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Year: 2011 Week: 39 Number: 129
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Technical news ===
[Babel on all Wikis] - There are a great deal of templates and signs
that one can put on there user page. One of the most useful are the
Babel-templates that indicate the knowledge of different languages.
Now is there an extension active on all wikis for that. No need to
manually setup all those templates on all wikis. The structure is
easy; see the excellent blog posting of Mister Internationalisation
himself - Gerard Meijssen.
[New mobile gateway] - There is a new mobile gateway active for the
Wikipedias. The the other projects will follow. This is provided by
new extension of MediaWiki 1.17, the software our wikis are using.
This replaces the old mobile gateway.
[MediaWiki 1.8] - As announced in the TechFlash upgrade of the wikis
is in progress. New functions in MediaWiki 1.8 include;
- Support for gender-specific user pages: languages that have
different words for User whether the user is male or female will be
able to show the male or the female version, if the user has specified
their gender in their preferences.
- MediaWiki 1.18 will make it easier for left-to-right and
right-to-left text to coexist on the same page.
[Fundraiser-time?] - You could encounter the well known gigantic
donation banner "personal appeal by ...". But no, it is not again the
big fundraiser event. But only a banner test. If you see it then you
where lucky. It is only at EN Wikipedia for anonymous users and
generally only in certain countries. The tests are currently being
conducted for 1 hour once a week. The real fundraiser will proably be
in November. But, test or not, donations are welcome.
[Techs share knowledge] - Running a massive infrastructure like the
WMF is using also mean that collect knowledge how to do that. In line
with the mission of the WMF detailed information about the
configuration of the system has been released so that others can learn
[Operations Engineer goals] - In another post, Ryan Lane gives a
longer story about his goals for the past year.
=== Request for help ===
[Petition to UNSECO] - Wikimedia Foundation, with full support of
founder Jimmy Wales, is asking to support the request to the UNESCO to
recognize Wikipedia as the first "digital World Cultural Heritage
Site". Over 51,000 people have signed the petition already. Your are
suggested to spread the word of this petition (after you signed) by
all the communication channels of the modern day. If you sign the
petition need to confirm by a link send by e-mail
[Sign-up for translation] - Frequently there are messages that need to
be translated in, if possible, all the languages of the projects. If
you like to volunteer to be a translator you can register yourself
(see link) so when you are needed you can be contacted.
=== Bureaucracy ===
[Stewards election] - You can vote in the election for new stewards
until 6 October. According to the present situation, 9 Wikimedians
have a good chance to become stewards: Axpde, Bencmq, Bennylin,
Quadell, Quentinv57, Teles, Trijnstel, Vituzzu and Wikitanvir.
=== Movement ===
[German Wikipedia] - On 15 September a poll on the German Wikipedia
questioning participants about the proposed image filter was closed.
German Wikipedians rejected implementation of an image filter on the
German Wikipedia by a 86.23% majority (430 votes, 357 against, 57 in
favour, 16 neutral).
(proposal, arguments and
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[Germanophone WikiConvention] - Wikimedians from the three major
German speaking countries gathered to share their knowledge about
Wikipedia, Wikimedia and other wikis at the first ?WikiConvention?.
More than 170 participants attended.
[Deletionism] - "Wikipedia needs to return to simplicity" is a blog
post by Urpo Lankinen in which the author explains why deletionism is
[European Year of Volunteering 2011] - On September 12, 2011 a group
of Polish Wikimedians took part in an open public event of the
European Year of Volunteering in Warsaw.
=== Foundation ===
[WMF; no test] - The Wikimedia Foundation declined to allow developers
to make a trial for restricting non-autoconfirmed users from creating
articles on English Wikipedia. The rejection comes despite the support
of around 2/3 of involved participants (~500 editors took a part).
