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Suggestion by PAC2 (2022-07-30)[edit]

The Signpost should write about...

In this notebook I posit an intuition and use Wikidata to test if my assumption is wrong or false. It's not directly using Wikipedia as such but it show how data from the sister project Wikidata can be used to test various assumptions. PAC2 (talk) 20:58, 30 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi @PAC2! Would you be comfortable with writing something up for this, for the September issue? Thanks, 🐶 EpicPupper (he/him | talk) 16:14, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Of course. PAC2 (talk) 20:16, 31 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, I'm sorry but I won't be able to finish my piece for tomorrow. PAC2 (talk) 20:47, 27 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@PAC2, that's totally fine! Our publication deadline is actually on the 31st, but we'd also be happy to accept something later than that. Cheers, 🥒 EpicPickle (they/them | talk) 21:30, 27 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@PAC2: If you are still interested, so are we -- let us know if you want to circle back on this. jp×g 09:14, 14 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for your ping. Here is my draft User:PAC2/How to use Wikidata to test your intuitions. PAC2 (talk) 09:52, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
After some moves and redirect deletions, it looks like this is now at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Next issue/Wikidata. @JPxG: Still planning to publish it? Regards, HaeB (talk) 22:30, 3 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Are you still planning to publish this article? PAC2 (talk) 04:10, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's a bit on the short side for an article, especially compared to your treatment of actors on the French Wikipedia. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 20:33, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Gråbergs Gråa Sång (2023-07-08)[edit]

The Signpost should write about Update Wikipedia, from something called Their table of Example of Harmful Language -> A Better Alternative is something of an Orwellian masterpiece. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:44, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Update: Enhanced Games. We'll see if it sticks. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 21:38, 8 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by PAC2 (2023-07-13)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Wikicommunes (

French data scientist Mathieu Garnier has combined data from the Code officiel géographique, Wikidata and Wikipediatrend ( to measure popularity of articles related to French communes. He has created a map of communes colored by popularity. More recently, he has added comparisons between the popularity of articles in different languages.

See the thread (in French but automatic translators should help).

PAC2 (talk) 04:18, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Oltrepier (2023-07-14)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... the latest developments of the Ruviki situation you wrote about last month.

As reported in an article by Il Post, Ruviki's beta version went live at the end of June: volunteers currently are not allowed to create or even edit content, and founder Vladimir V. Medeyko is seemingly going to restrict their functions in favor of paid editors, anyway. For now, the platform mostly hosts forked and re-edited copies of many articles.

Although Medeyko denied that Ruviki has any ties with the Russian regime, claiming the site is supported by undisclosed investors who "believe in the project", Il Post noted that several articles on... "sensible" topics have likely been subject to censorship and manipulation: for example, the Wagner Group's page does not include any details about their recent (and very notable) rebellion, at least for now.

I think most of us were already expecting this, but it's still scary news...

Oltrepier (talk) 18:48, 14 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Goptyyyy (2023-07-16)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Yestersday de:Marvin Oppong published the article „Greenwashing“ in Wikipedia? in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Goptyyyy (talk) 10:22, 16 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Here's the full citation. Perhaps there is a German reader who has a subscription to the site who can help out, since this article is behind a paywall. The first paragraph of the article refers to German Wikipedia. I wonder if other language Wikipedias are mentioned in the parts of the article that I cannot access & put through a translator.
Peaceray (talk) 17:13, 16 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Legatorix added the article to the DE version of Signpost's press page. Perhaps they could weigh in on this. —Carter (Tcr25) (talk) 13:54, 17 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Skyerise (2023-07-20)[edit]

The Signpost should write about...

A story about the battle between the good witches of the 21st century and the imaginary but evil witches of earlier centuries at Talk:Witchcraft? Skyerise (talk) 17:42, 20 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'll second that. It's a hot topic. Esowteric + Talk + Breadcrumbs 09:59, 21 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Another en.wikipedia editor is noticed[edit]

In case it has missed anyone's radar, Diff has an article about Johnny Au for setting the longest consecutive days of editing. Article Also check out this tool for measuring strings of consecutive days of editing. (It'd be nice if Diff recognized quality of edits, rather than quantity.) -- llywrch (talk) 16:50, 31 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you so much for recognizing my longtime contributions to the English Wikipedia! Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 00:09, 1 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Wikifunctions, Wikipedia's newest sibling project, had a soft launch this week. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:19, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by The Herald (2023-08-05)[edit]

The Signpost should write about

Obsidian Soul (talk · contribs · global contribs · page moves · user creation · block log)

I came across this user today during my regular RTRC patrolling who did blanking and unexplained content removals. After 4im warnings, I reported them and they got blocked indefinitely. After that, I did some digging and they've been active for 14 years in Wikipedia with over 52,000 edits. Impressive track record, all down the drain in a day. I'm not sure what went wrong or why, but this is Signpost worthy, right?

The Herald (Benison) (talk) 07:15, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Depends on the reason I suppose. Some accounts get hacked. Others go through a rough patch for whatever reasons. For the first, it sucks but there's not much to say. For the second... giving them space seems a better solution than placing them in the spotlight. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 12:45, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Oltrepier (2023-08-17)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... Il Post's apparent "love" for Wikipedia!

At this point, it's likely no surprise I rate this Italian newspaper very highly, as I think it has established itself as one of the most respected and reliable news sources in my country. Still, I didn't notice how much care they've put into the coverage of Wikipedia-related news until now: they published many articles involving both and, reported from the 2016 edition of Wikimania in Esino Lario, and even cited Wiki pages as sources in some instances, including here and here.

What if you tried to reach out to someone from their editorial staff for a mini-interview about what they think about the platform and when, why and how they write about it? Obviously, I know it's incredibly difficult to even arrange something like this, but boy, would it be interesting to read what they have to say!

Oltrepier (talk) 17:31, 17 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Certes (2023-08-28)[edit]

The Signpost should write about...

The Daily Telegraph opines today that Wikipedia should focus on content creation – not social justice campaigns and digs up a few financial details. (Thanks to Andreas for the tip.) Certes (talk) 22:06, 28 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Zippybonzo (2023-08-29)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... The Requested Articles process and the Attempted Revival of WikiProject Requested Articles Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Requested articles#Revival Basically my idea is to cover the state of the requested articles process, and how some requests are decades old, and how there are attempts to revive WikiProject Requested articles to help with maintaining the request pages and encouraging people to create some of the oldest requests.

Zippybonzo | Talk (he|him) 11:29, 29 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Ssr (2023-09-25)[edit]

The Signpost should write about m:Requests for comment/Hiding the number of Russian/Belorussian/Kazakh contributors on the statistics map − Russian users protest against WMF's "censorship" ssr (talk) 16:01, 25 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Suggestion by Ssr (2023-09-29)[edit]

The Signpost should write about... n:ru:European Wikimedians gathered in Tbilisi ssr (talk) 10:57, 29 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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