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New Wikimedia password policy and requirementsEdit

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:02, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Mediawiki request for an onlymobile css classEdit

I'm trying to create the opposite of the 'nomobile' class that hides text from mobile view. Would it be possible to add the following lines to wikiversity core css pages:

Thanks! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 10:49, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Evolution and evolvability: Since there was no consensus reached during previous discussions, we don't currently have anyone with Interface Administrator rights. Consistent with the minimum of the options indicated in that discussion, I've added your account as an Interface Administrator with a 24-hour expiration. Please feel free to to make the proposed changes and test the results. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:12, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I've made the edits and doing testing. It seems to be working as intended. I'll post here if I notice any issues pop up. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 23:41, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Rats, could you give me another 24 bump? I was advised that the .mw-parser-output .onlymobile { display: block; } wasn;'t needed so removed it,. However I think that that isn't correct for wikiversity's setup so need to undo my last edit to each of MediaWiki:Common.css and MediaWiki:Mobile.css. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 22:46, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
@Evolution and evolvability:  Y Done -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 02:05, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Delete a pageEdit

Please delete the page Pipeline which I created by mistake.

The correct page (do not delete it) is Automatic transformation of XML namespaces/Pipeline. --VictorPorton (discusscontribs) 04:22, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@VictorPorton:  Y Done. Note that you can just add {{Delete|Author request}} at the top of a page to request deletion. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 15:01, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Word-to-word notes copied from my schoolEdit

Not all, but many of my pages on WV (pages such as Meiosis, for example) are copied straight from the notes that I receive from my school. To prevent any damage to WV or myself, do I have to include some type of disclaimer in the talk page or on the page itself? For now, it doesn't seem to be an issue... but as I progress into higher-level studies, this issue that has been boggling me for a few years now might seem to become a reputation-threatening matter that would be a struggle to deal with. Thanks. -Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 00:18, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

In the U.S., anything that isn't explicitly public domain is assumed to be copyrighted. Anything copyrighted that isn't explicitly licensed for reuse (CC-BY, etc.) can only be reused under Fair Use guidelines. To be legal, you would need to ask the source for permission to post it as CC-BY-SA, and then include a note either in the edit summary, the content, or the Discussion page indicating the source and the permission granted for posting it. You are free to publish your own personal notes you develop based on these materials and others without specific permissions, if you wish. My college developed a good, short tutorial on copyright, published at https://sites.google.com/view/harper-copyright-tutorial . It may answer some of your questions. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:36, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
Interesting site... will keep bookmarked for future purposes. As for the notes that has been published already (word by word), what should the appropriate action be? -Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:49, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
Fair use usually "word by word" is a quote. A reference providing author, lecture title, date, publisher (school), location, url if available online, would prevent plagiarism concerns. If it's a series of lectures, < 95 % copied would meet fair use traditionally though legally it's < 100 %. Since your use is also educational you could mention "fair use" but that's Wikiversity purpose. Why others should regard use as educational only is supplying a rationale such as "educational only site restriction". Hope this helps! --Marshallsumter (discusscontribs) 03:15, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
@Marshallsumter: Fair use at Wikiversity only applies to the File: namespace, where a Fair Use indicator may be applied. All other namespaces include a required CC-BY-SA license and permission when the page is published. Fair use isn't relevant to these pages, because the user posting doesn't have permission to relicense the content.
@Atcovi: The easiest solution legally might be to delete the pages (or delete the content) and instead add the content to the File namespace with Fair Use tags. But, be careful, because Fair Use requires identifying the source. If you identify the source, you may end up identifying yourself geographically. Any Personally Identifiable Information should be avoided.
Alternatively, you could edit the pages into your own words. Depending on how much content there is, that may not be practical. As a third option, you could add a generic "The following (or the above) is based on a handout provided in a high school biology course." or similar notation. It doesn't solve the copyright issues, but it does let anyone who wants to reuse the content know that source information is lacking. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 04:30, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
Going forward, you should post outlines based on school handouts, but then copy the content from related Wikipedia or Wikibooks articles rather than copying detail from the handouts themselves. Or, add the content as files with Fair Use, and then link to the files from relevant content pages. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 04:30, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
I surely do not want my content deleted, so I geuss I will go back on all the resources I can think of [when I have time] and make a couple of changes. I think work in my words is a lot better to me and also in terms of copyright. It will be a hard task, but I think it is worth embarking on it in the long run. Thanks for the inputs. -Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 11:09, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Invitation from Wiki Loves Love 2019Edit

Please help translate to your language

Love is an important subject for humanity and it is expressed in different cultures and regions in different ways across the world through different gestures, ceremonies, festivals and to document expression of this rich and beautiful emotion, we need your help so we can share and spread the depth of cultures that each region has, the best of how people of that region, celebrate love.

Wiki Loves Love (WLL) is an international photography competition of Wikimedia Commons with the subject love testimonials happening in the month of February.

The primary goal of the competition is to document love testimonials through human cultural diversity such as monuments, ceremonies, snapshot of tender gesture, and miscellaneous objects used as symbol of love; to illustrate articles in the worldwide free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) projects.

The theme of 2019 iteration is Celebrations, Festivals, Ceremonies and rituals of love.

