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Volunteer retention, burnout and dropout in online voluntary organizations: stress, conflict and retirement of Wikipedians[edit]

I generally don't post information about my Wikipedia research here, but I feel this one is VERY relevant to our community, so here it goes :) I put my 10+ years of Wikipedia experience into writing this, as I think the issues I discuss there are something that is quite important for the project's (and our) well-being and future health. The official release is likely paywalled ([1]) but I did upload a pre-print copy to ([2]), at worst, you need to create a free account to download it. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 04:09, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

Excellent paper; you made some really interesting points. I think everyone here should read this. Enterprisey (talk!) 05:19, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
Is there any chance that this could be made available at Wikibooks? --Guy Macon (talk) 05:25, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
[ ]. --Guy Macon (talk) 05:30, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
@Guy Macon: An interesting idea, but it's an article, not a book. Well, a book chapter. Not sure if it is in-scope for that project.--Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 03:09, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
On reflection, it might be a better fit at Wikisource.[3] That is assuming that you own the copyright on your own words and that Emerald publishing didn't make you assign the copyright to them or not be published. See Open access and Copyright transfer agreement. --Guy Macon (talk) 14:46, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
TBH I don't know what is their archival policy and I can't be bothered wasting time to find it out, since I already put a non-paywalled copy up in academia. If someone finds out what policy they have, ping me and I'll see about uploading a free copy to wiki servers. It's pointless to do it before that, as some trigger happy paranoia admin may delete it just in case. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 09:24, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Wiki Professionals Inc promises Wiki bio pages[edit]

I recently received this promotional spam. Most likely Wiki Professionals Inc is already known to the Wikipedia community, but just in case.  —Sothomensch (Tom Holzinger)

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— Preceding unsigned comment added by Sothomensch (talkcontribs) 05:12, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

@Jytdog: Your bailwick. I assume you know some admins who would be interested in this. --Izno (talk) 13:30, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I got one of those too a few days ago. How does the WMF address stuff like this? — AfroThundr (u · t · c) 09:11, 11 November 2018 (UTC)
"The real power of Wiki"? Now I want to make a Dark Dungeons / Wikipe-tan mashup... Eman235/talk 07:22, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Everyone should email them back and ask for a portfolio of their past work...for science. GMGtalk 11:30, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

template for requesting language check?[edit]

Hi, is there any maintenance template requesting that an article be checked by a native speaker of English for grammatical and/or spelling mistakes? Some hours ago, I overhauled some parts of maximal entropy random walk and wondered in some places whether the sentence order is correct (e.g. choose stochastic matrix such that) or if nouns are missing articles (e.g. all vertices but the marked ones have additional self-loop or analogy to electrons in defected lattice of semi-conductor). However, not being a native speaker of English, I cannot decide whether this is just a matter of style.

If there is an appropriate maintenance template, please tell me so I can place it in the article; or, if someone just happens to have time, feel free to check the article now. -- (talk) 19:31, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Looks like {{Copy edit}} should do the job, since {{grammar}} and {{cleanup-english}} redirect to it. You can add a "reason=" parameter saying "grammar" or just "English" (I think that's clear enough). For that article specifically, I'm not a native speaker either, but indeed there are quite a few fairly obvious errors and your edits seem fine, so considering the backlog (~half a year), you could try fixing most of that yourself if you want. (For the first example, I believe that after adding the article, the style choose a stochastic matrix such that... is correct, which may be useful when you want to clearly indicate the new notation before giving its very long definition, but otherwise it's too formal/archaic and the usual order is better). Tokenzero (talk) 11:46, 14 November 2018 (UTC)


I recently got an email from Flickr.

"After February 5, 2019, free accounts that contain over 1,000 photos or videos will have content deleted -- starting from oldest to newest date uploaded -- to meet the new limit. Members may always choose to download content over the limit at any time prior to these dates."

I've noticed many of the images in Wikipedia articles came from Flickr.

Perhaps we should make an effort to transfer over as much as we can before it's too late?

