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Welcome to Meta!


Hello Jtmorgan, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

- Ottava Rima (talk) 01:52, 23 September 2011 (UTC)Reply

Template:New editor engagement project


Thanks for making that template! Looks good. Steven Walling (WMF) • talk 21:32, 19 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Teahouse stats


Quiet applause for providing public stats. (Now, if there were only the right kind of stats for AN/I published each week... ) No need to reply, or ponder much why I am applauding here — in time all mysteries will resolve. ;-) Cheers. -- Proofreader77 (talk) 20:23, 5 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

I will follow your advice and hold my pondering! Thanks for the applause, tho. I only hope the unrevealed mysteries you refer to are less ominous than they sound. Jtmorgan (talk) 18:06, 6 March 2012 (UTC)Reply
The statistics (outside Teahouse) are ominous — what happens in the context of them is more in the realm of interesting. But you appear to have a good academic specialty for such interesting times. :-) (Would discuss more, but better not to put your fellowship at risk. ;-) Selah. -- Proofreader77 (talk) 19:17, 6 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Global message delivery/Status


Just about the worse possible time for you to start a run like this. The database is massively lagged. --MZMcBride (talk) 02:59, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the heads-up. What are the repercussions? Jtmorgan (talk) 03:04, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply
Related: this and this. Without someone depooling the server or fixing the lag, there's not much I can do but wait. --MZMcBride (talk) 03:35, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Asher replied.

I'll start the survey message once the current Signpost delivery finishes on the English Wikipedia. It'll be an hour or two from now. --MZMcBride (talk) 13:30, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

And 1,531 edits later, you're all set. --MZMcBride (talk) 17:29, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

By the way, this list contains a few bad entries (users without registered user accounts). It looks like some kind of encoding issue, maybe? Examples: User talk:Walter55024 ?ó_, User talk:Vaishnavi.Srinivasan ?ó_, and User talk:Cl?ment Vachon This isn't a big deal as one of my database reports will catch these pages, but you should master Unicode at some point to prevent your lists from having issues like this. Luckily this list (of users from the English Wikipedia) has few characters outside of ASCII, but other (non-English) projects will not be this forgiving at all. :-) --MZMcBride (talk) 17:36, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

Thanks again, MZ! I'll work on that for next time. Jtmorgan (talk) 17:52, 20 March 2012 (UTC)Reply

You've also got a response...


... at Request for an account on the Foundation wiki#User:Jtmorgan. :) The Helpful One 16:20, 21 May 2012 (UTC)Reply

Badge Project


Hey! One thing that I'm currently working on trying to figure out is a good way to test whether badges are actually effective. From your work with the Teahouse project I was wondering if you may have some thoughts on good testing strategies. We will mainly want to know whether badges can help bolster participation and editing activity. We'd also want to be collecting stats to make sure that badges aren't demotivating or are being completely ignored. Probably some combination of qualitative and quantitative data gathering to see how people's editing/participation activity fared after interacting with badges. Thoughts? Anya (talk) 18:08, 17 July 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hi Anya! Thoughts? Yes; scores of them. :) Let's talk synchronously, though? If a phone/Skype call works for you, email me at to set up a time. If you'd rather do brainstorm on Wiki, let me know and I'll do my best to outline a response here and we can discuss the issue in this thread. But I'd prefer to take this discussion to voice & visuals--easier and more productive that way, IMHO! Cheers, Jtmorgan (talk) 19:55, 17 July 2012 (UTC)Reply

You got a (test) Badge!



This badge should be portable to the Mozilla Open Badge Backpack: Just download the file, sign in to the backpack (first create a Persona login if you don't already have one), and use the upload feature to upload the file. Make sure to sign in using your email. You and only you should be able to put this badge into the backpack. Anya (talk) 20:53, 19 July 2012 (UTC)Reply

Help test better mass message delivery


Hi. You're being contacted as you've previously used global message delivery (or its English Wikipedia counterpart). It doesn't feel so great to be spammed, does it? ;-)

For the past few months, Legoktm has built a replacement to the current message delivery system called MassMessage. MassMessage uses a proper user interface form (no more editing a /Spam subpage), works faster (it can complete a large delivery in minutes), and no longer requires being on an access list (any local administrator can use it). In addition, many tiny annoyances with the old system have been addressed. It's a real improvement! :-)

You can test out MassMessage here: testwiki:Special:MassMessage. The biggest difference you'll likely notice is that any input list must use a new {{#target:}} parser function. For example, {{#target:User talk:Jimbo Wales}} or {{#target:User talk:Jimbo Wales|}}. For detailed instructions, check out mw:Help:Extension:MassMessage.

