Goings-on/2012

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This is the archive of Goings-on in 2012. See also other archived Goings-on.

December 2012

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The Affiliations Committee is looking for new members! Apply by January 12, 2013.
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A new project "WikiFocus" is submitted as a proposal to host articles about wiki, wikis and users of wikis.

November 2012

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A new project "Wikikultur" is submitted as a proposal to host original works like poetry, songs, essays, theses, novels, etc., whether they were already previously published or not.
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A WMF Board portal is created to collect essential information regarding the Board of Trustees.
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A discussion for Democratizing the Wikimedia Foundation is started.

October 2012

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Italian Wikipedia is protesting against the BILL #3491 that would lead to the cessation of its normal activities like free encyclopedia.
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A naming poll for the proposed Wikimedia Travel project has now closed. The project will be known as "Wikivoyage".

September 2012

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Following a Request for Comment on founding a travel guide, the Wikimedia Foundation has announced that it is seeking declaratory relief against Internet Brands (IB), the owner of Wikitravel, in response to "legal threats" from IB.

August 2012

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The Wikimedia Foundation's Legal and Community Advocacy department is holding a Request for Comment on the Legal Fees Assistance Program, which, if approved by the Board following the RfC, would secure funds for legal assistance in appropriate cases for Wikimedia users who serve in a "support role". Editors are invited to comment.

July 2012

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The Wikimedia Foundation's 2012-13 annual plan has just been published, accompanied by a Q&A (2012-2013 Annual Plan Questions and Answers). Comments and suggestions are welcome at Talk:Wikimedia budget.
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The Russian Wikipedia was blacked out for 24 hours by community decision to draw attention to currently debating the legislation that would allow the government to blacklist web sites and enforce that blacklist, creating the real censorship of the Internet. Several other projects ran banners in support.

June 2012

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The Teahouse has released pilot report, metrics, and is now entering phase two.

May 2012

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Round 1 of the Sixth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year Competition (to select the best featured picture of 2011) starts. Round 2 will start immediately after Round 1 has finished and votes are counted.

March 2012

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Wikimedia Conference 2012 is held in Berlin, Germany.

February 2012

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The vote on the Stewards elections 2012.
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Input is requested to help evaluate Wikimedia Community Fellowship project ideas.

January 2012

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The English Wikipedia was blacked out for 24 hours in protest of SOPA and PIPA. Several other projects ran banners in support.
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Translation tools workshop: Siebrand will train Meta Wiki users in using the translation tools recently installed here.
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Wikipedia Day is celebrated at select events around the world this month.
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Members of the Wikimania 2013 jury announced.