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Welcome to Meta!Edit

Hello Shyamal, 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) 04:14, 28 September 2011 (UTC)

Wonderful snake!Edit

Hi Shyamal! Thank you very much for your help, it looks so much better now :) I will play with Inkscape a little bit, but I doubt I can make it better. I really appreciate the effort!--Micru (talk) 14:10, 17 July 2013 (UTC)

helpEdit

Hi..Shyamal..Please help me by redrawing and modifying logo I submitted for wikivoyage. I do not have computer now and can only use mobile app to draw. You may redraw and color them which may improve its appeal. Option 35 kite and 36 shoe mark i submitted by poorly drawing them in mobile app or hand drawn. Thanks and Regards,-Nizil Shah (talk) 19:05, 23 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi there, terribly sorry but I am hard pressed for time at the moment. Shyamal (talk) 07:45, 24 July 2013 (UTC)

Wikivoyage logo final submissionEdit

Hi. :) We're getting ready to go into the first round of voting, and - as you can see here - there are currently multiple designs by you that will be voted on. This is perfectly fine if that's what you choose. There is some concern, however, that close variants of a design may "split the vote", since people only have three choices, so that you could have more voters across your designs but less for any one and thus not be selected. If yours is one of the top three usable designs, there's an opportunity to submit variants to select the best after the first round of voting. I wanted to ask you, given that, if you'd like to narrow down your submission, perhaps taking into account any feedback it received at Wikivoyage/Logo_2013/Submissions#Option_15_-_Feet? If so, can you either please remove the others from Wikivoyage/Logo/2013/R1/Gallery or make a note at Talk:Wikivoyage/Logo/2013/R1/Gallery that you'd like them removed before, say, 2300 today (25 July)? The vote is supposed to start tomorrow. If not, again, that's perfectly fine. :) It's entirely your choice.

Thank you for taking part in this. :) --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 11:59, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Done. Shyamal (talk) 12:35, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

your comments on WMIN FDC grant applicationEdit

Shyamal, I will be responding in the FDC pages too. But thought a little more candid expressions can be used in a user talk page. Here are my thoughts.

  1. Lobbying: I guess US laws permit lobbying and Indian laws do not permit. WMF wants lobbying related work to be done in consultation with them. Hence they seek such a declaration etc. In India we do not do lobbying with funding for such purposes. It is more by appealing to the reasoning of people in authority. This involves meeting them, talking to them, etc. On NCERT related decision there was such appeal to reason. We can continue to do this. This will not conflict with the declaration. The EC member who worked on the NCERT related influence did it without any cost to WMF or WMIN. He happened to have access to the concerned people and used it to appeal to reason.
  2. GLAM detail: The reason this proposal is related to a Bangalore institution is because I am based here. It is less expensive to do a pilot work in the city where we have the resources. I could not understand the point, "it is located in Bangalore which has enough community members who can access it without any need for institutional support". I guess the pronoun 'it' refers to VITM. What has community's access to VITM got to do with creating a GLAM program aimed at improving awareness? I may not have understood your question. I had done some initial legwork in Feb 2013. Of all the GLAM institutions I had contacted, VITM seemed to be ready for a dialogue. Many others were not in a position to appreciate the benefit of a GLAM project in increasing footfalls, to their website or physical location. We were facing multiple barriers at a time. We also needed success stories, however limited their scope. VITM was envisaged as a pilot for GLAM work, wherein the barrier of article creation is much reduced. As you rightly point out, a huge number of scientific principles will be covered in Wikipedia. The idea is 2 fold: (i) if there are visitors of VITM who have not used wikipedia, create an interest in them to refer to Wikipedia. VITM does get foot falls, and this can help spread awareness. (ii) by show casing a QR code based system of viewing articles in mobiles, spread mobile application, create a bit of excitement with new access technologies, while side stepping any barrier in having to create a large number of new articles. After doing these, we can talk about them to other GLAM institutions. I agree the primary objective of a mature GLAM program should be to bring a lot of new articles. The approach described is more focussed on generating a case study, for reference to other GLAM institutions. Everyone wants to see a pilot done successfully elsewhere before they open up their institution. So in an organization's history initial projects may be simpler low hanging fruits, helping us to graduate to greater objectives in due course.
  3. Poor sourcing: I am with you on the subject of improving sourcing references. It would be a good idea to generate a free access to various libraries for Wikimedians, so that they can do more references. To bring a pool of Librarians who can help, as shown in the link sent by you, would also be a good idea. The proposal for newspaper related digitization was a proposal from the community. To that extent, we took that forward. As a chapter we were also more interested in implementing a digitization project to gain a lot of experience from such an effort. Again, the idea is to do some thing which has less barriers on some fronts, so that all dimensions of a project's initial development do not become barriers at the same time.

