a statement on your user page,
a statement on the talk page accompanying any paid contributions, or
a statement in the edit summary accompanying any paid contributions.
Applicable law, or community and Foundation policies and guidelines, such as those addressing conflicts of interest, may further limit paid contributions or require more detailed disclosure.
A Wikimedia Project community may adopt an alternative paid contribution disclosure policy. If a Project adopts an alternative disclosure policy, you may comply with that policy instead of the requirements in this section when contributing to that Project. An alternative paid contribution policy will only supersede these requirements if it is approved by the relevant Project community and listed in the alternative disclosure policy page.
This image, already used in six Wikipedias, was uploaded to Commons by professional photographer Stefan Krause. His homepage is two clicks from all of his upload description pages, which we linked to from our coverage of his win in this year's Commons Picture of the Year competition.
The language of this paragraph is already being put to use by Wikimedia Commons, whose users are currently voting in large numbers to void the effect of the default rule on the site. According to the proposer, the "very special nature" of the Commons means that they need to "adopt a policy that allows paid contributions without any disclosure whatsoever. / ... content submitted by users who receive compensation for it ... is often of excellent quality and educational value."
Aside from this single clause, the broadness of the overall terms-of-use update has survived from the opening proposal—the WMF's first major move against paid editing—rather than just paid advocacy. Under the English Wikipedia's policies, paid advocacy occurs when someone is "paid to promote something or someone on Wikipedia". Paid editing encompasses all of that and more, being broadly defined as "accepting money to edit Wikipedia", but this is not always a negative action: "transparency and neutrality are key".
I'm so very disappointed in the Board and the WMF for this TOU amendment, which was obviously written to quell concerns about English Wikipedia, with extremely little consideration of any other project. Now projects must formally exempt practices that are perfectly acceptable to them: Commons in particular, where professionals (who link to their personal for-profit websites in their file descriptions) contribute a great deal of the highest quality work; MediaWiki and all its developer-related sites, where a large number of our best non-staff developers are financially supported by other organizations; Wikidata, which is pure data and no benefit can be derived; Wikisource, where no benefit can be derived; and a multitude of Wikipedias that have openly welcomed editors who receive financial support or are paid by various organizations without any issue whatsoever. It is extremely unlikely that it will ever be enforced in the vast majority of WMF projects.
The wide scope of this amendment will cover a large number of good-faith editors—but it also grants the WMF's legal team a weapon that they will selectively enforce against bad-faith actors, such as the former Wiki-PR.
The Wikipedia Library's owl logo.
Wikipedia Library expands with new JSTOR accounts, others: Multiple new account signups for Wikimedia content creators have opened up courtesy of The Wikipedia Library. Chief among these is an expansion in the JSTOR program, adding an additional 400 accounts. Interest in the program is at (as of publishing time) 367 accounts, with requests dating to 2012, when a partnership providing 100 accounts was first announced. Credo Reference has given an extra 200 accounts. New entries to the Library include the British Newspaper Archive, which has digitized a large number of British and Irish newspapers from the 18th through early 20th century, and Keesings World News Archives, which has in-house summaries of many of the world's events since 1931. The Library is also offering a new intern position, where students will be hired by partner libraries to create content with the resources available to them at the partner.
Wikimedia engineering report: The May 2014 engineering report from the Wikimedia Foundation has been published in summary, wiki, and blog forms.
Tablet design gets a makeover: The WMF's mobile team has released a new design for tablet users. Based on their mobile design, the new look has received criticism on the blog post announcing the change.
Think Like a Freak: The authors of the popular Freakonomics have lauded Wikipedia in their new work Think Like a Freak, p. 215: "Let's also raise a glass to Wikipedia. It has improved immeasurably over the years that we have been writing books; it is extraordinarily valuable as a first stop to discover primary sources on nearly any topic. Thanks to all those who have contributed to it intellectually, financially, or otherwise."
ICANN: Top Level Design, LLC, with the support of the WMF, is proposing that two-letter domains for .wiki be released for linking to Wikipedia. .wiki is part of the expansion in generic top-level domains on the Internet, but ICANN has decided to initially withhold xx.wiki addresses. Top Level Design is asking ICANN to release the 179 two-letter language identifiers used by the various-language Wikipedias to the WMF, so that es.wiki will redirect to the Spanish Wikipedia, vi.wiki to the Vietnamese, and so on.