Steward elections are over – 4 new stewards elected

This year we were close to get just a few candidates, but fortunately we got some more applications during the last days of the nomination period. A total of 9 users nominated themselves, but 2 of them were disqualified before the voting started.

A year ago I wrote in my blog that We’re running out of stewards.  There I said that we will have 30 stewards at end of year 2016, I guessed it right. I think that only changing something in the current system can stop the drop in amount of stewards we have.

But now we got 4 new stewards, and will lose some old stewards during the next days after the confirmation results are ready. And it’s expected that during 2017 some of the other stewards will resign (no time / personal life), as happens every year.

What should we change to get more stewards?

I have no idea. Are the requirements too high? Or are users too fearful to apply if they feel they won’t be elected anyway? Some can fear the questions that will always be asked, they are sometimes quite tricky! I’m not blaming it, it’s good to test knowledge of the candidates. How about changing the voting system to SecurePoll so other users can’t see who voted whom? At least then other users can’t “follow” how others voted.

This is just my personal opinion, but I feel that many users who are voting don’t basically even know what the stewards are doing. They just come when they see the central notice banner and vote based on candidate statements, or what languages they can speak. Some can look at their contributions, and if they edit their favorite wiki, it’s positive.

There has been also some drop in number of active cross wiki vandalism patrollers (i.e. users that belongs to the SWMT). And of course I mean those who are actively in IRC, not just listed on that page. Active SWMT members are usually good candidates for steward.

How to become a steward?

This is not an official guide! Don’t take it too seriously.

So briefly, join SWMT, use IRC, go to cvn-sw channel, revert a lot of vandalism in many different wikis, become a global rollbacker, then a global sysop, and if you are not yet, become a sysop in some Wikimedia (content) project! And the most important, report cross-wiki vandals in wikimedia-stewards channel so that other users get frustrated of your reports and they want that you can take action by yourself and stop reporting 😉

About my steward time

I have now served as steward 2 terms (from 2015). Sure it’s normal that some of us have no time to stay active, and thus want to leave the stewardship. If you want to be useful you need to be active in some area. My biggest “interest” as steward is in (globally)blocking/locking vandals and set user rights.

You can never know about your future, everything can happen in your real life that can affect to your activity on Wikimedia projects. Editing Wikipedia, serving as steward, both should only be hobbies, and only done when you have time and you are interested of them. If you are too busy or stressed, just take some kind of vacation from wiki work and come back when you feel like you like to do things again.

Stats

List of last years steward elections’ in numbers:

Year Candidates Number of new stewards
2017 7 4
2016 14 2
2015 14 8
2014 13 8
2013 10 6
2012 9 8
2011-2 18 8
2011-1 21 10
--Stryn

Suomenkielinen Wikipedia täyttää 15 vuotta

Suomenkielinen Wikipedia täyttää tänään 15 vuotta. Projekti luotiin 21. helmikuuta 2002. Englanninkielinen projekti täytti tammikuussa 16 vuotta. Se luotiin 15. tammikuuta 2001.

Suomenkielisessä Wikipediassa on vähän päälle 400 000 artikkelia, jolla se on 22:nneksi suurin Wikipedia-projekti. Aktiivisia käyttäjiä on noin 1 800.  Näihin lasketaan kaikki käyttäjät, jotka ovat suorittaneet jonkin toiminnon Wikipediassa viimeisen 30 vuorokauden aikana. (lähde)

Wikipedia 15 vuotta
Author: Outstandy (wordmark), David Levy (combination) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] | Source
Wikipedia on tällä hetkellä neljänneksi suosituin verkkosivusto Suomessa, edellään vain Google, YouTube ja Facebook. (lähde)

Vuonna 2016 Wikipedian 15-vuotisjuhlan kunniaksi järjestettiin useita tapahtumia eri puolella maailmaa, yhteensä 78 maassa.  (lähde 1, lähde 2)

Katso myös 15 amazing things since the idea of Wikipedia was launched to the world on January 15, 2001.

Finnish Wikipedia turns 15 years

Today the Finnish Wikipedia turns 15 years. The project started on 21 February 2002. English Wikipedia celebrated its 16 years this January. It was created on 15 January 2001.

Finnish Wikipedia is the 22nd biggest Wikipedia project with a bit over 400 000 articles. There are about 1 800 active users. Those include users who have made some action in Wikipedia during last 30 days. (source)

At the moment, Wikipedia is the 4th popular website in Finland, only Google, YouTube and Facebook are more popular. (source)

In 2016 when Wikipedia [globally] celebrated its 15 years there were many events in different parts of the world, in overall 78 countries. (source 1, source 2)

See also 15 amazing things since the idea of Wikipedia was launched to the world on January 15, 2001.

