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250th issue of the Signpost

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By Sage Ross and Ral315

Volume 5, Issue 49 marks the 250th issue of The Wikipedia Signpost. It's been an incredible honor to work with the talented group of Signpost editors this year, and I think that the enduring interest of readers and editors is powerful testimony (even without Erik Zachte's recent statistical demonstration) that the Wikipedia community remains strong. I offer my sincerest thanks to everyone—readers, writers, commenters, suggesters—who has participated in the Signpost over the past five years.

- Sage Ross
~ The Wikipedia Signpost ~

It seems incredible that it's been 250 issues. I started publishing the Signpost for Issue 32 in August 2005, after editor and founder Michael Snow took a brief break. Over the three-plus years that I was editor, I worked with a number of incredible Wikipedians. I want to thank a few of them (and this is by no means an exhaustive list, nor does it cover the many people who have helped since I left last December):

Throughout my time within the Wikimedia community, I've seen numerous editors come and go. Just looking at a list of Signpost contributors first published in our 200th issue, I see so many names of friends and colleagues who no longer contribute regularly to Wikipedia. And my name is among them; I rarely edit the encyclopedia anymore (although I do moderate the foundation-l mailing list). But this doesn't mean that Wikipedia is dying. Like every other community, Wikipedia editors come and go regularly. Sure, some move on because they are disillusioned, or have a grievance with another community member. But the vast majority of those who leave are simply moving on to other things - something that is only natural in an environment like Wikipedia's.

While I miss working with you, my friends, who continue to edit, and I missed working with the colleagues who left before me, Wikipedia continues to move forward. The encyclopedia is stronger than it has ever been, and the Signpost is as well. I look forward to seeing the 500th issue in 2014. In the five years to come, know that whether you continue to edit Wikipedia, or whether you move on to bigger and better things, that your work is appreciated, and hopefully you've made a few friends along the way.

Thanks for reading the Signpost.

- Ral315
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  • Thank you, Signpost editors, for this weekly newsletter. I look forward to reading it every week. -- Ssilvers (talk) 22:31, 8 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • I'll second that - a big hand all round for the team that puts the Signpost together, a challenging, and I am sure at times thankless, task. – ukexpat (talk) 14:16, 9 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • Congrats, I always enjoy The Signpost. --Reagle (talk) 14:23, 9 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • Just want to add my thanks to all the readers, and to the other writers. Hiding T 16:26, 9 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
    • Me too. It's amazing to me that the Signpost has been running for five years! now. Congrats to everyone involved, and special thanks to Michael Snow for getting it started (I still find it hard to believe he wrote the whole thing himself in the early months), and to Ral315 for keeping it going for so long. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 17:40, 9 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
    • Always great to read the variety of articles to know whats going on throughout the project. Good work to all who have had a hand in keeping this going. Kaiser matias (talk) 03:27, 10 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
    • I agree with all the above - thanks to everyone who has worked on Signpost, and who continue to do so -- PhantomSteve/talk|contribs\ 09:26, 10 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • I realise the above list is not exhaustive, but one regular section which deserves a mention is the Featured content dispatches, which appeared every week in 2008 and the first half of 2009, produced by User:SandyGeorgia and a number of other talented editors. Dr pda (talk) 23:27, 10 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • Thanks so much! The Signpost is a great read! I look forward to reading it every week! Laurinavicius (talk) 16:27, 13 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • I'm another big fan and avid reader of Signpost, congratulations on the milestone! --bodnotbod (talk) 19:49, 13 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]
  • I've just started reading the Signpost, and so far it's been an invaluable way to keep up on what's happening with Wikipedia. A big thank you to everyone who has put this together over the years! Cerebellum (talk) 21:43, 14 December 2009 (UTC)[reply]


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