User talk:PiRSquared17

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Support request with team editing experiment project[edit]

Dear tech ambassadors, instead of spamming the Village Pump of each Wikipedia about my tiny project proposal for researching team editing (see here:, I have decided to leave to your own discretion if the matter is relevant enough to inform a wider audience already. I would appreciate if you could appraise if the Wikipedia community you are more familiar with could have interest in testing group editing "on their own grounds" and with their own guidance. In a nutshell: it consists in editing pages as a group instead of as an individual. This social experiment might involve redefining some aspects of the workflow we are all used to, with the hope of creating a more friendly and collaborative environment since editing under a group umbrella creates less social exposure than traditional "individual editing". I send you this message also as a proof that the Inspire Campaign is already gearing up. As said I would appreciate of *you* just a comment on the talk page/endorsement of my project noting your general perception about the idea. Nothing else. Your contribution helps to shape the future! (which I hope it will be very bright, with colors, and Wikipedia everywhere) Regards from User:Micru on meta.

Tech News: 2015-51[edit]

17:42, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

Activating French Simple Wikipedia[edit]

I found is blank. Is there a way to add content to the page? WhisperToMe (talk) 20:05, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

@WhisperToMe: If you haven't already, contact MF-Warburg. I think incubator requires ISO codes, but IIRC LangCom approved the creation of new wikis in "sample" languages. I haven't really kept up-to-date with the situation, so can't help. Sorry. PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:48, 24 April 2016 (UTC)
@PiRSquared17: I went ahead and contacted him. WhisperToMe (talk) 02:47, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
talk page stalker @WhisperToMe: See Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Simple French. It wasn't exactly rejected, but there was no great enthusiasm at the time. In any event, I think the general point of view in the francophone community is that efforts toward this end would be focused at Vikidia. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:51, 25 April 2016 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: Thanks for informing me about that. Well I started a third attempt Requests for new languages/Wikipedia French Simple 3 and it's in development. The advantage of having a Wikimedia project is that it can cover "child unfriendly" topics that may be unacceptable for Vikidia. Also it can be helpful to French learners in Africa. WhisperToMe (talk) 02:47, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
TPS here too. Has LangCom ever offered you an answer, WhisperToMe? I've read that they are not approving new simple projects, but I haven't been able to get a straight answer myself. I haven't pressed the issue too hard though, so just wondering if you had done more. It's good to know that there is a somewhat active Vikidia site out there - is there any indication that some content could be imported from there to here, should simple-fr ever be made? Ajraddatz (talk) 02:56, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
User:Ajraddatz,'auteur indicates that the content is freely licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0/GDFL so it could be imported en masse. Anyhow I haven't got a definitive answer yet. WhisperToMe (talk) 02:58, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the updates. I'm almost done the thesis (three more days!!), so I'll have some time to press the issue once that's out of the way. I'm glad that the licensing is compatible, I just hope that the content is encyclopaedic enough to use and that the community would be interesting in potentially moving over. Ajraddatz (talk) 03:03, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
I have to admit that I, too, had heard that the committee was reluctant to approve new simple projects. In fact, I had the impression that if they had it to do all over again, they would not have approved Simple English Wikipedia or Simple English Wiktionary, either. (Neither of those projects is in fact in danger at this point, but I think they're considered "grandfathered"—and at that, the Wiktionary project only because it supports the Wikipedia project.) Good luck, in any event. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:34, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
By the way, WhisperToMe, please be judicious about this issue of "child-unfriendly" topics. I'm active at simplewiki, and while we do have pages on "child-unfriendly" topics there, we assume that children are among our primary users—school class projects edit there all the time—and handle those topics extremely carefully. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:05, 27 April 2016 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: Have the Simple Projects held a discussion about the issue? I would be very interested in reading the pages! Anyway I think there's a way to strike a balance. Informally people can write topics that are crucial to the understanding of adults (related to HIV and/or sexual safety, important topics in underdeveloped subsaharan Africa) that may not necessarily "good reading" for children. Then informally they would discourage people from writing about sexual content that would not have a "useful purpose" (help prevent STDs and HIV). WhisperToMe (talk) 17:26, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
I don't know the answer to that question. I do know that in general terms, both discreet language and minimization of visual representations are normally practiced. I suggest that to get to the answer to that question you go to simple:Wikipedia:Simple talk and ask the community there. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:48, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
I went ahead on simple:Wikipedia:Simple_talk#How_are_.22child_unfriendly.22_topics_handled_on_EN.simplewiki.3F and the users responded very quickly saying that there is no censorship and no special considerations for children on Simple English Wikipedia. In that case Simple French Wikipedia could be developed similarly. WhisperToMe (talk) 19:20, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
There is no reason in the world to have a Simple French Wikipedia. Reguyla (talk) 05:45, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
@Reguyla: Please read the reasons at Requests_for_new_languages/Wikipedia_French_Simple_3#Discussion? There are many French learners in west and central Africa (Burundi, Burkina Faso, DRC, Gabon, Chad, Central African Republic, Cameroon, R. Congo, Mali, Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Mauritania, etc.) and the Maghreb. WhisperToMe (talk) 17:22, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz, StevenJ81: Are you aware of this LangCom decision regarding simple languages? PiRSquared17 (talk) 14:57, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
I was not. It seems to me that this means there's a chance. But ... and this is a very big BUT ... @WhisperToMe, IMO you're going to need to have the support not only of LangCom but of the francophone community. If they would rather focus on Wikidia, you're never going to have a chance, I don't think. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:26, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: there had been some Francophone Wikipedians who expressed interest on the proposal page. I think in some of the previous discussions on FRwiki people understood it once they read the proposal. fr:Wikipédia:Le_Bistro/29_octobre_2012#Une_proposition_de_la_Wikip.C3.A9dia_en_fran.C3.A7ais_simple WhisperToMe (talk) 17:22, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
@WhisperToMe: Fine, then. ... If you don't mind, I'm going to step away from this discussion. I don't have a strong feeling about it per se. As an active member of the Simple English community, I tend to favor such proposals in principle. But I'm also not prepared to tell the francophone community whether to focus resources on Wikidia or to put additional effort into a Simple French Wikipedia. (I also appreciate that they may not target the same audience and so in an ideal world could exist simultaneously. But I just don't know that there are enough interested people available to do both at the same time.) Anyway, bonne chance ... StevenJ81 (talk) 15:48, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
After the discussion on EN.simplewiki... I think that Vikidia and FR.simplewiki then can coexist: The former would be catering to, and aimed at, children, while the second would not (instead it is meant to cover topics in a straightforward, NPOV manner) and would do things Vikidia cannot do. WhisperToMe (talk) 12:50, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

