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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 this happens to make it easy for Incubator users to spot new issues by their watchlist. Older entries will occasionally be removed. See the full signpost archives here.

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


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Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-27[edit]

Tidy to RemexHtml[edit]

m:User:Elitre (WMF) 14:38, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-27[edit]

00:46, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-28[edit]

Tech News: 2018-28[edit]

23:09, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Global preferences are available[edit]

19:19, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

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

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-29[edit]

Tech News: 2018-29[edit]

16:00, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-30[edit]

Tech News: 2018-30[edit]

09:44, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-31[edit]

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

Tech News: 2018-31[edit]

14:05, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2018[edit]

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-32[edit]

Tech News: 2018-32[edit]

19:39, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-33[edit]

Tech News: 2018-33[edit]

17:52, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-34[edit]

Tech News: 2018-34[edit]

16:46, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Latest message for Collaboration team newsletter; Growth team's newsletter invite[edit]

Hello

Sorry to use English if that's not your favorite language.

You are receiving this message because you were reading the Collaboration team newsletter.

The Collaboration team doesn't longer exists. That team was working on building features that encourage collaboration. This is the latest message for that newsletter.

The Growth Team, formed in July 2018, supports some former Collaboration projects. The Growth Team's main objective is to ease new editors' first steps on wikis, through software changes. You can discover all objectives and missions of the Growth team on its page.

If you wish to be informed about Growth team's updates about easing new users first steps, you can subscribe to the new list to get updates. The first message from Growth –with a call for feedback on a new project– will be posted in a few days!

If you have questions or you want to share experiences made on your wiki about new users' first steps, please post them on the team talk page, in any language.

On behalf of the Growth team, Trizek (WMF) (talk) 10:29, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Growth team updates #1[edit]

Welcome to the first newsletter for the new Growth team!  

The Growth Team's objective is to work on software changes that help retain new contributors in mid-size Wikimedia projects. We will be starting with Wikipedias, but we hope these changes will benefit every community.

8 ideas we consider: tell us what you think about them!

We are considering new features to build, that could retain new editors in mid-size Wikipedias. We will be testing new ideas in Czech and Korean Wikipedias, and then we'll talk to more communities (yours!) about adopting the ideas that work well.

We have posted the 8 ideas we are considering. We would really appreciate your thoughts and the thoughts from your community. Please share the ideas, and tell us what do you and your community think of those ideas before September 9.

Share your experiences with newcomers

We want to hear about what is working and what is not working for new contributors in your wiki. We also want to hear any reactions, questions, or opinions on our work. Please post on the team’s talk page, in any language!

Learn more about us

You can visit our team page to find out why our team was formed and how we are thinking about new editors, and our project page for detailed updates on the first project we'll work on.

Growth team's newsletter prepared by the Growth team and posted by botGive feedbackSubscribe or unsubscribe.

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-35[edit]

Editing of sitewide CSS/JS is only possible for interface administrators from now[edit]

(Please help translate to your language)

Hi all,

as announced previously, permission handling for CSS/JS pages has changed: only members of the interface-admin (Interface administrators) group, and a few highly privileged global groups such as stewards, can edit CSS/JS pages that they do not own (that is, any page ending with .css or .js that is either in the MediaWiki: namespace or is another user's user subpage). This is done to improve the security of readers and editors of Wikimedia projects. More information is available at Creation of separate user group for editing sitewide CSS/JS. If you encounter any unexpected problems, please contact me or file a bug.

Thanks!
Tgr (talk) 12:39, 27 August 2018 (UTC) (via global message delivery)

Tech News: 2018-35[edit]

16:15, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 August 2018[edit]

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-36[edit]

Tech News: 2018-36[edit]

16:47, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

Read-only mode for up to an hour on 12 September and 10 October[edit]

13:33, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-37[edit]

Tech News: 2018-37[edit]

22:35, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-38[edit]

Tech News: 2018-38[edit]

21:58, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-39[edit]

15:23, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 October 2018[edit]

Tech News: 2018-40[edit]

17:34, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Growth team updates #2[edit]

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-41[edit]

Tech News: 2018-41[edit]

23:38, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-42[edit]

Tech News: 2018-42[edit]

22:40, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-43[edit]

Tech News: 2018-43[edit]

23:11, 22 October 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 October 2018[edit]

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

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-44[edit]

Tech News: 2018-44[edit]

20:08, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

The Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

11:06, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-45[edit]

Tech News: 2018-45[edit]

17:29, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

Growth team updates #3[edit]

Welcome to the third newsletter for the new Growth team!  

The Growth team's objective is to work on software changes that help retain new contributors in mid-size Wikimedia projects.

Two Growth team projects to be deployed in next two weeks

We will be deploying the "Understanding first day" and "Personalized first day" projects on Czech and Korean Wikipedias in the coming weeks. See the new project pages below for full details on the projects, and our project updates page for their progress.

