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Lsjbot[eedit]

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 for Lsjbot o gain permission tae create airticles on plants and ainimals. --AmaryllisGardener talk 16:47, 25 Februar 2015 (UTC)

Scots: Lsjbot maks airticles for things lik ainimals an plants on ither wikis, an I wis thinkin that if someane would contreibute wi some Scots common names, we could dae that here. It must be duin wi great care tho. This haes already been duin at cebwiki (Cebuano), warwiki (Waray), an svwiki (Swadish). This is the main raison that these wikis hae such a heich airticle coont. I'm contactin some active eeditors an eeditors who are native Scots spikers.

English: Lsjbot makes articles for things like animals and plants on other wikis, and I was thinking that if someone would contribute with some Scots common names, we could do that here. It must be done with great care though. This has already been done at cebwiki (Cebuano), warwiki (Waray), and svwiki (Swedish). This is the main reason that these wikis have such a high article count. I'm contacting some active editors and editors who are native Scots speakers.

--AmaryllisGardener talk 02:35, 26 Januar 2015 (UTC)

Support[eedit]

  1. as proponer. --AmaryllisGardener talk 02:35, 26 Januar 2015 (UTC)
  2. as proponer. This is a great wiki and this wiki needs more articles. This is a good idea. --TDKR Chicago 101 (tauk) 01:15, 28 Januar 2015 (UTC)
  3. as proponer. Ae wunnerful idea. John Gordon Reid (tauk) 01:42, 28 Januar 2015 (UTC)

Oppose[eedit]

Comments[eedit]

  • Keep in mind we could be talkin aboot 100,000+ airticles creatit, the bot created 400,000+ on svwiki. On ane haund, ye can say that oor coverage o ainimals an plants would gang up signeeficantly an oor airticle coont bein heigher would mean we'd attract mair eeditors, but then on the ither haund, we'd hae tae be kent as the wiki that haes an airticle on Quinchamalium chilense but nae bacon. P.S. if this is gets consensus, I will an aa leuk intae bots for creatin airticles on things lik dounsets (especially in Fraunce an Italy) an possibly ither things. --AmaryllisGardener talk 02:49, 26 Januar 2015 (UTC)

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Dexbot[eedit]

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 for a Dexbot. --AmaryllisGardener talk 18:26, 7 Mairch 2015 (UTC)

English: User:Dexbot operated by Amir has cleaned Link FA and similar templates in several wikis including English, German, Dutch, Polish and etc. I want to continue this task and remove them in here too, since they are being stored in Wikidata and the templates are redundant now. Thanks

Ladsgroup (tauk) 13:31, 31 Januar 2015 (UTC)

Support[eedit]

  • Support per nom. --AmaryllisGardener talk 13:48, 31 Januar 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Extremelly useful. Bot runs already in 22 wikis and Link FA has currently no transclusions in English Wikipedia. -- Magioladitis (tauk) 14:53, 31 Januar 2015 (UTC)

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VisualEditor News #1—2015[eedit]

18:30, 5 Februar 2015 (UTC)

[Global proposal] m.Wikipedia.org: (aw) Eedit pages[eedit]

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Hi, this message is to let you know that, on domains like sco.m.wikipedia.org, unregistered users cannot edit. At the Wikimedia Forum, where global configuration changes are normally discussed, a few dozens users propose to restore normal editing permissions on all mobile sites. Please read and comment!

Thanks and sorry for writing in English, Nemo 22:33, 1 Mairch 2015 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (March 2015)[eedit]

Apologies for writing in English, please help translate this into your local language. 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:

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 21:14, 2 Mairch 2015 (UTC)

Help us coordinate Wikipedia Library's distribution of accounts, communication of access opportunities and more! Please join our team at our new coordinator page.
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Inspire Campaign: Improving diversity, improving content[eedit]

This March, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas for improving gender diversity on Wikimedia projects. Less than 20% of Wikimedia contributors are women, and many important topics are still missing in our content. We invite all Wikimedians to participate. If you have an idea that could help address this problem, please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 31.

All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive, positive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign and help this project better represent the world’s knowledge!

