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Wikimedia Highlights, April 2014

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for April 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Wikimedia Labs migrated to the new data center

The Wikimedia Labs platform enables volunteers to host software tools to support the community’s work, and to get involved in the technical operations of Wikimedia servers. As part of the Foundation’s ongoing work to reduce reliance on the old data center in Tampa, Florida (USA), Labs was moved to the new data center in Ashburn, Virginia in April, completing several months of work by WMF staff and by volunteers who operate Labs projects. Among the advantages is the switch to a new file system (NFS) which is much more reliable that the one used used for Labs in the old data center (GlusterFS, which had caused most of the Labs failures and downtime in the preceding months). Also, in the new data center, many Labs projects are now using the internal Labs web proxy, which provides several benefits including HTTPS access and increased user data privacy. The Toolserver, the predecessor of the “Tool Labs” part of Wikimedia Labs, is planned to shut down on June 30.

New MediaViewer starts getting released on Wikimedia sites

The Foundation’s multimedia team released Media Viewer v0.2 on 14 pilot sites in April, in preparation for a wider deployment in May. The overall response was favorable, and a growing majority of survey respondents was finding this new multimedia browser useful. The team also developed a set of metrics dashboards to track how often MediaViewer and its various features are used, and how fast it performs over the Internet, as well as local metrics dashboards for selected sites: first results showed a decline in image load time, and suggest that Media Viewer loads faster than the old file description pages.

Lila Tretikov

New Executive Director and Chief Communications Officer

Katherine Maher

In April, preparations took place to welcome the Foundation’s incoming executive director Lila Tretikov, who was announced on May 1. She will succeed Sue Gardner on June 1, who will move into a new role as special adviser. Lila Tretikov was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States as a teenager. She has been working for technology companies, primarily in open source, in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 15 years, most recently at SugarCRM.

Also in April, Katherine Maher was announced as the Foundation’s new Chief Communications Officer.

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Wikimedia Highlights, March 2014

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for March 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Screenshot of a Hovercard (a preview of the article en:Claude Monet displayed in en:Camille Doncieux)

New Beta feature: Hovercards show article previews

Hovercards are brief previews of a Wikipedia article or other wiki page, displayed when the reader hovers over a link to that page. The preview consists of the lead paragraph and first image of the article. Users can enable this feature by logging into their account and clicking the “Beta” link at the top right. Hovercards were inspired by the Navigation popups gadget used by many experienced Wikimedians on the English Wikipedia and elsewhere, and modify the idea to make it more suitable for casual readers.

Typography refresh: A new look for text on Wikimedia sites

At the end of March, an update to the typography on the desktop version of Wikimedia sites was announced. The typography refresh is based on four requirements: 1. Readability, 2. a consistent look across multiple devices, 3. availability of the typefaces across various platforms (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, and mobile operating systems), and 4. accessibility (even for those readers with visual impairments).

The most visible change is that headings are now displayed in a serif font instead of a sans-serif font. Among the other modifications: The text color is now a very dark grey instead of pure black, while the background color remained pure white. Also, the body font size was increased.

The changes were scheduled to be rolled out in April, with adjustments based on user feedback.

Sue Gardner discussing the WMF FDC proposal

Draft annual plan published for feedback from the community and the FDC

In March, the Foundation worked to prepare its 2014/15 annual plan for publication in draft form, as a proposal to the FDC (Funds Dissemination Committee). The feedback from the FDC and the community review period (April 1 to April 30) will be taken into account while the plan is being finalized. As part of the FDC proposal, the Foundation published a new comprehensive overview of ongoing, long-term work that WMF staff and contractors are carrying out in support of the Wikimedia projects.

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Wikimedia Highlights, February 2014

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for February 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Logo of the new Wiki Education Foundation

Frank Schulenburg named executive director of the new Wiki Education Foundation, which supports Wikipedia courses in the US and Canada

The Wikipedia Education Program, where university students contribute to Wikipedia as a course assignment, began in 2010 as a pilot project run by the Wikimedia Foundation (the “Public Policy Initiative” which focused on the subject of US public policy). Since then, the program has expanded worldwide. In the United States and Canada alone, more than 6,000 students have contributed to Wikipedia as part of the program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages to Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality content.

