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Start your request for a CentralNotice banner campaign here!
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The aims of this process are as follows:

  • To improve community access to central notice through a clear and transparent process.
  • To improve best practice and ensure greater consistency in campaign implementation.
  • To improve communication around campaigns. Creating clear forums for feedback on campaigns, providing metrics back to campaigns and also a clear method for assessing community consensus for campaigns relating to advocacy.
  • To reduce potential clashes between campaigns

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Icons8 flat leave.svg Requests must be made, at minimum, 10 days in advance of any campaign

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Step #1 : Review the usage guidelines for CentralNotice
Step #2 : Create your request
Step #3 : Include it on this page.
Step #4 : Add it to the calendar and check for conflicting campaigns in your period for language/geotargeting. Contact the organizers of the other campaigns to solve them!
Step #5 : Notify target projects and geographic affiliates. Add edit diff links to request.
Step #6 : CN Admin & Community feedback [7 days]
Advocacy/Payments: WMF Legal Review [21 days])
Step #7 : Approval/rejection
Step #8 : CN Admin sets up campaign (recommended to allow for up 3 days)
Step #9 : Campaign enabled


List of currently active volunteer CentralNotice administrators:
Ciell DerHexer Martin Urbanec Romaine Steinsplitter Ата
Icons8 flat shipped.svg For normal requests, a central notice admin will close the discussion. In the areas of advocacy, the stewards team may be called upon to assess consensus.
Contents

(This list is automatically updated every two hours.)

Request Requested at Last edit Primary contact Duration State
2021 Months of African Cinema Global Edit-a-Thon 02:44, 17 September 2021 (UTC) 02:45, 17 September 2021 (UTC) Jamie Tubers 1st October 2021 → 30th November 2021 open
Movement Charter Drafting Committee Election 20:08, 26 August 2021 (UTC) 08:09, 08 September 2021 (UTC) JKoerner (WMF) 11 October 2021 → 25 October 2021 open
Wiki Cari Festival 2021 18:09, 24 August 2021 (UTC) 02:53, 19 September 2021 (UTC) Pharos 21-09-2021 → 26-09-2021 open
WikiCon 2021 in Germany 11:46, 13 September 2021 (UTC) 03:45, 19 September 2021 (UTC) Holder 23-09-2021 → 30-09-2021 approved
Polish Wikipedia 20th Birthday 17:21, 26 August 2021 (UTC) 03:33, 19 September 2021 (UTC) Jacek Broda (WMPL) 26th September 2021 → 26th September 2021 approved
WikiconNL - Registration 12:08, 2 August 2021 (UTC) 08:55, 16 September 2021 (UTC) DDJJ 05-10-2021 → 19-10-2021 approved
schrijfweken Maand van de Geschiedenis 09:33, 15 June 2021 (UTC) 08:41, 16 September 2021 (UTC) DDJJ 2021-09-27 → 2021-10-27 approved
Picture of the Year 2020 13:08, 11 August 2021 (UTC) 03:12, 19 September 2021 (UTC) Firefly R1: 12 September 2021 → 18 September 2021 running
Concurso Wiki por la Educación 15:16, 1 September 2021 (UTC) 09:03, 16 September 2021 (UTC) Cftoro (WMCL) 15 September 2021 → 29 September 2021 running
Wikiconference 2021 in Ukraine 08:49, 9 September 2021 (UTC) 06:37, 13 September 2021 (UTC) AntonProtsiuk (WMUA) 14th September 2021 → 20th September 2021 running
WikiConference North America 2021 16:28, 19 August 2021 (UTC) 05:08, 19 August 2021 (UTC) Pharos 01-09-2021 → 30-09-2021 running
Wiki Loves Monuments 2021 08:52, 8 August 2021 (UTC) 08:57, 03 September 2021 (UTC) Romaine 1 September/October/November 2021 → 30/31 September/October/November 2021 running
Write for Rights Nigeria September Contest 01:33, 31 August 2021 (UTC) 08:02, 12 September 2021 (UTC) Hadassahlove 1st September 2021 → 31st September 2021 running

Queued requests[edit]

2021 Months of African Cinema Global Edit-a-Thon[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - The Months of African Cinema Global Edit-a-thon is annual contest and edit-a-thon which is dedicated to contributing articles about the cinema of Africa, Caribbean and the diaspora to Wikipedia in different languages. The first iteration happened in 2018 and since then, about 5,000 Wikipedia articles on African film and arts, have been created in about 20 different languages. Furthermore, more than 1,000 relevant images have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons.

