Wikizine – number: 15

=== Technical news ===[capitalize] All Wiktionary editions have been converted to no longerautomatically capitalize entry titles. This change came without priordiscussion in the affected communities.[Vandal Fighter] A tool for watching “recent changes”…


Wikizine – number: 14

=== Technical news ===

[Semi-protection] is now active on all wikis. Semi-protection of a page prevents unregistered editors and editors with very new accounts editing that page. “Very new” is currently defined as four days. Sysops can change the status of a page. Making a policy to use this on your wiki is advisable
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Semi-protection_policy – for policy inspiration for your homewiki

[Recentchanges] You can now hide your own edits in the “recent changes” by adding a option to [[MediaWiki:Showhideminor]]. See for examples

[Undelete] Sysops can view the deleted pages. The view changed of those deleted pages is now changed. The revisions are now displayed as the wiki source code.

[Pipeline] – it is not yet so but it seems likely that soon bureaucrats will be able to give the bot flag. “Bot flag” means that a user gets the status that it is a “bot”, a computer program that makes edits on the wiki. With the bot flag on users have the option to exclude the edits of that user class from recent changes.

=== Request for Comments ===

[InstantCommons] – proposal to give all MediaWiki-wikis the option to use Wikimedia Commons media. Funding for this is available. Feedback is requested.

=== Foundation ===

[Wikimedia UK] officially exists. Official its name is “Wiki Educational Resources Limited” (WER), a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England and Wales. WER will use “Wikimedia UK” as the operating name. WER will try to get the status as a charity. There are now 6 local chapters.

=== Community ===

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[Baby] the son of Anthere is born. He is born on 8th of February and his name is Thomas.
Both mother and baby are doing great.


=== Media ===

[Babylon] is announcing the the have made a deal with the Wikimedia Foundation. And it looks like it is true. But there is no real information about it from the WMF yet.

=== Did you know … ===

… that Jimbo is bigger then Jesus? (source: googlefight)


=== MediaZilla-IRC Quotes ===

– Tried the outside world before. Didn’t like it too much. Can’t edit it; can’t even view source…

– [jwales] By sheer chance, the tree was close enough to an open free wifi port, so I was able to get on irc from the tree.

– [Raul654] …so, since we’re boned both ways, we might as well make a policy

– If there is nothing wrong, then something is seriously wrong.

Editor(s): Shizhao, Walter


Wikizine – number: 13

=== Technical news ===

[wikidown] due to reasons still under investigation the Wikimedia projects where mostly down during Monday 13 february. Best guess now is due physical hard disk failure. Emails send to Wikimedia (OTRS) and the lists should be saved and arriving soon.

Many of the issues have been sorted but there are still some on-going problems, as such no wikipedia or wikimedia project should be considered as stable for the moment. Please see sources listed here for more and better news.


[Anon!] There is a new field to give a warning to anonymous users that their ip-address will be exposed if the edit. It appears above the edit box. Default is English if you have not translated it.

[Larousse] (2003-2006) – the oldest Wikimedia server still in service has gone offline. Larouse came to serve Wikipedia in may 2003 as the second server ever that Wikipedia acquired. Larouse started to work as THE webserver of Wikipedia with its companion Pliny, the long gone first server, acting as the database server. In his later life cycle Laurouse was used for various light tasks, including nagios, DNS, some IRC services and web serving for kohl.wikimedia.org. Larouse expired at the age of 2 and 10 months, without warranty, because of hardisk failure at the Wikimedia hosting facility in Tampa, Florida.

[No Tinyurl] On Meta there is a global blacklist of domains. Url’s of domains listed there can not be posted on any Wikimedia wiki. This is an anti-spam function of Wikimedia. The widely used domain “tinyurl.com” is now added to the blacklist. Tinyurl.com is a free redirect service to make a very long url very short. This service has been abused by spammers to link sites already on the blacklist. But it is also used by Wikimedians to point to a specific page or revision. Below the item you find a tinyurl to the discussion page about this. Wikizine is constructed on Meta so this short url could not be saved in this form on Meta. To compare you find the long tinyurl target also included.

[Robots.txt] the page “Articles for deletion” and similar of the EN Wikipedia are added to Wikipedia’s Robots.txt file. This will prevent them from being indexed by search engines like google.
http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4776 – request for adding AFD & co to robots.txt

http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4787 – feature request to make a wikitag to specify this for a specific page

=== Request for help ===

[Grants] Wikimedia Germany has been offered to participate in the Google Grants
International-Programm. We can kindly use Google AdWords to promote Wikimedia sites.Final deadline for suggestions is February 14th.

=== Legal ===

[TRON] Judgement in the TRON case; Wikipedia wins in the name controversy – wikimedia.de points again to de.wikipedia.org – Tron’s parents said they would appeal the ruling.

=== Foundation ===

[Meeting 2006-02-05] A open Wikimedia meeting was held and also a follow-up meeting. The full log of the open Wikimedia meetings is online.

