Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-27 Thread Jessie Wild
Hey all -

I have been really curious about this thread, and thanks to all of you for
the thoughts and participation. I am in full agreement that we need to have
better movement-wide shared lessons and accountability: I think this should
include most particularly all places receiving movement funding resources
(WMF, chapters, other grant recipients, etc.).

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 3:14 AM, WereSpielChequers 
werespielchequ...@gmail.com wrote:

 If we truly want to learn from these two, I would suggest running an
 election on meta where editors can lobby for the next initiative. This is
 what I'd hoed that the Strategy wiki would foster, and it might have done
 if the Strategy debate had been on Meta rather than hidden on a separate
 wiki made more complex by liquid threads. Maybe the result would be Global
 watchlists, maybe it would be software changes to resolve more edit
 conflicts without losing edits (both currently languishing as low
  priorities in Bugzilla). The important thing is that the resulting
 initiative would be likely to make a positive difference to the project and
 unlikely to share the fate of liquid threads, the IEP or the AFT.


I have been thinking about something like this too. Siko Bouterse - who is
leading the Individual Engagement Grants (IEG, not to be confused with
IEP!) set up a page a few months ago with the goal of idea generation for
projects within the broader community:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab
I see this as having a lot of potential for thinking critically and
communally about ideas before execution begins -- the challenge, of course,
will be maintaining the right balance of applying lessons-learned and
fostering innovation!

The other thing I am gearing to get up and running is a learning/evaluation
space on meta where these conversations can happen: case studies be posted,
learnings captured, tools for evaluation shared, projects prioritized, etc.
It would be great to have help on this front, so ping me personally if you
are interested, and/or keep an eye-out here for more information.

Any initial thoughts on how to maximize the effectiveness of those two
ideas (IdeaLab and Learning Portal)?

Jessie
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[Wikimedia-l] IdeaLab (it was: Office hour inside out (program evaluation)) Re:

2013-03-27 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Hi,

thanks for sharing the IdeaLab portal. [1] I didn't know it, although
I knew portals and individual inside him, like the Individual
Engagement Grants. I don't have time now to make longer comments, but
two questions:

1) Is there a possibility for thie committee to be more open, like the
WMF grants program? [2]

2) Isn't time for we think out of the box, I mean, out of the wiki and
try technologies that can foster the community evaluation of
projetcs/idea and discussions? I know the question is too general, but
recently, for isntance, I thought about using a reddit like system for
the Portuguese Wikipedia village pump for the community distringuish
try to distinguish what is good or not. I mentioned something like All
Our Ideas once http://www.allourideas.org/, but I think there are
other things worth trying, if possible.

P. S. Just look the discussion system inside a wiki. Damn.

Tom

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Jessie Wild jw...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Any initial thoughts on how to maximize the effectiveness of those two
 ideas (IdeaLab and Learning Portal)?


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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-27 Thread Siko Bouterse
Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!

-- Forwarded message --
From: Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hi all,

Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]

As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
help from WMF is needed.

Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.

Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents helped
build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.

As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
 She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
anytime!

Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
interview candidates.

Welcome, Ellie!

[1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3c=qSa9VfwQ
[2] https://www.usenix.org

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-27 Thread Leslie Harms
Welcome Ellie!! So happy to have you on board :)

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
 of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!

 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
 Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
 To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org


 Hi all,

 Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
 Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]

 As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
 spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
 responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
 contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
 ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
 help from WMF is needed.

 Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
 culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
 Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
 international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
 currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
 activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.

 Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents helped
 build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
 doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
 and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
 East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.

 As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
 work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
 and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
  She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
 from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
 hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
 anytime!

 Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
 interview candidates.

 Welcome, Ellie!

 [1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3c=qSa9VfwQ
 [2] https://www.usenix.org

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-27 Thread Karthik Nadar
Welcome Ellie. I'm sure the local Wikimania team will be happy to have you
on board :)

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:59 PM, Leslie Harms lha...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Welcome Ellie!! So happy to have you on board :)

 On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
  of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!
 
