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News and notes

Jimbo Wales appears on C-SPAN

Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales appeared on cable network C-SPAN's program Q&A on 25 September, speaking for an hour in a taped interview. The show discussed many of the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia, as well as debunking many of the problems with Wikipedia. A full transcript of the program can be found here.

Username changes disabled

Changing username has been temporarily disabled, says bureaucrat Nichalp. The reasoning, according to developer Brion Vibber, is that "it very inefficiently tries to alter the archive table". There is currently no timetable for when the feature will be reenabled.

Wikinews chooses CC-BY 2.5 license

Wikinews has chosen the Creative Commons CC-BY 2.5 license as their official license for all content uploaded as of 25 September. This allows Wikinews content to be included in Wikipedia, though not vice-versa.

Wikiversity vote continues

The Wikiversity project, which currently resides on Wikibooks, started a vote on 15 September to move to, which currently hosts a near-dormant German Wikiversity project. The vote will last until 1 November. Currently, the vote is about 77% in favor of the project (a two-thirds majority and board approval is required to start a project beta period)


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