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Walcome tae the Mercat Cross! This is the airt tae tauk aboot the technical wirkins o the Wikipedia.

KasparBot[eedit soorce]

-- T.seppelt (tauk) 15:18, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

Support from me. Seems like a basic, easy task. Can you do a small trial run of 25-50 or so? Avicennasis (tauk) 18:50, 18 August 2015 (UTC)
Ping T.seppelt Avicennasis (tauk) 16:45, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I forgot to check scowiki for new messages. I will do the test edits at the weekend since I cannot access my computer at the moment. Thank you for the support. Warm regards, --T.seppelt (tauk) 15:06, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Ping Avicennasis: I completed the test edits. Please have a look at Special:Contributions/KasparBot. Regards, -- T.seppelt (tauk) 06:04, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Looks good to me. We'll leave this open for another week or so for the community to comment. Great work! Avicennasis (tauk) 06:20, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
Great! Thank you, -- T.seppelt (tauk) 10:40, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
YesY Duin Alright, T.seppelt, the bot is flagged and you may start whenever you're ready. Thanks for helping our community! Avicennasis (tauk) 07:27, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

Thank you Avicennasis. I just did a complete run on task 1, did not find any problems and decommissioned the local parameters. I hope you agree to that. I will start the second task soon. Warm regards, -- T.seppelt (tauk) 19:19, 12 October 2015 (UTC)

Wikidata: Access to data from arbitrary items is here[eedit soorce]

VisualEditor News #4—2015[eedit soorce]

Elitre (WMF), 22:28, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

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

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The Wikimedia Foundation would like your feedback about how we can reimagine Wikimedia Foundation grants, to better support people and ideas in your Wikimedia project. Ways to participate:

Feedback is welcome in any language.

With thanks,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation.

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Flood flag[eedit soorce]

Given th' tendancy o' some usiers (myself included) tae flood th' recent chynges page, dae we think it kin be worth adding a flood flag, lik' thay hae at simple:Wikipedia:Flood flag? Given th' same rule set - admins kin grant 'n' revoke th' flag, as wantit, tae trusted usiers 'n' themselves? Avicennasis (tauk) 09:46, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Support[eedit soorce]

  1. Support As proposer, o' course. Avicennasis (tauk) 09:46, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
  2. Support Sounds good. --AmaryllisGardener talk 13:31, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

Oppose[eedit soorce]

Comments[eedit soorce]

Your attention please: VisualEditor feedback will be centralized on[eedit soorce]


Hello. The VisualEditor team would like to inform you of a plan to redirect local pages for VisualEditor feedback to the board on a few weeks from now. This applies to all the wikis where such pages are inactive or have low traffic, including yours. When this happens, editors will be free to use their own language to write on the's page - although English is the most popular language there. Even feedback left from within VisualEditor with the built-in tool will be posted to the board on

Click on the image to enlarge it: location of the built-in feedback tool in VisualEditor.
Click on the image to enlarge it: screenshot of the new feedback board on

Having all the feedback on a single, centralized place mainly means getting faster, more frequent replies and more attention from a higher number of people, including the people who are building the software. It also means chances are high, that editors will find that someone else has already written there about the issues or requests they wanted to post.

Maintaining a local page instead can be cumbersome: it needs to be checked frequently in case someone reports urgent issues. Old threads need to be archived from time to time. Off-topic comments should be removed to keep readability. Feedback left there is sometimes not easily understandable or actionable at all.

We think this will help us in being more effective while processing feedback from a larger pool of wikis, not just the biggest ones. If you have any comments about this announcement, please leave them at my talk page. Thanks for your understanding, Elitre (WMF) 17:57, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Lsjbot translations[eedit soorce]

I need a native Scots speaker that is willing to translate a long list of phrases for animal common names for Lsjbot to run. If you are interested, e-mail me. --AmaryllisGardener talk 20:05, 27 August 2015 (UTC)

Introducing the Wikimedia public policy site[eedit soorce]

Hi all,

We are excited to introduce a new Wikimedia Public Policy site. The site includes resources and position statements on access, copyright, censorship, intermediary liability, and privacy. The site explains how good public policy supports the Wikimedia projects, editors, and mission.

Visit the public policy portal:

Please help translate the statements on Meta Wiki. You can read more on the Wikimedia blog.


Yana and Stephen (Talk) 18:12, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

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Open call for Individual Engagement Grants[eedit soorce]

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Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants program is accepting proposals until September 29th to fund new tools, community-building processes, and other experimental ideas that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), Individual Engagement Grants can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.


