- [Image filter referendum] – Voting has started and it will last up to August 30th. You can discuss it as well. It is about providing the reader the opt-in option to hide certain types of images that reader does not like to see.
- [Wikimedia Hungary] – Wikimedia Hungary published reports for March and April 2011.
- [Wikimania 2011] – has come and is gone. It was in Israël, city of Haifa, this year. Media is available online. Reports about it can be found in The Signpost. Next Wikimania, the 2012-edition, will be in the United States of America, Washington.
- http://www.youtube.com/user/WikimediaIL — video of Wikimania 2011 on Youtube
- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimania_2011 — media at Commons
- [Stewards election] – Candidate submission for the second election for stewards this year will be open between August 21st and September 7th. Voting will be held between September 15th and October 6th.
- [Mingrelian Wikipedia] – Wikipedia in Mingrelian language has been created in July. Mingrelian is a Karvelian (South Caucasian) language spoken by 500,000 people in Georgia. There are now 282 Wikipedias but not all are active.
- [Language committee] – Language committee report for July has been published.
- [Research committee] – Next Research committee meeting will be held on September 2nd.
- [Manila 14] – August 27, 2011
- [RegioWikiCamp Brest (France)] – September 2, 2011
- [Manchester wikimeet] – September 17, 2011
- [Berkeley Wikipedia Meetup] – September 17, 2011
- Meetups section is filled from Wikipedia:Meetup page at English Wikipedia. Please, add your meetup there and it will be published by Wikizine.
Request for Comments
- [Stewards] – A proposal has been made to simplfy the rules for granting admin and bureaucrat rights by Stewards. This only relevant for small wikis that have no (active) bureaucrat.
- [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.
- [Wikipedia] – Chinese Wikipedia is again in the top 10 Wikipedias by page views and it seems that it will stay so in August, as well. For the period July 2010 – July 2011 Kazakh Wikipedia raised visits for 514%.
- [Wikinews] – Page views raised for 16% during the last year, mostly thanks to the raise of French, German and Portuguese editions. Persian Wikinews raised for almost 6000% during the past year.
- [Wikisource] – The first 13 Wikisource editions by page views have increased level of visits for the last year.
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.
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!
“It’s a bad idea, and should be strangled at birth.”
— mailing list responds about the idea to include a “like button” to edits