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Updated discussion about merging with Incubator[edit]

The old Meta discussion about merging this site with Incubator was closed on procedural grounds, for being vague and dated. However active small-wiki maintainers, translation coordinators, and incubator devs would still like to find a way to make the incubator an effective home for all sister projects. A new proposal was posted, focused on this: Move Beta Wikiversity to Incubator 2.

Please comment and share your perspectives. @Crochet.david: @Samuele2002: @MarcoAurelio: @Vito Genovese: please also help notify other active editors here who I have missed. (The active edits on the number theory page make this hard to see...)

Warmly, Sj (talk) 16:05, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

LangCom rejected this proposal because of (a) a lack of consensus supporting it, and (b) a potential future revamping of the incubation process within the WMF world. StevenJ81 (talk) 20:31, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Accessible editing buttons[edit]

--Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 16:56, 27 July 2017 (UTC)

Changes to the global ban policy[edit]

Hello. Some changes to the community global ban policy have been proposed. Your comments are welcome at m:Requests for comment/Improvement of global ban policy. Please translate this message to your language, if needed. Cordially. Matiia (Matiia) 00:34, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

New print to pdf feature for mobile web readers[edit]

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 22:07, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

States of Wikiversities[edit]


I've started on an update of this page, in particular:

  • Reverting one piece of several-month-old vandalism
  • Running headers and footers out to the end of 2017
  • Moving Hindi from the Beta table to the "open Wikiversities" table
  • Checking if status has changed on any Meta requests (none changed, though I'm probably going to put through Albanian and Romanian as eligible shortly)
  • Starting to update contributions through November 2017. I only counted named contributors, not "anonymous", and I ignored bots. (This is consistent with the way LangCom evaluates projects for approval. Still, please let me know if I should have included bots.)

I have not updated localization statistics nor number of pages, because I don't know what criteria you are using for these columns. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:33, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

Update (March 2018)[edit]

  • It's evident to me that the localization statistics referred to the MediaWiki (most important messages) group. So those figures are now updated.
  • Headers and footers have run out to March 2018. Contributions are updated through year-end 2017, and I will start updating them again after 31 March.
    The "open Wikiversities" table is completely updated through March 2018.
  • I marked Albanian and Romanian as eligible on Meta.
  • I note that the number of pages are taken from an expensive magic word call, so don't require manual updating.

StevenJ81 (talk) 19:42, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

Update (July 2018)[edit]

I am continuing to maintain this page. I am going to propose the following change:

  • The requests on meta for Sinhale Wikiversity and Tamil Wikiversity were rejected as stale. That means that even though someone opened a formal request for these projects on Meta, no one has really created any content. I would propose removing those two from the table.
  • I would remove any other language that is rejected on those grounds in the future.
  • Languages with 0 pages but already marked as "eligible" probably will not be changed, and I will leave those in place.

StevenJ81 (talk) 14:25, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Editing News #1—2018[edit]

20:56, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Chinese Wikiversity[edit]

As far as I can tell, the main thing holding this project back from approval is the fact that the vast majority of the work on it is being done by IP editors, not registered editors. Is there a reason that some of the participants there cannot/do not register. We'd like to be able to move this toward approval as an independent project, if possible. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 19:49, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

I very much hope that contributions made under IP will not be considered as active contributors to the project. Crochet.david (talk) 20:32, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
I think the current Chinese Wikiversity are often occupied by an IP user. Although some content has some value, I think it can also be used alone. In the beta Wikiversity, there are many problems that need to be solved. My idea is to establish, or if not, then you can also move to the Incubator alone, and the beta problem is too big. So I want to do my part to complete the situation. --夢蝶葬花 (talk) 04:21, 1 April 2018 (UTC)

Update July 2018[edit]

There are now a sufficient number of registered editors involved, so LangCom is now evaluating this project for approval. See m:Requests for new languages/Wikiversity Chinese.

  • If people think that there is a problem with some of the content, please say so on the Meta discussion page!
  • Otherwise, project will probably be approved seven days from now, if there are no objections.
  • I would strongly request the registered editors to keep a close eye on the content of Chinese Wikiversity, both before and (if it happens) after approval.

