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Suggestion by Rotideypoc41352 (2023-11-10)[edit]

The Signpost should write about...the edit request wizard (ERW). Not enough people know about it. Rotideypoc41352 (talk · contribs) 02:43, 10 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Given Wikipedia's prominence in Google search results, we attract a lot of COI editors, paid and unpaid alike. One of the strategies of managing them is to reduce the friction of doing the right thing: avoid direct edits to the article and suggesting edits through the talk page.
Doing so requires a nontrivial amount of technical skill and knowledge. Wikipedia editing has a bit of a learning curve that can be unforgiving. Suggestions on talk pages sometimes don't get tagged and thus never see the light of day. This nonresponse can frustrate COI editors, leading to undesired behaviors, like direct edits to the article.
This is completely avoidable because the ERW does the tagging! I think it is worth having more people, especially Teahouse hosts and Help Desk regulars, tell COI editors about them. So, I think if we have even a small blurb, it might help. With the level of awareness now, I see a lot of experienced editors directing newbies to the talk page itself and telling them to add the templates. Rotideypoc41352 (talk · contribs) 22:10, 11 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Similar logic applies to the AfC submission wizard, which reduces the number of improperly submitted drafts. Rotideypoc41352 (talk · contribs) 22:43, 7 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Good idea. — Frostly (talk) 04:10, 17 November 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by 0xDeadbeef (2023-12-05)[edit]

The Signpost should write about Seems like interesting research about Wikipedia and its environment.

0xDeadbeef→∞ (talk to me) 22:59, 5 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Noteworthy Trustees conversation[edit]

I found the meta:Wikimedia Foundation Community Affairs Committee/2023-12-07 Conversation with Trustees (video) particularly interesting this quarter. The agenda:

Not agendized were a detailed discussion of how Affiliate spending and conflicts of interest will be monitored and controlled going forward, and an explanation from the Foundation General Counsel implying that community safety issues prevent public advocacy on the jailed Arabic Wikipedia administrators. Jimbo and everyone else who talked at length on AI were particularly intriguing.

The meta:Wikimedia Foundation Community Affairs Committee/Talking: 2024 initiative could likely be a separate news note on its own, as they don't have too many sign-ups yet relative to their stated ambitions. Sandizer (talk) 15:26, 9 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Chris troutman (2023-12-11)[edit]

Atsme's Justapedia fork is introduced in Quillette. This is a long read and almost certainly written by someone who edits here. There are mentions of what Signpost covers and our cancer diagnosis. The real thrust is the well-documented lefty bias here (and the sources we cite) which brings about the other coverage.

Chris Troutman (talk) 15:21, 11 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fwiw, Quillette has a WP-article and a WP:RSP entry. Another fork on Slate: Why Wikipedia’s Highway Editors Took the Exit Ramp. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:02, 11 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Noting also that while the article has Atsme's name, linking it seems ok per stuff like Wikipedia:Featured_picture_candidates/Flatworm.jpg. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:11, 11 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Some connected discussion at Talk:Race_and_intelligence#Removal_of_Quillette_quote. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 19:05, 11 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia mentioned in SNL monologue[edit]

---Another Believer (Talk) 17:00, 17 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Ymblanter (2023-12-19)[edit]

The Signpost should write about...

Today, the executive director of Wikimedia.Ru, Stanislav Kozlovsky (Ctac) was fired from his job at Moscow State University for his position as an executive director. in response decided to disband itself. Probably someone wants to go into details.Ymblanter (talk) 19:20, 19 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ymblanter:, I'll check if anybody is on it. I don't know who can handle this right now. There's a Russian Wikinews article we might use, just have it seperate maybe in Forum?. Could you check the machine translation? Smallbones(smalltalk) 05:50, 21 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I can check the translation, no problem. The scale would be a couple of days though, I do not know when you want to publish the next edition. Ymblanter (talk) 06:17, 21 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I just copied the basics to In Focus Smallbones(smalltalk) 06:09, 21 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Ssr (2023-12-23)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Arabic Wikipedia is on protest with blackout. The screenshot. I see some statements here. --ssr (talk) 11:00, 23 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Some 2024 media on ar-WP:[1] Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 09:59, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Smallchief (2024-1-08)[edit]

