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
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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

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

First blog post

Hello!

This is my first ever blog post anywhere written in English. English is not my mother tongue, so keep it in mind when you read my posts!

Although this is my first ever English-language blog, I have had blogs also earlier (about 5 years ago). However, they were not related to Wikimedia at all, and they had just few readers, like this one will also have ;P

In this blog I’m going to write everything that is related to Wikimedia world. I hope you enjoy 🙂

--Stryn