Sep
21
2011

Wikizine News – Year: 2011 Week: 39 Number: 129

Technical news

  • [Babel on all Wikis] – There are a great deal of templates and signs that one can put on there user page. One of the most useful are the Babel-templates that indicate the knowledge of different languages. Now is there an extension active on all wikis for that. No need to manually setup all those templates on all wikis. The structure is easy; see the excellent blog posting of Mister Internationalisation himself – Gerard Meijssen.
    http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/09/21/babel-extension-live-on-the-wmf-projects/
  • [MediaWiki 1.8] – As announced in the TechFlash upgrade of the wikis is in progress. New functions in MediaWiki 1.8 include;

             – Support for gender-specific user pages: languages that have different words for User whether the user is male or female will be able to show the male or the female version, if the user has specified their gender in their preferences.
             – MediaWiki 1.18 will make it easier for left-to-right and right-to-left text to coexist on the same page.
            http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/09/16/mediawiki118iscomin/

  • [Fundraiser-time?] – You could encounter the well known gigantic donation banner “personal appeal by …”. But no, it is not again the big fundraiser event. But only a banner test. If you see it then you where lucky. It is only at EN Wikipedia for anonymous users and generally only in certain countries. The tests are currently being conducted for 1 hour once a week. The real fundraiser will proably be in November. But, test or not, donations are welcome.
    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011

Request for help

  • [Petition to UNSECO] – Wikimedia Foundation, with full support of founder Jimmy Wales, is asking to support the request to the UNESCO to recognize Wikipedia as the first “digital World Cultural Heritage Site”. Over 51,000 people have signed the petition already. Your are suggested to spread the word of this petition (after you signed) by all the communication channels of the modern day. If you sign the petition need to confirm by a link send by e-mail
    http://wikipedia.de/wke/Main_Page

Bureaucracy

Movement

Foundation

Chapters

  • [Wikipedia promo] – Wikimedia Sverige will be present at the Gothenburg Book Fair, around 100,000 visitors are expected to come by so it will be busy. WM Sverige has made 3 short silent movies to play at there stand. Because the are silent the can be used easily also by other Chapters, Wikimedia events. Wikimedia Sverige is even willing to localize it for you on request.
    http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/55785

Chapters reports

Science

Media

Anniversaries

  • [Slovak Wikipedia] – 23 September 2003 is the best possible approximation of the date when the Slovak Wikipedia was created [1][2]. Slovak is a West Slavic language [3][4] spoken by 7 million people, mostly in Slovakia. Slovak Wikipedia has more than 127,000 articles [5] and more than 550 active users. Statistics [6] shows that Slovak Wikipedia is among the stable projects, which have a more or less constant number of new, active and very active Wikipedians.
[1] http://sk.wikipedia.org/
[2] http://web.archive.org/web/20030923070746/http://sk.wikipedia.org/
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovak_language
[4] http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=slk
[5] http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=slk
  • [Waray-Waray Wikipedia] – On 25 September the Waray-Waray Wikipedia[1][2] will be six years old. Waray-Waray[3] is an Austronesian language[3][4] spoken by 3.1 million inhabitants of Visayas[5] and Masbate[6] provinces of Philippines. It is used as a trade language, too. The Waray-Waray Wikipedia has more than 102,000 articles. Counting the number of speakers and considering the economic situation in Philippines, Waray-Waray Wikipedia is quite an active and successful project [7][8] (note the increase of new editors in 2010 in comparison to the number of new articles added to Wikipedia). Here is a short story about the beginnings of the Waray-Waray Wikipedia by war:User:Harvzs [9], the initiator of the Waray-Waray Wikipedia.
    The proposal for the Waray-Waray Wikipedia was made on or about June 23, 2005. The native speakers who volunteered to help edit was myself (User:Harvzsf in Meta) and User:v.oyzon. User:Katimawan2005 and User:Bentong from the Kapampangan and Cebuano Wikipedias were also among those who lent their support. The test-wikipedia was set up in Meta shortly after although test wikipedias weren’t mandatory at that time and Incubator hadn’t been in existence. The reason for the test Wikipedia was for the double purpose of creating content in the event that the request to create the wiki was granted and also to get some practice on how to create and edit the wiki. The Waray Wikipedia was created on or about September 24, 2005 along with the Neapolitan and Judeo-Spanish/Ladino Wikipedias. By a coincidence, the ISO codes for the 3 wikipedias coincided with actual one-syllable words in the English language war, nap and lad respectively 🙂 ) Shortly after, I obtained administrator rights on the Waray-Waray Wikipedia. Ten days after the Waray-Waray Wikipedia was created, it reached 100 articles (the 100th article was war:Guiuan, Eastern Samar).
[1] http://war.wikipedia.org/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waray-Waray_Wikipedia
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waray-Waray_language
[4] http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=war
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visayas
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masbate
[7] http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/ChartsWikipediaWAR.htm
[8] http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/ChartsWikipediaWAR.htm
[9] http://war.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Harvzs
  • [Polish Wikipedia] – On 26 September the Polish Wikipedia [1][2] Will be 10 years old. Polish is a West Slavic language spoken by more than 40 million speakers [3][4], mostly from Poland. With more than 831,000 articles [5], the Polish Wikipedia is the fifth largest Wikipedia by number of articles. During its first years of existence, the Polish Wikipedia was filled with a lot of bot-generated articles, which created significant positive feedback from Polish speakers and made the Polish Wikipedian community one of the most vital ones [6].

