Year: 2011 Week: 37 Number: 127

Wikimedia News


  • [Editorial] – As Walter said in the previous edition, I took initiative and there are some changes in the Wikizine concept. But, more about them on Friday, in Talk Edition of Wikizine! Milos.

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Technical news


  • [Image filter “referendum” over] – It said to us what we already know: Wikimedians are multicultural and want to allow themselves to change their mind. However, no consensus emerged in relation to the most important question: should images be filtered at all? The survey questions were not asked in a form allowing “yes/no” answers; participants were asked to indicate the importance of some features on a scale. “Referendum” turnout was around 3%: ~700,000 emails were sent to eligible users, ~24,000 respondents expressed their opinions. (In comparison, Board elections have 10-15% turnout.) The next step is to analyze those numbers.


  • [WMF representatives in chapters’ boards?] – The initiative for Wikimedia Brazil presented the idea to have a WMF appointed member of their chapter Board. After Ray Saintonge noted that it’s not quite regular, Jimmy Wales supported the idea, which, in turn, sparked long discussion about (un)acceptable WMF influence over chapters.



  • [Wikipedia Signpost] – New edition of Wikipedia Signpost has been published. In this edition you can find stories: Riding with WikiProject London Transport, The copyright crisis, and why we should care, Britannica and Wikipedia like “apples and chairs”, Should anyone who’s anyone get an article? etc.

Events and meetups

  • [24-25 September] – Polish Wikipedia community, supported by Wikimedia Polska, is going to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project (founded on September 26, 2001) with a conference to be held on September 24-25, in Poznan, Poland. (Google translate)
Meetups are filled from Wikipedia:Meetup page at English Wikipedia. Please, add your meetup there and it will be published by Wikizine. (
GLAM-related events are held on Outreach Wiki. If you add your GLAM-related event there, it will be published in Wikizine. (
For other events, please post them on our events page or send us email with short description of your event. (

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