Usability study examines newcomers' editing troubles
Preliminary results of usability testing conducted in late March, as part of the grant-funded Wikimedia Usability Initiative (see earlier coverage), are now available. Participants expressed enthusiasm about Wikipedia as a useful resource, though they experienced substantial difficulties when trying to edit Wikipedia. Participants were unsure of Wikipedia's rules and proper etiquette. They also experienced difficulties with the markup and formatting, especially when it came to adding references, links, and editing tables, and it was challenging for them to create new articles. Participants experienced information overload when it came to the documentation and found it difficult to navigate the help resources.
Wikimedia Netherlands bringing Wiki Loves Art to Dutch museums
The Wikimedia Foundation has signed a deal with Orange to distribute mobile and web content in the UK, Poland, Spain and France, according to a Wikimedia Foundation blog post. According to the Foundation Q&A about the deal, the partnership will involve adding Wikimedia elements to the Orange web portals and creating mobile and web widgets.
Dottydotdot has launched The Wikipedia Forum, an independent message board for discussing Wikipedia. It is intended as a friendlier alternative to The Wikipedia Review, a forum that is frequented by a number of dedicated Wikipedia critics (as well as some active Wikipedians) and has been the subject of past controversy within the Wikipedia community.