Wikimedia Poland [7][8] was created on 15 August 2005 thanks to the work of Polish Wikipedians. Wikimedia Poland recognizes its 10th anniversary of the project by organizing a conference to be held on September 24-25, in Poznan, Poland [9][10].

[1] http://pl.wikipedia.org/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Wikipedia
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_language
[4] http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=pol
[5] http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specjalna:Statystyka
[6] http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/ChartsWikipediaPL.htm (cf. new articles per day and new editors)
[7] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Polska
[8] http://pl.wikimedia.org/
[9] http://10lat.wikipedia.pl
[10] http://tinyurl.com/42tkjub (Google translate)

Press release of Wikimedia Poland is below:

The Polish Wikipedia was founded on September 26, 2001, being the eighth eldest Wikipedia to be established. Over the years, Polish Wikipedians have created over 830,000 articles, of which almost 500 have received a “Featured Article” status and additional 1,000 being categorised as “Good Articles”.
In a continuation of the year-long celebration of the 10th anniversary of Wikipedia, the Polish Wikipedia community is going to celebrate the 10th birthday of the project, with a conference being held on September 24—25 in Poznań, Poland. Two weeks earlier, on September 10, the public exhibition of the winning POTY (Picture of the Year) pictures has been opened in one of the most prestigious shopping and art centres in Poland, the Stary Browar (Old Brewery). 16 pictures, chosen by Wikimedians from all over the world in an annual POTY contest, are shown at the exhibition, with descriptions provided in Polish, English and German.
The conference will take place in the heart of the very best location in Poznań. It will be open to the public, as one of the main goals of the organisers is to involve people from outside the Wikimedia movement; therefore, the conference is heavily advertised in the local media, with increasing daily press coverage.
The event will consist of about 15 presentations and talks about Wikipedia. They will discuss Wikipedia’s place in court judgements; Wikipedia’s role as a source of information; the now-hot topic of women in the Wikipedia community, and many more topics. They will take an outside look at Wikipedia with a public screening of the documentary film Truth in Numbers?, which will be followed by a discussion, a short surprise from the organising team, and the real celebration: a massive Wikipedia birthday cake.
The Polish chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation has generously decided to refund the costs of coming to the conference for Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe; as of September 20, 13 Wikipedians from Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine and even Philippines have signed up for the conference. If you can’t join us and you understand some Polish, don’t worry — all talks from the conference will be streamed live on a special Internet radio. After the event, all talks – audio and video – will be released under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 licence and made available on-line.
Polish Wikipedians hope to have a great event, and even if you can’t join them, please keep your fingers crossed!

Stats

  • [RU WP] Russia Wikipedia has overtaken Japanese Wikipedia by the articles’ count on 21 September 2011.
http://tinyurl.com/3cv7tlk — RU Wikipedia
http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Wikipedias%2FTable&action=historysubmit&diff=2916894&oldid=2913733

Events and meetups

  • [24-25 September] – Polish Wikipedia community, supported by Wikimedia Polska, is going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project (founded on September 26, 2001) with a conference to be held on September 24-25, in Poznan, Poland.
    http://10lat.wikipedia.pl
    http://tinyurl.com/42tkjub (Google translate)

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Sep
20
2011

Wikizine Techflash – Year: 2011 Week: 39

Breaking news

  • [Wikimedia servers upgrade] – Wikimedia servers are in the process of upgrading. You may experience difficulties in reading and/or editing Wikimedia sites.
    http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/09/16/mediawiki118iscomin/
    • Upgrade timeline:
      • [19 September] – Monday, September 19, 23:00-01:00 UTC — Production test: test2.wikipedia.org – this stage will ensure that 1.18 is compatible with the rest of our production infrastructure. There’s a small chance that changes here could affect all wikis.
      • [21 September] – Wednesday, September 21, 23:00-03:00 UTC — Stage 1: simple.wikipedia.org, simple.wiktionary.org, usability.wikimedia.org, strategy.wikimedia.org, mediawiki.org, he.wikisource.org
      • [26 September] – Monday, September 26, 23:00-03:00 UTC — Stage 2: meta.wikimedia.org, en.wikiquote.org, en.wikibooks.org, beta.wikiversity.org, eo.wikipedia.org, nl.wikipedia.org
      • [4 October] – Tuesday, October 4, 23:00-03:00 UTC — Stage 3: remaining wikis.

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Sep
16
2011

Wikizine Opinion – Year: 2011 Week: 38 Number: 128 BIS

Wikizine needs YOU!

Wikipedia has already changed the world. Wikimedia movement is at the beginning of that task. To push the movement into that direction, Wikizine needs your bold ideas and personal perspectives! Send your ideas to us or simply add them into the appropriate section. What YOU think can change the world!

