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Month: January 2012

Year: 2012 Week: 4 Number: 132

The EN Wikipedia goes offline for 24 hours The community of the English language Wikipedia has decided to “blackout” the English Wikipedia for 24 hours. A sort of strike thus. The blackout goes in to effect from 05:00 UTC on Wednesday, January 18. The blackout is a protest against the proposed law of the United States of America “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA). The protest is there because the proposed law could harm the operation of community driven website like Wikipedia. The decision of the Community of the English language Wikipedia is supported by the Wikimedia Foundation. This in the first time the English Wikipedia – the oldest and most popular of all Wikipedias – does something like this. The Italian language Wikipedia did this a couple of months ago. Other language Wikipedias have indicated to show support by displaying a banner but not also go “dark”. Also non-Wikimedia websites will take part but not all by going dark. Google will put a link on there homepage about it. — websites that join the strike Editor(s): Walter - makes no guarantee of accuracy, validity and especially but not limited to, correct grammar and spelling. Satisfaction is not guaranteed. Some content can be highly inspired or directly copied from other sources. Those sources are listed above at "Sources-Attributions". is published...

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Anno Domini MMXII Week II Number CXXXI

Foundation [Terms Of Use] – On websites the “Terms of Use” are what most of us frequently indicate to agree with but never reed. Also Wikipedia has a “Terms of Use”. A “Terms of use” for Wikipedia came only to existence years after its founding and remained very basic. Until now. In original Wikimedia style a new Terms Of use have been written by the community at Meta. It is more extensive then the current but it remains, for a “Terms of Use”, relative short and very readable. The WMF board still needs to approve it before it can replaces the current “Terms of Use”. — New “Terms of Use” (final community draft) [The Annual Fundraiser] – Despite the economic problems of the world – the Wikimedia Foundation did it again. The goal is every year higher but the donations follow. The WMF has raised the new record amount of 20 million US dollar in the fundraiser that just now ended. The miracle of the WMF business model to just ask for money keeps working. But even a miracle needs some help. Last year the WMF spend 1,8 USD $ on fundraising.      The operating budget of the WMF will increase in spending in 2011-12 compared with 2010-11 with $9.8 million. 28.3 million USD will be the current budget. The gap between the raised amount and...

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