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A barnstar for you!

The Brilliant Idea Barnstar
Thanks for your work on WikiShare, an idea whose time has come!


Please keep me posted on your progress, so we can explore possible collaborations as this project develops.

Fabrice Florin Product manager New editor engagement Wikimedia fflorin@wikimedia.org Fabrice Florin 21:54, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

How we will see unregistered users

MediaWiki message delivery (talkcontribs)


You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

If you have not seen it before, you can read more on Meta. If you want to make sure you don’t miss technical changes on the Wikimedia wikis, you can subscribe to the weekly technical newsletter.

We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:17, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

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Extension Blackout licensing concerns

MarcoAurelio (talkcontribs)

Hi Greg. Happy new year. I notice that Extension:Blackout is just tagged as GPL, which is not a valid SPDX licensing identifier. I've opened https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T184847 to try to clarify this. As author, your comments there would be very appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help. Best regards.

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Leyo (talkcontribs)

Have a look, please.

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Please provide feedback on suggested improvements to the Code of Conduct

MediaWiki message delivery (talkcontribs)

Thanks to everyone who’s helped work on the Code of Conduct so far.

People have brought up issues they feel were missed when working on "Unacceptable behavior" and "Report a problem". Consultants have also suggested changes in these same sections.

These are important sections, so please take a look at the proposed changes. I apologize that this feedback arrived later than planned, but I think this will create a better document.

If you prefer to give your opinion privately, feedback via e-mail is welcome at conduct-discussionwikimedia.org.

Thanks. Mattflaschen-WMF via

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MediaWiki Social Network for Storytelling

Jonblondyn (talkcontribs)

Hey Varnent,

I posted this article in the Support Desk, but received no response. Upon doing some search on Google, I came across your WikiShare Extension. I wanted to share this with you and hear your thoughts, and also whether or not you know of a good MediaWiki Community for receiving feedback on this topic.



3 Questions that that the MediaWiki Community may be able to address —

  1. What kind of “Social Media-Like" network do you envision may be conducive to the future of Storytelling?
  2. How hard would it be to evolve the MediaWiki Platform into a Social Network?
  3. Who is up for the challenge?

At one level, I'm referring to the possibility of connecting MediaWiki Websites, with each one, serving as an independently hosted "publishing press" for storytelling.

Imagine a CC BY-SA (Creative Commons License that MediaWiki supports) Social Network where “literary-worlds” intersect — where writers have the opportunity to legally build upon each another's story, characters, etc.

For instance, imagine you love Harry Potter and want to evolve the World of Harry Potter. While fan-fiction's an option, it's basically illegal, especially when it comes to making the sale... (Harry Potter, obviously, Copyright Protected.) And aside from the money-making-aspect, why would anyone wait in line at the Publisher's Inbox when the masses are streaming their fiction online?

If it's not online, does it exist?

With a MediaWiki Social Network, open to "all", yet exclusively edited by "Friends," writers could potentially —

  1. Create worlds together
  2. Publish Stories in a Real-Time Atmosphere on a Platform that is "Independently Owned"
  3. Help edit one another's work
  4. Create unique or exclusive "Publishing Teams" (perhaps that edit work for free or for compensation)
  5. Generate an audience while posting creative writes
  6. Get immediate feedback
  7. A "Graffiti Wall" — an idea where "Friends" or anyone (depending on the page's "Protection") can post some work


With the Creative Commons Movement constantly growing—featuring their strongest push in the CC BY-SA “Copyleft” Direction — https://stateof.creativecommons.org/2015/ — the communal creation of decentralized fiction is now an option — why not the reality?

While personally not big on the Social Media scene, I've been working on a story (for nearly 10 years now) that presents a World (Hearth) that is conducive for anyone to legally build upon, just in case someone else should wish to write or evolve some aspect of the story, characters, etc.

To test the model later this year, am self-publishing the novel in two parts — the first Part will be “Copyleft;” the second part, Copyrighted. If you would like to see one demonstration of "streaming storytelling," I have been been experimenting on my own MediaWiki site — http://blondyn.com . I post an original CC BY-SA excerpt of a story each day that is available for anyone to reinvent. (Still searching for a community!)

Critique or feedback welcome; thanks for taking the time to read.

jon blondyn


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Pathoschild (talkcontribs)

Hi Varnent. I edited your common.js to update you to the latest version of TemplateScript. You were using a much older version called regex menu framework, so the main difference you'll see is an improved regex editor and cleaner custom scripts. I left it commented out, but migrated your MediaWikify script so it'll work if you do re-enable it. :)

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Invited to join MediaWiki Group Promotion

Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

Thank you for all your work promoting MediaWiki in various forms. You are invited to join the MediaWiki Group Promotion (proposed, waiting for official approval). We are just starting, your questions or feedback about the group itself are priceless.  :)

This post was posted by Qgil-WMF, but signed as Qgil.

Varnent (talkcontribs)

Thank you for thinking of me and for the invite. I would be happy to both help and join as a promoter. I added myself to the members list - feel free to move it to promoters if you think you need help in that area. I love the idea - so anything I can do to help - just let me know. Thanks!

Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

Yes, I do need help as promoter-of-the-promotion group ;) and yes I welcome you as co-promoter of the group. Just move your entry to the promoters area adding a short description about yourself. Thank you VERY much!

This post was posted by Qgil-WMF, but signed as Qgil.

Varnent (talkcontribs)

Done - I look forward to working with you on this.  :)

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Wikipedia Stories Project

VGrigas (WMF) (talkcontribs)


My name is Victor and I'm a storyteller with the Wikimedia Foundation. I'm chronicling the inspiring stories of the Wikipedia community around the world, including those from readers, editors, and donors. Stories are absolutely essential for any non-profit to persuade people to support the cause, and we know the vast network of people who make and use Wikipedia have so much to share.

Rob Lanphier suggested that I speak with you about the development side of Wikipedia.

I'd very much like the opportunity to interview you to tell your story, with the possibility of using it in our materials, on our community websites, or as part of this year’s fundraiser to encourage others to support Wikipedia. Please let me know if you're inclined to take part in the Wikipedia Stories Project.

Thank you for your time,

Victor Grigas



Vgrigas (talk) 00:41, 12 April 2012 (UTC)

This post was posted by VGrigas (WMF), but signed as Vgrigas.

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Extension 'addthis' stop working on firefox

3 (talkcontribs)

hi, the extension just write 'share' with firefox, it still working on chrome...

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Varnent (talkcontribs)

It looks like AddThis is changing something in their scripts - I'll look into it this weekend.

Varnent (talkcontribs)

Appears that AddThis is done with whatever they were doing and the script is working again.  :)

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