I have some concerns regarding this whole process which, I think, need to
be addressed as soon as possible.
As far as I have understood, Samir is coming to India to get feedback from
the Indian affiliates and communities about the re-branding proposal and
report it back to WMF. Re-branding is a very debatable proposal which will
definitely affect, in a controversial and unclear way, the future of almost
all emerging communities, affiliates and sister projects.
So, my questions are,
1) Why was information about Samir's trip to India, not declared to the
communities well ahead of time so that the communities and affiliates could
express their voices and concerns directly with preparation?
2) Who decided that visiting only Punjabi, Hindi and Bangalore communities
is sufficient enough to provide the feedback of all Indian communities? Why
were not other communities and affiliates included in the process? What
criteria these three communities met so that they can represent the voices
from all over the country and why not other communities consulted about
Why is Samir staying in Patiala, Delhi and Bangalore for extra days for
local sightseeing and not utilizing the days to communicate with other
communities and who planned for this kind of schedule?
How will it be ensured to provide ample opportunity for community members
to express their opinions? Online session is not a good option as many
don't have the necessary infrastructure to do so.
There is a feeling in the community that re-branding is already a made
decision by the WMF and this kind of non-transparency further endorses that
Hoping to get positive responses.
Taking forward the discussion on the Membership Process on a separate
thread, Wikimedia Chapter (India) is inviting members to discuss & suggest
ways to improve the current Membership process.Please find the discussion
Some good news!
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Il giorno mer 3 apr 2019 alle ore 14:14 Léa Lacroix
<lea.lacroix(a)wikimedia.de> ha scritto:
> (apologies for crost-posting - feel free to share this announcement in
> Hello all,
> Having a service providing short links exclusively for the Wikimedia
projects is a community request that came up regularly on Phabricator or in
> After a common work of developers from the Wikimedia Foundation and
Wikimedia Germany, we are now able to provide such a feature, it will be
enabled on April 11th on Meta.
> What is the URL Shortener doing?
> The Wikimedia URL Shortener is a feature that allows you to create short
URLs for any page on projects hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, in order
to reuse them elsewhere, for example on social networks or on wikis.
> The feature can be accessed from Meta wiki on the special page
m:Special:URLShortener (will be enabled on April 11th). On this page, you
will be able to enter any web address from a service hosted by the
Wikimedia Foundation, to generate a short URL, and to copy it and reuse it
> The format of the URL is w.wiki/ followed by a string of letters and
numbers. You can already test an example: w.wiki/3 redirects to
> What are the limitations and security measures?
> In order to assure the security of the links, and to avoid shortlinks
pointing to external or dangerous websites, the URL shortener is restricted
to services hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. This includes for example:
all Wikimedia projects, Meta, Mediawiki, the Wikidata Query Service,
Phabricator. (see the full list here)
> In order to avoid abuse of the tool, there is a rate limit: logged-in
users can create up to 50 links every 2 minutes, and the IPs are limited to
10 creations per 2 minutes.
> Where will this feature be available?
> In order to enforce the rate limit described above, the page
Special:URLShortener will only be enabled on Meta. You can of course create
links or redirects to this page from your home wiki.
> The next step we’re working on is to integrate the feature directly in
the interface of the Wikidata Query Service, where bit.ly is currently used
to generate short links for the results of the queries. For now, you will
have to copy and paste the link of your query in the Meta page.
> Documentation and requests
> If you have any question or requests, feel free to leave a comment under
this Phabricator task
> The user documentation is available here: please help us to translate it
in your language!
> See also the technical documentation of the extension
> Thanks a lot to all the developers and volunteers who helped moving
forward with this feature, and making it available today for everyone in
the Wikimedia projects!
> Léa Lacroix
> Project Manager Community Communication for Wikidata
> Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
> Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
> 10963 Berlin
> Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
> Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt
für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
> Wikidata mailing list
Luca "Sannita" Martinelli
Wikidata mailing list
Wiki Loves Women India 2019 has ended officially! And the results are out!.
The contest was organized organically without any offline edit-a-thon! 12
language communities from India, Bangladesh and Nepal participated with
over 81 participants and 816 articles from 10th February - 31st March to
bridge gender gap on Wikipedia.
Hindi Wikipedia - 172
Bengali Wikipedia - 152 articles
Assamese Wikipedia - 111 articles
Malayalam Wikipedia - 95 articles
Santali Wikipedia - 81 articles
Maithili Wikipedia - 60 articles
Oriya Wikipedia - 49 articles
Kannada Wikipedia - 47 articles
Punjabi Wikipedia - 35 articles
English Wikipedia - 12 articles
Telugu - 2 articles
Thanks to all our organizers and very passionate participants. This was a
project for Women by Women & Men. Walking hand-in-hand with members of all
genders, we can truly bridge the gender gap in Wikipedia! Thank you Sumita
Roy Dutta for being the national mentor and co-organizer for this contest.
Special thanks to CIS A2K, WLL Team and WMDE who were our sponsoring
partners for the project!
Also, Special shout out to our Bangladesh and Nepali friends for the
participating with such fervour! :)
Thank you everyone! We will be back later this year with more exciting
Strategy Liaison, WMF <https://wikimediafoundation.org>
Member, Ombudsman Commission
Greetings from Wikimedia India!
I am glad to introduce you to the featured Wikimedian for April 2019, K
Murthy from Tamil Community.
User: K Murthy <https://ta.wikipedia.org/s/4bsw> joined Wikipedia in June
2013 and has 34000 plus edits on Wikimedia projects. He primarily
contributes to Tamil Wikipedia and he is known for good quality articles on
the subject of Chemistry. More than 80 percent of the articles he created
are Chemistry related and he recently celebrated 4000th article. In a
collaboration with Tamil Nadu Government, he visited various colleges and
trained 120 plus teachers on how to edit Wikipedia. With 150 articles, he
was the second highest contributor for Project Tiger from the Tamil
community. He is also an active contributor on Wikidata and sometimes
contributes to Wiktionary and Wikisource. He is an admin of Tamil Wikipedia
since Jan 2019.
Outside Wikipedia, he works as Assistant Treasury Officer at Sub-Treasury
Walajapet in Vellore District of Tamil Nadu. He has authored few poetry
books in Tamil. He is also an avid chess player.
Thank you J Balaji for nominating User: K Murthy.