We will be doing another Cape Town Wiki meetup on the 7th December. We are
trying out a new location again so please note the venue change. OpenUp
<https://openup.org.za/> has very kindly let us use their downstairs space
at the Code Bridge in Newlands
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newlands,_Cape_Town> which is very near to
Claremont <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claremont,_Cape_Town> train
station and taxi rank. It also has ample free parking in front of the
building. Also located nearby is Cavendish Square. Code Bridge is located
in the bridge (hence the name) that allows Campground Street to cross both
the railway line and Letterstedt Road.
This is the same location as the Wikimedia ZA 5-year strategy workshop and
AGM happening on the 14th and 15th December respectively. I will send out
another email about that now.
The parking and building can only be access by the Helmlock Street /
Letterstedt Road entrance. Parking is free.
See the location on the map to the right.
In summary the details are:
Date: Saturday the 7 December
Time: free to arrive anytime between 10:00 - 14:00
Location: Code Bridge <https://codebridge.org.za/>, 1 Thicket St,
Newlands, Cape Town, 7700
As always the meetup is open for everyone to join. So if you or anyone you
know as an interest in learning more about free knowledge or just want to
talk about it then please join us.
For more information please see the event page on Wikipedia here:
Douglas Ian Scott
South African mobile number: +27 (0)79 515 8727
Here is a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation about some recent
notable goings ons within the Wikipedia community.
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From: Adora Svitak <asvitak(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2020 at 01:34
Subject: [MoveCom] Wikimedia Foundation Media Report: August 26, 2020
To: Media Report <media-report(a)wikimedia.org>
Wikimedia Foundation Media Report: August 26, 2020In today's media report,
the alarming discovery that many articles in Scots Wikipedia were created
by an American teenager without a solid command of the language; fifty
volunteers have signed up to enrich Arabic content on Wikipedia Sept. 20-27
through a Saudi Center for Digital Content program; a teenager created a
Wikipedia page about a 56-year-old camp for children with communication or
social learning challenges; and much more.
Gizmodo - Alleged Teen Brony Has Filled the Scots Wiki With Thousands of
- "Earlier today, Reddit user Ultach wrote a fairly lengthy post about
an alarming discovery. In it, they described that Scots Wikipedia has a
notorious reputation for being inaccurate with regard to vocabulary and
grammar. Ultach claims that Scots Wikipedia was poorly spelled
a few Scots words thrown in here and there. Out of curiosity,
the Wikipedia’s edit history… and lo, apparently one person had
edited roughly a third of Scots Wikipedia’s 60,000 or so articles."
- *Related Stories:*
Kaldata - Почти цялата версия на шотландската Wikipedia е написана от
Enriching Arabic content on Wikipedia
Al Khaleej Today - 50 volunteers register to enrich Wikipedia’s Arabic
- "Fifty men and women have registered as volunteers to enriching the
Arabic content in Wikipedia, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Monday. The
registration comes within the volunteering work platform of the
Human Resources and Social Development, in cooperation with
is one of the projects of the Saudi Center for Digital Content
of the King
Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah). The volunteerism
opportunity aims to enrich the Arabic content in Wikipedia by
articles in the encyclopedia, or developing and translating existing
articles, in the historical and cultural fields, monuments,
development. These volunteers will from Sept. 20 – 27."
Disability representation on Wikipedia
Beaverton Valley Times - Amazing Kids: Beaverton teen is all about
- "Camp Meadowood is a nonprofit camp in Eastern Oregon for kids ages 6
through 14 with communication or social learning challenges.
experience there, she decided it wasn't enough to merely attend — she
wanted to be part of the aiding process as well. She started by
Wikipedia page, explaining the history and functionality of the
Allegations of bias
Stefczyk - Wikipedia tubą propagandową radykalnej lewicy? Redaktor
próbował zmienić imię “Margot” na Michał – edycję cofnięto i zagrożono mu
- "Is Wikipedia a leftist propaganda mouthpiece? More and more people
are asking similar questions about the popular online encyclopedia, and
many Internet users have considerable reservations about its objectivity.
Readers of this website more and more often look in its articles to refer
to leftist sources, theories or points of view, rather than to objective
facts. Proof of this can be a discussion between Wikipedia editors about
one of the articles devoted to the "Stop Nonsense" collective, as well as
the actions of the administrators of this site in this regard."
