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Year: 2009  Week: 31  Number: 113


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


=== Technical news ===

[arwp: New namespace] - the Arabic Wikipedia Community has agreed to  
create a new namespace called "Supplement". It will contain most of  
date pages (days, months, years, decades, etc.), disambiguation pages  
and lists to give the exactly number of encyclopedic articles. There  
are about 6000 pages that will be moved to the new namespace.  It may  
be possible that your community would like to apply the same idea.
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=19357 -- bug report
http://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project:Supplement -- guideline of namespace

[Commons: Off-site archive] - A off site archive for Commons and the  
XML snapshots will be added. Thanks are due to eBart consulting and  
User:Milosh for proving a backup server and storage array at their  
colocation facility in Europe. This server will store archives of our  
publicly available data of Wikimedia Commons and the XML snapshots.
http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2009/07/were-adding-an-off-site-archive-for-commons-and-the-xml-snapshots/ -- techblog  

[Passwords plz] - Watchlistr.com was an outside site that asked for  
Wikimedia passwords in order aggregate user watchlists across all  
projects for them.  Although in this case it did not have a malicious  
intent, use of external sites asking for passwords place in risk the  
accounts used. Users are asked not to share their user password with  
any external site. Not even toolserver tools are allowed to request  
your password for any service. The site has now been shut down, and  
further analysis revealed that it had important vulnerabilities.  
Magnus Manske has created an alternative tool for people to use if  
they liked this feature.
-- initial thread
http://magnusmanske.de/MetaWatchlist/ -- alternative proposed by Magnus

[TS: Multi-maintainer tools] - the toolserver is pushing  
multi-maintainer tools and will be actively discouraging single  
maintainer ones. They want to encourage collaboration amongst  
toolserver users and make tools last even when one of the users  

[SVN account requests] - there's a new process for requesting SVN  
accounts to the MediaWiki source code.  Brion announced that he'll be  
going through the queue every week, so if you have request throw them  
up on MediaWiki wiki. ;-)
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/44683 --  
mailing list post
http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Commit_access_requests -- requests

=== Proposals ===

[Geonotice + Wikinews/Commons?] - Sage Ross recently proposed  
something interesting: using an opt-in geonotice (notice that displays  
based on the location of your IP) to show local reporting or  
photographing opportunities. Hopefully this will help with one of the  
great frustrations that inhibit original reporting.

=== Foundation ===

[Board elections: Voting] - the Foundation's Board elections has  
finally entered into the voting phase (voting is open until August 10)  
and translation is continuing.  Visit the Meta pages for election  
information (including a "Questions" page), the Wikipedia Signpost  
also has interviews with the candidates.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2009#voters -- voter  
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board_elections/2009/Translation --  
translation page
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2009-07-27/Board_elections#Candidate_interviews -- signpost  

[More donation buttons] - the second round of donation button designs  
has been posted, feedback is appreciated to determine which designs  
we'll end up using!

[Audit Committee] - the new members of the 2009-2010 Audit Committee  
have been announced.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2009-July/053280.html --  
foundation-l post

[wm2009: Registration] - Media Registration for Wikimania 2009 has  
opened.  For regular registration, there is a new update: it is also  
possible to extend your stay past the Wikimania dates, but you need to  
contact the hotel directly.
http://wikimania2009.wikimedia.org/wiki/Registration#Accommodations --  
extending stay options
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Wikimania_2009_Media_Registration -- media  

[Strategy: "Office Hours" & Wiki] - the Strategic Planning team has  
announced their "office hours" which are teams that they will be on  
the channel to answer questions and participate in discussions,  
everyone's invited!  The team has also "soft-launched" their wiki  
(most of its content is also available for translation).
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/40527 --  
soft-launch post

[TS donation] - the Wikimedia Foundation has awarded a US$40,000 grant  
to the Toolserver toward improving the toolserver's reliability. With  
that money they will buy three database servers, so they can keep two  
copies of each wiki database instead of just one. This should greatly  
improve the availability of up to date data in the wiki databases.
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/toolserver-l/2009-July/002278.html --  
http://journal.toolserver.org/entry/2009/07/29/wikimedia-foundation-grants-40000-to-the-toolserver/ -- blog  
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters/WMF_grants/WM_DE/Improve_toolserver_reliability -- original grant  

[Active ombudsmen?] - there was a discussion on the DE Wikipedia (and  
then foundation-l) about whether or not the Ombudsmen commission (the  
group that hears privacy violations) is actually fulfilling its  
mission actively.

