Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements

2013-03-13 Thread ENWP Pine
Hm, I guess a planning problem could be the root cause, but since Erik seems to 
be saying that WMF has found a number of good candidates outside of SF and yet 
the statement in the FAQ for the mid-year financials said that the competition 
in the SF region for engineers is the reason for WMF hiring being slower than 
planned, I'm having a hard time figuring out what is truly causing hiring to be 
slower than planned. After hearing Erik's comments, I'm not getting the feeling 
that the competition in the SF area for engineering talent should be a reason 
for hiring being slower than planned, so I too would appreciate some further 
explanation about why there is a disconnect between the plan and the pace of 
hiring.

Pine

 
 Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:13:36 +0100
 From: Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com
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 Garfield,
 
 Thanks for sharing the report. Once again, there is a significant
 underspend. Does that concern you? It seems the WMF is consistently
 not fully utilising its capital (so, either, you're fundraising too
 much or doing too little). It often seems to be the case that the
 underspend is due to not hiring new staff as quickly as expected. The
 FAQ mentions that the plan was overly ambitious. Do you have a plan in
 place to ensure your future annual plans include more realistic
 projections of hiring and other spending?
 
 On 11 March 2013 20:17, Garfield Byrd gb...@wikimedia.org wrote:
  Hello:
 
  The mid-year financial statements of the Wikimedia Foundation are available
  at the Wikimedia Foundation - Financial Reports
  page.http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Financial_reports
  This report is for the period from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
 
  Please contact me with any questions.
 
  Regards,
 
  Garfield Byrd
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Fabrice Florin
Congratulations, you guys!

I'm so happy for everyone -- particularly for all the folks in the developing 
world who are now getting access to free knowledge they wouldn't otherwise have.

That's really uplifting in so many ways -- well done!


Fabrice

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 Congratulations!
 
 Viva le revolution!!
 
 -Sarah
 
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 Hey all,
 
 Wikipedia Zero just won the Activism Award @ SXSW!
 
 A big thanks to all of you for keeping knowledge free for EVERYONE!
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements

2013-03-13 Thread Erik Moeller
On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Hm, I guess a planning problem could be the root cause, but since Erik
 seems to be saying that WMF has found a number of good candidates
 outside of SF and yet the statement in the FAQ for the mid-year financials
 said that the competition in the SF region for engineers is the reason for WMF
 hiring being slower than planned

On the tech side, we've filled 11 position in the first half of 12-13,
and we'll have filled another 6 by end of March. I'm confident that
we'll have filled at least about 20 positions by the end of the fiscal
(some of those are replacements for people who've left rather than new
positions). We've also made 9 of 10 planned conversions of temporary
contractors.

While the competition for local talent does affect our velocity to
some extent, I actually don't think the problem is with hiring
velocity per se (we're hiring at a pretty reasonable rate), but rather
with being more data-driven in how we construct the estimates for the
plan, both in terms of # of requisitions, and in terms of calculating
the spend for the planned hires.

In the 12-13 Plan (and that was also largely the process before),
hiring managers were generally asked to fill in estimated start dates
for each hire. These estimates, with a little buffer to correct for a
known tendency to optimism, were then used as the basis for the
financial input into the plan.

That may sound reasonable, but it essentially turns the question of
hiring velocity into guesswork at the level of the individual hiring
manager. Moreover, it has had a weird incentivizing effect of
budgeting hires as early as possible, because that would give hiring
managers the runway to open a position early, and the buffer to fill
any backlogged requisitions in the second half of the fiscal year. If
you review the hiring plan on the last page of the 12-13 plan, you'll
notice that almost all start dates are in the first half of the
fiscal. That's risk mitigation -- but not a very good way to do it.

For 13-14, I've asked for finance and HR to work with us in applying
performance metrics based on our hiring velocity and attrition rate in
12-13 against the hiring plan for the purpose of estimating the actual
dollar spend. I've applied those same metrics to our total req # ask,
as well. Instead of attaching unrealistically precise timing to each
position, we'll develop a hiring plan that's focused on an a rough
overall prioritization of requisitions.