Request for Input - New Central Notice request process[edit]


Back in February I emailed the CN-admin list regarding part of my role to look into the Central Notice process and see where we could make improvements including: the campaign process; its functionality or lack thereof; and fundamentally the documentation that supports it. You can see many of the issues that I identified at CentralNotice/Process_Review. If there is anything additional that you feel has been left out then please feel free to leave any comments on the talk page.

My first task is to improve the requesting of campaigns by communities and affiliates. I am looking to set up a more formal request process, similar to those used in many projects. The aim is to: increase the transparency of Central Notice; improve the support provided to affiliates (including making such support more consistent); to provide a forum for community input into campaigns.

I have been working on a very rough strawman version of the process and I would be interested in hearing you comments about what such a process should involve and what you think it would require. Please feel free to leave such comments at the process talk page section. I would like to have a working page in place by the end of May. This would not need to be a final version. The process can be improved upon over time as we learn about how well it works.

Given your role as a Meta Administrator who is active in the area of Central Notice, I encourage you to:


Jseddon (WMF) (talk) Advancement Associate (Community Engagement) -- 03:01, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Hey PiRSquared17. I just wanted see whether you would be interested in giving any input to a request process for Central Notice. It'll be a requirement of all campaigns on Central Notice to go through it and for me it's really important to get input of the other CN Admins and Meta Admins. It wont be set in stone so we can make changes as we go on but I'd love for it to get off to a smooth start. My plan is to get something in place in the next few weeks so please feel free to Leave comments. Jseddon (WMF) (talk) 03:04, 19 May 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-18[edit]

20:09, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

bjn.wikipedia - now commons[edit]

bjn:Istimiwa:Tautan_balik/Citakan:NowCommons - seven files (barakas) have the tag NowCommons and could be locally deleted. 09:35, 5 May 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-19[edit]

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Tech News: 2016-20[edit]

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Notification de traduction : Wikimedia Highlights, April 2016[edit]

Bonjour, PiRSquared17,

Vous recevez cette notification car vous avez signé en tant que traducteur de français, italien et lituanien sur Meta. La page Wikimedia Highlights, April 2016 est disponible pour la traduction. Vous pouvez la traduire ici :

Please consider helping non-English-language Wikimedia communities to stay updated about the Wikimedia blog's most notable posts from April, covering Wikimedia Foundation activities and other important events from across the Wikimedia movement. Completed translations will be announced on social media, project village pumps and (for some languages) mailing lists.

Votre aide est grandement appréciée. Les traducteurs comme vous aident Meta à fonctionner comme une véritable communauté multilingue.

Vous pouvez modifier vos préférences de notification.

Merci !!!!

Les coordinateurs de traduction de Meta‎, 20:45, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-21[edit]

18:40, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Notification de traduction : Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/CentralNotice[edit]

Bonjour, PiRSquared17,

Vous recevez cette notification car vous avez signé en tant que traducteur de français, italien et lituanien sur Meta. La page Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/CentralNotice est disponible pour la traduction. Vous pouvez la traduire ici :

La priorité de cette page est haute. La date limite pour traduire cette page est 2016-06-12.

Hi translators, this is a Central Notice inviting idea creators and reviewers to participate in the Inspire Campaign. Our theme for this campaign is on addressing harassment, and it is important we be able to reach as many communities as possible, as this is a general issue affecting contributors in many projects. I would also appreciate your help translating some of the other page content related to the campaign, which I've organized here: In particular, the FAQ, main page, and Mass message should take priority. Please contact me on my talk page if you have any questions or comments. Thank you again for your hard work and dedication. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk)

Votre aide est grandement appréciée. Les traducteurs comme vous aident Meta à fonctionner comme une véritable communauté multilingue.

Vous pouvez modifier vos préférences de notification.

Merci !!!!

Les coordinateurs de traduction de Meta‎, 04:06, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Tech News: 2016-22[edit]

16:19, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

Participate in the Inspire Campaign and help address harassment![edit]

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Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.

Proposals in any language are welcome during the campaign - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign so that we can work together to develop ideas around this important and difficult issue. With thanks,

I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 17:46, 31 May 2016 (UTC) (Opt-out instructions)

Tech News: 2016-23[edit]

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Tech News: 2016-24[edit]

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Tech News: 2016-25[edit]

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Tech News: 2016-26[edit]

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