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Requirements for accountsEdit

I am having trouble finding easy links to the requirements for accounts. I can see them here, and as a coordinator, I know what they are. But I'm concerned new users won't easily find them. I think it would be helpful to add a version of the list to the partner pages (such as here) or at least a clear link to the about page. I'm also adding the list to the project pages for the projects I coordinate, Wikipedia:Project MUSE and Wikipedia:Foreign Affairs. Am I missing something? Is this a good idea? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smmurphy (talkcontribs) 13:38, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

@Smmurphy: That's totally a fair point. We might have 'over-centralised' that information. I've filed T204998 - we'll get a more prominent link on the platform itself. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:02, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
@Smmurphy: This should now be fixed --AVasanth (WMF) (talk) 18:32, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Page layoutEdit

Thanks for improving the mobile reading experience on this page @Damenleeturks:! Is there a way we could use that layout on smaller screen widths, but retain the previous layout on wider screens? There's a lot of whitespace on a typical computer monitor size screen now. Appreciate you spending the time on this :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 17:28, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Access granted but no credentialsEdit

I was granted access to in October 2018 and an email from Wikipedia Library Card Platform (noreply said I could “expect to receive access details within a week or two once it has been processed”. Neither organization has contacted me since. Where should I ask for help on this, please? —LLarson (said & done) 14:05, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

You have email. Nikkimaria (talk) 12:40, 20 December 2018 (UTC)
@Nikkimaria: Thank you!
For the expectations of future applicants, that is an:
  1. application on October 2, 2018;
  2. acceptance by email on October 31, 2018;
  3. talk message here on December 15, 2018; and
  4. credentials by email on December 20, 2018.
LLarson (said & done) 13:33, 20 December 2018 (UTC)

Access granted but no credentials 2Edit

Same situation with me only with JSTOR. Received this email January 8th "Thank you for applying for access to JSTOR resources through The Wikipedia Library. We are happy to inform you that your application has been approved. You can expect to receive access details within a week or two once it has been processed." Is there someone I can ping about this? Thank you Jessamyn (talk) 04:19, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

@Jessamyn: AFAICT you should have received access from JSTOR directly. Can you check your spam mail, and if you don't see anything can you email me? Nikkimaria (talk) 13:24, 9 February 2019 (UTC)
Checked and had no email from them. Sent you an email. Thank you. Jessamyn (talk) 18:23, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Working with third party - imagesEdit

Hi! I'm pretty sure this doesn't come under WP:LIBRARY, but as you were so nice the first time, I thought I'd ask again here.

I raised a question regarding working with a company for sourcing here before [1], which went really well. I have recently been talking to the EPBF president regarding sourcing and in particular releasing images from some Euro Tour events into the free domain to be used on articles.

They seemed quick responsive to the idea, and I'm looking to draft up an email to confirm if they would be ok to do this; however, my question is if there is a simple way for them to release the images into the free domain, rather than forcing them to upload them individually to commons, or any other free domain site. Could they simply send a waiver for me to use the images?

If you could point me in the correct direction, I would appreciate it. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 11:51, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

@Lee Vilenski: That's exciting! Your best bet for resources on this topic would be found over at Commons, in particular Commons:Email templates where you can find a link to a tool which semi-automates the process of creating the text for an email EPBF can send to Commons OTRS to confirm the licensing. Either you could upload the images, tagging them with Template:OP to flag them as 'OTRS approval pending', or I believe they could even attach the images to their OTRS email. If the images can be found on their website or another image hosting website like flickr, they could simply add some text to the images flagging them as CC-BY-SA; you'd then have free reign to reupload them to commons, because the copyright is clear at the source. Hope that helps :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:44, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for your speedy reply Samwalton9 (WMF). I've sent off an email and see what they go for. There's currently only around 50 pool items on commons, so if they could provide something, it would change an awful lot of articles. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 13:04, 13 February 2019 (UTC)


It seems that my account at no longer has a subscription. I was given it around this time last year. Do they only last for one year, and if so can we re-apply? SarahSV (talk) 00:03, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Pinging Sam and Cameron. SarahSV (talk) 00:12, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

Hi SarahSV, unfortunately subscriptions though The Wikipedia Library do only last for one year. You are more than welcome to apply for a renewal through the library card platform. --Cameron11598 (Talk) 03:57, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
Cameron, thanks for the reply. I've requested access again. Could TWL make that clear as part of the subscription process? That way, we could reapply in time to avoid losing access. SarahSV (talk) 05:02, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
SarahSV - I encountered the same issue today as well. Chetsford (talk) 21:52, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
Chetsford, you can reapply for access here. In the meantime, you can request individual articles at WP:RX. It would be very helpful if all the time-limited subscriptions could be marked as such. SarahSV (talk) 00:06, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
@SlimVirgin: This is on our radar. The primary reason we didn't prioritise this task yet was that most TWL partners have very variable account lengths, they're only more or less exactly one year from setup for a few. But I agree this would be a great feature to have to avoid access gaps. Hopefully we can work on it soon. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:30, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
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