Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Bots and gadgets/Make adding "Wikipedia in the News" easier

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Make adding "Wikipedia in the News" easier

  • Problem: Wikipedia in the News is currently maintained in two locations: WP:Press coverage master list, and article talk pages with Template:Press. It's done manually with high overhead. It's something of a PITA to add stories so coverage is haphazard.
  • Who would benefit: all editors and journalists
  • Proposed solution: A web-based form for adding 'In the News' events. It automatically adds entries to the appropriate places (talk pages and master lists).
  • More comments: Data could be stored in Wikidata. Modify templates to draw from Wikidata. This will allow truly global 'In the News'
  • Phabricator tickets:


Initially that seems like a good idea, but with the vision if the external links were stored in WikiData there's no reason it couldn't become a global database of Wikipedia in the News, regardless of country or language. -- GreenC (talk) 21:02, 18 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Clarification The votes are trending negative and I don't understand the reasons given (or "reason" since they all cite the same reason). To clarify, a tool (website) is used to enter the "In the News" data into Wikidata, where a bot then automatically distributes the data. For example on Enwiki, it would automatically create the WP:Press coverage master list, and article talk pages with Template:Press. Other project languages might have different methods, but same scenario, a bot would automatically create whatever pages or templates they use, drawing from the centrally located "In the News" database which anyone from any language can update. -- GreenC (talk) 22:14, 2 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • I don’t know any reason to store this data in Wikidata. It can be stored on the page where it’s currently stored (w:WP:PRESS), and a bot can distribute it without any fancy tool. This bot can be written by an enwiki bot owner for enwiki. I, as a Hungarian speaker, am not interested in Catalan-language news about Wikipedia, it makes no sense to maintain it internationally. –Tacsipacsi (talk) 09:32, 3 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • Support Support --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 12:58, 28 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Support Thomas Obermair 4 (talk) 21:40, 28 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose It's just a problem for wp:en. Wp:en can resolve it itself. --Nouill (talk) 00:27, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose per Nouill. NMaia (talk) 13:04, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Support As someone who frequently manually updates the page, I strongly support a simpler way to add items to the list. I also support moving the list to Meta-Wiki in order to encompass press coverage from all Wikimedia projects. Daylen (talk) 01:21, 30 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose per Nouill. --Superchilum(talk to me!) 16:17, 1 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose per Nouill Aunva6 (talk) 16:21, 1 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose per Nouill. -Theklan (talk) 18:32, 1 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose per Nouill. --Terra  (talk) 06:55, 2 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose as a fancy tool. Talk pages can be edited by a bot based on the master list. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 18:57, 2 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose I don't see this as a development priority. Kudpung (talk) 20:23, 6 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Weak oppose Involves only Wikipedia, Wikinews, and Wikidata. But this really is a problem. Mr. Guye (talk) 22:46, 7 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Support Support RandomDSdevel (talk) 01:17, 9 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Oppose Oppose, each wiki has its own workflow for press mentions. For example, Ukrainian Wikipedia uses a completely different system (uk:ВП:ППВ) which does not have this problem. In my view it is up to English Wikipedia to find which system to use for press mentions tracking — NickK (talk) 13:29, 11 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]