If you find any bugs, have suggestions for additional features, or have any other feedback, drop a note at m:Talk:MassMessage. Thanks for spamming! --MZMcBride (talk) 05:24, 1 October 2013 (UTC)Reply

Glad to hear about the improvements, MZMcBride. Not an admin on, so I can't test out the functionality first hand, but I look forward to spamming better, faster, and wider in future :) Thanks! Jmorgan (WMF) (talk) 01:20, 4 October 2013 (UTC)Reply
MZM made all users he spammed sysops, unless they didn't have a testwiki account.[1] I'm sure he'd be willing to promote you as well, especially since you are a WMF staffer. PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:01, 4 October 2013 (UTC)Reply
  Done :D Legoktm (talk) 02:04, 4 October 2013 (UTC)Reply

Beginning of MassMessage, end of EdwardsBot


Hi. You're being contacted as you're listed as an EdwardsBot user.

MassMessage has been deployed to all Wikimedia wikis. For help using the new tool, please check out its help page or drop a note on Meta-Wiki.

With over 400,000 edits to Wikimedia wikis, EdwardsBot has served us well; however EdwardsBot will no longer perform local or global message delivery after December 31, 2013.

A huge thanks to Legoktm, Reedy, Aaron Schulz and everyone else who helped to get MassMessage deployed. --MZMcBride (talk) 02:36, 22 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Snowy Sunday musing about database reports


Hi. I believe you have some familiarity with database reports. I'd like someone to take the current database reports implementation, which was really just a proof-of-concept, and turn it into proper software (good code). This would mean significantly cleaning up the code (or outright rewriting a lot of it) in order to make the reports fast and localized/internationalized.

There are some thoughts at w:en:Wikipedia:Database reports/Redesign. I also obviously have some thoughts on the matter. As you can see above, I've now finished up transitioning global message delivery from a hackish Python script into a MediaWiki extension. I think I can help shepherd this project through.

Why am I contacting you? Because I see that you're also involved with grants. I'd like to make it a priority to find someone to expand (globalize and modernize) database reports. I think this is exactly the kind of high-impact work that can come from a small one-time grant (though a portion of me realizes it's perhaps equally possible to find someone to do the work for free...). I personally have little time or interest in (re-)coding database reports, but I'd be happy to help test and discuss and prod and poke as I can. :-) I just need your help to find someone who's suitable to do this and possibly secure funding.

Thoughts? --MZMcBride (talk) 22:34, 8 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

I knew I forgot something. CC: Sbouterse, Dispenser --MZMcBride (talk) 22:39, 8 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Hey MZMcBride, I'd suggest writing the idea up in IdeaLab, too - that way if/when someone is found to take on the project and funding is needed, they can build there from idea to grant proposal. (You can set yourself up as advisor by adding advisor= to the infobox). Siko (WMF) (talk) 06:58, 9 December 2013 (UTC)Reply
I think this is a great idea. I've always loved the db reports infrastructure, have used it in research and basically learned how to code Python by reverse-engineering db report scripts. And I'm surprised that more people aren't aware of it. Off the top of my head, I'd say it could be especially valuable if the redesigned reports extension/module/platform is more user-configurable, as the redesign document hints at, and also if it includes a solid process by which non-maintainers can request new reports, or submit code to have their custom reports automated. I've talked to both Biosthmors and Bluerasberry, at various points, about projects that would involve creating new reports. Aaron and Dario, do either of you have any thoughts on this? Jtmorgan (talk) 18:16, 10 December 2013 (UTC)Reply
And +1 to the idea of creating an IdeaLab idea now, with an eye towards submitting an IEG proposal later on. Jtmorgan (talk) 18:19, 10 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Upcoming IdeaLab Events: IEG Proposal Clinics

Idea Lab
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Hello, Jtmorgan! We've added Events to IdeaLab, and you're invited :)

Upcoming events focus on turning ideas into Individual Engagement Grant proposals before the March 31 deadline. Need help or have questions about IEG? Join us at a Hangout:

  • Thursday, 13 March 2014, 1600 UTC
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RfC notifications


Hi, I saw by chance (watchlist) that you sent some (well, one) notification about the RfC. Usually, when choosing people to contact directly, we make sure to use a neutral criterion, e.g. all people who ever edited the namespace in question. Did this already happen, or should maybe more users be contacted? --Nemo 09:10, 10 September 2015 (UTC)Reply

Sounds good to me. We've already posted to Wikiresearch-l, which takes care of a lot of the relevant actors. But a broader set of perspectives is always useful. Cheers, Jtmorgan (talk) 16:07, 10 September 2015 (UTC)Reply

What future IdeaLab campaigns would you like to see?


