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Hundreds of “black hat” English Wikipedia accounts blocked following investigation

After weeks of investigation, volunteer editors on English Wikipedia announced today that they blocked 381 user accounts for undisclosed paid advocacy.

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Wikimedia strategy consultation shows potential in mobile, rich content, and translations

The consultation, conducted in February and March of this year, asked users to answer two questions to help define the Foundation’s strategy and how it should respond to future trends.

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The Hunt for Tirpitz

Nick Dowling has written three featured Wikipedia articles on the Royal Navy’s attempts to sink the German battleship Tirpitz during the Second World War. Here’s how he did it.

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“Becoming involved in making the changes you want to see”: Leigh Thelmadatter

A university teacher by profession and a Wikipedia volunteer by hobby, Leigh Thelmadatter has contributed articles ranging from Mexican dishes and beverages to biographies and churches. Today, she works with students to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Mexico and its culture, and travels across the country in search of information worth sharing.

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Victory in Italy: court rules in favor of the Wikimedia Foundation

Victory in Italy: court rules that the Wikimedia Foundation “is in a neutral position with respect to the content of the information drafted by its users”

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Content Translation, used in over 10,000 articles, now available on Wikipedias in all languages

Content Translation – the new article creation tool has been enabled as a beta-feature on all Wikipedias. Logged-in users can use Content Translation to create a new article by translating from any language. A roundup of the recent developments can be seen on this blog post.

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The Chinese Wikipedia’s Dong Yuan Ling wants you to contribute articles

The Online Edit-a-thon called “Dong Yuan Ling”(Chinese: 动员令/動員令, literally means Mobilization Order) is an annual tradition of Chinese Wikipedia in every summer will start on 4 July this year. In next two months, Editors on Chinese Wikipedia will be encourage to join the activity and improve some topic of Chinese Wikipedia that it weeks on. The first Dong Yuan Ling was held in 2006, and this year is the thirteenth Dong Yuan Ling.

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Plan your next Wikimedia writing contest with the Evaluation Report and Toolkit

In the spirit of better understanding Wikimedia programs, the Learning and Evaluation team at Wikimedia Foundation worked with 17 community members to capture data about 39 writing contests to understand the outcomes of contests. We also reached out to interview a variety of program leaders that had hosted successful contests. Today we happily announce the launch of two new products: a writing contest evaluation report and a program toolkit.

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Wikimedians urge the EU to protect freedom of panorama

Recently, the European Parliament amended recommendations that places restrictions across all European Union member states. The Wikimedia community has mobilized in response.

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Growing the Wikimedia blog

Much has happened on the Wikimedia blog in the past six months. Here’s an update on our goals, accomplishments, lessons learned — and new improvements under development. The stories we share on the blog bring together readers and contributors from around the world — and help spread knowledge across diverse cultures.

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