[Wikimedia-l] Upload Wizard work (was Re: Next steps regarding WMF-community disputes about deployments)

2014-09-04 Thread Erik Moeller
On Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 8:59 AM, Yann Forget yan...@gmail.com wrote:
 the most urgent and important thing is to fix the
 UploadWizard.

This is indeed underway, and has been for some time, with focus on bug
fixes and code quality improvements.

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/q/UploadWizard,n,z

Recent work on Media Viewer has been primarily UX prototyping and
validation of the prototype. Based on user research and feedback,
we'll implement only very tightly scoped improvements that have been
validated in the prototype or that require no UX validation (e.g.
attribution and performance improvements).

The best place to follow all the work the team is doing is the
multimedia mailing list:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/multimedia

Erik

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VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to WMF August 2014 Metrics Activities Meeting: Thursday, September 4, 18:00 UTC

2014-09-04 Thread Praveena Maharaj
REMINDER: This meeting starts in 30 minutes.


On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM, Praveena Maharaj pmaha...@wikimedia.org
wrote:


 Dear all,
  The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
 September 4, 2014 at 6 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
 #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be broadcast
 as a live YouTube stream.

 The current structure of the meeting is:

 * Welcoming recent hires
 * Update and QA with the Executive Director, if available
 * Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
 specialized reports and analytic
 * Review of financials
 * Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority
 initiatives

 Please review
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for
 further information about how to participate.

 We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.

 Thank you,
 Praveena

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 Executive Assistant to the VP of Engineering  Product Development
 Wikimedia Foundation


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[Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Dear all,
 
Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to 
salvador1...@gmail.com instead. 

Kindly apologize for the inconvenience. 

Regards,  
Carlos


Sent from Samsung Mobile

 Original message 
From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve 
Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00) 
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general discussions 
chapt...@wikimedia.ch 
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 
 
(in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my  Thunderbird 
crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )

Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is responsible for 
guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups 
and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is looking 
for new members.

The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming 
affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable (and 
advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance 
with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the Wikimedia 
Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User 
Groups.

This requires communication with volunteers all over the World, negotiating 
skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand legal texts. We 
try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members, are 
typically the following:

  * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
    volunteers worldwide
  * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
    bureaucratic process
  * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions
    on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
    similar questions
  * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate in a
    monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
  * International orientation
  * Very good communication skills in English
  * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
  * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
    WMF
  * Knowledge of different legal systems; experience in community
    building and organising is a plus
  * Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus
  * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
  * Willingness to use full (real) name in committee activities
    (including reaching out to potential affiliates) when appropriate

In 2012, new types of affiliations were introduced, and the role of the 
Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards 
affiliation models that empower them to further our mission, and making 
sure these models meet both the needs of the volunteers and the 
movement. We are looking for new people to help, who are not afraid of 
the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get 
organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year 
terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not 
seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the 
committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the 
above membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of 
the year, with new members expected to join on or around 1 January 2015.

If you are interested, You can send your applications with your full 
name, contact data (e-mail address, wiki username), relevant experience 
and motivation letter to our treasurer Salvador Alcántar at salvador AT 
gmail.com by 30 September 2014. You will get a confirmation that your 
application came through.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the 
committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with 
anyone about our work, if this helps them decide to apply. Please 
distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are 
interested.

Best regards,
Carlos Colina
Chair, Affiliations Committee

[1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please 
follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
[2]: Our member standards of participation are at: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Standard_of_participation_%E2%80%93_September_2012

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junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain.
Carlos M. Colina
Vicepresidente, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | 
www.wikimedia.org.ve http://wikimedia.org.ve
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
Phone: +972-52-4869915
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Risker
A gmail address?

I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a wikimedia.org
email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.

Risker/Anne


On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve wrote:

 Dear all,

 Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
 salvador1...@gmail.com instead.

 Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.

 Regards,
 Carlos


 Sent from Samsung Mobile

  Original message 
 From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
 discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015

 (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
  Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )

 Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
 responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups
 and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
 looking for new members.

 The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
 affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable (and
 advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
 with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
 Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
 Organizations and User Groups.

 This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
 negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand
 legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our
 members.

 The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members,
 are typically the following:

   * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
 volunteers worldwide
   * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
 bureaucratic process
   * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions
 on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
 similar questions
   * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate in a
 monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
   * International orientation
   * Very good communication skills in English
   * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
   * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
 WMF
   * Knowledge of different legal systems; experience in community
 building and organising is a plus
   * Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus
   * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
   * Willingness to use full (real) name in committee activities
 (including reaching out to potential affiliates) when appropriate

 In 2012, new types of affiliations were introduced, and the role of the
 Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards
 affiliation models that empower them to further our mission, and making
 sure these models meet both the needs of the volunteers and the
 movement. We are looking for new people to help, who are not afraid of
 the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get
 organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

 Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year
 terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not
 seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the
 committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the
 above membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of
 the year, with new members expected to join on or around 1 January 2015.

