Dear Steven (WMF), Welcome to!

Yes, Welcome! This site is dedicated to the documentation of the MediaWiki software, the software behind many wikis, including that of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation projects.
Please, take a look at the following pages. They might prove useful to you as a newcomer here:

If you have any questions, please ask me on my talk page. Once again, welcome, and I hope you quickly feel comfortable here, and find this site a beneficial documentation of the MediaWiki software.

Thanks, and regards,--Jorm (WMF) 02:15, 14 September 2011 (UTC)Reply



Hello Steven. I just wanted to leave you a note of gratitude and to thank you for all your work on the various Wikimedia projects. I'm especially thankful for your efforts on new editor retainment because this is what keeps our projects running. I saw Oliver post this comment recently and I think it's true. Over the last year or so, I've seen the enwp community go after the WMF staff like I've never seen before. It's quite unnerving and I can only imagine what it's like for you. The community has become quite nasty, and from my perspective, you seem to get a lot of that awful feedback, so I'd like to try and offset some of that.

Here's what i've noticed and why I'm thankful you are here. You've been wonderful for the community, providing very valuable input to conversations at RFCs, the village pumps and elsewhere. Your encouragement of new editors is great and very generous of you and the help you provide them is outstanding. This type of collaboration is what made Wikipedia grow so fast and you've got that collaborative spirit like nobody else. But what makes you really valuable is that you've truly been engaged here. You work on content and building the encyclopedia. You help with the operations side in your volunteer capacity and you also help on the professional side with the WMF. I've also noticed how cordial and polite you are with others, even when they are not so nice to you. That's very honorable of you and so I have to acknowledge what a fine person you are. It's really nice that you give so much of yourself to the project and I must say your one of the top Wikipedian's that has ever existed. So thank you for all you do. I know there are a number of people that are thankful you are here and I hope the nice comments you receive help offset some of the terrible ways you've been treated. All the best to you. 00:07, 13 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

Why thank you, kind stranger. :) Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 23:13, 20 April 2012 (UTC)Reply
You are most welcome, kind sir. :) 10:32, 25 April 2012 (UTC)Reply

Testing notifications


Testing testing. MAssaf (WMF) (talk) 18:25, 4 January 2013 (UTC)Reply

Metrics and results for misc software projects


Hello Steven, as you are interested in measurable impact of various initiatives, do you know of a page or something where one should add syntetic summaries of the effects of specific software changes or projects, even though they are not structured as "official" projects with their own set of pages, nor they are in an annual plan? Thinks like the 100-200 % patrolling activity improvement by Hoo, User_talk:Hoo_man#Patrolling_in_1.22. --Nemo 06:33, 10 August 2013 (UTC)Reply

Requests for comment/Password requirements


Hi, Requests for comment/Password requirements is being considered as one of the RFCs to be discussed at the RFC review on 2013-11-06 via IRC. You are receiving this notification because you edited or discussed this RFC. We hope to see you there.--Qgil (talk) 01:30, 5 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

@Qgil: Thanks for the heads up Quim. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 02:09, 5 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Draft template


Hey Steven. I've undone the edits you made to Template:Draft. I don't understand why we'd want to replace the template with text embedded in an image, so I'm assuming you didn't mean to make these changes to the production template. Please let me know if I misunderstood your intentions :) guillom 08:39, 6 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Yeah, I did mean to. What am I, a complete dipshit? Translation doesn't matter here: the MediaWiki community works in English. If for now we want to use a template that is an image but is phenomenally more readable and better designed in English only... then let's do that. As you can see on his talk page (check my edits) Jared said we can code up a proper template. For now, the image is a thousand times a better design. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 08:44, 6 November 2013 (UTC)Reply
I'm not sure if you're a complete dipshit, but both your edits to Template:Draft and your response here indicate that you're at least partially a dipshit. :-) --MZMcBride (talk) 02:10, 25 February 2014 (UTC)Reply
Watch your mouth, boy. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 07:03, 25 February 2014 (UTC)Reply
I support the notion of multilingual "Draft" template. What do you mean by "code up a proper template"? --Gryllida 10:12, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply
SCratch that, it appears to be a translateable Lua thing now (something I've probably seen at Commons). --Gryllida 10:14, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Civility warning


Warning: harsh/vulgar language can be offensive for some (in this case, the author of the text i.e. RobLa) and, if reiterated, may get you blocked on this wiki. --Nemo 18:54, 14 March 2014 (UTC)Reply

Nemo: please go find something better to do. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 19:00, 14 March 2014 (UTC)Reply

Signup invites


FYI: option 3. --Gryllida 05:57, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Gryllida You should check out the upcoming test we're designing for at Anonymous editor acquisition/Signup invites v3, which is the same basic workflow. :) The document you edited is a specification from an older test. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 21:08, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply
Option 3. --Gryllida 21:22, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply



This talk page is full of gems; I smiled by myself re-reading it just now. I hope you'll be sticking around after the transition to a new role. We need to retain smart and passionate people, particularly those with useful institutional memory. --MZMcBride (talk) 21:58, 20 September 2014 (UTC)Reply

RIP this account, but not the person (for a long while yet, hopefully). ;) Thanks for the kind words MZ. I'll be around. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 19:20, 22 September 2014 (UTC)Reply
Good luck at Quora. Please give a look at Talk:Growth#.23wikimedia-growth. --Nemo 06:29, 9 October 2014 (UTC)Reply