Thursday, December 23, 2004

Cabal or "Wikiyakuza"

There is a rumor on certain large Wikipedias that there is the Cabal. On English Wikipedia this rumor appears periodically. There is even a document named "Cabal" on meta which describes this rumor. On Japanese project the situation is similar; it is not obviously referred on Wikipedia with some exceptions, but frequently referred on other net communities like Slashdot or, an anonymous bulletin board famous or sometimes notorious in japanese using sites. According to the typical rumor the cabal on Japanese Wikipedia is nested on an irc channel #ja.wikipedia hosted by It is believed some important decisions and negotiations have been done on the irc. And frequent visitors or "lurkers" of irc promote their favorites to adminstrators. Shortly the rumor on Japanese Wikipedia is similar to ones on other projects; ridiculous, merely based on what they want to believe in, but uneasily gone away. On Japanese Wikipedia even a sysop accused another sysop on Request for Comment as for the cabalism: the accused sysop made a cabal with his irc friends, and the accusing sysop prouded his effort which had been effective to fight the influence of that cabal; honestly I can't support such a view. Perhaps such a belief is a fate of every Wikipedia over a certain size.....

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Japanese Wiktionary switched to case sensitive

Japanese Wiktionary switches to case sensitive on its lemma. Though Japanese is not written in latin alphabet and has no difference of capitalisation in writing, it includes other language words and phrases like English in which word capitalisation make a meaning difference in some cases. In the beginning of Decebmer there were around 1,300 words in latin, cyril and greek alphabet. Most of them should be begun with a small letter. After two weeks discussion Japanese Wiktionary decided to switch to the not capitalisation setting by default. A Dutch user GeraldM, who is active on Dutch Wiktionary worked with us. The switching itself was done on December 14 just before Wiktionary domain name was (unfortunately) expired. With some days break almost all 1,300 words but some German nouns and acronyms were moved by users, not by a bot. Brevam and Soldupessi worked eagarly. On Saturday afternoon (JST) the moving of 1,300 words has finished.

Saturday, December 18, 2004


past Eve and Adam's......

Welcome to Brittys wake, wake of my randam thought through mediawki projects; Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikquote, other projects and Meta Wikimedia; or chat channels on
I am known there as britty and Aphaia. It is my memorundum in English mainly on Japanese projects of Wikimedia foundation.
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