Technology

  1. Gnomes and trolls and hobgoblins (oh my!)—Failed queries and the vicarious fear of missing out

    Many experienced Wikipedians have hit on the same clever idea to help less sophisticated users more easily find what they are looking for: take note of what they failed to find and leave a trail of breadcrumbs for the next newbie who comes along. But is there actually anything there? (Hint: Read about Betteridge’s law.)... Read more

  2. The journey to Thumbor, part 3: Development and deployment strategy

    Thumbor is an open source software service focused on resizing media into thumbnail images. Contributors upload full-size original media to Wikimedia projects, and those files need to be resized in order to keep their size reasonable for readers when included in articles. MediaWiki is capable of performing the same resizing tasks, but using Thumbor for the Wikimedia production environment is benef... Read more

  3. The journey to Thumbor, part 2: Thumbnailing architecture

    Thumbor is an open source software service focused on resizing media into thumbnail images. Contributors upload full-size original media to Wikimedia projects, and those files need to be resized in order to keep their size reasonable for readers when included in articles. MediaWiki is capable of performing the same resizing tasks, but using Thumbor for the Wikimedia production environment is benef... Read more

  4. The journey to Thumbor, part 1: Rationale

    Thumbor is an open source software service focused on resizing media into thumbnail images. Contributors upload full-size original media to Wikimedia projects, and those files need to be resized in order to keep their size reasonable for readers when included in articles. MediaWiki is capable of performing the same resizing tasks, but using Thumbor for the Wikimedia production environment is benef... Read more

  5. Think twice, code once: How Wikimedia shares common functionality across different projects

    An overview of a recent cross-team effort at Wikimedia to reuse code on a variety of different platforms and the continuing story of lazy loading... Read more

  6. The world’s most popular audio file format arrives at Wikimedia

    Wikimedia Commons now supports the newly patent-free MP3 file format; when uploaded there, they can be used across Wikipedia and all other Wikimedia projects.... Read more

  7. iOS feature helps you read Wikipedia in the dark

    Many have asked for a night-time reading mode. We’ve delivered. ... Read more

  8. Wikimedia Foundation funds six Outreachy interns for round 15

    Please join us in welcoming six new Outreachy interns to Wikimedia from Brazil, Cameroon, Germany, and India! ... Read more

  9. 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

  10. 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