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Hello AKoval (WMF) and welcome to the Outreach Wiki!

Our mission is to recruit and support new Wikimedians and to build strong relationships with cultural and educational institutions. Want to help? Here are ways that you can get involved:

The Village pump is a great place to ask questions. Also, you can leave a note on my talk page if I can help. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you like Outreach Wiki and decide to stay!

Newsletter[edit]

AKoval, You sent the wrong version of the newsletter out. It's not even accurate about my course on Wikinews. I don't where you got that information but it doesn't reflect the work done by my class this semester. I contributed what I thought was the accurate work that my students and class was doing. I was told this was the version: [1] Crtew (talk) 21:57, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Hello Crtew, I'm so sorry about that! Evidently, there was a mixup, and I was given an old link to distribute. I'll talk with Thelmadatter about this to make sure it doesn't happen again and we'll see what we can do about putting out the right content. Thank you for letting me know! Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:53, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Education page[edit]

Looks nice, thanks Anna and Sage. --Pine 08:38, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, Pine. :) That means a lot. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 11:40, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Video[edit]

I still like File:¿Qué es Wikipedia?.ogv. Discussed this awhile ago with Siko and Steven Walling. Any chance of getting this made in different languages? It would be nice to have one or more on the Outreach homepage and for use in education programs. --Pine 09:02, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Pine. Thanks for sharing this video with me; I hadn't seen it yet. It's well done. And I see it's got subtitles in several languages already. Making it in more languages may be a great idea, but, as far as I know, the WMF doesn't have plans to make another one just like this, and I'm afraid that our small education team is focused on other priorities at the moment. I can mention it as something to look at later, but if you'd like to make it happen, that would be fantastic!
Here's what you could do... You could start by contacting Wikimedia Argentina, who made the video. If they made this with a green screen overlay, that might mean that they have separate files so that anyone else making the video in other languages could simply overlay the green screen spokeswoman in the video now with their own speaker -- all the backgrounds would be intact. That would make it relatively easy to record your own spokespeople on green screen and substitute them. The English script is already available in the subtitled version, and the video is licensed under CC-By-SA.
Another option is dubbing the video by stripping the sound and having women record a new soundtrack in other languages. This work requires precision and intelligent translation so that there's not just literal replacement of words, but some effort to make it look natural. But it's something even a skilled amateur can do -- or so I'm told. ;)
If you'd like a budget to do this work, this seems like the kind of project that you may be able to fund with an IEG. Perhaps that's what you spoke to Siko about?
Again, thanks for the link and thanks for the idea. :) Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 11:40, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
With the next IEG round being six months away it may be awhile before an IEG project happens, if ever. But please check out the change I made to the Outreach homepage and my request for feedback on the homepage talk page. --Pine 20:12, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
This is true. These things do take time. I'll check out the homepage now. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 16:06, 9 June 2014 (UTC)

Welcoming of users[edit]

Feel free to use this page if you want to welcome users in the future, as it might help with some of the linkage! Also, the English one needs some updating, so I will go tackle that now. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 02:52, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

I will! Thanks, Kevin, for pointing out that template; I wasn't aware of it yet. It does look like it could use some updating; thanks for tackling that, too! :) Warm regards, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 15:15, 12 June 2014 (UTC)
@Kevin: What do you think about automated welcome msg? --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:32, 12 June 2014 (UTC)
We could do that, although we'd have to either re-activate a bot, or create our own since there are none on this site. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 20:39, 12 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for thinking about this and talking about this, Kevin & Steinsplitter. :) Automated is convenient, but also impersonal. That said, I'm sort of surprised that it isn't already activated. If there is someone with the time and the skills needed to do this, it might be worth asking them. Just curious: is there also a way for a user to be notified whenever a new account is created here on Outreach wiki? Like a way to watchlist that activity? That way people who want to could also personally welcome new users. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 15:16, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
In terms of an alert system, I would just watch the Recent Changes feed, as it is easy to see who is popping up each day. Additionally, you can then cross-check it with actual users on other WMF sites so that you aren't greeting the spammers. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 04:03, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

Link to Proyecto Wikipedia en la Educación in Uruguay[edit]

