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2008 board elections officially announced

The election committee for the 2008 board elections officially announced the elections, and some of the procedures behind the elections, in a post circulated across various pages and mailing lists last week:

The 2008 Board election committee announces the 2008 election process. Wikimedians will have the opportunity to elect one candidate from the Wikimedia community to serve as a representative on the Board of Trustees. The successful candidate will serve a one-year term, ending in July 2009.

Candidates may nominate themselves for election between May 8 and May 22, and the voting will occur between 1 June and 21 June. For more information on the voting and candidate requirements, see <>.

The voting system to be used in this election has not yet been confirmed, however voting will be by secret ballot, and confidentiality will be strictly maintained.

Votes will again be cast and counted on a server owned by an independent, neutral third party, Software in the Public Interest (SPI). SPI will hold cryptographic keys and be responsible for tallying the votes and providing final vote counts to the Election Committee. SPI provided excellent help during the 2007 elections.

Further information can be found at m:Board elections/2008/en Questions may be directed to the Election Committee at m:Talk:Board elections/2008/en. If you are interested in translating official election pages into your own language, please see m:Board elections/2008/Translation.

For the election committee,

Philippe Beaudette

RecentChangesCamp to be held in May

The annual RecentChangesCamp meeting will be held this year on May 9–11. RecentChangesCamp is a working meeting for all wiki-involved people from around the world. Three previous events have been held in Portland, Oregon and Montreal, and this year's will be in Palo Alto, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. Everyone involved in wikis—especially Wikipedians and other Wikimedians—are invited to participate. The two-day working event is free-of-charge for all comers. The volunteer organizers sincerely request an RSVP by participants.

Alexa ranks Wikipedia as #7 internet site

After a mid-April expansion of their dataset, Alexa Internet now ranks as the 7th most-trafficked Internet domain, up from 9th. According to Alexa's new estimates, Wikipedia reaches about 10% of all Internet users each day (with 52% of that traffic for English Wikipedia); before the revision the average was about 6% reach.


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  • From the editor
  • Board restructuring
  • Arbitrator resigns
  • BAG, CU nominations
  • WikiWorld
  • News and notes
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  • Dispatches
  • Features and admins
  • Technology report
  • Arbitration report

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