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Wikiwebsites[edit]

Hi, we did add a proposition for a new project. We would be glad to have your feedbacks. Here it is : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiwebsites

It's about a "Library of free projects" (excluding software). Art, science, architecture, comics, movies, pictures,... which can be found under Creative commons licences, but also Open hardware, GFDL, public domain, Art Libre, FOIA… Graineahumus (talk)

Vote now to select members of the first U4C[edit]

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Dear all,

I am writing to you to let you know the voting period for the Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee (U4C) is open now through May 9, 2024. Read the information on the voting page on Meta-wiki to learn more about voting and voter eligibility.

The Universal Code of Conduct Coordinating Committee (U4C) is a global group dedicated to providing an equitable and consistent implementation of the UCoC. Community members were invited to submit their applications for the U4C. For more information and the responsibilities of the U4C, please review the U4C Charter.

Please share this message with members of your community so they can participate as well.

On behalf of the UCoC project team,

RamzyM (WMF) 20:19, 25 April 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia role in protecting engagement of racism topics.[edit]

I am concerned that wikimedia does not so far protect marginalized voices from getting bans in the admin process. It would seem talking about racism is insulting to admins. This would cause a chilling effect on the topic itself. I am not sure how productive this is and Wikimedia has a role to play since most admins are entrenched and will protect each other from the topic if it focuses on discrimination in the admin processes. Deathmolor (talk) 15:33, 2 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Why ? —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 14:25, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

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Hi. I'm curious about whether Wikimedia projects are expected to follow NPOV with their banners and website activities.

I visited Arabic WP (got tagged about an Arabic version of an article I wrote). The Arabic WP has a banner that supports the Gaza/Hamas side of the current war with Israel. The Arabic WP also closed down for a day in opposition to the war. Did the Hebrew Wikipedia do something similar for the Israeli side?

Was there discussion on Wikimedia about using Wikipedia to support a political side? What Wikimedia policies pertain to such banners or website activities?

Thanks in advance! ProfGray (talk) 13:54, 5 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

@ProfGray: Relevant discussion: Requests for comment/Community consensus for blackouts and other advocacy and Requests for comment/Violating the Neutral point of view in Arabic Wiki. SCP-2000 14:22, 5 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for sharing those discussions. Leaving aside the 24 hour website closure, I'm still curious whether NPOV applies to Wikimedia project banners. Seems maybe not, though that strikes me as a problem for the look and feel of WP as a neutral source of knowledge. ProfGray (talk) 15:41, 5 May 2024 (UTC)Reply
@ProfGray NPOV is a Wikipedia content policy, originating in the 5 pillars. Outside of content it doesn't have too much influence. Communities are allowed to have opinions, voice those opinions and, if the situation has direct impact on their work, or ability to work on the project, advocate for those opinions when their community so decides and within legal boundaries and the Terms of Service. At the same time, they are to weigh this against the point that Wikipedia is not to be used as a soapbox and attention beacon. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 14:21, 8 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Interslavic[edit]

Hello. Recently Interslavic received its own ISO 639-3 code "isv" [1]. Is there some way to propose addition of the language on Translatewiki so with the expansion of the isv Wikipedia on Incubator, the MediaWiki interface can be translated into isv as well? There are over 7000 speakers around the world right now. One condition for accepting a new language on Wikipedia is to have enough of the interface translated into that language. Right now it's impossible to even begin, as Translatewiki doesn't accept "isv" as a valid language. Polda18 (talkmy contributions) 20:42, 9 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

You need to bring this up at https://translatewiki.net/wiki/Support. I'm going to tell you in advance though that it's difficult to get Wikipedias in constructed languages approved, although of course some have been. * Pppery * it has begun 14:30, 12 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Wikipedia Maps has no railroads[edit]

i found no better place to address this: maps.wikipedia.org only shows a map with no meta page about it. The only link on it is to the terms of use which are on foundation and protected from comments from the lesser public 8but would not really be the right place for this anyway). So I do not find any explanation about the rationale and choices made in providing the maps service, and no discussion place for it. When encountering a Wikipedia Maps snippet on a Wikipedia page (example: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Untere%C3%9Ffeld ), and using the "fullscreen" switch to show the map in full, I notice that the map only shows streets and water but not railroads. I am convinced that streets and railroads are both equally important modes of transport and I am perturbed by the omission of one of them altogether. 2A02:810D:243F:F32C:6DAA:F584:7F5A:8C3 13:54, 12 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Unfortunately the maps service doesn't get a lot of support from WMF, so changes to it are pretty rare. Additionally, the maps support thousands of features and it cannot be a satisfactory map to all users at once, as people have different needs (Most people would not want to see all busstops and trash points, but some do). You can file a ticket in phab: for the feature request and I would encourage you to do so, but it is unlikely to be fixed in the short term. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 09:32, 13 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Brand[edit]

Could someone administrator move the following pages to capitalize their title as the others pages of the series :

Thank you ! Yug (talk) 17:11, 14 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Sign up for the language community meeting on May 31st, 16:00 UTC[edit]

Hello all,

The next language community meeting is scheduled in a few weeks - May 31st at 16:00 UTC. If you're interested, you can sign up on this wiki page.

This is a participant-driven meeting, where we share language-specific updates related to various projects, collectively discuss technical issues related to language wikis, and work together to find possible solutions. For example, in the last meeting, the topics included the machine translation service (MinT) and the languages and models it currently supports, localization efforts from the Kiwix team, and technical challenges with numerical sorting in files used on Bengali Wikisource.

Do you have any ideas for topics to share technical updates related to your project? Any problems that you would like to bring for discussion during the meeting? Do you need interpretation support from English to another language? Please reach out to me at ssethi(__AT__)wikimedia.org and add agenda items to the document here.

We look forward to your participation!


MediaWiki message delivery 21:21, 14 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

When will Termbase be revived?[edit]

Termbase used to be a great resource for anybody trying to bridge language gap on Metawiki. Why do we abondon such common tool? Are we sure we are equipped to share knowledge, if we imply a single word in different ideas? Have we not invented many jargons/Wikimedia specific terms which traps you to miscommunicate (?_?) -- Omotecho (talk) 13:46, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Termbase was not explicitly abandoned. The entire Movement Strategy and Governance page and all its subpages were marked as historical in one fell swoop. I think it would be reasonable to resurrect it and implement Xeno (WMF)'s original proposal from phab:T314007 to move it out of limbo. * Pppery * it has begun 17:48, 20 May 2024 (UTC)Reply

Feedback invited on Procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle[edit]

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Dear community members,

The Community Affairs Committee (CAC) of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees invites you to give feedback on a draft Procedure for Sibling Project Lifecycle. This draft Procedure outlines proposed steps and requirements for opening and closing Wikimedia Sibling Projects, and aims to ensure any newly approved projects are set up for success. This is separate from the procedures for opening or closing language versions of projects, which is handled by the Language Committee or closing projects policy.

You can find the details on this page, as well as the ways to give your feedback from today until the end of the day on June 23, 2024, anywhere on Earth.

You can also share information about this with the interested project communities you work with or support, and you can also help us translate the procedure into more languages, so people can join the discussions in their own language.

On behalf of the CAC,

RamzyM (WMF) 02:24, 22 May 2024 (UTC)Reply