Alphax (Wikipedia email | 1 Aug 02:44 2006
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Re: The Onion on Wikipedia

Mark Williamson wrote:
> On 31/07/06, Ray Saintonge <saintonge@...> wrote:
>> Brad Patrick wrote:
>>
>>> We are all cracking up here at the office.  Well done!
>>>
>>> On 7/26/06, Dirk Riehle <dirk@...> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>> Just saw this:
>>>>
>>>> http://www.theonion.com/content/node/50902
>>>>
>>>> Enjoy!
>>>>
>>>> Dirk
>>>>
>>>> PS: In case you wonder what kind of magazine The Onion is, try our
>>>> favorite reference:
>>>>
>>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Onion
>>>>
>> I was especially amused by the line "But after a string of military
>> antics and a convoluted scheme involving chicken feathers and an
>> inflatable woman, the British were eventually defeated..."
>>
>> It reminded me of something that I randomly found in the stacks at the
>> University of Toronto library many years ago in a very long series of
>> pamphlets sponsored by various US government agencies in the 1960s.
>> There were so many of these that it seems that the library staff had
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Richard Holton | 1 Aug 02:45 2006
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Re: The Onion on Wikipedia

The army had a real problem with soldiers in 'Nam getting hooked on smoking
chicken feathers...it was very tragic.

On 7/31/06, Mark Williamson <node.ue@...> wrote:
>
> What would be the obvious one?
>
> People setting chickens afire?
>
> Mark
>
> On 31/07/06, Ray Saintonge <saintonge@...> wrote:
> > Brad Patrick wrote:
> >
> > >We are all cracking up here at the office.  Well done!
> > >
> > >On 7/26/06, Dirk Riehle <dirk@...> wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > >>Just saw this:
> > >>
> > >>http://www.theonion.com/content/node/50902
> > >>
> > >>Enjoy!
> > >>
> > >>Dirk
> > >>
> > >>PS: In case you wonder what kind of magazine The Onion is, try our
> > >>favorite reference:
> > >>
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Michael Snow | 1 Aug 07:47 2006
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Who's next?

The Wikipedia Signpost has a report this week from the Polish Wikipedia 
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2006-07-31/Interwiki_report), 
following last week's report from the German Wikipedia. Thanks to Kpjas 
for putting it together. It's nice to get more cross-project news.

To keep this feature going, we would welcome anyone from another 
language who wants to step up. Italian next, or French? Maybe Chinese or 
Arabic? You get to decide, all you have to do is write it.

--Michael Snow
Dariusz Siedlecki | 1 Aug 09:34 2006
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Elections for the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

Dear all,

Due to Angela Beeslay's resignation from the Board of Trustees of the
Wikimedia Foundation, the Board issued a new election to fill at least
one position for the following year.

>From today, we're accepting candidates to the Board of Trustees. If
you're interested, you must make a candidate statement and list
yourself on http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Election_candidates_2006/En

We also need the help or translators for the elections, so if you're
fluent in any language apart from English, please list yourself here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Election_translations_2006

If you have any questions, please leave them in the FAQ:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Election_FAQ_2006

The official announcement is available on Meta:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Elections_for_the_Board_of_Trustees_of_the_Wikimedia_Foundation%2C_2006/En

We hope the elections will go underway without any problems and wish
any potential candidates the best of luck.

Regards,
Datrio, Essjay, & Aphaia
Election Officials, Wikimedia Election Committee 2006
Brad Patrick | 2 Aug 07:51 2006
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The Atlantic & Colbert - two great tastes that taste great together

So not one but two must-read/sees in the same news cycle...

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200609/wikipedia

by Marshall Poe

and "Wikiality" on "The Word" on the Colbert Report.

http://www.powerpage.org/archives/2006/08/stephen_colbert_v_wikipedia.html

Did you know the number of elephants in Africa has tripled in the past 10
years? 8-D

Enjoy!

--

-- 
Brad Patrick
General Counsel & Interim Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
bradp.wmf@...
727-231-0101
Timwi | 2 Aug 19:20 2006
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Re: Artikel ohne Koordinate

Stefan Kühn wrote:
> Hallo zusammen!
> 
> Zahlreiche Artikel in der Wikipedia haben einen Raumbezug aber noch 
> keine Koordinate. Andererseits kennen sich viele Benutzer in bestimmten 
> Landstrichen besonders gut aus und wissen aber nicht, dass dort ein 
> Artikel existiert oder die Koordinate fehlt.
> 
> Deshalb hab ich mal eine Liste für jedes Land erstellt, die alle derzeit 
> noch nicht georeferenzierten Artikel (z.B. Berge, Museen, Orte) enthält.
> 
> http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Georeferenzierung/Artikel_ohne_Koordinate

