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Table o contents

Name o the project[eedit | eedit soorce]

The'r graet confusion ower this, wi me oniewey. A'v seen aa three variants – Wikipedia, Wikipedie an Wikipaedia – aa ower the shop. A think we need tae settle on wan name. A'm agin Wikipaedia mainly acause the RRSSC uises ae tae represent the soond in spaek or windae that can be /i/, /e/ or /ɪ/ dependin on whit airt ye'r frae. But A dinna think oniebodie's pronooncin it /wɪkɪpedia/ or /wɪkɪpɪdia/ – A daursay that aabodie's sayin /wɪkɪpidia/, same as me (tho A cuid be wrang o coorse). (Wikipedie wad o coorse be /wɪkɪpidi/)

A'm no fasht whit ane o the ither name suggestions we wale. Mendor 18:24, 1 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Weel maist o the ither Romance an Germanic leids uise Wikipedia, sae aiblins it's best that we uise that tae sin ye dinna like Wikipaedia for spellin raisons. Wikipedie wuid be aaricht an aa. The ither leid that uises it is Czech – nae that that maks onie odds. — Derek Ross 18:51, 1 Jul 2005 (UTC)
A'd hiv thocht it wad hae been Wikipédie in Frainch, but it seems no. It wad help gin we haed onie idea o whit the Scots for encyclopedia wis, gin it wisna juist encyclopedia. A canna fin ocht in DSL. A think "Wikipedia" micht be the maist convenient, tho — Mendor 19:12, 1 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Thare uisst tae be the spellin Encyclopædia aften written Encyclopaedia acause fowk dinna hae thon chairacter on thair typewriters or computers. Tho A wad pronoonce it wi /i/ sae Wikipedia.

Bi the by, can ony o youse cliver chiels sort the IPA/Unicode templates. A haed a shottie at copyin thaim fae the English version but fund masel in a richt fankle. A jalouse that siclike is something we're gaun tae need. Mendor's contreebution abuin juist shaws wee kisties on ma computer – e'en in edit mode.

Jimmy 1st. Julie 2005

Aye, me an aa. I'll see whit I can dae. By the by, Jimmy, gin ye sign yer stuff bi pitting fower tildes aifter it like this: ~~~~, the Wikipedia saftware'll automatically sign and date it for ye. It's maks things a wee bit aesier. Cheers — Derek Ross 19:37, 1 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for that wi the tildes. A aye wunnert hou fowk daes that.
A eikit a puckle airtins in the Help page. Is thare no a page anent hou tae edit pages? The bittie anent the tildes coud gang in thare an aw.

Jimmy 20:19, 1 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Tak a gander at Whit wey til edit a page. It's a muckle bruit but it haes aa that tilde stuff an aathing in't. Mendor haes translatit maist o it but there's aye a bit in English at the hindend, if ye're feelin eident. — Derek Ross 20:34, 1 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Shuirly it shoud be Wikipedie? The -ia in the likes o English India an Australia becomes Indie an Australie sae 'English' Wikipedia wad become Wikipedie [wɪkɪpidi, wɪkɪpedi, wɪkɪpide,wɪkɪpede] or siclike. 88.96.159.62 09:25, 19 September 2010 (UTC)
Ay! Wikipedie kin o soonds like whit wad come oot a Scots-speaker's gub. 84.181.102.194 10:11, 26 September 2010 (UTC)
Weel, wi the benefit o hintsicht, Wikipedie dis come ower as mair naitural nor the lang-windit Wikipaedia. Wikipedie wis e'en uised at the stairt o the project.[1] Can we no juist chynge it? Jimmy 10:25, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

A wad likely-like say Wikipeedie an aw.

Ah didna ken we hid yin o these. Dae we caa it oor Peedie Wiki? Wrs (talk) 18:47, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
That's funny. And I don't think they considered it. Varlaam (talk) 20:02, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

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WikipaediA

A haed anither shottie at the logo. It isna richt rocket science but it micht dae till some dab haund at siclike comes up wi better.

Jimmy 11:31, 22 Augist 2005 (UTC)

Neologisms[eedit | eedit soorce]

Shuid we hae thaim?

Again, A hae conflictin views on this. The wis aareadies a wee collogue aboot it on meta — A'll hae tae see if A can fin it. Houaniver, A'm thinkin nou mair aboot a puckle o technical terms.

A'v been uisin a puckle neologisms that wisna ma ain — walin for "election" an unthirldom for "independence", baith aucht tae the SNP — but A'm a bit feart tae mak onie mair. For examplar, shuid we be crying "hydrogen" something like watterstuff (cp Ger Wasserstoff)? A dout the'r onie "tradeitional" Scots words for things like that, an it wad mak the meanin o the word mair transparent (for bairns in eddication, say) but it micht be seen as a bit… weel… silly*. But than, same wi unthirldom, an A'm no giein that ane up! :-)

Thochts? Mendor 14:13, 2 Jul 2005 (UTC)

* (tho A like Ander-Saxon, A ken that maist fowk wad juist see it as a silly joke. Mynd you, the'r plenty fowk see Scots as a bit silly an aa, sae mibbe it disna maitter.)

It does matter – if people think the Scots is silly you don't want to reinforce that impression (sorry, my own Scots is very limited – I can read this, but wouldn't like to attempt to write it!). Also, it has to be intelligible – if you make up a word, while it may explain the general meaning it will not necessarily make people understand that you mean a specific technical term. It's then no longer real Scots, but your own private made-up wikipaedia language. Anyway, that's my opinion, for what it's worth. P.S. I like the 'ae' in Wikipaedia – I miss it in the English Wikipedia. 81.157.157.116 22:55, 28 Januar 2008 (UTC)

Richt eneuch. Ye hae tae be gey canny wi neologisms. A puckle gang a lang wey. — Derek Ross | News 07:08, 29 Januar 2008 (UTC)

Publeicity[eedit | eedit soorce]

A'm gaunae wirk on a sey o a letter/email that we cuid send tae Scots leid upsteerers tae lat thaim ken aboot this project. It shuid be up here soon (-ish). Mendor 14:13, 2 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Guid man. I've aaready duin a bit o that by sendin email tae a couple o fowk that haev Scots wabsteids sic as the convener o the Scottish Language Society an John Tait but I haedna thocht o makkin a staundard email for the job. — Derek Ross 14:57, 2 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Here a first sey:


Dear (name o person)

Hiv ye haurd o Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is a free internet encyclopedia. It's pit thegither sae that oniebodie can read or edit it, stert thair ain airticles, an wirk thegither tae ettle efter biggin the biggest wab resoorce for wittins in the warld. The English version aareadies haes mair not 600,000 airticles, an the versions in ither leids bring that total tae 1.6 million airticles.

A version o Wikipedia in Scots haes recently been stertit in Scots. Ye can fin the Scots Wikipedia at http://sco.wikipedia.org/

As (ye/yer organisation/as appropriate) ar (a) weel-kent Scots leid upsteerer(s), we thocht ye micht want tae gie us a haund tae big this encyclopedia up tae the heichest staundart it can be. Ye can help us bi brousin tae http://sco.wikipedia.org, whaur ye can stert editin richt awa gin ye want.

Thanks for yer time in readin this e-mail, an we howp tae see ye at Wikipedia suin!

Yours,

(pit yer name here)

for the contreibutors tae the Scots Wikipedia


It needs a bit o polishin. A ken it disna mention the Scots Wikipedia till the thrid paragraph, but A'm howpin the fact that it's scrieved in Scots will stop thaim frae binnin it as spam the meinute thay see it :-)

whit dae youse think? Mendor 16:00, 2 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Looks fine, man. If ye pit a subjeck o "Projeck ti mak a Scots Encyclopaedia" or similar, that should draa their interest an aa. For comparison, here's fit I wrat in my emails:
Kennin o yer interest in Scots and yer sterlin efforts tae promote it, I thocht that ye might want ti ken aboot a Scots encyclopedia project which has newly stairtit. It's pairt o the Wikipedia project an can be foond at http://sco.wikipedia.org/
Richt noo it's nae ower impressive but gin ye're nae acquent wi Wikipedia an ye want ti see whit micht be duin gien time, tak a leuk at http://en.wikipedia.org/ Mynd that fower year ago it wis aboot the size that the Scots version is noo.
Gin ye wuid lyke ti help us mak the Scots Wikipedia grow either in yer ane name or anonymously, we'd be gratefu for ony time and effort that ye micht be able tae spare either ti screive stuff yersel or ti tell ither Scots speikers aboot it.
Aiblins it's worth eikin the bit aboot tellin ither Scots speikers an aboot the state o the Scots wikipedia juist nou, ti whit ye've proponed. — Derek Ross 16:46, 2 Jul 2005 (UTC)

Merged an RRSSC-ed version:

Dear (name o person)
Kennin o yer interest in Scots and yer sterlin efforts tae promote it, A thocht that ye micht want ti ken aboot a Scots encyclopedia project that haes newly stertit. It's pairt o the Wikipedia project an can be funnd at http://sco.wikipedia.org/
Wikipedia is a free internet encyclopedia. It's pit thegither sae that oniebodie can read or edit it, stert thair ain airticles, an wirk thegither tae ettle efter biggin the lairgest wab resoorce for wittins in the warld. The English version aareadies haes mair nor 600,000 airticles, an the versions in ither leids bring that total tae 1.6 million airticles.
Gin ye wad like ti help us mak the Scots Wikipedia growe aither in yer ain name or anonymously, we'd be gratefu for onie time an effort that ye micht be able tae spare aither ti screive stuff yersel or ti tell ither Scots spaekers aboot it.
Thanks for yer time in readin this e-mail, an we howp tae see ye at Wikipedia suin!
Yours,
(pit yer name here)
for the contreibutors tae the Scots Wikipedia

Whit dae ye think?

Wha aa did ye send the emails tae, Derek? A wadna want tae send an email tae a bodie that's aareadies got ane frae you — Mendor 20:20, 19 Julie 2005 (UTC)

Juist ti the twa fowk I mentioned abuin: John Tait an convener o the Scottish Language Society. An whit ye've screived leuks grand, ye ken. — Derek Ross 20:58, 19 Julie 2005 (UTC)

Sent aff tae:

nou tae see whit happens… Mendor 17:00, 2 Augist 2005 (UTC)

Guid man! — Derek Ross 23:15, 2 Augist 2005 (UTC)

Scots speir on the 2011 census[eedit | eedit soorce]

This isna technical or raellie aboot the Wikipedia but A dinna ken whaur else tae pit it:

The'r a consultation the noo on a speir anent Scots in the 2011 UK census. It's open till 1t August 2005. Ye can repone tae the consultation here. This is a gran chance tae influence the guvrenment's policy an recogneition o Scots (we aamaist got a speir on Scots in the 2001 census, but it wisna tae be). A bid aabodie tae gie it a leukie. Mendor 20:05, 19 Julie 2005 (UTC)

Congratulations[eedit | eedit soorce]

I hope this is the good place to do this… Congratulations on having a Scots Wikipedia. Moribunt 19:39, 2 Augist 2005 (UTC)

Congratulations! ēmpoor! 22:02 2 Augist 2005 (CEST)

Congratulations, indeed. Now all we have to do is sit back and wait for the Ullans Wikipedia (I have this sense of humor, I cannot help it!) KillerChihuahua 21:44, 12 October 2005 (UTC)

Wir gittin someplace![eedit | eedit soorce]

A juist wantit tae tell ye aw that wir close tae owertakin Kashmiri (कॉशुर / کٲشُر) on the leet! Anerly 34 wikipages tae gang! An eifter that it's juist anither 13 mair airticles afore we bypass Maori (Māori) forby!

But A dae jalouse whit it taks tae git yer name on the hamepage's leet, ye ken unner 100+ airticles (sairly wee prent) acause some wi less airticles than uns are upby! An gin we git oor name upby we wuid maist likely recieve mony mair veesitors. Nou Uiserr

Aye, we'r daein fine. Aa we need is steady contreibutions frae the likes o yersel. Neow airticles are the thing an ye're giein us plenty o thae. — Derek Ross 14:33, 22 Augist 2005 (UTC)
Thanks. A'm tryin tae mak plenty o new airticles. It's juist that A'm no siccar that ma spellin's richt. Nou Uiserr
Weel, whiles yer spellin is a bittie odd, but dinna fash yersel ower it. There's aye fowk ready an willin ti fix spellin. Fowk like yersel that like makkin neow airticles are thinner on the grun. — Derek Ross 19:11, 22 Augist 2005 (UTC)

Congratulations – you are now over three times as big as mi:Wikipedia Māori. But for its first 20 months it had hardly any contributors except me—and I'm "mi-1". Now it has at least two frequent contributors who grew up with the language, so it may start to catch up with you. With my 70% Scottish ancestry, I (who have never been out of New Zealand) intend to help both. Robin Patterson 23:54, 14 Mairch 2006 (UTC)

Guid on ye, man! — Derek Ross 05:10, 15 Mairch 2006 (UTC)

Announcement[eedit | eedit soorce]

Sorry for using the English language here. I thought that the Mercat Cross may be the best place to notify Scots-speaking Wikipedians of two new facilities at the English language edition of Wikipedia:

Scottish Wikipedians' notice board

and:

Scotland Portal

Please take a look, click the Watch tab, sign up and contribute. All are most welcome!