So there's definitely potential for a more accurate estimation while
moving away from false precision. That said, I always caution people
about the delusions of planning. An exercise like the Narrowing
Focus this year was both very necessary, but has also had a
significant impact on the organization as a whole and many planned
expenditures, for example. We need to retain the flexibility to make
conscious decisions that deviate from the plan, and the realism to
acknowledge uncertainty.

On the second point, while we have a record to look back on, obviously
we don't really know what our true hiring velocity and attrition rate
are going to be for 2013-14, and we can reasonably expect to be off by
a few positions. I would much rather acknowledge that explicitly in
the plan than pretend that this uncertainty doesn't exist.

For this reason, I've proposed to Sue an explicit stage-gating of a
set of hires. By that I mean that we would unlock a set of
requisitions (we're considering building out a new team that could be
easily gated) only if specific hiring objectives are met by a given
date, and we'd clearly flag the associated expenses as being
stage-gated in this fashion. I don't know if Sue or the Board will
accept that proposal, but it would give us the flexibility to make
certain hires if we perform well against the base-level plan.

Erik

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
Congrats to all!

Jan-Bart


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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 9, Issue 10 -- 11 March 2013

2013-03-13 Thread Wikipedia Signpost
From the editor: ''Signpost''–''Wikizine'' merger; new writers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11/From_the_editor

News and notes: Finance committee updates
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11/News_and_notes

Featured content: Batman, three birds and a Mercedes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11/Featured_content

WikiProject report: Setting a precedent
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11/WikiProject_report

Arbitration report: Doncram case closes; arbitrator resigns
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11/Arbitration_report

Technology report: Article Feedback reversal: watershed moment?; plus code 
review one year on
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11/Technology_report


Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

PDF version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:Wikipedia_Signpost/2013-03-11


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Stevie Benton
Brilliant - congratulations from the UK!

Stevie

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 Congrats to all!

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[Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Fwd: [Language Engineering] Office hour on 13th March 2013, 1700UTC

2013-03-13 Thread Runa Bhattacharjee
Hello,

This a reminder that the Language Engineering team will be having an
office hour today i.e. 13th of March 2013, at 1700 UTC.  The agenda
can be found in the section below.

Also, I'd like to apologize that the original mail was inadvertently
not sent to the wikimedia-l list. Please do try to join in if you have
the time.

Thanks.
Runa

Agenda:

# Introductions
# MediaWiki Language Extension Bundle Release
# Translate Extension (TUX) Updates
# Updates about participation in various community events
# Follow up from earlier office hours:
 Language Team (new) plans
 Testing Event plans
# Q/A - We shall be taking questions during the session. Questions can
also be sent to runa at wikimedia dot org before the event and can be
addressed during the office-hour.




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Date: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Subject: [Language Engineering] Office hour on 13th March 2013, 1700UTC
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Hello,

The Wikimedia Language Engineering team [1] invites everyone for the
team’s monthly office hours on March 13, 2013. The team has lots of
exciting updates about their projects, programs and events since the
last office hour in November 2012. Some of this has already been
shared in our recent blogs. Event details and the general agenda is
mentioned below.

See you all at the IRC office hour!

Thanks
Runa

Event Details:

Date: 2013-03-13
Time: 1700 UTC
IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Agenda:

# Introductions
# MLEB Release[2]
# Translate UX[3] - Updates
# Updates about participation in various community events
# Follow up from earlier office hours:
 Language Team (new) plans
 Testing Event plans
# Q/A - We shall be taking questions during the session. Questions can
also be sent to runa at wikimedia dot org before the event and can be
addressed during the office-hour.


