Press releaseEdit

Editing on the meta version of the press release has effectively stopped. Please be advised that we may be distributing the non-English press releases as early as Monday 29 September. The English version will be distributed the week after in order to smooth out the load on our servers. --maveric149 22 Sep 2003

hello cimon. Does the finnish wikipedia has an embassy ? Anthere

Wikipedia-wide information networkEdit


I am Anthere. I only speak french and english. I hope someone will be able to translate this, and I apologise if I did not put it in the right place :-)

I would like that information circulate better between wikipedias, so that all wikipedians can participate more, and keep its own identity at the same time.

For this reason, I recently set a page on meta, m: Goings-on.

Hopefull, at any time, this page could indicate the current discussions, polls, votes or general announcements. 3 pages were already locally created on the spanish, the french, on the bulgarian and the english wikipedia. A global one is now on meta.

Each local page is about general on-goings as well as local ones.
Meta page aims at being about global occurences.

The page is different from the announcement page. The announcement is more oriented toward external communication (such as number of pages, special adverstisement), while the on-goings aim at mentionning community events (such as a new feature poll, elections of board of trustees).

To compare both pages :

It would be great that each wikipedia in time, set a similar page, so that information could flow more easily between wikipedia. If you do so, please do set the goings-on page locally, so that every wikipedians on *your* wikipedia can see it and participate to it, and please link it to the meta page.

For bigger wikipedia, it is also interesting to set a goings-on page to relieve the local village pump, often clogged with information request.

For small wikipedias, since it is difficult to maintain such a community page with less contributors, it makes sense to merge the goings-on in the village pump, or in the community main page (perhaps by making a separate paragraph).

I am also looking for people who would agree to update the local goings-on in their language. Please, contact me at my talk page for any support, suggestion and feedback.

Thank you very much for your attention :-) Anthere

Donation banner translationEdit

Hi Cimon, can you update the banner text on fi? Please see and copy that talk-page text into the template page itself... Thank you! +sj+ 10:57, 14 Jul 2004 (UTC)

w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Dog breedsEdit

Halló Cimon, I am Gangleri and would kindly ask you to find someone interested to be an interface for w:en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Dog breeds. Would be nice to have for the beginning an equivalent to w:en:List of dog breeds to follow InterWiki linking between languages. Maybe there is someone between the editors of w:fi:Koira (see [1]) who could give us minimal support. Please see some issues related to multilingvism at w:en:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Dog breeds#linking to Wikipedias in other languages. Kind regards w:en:User:Gangleri and / or Gangleri 23:44, 2004 Oct 5 (UTC)

Board of Trustees electionsEdit


The Wikipedia Signpost, a community-newspaper in the English Wikipedia, is covering the Board of Trustees elections and will be featuring each of the candidates in next week's issue. As such, we would appreciate it if you would take some time to answer a few interview questions. Each candidate will be asked the same questions; by no means, though, feel obligated to answer any (or even) all of them, though we would greatly appreciate it if you did.

Some of the questions may be a bit redundant to the candidate information you have filled out already. This is both for convenience and for giving you the opportunity to expand on some of them a bit. However, we ask that you keep all responses brief, limiting them to no more than one or two paragraphs each.

You may leave replies to my English Wikipedia talk page, my meta talk page, or email them to me. I would appreciate it if responses are in on or before this Saturday, August 26; please have them in at the latest on Sunday the 27th in order for them to be included in Monday's issue.

As always, the Signpost reserves the right to re-distribute the questions and replies, shorten any responses if necessary, and take any other editorial action deemed appropriate.

