Year: 2006 Week:3 Number:9

=== Technical news ===

[+] plus signs are now allowed in titles.

[Test] test wiki runs from the current NFS copy of MediaWiki. Changes to
the code will generally appear here a few minutes before they appear on
the rest of the Wikimedia wikis.

=== Foundation ===

[Steward] the board approved 9 new stewards.

[post-Q4 fund drive] Officially the fund drive is over. But there is
still the “Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’s personal appeal for
donations” on most wikis. And that seems to work. There are still very
nice amounts of donations coming in. Donations of 100 dollar/euro are
not uncommon. And even very large donations; $15000,00 from Jeff Minor.

=== Community ===

[Frau] The Germans have found the most NPOV-woman. Still looking for a man.

=== Media ===

[The power of Google] Google celebrating the birthday of Louis Braille
generated nearly 600 edits to that article on the English Wikipedia in
24 hours.

[Sex offender] arrested partly because of information found on en.Wikipedia

=== Did you know … ===

… that if you give a user/ipadress a block and if that user is all
ready blocked it is the shortest block that counts?


sysop John gives user betty1995 a block of 1 hour.
sysop Marjet gives also user betty1995 a block but of 2 weeks.

Betty1995 will be blocked for one hour. The block of 2 weeks is canceled
together with the end of the block of 1 hour.

=== Q4 fund drive Quotes ===

“I do hope knowledge will spread and defeat violence which is caused by
ignorance” by francesco pirotti
“I feel truly privileged to be living in a time when I can participate
in something as world-changing as Wikipedia etc. – keep it up!” by anonymous
“Truly I cannot put a price on how much Wikipedia has helped in my
studies, my work and in my general interests. More than that it has
expanded my horizons and given inspiration. Thank you.” by anonymous
“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when
there is nothing more to take away.” by Richard Hough
“Can you believe they let someone like me write about thermodynamics?”
by anonymous
“Stop wasting time reading comments and write an article!” by Eric Towers

Editor(s): Shizhao, Walter


Year: 2006 Week:2 Number: 8

=== Technical news ===

[[Special:Disambiguations]] works again on all Florida-cluster wikis.
You just have to make sure that the template being used to flag
disambiguation pages is correctly set in: [[MediaWiki:Disambiguationspage]]

It must be part of the template:namespace ( aka template: ).


[[Special:Unwatchedpages]], the page where you can see the pages that
are not on someone’s watchlist. If you are sysop you can find it in the
“Restricted special pages”-section. It lists just the first 1000 pages
(not 5000) and is only periodically updated.

[Wikitravel] The interwiki-links to Wikitravel are now functional to
more than only the English language Wikitravel. You can now link the
normal way to Wikitravel pages for all languages. [[wikitravel:xx:Name
of the page]] Wikitravel exist in EN, FR, RO, DE, SV, JA, NL.
To be clear about this; Wikitravel is not a wikimedia project. You can
use interwiki-links to many wikis outside the Wikimedia family.


=== Technical non-news ===

[Old search database] the database used for the search function is still
not updated. Articles created from at least December first 2004 can not
be found.

=== Request for help ===

[Wikipedia Day] Sunday the 15th will once again be Wikipedia Day. 5
years of Wikipedia! If people are interested to do something to
celebrate this, it is now high time to prepare.


=== Policy ===

[Wikimedia (TM)] The Wikimedia Foundation publicized “visual identity
guidelines”. You may not copy them out of the Foundation website but
only provide a link to the page.


=== Politics ===

[Stewards elections 2006] The election ends 10th of January 2006. If you
have voted already: some late new candidates have arrived who may
deserve your attention…

=== Foundation ===

[Q4] the fund drive is now officially closed. The goal to raise at least
US$500,000 was not attained. The grand total at the end of the fund
drive day is $349.184,42 or 288.964,26 EUR.
A bit more is to be expected however, since some donations have not yet
been received, and also because since the start of the fund drive, the
donations on the Belgian Dexia bank account have not been counted,
because the balance is unknown. For reasons beyond comprehension the
Wikimedia Foundation has been unable to have online access to that account.


=== Community ===

[WikiStandards] A new project proposal by GerardM, the Ultimate
Wiktionary evangelist, deserves looking into.


