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Tech News: 2022-18

19:33, 2 May 2022 (UTC)

New competition on English Wikipedia and related SiteNotice request

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 (talk) 18:29, 3 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

2022 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Election - Call for Election Volunteers

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.
--SOyeyele (WMF) (talk) 23:52, 5 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Tech News: 2022-19

15:22, 9 May 2022 (UTC)

Vox pops at polling booths

So, I've just had an idea and I'd like to put it here even if it probably is a bit flawed. The 2022 Australian federal election is coming up, and I've been trying to think of possible beats and directions to do original reporting on the election for Wikinews. Early voting has just begun, so I'd like to ask -- would an article like this from The Guardian be acceptable to publish here? It's essentially a vox pop of some voters at two Sydney polling booths, otherwise consisting of some photos + commentary from the author. Presuming there was proper evidence (i:e, recordings, etc) would such a thing be acceptable to publish on Wikinews? I don't think there's any formal policy we have on this issue, so I'd like to know what Wikinewsies think on this. Would be an interesting idea, imo, but I can see why there might be issues. --LivelyRatification (talk) 20:36, 9 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I think Vox Pops should be fine. You'd have to get at least five people to talk for an article to be viable I think – obviously getting as many as possible to pass NPOV. I might try to get some where I am. We might be able to get a few articles out of them. --RockerballAustralia contribs 23:23, 9 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah, that seems about right. Like that Guardian article does, if you're doing prepoll vox pops, you could cover multiple in one article, but you'd want at least five from each in my view, even if not all of them are included. A good rule of thumb might be an hour at one booth, to try and get a sense of it and get a diverse sample? LivelyRatification (talk) 23:56, 9 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
An hour or so at the polling sounds about good. RockerballAustralia contribs 03:24, 10 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I did not know what vox pops were until I saw this thread and googled the term. Polling booths is what got my attention -- there is an election coming up in Ontario as well. I am very interested in watching the coverage at Wikinews of the Australian election to see if something similar can be applied to upcoming Canadian and American elections. Ottawahitech (talk) 03:49, 10 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
That would be interesting to see! There are some unique elements to Australian elections, but some coverage would certainly be similar to any Canada/US coverage -- reporting on candidate forums, interviewing candidates, etc. LivelyRatification (talk) 04:28, 10 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Barring any offwiki disruptions or any consensus being reached that it wouldn't be appropriate, I will probably attempt to do this sometime on the coming weekend. LivelyRatification (talk) 23:06, 10 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I’ll try up here as well. RockerballAustralia contribs 23:10, 10 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Let's talk about the Desktop Improvements

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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.


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


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

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)[reply]

Tech News: 2022-20

18:58, 16 May 2022 (UTC)

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

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
--SOyeyele (WMF) (talk) 15:55, 23 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Tech News: 2022-21

00:21, 24 May 2022 (UTC)

Tech News: 2022-22

20:28, 30 May 2022 (UTC)