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Global notifications for all Wikimedia projects are posted to this page; they usually contain information about some software changes. Additionally, the Signpost from English Wikipedia is posted here weekly. Both of these are posted to make it easy for Incubator users to spot new issues by their watchlist. Older entries will occasionally be removed. Entries are not archived locally; instead,

  • See the complete Signpost archives here.
  • See the complete Tech News archives here.

For Incubator-specific news, see Incubator:News and/or the Community Portal for, e.g., policy discussions.

The Signpost: 31 May 2020[edit source]

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16:30, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Feedback on movement names[edit source]

Hello. Apologies if you are not reading this message in your native language. Please help translate to your language if necessary. Thank you!

There are a lot of conversations happening about the future of our movement names. We hope that you are part of these discussions and that your community is represented.

Since 16 June, the Foundation Brand Team has been running a survey in 7 languages about 3 naming options. There are also community members sharing concerns about renaming in a Community Open Letter.

Our goal in this call for feedback is to hear from across the community, so we encourage you to participate in the survey, the open letter, or both. The survey will go through 7 July in all timezones. Input from the survey and discussions will be analyzed and published on Meta-Wiki.

Thanks for thinking about the future of the movement, --The Brand Project team, 20:33, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Note: The survey is conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement.

Tech News: 2020-28[edit source]

20:17, 6 July 2020 (UTC)

Announcing a new wiki project! Welcome, Abstract Wikipedia[edit source]

Sent by m:User:Elitre (WMF) 19:56, 9 July 2020 (UTC) - m:Special:MyLanguage/Abstract Wikipedia/July 2020 announcement

2020-29[edit source]

Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available.

Recent changes

  • Users can thank others for their edits. Checkusers can now see user data related to that action. This can help identify sock puppets who harass others using thanks. [25]


  • Everyone was logged out a couple of weeks ago to fix a security problem. The problem was not entirely fixed. Because of this everyone was logged out once again last week. [26][27]

Changes later this week

  • Wikis that are not for one specific language can translate pages. Sometimes parts of translations are outdated or missing. Outdated translations are marked with a pink background. Missing translations will also be marked in the future. This markup can sometimes break things. It can soon be disabled by using a translate nowrap tag on the source page. [28]
  • Recurrent item The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 14 July. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 15 July. It will be on all wikis from 16 July (calendar).

Future changes

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15:42, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Technical Wishes: FileExporter and FileImporter become default features on all Wikis[edit source]

Max Klemm (WMDE) 09:13, 6 August 2020 (UTC)

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Important: maintenance operation on September 1st[edit source]

Trizek (WMF) (talk) 13:48, 26 August 2020 (UTC)

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20:07, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

Growth team newsletter 14[edit source]

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15:59, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in the conversation[edit source]

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21:25, 21 September 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 September 2020[edit source]

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Tech News: 2020-40[edit source]

21:23, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Wiki of functions naming contest[edit source]

20:53, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

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16:24, 5 October 2020 (UTC)

Call for feedback about Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changes and Board candidate rubric[edit source]

Hello. Apologies if you are not reading this message in your native language. Please help translate to your language.

Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees starts two calls for feedback. One is about changes to the Bylaws mainly to increase the Board size from 10 to 16 members. The other one is about a trustee candidate rubric to introduce new, more effective ways to evaluate new Board candidates. The Board welcomes your comments through 26 October. For more details, check the full announcement.

Thank you! Qgil-WMF (talk) 17:09, 7 October 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-42[edit source]

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16:29, 19 October 2020 (UTC)

Important: maintenance operation on October 27[edit source]

-- Trizek (WMF) (talk) 17:09, 21 October 2020 (UTC)

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17:37, 26 October 2020 (UTC)

Growth team updates #15[edit source]

10:10, 1 November 2020 (UTC)

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16:07, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

Wiki of functions naming contest - Round 2[edit source]

22:10, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

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15:48, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

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15:35, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021[edit source]

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The 2021 Community Wishlist Survey is now open! This survey is the process where communities decide what the Community Tech team should work on over the next year. We encourage everyone to submit proposals until the deadline on 30 November, or comment on other proposals to help make them better. The communities will vote on the proposals between 8 December and 21 December.

The Community Tech team is focused on tools for experienced Wikimedia editors. You can write proposals in any language, and we will translate them for you. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your proposals!

SGrabarczuk (WMF) 05:52, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-48[edit source]

17:17, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Wikidata descriptions changes to be included more often in Recent Changes and Watchlist[edit source]

Tech News: 2020-49[edit source]

17:43, 30 November 2020 (UTC)

2020 Coolest Tool Award Ceremony on December 11th[edit source]

Growth team updates #16[edit source]

14:22, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

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Community Wishlist Survey 2021[edit source]

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18:29, 25 January 2021 (UTC)

Moving Wikimania 2021 to a Virtual Event[edit source]

Wikimania's logo.

Hello. Apologies if you are not reading this message in your native language. Please help translate to your language. Thank you!

Wikimania will be a virtual event this year, and hosted by a wide group of community members. Whenever the next in-person large gathering is possible again, the ESEAP Core Organizing Team will be in charge of it. Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved in the planning process and other aspects of the event. Please read the longer version of this announcement on wikimedia-l.

