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Dear community members,

Greetings from the EWOC Newsletter team and the education team at Wikimedia Foundation. We are very excited to share that we on tenth years of Education Newsletter (This Month in Education) invite you to join us by subscribing to the newsletter on your talk page or by sharing your activities in the upcoming newsletters. The Wikimedia Education newsletter is a monthly newsletter that collects articles written by community members using Wikimedia projects in education around the world, and it is published by the EWOC Newsletter team in collaboration with the Education team. These stories can bring you new ideas to try, valuable insights about the success and challenges of our community members in running education programs in their context.

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We, the team working on the Community Wishlist Survey, would like to invite you to an online meeting with us. It will take place on 19 January (Wednesday), 18:00 UTC on Zoom, and will last an hour. This external system is not subject to the WMF Privacy Policy. Click here to join.


  • Bring drafts of your proposals and talk to to a member of the Community Tech Team about your questions on how to improve the proposal


The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes without attribution will be taken and published on Meta-Wiki. The presentation (all points in the agenda except for the questions and answers) will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, French, Polish, Spanish, and German. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the Community Wishlist Survey talk page or send to [email protected]

Natalia Rodriguez (the Community Tech manager) will be hosting this meeting.

Invitation link

We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 00:21, 18 January 2022 (UTC)

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Important: Admin activity review (2022)

MarcoAurelio (talkcontribs)


A policy regarding the removal of "advanced permissions" (administrator, bureaucrat, interface administrator, etc.) was adopted by global community consensus in 2013.

While this wiki was initially excluded, this community decided in August 2020 to explicitly opt-in. Accordingly, the stewards are reviewing the activity of the accounts with advanced permissions based on the admin activity review policy.

We have determined that the following users meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no logged actions for more than 2 years):

These users will receive a notification soon in their talk pages, asking them to start a community discussion if they want to retain some or all of their current advanced permissions. If the users do not respond, then their advanced permissions will be removed by the stewards without further notice after one month of the notification.

Please let us know at the stewards' noticeboard on Meta-Wiki if you have any questions or concerns.

Best regards.

GeorgeBarnick (talkcontribs)

I've submitted a request for removal of administrator rights for myself on metawiki. If I ever find a need for them again I'll submit a new request.

Jorm (talkcontribs)

I no longer need them; they can be removed.

Risker (talkcontribs)

No longer require them, so have requested removal.

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How do I request to change the MediaWiki code directly?

Summary by AnonymousStackOverflow

@Majavah has directed me to the appropriate article.

AnonymousStackOverflow (talkcontribs)

I had an idea for the feature of disabling passwords and decided to modify the MediaWiki code. I think that this option could benefit other users and would like to know how I can make a pull request to MediaWiki's source code.

Majavah (talkcontribs)

Call for Feedback about the Board of Trustees elections is now open

MNadzikiewicz (WMF) (talkcontribs)

:You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

The Call for Feedback: Board of Trustees elections is now open and will close on 7 February 2022.

With this Call for Feedback, the Movement Strategy and Governance team is taking a different approach. This approach incorporates community feedback from 2021. Instead of leading with proposals, the Call is framed around key questions from the Board of Trustees. The key questions came from the feedback about the 2021 Board of Trustees election. The intention is to inspire collective conversation and collaborative proposal development about these key questions.

There are two confirmed questions that will be asked during this Call for Feedback:

  1. What is the best way to ensure more diverse representation among elected candidates? The Board of Trustees noted the importance of selecting candidates who represent the full diversity of the Wikimedia movement. The current processes have favored volunteers from North America and Europe.
  2. What are the expectations for the candidates during the election? Board candidates have traditionally completed applications and answered community questions. How can an election provide appropriate insight into candidates while also appreciating candidates’ status as volunteers?

There is one additional question that may be presented during the Call about selection processes. This question is still under discussion, but the Board wanted to give insight into the confirmed questions as soon as possible. Hopefully if an additional question is going to be asked, it will be ready during the first week of the Call for Feedback.

Join the conversation.


Movement Strategy and Governance

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Lens0021 (talkcontribs)


there are many unmaintained extensions, and some of them have forks, for example.

I'd like to ask if there is any policy for documentation related to forks of extensions.

If isn't, I would suggest one of the below solutions.

