A few notable things are going on in Wikipedia-land:
- MediaWiki 1.3: Most of Wikimedia’s wikis (with the notable exception of Wiktionary) have been upgraded to the new MediaWiki 1.3 software. There are many great new features, including the new MonoBook skin (details below), but there’s one thing bothering me: I can’t log into the Vietnamese Wikipedia, so I can’t perform administrative functions, such as converting many pages to support the new software.
- MonoBook: The new software comes with a new skin. You’ve just got to take a look! While I like the general look of the skin, I don’t think it fits the very serious and content-focused tone of the Wikipedias. So I don’t think it should be the default skin there. I do, however, think that the skin should stay on the other projects, especially Meta and Wikibooks.
- Wikipedia in Klingon: There’s an ongoing debate as to whether Wikimedia should setup a Wikipedia for the Klingon language. While some think Wikipedia should have a version in every language in use (after all, there’s already a lipu sona Wikipesija for Tokipona), others think that a link to a Klingon Wikipedia will make many people laugh at not only the Klingon version, but also on the Wikipedia project as a whole.
- Vietnamese Wiktionary: This is month-old news, but I’ve been working on starting the Vietnamese Wiktionary, the Vietnamese version of Wikimedia’s dictionary, Wiktionary. So far I’m the only contributor, and I’ve created around 10-15 articles (the count includes both word entries and community/help pages).