Metrics -

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -

Text: "Interested in Africa and Cinema? Join the Months of African Cinema Contest and Win Great Prizes!"
Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AfroCine_-_bare_logo.png

Landing Page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_AfroCine/Months_of_African_Cinema (to be updated before this banner goes up)

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Movement Charter Drafting Committee Election[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - The Movement Charter Drafting Committee election is anticipated to be during the month of October. We hope to reach a wide audience to participate in this election. These dates are confirmed (Oct 11 - 25).

Metrics -

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -

Landing Page - To be determined

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant -

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Hi User:JKoerner_(WMF), Just a quick question/clarification. Is this for logged-in users? I am asking because the French fundraising banners will be on the fr WP throughout October for non-logged in users. --JBrungs (WMF) (talk) 06:36, 8 September 2021 (UTC)

Hi there, JBrungs (WMF), This will be for logged-in users. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:09, 8 September 2021 (UTC)

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Wiki Cari Festival 2021[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners - Similar to previous iteration.

Landing Page -

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - not grant-funded

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Approved & Work in progress[edit]

WikiCon 2021 in Germany[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - We would like to invite active users to join WikiCon 2021 online

Metrics - We want over hundred people to sign up.

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -
WikiCon 2021 Die WikiCon 2021 findet vom 1. bis 3. Oktober in Erfurt statt. Melde dich an, um online teilzunehmen.


Landing Page - de:Wikipedia:WikiCon_2021/Anmeldung

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant -

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Please note that there is also an ongoing fundraiser banner running for the German language (though on a low diet), and CentralNotice/Request/WMDE promoting volunteer support 2021 will start on October 1st (as I hop you've noticed in the calendar). Ciell (talk) 10:58, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

Thanks Ciell. As the WMDE promoting volunteer support 2021 will start on October 1st and the fundraiser banner will be shown to anonymous users I think there is no problem with the central notice requested here, which will be shown to logged-in users and ends at September 30st. Best regards --Holder (talk) 11:21, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Hi Holder, please let me know what you think of the preview. If it's okay, I can enable it for you. Ciell (talk) 15:06, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

It's perfect! Thanki you very much. --Holder (talk) 15:43, 19 September 2021 (UTC)
Great, thank for the quick response, I enabled the banner and it should show up on the 23rd. Ciell (talk) 15:45, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

Polish Wikipedia 20th Birthday Polish Wikipedia 20th Birthday[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - Birthday greetings to Polish Wikipedians and all those involved in the development of the Polish Wikipedia

Metrics -

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -
Standard birthday banner
Landing Page - https://wikimedia.pl/20lat

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - None

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Hi Jacek Broda (WMPL) Please review the proposed banner here. You requested a banner for one day, 26 of September: I set it from 25th 22:00 UTC+2 until 26th 22:00 UTC+2, I gathered this is the Polish time zone. Please let me know when you do not want this. And I google-translate a second line of text: feel free to give alternatives, but mostly a call to action in a banner and on a landing page is a good idea. How can people help for instance? Or is there a (short) tutorial you could link maybe, for people that want to learn how to edit? Or become a member of WMPL, to give the chapter a stronger voice. Ciell (talk) 15:33, 19 September 2021 (UTC)

WikiconNL - Registration[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - The banner is to inform the community and readers that registration for the annual Wikimedia Netherlands conference is open. The conference is about Wikipedia, Wikimedia, digital heritage and topics like copyright and (linked) open data and is of interest to the Wikimedia community, GLAM staff and the general public.

