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Welcome to the Outreach Wiki's village pump. This page has two functions:

  • This is where general outreach-related discussions can be held. Click here to open up a new topic.
  • You can also use this page to request administrator assistance with vandalism or other incidents needing action. Please be as specific as possible, including the name of the user or IP causing problems, the page name, and your signature.
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Discussion about involvement on en.wv[edit]

Please see here This is being cross-posted to the Village Pump for greater visibility. Koavf (talk) 16:17, 11 August 2015 (UTC)

If I understand well, would the community of wikiversity like gotten involved in Wikipedia Education program? @AKoval (WMF): your commentary will be the welcome imo.--Grind24 (talk) 16:56, 11 August 2015 (UTC)
I was wondering if the Wikiversity community is involed in the Wikipedia Education Program? I can imagine some students and teachers will also like to work on a learning platform where the can make learning materials and ask questions. Timboliu (talk) 09:34, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Dear Koavf, Grind24, and Timboliu,

Thank you for pinging me. I have replied to the original post in the Wikiversity:Colloquium here and at Talk:Education here. I am very happy to see this conversation continue.

All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 23:02, 1 September 2015 (UTC)

Asking for endorsement for “Wikipedia Treks Kalindi Khal”[edit]

Dear my fellow Wikipedians,
Greetings from Kolkata, India.
I am pleased to inform you that we are going to organize a expedition project “Wikipedia Treks Kalindi Khal” under “Wikipedia Treks Mountain “in September 2015. This is a high-altitude trekking expedition from Gangotri to Badrinath in the Garhwal Himalayan region of India, targeting all language editions of Wikipedia, Commons, Wikspecies, Wikivoyage and other WMF projects. The overall purpose of Wikipedia Treks Kalindi Khal is to increase the material related to Himalayan Range with a free license in Wikimedia Commons and improve the quality and increase the amount of articles about diversifying Himalayan mountain range and other respective variety in different languages in Wikipedia. Reaching out to the majority of Himalayan mountain range during this trekking program will not only raise awareness among various community chapters, but also motivate them to contribute to the Wikimedia projects and organize this kind of trekking expedition in future.
I just need an endorsement from all of you for this unique project
Feel free to discuss about the project in the discussion page.
Thanks in advance,
With warm regards,
Sujay25 (talk) 19:34, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi @Sujay25:, I notice that your request has now been funded. Congratulations. I just want to talk a little about the wording of your post on this page. While it is perfectly ok to post notifications of discussions to relevant pages, there is a difference between notifying other users and canvassing. The former is ok, and the latter is not. It's ok to ask other people to comment on a proposal and to endorse it if they like it. However, please avoid simply asking for other people to endorse a proposal, because that crosses the line into canvassing. Thanks, and good luck with your project. --Pine 16:45, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Spanish biologists[edit]

Hi. There apparently seem to be some wave of Spanish speaking (Mexican it seems) biologists. It looks that they are mixing outreachwiki with Wikipedia for me. I have deleted one article but it seems that more are coming so something is to be done. Yo no hablo español so it should be someone else :) --Base (talk) 03:32, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

@Base: Gracias! Koavf (talk) 03:55, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Logo Needed[edit]

Hello, is there anyone who can help with creating a logo for the Edu-Program South Africa

Ras Benjih (talk) 15:23, 18 September 2015 (UTC)

