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Dhyworth Wikipedya, an godhoniador rydh

To whoever may be reading:

Dydh da! Wikipedia as a whole has constructed a list of the 1,000 vital articles that all Wikipedias should have. I know this would be a real feat here but it would be a great boost for the Cornish Wikipedia's scope, and perhaps would provide some focus and in turn speed things up on here. I know translation isn't some people's strong point but just a paragraph or two would make a useful article. You don't even have to worry about wikilinks and code etc, any edits will pop up on the recent changes list so we can link and categorise the article soon after.

If you are interested, the list is at Wikipedia:1,000 erthyglow. Gromercy dhis, --Moon 22:25, 1 Meurth 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Request for adminship


Hi all, I've made a request here to be an admin on the Cornish Wikipedia, but I first need to make an announcement here. If you have an opinion on my request then please make it known. My Cornish isn't good enough (yet) to write huge long articles but I can at least get them started. I enjoy tinkering with the boring stuff like categories and templates so if that's combined with the language skills of the other contributors here then I think we can give the Cornish Wikipedia some fresh movement. Regards, --Moon 13:14, 3 Meurth 2009 (UTC)[reply]

I'm for as you speak some Cornish and show that you are willing to maintain this wiki. --Ooswesthoesbes 18:19, 3 Meurth 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Piw yw an Bennskrivoryon omma?


Dell hevel dhymm, yma ogas oll an devnydh omma hag yw skrifys yn Kernewek, ober unn den. Eus fordh es gweles a pe henna gwir? Martesen y tal pubonan a woer konvedhes hemma, hag re wrug skrifa/ewna/ystynna erthyglow, omdhiskwedhes a woeles may fydhons i aswonnys a-rag pubhuni. Mongvras 02:23, 11 Meurth 2009 (UTC)[reply]

User:QuartierLatin1968 re skrifas meur a erthyglow, mes nyns yw ev omma lemmyn, User:Caponer hag User:Branvras ynwedh. User:Chamdarae re oberas war skantlyns. My a yll skrifa stokkys. --Moon 12:47, 11 Meurth 2009 (UTC)[reply]
Yma QL Hwath omma, herwydh y contributions log, mes ny wrug Branvras travyth nans yw blydhen po moy, ha Chamdarae keffrys. Yma Caponer omma hwath ow kul stokkys dell hevel. Mes pyth yw an poynt mar nag eus denvyth dhe skrifa erthyglow? A pe denvyth arall omma, gwra omdhiskwedhes mar pleg. (Heb mar y tal gortos nebes dydhyow kyn breusi an dra). Mongvras 21:56, 11 Meurth 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Adminship renewal


Dydh da oll, my adminship is up for renewal and I've made a request for it to be extended here. You can support or oppose this request so if you have an opinion on it please make it known below. Many thanks --Moon 09:30, 9 Metheven 2009 (UTC)[reply]



Hello, I'm sorry to write in English, I'd like to speak Cornish. Since the Standard Written Form is available, maybe the Cornish Wikipedia could follow a new policy:

  • Each article would be available in (or adapted to) SWF.
  • Non-SWF versions would remain available in all cases thanks to tabs a the top of the articles.

Other Wikipedias have adopted such solutions in order to display different systems for a same article, for instance in Serbian (Cyrillic script tab "ћирилица" and Latin script tab "latinica"), in Aragonese (Uesca-to-SLA link and SLA-to-Uesca link) and in Emiliano-Romagnolo (links to different dialects in the upper right corner).--Nil Blau 23:30, 9 Gortheren 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Hou, Nil Blau. I also thought about something like that, but the problem is that the differences between the orthographies isn't just a matter of spelling, there are also changes in grammar and vocabulary.
The current system is that people can choose which orthography they want to write in when they start a new article, and other editors respect that choice. It probably keeps users of certain orthographies from editing more often, but the site using just one orthography would probably do the same thing. At the moment it's the best way of preventing edit warring, but if the site sees an increase in editors then we could revisit that policy. Oll an gwella, --Moon 11:11, 14 Gortheren 2009 (UTC)[reply]
OK, Moon, I see. But in my proposal, all users could use freely their preferred systems. Each article would have a default SWF version and could be developped simultaneously in an alternative version (KK, KS, RLC etc). Users of all systems would be welcome and could edit more often.--Nil Blau 01:10, 15 Gortheren 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Bot flag for TobeBot


I would like to get a bot-flag on this wiki.

