Hello all Wikipedians.
As mav suggested to me, I am writing to the mailing list (even if I don't read it carefully).
I am living in Brussels (Belgium,Europe) and each year the FOSDEM
* Free and Open Source Software Developers' Meeting
* 8-9 February
take place. It is an international meeting in English.
Usually Richard Stallman attends this meeting. A lot of well known devellopers working in the Linux world comes also.
For exemple, the original author of PHP came last year or a couple of years ago. This year, Debian, KDE, Gnome devellopers are to come.
I thing it would be good if contributors of Wikipedia and Wiktionay attendit so we can perhaps exchange vieuws and possibly collaborate ...
An other good option, is to make a speech, yes I know it is a bit late, but for next year it would be great.
I wonder if people are interested in it (I mean especially English speakers)
Sorry for my long mail.
Youssefsan, a contributor of the French wiki.
PS: I will try to glance weekly at a possible threat
The watchlist function has been updated a bit; pages and their talk
pages are now consistently treated as a unit (fixing the double-entry
bug), and now both old and new titles will appear in watchlists when a
watched page is renamed to better keep track of the change.
Please let me know if there are any problems.
La funkciadon de la Atentaro mi iomete antauxenigis. Priatentita pagxo
kune kun sia diskutopagxo estas traktata kvazaux unuopajxo (la cimo de
duoblaj montrigxoj riparigxas); kaj movita pagxo montrigxos kaj per la
malnova kaj nova pagxo por pli bone sekvi la sxangxon.
Bonvolu atentigi min, se ia problemo okazas.
La liste de suivi est un peu améliorée. Page suivie avec sa page de
discussion, elles sont traitées comme seule unité (le bougue de lignes
doubles est réparé). Page renommée maintenent se montre le nom ancien et
aussi le nouveau pour meilleur tracking.
Informez-moi si se montrent des problèmes, svp.
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
Magnus Manske <magnus.manske(a)epost.de> writes:
> It is degined for decent browsers only ;-)
Then undesign it. Well written HTML degrades well.
"It's not a human or civic right to edit wikipedia."
-- kq cuts to the core of the banning debate
I would like to know of there objections against adding this list to Gmane.org
If you have not seen the postings about this at wikitech-l, please read
I propose the group name;
If you would like to see how it works, use the news server; news.gmane.org and subscribe to the lists whit "wikipedia" in there name.
no responds = no objections
We haven't decided yet exactly what to make the new www.wikipedia.org
project front page look like, but it seems pretty well decided that we
do want to move the English wiki to en.wikipedia.org and set up some
sort of multilingual and/or browser-language-setting-sensitive intro page.
(See: http://meta.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_to_do_with_www.wikipedia.org )
If there's no objection, I'm going to switch the URL redirecting around
tomorrow, so that www.wikipedia.org/* points to en.wikipedia.org/*
rather than the other way 'round. A new intro page can later be set up
Warning: login cookies won't automatically follow over, so everyone
using the English wiki will have to log in afresh after the switch even
if you've got "remember my password" checked.
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
On Tuesday 17 December 2002 12:00 pm,Jimmy Wales wrote:
> Who did you register it with? It might be easiest if you just hang on
> to it for the moment, and then transfer it to the nonprofit once I get
> 501(c)(3) approval. That way, you can get a tax deduction, and we transfer
> it once to the right entity.
> I trust you to hold on to it until then.
Verio Tabnet, sure thing, and thanks.
--Daniel Mayer (aka mav)
On Mon, 2002-12-16 at 06:38, giskart wrote:
> I have noticed that google also have in his index the "talk:something" namespace and "user:something", "User talk:something" on the English and the Dutch wikipedia. The others i do not know.
> And it also haves in his index the MetaWikipedia.
> I find that google should not index our internall affairs. Only the aricles, nothing else. And that the MetaWikipedia is not especialy for the general public. I should also not be in the index of google.
> Am I alone about this ?
The meta and talk pages should certainly be indexed. It's important for
Wikipedia that the process of Wikipedia be
indexed/public/searchable/accessible. The "edit" pages and automatically
generated pages don't need to be indexed.
