Year: 2007 Week: 22 Number: 72

Technical news

  • [Autoblockedtext] – If you block a user you have the option to also block the ip address that this user is using. This appears in the blocklog as a number like “#47980”. There is now a special message to be displayed to users who try to edit when the are blocked because of a hidden autoblock. The text of the page [[MediaWiki:Autoblockedtext]] is send to that user. The only way to know what the ip address is that is blocked is if the blocked user can give the block ID. This number is included in the default message so the blocked user needs to include this in his communication. A sysop can then look in the blocklist for that ID and unblock it.
  • [image border] – There is a new display instruction for images. The new one is “border”. The result is a very small gray border. The idea is that some images because of there colors flow over in the background of a page when used. By putting a small border around it the border between the image and the page is more clear.
Usage: [[Image:Filename|border|100px|right]]


  • [Wikimedia IT] –  Wikimedia Italia is working on an agreement to obtain part of the image archive of Società Geografica Italiana. SGI is one of the most important and respected geographical institutes of the world. Founded in 1867, the Society owns thousands of precious historic volumes, maps and a huge archive of photos related to colonialism and the XX century’s explorations. On Friday May 18, some members of met Franco Salvatori, president of Società Geografica Italiana. The meeting resulted in an exclusive interview for IT Wikinews.
  • [Legal] – The German Wikimedia chapter was sued by a powerful German lobby/public relations organisation. This because of a negative comment by an anonymous user on a archived talk page about them that did not amused them. The sued the German WMF chapter because in there opinion Wikimedia DE has control over the German language Wikipedia. The lost and also the appeal.



  • [IT Wikipedia] –  was granted one of the nine Special Prizes of the Grand Prix di Pubblicità Italia (Advertising Grand Prix of Italy)  for “succeeding in exploiting the Internet potential at its best, directly involving users for a widespread growth of culture”. Wikimedia Italia board member Ivan Vighetto attended the gala, and received the prize, a plaque. The event had great resonance on Italian media.



  • [NL.wp & IT.wp] – The Dutch language Wikipedia has passed the 300,000 article mark almost exactly one year after the 200,000 mark.  The NL Wikipedia is the 7th largest Wikipedia. With only 22 million speakers the Dutch language Wikipedia is compared with the larger Wikipedias versus there number of speakers extremely large. Also the Italian language Wikipedia has now 300,000 articles. With 60 to 120 million speakers the are one step higher then the Dutch at the 6th place.
  • [FR.wp] – The French Wikipedia has reached 500,000 articles.
  • [The Wiki top 50] – An attempt to make a top 50 of the most popular wiki on the the internet according and Google PageRank.  Number one we know but on the second place is a surprize, we have “Adobe labs wiki” as the second most popular wiki.

Other news

  • [Clean School WP] – This week a website went live with a “2007 Wikipedia selection for schools”. Created by SOS Children, a charity focust on orphan and abandoned children,  is aimed at British school children following the National Curriculum, and consists of all of the English Wikipedia’s Good and Featured Articles, excluding content SOS Children deemed ‘adult’. The site uses the Wikipedia logo, with permission. The content of there website is also available as a CD-rom or DVD that can be downloaded for free from there website.
  • [The perfect logo] – The Wikipedia logo appears to be very “Wikipedia” in the meaning that there are mistakes on it. Some of the characters on the globe are reported to be incorrect. Editing the logo seems to be from a technical and possibly also from a legal (trademark) POV difficult.
  • [Wikizine] – The last weeks the domain  has been down several times for longer periodes of time. This is a direct result of the hoster of being down. When this is noticed the DNS-settings of the domain is changed to a back-up  hoster to be able to provide minimal service. Because of possible slow updating of DNS-servers it can take a long time before Wikizine resolves at your location. 
Users of the public DNS service of will be one of the first to resolve Wikizine if it is online. The hoster reported to have find the source of the problems. Hopefully Wikizine will stay online now.

In the last weeks users of several communities have contacted Wikizine to setup a translated edition of Wikizine. Wikizine does now also exist in German, Spanish and Indonesian. And for the readers who read this as a translation, there is also an English version 🙂

For now and in principle the translations will contain exactly the same content as EN Wikizine. Possibly and hopefully these editions will become eventually more then only a translation but also include there own original content directed directly to there local language community. The homepage at provides easy access to the different editions and subscription possibility.