  • [Name] – Working title of this edition is “Wikizine Talk Edition” because we didn’t have better idea. Send us suggestions for the name!

Contents

  • Editorial
  • Personal perspective
  • In the news
  • From Wikipedia

Editorial by Milos

As you could read in Wikizine 127 [1], I took initiative and began a Wikizine revival. You may notice some changes and I can say that there will be more changes, as such changes keep all of us alive.

Editorial is one of those changes and it will have two main parts: (1) presentation of one of the Wikizine feature and (2) analysis of the most important event from the previous week or two. Opinion or Talk Edition of Wikizine will be published on Friday and “previous week” means approximately Friday-Thursday time frame.

Last week had begun with such intensity, I thought I could close this edition by Monday.
[1] http://en.wikizine.org/2011/09/year-2011-week-36-number-126.html

(Un)acceptible Foundation influence on chapters

On August 27th, almost 20 days before the conclusion of this edition, CasteloBranco, a member of the initiative for Wikimedia Brazil, sent an email to foundation-l [1] with the description of agreement inside of Brazilian Wikimedian community about chapter creation. That was the main obstacle toward formalizing the chapter, as Brazilian Wikimedians didn’t feel comfortable with the idea of having a formal organization.

That day five more Wikimedians discussed the outlines of this agreement on foundation-l, including a note from Ray Saintonge that it’s not the best idea to have a Wikimedia Foundation appointee in chapter’s Board (as suggested by WM Brazil’s agreement).

For five days discussion was dead, when Jimmy Wales said that having a WMF appointee is, actually, a good idea. That sparked long discussions on both foundation-l and internal-l (the latter one is a non-public list of the core of Wikimedia movement). A number of chapters representatives felt offended by the idea of having a WMF appointee on their boards.
[1] http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/246958

Image filter retrospective (from spring 2008 to early 2011)

For those who have forgotten what’s behind the image filter “referendum”, here is a retrospective.
The initial point of the drama started on 7 May 2008 [4]. Because of religion, of course. US-based “social conservative” site WorldNetDaily reported Wikipedia [5] because of the cover art for the Scorpions’ album Virgin Killer [6]. According to Concerned Women of America, another “social conservative” group, “Wikipedia is helping to further facilitate perversion and pedophilia.”

On 5 December 2008, in the moment of madness, worthy of the best of surreal poetry, Internet Watch Foundaiton (IWF) [7], the association of UK internet providers, listed Wikipedia as a child pornography site [8] because of the same album cover [6]. It seems that IWF needed just four days to find someone who knows what Wikipedia is. IWF reversed their blacklisting on 9 December.

In a moment of desperate need for self-promotion, Larry Sanger [9], known because he didn’t believe that his project (Wikipedia, for which has sometimes been described as a co-founder), would succeed and not so known because of a number of failed projects, reported Wikipedia to the FBI [10] on 10 April 2010 because, of course, “child pornography”.

Just a short 17 days later, Fox News discovered the hot news and published it [11] in a well known form of spreading FUD to everything which doesn’t fit to their retarded worldview.

The action of the IWF prompted discussions on Wikimedia Commons in 2008. However, just after the Commons community declined to change well defined policy toward images, which are handled based on their quality, not the biased opinion on content, on May 6th, 2010 Jimmy Wales started to delete not just poor quality Second Life animated pornography, but artworks, as well. That sparked a huge revolt among editors [13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20]. At the other side, the action was praised by Fox News, of course [21].

Between May 6th and May 9th, the most striking event was the fact that smart people from the Board were talking nonsense just to stand behind Jimmy’s irrational behavior.

The Board’s statement from May 7th [22] was actually quite good. Note that part of the statement says “In saying this, we don’t intend to create new policy, but rather to reaffirm and support policy that already exists.” Yet as it could be seen, in around one month the same Board changed their mind and pushed development with the aim to implement new policy.

After that the Kafkaesque parody started. Jan-Bart de Vreede, a Board member, interpreted Board’s statement as supporting Jimmy’s deletion of artworks [23]. Ting Chen, Board chair, also supported deletion of artworks [24]. Stuart West thinks that some deleted artworks are “hardcore pornography”, as well [25].
Digression about artworks for the complete picture. Jimmy deleted [28], among others, the next images:

  • Painting [27] by Édouard-Henri Avril, a 19th and early 20th century French painter [28].
  • Graphics [29] by Franz von Bayros, a late 19th and early 20th century Austrian illustrator [30].
  • Graphics [31] by Félicien Rops, a 19th century Belgian artist [32].

What is interesting with all of those artists is that they belong to the Decadent movement in art [33]. Which, by the way, says that you can create the most important educational resource in the history, but not be able to make distinction between pornography and art. And no matter of your ignorance, you would be supported by your fellow Board members,.

On May 9th, 2010, by concluding his regular behavioral iteration — first makes a problem, then does the right thing to fix it –, Jimmy abandoned his permissions [34].
But, of course, that wasn’t the end of the drama. On June 24th, 2010 Board commissioned the Executive Director to find a way to satisfy Fox News and those who take Fox News seriously. [35]

I had personal conversation with Robert Harris, the person employed by the WMF to “solve” the problem. It was a very surprising discussion. During the first iteration of our communication, at the time when he presented some facts, including a perspective of one Canadian librarian [36], which clearly stated that libraries do not mark “objectionable” content in any particular way, it was a real pleasure to hear his insights.

