an ad mentioning Wikipedia on the "Internet is fun" series
of advertisement aired during IPL. It would probably be available soon at
their youtube channel. Are we missing any announcement or its just that
Vodafone is using Wikipedia in their advertisements. Nonetheless, good
branding on television :)