  -- Forwarded message --
  From: Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
  Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
  Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
  To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
 
 
  Hi all,
 
  Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
  Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]
 
  As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
  spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
  responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point
 of
  contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team,
 to
  ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support
 where
  help from WMF is needed.
 
  Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
  culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
  Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
  international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
  currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been
 an
  activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her
 life.
 
  Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents
 helped
  build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
  doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin
 America
  and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
  East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.
 
  As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
  work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
  and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts
 year-over-year.
   She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
  from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like
 to
  hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
  anytime!
 
  Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
  interview candidates.
 
  Welcome, Ellie!
 
  [1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3c=qSa9VfwQ
  [2] https://www.usenix.org
 
  --
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  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
 
  sboute...@wikimedia.org
 
  Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
  sum of all knowledge.
  Donate or click the edit button today, and help us make it a reality!
 
 
 
  --
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  sboute...@wikimedia.org
 
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 the
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator

2013-03-27 Thread Sarah Stierch
Awesome!

Ellie is great and will serve as a great coordinator. I look forward to working 
with her on the planning Commitee!

Sarah

Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 27, 2013, at 11:24 AM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Pardon the cross-posting from WMF staff list - I expect this role will be
 of interest to many here too.  Welcome, Ellie!
 
 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM
 Subject: Introducing Ellie Young as Conference Coordinator
 To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
 
 
 Hi all,
 
 Please join me in welcoming Ellie Young, who is taking on the role of
 Conference Coordinator as an annual contract with WMF.[1]
 
 As you may know, WMF's support for Wikimania in recent years has been
 spread across a variety of staff members who have other core
 responsibilities.  With this new contract, we're creating a single point of
 contact to act as liaison between WMF and the Wikimania organizing team, to
 ensure that we're able to provide the host team with focused support where
 help from WMF is needed.
 
 Ellie brings with her a lot of experience in event planning for open
 culture communities.  She worked as Executive Director of USENIX
 Association for over 20 years, where she and her team supported several
 international conferences hosted by volunteers each year.[2]  She also
 currently serves on The Ada Initiative's Board of Advisors and has been an
 activist for the democratization of educational materials most of her life.
 
 Fun things we’ve learned about Ellie:  Both sets of her grandparents helped
 build the Panama Canal, and each generation since has had a pilot or two
 doing transits of the ships. She has been to every country in Latin America
 and the Caribbean except Brasil. You can often catch her hiking in the SF
 East Bay Hills with her adorable mini-poodle, Jack.
 
 As Conference Coordinator, Ellie will be facilitating and supporting the
 work of the Wikimania host team and making sure there is good continuity
 and knowledge-transfer as the conference moves to new hosts year-over-year.
 She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and will be sometimes working
 from the SF office (sitting on the 3rd floor near HR). Ellie would like to
 hear from you on all things Wikimania, so please do stop by or email her
 anytime!
 
 Huge thanks to all staff and volunteers who helped us craft this role and
 interview candidates.
 
 Welcome, Ellie!
 
 [1] http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=o1k2Wfw3c=qSa9VfwQ
 [2] https://www.usenix.org
 
 -- 
 Siko Bouterse
 Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
 
 sboute...@wikimedia.org
 
 Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
 sum of all knowledge.
 Donate or click the edit button today, and help us make it a reality!
 
 
 
 -- 
 Siko Bouterse
 Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
 
 sboute...@wikimedia.org
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Bence Damokos
Dear all,

I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
Congratulations! 

Jan-Bart


On Mar 27, 2013, at 9:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear all,
 
 I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
 recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia
 
 This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
 the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
 looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.
 
 Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!
 
 Best regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Cornelius Kibelka
Congratulations! that's wonderful.


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On 27 March 2013 21:30, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Congratulations!

 Jan-Bart


 On Mar 27, 2013, at 9:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

  Dear all,
 
  I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved
 to
  recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
 
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia
 
  This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
  the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am
 really
  looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.
 
  Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!
 