The global Wikipedia Education Program will continue to be supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. But in 2012, the Wikimedia Foundation began a process to hand over cooperations with educators and institutions in the US and Canada to a new non-profit organization, the “Wiki Education Foundation“, created in late 2013. In February, the new organization appointed its first executive director: Frank Schulenburg, a long-time German Wikipedian and Commons contributor who left his position as head of the Wikimedia Foundation’s program department for the new job.

Media Viewer (early sketch explaining how it works)

New Media Viewer: A better way to view images

The Multimedia Team invited community members to test a beta version of Media Viewer, a new tool for viewing images and other multimedia content. Currently, when a reader clicks on a thumbnail in an article, they are taken to a separate page showing the image in medium size, surrounded by a lot of text information which can be confusing. Media Viewer shows images in a larger size, as an overlay on the current page.

At the end of February, when the invitation was made, over 12,000 beta testers had already activated Media Viewer as part of the Beta Features program. The rollout of Media Viewer to the first wikis was scheduled for April.

Discussion about disclosure requirements for paid editing, and about the new privacy policy

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Legal Department is drafting a proposed amendment to the Terms of Use to address further undisclosed paid editing. Contributing to the Wikimedia projects to serve the interests of a paying client while concealing the paid affiliation has led to situations that the community considers problematic. The LCA team published a draft for a community discussion. The discussion received significant response, and continued through March 21, 2014.

The department also announced the conclusion of the community consultations about the new Privacy Policy (after discussions that lasted over 8 months), together with the accompanying Data retention guidelines, and the Access to Nonpublic Information Policy, whose consultation lasted over 5 months. These policies will be reviewed by the Board in April 2014.

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Wikimedia Highlights, January 2014

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for January 2014, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

New community-centered trademark policy

After a seven-month long community consultation, the Foundation’s legal team concluded work on the new trademark policy. The community discussion, which had more words than The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, resulted in a policy that is unconventional in how it provides liberal use of the Wikimedia marks, while maintaining legal protection. The final policy was approved by the Board of Trustees on February 1, effective immediately.

After one year, Individual Engagement Grants demonstrate potential for impact

Projects from the first round of IEGs

One year after Individual Engagement Grants program was launched in January 2013, the Foundation’s Learning & Evaluation team completed an impact assessment of the projects funded in the first round. One of the projects, The Wikipedia Library, generated $279,000 worth in donations from commercial research database providers, enabling Wikipedia editors to use high quality sources for free. At a grant cost of only $7,500, this represents a 37x return on investment. Another project, on generating publicity in China for Wikipedia, gained 10,000 followers for a new Wikipedia account on social networking site Weibo (25% of whom are women). Applications for the first round of 2014 start in March.

Multimedia vision for 2016, and request for comment on MP4 video

Video explaining the multimedia vision for 2016 ((slides)

The Foundation’s recently formed Multimedia team presented a multimedia vision for 2016. It is a scenario describing possible new tools for collaborating on multimedia on Commons, Wikipedia and other projects. The team invited community feedback on these ideas.

Separately, the multimedia team started a request for comment (RfC) on whether to support video files in the MP4 format on Wikimedia sites, in addition to the existing software support for the free formats Ogg Theora and WebM. Currently, only about 0.2% of the around 20 million files on Commons are videos, and it is assumed that MP4 support would make uploading and viewing videos much easier for many users, especially on some mobile devices that cannot play videos in the existing free formats. However, MP4 is a proprietary format covered by patents. Most users in the RfC preferred not to support MP4, maintaining the current practice of only using free formats.

