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Truncated interwiki map?[edit]

Hello Walter. Please note that I've partially reverted your recent changes to the Interwiki map, which by apparent accident truncated the table. The other edits were left as-is, except for an alphabetisation change. —[admin] Pathoschild 14:25, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. This is not the first time I have this problem. I suspect there is a problem with MediaWiki and my browser (FireFox 1.5.0.2/Linux) working together. --Walter 21:34, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Rename[edit]

Hi Walter. In Requests_for_permissions you say that you can rename the old Slade. Do you can provide that in this week? Maybe the new nick for the old Slade is user:Slade Old or something closer. Sorry for the english and thanks for all. -- Slade pt.wp 15:44, 16 May 2006 (UTC)

Semiprotection of Wikimedia News[edit]

See Talk:Wikimedia News. Tuf-Kat 03:05, 19 May 2006 (UTC)

New impose, ops, news[edit]

[1], http://wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:Scriptorium#Logo_update. ¬ 05:06, 27 May 2006 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Sorry, I've been busy and I hadn't checked Meta for a few weeks. Thanks for the note! Andre (talk) 05:32, 29 May 2006 (UTC)

De-adminship because of violation of "administration ethics"[edit]

How do you think, if an administrator violates so-called "administration ethics", but does not violate any Wikipedia rule, may administration privileges be dropped? --Jaroslavleff 16:45, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

Possibly. The function of a admin is to serve his community. If a other admin is acting very strongly against the benefit of that community it is the responsibly of any other admin to stop that admin. Even if there is no formal rule broken. If you contact my because I am steward; I am not a universal wikipedia-judge. It is up to the local community and sysops to take there responsibility. --Walter 20:00, 2 June 2006 (UTC)

De opkomende Chinese economie[edit]

KATHOLIEKE HOGESCHOOL LEUVEN DEPARTEMENT ECONOMISCH HOGER ONDERWIJS

Vak: Internationale organisaties en diplomatie Paper: China binnen de wereldeconomie; een pijl op een gespannen boog

[knip]

Wat zit jij dit hier op mijn overlegpagina te posten??? --Walter 08:45, 4 June 2006 (UTC)

job[edit]

hi you and job of work do wikimedia


Wikizine[edit]

Hello Walter, I thought You might be interested in this bug [2] for Wikizine, if You have questions about it You can contact me, best regards --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 01:36, 7 June 2006 (UTC)

De Vernufteling[edit]

De Vernufteling is Nederlands meest prestigieuze Ingenieursprijs. Elk jaar strijden 12 Ingenieursbureaus om de bokaal voor het meest innovatieve project. De prijsuitreiking is een initiatief van het magazine De Ingenieur en branchevereniging KIVI NIRIA. In 2006 vind op 21 juni de feestelijke prijsuitreiking plaats in de kuip te Rotterdam. Het evenement wordt gepresenteerd door Mart Smeets, sportverslaggever en liefhebber van innovatie.

Goed .... en welke relatie is er met Wikimedia/Wikipedia? Groet, --Walter 16:18, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

CURRENTISOYEAR[edit]

You reverted my addition of the CURRENTISOYEAR to the date announcement. I really should have commented my revision so you would at least know why I did it. Anyway, I ask that you consider re-adding it because the CURRENTWEEK template follows the ISO year, which doesn't agree with the calendar year for a few days around the turn of the year. The ISO year is week-justified such that every week begins on a Monday and ends on Sunday. The year that contains the Thursday of that week determines whether it is week 52 or 53 of year X or week 1 of year X+1. The upcoming year transition will be a breeze since 2006-12-31 is a Sunday. However, 2007-12-31 is a Monday and will be part of week 1 of 2008. So, your date announcement on that date will say, "Today it is: Monday 31 December 2007, 21st century and this is week 1", which will appear to be a mistake without the ISO year specified. —BozoTheScary 20:33, 8 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. I have changed it back. --Walter 23:00, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Atomuim images[edit]

There are quite often images of Atomium uploaded on Commons. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomium for what Atomium is.

In Belgium there is evidently no such thing as freedom of panorama, and the owners of Atomium have explicively denied permission to use images of the Atomium on Wikipedia. So we delete these from Commons, again and again. As this is getting a little tedious, it would be desirable if users stopped uploading Atomium images on Commons -- unless they want to argue for a change of policy.

/ Fred Chess 09:01, 14 June 2006 (UTC)

Yes, I now about this problem. I have voted agianst keeping those images on commons. For the Dutch Wikipedia I have found a way out. There is now a €2 coin with the picture of the atomium. So now there is image that can be used. See w:nl:Atomium.
Why are you contacting me? Do you want me to do something? --Walter 13:11, 14 June 2006 (UTC)
I thought you could add it to the Wikizine. You redirect questions about the Wikizine to this page. / Fred Chess 23:22, 15 June 2006 (UTC)
Yes, I send Wikizine comments to this page. But it was not clear to me that this was in relation of Wikizine.
I do not see how I can use this for Wikizine. Thanks for the effort. --Walter 09:25, 16 June 2006 (UTC)
So in other words: people should stop uploading Atomium images, or argue to change the policy. Either is good. / Fred chessplayer 23:26, 15 June 2006 (UTC)

Kleuren vermelding voor grafische deelpositieven of deelnegatieven[edit]

Kleuren in scheidingen worden vermeld in de "full colour"-drukkleuren als cyaan met afkorting: cy, magenta met afkorting: mag, geel met afkorting: ge en zwart met afkorting: k. Ook wel als afkortingen worden gebruikt: Cy, Ma, Ye en K. De K- afkorting, daar is nog steeds verwarring over en wordt gesproken dat deze ontstaan is uit het woord: Key. Maar kan ook ontstaan zijn uit de laatste letter van het Engelse woord Zwart als Black. Vroeger werden de deelkleuren vermeld als Blauw, Rood, Geel en Zwart. Maar door de verwarring met de Engelse versies, werden er al gauw verwarringen ontdekt als men de B gebruikte, dat zowel voor Black, als voor Blauw kon doorgaan. Vandaar de betere invulling voor deze notatie: Cy, Ma, Yel, K. Tenslotte werd en wordt er niet gedrukt als "full colour" in rood en blauw, maar cyaan en magenta.

De relatie tussen die tekst en mijzelf is mij niet duidelijk. --Walter 11:51, 16 June 2006 (UTC)

A Vandal[edit]

Wikizine[edit]

Upload distribution, June 2006 555 02:51, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

WikiSym[edit]

Hi Walter! You wrote about the international Symposium on Wikis in Wikizine. But there will also be a workshop on Wikipedia research Workshop on Wikipedia Research 2006. This workshop wants to bring together people interested in further wikipedia research. A short overview of current Wikipedia research will be given as well as some practical guidelines on methods how to analyze data and where to get in contact with the community. Together we want to talk about differences and commonalities of Wikipedia and other wikis and hot topics in Wikipedia research. Position papers are welcome. -- Nichtich 22:55, 19 June 2006 (UTC)

If I knew that I would have include it. Greetings, --Walter 09:47, 20 June 2006 (UTC)

Meetup in Vicenza, Italy[edit]

A dozen of Italian Wikipedians is welcoming the guests and showing the Wikimedia projects to the visitors of "FestAmbiente 2006", held in Vicenza, Italy, from June 22nd to 25th. A gallery of photos is available at it:Categoria:Raduno di Vicenza 2006. Lots of fun and mosquitoes! Bye. --Paginazero 21:56, 23 June 2006 (UTC)

i will like to know u more[edit]

lo

Hi Walter[edit]

I noticed you are using a blog to post about wikimedia - I found that sort of funny :-) If you want to have your wikizine hosted on wiki software, we'd be delighted to host and promote your service.

If not, sorry for the spam :-)

Gil Wikia.com

Hi Gil, thanks for your interest. Before going with Blogger(TM) I have looking around how to do this best. And for what I needed is a blog the best solution. I only need to post a message, not work on it with other people. For the construction of Wikizine I use Meta. And support for adding comments and so. A wiki is not what I need for this. I do have wikizine-wiki only that i use but that is only place to put some comments, purely an internal stuff. --Walter 17:43, 28 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine: Meervoude[edit]

Haai Walter!

(Ek skryf in Afrikaans en glo jy sal verstaan.)

Ek is onlangs verras met die moontlikheid om meervoude korrek te spesifiseer in stelselboodskappe, soos byvoorbeeld in [3] ek was nie bewus hiervan nie, en ek glo vele Wikizine-lesers sal inligting hieroor waardeer. Ek vermoet dit is redelik nuut; Help:Magic words is die enigste dokumentasie wat ek daaroor kry. Groete, Alias 13:35, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Ja, ik begrijp het, al moet ik het wel 2x lezen :-) Bedankt voor de suggestie. Ik moet zeggen dat het mij nog niet echt duidelijk is wat nu exact de bedoeling is van die meervoudfunctie is. Het is moeilijk uitleg te geven over iets wat je zelf niet echt zelf begrijpt. Maar als ik mij wat ermee kan bezighouden, en minder moe men, zal het ik het wel begrijpen. Het zal wel niet voor deze week zijn denk ik. Groet, --Walter 21:12, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine: poem[edit]

Brion write a <poem>-extension and activated it on Wikisource. See http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2006-June/036557.html -- Nichtich 20:11, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Thanks. --Walter 21:18, 29 June 2006 (UTC)

Problem[edit]

You may have a conflict of interest between Wikizine (which you wish to have independent from WMF) and your volunteer roles with WMF. How would you suggest resolving this problem? Please e-mail me when you get this... amgine@saewyc.net. I will be on the boat for a couple of weeks, but will occasionally have e-mail access. - Amgine / talk meta 15:14, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

For the rest of the world; I have spoken with Amgine by phone about this. I see no problem and I belive Amgine also not now. --Walter 16:26, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine[edit]

Requests for new languages#European Portuguese Wikipedia, "A new voting is hereby scheduled to begin on the 1st of August, 2006. Independent moderators for the voting/process are needed and much welcome."?? [4] ¬ 20:50, 1 July 2006 (UTC)

Wiktionary, 1,000,000 articles ?[edit]

Hello, that's what I read on Wikizine, but if I believe [5] (see at the bottom), we have not reached 1 million yet, even though we are close: 989 458. What would be cool is to reach 1 million total, and more than 200k on the French wiktionary (where I contribute) at the same time :-). Kipmaster 13:27, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

It can be that I am wrong about it. But about that page also notice "Last modified: May 29 2006". --Walter 22:20, 12 July 2006 (UTC)

Just a reminder...[edit]

You've granted a temp adminship to User:Barrie on meta.wiki, this was to expire on July 12. Ciao, M/ 17:40, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

Wikispecies[edit]

Hi there, here is short statement about wikispecies.

Wikispecies is a Wikimedia project designed to be a directory of species. There are currently about a dozen active editors and over 60,000 listings. It is similar to Commons in that it is monolingual. We are working on the fine line between being a framework of species with links to information in all of the various wikipedias and containing that information here. Searching is always challenging when working in multiple languages. We hope to utilize wikidata when it becomes available to serve up the data. Come check us out at wikispecies:Main_Page

Feel free to edit wikispecies:User_talk:Open2universe

Thanks --Walter 10:44, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine: fur.wiki reaches 1000 articles[edit]

Hi, I want just to inform you that we at the Friulian Wikipedia have reached 1000 articles today. Friulian is a language spoken by about 600.000 people mainly in North-East Italy. Greetings- Klenje

thanks, will use it --Walter 10:55, 14 July 2006 (UTC)

election officer[edit]

Thanks for the offer; however I don't have much spare time. If there is a shortage of candidates and you are in real need to find someone, then maybe I could help; but if there are enough candidates, then there is no need to take me.

Thanks Srtxg 23:33, 15 July 2006 (UTC) (also wa:Uzeu:Pablo)

WikiThanks
en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Awareness (and Meta:MetaProject Awareness)[edit]

I'd like to thank you for including this WikiProject in the WikiZine, as the mailing list hasn't yet generated any discussion. I hope that by doing that people might decide to come and join up. Thanks again, —Xyrael / 08:23, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

This is unexpected. Thanks, --Walter 22:04, 18 July 2006 (UTC)

Wikimedia Conferentie Nederland - inschrijving[edit]

Hoi walter,

Het volgende bericht heb ik doen uitgaan via verschillende kanalen. Zou er een samenvatting met Wikizine meekunnen? (Vooral dat er een conferentie is, en dat inschrijving openstaat met links etc). Bij voorbaat hartelijk dank. Effeietsanders 19:42, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

Er zijn plannen om 2 september a.s. een conferentie voor Wikianen te organiseren. Daarom zijn er al even geleden oproepen gedaan voor bijdragen (in de vorm van lezingen, workshops, discussies enz.) Een aantal bouwstenen zijn inmiddels aangeleverd en sinds kort buigt een comité, bestaande uit de gebruikers Annemiek Kennisnet, effe iets anders, Kim Bruning, RonaldB en Tdevries, zich hierover en tracht de juiste cement te vinden om er een aantrekkelijk programma van te maken.

Het doel van de conferentie is tweeërlei:

  • Kennis en ervaringsuitwisseling
  • Een beeld te ontwikkelen over de toekomst van de wikimedia projecten.

Een eerste concept-programma, gebaseerd op voorstellen van Wikianen die iets willen presenteren, vindt je hier. Vermoedelijk kan Jimbo Wales een lezing geven als keynote. De paneldiscussie aan het einde van het programma zou een stukje van de vraag hoe het in de toekomst verder zal gaan moeten beantwoorden.

Voor de organisatie is het van het grootste belang dat we een redelijk inzicht krijgen in de belangstelling voor dit event. Daarom het verzoek je eventuele belangstelling hier kenbaar te maken. En als je bepaalde thema's aan de orde gesteld wilt zien, geef dat dan s.v.p. ook aan, zodat we daarmee ook een beter beeld krijgen van de behoefte.

Tenslotte nog wat praktische informatie: Het zal plaatsvinden in Utrecht, de kosten zullen ongeveer € 15,- bedragen (met een korting voor VWN leden) en na afloop zal bij voldoende belangstelling nog een buffet georganiseerd worden (kost wel wat extra).

Mede namens Annemiek, Kim, Ronald en Tjipke,

met vriendelijke groet, Lodewijk Gelauff aka Effeietsanders 19:42, 20 July 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine/tmp[edit]

I'm very impressed in lists on Wikizine/tmp as a Wikiquoter. This kind of lists are useful for many people ... Can you let me know what kind of distinction is between groep 1 and 2? Thanks. --Aphaia 09:38, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

? That is purely something "internal". I am doing promotion for Wikizine. I have posted request for help on the projects mailing lists. And now I have started to work me slowly true all wikis to ask there in there "village pump" of the are willing to add a banner to there local village pump page and/or community portal. Like on q:en:Wikiquote:Village_pump#Request - no responds yet. The first project I am doing is Wikiquote. "Groep 1" are the wikis where I have asked it last week. "Groep 2" are the wikis I am asking it now this week. That is only for me to see what I have already done. And I also need to watch frequently those pages to see of there is responds.
I am also updating the language links of q:en:Wikiquote:Village pump when I find new village pumps. I add not all wikis because not everywhere I can discover the village pump. Then I post it on the talk page of the Main page or the community portal. --Walter 09:55, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
Thanks for your respond. Your list recalled me a similar list being created by the Internal subcom, it seems not to be finished yet.
As for English & Latin Wikiquote, I'll urge other editors to consider your request. Cheers, --Aphaia 10:05, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

Gratitude & Request[edit]

Thankyou very much Walter for granting me temporary sysop status on Zulu Wikipedia! I have already translated most of the interface words so you can now de-sysop me there.

