Technical news

Request for help

  • [Wikimania] – There is an open call for submissions for the the Wikimedia event of the year, Wikimania 2007, which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 3-5 August. The following are requested: presentations (10–30 minute talks), workshops (30–120 minute sessions with more involvement of the audience), Birds-of-a-Feather (45-60 minutes of informal group discussion on a particular topic), panels (groups of 2-5 speakers to discuss a specific subject), posters (printed presentations or visual displays that can stand on their own), and artistic artifacts (plays, competitions, comedy, visualizations, or other representations of some aspect of the projects).



Other news

  • [Law] – In Belgium has a court made some interesting rulings. A editor of a story on the Belgium edition of Indymedia was sued by the company that was written about for libel. The court ruled that a private person writing for a community news site must be treated the same way as a professional journalist. In this case this mean that case must come for a jury.               In a other case, also in Belgium, a court destroyed part a law about the protection of sources used by journalists. The judges ruled that it is illegal to make a difference between professional journalists and bloggers by giving only professional journalists protection of source. “Protection of sources is an essential part of the freedom of speech and of the freedom of the press.”
  • [A new pedia] – A new wiki-based encyclopedia project is started; Conservapedia. It is a encyclopedia project written from a fundamentalistic Christian American point of view. It is intended as a serious project. Probably this project will be more competition for uncyclopedia then Wikipedia.

Did you know …

… how you can protect an unborn article?
If you are a sysop, you may have noticed that sometimes an article you deleted has a long history of creation and deletion. Often these pages have weird title that will likely not become a valid article, or it is deleted after consensus that it does not belong on the project.

It is possible to make it impossible to recreate. Create a new page to list such pages, such as [[Project:Protected unborn articles]]. On that page you transclude all the pages that you want to block the creation of. For example, to prevent the creation of the article “Example”, you would add “{{:Example}}” to the page. Then protect the page with the list (in this example, [[Project:Protected unborn articles]]) with ‘cascading protection’ enabled.

The result is that the inexistent articles are protected and can only be created by a sysop. Any sysop can edit the list (here, [[Project:Protected unborn articles]]) to add or remove entries; there is no need to re-protect it every time it is edited.


“Uveigil as lok at mennet, homennet thorpar ey wat marta ok etin.”
“How clear a river may be, upstream always will something disgusting float in your direction.” — Marbak proverb

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