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Year: 2009 Week: 33 Number: 115
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Technical news ===
[Tech Update] - the sysadmins posted a tech update of what happened
last week and what will be coming up this week and beyond.
[clone $brion;] - Brion Vibber, the current Foundation CTO, announced
that they want to split his position into two. There will be a new
Chief Technical Officer and Brion will become the "Senior Software
Architect"; more information about the responsibilities of each can be
found on the blog post.
-- techblog post
["Try Beta"] - Have you noticed the new ?Try Beta? link at the top of
Wikimedia project sites? The usability team is proud to introduce the
new skin, Vector, and the newly enhanced edit toolbar. Check it out
and give them your feedback!
-- techblog post
[pl.wp: Report a Problem] - The Polish Wikipedia has put together a
neat little pop-up tool for reporting errors in articles. (The "Zg?o?
b??d" link in the sidebar.)
-- post on wikien-l
: FlaggedRevs] - MediaWiki.org
is currently testing out Flagged
Revisions in their Manual and Help namespaces.
-- reason for FlaggedRevs
brion telling about it being enabled
[Image Annotations] - a hack for Wikimedia Commons allows for image
annotations, just like Flickr has them, be sure to check it out!
-- example image
-- help page
[MediaWiki Wave] - a new project, "MediaWiki Wave", has been launched.
It attempts to find a way for Google Wave, a communication and
collaboration tool in development, to work with and make the best of
-- project code
=== Request for help ===
[BBC & Wikimania] - this is a weird request for help, because it
doesn't come from the community. The BBC's "Digital Revolution", an
open and collaborative documentary on the way the web is changing our
lives, wants to come to Wikimania 2009 but can't make it! They're
looking for people to film some content for them, are you going to
Wikimania and interested? Visit the blog post for more information
and contact them ASAP.
=== Proposals ===
[Global sysop opt-out] - a new proposal about global sysops has been
created and feedback is requested!
=== Foundation ===
[Report to the Board] - Sue Gardner, the Executive Director, has
published her report to the Board of Trustees for April 2009.
[Board Election Results] - the results of the Board of Trustees
elections have been released; the three winners are: Ting Chen (Wing),
Kat Walsh (Mindspillage), and Samuel Klein (Sj). The Election
Committee started a "post-mortem" section to collect commentary for
future elections. Your comments on what went wrong and what went right
will be highly appreciated.
-- post mortem
=== Agenda ===
[IN: WP Takes Chennai] - Are you in India? Love Wikipedia? Got a
camera? Then participate in 'Wikipedia Takes Chennai' this Sunday
=== Community ===
[WMFR: Multimedia Usability] - Wikimédia France has announced a new
Multimedia Usability Project. It is intended to support and
compliment the Wikimedia Foundation's project funded by the Foundation.
[MW Translation Rally] - Translatewiki.net
, the site that coordinates
translations of the MediaWiki software, is running a translation
rally. Contribute 500 MediaWiki translations and share in 1,000 Euro!
[WikiExpedition] - the Polish community has had its first annual
WikiExpedition. The ten-day journey to the Polish region of Podlasie
(northeastern part), focusing on collecting material that would be
used to enrich Wikimedia project content with photographs, has brought
gigabytes of photos and tons of material.
-- media coverage (pl)
[New wikis] - a large number of new projects were created this week: 5
content projects and 2 chapter wikis. The 5 content projects were
Sorani Wikipedia (ckb), Western Panjabi Wikipedia (pnb), Mirandese
Wikipedia (mwl), Acehnese Wikipedia (ace), Turkish Wikinews (tr) and
the 2 chapter wikis, Wikmedia Ukraine (ua) and Wikimedia Colombia (co;
-- bug: content projects
-- bug: ua.wikimedia.org
-- bug: co.wikimedia.org
=== Media ===
[Usability Feedback] - Mashable, "the social media guide" has posted
an article covering Wikipedia's recent usability release.
[Wikipedia's on the wane] - the Sydney Morning Herald and the Guardian
both ran an article about a new California study related to Wikipedia.
The study found the number of new articles added a month was on a
steep decline and new contributors were being pushed out by the
rusted-on Wikipedia elite.
[Wikimanía] - a Spanish technology site reports on Wikimania and
Richard Stallman's keynote ("the Father of the Free Software Movement")
[GLAM-WIKI coverage] - the GLAM-Wiki conference in Australia has
gotten a lot of media coverage, and the organizers are keeping a list
on their site. One of the articles has an interesting analogy from
Liam Wyatt, "People who like sausages or obeying the law shouldn't see
either being made, and the same goes for encyclopedias - it's a messy
process but the outcome is good." Tim Starling has also posted a
report on what he saw while he attended.
-- glam coverage listed
-- 59 page pdf with all the #glam-wiki tweets
[Wikiversity] - Wikiversity was mentioned in a news article! The
Colombia news site, Unviersia, ran an article entitled: "Web 2.0 to
share and build collective knowledge" and used Wikiversity as one of
=== Stats ===
[sr.wn 10k] - the Serbian Wikinews has reached 10,000 articles and is
now the second largest Wikinews.
-- ten thousandth article
[pt.wp 500k] - following closely behind the Spanish Wikipedia (es),
the Portuguese Wikipedia has also reached 500,000 articles!
=== Quote ===
"Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond
what you were." - Cherie Carter-Scott
Editor(s): Alex, Casey
Corrector(s): Ryan, MarkW
Thanks to: Techman224, Wpedzich, Naoko, Erik, Brion, Milos, Pharos,
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Liam, Lijealso, Gerard
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