LSS/foundation-l-archives/2009 January 1-15

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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: January 1-15
  • 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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  1. Announcements and reports
    1. Wikimania dates officially announced: Aug 26-28th [1]
    2. Re: Wikistats -- new stats have been posted (again), without errors this time [2], note from Brion on why dumps don't work for en: [3]
    3. Wikisym 2009 call for papers [4]
    4. Call for volunteers, Scholarship committee, Wikimania 2009 [5]
    5. Agenda for Jan Board meeting: [6]
    6. Wikimedia now hiring for Stanton Usability Initiative [7]
    7. Chinese Wikinews blocked in China [8], more: [9]
  2. Fundraiser
    1. discussion of what to do during the next fundraiser, given this one was successful: [10]
    2. Fundraiser crosses $6M mark! [11]
    3. Fundraiser update, thank-you banner will be up til Jan. 9th, and discussion of same [12]
  3. Chapters and community
    1. Who will be the new members of the ombudsman commission? -- Answer: WMF is rethinking it [13]
    2. relationship between foundation & volunteers, how people are treated in the projects [14]
    3. Why is the software out of the reach of the community? Big discussion about software development, extensions, usability initiative, etc. [15], more: [16]
    4. transparency of the community [17], more: [18]
  4. Languages and localization
    1. What to do with projects in & project requests for dead languages? [19]
    2. Error in the privacy policy, needs to be fixed for translation [20]
    3. status of mo. -> mo.cyrl codes [21]
    4. Concerns over the language subcommittee, and behavior of its members [22]
  5. Licensing
    1. question re: what to do to build a wikipedia-license-compatible wiki: [23]
    2. how do we plan to vote on the GFDL? [24]
    3. GFDL Q&A posted, discussion of how to vote on licensing change, turns into wide-ranging discussion of the merits of CC-BY-SA vs GFDL, relicensing, and how to attribute authors under each license [25], more: [26], attribution discussion: [27], more: [28]
  6. Miscellaneous/other
    1. New Year's wishes, and a page on meta for them: [29]
    2. Complaint about content on Wikia, turns into a discussion of how linked Wikia and WMF are: [30]
    3. Who writes Wikipedia -- new article based on Swartz's 2006 work [31]
    4. Pictures from the German Federal Archive are in Commons [32]