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Why isn't a rollback user group enabled on Wikipedia, and a
[[Wikipedia:Requests for rollback]] page made, so that we can allow
non-admins to get rollback access, as long as they aren't idiots?
It looks like it would just require this line in the settings to me...
$wgGroupPermissions['rollback']['rollback'] = true;
We get a *lot* of vandalism. We should be doing everything we can to
help users fight the vandals off.
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I have created a standalone Wikipedia which could become the foundation
af a DVD release or a desktop/intranet version of Wikipedia, currently
Windows only (but should be easy to adapt to Linux/Mac).
I don't have anywhere to put a DVD image, so you'll have to bake your
own. All you need is my software (based on tinyweg and sqlite, running a
real, unpatched MediaWiki)  (ca. 6MB) and a XML dump of wikipedia (I
recommend , ca. 762 MB). Download both, uncompress the software (no
need to uncompress the XML file!), and follow the instructions in the
* The creation of the package takes time (think "over night") and disk
* Page rendering is a little slow, but bearable, roughly depending on
the number of links on a page
* No images
* It doesn't run directly from DVD, as tinyweb insists on writing log
files; you'll have to keep the whole thing on hard disk
Things that don't work but which should be easy to do (for someone with
time on their hands)
* Interwiki links are renderd as "red links" (should be fixable in
* Search doesn't work (should be fixable by patching MediaWiki, at least
for title search)
Technical note: The conversion software (GPL, but source not yet
included - too messy) generates a sqlite database with everything BUT
the page texts. These are copied into a single large text file, and the
database additionally stores the position of the respective text. That
turns out to be the fastest way to query the database. I tried reading
from a compressed text file, but the performance was horrible as there's
no way to directly seek a position in a compressed file.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Yong Liu <classicalliberalism(a)gmail.com>
> Date: October 17, 2005 7:25:47 AM MDT
> To: community(a)opensource.mit.edu
> Subject: [F/OSS-Community] Stockholm Challenge Award 2006
> Reply-To: liuyongaijiujiu(a)gmail.com
> *Please circulate widely and apologies for cross-posting*
> I hope this will be of interest to you.If you have questions or
> comments, please contact Earl Mardle at
> earl.mardle(a)stockholmchallenge.se or Ulla Skidén at
> Yong Liu
> The Stockholm Challenge Award 2006 is open for entries
> THE STOCKHOLM CHALLENGE AWARD 2006 invites excellent ICT projects
> from all over the world to compete for the prestigious Challenge
> trophies. The Challenge is searching for the best initiatives that
> accelerate the use of information technology for the social and
> economic benefit of citizens and communities. The objective is to
> help local entrepreneurs, who work to close the digital divide, by
> bringing in research communities, development organisations and
> strong corporate initiatives.
> THE AWARDS WILL BE HANDED OUT IN SIX CATEGORIES in the City Hall -
> on May 11, 2006. Special focus will be on projects in countries and
> regions with the greatest needs. There will also be an
> international Challenge conference in Stockholm on issues related
> to the role of ICTs in global development work.
> THE AWARD IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES until December 31st 2005. The
> application form is easily accessible on the home page.
> The Stockholm Challenge is headquartered at the IT University - a
> joint initiative by KTH (The Royal Institute of Technology) and
> Stockholm University . It is managed by a consortium that also
> includes the City of Stockholm, Ericsson and Sida, the Swedish
> International Development Cooperation Agency.
> For more information, please contact:
> Project Manager
> Ulla Skidén
> Telephone: + 46 8 7904469
> Cell: +46 70 678 72 82
> Rules for participation in the Stockholm Challenge Award 2006
> These are the basic rules for the participation in the Stockholm
> Challenge Award. All competing projects must:
> 1. Include ICT
> Illustrate how ICT is used to create new or better traditional
> services and/or products, which are beneficial for human and social
> 2. Be implemented
> All competing projects must be up and running. They should be
> implemented/piloted since no less than three months. The Stockholm
> Challenge Award does not accept drafted concepts and ideas only.
> The jury will only evaluate and compare projects that can show
> measurable outcomes and impact.
> 3. Be linked to and/or supported by an established private or
> public organisation.
> 4. Be verifiable, i.e. able to present credible references.
> 5. Be free from religious, political or other personal beliefs.
> To be noted:
> Projects that have won one of the Challenge categories in previous
> years cannot enter the competition again.
> All applications must be in English
> Evaluation criteria
> Innovation, creativity and the convergence of ICT with many
> different disciplines are some of the qualities that are looked for
> in the competing projects. The jury, a group of international
> senior experts, base their evaluation on the following criteria,
> most of which all Challenge projects should meet:
> Competing projects should illustrate new and innovative ways of
> using ICT to improve the living and economical conditions
> especially of those with great needs.
> The addition of ICT as a tool to traditional development work can
> improve and widen the scope of the project impact. Projects should
> show successful convergences of different disciplines and sectors.
> It is favourable for the competing projects to show that they bring
> individuals, groups and local organisations into larger communities
> – national and global - such as medical, government, educational
> and cultural networks, as well business environments.
