Multilinugal error messages have now been implemented on the Wikimedia
squids. I would like to thank everyone who helped to make this a
reality over the past couple of weeks. I was keeping a running list of
everyone who had helped, but I lost track of everyone :)
Here is an incomplete list of those in IRC who helped me with
translations: taw, Mackowaty, WarX, SuiSui, aoineko, Submarine, Rama,
Frieda, Quistnix, galwaygirl, Fenix, mnemo and avatar. Everyone's help
has been greatly appreciated. :)
and to Jeronim for implementing the new message across the squids.
Note that I have removed the link to OpenFacts.berlios.de, which was
getting overloaded as soon as Wikipedia went down. I have also removed
the link to the "offsite donation page" at Angela's request. The
French, German and Japanese messages direct those people to that
language's IRC channel.
I hope the community likes the new error page. Well, they'll probably
hate seeing it, but I hope they feel comfort in the fact that it's now
a much prettier error message.
Are there any success stories where established institutions,
associations, companies, etc. have decided to contribute to
Wikipedia instead of publishing information on their own website?
Of course Wikipedia shouldn't be used for spam or promotion, but
if you are an association for Michigan heritage, set out to
document the history of the cities and governors of that state,
then you can do this by extending the Wikipedia articles rather
than putting the information elsewhere. But does this happen?
To what extent, and what are the experience from that?
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
I don't know how many people have seen this, but in the October 05
issue of ''[[MacAddict]]'' magazine, there is an add for
''[[OmniGraffle]]'', at the top of which contains a link to Wikipedia
([[The Game (game)]]).
Tanti auguri a tutti i napulitani!
Well done Sabine!
And looks like that Tim isn't such a bad bloke afterall - he sounds like a big ol' meanie - but he's a real softy deep inside!
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 14:56:45 +0200
From: Ashar Voultoiz
Subject: [Wikipedia-l] Re: Formal request for the creation of the
Cc: foundation-l(a)wikimedia.org, wikitech-l(a)wikimedia.org
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Sabine Cretella wrote:
> Good morning!
> Now all the requirements on meta for the creation of the Neapolitan
> Wikipedia have been fulfilled. At this stage I am asking for the opening of
> I already received the first bits of the User Interface that are going
> to be integrated in the table that is online in my user profile on the
> Italian wiktionary.
> Thank you for creating it asap.
> Have a great Sunday!
> Ciao, Sabine
Napolitan wikipedia got created some minutes ago and can now be edited at:
Pending wikis will most probably be created today.
Thanks Tim Starling for the technical support :)
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I have just received a message from IRSCA, the
Organisation for Gifted and Talented Children. They
said they would be interested in collaborating with
Wikimedia for the publication of free curricula and
study material for gifted children, in the Romanian
language. They said that they would like to know where
this information could be placed (under what project)
and any further information necessary.
Personally, I believe the Romanian Wikibooks would be
the best place for this material. I also think
IRSCA is a great new opportunity for the Romanian
Wikipedia community. IRSCA do some wonderful things
for Romanian gifted and talented children, including
funding for cultural pursuits, curriculum development,
What is the Wikimedia policy towards these types of
collaborations? What are the next steps?
Ronline from the Romanian Wikipedia
PS: More about IRSCA in English can be found at:
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All political, sociolinguistic, and practical arguments aside, there
are currently 29 votes in support of a separate Cantonese Wikipedia
and 6 against (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposal_for_Sinitic_linguistic_policy#Vote_…).
While it's been said that Wikipedia isn't nessecarily a democracy, and
people have questioned the expertise of people who have given their
input on the issue of Cantonese, I think that the fact that the vote
so far is 29 to 6 against for the creation of a separate Cantonese
Wikipedia (a good portion of the votes on either side cast by native
speakers) should be enough to support the unconditional creation of a
Cantonese Wikipedia in the very very very near future.
Gerard Meijssen wrote:
> Ray Saintonge wrote:
>> Pawe³ Dembowski wrote:
>>>> Consider the folks who were at the meeting part of the "no" votes.
>>> They should have voted where they were supposed to vote then.
>> An interesting observation. Is there a policy anywhere saying where
>> people are "supposed" to vote?
> When there is a vote, when this vote is considered in a meeting like
> it has, they should either put up or shut up. When a small group of
> people meets and decide on something, in essence this is just what
> happened: a small group of people who decided something. Nothing
> special in and of itself. Obviously they do not need to vote, but when
> they do not vote, they should not moan when their voice is not
> considered when the vote is evaluated.
Perhaps, but then those who did vote should not moan when the vote is
not considered definitive and binding by others. Taking your reasoning
to its logical conclusion, the only significance of a vote is that it
had a certain result. The vote does not dictate a course of action or
have any further consequences.
Now all the requirements on meta for the creation of the Neapolitan
Wikipedia have been fulfilled. At this stage I am asking for the opening of
I already received the first bits of the User Interface that are going
to be integrated in the table that is online in my user profile on the
Thank you for creating it asap.
Have a great Sunday!
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Just speaking as one small editor (and user! I read as well as writing!)
primarily in the Esperanta Vikipedio (though I've also made some
contributions to others, probably more to Swahili than anything else besides
English), with reference to Tim Starling's statements, I will be less
fervently supportive of Wikipedia and Wikimedia in general if proposed
Wikipedias that have the level of support Ladino, Neapolitan and Waray-Waray
have are not activated. I don't know much about the innards of
Wikipolicymaking, but I do have some idea what effect this "stagnation" or
whatever you want to call it will have on my loyalties and interest level.
And I'm probably not alone among those of us who do not spend all our days
posting to this list. ;-)