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The Signpost formerly The Wikipedia Signpost is the English Wikipedia's newspaper Managed by the Wikipedia community, it is published online every two weeks with contributions from Wikipedia editors The newspaper reports on the Wikipedia community and events related to Wikipedia, including Arbitration Committee rulings, Wikimedia Foundation issues, and other Wikipedia-related projects

It was founded in January 2005 by Wikipedian Michael Snow Originally called The Wikipedia Signpost, the newspaper's title was later shortened to The Signpost Snow continued as a contributor until his February 2008 appointment to the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees

Former editor-in-chief, The ed17, noted that during his tenure from 2012 to 2015, the publication expanded its scope to report on the wider Wikimedia movement in addition to Wikipedia and its community In January 2015, Wikipedia editors Gamaliel and Go Phightins! succeeded The ed17 as editors-in-chief After reporting on the changes to European freedom of panorama law in June 2015, The Signpost was consulted by a number of publications for further information

The Signpost has been the subject of academic analysis in Sociological Forum, the social-movements journal Interface, and the New Review of Academic Librarianship, and was consulted for data on Wikipedia by researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dartmouth College It has been covered by The New York Times, The Register, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Heise Online The book Wikipedia: The Missing Manual called The Signpost essential reading for ambitious new Wikipedia editors

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Content
  • 3 Analysis
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 See also
  • 6 References
  • 7 Further reading
  • 8 External links

History

Signpost founder Michael Snow later chaired the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees

The newspaper, first published in January 2005 as The Wikipedia Signpost, was later renamed The Signpost It was founded by Michael Snow, a Wikipedian and later chair of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees Similar efforts had been made with Wikipedia:Announcements by Larry Sanger on November 20, 2001, Wikimedia News on Meta-Wiki November 14, 2002, and Wikipedia-Kurier in the German Wikipedia on December 10, 2003

Snow wrote in its first issue: "I hope this will be a worthwhile source of news for people interested in what is happening around the Wikipedia community", and said that The Signpost's name was suggested by the Wikipedia practice of editors digitally signing talk-page posts He stepped down as editor of The Signpost in August 2005, continuing to write for the newspaper until his February 2008 appointment to the Board of Trustees Ral315 succeeded Snow as editor, writing in his first post: "I'd like to personally thank Michael for his work on the Signpost; it was a great idea that really helped Wikipedians learn more about the happenings on Wikipedia" He conducted a survey for The Signpost in September 2007, estimating a weekly readership of approximately 2,800 Wikipedia users based on survey results

In July 2008 Ral315 wrote about transparency for The Signpost, acknowledging that at the request of the Wikimedia Foundation, the newspaper had decided not to publish an article about a pending legal case against the foundation According to the editor, "I feel this was an unfortunate, but necessary, move"; because of the newspaper's affiliation with the Wikimedia Foundation, an article about the lawsuit "might have had a severe effect on the case" Ral315 expressed concern about the future impact of the decision: "I'm still rather troubled by the very nature of this situation, because it was the first time that I've felt pressured by the Wikimedia Foundation not to write or publish a story This also leaves us with a dangerous precedent that I'm hoping only to keep in the most serious cases"

Wikipedia community members working on The Signpost at a conference in New York City, 2009

The Signpost published its 200th issue in November 2008 A total of 1,731 articles had been published, written by 181 contributors Wikipedia user Ragesoss took over as editor of the newspaper in February 2009, in an issue which featured a new layout Ragesoss resigned as editor in June 2010, and HaeB took over as the newspaper debated changing its name from The Wikipedia Signpost to The Signpost That year, sister Wikipedia publications managed by volunteer contributors included The Wikipedia Weekly, a podcast, and The Wikizine, a news bulletin

HaeB resigned as editor after he was hired by the Wikimedia Foundation in July 2011: "It would make it too much of a conflict of interest if I were to continue to make final editorial decisions for a community-run publication" After three interim editors-in-chief, Wikipedia user The ed17 took over in May 2012 as The Signpost's eighth editor He previously edited The Bugle, the publication of the WikiProject dedicated to improving the encyclopedia's military history articles The International Business Times noted in a 2013 article that The Signpost's investigative journalism uncovered a link between the Wiki-PR firm and conflict-of-interest editing on Wikipedia

