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Growth team updates #1[edit]

Welcome to the first newsletter for the new Growth team!  

The Growth Team's objective is to work on software changes that help retain new contributors in mid-size Wikimedia projects. We will be starting with Wikipedias, but we hope these changes will benefit every community.

8 ideas we consider: tell us what you think about them!

We are considering new features to build, that could retain new editors in mid-size Wikipedias. We will be testing new ideas in Czech and Korean Wikipedias, and then we'll talk to more communities (yours!) about adopting the ideas that work well.

We have posted the 8 ideas we are considering. We would really appreciate your thoughts and the thoughts from your community. Please share the ideas, and tell us what do you and your community think of those ideas before September 9.

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Rockville Centre train crash[edit]

link Bumping thread for 120 days. epicgenius (talk) 19:18, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

Sept 25: WikiWednesday Salon NYC[edit]

September 25, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Metropolitan New York Library Council in Midtown Manhattan. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Metropolitan New York Library Council (8th floor) at 599 11th Avenue, Manhattan
(note this month we will be meeting in Midtown Manhattan, not at Babycastles)

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Wikimedia New York City Team ~~~~~

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Prospect Park South[edit]

I've noticed your edits to Prospect Park South. As someone who is very familiar with this community, I can authoritatively speak on this. Until recently, "Prospect Park South" which is in Flatbush, only referred to the historical district. The area to the north and east of the historical district was almost invariably considered Flatbush, not Prospect Park South. Real estate agents and interests, fearing the name "Flatbush", have attempted to rename these areas "Prospect Park South". Outside of perhaps a few new residents and real estate agents/interests, very few in the community would term this area Prospect Park South. So in essence, your map on Prospect Park South is indeed inaccurate. G. Capo (talk) 22:51, 15 October 2019 (UTC)

G. Capo, thanks for your input. I already changed the map, but the anonymous user reverted it because the map didn't update on English Wikipedia, only on commons. Also, they reverted the rest of my edits without comment, which is weird because this revert loses a lot of context. I have fixed the map. epicgenius (talk) 23:32, 15 October 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for both your work on the article and for working with me. It's certainly appreciated! G. Capo (talk) 18:19, 16 October 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Tweed Courthouse[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 17 October 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Tweed Courthouse, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the construction of New York City's Tweed Courthouse, prolonged over 20 years, has been called "a classic in the annals of American graft"? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Tweed Courthouse. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Tweed Courthouse), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:02, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

You may want to peek at my helpdesk question: To I or not to I, that is the question. No nit is too small for me to notice (or want to fix) :) Shenme (talk) 04:03, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

DYK nomination of Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Eberhard Faber Pencil Factory at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know!

Note that Cas Liber reviewed at the same time and passed it but my additional comments may be worth considering. Andrew D. (talk) 12:01, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Editing News #2 – Mobile editing and talk pages – October 2019[edit]

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Inside this newsletter, the Editing team talks about their work on the mobile visual editor, on the new talk pages project, and at Wikimania 2019.

Help[edit]

What talk page interactions do you remember? Is it a story about how someone helped you to learn something new? Is it a story about how someone helped you get involved in a group? Something else? Whatever your story is, we want to hear it!

Please tell us a story about how you used a talk page. Please share a link to a memorable discussion, or describe it on the talk page for this project. The team would value your examples. These examples will help everyone develop a shared understanding of what this project should support and encourage.

Talk Pages[edit]

The Talk Pages Consultation was a global consultation to define better tools for wiki communication. From February through June 2019, more than 500 volunteers on 20 wikis, across 15 languages and multiple projects, came together with members of the Foundation to create a product direction for a set of discussion tools. The Phase 2 Report of the Talk Page Consultation was published in August. It summarizes the product direction the team has started to work on, which you can read more about here: Talk Page Project project page.

The team needs and wants your help at this early stage. They are starting to develop the first idea. Please add your name to the "Getting involved" section of the project page, if you would like to hear about opportunities to participate.

Mobile visual editor[edit]

The Editing team is trying to make it simpler to edit on mobile devices. The team is changing the visual editor on mobile. If you have something to say about editing on a mobile device, please leave a message at Talk:VisualEditor on mobile.

Edit Cards[edit]

What happens when you click on a link. The new Edit Card is bigger and has more options for editing links.

