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Month: January 2011

Year: 2011 Week: 4 Number: 123

When you thought you were relieved of it… 2010 [News of the Wiki: year 2010] – Wikizine totally failed at informing you about Wikimedia news last year. This was regrettable but unavoidable due the lack of active staff. Fortunately, “The Signpost” looks better than ever and provides an excellent overview about the main topics of the past year in the Wikimedia world. Technical news [Virginia Data Center] – the WMF has rented space in a data center in Virginia, USA. Installation of the hardware has been scheduled for February 2011. This location will soon become the main WMF data center. [Article feedback] – a function to give readers the option of rating the quality of an article has been activated on a few pages of the English Wikipedia. The test showed that anonymous users give a much higher score than registered users. It started in September 2010 and is ongoing. — an article with the feedback function enabled [WMF Engineering Update] – an extensive overview of technical news, events and more. Request for help [Keep your news clippings] – Do you see an article about Wikipedia in a newspaper or other printed media? Keep it. Contact your local chapter (if it exists) to ask if they can keep it safe for your local community. When there is no chapter, just keep it yourself —...

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Year: 2011 Week: 2 Number: 122

Community [Wikipedia-day] – Once more it is almost the most important holiday of the year: Wikipedia day. Now Saturday we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the project. The start of the very first Wikipedia, the English language Wikipedia. But this is also a day of celebration for all the other many projects and language editions who form the Wikimedia-family; Wiktionary, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikispecies, Commons 10 years. 400 million unique visitors a month. 80,000 active volunteer editors. 17 million articles (wikipedia’s only). A very successful fundraiser ( $US  16 million). Time to celebrate!  –  And how to do that?  – With a special celebration-wiki; There are many Wikimeets and events world-wide. Check the celebration-wiki for an event near you. Wikipedia will also come these day extra in the news so watch those news reports on TV and newspapers to see what the traditional media write about our project. Wikimedia news  [Steward elections] – Call for candidates for the upcoming steward-election. Stewards perform technical tasks on all Wikimedia wikis. Sort of über admin. [Wikimania 2011] –  Applications are open until the end of the month for a subsidy to go to Wikimania 2011 in Israel Quote Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s our commitment. Jimmy Wales   Editor(s): Walter , Contact: walter...

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