News and notes
The first round of deliberations started in mid-June with an open call for input, but was overshadowed by the PRISM debate. The overall aim is to replace the current, aging policy developed in 2008 by WMF's then-General Counsel Mike Godwin with one that accounts for changes in the legal and technological environment since then.
An early controversy was sparked by the attempt—novel in Wikimedia contexts—to use illustrations and jokes as part of the draft in an effort to expand the audience able and willing to read through the legal documents. Geoff Brigham, the foundation's current General Counsel, said in the related Meta debate that early A/B tests displaying the department's mascot, Rory, on banners calling for input indicate a higher click-through rate than for the conventional Foundation logo—including a 9:1 increase on Japanese Wikimedia sites.
- Article creation bot finishes first run: The Swedish Wikipedia's article-creating program, Lsjbot, has finished creating articles on the world's known animals and insects, and is nearly finished with the approximately 50,000 lakes in Sweden (see previous Signpost coverage). The bot's efforts have pushed the Swedes into fourth place when the various Wikipedias are compared by their total number of articles. The bot's operator is now planning to create articles on a large number of plants before adding the accumulated information to Wikidata. In unrelated but similar news, the Polish Wikipedia will soon pass one million total articles.
- WP:WMF: A new English Wikipedia page, Wikipedia:Wikimedia Foundation, has been launched with the aim of educating the English-language community about the Foundation and increasing the potential avenues of communication between the two.
- Good Article main page RFC closes: As the Signpost goes to press, a request for comment on whether to include recently-promoted good articles in the "Did you know?" section on the main page has closed, with broad consensus to include them. The change is expected to take place in two weeks.
- Wikipedia Weekly: A new edition of the Wikipedia Weekly podcast has been published.
- Israeli image donation: The National Library of Israel has donated one hundred images related to Operation Horev, a military attack carried out during the country's 1948 war.
- Wikimedian-in-Residence needed: In a partnership with Wikimedia UK, the York Museums Trust is looking for a Wikimedian-in-Residence who can "help improve online access to our extensive collections and disseminate information about our collections, buildings and gardens to the widest possible audience." In particular, the museum appears to want to focus on its Tempest Anderson collection, who according to his Wikipedia stub was a British surgeon who traveled around the world to investigate the aftermaths of a pair of volcano explosions on different Caribbean islands. The position will run for six months and requires a commitment of two days per week.
- Foundation positions: The Wikimedia Foundation is currently looking for software engineers for languages, fundraising, multimedia, and editor-engagement (either in San Francisco or remote worldwide), plus a handful of other development/ops/fundraising posts and a legal intern for next spring, a possible opportunity for a young Wikipedian looking for practical experience.
- Open Knowledge Foundation and GLAMs: The Open Knowledge Foundation is seeking an OpenGLAM Community Manager. GLAMs, a frequently used term on Wikipedia, refer to galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. This position would be a part-time (20 hours per week) paid position that would help the organization "build our growing network of cultural heritage professionals, researchers and hackers working to open up data and content" from GLAMs around the world and place it on the Internet, where a significantly greater amount of people can view, learn, and benefit from it.
- Help the Signpost: As a general reminder, the Signpost greatly welcomes tips for news, whether they are from outside press sources, within the Wikimedia movement, or tangentially related, on our public suggestions page or privately through emailing the editor-in-chief. While not all suggestions will make it into each week's edition, we do our best to include all that we possibly can.