Year: 2008 Week: 3 Number: 90

Technical news

  • [User rights] – it is now possible for the developers to selectively assign groups permissions to grant/revoke other groups, either to themselves or to all other users. An implementation is don on some wikis, including English language Wikipedia, by creating the new group ‘rollbacks’ with right ‘rollback’, and giving sysops the ability to grant/revoke this group to any user. Wikis who also wish to have that option need to get consensus about it and make a bugzilla ticket for it.  The page Special:Userrights is now also listed in the special pages overview. Eventually the pages like MakeSysop will be removed and all changes to status will need be done by use of the page Special:Userrights.
  • [Page move restricted] – Since the 2nd of January 2008 it is no longer possible to move/rename pages if a user is not autoconfirmed (Users are autoconfirmed after a specified time and after specified amount of edits). There is a opt-out policy, which means that individual projects can decide to make page moves possible for new users as well.
  • [Title blacklist]  – the new function “Title blacklist” announced in the previous edition of Wikizine is again disabled. The comment in the log about the disabling was “domas: removing titleblacklist. there’s certain level of crap beyond which I won’t fix stuff. ”

New project proposals



  • [Business development] – Executive Director Sue Gardner announced that a new head of Business Development has been hired. Vishal Patel will not join the Wikimedia Foundation in there move to the Westcoast, and Kul Wadhwa will join the staff in his position as head of business development.
  • [Head of communications] – Jay Walsh from Canada is the new head of communications and takes over this job from Sandy Ordonez, who will not relocate to San Francisco with the WMF. The job includes press relations, written and oral communications.
  • [Fundraiser result] – The fundraiser has resulted in the biggest amount of money donated during a fundraiser ever: over 2 million dollars. The biggest donation of half a million dollars was made by an anonymous donor and almost 45,000 donors have donated about $33 on average.
  • [Concerns on transparency] – Following a leakage of information from a private list used within the Foundation, which resulted in articles on the en.wikinews it is being discussed if the foundation is communicating transparent. There are opposing views on the subject, saying that the WMF is the most transparent organisation and opposing views, which state that it becomes less transparent. The discussion is going-on, but everyone values transparency up to a certain point. Some opinions are telling that the WMF is too far away from the local communities and so that representatives of those communities have no feeling to issues on WMF-level. A Wiki-council as a council made up of representatives of all communities might be a solution to channel issues from local communities to the WMF board and the WMF office.
  • [Meta-arbcom?] – A meta-arbcom is being discussed. There are projects which have an arbcom, but many projects don’t. Arbcom is short for arbitration committee: if there are problems or disagreements in a certain community with an arbcom, and the people involved in the arguments don’t find a solution themselves, these people can asked the appointed or chosen arbcom to mediate and even rule (including corrective actions) over the dispute. For communities without an arbcom sometimes stewards are asked to decide for certain actions. Steward rules prevent them from taking decisions: a steward serves the different communities. Fur such cases and also for cases which exceed the specific community a meta-arbcom is being discussed.
  • [Wikimania 2009] – 6 bids have been submitted for consideration for the Wikimania 2009 venue, which are listed below.



  • [Traffic] – Domas Mituzas has made an excellent review of operations. Amongst others he mentions that traffic and requests doubled in 2007. The WMF spend $279k on hardware; hardware was also expanded at Amsterdam facility with 15 squid servers bought by the German chapter. The software was upgraded so that performance is faster.

Other news

  • [The Economist] – In “The World in 2008” published by “The Economist” the Wikimania 2008 is mentioned in the “Diary for 2008” <quote> Scholars, journalists, geeks and other fans of Wikipedia, an open-access encyclopedia meet in Taipei for Wikimania 2008 <unquote>. Too bad that they mentioned the wrong place: Taipei was in 2007; Wikimania 2008 will be held in Alexandria. Also they failed to mention that it is not only about Wikipedia.
  • [Correction] – Wikipedia is not 8 years old this year but only 7.

 Was ist das?

  • [patrol] – A lesser known feature of MediaWiki is the patrol-function. Every change on any article can be patrolled, which means there on the difference page there is a button, with which the controller can mark the change as patrolled. In the recent-changes list there is an option to show only non-patrolled changes. This function is only available for logged-in users and is active on the Dutch Wikipedia/Wikibooks/Wikiquote. Already many years now it works with a high success rate to counteract on vandalism if this is missed during live patrolling.


<boem! – boem! – ship shakes>
Computer; what was that?  — Constable Odo
“A temporary loss of stability resulting of the impact of a concentrated plasma charge.”
We are being attacked???? — Constable Odo
“Affirmative.” — computer

From Star Trek DS9

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Anno Domini MMVIII Week I Number LXXXIX

Technical news

  • [Page protection] – It is now possible to protect unborn articles and deleted pages, with the normal protection levels: only sysops or semi-protection. Also, auto-expire of the protection is available. To protect a non-existent page (as sysop), you only need to request the page and hit the “protect” button.
  • [Title blacklist] – A new extension is live on the wikis. The Title Blacklist extension allows wiki administrators to block the creation, movement and upload of pages whose title matches any among a list of regular expressions.
  • [Special:Userrights] – Bureaucrats now have access to the special page “Userrights”. At this time this page is listed in the special pages overview, but not yet in the sysops section. Manually enter “Special:Userrights” in the location bar of your browser or in the search box of Wikipedia to request this page. In the current form this does not give extra rights to bureaucrats. The new special page only combines the functionality of “MakeSysop” and “Makebot”.

Request for help



  • [Fundraiser] – Now at the very end of the fundraiser, a modest matching donation of $50,000 has been made by an anonymous donor. The current total balance is $ 1.43 million.


  • [Image service] – A project on the English Wikipedia provides a really quick and easy way to add an image to a person’s biography article in various language Wikipedias.
  • [Wikimania dates] – The dates for Wikimania 2008 in Alexandria have been changed after a request by a group of people. The conference now covers Thursday-Friday-Saturday, and is held 17 – 19 July 2008. This way, the conference will fall into a single week, so that people have to take less days off from their work to attend. 
  • [Photo submission] – Many Wikipedia articles about a person don’t feature a photograph yet. A new project on the English language Wikipedia has started to ask people whose articles have no pictures to submit one. A request for people to submit their images by email, together with usage permission, has been included on the contact page of the English Wikipedia 
  • [Stewards] – The confirmation of the “old” stewards has been concluded. Four stewards did not make it, all due to inactivity: Ausir, Romihaitza, Snowdog and Suisui.



Other news

Did you know …

… you can add a extra link to the upper right menu?

By including the code below on your [[User:Your_Name/monobook.js]] page you get an extra link between “My talk” and “My preferences”. You can define the page it points to, and the name of the link, yourself. It can be used, for example, to easily access a page where you collect links to pages or websites you find useful.

The code:

/*Personal links*/
addOnloadHook(function() {
addPortletLink(‘p-personal’,’/wiki/User:Your_Name/Link_Target’,’Link_Name’,’pt-links’,’Link title’,’!’,

Note: change “Your_Name” to your account name; change “Link_Target” to the page you want to link to; change “Link_Name” to the link name that is to be shown.  The shortcut key for this link is alt-shift-!.


“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”  — Bill Vaughan

“It wouldn’t be New Year’s if I didn’t have regrets.” — William Thomas

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art27040.asp — More New Year quotes

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