To all Wikimedians near and far -
today is the official launch date of the first Wikimedia Collaboration
of the Week. We will try to do something important which affects the
success of Wikimedia and its projects every week. This week,
participating Wikimedians join forces to build the MediaWiki handbook in
multiple languages on Meta.
The current collaboration of the week is featured on the community
portals or other exposed pages of the participating wikis, which at the
present time are Wikipedias in English, German, Spanish, Sicilian, Norsk
(nynorsk), and Chinese. If you haven't already, please promote this idea
on your local project and add your wiki to the list:
Next week's COTW is decided on:
The current collaboration on the MediaWiki help is coordinated on this page:
(Please help to translate these pages!)
Hopefully, the Wikimedia COTW will raise awareness of Wikimedia, bring
our projects closer together and, most importantly, help to get things
done which need to be done.
I invite you to join the first COTW and help to make it a success.
Wikimedia projects keep on growing and many projects are starting aside
from the normal encyclopedia projects. Sometimes you find yourself in
need of help. For fight against vandalism, translation, promotion of
your projects and anything related to the project.
You can request for help on
But even better, if YOU want to help, you can get informed on which
ongoing projects might need you.
Please read this page from time to time and consider how you could join
For example, right now, help is welcome for
* Quarto (publication of information)
* Wikimania (big international meeting next summer)
* Wikijunior (publication for kids, for which we received a grant)
* ScanBot (a bot for featured article)
Please come and help
>> But why is everything at en.wikipedia.org?
>> Wikimedia.org would make a great deal more sense.
> Or wikimediafoundation.org ?
This is partly for historic reasons. Wikipedia and Wiktionary stats were
already placed at en.wikipedia.org, so I just extended that scheme for other
Moving the stats now would break a lot of links, not all links on wikipedia
pages are to the sitemap pages, so I guess each html file would need a
Similarly why is common.wikipedia.org not named common.wikimedia.org? Other
Wikimedia projects can benefit from a shared resource pool as well.
I guess these small inconsistencies are a fact of life. I can live with it,
but if redirecting all existing links is easy, I don't mind moving all stats
Wikistats are now available for all Wikimedia projects.
Stats have been generated from the latest dumps, which are from March 9.
Wiktionaries (use refresh button when you see old stats)
> If there were a machine dedicated to stats of various kinds,
> with its own mirror of the db, could this be done more efficiently
> as a running-total, updated whenever the db was updated?
A dedicated mirrored server for these and other background jobs (e.g. IBM
history flow charts and Special Pages) would certainly help. Switching away
from processing dumps towards direct SQL access has been suggested before.
Especially with the upcoming database scheme change, dumps become more
difficult to handle, though not impossible.
I had my doubts about switching, because very heavy 'Special:' SQL queries
have been often disabled or cancelled halfway to bring down server load, and
the stats queries will be very heavy indeed.
A separate server would make this less of an issue. Average CPU speed will
do fine, memory no less than 1Gb, preferably 2GB. Even though I took great
care to keep memory requirements at an acceptable level, some hash tables
need to be in memory and their sizes grow like everything else around here.
I hope you don't mean running-total literally, where all figures change
every second :)
At least it should be possible to generate new stats once or twice a week,
instead of once a month (the latter depending on how often dumps are
* Gerard Meijssen:
> This user is the persona of a known anonymous vandal who has a
> history of using different IP-numbers.
...which could be his provider's policy, and cannot be used as a
charge against him.
> When he was banned for a week, he started with sockpupputs.
It is not proven the aliases were his. One of the aliases
posted on Wikipedia that he is not the 'troll', and the 'troll'
has always denied he had these sockpuppets.
> In the mean time one users tried to mediate, but made the
> mistake to identify to much with one party and not listening to
> the others.
Not one user. A mediating committee has been created, on the
initiative of this user. More people are part of this committee,
This user might have identified too much with one party, but on
the other hand the other party did not really co-operate in the
> It resulted in the discussion being moved to another wikipedia
Yes, the discussion turned into a chaos, and the person who
initiated the mediating committee created a space on another
wikipedia, where the mediating could take place without too much
interference of other users.
> For your information I am NOT involved in this quarrel.
But you did take a standpoint in the vote about a ban for the
(I tried only to make corrections, and to omit my personal