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Call for feedback about Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changes and Board candidate rubricEdit

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)


I want to start a wiki book on criminals. Seikopo (discusscontribs) 00:38, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

Maybe look into Subject:Criminal law? —Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:29, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

Important: maintenance operation on October 27Edit

-- Trizek (WMF) (talk) 17:10, 21 October 2020 (UTC)

Bot Wikipedias and human WikibooksEdit

At start they were mostly for inserting interwikis (links between Wikipedia articles in different languages), but gradually they started to create new articles. Lastly, some Wikipedia versions like Cebuano, Waray-Waray and Egyptian Arabic were remained full of bot articles but with small reader communities. Bot usage was always at low level in Wikibooks, maybe because of complexities of its scientific content and contextual relationship between its pages. As well as, this project has the least number of interwikis (between various languages of Wikibooks), now present in the Wikimedia project Wikidata. Wikidata provides data for other Wikimedia projects including Wikibooks (now mostly in Lua language). These data can be used to autofill infobox templates in some Wikivoyage versions and may have more usages. Is wikidata changing Wikibooks to become a bot-based project, too? --Doostdar (discusscontribs) 10:59, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

We do not remove manual interwikis even if they are also linked at Wikidata. Neither does en.wn. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:31, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
I will "battle" all day long to resist the encroachment of Wikidata here. I've seen what similar tools can do. A data set is used to generate "human readable" (debate!) content that is then consumed by more technology. For example, financial services companies create "commentary" on stocks by dragging data into "AI" generated templates to create something that has some resemblance to human written analysis. It is then typically read by another piece of software to extract the data for consumption into an analytics platform. The sum of all this computer horsepower is to move one set of data points to another place while dressing up as if there is some intelligence or meaning in it. It's idiotic. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 15:26, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Wiki of functions naming contest - Round 2Edit

22:10, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Starting a book???Edit

What can I start one on? FcoonerBCA (discusscontribs) 06:22, 7 November 2020 (UTC)

You can start one on what you like, if within scope and policy. You might want to read Wikibooks:What is Wikibooks? first, to give you an idea of what is allowed. Using Wikibooks is helpful as a manual. If you want to start "History of Wales" I'd imagine that would be fine. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 11:02, 7 November 2020 (UTC)

Call for insights on ways to better communicate the work of the movementEdit

ELappen (WMF) (talk) 18:56, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021Edit

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)

Wikidata descriptions changes to be included more often in Recent Changes and WatchlistEdit