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Facto Post – Issue 2 – 13 July 2017Edit

Facto Post – Issue 2 – 13 July 2017

Editorial: Core models and topicsEdit

Wikimedians interest themselves in everything under the sun — and then some. Discussion on "core topics" may, oddly, be a fringe activity, and was popular here a decade ago.

The situation on Wikidata today does resemble the halcyon days of 2006 of the English Wikipedia. The growth is there, and the reliability and stylistic issues are not yet pressing in on the project. Its Berlin conference at the end of October will have five years of achievement to celebrate. Think Wikimania Frankfurt 2005.

Progress must be made, however, on referencing "core facts". This has two parts: replacing "imported from Wikipedia" in referencing by external authorities; and picking out statements, such as dates and family relationships, that must not only be reliable but be seen to be reliable.

In addition, there are many properties on Wikidata lacking a clear data model. An emerging consensus may push to the front key sourcing and biomedical properties as requiring urgent attention. Wikidata's "manual of style" is currently distributed over thousands of discussions. To make it coalesce, work on such a core is needed.


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I could really use your help re:Reports Bot and other WPX featuresEdit

User:Evolution and evolvability and I have been redesigning WP:BIOL and WP:MOLBIO, and we really need help. We want to use several features of Reports Bot and the Wikipedia Requests system, and it is very difficult to understand how these things work. Could you answer these questions? We may have more but this is enough to start.

1. WP:Women in Red uses Reports Bot to come up with a list of articles which exist in other languages, but not English. They use a SPARQL search to do this, but when I looked at it, it didn't deal with languages at all. Does your Reports Bot handle the languages part?

2. Would you mind responding to this diff regarding Wikipedia Requests?

3. If you are not going to actively develop these systems, would you mind passing them off onto someone else (not me) and/or writing some documentation?

Thanks, Prometheus720 (talk) 15:37, 6 July 2019 (UTC)

Archiving members of a welcoming committee...Edit

Hi J, re: this discussion, I was wondering if you might be able to help as your name was specifically mentioned.   Short story: At Wikipedia:Welcoming committee/members there are tons of people listed, but in these edits I did a purge of some sockpuppets and some indeffed users and a few people who hadn't been active in ages. Do you have a tool that can prune that list down further? It's sort of a problem with these kinds of "I'm a n00b and am totally volunteering for ___" lists. I think there's another one at Wikipedia:Counter-Vandalism Unit/Subtle Vandalism Taskforce. Also, this is obviously a low priority, but I appreciate your help. Thanks! Cyphoidbomb (talk) 02:14, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Generating reports for WikiProject SocialismEdit

Hi James! I'm working on a new page for WikiProject Socialism, currently at Wikipedia:WikiProject Socialism/sandbox. Would it be possible to get Reports bot to generate reports for it (e.g. membership, discussions, tasks, updated related projects)? Thank you. --MarioGom (talk) 18:30, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

MarioGom, I actually believe that you can do this yourself if you want to mess with it. I've been looking to do the same for WP:BIOL. I did some digging in Harej's contribs and I found [page], which seems to hold settings for Reports bot and probably other features. If you are interested in any other WPX features, User:Evolution and evolvability and I might be able to answer them as we have been working with some of them. Prometheus720 (talk) 15:08, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Editing News #1—July 2019Edit

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Did you know?

Did you know that you can use the visual editor on a mobile device?

Every article has a pencil icon at the top. Tap on the pencil icon   to start editing.

Edit Cards

This is what the new Edit Cards for editing links in the mobile visual editor look like. You can try the prototype here: 📲 Try Edit Cards.

Welcome back to the Editing newsletter.

Since the last newsletter, the team has released two new features for the mobile visual editor and has started developing three more. All of this work is part of the team's goal to make editing on mobile web simpler.

Before talking about the team's recent releases, we have a question for you:

Are you willing to try a new way to add and change links?

If you are interested, we would value your input! You can try this new link tool in the mobile visual editor on a separate wiki.

Follow these instructions and share your experience:

📲 Try Edit Cards.

Recent releasesEdit

The mobile visual editor is a simpler editing tool, for smartphones and tablets using the mobile site. The Editing team has recently launched two new features to improve the mobile visual editor:

  1. Section editing
    • The purpose is to help contributors focus on their edits.
    • The team studied this with an A/B test. This test showed that contributors who could use section editing were 1% more likely to publish the edits they started than people with only full-page editing.
  2. Loading overlay
    • The purpose is to smooth the transition between reading and editing.

Section editing and the new loading overlay are now available to everyone using the mobile visual editor.

New and active projectsEdit

This is a list of our most active projects. Watch these pages to learn about project updates and to share your input on new designs, prototypes and research findings.

  • Edit cards: This is a clearer way to add and edit links, citations, images, templates, etc. in articles. You can try this feature now. Go here to see how: 📲Try Edit Cards.
  • Mobile toolbar refresh: This project will learn if contributors are more successful when the editing tools are easier to recognize.
  • Mobile visual editor availability: This A/B test asks: Are newer contributors more successful if they use the mobile visual editor? We are collaborating with 20 Wikipedias to answer this question.
  • Usability improvements: This project will make the mobile visual editor easier to use.  The goal is to let contributors stay focused on editing and to feel more confident in the editing tools.

Looking aheadEdit

  • Wikimania: Several members of the Editing Team will be attending Wikimania in August 2019. They will lead a session about mobile editing in the Community Growth space. Talk to them about how editing can be improved.
  • Talk Pages: In the coming months, the Editing Team will begin improving talk pages and communication on the wikis.

Learning moreEdit

The VisualEditor on mobile is a good place to learn more about the projects we are working on. The team wants to talk with you about anything related to editing. If you have something to say or ask, please leave a message at Talk:VisualEditor on mobile.

PPelberg (WMF) (talk) and Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:25, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

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