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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello, Vojtěch Dostál. 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 if you need help with something (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

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Your blog post[edit]

Dear Vojtěch,

Thanks again for your great story about the Czech senior citizen education program!

A couple days ago, I edited your post to make it easier to read by our predominantly english-speaking audience.

Then I emailed you a couple times to ask for your approval, but your email kept bouncing, sadly.

Please let me know what you think by email or on my Meta talk page, and feel free to tweak it some more, if you like. If not, I think it’s ready for publication.

I recommend we go for a title that highlights the human-interest aspects of this story, featuring its heroes and what they accomplished, as proposed in the first title:

'Senior citizens learn to edit Wikipedia in Czechoslovakia'

We also like to show a lead image at the top, which is why I moved the classroom picture and made it bigger.

Once we are both happy with the results, I will publish the post on the blog for you.

Will you be planning any czech translations? or is this an english-only post?

I wish you all the best with this program — it seems like a really good idea and important service to me!

Cheers. Fabrice Florin (WMF) (talk) 00:08, 10 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hi Fabrice, sorry to hear that the e-mail bounced back. Never happened to me, strange. Are you sure you used a correct address, Please leave out Czechoslovakia, Czechoslovakia has split into Czech Republic and Slovak Republic 20 years ago (and sadly the news is spreading slowly) :). I changed it in the draft. Thanks for the corrections of English, that must have taken a lot of time and is very appreciated. I am very happy with the result and you can publish it any time :). I don't plan translations, this is a post intended generally for the international community. --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 07:48, 10 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
Dear Vojtěch: Your story has now been published on the Wikimedia blog. It includes your final edits. Sorry about the issues with the emails, which were sent to the address above, but they bounced each time I sent them. Thanks again for all your help with this story -- and for your promising educational program! Fabrice Florin (WMF) (talk) 20:01, 12 January 2015 (UTC)Reply
Thank YOU Fabrice, looking forward to collaborating with you again! --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 21:59, 12 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

How can we improve Wikimedia grants to support you better?[edit]

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Last call for WMF grants feedback![edit]

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Merry Christmas and happy new year[edit]

Merry Christmas and happy new year. (:


Request for input on Wikipedia video project[edit]

Hello, I have completed an outline of the material that may be covered in the modules on this page.

Please note that not everyone will view every section. For example, some people may want to view only the modules that apply to Wikipedia, and others may be interested in the modules that apply to Commons.

Also, different language Wikipedias sometimes work differently. I am referring to English Wikipedia in the outline. One of the goals of the video series is to make the videos in a way that is easy to translate to other languages. One possible option is that for references to English Wikipedia which have no similarities on a Wikipedia of a different language, the portion of the video that is unnecessary can be removed from the translated version of the video. Also, members of different language communities may produce additional materials which they may add to the videos for their language, or the community members may replace portions of the English-language video with different information that is more applicable to Wikipedia in a different language.

I would appreciate your comments on the grant talk page, preferably by 11 January. Thank you! --Pine 09:20, 7 January 2016 (UTC) Reply


Sorry I didn't see you added yourself on the grant page as a volunteer. I will let you know more details asap. Happy new year!--Alexmar983 (talk) 00:33, 12 January 2016 (UTC)Reply

Thank you, Alexmar983! :) --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 07:59, 12 January 2016 (UTC)Reply

Inspire Campaign on content curation & review[edit]

I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.

All proposals are welcome - 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 welcome - your skills and experience can help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign to improve review and curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and accessible! I JethroBT (WMF) 05:38, 29 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

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Tool almost ready[edit]

Hi, Alessio finished the tool wiki needs pictures. The tool does not upload information from wikidata yet (the most important part) but that's because it is more than 300k entries and some aspect have to be refined. In any case it is almost complete and it will be fixed by him by the end of the month.

The good thing compared to wikishootme is that it is flexible. For example we can organized specific competitions with additional lists and insert them. Also if a chapter with no financial means needs an infrastructure for a photo competition it is ready. If you have any request Alessio is busy, but we can discuss.

I am not bothering you with more details, I am contacting you because we have to spread it around outside it-N communities. Question number 1: can you show it to your local wikipedia when it is the time (September I guess)? Question number 2: As a volunteer, can you help me to translate a very short presentation in your language? The tool read the settings of the browser but only main western languages (FR, DE, IT, EN, ES) are available now. I sent to him a Swedish translation, and every new language is welcome. So here is the text:

Many Wikipedia articles have no images or only few. Some of them talk about things that are out there, ready to be photographed. Find them all!


  • Use the top-left button to adjust the zoom or double click into the map. You can also click on a cluster near the location you want to explore.
  • Use the top-right button to filter pinpoints by category.
  • Use the bottom-right button to go to your current position.
  • Pass over a pinpoint to see its name. Make a click for more details and links.

Take pictures and upload them to Wikimedia Commons, then resolve the related warning (e.g. removing the template in its page or adding the image to Wikidata) and at the next run you will see the pinpoint disappear. Great job!

For any trouble or suggestion write on this page. This is an open source project! Let's code together in this Github repository.

The tool updates the view once a day. Please be patient, it takes a while to load all the data.

Thanks in advance.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:09, 10 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

Hello Alexmar983, good job! I am happy to help you with any translation into Czech and spreading into Czech community. This is exactly the type of tool that we'd like to be using and developing. Maybe we'd be able to help with coding too. One question: which wikidata items does the tool currently display? I think there are much more than 900 Czech currently displayed geolocated items without picture. Thanks, --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 07:08, 24 August 2016 (UTC)Reply


Spousta článků na Wikipedii nemá žádné obrázky nebo jich má jen velmi málo. Přitom často pojednávají o věcech, které jsou veřejně přístupné a je možné je snadno vyfotit. Najděte je všechny!


