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July 2018 soft launch[edit]

Here is some additional information regarding the July 2018 soft launch of the new Wikimedia Foundation website. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:33, 11 August 2018 (UTC)


Thanks to new partnerships with a number of affiliates and contributors, this site will be initially available in multiple languages. Once the site launches, we will assess how this partnership model worked, make adjustments, and begin assessing additional languages to add. As these translations are entered, additional design features (such as the vision statement being displayed a second time in different languages) will become more apparent. We are excited about the multilingual approach we are taking with this new website, and are eager to show off its full capacity and design in the coming weeks. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:33, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Do translations use a modern software, such as the Translate extension? --Nemo 07:54, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
The site uses a CMS-based backend translation system which the designated translators for the target languages will have access to. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 02:14, 15 August 2018 (UTC)


This site includes a privacy policy for Wikimedia Foundation sites not operating on a wiki platform. Additionally, the content of the site is being made available under a Creative Commons license. We have worked to correctly tag all existing content, and have systems in place to help sustain that as new content is added. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:33, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Site performance[edit]

During soft launch, we have identified some glitches with site performance and are working to correct them. We have already reduced site load time by 67% and will continue to work on improvements. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:33, 11 August 2018 (UTC)


We have eliminated a number of reported bugs over the past week, thanks in large part to the successful soft launch and feedback we received via email and on Phabricator. Thank you! --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 01:33, 11 August 2018 (UTC)


This is apparently a response to a thread on wikimedia-l:

where several of the issues mentioned above, and more besides, were raised. I have just replied in the original thread, about two of the issues I raised, which remain unresolved. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:57, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Broken links[edit]

As some users already pointed out in the wikimedia-l mailing list, all old URLs are broken. It has been proposed to redirect all URLs with prefix to the wiki. I think that would be a good solution, since now there are a lot of broken links both from other Wikimedia wikis and external sites. --MarioGom (talk) 08:05, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

  • I’ve said about this and I’ll say it again. Edits like this one (visible on every page of Russian Wikipedia, for example) should’ve been made by Foundation employees before making the site live, if a redirect that was discussed before wasn’t developed by anyone. Keeping 404 links from all pages because of this ‘soft launch’ is unacceptable. stjn[ru] 13:04, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Updating incoming links beyond the interwiki map is good, but clearly the old URLs should just redirect to the new URLs where they fail. It takes a couple lines of Apache configuration to achieve this. --Nemo 07:50, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
  • Hello. We agree that maintaining links to active content is important. That is why we setup nearly 300 redirects prior to launch (which included the page that Russian Wikipedia updated). There have also been efforts to update the links in the code (which is where the primary links to policies exists). Given the multiple destinations, planned changes to Governance Wiki (archival content will not be kept there for example), and reality that we want many people to end up on the new site vs. the Governance Wiki, setting up a general redirect is not the best solution. We have documented the redirects on Phabricator, and are monitoring requests there and looking at data on 404 errors to make sure links to active content being used regularly are maintained. Please let me know if there are links to active content which are not working, and we can look into it. Thank you! --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 15:56, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
It should be possible to set the general redirect as a fallback when no specific redirect exist. Old content could be tagged as such, but that is an orthogonal aspect. I cannot understand how leaving tons of 404 pages behind is an acceptable migration path. --MarioGom (talk) 10:45, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Most, if not all, press releases are redirected to a generic press page. That is not useful. If someone linked a specific press release, he probably meant to link that specific press release, not a general press page. --MarioGom (talk) 10:48, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Other missing redirects: Advisory Board, Consiglio Direttivo. --MarioGom (talk) 10:53, 15 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for the feedback. For now, we would like people utilizing press releases to discover the new site. The target audience for them are members of the press, so we want them to discover the new home of information for them. This will help them better find future press releases. We have a link to where past press releases are stored for now. Additionally, many of the press releases from recent years are also on the Wikimedia blog. The other links that you provided are to content which is out of date (the Board page had not been updated since 2013) and are good examples of why we do not want a general redirect and instead want people to land on the new web site. We do not want to send them to content which is no longer being maintained and often contains information which is no longer accurate (and will not be on the Governance Wiki for very long either). Content that is being actively maintained and referenced, we are setting up redirects for. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 20:17, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Sending user data to a third party[edit]

The site currently uses a tracking pixel to send user data to an external site not controlled by Wikimedia, which uses that data for ad-targeting purposes.

For an extra bit of irony, this happens on the same main page that highlights the WMF's commitment not to "sell or share your email address or any of your personal information with third parties". --Yair rand (talk) 04:01, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Piping user data directly to, awesome. Emoji u1f914.svg — regards, Revi 07:14, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

The site is closed-source[edit]

I'm speechless. --Yair rand (talk) 05:00, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Hello. As I mentioned on the Phabricator ticket you linked to, the codebase will be made publicly available. Additional information and ongoing discussion about the process and related questions are in the Phabricator ticket. Thank you. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 07:08, 15 August 2018 (UTC)


feedback will be dealt with by knowledgeable volunteers (At the header)

How can we (volunteer) help when we have no whatsoever-possible way of editing contents there? Foundation should deal with the blames on their own WordPress at their own expense, don't count on us.

(For the avoidance of doubt, I've read the section about 'closed-source' and you have a plan to open it, still my opinion remains same. The task there sounds like the source code, and not the 'contents' itself.) — regards, Revi 07:24, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for the feedback, I have made some additional copyedits to the above header (which is itself from the old Foundation wiki feedback page). --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 07:54, 15 August 2018 (UTC)