(Sorry for the English - please translate this message!) MediaWiki message delivery (tauk) 20:01, 4 Mairch 2015 (UTC)

SUL finalization update[eedit]

Hi all,apologies for writing in English, please read this page for important information and an update involving SUL finalization, scheduled to take place in one month. Thanks. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 19:45, 13 Mairch 2015 (UTC)

Stewards confirmation rules[eedit]

Hello, I made a proposal on Meta to change the rules for the steward confirmations. Currently consensus to remove is required for a steward to lose his status, however I think it's fairer to the community if every steward needed the consensus to keep. As this is an issue that affects all WMF wikis, I'm sending this notification to let people know & be able to participate. Best regards, --MF-W 16:12, 10 Apryle 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #2—2015[eedit]

19:48, 10 Apryle 2015 (UTC)

Nominations are being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections[eedit]

This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

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Greetings,

I am pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections. This year the Board and the FDC Staff are looking for a diverse set of candidates from regions and projects that are traditionally under-represented on the board and in the movement as well as candidates with experience in technology, product or finance. To this end they have published letters describing what they think is needed and, recognizing that those who know the community the best are the community themselves, the election committee is accepting nominations for community members you think should run and will reach out to those nominated to provide them with information about the job and the election process.

This year, elections are being held for the following roles:

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long term sustainability of the Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection. There are three positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at the board elections page.

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities. There are five positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at the FDC elections page.

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) Ombud
The FDC Ombud receives complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at the request of the Board of Trustees, and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. One position is being filled. More information about this role can be found at the FDC Ombudsperson elections page.

The candidacy submission phase lasts from 00:00 UTC April 20 to 23:59 UTC May 5 for the Board and from 00:00 UTCApril 20 to 23:59 UTC April 30 for the FDC and FDC Ombudsperson. This year, we are accepting both self-nominations and nominations of others. More information on this election and the nomination process can be found on the 2015 Wikimedia elections page on Meta-Wiki.

Please feel free to post a note about the election on your project's village pump. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections -at- wikimedia.org

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee, 05:03, 21 April 2015 (UTC) • TranslateGet help

Wikimedia Foundation Funds Dissemination Committee elections 2015[eedit]

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This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson will continue during the voting. Nominations for the Board of Trustees will be accepted until 23:59 UTC May 5.

The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities. There are five positions on the committee being filled.

The FDC Ombudsperson receives complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at the request of the Board of Trustees, and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. One position is being filled.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 3 to 23:59 UTC May 10. Click here to vote. Questions and discussion with the candidates will continue during that time. Click here to ask the FDC candidates a question. Click here to ask the FDC Ombudsperson candidates a question. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 FDC election page, the 2015 FDC Ombudsperson election page, and the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery 03:45, 4 May 2015 (UTC) • TranslateGet help

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (May 2015)[eedit]

Apologies for writing in English, please help translate this into your local language. Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

Today The Wikipedia Library announces signups for more 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:

  • MIT Press Journals — scholarly journals in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences (200 accounts)
  • Loeb Classical Library — Harvard University Press versions of Classical Greek and Latin literature with commentary and annotation (25 accounts)
  • RIPM — music periodicals published between 1760 and 1966 (20 accounts)
  • Sage Stats — social science data for geographies within the United States (10 accounts)
  • HeinOnline — an extensive legal research database, including 2000 law-related journals as well as international legal history materials (25 accounts)

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including Project MUSE, JSTOR, DeGruyter, Newspapers.com and British Newspaper Archive. Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 22:12, 4 Mey 2015 (UTC)

We need your help! Help coordinate Wikipedia Library's account distribution and global development! Please join our team at Global our new coordinator signup.
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Heads up[eedit]

I will be importing some English Wikipedia articles, which I will translate and adequate to the Scots language and wiki, respectively. I hope this does not disturb anyone! --Diego Grez (tauk) 01:27, 16 Mey 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015[eedit]

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This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Board will continue during the voting.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 17 to 23:59 UTC May 31. Click here to vote. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery 17:20, 17 May 2015 (UTC) • TranslateGet help