  Best regards,
  Bence
  (Affiliations Committee)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Asaf Bartov
Welcome, Wikimedia Armenia, and congratulations to Susanna and the rest of
the team for their progress so far.

   Asaf


On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear all,

 I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
 recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:

 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

 This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
 the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
 looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

 Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

 Best regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread John Vandenberg
Excellent news.  Congrats to WMAM!

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 Dear all,

 I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
 recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

 This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
 the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
 looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

 Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

 Best regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Samuel Klein
Congrats.  Wikimedia projects in Armenia have already been inspiring
and active -- keep up the good work!

SJ

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 4:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 Dear all,

 I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
 recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

 This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
 the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
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 Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Sarah Stierch

Congratulations! :)

-Sarah

On 3/27/13 1:56 PM, John Vandenberg wrote:

Excellent news.  Congrats to WMAM!

On Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

Dear all,

I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

Best regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Balázs Viczián
Congrats from Hungary!

cheers,
Balázs

2013/3/27 Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com

 Dear all,

 I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
 recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:

 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

 This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
 the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
 looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

 Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

 Best regards,
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Sue Gardner
Hello Wikimedia community members,

This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
Foundation.

My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take
at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged
as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six
months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.

Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two things.

First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
me.

And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future,
the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the
internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is
not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I
think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable
non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile
walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one
that’s consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals
advocating for the public interest online -- what’s good for ordinary
people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they
are. I want that to change. And that’s what I want to do next.

I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
don’t know exactly what this will look like -- I might write a book,
or start a non-profit, or work in partnership with something that
already exists. Either way, I feel strongly that this is what I need
to do.

I feel an increasing sense of urgency around this. That said, I also
feel a strong sense of responsibility (and love!) for the Wikimedia
movement, and so I’ve agreed with the Board that I’ll stay on as
Executive Director until we have my successor in place. That’ll take
some time -- likely, at least six months.

Until then, nothing changes. The Wikimedia Foundation has lots of work
to do, and you can expect me to focus fully on it until we have a new
Executive Director in place.

I have many people to thank, but I’m not going to do it now --
there’ll be time for that later. For now, I’ll just say I love working
with you all, I’m proud of everything the Wikimedia movement is
accomplishing, and I’m looking forward to our next six months
together.

Jan-Bart’s going to write a note in a couple of minutes with
information about the transition process. We’ll be hosting office
hours this weekend as well, so anybody with questions can ask them
here or turn up to talk with us on IRC.

Thanks,
Sue

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Markus Glaser

Congratulations! Looking forward to meet you in Milan :)

Best,
Markus

Am 27.03.2013 21:26, schrieb Bence Damokos:

Dear all,

I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

Best regards,
Bence
(Affiliations Committee)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Jan-Bart de Vreede
Dear members of the community.
 
As they say… all good things must come to an end…
 
It’s hard for me and the rest of the Board to imagine the Wikimedia Foundation 
without Sue at the helm, but we’re confident, as is she, that we can make this 
transition positive for everyone. Sue is going to continue to work in what we 
broadly think of as “our space”, and we know she’s going to continue to be our 
friend and supporter. So, this isn’t goodbye.
 
I understand and respect Sue’s reasoning here, and know she’s going to continue 
to do important work. Although I’m tempted to write a big note of praise and 
love, I want to respect her request that we not move into thanking mode just 
yet.  She’s right, we have lots of work to do, and she’s not going anywhere 
right away. There will be lots of time for thanking later.
 
But I do wish to make the general statement that her contribution to the 
movement through the position of Executive director (and very active editor) 
has been and will continue to be incredible. As a board member I will forever 
be grateful that she was willing to bet on a small organization with a lot of 
potential… and then continued on to build on that potential to make it one of 
the most powerful examples in the space of open knowledge and learning.
 
Here’s what will happen next.
 
The Board has appointed a Transition Team which consists of the Chair of the 
Board of Trustees Kat Walsh,  and HR Committee member Alice Wiegand, Sue, Sue’s 
deputy and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Vice-President of Product and Engineering 
Erik Moeller, Geoff Brigham our General Counsel, and Gayle Karen Young, our 
Chief Talent and Culture Officer. I am the final member and am the Chair of the 
Transition Team, and Sue will be facilitating its work on my behalf.
 