Thanks again for your time, and please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Flcelloguy (A note?) 00:05, 24 August 2006 (UTC)

  1. Your name:
  2. Your username most commonly used:
  3. Your current geographic location, along with your age:
  4. Projects with significant contributions (please both name the language and project, and link to your contributions)
  5. Do you have any rights (i.e. admin, bureaucrat) or positions (i.e. dispute resolution, CheckUser, etc.) on any of those projects? If so, which ones? When did you get elected or promoted for each one?
  6. Do you hold any universal rights (i.e. steward, etc.) for Wikimedia Projects? If so, since when?
  7. When did you first start contributing to Wikimedia projects? Why and how did you initially join?
  8. Briefly describe your career ("real-life"). How do you think this will help you be a successful Board member?
  9. Of all the candidates right now, why do you stand out from the field? What makes you the best candidate?
  10. A knowledge of several languages has been cited as a key requirement for a Board member. Do you speak any other languages other than English? Why do you think language is or isn't critical to the Board?
  11. What do you expect to do while serving on the Board? What are your expectations?
  12. What can you bring to the Board? What can you contribute to the Wikimedia Foundation?
  13. Describe the one issue that you think is most pressing and pertinent to the Foundation right now, and how you would approach the situation.
  14. What is your vision of the Board in the Foundation heirarchy? How do you feel about the current leadership?
  15. As a Board member, you will be serving as a representative of the communities. Do you think you can represent the community and understand its concerns? Why?
  16. What do you think of the Wikimedia Foundation and its mission in general? If you could change one thing about the running of the Foundation, what would you change?
  17. If elected, can and will you devote the appropriate time and other resources needed to serve on the Board?
  18. Have you ever attended Wikimania or any other meetup? What role do you think these meetups play?
  19. Please list (and link) any other pages where you have gotten questions and comments pertaining to the Board elections; we are compiling all of the questions and would appreciate this.
  20. What would you say to a potential voter who is undecided right now?
  21. Is there anything else you would like to mention?

Thanks again.

Board meetingEdit

Hi! The new Board member is expected to attend a Board meeting in Frankfurt 20-23 October, so you are highly expected to aim to keep these dates free or book time off work in case you are successful in your bid to be on the Board. Jon Harald Søby 14:53, 29 August 2006 (UTC)

I'll make a point of mentioning at any job interviews I have in the near future. -- Cimon Avaro 17:48, 29 August 2006 (UTC)


This is proposed for deletion. Please respond at Meta:Requests for deletion#Images.--Jusjih 01:57, 23 May 2007 (UTC)

Election translationsEdit

Thank you for your enormous diligent works! --Aphaia 10:51, 25 June 2007 (UTC)


I need your help to translate a few words from English into Finnish. Would you agree to help? --Gwib 10:14, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

G'day Candidate!Edit

First I thought I'd offer a thank you for being brave / foolish enough to put your hat in the ring as a candidate for election to the Wikimedia Board of Trustees! - I wonder if you might have any time, interest, and enthusiasm to record a brief 10 / 15 minute audio interview about yourself / the reasons for your candidature / your wiki philosophy etc. etc. ? - I've been promoting a project on the english wikipedia called NotTheWikipediaWeekly - which is a grassroots effort to promote good communications through (semi) regular 'podcasts'.

If you have a couple of moments free, would you mind taking a look at this page and signing up if you're interested! It'd be great to chat with each and every one of you, and I hope you'll be amenable to this idea! Let me know if you've any questions at all, thought perhaps my english wikipedia talk page is the best spot.

The best of luck, and kind regards,

Privatemusings 03:29, 23 May 2008 (UTC)

Saluton, mi esperas al vi tutan sukceson por vikimedia baloton, kaj via kandidaduro mi subtenas. Jonathaneo el francan vikipedion.

Plannning the 'real world' conversationEdit

Thanks for both your interest and patience in setting up an audio conversation - I'm afraid I've found myself both 'real world' busy, and it took me a moment to figure out what the best way forward in organising these conversations could be.

I've created a 'sign up' sheet over at User:Privatemusings/ElectionDiscussions - which it would be great if you could peruse, and sign up at a suitable time. The times are in 'UTC' (which I gather is the official 'wiki' time) - but if you have any problems converting, there's a seperate section for you to simply drop the appropriate information in. I already have many of you as Skype contacts - but if you haven't forwarded this information so far, you can submit that at this time also.

