Last call for Wiki Loves Monuments; Community–WMF tension over VisualEditor: On 30 September, Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM), the Wikimedia community's global photo competition, will reach to the end of its submission period. The proceedings have been underway since the first of this month; national juries will start reviewing submissions for the first round of selections after it closes ... Community aggravation with one of the Wikimedia Foundation's signature initiatives, the VisualEditor, came to the fore again this week with the announcement and implementation of code blocking the tool.
Submissions deadline close for Wiki Loves Monuments
On 30 September, Wiki Loves Monuments (WLM), the Wikimedia community's global photo competition, will reach the end of its submission period. The proceedings have been underway since the first of this month; national juries will start reviewing submissions for the first round of selections after it closes.
At the time of writing, WLM had achieved nine featured, seven valued, and 149 quality images on Commons. Similar to past years, it will take the media file repository's community and the related content projects months to work through all submissions and evaluate candidates for predicates. In quantitative terms, the continent of the competition's origin (Europe) is currently dominating: Poland is leading the national selections with 31k submissions, followed by Germany with 25k, and Ukraine with around 21k. Notably, bicontinental newcomer Armenia has submitted more than 13k images. Among the African states, South Africa leads before Tunisia, Algeria, and Egypt with 3.5k to 890, 710, and 430, respectively. Among Latin America, Uruguay (4.2k) is in front of Mexico (2.9k) and Argentina (1.9k); the latter is also hosting images of Antarctica, though none have been submitted. In Asia, India, which won last year's international jury prize for the best image, holds a commanding lead with 7.3k files, with China lagging with 2.1k submissions. The US, which has taken part since 2012, currently has 6.8k.
A community, the WMF, and the VisualEditor walk into ...
Kindled by Kww, the action came as part of implementing prior consensus in the English Wikipedia's VisualEditor request for comment. The code, which was reviewed and altered after community comments prior to going live, was removed minutes after being deployed as the Foundation decided to officially change the English Wikipedia to 'opt-in' status'. The VisualEditor's product manager castigated the editors involved for deploying "known-broken code ... despite direct warnings to the participants of the damage it would cause", while the WMF's engineering team considered it "badly flawed" code that would put an "unacceptable load on the servers".
Previous Signpost coverage of the VisualEditor includes its deployment and an op-ed from the Foundation's Deputy Director, Erik Möller.
Should the community logo be trademarked?: Four community members have declared their formal opposition to the Foundation's attempt to trademark the Wikimedia community logo in the European Union. The opposition, which includes the logo's original creator (Artur Fijalkowski), was careful to note that "it is not our intention to damage anyone; our actions are a challenge against what we perceive as unilateral declaration of ownership of an asset that has always belonged to the wider community, and not to one or another organisation that is part of the movement." The original discussion behind this can be found on Meta. The Foundation was quick to file a request for consultation on Meta to determine the wider community's opinion; the Foundation legal team's position is that without trademarking, others could register the logo and restrict the community's use of it. A possible solution (which currently has majority support) lies in a collective membership mark, which would "allow community members to use the mark freely to show their connection to the Wikimedia movement, while still protecting the mark against abuse from non-community parties."
Featured lists election: An election to select two new delegates for the featured list candidates process is being held from 1 to 30 October. Nominations will be accepted from 1 to 7 October. Voting starts on 15 October.
Indian gender gap: A draft work plan for the Indian gender gap project has been posted on Meta, though few specifics have been entered.
Brazilian education group proposal: A new grants proposal from Ação Educativa, a non-profit Brazilian educational group, has been published on Meta. Their objectives can be viewed on their FAQ page; the program would run for ten months with a proposed budget of approximately US$551k.