New search engine

A new search infrastructure is being rolled out out to all Wikimedia wikis. It is based on the existing open-source software “Elasticsearch”, instead of the “Lucene-search” software that was written especially for MediaWiki. “Lucene-search” has worked well on Wikimedia sites for around 8 years, but developed some technical problems in 2013. The new search system for MediaWiki is called “CirrusSearch“. Its search results will reflect page updates much quicker than the old system. The text of templates in an article will now be found too, and some new search options were added. CirrusSearch is first becoming available as an optional Beta feature (see the timeline).

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Wikimedia Highlights, December 2013

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for December 2013, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

The new “editing Wikipedia” brochure

New brochure explains how to edit Wikipedia

The Education Program team completed work on an entirely new version of the Welcome to Wikipedia brochure (now titled “Editing Wikipedia“). It is also available for translation into other languages.

“Drafts” feature provides a gentler start for Wikipedia articles

In December, the new Draft namespace was launched on the English Wikipedia, as requested by the local community. It gives all users (registered or anonymous) the option to start new articles as a draft, instead of publishing them immediately (which can carry the risk that the new article is nominated for deletion before it can be improved). Drafts are marked by a “Draft:” in the page title, and are not visible to search engines.

Paul Kikuba is leading an IEG project to set up a Wikipedia center in the village of Mbazzi, Uganda

Recipients of Annual Plan Grants (FDC) and Individual Engagements Grants (IEG) announced

In December, 11 Wikimedia organizations were awarded annual plan grants totaling $4.4M, following the recommendations of the volunteer-run Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) in the first round of requests for 2013/2014. The approved amount was lower than the overall requested amount of US$5.94M, affirming the FDC’s guidance to the organizations to be thoughtful about growth.

Also in December, the selection of seven projects for the second round of Individual Engagements grants (IEG) was announced. They focus on activities from outreach to tool-building, all aimed at connecting and supporting the community.

Successful year-end online fundraising campaign

The WMF fundraising team ran the year-end online fundraising campaign in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Roughly $18.7 million USD was raised from more than one million donors in December. During the two weeks when the campaign ran at full capacity, the team created and tested approximately 250 different banners. Banners will be run in other countries and languages throughout 2014.

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Global unique visitors for November:

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Wikimedia Highlights, November 2013

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for November 2013, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Duration of edit-a-thons: 91% lasted less than 8 hours

New support material for program organizers: Evaluation report about edit-a-thons, and a pattern library

A new report about edit-a-thons includes data from 46 events between February 2012 and October 2013. It starts a series of seven reports about the most common types of programs executed by Wikimedia program leaders around the world, authored by the Wikimedia Foundation’s Program Evaluation and Design team. This is the first time that such an analysis compares the outcomes of a specific program to its costs. Among the many findings of this report is that edit-a-thons with a small budget can be as productive as events with a large budget.

In the new learning pattern library on Meta, Wikimedians can share what they learn about organizing activities like edit-a-thons, GLAM collaborations, gender gap outreach, or Wiki Loves Monuments. Each pattern includes a description of a common problem, and instructions for solving it.

Screenshot of the new Beta Features preferences page

“Beta Features” option allows users to test upcoming software changes

A new “Beta Features” section has been added to the user preferences menu, allowing logged-in editors to test upcoming software changes and give feedback to the developers, before these features become available for everyone.

Open Source Language Summit in Pune, India

Together with Red Hat, the Wikimedia Foundation’s language engineering team organized the fall 2013 Open Source Language Summit in Pune, India. It was also attended by members of the VisualEditor and Mobile teams. Session topics included:

  • improving the support for fonts (in particular in Indic languages)
  • input methods for entering characters that are not available on a user’s keyboard
  • the Language Coverage Matrix Dashboard, which displays how a language is supported on Wikimedia projects
  • a prototype for a user interface for translating Wikipedia articles and other content

OAuth extension makes it easier to use third-party editing tools

All Wikimedia wikis now support OAuth, an open standard that allows users to authorize third-party software tools to carry out actions on the wiki on their behalf, without handing over their user password. Among the first tools that use this new feature is “CropTool“, which allows users to crop images on Wikimedia Commons.

