Talk:Wikipedia 20

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Why only humans?[edit]

The page says "We are celebrating how humans made Wikipedia what it is, and only humans can help sustain and grow it." I find this an odd choice of phrasing - why "human" rather than "editors" or "community"? Pi bot wants to know why its contributions are less appreciated just because it's silicon-based rather than carbon-based. Wikidata in general can support an increased amount of automation on Wikipedia so that humans can focus more on the edits that only humans can do. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 17:53, 8 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

I heard a rumour that Pi-bot is, in fact, a silicon-puppet for a human editor. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 18:17, 8 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I don't know, I'm starting to get the feeling that it makes better edits than I do. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 19:03, 8 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Mike, Thank you for asking this question. I have to say, bots were not on our minds when we started to think about the 20th Birthday, because everything I have experienced here as a "newcomer" has been around meeting people; colleagues and community members alike, each with their very human traits. But, I think I see where you're coming from and so I am going to attempt to answer your question.

I see "bot edits", or "automated edits", as the product of human minds at work who are trying to make Wikipedia and our projects a better place, a better source of knowledge, a more accurate one. I think (underline "think") I understand what you mean by not wanting to push forward only the human edits, which might introduce more mistakes than a bot, but I think you might agree with me that having humans behind the bots and the AIs help us keep the most important thing about being human: innovation and creativity.

So, I want to thank you for voicing your question, because it will help us make sure that as we celebrate 20 years of Wikipedia, we keep in mind how technology, albeit created by humans, is assisting the human mind and heart to create this wonder that Wikipedia and its sister projects are, with the goal of gathering the sum of all human knowledge. I'm available to chat more on this, if you wish! Thank you. Khanyi (talk) 16:09, 11 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@KMpumlwana (WMF): Thanks for the reply and for listening! Bots are in the background, so they often aren't immediately obvious. I agree that bots are the work of human minds, although they are as likely to make mistakes as humans (they operate on pre-existing information, and if there is bad input information, they will make bad edits as a result). However, they are really important to save the time of human editors so that they don't have to do the mundane tasks that can be automated.
If you continue with the "human" narrative (I'd still recommend using another word), then I think it is still important to emphasise that humans can do some tasks really well (particularly writing article prose, taking photos, etc.), but other tasks (like lists and metadata) can be done better by automated tools. I really don't want to see the situation where WMF is saying "only humans should make edits", as that would take us back a decade or two (even in Wikipedia's earliest days, bot edits were important). Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 19:41, 12 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Mike Peel: Hi Mike,

Thank you for engaging me, and giving more insight into this. A lot of what we’re aiming for during these celebrations is to tell the stories about things that aren’t quite as obvious to people outside of our movement. I think you’ve pointed to a great storytelling opportunity, because it’s something people who are external or just entering this movement and learning about how it all works — would love to know more about. I certainly wouldn’t encourage anything that takes us 20 years back, but rather what pushes us forward into the next 20 years — and the bots made by humans that make the human work easier are part of what pushes us forward. Thanks Khanyi (talk) 07:54, 14 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

  • I really agree that the story of bot editing on Wikipedia is one that is *very* interesting. The early anti-vandal bots started to be used on English Wikipedia at about the same time as we had the drop in number of editors, and there is some indication that there is a correlation between these events. Some Wikipedias generate a large percentage of their articles using bots. Bots also do a huge amount of routine maintenance on a lot of projects. Scripts also have a place in the discussion as they are human-guided mini-programs generally used to automate tedious routine tasks. They both play a big role in how we manage projects with such a comparatively small number of active editors. Risker (talk) 01:34, 5 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I love how Wikipedia follows world trends and the first issue here was about why the inclusion of humans only. What about the others? They don´t get to taste the cake? So unfair! FkpCascais (talk) 23:48, 17 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
agree with Mike. Golmore (talk) 06:48, 19 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • To continue a train of thought here; it seems we can all agree bots and scripts- much like information and tools- are extensions of the influence of human minds. While that can be interpreted as seeing all of Wikimedia as the result of Humans, that would necessarily be leaving out part of the picture.
After a human submits work, the ways others (including bots and scripts) interpret, interact with, and build on the work over time can be unpredictable. So, after degrees of separation from what was submitted, works can become more a result of the work of editors (human, bot, or other) than the original author.
Though the function of creation across time is much different now, a correlation can be drawn between the claims that 1. human work is not the result of their non-human ancestors, and the claim that 2. bot work is not the result of their human creators. The strength of that correlation is dependent upon innumerable factors however, not the least of which are the functions of time and the "generational distance" from the respective origins.
Have I run down a rabbit hole a bit? I mean to say that WMF being a Human enterprise is as true as WMF being a combined Human and Other enterprise, as the Others we are aware of are an extension of the Humans, but are moving progressively into the realm of being something separate. Just like the world, WMF is evolving more quickly than we may know. Valigar (talk) 14:25, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Valigar. Indeed, we all agree on the different elements that made this movement what it is today. Thanks for sharing your ideas. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 12:22, 19 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Update the Wikipedia logo?[edit]