I have now applied for temporary adminship for Mongolian Wikipedia Here.

I have also applied on behalf of Zorigt to become the administrator for Mongolian Wiki Here (He is a native speaker of Mongolian whom has been editing on Mongol Wiki since October 2005).

Regards --Jose77 03:45, 2 August 2006 (UTC)

Wikiquote-es[edit]

Hi, I need help because in Wikiquote-es there is a vanda[6] that persists in putting an image on all of the pages, and in this day this is the second time that I have had to revert 100 pages: Vandalism_reports#Recurrent_Vandalism. Please help me with the situation. --Gabriel Francisco 21:30, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

Announcement from Commons: Most images on Vigeland Sculpture Park will be deleted[edit]

Not sure if this is the sort of message you broadcast on the Zine, but I don't know of any other means of addressing all Wikipedia projects. If you know of any, kindly let me know.

This post is about images on Vigeland Sculpture park that can not be used for commercial exploitation, such as printed on T-shirt. The debate is at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Deletion_requests#Most_images_on_Vigeland_Sculpture_Park

Some Wikipedias may want to upload images from the park as fair use on their Wikipedia project. I would recommend everyone to check their articles on Gustav Vigeland and on the Vigeland sculpture park. They could also check all images on http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vigeland_Sculpture_Park for use in unrelated contents.

The effected images are those where individual sculptures are prominent. Overviws of the park are accepted. If an image is not tagged for deletion, it is not risking to be deleted.


Fred chessplayer 23:26, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

I always try to use what the very few people who report something to me in some way. But with this I have no inspiration how to make of this something relevant for wikizine. --Walter 08:50, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

Desysop[edit]

please take my admin powers. --Slaven Kosanović 19:04, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

I noticed this user might be impersonating Slaven, if I know Slaven (and I do) I doubt that he would calmly come here and request such a thing. Please ignore his comments. --WIKI SERBIA 19:13, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
use the request for permission page and do it good. Login and write it also on the talkpage on your home-wiki when you are logged in. --Walter 19:23, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Are you addressing this to me or the guy above? --WIKI SERBIA 19:33, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Oh, I just got it, I thought I had to leave some kind of message on my page. By the way, why is it important to know who is reporting an admin? --WIKI SERBIA 19:41, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
It is importand that a user who whish to be de-sysoped to do that in a way so that there can be no discussion of that user is who he says he is and what he wants. --Walter 20:19, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
Didn't get that. Can u re-formulate that?--Manojlo 19:25, 9 August 2006 (UTC)
A message is posted "I am user X from project Y. De-sysop me please". -> Then I, as a steward, need to be certain that this request is true. That not someone else is posting that. A good way to be sure is that this users writes on his talk page on his home wiki when loged-in the same request. Then, I, the steward can verify that it is indeed that users who is requesting this and not someone else. --Walter 19:48, 9 August 2006 (UTC)
Thats not the case here. Forget about the request of Slaven, look at my request for a second. Slaven was blocked for abusing admin powers, and was told that he will automatically lose his powers if he unblocks himself. He unblocked himself. I have provided links. Please remove Slaven's admin powers. --WIKI SERBIA 02:50, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
If you have a de-sysop request use the requests for permissions page, not my talk page. --Walter 10:23, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
I am using that page, but noone is reacting to our request. How much longer is it going to take? --WIKI SERBIA 17:57, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

This is a complete hoax. Please see [[7]]. Thanks. --Filip (§) 23:12, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

Mistake![edit]

You have made terible mistake whit removing User:Славен Косановић's rights. There was no reason to do such think, and there was no consensus at Serbian Wiki comunity for this. Please, fix this problem soon as posible, and do not listen trolls in future! Regards, --Pokrajac 21:59, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

User:Slaven Kosanović is not real Slaven. This is forgery. --Pokrajac 22:05, 10 August 2006 (UTC)

You have 25 bureaucrats on your wiki. If this de-sysop of that user is incorrect then one of them can restore the status of that user. --Walter 22:20, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
That's not the point. But ok, Ausir fixed the thing :D --Filip (§) 23:13, 10 August 2006 (UTC)
I have said that because it was not clear who was here the troll. Restoring the status of that user by a local bureaucrat easy and a clear indication that the request for de-sysoping was false. The whole request here was confusing. I had the impression that it was valid but that the request did not understand my explanations how the should prove that the request was valid. I have done a checkuser and because those 3 voters and Wiki Serbia had other ip addresses and that the userpage and talk page of the to de-sysop user was blank I felt that it was likely that the request was invalid. The fact that after the de-sysop you came here to ask to restore the user rights instead of doing it locally whit one of your 25 bureaucrats. That was from my POV very suspicious and it was giving me the impression that you where the one with the false request.
I have requested a mailinglist for stewards. The I will be possible for stewards to ask advice from the other stewards. This can help for situations where there is confusion. --Walter 08:23, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
I think that guys forgot to use their bureaucrat rights... :) (i.e. "if steward removed rights, then only steward is able to back them") --Millosh 14:58, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
Because you never know for sure until you tested it I have done that. A user de-sysoped by a steward can be restored to power by a local bureaucrat. --Walter 21:12, 11 August 2006 (UTC)
I am very well aware of that, thank you very much. The thing is: I didn't want to do it myself, because it would seem to be a deed of my own. That's why I wanted a neutral, unbiased as far as possible, person who would do the honors. And that worked. --Filip (§) 10:00, 12 August 2006 (UTC)

Meanos → jd[edit]

Thank you Walter for changing my username to "Jd". M7 told me to wait for the SUL to be enabled, but that's fine as well :) self.streamlining_accounts++ jd  19:46, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

Hi, I would be very interested in appearing in Wikizine.[edit]

Please tell me what kind of material would you be interested in having? A personal profile? A chatty letter about my views about the board and its future? Analysis of the election itself? Something else? I will gladly provide whatever you would like to have for your wikizine. -- Cimon Avaro 02:32, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

What you write is up to you. I offer you space, you fill it like you see fit. I think you best assume that the reader has not (yet) read you statement on meta. There is a link on the sitenotice to it on most wikis but I am very sceptical that many people are clicking on it and reading it. I would say; try to write something to present yourself, to give a good impression and invite people to go to meta read more or that thr contact you.
To give an idea about the available space see Wikizine/Example-2. That contains 2 dummy statements, the are about 300 words with a couple with lines between it. Try to not make it lager then that. It is likely I can include this in the next edition, together with that of Erik. If you prefer to have the first spot on the page then you can get the first spot in edition of one week later; week 35. You can put your text on Talk:Wikizine/2006-34 when you are ready. --Walter 10:42, 16 August 2006 (UTC)
No I am quite happy to appear so that my statement is the last one the readers see in the week 34. issue ;D -- Cimon Avaro 16:29, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Publicity[edit]

I'm interested having publicity in wikizine. What do you need that I've not yet provided in my statement (see candidature and statement) ? Arno Lagrange  05:28, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

Hi! Well I think that what I have written just above this here also is valid for you. The only difference is that is that the publication will like it looks now be for week 35. Greetings --Walter 10:44, 16 August 2006 (UTC)

From it.wiki[edit]

  1. It happened that on Monday, August 14th, one Wikipedian found himself on air on RAI1, the first national TV broadcast. The program, Uno Mattina Estate is a general container, and the interview was held by Eleonora Daniele. The producers had also invited for the interview Enrico Cogno, a professor at the University of Perugia, and Federica Lanzellotto, a student from Rome. The subject of the interview was "Wikipedia: il sapere per tutti", with the aim of understanding how Wikipedia is getting more and more present in everyday's life.
  2. On September 2nd, Italian Wikipedians are going to meet in Valentano, near Viterbo, and in the afternoon they will attend to the second Annual Meeting for Wikimedia Italia, the Italian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. The assembly is going to elect a new Board and the meeting is going also to approve the budgets and to delineate the strategies for achieving a better promotion to Wikimedia Projects in Italy. Details can be found in Wikipedia:Raduni/Viterbo_2006 and in the Wikimedia Italia website: http://www.wikimedia.it/ .
Thank you again for you warm welcome :) --M/ 22:56, 17 August 2006 (UTC)

RE: Request (on PT.wiki)[edit]

Hi Walter!

First, sorry for my English and congratulation to your work on Wikizine! Well, I've started a Portuguese version of Wikizine in w:pt:Wikipedia:Jornal da Wikipédia some time ago (just look the headlines), but it is still a draft. I'll put a Wikizine Banner soon there.

Please, use my discussion talk on PT.wiki. FlipDarius 04:20, 20 August 2006 (UTC)

News from the Spanish Wiki[edit]

Some things that might be interesting for you: (Ecelan)

Yes, very. Thanks. --Walter 18:57, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
  • The fifth Wikiconcurso (Wikicontest) has just finished. This edition was about translating featured articles from en.wiki, de.wiki, fr.wiki, it.wiki, pt.wiki, pl.wiki, nl.wiki, sv.wiki and ja.wiki, and we have translated about 88 articles. 17 of those will be proposed as Articulo destacado on the Spanish Wikipedia. The theme of the next contest is still not known, but will possibly have something to do with geography. (Ecelan)
What is Articulo destacado? Very good articles? --Walter 18:57, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
I have made from it "outstanding articles" --Walter 21:40, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
They are the equivalent of featured articles. --Ecelan 05:11, 22 August 2006 (UTC)
  • The Spanish comunity has decided to implement the German solution for the userboxes, they will be moved to the User space. (Ecelan)
Can you explain what this means in practise? I do not know the German solution. --Walter 18:57, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
This can wait for next week. Already 2 items about the es.wp --Walter 21:40, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
Well it's just that userboxes will be moved from the template: space to the user: space, just as Jimbo recomended in http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Jimbo_Wales&diff=prev&oldid=55506851. More info in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:German_userbox_solution --Ecelan 05:11, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Hope they are of interest. Cheers, --Ecelan 18:51, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Yes, the are. --Walter 18:57, 21 August 2006 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

.. for publishing my statement, and for continuing to put your time into Wikizine, which I regard as one of the most important internal PR efforts of the Wikimedia community right now.--Eloquence 07:58, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Election statement[edit]

Hi - if you could publish the following in Wikizine (which I find very informative), I'd be very grateful. (Little different from the other statement, but I've made a few changes.) Charles Matthews 11:17, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

I'm a candidate with experience and skills useful for the Wikimedia Board. I'm not a technical person, and have not been active on Wikimedia issues, preferring to focus on the English Wikipedia. (On en-WP I'm best known for writing about mathematics and poetry, and as as admin and Arbitrator. See User:Charles Matthews there for more.)
I come without any specific template for the WMF. For manifesto, I would say that we still have to match up some things. Implementing the best distance learning experiences, when we know that factual content is a Long Tail phenomenon (to speak modishly), means we have to be both collectively smart and better in the humanities. The aim is to become comprehensive, but also comprehensible and comprehending on a global scale. These are ambitious slogans.
Background: I had 10 post-doctoral years in academia (1978-1989), at the University of Cambridge, with years in France and the USA. After that I have been a voluntary worker in a number of contexts, including publicity work and raising sponsorship. I have written two books (one conventional, one with a Korean friend published online), and many articles. I have travelled, in East Asia, and recently in Uganda, where in June I gave a well-attended lecture on Wikipedia. I speak reasonable French, and some Russian. I'm a married parent.
The role of the Board: what other online extended community gets to hire its own support staff? The Board has stewardship of the most important piece of hypertext ever. Some intangibles, such as 'wiki culture' and 'motivational working atmosphere', matter as much as money. The scale of Wikimedia projects now means that straight management sometimes applies; but the biggest challenge remains the harnessing of those writing on the wikis to projects in the larger scheme. This means not losing sight of the old-school way of thinking.
In short, I have outside experience, communication skills, and a traditionalist wiki approach.
Discuss matters with me at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Charles_Matthews/WMF_Board_Election_2006. Another version of this statement is on the formal candidacy page http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Election_candidates_2006/Charles_Matthews/En.

/ends

Thanks. Looks fine. Are you sure you do not want to include a link to your statement on meta or to you talk page or so? Some path for readers who like to know more or ask a question.
Depending on the feedback or lack of feedback from the other candidates your statement will be send out this week or next week with the normal wikizine. --Walter 11:51, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

Good thought about the links. I was worrying about the 300 words. I'll add links shortly. Charles Matthews 15:15, 22 August 2006 (UTC)

RE:Publicity[edit]

Hey Walter, Thanks for the offer, I will do that tonight - Nathan Carter (Talk) 05:28, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

Very good --Walter 08:00, 23 August 2006 (UTC)

Arno Lagrange's statement[edit]

I am running as a candidate for the board of trustees in order to defend linguistic equal rights. We must try to find a way that any person from any project, speaking any language, can participate in discussions and decisions. Unfortunately, important discussions/decisions all happen in American English, making those who are not good speakers of that language unable to take part. True multilingualism and perspective, provided by an international neutral auxillary language (it could be Esperanto) is absolutely necessary.

It might seem trivial that in my statement I treat only the language question and none other. But as long as this important problem is not solved correctly, it seems impossible for me to look further into any other subject. How does someone enter a debate on some important subject if, because of a language barrier, I, like a great many users, cannot understand well what it is about? There is certainly an effort to develop some amount of multilingualism on meta (such as, for example, this election) but obviously the majority of the debates on the pages of meta, by IRC or mailing lists (e.g. Foundation-l) proceed only in English. I tried to become interested in certain questions but I am constantly overwhelmed by long English messages; they lack conciseness, a summary and even a summary in other languages. One can note that those used to the English language (whether native speakers or non-native English-speakers accustomed to using English every day) are totally unaware that they leave behind all those who do not use the language as well as themselves. They do not make any effort of conciseness, stuff important messages with unimportant chatter, slang or jargon, abbreviations (which one finds neither in the dictionary nor elsewhere). Consequently even with a pretty good level of English it is impossible to enter the debates when you do not have unlimited time.

read more Talk page

My username change request[edit]

Hello Walter, now it's my turn to ask you for a somewhat complicated rename... When I arrived on Wikipedia, my Username wasn't the one that I wished (M/), but I remedied with M7 that is graphically similar. Unluckily, even this one was already taken on en.wiki, so I later registered M7it and asked the re-attribution for all the edits under my static IP address. Now, as the approaching SUL is to come, I've had a look at this and it appears that M7 has never contributed again since his registration date. Do you think that a rename of M7->M7- and M7it->M7 is feasible on en.wiki, or I've to wait until SUL comes? Thank you, M/ 13:39, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

I see no problem to give you on EN.wikipedia the user name M7. A few edits on one page in 2004. Clearly not an active user. But I can not burn my hands by doing this for you. This is a matter for a bureaucrat of the English Wikipedia. That bureaucrat needs to rename the account M7 to some other name, like M7_01 . After that the account name M7 is free again. And your account can be renamed to M7. But you need to find a bureaucrat of EN.wp who is willing to do that. Good luck. --Walter 15:53, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
Thank you again for your useful answer, I asked User:Cimon Avaro and he has already fulfilled the request, without hesitation since he did read your valuable opinion. Ciao, M/ 21:30, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

UninvitedCompany's statement[edit]

I'm a candidate for the Wikimedia Foundation board of directors. I believe that the board of directors should set up a decisionmaking structure rather than make individual decisions itself, and to that end I've advocated creating additional volunteer and paid positions within the Foundation with specific responsibilities. I think that would be one means to allow interested people to become active in their particular areas of interest at the Foundation level. Another of my proposals is the designation of two Foundation contacts for each project. Especially for smaller projects, that would be a means to be sure that each project both has a voice and remains accountable to the overall goals of openness and NPOV. I also support long-term independence for various languages as they become large enough to be self-sustaining. I've been involved at ENWP since March 2003, where I am a former member of the arbitration committee. I've participated at meta since before the inception of the Foundation, and am presently involved in the OTRS mail handling system. For more information about my candidacy, you can view my candidate statement or the discussion page where I have been replying to questions about my candidacy.