(In case you don’t know, non-profit organizations often have outgoing EDs 
support the recruitment of their successors. The Board is of course ultimately 
responsible for appointing the Executive Director, but we want our search to be 
supported by our staff members, including Sue. Sue , Erik, Geoff and Gayle have 
done a lot of hiring for the Wikimedia Foundation over the past number of 
years, and we know they will bring experience and wisdom to the process.)
 
I will also be responsible for making this a transparent (where possible) and 
confidential (where needed) process and will set up the corresponding pages on 
Meta in the coming days (please give me some time to do so :). First step will 
be the office hours with Sue and myself this Saturday.
 
We haven’t yet defined exactly what the process will look like, although we do 
know that we will be engaging a search firm to help us. The Transition Team 
will be meeting informally over the next several weeks, and will have our first 
face-to-face meeting together in mid-April in Milan, as part of the Wikimedia 
Conference. I will give a status report shortly after that.
 
I’d be very happy to answer any questions you’ve got. To that end, Sue and I 
will be having office hours this Saturday, 30 of March, at 11AM PST [6PM UTC]. 
Or, we can talk on this list.

Jan-Bart de Vreede
Vice Chair
Wikimedia Board of Trustees

On Mar 27, 2013, at 11:04 PM, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hello Wikimedia community members,
 
 This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
 decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
 leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
 Foundation.
 
 My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take
 at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged
 as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
 have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six
 months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.
 
 Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two 
 things.
 
 First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
 now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
 reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
 competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
 that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
 leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
 staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
 ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
 me.
 
 And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future,
 the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
 two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the
 internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is
 not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
 now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
 of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I
 think-- seeing 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Manuel Schneider
Dear Sue,

thanks for the honest and open mail. This is not a farewell mail either,
we still have much time to share.

But I'd like to reply to this point:

Am 27.03.2013 23:04, schrieb Sue Gardner:
 And that’s what I want to do next.
 
 I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
 general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
 different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
 informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
 the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
 don’t know exactly what this will look like [...]

In the context of the problems you listed in your mail I can only
recommend in trying to get a position at ICANN.

By the way Wikimedia CH and Wikimedia Österreich are members of ICANN
but due to our nature we are only part of the ALAC, so we don't have a
lot of impact. Much in the contrast of having you in a management
position there. That would be really interesting!


/Manuel
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Lausanne, +41 (21) 34066-22 - www.wikimedia.ch

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Kat Walsh
I'm not sure it could be any easier to write this message, but I'm not sure
it could be any harder either.

It is a great privilege to be able to say, as she is moving on, that this
is not a sign of any trouble or strain between Sue and the board, or any
sign of trouble at Wikimedia. It would be hard to be in a better condition
to have a calm, angst-free transition, which reflects the professionalism,
leadership, and real concern for the organization that Sue has shown all
throughout her time in the position; I was incredibly sorry to hear she
would be moving on from this role even as she goes on to find new ways to
further the values we both believe in.

When we hired Sue, we knew it was for a tremendous task, one that we could
hardly have asked of anyone, especially at the stage in our history while
we were small and struggling. We had no idea how lucky we were to connect
with her, someone who had the unusual mix of skills needed to take us from
where we were as an organization to where we are now, and who had the
passion for our movement and the values it holds to become its best and
strongest advocate. Now we are lucky to have her as a full part of the
transition team, as the one who best knows the specific demands of the
role, and to continue to lead the organization until her successor is in as
strong as possible a position going forward.

As Chair, I recognize that she's been a great leader of the organization,
and that we have a challenging task ahead in finding a successor--but that
she will be leaving us in an excellent position for another outstanding
leader to take up where she left off.

