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Portals tasks requests: presented in the newsletter below...[edit]

WikiCup 2018 November newsletter[edit]

The WikiCup is over for another year! Our Champion this year is South Carolina Courcelles (submissions), who over the course of the competition has amassed 147 GAs, 111 GARs, 9 DYKs, 4 FLs and 1 ITN. Our finalists were as follows:

  1. South Carolina Courcelles (submissions)
  2. Wales Kosack (submissions)
  3. Hel, Poland Kees08 (submissions)
  4. Cascadia (independence movement) SounderBruce (submissions)
  5. Scotland Cas Liber (submissions)
  6. Marshall Islands Nova Crystallis (submissions)
  7. Republic of Texas Iazyges (submissions)
  8. United States Ceranthor (submissions)


All those who reached the final win awards, and awards will also be going to the following participants:

Awards will be handed out in the coming weeks. Please be patient!

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year's WikiCup, whether you made it to the final rounds or not, and particular congratulations to the newcomers to the WikiCup who have achieved much this year. Thanks to all who have taken part and helped out with the competition.

Next year's competition begins on 1 January. You are invited to sign up to participate; it is open to all Wikipedians, new and old. The WikiCup judges will be back in touch over the coming months, and we hope to see you all in the 2019 competition. Until then, it only remains to once again congratulate our worthy winners, and thank all participants for their involvement! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Godot13 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email) and Vanamonde93 (talk · contribs · email).

WikiCup 2019 March newsletter[edit]

And so ends the first round of the competition. Everyone with a positive score moves on to Round 2. With 56 contestants qualifying, each group in Round 2 contains seven contestants, with the two leaders from each group due to qualify for Round 3 as well as the top sixteen remaining contestants.

Our top scorers in Round 1 were:

  • United States L293D, a WikiCup newcomer, led the field with ten good articles on submarines for a total of 357 points.
  • Pirate Flag of Henry Every.svg Adam Cuerden, a WikiCup veteran, came next with 274 points, mostly from eight featured pictures, restorations of artwork.
  • Denmark MPJ-DK, a wrestling enthusiast, was in third place with 263 points, garnered from a featured list, five good articles, two DYKs and four GARs.
  • United States Usernameunique came next at 243, with a featured article and a good article, both on ancient helmets.
  • Flag of the United States Library of Congress 2.svg Squeamish Ossifrage was in joint fifth place with 224 points, mostly garnered from bringing the 1937 Fox vault fire to featured article status.
  • Ohio Ed! was also on 224, with an amazing number of good article reviews (56 actually).

These contestants, like all the others, now have to start scoring points again from scratch. Between them, contestants completed reviews on 143 good articles, one hundred more than the number of good articles they claimed for, thus making a substantial dent in the review backlog. Well done all!

Remember that any content promoted after the end of Round 1 but before the start of Round 2 can be claimed in Round 2. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article candidates, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews.

If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13 (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Vanamonde (talk) and Cwmhiraeth (talk).

Tech News: 2019-15[edit]

18:24, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLVI, April 2019[edit]

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Comment on Kim Clijsters FAC?[edit]

Hi Hawkeye7, I nominated Kim Clijsters as an FAC a few weeks ago, but I've been struggling to attract reviewers. Seeing that you have worked on a lot of other women's sport articles, I was wondering if you could help me out and leave comments. Thank you, Sportsfan77777 (talk) 19:43, 13 April 2019 (UTC)

Sure. I'll have a look. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:16, 13 April 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-16[edit]

23:00, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Finger on the button WP[edit]

https://www.nonproliferation.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Finger-on-the-Nuclear-Button.pdf

FYI. Interesting the paer posits UK PM doesn't really need CDS approval to launch nuclear strike.