Our request is to turn on the banner in 2 periods. From 5 October to 19 October and from 26 October to 2 November. We have been in contact with Ciell about this.

Metrics - Pageviews landing page and number of registrations

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - Organized and funded by Wikimedia Nederland - annual conference of WMNL

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Hi DDJJ, same question for this banner: would you like to include Surinam? Here is the preview for this banner: as you might notice the text in the banner is quite long. Maybe you want to consider shortening your lines? Ciell (talk) 20:53, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

schrijfweken Maand van de Geschiedenis[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - In October 2021, as part of History Month, we will organize writing weeks in the theme of At Work. We will do this in cooperation with the organization of Month of History (an initiative of Nederlands Openlucht Museum). The aim is to inspire new editors to contribute and to offer a challenge to the existing community. Subjects that fall within the theme are broad. Think of supplementing knowledge on crafts but also, for example, on contract labor, labor migration, slavery, labor participation of women, etc. Participants can contribute to the Wikimedia projects they are interested in: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata are central.

Metrics - number of participants + added/improved items/articles -> resultslist on landingpage/results tab

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - Organized and funded by Wikimedia Nederland

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Hi DDJJ, would you like to target Surinam with this Dutch banner as well? Here's your preview, please let me know what you think. Ciell (talk) 20:41, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

Campaigns currently running[edit]

Picture of the Year 2020[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - As every year, to announce the Picture of the Year vote. This is the fifteenth edition of POTY. See c:Commons:Picture of the Year.

Metrics -

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners - For R1: Banner using same style as Special:CentralNoticeBanners/edit/POTY_2018_R1
For R2: Banner using the same style as: Special:CentralNoticeBanners/edit/POTY_2018_R2

Landing Page - c:Commons:Picture of the Year/2020

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant -

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

  • Approved Approved Yearly POTY Banners, as usual. Campaign & Banner draft for R1 created. --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:01, 1 September 2021 (UTC)
    Looks nice @Steinsplitter! Let's not forget to check the enabled box. ;-) Ciell (talk) 19:47, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
    ping @Steinsplitter? Did you forget to enable the campaign, or was this intentional? Ciell (talk) 15:12, 19 September 2021 (UTC)
Is this '2020', like with the World Championship football and the Olympics, or is it a typo...? :) Ciell (talk) 20:10, 12 September 2021 (UTC)
Ciell, Its 2020 because the selection will be done among the pictures uploaded in 2020, or so I gather. Ата (talk) 18:42, 13 September 2021 (UTC)
Ahhh! :D Ciell (talk) 19:04, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

Concurso Wiki por la Educación[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - #WikiPorLaEducación 2021 initiative It’s an editing contest that seeks to create and improve the content on Wikipedia, the free and collaborative online encyclopedia, about education and pedagogies in Latinamerica and the Caribbean.

The contest is organized by local chapters and user groups of the Wikimedia movement together with the Wikimedia Foundation. #WikiPorLaEducación starts on Tuesday, August 24 and it’s open until Sunday, October 24, and we plan to we plan to provide support and guidance to the educators, students and institutions of the region in their process of editing and including the Wikimedia projects from a pedagogical perspective.

Metrics - Page views. New articles improved and created.

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners - A standard banner that will allow translations will be fine.


Landing Page - https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikiconcurso/WikiPorLaEducaci%C3%B3n_Latinoam%C3%A9rica_y_el_Caribe

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant -

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Hi @Ciell:@Romaine:@Martin Urbanec: i was wondering if you had some time to see this request; please let me know :-). Best --Carla Toro (WMCL) (talk) 23:11, 11 September 2021 (UTC)

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

@Cftoro (WMCL) Banner preview: I would suggest a simpler logo and a shorter text. Ciell (talk) 20:54, 12 September 2021 (UTC)

@Ciell: Thanks so much!! Maybe this text is shorter:
  • Heading: «Concurso Wiki por la Educación»
  • Text: Edita artículos sobre educación en Latinoamerica y el Caribe en Wikipedia.
¡Participa desde el 24 de agosto hasta el 24 de octubre!

