President of Suriname visits WMF-partnered museum exhibit
The 10 August edition of The Signpost reported that the Tropenmuseum of Amsterdam had partnered with WMF Netherlands and the Open Progress Foundation to hold a collaborative exhibit about the cultural history of Suriname. Suriname is the smallest sovereign state in terms of area and population in South America. The country is the only Dutch-speaking region in the Western Hemisphere that is not a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. According to the Tropenmuseum's official Twitter feed, President Ronald Venetiaan of Suriname visited the museum to see the exhibit this past weekend. First Lady Lisbeth Venetiaan came to the Tropenmuseum last Saturday and was so impressed that she returned with her husband the following day. The Suriname exhibit at Tropenmuseum is the first time a Wikimedia chapter has collaborated with a major museum to hold a joint exhibit.
Rich Farmbrough became the first user to pass 500,000 edits on Wikipedia , with over 68,000 edits this month alone (many made with AWB). Rich Farmbrough has been one of the top three contributors to Wikipedia by edit count for around three and a half years, dipping only once to fourth place in that time. The Wikipedian with the next highest edit count currently, Rjwilmsi, has made over 360,000 edits (again many with AWB).
Usability study update
The second user study has been posted by the Wikimedia Usability project. The study included 8 in-person interviews about editing Wikipedia, focusing on the effectiveness of the beta interface changes the usability project has made so far. The full report including videos is available on the usability wiki.
It was announced that the 2nd Chinese Wikimedia conference will be held on 26 and 27 December in Macau; information and links are on meta.
Ongoing fundraiser statistics can be viewed here, while donor comments can be viewed here. Fundraiser notices continue to be switched out based on performance, with the message "Wikipedia is there when you need it—now it needs you" running at 60% of the time on the English Wikipedia last week.
A simple mobile interface for Wikipedia has been posted; it's available in French and English.
Laura Hale, founder of the Fan History wiki, has proposed that the project join the Wikimedia Foundation projects. Discussion ensued on the Foundation-l mailing list, including whether there should be an entertainment-focused Wikimedia project, and whether Fan History's copyright and mission is appropriate for Wikimedia.