Hi, again a crosspost :-)
Today I am here to ask you for your help with photos. We prepared two
example messages you can forward to friends and family below. Of course
we would like to see photos from all of you and you can see examples
What I myself experienced is that it is much easier to take the camera,
take some white paper and something to write when you meet people and
ask them if they love Wikipedia, Wikinews or whichever project - then
ask them to write it down and take a picture.
When it comes to uploading them to flickr and you don't want to do it
yourself, I suppose we will be able to organise it asking the community
Please use the various wiki-meetings around to take pictures and to ask
others to do the same. If you are at university or school things should
be quite easy, if you have a mobile phone that can take pictures or you
simply take your camera with you for one day and "do".
I hope we will be able to see your photo online soon then :-)
p.s. don't forget to ask others to do the same.
Proposed texts (please adapt them according to your community and the
country where you live - we know that things can differ a lot from one
place to the other):
Are you a Wikipedian fanatic? Do you ever wonder how you operated
without Wikipedia. Then show your wiki love! Post your picture depicting
why you love Wikipedia to the Wikilove Flickr group. Pictures can be
funny, creative, emotional, deep, or anything you want them to be!
Additionally, forward this email to your family and friends, and ask
them to do the same :) http://www.flickr.com/groups/wikilove/
Are you a Wikipedian fanatic? Do you ever wonder how you operated
without Wikipedia? Then show your love by posting your pictures to the
official Wikipedia Flickr group! Pics can be funny, creative, or
anything you want them to be.
If you are camera shy, then simply check out the cool pics that have
already been posted.
As a few people may know, the Green Screen of Death multilingual error
message on Wikimedia is my baby. Since it's now 2 years old, and since
re-coding it and adding several languages.
I have spoken with so many kind, friendly Wikipedians who speak other
languages, and they have been incredibly helpful to me by providing
translations and putting up with my incessant popping into their IRC
questions to ask silly questions in English.
Anyway, after almost a couple of months, I finally have all the
translations together. I would now like people who are fluent in these
languages to proof-read the messages, and mark them in the table on
this page as checked:
Additionally, some of the languages there need some links to be inserted.
Thanks for your time. Any help that people can give me in this by
doing this proof-reading will be rewarded with warm thank-yous and
There is a Wikipedia in the Sardinian
It uses the sc ISO-639-1 code. What was known as Sardinian became srd in the
ISO-639-2. In the ISO-639-3 it was recognised as a
practically what was called Sardinian was split into four
The Italian government has officially recognised the Sardinian language or
the "Limba Sarda Comune". This is in essence a constructed language as it
tries to make one language out of the four "dialects". One of the effects
has been that some people prevent others from writing in one of the four
languages on the sc.wikpedia.
The language committee of the Wikimedia Foundation has a request to approve
a new language; one of the Sardinian languages, Sassarese with ISO code sdc.
There are two problems to deal with:
- The "Limba Sarda Comune" is not recognised as a language
- The proponents of the "Limba Sarda Comune" reserve the
sc.wikipediafor their language
This issue is political. The first thing that I understand when you go to
the official website <http://www.sardegnacultura.it/linguasarda/> is the
notion of identity and indeed, to create one Sardinian identity it would be
instrumental to have a unifying language. However, the map of the Sardinian
languages <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Lingue_di_Sardegna_mod.gif> is
clear, the island is divided in four.
Given that the language committee has as one of its rules that political
arguments are not accepted, there are a few conclusions that we should make.
1. Sassarese can have a conditional approval
2. We urge the proponents of the Limba Sarda Comune to ask for the
recognition of this newly constructed language from ISO.
I have had a chat with Debbie
all this, and I understand that it is necessary to apply for an
ISO-639-3 code before an IANA language code is likely to be approved. At
least fifty published works in the Limba Sarda Comune will be required.
Hi, again we need your help :-)
Now we have a group on Flickr where people can express why they love the
wikimedia projects - more about this here:
We need the translation of a short text (see link above) in the
* English (well that is of course already done - it is just for
* Traditional Chinese
It would be great if some of you could help :-) and maybe pass the
information on to the relevant Village Pumps and discussion lists.
PM Fundraiser 2007
I was under the impression that the Real Name field would be
displayed instead of the Username.
"* Real name (optional): if you choose to provide it this will be
used for giving you attribution for your work."
When I look at the Recent changes page, everything is attributed to
Username, not Real Name. In fact, I have not been able to find any
place where Real Name is used instead of Username.
Any insight would be appreciated.
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For those who don't read my blog - just forwarding to various lists in
English and if needed, please forward it to the various project lists.
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Well, dealing with the Fundraiser 2007 I am trying to involve the whole
of the communities. But that seems easier that it really is ... one
things: oh well, there are the village pumps and you just go around them
... or you go through the mailing lists (but not all projects have one)
... or in the worst case you use the various chat rooms ... well no, it
does not really work ... a really well structured communication in this
specific moment is not possible - and in some way we should think about
I am getting step by step to them - there is no all comprehensive page -
but even if there was there is one huge problem: they are structured
very different from one project to the other. Often I posted "somewhere"
without even understanding if it was the right place ... some have extra
pages for messages written in a different language from theirs (but then
again: there you don't reach a maximum number of people who maybe would
help). Some have different sectors for different themes ... but again:
there you don't reach all potential people, just the part of them that
goes to the "general" village pump page. Uhmmmmmm ...... not sure how to
sort this out ... and no: I would be agains a page for special
"foundation information" since again it would be read by only a part of
the users/editors and these would probably be more or less the same ones
who read foundation list ....
