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The Military History WikiProject is hosting a March 2011 backlog reduction drive, a month-long effort to reduce the number of articles marked as needing attention to referencing, structure, coverage, supporting materials, etc. in the project's B-class template. The goal for this drive is to reduce the number of articles tagged as needing attention while simultaneously increasing the number of B-class articles in the project. Barnstars will be awarded at the conclusion of the drive. Participants can sign up throughout the month in the Participants section of the drive page, although the drive started March 1. Dana boomer (talk) 22:36, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
I'm a little mystified that the rollout of the RefToolbar to all editors on the English Wikipedia (mentioned above) wasn't deemed newsworthy for the Feb 28 Signpost. This is the first major change to the editing interface since the 1.16 rollout as far as I know and should make adding citation templates much easier for newbies (or anyone). Kaldari (talk) 02:34, 2 March 2011 (UTC)
C.J. Wilson on inaccurate SI feature: 'The writer just went on Wikipedia, looked up some stuff and just copy and pasted it' "The [SI writer] spent a couple days with me, which is why it's surprising, but other than that, he just went on Wikipedia, looked up some stuff and just copy and pasted it," Wilson said. "There wasn't anything insightful [in the article], which is a bummer. It was a waste of time." -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 13:48, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
Well, simply put, the notability guidelines and wikilawyering have failed us once again. A noticeably apathetic AFD happened and an article about an once-prominent website went poof. Folks outside Wikipedia were justifiably annoyed. Slashdot discussion is pretty interesting. Apparently, the article seems to have been since been userfied. Let me wonder aloud for a while: what did this accomplish, except to generate 218 comments in Slashdot (and counting) and considerable ill will? Do we need to absofarkinglutely nuke everything that isn't 100% up to standards, and do it yesterday? *sigh headshake etc* --wwwwolf (barks/growls) 18:24, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
Fast Company has an interview with Jimmy Wales and Leander Kahney of CultofMac.com to discuss the changes Google recently made (see Google Blog post) which have removed a lot of content farms and other spammy fragments of the darker side of SEO. Jimbo seems pretty optimistic about it: "I haven't seen the numbers yet for Wikipedia, but I doubt it's affecting Wikipedia at all–almost nothing does."
Jimbo also attacks the content farms like Demand Media:
As for pros and cons of the algorithm changes, I think the pros are that Google is being pro-active about editorial quality. They're realizing they're starting to return lots of websites that are just nonsense–very low-quality stuff–or websites that are just scraping content. It's great when Google kicks that stuff out. Obviously, a lot of people who are negatively impacted won't have that particular view.
Whether or not the Google algorithm changes are going to remove content from Wikipedia mirror sites that add no value is something we will have to wait and see about, but for Wikipedia contributors, it might mean having less spammy sites cluttering up the listings and should hopefully make it easier to find more third-party reliable sources. —Tom Morris (talk) 16:21, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Not sure if we will make this weeks deadline, but I've started Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2011-03-14/Editcountitis which should be ready for the 14th if not the 7th. feedback welcome especially as to whether this is the sort of article you want. ϢereSpielChequers 14:50, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Version 0.8, the latest collection designed for offline release, is now available for download. It contains around 47,300 articles taken from all subject areas in the English Wikipedia, with selection based on importance and quality. It is being used by the Version 1.0 team to test out automated revisionID selection, with software based on WikiTrust. Free downloads of Version 0.8 are available in the form of raw ZIM files, or bundled with Kiwix or Okawix readers (PC/Mac/Linux). A BitTorrent release is also under way, with iPhone/iPad and Android variants made available later this month. Walkerma (talk) 03:18, 6 March 2011 (UTC)
The Service Awards have been reformed. Previously, the awards for the higher levels grew progressively more unrealistically difficult for any human editor using the default tools to achieve, and these have now been been rationalized. If you are an editor of 4.5 or more years service, you may be eligible for a jump in your Service Award level, see WP:SERVICE.