A user on enwiki has suggested adding another puzzle piece to the Wikipedia logo for the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia to represent the constant growth of the encyclopedia. What are your thoughts on this? SuperGoose007 (talk) 19:26, 3 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@SuperGoose007: Hello, thank you for sharing! I think it's an interesting idea. I'd suggest raising this on the English Wikipedia Village Pump, as there will need to be a community consensus for changing the Wikipedia logo for the anniversary. LTraer (WMF) (talk) 23:05, 4 September 2020 (UTC)[reply] has updates on WPs logo. Check them out. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by LMgamer36 (talk)

Great to see the temporary logo live on today! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:08, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Issue with "get involved" button on Timeless skin[edit]

Currently, due to the size of the "Days until Wikipedia 20" box, it's nearly impossible to click the "Get involved" button from the landing page while using the Timeless skin (preview). Isabelle 🔔 17:08, 4 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Fixed I think. (It had the same problem in Vector for the top 1/3 of the link.) Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 20:26, 4 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks! The issues still seems to be present in the translated versions, but I assume it will just take some time to percolate. Isabelle 🔔 21:46, 4 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
👍 Legal doctrine (talk) 08:29, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]


Hello, I just don't get the meaning of this sentence:

"We are celebrating 20 years human!"

Is a comma lacking, or a suffix, or something else? :-) Ziko (talk) 15:43, 5 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Or "20 years humanity", I don't understand either. Stryn (talk) 08:36, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Ziko: : @Stryn: Hello and thank you for your questions!
For the English iteration of this line, we are using an English language turn of phrase sometimes used in book/movie titles where the verbal structure is implied; as in the film 12 Years a Slave, where the implied structure is "He was a slave for 12 years". The popular song "Three Times a Lady" uses this construct, too.
The construction can be used with durations followed by a noun, and it indicates how long or how many times someone is or was something. With “20 Years Human”, we imply that for 20 years, Wikipedia has been built and brought to life by human beings. When it comes to the translation of this topic, this is something I've thought long and hard about — as someone who speaks English as a third language.
The great thing about the concept “20 Years Human” is that the term “human” exists in every language, and that variations of the concept of humanity can be applied in any culture.  For instance, there is a concept called "ubuntu"/ "isintu" which refers to human beings sharing in resources, and that one human being exists because of others (which feels quite applicable to why Wikipedia exists, and the work our volunteers do for everyone to share in the sum of all human knowledge).
When translating, the aim is to capture the sentiment, rather than directly translating the copy. This can be achieved by identifying the meaning of what is being said and why it is being said; in order to convey the same meaning and purpose in the destination language. 
For example:
English: I use blue (e.g. a blue colour pencil/paint), translated to isiZulu as: Ngipenda ngombala oluhlaza okwesibhakabhaka. 
In the example above, the isiZulu translation of "I use blue" writes out the action and describes the colour with an example. Loosely, it says "I paint with the colour of the sky"
In French "Twenty years human" could be "Vingt ans d’humain". For other languages, we might have to apply as in the above isiZulu example. Possible options include:
  • Twenty Years of Human Knowledge

  • Celebrating the Humans behind Wikipedia

  • Celebrating the humans who make Wikipedia work
We would encourage anyone to make this line relevant to their own language or cultural context! I hope this helps. Thank you for your time! Khanyi (talk) 18:48, 11 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Adding pings for Ziko and Stryn to make sure they've received them. :-) Ed WMF [talk] 20:57, 14 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Dear KMpumlwana (WMF), thank you for the explanation. So my problem was less a grammatical but a semantic one, it seems. When I saw the trailer of "12 years a Slave" in the cinema, I suppose I immediately understood that the phrase refers to the protaganist of the movie. But... "human"? Sure, I could translate that to German. "Wir feiern 20 Jahre Mensch!" Like in, "we celebrate x years of democracy" at the anniversary of our constitution.

