Re: [Wikimedia-l] Contents of annual reports from Wikimedia affiliate organizations

2018-11-29 Thread Jane Darnell
Pine, I totally agree with "I would like to see more peer leadership from affiliates and less reliance on WMF for both grantmaking and trademarks." I would hope that this type of thing is starting to show up in the larger chapter/thorg/user group plans. I like the idea of custom metrics,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Contents of annual reports from Wikimedia affiliate organizations

2018-11-29 Thread Bence Damokos
Dear Pine, Just as a thought experiment try to think through how your proposal would work for an all-volunteer organisation: A small group of volunteers starts some programme, and at the same time they hire a contractor (issue an ad, check CVs, hold interviews, draw up a contract, monitor and pay

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Contents of annual reports from Wikimedia affiliate organizations

2018-11-29 Thread Pine W
I'm going to respond to both Chris and Gerard in one email. Gerard: * I agree that it's possible to over-bureaucratize projects, including small projects. This is one of the reasons that I think that performance analysis should mostly be done with staff or contractor time rather than volunteer

[Wikimedia-l] Language showcase #1: 6th December 2018 (Thursday) at 13:00 UTC

2018-11-29 Thread Amir E. Aharoni
Hello, This is an announcement about the first installment of the Language Showcase—a series of presentations about various aspects of language diversity and its connection to Wikimedia Projects. This first installment will deal with the challenges of the languages of sub-Saharan Africa and the

[Wikimedia-l] We want to hear about what you did this year!

2018-11-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
We have a couple slots still open for the upcoming Wikimedia monthly activities meeting next Thursday (6 December 2018) at 18:00 UTC. Unlike most months, the end-of-year meeting utilizes a lightning talk format, so you do not need to have as detailed a presentation ready as usual. :) This is a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Contents of annual reports from Wikimedia affiliate organizations

2018-11-29 Thread Chris Keating
Hi Pine, Standardising reporting across affiliates is an attractive-sounding idea in theory but turns out to be very difficult in practice. A few issues that spring to mind: - User Groups are meant to be a low-barrier-to-entry, lightweight form of affiliation. Basically you need 10 people and a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Contents of annual reports from Wikimedia affiliate organizations

2018-11-29 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi, Wonderful that you want to burden people with new standards. I have had dealings with funding of the WMF. I delivered on time and for what I delivered to work, the WMF had to do its stuff on time. They did not, my project petered out and THEN they required me to jump through hoops