Hi, Akoval (WMF)! Thank you very much for your welcome message. I have subscribed by email to the newsletter. The official site of the project is www.eduwiki.me. Best regards,--Roxyuru (talk) 14:54, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Gracias, Roxana. I'm so impressed with your program and so happy to have you here working with us on Outreach. All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 14:57, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

For all the updates at Talk:Education - I just logged in here so read them now. Unfortunately the notifications don't go to English Wikipedia were I spend most of mu time. Cheers, --Piotrus (talk) 07:41, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

You're welcome, Piotrus. :) I'm glad it's helpful. :) If only Echo notifications worked cross-wiki! Take care, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 04:23, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
I think they just started. Also, thank you for your msg on my talk page here, I am not sure I read it before. Much appreciative :) --61.101.179.242 04:12, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

Accidentally deleted edit?[edit]

Did you accidentally delete your comment under Talk:Main Page#The_video when you were using VisualEditor? --Pine 21:06, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

Hi Pine. Yes, I did accidentally delete that my own comment. /me shakes my head at that mystery... Though I suspect I might have been adding two different comments to the same talk page at the same time, and when I saved one, I lost the other?? I do know that this is not the fault of VisualEditor, since it's not enabled on talk pages as per here. However it happened aside, I've readded it. And I'm really grateful to you for catching that and flagging it for me. I'll be more careful going forward, for sure! :) Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 16:10, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Re:[edit]

Thanks Anna, I will encourage to teacher Mónica both to put all in wiki and I can write their story. I have the list of the articles edited by their students and I can put in wiki hoping she can do by own. Regards, --ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 00:37, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

That's great. Thanks, ProtoplasmaKid. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:31, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
I try to get in touch with Mónica, but I suppose she is in holidays. I will upload in my Spanish Wikipedia the list of edited articles to get a more accurate info. Regards, --ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 16:49, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
No worries, Ivan. It's summertime! I understand. :) Thanks for uploading the list of articles. Maybe we can deduce her username from those pages' histories. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 17:01, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Request for Bureaucrat[edit]

Hi there Anna.

