Year: 2007 Week: 25 Number: 75

Technical news

Request for help

  • [Wikimentary] – At the first Wikimania in 2005 Rory O’Connor, a documentary maker and journalist, was present to record this event. This to make a documentary about the wiki-community. Two years later they have made recordings of several other wiki-activities and will also be at Wikimania 2007, still for the documentary that started in 2005. Video and other materials are placed online on the wiki of the Wikimentary project. It is the intentions and hope of the makers of this documentary that people will come and work on this documentary like many people do to the many wiki projects that exist. Everybody who knows about the wiki world is welcome to go to globalvision.wikia.com and work on the first real “Wikimentary”, a community created documentary.



  • [Elections] – The number of candidates for the board has increased suddenly from 4 to 17. Submissions as a candidate and the endorsement procedure will close Saturday, 2007-06-23 23:59 UTC. Currently it looks like most candidates will have enough endorsements to go to the actual election.



  • [China] – Many media around the world are reporting that China has unblocked Wikipedia. Most likely they are wrong about this. The WMF has Korean servers to serve users from that part of the globe. Recently the IP addresses of those servers has changed. Other IP addresses = unblocked. At least until the firewall of China is updated.


Did you know …
… how the Special:Random page works?

Every page has a random number assigned to it in the database. When selecting a random page, a second random number is selected, and the page whose number most closely matches the second number (actually the smallest number greater than the second number) is returned.
Basically, the page is simply picked at random, for most intents and purposes.


“50 million nerds doing your homework for free.” ~ Ambrose Bierce on Wikipedia [Source: uncyclopedia.org]

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Year: 2005 Week:47 Number: 1

=== Technical news ===

-[Rename User] the special page to rename users has come back the same way
as it disappeared; unexpected. Bureaucrats should now again have the
option to rename a user-account to another name, given that the name of
the new user-account does not yet exist (see special pages). It also looks
like the original limit, stating that only users with less then 6800 edits
can be renamed, is still valid. Using Kate’s tool, users can check
themselves their number of edits doesn’t exceed this limit. If your wiki
does not have a formal policy for renaming users, please make sure at
least that all users requesting to be renamed have placed a properly
signed request on your wiki themselves. This to cover your ass as a


-[Fancy nicks]- For nicks including tags, such as color
tags, it was found that many times the closing tag, in this case

had been left out, messing up pages. The MediaWiki software has been
changed because of this. Wiki markup and HTML markup do no longer function
in the Nickname field any longer, unless the Raw signatures option is
checked in your preferences. The current version has been tested and found
to be secure against scripts, too. For more information follow the link.

=== Global ===

-[Wikimentary] a project about making documentaries of Wikimedia from
uncut source video made at Wikimania 2005. This project is looking for
people to help. “WIKIMANIA-ROUGH_CUT.mov” is a work-in-progress
documentary, 11min, QuickTime, 316 MB.

-[Wikimania 2006] is on it’s way in being organized. There are many things
that need to be done for the organization of this event. To see how to
help go to [[meta:Wikimania 2006]] or at ask at wikimania-l


-[Catalan Wikipedia]- The second Wikipedia to be created after the
original English Wikipedia, has reached 20,000 articles.


=== Media ===

-[Award] the Wikimedia Foundation was awarded a World Technology Award in
communication, joining the ranks of other World Technology Network
members. (no article about this in WikipediaEN yet)

=== Stats ===

-[Stats]- ERRATUM: In number 0 of Wikizine we wrote that “Erim Zachte” has
created the new stats. This is not correct. This is of course Erik Zachte
([[w:nl:Gebruiker:Erik_Zachte]]), also the creator of Wikipedia for Pocket
PC, Palm, EPOC and EasyTimeline.

=== Other news ===

-[Wikizine]- a new information channel for the Wikimedia community came
into being.

=== Quote ===

“Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free
access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing.” -Jimmy
Wales, July 2004

=== Editorial comment ===

The number of our readers has increased by +/- 110 subscribers, to a total
of 160 since last week. Nice 🙂

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Editor/corrector: [[w:nl:gebruiker:Oscar]]