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    1. Unpopular opinion: Wikipedia's old look was much better than the new one

      I say that after throwing some caution to air because I understand that every new thing has some initial resistance or pushback due to the "past comfort zone" effect. But having said that, I feel...

      I say that after throwing some caution to air because I understand that every new thing has some initial resistance or pushback due to the "past comfort zone" effect.

      But having said that, I feel the aesthetics of the old site was much better than the new one. But then again, I'm from the old-school world who also prefers old reddit to the new one in browsing experience, so my opinion could be biased! But even considering the modern web design, don't you think the black icons on the top right have a somewhat odd look? And the "21 languages" feels a bit verbose, the I10N icon already conveys what that dropdown is about? And finally, that scrollable sidebar on the left looks a tad ugly?

      I just hope this is just a beta stage or something of Wikipedia's new version and a better one will evolve soon! But that's just one humble unpopular opinion, me thinks!

      15 votes
    2. Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia

      Link to the announcement: https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2020-July/001618.html I have copied the content of the announcement below, since on Tildes it becomes a bit more...

      Link to the announcement: https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2020-July/001618.html

      I have copied the content of the announcement below, since on Tildes it becomes a bit more readable:

      (A translatable version of this announcement can be found on Meta [1])

      Hi all,

      It is my honor to introduce Abstract Wikipedia [1], a new project that has
      been unanimously approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
      Abstract Wikipedia proposes a new way to generate baseline encyclopedic
      content in a multilingual fashion, allowing more contributors and more
      readers to share more knowledge in more languages. It is an approach that
      aims to make cross-lingual cooperation easier on our projects, increase the
      sustainability of our movement through expanding access to participation,
      improve the user experience for readers of all languages, and innovate in
      free knowledge by connecting some of the strengths of our movement to
      create something new.

      This is our first new project in over seven years. Abstract Wikipedia was
      submitted as a project proposal by Denny Vrandečić in May of 2020 [2] after
      years of preparation and research, leading to a detailed plan and lively
      discussions in the Wikimedia communities. We know that the energy and the
      creativity of the community often runs up against language barriers, and
      information that is available in one language may not make it to other
      language Wikipedias. Abstract Wikipedia intends to look and feel like a
      Wikipedia, but build on the powerful, language-independent conceptual
      models of Wikidata, with the goal of letting volunteers create and maintain
      Wikipedia articles across our polyglot Wikimedia world.

      The project will allow volunteers to assemble the fundamentals of an
      article using words and entities from Wikidata. Because Wikidata uses
      conceptual models that are meant to be universal across languages, it
      should be possible to use and extend these building blocks of knowledge to
      create models for articles that also have universal value. Using code,
      volunteers will be able to translate these abstract “articles” into their
      own languages. If successful, this could eventually allow everyone to read
      about any topic in Wikidata in their own language.

      As you can imagine, this work will require a lot of software development,
      and a lot of cooperation among Wikimedians. In order to make this effort
      possible, Denny will join the Foundation as a staff member in July and lead
      this initiative. You may know Denny as the creator of Wikidata, a long-time
      community member, a former staff member at Wikimedia Deutschland, and a
      former Trustee at the Wikimedia Foundation[3]. We are very excited that
      Denny will bring his skills and expertise to work on this project alongside
      the Foundation’s product, technology, and community liaison teams.

      It is important to acknowledge that this is an experimental project and
      that every Wikipedia community has different needs. This project may offer
      some communities great advantages. Other communities may engage less. Every
      language Wikipedia community will be free to choose and moderate whether or
      how they would use content from this project.

      We are excited that this new wiki-project has the possibility to advance
      knowledge equity through increased access to knowledge. It also invites us
      to consider and engage with critical questions about how and by whom
      knowledge is constructed. We look forward to working in cooperation with
      the communities to think through these important questions.

      There is much to do as we begin designing a plan for Abstract Wikipedia in
      close collaboration with our communities. I encourage you to get involved
      by going to the project page and joining the new mailing list[4]. We
      recognize that Abstract Wikipedia is ambitious, but we also recognize its
      potential. We invite you all to join us on a new, unexplored path.

      Yours,
      Katherine Maher

      Executive Director,
      Wikimedia Foundation

      [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract
      Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement
      [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
      [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Denny
      [4] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/abstract-wikipedia

      Link to the proposal: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Abstract_Wikipedia

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      26 votes