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Month: September 2009

Year: 2009 Week: 37 Number: 118

Technical news [Image renaming re-enabled] – Image renaming has been re-enabled for administrators on all Wikimedia projects. [LocalisationUpdate deployment delayed] – The deployment of LocalisationUpdate, an extension meant to keep the localized messages as up to date as possible, was delayed after it killed the entire site.  You don’t have to be a tech to interpret the blog post graph as “bad news”. [Feature deployment updates] – Brion mentioned that the system administrators are starting to maintain a list of feature & extension deployments that they’re rolling out in the very near future (and their status) on the Wikitech wiki. [MakeSysop Removed] – MakeSysop, the old extension for managing user rights, has been disabled on Wikimedia sites. [CTO Job Opening] – back in issue #115 we reported that the current Chief Technical Officer position would be splitting into two, with Brion’s position being changed to something with more of a MediaWiki software focus.  The job opening for the new CTO position has been posted on the Foundationwiki. — job opening — reminder about the details of the split Request for help [Strategic Planning CFP] – the Strategic Planning Team has released a call for participation.  The CFP was distributed through a CentralNotice with a link to a letter from Jimmy Wales and Michael Snow, but there is also a blog post...

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Year: 2009 Week: 36 Number: 117

Technical news [Software updates] – Brion is in the process of updating the Wikimedia sites with several weeks of new updates. [Mobile survey] – the Wikipedia Mobile team is running a survey, hoping to get feedback on their progress so far and suggestions for future additions. http://bit ly/LBXdK [Sever donations] – do you know of a non-profit that needs servers?  The Wikimedia Foundation is donating 35 servers (over 3 years old) that aren’t fast enough to run our sites anymore, but would probably work fine for smaller projects. [TIFF support] – the tech team is adding full TIFF support in the near future.  This support will help MediaWiki render TIFF images (an image format widely used by museums and in scientific research) so that users can view them in their browsers. Foundation [Board Minutes] – the minutes for the April and June Board meetings have now been published.  You can view them on foundationwiki.,_2009,_2009 [Wikimedia IRC meeting] – the new three new Board members held an introductory meeting on IRC where they introduced themselves and answered questions.  A full log is available on Meta and minutes are to come.,_2009#Meeting_information_.26_Attendees [Report to the Board] – Sue Gardner, the Executive Director, published her Report to the Board for the month of June. [Foundation-l LSS] – The latest summary for foundation-l has been...

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