  • Použijte tlačítko v horním levém rohu (nebo dvojitý klik) k přibližování mapy. Můžete rovněž kliknout na shluk bodů poblíž místa, jež chcete prozkoumat blíže.
  • Použijte tlačítko v horním pravém rohu k filtrování bodů dle kategorií.
  • Použijte pravé dolní tlačítko, chcete-li přejít na svou současnou pozici.
  • Přejeďte přes bod myší, chcete-li zobrazit název objektu. Po rozkliknutí je možné zobrazit další podrobnosti a odkazy.

Když vyfotíte obrázek a nahrajete ho na Wikimedia Commons, mapa bude časem aktualizována a špendlík zmizí. Děkujeme!

Máte-li připomínky či potíže, ozvěte se na této stránce. Toto je open source projekt! Pomozte nám programovat v tomto repozitáři na GitHubu.

Nástroj je aktualizován jednou denně. Prosím buďte trpěliví, chvíli trvá nahrát všechna data.

--Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 07:19, 24 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

Thank you. I prepare an explanation but first let's check if there's any local category of your wiki in cs: Kategorie:Články bez obrázků we can upload in the system with wikidata and cawiki, itwiki, frwiki, jawiki, svwiki. In any case the tool does not updat all wikidata because it is too many places, but we are trying to fix the funnel.
You can read my comments at the village pump of svwiki sv:Wikipedia:Bybrunnen#New_tool_for_images so I don't repeat myself now. It is a little bit long but it should give you a general introduction to the final oprative funnels of the tool.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:27, 24 August 2016 (UTC)Reply
@Alexmar983 thanks for the link to the discussion. Ad "I am specifically bothered that we can't show all missing P18 and that's why I am making campaigns to update the false negatives of P18, so we can reduce them and show more on the map with minor issues." - that's exactly it, we have very good cswiki categories which include articles whose images have been fully transferred into Wikidata P18. For example, all Czech villages which have a picture now have a P18 property filled in. Would you be able to get these into your tool, or should be rather use a "duplicate copy" of your code and create a country-specific tool? --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 13:09, 26 August 2016 (UTC)Reply
I am more on the social side but I think the code of Alessio is freely available as IEG request. Do you want me to ask him? Alessio has a maser's degree in october and hat's one of the reason he disappeared and left me do the politics even if I am not the code guy.
so we can't provide 100% efficiency but we created the tool as a bridge to local community so we will soon or later include all the local categories so you can speed up their maintenance strategy and discuss if they are time-consuming duplicates or not. I have already asked Alessio to upload all your local categories when i send him your translation. He's not answering emails in these last 2-3 days, I hope h's not busy.
In any case I point out that on the 20th something happened, the new wikishootme version 3 was released that includes wikipedia articles. I was very critical about its impact under current conditions, but I as I did with other tools I am showing it around with interest for feedbacks. The link is on the discussion of svwiki and also here. Go and check if the cswiki "situation" on this new version of wikishootme is ok for some of your future work pattern. For the level of itwiki it is not, for example. The good aspect is that the more people reduce the P18 funnel (even f I don't agree with some too fast approach because of quality issues), the easier w can produce a complete, smooth tool.--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:26, 26 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

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

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Update regarding Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons tutorial videos[edit]


I regret to inform you that the series of motivational and educational videos project, which had been planned introduce Wikipedia and some of its sister projects to new contributors, is being discontinued.

There are multiple factors that have led to this decision. The initial budget and time estimates were far too small for a project of this scale and complexity. Also, my simultaneous involvement in Cascadia Wikimedians User Group was problematic due to the shortage of human resources for the user group, which resulted in my spending far more time trying to help the user group than I had planned, so my time and attention were diverted from this video project to assisting the user group.

You can find more information in the final report for the grant.

I regret that this project did not fulfill the hopes that many of us had for it, and I hope that in the future someone with the necessary resources will choose to resume work on it or a similar project. If you are interested in working on this or a similar project then please contact the WMF grants team.

On a personal note, I am retiring from the Wikimedia community. Perhaps I will return someday.


--Pine 23:20, 30 August 2017 (UTC) Reply

Series director and screenwriter

Commons app in Tech News[edit]

Hey, thanks for adding the Commons app item. I've done a fair amount of simplification – partly to make it easier for the translators, partly because we don't get translations to all languages, so it's good for en-1 and en-2 speakers if it's really easy to read. (: /Johan (WMF) (talk) 14:40, 3 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

OK, thanks :-) --Vojtěch Dostál (talk) 14:47, 3 May 2018 (UTC)Reply

[Wikipedia & Education User Group] Updates: November 2018[edit]


Integrating Wikimedia with education is a powerful strategy for the outreach of Wikimedia projects. Realising this concept, a group of leaders promoted this and formed the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. After some time, this evolved to become a user group, officially recognised by the Affiliations Committee in June 2018. The user group had its first board elections earlier in September. In the process to formalise activities and give a shape the user group for long-term sustainability, we are now revamping our processes. Thanks for supporting us during incubation stages, we are now inviting you to formally join the user group by following the instructions on the members' page. Being a member will allow you to be a part of this wonderful collaboration and also do interesting stuff.

Kind regards
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