Submissions/Article Alerts: A review of the English Wikipedia's article-monitoring system

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Submission no. 2044 Subject - C7 and T1
Title of the submission
Article Alerts: A review of the English Wikipedia's article-monitoring system / Alertes aux articles: Un survol du système de suivi d'articles du Wikipédia anglais.
Type of submission
Author of the submission
Gaëtan Landry (Headbomb)
Language of presentation
Both English & possibly French
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
None relevant / Rien d'important
Personal homepage or blog
en:Wikipedia:Article Alerts
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

This presentation will give a historical and technical overview of the Article Alerts system used by the English Wikipedia's community. This system is used to monitor important discussions (such as deletion discussions, request for comments, move requests, ...) surrounding particular topics (such as chemistry, physics, video games, women in science, ...). I will cover what motivated me to originally propose the Article Alert system, as well as its design philosophy, technical implementation, and other complementary systems. The talk should be accessible and interesting to all audiences, regardless of technical background, but will be most interesting to people interested in Wikipedian history, in implementing a similar system in other languages (or their own wikis).

Dans cette présentation, je ferai un survol historique et technique du système Article Alerts ("Alertes aux articles") employé par la communauté du Wikipédia anglais. Ce système est utilisé par ses adhérents pour se tenir au courant des multiples discussions (Pages à supprimer, Appel à commentaires, Demande de renommage, ...) autour de sujets spécifiques tels la chimie, la physique, jeux vidéos, ou les femmes en sciences. Je couvrirai en ce qui m'a amené a proposer ce système en premier lieu, ainsi que la philosophie de son design, son implémentation technique, et autres systèmes complémentaires. Cette présentation devrait être accessible à tous, peu important le background technique, mais sera particulièrement intéressante à ceux et celles intéressé(e)s dans l'histoire Wikipédienne, ou dans l'implémentation d'un système similaire dans un autre language (ou dans leurs propres wikis).

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendants will

  • Learn a bit about (the English) Wikipedia's history and how it deals with managing discussions across 5 million+ pages
  • Learn why and how the current system came to be
  • Get ideas for similar implementations in non-English wikipedias and their own wikis
Theme of presentation
WikiCulture & Community / Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
40 minutes (if bilingual), 25 if English only. Slides will be in both English and French, and I'll take question both English and French.
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes / Oui
Slides or further information (optional)
Will provide closer to Wikimania, once I have made them
Special requests
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