Benjamin (talk) 05:10, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

The Commons thread on this covers this a lot more. As for deletions, they have changed course. The images will not be deleted but normal (non-pro) users with greater than 1,000 images will just not be able to upload new images. --Majora (talk) 05:21, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
Worth noting, as linked in that thread, that Creative Commons licensed images shouldn't be deleted (at least no by Flickr). Still, this raises the issue that external websites can't be trusted to keep content forever. Sam Walton (talk) 13:30, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Change coming to how certain templates will appear on the mobile web[edit]

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 19:34, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

A quick note specific to English Wikipedia. This work is a follow up to the 2016 RfC related to the subject. The Reader web team made improvements in March 2018 in response – with this latest update being a continuation of that work. Thanks, CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 19:44, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

Headbomb is changing this OK with current English Wikipedia policy? -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:20, 13 November 2018 (UTC)


Was there any discussion about YouTube using Wikipedia content? Benjamin (talk) 06:48, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Yes. A little discussion here after the feature went live. There were also some discussions before then which I can't locate now. There's also Wikipedia:YouTube links to Wikipedia. –Ammarpad (talk) 14:21, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Queen Street (Toronto)[edit]

At Talk:Queen_Street_West#Requested_move_13_November_2018 I requested a move and got 2 supports. The idea was to move Queen Street West to Queen Street (Toronto), but I've found some issues. First of all, Queen Street, Toronto exist, which would become a redirect. I created a page at User:BrandonXLF/Queen Street (Toronto), that would become the new Queen Street (Toronto). The issue is Queen Street (Toronto) exist, so do we need to do a history merge (meaning Queen Street (Toronto) would have to be deleted)? If so, do we move User:BrandonXLF/Queen Street (Toronto) to it (which takes content from Queen Street West), or do we merge Queen Street West to it then add the content at User:BrandonXLF/Queen Street (Toronto) to it (I added a lot of extra content and rewrote/created many sections of the article). Of course, Queen Street West isn't being deleted so we can just provide attribution using {{copied}} and an edit summery? Is that sufficient? – BrandonXLF ([email protected]) 02:55, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

I'll just provide atrrubution. If anyone has issues with that, just let me know. – BrandonXLF ([email protected]) 16:05, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Erie is within Pennsylvania[edit]

Currently, Category:Unassessed Pennsylvania articles has Category:Unassessed Lehigh Valley articles‎ and Category:Unassessed Philadelphia articles, but not Category:Unassessed Erie articles. Please add Erie as a category within Pennsylvania.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 13:48, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

 Added @Dthomsen8: You should just add the parent category in the subcat like you do in normal article pages. –Ammarpad (talk) 14:29, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much for your help.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 17:26, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

RFC:Backlog at Wikipedia:Contributor copyright investigations[edit]

There is a serious issue with a backlog at this page that needs urgent attention by the wider community and some measure to fix this issue permanently.Lurking shadow (talk) 21:42, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

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Backlog at New Pages Review - Vote NOW for better tools[edit]

NPR NEEDS YOU! New Page Reviewers operate the only firewall against junk, attack, spam, and undeclared paid editing which has aways made up the majority of a day's intake of new pages masquerading as articles. Community Wishlist Voting is taking place now until 30 November for the Page Curation and New Pages Feed improvements, and other software requests. The NPP community is hoping for a good turnout in support of the requests to Santa for the tools that are urgently needed. This is very important as the Foundation has been constantly asked for these upgrades for 4 years. The Page Curation suite of tools now stands a good chance of getting long awaited attention to the upgraded tools it needs, but it needs your help: whether you are an active patroller or just want a junk-free encyclopedia, the Community Wishlist Survey – needs you: Vote NOW, and do also consider applying to become a New Page Reviewer. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 12:01, 18 November 2018 (UTC)


hi I want a web site to have all : Provinces, Prefectures, Counties, Cities, Districts and... more in all countries around world Amirh123 (talk) 15:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)