--Carla Toro (WMCL) (talk) 14:00, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

Great Cftoro (WMCL), how about this? banner preview Ciell (talk) 18:34, 13 September 2021 (UTC)
Ping Cftoro (WMCL)? Ciell (talk) 19:41, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
@Ciell: That's perfect!! Thank you for everything! --Carla Toro (WMCL) (talk) 20:27, 16 September 2021 (UTC)
Great, enabled the banner. Ciell (talk) 21:03, 16 September 2021 (UTC)

Wikiconference 2021 in Ukraine[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - On October 2nd and 3rd, Wikimedia Ukraine will hold its Wikiconference, the largest annual gathering of the Ukrainian Wikimedia community. For the first time, it will be held both online and in several cities at the same time, which enables us to accommodate for more participants than usually. Thus, it would be highly beneficial to spread the word about the conference as widely as possible for more people to participate. Registration is open until September 20th.

Metrics - 60 participants of the conference, 20 sessions recorded and available for after-the-conference use

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -
WMUACON 2021 Всеукраїнська Вікіконференція пройде 2—3 жовтня онлайн та у різних містах. Реєструйтеся до 20 вересня.


Landing Page - wmua:Вікіконференція 2021

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - Simple Annual Plan Grant by the Wikimedia Foundation

Link to grant - Grants:Simple/Applications/Wikimedia Ukraine/2021

Discussion[edit]

I have notified the community on Ukrainian Wikipedia's Village Pump. --AntonProtsiuk (WMUA) (talk) 19:56, 9 September 2021 (UTC)

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

I created campaign 2021 with the parameters from the 2020 campaign. -- Ата (talk) 18:37, 13 September 2021 (UTC)

WikiConference North America 2021[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - To attract additional participation at WikiConference North America in October 2021

Metrics - We want several hundred people to sign up.

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - Conference & Event Grants

Link to grant - Grants:Conference/WCNA/WikiConference North America 2021

Discussion[edit]

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Wiki Loves Monuments 2021[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -

Landing Page - multiple

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant -

Link to grant -

Discussion[edit]

Hi Romaine, since there have been more and more campaigns that run for several weeks, and more feedback from communities commenting on the constant and long banners on their projects, could you please share the intended diet you will set for this (these) campaign(s) and the considerations you will be weighing? Ciell (talk) 11:04, 8 August 2021 (UTC)

