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        Year: 2011  Week: 40    Number: 130       

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  • [30 September] - The last day of the project Wiki Loves Monuments for this year is September 30th. So if you still have pictures of monuments, it is not yet to late to share them on Commons and maybe win a prize. Currently there are already more then 125,000 new pictures added to commons in this one month of Wikimedia Loves Monuments. Yes - 125,000 - that is correct. And ... one country is Done - Andorra has now 100% of the monuments photographed!

Technical news




Jimmy Wales







  • [Wikipedia Signpost] - A new Wikipedia Signpost has been published. In this edition you can read: Opinion essay: The global mission, the image filter and the “German question”, WikiProject Automobiles, Top female Wikipedians, reverted newbies, WikiSym previews and so on.


  • [Other anniversaries] - During the next month the Korean and Malay Wikipedias will become nine years old, while Abkhaz and Albanian will become eight years old. Wikimedia France will become seven years old, while Wikimedia Sweden will become four years old.



Request for help


[Gopher] - Request from User:Walter who is playing around with Gopher, a predecessor of the World Wide Web, for a Mozilla bugreport.

  • - Are you using Mozilla Thunderbird to read this text? (email or gmange)
If so please send an email to walter@wikizine.org (or talk page) containing the following information;

Events and meetups

  • [19 September - 4 October] - Wikimedia servers upgrades to MediaWiki 1.18
    • [19 September] - Monday, September 19, 23:00-01:00 UTC -- Production test: test2.wikipedia.org – this stage will ensure that 1.18 is compatible with the rest of our production infrastructure. There’s a small chance that changes here could affect all wikis.
    • [21 September] - Wednesday, September 21, 23:00-03:00 UTC -- Stage 1: simple.wikipedia.org, simple.wiktionary.org, usability.wikimedia.org, strategy.wikimedia.org, mediawiki.org, he.wikisource.org
    • [26 September] - Monday, September 26, 23:00-03:00 UTC -- Stage 2: meta.wikimedia.org, en.wikiquote.org, en.wikibooks.org, beta.wikiversity.org, eo.wikipedia.org, nl.wikipedia.org
    • [4 October] - Tuesday, October 4, 23:00-03:00 UTC -- Stage 3: remaining wikis.
  • [1 October] - A Backstage Pass tour is an event aimed at sharing the expertise of real-world cultural institutions with our wiki-expertise. Wikimedia UK organizes it at Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, UK.

Did you know ...


... what protocol relative URLs are?

Normal URLs look like: http://test.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page or https://test.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.

Both of these URLs define the protocol that will be used. Protocol relative URLs look like this: //test.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page. Dropping the protocol from the URL allows the browser to assign the current protocol to the URL. So, if you are visiting the site in HTTPS mode, links will point to HTTPS, and if you are visiting the site in HTTP mode, links will point to HTTP.



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