Pywikibot compat will no longer be supported - Please migrate to pywikibot core[eedit]

Sorry for English, I hope someone translates this.
Pywikibot (then "Pywikipediabot") was started back in 2002. In 2007 a new branch (formerly known as "rewrite", now called "core") was started from scratch using the MediaWiki API. The developers of Pywikibot have decided to stop supporting the compat version of Pywikibot due to bad performance and architectural errors that make it hard to update, compared to core. If you are using pywikibot compat it is likely your code will break due to upcoming MediaWiki API changes (e.g. T101524). It is highly recommended you migrate to the core framework. There is a migration guide, and please contact us if you have any problem.

There is an upcoming MediaWiki API breaking change that compat will not be updated for. If your bot's name is in this list, your bot will most likely break.

Thank you,
The Pywikibot development team, 19:30, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

Galicia 20 - 20 Challenge[eedit]

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Wikipedia:Galicia 20 - 20 Challenge is a public writing competition which will improve and translate this list of 20 really important articles into as many languages as possible. Everybody can help in any language to collaborate on writing and/or translating articles related to Galicia. To participate you just need to sign up here. Thank you very much.--Breogan2008 (tauk) 10:17, 9 Juin 2015 (UTC)

Content Translation beta feature is now available[eedit]

Hello, Content Translation has now been enabled as an opt-in beta feature on the Scots Wikipedia. To start translating:

  1. Please enable the Beta feature in your preferences and check the box for Content Translation.
  2. Visit the page Special:ContentTranslation or to your contributions page to open the tool.
  3. Click on the blue button to create a new translation.
  4. A dialog will be displayed. In the From section select the language of the original article and the article name, and the language you would like to translate to. Also add the title of the new article (or the original title will be inserted) and click on Translate to begin. Your language preferences will be remembered for the next time.
  5. You will see a screen consisting of three columns. The left column contains the text of the source language and the middle column is for the translated text. Using the right column you can perform several actions such as insert source text, remove the inserted text source text, add or remove links etc.
  6. After you translate the article, you can publish it directly as a new page on the Scots Wikipedia by using the publish button that appears. In case the article gets created by another user while you were translating, you will see an option to save the newly published translation under your user namespace.
  7. The number of published pages can be seen on the Content Translation stats page.

Since, this is the first time we have installed the tool on this Wikipedia, there are chances that there may be some problems or service disruptions which we are not yet aware of. We will be monitoring the usage to check for any failures or issues, but please do let us know on the Content Translation talk page or through Phabricator if you spot any problems that prevent you from using the tool. For more information, please read the information available in the User Guide. You can also view a short screencast on how to use Content Translation. Our announcement is written only in English, and we would really appreciate if this message can be translated to reach more users of this Wikipedia. Thank you.--Runab WMF (tauk) 15:43, 9 Juin 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #3—2015[eedit]

10:44, 13 Juin 2015 (UTC)

New Wikipedia Library Accounts Available Now (June 2015)[eedit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says sign up today!

Today The Wikipedia Library announces signups for more 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:

  • Taylor & Francis — academic publisher of journals. The pilot includes two subject collections: Arts & Humanities and Biological, Environment & Earth Sciences. (30 accounts)
  • World Bank eLibrary — digital platform containing all books, working papers, and journal articles published by the World Bank from the 1990s to the present. (100 accounts)
  • AAAS — general interest science publisher, who publishes the journal Science among other sources (50 accounts)

New French-Language Branch!

  • Érudit (en Francais) — Érudit is a French-Canadian scholarly aggregator primarily, humanities and social sciences, and contains sources in both English and French. Signups on both English and French Wikipedia (50 accounts).
  • Cairn.info (en Francais) — Cairn.info is a Switzerland based online web portal of scholarly materials in the humanities and social sciences. Most sources are in French, but some also in English. Signups on both English and French Wikipedia (100 accounts).
  • L'Harmattan — French language publisher across a wide range of non-fiction and fiction, with a strong selection of francophone African materials (1000 accounts).