It is interesting to see your ideas. I would like to be in touch with you more often. You can contact me at tsowmyan(AT)wikimedia(DOT)in. We may have a lot of opportunity to work together. TS-Sowmyan (talk) 07:48, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

Upcoming IdeaLab Events: IEG Proposal ClinicsEdit

Hello, Shyamal! 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
  • Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 1700 UTC
  • Saturday, 29 March 2014, 1700 UTC

Hope to see you there!

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Edit Activity GraphsEdit

Hi Shyamal,

I've made some new graphs visualizing the entire edit activity of a wiki - https://cosmiclattes.github.io/wikigraphs/data/wikis.html. I'm documenting work at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Editor_Behaviour_Analysis_%26_Graphs.

I've also put down some of the preliminary inferences regarding editor activity on en. Each graph has a selector on top of the page that allows you to filter it. On taking the cursor to the left end of the selector you'll get a resize cursor, you should then be able to redraw/drag the selection.

The thread I started on the research mailing list https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wiki-research-l/2015-July/004582.html.

I'd be happy to hear any ideas you have for the graphs. --Jeph paul (talk) 18:28, 15 July 2015 (UTC)

@Jeph paul: - I looked at "longevity" and I am not sure if I got the right thing without proper labels. I see from what your aims are and have assumed as follows. The column of months along the left margin represent the months in which editors joined and the shades of grey along their row are the fraction of editors who continued to be active till that end date (as shown on the top margins, would be easier if it was labelled). The range selector (not easy to tell what the affordances of that are - better to start with a certain smaller selection filter so that the selection colour and non-selected colours become evident, also the end bars could be shaded with some kind of "grip" symbols) at the top is the number of days of activity and so you cannot say anything until a certain number of days of activity are done.

Assuming this is right, I wonder if decay is represented with lines/ curves (with join-date range filters) as it can be more accurate to read than grey-shades. If I have interpreted it right my impression from this is that the asymptotic retention rates are near constant over time and that early adopters were the only ones who have stuck on for long (but that might just be a characterization of early adopters). But I am wondering if we are missing another dimension which is the quantum of edits (byte additions?) during that period. Shyamal (talk) 06:02, 16 July 2015 (UTC)

The left margin is the month of first edit/joining. Editors are grouped based on their month of first edit. The top margin is month since beginning of the wiki. The rows are the fractions. The range selector lets you filter by fractions, 5% - 20%, 5% - 100% etc. "at the top is the number of days of activity and so you cannot say anything until a certain number of days of activity are done. " - I didn't get this. If an editor has made more than 5 edits a month at any point it is recorded in the graph. (edits >= 5 is considered active & the graph counts the number of active editor/active edit sessions.)
An issue with using lines is that they could get discontinuous. The grips are a good idea, in fact I had used them in the replay tool. I'll add them here.
The shift from long retention to shorter periods happened over a year, quite abrupt in my opinion. Also, comparing longevity/ retention for en with de, de seems to have longer retention. I've added the data for a few more wiki. I have explored quantum of edits added, its on my todo. Btw did you get to check out graphs 4,5? From them it looks like the biggest chunk of activity comes from the new comers in a month. --Jeph paul (talk) 06:08, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

@Jeph paul: - Jeph, If you are around in Bangalore, let me know and we can meet up to discuss this and another wiki-stat proposal that I want to run by you. Mail me via my en.wiki account. Shyamal (talk) 05:36, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

--Jeph paul (talk) 14:36, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

How can we improve Wikimedia grants to support you better?Edit

Hi! The Wikimedia Foundation would like your input on how we can reimagine Wikimedia Foundation grants to better support people and ideas in your Wikimedia project.

