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Standardization of oversight(er)ship request page names

Hi! I noticed that we have a slight problem where there's requests at "Wikipedia:Requests for oversightship/*" and many others at "Wikipedia:Requests for oversightership/*". Given that the two are different, one with an "er" in it, I believe some standardization is necessary. We don't really have the English Wikipedia to look to for this as they have their OSs appointed by ArbCom, where we have direct community elections. Thoughts? Vermont (talk) 04:56, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Personally, I feel like oversightership is best due to being the majority so far, and because it's easier to write and pronounce outloud. Either way, it doesn't really matter as long as we pick one and stick with it, not too difficult to create redirects from old to new. Naleksuh (talk) 05:15, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
I would just use whatever the majority of them are and change the rest. -Djsasso (talk) 12:37, 25 May 2020 (UTC)
^this IWI (chat) 16:42, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Multistub isn't working

On Bulgars, I tried to use Template:Multistub and it didn't work. Naddruf (talk) 15:16, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

It is working, you just didn't use it correctly. You only need the stuff before the dash. You don't need to include stub. -Djsasso (talk) 15:27, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
Ok, thanks. Naddruf (talk) 15:28, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

Changing the sidebar

I propose that we redo the sidebar. I am proposing several small changes to the sidebar that I think would make a better sidebar. Interstellarity (talk) 12:59, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

Change Main page to Main Page

  • Support as proposer. The title of the Main Page is capitalized. I think this should be in line with the capitalization of the title. Interstellarity (talk) 12:59, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Neutral. I am not opposed to the change, and was thinking of lending tentative support. But I also don't know what problem we are trying to solve. None of the other links in the lift sidebar have the 2nd word capitalized. So neutral for now. Desertborn (talk) 13:12, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Neutral I don't care what it says --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 18:41, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
@Thegooduser: If you don't care, wouldn't that mean you're neutral on the subject? --Auntof6 (talk) 02:27, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
Auntof6 Yes, thanks for pointing that out --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 15:12, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose, though weakly. It's currently the same as enwiki and most other projects, and I don't see a reason for changing it. Vermont (talk) 04:37, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
    • In reading over the current discussion on enwiki, which I wasn't aware of when I commented here, there is a proposal to change it to Main Page, however the consensus on it seems to be leaning oppose. Considering the size of their community and the number of people responding to that RfC, we may finish ours long before they do, but in the meantime I don't think change is necessary. Vermont (talk) 13:03, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose per Vermont. I would prefer that terms remain consistent as far as possible between enwiki and simplewiki. Chenzw  Talk  06:43, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose per 2nd word in a title is typically not captalized unless needed.Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:15, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose Should remain consistent. Per Vermont. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 15:47, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Neutral - Would prefer a capital P however I only look at the sidebar when coming here so it's not something I really care about. โ€“Davey2010Talk 20:26, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose as it is against the Manual of Style to be capitalized like that. -DJSasso (talk) 12:10, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose, "page" isn't a proper noun, so capitalisation makes no sense. IWI (chat) 13:48, 24 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Mild oppose I think we should prefer sentence case whenever practical because it is far, far easier for people to use correctly than title case is. Since there are so many sources on what counts as correct title case, and no universally accepted main system, it also creates opportunities for people for people to fight about things like whether to capitalize "to be" or prepositions with more than five letters. Err on the side of preventing drama. Darkfrog24 (talk) 14:58, 24 May 2020 (UTC)

Remove Simple talk

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

  • Support as proposer. This link can be accessed in the Help:Contents link. Interstellarity (talk) 12:59, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose. Simple talk is one of the most important pages, as it is basically our only community discussion area. Stats show it gets more visits than Help. Burying it inside of the help page would hide an important resource. Desertborn (talk) 13:04, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose Simple talk link is like the Wikipedia Teahouse invite link for This Wikipedia, its where most people find this page, is through the sidebar --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 18:35, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong oppose. Simple talk is one of our most important pages. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:28, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose Primary community discussion area; it is quite useful there. Vermont (talk) 04:35, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose It's easier to access then typing or refering to recent change text.Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:16, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose It's a crucial page. Community discussion area. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 15:48, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • If you want to make the case we don't need simple talk, why did you post this on simple talk Naleksuh (talk) 19:28, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose as per everyone above - Simple talk is one of the most important pages here and on a personal level I'd rather be able to immediately come here as oppose to clicking through a maze of links to try and find the page. โ€“Davey2010Talk 20:29, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Oppose This is the most useful link on the side bar. -DJSasso (talk) 12:10, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done As Interstellarity has withdrawn their request, and all other comments are in opposition, there is no consensus to make this change. Vermont (talk) 02:04, 24 April 2020 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive. Please do not change it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page, such as the current discussion page. No more changes should be made to this discussion.

