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Subscribe to the This Month in Education newsletter - learn from others and share your stories[edit]

Dear community members,

Greetings from the EWOC Newsletter team and the education team at Wikimedia Foundation. We are very excited to share that we on tenth years of Education Newsletter (This Month in Education) invite you to join us by subscribing to the newsletter on your talk page or by sharing your activities in the upcoming newsletters. The Wikimedia Education newsletter is a monthly newsletter that collects articles written by community members using Wikimedia projects in education around the world, and it is published by the EWOC Newsletter team in collaboration with the Education team. These stories can bring you new ideas to try, valuable insights about the success and challenges of our community members in running education programs in their context.

If your affiliate/language project is developing its own education initiatives, please remember to take advantage of this newsletter to publish your stories with the wider movement that shares your passion for education. You can submit newsletter articles in your own language or submit bilingual articles for the education newsletter. For the month of January the deadline to submit articles is on the 20th January. We look forward to reading your stories.

Older versions of this newsletter can be found in the complete archive.

More information about the newsletter can be found at Education/Newsletter/About.

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About This Month in Education · Subscribe/Unsubscribe · Global message delivery · For the team: ZI Jony (Talk), Sunday 6:13, 14 August 2022 (UTC)

Desktop Improvements update[edit]

Making this the new default

Hello. I wanted to give you an update about the Desktop Improvements project, which the Wikimedia Foundation Web team has been working on for the past few years. Our work is almost finished! 🎉

We would love to see these improvements become the default for readers and editors across all wikis. In the coming weeks, we will begin conversations on more wikis, including yours. 🗓️ We will gladly read your suggestions!

The goals of the project are to make the interface more welcoming and comfortable for readers and useful for advanced users. The project consists of a series of feature improvements which make it easier to read and learn, navigate within the page, search, switch between languages, use article tabs and the user menu, and more. The improvements are already visible by default for readers and editors on more than 30 wikis, including Wikipedias in French, Portuguese, and Persian.

The changes apply to the Vector skin only, although it will always be possible to revert to the previous version on an individual basis. Monobook or Timeless users will not notice any changes.

The newest features
  • Table of contents - our version is easier to reach, gain context of the page, and navigate throughout the page without needing to scroll. It is currently tested across our pilot wikis. It is also available for editors who have opted into the Vector 2022 skin.
  • Page tools - now, there are two types of links in the sidebar. There are actions and tools for individual pages (like Related changes) and links of the wiki-wide nature (like Recent changes). We are going to separate these into two intuitive menus.
How to enable/disable the improvements
  • It is possible to opt-in individually in the appearance tab within the preferences by selecting "Vector (2022)". Also, it is possible to opt-in on all wikis using the global preferences.
  • On wikis where the changes are visible by default for all, logged-in users can always opt-out to the Legacy Vector. There is an easily accessible link in the sidebar of the new Vector.
Learn more and join our events

If you would like to follow the progress of our project, you can subscribe to our newsletter. You can read the pages of the project, check our FAQ, write on the project talk page, and join an online meeting with us.

Thank you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 16:59, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Join us on Tuesday

Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on 28 June 2022 at 12:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 5304280674. Dial by your location. The following events will take place on 12 July and 26 July.

The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes will be taken in a Google Docs file and copied to Etherpad. Olga Vasileva (the Product Manager) will be hosting this meeting. The presentation part will be given in English. At this meeting, both Friendly space policy and the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical spaces apply. Zoom is not subject to the WMF Privacy Policy.