  • Understanding first day: learn about the actions new editors take right after creating their accounts. We will be careful with user privacy, and we hope to share initial results in December.
  • Personalized first day: learn about new editors' objectives by adding some optional questions to the new editor’s registration process, and personalizing their onboarding. We hope to share initial results in December.

Third Growth team project begins

  • Focus on help desk: direct newcomers to the local help desks where they can ask questions to help them make their first edits. We hope to have an initial experiment running in December.

Best practices for helping newcomers

We are going to direct newcomers to help desks. But what's the best way to reply to a newcomer there? We have gathered some best practices for successful interactions, based on community experiences and some external documentation. The page has also been reviewed by some experienced community members who suggested some changes. That page is now open for translations. Comments and suggestions are still welcome!

We are still looking for volunteers

Do you want to participate to our experiments? We are looking for new communities to work with us (especially a new mid-size wiki), and people to become ambassadors to help us to communicate with the different communities. Discover how you can involve yourself or your community.

Also, please share this update with your community and interested people!

Learn more about us

You can visit our team page to find out why our team was formed and how we are thinking about new editors, and our project page for detailed updates on the projects we'll work on.

Growth team's newsletter prepared by the Growth team and posted by bot, 13:30, 7 November 2018 (UTC) • Give feedbackSubscribe or unsubscribe.

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-46[edit]

Tech News: 2018-46[edit]

19:21, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

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

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

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-47[edit]

Tech News: 2018-47[edit]

23:28, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey vote[edit]

18:13, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-48[edit]

Advanced Search[edit]

Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talk) 11:02, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-48[edit]

22:21, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 December 2018[edit]

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-49[edit]

Tech News: 2018-49[edit]

16:12, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

New Wikimedia password policy and requirements[edit]

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:03, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Growth team updates #4[edit]

Welcome to the fourth newsletter for the new Growth team!  

The Growth team's objective is to work on software changes that help retain new contributors in mid-size Wikimedia projects.

We need your feedback!

We have two requests for community members:

  1. Now that data is coming in for the welcome survey, we are planning how to use that data to personalize the newcomer's first day. See our current thoughts here, and join the conversation here.
  2. Try out the help panel's interactive prototype, and read about how we're planning to roll it out, and post any thoughts or reactions here.

Two Growth team projects have been deployed (detailed updates here)

  • Personalized first day (welcome survey) was deployed on November 20 on both Czech and Korean Wikipedias.
    • The survey is now being shown to half of new users (A/B test). Responses are being recorded in the database. We'll report on initial results during December.
    • We are planning to test a second version of the survey, called "Variation C", which we think will maximize the number of users who complete the survey and stay on the wiki.
    • The original objective of this project was to give newcomers the materials they need to achieve their goals, and so now we are currently planning how we will use the information collected in the welcome survey to personalize the newcomer's experience. We hope community members will read our current thinking and join the conversation here. Some of the plans we are considering include:
      • Making it easy for newcomers to see editing activity around the topic areas in which they indicated that they're interested.
      • Connecting interested newcomers to experienced editors.
      • Surfacing the help content most relevant to the reason for which the newcomers created their accounts.
  • Understanding first day (EditorJourney) was deployed on November 15 on both Czech and Korean Wikipedias. It has been done after a longer security review and final testing than expected. Data is now being recorded for all new users on those wikis, and we've been auditing the data and preparing to make initial reports during December. Stay tuned for the next newsletter!

Help panel is under construction

  • Focus on help desk (help panel) is planned to be deployed during the week of January 7 on both Czech and Korean Wikipedias.
  • This interactive prototype is the best way to see the design and wording in the feature.
  • We ran live user tests on the prototype, with results posted here.
  • In addition to giving the ability to ask a question, the help panel will also contain a set of links to existing help content. Our ambassadors on Czech and Korean Wikipedias are determining the right initial set of most helpful links in this task.
  • We encourage community members to try out the prototype and read about the rules for who will get the feature, and add any thoughts to this discussion.

We are still looking for volunteers

Do you want to participate to our experiments? We are looking for new communities to work with us (especially a new mid-size wiki), and people to become ambassadors to help us to communicate with the different communities. Discover how you can involve yourself or your community.

Also, please share this update with your community and interested people!

Learn more about us

You can visit our team page to find out why our team was formed and how we are thinking about new editors, and our project updates page for detailed updates on the projects we work on.

Growth team's newsletter prepared by the Growth team and posted by bot, 09:31, 7 December 2018 (UTC) • Give feedbackSubscribe or unsubscribe.

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-50[edit]

Tech News: 2018-50[edit]

17:33, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia translation of the week: 2018-51[edit]