  • A visualization of the interaction between a third-party tool (left), the wiki and the user under the OAuth protocol
  • OAuth-metrics-20131107.pdf
  • OAuth-metrics-20131107.pdf
  • OAuth-metrics-20131107.pdf

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Global unique visitors for October:

530 million (+4.86% compared with September; +8.62% compared with the previous year)
(comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will release November data later in December)

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Wikimedia Highlights, October 2013

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for October 2013, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Pilot project for free mobile access to Wikipedia via text messages in Kenya

Wikipedia Zero, the program to provide access to Wikipedia on mobile phones free of data charges, became available in Kenya this month. The partnership with mobile provider Airtel also involves a pilot project testing free access to Wikipedia via USSD/SMS. For the first time, this service enables people who cannot afford data-enabled smartphones to read Wikipedia through SMS on low-cost basic phones (“feature phones“).

An open letter for free access to Wikipedia

Video about South African students’ grassroot efforts to get Wikipedia free on their cellphones

In November 2012, the students of Sinenjongo High School, South Africa wrote an open letter on Facebook, encouraging cellphone carriers to waive data charges for accessing Wikipedia, so they can do their homework. Victor Grigas and filmmaker Charlene Music visited them and asked them to read their open letter on camera, resulting in a short video that was published this October. Help is welcome with the translation, design and promotion of this video and of the longer documentary that will be published about the students’ call for the carriers to sign up to the Wikipedia Zero partnership program organized by the Wikimedia Foundation.

Planning the replacement of the Florida data center

The Wikimedia Foundation’s Technical Operations team published a detailed request for proposals (RfP), inviting offers for the location of a new data center in the United States. It will join the existing primary data center in Virginia, and replace the data center in Tampa, Florida. Wikipedia and its sister projects have been hosted in Florida since 2004.

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Wikimedia Highlights, September 2013

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for September 2013, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Siko Bouterse presenting about Individual Engagement Grants (at the Foundation’s October 3 metrics and activities meeting)

22 proposals for Individual Engagement Grants submitted

The Foundation’s Individual Engagement Grants support individuals or small teams working on projects that help Wikimedia’s volunteers do their work. The program was started in early 2013 and its second round of proposals closed on September 30. 22 complete proposals were submitted, totaling $297,575 in requested funding. The requested sums range from $10 to $30,000. Via online community organizing, offline outreach, tool-building and research, the proposals aim to impact at least 15 different Wikimedia projects. Examples include a project for “Reimagining Mentorship on Wikipedia” and work on ensuring that gadgets that support editing are updated to be compatible with the new VisualEditor. In October, proposals are being checked for eligibility while community discussion continues, before the committee’s formal review begins on 23 October.

FDC receives 11 proposals for annual plan grants, looks back on first year of operation

The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) process is another component of WMF grantmaking, where organizations in the Wikimedia movement can request larger grants to support their annual plans. This committee, which reviews the requests and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees consists, entirely of volunteers, supported by WMF staff. The second FDC round of 2013 was concluding in September, with 11 Wikimedia organizations requesting a total of almost 6 million US dollars. Until October 31, Wikimedians are invited to participate in the community review period of the proposals

FDC staff also worked on preparing the 2012-2013 annual report looking back at the first year of operation since the FDC was established in 2012. It includes reflections from WMF Executive Director Sue Gardner about the FDC process.

Community consultation about new privacy policy begins

The Foundation’s Legal and Community Advocacy team announced the launch of the 4.5 month-long community consultation and feedback period (scheduled to conclude on 15 January 2014) for the new privacy policy draft. Feedback and discussion has been very fruitful thus far and have already helped improve the draft.

