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Movement news items for November 2011[edit]

As announced last month, suggestions are welcome for important topics to cover in the "other movement news" part. The following topics are covered in the current draft at the moment:

  • Wikimania videos
  • French freedom of panorama
  • Al Jazeera image donation

This issue is to go out soon (tomorrow morning UTC), but hints about other important news are still welcome. This is a chance to inform many non-English speaking Wikimedians about them - the last issue was translated into 11 different languages. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) 18:19, 5 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Notification of the next issue of Wikimedia Highlights[edit]

Is there talk page or other notification of these highlights? As the Signpost does:

If not, can this be implemented? How does one get notified of new editions of Wikimedia Highlights? I don't want to be notified by the watchlist for the meta wiki, or my talk page here. I rarely check either of them. By the way, when will there be a global watchlist?

I want to be notified via the English Wikipedia watchlist, or on my English Wikipedia talk page. --Timeshifter (talk) 17:33, 7 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It should be possible to add this to the Global message delivery. Tilman, would that make sense from your point of view?--Eloquence 20:46, 7 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, that's a good idea, and on here someone just asked the same question. (BTW, for the Signpost, I had set this up myself together with MZMcBride last year. In my experience it needs a bit of time to grow, but many people seem to have found it useful eventually.)
It needs some thinking about the format of the notification message - I guess a copy of the TOC might work, I put a mockup below, feel free to improve - and especially about how to do this in a scalable way for the translations (many non-English speakers would rather be informed when a translation in their language comes out).
For now, I have set up a subscription page for the English version: Global message delivery/Targets/Wikimedia Highlights, you are welcome to subscribe by adding your user name there, and in early January you should find the message about the December Highlights on your talk page on your home project.
Regards, Tbayer (WMF) 21:56, 7 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for subscribing me! I have received the Highlights on this talk page: en:User talk:Timeshifter --Timeshifter (talk) 13:40, 14 January 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia Highlights, November 2011[edit]

Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for November 2011, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

(mock-up of notification message delivered to subscribers, feel free to improve. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) 21:56, 7 December 2011 (UTC))Reply[reply]

Movement news items for December 2011[edit]

Thanks a lot for the suggestions. I wrote up the first one for Wikimedia Highlights, December 2011. We looked at the second one as well - it's an interesting project, and the EU support is notable, but in the end we were a bit on the fence about whether this counted among the three or four most important news items from the whole movement during that month. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) 23:03, 12 January 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for February 2012[edit]


Thanks for the suggestions, covered several of them. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 12:17, 13 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for March 2012[edit]

Movement news items for April 2012[edit]


Many thanks for the suggestions (also those per email)! This issue is out now and will soon be ready for translation. Wikidata, the Tamil contest and Highbeam are covered as separate items. The Rolls Challenge and the Welsh meetup fit together as a Monmouth item and the BR Wikipedian in Residence is part of a combined WiR item. The Malayalam conference was already mentioned in the WMF highlights part, the Dutch hire and the CCCB workshop seemed a bit thin as isolated items, and I didn't have enough information about the tagging and assessing item. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 06:13, 9 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for May 2012[edit]

Candidates for the selection of the most relevant or interesting news from the movement (apart from WMF) from last month:

More suggestions are welcome! Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 02:01, 8 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion: Monmouthpedia launch, see wmuk:Reports/2012/May#Monmouthpedia_launch and outreach:GLAM/Newsletter/May_2012/Contents/UK_report for info. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 16:31, 8 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Monmouthpedia was actually already covered in last month's issue, but indeed the launch itself and its big media echo makes it worth considering to feature it again. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 19:58, 8 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for June 2012[edit]

Candidates for the selection of the most relevant or interesting news from the movement (apart from WMF) from last month:

More suggestions/updates are welcome! Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 02:01, 8 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement highlights for July 2012[edit]


Movement highlights for August 2012[edit]

  • WikiCon 2012
  • Gibraltarpedia?
  • Catalonia libraries
  • Open Access media importer update?

Movement highlights for September 2012[edit]


Movement news items for October 2012[edit]


  • Ada Lovelace Day (e.g. [1])
  • launch of part one of phase one of Wikidata
  • Zugang Gestalten
  • open access importer

Movement news items for November 2012[edit]


Movement news items for December 2012[edit]


Movement news items for January 2013[edit]


Movement news items for February 2013[edit]


Movement news items for March 2013[edit]

Movement news items for April 2013[edit]

Possible candidates:

Movement news items for May 2013[edit]

Movement news items for June 2013[edit]

Movement news items for September 2013[edit]


Movement news items for October 2013[edit]


Hi ProtoplasmaKid, thanks for this useful suggestion - I included it instead of another item that we had planned (for some reason we had forgotten to list the options here this time). Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 19:37, 15 November 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for November 2013[edit]


Easy translation[edit]

I think the following system could be used to facilitate (by automating it and by using the translation memory). In particular, MediaWiki has 1/ a function to automatically translate the dates in the page language (i.e. on "/de" pages, it’s Deutsch), 2/ a function to automatically format the numbers in the page language, and 3/ the Translate extension can astract some parts of the messages (e.g. the figures). By combining these three features, the "Data and Trends" and "Financials" sections can be quite automated.

