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Commons Photo Challenge January 2014[edit]

Picture of the Year 2013 R1 Announcement[edit]

Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open![edit]

2012 Picture of the Year: A pair of European Bee-eaters in Ariège, France.

Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2013 Picture of the Year competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the annual Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited to vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.

Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive human portraits, and so much more.

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Wikidata weekly summary #118[edit]

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Learning patterns[edit]

Michael, I've just gone through your excellent "Improving your building photography". This is just what is needed to enable project managers (and individual contributors) to improve their pics. It should have a large footprint in the movement, considering how much we fund photography-related project work. Thank you indeed.

I've made quite a few minor changes, so would you mind checking through them some time? (Revert anything you don't like.) In brief, I enlarged the pics to 240px, used more contractions for a friendly tone, added a little here and there (I know zip about photography, so that was reckless), and recast the boxed summary—in a similar way to my suggestion here, which Jessie Wild liked. I also tweaked a few things that might risk mistranslation ("decent" -> "good", for example).

It might defeat your purpose if you went into further details in this nicely short, beginner-pitched piece; I noticed these "rules" of composition, and wonder whether you might consider writing another learning patterns that goes into those rules. That is, if you agree with them. :-)

Thanks again. Contact Tony (talk) 11:10, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

@Tony1: Many thanks Tony. All your edits look good to me. On the question of doing a more advanced learning pattern, that's not out of the question but I wonder how useful going beyond beginner comments would really be? Once we start getting into more advanced stuff, there are huge online and printed resources already available for those who are interested in photography, and people who are will I imagine have already seen some of those. Where there's perhaps a need is to encourage those who know very little to take the next steps. I wrote the hints initially for last year's UK Wiki Loves Monuments contest, and I don't really know how much the community knows about or looks at the Learning Patterns pages. Do you have any idea? --MichaelMaggs (talk) 12:34, 3 August 2014 (UTC)
Michael, sorry for the lag in replying: I was away with poor connectivity last week. I think this is an important juncture in the way we evaluate PEG grants, and ultimately for how we shape the culture of designing and conducting WMF-funded programs. I'm a regular reviewer of PEG applications, and participated in the most recent video hook-up with Learning and Evaluation on the topic of PEG. I don't think anyone at that meeting objected to the notion that there's an impending challenge in coming to grips with encouraging quality outcomes—and not just the quantity-based predicted measures of success and vaguely expressed wishes that have until now been the dominant fare. Quality is hard: it brushes on the subjective, and it's typically multidimensional and complex. It's one thing to predict that x number of images will make it as Commons featured or valued pics, thus outsourcing the judgements; but it's another thing to intervene early in the process to give volunteers the means to skill up. This is why the WMF's learning patterns are, as I see it, a critical improvement in infrastructure—one that will give volunteer program-makers the ability to achieve greater quality. My feeling is that people would love online training resources for the greater personal satisfaction it would bring them as contributors. I need help myself on many matters!

I've thus far mentioned a learning pattern only once in reviewing an application; the applicant followed the link (to your piece) and was enthusiastic. How, he wondered, will we get it translated into Romanian, for his community of volunteer photographers? :-)

So I'm cautiously optimistic that we can build a large and rich suite of resources to skill up our project participants, and we've only just started referring people to them. I intend to send a note to the manager of Learning and Evaluation asking whether we might develop a strategy for building the learning patterns. Depending on what she says, I might return to you with ideas.

Warm regards. Tony (talk) 04:59, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for that, Tony. It's really interesting to get to know how these things are used by the community in practice. I was speaking to Anasuya about learning patterns over dinner on Tuesday at Wikimania, and it does seem there is great potential for them to be used as a way of pushing up quality generally. I'd be happy to help in any way I can. MichaelMaggs (talk) 06:18, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Michael, I've mentioned you here and linked back to this thread. Tony (talk) 01:04, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #120[edit]

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An important message about renaming users[edit]

Dear MichaelMaggs,

I am cross-posting this message to many places to make sure everyone who is a Wikimedia Foundation project bureaucrat receives a copy. If you are a bureaucrat on more than one wiki, you will receive this message on each wiki where you are a bureaucrat.