=== Community ===

[NY Wiki-Conference] - the first New York City Wiki-Conference was a  
success with more than 100 people attending. The Signpost has a  
write-up about the event and there was also a twitter "report" with  
the tag #nywikiconference.
http://twitter.com/#search?q=%23nywikiconference -- twitter feed
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2009-07-27/Wiki-Conference -- signpost  

[Institutions editing] - the Tropenmuseum, a Dutch museum, was  
preparing to upload images to the Dutch Wikipedia until it's account  
was blocked due to its name. Erik Möller (User:Eloquence, Deputy  
Director WMF) suggested on Commons-l that this is something we want to  
avoid -- "these institutions are helping expand our content, we should  
Assume Good Faith and let our first impressions be friendly and  
http://ultimategerardm.blogspot.com/2009/07/tropenmuseum-is-blocked.html --  
Gerard's blog post on the museum
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.commons/5006 -- Erik's  
commons-l post

[WMUK: Schools project ML] - Wikimedia UK has started a new mailing  
list for its schools project, dedicated to creating a Wikipedia  
version with selected articles for schools.  Interested parties are  
welcome to subscribe.

=== Media ===

[Wikipedia flawed, but that's okay] - Wikipedia is a flawed and  
incomplete testament to the essential fallibility of human nature. An  
interesting blog post from the BBC about Wikipedia being okay. ;-)

[Mobile Wikipedia tips] - Wikipedia Expert Tips: How to Keep the Facts  
at Your Fingertips. The article talks about different ways to serve  
Wikipedia content, from tweaking the skin to a random article  
screensaver to mobile phone versions.

[NIH] - a few more media outlets have covered the National Institutes  
of Health Academy with article titles ranging from "Should you trust  
health advice from the web?" to "NIH Gets Schooled on Wikipedia".

[CK-12 Foundation] - Jimmy Wales joined the Advisory Board of the  
CK-12 Foundation, a Silicon Valley non-profit organization with a  
mission to provide online up-to-date and standards-aligned textbook  
content to K-12 students around the world.

[NPG] - the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies has  
sided with the National Portrait Gallery *against* Wikipedia, as the  
NPG incident continues.

[Jimmy on CNN Money] - Jimbo did a piece on "CNN Money" where he  
talked about Wikipedia's non-profit status and it's usability and  
stategic planning projects.

[Rorschach censors] - the New York Times covers the Rorschach  
controversy: whether or not we should include the ink blot tests in  
our articles (for "ethical reasons").

[WP has poor photos?] - the NY Times ran an article a few weeks ago  
called: "Wikipedia May Be a Font of Facts, but It?s a Desert for  
Photos" which pointed out that Wikipedia has some trouble with good  
quality pictures in its articles (especially ones of celebrities).  
This caused a bit of controversy on the mailing lists, with image  
contributors complaining that the Foundation didn't steer the article  
in the right direction -- highlighting good works instead of bad ones.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/20/arts/20funny.html -- article
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/foundation-l/2009-July/053282.html --  
mailing list thread

=== Stats ===

[50k] - the Galician and Nynorsk (Norwegian) Wikipedias have both  
reached 50,000 articles.

[mhr.wp] - the Meadow Mari Wikipedia is less than a month old and  
already has over 500 articles (almost 600)!

=== Other news ===

[Facebook] - the Wikipedia fan page on Facebook, managed by Cary Bass  
(Bastique) Volunteer Coordinator WMF, now has a URL. If you use  
Facebook, make sure to add yourself as a fan.

[Wikipedia Art] - some awesome posters/t-shirts from last year have  
resurfaced, they display people with a common theme: "I [edit]  
Wikipedia".  They show ordinary people surrounded by words that  
display their editing interest depending upon their personality.

[Attracting newbies?] - David Gerard pointed out an interesting  
article with tips about attracting newbies and making them effective.  
Although the author is talking about software development, it  
definitely could relate to our projects.

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

... parody is the highest form of flattery?

[Bigipedia] - BBC Radio launched a "broadwebcasting" show parodying  
the internet by mocking pop-ups, search boxes and other aspects of  
online activity. Produced and directed by Pozzitive, the four-part  
series is called 'Bigipedia' and has taken its inspiration from  
Wikipedia. If you can appreciate British humor, check it out.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00lpr29/Bigipedia_Episode_1/ --  
first episode (30 min)

Editor(s): Casey, Alex, Platonides
Thanks to: OsamaK, Rand, Stu, Sage, Daniel Kinzler, Skenmy, Frederic,  
Brion, Jay, Philippe, David, River, Roan, Galio, Cary, Signpost, Gerard
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Bigipedia episode 1 is not longer available on the BBC website.
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