2015 reporting by The Signpost on changes to freedom of panorama copyright restrictions in Europe was covered by publications in several languages, including German, Italian, Polish, and Russian

After its June 2015 reporting on the likelihood of increased copyright restrictions in Europe involving changes to freedom of panorama, The Signpost was consulted for information by publications in several languages, including English, German, Italian, Polish, and Russian

Heise Online highlighted the use of a papal conclave image in a Signpost article about controversy with Wikimedia Foundation executive director Lila Tretikov, saying that it symbolized pressure on the foundation's Board of Trustees

Wikipedia users Gamaliel and Go Phightins! became editors-in-chief of The Signpost in January 2015 The ed17 noted that during his tenure, the newspaper expanded its scope beyond the English Wikipedia to the wider Wikimedia movement In a January 2015 tenth-anniversary retrospective, Gamaliel emphasized that further improvements to the newspaper depended on collaboration and involvement by the Wikipedia community and invited users to contribute suggestions and join the editing team In their first issue of the newspaper as editors-in-chief, Go Phightins! and Gamaliel wrote about the unique role of The Signpost: "We will strive to maintain our voice and standing as an independent entity, separate from the WMF, Wikimedia chapters, WikiEd, or other entities"

In January 2016, Fortune and Ars Technica relied on The Signpost in reporting a vote of no confidence by Wikipedia editors against Arnnon Geshuri joining the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees While reporting in February 2016 about controversy and confusion at the Wikimedia Foundation concerning executive director Lila Tretikov remaining in her position, The Signpost illustrated its article with a photo of black smoke emanating from a chimney in reference to the papal conclave used to select a pope According to Heise Online, the photo indicated pressure on the board to take action Andreas Kolbe wrote for The Signpost "that the creation of a successful search engine would transform volunteers into 'unpaid hamsters'"

Content

The Signpost publishes stories relating to the Wikipedia community, the Wikimedia Foundation, and other Wikipedia-related projects, and is provided free of charge The Wikipedia community manages the newspaper, which is published every two weeks since July 2016, due to a shortage of contributors Readers may choose to be notified of a new issue by email or, with a Wikipedia account, on their user talk page

The newspaper informs Wikipedia editors about ongoing collaborative projects to improve articles on the site, and is a location for centralized notices of recent academic studies about Wikipedia The Signpost includes an arbitration report, formerly known as "The Report on Lengthy Litigation", which details proceedings by Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee

The Signpost archives are publicly available, facilitating study of the history of Wikipedia

Analysis

In a 2009 article in the peer-reviewed academic journal, Sociological Forum, Piotr Konieczny called The Signpost an example of a subcommunity within the larger Wikipedia community In the social-movements journal Interface that year, Konieczny cited The Signpost as part of the "complexity and richness of those organizations" in which individuals can volunteer their time on the website

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Dartmouth College relied on Signpost archives to track Wikipedia editing outages, presenting their findings at the 2011 IEEEIWIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence In her 2013 study of Wikipedia and its reputation in higher education in the journal New Review of Academic Librarianship, Gemma Bayliss reviewed the Signpost Twitter feed to confirm the timeliness of her research

Reception

If you expect to continue editing at Wikipedia subscribe to The Wikipedia Signpost

 —John Broughton, Wikipedia: The Missing Manual

In 2007 The New York Times called The Signpost a "mocked-up newspaper", with a retro style characteristic of Wikipedia and "its own special brand of kitsch" In his 2008 book, Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, John Broughton recommended The Signpost as essential reading for aspiring Wikipedia contributors: "If you expect to continue editing at Wikipedia for any length of time, by all means subscribe to The Wikipedia Signpost"