Daily Record - Ex-Leeds man Eoghan Stokes asks Airdrie fans to judge him
on the pitch, not his Wikipedia page
- "“But they are looking at stats on a Wikipedia page, they are not
looking at me playing football. They are not seeing a player who
on the left or centre midfield, they think I’m playing up front and
wondering why I’m not scoring 30 goals a season. “I think Stuart
I’m all about, where I’m going to play and what my best position
is, so I’m
happy with that."
Wikipedia and SEO
Flipweb - Pasting your website link on Wikipedia does nothing for your
- "Everyone wants to rank his or her page on Google. To do so, there are
many types of options which are available for the owner of the website.
People try various types of options to rank their page on Google. One of
the recent cases were to use Wikipedia so that you can include
your website in it. Wikipedia is a wide source of information and is very
popular among students. Although, Wikipedia is a very reliable source of
information this cannot be used for SEO purposes. If you edit
page and add your website link in it then it will be of no use."
- *Related Stories:*
Online Marketing - Google bestätigt: Links von Wikipedia liefern keinen
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The Trust and Safety team from the Wikimedia Foundation is engaged in a
global campaign, working with all communities, small, medium and
established, to put together a Universal Code of Conduct that will act as a
set of binding guidelines for all Wikimedia projects, to project
Wikimedians against harassment and bullying. They've reached out to me, to
speak to you to get involved in formulating this Universal Code of Conduct.
Any input is important, now matter how small it is.
This will have an impact on everyone. So I would like to urge all of us to
familiarise with the Universal Code of Conduct here
On Thu, 13 Aug 2020 at 11:34, Antoni Mtavangu <amtavangu-ctr(a)wikimedia.org>
> Hi Bobby,
> I hope you are fine!
> This is a kind reminder of the previous email I sent you (through meta)
> concerning the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC). As I have already did some
> follow uto some of you through WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook, this time
> I am reaching out to you all to* kindly remind those who have not yet
> done the consultation with their communities to try doing so*, and *to
> ask for any link to your discussion page *(for those who have already
> done/ have started the consultation with their communities) so that your
> inputs may be presented to the UCoC drafting committee *before 23rd
> August 2020.*
> *Summary of key steps that you may follow on this facilitation: *
> *1. You* and *your community* are kindly invited to *read about the UCoC*
> HERE <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct>
> *2*.*You* and *Your community* may discuss/post your feedback directly to
> the main *UCoC talk page *HERE
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Universal_Code_of_Conduct>, or you
> may choose to discuss/post your feedback on your community's discussion
> pages such as village pumps e.t.c, then later you may send the link of that
> discussion page to (amtavangu-ctr(a)wikimedia.org)
> *3*.*You* and *Your community* may choose, and you are welcome to to *translate
> the universal code of conduct english main page into your respective local
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate&group=page-U…>, *and
> then you may choose to provide your opinions/feedback using your local
> 4. Any kind of feedback that doesn't involve onwiki discussions (such as
> oral feedback), feel free to document them in any form, then kindly send it
> to (amtavangu-ctr(a)wikimedia.org), I will be happy to add them to the
> UCoC meta talk page for you.
> *NB: *For quicker reference, I am attaching again an English-Message to
> small and medium sized wikis for your full awareness.
> Thank you all and please feel free to reach out to me in case of any
> Best regards,
> Antoni Mtavangu (He/His)
> Universal Code of Conduct Facilitator
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
> "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment."
[Apologies for cross-posting]
In so much excitement, after successful iterations of the Months of African Cinema global contest for the past years, we are happy to announce that it will be happening again this year, starting from October to November. In the past editions of the contest, over 2,000 Wikimedia pages were created across different Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia commons) and in more than 10 different languages.
The contest is organized by a Wikimedia project called “The Afrocine Project”  , which is a Wikimedia project dedicated to improving the coverage of the history, works, people, places, events, etc, that are associated with the cinema, theatre and arts of Africa, African countries, the Caribbean, and the diaspora.
If you would love to join us in organizing this exciting event, through the coordination of local programmes around African cinema (independently or otherwise) in your community or local language Wiki, kindly list your organization or country as a participant on the organizer’s meta page. If you would need some funding to run your planned programmes, the Wikimedia Foundation has a rapid grant programme in place for this purpose and the AfroCine Project team would guide you through the application process.
If you have further questions, complaints, suggestions, etc., please reach out to us personally or right here on the mailing list or the project talkpage.