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Invitation to Hubs event: Global Conversation on 2022-03-12 at 13:00 UTCEdit

Hello!

The Movement Strategy and Governance team of the Wikimedia Foundation would like to invite you to the next event about "Regional and Thematic Hubs". The Wikimedia Movement is in the process of understanding what Regional and Thematic Hubs should be. Our workshop in November was a good start (read the report), but we're not finished yet.

Over the last weeks we conducted about 16 interviews with groups working on establishing a Hub in their context (see Hubs Dialogue). These interviews informed a report that will serve as a foundation for discussion on March 12. The report is planned to be published on March 9.

The event will take place on March 12, 13:00 to 16:00 UTC on Zoom. Interpretation will be provided in French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Portuguese. Registration is open, and will close on March 10. Anyone interested in the topic is invited to join us. More information on the event on Meta-wiki.

Best regards,

Kaarel Vaidla
Movement Strategy

Does Wikibooks accept cuisine books with just lists of plain ingredients?Edit

I was wondering if Wikibooks accepts books with a plain list of ingredients. The reason I'm asking is because I'm wondering whether voy:American cuisine#Ingredients could be moved here as that list is out of the scope for a travel guide and I was thinking about moving it here if it is in the scope of Wikibooks. It's useful information, but on the wrong wiki. If it's not in the scope of Wikibooks, then that is not a problem. --SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 22:00, 12 March 2022 (UTC)

Well we do have Cookbook:Basic Foodstuffs and its various subpages; we also have regional recipes at Cookbook:Cuisines, such as Cookbook:Cuisine of the United States. Maybe these could be expanded with wikivoyage material. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 10:52, 13 March 2022 (UTC)
@Mrjulesd Apologies for the late response, but thanks for the clarification. I'll fork off the content in the next few days. SHB2000 (discusscontribs) 08:50, 17 April 2022 (UTC)

Results from the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement guidelines ratification vote publishedEdit

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The Trust and Safety Policy team published the results of the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement guidelines ratification vote. The vote ended 21 March 2022. See the results and read more on Meta-wiki.
--Mervat (WMF) (discusscontribs) 22:03, 7 April 2022 (UTC)

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Movement Strategy and Governance News – Issue 6Edit

Movement Strategy and Governance News
Issue 6, April 2022Read the full newsletter


Welcome to the sixth issue of Movement Strategy and Governance News! This revamped newsletter distributes relevant news and events about the Movement Charter, Universal Code of Conduct, Movement Strategy Implementation grants, Board of trustees elections and other relevant MSG topics.

This Newsletter will be distributed quarterly, while the more frequent Updates will also be delivered weekly. Please remember to subscribe here if you would like to receive future issues of this newsletter.

  • Leadership Development - A Working Group is Forming! - The application to join the Leadership Development Working Group closed on April 10th, 2022, and up to 12 community members will be selected to participate in the working group. (continue reading)
  • Universal Code of Conduct Ratification Results are out! - The global decision process on the enforcement of the UCoC via SecurePoll was held from 7 to 21 March. Over 2,300 eligible voters from at least 128 different home projects submitted their opinions and comments. (continue reading)
  • Movement Discussions on Hubs - The Global Conversation event on Regional and Thematic Hubs was held on Saturday, March 12, and was attended by 84 diverse Wikimedians from across the movement. (continue reading)
  • Movement Strategy Grants Remain Open! - Since the start of the year, six proposals with a total value of about $80,000 USD have been approved. Do you have a movement strategy project idea? Reachout to us! (continue reading)
  • The Movement Charter Drafting Committee is All Set! - The Committee of fifteen members which was elected in October 2021, has agreed on the essential values and methods for its work, and has started to create the outline of the Movement Charter draft. (continue reading)
  • Introducing Movement Strategy Weekly - Contribute and Subscribe! - The MSG team have just launched the updates portal, which is connected to the various Movement Strategy pages on Meta-wiki. Subscriber to get up-to-date news about the various ongoing projects. (continue reading)
  • Diff Blogs - Check out the most recent publications about the UCoC on Wikimedia Diff. (continue reading)

--Mervat (discusscontribs) 21:15, 11 April 2022 (UTC)

Join the Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan conversations with Maryana IskanderEdit

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Hello,

The Movement Communications and Movement Strategy and Governance teams invite you to discuss the 2022-23 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan, a plan of record for the Wikimedia Foundation's work.