Many other partnerships with accounts available are listed on our partners page, including an expansion of accounts for Royal Society journals and remaining accounts on Project MUSE, JSTOR, DeGruyter, Highbeam Newspapers.com and British Newspaper Archive. If you have suggestions for journals or databases we should seek access to make a request! Do better research and help expand the use of high quality references across Wikipedia projects: sign up today!
--The Wikipedia Library Team 22:08, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

We need your help! Help coordinate Wikipedia Library's account distribution and global development! Please join our team at our new coordinator signup.
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HTTPS[eedit]

22:00, 19 Juin 2015 (UTC)

Scots Wikipedia Is No Joke[eedit]

Hi. Perhaps you didn't knew this:

Jane C. Hu: The Free Enclopaedia That Awbody Can Eedit: Scots Wikipedia Is No Joke (Lexicon Valley, August 5, 2014)

Best regards, --Holder (tauk) 20:20, 7 Julie 2015 (UTC)

Proposal to create PNG thumbnails of static GIF images[eedit]

The thumbnail of this gif is of really bad quality.
How a PNG thumb of this GIF would look like

There is a proposal at the Commons Village Pump requesting feedback about the thumbnails of static GIF images: It states that static GIF files should have their thumbnails created in PNG. The advantages of PNG over GIF would be visible especially with GIF images using an alpha channel. (compare the thumbnails on the side)

This change would affect all wikis, so if you support/oppose or want to give general feedback/concerns, please post them to the proposal page. Thank you. --McZusatz (talk) & MediaWiki message delivery (tauk) 05:08, 24 Julie 2015 (UTC)

What does a Healthy Community look like to you?[eedit]

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Hi,
The Community Engagement department at the Wikimedia Foundation has launched a new learning campaign. The WMF wants to record community impressions about what makes a healthy online community. Share your views and/or create a drawing and take a chance to win a Wikimania 2016 scholarship! Join the WMF as we begin a conversation about Community Health. Contribute a drawing or answer the questions on the campaign's page.

Why get involved?[eedit]

The world is changing. The way we relate to knowledge is transforming. As the next billion people come online, the Wikimedia movement is working to bring more users on the wiki projects. The way we interact and collaborate online are key to building sustainable projects. How accessible are Wikimedia projects to newcomers today? Are we helping each other learn?
Share your views on this matter that affects us all!
We invite everyone to take part in this learning campaign. Wikimedia Foundation will distribute one Wikimania Scholarship 2016 among those participants who are eligible.

More information[eedit]


Happy editing!

MediaWiki message delivery (tauk) 23:42, 31 Julie 2015 (UTC)

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

(Sorry for writing in English)

When using data from Wikidata on Wikipedia and other sister projects, there is currently a limitation in place that hinders some use cases: data can only be accessed from the corresponding item. So, for example, the Wikipedia article about Berlin can only get data from the Wikidata item about Berlin but not from the item about Germany. This had technical reasons. We are now removing this limitation. It is already done for many projects. Your project is one of the next ones. We will roll out this feature here on August 12.

We invite you to play around with this new feature if you are one of the people who have been waiting for this for a long time. If you have technical issues/questions with this you can come to d:Wikidata:Contact the development team.

A note of caution: Please be careful with how many items you use for a single page. If it is too many pages, loading might get slow. We will have to see how the feature behaves in production to see where we need to tweak and how.

How to use it, once it is enabled:

Cheers Lydia Pintscher MediaWiki message delivery (tauk) 17:46, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

KasparBot[eedit]

-- 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)

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

VisualEditor News #4—2015[eedit]

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

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

My apologies for posting this message in English. Please help translate it if you can.

Hello,

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.

(Opt-out Instructions) This message was sent by I JethroBT (WMF) through MediaWiki message delivery. 23:08, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

Flood flag[eedit]

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]

  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]

Comments[eedit]

Your attention please: VisualEditor feedback will be centralized on www.mediawiki.org[eedit]

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Hello. The VisualEditor team would like to inform you of a plan to redirect local pages for VisualEditor feedback to the board on mediawiki.org 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 mediawiki.org'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 mediawiki.org.

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 mediawiki.org.

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]

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)