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WikiLanguage possibilities?

I noticed that there are seperate sections in the wikibooks site for languages. I was wondering, as an extension of WikiDictionary and WikiBooks, could there be a wiki translation site? I don't mean as in Babelfish, but a literal dictionary with a standardized index of words. If so, would it be possible to have a seperate wikiLanguage site, dedicated to the instruction and comprehension of human language?--Ignatiusantioch 04:06, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

New Wikimedia projects are only launched after extensive discussion by the community and the Board. If you would like this project to be part of Wikimedia, please see the information on project creation at Proposals for new projects where you will find instructions on how to propose a new project. However, please make sure your proposal is not too similar to existing projects such as the Wikipedia sister site Wiktionary and one of its competitors, OmegaWiki. Thank you for your suggestion. Cbrown1023 talk 23:00, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

No section edits on this page

(puttingsplitting this into a new section. Why can I post a new section here, but I can't edit an old one to add a reply?) 84.129.172.45 15:39, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

You should be able to edit the old one by using the "edit" link next to the section header. Cbrown1023 talk 15:43, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
That much I knew, but there are no edit links!
Ah, I see, the "Submit a new comment" link takes you to a sub-page (Wikimedia site feedback/main) which is still editable, so creating a new section works. But when I come back to Wikimedia site feedback I'm left without section edit buttons, because that page is locked. Only when I reload the Wikimedia site feedback/main link indirectly I can edit. It isn't really supposed to work like this, is it? 84.129.172.45 16:18, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps the database was locked for routine maintenance (it happens on occasion, and usually lasts about three to four minutes). You should see "[ edit ]" to the right of the headings (such as the one for this section) that allows you to edit just that section. EVula // talk // // 21:05, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
EVula, test it while logged out. He doesn't see the section edit links because that page is fully-protected so that people do not add questions/comments to that page. They're supposed to add them to the subpages. Cbrown1023 talk 21:32, 17 November 2007 (UTC)
Exactly, none of the headings at Wikimedia site feedback have edit links. I doubt it's a temporary problem. I still have to go to my browser history and load the Wikimedia site feedback/main page to get the section buttons (from there all works dandy as you can see)
There's just the "View source" button at the top of the parent page telling that "This page has been locked to prevent editing." - Guess that having one locked main page and one editable sub-page doesn't mix well when it comes to editing sections.
I didn't even know there's a sub-page until I started rooting around for the reason why creating a section did work but editing a section did not. Safe to assume the average visitor just gives up. Besides, why should visitors not be able to edit a page called "feedback" in the first place? 84.129.172.45 22:07, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

As for the section edits, I see two options: (clearly #1 makes the most sense)

1) Unlock the parent page, so that the edit buttons carry over from the sub-page again and are not suppressed by the page lock. (I know these kind of sub-paged sections work fine elsewhere on Wikipedia.) or

2) Reduce the parent page to a mere pointer to the actual forum page on which users are supposed to edit. It makes no sense to have the feedback page display its sub-page but give no reasonable means to reach these sections for editing. (A simple notice saying "don't come here, this page's locked, go to another page" would also do, but that's kinda defeats the purpose of leading visitors to the first page.) 84.129.179.210 12:02, 18 November 2007 (UTC)

Comments should be directly left in the main page (Wikimedia site feedback). The instructions in Wikimedia site feedback could be moved to a subpage (e.g. Wikimedia site feedback/header), but the main page should remain accessible to the visitors. Korg 15:40, 19 November 2007 (UTC)

Thank you all for your help in improving the system, I have implemented the changes. (I ended up going with Korg's suggestion which was based upon 84.129.176.210's.) Cbrown1023 talk 03:14, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

Thank you! Don't you mind if I merge the history of Wikimedia site feedback/main into this page? Korg 01:30, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
I don't see a problem with it. Go right ahead. :-) Cbrown1023 talk 01:38, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
Ok, so Yes check.svg done. :-) Finally, I chose to merge the previous history related to the header into the page Wikimedia site feedback/header you created, so it's not mixed up with the main page. Korg 02:55, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

Polish Wikipedia foundation?

Is it OK, that during the wkimedia funadtion donation actions, on Polish page [1] there is request to donate Polish Wikipedia funadtion? I do not know anything about this funadation activities and how money are spend, it looks like they collects money using wikipedia popularity. Have you got any money from them? 87.105.179.198 11:04, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it is okay that there is a note about donations towards Wikimedia Polska on the Fundraising page. They are a local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation and you are free to donate to them. I am not sure where exactly the money you donate to them goes, however I am sure you can find more information on their site. You are still free to donate directly to the Wikimedia Foundation if you prefer. Cbrown1023 talk 21:59, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
You can find here info about money collected by Stowarzyszenie Wikimedia Polska. It is not Polish Wikipedia Foundation - Foundation is one - the Wikimedia Foundation :) WMPL collaborate with the Wikimedia Foundntion. Look also at this page Przykuta 22:21, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
thx 87.105.179.198 13:35, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Wikimedicine

I am not sure if this is the right venue for this suggestion, but I think that a valuable resource that the Wikimedia Foundation should consider exploring is a medical reference tool. This could include comprehensive pages on pharmacology, diseases, syndromes, etc., all phrased and formated in language intended for physicians and other health professionals. Though a site like this would obviously not be intended as a replacement for medical textbooks, but if accuracy is maintained by administrators, "Wikimedicine" could prove to be a valuable reference tool. Just throwing the idea out there. 24.128.24.231 03:45, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