--Stryn

Suomi 100 esillä Wikipediassa

Suomenkielisen Wikipedian etusivulla on tammikuusta 2017 alkaen ollut esillä Suomen 100-vuotisjuhlavuoden kunniaksi aina yksi Suomeen liittyvä artikkeli kerrallaan omassa laatikossaan etusivun vasemmassa yläosassa.

Suomi 100 -osio Wikipedian etusivulla.
Suomi 100 -osio Wikipedian etusivulla.

Artikkelien esitteleminen etusivulla on tuonut artikkeleille samalla myös paljon lisää näyttökertoja, eli lukijoita. Vuoden aikana etusivulla tullaan esittämään 100 eri Suomeen liittyvää artikkelia. Jokainen artikkeli saa palstatilaa etusivulta 3-4 päivän ajan.

Näyttökertojen tarkastelu / tammikuussa esillä olleet artikkelit (lähde):

Title 2016-12-31 2017-01-01 2017-01-02 2017-01-03 2017-01-04 2017-01-05 2017-01-06 2017-01-07 2017-01-08 2017-01-09 2017-01-10 2017-01-11 2017-01-12 2017-01-13 2017-01-14 2017-01-15 2017-01-16 2017-01-17 2017-01-18 2017-01-19 2017-01-20 2017-01-21 2017-01-22 2017-01-23 2017-01-24 2017-01-25 2017-01-26 2017-01-27 2017-01-28 2017-01-29 2017-01-30 2017-01-31 2017-02-01 2017-02-02
Turku 472 432 521 486 410 435 365 379 428 481 477 521 588 404 386 473 587 516 520 561 501 415 524 786 794 671 626 500 390 440 527 500 558 642
Suomen väestö 146 134 161 157 227 178 175 137 572 553 518 461 285 339 145 222 320 300 310 339 478 227 215 298 335 394 346 277 209 217 316 294 243 310
Sofi Oksanen 39 87 74 67 377 388 377 275 98 132 127 147 174 129 62 93 147 131 140 130 124 77 89 147 149 147 131 105 71 93 146 110 102 130
Lumi 22 36 57 91 74 68 78 70 64 93 103 83 88 84 53 55 103 61 72 85 50 44 51 60 49 92 59 47 45 39 117 278 220 92
Äitiyspakkaus 14 48 254 50 51 71 76 58 41 50 73 189 349 226 159 82 24 32 26 37 38 21 34 37 31 37 65 127 80 48 44 45 52 50
Suomenlahti 59 446 254 219 204 50 58 48 53 40 38 59 77 55 53 61 60 61 35 38 43 28 57 56 51 49 47 43 22 50 48 53 42 40
Suomen kansanvaltuuskunta 25 37 30 34 30 57 45 43 30 24 25 23 29 33 103 31 19 23 41 46 25 39 38 46 29 66 309 296 197 203 203 31 41 28
A. I. Virtanen 15 24 28 23 50 46 30 32 24 33 81 54 45 43 27 341 215 174 169 69 54 34 37 64 41 65 51 45 34 26 51 46 45 43
Alan Wake 17 82 41 24 19 26 38 26 27 24 17 19 21 17 22 33 16 12 24 324 257 202 117 20 26 15 13 18 9 24 32 29 19 17

Punaisella fontilla merkatut tarkoittavat artikkelin sivulatauksia ajalta, jolloin artikkeli oli esillä etusivulla.

--Stryn

Uusi suomenkielinen Wikimedia-projekti – Wikimatkat on avattu!

This blog post is in Finnish about creation of Finnish Wikivoyage.

Usean vuoden odottelun jälkeen Wikivoyage eli Wikimatkat on vihdoin luotu myös suomeksi! Wikivoyagesta tuli Wikimedia Foundationin projekti vuonna 2012. Suomenkielinen sivusto luotiin 30. marraskuuta 2016. Se on Wikivoyagen 18. kieliversio.

