LSS/wikiEN-l-archives/2008 12 16-31

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  • What is this? A summary of the topics discussed on the mailing list wikien-l, grouped roughly by topic & chronological thread.
  • Time period: Dec 15-31, 2008
  • 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. Troubles with articles
    1. Founder of WorldNetDaily, Joseph Farah, complains about Wikipedia vandalism/slander [1], more: [2], more: [3]
    2. Scholarly consensus in articles about fiction: [4]
  2. Troubles with people
  3. News and announcements
    1. Microbiology journal to require Wikipedia editing for certain RNA topics (see also discussion on foundation-l): [5], more: [6]
  4. Stories and press about Wikipedia
  5. Other
    1. is there a way to embed YouTube videos in MediaWiki? (answer, yes, there's an extension: [7]
    2. straw poll on semi-protecting BLPs [8]
    3. at least one person self-diagnosed with Wikipedia, and gave us money because of it [9]