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This is the place to ask any questions you have about the Simple English Wiktionary.
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Change coming to how certain templates will appear on the mobile web[change]
Change coming to how certain templates will appear on the mobile web
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In a few weeks the Readers web team will be changing how some templates look on the mobile web site. We will make these templates more noticeable when viewing the article. We ask for your help in updating any templates that don't look correct.
What kind of templates? Specifically templates that notify readers and contributors about issues with the content of an article – the text and information in the article. Examples like Template:Unreferenced or Template:More citations needed. Right now these notifications are hidden behind a link under the title of an article. We will format templates like these (mostly those that use Template:Ambox or message box templates in general) to show a short summary under the page title. You can tap on the "Learn more" link to get more information.
For template editors we have some recommendations on how to make templates that are mobile-friendly and also further documentation on our work so far.
If you have questions about formatting templates for mobile, please leave a note on the project talk page or file a task in Phabricator and we will help you.
CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 19:35, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
The Community Wishlist Survey. Please help translate to your language.
The Community Wishlist Survey is the process when the Wikimedia communities decide what the Wikimedia Foundation Community Tech should work on over the next year.
The Community Tech team is focused on tools for experienced Wikimedia editors. The communities have now posted a long list of technical proposals. You can vote on the proposals from now until 30 November. You can read more on the wishlist survey page.
18:13, 22 November 2018 (UTC)
In very simple terms the citation templates used are trying to do something that HTML5 does not allow. Putting List markup (DL, UL , OL) inside a SPAN tag. This is impossibleby HTML structuring conventions.
Perhaps someone here can write a version of the template, that DOES work and doesn't need me to run around playing hunt the pedantic parser failing? ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 20:43, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
- I've removed the quotes; it looks like a format we don't follow anymore (or didn't follow in the first place). Hiàn (talk) 21:55, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
- I've also deleted the templates, please let myself or another admin know if it breaks anything or there are more templates to be deleted. Cheers, Hiàn (talk) 21:59, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
will become a default feature on your wiki on November 28. This new interface allows you to perform specialized searches on the search page
, even if you don’t know any search syntax
. Advanced Search originates from the German Community’s Technical Wishes project
. It's already a default feature on German, Arabic, Farsi and Hungarian Wikipedia. Besides, more than 40.000 users across all wikis have tested the beta version. Feedback is welcome on the central feedback page
Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talk) 11:03, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
New Wikimedia password policy and requirements[change]
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The Wikimedia Foundation security team is implementing a new password policy and requirements. You can learn more about the project on MediaWiki.org.
These new requirements will apply to new accounts and privileged accounts. New accounts will be required to create a password with a minimum length of 8 characters. Privileged accounts will be prompted to update their password to one that is at least 10 characters in length.
These changes are planned to be in effect on December 13th. If you think your work or tools will be affected by this change, please let us know on the talk page.
CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:03, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
Approximately how many word queries does simple English Wiktionary get in a day?
Approximately how many queries are made daily and who appears to be the main users of simple Wiktionary? Elementary school children? Esl students....? —This unsigned comment was added by Hjh1313 (talk • contribs) .
- No one knows. and no one collects information. Our viewers are from all over the world and cover all age groups. Tyler de Noche (talk) 23:11, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Waste of time[change]
I am done with simple wiktionary. It seems only the select few have edits/additions accepted. I have tried to add images to help with the readers' comprehension and all have been undone. This is a waste of time. Too bad Hjh1313
- For what it's worth, I don't think it's true at all that only select few have additions accepted. If we revert your edits, it's because they violated policy or were not good for Wiktionary. Either way, there's always a reason for it, nothing personal. In this instance, it's because you were bringing over copyrighted files that you had uploaded on Commons, and that's not allowed. J991 16:54, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Selection of the Tremendous Wiktionary User Group representative to the Wikimedia Summit 2019[change]
Sorry for posting this message in English and last minute notification. The Tremendous Wiktionary User Group could send one representative to the Wikimedia Summit 2019 (formerly "Wikimedia Conference"). The Wikimedia Summit is an yearly conference of all organizations affiliated to the Wikimedia Movement (including our Tremendous Wiktionary User Group). It is a great place to talk about Wiktionary needs to the chapters and other user groups that compose the Wikimedia movement.