As you may have seen, work to perform the Wikimedia cluster-wide single-user login finalisation (SUL finalisation) is taking place. This may potentially effect your work as a local bureaucrat, so please read this message carefully.

Why is this happening? As currently stated at the global rename policy, a global account is a name linked to a single user across all Wikimedia wikis, with local accounts unified into a global collection. Previously, the only way to rename a unified user was to individually rename every local account. This was an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, both for stewards and for the users who had to initiate discussions with local bureaucrats (who perform local renames to date) on every wiki with available bureaucrats. The process took a very long time, since it's difficult to coordinate crosswiki renames among the projects and bureaucrats involved in individual projects.

The SUL finalisation will be taking place in stages, and one of the first stages will be to turn off Special:RenameUser locally. This needs to be done as soon as possible, on advice and input from Stewards and engineers for the project, so that no more accounts that are unified globally are broken by a local rename to usurp the global account name. Once this is done, the process of global name unification can begin. The date that has been chosen to turn off local renaming and shift over to entirely global renaming is 15 September 2014, or three weeks time from now. In place of local renames is a new tool, hosted on Meta, that allows for global renames on all wikis where the name is not registered will be deployed.

Your help is greatly needed during this process and going forward in the future if, as a bureaucrat, renaming users is something that you do or have an interest in participating in. The Wikimedia Stewards have set up, and are in charge of, a new community usergroup on Meta in order to share knowledge and work together on renaming accounts globally, called Global renamers. Stewards are in the process of creating documentation to help global renamers to get used to and learn more about global accounts and tools and Meta in general as well as the application format. As transparency is a valuable thing in our movement, the Stewards would like to have at least a brief public application period. If you are an experienced renamer as a local bureaucrat, the process of becoming a part of this group could take as little as 24 hours to complete. You, as a bureaucrat, should be able to apply for the global renamer right on Meta by the requests for global permissions page on 1 September, a week from now.

In the meantime please update your local page where users request renames to reflect this move to global renaming, and if there is a rename request and the user has edited more than one wiki with the name, please send them to the request page for a global rename.

Stewards greatly appreciate the trust local communities have in you and want to make this transition as easy as possible so that the two groups can start working together to ensure everyone has a unique login identity across Wikimedia projects. Completing this project will allow for long-desired universal tools like a global watchlist, global notifications and many, many more features to make work easier.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the SUL finalisation, read over the Help:Unified login page on Meta and leave a note on the talk page there, or on the talk page for global renamers. You can also contact me on my talk page on meta if you would like. I'm working as a bridge between Wikimedia Foundation Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Stewards, and you to assure that SUL finalisation goes as smoothly as possible; this is a community-driven process and I encourage you to work with the Stewards for our communities.

Thank you for your time. -- Keegan (WMF) talk 18:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

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WLM dates[edit]

Your post to the Village pump says "It doesn't matter when your photos are taken so long as they're uploaded by the end of September. If you took some stunning pictures back in April, or five years ago, you can still upload them." This might encourage people to upload images right now, but they have to wait till 1st Sept. It should say "so long as they are uploaded during September 2014 UTC". Also Category:Images from Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 contains images, particularly from Ireland. Can you contact the Irish team to find out why? -- Colin (talk) 11:29, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

OK, will correct. Note sure about Irish images - will try to find out. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 11:39, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
It seems the Irish team started their competition on 23rd August. See --MichaelMaggs (talk) 12:04, 30 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikimedia UK website[edit]

Hi Michael, I tried to access the Wikimedia UK to do a little research on an issue, and I am getting a message that the organisation's SSL has expired. I am able to proceed to the site, but I won't because I won't have faith that the site hasn't been compromised.

