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Will be send monday arround 13 UTC I think. Not yet happy like it is now. --Walter 23:43, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

  • it's fine by me now, ok walter? oscar 15:26, 23 January 2006 (UTC)
    • Send --Walter 15:39, 23 January 2006 (UTC)

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=== Technical news ===

[Anonnotice] - The MediaWiki-page [[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]] for putting a notice on top of every page of the wiki and used for things like the fund drives, is now divided. The notice put on [[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]] is only displayed to logged-on users. The new MediaWiki-page [[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]] is for showing a notice only to anonymous users. So if you need to display a notice to all users you need to modify "[[Mediawiki:Sitenotice]]" and "[[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]]". 

If you put {{:MediaWiki:Sitenotice}} inside [[Mediawiki:Anonnotice]] then everything will behave as before. 

[Stewards] can now again set rigths for the wikis hosted on the Korean/Yahoo cluster. Those are ja.wikipedia, ko.wikipedia, ms.wikipedia and th.wikipedia - Stewards are users who can give and revoke user rights (like sysop) of any user on any Wikimedia project.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Stewards

[Semi-protection] Semi-protection enabled on the Spanish Wikipedia and the Japanese Wikinews.

[Namespace] French language Wikipedia has begun using a new namespace for references cited within articles.
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aide:R%C3%A9f%C3%A9rence

=== Request for help ===

[Spam Filter] Project startup. Addresses deficiencies in existing SpamBlacklist extension and $wgSpamRegex. It is now in the proposal phase and is reviewing requirements and seeking developers. The idea is to give maximum control at the local wiki to protected against spam.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Spam_Filter
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jwalling - project coordinator

=== Policy ===

[ProtectSection] There is a new vote in wikisource.org. It is about whether you want ProtectSection to be enabled.
http://wikisource.org/wiki/Wikisource:Vote_on_enabling_the_ProtectSection_extension
http://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4375

=== Foundation ===

[Trademark] The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted a trademark registration for the term "Wikipedia" to the Wikimedia Foundation.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2006-01-16/Trademark_registered

[Chapter News] from the Serbia and Montenegro chapter
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.misc/26404
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/5939

=== Community ===

[Lawsuit] against the Wikimedia Foundation Inc. by the parents of the deceased German hacker Boris Floricic (aka Tron), because the article in the German language Wikipedia about this person contains his full name (at the same time his full name actually is on many websites at the moment). The national domain wikipedia.de is because of this not longer redirecting to the DE Wikipedia. Some media incorrectly reports that German language is down or has been down because of this. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron_%28hacker%29#Current_controversy
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Berlin_court_issues_provisional_order_against_the_Wikimedia_Foundation
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/01/19/2056252
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron_%28Hacker%29
http://wikimedia.de
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/01/20/wikipedia_shutdown/ - examples of incorrect journalism
http://www.techtree.com/techtree/jsp/article.jsp?article_id=70807

[9/11wiki] wiki move proposal. The sep11 wiki is a memorial wiki about the 9/11 attacks. (WTC-towers, New York, USA)
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/9/11_wiki_move_proposal
http://sep11.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Memoriam
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11%2C_2001_attacks

[Bye-bye 2005] The Signpost has written a overview of 2005. It is from the viewpoint of the English language Wikipedia of course but still interesting.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2006-01-16/Look_back

=== Media ===

[Copycat] Reporter who plagiarized Wikipedia gets fired
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2006-01-16/Tim_Ryan_dismissed
http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/story1679.shtml

=== Stats ===

[Commons] the wiki for free media now contains over 400,000 files.
http://commons.wikimedia.org
http://slashdot.org/articles/06/01/22/1441228.shtml

[Tools] Contributions Tree Tool allows users to scrutinize their edits by namespace and by number of edits.
http://tools.wikimedia.de/~interiot/cgi-bin/contribution_tree

=== Other news ===

[Department of Fun] good place for inspiration for how to waste your time.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Department_of_Fun

[NotWikipedia] Encyclopediadramatica - "It's like Wikipedia on crack, heroin, and meth all at once." 
http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/

=== Did you know ... ===

... that besides Wikizine there are also other internal news media?

Probably the best known is "The Wikipedia Signpost" of the English language Wikipedia. It is web based and setup like a newspaper and is written by a small team of editors... The Signpost is now one year old. 

A older one it the "Wikikurier, Das Wikipedia Nachrichtenblatt" fo the German language Wikipedia. It is around since the end of 2003. This is only a announcement page, but it is a beauty of a announcement page. It is constantly updated. 

So far as known is that it. The Chinese language Wikipedia has done a attempt to make a Chinese Signpost, but it seems dead.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Kurier
http://zh.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:%E7%BB%B4%E5%9F%BA%E7%AE%80%E8%AE%AF

If you know about other initiatives like those on other Wikimedia projects please inform Wikizine about this. The are a very valuable source of information for Wikizine.

=== Quote ===

"acknowledge the reality that there is no way that all bad edits out of a current rate of around a million edits a week (soon to be ten million no doubt) will be caught. Not only a slim chance; zero chance. If legal issues make this intolerable, instead of making a pointless and annoying gesture, do something concrete and move the servers to an offshore jurisdiction, as PartyGaming operates from Gibraltar due to the dubious legal status of online poker." (anonymous)

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