Aug
29
2006

Wikizine – number: 40

Technical news [The Return Of The Stats] – On a wikipedia long ago, before MediaWiki and the WMF, there where webalizer visitor stats. You could see which pages where the most popular of Wikipedia. Now, many years later, this information can be aga…

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Aug
28
2006

Wikizine – number: 40 Extra

Board Election 2006 candidates Very soon you will have the opportunity to elect a new board member for the WMF. To help you to make an informed choice Wikizine presents to you a personal statement of several candidates. All candidates where invited t…

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Aug
24
2006

Wikizine – number: 39 Extra BIS

Board Election 2006 candidates Very soon you will have the opportunity to elect a new board member for the WMF. To help you to make an informed choice Wikizine presents to you a personal statement of several candidates. All candidates where invited t…

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Aug
21
2006

Wikizine – number: 39

Technical news [ExpandTemplates] – There is a new special page called “ExpandTemplates”. With this you are able to copy a page from a Wiki without having to copy all the templates. In the first field you define the page you took the input from. So …

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Aug
21
2006

Wikizine – number:39 Extra

Board Election 2006 candidates

Erik Möller

The Wikimedia Foundation must meet many critical challenges in the coming years, including, but not limited to:

  • getting as many people as possible involved in important organizational tasks and making the Foundation transparent, open and accountable- accelerating technological innovation to make projects such as Wikibooks, Wikiversity, Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, Wikinews, and Wiktionary succeed in the same way Wikipedia has
  • finding new ways to systematically improve and label the quality of Wikipedia content, without destroying the principles that have enabled our fantastic growth and that make Wikipedia fun
  • developing a large network of partnerships with organizations and individuals who can help us in our ambitious goals, particularly with regard to building sustainable free knowledge communities in developing nations
  • responsibly and thoughtfully dealing with legal risks and conceiving a sound legal strategy that covers all projects, all chapters, and all languages.

After 5 years of contributions to Wikimedia on almost all levels, I believe I am ready to help to guide the organization to meet these challenges. I would like to gain your trust and your support in this coming election.

Please review my candidate presentation at

and tell me what you think on the associated discussion page.

Sincerely,

Erik Möller


Cimon Avaro

Hi. I have been editing wikipedia and the related projects for three years now. My focus has been always finding where I can do most good, even if it has meant sacrificing my own ego in the process. Attempting to find solutions in a forward thinking way; such as conceiving the cleanup process out of thin air, and making an honest go of steering the nascent mediation committee away from a bureaucratic model. (Cleanup turned out to be a phenomenal success, although it quickly surpassed all my planning through the miracle that is collaborative wikiway, the mediation committee less so, but that is how it goes).

My last real life job was about “herding cats” in a heavily geek-oriented environment (16-19 age group), as a librarian at a Sciences oriented “magnet” high-school. My modus operandi there was to meet the students at their own level, as far to being one of them as possible. Having established early on that I could not be provoked into over-reacting to their lively antics, I only had to raise my voice once (when a student juggled a switchblade in a dangerous fashion) and it was immediately effective, largely in part to not establishing myself as an authority figure to start with. Over here in Finland this model is called leading from the midst of the troops, rather than from the front, or the rear.

As you can read from my [[w:en:User:Cimon Avaro]] userpage, I have had a decades long interest in encyclopaedias and systematizing the worlds knowledge in general, and have witnessed the whole history of The Net, far from being a pure spectator; for instance participating in the founding of the first commercial ISP in Finland.

Although you can read much more about me on my candidacy page, I would like to end this short introduction by recapping what you will get, if you vote me in as trustee of the board of the WMF:

  • Someone who listens before he talks, talks before he acts and thinks before he either talks or acts.
  • Someone not beholden to authority, or intimidated by it, but realizing that the potential of collaboration can acheive developments that individual planning might not ever be able to conceive.
  • Someone who firmly believes that people will do what people will do, and the role of people in positions of responsibility in an organization such as ours is to apply the “art of the possible” rather than impose superficially ideal seeming constructs. Evolution, not “intelligent design” for WMF. Our part as trustees should be to fend off harm, not believe we can deliver some great boon. The great and wonderful things we acheive are in large part due to communities brewing “stone soup”, each bringing to the pot what they can, and spicing up the broth.

Thank you. — User:Cimon Avaro 02:07, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

P.S. Vote for who you like, but do vote. Read http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Election_candidates_2006/En
and make your own mind up.

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Aug
18
2006

Wiki down!