If a Talk page competes with the article that's not a problem with
google--that points to a deficiency in the article. Or perhaps the talk
page has more interesting content. That's often the case.
FYI: I just registered this domain name and would like to donate it to the
Wiktionary Project. So I need to know the details on how to transfer the
registration to Jimbo. I, along with all the Wiktionarians I've heard from on
this topic, would also like to have the Wiktionary project moved to this url
soon and have Wiktionary.com (which is already registered to Jimbo) to point
WikiKarma payment was in cash
-- Daniel Mayer (aka mav)
I knew I needed to unsubscribe sooner.
If I understand Julie correctly, historians tend to refrain from making
moral judgements about history, particularly when the people of that
period had a significantly different world view. So it's not OK to say
that "women were treated unfairly", but it is OK to say that "women were
not able to vote or own property" - the former being a statement of
morality and the latter being one of historical fact. Similarly,
historians explain things in terms of the temporal context, so the Rape
the Sabines in Rome would be explained in terms of how the romans viewed
women, sex, marriage, and the necessity of making lots of little Romans
who would grow up to throw weird-shaped spears and feature in historical
Julie Replies: Pretty much -- although more in terms of women being
legitimate spoils of war and the story perhaps semi-legendary
However, certain periods in history have been reinterpreted by later
generations. The inquisition is a classic example, in that some neopagan
religions have used as a quasi-historical basis. Also, (IIRC) later
christian leaders have retrospectively apologised for the inquisition,
clearly they were judging the morality of the period against modern
morality. The inquisition has been used as evidence for the claim that
christianity and/or organised religion is amoral. Finally, the term
hunt" is an idiom for an irrational search for evil-doers that works
similarly to the way the Salem trials and the Inquisition are supposed
popular imagination) to have been conducted.
Julie clarifies; In an article on the Inquisition or on witch hunts, I
would expect to include such things as "current research suggests that,
in fact, some (perhaps many) people were the subjects for ulterior
motives -- for example, in so-and-so's (can't recall -- its out there)
seminal work on with trials of the 16th c. s/he demonstrated that many
accused of witchcraft were independent landowning widows who had no male
relatives to protect them or defend them in the legal system or
community or whatever." This does a couple of things: 1) it brings
forward more current views, which may not be available to the general,
non-scholarly public; and 2) it allows people to see that the situation
wasn't morally cut and dried, and allows them to make their own moral
judgments (a la RK's comments). In the case of the Inquisition, there
is no reason NOT to mention apologies for the institution -- Just as in
an article on the Rape of Nanjing, one should include the fact that
there have been demands for apologies and that Japan has acknowledged it
happening, but never actually apologized. Let people make their own
judgments based on the facts and the least intrusive, least biased
The historical NPOV would seem (if I read Julie right) to be to ignore
these later moral judgements as fundamentally ahistorical,
and irrelevant. My question is, is the wikipedian NPOV "wider" than the
historical NPOV: should we include content that historians would judge
inappropriate? If so, how can we include it so that the historical view
not damaged or confused by non-historical approaches?
Julie replies : I believe that, if wikipedians stick to the keep out
the utter dreck, give appropriate space to minority valid opinion, part
of NPOV, things will be fine. If, as Fred suggests, we:
should resign herself to inclusion of viewpoints from popular culture.
I think you're heading down a slippery slope. Take for example the "jus
primae noctis" -- the so-called Law of the First Night. Popular
culture loves this -- it shows up as a motivating force in "braveheart."
It didn't exist. Should articles give credence to it because it's part
of the popular conception of manorial life? NO. I cannot for the life
of me see talking about the Middle Ages in a way that panders to the
Society for Creative Anachronism. If it gets a mention, it should be in
the context that the great German historian Karl Schmidt debunked this
ages ago and that, although many people accept it as "truth", really it
was a conflation of laws granting permission for a woman to marry off
the estate, and a church tax paid by the newlyweds to be allowed to have
sex on the first night of marriage.