 If you are interested, You can send your applications with your full
 name, contact data (e-mail address, wiki username), relevant experience
 and motivation letter to our treasurer Salvador Alcántar at salvador AT
 gmail.com by 30 September 2014. You will get a confirmation that your
 application came through.

 If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the
 committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with
 anyone about our work, if this helps them decide to apply. Please
 distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are
 interested.

 Best regards,
 Carlos Colina
 Chair, Affiliations Committee

 [1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please
 follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
 [2]: Our member standards of participation are at:

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Standard_of_participation_%E2%80%93_September_2012

 --
 *Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
 junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain.
 Carlos M. Colina
 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Bence Damokos
Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!

As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used instead
of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications to
be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage or
disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may not
be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based on
suggestions like yours).

Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not allocated
to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does have
a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
something to consider next year.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,
Bence
(A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
this is my personal view)


On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 A gmail address?

 I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a wikimedia.org
 email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
 handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.

 Risker/Anne


 On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 wrote:

  Dear all,
 
  Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
  salvador1...@gmail.com instead.
 
  Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.
 
  Regards,
  Carlos
 
 
  Sent from Samsung Mobile
 
   Original message 
  From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
  discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015
 
  (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
   Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )
 
  Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
  responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups
  and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
  looking for new members.
 
  The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming
  affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable
 (and
  advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
  with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
  Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
  Organizations and User Groups.
 
  This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
  negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand
  legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our
  members.
 
  The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members,
  are typically the following:
 
* Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
  volunteers worldwide
* Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
  bureaucratic process
* Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions
  on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
  similar questions
* 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate in a
  monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
* International orientation
* Very good communication skills in English
* Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
* Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
  WMF
* Knowledge of different legal systems; experience in community
  building and organising is a plus
* Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus
* Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
* Willingness to use full (real) name in committee activities
  (including reaching out to potential affiliates) when appropriate
 
  In 2012, new types of affiliations were introduced, and the role of the
  Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards
  affiliation models that empower them to further our mission, and making
  sure these models meet both the needs of the volunteers and the
  movement. We are looking for new people to help, who are not afraid of
  the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get
  organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.
 
  Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year
  terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not
  seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the
  committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the
  above membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of
  the year, with new 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Risker
Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.

I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one person
to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability is
important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to get
a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not close
until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't happening
onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
through in the original email.

Risker/Anne




On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!

 As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used instead
 of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications to
 be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage or
 disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
 outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may not
 be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
 existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based on
 suggestions like yours).

 Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not allocated
 to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does have
 a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
 purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
 something to consider next year.

 Hope this helps.

 Best regards,
 Bence
 (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
 this is my personal view)


 On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

  A gmail address?
 
  I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a wikimedia.org
  email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
  handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.
 
  Risker/Anne
 
 
  On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  wrote:
 
   Dear all,
  
   Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
   salvador1...@gmail.com instead.
  
   Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.
  
   Regards,
   Carlos
  
  
   Sent from Samsung Mobile
  
    Original message 
   From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
   Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
   To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
   discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
   Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015
  
   (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )
  
   Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
   responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
 Groups
   and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
   looking for new members.
  
   The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
 forming
   affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable
  (and
   advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
   with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
   Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
   Organizations and User Groups.
  
   This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
   negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
 understand
   legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our
   members.
  
   The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members,
   are typically the following:
  
 * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
   volunteers worldwide
 * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
   bureaucratic process
 * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions
   on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
   similar questions
 * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate in a
   monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
 * International orientation
 * Very good communication skills in English
 * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
 * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and
 the
   WMF
 * Knowledge of different legal systems; experience in community
   building and organising is a plus
 * Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus
 * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
 * Willingness to use full (real) name in committee activities
   (including reaching out to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Ad Huikeshoven
One option to consider is establishing an OTRS queue for AffCom.

How many vacancies are there to be filled?

Greetings,

Ad


2014-09-04 21:45 GMT+02:00 Risker risker...@gmail.com:

 Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.

 I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
 assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
 particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
 subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one person
 to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability is
 important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to get
 a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not close
 until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't happening
 onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
 through in the original email.

 Risker/Anne




 On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

  Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!
 
  As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used instead
  of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications
 to
  be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage
 or
  disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
  outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may
 not
  be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
  existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based on
  suggestions like yours).
 
  Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not
 allocated
  to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does
 have
  a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
  purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
  something to consider next year.
 