(If this is not the best place for this notice, please copy it to the approprite sco page where most discussions/debates/announcements are made. Thanks. I am an sco-1 Scots-speaker, but I just do not have the confidence to write in my mither tung.) — Mais oui! 12:29, 25 October 2005 (UTC)


Interwiki Bot Status[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi. I would like to get my interwiki bot YurikBot marked as a bot in your language. The bot is already operating in almost 50 languages, and it would lower the server load and improve the quality of articles if all interwikies are updated at the same time. You can read more or ask questions here. I always run the latest version of the Pywikipediabot (i am also one of the developers of this project). The request for the bot status is here. Please support. Thank you. — Yurik (en) 20:25, 5 Januar 2006 (UTC)

Wi' hae one heck o' a problim…[eedit | eedit soorce]

W'us bin lookin roond 't wiki an w'us spottit a problim. Yers git yuselfs a wee nasty beastie here whus messin aboot wi' y'us pages… He calls hi'self "Willy on Wheels", an he's bin bannt ower at 't main Inglis wiki… He taks y'us pages an cheenges 'em tae <whute'er> on Wheels. He's a reet wee scrote, an he nids tae be baant outa here. If y'us hae an admin, mebee y'us shuld look at knockin tha little plonker on tha heed… cheers aa… 86.140.129.58 03:54, 5 Februar 2006 (UTC)

Interface[eedit | eedit soorce]

Is it juist me or is the "Navigation" bittie aw in English nou? ("Community portal" insteid o "Commonty yett" etc.) An gin it is—hou is it, dis oniebodie ken? Mendor 15:42, 12 Februar 2006 (UTC)

Huh. It's chynged back for me nou. Weel that's me aw confuised. Ignore haivers abuin. Mendor 17:03, 12 Februar 2006 (UTC)
There wis an update tae the Wikimedia version. That micht hae caused a revert tae English for a minutie. It's aw richt nou tho. — 68.147.241.235 04:17, 13 Februar 2006 (UTC)

Interwiki[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello. I'd like to request approval in running an interwiki bot here. The bot is already used in the Romanian and Italian encyclopaedias. I'll post a request on Meta as soon as (if) I am granted approval. Thanks. — Rebel 10:02, 18 Februar 2006 (UTC)

Nae objections here. Mendor (the ither admin) 20:10, 19 Februar 2006 (UTC)

Learnin Scots[eedit | eedit soorce]

There a puckle fowk at comes ontae the Wiki an asks "Whaur can I lear masel Scots?". Dis fowk think it's a guid idea for us tae mibbe hae a project page (ower an ayont whit Wikipedia:Spellin an grammar dis awreadies), in English mibbe, wi some airtins tae learnin material etc., that's airtit tae frae the front page, for thae fowk tae see as suin's thay come ontae the site? Mendor 20:16, 19 Februar 2006 (UTC)

A'm thinkin that that wid be best duin as a Wikibook. Houaniver we micht link sic a wikibook frae the front page. — Derek Ross 04:36, 20 Februar 2006 (UTC)

Pronunciations o "Richt", "Nicht", etc.[eedit | eedit soorce]

This dinae gae here for ordinar, houaniver Ae dinna ken whar else it shuid gae. Are wirds like "Richt" and "Nicht" ("Right" and "Night" in Inglis) pronounced like there Inglis equivalents, or mair like "Rikt" and "Nikt" ? Canaen 03:06, 12 Apryle 2006 (UTC)

Naether. The letter pair, "ch", is said the wey it is in German words like "Bach" (but nae the wey it is in German words like "reich") rather nor bein' missed oot like it is in English or pronoonced like a "k". The "i" in thae words soonds mair like English "e", forbye, sae a mair richtlike pronoonciation wad soond somethin like "recht", or "necht". — Derek Ross 03:32, 13 Apryle 2006 (UTC)
Ah. Tricky, but Ae ken Ae got it. Throaty, sorta. Canaen 08:12, 6 Mey 2006 (UTC)

Naw, it's a ch sound like Bach, the boy that wrote the classical music, an' loch (no' "lock!!!! ah hate that!). Ah'm scrivin' Jewish pages an' ye get the same sound in Ivrit, ch, so Scots spikkers are canny at learin Hebrew tae. — HielanJewess.

Innerness[eedit | eedit soorce]

I don't actually speak Scots, but I understand it enough to realize that Inverness and Innerness are about the same city. Could someone combine the two articles. — Andre Engels 15:08, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

Richt eneuch. A'll see whit A can dae. — Derek Ross 01:55, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedias without standardized language[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi and sorry I can't contribute in Scots. There are now many Wikipedia projects in languages that don't have a standardized language, one of the most recent of these project being the Bavarian wikipedia. I think that all these projects are dealing with some common questions: What to do about the variation in dialects and spellings and how to justify these projects? Therefore, I'd like to have a common page for all these projects, something alike to the common page of all the wikipedias in Swiss languages: [2]. I must admit that I have no idea what steps I'd have to take in order to create such a page. I just wanted to ask if there'd be support for this idea on the Scots wikipedia which is one of the oldest and largest wikipedia projects without standardized language. A user of the Alemannic wikipedia: — j. 'mach' wust 12:15, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

I would certainly support something like that in principle. (How would we communicate, though? It'd be a bit ironic, given that most of these non-standardised languages are under threat from dominating ones, for us to communicate in English, the most dominating language of all—but I suppose it can't be helped. Unless we'd like to adopt my interlanguage of choice?) — Mendor 18:02, 24 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikimania 2007 Team Bulletin[eedit | eedit soorce]

Published by the Wikimania 2007 Taipei Team, Wikimania 2007 Team Bulletin provides the latest news of the Team's organizing work to everyone who is interested in Wikimania; it also gives the Team chances to announce calls for help/participation, so assistance in human and other resources can be sought in a wider range. Team Bulletin is published at the official website of Wikimania 2007 and released to the public domain. Issue 1 and Issue 2 has already published. — 218.166.212.246 02:08, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

Wha daur meddle wi me?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please see en:Talk:Scotland#Wha_daur_meddle_wi_me. (Star Admins get a passing promo!) — Mais oui! 12:33, 5 November 2006 (UTC)

Stairtin a new airticle[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please oniebodie thit kens, can ye tell me how tae start a new airticle here as its no obvious whit tae click tae get under wye!! cheers80.192.59.202 16:00, 30 November 2006 (UTC)

Tak a keek at Talk:Main_Page.

Spellin, nae technical[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • geologie or geology? Follaein the ither sciences (biologIE, astronomIE, an aa) A uised "geologie", but ae anonymous (?) uiser makkit it "geology".
  • makkit or made? [3] saes baith.
  • aa or aw? (A thocht A seed "aa" wis standard here, but a body makkit that "aw".

Aleta 13:34, 9 Dizember 2006 (UTC)

Aw that's been chowed ower afore at Wikipedia talk:Spellin an grammar.
84.135.233.124 14:44, 9 Dizember 2006 (UTC)

Nonsense page deletion!?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Nae shuir whair tae put this… Ooter space is aboot "Martians" an aa… needs tae be deleted. Aleta 17:23, 11 Dizember 2006 (UTC)

Deletit it. In the futur ye can pit Template:Delete on it (bi pittin {{delete}} on the page) an me or Derek'll delete it for ye. Cheers. — Mendor 03:32, 12 Dizember 2006 (UTC)
Ah, thank ye for the tip! Aleta 06:01, 14 Dizember 2006 (UTC)

Bureaucrat aince mair[eedit | eedit soorce]

Richt awbody, let's gie this bureaucrat walin anither go. Mendor, you're it aince mair! Awbody else, please gang tae Wikipedia:Requests_for_adminship an vote for him sae that we can rid oorsels o thae damned bots (or at least pit them in their richtfu place). Oh and a Happy Christmas and a Guid New Year tae ane an aw whan it comes! — Derek Ross 07:45, 25 Dizember 2006 (UTC)

Adminship[eedit | eedit soorce]

Aye so nou that A'm a bureaucrat A can mak fowk intae admeenistrators gin thay want. A'm inclined tae be fair leeberal wi this pouer an gie admin pouer tae maist onie (sairious) contreebutor that wants it. Wad fowk gree wi sicna policy?

The pouers o adminship is:

  • deletin pages
  • flittin pages ower anes that's aareadies there
  • blockin an unblockin uisers
  • haein the pouer tae edit restrictit pages like Special:Allmessages
  • bein able tae rowback vandalised pages wi ae dab on the moose
  • protectin an unprotectin pages (no muckle ca' for thon on this wiki, cept the main page that wis gettin a lot o vandals afore)

Gin fowk dis gree wi this idea, wha's wantin tae be an admeenistrator? Gaunae drap us a line on ma collogue page gin ye dae. Note that ye hiv tae be a registert uiser tae be an admin — anonymous IPs canna get admin pouers for obvious reasons.

Mendor 16:58, 4 Februar 2007 (UTC)

Wad oniebodie like tae comment on the abuin idea? Are we a'richt juist tae dae awa wi the election bit, at least for the nou, an juist hiv fowk that wants tae be gien admin pouers gien thaim (lang's thay'r obviously sairious?) Mendor 16:54, 18 Apryle 2007 (UTC)

Aye, soons like a braa idea tae me. Ah micht would like tae be an admin masel an aa, ig anerly tae be able tae delete some ae the spam we get! Bazza 09:40, 19 Apryle 2007 (UTC)

Mendor! Sairy, I didnae reid this earlier; it would hae savit time… och, weel, sounds like a guid idea. I should hae asked ye befaur. I'll dae it just nou. OchAyeTheNoo 18:15, 19 Apryle 2007 (UTC)

P.S. Does it matter gin A'v held a vote for masel? Hope nae. OchAyeTheNoo 18:15, 19 Apryle 2007 (UTC)

Wikimedia Walin Notice[eedit | eedit soorce]

Gin ye're able, please pit this notice ower til as mony leids as ye can an post it onywey applicable.

The Wikimedia Election Comatee is takkin candidates for the 2007 Wikimedia Foondation Buird o Trustees election. Please see [4] for mair wittins.

There is time yet for a new candidate tae be conseedered for election, an ye nou hae the option o endorsin the candidate o yer chyce (up til 3 candidates) on the endorsements page, [5]. Please read the instructions carefu afore endorsin. Gin you can pit the instructions ower intae ither leids, please dae't.

Gin ye hae ony quaistens, please contact ony member o the election comatee, that's listit here [6].

Postit for the Election Comatee,
Philippe

Press TV[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello everyone! can someone writes an article about Iran's launch of new English TV channel called PRESS TV which claims to be rivaling Anglophone BBC World, CNN International and Qatar base Al Jazeera! for further information please check out English Wikipedia's article at PRESS TV and BBC's article.

Many Thanks: Kaveh

Bot status for PipepBot[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello! I ask for permission to run my interwiki bot PipepBot here, and to get a bot flag for it.

  • Operator: it:User:Pipep
  • Purpose: Interwiki
  • Software: Pywikipedia
  • Have bot flag at: als, am, an, ar, az, bat-smg, be-x-old, bn, bs, ca, ceb, cs, cv, da, en, eo, et, fo, fy, ga, hr, id, is, ka, ksh, la, li, lv, nap, nn, no, pms, simple, sl, sr, sv, th, uk, vec
  • Details: Interwiki using Pywikipediabot. It mostly runs manually assisted. May run automatically in some cases.

Thank you! — it:User:Pipep 18:21, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Richt, Ah've put a message on Pipep's Italian page tae find oot whit the bot daes. OchAyeTheNoo 19:24, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
The bot does automatically add interwiki links to wikipedias in other languages. it:User:Pipep 19:59, 9 August 2007 (UTC)
Trouble is we'll hae tae wait for Mendor tae dae this. He's the ae Bureaucrat here an ye maun be ane tae mark a bot. — Derek Ross | News 23:46, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

PipepBot has now bot status. Thank you! it:User:Pipep 03:05, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

Ah, this is whaur Pipep asked for bot status! A kent he'd asked somewhaur acause A'd seen OATN's note on his talk page but A didna ken whaur. A wis leukin aw ower an cuidna finnd it. Sairy (tae contreebutors that's haed thair "recent chynges" page fillt up wi bot edits) that it teuk sae lang, wis awa on ma holidays an than ma computer dee'd on me. But that's me back nou! Mendor 11:52, 26 August 2007 (UTC)

How mony bots dae we need tae do this onyway? OchAyeTheNoo 19:24, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

The Prince Charles, Duke o Rothesay[eedit | eedit soorce]

Is he Baron o Renfrew or Lord o Renfrew. — Barliner 10:26, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Dinnae ken! Bit the Inglis wikipedia sais Baron o Renfrew.

> The Prince's style in full (rarely used): His Royal Highness The Prince Charles Philip Arthur > George, Prince of Wales and Earl of Chester, Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of > Carrick, Baron of Renfrew, Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, Knight > Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order > of the Thistle, Great Master and First and Principal Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable > Order of the Bath, Member of the Order of Merit, Knight of the Order of Australia, Companion of > the Queen's Service Order, Honorary Member of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, Chief Grand > Commander of the Order of Logohu, Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, > Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty.

Bazza 13:50, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

We Inglis dinnae ken "Lord o Pairlament" so Inglis wikipedia says "Baron" but that can be Baron like George Way of Plean, Fiscal at the Court of Lord Lyon or an English Baron which is a Lord o Pairlament. I'll leave Lord o Renfrew for the moment. — Barliner 18:24, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Preparation of Fundraiser 2007[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi, this is just a first introduction message to tell you: there is more to come. I am dealing with the Project Management of the Fundraiser 2007 and therefore will search for contacts of wikimedians who can help us to do our tasks on all projects. I am actually also building the structure for the fundraiser on Meta. We will need people who help to design buttons, translate texts of buttons, documents, sitenotices etc. Should you feel you want to co-operate please let me know. You can reach me on my meta user page or by e-mail at scretella (at) wikimedia (dot) org. If you wish to notify us that you would like to co-operate on translations, it would be nice if you used e-mail and copied the e-mail to me and Aphaia (aphaia (at) gmail (dot) com). Thank you for your attention and I hope to meet you soon! Cheers :-) — 4 September 2007 Sabine

Betawiki: better support for your language in MediaWiki[eedit | eedit soorce]

Dear community. I am writing to you to promote a special wiki called Betawiki. This wiki facilitates the localisation of the MediaWiki interface. You have changed many messages here to use your language in the interface, but if you would log in to another wiki, you would not be able to use the interface as well translated as here. We have imported the translations which are done here, but if you wish to contribute to better support of your language in MediaWiki, as well as for many MediaWiki extensions, please visit Betawiki, create an account and request translator privilege.

