I'm mostly active on en.wikiversity. See my talk page there for more information.

Superprotect letter update edit

Hi Dave Braunschweig,

Along with more hundreds of others, you recently signed Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, which I wrote.

Today, we have 562 signatures here on Meta, and another 61 on change.org, for a total of 623 signatures. Volunteers have fully translated it into 16 languages, and begun other translations. This far exceeds my most optimistic hopes about how many might sign the letter -- I would have been pleased to gain 200 siguatures -- but new signatures continue to come.

I believe this is a significant moment for Wikimedia and Wikipedia. Very rarely have I seen large numbers of people from multiple language and project communities speak with a unified voice. As I understand it, we are unified in a desire for the Wikimedia Foundation to respect -- in actions, in addition to words -- the will of the community who has built the Wikimedia projects for the benefit of all humanity. I strongly believe it is possible to innovate and improve our software tools, together with the Wikimedia Foundation. But substantial changes are necessary in order for us to work together smoothly and productively. I believe this letter identifies important actions that will strongly support those changes.

Have you been discussing these issues in your local community? If so, I think we would all appreciate an update (on the letter's talk page) about how those discussions have gone, and what people are saying. If not, please be bold and start a discussoin on your Village Pump, or in any other venue your project uses -- and then leave a summary of what kind of response you get on the letter's talk page.

Finally, what do you think is the right time, and the right way, to deliver this letter? We could set a date, or establish a threshold of signatures. I have some ideas, but am open to suggestions.

Thank you for your engagement on this issue, and please stay in touch. -Pete F (talk) 18:49, 26 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Invitation edit

Thank you for using VisualEditor and sharing your ideas with the developers. My apologies if you're getting this message more than once, and/or not in your favorite language.

Hello, Dave Braunschweig,

I am contacting you because you have left feedback about VisualEditor at pages like mw:VisualEditor/Feedback in the past. The Editing team is now asking for your help with VisualEditor. Please tell them what they need to change to make VisualEditor work well for you. The team has a list of top-priority problems, but they also want to hear about small problems. These problems may make editing less fun, take too much of your time, or be as annoying as a paper cut. The Editing team wants to hear about and try to fix these small things, too. 

You can share your thoughts by clicking this link. You may respond to this quick, simple, anonymous survey in your own language. If you take the survey, then you agree your responses may be used in accordance with these terms. This survey is powered by Qualtrics and their use of your information is governed by their privacy policy.

More information (including a translatable list of the questions) is posted on wiki at mw:VisualEditor/Survey 2015. If you have questions, or prefer to respond on-wiki, then please leave a message on the survey's talk page.

Thank you, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:40, 3 April 2015 (UTC)Reply

Plagiarism detection edit

Hi! You voted for improving plagiarism detection as an important suggestions in the community wishlist survey last year. I'm pinging people who showed interest in that task to tell them we have some suggestions for how things could look, if you'd like to glance at them and give us some feedback. They're available here: phab:T120435#2266283. It's easiest if comments are left in Phabricator, since that's where much of the development is happening, but they can be left on Meta too, of course. /Johan (WMF) (talk) 17:15, 13 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

Survey on content curation & review Inspire Campaign edit


Thanks for your participation in IdeaLab during the Inspire Campaign focused on improving content curation & review processes from February to March 2016. I'm interested in hearing your feedback about your participation during campaign, so if you're able, I invite you to complete this brief survey to describe how you contributed to the campaign and how you felt about participating.

Immediate results of the campaign can be found here. Please feel free to review them and let me know if you have any questions about the campaign or the survey. Thanks! I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 02:31, 26 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

