The number of candidates for the Board elections doubled this week as seven new candidates announced their intentions to run. Joining the previous seven candidates are Cartman02au, Eloquence, Hadraj, Jon Cates, Mindspillage, Ross.Hedvicek, and UninvitedCompany. Wikimedians have until August 28 to join the race.
Editorial note: The Signpost will begin an in-depth look at the candidates and the elections beginning next issue.
Even as Wikimania 2006, held in Boston, was just wrapping up (see related story), preparations started for Wikimania 2007. Bidding to determine the host city for the annual gathering officially opens Tuesday; however, several preliminary bids, ranging from Chicago to Istanbul, have already been started. The timetable for host city bidding calls for all entries and bids to be submitted by 10 September, 2006.
An effort to make translation and inter-language cooperation easier resulted in a series of new translator-combination "Babel" boxes on Meta. These boxes indicate that the user can translate from a certain language to another language; intended to "streamline the translation process", there are currently 20 such templates available.