August, 2017

  1. A ‘couple’ of Telugu-language Wikimedians: T Sujatha and Sri Ramamurthy

    T Sujatha started, Sri Ramamurthy joined, and now both contribute to Telugu-language Wikimedia projects.... Read more

  2. The great Wikipedia bot-pocalypse: Challenging an established narrative

    Headlines assumed that when Wikipedia bots reverted edits made by other bots, the two were in conflict or ‘fighting’. This assumption sounds reasonable, but it is not the case for an overwhelming majority of bot-bot reverts.... Read more

  3. How we encouraged people to freely license their solar eclipse photos for the future

    The recent total solar eclipse captured the imagination of millions. We hoped to get people to share that wonder and joy through freely licensed imagery on Wikimedia Commons—and as it turns out, we only had to ask.... Read more

  4. Wikipedia, search, and the “Цкщтп” keyboard

    People sometimes search for things on Wikipedia that look like gibberish. Unlocking that mystery was up to Trey Jones, a senior software engineer who spends a lot of time uncovering the secrets of search on Wikipedia. ... Read more

  5. Vitor Mazuco and the fandom that drives his Wikipedia editing

    Vitor Mazuco is a veteran Wikipedian, Education Program leader, and community leader in São Paulo, Brazil. But it is his love for a certain celebrity that has helped to propel him into becoming one of the Portuguese Wikipedia’s most active contributors.... Read more

  6. Pulling ‘Puppet’ strings on Discovery’s Dashboard framework

    The Wikimedia Foundation’s Discovery Analysis team recently switched to a Puppet-based configuration for their metrics dashboards. In this post, we share resources and tips for learning Puppet for non-Technical Operations (Ops) people, and—as an educational exercise for newcomers—explain how the new configuration works.... Read more

  7. We need transparency and permissive copyright in NAFTA

    As governments in North America open negotiations for a new trade treaty, the Wikimedia Foundation and other organizations call for a transparent process and adequate protections of user rights and access to knowledge.... Read more

  8. Everything you need to know about photographing the solar eclipse and putting the results on Wikimedia Commons

    How should people document the eclipse to remember it for years to come? How might we think about creating a public photographic record of the eclipse so that people in future years can experience the eclipse? That’s where Wikimedia Commons and long-time editor Juliancolton come in.... Read more

  9. On the front lines in Venezuela and Ukraine, volunteers stand up for a future of free knowledge

    Writing an encyclopedia is no simple task, as any one of the global community of Wikipedia editors would be happy to tell you. Doing so amid an economic crisis or armed conflict, like those in Venezuela or Ukraine, is immeasurably more difficult.... Read more

  10. Felix Nartey named Wikimedian of the Year for 2017

    In a video call from Wikimania in Montreal, Jimmy Wales and Emily Temple-Wood surprised Felix Nartey from Ghana with his selection as the 2017 Wikimedian of the Year.... Read more