November, 2017

  1. Fundraising from the heart: Crafting powerful, authentic messages that move millions to support Wikipedia

    The Online Fundraising team at the Wikimedia Foundation relies heavily on A/B testing to understand what types of messages resonate with our readers. While the process behind the testing can be complicated, one lesson is simple: our messages must come from real people with a real love for Wikipedia. Here’s a window into how our messages come into being.... Read more

  2. National orders for global delisting threaten access to knowledge worldwide

    Wikimedia Foundation files observations before Court of Justice of the European Union on search engine delistings.... Read more

  3. Wikimedia Research Newsletter, August 2017

    Who wrote this? New dataset on the provenance of Wikipedia text... Read more

  4. Close encounters of the Wikipedia kind: Astronaut is first to specifically contribute to Wikipedia from space

    For the first time, content specifically for Wikipedia has been made in space, aboard the International Space Station. Andy Mabbett explains how this came to happen.... Read more

  5. Your donation to Wikipedia supports the future of free knowledge

    The annual English language fundraising appeal kicks off today, on Giving Tuesday, during which banners will appear on English Wikipedia asking readers to support Wikipedia with a donation. Donations support Wikipedia today and for generations to come.... Read more

  6. Building out new filters for edit review with user research

    New filters for edit review, which allows Wikimedia editors to more easily navigate the firehose of recent changes to their projects, is out of beta.... Read more

  7. How two Wikimedians spent their time at the Montreal Hackathon

    As Rachel Farrand noted today, three participants from the Vienna Hackathon were sponsored to attend the Wikimania Hackathon and Wikimania in Montreal earlier this year. Here, Johanna Mayr and Fotios Tsalampounis share their experiences, and explain what they worked on.... Read more

  8. Behind the hackathon: Six questions with events organizer Rachel Farrand

    We chat with the Wikimedia Foundation’s Rachel Farrand about Wikimedia’s technical spaces and ways to make people feel welcome. ... Read more

  9. Community digest: WikiProject Military history’s featured articles; Galician Wikipedia’s painting contest; news in brief

    Last month, members of the English Wikipedia’s Military history project celebrated their one thousandth featured article, a total that makes up nearly a fifth of all featured articles on the entire encyclopedia. Here, project coordinator Krishna Chaitanya Velaga shares some of the reasons behind their success. In addition, the Galician Wikipedia will celebrate a day of literature with a pai... Read more

  10. Gabriel Thullen on bringing offline Wikipedia to West African schools

    A chat with Gabriel Thullen, a Wikimedian who worked with schools in West Africa to test the Kiwix offline Wikipedia browser during the 2016–2017 school year.... Read more