BlueD954 (talk) 03:37, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Barnstar for you[edit]

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For the amazing work getting Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to FA prior to the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 (with time to spare!). Kees08 (Talk) 05:56, 20 April 2019 (UTC)


Good topic[edit]

It looks like with your 1966 NASA T-38 crash, along with my Elliot See and Charles Bassett, we have a good topic. Would you be interested in proposing it? Kees08 (Talk) 06:38, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

Sure. I can do that. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 09:37, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

FACBot FL closures[edit]

Hi Hawkeye, just wondered if you knew if there was a reason that several closed FLCs have remained unarchived by FACBot? Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:30, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

The coordinator marked two of them as "unsuccessful", and the FACBot did not know what that meant. I've instructed the FACBot that this is a failure so it will know from now on, and started a manual run at 1917K. The two were processed. I think everything is okay now. Let me know if there are any more problems. It is a public holiday here so I am on a laptop. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 09:33, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

DYK nomination of 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final 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! Yoninah (talk) 15:56, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-17[edit]

19:08, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Mercury Seven[edit]

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Mercury Seven you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Balon Greyjoy -- Balon Greyjoy (talk) 07:20, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Mercury Seven[edit]

The article Mercury Seven you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Mercury Seven for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Balon Greyjoy -- Balon Greyjoy (talk) 00:21, 28 April 2019 (UTC)

DYK nomination of 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final 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! Yoninah (talk) 23:31, 28 April 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-18[edit]

22:27, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 April 2019[edit]

WikiCup 2019 May newsletter[edit]

The second round of the 2019 WikiCup has now finished. Contestants needed to scored 32 points to advance into round 3. Our top four scorers in round 2 all scored over 400 points and were:

  • Scotland Cas Liber (1210), our winner in 2016, with two featured articles and three DYKs. He also made good use of the bonus points available, more than doubling his score by choosing appropriate articles to work on.
  • Wales Kosack (750), last year's runner up, with an FA, a GA, two FLs, and five DYKs.
  • Pirate Flag of Henry Every.svg Adam Cuerden (480), a WikiCup veteran, with 16 featured pictures, mostly restorations.
  • Kingdom of Prussia Zwerg Nase (461), a seasoned competitor, with a FA, a GA and an ITN item.

Other notable performances were put in by Chicago Barkeep49 with six GAs, United States Ceranthor, England Lee Vilenski, and Saskatchewan Canada Hky, each with seven GARs, and Denmark MPJ-DK with a seven item GT.

So far contestants have achieved nine featured articles between them and a splendid 80 good articles. Commendably, 227 GARs have been completed during the course of the 2019 WikiCup, so the backlog of articles awaiting GA review has been reduced as a result of contestants' activities. The judges are pleased with the thorough GARs that are being performed, and have hardly had to reject any. As we enter the third round, remember that any content promoted after the end of round 2 but before the start of round 3 can be claimed in round 3. Remember too that you must claim your points within 14 days of "earning" them.

If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is at good article nominations, a featured process, or anywhere else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed (remember to remove your listing when no longer required). Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove your name from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13 (talk), Sturmvogel 66 (talk), Vanamonde (talk) and Cwmhiraeth (talk) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:46, 1 May 2019 (UTC)

Child prodigies[edit]

Fermi is included in List of child prodigies. You might be interested in this discussion about the proposal to abolish the Category:Child prodigies‎. Rathfelder (talk) 21:08, 1 May 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #031, 01 May 2019[edit]

Back to the drawing board[edit]

Implementation of the new portal design has been culled back almost completely, and the cull is still ongoing. The cull has also affected portals that existed before the development of the automated design.

Some of the reasons for the purge are:

  • Portals receive insufficient traffic, making it a waste of editor resources to maintain them, especially for narrow-scope or "micro" portals
  • The default {{bpsp}} portals are redundant with the corresponding articles, being based primarily on the corresponding navigation footer displayed on each of those articles, and therefore not worth separate pages to do so
  • They were mass created

Most of the deletions have been made without prejudice to recreation of curated portals, so that approval does not need to be sought at Deletion Review in those cases.