Fortune called The Signpost "Wikipedia's insider newspaper" In a 2016 article The Register's executive editor, Andrew Orlowski, described The Signpost as "Wikipedia's own plucky newsletter" According to Ars Technica tech-policy editor Joe Mullin, documents were leaked to and published by The Signpost about the Knight Foundation's Knowledge Engine grant for a Wikimedia Foundation search-engine project in February 2016 Writing about the Knowledge Engine controversy, Nonprofit Quarterly editor-in-chief Ruth McCambridge directed technically-minded readers to The Signpost "to better understand what was being planned" In his article for the German magazine Heise Online, Torsten Kleinz wrote: "When official communications ground to a halt, The Signpost jumped into the breach, brought unknown facts to light and initiated an informed discussion"

See also

  • Internet portal
  • Journalism portal
  • The Truth According to Wikipedia
  • Truth in Numbers
  • Wikipedia – A New Community of Practice
  • The Wikipedia Revolution
  • The World and Wikipedia

References

  1. ^ a b c "Brief notes" The Signpost 
  2. ^ a b c d e Cohen, Noam March 5, 2007 "A Contributor to Wikipedia Has His Fictional Side" The New York Times p C5 Retrieved February 29, 2016 
  3. ^ a b c Phoebe Ayers; Charles Matthews; Ben Yates 2008 How Wikipedia Works: And how You Can be a Part of it No Starch Press p 345 ISBN 978-1-59327-176-3 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  4. ^ a b Koebler, Jason February 16, 2016 "The Secret Search Engine Tearing Wikipedia Apart" Vice Archived from the original on February 23, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  5. ^ a b Geoffroy, Romain January 16, 2014 "Une employée de Wikipédia débarquée pour avoir monnayé ses articles" Les Inrockuptibles in French Archived from the original on August 17, 2014 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  6. ^ a b Oz, Ayelet September 1, 2014 "The Legal Consciousness of Wikipedia" Harvard Law School doi:102139/ssrn2572381 SSRN 2572381 
  7. ^ a b Paroutis, Sotirios; Heracleous, Loizos; Angwin, Duncan February 1, 2013 Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases SAGE Publications p 237 ISBN 978-1-4462-9047-7 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  8. ^ a b Waters, John K 2010 The Everything Guide to Social Media Adams Media pp 180, 270 ISBN 978-1440506314 
  9. ^ a b c McCarthy, Caroline July 18, 2008 "Wikimedia Foundation edits its Board of Trustees" CNET Archived from the original on March 1, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  10. ^ a b c Okoli, Chitu; Mehdi, Mohamad; Mesgari, Mostafa; Nielsen, Finn Årup; Lanamäki, Arto October 24, 2012 "The people's encyclopedia under the gaze of the sages: A systematic review of scholarly research on Wikipedia" doi:102139/ssrn2021326 SSRN 2021326 
  11. ^ a b Ral315 February 18, 2008 "From the editor: This week, I'd like to congratulate and thank Michael Snow" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  12. ^ a b The ed17 January 21, 2015 "From the editor: Introducing your new editors-in-chief" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  13. ^ a b c "Libertà di Panorama: a rischio in Europa con una riforma del copyright" Blogo: Informazione libera e indipendente in Italian June 22, 2015 Archived from the original on June 23, 2015 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  14. ^ a b c "Chcesz robić zdjęcia znanych budowli Europy Spiesz się To mogą być ostatnie tygodnie" Gazeta Wyborcza in Polish June 24, 2015 ISSN 0860-908X Archived from the original on June 27, 2015 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  15. ^ a b c "ТРЕВОГА! Свободная съемка на улицах Европы – под угрозой" in Russian June 23, 2015 Archived from the original on June 27, 2015 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  16. ^ a b Konieczny, Piotr March 2009 "Governance, Organization, and Democracy on the Internet: The Iron Law and the Evolution of Wikipedia" Sociological Forum John Wiley & Sons 24 1: 167 JSTOR 40210340 – via JSTOR subscription required help 
  17. ^ a b Konieczny, Piotr "Wikipedia: community or social movement" PDF Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 1 2: 212–232 ISSN 2009-2431 Archived from the original PDF on June 7, 2012 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  18. ^ a b Bayliss, Gemma January 2013 "Exploring the Cautionary Attitude Toward Wikipedia in Higher Education: Implications for Higher Education Institutions" New Review of Academic Librarianship 19 1: 39 doi:101080/136145332012740439 ISSN 1361-4533 Retrieved March 1, 2016 – via EBSCO Host 
  19. ^ a b Yan, Guanhua; Arackaparambil, Chrisil 2011 "Wiki-watchdog: Anomaly detection in Wikipedia through a distributional lens" Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conferences on Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technology – Volume 01 IEEE Computer Society Washington pp 257–264 doi:101109/WI-IAT201186 ISBN 978-0-7695-4513-4 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  20. ^ a b Dee, Jonathan July 1, 2007 "All the News That's Fit to Print Out" The New York Times Magazine Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 Retrieved February 29, 2016 