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Wikiversity block edit

  • Why did you block me on Wikiversity? Please correct this! My Wikinews account has been repeatedly vandalized by a particular local admin there (@Pi zero:) and I am currently waiting for a global Wikimedia admin to intervene (see "requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat#Report concerning pi zero"). Other than the horrible experience of being continuously harassed by this one particular admin on Wikinews, I have always had a good relationship with Wikiversity and the Wikimedia Foundation, and have been an active participant for many years on many different projects. I have an interdisciplinary Baccalaurea Scientiae with strong backgrounds in both Physics and Anthropology, and much to contribute to Wikiversity. NicoleSharpRFS (talk) 12:36, 31 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
    • The account NicoleSharpRFS is being used to bypass a block on the account Nicole Sharp at Wikinews. See Wikinews:User talk:Nicole Sharp for details. -- Dave Braunschweig (talk) 13:00, 31 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
      • That is absolutely not true. User "pi zero" has vandalized and blocked both my current and my old accounts on Wikinews. For both personal and practical reasons, I have had several Wikimedia accounts over the years, and my decision to move to a new account recently was a pragmatic one unrelated to the vandalism of my old Wikinews account. None of my accounts have ever been blocked until this harassment by "pi zero" starting last year. NicoleSharpRFS (talk) 13:38, 31 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
      • Copy of email reply: It is irresponsible and illogical to block my Wikiversity account because of the abusive actions of one particular admin on a different Wikimedia project. I have been active on nearly all of the Wikimedia projects since 2010 under several different accounts over the years and have never had any problems other than with user "pi zero" on Wikinews. The block on Wikinews is an illegal one, performed in violation of the written policies for both Wikinews and the Wikimedia Foundation, and has been reported to the Wikimedia Foundation as vandalism abuse. Since all Wikimedia accounts are global, I also have multiple accounts/userpages on Wikiversity, as well as every other project. Whenever I get a new account, I place redirect links on the old userpages so that users know that I am the same contributor. I have never "abused mulitple user accounts to bypass a block." My new Wikimedia account creation was primarily a pragmatic decision and unrelated to the block (as I already noted, I have switched to a new Wikimedia account multiple times in the past, and have never been blocked anywhere until this fiasco beginning last year with user "pi zero"). Unfortunately, these types of hostile interactions make me want to just keep everything on my private wiki without contributing to any Wikimedia project. I am not the first user to be abused by "pi zero," since there are other complaints of abuse of admin privileges on Wikinews, nor will I probably be the last unless the admin privileges are revoked. Wikinews has almost no active admins and is the lowest-trafficked Wikimedia project, and I would suggest it is because of this type of negative atmosphere towards contributors. NicoleSharpRFS (talk) 13:38, 31 May 2016 (UTC)Reply
  • Please note that your block is in violation of written Wikiversity policy. Again, please unblock me and review: "wikiversity:Wikiversity:Blocking policy#When are blocks appropriate?." You did not make any attempt to contact me or warn me before your block, and I did not perform any actions in any way on Wikiversity that would warrant such a drastic action. If you have any problems with this, then I request an arbitration by another Wikiversity administrator. Additionally, you have vandalized my Wikiversity userpage, editing it without my permission by posting multiple false claims about my Wikiversity account, none of which are true. NicoleSharpRFS (talk) 04:22, 1 June 2016 (UTC)Reply

2016 Community Wishlist Survey edit


You’re getting this message because you participated in the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey and we want to make sure you don't miss it this year – or at least can make the conscious choice to ignore if it you want to. The 2015 survey decided what the Community Tech team should work on during 2016. It was also the focus of Wikimedia hackathons and work by other developers. You can see the status of wishes from the 2015 wishlist at 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Results.

The 2016 Community Wishlist Survey is now open for wishes. You can create proposals until November 20. You will be able to vote on which wishes you think are best or most important between November 28 and December 12. /Johan (WMF) (talk) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:17, 14 November 2016 (UTC)Reply

Next steps for the wish “confirmation prompt for the rollback link” edit


Hello, a while ago you participated in a feedback round about a proposal how accidental clicks on the rollback link could be avoided. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and ideas!
Looking at the feedback and the rollback situation in different wikis, the development team decided how to approach this wish: As a default, most wikis won’t have a confirmation. But users who wish to have one, can enable it in their preferences, which will add a confirmation prompt to the rollback link on the diff page and on the list pages. The prompt won’t be a pop-up, but an inline prompt like for the thanks confirmation. You can read more about the planned solution and what influenced this decision on the project page. -- Best, Johanna Strodt (WMDE) (talk) 09:49, 16 July 2018 (UTC)Reply