In a personal capacity, I have truly valued being able to work closely for
these past years with someone I consider a mentor and a friend, and with
whom I was able to have a great deal of mutual trust, respect, and candor.
And so even recognizing this as a decision that was bound to come sometime
and makes perfect sense, I am sad to know she will be moving on, and to
have to write this message. Fortunately, this isn't yet goodbye, and given
that she'll be closely tied to our movement in whatever new role she
chooses, even that will only be a see you later.

I look forward to working with her, and with all of you, to search for and
prepare the next amazing person to lead the organization into the future.

-Kat

On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hello Wikimedia community members,

 This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
 decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
 leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
 Foundation.

 My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take
 at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged
 as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
 have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six
 months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.

 Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two
 things.

 First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
 now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
 reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
 competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
 that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
 leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
 staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
 ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
 me.

 And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future,
 the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
 two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the
 internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is
 not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
 now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
 of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I
 think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable
 non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile
 walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one
 that’s consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals
 advocating for the public interest online -- what’s good for ordinary
 people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they
 are. I want that to change. And that’s what I want to do next.

 I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
 general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
 different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
 informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
 the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
 don’t know exactly what this will look like 

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Sue Gardner
Hello Wikimedia community members,

This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
Foundation.

My departure isn’t imminent -- the Board and I anticipate it’ll take
at least six months to recruit my successor, and I’ll be fully engaged
as Executive Director all through the recruitment process and until we
have a new person in place. We’re expecting that’ll take about six
months or so, and so this note is not goodbye -- not yet.

Making the decision to leave hasn’t been easy, but it comes down to two things.

First, the movement and the Wikimedia Foundation are in a strong place
now. When I joined, the Foundation was tiny and not yet able to
reliably support the projects. Today it's healthy, thriving, and a
competent partner to the global network of Wikimedia volunteers. If
that wasn’t the case, I wouldn’t feel okay to leave. In that sense, my
leaving is a vote of confidence in our Board and executive team and
staff --- I know they will ably steer the Foundation through the years
ahead, and I’m confident the Board will appoint a strong successor to
me.

And I feel that although we’re in good shape, with a promising future,
the same isn’t true for the internet itself. (This is thing number
two.) Increasingly, I’m finding myself uncomfortable about how the
internet’s developing, who’s influencing its development, and who is
not. Last year we at Wikimedia raised an alarm about SOPA/PIPA, and
now CISPA is back. Wikipedia has experienced censorship at the hands
of industry groups and governments, and we’re --increasingly, I
think-- seeing important decisions made by unaccountable
non-transparent corporate players, a shift from the open web to mobile
walled gardens, and a shift from the production-based internet to one
that’s consumption-based. There are many organizations and individuals
advocating for the public interest online -- what’s good for ordinary
people -- but other interests are more numerous and powerful than they
are. I want that to change. And that’s what I want to do next.

I’ve always aimed to make the biggest contribution I can to the
general public good. Today, this is pulling me towards a new and
different role, one very much aligned with Wikimedia values and
informed by my experiences here, and with the purpose of amplifying
the voices of people advocating for the free and open internet. I
don’t know exactly what this will look like -- I might write a book,
or start a non-profit, or work in partnership with something that
already exists. Either way, I feel strongly that this is what I need
to do.

I feel an increasing sense of urgency around this. That said, I also
feel a strong sense of responsibility (and love!) for the Wikimedia
movement, and so I’ve agreed with the Board that I’ll stay on as
Executive Director until we have my successor in place. That’ll take
some time -- likely, at least six months.

Until then, nothing changes. The Wikimedia Foundation has lots of work
to do, and you can expect me to focus fully on it until we have a new
Executive Director in place.

I have many people to thank, but I’m not going to do it now --
there’ll be time for that later. For now, I’ll just say I love working
with you all, I’m proud of everything the Wikimedia movement is
accomplishing, and I’m looking forward to our next six months
together.

Jan-Bart’s going to write a note in a couple of minutes with
information about the transition process. We’ll be hosting office
hours this weekend as well, so anybody with questions can ask them
here or turn up to talk with us on IRC.

Thanks,
Sue



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Executive Director
Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Jorge Sierra
Congratulations and welcome as a chapter!

