- [GCF] – The Great Chinese Firewall does not block the Chinese language Wikipedia anymore. Recently the block was partially lifted so that there was again access to the English language Wikipedia. But now there are strong signs that the block of the zh.wikipedia is (totally?) lifted.
Whatever the reason of the lift the number of newly created user accounts on the Chinese Wikipedia has tripled and the number of new articles has increased with 75%.
- [Backdoor closed] – Blocking a user now blocks the last IP address they used immediately if you check the default option (which was renamed in this patch) to “Automatically block the last IP address used by this user, and any subsequent addresses they try to edit from”. Previously the IP address was only blocked when they attempted to edit a page. The patch also makes CheckUser run much faster.
- [Search wiki] – Newly created articles can now be found a lot faster when using the wiki search function. A new server now works full-time updating the search index, so all wikis should be re-indexed every 30 hours. Updating the index was previously problematic; it could take many weeks before new articles could be found.
- [BCC] – When you send an email using the “Email this user” function, you now have the option of sending a copy of that message to yourself. The privacy is guaranteed; you and the target user will not see each other’s email addresses. If you respond to an email you receive from the wiki though, your email address will be visible as normal since the email was not sent through the wiki. The option is a checkbox at the bottom of the Special:Emailuser page, not a new option in your Preferences. If you send an email to yourself to test it you only get one email. To localize, translate [[MediaWiki:Emailccme]] and [[MediaWiki:Emailccsubject]].
- [More email] – The email notification feature is now enabled on Commons. This optional feature sends an email to users to notify them of edits to their talk page or to pages on their watchlist.
- [Search-l] – There is now an internal search function for the mailing list archives on the index pages. The search index should be updated every 24 hours. Indexing of the archives by external search engines is now forbidden, but since several lists are mirrored elsewhere (such as gmane.org or nabble.com) that will not make much difference for people who do not like their name to show up when “Googling” for their name.
- [#wikimedia-admin] – A new IRC channel for Wikimedia sysops to discuss and coordinate administration. Access to the sysops-only channel is by invitation only. See the posting by [[meta:User:Pathoschild]]. This channel can now be accessed through Wikizine’s IRC service.
New project proposals
- [Lookup directory wiki] – The Lookup directory wiki is a new idea which would allow anyone to create professional, unbiased articles about any person or group of persons in the world. This differs from Wikipedia, which only accepts articles on famous or notable individuals or groups. First responses on Foundation-l about this idea are very negative.
- [Board] – Anthere (Foundation chair) has provided more information in a long post to the Foundation mailing list about the proposed Board reorganisation, the board retreat outcome, and the Foundation and chapters.
- [Stewards] – a new steward election will be held soon. The most likely date for the election to start is 25th of November. This date can still change. Like it is now all existing stewards will need to reapply if they wish to remain steward. The rules of this procedure are still under discussion. All existing and interested users for the function of steward can best apply as soon as possible.
- [WMF-Resolutions] – Several new resolutions including; creation of a workgroup to take beter care of the WMF internet domains and a summary of actions and outcomes the Board has committed itself to after the 2006 Board retreat in Frankfurt am Main.
- [$] – reported in the previous edition of Wikizine “The WMF received by means of PayPal $42,025 US dollars in the month of October. That is the highest amount ever when there is no fundraiser.” $10,000 of that amount came from the W. Glen Boyd Charitable Foundation. Sadly, $220,30 were lost in PayPal fees. People from the European Union who want to donate can use the Belgian Foundation account instead of PayPal. When this way is used the Foundation will receive 100% of the donated money.
- [EN.wikisource] – Dannyisme reports recent changes to the English Wikisource and invites users to participate.
- [EN.Wikibooks] – the Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme, an initiative of the United Nations Development Programme, has released 15 books to the English-language Wikibooks.
- [The can do it] – If the really want it is possible for the external media to report correctly about Wikipedia, even if it the need to put up an correction.
- [Wikinews] gets cited by (real) press. If it is not the first time is definitely still very rare.
- [zh.wp] The Chinese Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles.
- [Smaller wp] – The Cree Wikipedia has reached 100 articles. Cree is a very small Native American language. And the Basque Wikipedia has reached 15,000 articles. Also a small language, but from Spain and France.
- [+11%] – according to ComScore “Wikipedia sites” has grown in traffic with by 11% in October compared with September.
Walter Vermeir (Editor-in-chief)
- http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/announce-l/2005-November/000013.html – Wikizine issue 0
- http://wikizine.org – Wikizine blog
- [ValueWiki] – People who love the stock exchange might be interested in the ValueWiki project. This wiki, which is not run by the Wikimedia Foundation, attempts to centralize all stock-related information for United States companies. Currently the wiki has very little content, but it is good content. Extra functions are being added like a web-based chat system and user voting for every single article.
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