GCS Step 1

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Year: 2006 Week:2 Number: 8

=== Technical news ===

[[Special:Disambiguations]] works again on all Florida-cluster wikis.
You just have to make sure that the template being used to flag
disambiguation pages is correctly set in: [[MediaWiki:Disambiguationspage]]

It must be part of the template:namespace ( aka template: ).


[[Special:Unwatchedpages]], the page where you can see the pages that
are not on someone's watchlist. If you are sysop you can find it in the
"Restricted special pages"-section. It lists just the first 1000 pages
(not 5000) and is only periodically updated.

[Wikitravel] The interwiki-links to Wikitravel are now functional to
more than only the English language Wikitravel. You can now link the
normal way to Wikitravel pages for all languages. [[wikitravel:xx:Name
of the page]] Wikitravel exist in EN, FR, RO, DE, SV, JA, NL.
To be clear about this; Wikitravel is not a wikimedia project. You can
use interwiki-links to many wikis outside the Wikimedia family.


=== Technical non-news ===

[Old search database] the database used for the search function is still
not updated. Articles created from at least December first 2004 can not
be found.

=== Request for help ===

[Wikipedia Day] Sunday the 15th will once again be Wikipedia Day. 5
years of Wikipedia! If people are interested to do something to
celebrate this, it is now high time to prepare.


=== Policy ===

[Wikimedia (TM)] The Wikimedia Foundation publicized "visual identity
guidelines". You may not copy them out of the Foundation website but
only provide a link to the page.


=== Politics ===

[Stewards elections 2006] The election ends 10th of January 2006. If you
have voted already: some late new candidates have arrived who may
deserve your attention...

=== Foundation ===

[Q4] the fund drive is now officially closed. The goal to raise at least
US$500,000 was not attained. The grand total at the end of the fund
drive day is $349.184,42 or 288.964,26 EUR.
A bit more is to be expected however, since some donations have not yet
been received, and also because since the start of the fund drive, the
donations on the Belgian Dexia bank account have not been counted,
because the balance is unknown. For reasons beyond comprehension the
Wikimedia Foundation has been unable to have online access to that account.


=== Community ===

[WikiStandards] A new project proposal by GerardM, the Ultimate
Wiktionary evangelist, deserves looking into.


=== Media ===

[Not on CNN for once] between December 24th and January 1st, the Italian
Wikipedia and Wikipedia in
general appeared three times on Italian TV: a 15-minutes special with
interviews during the news on RAI3 (public national network), an
interview with Frieda in "Futura City", a program on RAI2 (public
national network) and another interview with Frieda in "NetCafé", a
program on TeleLombardia (a regional TV station in Milan area).


[JOHO] Why the media can't get Wikipedia right: Stuck in its old model,
the media get the story backwards.


=== Stats ===

[Milestones] The English Wikipedia reaches 900,000 articles, at 20:43, 4
January 2006 (UTC). The German Wikipedia comes on the second place whit
338,000 articles.

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

... that you do not need to use the web-based upload form of your wiki
to upload files?

There are several solutions for bulk upload. The Commonist is an easy to
use application that works for all OS so long you have java-support for
your OS. So it works for Win/Mac/Linux.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Commonist_screenshot.png - on
Linux the Gui does not look so nice :(

You can easy upload many files to commons or the other wikis. You can
define default upload information or specific for every file. It creates
automatically a gallery of the uploaded files in

You can add more license templates (example);

and add
to the LICENSES array.

Other options are;

A upload bot, written in Perl. For the command line lovers. Unix,
Unix-like, Linux or Mac OS X.
Wikimedia Commonplace - Windows only; you need Microsoft .NET Framework
- possibly does not work (yet)


=== Q4 fund drive Quote ===

"Wikipedia has the potential for being an extraordinary resource, akin
to the Encyclopedia Galactica. But just as 'eternal vigilance is the
price of liberty', we all need to get personally involved!" by anonymous
"Thank you for showing us that the Internet isn't all about banner ads
or how many pages a search engine can index, but about presenting
accessible and relevant information in the languages that we speak." by
"Wikipedia is the most important development to human knowledge and
understanding since the printing press. Thank you to everyone that
contributes and improves it." by Charlie Wiederhold
"May the force be with Wikimedia. Greetings from India." by Chandan Haldar
"My own finances aren't too good at the moment, but Wikipedia is one of
the things that make life worth living." by anonymous
"Wikipedia got me through school!" by anonymous