Wikiversity:Colloquium/archives/November 2021

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Special:Import[edit source]

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Importer[edit source]

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Extension:WikiSEO[edit source]

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Meet the new Movement Charter Drafting Committee members[edit source]

The Movement Charter Drafting Committee election and selection processes are complete.

The committee will convene soon to start its work. The committee can appoint up to three more members to bridge diversity and expertise gaps.

If you are interested in engaging with Movement Charter drafting process, follow the updates on Meta and join the Telegram group.

With thanks from the Movement Strategy and Governance team Xeno (WMF) (discusscontribs) 00:05, 2 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

IP Editing: Privacy Enhancement and Abuse Mitigation[edit source]

Please see meta:IP Editing: Privacy Enhancement and Abuse Mitigation. At some point, the wiki environment will change so that anonymous users have a session ID rather than an IP address. There would effectively become two different types of anonymous users, those with a new session and returning anonymous users who don't clear their cookie but also don't have a username for login. Administrators would still be able to access IP address information for session users through a new right that will be added. Review the meta: proposal and comment there if you have any concerns. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 00:50, 9 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Support for that procedure, because it does not expose the IP address of users to the public. Bert Niehaus (discusscontribs) 15:37, 30 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discord[edit source]

A new user has proposed Wikiversity setting up a Discord server. More likely, this would be a Wikiversity channel on the existing Wikimedia Discord server. See Wikiversity:Discord for more information and discussion. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:12, 12 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

An "english-wikiversity" channel has been added to the Wikimedia Discord server! See Wikiversity:Discord for more information. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 18:22, 30 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Importupload right to bring in PLOS Topic Page review articles[edit source]

I'm looking to import approx 40 pages and their edit history under CCBY4.0 from an external wiki (, specifically, those within this category (full XML dumps available via their Special:Export page). However to import these XML dumps, requires the importupload user right (a user right that currently noone on wikiversity has but can be granted by a bureaucrat).

I would therefore like to propose that the right is applied to either Dave_Braunschweig or Jtneill (alternatively I am happy to have the userright applied to me if they prefer). What do people think? T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 10:59, 15 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Since no one has expressed any concerns, I will grant User:Evolution and evolvability the ImportUpload right for a week to test and upload this content. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:32, 26 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you. I have now completed the intended imports so am happy to have the ImportUpload right removed again.
Some observations:
  • The maximum filesize allowed to be imported appears to be ~15Kb. Since the exported XML of pages with lots of revisions can easily be much larger than that, it can be necessary to manually go into the XML file and split the <revision>...</revision> sections (being careful to maintain the XML header info) into multiple files. Generally mainspace articles can't be batched together, but talk, files, and templates are generally smaller and have fewer revisions so can be batched.
  • I should have done the prefix editing ([[wp: -> [[w:) by batch find-replace in my folder of XML files.
  • Importing files across only imports the description, not the file itself, so these still have to be manually uploaded.
One persisting issue:
  • topicpageswiki used the old template:cite_pmid system. This seems to call some lua module via {{#pmid: {{{1|}}} }}, but I've no idea how it works, so the system is broken here. Any ideas for getting it working here? Even if it were temporary, might might make it possible to substitute those references before deprecating the cite_pmid system again.
I've a little cleanup to do moving articles to subpages to organise them a bit better, but overall seems to have worked well.
T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 02:42, 30 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've also pinged w:Template_talk:Cite_pmid regarding the template:cite_pmid situation. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 04:55, 30 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Talk to the Community Tech: The future of the Community Wishlist Survey[edit source]


We, the team working on the Community Wishlist Survey, would like to invite you to an online meeting with us. It will take place on 30 November (Tuesday), 17:00 UTC on Zoom, and will last an hour. Click here to join.


  • Changes to the Community Wishlist Survey 2022. Help us decide.
  • Become a Community Wishlist Survey Ambassador. Help us spread the word about the CWS in your community.
  • Questions and answers


The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes without attribution will be taken and published on Meta-Wiki. The presentation (all points in the agenda except for the questions and answers) will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, French, Polish, Spanish, German, and Italian. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the Community Wishlist Survey talk page or send to

Natalia Rodriguez (the Community Tech manager) will be hosting this meeting.

Invitation link

We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 20:03, 26 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please help small wikis struggling with copyrights / invitation to meta discussions[edit source]

There are 2 open discussions on meta (principal discussion case) about problems of some wikis with copyright infringements. Please look into them, particularly if your wiki is not affected. Otherwise, unfortunately, such discussions are either ignored, or dominated by users denying such problems. Thank you. Taylor 49 (discusscontribs) 23:07, 30 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]