Sign up your affiliate or individually at Participants page.

To know more about the contest, check out our Commons Page and FAQs

There are several prizes to grab. Hope to see you spreading love this February with Wiki Loves Love!

Kind regards,

Wiki Loves Love Team

Imagine... the sum of all love!

--MediaWiki message delivery (discusscontribs) 10:12, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

Incoming queries from godaddy to non-existent subpagesEdit

The WikiJournals maintain several godaddy domains that redirect to Wikiversity pages:

However, godaddy has an issue where a random 5-character string is added as a subpage (on approx 1% of attempts). Obviously on a wiki, this just goes to a non-existent subpage. Is there any server-side fix to redirect incoming links from godaddy to non-existent subpages? I don't know much about the back end of mediawiki, but here's an example of someone else's PHP fix here. T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 03:33, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

As far as I can tell, there's nothing "GoDaddy-specific" about the solution. A missing subpage is redirected to the corresponding base page rather than displaying an error. There might be an extension that does this already. If not, it should be relatively easy to create one. You could try creating a Phabricator request and see where it goes. The other option, of course, would be to not use GoDaddy as a registrar. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 14:51, 3 January 2019 (UTC)
Good idea, I'll pop a request on phabricator. We were also looking at moving off godaddy a while back so we'll revisit that. Thanks! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 23:50, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

IMPORTANT: Admin activity reviewEdit

Good day. A policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc. ) was adopted by global community consensus in 2013. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing administrators' activity on all Wikimedia Foundation wikis with no inactivity policy. To the best of our knowledge, your wiki does not have a formal process for removing "advanced rights" from inactive accounts. This means that the stewards will take care of this according to the admin activity review.

We have determined that the following users meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for more than 2 years):

  1. User:MichaelBillington; last edit: 2016-09-24, last log action: 2014-12-03.
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These users will receive a notification soon, asking them to start a community discussion if they want to retain some or all of their rights. If the users do not respond, then their advanced rights will be removed by the stewards.

However, if you as a community would like to create your own activity review process superseding the global one, want to make another decision about these inactive rights holders, or already have a policy that we missed, then please notify the stewards on Meta-Wiki so that we know not to proceed with the rights review on your wiki. Thanks, --MarcoAurelio (discusscontribs) 19:26, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

How can I move the Intellectual property education page from Wikipedia to Wikiversity?Edit

My graduate class in Copyright for Information Professionals added more information and resources to the Wikipedia Wikipedia:Draft:Intellectual property education page. In the review to have it moved and name changed, it was suggested this this page does not now belong on Wikipedia, and might be more appropriate here in Wikiversity. My question is now if indeed this page could move to Wikiversity and, if yes, how to do it. Advice? -- Jahurst (discusscontribs) 02:07, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

@Jahurst: Welcome to Wikiversity! Typically, import requests are added to Wikiversity:Imports, but this works. I've imported the page to Draft:Intellectual property education. I'd recommend merging it with or replacing Intellectual property. Everything here is assumed to be education, so including education in the title doesn't add value. And what you have already appears to be better than the existing page. Note that Wikiversity isn't strict on Sentence case titles. If your class would prefer Intellectual Property, that's fine, too. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 03:27, 8 January 2019 (UTC)
@Dave Braunschweig: Oh, I hadn't found the Imports page! Thanks for your help. The current Intellectual property is confusing, so I would be okay with replacing it. I am assuming that I should post a notice there first. Yes? And...yes...I'm fine with the page title of Intellectual Property. Thanks for your help. I do know that I'll need to fix some of the links on the page, and will schedule time to do that in the next couple of days. Jahurst (discusscontribs) 20:06, 10 January 2019 (UTC)
@Jahurst: Intellectual property has been abandoned for seven years. Be bold! -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 01:12, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
@Dave Braunschweig: One final question. How do I move/replace the draft page to the Intellectual property? If you can point me towards directions, I would be grateful. I don't want to blunder it! Jahurst (discusscontribs) 17:57, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
@Jahurst: Moving / renaming pages is at the top on the page pull-down menu. Merging pages (deleting the original and then combining the histories) requires advanced rights. You should be all set now. See Intellectual property. -- Dave Braunschweig (discusscontribs) 22:06, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
@Dave Braunschweig: You are awesome! Thank you. I'm now emailing the students, who worked on this page, to tell them that it has found a new home. Jahurst (discusscontribs) 01:50, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

Notice of RfC on English WikipediaEdit

A request for comment is taking place on the English Wikipedia (Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Proposal IV - Relocate to different product) that could result in the Wikipedia reference desk being moved to this wiki, please post further comments there. BrandonXLF (discusscontribs) 04:04, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

FileExporter beta featureEdit

Johanna Strodt (WMDE) 09:41, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

No editing for 30 minutes on 17 JanuaryEdit

You will not be able to edit the wikis for up to 30 minutes on 17 January 07:00 UTC. This is because of a database problem that has to be fixed immediately. You can still read the wikis. Some wikis are not affected. They don't get this message. You can see which wikis are not affected on this page. Most wikis are affected. The time you can not edit might be shorter than 30 minutes. /Johan (WMF)

18:38, 16 January 2019 (UTC)