UninvitedCompany 17:21, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Ross Hedvicek statement[edit]

I'm a candidate for the Wikimedia Foundation board of trustees. My platform is not to change anything drastically, but to improve the current situation. For example - I am aware of cases of blatant abuse of power on several language branches of Wikipedia in eastern Europe. I made the board aware of these cases. However, no action was taken by the board. This was not because they weren't aware of the problems but because of the language barrier preventing them from making reasonable decisions and possibly due to lack of familiarity with the history, realities and facts of life in that part of the world. I am more than qualified to rectify this situation.

My election slogan is: The crap has to stop - vote for me - it is your chance for change. I have a reputation to uphold!

Ross.Hedvicek 18:49, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

Nathan Carter Statement[edit]

I am Nathan Carter (also known as Cartman02au) and I am standing as a candidate for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Encouraging the establishment of local chapters in as many nations as possible. With foundation matters at present, I hold a position on the Chapters Committee and am involved in the setup of Wikimedia Australia. I see local chapters as one of the best vehicles to promote our projects, bring in new users and provide support on a local level, something that remains to be important even in our internationalised society.

The foundation faces many challenges in the future as we tread on new ground with little guidance. We are doing something new, we need to provide the guidance for future free content organisations to follow in our footsteps.

Nathan Carter (Talk) 10:07, 26 August 2006 (UTC)

CGI IRC[edit]

Hello, I suppose you manage the web-based IRC client at <http://www.wikizine.org/cgi-bin/cgiirc/irc.cgi>. Could you add two more channels to the list - #wikipedia-cs and #wikimedia-incubator? Thank you very much! — Timichal • 15:42, 27. Aug 2006

Added --Walter 16:10, 27 August 2006 (UTC)

oscar's statement[edit]

please read my candidate's statement at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Election_candidates_2006/En#Oscar. from this i take an excerpt:

whether we are constructing an ark of noah for human knowledge, or "just" boldly working at the gradual completion of the tower of babel still remains to be seen, but i strongly believe that such is in our own hands for a larger part than could "reasonably be expected". please let it be clear that it is for this very reason that i most emphatically believe in the importance of the wmf's mission, and have been devoting most of my free time for 2,5 years now to the consolidation and further development of its projects and communities. i will continue to do so, no matter the outcome of these elections.

for any further questions, my meta talk page http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Oscar is available, thank you :-) --oscar 12:34, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

Requests for permissions#en.wikibooks.org[edit]

You had put my previous request on hold because there was only one candidate with 25 votes. I would Like to ask you to come reconsider my request because we have found another candidate who has also amassed 25 votes to get checkuser rights. If you wouldn't mind reconsidering the request I would appreciate it. --Whiteknight 21:32, 28 August 2006 (UTC)

We copied each other :)[edit]

See here :) Ral315 (talk) 06:39, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine[edit]

Hi, i want to ask you can you put in Wikizine something about Wikipedia Firefox Toolbar. It's a excellent tool and i'm using it every time when i work on wikipedia. Soon, Firefox will be version 2.0 and toolbar isn't compatible with new version. I ask guy who make toolbar and he told me that he doesn't have time to work on toolbar to be compatible with new version of Mozilla Firefox 2.0. He, also, told me that i should try to find someone who will "overtake" whole project and who want to continue to work on it. User is <Bananeweizen> and he come to irc channel #mediawiki on Freenode network. Project have mailing list too and peoples who want to work on it can contact him through irc or that mailing list. I'm writing this to you because i think that best, and fastest, way to inform so many peoples about this problem is to put this "news" on Wikizine. So, please if you can put this "call" for developers on news release of Wikizine. Thanks you very much, best regards. --Sasa Stefanovic 13:12, 2 September 2006 (UTC)

Sure, I will give it attention in the "Request for help" section. Thanks for reporting this. --Walter 20:24, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Hey[edit]

I googled "sjabloon" and your userpage was the fifth result. Just thought I'd drop by to tell ya. It should be quite fascinating. Well anyway I don't know what this place is but my username on the English Wikipedia is "Adriaan 1" if you want to message me. Otherwise, check ya. --198.54.202.254 20:31, 3 September 2006 (UTC)



This user will be offline from 2006-09-11 until 2006-09-25.
Wikizine is closed from 2006-09-11 until 2006-09-25.

Subscription problem[edit]

I am hoping to respond to your request for a Wikizine banner inclusion on en:Wikiquote in the near future, so I thought it would be a good idea to subscribe and get a feel for Wikizine. However, my subscription does not appear to have completed correctly. I used the web subscription form, then clicked on the first "confirm" email's link to confirm my email address and get my password. I did get a "separate confirmation message" with "other useful information and links", but there was no password included.

I see that my timing is terrible, as usual, in that I decided to do this just after your started your vacation. When you return, please let me know how to get this subscription completed. Thank you. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 02:09, 13 September 2006 (UTC)

Citizendium[edit]

News for wikizine.

Primary:

Secondary:

~~helix84 15:03, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Requests for permissions/CommonsDelinker[edit]

Hello,

It would be very useful if you could mention this in the next Wikizine, because it affects every single Wikimedia wiki. Thanks, pfctdayelise 17:08, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Hoi[edit]

Welcome back! I cannot wait the next volumn ... ;) Aph.

Thanks, I will try to get it ready very soon, today at the latest. But it will probaly be a "light edition". No time :-( --Walter 09:18, 27 September 2006 (UTC)


Requests for local bot flags[edit]

Hi, Could you please take a look at Requests for bot status, I know this isn't very high on stewards' priorities lists, but it doesn't seem like anyone ever looks at the page. There are requests from way past. Sorry for bothering, but I don't quite know any other way of attracting a steward's attention. Teak 17:37, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Wikinews number 44[edit]

Some news:

  • the English wiktionary has reached 200'000 entries
  • the Bengali Wikipedia Reaches 10, 000 articles. It is the 50th language to do so, and the 2nd language from South Asia to do so. [8]

Kipmaster 17:43, 28 September 2006 (UTC)

will use it. Thanks --Walter 12:35, 29 September 2006 (UTC)

Stefan en Jose[edit]

Stefan en Jose

Wikizine in portuguese[edit]

Number 44 of wikizine was translated into portuguese here. LeonardoGregianin 17:36, 4 October 2006 (UTC)

Hi Leonardo. That is nice. I hope this way some people will be able to read wikizine who it otherwise could not read it. To bring to all wikis the news (and get news back from them) is what I try to accomplish with wikizine. You have just started with this translation-service. The most difficult thing is to keep doing it, week after week. On other wikis people have done this also. But it never lasted very long. I hope you can. Greetings, Walter

sr:wikipedia[edit]

Can you help with this situation? An admins priviledges were removed 4 days before the voting on it ends, and I would like to request that you give Verlor's rights back and we'll see what happens after monday (if the community votes to remove his rights, remove them, if not, nothing). We can't just go on removing rights while the voting is in progress, right? Thanks, --The SrWiki User 22:25, 5 October 2006 (UTC)

If that user is de-sysoped incorrectly then that is sad. But better that instead of other possiblity that you are a troll trying to get the status back form a problem user. There are many bureaucrats on the SR-wiki who can restore the status of the user if needed. Request rejected. --Walter 22:39, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
The bureaucrats on sr-wiki just blocked Verlor indefinately. Doesn't this seem suspicious to you? Immediately after the desysoping, he is blocked indefinately! And the voting finishes on October 9th, check for yourself here. Thanks for being unfair and rejecting my noble request. --The SrWiki User 22:53, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
Don't you get it? They broke the rules? Can you please just stop and think about it - they requested a desysoping in THE MIDDLE of the VOTING! This is an illegal move, can't you see? --The SrWiki User 23:00, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
btw, is there an arbitrary comission on Meta where I can present this unlawful behaviour? If Verlor's priviledges are not returned untill the end of the voting on Monday, this will cause a huge stir-up in sr wikipedia, and I really don't want to prosecute these people if I don't have to. I will forgive the mistake if his powers are returned untill Monday, when the voting FINISHES. Thank you, --The SrWiki User 23:02, 5 October 2006 (UTC)
And please forget how many admins and bureaucrats there are on wiki, if they all break the rules, does that make it OK? Does it? --The SrWiki User 23:03, 5 October 2006 (UTC)



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counting closed projects[edit]

You wrote :

the "project" September 11 In Memoriam is closed. This is the first project ever that is closed.

There is actually at least one project that was closed before that : the French Wikiquote. Teofilo 13:36, 11 October 2006 (UTC)
I mean with project something like "Wikinews", "Wikipedia" etc. The Frensh Wikiquote is closed but not the project Wikiquote. I agree it could have been more clear. --Walter 15:29, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Tips for next Wikizine[edit]

Copyright wishlist and the new votes for Wikiversity, Wikibooks and Wiktionary logos. I found this old news also and a new wiki for wikimania. 555 19:48, 15 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, I will use it --Walter 15:30, 16 October 2006 (UTC)
Another one: mk.wikisource.org is just created. This is the #51 language wiki created for Wikisource project. 555 18:21, 16 October 2006 (UTC)

Checkuser-L[edit]

I have tried multiple times to subscribe to the checkuser-l mailing list since you made me a checkuser in August. I have never received any confirmation emails, nor any messages from the list. Is there some sort of special process I need to go through to join? --Wikibooks Whiteknight 02:29, 17 October 2006 (UTC)

I am looking in to it. I am not an admin of that list so it takes some time --Walter 20:18, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Proofreader for Wikizine?[edit]

Hi, Walter,

I want to thank you for all the work you put into Wikizine. I read it religiously (it's pretty much the only way I know what's going on in WMF outside of Wikisource). I was wondering, though, if you ever needed any help with copyediting the articles for each Wikizine? I am willing to do a go-over of each Wikizine before publication and correct any spelling/grammar mistakes before it is published, if you would like the help. Let me know if you need/want any help or not.

Thanks!—Zhaladshar (Talk) 17:20, 19 October 2006 (UTC)

Hi!, yes I can use your help. Currently I am working alone. There have done some people corrections some time ago but the are not active anymore. The problem is that there not a lot of time to do it. I am almost always very late with wikizine. When it is finaly ready I needs to be send out as soon as posible. There is not a lot room for waiting for the check. Please send my an email so I have you email adress. walter AT wikizine DOT org
Practical; idealy wikizine is send out Sunday evening (22:00 UTC), in practice mostly Monday evening or even Thuseday. Almost always very late. When I am in the last direct line of closing wikizine I will send an email to notify you with the link to it. You can aslo work on the version in construction. When wikizine is ready I will also email you. When it is ready or takes to long wikizine will be send out. I can wait but not very long, depening of the news and what the day it is. Greetings, --Walter 20:59, 19 October 2006 (UTC)
I have found your email address. I will send you a message very soon with the nessary informaton. --Walter 13:17, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Working on latest edition of Wikizine[edit]

How can I? Where is the next edition being created (i.e. the on-wiki workspace)? I want to copyedit like I did before. Gary KIRK parler! 11:02, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

I would like you help. Please send my an email; walter AT wikizine DOT org --Walter 13:20, 23 October 2006 (UTC)
OK. I've emailed you. Gary KIRK parler! 15:44, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

Russian Copyright Law issues[edit]

What do you think about commons:Commons:Village pump#Russian Copyright Law issues concerning edits in Wikipedia made by Russian citizens? --Jaroslavleff 19:09, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

IANAL. if needed ask advice of the WMF legal team --Walter 19:20, 23 October 2006 (UTC)

volapük[edit]

Baie baie dankie! Hartlike groete http://vo.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Manie&redirect=no --84.114.144.54 14:25, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia conundrum[edit]

There is a structural problem on Wikipedia whereby an admin can simply call people sockpuppets, block them and remove their benign comments in order to conceal the admins' wrongdoing. Those admin actions make it almost impossible to register a comment against the admin's actions.

My notice about personal attacks was removed and I was directed to a link where I can not now go because I have been blocked for a week by the admin making the personal attacks as she has imagined I am a sockpuppet(which is nonsense as you can see from my edit history).

I still believe the admin in question is on a personal attack rampage as I think calling many people (who engage in edit disputes with her) trolls and sockpuppets with no proof and then blocking them is personal attack and now she removed benign talk page comments made by me.

Sarah Ewart has now called me a sockpuppet and blocked me too so by the removal of my personal attack alert I suppose her abuses will continue. Were I to go to the trouble to address this at the comment link which I can't do for the next week anyway) she would likely just block me again. Methodology(wikipedia) 65.95.150.241 13:05, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

I do get involved in disputes regarding the English Wikipedia. Complain there. --Walter 15:03, 30 October 2006 (UTC)
No, that does not work; The admin in question removes complaints there and then blocks the complainers. 70.50.78.161 20:03, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
Unless the definition of Steward has changed; it's your job to oversee the entire operation so if you do not want to do your job you should quit, istm. 70.50.78.161 20:04, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
It has never have been the job of stewards to get involved in things like this. This is not open to discussion. Do not contact me or other stewards about this on meta or you will be blocked here also. --Walter 21:08, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

Article about the new blocking option[edit]

Hello Walter. I thought you'd like to know that Wikisource News has written a story about the new blocking feature (see "New option to disable autoblocks", 02 November 2006). If you intend to write about the new feature in your next issue of Wikizine, it may be less work for you since the research is already compiled. :) —[admin] Pathoschild 21:08, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, I will include a link to it. But I will use my own text. The objecive of wikizine is different. That the block-function was offline for 30 minutes on all projects I did not knew. Very nice to see that Wikisource News is not dead. --Walter 21:17, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

Uploads in Portuguese Wikipedia[edit]

Now the Portuguese Wikipedia is the second wiki to use only Commons. See bugzilla:7742. 555 22:58, 3 November 2006 (UTC)

Becoming temp Sysop in MZN w-p[edit]

Hallo, Please guide me how can i become the sysop of MZN wiki since you mark UNDONE to my request. Thank You ! --Ali 11:16, 4 November 2006 (UTC)

You seem to have found the spot. --Walter 14:21, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Proofreading and contributing to Wikizine[edit]

Hello Walter. I recently started reading Wikizine and I've found it very informative. If you're looking for help, I'd like to proofread and contribute to the project. My public email address is pathoschild@gmail.com, if wish to contact me off-wiki. —[admin] Pathoschild 04:48, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Yes, I can use your help. I contact you by email --Walter 14:22, 7 November 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine - site announcement[edit]

Hi Walter. I was wondering if it's possible to announce www.ValueWiki.com in Wikizine. The project goal is to provide coverage of all stocks and funds. Investors pool information using wiki. We've made some interesting customizations of the wiki, including user voting on stocks and articles. Thank you, Jon07:25, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

That is fine. If i report about http://www.sickipedia.org then this must also be possible. The text below is the current drafversion. You are free to modify it, depending what you change (or extend) i will use your version. --Walter 12:11, 9 November 2006 (UTC)


[ValueWiki] - people who love the stock exchange may find the ValueWiki-project interesting. This (non-WMF) wiki attempts to centralize all stock related information for US companies. Currently the wiki may be one giant stub, it is a good stub. Extra functions are added like a webbased chat system and user voting for every single article.
http://www.valuewiki.com/w/ValueWiki can we use the mainpage link instead...http://www.ValueWiki.com
Thank you Walter! I made two small suggestions (above). Other than that, everything looks great. Thank you very much for mentioning us! Jon~~
Ok, I will run that. --Walter 20:07, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Basque Wikiproject and Portal[edit]

Hi, I just found out about the Wikizine and thought this may be interesting:

This week (yesterday, the day before) a new WikiProject and Portal have been created in the English language Wikipedia. You can find them at the entries: Wikipedia:Wikiproject Basque[9] and Portal:Basque[10]. The objectives are naturally to improve the quality of articles on Basque people, Basque Country, Basque language, culture and history and to serve as refernce for editors with interest in this area.