I am not sure how many people, with English as their first, second, third language, will have similar problems to get the message at once. So, how long will be the label attached to the slogan? Wouldn't it be a better idea to have a slogan that is easy to understand for most people, and easy to translate? Something like "20 years of human knowledge" would be a good start for a discussion, I guess. Ziko (talk) 22:31, 14 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Dear Ziko, I now understand fully what you're saying, and thank you for engaging me on it! It's an interesting challenge, because to us, the "human" in 20 Years Human refers to every human that makes it possible: the ones who edit, the ones who create, the ones who exist so that we have things to create about, the ones who are curious enough to find out more, the ones who contribute to keeping this shared knowledge free. It's essentially one of the better demonstrations of human collaboration. That said, we have decided to open discussions about this particular phrasing, so we can figure out creative expressions around it together. Thank you again! Khanyi (talk) 17:01, 17 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Please consider to drop this 'human'(s) centered wording in intro text all-together in as it will be first thing people read and non-native speakers are confused by it already. It is hardy possible to grasp intention now, let alone to translate into different languages. Restart the copywriting. Work should be done also with non-native English people that can immediately think with other languages in mind! Zblace (talk) 11:09, 6 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Respectful greetings, O, carbon-based forms of life. Thank you @Ziko for asking this! As someone else who tried to translate this (in my case, into French), I second others in that these sentences with the term human are very hard to understand properly, hence translate. So thanks @KMpumlwana (WMF) for your explanations (do I assume correctly that you are the original author of this?).
If I read you correctly, the last sentence We are celebrating 20 years human! means that we are celebrating 20 years of a great human work that has been done all for Mankind; but that said, we should translate it to our fantasy, as long as it sounds idiomatic and contains the duration of 20 years along with some word derived from Latin humanus. That’s fine, I’ll figure it out. :-)
The previous sentence remains problematic to me: We are celebrating how humans made Wikipedia what it is, and only humans can help sustain and grow it. Here, what does humans intend to mean? Are we celebrating how some human beings made Wikipedia, or how the human beings (all of them, i.e. Mankind as a whole) made it? (The question also applies to the second occurrence of humans.) Now that I think, the how also bears some ambiguity to my non-native reading: are we celebrating the process by which human beings achieved to make Wikipedia, or the fact that the ones who made Wikipedia are human beings? Lastly, I cannot grasp the logical connection between the left-hand and write-hand of the comma. The left part evokes the work achieved so far (past tense) while the second part states a generality, or something about the future (present tense). If the second part is about the work achieved so part, shouldn’t it be written with the past tense too? If it is about the future (from now, what we need in order to keep expanding the project (i.e. it is a call for more people to get involved)), shouldn’t it be inserted elsewhere (certainly not in the same sentence as the first part, and not between the first part and the sentence about 20 years human since both refer to the time elapsed so far)? Also, it looks like a truism to me. Could you clarify this? Thanks again, — Maëlan (talk) 18:03, 19 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
So, I stil don't quite get the meaning of "20 years human". It seems to say that, before Wikipedia, I have not been human. But something else. An interesting title for a science fiction movie, though. Ziko (talk) 16:33, 27 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I'm think I do understand it, though I kind of wish I didn't. Arbitrarily sticking the word "human" (or occasionally derived terms) is a kind of slogan-like thing practised by a certain cultural group, which has the primary effect of either making people outside the group feel vaguely alienated (if they recognize it) or confused (if they don't). Probably inadvertent/unintentional, but still unfortunate. The statements don't need to have any actual meaning. I suspect that, to the original author(s), the phrase "20 years human" sounds like a meaningful statement evocative of vaguely optimistic/positive things and in-group solidarity, while the phrase "20 years people" would just sound weird. --Yair rand (talk) 22:56, 14 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