Add About Simple English Wikipedia

  • Support as proposer. It provides an overview of what this wiki is about. Interstellarity (talk) 12:59, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  •  Question: What page would this link point to? Desertborn (talk) 13:14, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support, seems like a good idea. For the sake of space, I think simply "About" is more appropriate, though I'd like to hear other suggestions if there are any. Vermont (talk) 04:38, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Good idea, SupportCamouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:17, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Good catch. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 15:48, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - Admittedly I only had a simple concept of what Simple was when I joined so this would certainly be of help to people unfamiliar with Simple. โ€“Davey2010Talk 20:30, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support While I think it's better suited for the Main page, it's fine to include on the sidebar. ~Junedude433talk 04:12, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Good idea.--Path slopu (Talk) 13:19, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  •  Comment In terms of name only "About" seems enough. Why use so long one? I think it's gonna take two line if sidebar width is kept same. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 15:15, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
Yeah that also seems fine. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 08:45, 1 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support This seems like a reasonably good idea. IWI (chat) 19:30, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Add Contact us

  • Support as proposer. People should know how to get in touch with us. Interstellarity (talk) 12:59, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  •  Question: Same with this one. What page would this link point to? That would help us evaluate. Desertborn (talk) 13:18, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong Support Definitely, this could be very useful for people seeking help. I've also been considering entirely rewriting and redesigning Wikipedia:Contact us. It's barely been touched in 15 years. I'll try to get that done tomorrow, before this is implemented if there is consensus to do so. Vermont (talk) 04:43, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support as there are more than enough times newbies need help but can't find, will be good for a link here, to info-simple and etc which can be welcoming to newbies as we need good editors always.Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:18, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support This would definitely help out new users. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 15:49, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support - Would definitely help new users especially those whose first ever account is here. โ€“Davey2010Talk 20:34, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Noting that the Wikipedia:Contact us page has been entirely redone! Vermont (talk) 23:08, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support, especially given Vermont's hard work in redesigning the page. Hiร n (talk) 23:51, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. Yes it will be very useful for readers and new users.-BRP ever 06:46, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Writing in a different style of English could certainly be daunting for new users. This would help. ~Junedude433talk 04:12, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Good idea.--Path slopu (Talk) 13:19, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Strong support especially considering the fact that many of our readers have a limited grasp on English. IWI (chat) 19:31, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support Per ImprovedWikiImprovment--TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 21:20, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Sidebar Proprosal two "Add a Wikipedia Sandbox link"

  • Add a Wikipedia Sandbox link under the tools section of the bar, which might help prevent test edits on Wikipedia pages --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 15:16, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 15:16, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support A very simple solution for a very simple Wikipedia. This could possible prevent premature article creations --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 15:45, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Support. I BOLDly merged the 2 sections, hope all don't mind. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:54, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
  • We could maybe link to the sandbox. But I wouldn't make a link to create a sandbox from there. A single use link that would never again be useful once the sandbox is created would be clutter. -DJSasso (talk) 12:15, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
DJSasso, could you clarify on what you mean? --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 17:44, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
Nevermind I totally misread it too early in the morning. Doubt it will have the effect you hope for but can't see an issue with having it. -DJSasso (talk) 23:45, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
Struck duplicate vote --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 20:38, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Support we get a lot of test pages. Perhaps this could reduce them being created. IWI (chat) 22:51, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

