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Overview #2 of updates on Wikimedia movement strategy process[edit]

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As we mentioned last month, the Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve.

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Here is a overview of the updates that have been sent since our message last month:

More information about the movement strategy is available on the Meta-Wiki 2017 Wikimedia movement strategy portal.

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I think we should not make this more complicated than it currently is...

WikiAfrica is a mouvement at the Africa continent scale. We are in the process of registrering an association for it. But it is not recognised as a user group. It is quite informal.

Now... in Africa, I know people will have the opportunity to contribute as individuals, with the support of the strategy coordinators (in French, Arabic and English). Many editors will have the opportunity to contribute at the level of their user groups/chapters (in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Cameroon, IC, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa etc.). So my suggestion was to do a tiny discussion with the couple of people who regularly participate to WikiAfrica so that we can provide the perspective that animates this core group. I intend it to be a core group discussion, not a community wide discussion. I was not sure which extent I would give it when I registered. So it is track A and B. After more thorough thinking, I will keep it only "organized group". I'll update the table accordingly Anthere (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 21:14, 14 March 2017 (UTC).[]

got it Do you have a particular template text that we can use to notify people and post in various places to raise their interest ? Anthere (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 08:30, 15 March 2017 (UTC).[]

We invite you to join the movement strategy conversation (now through April 15)[edit]

05:02, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Re:Strategy Talk[edit]


I see the situation on the HUWIKI is realy stuporous. I will wonder, if You have any opinion. I don't want encroach in activity our new Wikimedia board. --Texaner (talk) 18:12, 8 April 2017 (UTC)[]

Sorry, I have thought Your (The WMF) are really interested in the Wikipedians &/or Wikimedians opinion. I see this was a mistake. --Texaner (talk) 20:35, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[]

First of all excuse me! I don't want blame not you not the WMF. There really was some misunderstanding on my part. I see some uncertainty in the organizing the strategic talk. On the other side you had understand me 100% well: I don't want to interfere with our chapter's board scope!. But, I also don't want coordinate the track B. I wanted only explain my opinion, in hop it will be taken into consideration. Thank for your time and attention. --Texaner (talk) 15:02, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[]

Join the next cycle of Wikimedia movement strategy discussions (underway until June 12)[edit]

19:30, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

"Retired academics are more achievable" entry[edit]

Hello again, Szymon. About entry #97 of English Wikipedia, you marked it as part of question 5 (who will make the theme work and how to partner them) to Theme D ("The most trusted source of knowledge"). However, the entry came from question 4 (adding something to make the theme stronger) of Theme E ("Engaging in the Knowledge Ecosystem"). May you or I please correct it? Thanks. --George Ho (talk) 20:44, 7 June 2017 (UTC)[]

Yes check.svg Done. --George Ho (talk) 00:00, 8 June 2017 (UTC)[]

Entry #85 of Meta sources on Cycle 2[edit]

Hi again. Entry #85 came from question 3 of Theme C. May you or I please amend/correct the entry? Also, NFCC="en:WP:Non-free content criteria", which I either forgot or assumed everybody knows what NFCC is, so I noted. --George Ho (talk) 21:25, 12 June 2017 (UTC)[]

Need update on Cycle 3 in local wikis[edit]

Right now there is Challenge #2, yet almost most of local wikis don't know about it, especially English and German Wikipedia communities. Should the movement team be informed about this? --George Ho (talk) 05:22, 10 July 2017 (UTC)[]

Informing all communities onwiki about the draft of the Direction[edit]

Hi again. Should all communities be informed about Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Direction, currently a draft? --George Ho (talk) 06:57, 8 August 2017 (UTC)[]

Strategy pages and protecting by other means[edit]

Hi. I am wondering that rather than using traditional protection on those pages that we look to manage them by specific abuse filters. We could set a filter that allows "(WMF)"-like accounts and sysops to edit the pages, and no one else. We have done similar sorts of things for archive pages, and the like. Let me know if you think that would be useful, and we can look to set things up. I would just need to know the page hierarchy you would be looking to have restricted.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:19, 31 December 2018 (UTC)[]

The Affiliate-selected Board seats process welcomes your support[edit]

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Hello. You are receiving this message because you are active in the field of translations <3 The movement needs you! The Nominations phase has started for the ongoing selection process of two Board members, and the timeline is quite tight.