I just recently gained adminship the other day and wondered if I could also become a bureaucrat. I am one of the more active users on this wiki and plan to stay active with translations etc. Thank you for your consideration! A2 00:58, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Aki - Outreach has a good number of bureaucrats to generally handle most tasks that need crats. It's worth keeping in mind per the conversation we had on ENWP a while ago - there's really only a good reason to need/want extra userrights when you have a direct need for them. Having extra buttons is neat, but is not in and of itself a reason to ask for them. The number of userrights that you are requesting on various projects, as mentioned by Chris in the discussion on my page, makes it look like you may just be fishing for hats. Kevin Gorman (talk) 03:17, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
@Kevin Gorman: Thanks. I am actually not trying to fish for hats or rights this time. I am one of the more active users on this wiki and I was thinking that this extra right could help me. A2 04:09, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
There's really not very much that requires a bureaucrat to do, and the current set of crats manages to take care of pretty much anything remotely crat related quite quickly. If you'd just like to try out the extra abilities provided by the rights set, it may be a better idea to request them on testwiki. If you need anything done that requires a crat to do, please feel free to drop a note on my talkpage, and I'll usually be able to take care of it within a few hours, but given the abilities crats have and their potential for unintentional misuse or abuse, I'm uncomfortable with the idea of granting crat rights to someone with under 1k edits on their main wiki. It's nothing against you at all, it's just customary to not grant unnecessary user rights. Best, Kevin Gorman (talk) 04:31, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Hello, Aki. Thanks for reaching out to me. And thanks for caring enough about Outreach wiki to seek adminship to help safeguard it. I'm sure you'll use your new user rights judiciously. And I appreciate your renewed commitment to our work here. :) I have to say, when I saw you asked me about becoming a bureaucrat, I realized that I don't yet know what our local policy and process is here on Outreach wiki for requesting and granting user rights. Where do we define the "minimum community requirements" that are mentioned at Meta:Bureaucrat? Outreach:Wikimedia:Bureaucrats says what bureaucrats are and have the ability to do, but not how one gets to be that way. And, the "additional information" page at Outreach:Special:ListGroupRights is redlinked. So, I'm pinging Kevin Gorman, Steinsplitter, and Pine to ask then. I'm sure there must be more to this than a Fairy Godmother! ;) Thanks, Kevin, for getting back to Aki right away. All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 13:44, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Kevin Gorman and the user has registered his account 2 months ago, he seems not experienced enough. --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:18, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
Outreach is historically a wiki that basically ignores normal ideas of how rights should be assigned, and is much more liberal about them, mostly thanks to Frank's involvement in setting it up. Most people who have *any* track record on any WMF projct are instantly granted adminship, and most well-established users who ask for cratship are given it. However, the rights package that comes with +crat can cause serious damage if misused, unintentionally or intentionally, so it should generally only be granted when there's both a demonstrated need for it to be granted, and only granted to users with enough experience on other projects that they can be trusted both to not accidentally misuse the (quite powerful) tools, and to not intentionally misuse them. Kevin Gorman (talk) 21:17, 12 July 2014 (UTC)
I can personally attest to the fact that all we really do here as 'crats is give others admin rights, or 'crat them when absolutely necessary. If anything, except for renaming one user this one time, and righting you two days ago as an admin, there's really nothing else do do worth mentioning. The most amount of drama on this site occurred almost a year and a half ago when I stripped a user from throwing up an abuse filter on his talk page. It was nothing special, but it takes someone with experience to know how to deal with irate users, which I fear you don't really have, especially since you barely have an edit history on the real Wikipedias (Outreach doesn't count, as it is very low-key). Come back in six months to a year and ask again, as I am sure that we will be willing to look over this when you have more experience as an administrator. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 03:58, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
I am a lowly admin on this site and have been for some time, and I agree with the statements above. Tools should be assigned carefully, and it sounds like you are very new. When you have more experience the situation can be reviewed. I only asked for bureaucrat on this site when I felt I might need it to review a certain situation but that didn't happen so I'm still here as an admin, and perfectly content to remain that way for now. --Pine 05:48, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
As of right now I am ok as an admin as well. I don't think I need crat rights at this time. Thanks guys for your opinions. A2 16:31, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Steinsplitter, Kevin Gorman, Kevin Rutherford, and Pine. Really appreciate you all weighing in here. It's clear that we've got a thoughtful team watching over Outreach wiki. Kevin Gorman, thanks for the backstory. And, Aki, glad you're good with your admin rights for now. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:24, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
I would have to agree with the other comments, from what I have seen crosswiki (Wikidata, Meta...) --Rschen7754 22:54, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
@Rschen7754: I agree with all you guys. I am relatively new to Wikimedia (started here 2 months ago) and am a bit out of my mind and lost. I know that I have to out grow my wanting to collect userrights. A2 01:48, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Page Translation[edit]

Hi there. I recently marked a page fro translation that you thanked :). Did I mark it correctly? A2 23:39, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Aki, I appreciate you making the effort to mark pages for translation here on Outreach wiki. I'm no expert, but I did add tvars to the links. I'm not sure if the templates used on that page are translatable templates, and if so would need to be marked up, too. It would probably be best to ask other more experienced translators. At m:Translation FAQ#Where may I ask a question about translating?, it lists ways of contacting translators. The best bets are probably the mailing list (translators-l at lists.wikimedia.org) and IRC (#wikimedia-translation). Best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 00:32, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

New Account[edit]

Hi Anna. I recently moved from this account to User:Xermano. Can me userrights be transferred? Thanks. A2 20:29, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Xermano. Looks like Rschen7754 already took care of this (see here). Thank you for explaining your reasoning here and here. Fwiw, I'm glad you've decided to stick around and continue to help out on the Wikimedia projects. I've appreciated your help with translations of Education pages here on Outreach wiki and I look forward to working together again in the future. All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:57, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

An important message about renaming users[edit]

Dear AKoval (WMF),

I am cross-posting this message to many places to make sure everyone who is a Wikimedia Foundation project bureaucrat receives a copy. If you are a bureaucrat on more than one wiki, you will receive this message on each wiki where you are a bureaucrat.