Hi there,

I’m Jethro, and I’m seeking your help in deciding topics for new IdeaLab campaigns that could be run starting next year. These campaigns aim to bring in proposals and solutions from communities that address a need or problem in Wikimedia projects. I'm interested in hearing your preferences and ideas for campaign topics!

Here’s how to participate:

Take care,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 03:34, 5 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Future IdeaLab Campaigns results


Last December, I invited you to help determine future ideaLab campaigns by submitting and voting on different possible topics. I'm happy to announce the results of your participation, and encourage you to review them and our next steps for implementing those campaigns this year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered time to participate and submit ideas.

With great thanks,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 23:56, 26 January 2016 (UTC)Reply

Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants


Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals until April 12th to fund new tools, research, outreach efforts, and other experiments that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), IEGs can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.

With thanks, I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources 15:56, 31 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

Feedback for the project "Women are everywhere"


Hi Jtmorgan. I'm an editor of the Italian Wikipedia. I'm trying to participate to an IEG with the project "Women are everywhere". You will find the draft at this link It would be great if you could have a look at it. I need any kind of suggestion or advice to improve it. Support or endorsement would be fantastic. Many thanks,--Kenzia (talk) 13:55, 2 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

Quarry person article without photos


Dear Jtmorgan ;

can you help me to Write the Quarry code to get the list or the number of article of person without photos in wikidata thank you --Touzrimounir (talk) 18:29, 7 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

Hi Touzrimounir you won't be able to do that with a normal Quarry query, because the information you want isn't stored in the normal MediaWiki databases. I believe that you'll need to use the WikiData Query Sevice, and I'm not (yet) very familiar with the syntax or the data structures of that service. But if you sign up for the WikiData mailing list and ask your question there, I bet you'll get some help pretty fast! Best, Jtmorgan (talk) 21:53, 7 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

Timeless Newsletter • Issue 1

Newsletter • July 2018

Welcome to the first issue of the Timeless newsletter! This issue is being sent or forwarded to everyone who has at some point expressed an interest in the project, give or take, as well as a couple of other potentially relevant pages, so if you would like to continue (or start) receiving this newsletter directly, please sign up for further updates on the meta page.

The news:

The Timeless grant has been selected for funding, and the project is now underway!

While I've had a somewhat slow start working on the project for health reasons, I'm pleased to announce that everything described in the proposal is now either happening, or on its way to happening.

Current progress:

  • The project now has a hub on Meta to serve as a directory for the various related pages, workboards, and local discussions and help pages. It's probably incomplete, especially with regards to specific language projects that might have local pages for Timeless, so if you know of others, please add them!
  • Outreach: I've been talking to various people and groups directly about skinning, desktop/mobile interfaces, project management, specific component support, and other things, and have begun to compile a very shoddy list of skinning problems and random issues on based on this. Some of this may inform the direction of this project, or possibly this project will result in building a more proper list that can then be used for other things. We shall see.
  • Some development - task triage, code review, bug fixing, and various rabbit holes involving ...overflows.

General plan for the future:

  • Triage the rest of the workboard.
  • Catch up with all the talkpages and other bug reports that have been left various other places that are not the project workboard
  • Do all the bug fixes/features/other things!
  • Some proposals aimed at Commons and Wikisource in particular (maybe, we'll see)

Essentially, the grant as written shall be carried out. This was the plan, and remains the plan. Timelines remain fuzzy, but while there have been some initial delays, I don't particularly expect the timeline for project as a whole to change a whole lot.

Also, for anyone at Wikimania right now: I am also at Wikimania. Come talk to me in person!

Thank you all for your interest and support thus far!

-— Isarra 12:23, 20 July 2018 (UTC)Reply

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