Jan
18
2010

Anno Domini MMX Week III Number CXXI

Technical news

Foundation

Community

  • [Commons] – Post of Erik about how the contend imported on Commons from partnerships have been used on the projects.
  • [Wiki jobs] – If you work on a WMF project and do your best, maybe, just maybe, you will be offered a job. That was the case with [[user:Mike Halterman]]  from EN Wikinews. His work on Wikinews attracted the attention of a new magazine starting up in Tampa, Florida, USA, This user did had a journalistic background but this online work at Wikinews was the ticket. Nine months after being hired as a writer, Mike Halterman is now lead editor of OMG! Magazine.

Awards

  • [PL Wiki] – Polish Wikipedia has been awarded a "Jan Łukasiewicz special award for social innovation in the application of IT" by the Polish IT Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne). The award has been received by Paweł Jochym, a co-founder of pl.wiki, and Prof. Janusz "Ency" Dorożyński, an active Polish Wikimedian and a member of the Society.

Media

Other news

Editorial notice

So, this was the first Wikizine of 2010 (and it was not even a good one). It has been a couple of months since the previous Wikizine. There was a short revival of Wikizine in the period of August, September and October. And now this edition in January. I can not make any promises for a next edition. Maybe until Wikizine 121,

Greetings,
User:Walter

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Oct
24
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 41-42 Number: 120

Technical news

Request for help

  • [Perspectives from other projects] – the Wikipedia Signpost is calling for editors active in one or more non-English Wikipedias to write accounts comparing governance, process and policy, and editing culture across languages. The key questions are: how is it different working on another Wikipedia?; and what could English Wikipedia learn from that project—and vice versa?

Foundation

  • [Bookshelf Project: Manager Announced] – Frank Schulenburg (Head of Public Outreach) announced that Wikimedia's Bookshelf Project will be led by Marlita Kahn.  The Bookshelf project aims to develop a slate of basic educational materials — print, online and video — to attract new authors and editors to Wikipedia.

Community

  • [Nobel Prize] – when announcing the recipients of its Nobel Prize, the Nobel Prize committee used free photos from Wikimedia Commons to depict two of the prize winners.
  • [German ArbCom dissolves] – the German Wikipedia has dissolved its Arbitration Committee.  On projects that have them, the Arbitration Committee (or "ArbCom") is the final step in on-site dispute resolution.
  • [Wiktionary lookup gadget] – A new gadget is being developed on English Wikinews and slowly being spread to other wikis.  The gadget looks up the wiktionary definition for the language of the wiki you are reading, but what it returns is the definition in your user-preferences language.

Media

Did you know…
…about the proposal for global sysops on Meta-wiki?
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_sysop

Quote

"I really have no idea what most of those languages are, but I’m also super happy to support them." – Hampton Catlin, Mobile Wikipedia developer, after reporting the localization status of the Mobile Wikipedia site.

Editor(s): Casey, Alex Corrector(s): None Thanks to: Frank, Cary, Daniel, Philippe, Rodrigo, Liam, Infodisiac, Signpost, Tomasz, Sage, Michael Dale, Nimish, Bawolff, ShakataGaNai, ErikZ, Naoko, Arjun, Brianmc, Sage, Phoebe, Hampton, Sue, Jay, Luca, Erik, Greg Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org Website: http://www.wikizine.org

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Oct
10
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 41 Number: 119

Technical news

  • [Labs: FlaggedRevs] – due to some miscommunications, a lot of people didn't realize that the FlaggedRevs labs test wiki has been active and waiting for people to poke at it for a month.  The developers need interested people to be set up as local administrators to try out the per-page stabilization settings (accessed via the "protect" tab); by default most pages do not activate FlaggedRevs in the configuration we’re testing for English Wikipedia.

Foundation

Agenda

Community

Media

Stats

  • [ru.ws] – The Russian Wikisource has reached 50,000 texts.
  • [hy.wp] – The Armenian Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles.

Other news

  • [WikipediaVision] – A student from Helsinki has created "WikipediaVision", a live visualization of anonymous edits to Wikipedia by location. The site combines Wikipedia's Recent Changes feed with Google Maps.  Although this seems to have been around for a while, the link has resurfaced after it was exhibited live at MFK in Bern (from April until August).