=== Community ===

[Questions for Jimbo] the English language Wikipedia approaching one million articles. The Wikipedia Signpost is organizing a interview with Jimbo about this and is accepting questions for him now.

=== Media ===

[The Cartoons] – also on Wikipedia EN are those a hot topic. The article about it is created on 27th January. The article is already edited about 4500 times in that time. Even more impressive is the discussion page of that article. Notice too the long archive section. You can print a book with all those talk files. And because we live now in the year 5 A.W. (after Wikipedia) somebody has actually done that and made some sort of book of it.

=== Stats ===

[Alexa] Wikipedia has risen into top 25 most popular sites on the web according to Alexa Internet.

=== Other news ===

[WikiPubs] New project proposal; a project to create a free, complete, up-to-date and reliable world-wide pub guide.

=== Did you know … ===

… that the website “copyscape.com” is ideal to see if newly created articles aren’t copies?


=== Computer quotes ===

My computer goes down on me more often than my girlfriend. — Robert Paul
The only way to make your PC go faster is to throw it out a window.
The question of whether computers can think is like the question of whether submarines can swim. — Edsgar Dijkstra
I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. — Thomas Watson
How many Visual Basic programmers does it take to change a lightbulb? They don’t know how. They have C++ programmers to change their lightbulbs. They make wonderfully decorated light switches, though.

Editor(s): Shizhao, Walter


Wikizine – number:12

=== Technical news ===

[passwd] It used to be possible to use a blank password on wiki
accounts. Not anymore. There were even sysop accounts with no password.
Users with an account with no password and no email address have no
access anymore to there account. Brion is working on a solution for that.

[Dump] The full dump of last week is still running. The dump of ja, ko,
ms, and th are on the Korean cluster.

=== Request for help ===

[Logo] Wikisource wiki is looking for a new logo. Logo submissions are
welcome until February 14, 2006

=== Foundation ===

[OpenMeeting] Sunday February 5, 21.00 UTC is there a open Wikimedia
meeting on IRC. The #wikimedia-meeting channel is accessible on the web
via http://irc.wikicities.com/meeting/ for anyone who can not access IRC.

The meeting is to discuss the new committees organization of the
Wikimedia Foundation. The committee organizers are reqested to attend.
Anyone else with an interest in Foundation matters is very welcome.
Please inform your home-wiki.

=== Community ===

[Award] Japanese Wikipedia has been awarded the 11th AMD Award, Digital
Contents of the Year’05, Best Writer prize by Association of Media In

[Nominaton] User Amarant, the, so far as is known, very first user of
the dutch language Wikipedia is been nominated for the Vosko award, for
being the founder of WikipediaNL. The price is 10,000 EURO and a piece
of art made from silver.

[GNU/FDL -> CC] German Wikipedia considers making unregistered users
dual license their edits under the Creative Commons Attribution Share
Alike License.

=== Special report ===

[de-sysop] A de-sysopping on the dutch language Wikipedia somehow became
international “news”. As promised last week, now a full report about it.

=== Media ===

[wikipedia.de] Floricic vs. Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. – update

Letter to the parents of Tron

=== Other news ===

[Podcast] nice podcast about Wikipedia

=== Did you know … ===

… that you can not trust Commons for not deleting your pictures?

The idea of Commons is good. With alone +200 Wikipedias it is not a good
use of resources to upload one picture 200 times on every project in its
own database. If you upload a picture on Commons it can be used on all
projects directly. And we build a great database of free media to be
used for everybody. So far the theory.

On Commons the admins decided to delete all flags, even those with valid
licence information, to replace them with version in svg (scalable
vector graphics). Result: missing images on many projects. Images can be
replaced by a “better version” so the image on the projects is suddenly
different. Or the better version is uploaded with a different name and
the old one is deleted.

Commons has its own rules for deletion, and of course also there, most
users act responsible. But the procedure is far from perfect. Files can
be deleted when files are still in use on the projects. The waiting
period before deletion is only 7 days. The uploader should be informed
about the nomination but even if he is still active on the projects
there is a good change he will not visit Commons in those seven days.
And the main problem is there is no way to restore a deleted file like
sysops can do with textual pages.

Commons is great but keep always copies of your files and do not delete
files on your local wiki because they are on commons. You may need them
one day.

Example about how commons works;

=== MediaZilla-IRC Quotes ===

– [Brion Vibber] “A captcha of course is that annoying little thing that
makes you type in a word or code to continue, to prove that you’re
probably not an abusive bot. (Or a blind person. Whoops!)”

– [Raul654] “come on, isn’t anyone here an admin on meta?
[BillyH] I think Raul654 is.”
– [anon] “We have to believe in free will. We have no choice.”

– [Kate-] “(Jimbo)’s in hospital with total amnesia.”
[Jimbo] “I started a *what* on the internet??”

Editor(s): Walter, Oscar