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Year: 2008 Week: 21 Number: 95
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Technical news ===
[Sighted revisions] - a system to hide edits made by certain groups of
users from visitors as long as the edit is not approved by a user who
has the user rights to approve the edit - This is now active on the
German language Wikipedia. "Surveyor" is the title of a user who has
[Special:GlobalUsers] - on this special page you can see who has a
global account. Works on all wikis, not only Meta.
=== Request for discussion ===
[Wikibooks logo] - For the last 2 years Wikibooks is in the process of
selecting a new logo for Wikibooks and Wikijunior. Community
involvement and feedback, discussion is requested to move things
=== Foundation ===
[Board election] - one seat on the Board of Trustees is open for
election. Candidates can submit their candidacy until 22 May.
[Board restructuring] - the WMF board of trustees will increase from
the current 8 to 10. The board will be comprised of: 3 elected
community members, 2 members selected by the chapters, 1
board-appointed 'community founder' seat and 4 "specific expertise"
seats (also Board-appointed).
[Exit Anthere] - Florence Devouard, Chair of the WMF board of
trustees, will not seek reelection for a seed in the board. As a
result after the conclusion of the current board election Anthere will
not longer be a member of the board and chair of the board. Anthere is
a board member since June 2004.
[WMF bylaws] - the WMF passed a resolution to update the bylaws.
[Wikimania 2008] - registration is open. The price is $45 until 30th
of May. After that it is $60.
[MS MediaPlayer needed] - Based on the current information users who
wish to view parts of Wikimania 2008 online will need to get access to
a Windows system with MS MediaPlayer to be able to view the video
[Wikimania security] - a FAQ is posted regarding security concerns
regarding Wikimania. Also an "Egypt Country Profile prepared by
Clayton Associates" that can be useful reading for all who go to
Wikimania is online.
=== Media ===
[Good reading] - Article about Wikipedia and Britannica
[OMG! WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDEREN??!!] - Some people are concerned about
pictures of (parts of) people without clothes that can be found in
=== Stats ===
[MediaWiki stats] - some stats of several wikis, also non WMF wikis,
who use MediaWiki.
=== Other news ===
[Google Translate] - the translation function of Google is expanded
with many new languages (and even identifies the language for you!).
This can be useful to solve the babel problem when you try to
communicate on a projects whose language you do not know.
[Wikibook2pdf] - online tool to create a pdf-book of a wikibook book.
=== Did you know ... ===
... that a pencil sharpener 'is a device for sharpening a pencil's
point by shaving the end of the pencil'?
This was the first "Did you know" of the English language Wikipedia,
posted on February 22, 2004.
=== Quote ===
"My father rode a camel. I drive a car. My son flies a jet airplane.
His son will ride a camel." -- Saudi Arabian saying
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