[Foundation-l] CentralNotice use

Kirill Lokshin kirill.lokshin at gmail.com
Thu May 19 15:59:13 UTC 2011

On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Milos Rancic <millosh at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 05/19/2011 05:42 PM, Kirill Lokshin wrote:
> > On Thu, May 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Milos Rancic <millosh at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >> On 05/19/2011 10:52 AM, church.of.emacs.ml wrote:
> >>> 1. Display it for logged-in users only. This is especially useful for
> >>> information concerning active Wikimedians, e.g. Wikimania, POTY, etc.
> >>
> >> Agreed with this in relation to the Board elections. Just users with
> >> accounts are able to vote or to be candidates. And those who are
> >> interested in our governing should be able to read it on Meta, which
> >> should have clear note on Main Page that there are ongoing elections.
> >
> > There are many people who would be legitimately interested in board
> > elections, but who don't visit Meta on a regular basis (or at all, for
> that
> > matter).
> Then notices just on Main Pages? I don't think that a random user from
> search engines is interested in our governing.

Main Pages tend to be far more reader-facing than editor-facing, in my
experience; I'd be surprised if all that many regular editors visit them.

A better alternative, in my opinion, would be editor-facing pages such as
watchlists, noticeboards, etc.

Not to say that if someone is interested in Wiki*p*edia governing, may
> be introduced into the whole process after two or three pages, starting
> from [[Wikipedia]] in any language.
> As an account owner on LiveJournal, but without any activity, I am
> getting emails which inform me about the process of their elections.
> However, I don't remember that I saw that online (although I am very
> rarely there).
> I have no precise idea how, but it is obvious that we need to lower
> amount of our own advertising to random users.

Being able to have banners displayed to particular subsets of users, as
MZMcBride suggested, would go a long way to solving the problem.  Given that
the voting eligibility is based purely on a technical criterion, there's no
reason why we couldn't display notices only to those users actually eligible
to participate.


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