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Year: 2006  Week: 27  Number: 32        


An independent internal news bulletin 
for the members of the Wikimedia community


=== Foundation ===

[Board] member of the Wikimedia Foundation and vice-president of Wikia, Angela Beesley, has resigned from the
Board of the WMF. Angela emphasizes that her reason for resignation is not another board member's fault. She is only leaving the Board, and will continue to stay involved with Wikipedia and with the Australian Chapter and Wikia. An election to replace the position of Angela on the board is expected.

[Newsletter] - The Promotion & Translation Subcommittee of the Communications Committee has sent the first issue of their new newsletter out. This newsletter is about the translations effort. What still needs to be translated, what is done and news translation related.   

[$] The WMF received in the month of June 2006 $32,969 in donations by means of PayPal. This is a similar amount as in May and April.

=== Technical news ===

[Export/Import] Improvements have been made on the import and export functionality of MediaWiki. All wikis can already now export pages with [[Special:Export]]. The import function is off but can be enabled on request by Brion. (make a BugZilla ticket for it). This function can be used to move pages cleanly with full history between wikis. Like for transwikiïng an article from Wikipedia to Wikibooks.

[WikiSource-l] , the mailing list for the Wikisource-project is now also accessible through gmane.org, meaning you can now read and post to this list like as if it were a usenet newsgroup or use the web-based interface.

[?..Announce-l] seems to be also on gmane.org since February. Announce-l is the mailing list used by Wikizine. It would have been polite to inform Wikizine about this stranger, ignoring that only the listadmin is supposed to be able to add a list to gmane.

=== Request for help ===

[£$€] Daniel Mayer, aka Mav, the Chief Financial Officer, is looking for people with professional
fundraising experience to help with the Fundraising Committee. 

=== Policy ===

[Idea] An idea to require a confirmed email address in order to upload images gets support. But it causes also a lengthy discussion about freedom on Wikipida. http://mail.wikipedia.org/pipermail/wikipedia-l/2006-June/thread.html#44555

=== Community ===

[Fußball] It seems that the World championship football is more interesting then Wikipedia, at least to some.
http:// tinyurl.com/ot4wg  (machine translation)

=== Media ===

[???] "Wikipedia - the online encyclopedia that now contains nearly 40 million articles" - at least that's what British newspaper ''The Indepent'' writes. 

=== Stats ===

[Interwiki] A page is made that provides an overview of the pages from the English Wikipedia from where there are the most interwiki-links, and the number of links. And also a list of the largest Wikipedia that has no link to use articles. See explanation by Andre Engels for the details.

[UR.wiki] The Urdu Wikipedia has reached 1,000 articles. There are 104 million speakers, so there is a lot of potential for growth.

=== Other news ===

[Trolls-Everywhere] Not only the large Wikipedias have their trolls. However, trolls can also have a positive effect. Sabine Cretella explains ...

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

... that there is an easy way for removing many pages from you watch list?

When you like to remove many pages from your "Watchlist" ([[Special:Watchlist/edit]]) it can be that you need to check hundreds of tick boxes. That is no fun. Select the first box and then select that last box while holding <shift> pressed. All that boxes between those to are now selected.

=== Quote ===

"On average, Wikipedia will get it more right than the publishers will."

 -- Scott McNealy , chairman of Sun Microsystems Inc.

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