Did you know …

…that you can even upload home movies to Wikipedia?  Wikipedia's video support is improving, Wikimedians have even been uploading videos of their children illustrating certain Wikipedia topics.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikien-l/2009-September/104617.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moro_reflex

Quote
"A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes." — Mohandas Gandhi

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Sep
27
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 37 Number: 118

Technical news

Request for help

Foundation

  • [Jennifer Riggs leaves] – Sue Gardner, the Executive Director, announced on Thursday that Jennifer Riggs would be leaving the Wikimedia Foundation.  Jennifer was the Chief Program Officer and, although she has made good contributions so far, she and Sue decided she wasn't the right fit for the job.
  • [Wikimedia and OneWebDay] – September 22 was OneWebDay, a day that aims to highlight the critical importance of protecting the values and principles of an open, participatory web.  In a blog post, Jay Walsh used the OneWebDay initiative to thank Wikimedia's huge volunteer force.

Agenda

  • [Wikimedia Staff office hours] – after the success of the Strategic Planning "Office Hours", the Wikimedia Foundation has decided to hold its own as well.  Sue Gardner, the Executive Director, will be online to answer questions in #wikimedia-office on freenode.  The "office hours" will be between 15:30 and 16:30 PDT (UTC 22:30 to 23:30) on Friday, September 25, 2009.

Community

Media

Stats

  • [hi.wp] – The Hindi Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles.
  • [cbk-zam] – The Zamboanga Chavacano Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles.
  • [Forget articles, it's editors] – Erik Zachte, the maintainer of Infodisiac (the Wikimedia statistics website), wrote a blog post about how we should stop focusing on the article count.  Instead, we should be focusing on the number of editors the site has (and other aspects of community participation).

Other news

  • [WikiMarriage] – two Wikimedians got married this weekend: Arne Klempert (akl) and Delphine Ménard (notafish).  Arne is currently a member of the Board of Trustees and Delphine is the former Chapters coordinator and current Treasurer of Wikimédia France.  Congratulations to the new WikiNewlyweds!

Did you know …

…that the Wikipedia Mobile interface provides anonymous statistics about its use?  The stats page provides total traffic, average page serving speed, and more.
http://stats.m.wikipedia.org/

Quote

"I am not asking you to explain Wikipedia here, I'm asking for a vision!" – Femke Halsema

(The Chair of the Netherlands's Green Party interrupted the presentation of the new government budget to Parliament with that when the Prime Minister referred to the many committees that are going to search for potential budget cuts.)

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Sep
17
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 36 Number: 117

Technical news

  • [Mobile survey] – the Wikipedia Mobile team is running a survey, hoping to get feedback on their progress so far and suggestions for future additions.

Foundation

  • [Usability Beta Status] – Naoko Komura, Program Manager for the Usability Initiative, gave an update on the status of the usability updates (the "Try Beta" link).  She also included statistics on how often they were enabled/kept enabled.

Legal

Community

  • [Restoration Discovery] – Durova, one of the people on Commons who works on restoring images, received a pleasant surprise.  While restoring a photo, she discovered that there was actually human remains in picture.  This discovery has been noted in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Library of Congress even credited her in its bibliographic record.

Media

Stats

  • [th.wp] – the Thai Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles.

Other news

Did you know …

…the first public cell phone call was made on April 3, 1973 by Martin Cooper?

Quote


"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." — Theodore Roosevelt

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Aug
29
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 34-35 Number: 116

Technical news

  • [SmartWikiSearch] – Smart Wiki Search, a "concept similarity" search, tries to make your Wikipedia search experience better by finding other Wikipedia pages that discuss the same or similar concepts to the one you searched for.

Request for help

  • [GLAM-WIKI Recommendations] – now that the GLAM-WIKI conference is over, Liam Wyatt (the conference coordinator) has compiled a list of recommendations to "GLAM", to Wikimedia, and to the government.  This list is based on the discussions and findings at the conference.
  • [Chapcom membership update] – the Chapters committee (those charged with coordinating the chapters, especially with getting new chapters started) welcomes two new members.  Milos Rancic and Lodewijk Gelauff replace the seats of Carlos Barcenilla and Michael Bimmler, who recently resigned.

Awards

Media

  • [Inkblot Poster] – remember the controversy on the English Wikipedia because there were copies of the Rorschach inkblot tests in the article?  Well, according to the New York Times, te doctor who helped publish the 10 inkblots is being investigated by his local doctors? organization after it received complaints that his actions were unprofessional.

Stats

Other news

  • [Wikipedia Diver] – a new Firefox add-on gives you a visual history of everywhere you've been on Wikipedia, and organizes it down to the day, order, and session in which you visited the sites, making it easy to revisit old entries.

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Aug
14
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 33 Number: 115

Technical news 

  • [clone $brion;] – Brion Vibber, the current Foundation CTO, announced that they want to split his position into two.  There will be a new Chief Technical Officer and Brion will become the "Senior Software Architect"; more information about the responsibilities of each can be found on the blog post.
  • ["Try Beta"] – Have you noticed the new “Try Beta” link at the top of Wikimedia project sites?  The usability team is proud to introduce the new skin, Vector, and the newly enhanced edit toolbar. Check it out and give them your feedback!