=== Media ===

[Not on CNN for once] between December 24th and January 1st, the Italian
Wikipedia and Wikipedia in
general appeared three times on Italian TV: a 15-minutes special with
interviews during the news on RAI3 (public national network), an
interview with Frieda in “Futura City”, a program on RAI2 (public
national network) and another interview with Frieda in “NetCafé”, a
program on TeleLombardia (a regional TV station in Milan area).


[JOHO] Why the media can’t get Wikipedia right: Stuck in its old model,
the media get the story backwards.


=== Stats ===

[Milestones] The English Wikipedia reaches 900,000 articles, at 20:43, 4
January 2006 (UTC). The German Wikipedia comes on the second place whit
338,000 articles.

=== Did you know … ===

… that you do not need to use the web-based upload form of your wiki
to upload files?

There are several solutions for bulk upload. The Commonist is an easy to
use application that works for all OS so long you have java-support for
your OS. So it works for Win/Mac/Linux.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Commonist_screenshot.png – on
Linux the Gui does not look so nice 🙁

You can easy upload many files to commons or the other wikis. You can
define default upload information or specific for every file. It creates
automatically a gallery of the uploaded files in

You can add more license templates (example);

and add
to the LICENSES array.

Other options are;

A upload bot, written in Perl. For the command line lovers. Unix,
Unix-like, Linux or Mac OS X.
Wikimedia Commonplace – Windows only; you need Microsoft .NET Framework
– possibly does not work (yet)


=== Q4 fund drive Quote ===

“Wikipedia has the potential for being an extraordinary resource, akin
to the Encyclopedia Galactica. But just as ‘eternal vigilance is the
price of liberty’, we all need to get personally involved!” by anonymous
“Thank you for showing us that the Internet isn’t all about banner ads
or how many pages a search engine can index, but about presenting
accessible and relevant information in the languages that we speak.” by
“Wikipedia is the most important development to human knowledge and
understanding since the printing press. Thank you to everyone that
contributes and improves it.” by Charlie Wiederhold
“May the force be with Wikimedia. Greetings from India.” by Chandan Haldar
“My own finances aren’t too good at the moment, but Wikipedia is one of
the things that make life worth living.” by anonymous
“Wikipedia got me through school!” by anonymous


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.
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/ English Wikipedia
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiquote/fr/wiki/ Frensh Wikiquote
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikinews/de/wiki/ German Wikines
https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/meta/wiki/ 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”.

=== 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:51 Number: 5

=== Technical news ===

[IRC] IRC client restarted, allowing new channels on the Browne IRC server.

[Q4] and the money is pouring in! If you put the code below on any
page you get the donation status bar. Hit F5 and be amazed; it is
going faster then the article counter.

Already received
[http://fundraising.wikimedia.org/2005q4/ ]

=== Policy ===

[Semi-protection policy] is a new policy from the English Wikipedia.
When a page is “semi-protected” then newest X% of registered users and
all unregistered users can not edit that page. The technical aspect of
it does not yet work.

=== Politics ===

[Stewards] are users who can give and remove user rights to any
Wikimedia project, among such rights are: bot, sysop and checkuser.
There is now a nomination round for new stewards. Voting will start on
20th December 2005 and it’ll end on the 10th January 2006. You can
list yourself during that time, but you’ll have lower chances then.
The Board will eventually choose a group of users (from 1 to 10)
who’ll gain steward status.

=== Foundation ===

[Bravo Italia] Wikipedia wins two Awards in Italy.

=== Media ===

[Good] One week Wikipedia is “not trustworthy”, the next we are
“almost as good as Encyclopedia Britannica”. The result is a lot of
very good press around the world. And also Wikipedia traffic
skyrockets. We are now bigger then CCN.com (according to alexa.com).

[Nobel Prize] In a program called “Noble minds”, with the nobel prize
winners of 2005 in a round table talk with the BBC reporter John
Simpson Wikipedia got merit. The medicine prize winner Barry Marshall
mentioned the Wikipedia article about their discovery (he got the
prize together with Robin Warren) and he said that they could not have
written a better article themselves.

=== Proposal===

A New proposal for a Wikimusic, “A Wiki with (1) both score and text
of a free piece of music, (2) the music itself in a playable music
file (in different versions, for example one version with trumpet, one
with a whole orchestra, not MIDI), (3) the sheet music in a wiki-text
format (MIDI can be made out of it) and (4) information about the
piece of music.

=== Stats ===

[milestones] The Chinese Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles.

