"If you contribute to the Wikimedia projects, you are publishing every
word you post publicly."
"Wenn Sie zu den Wikimedia-Projekten beitragen, veröffentlichen Sie
jedes Wort, das sie abschicken, öffentlich."
and inspires me to loose a few words on how policy writing should be
handled in a multilingual project:
* Decide on the core principles of the policy - the essential rules
* Create a nice, elaborate page in english which you place on the
Foundation wiki as the official policy
* Ask the community to create inofficial translations based on the
essential rules - they may want to phrase a few things differently, some
things may need longer or shorter explanations depending on culture,
country or project. They may translate the english version word by word
but are free to formulate the essential rules in their own words if they
* Each translation should have a note on top that in doubt the english
version is the valid one.
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Datenschutz tries to say the same
as the english one but in own words. Some paragraphs and sentences which
are not part of the core rules were shortened for the sake of clarity
If you disagree with this you may want to find community members who
will create a literal translation. My feel for language and style
doesn't allow me to do so.
Dear Wikipedians in fundation,
We now in Chinese Wikipedia have some trademark issues that needs your help.
We have found an Chinese had registered "Wiki" and "維基" (in literly it
also means "Wiki" in Chinese) as his trademarks at 2005/11/23 in mainland
China. Since we now have WP and WN, there might be some trademark issues in
mainland China. Do you have any advice or suggestions that we can do?
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the 1st sunrise period for .eu domain registration is going
to begin soon - 7 December 2005
only domain names which are registred EU community/national
trademarks will be registered.
I'm not sure about the status of Wikimedia trademarks, but
guess at least Wikipedia a Wikimedia are suitable. IMO
"we" should apply at least for wikipedia.eu and wikimedia.eu.
Because of trademark issues and eu regulations concernig
who can apply for .eu, I'm affraid it will be a bit
complicated. I hope someone from the foundation can take care
(If the process is allready going, sorry :-)
Jan Kulveit ([[USEr:Wikimol]])
To continue the ongoing board development conversation....
The board is considering adding some prominent person from outside the
core Wikipedia community to the board and seeks brainstorming ideas of
what type of person could be good, as well as mentions of names who we
might want to approach.
Larry Lessig - head of Creative Commons
Mitch Kapor - head of Mozilla Foundation (Firefox), founder of EFF, and
extremely passionate about the Wikipedia mission (and he edits
Wikipedia, and he is absolutely fascinated by and supportive of our
Richard Stallman - needs no introduction
Eben Moglen - main legal mastermind of the FSF
Comments on these names are welcome... as are further ideas of course!
# Office: 1-727-231-0101 | Free Culture and Free Knowledge #
# http://www.wikipedia.org | Building a free world #
The Open Knowledge Foundation, together with Free Culture UK, is
developing a database of public domain works:
Still very early stages, but could eventually become useful for Wikimedia.
A mini-update from a subcommittee.
== The Babylonian #0 ==
Welcome to issue 0 of The Babylonian (temporary name), the WMF promotion &
translation subcommittee update from the month of June. Thanks to all who
cooperated on the latest translation burst; including press releases, FAQ,
iii. Thank yous
iv. About this update
=== Requests ===
* Original: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy
* Now available in: English, Czech & Slovenian; French is almost done, too
* Requested in: all languages, especially Ar, Es, It, Ja, Pl, Tr, Zh
* Workplace: see subpages of http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy
* Description: The new policy will be official on July 1st, and is linked
from every Wikimedia wiki page.
/* Wikimedia Executive Director FAQ */
* Original: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Executive_Director_FAQ
* Now available in: English (original), Spanish and French
* Requested in: Ja, It, Pl, Zh; also in others
/* Wikimania site translations */
* Main Page:
* Now available in : English, Japanese
* Other pages and messages are also requested for translation. See
You can find other translation requests on
/* Fund drive banner campaign */
* Ideas for a text banner campaign for the next fund drive are requested.
This is a new idea that might work with or without a banner server (more
easily with; Amgine has been pushing for this)
=== News ===
* You can now send translation related email to the Promotion
& Translation subcommittee; our address is translator (at) wikimedia (dot)
org. IRC contact is also available on
* There are efforts to produce web-banners for Wikimedia projects in many
langugaes, that websites can subscribe to to support the projects; text
notices about wikiprojects and events, small images, &c. You can suggest
or link to suitable banner images or text on meta.
*: New ideas for ads of all sorts are welcome; there are occasionally
groups who wish to provide free advertising space for Wiki[pm]edia, and it
would be nice if they did not always have to make their own ads, but could
also choose among existing ones (including ads in their audience's
language). See http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ads
* There is increasing needs for help in this area, we as always invite
other Wikimedians to participate; english competence is preferable, but
not required. If you are interested in promotion or translation
activities, you may want to give a look to our pages on meta -- our parent
communications committee and its subcommittees:
* Wiki[m|p]edia needs good poster designs; the latest comes via Catherine
Munro : http://www.cafepress.com/brightplaces.62248324
Ideas for variations on the theme, and translations of it (perhaps into a
more familiar poetic form in each language) as well as quite different
types of posters, are welcome.
*: See also the [[Poster design group]], where you can leave comments.
=== Thank yous ===
In June, we had a burst of translation requests: a press release on the
appointment of WMF General Council and interim Executive Director, the FAQ
about the latter's office, two Wikimania updates, and the latest
There are no proper words to describe your contributions and thank
everyone: there are too many people and too many works to list in short.
For example, the sitenotice translation for Wikimania: from its release in
one language, within 24 hours, there were 21 language versions of the
sitenotice, and in the end close to 30. The French team are quick
starters, and have begun to prepare their version for the latest notices
within a day; good team work was shown too, among the Spanish translators
with their careful translation processing with several reviews and
corrections; localisation efforts on the Wikimedia Foundation site by
Vipuser from the Chinese Wikipedia...
Your vigorous involvement continues to empower other contributors looking
for this information!
=== On these updates ===
* This is a newsletter of the Promotion & Translation subcommittee. Its
content is released into the public domain. It is temporarily called The
Babylonian; after the mutlilingual nature of sharing and promoting the
projects. Other name ideas are welcome!
* Its editors are subcommittee members, contributing as individual
volunteers. Submissions or notes about related initiatives are welcome on
the talk page:
* Editors of this issue : Aphaia, Sj
I recommend you also look at a full-blown ERP package like Compiere,
www.compiere.org, whether its CRM package fulfills your needs.
The advantage of Compiere is that it has been around for a while, is
likely to spare you future integration and extension hassles, and did
not have an incident like the SugarCRM vs VTiger shootout yet.
At 25.06.2006, Angela wrote:
>I'm not buying into the arguments Brad and his friends are putting
>forward for Wikimedia to turn away from it's reliance on open source
>software. Especially when that decision is being taken by some unknown
>group of people with no community or Board consultation about possible
>So, I'm asking if people can suggest to Brad some open source (fully
>open source, not "can be open source if you don't need the security
>package") CRM software
>no doubt that people on this list have contacts in the free/OS
>software world, so I'm hoping you can now use those contacts to help
>foundation-l mailing list
I'm not buying into the arguments Brad and his friends are putting
forward for Wikimedia to turn away from it's reliance on open source
software. Especially when that decision is being taken by some unknown
group of people with no community or Board consultation about possible
So, I'm asking if people can suggest to Brad some open source (fully
open source, not "can be open source if you don't need the security
package") CRM software
no doubt that people on this list have contacts in the free/OS
software world, so I'm hoping you can now use those contacts to help