Jul
31
2006

Wikizine – number: 36

Technical news

Request for help

New project proposals

Policy

Foundation

Community

Media

Stats

Other news

  • [Private Wikipedia] - Wolf Mountain Group now offers servers for sale with Wikipedia installed (or any other project/language) on a configuration with updating software and support for this. With this setup companies and organisations can offer access to Wikipedia content yet exercise control because it allows them to remove topics they find less suitable for their audiences.

A very special function is machine translation of the project installed to many native American languages like Cherokee and Comanche. Support for Spanish, German and Latin are expected. These translations are also available on the website Wikigadugi.

  • [Wikizine] – In an attempt to get more people from different project and languages exposed to Wikizine nearly all wikis will be visited with a request to support Wikizine in the coming weeks or months. Thanks to wikis who agreed to help recently will be included in the footer weekly.

Did you know …

… that you can add functionality to MediaWiki yourself?

MediaWiki has the option that you as a user can override the default settings and change the behavior, add functionality and the look of the wiki by editing your [[Special:Mypage/monobook.js]] and[[Special:Mypage/monobook.css]].

There is a useful javascript extension called “popups”. It has many functions. Highlights are; preview of the page where a hyperlink leads to. So you can check an edit done by an anonymous without the need to open that page. A “roll back” option like the sysops have to revert easy edits.

See;

Ferengi Rules of Acquisition

“Never allow family to stand in the way of opportunity.” – Rule 6
“Enough… is never enough.” – Rule 97
“Even in the worst of times, someone turns a profit.” – Rule 162


Editor(s): Walter Corrector(s): oscar
Thanks for promoting Wikizine to the wikis;
Wikispecies,en.wikipedia,ja.wikiquote,pt.wikiquote

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Jul
24
2006

Wikizine – number: 35

Technical news

  • [Z] -WikitionaryZ, the pre-alpha ultimate Wiktionary, has new functionality; new “Expressions” and “DefinedMeanings” can be added. This means that a new concept can now be translated in many languages. For more details, read the text about the DefinedMeaning on WiktionaryZ and ask on IRC ( #wiktionary) for more information if needed.

Request for help

Foundation

  • [Election] – The election for a new member of the board of the Wikimedia Foundation will start on the first of September. Essjay and Datrio have been appointed as inspectors of the election. Aphaia will assist them as an alternate election official.
  • [WMF Nederland] – The Dutch chapter is organizing a one-day conference in Utrecht, Netherlands. And this on 2 September 2006. The working language will be Dutch. Registration fee will be around 15 euro. Registration is now open.
  • [WMF 中文維基年會] – The Chinese Wikimedia Conference will be held on August 26th and 27th in Hong Kong. The working language will be Chinese. Registration is now open. Registration for it is now open.

Community

  • [Wikinews.ogg] – Announcing something is one thing, doing it and especially keep doing it that is something else. The English language edition of Wikinews has made already over 150 audio “news briefs”. The also provide a feed of the recordings.
  • [Persian WP] – The Persian Wikipedia has decided to restrict page creation to logged in users like on the English language Wikipedia. The reason is that the have a lot of problems with anonymous users who insert copyright violations. Most of those users are from Iran. And because Iran has not signed international copyright agreement those users have problems with the concept of copyright.

Awards

  • [Wikimania Awards] – For once Wikimedia is not receiving awards but giving them away. “The Wikimania Awards are a free content writing and media contest that takes place at Wikimania. The contest is for the best video, audio, image, and textual content created for use on Wikimedia projects over the past year.” People are welcome do donate prices, join the jury and nominate articles or media. First price is a Nokia 770 Internet Tablet with the greetings form Nokia.

Media

Other news

  • [Print] – If would like to have a decent printed version of a part of the English Wikipedia then that is now possible. Pediapress offers a very easy way to make a selection from the contends of EN Wikipedia and turn it in to a real physical book. That book is not free but the price looks fair. From the earnings of the “Featured Books” the donate 10% to the WMF.

Did you know …

… that you can add some more buttons to the edit toolbar?

w:en:UserMarkS has written some javascript code that extends the default toolbar with many more buttons. If find some buttons not useful you can easily remove them from the javascript code.

Quote

“When I visited the offices in March, the walls were bare, the furniture battered. With the addition of a dead plant, the suite could pass for a graduate-student lounge.” -- impression of the WMF world headquarters by Stacy Schiff, journalist.


Editor(s): Walter Thanks to: Krog

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Jul
17
2006

Wikizine – number: 34

Technical news

  • [550] The new blocking policy has now been implemented by Tim Starling, resolving bug 550. You can control the type of block by means of two tick boxes. The default settings result in the same behavior as before the change. These default settings are;

[ ] Block anonymous users only

[X] Prevent account creation
(To localize these options, edit [[MediaWiki:Ipbanononly]] and [[MediaWiki:Ipbcreateaccount]])

So if you do not change those setting registered users will still have no access from the school or from their ISP proxy, not have the option to make an account. The default settings give the most total block possible.

Thanks to user [[w:en:User:Lupin]] there is a small Javascript that you can include in your monobook.js so that the default settings are for the “softest” block: only blocking anonymous users, account creation allowed. Or if there is local community approval for it you can include it in the [[MediaWiki:Monobook.js]]-page so it is active for all users.