If you have any further questions, please let me know on my talk page on Betawiki. We will try and assist you as much as possible.

You can also find us on the Freenode IRC network in the channel #mediawiki-i18n where we would be happy to help you get started.

Thank you very much for your attention and I do hope to see some of you on Betawiki soon! Cheers! SPQRobin 17:23, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Screed anent Scots[eedit | eedit soorce]

A thocht the follaein screed anent Scots micht be o interest tae some fowk: The ausbau of present-day Scots. Jimmy 01:04, 20 Januar 2008 (UTC)

Betawiki: better support for your language in MediaWiki[eedit | eedit soorce]

Dear community. I am writing to you to promote a special wiki called Betawiki. This wiki facilitates the localisation (l10n) of the MediaWiki interface. You may have changed many messages here to use your language in the interface, but if you would log in to for example the Japanese language Wiktionary, you would not be able to use the interface as well translated as here. In fact, of 1,736 messages in the core of MediaWiki, 5.99% of the messages have been translated. Betawiki also supports the translation of messages for 126 extensions, with 2,174 messages. Many of them are used in WMF projects and they are vital for understanding the wiki. Currently 0.00% of the WMF extension messages have been translated. Translators for over 90 languages contribute their work to MediaWiki this way every month.

If you wish to contribute to better support of your language in MediaWiki, as well as for many MediaWiki extensions, please visit Betawiki, create an account and request translator privileges. You can see the current status of localisation of your language on MediaWiki.org and do not forget to get in touch with others that may already be working on your language on Betawiki.

If you have any further questions, please let me know on my talk page on Betawiki. We will try and assist you as much as possible, for example by importing all messages from a local wiki for you to start with, if you so desire.

You can also find us on the Freenode IRC network in the channel #mediawiki-i18n where we will be happy to help you get started.

Thank you very much for your attention and I do hope to see some of you on Betawiki soon! Thanks, GerardM@Betawiki

  • Currently 48.63% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.19% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 21:23, 13 Apryle 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 46.35% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.13% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 04:11, 19 Mey 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 44.39% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.00% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 19:34, 8 Julie 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 43.41% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.15% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 13:58, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 40.18% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.13% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 07:31, 11 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 38.17% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.13% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 09:27, 18 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 38.27% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.10% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 08:58, 11 November 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 37.45% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.09% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising and proof reading at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 11:26, 15 Dizember 2008 (UTC)
  • Currently 36.89% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.09% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising and proof reading at Betawiki. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 20:34, 12 Januar 2009 (UTC)
PS Please help us complete the most wanted messages..

Research "small" Wikipedias[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello, I do a little research about Wikipedias in "small" or "weak" languages. If you would like to help me answering some questions, I would be grateful if you contact me by e-mail via mia user page. — Ziko 16:51, 20 Apryle 2008 (UTC)

Bot policy[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello. To facilitate steward granting of bot access, I suggest implementing the standard bot policy on this wiki. This will involve creating a redirect to this page from Project:Bot policy, and adding a line at the top noting that it is used here. In particular, this policy allows automatic acceptance of known interlanguage linking bots (if this page says that is acceptable), which form the vast majority of such requests.

Please read the text at m:Bot policy before commenting. If you object, please say so; it will be implemented in one week if there is no objection, since it is particularly written to streamline bot requests on wikis with little or no community interested in bot access requests. Carsrac 12:46, 14 Juin 2008 (UTC)

Tell us about your Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please Tell us about your Wikipedia language edition, answering some questions, and learn about others. — Ziko 22:23, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

New UK wikimedia chapter[eedit | eedit soorce]

A plan is in the works to found a new UK chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, and we are currently gathering support from the community. If you are interested in being part of this new UK chapter as a member, a board member or as someone with a general interest in the chapter, please head over to m:Wikimedia UK v2.0 and let us know. We also welcome help in making finishing touches to the plans. An election will be held shortly for the initial board, who will oversee the process of founding the company and accepting membership applications. They will then call an AGM to formally elect a new board, which will take the chapter forward, starting to raise funds and generally supporting the Wikimedia community in the UK.

Geni 23:29, 29 August 2008 (UTC)

Holocaust[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi,

I don't actually know Scots, but as far as i understand, the phrasing of in the article Holocaust is rather non-serious.

I suppose that "tho he didna pheesically tak pairt in it hissel" means "though he didn't physically take part in it himself" and "Some dafties denee's it happened, tho" means "Some stupid people deny that it happened, though". If I understood it properly, then well, technically it's rather correct, but very non-serious.

Can anyone please make it look more serious? I think that the subject deserves it.

Please excuse me if i misunderstand something.

Thanks in advance. — Amir E. Aharoni 11:28, 10 September 2008 (UTC)

Ah'm Jewish an' Scots forby. Ah lookit at the Holocaust page an it looks a' richt tae me, nae levity aboot it, it's richt anough. (I am Jewish and Scots too, I checked the Holocaust entry and it's fine, it's not non-serious at all.) Shana Tova / A Guid New Year frae HielanJewess

Wikimedia UK[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wikimedians in the United Kingdom are working to set up a chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation, which will aid and encourage people to collect, develop and effectively disseminate knowledge. A board of five members has been elected, and a company has now been set up. Membership applications are now invited, and will be processed as soon as we have a bank account. The organisation needs the support and involvement of people like you.

So far, most participants have been based on English-language projects, but we want to ensure that we work with and for Wikimedians in all languages. As this Wikipedia is in a language native to the UK, we are making contact with you.

We need to know what a new UK chapter can do to assist your project, and how we can best work together to make that happen. We are also looking for people who can translate short pieces of text, such as the first paragraph of this message, to help publicise the activities of the chapter.

Please do comment, make suggestions, and feel free to ask us any questions, whether here, on MetaWiki, or on the wikimedia-uk mailing list. Warofdreams 11:19, 1 Dizember 2008 (UTC)

Weak language, weak Wikipedia?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello, at Youtube I put a video about smaller Wikipedias. If you are interested, please search there for "Weak language, weak Wikipedia? 01/03". — Ziko 12:56, 25 Juin 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for thon Ziko, I haed a keik at thon the ithir day. Intressin stuff, nae dout Duncan Sneddon 14:37, 30 Juin 2008 (UTC)
Hello, I see that I should go to my various user talk pages more often.:-) Kind regards — Ziko 13:50, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

Manual for new and small Wikipedias[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello, at Meta there is the project of a Manual to help new and small Wikipedias, and a set of Wikipedia pages and help pages every Wikipedia should have. You gained experience in these questions when building up your language edition, and I would like you to have a look and comment. Kind regards. — Ziko 13:50, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

High St[eedit | eedit soorce]

A wis wunnerin whit the Scots for High Street wis. This is acause A wis thinkin aboot the Overgate Centre in Dundee that opens ontae the High Street. Is Owergate the Scots for High St? Are thare ony ither Owergates that youse ken o? Heich-gate seems tae mean "Highway" raither nor "High St" Scroggie 19:45, 26 Apryle 2009 (UTC)

Hie street. Its the Owergate acause its faurer up the brae nor the Nethergate. 84.135.252.150 14:22, 27 Apryle 2009 (UTC)

The LocalisationUpdate extension has gone live[eedit | eedit soorce]

The LocalisationUpdate extension is now enabled for all Wikimedia projects. From now on new localisations that become available in SVN will become available to your project within 24 hours. Your localisations get into SVN from translatewiki.net typically within a day and at worst in two days. This is a huge improvement from the old practice where the localisations became available with new software. This could take weeks, even months.

The localisations done by our community at translatewiki.net are committed to SVN typically every day. When the system messages in English are the same as the local messages, they will now be inserted in a file and are available for use in all our projects in a timely manner

What this means for you[eedit | eedit soorce]

Local messages have an impact on the performance of our system. It is best when messages are as much as possible part of the system messages. In order to remove unnecessary duplication, all the messages that have a local localisation and are exactly the same as the system message will be removed. What we ask you to do is to compare and proof read the messages in translatewiki.net and the local messages. You can then either remove local messages when the translatewiki.net message is to be preferred or, you can update the message at translatewiki.net.

Messages that are specific to your project will have to stay as they are. You do want to check if the format and the variables of the message are still the same.

Why localise at translatewiki.net[eedit | eedit soorce]

When you localise at translatewiki.net, your messages will be used in all Wikimedia projects and eventually in all MediaWiki based projects. This is how we provide the standard support for your language. When messages change, at translatewiki.net you will be prompted to revisit your translations. Localising is more efficient because we have innovated the process to make you more efficient; there is text explaining about messages and we have applied AJAX technology to reduce the number of clicks you have to make.

Translatewiki.net update[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Currently 39.27% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.11% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising and proof reading at translatewiki.net. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 15:54, 30 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Currently 38.76% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.11% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising and proof reading at translatewiki.net. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 15:08, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Currently 39.39% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.11% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising and proof reading at translatewiki.net. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 12:53, 14 Dizember 2009 (UTC)
  • Currently 39.08% of the MediaWiki messages and 0.11% of the messages of the extensions used by the Wikimedia Foundation projects have been localised. Please help us help your language by localising and proof reading at translatewiki.net. This is the recent localisation activity for your language. Thanks, GerardM 15:42, 18 Januar 2010 (UTC)

How can we improve the usability for your language[eedit | eedit soorce]

We expect that with the implementation of LocalisationUpdate the usability of MediaWiki for your language will improve. We are now ready to look at other aspects of usability for your language as well. There are two questions we would like you to answer: Are there issues with the new functionality of the Usability Initiative Does MediaWiki support your language properly

The best way to answer the first question is to visit the translatewiki.net. Change the language to your language, select the “vector” skin and add the advanced tool bar in in the preferences and check out the new functionality. And make some changes in your user page. When there is a need to improve on the localisation, please make the necessary changess . It should update your localisation straight away. We would like you to report each issue individually at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Usability_issues.

When there are problems with the support of MediaWiki for your language, we really want to know about this. It is best to report each issue separately. In this way there will be no large mass of issues to resolve but we can address each issue on its own. Consider issues with the display of characters, the presentation of your script, the position of the side bar, the combination of text with other languages, scripts. It is best to try this in an environment like the prototype wiki as it provides you with a clean, basic and up to date environment. The prototype wiki is available for five languages but you can select any of them, change the preferences to your language and test out MediaWiki for your language.

We would like you to report each issue individually at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Language_issues. The issues you raise will all be assessed. It is important to keep each issue separate, because this will make it easier to understand the issues and find solutions.

PS This text has been approved by Naoko, Brion and Siebrand. Thanks, GerardM 15:54, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

Racibórz[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi. Can somebody write an (at least ;] ) short stub about my city (Racibórz) on your Wikipedia? Many thanks for anyone who could do that :) Olos88 07:44, 27 Julie 2009 (UTC)


Offeecial names in ither leids[eedit | eedit soorce]

Short syne, A pit the Ingles an Erse translates o the name o the PSNI on the airticle. A bodie said that thare are aiticles on the thair wikis wi thon names. A ken thons richt but gin we hae translates o names intae French for thae anes that hae offeecial French names shoud we no dae the same wi Ingles an Erse? Scroggie 09:39, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

Weel, wi French, there's nae ofeecial name i Scots. Bit wi the Norn Irish instituitions, we hae an ofeecial Scots name. Ah ken there's ither ofeecial names in ither leids, bit suld we list em aw? Bazza 09:58, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

Thon seems fair. Sae whan we hae an offeecial name in Scots than thon is eneuch, but gin we daenae hae ane than we shoud hae the offeecial name in whitiver leid is appropriate (likely Ingles first chyce) wi an unoffeecial Scots owerset. Scroggie 10:15, 7 October 2009 (UTC)

Small request[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello! I am a Polish wikipedian and I would like to ask you for your help—writing a new article about former Polish President who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 – Lech Wałęsa. I have looked for his biography in your Wikipedia but without success. Polish Wikipedians will be grateful for your help. Thank you so much in advance! PS you can find the English version of the article here. Best wishes from Poland, Patrol110 22:20, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

Burns Night and a request …[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello,

I was directed to your project, in connection with a suggestion made in respect of Wiki Campus Radio (an audio content project) over on the English Wikiversity.

The idea was to try and produce a broadcast of about an hour in length for Burns Night.

The current script/running order (which is under heavy development here – Wikiversity:Wiki_Campus_Radio/Active_audio_stream/01-25

As Burns wrote in Scots rather than in English, the involvement of the Scots Wikipedia would be greatly appreciated.

ShakespeareFan00 11:19, 28 Dizember 2009 (UTC)

Call for proposals for Wikimedia UK initiatives[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi all. My apologies for posting this in English.

The Wikimedia UK board has been putting together a budget for the next year (You can see this, and help with its development, here) and we have some money left over. We are looking for proposals for projects/iniatives with budget requirements in the range of £100–£3000 (GBP). These projects can be either online or offline, but they should be primarily focused on the UK and they must further the objects of Wikimedia UK (broadly, to collate/develop/spread freely licensed material).

The deadline for proposals is the end of this month (i.e. 0:00 UTC on 1 March 2010). You can find more details of the requirements, and how to submit proposals, on our blog. Thanks. Mike Peel 23:44, 17 Februar 2010 (UTC)

Wikimania Scholarships[eedit | eedit soorce]

The call for applications for Wikimania Scholarships to attend Wikimania 2010 in Gdansk, Poland (July 9–11) is now open. The Wikimedia Foundation offers Scholarships to pay for selected individuals' round trip travel, accommodations, and registration at the conference. To apply, visit the Wikimania 2010 scholarships information page, click the secure link available there, and fill out the form to apply. For additional information, please visit the Scholarships information and FAQ pages:

Yours very truly, Cary Bass
Volunteer Coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation

Fundraising time is around the corner![eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello Wikimedians, my name is Deniz and I am working for the Wikimedia Foundation during the 2010 Fundraiser. My job is to be the liaison between the Scots community and the Foundation. This year's fundraiser is intended to be a collaborative and global effort, we recognize that banner messages that perform well in the United States don't necessarily translate well, or appeal to international audiences.

