GCS Step 1

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Year: 2007 Week: 07 Number: 61

Suggestion for help
  • [de.wikizine] - Several people have started with a translation of Wikizine in there language but stopped after a couple of weeks. The latest attempt is a German language translation. The user who is trying to get that started will be offline for a couple of weeks.  If there is a German speaker who wants to give it a try you are free to do so.
  • [%] - Have you ever wondered what uses the most bandwidth on Wikipedia? Well, 44.50% of bandwidth is uploads (images, video), 18.51% articles, 10.67% non-article pages, 8.66% skins-css, 5.73% skins-js, 7.59% skins-image, and 4.36% other.
  • [es.wp] - The Spanish-language edition of Wikipedia has passed the 200,000 article mark. This is quite an impressive achievement. The Spanish Wikipedia is also one of the oldest Wikipedias. Back in February 2002, they encountered some difficulty when many of the editors left the Wikipedia family and created a fork, La Enciclopedia Libre. After the fork, the Spanish Wikipedia slowed down quite a bit, having very few editors and very little activity. The community was almost completely gone, and the fork became the largest free Spanish encyclopedia. But, over time, the ES Wikipedia again came to life and overtook the fork. Now the ES Wikipedia has 200,000 articles and the fork, Enciclopedia Libre, a mere +/- 35,000 articles. Luckily in this case forking only slowed down the Spanish Wikipedia.
  • [hu.wp] - The Hungarian Wikipedia is now one of the biggest wikis, having reached the 50,000 article mark. Like many wikis do, they are in the process of choosing a special logo to commemorate the event. At first, however, there was some confusion about what the 50,000th article was. Eventually it was determined that [[ w:hu:Kettős kockázat (Csillagkapu)]] was the 50,000th article, a page about a Stargate episode. The hu.wp has received some limited but positive press attention due to this accomplishment.
Other news
  • [Google] - has added a new feature. If you include "info" or "information" in the search box, the first result should be the English language Wikipedia article, if it exists. This works only on the English Google. Do not put to much trust in it. It works but not always. Some articles can not be found this way like when you look for " info United States"
  • [WikiXRay] - A project to develop a robust and expandable software tool for quantitative analysis of Wikipedia is under development. This tool would make it easier to create graphics and statistical results of vital statistics from any language wikipedia automatically. It is being developed by José Felipe Ortega, of the Libresoft Group (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain). A Python software tool has already been released. Anyone interested in contributing in any form (developers, graphic interfaces builders, beta-testers, bug-hunters, people with additional proposals...) is welcome to contact [[ meta:User:GlimmerPhoenix]] <glimmer_phoenix AT yahoo DOT es>
Did you know ...
... you can include a "recent revisions" menu to the your Monobook skin?

The result is that when you view a page you can get clean list of who has edited that page and when. Just try it. If you do not like it you can revert. To install this extension:

Go to your monobook.js file. If you can not find it, paste [[Special:Mypage/monobook.js]] on your userpage and use the link. Paste the code below onto the page;

document.write('<scr'+'ipt type="text/javascript"'
  + 'src="http://nl.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gebruiker:JePe/recentrevisionsbox.js'
  + '&action=raw&ctype=text/javascript&dontcountme=s"></scr'+'ipt>');

Most likely you will not see anything at first. To get around this problem, you need to clear your browser's cache. For IE6.0; extra -> Internet options -> General -> Temporary Internet files -> Delete files -> select option and  "ok". For other browsers, you should be able to figure it out for yourself.

Refresh, see left upper menu. The section is in Dutch or English, works on all wikis. Credit for this extension goes to [[w:nl:gebruiker:JePe ]]

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