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[2] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Language_Extension_Bundle
[3] http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Translate

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Fwd: [Language Engineering] Office hour on 13th March 2013, 1700UTC

2013-03-13 Thread Mathieu Stumpf

Le 2013-03-13 13:15, Runa Bhattacharjee a écrit :

Hello,

This a reminder that the Language Engineering team will be having an
office hour today i.e. 13th of March 2013, at 1700 UTC.  The agenda
can be found in the section below.


Hi,

it's probably too late, but : where ?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Fwd: [Language Engineering] Office hour on 13th March 2013, 1700UTC

2013-03-13 Thread Runa Bhattacharjee
On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM, Mathieu Stumpf
psychosl...@culture-libre.org wrote:

 it's probably too late, but : where ?


IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Assuming thats what you were asking. :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Fwd: [Language Engineering] Office hour on 13th March 2013, 1700UTC

2013-03-13 Thread Mathieu Stumpf

Le 2013-03-13 13:47, Runa Bhattacharjee a écrit :

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM, Mathieu Stumpf
psychosl...@culture-libre.org wrote:


it's probably too late, but : where ?



IRC channel: #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net

Assuming thats what you were asking. :)


Yes, thank you.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Orsolya Gyenes
Congratulations from Hungary!

This is amazing, thank you for your hard work!
*~Orsolya*


2013/3/13 Kul Wadhwa kwad...@wikimedia.org

 Hey all,

 Wikipedia Zero just won the Activism Award @ SXSW!

 A big thanks to all of you for keeping knowledge free for EVERYONE!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Shabab Mustafa
That's Awesome! Congratz!
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On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM, Orsolya Gyenes 
gyenes.orso...@wiki.media.hu wrote:

 Congratulations from Hungary!

 This is amazing, thank you for your hard work!
 *~Orsolya*


 2013/3/13 Kul Wadhwa kwad...@wikimedia.org

  Hey all,
 
  Wikipedia Zero just won the Activism Award @ SXSW!
 
  A big thanks to all of you for keeping knowledge free for EVERYONE!
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Nurunnaby Chowdhury Hasive
Congrtz..


On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM, Shabab Mustafa
shabab.must...@gmail.comwrote:

 That's Awesome! Congratz!
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 On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 8:59 PM, Orsolya Gyenes 
 gyenes.orso...@wiki.media.hu wrote:

  Congratulations from Hungary!
 
  This is amazing, thank you for your hard work!
  *~Orsolya*
 
 
  2013/3/13 Kul Wadhwa kwad...@wikimedia.org
 
   Hey all,
  
   Wikipedia Zero just won the Activism Award @ SXSW!
  
   A big thanks to all of you for keeping knowledge free for EVERYONE!
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov
That is so cool! Congratulations!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Oona Castro
Congratulations to all involved!

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM, Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov 
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 That is so cool! Congratulations!
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Lua scripting enabled today on all wikis

2013-03-13 Thread Guillaume Paumier
Greetings,

As you might have seen on the Wikimedia tech
bloghttps://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/11/lua-templates-faster-more-flexible-pages/(article
included below) or the tech
ambassadors 
listhttp://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-ambassadors/2013-March/000171.html,
a new functionality called Lua is being enabled on all Wikimedia sites
today. Lua https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lua is a scripting language
that enables Wikimedia editors to write faster and more powerful MediaWiki
templates.

If you have questions about how to convert existing templates to Lua (or
how to create new ones), we'll be holding two support sessions on IRC next
week: one on 
Wednesdayhttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=02min=00sec=0day=20month=03year=2013(for
Oceania, Asia  America) and one
on 
Fridayhttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=18min=00sec=0day=22month=03year=2013(for
Europe, Africa  America); see m:IRC
office hours https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for
details. If you can't make it, you can also get help at mw:Talk:Lua
scripting https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Lua_scripting.

If you'd like to learn about this kind of events earlier in advance,
consider becoming a Tech
ambassadorhttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/Ambassadorsby
subscribing to the mailing
list https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-ambassadors.


