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RFC on use of via

Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#Should WP:TWL be allowed to acknowledge the services they have partnership with in our articles?. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 15:33, 28 June 2018 (UTC)


I am very keen to ensure that sources are attributed properly. In the case of, I attribute using the via parameter to either "" or " (Publisher Extra)". In the case of Internet Archive texts, I attribute using the via parameter to "Internet Archive". However, for analyses, should these be wikilinked, or are you able to use scripts that extract values from designated parameters to satisfy usage statistics? Thanks for helping me to properly contribute to usage stats. --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 03:26, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

@Ceyockey: Thanks for the concern! We track source usage via the URLs, not the via parameter, so however you use it is absolutely fine :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:00, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
@Samwalton9 (WMF): — if I'm interpreting right, that means that you are tracking the links to the clips, so that even bare links are tacitly attributed in the overall statistics? --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 01:24, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
@Ceyockey: Indeed! Though of course we don't encourage bare links :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 08:59, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

Reference access to AZBilliards.

Hello, I've recently been adding additional articles to the world of 9-Ball Pool, specifically, the WPA World Nine-ball Championship over several previous years. The website az billiards has recently started using a pay-wall to display older information (Anything older than a year). In a conversation, SMcCandlish pointed me to yourselves regarding potentially emailing the site for a key account for this information (The information on Pool in general is particularly poor), however, this isn't something I've done before, so would appreciate any help I could get regarding putting like this together.

Many thanks for your time. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 15:35, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

@Lee Vilenski: You're in the right place! (though requests can also be made at WP:TWL/Databases/Requests) For a more niche database like this we actually recommend going directly as an individual editor, rather than us working on a broader partnership. Do you think there would be interest in this website from many editors other than yourself? If not, we can help you with the best way to make the request for a single account, based on our pitching process. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:05, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
I'd argue that whilst there could potentially be a couple of editors who would use the service, as the WP:WikiProject Cue Sports is virtually dead, it may be best to request as myself. Having looked through the pitching process, I should warn you, my knowledge of copyright law is quite poor (Specifically, as this is a US company, and I am British.) Would this be an issue? Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 08:13, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
@Lee Vilenski: Doubtful :) All publishers tend to be concerned about is whether editors are going to copy their content to Wikipedia wholesale, or simply summarise and cite it (hint: it's the latter) so in depth copyright knowledge shouldn't be an issue. Looks like the only public email I can find for them is [email protected], so that's probably your best bet. I'd advise just dropping them an email explaining that you're a Wikipedia editor who finds their content useful on Wikipedia, and that you'd like to be able to cite more of their content, that you can't currently access due to the paywall. It's worth highlighting in particular that this can lead to more exposure for their website in relevant Wikipedia articles, used by readers when researching billiards topics. That natural benefit of giving Wikipedians free access is what motivates many of our partners, and you could mention that we already successfully partner with many large publishers. Feel free to drop me an email (see my user page) if you want to run the email by me first, and feel free to CC me on the email. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 08:58, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
Samwalton9 (WMF) - Thank you for your help. I now have the access granted. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 08:08, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
That's great to hear! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:58, 9 August 2018 (UTC) needs an update

FYI: Pointer to relevant discussion elsewhere.

Please see meta:Talk:The Wikipedia needs an update
 — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  23:24, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

New resource available - Economic & Political Weekly

A new research source is now available for free access through The Wikipedia Library! Economic & Political Weekly is a social science journal published weekly. Access includes all recent publications in addition to archives going back to 1949. You can check out their website for more information, and apply for access on the Library Card platform! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:09, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Non-working link on "Browse partners" page

The "online catalogue" link on the Browse Partners page leads to a page that says, "Oops! That page can’t be found." I suspect that McFarland's Browse Books by Subject page is what is needed. I don't see a talk page for the Browse Partners page, so I hope posting here will alert whoever has access to change the link in the McFarland box. Eddie Blick (talk) 02:29, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Fixed that, thanks. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:43, 16 August 2018 (UTC)
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