  • Operator: ja:User:Mymelo
  • Purpose: interwiki links
  • Software: Python pywikipediabot, automatic in autonomous mode
  • Already has bot flag on: ar, az, bpy, bs, ca, ce, co, cs, cy, da, de, en, eo, es, eu, fa, fr, fur, ga, gd, hi, ht, hu, id, it, ja, jbo, ksh, ku, lmo, ml, mn, mzn, nap, nl, pdc, pl, pt, ro, roa-tara, ru, scn, sco, simple, sh, sk, sr, sv, te, th, tr, ty, uk, vec, vi, vo, wuu, zh, zh-classical, zh-yue sulutil:TobeBot

I start run my bot for test edits. Best regards. --Mymelo 11:02, 13 Gwynngala 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Support, FoxBot too. -- 11:16, 15 Gwynngala 2009 (UTC)[reply]
Done on Meta days ago.--Jusjih 02:43, 1 Hedra 2009 (UTC)[reply]

The LocalisationUpdate extension has gone live


The LocalisationUpdate extension is now enabled for all Wikimedia projects. From now on new localisations that become available in SVN will become available to your project within 24 hours. Your localisations get into SVN from translatewiki.net typically within a day and at worst in two days. This is a huge improvement from the old practice where the localisations became available with new software. This could take weeks, even months.

The localisations done by our community at translatewiki.net are committed to SVN typically every day. When the system messages in English are the same as the local messages, they will now be inserted in a file and are available for use in all our projects in a timely manner

What this means for you


Local messages have an impact on the performance of our system. It is best when messages are as much as possible part of the system messages. In order to remove unnecessary duplication, all the messages that have a local localisation and are exactly the same as the system message will be removed. What we ask you to do is to compare and proof read the messages in translatewiki.net and the local messages. You can then either remove local messages when the translatewiki.net message is to be preferred or, you can update the message at translatewiki.net.

Messages that are specific to your project will have to stay as they are. You do want to check if the format and the variables of the message are still the same.

Why localise at translatewiki.net


When you localise at translatewiki.net, your messages will be used in all Wikimedia projects and eventually in all MediaWiki based projects. This is how we provide the standard support for your language. When messages change, at translatewiki.net you will be prompted to revisit your translations. Localising is more efficient because we have innovated the process to make you more efficient; there is text explaining about messages and we have applied AJAX technology to reduce the number of clicks you have to make.

Translatewiki.net update


How can we improve the usability for your language


We expect that with the implementation of LocalisationUpdate the usability of MediaWiki for your language will improve. We are now ready to look at other aspects of usability for your language as well. There are two questions we would like you to answer: Are there issues with the new functionality of the Usability Initiative Does MediaWiki support your language properly

The best way to answer the first question is to visit the translatewiki.net. Change the language to your language, select the “vector” skin and add the advanced tool bar in in the preferences and check out the new functionality. And make some changes in your user page. When there is a need to improve on the localisation, please make the necessary changess . It should update your localisation straight away. We would like you to report each issue individually at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Usability_issues.

When there are problems with the support of MediaWiki for your language, we really want to know about this. It is best to report each issue separately. In this way there will be no large mass of issues to resolve but we can address each issue on its own. Consider issues with the display of characters, the presentation of your script, the position of the side bar, the combination of text with other languages, scripts. It is best to try this in an environment like the prototype wiki as it provides you with a clean, basic and up to date environment. The prototype wiki is available for five languages but you can select any of them, change the preferences to your language and test out MediaWiki for your language.

