Interwiki report

Report from the French Wikipedia

Status and community news

As of Tuesday, 1 August 2006, the French language Wikipedia contained about 337,357 articles. Of these, 290 articles (approximately 1 in 1200) are considered Articles de qualité (the French Wikipedia equivalent of featured articles). The French language Wikipedia has no equivalent of good articles page in the English or Lesenswerte Artikel in the German Wikipedia yet. In addition, 15 portals are considered Portails de qualité.

The latest three additions to the list of articles de qualité are: Battle of Adrianople (fr:Bataille d'Andrinople), Eiffel Tower (fr:Tour Eiffel) and Domestication (fr:espèce domestiquée).

As of 1 August 2006, 106 users of the French Wikipedia are administrators. This makes 0.08% of users out of a total number of 134,124 registered users.


A poll about internet traffic showed that Wikipedia was the 21st most visited website by French web surfers. 4,355,000 or 16% of the total have visited Wikipedia at least one time during June 2006. Wikipedia had the biggest growth of web traffic in 2005. At the beginning of year 2005 Wikipedia was in 137th position and by the end of the year Wikipedia landed in the 37th.

In the media

Since January 2006, there has been established a column about the French Wikipedia, called Wikifeuilleton in a weekly satirical newspaper called Le Tigre [1]. The columnist relates passionate debates which have occurred during 2006 in the Wikipedia, like the discussion about a dictator category or an incredible story of a sysop having about ten sock puppets.

Interview of scholars for Wikipedia

The portal of the zoological and botanical history (Portail:Histoire de la zoologie et de la botanique) has launched a new feature. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first time that an interview is realised for Wikipedia. For the moment, one interview is available on the portal and three more are in the pipeline. The first of the series is an interview of Jean Lescure, an herpetologist working at the French national museum of natural history (first part and second part).

Linné and Buffon tercentenary

For the tercentenary of Buffon and Linnaeus, two well-known biologists, two projects have been set up (Projet:Buffon 2007 and Projet:Linné 2007). Valérie75, the Wikipedian behind these Wikiprojects, has two ambituous goals. First, make Wikipedia a reliable reference on this subject. Second, try to make some contacts with the scientific community. These two projects are progressing well. In a few days, Valérie75 is going to meet a French specialist of Buffon's work. We strongly encourage wikipedians to implement similar projects in their communities. Valérie75 would be happy to provide you with further details and advice.

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Can we please copyedit this? This sentence doesn't make sense. Carmelapple 15:27, 5 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

As of 1 August 2006, 106 users of the French Wikipedia have been nominated for adminship. This makes 0.08% of the total number of 134,124 registered users .

10 sockpuppets?!

Woah... anyone have details? 06:41, 8 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

it was a sysop using his sockpuppets to vote twice or more. He also candidates with two accounts ;). You can read our report (in french) here Pyb 16:51, 9 August 2006 (UTC)2222[reply]

Interview of scholars for Wikipedia

Sound brilliant, but isn't that original research? -- Zanimum 17:36, 8 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

I agree. "it is the first time that an interview is realised for Wikipedia" -> Nobody did it before because wikipedia is not a newspaper... Username9 21:22, 8 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]
I don't check for those kinds of things. Kpjas and me are the heads of the Interwiki reports but we don't check that kind of stuff; we only do copyediting. You can direct all comments to here. Pyb wrote the article; he should say something about why he added that. I might change it later in the week; as of now, I don't have time. Carmelapple 01:30, 9 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]
yep may be. But we can also see these interviews as extra ressources, like external links. Pyb 16:53, 9 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]
Wikipedia is not about words only. It contains images, graphs, sounds, external links, documents provided on others wiki... Making interviews allows us to provide the readers with a new type of media within the Media (Wikipedia), in addition to the text and other traditionnal supports. Basically, such interviews provide additional information for a given article: it is not a matter of, say, writing a newspaper or providing original work, but only a way to have additional content describing or explaining a subject. This content could be provided in a text-formated way, but interviews have their own interest. They are also a good way to get scientists involved in the life of Wikipedia. If the interviews are well led, one will be able to have new materials regarding the sciences field (or other fields): new content from great figures, not « latest news about original researches". --Valérie75 19:22, 9 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]
One may say "ok, right. But interviews can't be edited!". Images and other sounds files are in the same position: you might well edit them with software, but basically, it's a matter of "keep or delete". Interviews are great in that they stand separated from the text. It is clear, I assess, that an interview is about a personnality, who has bias and personnal views. It is the (hard but necessary) work of the person who makes the interview to keep the content line as NPOV as possible: by asking neutral but interesting questions, by putting ideas in perspective by introducing different point of views within the discussion, and so on. Interviews of scholars are good at providing quality, I mean peer-reviewed-like content from trusted sources. The NPOV issue is not an issue if you, the author, insert the interview in a NPOV flow (the "in this interview, X presents this point of view, but some of his/her colleague defend Z position [blabla]" thing). I support the idea of Wikipedia having more different and original media. jd 19:50, 9 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]
I agree with Valerie75. True, Wikipedia is not only words. And I also agree with Meanos that interviews can't be editing. I fully support to NPOV policy. However, this time I think that Valerie75 has a more major point. Carmelapple 01:36, 10 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Template or category

Interwiki reports should be aggregated into some easy to access tool, like the Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Series/Wikimania 2006 template.-- Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus | talk  19:13, 11 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

I don't think so. Wikimania and the ArbCom stopped; the interwiki would never stop; because were going to go on and on. The publisher, Ral315 also agrees with me. Carmelapple 01:01, 12 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]


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