Nov
07
2008

Year: 2008 Week: 45 Number: 101 Tech flash

As you all noticed the most visual form of the fundraiser has shown up on the wikis in the form of a very large banner. The banner is the main way to get people to donate. This fundraiser is the banner exceptional huge and not universally appreciated.

Erik Möller, the Deputy Director, has posted a statement about this topic;

All projects must do there part to help with the fundraiser by displaying the banner to all there users by default. But that does not mean that on a personal level you need to keep that banner in your face until the end of the fundraiser with is announced to run until Wikipedia Day.

How to hide the banner

Personal

Include the following code to your *personal* CSS;

/* Remove fundraiser banner and sitenotice */
#siteNotice, #fundraiser, .fundraiser-box { display:none; !important; }

Example; If your username is “Joe” and you use the default skin “monobook” the your personal CSS-page is [[user:Joe/monobook.css]]. That can be an unborn page if you have never done that. If you use a different skin, like “Modern”, then it is [[user:Joe/modern.css]].

Do *not* include this to the site skin, only to your personal one if you wish to hide it.

Include an extension to your wiki

You can create an option (gadget, extension) for the users of your wiki to hide the banner with an option in the user preferences section.

You need to do 3 things (well, maybe 4) and have admin access.

 
  1. Copy the contents of [[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadget-HideFundraisingNotice.css]] to your local wiki (name after the – can be localized)
  2. Create a page with a description to show in Special:Preferences (e.g. [[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadget-HideFundraisingNotice]], again: can be localized after the -)
  3. Add to your local [[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition]]-page ( where the first part is the name of your description page, second the actual script page).

    This should do the trick and make the option appear in [[Special:Preferences]].

  4. If it doesn’t, you might want to erform a null-edit on your local [[en:w:MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition]]-page (edit the page, don’t change anything and save).
Using this option is better then editing the personal skin because a menu in the preferences  is more easy for users to make use of it.

Take first a look at the gadget (can have an other name) section of the user preferences menu on your wiki to see of this gadget is maybe already installed. It is at least live on the English and Dutch Wikipedia.
 

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Nov
05
2008

Year: 2008 Week: 45 Number: 101

Technical news

Proposals

Policy

Foundation

Community

  • [General Survey] – A multilingual Wikipedia survey has been launched by the Wikimedia Foundation and UNU-Merit.  Currently, there are versions available in Dutch, Tamil, and Vietnamese with many other languages (including English) going live in the next few days to weeks.  Please complete the survey so that the Foundation can more accurately get a picture of who contributes to the projects!  Don’t worry, no personally identifiable information will be released by UNU-Merit or the Wikimedia Foundation without permission of the respondents.
  • [Wikipedia Logo Updates] – A project spearheaded by the Foundation and Wikipedia community members to fix the errors on the globe of Wikipedia’s logo and to fill in the blanks on the “other side” has begun.  This project was started in response to many concerns over the years that there were many errors in the globe.  Community and staff members both agreed that it would also be nice to have a full globe for memorabilia and for a 3D prop at events.  It is requested that all community members join in on the discussion at Meta-Wiki!
  • [Wikis Take Manhattan] – A scavenger hunt and free content photography contest aimed at illustrating Wikipedia and the transportation-oriented Streetswiki (covering sites in Manhattan and New York City) was held.  It was coordinated by New York City Wikimedians, Free Culture Columbia, Free Culture NYU, and The Open Planning Project with 23 teams and over 50 participants (the great majority non-Wikimedians). The grand prize winners will be having a free dinner with Jimmy Wales.
  • [Wikinews Meets Google News] – After a long series of discussions with Google, Wikinews is finally listed in the search results of Google News site: http://news.google.com/.  The problem was that Google did not think it was reliable enough to be included (since anyone could edit), but after Wikinews had FlaggedRevs enabled it was finally deemed reliable!

Awards

Other news

  • [Probably off-topic] – nevertheless – A 6-year old, heavily brain-damaged girl is now able to talk to hear parents with a computer that tracks her eye movements. She’s also able to browse the internet, and maybe to read Wikipedia one day?

Quote

“Wiki is 2/3 of planning, the rest is a loop in the dark” (Napoleon
Bonaparte, according to Eric Johnson at Wikimania 2008)


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