Regards, Sugaar.

Thanks for the suggestion. But this I will not use it. I do not find it relevant for the global Wikimedia community. --Walter 07:58, 10 November 2006 (UTC)

Request to Stewards[edit]

I've posted a Request that is specifically addressed to Stewards, since it appears to be a delicate matter. Please review it and express your opinion. Thank you, M/ M/ 22:33, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine[edit]

Hello Walter,

I heard about your Wikizine from the embassy. I'm very impressed with the concept and would love to lend a hand, if you could use the help. In particular, I could help with proofreading the English articles. Let me know if you're interested. I'm en:User:Lantoka over on the English Wikipedia.

Keep up the good work! —Lantoka ( talk | contrib) 00:16, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the offer. I have received now suddenly feedback from several people to help, especial for proofreading. If that is what you want to do I am very happy to add you but I am not sure of you will have a lot of work. But I think it will be useful because not everybody who is volunteering will have time or see everything that is not correct. Please send an email to walter AT wikizine DOT org to proceed. Greetings, --Walter 00:09, 9 November 2006 (UTC)
Alright, sounds good. Hope I can help. Be on the lookout for that e-mail. ;) —Lantoka ( talk | contrib) 00:17, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Danny's contest #3 over[edit]

here is the results: [11] JoeSmack 23:39, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Sorry, I do not get it. What do you mean, why are you writing that? Greetings, --Walter 23:44, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
Sorry, i should have given more context. Danny's contest, w:WP:DC is a contest that is in it's third run, which is a competition to have the 'most improved article'. In general, it is to inspire some good improvements to neglected important articles; in the beginning it made the biggest splash, but is still followed by wikipedians today. The winner gets $100 in Amazon gift certificates. Anyways, the 3rd bout just finished, and the link above is to it's ranking results. JoeSmack 06:08, 14 November 2006 (UTC)
oh, and i guess it is still a bit controversial. i mean, it is a contest to offer someone money to improve wikipedia in essence, which is kinda against wikipedia principles. JoeSmack 06:11, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Sibwiki[edit]

After the temporary granted sysop rights we had real voting, and by results of this voting permanent admin and bureaucrat status was granted:http://ru-sib.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators/Archive1

--Yaroslav Zolotaryov 15:46, 15 November 2006 (UTC) Please see also: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_permissions/Archive_2006/October#Siberian_wikipedia --Yaroslav Zolotaryov 15:48, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

I just wanted to write the same thing. We already have results of sysop voting. You probably hasn't seen it.----Ottorahn 16:31, 15 November 2006

ok - this a result of bad aministration, I will send a notice about this to all the stewards--Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 23:22, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Plz restore me as Sysop at sd.wikinews.org[edit]

you removed me from sd.wikinews.org, now who can operate as sysop, because it is newly launched project. there are only 80 members and also most of them are not active. I was working at system messages for the translation in Sindhi language, now I am not able to do work further. Plz grant/restore me as sysop, if not then I think the Sindhi Wikinews project will die (may be I am wrong).

I request you plz consider.. you can see there I worked hard there for posting latest news in Sindhi. I am wating..

When you have temporay sysop-status that means it expires. You knew that. See Requests_for_permissions/Archive_2006/November#Sindhi_Wikinews:_13_Nov
If you wish to stay sysop you need to start the procedure to become a normal sysop on time. I would have give you again one month but I see you have allready sysop status back from Rdsmith4. Now it expires on 2006-12-15. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 23:32, 15 November 2006 (UTC)


Wikizine suggestion[edit]

Would be good to mention that the Mission and Vision statements for the WMF are open for community discussion at the moment. See Vision and Mission and Erik's thread on foundation-l, " RfC: Mission & Vision Statements of the Wikimedia Foundation". pfctdayelise 17:58, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, will look at it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 18:04, 16 November 2006 (UTC)

Esperanza[edit]

I am wondering if you would like to become vice president of wikiquote esperanza.--Sir James Paul 03:08, 20 November 2006 (UTC)

I have only the most vauge idea what esperanza is and that then from the EN Wikipedia. What do you mean? --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:40, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine -- Tool: Category Intersect[edit]

Escaladix, from the French Wikipedia, has developed a tool (in French only for now, and limited to 10 user simultaneously) to intersect categories. He announced it on the wikifr-l mailing list [12] where he gives examples of what that tool is able to do. It's a bit like Duesentrib's tool CatScan, but it allows different queries and is complementary (according to Escaladix, I don't know the details).

There are actually many tools available, but most people are unaware of that (it needs some advertisement). Here is the link to the list of the tools: [13]. Kipmaster 21:57, 21 November 2006 (UTC)

Thanks, will look at it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22
41, 22 November 2006 (UTC)

Swedish Arbitration Committee[edit]

Hello! I thought for that Wikizine you might wants to know that the Swedish Wikipedia just elected is first Arbitration Committee. The election was held November 10th-24th, and five arbitrators were elected. --Boivie 23:56, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

Username change[edit]

Changing username says: "If you have an unusual request - for a name change across many different wikis, for a change on small wikis that do not have a bureaucrat, or if you have already created the account you wish to change to, add a request to requests for permissions#Username change." (stress by me) -- Zacheus 14:56, 26 November 2006 (UTC)

For Wikizine: Russian Wikipedia has won award[edit]

The Russian Wikipedia has won Russian national internet award ([14]) in the "Science and education" category. news release (in Russian), photos

Thanks, will use it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 16:50, 1 December 2006 (UTC)

Wikizine - license why not {{cc-by-sa-2.5}} ?[edit]

Hi Walter, thanks for publishing Wikizine and giving us regulary information about the "Wikimedia World". There is one thing I would like to propse: Please do not publish the content only under the GNU Free Documentation License.
Reason: The license GFDL is rather impractical for print media, because it requires the full text of the GFDL to be printed along with the text. Dual licensing with a license which allows the text to be used more easily, like a Creative Commons license (please see licenses at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/) proposal: cc-by-sa-2.5 and the GNU Free Documentation License or direct Public Domain is much better and we reader can use your information on other places. -- gildemax 16:03, 6 December 2006 (UTC)

I used to use this wiki here for the construction of wikizine. So it was automaticly under the GNU/FDL. I use now my own wiki for it. Almost all of the text is written by me, some re-written by the correctors. But so long it is under the GNU/FDL I can take fragments of text from one of the wikis and use it in wikizine. I do not do that a lot but it happens.
Is this really a problem? People read wikizine by email, RSS, website, sometimes the copy a fragment and translate it. Wikimedia projects is GNU/FDL, wikizine is for and about the WMF projects. In what situations would the current license be a problem? Greetings, --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 01:03, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
As per the terms of the GFDL if I use parts of your Wikizine or if I translate it, I have to publish the full text of the GFDL with this work. The GFDL is in my eyes, as I have written, not pratical for print media and imagems. The WIKINEWS e.g. are all under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License. The foundations has learned that now exists other more appropriate licenses. This is only a request to think about a dual licensing. Gretings -- gildemax 10:09, 8 December 2006 (UTC)
There's no benefit to using cc-by-sa since it's not compatible with the GFDL. cc-by is a much easier to use license and compatible with all Wikimedia projects (including Wikinews which is not GFDL). Angela 12:19, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
That problem I think there is that I want to be able to copy text fragments form one of the wikis, that is mostly meta, EN wikipedia or foundation and use that text like it is. Those wikis are all GNU/FDL. I do not think it is allowed to re-release text under a different licences if it contains text from a GNU/FDL-only license source. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 12:51, 12 December 2006 (UTC)
I think thats a pretty good argument for keeping gfdl. As for wikinews compatibility, If there is news that affects us, I'm proablly not going to directly copy it out of wikizine, I'm proablly going to condense/re-write it as n:template:wn news is more suited to one liners (although I don't know what other lang do). In the end it doesn't matter very much for a wikizine type of publication, as really its not redistributed and re-edited that much. user:Bawolff (not looged in) 01:08, 13 December 2006 (UTC)

I have no plans to republish Wikizine, but since you asked for reader feedback:

  • I definitely agree with Gildemax that the GNU FDL is impractical. Indeed, the world would be a better place if Wikimeda had been CC-by-sa from the start! (Unfortunately, there was no such thing in 2001.)
  • Generally, you should be able to dual licence Wikizine. Your contributors would be willing to go along, right? This allows Wikizine to be copied directly into Wikimedia wikis.
  • When you copy from Wikimedia wikis into Wikizine, isn't this usually to talk about that writing? If so, then this falls under fair use and commentary. You could do that even if Wikizine were proprietary!
  • The recent extra edition that repeated a request from Anthere would be an exception. That edition could be released under GNU FDL only, even if the regular editions are dual licensed. (If you had time to ask, I'm sure that Anthere would give permission for CC-by-sa dual licencing, since she wants her message spread widely. But when there is not enough time, exceptions are possible.)

--Toby Bartels 22:49, 14 December 2006 (UTC)

Romanian Wikipedia[edit]

The Romanian Wikipedia had it's 25000th registered user in the person of User TheLiv. -Romihaitza 19:13, 21 December 2006 (UTC)

Thank for reporting this. However, I do not find that the fact that there are X-number of accounts created on any wiki is news. Please do no make this stop you from submitting anything in the future. Greetings, --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 23:05, 21 December 2006 (UTC)
...but, if you wish it I will include it if that makes you happy. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 01:04, 22 December 2006 (UTC)

Re site notice IT[edit]

Thanks for the reminder. All it.family updated. Daag. --Paginazero - Ø 11:02, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Sitenotice[edit]

I've changed bpywiki Sitenotice, which wasn't related to the fundraising

(ফারাক) (ইতিহাসহান) . . MediaWiki:Sitenotice‎; ১১:০৫ . . (+১৭৮) . . M7 (য়্যারী | অবদান | থেপ কর) (Changed sitenotice (as per WMF Board of Trustees decision) - Change back after fundraising end.)
Do you know if a global query is possible that can tell if some local wiki has a local sitenotice "older" than xx days? Thank you, M/ 11:09, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

Maybe a developer can do that. But actualy it will be easy; most wikis will no be updated. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:29, 26 December 2006 (UTC)
The most wikis with a wrong sitenotice appear to be the wiki's with a different script. They have a sitenotice stating where to download that script. So if we have a list of all wiki's with a non-latin or standard script, it would be great already. Effeietsanders 13:01, 26 December 2006 (UTC)
I'm working on a list of wikis that use a non standard sitenotice. Please note the information from the toolserver is ~6 days old; it may not reflect the most recent changes. Not all wiki's are available on the toolserver, but at least it gives some information. Valhallasw 17:27, 27 December 2006 (UTC)
nl:Gebruiker:Valhallasw/Sitenotice contains the list of wikis known to the toolserver and with edited (non-original) contents. nl:Gebruiker:Valhallasw/Sitenotice-ok contains the list of wikis known to the toolserver and with the original contents. Wiki's with deleted contents (and no current pages) are not listed. Have fun. Valhallasw 19:17, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

narod.ru[edit]

Hello;
you've blacklisted that domain today due to spamming in the English Wikipedia. Can you please take a look at this discussion? I found 1194 links to *.narod.ru on en.wiki and 5538 on ru.wiki; I tried to restrict the regex but I haven't found the subdomain spammed. Thanks. --.anaconda 20:09, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

The 2nd edition of the Romanian Wikipedia Prizes[edit]

ro:Wikipedia:Premiile Wikipediei în limba română 2006. If you need anything in English, just tell me. --Romihaitza 11:47, 27 December 2006 (UTC)

Well, yes. It seems to be a wikipedia article writing competition. Can you tell me something about it or write a draft for Wikizine? --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:04, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

It is not a writing competition. This is the second edition for the prizes offered by some of the administrators (as seen in the jury) to the users who were present during the whole year in the project and were the best in their field of work. --Romihaitza 16:27, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

ok, useed in wikizine LVI --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 19:52, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Indische koloniale geschiedenis[edit]

Politie in Nederlands Indie

De geschiedenis van de Nederlandsch Indische (koloniale) politie kent een belangrijk omslagmoment wanneer voor het eerst "landskinderen"( zij die geboren zijn in het land zelf, in tegenstelling tot "Europese ambtenaren) benoembaar worden gesteld voor commandorangen ( commissaris en hoger). De Politieschool levert in 1926 een aantal adspirant commissarissen af die in de kolonie zelf geboren zijn. Zeer prominent daarin is '''George Jean de Ceuninck van Capelle''', geboren 1902 te Garoet, Java. Deze wordt op 28 jarige leeftijd de eerste en jongste Commissaris en wordt 8 jaar later de eerste "indische" hoofdcommissaris. Voor zover kan worden nagegaan is dit een "record" in de Nederlandse politiegeschiedenis.

83.84.123.1 21:51, 28 December 2006 (UTC)Wordt vervolgd en uitgebreid

...wat is hiervan de bedoeling??? --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:05, 28 December 2006 (UTC)

The Romanian Wikipedia organizes New Year-s Eve online[edit]

ro:Wikipedia:Pagina wikipediştilor care fac revelionul 2007 la Wikipedia is the place where any wikipedia user can put himself on the list of participants. The participants have some small tasks (like modify the EU and Romania pages with mention of the Romania-s apartenence to EU from January 1st both rowiki and enwiki). The first edit in 2007 (After Romania timezome) will get a prize as well as the first registered user in 2007. --Romihaitza 20:01, 31 December 2006 (UTC)


ok, used in wikizine LVI --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 19:52, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

Short newses LVII[edit]

--Romihaitza 09:18, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Milestones:

used --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:06, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Info:

  • The Romanian Wikipedia started talking about a desysop policy. After the discution there will be held a poll to gain consensous.
  • The Dutch Wikipedia is voting on a proposal for founding an arbcom.
Not used --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:06, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

www.wikispecies.org[edit]

Hi, why doesn't the above domain forward to WS? Did you get the story behind that? 172.142.194.193 16:57, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

See Bugzilla:7495. That is all I know about. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 18:38, 4 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine news[edit]

en.wikinew's Latest News RSS has seen dramatic growth recently. At the start of December it had just over 5,000 daily subscribers. That increased to 20,000 by December 12 and reached 36,000 on December 20! It has dropped slightly since then, with now just over 30,000 subscribers reading the latest news from Wikinews every day. Dan100 16:29, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

How do you count those subscribers? Is the the number of times the file is requested? When I see my stats of Wikizine then I see for RRS 1873 times accessed in one month and for Atom 8174 times accessed. But taken that is a number of readers is ridiculous. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 17:19, 5 January 2007 (UTC)

Sorry, should have said, I use Feedburner. To quote their explanation: "FeedBurner’s subscriber count is based on an approximation of how many times your feed has been requested in a 24-hour period. Subscribers is inferred from an analysis of the many different feed readers and aggregators that retrieve this feed daily. Subscribers is not computed for browsers and bots that access your feed.

