User talk:MarkAHershberger

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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello MarkAHershberger, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

- Ottava Rima (talk) 18:10, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

Global message delivery[edit]

Hi Mark,

I'm glad that you seem to have found the suggestion in my January 9 email useful. But could I suggest to consider the following points when you use the tool next time:

  • Please review the text of the message carefully before sending it out - there is a typo in the headline ("Announcing Wikipedia 1.19 beta" instead of "Announcing MediaWiki 1.19 beta") and at the moment there is no easy way to correct it on the >570 village pumps where the bot is currently posting this.
  • Instead of signing this as the bot itself ("Global message delivery 00:05, 15 January 2012 (UTC)"), it has been good practice to sign with the Meta account of the user who authored the message - or at least give another point of contact for replies to the message itself. (People cannot be expected to navigate the Global Message Delivery bot operation pages to finally retrieve message author from the revision history of the "Spam" page.)
  • Also, could I suggest that you include a link to the distribution list as it was done in previous messages, e.g. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Br%C3%BCnnele#Open_Call_for_2012_Wikimedia_Fellowship_Applicants  : "(Wrong page? Fix here.)" The reason is the distribution list inevitably contains some outdated or wrong links, and users get sometimes (justifiably) annoyed when we are bombarding the wrong local page with global messages, so we should provide them with an opportunity to fix it. The last time the list received several useful corrections and additions.

I'm happy to answer any further questions you might have.

Regards, Tbayer (WMF) 02:01, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Tbayer has already said what I came here for. :-) The signature is the main point IMHO (sisterprojects are accustomed to be overlooked in favour of Wikipedia...). Nemo 12:55, 15 January 2012 (UTC)
PS:
  • Here someone pointed out another typo in the message.
  • You probably already noticed this, but just in case: The bot has stalled during the run, which unfortunately means that many projects on the lists (e.g. Polish Wikipedia, Meta) have not been notified yet. The same happened to me in two recent deliveries; the bot's owner was very helpful in sorting it out but it took a certain amount of time (which I myself don't have right now). The bot checks if a message with the same ID is already on the page that it wants to post on, so it is possible to just restart the run after fixing the point where it broke.
Regards, Tbayer (WMF) 13:45, 15 January 2012 (UTC)

Please fill out our brief Participation Support Program survey[edit]

Hello, the Wikimedia Foundation would like your feedback on the Participation Support Program! We have created a brief survey to help us better understand your experience participating in the program and how we can improve for the future. You are being selected to participate in our survey because you submitted or commented on Participation Support requests in the past.

Click here to be taken to the survey site.

The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. We really appreciate your feedback! And we hope to see you in the Participation Support Program again soon.

Happy editing,

Siko and Haitham, Grantmaking, Wikimedia Foundation.

This message was sent via Global message delivery on 21:42, 18 September 2013 (UTC)

Help test better mass message delivery[edit]

Hi. You're being contacted as you've previously used global message delivery (or its English Wikipedia counterpart). It doesn't feel so great to be spammed, does it? ;-)

For the past few months, Legoktm has built a replacement to the current message delivery system called MassMessage. MassMessage uses a proper user interface form (no more editing a /Spam subpage), works faster (it can complete a large delivery in minutes), and no longer requires being on an access list (any local administrator can use it). In addition, many tiny annoyances with the old system have been addressed. It's a real improvement! :-)

You can test out MassMessage here: testwiki:Special:MassMessage. The biggest difference you'll likely notice is that any input list must use a new {{#target:}} parser function. For example, {{#target:User talk:Jimbo Wales}} or {{#target:User talk:Jimbo Wales|test2.wikipedia.org}}. For detailed instructions, check out mw:Help:Extension:MassMessage.

If you find any bugs, have suggestions for additional features, or have any other feedback, drop a note at m:Talk:MassMessage. Thanks for spamming! --MZMcBride (talk) 05:25, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Beginning of MassMessage, end of EdwardsBot[edit]

Hi. You're being contacted as you're listed as an EdwardsBot user.

MassMessage has been deployed to all Wikimedia wikis. For help using the new tool, please check out its help page or drop a note on Meta-Wiki.

With over 400,000 edits to Wikimedia wikis, EdwardsBot has served us well; however EdwardsBot will no longer perform local or global message delivery after December 31, 2013.

A huge thanks to Legoktm, Reedy, Aaron Schulz and everyone else who helped to get MassMessage deployed. --MZMcBride (talk) 02:36, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

Invitation[edit]

A gummi bear holding a sign that says "Thank you"
Thank you for using VisualEditor and sharing your ideas with the developers. My apologies if you're getting this message more than once, and/or not in your favorite language.

Hello, MarkAHershberger,

I am contacting you because you have left feedback about VisualEditor at pages like mw:VisualEditor/Feedback in the past. The Editing team is now asking for your help with VisualEditor. Please tell them what they need to change to make VisualEditor work well for you. The team has a list of top-priority problems, but they also want to hear about small problems. These problems may make editing less fun, take too much of your time, or be as annoying as a paper cut. The Editing team wants to hear about and try to fix these small things, too. 

