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.

http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Meetings/January_14-15,_2006 – (does not
yet exist on 2006-01-29)
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/5996 – concerns by Erik

[Almost] Wikimedia Canada and Wikimedia Netherlands do not yet exist but there
founders are confident it will not take much longer.
http://nl.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ledenlijst – 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.
– 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


Year: 2006 Week:4 Number:10

=== Technical news ===

[Anonnotice] – The MediaWiki-page [[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]] for putting a
notice on top of every page of the wiki and used for things like the fund
drives, is now divided. The notice put on [[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]] is only
displayed to logged-on users. The new MediaWiki-page
[[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]] is for showing a notice only to anonymous users.
So if you need to display a notice to all users you need to modify
“[[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]]” and “[[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]]”.

If you put {{:MediaWiki:Sitenotice}} inside [[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]] then
everything will behave as before.

[Stewards] can now again set rigths for the wikis hosted on the
Korean/Yahoo cluster. Those are ja.wikipedia, ko.wikipedia, ms.wikipedia
and th.wikipedia – Stewards are users who can give and revoke user rights
(like sysop) of any user on any Wikimedia project.

[Semi-protection] Semi-protection enabled on the Spanish Wikipedia and the
Japanese Wikinews.

[Namespace] French language Wikipedia has begun using a new namespace for
references cited within articles.

=== Request for help ===

[Spam Filter] Project startup. Addresses deficiencies in existing
SpamBlacklist extension and $wgSpamRegex. It is now in the proposal phase
and is reviewing requirements and seeking developers. The idea is to give
maximum control at the local wiki to protected against spam.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jwalling – project coordinator

=== Policy ===

[ProtectSection] There is a new vote in wikisource.org. It is about
whether you want ProtectSection to be enabled.

=== Foundation ===

[Trademark] The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted
a trademark registration for the term “Wikipedia” to the Wikimedia

[Chapter News] from the Serbia and Montenegro chapter

=== Community ===

[Lawsuit] against the Wikimedia Foundation Inc. by the parents of the
deceased German hacker Boris Floricic (aka Tron), because the article in
the German language Wikipedia about this person contains his full name (at
the same time his full name actually is on many websites at the moment).
The national domain wikipedia.de is because of this not longer redirecting
to the DE Wikipedia. Some media incorrectly reports that German language
is down or has been down because of this.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/20/wikipedia_shutdown/ – examples of
incorrect journalism

[9/11wiki] wiki move proposal. The sep11 wiki is a memorial wiki about the
9/11 attacks. (WTC-towers, New York, USA)

[Bye-bye 2005] The Signpost has written a overview of 2005. It is from the
viewpoint of the English language Wikipedia of course but still

=== Media ===

[Copycat] Reporter who plagiarized Wikipedia gets fired

=== Stats ===

[Commons] the wiki for free media now contains over 400,000 files.

[Tools] Contributions Tree Tool allows users to scrutinize their edits by
namespace and by number of edits.

=== Other news ===

[Department of Fun] good place for inspiration for how to waste your time.

[NotWikipedia] Encyclopediadramatica – “It’s like Wikipedia on crack,
heroin, and meth all at once.”

=== Did you know … ===

… that besides Wikizine there are also other internal news media?

Probably the best known is “The Wikipedia Signpost” of the English
language Wikipedia. It is web based and setup like a newspaper and is
written by a small team of editors… The Signpost is now one year old.

A older one it the “Wikikurier, Das Wikipedia Nachrichtenblatt” fo the
German language Wikipedia. It is around since the end of 2003. This is
only a announcement page, but it is a beauty of a announcement page. It is
constantly updated.

So far as known is that it. The Chinese language Wikipedia has done a
attempt to make a Chinese Signpost, but it seems dead.


If you know about other initiatives like those on other Wikimedia projects
please inform Wikizine about this. The are a very valuable source of
information for Wikizine.

=== Quote ===

“acknowledge the reality that there is no way that all bad edits out of a
current rate of around a million edits a week (soon to be ten million no
doubt) will be caught. Not only a slim chance; zero chance. If legal
issues make this intolerable, instead of making a pointless and annoying
gesture, do something concrete and move the servers to an offshore
jurisdiction, as PartyGaming operates from Gibraltar due to the dubious
legal status of online poker.” (anonymous)

Editor(s): Shizhao, Walter, Oscar