August, 2011

  1. Never too late: Taking measures to promote Armenian Wikipedia

    (This is the eighth installment in a series of updates from the WikiHistories summer research fellows, who will be studying the virtual community history of different Wikipedia editing communities.) Almost 15.000 articles since 2003 and just a few dozen active contributors: how to change the situation? Well, looks like 2011 can be a year of change for Վիքիփեդիա– the Armenian Wikipe... Read more

  2. Three weeks left in the Wikipedia Participation Challenge

    There are still three weeks left in the Wikipedia Participation Challenge (see prior blog post)!  So far, the competition has exceeded our expectations.  As of this morning, 78 teams (167 total individuals) from across the world have participated in the competition, with a total of 735 entries submitted. Half of these teams have beat the benchmark we set at the beginning of the competition, whic... Read more

  3. Report for Editor Survey, April 2011

    Blog readers and the wider Wiki community alike have waited patiently for both the final report and raw data from the editor survey conducted in April. We have good news: it’s finally here. This post links to the landing page for the final report on Meta, which is available on meta wiki itself and as a downloadable PDF. In addition, raw, anonymized data in a CSV format is available on data d... Read more

  4. The Taj to the Tuk-Tuk. Language in the Indian Wikiworld.

    (This is the seventh installment in a series of updates from the WikiHistories summer research fellows, who will be studying the virtual community history of different Wikipedia editing communities.) Lets just cut to the chase. Yes, the Taj Mahal is every bit as amazing as it’s supposed to be. It’s huge, it changes colors with the rays of the sun and its intricate carvings truly are b... Read more

  5. Filter preventing abusive edits comes to all wikis

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    The AbuseFilter extension for MediaWiki, which helps prevent vandalism on wikis, will be globally enabled on all Wikimedia projects later today.... Read more

  6. New Media Order in Turkey

    (This is the sixth installment in a series of updates from the WikiHistories summer research fellows, who will be studying the virtual community history of different Wikipedia editing communities.) During my trip in Turkey, I’ve met with many interesting Vikipedians who truly believe in the importance of their contribution to Vikipedi and enjoy the many hours they spend in front of their comput... Read more

  7. Kiwix localisation is supported at translatewiki.net

    Offline use of Wikimedia content is a strategic goal for the Wikimedia Foundation. Kiwix is an offline app that allows user to read content without an internet connection, and it can now be localized into many languages on translatewiki.net.... Read more

  8. 2011 Fundraiser Engineering Is Underway!

    Engineering efforts for the 2011 annual Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser are underway. This year’s efforts kicked off at the end of May and will be ongoing through the 2011 fundraiser. This article is the first in a series of posts that we will make following the completion of our development sprints. We will provide an overview of what happened during the sprint, discuss some of the challeng... Read more

  9. Wikimedia engineering July 2011 report

    Major news in July include: ongoing data replication from our primary Florida data center to our new Virginia data center; The deployment of the Article Feedback feature to all articles on the English Wikipedia, and the deployment of MoodBar; The successful implementation of a MySQL-based parser cache on Wikimedia wikis; and Mid-term evaluation of our Summer of Code projects.... Read more

  10. Calling mobile testers for round two

    Thanks to everyone for participating in our first round of mobile gateway testing. This time around we’d like you to have our new mobile gateway for your default experience. Follow this link on your mobile phone to opt in: http://tinyurl.com/woptin and send us feedback.... Read more