These conversations continue Maryana Iskander's Wikimedia Foundation Chief Executive Officer listening tour.

The conversations are about these questions:

  • The 2030 Wikimedia Movement Strategy sets a direction toward "knowledge as a service" and "knowledge equity". The Wikimedia Foundation wants to plan according to these two goals. How do you think the Wikimedia Foundation should apply them to our work?
  • The Wikimedia Foundation continues to explore better ways of working at a regional level. We have increased our regional focus in areas like grants, new features, and community conversations. What is working well? How can we improve?
  • Anyone can contribute to the Movement Strategy process. Let's collect your activities, ideas, requests, and lessons learned. How can the Wikimedia Foundation better support the volunteers and affiliates working in Movement Strategy activities?

You can find the schedule of calls on Meta-wiki.

The information will be available in multiple languages. Each call will be open to anyone to attend. Live interpretation will be available in some calls.

Best regards,

--Mervat (WMF) (discusscontribs) 12:01, 18 April 2022 (UTC)

2022 Board of Trustees Call for CandidatesEdit

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The Board of Trustees seeks candidates for the 2022 Board of Trustees election. Read more on Meta-wiki.

The 2022 Board of Trustees election is here! Please consider submitting your candidacy to serve on the Board of Trustees.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community-and-affiliate selected trustees and Board-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-and-affiliate selected trustees.

The Wikimedia community will vote to fill two seats on the Board in 2022. 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.

Thank you for your support,

Movement Strategy and Governance on behalf of the Elections Committee and the Board of Trustees

--Mervat (WMF) (discusscontribs) 21:23, 25 April 2022 (UTC)

Let's talk about the Desktop ImprovementsEdit

Hello!

Have you noticed that some wikis have a different desktop interface? Are you curious about the next steps? Maybe you have questions or ideas regarding the design or technical matters?

Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on 29 April 2022 at 13:00 UTC and 18:00 UTC on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 88045453898. Dial by your location.

Agenda

  • Update on the recent developments
  • Questions and answers, discussion

Format

The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes will be taken in a Google Docs file. Olga Vasileva (the Product Manager) will be hosting this meeting. The presentation part will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, French, Italian, and Polish. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the talk page or send them to sgrabarczuk@wikimedia.org.

At this meeting, both Friendly space policy and the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical spaces apply. Zoom is not subject to the WMF Privacy Policy.

We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 00:35, 26 April 2022 (UTC)

Coming soon: Improvements for templatesEdit

-- Johanna Strodt (WMDE) 11:13, 29 April 2022 (UTC)

Questionable embellishmentEdit

Hi, within the last year several embellishments & complications have appeared. These are some.

(1) At the top of every page there's a notice about video game strategy guides. Video gaming has no particular relevance to the pages I read and edit. I wonder why the notice is given precedence above most other information on every Wikibook page. Wouldn't a notice on the home page suffice?
(2) Previously (originally?) the left margin contained a list of links "Main Page, Help, Browse, Cookbook" & etc. Now a second possibility is to have the page contents there. But contents at the top of a page suffices. The expanding contents in mobile view also works. Is the contents in the left margin really beneficial?
(3) The page title is now at the top of the display, regardless of the location of the display in the page. An unfortunate consequence: when a link is used to position the display in the page, the title can obscure content. The front page of the Oberon book provides examples. The page URL is always displayed by the browser. Why should the title persist as a page is scrolled?
(4) JavaScript can be used when implementing new features. But JavaScript requires processing and processing requires time. Therefore new features can bring noticeable latencies in rendering.

The justification for new features is questionable. My general impression is that new features are beginning to interfere with content and rendering. Is there discussion or a vote before a new feature is implemented? Who implements a new feature? Salaried staff? Volunteers?