As always the assistance of the readers for all levels and all languages versions of Wikizine to Wikizine is very welcome.

Weird …
And now music ….


Encyclopedias are now suffering obsolescence (*), evolving from traditional publishing to a new form – I don’t know what this form is […] but we sure have a new horizon in front of us, related to the very bases of encyclopedicism, and ”’you are the reality that matters now from this point of view”’. […] Encyclopedia is not dead: its spirit is not dead, the Enlightenment spirit is not dead. — F. Salvatori, SGI (La Società della Geografia)

(*) the state, process, or condition of being or becoming obsolete

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Year: 2006 Week:5 Number:11

=== Technical news ===

[Captcha] For anti-spam reasons you have to enter the code displayed as a
graphic to sign-up for an account on the smaller wikis. There is not yet a
solution for visually limited users.

[Anti-spam] Tim Starling has made spam-removing scripts. I your wiki is infested
with url-spam, Tim can wipe it clean. Ask at #wikimedia-tech.

[New Dump] of the database of all projects is running.

=== Request for help ===

[WikiAuthors] – A new project proposal for the disambiguation of authors’ names
in MEDLINE, an online database of biomedical literature.

=== Foundation ===

[reform] The board of the Wikimedia Foundation decided to reform their
organisation. The official positions are to be supplemented with a series of
new committees. Like the “Financial committee”, “Executive committee” and so
on. All together 8 committees. The actual form how those committees will work
is still under development. Angela welcomes suggestions from people who have
experience with the organisation of non-profit organizations.

This board-meeting was special because of the high number of physical present
key figures of the Wikimedia Foundation. The meeting toeck place in Sint
Petersburg, Florida from January 13th until the 15th. The board members;
Angela, Jimmy (Jimbo), Michael Davis, and Tim Shell where present. And 5 others
involved with the Foundation; Brad Patrick (legal counsel), Delphine
(notafish), Danny Wool, Daniel (mav), and Jean-Baptiste Soufron (Wikimédia
France). Florence (Anthere), Brion VIBBER and Domas Mituzas (Midom,
dev&system-admin) joined by telephone.,_2006 – (does not
yet exist on 2006-01-29) – concerns by Erik

[Almost] Wikimedia Canada and Wikimedia Netherlands do not yet exist but there
founders are confident it will not take much longer. – list of users interested to become a

=== Community ===

[WikiNews] does original reporting. Suggestions are made by the Wikinews
community as to who should be interviewed. And in the best Wikimedia-tradition
there is a vote about it. And then they attempt to make it happen. Recent
interviews were with Ricardo Lobo, Brazilian online journalist, and Danny
O’Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Activism Coodinator.’Brien_of_the_Electronic_Frontier_Foundation
– The interview

=== Media ===

[Print] Directmedia, the company who brought us the German Wikipedia on CD and
DVD, announced that they will publish the German Wikipedia in full print, 100
volumes with 800 pages each, starting with the letter A in October 2006, to end
with Z in 2010.

[“News”???] A de-sysopping on the dutch language Wikipedia somehow became
international “news”. Next week more about this.

[pants down] – Wikipedia Entries ‘Cleaned’ By Political Staffers from the U.S.
House of Representatives and it becomes big news in the USA general media.

=== Stats ===

[Fund Drive] User:Tobacman has created statistics about the Wikimedia fund

=== Other news ===

[Nature] – All the errors that “Nature” discoverd in the 50 articles the checked
on EN Wikipedia are now corrected. 50 done, only 943881 to go.

=== Did you know … ===

… there is a special FireFox Wikipedia-toolbar?

The toolbar gives a easy way for inserting formatting commands, dialog based
creation of tables, many special characters and more. A very useful function is
the pull-down menu for selecting and inserting templates. Even if you do not
find it extremely useful you can always install it and deactivate the toolbar.
(right click on the toolbar) and use it when you need it. It works for all
MediaWiki-wikis, so its name should actually rather be “MediaWiki-toolbar”.