The wikis are down! Wikis are up!This post will be updated with news when there is news. Walter Friday 18 August 2006 – 17:53 UTCrouter problem – some parts of the world can see it, some can’t. Estimated uptime: Don’t ask – update 17:58 UTCHosting comp…

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Aug
15
2006

Wikizine – number: 38

Acknowledgement Memebot.com, a small webhoster, supports Wikizine by granting a free account upgrade to match it bandwidth needs. The WMF provides Wikizine with a free mailing list. Thank You. Technical news [CORRECTION] – in the previous editio…

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Aug
09
2006

Wikizine – number: 37

Technical news

  • [Stable version] – the German language Wikipedia will soon (how soon is not known yet) enable a new function on there wiki to support “stable versions” as an experiment. This should increase the quality of the articles. And also make the wiki more open to edit because the visitor will see the version with the stable-status. So vandalism on the unstable version will not be a problem from the point of view of the visitor.
  • [MediaWiki] will also be developed by full-time employees of the private organizations Wikia.com (the company of Jimbo) and Socialtext.com. This should increase strongly the development of MediaWiki. A new component to MediaWiki is expected to make “wysiwyg”-editing possible. This means that you will have an editbox that looks like the compose window of Hotmail or Gmail with options the edit a page without to see all the sourcetext with all the code. There is hope that this will lower the barrier for new people to work on the projects.
  • [Update] about single-user login. The one login for all projects is coming soon. But will probably be delayed until after the board election. When there are several users with the the same username on different wikis the user with the most edits will keep his username, the others will need to pick a new one. To identify witch accounts belong to the same user there well looked of the have same *confirmed* email address. Read the excellent Signpost article for more information.

Request for help

  • [The Signpost] is bringing to its readers a weekly report about a Wikipedia in a “foreign language” written by users from that wiki. Wikizine includes those reports also one week later. The Signpost is looking for users from several wikipedias to present there project to the English Wikipedia audience. This is a great opportunity to show a large part of the Wikipedia-world, EN Wikipedia, how great to non-English versions also are. Contact users Kpjas or Carmelapple for this.

Foundation

  • [Wikiversity] – Jimbo announced on Wikimania the start of a new Wikimedia project; Wikiversity. A center for the creation and use of free learning materials and activities. It will create and host a range of free content materials, multilingual materials, for all ages in all languages. It’ll host scholarly projects and communities to support these materials, and foster research based in part on existing resources in Wikiversity and other wikimedia projects. It will launch in three languages, in a six-month beta, within a month.
  • [New board] - The WMF will create an advisory board by the end of the year. There function will be to help with partnerships, public relations, financing, technology, administration, international affairs, … The people who will be on the advisory board, if the can be found, will be more academic people who are also like the wiki-style and the open contend movement.
  • [$100 laptop] – Jimbo announced on Wikimania that the “One Laptop per Child” (OLPC) association has chosen to load a snapshot of select Wikipedia articles onto the laptops it is developing. The idea is to make relative cheap laptop computers for schoolchildren for countrys where there are few computers available for children. These laptops are not yet in production. Use of Wikipedia in this way is a perfect fit whit the goal of the WMF to give every single person free access to the sum of all human knowledge. Because these laptops well able to connect to a network Jimbo hopes that by spreading those computers projects in new languages will be started or live will come in near dead wiki’s.
  • [$] – Brad Patrick stated the there is no need for a fund drive soon. The Wikimedia Foundation has a financial reserve of about $500,000. There is a stable income of donations of about $30,000 every month. The WMF will make a special effort to attract money from grants.

Community

Media

Other news

  • [GFW] - The Great firewall of China has upgraded its block level for Wikipedia. The upgrade was noticed and reported as early as August 7, 2006 9:30 UTC. It seems that official Wikimedia proxies are blocked and that zh.wikipedia.org” has become a URL-level keyword for the great firewall of China. This upgrade coincided with a Beijing News (新京報) report on Wikipedia.

Stats

The English Wikipedia has reached 1,300,000 articles.
The Marathi Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles.
http://mr.wikipedia.org/
The Min Nan Wiktionary has reached 2,000 articles.
http://zh-min-nan.wikipedia.org/
The Sundanese Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles.
http://su.wikipedia.org/
The Lombard Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles.
http://lmo.wikipedia.org/

Quote from Hacking Day

Ward Cunningham: “The Wiki[pedia] community has grown Wiki[pedia] and has done everything almost perfectly”
Ivan Krstic: “I want a Brion Vibber action figure – when you squeeze it, it says ‘it’s totally broken'”
Brion Vibber: (Extolling the virtues of downtime) “If you are up all the time, then you forget simple things like how to reboot the servers”
Brion Vibber: “And we have a lot of testers on Wikipedia, so [Mediawiki] bugs get identified pretty quick”


Editor(s): Walter, Shizhao – Special thanks to: User dg on #cgiirc
Thanks for promoting Wikizine to the wikis; HU,RO and KO wikiquote,EN wikibooks

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Aug
06
2006

Wikimania 2006 Online

Wikimedia2006 is over. What left is are recordings who will probaly been added for several days to come. See on the archive page on the Wikimania wiki for these.Updated: 2006-08-09 09:15 UTC-0 Wikimania program schedule – The Wikimaina2006-blog – Wiki…

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Aug
02
2006

Wikizine – number: 36 Extra

Wikimania 2006 OnlineIt is now almost so far. The main Wikimedia event of the year; Wikimania 2006.(View countdown until Wikimania )From this Friday until Sunday in Cambrige, Massachusetts, USA Wikimedians fromall around the world will meet. And liste…

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