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****************************************** __ __ _ _ _ _ / / /\ \ (_) | _(_)___(_)_ __ ___ \ \/ \/ / | |/ / |_ / | '_ \ / _ \ \ /\ /| | <| |/ /| | | | | __/ \/ \/ |_|_|\_\_/___|_|_| |_|\___| .org Anno Domini MMX Week III Number CXXI ****************************************** An independent internal news bulletin for the members of the Wikimedia community ////////////////////////////////////////// === Technical news === [Flagged revisions] - status information about flagged revisions and how the English Wikipedia is going to use it. http://techblog.wikimedia.org/2010/01/flagged-revisions-your-questions-answered/ [10gbit/sec] - on the 11th of January Wikimedia's world-wide five-minute-average transmission rate crossed 10gbit/sec. This peak rate was achieved while serving roughly 91,725 requests per second. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/46655 [Wikipedia and Google] - A custom Google skin for Wikipedia is created. It provides advanced Google/Wikipedia search options. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/10/26/google-experiments-with-new-ways-to-search-wikipedia/ === Foundation === [Stewards] - Candidate submissions are open for the function of Steward. A steward is a user who has the administrative user rights to grant and revoke all existing user levels on all Wikimedia Foundation projects. It can be compared with a super-bureaucrat. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Stewards/elections_2010/Guidelines#Candidates -- until 28th January [WMF fundraiser] - it has come and is gone again. The Wikimedia Foundation was able to raise just over $8 million USD. In Euro it 5,5 million. In any case it was the most successful fundraiser to date. http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/2009_Fundraiser_Closing_Release [WMF move] - The Wikimedia Foundation started in Saint-Petersburg, Florida. And moved in early 2008 to San Francisco, California. A couple of months ago the WMF moved again to a larger office in the neighborhood of the old office. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2009/10/27/wikimedia-finds-a-new-home/ === Community === [Commons] - Post of Erik about how the contend imported on Commons from partnerships have been used on the projects. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/43645 [Wiki jobs] - If you work on a WMF project and do your best, maybe, just maybe, you will be offered a job. That was the case with [[user:Mike Halterman]] from EN Wikinews. His work on Wikinews attracted the attention of a new magazine starting up in Tampa, Florida, USA, This user did had a journalistic background but this online work at Wikinews was the ticket. Nine months after being hired as a writer, Mike Halterman is now lead editor of OMG! Magazine. http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/User:Mike_Halterman http://omgmag.com === Awards === [PL Wiki] - Polish Wikipedia has been awarded a "Jan Łukasiewicz special award for social innovation in the application of IT" by the Polish IT Society (Polskie Towarzystwo Informatyczne). The award has been received by Paweł Jochym, a co-founder of pl.wiki, and Prof. Janusz "Ency" Dorożyński, an active Polish Wikimedian and a member of the Society. === Media === [A editor story] - A nice article about one of the many people working on the wiki http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/22/AR2009102204715.html === Other news === [Wikitravel] - has changed there license to "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0". This is the same license as the Wikimedia Foundation is using for most projects. http://wikitravel.org/en/Wikitravel:License_upgrade [Upcoming holiday] - 25th of January Magnus Manske Day http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Magnus_Manske_Day === Editorial notice === So, this was the first Wikizine of 2010 (and it was not even a good one). It has been a couple of months since the previous Wikizine. There was a short revival of Wikizine in the period of August, September and October. And now this edition in January. I can not make any promises for a next edition. Maybe until Wikizine 121, Greetings, User:Walter ////////////////////////////////////////// Editor(s): Walter, Casey Corrector(s): Thanks to: Erik, Jay, Cary, George Herbert, Frank, Magnus Manske, Jyothis, Amgine, Sage, Jay, Tim, Marlita, Kat, David, Wpedzich, Naoko, Kul, Evan Contact: reply or http://report.wikizine.org Website: http://www.wikizine.org ////////////////////////////////////////// Wikizine.org makes no guarantee of accuracy, validity and especially but not limited to, correct grammar and spelling. Satisfaction is not guaranteed. Wikizine.org is published by [[meta:user:Walter]]. Wikizine is published as long as there is noteworthy news (and time) Content is available under the GNU Free Documentation License http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html and also the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/