> Equal Opportunity
> It is important that the initiatives counteract inequality related
> to the likes of gender, origin, age, physical and/or mental
> An important factor is sustainability. Not only economic
> sustainability, i.e. how long the project will last and bring
> benefits to its users. Sustainability also includes the
> contribution of the project to a sustainable society and
> environment at large.
> To enter a project in the Stockholm Challenge Award is not only to
> participate in a prestigious international ICT competition - it is
> also a way to join networks of some of the best ICT entrepreneurs
> and pioneers in the world. Testimonials from many of the projects,
> which have competed in their respective categories over the years,
> say that it is the inspiration, the new ideas, contacts and
> partners that are the greatest rewards for a Challenger.
> The Stockholm Challenge represents excellent marketing through the
> exposure to media, and to private and public organizations that are
> involved in ICT work and implementations. It gives promotional
> opportunities for entrepreneurs, universities, cities, cities and
> regions. The Stockholm Challenge Final Events include a Best
> Practice Exhibition and a Conference. It is a meeting place for
> some the world's most successful IT entrepreneurs.
> Winners and finalists of the Stockholm Challenge are global role
> models for cities, companies, organisations, schools and others who
> are involved in adapting and spreading the use of ICT.
Since the helpdesk-l address was made more instantly visible, there
has been a surge of questions to the list - of a wide range of
queries/problems/issues. Your help would be appreciated. You can
subscribe at http://mail.wikipedia.org/mailman/listinfo/helpdesk-l
Cormac / Cormaggio
I just had a look at the main page - in this moment it shows 100 pages
:-) of course many of them are still stubs, but well, things are going
Ho appena dato uno sguardo alla pagina principale - in questo momento mi
mostra 100 pagine :-) naturalmente molti sono ancora stub, ma stiamo
(per chi non lo sapesse - in particolare nel gruppo Napulitano: uno stub
è un articolo minimo che serve per iniziare qualcosa e per animare altri
a contribuire - chi volesse la newsletter in napoletano - cioè chi non
la riceve ancora: per piacere fatemi sapere con un messaggio privato)
(for those of you who do not receive the newsletter in Neapolitan
language and would like to receive it, please let me know sending a
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Hello, I would like to bring to your attention a situation where there are
clear violations of the principles of WP, and abuse of power by some sysops.
There are some members (mainly Spanish) who have embarked upon a campaign of
vandalism on the Spanish version of the Gibraltar article. They are using
this article to spread Spanish anti-Gibraltar propaganda, lies, and insults
to the people of Gibraltar. Even when posts are true, they are as far from
NPOV as they can get.
Gibraltarians have been accused variously of being smugglers, money
launderers, we all live from illegal and/or illicit activity, we ignore EU
law, we have stolen land from Spain (and territorial waters, and airspace),
the British troops have even been accused of ethnic cleansing!
WP is not a discussion forum, certainly less an anti-Gibraltar forum. If
this is what these people want they should find another forum for it. When I
have edited text I have been accused of vandalism simply because I do not
share the Spanish vision (or delusion). They act as if they had formed a
tribe or bully group, and between them seem to think that they somehow
own the article and only those editions that match their views are
As if this wasnt enough 3 sysops in particular, Dodo, Ecemaml, & Sanbec are
abusing their position and blocking my access. Their attitude and behaviour
is totally unacceptable.
I request help from anyone able to, as serious violations of WP policy are
being committed by them. I request that these people be told that they do
not have the right to own WP articles, nor unjustifiably block a user just
because he shares differing views to you. No doubt they will invent some
excuse to justify their actions, but there is no justification.
I thank you for your help.
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> In the future sh.wiki hopes to implement an automatic converter
> between Cyrillic, Latin, Ijekavski, and Ekavski, so these
> stylistic/dialect/variety issues won't be a problem anymore.
> Now, with such conversion, you wouldn't have to worry about edit wars
> over what norm is used, because no matter what norm it is written in,
> it is displayed in the chosen norm (possibly based on IP range-- users
> in Croatia and Bosnia get Ijekavian, users in Serbia get Ekavian;
> users in Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro get Latin alphabet, users in
> Serbia get Cyrillic, but of course you can change these preferences).
Differences between standard Serbian and Croatian are larger than
just differences of ekavian/ijekavian. A text in Serbian converted
to ijekavian feels to us just a little less Serbian (somewhat Bosnian)
than the original, it's not somehow magically transformed into
Croatian. And please, don't throw NPOV phrases at me, because how
on earth are you going to NPOV-ize loads of technical, scientific
and everyday vocabulary, syntax etc.? Do you plan to write slashes
between variants? Write the same sentence twice? Believe me,
all of this has been tried before, immense force, threats, everything
was applied and the end result was the same – zero.
Elephantus (from Croatian Wikipedia)
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(This mail goes to wikipedia-l and foundation-l just as an announce. I
assume that we should talk at mediawiki-l mailing list.)
We are at the end of the first phase. Brane Jelisavcic finalized
Zhengzhu's work. It is working now on
http://conversion.vikimedija.org/ (using MediaWiki 1.5rc4). If anyone
has some questions about that, please, ask it here because Brane reads
We want to implement this extension on Serbian Wikipedia. What should
we do for that? (I.e., is it enough to ask here, or we should ask for
it somewhere else?)
After the implementation of this part, we would start to work on the
next phase (read-write access to all variants).