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2016 Febrary 27

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Issue: 9• Date: 2016 February 27

  • 800 original articles: We now have 800 original articles relating to Baba on Sarkarverse. We had hoped to have many, many more by now, but thus far very few have engaged with the project as editors.
  • Over 450 Prabhat Samgiita songs: We now have articles on over 450 Prabhat Samgiita songs. Each of the individual song articles contains substantial information about the song, including date, place, rhythm, and melody. Each of those articles also contains an original, line-by-line translation of the song and links to at least one audio rendition of the song. This has made Sarkarverse a leading authority on the Web in respect to Baba's music.
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2015 June 12

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Issue: 8• Date: 2015 June 12

  • Major upgrade: This month we carried out a major software upgrade on Sarkarverse. The underlying PHP and MediaWiki software were both bumped up two major versions. In consequence, Sarkarverse now offers a more friendly interface for new editors. First there is the ability to quickly change the language with which you view the site and even the keyboard you use to input text. Second, and more interesting, Sarkarverse now provides the new VisualEditor, which allows editing on more of a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) basis.
  • Almost 300 Prabhat Samgiita: We now have almost 300 Prabhat Samgiita songs posted to Sarkarverse. Each of the song articles provides a fresh translation (where applicable), an easily accessed audio link, and detailed information not easily found elsewhere.
  • Featured articles: If you are looking for reference material on Ananda Marga or Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha, check out those two featured articles on Sarkarverse.

2014 December 02

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Issue: 7• Date: 2014 December 02

  • New section on the Main page: On 2014 November 25,we added a new section Latest articles on the Main page. The section links to a list of the 10 most recent pages. This number may be adjusted manually, and various other filters are offered.
  • Return of founding member: In our last issue we informed you that User:Tito Dutta retired from the project. We are happy to announce that he is back.
  • Three new portals: In November, we have started three new portals: a) Portal:Ananda Vacanamrtam, b) Portal:Krsna and c) Portal:Shiva. You may suggest new portals or share your ideas here.
  • An interesting MediaWiki bug: We noticed an interesting MediaWiki bug. Zooming in on any page (except the log-in page) to a magnification of 150% or more was transforming the Sarkarverse logo into the Wikipedia logo. The error was fixed by removing some Wikimedia-based code from our MediaWiki.css page.
  • Musical notations for some Prabhat Samgiita songs: For some Prabhat Samgiita songs, we have been able to add musical notations contributed to Sarkarverse by Bhaeravaji. We also added a musical notation for a PROUT song that was earlier contributed to PROUT Films by Jyoshnaji.
  • Charitable status of AmRevolution, Inc: Sarkarverse is a project of AmRevolution, Inc., a registered charity in the USA. On December 1, after more than two and a half years effort, we have finally received approval from the United States Internal Revenue Service of our 501(c)(3) status.

2014 October 20

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First year review special

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Issue: 6 • Date: 2014 October 20

On October 21 Sarkarverse will be 1-year old.

Achievements

  • Article count: In our first year we published over 400 articles on Sarkarverse. As of this date we have 417 articles. Our users have made well over 16,000 edits.
  • Sararkarverse in different languages: In the first year, Sarkarverse was started in five languages— English, French, Bengali, Hindi and Finnish
  • Prabhat Samgiita and Ananda Marga Caryacarya portals: Portal:Prabhat Samgiita and Portal:Ananda Marga Caryacarya have been well-started in the first year. Both the portals have more than a hundred articles at this moment.
  • New server: In August 2014 , we moved to new server, which has doubled the speed and stability of our site.

Disappointments

  • Loss of founding member: At the end of his first year of work on Sarkarverse, Tito Dutta retired from the project due to financial constraints. We are very sorry to see him go, and we thank him much for his immense contribution to Sarkarverse. We wish him well in all his future endeavors.
  • Lack of editors: It is a great disappointment that despite inviting, requesting, and reminding many people, we still have very few active editors at this time.

Looking forward

In our second year, we intend to expand on our current achievements. The speed with which that will take place depends on the recruitment of additional editors. Please do consider getting involved.

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2014 June 24

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Issue: 5 • Date: 2014 June 24

Greetings and welcome to the fifth issue of Sarkarverse Bulletin. We are sending you this opt-in newsletter, because you subscribed to it or have shown a great interest in Sarkarverse. If you have not yet subscribed, you may ensure the receipt (or non-receipt) of future updates of Sarkarverse Bulletin by signing up (or unsubscribing) here.

  • Sarkarverse now in Finnish language (Suomi) also: In mid-June 2014, the Finnish version of Sarkarverse was launched. Much thanks to Premji for this.
  • Current number of articles: Sarkarverse now offers 370 substantive articles. Much credit for the increase goes to Titoji.
  • Mobile interface for Sarkarverse: It's not perfect yet, but Sarkarverse now has a mobile-friendly view as well. Unfortunately, the auto-detect feature does not seem to work very well. Hopefully, we will have this sorted out soon.
  • Server stability: Over the last couple months, our server has been relatively stable. Sarkarverse is a big project, and it taxes our resources considerably. If all goes well, we will upgrade our server in the coming year.
  • Sarkarverse Radio: On Baba's birthday, we successfully ran an almost continuous 24-hour program of Prabhat Samgiita on our Sarkarverse Radio. Our charming DJ was Kusumji. Future radio programs will be announced.
  • Sarkarverse Blog: The Sarkarverse Blog has been quite active over the last month or two. Mostly the articles contain the new translations of Prabhat Samgiita songs published on Sarkarverse.
  • Editors still needed: Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Sarkarverse is our shortage of editors. We encourage everyone to get involved, but it seems that many are daunted by the prospect. The work is not as hard as some may imagine, and it is very satisfying. Please do get involved.
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2014 May 01

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Issue: 4 • Date: 2014 May 1

Greetings, welcome to the fourth issue of Sarkarverse Bulletin, Sarkarverse's monthly newsletter. We're sending you the fourth edition of this opt-in newsletter, because you signed up, or have shown interest in Sarkarverse. To receive future updates of Sarkarverse Bulletin, please subscribe (or unsubscribe) the bulletin.