  1. Including the fork information of the extension in Template:Extension, although it has a problem that some forks extended the functionality and configuration variables.
  2. Prepend the name of the organization/user to the title of the page, for example, Extension:HydraWiki/DynamicPageList3 and Extension:StarCitizenWiki/EmbedVideo .


Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs)

I don't think there's any policy regarding this.

If an extension looks abandoned (it's broken on recent versions of MediaWiki) and the developer is not willing to update it, it should be fine if someone else takeovers the extension page with a fork and declares him/herself to be the new maintainer, even if there's added functionality (new functionality and even breaking changes is something that may happen too on maintained extensions).

However, another and general approach may be to just create a new page as you suggest, but I think it would be better to append the org. name instead of making it a subpage of the organization. For example, Extension:DynamicPageList3 (HydraWiki) and Extension:EmbedVideo (StarCitizenWiki). That way, users using an extension that go to the description page can see if their version was archived because it was abandoned and figure out they have to update the URL they use to checkout the extension from git, for example, which may get unnoticed if the extension page doesn't change or looks like the same.

Lens0021 (talkcontribs)

I think it would be better to append the org. name instead of making it a subpage of the organization. For example, Extension:DynamicPageList3 (HydraWiki) and Extension:EmbedVideo (StarCitizenWiki).

I agree it is better, in fact, some pages including Extension:DynamicPageList (Wikimedia) are already using the technique.

Majavah (talkcontribs)

In DPL's case those are completely unrelated extensions, not forks.

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Community Wishlist Survey 2022

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The Community Wishlist Survey 2022 is now open!

This survey is the process where communities decide what the Community Tech team should work on over the next year. We encourage everyone to submit proposals until the deadline on 23 January, or comment on other proposals to help make them better. The communities will vote on the proposals between 28 January and 11 February.

The Community Tech team is focused on tools for experienced Wikimedia editors. You can write proposals in any language, and we will translate them for you. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your proposals! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 18:10, 10 January 2022 (UTC)

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Wiki Loves Folklore is back!

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Please help translate to your language

You are humbly invited to participate in the Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 an international photography contest organized on Wikimedia Commons to document folklore and intangible cultural heritage from different regions, including, folk creative activities and many more. It is held every year from the 1st till the 28th of February.

You can help in enriching the folklore documentation on Commons from your region by taking photos, audios, videos, and submitting them in this commons contest.

You can also organize a local contest in your country and support us in translating the project pages to help us spread the word in your native language.

Feel free to contact us on our project Talk page if you need any assistance.

Kind regards,

Wiki loves Folklore International Team

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:15, 9 January 2022 (UTC)

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Experimental disabling of the captcha

Tgr (talkcontribs)

Hi all,

there is a discussion in T6845 about experimentally disabling the captcha for a short period of time and seeing what effect that has. We have long known that our captcha can be trivially broken by off-the-shelf tools and such does not provide any barrier to a minimally dedicated spammer (while it does provide a significant barrier to users with disabilities and non-English speakers). That's the theory, any way; it would be nice to get some empirical evidence.

Your feedback on this plan would be appreciated.

Ciencia Al Poder (talkcontribs) has not a lot of traffic compared to Wikipedias. If we have more vandalism visible for a short amount of time, that's not something a lot of people would notice.

It would be good to keep an eye on recent changes when captchas are disabled, just to see if the amount of spam and vandalism gets unmanageable.

Something to get statistics from when the captcha is disabled, is the number of edits trapped by the AbuseFilter, because it currently catches quite a lot of abuse.

Legoktm (talkcontribs)

I am strongly in favor of this. Last time it was re-enabled pretty quickly, which didn't give us much time to actually examine the new spam and write/tune AbuseFilter rules to counter it to see if that was a feasible alternative. So we should commit to leaving it off for at least a few days, just to see how bad it would actually be.

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Re-add link to quote of "Naming Things"

Ber (talkcontribs)

Just tried to improve the link that references the quote for Naming things. Made a mistake to believe the Wikipedia template would work, the attempt to correct this, brought me a message that advises me to request a new link insertion here. I'd suggest to change the ref to

<ref> access-date=2022-01-07</ref>

or something better. :)

Clump (talkcontribs)

That's the same link, but I changed the attribution to the correct one and to https.