We can answer questions asked in English and a number of other languages. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the talk page or send them to sgrabarczuk(_AT_) We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 21:57, 23 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is Meta going to set its default skin to Vector 2022 in a few weeks? 12:31, 15 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We haven't started any discussion here yet. For sure it won't happen without a discussion first. SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 12:49, 15 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

tweek request: Wiki_Education_Foundation[edit]

Would somebody tweek the page "Wiki_Education_Foundation" for translation please? As you see on its talk_page, consensus is granted. Cheers, -- Omotecho (talk) 04:22, 7 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes check.svg Donexaosflux Talk 13:31, 15 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Is it possible to translate this system message? (something like MediaWiki:Rightslogtext/zh for Chinese users, for example) —— Eric LiuTalk 07:12, 12 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oh I see the subpage now (not in the info, quite confusing), it is indeed possible, lol. So how could I edit the content of the translation page? —— Eric LiuTalk 07:15, 12 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You can create an edit request at MediaWiki talk:Rightslogtext/zh. — xaosflux Talk 13:53, 12 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Ericliu1912 If needed, leave me a message on my talkpage and I will help to copy over the translation. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 06:55, 21 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done the translation per request, pending copy-edit and then it will be transferred over. Seems section resolved. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 07:08, 6 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I ask for additional grants for an existing oauth consumer?[edit]

I want to ask for new grants here

I want to ask for page creation, as file upload also needs page creation grants. (As "documented" here - ) Running (talk) 12:34, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Well I added a new version here
That should work Running (talk) 13:58, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That's pretty much how, we don't have a way of modifying consumers currently. Tgr (WMF) (talk) 23:17, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Let's talk about the Desktop Improvements[edit]

Vector 2022 showing language menu with a blue menu trigger and blue menu items 01.jpg

Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on 26 July 2022 at 12:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 5304280674. Dial by your location.

Read more. See you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 16:19, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Trying to find research project that crowd sourced non-Editors to cross check a page edit/notability[edit]

HI, I am looking for a research project that crowd sourced non-Editors as a cross check so that. It wasn't a hot or not, but a choice was made. I am interested because it could be extended to get non-editors involved in editing tasks (spelling, grammar, stub reference selection) without knowing the full details of editing and WIkipeia exotica. Wakelamp (talk) 07:39, 26 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vote for Election Compass Statements[edit]

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

Hi all,

Volunteers in the 2022 Board of Trustees election are invited to vote for statements to use in the Election Compass. You can vote for the statements you would like to see included in the Election Compass on Meta-wiki.

An Election Compass is a tool to help voters select the candidates that best align with their beliefs and views. The community members will propose statements for the candidates to answer using a Lickert scale (agree/neutral/disagree). The candidates’ answers to the statements will be loaded into the Election Compass tool. Voters will use the tool by entering in their answer to the statements (agree/disagree/neutral). The results will show the candidates that best align with the voter’s beliefs and views.

Here is the timeline for the Election Compass:

  • July 8 - 20: Volunteers propose statements for the Election Compass
  • July 21 - 22: Elections Committee reviews statements for clarity and removes off-topic statements
  • July 23 - August 3: Volunteers vote on the statements
  • August 4 - 5: Elections Committee selects the top 15 statements
  • August 5 - 12: candidates align themselves with the statements
  • August 15: The Election Compass opens for voters to use to help guide their voting decision

The Elections Committee will select the top 15 statements at the beginning of August


Movement Strategy and Governance

This message was sent on behalf of the Board Selection Task Force and the Elections Committee

MNadzikiewicz (WMF) (talk) 21:22, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ready for translation: Education Newsletter July 2022[edit]