You may want to get this rectified ASAP, and let the people within your organisation know how important SSL is in this day and age. And possibly buy a calendar to place in a central area so that important dates can be marked and staff can make sure that others are doing their jobs properly. :) russavia (talk) 15:02, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes, we are aware and as you may understand we are hugely frustrated by this, not least because Wiki Loves Monuments opens tomorrow. We consider this to be a really serious issue. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 17:16, 31 August 2014 (UTC)
I can totally understand the severity of the situation. But you know, if WMUK spend more time on such things, and spent less time and money on ridiculous things, such as keeping Fae out of the chapter, things like this might not occur in the first place. But maybe that's just me who thinks that way. russavia (talk) 17:40, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #124[edit]

Commons:Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in the United Kingdom/Competitors' FAQ[edit]

You might want to update this now, given that it is in fact September.

Also, is there a way to add the WLM stuff manually? I tend to upload by transferring my files from flickr using UploadWizard, in fairly large batches, which therefore won't just be of a single building. -mattbuck (Talk) 13:18, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Updated, thanks. Yes, it's fine to submit entries in some other way (not via the WLM campaign wizard) if that's more convenient for you. You'll need to make sure entries show the correct listing number and location and are put into the appropriate hidden Commons categories, eg "Images from Wiki Loves Monuments 2014 in England" and "Listed buildings in England with known IDs", or whatever. As an example, see this image from last year. Hope that helps. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 18:19, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Michael, the pages I created wrt WLM2013 (linked at User:Colin#WLM UK 2013) are possibly in the wrong namespace. I think I intended them to be sub-pages of my own user page but ended up at root. Do you know where they should go? -- Colin (talk) 07:21, 2 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi Colin, just a quick note to say I have seen this. Have been a bit tied up over the last few days but will reply shortly. Sorry for the delay. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 02:51, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

WLM-UK technical issues[edit]

Hi Michael, I've been keeping an eye on WLM-UK uploads from Scotland for the last couple of days, and there's a catalogue of errors at the moment I really need you guys to get on top of (they're impacting more significantly on the more popular uploads, unfortunately).

The biggest problem is the WLM-UK website not correctly passing through listed building IDs for Scottish buildings from the map to the upload wizard, it's passing through the WLM-UK map/website's own reference number for each listed building. An example is it's passing through 365417 for "Edinburgh Castle, St Margaret's Chapel", when it should be passing through 48228.

The next problem is inaccurate data on your website - when I look at the map and hover over the Official Listing number, such as #365417, it links to a valid Historic Scotland page, but it's imprecise and generic - for "Edinburgh Castle, St Margaret's Chapel" the WLM-UK map/website links to the wrong listing for the Edinburgh Castle site, in this case it's linking to reference 28010 and not 48228. It's understandable as you probably didn't expect Edinburgh Castle to have more than one listed building entry, but it has many and it's a bit confusing trying to figure out where each aspect of the building should go and how it should be categorised.

The next problem (sorry, but it's a wee bit of a list) is sites (primarily bridges) which have two listings, one in each of the two parishes or burghs which they connect. The WLM-UK map/website lists the Forth Bridge twice, the Forth Road Bridge twice, could you fix it so that those bridges (and others) automatically add both listed building IDs when being uploaded. If not, it's not an enormous problem as I can batch process them.

The next problem (and I'm hoping this is a user error) was the Tyne Bridge, in Newcastle, appearing in Scotland. Is there any way to check lat/lon data and ensure the upload goes into the correct campaign and is categorised correctly ?

Finally, I think (for now, anyway) is the issue with categorisation, at the moment, uploads for Scotland being added to Northern Ireland specific categories. Edinburgh Castle uploads are going into Category:Grade A listed buildings, with other uploads of category B and category C buildings going into non existent Category:Grade B listed buildings and Category:Grade C listed buildings. The correct Scottish categories would be Category A listed buildings, but it's a top level category which only holds other categories and not images.

Sorry for bringing such a huge list of issues, and apologies if it's a bit rambly or nonsensical, if you look through my contribs for the last couple of days, some of my edits should help make all of the above make sense.

Cheers, Nick (talk) 00:40, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi Nick, thanks for the feedback. I've passed your comments on to Magnus Manske who has kindly written the interactive map tool for us and who is working with the Wikidata links. If you're not already subscribed to the WLM-UK mailing list you might like to consider doing so, as that is where much of the work is going on. Regards, --MichaelMaggs (talk) 02:44, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

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