"Stormtroopers of the Opressive Regime, 20 years uber-human"? "Industrial Revolution and Capitalism, destroying the environment, 200 years human!" Not all human endeavors are noble. I understand the desire to highlight the crowdsourced nature of Wikipedia, but ... what products are not made by people (or by machines designed by people)? And in English, the idiomatic phrase would be "how people made Wikipedia" not "how humans made Wikipedia". The expression "by the people, for the people" would be more accurate, but that's been used already. Pelagic (talk) 10:08, 28 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi all. Sorry for the delay in responding here. As a non-native speaker of English, I can understand the challenges when trying to translate and use some of this wording about Wikipedia 20's theme. We have shared some resources on that in the messaging toolkit for wikipedia 20 here. I hope it will be of some help. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:29, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Initiative for celebrating Wikipedia 20[edit]

Perhaps we can celebrate Wikipedia 20 virtually by suggesting the World's leaders endorse 6-hour day. If there are more than 2021 Wikipedians sign the petition, then it becomes a valid plan.

In the end, human knowledge is there meant to improve human well-being. :)

This is my idea. Thanks for having me here. Legal doctrine (talk) 08:25, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Please no politics here. Stryn (talk) 08:36, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for your suggestion. I just checked the definition of Wikipedia:politics and realized that Politics (from Greek: Πολιτικά, politiká, 'affairs of the cities') is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations between individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status. Hence, I would say that everyone involving in the activities that are associated with making decisions in Wikimedia Meta is doing politics. Regards. Legal doctrine (talk) 08:41, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Meta-Wiki partially serves as a hub for Wikimedia movement internal politics, but what you're proposing is not that. I fail to see the connection between Wikipedia 20 and this particular labour law. It seems like a stretch to say they're related, and not all Wikipedians would agree with the proposal anyway. PiRSquared17 (talk) 08:49, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi, thanks. I understand what you said. This is why I proposed If there are more than 2021 Wikipedians sign the petition, then it becomes a valid plan. The criterion is high. Regards. Legal doctrine (talk) 08:54, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]
By the way, it is conceivable to me that Wikipedia can be a bridge between human knowledge and human's real-life direction, as postulated by WP:Purpose. So at least, I think it is relevant. Regards. Legal doctrine (talk) 08:59, 6 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wiki 20 Countdown livestream series[edit]

We've started Wiki 20 Countdown as a livestream series leading up to the 20th birthday celebration, and culminating with a Wiki Week in January.--Pharos (talk) 04:09, 9 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Pharos, thanks so much for sharing this page. Do you want to add it to the events on the main Wikipedia 20 page for more visibility? --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 16:54, 11 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Rapid Grant survey[edit]

As part of the upcoming celebrations surrounding Wikipedia's 20th birthday, the Wikimedia Foundation is publishing a short optional survey that will help us understand the needs of people who would like to host a birthday event. The survey is expected to take three to five minutes to fill in and will remain open until 23:59 UTC on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

Before taking the survey, please review the privacy statement policy.

We would also like to announce that the Foundation will be supporting Wikipedia 20 anniversary celebration events through multiple grant programs:

  • Rapid Grants to support celebration events up to 2000 USD. More information on them will be available next month.
  • Additional funding for Conference & Events grantees (e.g. for a regional or thematic conference) who wish to incorporate a celebration event to an existing conference.
  • Conference & Event Grants to support celebration events for more than 2000 USD.*
  • Round one applications for conference & event grants is now open until 28 September 2020.

Thank you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 16:43, 22 September 2020 (UTC)[reply]

The survey report is now available on Wikimedia Commons. Please check it out here. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:29, 26 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Intro TEXT feels Super Hard to TRANSLATE...[edit]

Wanted to start translating but intro TEXT feels Super Hard to TRANSLATE, both for choice of words and final statement... Zblace (talk) 11:01, 6 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi @Zblace! Thanks for flagging this here and also your note in the wording section on this discussion page. The Wikipedia 20 team is currently working on solutions to the communications language and will share any update on this here once we do. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 16:35, 7 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi @Selsharbaty (WMF) - was there any advancement on this. I still see many languages initiated translations of these pages but very few did it (I can not judge if they did it well)...maybe this process needs to be more open and just reduce original text to bare minimum to allow for greater local flexibility. Seems 20 years human just did not translate and resonate well. Thank you. --Zblace (talk) 05:29, 18 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi @Zblace! You can find more helpful resources on translating the theme: "20 years human" here. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:13, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Rapid Grants for Wikipedia 20 celebration events[edit]

We are excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation will be supporting individuals and groups planning to hold Wikipedia 20 celebration events through the Rapid Grants program.

