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Month: December 2007

Year: 2007 Week: 52 Number: 88

Technical news [No pictures?] – If users complain that the can not see any pictures on the wiki the it can be the ”” it being blocked by adblock software. Possibly in an attempt to hide the fundraiser banner. Foundation [Board resignations] – Michael Davis, Board member since the founding of the WMF, has resigned as announced per December 1, 2007. Erik Möller, elected Community representative since summer 2006 and re-elected in July, also resigned in december. Anthere, Board Chair, announced an appointment for Erik’s seat soon, awaiting elections, and in time also an appointment for Michaels seat. [Board expansion] – A lot of Board-related news nowadays, as Anthere also announced that the Board will be expanded to 11 members. The time schedule is not totally clear yet. Anthere also announced that she is considering to reduce her work for the Wikimedia Foundation, after four years of Board membership, of which 1,5 years as chair and if elected join the board of Wikimedia France instead of chair of the WMF. [Deputy Director] – Erik Moeller will become WMF’s Deputy Director, which was announced after Erik’s resignation from the Board. On Foundation-l the point was raised that for this newly created function no public announcement was made for people to submit there candidacy for this function. Also the move from the unpaid position as board member...

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Year: 2007 Week: 51 Number: 87

Technical news [Printing] – As we all probably know, the layout for printing Wiki pages is not the best. The Wikimedia Foundation announced a cooperation with the Open Society Institute and the Commonwealth of Learning to make an extension that will enable nice printing options. [AMS-IX] – The Wikimedia Foundation received a Gigabit internet connection at no cost from Amsterdam Internet Exchange (one of the largest internet hubs world wide), for the “good of the internet”. Request for help [Greenspun] – The Philip Greenspun Illustration Project, coordinated by Brianna Laugher (meta:user:Pfctdayelise), is now accepting requests for image proposals to run in the project. If you really really want an animation to be created, you can request it there, and there will be a small amount of money available for the creator to stimulate the creation. It is likely that the first round of this creation process will start at the begin of January. Our internal media collages of WikipediaWeekly have an interview with Brianna about this. Foundation [Wikinews] – Wikimedia Serbia has made a formal agreement with the Serbian news agency “Beta news” for using there news articles in Serbian and English on Wikinews. [Wikimania 2009] – The formal start for the submissions for candidate cities to host Wikimania 2009 is open now until 15th of February. Reminder; for 2008 Wikimania is in Alexandria, Egypt....

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Year: 2007 Week: 50 Number: 86

Technical news [Inspector Gadget] – Our wikis support the function that you can put in a subpage of your useraccount your own javascript. That is usually /monobook.js This way you can change the behavior of the wiki or include specific functionality. In the years several users have written there own javascript modification. But to use them you need to tinker a bit, create that subpage, copy the code and so. Not exactly userfriendly for the no so technical Wikimadians. Now there is the “Gadget” function. When this function is active on your wiki you have a nice menu in the “Preferences” section to enable or disable the extra javascript functionality. And that is all you need to do. This function is active on the English and French Wikipedia and commons. Go there and see how it works.  To get this function also active on you wiki; 1) discus it on your wiki and get censuses 2) make a bugzilla ticket about it and wait 3) after a couple of weeks start annoying people about it in #wikimedia-tech [Move page] – The function to move a page (to change the title)  is one that all logged in users have. On some wikis the restriction is active that user who have a newly created account are not permitted to move a page similar to semi-protection restrictions. There is now a proposal, that...

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Year: 2007 Week: 48 Number: 85 Extra

Policy Most projects of the Wikimedia family, like Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikispecies and Wikiversity, are using the GNU Free Documentation License. The GNU Free Documentation License was originally chosen because that was the available license when the first project, Wikipedia, started. The GNU FDL is not the most practical licence to use mainly because it is not designed for what the WMF projects are using it for. An alternative for the GNU Free Documentation License are the Creative Commons licenses. Currently the GNU FDL is not compatible with the the Creative Commons licenses. The WMF published a resolution declaring that to make them compatible the Wikimedia Foundation has been working with the Free Software Foundation and Creative Commons on a solution. The have come to proposal that would make it possible for the WMF project to migrate to the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike (CC-BY-SA) licence. The resolution states; “The Foundation requests that the GNU Free Documentation License be modified in the fashion proposed by the FSF to allow migration by mass collaborative projects to the Creative Commons CC-BY-SA license; Upon the announcement of that re-licensing, the Foundation will initiate a process of community discussion and voting before making a final decision on re-licensing.” So the WMF is asking formally to change the GNU FDL to make a migration possible and after that there will be a discussion and...

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