As you may have seen, work to perform the Wikimedia cluster-wide single-user login finalisation (SUL finalisation) is taking place. This may potentially effect your work as a local bureaucrat, so please read this message carefully.

Why is this happening? As currently stated at the global rename policy, a global account is a name linked to a single user across all Wikimedia wikis, with local accounts unified into a global collection. Previously, the only way to rename a unified user was to individually rename every local account. This was an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, both for stewards and for the users who had to initiate discussions with local bureaucrats (who perform local renames to date) on every wiki with available bureaucrats. The process took a very long time, since it's difficult to coordinate crosswiki renames among the projects and bureaucrats involved in individual projects.

The SUL finalisation will be taking place in stages, and one of the first stages will be to turn off Special:RenameUser locally. This needs to be done as soon as possible, on advice and input from Stewards and engineers for the project, so that no more accounts that are unified globally are broken by a local rename to usurp the global account name. Once this is done, the process of global name unification can begin. The date that has been chosen to turn off local renaming and shift over to entirely global renaming is 15 September 2014, or three weeks time from now. In place of local renames is a new tool, hosted on Meta, that allows for global renames on all wikis where the name is not registered will be deployed.

Your help is greatly needed during this process and going forward in the future if, as a bureaucrat, renaming users is something that you do or have an interest in participating in. The Wikimedia Stewards have set up, and are in charge of, a new community usergroup on Meta in order to share knowledge and work together on renaming accounts globally, called Global renamers. Stewards are in the process of creating documentation to help global renamers to get used to and learn more about global accounts and tools and Meta in general as well as the application format. As transparency is a valuable thing in our movement, the Stewards would like to have at least a brief public application period. If you are an experienced renamer as a local bureaucrat, the process of becoming a part of this group could take as little as 24 hours to complete. You, as a bureaucrat, should be able to apply for the global renamer right on Meta by the requests for global permissions page on 1 September, a week from now.

In the meantime please update your local page where users request renames to reflect this move to global renaming, and if there is a rename request and the user has edited more than one wiki with the name, please send them to the request page for a global rename.

Stewards greatly appreciate the trust local communities have in you and want to make this transition as easy as possible so that the two groups can start working together to ensure everyone has a unique login identity across Wikimedia projects. Completing this project will allow for long-desired universal tools like a global watchlist, global notifications and many, many more features to make work easier.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the SUL finalisation, read over the Help:Unified login page on Meta and leave a note on the talk page there, or on the talk page for global renamers. You can also contact me on my talk page on meta if you would like. I'm working as a bridge between Wikimedia Foundation Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Stewards, and you to assure that SUL finalisation goes as smoothly as possible; this is a community-driven process and I encourage you to work with the Stewards for our communities.

Thank you for your time. -- Keegan (WMF) talk 18:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

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Education Extension in French[edit]

Hi Anna,

Would it be possible to enable the education extension on the French language wiki ? I have been editing for years with my students on the French wikipedia, and this extension might be useful.

Best regards Gabe GastelEtzwane (talk) 10:40, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi Gabe,
It's nice to hear from you. :) I'd love to know more about your experiences editing with your students. It would be great if you could make sure that your work is represented on France's Education Program page here on Outreach wiki. Your French user pages says you are on a wikibreak. I'm glad that you've returned and have taken an interest in the education program extension.
Yes, it is possible to enable the education extension on French Wikipedia, *if* certain conditions are met first. In a nutshell, the prerequisites are: translation, consensus, a bug request, and user rights. You can read a more detailed description of those steps here.
It might be helpful to have a few more pairs of eyes on this going forward, so I'm pinging my colleagues @Elitre (WMF): and @Guillom: Erica Litrenta is our Community Liaison for French Wikipeida as well as the Education team's liaison to the Product team for the education extension. Guillaume Paumier's work is not directly related, but he tends to be my first port of call for all matters on French wikis, because he is French and he wrote a book about Wikipedia. 1 2 The two of them may have additional locally-applicable insights.
Thanks again, Gabe, for asking about this. I look forward to collaborating and hope that the French community will decide to embrace the education extension. :)
Bonjour, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 23:23, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
Hello Anna
Erica left me a message about this discussion.
Gabe works in Switzerland. His work will not fit in Wikimédia France's programs. Face-smile.svg
This extension is very interesting. There is a specific page about Educational projects lead by community members on French Wikipedia. The request for this extension should be done on the wikiproject first.
Bonne journée, Trizek from frwp 15:06, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
Hello Trizek. I'm glad that Erica reached out to you. It's so good to have your involvement with this!
Hello Gabe. Since this was your suggestion, it seems like you ought to be the one to propose it on the WikiProject page here on French Wikipedia, as Trizek recommended. Please ping me in your post so that I can keep an eye on the conversation and answer questions if there are any. And it would still be great to have your work documented on Switzerland's Education Program page here on Outreach wiki, if it is not already.
Toutes les meilleures, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 15:50, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Re:Thank you![edit]

