LSS/foundation-l-archives/2008 October 1-17

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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: Oct. 1-Oct. 17, 2008 (roughly two weeks, Wed-Fri)
  • 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.
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  • 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. Delphine stepping down as chapters coordinator; end of the discussion from last month [1], (Thank you from Michael Snow: [2])
  2. Elections input and board member opinions, do we know what they are? continuing discussion [3]
  3. Free file formats discussion:
    1. Freedom, standards and file formats -- continuing discussion about software formats, what Wikimedia should use to play files, etc. [4]; thread jump [5], [6], [7], [8], [9]
    2. "Play Ogg campaign" -- Wikimedia not on the FSF friendly sites list for the campaign [10]
    3. Greg Maxwell presents "Two tests for the freeness of activities related to project content" [11]
  4. tail end of a degenerating discussion about the mailing list [12]
  5. contining OT discussion about laws & Commonwealths [13]
  6. tail end of small discussion about spam re: working on wikipedia [14]
  7. The 100th edition of Wikizine has been published. Kudos to Walter. Also, he could use help. [15]
  8. Digitization of newspapers going to distruction continuing discussion [16]
    1. cost of digitizing said newspapers? [17]
  9. fair use on the Hungarian Wikipedia [18]
  10. MediaWiki strategy document discussion [19], continued: [20]
  11. sj wants to make a circular wiki cheatsheet [21]
  12. Database rights, legal ruling in the ECJ and comments. [22], (thread jump: [23])
  13. Hungarian chapter founded, woo [24]
  14. Arabic dialect Wikipedias -- "Discussion of creation of wikipedias for languages/dialects/whatever-you-want-to-call-them that stem from Arabic", especially the Masry (Egyptian Arabic) project. Followon from discussions at Wikimania, perhaps? [25]
  15. Wikimedia finances and the economy -- will we make any money during the fundraiser if the economy's in the toilet? [26]
  16. Wikimedia disclaimers -- are they binding legal documents? [27]
    1. followon: sj encourages one to be careful when performing auto-appendectomys, and asks big questions about the disclaimers [28]
  17. Report to the board, August 2008, from Sue Gardner [29]