Now I asked for a bot that can help us to add new sections to specific
pages within the pywikipediabot framework - this would at least make one
part of it easier, not having to go around all projects, but still the
"how to communicate effectively" problem remains ....
For now, until we maybe get a better solution, I would like to ask
people from the various projects to check the page where I list the
change the links I have there to the page where they want to have the
messages added - for all projects please - this will help all of us to
live an easier wiki-life. During the next days I will then make another
round around the various Village Pumps asking people to correct the link
on the page above if necessary.
I am sorry, but for now I don't see a different way to get this on the way.
And please: all links to all projects are needed - also the smallest
ones ... they all have the same relevance.
Posted By Sabine Cretella to words & more
at 9/08/2007 02:35:00 PM
This is the official announcement for WikiSym 2007, a conference about wikis
that is now in its third year. WikiSym is different from both Wikimania and
Recent Changes Camp in that it is primarily focussed on research into wikis,
though there is also a track for open discussion and practitioner reports;
Wikimedians and Wikip/media researchers are very welcome to attend. See the
site below for more info, and please distribute to anyone who may be
2007 International Symposium on Wikis
Wikis at Work in the World:
Open, Organic, Participatory Media for the 21st Century
October 21-23, 2007
Palais des Congrès de Montréal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Registration is now open for WikiSym 2007, convening October 21
through 23 in chic, sophisticated, metropolitan Montreal, Quebec.
**Deadline for early registration is September 13th**
NO ORDINARY CONFERENCE
WikiSym is the only international scientific conference dedicated to
wikis. It brings together wiki researchers, practitioners, and users.
The goal of the symposium is to explore and extend our growing
community. It has a rigorously reviewed research paper track as well
as plenty of space for practitioner reports, demonstrations, and open
discussions. Anyone who is involved in using, researching, or
developing wikis is invited to WikiSym 2007!
We recognize that the online world is always evolving, and therefore
welcome people interested in other online media consistent with the
wiki philosophy of being open, organic and participatory.
Our headline speakers this year include many of the thought leaders on
wiki. Our keynote speaker will be Jonathan Grudin (Microsoft
Research), one of the world's leading researchers on Computer
Supported Collaborative Work. Ward Cunningham (AboutUs), inventor of
wiki and founding father of our field, will give the closing talk.
Peter Thoeny (StructuredWikis), creator of TWiki, will give a half day
tutorial on wikis in the workplace.
Our program also includes two headline speakers from ooPSLA, our host
conference. Jim Purbrick and Mark Lentczner, creators of Second Life,
will talk about this collaboratively built 3D virtual world. Peter
Turchi, award-winning author of "Maps of the Imagination", will talk
about the relationships between creative writing, making maps, and
That's just a sampling of what makes WikiSym the conference of choice
for wiki researchers.
We are proud to offer you WikiSym and look forward to sharing the
experience with you in Montréal this fall.
ooPSLA 2007 (http://oopsla.org/)
DLS 2007 (http://www.swa.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/dls07/)
ISMM 2007 (http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~greg/ismm07/)
LCSD 2007 (http://lcsd.cs.tamu.edu/2007/) APL 2007
Mini PloP (http://refactory.com/OOPSLA_Workshop.html)
CompFrame 2007 (http://www.compframe.org/compframe2007/)
For more information and to register, go to http://www.wikisym.org/ws2007/.
Alain Désilets (National Research Council of Canada) WikiSym 2007
Robert Biddle (Carleton University)
WikiSym 2007 Program Chair
I wanted to let folks on this list know about a new, milti-community
wiki project I've been involved with called Wiki Spot
(http://wikispot.org). We are a non-profit organization that aims to
help communities use and maintain wikis, interconnect wikis where it
makes sense, promote the adoption of wikis as a tool for enriching
communities, and generally provide a trusted, non-commercial home to
Philosophically, our drive lines up very closely with the Wikimedia
Foundation: we are dedicated to free software and release all of our
code under free licenses and we strongly encourage the use of various
free-content licenses. What is very different is the scope and range
of the communities we provide a home to.
Wiki Spot grew out of the Davis Wiki project (http://daviswiki.org),
which has had an amazing an unexpected impact on the local community
of Davis, California.
The Davis Wiki won an award from the Davis City Council
(http://daviswiki.org/Thong_H._Huynh_Awards#2007) for our work in
community involvement -- an award usually reserved for traditional
media like radio and tv stations. We've helped people find their lost
pets (http://daviswiki.org/Lost_Pets), find the best bathrooms in town
(http://daviswiki.org/Bathrooms), documented urban art
(http://daviswiki.org/Urban_Art), been the host of countless local
political debates, thrown parties
(http://daviswiki.org/Davis_Wiki_Wacky_Woo_1), and done lots of other
crazy and amazing things as a community.
With Wiki Spot, we want to provide a safe place for other communities
to easily do the same kind of things we've been doing, because we
truly believe in the power of local community wikis.
Anyway, I encourage you to get involved and help out if this sounds
like something you might be interested in.