Request for help

  • [BBC & Wikimania] – this is a weird request for help, because it doesn't come from the community.  The BBC's "Digital Revolution", an open and collaborative documentary on the way the web is changing our lives, wants to come to Wikimania 2009 but can't make it!  They're looking for people to film some content for them, are you going to Wikimania and interested?  Visit the blog post for more information and contact them ASAP.

Proposals

Foundation

Agenda

Community

Media

Stats

  • [sr.wn 10k] – the Serbian Wikinews has reached 10,000 articles and is now the second largest Wikinews.
  • [pt.wp 500k] – following closely behind the Spanish Wikipedia (es), the Portuguese Wikipedia has also reached 500,000 articles!

Quote

"Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were." – Cherie Carter-Scott

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Aug
06
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 32 Number: 114

Technical news

Request for help

Proposals

  • [Strategic Proposals (Call)] – the Strategic Planning team has sent out a call for proposals. They'd like to encourage people to put their ideas into proposals for what the Wikimedia movement should be doing over the next five years. What's more is that you can write it in the language of your choice.

Foundation

Legal

Agenda

Community

Media

Stats

  • [comScore: down to #5] – Facebook is now the 4th largest site in the world and has pushed the Wikimedia Foundation down to the 5th largest web property. Wikipedia is still far above an beyond the most popular non commercial website. By the way; the ranking of Wikizine is 50% up to become the 2,983,528th most popular site 🙂    (Source:Alexa)
  • [African Wikipedias] – Swahili Wikipedia "has raced ahead with great momentum" and surpassed Afrikaans as the largest African Wikipedia by number of articles. There's also stats about the other African Wikipedias and sister projects.
  • [Wikipedias] – the Spanish Wikipedia has reached 500,000 articles, the Lithuanian Wikipedia has reached 90,000, and the Latin Wikipedia reached 30,000 articles with the addition of "Magninovilla".
  • [EN Wikinews] – Not really a direct goal of Wikinews to have many "articles" but nevertheless the English language Wikinews has surpassed 15,000 news stories.

Other news

  • [wikiHow&MediaWiki] – wikiHow showcased an interesting article (on its twitter feed) about how to make a MediaWiki skin, worth a read if you're ever in the need for a new skin. 🙂
  • [Mobile Feedback] – the Mobile Wikipedia site requested feedback from its users and got a few interesting results, you might get a laugh out of them!
  • [Correction: WMUK&Schools] – we previously reported that the new WMUK schools project was about revisiting its "Wikipedia Version for Schools" project. This is actually a new initiative, one focused on going into schools and teaching the staff and students how to effectively use and contribute to Wikipedia.
  • [Wiktionary users] – Dvortygirl posted an interesting blog post about the type of users who are attracted to writing a dictionary. She found that most of the people in the #wiktionary IRC channel all shared similar characteristics to her (and a Dutch Wiktionary visitor), more information in the blog post.

Quote

"About all you can do in life is be who you are. Some people will love you for you. Most will love you for what you can do for them, and some won't like you at all." – Rita Mae Brown


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Jul
30
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 31 Number: 113

Technical news

Proposals

  • [Geonotice + Wikinews/Commons?] – Sage Ross recently proposed something interesting: using an opt-in geonotice (notice that displays based on the location of your IP) to show local reporting or photographing opportunities. Hopefully this will help with one of the great frustrations that inhibit original reporting.

Foundation

Community

Media

Stats

Other news

Did you know …

… parody is the highest form of flattery?

[Bigipedia] – BBC Radio launched a "broadwebcasting" show parodying the internet by mocking pop-ups, search boxes and other aspects of online activity. Produced and directed by Pozzitive, the four-part series is called 'Bigipedia' and has taken its inspiration from Wikipedia. If you can appreciate British humor, check it out.


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Jul
19
2009

Year: 2009 Week: 30 Number: 112

Technical news

Request for help

Foundation

Community

Media

Stats

Other news

Did you know …

… that there is an easy solution to Wikipedia's vandalism problems?

According to one humorous website, "ALL WE NEED TO DO is direct our vandalism entirely to the article about chickens. Imagine a Wikipedia free of vandalism!"
http://www.everytopicintheuniverseexceptchickens.com/

Note: that is a humorous website. It does not mean you are allowed to … with Wikipdia's chickens.

Quote

"Try to learn something about everything and everything about something." – Thomas H. Huxley

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