LSS/wikiEN-l-archives/2008 11 16-30

  • What is this? A summary of the topics discussed on the mailing list wikien-l, grouped roughly by topic & chronological thread.
  • Time period: Sunday, November 16, 2008 -- Saturday, November 30, 2008 (2 weeks, Sunday to Sunday)
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  1. Outside articles about Wikipedia:
    1. videos on Wikipedia [1]
    2. another SEO spam article on (ab)using Wikipedia [2], discussion: [3]
    3. students can edit Wikipedia for extra credit at one university, + discussion of assigning WP [4]
  2. autoconfirm settings for image uploads (new users can't upload) [5]
  3. link to, a new wiki-esq platform [6]
  4. unblocking, sockpuppet accusations, Durova (lions and tigers and bears, oh my!) [7], more: [8], and even more: [9]
  5. medications: can we improve our coverage of them? (medical disclaimers, infoboxes, etc.) [10]
  6. Ireland troubles: dispute over whether w:Ireland should be a disambig page, and what the other articles about Ireland should be called [11]
  7. Invitation to answer a survey about Wikipedia, from some Taiwanese academics [12]
  8. there's a confusing asterisk in w:special:statistics. What is it? (content notes, apparently) [13] (and fixed(?): [14])
  9. there's a vandal in town, and he/she is employing an evil writing professor motif: [15]
  10. statistics about editing on en:wp: [16]