[Translators-l] [Wikitech-l] update: wikipedia.org portal

Purodha Blissenbach purodha at blissenbach.org
Sat May 21 12:13:29 UTC 2016

On the long run, I think, these portals and their texts should
be translatable. Browser settings determining the target language.
Looking forward to have them on translatewiki.net !


On 21.05.2016 13:52, Derk-Jan Hartman wrote:
> I like the addition of the descriptive subtitles. But I would suggest
> taking them to meta to settle on what they should be exactly, and also
> then documenting them (including arguments) to make sure that they can
> be used consistently throughout the projects.
> I was wondering about the colors. Have we considered the
> MediaWiki/OOjs UI color theme already. In my opinion the portal feels
> more cologneblue than Vector right now..
> Also, I do wonder a bit about the consistency of the portals and the
> lack of options for reuse of these improvements by other portals, and
> I personally think it would be great to start expanding parts of the
> development to other portals now.
> I think it would be wonderful if we could create a pipeline of
> reusable elements among the portals, that allows for some consistency,
> but trying to avoid blandness and uniformity. Simple things like a
> library of Less variables usable by all portal pages can mean a lot
> for these kinds of efforts and I'd love to see some attention devoted
> to that, so that other portal pages can benefit.
> For community participation, I also have some ideas:
> 1: There is no README.md
> 2: Make sure that it's easy to test the master version.
> The great thing about github for instance is that you can do tricks 
> like:
> https://cdn.rawgit.com/wikimedia/portals/master/prod/wikipedia.org/index.html
> That's powerful to be able to preview straight from a git repo. If you
> have links like that to the readme/meta page.
> 3: Update https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Project_portals
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Project_portals>
> DJ
>> On 20 mei 2016, at 18:45, Deborah Tankersley 
>> <dtankersley at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> The Discovery Team recently added descriptive text to the 
>> Wikipedia.org
>> page footer in order to give visitors a better idea of what the sister 
>> wiki
>> projects are really all about. Check it out at www.wikipedia.org or 
>> view a
>> mobile screen capture here
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/File:Descriptive-text_sister_projects-wikipedia_footer_mobile.png>
>> .
>> We also wrapped up a quick, one question survey that ran for a week on 
>> the
>> portal to determine how visitors arrive at the page. The results 
>> showed
>> that many of the visitors arrive by clicking on a bookmarked link or 
>> by
>> typing in 'wikipedia' in their browser. We had many encouraging and
>> uplifting comments as well - see the full results here
>> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_Portal_Survey_-_May_2016.pdf>
>> .
>> In the coming weeks and months we'll be reaching out to many of those
>> survey takers who graciously provided their name and email addresses 
>> to
>> engage in deeper conversations on how they use the portal and 
>> Wikipedia in
>> general.
>> As always, more detailed information is available on wiki for the 
>> Wikipedia
>> Portal <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal> and A/B 
>> testing
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia.org_Portal_A/B_testing>.
>> On behalf of our happy little Wikipedia.org Portal team,
>> Deb
>> --
>> Deb Tankersley
>> Product Manager, Discovery
>> Wikimedia Foundation
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