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By Phoebe, Spiritia and Sage Ross

Criticism of new puzzle globe prompts revision

The new logo. See the file history for the recent revisions it has undergone since release last week.
The previous logo. Wikipedia:Wikipedia logos chronicles earlier logos.

Along with the new Vector interface that was rolled out as the default for readers on 13 May, logged-in users got a surprise: the redesigned puzzle globe logo was revealed. The new logo, now rendered as a three-dimensional object, corrects long-standing issues with the old puzzle globe, including different Chinese and Japanese characters and the replacement of a character representing the now-defunct Klingon Wikipedia. On the back, rendered in the full 3D model but not visible in the logo, the globe has been extended to include many additional writing systems.

Although a welcomed revision in principle, the new logo saw a sharp wave of initial criticism of the implementation. Wikimedia Head of Communications Jay Walsh summarized the most common complaints:

Since its initial release, the rendering of the logo has been through several revisions, and the usability team is still seeking feedback to further refine the logo.

"RevisionDelete" feature activated for all admins

On May 18, the Revision deletion function was activated for admins on all Wikimedia projects, following an earlier request. The feature allows individual entries in a page history or log to be removed from public view. While admins had already been able to delete specific page revisions using the more cumbersome process of deleting the entire history and then restoring all revisions except the one to be removed, redacting log entries has so far been only possible for oversighters. (Oversighters have the additional capability to make the removed entries or revisions inaccessible to admins as well.)

Israeli "Wikipedia bill"

The Israeli parliament is debating a bill that would open up government photo archives. It was initiated by Wikimedia Israel and is known informally as the "Wikipedia bill". There would be restrictions on the commercial use of the photos, and use in racist propaganda campaigns would be forbidden. [1]. It is unclear how useful the move would be to the project because of tension between any restriction in commercial use and the fundamental premise that Wikipedia's content should be freely available for re-use.

Unsourced BLP drive on track to clean up or remove 50,000 entries by year's end

WikiProject Unreferenced Biographies of Living Persons passed its first major goal on the way to eliminating all unsourced biographies of living people, or "BLPs". The goal was to have no more than 30,000 "old" unreferenced BLPs on 1 June. There had been about 50,000 at the start of the year. As of this week, editors had reduced the number to fewer than 30,000, ahead of the 1 June deadline.

The June goal is the first of a series, spread over a year, based on an RFC earlier this year. WikiProject Unreferenced Biographies of Living Persons is helping to coordinate efforts, and project members are adding sources and removing outdated tags.

The project is encouraging editors to help in their own areas of interest. Other WikiProjects are being notified of unsourced BLPs that apply to each project. This is being tracked at Wikipedia:WikiProject Unreferenced Biographies of Living Persons/WikiProjects.

Bulgarian Wikipedia reaches 100K milestone

In the early hours of May 24, the Bulgarian Wikipedia reached 100,000 articles. The symbolism here is the fact that in Bulgaria this date is celebrated ever since 1851 as the Day of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who are credited with creating the Glagolitic alphabet, predecessor of the modern Cyrillic alphabet that is used to write the Bulgarian and other languages.

The jubilee 100,000th article is devoted to the Petralona Cave in Greece, and was written by local sysop Nadina. Other shortlisted candidates for glory were the article on Bulgarian teacher and IMARO revolutionary Tzvetanka Senokozlieva, and a translation of the English article on James Surowiecki's book "The Wisdom of Crowds" (a friendly wink to all bgwiki editors). Later in the afternoon, Wikipedians Vassia Atanassova (Spiritia) and Grigor Gatchev spoke about Wikipedia and the 100K jubilee on Radio Sofia, in the "Infoholics Hour" radio show.

Bulgarian Wikipedia was established on December 6, 2003. The first 50,000 articles were written in about 4 years, while the next 50K were written in less than 2.5 years. Currently, it occupies 32nd place by number of articles (more stats). On November 9, 2009, the Bulgarian Wikipedia was awarded with the "BG Site" 2009 special award for contributions to Bulgarian language webspace (see archived story).


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Oh btw, the oversighting of my edits wasn't just on the English Wikipedia (Although it was the main one...), but across every wiki where I happened to have edits at. Luckily those were much easier to fix. It took a few hours to restore my contribs here. The Thing That Should Not Be (talk) 04:42, 27 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]

A well deserved WP:STOCKS entry ;) -- Luk talk 10:21, 27 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]
  • If Fox News reported one morning that the sun rose in the east, millions of people would be busy searching the eastern skies for that orb until scientists released a peer-reviewed, carefully-worded announcement that the sun continues to rise in the west as it has since the beginning of the Human species -- if not before. And certain US politicians would afterwards complain of political bias in how the matter was handled. -- llywrch (talk) 16:25, 27 May 2010 (UTC)[reply]


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