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"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution." — Albert Einstein (discuss)

TemplateScripts = Templates + JavaScriptEdit

Hi! I'd like to propose enabling TemplateScripts on the English Wikiversity. It's not a MediaWiki extension, but a few lines of JavaScript added to MediaWiki:Common.js that basically allow to run JavaScript from templates, as long as the code is on the MediaWiki namespace and with the "TemplateScript-" prefix, which requires an authorized user and community consensus to get there.

The system is enabled on the Spanish Wikipedia where it's used for easy signing of polls and projects (see blue button here), for navigating excerpt trees (see box with tree icon here), for injecting interactive widgets on some articles (here and here) and more recently for creating interactive forms that inject content into other pages (see template here, soon to be used on admin boards).

My immediate goal on Wikiversity is to use it to develop a tool to make wikidebates more friendly. However I believe some of the existing scripts, particularly the ones for creating forms and signing pages, can be very useful on Wikiversity overall, as well as in some specific projects like Automata theory and Conway's Game of Life. So what do you think? Sophivorus (talk) 21:12, 29 June 2022 (UTC)

Hmm well, there's no support, but no objections either. If no one objects in a week or two, I may implement this since I got the necessary permission (and years of involvement in Wikiversity and other Wikimedia projects, I dare say). Cheers! Sophivorus (discusscontribs) 19:23, 1 August 2022 (UTC)
Well, after a prudent amount of time with no objections, I just enabled TemplateScripts. See Template:Game of Life and Conway's Game of Life#Sandbox for a first example of a template using this feature. Cheers! Sophivorus (discusscontribs) 21:38, 13 August 2022 (UTC)
As promised, I developed MediaWiki:TemplateScript-Wikidebate.js to make wikidebates more friendly, see for example the [add objection] buttons in Should cannabis be legal? Sophivorus (discusscontribs) 21:32, 15 August 2022 (UTC)
Thanks for doing this and sharing this example @Sophivorus: -- Jtneill - Talk - c 08:36, 16 August 2022 (UTC)


The rendering of this template now gives the message:

Page Module:Message box/ambox.css has no content.

This message shows on some pages that use the template e.g., the template page itself and pages such as Motivation and emotion/Lectures/Introduction but not when tested on other pages e.g., User:Jtneill/sandbox or below


Anyone know what's happened and how to fix? @Dave Braunschweig:

Sincerely, James -- Jtneill - Talk - c 08:36, 16 August 2022 (UTC)

@Jtneill Hi! Not sure what happened but I just created an empty Module:Message box/ambox.css to at least get rid of the error message. Sophivorus (discusscontribs) 12:27, 16 August 2022 (UTC)
I think it's related to a recent Wikimedia update about how CSS pages are managed. I just noticed Module:Message box/fmbox.css causing similar messages and created that one. If anyone notices similar messages, let us know or create an empty page to (temporarily?) resolve the issue. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 15:31, 16 August 2022 (UTC)

Invitation to join the Movement Strategy ForumEdit

The Movement Strategy Forum (MS Forum) is a multilingual collaborative space for all conversations about Movement Strategy implementation. We are inviting all Movement participants to collaborate on the MS Forum. The goal of the forum is to build community collaboration using an inclusive multilingual platform.

The Movement Strategy is a collaborative effort to imagine and build the future of the Wikimedia Movement. Anyone can contribute to the Movement Strategy, from a comment to a full-time project.

Join this forum with your Wikimedia account, engage in conversations, and ask questions in your language.

The Movement Strategy and Governance team launched the proposal for this MS Forum in May. After a 2-month review period, we have just published the Community Review Report. It includes a summary of the discussions, metrics, and information about the next steps.