I am currently looking for translators who are willing to contribute to this project, helping to translate and localize messages into Scots and suggesting messages that would appeal to Scots readers on the Fundraising Meta Page. We've started the setup on meta for both banner submission, statistical analysis, and grouping volunteers together.
Use the talk pages on meta, talk to your local communities, talk to others, talk to us, and add your feedback to the proposed messages as well! I look forward to working with you during this year's fundraiser. — Dgultekin 22:58, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Fundraising 2010: Beat Jimmy Challenge[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Fundraising Committee is issuing all interested community members a challenge: we want you to beat Jimmy. The appeal from Jimmy Wales and the corresponding banner have been tested head-to-head with other successful banners, and the results are clear: it's our best performing message… by a lot. This year we have a lofty fundraising goal; we need all of our banners to bring in donations like the Jimmy Appeal, but no one wants to keep the Jimmy banner up for two months. We want to run donor quotes, and other wonderful ideas, but we have to have banners that work as well as or better than the Jimmy appeal.

We've just released the highlights from a donor focus group, and the results of our donor survey. With one month to the launch of the fundraiser, the messages we test must be driven by data from our tests and surveys – we can no longer rely on instinct alone.

We've redesigned our fundraising meta pages with the Jimmy challenge; check out the survey results and propose/discuss banners that reflect these findings. Add the banners you think will 'beat Jimmy' here to be tested Tuesday October 12 against Jimmy. — Dgultekin 21:56, 6 October 2010 (UTC)

Translating the fundraiser[eedit | eedit soorce]

We have almost managed to get the Welsh version of the fundraiser onto the Welsh Wikipedia, including onto the Wikimedia UK landing pages (for users located in the UK). We have not translated the appeal letter, or the other editors' appeals, but we will get the right hand side of the donation landing page in Welsh and also the central banner, which appears above. This is much more satisfactory than having these in English. This has been quite a long-drawnout process, so if someone here wants to venture down this route and would like the benefit of our experience, then please feel free to contact me via Welsh Wikipedia. I will say, however, that subscribing to the translators-l list on meta is highly recommended. Lloffiwr 13:13, 5 Dizember 2010 (UTC)

Request Bot Flag For Mjbmrbot[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Operator  : Mjbmr
  • Automatic or Manually Assisted : Automatic
  • Programming Language(s)  : Python (pywikipedia)
  • Function Summary  : Interwiki
  • Already has a bot flag (Y/N)  : Yes, see here
  • Function Details  : Just interwikis, thank Mjbmr Talk 18:39, 5 Dizember 2010 (UTC)
Bot flag given. — Andre Engels 21:20, 26 Dizember 2010 (UTC)

Multilingual Challenge[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please help: replace this red text with a translation of the English message below. Thank you!
Announcing the Derby Multilingual Challenge

This is the first multilingual Wikipedia collaboration. All Wikipedians can take part, in any Wikipedia language. The challenge runs from 1 May until 3 September 2011.
Sign up now!
" Wikipedia is particularly pleased to see that Derby Museums are encouraging the creation of articles in languages other than English." (Jimmy Wales, 14 January 2011)

Andrew Dalby 13:48, 2 Mey 2011 (UTC)

Call for image filter referendum[eedit | eedit soorce]

Th' Wikimedia Foundation, at th' direction o' th' boord o' Trustees, wull be holding a vote tae determine whither members o' th' community support th' creation 'n' usage o' an opt-in personal image filter, whilk wid allow readers tae voluntarily screen particular types o' images strictly fur thair ain accoont.

Further details 'n' educational materials wull be available shortly. Th' referendum is scheduled fur 12–27 August, 2011, 'n' wull be conducted oan servers hosted by a neutral third pairtie. Referendum details, officials, voting requirements, 'n' supporting materials wull be posted atm:Image filter referendum shortly.

For the coordinating committee,

Cbrown1023
Risker
Mardetanha
PeterSymonds
Robert Harris

Call for image filter referendum[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Wikimedia Foundation, at the direction of the Board of Trustees, will be holding a vote to determine whether members of the community support the creation and usage of an opt-in personal image filter, which would allow readers to voluntarily screen particular types of images strictly for their own account.

Further details and educational materials will be available shortly. The referendum is scheduled for 12–27 August, 2011, and will be conducted on servers hosted by a neutral third party. Referendum details, officials, voting requirements, and supporting materials will be posted at Meta:Image filter referendum shortly.

Sorry for delivering you a message in English. Please help translate the pages on the referendum on Meta and join the translators mailing list.

For the coordinating committee,
Philippe (WMF)
Cbrown1023
Risker
Mardetanha
PeterSymonds
Robert Harris

Spoken Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello, my name is Bloche from the bavarian Wikipedia. I don't speak Scots but I'm very interested in that language. We have some spoken articles in the bavarian wiki. It'll be great if you also record some, so that people get to know what Scots sounds like. Bloche 12:04, 17 August 2011 (UTC)

HiW-Bot[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Operator  : Hedwig in Washington
  • Automatic or Manually Assisted : automatic
  • Programming Language(s)  : Python (pywikipedia), daily update
  • Function Summary  : Interwiki, Internationalization by removing chaos in Babel so it can be used properly and easy. Double redirects shortly
  • Already has a bot flag (Y/N)  : Yes, DE, EN, AR, NN and LB, others pending see here
  • Function Details  : just using the standard interwiki.py; parameters: -auto -all - log -catr

Thank you for consideration! — Hedwig in Washington 21:10, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Linkin' tae the Inglish page?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Ah jist made a Scots page ca'ed Shema an' ah canny see how ye link it tae the Inglish wan. Ah need tae see "Scots" in the list o'leids at the left-haun side o' the Inglish page fur Shema. How dae ye dae that?

Ah'm interestit in a' Jewish stuff bein' pit intil Scots, as far's ah ken it's jist Christian beuks that hae been translatit, but there's a puckle o' Jewish folk here forby, an' ah wint tae pit a lot o' stuff up here. It's a stoatin' project, so weel deen youse!

PS Kin we link til the Ivrit (Hebrew) page an' a'?

HielanJewess

Juist eik [[en:NAME O THE PAGE]] an [[he: NAME O THE PAGE]] at the dowp o the page efter ony category merkup.

By the by. Eik ~~~~ efter yer comments an it will shaw yer seegnatur an time. Jimmy 20:59, 8 October 2011 (UTC)

Ta. I'll gie that a birl.HielanJewess

Here, it's deen, an ahm affy chuffed wi masel an ma page :-D HielanJewess

Terms of Use update[eedit | eedit soorce]

I apologize that you are receiving this message in English. Please help translate it.

Hello,

The Wikimedia Foundation is discussing changes to its Terms of Use. The discussion can be found at Talk:Terms of use. Everyone is invited to join in. Because the new version of Terms of use is not in final form, we are not able to present official translations of it. Volunteers are welcome to translate it, as German volunteers have done at m:Terms of use/de, but we ask that you note at the top that the translation is unofficial and may become outdated as the English version is changed. The translation request can be found at m:Translation requests/WMF/Terms of Use 2. — Maggie Dennis, Community Liaison 01:15, 27 October 2011 (UTC)

Open Call for 2012 Wikimedia Fellowship Applicants[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wikimedia Foundation RGB logo with text.svg

I apologize that you are receiving this message in English. Please help translate it.

  • Do you want to help attract new contributors to Wikimedia projects?
  • Do you want to improve retention of our existing editors?
  • Do you want to strengthen our community by diversifying its base and increasing the overall number of excellent participants around the world?

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking Community Fellows and project ideas for the Community Fellowship Program. A Fellowship is a temporary position at the Wikimedia Foundation in order to work on a specific project or set of projects. Submissions for 2012 are encouraged to focus on the theme of improving editor retention and increasing participation in Wikimedia projects. If interested, please submit a project idea or apply to be a fellow by January 15, 2012. Please visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Fellowships for more information.

Thanks!

Siko Bouterse, Head of Community Fellowships, Wikimedia Foundation 03:04, 22 Dizember 2011 (UTC)

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Announcing Wikipedia 1.19 beta[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wikimedia Foundation is getting ready to push out 1.19 to all the WMF-hosted wikis. As we finish wrapping up our code review, you can test the new version right now on beta.wmflabs.org. For more information, please read the release notes or the start of the final announcement.

The following are the areas that you will probably be most interested in:

  • Faster loading of javascript files makes dependency tracking more important.
  • New common*.css files usable by skins instead of having to copy piles of generic styles from MonoBook or Vector's css.
  • The default user signature now contains a talk link in addition to the user link.
  • Searching blocked usernames in block log is now clearer.
  • Better timezone recognition in user preferences.
  • Improved diff readability for colorblind people.
  • The interwiki links table can now be accessed also when the interwiki cache is used (used in the API and the Interwiki extension).
  • More gender support (for instance in logs and user lists).
  • Language converter improved, e.g. it now works depending on the page content language.
  • Time and number-formatting magic words also now depend on the page content language.
  • Bidirectional support further improved after 1.18.

Report any problems on the labs beta wiki and we'll work to address them before they software is released to the production wikis.

Note that this cluster does have SUL but it is not integrated with SUL in production, so you'll need to create another account. You should avoid using the same password as you use here. — Global message delivery 16:32, 15 Januar 2012 (UTC)

Language support group for Scots[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Wikimedia Foundation has brought together a new team of developers who are dedicated to language support. This team is to support all the languages and consequently it is not realistic to expect that the team members can provide proper support for your language. It is for this reason that we are looking for volunteers who will make up a language support team.

This language support team will be asked to provide us with information about their language. Such information may need to be provided either to us or on a website that we will indicate to you. Another activity will be to test software that will likely have an effect on the running of the MediaWiki software. We are looking for people who clearly identify their ability. Formal knowledge is definitely appreciated.

As much of the activity will be concentrated on translatewiki.net, it will be a plus when team members know how to localise at translatewiki.net.
Thanks, Gmeijssen 20:54, 1 Februar 2012 (UTC)

The Babel extension[eedit | eedit soorce]

When people want to indicate their proficiency of a language, they can make use of the Babel extension on all WMF projects. Sadly this extension has not yet been localised in the Scots language. Could someone please help and localise this extension for us. Thanks, Gmeijssen 20:54, 1 Februar 2012 (UTC)

MediaWiki 1.19[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Apologies if this message isn't in your language.) The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to upgrade MediaWiki (the software powering this wiki) to its latest version this month. You can help to test it before it is enabled, to avoid disruption and breakage. More information is available in the full announcement. Thank you for your understanding.

Guillaume Paumier, via the Global message delivery system (wrong page? You can fix it.). 15:17, 12 Februar 2012 (UTC)

Welsh and Scots?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please help: replace this red text with a translation of the English message below. Thank you!
@MonmouthpediA announces the Charles Rolls Challenge

This is the first multilingual Wikipedia collaboration to create a wiki-town. All Wikipedians can take part, in any Wikipedia language. The challenge runs from 1 March until the 19th of April 2012. (Prizegiving webstreamed on 21st April).
Sign up now!
"Can you imagine a Wiki Project that involves 1,000 QRpedia codes and free WiFi?"

Victuallers (talk) 20:41, 2 Mairch 2012 (UTC)

Doric dialect in Scots Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

Just a quick question. If I have an article which has been written in the Doric dialect of Scots, is that ok for posting here on Scots Wikipedia? Any info appreciated. Russavia (talk) 20:13, 13 Mey 2012 (UTC)

A number of other Wikipedia projects have several dialects active within the project.
The mechanism for implementing that is often quite complex.
So I personally see no reason why this project could not have a template that posts a little notice in the event that an article has been written in Doric.
Varlaam (talk) 22:35, 24 September 2012 (UTC)
I am in favour of articles in Doric.
I very quickly made this silly template to mark any such pages.
The illustration shows a Doric column and the Doric order.
As for the text, I don't know what's best. Varlaam (talk) 23:06, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

Update on IPv6[eedit | eedit soorce]

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(Apologies if this message isn't in your language. Please consider translating it, as well as the full version of this announcement on Meta)

The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to do limited testing of IPv6 on June 2–3. If there are not too many problems, we may fully enable IPv6 on World IPv6 day (June 6), and keep it enabled.

What this means for your project:

  • At least on June 2–3, 2012, you may see a small number of edits from IPv6 addresses, which are in the form "2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334". See e.g. w:en:IPv6 address. These addresses should behave like any other IP address: You can leave messages on their talk pages; you can track their contributions; you can block them. (See the full version of this announcement for notes on range blocks.)
  • In the mid term, some user scripts and tools will need to be adapted for IPv6.
  • We suspect that IPv6 usage is going to be very low initially, meaning that abuse should be manageable, and we will assist in the monitoring of the situation.

Read the full version of this announcement on how to test the behavior of IPv6 with various tools and how to leave bug reports, and to find a fuller analysis of the implications of the IPv6 migration.

Erik Möller, VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation 01:21, 2 Juin 2012 (UTC)

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2011 Picture of the Year competition[eedit | eedit soorce]

македонскиnorsk bokmålpolski

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2011 Picture of the Year competition is now open. We are interested in your opinion as to which images qualify to be the Picture of the Year 2011. Any user registered at Commons or a Wikimedia wiki SUL-related to Commons with more than 75 edits before 1 April 2012 (UTC) is welcome to vote and, of course everyone is welcome to view!

Detailed information about the contest can be found at the introductory page.

About 600 of the best of Wikimedia Common's photos, animations, movies and graphics were chosen –by the international Wikimedia Commons community– out of 12 million files during 2011 and are now called Featured Pictures.

From professional animal and plant shots to breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems, diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human portraits, Commons Features Pictures of all flavors.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories.

We regret that you receive this message in English; we intended to use banners to notify you in your native language but there was both, human and technical resistance.

