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Year: 2008  Week: 30  Number: 97


An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community


Notice from the editor: this edition does not includes all relevant  
news for the time frame between the previous Wikizine and this one. I  
decided that getting something out is more important then more delays.  

=== Foundation ===

[New board chair] -  The board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation  
has a new chair. All board members where in favour to appoint Michael  
Snow for the job. Michael, who is a board member since February 2008,  
is best known as the founder of the Wikipedia Signpost. The former  
chair, Anthere (Florence Devouard), was Chair since October 2006 and  
board member since 2004. She is now not longer a WMF board member.  
Anthere has joined the WMF Advisory board.

[Board election] - [[meta:user:Wing]] (Ting Chen) is elected as a  
community board member to the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.  
His term will expire in July 2009. 3019 valid votes where registered.
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board#Ting Chen

[New hires] - The WMF has hired 5 new staff members; Erik Zachte (Tech  
stats guy), Sara Crouse (Head of Partnerships and Foundation  
Relations), Rebecca Handler (Major Gifts Officer), Rand Montoya (Head  
of Community Giving), and Frank Schulenburg (public outreach  
coordinator).  Erik Zachte starts in September as a part-time
contractor. Erik is a Wikipedian from the Dutch language Wikipedia but  
is mostly know for his volunteer work in creating detailed statistics  
for the Wikimedia projects. As a contractor for the WMF Erik will also  
work on this.
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/31508 -- Erik Zachte
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/31661 -- Sara Crouse
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/31367 --  
Rebecca Handler / Rand Montoya
http://stats.wikimedia.org/ -- the stats of the WMF by Erik Zachte
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Current_staff  -- overview staff

=== Technical news ===

[SUL] - Bureaucrats can now rename a user to a name that is already  
migrated to the Single User Login. This at least when if the global  
account and the local account have the same email address or password.

[Video on wiki] - Kaltura, Inc is sponsoring Michael Dale, lead  
developer of the MetaVid project, to work in the Wikimedia Foundation  
offices in San Francisco beginning in  August. Michael will work on  
adding support for video editing operations and other video-related  
functionality to MediaWiki.

[ERATA] - the item "Restrict upload", section "Proposals", in Wikizine  
96 was not correct. Restricting uploads to auto confirmed users only  
is not a proposal but is live on all wikis ... except those wikis who  
have requested to disable this function explicitly.

=== Request for help ===

[Wikizine] - assistance would be useful (understatement)

=== Proposals ===

[Front door] - Just like most people have a very hard time to  
understand that a domain of a website can end with something else then  
.com have visitors the urge to put "www" before everything. The means  
the url "www.wikipedia.org" is an important page and the front door  
for many visitors of Wikipedia. 10 Wikipedias have currently the  
honour to be listed very prominently around the wikipedia-globe, the  
Wikipedias who have the most articles. When a Wikipedia breaks the  
100,000 articles milestone the also like to move up and get a spot  
around the globe. But space is limited. This a long standing source of  

A poll is currently opened to find a solution. Users can indicate  
there support for different ways to present the Wikipedia-options to  
the visitors. The poll is open until July 31, 2008 at 23:59 UTC.

=== Community ===

[Wikimania 2008] - For this year is it over. WikipediaWeekly provides  
audio reporting about Wikimania.
The 2009 Wikimania conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
http://wikipediaweekly.org/ -- podcasts 52 / 57
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimania_2008_Alexandria -- some
http://wikimania2008.wikimedia.org/wiki/Gallery pictures from Wikimania 2008
http://www.kaltura.com/devwiki/index.php/Wikimania_Sessions -- If you  
are very lucky you can find some video recordings there
http://tinyurl.com/6l4gwr -- Bibliotheca Alexandrina Webcast
http://linuxawy.org/node/28 -- how to get those streams working
-- Impression by GerardM, who was there
http://tinyurl.com/6fu5hy -- and also one from User:Pfctdayelise

[Most read] - The English Wikinews has a new page that displays the  
top 20 of the most read articles of the last hour. This is not done by  
MediaWiki but by means of the Domas's wikistats.

[The Other Side] - Once was it a mystery and cause to speculation how  
the dark side of the Moon would look like. Now the question is raised;  
how does the other side of the Wikipedia globe looks like?

=== Other news ===

[Knol] - Google has gone live with their project to create user  
written information articles. It is not like Wikipedia in the sense  
that an article is owned by an author, at least as default. When you  
start a new "knol" you can also allow everyone to edit if logged in.  
That author can write about what he wishes to write, even when there  
is already an article about that topic. Other people can give a rating  
(stars) and give comments. Authors received a part of the earnings of  
the advertisements displayed on there articles if the switch the  
advertisements on. The default license is "Creative Commons  
Attribution 3.0". It is currently not clear of the GFDL-licence that  
Wikipedia is using is compatible. But you can also pick a licence that  
does not allow commercial use or you can disallow all use elsewhere.  
So knol be very open or very restrictive depending on what you chose  
as author of a knol.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PYO-fN_VgU -- Jimmy Wales gives his  
idea about Knol & Wikipedia

[China] - The Chinese language Wikipedia is now, months after the  
unblocking of the other languages editions, also unblocked. At least  
in some parts of China. It is expected the will be blocked again as  
soon as the Olympic fire is extinguished.

=== Quote ===

Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its  
numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed  
crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new  
world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of  
the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was naught but  
a follower.

from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9
(10th Edition)

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