Dec
26
2006

Wikizine – number: 55

Technical news

  • [Auto patrol] – If a user has the “autopatrol” right, then their edits are auto-marked as patrolled. If a user does not have this right, then they can not mark their own edits as patrolled in the normal fashion.
  • [Check user] – the interface for check user has been changed. There is now a field to provide a reason for the check. The log where you can see that can only been seen by checkusers.

Foundation

Community

Media

  • [Something Search] – This weeks buzz is the news of a new project of Wikia for a search engine site. The idea is to make a “wiki-inspired search engine”. As usually several media mixed up Wikia and Wikipedia. Also a screenshot form the unrelated Wikia project “Wikisearch” that currently is in beta and not open is to the public caused confusion.

Stats

  • [vls.wikipedia] – The West Flemish Wikipedia reaches 1,000 articles. This Wikipedia has only started in April 2006. The idea of Wikipedia in this dialect was not taken serious by many when founded and regarded as a “joke-wikipedia”. Now this Wikipedia has jumped over many other older Wikipedias and is now a viable Wikipedia.
  • [nl.wikipedia] – And the have now passed the 250,000 mark with an article about Pierre Soulages, a French painter, engraver and sculptor.

Other news

 Did you know …

… what a Wikipedia Christmas-vote is?

A Christmas vote is an around the 24the of December on Wikipedia organized advisory poll.  The objective is to — on completely informal basis — figure out of Wikipedia is or not an appropriate place for wishing your fellow man pleasant Christmas days.


Quote

Never trust an operating system you don’t have sources for.
— Unknown source

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Dec
21
2006

Wikizine – number: 54

Technical news

  • [(+338)] – New anti-vandalism function is included to the recent changes. When an edit is made it now shows up in the RC how many characters are removed or added. This function is also added to the IRC-stream of the recent changes. To use is conect to irc.wikimedia.org with a IRC-client and go to #xx.wikiproject = so FR Wikibooks is #fr.wikibooks
  • [Site notice] – registered users have now the option to hide the site notice messages. It works with a cookie. The cookie expires after one month. To view the the site notice again or delete the cookie “dismissSiteNotice” or a sysop must give the site notice a new ID-number. This can be set in MediaWiki:Sitenotice_id a number other then the current ID-number. Ad one digit or use a random number. Translate MediaWiki:Sitenotice_close for the “close” link.
Reminder; if the site notice shown to the anonymous users must be the same as for the registered users then you can keep MediaWiki:Anonnotice empty. Then MediaWiki:Sitenotice will also be used for anonymous visitors.

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    Dec
    16
    2006

    Wikizine – number: 53 Tech flash

    Technical news


    The fund raiser is now live! The fund raiser banner must be or must come on the top of all WMF websites. The banner will only appear automatically if [[MediaWiki:Anonnotice]] and/or [[MediaWiki:Sitenotice]] are never been updated before.

    So this means for most wikis the banner needs to be manually activated.

    To have a successful fund raiser the banner must be on the projects wikis. The instructions for how to get the banner working on your home wiki can you find on this page;

    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_sitenotice_2006_Q4

    Notice the new option “close” for registered user. This can hide the banner.

    Please only translate the text, nothing else. Please help with this, this is paying the bill. When you get the banners working for your home-wiki do not forget the other projects in you language. Check them and updated them there to, if you do not have sysop rights there ask it to local admin, put a notice in there local village pump.

    Request for help

    For the fund raiser some documents and pages still need translation.

    Please go to;
    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Translation_requests#Current_requests

    and see how you can help with translating. Meta is also a wiki, so you can do it.

    There is also a new type of donation page. It is already created for a fair amount of languages but many still have the old one.

    http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:DavidStrauss/Fundraising_Translations

    Please first verify that the content of the current donation page in your language is not plain wrong. And then try to make also a one in the new style.

    If you need help with one of the places to look for it are the IRC channels. You can use the IRC-service of Wikizine;
    http://chat.wikizine.org

    And try #wikimedia-tech , #wikimedia or #wikimedia-stewards

    If you can use your own IRC-client, the one of wikizine is sometimes blocked in certain channels.

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    Dec
    14
    2006

    Wikizine – number: 53 Extra edition

    Request for help Anthere, Chair of the WMF, has send the following request to Foundation-l; HelloAs roughly announced last week, the fundraiser will start *tomorrow*.A bunch of things still need to be fixed, and in particular, WE NEED HELP to translat…

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    Dec
    12
    2006

    Wikizine – number: 53

    Technical new

  • [tEmplate] – On most projects, the first letter of an article title starts with a capital letter, but some subjects are correctly spelled with a starting lowercase letter. There is a way around this by using a special template that changes the appearance of the title with JavaScript.
  • Request for help

    • [License Wikizine] – Wikizine is currently using the GNU Free Documentation License. A request has been made to change that; reader feedback would be useful.

