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Goings-on in the week starting Sunday March 7 2004
(Sunday March 7): This page is started! Wikipedia:Goings-on
A poll on where meta-discussions should be held ends (9 March) with no consensus. Wikipedia talk:Mailing lists:
A design competition continues on Meta to replace the grey thumbnail borders. Thumbnailed images:
(Sunday March 7): List of encyclopedia topics Magnus Manske finishes uploading the 78 pages of links.
What originally started off as a suggested guideline has sparked discussion (mainly on the mailing list Wikipedia talk:How to revert a page to an earlier version:   ) about a possible introduction of a policy against more than three reverts, punishable by 24-hour bans. Further suggestions from Jimbo follow .
It seems that this user is attempting to remove large amounts of content contributed by himself in the past. See also User:Bird: User:David Newton/Bird Dispute and on the mailing list  .
Wikipedia:List of empty images: Silsor calls for cleaning up of zero-length uploads.
Emmss Vandalism (March 9-11): large scale spambot vandalism at ko:, fy:, gl:, gn:, ja:, ms: and sq:. Measures now taken at the squid server level to block POST commands coming from the proxies used by the spambot. Andre Engels, Angela, Dori, Fuzheado, Jeronim, JorgeGG, Kowey, Maximus_Rex handle most of the damage. Tim Starling assists by deputizing administrators on the spot for the smaller Wikipedias.
Downtime (March 10): Wikipedia experiences about 1 hour of downtime due to a database crash.
Articles featured on the Main Page
Articles that gained "featured" status
Pictures that gained "featured" status
On the mailing lists this week
Wikipedia-l, Wiken-l, Intlwiki-l, Wikitech-l and Wikilegal-l, 7-13 March.
Suda crashed The developers prepare for the 1.2.0 release of Mediawiki
Bandwidth thieves are blocked from taking our images (+ related issues of fair use and lack of a way of getting the images). Worldhistory is unblocked
Proxies are blocked
New &action=purge feature
New squid server in Germany
Links caching has been turned off and the links table is being rebuilt
Changes to the links table are made as part of the new database schema, which should solve the issues that occur when renaming pages with a long edit history (won't be live for a few weeks)
MIT paper (PDF) on Wikipedia and history flow will be presented at CHI 2004 The
development policy now says developers must document their features Penguin is doing extended burnin tests until Friday so Geoffrin will be here soon. Gunther is available again
New image format now allows formatting and links in the caption
DNS and Zwinger issues resolved
The Daily Telegraph are linking to Wikipedia a lot
NohatBot uploads recordings of IPA sounds
Requests for de-adminship renamed to Requests for review of admin actions
New pretty graphs
Jean-Luc Azra wants to start a Tok Pisin Wikipedia
Goran Kulenovic requested adminship on
bs: Borislav Manolov requested bureaucratship on
Edit war policy
User:Bird. Jimbo recommends blocking and sannse attempts mediation Jimbo supported the "protect on the version of the person not edit warring" idea
User:126.96.36.199/ User:kchishol1970 unblocked The meaning of consensus on VfD
Problems with the mediation committee including role confusion and access to IPs
1729 (number) Are inter-namespace redirects allowed?
Jesus Chirst and banning of offensive names
User:168... and arbitration Eloquence's removal of Sam Spade from
WP:RFA Talk page spam
3-revert rule - rule or policy?
GFDL section 7, CC-ND and other image licensing issues
Should "In the news" be on the main page?
Single point of failure and the need for a backup DB server
Banning by cookie
Displaying randomly assigned account names instead of IPs
m:Gnutella Replace sysops with one chief duty editor
"Honorary developers" to be allowed to assign user rights. See
m:Developer access Wikilyrics project (may violate copyright, if not use
Wikisource) RSS feeds and their application to watchlists
m:Edit throttling New status of "registered, confirmed users" in between users and sysops
Require users to provide verifiable non-Yahoo/Hotmail email addresses
Policy juries Edit throttling and per-article bans
24 hour bans for reverting
Copyright of anonymous editors to be assigned to the Wikimedia Foundation
TeX hieroglyphs module on Wikipedia Requiring 3+ admins to approve bureaucrat-type actions
Parsing HTML-like tags
Notification to users when they break the 3-revert rule
Rewards for good behaviour
Giving wikiprojects wikimoney
Admins to have the ability to (temporarily) filter all edits which involve a certain domain
captchas to stop spamming (issues with non-spamming bot edits and patents) Revert all of a user's edits with one click
Combined recent changes
Rollback function to allow deletion
Image:Bill Clinton.jpg is undeletable Technical implementations for the 3 revert rule.
Wikipedia is down (fixed)
Inaccessible toolbar buttons on hu: (fixed)
French Wikipedia to switch to UTF-8 following a
vote Problems installing MediaWiki (try MediaWiki 1.2.0rc3 instead)
Non-UTF, non-ASCII usernames cause problems with
Special:Export (to be fixed before 1.2.0) Image thumbnail feature bug (fixed in CVS)
Spell checker. See also
m:WYSIWYG editor LaTeX chess support (stalled by tag-dogmatism at Wikisophia)
Problems with accented characters in links
Problems with convertdb.php
Caching problems leading to no notification of edit conflicts
yahoopops can solve some issues with Yahoo mail Timwi asked for temporary developer access
Do anons get talk page notification?
Should people edit languages they can't read?
Erik asked Jimbo to approve 24 hour bans for edit warring
Is dispute resolution process useful? Do we need less bureaucracy or less unilateralism?
Desysoppings should be announced
Differences between developer access and CVS access
Stats may not be accurate