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Year: 2011  Week: 36   Number: 126        


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


=== Wikizine ===

[Wikizine] - you may have have noticed changes to Wikizine in the most recent editions. This is under the impulse of user Millosh who has taken the lead in relaunching Wikizine. We love to hear your ideas and feedback about this.

[Your reports] - Post your news for the next edition of Wikizine on Meta or in our Google form.

=== Technical news ===

[Wikipedia for Android 1.0] - A non-free software called "Wikipedia for Android 1.0" has been published. It doesn't look to be affiliated with the WMF.

[Engineering report] - Wikimedia engineering report for August 2011 published.

=== Request for help ===

[Tech help] - Tech volunteers needed for Hurricane Irene relief.

=== Foundation ===

[Report for July] - Wikimedia Foundation published report for July 2011.

[Editors survey] - Wikimedia Foundation published report for editors survey for April 2011.

=== Chapters ===

[Silver Knowledge Project] - Wikimedia Germany has a project "Projekt Silberwissen" or "Silver Knowledge Project", which aims to teach older people how to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Between July 1st and 3rd the first such project was held in the city of Ulm.
http://tinyurl.com/3r2vt43 (Google translate)

==== Chapters reports ====

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

[Wikimedia Israel] - Wikimedia Israel published report for August 2011.

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

[Wikimedia Austria] - Wikimedia Austria published report for August 2011.

=== Community ===

[Blogs about Wikimedia translators] - Philippe Beaudette suggests reading a blog post series about Wikimedia translators by Julie McDonough Dolmaya

[Language committee] - Language committee has published the August 2011 report

=== Events ===

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

[Wiki Loves Monuments] - Wiki Loves Monuments takes off.

[New Orleans Hackathon] - In a letter to Wikizine editors, Sumana Harihareswara informs us about a New Orleans Hackathon, which would take place between October 14th and 16th:

"We've now chosen a focus for the New Orleans Wikimedia/MediaWiki developers' days!  The theme of this event: "the infrastructure of innovation". We're going to improve and discuss the Wikimedia Labs projects infrastructure and other stuff that makes it easier for anyone to supercharge Wikimedia with awesomeness. We're going to work on our gadgets/extensions/tools support, authorization/authentication strategy, dev-ops virtualization, and general training and hacking.

It's mostly going to be dev sprints and bugsmashing, with some discussion and workshops. The event is open to anyone who wants to come and contribute, and is an opportunity to spend time with senior MediaWiki developers & ops engineers, write beautiful code, and learn about the latest developments."

=== Meetups ===

[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] - A new edition of Wikipedia Signpost has been published. In this edition you can find stories such as: Effective collaboration leads to earlier article promotion, Deleted revisions in the English Wikipedia, Wikipedia and open-access repositories, Quality of featured articles doesn't always impress readers, and more. 

=== In the news ===

[8 minutes] - Wikipedia needed just 8 minutes to cover an earthquake in Virginia on August 23rd.

[Hudong] - The biggest single-language encyclopedia, Chinese Hudong, raised 100M RMB (15.6M USD).

[Jimmy Wales on China] - Jimmy Wales interviewed by the Huffington Post, talks about China.

[User:Hylian Auree and Hurricane Irene] - Daily Dot reports about 17 year old Wikipedian Hylian Auree, who was the most active editor on the Wikipedia article about Hurricane Irene.

[Selling links or not?] - WMF's Sustaining corporate donors page presented in a sensationalistic way: "Wikipedia Selling Links For $5000".

[Positive Psychology News on Wikipedia] - Positive Psychology News author Shannon Polly calls on university professors to assign students to work on Wikipedia.

=== From Wikipedia ===

[Santa Claus Conquers the Martians] - "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" is a 1964 movie considered as one of the worst movies in the history of cinematography. This holiday staple was the creation of Nicholas Webster. When Martian children get to see Santa Claus only on TV, their parents decide to abduct Santa to make them happy. Like many others in this category, it has been featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000. The film is cited on a 10-worst list in The Book of Lists, in The Fifty Worst Films of All Time. It is also known for starring a very young Pia Zadora. Cinematic Titanic released a production of the movie in November 2008.

[Southern barbarian trade period] - Nanban trade or Southern barbarian trade period in Japanese history extends from the arrival of the first Europeans (Portuguese) to Japan in 1543, to their near-total exclusion from the archipelago in 1614, under the promulgation of the "Sakoku" Seclusion Edicts.

[Holocene extinction] - The Holocene extinction refers to the extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BC) generally from the impact of humans. The large number of extinctions span numerous families of plants and animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods; a sizeable fraction of these extinctions are occurring in the rainforests. 875 extinctions occurring between 1500 and 2009 have been documented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

=== Quote ===

"Look horses! ... Not pretty,. Really not pretty."  -- POV of a 2-year old girl about the current line of "My Little Pony" as seen in a toy shop


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