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New Lua templates bring faster, more flexible pages to your
wikihttps://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/11/lua-templates-faster-more-flexible-pages/
Posted by Sumana Harihareswara
https://blog.wikimedia.org/author/sumanah/on March 11th, 2013

Starting Wednesday, March 13th, you’ll be able to make wiki pages even more
useful, no matter what language you speak: we’re adding
Luahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lua_%28programming_language%29as a
templating language. This will make it easier for you to create and
change infoboxes, tables, and other useful MediaWiki templates. We’ve
already started to deploy
Scribuntohttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Scribunto(the
MediaWiki extension that enables this); it’s on several of the sites,
including
English Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lua, right now.

You’ll find this useful for performing more complex tasks for which
templates are too complex or slow *—* common examples include numeric
computations, string manipulation and parsing, and decision trees. Even if
you don’t write templates, you’ll enjoy seeing pages load faster and with
more interesting ways to present information.
Background

MediaWiki developers introduced templates and parser
functionshttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ParserFunctionsyears
ago to allow end-users of MediaWiki to replicate content easily and
build tools using basic logic. Along the way, we found that we were turning
wikitext into a limited programming language. Complex templates have caused
performance issues and bottlenecks, and it’s difficult for users to write
and understand templates. Therefore, the Lua scripting
projecthttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lua_scriptingaims to make it
possible for MediaWiki end-users to use a proper scripting
language that will be more powerful and efficient than ad-hoc, parser
functions-based logic. The example of Lua’s use in World of
Warcrafthttp://www.wowwiki.com/Luais promising; even novices with no
programming experience have been able to
make large changes to their graphical experiences by quickly learning some
Lua.
Lua on your wiki

As of March 13th, you’ll be able to use Lua on your home wiki (if it’s not
already enabled). Lua code can be embedded into wiki templates by employing
the {{#invoke:}} parser function provided by the Scribunto MediaWiki
extension. The Lua source code is stored in pages called modules (e.g.,
Module:Bananas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module:Bananas). These
individual modules are then invoked on template pages. The example:
Template:Lua
hello world https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Lua_hello_world uses
the code {{#invoke:Bananas|hello}} to print the text “Hello, world!”. So,
if you start seeing edits in the Module namespace, that’s what’s going on.
Getting started

Check out the basic “hello, world!”
instructionshttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Scribunto/Lua_reference_manual#Getting_started,
then look at Brad Jorsch’s short
presentationhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMF_Tech_Talk_2013-02-28_slides_-_Scribunto_presentation.pdffor
a basic example of how to convert a wikitext template into a Lua
module. After that, try Tim Starling’s
tutorialhttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lua_scripting/Tutorial
.

To help you preview and test a converted template, try
Special:TemplateSandboxhttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:TemplateSandboxon
your wiki. With it, you can preview a page using sandboxed versions of
templates and modules, allowing for easy testing before you make the
sandbox code live.

Where to start? If you use 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Lua scripting enabled today on all wikis

2013-03-13 Thread Emily Blanchard
Perfect timing since we are having a Lua focused meetup Thursday evening!




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On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM, Guillaume Paumier
gpaum...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Greetings,

 As you might have seen on the Wikimedia tech
 blog
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/11/lua-templates-faster-more-flexible-pages/
 (article
 included below) or the tech
 ambassadors list
 http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-ambassadors/2013-March/000171.html
 ,
 a new functionality called Lua is being enabled on all Wikimedia sites
 today. Lua https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lua is a scripting language
 that enables Wikimedia editors to write faster and more powerful MediaWiki
 templates.

 If you have questions about how to convert existing templates to Lua (or
 how to create new ones), we'll be holding two support sessions on IRC next
 week: one on Wednesday
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=02min=00sec=0day=20month=03year=2013
 (for
 Oceania, Asia  America) and one
 on Friday
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=18min=00sec=0day=22month=03year=2013
 (for
 Europe, Africa  America); see m:IRC
 office hours https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for
 details. If you can't make it, you can also get help at mw:Talk:Lua
 scripting https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Lua_scripting.

