Grants talk:IdeaLab

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Idea Soup
This is the discussion page for the IdeaLab. Got feedback/suggestions about the Lab? Share them here! Need help turning your ideas into plans, or your drafts into grant proposals? Add a new topic and ask us!

IdeaLab (re)Launch[edit]

Congratulations on the (re)Launch! The new design is fascinating, and I love the icons. Thanks for everyone who worked on this. --Haithams (talk) 19:47, 12 July 2013 (UTC)

Date format[edit]

Could we use ISO 8601 (i. e. "YYYY-MM-DD") for dates, please? "11/12/13" makes my brain stumble :-). --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 20:41, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Agree the current format is too US-centric and that case makes my brain stumble too :) ISO 8601 feels a bit too far on the robotic end of the spectrum though. What if we used DD Month YYYY instead, as signatures do? (no idea how easy this is to implement, but I think it might be more familiar to the widest set of people if it wasn't too much trouble). Siko (WMF) (talk) 18:57, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
Paging Jonathan Morgan! heather walls (talk) 21:21, 24 September 2013 (UTC)
Yeah, please :) M/D/Y is only used by silly people ;-) Steven Zhang (talk) 13:42, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
Just seeing this now. My pager must be on the fritz :) I can implement this, and it shouldn't take too much time. It's in my queue. Jtmorgan (talk) 18:58, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Busy wikimedian, watchlist user[edit]

As a busy and active Wikimedian, I rely on my watchlist and pings to keep me informed, and sometimes I see things of interest in RecentChanges. I am finding that the construct of Grants:IdeaLab doesn't suit itself to easily watching developments here by that methodology, instead it requires visiting and eyeballing (a physical interactivity requirement). Is there a means that what is happening here could have "push" rather than just a "pull" type interaction. If this is not possible by watchlists, or an evident newsletter, could there be a means where users could transclude components for their user pages to track the happenings. If these things do exist, then they are not evident, and should be highlighted, maybe in a section for how the busy Wikimedian follows Grants. I know that this is somewhat selfish of me, however, if you can do that, it then waves at me, and can entice me in. Of course, my being opinionated, may lead to regrets. Face-smile.svg  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:03, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi billinghurst. Thanks for the feedback. Push notifications definitely aren't off the table for future IdeaLab development. We want to make it easier for more people to participate in the IdeaLab. What kinds of events are you currently missing out on, that you would like to be notified about? Also: could you say more about how the design of the IdeaLab doesn't facilitate watching pages? I want to make sure I understand where we're falling short. Cheers, Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 20:03, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

Question about sharing a grant proposal[edit]


I'm almost finished writing a grant application for a position as Wikimedian in Residence at UNESCO, is IdeaLab the place I can share a proposal for wider community input when it's formatted to the PEG grant format already? I would very much like input from Wikiprojects and also chapters in terms of the content of the project and being able to register interest in participation.


Mrjohncummings (talk) 18:21, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

@Mrjohncummings: Since it's already formatted as a PEG, I would suggest submitting the request there. If you'd like to get community input before review, set the status to "DRAFT" in the infobox. Once you're ready for review, set the status to "OPEN". Hope that helps, Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 18:34, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
@Jmorgan (WMF):, many thanks, I will do that :) --Mrjohncummings (talk) 18:59, 5 January 2015 (UTC)
For reference the application is here Grants:PEG/MrjohnCummings/UNESCO_Wikimedian_in_Residence Mrjohncummings (talk) 23:19, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

Does endorsing mean paying for?[edit]

I just endorsed an Idea. Does that mean I have to fund it if it gets passed? I sure hope not. --Mr. Guye (talk) 00:17, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

No Mr. Guye, of course not :) This isn't Kickstarter. WMF grants will provide all the funding. You just get to give advice and enthusiasm. Cheers, Ocaasi (talk) 00:23, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Template confusing[edit]

@Jmorgan (WMF), Siko (WMF):, The edit intro to making and making an IEG says "Step 1. Update your infobox Change the infobox template at the top of the edit window {{IdeaLab/Idea/Infobox}} to the IEG infobox: {{IEG/Proposals/Infobox}}". However Inspire Grant ideas seem to not have {{IdeaLab/Idea/Infobox}}, but {{Probox}}, which seems to be a Lua-based template that is quite similar. However it does not seem to support the paramter "status=". So what is the actual final template you'd like on a proposal? {{IEG/Proposals/Infobox}}, or {{Probox}} or other? Maximilianklein (talk) 12:22, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Hey Maximilianklein We want to use the Probox template. Thanks for the heads-up--I'll update the editintro and make sure that Probox supports status= consistently. Cheers, Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 18:45, 22 March 2015 (UTC)