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Please propose Signpost stories you want to write (or have already begun writing). Submitted stories are published subject to the approval of the Editor-in-Chief, JPxG. We value the involvement of Wikipedians, and appreciate your submissions. If you have ideas or questions that don't fit neatly into this framework, don't hesitate to address us on our user talk pages, by email, or as a last resort, on the general Signpost talk page.

The Signpost's content guidelines may be useful to aspiring writers; take note, especially, of the statement of purpose section. We encourage you to contact us early in the process of developing a story. Different writers have varying levels of interest in editorial input, and we pride ourselves on finding the right balance with each writer; but in most cases, a brief discussion early on can help all parties shape our expectations, and can help produce a strong finished piece. We aim to support Wikimedians wishing to share news with their peers, and look forward to working with you.

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On the perils of believing everything you read online. This is partially inspired by the Stephen Colbert Wikiality bit and also a short story by B. J. Novak. Written with quite a bit of assistance from ChatGPT.

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Inspired by Adam's recent article on finding and improving photos for biographies, I wanted to write a quick guide to finding and improving images for biology using a tool called [https://wikilovesinat.netlify.app/ Wiki Loves iNaturalist]. It has a lot of nice functionality that I encourage you to play with, but before we get on a mini-tutorial, let's do a round of before and after photos so you can see what it offers.

    • @Jengod, Bri, and JPxG: This is good. It could use more pix if it were to go in Gallery, but perhaps we could just make the the pix larger and that would satisfy everybody! The one thing I'm worried about actually has nothing to do with the pix or the writing. We had another article Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2020-08-02/Gallery in general about the same topic. But it wasn't so much of a "how to" article as this is, and it had 1200 page views, which is a lot better than when I select photos! So in general I recommend it, maybe even more along these lines. Smallbones(smalltalk) 18:16, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks @Smallbones I saw the previous article and actually started using WikiLovesInat bc of it but found that by focusing on sourcing images for fairly rare endangered animals I was coming up with many blanks bc almost no one had photos of "rare Peruvian shrew" much less ones that were free use. But then I started doing a series of stubs on west-coast-of-North-American gall wasps and realized WikiLovesiNat was a keystone to finding good photos for this moderately obscure kind of biology. This piece was my attempt to publicize this very useful tool I feel deserves more attention. Anyway thanks for looking. Appreciate it. jengod (talk) 19:58, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jengod: So, is it ready to publish. We have an hour or so to decide and make it so. Smallbones(smalltalk) 20:05, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Uh...sure. :) I just did another pass on the text and bumped up the multiple image baseline width to 500 and I was once told to never write in 2nd person, which I think this is, so yes, it's fine. YOLO. :) I'm a big girl and I think I can handle whatever comes next. it's totally up to you guys. LMK what you need. jengod (talk) 20:22, 11 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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  • Submission: Invisible in the Hyperlink Network https://medium.com/p/90fbbaf7d182
  • Column: TDB
  • Author: OpenSexism
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    This piece is about the Wednesday Index, which has used PAC’s Wikidata tool to measure the gender diversity in the biographies linked from a set of 26 English Wikipedia pages — from ‘Reality’ to ‘Universe’, ‘Science’ to ‘Justice’ —for the past two years to get a sense for both the extent of citation bias on Wikipedia and how quickly it changes. In addition to data visualizations and discussion, the piece links to related research and the two previous posts about the Index. After I published this piece on Medium, I was referred to the Signpost, as it has a large audience in the Wikipedia community. I read the submission guidelines and understand that you prefer to work with writers earlier in the writing process, but I wanted to touch base to see if there was a place for the work in your publication. OpenSexism (talk) 21:41, 7 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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@A.FLOCK: This looks like a good start for a pitch; right now it seems like something more appropriate for an entry in News and Notes, or maybe In the Media, rather than a standalone article. I would be fine with incorporating it into one of these columns if you'd like. Otherwise I think it would require some more in the way of introduction, independent analysis or interpretation, et cetera. Perhaps it would be possible to do a deeper examination of the actual casepages and decisions involved and compare them to the video? jp×g 06:14, 26 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JPxG: I'm okay with being part of an article as long as I am credited in the byline. Thank you and sorry for the long wait!! A.FLOCK (talk) 22:21, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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  • Submission: Equity lists on Wikipedia - Here's the draft in a sandbox.
  • Column: Equity lists on Wikipedia
  • Author: Will (Wiki Ed)
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    This piece is about the development and implementation of Equity lists, which are inspired by Women in Red. The basic idea is to use other demographic variables - Sexual Orientation, Nationality, Medical Condition, to aggregate lists of names of people from other language versions of Wikipedia that do not yet have English Wikipedia articles. The common thread is to emphasize people from communities that are traditionally underrepresented on Wikipedia. Will (Wiki Ed) (talk) 22:31, 3 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Will (Wiki Ed): Yeah, this looks good. If you can format it into a draft we can run it in the next issue. Thanks! jp×g 06:14, 26 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JPxG: I have adapted this article from our blog to the Signpost. I'm not positive the formatting is perfect, so feel free to let me know. Thanks! Will (Wiki Ed) (talk) 18:39, 26 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Looks good to me.   Done jp×g🗯️ 23:29, 5 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evaluating qualitative systemic bias in large article sets edit