But a month or two later it was clear that he wasn’t employed to make a decent suggestion, based on our values. He was employed to make a decision which would satisfy Fox News adherents. Instead of mentioning anywhere that it is not usual to mark sexually explicit content, instead of giving a multicultural perspective by adding at least Muhammad depictions to the list, he just produced a conclusion to please those to whom it is much more problematic that their daughter educate herself in sexual hygiene and contraception, then to see her pregnant at the age of 15. Of course, by mentioning “multiculturalism” just when it is in favor of those, exclusively American right-wing views [37].

Then the Censorship workgroup [not able to find public link; it was likely announced on internal-l] was created. The task of the group was to articulate what the censorship would look like. I offered, hesitantly, to participate in it, as a part of the responsibility which I had as one of the most vocal opponents of that task. Not unexpectedly, all of us were happy without me on the workgroup.

After a period of workgroup work, it presented the design of censorship software [38]. To be honest, it is not bad at all. People are able to click on “show image”, nothing is cemented. In an ideal world, such an image filter would be a very good option. However, we don’t live in an ideal world.

I’ll describe current events (the second part of 2011) after enough time passes and some distance from the current events would be created.

Milos

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image_filter_referendum
[2] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Controversial_content
[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image_filter_referendum/Results/en
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killer#Internet_censorship
[5] http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=63722
[6] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_Killer
[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Watch_Foundation
[8] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Watch_Foundation_and_Wikipedia
[9] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Sanger
[10] http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/04/11/018255/Larry-Sanger-Tells-FBI-Wikipedia-Distributes-Child-Pornography
[11] http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/04/27/wikipedia-child-porn-larry-sanger-fbi/
[12] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Sexual_content/Archive_1
[13] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Sexual_content/Archive_3
[14] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Sexual_content/Village_pump/2010-5-6
[15] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:Sexual_content/Village_pump/2010-5-7
[16] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2010-May/057789.html
[17] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2010-May/057791.html
[18] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Remove_Founder_flag
[19] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Petition_to_Jimbo
[20] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Undeletion_requests/Archive/2010-05
[21] http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/05/07/wikipedia-purges-porn/
[22] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2010-May/000008.html
[23] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2010-May/057795.html
[24] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2010-May/057827.html
[25] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2010-May/058026.html
[26] http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ALog&type=delete&user=Jimbo+Wales&page=&year=&month=-1&tagfilter=
[27] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%C3%89douard-Henri_Avril_%2827%29.jpg
[28] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89douard-Henri_Avril
[29] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_von_Bayros_016.jpg
[30] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franz_von_Bayros
[31] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:F%C3%A9licien_Rops_-_Sainte-Th%C3%A9r%C3%A8se.png
[32] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9licien_Rops
[33] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decadent_movement
[34] http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/195612
[35] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Commissioning_Recommendations_from_the_Executive_Director
[36] http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:2010_Wikimedia_Study_of_Controversial_Content&ldid=2103910#The_Librarians.27s_Perspective
[37] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2010_Wikimedia_Study_of_Controversial_Content:_Part_Three
[38] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image_filter_referendum/en#What_will_the_image_hider_look_like.3F

Song of the week

For the end of the editorial, here is the song of the week:
http://tinyurl.com/6vaxls

Milos

Personal perspective

This week we have personal perspective from Salmaan Haroon, User:Theo10011 [1].

Theo is from India. He is originally from English Wikipedia but mostly active on Meta these days. He worked extensively on the WMF strategic plan on Strategy Wiki [2] a couple of years ago. He has been involved in Movement roles since early this year. He wrote for the Signpost briefly.

He worked for WMF for 3 months last year during the fundraiser, and got the chance to interact with chapters and see the fundraising issue from different perspectives.

Wikimedia chapters council [3] is his proposal.

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Theo10011
[2] http://strategy.wikimedia.org/
[3] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters_council

I was invited to write about my perspective on the recent chapter and fundraising issues that have been doing the rounds. Let me first start out by making this disclosure- I am not affiliated with any chapter beyond a regular membership acquired a few weeks ago, I never sat on a chapter board, attended a general meeting, and neither do I plan on starting any time soon. Given a different set of circumstance, I am not sure if my perspective would be deemed completely neutral in the following matter.

Previously, as an outsider to the internal working of Wikimedia and chapter relations, I viewed the idea of chapters as a regular unaffiliated community member would i.e. with a mix of ignorance and skepticism. Chapters are viewed in some circles as legal organizations formed in different countries by a handful of people who then use Wikimedia trademarks and fundraising to raise funds to just exist and occasionally serve as a local outreach point.

Somewhere during the last year, I actually started meeting some of these people. I began to see the other side, how chapters perceive themselves and each other. True, there is an entire spectrum where each chapter falls and how close they actually are to what they want to be. Some of these people became my friends, I started seeing things from their perspective.