In the same way, an article on the medieval economy would say that for
years historians believed that an agricultural boom in the 10th, 11th,
and 12th centuries was partially the result of technological advances
like the padded horse collar and tandem harnesses, the most recent
research shows that the climate became milder and that, in fact, there
is a great deal of evidence showing that the ancient world had very
similar horse collars and that chariot horses were in fact yoked in
tandem, and that most of the previously held theory was due to one piece
of flawed research which was nevertheless accepted by people who perhaps
didn't know much about farming and horses, but read a source that
appeared to them authoritative. So the article says what most people
thought (and what popular culture pretty much holds) and why they
thought it, but shows that this theory, which influenced the writing of
history for many years, has been more than legitimately challenged and
is now in the process of being discounted. It will probably take a
while to trickle down, by the way. Not, as Erik seems to think, because
historians like to misrepresent things, but because we live in a world
where people who took one course in this subject as an undergrad 20
years ago are now being called on to teach outside their specialties.
Most professional historians who reach the top are very specialized --
not medieval, for example, but Visigothic Spain, or 9th c. land
transfers in southern France, or 8th c. sewer construction in English
towns. The rest of us -- the people who teach more than research, often
teach outside their fields to make ends meet. As long as we have a
system that relies on part-timers, we'll have modern Europeanists and
Americanists teaching the invention of the horse collar -- because they
took a class years ago that taught them that, and nobody can keep up
As for Erik's letter, I will say that I think that there is a
fundamental disagreement on what Erik thinks we disagree on. This is
not meant to be a flame in any way, simply my understanding of things.
Just as with facts, historians also deal with the history of writing
history -- it's called historiography. Although we might not know the
state of specifics, most of us are reasonably familiar with current
trends. Unfortunately, a lot of our knowledge is acquired through
conversation with colleagues -- just plain old shop talk about people we
know (or that we've heard of) and what they're working on. A lot of it
happens through glancing through mailing lists where someone says --
"I'm working on x, and need info about y -- can anybody help"? The
responses might be about x, they might be about y, and they might be
"so-and so is working on something where he thinks y is really the same
as z." I know it's not very scientific, but it's how we work a lot of
the time. There is no universal database where we can search and see
what the latest is on any given subject. Journals are mostly
specialized, and some only published for small local audiences. From
my conversations with Erik, I gather that he rejects this. Moreover, he
seems to believe, based only on a small selection of books that support
his own viewpoint, out of the overwhelming majority that do not, that
historians, medievalists in particular, are not to be trusted. One of
these books (Cantor's Inventing the Middle Ages) has little in the way
of concrete evidence to support its claims -- and really only deals with
one mostly geographical section of the world's medievalists. Despite
this, or perhaps because of it, Erik feels comfortable in labeling
anyone who disagrees with this an apologist or at least wishy-washy.
It's kind of like, "what Julie says disagrees with what Erik sees as
being true (the destructive force of the church, for example) , ipso
facto, she fits into Cantor's group of apologist historians, and can't
be trusted to be non-biased. "
That is patently untrue. Anyone who has read my work can tell that --
except Erik, because he has an agenda based on the idea that I've been
corrupted by my teachers and tradition and just don't know the
difference. All I can say is that I have been trained to read
documents and look at other primary sources and interpret them, both
apart from other interpretations and, critically, in light of other
existing interpretations. Oddly enough, I don't specialize in the
Church -- I specialize in Carolingian political, institutional, and
social history, mostly using written histories and land transactions.
One would think that would be fairly neutral. But here's the deal. I
can't defend myself against Erik's accusations, because he has set up a
situation where anything I say that disagrees with his preconceived
notions is by definition wrong. Unfortunately for the wikipedia, Erik
is not speaking from a position of expertise, or training, or even a
broad and comprehensive exposure to the many schools of historical
thought. And, it appears clear from your responses to the issues at
hand, that his approach finds more merit in your eyes, because it may
reflect more popular (albeit not really sustainable) beliefs. If that's
the case, and if such attitudes are encouraged, then NPOV will cease to
exist on the wikipedia -- instead, NPOV will become PC POV, and reflect
whatever the lowest common denominator holds true. It's a shame,
because the immediacy of the technology could make wikipedia cutting
edge. I don't see it happening. I am going to unsubscribe to this
list after sending (when I'm not subscribed, my posts don't go through
-- someone should check on that).