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Year: 2011  Week: 36  Number: 125        


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


=== Community ===

[Stewards election] - Candidate submission will last up to September 7th. Voting will be held between September 15th and October 6th.

[Writing contest] - In 2004 the Dutch language Wikipedia was the first Wikipedia to organize a writing contest. Now at the 1th of September already the 8th edition will start and run for 2 months. Users can work alone or in a team on an article of their choice. At the end the jury will award the prizes to the winners; an image of the trophy they can put on their user pages.

[Research committee] - Next Research committee meeting will be held on September 2nd.

[Project closures] - Scots Wikipedia proposed for closure; proposal rejected during the same day. Proposals for Inuktitut and Old English Wikipedias closure rejected, while proposal for Asturianu Wikibooks closure accepted using the standard procedure.

=== Other news ===

[WikiLoves Monuments] - Have a date with a monument and send the proof to Commons! And, you never know, you may win one of many nice prizes.

WikiLoves Monuments is project in 18 European countries to get quality pictures of important items of cultural heritage. It is organized by national groups, with the exception of the program representing the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg - which is one project that crosses state lines and includes several languages.

The project takes the form of an image contest. The user needs to upload their pictures to Commons in September. A national jury, depending on the country where the monument is located, will judge and proclaim the winners and award prizes. But the best prize is to get freely licensed pictures of our heritage out there.
http://www.wikilovesmonuments.eu/ --- see menu at the right for list of participating country's
http://tinyurl.com/3bzt2oc -- Wikimedia Germany about WikiLoves Monuments (google translation)

=== Technical news ===

[AbuseFilter] - this is an extension for MediaWiki, which helps prevent vandalism on wikis, and is now active on all wikis. Before you needed to ask (via a bugzilla request) to enable it for your wiki.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Edit_filter -- documentation about it

=== Foundation ===

[Results are in] - ... of the editor survey of April 2011. The actual report is available as a PDF on Meta. But there is also an extensive summary on Meta. And if that is also too long to read for you - check out the Wikipedia Signpost - they will probably give a short summary of it.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Editor_Survey_2011 -- actual report here!

=== Chapters ===

[Wikipedia.no] - YES! - The Chapter Wikimedia Norway has unanimously decide to make the domain wikipedia.no a portal page instead of pointing it to the bokmål version of Wikipedia. In many countries the first thing internet users enter is <name>+national TLD when they look for a website. By sharing this important internet real estate other, mostly very small, Wikipedias in languages of that county get exposure to visitors. Others, like wikipedia.be and wikipedia.be made this change long ago. Some, like wikipedia.de , choose not to.
http://tinyurl.com/3l7cchr -- WM Norway press release about it (Google translation)

[Chapters Planet] - There are many WM Chapters so a special blog aggregator for all the postings by them seemed to be a good idea. User Bence, a student in Hungary, is offering this service at chaptersplanet.org  Also is there an applet with the chapters twitter streams. 

[Wikimedia Washington DC] - Wiki Society of Washington, DC Inc. has been approved by Chapters committee as sub-national chapter under the name Wikimedia District of Columbia. It is now before the Board for discussion and approval.

[Wikimedia Hungary] - Wikimedia Hungary published their report for May 2011.

[Wikimedia Sweden] - Wikimedia Sweden published their report for June and July 2011.

[Wikimedia Denmark] - Wikimedia Denmark published their report for July 2011.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Danmark/Kvartalsrapport_juli_2011 (in Danish)
http://tinyurl.com/3kvnwxm -- Google translation

[Iberocoop] - Report from Wikimania published by Wikimedia Argentina (in Spanish).
http://www.wikimedia.org.ar/node/45 (in Spanish)
http://tinyurl.com/3g3vsyh  -- Google translation

[Women and Wikimedia] - Wikimedia UK published report "Girl Geeks V. Wikimeet – An exercise in real-time collaboration"

[Wikimedia UK] - Wikimedia UK published report for July 2011.

=== Meetups ===

[RegioWikiCamp Brest (France)] - September 2, 2011

[Hong Kong 57] - September 16, 2011

[Manchester wikimeet] - September 17, 2011

[Berkeley Wikipedia Meetup] - September 17, 2011

(Meetups section is filled from Wikipedia:Meetup page at English Wikipedia. Please, add your meetup there and it will be published by Wikizine.)

=== Media ===

[Wikipedia Signpost] - Volume 7, Issue 34 – 22 August 2011 has been published. Stories in this edition: Journalist regrets not checking citation, PR firms issue advice on how to “survive” Wikipedia (but U.S. Congressman caught red-handed), Girl Geeks edit while they dine, JJ Harrison on avian photography, After eleven moves, name for islands now under arbitration.

=== Stats ===

[Wikipedia] - July 2011 was the best July ever by the number of very active users for Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Indonesian, French and many more Wikipedias.

=== In the news ===

[News.com.au] - Article "The Wikipedia article 'philosophy game' in numbers" published in news.com.au

[Daily India] - Daily India published article about Wikimedia India (although wrongly named "Wikipedia-India")

[Jimmy Wales on BBC] - Jimmy Wales will appear at BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival 2011 begin November.

[Network World] - Network World authors Jim Metzler and Steve Taylor think that Wikipedia "is an open source, peer-reviewed online dictionary".

[Inquirer News] - Inquirer News author Paolo G. Montecillo thinks that "Wikipedia is our smartest teacher".

=== From Wikipedia ===

[Khat] - Khat is a flowering plant native to tropical East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. It contains the alkaloid called cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant which is said to cause excitement, loss of appetite, and euphoria. Khat is so popular in Yemen that its cultivation consumes much of the country's agricultural resources. It is estimated that 40% of the country's water supply goes towards irrigating it, with production increasing by about 10% to 15% every year.

[Kingdom Tower] - Kingdom Tower is a supertall skyscraper approved for construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Its preliminary cost is 1.23 billion USD and it will be tall at least 1,000 meters, becoming the tallest building in the world.

[Louie Louie] - In February, 1964, an outraged parent wrote to Robert Kennedy, then the Attorney General of the United States, alleging that the lyrics of "Louie Louie" were obscene. The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the complaint. In June 1965, the FBI laboratory obtained a copy of the Kingsmen recording and, after two years of investigation, concluded that the recording could not be interpreted, that it was "unintelligible at any speed" [...]

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