LSS/foundation-l-archives/2008 December 15-31

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  • What is this? A summary of the topics discussed on the mailing list foundation-l, grouped roughly by topic & chronological thread.
  • Time period: December 15-31
  • NOTES: Each link is to the first post on that topic in the selected time period that was found. In the effort to group topics together, some threads are listed out of chronological order.
  • If you want to know more please click the links to the list archives. Many discussions are very long and complex. Navigate to other posts in the threaded discussion by clicking "next" or "previous" in the archives (you must be viewing the archives in thread view for this to work). Note that sometimes threads jump around -- view the whole monthly archive by subject if you want to make sure to read every message on a topic.
  • Important topics: Topics that generated a lot of discussion or that are especially important are bolded.
  • Announcements: Topics that are official WMF board, staff or chapter announcements or reports are also underlined.
  • P.S. list authors are not responsible for any clumsy summaries. Please edit if something is misrepresented. Suggestions? Comments? Please post at the LSS talk page.


  1. Chapters and community issues
    1. Anthere's post about planning for future censorship problems turns into wide-ranging discussion, including re: userboxes on the Russian Wikipedia [1]
    2. Milos offers more stats on the mailing list: [2]
    3. Is Wikipedia in China blocked (not right now) [3]
    4. Can the ro.wp community use, without a local chapter? [4]
    5. local wiki image uploads (on en:) [5]
  2. Announcements
    1. Neeru Khosla, of CK12, joins Wikimedia advisory board[6]
    2. Call for ideas for Yale student research "access to knowledge" projects [7]
    3. Erik posts license FAQ [8]
    4. Frank Schulenburg and friends have been making Wikipedia how-to tutorial videos, presents a "making of" video: [9]
    5. Wikistats is back! (but the dump's still not done) [10], error with the data: [11]
    6. Data center in Amsterdam moving, expect some downtime: [12]
    7. "Wikipedia loves art" photography contest happening worldwide [13]
    8. Board seats: Jan-Bart & Stu reappointed for another year -- nominating committee still working on names for new seats [14]
  3. Languages and translation
    1. The current state of Afrophone wikipedias: [15]
    2. Handbook of multilingual Wikipedia (in German) [16]
  4. Miscellaneous/Other
    1. Britannica: are their articles free online now (sortof); turns into a discussion of the merits of EB [17]
    2. Polish Wikinews emphasized the edit tab; should all the projects? [18]
    3. Praise for the Jimmy Wales donation appeal [19]
    4. New proposed project: victims of Soviet repression memorial, and discussion [20], more discussion [21]
    5. has lots of PD materials [22]
    6. Betawiki thanks mediawiki [23]
    7. Australian statistics now under CC license [24]
    8. Belgrade lecture about student projects in WP/WS posted [25]
    9. what's the year's subject? :) [26]
    10. How will CC-by-SA migration be done? [27]