GCS Step 1

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Year: 2006 Week:3 Number:9

=== Technical news ===

[+] plus signs are now allowed in titles.

[Test] test wiki runs from the current NFS copy of MediaWiki. Changes to
the code will generally appear here a few minutes before they appear on
the rest of the Wikimedia wikis.

=== Foundation ===

[Steward] the board approved 9 new stewards.

[post-Q4 fund drive] Officially the fund drive is over. But there is
still the "Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales's personal appeal for
donations" on most wikis. And that seems to work. There are still very
nice amounts of donations coming in. Donations of 100 dollar/euro are
not uncommon. And even very large donations; $15000,00 from Jeff Minor.

=== Community ===

[Frau] The Germans have found the most NPOV-woman. Still looking for a man.

=== Media ===

[The power of Google] Google celebrating the birthday of Louis Braille
generated nearly 600 edits to that article on the English Wikipedia in
24 hours.

[Sex offender] arrested partly because of information found on en.Wikipedia

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

... that if you give a user/ipadress a block and if that user is all
ready blocked it is the shortest block that counts?


sysop John gives user betty1995 a block of 1 hour.
sysop Marjet gives also user betty1995 a block but of 2 weeks.

Betty1995 will be blocked for one hour. The block of 2 weeks is canceled
together with the end of the block of 1 hour.

=== Q4 fund drive Quotes ===

"I do hope knowledge will spread and defeat violence which is caused by
ignorance" by francesco pirotti
"I feel truly privileged to be living in a time when I can participate
in something as world-changing as Wikipedia etc. – keep it up!" by anonymous
"Truly I cannot put a price on how much Wikipedia has helped in my
studies, my work and in my general interests. More than that it has
expanded my horizons and given inspiration. Thank you." by anonymous
"Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when
there is nothing more to take away." by Richard Hough
"Can you believe they let someone like me write about thermodynamics?"
by anonymous
"Stop wasting time reading comments and write an article!" by Eric Towers

Editor(s): Shizhao, Walter