=== The last Q4 fund drive quotes ===

“Information wants to be free; and I’m willing to pay for its freedom.” by Mike
“Stuart Brand said “information wants to be free.” We have to pay its bail.” by
Bob McCoy
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin”
by Jonathan Rosen
“Sterling stuff. If it wasn’t for Wikipedia I’d have learned next to nothing
this week about norse gods, diamond mining, Rubik’s cubes and Braille” by Chris
“The price I would pay monthly to Britannica I’d rather donate to Wikipedia.” by
Piotr Przemyslaw Karwasz

“This project has been helpful in my graduate studies.” by William Myatt
“I want to thank you (and your daughter) for this site – I owe my ‘A’ grades
this fall to Wikipedia and I thought you should know. As a student, this is all
I can afford! For now, anyway…” by anonymous
“I am a physics graduate student from China. I enjoy using Wikipedia!” by Meng

=== Privacy and Wikizine ===

The subscribers list of Wikizine was only available to the readers of Wikizine.
For a real discussion list that is not unreasonable because by posting you
expose also your identity and email address. But Wikizine is a read-only list
and that is not the same. The list settings are now changed to hide the
subscribers’ addresses.

Editor(s): Walter, Oscar


Anno Domini MMVI Week I Number VII

=== Technical news ===

[Berlin roundup] Brion has gone to Berlin for a conference and to meet
some people like Magnus and JeLuf and posted a report about that on
Meta. Very interesting. Like that it seems that the mythical Universal
Login will become reality soon.
[New Specialpage] Filepath that allows user agents to get the full path
of a file from its name. Active on all wikis, for all users
[Cite] Cite.php is a Cite extension that adds two parser hooks to
MediaWiki, and , these operate together to add
citations to pages.
[SSL] Brion is experimenting with a HTTPS interface to the wikis. This
service is *not* ready for the general public or even real use. Do not
send your visitors to those url’s. It is also buggy for some wikis. For
example on the dutch Wikipedia you get the message that the database is
locked when you try to edit. And when you block a user it appears
successful but it is not.
Example; English Wikipedia Frensh Wikiquote German Wikines Meta
=== Request for help ===

[Q4] A Personal Appeal from Jimbo for donations. Please help translate
the personal appeal from Jimbo Wales. EN, IT and PT version are now online.

=== Community ===

[Book/DVD] A 139 page book in German explaining Wikipedia, its history and policies was accompanied by a 7.5 GB DVD containing 300,000 articles and 100,000 images from the German language Wikipedia. The book with DVD is sold for 9.90 Euro; both are also available for free download.

=== Media ===

[W$k$p€d$a] with ads? “Wikipedia chief considers taking ads” reports Times Online.

Responds of Jimbo about this;

“Somehow a statement from me “I continue to oppose having advertising on Wikipedia” is transformed into a headline “Wikipedia chief considers taking ads”.,,9075-1962714,00.html

=== Stats ===

The year 2005, and the month of December, were both record-breaking for Wikipedia.

The English Wikipedia more than doubled its body of articles in 2005, to almost 900,000; just over 50,000 of these were added in December alone – the first time we’ve grown by 50,000 articles in a single month. The Wikipedia project as a whole added almost 1.8 million new articles in 201 languages, 200,000 of them in December. With the exception of September, when the Italians and Poles went on a bot-rampage, December was the first time that the project gained 200,000 new articles.

=== Did you know… ===

… that the only difference between non-digest and digest delivery of Wikizine is that digest readers have to wait between 12 and 24 hours longer before the receive the copy?

=== Q4 fund drive Quotes ===

*”Wissen ist Macht. Und die Macht sollte beim Volk liegen und nicht bei Verwertungsgesellschaften.” by anonymous (Knowledge is power. And the power should lie with the people and not with copyright collecting agencies.)

*”Knowledge will never be burnt again” by anonymous

*”How could I not donate to the Encyclopedia Galactica (well, in a hundred years or so… give it time)?” by Craig Hirsch

*”Wikipedia is better than corn chips, and I really like corn chips.” by Chris Kilgour

*”Wikipedia is to the 21st Century what the library of Alexandria was to antiquity” by anonymous

*”With the stones of the past we build our future, and knowledge is how to use those stones.” by Daniel Scallon

Editor(s): Walter, Shizhao


Year: 2005 Week:45 Number:-1

=== Technical news ===-[Sitemap] We now provide sitemaps for all Wikimedia wikis.Sitemaps are XML lists of all the pages in a website. P…