Seems to me an article about plagiarism and Wikipedia would be timely after the ouster of Harvard president Claudine Gay for plagiarism. Now, I see that Neri Oxman, whose husband advocated Gay's ouster for plagiarism, has been accused of plagiarism of Wikipedia and other sources. The article in Business Insider with examples is persuasive. Perhaps a Signpost article about plagiarism and Wikipedia by one of our copyright experts would be useful. Smallchief (talk) 16:50, 8 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Apart from the Oxman media-coverage, there is also some debate going on at Talk:Neri Oxman. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 09:58, 9 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Ssr (2024-01-13)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... m:NWR-Hist Wikimedia User Group (North-West Russia Wiki-Historians) has published their vast and illustrated annual 2023 report in English: m:North-West Russia Wiki-Historians User Group/Annual reports/2023/en // ping @Красный: --ssr (talk) 16:56, 13 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

While report itself is ready, its English translation haven't been reviewed yet and will be ready approximately around tommorow (UTC). Red wanna talk? 17:21, 13 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Красный:, ICYDK the link is included in the fresh issue, so mention it in the next report =))) --ssr (talk) 12:01, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestions by tp[edit]

The signpost should write about young creative African,in the vibrant streets of south Africa building their own genre from nothing to something,to the world"Amapiano" (talk) 20:25, 17 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Kazamzam (2024-01-20)[edit]

The Signpost should write about the WikiProject Unreferenced Article's February backlog drive to work through the 113,000+ backlog of articles without citations which begins February 1st.

Kazamzam (talk) 18:08, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Biased) endorse from me as well. A simple mention at one of Signpost's new issue is enough. CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 18:55, 20 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Added a mention to the upcoming issue's "News and notes" section. Regards, HaeB (talk) 21:29, 28 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you! CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 12:24, 29 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Addition to "Nationalist governance capture in self-governed Wikipedia projects" section in "News and notes"[edit]

"News and notes" draft contains section about "Nationalist governance capture in self-governed Wikipedia projects" — a research by University of Washington. The research focuses on Croatian Wikipedia and probably doesn't mention Chechen Wikipedia which suffered from this problem many years before in lesser scale. The problem was resolved by interference of Wikimedia Foundation who had to totally replace all admins. Some basic information on this is here: meta:Requests for comment/Massive sysop abuse in Chechen Wikipedia. Probably it would be wise for Signpost to mention this case as similar in the past. --ssr (talk) 13:47, 21 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Or maybe I should better had posted it at Wikipedia talk:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom? This is not very much a suggestion, but correction. -- ssr (talk) 11:44, 24 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I looked into this, but the paper does actually mention the Chechen case (alongside similar RfCs about Azerbaijani and Japanese Wikipedia). Regards, HaeB (talk) 19:12, 29 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for assistance, I am glad to hear this! --ssr (talk) 12:04, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Gråbergs Gråa Sång (2024-01-23)[edit]

The Signpost should write about...

I came across UFO Coverup: The Wikipedia Secret Cabal in Wikipedia:Fringe_theories/Noticeboard#UFOlogy_promoter_BLPs. I haven't seen it (3h long) and I certainly will respect anybody else who don't want to either. But it may be fun to mention somewhere. Some effort appears to have gone into it. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 22:04, 23 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Cyberwolf (2024-01-29)[edit]

The Signpost should write about palworlds 1 million views in a week

•Cyberwolf•talk? 15:33, 29 January 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cyberwolf Isn't that normally covered in the traffic statistics at the end of the issue? It's in the top 25 for two weeks ago (no. 8) so it should show up this issue. Sincerely, Novo TapeMy Talk Page 03:43, 9 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Donald Albury (2024-02-17)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... User:Donald_Albury/The rescue of a sub-stub biography. Just a little note about article improvement.

Donald Albury 14:31, 17 February 2024 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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