July 2022 education newsletter released for translation. Please help our readers to read education newsletter in their native language. The latest education newsletter is ready for translation: here Newsletter headlines link for translation: here (please translate by August 03, 2022) Individual articles for translation: Category:Education/Newsletter/July 2022. Regards, ZI Jony (Talk) 17:47, 2 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Just wondering, since there's only three sets left as for now (2, 7, 12), what content was in the rest of the sets, and what happened to them? —— Eric LiuTalk 08:22, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Are you expecting stewards to run a lookup service for your curiosity? I think that is a bit of a tall order. Check the deletion logs would be the best way to get an answer for yourself. If you believe that the stewards should be keeping a register of wikisets, then please start a conversation with the stewards, the topic is not really pertinent to here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:57, 8 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Some clues can be found in the Wiki Set Log
  1. Created as a test in 2008
  2. The existing "global bot wikis" set
  3. Created as a test in 2008
  4. Created as a test in 2008.
  5. Created as a test in 2008. I can't find where any of these early tests were eventually deleted, maybe wiki set deletions weren't logged at the time?
  6. Created as "Emergency flagged bot revision group" in June 2009 following an (unspecified) emergency. Repurposed at "Importupload" in September 2009, with no explanation. Repurposed again as "Arbcom_dewiki" on June 1, 2011 per request (but I can't find the request). Finally deleted as a deprecated group on June 18, 2011
  7. The existing "global sysop wikis" set.
  8. "Indic sysop wikis", created in 2010 as an [e]xample wikiset for RFC and potential future use. The RfC in question is Requests for comment/Indic Sysop. Renamed to "Indic Wikis" in 2011, and deleted as unused in 2013.
  9. "Huggle wikis", created in 2011 as potential future use, maybe, and then deleted as unused in 2015.
  10. "GR Opt-out wikis", created in 2011 following requests coming in to be opted out of GRs, and then deleted one day later. It appears the current logic about reusing wiki set numbers did not exist back then.
  11. "CUlog", created as an apparent test in 2011 along with a CULogView group and deleted by the same user as unused in 2013. I can find no relevant discussions explaining what this is.
  12. The "All existing wikis" set, used for New wiki importers
  13. At various times a 13th wikiset has been created as a test and immediately deleted. This appears to free up the number for later wiki sets.
  14. At one point in 2012, there were two test wikisets at the same time, so one got numbered "14"
* Pppery * it has begun 17:03, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Minor" project's Village Pumps are completely bloated with mass messages, leaving no room for project discussion[edit]

A comparison between the bloat of mass messages and actual project discussions.

I have the feeling that this is incrementally worse. Every team wants every message to be delivered to every project's chat. This mass messages creates 0 engagement, and it's causing actual discussions to be buried. Any thoughts? Ignacio Rodríguez (talk) 15:28, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ignacio Rodríguez projects can direct those things elsewhere if they want. They are almost always delivered to a list, so a project can make a special pump for "annoucements", or redirect things like technical notices to a technical pump (like how these 74 projects have a technical pump: wikidata:Q4582194). — xaosflux Talk 15:33, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not every community, specially the smaller ones, has the knowledge or time to make those adjustments. There must be a better way instead of mindlessly flooding every pump with bloat Ignacio Rodríguez (talk) 16:19, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm sensitive to this concern: in my previous role as a Movement Strategy and Governance (MSG) facilitator, I sent out a fair number of these mass messages to the places listed at Distribution list/Global message delivery. I noticed they did tend to pile up on the venues, and did fear this might discourage local users from creating other threads (or drown out threads) specific to those projects with sheer volume. I'm wondering how you've reached the conclusion that they create zero engagement though. How can you be sure no one is reading, clicking through, engaging here on Meta-Wiki, signing up for the events, voting on the topics, etc.? As a counter-point: most of the messages sent by MSG invite readers with a link to translate the original message into their language ({{int:please-translate}}), and there are a non-zero number of additional translations later submitted as a result. To me, this is at least a minor indicator that engagement is being generated, even if there's not many responses made directly on the village pumps. Xeno (WMF) (talk) 17:38, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm sorry if I offended you. The 0 part is definitively an exaggeration. What I meant is that the "project village pump" purpose is to discuss issues pertaining the project, and the mass messages doesn't (mostly) contribute to that. Ignacio Rodríguez (talk) 15:31, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
No offense taken! I'm glad that folks are thinking about this. Xeno (WMF) (talk) 19:24, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have become concerned about this as well (as I have found entire small projects missing from GMD and have been adding them). However I don't have any easy answers to offer. Certain things like elections and major policy changes need to be sent out. Perhaps we need to encourage more selective use of the GMD function, as well as some automated archiving of old messages. (Also see phab:T313672 which I suspect is related). --Rschen7754 18:05, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]