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Wikimedia Highlights, August 2013

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for August 2013, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

Foundation staff report on their work at Wikimania

From August 7 to August 11, Wikimedians from around the world came together in Hong Kong for this year’s annual Wikimania conference, organized by Wikimedia Hong Kong in partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Switzerland (see also this month’s movement highlights). The keynote of Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner was titled “The Year in Review and the Year Ahead” (slides, video), and the schedule included many other presentations by WMF staff and contractors:

WMF Executive Director Sue Gardner presenting her Wikimania keynote

  • Steven Walling, Siebrand Mazeland, Diederik van Liere, Maryana Pinchuk, Howie Fung, Fabrice Florin, James Forrester (with Denny Vrandečić): “What is a product manager, and why does Wikimedia need them?” (abstract, slides)
  • Philippe Beaudette: “Working together, but separately: a gathering of functionaries” (workshop; abstract)
  • Arthur Richards; Siebrand Mazeland; James Forrester; Diederik van Liere: “Hacking our teams: Flexible ‘agile’ development at the WMF” (panel; abstract, slides)
  • Tilman Bayer: “Editor surveys: Taking the pulse of the community” (abstract, slides)
  • Siebrand Mazeland and others: “Ask the developers” (abstract)
  • Santhosh Thottingal, Niklas Laxström: “MediaWiki i18n getting data-driven and world-reusable” (abstract, slides)
  • Niklas Laxström, Amir Aharoni: “Multilingual Wikimedia Commons – What can we do about it?” (abstract)
  • Sumana Harihareswara, Guillaume Paumier, Quim Gil, Andre Klapper: “Transparency and collaboration in Wikimedia engineering” (abstract, notes)
  • Dario Taraborelli (submitted with Ryan Faulkner): “The UserMetrics API: Measuring participation in Wikimedia projects” (abstract, slides)
  • James Forrester, Roan Kattouw, Ed Sanders, Timo Tijhof (with Inez Korczyński): “VisualEditor: The present and future of editing wikis” (abstract, slides, extended slides, video)
  • Siko Bouterse, Heather Walls (with Jake Orlowitz): “Fun user experience is SRS BZNSS, and so can you” (abstract, slides)
  • Katy Love, Anasuya Sengupta (with FDC members): “Nobody knows, but everyone cares: How to submit an awesome application to the Funds Dissemination Committee” (panel and round-table discussion; abstract)
  • Asaf Bartov: “WMF’s New Global South Strategy” (abstract, slides)
  • Diederik van Liere, Dario Taraborelli: “Datafying Wikimedia: Data products and services to empower our communities” (abstract)
  • Brandon Harris: “Flow: The future of collaboration” (abstract, slides)
  • Maryana Pinchuk: “Roundtable on Messaging and Discussions” (abstract, slides)
  • Jessie Wild (with Martin Rulsch): “Wikimania scholarships” (discussion; abstract)
  • Geoff Brigham, with the WMF legal team: “Discussing Our Legal Strategy Going Forward: A Talk with the WMF General Counsel” (abstract)
  • Luis Villa, Stephen LaPorte: “Licensing Trends in Open Culture, Open Data, and Open Source” (abstract, slides)
  • Pau Giner: “Improving the user experience of language tools” (abstract, slides)
  • James Forrester: “Improving ‘admin tools’” – workshop (abstract)
  • Matthew Roth, Victor Grigas, Tilman Bayer (with Eddie Erhart): “Wikimedia storytelling: how we show the movement to the world” (panel; abstract)
  • Steven Walling and others from the E3 team: “Forget the tutorials, be bold! How one feature has attracted thousands of new editors” (abstract, slides)
  • Fabrice Florin: “Notifications: A new editor engagement tool” (abstract, slides)
  • Ryan Kaldari, Benny Situ: “How to enhance your MediaWiki extensions with Echo notifications” (abstract)
  • Marc-André Pelletier: “Presenting the Tool Labs” (abstract)
  • Erik Moeller: “Ghosts of Wikis Yet to Come: Three Stories of Wikimedia’s Future” (abstract)
  • Jon Robson, Maryana Pinchuk: “Wikipedia Mobile – The Trojan Horse. Why MediaWiki has a separate mobile site” (abstract)
  • Fabrice Florin: “Engaging users on Wikipedia” (abstract, slides)
  • Matthew Flaschen and the E3 team: “Make your user experience easy to learn: a guided tour” (abstract, slides)
  • Andre Klapper: “Improving MediaWiki quality: How everybody can help with bug report triaging” (abstract, slides)
  • Fabrice Florin: “Article Feedback: New forms of collaboration between readers and editors” (abstract, slides)
  • LiAnna Davis (with Mohammed Ouda and Aya Mahfouz): “Growing the Arabic Wikipedia through the Wikipedia Education Program” (abstract, slides)
  • Howie Fung: “A look into next year: WMF Product Roadmap” (abstract)