Over the last year, I saw chapters organize and take on activities like Wiki Loves Monuments, something the foundation never tried to do. I saw them do local GLAM outreach and activities in Germany and France, again, something that the foundation could not take on directly. They all do their own thing individually in their part of the world whether it be some open-license lobbying to their local institutions or outreach to a local exhibition.

I can not in good conscience accept that our movement would be any better off without them being independent. They are completely decentralized, and do their own thing independently, I love that model. A few dozen organizations doing their own things in tandem in different parts of the world is an unmatched model when it comes to productivity.

Lately however, there have been overtures that this model might be under threat. The distance and the relation between the foundation and the chapters has been getting more and more strained. The fundraising issue and the board letter that started the recent debate at the core placed concerns, that really no one disagreed with. I am yet to talk to a single person who thinks that most of those concerns aren’t legitimate or there isn’t a need for a sustained model of accountability. Almost every chapter in private and public, agrees that the issues are serious and require some action on everyones part.

The biggest issue is however how these concerns are being addressed. Some of the foundation’s recent actions are being perceived as a heavy-handed towards chapters and the community at large. The conceptual directives have been coming from the board, perceptually overlooking an important distinction someone else made earlier- the board is the Wikimedia Foundation’s board, not the chapter’s, certainly not the movement’s, the larger community is even less inclined to agree.

When the questions about the fundraising issue started, there were 2 large concerns that took over after the board’s announcement. One, if the chapters that already agreed to participate in the fundraiser being allowed to continue, and second, if new half-a-dozen chapters that wanted to participate would be able to do so. The timing as others pointed out was less than ideal, having the staff and the board in person at Wikimania didn’t help and instead compounded the problems.

The cross-talk between the board and staff at that stage seemed minimal. Sue gave a lengthy explanation about the issues and the board’s concern, as did several board members who offered their perspective, staff members however seemed to be on a different page. Instead of giving any time to discuss and coordinate on how to address these issues, the entire fundraising model was taken away in what some perceive as a knee-jerk reaction and being replaced quietly by a grants-only model.

In hindsight, effective planning, and better timing might have avoided the initial confusion. But springing such an important change on chapters so close to the fundraiser, even after chapters attended an entire ‘fundraising summit’ just a few weeks prior could not have gone well. Chapters were told how to participate in the fundraiser by WMF staff that attended the aforementioned ‘summit’.

They were now being told to re-evaluate it all, and forget about fundraising and focus on a grants-based model. With all the arguments and the questions that ensued, the staff hasn’t addressed most of the issues publicly.

Delphine pointed out facts about WMDE, how the ideal independent chapter, the only one who would be allowed to fundraise came to be. How its independence, and the ability to stand on its own two feet made WMDE an example to follow for others. The notion that independent fundraising by chapters wouldn’t affect the money needed by the movement is a fallacy.

The movement as a whole would lose millions every year, if the chapters are not allowed to do this locally. At some point, we have to realize – a one size fits all, global solution doesn’t work. Our movement is decentralized, I think it’s only logical that the fundraising be decentralized as well.

There is also a general sense of questioning the ownership of the fundraiser among the larger community. There are people who believe that it is the foundation’s prerogative to only allow anyone it wants to fundraise or not, since it is the sole entity in charge of everything related to the movement. This would inevitably lead to more questions about ownership of the projects, and who is entitled to raise money in the name of Wikipedia?

Non-profits around the world use a decentralized model similar to the one we might have. The current structure looks identical to theirs. if someone were to visit Oxfam.com, they would be directed to the nearest office in their region where they can donate to the cause. In our case, the biggest identity would be our projects, a banner could serve the same purpose locally. Why do we then question the same model that already exist and work elsewhere?

Around the time these discussions were going on, I recalled something that we talked about during the Chapters conference in Berlin. An idea about a Chapters council, composed of all individual chapters to say “We, the chapters….” – The community itself is large enough that it can never completely agree on any point together, an important distinctions that chapters might not suffer from.

The number of chapters are not large, and some of the issues are so central that a single unanimous voice is not hard to form. There are and have been several iterations of this body, over the years and there is a clear need for it now than ever before. I have no idea if it can bridge the gap and address some of the concerns everyone has, but I do believe, it is worth trying, now more than ever.

Chapters, should ideally be the face of the movement- young, hard-working, active and mostly unpaid volunteers that take the good-nature and ethos of our movement, offline. Be it some small project in their backyard, outreach to a local library or museum or a small exhibition in their city, they should be given freedom to decide what works for them locally and then the ability to do so. The foundation should ideally, do its best to support and decentralize this model as much as possible. When chapters work, they work excellently.