Thank you too Anna for editing and copyediting and all the great work you do to make the newsletter that great. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 10:35, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Samir. <3 Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 17:25, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Jan newsletter[edit]

You are welcome.148.241.160.30 14:26, 28 January 2015 (UTC) Forgot to sign in Thelmadatter (talk) 14:27, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Leigh. <3 Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 17:27, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Re: Thank You[edit]

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Lovely Anna,

Thank youu Anna for your support. P.S I love dogs.Face-smile.svg

Bests,--May Hachem93 (talk) 22:56, 28 January 2015 (UTC)




<3 This is sweet. Bests to you too, May. :) Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 17:03, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your dedicated efforts on the Education newsletter![edit]

Ed barnstar W.png Wikimedia Education Newsletter Contributor Barnstar
We appreciate your tireless efforts in writing for the education newsletter. Thank you for sharing your valuable experiences with the Wikimedia movement.

Anna, you're the first one to take this barnstar which was designed especially for people who contribute actively to the monthly education newsletter. You have been doing tireless work to make it great every month and you are the most person who deserves it. Thank you! From your biggest fan! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 18:21, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

kind words[edit]

Thank you for your kind words.Thelmadatter (talk) 18:55, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Started categorizing by country ...[edit]

Hello Anna, I've started adding categories by country, such as a category for "This Month in Education Armenia reports". You might want to have someone look this over, and see if it's the way you want it ... --Djembayz (talk) 16:10, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Dear Djembayz,
Thank you for taking time to categorize contents on Outreach wiki. Your efforts are appreciated. It's a herculean task!
I think it would be helpful to standardize the category title formula before creating any new categories. For example, Category:Wikipedia Education Program – Germany has a "dash" in the title but Category:Wikipedia Education Program Greece does not. If titles are standardized, it will be easier to scan through all similarly named categories listed alphabetically in the autofilled suggestions in the search box and on the parent category page. I also prefer broader categories, and so would suggest not adding a word like "reports" to a category title, since there could be a variety of educational contents, not all of which are reports.
I'm not sure about using Category:Wikipedia Education Program – Arabic language countries instead of Category:MENA. While Category:MENA does not convey that the contents are education program related, MENA does convey locale more specifically and accurately (see en:w:MENA). I suggest having 2 categories: 1 for WEP stuff, 1 for GLAM stuff, and 1 for general regional stuff, just like we have for Greece (see Category:Greece). In this case, that could be: Education Program Arab Region Category:Wikipedia Education Program Arab Region which would be a subcategory to Category:MENA. I recommend that you check with Tighe about that; he's our WEP Arab World Program Manager and he's much more knowledgable about that region and its pages than I am.
Hope this helps! :) And, thank you again! :) It really will be wonderful to have more pages in more categories here on Outreach wiki. All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:06, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
@Djembayz, AKoval (WMF): What are the other regional categories? I prefer short, but also appreciate standardization. If I knew what the other regional categories were (or might be) that could help me think about the best way to go about it. Thanks! TFlanagan-WMF (talk) 13:30, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
  • You can always add both a language and a country category. Then it works for countries with multiple languages, or languages with multiple countries.
  • Regional categories: MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, South Asia, East Asia, Europe, Australia, North America, Latin America is one typical regional category scheme.
  • I'll keep going without dashes for now, and let you move things around / add regional categories as needed. --Djembayz (talk) 00:33, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Hey Djembayz,
Thanks for plugging away at this. :)
Thanks for ditching the dashes. Consistency really matters to me. I'm a trained librarian. I take cataloging seriously! :)
I like there being language categories and country categories. Like you say, it works for countries with multiple languages, or languages with multiple countries.
The regional categories are much harder. For example, what region covers non-Sub-Saharan Africa? What region covers Russia and the CIS states? Australia should probably be considered part of Oceania. Mexico is in North America, but linguistically might be a better fit for the Latin region. Speaking of which, would we want to use regional names already in use in our movement, such as Iberocoop and CEE. Because of this complexity, I recommend focusing on country categories and language categories for now. But please keep MENA for Tighe. :)
Thanks, again, Djembayz. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:31, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