General discussion

  • @Interstellarity: Can you explain the reasons you are making these proposals? What are the problems you are trying to solve? Desertborn (talk) 13:06, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Hello Interstellarity, and thank you for your proposals. We are currently a small community of more or less active editors, who work with the setup of pages as it is now. YOu haven't contributed to Simple English Wikipedia for a long time, else you would not make such proposals. As an example: Simple talk is the board about general discussions. Such boards also exist on other Wikipedias. EnWP has many more editors than we are, but would you suggest they abolish the Village pump? - Probably not. Note that their village pump has sections, while our Simple talk does not have them (again a question of how many editors they have). For this reason, I would like to invite you to contribute here, and become an active editor. When you are, and you have several thousand content edits, and you have become familiar with the system you try another proposal. The proposal you make at that time will probably be much better than the one aboeve, which is born without knowing the local community and its rules and policies. --Eptalon (talk) 19:43, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
    • Hello Eptalon. I am a regular on the English Wikipedia so I am familiar with the way that particular wiki works. You're right, I haven't contributed to this wiki for a while yet and I am still learning the ropes of this wiki. I know the English Wikipedia has a village pump where editors can propose major changes to the way Wikipedia functions. I got the idea of this proposal because there is a proposal on the English Wikipedia to change the sidebar. See here. I know the English Wikipedia is a larger community than this one which is why we get faster responses there. Anyway, I hope to make this wiki a better place and please feel free to guide me if I mess up. Best, Interstellarity (talk) 20:46, 21 April 2020 (UTC)
    • There seems to be a bit of a misunderstanding here. Interstellarity is proposing removing the link to ST from the sidebar, not abolishing ST. It would be quite ironic to propose to abolish ST on ST, however, but that isn't the case. Vermont (talk) 04:48, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
      • Vermont is correct. I understand that simple talk is one of the most important pages on Simple English Wikipedia. I am not proposing that we abolish it altogether, just to remove it from the sidebar. Interstellarity (talk) 12:57, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
        • Which unfortunately shows the completely lack of understanding on how important this page is on this wiki. That is the most important link on the sidebar. -DJSasso (talk) 12:13, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
          • Can you please close my proposal on removing Simple talk from the sidebar? It clearly has no chance of passing. Interstellarity (talk) 16:21, 23 April 2020 (UTC)
            • Sure! I've closed it. Vermont (talk) 02:05, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I think it seems to be a good time to close these and implement changes. Vermont (talk) 14:38, 30 April 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, I would almost remove the main page from the sidebar before simple talk; it's just that important to us. Users would never find this page and wouldn't be able to ask questions. IWI (chat) 22:54, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Arbitrary section break

Sorry for dropping in so late, I was about to close and implement the above changes, but there are some logistical issues that require the community's input:

  1. Order of the links: I don't think it's the case that the new links are going to be appended to the bottom of the sidebar (after "Give to Wikipedia"), so this should be clarified.
  2. Localisation: ideally, contents of the sidebar should reference a relevant system message in the MediaWiki namespace so that users who have their language preferences set to another language will be able to see the relevant text in their preferred language. It so happens that the "About" and "Contact page" strings are present in the software as MediaWiki:About and MediaWiki:Contactpage respectively. I would strongly urge the use of the system messages instead. If we think that, for example, "Contact page" is not simple, we can always modify the relevant system message instead. This way, as much of the interface as possible will be available in the user's preferred interface language.
  3. Sandbox link: not really an issue per se, but it should be noted for general information that adding links to the toolbox (the tools section) cannot be done in the same way as adding a link to MediaWiki:Sidebar. This will be done by calling mw.util.addPortletLink in MediaWiki:Common.js instead.

--Chenzw  Talk  05:24, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

Since no one commented in a couple days I have added the Contact page and About page to the sidebar. I used the ordering that made the most sense to me per WP:BOLD but can easily be adjusted if the community decides otherwise. I have not added the sandbox link yet. -DJSasso (talk) 20:06, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
@Djsasso: I think Contact page should be renamed to Contact us. Would you consider doing that? Interstellarity (talk) 22:27, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

Sidebar issue

When a page is not connected by WikiData to other Wikipedias, the "edit links" link is suddenly not visible. I haven't been able to connect articles easily. Anyone know what caused this? IWI (chat) 20:00, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

I will look to see if I can see if anyone was messing with the files involved. -Djsasso (talk) 19:45, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
@Djsasso: I am using the vector skin in response to your question. It was working and suddenly it stopped, and now on unlinked articles there is no option for me to edit the links. It works fine if it is already linked. I've had to link new articles I have created manually on WikiData. IWI (chat) 19:52, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
Yeah nothing locally has changed that I can see that would have caused it. Likely something on the wikidata side or a bug at the moment. I will see if its happening on as well. Probably just have to wait and see. -Djsasso (talk) 19:54, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
Yep it is happening there too. It is very noticeable so I am sure someone is on top of it already. -Djsasso (talk) 19:56, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
So this is an issue that affects others and is not just me? IWI (chat) 19:59, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
Yep looks like it is getting everyone, and possibly on every language. -Djsasso (talk) 20:13, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
I'll check Wikidata noticeboards. This has been going on for a couple of days. IWI (chat) 20:42, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

