=== Technical news ===
[IRC] IRC client restarted, allowing new channels on the Browne IRC server.
[Q4] and the money is pouring in! If you put the code below on any
page you get the donation status bar. Hit F5 and be amazed; it is
going faster then the article counter.
=== Policy ===
[Semi-protection policy] is a new policy from the English Wikipedia.
When a page is “semi-protected” then newest X% of registered users and
all unregistered users can not edit that page. The technical aspect of
it does not yet work.
=== Politics ===
[Stewards] are users who can give and remove user rights to any
Wikimedia project, among such rights are: bot, sysop and checkuser.
There is now a nomination round for new stewards. Voting will start on
20th December 2005 and it’ll end on the 10th January 2006. You can
list yourself during that time, but you’ll have lower chances then.
The Board will eventually choose a group of users (from 1 to 10)
who’ll gain steward status.
=== Foundation ===
[Bravo Italia] Wikipedia wins two Awards in Italy.
=== Media ===
[Good] One week Wikipedia is “not trustworthy”, the next we are
“almost as good as Encyclopedia Britannica”. The result is a lot of
very good press around the world. And also Wikipedia traffic
skyrockets. We are now bigger then CCN.com (according to alexa.com).
[Nobel Prize] In a program called “Noble minds”, with the nobel prize
winners of 2005 in a round table talk with the BBC reporter John
Simpson Wikipedia got merit. The medicine prize winner Barry Marshall
mentioned the Wikipedia article about their discovery (he got the
prize together with Robin Warren) and he said that they could not have
written a better article themselves.
A New proposal for a Wikimusic, “A Wiki with (1) both score and text
of a free piece of music, (2) the music itself in a playable music
file (in different versions, for example one version with trumpet, one
with a whole orchestra, not MIDI), (3) the sheet music in a wiki-text
format (MIDI can be made out of it) and (4) information about the
piece of music.
=== Stats ===
[milestones] The Chinese Wikipedia has reached 50,000 articles.
[Stats, no more] wikipedia.be and wikipedia.nl are probably the oldest
national portals of Wikipedia. Since the creation of them, end of
2002, they have been counting the visitors with their own visitor
counters. This until last thursday when these where removed by the
technical staff without any notice.
In those years traffic to Wikipedia.nl started with 255 page views a
month to 194372 page views in november 2005. And wikipedia.be from 128
page views a month to 33755 in november 2005.
=== Other news ===
[meetup] 10 December 2005, Taiwan Wikipedians meetup in Taipei. about 25 people.
[Law] – ERRATUM: in last week’s issue it was not very cleary indicated
the the website “www.wikipediaclassaction.org” is not a Wikimedia
Foundation website. They are people who say they will try to sue
Wikipedia. But some are also making fun of them because there exists
also a parody site of it: www.wikipediaclassaction.com
=== Quote ===
“I call you my husband’s mistress because you get his attention much
of the time…” by anonymous “
=== Editorial ===
Wikipedia was never very good in internal communication. But lately we
have seen some sad highlights. The implementation on the English
Wikipedia of the reduced edit powers came as a total surprise and we
have received the news from external news media. My first reaction
when I read about it was; what a load of bullshit! We, the
Wikipedians, would surely know about it if such change of a
fundamental aspect of Wikipedia was true?
Also the policy of “Semi-protection” only gets widely known after
articles in the traditional media about it.
And finally the removal of visitors counters after more then 3 years
of service without any word to there Wiki is also not nice. Wikipedia
has no working statistics about visitor counts. So when you try to do
it yourself you do not expect that your own system gets sabotaged. It
are not only the articles of Wikipedia that need improvement.
Editor:Walter, [[zh:user:Shizhao]], Oscar