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Year: 2011 Week: 36 Number: 125
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Community ===
[Stewards election] - Candidate submission will last up to September
7th. Voting will be held between September 15th and October 6th.
[Writing contest] - In 2004 the Dutch language Wikipedia was the first
Wikipedia to organize a writing contest. Now at the 1th of September
already the 8th edition will start and run for 2 months. Users can
work alone or in a team on an article of their choice. At the end the
jury will award the prizes to the winners; an image of the trophy they
can put on their user pages.
[Research committee] - Next Research committee meeting will be held on
[Project closures] - Scots Wikipedia proposed for closure; proposal
rejected during the same day. Proposals for Inuktitut and Old English
Wikipedias closure rejected, while proposal for Asturianu Wikibooks
closure accepted using the standard procedure.
=== Other news ===
[WikiLoves Monuments] - Have a date with a monument and send the proof
to Commons! And, you never know, you may win one of many nice prizes.
WikiLoves Monuments is project in 18 European countries to get quality
pictures of important items of cultural heritage. It is organized by
national groups, with the exception of the program representing the
Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - which is one
project that crosses state lines and includes several languages.
The project takes the form of an image contest. The user needs to
upload their pictures to Commons in September. A national jury,
depending on the country where the monument is located, will judge and
proclaim the winners and award prizes. But the best prize is to get
freely licensed pictures of our heritage out there.
http://www.wikilovesmonuments.eu/ --- see menu at the right for list
of participating country's
http://tinyurl.com/3bzt2oc -- Wikimedia Germany about WikiLoves
Monuments (google translation)
=== Technical news ===
[AbuseFilter] - this is an extension for MediaWiki, which helps
prevent vandalism on wikis, and is now active on all wikis. Before you
needed to ask (via a bugzilla request) to enable it for your wiki.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Edit_filter -- documentation about it
=== Foundation ===
[Results are in] - ... of the editor survey of April 2011. The actual
report is available as a PDF on Meta. But there is also an extensive
summary on Meta. And if that is also too long to read for you - check
out the Wikipedia Signpost - they will probably give a short summary
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editor_Survey_2011 -- actual report here!
=== Chapters ===
[Wikipedia.no] - YES! - The Chapter Wikimedia Norway has unanimously
decide to make the domain wikipedia.no a portal page instead of
pointing it to the bokmål version of Wikipedia. In many countries the
first thing internet users enter is <name>+national TLD when they look
for a website. By sharing this important internet real estate other,
mostly very small, Wikipedias in languages of that county get exposure
to visitors. Others, like wikipedia.be and wikipedia.be made this
change long ago. Some, like wikipedia.de , choose not to.
http://tinyurl.com/3l7cchr -- WM Norway press release about it (Google
[Chapters Planet] - There are many WM Chapters so a special blog
aggregator for all the postings by them seemed to be a good idea. User
Bence, a student in Hungary, is offering this service at
chaptersplanet.org Also is there an applet with the chapters twitter
[Wikimedia Washington DC] - Wiki Society of Washington, DC Inc. has
been approved by Chapters committee as sub-national chapter under the
name Wikimedia District of Columbia. It is now before the Board for
discussion and approval.
[Wikimedia Hungary] - Wikimedia Hungary published their report for May 2011.
[Wikimedia Sweden] - Wikimedia Sweden published their report for June
and July 2011.
[Wikimedia Denmark] - Wikimedia Denmark published their report for July 2011.
http://tinyurl.com/3kvnwxm -- Google translation
[Iberocoop] - Report from Wikimania published by Wikimedia Argentina
http://www.wikimedia.org.ar/node/45 (in Spanish)
http://tinyurl.com/3g3vsyh -- Google translation
[Women and Wikimedia] - Wikimedia UK published report "Girl Geeks V.
Wikimeet ? An exercise in real-time collaboration"
[Wikimedia UK] - Wikimedia UK published report for July 2011.
=== Meetups ===
[RegioWikiCamp Brest (France)] - September 2, 2011
[Hong Kong 57] - September 16, 2011
[Manchester wikimeet] - September 17, 2011
[Berkeley Wikipedia Meetup] - September 17, 2011
(Meetups section is filled from Wikipedia:Meetup page at English
Wikipedia. Please, add your meetup there and it will be published by
=== Media ===
[Wikipedia Signpost] - Volume 7, Issue 34 ? 22 August 2011 has been
published. Stories in this edition: Journalist regrets not checking
citation, PR firms issue advice on how to ?survive? Wikipedia (but
U.S. Congressman caught red-handed), Girl Geeks edit while they dine,
JJ Harrison on avian photography, After eleven moves, name for islands
now under arbitration.
=== Stats ===
[Wikipedia] - July 2011 was the best July ever by the number of very
active users for Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian,
Indonesian, French and many more Wikipedias.
=== In the news ===
[News.com.au] - Article "The Wikipedia article 'philosophy game' in
numbers" published in news.com.au
[Daily India] - Daily India published article about Wikimedia India
(although wrongly named "Wikipedia-India")
[Jimmy Wales on BBC] - Jimmy Wales will appear at BBC Radio 3's Free
Thinking Festival 2011 begin November.
[Network World] - Network World authors Jim Metzler and Steve Taylor
think that Wikipedia "is an open source, peer-reviewed online
[Inquirer News] - Inquirer News author Paolo G. Montecillo thinks that
"Wikipedia is our smartest teacher".
=== From Wikipedia ===
[Khat] - Khat is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and
the Arabian Peninsula. It contains the alkaloid called cathinone, an
amphetamine-like stimulant which is said to cause excitement, loss of
appetite, and euphoria. Khat is so popular in Yemen that its
cultivation consumes much of the country's agricultural resources. It
is estimated that 40% of the country's water supply goes towards
irrigating it, with production increasing by about 10% to 15% every
[Kingdom Tower] - Kingdom Tower is a supertall skyscraper approved for
construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Its preliminary cost is 1.23
billion USD and it will be tall at least 1,000 meters, becoming the
tallest building in the world.
[Louie Louie] - In February, 1964, an outraged parent wrote to Robert
Kennedy, then the Attorney General of the United States, alleging that
the lyrics of "Louie Louie" were obscene. The Federal Bureau of
Investigation investigated the complaint. In June 1965, the FBI
laboratory obtained a copy of the Kingsmen recording and, after two
years of investigation, concluded that the recording could not be
interpreted, that it was "unintelligible at any speed" [...]
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