E.g. "Global unique visitors for August" could become

"Global unique visitors for {{#time:F|2000-08}}"

(year is useless but mandatory). And the translation memory will keep it for every month (hence reduce the errors of the translators selectionning a wrong month).

E.g. "497 million (+0.97% compared with July; +8.90% compared with the previous year)" could become

"{{formatnum:497}} million (+0.97}}% compared with July; +{{formatnum:8.90}}% compared with the previous year)"

I do not see a way to abstract the "million" (but should change before a long time) and the plus/minus (so there will be a maximum of four messages in the translation memory).

~ Seb35 [^_^] 19:46, 19 December 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Seb35, thanks for these useful suggestions!
I had already started using translation variables in the November edition, but clearly there is more potential here, as you point out. I will try to use your approach for the "Data and Trends" section of the December edition, which is scheduled to go out on Tuesday.
The "formatnum" template should also be really useful for the "Financials" section, but there still is another issue I'm wondering about, maybe you have thoughts about that as well: The reason why we made these amounts translatable was not just to make the number formatting (i.e. thousands separators) adaptable to the local language, but also the currency format; IIRC some translators requested that. E.g. "$276,719" (English) vs. "276 719 $" (Russian/French) or "464.533 USD" (German). It seems to me that even when using the tvar+formatnum approach, it would still be necessary to have a separate translation unit for each amount (with rather trivial content, but they would still all need to be manually process by translators). Perhaps at this point it's not worth stating the currency each time, and instead we just include a translatable note "all amounts in USD" or such.
BTW, a long time ago (before translation memory and TNT became available), Amir had suggested to use templates for these two sections, but there are some problems with that, for example the fact that the composition of the Financials table changes every so often - the translation memory approach is much more forgiving to that.
Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 21:42, 12 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

november 2013 highlights[edit]

When November highlights are going to be posted/delivered? I am translating it to Russian now and hope that I will finish it in time... rubin16 (talk) 17:08, 8 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi rubin16, the English version was actually already sent out on December 11 (example). There is no deadline for the translations, I try to send them out separately for each language right after they are finished. But of course it is better if they reach the readers sooner than later. Thanks for working on the Russian translation!
Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 00:57, 9 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
fyi: translation finished :) rubin16 (talk) 19:23, 10 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

When we can create it?--Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 14:41, 26 January 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for February 2014[edit]


Newsletter template for user pages?[edit]

Is there a VisualEditor newsletter template like this one for transcluding the Signpost?:

I prefer transclusion to having to clear out my talk page periodically of the many newsletters I get. I am asking each newsletter for a template instead. --Timeshifter (talk) 13:10, 21 April 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I started a user page for newsletters:
I will add more newsletters as I find the templates. I may copy the templates to the top of my user talk page so others might be more likely to see them. --Timeshifter (talk) 20:11, 25 April 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Timeshifter, that's a cool idea, but unfortunately it is probably not possible to do this across wikis in the same way it's done for the Signpost (interwiki transclusion doesn't exist yet).
But I just filed a bug (feature request) for MassMessage which would enable the updating of such subscription templates across wikis: Bugzilla:64463. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 23:30, 25 April 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the feature request. I would think that when the Wikimedia Highlights newsletter is pasted into Global message delivery/Targets/Wikimedia Highlights for talk page delivery to English Wikipedia user talk pages, it could also be pasted into a template on English Wikipedia. Assuming it is a person doing the pasting. --Timeshifter (talk) 22:04, 26 April 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement news items for May 2014[edit]


Machine translated[edit]

The awful machine translated report delivered on Portuguese language was translated by any volunteer or it was just a brilliant idea from someone else to deliver machine translated messages on languages without volunteers translating? Lugusto 01:52, 4 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See the version history - it was translated by an anonymous editor with a Brazilian IP. The translation can be improved here. Unfortunately it's not always feasible to have these translations vetted by an experienced editor who is native speaker before they are announced, although I would love see more of that integrated into the process. Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 02:40, 4 May 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Help plan a new software feature for easy subscription to newsletters[edit]

We are developing a MediaWiki extension that will enable users to subscribe to community newsletters much more easily. We are very excited to hear your feedback on the features we have planned. Feel free to share your thoughts here. - Tinaj1234 (talk) 12:38, 9 June 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]