Dan Gillmor, recently of citmedia fame (who is looking forward to
attending most if not all of Wikimania), is planning a small citizen
journalism 'unconference' at Harvard 1 or 2 days after Wikimania. He
and Andrew Lih have been thinking about this since the fall... now it
seems it will happen. This may give citizen journalists and grassroots
media enthusiasts extra reason to come to Cambridge that weekend.
How can we encourage cross-pollination of ideas between these two events?
Who from the [int'l] world of grassroots media would you most want to show
I like this logo and design. It is crisp; and will make for great and
recognizable gear. There are many color choices to try out... I like
the yellow on black in this picture, perhaps with a different shade of
Similarly, I like the red in the logo on white background; but am less
sure about the blue.
As for fonts and font sizing : Ben, perhaps you can get input from
Nohat and Zanimum on this part of the design.
On 4/3/06, Delphine Ménard <notafishz(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Daniel Mayer <maveric149(a)yahoo.com>
> Date: Apr 3, 2006 2:17 AM
> Subject: [Foundation-l] New CafePress designs
> To: foundation-l(a)wikimedia.org, wikipedia-l(a)wikimedia.org
> Another great thing Tlogmer created was a very unique design for
> possible Wikimania logo. You can
> see it here:
> No matter what logo is used, I do think that it would be a bit boring
> to use the Wikimedia logo
> again for Wikimania. Something unique is needed. However, we need to
> choose a logo fast so that we
> can promote it for Wikimania and order plenty of shirts and other items with it.
> Whatcha think ?
> I kind of like it :-)
> Not sure about the colors though, and definitely not the Wikipedia font.
> Wikimania-l mailing list
We received a number of excellent workshops and tutorial submissions over
the past month; and the program team went through a final review of them
this week. If you have submitted a workshop or tutorial, you will receive
feedback from us in the coming days; and a list of accepted workshops will
be posted soon.
We still welcome ideas for 'invited tutorials' that we should aim to find
experts to present, on the Wikimania wiki:
(along with ideas for other kinds of sessions.)
Please remind your colleagues and friends to submit general presentation
ideas this week:
We're going to open registration soon, ie. if everything goes well
beginning of next week. As soon as registration is going to open, we
will have millions of people asking for help with this, that and the
So I need two or three or even four people ready to get involved with
the registration follow-up.
-not being scared of visa fishing and answering firmly but kindly to
visa fishing request
-not being scared of stating the obvious (yeah, well, it's on the page...)
-not being scared of saying 'no, for now, we have no money, we'll
contact you if we have some"
-not being afraid to say "you haven't paid, your registration is cancelled"
In a word as in 100, not being afraid. :-)
I'm painting a dark picture on purpose. It's not always fun, but it
can be hilarious. It takes time, and more time as the time approaches,
but it is a great way to know all the people who are coming, help them
through the process of registering, and feel good when you finally
meet them on site.
So, if you are interested in helping, thank you for contacting me in
private at dmenard AT wikimedia PUNTO org
A quick reminder : there will be a meeting today at 22:00 UTC / 18:00
EST (in 1+ hours) in #wikimania to discuss volunteering for
Wikimania and the current open tasks.
One area where we could use more input is in site design : we will
soon be announcing Wikimania to a broad audience, and the site should
be beautiful and informative.
You can see one draft design below (the current text in it is filler,
and busier than the actual main page should be). Comments and other
design ideas are welcome.
(With any luck we'll have a conference logo by the time we have a new
main page design worked out :-)
thanks to many editors, Wikimania 2006 website is steadily being
multilingualized. I'd like to mention to Dutch, Polish and Chinese
teams, who have been recently working vigorously.
Any other languages' translators, specially French, Japanese and
Spanish editors are also invited to join. Though the majority of us
translators for Wiikimania have been working on meta traditionally, as
a conclusion of coordinators' discussion, under the current situation
all editors are strongly invited to work on _Wikimania 2006 Website_.
The main reasons of recommendation on the above are these:
1) the website has already been launched and many people visit seeking
2) we could avoid work duplication and thus confusion to centralize
3) many pages concerning with our interest on meta are almost done,
even if refinement is always welcome.
Meta is a good place to work though, we needn't keep materials already
translated there for eternity.