Best regards,

2013/3/27 Markus Glaser markus.gla...@wikimedia.de:
 Congratulations! Looking forward to meet you in Milan :)

 Best,
 Markus

 Am 27.03.2013 21:26, schrieb Bence Damokos:

 Dear all,

 I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have resolved to
 recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:

 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia

 This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia and
 the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am really
 looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.

 Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!

 Best regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Santi Navarro
Congratulations from Wikimedia Spain.

Best

 +1!

 On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga 
 t...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Exciting news! Congratulations! Tom

 On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com
 wrote:
  Dear all,
 
  I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have
 resolved
 to
  recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
 
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia
 
  This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia
 and
  the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am
 really
  looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.
 
  Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!
 
  Best regards,
  Bence
  (Affiliations Committee)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Michael Snow
As others have already said, it will be difficult to see Sue leave the 
organization (but not the movement). I thank her for the years of effort 
that have gone into first stabilizing and then building the Wikimedia 
Foundation. While I don't predict that this transition will be 
completely painless (that's okay, it's a good thing), I'm sure that it 
will be much less painful than it might have been (that's also a good 
thing).


During my time as chair of the Board of Trustees, I had some extended 
conversations with Sue about succession planning, partly because this is 
something the board always has to be thinking about, and partly because 
at that point we would have faced tremendous challenges if Sue were to 
leave and we were forced to find a successor. The issue has remained in 
the back of my mind ever since. As I have watched the organization 
develop, it has been good to observe how she has built the capacities of 
those around her, bringing us to a point where I feel much more 
comfortable that all of the good work can continue on without her 
personal involvement. There's a long list of things Sue has accomplished 
as Executive Director, but making an organization capable of surviving 
her departure is a critical one.


One of the things I believe we all try to do with the work on our 
projects is to leave things - a Wikipedia article, MediaWiki code, the 
culture of our movement, everything - in better shape than we found it. 
Sue has done that on an organizational scale, and impressively so. For 
that, Sue, and all of the other things on which we have worked together, 
thank you.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Steven Walling
On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:08 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

 The Board has appointed a Transition Team which consists of the Chair of
 the Board of Trustees Kat Walsh,  and HR Committee member Alice Wiegand,
 Sue, Sue’s deputy and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Vice-President of Product
 and Engineering Erik Moeller, Geoff Brigham our General Counsel, and Gayle
 Karen Young, our Chief Talent and Culture Officer. I am the final member
 and am the Chair of the Transition Team, and Sue will be facilitating its
 work on my behalf.

 (In case you don’t know, non-profit organizations often have outgoing EDs
 support the recruitment of their successors. The Board is of course
 ultimately responsible for appointing the Executive Director, but we want
 our search to be supported by our staff members, including Sue. Sue , Erik,
 Geoff and Gayle have done a lot of hiring for the Wikimedia Foundation over
 the past number of years, and we know they will bring experience and wisdom
 to the process.)

 I will also be responsible for making this a transparent (where possible)
 and confidential (where needed) process and will set up the corresponding
 pages on Meta in the coming days (please give me some time to do so :).
 First step will be the office hours with Sue and myself this Saturday.


Thanks Jan-Bart.

I suggested to Gayle earlier this afternoon that it would be ideal for
staff and community members to have some place where we can write out
recommendations to the transition team about what kind of attributes and
experiences we'd like from a new ED. A simple Request for Comment, where
people can post thoughts, is likely to grow very large, but is one idea. In
any case, the huge advantage of having this public announcement far in
advance is clearly the opportunity for this kind of transparent feedback
for the Board on selecting a new ED, and in that light I just want to say
thanks to the Board and to Sue for doing this the right way.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Pavel Richter
Great news, Welcome!



Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

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Twitter: @pavel


2013/3/27 Santi Navarro santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es

 Congratulations from Wikimedia Spain.

 Best

  +1!
 
