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Research Namespace[edit]

There is a proposal to add a Research namespace (Research:) to Wikiversity. Please review and discuss. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:10, 31 March 2016 (UTC)


Dear all of you,

I'm a brand new curator and, while I'm fixing unused or empy categories, oldest pages, uncategorized pages, etc., I am particulary able to make a certain numbers of mistakes (despite Dave's mentoring).

So, please consider my contributions just as proposals and, if they are weird, absurd or just irrelevant, don't hesitate to correct them immediately, and, if you have time enough, to send me a little message (mostly you, Dave) so I could improve my curating skills.

Your reactions also help me knowing who is interested by what, so I could get acquainted with the active community.

Thanks a lot !

And all my excuses beforehand for my mistakes.

--Thierry613 (discusscontribs) 13:57, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

You're doing an excellent job! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 19:01, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Agree!--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 21:01, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Thanks ! Smiley.svg --Thierry613 (discusscontribs) 23:12, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Community Review/Fair Use - Files Missing Information[edit]

There is a status update at Wikiversity:Community Review/Fair Use#Status Update regarding files missing license and/or source information. At this point, all files have been processed and have {{Information}} tags to be filled in, and all files have either a license tag, a fair use tag, or a {{No license}} tag. Users who have uploaded files with missing source information have been notified. Categories for files that need attention are listed under Category:Wikiversity maintenance. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 16:07, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

VisualEditor Default Setting[edit]

New user User:Jon michael swift has proposed at Wikiversity:Initial experiences#Jon michael swift that the VisualEditor be turned on by default for new users (an opt-out rather than opt-in option). What does the community think? Should this be for all users (logged-in and anonymous), logged-in only, or none? -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:10, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I edit Wikiversity using two different browsers: Safari 5 which is not supported and Firefox 45 which is. It does not appear to be the case that users with unsupported browsers will not be able to edit with VisualEditor, is this generally true? --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 02:31, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Background information on supported browsers is available at mw:VisualEditor/Target browser matrix.

Background information on which sister projects have Visual Editor on by default is available at mw:VisualEditor/Rollouts. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 04:00, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

  • Pictogram voting comment.svg Comment I think this is especially the question for those, who run here and plan to run courses with their students. Consider also, that in VE doesnt work all extensions we might be using here and it would be a big move for wv. Some methods of study and teachings were developed here especialy for wikicode.--Juandev (discusscontribs) 12:42, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

Support VisualEditor on by Default for All Users[edit]

Support VisualEditor on by Default for Logged-In Users[edit]

Symbol support vote.svg Support It's not a big deal to me, but this would be my preference. I think that's how Wikipedia does it, so the concept has been well-tested.--Guy vandegrift (discusscontribs) 02:28, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Oppose VisualEditor on by Default[edit]

Server switch 2016[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation will be testing its newest data center in Dallas. This will make sure Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia wikis can stay online even after a disaster. To make sure everything is working, the Wikimedia Technology department needs to conduct a planned test. This test will show whether they can reliably switch from one data center to the other. It requires many teams to prepare for the test and to be available to fix any unexpected problems.

They will switch all traffic to the new data center on Tuesday, 19 April.
On Thursday, 21 April, they will switch back to the primary data center.

Unfortunately, because of some limitations in MediaWiki, all editing must stop during those two switches. We apologize for this disruption, and we are working to minimize it in the future.

You will be able to read, but not edit, all wikis for a short period of time.

  • You will not be able to edit for approximately 15 to 30 minutes on Tuesday, 19 April and Thursday, 21 April, starting at 14:00 UTC (15:00 BST, 16:00 CEST, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT).

If you try to edit or save during these times, you will see an error message. We hope that no edits will be lost during these minutes, but we can't guarantee it. If you see the error message, then please wait until everything is back to normal. Then you should be able to save your edit. But, we recommend that you make a copy of your changes first, just in case.

Other effects:

  • Background jobs will be slower and some may be dropped.

Red links might not be updated as quickly as normal. If you create an article that is already linked somewhere else, the link will stay red longer than usual. Some long-running scripts will have to be stopped.

  • There will be a code freeze for the week of 18 April.

No non-essential code deployments will take place.

This test was originally planned to take place on March 22. April 19th and 21st are the new dates. You can read the schedule at They will post any changes on that schedule. There will be more notifications about this. Please share this information with your community. /User:Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 21:07, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Wikidata: access to the data is coming[edit]

Hi everyone :)

A while ago you received access to the interwiki links from Wikidata. Everything seems to be going well so I'd like to move on to the second stage. You will get access to the actual data in Wikidata like the date of birth of a person. You'll be able to make use of them in your templates via Lua or a new parser function (#property). We'll be enabling this on May 3rd. I hope this will open up great new possibilities for you and make your work easier. If you have questions please come to d:Wikidata:Project chat or d:Wikidata:Wikiversity.

Cheers Lydia Pintscher (WMDE) 09:35, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Curation of Upper Limb Orthotics[edit]

The curation of the course Upper Limb Orthotics has been completed. All cases are now available on the course page. Comments, criticisms, questions, and concerns are most welcome! Enjoy the course! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 04:53, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Great work !
And just a little point (only for chipotering Smiley.svg) : what do you think of putting the cases list on two columns ? --Thierry613 (discusscontribs) 08:03, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
Good suggestion! I've put in some column dividers using colwidth=12em which actually creates three columns. Feel free to adjust to two if you think it looks better. --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 13:37, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
On my screen, I get 6 colums (??), but don't worry, it's fine ! --Thierry613 (discusscontribs) 13:54, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Template:RC allows to filter the recent changes by category[edit]

Template:RC (inspired from the Wiktionary) displays one category pages evolution.

  1. Should we add it into a drop down menu?
  2. Would you be in favor of its deployment into every category?
  3. With {{CategoryTOC}}?

JackPotte (discusscontribs) 18:34, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

I'm not sure adding it as a drop-down provides value. I'm okay with it as a list. But I would like to see the list be shorter, and formatted more like our existing TOCright and Sidebar items. See right for an example. The idea behind shortening the list is that most brain studies show an ability to manage/grasp three to seven items. A list of 10 items, twice, is likely too much information. Formatting to match TOC and Sidebar provides a more consistent user interface. We could revise the code to provide the sort option as a parameter and add a count parameter to be more flexible. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 20:13, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
Now also implemented as {{Category sidebar}} using Module:DynamicPageList. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:40, 1 May 2016 (UTC)
I tried the two templates on Category:Music. {{Category sidebar}} is very interesting. I think {{CategoryTOC}} would be more efficient on categories which have more subcategories and pages. --Thierry613 (discusscontribs) 09:01, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Concerning your questions, JackPotte, IMHO :

  1. I don't know
  2. Yes
  3. Not systematically ; only on categories which have a lot of subcategories and pages.

--Thierry613 (discusscontribs) 09:09, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Wikidata: data access is here[edit]