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2601:205:4100:D358:A1E7:84EE:D502:582E's question: John Lear[edit]


Curious,

Why is Bill Lear searchable on Wikipedia and not John Lear?

2601:205:4100:D358:A1E7:84EE:D502:582E 19:27, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Hello 2601:205:4100:D358:A1E7:84EE:D502:582E. The Wikimedia Foundation does not create or curate the contents on Wikipedia or the other sites we manage, or create the policies that govern what material is published on them; instead, this work is done by a vast community of volunteers. Anyone and everyone is invited to join. That means that if you find an area where the community has not already written an article on a topic, you are welcome to do so! You can find more information about how to contribute here. Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 18:49, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Just A Regular New Yorker's question: Account deletion[edit]

I have had a global account for a while that I am looking to delete. Is there anyway to do this?

J.A.R.N.Y.🗣 17:58, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi New Yorker. Unfortunately, the software on which Wikimedia projects currently operate does not permit deletion of accounts. However, it does not hurt anything to leave accounts unused; you may simply stop using the account.

If for some reason you wish to remove your userpage, most wikis have a template you can use to request a page you created be deleted (it looks like this is Wikiquote's page on the topic), and one of the community's volunteer administrators will delete the page.

Otherwise, all you have to do is stop logging into the account. I hope this answers your question, and I am sorry to hear that you have decided to stop contributing to Wikipedia. If you wish to return, you may simply begin using the account again.

Hope this info helps! Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 18:49, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Deletion request by subject of article[edit]

Hello. I'm an administrator from the Frisian Wikipedia (fywiki). We have been asked to delete the article on artist fy:Geeske van de Molengraft by someone using the user name Geesmolen, suggesting this is the artist herself. Geesmolen visited our Wikipedia for the first time on January 11th 2018 and blanked the entire page about Geeske van de Molengraft. No explanation was offered, and when one of our administrators asked for such an explanation, this request was ignored. We restored the article. Today (August 22nd) Geesmolen reappeared and again blanked the entire page about Geeske van de Molengraft, this time adding the comment "Please delete the Geeske van de Molengraft item with all its links and images from the Frisian Wikipedia." Again no further explanation was given.

We have a couple of issues with this. First of all, we can't know for sure who this Geesmolen is; it could very well be some troll and not Geeske van de Molengraft herself at all. But more importantly, do we want to have the subjects themselves determine whether or not we write articles about them? As the Frisian Wikipedia is one of the smaller Wikipedias, we have never encountered a problem like this. Does Wikimedia have guidelines for this sort of thing? Ieneach fan 'e Esk (talk) 19:41, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Hello Ieneach fan 'e Esk (talk · contribs), and thank you for your question. Each Wikipedia has its own policies about exactly how article subjects may and may not interact with the project, and about how such article subjects can verify their identity if necessary, so there's not a lot of specific guidance I can give you, but I do want to point you to the Wikimedia Foundation Board's "Resolution on Biographies of living people", which functions as a high-level global policy for all Wikimedia projects. That resolution states:
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees urges the global Wikimedia community to uphold and strengthen our commitment to high-quality, accurate information, by:
  1. Ensuring that projects in all languages that describe living people have policies in place calling for special attention to the principles of neutrality and verifiability in those articles;
  2. Taking human dignity and respect for personal privacy into account when adding or removing information, especially in articles of ephemeral or marginal interest;
  3. Investigating new technical mechanisms to assess edits, particularly when they affect living people, and to better enable readers to report problems;
  4. Treating any person who has a complaint about how they are described in our projects with patience, kindness, and respect, and encouraging others to do the same.
So there is an expectation that Wikipedia community governance will take the potential real-life effects Wikipedia content can have on article subjects into account when creating and applying policies in relation to articles about living people. How exactly that is applied is something your community can - and should - determine for itself in terms of your local policies and standards.
I hope this information is helpful to you! Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 14:57, 10 October 2018 (UTC)
@Kbrown (WMF): Yes. Thank you for taking the trouble to compose such a comprehensive answer. Ieneach fan 'e Esk (talk) 22:39, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

Jazzaking on Wikivoyage[edit]

Jazzaking's question[edit]


Jazzaking (talk) 03:52, 8 September 2018 (UTC)


i got blocked for VOA on wikivoyage but i never vandalised anything please help get me unblocked? Jazzaking (talk) 03:52, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

Tetizeraz's question: Where can I find information about "the landscape of the Wikimedia movement and its structures"?[edit]

Hi! I was reading Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Working Groups and one of the requirements was "A good understanding of the landscape of the Wikimedia movement and its structures" and I'll be honest, I have no idea where to start reading about it. I know there's Wikimania, the various projects like Commons, Wikipedia, Wikidata, etc. I know there are mailing lists, although I'm not sure how active people are in those mailing lists. Sprinkle some drama (I'm not sure if knowing a little bit about discussions and "fights" is important) I just get lost in a sea of information. Could someone help me know where to start reading about it, and understand more the WMF, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the people involved? Thanks! Tetizeraz (talk) 02:19, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

@Tetizeraz:, thanks for this interesting question.
Since the Movement Strategy Process focuses on the structures, it should be said that the knowledge you seek is about structures: WMF, affiliates, committees and other bodies. This is the third bullet point explained on the page Wikimedia movement.
The first page that comes to my mind is Wikimedia movement affiliates. This is the first step with basic information. In my (totally personal) opinion, in order to have a "good understanding of the landscape", one should be aware of capacity and budgeting, so I'd recommend reading about Simple Annual Plan Grants (sAPG) program and APG through the Funds Dissemination Committee process. Particularly plans and reports of individual organizations, both newest and older ones. Plus, documentation on collaborations between affiliates. Research papers, e.g. on databases like JSTOR, might be eye-opening.
But this is the obvious, publicly expressed, fairly easily accessible level, and a fraction of total. Observations and conclusions from various comparisons are less obvious, because they haven't been necessarily put into words. There's a huge amount of research that could be potentially done. There is confidential information accessible for some employees, board members or other functionaries. How to learn more, beyond documentation? I'd say: get involved in the governance level of an affiliate and talk with people who have been involved. SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 21:19, 10 October 2018 (UTC)