The Rapid Grants program can support event plans with a budget ranging from 500 USD, up to 2,000 USD. All the details, the eligibility criteria, and the application form are available on the Wikipedia 20 grants page.

Applications for Rapid grants are accepted between the 1st and 15th of each month, and a decision on the application is, typically, ready by the end of that month. For applicants who would like to host Wikipedia celebration events during the month of January 2021, we highly recommend applying as soon as possible (i.e. during the November 2020 cycle). For later events through the end of 2021, applications will continue to be open later in the year.

Other funding opportunities If your plans for the Wikipedia 20 celebration event don’t meet some of the eligibility criteria for a Rapid Grant (e.g. your budget is expected to exceed $2000), you may want to consider reducing the scale of your activities, or to explore other grant opportunities that may better support your plan:

*Round one applications for Conference & Event grants is now closed. Details for round two (for events that will be held between July and December 2021) will be announced on the conference and event grants page.

For more information on Wikipedia 20, please visit the Wikipedia 20 grants meta page. Thank you and please share the message with your communities!--Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 21:05, 15 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia 20 office hour[edit]

Hi everyone. In the Wikipedia 20 survey last month, we asked about types of non-financial support the Wikipedia 20 team can provide to aid event organizers during their planning for celebratory events. In the responses, we have seen a set of support areas the organizers are looking for, including: guidance on holding online events, help with content the event organizers can share with their social media communities on the occasion of Wikipedia 20, creating video messages to be shared with local communities, ideas for swag, etc. The Wikipedia 20 team is planning to hold an office hour in the month of November to explore ways to support these requests and answer any questions that event organizers may have. We wanted to ask if you have other topics that you would like to add to this meeting agenda and what other areas of support your group may need to make your event most successful? Please let us know in the comments below. Thank you so much and we’re looking forward to chatting soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 12:19, 26 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Crediting the art creators[edit]

Hi! It's quite confounding that neither Jasmina El Bouamraoui nor Karabo Poppy Moletsane are credited on the material page. Really undersells why this artwork looks the way it does. Braveheart (talk) 08:34, 27 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi @Braveheart! Thank you for flagging this! We have updated the material page here on meta and the lockup files on Commons to add the art creator names. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:31, 28 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi BFlores (WMF) and Selsharbaty (WMF) - I was also flagging it on Commons talk page (there is still no info on font) and was asking for .SVG file if possible to get one? --Zblace (talk) 19:07, 16 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Our colleague Lena Traer has responded on the talk page on Commons. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:20, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia 20 Facebook group![edit]

Hello everyone! We have started a Facebook group for discussions related to the upcoming Wikipedia 20 celebration plans, exchanging ideas and finding sources of inspiration. Join us and add your interested Wikimedian friends. Thank you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 16:08, 4 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Selsharbaty (WMF): Isn’t this worth noted at some more prominent place than a talk page? I don’t know where, but I don’t think many people will find it here. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 17:32, 6 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Tacsipacsi: Agreed. We have also shared the link on some Wikimedia groups on Facebook. We would like your help sharing it with your community and welcome any suggestions for other places where we can share the link and invite folks to join. Thanks so much! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:03, 9 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia 20 Collaborative meeting[edit]

Hello everyone! Do you have any questions about Wikipedia 20? Planning for your events, how to use the material and designs available, eligibility for grants, birthday messaging, translations, localizations & press or anything else related to your celebration plans? Join us for a collaborative discussion on Monday 23 November 2020 from 1700 to 1800 UTC (check out your local time) If you have any topics related to Wikipedia 20 that you would like to add to the meeting agenda or questions that you would like to add to the Q&A queue, please add them to the “Topics and questions for discussion” section of the page here. Thank you and looking forward to chatting with you in two weeks!--Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 20:14, 10 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

This meeting is coming next Monday. Don't forget to mark your calendars and bring any questions you have. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 16:43, 19 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia 20 Telegram group[edit]

Hello everyone! We have started Telegram for discussions related to the upcoming Wikipedia 20 celebration plans, exchanging ideas and finding sources of inspiration. Join us and add your interested Wikip(m)edian friends. Namaste! Rajeeb (talk) 14:23, 24 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

@Rajeeb, As we are on Wikipedia 20th birthday already today, and with all the celebratory messages coming in, on this Telegram group, I wanted to thank you so much for creating it. Best of luck with your great event that you are planning. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:32, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Call for volunteers - Community Design Group[edit]

We are looking for volunteers to help us with birthday designs. Over the first two weeks of December 2020, we will be adding special, movement-related symbols to our Wikipedia 20 set that truly represents our stories, our purpose and our work. Ever thought “this set needs a stroopwafel”? Or “Would love to see a symbol that represents a very specific user group”? Or if you just want to lend your talents, we need you!