[Stats, no more] wikipedia.be and wikipedia.nl are probably the oldest
national portals of Wikipedia. Since the creation of them, end of
2002, they have been counting the visitors with their own visitor
counters. This until last thursday when these where removed by the
technical staff without any notice.

In those years traffic to Wikipedia.nl started with 255 page views a
month to 194372 page views in november 2005. And wikipedia.be from 128
page views a month to 33755 in november 2005.

=== Other news ===

[meetup] 10 December 2005, Taiwan Wikipedians meetup in Taipei. about 25 people.

[Law] – ERRATUM: in last week’s issue it was not very cleary indicated
the the website “www.wikipediaclassaction.org” is not a Wikimedia
Foundation website. They are people who say they will try to sue
Wikipedia. But some are also making fun of them because there exists
also a parody site of it: www.wikipediaclassaction.com

=== Quote ===

About Wikipedia;
“I call you my husband’s mistress because you get his attention much
of the time…” by anonymous “

=== Editorial ===

Wikipedia was never very good in internal communication. But lately we
have seen some sad highlights. The implementation on the English
Wikipedia of the reduced edit powers came as a total surprise and we
have received the news from external news media. My first reaction
when I read about it was; what a load of bullshit! We, the
Wikipedians, would surely know about it if such change of a
fundamental aspect of Wikipedia was true?

Also the policy of “Semi-protection” only gets widely known after
articles in the traditional media about it.

And finally the removal of visitors counters after more then 3 years
of service without any word to there Wiki is also not nice. Wikipedia
has no working statistics about visitor counts. So when you try to do
it yourself you do not expect that your own system gets sabotaged. It
are not only the articles of Wikipedia that need improvement.

Editor-in-chief Wikizine

Editor:Walter, [[zh:user:Shizhao]], Oscar


Year: 2005 Week:50 Number: 4

=== Technical news ===

[Kate’s Tool] to check the number of edits of a user is down. But there is
a backup option;

[Gollum] A special browser for Wikipedia.

=== Request for help ===

[Fund drive] the next will start on 16 December. See of the translation in
your language is ready.

Many use the service of PayPal to donate to Wikimedia. PayPal is a very
expensive way of payment, specially for small amounts. If you give 1 euro
to Wikimedia then 39% of it gets lost to PayPal. Of that 1 euro Wikimedia
gets only 0,61 euro. So if you use PayPal your are also donation to

If you live inside the European Union then you can donate to the Wikimedia
Foundation by bank transfer for the same price as a national bank
transfer. This is in most cases free of charge. If you give 1 euro by this
way Wikimedia will get 1 euro. Make sure this option of payment is clearly
given on your local donation page.

IBAN BE43-0689-9999-9501
BIC (swift code) GKCCBEBB
Dexia bank – Pachecolaan 44 – 1000 Brussel

[Portal] the portal of Wikimedia.org can now also being edited like the
other portals. It is now still very ugly.

=== Media ===

[Seigenthaler] Author apologizes for fake Wikipedia biography

[Jimbo on CNN] with an interview about the Seigenthaler case and
Seigenthaler himself. Also a transcript of the interview.

[Premio WWW] The Italian Wikipedia has been nominated for the “Premio WWW”
(Price WWW) organized by Il sole 24 ore (most important financial
newspaper in Italy), in the category “Education and work”. The awards
ceremony will be held in Milan on December 14th. .

=== Policy ===

[Only for EN] Article creation restricted to logged-in editors. This
results in a increase of new accounts. This also for the English Wikipedia
and a period of 3 months to test it. There are absolutly no plans to force
this also to the other Wikipedias says Jimbo.

=== Foundation ===

[Local Press] request for creating a page on your local wiki whit
press-contact info of local members.

=== Stats ===

[Alexa] The Alexa ranking for the English Wikipedia 29 on 11 December,
putting us in the psychologically important top 30 of the most visited
websites of the internet for the first time

=== Other news ===

[©] Large-scale copyright infringement found on German Wikipedia

[DVD&Book] German publisher is selling third edition of DVD with wikipedia

[Law] Wikipedia has now its own website where people can complain about

=== Quote ===

“We make the internet not suck”. –Jimmy D. Wales on C-Span

Editor: [[w:nl:gebruiker:Walter]]


Year: 2005 Week:49 Number: 3

=== Technical news ===[Privacy] A new Privacy policy link added in the footer.http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2005-November/032773.htmlhttp://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policyhttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policyhttp://…