This week the Children's Museum of Indianapolis began uploading images as part of their collaboration with Wikipedia (user:HstryQT is currently "in residence" there - see WP:GLAM/TCMI). Unlike most multimedia donations from GLAMs which are "mass donations" this project "hand picks" images that will be useful in articles. Currently there are 30 uploads of which two thirds are already in use in articles. This is the first time the institution has used Creative Commons. See commons:Category:Images_from_the_Children's_Museum_of_Indianapolis. Notable usages in Wikipedia that you would not expect from a collection focused on Children include: Atlantic blue crab, Women's suffrage in the United States and Dwarf crocodile. Witty Lama 02:47, 11 March 2011 (UTC)
ar:User:Producer has died. He's made 33,000+ edits on Arabic Wikipedia. I don't think he's the same user as User:Producer on enwiki. Outside of Wikipedia, Producer (Nasib Al Bitar) spent 31 years working for Dubai TV, heading the programme department, and retired several years ago.   People are leaving condolences at ar:ويكيبيديا:الميدان/أرشيف/أخبار/03/2011. --Aude (talk) 16:11, 11 March 2011 (UTC)
Here is a little bit about him, feel free to edit if you think I overdid it: Producer was a very prolific editor and a prominent community member. He loved to help new contributors as they took they first wikipedia steps. He was also respected and admired by most users for his politeness and friendliness when discussing any topic even heated ones, which made him the go-to guy for conflict resolution. He will be missed. --Shipmaster (talk) 04:50, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
here are some information about his contributions:
so total edits 45,000+ , data retrieved from: http://toolserver.org/~vvv/yaec.php and http://toolserver.org/~soxred93/pcount/ . P.S.: he died at the age of 57 years and 8 months. --Bassem JARKAS (talk) 09:50, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
It would be nice to highlight that WP:URBLP has gotten the number of articles tagged as unreferenced biographies of living persons down below 10,000. More focus on it means more work will get done... Jclemens (talk) 02:49, 13 March 2011 (UTC)
Just officially announced... "This summer, we hope to strengthen our institutional relationship with the Wikipedian community by hosting a Wikipedian in Residence. We are currently seeking applications for this student position for the 2011 summer. The Wikipedian will gain an insider’s look into the National Archives and develop an appreciation for the records and resources we have available." — US Archivist David Ferriero
This is a summer intern position, with stipend, for a student to work at NARA 2 in College Park, Maryland.
Full blog post and
Wikipedia's Contributions Team has now finished its Great Backlog drive, which was a massive success, clearing up over 33,000 article problems. Although it has now ended, users are encouraged to work on cutting down backlogs further - or, if they haven't yet signed up to the project, get involved and provide any proposals or suggestions they might think appropriate. Ironholds (talk) 21:18, 16 March 2011 (UTC)
Is going to enter a third phase on Saturday. This phase will involve users filling out a questionnaire with several questions regarding if and how we should deploy pending changes. We really want as much participation as possible, and of course this will be the next (hopefully decisive) chapter in a long saga. As such I think it would be great if you could run a story about the RFC and the issues we are attempting to resolve.
The Hindu and The Economic Times writes about India climbing up to No 6 donor countries to Wikimedia Foundation. India is No.6 in donating to Wikipedia, India joins top 10 Wiki donors club (, link2) -- Tinu Cherian - 10:53, 19 March 2011 (UTC)
See here Wikipedia:Credo accounts: Credo, an online reference resource, has donated 400 accounts to the foundation (bringing the total number of donated accounts to 500. They provide online access to around 2 million encyclopedia, dictionary, and other compendium entries. The accounts are being given out to active editors to be used as source material for enhancing existing articles and to create new ones. The new accounts are going to be handed out starting March 23 —Charles Edward (Talk | Contribs) 12:12, 21 March 2011 (UTC)
A few days ago, User:My76Strat declared retirement because of a failed RfA (more specifically the comments on the RfA). A short time after, a large chunk of the community asked him to come back on his talk page, including Jimbo himself. Finally, he came out of retirement. All of this made me understand the power of WP's community, and also the evilness of RfAs. Maybe you could do a story on Strat's retirement and the problems with RfAs.... Regards, ManishEarthTalk • Stalk 04:14, 22 March 2011 (UTC)
The Wikipedia article Cascadia subduction zone was used as a source of background information for the participant handbook of a United States federal government led multi-nation tsunami warning exercise called PACIFEX. See the document's page numbered 2 (the PDF's page 6). Ks0stm (T•C•G) 07:06, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
Hi all. Wikimedia UK is holding its Annual General Meeting and WikiConference UK 2011 on 16 April 2011 in Bristol. Registration is now open, and we're inviting talk proposals on both Wiki[p/m]edia content, and also chapter/wikimedia strategy, until 2 April. We'd love to see as many people there as possible. :-) Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 09:53, 26 March 2011 (UTC)
Hi guys, would be nice if you could mention the donation of Geographicus Rare Antique Maps in the next signpost edition. Geographicus Rare Antique Maps is a specialist dealer in fine and rare antiquarian cartography and historic maps of the 15th though 19th centuries. A large portion of their inventory of authentic antique maps is online at their website. Geographicus Rare Antique Maps donated their collection of digital images of maps. The collection consists of more than 2000 old maps. Thank you, multichill (talk) 10:52, 26 March 2011 (UTC)
We are looking to have an open meeting on the topics of religion, mythology and philosophy which is expected to run through April and May at Wikipedia:WikiProject Religion/2011 meeting. It is our hope that the meeting will serve as a open forum for discussion on how to improve all religion-. mythology-, and philosophy-related articles, with perhaps specific proposals and activities for the upcoming year to do so discussed later. Any and all editors who are involved in related content are very sincerely requested to offer their input. John Carter (talk) 17:17, 26 March 2011 (UTC)
