Commons talk:Press releases/100K

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This page should mention the hundreds of full length songs available Raul654 10:31, 10 Apr 2005 (UTC).


Potential contents:

  • examples of great files we have in different categories (drawings, photos, animations, audio recordings, music, video(?))
  • featured pictures
  • embed 100,000th file in release
  • weather, market data
  • Category:Population statistics Germany, Category:Go
  • Category:Subway maps
  • Image:Geologische Karte Rhoen.jpg
  • Template:Information
  • ...

Pretty much final[edit]

I'm fairly happy with it. I think we're ready to get this thing translated.--Eloquence 02:30, 21 May 2005 (UTC)

On examples[edit]

For the translations, I think some of the examples should be "localized" if possible, especially the Wikibooks and Wikinews ones at the bottom. Just browse around your language editions of the Wikimedia projects and try to find interesting stories about Commons usage to tell.--Eloquence

Date of release[edit]

Anthere has changed the date of the release to the 25th due to an as of yet unreleased press release by Villy which is meant to be sent out at the same time. I'll try to coordinate things a bit.--Eloquence

My copy of the mail to the foundation-l (I was interrupted by an event at home before I could paste it here as well).

It would be best to wait a few days before sending this press release.

More precisely it would be best to wait on the 25th... because there will be an announcement about wikicommons on that date. This announcement is not yet public but will be made public on the 25th.

Aurevilly has already written an announcement for it, in english.

It might be useful to see if both releases could not be merged in one... I suggest the parties involved in the commons press release discuss this before any publishing of this one.


I'll had that I am currently the official contact for any issue related to this announcement if needed.

Anthere 10:17, 21 May 2005 (UTC)

I've merged Villy's announcement from the grants wiki with this press release, without the parts that need to be kept secret. Angela 12:30, 21 May 2005 (UTC)
In the course of moving it to the grants wiki and back, Notafish edited it at the grants wiki saying "The yorck project did not donate the 10 000, Directmedia did, they bought thr rights from the Yorck Projects to put it under GFDL", which is why "donated by The Yorck Project" has changed to "donated by Directmedia Publishing, a German publishing company.". Angela 13:35, 21 May 2005 (UTC)

After talking with Villy, we have agreed to set the date to May 23, since this is when the "secret" announcement will become public.--Eloquence 14:24, 21 May 2005 (UTC)


Hi I would suggest also to add a contact for the local german Wikimedia Chapter. I'm thinking of Kurt Janson, chair Wikimedia Deutschland. Can I simply add his information to it? Arnomane 17:11, 21 May 2005 (UTC)

I suggest adding local contacts to the relevant press release, e.g. the German contact to the German version, the French contact to the French version, and so on.--Eloquence 21:05, 21 May 2005 (UTC)
I have added it to the German version as suggested by you. I have asked Kurt for approval and showed it to him and its fine with him. The German translation is now complete and ready for distribution. Arnomane 22:59, 22 May 2005 (UTC)

What I really said[edit]

Here is my answer to Erik's mail announcing that my diagram was the 100K'th image uploaded on Commons :

3) Can you tell me a little more about your motivation for participating
in Wikipedia? What is your professional background, what are your main 
interests? Do you work in any other projects besides the French

I manage the computer network of the Curie Institute (a research center in biology and physics) in Paris.
I was a "user" of the wikipedia since a few years, mostly the en: part. I recently did some search on the fr: part,
and discovered some errors in a few articles in the field I know : computer science. I then decided to register and 
do the modifications myself. I met a friendly group of wikipedians who helped me, mostly through IRC. I plan to 
continue writing new articles mostly in french. 

which is not the same as

"I recently did a search on the French Wikipedia, and discovered some articles in the field I know: 
computer science," Tsacas explained. "I then decided to register and do the modifications myself."

I answered Erik's email at about 5am, so maybe I could have used the more politically correct expression "minor errors" or "incomplete information" rather than "some errors," but this was really my motivation to register and start contributing. I would appreciate it if you could convey this intention.

Stephane Tsacas Poil 15:15, 22 May 2005 (UTC)

I did the modification myself. Dear translators, please update :-) Thanks. Stephane. Poil 16:04, 22 May 2005 (UTC)
Sorry, I missed the part about fixing errors - I didn't copy and paste it but typed it in. Thanks for correcting it, I've changed the German version to say "minor errors.".--Eloquence 16:56, 22 May 2005 (UTC)


Distribution can begin in the evening today, as this is when the "secret" part of the press release will be made public.--Eloquence 05:58, 23 May 2005 (UTC)

Minor Changes[edit]

I made a couple minor changes. It doesn't really matter whether they're translated, to the extent they could be. Superm401 03:22, 24 May 2005 (UTC)


It looks to me like the array is printed with pins, and not etched. In the en:DNA microarray article it's said that this is a microarray being made, but is it really etched ??? --J.e 00:38, 27 May 2005 (UTC)

What the pin does is it dips into a well of the DNA mixture (background, left), dabs itself off a few times on a pad (foreground, left), then dabbs the remainder onto the array itself. So it's not being 'etched' as in glass, but it's being depositied in small holes on the array. Raul654 03:29, 27 May 2005 (UTC)