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  • [Board elections: Inspiration] – some Wikimedians suggested that it might be better if prospective candidates knew *why* they should run for board member; what’s it really like to be one? Stu West (appointed member, treasurer) responded and explained why serving on the Board is rewarding.
  • [wm2009: schedule & flu] – the Wikimania 2009 team posted two updates this week where they created a draft schedule for the conference on their wiki and posted a message about swine flu concerns to a few mailing lists.
  • [Open Source Schools] – Wikimedia UK’s secretary is presenting a piece on the subject of “using Wikipedia in schools” at the Open Source Schools “un”conference in Nottingham (UK) next Monday 20th July. If you’re in the area, it sounds like it’ll be interesting! (Conference admission is 55 pounds.)
  • [Spotlight] – Many projects must have there projects to improve the quality if an article. The English Wikipedia has there project “Spotlight”. It not a new thing, the started end of 2006. But the news is that it has lost it {{historical}} – label. The spot is again on!
    • http://en.wikipedia.orgwiki/Wikipedia:Spotlight

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  • [Rorschach Test Censorship] – English Wikipedians had an interesting argument about whether or not to include the Rorschach ink blot tests in the article on the subject. No, it’s not because of licensing, the files are in the public domain. It’s actually about ethics, people are worried it will ruin the validity of the tests. The Wikipedia discussion was picked up by blogs/news outlets.
  • [WikiWars Conference] – the first conference to be held in Bangalore (India), called WikiWars, invites participation from users, scholars, academics, practitioners, artists and other cultural workers, to share their experiences, ideas, experiments, innovations, applications and stories about Wikipedia
  • [NPG Coverage] – the user who was threatened with legal action by the National Portrait Gallery is keeping a list of media coverage.
  • [WLA/NL] – The Dutch Wiki loves art initiative by Wikimedia Nederland ended and gained a total of 5447 photos of art objects from 45 museums photographed by no less than 292 enthusiastic volunteers. In a few weeks the pictures will become available on Commons, but the pictures can already be viewed on flickr.

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Did you know …

… that there is an easy solution to Wikipedia’s vandalism problems?According to one humorous website, “ALL WE NEED TO DO is direct our vandalism entirely to the article about chickens. Imagine a Wikipedia free of vandalism!”
http://www.everytopicintheuniverseexceptchickens.com/

Note: that is a humorous website. It does not mean you are allowed to … with Wikipdia’s chickens.

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