In addition to new portals being deleted, most of the portals that were converted to an automated design have been reverted.

Which puts us back to portals with manually selected content, that need to be maintained by hand, for the most part, for the time being, and back facing some of the same problems we had when we were at this crossroads before:

  • Manually maintained portals are not scalable (they are labor intensive, and there aren't very many editors available to maintain them)
  • The builders/maintainers tend to eventually abandon them
  • Untended handcrafted portals go stale and fall into disrepair over time

These and other concepts require further discussion. See you at WT:POG.

However, after the purge/reversion is completed, some of the single-page portals might be left, due to having acceptable characteristics (their design varied some). If so, then those could possibly be used as a model to convert and/or build more, after the discussions on portal creation and design guidelines have reached a community consensus on what is and is not acceptable for a portal.

See you at WT:POG.

Curation[edit]

A major theme in the deletion discussions was the need for portals to be curated, that is, each one having a dedicated maintainer.

There are currently around 100 curated portals. Based on the predominant reasoning at MfD, it seems likely that all the other portals may be subject to deletion.

See you at WT:POG.

Traffic[edit]

An observation and argument that arose again and again during the WP:ENDPORTALS RfC and the ongoing deletion drive of {{bpsp}} default portals, was that portals simply do not get much traffic. Typically, they get a tiny fraction of what the corresponding like-titled articles get.

And while this isn't generally considered a good rationale for creation or deletion of articles, portals are not articles, and portal critics insist that traffic is a key factor in the utility of portals.

The implication is that portals won't be seen much, so wouldn't it be better to develop pages that are?

And since such development isn't limited to editing, almost anything is possible. If we can't bring readers to portals, we could bring portal features, or even better features, to the readers (i.e., to articles)...

Some potential future directions of development[edit]

Quantum portals?[edit]

An approach that has received some brainstorming is "quantum portals", meaning portals generated on-the-fly and presented directly on the view screen without any saved portal pages. This could be done by script or as a MediaWiki program feature, but would initially be done by script. The main benefits of this is that it would be opt-in (only those who wanted it would install it), and the resultant generated pages wouldn't be saved, so that there wouldn't be anything to maintain except the script itself.

Non-portal integrated components[edit]

Another approach would be to focus on implementing specific features independently, and provide them somewhere highly visible in a non-portal presentation context (that is, on a page that wasn't a portal that has lots of traffic, i.e., articles). Such as inserted directly into an article's HTML, as a pop-up there, or as a temporary page. There are scripts that use these approaches (providing unrelated features), and so these approaches have been proven to be feasible.

What kind of features could this be done with?

The various components of the automated portal design are transcluded excerpts, news, did you know, image slideshows, excerpt slideshows, and so on.

Some of the features, such as navigation footers and links to sister projects are already included on article pages. And some already have interface counterparts (such as image slideshows). Some of the rest may be able to be integrated directly via script, but may need further development before they are perfected. Fortunately, scripts are used on an opt-in basis, and therefore wouldn't affect readers-in-general and editors-at-large during the development process (except for those who wanted to be beta testers and installed the scripts).

The development of such scripts falls under the scope of the Javascript-WikiProject/Userscript-department, and will likely be listed on Wikipedia:User scripts/List when completed enough for beta-testing. Be sure to watchlist that page.

Where would that leave curated portals?[edit]

Being curated. At least for the time being.

New encyclopedia program features will likely eventually render most portals obsolete. For example, the pop-up feature of MediaWiki provides much the same functionality as excerpts in portals already, and there is also a slideshow feature to view all the images on the current page (just click on any image, and that activates the slideshow). Future features could also overlap portal features, until there is nothing that portals provide that isn't provided elsewhere or as part of Wikipedia's interface.

But, that may be a ways off. Perhaps months or years. It depends on how rapidly programmers develop them.

Keep on keepin' on[edit]

The features of Wikipedia and its articles will continue to evolve, even if Portals go by the wayside. Most, if not all of portals' functionality, or functions very similar, will likely be made available in some form or other.

