Oct
24
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 41-42 Number: 120

Technical news

Request for help

  • [Perspectives from other projects] – the Wikipedia Signpost is calling for editors active in one or more non-English Wikipedias to write accounts comparing governance, process and policy, and editing culture across languages. The key questions are: how is it different working on another Wikipedia?; and what could English Wikipedia learn from that project—and vice versa?

Foundation

  • [Bookshelf Project: Manager Announced] – Frank Schulenburg (Head of Public Outreach) announced that Wikimedia’s Bookshelf Project will be led by Marlita Kahn.  The Bookshelf project aims to develop a slate of basic educational materials — print, online and video — to attract new authors and editors to Wikipedia.

Community

  • [Nobel Prize] – when announcing the recipients of its Nobel Prize, the Nobel Prize committee used free photos from Wikimedia Commons to depict two of the prize winners.
  • [German ArbCom dissolves] – the German Wikipedia has dissolved its Arbitration Committee.  On projects that have them, the Arbitration Committee (or “ArbCom”) is the final step in on-site dispute resolution.
  • [Wiktionary lookup gadget] – A new gadget is being developed on English Wikinews and slowly being spread to other wikis.  The gadget looks up the wiktionary definition for the language of the wiki you are reading, but what it returns is the definition in your user-preferences language.

Media

Did you know…
…about the proposal for global sysops on Meta-wiki?
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_sysop

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“I really have no idea what most of those languages are, but I’m also super happy to support them.” – Hampton Catlin, Mobile Wikipedia developer, after reporting the localization status of the Mobile Wikipedia site.

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Oct
10
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 41 Number: 119

Technical news

  • [Labs: FlaggedRevs] – due to some miscommunications, a lot of people didn’t realize that the FlaggedRevs labs test wiki has been active and waiting for people to poke at it for a month.  The developers need interested people to be set up as local administrators to try out the per-page stabilization settings (accessed via the “protect” tab); by default most pages do not activate FlaggedRevs in the configuration we’re testing for English Wikipedia.

Foundation

Agenda

Community

Media

Stats

  • [ru.ws] – The Russian Wikisource has reached 50,000 texts.
  • [hy.wp] – The Armenian Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles.

Other news

  • [WikipediaVision] – A student from Helsinki has created “WikipediaVision”, a live visualization of anonymous edits to Wikipedia by location. The site combines Wikipedia’s Recent Changes feed with Google Maps.  Although this seems to have been around for a while, the link has resurfaced after it was exhibited live at MFK in Bern (from April until August).

Did you know …

…that you can even upload home movies to Wikipedia?  Wikipedia’s video support is improving, Wikimedians have even been uploading videos of their children illustrating certain Wikipedia topics.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikien-l/2009-September/104617.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moro_reflex

Quote
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” — Mohandas Gandhi

Editor(s): Alex, Casey Corrector(s): Thanks to: Sue, Liam, Kat, jeblad, Rand, Judson, Belayet, Shizhao, bawolff, David, Brion, Otourly, Cary, Sage, Gerard, Signpost, @WikimediaDE, Andrew, Ziko, Erik, Philippe, Filip, Milos, Belayet, Jon, Platonides Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org Website: http://www.wikizine.org


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