Salmaan Haroon, User:Theo10011

In the news

From Wikipedia

  • [Hungry ghost] – Hungry ghost is a Western translation of an Eastern phrase representing beings who are driven by intense emotional needs in an animalistic way.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungry_ghost
  • [Fenian raids] – The Fenian raids of the Fenian Brotherhood based in the United States on British army forts, customs posts and other targets in Canada were fought in order to bring pressure on Britain to withdraw from Ireland, between 1866 and 1871.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenian_raids
  • [Monte Cristo, Washington] – Monte Cristo is a ghost town northwest of Monte Cristo Peak, in eastern Snohomish County in western Washington. Prospecting in the region began in the Skykomish River drainage with the Old Cady Trail used for access. In 1882 Elisha Hubbard improved the trail up the North Fork Skykomish, from Index to Galena, then north up the tributary Silver Creek. A boom shortly followed at Mineral City. The mineral belt was traced in various directions, including north over the divide between the Skykomish and Sauk River drainages. …
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Cristo,_Washington
  • [Persin] – Persin is a fungicidal toxin present in the avocado. It is generally harmless to humans, but when consumed by domestic animals in large quantities it is dangerous. It has been suggested as a treatment for breast cancer.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persin
  • [Progress trap] – A progress trap is the condition human societies experience when, in pursuing progress through human ingenuity, they inadvertently introduce problems they do not have the resources or political will to solve, for fear of short-term losses in status, stability or quality of life. This prevents further progress and sometimes leads to collapse.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progress_trap
  • [Phosphene] – A phosphene is an entoptic phenomenon characterized by the experience of seeing light without light actually entering the eye. The word phosphene comes from the Greek words phos (light) and phainein (to show). Phosphenes are flashes of light, often associated with optic neuritis, induced by movement or sound.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phosphene
  • [HD 85512 b] – HD 85512 b is an extrasolar planet orbiting the star HD 85512 approximately 36 light-years away in the constellation of Vela. The planet was discovered by the scientists at University of Geneva, Switzerland, led by the Swiss astronomer Stéphane Udry of the GTO program of High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), a high-precision echelle spectrograph installed on ESO’s 3.6 m telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile. HD 85512 b is one of the smallest exo-planets discovered to be in the habitable zone. HD 85512 b is considered to be the best candidate for habitability as of August 25, 2011.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HD_85512_b
  • [Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin] – Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (May 10, 1900 – December 7, 1979) was an English-American astronomer who in 1925 was first to show that the Sun is mainly composed of hydrogen, contradicting accepted wisdom at the time.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecilia_Payne-Gaposchkin
  • [List of people claimed to be Jesus] – John Nichols Thom (1799–1838), Cornish tax rebel who claimed to be the “saviour of the world” and the reincarnation of Jesus Christ and his body temple of the Holy Ghost[citation needed] in 1834. He was killed by British soldiers at the Battle of Bossenden Wood, on May 31, 1838 in Kent, England. Arnold Potter (1804–1872), Schismatic Latter Day Saint leader; he claimed the spirit of Jesus Christ entered into his body and he became “Potter Christ” Son of the living God, he died in an attempt to “ascend into heaven” by jumping off a cliff.[citation needed] His body was later retrieved and buried by his followers. Bahá’u’lláh (1817–1892), born Shiite, adopted Bábism later in 1844, he claimed to be the prophesized fulfilment and Promised One of all the major religions. He founded the Bahá’í Faith in 1866. Followers of the Bahá’í Faith believe that the fulfillment of the prophecies of the second coming of Jesus, as well as the prophecies of the 5th Buddha Maitreya and many other religious prophecies, were begun by the Báb in 1844 and then by Bahá’u’lláh. They commonly compare the fulfillment of Christian prophecies to Jesus’ fulfillment of Jewish prophecies, where in both cases people were expecting the literal fulfillment of apocalyptic statements. …
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_claimed_to_be_Jesus
     
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Sep
15
2011

Wikizine News – Year: 2011 Week: 38 Number: 128

Wikizine

Movement

Technical news

Foundation

  • [Donate wiki] – Donate wiki has been opened. However, donate.wikimedia.org still redirects to Wikimedia Foundation Donate page.
    http://donate.wikimedia.org/

Chapters

Chapters reports

Science

Media

Events and meetups

  • [24-25 September] – Polish Wikipedia community, supported by Wikimedia Polska, is going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project (founded on September 26, 2001) with a conference to be held on September 24-25, in Poznan, Poland.
    http://10lat.wikipedia.pl
    http://tinyurl.com/42tkjub (Google translate)
  • [1 October] – A Backstage Pass tour is an event aimed at sharing the expertise of real-world cultural institutions with our wiki-expertise. Wikimedia UK organizes it at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK.
    http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Backstage_Pass
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GLAM-related events are held on Outreach Wiki. If you add your GLAM-related event there, it will be published in Wikizine. (http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Events)
For other events, please post them on our events page or send us email with short description of your event. (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikizine/Events)

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“United we stand; divided we fall.”
Aesop in “The Four Oxen and the Lion”, Fables, also known as “The Lion and the Bulls”
http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Aesop

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07
2011

Year: 2011 Week: 37 Number: 127

Wikizine

  • [Editorial] – As Walter said in the previous edition, I took initiative and there are some changes in the Wikizine concept. But, more about them on Friday, in Talk Edition of Wikizine! Milos.