 If you'd like to learn about this kind of events earlier in advance,
 consider becoming a Tech
 ambassadorhttps://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Tech/Ambassadorsby
 subscribing to the mailing
 list https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-ambassadors.


 =

 New Lua templates bring faster, more flexible pages to your
 wiki
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/11/lua-templates-faster-more-flexible-pages/
 
 Posted by Sumana Harihareswara
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/author/sumanah/on March 11th, 2013

 Starting Wednesday, March 13th, you’ll be able to make wiki pages even more
 useful, no matter what language you speak: we’re adding
 Luahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lua_%28programming_language%29as a
 templating language. This will make it easier for you to create and
 change infoboxes, tables, and other useful MediaWiki templates. We’ve
 already started to deploy
 Scribuntohttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Scribunto(the
 MediaWiki extension that enables this); it’s on several of the sites,
 including
 English Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Lua, right
 now.

 You’ll find this useful for performing more complex tasks for which
 templates are too complex or slow *—* common examples include numeric
 computations, string manipulation and parsing, and decision trees. Even if
 you don’t write templates, you’ll enjoy seeing pages load faster and with
 more interesting ways to present information.
 Background

 MediaWiki developers introduced templates and parser
 functionshttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:ParserFunctionsyears
 ago to allow end-users of MediaWiki to replicate content easily and
 build tools using basic logic. Along the way, we found that we were turning
 wikitext into a limited programming language. Complex templates have caused
 performance issues and bottlenecks, and it’s difficult for users to write
 and understand templates. Therefore, the Lua scripting
 projecthttps://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Lua_scriptingaims to make it
 possible for MediaWiki end-users to use a proper scripting
 language that will be more powerful and efficient than ad-hoc, parser
 functions-based logic. The example of Lua’s use in World of
 Warcrafthttp://www.wowwiki.com/Luais promising; even novices with no
 programming experience have been able to
 make large changes to their graphical experiences by quickly learning some
 Lua.
 Lua on your wiki

 As of March 13th, you’ll be able to use Lua on your home wiki (if it’s not
 already enabled). Lua code can be embedded into wiki templates by employing
 the {{#invoke:}} parser function provided by the Scribunto MediaWiki
 extension. The Lua source code is stored in pages called modules (e.g.,
 Module:Bananas https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Module:Bananas). These
 individual modules are then invoked on template pages. The example:
 Template:Lua
 hello world https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Lua_hello_world uses
 the code {{#invoke:Bananas|hello}} to print the text “Hello, world!”. So,
 if you start seeing edits in the Module namespace, that’s what’s going on.
 Getting started

 Check out the basic “hello, world!”
 instructions
 https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Scribunto/Lua_reference_manual#Getting_started
 ,
 then look at Brad Jorsch’s short
 presentation
 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Samuel Klein
WOW.  This is totally, thoroughly wonderful.

David Sch. writes:
 I am certain that the badassitude of our award photo overwhelms any and all
 skepticism the Internet might -- TOTALLY unjustly[1][2][3] -- feel about SXSW.

Where is the mythical award photo of which you speak?  SJ

On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 9:28 PM, Kul Wadhwa kwad...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hey all,

 Wikipedia Zero just won the Activism Award @ SXSW!

 A big thanks to all of you for keeping knowledge free for EVERYONE!

 --
 Kul Wadhwa
 Head of Mobile
 Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero wins!

