Talk:Diff (blog)

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Content categories[edit]

At Editorial Guidelines – Categories and tags, it says that categories “mirror the taxonomy of the Discuss side of Diff”.

Is Diff going to have a “discuss side”? Is this a statement brought across from Space that doesn’t/won’t apply to Diff? [Update: I found a copy of the equivalent Space page on Meta, via the Phab task below, and it does have the same sentence, but with “Space” in place of “Diff”.]

T226759 Document taxonomy for Space blog isn’t clear about whether (or how) the categories would have matched between Blog Space and Discuss Space.

I suspect you just need to delete the sentence, but I’m not going to create a Diff account just to suggest copy-edits, hence posting here.

Pelagic (talk) 23:34, 15 August 2020 (UTC)

@Pelagic: This was a indeed a sentence that accidentally survived the migration from Space to Diff. I have removed it. Thank you for spotting it and report it. Qgil-WMF (talk) 06:59, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

Diff is a weird, nerdy title[edit]

I am wondering if there is any chance that the title of this blog might still be changed? Was the name "Diff" derived after a long structured process? We discussed it amongst Wikimedians for Sustainable Development and one of the other members pointed out (and I agree with her): "Clearly they weren't thinking in massive audiences when they came up with that name. I didn't understand that it had some connection with wiki at all -- I first thought it was the diff from the software world. The reference seems kind of obscure to me, and it's also very hard to translate." Just wondering if you've already discussed this to death or if there is any scope to potentially come up with a better name for this blog? EMsmile (talk) 07:26, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

It is a nerdy title EMsmile. We are, at least in my opinion, an inherently nerdy movement. :) You are right, the name does come from the software world. It's a direct reference to the Diff view, a critical component to many editor workflows. In our discussions we thought that it was something that was uniquely "wiki", consistent across languages, and familiar to our communities. We did consider many names. Looking at my old notes it took us nearly 3 months to come up with this name. (Other contenders were "The Link", "Movement News", and I even see a "The Village Pump" on my brainstorming list). We did consult with volunteers, general Foundation staff, and other folks on the Communications team (which I'm part of and who are responsible for keeping Diff humming along). Changing the name and URL would not be a small amount of work. It took us quite a bit of work to get all of the old Wikimedia Blog and Wikimedia Space blog posts migrated over! I hope this provides some transparency in our thinking, and I do appreciate your feedback. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:30, 20 November 2020 (UTC)
If I may add, Diff is also a memorable four letter word. People don't need to understand its technical meaning or origin in order to click the links that will lead them to stories published on Diff (this is how most users land in new websites these days). "Google" is actually a very nerdy term if you look at their origin, but who cares. The names of the top internet services that gazillion people are using everyday tend to have names connected to but detached from literal meanings. And, well, "Wikipedia" was beyond nerdy when it was created and look now. "Diff" as a concept has a strong connection with our movement, and I think that this is what matters. For the rest, it's four memorable letters relatively easy to pronounce for speakers of many languages. Although we have heard other persons giving us this type of feedback, most people pick the name instantly and just use it. So far the feedback about Diff as a whole has been very positive, and people use its name often. Qgil-WMF (talk) 18:08, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Fix broken image in old post[edit]

Hi, I'm not sure if there is a better place to ask this, but can someone help me fix the broken image at the end of my 2019 post? Thanks, --Gnom (talk) 16:10, 26 November 2020 (UTC)

This is a perfect place to ask. I've fixed the image. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 16:20, 30 November 2020 (UTC)
Great, thank you. --Gnom (talk) 21:58, 30 November 2020 (UTC)

need correction[edit]

Hi, this post needs correction? please replace সব উইকিতে অল্প সময়ের জন্য, আপনি পড়তে সক্ষম হতে হবে, কিন্তু সম্পাদনা করতে পারবেন না। with সব উইকিতে অল্প সময়ের জন্য, আপনি সম্পাদনা করতে পারবেন না, তবে আপনি উইকি পড়তে সক্ষম হবেন। (in header & in the main body). Thanks. --আফতাবুজ্জামান (talk) 20:29, 4 December 2020 (UTC)

I translated that writing but i didn't notice that grammatical error at that time. Kindly help. --আফতাবুজ্জামান (talk) 17:45, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
User:CKoerner (WMF) could you help? --আফতাবুজ্জামান (talk) 17:47, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
Ah, sorry, I missed your comment here. Yes, I can fix that and have done so. Thank you for the correction. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:59, 9 December 2020 (UTC)
I'm testing the new Reply tool and forgot to ping you. @আফতাবুজ্জামান CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 18:00, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

Spaces in page topic[edit]

The following blog entry

is using two hair spaces U+200A around en-dash. Well, should have been en-dash, but is ASCII hyphen with U+002D.

Page is unavailable via hair spaces and does need encoded:

Please move blog entry to an appropriate name, and create a redirect blog entry, or vice versa.

Greetings --PerfektesChaos (talk) 15:39, 19 March 2021 (UTC)

Ack, that's not good. Thanks @PerfektesChaos. I'll work on getting this fixed. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 21:15, 8 April 2021 (UTC)
Ok, I think I have this fixed. At least for this one post. There are over 3,000 in the archive and fixing them would take time. I'll leave the task open so that we can address this more systematically in the future.
wmfblog:2021/03/08/sailing-steady-how-you-can-help-keep-wikimedia-sites-error-free/ CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:41, 16 April 2021 (UTC)

Traffic stats[edit]

Hi! What do we know about how much traffic Diff gets — both overall, and for a typical individual post?--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 16:48, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

Hi @Sage (Wiki Ed). I'm so glad you asked. We have some stats that tell us basic traffic information in accordance with our privacy policy. Since Jan 1, 2021 we've published a little over 143 posts on Diff from about 50 authors. Nearly a post a day on average. The site has seen 212,000 visits from approximately 150,000 visitors (unique devices) across 212 countries. About 200 folks have signed up for email subscriptions. The largest single knowable referrer of traffic is search engines, followed by Hacker News (!), but there's a long long tail of traffic beyond. For instance, the bottom ~2,000 referrers resulted in 77,000 views, while Google itself generated 79,000 views.
Top 10 posts for this year (so far, and some of which are posts from years past) with approximate view counts:
Take all this with a grain of salt. I'm happy to share more detail to anyone who asks, within reason. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:33, 16 June 2021 (UTC)
CKoerner (WMF): Super helpful, thanks! What about traffic stats for something like the median post, and/or what I'm sure are posts at the low end of the tail like my last post? --Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 17:39, 16 June 2021 (UTC)