Discussion about the proposal on English Wikipedia started on 3 April
2011 and concluded on 27 May. Discussion about the implementation
started on 11 July and concluded on 18 August. A bugzilla bug request
was filled on 3 August, but developers refused to implement it. On 14
September Erik Moeller said that "[WMF] believe that creating a
restriction of this type is a strong a statement of exclusion, not
inclusion, and that it will confuse and deter good faith editors" and
rejected the proposal, which sparked long discussion and resignation
[Board minutes] - The Board has published minutes from Wikimania
meeting of 3 August.
=== Chapters ===
[WM UK grants] - Wikimedia UK gives scholarships for traveling to the
Wikimedia India conference for Wikimedians from UK. Deadline for
applications is 27 September, 19:30 BST (UTC+1).
[Wikipedia promo] - Wikimedia Sverige will be present at the
Gothenburg Book Fair, around 100,000 visitors are expected to come by
so it will be busy. WM Sverige has made 3 short silent movies to play
at there stand. Because the are silent the can be used easily also by
other Chapters, Wikimedia events. Wikimedia Sverige is even willing to
localize it for you on request.
==== Chapters reports ====
[Wikimedia UK] - Wikimedia UK has published August 2011 report.
[Wikimedia Philippines] - Wikimedia Philippines published annual
report for 2010.
=== Science ===
[Wikimedia Ambassador survey] - Results from first Wikipedia
Ambassador survey released by WMF.
[Wikipedia on WikiSym 2011] - The technical session during WikiSym
2011 "Understanding Wikipedia" will feature four presentations:
"WP:Clubhouse? An Exploration of Wikipedia?s Gender Imbalance",
"Gender Differences in Wikipedia Editing", "Finding Patterns in
Behavioral Observations by Automatically Labeling Forms of Wikiwork in
Barnstars" and "What Wikipedia Deletes: Characterizing Dangerous
[Wikipedia's gender imbalance] - Paper "Clubhouse? An Exploration of
Wikipedia?s Gender Imbalance" from Wikisym 2011 has been published.
The CBC interviewed Sue Gardner and published a story about it.
=== Media ===
[Wikipedia Signpost] - A new edition of the Wikipedia Signpost has
been published. Harry Burt (User:Jarry1250), the Signpost's
editor-in-chief, leaves the Signpost to User:SMasters and
User:Skomorokh, as his studies are going to begin soon. In this
edition you can read the following stories and more: On the Wikinews
fork, Back to school, ArbCom narrowly rejects application to open new
case and so on.
=== Anniversaries ===
[Slovak Wikipedia] - 23 September 2003 is the best possible
approximation of the date when the Slovak Wikipedia was created
. Slovak is a West Slavic language  spoken by 7 million
people, mostly in Slovakia. Slovak Wikipedia has more than 127,000
articles  and more than 550 active users. Statistics  shows that
Slovak Wikipedia is among the stable projects, which have a more or
less constant number of new, active and very active Wikipedians.
[Waray-Waray Wikipedia] - On 25 September the Waray-Waray
Wikipedia will be six years old. Waray-Waray is an
Austronesian language spoken by 3.1 million inhabitants of
Visayas and Masbate provinces of Philippines. It is used as a
trade language, too. The Waray-Waray Wikipedia has more than 102,000
articles. Counting the number of speakers and considering the economic
situation in Philippines, Waray-Waray Wikipedia is quite an active and
successful project  (note the increase of new editors in 2010 in
comparison to the number of new articles added to Wikipedia). Here is
a short story about the beginnings of the Waray-Waray Wikipedia by
war:User:Harvzs , the initiator of the Waray-Waray Wikipedia.
''The proposal for the Waray-Waray Wikipedia was made on or about June
23, 2005. The native speakers who volunteered to help edit was myself
(User:Harvzsf in Meta) and User:v.oyzon. User:Katimawan2005 and
User:Bentong from the Kapampangan and Cebuano Wikipedias were also
among those who lent their support. The test-wikipedia was set up in
Meta shortly after although test wikipedias weren't mandatory at that
time and Incubator hadn't been in existence. The reason for the test
Wikipedia was for the double purpose of creating content in the event
that the request to create the wiki was granted and also to get some
practice on how to create and edit the wiki. The Waray Wikipedia was
created on or about September 24, 2005 along with the Neapolitan and
Judeo-Spanish/Ladino Wikipedias. By a coincidence, the ISO codes for
the 3 wikipedias coincided with actual one-syllable words in the
English language war, nap and lad respectively :) ) Shortly after, I
obtained administrator rights on the Waray-Waray Wikipedia. Ten days
after the Waray-Waray Wikipedia was created, it reached 100 articles
(the 100th article was [[war:Guiuan, Eastern Samar]]).''