For context, there is a short report on what happened last year. The deadline is very close to 24 hrs. The last date for registration is 17 December 2018. As a last minute effort, there is a page on meta to decide who will be the representative of the user group to the Wikimedia Summit created.
Please feel free to ask any question on the wiktionary-l mailing list or on the talk page.
For the Tremendous Wiktionary User Group,
-- Balajijagadesh 05:56, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Invitation from Wiki Loves Love 2019[change]
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Love is an important subject for humanity and it is expressed in different cultures and regions in different ways across the world through different gestures, ceremonies, festivals and to document expression of this rich and beautiful emotion, we need your help so we can share and spread the depth of cultures that each region has, the best of how people of that region, celebrate love.
Wiki Loves Love (WLL) is an international photography competition of Wikimedia Commons with the subject love testimonials happening in the month of February.
The primary goal of the competition is to document love testimonials through human cultural diversity such as monuments, ceremonies, snapshot of tender gesture, and miscellaneous objects used as symbol of love; to illustrate articles in the worldwide free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) projects.
The theme of 2019 iteration is Celebrations, Festivals, Ceremonies and rituals of love.
Sign up your affiliate or individually at Participants page.
To know more about the contest, check out our Commons Page and FAQs
There are several prizes to grab. Hope to see you spreading love this February with Wiki Loves Love!
Wiki Loves Love Team
Imagine... the sum of all love!
--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:13, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
FileExporter beta feature[change]
A new beta feature will soon be released on all wikis: The FileExporter. It allows exports of files from a local wiki to Wikimedia Commons, including their file history and page history. Which files can be exported is defined by each wiki's community: Please check your wiki's configuration file if you want to use this feature.
The FileExporter has already been a beta feature on mediawiki.org, meta.wikimedia, deWP, faWP, arWP, koWP and on wikisource.org. After some functionality was added, it's now becoming a beta feature on all wikis. Deployment is planned for January 16. More information can be found on the project page.
As always, feedback is highly appreciated. If you want to test the FileExporter, please activate it in your user preferences. The best place for feedback is the central talk page. Thank you from Wikimedia Deutschland's Technical Wishes project.
Johanna Strodt (WMDE) 09:41, 14 January 2019 (UTC)
No editing for 30 minutes on 17 January[change]
You will not be able to edit
the wikis for up to 30 minutes on 17 January 07:00 UTC
. This is because of a database problem that has to be fixed immediately. You can still read the wikis. Some wikis are not affected. They don't get this message. You can see which wikis are not
affected on this page
. Most wikis are affected. The time you can not edit might be shorter than 30 minutes. /Johan (WMF)
18:54, 16 January 2019 (UTC)
Talk to us about talking[change]
The Wikimedia Foundation is planning a global consultation about communication. The goal is to bring Wikimedians and wiki-minded people together to improve tools for communication.
We want all contributors to be able to talk to each other on the wikis, whatever their experience, their skills or their devices.
We are looking for input from as many different parts of the Wikimedia community as possible. It will come from multiple projects, in multiple languages, and with multiple perspectives.
We are currently planning the consultation. We need your help.
We need volunteers to help talk to their communities or user groups.
You can help by hosting a discussion at your wiki. Here's what to do:
- First, sign up your group here.
- Next, create a page (or a section on a Village pump, or an e-mail thread – whatever is natural for your group) to collect information from other people in your group. This is not a vote or decision-making discussion: we are just collecting feedback.
- Then ask people what they think about communication processes. We want to hear stories and other information about how people communicate with each other on and off wiki. Please consider asking these five questions:
- When you want to discuss a topic with your community, what tools work for you, and what problems block you?
- What about talk pages works for newcomers, and what blocks them?
- What do others struggle with in your community about talk pages?
- What do you wish you could do on talk pages, but can't due to the technical limitations?
- What are the important aspects of a "wiki discussion"?
- Finally, please go to Talk pages consultation 2019 on Mediawiki.org and report what you learned from your group. Please include links if the discussion is available to the public.
You can also help build the list of the many different ways people talk to each other.
Not all groups active on wikis or around wikis use the same way to discuss things: it can happen on wiki, on social networks, through external tools... Tell us how your group communicates.
You can read more about the overall process on mediawiki.org. If you have questions or ideas, you can leave feedback about the consultation process in the language you prefer.
Thank you! We're looking forward to talking with you.
Trizek (WMF) 15:01, 21 February 2019 (UTC)