Year: 2009 Week: 37 Number: 118

Wikimedia News

Technical news

Request for help


  • [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.


  • [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.





  • [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.


“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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