Sorry for ranting but this is an emerging concern. Regards, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 18:09, 2 May 2022 (UTC)

Hi Peter

(1) Yes perhaps that's a bit unnecessary. It was brought in because we suddenly started accepting video game guides. Its been there a while now. But as an alternative, you could press the dismiss button to the right of the message get rid of it from your system.
(2) I think having the sidebar is valuable as it gives quick links on every page on the Wikibooks site, and I don't think it takes up a huge amount of space.
(3) on Oberon you are using {{DISPLAYTITLE}} to overwrite the default title. Is that what you mean? When I scroll the page the page title does disappear on my system.
(4) we do get some lags at times here. But I don't think that is due to Javascript, but rather due to bandwidth problems fom the servers (most likely).

Usually when new features are proposed and implemented here there is a discussion at Wikibooks:Reading room/Proposals. But sometimes changes are brought in by the WMF that can't be questioned much. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 20:01, 2 May 2022 (UTC)

(2) The sidebar is tolerable for links "Main Page, Help, Browse & etc." In 2022 Vector skin, page contents is also in the sidebar rather than at the top of the page.
(3) Yes, DISPLAYTITLE provides a title more meaningful than just "Oberon". To illustrate my observation, I go to footnote 43 at the bottom of the page. Click on "c". The display is relocated intending to show the text where footnote 43 is invoked. In my case, the title obscures the link "43". A screenshot is at http://easthope.ca/OberonWikibookScreenshot.png. The phenomenon is not specific to this footnote. The page has many instances.
The DISPLAYTITLE title follows down the page when I'm logged in and have 2022 Vector skin. When logged in with legacy Vector skin or not logged in, DISPLAYTITLE has effect only at the top of the page. (?) Strictly speaking, obscuration of a footnote citation is a bug, avoidable by staying with the Vector legacy skin. Then I question the benefit of multiple skins. Testing various skins and finding bugs wastes time. Why not simplify to one skin which works well? Appears that a volunteer or salaried employee wanted to do some programming.
According to Web principles, content is provided by the server. Style of presentation is the responsibility of the client. MediaWiki has become far too involved in presentation. An acceptable way to help readers with presentation is to provide style sheets. An ever-growing lists of user preferences is not good practice.
Thx, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 14:40, 3 May 2022 (UTC)
@PeterEasthope:
[2] yes that's true.
[3] I think that is a problem with the 2022 vector skin in combination with using DISPLAYTITLE. It means when you press the footnote 43c link the resulting text is obscured as in your screenshot. There are three workarounds I can think of: (a) go back to Vector Legacy as your skin. (b) Stop using DISPLAYTITLE, which isn't strictly necessary and obscures the text. (c) Move text off the main Oberon page to a subpage (e.g. Oberon/Introduction), where you shouldn't get this problem. I think personally that the main book page should just be a table on contents, as I've done at Brief History of Europe. --Jules (Mrjulesd) 18:33, 3 May 2022 (UTC)
[3] (a) I've switched to Vector Legacy. (b) Will investigate alternatives to DISPLAYTITLE. (c) The front page entirely a table of contents is a good idea, technically. Pictures mitigate drabness and inspire interest. The photo of the Brandenburger is impressive. Will think about changing the Oberon book. Thx, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 19:06, 3 May 2022 (UTC)

Editing news 2022 #1Edit

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New editors were more successful with this new tool.

The New topic tool helps editors create new ==Sections== on discussion pages. New editors are more successful with this new tool. You can read the report. Soon, the Editing team will offer this to all editors at the 20 Wikipedias that participated in the test. You will be able to turn it off at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing-discussion.

Whatamidoing (WMF) 18:55, 2 May 2022 (UTC)

New competition on English Wikipedia and related SiteNotice requestEdit

A popular article writing competition CEE Spring (about Central and Eastern Europe; now with special subcategory about Esperanto) is happening on the English Wikipedia until the 31st May 2022. I warmly invite you to participate, write some article and win a valuable prize! If you have question, I will happily answer it on the competition page talk.

