The Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year competition has begun. In the first round, which lasts through Wednesday, 14 February, users with at least 100 edits on any local project or Commons can vote on up to 5 of the 321 pictures. 10 finalists will be selected for a final round of voting from 15 February through 28 February. A gallery of images likely to make the final round can be found here.
A new noticeboard has started operation after being suggested by Durova. The Community noticeboard is intended to serve as a forum for community input and decisionmaking. It serves as a counterpart to the administrators' noticeboards; these are also open for all members of the community to participate, but tend to see less participation by non-administrators on account of their names.