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Illy loses administrator access
Illy (confirmation) lost administrator access due to his inactivity; Danny (confirmation) was confirmed. According to the Administrator policy, every administrator must be confirmed at least once per year. Shanel is being confirmed this July.
With no featured text for July, Pathoschild proposed and implemented Reform month. The event, scheduled to end on 01 August, is a call to all readers and editors to "give us constructive suggestions and comments concerning any part of Wikisource". The page was advertised on the Main Page and in the sitenotice.
- The ProofreadPage and Labeled Section Transclusion extensions have been enabled on all Wikisource wikis.
2007 Board of Trustee elections
The 2007 elections for the Board of Trustees are open, with three positions being filled for a two-year term. The 2007 elections introduced endorsements as a new requirement, which disqualified three candidates. Each eligible candidate was required to obtain 12 positive votes by an established editor on any project before the actual vote.
The final vote began on June 28, and was preceded by candidate submissions and endorsements. The vote will be hosted and administered by a neutral third party, Software in the Public Interest, which will also audit the tally. Any user having at least 400 edits as of 01 June 2007 on one project is eligible to vote in favour of any number of candidates. The three candidates with the greatest number of favourable votes will be appointed. 
15 candidates met all the requirements before the deadline. A summary of each candidate's platform follows.
These summaries are unofficial, and may contain errors or omissions. While five candidates have corrected or approved their summaries, others haven't.
A 24-year-old Pole, he has been an editor since February 2004, a founding member of the Polish chapter of Wikimedia, a steward, a checkuser on pl-Wikipedia, a bureaucrat on Commons, and an administrator on pl-Wikipedia, en-Wikipedia, and Commons. He is studying management and marketing.
A 43-year-old American, he has been an editor since February 2002. He was employed by the Wikimedia Foundation as Grants Coordinator between June 2004 and his resignation in March 2007, which included bookkeeping, fund raising, and participating in auditing. He is an administrator on Commons, en-Wikipedia, and en-Wikisource, and was a steward from June 2005 until his resignation in March 2006.
A 26-year-old American, he has been an editor since January 2006. He is an administrator on Wikinews.
He opposes advertisements on Wikimedia projects.
A 28-year-old German, Erik served as Chief Research Coordinator from May 2005 until his resignation in August 2005, a member of the Program Committee for Wikimania 2005, and was elected to the board in late September 2006 to replace Angela Beesley. He was executive secretary for most of his term. He is the lead developer of OmegaWiki, a project that rivals Wiktionary.
A 30-year-old Italian, she has been an editor since May 2003. She is a cofounder and the president of the Italian Wikimedia chapter, an confessedly-inactive member of the Special Projects Committee, an email response volunteer, an Italian press contact, and a bureaucrat and administrator on the Italian Wikipedia, Wikinews, Wikisource, and Wiktionary.
A 23-year-old Briton, he has been an editor since May 2004. He is a MediaWiki developer and Wikimedia system administrator since 2004.
A 29-year-old Dutch, he has been an editor since 2003. He is a developer for OmegaWiki.
A 34-year-old Briton, he has been an editor since September 2005 and is an administrator on en-Wikipedia. He was a member of Brunel University's Student Union Council and Finance Committee.
A 33-year-old American, he has been an editor since December 2003, the chairman of the Communications committee since February 2006, and an administrator on en-Wikipedia. He is a lawyer by vocation. He is known for founding the English Wikipedia Signpost, a regular news source about news relevant to the English Wikipedia, and managing it as editor-in-chief January to August 2005.
A 24-year-old American, she has been an editor since June 2004. She is an appointed member of the board of trustees running for re-election, a member of the Communications committee, a press contact, an email response volunteer, a former member of the en-Wikipedia arbitration committee, and an administrator on Meta, en-Wikinews, and en-Wikipedia. She is studying law and is an intern at 'a nonprofit online legal education project'.
(Oscar van Dillen)
A 49-year-old Dutch, he has been an editor since February 2004. He is an appointed member of the board of trustees running for re-election, founding member and former president of the Dutch chapter of Wikimedia (Wikimedia Nederlands), chairman of the audit committee, member of the Special Projects Committee, and Steward. He is a bureaucrat on Meta and the Dutch Wikipedia, Wikinews, Wikibooks, Wiktionary, and Wikiquote; and an administrator on nl-Wikipedia and Meta.
A 41-year-old American, he has been an editor since late March 2007. He is an email response volunteer, a member of the en-Wikipedia arbitration committee, a m:checkuser, bureaucrat, and administrator on en-Wikipedia, and an administrator on Meta. He was a member of the board of trustees for the non-profit Wesleyan Broadcast Association 1985–1986 (a 80,000$/year radio station), director of product marketing at Racotek in the mid 1990s (a 100-employee company), and vice president of technology at Controls AnyWare (a software startup) 1998–2003.
(Artur Jan Fijałkowski)
A 23-year-old Pole, he has been an editor since January 2005, and an elected trustee of the Polish Chapter of Wikimedia (Wikimedia Polska Association) sice December 2006.
A 42-year-old Frenchman, he has been an editor since December 2002, a steward since June 2005, and was a founding member and secretary of the French chapter of Wikimedia (Wikimédia France) 2004–2005. He was the director of a technical school in India, and worked for the Fédération des œuvres laïques (Foundation for secular works) teaching computer basic to children, and Partenaires (Partners) working on development and humanitarian assistance in India. He worked 6 months as a full-time volunteer for Peace Brigades International in Sri Lanka, and 2 years part-time with Friends of All, an Indian organization dedicated to improving education in rural India.
