After some work, we have published the draft 2014 Annual plan for comment
on the public website.
It is nearly complete, however some of the linked proposals are in the
process of being updated to reflect the planned activities.
We will leave the public commenting open for one week (will close on Sunday
6th April) at 23.59 AEDST so I would encourage those interested to make
comments or suggested improvements on the talk page.
There are 36 hours remaining for nominations for the affiliate-selected
seats. Self-nominations are allowed.
The two existing chapter appointed board members, Patricio Lorente and
Alice Wiegand, are currently the only candidates, which will save a lot of
volunteer time in the selection process. ;-)
However more candidates would be good, as the original call for candidates
"The chapters and thematic organizations wish to appoint two excellent
board members and believe this can best be achieved by selecting from a
large number of varied and skilled candidates.
Therefore, the chapters and thematic organizations call for nominations by
everyone who believes they or someone they know would be suitable.
This call for candidates should be distributed as widely as possible
through such forums as mailing lists, village pumps, and blogs."
I realised in early March that I’d been receiving no automatic
email notifications from this public mailing list for some time.
Curious, I made a post; it didn’t get through. Then I went to the
subscribe page and tried to join using my existing address, thinking
there’d been some technical glitch that had unsubscribed me. Nope:
every attempt to subscribe using the same email failed. I tried my
alternate email, and that failed too. When a friend did it for me at a
remote location, the alternate email was subscribed immediately. It is
under that alternate address that I’m now posting.
Through the marvel of human intuition, I think I’ve worked out that
one of the three administrators, Steven Zhang, has placed my
long-standing subscription on what is known as a “kill list”. I
was never informed, and I can’t imagine either Charles Gregory or
John Vandenberg – the other two administrators – would have agreed
to this undercover banning. I believe that both consulting the other
administrators and informing the person being banned are standard
I remind subscribers that the chapter doesn’t own this mailing
list: the WMF does. And I should also point out that under the by-laws
I’m still a member of the chapter.
I’d like an explanation.
Normal email address: tony1(a)iinet.net.au
The examples include 24 hour Wikipedia editing drive...
I dont think anyone has ever done a 24-hour editing drive.
Ive been thinking about a wikidata editathon, where competitors edit as
many times as possible in a fixed period of time,. And/Or a minimum number
of edits per hour, and the winner is whoever keeps editing for the longests
number of hours.
Ideally it is done in a monitored environment in order to allow a Guiness
record to be established.
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I have been quite active in recent months in getting photos on Flickr
relicenced, and have been quite successful in this. Aside from individual
photographers, some of the organisations which have relicenced their photos
after my request include Maersk Line, Austrian Airlines, Bahrain
International Airport, Brussels Airport, Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Uri Tours (North Korean tour agency), amongst others. These photos
are now on Wikimedia Commons.
This morning, after months of "persistence" (using their words), Jetstar
Airways, the Qantas low-cost subsidiary, kindly relicenced their photos on
their Flickr stream at https://www.flickr.com/photos/jetstarairways/ from
CC-BY-NC-SA to CC-BY-SA, thereby allowing the usage of their photos on
Wikimedia projects. The airline has also changed its default licence so
that future Flickr uploads will be CC-BY-SA.
I have taken the liberty of uploading their stream to Wikimedia Commons and
their photos are now available at
There will, of course, be a lot of categorisation work and cleanup to be
done on these images, which I will be getting done.
I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank Jetstar for relicencing
their photos and in turn supporting the free culture movement.
What a total load of self-serving bullshit.
* Tony - if you bleat and whine and attack, these things happen. What is
the surprise? Such is life. Grow up.
* Scotty - really, find a bitch fight and join in. Grow up.
* Steven - poor list administration. Make a decision and tell them. Grow
* Billinghurst - why in the hell do you stay here. Unsubscribe, they won't
You don't seem to have the best interests of the wiki, wiki for
Australians, nor WMAU, it is all about each of you, and your climb through
All of you need to stop your personal self-satisfaction in public. What a
disgraceful public performance from each of you.
Regards, Billinghurst <- unsubscribing
On 16 March 2014 19:18, <wikimediaau-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:
> John, given that you were not involved in this and you have integrity,
> would you care to undo what Steven and Charles done to Tony.
I trust that John has the good sense not to do the mailing list equivalent
of getting involved in a wheel war.
For what it's worth, this is something I thought about a lot during my time
involved with WMAU.
I don't think an Indigenous language Wikipedia is going to be viable in the
short term. Collard cites Maori and Welsh as examples of situations where
a language has been successfully "revived", and both languages have
reasonably active Wikipediae. But both, even during their darkest days,
had tens of thousands of fluent speakers keeping things alive. Noongar,
according to the press release, has less than 300. There are simply not
the numbers of fluent speakers available to form a cohesive and active
Wikipedia community for the sustained period of time that would be needed
to produce something useful.
Not that I don't think producing an encyclopaedia in the Noongar language
is anything but a laudable and worthy idea, but I don't think that the
Wikipedia model is one that is likely to bear fruit in this particular
circumstance. On a more practical note, to create a new language edition
of Wikipedia there are quite a few hoops to jump through, including the
requirement to build a test edition on the Incubator with a viable
community, which is quite a high hurdle to jump over.
Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 11:19:50 +1100
> From: Charles Gregory <wikimediaau.lists(a)chuq.net>
> To: Wikimedia Australia Chapter <wikimediaau-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] Creation of Noongar (Aboriginal) Wikipedia
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"
> Has anyone seen this? Does it refer to a new website or a language version
> of Wikipedia? (Wikipedia doesn't appear to be mentioned in the article but
> I found it from this tweet -
> https://twitter.com/IndigenousTweet/status/433230348801961985 )