A personal information; my net accessibility will be down till April
23 or 24 (UTC). Some other translation coordinators will be available
on the mailinglist or #wikimania, so if you are in need, please don't
hesitate to talk with them.
email: Aphaia @ gmail (dot) com
[ Wikimania translation update Nr.1 / 1st week of April. ]
Wikimania, the International Wikimedia conference, is being held in
Boston, MA, USA this August 4-6. This is an update on its translation
and multilingual content.
== General ==
* Translation of the Wikimania website main page CfP has begun on meta.
* The deadlines have changed; so the CfP and short announcement need
to be changed.
* Translation of the CfP is continuing on on meta; some will be
released in this week.
* You are invited to help translate visa info
* Wikimania translations and their status are now listed directly on
the Wikimania website. See
Spanish, French, and Chinese translators are especially welcome.
== Main Page translation ==
* Main Page #1 of the Wikimania website is ready to translate. Drafts
are being worked on in: Chinese (zh), Japanese (ja), Dutch (nl), and
* Other languages also need attention from their translators,
* Wouldn't you like to have Main Page in your own language? Create
your language version on meta or contact User:Aphaia or User:Sj on
* This main page will be a visitor's portal to
wikimania2006.wikimedia.org and will provide visitors with an overview
of what Wikimania is.
== CfP translation ==
* Translation of the CfP is now in its last stage. In addition to four
languages (Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese), Polish is now
waiting for proofreading. Native speakers are invited review those
versions; if you find mistakes, please fix them. If you think it is
okay, please leave your comments on talk.
* A German translation is going on. German speakers are invited to help.
* French & Chinese translators will be a great help for us; you can
start your work from which you prefer - either Main Page or CfP.
== Visas ==
* Some attendees to the conference will need visas from the US
government, and visa information will be helpful for them. We have
information available in English, but it would be more helpful if
it were multilingual.
* Polish translators are working on this; this also needs for a
proofreader. If you speak Polish, please review it if improvement is
necessary. If it looks good, you are then invited to join Main Page
* Chinese, French, and Arabic translations would be welcome.
== Email distribution ==
* This update is sent not only to Wikimedia mailinglists. If you
receive extra copies, please let us know.
* If you know a translation-related mailinglist and are sure this
newsletter wouldn't violate their policies, you are welcome to post it
there. Or you may want to forward it to a friend. We will appreciate
your help greatly.
== Special note: proper names, cultural details ==
* Sometimes proper names are a headache for translators. Especially so
when one is not sure how to transcribe a name. The difficulties can
increase when your source and target languages have different scripts
- between English and Japanese, or between Chinese and Russian ...
** One example - the letter Z is pronounced as [z] in many languages,
but in German it alone is normally [ts]. The letter S is [z] at the
top of a word in German but in many others [s]. Most German speakers
know this, and can be aware of this when they read out foreign proper
* Another cause of headaches is cultural differences; sometimes
phrases, descriptions, or nicknames have special cultural
significance, and are difficult to translate. These often require
extra explanation by a native speaker.
* If you are dealing with a difficult transcription or a cultural
issue, other translators are probably facing the same difficulty.
Please use translators-l or our noticeboard [[m:Meta:Babylon]] on meta
Wikimania translation update
Editors: Aphaia, Sj
Wikimania 2006 Translators' team
A quick reminder: our weekly program meetings are now at 2200 UTC,
thanks to the changing season. We have a program meeting today in
just over an hour (1800 EST, 2200 UTC, 2400 CET). You can see the
agenda here :
Next weekend there will be a general volunteer meeting; if you are
interested, please note which times you can attend:
There will also be a meeting for translators; the day has not yet been
set. If you know multilingual people who would like to ge involved
with the conference, now is an excellent time to help with
translation. A more detailed translation update follows.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Daniel Mayer <maveric149(a)yahoo.com>
Date: Apr 3, 2006 2:17 AM
Subject: [Foundation-l] New CafePress designs
To: foundation-l(a)wikimedia.org, wikipedia-l(a)wikimedia.org
Another great thing Tlogmer created was a very unique design for
possible Wikimania logo. You can
see it here:
No matter what logo is used, I do think that it would be a bit boring
to use the Wikimedia logo
again for Wikimania. Something unique is needed. However, we need to
choose a logo fast so that we
can promote it for Wikimania and order plenty of shirts and other items with it.
Whatcha think ?
I kind of like it :-)
Not sure about the colors though, and definitely not the Wikipedia font.