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By Resident Mario, Theo10011, Pretzels and Tilman Bayer

Board resolutions

The Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees has adopted three resolutions and one vote at its meeting on October 8:

The minutes for the meeting have not yet been published.

Fundraiser update: the 'Beat Jimmy' challenge

The Fundraising team has been measuring reactions to new slogans over the last 10 weeks, in preparation for the 2010–11 fundraising drive starting on 8 November. A page detailing the results of these preliminary banner tests has been set up, indicating that the majority of donations have been generated – as in previous years – by Jimmy Wales' personal appeal.

In response, Head of Reader Relations Philippe Beaudette and the wider Fundraiser team have announced a challenge to editors: find the banner that will beat Jimmy. Beaudette explains:

There's no doubt about it: the appeal from Jimmy Wales is a strong message. We've tested it head-to-head against other banners, and the results are unequivocal - especially when you also compare its performance last year and the year before. But nobody wants to just put Jimmy up on the sites and leave him up for two months!

Wikimedia also organized a donor survey, inviting 20,000 individuals from the much larger international Donor group, who contributed less than $1000 between 1 November 2009 and 30 June 2010. They were invited to participate in a 29-item survey of about 70 questions, conducted in August 2010, which attracted 3,760 responses. The tech team have also been making progress with two new tools; geotargeting and a simplified, one-step donation process.

Foundation report for August

The Wikimedia Foundation Report for August 2010 has been published. Apart from highlighting several developments that have been already covered in the Signpost, it contains a statistics update: Collectively, the Wikipedia projects received a total of 373 million unique global visitors during August, marking a 3.7% monthly increase and 21.4% increase over the past year. Page requests reached 13.4 billion, a drop of 1% from the previous month but still a 23.9% increase on the previous year. One hypothesis for the unusually large drop – greater than the expected seasonal drop in traffic during the northern summer – is that the 2010 World Cup in South Africa may have been responsible for drawing attention from Wikipedia. Starting from August, traffic levels are returning to expected levels. The monthly report card for August is available here.

Visitors to the Foundation in August included James Gosling (known as the father of the Java programming language) and historian Timothy Garton Ash.

The number of good articles surpassed 10,000 this week.

Ten thousand good articles

In a major milestone, the English Wikipedia reached 10,000 good articles this week. Good articles are required to be well written, well researched, complete, accurate, as well as following Wikipedia guidelines. Although they are not as "well written" as Featured articles, they are nonetheless an important standard.

According to GimmeBot, the 10,000th good article is Ministry of Finance (Soviet Union), an important governmental office of the former Soviet Union. Editors are sharing their congratulations on the talk page. As of 9 October, about 1 in 343 articles is a Good article, and 1 in 230 is a good or featured article or featured list. According to GA reviewer Geometry guy:

Although good articles still represent less than one percent of the encyclopedia, it is an amazing achievement to bring the number of GAs to this level while also maintaining scrutiny of quality for individual articles. (Please keep contributing to WP:GAR to ensure that weak GAs are improved or delisted.)


The Wikimedia Italia "introduction to Commons" video. Note: captions only display on Commons.

This week in history

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Writer's note: This week's Introduction to Commons video marks the third news and notes story in a row to use a video, following the WikiProject Screencast video last week and the MediaWiki shorts two weeks before. It appears the use of videos for tutoring purposes is on the rise. I have to say, I'm supportive of it: videos are a great, and underutilized, way of passing on information.

To the GA reviewers and writers: congratulations! The 10,000th GA marks a historical point in Wikipedia content; I am proud to have added my eight to the bunch. Regards, ResMar 03:02, 9 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

10,000 GA's is great! How do we know, as Geometry Guy says, that they are maintained to GA standard? Rich Farmbrough, 17:20, 12 October 2010 (UTC).[reply]
They are systematically reviewed - I think about annually or so. Of course, at any one time, an article's quality may have slipped, but folks like User:Jezhotwells work very hard to keep their quality up. And, of course, some of them go on to FAC. -- Ssilvers (talk) 21:06, 12 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Heh, I wonder if it would be possible to actually get married on Wiki... The Thing // Talk // Contribs

In nomine Jimbonis, communitatis et spiritu collaborationis... – ukexpat (talk) 14:11, 12 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
HaeB, I honestly think that the GA story was the highlight this week, and should be at the front of the post rather then the back :L ResMar 04:28, 13 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I disagree. It's a great achievement, but is still a milestone, and milestones traditionally come at the end of the report (actually usually after "Briefly"). — Pretzels Hii! 19:26, 13 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
It's a pretty major milestone. The French story last week ran in first place. ResMar 21:06, 13 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
It's fine to mention jubilees and other numerical milestones, but they are not really among the kind of news which comes most unexpected or has the most impact on our readers.
Besides, this particular story did not offer much additional value in context, history or analysis (such as, for example, statistics on the growth of GAs), merely a quote by some user saying, basically, that Good articles are a good thing - not very informative, see also Tony's remark about the quote. You may recall a similar discussion about the 3000th FA story.
Regards, HaeB (talk) 17:43, 14 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]
I'd rather not think about it. Waste of a day's work that was... ResMar 23:29, 15 October 2010 (UTC)[reply]


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