[Polish Wikipedia] - On 26 September the Polish Wikipedia  Will
be 10 years old. Polish is a West Slavic language spoken by more than
40 million speakers , mostly from Poland. With more than 831,000
articles , the Polish Wikipedia is the fifth largest Wikipedia by
number of articles. During its first years of existence, the Polish
Wikipedia was filled with a lot of bot-generated articles, which
created significant positive feedback from Polish speakers and made
the Polish Wikipedian community one of the most vital ones .
Wikimedia Poland  was created on 15 August 2005 thanks to the
work of Polish Wikipedians. Wikimedia Poland recognizes its 10th
anniversary of the project by organizing a conference to be held on
September 24-25, in Poznan, Poland .
articles per day and new editors)
Press release of Wikimedia Poland is below:
:''The Polish Wikipedia was founded on September 26, 2001, being the
eighth eldest Wikipedia to be established. Over the years, Polish
Wikipedians have created over 830,000 articles, of which almost 500
have received a "Featured Article" status and additional 1,000 being
categorised as "Good Articles".''
:''In a continuation of the year-long celebration of the 10th
anniversary of Wikipedia, the Polish Wikipedia community is going to
celebrate the 10th birthday of the project, with a conference being
held on September 24?25 in Pozna?, Poland. Two weeks earlier, on
September 10, the public exhibition of the winning POTY (Picture of
the Year) pictures has been opened in one of the most prestigious
shopping and art centres in Poland, the Stary Browar (Old Brewery). 16
pictures, chosen by Wikimedians from all over the world in an annual
POTY contest, are shown at the exhibition, with descriptions provided
in Polish, English and German.''
:''The conference will take place in the heart of the very best
location in Pozna?. It will be open to the public, as one of the main
goals of the organisers is to involve people from outside the
Wikimedia movement; therefore, the conference is heavily advertised in
the local media, with increasing daily press coverage.''
:''The event will consist of about 15 presentations and talks about
Wikipedia. They will discuss Wikipedia's place in court judgements;
Wikipedia's role as a source of information; the now-hot topic of
women in the Wikipedia community, and many more topics. They will take
an outside look at Wikipedia with a public screening of the
documentary film ''Truth in Numbers?'', which will be followed by a
discussion, a short surprise from the organising team, and the real
celebration: a massive Wikipedia birthday cake.''
:''The Polish chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation has generously
decided to refund the costs of coming to the conference for
Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe; as of September 20, 13
Wikipedians from Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Czech Republic, Hungary,
Russia, Ukraine and even Philippines have signed up for the
conference. If you can't join us and you understand some Polish, don't
worry ? all talks from the conference will be streamed live on a
special Internet radio. After the event, all talks ? audio and video ?
will be released under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 licence and made available
:''Polish Wikipedians hope to have a great event, and even if you
can't join them, please keep your fingers crossed!''
=== Stats ===
*[RU WP] Russia Wikipedia has overtaken Japanese Wikipedia by the
articles' count on 21 September 2011.
:http://tinyurl.com/3cv7tlk -- RU Wikipedia
=== Events and meetups ===
[24 September] - Wiki Takes de Zaan (Netherlands) will be held on
[24 September] - Wikipedia Takes Göteborg, Sweden
[24 September] - Wikipedia Takes Porto, Portugal
[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.
[25 September] - Wikipedia Takes Cologne, Germany
[25 September] - Wikipedia Takes Lisbon, Portugal
[3-5 October] - WikiSym - The International Symposium on Wikis and
Open collaboration -2011 with the session "Understanding Wikipedia".
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