Wikipedia:Community portal

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The Community portal is a place to find collaborations, tasks, and news about English Wikipedia.
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The Signpost
10 July 2013
Centralized discussion

General notices

  • Visual Editor – a new rich text way of editing, similar to word-processing software – is available on articles and user pages for logged-in users at the English Wikipedia!
  • If the current system of talk pages seems confusing, a replacement is on the way! Flow, a much more intuitive way of communication resembling those on other websites, is currently in the design phase.

Projects seeking help

Also consider posting WikiProject, Task Force, and Collaboration news at the Signpost's WikiProject Report page.

WikiProjects and Task Forces


What's going on with outlines:

New outlines
Drafts in development
Outlines undergoing overhaul or major development

Portal report

The following portals are in need of attention/upkeep:

  • Portal:Space – the selected article excerpts were copy and pasted between 2006 and 2009. The leads of the corresponding articles have greatly improved since then.
  • Portal:Azerbaijan – news section has reports from 2009.
  • Portal:Language – "Language-of-the-month" hasn't changed since June 2009. Monthly picture since March 2012.
  • Portal:Thinking – "selected" sections need new material. Been the same for years.

The following portals have interesting design features that you may find useful:

  • Portal:Philosophy – cycles through 52 "Selected philosophers", one per week, automatically year after year.
  • Portal:Arts – uses random generators to display random featured status selections.
  • Portal:Spaceflight – integrates with WikiProject Spaceflight, using the same formatting, and linking to it on its main menu as "Astronaut Cafe".

New Portal:Globalization created June 22, 2013.

Discussions and collaborations

Discussions in the following areas have requested wider attention:

Help out

You can help improve the articles listed below! This list updates frequently, so check back here for more tasks to try.

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Editor Retention

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ikipedia:Editor Retention     (Editors are willing to lend a helping hand, just ask)

Editors are as important as content. Without them there is no contribution. Editor retention is the concern and proactive effort of retaining contributors, many who leave for various reasons. WER is a collaboration of users willing to help out when needed. Here you can find other editors with interests in areas that could benefit your work and make your time on Wikipedia more enjoyable. Part of retaining editors is to demonstrate/illustrate best practices and the editors that use them, guide editors with questions to the best venues and connect users for their specific needs with those best able to assist as much as possible.

We all share the same goal of keeping good editors here


Please help with our current collaboration on Snuggle

Snuggle is a browser-based newcomer observation and support system currently being developed by EpochFail as part of his dissertation research. While the functionality is still limited, a working prototype is currently available for testing. Snuggle is designed to allow Wikipedian mentors to observe the activities of newly registered editors and separate desirable newcomers (good-faith & productive) from the undesirables (bad-faith & vandals).

This tool was designed in reaction to recent research that shows that the decline in newcomer retention in Wikipedia[1][2] is the result of an increasing negative environment for desirable newcomers[3][4] and that Wikipedia's current socialization systems don't work because mentors don't find newcomers when they most need help[5][6]. Snuggle is designed to help experienced Wikipedians quickly and efficiently identify desirable newcomers who are editing in good-faith and help them dodge Wikipedia's sharper corners.

This project and its author needs your feedback and ideas to make sure that Snuggle ends up being a useful tool. If you'd like to be notified of development updates, please add your username.

Editor of the Week
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Editor of the Week
for the week beginning July 7, 2013
After a long absence from Wikipedia editing, Ignatzmice has made a welcome return. Working diligently on recent changes, new page patrol, articles for deletion, grammar/punctuation repair, and more, editor Igantzmice fixes the imperfections. He has been a positive influence on often-troublesome breaking news articles, such as the Boston Marathon bombings. He has also been active in improving software extensions such as the new Notifications system. We are glad to have you back, Ignatzmice!
Recognized for
Reducing backlogs and other important (but hidden) gnomish deeds.
Notable work(s)
Monitoring editor behavior at Boston Marathon bombings
Nomination page

References for Editor Retention section

  1. ^ Wikimedia Foundation, The Editor Trends Study.
  2. ^ Bongwon Suh, Gregorio Convertino, Ed H. Chi, and Peter Pirolli. 2009. [The singularity is not near: slowing growth of Wikipedia]. WikiSym '09. ACM, DOI=10.1145/1641309.1641322
  3. ^ Halfaker, A., Geiger, R. S., Morgan, J., & Riedl, J. (in-press). The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System: How Wikipedia's reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline. American Behavioral Scientist.
  4. ^ Halfaker, A., Kids these days: The quality of new Wikipedia editors over time, Wikimedia Blog. March 27th, 2012.
  5. ^ David R. Musicant, Yuqing Ren, James A. Johnson, and John Riedl. 2011. Mentoring in Wikipedia: a clash of cultures. WikiSym '11 173-182. DOI=10.1145/2038558.2038586
  6. ^ Note that Musicant et al., 2011 was written before WP:Teahouse

Here is a list of the main community pages of Wikipedia's sister projects.
All of these projects are multilingual and open-content.
Meta-Wiki – Coordination of all Wikimedia projects.
Wiktionary – A collaborative multilingual dictionary.
Wikinews – News stories written by readers.
Wikibooks – A collection of collaborative non-fiction books.
Wikiquote – A compendium of referenced quotations.
Wikisource – A repository for free source texts.
Wikispecies – A directory of species.
Wikiversity – Where teachers learn, and learners teach.
Wikivoyage – A world-wide travel guide.
Wikidata – A free knowledge base that can be read and edited by humans and machines alike.
Commons – Repository for free images and other media files.

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