@Djsasso: Update: it seems they are getting to the bottom of it here. Thanks, IWI (chat) 21:46, 27 May 2020 (UTC)


I am requesting some users take part in this discussion to reach a consensus on the matter. IWI (chat) 21:54, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

AutoWikiBrowser on Simple English Wikipedia

Hello, I have a question. How do I request AutoWikiBrowser rights on Simple English Wikipedia? I checked WP:PERM, but I had no luck. Any help is appreciated. Interstellarity (talk) 19:23, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

If you have a valid use-case for it, make a request at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage. Note that we do things a little differently here: editors on the CheckPage are placed there temporarily, typically for defined batches. Hiร n (talk) 19:41, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
@Hiร n: Thank you for the link. I have AWB browser rights on the English Wikipedia. I will make a request there. Interstellarity (talk) 20:20, 30 May 2020 (UTC)


Is there a bot that automatically adds Wikidata to new articles or do we have to do it manually? I've been doing it a lot recently, and I just want to make sure I'm not wasting my time. I also saw a bot like that on English wikipedia. Naddruf (talk) 05:17, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

The only automated process I've seen (which may not be active any more) was one that would add articles to Wikidata (which I think is the right way to say it, since the change is made in Wikidata and not in Wikipedia) if a new article was created with a hardcoded interwiki link in it. That process left the interwiki link in the article, which of course we're not supposed to have any more.
As a side note, interested parties can look at Special:UnconnectedPages to see pages that aren't connected to Wikidata items. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:58, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
@Naddruf: Thank you for the effort, please continue to do so, this is vital to let other users know Simple. For some articles with only 1 other version, simple will be prominently shown at the left edge which allows other people from en to know us. This is hard work but very good work indeed. The bot Auntof6 mentioned if I remembered correctly is dead / not that active, which lead to wikidata having duplicates at times and manual merges is needed. Thanks for the effort :) Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 10:30, 31 May 2020 (UTC)

I keep being logged out when I go to a new page

I have my login settings checked to remember my name and password here, and I also have cookies enabled in my browser. But I still get logged out most times I visit a page until my screen refeshes itself to show that I am logged in again. Is there anything I can do to keep this from happening? -Solace Chiere โ€” Preceding unsigned comment added by Solace Chiere (talk โ€ข contribs) 21:25, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Proposal to change timeline for CU/OS elections

Dear community, from Enfcer RFOS Crat chat there seems to be a lack of votes after 7 days. After referring to larger wikis like wikimedia commons, wikidata, OS/CU elections tend to take 14 days. Given our smaller size, I am proposing we switch RFCU/RFOS to 14 days rather than 7 days as even larger wikis are doing the full 14 days. Per global policy, there is no time limit for RFCU and OS elections, although stewards tend not to like extension for too long, I feel 14 days will be in alignment with the global policy. One alternative is 7 days minimum, if there aren't enough votes, extended automatically to end at 14 day mark. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:25, 28 May 2020 (UTC)