See you on Commons! — Picture of the Year 2011 Committee 18:38, 5 Juin 2012 (UTC)

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Help decide about more than $10 million of Wikimedia donations in the coming year[eedit | eedit soorce]

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(Apologies if this message isn't in your language. Please consider translating it)

Hi,

As many of you are aware, the Wikimedia Board of Trustees recently initiated important changes in the way that money is being distributed within the Wikimedia movement. As part of this, a new community-led "Funds Dissemination Committee" (FDC) is currently being set up. Already in 2012–2013, its recommendations will guide the decisions about the distribution of over 10 million US dollars among the Foundation, chapters and other eligible entities.

Now, seven capable, knowledgeable and trustworthy community members are sought to volunteer on the initial Funds Dissemination Committee. It is expected to take up its work in September. In addition, a community member is sought to be the Ombudsperson for the FDC process. If you are interested in joining the committee, read the call for volunteers. Nominations are planned to close on August 15.

Anasuya Sengupta, Director of Global Learning and Grantmaking, Wikimedia Foundation 20:23, 19 Julie 2012 (UTC)

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More opportunities for you to access free research databases[eedit | eedit soorce]

The quest to get editors free access to the sources they need is gaining momentum.

  • Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of nearly 1200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in every major subject, including general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias. There are 125 full Credo 350 accounts available, with access even to 100 more references works than in Credo's original donation. All you need is a 1-year-old account with 1000 edits. Sign up here.
  • HighBeam Research has access to over 80 million articles from 6,500 publications including newspapers, magazines, academic journals, newswires, trade magazines and encyclopedias. Thousands of new articles are added daily, and archives date back over 25 years covering a wide range of subjects and industries. There are 250 full access 1-year accounts available. All you need is a 1-year-old account with 1000 edits. Sign up here.
  • Questia is an online research library for books and journal articles focusing on the humanities and social sciences. Questia has curated titles from over 300 trusted publishers including 77,000 full-text books and 4 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as encyclopedia entries. There will soon be 1000 full access 1-year accounts available. All you need is a 1-year-old account with 1000 edits. Sign up here.

You might also be interested in the idea to create a central Wikipedia Library where approved editors would have access to all participating resource donors. Add your feedback to the Community Fellowship proposal. Apologies for the English message (translate here). Go sign up :) —Ocaasi (talk) 02:24, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

Request for Comment: Legal Fees Assistance Program[eedit | eedit soorce]

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I apologize for addressing you in English. I would be grateful if you could translate this message into your language.

The Wikimedia Foundation is conducting a request for comment on a proposed program that could provide legal assistance to users in specific support roles who are named in a legal complaint as a defendant because of those roles. We wanted to be sure that your community was aware of this discussion and would have a chance to participate in that discussion.

If this page is not the best place to publicize this request for comment, please help spread the word to those who may be interested in participating. (If you'd like to help translating the "request for comment", program policy or other pages into your language and don't know how the translation system works, please come by my user talk page at m:User talk:Mdennis (WMF). I'll be happy to assist or to connect you with a volunteer who can assist.)

Thank you! — Mdennis (WMF)02:11, 6 September 2012 (UTC)

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Wikidata is getting close to a first roll-out[eedit | eedit soorce]

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(Apologies if this message isn't in your language.)

As some of you might already have heard, Wikimedia Deutschland is working on a new Wikimedia project. It is called m:Wikidata. The goal of Wikidata is to become a central data repository for the Wikipedias, its sister projects and the world. In the future it will hold data like the number of inhabitants of a country, the date of birth of a famous person or the length of a river. These can then be used in all Wikimedia projects and outside of them.

The project is divided into three phases and "we are getting close to roll-out the first phase". The phases are:

  1. Language links in the Wikipedias, which make it possible to store the links between the language editions of an article just once in Wikidata instead of in each linked article
  2. Infoboxes, which make it possible to store the data that is currently in infoboxes in one central place and share the data
  3. Lists, which make it possible to create lists and similar things based on queries to Wikidata so they update automatically when new data is added or modified

It'd be great if you could join us, test the demo version, provide feedback and take part in the development of Wikidata. You can find all the relevant information including an FAQ and sign-up links for our on-wiki newsletter on the Wikidata page on Meta.

For further discussions please use this talk page (if you are uncomfortable writing in English you can also write in your native language there) or point me to the place where your discussion is happening so I can answer there.

Lydia Pintscher 13:36, 10 September 2012 (UTC)

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Edit count[eedit | eedit soorce]

Eh, how's it goin', eh? (My native Canadian dialect.)

Subpages · User rights · Edit count · Edit summary search · Articles created · Global contributions · SUL / accounts

When I select "Edit count", it gives me my enwiki data, not scowiki.
I do not have 60,000 edits in scowiki.
Varlaam (talk) 22:14, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

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Wikipedia 2.0 logo

Hello! This wiki will be switched to the up to date Wikipedia logo in about a week. You can see it on commons:Wikipedia/2.0; please comment on talk if there's something wrong with it.
Thank you, Global message delivery (feedback) 21:37, 22 September 2012 (UTC)

'Created page with'[eedit | eedit soorce]

That is the English text which gets logged when a page is created.
Perhaps it should be something like:

Creatit page wi

Comments from genuine Scots are welcome. Varlaam (talk) 20:14, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

"License plates"[eedit | eedit soorce]

"License plates" (or "Licence plates" in Canada) are "number plates" in the UK?
And therefore "nummer plates" in Scots??? Varlaam (talk) 16:29, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

That seems aboot the wey o't. For a haund wi siclike see here. 84.134.146.144 22:23, 30 September 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for the advice. For that, you shall receive a welcome. Varlaam (talk) 22:30, 30 September 2012 (UTC)
Some articles are now using 'Caur plates'. How does that compare? Varlaam (talk) 16:23, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

Link GA & Link FA[eedit | eedit soorce]

I am not seeing the gold and green stars here: Fridtjof Nansen although I do see them on the enwiki page en:Fridtjof Nansen.
Varlaam (talk) 15:54, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Upcoming software changes – please report any problems[eedit | eedit soorce]

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(Apologies if this message isn't in your language. Please consider translating it)

All Wikimedia wikis – including this one – will soon be upgraded with new and possibly disruptive code. This process starts today and finishes on October 24 (see the upgrade schedule & code details).

Please watch for problems with:

  • revision diffs
  • templates
  • CSS and JavaScript pages (like user scripts)
  • bots
  • PDF export
  • images, video, and sound, especially scaling sizes
  • the CologneBlue skin

If you notice any problems, please report problems at our defect tracker site. You can test for possible problems at test2.wikipedia.org and mediawiki.org, which have already been updated.

Thanks! With your help we can find problems fast and get them fixed faster.

Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation Engineering Community Manager (talk) 03:11, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

P.S.: For the regular, smaller MediaWiki updates every two weeks, please watch this schedule.

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Problems worse than the ones we've been experiencing for the past couple of days? Varlaam (talk) 04:29, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

The baist Scotch for Scots Wikipedie-ans[eedit | eedit soorce]

Whit dae ye drink whan ye're editin?
Ah hae a peedie dram o Teacher's. Varlaam (talk) 20:07, 16 October 2012 (UTC) <hic>

Fundraising localization: volunteers from outside the USA needed[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please translate for your local community

Hello All,

The Wikimedia Foundation's Fundraising team have begun our 'User Experience' project, with the goal of understanding the donation experience in different countries outside the USA and enhancing the localization of our donation pages. I am searching for volunteers to spend 30 minutes on a Skype chat with me, reviewing their own country's donation pages. It will be done on a 'usability' format (I will ask you to read the text and go through the donation flow) and will be asking your feedback in the meanwhile.

The only pre-requisite is for the volunteer to actually live in the country and to have access to at least one donation method that we offer for that country (mainly credit/debit card, but also real-time banking like IDEAL, E-wallets, etc.) so we can do a live test and see if the donation goes through. All volunteers will be reimbursed of the donations that eventually succeed (and they will be low amounts, like 1–2 dollars)

By helping us you are actually helping thousands of people to support our mission of free knowledge across the world. Please sing up and help us with our 'User Experience' project! :) If you are interested (or know of anyone who could be) please email ppena@wikimedia.org. All countries needed (excepting USA)!

Thanks!
Pats Pena
Global Fundraising Operations Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

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Be a Wikimedia fundraising "User Experience" volunteer![eedit | eedit soorce]

Thank you to everyone who volunteered last year on the Wikimedia fundraising 'User Experience' project. We have talked to many different people in different countries and their feedback has helped us immensely in restructuring our pages. If you haven't heard of it yet, the 'User Experience' project has the goal of understanding the donation experience in different countries (outside the USA) and enhancing the localization of our donation pages.

I am (still) searching for volunteers to spend some time on a Skype chat with me, reviewing their own country's donation pages. It will be done on a 'usability' format (I will ask you to read the text and go through the donation flow) and will be asking your feedback in the meanwhile.

The only pre-requisite is for the volunteer to actually live in the country and to have access to at least one donation method that we offer for that country (mainly credit/debit card, but also real time banking like IDEAL, E-wallets, etc.) so we can do a live test and see if the donation goes through. **All volunteers will be reimbursed of the donations that eventually succeed (and they will be very low amounts, like 1–2 dollars)**

By helping us you are actually helping thousands of people to support our mission of free knowledge across the world. If you are interested (or know of anyone who could be) please email ppena@wikimedia.org. All countries needed (excepting USA)!!

Thanks!

Pats Pena
Global Fundraising Operations Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

Sent using Global message delivery, 21:16, 8 Januar 2013 (UTC)
Gin ony Scots ar readin thir messages, coud ye sign here sae we aw ken hit.
Thank ye, Varlaam (talk) 21:25, 8 Januar 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia sites to move to primary data center in Ashburn, Virginia. Read-only mode expected.[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Apologies if this message isn't in your language.) Next week, the Wikimedia Foundation will transition its main technical operations to a new data center in Ashburn, Virginia, USA. This is intended to improve the technical performance and reliability of all Wikimedia sites, including this wiki. There will be some times when the site will be in read-only mode, and there may be full outages; the current target windows for the migration are January 22nd, 23rd and 24th, 2013, from 17:00 to 01:00 UTC (see other timezones on timeanddate.com). More information is available in the full announcement.

If you would like to stay informed of future technical upgrades, consider becoming a Tech ambassador and joining the ambassadors mailing list. You will be able to help your fellow Wikimedians have a voice in technical discussions and be notified of important decisions.

Thank you for your help and your understanding.

Guillaume Paumier, via the Global message delivery system (wrong page? You can fix it.). 15:40, 19 Januar 2013 (UTC)

Help turn ideas into grants in the new IdeaLab[eedit | eedit soorce]

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I apologize if this message is not in your language. Please help translate it.

  • Do you have an idea for a project to improve this community or website?
  • Do you think you could complete your idea if only you had some funding?
  • Do you want to help other people turn their ideas into project plans or grant proposals?

Please join us in the IdeaLab, an incubator for project ideas and Individual Engagement Grant proposals.

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking new ideas and proposals for Individual Engagement Grants. These grants fund individuals or small groups to complete projects that help improve this community. If interested, please submit a completed proposal by February 15, 2013. Please visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG for more information.

Thanks! — Siko Bouterse, Head of Individual Engagement Grants, Wikimedia Foundation 20:50, 30 Januar 2013 (UTC)

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Wikidata phase 1 (language links) coming to this Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Sorry for writing in English. I hope someone can translate this locally.

Wikidata has been in development for a few months now. It is now time for the roll-out of the first part of it on your Wikipedia. Phase 1 is the support for the management of language links. It is already being used on the Hungarian, Hebrew, Italian and English Wikipedias. The next step is to enable the extension on all other Wikipedias. We have currently planned this for March 6.

What is Wikidata?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wikidata is a central place to store data that you can usually find in infoboxes. Think of it as something like Wikimedia Commons but for data (like the number of inhabitants of a country or the length of a river) instead of multimedia. The first part of this project (centralizing language links) is being rolled out now. The more fancy things will follow later.

What is going to happen?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Language links in the sidebar are going to come from Wikidata in addition to the ones in the wiki text. To edit them, scroll to the bottom of the language links, and click edit. You no longer need to maintain these links by hand in the wiki text of the article.

Where can I find more information and ask questions?[eedit | eedit soorce]

Editors on en:wp have created a great page with all the necessary information for editors and there is also an FAQ for this deployment. Please ask questions you might have on the FAQs discussion page.

I want to be kept up to date about Wikidata[eedit | eedit soorce]

To stay up-to-date on everything happening around Wikidata please subscribe to the newsletter that is delivered weekly to subscribed user’s talk pages. You can see previous editions here.

Lydia Pintscher 16:16, 21 Februar 2013 (UTC)

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Wikidata phase 1 (language links) live on this Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Sorry for writing in English. I hope someone can translate this locally. If you understand German better than English you can have a look at the announcement on de:Wikipedia:Kurier.

As I annonced 2 weeks ago, Wikidata phase 1 (language links) has been deployed here today. Language links in the sidebar are coming from Wikidata in addition to the ones in the wiki text. To edit them, scroll to the bottom of the language links, and click edit. You no longer need to maintain these links by hand in the wiki text of the article.

Where can I find more information and ask questions? Editors on en:wp have created a great page with all the necessary information for editors and there is also an FAQ for this deployment. It'd be great if you could bring this to this wiki if that has not already happened. Please ask questions you might have on the FAQ’s discussion page.

I want to be kept up to date about Wikidata To stay up-to-date on everything happening around Wikidata please subscribe to the newsletter that is delivered weekly to subscribed user’s talk pages.

Lydia Pintscher 23:09, 6 Mairch 2013 (UTC)

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Convert complex templates to Lua to make them faster and more powerful[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Please consider translating this message for the benefit of your fellow Wikimedians)

Greetings. As you might have seen on the Wikimedia tech blog or the tech ambassadors list, a new functionality called "Lua" is being enabled on all Wikimedia sites today. Lua is a scripting language that enables you to write faster and more powerful MediaWiki templates.

