- [Suggestions] – A function has been enabled on the projects that gives a drop-down menu with search suggestions.
- [New search tests] – Testing is underway of a new search system to replace the current wiki-search function. The new system is supposed to give a more “google-like” search experience.
- http://ls2.wikimedia.org/ – location of experimental search system
- [Board Treasurer] – A non-elected seat on the Board of Trustees has been filled by Stuart West, who is the new Treasurer of the Board.
- http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/28722 — announcement on Foundation-l
- http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/28753 — “Hello” from Stuart West
- [Wikiportret] – the Dutch Wikimedia chapter presents a service to make it more easy for famous people or there managers to submit pictures for use on the projects.
The front-end is a basic website with clear and easy instructions to submit a picture. After this an email is sent to the OTRS team (who need to verify the submission) and if is is accepted they put in on Commons.
Currently there is only a Dutch language version of this service in use, but support for more languages is possible and intended. (However, for many languages this already exists by use of a page on the wiki Contact form.)
To support this project templates are placed on (Dutch) articles of people who have not yet a picture to point to the special website. Also an advertisement is created that can be used for publication by people who wish to support this project.
- http://www.wikiportrait.org — multi-language version (only Dutch works)
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Contact_us/Photo_submission — English Wikipedia (and four other language versions linked from the sidebar)
- [Documentary] – On the Dutch (Netherlands) public television, a 50-minute documentary about Wikipedia has been broadcast at prime time, and uninterrupted by commercials. An English-language version is available on YouTube.
- [By page view] – Overview of how much traffic the different Wikipedias receive. English gets 50%, German 10% and Japanese 9.5%.
- [2000th featured article] – the English language Wikipedia now has 2000 featured articles. The latest Signpost features an interview about it.
- [Wiktionary] – the Japanese has 30,000 definitions, the French has 800,000 definitions and the English also has almost 800,000.
- http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1192818/Wikipedia — The “Wikipedia” article on EB (if this doesn’t work use the online link on en.wikizine.org)
… that even changes that were active during a very brief amount of time can pop up for a long time afterwards as the version a visitor will see?
On the first of April was the tag-line changed several times. That is the string of text that normally says “From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”. Seven days later, when requesting an article as a visitor, the version of the article displayed contained the version of the tagline that was active for only one minute on the first of April.
The reason is that for the servers to be able to take care of the very large volume of traffic the sites get, pages are cached. Anonymous users get a previously saved version to see. The cache of a page expires after 31 days.
Moral of the story: even a “joke edit” that is only live for a minute or so can show up to visitors up to a month later.
“Spanking or hitting a skunk is not recommended”
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