Incubator:Wikimedia news

Global notifications for all Wikimedia projects are posted to this page; they usually contain information about some software changes. Additionally, the Signpost from English Wikipedia is posted here weekly. Both of these are posted to make it easy for Incubator users to spot new issues by their watchlist. Older entries will occasionally be removed. Entries are not archived locally; instead,

  • See the complete Signpost archives here.
  • See the complete Tech News archives here.

For Incubator-specific news, see Incubator:News and/or the Community Portal for, e.g., policy discussions.

The Signpost: 31 May 2020Edit

Tech News: 2020-23Edit

22:30, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-24Edit

21:11, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-25Edit

21:36, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-26Edit

18:48, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 June 2020Edit

Tech News: 2020-27Edit

16:30, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Feedback on movement namesEdit

Hello. Apologies if you are not reading this message in your native language. Please help translate to your language if necessary. Thank you!

There are a lot of conversations happening about the future of our movement names. We hope that you are part of these discussions and that your community is represented.

Since 16 June, the Foundation Brand Team has been running a survey in 7 languages about 3 naming options. There are also community members sharing concerns about renaming in a Community Open Letter.

Our goal in this call for feedback is to hear from across the community, so we encourage you to participate in the survey, the open letter, or both. The survey will go through 7 July in all timezones. Input from the survey and discussions will be analyzed and published on Meta-Wiki.

Thanks for thinking about the future of the movement, --The Brand Project team, 20:33, 2 July 2020 (UTC)

Note: The survey is conducted via a third-party service, which may subject it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling, see the survey privacy statement.

Tech News: 2020-28Edit

20:17, 6 July 2020 (UTC)

Announcing a new wiki project! Welcome, Abstract WikipediaEdit

Sent by m:User:Elitre (WMF) 19:56, 9 July 2020 (UTC) - m:Special:MyLanguage/Abstract Wikipedia/July 2020 announcement []


Latest tech news from the Wikimedia technical community. Please tell other users about these changes. Not all changes will affect you. Translations are available.

Recent changes

  • Users can thank others for their edits. Checkusers can now see user data related to that action. This can help identify sock puppets who harass others using thanks. [25]


  • Everyone was logged out a couple of weeks ago to fix a security problem. The problem was not entirely fixed. Because of this everyone was logged out once again last week. [26][27]

Changes later this week

  • Wikis that are not for one specific language can translate pages. Sometimes parts of translations are outdated or missing. Outdated translations are marked with a pink background. Missing translations will also be marked in the future. This markup can sometimes break things. It can soon be disabled by using a translate nowrap tag on the source page. [28]
  •   The new version of MediaWiki will be on test wikis and from 14 July. It will be on non-Wikipedia wikis and some Wikipedias from 15 July. It will be on all wikis from 16 July (calendar).

Future changes

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Tech News: 2020-30Edit

19:13, 20 July 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-31Edit

13:51, 27 July 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 2 August 2020Edit

Tech News: 2020-32Edit

15:42, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Technical Wishes: FileExporter and FileImporter become default features on all WikisEdit

Max Klemm (WMDE) 09:13, 6 August 2020 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2020-33Edit

16:06, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-34Edit

20:40, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-35Edit

17:58, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

Important: maintenance operation on September 1stEdit

Trizek (WMF) (talk) 13:48, 26 August 2020 (UTC)[]

The Signpost: 30 August 2020Edit

Tech News: 2020-36Edit

20:07, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

Growth team newsletter 14Edit

09:33, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-37Edit

15:59, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

Invitation to participate in the conversationEdit

Tech News: 2020-38Edit

16:18, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-39Edit

21:25, 21 September 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 September 2020Edit

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Tech News: 2020-40Edit

21:23, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Wiki of functions naming contestEdit

20:53, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-41Edit

16:24, 5 October 2020 (UTC)

Call for feedback about Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changes and Board candidate rubricEdit

Hello. Apologies if you are not reading this message in your native language. Please help translate to your language.

Today the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees starts two calls for feedback. One is about changes to the Bylaws mainly to increase the Board size from 10 to 16 members. The other one is about a trustee candidate rubric to introduce new, more effective ways to evaluate new Board candidates. The Board welcomes your comments through 26 October. For more details, check the full announcement.

Thank you! Qgil-WMF (talk) 17:09, 7 October 2020 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2020-42Edit

15:23, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-43Edit

16:29, 19 October 2020 (UTC)

Important: maintenance operation on October 27Edit

-- Trizek (WMF) (talk) 17:09, 21 October 2020 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2020-44Edit

17:37, 26 October 2020 (UTC)

Growth team updates #15Edit

10:10, 1 November 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-45Edit

16:07, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

Wiki of functions naming contest - Round 2Edit

22:10, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-46Edit

15:48, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-47Edit

15:35, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021Edit

The 2021 Community Wishlist Survey is now open! This survey is the process where communities decide what the Community Tech team should work on over the next year. We encourage everyone to submit proposals until the deadline on 30 November, or comment on other proposals to help make them better. The communities will vote on the proposals between 8 December and 21 December.