We would like you to report each issue individually at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Language_issues. The issues you raise will all be assessed. It is important to keep each issue separate, because this will make it easier to understand the issues and find solutions.

PS This text has been approved by Naoko, Brion and Siebrand. Thanks, GerardM 10:45, 30 Gwenngala 2009 (UTC)

Small request


Hello! I am a Polish wikipedian and I would like to ask you for your help - writing a new article about former Polish President who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 – Lech Wałęsa. I have looked for his biography in your Wikipedia but without success. Polish Wikipedians will be grateful for your help. Thank you so much in advance! PS you can find the English version of the article here. Best wishes from Poland, Patrol110 09:08, 13 Du 2009 (UTC)[reply]

Adminship renewal again


Hi there, I'm requesting that my adminship be renewed again. I've made a request for it to be extended here. You can support or oppose this request so if you have an opinion on it please make it known below. Many thanks --Moon 02:22, 6 Genver 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Portal namespace


I'm trying to get a Portal namespace added to this wikipedia, so we can have Portals. Does anyone object to this? --Moon 17:10, 25 Hwevrer 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Portals would be a good idea. -- 13:00, 27 Hwevrer 2010 (UTC)[reply]



Is wikipedia masculine or feminine in kernewek? br:implijer:Bianchi-Bihan

Good question... "Gwiasva" (website) is feminine but "godhoniador" (encyclopedia) is masculine so I'm not sure. I can't say I've come across a situation yet where I needed to specify the gender. Perhaps because Wikipedia describes itself more as an encyclopedia than a website it might probably be masculine. --Moon 12:57, 8 Gortheren 2010 (UTC)[reply]
That's what we do in Cymraeg: if there's a choice with new words, go for the masculine as less mutations follow masculine words, and yes, Wicipedia in Welsh is masculine. PS Any chance we someone could list the Wiki terms in Kernowek-English, to help people like me who are struggling? Not a full dictionary, just reocurring ones like "See also", "Gwiasva/Website", "Folen dre"... 05:49, 30 Est 2011 (UTC)[reply]
There is a vocab list here: Wikipedia:Gerva. If you want anything added just ask! --Moon 09:45, 31 Est 2011 (UTC)[reply]

My a venja bos menystror


Dydh da Kernewegoryon, my a venja bos menystror savadow a'n wiki ma, mes kensa yma edhom dhymm agas skoodhyans. My a wor nag yw an folen ma gwelys oll an dermyn, ytho an desir ma a vedh ygor rag an termyn. Mar pleg, gwra skrifa a-woles dha dhybyans, a wre'ta skoodhya po a ny wre'ta skoodhya. Meur ras, --Moon 22:53, 8 Gortheren 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Hi all, I would like to be a permanent administrator of this wiki, but first I need your support. I know this page isn't viewed all the time, so this request will be open for the time being. Please write your opinions below, whether you support or not. Many thanks, --Moon 22:53, 8 Gortheren 2010 (UTC)[reply]

  • Operator  : Wikitanvir
  • Automatic or Manually Assisted : Automatic
  • Programming Language(s)  : Python (pywikipedia)
  • Function Summary  : Interwiki
  • Edit period(s)  : Daily
  • Edit rate requested  : 2/3 edits per minute at most
  • Already has a bot flag (Y/N)  : Yes, see here
  • Function Details  : Bot will patrol recent changes and new pages, and add, remove, or modify interwiki links in autonomous mode.

Currently doing some test edits. Notify me if there is a problem. — Tanvir • 06:06, 2 Hedra 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Already done. --Dferg 11:50, 1 Genver 2011 (UTC)[reply]

2010 Fundraising Is Almost Here


Hello Wikipedians, I am Dan Rosenthal and I am working for the Wikimedia Foundation during the 2010 Fundraiser. My job is to be the liaison between your community and the Foundation. This year's fundraiser is intended to be a collaborative and global effort; we recognize that banner messages which may perform well in the United States don't necessarily translate well, or appeal to international audiences.

