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Month: March 2006

Wikizine – number: 19 Extra

=== The WMF is closing the French Wikiquote === The French language Wikiquote is closed by the foundation. This notice is placed on the main page of the locked wiki; After analyzing the data contained in the fr.wikiquote site, the Wikimedia Foundation has determined that the material stored in the fr.wikiquote database does not provide the basic assurance of legal soundness necessary to the permanence of the project. Therefore, the site will be entirely taken down to be erased and relaunched. A policy requiring greater traceability of quotations will be put in place on fr.wikiquote version II. This action has been taken for the benefit of all Wikimedia Foundation projects. The new FR Wikiquote is announced to re-open for editing on 1 April with a new empty database. The origin of the this dates back to August 2005. Wikimédia France received a letter from a company maintaining a quote database. They claim Wikiquote extracted a substantial part of their database. The closing now of FR Wikiquote seems to be the end result of this. On Meta a FAQ about this is posted; *What was wrong with the French Wikiquote? **Some contributor had apparently inserted material from copyrighted databases and other sources. *What was the extent of the problem? **It was sufficient to render the majority of the French Wikiquote database suspect, which is why it was deemed...

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Wikizine – number: 19

=== Community === [WP] Fourteen new wikipedias have been created: Dutch Low Sakson, West Flamish, Ligurian, Kalmyk, Tetum, Papiamentu, Romany, Samogitian, Ripuarian, Pennsylvania German, Franco-Provençal/Arpitan, Cantonese, Banyumasan, and Norman. The new Pennsylvania German Wikipedia has reached 26 articles. According to Mark Williamson, the new Cantonese is very active in its first two days. === (Very) old technical news === [Account creation] the number of new accounts that can be created from a specific IP address is limited to 6 every 24 hours. This is an anti-vandalism function. It can cause problems for serious users on larger Wikis. The message that users see when they hit the limit: [PDA editions] In addition to the TomeRaider copies of Wikipedia (last available dump : January 2006), there are a number of commercial software packages available for viewing Wikipedia on your PDA. The most recent commercial tool is Quickipedia. === Request for help === [Slogans] An attempt is made to create a list of all project slogans and logos in all languages (such as “the free encyclopedia”). [Meta clean-up] A proposal to rearrange meta and make it more useful: === New project proposals === [Wikikernel] A proposal for a project incubator for new Wikimedia project proposals === Politics === [Steward] – A steward temporarily loses stewardship. === Media === [Britannica Vs. Nature]...

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Wikizine – number: 18

=== Technical news (*)===[Move page] Normal users can now move back a moved page. Seems to workon all WMF wikis.Example; [[user:Tom]] moves page [[Tom’s page]] to [[Tom’s moved page]].[[Tom’s page]] is a redirect to [[Tom’s moved page]].Any user...

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Wikizine – number: 17

=== Technical news === [More anti-spam] On the smaller wikis you need from now on to enter a word displayed as a image (captcha) if you are an anonymous user and you are adding a URL to that page. [Special Page] New option the find the edits done by newbies. use [[Special:Contributions/newbies]] === Politics === [zh.wikinews?] It seems that the Chinese Wikinews finally will be created soon. === Media === [BBC Radio Wales] interview with Wikipedian David Gerard. Audio link will expire so do not wait if you like to hear it. === Stats === [BR] The Breton Wikipedia has reached 5,000 articles. Breton is a very small language so 5,000 is a real accomplishment. [FR] French Wikipedia reaches 250,000 articles. [Alexa] Wikipedia’s Alexa rank rises to 19. And Wikipedia keeps raising fast. In the draft version of this edition of Wikizine was written that Wikipedia had the 20th place as the most popular website of the internet. Only 18 places to go and you, dear reader, will not be bored anymore with Alexa-updates. === Other news === [Wikiepic] New proposal page posted for Wikiepic. Wikiepic could be like a freeform mythology or fantasy world. The Neverending story. Articles would focus around Characters, Places, Events, ect ect. [Wikipedia IRL] After showing up in newspapers and other media as a source for...

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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.   === 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...

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