 
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  • Submission: User:Larataguera/Bias
  • Column: TDB
  • Author: Larataguera
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    This piece is about assessing qualitative systemic bias in large sets of articles. Most studies of systemic bias address quantitative bias by noting that large numbers of articles are missing from the encyclopedia. This does not address qualitative bias in existing articles that may be implied when large numbers of articles are missing. This submission proposes a system to identify missing statements from existing articles based on relationships between those articles and sets of missing entities. Larataguera (talk) 13:20, 18 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Larataguera: This is nice. I would like to publish this. There are a couple things that I would be cautious about with copyediting (for example, the diff you cite here looks like it's just vandalism). I am no scholar of Wikipolitics, but I think that there was a bunch of it with this project which complicates the issue a little (not sure -- it might have been a similarly named one). Overall, though, it is a good concept and it's written well. I can move it to the holding tank for next issue if you want. jp×g 06:19, 26 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That's great. Thanks! I'm happy to make edits to address any concerns of course.
As for that particular diff, it may have been vandalism, though if so, it went unreverted until I fixed it a few days ago. (It introduced an invalid parameter in the template.) Shortly before that edit, the project was marked semi-active; that's how it's marked right now since my recent edit, and that may be more strictly accurate. I revamped the project page back in December, and another editor observed then that the project was struggling to remain active.
I would love for CSB to be an active and effective project, but I also don't think the community should pretend that this issue is being addressed when it isn't. Larataguera (talk) 11:52, 26 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So in summary, I can change that sentence to more accurately reflect the state of affairs I've just summarised above, and if there are any other concerns just raise them wherever you like and I'll see what I can do to address them. Thanks again! Larataguera (talk) 12:00, 26 October 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Looks good to me.   Done jp×g🗯️ 23:29, 5 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Hi. What's the status of this? Is there something else I need to be doing to it? Can you at least confirm that you want to use this; if not, then I'll post it elsewhere. RoySmith (talk) 16:13, 25 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JPxG @Bluerasberry @Bri @Headbomb @Smallbones Any word? Could somebody at least acknowledge that I've submitted this to the right place and it hasn't fallen into a black hole? RoySmith (talk) 14:54, 28 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@RoySmith: I sent you an email.Sorry for the delay. I suggest some rewritting then submitting it in "In focus". Smallbones(smalltalk) 21:01, 28 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimania 2024 Scholarships edit

 
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Does this need to be a separate story? It short and honestly not very informative - instead of PR lyrics ("a celebration of the ways we work together" etc.) our readers might be more interested in, say, the eligibility criteria, or stats about how many scholarships are usually awarded each year. Regards, HaeB (talk) 05:46, 20 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia: A Multigenerational Pursuit edit