Request for help

  • [Awareness Project] This is a WikiProject that aims to spread awareness of Wikipedia and the ability to edit it freely around real-life communities in order to try and attract more contributors from a variety of ages. We hope to gather and catalogue promotional material for members to make use of, and to provide a central point for meetings of this type. The are looking for people to help.

New project proposals

Community

  • [rm Angela Beesly] - The wp-article of board member Angela is listed for deletion on here request. The article in some other languages is already deleted. And also the the article of Anthere, the well known french wikipedian is removed from the french language Wikipedia. Jimbo’s article is still there.
  • [Sitenotice] It was brought to the attention of the Wikimedia Foundation on Foundation-l that the Urdu language Wikipedia was using the site notice function to display a verse from the Koran above every page to each visitor. This is considered a breach of the NPOV principle of Wikipedia and an incorrect use of the Sitenotice function. The Koran verse is reluctantly removed by the local community.

Awards

Media

  • [Essay] “Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past” by professor of history and new Media Roy Rosenzweig. This article was originally published in the Journal of American History (Volume 93, Number 1 (June, 2006): 117-46), and was reprinted on the web at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. This is a long but very interesting article. It also includes a comparison of historical articles from the English language Wikipedia with other encyclopedias.

Stats

  • [ERRATUM] The report of last week that Wiktionary has reached the 1,000,000 definitions milestone is not confirmed. It is likely that Wiktionary is close to the one million mark but not yet there.
  • [fur.wiki] The Friulian Wikipedia have reached 1000 articles. Friulian is a language spoken by about 600.000 people mainly in North-East Italy

Other news

  • [Wikia] has taken over the Uncyclopedia domain name and trademark. Uncyclopedia is a parody of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects. Wikia has been hosting Uncyclopedia since May 2005. Now the Wikimedia projects and the parody Uncyclopedia fall under the wings of Jimbo and Angela. Wikia/Uncyclopedia and Wikipedia/Wikimedia are legally totally separate. The news of the transfer is not well received by some of the Uncyclopedia community.

Did you know …

… that you can use a telephone for calling people?

VoIP, Skype, OpenWengo, GoogleTalk, etc. With all those systems you can call from PC to PC for free. And most have also the option to call to fixt phones or mobile phones, normally not for free. But you still need to mess arround with software, a microphone, a headset, audio settings, allocate bandwidth. And the audio quality is not always very good and also you need to buy credit in advance. An alternative is the service of JaJah.com The make only use of the traditional phones for the connection. No special software needed, no VOIP, no need to buy credit in advance; you pay later. Prices can be similar or even cheaper than SkypeOut. For many western country’s it possible to call totally free of charge (possibly only temporary now). You can test there service for free without registration for a free call of 5 minutes from anyware to anyware.

So if you are working on an article and you like to consult with someone who lives in a far away place, maybe it is not even so expensive to give him a call.

http://www.jajah.com/

Quote

“By contrast, when journalists make blunders, and we’ve been provided many an example in recent years, it requires a day or two to make the correction. And, unlike a wiki, the article itself can never be corrected, because it’s printed and on its way to the birdcage.” – Larry Sanger

From http://www.dufoundation.org/blog/?p=68


Editor(s): Walter, 18.85.46.138, Gary Kirk – Corrector(s): Gary Kirk, Hector Corerro – Thanks to: Klenje

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Jul
10
2006

Wikizine – number: 33

Technical news[<poem>] On the Wikisource project a new tag is now live especially for poemsWikitech-l[Bug550] will be fixed soon, block options will changeWikipedia-l[localization] – BetaWiki is a project to centralize the translations and update…

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Jul
10
2006

Wikizine – nr.:33 – Tech flash

Technical news!!!-***Bug 550 is going to be fixed soon***-!!!Tim Starling announced on the mailing list that very soon, probably within 24hours, the way the block function works will change. Most important changes;Allow blocks on anonymous users only (…

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Jul
01
2006

Wikizine – number: 32

Foundation

  • [Board] member of the Wikimedia Foundation and vice-president of Wikia, Angela Beesley, has resigned from the Board of the WMF. Angela emphasizes that her reason for resignation is not another board member’s fault. She is only leaving the Board, and will continue to stay involved with Wikipedia and with the Australian Chapter and Wikia. An election to replace the position of Angela on the board is expected.
  • [$] The WMF received in the month of June 2006 $32,969 in donations by means of PayPal. This is a similar amount as in May and April.

Technical news

  • [WikiSource-l] , the mailing list for the Wikisource-project is now also accessible through gmane.org, meaning you can now read and post to this list like as if it were a usenet newsgroup or use the web-based interface.
  • [?..Announce-l] seems to be also on gmane.org since February. Announce-l is the mailing list used by Wikizine. It would have been polite to inform Wikizine about this stranger, ignoring that only the listadmin is supposed to be able to add a list to gmane.

Request for help

Policy

Community

  • [Fußball] It seems that the World championship football is more interesting then Wikipedia, at least to some.

Media

Stats

Other news

Did you know …

… that there is an easy way for removing many pages from you watch list?

When you like to remove many pages from your “Watchlist” ([[Special:Watchlist/edit]]) it can be that you need to check hundreds of tick boxes. That is no fun. Select the first box and then select that last box while holding <shift> pressed. All that boxes between those to are now selected.

Quote


“On average, Wikipedia will get it more right than the publishers will.”
– Scott McNealy , chairman of Sun Microsystems Inc.


Editor(s): Walter, Gary Kirk, Oscar

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