  • @Ras Benjih: what kind of design are you looking for? I can create a simple one if you like. --Pine 16:49, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
  • Done per discussion on my talk page. --Pine 21:35, 24 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Pine, for making a new WEP logo. I've added your file to Commons:Category:Wikipedia Education Program logos, as per the instructions at Education/Visual identity#Gallery. For some reason, though, it's not showing up in the thumbnails. Did I break the wiki?? Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 18:15, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Ras Benjih, for creating and updating a new education program plan for South Africa. It's clear from the history that you've put quite a lot of work into it. I also noticed your SOSA page. I'm pinging my teammate Tighe Flanagan. He is the regional program manager at the Wikimedia Foundation who is responsible for coordinating with the education programs in Africa. I'm sure that he will want to know more about your project's plans and activities. I certainly do! :) I warmly welcome you to the Wikipedia Education Program and look forward to following your progress. All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 18:15, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Anna Koval (WMF) please click to the second page of the category to see the logo. --Pine 18:24, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Pine. Mystery solved. I'm not going to lie. I didn't know that a category could be more than one page long. Though it makes total sense. Thanks for the pro-tip. Next time I'll look for the 'next page' links at the bottom of the page. The bright side is that two good things came from this question: 1. I learned something. :) and 2. I didn't break the wiki. :) All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 18:35, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
  • Anna Koval (WMF) it's fine. MediaWiki is a complicated machine. By the way, will I see you in DC? --Pine 18:37, 3 October 2015 (UTC)
Complicated is an understatement! Thanks for being cool about it, Pine. Regrettably, I'm unable to attend WikiConference USA 2015. But Tighe from my team is going, since he's local. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 19:57, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Request for input regarding video proposal[edit]

Dear Wikimedia colleagues:

I am developing a proposal for a video series that's designed to introduce Wikimedia to new contributors (particularly in GLAM and education programs), and to motivate them to participate in the community in a constructive way. I would appreciate your input. The video is intended for translation into multiple languages; there are already volunteers for Spanish, German and Greek translation.

The proposal's main draft page is here.

The proposal talk page is here; it includes a draft outline of specific subjects that the video may cover.

Please note that the scope and budget of the project are still under consideration. At this point it would be especially helpful to have input on the subjects that the video should cover, and how best to cover them. This information will help as the project scope and budget are refined.

Please add your questions and comments to the talk page.

If you would like to support the project with your endorsement, please do so here

If you would like to volunteer to translate the video, please email me or comment on the talk page.

Thanks and regards,

--Pine 22:11, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Pine, for posting this notice on the Outreach Village Pump. I wish there were more endorsements of a project that will support outreach efforts in education, libraries, and GLAM. But it would be inappropriate for me to canvas from my staff account since I'm a project volunteer. WP:IAR?? :)
Seriously and sincerely, I ask everyone to please read this proposal. Almost every wiki group/program/project would benefit from a professionally produced video playlist that: 1. introduces Wikipedia, Wikimedia, and our movement 2. educates new audiences about who we are and what we do and 3. motivates them to get involved.
Please consider adding an endorsement or signing on as a volunteer. Thank you. Boldly yours, Msannakoval (talk) 20:43, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Extra domains's aliases/redirects[edit]

It is known that quite many pages on this wiki are availible through some extra fancy domains like

and so on.

The question is where can I find the complete list of all these aliases of this wiki's pages? It would be good to have some track of them. For example, if I mark a page they lead to for translation it would be sensible enough to have that alias redirected to the Special:MyLanguage/ form rather than leaving it directed to English version. Or if I move a page or delete a duplicate (where it is more justified than just redirection, like when there's a typo in name to boot) a change should or even must be done. Without such a list with every such action I just have to hope that I don't break some untraceable thing down, which is not very wiki-like feeling :) --Base (talk) 02:11, 26 September 2015 (UTC)

Sorry I just deleted a response that I wrote which was irrelevant. Koavf (talk) 04:25, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
Glaisher on #wikimedia-tech answered that here it is: . --Base (talk) 17:57, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
though this does not include which is apparently in hands of WMUK so we still lack a complete list. Would be nice if everybody lists such redirects they have made. --Base (talk) 18:03, 26 September 2015 (UTC)
Tried making a change: gerrit:241564. More to follow as I (and hopefully not just I) mark more pages for translation. --Base (talk) 20:51, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

Well, this is a very handy list! Thanks for requesting it, Base. Thanks for posting it, Koavf. I really like the clever subtitle: "The oyster knife of URL manipulation." :)

For the record, I myself was only aware of one domain alias/redirect for education program wiki pages, and that is the funnel:, which points to I personally had no idea that there were twenty others. <blink> Can't speak for the rest of my team. Not that it matters. Point is, we know now. Thank you. My next question is: what do we do with them (or what do we do about them)? But Base answers that: just keep track, if only for translation purposes. Will do.

And, while I'm on the topic of translation, I just want to say thank you very much, Base, for all your work on that. It is truly appreciated. Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 20:15, 3 October 2015 (UTC)