Let us be aware that there are are different type of banners with different ways how they work.
Visitors to Wikipedia see the banner for Wiki Loves Monuments, click on the link and learn about the photo contest. Then, during September in many countries there are open heritage days and participants go out to take photos. After they return home, participants need to be able to find back the contest page, which they can find again through the banner. Putting a diet in place that restricts the number of views shown to someone or something like that, would basically make it impossible for participants to find back the contest page. In other words, making it impossible for them to participate. Therefore there is no intention to change the settings in comparison to earlier editions of Wiki Loves Monuments. Of course the banner is only shown in those countries where the local communities organises the photo contest. If someone does not want to see the banner, the banner can be clicked away. For someone who does not want to see any banners for photo contests, there is also a possibility to hide all photography banners.
If you still think a diet should be in place, this requires a community wide discussion with full involvement of the international team of Wiki Loves Monuments and all the local organising teams and communities. This because putting a diet in place seems at first sight an easy thing to do, but in practise would require huge changes to the setup of Wiki Loves Monuments, because participants need to be able to find back the landing pages easily, otherwise they can't participate. Romaine (talk) 21:59, 8 August 2021 (UTC)
Hi @Romaine:, thank you very much for your thoughtful response. The way I see it, there are indeed all those local communities that are organizing their national WLM contests and I in no way have the intention in saying they should not have access to the banners.
On the other hand though, we also have the language communities to consider, as well as our visitors. As you must have seen yourself as well, the requests for banners and specifically month-long banner campaigns have increased and I would really like to emphasize that we need to coordinate for all different campaigns to get the same amount of attention: we should avoid in competing each other for the banner space for a language or for a specific country.
When the WLM team started using the Central Notice banner for the competition, they were on of the first to do so, if I remember correctly. All I am asking you now is to be considerate of others in the way you will be setting up the campaigns: a repeated diet, with a 2 days interval for instance, might have the same overall effect, but is way less intrusive and leaves room in the banner space for others, or even a short period without any banner, which can actually be a very refreshing sight as well and makes people notice a new banner even better.
If you could like me to attend a call with the WLM international team about this, I am more then willing to do so. Ciell (talk) 10:28, 9 August 2021 (UTC)
I agree with Ciell: In my opinion, no banner campaign should be run without a diet. We already suffer serious banner blindness (and disabling) in our community and the tags can only be a plaster. Another one for these issues are the cookies which can be reset after some days. I usually choose 7 days cooldown for such several-week long campaigns but I'm open to reduce it to 3 days, for example, if need be. Personally, this might even be more appealing to readers and editors because this overwrites the status of closed banners but shows them again. Besides these options, there are various other settings for CentralNotice campaigns but most of them likely do not fit here. And last but not least, participants of photo contests around the world have to note the name or place of the contest in order to participate. Of course, we can use a wooden mallet method (as it would be called in German) but there is no need for that, in my opinion, to reach the same goal. A change to the landing page that the page should be noted somewhere (if necessary) should be easier to manage than a possible outcry about annoying banners. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:02, 9 August 2021 (UTC)
do you need a certain request for the WLM-banner? the German WLM-organising team assumed that it appears "automatically" because it's an annual contest? Greetings --Z thomas (talk) 11:09, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
@Z thomas: We have to renew the request each year. However, we're making the request at the international level (this request), to reduce overhead for everyone :) Effeietsanders (talk) 11:47, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
@Effeietsanders: thanks for your answer. so, we needn't to do anything to get the banner in the german wikipedia :-) --Z thomas (talk) 11:53, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
Other than the usual, no. If you want to make sure, check out this page for instructions for organizers. There's always translations to update, landing pages to define etc. But I suspect this is by now so engrained for y'all, that it no longer needs mentioning. Effeietsanders (talk) 12:05, 17 August 2021 (UTC)
From my perspective as Ukrainian WLM organiser, we would prefer having no diet or, in the worst case, not very restrictive diet.
I understand the arguments of banner blindness. In the Ukrainian community we make sure that there is no other major campaign during Wiki Loves Monuments, due to strategic importance of this contest for our community. Indeed sometimes we might have two or three banners running in parallel in Ukraine, but those are lower priority campaigns with diets.