  On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga 
  t...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
  Exciting news! Congratulations! Tom
 
  On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com
  wrote:
   Dear all,
  
   I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have
  resolved
  to
   recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
  
 
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia
  
   This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia
  and
   the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am
  really
   looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.
  
   Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!
  
   Best regards,
   Bence
   (Affiliations Committee)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread Dennis Tobar
Well done Wikimedia Armenia... welcome! =)


On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 8:10 PM, Pavel Richter
pavel.rich...@wikimedia.dewrote:

 Great news, Welcome!



 Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

 Pavel Richter
 Vorstand

 Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
 Tel.: +49 - 30 - 219 158 260
 Twitter: @pavel


 2013/3/27 Santi Navarro santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es

  Congratulations from Wikimedia Spain.
 
  Best
 
   +1!
  
   On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 6:29 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga 
   t...@wikimedia.org wrote:
  
   Exciting news! Congratulations! Tom
  
   On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 5:26 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com
   wrote:
Dear all,
   
I am happy to announce that the the WMF Board of Trustees have
   resolved
   to
recognize Wikimedia Armenia as the newest Wikimedia chapter:
   
  
 
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Armenia
   
This group has  already put a lot of effort into promoting Wikipedia
   and
the other projects in Armenia on their road to recognition and I am
   really
looking forward to hearing of their future endeavours.
   
Please give a warm welcome to Wikimedia Armenia!
   
Best regards,
Bence
(Affiliations Committee)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] IdeaLab (it was: Office hour inside out (program evaluation)) Re:

2013-03-27 Thread Oliver Keyes
We are working on building a more coherent discussion system - see
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/FlowPortal

On 27 March 2013 17:39, Everton Zanella Alvarenga t...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi,

 thanks for sharing the IdeaLab portal. [1] I didn't know it, although
 I knew portals and individual inside him, like the Individual
 Engagement Grants. I don't have time now to make longer comments, but
 two questions:

 1) Is there a possibility for thie committee to be more open, like the
 WMF grants program? [2]

 2) Isn't time for we think out of the box, I mean, out of the wiki and
 try technologies that can foster the community evaluation of
 projetcs/idea and discussions? I know the question is too general, but
 recently, for isntance, I thought about using a reddit like system for
 the Portuguese Wikipedia village pump for the community distringuish
 try to distinguish what is good or not. I mentioned something like All
 Our Ideas once http://www.allourideas.org/, but I think there are
 other things worth trying, if possible.

 P. S. Just look the discussion system inside a wiki. Damn.

 Tom

 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index

 On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM, Jessie Wild jw...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Any initial thoughts on how to maximize the effectiveness of those two
  ideas (IdeaLab and Learning Portal)?


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement *please read*

2013-03-27 Thread Tonmoy Khan
Oh Sue, I still can't believe I am reading this mail! Though we will have
you for another 6 months, but it will be very hard to say goodbye. I
believe your departure would only mean your leaving the organization of WMF
and you will remain an indispensable part of the movement as ever. I am
confident that we, the free knowledge movement, will continue to benefit
from your good works ahead.

Gratitude for your tremendous achievements for the movement.

Ali Haidar Khan
On Mar 28, 2013 5:35 AM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 3:00 PM, Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:
  Hello Wikimedia community members,
 
  This is not an easy e-mail to write, and it’s been a very hard
  decision to make. But I’m writing to tell you that I’m planning to
  leave my position as the Executive Director of the Wikimedia
  Foundation.

 Oh, Sue, if only you were posting that you were leaving forever
 because everything about Wikipedia was terrible!111! -- if only
 that, because then we would all know that you were really coming back
 soon (though perhaps with a different username).

 But no, you are as classy and thoughtful and open as always, and for
 once that makes me so sad, because I will be very sad to see you go.
 But! There is also a big exciting future ahead, for both you and for
 Wikimedia, and I am sure that those paths will be intertwined for a
 long time yet: there is work to be done.

 with respect,
 -- phoebe

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 * I use this address for lists; send personal messages to phoebe.ayers
 at gmail.com *

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Armenia

2013-03-27 Thread David Richfield
Congratulations, and welcome!

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