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          Anno Domini MMXII   Week II   Number CXXXI

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


=== Foundation ===

[Terms Of Use] - On websites the "Terms of Use" are what most of us  
frequently indicate to agree with but never reed. Also Wikipedia has a  
"Terms of Use". A "Terms of use" for Wikipedia came only to existence  
years after its founding and remained very basic. Until now. In  
original Wikimedia style a new Terms Of use have been written by the  
community at Meta. It is more extensive then the current but it  
remains, for a "Terms of Use", relative short and very readable. The  
WMF board still needs to approve it before it can replaces the current  
"Terms of Use".     http://blog.wikimedia.org/2011/12/31/terms-of-use/
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use -- New "Terms of Use"  
(final community draft)

[The Annual Fundraiser] - Despite the economic problems of the world -  
the Wikimedia Foundation did it again. The goal is every year higher  
but the donations follow. The WMF has raised the new record amount of  
20 million US dollar in the fundraiser that just now ended. The  
miracle of the WMF business model to just ask for money keeps working.  
But even a miracle needs some help. Last year the WMF spend 1,8 USD $  
on fundraising. The operating budget of the WMF will increase in  
spending in 2011-12 compared with 2010-11 with $9.8 million. 28.3  
million USD will be the current budget. The gap between the raised  
amount and the budget is closed by several grants and continuous  
donations. 44% of the budget will go to running the actual  
web-infrastructure. 24% will go to management, finance and  
administration. A tiny fraction smaller, 23% of the budget, is under  
the label "Other programs". The Community department and the Global  
Development department falls under that slice. The rest are  
fundraising costs. Best read the annual plan if you wish to know more.

[Grant of $3.6 Million] - The Stanton Foundation -, a long term funder  
of the WMF, donated $3.6 million USD (2,61 Million EUR) to the  
Wikimedia Foundation. This is the largest grant ever received by the  

=== Technical news ===

[https] - It was already possible to login to the projects by means of  
a secure connection but that was by means of a  
"https://secure.wikimedia.org" -type of link. Now the usable links  
work. Just add the "s" to the protocol. This works on all Wikimedia  
wikis. Using https is not yet the default option when you login. If  
you wish to use it you need to enter it manually.

[Article Feedback] - A new article feedback system is in testing at EN  
Wikipedia. A previous version used a star-system the the reader could  
give to articles. The new one uses a different approach. It does not  
asks to give points but the give real textual reader feedback. More  
like a very easy comment function like on blogs and news sites. Only  
are the comments not posted. Currently the collected data is only for  
testing and not public. The idea is that editors will be able to  
assess the feedback in the future. The test runs on limited number of  
articles on EN Wikipedia.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_%28operating_system%29  --  
example article with the new feedback function

=== Movement ===

[Al Jazeera] - The media company Al Jazeera, mostly know for its  
television stations, is releasing a large part of the pictures and  
video's the make under a Creative Commons license (CC BY 3.0). This is  
very, very great news. Wikinews and Wikipedia now have access to  
recent quality material for there articles about topics that would be  
nearly impossible otherwise.

=== Media ===

[Wikipedia Vs. Britannica] - It is not original but always interesting  
to read; compare the articles of Wikipedia with those of Britannica  
and other classic sources by academics. The reaserch is published in  
the peer-reviewed medical journal "Psychological Medicine". To read  
the actual article you can "buy" the article for $45 or "rent" it for  
$5,99. Luckily the Singpost is not so silly.
http://tinyurl.com/6mzosac -- free read

=== Events and meetups ===

[Wikipedia Day] - next week, Sunday, it will be once more Wikipedia  
Day; the founding day of Wikipedia. The 15th of January Wikipedia will  
be become 11-years old. Several community's will hold a wiki-meetup in  
honour or Wikipedia Day in India, Mexico, United Kingdom, United  
States .... see link and check your local community.

=== Other news ===

[Illustrators] - An art and design school in Barcelona and the Catalan  
foundation "Friends of Wikipedia" have made a partnership in which 6  
illustration students are doing their final degree creating images  
that will be incorporated under free licenses to Wikimedia Commons to  
illustrate some Wikipedia articles.

[Wikiriffs] - "Every week or so I go to Wikipedia, click Random  
Article, and write a song about whatever comes up."

=== Wikizine ===

[?] - between mid August and the end of September there was a short  
but strong burst of Wikizines in different new editions, new emerging  
concepts for Wikizine. This was under the direction of the new lead  
editor of Wikizine User Milos. Unfortunately it was a short candle  
that burned out very fast. This Wikizine is once more a "Classic  
edition". No more "News", "Talk" of "Opinion" editions. It is  
constructed once more by User:Walter. Realistically speaking Wikizine  
is dead since long. This edition and possible future editions are the  
product just of plain stubbornness to continue more or less despite  
any objective reason to do so. In that spirit I also wish to point out  
that Wikizine is still also online at Gopher-space. The wikizine.org  
domain is just renewed for two years so in any case that will remain  
online for the near future. Happy new year! -- User:Walter

=== Request for help ===

[WikiLovesMonuments] -  The photo contest. Edition 2010 was only in  
the Netherlands. Edition 2011 was in many European country's and very  
successful. Will the edition of 2012 be a truly global event? Would  
you be interested in organizing a Wiki Loves Monuments in 2012 in your  
country? Would you like to know more? See the links below and join the  
mailing list.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2012 --  
first steps for the 2012 edition
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_2011_winners -  
see the winners of 2011
http://www.wikilovesmonuments.eu/ -- main website of WLM
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikilovesmonuments  --  
join the mailing list

[Babel] - The Babel extension is a system to indicate what languages  
you speak and at what level. Your invited to check of in your language  
everything is (correctly) translated.

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

... that it very easy to get a QRcode for any Wikipedia article?

A QR code a square barcode that is used to point to online resources  
that people can lookup with there mobile device. The website  
QRpedia.org makes it very easy make a code for any Wikipedia article.  
The code is language independent. When used it will return to the user  
the Wikipedia article about that topic in the language of the user  
based on the language settings of the mobile device. This system is  
used in several museums to provide multi-language extra information.

=== Quote ===

"jimmy_wales; I am proud to announce that the Wikipedia domain names  
will move away from GoDaddy. Their position on #sopa is unacceptable  
to us.  23 Dec Twitter."

Our Chairman Emeritus takes a political standpoint against a new US  
law that could threat online freedom of speech.

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