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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." — Albert Einstein (discuss)


Warning templates[edit source]

We do not have any warning templates here at Wikiversity yet. Why not import them? Lightbluerain (discusscontribs) 17:40, 13 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Lightbluerain: I'm not sure which warnings you are looking for, but see Wikiversity:Import to add you request(s). Thanks! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 23:38, 13 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We do have a couple of templates in Category:User warning templates. --mikeu talk 21:40, 17 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Next steps on the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) Enforcement guidelines[edit source]

Hey all - I have an update on the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) project.

A report is available on Meta-Wiki. about the 2022 March ratification vote on the UCoC Enforcement guidelines. Voters cast votes from at least 137 communities. At least 650 participants added comments with their vote. (See full announcement)

Following the vote, the Community Affairs committee (CAC) of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees asked that several areas be reviewed for improvements. A Revision Drafting Committee will refine the enforcement guidelines based on community feedback.

To help the Revisions committee, input from the community is requested. Visit the Meta-wiki pages (Enforcement Guidelines revision discussions, Policy text revision discussions) to provide thoughts for the new drafting committee. (See full announcement)

Let me know if you have any questions about these next steps. Xeno (WMF) (discusscontribs) 02:23, 2 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Chris Tolworthy[edit source]

A blogger by the name of Chris Tolworthy has written a lot of essays about the Bible and other subjects. Personally, I think that while some of these essays are pretty much just drivel, others might be worth including on Wikiversity. However, I don't know what kind of license Tolworthy uses on his work- the main page just says, "If you find these pages useful please share and copy them." How that would be expressed in the form of a Creative Commons license, I'm not entirely sure. Also, if we did include Tolworthy's works, he has a Facebook account, which would satisfy criteria no. 3 on the Help:Essay page. What do you think?

--Lizardcreator (discusscontribs) 23:34, 15 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Lizardcreator You are welcome to link to these resources and create learning projects around them. You cannot copy them and host them at Wikiversity. Only Chris Tolworthy can do that. Any resource that doesn't explicitly include a Creative Commons or other open license isn't licensed for sharing on Wikiversity. Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 13:57, 16 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Desktop Improvements update[edit source]

Making this the new default

Hello. I wanted to give you an update about the Desktop Improvements project, which the Wikimedia Foundation Web team has been working on for the past few years. Our work is almost finished! 🎉

We would love to see these improvements become the default for readers and editors across all wikis. In the coming weeks, we will begin conversations on more wikis, including yours. 🗓️ We will gladly read your suggestions!

The goals of the project are to make the interface more welcoming and comfortable for readers and useful for advanced users. The project consists of a series of feature improvements which make it easier to read and learn, navigate within the page, search, switch between languages, use article tabs and the user menu, and more. The improvements are already visible by default for readers and editors on more than 30 wikis, including Wikipedias in French, Portuguese, and Persian.

The changes apply to the Vector skin only, although it will always be possible to revert to the previous version on an individual basis. Monobook or Timeless users will not notice any changes.

The newest features
  • Table of contents - our version is easier to reach, gain context of the page, and navigate throughout the page without needing to scroll. It is currently tested across our pilot wikis. It is also available for editors who have opted into the Vector 2022 skin.
  • Page tools - now, there are two types of links in the sidebar. There are actions and tools for individual pages (like Related changes) and links of the wiki-wide nature (like Recent changes). We are going to separate these into two intuitive menus.
How to enable/disable the improvements
  • It is possible to opt-in individually in the appearance tab within the preferences by selecting "Vector (2022)". Also, it is possible to opt-in on all wikis using the global preferences.
  • On wikis where the changes are visible by default for all, logged-in users can always opt-out to the Legacy Vector. There is an easily accessible link in the sidebar of the new Vector.
Learn more and join our events

If you would like to follow the progress of our project, you can subscribe to our newsletter. You can read the pages of the project, check our FAQ, write on the project talk page, and join an online meeting with us.

Thank you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 16:59, 21 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

TemplateScripts = Templates + JavaScript[edit source]

Hi! I'd like to propose enabling TemplateScripts on the English Wikiversity. It's not a MediaWiki extension, but a few lines of JavaScript added to MediaWiki:Common.js that basically allow to run JavaScript from templates, as long as the code is on the MediaWiki namespace and with the "TemplateScript-" prefix, which requires an authorized user and community consensus to get there.