A Translation Central is available to help translators figure out what's been covered and what's left to do. Over the course of the next few weeks, your attention on candidates' profiles is particularly welcome.

While there are four languages that are especially relevant for multiple affiliates (namely Arabic, French, Russian and Spanish), you can also add others. If you can't help: please see if you know anyone in your circle who could, and spread the word :) Thank you! Elitre (WMF) and Facilitators of ASBS 2019, 13:20, 18 April 2019 (UTC)[]

Conversation Starter Drivers[edit]

Hi Szymon, I have found the file:Conversation_Starter_Drivers.pdf you added on May 3 with a link to Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Learn. It wasn't on Commons, it happened to be hosted here on meta. I updated the page. Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 18:55, 29 May 2019 (UTC)[]

Enjoy your weekend[edit]

Hi Szymon, enjoy your weekend. Allow volunteers to edit in their spare time :) Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 13:31, 10 August 2019 (UTC)[]

Proposal feedback issues[edit]

I think your move of what I said illustrates the issue—I had no clue where that ought to go, so I put it where there already seemed to be discussions taking place. I think scattering feedback over fifty different proposals, not to mention the other talk pages for the various subpages, is inefficient at the least, and also creates a conundrum for editors who want to discuss various proposals together like what I was doing. Do you think it would be better to set up a central page for proposal feedback, or at least for general feedback? Seraphimblade (talk) 22:08, 10 August 2019 (UTC)[]

I agree. Trying to recieve feedback from ~40 pages is totally inefficient. Please bunch up the pages under each cat and/or launch a centralized venue for feedback. Winged Blades of Godric (talk) 04:40, 11 August 2019 (UTC)[]

Link update[edit]

Hello! A link on Diversity/Recommendations/1 is broken. It has been archived from: Can we handle harassment? to: Can we handle harassment? — Aron Manning (talk) 03:05, 12 August 2019 (UTC)[]

Thanks for the former. I hope you don't mind I added another relevant link: diff. — Aron M (talk) 02:13, 14 August 2019 (UTC)[]

Please review this modification, whether you agree, thank you! — Aron M (talk) 18:21, 14 August 2019 (UTC)[]

Aron Manning, hi. I just published the documents with no changes to the versions provided by the Working Groups. My opinion doesn't really matter here. I'd rather point at the WG members :) SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 18:29, 14 August 2019 (UTC)[]
It's a draft, so I hope it's all right to make small refinements. Can I assume they will revert, what they don't agree with? — Aron M (talk) 18:46, 14 August 2019 (UTC)[]
I don't know, I prefer not to speak for them. Wikimania preconference is happening now, maybe a part of the group is busy there, a part might be packing or flying. If you'd like to know what changes they approve or not, maybe the simplest way would be to ask someone active from the group? SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 18:59, 14 August 2019 (UTC)[]

I found 4 members of the Diversity WG onwiki, all inactive in last month. Do you have a live contact to them, maybe you could sometime (actually not urgent for us) drop them [the diff] or give them a hint that an improvement was suggested, and it's up to them to accept it. The atmosphere here is not "progressive", to say the least. — Aron M (talk) 22:56, 14 August 2019 (UTC)[]


ask the WG members to pro-actively interact with the received feedback on the t/p. Regards, Winged Blades of Godric (talk) 09:44, 12 August 2019 (UTC)[]

Advocacy clean up[edit]

Hi SGrabarczuk, I think something has been broken within the Advocacy Working group recommendations. With this change] you moved a page to the 1. iteration, which is now linked in the navigation box. Somewhere the latest version of the recommendations, which included 10 recommendations, is lost. See Could you please take a look, this is confusing. Alice Wiegand (talk) 12:53, 20 January 2020 (UTC)[]

