LSS/wikiEN-l-archives/2008 11 01-15

  • What is this? A summary of the topics discussed on the mailing list wikien-l, grouped roughly by topic & chronological thread.
  • Time period: Nov. 1 -- Nov 15, 2008 (two weeks, Saturday to Saturday)
  • NOTES: Each link is to the first post on that topic in the selected time period that was found. In the effort to group topics together, some threads are listed out of chronological order.
  • If you want to know more please click the links to the list archives. Many discussions are very long and complex. Navigate to other posts in the threaded discussion by clicking "next" or "previous" in the archives (you must be viewing the archives in thread view for this to work). Note that sometimes threads jump around -- view the whole monthly archive by subject if you want to make sure to read every message on a topic.
  • Important topics: Topics that generated a lot of discussion or that are especially important are bolded.
  • Announcements: Topics that are official WMF board, staff or chapter announcements or reports are also underlined.
  • P.S. list authors are not responsible for any clumsy summaries. Please edit if something is misrepresented. Suggestions? Comments? Please post at the LSS talk page.


  1. Wikimedia site-wide survey -- it has problems. Discussion of same. [1]
  2. should articles cite other articles (as citations?) (answer: no, generally, but you can link topics in a citation). [2]
  3. two main page FAs/day -- proposal and discussion [3]
  4. Fundraising and donation stuff:
    1. Donation banner up. It's large; can hide it with gadget in monobook [4], more discussion: [5]
    2. Erik asks for reports of any technical problems [6]
    3. Official message about the fundraiser from Erik, for posting [7]
    4. donation story on Slashdot [8]
    5. Donation banner -- people don't like it -- and where the fundraiser has been discussed on en:wp [9]
  5. David G. asks when we can unprotect article about GW Bush [10]
  6. OTRS address, what is it? (answer: info-en at wikimedia dot org) [11]
  7. Subject complaint about the canned summary for speedy deletion [12]
  8. Technical problem with mediawiki-head in alt skins [13]
  9. New Noam Cohen story about WP in the New York Times, focussed on the election-related articles [14]
  10. Date linking for birth and death dates. Zomg! [15], continuing: [16]
  11. Ayn Rand and Wikipedia, a thread fork from another discussion [17] (and continuing: [18])
    1. Turns into discussion about Attribution of article authors in media that reuses Wikipedia content: [19], continuing: [20]
  12. Talkin' about the future... no, make that WP:CRYSTAL [21]
  13. Intellipedia presentation at big UNIX conference [22]
  14. Technical: how do you get a static dump to work? [23]
  15. LSS reboot :) [24]