A brownie for you[edit]

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Just because. --Pine 06:12, 2 May 2015 (UTC)

Help to Armenian Wikipedia[edit]

Hi Anna, I wold like to translate in IT:Wikipedia information about Armenia. It wold be usefull for me to have a list of wikipedia article about Armenia (in English or French) that Armenian think must be translated on other languages. Can you help me? Bye --Susanna Giaccai (talk) 12:46, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Hello Susanna Giaccai,
Thank you for your assistance with translation in Italian.
Are you looking for information about Armenia or Armenian Wikipedia or Wikimedia Armenia or Wikimedia Armenia's Wikipedia Education Program?
All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 14:24, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

Something for the consistently encouraging teacher[edit]

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Encouragement is always appreciated. --Pine 23:06, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Farsi Education Program[edit]

Dear Anna Koval

i,m Florence From Farsi Education Program

Now what can I help you

Thanks, --فلورانس (talk) 13:58, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Dear Florence.
Thank you for your message. I'm glad that User:Ravan has connected us.
I was seeking a contact from the Education Program on Farsi Wikipedia to ask about usage of the education program mediawiki extension on that project. I will forward you my message.
All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:25, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Dear Anna , i like ask you for why Farsi Education Program not connected in wikiedu, also i Translate Education to Fa, i waiting for your email, thanks --Florence (talk) 21:11, 2 October 2015 (UTC)
Dear Florence.
The WikiEd Dashboard was developed by the Wiki Education Foundation and is only available for their education program. They support courses in the United States and Canada at the university level and on English Wikipedia. All other Wikipedia Education Programs around the world are supported by me and my team at the Wikimedia Foundation.
My manager explained the situation in a recent post on the education mailing list:
"The WMF's Engineering team does not have the capacity to build and maintain a tool that can replace the Education Extension. The option that we are currently considering (and I cannot yet guarantee a timeline or anything like that because we're in the middle of the planning phase) is adapting the Wiki Ed Foundation's Dashboard to make it fit for international use. See the Phabricator task here, and see the related Phabricator project here." --User:FKoudijs (WMF)
I wish I had better news. But that is precisely why I am contacting you. I want to learn more about your experience using the extension on Farsi Wikipedia and how it supports your education program. I hope to demonstrate its impact and thereby attempt to convince those who could support it to do so. I hope this helps. I will send more information soon.
All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 02:04, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • (Talk page stalker post: Just so you know, one of WMF's budget hawks here is very aware of this issue and would like to see this issue fixed, sooner rather than later, and has made inquiries about this with the higher-ups. --Pine 03:12, 4 October 2015 (UTC))
/me is very grateful to my talk page stalker for said inquiries to said higher-ups. Thanks, Pine, for being bold. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:56, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks so much Anna, im glad being considered by you. You like WikiMother to her WikiKids. Thanks for your advice and i'll look unto it.

Ras Benjih/RasTalk 20:06, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

<3 You're most welcome, Ras Benjih. Thanks for your kind comments. You know, this is not the first time I've been called 'WikiMom'. It is a title that I am honored to have. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 21:06, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Hello! You know I created All4One Wikia, it's all about Life-Style. Can you help indexing it for me please.

