LSS/foundation-l-archives/2009 October 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: October 1-15, 2009
  • 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. Announcements and reports
    1. wikizine #119 [1]
    2. strategic planning office hours Oct 7 [2]
    3. the Wikipedia Weekly posted an 'exit interview' podcast with Brion Vibber [3]
    4. staff office hours with Mike Godwin Oct 9 [4] and October 15: [5]
    5. Marlita Kahn is the new project manager for the bookshelf project [6]
    6. release of the Wikimedia report card -- stats by Erik Zachte [7]
  2. Foundation, Chapters and community
    1. when should staff office hours be (cont.) [8]
    2. about counting editors rather than articles (cont.) [9]
    3. what's the status of the meta page Improving Foundation-l? [10]
    4. there's a global sysops proposal on Meta, please comment. [11]
    5. the website Charity Navigator gives a medium rating to the Wikimedia Foundation; discussion ensues about what metrics of overhead vs 'program expenses' would be desirable, and what those metrics might mean. [12]
    6. Greg Kohs offers his services to survey high school teachers. [13]
    7. Now is a good time to volunteer for Strategic planning task forces! [14]
  3. Translations, languages
    1. should namespaces be localized in ja:? (cont.) [15]
    2. a translator is making bad Korean translations across many wikis [16]
  4. Technical
    1. Liquidthreads is in beta testing over on wikimedia labs [17]
    2. would there be a load on the servers associated with flaggedrevs? [18]
    3. (and an answer to the question: what is wikimedia labs?) [19]
  5. Miscellaneous/other
    1. someone wants deleted revisions to restore the alternate-pov version of history of kosovo [20]
    2. computer speechreading to Youtube versions of articles? [21]
    3. the WikiReader by the OpenMoko foundation is announced; it's a piece of hardware that stores offline Wikipedia articles. [22]
    4. More discussion on the Alphascript books [//
    5.'s open data isn't open at all: [23]