How it is going to work: There will be three, one-hour long sessions to brainstorm and make symbols. If you can only brainstorm and not design, please join one of them anyway. The more, the merrier.

If you are interested in joining a session to help us create more illustrations based on the style on these Wikipedia 20 marks, please sign up on this page or email telling us how you would like to be involved and on which of the following dates and times:

  • 7 December 2020 at 1700 UTC
  • 8 December 2020 at 1800 UTC
  • 9 December 2020 at 1000 UTC

Thank you so much! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 09:52, 25 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi everyone. We have added a fourth design workshop that will take place on 17 December 2020 at 1000 UTC. Sign up here. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 10:40, 11 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Création de modèle Utilisateur Wikipédia 20[edit]

Bonjour à tous Je vient de crée un modèle pour les participants de l'événement Wikipédia 20. Pour l'utilisez copie et colle le modèle sur votre page de présentation Wikipédia {{Utilisateur Wikipédia 20}}. --Aboubacarkhoraa (talk) 15:26, 26 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks so much for creating this userbox. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:22, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Reminder to finalize your Rapid Grant application for Wikipedia 20 by 15 December 2020[edit]

Hi everyone!

The December round of Rapid Grants will close on 15 December. If you are planning to submit a grant application for a Wikipedia 20 event taking place on or around January 15, please make sure to do so by midnight UTC on 15 December 2020. For those planning to host Wikipedia 20 events after January through the end of 2021, Rapid Grants will continue to be available in the following months.

Please note that applications for Rapid Grants to fund events happening in January will not be eligible for funding after 15 December due to the lack of time available for processing those applications.

You can find more information on Rapid Grants for Wikipedia 20 and the application form on meta.

Thank you so much and looking forward to celebrating with you!--Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 20:37, 9 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

You are invited to a global virtual celebration for Wikipedia’s 20th birthday![edit]

Hi everyone! In honor of the birthday, we will be hosting a virtual birthday party for our communities on January 15th from 4-5 pm UTC! Please join us on a Youtube livestream where we will celebrate all of the volunteers and community members who have built this movement over the last 20 years.

Our celebration will include remarks from community members about how they have seen the movement grow over the 20 years and their wishes for the future, as well as from Jimmy Wales and Katherine Maher.

We’d also love to hear from all of you! This celebration is a chance for us to come together and to recognize the people behind our projects that make this all possible. We’ll be highlighting community milestones and achievements over the past year. Tell us what you’ve been working on, and big moments you’d like to call out from the past year! You can share details on the Meta page for the 20th virtual birthday party and we’ll include those during the virtual event. We’ll also be sharing more details soon about others ways to participate.

This virtual birthday party is just one of many activities that are being planned around the movement for the 20th birthday. You can check out the Wikipedia 20 birthday hub to learn more about local and regional events and add your planned event, birthday images, media activities and other resources for community celebrations. If you have any questions, you can also reach the Wikimedia Foundation’s 20th birthday committee at

We are looking forward to celebrating with you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 12:00, 11 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

What do U think happens when Wikipedia has its birthday too exciting 😁[edit]

I think there will be more information on Wiki Lovedove060 (talk) 06:40, 18 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Sure thing. Please keep following the Wikipedia 20 portal here on meta and this discussion page for more updates. Thank you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:24, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Okay l think do just like also be only for a next day l can keep with discussing for you wait it Wandakazi mnyamane (talk) 14:29, 13 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Add extras[edit]

For 20th Wikipedia anivesary,the skin changed to 2001 style skin. 08:58, 18 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Sorry for the delay here. Can you please share more details about that? --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:41, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Resources for your Wikipedia 20 celebration plans[edit]

Hello everyone,

As we are 28 days away from Wikipedia 20 celebrations and many of you are already working on plans to host an event and/or other birthday activities, we wanted to share some of the resources that may help with your plans!

