- [OS swap] – The developers seem to be changing the operating systems used on the servers from Fedora to Ubuntu. Both are Linux distributions.
- [Python Wikipediabot] – The Python Wikipediabot framework has been updated.
Request for help
- [License Wikizine] – Wikizine is currently using the GNU Free Documentation License. A request has been made to change that; reader feedback would be useful.
- [New boardmembers] – The Wikimedia Foundation has appointed 3 new board members. These are w:en:user:Mindspillage (Kat Walsh), w:nl:Gebruiker:Oscar (Oscar van Dillen) and Jan-Bart van Kennisnet (Jan-Bart de Vreede). Kate and Oscar were candidates in the last board election that appointed Eloquence (Erik Möller). For personal descriptions, see their board election candidacy statements linked below. Jan-Bart was an unexpected appointment; he was not a candidate for the board elections, but was appointed directly by the board. Jan-Bart has significantly supported Wikimedia projects by means of the Kennisnet organization and the Dutch ICT organization for the schools. Kennisnet is providing hosting facilities in Amsterdam for the Wikimedia Foundation. It is also thanks to the support of Kennisnet that the WikitionaryZ project was able to start. Jan-Bart was also present at Wikimania2006 with a presentation titled “The Use of Wikis and Wikipedia in Dutch Education” (no recording/transcript available).
- [Financial audit] – Brad Patrick announced the public release of audited financial statements for the Wikimedia Foundation for the fiscal years 2004, 2005 and 2006 inclusively. The results of the audit were positive for the Foundation, and help to establish it as a reputable charitable organization. This will improve chances of getting external support for our projects.
- [Bylaws] – A new version of the Wikimedia Foundation’s bylaws have been posted. These are the rules governing the internal management of the Foundation.
- [WMF/Chapters] – The Wikimedia Foundation approved a default agreement between itself and its chapters. The agreement describes the Foundation’s relationship with the chapters.
- [Fund raising] – The start of the fundraising drive has been delayed, but it is still expected to start (very) soon.
- [Interwiki] – A report in the Wikipedia Signpost talks about the Japanese Wikipedia’s growth.
- [ja.wikipedia] – The Japanese language Wikipedia has won the Yahoo “Web of the Year 2006” award and one in the “Information Resource on the Web” category. These awards are awarded specifically for websites written in Japanese. The Wikimedia Foundation was represented at the ceremony by Imaizumi Makoto (known as Suisui on Wikipedia), who commented that “besides hardware, Wikipedia is supported by Japanese volunteers. We are happy to see such a website awarded.” A video of the award ceremony is available.
- [On CBS] – CBS, one of the largest television and radio networks in the United States, has made a broadcast about Wikipedia. It was nothing spectacular, just a basic story on Wikipedia for any people that are unaware of it. The news report is 7 minutes 36 seconds in length, and was broadcast on a Sunday morning. The video is available online.
- [Interwiki-stats] – Andre Engels has made a new list of articles with the most interwiki links on Wikipedia projects that gives some interesting results. The article with the most interwiki links is w:en:India with 233 language links; next is w:en:True Jesus Church with 161. Fourth place is w:en:Wikipedia with 142 links.
- [Netherlands] – The Dutch edition of Wikipedia experienced significant growth in 2006. This is reflected in its website rankings, where it went from the 45th most popular Dutch-language website at the beginning of 2006 to the 10th most popular website in the Netherlands.
- [qu.wp] – The Quechua Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles. It is the first Native American language wiki with some many articles.
- [tk.wp] – The Turkmen Wikipedia has reached 500 articles.
Was ist das?
We’re all standing on the edge of a cliff, all the time, every day, a cliff we’re all going over. Our choice isn’t about that. Our choice is about whether we want to go kicking and screaming or whether we might want to open our eyes and our hearts to what happens once we start to fall.” — Character Allie Keys / science fiction miniseries “Taken”
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