I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 20:52, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

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RfC: Proponal for blockin policy[eedit soorce]

I hae made a blockin policy proponal, syne we dinna hae ane an we need something tae gang bi. It is locatit at Wikipedia:Blockin. I'd lik tae ping current admeenistrators Avicennasis, Diego Grez-Cañete, Foxj, Île flottant, an TDKR Chicago 101. --AmaryllisGardener talk 01:09, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Option 1: Accept Wikipedia:Blockin as an offeecial Wikipaedia policy.

  1. as proponer. --AmaryllisGardener talk 01:09, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
  2. Weak support seems like bureaucracy for the sake of it, unless there have been problems. Though since it's fairly common sense I see no reason to oppose it. I've added to the talk page too, about some possible additions. Avicennasis (tauk) 18:13, 5 September 2015 (UTC) Strong Support given explaination. Avicennasis (tauk) 21:34, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks for the suggestions, they've been added. I will say that the decision to propose this was not an arbitrary one. The reason I thought of creating a blocking policy is because of a couple of your recent blocks, especially of, which I thought about suggesting to you that you be more lenient on since they were blocked without warning for mistaking scowiki to be enwiki (happens quite often with IPs), but I couldn't tell you because no blocking policy exists. Of course, if this policy is accepted, your decisions will be protected under a grandfather clause, and I don't expect you to revert your block. I just thought for future cases, a policy should be put in place, so the future will hopefully be without incident. --AmaryllisGardener talk 20:25, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
    I figured I was the impetus behind this proposal. I guess in hindsight, I may be a little too liberal with the block button. After 5+ years of dealing with wikis, it's easy for me to see the difference between here and EnWp (especially with my CSS), but I can see how a new editor could be confused. Even if this doesn't pass for some reason (though I think it will) I will endevor to warn users beforehand. You could always swing by my talk page and ask me to take it lightly, too. I'm generally pretty agreeable and easy to get along with. :) Avicennasis (tauk) 21:34, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks. :) --AmaryllisGardener talk 21:49, 5 September 2015 (UTC)
  3. Support - This Wikipedia needs a blocking policy. It is essential for every Wikipedia of any language to have one. --TDKR Chicago 101 (tauk) 09:06, 6 September 2015 (UTC)
  4. Support. Although we don't usually have problems, I think it is necessary to have a policy. --Diego Grez-Cañete (tauk) 18:28, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

Option 2: Reject Wikipedia:Blockin as an offeecial Wikipaedia policy.

Discussion: This is whaur ye can mak suggestions for chynges o the proponed policy.

  • YesY Duin This has been opened long enough, and consensus is clear. Avicennasis (tauk) 13:52, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Database Access (September 2015)[eedit soorce]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

The Wikipedia Library is announcing signups today for free, full-access accounts to published research as part of our Publisher Donation Program. You can sign up for new accounts and research materials from:

  • EBSCOHost - this is one of our largest access donations so far: access to a wide variety of academic, newspaper and magazine sources through their Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete and MasterFILE Complete
  • - historical newspapers from the United States, Canada, UK and 20 other countries, and includes an Open Access "clipping" feature (1000 accounts)
  • IMF Elibary- a digital collection of the IMF's reports, studies and research on global economics and development (50 accounts)
  • Sabinet - one of the largest African digital publishers, based in South Africa, with a wide range of content in English and other European and African languages (10 accounts)
  • Numérique Premium - a French language social science and humanities ebook database, with topical collections on a wide range of topics (100)
  • Al Manhal - an Arabic and English database with a wide range of sources, largely focused on or published in the Middle East (60 accounts)
  • Jamalon - an Arabic book distributor, who is providing targeted book delivery to volunteers (50 editors)

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including expanded accounts for Elsevier ScienceDirect, British Medical Journal and Dynamed and additional accounts for Project MUSE, DeGruyter,, Highbeam and HeinOnline. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 19:42, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

We need help! Help us coordinate Wikipedia Library's distribution of accounts, communication of access opportunities and more! Please join our team at our new coordinator signup.
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Wikipedia's 15th birthday[eedit soorce]

The 15th birthday o Wikipedia, an the Wikimedia movement, is soon tae come! We're aiver tae mak plans tae celebrate on Januar 15, 2016.

As a wey tae haste plans aroond the 15th, thare's a page on Meta fer Wikipedia 15. Hinderly, we plan fer the page tae'v stuffs includin:

  1. Resources tae plan ploys an gaitherins locally tae celebrate the 15th.
  2. Mair speirins on skarin birthday photies, videos, witterins, Wikipedia content, an ither media.
  3. Wairnishment fer tellin the media aboot yer gaitherins.

