I've gone ahead and enabled the semi-protection level for all of our wikis.
A total of 16 had already explicitly requested it over the last couple months,
and I haven't heard from any site asking to keep the option on.
Unless it's actually used by the admins on a given site, there's no change in
behavior; it's just a middle-level option now available between unprotected and
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
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Subject: Digital Communities / Prix Ars Electronica 2006
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2006 17:04:26 +0100
From: AEC Communities <communities(a)prixars.aec.at>
For the third time, Prix Ars Electronica, the foremost international
prize for computer-based art, is starting its call for entries for
"Digital Communities" projects. The category "Digital Communities" has
been a great success in its 2004 and 2005 editions and is singling out
for recognition projects of great sociopolitical relevance.
The Digital Communities category is open to political, social and
cultural projects, initiatives, groups and scenes from all over the
world that display contentious commitment in coming up with smart,
successful ways of deploying digital technologies to solve social
problems. Particular emphasis is placed on a project’s degree of
community innovation, its sustainability and its use of technology in a
way that makes good sense and is attuned to the needs of the people
meant to benefit from it. Digital Communities projects should make it
easier for people to access technology, networks and the Digital Commons.
We would like to ask you to help us "spread the word" in your community
by circulating the information as widely as possible. We also would be
very glad if you could help us identify some projects, which in your
opinion should participate in the competition.
For a detailed description of the category, please consult our
Find the winners of 2004 at
and winners of 2005 at
If you need any further information or support, please do not hesitate
to come back to me.
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I've changed how the Special:Undelete view works a little bit. The last deleted
page text is no longer displayed above the revisions list; it tended to be
rather annoying for big pages and could make things hard to deal with if the
page had hostile CSS (eg obscuring the buttons).
The revisions also now display the wiki source code by default, making it easier
to examine the code of a deleted page or copy-and-paste if necessary. Rendered
preview from there is optional.
Please copy this notification to whereever your wiki's curious sysops may be
-- brion vibber (brion @ pobox.com)
Marwari is spoken by over 13 million people in India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
It is related to Hindi but it is a distinct language with a long (1500 year)
written history and has a great amount of worldwide Diaspora.
How do we get this started?
Hi. I am thinking of setting up a new Wikipedia, since we have language
templates for Pig Latin speakers, I would like to create and run a Wikipedia
in Pig Latin.
I have been told that I need to request a new language to be added, if its not
already available on the language list.
I don't know how the process works, but I hope to hear from you soon if this
> Hello everyone,
> As Delphine told you a few days ago, my baby boy born
> nearly 7 days ago. His name is Thomas Gabriel Luc.
Somehow this is still news to me.
Congratulations Anthere. Nice to get some really good news. That happens
not every week. Take care.
All the best,
Contact: walter AT wikizine DOT org
Wikizine.org - news for and about the Wikimedia community
As Delphine told you a few days ago, my baby boy born
nearly 7 days ago. His name is Thomas Gabriel Luc.
I was told he would be a big fat boy, but nope !
He born 3,4 kg (plain average weight) and just hit
back the 3 kilos, so I am finally home !
He is quite naturally the prettiest one (though, let's face
it, he's got some white pimples on the face...), and
looks very much like myself (two eyes, one nose, one
mouth and a double chin). Actually, he looks very much
like his older brother, so I keep calling him William
We are both fine now. The most powerful lesson of my
third child birth would be :
"do not pick up the fruit when it is not ripe yet".
After more than 2 weeks going three times per week to
the hospital for full check up due to preeclampsia
disorder, the docs decided to chemically induce the birth.
2 days in a row, they applied a cervical prostaglandin
gel, which caused very very very frequent contractions.
A more natural way of doing this is referred to as the "italian
technique" (the male sperm does contain this prostaglandin, so having
love moments with partner is often recommanded to gently induce child
birth... Right, I mention this only because it is Valentine's day :-))
In my case, no such delicacy. I had the dubious pleasure to spend two
full days in the childbirth area (not exactly 4 stars
hotel), with basically no food, screaming women all day and night long,
electronic gear on chest, arms, hands and tummy.
I *hated* it.
And hated even more when after two days, nothing was
occuring but painful very frequent contractions.
At that point, I was so tired they gave me something
to actually *slow down* contractions so I could rest a
bit! And decided to rupture the amniotic sac, telling
me I had 12 hours in front of me before the c-section
if nothing was happening.
It may have scared my body badly... in hardly more than 60
mn, I went through the 10 cm dilation, the expulsion
of the child and finally placenta. It was quite
For the wikicommons addicts, no pictures of the
delivery itself were taken :-) Even if we had wanted
to, there would have been no time to do it. So, no bloody pictures of
delivery will be uploaded ;-) sorry...
I put a few pictures on yahoo to share with family and
So, everything is fine :-)
I do have hundred of emails pending, not counting RC to check and
mailing lists to go through. And odd sleeping patterns right now. So,
I'll go slowly through all pending issues. If there is something urgent,
please notify it to me specifically.
Also, thank you for all the congrats left on my user talk pages, ml and
PS : Did I mention I was happy ? I am :-)
Dragan Sataric and Filip Maljkovic speaked in the programe at radio Idea.
Jovana Milicevic talked for radio Belgrade.
In Youth center Dom omladine Wikimedia Serbia and Montenegro in cooperation
with FSN(Free Software Network) and LUG Belgrade( Linux User Group )
organized speach about free software movement and prehistory of idea of free
Hello,i would to create a wikipedia version in Griko,that is a greek dialect
spoken in Southern Italy.It is disappearing and i hope to save and spread
it...i'll wait for your reply
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Habj (sweetadelaide at gmail.com) wrote:
>How do you do it on the other wikipedias? Do people just think to themselves
>"this is a good page, we need it, people should have this in mind" and then
>label it "guideline" to see if someone reverts? Are there formal procedures?
>Input from as many 'pedias as possible would be appreciated.
At some stage I will be going through as many as possible of the
guidelines on en: and rewriting them for clarity - and I encourage
others to do so (taking due care with talk page discussion,
ascertaining consensus, not getting radical, etc).
The basic notion I'm using is: guidelines require editorial judgement,
which is something you can't legislate. So you should aim guidelines
at clueful editors of good will, because editors of bad will won't
care, and editors who are clueless wouldn't understand them anyway.
As far as I can tell, one of the greatest sources of [[m:instruction
creep]] in guidelines on en: is when people put in sentences to try to
hit bad editors over the head with. This makes the guidelines so
bloated the good editors don't even look at them, and the bad ones
keep ignoring them anyway.
(A notable example is the Manual of Style on en: - it's so long and
detailed that the only use it gets is (a) editors who can't tolerate
any ambiguity or inconsistency writing to it; (b) editors quoting it
to try to battle other editors they disagree with. No-one actually
uses it as a reference because it's not possible.)
So. Guidelines: helpful guides for sensible editors of good will,
because no-one else cares.
Policy: things that have to be a certain way for things to work at
all. That's a VERY small set. NPOV, No Original Research, No Personal
Attacks ... 3RR on en: ....
How does that sound to you?