I'm contacting you as I am currently looking for translators who are willing to contribute to this project by helping translate and localize messages into different languages and suggesting messages that would appeal to your readers on the Fundraising Meta Page. We've started the setup on meta for both banner submission, statistical analysis, and grouping volunteers together.
Use the talk pages on meta, talk to your local communities, talk to others, talk to us, and add your feedback to the proposed messages as well! I look forward to working with you during this year's fundraiser. If someone could translate this message I would really appreciate it so that everyone is able to understand our goals and contribute to this year's campaign.
Drosenthal 15:55, 25 Hedra 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Translating the fundraiser


We have almost managed to get the Welsh version of the fundraiser onto the Welsh Wikipedia, including onto the Wikimedia UK landing pages (for users located in the UK). We have not translated the appeal letter, or the other editors' appeals, but we will get the right hand side of the donation landing page in Welsh and also the central banner, which appears above. This is much more satisfactory than having these in English. This has been quite a long-drawnout process, so if someone here wants to venture down this route and would like the benefit of our experience, then please feel free to contact me via Welsh Wikipedia. I will say, however, that subscribing to the translators-l list on meta is highly recommended. Lloffiwr 12:58, 5 Kevardhu 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Temporary adminship (old)


Hi all, my temporary adminship is up for renewal again, I've made a request here. Please indicate below if you support or oppose my request. Many thanks --Moon 13:30, 1 Genver 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Multilingual Challenge

Ni a lever an Chalenj Liesyethek Derby

Hemm yw an kynsa kesoberyans Wikipedia liesyethek. Peub Wikipedianow a yll kemmeres rann, yn neb yeth Wikipedia. An chalenj a res a gynsa mis-Me bys tressa mys Gwynngala 2011.
Junyewgh a-dhistowgh!
"Pes da yn arbennik Wikipedia dhe weles Gwithtiow Derby a ervir gwrians erthyglow yn yethow ken Sowsnek." (Jimmy Wales, 14 January 2011)

Announcing the Derby Multilingual Challenge

This is the first multilingual Wikipedia collaboration. All Wikipedians can take part, in any Wikipedia language. The challenge runs from 1 May until 3 September 2011.
Sign up now!
" Wikipedia is particularly pleased to see that Derby Museums are encouraging the creation of articles in languages other than English." (Jimmy Wales, 14 January 2011)

Andrew Dalby 12:55, 2 Me 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Devynnow Pennfenntenyow?


Fatell allav gul devynnow yn Wikipedia Kernewek? My a assayas dhe gorra pennfenntenyow yn ow erthygel Planet korr. Govynn 17:04, 12 Metheven 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Nag ujy an devydnow keworrys genes owth obery drefen na wra an scantlyns usys (cite book, cite web, etc) bewa war'n wiki-ma. Rag keworra devydnow obma, ni a res usya an goden <ref>[url titel]</ref>, ytho onen a'n devydnow war'n folen-na a vedh yndelma:
<ref>[http://web.gps.caltech.edu/~mbrown/dwarfplanets/ Michael E. Brown - The Dwarf Planets, California Institute of Technology]</ref>
Na res dhis sewya an gis-ma en tien, che a ell gorra an peth a ven'ta rag titel. --Moon 18:49, 12 Metheven 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Call for image filter referendum


The Wikimedia Foundation, at the direction of the Board of Trustees, will be holding a vote to determine whether members of the community support the creation and usage of an opt-in personal image filter, which would allow readers to voluntarily screen particular types of images strictly for their own account.

Further details and educational materials will be available shortly. The referendum is scheduled for 12-27 August, 2011, and will be conducted on servers hosted by a neutral third party. Referendum details, officials, voting requirements, and supporting materials will be posted at Meta:Image filter referendum shortly.