ESEAP Core Organizing Team, Wikimania Steering Committee, Wikimedia Foundation Events Team, 15:15, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Project Grant Open Call[edit source]

This is the announcement for the Project Grants program open call that started on January 11, with the submission deadline of February 10, 2021.
This first open call will be focussed on Community Organizing proposals. A second open call focused on research and software proposals is scheduled from February 15 with a submission deadline of March 16, 2021.

For the Round 1 open call, we invite you to propose grant applications that fall under community development and organizing (offline and online) categories. Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups, and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, from organizing a better process on your wiki, coordinating a campaign or editathon series to providing other support for community building. We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete a grant proposal:

Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal support upon request. Contact us if you would like feedback or more information.

We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into motion, and submit your proposal by February 10, 2021!

Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee. Contact us at Please help us translate this message to your local language. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 28 January 2021 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 28 February 2021[edit source]

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19:05, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Wikifunctions logo contest[edit source]

01:45, 2 March 2021 (UTC)

Growth team newsletter #17[edit source]

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19:37, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

Line numbering coming soon to all wikis[edit source]

-- Johanna Strodt (WMDE) 15:08, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-16[edit source]

16:47, 19 April 2021 (UTC)

Suggested Values[edit source]

Timur Vorkul (WMDE) 14:08, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 April 2021[edit source]

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Tech News: 2021-17[edit source]

21:22, 26 April 2021 (UTC)

Call for Election Volunteers[edit source]

Hi everyone,

Would you like to get the right people elected to the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees?

Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. We know we can get more voters to help assess and promote the best candidates, but to do that, we need your help.

We are looking for volunteers to serve as Election Volunteers. You can read more about this role here:

Election Volunteers should have a good understanding of their communities. The facilitation team sees Election Volunteers as doing the following:

  • Promote the election in their communities’ channels
  • Organize discussions about the election in their communities
  • Translate messages for their communities

Do you want to be an Election Volunteer for incubator or any of the Wiki projects, and connect your community with this movement effort? Check out more details about Election Volunteers and add your name next to the community you will support in this table or get in contact with a facilitator. We aim to have at least one Election Volunteer for Wiki Projects in the top 30 for eligible voters. Even better if there are two or more sharing the work.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this role please reach out to me or any of the board governance facilitators.

Best,Zuz (WMF) (talk) 11:14, 30 April 2021 (UTC)

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13:47, 17 May 2021 (UTC)

Growth Newsletter #18[edit source]

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20:01, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Universal Code of Conduct News – Issue 1[edit source]

Universal Code of Conduct News
Issue 1, June 2021 Read the full newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of [[<tvar name=ucoc-home>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct</tvar>|Universal Code of Conduct]] News! This newsletter will help Wikimedians stay involved with the development of the new code, and will distribute relevant news, research, and upcoming events related to the UCoC.

Please note, this is the first issue of UCoC Newsletter which is delivered to all subscribers and projects as an announcement of the initiative. If you want the future issues delivered to your talk page, village pumps, or any specific pages you find appropriate, you need to [[<tvar name=subscribe>m:Special:MyLanguage/Global message delivery/Targets/UCoC Newsletter Subscription</tvar>|subscribe here]].

You can help us by translating the newsletter issues in your languages to spread the news and create awareness of the new conduct to keep our beloved community safe for all of us. Please [[<tvar name=translator-sub>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/Participate</tvar>|add your name here]] if you want to be informed of the draft issue to translate beforehand. Your participation is valued and appreciated.

  • Affiliate consultations – Wikimedia affiliates of all sizes and types were invited to participate in the UCoC affiliate consultation throughout March and April 2021. ([[<tvar name=affcon>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec1</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • 2021 key consultations – The Wikimedia Foundation held enforcement key questions consultations in April and May 2021 to request input about UCoC enforcement from the broader Wikimedia community. ([[<tvar name=keycon>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec2</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • Roundtable discussions – The UCoC facilitation team hosted two 90-minute-long public roundtable discussions in May 2021 to discuss UCoC key enforcement questions. More conversations are scheduled. ([[<tvar name=routab>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec3</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • Phase 2 drafting committee – The drafting committee for the phase 2 of the UCoC started their work on 12 May 2021. Read more about their work. ([[<tvar name=dracom>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec4</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • Diff blogs – The UCoC facilitators wrote several blog posts based on interesting findings and insights from each community during local project consultation that took place in the 1st quarter of 2021. ([[<tvar name=dfblog>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec5</tvar>|continue reading]])

Call for Election Candidates[edit source]

Dear All,

The 2021 Board of Trustees election is coming soon. Candidates from the community are needed to fill the available seats.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community trustees and appointed trustees make up the Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves a three year term. The Wikimedia community has the opportunity to vote for community trustees.

Wikimedia contributors will vote to fill four seats on the Board in 2021. This is an opportunity to improve the representation, diversity, and expertise of the Board as a team.

Who are potential candidates? Are you a potential candidate? Find out more on the apply to be a candidate page.

Best,Zuz (WMF) (talk) 09:42, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-24[edit source]

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Tech News: 2021-25[edit source]

15:47, 21 June 2021 (UTC)

Server switch[edit source]

SGrabarczuk (WMF) 01:19, 27 June 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 June 2021[edit source]

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16:30, 28 June 2021 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 25 July 2021[edit source]

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

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Tech News: 2021-31[edit source]

20:44, 2 August 2021 (UTC)