If you have questions about how to convert existing templates to Lua (or how to create new ones), we'll be holding two support sessions on IRC next week: one on Wednesday (for Oceania, Asia & America) and one on Friday (for Europe, Africa & America); see m:IRC office hours for the details. If you can't make it, you can also get help at mw:Talk:Lua scripting.

If you'd like to learn about this kind of events earlier in advance, consider becoming a Tech ambassador by subscribing to the mailing list. You will also be able to help your fellow Wikimedians have a voice in technical discussions and be notified of important decisions.

Guillaume Paumier, via the Global message delivery system. 20:20, 13 Mairch 2013 (UTC) (wrong page? You can fix it.)

Wikidata phase 2 (infoboxes) coming to this Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Sorry for writing in English. I hope someone can translate this. If you understand German better than English you can have a look at the announcement on de:Wikipedia:Kurier.

A while ago the first phase of Wikidata was enabled on this Wikipedia. This means you are getting the language links in each article from Wikidata. It is soon time to enable the second phase of Wikidata (infoboxes) here. We have already done this on the [first 11 Wikipedias] (it, he, hu, ru, tr, uk, uz, hr, bs, sr, sh) and things are looking good. The next step is English Wikipedia. This is planned for April 8. If everything works out fine we will deploy on all remaining Wikipedias on April 10. I will update this part of the FAQ if there are any issues forcing us to change this date. I will also sent another note to this village pump once the deployment is finished.

What will happen once we have phase 2 enabled here? Once it is enabled in a few days you will be able to make use of the structured data that is available on Wikidata in your articles/infoboxes. It includes things like the symbol for a chemical element, the ISBN for a book or the top level domain of a country. (None of this will happen automatically. Someone will have to change the article or infobox template for this to happen!)

How will this work? There are two ways to access the data:

  • Use a parser function like {{#property:p169}} in the wiki text of the article on Yahoo!. This will return “Marissa Mayer” as she is the chief executive officer of the company.
  • For more complicated things you can use Lua. The documentation for this is here.

We are working on expanding the parser function so you can for example use {{#property:chief executive officer}} instead of {{#property:p169}}. The complete plan for this is here.

Where can I test this? You can already test it on test2.

Where can I find more information and ask questions? We have collected the main questions in an FAQ for this deployment. Please ask questions you might have on the FAQ’s discussion page.

I want to be kept up to date about Wikidata To stay up-to-date on everything happening around Wikidata please subscribe to the newsletter that is delivered weekly to subscribed user’s talk pages.

Lydia Pintscher 17:11, 5 Apryle 2013 (UTC)

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Wikipedian in Residence: National Library of Scotland[eedit | eedit soorce]

Apologies in advance for my English :-)

I'm delighted to be able to tell people about a new Wikipedian in Residence post at the National Library of Scotland - I've helped work to set this up, and I think there's a real potential for doing great things with the NLS and its collections. It's a paid post, full-time for four months, though this may possibly be negotiable to a longer period at part time - it's worth asking. The job is paid and formally employed by the Library, based in Edinburgh, funded jointly by the Library and by Wikimedia UK. this blog post has further details and a link to the NLS recruitment site.

Please ask me (my enwiki talkpage is the best place) if you've any questions! Andrew Gray (talk) 22:15, 22 Apryle 2013 (UTC)

Request for comment on inactive administrators[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Please consider translating this message for the benefit of your fellow Wikimedians. Please also consider translating the proposal.)

Read this message in English / Lleer esti mensaxe n'asturianu / বাংলায় এই বার্তাটি পড়ুন / Llegiu aquest missatge en català / Læs denne besked på dansk / Lies diese Nachricht auf Deutsch / Leś cal mesag' chè in Emiliàn / Leer este mensaje en español / Lue tämä viesti suomeksi / Lire ce message en français / Ler esta mensaxe en galego / हिन्दी / Pročitajte ovu poruku na hrvatskom / Baca pesan ini dalam Bahasa Indonesia / Leggi questo messaggio in italiano / ಈ ಸಂದೇಶವನ್ನು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಓದಿ / Aqra dan il-messaġġ bil-Malti / norsk (bokmål) / Lees dit bericht in het Nederlands / Przeczytaj tę wiadomość po polsku / Citiți acest mesaj în română / Прочитать это сообщение на русском / Farriintaan ku aqri Af-Soomaali / Pročitaj ovu poruku na srpskom (Прочитај ову поруку на српском) / อ่านข้อความนี้ในภาษาไทย / Прочитати це повідомлення українською мовою / Đọc thông báo bằng tiếng Việt / 使用中文阅读本信息。

Hello!

There is a new request for comment on Meta-Wiki concerning the removal of administrative rights from long-term inactive Wikimedians. Generally, this proposal from stewards would apply to wikis without an administrators' review process.

We are also compiling a list of projects with procedures for removing inactive administrators on the talk page of the request for comment. Feel free to add your project(s) to the list if you have a policy on administrator inactivity.

All input is appreciated. The discussion may close as soon as 21 May 2013 (2013-05-21), but this will be extended if needed.

Thanks, Billinghurst (thanks to all the translators!) 05:17, 24 Apryle 2013 (UTC)

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Wikidata phase 2 (infoboxes) is here[eedit | eedit soorce]

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Sorry for writing in English. I hope someone can translate this. If you understand German better than English you can have a look at the announcement on de:Wikipedia:Kurier.

A while ago the first phase of Wikidata was enabled on this Wikipedia. This means you are getting the language links in each article from Wikidata. We have now enabled the second phase of Wikidata (infoboxes) here. We have already done this on the [first 11 Wikipedias] (it, he, hu, ru, tr, uk, uz, hr, bs, sr, sh) a month ago and two days ago on the English Wikipedia. Today all the remaining Wikipedias followed.

What does having phase 2 enabled here mean? You are now able to make use of the structured data that is available on Wikidata in your articles/infoboxes. It includes things like the symbol for a chemical element, the ISBN for a book or the top level domain of a country. (None of this will happen automatically. Someone will have to change the article or infobox template for this to happen!) The current state is just the beginning though. It will be extended based on feedback we get from you now.

How will this work? There are two ways to access the data:

  • Use a parser function like {{#property:p159}} in the wiki text of the article on Wikimedia Foundation. This will return “San Francisco” as that is the headquarter location of the non-profit.
  • For more complicated things you can use Lua. The documentation for this is here.

We are working on expanding the parser function so you can for example use {{#property:headquarter location}} instead of {{#property:p159}}. The complete plan for this is here.

Where can I test this? You can test it on test2 if you don't want to do it in an article here.

Where can I find more information and ask questions? We have collected the main questions in an FAQ for this deployment. Please ask questions you might have on the FAQ’s discussion page.

I want to be kept up to date about Wikidata To stay up-to-date on everything happening around Wikidata please subscribe to the newsletter that is delivered weekly to subscribed user’s talk pages.


We are excited about taking yet another step towards allowing all Wikipedias share structured data and collect and curate it together. — Lydia Pintscher 19:20, 24 Apryle 2013 (UTC)

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[en] Change to wiki account system and account renaming[eedit | eedit soorce]

Some accounts will soon be renamed due to a technical change that the developer team at Wikimedia are making. More details on Meta.

(Distributed via global message delivery 04:07, 30 Apryle 2013 (UTC). Wrong page? Correct it here.)

[en] Change to section edit links[eedit | eedit soorce]

The default position of the "edit" link in page section headers is going to change soon. The "edit" link will be positioned adjacent to the page header text rather than floating opposite it.

Section edit links will be to the immediate right of section titles, instead of on the far right. If you're an editor of one of the wikis which already implemented this change, nothing will substantially change for you; however, scripts and gadgets depending on the previous implementation of section edit links will have to be adjusted to continue working; however, nothing else should break even if they are not updated in time.

Detailed information and a timeline is available on meta.

Ideas to do this all the way to 2009 at least. It is often difficult to track which of several potential section edit links on the far right is associated with the correct section, and many readers and anonymous or new editors may even be failing to notice section edit links at all, since they read section titles, which are far away from the links.

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Tech newsletter: Subscribe to receive the next editions[eedit | eedit soorce]

Tech news prepared by tech ambassadors and posted by Global message deliveryContributeTranslateGet helpGive feedbackUnsubscribe • 21:09, 20 Mey 2013 (UTC)
Important note: This is the first edition of the Tech News weekly summaries, which help you monitor recent software changes likely to impact you and your fellow Wikimedians.

If you want to continue to receive the next issues every week, please subscribe to the newsletter. You can subscribe your personal talk page and a community page like this one. The newsletter can be translated into your language.

You can also become a tech ambassador, help us write the next newsletter and tell us what to improve. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. guillom 21:09, 20 Mey 2013 (UTC)

Updating the logo for this wiki[eedit | eedit soorce]

New logo

Hello! As part of the update of Wikipedias logos to the new (2010) 3D puzzle globe version, we have noticed that your wiki's current logo is missing, outdated or with wrong translation. We are trying to help Wikipedias get a locally-adapted correct logo, by taking the technical difficulties on us, and in about a week from now we'll be replacing the current logo with the new one shown in this gallery, with explanation. If the translation is wrong, or there's another error in the new logo, or the community disagrees with the update, please update the list of logos or tell us on its talk page. Feel free to translate this message and to move/copy/forward it where appropriate. Thanks, Nemo 13:02, 27 Mey 2013 (UTC) (Distributed via Global message delivery: wrong page? correct the list of targets.)

Here anither ane for thaim that's interestit.
New logo
Jimmy (talk) 22:56, 2 Juin 2013 (UTC)

Trademark discussion[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hi, apologies for posting this in English, but I wanted to alert your community to a discussion on Meta about potential changes to the Wikimedia Trademark Policy. Please translate this statement if you can. We hope that you will all participate in the discussion; we also welcome translations of the legal team’s statement into as many languages as possible and encourage you to voice your thoughts there. Please see the Trademark practices discussion (on Meta-Wiki) for more information. Thank you! —Mdennis (WMF) (talk)

Free Research Accounts from Leading Medical Publisher. Come and Sign up![eedit | eedit soorce]

The Wikipedia Library gets Wikipedia editors free access to reliable sources that are behind paywalls. I want to alert you to our latest donation.

  • Cochrane Collaboration is an independent medical nonprofit organization that conducts systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of health-care interventions, which it then publishes in the Cochrane Library.
  • Cochrane has generously agreed to give free, full-access accounts to medical editors. Individual access would otherwise cost between $300 and $800 per account.
  • If you are active as a medical editor, come and sign up :)

Cheers, Ocaasi 21:18, 16 Juin 2013 (UTC)

Cochrane Library Sign-up (correct link)[eedit | eedit soorce]

My apologies for the incorrect link: You can sign up for Cochrane Collaboration accounts at the COCHRANE sign-up page. Cheers, Ocaasi 21:52, 16 Juin 2013 (UTC)

X!'s Edit Counter[eedit | eedit soorce]

Universal Language Selector will be enabled on 2013-07-09[eedit | eedit soorce]

Pywikipedia is migrating to git[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello, Sorry for English but It's very important for bot operators so I hope someone translates this. Pywikipedia is migrating to Git so after July 26, SVN checkouts won't be updated If you're using Pywikipedia you have to switch to git, otherwise you will use out-dated framework and your bot might not work properly. There is a manual for doing that and a blog post explaining about this change in non-technical language. If you have question feel free to ask in mw:Manual talk:Pywikipediabot/Gerrit, mailing list, or in the IRC channel. Best Amir (via Global message delivery). 13:44, 23 Julie 2013 (UTC)

VisualEditor and your Wikipedia[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Please translate this message)

Greetings,

The Wikimedia Foundation will soon turn on VisualEditor for all users, all the time on your Wikipedia. Right now your Wikipedia does not have any local documents on VisualEditor, and we hope that your community can change that. To find out about how you can help with translations visit the TranslationCentral for VisualEditor and read the easy instructions on bringing information to your Wikipedia. The User Guide and the FAQ are very important to have in your language.

We want to find out as much as we can from you about VisualEditor and how it helps your Wikipedia, and having local pages is a great way to start. We also encourage you to leave feedback on Mediawiki where the community can offer ideas, opinions, and point out bugs that may still exist in the software that need to be reported to Bugzilla. If you are able to speak for the concerns of others in English on MediaWiki or locally I encourage you to help your community to be represented in this process.

If you can help translate the user interface for VisualEditor to your language, you can help with that as well. Translatewiki has open tasks for translating VisualEditor. A direct link to translate the user interface is here. You can see how we are doing with those translations here. You need an account on Translatewiki to translate. This account is free and easy to create.

If we can help your community in any way with this process, please let me know and I will do my best to assist your Wikipedia with this |exciting development. You can contact me on my meta talk page or by email. You can also contact Patrick Earley for help with translations and documents on Mediawiki. We look forward to working with you to bring the VisualEditor experience to your Wikipedia! Keegan (WMF) (talk) 19:12, 30 Julie 2013 (UTC)

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HTTPS for users with an account[eedit | eedit soorce]

Greetings. Starting on August 21 (tomorrow), all users with an account will be using HTTPS to access Wikimedia sites. HTTPS brings better security and improves your privacy. More information is available at m:HTTPS.

If HTTPS causes problems for you, tell us on bugzilla, on IRC (in the #wikimedia-operations channel) or on meta. If you can't use the other methods, you can also send an e-mail to https@wikimedia.org.

Greg Grossmeier (via the Global message delivery system). 19:38, 20 August 2013 (UTC) (wrong page? You can fix it.)

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Notifications[eedit | eedit soorce]

Notifications inform you of new activity that affects you -- and let you take quick action.

(This message is in English, please translate as needed)

Greetings!

Notifications will inform users about new activity that affects them on this wiki in a unified way: for example, this new tool will let you know when you have new talk page messages, edit reverts, mentions or links -- and is designed to augment (rather than replace) the watchlist. The Wikimedia Foundation's editor engagement team developed this tool (code-named 'Echo') earlier this year, to help users contribute more productively to MediaWiki projects.