  21. ^ a b Orlowski, Andrew January 12, 2016 "Wikimedia Foundation bins community-elected trustee" The Register Archived from the original on February 4, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  22. ^ a b McCambridge, Ruth February 16, 2016 "Knight Foundation Grant Request Tears at Wikipedia's Community" Nonprofit Quarterly Archived from the original on February 24, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  23. ^ a b Kleinz, Torsten February 27, 2016 "Kommentar: Wie geht es weiter mit der Wikimedia Foundation" Heise Online in German Archived from the original on February 27, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  24. ^ a b c d Broughton, John January 25, 2008 Wikipedia: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual O'Reilly Media, Inc p 454 ISBN 978-0-596-55377-7 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  25. ^ Sanger, Larry November 20, 2001 "Wikipedia:Announcements renamed to Wikipedia:Milestones in 2011" Wikipedia Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  26. ^ Lima, Kilo June 13, 2011 "Wikipedia:Announcements moved to Wikipedia:Milestones" Wikipedia Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  27. ^ Mav November 14, 2002 "Wikimedia News" Meta Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  28. ^ Elian December 10, 2003 "Wikipedia-Kurier – Das internationale Wiki-Nachrichtenblatt" in German German Wikipedia Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  29. ^ a b Snow, Michael January 10, 2005 "From the editor: Welcome to the Signpost!" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  30. ^ Ral315 August 15, 2005 "From the editor: As Michael Snow stopped operations on the Signpost last week, I chose to step in as editor" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  31. ^ Ral315 September 24, 2007 "From the editor: Last week, I asked readers to respond to a survey, in order to help us make the Signpost more relevant" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  32. ^ a b c Ral315 July 7, 2008 "From the editor: Transparency" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  33. ^ a b Ral315 November 24, 2008 "From the editor: 200th issue" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  34. ^ Ragesoss February 16, 2009 "From the editor: A new leaf" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  35. ^ Ragesoss, Mono and Pretzels June 7, 2010 "From the team: Changes to the Signpost" The Wikipedia Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  36. ^ Chen, Shun-Lin April 30, 2010 "Wikipedia: A Republic of Science Democratized" Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology 20 2 ISSN 1059-4280 OCLC 23860428 SSRN 1826325 
  37. ^ Reagle, Joseph Michael 2010 Good Faith Collaboration: The Culture of Wikipedia History and Foundations of Information Science MIT Press pp 9, 178 ISBN 978-0262014472 
  38. ^ HaeB July 11, 2011 "From the editor: Stepping down" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  39. ^ Jarry1250 September 19, 2011 "From the editor: Changes to The Signpost" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  40. ^ a b The ed17 May 21, 2012 "493753928|From the editor: New editor-in-chief" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  41. ^ Halleck, Thomas November 8, 2013 "Wikipedia And Paid Edits: Companies Pay Top Dollar To Firms Willing To 'Fix' Their Entries" International Business Times Archived from the original on January 31, 2016 Retrieved March 3, 2016 
  42. ^ a b Diener, Andrea June 27, 2015 "Geben Sie Panoramafreiheit, Sire!" FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in German Archived from the original on June 29, 2015 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  43. ^ Heald, J June 17, 2015 "Three weeks to save freedom of panorama in Europe" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  44. ^ Cheesman, Chris June 23, 2015 "Photography of public buildings under threat after European rule change, MEP warns" Amateur Photographer Archived from the original on March 4, 2016 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  45. ^ Taylor-Hochberg, Amelia June 22, 2015 "Photographing public art and architecture in the EU may soon cost you" Archinect Archived from the original on September 5, 2015 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  46. ^ "Parlament Europejski zlikwiduje "wolność panoramy" Fotograf będzie potrzebował zezwolenia na zdjęcie zabytku" Gazetapl in Polish June 22, 2015 Archived from the original on June 25, 2015 Retrieved March 5, 2016 
  47. ^ a b c Kleinz, Torsten February 25, 2016 "Revolte bei Wikimedia: Chefin Lila Tretikov tritt zurück" Heise Online in German Archived from the original on February 27, 2016 Retrieved March 3, 2016 
  48. ^ Gamaliel January 21, 2015 "Anniversary: A decade of the Signpost" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  49. ^ Go Phightins! and Gamaliel January 28, 2015 "From the editor: An editorial board that includes you" The Signpost  |access-date= requires |url= help
  50. ^ a b Groden, Claire January 26, 2016 "Wikipedia Members Vote Against New Board Member" Fortune Archived from the original on February 20, 2016 Retrieved March 4, 2016 
  51. ^ Mullin, Joe January 25, 2016 "Wikipedia editors revolt, vote 'no confidence' in newest board member" Ars Technica Archived from the original on February 25, 2016 Retrieved March 4, 2016 
  52. ^ Lonon, Sherri March 2, 2016 "Wikipedia Search Engine to Take on Google – Or Not" Business Administration Information Archived from the original on March 3, 2016 Retrieved March 3, 2016 
  53. ^ Jemielniak, Dariusz 2014 Common Knowledge: An Ethnography of Wikipedia Stanford University Press p 231 ISBN 978-0804797238 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  54. ^ Rosen, Rebecca February 6, 2013 "If You Want Your Wikipedia Page to Get a TON of Traffic, Die While Performing at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show" The Atlantic Archived from the original on March 1, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  55. ^ Brooks, David January 16, 2011 "More than a dozen people help out with Telegraph's Wikipedia project" The Telegraph Archived from the original on March 27, 2015 Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  56. ^ Mullin, Joe February 29, 2016 "Wikimedia Foundation director resigns after uproar over "Knowledge Engine"" Ars Technica Archived from the original on March 1, 2016 Retrieved March 1, 2016 