I found Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Iteration 2/Advocacy, for me it looks as if this should have been moved. I'm not going to make any changes, don't want to add confusion right now ;-) Alice Wiegand (talk) 13:01, 20 January 2020 (UTC)[]
Thanks for linking the nutshell. The recommendations though still link to the phase 1 recommendation. Could you please change that , too? Alice Wiegand (talk) 19:51, 28 January 2020 (UTC)[]


Could you please check the glossary? The german translation still links to a page in your user subsystem. Alice Wiegand (talk) 19:51, 28 January 2020 (UTC)[]

Translations strategy recommendations[edit]

Hi Szymon, I am trying to translate the sections Why and How of the 13 strategy recommendations. Can you tell me where I would find those sections in the translate extension? Also: The pages for the translation into German (/de) are linking to sandbox subpages in your user namespace. Is this possibly what causes the problem? --Martina Nolte (talk) 21:25, 1 February 2020 (UTC)[]

Hi again, recommendation #1 and #2 are fully translated. Can you unlock the others too please? There are only two weeks left for the community to review the proposals. Thank you. --Martina Nolte (talk) 05:28, 7 February 2020 (UTC)[]


Hi! I'm a active user of Mediawiki etc. Please, grant me Global IP block exempt becoz I wish not my account to be blocked when i've to use Tor or anonymous proxy abroad. thanks,Саурабх (talk) 21:22, 8 May 2020 (UTC)[]

  • Hey Саурабх! Unfortunately, I'm afraid I can't comply with your request. It's because I don't have the technical permissions. I believe you should visit SRIPBE page and follow the instructions. SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 21:34, 8 May 2020 (UTC)[]

Thank you for helping to create the Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy Recommendations[edit]

Wikimedia 2030 Celebration Image Wikimedia 2030
Szymon, thank you very much for everything you've done to create the Wikimedia 2030 Movement Strategy Recommendations! I appreciate and honor your many contributions to this work, including your role as a strategy liaison and your information management and design work. You are an incredible asset to the future of our movement.

--KStineRowe (WMF) (talk) 21:44, 26 June 2020 (UTC)[]

Dutch translations of the recommendation[edit]


I noticed you added one or two translations of the strategy recommendations into Dutch (even though it is not in your babel ;): is there any chance we can get translations of the other recommendations as well, before we start community consultations on the prioritisation? (for instance Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement/nl is (partly) translated.) Ciell (talk) 14:22, 14 October 2020 (UTC)[]

Community Wish Survey Translation[edit]

Hi! Thank you for your message on translation request. My colleagues have completed the translation of the survey and the invitation message to Turkish. But for some reason i don't see Turkish on the invitation message page. Could you advise how to solve tis?--Basak (talk) 21:32, 14 November 2020 (UTC)[]

Sorry, it's solved :)--Basak (talk) 21:34, 14 November 2020 (UTC)[]

Community Wish Survey Translation FR : done[edit]

FRench version : translated + reread + corrected.

🍾  Cheers! I'am proud to share with you my 100 000 th translation on MediaWiki. 

Christian 🇫🇷 FR (talk) 11:47, 3 December 2020 (UTC)[]

Concerned with[edit]


you contacted me about the translation for the feedback-Page for the mock-up mentioned in the heading. You said here: w:de:Benutzer Diskussion:HirnSpuk#A request for translation you want to post a banner this week. I took a look at the mock-up page several times and I am really concerned about a pretty bad backlash. Yes, you said, there could be some flaws, but I suppose 90 to 99%% of users will concentrate on "minor inconveniences" like the not working tables and templates and stuff.

My main concern is: nobody might notice the small arrow on the bottom right to "login". I for myself thought: Alright, now, back to top... And was pretty suprised, that there are more options. I was wondering about your questions of the feedback form for a long time, but I thought, well, it's a process... So they're working on it. But then you said, you want to post a banner this week, and I got worried, because I didn't see a change. This was, when I discovered the little arrow (by accident, because I wanted to jump to the top of the page!).