  • I am in favour of a fixed 14 day request duration, with the clarification that if an RFP does not meet the minimum number of support votes at the end of the 14th day, it fails automatically. I agree with what Djsasso mentioned back then in 2010 - if a candidate cannot obtain the required number of votes, then the community is either too small for the advanced permission, and/or the candidate lacks the support from the community. It would be unfair to extend arbitrarily. Chenzw  Talk  15:49, 28 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Fourteen days seems best. This wiki is small and it is very likely that there won't be enough votes after 7 days, and with larger wikis already doing the same it's a no-brainer. IWI (chat) 00:09, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
Both recent requests for checkusership got enough votes within seven days, I wonder what would be different about requests for oversighter. Either way, I think a static amount of days is good as the current way of extending over and over instead of just keeping it open until the desired outcome is reached. Seven seems like it would be good since two out of the three recent RFP's reached seven days, but the third didn't. Fourteen is also good though. Naleksuh (talk) 00:13, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I think a fixed 14 days is good, but I think I prefer the option that it runs up to 14 days, and once the threshold is achieved after 7 days then it can be closed early. -- Enfcer (talk) 00:20, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
This is also something I would support. IWI (chat) 00:21, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I would support an extension to the time period. Personally, I am not extremely active (i.e. I don't check this every day, sometimes only once per week), so I sometimes miss nominations and voting. This would allow people like me to still participate. ~Junedude433talk 02:45, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Oppose Sorry, but I think it's weird to call Simple English a "Small Wikipedia" yes, there is far less articles/pages, etc, but many times because because were a viewed as a "small wiki" it's not possible to get anything done- have caused proposals to shut down this Wikipedia, we're a pretty active Wikipedia here, and I think we can prove wrong that small does not mean nothing can't be done. This message is not meant to discourage or attack Camouflaged Mirage or any other editor for their views or proposals. It's simply my own opinion, and I mean no harm in writing this message. --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 02:25, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
We are a small Wikipedia compared to others. And some Wikipedias are already doing the same (14 days) that are larger than ours. IWI (chat) 18:19, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
ImprovedWikiImprovement That's because there's 1000's of users there... --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 18:51, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
I am saying we are small compared to them, but to be honest, we aren't a large wiki, could be possibly medium sized with the 50 regular editors, although I know with CU/OS are typically large wiki stuff. To be clear, if your issue is with the term small wiki, I think I will remove that from the wording, I am of the point this wiki shouldn't be closed due to it being small. I seen the proposals, and voted against in one of them. @Thegooduser: Hope this explains. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 09:08, 30 May 2020 (UTC)
Camouflaged Mirage If you remove it, I will strike this vote --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 01:15, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Seriously? You are opposing just because I refer to simple as a small wiki? I hope I read wrongly. There are users saying here that this is a small wiki, to be honest, with the regular editors (not referring to crosswiki people reverting vandalism on global queues), global renamers and etc, it doesn't reach 50 I guess. Anyway, such an oppose based on the wording not the meat of the discussion I don't think counts that much. Note consensus is not a vote. I am just suggesting the days being moved from 7 to 14 days, not at all putting the word small anywhere for clarity sake. I don't see there any need to remove the word small. However, to make this as uncontroversial as possible and prevent these technicalities hampering the proposal, I changed my wording slightly in the problem statement, small --> smaller; large-->larger. Hope this address the problems and I am happy for the feedback. Face-smile.svg @Thegooduser: Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 10:27, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
Camouflaged Mirage, Well that was one of the reasons, I had more, but seeing I'm the only oppose vote here, that's why I would strike it, Please don't feel attacked by my comment/opinions, I don't want to hurt or attack anyone here, everyone has their own opinions and I respect that. I am going to strike my vote and pretend I never voted here, because I don't want to get you, or anyone else angry by my opinion. Thank You. --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 21:04, 31 May 2020 (UTC)
  • We are a small wiki, and one of the benefits this has is that the rules are simple, in most cases. Note that the minimum number of support votes is given by the respective policy, which we didn't define. Also: 25 support votes currently means: pretty much all regular editors support. If we change this to a longer 14 day period, I'd opt for an additional rule, of the kind: At the end of the first week, there must be at least 13 support votes, with a total of 70% support. I will also point out that both checkuser, and oversight are specialisations (in our wiki: of the administrator). In that sense, I don't expect many requests, so there's no urgent need to change the criteria we have. --Eptalon (talk) 18:36, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
    • No harm IMO to add the additional rule, but I truly prefer it being simple. Adding rules doesn't affect the validity of CU/OS elections, as long as the rules are not more lax than the global ones, which is 25 votes min, 70% support. To be honest I am not afraid we don't have 13, is just the last 3-4 votes usually are the ones harder to get (per Enfcer RFOS etc). Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 09:08, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Redesigning our welcome templates

I think the welcome templates on the Simple English Wikipedia need to be redesigned. I was wondering on a potential design similar to what the English Wikipedia has. This is their welcome template: [[1]]. I was hoping someone could design something like that to make it more intuitive. Interstellarity (talk) 17:38, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Not against redesign, but what don't you find intuitive about ours? The English one actually seems less intuitive, took me awhile to figure it out. Theirs has all kinds of parameters, whereas ours is simple and has few. Theirs is harder to read as well. I am actually surprised by how disjointed theirs looked, would have assumed it would be a lot more smooth. Ours is definitely a lot more simple and easy to understand without a lot of visual distraction and the important links all pop out in a list in the middle if they need help. -Djsasso (talk) 17:47, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Theirs has six links, three of which are easily visible buttons and the other three are relatively unimportant. Ours has thirteen links. I like EN's much better and think we should use that, or at least something similar to it. Naleksuh (talk) 20:59, 5 June 2020 (UTC)
I think less is more. The less links, the more likely the new user will visit them. And the less list-like and formulaic it is, the more friendly it will seem. I made my own in an attempt to be a bit more personable. I also try to modify it for people coming from enwiki, such as I did here. Overall, I think the variation is nice so it doesn't seem so copy and paste to those who are new. That being said, I would have no objection to changing the standard templates here. My only thought is to make it as friendly as possible. Desertborn (talk) 10:25, 8 June 2020 (UTC)
Yeah making your own is the best action to be honest. Definitely the best way to go when welcoming as its more personal. We have a category of such templates already for people to add theirs to or to use others. -Djsasso (talk) 13:28, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Mobile version of Main Page