Historiaa:
Wikimatkojen logo
Wikimatkojen logo. Tekijät: AleXXw, Tiia Monto, CC BY-SA 3.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikivoyage-Logo-fi.svg

Wikivoyage oli alun perin vuonna 2003 aloittanut projekti, joka toimi tuolloin nimellä Wikitravel. Vuonna 2006 Internet Brands -yritys osti Wikitravelin. Saman vuoden aikana projektin italian- ja saksankielinen versio kopioitiin silloin perustettuun Wikivoyageen, koska käyttäjät eivät halunneet olla osa kaupallista sivustoa. Englanninkielinen sekä muunkieliset versiot pysyivät Wikitravelissa vuoden 2012 loppupuolelle, jolloin myös näiden versioiden käyttäjät jättivät Wikitravelin.

Marraskuussa 2012 Wikimedia Foundation aloitti palvelimillaan projektin beetavaiheen ja se julkaistiin virallisesti 15. tammikuuta 2013. Wikivoyage sisälsi tuohon aikaan 7 kieliversiota, jotka kaikki siirrettiin Wikivoyage e. V.:ltä Wikimedian palvelimille.

Wikivoyage oli ottanut vedokset (dumps) talteen useammasta muustakin Wikitravelin versiosta, joita oli tuolloin yhteensä 21 kpl. Wikimedia Foundationin Language committee päätti, että kaikki projektit, joista oli vedokset voidaan luoda nopeasti ilman, että niiden tulee mennä Incubatorin kautta kuten yleensä on tapana.

Vedosten saamisessa ilmeni kuitenkin ongelmia. Vain 8 muuhun kieliversioon kerrottiin olevan vedokset tallella. Erään toisen sivuston kautta oli mahdollista saada tietokannat Wikitravelin sivuista. Sen kautta saatiin luotua 2 uutta kieliversiota tammikuussa 2013. Helmikuussa luotiin 2 kieliversiota lisää. Vain unkarin-, suomen-, kiinan- ja japaninkielinen versio puuttuivat vielä näistä kahdeksasta kieliversiosta. Kiinankielinen projekti aloitti tammikuussa 2014 täysin Incubatoriin luodun sisällön pohjalta, koska he eivät jaksaneet enää odottaa tietokantoja/vedoksia. Suomenkielinen projekti oli lähellä siirtoa Incubatoriin luodusta sisällöstä omaksi projektikseen myös vuosina 2013 ja uudelleen 2014. Molempina kertoina kuitenkin aktiivisia käyttäjiä oli liian vähän, joten projektia ei voitu luoda.

Suomenkielisen projektin vedokset löytyivät vihdoin syksyllä 2016 ja Create Wikivoyage Finnish luotiin Phabricatoriin 24. marraskuuta 2016. Suomenkielinen sivusto avattiin 30. marraskuuta 2016 ja vedosten tuonti suoritettiin 1. joulukuuta 2016.

Sivusto on osoitteessa http://fi.wikivoyage.org/

Lähteet:
--Stryn

10 years since I created my Wikipedia account

Wow, 10 years in Wiki[p/m]edia! I registered to the Finnish Wikipedia on 6 October 2006 at 20.54 local time with username “Dj-lordi”. Later I changed the username to “Djlordi” and finally it became the username that I still use, “Stryn”.

However, I was not active until October 2009. During my first years I mostly just started new articles about tennis players, alpine skiers, and other sports related stuff, as in real life I’m a passionate sports fan.

I have written a timeline of my Wikimedia career, unfortunately it’s in Finnish, because it’s my mother tongue. I have been asked few times how everything started and what do I actually do on Wikimedia projects. Because of the anniversary I will now publish the timeline, you can see it at http://stryn.eu/wiki/Wikiaika. There’s a shorter version available in English at http://stryn.eu/wiki/Wikiaika/english.

It’s also a good for myself to collect everything important to one page. I have always liked to collect stats and write things down.

See also: 4 years of Wikidata

--Stryn

4 years of Wikidata

Stryn with his Wikidata t-shirt in 2016. #proud
Stryn with his Wikidata t-shirt in 2016. #proud

I’m writing this blog post, as on 29 October 2016 Wikidata will turn 4 years!

This is my short story about what I’ve been doing on Wikidata during these 4 years.

I started editing Wikidata already on its launch date, 29 October 2012. I quickly became interested of the project – well to be honest – I’m always very interested of new projects! And as I have studied information technology this looked very interesting for me. During first year I was quite active in writing on the project chat by asking questions, creating bug reports and helping other newbies, and also fulfilling edit requests for system messages. There’s no certain area where I’ve been the most active, but especially I’ve updated and added information to items about tennis players, and created thousands of new items using my main account and a bot account.

Between 2012–2014 I was one of the few Finnish Wikidata editors, but now I’m happy that there seems to be also many other users from Finland, some of them even more active than me.