Ras Benjih/RasTalk 21:23, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

So sorry, Ras Benjih. I'm not familiar with Wikia's indexing. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:19, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Unit markers[edit]

Hello Anna. Thanks for your edit on Education/Resources. I just wanted to remind you that adding unit markers manually may confuse the Translation Extension and cause mismatching of existing translations . Please take a look at Unit markers and Adding new text sections here. --WikiBronze [T] 14:10, 6 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, WikiBronze, for linking me to this help page. It actually helps a lot. My experience using the translate extension is rather limited. That's why I try to avoid using it -- for fear that I'll break it, which it seems I've just done. Sorry about that. I did try several times before saving to get it right. It was tricky because I was not only adding text, but also moving text. I do appreciate you teaching me. And I'm glad that my fault was being too helpful by adding things manually that the system adds automatically. From now on, I'll let the wiki do the work! All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 21:21, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
The Translate extension is not as scary as you describe it :) The page WikiBronze linked and more introductory mw:Help:Extension:Translate/Page translation example (phab:T114810 might meddle opening right now) is almost all there is to know about the extensions' tags. --Base (talk) 21:37, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Base. :) And thanks for the page translation example. It's fantastic! The steps, screenshots, narrative style, and the imaginary example all work together to produce a highly readable and helpful page. Imo, it's an example of documentation best practices applied. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:26, 6 October 2015 (UTC)
Base is absolutely right, there is nothing to fear. I am currently working on all the pages of Wikipedia Education Program preparing them for translation and believe me it is a bumpy road :) When I am preparing a page for translation I almost always have to break it first before I can make it work :D And if I can't fix it I reach out to Base or someone else for help. Translation Extension, along with its fellow servant LazyBot, is not flawless yet it is very functional, you just need to know your way around with it, and we all learn our way around with it by keep breaking it. So by all means, feel free to fix it, break it, learn your way around with it and if you can't somehow make it work, we will gladly help you out ;) --WikiBronze [T] 01:25, 7 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks this these kind words, WikiBronze. It is such a comfort to work on a project where it is safe to learn and where help is nearby when things break. I ❤ Outreach Wiki. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 16:06, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Dear Anna, Thank you very much for the welcome, I'm very glad to receive your message. I'm new to this, recently I have started to edit and my enthusiastic students participating in the project, we also supports an advanced editor Wikimedia Mexico. Thanks for the suggestions, I 'll adding slowly. Thank you very much also for the offer to help me. --WOLY (talk) 21:02, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Dear Woly, Slow is a good pace when you are just beginning editing. :) I look forward to following the progress of the participants in the Facultad de Química at UNAM. All the best to you and to your students, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 16:17, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Brilliant Idea Barnstar Hires.png The Brilliant Idea Barnstar
Sending this barnstar for you in appreciation for your great idea of the Collab list of alumni and as an apology for not attributing it to you in the edit summary. Forgive your little student. ;) Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:10, 21 October 2015 (UTC)


Thank you![edit]

Hello Ana,

Our goal it is to improve all the relevant articles in the spanish Wikipedia about chemistry, physics and maths, starting with the basics. It is a long way to do but everybody is enthusiastic with the idea, the students are learning how to edit, how to reference, illustrate, etcétera, and the profesor it is learning how to use Wikipedia as an educational tool. We are working on it and we hope have some great articles soon. The group it is awesome, they donate their time to the club instead go to study, eat, sleep or go early to home.

Regards from all of us. --Christian Cariño (talk) 21:33, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Estimada Christian,
I can't tell you how happy I am to hear how engaged your WikiClub members are! :) Clearly they've caught the wiki bug, and I'm sure that's thanks to you.<3 Keep up the great work. Your goal is big and audacious, and that's a good thing. :)
Orgullosamente, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 22:46, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Merci![edit]

Bonsoir Anna, J'ai débuté le programme de l'éducation Wikipédia il y un mois avec mes étudiants. Je te remercie pour les liens et les suggestions, je viens de me lancer dans cette aventure et j'espère qu'elle sera fructueuse. J'enseigne au département de Français de l'université de Chlef en Algérie et il y a, à peu près, 120 étudiants de 3e année Licence LMD qui participent à cette expérience. Gêt Fenyan (talk) 22:44, 5 November 2015‎