Sorry for delivering you a message in English. Please help translate the pages on the referendum on Meta and join the translators mailing list.

For the coordinating committee,
Philippe (WMF)
Robert Harris

  • Operator  : Hedwig in Washington
  • Automatic or Manually Assisted : automatic
  • Programming Language(s)  : Python (pywikipedia), daily update
  • Function Summary  : Interwiki, Internationalization by removing chaos in Babel so it can be used properly and easy. Double redirects will be added shortly
  • Already has a bot flag (Y/N)  : Yes: DE, EN, AR, NL, NN, KA, DA, BE-X-OLD, BAT-SMG, ARZ and LB, others pending. see here
  • Function Details  : just using the standard interwiki.py; parameters: -auto -all - log -catr

I humbly request bot status on this wiki in order to update Interwiki, and improve Internationalization by removing chaos in Babel so it can be used properly and easy by everyone.

Thank you for consideration! --Hedwig in Washington 22:26, 3 Gwydngala 2011 (UTC)

Gweres gans scryfa/gera Kernewek


Dohajedh da! Xxglennxx ov vy. And I'm afraid I'll have to continue yn Sowsnek (or Welsh, being a fluent speaker :D). I'm creating a list of vocabulary on posters to use around my classroom in school in the Celtic languages - I'm using Welsh, Cornish, Scottish and Irish Gaelic. Here are the words I have in Cornish - could someone check them for me, please? Dara (door); Fenestri (window - just one); Comptyor (computer); Desk/kador (desk/chair); Levrow (books - plural); Glus (glue - such as a pritstick); Atalgyst (rubbish bin - for general waste); Kyst daskelghy (recycle bin - for paper etc); Bord gwynn (whiteboard - for writing on). If you'd like to add any more which you think would promote the language, please do. Also, I can be contacted much quicker at cy:Defnyddiwr:Xxglennxx. Meur ras! Xxglennxx 13:09, 25 Hedra 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Dedh da dhis! Some of those words were in multiple orthographies so I've put them all into the Standard Written Form: Door = daras, window = fenester, computer = jynn amontya ('comptyor' is another word but 'jynn amontya' is the most commonly used), desk = desk, chair = cador, books = lyvrow, glue = glus, bin = atalgist, recycle bin = kist daskelhy, whiteboard = bord gwydn. Hope this helps, if you need any more just ask! --Moon 18:03, 28 Hedra 2011 (UTC)[reply]
Meur ras, Moon :D Xxglennxx 21:39, 10 Du 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Terms of Use update


I apologize that you are receiving this message in English. Please help translate it.


The Wikimedia Foundation is discussing changes to its Terms of Use. The discussion can be found at Talk:Terms of use. Everyone is invited to join in. Because the new version of Terms of use is not in final form, we are not able to present official translations of it. Volunteers are welcome to translate it, as German volunteers have done at m:Terms of use/de, but we ask that you note at the top that the translation is unofficial and may become outdated as the English version is changed. The translation request can be found at m:Translation requests/WMF/Terms of Use 2 -- Maggie Dennis, Community Liaison 01:01, 27 Hedra 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Temporary adminship


Hi all, my temporary adminship is up for renewal again, I've made a request here. Please indicate below if you support or oppose my request. Many thanks --Moon 15:27, 29 Hedra 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Support. Llywelyn2000 07:16, 1 Du 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Open Call for 2012 Wikimedia Fellowship Applicants


I apologize that you are receiving this message in English. Please help translate it.

  • Do you want to help attract new contributors to Wikimedia projects?
  • Do you want to improve retention of our existing editors?
  • Do you want to strengthen our community by diversifying its base and increasing the overall number of excellent participants around the world?