Request for Comments

Movement

Technical news

Foundation

  • [Image filter “referendum” over] – It said to us what we already know: Wikimedians are multicultural and want to allow themselves to change their mind. However, no consensus emerged in relation to the most important question: should images be filtered at all? The survey questions were not asked in a form allowing “yes/no” answers; participants were asked to indicate the importance of some features on a scale. “Referendum” turnout was around 3%: ~700,000 emails were sent to eligible users, ~24,000 respondents expressed their opinions. (In comparison, Board elections have 10-15% turnout.) The next step is to analyze those numbers.
    http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image_filter_referendum/Results/en

Chapters

  • [WMF representatives in chapters’ boards?] – The initiative for Wikimedia Brazil presented the idea to have a WMF appointed member of their chapter Board. After Ray Saintonge noted that it’s not quite regular, Jimmy Wales supported the idea, which, in turn, sparked long discussion about (un)acceptable WMF influence over chapters.
    http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/foundation/246958

Science

Media

  • [Wikipedia Signpost] – New edition of Wikipedia Signpost has been published. In this edition you can find stories: Riding with WikiProject London Transport, The copyright crisis, and why we should care, Britannica and Wikipedia like “apples and chairs”, Should anyone who’s anyone get an article? etc.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/Archives/2011-09-05

Events and meetups

  • [24-25 September] – Polish Wikipedia community, supported by Wikimedia Polska, is going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project (founded on September 26, 2001) with a conference to be held on September 24-25, in Poznan, Poland.
    http://10lat.wikipedia.pl
    http://tinyurl.com/42tkjub (Google translate)
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GLAM-related events are held on Outreach Wiki. If you add your GLAM-related event there, it will be published in Wikizine. (http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM/Events)
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Sep
02
2011

Year: 2011 Week: 36 Number: 126

Wikizine

Technical news

Request for help

Foundation

Chapters

Chapters reports

Community

Events

“We’ve now chosen a focus for the New Orleans Wikimedia/MediaWiki developers’ days! The theme of this event: “the infrastructure of innovation”. We’re going to improve and discuss the Wikimedia Labs projects infrastructure and other stuff that makes it easier for anyone to supercharge Wikimedia with awesomeness. We’re going to work on our gadgets/extensions/tools support, authorization/authentication strategy, dev-ops virtualization, and general training and hacking.

It’s mostly going to be dev sprints and bugsmashing, with some discussion and workshops. The event is open to anyone who wants to come and contribute, and is an opportunity to spend time with senior MediaWiki developers & ops engineers, write beautiful code, and learn about the latest developments.”

Meetups

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Media

  • [Wikipedia Signpost] – A new edition of Wikipedia Signpost has been published. In this edition you can find stories such as: Effective collaboration leads to earlier article promotion, Deleted revisions in the English Wikipedia, Wikipedia and open-access repositories, Quality of featured articles doesn’t always impress readers, and more.

In the news

From Wikipedia

  • [Santa Claus Conquers the Martians] – “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians” is a 1964 movie considered as one of the worst movies in the history of cinematography. This holiday staple was the creation of Nicholas Webster. When Martian children get to see Santa Claus only on TV, their parents decide to abduct Santa to make them happy. Like many others in this category, it has been featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000. The film is cited on a 10-worst list in The Book of Lists, in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. It is also known for starring a very young Pia Zadora. Cinematic Titanic released a production of the movie in November 2008.
  • [Southern barbarian trade period] – Nanban trade or Southern barbarian trade period in Japanese history extends from the arrival of the first Europeans (Portuguese) to Japan in 1543, to their near-total exclusion from the archipelago in 1614, under the promulgation of the “Sakoku” Seclusion Edicts.
  • [Holocene extinction] – The Holocene extinction refers to the extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BC) generally from the impact of humans. The large number of extinctions span numerous families of plants and animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods; a sizeable fraction of these extinctions are occurring in the rainforests. 875 extinctions occurring between 1500 and 2009 have been documented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

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“Look horses! … Not pretty,. Really not pretty.” — POV of a 2-year old girl about the current line of “My Little Pony” as seen in a toy shop

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Little_Pony

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29
2011

Year: 2011 Week: 36 Number: 125

Community

Other news

  • [WikiLoves Monuments] – Have a date with a monument and send the proof to Commons! And, you never know, you may win one of many nice prizes.
    WikiLoves Monuments is project in 18 European countries to get quality pictures of important items of cultural heritage. It is organized by national groups, with the exception of the program representing the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg – which is one project that crosses state lines and includes several languages.                                                                                                           The project takes the form of an image contest. The user needs to upload their pictures to Commons in September. A national jury, depending on the country where the monument is located, will judge and proclaim the winners and award prizes. But the best prize is to get freely licensed pictures of our heritage out there.

Technical news

Foundation

Chapters

Meetups

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Media

  • [Wikipedia Signpost] – Volume 7, Issue 34 – 22 August 2011 has been published. Stories in this edition: Journalist regrets not checking citation, PR firms issue advice on how to “survive” Wikipedia (but U.S. Congressman caught red-handed), Girl Geeks edit while they dine, JJ Harrison on avian photography, After eleven moves, name for islands now under arbitration.

