Hi everyone (again),
As you might know, there's a newly formed (so far small) team within the
WMF, Community Tech, which will mainly deal with core community requests,
the tools and fixes to make life a little bit easier for those who spend a
lot of time editing, curating and protecting the wikis. Our main focus at
the moment is trying to find a good process for how to figure out what the
multilingual Wikimedia movement wants and needs. We're pretty certain the
team would benefit immensely from your help.
One of our problems is that we don't know how many Wikimedia projects we
can reach using active tech ambassadors. We're trying to create some sort
of list of where we're active to see what our potential reach is:
We'd be grateful if you'd help us out.
I wanted to let you know that the Community Engagement (Product) team (CEP)
 is going to gradually replace me as primary writer and coordinator for
Tech News .
When Tomasz Kozłowski (User:odder) and I started Tech News over two years ago,
I didn't think it would grow to being translated to nearly 15 languages every
week, or to being distributed to so many subscribers and community pages.
Tech News was originally created as a way to connect the two communities of
developers and content contributors, and I think it's done that job pretty
well. In the meantime, the CEP team was created, and they have a very similar
mission. They already manage very similar newsletters (like the one for
VisualEditor) and it makes a lot of sense for them to also coordinate Tech
I wanted to send this email to let you know about this change, so that you're
not surprised when you start seeing emails about Tech News coming from the CEP
team. Johan Jönsson (Johan/Julle) will be the primary point of contact for
Tech News, and he'll also be working with Nick Wilson (Quiddity). I hope that
you'll be as supportive to them as you have been to me over the years :)
Which brings me to my last, and most important point: Thank you for all your
help on Tech News over the past two years. Whether you helped me draft the
newsletter, or you diligently translated it every week, or you notified your
community about upcoming changes: I'm very thankful for the time you have
dedicated to Tech News.
I'll still be around on the mailing lists and the wikis during and after the
transition, and I hope to continue to work with you on other projects.
As part of concluding SUL finalization, users who do not have a global
SUL account will no longer be able to login. They will receive an error
message indicating that their password is invalid.
This should affect practically nobody. There are a few unattached
accounts left (e.g. T98156) but those shouldn't cause issues.
If a user is complaining that they are unable to login, you can check
[[Special:CentralAuth/$username]] to see if their account is in fact
unattached. If that is the case, please file a bug in the
SUL-Finalization project and I'll take a look. We are also logging
denied logins, so I'll be checking that log over the next few days.
On Tue, Jul 14, 2015 at 4:35 AM, John Mark Vandenberg <jayvdb(a)gmail.com>
> On Mon, Jul 13, 2015 at 1:30 PM, John Mark Vandenberg <jayvdb(a)gmail.com>
> > On Tue, Jun 23, 2015 at 10:48 AM, Ori Livneh <ori(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> >> Hello,
> >> Over the course of the next two days, a major update to the
> >> SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi extension will be rolled out to Wikimedia wikis.
> >> change swaps geshi, the unmaintained PHP library which performs the
> >> analysis and output formatting of code, for another library, called
> >> Pygments.
> >> The roll-out will remove support for 31 languages while adding support
> >> several hundred languages not previously supported, including Dart,
> >> Julia, APL, Mathematica, SNOBOL, Puppet, Dylan, Racket, Swift, and many
> >> others. See <https://people.wikimedia.org/~ori/geshi_changes.txt> for a
> >> full list. The languages that will lose support are mostly obscure, with
> >> the notable exception of ALGOL68, Oz, and MMIX.
> > I was surprised to find other languages not in your text file that
> > appear to no longer be supported.
> > I've gone through the geshi php files looking for assembler languages
> > only so far:
> > https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/224379
> > How/Why were these excluded in your list?
> I've encountered more of these on Wikipedia, so, ...
> Here is a list of 59 geshi supported languages which were omitted from
> the above list of 31 languages being de-supported by the switch to
These haven't been supported since
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/c/197449/ -- see
(Apologies for crossposting.)
We're pleased to announce the 2nd edition of the *VisualEditor Translathon*.
It is a translation rally, focused on interface messages and help pages
related to VisualEditor .
In order to participate, you need to *sign up on the Translathon page* .
The top 3 contributors will each win a Wikipedia t-shirt of their choice
from the Wikipedia store .
Translations made between *July 15th and July 19th* (CDT time zone )
If you are at Wikimania Mexico this year , you are also welcome to join
a related sprint during the hackathon in *Workplace 1 - Don Américo,
Thursday 16 July at 4pm (CDT)* at the conference venue, so you can meet
other fellow translators and get support if you need some .
Interface messages have the priority. You will need to create an account at
translatewiki.net in order to work on them, if you don't have one. *It is
recommended to create the account ASAP*, so that it can be confirmed in
You can also help translate documentation pages about VisualEditor on
mediawiki.org. You can use your Wikipedia account to work there.
You will find instructions, links and other details on the Translathon page
Thanks for your attention, and happy translating!
Elitre (WMF) and Trizek (WMF)
 https://store.wikimedia.org/ . You can choose between any short-sleeve
shirt, or other items for the same value.
 This means both new translations, and updates for messages in the
"Outdated" tab of the translation interface.
TL;DR, Whether you are an amateur or an expert coder, or if you are a
current or interested user of the WikiEduDashboard or of the Education
Extension,* please join us at a hackathon session at Wikimania on
Wednesday, 15 July in Workplace 2 - Don Genaro at 1pm. *
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the Wikimedia Foundation
developed Extension:EducationProgram. It did what we needed it to do at the
time, which was to provide a tool that helps organize classes that want to
edit Wikipedia articles for course credit. Since its release, the extension
has been deployed to 18 Wikimedia projects: it's on 4 sister projects in 16
Recently, the Wiki Education Foundation , led by project manager Sage
Ross - User:Sage (Wiki Ed), User:Ragesoss - developed a Ruby on Rails app
called the WikiEduDashboard , which they will use beginning this fall
instead of the EducationProgram extension, for the university courses that
they support on English Wikipedia.
We believe it is possible to use their freely-licensed code to create a
clone of this dashboard that can be used for non-Wiki Ed education program
courses and other group editing activities on English Wikipedia and,
ultimately, on other Wikimedia projects and in other languages.
We are asking for community support for this project since this is outside
the scope of WMF's engineering team for this year. We see the need for a
global dashboard tool and would love to have your help building it!
We're planning some exciting improvements to the Wiki Education Dashboard,
see Phabricator  for the full list.
* Full i18n, including right-to-left support.
* Generalize the UI to work for any wiki project and not only
* Integration with the Gather extension, to render lists of articles
being written and reviewed.
* Integration with Campaigns, to track group membership and statistics.
* Improvements to the API to simplify some actions taken from the
* Potentially using Wikidata as the backend for storing information
about courses and editing projects.
We look forward to working together to build this powerful tool which will
support more education and outreach programs in the movement!
on behalf of the WMF's Education team, + Andrew Green, Adam Wight, Sage