Pre-conference:

  • Various WMF Engineering staff took part in the Wikimania DevCamp (hacking days)
  • Rod Dunican, LiAnna Davis, Sophie Österberg, Frank Schulenburg: Various sessions at the Education Program Pre-Conference
  • Siko Bouterse, Heather Walls: “IdeaLab Brainstorm” (workshop; abstract)
  • Fabrice Florin, Rob Lanphier, Erik Moeller, Ryan Kaldari (with Andrew Lih): “Multimedia Roundtable” (abstract, slides)

Beyond these, Wikimedia Foundation staff and contractors also participated in various other panels and workshops, and gave lightning talks.

Students contributions to the Arabic Wikipedia, 2012-13

Wikipedia Education Program in the Arab World completes its third term

The third term of the Wikipedia Education Program in the Arab World ended with strong results. The program began with a small pilot project at two universities in Egypt in spring 2012. It has now turned into a force on the Arabic Wikipedia, with students participating in the program in three countries, adding content to Wikipedia as part of their university coursework. Last term, students in Egypt, Algeria, and Jordan contributed 12.79 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia. That’s more than double the 5.97 million bytes of the fall 2012 term.

HTTPS by default for logged-in users

Following concerns over the privacy and security of Wikimedia users due to recent revelations about surveillance on the Internet, on August 28 the Foundation made changes so that now all logged-in users are, by default, accessing Wikimedia sites over an encrypted (HTTPS) connection. Users can turn this off in their preferences. More information can be found on Meta-wiki, in various languages.

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Wikimedia Highlights, July 2013

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Highlights from the Wikimedia Foundation Report and the Wikimedia engineering report for July 2013, with a selection of other important events from the Wikimedia movement

Wikimedia Foundation highlights

The new mobile editing interface

Mobile editing

This month, the mobile web team released new navigation features for contributors to all Wikimedia mobile sites, including the existing upload and watchlist star features, as well as an edit button. This means that editing (in the form of section-level markup editing) is now enabled on all mobile Wikimedia sites for logged-in users. The users of our “beta” channel will soon see redesigned mobile notifications, as well as guides for first-time editors and uploaders. (More about the beta channel and how you can opt in.)

Wikipedia Zero comes to India

The first Wikipedia Zero launch in India gives 60 million mobile phone subscribers free-of-charge access to Wikipedia on their mobile phones. The promotional campaign around this launch, led by our partner Aircel, received broad coverage in print and was accompanied by Twitter and blogging events. Aircel customers now have free access to Wikipedia in English, as well as to the 19 Indic language Wikipedias.

VisualEditor beta launch

In July we enabled the new editing interface on several Wikipedias as the default editor, first for logged-in editors and then for anonymous users as well. This resulted in a great deal of feedback, and the team responded with several hundred improvements to fix urgent issues. In addition, the team deployed user interface improvements, most notably to the references insertion dialog. Currently, users are making approximately 800 edits per hour using the VisualEditor on Wikimedia sites.

There are continuing discussions with different language communities about the positioning of the VisualEditor beta in the user interface and appropriate notices indicating its beta status. The Wikimedia Foundation is using the beta period to collect and analyze bug reports, feature enhancements, and data, to observe actual user behavior, and to improve the editing experience continuously. Our eventual objective is for VisualEditor to be the default editor for all Wikipedia users, capable of letting them edit the majority of content without needing to use the wikitext editor.

Please help translate the user interface of VisualEditor.

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