Talk:Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos 2023

Latest comment: 9 months ago by Ammarpad in topic bug

International prize category


The description of "new user" needs to be clarified, as in WPWP 2023 the participants must have registered a user account in any Wikipedia project on or before 1 July 2022. -- Deborahjay (talk) 15:10, 20 May 2023 (UTC)Reply

Done. This category has been removed due to the changes to the eligibility requirements. – Ammarpad (talk) 21:59, 27 May 2023 (UTC)Reply
Is this correct? When I do an edit with the hashtag on enwiki, I get "Participation in Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos is restricted to extended-confirmed users only on the English Wikipedia". My account is older than 1 year, but I am not "extended-confirmed". --Stefan2904 (talk) 19:26, 10 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
@Stefan2904 see Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos 2023/FAQ, you need to be en:WP:Extendedconfirmed to participate at enwiki. Johannnes89 (talk) 19:31, 10 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. I guess that contradicts what is written on Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos 2023 directly: "Additional requirement applies to English Wikipedia only, where participants are required to have had an account for at least a year to be eligible." --Stefan2904 (talk) 19:34, 10 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
See FAQs, question 1, where it's spelled out more clearly. The mainpage focuses more on the general rules. If you're not eligible on English Wikipedia, you should consider other projects where you might be eligible to participate. – Ammarpad (talk) 00:06, 11 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Guide on how to use WPWP Campaign Hashtags


In the Campaign rules section on the Home page:

  • There's a link (sixth point, lower right) to the Guide on how to use WPWP Campaign Hashtags. That page's title is dated for the previous campaign year (2022). Need it be updated or duplicated for the current year (2023)?
  • I added a text line about the Guide explaining the use of "Community-specific hashtags" which is important information for participants. How to bring that new content into source text for the translated versions? (At present, only the Russian and Korean language versions have a complete translation, each with one user.)

@Ammarpad:, is this something you can perform? -- Deborahjay (talk) 08:37, 25 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Hello Deborahjay, thanks for fixing that:
  • I updated the page header. The information is largely static, so no need for duplication.
  • I think it will not show up until a translation admin marks the page again so as to pick up the changes. I cannot do that myself, but I will ping @Ата if they can kindly remark the pages.
Ammarpad (talk) 13:15, 26 June 2023 (UTC)Reply

What? Looks like many will be thrown off this project


"it is important to read the participation instructions and rules below in their entirety. Failure to do so may result in disqualification." This is bonkers. Do you have psychics or a camera in everyones house. Do you want me to join or do I face an interrogation to see if I have read every sentence and every hyperlinked article? This is NOT welcoming. Will you be livestreaming the test where the winners are declared and 90% of them are disqualified when they are asked "Is there a wikiproject that may disqualify anyone that has not read every word of every page of the instructions"? I actually want to register and all I can find is cautionary messages.... Of course I see now that I should not even think of joining until I have read every page and every threat of disqualificiation. Victuallers (talk) 08:11, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Hi @Victuallers:, I believe there was an obvious error there and I have fixed it. It is "Before participating, it is important to read the participation instructions and rules below in their entirety. Failure to follow the participating instructions may result in disqualification.. T CellsTalk 09:22, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
Thanks @Victuallers for flagging this. I further reworded the message to make it more welcoming. The aim was to emphasize importance of understanding and following the instructions not dish out threats. Sorry, if it comes off that way. – Ammarpad (talk) 10:09, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
That is an improvement, but I wish there was a "click to register here" button. Its nice to know that there are clear and patient instructions (with all the consequences explained in detail of not reading them) but do you expect everyone to read them? Some of us just wing it - should we go elsewhere? Telling us to read the smallprint doesnt work, we just want to get editting and if we miss new rule number 14C and then so be it. Victuallers (talk) 12:33, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
Yes, that's why we removed the wording around "read this in entirety". The intent was solely to make participants (especially less-experienced ones) be aware that participation implies understanding and agreeing to following the campaign rules; that may (arguably) require reading the rules completely. We expect experienced editors to already know most of the instructions stated there but there's no harm in reading what one already knows.
Do we expect everyone to read them all? No. But we expect every participant to understand them.
On the second issue: "click to register here" button. Please note that as this campaign is distributed, participants do not register centrally to participate. All registrations are through local organizers who may have their own landing page on wiki or elsewhere (e.g 1, 2) and their own registration system. So it's not a straightforward task to create single 'register here' button. However, we do have individual participants (not affiliated to group/community) category and these participants can register directly here on Meta. – Ammarpad (talk) 18:56, 2 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Are we limiting the bots from participating?