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking Community Fellows and project ideas for the Community Fellowship Program. A Fellowship is a temporary position at the Wikimedia Foundation in order to work on a specific project or set of projects. Submissions for 2012 are encouraged to focus on the theme of improving editor retention and increasing participation in Wikimedia projects. If interested, please submit a project idea or apply to be a fellow by January 15, 2012. Please visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Fellowships for more information.


--Siko Bouterse, Head of Community Fellowships, Wikimedia Foundation 02:53, 22 Kevardhu 2011 (UTC)[reply]

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Announcing Wikipedia 1.19 beta


Wikimedia Foundation is getting ready to push out 1.19 to all the WMF-hosted wikis. As we finish wrapping up our code review, you can test the new version right now on beta.wmflabs.org. For more information, please read the release notes or the start of the final announcement.

The following are the areas that you will probably be most interested in:

  • Faster loading of javascript files makes dependency tracking more important.
  • New common*.css files usable by skins instead of having to copy piles of generic styles from MonoBook or Vector's css.
  • The default user signature now contains a talk link in addition to the user link.
  • Searching blocked usernames in block log is now clearer.
  • Better timezone recognition in user preferences.
  • Improved diff readability for colorblind people.
  • The interwiki links table can now be accessed also when the interwiki cache is used (used in the API and the Interwiki extension).
  • More gender support (for instance in logs and user lists).
  • Language converter improved, e.g. it now works depending on the page content language.
  • Time and number-formatting magic words also now depend on the page content language.
  • Bidirectional support further improved after 1.18.

Report any problems on the labs beta wiki and we'll work to address them before they software is released to the production wikis.

Note that this cluster does have SUL but it is not integrated with SUL in production, so you'll need to create another account. You should avoid using the same password as you use here. — Global message delivery 16:20, 15 Genver 2012 (UTC)

Language support group for Cornish


The Wikimedia Foundation has brought together a new team of developers who are dedicated to language support. This team is to support all the languages and consequently it is not realistic to expect that the team members can provide proper support for your language. It is for this reason that we are looking for volunteers who will make up a language support team.

This language support team will be asked to provide us with information about their language. Such information may need to be provided either to us or on a website that we will indicate to you. Another activity will be to test software that will likely have an effect on the running of the MediaWiki software. We are looking for people who clearly identify their ability. Formal knowledge is definitely appreciated.

As much of the activity will be concentrated on translatewiki.net, it will be a plus when team members know how to localise at translatewiki.net.
Thanks, Gmeijssen 21:48, 19 Genver 2012 (UTC)[reply]

MediaWiki 1.19


(Apologies if this message isn't in your language.) The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to upgrade MediaWiki (the software powering this wiki) to its latest version this month. You can help to test it before it is enabled, to avoid disruption and breakage. More information is available in the full announcement. Thank you for your understanding.

Guillaume Paumier, via the Global message delivery system (wrong page? You can fix it.). 15:08, 12 Whevrel 2012 (UTC)

What sort of Cornish


DYDH DA! I am very interested in Cornish language and so I wanted to know which form of Cornish orthography is used here? Is it the Furv Skrifys Savonek? It would be nice if you could tell me! --Ziolf, 17:25, 26. Hornung 2012 (MEZ)

Welsh and Cornish

Please help: replace this red text with a translation of the English message below. Thank you!
@MonmouthpediA announces the Charles Rolls Challenge

This is the first multilingual Wikipedia collaboration to create a wiki-town. All Wikipedians can take part, in any Wikipedia language. The challenge runs from 1 March until the 19th of April 2012. (Prizegiving webstreamed on 21st April).
Sign up now!
"Can you imagine a Wiki Project that involves 1,000 QRpedia codes and free WiFi?"

Wikimedia UK is interested in supporting Cornish Victuallers (talk) 20:17, 2 Meurth 2012 (UTC)[reply]

Update on IPv6


(Apologies if this message isn't in your language. Please consider translating it, as well as the full version of this announcement on Meta)

The Wikimedia Foundation is planning to do limited testing of IPv6 on June 2-3. If there are not too many problems, we may fully enable IPv6 on World IPv6 day (June 6), and keep it enabled.

