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Mediawiki API support

Does Mediawiki support CSV for file input?Wetitpig0 (talk) 15:35, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

Input for what? There are some features that accept CSV, see e.g. mw:Extension:Data Transfer. Nemo 16:55, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
For example if an organisation offers weather information and releases it into the public domain via the CSV format, how should we input for wiki markup in order to constantly receive this information?Wetitpig0 (talk) 22:48, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
I think you'd ask this on wikinews. Ruslik (talk) 17:43, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
I would have thought a technical question about API support in the MediaWiki software was better posed at mw:Project:Support desk. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 18:37, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

Wikiproject Owner Status

Can the Wikimedia Foundation list out the owner status of the Wikiprojects on Meta-Wiki? Thanks! Wetitpig0 (talk) 02:17, 1 September 2016 (UTC) You said that you are transparent in your Values. Why don't you reply? Wetitpig0 (talk) 10:23, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

Probably because the Foundation has little idea about what you are prattling. If you are meaning things like Special:PrefixIndex/WikiProject and Special:PrefixIndex/Meta:WikiProject they are not anything to do with the Foundation, they are clearly volunteer matters.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:04, 2 September 2016 (UTC)
This is how feuds start. The original question might have been referring to "projects" in the sense of Wikipedia or Wikinews, for example; or might have been referring to one of the "projects" described at en:Wikipedia:WikiProject. In either case there is no such thing as an "owner", because these are community projects. The Foundation owns the servers and keeps them running, sets the terms and conditions of use, and occasionally steps in with force majeure, but does not choose to view itself as an owner of each project Whatever my views might be about the adherence to the principles of transparency by the WMF, it would be more than optimistic to expect a reply within eight hours. I had rather little difficulty in answering this question without using words like "prattle", so I would have expected an experienced user, administrator and former steward to have been able to do the same. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 13:40, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

Rita kai paroimies@el.wikiquote

Hello. Here take place the discussion to given away administrator request to the user Rita kai paroimies will be held . You Voted in favor , against , neutral and you can comment. Also you can vote or comment here.--Sayings and proverbs (talk) 20:30, 3 September 2016 (UTC)

Requests for new languages/Wikispecies Greek

On the above page you can have your say on whether or not the Greek version of wikispecies must exist. Also you can support the effort or to object to it.--Sayings and proverbs (talk) 15:32, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

Level of support for new crats on small wikis

Hello everyone, please see discussion at Requests for comment/Bureaucrats on small wikis if you're interested. – Ajraddatz (talk) 02:34, 10 September 2016 (UTC)


Birgit Müller (WMDE) 14:56, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Project proposal: WikiSymbols

"Enabling visual communication"

The proposed WikiSymbols is about symbols/icons that can be understood by people from different cultures and different educational backgrounds as well as illiterate people. WikiSymbols enables (intercultural) communication without words. Contributors to the proposed WikiSymbols design symbols for all kinds of words and upload them with different tags so they can be found. Users worldwide can then download them and use them for websites, presentations, ... simply communication without words. The symbols could also be integrated into other wiki projects.

The contributors can choose whether their symbol/icon has a public domain licence or a creative common licence. The icon can driectly be downloaded in both cases. In the case of public domain, the creator of the icon/symbol has not to be credited. In the case of creative commons, the creator of the icon has to be credited.

Status Quo: There are already a couple of websites that aim to make icons more accessible. To name two successful/popular of them: The Noun Project ( and recently has reached more than 1,000,000 icons. The most popular sites that sell icons have each 1-7 million unique visitors per month. Estimations are that there are tens of thousands if not hundred thousand contributors to these sites. They are marketplaces with high commission rates. For example, at The Noun Project (a company which started with donations from kickstarter) designers earn an average 0,03$ per sold icon. There are therefore many designers who would rather give them away for free than to sell them at these platforms.

There is already a lot of symbols/icons at Wikimedia Commons. (Maybe someone knows how many?) The symbols at Commons are not that easy to find though. To attract more designers who would contribute it is necessary to present the symbols/icons in a more prominent place.

Symbols There are many free icons on c:. You may want to talk to users there. —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:38, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Justin for the advice, I will talk to users at wikimedia commons. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by GabrielVogel (talk) 23:26, 12 September 2016

Sanskrit Wikipedia looking for techies

Looks like they'd like to have their home page compatible with mobile devices, and past attempts to fix the issue didn't work. Anyone willing to help there? --Elitre (WMF) (talk) 15:29, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

Request a community discussion to unblock my account

Greetings all, I am requesting my account be unblocked here on meta.

I am requesting here because Barras protected my talk page to prevent me from being able to rebut his baseless accusations on my last request. He is doing this while involved in a dispute because I have criticized him and a couple of his friends for multiple violations of site policy and are now refusing to unblock my account and are preventing other admins from doing it as well. They made the decision to do this unilaterally and without discussion from the community. In fact the last time I requested here AlexZ reverted it to prevent the community from even discussing the issue, which I had hoped someone would have questioned.

So now, I am requesting an appeal of my block, that was placed and is being maintained by 2 involved admins with a personal vendetta against me, to the larger meta community.

So I respectfully request my account be unblocked as it is on every other WMF site except the English Wikipedia (and obviously I do not agree with that either).

One or 2 admins should not be able to ban someone because they don't like the editor. Especially when they are personally and deeply involved with the editor in question. Banning a long term contributor to a project is something that should only be done by the community and in this case there is no reason to do so. Banning someone should be a last resort done after discussion, not to be pointy, to win a dispute, to extort the editor into doing what they want or to get rid of a user who doesn't share that admins viewpoint. Reguyla. 2601:5CC:101:5DEB:6D8D:2D36:7702:1156 02:58, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Which Wikimedia Project?

I want to contribute to wikimedia by writing a previously-written manual. Should I write it onto Wikisource or Wikibooks? Wetitpig0 (talk) 18:19, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikimedia community! Wikibooks is for manuals. --Doostdar (talk) 13:42, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Low New Project Proposal Speed

In the page for New Project Proposals, a lot of proposals are left unprocessed, which jams the list. Therefore, I suggest processing it within 3 months, regardless of anything, and to decide whether it would be accepted in 6 months. Thanks. Wetitpig0 (talk) 08:02, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

The problem is that there is no formal process to accept or reject new project proposals. Ruslik (talk) 19:03, 29 September 2016 (UTC)