I think we ran WLM (or it was WLE) with a moderate diet once, and this resulted in frequent cases of potential participants getting lost (e.g. asking us on Facebook what the dates are, or not being able to find the upload link). Note that participation in WLM is not always immediate: people often notice the banner, get the idea (cool, I need to picture a monument!), picture the monument the following weekend and want to upload them — but may fail to find the banner.
Another weakness is alphabet: Ukrainian uses Cyrillic alphabet (Вікі любить пам'ятки / ВЛП), while the international campaign uses Latin alphabet (Wiki Loves Monuments / WLM). Unless you remember exactly the name (which rarely happens when you see the banner exactly once), you will probably take a while to find what you need without a banner.
The worst thing is that any diet disproportionately affects newbies, as experienced Commons contributors know what WLM is and how to find it. And this is really bad for WLM Ukraine, as we have a quite big community of experienced photographers who will participate anyway, but we really want to attract new contributors who never uploaded a picture to Commons (or even never edited any Wikimedia project) before. WLM is quite good at it, please do not make it weaker. If you set a diet, please make it minimal (e.g. show the banner on every second page). It would absolutely not meet its purpose if an uploader has to wait for a week (or several days) to see the banner again — NickK (talk) 14:09, 27 August 2021 (UTC)
Comment Comment, Hi @Ciell:, WLM is the Guiness World Record holder for being the largest photographic contest in the world. It should have a special privilege in the Wikimedia world as one of the most prestigious project undertaken by the communities of different parts of the world and so, it should not be on a banner diet. As an WLM organizer form India, I totally concur with what @NickK: said. The central banner is the only thing to draw attention from newbie photographers roaming around through different Wikimedia projects to direct them toward WLM and they comprises of a significant portion of WLM contributors, (see stats for evidence). We will definitely lose almost all of them if banner diet comes to place for WLM which we cant afford for many countries esp. from the Global South ones. I request you to put the central banner in place as only two days are left to start the competition and we do not have time for experimentation or seek alternatives at this moment. Thanks in advance. -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 06:34, 30 August 2021 (UTC)
Hi Bodhisattwa, having been around in the Dutch community back in 2010, I know the accomplishments WLM has gathered in the past 10 years and the stats you link show this. And even more so, I my opinion the organizing team should be very aware of the privileged position they have had for ten years already and it should not be used lightly. A diet does not mean potential new participants will not see the banner: we can set a cycle to every 7 days, or maybe even every 5 days. There is a way in the middle of attracting new using and annoying the already excising users, we should be open for. Ciell (talk) 09:38, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, it have been extremely busy days this month.
As I tried to say earlier, I am trying to make sure a banner works, but decision making around banners should be done with the international in dialogue with the local teams and the broader community. The discussion on the mailing list and here is very very limited in comparison to the number of people involved. This is concerning.
Another concern is that the proposal above, to implement a diet with a "cooldown" is I think enlarging an existing problem (banner blindness) and creating a new problem (new participants who can't find back the instructions page, aka less uploads). Let me try to explain.
Banner blindness is influenced by for major factors:
  1. The first factor is how many different banners a person sees in a certain period. If someone sees 6 banners in a certain period, banner blindness is worse than only seeing one banner in that period.
  2. The second factor is how many times a certain banner is visible above the pages. If a banner is only shown five times, it is less blinding than when seen 50 times. If a banner disappears, a lot of users will think this banner is gone (but when a cyclus is in place the annoyance can be larger, see 4).
  3. The third factor is on how many different wikis someone is active on which the same banner is shown. If a diet is put in place (let's say 5x shown) and a user has visited above that number of pages, a banner disappears (or after clicking it away), that same banner will re-appear when that user visits another wiki. A diet does not work cross wiki.
  4. The fourth factor is how many cycles a banner is shown to a single user. (A cycle means that when someone got a banner a few times, after some time (days/weeks) a banner can be shown again for a few times.) While this is actually the same banner, a lot of users would experience this as a second/third/etc banner, or in other words, the banner blindness is higher.
(There can be also other factors in place, like banners that are shown but are relevant for only an extremely low number of viewers, as well as banner designs (like moving flags) that can create much annoyance, but above I just focussed on the different ways of how the same banner can be shown.)
The third factor (in my opinion) should have been fixed already five years ago and is a long standing problem. However I do see some progress, you can now disable certain type of campaigns in your preferences if you do not want to see them: Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-centralnotice-banners.
