- 1 Wikimedia notification system
- 2 Translation of the Week
- 3 Commons: Picture of the Year 2008
- 4 GNU Free Documentation License 1.3
- 5 Software news in brief
- 6 Wikimania 2009
- 7 Quality illustrations
- 8 Software localization
- 9 Central Wikimedia help
- 10 FlaggedRevs review feature
- 11 Wikipedia globe logo
- 12 Interlanguage links
- 13 Global bots
Wikimedia notification system
… it's for spreading information; and for a better cross-wiki communication & collaboration!
Translation of the Week
Commons: Picture of the Year 2008
The final voting round is running from April 19th to April 30th (23:59 UTC).
Have a look on the finalists and select your favourite featured picture of 2008.
GNU Free Documentation License 1.3
The GNU Free Documentation License has been released in version 1.3 by its responsible Free Software Foundation.
This is not least a result of a request by our Board of Trustees in December 2007, trying to offer us a possibility to also license and share our wiki contents under the easier to use Creative Commons CC-BY-SA (Attribution + ShareAlike) license.
The Wikimedia Foundation will soon organize a community wide referendum to decide whether our GNU FDL licensed wikis should be made availabe under the terms of this free and common CC-BY-SA license too, see dual-licensing.
|A vote on Meta is taking place from April 12, 2009 to May 3, 2009.|
Software news in brief
Wikimania 2009, this year's global event devoted to Wikimedia projects around the globe, is accepting submissions for presentations, workshops, panels, posters, open space discussions, and even artistic works related to the Wikimedia projects or free content topics in general. The conference will be held from August 26 to 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
For more information, check the official Call for Participation.
Beside an elder project for the creation and improvement of illustrations, there is a new project to grow our encyclopedic image restoration community. It's to provide media restorers with the technical resources they need, and to reach out to all the archives in the world.
The localization of Wikipedia's software (MediaWiki) and its extensions is an ongoing task, and you can help!
Central Wikimedia help
FlaggedRevs review feature
FlaggedRevs – being already enabled on several Wikimedia wikis – is a toolset for transparent and ensured article patrolling and/or for reliable quality assurance by specifying certain accurate article revisions that are shown to the public by default. Those stable article versions are identified in a release process by a trustable editorial staff and/or get approved by a reviewing expert staff. It is even possible to mark (tag) revisions of selected articles for different purposes, let's say for an article validation aiming on a print edition. Furthermore, there is the possibility to let your readers give you evaluative feedbacks.
FlaggedRevs will make your wiki more reliable and thus more reputable over the time!
Wikipedia globe logo
A dedicated project aims on fixing errors on the globe of Wikipedia's logo as well as deciding another characters to complement the globe in its missing parts! This will not just improve Wikipedia's logo, it will for example also allow to produce three-dimensional Wikipedia globes.
Go and take part at meta:Wikipedia/Logo!
Beside the ongoing discussion about introducing an interlanguage extension on Wikimedia projects to improve and centralize interwiki linking, an attempt to centralize the discussion about interlanguage link conflicts has been set up.
On Meta, a bot account now can get a bot flag for all wikis that allow global bots!
To be able to run also on your Wikipedia, the community has to explicitly permit global bots by local policy, see list.
To qualify for global bot access, the following requirements must be met by a bot:
- it must only maintain interlanguage links or fix double-redirects
- it must already be active on several wikis, with long-term contributions to back up its trustworthiness
- Translation of the Week
- Commons: Picture of the Year 2008
- GNU Free Documentation License 1.3
- The Wiktionary logo dilemma
- Software news in brief
- Wikimania 2009
- Quality illustrations
- Software localization
- Central Wikimedia help
- FlaggedRevs review feature
- Wikipedia globe logo
- Interlanguage links
- Global bots