September, 2017

  1. The secret sauce of distributed processing and how we messed it up: Laughing ORES to death

    At 11:00 UTC on 23 June, an artificial intelligence service we operate, ORES, started to struggle. Within a half hour, it had fully choked and could no longer respond to any requests. It took the Scoring Platforms Team ten hours to diagnose the problem, solve it, and consider it solved. We learned some valuable lessons when studying and addressing this issue.... Read more

  2. Raising awareness for Wikipedia in Iraq

    A discussion with Sarmad Said Yaseen, Iraqi Wikimedian.... Read more

  3. Becoming a National Wikimedian: Jason Evans and the National Library of Wales

    Alex Stinson, Strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, talks with Jason Evans about becoming Wales’ National Wikimedian, and where he sees the future of Wikipedia in the region. ... Read more

  4. It’s the final days of Wiki Loves Monuments, the world’s largest photo competition—here’s how you can join

    This year’s edition of Wiki Loves Monuments will close at the end of the month. Will you be one of this year’s winners?... Read more

  5. Matching gift grows Wikimedia Endowment by $10 million

    Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board member Peter Baldwin and his wife Lisbet Rausing, co-founders of the Arcadia Fund, donate $5 million, the largest gift to-date to the Wikimedia Endowment.... Read more

  6. Community digest: Italy gets ready for State of the Map 2018; news in brief

    Milan, Italy will be the host for State of the Map (SOTM), the annual OpenStreetMap community gathering, in 2018. In addition, this week’s news in brief includes updates from editathons in India, the next Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, the Armenian Wikipedia, and more. ... Read more

  7. Raising awareness for Wikipedia in Nigeria

    A discussion with Sam Oyeyele, Eyitayo Alimi, Olushola Olaniyan, Blossom Ozurumba, and Kayode Yussuf.... Read more

  8. Bashkir becomes the first language collated inside MediaWiki

    Are the names of articles in the wiki in your language shown in the correct alphabetical order? If not, perhaps you can now fix this similarly to how it was done for the Bashkir language.... Read more

  9. Admittedly loopy but not entirely absurd—Understanding our Search Relevance Survey

    We’re experimenting with machine learning as part of our work to improve search on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. This can sometimes lead to amusing or even strange queries for users—but they’re not errors.... Read more

  10. Odisha becomes first state government in India to release its social media under a free license

    Following a request by the Odia Wikipedia community, eight of the government of Odisha’s social media channels have been freely licensed, allowing individuals to use their content with minimal restrictions.... Read more