From 13 July 2020 onwards, a short term fix in the MediaWiki code will be removed. This fix previously allowed wikis to format their main pages such that they will be mobile-friendly. This functionality was deprecated by TemplateStyles.

Wikis can check whether they will be affected by this change by adding ?mfnolegacytransform=1&debug=1 to the URL:

As you can see, we will be affected by this change. (btw, it is rather interesting that we did not format the "Selected article" section such that it will be visible on mobile, but that's a separate problem)

As highlighted in the Phrabricator task, the simplest fix is to add a particular line of code to the existing Main Page. I have done that to the Main Page's sandbox, see Template:Main Page/minerva.css and Special:Diff/6972547. Main Page/Sandbox now looks the same regardless of URL variant:

If the community finds no issues, I will proceed to deploy this fix on to the actual Main Page.

It is worth noting that while this fix will effectively mitigate the technical issues (e.g. search engine ranking and rendering performance), it is not intended to be a long-term solution, and still poses potential problems to mobile visitors. Specifically, users who browse the site on devices/viewpoints with a width of less than 768px will find some visual elements on the Main Page jarring. Do try out for yourself.

The long-term solution would be to re-design/rewrite code elements on the Main Page so that it adopts a responsive design. Chenzw  Talk  05:11, 9 June 2020 (UTC)

Didn't notice you had this on here. The fix is already ready to go based on a thread on the main page talk page. Was going to implement it when I had time later but I can wait for this. -Djsasso (talk) 13:35, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
Oops, I didn't notice the existing fix on Talk:Main Page; that version of the fix is better because it more effectively addresses the problem of constrained display widths. Chenzw  Talk  15:39, 9 June 2020 (UTC)
 Done. -Djsasso (talk) 11:19, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

Permission error

Permission error
You do not have permission to create this page, for the following reason:
The title "Afeยญsha Olton-Humphreys" has been banned from creation. It matches the following blacklist entry: .*\x{00AD}.* <casesensitive> # Soft-hyphen
could an admin please advise? is this a local blacklist, or is it global? Slowking4 (talk) 13:14, 12 June 2020 (UTC)

It is local but is the same on You are using a soft hyphen as opposed to a regular hard hyphen. They don't look different from a sighted users perspective, but they play havoc with screen readers so are an accessibility problem. -Djsasso (talk) 15:00, 12 June 2020 (UTC)
Although looking further I am not sure why its triggering in this case. If you make the page you want to make as subpage of your userpage. I can move it to that title for you. -Djsasso (talk) 15:20, 12 June 2020 (UTC)
i tried using the name without hyphen and it triggered as well, it seems to object to "Afeยญsha". i have created it here Olton-Humphreys. it is not filtering on english, so it may have gotten lost in translation, you might want to test / disable this filter. Slowking4 (talk) 19:53, 12 June 2020 (UTC)
I've moved it for you and will look into it. It is triggering the filter on as well by the looks of it. Certainly a weird case. -Djsasso (talk) 16:06, 14 June 2020 (UTC)
thanks, i'm not surprised that english would have a filter with a false label, i.e. nothing to do with soft hyphen, rather a different character string. since no one is reviewing filters, it is the wild west. Slowking4 (talk) 12:32, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Mass fixing of malformed signatures

There are some faulty signatures again that need fixing, for they are causing formatting to "overflow" onto the rest of the page. The list is at User:Chenzw/Unclosed font tags (2). They are not as bad as the previous batch, but the colours involved are a somewhat bright red and green, so the pages are not quite readable.

