Mar
20
2006

Wikizine – number: 18

=== Technical news (*)===

[Move page] Normal users can now move back a moved page. Seems to work
on all WMF wikis.

Example; [[user:Tom]] moves page [[Tom’s page]] to [[Tom’s moved page]].
[[Tom’s page]] is a redirect to [[Tom’s moved page]].

Any user (non-sysop) can now move [[Tom’s moved page]] back to [[Tom’s
page]]. [[Tom’s moved page]] is a redirect then. This only works if the
redirected page is not edited. If so you need to delete it first.

A sysop has a option to delete the target page directly when moving that
page.

[Blocked/edit] blocked users on the English Wikipedia can still edit
there own talk page. Seems to work only on the EN Wikipedia.

[renameuser] Bureacrats can change the user name of a user. But there is
a ceiling limit of the number of edits that a user can have done to be
able to change the username. That number used to be 6,800 edits. It has
been raised. Possibly to 20,000 edits. Because it is not sure that the
limit is really 20,000. Or even if it is so you can not trust that if
will not change without notice, it is best not to say to users with more
then 20,000 that the can not apply for a renameuser. Try it and you will
see of it works or not.

[SpamCop] the mail server of wikimedia has been blacklisted by spamcop.
The blocked made that emails send out by Wikimedia email handling system
OTRS where bouncing. According to SpamCop spam has been send by
Wikimedias systems. The block is now expired.
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/22368

[Weird] on Meta normal users get a “block”-link in RC for newly created
users. This block-link does not work. So far as know this behavior is
only on Meta.

(*) Remark: the meaning of the word “news” in the context of Wikizine
does not mean that it is really something new. It can be a new function
but also a function that is (not) widely known. So is the fact the
blocked users on EN Wiki still can edit there own talk page is many
months old. But if you are not from EN Wikipedia, it is news. Also can
it takes weeks before changes to the software are noticed so the report
of it is delayed.

=== Foundation ===

[Meetings] Wikimedia Polska is organizing a meetup at the end of April.
The big international Wikimania is at the begin of August 2006 in
Boston, SA. And the Chinese will hold a meeting in Hong Kong end August
2006. And also end of August or early September a meeting in the
Netherlands, Europe.

http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/6501
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Chinese_Wikimania_2006_to_be_held_in_Hong_Kong
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/6428
http://wikimania2006.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WCN

=== Community ===

[NW] The Chinese Wikinews starts. And the new Wiki seems already full of
live.
http://zh.wikinews.org

[Internal news] On the English Wikisource a local internal news section
is started in the spirit of the Wikipedia Signpost (EN wikipedia). On
the French Wikipedia the have since some weeks also a new internal
news-project. It is called “Wikizine”. The seem to have discovered
Wikizine.org and are now voting for a new name.
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Wikizine
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:News

=== New project proposals ===

[Proposal] New proposal: One encyclopedia per child.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposals_for_new_projects#One_Encyclopedia_Per_Child_mainly_in_Simple_English

[Proposal] New proposal: Wikikernel, a new project incubator for new
Wikimedia project proposals.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikikernel

=== Media ===

[Wikia] is the commercial company of Jimmy Wales and Angela Beesley. The
New York venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners is investing $4
million to help Wikia expand its Wikicities operation.
http://tampabay.bizjournals.com/tampabay/stories/2006/03/13/story1.html?page=1

=== Did you know … ===

… that we are *all* volunteers?

The core-editors are the people who are sharing there time and knowledge
to work on the projects and really make the product; a encyclopedia, a
dictionary, a free textbook and so more. You have also sysops,
bureaucrats and stewards. The are working on different layers of
management of the projects. The need to take in to account a bigger
picture and take responsibility also in the function as volunteers.
Without the software developers and the system administrators to make to
fantastic software we are all using and keeping it online there would be
no Wikimedia projects. And the are also volunteers (mostly).

And the board of the Wikimedia foundation whit elected community
members, the committees of the WMF, we are all working on the same
project. But on different levels, whit different responsibility’s.

From the point of view of a blocked user a sysop can be seen as a
tyrant. But it is only a user, a sysop, who doing his job, his function.
Blocking user who hurt the project. A steward can also not please
everybody and that is also not his function. Rules and policies are
there for a reason.

So can it be possible that the Wikimedia Foundation, who needs to deal
whit the real world, needs to take discussions for the good of the
global Wikimedia family. Also when those actions can be unpopular. Do
not attack the Wikimedia Foundation for doing there job. The are also
volunteers working for us all. To keep the projects legally safe and
online. It is only that you can not vote about everything. Assume good
fiat.

=== MediaZilla-IRC Quotes ===

Doesn’t “Votes for Deletion” mean we’re deleting the votes?

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m
not sure about the former. — Albert Einstein

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe
is that it has never tried to contact us. [Just a note, that quote is
from Bill Watterson’s ‘Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip.]


Editor(s): Walter, Shizhao

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