Visual materials to use and share

Resources shared this week

More resources that will be shared soon on the Wikipedia 20 portal on Meta

  • Digital swag (presentation template, zoom backgrounds, GIFs, and digital stickers)
  • A short anthemic video celebrating “20 Years Human” for use across media and events.
  • Birthday video messages from Katherine Maher and Jimmy Wales for local community celebrations.
  • More social media assets in the Resources section.
  • More social media guidance and draft posts in the Press and social media section.

Please watch the Wikipedia 20 discussion page, join the Facebook group and the Telegram group to keep up-to-date.

Thank you, and please share any questions you may have via email or or use the discussion page.

Samir Elsharbaty and the Wikipedia 20 team. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 09:24, 18 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]


Can someone please explain what this picture refers to? -- Ата (talk) 15:43, 19 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi @User:Ата! Per the file description, "bapho" (Portuguese - Brazil) symbol for Wikipedia 20. Means "great/amazing" and is associated with usage by the LGBTQ+ communities. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:27, 11 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Request for new pictures[edit]

In Italian Wikipedia we are organizing the event as a "virtual birthday party" (see: w:it:Wikipedia:Wikipedia20). A this regard, they could be useful some pictures related to birthday events, with the same style of the other Wikipedia 20 pictures, as:

  • gift boxes
  • birthdays decorations (e.g.: balloons and writing "Happy Birthday Wikipedia")
  • piece of cake
  • gif of a cake while the candles go out
  • gif of confetti with transparent background, to add on the page for decoration :)

Please let me know in case you will create one or more of these pictures. Thanks. --Daniele Pugliesi (talk) 18:57, 21 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hi @Daniele Pugliesi! I don't know if there is still opportunity for our illustrators to create more symbols. While I'm checking on that, feel free to follow these instructions to create your favorite ones. Thank you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:43, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

One week until #Wikipedia20! New updates + resources[edit]

Hi everyone,

We are officially one week away from Wikipedia’s 20th birthday! 🎉Please see below for the latest updates about the celebration and ways to support and participate:

Virtual birthday party

For Wikipedia's 20th birthday party [1] on 15 January, we'd love to hear from you, highlight your work, and have your help to spread the word. Here is how to get involved:

  • Record a video saying “Happy Birthday” or birthday wishes for Wikipedia in your language for our birthday video montage. You can record and submit a short clip (under 30 seconds) via your phone or computer by going to the Tribute webpage. The deadline to submit a video is 12 January.*
  • If you have a Wikimedia-related fun fact or accomplishment from the movement that you would like us to highlight in the celebration, please add it to the talk page (here) on Meta, and we’ll highlight these during the celebration.
  • Invite your followers to the event on social media. Here’s a sample post to adapt for your channels: Happy early 20th birthday to @Wikipedia, the world's largest free online encyclopedia! Join us at their virtual party on Friday, 15 January to celebrate Wikipedia and the people who make it possible. Details: link #Wikipedia20

Happy birthday videos to use at your event!

Check out the Meta page for multiple resources that you can use for your local birthday celebrations, including a birthday video message from Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Katherine Maher and video clips of happy birthday in multiple languages.

Social media: #Wikipedia20

Visit the updated social media section on Meta for posts to share on your channels before and on 15 January. These are the main things to know:

  • Please use #Wikipedia20 and tag @Wikipedia in all posts so we can help share them
  • Before 15 January, we would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about the virtual event [1]
  • On 15 January, the Wikimedia Foundation will officially begin celebrating Wikipedia Day at 7:00 am UTC. You can see our content plans on Meta. Please retweet and share our posts.
  • On 15 January, please send Wikipedia a happy birthday message and encourage your followers to do the same. Link to the commemorative website ( and include celebratory graphics.
  • If you would like additional amplification from the Wikimedia and/or Wikipedia social media accounts of materials you are sharing, please complete this form with the relevant details.

FYI — paid video promotions

The Foundation will also be promoting videos that celebrate the birthday through paid digital media on a variety of non-Wikimedia websites. These will start on 15 January and continue for about four weeks. The plan is to reach existing Wikipedia readers in Nigeria and the United States with the following two goals:

  • To inform them about the Wikimedia movement, broadly defined
  • To increase awareness of the humans that power the Wikimedia sites

As a reminder, you can stay up-to-date by watching the Wikipedia 20 discussion page (here)[, and joining the Facebook group and Telegram group.