It's always been users using bots that win in past contests, to spam hundreds of photos with one click. If so, there is no point in participating, I'm wasting my time if I have no hope of winning. Oaktree b (talk) 17:40, 2 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

The contest jury team has the latitude to disqualify participants they believe gain unfair advantage or do not comply with the campaign rules. Moreover, it's important to note that final (global) winners are not solely selected based on volume of edit but several other parameters are considered. For instance use of caption (image caption), use of meaningful edit summary as well as percentage of participant's edits considered of low quality (e.g less relevant photo, over-use of image in article) among others are all taken into account.
Additionally, if your're not an Independent participant (that's you're participating through one of the Communities listed here, they may have additional rules and criteria for selecting their winners for the local prizes. If you find your community there, you can contact the contact person listed on that page to know more about that. I hope this helps. – Ammarpad (talk) 18:05, 4 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Nonsense editing again


Once again, WPWP is causing disruption, because users are just spamming whatever images they want into articles, just to get the edit count for this contest up. e.g. [1] which is adding a wikiproject file to an article, just so that they can add one to their spam image count. Cannot believe that the WMF allows editing like this year after year, it's not a net positive to Wikipedia. Cannot believe that the WMF continues to pay for people to disrupt Wikipedias every year. Pinging organisers: Ammarpad, Olaniyan Olushola as logically it is your responsibility to make sure this "contest" isn't a disruptive nuisance. Joseph2302 (talk) 14:58, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Joseph2302:, you are attacking the #WPWP organisers for bad contributions from an editor who has been contributing to the English Wikipedia for more than 3 years and has created more than 30 articles on that same language Wikipedia? That's strange! If we cannot trust an editor to constructively edit articles after three years, they should be blocked. The inability of an account to competently contribute after three years is not a problem created by the WPWP campaign. We should deal with that rather than casting aspersions on the organisers of a campaign they participate in. Shoerack (talk) 21:14, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply
I remember leaving a warning for another editor, User:Gbawden, an editor with more than a decade of editing experience. Users such as these should be warned, and if they persist,they should be indefinitely blocked. It's pointless blaming organizers for poor edits from users who should know better.Shoerack (talk) 21:28, 13 July 2023 (UTC)Reply



"across world," should be "across the world," QuicoleJR (talk) 23:33, 20 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

  Done, thank you. --M/ (talk) 05:26, 21 July 2023 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for a streamlined process.


I wanted to give my appreciation as I am particularly pleased with the ease of registration! I had difficulty logging my contributions for previous Wikimedia project #WikiForHumanRights 2022 because I had to tally points and keep track myself and this became tiresome. I find it near-unbelievably easy that all I need to do is add a hashtag to my edits. Thank you for implementing this streamlined process. Evedawn99 (talk) 14:35, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Evedawn99, You're welcome. – Ammarpad (talk) 19:46, 5 August 2023 (UTC)Reply


Tracked in Phabricator:
Task T343104

Wikimedia hashtag search tool is not showing statistics after 4th August 2023, kindly do the needful --Muralikrishna m (talk) 09:13, 14 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
5th to 8th August 2023 showing results NULL - --Muralikrishna m (talk) 10:16, 16 August 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Muralikrishna m. This is a known issue and is being worked on in phab:T343104. Note there's been some progress already, currently the tool shows edits upto 16th August. Everything will eventually, but slowly, return to normal.
@Екатерина Борисова. Some dates not being displayed is being fixed in phab:T343104. On users duplication, please give specific examples so as to understand what the issue is. – Ammarpad (talk) 21:09, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
Thanks a lot for stats fixing! Looks much better now. And you can see examples of users duplication at page 9 of users statistics. My name Екатерина Борисова duplicates 2 times (with some unknownn symbol in the middle in one case) and name of user Тиверополник duplicates 7 times (every time with some unknown symbol in new place of his name). It seems strange because some other cyrillic usernames - Ванилица, Книжная пыль, Красный - are OK. -- Екатерина Борисова (talk) 22:53, 18 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the example. It seems this is encoding/decoding issue that affects a subset of Cyrillic characters. I have reported the issue here phab:T344545. – Ammarpad (talk) 08:28, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
Hello all, As I saw, they wrote about the problem a long time ago, but let me remind you that it is the end of the month and the problem has not been solved yet. Wiki hashtag tool doesn't work correctly, we have informed the fabricator. After check "Over time check" graph in tool, we find many days when, when editors added photos and insert the hashtag, but the tool didn't count it.--Beko (talk) 06:42, 31 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
It takes time to solve non-trivial problem, and there are only 1 or 2 persons who can actually fix the underlying technical issue. If you check the linked phab tasks there are some updates on the progress being made. That said, as of writing this, the tool is now almost fully up to date (for this campaign in particular) because it has already reached up to September 1. You can give it some few more days for everything else to normalize. Thanks. – Ammarpad (talk) 06:37, 3 September 2023 (UTC)Reply
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