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Request for comment on Commons: Should Wikimedia support MP4 video?[Kweltekst bewerke]

I apologize for this message being only in English. Please translate it if needed to help your community.

The Wikimedia Foundation's multimedia team seeks community guidance on a proposal to support the MP4 video format. This digital video standard is used widely around the world to record, edit and watch videos on mobile phones, desktop computers and home video devices. It is also known as H.264/MPEG-4 or AVC.

Supporting the MP4 format would make it much easier for our users to view and contribute video on Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects -- and video files could be offered in dual formats on our sites, so we could continue to support current open formats (WebM and Ogg Theora).

However, MP4 is a patent-encumbered format, and using a proprietary format would be a departure from our current practice of only supporting open formats on our sites -- even though the licenses appear to have acceptable legal terms, with only a small fee required.

We would appreciate your guidance on whether or not to support MP4. Our Request for Comments presents views both in favor and against MP4 support, based on opinions we’ve heard in our discussions with community and team members.

Please join this RfC -- and share your advice.

All users are welcome to participate, whether you are active on Commons, Wikipedia, other Wikimedia project -- or any site that uses content from our free media repository.

You are also welcome to join tomorrow's Office hours chat on IRC, this Thursday, January 16, at 19:00 UTC, if you would like to discuss this project with our team and other community members.

We look forward to a constructive discussion with you, so we can make a more informed decision together on this important topic. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 07:46, 16. Jan. 2014 (CET)[Swaare]

VisualEditor Office Hours[Kweltekst bewerke]

I apologize for writing in English. Please help translate this message.

I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss VisualEditor in February.

The first will be held on Saturday, 15 February at 1700 UTC and the second will be held on Sunday, 16 February at 00:00 UTC. (See meta for time conversion links.)

Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs.

Please see the IRC office hours page on meta for more information on how to join in.

Thanks! Keegan (WMF) (Diskusjuun) 06:24, 12. Feb. 2014 (CET)[Swaare]

Universal Language Selector will be enabled by default again on this wiki by 21 February 2014[Kweltekst bewerke]

On January 21 2014 the MediaWiki extension Universal Language Selector (ULS) was disabled on this wiki. A new preference was added for logged-in users to turn on ULS. This was done to prevent slow loading of pages due to ULS webfonts, a behaviour that had been observed by the Wikimedia Technical Operations team on some wikis.

We are now ready to enable ULS again. The temporary preference to enable ULS will be removed. A new checkbox has been added to the Language Panel to enable/disable font delivery. This will be unchecked by default for this wiki, but can be selected at any time by the users to enable webfonts. This is an interim solution while we improve the feature of webfonts delivery.

You can read the announcement and the development plan for more information. Apologies for writing this message only in English. Thank you. Runa

Amendment to the Terms of Use[Kweltekst bewerke]

Traurige Nachrichten aus der Ukraine[Kweltekst bewerke]

Bei den blutigen Demonstrationen auf dem Maidan in Kiew wurde am 20. Februar der ukrainische Wikipedianer Ihor Kostenko getötet. In der ukrainischen Wikipedia gibt es eine Kondolenzliste. --Holder (Diskusjuun) 15:25, 24. Feb. 2014 (CET)[Swaare]

Call for project ideas: funding is available for community experiments[Kweltekst bewerke]

I apologize if this message is not in your language. Please help translate it.

Do you have an idea for a project that could improve your community? Individual Engagement Grants from the Wikimedia Foundation help support individuals and small teams to organize experiments for 6 months. You can get funding to try out your idea for online community organizing, outreach, tool-building, or research to help make Wikipedia better. In March, we’re looking for new project proposals.

Examples of past Individual Engagement Grant projects:

Proposals are due by 31 March 2014. There are a number of ways to get involved!

Hope to have your participation,

--Siko Bouterse, Head of Individual Engagement Grants, Wikimedia Foundation 20:44, 28. Feb. 2014 (CET)[Swaare]

Proposed optional changes to Terms of Use amendment[Kweltekst bewerke]

Hello all, in response to some community comments in the discussion on the amendment to the Terms of Use on undisclosed paid editing, we have prepared two optional changes. Please read about these optional changes on Meta wiki and share your comments. If you can (and this is a non english project), please translate this announcement. Thanks! Slaporte (WMF) 22:56, 13. Mar. 2014 (CET)[Swaare]

Changes to the default site typography coming soon[Kweltekst bewerke]

This week, the typography on Wikimedia sites will be updated for all readers and editors who use the default "Vector" skin. This change will involve new serif fonts for some headings, small tweaks to body content fonts, text size, text color, and spacing between elements. The schedule is:

  • April 1st: non-Wikipedia projects will see this change live
  • April 3rd: Wikipedias will see this change live

This change is very similar to the "Typography Update" Beta Feature that has been available on Wikimedia projects since November 2013. After several rounds of testing and with feedback from the community, this Beta Feature will be disabled and successful aspects enabled in the default site appearance. Users who are logged in may still choose to use another skin, or alter their personal CSS, if they prefer a different appearance. Local common CSS styles will also apply as normal, for issues with local styles and scripts that impact all users.