What this means for your project:

  • At least on June 2-3, 2012, you may see a small number of edits from IPv6 addresses, which are in the form "2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334". See e.g. w:en:IPv6 address. These addresses should behave like any other IP address: You can leave messages on their talk pages; you can track their contributions; you can block them. (See the full version of this announcement for notes on range blocks.)
  • In the mid term, some user scripts and tools will need to be adapted for IPv6.
  • We suspect that IPv6 usage is going to be very low initially, meaning that abuse should be manageable, and we will assist in the monitoring of the situation.

Read the full version of this announcement on how to test the behavior of IPv6 with various tools and how to leave bug reports, and to find a fuller analysis of the implications of the IPv6 migration.

--Erik Möller, VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation 01:09, 2 Metheven 2012 (UTC)[reply]

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2011 Picture of the Year competition



Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2011 Picture of the Year competition is now open. We are interested in your opinion as to which images qualify to be the Picture of the Year 2011. Any user registered at Commons or a Wikimedia wiki SUL-related to Commons with more than 75 edits before 1 April 2012 (UTC) is welcome to vote and, of course everyone is welcome to view!

Detailed information about the contest can be found at the introductory page.

About 600 of the best of Wikimedia Common's photos, animations, movies and graphics were chosen –by the international Wikimedia Commons community– out of 12 million files during 2011 and are now called Featured Pictures.

From professional animal and plant shots to breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems, diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human portraits, Commons Features Pictures of all flavors.

For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories.

We regret that you receive this message in English; we intended to use banners to notify you in your native language but there was both, human and technical resistance.

See you on Commons! --Picture of the Year 2011 Committee 18:27, 5 Metheven 2012 (UTC)

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Help decide about more than $10 million of Wikimedia donations in the coming year


(Apologies if this message isn't in your language. Please consider translating it)


As many of you are aware, the Wikimedia Board of Trustees recently initiated important changes in the way that money is being distributed within the Wikimedia movement. As part of this, a new community-led "Funds Dissemination Committee" (FDC) is currently being set up. Already in 2012-13, its recommendations will guide the decisions about the distribution of over 10 million US dollars among the Foundation, chapters and other eligible entities.

Now, seven capable, knowledgeable and trustworthy community members are sought to volunteer on the initial Funds Dissemination Committee. It is expected to take up its work in September. In addition, a community member is sought to be the Ombudsperson for the FDC process. If you are interested in joining the committee, read the call for volunteers. Nominations are planned to close on August 15.

--Anasuya Sengupta, Director of Global Learning and Grantmaking, Wikimedia Foundation 20:13, 19 Gortheren 2012 (UTC)[reply]

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More opportunities for you to access free research databases


The quest to get editors free access to the sources they need is gaining momentum.

  • Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of nearly 1200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in every major subject, including general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias. There are 125 full Credo 350 accounts available, with access even to 100 more references works than in Credo's original donation. All you need is a 1-year old account with 1000 edits. Sign up here.
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  • Questia is an online research library for books and journal articles focusing on the humanities and social sciences. Questia has curated titles from over 300 trusted publishers including 77,000 full-text books and 4 million journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, as well as encyclopedia entries. There will soon be 1000 full access 1-year accounts available. All you need is a 1-year old account with 1000 edits. Sign up here.

You might also be interested in the idea to create a central Wikipedia Library where approved editors would have access to all participating resource donors. Add your feedback to the Community Fellowship proposal. Apologies for the English message (translate here). Go sign up :) --Ocaasi (talk) 02:17, 16 Est 2012 (UTC)


I apologize for addressing you in English. I would be grateful if you could translate this message into your language.

