GCS Step 1

Monday, January 23, 2006

Year: 2006 Week:4 Number:10

=== Technical news ===

[Anonnotice] - The MediaWiki-page [[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]] for putting a
notice on top of every page of the wiki and used for things like the fund
drives, is now divided. The notice put on [[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]] is only
displayed to logged-on users. The new MediaWiki-page
[[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]] is for showing a notice only to anonymous users.
So if you need to display a notice to all users you need to modify
"[[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]]" and "[[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]]".

If you put {{:MediaWiki:Sitenotice}} inside [[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]] then
everything will behave as before.

[Stewards] can now again set rigths for the wikis hosted on the
Korean/Yahoo cluster. Those are ja.wikipedia, ko.wikipedia, ms.wikipedia
and th.wikipedia - Stewards are users who can give and revoke user rights
(like sysop) of any user on any Wikimedia project.

[Semi-protection] Semi-protection enabled on the Spanish Wikipedia and the
Japanese Wikinews.

[Namespace] French language Wikipedia has begun using a new namespace for
references cited within articles.

=== Request for help ===

[Spam Filter] Project startup. Addresses deficiencies in existing
SpamBlacklist extension and $wgSpamRegex. It is now in the proposal phase
and is reviewing requirements and seeking developers. The idea is to give
maximum control at the local wiki to protected against spam.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jwalling - project coordinator

=== Policy ===

[ProtectSection] There is a new vote in wikisource.org. It is about
whether you want ProtectSection to be enabled.

=== Foundation ===

[Trademark] The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted
a trademark registration for the term "Wikipedia" to the Wikimedia

[Chapter News] from the Serbia and Montenegro chapter

=== Community ===

[Lawsuit] against the Wikimedia Foundation Inc. by the parents of the
deceased German hacker Boris Floricic (aka Tron), because the article in
the German language Wikipedia about this person contains his full name (at
the same time his full name actually is on many websites at the moment).
The national domain wikipedia.de is because of this not longer redirecting
to the DE Wikipedia. Some media incorrectly reports that German language
is down or has been down because of this.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/20/wikipedia_shutdown/ - examples of
incorrect journalism

[9/11wiki] wiki move proposal. The sep11 wiki is a memorial wiki about the
9/11 attacks. (WTC-towers, New York, USA)

[Bye-bye 2005] The Signpost has written a overview of 2005. It is from the
viewpoint of the English language Wikipedia of course but still

=== Media ===

[Copycat] Reporter who plagiarized Wikipedia gets fired

=== Stats ===

[Commons] the wiki for free media now contains over 400,000 files.

[Tools] Contributions Tree Tool allows users to scrutinize their edits by
namespace and by number of edits.

=== Other news ===

[Department of Fun] good place for inspiration for how to waste your time.

[NotWikipedia] Encyclopediadramatica - "It's like Wikipedia on crack,
heroin, and meth all at once."

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

... that besides Wikizine there are also other internal news media?

Probably the best known is "The Wikipedia Signpost" of the English
language Wikipedia. It is web based and setup like a newspaper and is
written by a small team of editors... The Signpost is now one year old.

A older one it the "Wikikurier, Das Wikipedia Nachrichtenblatt" fo the
German language Wikipedia. It is around since the end of 2003. This is
only a announcement page, but it is a beauty of a announcement page. It is
constantly updated.

So far as known is that it. The Chinese language Wikipedia has done a
attempt to make a Chinese Signpost, but it seems dead.


If you know about other initiatives like those on other Wikimedia projects
please inform Wikizine about this. The are a very valuable source of
information for Wikizine.

=== Quote ===

"acknowledge the reality that there is no way that all bad edits out of a
current rate of around a million edits a week (soon to be ten million no
doubt) will be caught. Not only a slim chance; zero chance. If legal
issues make this intolerable, instead of making a pointless and annoying
gesture, do something concrete and move the servers to an offshore
jurisdiction, as PartyGaming operates from Gibraltar due to the dubious
legal status of online poker." (anonymous)

Editor(s): Shizhao, Walter, Oscar