For more information:

-- Steven Walling (Product Manager) on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation's User Experience Design team

No one needs free knowledge in Esperanto[Kweltekst bewerke]

Offenbar ändert die Wikimedia Foundation so langsam ihre Strategie bei der Förderung von Sprachversionen: in Zukunft gibt es wichtige Sprachen und weniger wichtige (An Esperanto Wikipeda does not advance our mission), siehe dazu auch den Artikel im Kurier auf der dewiki und die entsprechende Diskussion dazu. --Holder (Diskusjuun) 07:01, 5. Moi 2014 (CEST)

Vielen Dank für den Hinweis auf den Vorfall und die lebhafte(!) Diskussion im Kurier. Auch ich konnte mir einen Kommentar nicht verkneifen. Leider werden zwei Dinge verknüpft, die IMO nichts miteinander zu tun haben: 1. Förderung einer Übersetzungssoftware (Bot-pedia) und 2. Förderung einer Plansprachen-WP (Sprecherzahl, Autorenzahl, Leserzahl) --Murma174 (Diskusjuun) 16:18, 5. Moi 2014 (CEST)

Media Viewer[Kweltekst bewerke]

Greetings, my apologies for writing in English.

I wanted to let you know that Media Viewer will be released to this wiki in the coming weeks. Media Viewer allows readers of Wikimedia projects to have an enhanced view of files without having to visit the file page, but with more detail than a thumbnail. You can try Media Viewer out now by turning it on in your Beta Features. If you do not enjoy Media Viewer or if it interferes with your work after it is turned on you will be able to disable Media Viewer as well in your preferences. I invite you to share what you think about Media Viewer and how it can be made better in the future.

Thank you for your time. - Keegan (WMF) 23:29, 23. Moi 2014 (CEST)

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WikiCon 2014: «Call for papers»[Kweltekst bewerke]

Von Freitag 3. bis Sonntag 5. Oktober wird die WikiCon 2014 im Komed in Köln stattfinden. Während die äußeren Rahmenbedingungen immer mehr Gestalt annehmen, werden noch weitere Programmangebote gesucht. Wer gerne einen Vortrag halten, einen Workshop anbieten, eine Diskussion organisieren, einen Lighting Talk oder ein spannendes Thema in einem anderen Format anbieten möchte, ist herzlich eingeladen, sich auf der WikiCon Programm-Seite einzutragen. Das Themengebiet ist dabei völlig frei, solange ein Bezug zu Wikimedia-Projekten oder Freien Inhalten zu erkennen ist. Die Dauer der Angebote wird zur besseren Programmplanung einheitlich auf 45 Minuten festgesetzt. Bitte gebt einen möglichst griffigen Titel an und beschreibt in zwei bis drei Sätzen, um was es gehen soll. Bis zum 15. August 2014, also noch knapp zwei Monate, können noch Programmvorschläge gemacht werden. Natürlich wird es auch Raum geben für Ideen, die Euch erst später oder gar spontan auf der Wikicon kommen. --Holder (Diskusjuun) 06:04, 19. Jun. 2014 (CEST) (im Namen des WikiCon-Orgateams)[Swaare]

Media Viewer is now live on this wiki[Kweltekst bewerke]

Media Viewer lets you see images in larger size

Greetings— and sorry for writing in English, please translate if it will help your community,

The Wikimedia Foundation's Multimedia team is happy to announce that Media Viewer was just released on this site today.

Media Viewer displays images in larger size when you click on their thumbnails, to provide a better viewing experience. Users can now view images faster and more clearly, without having to jump to separate pages — and its user interface is more intuitive, offering easy access to full-resolution images and information, with links to the file repository for editing. The tool has been tested extensively across all Wikimedia wikis over the past six months as a Beta Feature and has been released to the largest Wikipedias, all language Wikisources, and the English Wikivoyage already.

If you do not like this feature, you can easily turn it off by clicking on "Disable Media Viewer" at the bottom of the screen, pulling up the information panel (or in your your preferences) whether you have an account or not. Learn more in this Media Viewer Help page.

Please let us know if you have any questions or comments about Media Viewer. You are invited to share your feedback in this discussion on in any language, to help improve this feature. You are also welcome to take this quick survey in English, en français, o español.

We hope you enjoy Media Viewer. Many thanks to all the community members who helped make it possible. - Fabrice Florin (WMF) (talk) 23:54, 19. Jun. 2014 (CEST)[Swaare]

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Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decisions[Kweltekst bewerke]

The Wikimedia Foundation recently created a new feature, "superprotect" status. The purpose is to prevent pages from being edited by elected administrators -- but permitting WMF staff to edit them. It has been put to use in only one case: to protect the deployment of the Media Viewer software on German Wikipedia, in defiance of a clear decision of that community to disable the feature by default, unless users decide to enable it.