The Community Tech team is focused on tools for experienced Wikimedia editors. You can write proposals in any language, and we will translate them for you. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your proposals!

SGrabarczuk (WMF) 05:52, 20 November 2020 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2020-48Edit

17:17, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Wikidata descriptions changes to be included more often in Recent Changes and WatchlistEdit

Tech News: 2020-49Edit

17:43, 30 November 2020 (UTC)

2020 Coolest Tool Award Ceremony on December 11thEdit

Growth team updates #16Edit

14:22, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-50Edit

16:14, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021Edit

SGrabarczuk (WMF)

15:03, 11 December 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-51Edit

21:33, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-52Edit

20:52, 21 December 2020 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 December 2020Edit

Tech News: 2021-02Edit

15:40, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-03Edit

16:08, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-04Edit

18:29, 25 January 2021 (UTC)

Moving Wikimania 2021 to a Virtual EventEdit

Hello. Apologies if you are not reading this message in your native language. Please help translate to your language. Thank you!

Wikimania will be a virtual event this year, and hosted by a wide group of community members. Whenever the next in-person large gathering is possible again, the ESEAP Core Organizing Team will be in charge of it. Stay tuned for more information about how you can get involved in the planning process and other aspects of the event. Please read the longer version of this announcement on wikimedia-l.

ESEAP Core Organizing Team, Wikimania Steering Committee, Wikimedia Foundation Events Team, 15:15, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Project Grant Open CallEdit

This is the announcement for the Project Grants program open call that started on January 11, with the submission deadline of February 10, 2021.
This first open call will be focussed on Community Organizing proposals. A second open call focused on research and software proposals is scheduled from February 15 with a submission deadline of March 16, 2021.

For the Round 1 open call, we invite you to propose grant applications that fall under community development and organizing (offline and online) categories. Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups, and organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, from organizing a better process on your wiki, coordinating a campaign or editathon series to providing other support for community building. We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete a grant proposal:

Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal support upon request. Contact us if you would like feedback or more information.

We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into motion, and submit your proposal by February 10, 2021!

Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee. Contact us at Please help us translate this message to your local language. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 28 January 2021 (UTC)[]

The Signpost: 31 January 2021Edit

Tech News: 2021-05Edit

22:37, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-06Edit

17:40, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-07Edit

17:53, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-08Edit

00:15, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 February 2021Edit

Tech News: 2021-09Edit

19:05, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Wikifunctions logo contestEdit

01:45, 2 March 2021 (UTC)

Growth team newsletter #17Edit

16:03, 3 March 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-10Edit

17:50, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-11Edit

23:20, 15 March 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-12Edit

16:50, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 March 2021Edit

Tech News: 2021-13Edit

17:28, 29 March 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-14Edit

19:37, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

Line numbering coming soon to all wikisEdit

-- Johanna Strodt (WMDE) 15:08, 12 April 2021 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2021-16Edit

16:47, 19 April 2021 (UTC)

Suggested ValuesEdit

Timur Vorkul (WMDE) 14:08, 22 April 2021 (UTC)[]

The Signpost: 25 April 2021Edit

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Tech News: 2021-17Edit

21:22, 26 April 2021 (UTC)

Call for Election VolunteersEdit

Hi everyone,

Would you like to get the right people elected to the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees?

Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. We know we can get more voters to help assess and promote the best candidates, but to do that, we need your help.

We are looking for volunteers to serve as Election Volunteers. You can read more about this role here:

Election Volunteers should have a good understanding of their communities. The facilitation team sees Election Volunteers as doing the following:

  • Promote the election in their communities’ channels
  • Organize discussions about the election in their communities
  • Translate messages for their communities

Do you want to be an Election Volunteer for incubator or any of the Wiki projects, and connect your community with this movement effort? Check out more details about Election Volunteers and add your name next to the community you will support in this table or get in contact with a facilitator. We aim to have at least one Election Volunteer for Wiki Projects in the top 30 for eligible voters. Even better if there are two or more sharing the work.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this role please reach out to me or any of the board governance facilitators.

Best,Zuz (WMF) (talk) 11:14, 30 April 2021 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2021-18Edit

15:42, 3 May 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-19Edit

15:08, 10 May 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-20Edit

13:47, 17 May 2021 (UTC)

Growth Newsletter #18Edit

15:23, 17 May 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-21Edit

17:04, 24 May 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-22Edit

17:04, 31 May 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-23Edit

20:01, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Universal Code of Conduct News – Issue 1Edit

Universal Code of Conduct News
Issue 1, June 2021 Read the full newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of [[<tvar name=ucoc-home>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct</tvar>|Universal Code of Conduct]] News! This newsletter will help Wikimedians stay involved with the development of the new code, and will distribute relevant news, research, and upcoming events related to the UCoC.

Please note, this is the first issue of UCoC Newsletter which is delivered to all subscribers and projects as an announcement of the initiative. If you want the future issues delivered to your talk page, village pumps, or any specific pages you find appropriate, you need to [[<tvar name=subscribe>m:Special:MyLanguage/Global message delivery/Targets/UCoC Newsletter Subscription</tvar>|subscribe here]].