Also, for more wide outreach, I have just asked for a CentralNotice, which should appear also in this project. If you have a comment on the request, you are welcome to write it on the request page. --KuboF Hromoslav (discusscontribs) 18:29, 3 May 2022 (UTC)

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Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election 2022 - Call for Election VolunteersEdit

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The Movement Strategy and Governance team is looking for community members to serve as election volunteers in the upcoming Board of Trustees election.

The idea of the Election Volunteer Program came up during the 2021 Wikimedia Board of Trustees Election. This program turned out to be successful. With the help of Election Volunteers, we were able to increase outreach and participation in the election by 1,753 voters over 2017. Overall turnout was 10.13%, 1.1 percentage points more, and 214 wikis were represented in the election.

There were a total of 74 wikis that did not participate in 2017 that produced voters in the 2021 election. Can you help increase the participation even more?

Election volunteers will help in the following areas:

  • Translate short messages and announce the ongoing election process in community channels
  • Optional: Monitor community channels for community comments and questions

Volunteers should:

  • Maintain the friendly space policy during conversations and events
  • Present the guidelines and voting information to the community in a neutral manner

Do you want to be an election volunteer and ensure your community is represented in the vote? Sign up here to receive updates. You can use the talk page for questions about translation.
--Mervat (WMF) (discusscontribs) 08:32, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Let's talk about the Desktop ImprovementsEdit

Hello!

Have you noticed that some wikis have a different desktop interface? Are you curious about the next steps? Maybe you have questions or ideas regarding the design or technical matters?

Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on 17 May 2022 at 12:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 86217494304. Dial by your location.

Agenda

  • Update on the recent developments
  • Questions and answers, discussion

Format

The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes will be taken in a Google Docs file. Olga Vasileva (the Product Manager) will be hosting this meeting. The presentation part will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, Italian, Polish; also, only at the first meeting: Farsi, Vietnamese; only at the second meeting: Portuguese, Spanish, Russian. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the talk page or send them to sgrabarczuk@wikimedia.org.

At this meeting, both Friendly space policy and the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical spaces apply. Zoom is not subject to the WMF Privacy Policy.

We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 05:02, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

Report on Voter Feedback from Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) Enforcement Guidelines RatificationEdit

Hello all,

The Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) project team has completed the analysis of the feedback accompanying the ratification vote on the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines.

Following the completion of the UCoC Enforcement Guidelines Draft in 2022, the guidelines were voted on by the Wikimedian community. Voters cast votes from 137 communities, with the top 9 communities being: English, German, French, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian Wikipedias, and Meta-wiki.

Those voting had the opportunity to provide comments on the contents of the Draft document. 658 participants left comments. 77% of the comments are written in English. Voters wrote comments in 24 languages with the largest numbers in English (508), German (34), Japanese (28), French (25), and Russian (12).

A report will be sent to the Revision Drafting Committee who will refine the enforcement guidelines based on the community feedback received from the recently concluded vote. A public version of the report is published on Meta-wiki here. The report is available in translated versions on meta-wiki. Please help translate to your language

Again, we thank all who participated in the vote and discussions. We invite everyone to contribute during the next community discussions. More information about the Universal Code of Conduct and Enforcement Guidelines can be found on Meta-wiki.

On behalf of the Universal Code of Conduct project team --Mervat (WMF) (discusscontribs) 21:39, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

Next steps on the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) Enforcement guidelinesEdit

Hello all,

I’d like to share an update on the work on the Enforcement guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct.

In 2022 May, the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) project team completed a report on the 2022 March ratification vote about the guidelines. Voters cast votes from at least 137 communities. At least 650 participants added comments with their vote. A report is available on Meta-Wiki. (See full announcement)

Following the vote, the Community Affairs committee (CAC) of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees asked that several areas be reviewed for improvements. A Revision Drafting Committee will refine the enforcement guidelines based on community feedback.

To help the Revisions committee, input from the community is requested. Visit the Meta-wiki pages (Enforcement Guidelines revision discussions, Policy text revision discussions) to provide thoughts for the new drafting committee. (See full announcement)

Let me know if you have any questions about these next steps. --Mervat (WMF) (discusscontribs) 07:24, 28 May 2022 (UTC)