Robin Pepermans | 1 Jul 21:24 2011

Language committee report - June 2011

See the wiki version here:

This is the the Language Committee report for June 2011. It is the
second monthly report.

=== Committee ===
* The closing projects policy is approved by the Board and will be
implemented during the following weeks.
* A new policy draft is started, which will be updated and changed
gradually before final approval.
* The committee has discussed simple projects. They will likely be
allowed under certain conditions.

=== Approvals ===
* The Mingrelian Wikipedia has been approved and is waiting for creation.
* The Arabic Wikiversity has been approved.

=== Rejections ===
* After some discussion with the community, the Ottoman Turkish
Wikisource has been rejected. Ottoman Turkish texts should be hosted
on the Turkish Wikisource.
* The Warmian Wikipedia has been rejected due to the lack of an ISO
639 language code.

Casey Brown | 1 Jul 21:55 2011

Call for image filter referendum

/Please distribute this message widely/

*Call for referendum*:  The Wikimedia Foundation, at the direction of
the Board of Trustees, will be holding a vote to determine whether
members of the community support the creation and usage of an opt-in
personal image filter, which would allow readers to voluntarily screen
particular types of images strictly for their own account.

Further details and educational materials will be available shortly.
The referendum is scheduled for 12-27 August, 2011, and will be
conducted on servers hosted by a neutral third party.  Referendum
details, officials, voting requirements, and supporting materials will
be posted at

For the coordinating committee,
Philippe (WMF)
Robert Harris


Casey Brown

Robin Pepermans | 17 Jul 02:39 2011

Welcome pages and info pages at Incubator


There is a lot of stuff in development for the Wikimedia Incubator,
and I would like to get a part of it enabled on Wikimedia Incubator
soon, specifically the info pages or welcome pages ("Wx/xx(x)" pages).

For example < >
gives a nice welcome page that refers you to the existing wiki. Pages
like < >
refer you to the existing wiki as well. It is not possible to edit
pages belonging to existing wikis.

Non-existing wikis also have a welcome page:

It directly depends on the list with databases, so at the exact moment
a wiki is created, it will no longer be possible to edit Incubator
pages of that project (which facilitates importing pages to a new

Another feature is that < >
will refer you directly to the existing wiki.

What is not yet included (coming later):
* A check for the validity of the language code
* Alternative codes like bat-smg / sgs => Wp/bat-smg will refer you to
the wiki, while Wp/sgs will say it doesn't exist yet
* Welcome pages for Wikiversity and Wikisource that refer you to the
respective wikis
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Robin Pepermans | 18 Jul 01:55 2011

Re: [Langcom-l] Welcome pages and info pages at Incubator

I had already made the code to set a custom logo, so it wasn't that
difficult to implement it.
The variable, that was already used by Special:RandomByTest, is "testwiki".

With the changes I made, if your preference is set to Wx/xyz or if the
URL contains &testwiki=wx/xyz:
*  a custom logo will be displayed on Wx/xyz pages
* non-existing Wx/xyz pages will redirect to the real wiki if it exists
* recent changes is already currently set to limit to changes in wx/xyz pages

You used &title=MainPage&project=wb/xyz but it would be difficult to
implement it so that you can access it without the prefix in &title.

I would like to have these redirects quite soon. Maybe we can talk
about it / propose it at Wikimania.

2011/7/17 Milos Rancic <millosh@...>:
> That's great :)
> My general suggestion for that is the next:
> * You should create a new variable, called something like "project".
> So, there would be two different ways of seeing the content. One as
> ".../index.php?title=wp/xyz/MainPage", the other as
> "../index.php?project=wb/xyz&title=MainPage". The last one would be
> used for regular approach to the Incubator, the first one for
> approaching "virtual project".
> * If someone approaches to the project=wp/xyz, everything would be
> seen as it is a separate project: different logo, different links. For
> example, "Recent changes" link should lead to the RC limited just on
> wp/xyz project. Search as well; and so on. But, if someone approaches
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