Ich glaube nicht, dass sich damit so leicht Freiwillige finden. Ihr habt 
ja einfach nur alle Artikel nach Land aufgelistet. Ich müsste also 
hunderte von Artikel, die unter "England" aufgelistet sind, öffnen, um 
zu gucken, welche davon in Cambridge sind. Ich glaube nicht, dass viele 
Leute dazu Lust hätten. Hinzu kommt dann noch, dass man erstmal 
umständlich rumsuchen muss, um rauszufinden, wie die Koordinaten in die 
Artikel eingetragen werden sollen, und selbst wenn man das mal gefunden 
hat, ist die Erklärung viel zu kompliziert und viel zu umständlich.

Timwi
Marco Chiesa | 3 Aug 15:32 2006
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Wikimedia Italia AGM

The AGM of Wikimedia Italia, the Italian chapter of the WMF, is called 
for Saturday 2nd September in Valentano (VT), Italy.

The agenda will likely be:
1. approval of the Meeting's Rules
2. Ratification of the decisions of the Directors' Board
3. Renewal of committee positions
4. Approval of 2005-2006 Financial Statement
5. Approval of 2006-2007 Provisional Statement
6. Planning of events and commitments of the Association
7. Wikimania 2007
8. Any other businesses

A few remainders:
* only members can vote, but everyone can take part at the AGM
* Frieda will soon email all the members explaining how to candidate for 
next year's Board
* The Financial statement for 2005-2006 will be soon available on the 
website http://www.wikimedia.it/ (any related question may be put to 
treasurer, M/)
* The meeting goes on on Sunday 3rd as well

For any information please refer to (in order)
* The Meetup page on it.wikipedia:
http://it.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Raduni/Viterbo_2006
* the Organiser: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussioni_utente:M7
* the President of WMI: 
http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussioni_utente:Frieda

Ciao
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Sabine Cretella | 3 Aug 21:08 2006
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Re: Artikel ohne Koordinate

Timwi schrieb:
> Stefan Kühn wrote:
>   
>> Hallo zusammen!
>>
>> Zahlreiche Artikel in der Wikipedia haben einen Raumbezug aber noch 
>> keine Koordinate. Andererseits kennen sich viele Benutzer in bestimmten 
>> Landstrichen besonders gut aus und wissen aber nicht, dass dort ein 
>> Artikel existiert oder die Koordinate fehlt.
>>
>> Deshalb hab ich mal eine Liste für jedes Land erstellt, die alle derzeit 
>> noch nicht georeferenzierten Artikel (z.B. Berge, Museen, Orte) enthält.
>>
>> http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Georeferenzierung/Artikel_ohne_Koordinate
>>     
>
> Ich glaube nicht, dass sich damit so leicht Freiwillige finden. Ihr habt 
> ja einfach nur alle Artikel nach Land aufgelistet. Ich müsste also 
> hunderte von Artikel, die unter "England" aufgelistet sind, öffnen, um 
> zu gucken, welche davon in Cambridge sind. Ich glaube nicht, dass viele 
> Leute dazu Lust hätten. Hinzu kommt dann noch, dass man erstmal 
> umständlich rumsuchen muss, um rauszufinden, wie die Koordinaten in die 
> Artikel eingetragen werden sollen, und selbst wenn man das mal gefunden 
> hat, ist die Erklärung viel zu kompliziert und viel zu umständlich.
>
> Timwi
>   
Ich habe mir die Artikel 'mal angesehen - viele haben nicht 'mal eine 
"Datenbox" - wenn man die hätte, über ein Template, dann könnte man 
diese nach und nach mit replace.py (also über den pywikipediabot) 
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Gordhan Das Valasai | 7 Aug 17:20 2006
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New language

New language is Meghwarki. It is written in Urdu format. It is spoken by
almost 0.5 million Meghwars living in Tharparkar and Rajistan.

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-- 
Gordhan Das Valasai,
Ph D Scholar,
MUET, Jamshoro, Sindh.
03332743180
Virgil Ierubino | 8 Aug 00:02 2006
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Save Draft button?

Before I say anything else, is there a specific place where people can
submit proposals/suggestions? If not, one should be set up. And if so, the
navigational structure should be improved because it's hard to find!

Upgrade to MediaWiki: "Save Draft" button beneath the edit box that saves
the box's contents to a logged-in user's subpage: "User:Example/Article
title". Far too many times I'm halfway through a massive edit and I have to
go - there needs to be an easier and/or integrated way to save half-done
work between sessions.

This automation of "in-progress" subpages will neatly streamline copyediting
and extended work too.

Gmane