Mony o the sections on the meta page hivnae onythin on them fer nou, but we'll be wirkin wi ye tae add mair speirins tae it o'er the neist twa-three month intil the ploys in Januar. Feel appen tae add, edit, and blether aboot whit ye'd like tae see fer Wikipedia's 15th birthday!

We're gey kittelt up tae be celebratin wi ye!

-For the Wikimedia Foundation Communications team, JSutherland (WMF) (tauk) 23:12, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Only one week left for Individual Engagement Grant proposals![eedit soorce]

(Apologies for using English below, please help translate if you are able.)

There is still one week left to submit Individual Engagement Grant (IEG) proposals before the September 29th deadline. If you have ideas for new tools, community-building processes, and other experimental projects that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers, start your proposal today! Please encourage others who have great ideas to apply as well. Support is available if you want help turning your idea into a grant request.

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources 21:01, 22 September 2015 (UTC)

Reimagining WMF grants report[eedit soorce]

(My apologies for using English here, please help translate if you are able.)

Last month, we asked for community feedback on a proposal to change the structure of WMF grant programs. Thanks to the 200+ people who participated! A report on what we learned and changed based on this consultation is now available.

Come read about the findings and next steps as WMF’s Community Resources team begins to implement changes based on your feedback. Your questions and comments are welcome on the outcomes discussion page.

With thanks, I JethroBT (WMF) 16:57, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #5—2015[eedit soorce]

Elitre (WMF), 18:18, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

RfC: Proponal for COI policy[eedit soorce]

I hae made a proponed policy for COI eeditin here. This comes efter events an disputes aboot COI airticles, I hope tae mak the COI policy clearer here, instead of sayin "we dinna hae a COI policy".

  1. as proponer. --AmaryllisGardener talk 20:41, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
  2. Support Avicennasis (tauk) 10:00, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
  3. Support --TDKR Chicago 101 (tauk) 22:09, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
  • Discussion: Make suggestions or comments ablo.
Pingin admeenistrators active in the last 30 days: TDKR Chicago 101, Avicennasis, Diego Grez-Cañete. --AmaryllisGardener talk 20:45, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey[eedit soorce]

Community Tech Team via MediaWiki message delivery (tauk) 21:58, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Wikimania 2016 scholarships ambassadors needed[eedit soorce]

Hello! Wikimania 2016 scholarships will soon be open; by the end of the week we'll form the committee and we need your help, see Scholarship committee for details.

If you want to carefully review nearly a thousand applications in January, you might be a perfect committee member. Otherwise, you can volunteer as "ambassador": you will observe all the committee activities, ensure that people from your language or project manage to apply for a scholarship, translate scholarship applications written in your language to English and so on. Ambassadors are allowed to ask for a scholarship, unlike committee members.

Wikimania 2016 scholarships subteam 10:48, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Harassment consultation[eedit soorce]

Please help translate to your language

The Community Advocacy team the Wikimedia Foundation has opened a consultation on the topic of harassment on Meta. The consultation period is intended to run for one month from today, November 16, and end on December 17. Please share your thoughts there on harassment-related issues facing our communities and potential solutions. (Note: this consultation is not intended to evaluate specific cases of harassment, but rather to discuss the problem of harassment itself.)

Regards, Community Advocacy, Wikimedia Foundation

Your input requested on the proposed #FreeBassel banner campaign[eedit soorce]

This is a message regarding the proposed 2015 Free Bassel banner. Translations are available.

Hi everyone,

This is to inform all Wikimedia contributors that a straw poll seeking your involvement has just been started on Meta-Wiki.

As some of your might be aware, a small group of Wikimedia volunteers have proposed a banner campaign informing Wikipedia readers about the urgent situation of our fellow Wikipedian, open source software developer and Creative Commons activist, Bassel Khartabil. An exemplary banner and an explanatory page have now been prepared, and translated into about half a dozen languages by volunteer translators.

We are seeking your involvement to decide if the global Wikimedia community approves starting a banner campaign asking Wikipedia readers to call on the Syrian government to release Bassel from prison. We understand that a campaign like this would be unprecedented in Wikipedia's history, which is why we're seeking the widest possible consensus among the community.

Given Bassel's urgent situation and the resulting tight schedule, we ask everyone to get involved with the poll and the discussion to the widest possible extent, and to promote it among your communities as soon as possible.

(Apologies for writing in English; please kindly translate this message into your own language.)

Thank you for your participation!

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Community Wishlist Survey[eedit soorce]

MediaWiki message delivery (tauk) 14:38, 1 Dizember 2015 (UTC)