Toolbar[edit]

The editing toolbar is changing in the mobile visual editor. The old system had two different toolbars. Now, all the buttons are together. Tell the team what you think about the new toolbar.
  • In September, the Editing team updated the mobile visual editor's editing toolbar. Anyone could see these changes in the mobile visual editor.
    • One toolbar: All of the editing tools are located in one toolbar. Previously, the toolbar changed when you clicked on different things.
    • New navigation: The buttons for moving forward and backward in the edit flow have changed.
    • Seamless switching: an improved workflow for switching between the visual and wikitext modes.
  • Feedback: You can try the refreshed toolbar by opening the mobile VisualEditor on a smartphone. Please post your feedback on the Toolbar feedback talk page.

Wikimania[edit]

The Editing Team attended Wikimania 2019 in Sweden. They led a session on the mobile visual editor and a session on the new talk pages project. They tested two new features in the mobile visual editor with contributors. You can read more about what the team did and learned in the team's report on Wikimania 2019.

Looking ahead[edit]

  • Talk Pages Project: The team is thinking about the first set of proposed changes. The team will be working with a few communities to pilot those changes. The best way to stay informed is by adding your username to the list on the project page: Getting involved.
  • Testing the mobile visual editor as the default: The Editing team plans to post results before the end of the calendar year. The best way to stay informed is by adding the project page to your watchlist: VisualEditor as mobile default project page.
  • Measuring the impact of Edit Cards: The Editing team hopes to share results in November. This study asks whether the project helped editors add links and citations. The best way to stay informed is by adding the project page to your watchlist: Edit Cards project page.

PPelberg (WMF) (talk) & Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 16:51, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Epicgenius, you are the best![edit]

No worries about the edit conflict. I will survive. I was just at a stressful moment of the day and could not compute clearly, etc. I will try the tool next time, thank you so much! :) And yes, my students are at it again. --DrX (talk) 12:59, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

2019 US Banknote Contest[edit]

Commons WikiProject Numismatics concept logo (2017).png US Banknote Contest Flag of the United States.svg
November-December 2019

There are an estimated 30,000 different varieties of United States banknotes, yet only a fraction of these are represented on Wikimedia Commons in the form of 2D scans. Additionally, Colonial America, the Confederate States, the Republic of Texas, multiple states and territories, communities, and private companies have issued banknotes that are in the public domain today but are absent from Commons.

In the months of November and December, WikiProject Numismatics will be running a cross-wiki upload-a-thon, the 2019 US Banknote Contest. The goal of the contest is to increase the number of US banknote images available to content creators on all Wikimedia projects. Participants will claim points for uploading and importing 2D scans of US banknotes, and at the end of the contest all will receive awards. Whether you want to claim the Gold Wiki or you just want to have fun, all are invited to participate.


If you do not want to receive invitations to future US Banknote Contests, follow the instructions here

Sent by ZLEA at 23:30, 19 October 2019 (UTC) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk)

DYK for South Beach–Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 20 October 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article South Beach–Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that at 2.5 miles (4.0 km), New York City's South Beach Boardwalk was cited as the fourth longest boardwalk in the world in 2010? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/South Beach–Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, South Beach–Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boardwalk), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 00:01, 20 October 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Kings Plaza[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 21 October 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Kings Plaza, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that New York City's Kings Plaza shopping mall was built with a marina for visitors, as well as its own power system? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Kings Plaza. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Kings Plaza), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:03, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Springs Mills Building[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 22 October 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Springs Mills Building, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Springs Mills Building, a New York City Landmark built in 1963, has a hexagonal tower that may have taken inspiration from Milan's Pirelli Tower? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Springs Mills Building. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Springs Mills Building), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Gatoclass (talk) 00:02, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

Photographers[edit]

It was pleasant chatting with you at Brooklyn Public Library this evening. I wonder if others of us photographers ought to meet, for example at a restaurant, to talk at greater length. Cameras, picture editing, and software for organizing might be among the initial topics. I was thinking of bringing it up at WikiWednesday, but it would be better if you can be among the participants. WMNYC's monthly chapter meetings are too short and small for a breakout session about photography or anything else. The far larger Wikiconference North America will probably have a dedicated session, but I don't expect the majority of NYC Wikiphotographers to be with me there and it's only an annual event. A separate, local meetup of between two and half a dozen might be best, preferably repeated every month or two. Jim.henderson (talk) 05:00, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

Oct 23: WikiWednesday Salon NYC[edit]

October 23rd, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Metropolitan New York Library Council in Midtown Manhattan. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Metropolitan New York Library Council (8th floor) at 599 11th Avenue, Manhattan
(note this month we will be meeting in Midtown Manhattan, not at Babycastles)

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Wikimedia New York City Team 05:32, 22 October 2019 (UTC)

(You can subscribe/unsubscribe from future notifications for NYC-area events by adding or removing your name from this list.)