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Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decisions[change]

The Wikimedia Foundation recently created a new feature, "superprotect" status. The purpose is to prevent pages from being edited by elected administrators -- but permitting WMF staff to edit them. It has been put to use in only one case: to protect the deployment of the Media Viewer software on German Wikipedia, in defiance of a clear decision of that community to disable the feature by default, unless users decide to enable it.

If you oppose these actions, please add your name to this letter. If you know non-Wikimedians who support our vision for the free sharing of knowledge, and would like to add their names to the list, please ask them to sign an identical version of the letter on change.org.

-- JurgenNL (talk) 17:35, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Process ideas for software development[change]


Hello,

I am notifying you that a brainstorming session has been started on Meta to help the Wikimedia Foundation increase and better affect community participation in software development across all wiki projects. Basically, how can you be more involved in helping to create features on Wikimedia projects? We are inviting all interested users to voice their ideas on how communities can be more involved and informed in the product development process at the Wikimedia Foundation.

I and the rest of my team welcome you to participate. We hope to see you on Meta.

Kind regards, -- Rdicerb (WMF) talk 22:15, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

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Grants to improve your project[change]

Apologies for English. Please help translate this message.

Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants program is accepting proposals for funding new experiments from September 1st to 30th. Your idea could improve Wikimedia projects with a new tool or gadget, a better process to support community-building on your wiki, research on an important issue, or something else we haven't thought of yet. Whether you need $200 or $30,000 USD, Individual Engagement Grants can cover your own project development time in addition to hiring others to help you.

Change in renaming process[change]

-- User:Keegan (WMF) (talk) 16:22, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Autopatrolled Userbox[change]

Hi. Could someone add a verify button to Template:User autopatrolled? I can't seem to get this ever correct. Thanks! Eurodyne (talk) 04:04, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Done. Jianhui67 talkcontribs 04:56, 15 September 2014 (UTC)
Very nice. I applaud you. Thanks again! Eurodyne (talk) 14:07, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Template:audio[change]

Hi, it's been a while since I've contributed here. On en.wikt, the en:Template:audio displays with an audio player bar and I thought I'd suggest that simple.wikt uses the same since it make it easier to play audio. Just a thought. Mikemoral♪♫ 05:03, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi, good to see you back editing! What you suggested seemed like a good idea, so I went ahead and changed our {{audio}} template to match than of enwikt's. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 12:19, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, en.wikt's version is a good improvement over linking directly to the file. Mikemoral♪♫ 22:28, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Audio requests[change]

Well, I'm back from what's been a long hiatus and if there are any entries that need audio, feel free to leave a request at Wiktionary:Audio requests and I'll try to get around to recording it as quickly as I can. Right now, I'm working on chemical elements which is taking longer than expected because it's a bit disorganized on Commons. —Mikemoral♪♫ 06:46, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Section titles[change]

Several of the standard section titles seem like odd choices for a "Simple" dictionary. I'd like to see terms from the BNC1 if possible. Would it not be better to replace "Synonyms" with something like "Also called" or "Or say", or at least wikilink them to a definition of synonym? "Antonym" might better be "Opposed term". "Homophones" might be "Sounds like". If there's agreement to do so, it should be a simple bot task to make the changes project-wide. What do the regulars here think? LeadSongDog (talk) 16:52, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Meta RfCs on two new global groups[change]

Hello all,

There are currently requests for comment open on meta to create two new global groups. The first is a group for members of the OTRS permissions queue, which would grant them autopatrolled rights on all wikis except those who opt-out. That proposal can be found at m:Requests for comment/Creation of a global OTRS-permissions user group. The second is a group for Wikimedia Commons admins and OTRS agents to view deleted file pages through the 'viewdeletedfile' right on all wikis except those who opt-out. The second proposal can be found at m:Requests for comment/Global file deletion review.

We would like to hear what you think on both proposals. Both are in English; if you wanted to translate them into your native language that would also be appreciated.

It is possible for individual projects to opt-out, so that users in those groups do not have any additional rights on those projects. To do this please start a local discussion, and if there is consensus you can request to opt-out of either or both at m:Stewards' noticeboard.

Thanks and regards, Ajraddatz (talk) 18:04, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Global AbuseFilter[change]

Hello,

AbuseFilter is a MediaWiki extension used to detect likely abusive behavior patterns, like pattern vandalism and spam. In 2013, Global AbuseFilters were enabled on a limited set of wikis including Meta-Wiki, MediaWiki.org, Wikispecies and (in early 2014) all the "small wikis". Recently, global abuse filters were enabled on "medium sized wikis" as well. These filters are currently managed by stewards on Meta-Wiki and have shown to be very effective in preventing mass spam attacks across Wikimedia projects. However, there is currently no policy on how the global AbuseFilters will be managed although there are proposals. There is an ongoing request for comment on policy governing the use of the global AbuseFilters. In the meantime, specific wikis can opt out of using the global AbuseFilter. These wikis can simply add a request to this list on Meta-Wiki. More details can be found on this page at Meta-Wiki. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on m:Talk:Global AbuseFilter.

Thanks,

PiRSquared17, Glaisher

— 17:34, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

User page[change]

Why it is forbidden for me to put a link to wmflabs (!), an other part of the Wikimedia community (!!) on my user page to show, who I am? Marcus Cyron (talk) 02:07, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Are you sure? I can put a link to wmflabs. It has been on my userpage for a while now... Eurodyne (talk) 07:35, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi Marcus! You've been coughed by an old filter against a still regularly editing spammer, who has caused a lot of trouble in the past. I will try to get someone to look at the problem and to fix it so you can edit the userpage. Otherwise I will just turn it off for some time, so you can add links to your page. -Barras talk 15:33, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Glaisher fixed the filter, you should now be able to change your userpage as you want it. -Barras talk 15:45, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Picture wordlist?[change]

Hello all,

Simple English Wikipedia has a page called Basic English picture wordlist, which associates some basic words with pictures. Don't ask me where the words on the list are from, as I don't know. I think, a similar page would probably make sense on Wiktionary as well. This is just an idea, though, so what do you think? --Eptalon (talk) 10:55, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

There seems to be an existing one of 200 words that already existed: Wiktionary:Basic English picture wordlist. It is a wonder as to why it is different from the Simple English Wikipedia's version. The database report shows that it does have 200 words in it. --Hydriz (talk) 12:10, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
A long time back we had a dicussion to replace some of the images (for example: ant, army and dog), to make sure that a person looking at the image really gets the intended meaning. As an example, take dog, where we chose to change the picture. Supposing the source is the same, the words should also be. So if you find differences in words (some that are absent from one of the lists), this should really be looked at.--Eptalon (talk) 13:44, 14 December 2014 (UTC)