I'm aiming to publish this podcast on 6th June - and believe (and hope!) that it might raise the profile of the election a little bit, as well as humanising the people behind the screen names a little. Thanks for your willingness to engage with this - head over here as soon as possible, and let's get chatting! cheers, Privatemusings 05:21, 29 May 2008 (UTC)

Great questionEdit

[2]. It's going to take me a while to answer, because the answer's certainly "yes", but I wanted to be the first to offer you kudos for asking it. Sarcasticidealist 21:55, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

I'll take the Spanish coinage and run to some remote island where they are still legal tender! (You do know "kudos" is short for Escudos, right?)
In any case, thank you for your kind assesment of my question. I will likely take my time answering it myself as well; since I have to confess, in part I was setting myself a task too - for I know there have been many points even by folks who I think shouldn't ever get near the board of trustees, that had real merit; but phrasing my agreement accurately will be a real test of my powers of expression. But in a deeper sense the answers the candidates provide, will be less important to me personally than the fact of making every candidate make that journey (including myself, really). -- Cimon Avaro 22:31, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
According to the English Wikipedia's article, that's not the case. But it's badly lacking in reliable sources. Sarcasticidealist 23:09, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
I seem to have fallen prey to a "a bloke in a bar told me" -ism. Having checked the Oxford English Dictionary, it does indeed appear to be simple University Slang from the middle 19th century, without a clear etymology. How dissapointing. I nearly would have preferred to remain in the belief there were exotic coinages of the spanish variety involved, rather than find out the boring real source for the term. -- Cimon Avaro 23:32, 7 June 2008 (UTC)
Well then, I'm sorry to have spoiled your day. If it's any consolation, I only looked it up because it seemed like such a wonderful possibility that I immediately wanted to verify it, so my day was somewhat spoiled as well. Still, we must go on. Sarcasticidealist 23:33, 7 June 2008 (UTC)

Women running for the boardEdit

Actually, there a couple of examples of women running for the board and not getting on: Kelly Martin in 2006, and River Tarnell in 2007. Sarcasticidealist 22:48, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Oopsies! :D))) -- Cimon Avaro 22:56, 10 June 2008 (UTC)

Signpost interview requestEdit

Jussi-Ville, I invite you to answer a set of questions for the Wikipedia Signpost about your board candidacy: w:Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2009 Board elections/Jussi-Ville Heiskanen. If you choose to do so, please let me know. I also encourage you to respond by 26 July; interviews with all candidates who respond will be publicized in the 27 July issue of the Signpost.

Faithfully, Ragesoss 18:22, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Translation RequestEdit

Hi, we need your help in completing the (partially complete) Finnish translation for the Second Annual Editor Survey 2011: Research:Wikipedia Editors Survey November 2011/fi We would really appreciate your help. Thank you! Akhanna 19:53, 14 November 2011 (UTC)


Hi, File:160pixjv.jpg needs your attention. --Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 21:13, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

English/Finnish translationsEdit

Dear Cimon Avaro, I am contacting you to introduce myself. My name is Jessica Robell and I have recently joined the Wikimedia Foundation as a part of the fundraising team. My work will be focused to a large extent around translations. I am very interested in finding engaged Wikipedians, such as yourself, who would be interested in contributing with their time to translate shorter text from English to Finnish. I am Swedish myself but unable to write in Finnish. We have for example recently put up a 'Thank you letter' from the Wikimedia Foundation's ED Sue Gardner for translation, using the translation extension. You can find the letter here: I would be most grateful to get your help to translate/proofread this letter in order to develop a quality translation in Finnish.

Furthermore, in addition to using the translation extension, my aim is to develop a few personal contacts to whom I can reach out with potential questions regarding a particular word choice etc. As an engaged Wikipedia translator, I would be very interested in hearing your view on this.

Thank you very much for your support. I look forward to hearing from you. Kind regards, Jessica Robell Global Fundraising Coordinator Jrobell (talk) 16:34, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia genealogy projectEdit

Please visit this page if you wish to contribute to a centralized discussion about a Wikimedia genealogy project. Thank you! --Another Believer (talk) 19:23, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Copyright problem with File:160pixjv.jpgEdit

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