Stats

In the news

From Wikipedia

  • [Khat] – Khat is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It contains the alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria. Khat is so popular in Yemen that its cultivation consumes much of the country’s agricultural resources. It is estimated that 40% of the country’s water supply goes towards irrigating it, with production increasing by about 10% to 15% every year.
  • [Kingdom Tower] – Kingdom Tower is a supertall skyscraper approved for construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Its preliminary cost is 1.23 billion USD and it will be tall at least 1,000 meters, becoming the tallest building in the world.
  • [Louie Louie] – In February, 1964, an outraged parent wrote to Robert Kennedy, then the Attorney General of the United States, alleging that the lyrics of “Louie Louie” were obscene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the complaint. In June 1965, the FBI laboratory obtained a copy of the Kingsmen recording and, after two years of investigation, concluded that the recording could not be interpreted, that it was “unintelligible at any speed” […]

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Aug
19
2011

Year:2011 Week: 34 Number:124

Foundation

Chapters 

Community

Meetups

Request for Comments

Media

  • [Wikipedia Signpost] – Volume 7, Issue 33 – 15 August 2011 has been published. Stories in this edition: Women and Wikipedia, Chapter funding and what skeptics and Latter Day Saints have in common, Wikipedia a “sausage fest”, Chicago Wikipedians (“the people you’ve probably plagiarized”), and other silly season stories, WikiProject report: The Oregonians and so on.

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Was ist das? 

“OpenZim” – if you have used the function on the wiki to make a “book” you maybe have noticed that besides PDF and ODT as export option there is also “OpenZim”.

Kiwix is the program you need for that. It is a project to offer a offline reader for Wikipedia. The have just released a new beta-version, version 0.9. Supported are; GNU/Linux, MacOS and Windows.

Kiwix provides a user experiences that is very close to reading the live wiki. You can view a selection of articles you have bundled yourself or someone else, like The Signpost (see “book edition”).
You can also download the database of a specific language edition of a Wikipedia. This gives a very convenient way to have a offline version of Wikipedia.
http://www.kiwix.org

PS; do not confuse it with “kwiki” when installing form repository.

 Did you know … 
… you can edit your Galaxy?

When Wikipedia started 10 years ago it was revolutionary; a encyclopedia that everybody can edit. How to top that? Edit your own galaxy!
http://www.galaxiki.org/

 Quote 

“It’s a bad idea, and should be strangled at birth.”
— mailing list responds about the idea to include a “like button” to edits

http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/54328

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Jan
18
2011

Year: 2011 Week: 4 Number: 123

When you thought you were relieved of it…

2010

Technical news

Request for help

  • [Keep your news clippings] – Do you see an article about Wikipedia in a newspaper or other printed media? Keep it. Contact your local chapter (if it exists) to ask if they can keep it safe for your local community. When there is no chapter, just keep it yourself — especially if you are from a small language Wikipedia. Every article that appears in print is something to collect.

Foundation

Agenda

  • [StrataConf 2011] – February 1-3, 2011, Santa Clara, California — Many Wikimedians will be attending the O'Reilly conference, and there will be a an informal meetup with foundation staff member Erik Zachte on Wikimedia Data.
  • [FOSDEM] – February 5-6, Brussels, Belgium — Tomasz Finc, Arthur Richards, and Roan Kattouw will be at FOSDEM 2011 this year. They will be speaking about data collection at Wikimedia.

Community

Media

Other news

  • [Translating EN WP] – A common misconception is that the many language editions of Wikipedia are actually translations of the English Wikipedia. In the case of Thai, however, this is correct. "Asia Online" created a complete translation of EN Wikipedia to the Thai language. This was done through advanced machine translation and a staff of 10 proofreaders.

Did you know … 

… there are two Spanish language "Wikipedias"?

The ES Wikipedia forked to an independent project in the early days of Wikipedia: "Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español". At first the new project was very successful, but ES Wikipedia overtook the fork in 2004. A couple of days ago the Spanish language Wikipedia passed the 700,000 article mark and remains the 7th largest Wikipedia. The fork is still bravely working on their own version and has a respectable 46,000 articles. It would be 53th largest Wikipedia if it were part of our club.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enciclopedia_Libre_Universal_en_Espa%C3%B1ol
http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/cpov/lang/de/2011/01/15/spanish_fork/ — read me; long interview with Edgar Enyedy, early ES Wikipedia about the fork and Wikipedia

Quote

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people."

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/V_for_Vendetta_(film)

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Jan
13
2011

Year: 2011 Week: 2 Number: 122

Community

[Wikipedia-day] – Once more it is almost the most important holiday of the year: Wikipedia day. Now Saturday we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project. The start of the very first Wikipedia, the English language Wikipedia.

But this is also a day of celebration for all the other many projects and language editions who form the Wikimedia-family;
 
Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, Commons
 
10 years. 400 million unique visitors a month. 80,000 active volunteer editors. 17 million articles (wikipedia's only). A very successful fundraiser ( $US  16 million).
 
Time to celebrate!  –  And how to do that?  – With a special celebration-wiki;
 
There are many Wikimeets and events world-wide. Check the celebration-wiki for an event near you. Wikipedia will also come these day extra in the news so watch those news reports on TV and newspapers to see what the traditional media write about our project.
 
Wikimedia news
 
Quote
 
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
That’s our commitment.
 
Jimmy Wales

 

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