I will be getting my bot to start on the task some time later this week. Chenzw  Talk  07:37, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Chenzw, you may be interested in mw:New requirements for user signatures, which hopes, later this year, to reduce your workload. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:30, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

sandbox link

is it not possible to add this link, or was there not enough votes for it? Please note I am not trying to nag someone to put it in. --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 16:26, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

Done, I meant to do it back then, but other things got in the way. You may need to bypass your browser's cache for the changes to be immediately visible. Chenzw  Talk  17:10, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you Chenzw --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 17:14, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

Twinkle Error

This is my error.

Can anyone help me fix this in Twinkle? Interstellarity (talk) 13:51, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Looks like its happening for me too. Someone must have changed something. I will see if I can see the issue. -Djsasso (talk) 14:09, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
Looks like its an issue caused by the new version of Vector skin. We will have to back port our twinkle to be able to work on Vector again. -Djsasso (talk) 14:17, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes I have the same issue. IWI (chat) 14:41, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
 (change conflict)  Done. It is worth noting that Twinkle remained functional (despite the wacky appearance), and that EN also had to deploy a fix due to changes arising from the recent MediaWiki deployment. Time permitting, we will need to find time to look into syncing up our Twinkle code with EN's, while still being able to retain the flexibility of local customizations. Chenzw  Talk  14:42, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
Yeah We really need someone that wants to sit down and dig into it. We never got it fully switched over the last time we started to try to synch with them which was like a decade ago now I think. Might be time to consider just switching over wholesale to theirs and then slowly re-customize what needs to be customized for here. But even that will be a lot of work. Or even just write our own from scratch. -Djsasso (talk) 14:50, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

twinkle does not work for me --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 15:49, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

I made a mistake earlier while migrating code, but it has been fixed now; changes should be apparent within a few minutes. As always, be sure to bypass your browser's cache. Chenzw  Talk  15:53, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
Chenzw Yes, I should bypass my cache, haven't used my unit (device) for many hours because I just woke up --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 15:55, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Question about DYK

I know that I look like Iโ€™m very new here, and I am, but I have also been editing the English Wikipedia off and on since 2017 (though admittedly more off than on between late 2017 and early 2019). So, I was wondering, does DYK have the same โ€œan article must have either been created or promoted to GA within the past weekโ€ rule here as it does at en.wp? Any feedback appreciated. Regards, --SithJarJar666 (my profile | my contribs | speak to me) 17:39, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

SithJarJar666 see Template talk:Did you know --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 17:40, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
@Thegooduser: Wow, very fast response. Thank you for the help! --SithJarJar666 (my profile | my contribs | speak to me) 17:45, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
SithJarJar666 No problem, reason I respond so fast is I have this page on my watchlist --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) ๐Ÿ 17:47, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

Editing news 2020 #2

20:33, 17 June 2020 (UTC)