    Foundation

  • [Financial audit] – Brad Patrick announced the public release of audited financial statements for the Wikimedia Foundation for the fiscal years 2004, 2005 and 2006 inclusively. The results of the audit were positive for the Foundation, and help to establish it as a reputable charitable organization. This will improve chances of getting external support for our projects.
  • [Bylaws] – A new version of the Wikimedia Foundation’s bylaws have been posted. These are the rules governing the internal management of the Foundation.
  • [WMF/Chapters] – The Wikimedia Foundation approved a default agreement between itself and its chapters. The agreement describes the Foundation’s relationship with the chapters.
  • [Fund raising] – The start of the fundraising drive has been delayed, but it is still expected to start (very) soon.
  • Community

    Awards

    Media

    • [On CBS] – CBS, one of the largest television and radio networks in the United States, has made a broadcast about Wikipedia. It was nothing spectacular, just a basic story on Wikipedia for any people that are unaware of it. The news report is 7 minutes 36 seconds in length, and was broadcast on a Sunday morning. The video is available online.

    Stats

  • [Netherlands] – The Dutch edition of Wikipedia experienced significant growth in 2006. This is reflected in its website rankings, where it went from the 45th most popular Dutch-language website at the beginning of 2006 to the 10th most popular website in the Netherlands.
  • [qu.wp] – The Quechua Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles. It is the first Native American language wiki with some many articles.
  • [tk.wp] – The Turkmen Wikipedia has reached 500 articles.
  • Was ist das?

    Matching donations: a form of sponsorship. For every unit a person or organization sells, the sponsor will double it. This can be in the form of money, goods or services. This is often used by schools or youth organizations. For example, cakes can be sold, and for every cake sold the sponsor will donate the value of one extra cake. In return, the name of the sponsor is often included in marketing materials as a form of recognition for their donation.
    LOL: Laughing Out Loud. Used in written form for expression of emotion. Used in email, chat and similar forms of informal written communication  
    OT: Off-Topic. When something is not appropriate for the location where it is used. Usually used for situations regarding chat rooms, mailing lists or news groups


    Quote

    We’re all standing on the edge of a cliff, all the time, every day, a cliff we’re all going over. Our choice isn’t about that. Our choice is about whether we want to go kicking and screaming or whether we might want to open our eyes and our hearts to what happens once we start to fall.” — Character Allie Keys / science fiction miniseries “Taken”


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    Dec
    05
    2006

    EN Wikizine – number: 52

    Technical news

    Politics

    Foundation

    • [Fundraiser] – The Wikimedia Foundation will start a new fundraiser campain this Friday (2006-12-08), but it is possible it might be delayed for a few days. If there is translation work needing to be done then you can find it on meta:Translation requests
    • [Board] – Anthere provided feedback about a board meeting at end of November. Please read Anthere’s post. Some highlights;
      • – the board will be expanded to probably 11 members by July 2008
      • – 3 board members will be added by appointment before the end of the year on the board, until next elections in July 2007. (includes replacement for Tim Shell)
      • – every year there will be board elections for the board
      • – an audit of the WMF has been done. The result was positive and will be published soon.
      • – the idea of an advisory board for the WMF is being implemented. Candidates are being contacted.
      • – the board informally approved new bylaws for the WMF.
    • [fr.wikiquote] – end of March 2006 the French language Wikiquote was deleted and closed and by the WMF because of copyright problems. Now a new and empty wiki is again online.

    Awards

    Media

    Stats

    Other news

    • [Compare] – It happens frequently that people who are not well informed, like journalists, think that every website where you can edit the pages is “a Wikipedia”. The software Wikipedia uses is, of course, MediaWiki. MediaWiki is “a wiki” but there are many others. Wikimatrix.org attempts to present all those different wikis there out there and to make it possible to compare them easily.
    • [Wikia, Inc.] – has taken over Armchairgm.com for $2 US million in cash and Wikia stock. Armchairgm writes that they are “a fan-based sports community built on a customized MediaWiki (Wikipedia) engine that combines blogs, news, and voting, with the power of a sports-wiki.”
    • [Parody] – A not to bad parody of Wikipedia templates

    Did you know …

    … there is an interesting program for MacOSX to navigate Wikipedia?

    It displays a graphical “network” representation of your visited article pages. A node represents an article, and a connection between two nodes means that you have gone from the first article to the second one. You can save the network you’ve created to disk and recover it. This way, you are able to keep track of everything: what you’ve looked at, how you get there, and just how it all fits together.

    http://pathway.screenager.be/2006/11/25/pathway-06/


    Quote

    “My first sight of the office was an open door with a big (Wikipedia)
    poster on it. All other offices in that building have closed doors.
    After one walks past the poster, one gets in a corridor with the signed
    Wikimania banner. And it is open…
    Who else than us could have office doors open this way ?”  — Anthere about the WMF-office

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