Technical news

-[Rename user] This option is disappeared. No news why or if it will return.

-[Nuke] On the Wiki of Meta the is an new option for sysops “Massdelete” (Special:Nuke). This tool allows for mass deletions of pagesrecently added by a given user or IP.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Specialpages

-[Korean Wikipedia] has moved to the Yahoo-cluster in Korea. This is thefirst real use of this cluster. Other East Asian wikis will follow.
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/19869

-[IRC-Wikimedia] the IRC-channels of the Wikimedia have moved. All#prefix.wikixxx has changed.http://article.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.misc/24978

-[IRC-usernames] Freenode will also change policy for the usernames. Notyet active.
http://freenode.net/policy.shtml#usernames

Politics

-[Wikinews] will now be using the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikinews/Licensure_Poll

Stats

-[Alexa] says Wikipedia is now around the 32th most popular website
http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details?&range=3m&size=large&compare_sites=&y=t&url=wikipedia.org#top

Other news

-[deads] French core contributor dies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2005-10-10/News_and_notes