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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello Papuass, 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) 00:12, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

This barnstar is given to you for your help with the 2011 fundraiser translation.

Hi! I just want to thank you and give you this barnstar for your help with the translation of the 2011 fundraiser! The fundraiser was the best we ever had, both in terms of the amount we collected and in terms of number of translations. We couldn't have done either one without the help we got from you and other translators. If you are interested, we made a report, which has some statistics about the translations.

And: I have one more request, and that is that you take this survey. You may have got an e-mail about it, and if you did, please ignore this. But if you didn't it would be great if you would take this survey too, so we can learn to improve the translation experience.

Again, thanks for your help with translations – you're awesome! Jon Harald Søby (WMF) 14:29, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

Translate some names for hundreds software projects including MediaWiki[edit]

Hello, I'm writing you because you subscribed to a Language support team. As you know, Wikimedia projects exist in almost 300 languages; supporting them all is a big effort so we partner with other organisations. One small but visible thing we miss is that many interwiki links in sidebar (among others) don't offer a translation of the language name when hovered. We're now able to translate 100 more language names in your language.

If you're interested, I can create you an account to submit translations on the CLDR web tool (within June 14): please send an email to ask one and I'll follow up with instructions. On CLDR you can translate and tweak many other things, if you desire; your work will impact hundreds of software projects. Thanks, Nemo 17:58, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Superprotect status[edit]

Dear Papuass, since you are an administrator on a wiki from which no user participated in this discussion, I'd like to make sure you are aware of some recent events which may alter what the Wikimedia Foundation lets you do on your wiki: Superprotect.

Peteforsyth 09:36, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia CEE Spring 2015 2nd meeting[edit]

Dear Papuass,

I am contacting You as a contact person of Latvia for the Wikimedia CEE Spring 2015 event and to announce that the second meeting for the Wikimedia CEE Spring organisation team will take place on the 28th of January 2015. There will be 2 discussion groups for the meeting, as to get as much people involved (some of us have other engagements during the daytime and others are not available during the evenings).

The first group will start the discussion 12:00 CET (13:00 EET, 14:00 MSK, 15:00 AMT/AZT, 17:00 ALMT, 3:00 PST).

The second group will start the discussion 18:00 CET (19:00 EET, 20:00 MSK, 21:00 AMT/AZT, 23:00 ALMT, 9:00 PST).

During the discussion both Skype call and IRC will be used. For more details see event meetings page! Wikimedia Eesti will be responsible for moderating the groups, however all contributions to the etherpad protocol are more than welcome!

Thank you for your kind attention and CEE you soon! --Kaarel Vaidla (WM EE) (talk) 12:06, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Movement Wide Finance Report 2014[edit]

Dear Papuass,

I’m Alex, currently a finance fellow (i.e intern) at the Wikimedia Foundation. I worked before for Wikimedia France, planning the Hackathon Lyon 2015 mainly. I'm today contacting you because of your activity for Wikimedia Latvia User Group.

Last year, Finance Fellows produced a financial report that included financial activity from every chapters. It was great and has been presented at the Wikimania in Mexico.

If you haven’t seen the results of the Report 2013, here they are:

We’re currently starting the Report 2014 and this year we also want to include user groups to improve the scope of our work. I want to tell you that I’ve tried to make the process as short and easy as possible, so that shouldn’t require a lot of your time.

The aim of such a report is global. It helps having an idea of how the money is used across the movement, it helps chapters and user groups to learn about best practice and finally it leads to more transparency through a qualitative work, which I believe is important.

Could you briefly tell me if you had any income and expenses in 2014? If you are not the person responsible for this, please tell me who is the user the most likely to know this information.

I’ll be your contact for this project this year, I’m looking forward to working with you!

Cheers, ACella (WMF) (talk) 22:37, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Hello! We did not hanve any budgeted money from WMF and we do not do local fundraising. However, we did apply for a grant for WLM and worked with external partner who had a budget for the event (we did not manage finances). --Papuass (talk) 11:56, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Oh, your question was about 2014. I reported about 1015. In 2014 we did not handle any money at all. --Papuass (talk) 11:57, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Your username[edit]

If it means what I think it does (I learned a bit of Russian), is that not considered offensive in Latvia? 11:00, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

It means one of Papuan people (hence the picture). In Russian the meaning is also is something like primitive people. However, this meaning is not used very widely in Latvian language (which is my mother tongue, not Russian). Of course, I was fully aware of it while choosing the username. Call it a self-deprecation. --Papuass (talk) 11:32, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Should FuzzyBot remove all potentially outdated translations?[edit]

Hello, thanks for adding multiple new translations in your language here at Meta-Wiki in recent years. Please join the discussion with your opinion: Should FuzzyBot automatically remove all potentially outdated translations?. Nemo (talk) 12:01, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Wikimedia CEE Spring 2016/Structure/Latvia[edit]

I have added a table to Wikimedia CEE Spring 2016/Structure/Latvia section as new module example. Could we use it? --Voll (talk) 17:18, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

I was thinking the same. The only missing feature is somehow marking newly created articles (where to get data for that?). --Papuass (talk) 17:55, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

CEE Spring 2016 - prizes[edit]


I’m writing to you on behalf of Wikimedia Poland to inform you about the reimbursement process regarding CEE Spring 2016.

