[Wikimedia-l] New designs for account creation and login rolling out gradually to all projects

Sue Gardner sgardner at wikimedia.org
Wed May 29 18:50:41 UTC 2013

Hi Steven,

Just wanted to tell you (because I haven't run into you to say it, and
because people here may be interested) that last Saturday I helped some new
people at the San Francisco editathon register on the enWP, and the new
registration process was much easier for them than it was the last time I
helped people register, pre-this system. And, the Getting Started stuff is
great: the people I helped all immediately went to the typo-fixing queue,
and seemed to find it reasonably understandable and easy to use. I know you
know this from the testing data: now you know it from anecdata too :-)

On May 28, 2013 8:05 PM, "Steven Walling" <swalling at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Per our blog post last month,[1] we've been testing redesigns for account
> creation and login across the projects. We've been doing so on an opt-in
> basis, but we've dealt with any major bugs and translations are complete
> for quite a few languages.
> Starting tomorrow and barring any last minute hiccups, we're going to start
> rolling out the new designs. Right now we're limiting it to about 30
> projects, including the following...
>    - Wikipedia in 21 languages, including English, German, French, Italian,
>    Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean, Czech, Swedish, and
> others.
>    - In English: Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wiktionary,
>    and Wikiquote.
>    - Wikimedia Commons
>    - Wikidata
>    - Meta
>    - MediaWiki .org
> There are still local customizations that will need to be made in many of
> these, but they are the kind of thing that doesn't require a developer to
> do, just edits to the wiki. Look for announcements soon on your local
> Village Pump equivalent for more info, or check out our
> testing documentation.[2] I'll be around to help any of these wikis that
> don't have an admin handy to make requested changes.
> The remaining projects we have held off on because there are localizations
> still to be completed (on translatewiki) or there are problems with
> localizations already finished. Since the work of localizations is never
> 100% complete however, we are putting out a hard *deadline of June 5th*,
> after which we'll be turning on the forms for all projects, in all
> languages.  If you're interested in learning more about which wikis in
> particular need help, please email me off-list or get in touch via my user
> talk page anywhere.
> Please speak up if you have any questions. You can still try these new
> forms on any Wikimedia project via the method mentioned in the two links
> below...
> 1. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/04/25/try-new-login-accountcreation/
> 2. mediawiki.org/wiki/Account_creation_user_experience/Testing
> --
> Steven Walling
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/
> P.S. Sorry if there are odd linebreaks in this message. Has anyone figured
> out how to avoid this in Gmail?
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