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Last call for WMF grants feedback!Edit

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Planet WikimediaEdit

Could you add a tag for all your wiki/Wikipedia/Wikimedia posts on http://muscicapa.blogspot.com and ask its addition to Planet Wikimedia so that I/we can follow your interesting posts please? :) Nemo 12:16, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

@Nemo bis: - not sure I write often on any core Wikimedia-related stuff, most often my blogging merely involves linking to WP articles which have got some TLC from me! I have however added a tag - http://muscicapa.blogspot.com/search/label/wikimedia and will put it in the queue since you think it is suitable! Shyamal (talk) 12:53, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Inspire Campaign on content curation & reviewEdit

I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.

All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is welcome - your skills and experience can help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign to improve review and curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and accessible! I JethroBT (WMF) 05:39, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

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Participate in the Inspire Campaign and help address harassment!Edit

Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.

Proposals in any language are welcome during the campaign - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign so that we can work together to develop ideas around this important and difficult issue. With thanks,

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WCI programmes page - Addition of accepted proposalEdit

Hi Shyamal,

Our proposal for opencon satellite event during WCI 2016 has been accepted. We have got international speakers confirmed to address the gathering. The preferred timeslot would be 10:30 am-12:30 pm on 6th of August. We are expecting it to be added to the programmes page at the earliest.

Thank You, --Kavya Manohar (talk) 16:11, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Your program has been scheduled as requested. Please see Room 6 on 6th August here Shyamal (talk) 16:52, 28 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank You :) --Kavya Manohar (talk) 09:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Reporting and other updates for WikiConference India 2016 scholarship recipientsEdit

 
WikiConference India 2016 reporting and other updates!

Hi,

Glad to get in touch with you after the conference!

  • Please give your feedback for the conference through this survey before 25th August 2016.
  • As part of the scholarship agreement, please document your learnings and experience using the form here before 31st August 2016.
  • If you haven't claimed reimbursement yet, please fill this claim form and post it to the following address before 18th August, 2016. Please attach original bills and boarding passes. Please note that we won't be extending the date any further.
Address:
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Invitation to "target countries" discussionEdit

Hello, Shyamal! Since you've been closely involved with the Indian community for a long time, we're inviting you to a discussion on "target countries". You can help the product team at the Wikimedia Foundation create a new list of countries and metrics to replace the "global south" concept in our process with something more relevant. Interested? Learn more about this discussion and share your perspective. (This message is available in more languages.) Joe Sutherland (WMF) (talk) 20:05, 27 October 2016 (UTC)

Maithili Wikimedians Mission 10Edit

Wikipedia Library User Group is being renamed!Edit

Hello! In the past few months, the Wikipedia Library User Group has been undergoing some major planning and developments. We just finished our very first open call with the user group members, which was a great success (see the meeting minutes). If you joined us during the meeting, we’d like to thank you for your interest. If not, not to worry, we have lots of things planned for the user group in which you can participate.

This message is to inform you that based on the input received from the user group members and the founding members, it was agreed that the Wikipedia Library User Group’s name be reconsidered by a voting process. As a valued member of the user group, we’d like to invite you to vote on the list of potential names. You can vote by following this link. The poll will run for a timeframe of two weeks. Sent by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:59, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee ElectionEdit

Hi Shyamal! As promised by the Wikipedia Library team at the inception of the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, we are conducting an open-election for the steering committee with 5 to 8 positions. Nominations will be accepted from 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, you can nominate yourself starting January 2nd next year. This position should attract Wikipedians and librarians with dedication and time to lead the user group in its first year. The elections will happen following the nominations phase starting from 10 January 2018 to 23 January 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WikiLibraryUG [at] googlegroups [dot] com. A message will be sent shortly before the dates linking to the venue for nominations and election. Thank you! On behalf of the user group founding members--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:40, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Nomination PhaseEdit