We're now getting ready to bring Notifications to almost all other Wikimedia sites, and are aiming for a 22 October deployment, as outlined in this release plan. It is important that notifications is translated for all of the languages we serve.

There are three major points of translation needed to be either done or checked:

Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about this new tool. For more information, visit this project hub and this help page. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 19:11, 4 October 2013 (UTC)

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Speak up about the trademark registration of the Community logo.[eedit | eedit soorce]

Introducting Beta Features[eedit | eedit soorce]

(Apologies for writing in English. Please translate if necessary)

We would like to let you know about Beta Features, a new program from the Wikimedia Foundation that lets you try out new features before they are released for everyone.

Think of it as a digital laboratory where community members can preview upcoming software and give feedback to help improve them. This special preference page lets designers and engineers experiment with new features on a broad scale, but in a way that's not disruptive.

Beta Features is now ready for testing on MediaWiki.org. It will also be released on Wikimedia Commons and MetaWiki this Thursday, 7 November. Based on test results, the plan is to release it on all wikis worldwide on 21 November, 2013.

Here are the first features you can test this week:

Would you like to try out Beta Features now? After you log in on MediaWiki.org, a small 'Beta' link will appear next to your 'Preferences'. Click on it to see features you can test, check the ones you want, then click 'Save'. Learn more on the Beta Features page.

After you've tested Beta Features, please let the developers know what you think on this discussion page -- or report any bugs here on Bugzilla. You're also welcome to join this IRC office hours chat on Friday, 8 November at 18:30 UTC.

Beta Features was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation's Design, Multimedia and VisualEditor teams. Along with other developers, they will be adding new features to this experimental program every few weeks. They are very grateful to all the community members who helped create this project — and look forward to many more productive collaborations in the future.

Enjoy, and don't forget to let developers know what you think! Keegan (WMF) (talk) 20:35, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

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Call for comments on draft trademark policy[eedit | eedit soorce]

VisualEditor update[eedit | eedit soorce]

Greetings,

As a followup from my post here back in July, I'm happy to let you know that VisualEditor will finally be enabled by default on this wiki on 13 January. Making sure that all the information that you need is translated and localized is very important. You can help translate the interface and translate the User Guide so that your community can use VisualEditor as well as possible.

If you would like to try out VisualEditor now, you can by finding the option in beta feautres, also found by clicking on the word "beta" on the top right next to your preferences.

Please email me or contact me on my meta talk page with any questions you might have about VisualEditor or any of the other beta features available. Thank you. Keegan (WMF) talk 23:53, 19 Dizember 2013 (UTC)

VisualEditor office hours[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello. I apologize for writing in English. Please help translate this message.

The engineering department has already planned office hours in the next months to discuss VisualEditor. The first one will be held on January 15th, at 2300 UTC; the second will be held a week later, on January 22nd, at 2300 UTC. Please join as Product Manager James Forrester discusses VisualEditor and upcoming plans. Logs will be posted on Meta after each office hour completes. (If office hours are heavily attended, it can be difficult to get to all questions, but if you want to ask a question and cannot attend or do not speak English, please let us know your question here by the day before and a community liaison will present it among possible discussion topics).

We’ll post a reminder close to the date as well.

Regards, Keegan (WMF) talk 20:37, 27 Dizember 2013 (UTC)

Request for comment on Commons: Should Wikimedia support MP4 video?[eedit | eedit soorce]

I apologize for this message being only in English. Please translate it if needed to help your community.

The Wikimedia Foundation's multimedia team seeks community guidance on a proposal to support the MP4 video format. This digital video standard is used widely around the world to record, edit and watch videos on mobile phones, desktop computers and home video devices. It is also known as H.264/MPEG-4 or AVC.

Supporting the MP4 format would make it much easier for our users to view and contribute video on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects -- and video files could be offered in dual formats on our sites, so we could continue to support current open formats (WebM and Ogg Theora).

However, MP4 is a patent-encumbered format, and using a proprietary format would be a departure from our current practice of only supporting open formats on our sites -- even though the licenses appear to have acceptable legal terms, with only a small fee required.

We would appreciate your guidance on whether or not to support MP4. Our Request for Comments presents views both in favor and against MP4 support, based on opinions we’ve heard in our discussions with community and team members.

Please join this RfC -- and share your advice.

All users are welcome to participate, whether you are active on Commons, Wikipedia, other Wikimedia project -- or any site that uses content from our free media repository.

You are also welcome to join tomorrow's Office hours chat on IRC, this Thursday, January 16, at 19:00 UTC, if you would like to discuss this project with our team and other community members.

We look forward to a constructive discussion with you, so we can make a more informed decision together on this important topic. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 06:47, 16 Januar 2014 (UTC)

Category doubling[eedit | eedit soorce]

There is a bit of a mess with regards to the categories in these two pages and their sub categories:

One uses "an", the other uses "ane". I don't know enough Scots to know which way to merge. Help would be appreciated, thanks. Delsion23 (talk) 23:32, 16 Januar 2014 (UTC)

Seems all the categories in the top one are empty. I've nominated them for deletion. Delsion23 (talk) 23:36, 16 Januar 2014 (UTC)

20'000 articles[eedit | eedit soorce]

Congratulations! --Holder (talk) 10:38, 18 Januar 2014 (UTC)

It looks like Lindsay Custodio written by User:Fixer88 is our 20,000th article. --AmaryllisGardener (talk) 13:33, 18 Januar 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor Office Hours[eedit | eedit soorce]

I apologize for writing in English. Please help translate this message.

I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss VisualEditor in February.

The first will be held on Saturday, 15 February at 1700 UTC and the second will be held on Sunday, 16 February at 00:00 UTC. (See meta for time conversion links.)

Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs.

Please see the IRC office hours page on meta for more information on how to join in.

Thanks! Keegan (WMF) (talk) 05:29, 12 Februar 2014 (UTC)

Universal Language Selector will be enabled by default again on this wiki by 21 February 2014[eedit | eedit soorce]

On January 21 2014 the MediaWiki extension Universal Language Selector (ULS) was disabled on this wiki. A new preference was added for logged-in users to turn on ULS. This was done to prevent slow loading of pages due to ULS webfonts, a behaviour that had been observed by the Wikimedia Technical Operations team on some wikis.

We are now ready to enable ULS again. The temporary preference to enable ULS will be removed. A new checkbox has been added to the Language Panel to enable/disable font delivery. This will be unchecked by default for this wiki, but can be selected at any time by the users to enable webfonts. This is an interim solution while we improve the feature of webfonts delivery.

You can read the announcement and the development plan for more information. Apologies for writing this message only in English. Thank you. Runa

Amendment to the Terms of Use[eedit | eedit soorce]

Call for project ideas: funding is available for community experiments[eedit | eedit soorce]

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I apologize if this message is not in your language. Please help translate it.

Do you have an idea for a project that could improve your community? Individual Engagement Grants from the Wikimedia Foundation help support individuals and small teams to organize experiments for 6 months. You can get funding to try out your idea for online community organizing, outreach, tool-building, or research to help make Wikipedia better. In March, we’re looking for new project proposals.

Examples of past Individual Engagement Grant projects:

Proposals are due by 31 March 2014. There are a number of ways to get involved!

Hope to have your participation,

--Siko Bouterse, Head of Individual Engagement Grants, Wikimedia Foundation 19:44, 28 Februar 2014 (UTC)

Proposed optional changes to Terms of Use amendment[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello all, in response to some community comments in the discussion on the amendment to the Terms of Use on undisclosed paid editing, we have prepared two optional changes. Please read about these optional changes on Meta wiki and share your comments. If you can (and this is a non english project), please translate this announcement. Thanks! Slaporte (WMF) 21:55, 13 Mairch 2014 (UTC)

Catalan Culture Challenge[eedit | eedit soorce]

I apologize if this message is not in your language. Please help translate it.

The Catalan-speaking world... Want to find out more? From March 16 to April 15 we will organise the Catalan Culture Challenge, a Wikipedia editing contest in which victory will go to those who start and improve the greatest number of articles about 50 key figures of Catalan culture. You can take part by creating or expanding articles on these people in your native language (or any other one you speak). It would be lovely to have you on board. :-)

We look forward to seeing you!

Amical Wikimedia--Kippelboy (tauk) 06:01, 16 Mairch 2014 (UTC)

Changes to the default site typography coming soon[eedit | eedit soorce]

This week, the typography on Wikimedia sites will be updated for all readers and editors who use the default "Vector" skin. This change will involve new serif fonts for some headings, small tweaks to body content fonts, text size, text color, and spacing between elements. The schedule is:

  • April 1st: non-Wikipedia projects will see this change live
  • April 3rd: Wikipedias will see this change live

This change is very similar to the "Typography Update" Beta Feature that has been available on Wikimedia projects since November 2013. After several rounds of testing and with feedback from the community, this Beta Feature will be disabled and successful aspects enabled in the default site appearance. Users who are logged in may still choose to use another skin, or alter their personal CSS, if they prefer a different appearance. Local common CSS styles will also apply as normal, for issues with local styles and scripts that impact all users.

For more information:

-- Steven Walling (Product Manager) on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation's User Experience Design team

RfC: Mak Wikipedia:Rowback a Wikipaedia guideline[eedit | eedit soorce]

The follaein discussion is closed. Please dae nae modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary o the conclusions reached follaes.
Promotit, Result: 2/0/0. --AmaryllisGardener talk 00:27, 1 Juin 2014 (UTC)

This request for comment is aboot whether or nae mak Wikipedia:Rowback a Wikipaedia guideline. --AmaryllisGardener talk 18:47, 2 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Option 1 Mak Wikipedia:Rowback a Wikipaedia guideline

  1. Support --AmaryllisGardener talk 18:47, 2 Mey 2014 (UTC)
  2. Support I think the first option that Amaryllis suggestit is great. --TDKR Chicago 101 (tauk) 00:35, 8 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Option 2

Hae Wikipedia:Rowback keep it's current status.


The abuin discussion is preserved as an archive. Please dae nae modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.


RfC: Inactive admeenistrators[eedit | eedit soorce]

The follaein discussion is closed. Please dae nae modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary o the conclusions reached follaes.
Thare is no consensus fer the desysoppin o inactive sysops at the moment. Results: 2/2/0. --AmaryllisGardener talk 01:27, 2 Juin 2014 (UTC)

Five o the seiven admeenistators hae nae made an admeenistrative action in the last year. This request for comment discusses whether we should desysop admeenistrators if thay hae nae performed ony admeenistrative actions in the last 12 months. --AmaryllisGardener talk 18:58, 2 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Closur is on hauld, bi common sense I would say this should be implementit at three years. Waitin on response frae Mac. --AmaryllisGardener talk 00:30, 1 Juin 2014 (UTC)

Option 1

Revoke admeenistrator richts o those who hae nae performed an admeenistrative action in the last 12 months. An aa add this tae Wikipedia:Administrators, which is a de facto policy.

  1. Support --AmaryllisGardener talk 18:58, 2 Mey 2014 (UTC)
  2. Both those options sounds good, but option 1 seems the best. --TDKR Chicago 101 (tauk) 00:36, 8 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Option 2

Hae inactive admeenistrators keep thair sysop richts.

  1. Support (fur five year tho)-MacRusgail (tauk) 15:45, 23 Mey 2014 (UTC)
  2. Support (though I don't speak natively the Scots language, I genuinely believe I can contribute to maintenance tasks. Been out for some years, but I'm now back to help!) Diego Grez (tauk) 18:24, 1 Juin 2014 (UTC)

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RfC: Portal namespace[eedit | eedit soorce]

The follaein discussion is closed. Please dae nae modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section. A summary o the conclusions reached follaes.
Thare is consensus fer creatin a portal namespace. I will mak a request at Bugzilla. --AmaryllisGardener talk 00:18, 4 Juin 2014 (UTC)

This RfC discusses whether we should mak a Portal namespace. --AmaryllisGardener talk 21:45, 4 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Option 1

Mak a portal namespace

  1. --AmaryllisGardener talk 21:45, 4 Mey 2014 (UTC)
  2. Support: Havin portals would be useful. --TDKR Chicago 101 (tauk) 00:37, 8 Mey 2014 (UTC)
  3. Support:-MacRusgail (tauk) 15:45, 23 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Option 2

Dae nae mak a portal namespace


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No one needs free knowledge in Esperanto[eedit | eedit soorce]

There is a current discussion on German Wikipedia on a decision of Asaf Bartov, Head of WMF Grants and Global South Partnerships, Wikimedia Foundation, who rejected a request for funding a proposal from wikipedians from eowiki one year ago with the explanation the existence, cultivation, and growth of the Esperanto Wikipedia does not advance our educational mission. No one needs free knowledge in Esperanto. On meta there has also started a discussion about that decision. --Holder (tauk) 10:47, 5 Mey 2014 (UTC)

Media Viewer[eedit | eedit soorce]


Greetings, my apologies for writing in English.

I wanted to let you know that Media Viewer will be released to this wiki in the coming weeks. Media Viewer allows readers of Wikimedia projects to have an enhanced view of files without having to visit the file page, but with more detail than a thumbnail. You can try Media Viewer out now by turning it on in your Beta Features. If you do not enjoy Media Viewer or if it interferes with your work after it is turned on you will be able to disable Media Viewer as well in your preferences. I invite you to share what you think about Media Viewer and how it can be made better in the future.

Thank you for your time. - Keegan (WMF) 21:29, 23 Mey 2014 (UTC)

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FAs[eedit | eedit soorce]

In order tae hae a featurt airticle on the Main Page each month, we need tae nominate an review (an promote if guid enough) each ithers nominations at Wikipedia:Featurt airticles. Please help oot if ye can. --AmaryllisGardener talk 01:36, 2 Juin 2014 (UTC)

Using only UploadWizard for uploads[eedit | eedit soorce]

Wikimedia Commons logo

Hello! Sorry for writing in English. It was noted that on this wiki upload is not fully functional for users, who will experience a very difficult and/or illegal uploading. In fact, the licenses/copyright tags dropdown is empty, making it hard or impossible to comply with copyright requirements during upload itself.