As for ideas to counter the problems:

  • Use w:en:filler text on the page. I mean it seems about the menu, not the content. Hence nobody will be distracted by not working links, templates, tables etc.
  • Hint to the arrow and it's function on the page, where you ask for feedback. Or try to work the function "logged in" into the mock-up by using the Login-Button in the top right user-menu. That would be, what I was expecting initially.
  • I would even propose to work some "functions" into the moving header, while not logged in. At the moment there is just the search. I would expect at least the left side menu. But actually I was thinking the "whole header bar" is going to follow, when I scroll.

I'm sorry, I don't want to dishearten or anything. I like the work on the new vector-skin. I started to gather problems in the wiki I'm most active: b:de:Wikibooks:Ich_brauche_Hilfe#Fehlfunktionen_durch_neues_Design, so that we have an opportunity to check our templates and stuff against the new skin. I actually really hope, that it's a good replacement for the minerva-skin, because more and more user in wb:de rely on mobile view and editing. I hope you get my point.

Best of luck, regards --HirnSpuk (talk) 10:00, 29 March 2021 (UTC)[]


Hi SGrabarczuk (WMF), this should fix a padding issue the banner you were working on. — xaosflux Talk 22:27, 10 May 2021 (UTC)[]

interlanguage links[edit]

Hello! Because the interlanguage links was moved from the menu on the left to a button displayed on top of the page, I can't connect articles to wikidata from the article. what should I do? Gopico (talk) 06:55, 25 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Hey גופיקו! In the sidebar, in the "Tools" section, there has been (and remains untouched) a link "Wikidata item" which takes you to You can scroll to a section with the interlanguage links and edit it. It takes a bit more time, but the option is still there, and it's working. SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 12:26, 25 June 2021 (UTC)[]


You just posted a mass message to WD about the server switch 2021, but you linked it to the text of the server switch 2020, so there's no possibility to translate it. Would you please either change teh data in the old message, or, better, really create the new message at the right place, that's with the same syntax in Meta (the one I used in the headline)? Grüße vom Sänger ♫(Reden) 07:26, 27 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Hey @Sänger, thanks for noticing that. I realize the page name may be confusing. Apart from that, take a look the content - the dates are correct. I believe, are the messages are translatable, too.
What appears to be the best option is to move the page to Tech/Server switch. Also, the dates may be changed into self-translating {{#time...}}. I haven't done the first only because the number of translations (sentences times languages) is too large. So I need to submit a Phabricator ticket, and in the meantime, work with the existing page. SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 08:40, 28 June 2021 (UTC)[]
Hey again @Sänger, I've just noticed your comment on Wikimedia Forum. I believe I've answered your first question. Regarding the latter - you are right, I didn't send the message very early. A full week would be in accordance to the Wikipedian traditions. However, consider this: 1) I've put two notices in Tech News, 2) last year, the switchover took less than 2 minutes, and this year should be similar, 3) other regular read-only windows for sub-sets of Wikimedia wikis usually take up to a few minutes, 4) the final timeline was decided fairly late, but because of 2&3, we didn't delay the process. This is why the switchover shouldn't be an inconvenience. SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 00:20, 29 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Question from arabic wikipedia[edit]

Hello, I hope you are doing fine.

My name is Michel BAKNI, I am Admin in Arabic Wikipedia.

Thanks a lot for the changes to the interface, however, we are having a problem in localization of the changes, the word language appears in English in all pages, we would like to change it to "بلغات أخرى".

Please ping me in any answer,

Best wishes!--Michel Bakni (talk) 07:57, 18 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Sorry for writing again,
I think you forget to add the link :(, the work this page is just a text. Can you please add the link to the page where I can translate the sentences?
Regarding the the page you added for translation, it is already in Arabic. However, feel free to ask for any translation into Arabic at any time.
I wish you a nice day.

--Michel Bakni (talk) 20:19, 18 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Oh, I'm sorry Michel Bakni, I copy-pasted a comment that I originally wrote here. This is the link. Also, sorry for overlooking. Indeed, the translation is done already! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 22:53, 18 August 2021 (UTC)[]