2013-03-13 Thread Stephen LaPorte
On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM, Samuel Klein meta...@gmail.com wrote:

 Where is the mythical award photo of which you speak?  SJ


Mythical award photo:
https://twitter.com/thekulway/status/311636200979054592


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[Wikimedia-l] WMF Grants Program Retrospective 2009-2012 published

2013-03-13 Thread Asaf Bartov
Dear friends and colleagues,

Another component of the Wikimedia Foundation's increased focus on
grantmaking is now ready for discussion: it is a retrospective report on
the history, evolution, and processes of the Wikimedia Grants Program (the
Foundation's first, and until fairly recently only, grants program).

We were interested in an independent report by someone with a good
understanding of wikis and our shared values, and chose a local Wikipedian
named Kevin Gorman (User:Kevin Gorman), active on English Wikipedia, who
has volunteered in the Wikipedia Education Program and also had an (unpaid)
internship at the Foundation office in San Francisco for a few months in
2011.  Kevin was paid our standard contractor wage for his work on this.

Kevin has posted the report here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Retrospective_2009-2012

I'd like to thank Kevin for his work.

I invite anyone interested to read the report and discuss it on its talk
page.  We believe your inputs will help us improve our current and future
processes, especially as we deepen and widen our grantmaking programs and
strategies. We look forward to a productive discussion.

Please _do_ share this message and link with your respective communities
and lists; please _don't_ discuss this on the lists, but on the talk page,
so that Kevin can respond to questions, and so that I and others at WMF can
provide input as well.

Cheers,

   Asaf
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Grants Program Retrospective 2009-2012 published

2013-03-13 Thread Samuel Klein
Bravo.  A useful  thoughtful recap.   SJ

On Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 8:26 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Dear friends and colleagues,

 Another component of the Wikimedia Foundation's increased focus on
 grantmaking is now ready for discussion: it is a retrospective report on
 the history, evolution, and processes of the Wikimedia Grants Program (the
 Foundation's first, and until fairly recently only, grants program).

 We were interested in an independent report by someone with a good
 understanding of wikis and our shared values, and chose a local Wikipedian
 named Kevin Gorman (User:Kevin Gorman), active on English Wikipedia, who
 has volunteered in the Wikipedia Education Program and also had an (unpaid)
 internship at the Foundation office in San Francisco for a few months in
 2011.  Kevin was paid our standard contractor wage for his work on this.

 Kevin has posted the report here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Retrospective_2009-2012

 I'd like to thank Kevin for his work.

 I invite anyone interested to read the report and discuss it on its talk
 page.  We believe your inputs will help us improve our current and future
 processes, especially as we deepen and widen our grantmaking programs and
 strategies. We look forward to a productive discussion.

 Please _do_ share this message and link with your respective communities
 and lists; please _don't_ discuss this on the lists, but on the talk page,
 so that Kevin can respond to questions, and so that I and others at WMF can
 provide input as well.

 Cheers,

Asaf
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Grants Program Retrospective 2009-2012 published

2013-03-13 Thread MZMcBride
Asaf Bartov wrote:
Another component of the Wikimedia Foundation's increased focus on
grantmaking is now ready for discussion: it is a retrospective report on
the history, evolution, and processes of the Wikimedia Grants Program (the
Foundation's first, and until fairly recently only, grants program).

We were interested in an independent report by someone with a good
understanding of wikis and our shared values, and chose a local Wikipedian
named Kevin Gorman (User:Kevin Gorman), active on English Wikipedia, who
has volunteered in the Wikipedia Education Program and also had an
(unpaid) internship at the Foundation office in San Francisco for a few
months in 2011.  Kevin was paid our standard contractor wage for his work
on this.

Kevin has posted the report here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Retrospective_2009-2012

Hi.

I haven't had a chance to read the report yet, but I just want to say
thank you for the transparency here. :-)

MZMcBride



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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia (Foundation) endowment

2013-03-13 Thread MZMcBride
Hi.

I've started collecting notes about a possible Wikimedia or Wikimedia
Foundation endowment here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Endowment.

Any additional relevant links to past discussions or thoughts about this
idea are welcome on that page, its talk page, or this mailing list.

MZMcBride



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