Bonsoir Gêt Fenyan,
Apologies for replying in English. I wish I could speak French, but regrettably I cannot.
Thank you for writing to me. Apologies for the delayed response. I have been off wiki for medical reasons.
Thank you for helping to document the education program at Chlef University with Mohammed Bachounda.
And thank you for encouraging your students to contribute to Wikipedia. I am a teacher myself. I applaud you. J'espère qu'elle sera fructueuse aussi bien. :)
Since you are in Algeria, I am pinging Tighe Flanagan. He is the regional program manager at the Wikimedia Foundation who is responsible for coordinating with the education programs in the Arab World and Africa.
I warmly welcome you to the Wikipedia Education Program and look forward to following your progress.
All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 05:38, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

hi from algeria[edit]

hi anna you can see my page at meta

do you remember me ? at Wikimania 14 and 15

in algeria we use especially frensh and arabic language at university

Yes we need help you can

at October 20 after skype meet with Tigt Flanagan

We resume discuss on 3 points results

  1. need to establish program about 50 courses between october to mars
  2. distribute survey at start of program and at end of program
  3. think best way to learn wp when we have difficulty of connection

best Bachounda 0:41, 6 November 2015‎

Dear Med,
Apologies for the delay in my reply. I've been off wiki for a while for medical reasons.
Thank you for reaching out to me. Of course I remember you. :) Though I had forgotten that photo. Thanks for sharing it now.
I'm pleased see that you are piloting an education program in Algeria. I truly appreciate the documentation at Education/Countries/Algeria/Chlef University 2015-2016.
I'm pinging Tighe Flanagan, whom you know already. He is the regional program manager at the Wikimedia Foundation who is responsible for coordinating with the education programs in the Arab World. He will be your best advisor.
I warmly welcome you to the Wikipedia Education Program and look forward to following your progress.
All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 05:15, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

Help[edit]

How can i learn languages translation? Thanks

Ras Benjih/RasTalk 21:14, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Dear Ras Benjih
Thanks for your interest in translation here on Outreach wiki.
All contributors can add translations using the translate interface if the page you wish to translate has been marked already with translate tags by a translation administrator on the project.
To request a page on Outreach wiki be marked for translation, please see Category:Translation requested.
This page lists all of the TAs here on Outreach wiki. You can reach out to one of them on their talk page if you have further questions. WikiBronze would be a good one to begin with. :)
Hope this helps, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 04:45, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

First newsletter leader barnstar[edit]

Ed barnstar W.png Wikimedia Education Newsletter Leader Barnstar
We appreciate your tireless efforts in leading the education newsletter work. Thank you for exerting all this effort to support the education newsletter.

Hi Anna! I thought you must be the first person to get the education newsletter leader barnstar. You don't stop thinking about the newsletter. You don't stop caring for it. You don't stop supporting it. Thank you for being such a wonderful leader and such an example for me to follow even if I have never been able to be as good. Your biggest fan! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 06:20, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Notification Pop-pups[edit]

Can you help to show me how to create notification pop-ups. I want to start a something like (The Wikipedia Adventure) on All4One Wikia for our new comers/users. Thanks!

Ras Benjih/RasTalk 12:10, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

Hello Ras Benjih. I believe that this is what you are looking for: mw:Extension:GuidedTour#On-wiki. For reasons similar to those that Koavf noted here, I am unable to help you beyond this, but because your inquiry pertains to Wikia and not to the Wikimedia projects. Good luck. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:28, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

Serbian Wikipedia Adventure[edit]

You're absolutely welcome. :) Also, let me use this opportunity to just say that you will be sorely missed. What you have done in WMF is probably unparalleled. Your care, thoughtfulness, and good-heartedness has inspired many a Wikimedian and I still stand by my earlier statement that you're the best person in WMF, and also my favorite. I know this is not farewell, as we'll see each other on and hopefully off wiki. Stay sharp and loveable. <3 --Dungodung (talk) 21:06, 10 February 2016 (UTC)

phabricator[edit]

Can u help me sign in please Scott mcCold (talk) 17:59, 12 January 2017 (UTC)