Subscribers is calculated by matching IP address and feed reader combinations, and then using our detailed understanding of the multitude of readers and aggregators and bots on the market to make additional inferences."

HTH Dan100 12:22, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

used --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:23, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Romanian Wikipedia reaches 50.000 articles[edit]

The article with the number 50.000 was about Petre Jurca and was created on the January 5th 2007 by the user Roamata. —SCriBu msg 14:44, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

In fact the article was Peştera Urşilor wirtten by the same mentioned user. --Romihaitza 10:01, 7 January 2007 (UTC)
Used --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:10, 7 January 2007 (UTC)

Naughty comments[edit]

Walter, this is the second time you make a naughty comment regardin Romanian Wikipedia. Please bring proofs on the numbers of articles in January 7. A tip: use purge when checking!!! --Romihaitza 12:43, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

When I visited the wiki the counter was well below 50,000. I agree that is must be that it was the cache and not deletion of articles. It have been that. But I wrongly assumed it was that. I have added a correction to the online version and will put a correction in the next edition. The end result was the same. A visitor would have seen a lower counter the announced. The advice is to flush the cache when your wiki hits a mile stone.
About "Naughty comments"; some of the items are not very interesting by nature. I try to find a way to fraze it in a way it is not boring. It is not naughty. If I wanted to write something negative about RO wikipedia then I could have reported that the RO wikipedia is not helping with the fundraiser. I see no donation notice. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 23:54, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

Walt, the official press release said the campaign runs througout January 6, the notice was only removed then. I can't see anywhere on any official site in any official note any notice about some more days. -Romihaitza 16:24, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

I understand the opening for confusion about it. The orignal end date of the fundraiser was the 6th but it was extended to the 15th, Wikipedia-day. See this posting by Anthere --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 20:09, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sint-Joris_%28heilige%29

Daar staat het woord 'bewerk' niet waar het moet staan. Ik kon het niet veranderen.

Permanent Translation[edit]

Sorry, i mean to getting the latest file from http://svn.wikimedia.org and then editing it and uploading into the bugzilla to be imported as default file for MZN wiki --Ali 10:37, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Is it possible, since i saw the notice: END USERS: DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE DIRECTLY! But translation from Allmessages section is very very hard, and waisting my time --Ali 11:28, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

quantitative analysis[edit]

A quantitative analysis by User:GlimmerPhoenix : Wikipedia:WikiXRay

Sounds good for wikizine! It got posted in research-l : http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wiki-research-l/2007-January/000256.html

used in wikzine 61 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 20:21, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

Onebox technology[edit]

http://googlified.com/2007wikipedia-oneboxed/ -- 172.178.80.210 00:45, 3 February 2007 (UTC)

used in wikizine 61 - thanks --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:04, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Hungarian Wikipedia hitting 50 000[edit]

On February the 7th the Hungarian language Wikipedia hit the 50 000 mark. To celebrate the event, the logo (hu:Image:Wiki.png) was changed to a celebratory one, featuring the Hungarian Tricolor (the logo was a winner of a vote [15][16] (#3), where the three runner ups had a similar design (1 through 1bb), and together had more votes than the winner, but lost due to the [[en:Spoiler effect). There was a bit of controversy over deciding which was the 50 000th article, as there were three candidates, all being created or moved into article namespace in a 1 minute period, later one of the 3 articles was deleted, and thus made it quite impossible to determine which was the "first" 50 000th article, and which two are "celebratory articles for achieving 50 000" (at last count the deleted article is considered the 50 000th, but there are pages on Wikipedia which mention one of the other two...).

On this occasion a press release was issued, generating mild publicity[17] for Wikipedia, on pages with comment turned on, the feedback was all positive.


I wrote this to you, so the fact that we reached 50 000 on Huwiki would be mentioned, and the rest to make the event less "boring". Please don't mention my name in Wikizine, but please do contact me if you have any questions to ask. Best regards, and keep up the good work, --Dami 15:50, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

The article has been eventually determined to be Kettős kockázat, a page about a Stargate episode. --Tgr 17:35, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

used in wikizine 61 , thanks --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:04, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

Welcoming templates[edit]

Recently there was some talk on the mailing lists (I don't know if you followed) about welcoming templates, and as a result Cross-project comparisons/MediaWiki:Welcomecreation and Template:Welcome comparisons page was created here on Meta. Maybe the readers will have some useful input (apart from collecting actual data, experiences could be shared). Regards--Dami 21:26, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Used in zine 61, thanks --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:03, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

wikEd, an in-browser MediaWiki editor[edit]

Hi Walter,

wikEd is a full-featured in-browser text editor that adds enhanced text processing functions to MediaWiki edit pages. It is a JavaScript monobook.js program. Features include:

  • Regular expression search and replace
  • Wikicode syntax highlighting
  • Fullscreen editing mode
  • Server-independent local Show preview and Show changes
  • Pasting formatted text, e.g. from MS-Word (including tables)
  • Conversion of formatted text to wikicode
  • Single-click fixing of common mistakes (including Unicode fixing)
  • History for summary, search, and replace fields
  • Translations into several different languages

Maybe you could add this to the next Wikizine release. Currently, wikEd works only for Firefox and other Mozilla browsers and I am also desperately looking for people who can help to make the script work under Internet Explorer 7 and Opera 9.

Cacycle 20:35, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

Reads good. I will look at it. Thanks.--Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 09:02, 22 February 2007 (UTC)
Now also available in Chinese (see en:User:Cacycle/wikEd international) and with a brand-new jump-to-heading function. I am still looking for help to make the script work under IE7. Do you have any plans to publish this soon? Cacycle 23:34, 15 March 2007 (UTC)
Thanks :-) Cacycle 01:50, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

Commons picture of the Year[edit]

By the time Wikizine 64 is published, the commons:Commons:Picture of the Year/2006 will be ended and the winner announced. Bryan 19:51, 26 February 2007 (UTC)

The winner is known. commons:Commons:Picture of the Year/2006 Bryan 10:55, 3 March 2007 (UTC)
Nog geen reactie. Ik zal het even doorgeven als ik iets te horen krijg. Bryan 20:53, 8 March 2007 (UTC)

blok otrs[edit]

Dag Walter, je schreef bij marjon iets over otrs wat is dat precies ik heb ondertussen henk gedeblokkeerd.

Gewoon een geblokkeerde die bij Wikimedia was komen vragen voor een de-blokkering op Wikikids.nl, niets meer. Groet, --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 12:23, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Re: wikiblogplanet[edit]

Hi Walter, Excellent question! - I've written up the answer here - basically the non-open one has now been set to redirect to the open one, so problem solved! -- All the best, Nickj, 02:19, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

wikizine: change email address[edit]

Walt,

This is Bentong Isles, one of your subscribers of the wikizine. Please change my delivery email from bentong_isles at yahoo dot com to bentong dot isles at gmail dot com. Thanks! --Bentong Isles 11:28, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

ok --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:34, 19 March 2007 (UTC)

Community event in Japan[edit]

Hi, Walter. I am Shun "Yukichi" Fukuzawa , a Japanese Wikipedian. I want to for you to insert belowe article on next Wikizine.

Japanese Wikipedians have held a public interveiw with Jimbo Wales who is staying in Japan at 3/18. We made 20 quiestions to Jimbo on a special page of ja-wp that all of the Wikipedians could edit. Then, we sent those quiestions to Jimbo before the event and Jimbo answered quiestions at the event. There were about 60 audience in the event floor. Jimbo also answered new questions from the audience.

Detial at here (in Japanese)

If you have questions, send mail to yukichi@gmail.com.

Thanks.

--Yukichi99 06:41, 22 March 2007 (UTC)

used in wikizine 66 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:53, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Typo in Wikizine[edit]

There is a typo in the Wikizine front page now:


Actually, it should be "Indian" in stead of "Indonesian". Thanks. --Ragib 06:31, 23 March 2007 (UTC) en:User:Ragib

Thanks. It is not first and it will not be the last I am afraid. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 08:14, 23 March 2007 (UTC)

WikiProject on Vandalism studies just finished Study 1[edit]

The WikiProject on Vandalism studies recently finished its first study and has published its conclusions (a full and detailed copy can be found here).

The first study analyzed a randomly sampled pool of 100 random articles. Within these 100 articles there were a total of 668 edits during the months of November 2004, 2005, and 2006. Of those 668 edits, 31 (or 4.64%) were a vandalism of some type. The study's salient findings suggest that in a given month approximately 5% of edits are vandalism and 97% of that vandalism is done by anonymous editors. Obvious vandalism is the vast majority of vandalism used. From the data gathered within this study it is also found that roughly 25% of vandalism reverting is done by anonymous editors and roughly 75% is done by wikipedians with user accounts. The mean average time vandalism reverting is 758.35 minutes (12.63 hours), a figure that may be skewed by outliers. The median time vandalism reverting is 14 minutes.

Cheers. JoeSmack 03:53, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

Thanks. Will be used in Wikizine 67 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 13:09, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

For Wikizine[edit]

Was updated list of pages with many interwiki links but NOT to a certain language. These might constitute some kind of 'missing pages' for these Wikipedias, or just pages that are not linked to. See Common_Interwiki_links. --ajvol 10:44, 4 April 2007 (UTC)

Ok, used in wikizine 67 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 13:50, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia Meetups in Australia with Jimmy Wales[edit]

Something which may be worth inclusion on WikiZine is three upcomming breakfast wikimeets in Australia during the month of April 07. Jimmy Wales has confirmed his attendance in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Perth breakfasts. To register your attendance or for more information can be obtained from the following links: Adelaide, Perth, or Melbourne.

Regards, Thewinchester

Ok, used in wikizine 67 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 15:00, 10 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine 67[edit]

Thanks for mentioning the Commons RSS feed! :) --pfctdayelise 08:14, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

If I find out about something I report it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 09:28, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikibooks NL[edit]

Wikibooks NL has as of april 15th the double license GFDL/CC-BY-SA as standard. All pages with old edits have been marked as being GFDL only. Fyi. Effeietsanders 12:01, 15 April 2007 (UTC)

Reeds voldoende vermelding hierover in wikizine 66 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 21:06, 17 April 2007 (UTC)
NP :) Enige nieuws is idd de feitelijke implementatie. Nuja, fyi :) Effeietsanders 21:10, 17 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine: Exalead[edit]

Exalead developed a search engine for Wikipedia. See for example [18]. It searches through 6 Wikipedias for now. Explanation on their blog (in French). Kipmaster 18:38, 19 April 2007 (UTC)

I'm being wrongfully blocked for trying to start a mediation[edit]

by admin Sandstein, please intervene as i would like to get this resolved. Thanks Liaishard 22:43, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

There is no block in effect for your account on Meta. I suspect you have a problem on EN Wikipedia and contact me because I am a steward. Complaints about blockes must be dealt with on the local wiki. On EN Wikipedia are there more then 1000 admins who could de-block you. Use local procedure for your block to be lifted. As steward I have not authority on EN Wikipedia. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:51, 22 April 2007 (UTC)

Friulian Wikipedia reaches 2000 articles[edit]

Hi, I just want to report that Friulian wiki has reached 2000 articles with fur:Laurenzi (the chimical element). Friulian is a language spoken mainly in northern Italy. Thanks and keep up your great job with Wikizine--Klenje 17:35, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

ok, wikizine 69 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:36, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Vandalism[edit]

You have received a vandalism: [19] --Fabexplosive 15:24, 27 April 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine[edit]

Hi Walter, how are you?.

Did you remember me? I'm Leandro (loco085), we're team-mate in the Com-proj. Sandy asked to me for create an Spanish version of Wikizine and I was looking for people in the spanish Wikipedia that can helps. Now I need your help, hehe... What we can do for starting our WikiZine in spanish? Can you tell me the first steps?. For answer me, please use my spanish talk page. Regards, Loco085 01:54, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

ok --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:30, 30 April 2007 (UTC)

Hi Walter[edit]

Hey Walter,

Unfortunately due to time constraints I am leaving the project. Can you delete my user page and talk page here on Meta for me?

Thanks, – Lantoka (talk) 03:05, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

Done --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 09:45, 4 May 2007 (UTC)

some shell updates for wiki sites[edit]

Posted on wikitech

Hello,

I made some update to our various sites.

