- [X_FORWARD] An old problem : users who have done nothing wrong are blocked
because the IP they are using is used by others who share the same ISP. This
has been known as the “bug 550″ problem. In some cases a solution is now
possible : when the ISP provides an “X-Forwarded-For” [XFF] header. Users of
those ISPs have their real local IP address included when contacting a
webserver. The configuration of the wiki can be changed so that the IP address
provided in the XFF header is used for the identification on the wikis and
blocks, at least when provided from specific IP addresses. Users from these
ISPs can then edit even when other users on the same network have been
- [Hide language] On Meta and some other projects, there are very multilingual
pages. So multilingual, that it can be annoying to look for content between all
the different languages. There is now a work-in-progress solution to show only
specific languages. A Java-script version is live on Meta now.
- [FireFox&GoogleToolbar] A bug has been discovered for people using FireFox and
the GoogleToolbar and edit MediaWiki. When editing a large page, if one goes to
another tab -> loads a page there -> goes back to the tab where originally
editing, text from the edit window will have been cut. After deinstalling
Google Toolbar, this bug disappears.
Requests for help
[Wikimania] Wikimania media and writing contest : Nominations and curators are
needed for a free content competition and artshow — to cover video, sound,
images, and text of many varieties from all Wikimedia projects.
- [Survey] about “Wikis in Enterprises”. w:de:User:Avatar is doing his diploma
thesis about this. So if you work at – or even only know a company which uses
wikis as collaboration tools, find some spare minutes and do the survey. You
are helping a fellow Wikimedian with his thesis and are helping with scientific
research about wikis. There are more useless things to do with your time then
New project proposals
- [WikiScope] A project to make it easier for users to discover information on a
topic across the many Wikimedia-projects.
- [New Logo?] initial discussions have started about a new logo for Wiktionary and
for the new Incubator-wiki.
- [Appointment] The WMF board has announced the appointment of Brad Patrick as the
Foundation’s new full-time Legal Counsel and Interim Executive Director.
Press release:Wikimedia Foundation Announces Interim_Executive Director
- [Foundation-l] On the mailing list is a elaborate discussion about how the
Wikimedia Foundation works now and how it should work. And also about the
appointment of Brad Patrick and the creations of those functions. Involved in
the discussions are many of the WMF key-people.
- [en.wikipedia] now has over 1000 articles with “Featured Article” status. Those
articles should be the best articles of the English Wikipedia.
[Wikipedia Academy] A “Wikipedia Academy” gathering and conference is to be held
June 16 and 17 in Göttingen, Germany, supported by Wikimedia Deutschland. The
program will include workshops and presentations, and a talk by Jimbo.
[Bias] The real bias in Wikipedia by Robert McHenry, the former editor-in-chief
of Encyclopædia Britanica.
[ko.wiki] The Korean Wikipedia has reached 400,000 page edits.
Did you know …
… that according to Alexa, the 3 month Traffic Rank
for wikipedia.org: 16
for wikimedia.org: 666 (*)
for wiktionary.org: 3,701
for wikibooks.org: 4,108
for wikiquote.org: 4,316
for wikinews.org: 10,605
for wikisource.org: 11,563
for wikizine.org: not in top 100,000… yet.
and the Avg. Review for wikinews.org is 5 stars?
(*) Wikispecies and Wikimedia Commons are using the wikimedia.org domain and are
included in the rank of wikimedia.org
Mac bashing Quotes
“The memory management on the PowerPC can be used to frighten small
– Linus Torvalds.
[ robT] Name ONE thing that your windows comp can do that my MAC cant
[ bawss] Right click.
Editor(s): Walter, Sj
Thanks to: Vipuser, Spacebirdy