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  • 6/26-28 MediaWiki 1.5 starts being applied to all projects. en is taken down from 6-20? UTC for the upgrade. Shiny internals!
  • June Check-usage tool for checking where a given commons image is used.
  • MediaWiki 1.44 stable released. eNotif released to work with it.
  • S 5/3 MediaWiki 1.5 alpha1 undergoing testing. Reviewing feature broken, according to Brion.
  • Template images not all back yet; see list.
  • Search update: C# component being integrated with Lucene search.
  • Performance: LDC mentions an order of magnitude improvement waiting to happen from code rewriting alone; Magnus revisits Timwi's partially-completed work on a Bison-based parser. Tim notes poor tight-loop performance in interpreted langs.
  • S 5/7 RC bot for enrc moved to a wikimedia irc server:; discussion underway about how freenode could be more friendly to our bot-uses.
  • M 5/9 brion installs curl; 20 machines arrive (some were racked up Fri) and Chad networks them.
  • T 5/10 "Acute growing pains," caused by peaks of 2000 hits/sec and [reaching the 'maximum connections' limit on our memory-cache cloud, kill the image server .

Project ideas[edit]

  • May, again in June Jwales asks for mid-term hosting suggestions on the -tech mailing list. Responses from many people, asking for backups and read-only fallbacks among other things.
  • COTW: A new collaboration should be selected.
  • New backup project and static-mirror project proposed on tech-l.
  • Vandalism-monitoring : Cryptoderk has a functional java app working; Erik M. and Angela already hooked. See also the general-purpose rcbirds.
  • N 5/8 IRC:EdenG starts working on replicating something like the fr: squid setup, after correspondence with jwales, timstarling and others.
  • Georg Jaehnig mentions the idea of a WikiZeitgeist statistics project
  • T 5/11 Wikipedia widget avail for MacOS 10.4 ('Tiger')


numbers to be tracked down and dated

  • May 20 Name frequency and birth-year distribution available for de:
  • April Detailed audience stats released by UK's Hitwise.
  • Website speed according to Alexa.
  • monthly Wikimedia Multilingual stats and awareness stats.
  • Wikiquote multilingual statistics
  • Groups refs, News refs, &c.
  • DVD sales, CD sales.
  • French squids stats (breakdown by region via geo-IP)
  • # of users, langs edited in the last week.
  • # of user talk pages edited in the last week
  • visitors per lang per day. peak alexa rank.
  • # of servers total (up/down/shipping)
  • db queries/hr.
  • # of devs making CVS commits in last fortnight. # with access total.
  • # of non-core devs on separate Sourceforge project for MWiki extenders
  • Popularity rank of WP plugins and extensions. # of extensions..


  • EC Meetup
  • New Zachte stat noted : % of edits by % of users.
  • Board election org team chosen; new meta page, coordination pages.
  • Wikimania CfP deadline approaches; registration continues until 7/1
  • Video enthusiast DV leaves Wikinews, annoyed by latest vandalism spree
  • SPK/PF sue Foundation (and German chapter?)


  • Brockhaus plagiarism suspected. "Mistakes were probably made" they say, and remove the offending article after a few days of investigation.
  • Slate Hitchhiker article
  • S 5/3? Financial Times piece on WP and anarchy
  • Article by Anthere in the French press
  • S 5/7 Foxtrot comic about Wikipedia and rabies
  • W 5/11 Kevin Holland : Wikis will fundamentally change associations.

Policy & Style[edit]

  • en: - New templates chosen on EN:wp.
  • meta - New voting discussed for elections (no distinction)
  • en: - Stub-sorters ask for Stubs for Deletion page
  • JWales asks about volunteer squid proxies; what is really useful.
  • en: - Wikipedia:Mediation Cabal page created to facilitate mediation
  • meta - Discussion on foundation-l about whether jawp wants or needs an ArbCom-like entity, following Aphaia's persistent problems in the community


  • N 6/26 Summer media & writing contest announced; 21 categories, diverse awards.
  • FAs, FPs: en, de, commons...
  • new videos, sound files
  • Scoops on Wikinews, WP, etc. AI news story via Cameo.
  • New portals, category schemes, lists
  • Contests! Media and writing contests; Original Reporting contest on Wikinews.