Hello again Shyamal! As stated in our previous message, nominations for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group steering committee elections are now open and will remain open until the 9th. If you are interested and have read the instructions, please nominate yourself on the election page. Please forward your queries to libraries lists.wikimedia.org, and for private correspondence, please get in touch with one of the founding members. And finally, wishing you a prosperous and happy new year on behalf of the user group founding members! On behalf of the user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Updates on the user group election and #1Lib1RefEdit

Hi everyone, two quick but important updates:

Timeline for nominations and votingEdit

  • Nominations are extended until 12 January 2018.
  • Candidates will be lightly vetted by the Founding Members (excluding those who are candidates) to help form a well-functioning committee.
  • Vetting will happen from the 13th up to 21 January 2018.
  • Voting will begin on the 22nd of January and end on the 4th of February.
  • To be able to vote, editors must have joined the usergroup before the 21st of January.
  • Results will be announced on or before the 10th of February.

How you can support #1lib1refEdit

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:50, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting PhaseEdit

Hello once again! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2018 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group by 21 January 2018, you are eligible to vote. As mentioned under the instructions for voters, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election ResultsEdit

Hello everyone! The steering committee election for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group is finally over and the results you were patiently awaiting for is here! We had many great candidates with awesome skillsets and experience, unfortunately not everyone could make it to the final eight. We are grateful to all the candidates for stepping up and boldly throwing their hat in the ring. It was a difficult choice and they made it. Now, the results. The candidates who made it to the final eight are,

On behalf of the founding members, the TWL team and the user group members, we congratulate the candidates on their successful run and welcome them to the committee. The steering committee and the founding members will soon meet to discuss the handover and next steps of the user group. Thank you--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:56, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

What's new from the Wikimedia and Libraries User GroupEdit

Hi Shyamal! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Yes, you heard that right! We are now officially known as the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group (previously, Wikipedia Library User Group). New group contacts are User:Merrilee and User:Sodapopinski7. The elected steering committee has been meeting twice a month ever since their election, working on the organisation and details of user group functioning. Progress is being made and we'd like to keep the members updated.
  • The committee decided to use the libraries lists.wikimedia.org and has started making announcements on the list. Please join the list for future announcements and for internal discussions and communications.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (May 14-15, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,

Aaron,

via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:47, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group updates and WikimaniaEdit

Hi Shyamal! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Thank you for participating in the poll to help the steering committee plan activities for the year 2018. We received 84 responses, and the results can be found on the resources page. In addition to that, there are a few more things we'd like to share with you.

If you are attending Wikimania,

Bon voyage and have a wonderful Wikimania!

If you are not attending Wikimania, we have you covered too!

  • Please help us plan activities for this year by sharing your suggestions on how to implement the top two ideas from the poll results. The discussion is open on the user group talk page.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (June 28-29, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,

Aaron,

via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:02, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

JSTOR account redistribution (The Wikipedia Library)Edit

Hi - according to our records you received a free account for JSTOR through The Wikipedia Library. Because we’ve used up all of our allocated accounts, and it’s been some time since they were distributed, we want to redistribute any accounts that aren’t being used to users on our waitlist.

If you’re still using, or plan to use, your JSTOR access, no problem! Simply head over to the Library Card platform, log in, and request a renewal of your account. You should be able to do this from your user page, or the JSTOR signup page. If you can’t find the renewal button, or have any other issues or questions about this, please feel free to leave a message on my talk page. We’ll begin redistributing inactive accounts in September; if you request renewal after then we will only be able to reactivate your account if we have spots remaining. Thanks, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:32, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting PhaseEdit

Hello Shyamal! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2019 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group before 28 February 2019, you are eligible to vote. Not unlike last year, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the steering committee,

Aaron,

via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:43, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

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