StevenJ81 (talk) (LangCom clerk) 14:20, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Approval update (13 July)[edit]

Congratulations! This project is approved.

  • It will undoubtedly take some time to get the new wiki created, so please continue to work here until you are informed that it has happened. See phabricator:T199577.
  • It will be very helpful to the people who will export content to the new wiki if the following things happen:
  1. All pages belonging to Chinese Wikiversity need to be included in Category:ZH.
  2. If there are templates or modules that this project uses that are part of the infrastructure, and that are not included within Category:ZH, please create Category:Infrastructure templates to be exported to Chinese Wikiversity and add those templates or modules to that category.

Thank you. StevenJ81 (talk) 20:37, 13 July 2018 (UTC)


Birgit Müller (WMDE) 14:45, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

Global preferences are available[edit]

19:19, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

States of Wikiversities: Removal of Languages with no content and "Rejected" requests on Meta[edit]

Hello, all. I've been managing the page States of Wikiversities so that on behalf of LangCom I can keep an eye on projects here that may become ready for approval.

  • As you are probably aware, Chinese Wikiversity is likely to be approved tomorrow, subject to an unexpected objection on Meta.

I would propose removing Sinhale and Tamil from the table on this page. They have -0- pages and one page on Beta, respectively, and the requests on Meta were rejected as "stale", because no one ever actually created content. I would also propose to remove any other test that comes to be rejected as "stale" in the future. The reason for that is simple: there is no sense in continuing to track tests that do not really exist.

Thank you for your consideration. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:59, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

No comments, so I am proceeding. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:09, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Consultation on the creation of a separate user group for editing sitewide CSS/JS[edit]

New user group for editing sitewide CSS/JS[edit]

Proposal to modify incubation processes within the WMF world[edit]

There is a proposal being discussed now on Incubator that would change the process for incubating new language versions of projects. See Incubator:Community Portal. While there is no intention to change incubation for Wikisource projects, I think that the proposed approach would apply to Wikiversity projects. I would therefore encourage you to go to that discussion and participate.

Note: My feeling—and I will probably be the arbiter—is that with Chinese Wikiversity now created and independent, the only project remaining here that is active enough to qualify for the first round of incubation domains would be Hebrew Wikiversity. If you are involved in a different test project here, and would like me to consider your project for the first round of such tests, please contact me on my (currently nonexistent) user talk page here on Beta.

I would add: under the circumstances, I am going to move to close the current discussion on Meta about merging Beta into Incubator as "rejected, no consensus". I am not going to permit the topic to be reintroduced until (at minimum): the whole revised incubation approach is settled, and/or the Beta community comes and requests of its own, with strong consensus favoring, to be merged into Incubator. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:23, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

The GFDL license on Commons[edit]

18:11, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

Reminder: No editing for up to an hour on 10 October[edit]

12:03, 4 October 2018 (UTC)

The Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

11:05, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Editing News #2—2018[edit]

14:17, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Enable arbitrary access before sitelinks?[edit]

Filed as phab:T209208

Since sitelinks support is still blocked elsewhere (probably T206426 Storing multiple sitelinks to a multilingual wiki), I'm finding consensus to fix our Category:Pages_with_script_errors by deploying Wikidata Phase 2 (arbitrary access) support first, note that this is already working on Multilingual Wikisource, so there's IMHO only consensus question. --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 07:23, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Support Support I don't know why this can't be happened here. -- 05:33, 2 April 2019 (UTC)
Because there may be two pages about the same thing on this wiki. Koavf (talk) 00:44, 3 April 2019 (UTC)

Change coming to how certain templates will appear on the mobile web[edit]

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 19:34, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey vote[edit]

18:13, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

Advanced Search[edit]

Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talk) 10:57, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

New Wikimedia password policy and requirements[edit]

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:02, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Invitation from Wiki Loves Love 2019[edit]

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--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:12, 27 December 2018 (UTC)