And who knows what else?

No worries.

Until next issue...    — The Transhumanist   01:17, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-19[edit]

16:27, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

DYK for 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 8 May 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that 53,034 people watched the 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final, a record attendance for a standalone women's sporting event in Australia? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/2019 AFL Women's Grand Final. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, 2019 AFL Women's Grand Final), 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.

— Maile (talk) 00:01, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for May 8[edit]

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FACBot[edit]

Hello. First of all, thank you for promoting many articles and topics. Actually, I have a question about FACBot: Is there anything manual/semi-auto about it? I mean, is it completely automated? And also, is it easy to port bot's source to another wiki? We have some difficulty adding {{Article History}} in fawiki and I think your code is a perfect tool to make it easier. Thanks in advance. AhmadTalk 05:39, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

The FACBot is fully automated and runs as cron jobs on Phabricator. I can run it manually from the command line when required. I never wrote it with any other wiki in mind, so it cannot run unmodified anywhere else. In particular, the name of the wiki (and Bot operator) is hard coded in the Bot.pm module. I should perhaps move this out to the config file. If the templates have different names, then that would have to be changed too. I suggest asking at WP:BOTREQ where they may be able to help you more. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 06:07, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for fast response. I have downloaded Perl and some other things; also checked MediaWiki::Bot; now I have a question that may seem too silly to ask: What command do you run in order to manually run the bot?! AhmadTalk 07:53, 10 May 2019 (UTC)
perl -I <library> <script> If you take your request to WP:BOTREQ, I can create a Bot run for you. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:57, 11 May 2019 (UTC)

I think FACBot is still ignoring a lot of closed FL candidates, any ideas? The Rambling Man (talk) 10:47, 11 May 2019 (UTC)

No errors have been reported by the FACBot, and I cannot see any either. The Featured List run occurs daily, at around 0025Z, so nothing you've done today will be processed yet. I will check again after the next run. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 20:57, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
There are five listings waiting, more than one of which has been there several days. I wouldn't ask about things I've done today, I'm aware of how the bot should work, cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:18, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
So what I can do is (a) inform the bot that "successful" is a "promoted" status (b) upgrade this from a remark to a warning, so the Bot will email me if it finds a status it does not recognise (I'm calling that a bug). The fixes will be in the next run. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:04, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
Sounds good, thanks. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:07, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
Change made in Phabricator [27] - Bot run manually to test. All five nominations processed. [28] Hawkeye7 (discuss) 22:24, 11 May 2019 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLVII, May 2019[edit]

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Tech News: 2019-20[edit]

00:48, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

Featured article review: Albert Kesselring[edit]

I have nominated Albert Kesselring for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. --K.e.coffman (talk) 02:16, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

NPR Newsletter No.18[edit]

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Hello Hawkeye7,

WMF at work on NPP Improvements

Niharika Kohli, a product manager for the growth team, announced that work is underway in implementing improvements to New Page Patrol as part of the 2019 Community Wishlist and suggests all who are interested watch the project page on meta. Two requested improvements have already been completed. These are:

  • Allow filtering by no citations in page curation
  • Not having CSD and PRODs automatically marked as reviewed, reflecting current consensus among reviewers and current Twinkle functionality.
Reliable Sources for NPP

Rosguill has been compiling a list of reliable sources across countries and industries that can be used by new page patrollers to help judge whether an article topic is notable or not. At this point further discussion is needed about if and how this list should be used. Please consider joining the discussion about how this potentially valuable resource should be developed and used.

Backlog drive coming soon

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DYK for Clive Disher[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 18 May 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Clive Disher, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Disher Challenge Cup, an annual rowing race, is named after Clive Disher, who rowed for the winning Australian eight in the 1919 Henley Royal Peace Regatta? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Clive Disher. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Clive Disher), 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.

 — Amakuru (talk) 00:03, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

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