Concerning the proposal to put a diet in place with repeating cycles: At first sight this proposal seems to be helpful to reduce banner blindness and annoyance for banners. However, users would not get the banner once, but four times (factor 4), which would cause 4x the annoyance, and if they work cross wiki this would double/triple/etc the amount of banners they experience (factor 3).
But more importantly: this diet would cause a major issue: new editors can't find back the instructions page of the photo contest when they re-visit Wikipedia (or the page is otherwise much harder to find back). In other words: a lot less photos uploaded by a less diverse amount of uploaders.
I am a huge fan of diets, but above all a banner (+diet) must by suitable for the goal of the banner. In other words, the WLM banner has 2 goals: 1. to inform people about the contest ongoing, 2. after participants have made photos they return to Wikipedia and then the banner has as goal to enable participants to find back the instructions page. The proposed diet is obstructing the second goal and is damaging for the photo contest. Romaine (talk) 01:56, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
Hello everyone, thanks for contributing to the discussion. Given the comments from various organizers, and not having a clear consensus towards a diet, the international team is unable to take any hard decision on proposing a new diet. Even though I was personally inclined towards proposing a diet based on a discussion with CentralNotice admins, it seems like a discussion with national organizers is necessary. We don't want to impose changes that will have a huge impact on the competition. As of now, we also don't have previous metrics to act upon. Considering all, our proposal for this year is to proceed as it was done before. We acknowledge that this is an important topic to discuss, and will do a consultation with all stakeholders, including organizers, CentralNotice admins, and probably a few participants, to decide the best approach for further iterations. We intend to do these discussions much before the competition starts, rather than when we are close to it. Hopefully, we can gather more metrics this year regarding CentralNotice, that will help us in making a decision for further iterations. KCVelaga (talk) 15:26, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
Hi @KCVelaga, this is really a missed point from last years organizing team, I am sad to say. I have talked to Romaine repeatedly about alternatives in setting up these banners, and how one single campaign cannot claim the banner space in our projects for a whole month anymore - we moved on from the unique situation that was created in 2012 for WLM, to many community initiatives from many communities all requesting a spot in the same space. This way of claiming of banner space is completely inconsiderate and against the current Central Notice Usage guidelines.
Let me also point to last years banner discussion where the English community already spoke up explicitly on Meta. I proposed to Romaine to work together with another seasoned CN admin in a) documenting the present set up of the WLM banners, and b) working out a better way to balance the interest of the organizers and participants, without losing the support of all our local communities. It saddens me that nothing came of this. Ciell (talk) 09:52, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
Independently of WLM, I'd like to have the opportunity to document with you the historical situation WLA was in. Is that possible to find out which were the different banner situations WLA had in the past ? I would be interested to document that because I tend to forget from one year to the next and I think it could be useful. Contrariwise to WLM, we have time until our next contest. And just as WLM, we are impacted by such decisions, perhaps even moreso as most of our participants are newcomers. Anthere (talk)
Proposing a diet is not an alternative but an obstruction, as it demolishes a large photo contest. This has been made clear multiple times but apparently is ignored. You haven't proposed any solution that is without major problems.
I have seen the process of the guidelines, most of the stakeholders were not involved in the drafting at all. Also the community involvement was extremely limited. But still, having the banner for Wiki Loves Monuments for a full month shown is not forbidden by the guidelines. Yes, many communities ask for a spot for their activities in banners above Wikipedia/etc, at the same time Wiki Loves Monuments is a major community driven event for what the communities reserve time and space. It is not so much the international team who claims the space this month, it are the local communities who demand a banner to be there for this large Guinness Book of Records size event. This banner exists thanks to the support of the local communities!
The English community exists out of thousands of users, while on the Meta page about a hand full of users replied. Claiming that "the English community already spoke up explicitly on Meta" is just untruthful.
"I proposed to Romaine to work together with another seasoned CN admin" -> Really? Maybe you forget to communicate that to me, I checked, zero e-mails about this in my mailbox, not on Whatsapp, not on Telegram, not on Signal, not on my talk pages (Meta, Wikipedia, Commons), not on the Commons talk pages of WLM, not on the 2020 request page, the one thing I haven't tried is mind reading.
Please end your framing attempts. Romaine (talk) 10:59, 2 September 2021 (UTC)


