GCS Step 1

Monday, March 06, 2006

Wikizine - number: 16

=== Technical news ===

[E-mail] Wikipedia e-mail confirmation has been enabled. To receive
Wikipedia e-mail, you must go to Special:Confirmemail, request a code,
and follow the link in the e-mail. The reason is that Wikimedias
mailserver is blacklisted by SpamCop, allegedly for sending mail to
spamtrap addresses.

[Conversion] sr WP now start Cyrillic alphabet ←→ Latin alphabet
automatic conversion.

=== Policy ===

[OFFICE] New authority level on the EN Wikipedia; "Office actions". The
Wikimedia Foundations receives frequently emails or phone calls with
complaints about articles on the EN Wikipedia. Some complaint's need
swift action on the wiki as a responds to those complaints. To able to
do this to "Office" is created. "Office" members can take actions that
override all other policies. Reverting actions done by the office is not
allowed. Currently all office actions need personal permission of Jimbo.
But this can change.

=== Community ===

[Close] The Moldovan Wikipedia votes to close its doors and instead use
the Romanian Wikipedia.

=== Media ===

[Yahoo!] adds more Wikipedia links, new functionality has been added to
Yahoo searches which return Wikipedia articles in the results.

=== Stats ===

[1 million] The English language Wikipedia has reached 1,000,000
articles. Jordanhill railway station has been certified as the milestone
article. The deleted "One million articles" article nearly made it but
instead came in at number 999,999.

=== Other news ===

[iPod] Wikipedia is now available for the iPod. Currently only EN (753
MB), DE (321 MB) and IT (71 MB). Other languages can be created upon
request. For Win, Linux and Mac. *Use this software at your own risk. It
might damage your iPod, void your warranty or blow up your golden hamster.*

[MMN] Abid Ullah Jan - Wikipedia: A tool for expediting the clash of
"Wikipedia needs to do away with its controversial, biased and
hate-inciting material taken out of the work of hate-mongers. Otherwise,
the only way left for those in search of truth and those working for
peace among people of different faiths is to avoid Wikipedia,
particularly its articles on social and religious matters."

[Firefox] It seems the the Mozilla Corporation decides against adding
Wikipedia to Firefox search box.

=== Wikizine ===

[Announce-l] The digest function of this list is broken. The digests
where not send out automatically. Because of this digest subscribers of
Wikizine have not received Wikizine like it should be. There has come no
responds on the BugZilla ticket about this problem. Because of this the
list settings are now changed. Announce-l does not support the digest
option anymore. All digest subscribers are changed to regular subscribers.

[Licence] The licence of Wikizine is the GNU Free Documentation License
because Wikizine is constructed on Meta and Meta falls under that
licence. GNU/FDL covers all previous editions of Wikizine.

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

... that your computer can do also something for "the good cause" when
your are Wikifying?

We are all volunteers working to the WMF-projects working for whatever
reason, but not for making money. This is not eBay. But when you working
on the wikis is for your computer not really a challenge. You can
donate your CPU-power to be used for something possibly not completely
utterly useless. The BBC Climate prediction project.

A project to do scientific study by using many computers to run
simulations of the evolution of the climate. You need a client for
Windows or linux.

Join this project and the Wikimedia-team;

=== MediaZilla-IRC Quotes ===

- "NPOV is not just our secret sauce, it's a shield. (It's a dessert wax
*and* a floor topping.)" - David Gerard on wikien-l (Feb)
- It was a bad idea. The users made me do it. -- Tim Starling in wikitech-l
- The parser is a little dirty... OK maybe more than a little.
- Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.
- [Brion Vibber] A captcha of course is that annoying little thing that
makes you type in a word or code to continue, to prove that you're
probably not an abusive bot. (Or a blind person. Whoops!)

Editor(s): Walter, Shizhao