If you have questions, please email or use this discussion page.

We are so excited to celebrate with you next week!

Note: Tribute is a third party service based in the United States, with its own terms of service and privacy policy. Please review their terms and privacy policy before submitting your video. In order to submit your video, you may need to provide Tribute with a name and email address. If you are not comfortable submitting your real name or email, we recommend using a username or pseudonym instead. By submitting a video, you are giving the Foundation consent to include your segment in the birthday montage, which will be shared during the virtual party, linked on the birthday meta page, and shared via our social channels.

--Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 01:09, 9 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

One day until #Wikipedia20![edit]

Hello everyone,

Wikipedia20 is just a day away!

A reminder about the #Wikipedia20 virtual birthday event

Join us to celebrate Wikipedia’s 20th birthday at our virtual birthday party on the 15th of January from 16:00-17:00 UTC, livestreamed via Youtube. Our celebration will include remarks from community members looking back over the past two decades, as well as their wishes for the future.

Celebrate with digital swag

Visit the Wikipedia 20 Resources page on Meta and download whatever you need for your virtual celebrations. Update your video call backgrounds, change your social media cover images, design your own assets and more!

Other ways to celebrate the birthday

  • Attend one of several community-hosted celebrations happening around the world
  • Share #Wikipedia20 messages on social media using any of the artwork available. Sample posts are available on Meta. Be sure to tag @Wikipedia and link to the new commemorative website:!
  • Retweet and share social media posts from Wikipedia on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • At 20:00 UTC, join a live Twitter chat between Wikipedia and the International Space Station.
  • Give Wikipedia the gift of a citation or support by participating in the #1Lib1Ref campaign, which launches every year on Wikipedia’s birthday.

Happy #Wikipedia20 to you all!--Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 19:47, 14 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Less than 24 hour to go#20wikipedia Inyor4mr (talk) 20:26, 14 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Team Nigerians are Ready @wikipedia 20[edit]

Ready to celebrate with wiki Nigeria Inyor4mr (talk) 20:29, 14 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Inyor4mr, happy birthday to all Wikimedians in Nigeria! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 10:58, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The celebration continues and Rapid Grants are still available to support your events![edit]

Hi everyone!

This January we started our celebration of Wikipedia’s 20th birthday. Many people joined us for a global virtual event and thousands others joined many other events in every part of the world.

The celebration continues!

Many other events are still being planned throughout 2021. You can check out the events and follow their updates on meta or plan an event in your community if there isn’t one. If you are considering holding an event, we wanted to let you know that Rapid Grants are still available to support your planned events. For events happening in March, please make sure to submit your grant application by 15 February and for events happening until the end of July 2021, please make sure to submit your application no later than 15 June 2021.

Applications for Rapid Grants are open from the 1st to the 15th of each month and decisions are typically made by the end of that month. Rapid Grants can fund common events in the movement such as edit-a-thons and workshops in addition to small-scale experiments that don't need extensive review to get started with a budget ranging between 500 to 2,000 USD.

You can find more information on Rapid Grants for Wikipedia 20 and the application form on Meta.

Please let us know if you have any questions. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 13:28, 10 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Share special moments from your Wikipedia 20 celebration![edit]

Hi everyone,

We have started a Wikipedia 20 Scrapbook on meta wiki. This is a space where we all can document the celebration events we held or are planning to hold to celebrate Wikipedia 20.

You can add any photos you have of your event, share a moment, a link to the event page, screenshots of your virtual event, a photo of your cake or anything else you want to post in the scrapbook to document your celebration.

There is a link in the header with instructions on how to add a new section for your event. You can also find sample image galleries on the page.

We look forward to seeing all the wonderful images and memories from the celebrations around the world!

We also wanted to remind you that Rapid Grants are available to support your Wikipedia 20 planned events. For events taking place in May, please submit your grant application by 15 April, and for events taking place through the end of July 2021, please submit your application no later than 15 June 2021. You can find more information on Rapid Grants for Wikipedia 20 and the application form on meta.

Please let us know if you have any questions. --LTraer (WMF) (talk) 19:52, 25 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Block me[edit]

My account username Inyor4mr has be block by this username primefac administrator, I cannot edit or create article and login. Please do unblock me to contribute to wikipedia English. Inyor4mr (talk) 10:53, 25 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]