GCS Step 1

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wikizine - number: 44

Technical news
  • [Portal] - Wikibooks has now also its own real portal. It used to point to a page on the wiki to act as portal. The portal is in Wikipedia-style.
  • [vanity/vandalism] - Our CEO posted a strong statement about corporate vanity/vandalism-articles. Corporates created non-encyclopedic articles and when the are removed that call the office of the WMF to complain about it. That advice of Brad is to be firm and remove that type of articles and block the users.
  • [Copyvio] - The french news agency "Agence France Presse" has used text from the article about the Amish from the DE Wikipedia in a news report. So far no problem. What is a problem is that the have not given any attribution to Wikipedia like is required by the GFDL-licence. When contacted by Wikipedian Mathias Schindler the AFP office confirmed that the text was from Wikipedia and stated that this was against "AFP policy" because "wikipedia is not a citable source". They refuse to retract or amend the story with proper attribution for Wikipedia and the license. AFP sued Google News in 2005 because in AFP's point of view, Google was violating their copyright with there "google news" service.
Other news
  • [+20] - A new batch of 20 new Wikipedias has been created.
    Wu (wuu:), Mazandarani (mzn:),Newar / Nepal Bhasa (new:), Lak (lbe:), Emilian-Romagnol / Sammarinese (eml:), Buryat (Russia) (bxr:), Upper Sorbian (hsb:),Novial (nov:),Pangasinan (pag:),Bavarian (bar:), Bishnupriya Manipuri (bpy:), Zazaki (diq:), Zealandic (zea:), Tarantino (roa-tara:), Zamboanga Chavacano (cbk-zam:), Classical Chinese (zh-classical:), Old Church Slavonic (cu:), Siberian/Nort Russian (ru-sib:), Gilaki (glk:), Min Dong (cdo:
Was ist das?
POV: Point of View, the way how things are according the person who writes it
NPOV: Neutral point of view, core value of the WMF-projects.

What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little
The only consequence is what we do. - John Ruskin http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Ruskin

Editor(s): Walter Contains text from: Mathias Schindler

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