Just a heads up, there is a new irc channel ( #wikinews-spam on
freenode irc://irc.freenode.net/wikinews-spam )which records every
link insert on any language wikinews project.
Also the usual anti-vandal channels
#vandalism-en-wn (on freenode)
#vandalism-fr-wn (on freenode)
and on irc.wikimedia.org
#<your lang code here>.wikinews
All images from sxc.hu are going bye bye soon. These need permision
requests before July 1. Also listed at [[WN:CT]]. See the thread at
commons-l - http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/commons-l/2007-June/001907.html
for some info on perm requests. See also [[commons:commons:OTRS]] if
you're requesting permision as it has some links to useful pages.
The images are:
* [[:Image:Telephone-modele-W48.jpg]]: [[:Main_Page]]
* [[:Image:Road-sibiu.jpg]]: [[:Wikinews:2005/May]]
* [[:Image:Washington Memorial Monument by michpowell.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:Beyond the bay of Sydney.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:Chicago 1549875.jpg]]: [[:Category:Chicago,_Illinois]]
* [[:Image:Crossocheilus siamensis.jpg]]: [[:User:Ardonik]]
* [[:Image:Ankara at night.jpg]]: [[:Large_explosion_rocks_Turkish_capital]]
* [[:Image:Rhesus Macaques 4528.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:Sheep 6082 2660.jpg]]: [[:Dutch_sheep_contaminated_by_bluetongue]]
* [[:Image:Kathmandu signs.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:Opening Ceremony Athens 2004 Fire rings.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:Oklahoma state capitol.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:Hong Kong Harbour Night View by Che.jpg]]:
* [[:Image:This five-week-old baby rhino by philipn.jpg]]:
The Wikimedia Board Election Steering Committee invites all community
members to endorse candidates they support. Endorsements may be submitted
on meta now till next Saturday, 23:59 June 23, 2007.
Each qualified community member can submit up to three endorsements.
Please note several things:
- Only confirmed candidates are listed by Election Committee or its
delegate, so the list can be updated during the endorsements phase.
- You need an account on meta, not just the project that you are
qualified to vote under, unless you meet the criteria on meta too.
- Please link your meta user page and your home wiki page. Detailed
procedure can be found on the meta endorsement page.
All information is available on meta at:
On candidates each:
Election general: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2007/en
Questions about election are welcome at:
Thanks to devoted volunteering translators, those pages are also
available in some languages other than English. We thank those
translators as well editors who have helped to disseminate the news
about this Election, including the latest sitenotice updates on several wikis.
Please consider forwarding to the project(s) you take part in
as well the mailing list(s) you belong to.
Sitenotice update and localization would also be appreciated.
Thank you for your attention, we look forward to your participation.
Wikimedia Board Election Steering Committee, Chair
Posted on behalf of the election committee,
This page can be found at
Your translation, forward or any other collaboration to disseminate
this message will be appreciated.
The purpose of the endorsement requirement is to try to make sure that
the election only includes serious candidates. We need to do this
because this election is being conducted for Wikimedia which includes
many languages, and therefore we are trying to have every candidate's
statement translated into as many languages as we can. This work is
done by volunteer translators and can only be done only if the number
of candidates is limited to a reasonable number.
The requirements for time-on-wiki and edit-count requirements help to
make sure that only serious candidates participate, but the Elections
Committee did not wish to raise these requirements too high because
then some genuine candidates might be excluded, so we have added the
requirement for endorsements. Because the Elections Committee
believes that the endorsement requirement is important to the Board
election process, we urge that reasonable requests and discussion
concerning endorsements should '''not be considered a violation of any
local anti-canvassing guidelines or norms.'''
===Criteria for Endorsement===
All candidates standing for election are required to obtain 12
endorsements for their candidacy. Criteria for endorsement are the
same as criteria to vote: users endorsing must have 400 edits in any
namespace or combination of namespaces on a single Wikimedia project
and at least 3 months edit history prior to June 1, 2007. Candidates
who have not received the required number of endorsements will not be
allowed to stand for the election.
===Qualified candidates only===
Only qualified candidates may be submitted for endorsements. If you
are not willing to be confirmed through the candidacy process
(including verifying your identity to the Foundation, and meeting the
minimum qualifications for candidacy), your name will not be submitted
===How to endorse===
In order to endorse a candidate, locate their endorsement section on
the endorsements page [NOT YET AVAILABLE, ENDORSEMENTS HAVE NOT OPENED
YET], and "sign" it using four tildes <nowiki>(~~~~)</nowiki>. You
may also leave a very brief (up to '''100 characters''', roughly
equivalent to 25 word in many languages) statement for the reason of
your endorsement. Statements longer than 100 characters '''may be
removed''' at the discretion of the [[Board
elections/2007/Committee/en|Election Committee]], though the
endorsement will remain valid. Endorsements will open 0:00 June 17,
2007 (UTC) and can only be withdrawn during the endorsement period,
which closes 23:59 June 23, 2007 (UTC). After 23:59 June 23, 2007
(UTC) you may not submit or withdraw any endorsements. Endorsements
may be removed '''by members of the election committee only''', and
''only if the endorser is found to not be a qualified voter in this
election'' or the endorser has endorsed too many candidates in the
election. In that case, all endorsements by that endorser will be
withdrawn by the committee and the endorser notified so that they can
re-submit endorsements up to the maximum number allowed.
===How many candidates may I endorse? I'm a candidate, how many
others may I endorse?===
Each qualified voter may endorse up to 3 candidates for election.
Candidates may only endorse two others (their endorsement of
themselves is implied by virtue of their self-nomination). Candidates
should not "sign" their own endorsement section, and their own
endorsement will not count toward their required number of
===When may I endorse a candidate?===
The endorsement period will begin 7 days after we begin accepting
candidates for office. On the current timeline, you may begin
endorsing on June 17, 2007, at 0:00UTC.
===A candidate received an invalid endorsement! What do I do?===
Please contact a member of the [[Board
elections/2007/Committee/en|Election Committee]] who will investigate
foundation-l mailing list
* habent enim emolumentum in labore suo *
Posting on behalf of Election Committee.
Please forward it to the Wikimedia mailing list you are active, thanks!
* Vox populi, vox dei *
We, the election committee, hereby announce the opening of a new
election for members of the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees.
At least three positions will be filled from this election, with the
elected members serving a two year term.
It is important to note that election processes are slightly different
this year than in previous years: all candidates should be certain to
thoroughly read the FAQ at:
>From today, June 10th, we're accepting candidates for the Board of Trustees. If
you're interested, you must make a candidate statement and list
yourself on http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2007/Candidates/en
We also need the help or translators for the elections, so if you're
fluent in any language other than English, and willing to help, please
list yourself here:
If you have any questions, please first read the FAQ, then list your
questions to the talk page:
The official announcement is available on Meta:
We are confident that this election will draw very qualified
candidates, and we wish them the best of luck.
Kizu Naoko (Aphaia)
Jon Harald Søby
Wikimedia Board Election Steering Committee, 2007
* habent enim emolumentum in labore suo *