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Year: 2007 Week: 38 Special edition
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Request for help ===
Almost two years ago I started with Wikizine. The very first message
send out about it was also a "special edition". That was to present
Wikizine, what it was all about.
This one now is not to explain what Wikizine is.
Wikizine is not totally unsuccessful. The number of readers has only
go up since its existence, slowly yes, but up nevertheless. The rare
feedback has been positive.
It was my intention to create a platform with Wikizine to bring
together the most relevant information, news, from all Wikimedia
projects and languages. I felt, and still do, that there is a need for
I hoped that after some time a network of reporters of the various
wikis, languages, projects, would form who could bring there news to
the larger community by means of Wikizine. And also that the would
people step up to join me in creating Wikizine.
This largely did not happened. In the last two years some people have
volunteered and helped with making Wikizine. But that where far to
few, who did not a lot and only for a to short time to have any real
Wikizine was and is still a one man show. I have made all editions
until now of Wikizine. I can not continue like this. It has become
more difficult with every edition for me to bring myself to get the
next one ready. The time it was fun is long gone. The frequency of the
editions has become more and more erratic. And the quality is falling.
I need people who are willing to work substantially on Wikizine. And
not only today but on the long term. Finding news, writing it in the
draft; constructing Wikizine. If you like to help please contact me;
walter AT wikizine.org
Request for help for Wikizine has been send out before, only not so
explicit like now. This is also the first time I send it to
The responds the previous times was always nearly zero. I do not
expect anything else this time. Surprise me.
The editor-founder of Wikizine
Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org
Wikizine.org makes no guarantee of accuracy,
validity and especially but not limited to,
correct grammar and spelling.
Wikizine.org is published by [[meta:user:Walter]],
and is not a publication of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikizine is a weekly publication as long as there is noteworthy news
Content is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.
[Please translate this announcement into other languages.]
Wikipedia's roots in the more conservative Nupedia project are reflected by
many in-depth discussions we've had over the years about quality assurance,
filtering, and labeling.
In her "4 wishes for the year 2007" , Wikimedia Foundation Chair
Florence Devouard also identified "reliability" as a key goal for the
Wikimedia Foundation. Today we're taking two small steps towards that
* the launch of http://quality.wikimedia.org/ as a portal targeting
readers and volunteers to summarize key information about current
quality initiatives, combined with
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiquality as a more in-depth
description of our plans,
* the opening of wikiquality-l as a mailing list for related discussions:
Notably, these pages describe our current plans with regard to the
"FlaggedRevs" extension, a MediaWiki extension developed by Aaron
Schulz and Jörg Baach (with financial support from Wikimedia
Deutschland e.V.) which makes it possible to identify revisions of
articles that are known to be of a certain quality, and to change the
default view based on that information.
The public beta of this feature (initially on dummy websites, i.e. not
production environments) will begin as soon as a security review of
the current code has been completed (expected later this month). In
the meantime, please give your feedback on the quality.wikimedia.org
portal, add translations, and subscribe to wikiquality-l to join
future discussions about the specifics of any particular initiative.
Board member, Wikimedia Foundation
Je signale ici, plutôt que sur le scriptorium (pour des raisons
évidentes), un cas qui pourrait s'avérer problématique :
Il s'agit d'une traduction réalisée à partir de traductions non-libres.
Je cite :
"Le plus drôle c'est que si j'avais menti et dit que la traduction était
de moi, elle serait passée, c'est le cas de le dire,
comme une lettre à la poste... Rassure-toi je me refuse à de telles
Pour le cas qui concerne le contributeur, je n'ai pas vraiment d'avis,
et ce n'est pas de ce qu'il a publié que je veux discuter, mais du
problème que cela soulève.
Je suis en fait assez d'accord avec ce qu'il dit : si le mode /page/
assure la qualité des éditions, en revanche, les traductions faites par
les contributeurs peuvent
poser de gros problèmes : je n'ai pas de mal à m'imaginer en train de
copier plusieurs traductions non-libres, à les mélanger, et à les éditer
ni vu ni connu sur Wikisource...