There were some issues with the following bugs and some pages have been automatically renamed with a suffix '/broken'. The list of pages is provided as a comment and can be fixed manually by any user:

  • Bug 9782: Set sitename for Belarusian Wikipedia
  • Bug 9232: Set project namespace for Thai Wikipedia
  • Bug 8005: Project namespace prefix in the Greek Wikiquote
  • Bug 8964: Set sitename for Occitan Wiktionary
  • Bug 8631: Set sitename and project ns name for Catalan Wikiquote
  • Bug 9561: Set sitename and project ns name for Catalan Wiktionary
  • Bug 9707: Change of Armenian project names

Other fixes:

  • Bug 9788: Created Appendix namespace on Icelandic Wiktionary
  • Bug 9728: Disabled uploads for Spanish Wikiquote
  • Bug 9725: Created Portal namespace on Greek Wikipedia
  • Bug 9800: Changed the Searched Default for de.wikiversity
  • Bug 9573: Additional namespaces on French Wikiversity
  • Bug 9732: Created namespaces for Farsi Wikipedia
  • Bug 9586: Subpage activation for template namespace in kkwiki
  • Bug 9523: Added a Portal namespace to Hebrew Wikinews
  • Bug 8528: Created Portal namespace on Malayalam Wikipedia
  • Bug 9283: Created Wikijunior namespace on English Wikibooks
  • Bug 9170: Updated logo and timezone on slovene Wikiquote
  • Bug 8614: Changed $wgSitename for Chuvash Wikipedia
  • Bug 7976: Set project name for Old Church Slavonic Wikipedia
  • Bug 8546: Enable Special:Import for Polish Wikibooks
  • Bug 6595: Set sitenames for Urdu projects
  • Bug 8135: Japanese wikinews requests a new namespace
  • Bug 6119: Run site stats update script on Ripuarian Wikipedia
  • Bug 8879: Set site name for Latin Wikibooks
  • Bug 9569: Add a Portal (Gátt) namespace to Icelandic Wikipedia


Ashar Voultoiz 16:31, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for informing me. So far I can judge none of these changes are important enough to be used. Maybe next time. Greetings, --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 21:34, 9 May 2007 (UTC)


hiii Walter please i want to tell u that arabic wikipedia reaches 30000 articles, please write this in the news --Mmustafa 13:10, 8 May 2007 (UTC)--Mmustafa 13:10, 8 May 2007 (UTC)

Will do --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 00:12, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

Kabyle Wikipedia[edit]

Hi Walter, hope this worth mentioning in Wikizine:

"The Kabyle language (Taqbaylit in local language) edition of Wikipedia was launched on 6 May 2007. According to Special:SiteMatrix, it is the 251st language of active Wikipedia. See http://kab.wikipedia.org/"

-- IvanLanin 17:24, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

That is surely good for Wikizine. A new Wikipedia; that has been a while. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 18:34, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
Recently created the Tamil Wikisource (ta.wikisource) too. --.anaconda 19:00, 9 May 2007 (UTC)
It does not look like there is a TA Wikisource, http://ta.wikisource.org/ --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 21:58, 9 May 2007 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

For the help on en-wikiquote - I shall be more accurate next time. I am new to IRC if not vandals! --Herby talk thyme 13:13, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

arabic wikizone[edit]

hello Walter i want to translate wikizone to Arabic,wat is the steps and how can i begin --Mmustafa 19:06, 11 May 2007 (UTC)

Hi Mmustafa, that would be fantastic. If you want to try it please send me an email. <walter AT wikizine DOT org> And also go to this page, enter a username and password and send me the output. This so that I can give you access to the wiki of wikizine. Greetings, --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 00:55, 12 May 2007 (UTC)

Wikibooks milestones for Wikizine[edit]

English Wikibooks passed a number of milestones this month. See this message. --Hagindaz 03:10, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

I will try to use some of it --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:23, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Extension:SyntaxHighlight GeSHi[edit]

Hi Walter, this is a bit technical, I don't know whether it's worth mentioning in Wikizine or not. The SyntaxHighlight GeSHi extension has been activated in Wikimedia projects. I don't think there was a "formal" announcement regarding this addition so I don't have any clue when this has been done. The only thing we know was, on April 6 Tim Starling announced that the extension has been activated on testwiki. -- IvanLanin 02:13, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

thanks, will use it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:22, 16 May 2007 (UTC)

Kanuri Wikipedia closed while Italian Wiktionary created[edit]

Hi Walter, I thought these information might be useful for Wikizine. The Kanuri Wikipedia [1] (Kanuri language is spoken mostly in Northern Nigeria) has been closed (see ref [2] and [3]) on May 19 while on May 18 Italian Wikiversity [4] has been created (see ref [4]). -- IvanLanin 04:40, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Refs:

  1. http://kr.wikipedia.org/
  2. http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2007-May/031377.html
  3. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Proposals_for_closing_projects/Closure_of_Kanuri_Wikipedia
  4. http://it.wikiversity.org/
  5. http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2007-May/031375.html
Ok, thanks. used for wikizine 71 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 21:56, 20 May 2007 (UTC)

Did you know - Wikispecies[edit]

Just an FYI regarding the 2007 Week: 21 Number: 71 Wikizine issue's "Did You Know" section: Wikispecies, just this weekend, surpassed 100,000 articles (wikispecies:Special:Statistics), well beyond the "over 60,000 listings" stated[20] --Georgeryp 05:48, 22 May 2007 (UTC)

One other thing - at http://en.wikizine.org/ on the left hand column, under "The Wikimedia family", the URL for Wikispecies is incorrect (or at least leads to a domain parking page). The URL should be http://species.wikimedia.org/ The Wikimedia Foundation apparently owns the other, simpler URL, but the bug (mediazilla:7495) to get it to redirect to Wikispecies's active site has yet to be resolved. --Georgeryp 21:35, 23 May 2007 (UTC)
Fixt. I know about that, I have made that bugzilla ticket. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 21:41, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Raiding Userboxes[edit]

Don't mind mine me, just raiding your userboxes. Hangon for a bit if you feel I copy something off your profile that isn't appropriate. Mathiastck 14:49, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

I do not get it. What are you trying to communicate? --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 15:31, 24 May 2007 (UTC)

It.wiki meet SGI[edit]

On Friday May 18, some members of it.wiki met Franco Salvatori, president of Società Geografica Italiana. SGI is one of the 100 Italian eccellencies[21], and one of the most important and respected geographical institutes of the world.

SGI recently celebrated its 140 years of activity. Founded in 1867, the Society owns thousands of precious historic volumes, maps and a huge archive of photos related to colonialism and the XX century's explorations: those materials are stored in Rome, in the XVI century house of Villa Celimontana.

Wikimedia Italia is working on an agreement to obtain part of the image archive of SGI, featuring historic photos of the short colonial experience of the Italian Empire and lot of other documents.

The meeting resulted in an exclusive interview for it.wikinews, stating:

Encyclopedias are now suffering obsolescence, evolving from traditional publishing to a new form - I don't know what this form is [...] but we sure have a new horizon in front of us, related to the very bases of encyclopedicism, and you are the reality that matters now from this point of view. [...] Encyclopedia is not dead: its spirit is not dead, the Enlightenment spirit is not dead.

F. Salvatori, SGI

We would like to thank it:utente:Gianfranco, it:utente:LP and WMI president it:utente:Frieda for the great work done.

--Jollyroger 09:13, 25 May 2007 (UTC)

Thank you. I can not include all of the text in Wikizine but some of it will be in wikizine 72 --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 20:27, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
Current draft;

[Wikimedia IT] - Wikimedia Italia is working on an agreement to obtain part of the image archive of Società Geografica Italiana. SGI is one of the most important and respected geographical institutes of the world. Founded in 1867, the Society owns thousands of precious historic volumes, maps and a huge archive of photos related to colonialism and the XX century's explorations. On Friday May 18, some members of it.wiki met Franco Salvatori, president of Società Geografica Italiana. The meeting resulted in an exclusive interview for IT Wikinews. http://it.wikinews.org/wiki/La_Societ%C3%A0_della_Geografia

Hakka Wikipedia[edit]

[Wikiopen] The Hakka Wikipedia, a spoken variation of the Chinese language spoken predominantly in southern China by the Hakka ethnic group has been created.

--ivanlanin 03:01, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

ok, thanks --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 20:38, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Your reporter from it.wikipedia[edit]

Sir, I have been assigned to your unit as correspondent from it.wikipedia. My duty will be to report all news from the italian front. (ok... to be true i just thought "let's help the good guy") Here is a couple of good news for you, after the SGI one just above:


On May 28, Wikipedia was granted one of the nine Special Prizes of the Grand Prix di Pubblicità Italia (Advertising Grand Prix of Italy), for succeeding in exploiting the Internet potential at its best, directly involving users for a widespread growth of culture.
Wikimedia Italia board member and WMI webmaster Ivan Vighetto attended the gala, and withdrew the prize. The event had great resonance on italian media.
Other than Wikipedia, big names of italian business world were awarded a prize. Between them: Mondadori Group, FIAT, SKY Italia and Ferruccio De Bortoli, editor of Il Sole 24 Ore.
This is a hard-earned success, that follows the two prestigious WWW Awards gained on december 14 2005 for being the new reference mark in online knowledge management and for being a constantly evolving information source, overtaking the immobility of traditional encyclopedias.

ref: [22]


and withdrew the prize
You mean he was the one to accept the prize in the name of IT Wikipedia? What is the price. A cup? Piece or art, check? --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 22:10, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
He was the one who phisically attended the gala, representing it.wiki. I think it was plaque, now I ask him and report it back to you. --Jollyroger 07:54, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
Confirmed, it was a plaque (i mean sth like this... is "plaque" the right name?).
I think so. I wil use it. Maybe a corrector will change it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 10:50, 30 May 2007 (UTC)



it.wikipedia reached 300.000 articles on may 21. Article n. 300k was it:Castor Oyl.


--Jollyroger 21:39, 29 May 2007 (UTC)

Kieskompas[edit]

Dag Walter,

Effeietsanders liet op de mailingslijst al vallen dat er veel kandidaten zijn en dat het dus moeilijk is voor de stemgerechtigden om alle informatie te lezen... zou het niet cool zijn om een soort Kieskompas te hebben, zoals met de voorbije verkiezingen hier in België? 30 vragen over hoe Wikimedia verder moet, over zusterprojecten, meertaligheid, fair use enzovoort, en dan een overzicht hoeveel procent uw mening overeenkomt met de kandidaten? Gij met uw connecties moet toch gemakkelijk iemand vinden die dat kan maken, en Wikizine is toch een beetje De Standaard van Wikimedia Smiley.png. Aan zoiets is echt nood denk ik en keiveel mensen zouden dat gebruiken om te kijken of hun eigen idee wel klopt.

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 11:09, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

Dit zou wel leuk en nuttig zijn maar dat is niet iets wat ik kan doen. Het enigste wat ik eventueel zou kunnen doen is reclame maken voor dat kieskompas en hosting voorzien voor dat kieskompas. Het maken van zoiets lijkt mij vrij complex. Goede vragen hebben, medewerking krijgen van de kandidaten, zo'n webbased systeem maken, reclame maken ervoor. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:54, 21 June 2007 (UTC)

Verkiezingen ArbCom[edit]

Beste Walter. Op dit moment zijn er zes leden, na het opstappen van André Engels. Nu zou er een verkiezing uitgeschreven moeten worden voor een nieuw, zevende Arbitragecommissielid, conform de reglementen van de Arbitragecommissie. Bij deze wil ik je vragen deze uit te schrijven. Ik heb dit eerder Oscar ook verzocht, maar deze heeft het te druk. Met vriendelijke groet, Mig de Jong 22:53, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

I have news...[edit]

Hi Walter. We're doing it again. it:Wikipedia:Raduni/Vicenza 2007.
From June 20th to June 25th Wikimedia Italia has a stand within Festambiente in Vicenza, Italy. Thanks to the local Linux User Group who provided us with connectivity, a group of wikipedians/wikimedians is showing people how WMF projects work.
Bye. --Paginazero - Ø 16:06, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Not sure if this would be appropriate for Wikizine, but...[edit]

This seems like a very exciting development. Don't have it up and running on my system yet, though. -- Visviva 16:45, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Meta-l[edit]

It appears you started this list. Wouldn't it make a lot more sense to have Wikimedia host it directly from lists.wikimedia.org, instead of moving it to an entirely separate area from all other mailing lists? Ral315 (talk) 05:04, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

See Meta:Babel#Meta-l --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:02, 27 June 2007 (UTC)

Ivan Lanin[edit]

Hi Walter, sorry to trouble you. I really like to create a username in Meta under my real name, User:Ivan Lanin (with space) and will redirect it to my current username. Only sysops can do that. Thank you. •• ivanlanin 05:16, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

The password for "Ivan Lanin" has been sent to ivanlanin AT gmail.com. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 08:37, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Thank you very much Walter. •• ivanlanin 14:19, 4 July 2007 (UTC)

Fryske wikipedy no oer de 5.000 siden.[edit]

Hello Walter,

The Frisian wikipedia has finally reached 5.000 articles. We have released a press notice which got us at least at the news section of the website of Omrop Fryslan.

Greetings Theun

Ok, in wikizine 78 extra --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 10:20, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

Lithuanian Wikipedia news[edit]

Hi, As I understand you are creating a Wikizine, so I would like to share some news. Lithuanian Wikipedia just today (1 August 2007) reached a big milestone - 50,000 articles, so I think it is worth mentioning in a Wikizine. 50000th article was XXXV Europos krepšinio čempionatas - an article about upcomming basketball tournament EuroBasket 2007. Knutux 04:48, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Ok, will be in wikizine 78 extra --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 10:27, 2 August 2007 (UTC)


Wikinews Bulletin[edit]

Wikinews has started an internal news bulletin, the Bulletin. We're based on the Signpost from Wikipedia. Not sure if this is Wikizine-worthy, but either way, good to get the word out =] Thunderhead 03:38, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

This was reported in Wikizine 74. But thanks for informing me in case I did not yet knew it. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:40, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

mail[edit]

Hello, I sent you mail. Thank you, Rotemdan 17:38, 9 August 2007 (UTC)

Rename[edit]

Hi! Can you please rename me in tr.wikipedia from Viele-baeren to ABF for single login? Thanks, ABF 14:40, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

use the procedure, on the request page, confirm it on your local talk page and put the link to it on the request there on meta. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 14:47, 17 August 2007 (UTC)
I confirmed at your talk page in tr. i hope that it is so okay. ABF 16:19, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

== Thanks for renaming. -- tr:Kullanıcı:Çağatay

Thanks[edit]

Thank u for renaming me @ tr.wiki. -- tr:Kullanıcı:Serkan Çetinkaya

zimbio.om[edit]

FYI, Zimbio.com's been a spam problem on en.wikipedia; here's a summary:

I thought your readers might be interested in this a s a follow-up to your note this week.

I appreciate your Wikizine!
--A. B. (talk) 17:16, 17 August 2007 (UTC)

Mazandarani Wikipedia[edit]

Dear Walter, Could you change the interwiki link name of mazandarani wikipedia from that complex arabic script to this one below; I am sysop there and i was the proposer of this language
تپوری گيلکی /Giləki

I can not do that. Best you make a Mediazilla: ticket for that.--Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 08:03, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Thank you, i also put the verify link in username change page --Ali 13:28, 18 August 2007 (UTC)

pl Wikinews[edit]

Hi, pl Wikinews has reached 5,000 articles. Could you write something in Wikizine? ;) with regards Przykuta 08:31, 21 August 2007 (UTC)

I will it include it in the next one. I think that will be next week --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:20, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
Thanks --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:20, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

tr Wikipedia[edit]

Hello, i think you are a new bureaucrat on tr wikipedia :). Could you control the bot requests page, please. Thanks.--Mach 07:43, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Hello again; interwikibots need generality, example 5 votes-3 support, it is ok on tr wikipedia.Thanks.--Mach 06:55, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

Hi. I am Kullanıcı:Saglamci from Turkish Viki.I made my request on Viki username changing page.I dont know how to change my user name.Could you please help me?I saw you changed Dr. Ecco's username.Thank you.85.107.16.116 21:40, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Please provide a direct link to the place where that request on the viki wiki can be found. Make it clear like "old name" ==> "new name" + sig --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:19, 23 August 2007 (UTC)


Username changing page "Kullanıcı:Saglamci" ==> "Kullanıcı:Sağlamcı".I ve just noticed that i don't have username changing right.Altough i meet "over 150 edits" requirement, i dont meet "being 2 months-old user" requirement.I guess i have to wait for a month.Anyway, this is my discussion page.Could you inform me using this page?Thank you.85.100.186.65 08:50, 23 August 2007 (UTC)


Hello again.I currently created an account on meta-wiki.Sincerely.Sağlamcımessage 10:48, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

When you are ready for the username change put a request on Requests for username changes with a link to the local confirmation.
Why does TR wikipedia does not have a bureaucrat? --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:40, 23 August 2007 (UTC)
btw; It is not normaly so bu a user can be bureaucrat and not be a sysop. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:46, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Hi, thank you for changing my user name on tr. wikipedia. Happy editing, --Bahar (yine ben! / it's me again! / yenə mən!) 12:41, 23 August 2007 (UTC)


