Talk:Main Page/2010

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Donation/ Membership form[edit source]

You can't comment on individual pages on the domain, so I'd like to put this here: This interesting article explains how narrative forms can be more successful in getting responses. 13:49, 28 February 2010 (UTC)

Article structure[edit source]

This wiki seems to have gone down the route of creating sub sub sub pages for everything we do so you end up with page names like Meetings/2009-12-15/Agenda/Fundraiser Report or Initiatives/Britain Loves Wikipedia/Museums. Unfortunately, rather as Wikipedia discovered early on, this means that it is significantly harder to link to pages on a way that reads naturally within a sentence without having an alternative name. Could I suggest we change this to a simpler name which incorporates all the information with no subpages - e.g. Secretary's Report 27Sep09 AndrewRT 21:44, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

Having subpages makes it a lot easier to find the various related pages (see e.g. Special:PrefixIndex/Press_releases/), so I prefer it to having no subpages. For pages that only infrequently need to be linked to, I don't think this is a big issue - for others that are more likely to be linked to, then they probably should be at the base directory - e.g. Britain Loves Wikipedia rather than Initiatives/Britain Loves Wikipedia. Mike Peel 14:02, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

Swahili Wikipedia[edit source]

Hello Wikimedia UK,

My name is Abbas Mahmoud and I am a Wikipedian who has been volunteering at the Swahili Wikipedia. I come from Kenya and we here in Kenya wanted to establish a Kenyan chapter, since out of all the chapters created, none comes from Africa. I would be attending the Wikimania 2010 in Poland and was thinking of visiting you guys in London thereafter so that you can share with me your experiences. Looking forward to receiving your reply. Regards, Abbasjnr 15:18, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

I would be interested in meeting you, either in the UK or during Wikimania (I'm not certain I'll be there, but I probably will). There has been talk of holding a meeting during Wikimania specifically for people wanting to form chapters to talk to people involved with existing chapters. If that happens, I strongly recommend you attend. It would be the best place for us to meet. --Tango 16:33, 6 May 2010 (UTC)
Thnx for the reply. I was also doubtful of whether I was to go to Poland, but fortunately, I won the scholarship. Interesting stuff about the suggestions of holding that talk - will attend it. I've just perused the wikimania UK website and have seen a proposal/initiative entitled: "Introduction to the swahili language." If this proposal goes through, I'll be more than glad to attend it and provide my assistance wherever needed. Also looking forward to meeting you. Take care. --Abbasjnr 05:51, 7 May 2010 (UTC)
I would suggest the same as Tango: meeting at Wikimania would be good (I also plan to be there), especially as part of a new-chapters session. If you want to come to the UK and meet British Wikimedians, then the London Wikimeet the week before would probably be the best time - see [1]. Most wikimedians are scattered around the UK; the london wikimeets are one of the few times that a group meets up at the moment. Mike Peel 13:37, 9 May 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, looking forward to seeing you guys. --Abbasjnr 14:01, 11 May 2010 (UTC)

Bristol Wikimeet[edit source]

Hi, User:AndrewRT and User:Steve virgin have been posting short notice invites to a wikimeet in Bristol on Saturday (15 May), which seem rather strange. |Some of the posts have been made by User:AndrewRT but signed as by User:Steve virgin. [2], [3], [4], [5]. What is going on? Jezhotwells 20:52, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

I have no idea about them signing as each other, but Andrew and Steve are both Wikimedia UK board members. There is a meetup happening in Bristol this Saturday in conjunction with the fundraising summit that is happening then, anyone that will be in the neighbourhood is encouraged to come and meet Wikimedians from around the world. --Tango 21:10, 12 May 2010 (UTC)

Changing to Vector skin[edit source]

Now that en.wp has changed the default skin to Vector, it's probably time to start using it here too. Does anyone have any comments / objections on making this change? Thanks. Mike Peel 10:27, 31 May 2010 (UTC)

I don't suppose the colour could be changed from blue to, say, green, so that we can easily tell the difference between the two wikis? Microchip08 22:13, 1 June 2010 (UTC)
Yes, changing the colour is a possibility. Would green work well, or would a different colour be better, do you think? I've requested that the default is changed at the usability team's earliest convenience. Thanks. Mike Peel 16:25, 11 June 2010 (UTC)

Further events[edit source]

I have looked at the work of the 'Backstage Pass' and have to say I have been impressed with the idea and the subsequent work. Are there any plans for future events for such events. Although I would probably find it difficult to attend an event in London I would be very interested in attending an event in Yorkshire or Greater Manchester. Mtaylor848 17:32, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

There are no specific plans for anything like Backstage Pass, but it is certainly something we intend to do again and we certainly intend to do such events all around the country. --Tango 19:30, 19 June 2010 (UTC)
We have contacts at several museums in the north, as a result of Britain Loves Wikipedia (and we can get in contact with others) - what we are in need of are people that are interested in making events like Backstage Passes happen and ensuring that they will be well attended. Would you be interested in helping with such an event in the north? Thanks. Mike Peel 12:32, 20 June 2010 (UTC)

I would certainly be interested in helping out at such an event. In the near future my car is off the road so this does limit me somewhat to participation in fairly local events (I live in West Yorkshire). In the meantime I'll keep an eye out on the Wikimedia UK site. I would imagine it is perhaps harder to get people to events in the provinces than London. Cheers, Mtaylor848 16:26, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

There probably won't be any major events in the near future - they take some time to organise. I suggest you start with something smaller - a simple meetup of local Wikimedians in a pub. You can see some advice on how to organise such an event here: w:en:Wikipedia:MEETUP#Procedure_and_advice. Such meetups are always great fun in themselves, and they would help you get to know other local Wikimedians, which would be very useful when it comes time to organise a bigger event. While I live too far away to attend a meetup in Yorkshire, I'd be happy to offer advice on organising one if you have any questions. Mike lives closer and may be able to attend. --Tango 18:53, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

Cheers, that's very helpful. I'll look into it. Regards, Mtaylor848 18:24, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Change of link[edit source]

The ten year anniversary link under "What's happening" should now go to or if you want to focus on the two (so far) UK events. MartinPoulter 12:53, 3 December 2010 (UTC)