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Data Protection Officer[edit]

Has WMF already a Data Protection Officer? Keeping in mind the new GDPR-regulation in the European Union as from 25-05-2018. Taraseq (talk) 13:47, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

I don't believe the Wikimedia Foundation is obligated to designate a data protection officer. This is only required in the circumstances mentioned in Article 37 of the GDPR, namely (1) where the processing is carried out by a public authority; (2) where the core activities consist of processing operations which, by virtue of their nature, scope and/or purpose require regular or systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale; or (3) where the core activities consist of processing on a large scale of special categories of data and personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences. See the Article 29 Working Party's Guidelines on Data Protection Officers for more information (wp243rev.01). None of these circumstances seem to apply to the WMF. The WP29 does recommend "that controllers and processors document the internal analysis carried out to determine whether or not a DPO is to be appointed, in order to be able to demonstrate that the relevant factors have been taken into account properly". Jeroen N (talk) 18:12, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
The second point is a bit unclear in my eyes. Perhaps WMF legal can tell us more. In my opion it's one of the core tasks. Because without vandalism fighters you can't run a wiki. Taraseq (talk) 19:59, 23 May 2018 (UTC)
I believe it's perfectly possible to run a wiki without people regularly or systematically "fighting vandalism", but in any case it's up to the Foundation to carry out an internal analysis to determine whether or not they need to designate a data protection officer. The Foundation is yet to make its privacy policy GDPR compliant. This should also contain a DPO's contact information if any was designated. If you believe the Foundation should designate a DPO and they haven't, then you can lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. Jeroen N (talk) 09:03, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
Simply no. Without active stewards every wikis are in trouble. Stryn (talk) 13:57, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
I fail to see the relevance of your reply, but if you believe the existence of stewards is a reason for the Foundation to designate a DPO, then don't hesitate to lodge a complaint with the relevant supervisory authority. That's the last thing I'll say on this topic (as I said, this is something for the Foundation to conduct an internal analysis on; I don't believe us discussing it any further will do any good). Jeroen N (talk) 14:10, 24 May 2018 (UTC)
CheckUsers do this, so or we do not have CheckUsers anymore or there is going to be a kind of SuperCheckUser who takes the role of DPO:


Under the GDPR, it is mandatory for certain controllers and processors to designate a DPO.2 This will be the case for all public authorities and bodies (irrespective of what data they process), and for other organisations that - as a core activity - monitor individuals systematically and on a large scale, or that process special categories of personal data on a large scale.

Disclaimer: IANAL Klaas `Z4␟` V:  08:37, 24 May 2018 (UTC)

So, Wikimedia Foundation didn't even start to prepare for GDPR? It's a kind of financial suicide. Currently Wikimedia projects are far from being GDPR-compliant: [1] and all the trolls can sue us. 16:05, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (May 2018)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access, accounts to research and tools as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for new accounts and research materials on the Library Card platform:

  • Rock's Backpages – Music articles and interviews from the 1950s onwards - 50 accounts
  • Invaluable – Database of more than 50 million auctions and over 500,000 artists - 15 accounts
  • Termsoup – Translation tool


Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including Baylor University Press, Loeb Classical Library, Cairn, Gale and Bloomsbury.

Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 18:03, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

You can host and coordinate signups for a Wikipedia Library branch in your own language. Please contact Ocaasi (WMF).
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First designs for Special:Block with Granular blocks[edit]

The Anti-Harassment Tools team enlisted the assistance of Alex Hollender, a User Experience designer at Wikimedia Foundation to create wireframe designs of the Special:Block with the Granular block feature included. Our first wireframes are based on the discussions on the Granular block talk page, Wishlist proposal, and Phabricator to date.

Because the Special:Block page is already at its limits with its current layout and we would like to propose a new organized layout for Special:Block. This will make it easier to add the granular blocking (page, category, namespace, etc) and whatever is to come in the future. All of the same functionality is available on this new layout, but in a more organized, step-by-step process.

Take a look at the wireframe and leave us your feedback. For the Anti-Harassment Tools team, SPoore (WMF) (talk) , Trust and Safety Specialist, Community health initiative (talk) 19:19, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Categories on Wikimedian[edit]

It looks like the categories on Wikimedian are broken. I'm not involved enough in meta to know the intent here, could someone else please sort this out? Thanks. - Jmabel (talk) 02:56, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

  • There also seems to be other malformed stuff on the page. - Jmabel (talk) 02:58, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
  • @Jmabel: I think I fixed the categories. I didn't see other malformed stuff on the page.--Micru (talk) 06:53, 15 June 2018 (UTC)


Are TUSC tokens still used at all? - Jmabel (talk) 03:22, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Jmabel. Probably not. The link at w:en:Wikipedia:TUSC no longer works. Why do you ask? --MZMcBride (talk) 03:40, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
Wondered if there was any reason for me still to keep track of my token and leave it posted on my user page on Commons. - Jmabel (talk) 03:47, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
Tool server is reported to be shut down in 2014, cant imagine there is a use for that still. — xaosflux Talk 03:56, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

How can the Interaction Timeline be useful in reporting to noticeboards?[edit]

The Anti-Harassment Tools team built the Interaction Timeline to make it easier to understand how two people interact and converse across multiple pages on a wiki. The tool shows a chronological list of edits made by two users, only on pages where they have both made edits within the provided time range. Our goals are to assist users to make well informed decisions in incidents of user misconduct and to keep on-wiki discussions civil and focused on evidence.

We're looking to add a feature to the Interaction Timeline that makes it easy to post statistics and information to an on-wiki discussion about user misconduct. We're discussing possible wikitext output on the project talk page, and we invite you to participate! Thank you, For the Anti-Harassment Tools team, SPoore (WMF) (talk) , Trust and Safety Specialist, Community health initiative (talk) 21:50, 16 June 2018 (UTC)