I don't know.Honestly I wonder too.Is it too hard to be a bureaucrat?We have really hardworking sysops.I wonder if they do not want to be a bureaucrat.Somebody does this.Anyway.Thank you.I will disturb you when i m ready.See you. :)))Sağlamcımessage 15:11, 23 August 2007 (UTC)

Nederlandse OTRS boilerplate templates[edit]

Hoi Walter, ik heb wat nieuwe templates aangemaakt voor de info-nl que, n.l. deze. Zou jij die in OTRS kunnen toevoegen? Alvast bedankt, Husky 17:05, 29 August 2007 (UTC)

Ik kan dat niet. Daarvoor moet je een OTRS-admin vastkrijgen. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 07:02, 30 August 2007 (UTC)

New wikimedia.it board[edit]

On 1 and 2 September 2007 the annual italian chapter meeting was held in Rome, featuring a wide presence of wikimedians and journalists from press and TV. The news was given by all the main national newspapers. The new board includes:

  • Paginazero (61 votes, 91%) - president (former vice president, confirmed)
  • Gvf (48 votes, 71,6) - vice president and treasury (new member)
  • Xaura (42 votes, 62,7%) - secretary (new member)
  • Sbisolo (29 votes, 43,3%) - webmaster (confirmed)
  • Nick1915 (29 votes, 43,3%) (confirmed)

(this news may be updated when Frieda Brioschi, former president and WMF board member, will accept or decline the honorary board membership granted) --Jollyroger 11:48, 3 September 2007 (UTC)

ok, thanks, used in wikizine 81 --Walter 20:26, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

en.wn 10,000[edit]

Not yet, but almost! Thunderhead 22:52, 4 September 2007 (UTC)

And now. Thunderhead 20:37, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

You have new message[edit]

Hi Walter, could you please look at http://test.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Walter. Thanks --S[1] 19:20, 6 September 2007 (UTC)

New admin - tr.wiki[edit]

  • Hello,

We concluded an adminship election at tr.wiki: [23]. User, who got the right, needs to be given adminship; however as you know we still don't have a bureaucrat... so, it will be appreciated if you could help us out ^_^ Thanks in advance, have a nice day! - Nous 10:45, 10 September 2007 (UTC)

User was already admin. Do not contact me directly for this type of stuff. Use the page for steward requests. --Walter Do you have news? Report it to Wikizine 11:13, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Wikiquote[edit]

  • A bit late, Wikiquote in total reached 70,000 article this August.
  • English Wikiquote began its WQ:PROD trial. The community will decide if proposed deletion is officially adopted in three months. The policy draft is largely based on its English Wikipedia version but simplified adjusting to a small project with 13,500 articles. Feedback are welcome at q:Wikiquote talk:Proposed deletion.

So as I said somewhere else, life is quiet there. No news is good news ... --Aphaia 11:57, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

thanks, used in wikizine 81 --Walter 20:28, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Saglamci @tr.wiki ===> Sağlamcı[edit]

Hello Walter it's me again.I said I wanted to change my username.But i didnt meet requirements.Now i do meet the requirements.Could you please change my username?I did my request here.Thanks in advance.Sincerely.Sağlamcımessage 07:29, 22 September 2007 (UTC)

This is stupid. Just elect an bureaucrat. TR wiki can not continue like this. --Walter 18:19, 25 September 2007 (UTC)

Free Media Seminar[edit]

(Hallo Walter, wellicht is het onderstaande iets voor Wikizine? Fruggo 16:32, 30 September 2007 (UTC))

On 20 September, the Dutch chapter held a seminar about free media (vrije media). Goal of the workshop was to inform organisations about the possibilities of placing their media-collections under a free license. Wikimedia Nederland organised the seminar in cooperation with Creative Commons, and was supported by Kennisnet Ict op school. The organisations that were invited are mostly organisations that are (partly) financed by the Dutch national government (university musea, regional archives, etc). Although the attendence was not very big, the seminar was a succes, because of the enthousiasm of the attending organisations. The following months, Wikimedia Nederland will further advise those (and other) organisations about using free licenses.

included in wikizine 82 . Thanks. --Walter 10:10, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

It.wiki and italian government[edit]

hi Walter, a special report from it.wiki for Wikizine. We are proud of these successes, really outstanding for an association with only 100 members. Usually, politics in Italy is quite far from people requests... (p.s. of course I am willing to help with wikizine, just let me know what I can do)--Jollyroger 08:19, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Recently, Wikimedia Italia had some interesting involvements with italian government institutions.

  • it:Utente:Frieda (WMF board member, former WMI president and wikimedia evangelist) was invited by the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione, to help starting a project to improve the diffusion of Wikimedia projects in italian schools and to involve more teacher and students to edit and to produce free knowledge.
  • After discussion involving some wikipedians, the Italian parliamentarian Franco Grillini, member of the Camera dei Deputati, proposed to introduce freedom of panorama in the italian copyright law.
  • it:Utente:Senpai had contacts with the head of Soprintendenza dei beni culturali of Firenze (the agency legally owning the rights of reproduction of paintings and arts in the Florence museums) that resulted in a chance of being authorized to use art related images on WM projects. Not much time ago, the Soprintendenza asked firmly to remove all the images taken in those museums (this apply only to photos made by italians and subject to italian law).
  • After a long debate that involved WMI, a group of parliamentarians proposed a law amendment to allow fair use in Italy, "for encyclopedic use". Proposal is still being evaluated, but had positive opinions from the Commissione Cultura and other institutions.
Used in wikizine 82, thank you --Walter 12:15, 16 October 2007 (UTC)

WIkimedia Sweden founded.[edit]

Hello. Yesterday Wikimedia Sweden was founded in Stockholm, Sweden. Our presscontact Lennart Guldbrandsson was elected Chair. For the board several members of communty was elected as well as persons from the free kniowledge movement of Sweden, one of them being Lars Aronsson en:susning.nu (once the next largets wiki in the world before it was closed) founder. �Joakim Larsson 10:02, 21 October 2007 (UTC)

thanks, in wikizine 83 --Walter 12:51, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

The Vietnamese Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles?[edit]

[Milestone] "The Vietnamese Wikipedia has reached 100,000 articles". This is incorrect. The vi.wikipedia have 25.502 articles until 00:00, 24 October 2007 (UTC). Borgx 00:00, 24 October 2007 (UTC)

thanks, will run correction in wikizine 83 --Walter 12:50, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

huwiki 75k[edit]

Hi! The Hungarian Wikipedia just reached 75.000 articles. --Tgr 00:55, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

ok, thanks. in wikizine 83 --Walter 12:49, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Extensions[edit]

Walter, you don't think extensions can be part of the Wikizine? Extensions on one hand are not Wikimedia (therefor: no), as most of them are not considered for the core of MediaWiki, but on the other hand: there is no report at all on extensions, and some of them are or might be useful if only for a few projects. For instance the Quiz extension is only used on Wikiversity. To retrieve this information has cost me about one hour, a shame it was lost. Londenp 12:30, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

Peter, ik heb dat onderdeel eruit genomen omdat het niet past in Wikizine. Dat gaat over mogelijkheden die men aan een MediaWiki-installatie kan toevoegen. Wikizine is geen nieuwsbrief over MediaWiki maar over de wikimedia-projecten. Berichten over MediaWiki horen thuis in Wikizine voor zover die relevant zijn voor Wikimedia-projecten. Een nieuwe speciale pagina, een nieuwe extensie die actief is geworden op de WMF-wikis of een bepaalde wiki dat is iets om te vermelden. Maar niet over potentiële functionaliteiten.
Dit gezegd zijnde, ik kan mij niet veroorloven uw bijdragen aan Wikizine te verliezen. Als het moet kan ik het wel opnemen voor deze keer. Groet, --Walter 13:14, 1 November 2007 (UTC)
Walter, zeker niet. Ik zie in dat je gelijk hebt. Een meningsverschil is er om uitgesproken te worden en daarna hopelijk dezelfde mening te hebben. Dus: extensies vermelden wanneer het deel uitmaakt van een Wikimedia-project: dat is de grens (niet de potentiële dus). Daar kan ik het mee eens zijn. Groeten Londenp 15:05, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

1(0)000 FP[edit]

Hi Walter, we celebrated the 1000th featured picture on Commons, not the 10,000. -- Bryan (talk|commons) 22:44, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template/nl[edit]

Hi Walter, could you please be a bit more cautious when editing widely-used interface pages? You accidentally added a <pre> tag when you created this page, and it subsequently broke the message on many wikis defaulting to the nl template. AmiDaniel 10:04, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

? That was a non-existing page I created. The idea was to make a translation of the new banner now live on EN Wikipedia as Brion suggested. But I can not find the strings in it that need to be translated. So far I know that page MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template/nl is not used. --Walter 10:23, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
When a page for the particular language does not yet exist, all wikis of that language default to the template MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template. When you create one, like MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template/nl, all Dutch-language wikis then use that template instead. The messages that needed translation were pages like MediaWiki:Centralnotice-counter/nl, etc. (I believe they've all been translated now). Anyway, I'm sorry for the confusion, but thank you for your help. AmiDaniel 02:06, 5 November 2007 (UTC)

donatieoproep/NL/van de voorzitter[edit]

Hej Walter. Ik volgde in de Nederlandstalige donatieoproep op de wiki's de link naar het woordje van de voorzitter op de site van de foundation. Leuk stukje, maar de eerste zin is wat gedateerd. Maar ik mag geen aanpassingen doen, dus zou jij voor mij even op edit willen drukken en van "zal aan 2007 beginnen" iets maken als "is aan 2007 begonnen"? Want 2007 is al bijna voorbij... Alvast dank en hartelijke groet, MigGroningen 11:47, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

Toen dat geschreven is was het begin 2007. De nieuwe versie is niet beschikbaar in het Nederlands, heb dat er dan ook zo bijgeschreven. --Walter 12:43, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

P.S.: Kun jij toevallig ook gebruikers toevoegen op de WikimediaFoundation? Ik zou wel interesse hebben. Of zit er nog een procedure aan?

Neen, ik kan veel maar dat niet. Of juister; mag dat niet doen. Verzoeken voor een login is op Request for an account on the Foundation wiki --Walter 12:43, 4 November 2007 (UTC)

ComCom and Wikinews[edit]

Hi Walter, Cary has just asked if I was interested in joining ComCom, and has put my "yes" to the rest of the committee. In looking through the members I picked you out as a name I recognised as a fellow Belgian resident. What I'm interested in is getting the generally newsworthy stuff out of your Wikizine and onto Wikinews. That's things like projects reaching article count milestones and such, perhaps having a "Wikinews on Wikis, what's happening locally" article every month or so covering the same as you do, but for the general public - not just wiki editors who subscribe.

Thoughts? --Brian McNeil / talk 19:23, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Hi Brain, If you can use Wikizine for something then that would be great. If you are interested in project milestones then the page you have to watch is Wikimedia News. I personally do not like project milestones and only report a very limited of those.
If I can help or you see a way to work together I am interested. Greetings, --Walter 12:13, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Thanks for blocking anonymous vandal at Volapük Wikipedia. Malafaya 21:02, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

I have a news...[edit]

Hi Walter,

the Italian edition of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Italia have been awarded the "Premio Aretê 2007 - forum per la Comunicazione Responsabile" (Aretê prize - forum for the responsible communication) for the "internet" section with the following motivation

"for the commitment in favour of the diffusion of the universal knowledge, in a free, collaborative and constructive way, in the real spirit of the original ideals of the Net."

The prize has been consigned by the minister of the Communications (on. Paolo Gentiloni), president of the jury, in Rome on last November 5th.

Details will follow shorty on-line at http://www.premioarete.it/forum07.php.

Thank you for your attention. And thank you for taking care of Wikizine. Bye. --Paginazero - Ø 17:59, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

Thank ende you. I can not use the word "consigned", that is to difficult. I will use "The prize has been presented by the ..." --Walter 15:15, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Request for removal of access processed[edit]

Hello Walter. Your request for removal of access has been granted and archived (see "Rob Hooft @ nl wiki"). —{admin} Pathoschild 05:13:36, 11 November 2007 (UTC)

thanks --Walter 21:07, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

For Wikizine: Pywikipediabot[edit]

Plans are currently being made for a major overhaul of the code of the Pywikipediabot framework. The main goals are to start using the MediaWiki API and to unify the coding style.

Voor wikizine 84, bedankt --Walter 21:05, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

For Wikizine: New DVD[edit]

Tomorrow is the scheduled release date of the new Wikipedia DVD in german language. This time it will be available either as a basic edition that contains thumbnail images only (10 €) or a premium edition that will include higher quality pictures as well as a bonus disc with 1900s encyclopedia Meyers (25 €, total 4 DVDs). An image of the DVD will be available for downloading. See de:Wikipedia:DVD (I did not find an english language source). --Wikifitz 21:38, 14 November 2007 (UTC)

fantastic --Walter 11:28, 15 November 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine: Request for help[edit]

German Wikipedia OTRS helpdesk and press relations group are still looking for someone who can support the development and implementation of an asterisk software solution featuring LRU call management, forced log-off and a web frontend to display status information. Queue size dimensioning would be nice, as well as a web/sms frontend for the press people to configure call diversions. Anyone able to help please contact w:de:User:-jha- or, if you can read german, go to http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:OTRS/Asterisk-Projekt

--Wikifitz 08:07, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

IN wikizine 85 --Walter 16:45, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine News byte[edit]

At 593 000 articles, the French Wiktionary is now larger in number than English Wiktionary (592 000 articles. I believe this is the first time a non-English version project has passed the English version in terms of size. Cary Bass demandez 18:12, 26 November 2007 (UTC)

in wikizine 85, thanks. --Walter 16:49, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
Actually, the French Wiktionnaire has done this before, both times by tremendous bot-operator effort. The English Wiktionary needs this sort of kick in the pants occasionally.  :-) But if last time was any indication, it won't remain ahead for very long. --Connel MacKenzie 17:39, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Stats in latest wikizine[edit]

Hi, I just wanted to point out that, contrary to what was written in Wikizine nr. 85, there have been at least one earlier occasion where a non-English project passed the corresponding English in size. The occasion I'm thinking of was also due to the French Wiktionary passing the English. This was the case, according to Erik Zachte's statistics [24], between January 2006 and August 2006. (see also [25]).

