- [Single User Login] – also known as SUL – is again a step closer to implementation. For the newer readers; Single User Login is exactly what it sounds like; one login for all WMF wikis. Because many users have accounts on many wikis, at not always with the same username, making a system to support one login and not breaking to existing accounts is complex. This is in the works for several years now. The merge function is now live on the test-wiki in demonstration modus for testing. (demonstration -> testing = does not really work yet). Brion says that beta-testing could start in a couple of weeks.
- [pywikipediabot] – The “pywikipediabot” framework, which has been hosted at sourceforge for the last almost 4 years, has recently been moved to wikimedia servers. This means that robot users will need to go to a different server to update their version of the robot software.
- http://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/pywikipedia-l — New mailing list
- http://www.gossamer-threads.com/lists/wiki/wikitech/98876 — A message announcing the move
- [Redirects] – The now work with URL-encoded page titles (like “#REDIRECT [[foo%20bar]]”).
- [WP offline] – Building a (fast) Wikipedia offline reader; a user who wanted to have Wikipedia on his hard disk to take along explains how he done it.
Request for help
- [Wikimania 2008] – Suggestions are requested for locations where to organize the next Wikimania in 2008.
- [CC 3.0 licence] – Wikimedia commons, our media files project, has accepted the 3.0 Creative Commons licence after long discussion.
- [Wikimania 2007] – In Taipei Wikimania has accrued like planed. It is considered to be successful. At this time only very limited video recordings of the events are available. Photographs are present on commons and Flickr. The best way of getting the feeling of being there are the audio reports of the “Wikipedia Weekly World Service” about Wikimania.
- http://article.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.wikimania/309 — Refection Wikimania by Ant
- http://wikimania.tw/streaming/ — the available video
- http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimania_2007 — images
- http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/wikimania2007/ — and some more pictures
- http://www.wikipediaweekly.org/ — start with “Wikimania Day 1: Morning Update”
- [Wikimedia USA?] – Options are explored about creating chapters inside the USA. Until now chapters are created on the national lever of a country. For chapters inside the USA the situation is different. There is no need for an organization for tax reasons because Wikimedia Sint-Petersburg covers that already. It is considered to organize the USA chapters by city and not by state.
- [EN Wikinews] – A wikinews reporter was able to get an exclusive interview with Tony Benn on U.K. politics.
- [PL wiki on DVD] – In April was announced in Wikizine 68 that very soon a DVD of the Polish language Wikipedia would be on sale in shops in Poland. That “soon” is now. It is available for purchase in shops in Poland as well as online. The release contains 239 000 articles, 59 000 images and the dedicated Java software WikiMiner. The DVD costs 39 PLN (~ 10 EUR, $14). Soon the 8 GB image of the DVD will be available for download as well.
- [Wikimania Awards 2007] – The Wikimania Awards where awarded. There where 7 categories in where people could nominate pictures. On the presentation of the winners only winners for 4 categories where announced. Jury member [[User:Cspurrier]] explained that the reason was that the intended prices for the winners for the other categories did not seemed to exist. And because of that there where no winners for the other categories.
- http://wikimania2007.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Awards — And the winners are …
- [Wikimania] – What’s Next After Wikimania 2007?
- [Wikitracker] – See Who’s Editing Wikipedia – Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign. About the results that you get from “Wikiscanner”, a (public) database of edits done by anonymous users. And how company’s and organisations edit there own articles.
- [All wp] – All Wikipedias together have reached 8 million articles.
- [ja wp] – The Japanese Wikipedia reaches 400,000 articles.
- [commons] – The Wikimedia Commons has reached 1,750,000 files
- [ps wp] – The Pashto Wikipedia reaches 1,000 articles.
- [Wikipedia on stage] – In New York City a small theatre company has preformed a play with the name “The Wikipedia Plays” inspired more or less on certain articles. The play was made up of 17 very small plays. The Signpost has written detailed reporting about it.
- [Wikizine about underweare??] – When Wikizine was started there was so far as could be found nobody else using or had been using the name “Wikizine” for an online activity. But that has changed. There is now a website the provides a sort of blogs that anyone can edit and those blogs are called “Wikizines”. The can be about anything
- [Similpedia] – This is not again yet an other wiki-project. Similpedia is a website the finds articles inside the English language Wikipedia that are related to the url or text you past inside the search box of Similpedia.
The first Wikimania, in 2005 (Frankfurt), there was no live-streaming nor archives. But that was very first Wikimania, time to learn and grow is necessary, so that is understandable.
For the second Wikimania in Boston, in 2006, there was live-streaming. Yes, it was a RealMedia stream but it worked and also for all operating systems. The archives of the recordings where a problem. During that Wikimania and at several times after it was announced that the video archives would come available soon. The never did came available.
Now for this Wikimania in 2007 I expected that the online experience would be better then in 2006. It was not. It was even significant worse. The live-streaming was provided by a sponsor. So far no problem. But to see the live-stream you needed to go a website that contains advertisement. There you could see the stream on a web-based player that starts with a commercial.
For any other organisation or community that would be totally normal. But when you consider that the Wikimedia community, with the English language Wikipedia on the first row, is fundamentalistic against even the smallest form of advertisement or suggesting of commercial activity, then it is very weird that the official live-stream of Wikimania is so clearly commercial.
Even worse; the live-stream solution provided was Windows-only! By day 2 I had installed Windows XP in an emulator. The stream was not very stable, frequent buffer under-runs and this together with no working function to get a full screen video made the user experience not very good to say the least.
Video archives where announced to be available be the end the day. One week after the end of Wikimania; are not yet available.
Wikimania 2007 was a success, but the online experience was not. Will next year be better? Maybe the people who where providing the on the spot put together Ogg Theora streams could do that. Considering that it was an ad hoc solution the did a great job.
Walter, Editor of Wikizine
Did you know …
The comments in his feedback indicate that has sold successful several of these packages and the his customers are satisfied. This suggests that there are spy’s and traitors on Wikipedia who assist with this.
“gott sei dank fur Wikipedia — Anonym
“Knowledge is Fun” — Eugene Demeter
“I don’t google as I used to, it has thankfully been replaced by Wikipedia” — Anonymous