According to the international rules:

  • step 1 Local organizers buy the prizes themselves with their own money and acquire an invoice issued to Wikimedia Polska (Stowarzyszenie Wikimedia Polska ul. Tuwima 95, pok. 15 90-031 Łódź Polska)
  • step 2 local organizers send scan of the invoice to one of the international organizers ( or along with a protocol of the process of selection of winners and with a calculation of overall costs. The protocol must include actual names of the winners (the names will not be made public, they will be kept only in documents of Wikimedia Polska). The e-mail should also include data needed to make a bank transfer (bank account number and name of the account owner)
  • step 3 Wikimedia Poland will reimburse the money within two weeks after receiving all the documents needed

This way of buying the prizes is strongly advised. In case it is impossible the prizes can be bought by Wikimedia Polska from the suggested online shop. In this case you need to send to one of the international organizers ( or an email with links to the prizes in an online shop, a protocol of the proces of selection of winners (containing their actual names and usernames). After the purchase is done Wikimedia Polska needs to get an email containing some kind of proof that the prizes have reached the winners (postage waybill scan for instance or a scan of a declartion that the prize has been handed over, the declaration must be signed by the winner).

Please keep in mind that whenever possible local coordinators should buy the prizes themselves. Wikimedia Polska will buy them only in those cases when it is absolutely necessary. All documents must be sent to Wikimedia Poland by the end of June.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us. Me and Nikola will be happy to guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible. And thank you for being a part of CEE Spring and organizing this awesome project in your community. Magalia (talk) 21:50, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

2016 Community Wishlist Survey[edit]


You’re getting this message because you participated in the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey and we want to make sure you don't miss it this year – or at least can make the conscious choice to ignore if it you want to. The 2015 survey decided what the Community Tech team should work on during 2016. It was also the focus of Wikimedia hackathons and work by other developers. You can see the status of wishes from the 2015 wishlist at 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Results.

The 2016 Community Wishlist Survey is now open for wishes. You can create proposals until November 20. You will be able to vote on which wishes you think are best or most important between November 28 and December 12. /Johan (WMF) (talk) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:17, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

LV support for #1lib1ref[edit]

Hi Papuass, I saw that you translated and updated the #1lib1ref campaign page for Latvian. I wanted to reach out to you, and ask if you needed any help organizing the campaign. We recommend that communities, reach out directly to the library networks in your language and cultural context. For more information, about how we hope to support campaign development, please see this starter email for the campaign organizers, and let me know if we can help you on any of those steps.Astinson (WMF) (talk) 20:09, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

Hi, Astinson (WMF)! I was planning to reach out to my existing contacts, but have not done it yet. --Papuass (talk) 20:19, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Sending an email to library networks seems to work well globally. Here is a draft email we have been sending around: via Google Drive
Also, would you be interested in supporting the translation of Citation Hunt into Latvian. I will also need a little more information for the developer for citation hunt:
A) a link to a tutorial in Latvian for adding citations to Latvian Wikipedia
B) Confirmation that the main template for "Citation Needed" is and the maintenance category for it is,_kuru_apgalvojumiem_nepiecie%C5%A1amas_atsauces
Please let me know if I can help in any other way. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 20:47, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Hi, Astinson (WMF). Translation is done. We do not have Citoid adapted to Latvian yet, so we have only lv:Palīdzība:Atsauces and lv:Vikipēdija:RefToolbar. B) is correct. --Papuass (talk) 17:04, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! I see that the first link is a really basic instruction on how to implement ref tags. Do you have any other instructions (such as when it is appropriate to add a reference, etc? If not, we can definitely use that first one. Astinson (WMF) (talk) 17:37, 19 December 2016 (UTC)
There is more general page lv:Palīdzība:Atsauces un ārējās saites (includes external links) @Astinson (WMF):--Papuass (talk) 14:45, 2 January 2017 (UTC)
Hi Papuass, just one last question: is there any special policy for omitting references in the lead section, such as enwiki's WP:CITELEAD? If so, can you please provide a link to it? We usually display a notice about that in Citation Hunt, like so: This is totally optional if no such policy exists in lvwiki. Thanks! Surlycyborg (talk)
There is no such policy enforced or even formally defined. --Papuass (talk) 21:18, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
Done! Please have a look: . It's a little bit experimental, because I'm trying to use some in the Latvian version some of the latest improvements I had to make for the German version, so let me know if you encounter problems! You can either ping me or file an issue on GitHub ( Thanks! Surlycyborg (talk)

Invitation to Wikimedia CEE Spring 2017[edit]

Dear Mārtiņš,
Last year you were the local organiser of CEE Spring in Latvia and we invite you to participate in this year's contest! Please subscribe to the mailing list of the local organisers at, add your community at the Meta page with the participants and discuss this year's edition of the contest on its talk page (Talk:Wikimedia CEE Spring 2017/Participants. We are looking forward to reading from you soon!
On behalf of the international organisers,
--Ата (talk) 20:38, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Invitation to Met Open Access Artworks Challenge (15 May - 30 June)[edit]

We'd like to invite UNESCO participants to join a new challenge on the same model, the Met Open Access Artworks Challenge. You can contribute by illustrating with images using some of the 375k photos now under CC0, starting or improving articles (try our new Mbabel tool!), or creating translations (if your language isn't listed, please ask!). You can sign up here: Met Open Access Artworks Challenge/Participants. --Pharos (talk) 17:59, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Approved submission for Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017[edit]

Dear Mārtiņš,
On behalf of the Programme Committee of the Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2017, I am pleased to inform you that your submission Current state of Wikidata powered infoboxes was approved for presentation and was included in the event programme. Please take your time to review the schedule, as there might be some slight differences between the available timeslot allocated for your talk, and the duration you requested. Thank you for your participation, and see you in Warsaw. :) Bests, Spiritia 14:27, 25 August 2017 (UTC)