We look forward to seeing you at the MS Forum! Qgil-WMF (discusscontribs) 11:49, 19 August 2022 (UTC)

The 2022 Board of Trustees election Community Voting period is now openEdit

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Revised Enforcement Draft Guidelines for the Universal Code of ConductEdit

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Hello everyone,

The Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines Revisions committee is requesting comments regarding the Revised Enforcement Draft Guidelines for the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC). This review period will be open from 8 September 2022 until 8 October 2022.

The Committee collaborated to revise these draft guidelines based on input gathered from the community discussion period from May through July, as well as the community vote that concluded in March 2022. The revisions are focused on the following four areas:

  1. To identify the type, purpose, and applicability of the UCoC training;
  2. To simplify the language for more accessible translation and comprehension by non-experts;
  3. To explore the concept of affirmation, including its pros and cons;
  4. To review the balancing of the privacy of the accuser and the accused

The Committee requests comments and suggestions about these revisions by 8 October 2022. From there, the Revisions Committee anticipates further revising the guidelines based on community input.

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The facilitation team supporting this review period hopes to reach a large number of communities. If you do not see a conversation happening in your community, please organize a discussion. Facilitators can assist you in setting up the conversations. Discussions will be summarized and presented to the drafting committee every two weeks. The summaries will be published here.

MNadzikiewicz (WMF) (discusscontribs) 08:32, 11 September 2022 (UTC)

The Vector 2022 skin as the default in two weeks?Edit

The slides for our presentation at Wikimania 2022

Hello. I'm writing on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Web team. In two weeks, we would like to make the Vector 2022 skin the default on this wiki.

We have been working on it for the past three years. So far, it has been the default on more than 30 wikis, including sister projects, all accounting for more than 1 billion pageviews per month. On average 87% of active logged-in users of those wikis use Vector 2022.

It would become the default for all logged-out users, and also all logged-in users who currently use Vector legacy. Logged-in users can at any time switch to any other skins. No changes are expected for users of these skins.

About the skinEdit

[Why is a change necessary] The current default skin meets the needs of the readers and editors as these were 13 years ago. Since then, new users have begun using Wikimedia projects. The old Vector doesn't meet their needs.

[Objective] The objective for the new skin is to make the interface more welcoming and comfortable for readers and useful for advanced users. It draws inspiration from previous requests, the Community Wishlist Surveys, and gadgets and scripts. The work helped our code follow the standards and improve all other skins. We reduced PHP code in Wikimedia deployed skins by 75%. The project has also focused on making it easier to support gadgets and use APIs.

[Changes and test results] The skin introduces a series of changes that improve readability and usability. The new skin does not remove any functionality currently available on the Vector skin.

  • The sticky header makes it easier to find tools that editors use often. It decreases scrolling to the top of the page by 16%.
  • The new table of contents makes it easier to navigate to different sections. Readers and editors jumped to different sections of the page 50% more than with the old table of contents. It also looks a bit different on talk pages.
  • The new search bar is easier to find and makes it easier to find the correct search result from the list. This increased the amount of searches started by 30% on the wikis we tested on.
  • The skin does not negatively affect pageviews, edit rates, or account creation. There is evidence of increases in pageviews and account creation across partner communities.

[Try it out] Try out the new skin by going to the appearance tab in your preferences and selecting Vector 2022 from the list of skins.

How can editors change and customize this skin?Edit

It's possible to configure and personalize our changes. We support volunteers who create new gadgets and user scripts. Check out our repository for a list of currently available customizations, or add your own.

Our planEdit

If no large concerns are raised, we plan on deploying in the week of October 3, 2022. If your community would like to request more time to discuss the changes, hit the button and write to us. We can adjust the calendar.

Also, if you'd like ask our team anything, if you have questions, concerns, or additional thoughts, please ping me here or write on the talk page of the project. We will also gladly answer! See our FAQ. Thank you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (discusscontribs) 03:19, 22 September 2022 (UTC)

Announcing the preliminary results of the 2022 Board of Trustees election Community Voting periodEdit

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MNadzikiewicz (WMF) (discusscontribs) 06:22, 23 September 2022 (UTC)