Regards, \Mike(z) 09:00, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

Thanks for clarifying. I do not this important enough to include a correction in the next edition but will put a not on the blog about it. --Walter 16:59, 30 November 2007 (UTC)

--Walter 17:30, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine: A nice one maybe for the press section[edit]

In a test initiated by the german weekly newsmag "Stern", the german language version of Wikipedia was compared to the publisher Brockhaus' new online version of its 15-volume encyclopedia classic, which is paid subscription only. Experts at a cologne research institution judged 50 random articles from all fields for correctness, completeness, comprehensibility and up-to-dateness (Brockhaus claims to have its online encyclopedia updated all the time). On a scale from 1 (good) to 6 (bad), Wikipedia received an overall of 1.7, while Brockhaus only was given an average of 2.7. In 43 cases the Wikipedia article was declared winner over its Brockhaus equivalent. Brockhaus was criticised for not having entered the information of Luciano Pavarotti's death or Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize in literature even by December 2nd, on the other hand Wikipedia was said to be hard to understand for non-experts and too discursive at times (But we all knew that already, didn't we?). Links: http://www.presseportal.de/pm/6329/1096919/gruner_jahr_stern (stern story), http://www.brockhaus.de/nachschlagen/ (brockhaus online) --Wikifitz 11:03, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

in wikizine 86 --Walter 17:30, 9 December 2007 (UTC)

Gadgets[edit]

I didn't think it was so important when i noticed, but since several people have asked me about it, i thought I tell you: the first place where the Gadgets extension went live (Nov. 14.) was the German Wikipedia. Only after it was evaluated there, and a few bugs fixed, was it enabled on frwiki and commons, and later enwiki. I guess people at dewiki are proud of their guneap pig status and like to see it mentioned :)

Regards -- Duesentrieb 12:53, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Although a thing very much alike is available for ages in en.wiktionary wikt:Wiktionary:Preferences. Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 12:57, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
If I knew that I would have included that aspect. For the future; when there are experiments like this the DE community is welcome to inform me about it. Note that there is also a DE version of Wikizine. http://de.wikizine.org --Walter 17:04, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
That of Wiktionary I did not knew. Not sure of and how I can use it. --Walter 17:04, 11 December 2007 (UTC)
The Wiktionary preferences allow anonymous IPs to use the various Wiktionary-specific preferences (such as navigation popups, chat.wikizine.org links, etc.) Since the Wiktionary-specific preferences are browser based, they can be different for each different browser you use and don't require registering an account. Special customizations for Wiktionary format differences are built-in there, as well. (Just using the Wikipedia navigation popups doesn't work quite as well.) --Connel MacKenzie 17:42, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Report: Indonesian Wikipedia seminar[edit]

On 20-21 November 2007, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Republic of Indonesia, invited Indonesian Wikipedians to give two-days seminar about "Writing in the Internet" taking a place at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC). These seminars were in an agenda of the government's "Indonesian Information and Communication Technology Awards (INAICTA) 2007". Indonesian Vice President, Mr Jusuf Kalla, with the Minister, Mr Mohammad Nuh, attended the opening ceremonials.

Indonesian Wikipedia users Meursault2004, IvanLanin, Rex, and Serenity were sent to lead the seminars. In two days, over 80 people registered for the seminar, and most of them were new to edit Wikipedia. Since Indonesian Wikipedia has only about 30-40 active contributors, the number 80 newly interested users is a surprising point.

INAICTA agenda: http://www.ina-ictawards.web.id/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=37

~Rex••talk•• 09:29, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

OTRS Multichill[edit]

Hoi Walter,

Ik ben bezig om een hoop afbeeldingen over te zetten vanaf de nl wikipedia naar commons. Daarbij kom ik regelmatig otrs tickets tegen. Ik zou graag toegang willen hebben zodat ik deze kan checken. Multichill 17:51, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Dag Multichill, bericht ontvangen. Is er geen bewaar om uw echte naam kenbaar te maken en ook uw geboortedatum aan de WMF? --Walter 16:44, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Als het daarbij blijft vind ik het prima. Ik heb je een mailtje gestuurd. Multichill 21:03, 14 December 2007 (UTC)
Hoi Walter, ik heb eigenlijk niets meer van je gehoord. Heb je m'n mailtje gekregen? Multichill 00:25, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
Dag Multichill. Ik heb dit opgenomen met het huidige OTRS-team voor de NL-projecten en er is een negatief advies. Niet dat we iets tegen u hebben, enkel dat we u niet goed genoeg kennen en dat u nog niet zo lang bij Wikipedia betrokken bent als moderator. Groet, --Walter 08:52, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Wikizine: Google's "knol"[edit]

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2007/12/encouraging-people-to-contribute.html --Wikifitz

Wikipedia Weekly and the announce-l Mailing list[edit]

Would you mind if Wikipedia Weekly shared the same mailing list as Wikizine? --The Placebo Effect 01:48, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

Yes, I would mind. I am in contact with Andrew about that. --Walter 09:14, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

confirmation mail[edit]

Hi Walter, I can't send You the confirmation mail because I get the mail returned with the error: mailbox is full. :(

Best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 21:19, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Strange. I have got the emails. And my mailbox is not full. In any case authorization is accepted and you are on the list. Greetings, --Walter 21:46, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Walter I got a bounce too, can you add me please? much appreciated. ++Lar: t/c 23:41, 21 December 2007 (UTC)

Wikinews a reliable source for Wikipedia?[edit]

Interessante discussie op w:en:Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard#Wikinews:_Please_post_definite_answer. Seg Walter, waarom heeft Wikizine geen eigen Wiki, of ten minste een plaats ergens op Meta ofzo waar je stukjes kan helpen schrijven? --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 21:35, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Bedankt. Wikizine heeft een eigen (private) wiki. En sinds een poosje is de constructie van wikizine terug op meta; Wikizine. Daar helpen schrijven is welkom. Maar gewoon nieuws melden is ook goed hoor. --Walter 22:52, 25 December 2007 (UTC)

Item for Wikizine: en:User:BOTijo/Images for biographies/1[edit]

Hi, this is an interesting thing created by commons:User:Emijrp. It was announced at Commons at commons:Commons:Village_pump#Help_the_smallest_Wikipedias_to_improve. It provides a really quick easy way to add an image to a person's biography article in various language Wikipedias. It is easy, fun, quick and useful, so good for Wikizine I think. cheers --pfctdayelise 11:44, 29 December 2007 (UTC)

Thanks, in wikizine LXXXIX --Walter 10:42, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

Foutje[edit]

Het is al te laat, maar in de laatste Wikizine (Number LXXXIX) stond er "On January 15, Wikipedia will be 8 years old" maar Wikipedia is dan 7 jaar oud. SPQRobin 10:35, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

Bedankt. --Walter 19:39, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Bureaucrat right[edit]

Hi, I notice you made yourself a bureaucrat on Meta here. Since Meta now has more than 5 elected bureaucrats, would you mind removing the right? Thanks. Majorly (talk) 17:13, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi, I have removed my bureaucrat and check user status on meta. I was not aware that I had those. Greetings, --Walter 19:39, 5 January 2008 (UTC)

Commons:Picture of the Year/2007[edit]

Hi Walter, it would be much appreciated if you could report about the Commons Picture of the Year competition in the next Wikizine. The images are 514 images that were made Featured Picture during 2007. Any Wikimedian with > 200 edits in a single project is eligible to vote. There are two rounds. Round 1 is from 10-17 January and voting is "approval": you can vote for as few or as many as you like. (The images are arranged in categories for viewing, but the categories are not used in calculating votes.) The top 28 images by number of votes will go through to the final. The final runs from 20-24 January and voting for that is single vote. Voting is conducted on custom software created by User:Bryan and runs on the toolserver. People can request voting tokens at Commons:Picture of the Year/2007/Voting (you need email enabled, then you get an email which has the voting link). We also have complete translations and committee members for 12 languages besides English. :) thanks, pfctdayelise 05:06, 10 January 2008 (UTC)

Hi Walter, I don't know what's happened to this week's Wikizine, I miss it! I hope things are OK with you. Since the date is quite late now it may be better to mention the final for POTY. 20-24 January 2008. Candidates are the top 28 from Round 1 by number of votes (ignoring categories). Single vote + optional write-in comment. thanks, pfctdayelise 00:35, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
thanks, komt in Wikizine 90 --Walter 15:22, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Wikinews Picture of the Year[edit]

Hoi Walter,

hierbij wat nieuws voor Wikizine.

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikinews:Picture_of_the_Year .

--Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 00:49, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

bedankt, komt in Wikizine 90 --Walter 15:22, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Two Wikisource & Commons related news[edit]

555 22:55, 21 January 2008 (UTC)

thanks --Walter 17:08, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

Hello[edit]

Hello, I am new on meta, could you give me any beginner advice? It would be appreciated, thanks, I am a user on wikipedia with the same username, so I am not a beginner editor, thanks again, cheers. Earthbendingmaster 01:15, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

No, I can not. --Walter 15:37, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

en.wikizine.org makes my browser die :([edit]

Hey Walter,

I don't know whatever Blogger script you have on that page, but it totally freezes my browser. I miss Wikizine :( Please come back soon... --pfctdayelise 11:56, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Hi Pfctdayelise, I have hoster problems. It was down for a week and now up but not working very well so am at a back-up location. en.wikzine.org is up and I have disabled scripts that can not run at my current host. I hope it works now. I will send out Wikizine 91 now very soon. --Walter 22:03, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Wikimania Call for Participation[edit]

Hi Walter,

could you please bring attention again to the Wikimania 2008 Call for Participation on http://wikimania2008.wikimedia.org/wiki/Call_for_Participation ? Submissions are open until 16 March. Submissions are warmly welcomed. Effeietsanders 18:56, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

ok, bedankt. --Walter 22:42, 5 March 2008 (UTC)

Wikizine in Polish?[edit]

Hey. A couple of people have just started out a translation team for pl-en-pl. We're just organising ourselves, but ultimately one of the things we want to do is Wikizine. If we manage to get things under control, can we make it a regular language with an appropriate section on the Wikizine website? And if possible, is there a chance to get some materials in advance in order to prepare the Polish edition as soon as possible? Regards, Wojciech Pędzich Talk 23:03, 8 March 2008 (UTC)

Hi, in principle I would welcome very much a polish version of Wikizine. But I would like you to think about this good. There is also Wikizine en Español, Wikizine auf Deutsch and Wikizine bahasa Indonesia. All those editions have a very difficult history. People volunteers to do it, and then after a couple editions at best the are gone. And then I need to send out several emails begging people to help out. Something then someone new start again to do it and then the are gone again. All those editions have a history of people try to do it but the do not keep doing it. The result is that only an irregular number editions get translated.
I do not like to have yet an other version of Wikizine where I have only problems with.
So I ask you; are you committed to really to do this? Now, next week, next month, next year? If so then I would welcome PL Wikizine to the club. But I am not looking to start yet an other disappointment. To proceed please send me an email. --Walter 16:55, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
I know that a start-up team might be difficult to work with. I asked this question rather in a prospective manner and I'm glad with your willingness for us to join the club.
I would like to see how the team works out and whether they (or we - I also translate) are capable of producing an issue a week. Then, allow me the liberty of getting back to you with a more specified cooperation question. Regards, Wojciech Pędzich Talk 20:48, 9 March 2008 (UTC)

Wikizine[edit]

Hi Walter: I get Wikizine by email, and really think you do a good service for the community. I noticed that your English translation today had some unusual sentence structure and grammar, particularly on the interview. I'm sure that's because of the Babel translation. While I can't offer to translate for you, I can offer to edit for clarity on the English version if that's something you think would be helpful. Just let me know if you'd like that at some point. Thanks for your service to the community. Philippe 20:51, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

Hi Philippe, thanks for the feedback. If you like to help with Wikizine please subscribe to this list for the editors/staff/people who like to help out. Requests for help are posted there. Greetings, --Walter 21:38, 3 April 2008 (UTC)

"In The News" reform[edit]

Hi Walter,

I'm not sure if this is an appropriate announcement for Wikizine, but I'll suggest it anyway. There is a proposal to reform the "In The News" section on the w:en:main page. Whereas all of the other sections, like Featured Articles, get updated every day, ITN gets two or three new news items a week. For example, the same picture of w:en:Fernando Lugo has been on ITN since April 20, almost two weeks. In addition, deaths like w:en:Arthur C. Clarke don't make it to the main page, nor items of "local" interest like the London mayoral election. I think a lot of editors would support something more open and dynamic. If you would like to help in this reform proposal, please see w:en:Wikipedia:In The News 2.0. Thanks. 66.140.45.123 07:53, 4 May 2008 (UTC) (Lovelac7)



1. Subscription, 2. Wikizine titleline[edit]

Hi Walter,

  • I have recently asked you to stop delivering Wikizine to me as I had no time to read it. Now I'd like to ask you to put me back onto the list of readership.
  • I hope you don't find this offensive: I would like to ask you if it was possible to give the titleline a bit more of a professional look, (any Wiki print would be better) which would give it better legibility, as the current one is difficult to read.

LouisBB 07:16, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Hi, I am not sure what you mean. I have not received or processed any manual request for unsubscribtion from EN Wikizine. Normally you do that yourself. If you wish to subscribe to wikizine go to http://www.wikizine.org and do so.
Regarding your titleline comment; I do not understand what you mean.
--Walter 13:29, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

Walter,

een tekst verwijderen is wel heel simpel. Wat is reclame en wat niet; een uitleg van een service is toch geen reclame?

Ik kan niet zeggen dat het mij duidelijk is waarover u het heeft. Zonder meer informatie en context kan ik geen reactie geven. --Walter 07:07, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

usurp in tr tr.wikipedia.org[edit]

I want to usurp tr:user:orion(a few contribution)for SUL.I'm a active editor of zh:user:orion,Can you rename the account in tr.wiki? Thank You.

You need to request that not here but on the steward request page for that. Steward requests/SUL requests --Walter 11:24, 6 June 2008 (UTC)

Wikizine: Discussion on Meta[edit]

Dear Walter, please could You maybe add a note to this discussion to the next edition of Wikizine.
Many thanks in advance, best regards, --birdy geimfyglið (:> )=| 09:49, 14 June 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing this out. I will not use it. More news is very welcome. --Walter 21:56, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

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Geen autoriteit meer aanwezig op nl:Wikipedia[edit]

Beste Walter,

Je zult het vermoedelijk al hebben gezien, maar ik meld toch maar even dat op nl:Wikipedia de Arbcom al enige tijd haar werkzaamheden heeft opgeschort. Er staan verzoeken open vanaf april, waar niets mee wordt gedaan. Gebruikers die bijvoorbeeld langdurig worden geblokkeerd kunnen nu nergens terecht.[26] Het ernstigst is de situatie voor Castruccio, die tot 'ingelogde vandaal' is bestempeld en voor onbepaalde tijd is geblokkeerd, terwijl hij slechts schuldig is aan het op fatsoenlijke wijze uiten van kritiek. Zelf ben ik al voor 4 weken geblokkeerd geweest omdat ik op een andere dag van de maand archiveerde dan een moderator Oscar wenste en momenteel voor 3 maanden omdat ik 'niet zou meewerken' (geen idee wat daarmee wordt bedoeld, of het moet slaan op een email van dezelfde moderator waarin hij mij op onbeleefde toon verzocht om mee te werken aan een ontmoeting IRL, waar ik bepaald geen trek in had en dus niet op ben ingegaan).

Is het mogelijk dat deze verzoeken door een Steward worden afgehandeld als de Arbcom niet spoedig haar werkzaamheden hervat? Guido den Broeder 09:22, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Bedankt om dit te laten weten aangaande voor wikizine. Ik wist dit niet.
Als steward kan ik zeggen dat met zoiets een steward zich totaal niet mag mee bemoeien. Stewards zijn geen wiki-rechters ofzo. Dit is puur een interne zaak van wikipedia NL. --Walter 13:58, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

P.S.: Sinds gisteren lukt het mij niet meer om de chatfunctie van Wikizine te gebruiken. Guido den Broeder 09:25, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

Ik zal er naar zien maar ik kan er eigenlijk niet niets aan doen. Ik heb een host nodig die IRC via cgi wil toelaten en buiten memobot die ik gebruik (gratis) heb ik geen hosting beschikbaar daarvoor. --Walter 13:58, 4 July 2008 (UTC)
Het is me zojuist weer gelukt om op de chat te komen. Groetjes, Guido den Broeder 14:48, 4 July 2008 (UTC)