(Michael "Chad" Horohoe)
A 19-year-old American, he has been an editor since late February 2005, an administrator on en-Wikipedia, and chaired the unofficial en-Wikipedia mediation committee.
Current and former board
- The policy governing access to nonpublic data has been updated. The change is summarized as: "Clarified access policies for OTRS, stated intent of the resolution, made age requirement optional".
Unofficial brand survey
This is an ongoing event since the last news report.
Debate over Creative Commons 3.0 licenses
Creative Commons has announced versions 3.0 of its licenses, earlier versions of which are heavily used on several Wikimedia projects (though nearly inexistent on Wikisource). However, a new clause about moral rights (quoted below) has become very controversial, and it is uncertain whether the version 3.0 licenses should be permitted on Wikimedia projects. These are currently prohibited on the Wikimedia Commons.
The debate concerns the enforcement of moral rights through the copyright license. Moral rights are normally separate from copyright, and do not exist in some countries such as the United States. The change allows authors to enforce their moral rights in any country that recognizes copyright licenses, and critics argue that it allows the copyright holder to unilaterally control the use of their work. For example, this would allow an author to release a work on Wikisource, then sue a redistributor for modifying the work in a way the author does not like.
Mike Linksvayer, the Vice President of Creative Commons, stated that the new clause is not intended to introduce moral rights where none previously existed, but acknowledged that the wording is vague.
The clause states:
- When blocking a user, the summary box is now limited to the number of characters accepted. Such summaries were previously truncated.
- When a user attempts to log in with an incorrect name or password, the password filled in on the previous page is no longer automatically re-entered into the form.
- When changing the protection level of a page, administrators can now check a box to watchlist it.
- When blocking a user, administrators can now prevent them from sending email through Special:Emailuser.
- Special pages
- Watching and unwatching a page uses AJAX to avoid loading a new page in compatible browsers.
- Deletion logs are now shown when editing an inexistent or deleted page. Previously, this was only accessible by searching the deletion log (Wikisource's message linked to it).
- Image syntax was expanded with new parameters for thumbnailing. They can now be thumbnailed by the height measure using the 'upright' parameter, and thumbnailed without a frame with the 'frameless' parameter.
- A new parameter ($7) has been added to MediaWiki:Blockedtext which contains the user, IP, or range actually blocked.
- Each entry on Special:Whatlinkshere now links to the whatlinkshere for that entry.
- Local image pages for images on the Wikimedia Commons now show the Commons' image history.
A fire alarm in a Wikimedia server facility turned off air conditioning in one area on Monday, which let several servers overheat. These were disabled by automated safeguards, and the developers made all Wikimedia wikis read-only (no edits, uploads, new accounts, et cetera) for a few hours. The increased load on the remaining servers also significantly slowed Wikipedia until the servers were brought back online.
Page view statistics
Brion Vibber (Wikimedia developer) has released statistics derived from the new 'sampled logs', which gather data about one in 1000 page views (excluding images, style sheets, et cetera). The extrapolated date estimates 233.6 million visits per day.
- "Reform month" (Scriptorium, 27 June 2007)
- "proofreadpage" (Wikisource-l, 12 June 2007)
- "LabeledSectionTransclusion on WIkiSource" (Wikisource-l, 22 June 2007)
- "[Election 2007] Announcement" (Translators-l, 09 June 2007)
- Wikizine #74, 13 June 2007
- "Elections: a new board for the future (revisited with no edit button)" (Foundation-l, 17 June 2007)
- "The Wikimedia Foundation will be conducting its Board of Trustees elections" [archived link needed] (Foundation-l, 27 June 2007)
- "An interview with the candidates" (Wikipedia Signpost, 25 June 2007)
- Candidate platforms:
- Ausir: statement, questions
- Danny: statement, questions
- DragonFire1024: statement, questions
- Eloquence: statement, questions, 2006 election platform, political autobiography
- Frieda: statement, questions
- Kate: statement, questions
- Kim Bruning: statement, questions
- Kingboyk: official statement, expanded statement, questions
- Michael Snow: statement, questions
- Mindspillage: statement, questions
- Oscar: statement, questions
- UninvitedCompany: statement, questions
- WarX: statement, questions
- Yann: statement, questions
- ^demon: statement, questions
- Wikimedia articles:
- "Rethinking brands" (Foundation-l, May 2007)
- "Wikimedia brand survey open" (Foundation-l, May 2007)
- "Decision on Creative Commons 3.0" (Foundation-l, June 2007)
- "Commons talk:Licensing/Creative Commons 3.0" (Wikimedia Commons, February–June 2007)
- Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported legal code
- Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News" (Wikipedia Signpost, 04 June 2007)
- Bug reports:
- Wikizine #73 (06 June 2007)
- "Bugs, Repairs, and Internal Operational News (Wikipedia Signpost, 25 June 2007)
- Bug reports:
- bug 7003: "Allow percentage values for thumbnail sizes relative to default thumbnail width"
- bug 7960: ‘Link to "what links here" for each entry on "what links here"’
- bug 7691: "List relevant deletion log entries on deleted pages"
- bug 10076: "Make blockIDs searchable in the block log"
- bug 10306: "Show username on Special:Contributions/newbies"
- bug 10326: "Clean up AJAX watch for production use"
- "Number of servers out" (Wikitech-l, 04 June 2007)
- "Wikimedia page views (leŭksman blog, 07 June 2007)
- "Page view statistics roughly broken down by referrer, (Wikitech-l, 07 June 2007)