The Wikimedia Foundation is conducting a request for comment on a proposed program that could provide legal assistance to users in specific support roles who are named in a legal complaint as a defendant because of those roles. We wanted to be sure that your community was aware of this discussion and would have a chance to participate in that discussion.

If this page is not the best place to publicize this request for comment, please help spread the word to those who may be interested in participating. (If you'd like to help translating the "request for comment", program policy or other pages into your language and don't know how the translation system works, please come by my user talk page at m:User talk:Mdennis (WMF). I'll be happy to assist or to connect you with a volunteer who can assist.)

Thank you! --Mdennis (WMF)02:02, 6 Gwydngala 2012 (UTC)

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Wikidata is getting close to a first roll-out


(Apologies if this message isn't in your language.)

As some of you might already have heard Wikimedia Deutschland is working on a new Wikimedia project. It is called m:Wikidata. The goal of Wikidata is to become a central data repository for the Wikipedias, its sister projects and the world. In the future it will hold data like the number of inhabitants of a country, the date of birth of a famous person or the length of a river. These can then be used in all Wikimedia projects and outside of them.

The project is divided into three phases and "we are getting close to roll-out the first phase". The phases are:

  1. language links in the Wikipedias (making it possible to store the links between the language editions of an article just once in Wikidata instead of in each linked article)
  2. infoboxes (making it possible to store the data that is currently in infoboxes in one central place and share the data)
  3. lists (making it possible to create lists and similar things based on queries to Wikidata so they update automatically when new data is added or modified)

It'd be great if you could join us, test the demo version, provide feedback and take part in the development of Wikidata. You can find all the relevant information including an FAQ and sign-up links for our on-wiki newsletter on the Wikidata page on Meta.

For further discussions please use this talk page (if you are uncomfortable writing in English you can also write in your native language there) or point me to the place where your discussion is happening so I can answer there.

--Lydia Pintscher 13:27, 10 Gwydngala 2012 (UTC)

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Upcoming software changes - please report any problems


(Apologies if this message isn't in your language. Please consider translating it)

All Wikimedia wikis - including this one - will soon be upgraded with new and possibly disruptive code. This process starts today and finishes on October 24 (see the upgrade schedule & code details).

Please watch for problems with:

  • revision diffs
  • templates
  • CSS and JavaScript pages (like user scripts)
  • bots
  • PDF export
  • images, video, and sound, especially scaling sizes
  • the CologneBlue skin

If you notice any problems, please report problems at our defect tracker site. You can test for possible problems at test2.wikipedia.org and mediawiki.org, which have already been updated.

Thanks! With your help we can find problems fast and get them fixed faster.

Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation Engineering Community Manager (talk) 03:02, 16 Hedra 2012 (UTC)[reply]

P.S.: For the regular, smaller MediaWiki updates every two weeks, please watch this schedule.

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Fundraising localization: volunteers from outside the USA needed


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Hello All,

The Wikimedia Foundation's Fundraising team have begun our 'User Experience' project, with the goal of understanding the donation experience in different countries outside the USA and enhancing the localization of our donation pages. I am searching for volunteers to spend 30 minutes on a Skype chat with me, reviewing their own country's donation pages. It will be done on a 'usability' format (I will ask you to read the text and go through the donation flow) and will be asking your feedback in the meanwhile.

The only pre-requisite is for the volunteer to actually live in the country and to have access to at least one donation method that we offer for that country (mainly credit/debit card, but also real-time banking like IDEAL, E-wallets, etc...) so we can do a live test and see if the donation goes through. All volunteers will be reimbursed of the donations that eventually succeed (and they will be low amounts, like 1-2 dollars)

By helping us you are actually helping thousands of people to support our mission of free knowledge across the world. Please sing up and help us with our 'User Experience' project! :) If you are interested (or know of anyone who could be) please email ppena@wikimedia.org. All countries needed (excepting USA)!

Pats Pena
Global Fundraising Operations Manager, Wikimedia Foundation

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