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Year: 2011 Week: 36 Number: 126
An independent internal news bulletin
for the members of the Wikimedia community
=== Wikizine ===
[Wikizine] - you may have have noticed changes to Wikizine in the most
recent editions. This is under the impulse of user Millosh who has
taken the lead in relaunching Wikizine. We love to hear your ideas and
feedback about this.
[Your reports] - Post your news for the next edition of Wikizine on
Meta or in our Google form.
=== Technical news ===
[Wikipedia for Android 1.0] - A non-free software called "Wikipedia
for Android 1.0" has been published. It doesn't look to be affiliated
with the WMF.
[Engineering report] - Wikimedia engineering report for August 2011 published.
=== Request for help ===
[Tech help] - Tech volunteers needed for Hurricane Irene relief.
=== Foundation ===
[Report for July] - Wikimedia Foundation published report for July 2011.
[Editors survey] - Wikimedia Foundation published report for editors
survey for April 2011.
=== Chapters ===
[Silver Knowledge Project] - Wikimedia Germany has a project "Projekt
Silberwissen" or "Silver Knowledge Project", which aims to teach older
people how to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Between July 1st and
3rd the first such project was held in the city of Ulm.
http://tinyurl.com/3r2vt43 (Google translate)
==== Chapters reports ====
[Wikimedia Germany] - Wikimedia Germany published report for July 2011.
[Wikimedia Israel] - Wikimedia Israel published report for August 2011.
[Wikimedia Hungary] - Wikimedia Hungary published report for June and
[Wikimedia Austria] - Wikimedia Austria published report for August 2011.
=== Community ===
[Blogs about Wikimedia translators] - Philippe Beaudette suggests
reading a blog post series about Wikimedia translators by Julie
[Language committee] - Language committee has published the August 2011 report
=== Events ===
[Stewards election] - Candidate submission will last until September
7th. Voting will be held between September 15th and October 6th.
[Wiki Loves Monuments] - Wiki Loves Monuments takes off.
[New Orleans Hackathon] - In a letter to Wikizine editors, Sumana
Harihareswara informs us about a New Orleans Hackathon, which would
take place between October 14th and 16th:
"We've now chosen a focus for the New Orleans Wikimedia/MediaWiki
developers' days! The theme of this event: "the infrastructure of
innovation". We're going to improve and discuss the Wikimedia Labs
projects infrastructure and other stuff that makes it easier for
anyone to supercharge Wikimedia with awesomeness. We're going to work
on our gadgets/extensions/tools support, authorization/authentication
strategy, dev-ops virtualization, and general training and hacking.
It's mostly going to be dev sprints and bugsmashing, with some
discussion and workshops. The event is open to anyone who wants to
come and contribute, and is an opportunity to spend time with senior
MediaWiki developers & ops engineers, write beautiful code, and learn
about the latest developments."
=== Meetups ===
[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] - A new edition of Wikipedia Signpost has been
published. In this edition you can find stories such as: Effective
collaboration leads to earlier article promotion, Deleted revisions in
the English Wikipedia, Wikipedia and open-access repositories, Quality
of featured articles doesn't always impress readers, and more.
=== In the news ===
[8 minutes] - Wikipedia needed just 8 minutes to cover an earthquake
in Virginia on August 23rd.
[Hudong] - The biggest single-language encyclopedia, Chinese Hudong,
raised 100M RMB (15.6M USD).
[Jimmy Wales on China] - Jimmy Wales interviewed by the Huffington
Post, talks about China.
[User:Hylian Auree and Hurricane Irene] - Daily Dot reports about 17
year old Wikipedian Hylian Auree, who was the most active editor on
the Wikipedia article about Hurricane Irene.
[Selling links or not?] - WMF's Sustaining corporate donors page
presented in a sensationalistic way: "Wikipedia Selling Links For
[Positive Psychology News on Wikipedia] - Positive Psychology News
author Shannon Polly calls on university professors to assign students
to work on Wikipedia.
=== From Wikipedia ===
[Santa Claus Conquers the Martians] - "Santa Claus Conquers the
Martians" is a 1964 movie considered as one of the worst movies in the
history of cinematography. This holiday staple was the creation of
Nicholas Webster. When Martian children get to see Santa Claus only on
TV, their parents decide to abduct Santa to make them happy. Like many
others in this category, it has been featured in Mystery Science
Theater 3000. The film is cited on a 10-worst list in The Book of
Lists, in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. It is also known for
starring a very young Pia Zadora. Cinematic Titanic released a
production of the movie in November 2008.
[Southern barbarian trade period] - Nanban trade or Southern barbarian
trade period in Japanese history extends from the arrival of the first
Europeans (Portuguese) to Japan in 1543, to their near-total exclusion
from the archipelago in 1614, under the promulgation of the "Sakoku"
[Holocene extinction] - The Holocene extinction refers to the
extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around
10,000 BC) generally from the impact of humans. The large number of
extinctions span numerous families of plants and animals including
mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods; a sizeable
fraction of these extinctions are occurring in the rainforests. 875
extinctions occurring between 1500 and 2009 have been documented by
the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural
=== Quote ===
"Look horses! ... Not pretty,. Really not pretty." -- POV of a 2-year
old girl about the current line of "My Little Pony" as seen in a toy
Thanks to: Sumana
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