As I had mentioned on the mailing list, this is a issue we don't really know how to model, although we are pretty sure people is noticing the banners, and then relying on them to find the contest again. And we don't know the extent these changes would have. It should be desirable to, at least, be able to record the needed data so that on other years a better informed decision can be taken.

Some ideas:

  • Some kind of "I am interested, but not now, please remind me later" option in the banners by which those interested could click and then not be affected by the diet (but how many of them would recognise they need to click that to see the banner later?), or be sent a reminding email.
  • The annoyingness of the banners could be reduced if after having seen the banner for X times, rather than completely disappearing, it changed to a "collapsed" banner which still allows to find the contest but took much less screen space.

These probably require code changes for implementing such new features -I am trying to think on solutions, not on the options we currently have- if they are considered desirable. It is possible that the collapsed banner could be implemented with a combinations of a "big" banner using a diet and a "small" one with lower priority that only showed after having seen the previous X times (but I don't know what might happen when there are multiple competing banners in place and then we attempted to link some banners that way).

Platonides (talk) 01:35, 2 September 2021 (UTC)

Indeed, if there is a wish to reduce the amount of banner views, the main question is how to make sure participants can find the instructions back. You mention two possibilities, with a local photo contest we used a different method: participants were asked to create a wiki account, then asked to fill their e-mail address in a form, so they could be informed by e-mail about where the instructions to upload can be found. This method has one major concern we must be aware of: privacy and security risks. With a global photo contest this seems very tricky.
Your first idea is something I have thought of before in a different situation. With the dozens of courses I organised with universities, many participants find it often difficult to find the project page back. This same issue arises with photo contests. The navigational infrastructure of Wikipedia/etc is not helpful for this. I doubt if this idea can be created easily.
Your second idea is an interesting one and I think this can be a way to go for banners with the purpose to have participants find their way back. The CentralNotice system seems not able to provide this option yet. Also the design (and text) of the small banner has to be developed yet.
How large or small a banner is is for the system (currently) not much relevant: only one banner at the time can be displayed. Romaine (talk) 10:09, 2 September 2021 (UTC)
Hi Platonides, thank you for this. Both snoozing of a banner a an email reminder are options that are being developed by the WMF team as we speak, they hopefully will be implemented next year (Q1?) Ciell (talk) 10:21, 2 September 2021 (UTC)

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

Write for Rights Nigeria September Contest[edit]

What is the purpose of the campaign? How will you measure the success of the campaign?[edit]

Description - Write for Rights Nigeria is contest to create, improve and translate Nigeria's LGBT+ articles on Wikipedia by attempting to bridge the bias of LGBT+ topic on the Wikimedia projects and also recruiting new queer editors.

Metrics -

What banner(s) will you use? What will be your landing page?[edit]

Banners -

Text: Help us bridge Nigeria LGBT+ topics on Wikipedia and get the chance to win great prizes!
Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Write_For_Rights_logo.jpg



Landing Page - Write for the Rights Nigeria

Is this project grant funded? Please provide a link[edit]

Type of grant - Rapid Grant
Link to grant - Grants:Project/Rapid/Hadassahlove/Write for Rights Nigeria

Discussion[edit]

Hi Ciell, DerHexer, Martin Urbanec, Romaine, Steinsplitter, and Ата can you please help to take a look at this? I know i requested late and hence its fine if it cant start immediately.Thanks. Hadassahlove (talk) 01:53, 31 August 2021 (UTC)

@Hadassahlove: I can set it up today. However, you've requested it for English/Igbo/Hausa/Yoruba but I can only see an English landing page. Do you plan to translate it? —DerHexer (Talk) 07:50, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
@DerHexer:; thank you for responding promptly. I have now changed it to just English as the translation of the landing page to Igbo, Hausa & Yoruba might take longer. So pls help set it up today with just English language. Thanks Hadassahlove (talk) 09:28, 31 August 2021 (UTC)

Central Notice admin comments[edit]

  • @Hadassahlove: I've created the campaign and banner. Please have a look here if the banner looks as expected. Once you approve it, I will enable the campaign. The banner text can be already translated. For me, it would be sufficient to enable it for the other languages if you translate the banner text (and maybe add a short note that the landing page will be in English for now). Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 20:31, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
@DerHexer:; thank you so much for helping to set it up, it looks so beautiful and fine/sufficient by me. I have also followed your advice by translating the banner text to the 3 official Nigeria languages and hence can enable it on the 3 language Wikipedia as well while the landing page will be in English and also marked for translation. Thank you so much once again for your help. Hadassahlove (talk) 22:51, 31 August 2021 (UTC)
@Hadassahlove: It's enabled now. Please check if it runs correctly, otherwise please ping me. —DerHexer (Talk) 08:47, 1 September 2021 (UTC)


Past requests[edit]