You can help us by translating the newsletter issues in your languages to spread the news and create awareness of the new conduct to keep our beloved community safe for all of us. Please [[<tvar name=translator-sub>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/Participate</tvar>|add your name here]] if you want to be informed of the draft issue to translate beforehand. Your participation is valued and appreciated.

  • Affiliate consultations – Wikimedia affiliates of all sizes and types were invited to participate in the UCoC affiliate consultation throughout March and April 2021. ([[<tvar name=affcon>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec1</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • 2021 key consultations – The Wikimedia Foundation held enforcement key questions consultations in April and May 2021 to request input about UCoC enforcement from the broader Wikimedia community. ([[<tvar name=keycon>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec2</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • Roundtable discussions – The UCoC facilitation team hosted two 90-minute-long public roundtable discussions in May 2021 to discuss UCoC key enforcement questions. More conversations are scheduled. ([[<tvar name=routab>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec3</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • Phase 2 drafting committee – The drafting committee for the phase 2 of the UCoC started their work on 12 May 2021. Read more about their work. ([[<tvar name=dracom>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec4</tvar>|continue reading]])
  • Diff blogs – The UCoC facilitators wrote several blog posts based on interesting findings and insights from each community during local project consultation that took place in the 1st quarter of 2021. ([[<tvar name=dfblog>m:Special:MyLanguage/Universal Code of Conduct/Newsletter/1#sec5</tvar>|continue reading]])

Call for Election CandidatesEdit

Dear All,

The 2021 Board of Trustees election is coming soon. Candidates from the community are needed to fill the available seats.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community trustees and appointed trustees make up the Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves a three year term. The Wikimedia community has the opportunity to vote for community trustees.

Wikimedia contributors will vote to fill four seats on the Board in 2021. This is an opportunity to improve the representation, diversity, and expertise of the Board as a team.

Who are potential candidates? Are you a potential candidate? Find out more on the apply to be a candidate page.

Best,Zuz (WMF) (talk) 09:42, 11 June 2021 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2021-24Edit

20:25, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-25Edit

15:47, 21 June 2021 (UTC)

Server switchEdit

SGrabarczuk (WMF) 01:19, 27 June 2021 (UTC)[]

The Signpost: 27 June 2021Edit

Tech News: 2021-26Edit

16:30, 28 June 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-27Edit

17:31, 5 July 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-29Edit

15:29, 19 July 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 July 2021Edit

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Tech News: 2021-30Edit

21:09, 26 July 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-31Edit

20:44, 2 August 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-32Edit

16:18, 9 August 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-33Edit

19:24, 16 August 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-34Edit

21:56, 23 August 2021 (UTC)

Read-only reminderEdit

A maintenance operation will be performed on Wednesday August 25 06:00 UTC. It should only last for a few minutes.

Also during this time, operations on the CentralAuth will not be possible (GlobalRenames, changing/confirming e-mail addresses, logging into new wikis, password changes).

For more details about the operation and on all impacted services, please check on Phabricator.

A banner will be displayed 30 minutes before the operation.

Please help your community to be aware of this maintenance operation. Thank you!

20:32, 24 August 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 August 2021Edit

News, reports and features from the English Wikipedia's weekly journal about Wikipedia and Wikimedia

Tech News: 2021-35Edit

15:58, 30 August 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-36Edit

15:18, 6 September 2021 (UTC)

The 2022 Community Wishlist Survey will happen in JanuaryEdit

SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 00:22, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Server switchEdit

SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 00:45, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Talk to the Community TechEdit


Read this message in another languagePlease help translate to your language


As we have recently announced, we, the team working on the Community Wishlist Survey, would like to invite you to an online meeting with us. It will take place on September 15th, 23:00 UTC on Zoom, and will last an hour. Click here to join.



The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes without attribution will be taken and published on Meta-Wiki. The presentation (first three points in the agenda) will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, French, Polish, and Spanish. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the Community Wishlist Survey talk page or send to

Natalia Rodriguez (the Community Tech manager) will be hosting this meeting.

Invitation link

See you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 03:03, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2021-37Edit

15:30, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-38Edit

18:29, 20 September 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 26 September 2021Edit

Tech News: 2021-39Edit

22:19, 27 September 2021 (UTC)

Let's talk about the Desktop ImprovementsEdit


Have you noticed that some wikis have a different desktop interface? Are you curious about the next steps? Maybe you have questions or ideas regarding the design or technical matters?

Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on October 12th, 16:00 UTC on Zoom. It will last an hour. Click here to join.


  • Update on the recent developments
  • Sticky header - presentation of the demo version
  • Questions and answers, discussion


The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes will be taken in a Google Docs file. The presentation part (first two points in the agenda) will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, French, Polish, and Spanish. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the talk page or send them to

Olga Vasileva (the team manager) will be hosting this meeting.

Invitation link

We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) 15:09, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Hello! I'd like to remind that the meeting will happen today. You are welcome to join! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 14:57, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[]

Tech News: 2021-40Edit

16:27, 4 October 2021 (UTC)

Tech News: 2021-41Edit

15:28, 11 October 2021 (UTC)