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Year: 2008  Week: 13  Number: 93


Wikizine ... not yet dead


=== Technical news ===
=== Single User Login ===

SUL. Single User Login. Bug 57. Unified login. One login for all wikis. The
mythical uberlogin has migrated to The Real World.

The migration function is enabled currently for sysops only. The options to
migrate can be found on the first page of the account preferences page on the
projects were you're a sysop. From there you can follow the instructions to
claim all you accounts on all wikis that have the same username. After the
migration you can log on all these wikis with the same password.

For the migration to work you need to have the same email address or password on
all your user accounts. You can claim the rest of the accounts with your name
by providing their password.

The current sysop-only migration is to collect information for the general user
migration later. Sysops who have problems are strongly encouraged to report
them so that they can be fixed before SUL is rolled out generally.

By migrating now (if you can) you have the advantage that you can use that
username to log in to all WMF wikis as long as there is not a local user
account with your name that is not yours.

Please note that not everhings works yet when you migrate. For example renaming
an account can not be done (for now at least). Inform you before you do it.

[Upload auto-confirmed] - upload of files on all Wikimedia sites except Commons
is now restricted to auto-confirmed users. That are user accounts older then 4

[Search changed] - the technical side of the search function of the wikis has
changed. As a result some wikis who have used javascript to include external
search engines may experience glitches requiring an update of the local code.

=== Request for help ===

[Stable Versions] - testwikis are setup for tests of the stable versions
function. This function makes it possible to rate the quality of an article.
Feedback is requested from users who volunteer to test the function.

[Scholarship] - translations are requested of the Wikimania 2008 scholarships
information page.

=== Foundation ===

[+ $3,000,000]  - The board of the "Alfred P. Sloan Foundation" has granted the
Wikimedia Foundation 1 million dollars (US) per year for the next three years.
This is the largest donation made to the Foundation in its history. Note: 1
million USD = 642302 EUR / 501669 GBP

[New hire] - the WMF has hired a new accountant, Mary Lou Secoquian, who will
work in San Francisco.

=== Community ===

[NotTheWikipediaWeekly] - On the English language Wikipedia a new audio podcast
project about Wikipedia has started. They announce a time to meet in a
skypecast, talk about Wikipedia topics and publish the recordings.

=== Awards ===

[IT Wikipedia] - The Italian Wikipedia has won the a category award of
"PremioWWW-Il sole 24 ore" a competition organized by the most important
business newspaper in Italy (Il Sole 24 ore). The winners were selected by jury
from the shortlist composed by the 5 sites that obtained the highest score
through a popular vote.  This is the second time that it.wiki wins
"PremioWWW-Il sole 24 ore". Last time was two years ago.

=== Stats ===

[Animated stats] - Our grandmaster of statistics Erik Zachte has made a new form
of Wikipedia-stats. Animated statistics; bubbles representing the projects
floating true time and number of articles. It is available in an interactive
format that works currently with FireFox 3.0 release candidate. A flash version
that works with any browser (8MB) is also available.

=== Other news ===

[Schoolbook] - A publisher of schoolbooks in Japan is using a Wikipedia map as
illustration. It is the world map of death penalty sentences.

=== Did you know ... ===

... Microsoft also uses MediaWiki ?

Microsoft researcher Steve Ickman said while Microsoft SharePoint is great,
MediaWiki has valuable features not found  in SharePoint - particularly the
ability to archive.

=== Quote ===

"Do not leave your children unattended. All unattended children will be eaten."
-- Friendly advice from vulture in movie "Ice age 2"

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