Over at WP:Credo, after have 400 reference accounts donated, giving access to 2 million + articles from Credo, and online reference website, we have failed to find 400 editors willing to accept accounts, despite substantial advertisement at the content review processes, IRC channels, the village pump, the signpost, forums on META, etc. There are still about 150 accounts available. (My personal comment is that this is directly related to our declining number of editors.) —Charles Edward (Talk | Contribs) 17:07, 30 March 2011 (UTC)
"Wikipedia asks why it has few academic contributions" (Nick Farrell) "Having written papers on different Wikipedia entries over the last ten years and seen them slashed to hell because some self important jerk does not think they are important enough, only to be replaced by some other turd's ill informed writing, why can't they see it? ... It seems fairly obvious that while Wackpedia gives editorial power to a select group of chums, who have power complexes, and no need to prove their qualifications on a subject, real experts will stay away in droves." -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 00:53, 1 April 2011 (UTC)
Interesting mention in this NYT article on "Erasing the Digital Past" "On a recent Wednesday afternoon, he was preparing a briefing for a new client, describing how he would “fix” Wikipedia and the top search results on various search engines. On the walls of his office were framed copies of Google search results and Wikipedia entries of clients: a reality television star, a movie actress and a chief executive officer. Mr. Tom calls it his “wall of fame.”" -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 02:20, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
http://oberonshakespearestudygroup.blogspot.com/2011/04/shakespeare-authorship-question-made.html Tom Reedy (talk) 18:46, 6 April 2011 (UTC)
With the RfCs, the Ambassadors, the WikiGuides, the incubation project, the new page patroller tutoring project, so on, and so forth - would it be an idea to turn my reports on how things are going at the newbie end of the spectrum into a regularly-running feature? Ironholds (talk) 13:02, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
A recent letter to _The Guardian_ (my emphasis) "As an independent network of nearly 300 historians aiming to build links with policymakers and the media, we have discussed the pros and cons of contributing our expertise to Wikipedia (Editorial, 6 April). We decided to insert links in the references of Wikipedia entries to History & Policy articles, which can be found at www.historyandpolicy.org. The aim was to provide Wikipedia users with high-quality historical research, accessibly written and freely downloadable, and to drive traffic to the H&P website. The result was startling: a few dozen links increased visitors from Wikipedia to H&P significantly, moving the online encyclopedia from below 10th to the third most popular source of traffic to our site. We intend to continue embedding links to our papers in relevant Wikipedia entries." Aren't these people violating WP:COI and WP:EL#ADV policies? Should someone look into this as impermissible self-promotion? (I'll likely be flamed if I do it myself) -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 14:54, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
termwiki.com seems to be using a lot of copy-pasted non-referenced wikipedia text in its copyright articles (I was looking up entries about cities). Isn't there a rule against this? --U5K0 (talk) 16:40, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
This might be the most remarkable article (as far as the article's history goes) on Wikipedia. It may also serve as a model for how to deal with tendentious POV editing. It's been covered on Signpost of course during the arbitration proceeding. After the arb decision it quickly became a featured article, and now looks like it will be scheduled as Today's Featured Article on April 23 (See WP:TFAR, final decision is up to Raul). The last bit to capture my attention is a footnote in the article, referring to the book Contested Will, especially pp 216-218, which discusses how Wikipedia was used in the debate on the authorship question. I haven't before seen a "popular-academic" book discuss Wikipedia's role in a popular-academic debate. It would be great to congratulate the main editors on their achievements on April 23 and it would also be interesting to look into Wikipedia's role in this type of academic debate. Smallbones (talk) 16:57, 10 April 2011 (UTC)
If anyone has the time (I'll do it if I get around to it, I have a copy!) -- James Gleick, "The Information". Gleick is a famous science writer; his latest book is about "information" broadly. A few pages towards the end are devoted to Wikipedia. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 16:27, 12 April 2011 (UTC)
This image as the 10 millionth image on Commons as of approximately 23:00, 15 April 2011. The uploader is User:Leinad who is a sysop, bureaucrat and checkuser on the Polish Wikipedia and a steward of the Wikimedia Foundation. Press release being developed. Royalbroil 02:57, 16 April 2011 (UTC)
I didn't even know we had one but they've been bloging about it:
©Geni 17:41, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
The first GLAMcamp will be hosted in New York City May 20-22 at the New York Public Library! Are you a Wikimedian interested in working with galleries, libraries, archives and museums? Perhaps you know someone or you work at a GLAM! We're going to be gathering to not only further collaborations, but take care of much needed business - writing documentation, case studies, development tools, how-to's, taxonomy, and more. In the evenings we'll be getting the VIP treatment at major museum institutions, doing some #Wiki-Bonding and having a great time. So hopefully you can join us!
This article has caused much comment and quite a stir. I'll leave it at that. "What should sceptics do? My advice is emphatically not to edit Wikipedia. It is painful and one-sided and stressful. A better practice is to select some area of pseudoscience or cultism or crankism, and document its treatment on Wikipedia. Much of the success of Wikipedia is based on credulous media coverage, ..." -- Seth Finkelstein (talk) 22:02, 22 April 2011 (UTC)
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that people are revealing the identities of people who have took out injunctions and super injunctions, and that these are still visible in the articles history logs. ISD (talk) 08:41, 28 April 2011 (UTC)
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