Wikimedia login comes to Wikimedia Space

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Wikimedia login has been successfully deployed on Wikimedia Space. This feature allows users to log in to Space directly with their Wikimedia accounts, no Phabricator account required. Logging in or creating an account is now just as simple as a few clicks. This feature is critical to improving the accessibility of Space, and greatly facilitates the process for anyone who’s interested in joining.

Enabling Wikimedia login has been the first step, and there is more:

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How to request a new category or closed group on Space

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English: Women of the Wall prayer group
Women of the Wall talking with Kotel women.jpg ( ) by Women of the Wall , CC-BY-SA-3.0.

So you want to bring your community conversations to Wikimedia Space, but your topic doesn’t fit in any of the categories. Or maybe you want to create a new closed group, with its own private category, for collaboration. Great, let’s talk about setting up a place for you. 

To request a new category or closed group, open a conversation in the #About Wikimedia Space category, using the “categories” or “groups” tag, with the following information:

  1. Proposed name of category/group. Make sure your name is descriptive and specific to the area of interest.
  2. Proposed text for the “About” post of the category/group. Examples: About the Regional Coordination category, About the Translation category.
  3. Proposed position within category system. Is it its own standalone category? Should it be a subcategory of a category that already exists? Should it be a parent category of a category that already exists? Note that groups come with private discussion categories, so this applies to closed groups as well.

Once your category is created, there may be some additional factors you’d like to consider.

Category/group moderatorship: Space allows for general site moderators (who gain moderatorship by moving up organically in trust levels and expressing interest) as well as category and group-specific moderators. All category and group moderators will be granted Trust Level 4 so that they can access the range of moderator tools: responding to flags, splitting topics, merging topics, closing topics, pinning topics, etc. You can nominate moderators for your category or group at any time. 

Reply by email: You may want to enable reply by email for the category or group, to allow users to respond to posts without having to visit the site. This will depend on the preferences of the user base.

Adding tags: With use, you may realize that there are missing tags corresponding to the category or group’s subject matter. Users with Trust Level 3 and above can create tags, so feel free to reach out to the category moderator (if you have one) or to any site moderator to create new tags at any time.

Configuring notifications: To ensure you’re notified about any new content posted in the category or group, click on that category or group from the Discuss Space main page, click the circle icon on the upper right-hand corner, and set it to “Watching”. You can invite other participants to do the same. 

We look forward to hosting your community discussions!


Building a multilingual Space, part I

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Dodhara Chadani Bridge, Kanchanpur.jpg () by Hopingyousuf, CC-BY-SA-4.0.

A critical part of Space’s mission is to offer a welcoming and accessible place for all movement contributors. And how can you be welcoming, accessible and monolingual, you ask? Great question. You can’t. 

Today, we officially embarked on the (long and winding) journey toward making Space a fully-functioning multilingual forum. 

Your language preference can now be set in your interface preferences. Anonymous users will have their language automatically set from their web browser’s language headers.

When using another language you’ll notice that, while Discourse software’s content is translated to varying degrees, all of the content that we have customized in our theme (like the header menu, for example) remains in English. Our next step is to add localizable strings to our theme components to make the UI smoother across languages.

As said, this is just the beginning, and even Discourse translations are far from complete. Notice something missing in your language? You can contribute!

Discourse is being translated by the Discourse community in Transifex. To get started, sign up for an account and join the Discourse project.

To support translators, both in the context of Space and in the Wikimedia projects in general, we are also opening a new category in Space, Translations. Translators have been a cornerstone of our movement, doing the difficult but critical work of making Wikimedia content accessible across the globe. This category will serve as a hub for translators to connect, collaborate and support one another. Have a look around the new category, and change your notifications settings to “Watching” to stay up to date on all conversations within it.

If you’re interested in how multilingual features will continue to be developed into the future, and in providing input on the overall plan, feel free to comment in Discussions in many languages, organized by tags, or open a new topic in Translations.