If you oppose these actions, please add your name to this letter. If you know non-Wikimedians who support our vision for the free sharing of knowledge, and would like to add their names to the list, please ask them to sign an identical version of the letter on

-- JurgenNL (talk) 19:35, 21. Aug. 2014 (CEST)[Swaare]

Process ideas for software development[Kweltekst bewerke]

’’My apologies for writing in English.’’


I am notifying you that a brainstorming session has been started on Meta to help the Wikimedia Foundation increase and better affect community participation in software development across all wiki projects. Basically, how can you be more involved in helping to create features on Wikimedia projects? We are inviting all interested users to voice their ideas on how communities can be more involved and informed in the product development process at the Wikimedia Foundation. It would be very appreciated if you could translate this message to help inform your local communities as well.

I and the rest of my team welcome you to participate. We hope to see you on Meta.

Kind regards, -- Rdicerb (WMF) talk 00:15, 22. Aug. 2014 (CEST)[Swaare]

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Grants to improve your project[Kweltekst bewerke]

Apologies for English. Please help translate this message.

Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants program is accepting proposals for funding new experiments from September 1st to 30th. Your idea could improve Wikimedia projects with a new tool or gadget, a better process to support community-building on your wiki, research on an important issue, or something else we haven't thought of yet. Whether you need $200 or $30,000 USD, Individual Engagement Grants can cover your own project development time in addition to hiring others to help you.

Change in renaming process[Kweltekst bewerke]

Part or all of this message may be in English. Please help translate if possible.

-- User:Keegan (WMF) (talk) 18:22, 9. Sep. 2014 (CEST)[Swaare]

VisualEditor available on Internet Explorer 11[Kweltekst bewerke]

VisualEditor will become available to users of Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 during today's regular software update. Support for some earlier versions of Internet Explorer is being worked on. If you encounter problems with VisualEditor on Internet Explorer, please contact the Editing team by leaving a message at VisualEditor/Feedback on Happy editing, Elitre (WMF) 09:29, 11. Sep. 2014 (CEST).[Swaare]

PS. Please subscribe to the global monthly newsletter to receive further news about VisualEditor.

Wikimedia Commons logo

Hello! Sorry for writing in English. It was noted that on this wiki there is little community activity around uploads: less than 50 "Strik" actions in "Datei" last year.

I guess this wiki doesn't have the interest or energies to maintain complex templates and metadata, especially for EDP files. I propose to

so that no new work is needed on this wiki and all users can have a functioning, easy upload interface in their own language. All registered users can upload on Commons.

All this will be done around 2014-09-30.

  1. If you disagree with the proposal, just remove this wiki from the list.
  2. To make the UploadWizard even better, please tell your experience and ideas on commons:Commons:Upload Wizard feedback.
  3. In all cases, existing files will not be affected, but everyone is welcome to join m:File metadata cleanup drive. The goal is to give better credit to the authors who provided us their works.

Nemo 21:12, 18. Sep. 2014 (CEST)[Swaare]

Ik haa frrwiki faan det list stregen. Wi san man son letj skööl, dat wi det lacht uun a greb haa, wat heer huuchschüürd woort. --Murma174 (Diskusjuun) 22:58, 18. Sep. 2014 (CEST)[Swaare]

Meta RfCs on two new global groups[Kweltekst bewerke]

Hello all,

There are currently requests for comment open on meta to create two new global groups. The first is a group for members of the OTRS permissions queue, which would grant them autopatrolled rights on all wikis except those who opt-out. That proposal can be found at m:Requests for comment/Creation of a global OTRS-permissions user group. The second is a group for Wikimedia Commons admins and OTRS agents to view deleted file pages through the 'viewdeletedfile' right on all wikis except those who opt-out. The second proposal can be found at m:Requests for comment/Global file deletion review.

We would like to hear what you think on both proposals. Both are in English; if you wanted to translate them into your native language that would also be appreciated.

It is possible for individual projects to opt-out, so that users in those groups do not have any additional rights on those projects. To do this please start a local discussion, and if there is consensus you can request to opt-out of either or both at m:Stewards' noticeboard.

Thanks and regards, Ajraddatz (talk) 19:05, 26. Okt. 2014 (CET)[Swaare]

Global AbuseFilter[Kweltekst bewerke]


AbuseFilter is a MediaWiki extension used to detect likely abusive behavior patterns, like pattern vandalism and spam. In 2013, Global AbuseFilters were enabled on a limited set of wikis including Meta-Wiki,, Wikispecies and (in early 2014) all the "small wikis". Recently, global abuse filters were enabled on "medium sized wikis" as well. These filters are currently managed by stewards on Meta-Wiki and have shown to be very effective in preventing mass spam attacks across Wikimedia projects. However, there is currently no policy on how the global AbuseFilters will be managed although there are proposals. There is an ongoing request for comment on policy governing the use of the global AbuseFilters. In the meantime, specific wikis can opt out of using the global AbuseFilter. These wikis can simply add a request to this list on Meta-Wiki. More details can be found on this page at Meta-Wiki. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on m:Talk:Global AbuseFilter.


PiRSquared17, Glaisher

— 18:36, 14. Now. 2014 (CET)