  • Server problem update: In our last issue we informed you about a 6-hour outage. After investigation it has been found Sarkarverse sever was continuously getting overloaded by extremely heavy traffic. Several changes have been made in the robots.txt file of Sarkarverse to restrict search engine bots. Please note however that the last major outage was due to a problem on the network of the hosting provider, not Sarkarverse.
  • Radio show: On the coming 2014 May 14, on the birth anniversary of Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, a special internet radio show has been planned by Sarkarverse. For details and updates, please see the radio channel.
  • 2014 May Festival: Like all other Ananda Marga Pracaraka Samgha centres, at Sarkarverse, we too are celebrating Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar's birth anniversary. An unofficial initiative has been taken by an editor to create at least 30 new articles in this month. You may learn more about the festival here.
  • Prabhat Samgiita revised translation: Prabhat Samgiita has been one of the most active portals at Sarkarverse. Recently we have started adding revised English translations of Prabhat Samgiita songs. Already, Sarkarverse has become one of the best resources on the Web to learn about and study Prabhat Samgiita.
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2014 April 01

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Issue: 3 • Date: 2014 April 1

Greetings, welcome to the third issue of Sarkarverse Bulletin, Sarkarverse's monthly newsletter. We're sending you the second edition of this opt-in newsletter, because you signed up, or have shown interest in Sarkarverse. To receive future updates of Sarkarverse Bulletin, please subscribe (or unsubscribe) the bulletin.

  • Sarkarverse Featured Content and Bullleting frequency: Sarkarverse Featured Content and Sarkarverse bulletin have become more systematic. From now Sarkarverse Featured Content on/around 6 and 21 of every month and new issues of Sarkarverse will be published on 1 of every month.
  • New system admin — User:Prem: On 2014 March 20, User:Prem (Tommi Koskinen) joined Sarkarverse as a system admin. Prem is skilled with sysadmin work on Linux but new to MediaWiki.
  • First editor to complete 10,000 edits: On 2014 March 21, User:Tito Dutta become the first editor of Sarkarverse to complete 10,000 edits at Sarkarverse. User:Abhidevananda congratulated Tito saying "Congratulations... it is a testament to your perseverance."
  • 6-hours outage: On March 26 Sarkarverse suffered a 6-hour outage. It was a server-side issue. Upon investigation, it was found that the site server was overloaded by extremely heavy traffic. In the not-too-distant future, Sarkarverse will require a more robust server.
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2014 March 14

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Issue: 2• Date: 2014 March 14

Greetings Welcome to the second edition of Sarkarverse Bulletin, Sarkarverse's fortnightly newsletter. We're sending you the second edition of this opt-in newsletter, because you signed up, or have shown interest in Sarkarverse. To receive future updates of Saarkarverse Bulletin, please subscribe (or unsubscribe) the bulletin.

  • Sarkarverse in three more languages: On 2014 March 21, Sarkarverse was made available in three additional languages. Besides our English version, we now have:
  1. Bengali
  2. French
  3. Hindi
  • MediaWiki upgrade:: Sarkarverse's platfrom MediaWiki was upgraded from MW 1.21 to MW 1.22 in the first week of March. This upgrade brought both benefits and hassles. With the upgrade, we got a faster site, some errors were fixed — these were benefits. The upgrade also brought some new errors, and we had to update a series of modules and templates — these were hassles.
  • Scribunto Lua— No more: Scribunto is a core extension of MediaWiki that uses the Lua programming language. From the very first day we have been facing difficulties with this extension. In mid-November (2013) it was fixed. Now the error is back, and it is affecting hundreds of pages and templates. Our volunteers are working to fix it.
  • Lack of editors: Although Sarkarverse is going to be 5 months' old this March, the site is still badly lacking active editors. If you are not engaged with editing, please consider helping out.
  • Sarkarverse social news: Sarkarverse Facebook page touched 350 likes on March 14.
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2013 November 1

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Issue: 1 • Date: 1 November 2013

Greetings Welcome to the inaugural edition of Sarkarverse Bulletin, Sarkarverse's fortnightly newsletter. We're sending you the first edition of this opt-in newsletter, because you signed up, or have shown interest in Sarkarverse. To receive future updates of Saarkarverse Bulletin, please subscribe (or unsubscribe) the bulletin.

  • Sarkarverse launched: On 21 October 2013, Sarkarverse was launched by Ananda Marga senior monk Abhidevananda Avadhuta. The initial work of the encyclopedia began on 7 October 2013.
  • Sarkarverse reaches 500 articles: On 26 October 2013, Sarkarverse reached 500 articles. As of 1 November 2013 (2013-11-01) Sarkarverse has 936 articles.
  • Deluge of spam: On 27 October 2013 Sarkarverse faces a serious spam attack and saw more than 150 new accounts those were created to write spam articles and insert external links in Sarkarverse articles. All 150+ accounts were quickly blocked and new account creation in Sarkarverse was temporarily disabled. Account creation was re-enabled on 28 October.
  • Ongoing discussions: Ongoing discussions on Sarkarverse policies and guidelines planning may be seen at Sarkarverse:Policies and guidelines planning. Feel free join and share your opinion there (Maps and categoriesProjects)
  • Portal:Quiz: On 30 October 2013 Sarkarverse launched Portal:Quiz — a recreational portal of the encyclopedia. Any registered user may ask or ask questions here, but all questions must be connected to Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar.
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