Last chance to vote. So far:
First place is Doldrums (11 supports)
Tied second is me (bawolff) and Brian New Zealand (10 support)
Third is Cspurrier (net 9 support, 10 support, 1 oppose)
fourth is Ral315 (2 support)
Note: this is in reference to the english wikinews
We have tons of personal photo's of users for userpages. most of them
are not licensed freely, if licensed at all (some of them even claim
they are ''fair use'' which is a total load of ...). I personally
think that they shouldn't be on wikinews whatsoever (as they'd
probably also be on the user's page at wikipedia, etc, and we
currently have no policy's regarding them, so it'd just be easier to
make them go somewhere that already has a policy), so I propose:
*All new self photo's for user pages go on commons, and follow their
policies ([[Commons:Criteria for
*old ones can stay [at wikinews], we won't delete them for now if
there inproperly licensed as the user clearly wants them here, or
decide what to do with them later
*any new one's have to be at commons, or they go into the black abyss
of death and doom.
note: I'm cc-ing this commons-l, as it concerns them, and I have no
idea if they'll like it or not, so if they say no, its not happening.
its also posted on the wc at wikinews.
Some projects have been known to change the logos across different wikis. I
think I got this confused with the celebratory logos used when projects
reach a certain number of articles though. Sorry for the confusion.
I think there should be a policy immediately adopted for all language
Wikipedias, against non-legitimate articles on any day of the year,
including so called "April Fools Days". While I'm not against humour, they
stand to serve no purpose to the project.
This is in regards to hoax news stories on the Catalan and Spanish
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> We need to have a load of people on RC Patrol that day. Especially admins,
> so they can easily revert.
Yes, having a ton of RC Patrollers is good. But the thing is that,
without a formal agreement that tolerance for breaking the rules on
April 1 is no different than it is on April 2, many admins simply
support and help the cause by reverting revertions. It's happened on
> From: "Oldak Quill" <oldakquill(a)gmail.com>
> Which logos are you talking about? The project logos are copyrighted by the WMF.
Agreed. While changing logos can be interesting and humourous (I'm a
big fan of the "Google Doodle"), WMF's content is fully protected by
> From: "Robin Shannon" <robin(a)shannon.id.au>
> But they do help to form a sense of wikimedian community which is good
> for the wikimedia projects and helps further its goals.
Some fun is good, but too much fun leads to distraction, like in Esperanza.
> From: "David Speakman" <david(a)speakman.com>
> I honestly cannot imagine the depth of the flame wars when someone attempts
> to spoof such news stories as Iraq, Bush, same-sex marriage, Christianity,
> Islam, the execution of Saddam Hussein, sex crimes, tsunamis, 9/11, fake
> obituaries, illegal immigration, female circumcision...
On Meta, there's an article called "How to deal with Poles".
While it supposedly is an article written be Polish contributors to
represent the attitudes expressed towards them by non-Polish
contributors, it just reads as racist to me. I've never seen any
examples of editors dealing in such manners, so I personally have
never seen the humor in it.
It's recently been compared to the style of humor used in "Borat", but
it's just stupid. Until recently, it even read "Note: this is intended
to be [[w:satire|satirical]]. If you do not recognize it as such,
consult a doctor or professional comedian."
> I think we need to remind ourselves that as Wikinewsies and Wikipedians we
> are making something to be used by other people more so than by ourselves.
> Are people really coming to Wiki* to read original fiction by amateur
> humorists? I wouldn't bet money on it.
The project is SERIOUS BUSINESS.
Seriously, if anyone is reading Wiki(blank) on April 1 and actually believes
that George W. Bush was the frontman of Poison for six weeks, then falling
for an April Fools' joke is probably the least of their worries.
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> Message: 3
> Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 14:50:39 -0500
> From: "Nicholas Moreau" <nicholasmoreau(a)gmail.com>
> Subject: [Wikinews-l] Date-specific vandalism
> To: "Wikinews mailing list" <wikinews-l(a)wikimedia.org>
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> I think there should be a policy immediately adopted for all language
> Wikipedias, against non-legitimate articles on any day of the year,
> including so called "April Fools Days". While I'm not against humour, they
> stand to serve no purpose to the project.
> This is in regards to hoax news stories on the Catalan and Spanish
How ironic. I had asked Anthere about this during our interview (see
I think that the most popular form of this "vandalisim" is changing the
logo. The logos aren't copyrighted by WMF, so it's really bad to be doing
that. I am not completley against small amounts of vandalisim that could be
easily reverted, but otherwise, things like changing high-risk templates,
etc. is horrible.
We need to have a load of people on RC Patrol that day. Especially admins,
so they can easily revert.