You can share your thoughts by clicking this link. You may respond to this quick, simple, anonymous survey in your own language. If you take the survey, then you agree your responses may be used in accordance with these terms. This survey is powered by Qualtrics and their use of your information is governed by their privacy policy.

More information (including a translatable list of the questions) is posted on wiki at mw:VisualEditor/Survey 2015. If you have questions, or prefer to respond on-wiki, then please leave a message on the survey's talk page.


Thank you, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:39, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Welcome to the IEG Committee[edit]

Hi MarkAHershberger.

Thanks for signing up to join the Individual Engagement Grants Committee! It is my pleasure to confirm your membership. We've got a lot to accomplish together, particularly during the next few months, and it will be awesome to have your help.

To make your membership official, please do 2 things as soon as possible (ideally by Sunday September 20th):

  1. Introduce yourself in the IdeaLab.
  2. Send your email address and preferred username to IEGrants@wikimedia.org, so that we can subscribe you to the committee mailing list and get you setup on the committee's internal wiki.

Then there are 3 first tasks for active committee members to start on right away:

  1. Read the information in the Committee Workroom (your committee organizing hub on meta), beginning with the getting started guide for new members.
  2. Join at least one working group.
  3. Start giving feedback on open ideas, drafts and proposals! Asking questions to gather information you’ll need to make a recommendation helps prospective grantees think their projects all the way through, and will give us more great proposals to choose from.

Our formal review of proposals starts on October 2nd. WMF staff will be posting information about scoring and selection of proposals on the committee mailing list and in the Workroom soon, so please keep an eye there!

Thanks again for joining us to help make impactful IEGrants :)

-Thepwnco (talk) 11:53, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

@MarkAHershberger: Glad to have you join the IEG Committee! May I ask you to send your email address and preferred username to me directly at mjohnson @ wikimedia.org? There are some technical issues arising with IEGrants@wikimedia.org and so I haven't received notification from you. I'm looking forward to working with you! Cheers, --Marti (WMF) (talk) 17:11, 22 September 2015 (UTC)
Done.-- MarkAHershberger(talk) 00:21, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

What future IdeaLab campaigns would you like to see?[edit]

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Hi there,

I’m Jethro, and I’m seeking your help in deciding topics for new IdeaLab campaigns that could be run starting next year. These campaigns aim to bring in proposals and solutions from communities that address a need or problem in Wikimedia projects. I'm interested in hearing your preferences and ideas for campaign topics!

Here’s how to participate:

Take care,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 03:34, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Future IdeaLab Campaigns results[edit]

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Last December, I invited you to help determine future ideaLab campaigns by submitting and voting on different possible topics. I'm happy to announce the results of your participation, and encourage you to review them and our next steps for implementing those campaigns this year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered time to participate and submit ideas.

With great thanks,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 23:56, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants[edit]

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Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals until April 12th to fund new tools, research, outreach efforts, and other experiments that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), IEGs can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.

With thanks, I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources 15:57, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Welcome to the Project Grants Committee[edit]

Hi MarkAHershberger,

Thanks for signing up to join the Project Grants Committee! It is my pleasure to confirm your membership. We've got a lot to accomplish together, particularly during the next 2 months, and it will be awesome to have your help. Here is how to get started!

To make your membership official, please email mjohnson@wikimedia · org by Sunday, August 14, and include the following three pieces of information:

  1. Your preferred email address for the committee mailing list
  2. Your preferred username for the committee's scoring tool
  3. Indicate all of the times from this list that would work for you to participate in a Committee Orientation:
    1. Tuesday August 16, 2016 - 1600 UTC
    2. Tuesday August 16, 2016 - 1900 UTC
    3. Wednesday August 17, 2016 - 0100 UTC
    4. Thursday August 18, 2016 - 1600 UTC
    5. Thursday August 18, 2016 - 2200 UTC
    6. Friday August 19, 2016 - 0100 UTC
    7. if none of the above times work for you, please provide at least two times that would work for you (be sure to indicate the date and the time zone)

Then, there are 2 first tasks for active committee members to start on right away:

  1. Read the information in the Committee Workroom (your committee organizing hub on meta), beginning with the getting started guide for new members.
  2. Start giving feedback on open proposals. Ask questions or make suggestions on the proposal talk pages to gather information you’ll need to make a recommendation. Your input helps prospective grantees think their projects all the way through and helps other committee members with their own review. The more you can support applicants now, the stronger the proposals we'll have to choose from.

The general calendar for this round is as follows:

Round 1 2016 schedule

Open call: 1 July – 2 August

Proposal deadline: 2 August

Staff eligibility review: 3–9 August

Community review: 10–23 August

Committee review: 24 August – 6 September

Grantees announced: 7 October

Grants disbursed: October

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Our formal review of proposals starts on August 24. WMF staff will be posting information about scoring and selection of proposals on the committee mailing list, so please keep an eye there!


Thanks again for joining us to help make impactful Project Grants! :-)

--Marti (WMF) (talk) 23:44, 10 August 2016 (UTC)