  Hope this helps.
 
  Best regards,
  Bence
  (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
  this is my personal view)
 
 
  On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   A gmail address?
  
   I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a
 wikimedia.org
   email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
   handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.
  
   Risker/Anne
  
  
   On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
   wrote:
  
Dear all,
   
Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
salvador1...@gmail.com instead.
   
Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.
   
Regards,
Carlos
   
   
Sent from Samsung Mobile
   
 Original message 
From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015
   
(in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
 Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )
   
Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
  Groups
and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
looking for new members.
   
The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
  forming
affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be
 viable
   (and
advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
Organizations and User Groups.
   
This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
  understand
legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in
 our
members.
   
The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate
 members,
are typically the following:
   
  * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
volunteers worldwide
  * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
bureaucratic process
  * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political
 discussions
on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
similar questions
  * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate
 in a
monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
  * International orientation
  * Very good communication skills in English
  * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
  * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and
  the
WMF
  * Knowledge of different legal systems; 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Michael Peel
Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as the 
FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep applications 
confidential here?

Thanks,
Mike

On 4 Sep 2014, at 20:51, Ad Huikeshoven a...@wikimedia.nl wrote:

 One option to consider is establishing an OTRS queue for AffCom.
 
 How many vacancies are there to be filled?
 
 Greetings,
 
 Ad
 
 
 2014-09-04 21:45 GMT+02:00 Risker risker...@gmail.com:
 
 Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.
 
 I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
 assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
 particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
 subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one person
 to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability is
 important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to get
 a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not close
 until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't happening
 onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
 through in the original email.
 
 Risker/Anne
 
 
 
 
 On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!
 
 As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used instead
 of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications
 to
 be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage
 or
 disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
 outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may
 not
 be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
 existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based on
 suggestions like yours).
 
 Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not
 allocated
 to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does
 have
 a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
 purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
 something to consider next year.
 
 Hope this helps.
 
 Best regards,
 Bence
 (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
 this is my personal view)
 
 
 On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 A gmail address?
 
 I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a
 wikimedia.org
 email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
 handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.
 
 Risker/Anne
 
 
 On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 wrote:
 
 Dear all,
 
 Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
 salvador1...@gmail.com instead.
 
 Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.
 
 Regards,
 Carlos
 
 
 Sent from Samsung Mobile
 
  Original message 
 From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
 discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015
 
 (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
 Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )
 
 Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
 responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
 Groups
 and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
 looking for new members.
 
 The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
 forming
 affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be
 viable
 (and
 advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
 with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
 Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
 Organizations and User Groups.
 
 This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
 negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
 understand
 legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in
 our
 members.
 
 The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate
 members,
 are typically the following:
 
  * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
volunteers worldwide
  * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
bureaucratic process
  * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political
 discussions
on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
similar questions
  * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate
 in a
monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
  * International orientation
  * Very good communication skills in English
  * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
  * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and
 the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Martin Rulsch
Just what Risker suggested. ;-) (And I'd also support.)

Cheers,
Martin


2014-09-04 22:07 GMT+02:00 Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net:

 Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as
 the FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep
 applications confidential here?

 Thanks,
 Mike

 On 4 Sep 2014, at 20:51, Ad Huikeshoven a...@wikimedia.nl wrote:

  One option to consider is establishing an OTRS queue for AffCom.
 
  How many vacancies are there to be filled?
 
  Greetings,
 
  Ad
 
 
  2014-09-04 21:45 GMT+02:00 Risker risker...@gmail.com:
 
  Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.
 
  I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
  assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
  particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
  subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one
 person
  to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability
 is
  important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to
 get
  a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not
 close
  until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't
 happening
  onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
  through in the original email.
 
  Risker/Anne
 
 
 
 
  On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!
 
  As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used
 instead
  of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications
  to
  be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage
  or
  disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
  outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may
  not
  be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
  existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based
 on
  suggestions like yours).
 
  Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not
  allocated
  to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does
  have
  a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
  purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
  something to consider next year.
 
  Hope this helps.
 
  Best regards,
  Bence
  (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
  this is my personal view)
 
 
  On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  A gmail address?
 
  I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a
  wikimedia.org
  email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
  handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.
 
  Risker/Anne
 
 
  On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  wrote:
 
  Dear all,
 
  Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
  salvador1...@gmail.com instead.
 
  Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.
 
  Regards,
  Carlos
 
 
  Sent from Samsung Mobile
 
   Original message 
  From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
  discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015
 
  (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
  Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )
 
  Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
  responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
  Groups
  and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
  looking for new members.
 
  The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
  forming
  affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be
  viable
  (and
  advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
  with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
  Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
  Organizations and User Groups.
 