The system is enabled on the Spanish Wikipedia where it's used for easy signing of polls and projects (see blue button here), for navigating excerpt trees (see box with tree icon here), for injecting interactive widgets on some articles (here and here) and more recently for creating interactive forms that inject content into other pages (see template here, soon to be used on admin boards).

My immediate goal on Wikiversity is to use it to develop a tool to make wikidebates more friendly. However I believe some of the existing scripts, particularly the ones for creating forms and signing pages, can be very useful on Wikiversity overall, as well as in some specific projects like Automata theory and Conway's Game of Life. So what do you think? Sophivorus (talk) 21:12, 29 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm well, there's no support, but no objections either. If no one objects in a week or two, I may implement this since I got the necessary permission (and years of involvement in Wikiversity and other Wikimedia projects, I dare say). Cheers! Sophivorus (discusscontribs) 19:23, 1 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Results of Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 is out![edit source]

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Hi, Greetings

The winners for Wiki Loves Folklore 2022 is announced!

We are happy to share with you winning images for this year's edition. This year saw over 8,584 images represented on commons in over 92 countries. Kindly see images here

Our profound gratitude to all the people who participated and organized local contests and photo walks for this project.

We hope to have you contribute to the campaign next year.

Thank you,

Wiki Loves Folklore International Team

--MediaWiki message delivery (discusscontribs) 16:12, 4 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikiversity[edit source]

What can i do with wikiversity

--Goku Sakaki (discusscontribs) 16:58, 10 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Goku Sakaki Welcome! Start with What is Wikiversity?. Then look around and see what interests you. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:06, 11 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to graphically design a park[edit source]

How do I design a park (The preceding unsigned comment was added by Darelle Meyer (talkcontribs) )

That would be a pretty involved process and I don't think that Wikiversity or our sister project Wikibooks has a resource on that yet. —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:36, 11 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Election: Propose statements for the 2022 Election Compass[edit source]

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

Hi all,

Community members in the 2022 Board of Trustees election are invited to propose statements to use in the Election Compass.

An Election Compass is a tool to help voters select the candidates that best align with their beliefs and views. The community members will propose statements for the candidates to answer using a Lickert scale (agree/neutral/disagree). The candidates’ answers to the statements will be loaded into the Election Compass tool. Voters will use the tool by entering in their answer to the statements (agree/disagree/neutral). The results will show the candidates that best align with the voter’s beliefs and views.

Timeline for the Election Compass
July 8 - 20: Community members propose statements for the Election Compass

July 21 - 22: Elections Committee reviews statements for clarity and removes off-topic statements

July 23 - August 1: Volunteers vote on the statements

August 2 - 4: Elections Committee selects the top 15 statements

August 5 - 12: candidates align themselves with the statements

August 15: The Election Compass opens for voters to use to help guide their voting decision

The Elections Committee will select the top 15 statements at the beginning of August. The Elections Committee will oversee the process, supported by the Movement Strategy and Governance team. MSG will check that the questions are clear, there are no duplicates, no typos, and so on.

Best,

Movement Strategy and Governance

This message was sent on behalf of the Board Selection Task Force and the Elections Committee
Xeno (WMF) (discusscontribs) 17:00, 11 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement Strategy and Governance News – Issue 7[edit source]

Movement Strategy and Governance News
Issue 7, July–⁠September 2022Read the full newsletter


Welcome to the 7th issue of Movement Strategy and Governance News! The newsletter distributes relevant news and events about the implementation of Wikimedia's Movement Strategy recommendations, other relevant topics regarding Movement governance, as well as different projects and activities supported by the Movement Strategy and Governance (MSG) team of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The MSG Newsletter is delivered quarterly, while the more frequent Movement Strategy Weekly will be delivered weekly. Please remember to subscribe here if you would like to receive future issues of this newsletter.

  • Movement sustainability: Wikimedia Foundation's annual sustainability report has been published. (continue reading)
  • Improving user experience: recent improvements on the desktop interface for Wikimedia projects. (continue reading)
  • Safety and inclusion: updates on the revision process of the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines. (continue reading)
  • Equity in decisionmaking: reports from Hubs pilots conversations, recent progress from the Movement Charter Drafting Committee, and a new white paper for futures of participation in the Wikimedia movement. (continue reading)
  • Stakeholders coordination: launch of a helpdesk for Affiliates and volunteer communities working on content partnership. (continue reading)
  • Leadership development: updates on leadership projects by Wikimedia movement organizers in Brazil and Cape Verde. (continue reading)
  • Internal knowledge management: launch of a new portal for technical documentation and community resources. (continue reading)
  • Innovate in free knowledge: high-quality audiovisual resources for scientific experiments and a new toolkit to record oral transcripts. (continue reading)
  • Evaluate, iterate, and adapt: results from the Equity Landscape project pilot (continue reading)
  • Other news and updates: a new forum to discuss Movement Strategy implementation, upcoming Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election, a new podcast to discuss Movement Strategy, and change of personnel for the Foundation's Movement Strategy and Governance team. (continue reading)

