Should Wikimedia launch a project to summarize and report the news
(Wikinews)? The vote on the Wikinews project is now open under
Please read the full Wikinews proposal before voting:
The proposal has been translated into French, German, Japanese, Old
English and partially into Romanian. I see no problem with people
continuing to make translations during the voting period (three weeks).
Seen on UK-CDR. Could our Dutch readers please advise us on
how and when this wonderful thing will eventuate?
Andrew A. Adams wrote:
>>From BNA's Internet Law News:
> DUTCH PARLIAMENTARIANS TO PUSH FOR INCREASED PUBLIC DOMAIN
> Parliamentarians from Dutch ruling and opposition parties
> unanimously agreed that most images currently owned by Dutch
> public broadcasters should be released into the public
> domain and allowed to be distributed online.
I realised that lots of new projects in my language (hungarian) started
recently, which is great.
My problem is that they use a very old version of interface texts (either
LanguageHU.php or MediaWiki, I cannot tell which is used).
I would like to request two things:
1) Is it possible to update them by using hu.wikipedia.org's MediaWiki
texts? (They would need a search&replace on "wikipedia" to the project name
like "wikibooks", "wikiquote", etc., but in that case I would like to
request more differences, so please contact me before the _replace_. Copy
is appreciated though no matter whether s&r possible.)
2) What can I do to make new appearing projects to use the current interface
texts in the future?
[[user:grin]] everywhere around en, hu, meta.
>On Sat, 02 Oct 2004 17:41:43 +0200, Elisabeth Bauer <elian(a)djini.de> wrote:
>>Daniel Mayer wrote:
>>>Two words: PRESS RELEASE!
>>>Seriously, once the fund drive is over we should have a press release about
>>>this and also mention the fact and result of our 'recent successful fund
>>>drive.' We should also quote Jimbo when he said that commercial encyclopedias
>>>will be out of business in 5 years if they keep doing as they have been.
>>I'm not entirely sure if it's a good idea to send a separate press
>>release. We discussed this yesterday among the german wikipedians,
>>feelings were mixed.
>Well, it would be combined with other notices for the coming week.
>But this professional content test (and it would not be a bad idea to
>commission more of the same) is more newsworthy than the
>successful completion of our fundraiser.
On this one, I agree with Elian. I doubt that a press release of this
nature would have much impact because we haven't done anything worth
mentioning (completing the fundraiser precipitated by our last press
release doesn't qualify), this is something somebody else did. The best
time to send a press release is when *we ourselves* have done something
newsworthy. And if the wikipedians on de: are skeptical about the value
of a press release here, when the test relates specifically to them, I
think that's a pretty good indication for the rest of us. An alternative
idea might be to play this up as part of a rollout for whatever new
quality control system we develop - as in "Look how good we already are,
now we're getting better".
By the way, as we wrap up the fundraiser portion, let me take this
opportunity to again thank everyone who worked on the last press
release. There are too many names to list, and some weren't logged in
anyway, but to anyone who helped write, translate, or distribute the
press release - Great work! I think the resulting press coverage has
been about as good as we could have hoped for, as the 1,000,000-article
milestone got mentioned on numerous websites and in quite a few print
newspapers and magazines, including a widely reprinted AP story. While I
don't understand every language, I was able to decipher that the
coverage spread across quite a few different languages, which is even
And now, time to get back to work on improving the encyclopedia, so that
this amounts to more than just our 15 minutes of fame.
To help organisers, it would be best that those
interested in participating mention their name here :
Naturally, this is not "registration", but it will
provide useful information to make decisions upon
accomodation, size of rooms etc...
Please, also mention the cities in which you would
come (in comparison to those you would not - in case
this makes a huge difference :-)), and mostly,
indicate periods preferences.
Thanks for the organisers.
PS : We'll set into place an multilingual information
network asap, but right now errr... let's manage with
bits of boxes and string. Help in all committees is
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True. In American English, a list of 3 items is usually "bacon, eggs, and cheese" - not "bacon, eggs and cheese." The later implies a connection between the items, but the former doesn't.
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> e2m wrote:
> > Why this resource is not used to deal with the differences of the type
> > "behaviour" and "behavior" or "center" and "centre"?
> One reason is that the differences between American and British
> English are more involved than simply changing the spelling of a few
> words. Punctuation and grammar are also involved. If you changed
> behavior to behaviour in an otherwise AE sentence, the sentence would
> then be wrong in both languages. See
> Wikipedia-l mailing list
I just wanted to make sure that this gets the widest possible
distribution. I'm not sure if announcements have been made in other
languages, but hopefully this conference will be widely discussed in
It's going to be amazing! Start saving your money now, no one should
miss it. :-)
----- Forwarded message from Elisabeth Bauer <elian(a)djini.de> -----
From: Elisabeth Bauer <elian(a)djini.de>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 22:48:36 +0200
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)wikimedia.org>
Subject: [Foundation-l] wikimedia conference, round two
a short report from the meeting on IRC yesterday. After a semi-public
question & answers session about the candidates we discussed the
different opportunities among the committee members.
It became we clear that we need detailed plans as a basis for the final
decision, but to save the participants unnecessary work, we decided to
narrow down the list to three candidates which appeared the most
promising to us: Dublin, Frankfurt and Rotterdam.
It was hard (and very sad :-(, for my part) to sort out the Eastern
European cities, main reasons for this decision were that there are not
enough local people to help and the difficult travel situation for
people from overseas even when the offers looked very beautiful.
The final city will be chosen in two weeks from now.
The rest of the meeting was about organization in general: we'll divide
the work up in different teams. Below is the first draft with the fields
and the people who volunteered for each job. If you'd like to help in a
certain field, please contact these people:
* conference program (Angela)
* sponsorships (Jimbo)
* finances (Oscar)
* PR (N.N.)
* social activities (Danny)
* information in the projects (Anthere)
* website & registration (Brion)
* technics (local)
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