New Wikimedia projects are only launched after extensive discussion by the community and the Board. If you would like this project to be part of Wikimedia, please see the information on project creation at Proposals for new projects where you will find instructions on how to propose a new project. Thank you for your suggestion. Cbrown1023 talk 04:01, 2 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes,despite your claim for excellence,I find many articles to breif and many links simply no existant.If you wait everything to be ference by some higher authoryity website,your going to find much of your pages blank or full not much imformation.Some of your contributors write article so breif,that there not much to read on many of them.The links to nothing at all are a waste and I can go many other websites to the same material or better. You don't this sorry.I'm teling the truth.You a few choice article are good and plenty not so good.It would better to either write something your self or hello,least something by someone to add to later on.Believe or not,not everything can varified by some web site.Much is not on the web and much of sorry is somebodies opinion.

I believe you are in the wrong place, this is for comments related to the Wikimedia Foundation's official website: http://wikimediafoundation.org. If you have comments about a specific article you can post them at the article's talk page, accessed by clicking on the "talk" or "discussion" tab at the top of the article. If you feel like an article is too short, you are more than welcome to expand it. :-)

Administrator issues (Countless admins abuse their privileges)

Thank you for your comments. Unfortunately, this is the page for feedback on Wikimedia's official website, http://wikimediafoundation.org. You might want to direct your comments elsewhere. Thanks, Cbrown1023 talk 01:14, 14 December 2007 (UTC)

Japanese Wikinews URL is linked to pl.wikinews.org.

I found a wrong link at Japanese Our_projects page.

The link to Japanese wikinews page is directed to pl.wikinews.org. Please correct the link (second pl.wikinews.org) with ja.wikinews.org.

Thank you.


日本語のプロジェクト紹介ページで、日本語版Wikinewsへのリンクがポーランド語版になっています。 pl.wikinews.org から ja.wikinews.org への変更をよろしくお願いします。

Yasuhiro ABE

Yes check.svg Done Thanks for the note! :-) Cbrown1023 talk 15:44, 16 December 2007 (UTC)

I was going to donate but I clicked "credit card" and kept getting paypal

Forget it. For now.

I've donated in the past. I love everything Wiki. What the hell is this?

Great Help

Greetings,

I was looking for information on the baseball player named Eddie Waitkus. Thanks to you I found a site called "The Life & Times of Eddie Waitkus" that provided me with the information that I was looking for.

You guys are really GREAT !

Many thanks,

L.E. Holman Denver, Co.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, please allow me to extend a sincere thank you for taking time out of your day to write us. We appreciate your kind words and are thrilled that you enjoy Wikipedia. We hope to continue to live up to your expectations and that you continue to find the site a useful resource.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the site yourself, please see our tutorial at <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial> which contains all the help you need to get started. Cbrown1023 talk 03:40, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Cool Site

Hello, where did you all come from? LOL

  NICE That all this information is out their,

Keep up the Good Work & Thank You / Always

Lonny Johnson

There should be a wikipedia tool bar, i'd pay for that.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, please allow me to extend a sincere thank you for taking time out of your day to write us. We appreciate your kind words and are thrilled that you enjoy Wikipedia. We hope to continue to live up to your expectations and that you continue to find the site a useful resource.
If you are interested in becoming involved in the site yourself, please see our tutorial at <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Tutorial> which contains all the help you need to get started. Cbrown1023 talk 16:16, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Three Further Projects Wikimedia may like to look into

Hi, I propose three further projects that Wikimedia Foundation may like to look into and develop.

One is Wikiware, maybe a connection between all software writers who are interested in making software for free under the GNU license. I understand that there are sites doing it but a Wiki might make this much more productive. Or perhaps a collaboration with one of these sites which are making non-commmercialized, free softwares.

The other two are projects involving sound and video files. One would be Wikiaudiobooks, which make audiobooks of Wikibooks and Wikipedia (perhaps 1.0 ?). The beneficiary of this is the blind, the eye-impaired (like older people who can't access the web) etc.

The second is WikiASL and WikiBSL, Wikibooks or Wikipedia in the American sign language or British sign language. It may be said that since the hearing or speech impaired can read, this project is unnecessary, but it may be more profitable for them to watch a video and pick it up rather than otherwise. Or maybe a software can be produced which can produced a graphics of sign language?

All the best to freely given knowledge. 121.7.195.43 08:04, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for your suggestion.
New Wikimedia projects are only launched after extensive discussion by the community and the Board. If you would like this project to be part of Wikimedia, please see the information on project creation at Proposals for new projects where you will find instructions on how to propose a new project.
Projects in new languages are launched after a request at Requests for new languages. Regarding an American Sign Language Wikipedia, please see the first closed proposal at Requests for new languages/Wikipedia American Sign Language and the current one (still in discussion) at Requests for new languages/Wikipedia American Sign Language 2.
I hope this helps. Cbrown1023 talk 21:01, 27 December 2007 (UTC)

Donation gift certificate

Hey, the donation gift certificate idea rocks, but needs a grammar fix: has made must be changed to accommodate a plural giver (like "my wife and I").

the 2 second fix: change has to just, or change the merge sentence to read something like "This is to certify that _____________ made a contribution ... in your honor ...."

My mother's going to think that even my English lit degree was a waste of her money!

Keep up the good.

Phil Snead, charleston, sc