I'm reading one of the papers cited by the Research/Editing team and it is very good. It says that new users who receive personalized talk page messages about their reverted edits in which the sender takes responsibility for reverting the edit are less likely to quit. That could be very valuable to smaller Wikiprojects. Darkfrog24 (talk) 20:55, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
That's very interesting, Darkfrog24. Do you suppose the idea is that saying "It's not you, it's us" encourages newcomers to try again? (Please ping me. I really appreciate it.) Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 20:29, 18 June 2020 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): I think so, yes. But it's not so much "It's not you; it's us." As you can see at the bottom of page four of the study, they used very subtle differences in text (like active vs. passive or whatever), but I think a personal touch would do it, yes.
I have seen this attempted, but in a different context: At Wikinews, also a small project, newcomers get a lot of personalized attention, and retention remains very low. Extant Wikinewsies often post on the newcomer's talk page, explaining whatever it was they did wrong. I don't think I've ever seen a newcomer's mistake addressed with a bot. I would often take a rejected draft and finish it myself. But Wikinews also has some hurdles not in play here at Simple: The review system takes time to understand, and the time limits can be arbitrary and frustrating. The article deletion rate over there is super high just in general because content gets old enough to be not-news. Another difference is that people come to Wikinews because they're like "Hey, this one thing? I think it's important and there should be a news article about it," and it is usually just that one thing. It's hard to make the experience fun enough for them that they decide to stick around long-term.
So I guess the question is, why do most people start on Simple English? Darkfrog24 (talk) 23:35, 18 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you for pinging me.
I think personal attention is helpful. It's hard to keep the personal touch on a larger scale. (Maybe that's why the English Wikipedia gets so much value out of WikiProjects of various types.)
On the question of why people start here: People edit the English Wikipedia (and by extension, most of the others) because of some things about themselves, and some things about the site. In the first category, editors tend to be curious, educated, altruistic, and to have some time on their hands and enjoy sharing information with the world. In the second category, we tend to be curious and have some tech skills, so we are willing to click the [Edit] button and figure out how to fix a typo or small error. A lot of editors, back in the day, got started by making small edits.
I speculate that to become a dedicated editor here, you need all of those usual qualities, plus some connection to children's education or English language learners. What do you think? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 23:17, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
I was speaking more of Simple specifically, but sure. I got started Wikignoming back when it was still called Wikignoming, but I'm new to Simple, so I don't know why people other than myself start to edit here.
I think the large number of people interested in editing Wikipedias in the aughts was because of the economy. Large numbers of millennials in Western countries had just graduated from college and found to their surprise that there was not much of a job market. So there were many highly educated, computer-adept people who had time on their hands and wanted something intellectually stimulating to do with it. After K-12 + four more years of writing essays that a professor will read once and then throw away, writing something that people will actually read feels satisfying. The dropoff in participation might be due to the toxic environment, as many departing editors cited, but it might just have been because the job market got better. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has damaged many economies across the world, but if there is a surge in Wiki participation, Project Wiki may make a silver lining out of it. Darkfrog24 (talk) 23:38, 20 June 2020 (UTC)
The decline in the number of editors at the English Wikipedia started in 2007 (before the economy fell apart) and coincided with the deployment of vandal-fighting bots. There is less need to edit when a bot reverts juvenile vandalism faster than humans can, and perhaps less reward for doing so if you figure out that it's only going to be visible on the site for two or three seconds.
Page views have been up during the pandemic, and so are the number of active editors. The analytics folks said a while ago that geolocation of page views formed interesting patterns: page views for Wikipedia articles about individual countries spiked early in each country's outbreak. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 01:53, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
That makes sense about the page views. I didn't know about the bots. Darkfrog24 (talk) 14:02, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
" Betacommandbot, who had sent "more than half of the messages categorized as aversive leadership" .... The effect of this warning was to decrease the recipients' edits by more than 10%." [2] and [3] - Slowking4 (talk) 12:30, 23 June 2020 (UTC)

Proposal for creation of a certain template and its addition to Twinkle

Iโ€™m coming here for community input on an idea I have. So, my idea is creating a simple english version of en:Template:Welcometest, to welcome users that make test edits without biting them with a warning. If this is approved, I would be willing to (at least partially) create the template, but someone else would have to figure out how to put it into Twinkle. Let me know what you think of the idea below. Regards, --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 23:58, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

This paper cited by the editing team suggests that might be a good idea. Darkfrog24 (talk) 00:21, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
@Darkfrog24: I could probably start with the standard Template:Welcome and adapt it from there... who maintains Twinkle over here? --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 15:17, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
Hereโ€™s what Iโ€™ve got so far: Template:Welcometest. --sithjarjar666 (my contribs | talk to me | email me | see my enwiki profile) 15:35, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

Malfunctioning Infobox

The infobox on Best European Goalkeeper (and all other award pages) is malfunctioning. Two of the parameters, which are properly formatted and troubleshooted, are not displaying. I'm quite sure this is because of some error in Template:Infobox award. You can see on this template page that the small prototype of the infobox on the right-hand side is incomplete based on the syntaxes provided by "Usage" section. I think only editors with special rights can access the problem's source. ClumsyMind (talk) 15:36, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

A fresh version was imported from enwiki along with new doc. Issue resolved. Operator873talkconnect 15:56, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
@Operator873: Can you also tell why the short description that i put on the same page isn't working? I have been facing problems with these short descriptions since a long time. ClumsyMind (talk) 16:02, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
Short descriptions aren't in use here. Instead it uses the description from the wikidata item. That short description system is enwiki only. Desertborn (talk) 20:08, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

Question about moving pages

I know that enwiki has a process of achieving consensus for moving the pages called Requested moves. What is the simplewiki equivalent of that process? Interstellarity (talk) 23:01, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

Generally, we want our title to be the same as on the English Wikipedia unless there is a reason to believe our title would be more simple (not simple as in shorter, as were your recent page moves, but simple as in Simple English). If you believe your new title is better for some other reason, you should advocate for the English Wikipedia page to be moved. If our title is more Simple English in your opinion, you can comment on the article's talk page. Naleksuh (talk) 23:12, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you, that helps. Interstellarity (talk) 23:56, 22 June 2020 (UTC)