I was one of the first Wikidata administrators, elected on 13 November 2012. And now 4 years later, I’m still an admin there. I was also an oversighter between September 2013–June 2014.

Happy Birthday Wikidata! 🙂

--Stryn

Finnish Wikipedia has now 400 000 articles!

Today, 29 August 2016, the 400 000th article,  Praksiteleen Hermes,  was created to the Finnish Wikipedia. Finnish Wikipedia is the 22nd largest Wikipedia by article size.Finnish_Wikipedia_400_000_logo

Finnish Wikipedia was created in 2002, so it will celebrate its 15th birthday next year, at the same year when Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence!

You can read the press release in Finnish about the milestone here: https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lehdistötiedote_400_000_artikkelia

Finnish Wikipedia milestones:
100 000 articles: 11 February 2007
200 000 articles: 12 April 2009 (+2,2 years)
300 000 articles: 26 June 2012 (+3,2 years)
400 000 articles: 29 August 2016 (+4,2 years)

And if we are continuing with this tempo, Finnish Wikipedia will have half a million articles in October 2021.

Did you know we even have a page where you can guess the date when the 500 000th article will be created? See https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:500_000._artikkelin_veikkaus
tip: there’s no 2021 added yet, be the first one? 😉

--Stryn

Wikimania photos

I’m sharing some of my Wikimania photos here on my blog!

During Wikimania 2016 I took over 200 photos.

I have uploaded a few of them to Wikimedia Commons and I should upload more, but I’m too lazy to categorize them and also not sure which should be the most important to upload.

So here we go…

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The Dolomites seen from my airplane, looks so beautiful!
Just arrived to Varenna-Esino-Perledo train station
Just arrived to Varenna-Esino-Perledo train station
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Just some random little street in Esino Lario.
It's Jimmy Wales!
It’s Jimmy Wales!
I love this train <3
I love that train <3
Going out from Esino Lario to Varenna.
Going out from Esino Lario to Varenna.
Esino Lario town
Esino Lario town
Wikimedia Fire basket
Wikimedia Fire basket
Main square Piazza Pietro Pensa and the town hall.
Main square Piazza Pietro Pensa and the town hall.
The closing ceremony, Jimmy Wales talking.
The closing ceremony, Jimmy Wales talking.
The closing ceremony, nice music!
The closing ceremony, nice music!

I came to Esino Lario on Thursday 23 July and I left this amazing municipality on Monday 27th. On Monday I had some time to visit in Milan before than I had to go to the airport. Here are some my photos from Milan:

--Stryn

Now I have my own domain!

Ok,

I was tired of using those free webhost services, because they are not always reliable and safety. My old, a free domain, was actually reported to be a harmless site.

So now, on July 2016, I decided to pay for a webhost service. And at the same time I also bought a domain, stryn.eu.

It took some time to backup my old site’s blog and wiki and import them to this new site. I was almost forgot how phpMyAdmin looks like, since I used it last time like 5-7 years ago. 🙂

Everything should be working now, and I will continue updating my main site (the one under stryn.eu containing info about me and so on), writing blog posts (sometimes in English, sometimes in Finnish), and editing my ubersecret wiki!

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--Stryn

We’re running out of stewards

After this year’s steward elections, we have now just over 30 stewards. Well, now, when I write this there are 35 stewards, from which 2 already said they are resigning and their rights will be removed soon, and some may also lose their rights after the steward confirmations are completed, but I’m not going to talk more about it here.

When looking back to March 2014, there was 38 stewards. Since establishment of the steward user group in 2004 there were chosen every year from 5 to 12 new stewards, But this year, in 2016, we only got 2 new stewards. It’s very little. And let’s not forget that 4 stewards resigned between December 2015 and January 2016.

I agree that it’s very hard to find good candidates every year. But on the other hand I think that the requirements are too high. Many users who are voting expects that candidates can speak many languages, are active on many projects, and have been active for over 3 years.

This year, without saying any names, there was 3-5 candidates who didn’t get enough support / withdrew, who would have been a great steward.

The next steward elections will be in 2017 (if no changes will  be done for that).  And it’s very probable that some of the current stewards will resign before it, as has happened every year. So it may be that we have 30 stewards at the end of 2016.

From my perspective stewards are  in very important role in Wikimedia. Without them small wiki’s are full of spam, vandals here and there, and what would happen with user rights? I don’t even want to imagine Wikimedia with no stewards. The less we have stewards, the more work will be.

--Stryn