GCS Step 1

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Year: 2007 Week: 24 Number: 74

Technical news
  • [Frameless] - New option for displaying an image; Frameless, like thumbnail, respects the user preferences for image width but without border and no right float. [[Image: Example.jpg|frameless]]
  • [Watch this page] - When changing the access level of page sysops have now also a box to put that page directly on your watchlist.
  • [New pages] - [[Special:Newpages]] now has option to display new pages from all namespace; not only from the main namespace.
  • [Block email] - When blocking a user or an IP, sysops now have option to also block the user or IP to send email using [[Special:Emailuser]]. String to localize; [[MediaWiki:Ipbemailban]]
Request for help
  • [Elections] - Candidates are been called for the election of to the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees. At least three positions will be filled from this election, with the elected members serving a two year term. Candidates have until 2007-06-23 23:59:59 UTC to become a candidate. Voting is expected to start on 2007-06-28. Wikizine will publish presentations of the candidates for so far the are interested in extra editons.
  • [Update data policy] - The board approved a new version of the "Access to nonpublic data policy". In this version it is not longer explicit necessary to provide proof of being at least 18 years old but it remains possible that it will be asked. People working on the emails send to the projects (OTRS) are not longer included in this policy but fall now under non specific instructions of the WMF office staff.
  • [The Wikinews Bulletin] - Following the success of EN Wikipedia's SignPost, New Wikinewise Daniel Bryant, establishes a EN Wikinews community newspaper that will appear every two weeks on Monday.
  • [Deleted] - The last image of Spanish Wikipedia has been erased, so it uses images from Commons only.
  • [Mirror] - Wikinews has a problem. It is writing news articles but an important channel for readers of news to find it, Google News, exclude it. This because of the wiki way of making the articles. A user on EN Wikinews has made a mirror of the articles of the EN Wikinews so that Google News can present that version to the readers of there service.
  • [Global Stats] - There are no real visitor logs of the WMF websites to calculated the number of visitors. But there is sampling of the visitors traffic. Brion has made extrapolations from those to make global total page view estimates. Brion comes out at  seven thousand million (7,008,306,975) for the number of  monthly page views for all WMF wikis.  That does not mean that there seven thousand million visitors monthly. How many unique visitors there are is not clear. But the ceiling number is known; there are one thousand million (1,133,408,294) internet users.
  • [EN Wiktionary] - The English language Wiktionary got its 400,000th entry. 
  • [pi.wp] - The Pali Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles. The is not bad considering that Pali is a dead language.
Other news
Did you know ...
... there is a webbased Ogg Vorbis/Theora player?

The WMF projects use for audio and video the Ogg file format. This format is not supported out of the box so the necessary codex or a player that supports it must be installed. That is a step that some users are unable to take for whatever reason. A webbased player is the way to provide convenient access to the media to all.

[[w:en:user:Gmaxwell]] has created such a player on the toolserver. A link to play the media in that player can be added to the audio and video templates. It is not as good as like on YourTube but is a big improvement. Look at the source of the templates to find out how to use it.
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  1. It wasn't just the English language version of Wikitravel that won the Webby. The project as a whole won.

  2. Then I have that wrong because the site notice on the Dutch Wikitravel is wrong. Thanks for reporting that.


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