Presumably, you don't have interest nor energies to have hundreds templates with the now required HTML, even less a local EDP. I propose to have

so that you can avoid local maintenance and all users can have a functioning, easy upload interface in their own language. All registered users can upload on Commons and existing files will not be affected.

All this will get done around 2014-07-03.

  1. If you disagree with the proposal, just remove your wiki from the list. Remember also to create MediaWiki:Licenses locally with any content (see a simple example), or uploads will be soon disabled anyway by MediaWiki itself (starting in version 1.24wmf11).
  2. To make the UploadWizard even better, please tell your experience and ideas on commons:Commons:Upload Wizard feedback.

Nemo 13:09, 19 Juin 2014 (UTC)

Media Viewer is now live on this wiki[eedit | eedit soorce]


Media Viewer lets you see images in larger size

Greetings— and sorry for writing in English, please translate if it will help your community,

The Wikimedia Foundation's Multimedia team is happy to announce that Media Viewer was just released on this site today.

Media Viewer displays images in larger size when you click on their thumbnails, to provide a better viewing experience. Users can now view images faster and more clearly, without having to jump to separate pages — and its user interface is more intuitive, offering easy access to full-resolution images and information, with links to the file repository for editing. The tool has been tested extensively across all Wikimedia wikis over the past six months as a Beta Feature and has been released to the largest Wikipedias, all language Wikisources, and the English Wikivoyage already.

If you do not like this feature, you can easily turn it off by clicking on "Disable Media Viewer" at the bottom of the screen, pulling up the information panel (or in your your preferences) whether you have an account or not. Learn more in this Media Viewer Help page.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about Media Viewer. You are invited to share your feedback in this discussion on MediaWiki.org in any language, to help improve this feature. You are also welcome to take this quick survey in English, en français, o español.

We hope you enjoy Media Viewer. Many thanks to all the community members who helped make it possible. - Fabrice Florin (WMF) (talk) 21:54, 19 Juin 2014 (UTC)

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VisualEditor global newsletter—June 2014[eedit | eedit soorce]

This is a one-time mailing to projects that may need this information. Future newsletters will be available as opt-in only. To receive future newsletters (about one per month), please add your page to the subscribers' list at m:VisualEditor/Newsletter. You're welcome to translate to your language.


VisualEditor-logo.svg
The character formatting menu

Did you know?

The character formatting menu, or "Style tex." menu lets you set bold, italic, and other text styles. "Clear formatting" removes all text styles and removes links to other pages.

Do you think that clear formatting should remove links? Are there changes you would like to see for this menu? Share your opinion at MediaWiki.org.

The user guide has information about how to use VisualEditor.

The VisualEditor team is mostly working to fix bugs, improve performance, reduce technical debt, and other infrastructure needs. You can find on Mediawiki.org weekly updates detailing recent work.

  • They have moved the "Keybuird shortcuts" link out of the "Page opties" menu, into the "Heelp" menu. Within dialog boxes, buttons are now more accessible (via the Tab key) from the keyboard.
  • You can now see the target of the link when you click on it, without having to open the inspector.
  • The team also expanded TemplateData: You can now add a parameter type  "date" for dates and times in the ISO 8601 format, and  "boolean" for values which are true or false. Also, templates that redirect to other templates (like {{citeweb}}{{cite web}}) now get the TemplateData of their target (bug 50964). You can test TemplateData by editing mw:Template:Sandbox/doc.
  • Category: and File: pages now display their contents correctly after saving an edit (bug 65349, bug 64239)
  • They have also improved reference editing: You should no longer be able to add empty citations with VisualEditor (bug 64715), as with references. When you edit a reference, you can now empty it and click the "use an existing reference" button to replace it with another reference instead. 
  • It is now possible to edit inline images with VisualEditor. Remember that inline images cannot display captions, so existing captions get removed. Many other bugs related to images were also fixed.
  • You can now add and edit {{DISPLAYTITLE}} and __DISAMBIG__ in the "Page opties" menu, rounding out the full set of page options currently planned.
  • The tool to insert special characters is now wider and simpler.

Looking ahead[eedit | eedit soorce]

The VisualEditor team has posted a draft of their goals for the next fiscal year. You can read them and suggest changes on MediaWiki.org.

The team posts details about planned work on VisualEditor's roadmap. You will soon be able to drag-and-drop text as well as images. If you drag an image to a new place, it won't let you place it in the middle of a paragraph. All dialog boxes and windows will be simplified based on user testing and feedback. The VisualEditor team plans to add autofill features for citations. Your ideas about making referencing quick and easy are still wanted. Support for upright image sizes is being developed. The designers are also working on support for viewing and editing hidden HTML comments and adding rows and columns to tables.

Supporting your wiki[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please read VisualEditor/Citation tool for information on configuring the new citation template menu, labeled "Cite". This menu will not appear unless it has been configured on your wiki.

If you speak a language other than English, we need your help with translating the user guide. The guide is out of date or incomplete for many languages, and what's on your wiki may not be the most recent translation. Please contact us if you need help getting started with translation work on MediaWiki.org.

VisualEditor can be made available to most non-Wikipedia projects. If your community would like to test VisualEditor, please contact product manager James Forrester or file an enhancement request in Bugzilla.

Please share your questions, suggestions, or problems by posting a note at mw:VisualEditor/Feedback or by joining the office hours on Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 21:00 UTC (daytime for the Americas and Pacific Islands) or on Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 9:00 UTC (daytime for Europe, Middle East, Asia).

If you'd like to get this newsletter on your own page (about once a month), please subscribe at Meta (or at w:en:Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Newsletter for English Wikipedia only). Thank you! --Elitre (WMF), 22:33, 25 Juin 2014 (UTC)

IMPORTANT: Admin activity review[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello. A new policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc) was recently adopted by global community consensus (your community received a notice about the discussion). According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing administrators' activity on smaller wikis. To the best of our knowledge, your wiki does not have a formal process for removing "advanced rights" from inactive accounts. This means that the stewards will take care of this according to the new admin activity review here.

We have determined that the following users meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for more than 2 years):

  1. Bazza (administrator)
  2. Derek Ross (administrator)

These users will receive a notification soon, asking them to start a community discussion if they want to retain some or all of their rights. If the users do not respond, then their advanced rights will be removed by the stewards.

However, if you as a community would like to create your own activity review process superseding the global one, want to make another decision about these inactive rights holders, or already have a policy that we missed, then please notify the stewards on Meta-Wiki so that we know not to proceed with the rights review on your wiki. Thanks, Rschen7754 19:36, 18 Julie 2014 (UTC)

Updates related to VisualEditor[eedit | eedit soorce]

Please help translate this message in your language. Thanks :)

Hi, everybody. This is a reminder that we invite you to discuss VisualEditor's recent development and plans ahead during the next office hours with James Forrester (Product Manager):

If you are not able to attend but have a question for James, you can leave your question at mediawiki.org or on my talk page by the day before, and I will try to get a response. We plan to continue these monthly sessions as long as there is community interest, and to announce them through the VisualEditor global newsletter as well (please subscribe your talk page there to get the latest news about the software).

Most of the VisualEditor team will be at Wikimania in London in August! You'll be able to meet the developers during the Hackaton or at the following sessions:

WMF community liaisons will share a booth with community advocates at the Community Village and look forward to talking to you there. Thanks for your attention! --User:Elitre (WMF) 16:02, 31 Julie 2014 (UTC)

VisualEditor global newsletter—July and August 2014[eedit | eedit soorce]

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The VisualEditor team is currently working mostly to fix bugs, improve performance, reduce technical debt, and other infrastructure needs. You can find on Mediawiki.org weekly updates detailing recent work.

Screenshot of VisualEditor's link tool
Dialog boxes in VisualEditor have been re-designed to use action words instead of icons. This has increased the number of items that need to be translated. The user guide is also being updated.

The biggest visible change since the last newsletter was to the dialog boxes. The design for each dialog box and window was simplified. The most commonly needed buttons are now at the top. Based on user feedback, the buttons are now labeled with simple words (like "Cancel" or "Done") instead of potentially confusing icons (like "<" or "X"). Many of the buttons to edit links, images, and other items now also show the linked page, image name, or other useful information when you click on them.

  • Hidden HTML comments (notes visible to editors, but not to readers) can now be read, edited, inserted, and removed. A small icon (a white exclamation mark on a dot) marks the location of each comments. You can click on the icon to see the comment.
  • You can now drag and drop text and templates as well as images. A new placement line makes it much easier to see where you are dropping the item. Images can no longer be dropped into the middle of paragraphs.
  • All references and footnotes (<ref> tags) are now made through the "Cite" menu, including the "Baseec" (manual formatting) footnotes and the ability to re-use an existing citation, both of which were previously accessible only through the "Insert" menu. The "<visualeditor-dialogbutton-referencelist-tooltip>" is still added via the "Insert" menu.
  • When you add an image or other media file, you are now prompted to add an image caption immediately. You can also replace an image whilst keeping the original caption and other settings.
  • All tablet users visiting the mobile web version of Wikipedias will be able to opt-in to a version of VisualEditor from 14 August. You can test the new tool by choosing the beta version of the mobile view in the Settings menu.
  • The link tool has a new "Open" button that will open a linked page in another tab so you can make sure a link is the right one.
  • The "Cancel" button in the toolbar has been removed based on user testing. To cancel any edit, you can leave the page by clicking the Read tab, the back button in your browser, or closing the browser window without saving your changes.

Looking ahead[eedit | eedit soorce]

The team posts details about planned work on the VisualEditor roadmap. The VisualEditor team plans to add auto-fill features for citations soon. Your ideas about making referencing quick and easy are still wanted. Support for upright image sizes is being developed. The designers are also working on support for adding rows and columns to tables. Work to support Internet Explorer is ongoing.

Feedback opportunities[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Editing team will be making two presentations this weekend at Wikimania in London. The first is with product manager James Forrester and developer Trevor Parscal on Saturday at 16:30. The second is with developers Roan Kattouw and Trevor Parscal on Sunday at 12:30. There is a VisualEditor Translation Sprint going on during Wikimania; whether you're in London or not, any contributions are welcome!

Please share your questions, suggestions, or problems by posting a note at the VisualEditor feedback page or by joining the office hours discussion on Thursday, 14 August 2014 at 09:00 UTC (daytime for Europe, Middle East and Asia) or on Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 16:00 UTC (daytime for the Americas; evening for Europe).

If you'd like to get this newsletter on your own page (about once a month), please subscribe at w:en:Wikipedia:VisualEditor/Newsletter for English Wikipedia only or at Meta for any project. Thank you! --Elitre (WMF), 14:40, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

Help for translate[eedit | eedit soorce]

Hello and sorry for writing in English. Can anyone help me translate a small article (2 paragraphs) from English to your language and create the article in your wiki? Please, fell free to answer in my talk page in your wiki anytime. Thanks! Xaris333 (tauk) 02:21, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

25,000t airticle![eedit | eedit soorce]

Oor 25,000t airticle, San Rafael, Antioquia, haes been creatit bi 76.20.25.243. Congratulations everyane! --AmaryllisGardener talk 02:00, 16 August 2014 (UTC)

Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decisions[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Wikimedia Foundation recently created a new feature, "superprotect" status. The purpose is to prevent pages from being edited by elected administrators -- but permitting WMF staff to edit them. It has been put to use in only one case: to protect the deployment of the Media Viewer software on German Wikipedia, in defiance of a clear decision of that community to disable the feature by default, unless users decide to enable it.

If you oppose these actions, please add your name to this letter. If you know non-Wikimedians who support our vision for the free sharing of knowledge, and would like to add their names to the list, please ask them to sign an identical version of the letter on change.org.

-- JurgenNL (talk) 17:35, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Process ideas for software development[eedit | eedit soorce]

’’My apologies for writing in English.’’

Hello,

I am notifying you that a brainstorming session has been started on Meta to help the Wikimedia Foundation increase and better affect community participation in software development across all wiki projects. Basically, how can you be more involved in helping to create features on Wikimedia projects? We are inviting all interested users to voice their ideas on how communities can be more involved and informed in the product development process at the Wikimedia Foundation. It would be very appreciated if you could translate this message to help inform your local communities as well.

I and the rest of my team welcome you to participate. We hope to see you on Meta.

Kind regards, -- Rdicerb (WMF) talk 22:15, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

--This message was sent using MassMessage. Was there an error? Report it!

Grants to improve your project[eedit | eedit soorce]

Apologies for English. Please help translate this message.

Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants program is accepting proposals for funding new experiments from September 1st to 30th. Your idea could improve Wikimedia projects with a new tool or gadget, a better process to support community-building on your wiki, research on an important issue, or something else we haven't thought of yet. Whether you need $200 or $30,000 USD, Individual Engagement Grants can cover your own project development time in addition to hiring others to help you.

VisualEditor available on Internet Explorer 11[eedit | eedit soorce]

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VisualEditor will become available to users of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 during today's regular software update. Support for some earlier versions of Internet Explorer is being worked on. If you encounter problems with VisualEditor on Internet Explorer, please contact the Editing team by leaving a message at VisualEditor/Feedback on Mediawiki.org. Happy editing, Elitre (WMF) 07:29, 11 September 2014 (UTC).

PS. Please subscribe to the global monthly newsletter to receive further news about VisualEditor.

Monuments of Spain Challenge[eedit | eedit soorce]

Excuse me for not speaking Scots yet.

Wikimedia España invites you to join the Monuments of Spain Challenge. And what’s that? It’s a contest. You have to edit, translate or expand articles about the Spanish monuments and you will be granted points. So you’re not just writing about wonderful buildings: you can get prizes!

The time of the contest will include all October and any information you may need is right here.

Join in and good luck!

PS: We would be grateful if you could translate this note into Scots.

B25es on behalf of Wikimedia España.

VisualEditor News #8—2014[eedit | eedit soorce]

09:49, 13 October 2014 (UTC)