Further reading

  • Snow, Michael January 10, 2005 "From the editor: Welcome to the Signpost!" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ral315 August 15, 2005 "From the editor: As Michael Snow stopped operations on the Signpost last week, I chose to step in as editor" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ral315 September 24, 2007 "From the editor: Last week, I asked readers to respond to a survey, in order to help us make the Signpost more relevant" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ral315 February 18, 2008 "From the editor: This week, I'd like to congratulate and thank Michael Snow" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ral315 February 25, 2008 "Signpost interview: Michael Snow" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ral315 July 7, 2008 "From the editor: Transparency" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ral315 November 24, 2008 "From the editor: 200th issue" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ragesoss February 16, 2009 "From the editor: A new leaf" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Ragesoss, Mono and Pretzels June 7, 2010 "From the team: Changes to the Signpost" The Wikipedia Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • HaeB July 11, 2011 "From the editor: Stepping down" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Jarry1250 September 19, 2011 "From the editor: Changes to The Signpost" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • The ed17 May 21, 2012 "From the editor: New editor-in-chief" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • The ed17 January 21, 2015 "From the editor: Introducing your new editors-in-chief" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Gamaliel January 21, 2015 "Anniversary: A decade of the Signpost" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Go Phightins! and Gamaliel January 28, 2015 "From the editor: An editorial board that includes you" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 
  • Wikipedia editors 2016 "About The Signpost" The Signpost Retrieved March 1, 2016 

External links

  • The Signpost home page
  • Wikisignpost– official Twitter account

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