Xeno (WMF) (discusscontribs) 00:29, 17 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Master/doctoral theses publication here[edit source]

Hello, I am a somewhat long-time Wikipedian but a novice in Wikiversity. I have a few of questions:

  1. Does Wikiversity allow for the publication here of masters and doctoral theses?
    1. If the answer is yes, can an editor do so on behalf of the author, if the author has granted the editor permission?
  2. If an academic paper has been published in a peer-reviewed journal that is open access, can the paper be re-published in Wikiversity?
  3. Does Wikiversity allow for the publication of research papers written as part of a university course?
  4. Can syllabi and reading lists from graduate courses be published here? (with the permission of the Professors who created them)

Thank you. Al83tito (discusscontribs) 04:39, 22 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Al83tito Welcome to Wikiversity! The answer to all of these questions is yes. You can find some or many examples of each of these here. The only hesitation would be republishing "open access" papers. Be careful to verify that the open access license it was published under is consistent with CC-BY-SA, and always reference sources. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 12:55, 23 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Let's talk about the Desktop Improvements[edit source]

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Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on 26 July 2022 at 12:00 UTC and 19:00 UTC on Zoom. Click here to join. Meeting ID: 5304280674. Dial by your location.

Read more. See you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 16:19, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Announcing the six candidates for the 2022 Board of Trustees election[edit source]


You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

Hi everyone,

The Affiliate voting process has concluded. Representatives from each Affiliate organization learned about the candidates by reading candidates’ statements, reviewing candidates’ answers to questions, and considering the candidates’ ratings provided by the Analysis Committee. The selected 2022 Board of Trustees candidates are:

You may see more information about the Results and Statistics of this Board election.

Please take a moment to appreciate the Affiliate Representatives and Analysis Committee members for taking part in this process and helping to grow the Board of Trustees in capacity and diversity. These hours of volunteer work connect us across understanding and perspective. Thank you for your participation.

Thank you to the community members who put themselves forward as candidates for the Board of Trustees. Considering joining the Board of Trustees is no small decision. The time and dedication candidates have shown to this point speaks to their commitment to this movement. Congratulations to those candidates who have been selected. A great amount of appreciation and gratitude for those candidates not selected. Please continue to share your leadership with Wikimedia.

Thank you to those who followed the Affiliate process for this Board election. You may review the results of the Affiliate selection process.

The next part of the Board election process is the community voting period. You may view the Board election timeline here. To prepare for the community voting period, there are several things community members can engage with in the following ways:

Best,

Movement Strategy and Governance

This message was sent on behalf of the Board Selection Task Force and the Elections Committee

MNadzikiewicz (WMF) (discusscontribs) 20:36, 25 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vote for Election Compass Statements[edit source]

You can find this message translated into additional languages on Meta-wiki.

Hi all,

Volunteers in the 2022 Board of Trustees election are invited to vote for statements to use in the Election Compass. You can vote for the statements you would like to see included in the Election Compass on Meta-wiki.

An Election Compass is a tool to help voters select the candidates that best align with their beliefs and views. The community members will propose statements for the candidates to answer using a Lickert scale (agree/neutral/disagree). The candidates’ answers to the statements will be loaded into the Election Compass tool. Voters will use the tool by entering in their answer to the statements (agree/disagree/neutral). The results will show the candidates that best align with the voter’s beliefs and views.

Here is the timeline for the Election Compass:

  • July 8 - 20: Volunteers propose statements for the Election Compass
  • July 21 - 22: Elections Committee reviews statements for clarity and removes off-topic statements
  • July 23 - August 1: Volunteers vote on the statements
  • August 2 - 4: Elections Committee selects the top 15 statements
  • August 5 - 12: candidates align themselves with the statements
  • August 15: The Election Compass opens for voters to use to help guide their voting decision

The Elections Committee will select the top 15 statements at the beginning of August

Best,

Movement Strategy and Governance

This message was sent on behalf of the Board Selection Task Force and the Elections Committee

MNadzikiewicz (WMF) (discusscontribs) 21:21, 27 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]