 
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I think this is publishable, but needs some context. Was it a volunteer speech? A speech given as part of some initiative? An invited talk? Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 23:55, 1 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It was an invited keynote. Guillaume (WMF) (talk) 14:35, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes - invited keynote. Sorry I missed the question earlier! SDeckelmann-WMF (talk) 22:28, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Headbomb is there a reason that this wasn't published in the recent edition? Does it need any changes to make it into the next one? KStineRowe (WMF) (talk) 18:41, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I suspect it was simply a matter of JPxG not having much time to review and format it into a Signpost-style page. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 21:10, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello @JPxG is there anything else needed in order for Selena's piece to be published in the next Signpost? Thank you. KStineRowe (WMF) (talk) 14:39, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@KStineRowe (WMF) @JPxG I converted it into Signpost format, hopefully did it correctly. let me know :) ~ 🦝 Shushugah (he/him • talk) 18:11, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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WikiProject report with a focus on active Wiki Fixup Projects edit

 
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@Kazamzam I'd be curious about what kind of events these projects work on, e.g. drives, and why do individuals affiliate with the projects, when many people engage in these activities uncoordinated? I like your focus/question on bots for example. Choosing multiple projects to profile is atypical, so clarity why you choose the projects you did, would make sense, for example why not copyrighters guild, NPP, AfC (other than fact they're active?) ~ 🦝 Shushugah (he/him • talk) 12:43, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kazamzam also check out the archive for past inspiration, specifically Article rescue squadron. ~ 🦝 Shushugah (he/him • talk) 21:41, 7 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WikiProjects Israel and Palestine edit

 
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Progress on the plan: How the Wikimedia Foundation has advanced on its Annual Plan goals edit

 
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  • Submission: User:ELappen_(WMF)/Sandbox/AP_progress_post
  • Column: News from the WMF
  • Author: ELappen (WMF) on behalf of the Foundation's Annual Planning group
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    This piece outlines the progress the Foundation has made so far towards its Annual Plan for fiscal year 2023-2024. By sharing progress reports, we are hoping to give Signpost readers more insight into how work is advancing and allow for more conversations throughout the year. ELappen (WMF) (talk) 20:29, 31 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hey JPxG first-time submission, just checking whether there's anything else I need to do in order for this piece to be considered for the next issue. Thanks so much! --ELappen (WMF) (talk) 20:24, 8 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Hunt for Bertil Ragnar Anzén edit

 
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  • Submission: User:Julle/The Hunt for Bertil Ragnar Anzén
  • Column: Serendipity, maybe?
  • Author: Julle
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    A piece on the ridiculous lengths one sometimes has to go to in order to add a couple of short sentences to a Wikipedia article, here by trying to figure out of a Swedish painter and a Swedish Nazi actually were the same person. Hopefully an entertaining read. Partly based on this Swedish article which is mentioned towards the end, but rewritten and with a different conclusion. /Julle (talk) 10:07, 7 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @Julle, Bri, and JPxG: This is outstanding and should be published ASAP. Serendipity sounds good. It needs a blurb - a line or 3 - to put under the headline on the main Signpost page. I'm thinking "Javert finds his reference" but that has some possible problems. Also, is there a photo, maybe of one of the paintings in the kitchen? Smallbones(smalltalk) 16:48, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Moved to a Signpost draft, changed status to "in development". I think this can go to "approved" any time. ☆ Bri (talk) 17:13, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Smallbones: Thank you!
I could definitely get a photo (the illustration in this article is from my kitchen), but the paintings are still covered by copyright. As a Swedish Wikimedian, fair use isn't my strongest suit. Would it be applicable here? /Julle (talk) 19:01, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry, but "fair use" is not allowed on The Signpost since we don't publish in article main space. There's no way for us to get around this. Can you give us a link to the Swedish article if they have a photo. Smallbones(smalltalk) 19:08, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oops! I know how to find https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertil_Anz%C3%A9n, but no photo there. Smallbones(smalltalk) 19:16, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Smallbones: I suspected this might be the case – the thought of including the paintings originally didn't even strike me, and I asked mainly because you had mentioned them as a potential illustration. I'm unaware of any free images of Anzén, unfortunately. /Julle (talk) 23:22, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New Page Patrol receives a much-needed software upgrade edit

 
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