News and notes

News and notes

April Fool's Day policy proposed

A proposal regarding what to do on April Fool's Day was started, with the goal of organizing and coordinating what the Main Page would look like. Last year, there was no coherent policy in place, and throughout the day several elements of the site were modified, including the changing of system messages and the introduction of hoax articles (see archived story). The proposed policy would have an unusual – but true – featured article on the main page, along with weird, but factual, news stories in In the News, along with strange and unusual anniversaries and Did you know items.

Wikipedians featured in news

The Hockessin Community News began a special series on 2 March, featuring articles about Wikipedia and Wikipedians from the Delaware area. In the March 2 issue (pages eight and nine), an article on the Congressional astroturfing appeared, along with an article profiling Tim Westbrook (Stilltim). In the March 9 issue (pages eight and nine), Mark Pellegrini (Raul654), the featured article director as well as a bureaucrat and Arbitration Committee member, was featured. The articles were written by reporter Kevin Barrett, who attended a meetup in Newark, Delaware in late February. The articles are the first part of the series, which is expected to continue in next week's issue.

Wikiepic proposed

This week, a proposed Wikiepic project was created, with the goal being to create a "freeform mythology or fantasy world". Nicknamed "the neverending wiki", the proposed project would allow contributors to write stories and eventually form an epic.

Main Page redesign poll continues

A poll regarding changing the appearance of the Main Page continues this week, with the vote on the redesign ending on 18 March.


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