  This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
  negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
  understand
  legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in
  our
  members.
 
  The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate
  members,
  are typically the following:
 
   * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
 volunteers worldwide
   * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
 bureaucratic process
   * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political
  discussions
 on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
 similar questions
   * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate
  in a
 monthly ~2 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread David Gerard
No yak left unshaven!

On 4 September 2014 21:07, Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net wrote:
 Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as the 
 FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep applications 
 confidential here?

 Thanks,
 Mike

 On 4 Sep 2014, at 20:51, Ad Huikeshoven a...@wikimedia.nl wrote:

 One option to consider is establishing an OTRS queue for AffCom.

 How many vacancies are there to be filled?

 Greetings,

 Ad


 2014-09-04 21:45 GMT+02:00 Risker risker...@gmail.com:

 Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.

 I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
 assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
 particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
 subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one person
 to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability is
 important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to get
 a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not close
 until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't happening
 onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
 through in the original email.

 Risker/Anne




 On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!

 As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used instead
 of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications
 to
 be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage
 or
 disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
 outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may
 not
 be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
 existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based on
 suggestions like yours).

 Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not
 allocated
 to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does
 have
 a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
 purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
 something to consider next year.

 Hope this helps.

 Best regards,
 Bence
 (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
 this is my personal view)


 On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 A gmail address?

 I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a
 wikimedia.org
 email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
 handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.

 Risker/Anne


 On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 wrote:

 Dear all,

 Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
 salvador1...@gmail.com instead.

 Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.

 Regards,
 Carlos


 Sent from Samsung Mobile

  Original message 
 From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
 discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015

 (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
 Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )

 Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
 responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
 Groups
 and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
 looking for new members.

 The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
 forming
 affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be
 viable
 (and
 advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
 with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
 Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
 Organizations and User Groups.

 This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
 negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
 understand
 legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in
 our
 members.

 The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate
 members,
 are typically the following:

  * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
volunteers worldwide
  * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
bureaucratic process
  * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political
 discussions
on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
similar questions
  * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate
 in a
monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
  * International orientation
  * Very good communication skills in English
  * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
  * Strong 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread David Gerard
Sorry, clarification: I'm alluding to Wikipedians' tendency to go off
into detailed side-discussions at the drop of a hat. I didn't mean
this as a dig at anyone.

On 4 September 2014 21:28, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
 No yak left unshaven!

 On 4 September 2014 21:07, Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net wrote:
 Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as the 
 FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep applications 
 confidential here?

 Thanks,
 Mike

 On 4 Sep 2014, at 20:51, Ad Huikeshoven a...@wikimedia.nl wrote:

 One option to consider is establishing an OTRS queue for AffCom.

 How many vacancies are there to be filled?

 Greetings,

 Ad


 2014-09-04 21:45 GMT+02:00 Risker risker...@gmail.com:

 Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.

 I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
 assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
 particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
 subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one person
 to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability is
 important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to get
 a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not close
 until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't happening
 onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
 through in the original email.

 Risker/Anne




 On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!

 As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used instead
 of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications
 to
 be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage
 or
 disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
 outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may
 not
 be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
 existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based on
 suggestions like yours).

 Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not
 allocated
 to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does
 have
 a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
 purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
 something to consider next year.

 Hope this helps.

 Best regards,
 Bence
 (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
 this is my personal view)


 On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 A gmail address?

 I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a
 wikimedia.org
 email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
 handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.

 Risker/Anne


 On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 wrote:

 Dear all,

 Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
 salvador1...@gmail.com instead.

 Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.

 Regards,
 Carlos


 Sent from Samsung Mobile

  Original message 
 From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
 Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
 discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015

 (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
 Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )

 Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
 responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
 Groups
 and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
 looking for new members.

 The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
 forming
 affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be
 viable
 (and
 advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
 with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
 Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
 Organizations and User Groups.

 This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
 negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
 understand
 legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in
 our
 members.

 The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate
 members,
 are typically the following:

  * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
volunteers worldwide
  * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
bureaucratic process
  * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political
 discussions
on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
similar questions
  * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Belgium as a Wikimedia chapter by the WMF Board

2014-09-04 Thread Josh Lim
On behalf of Wikimedia Philippines, allow me to express my deepest 
congratulations to Wikimedia Belgium for securing their affiliation!  We look 
forward to you guys doing a lot of good for the movement, and to explore areas 
of cooperation between our two chapters. :)

Regards,

Josh

Wiadomość napisana przez Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve w dniu 3 wrz 
2014, o godz. 01:46:

 Dear all,
 
 It is an honour for me to announce that during Wikimania, the WMF resolved 
 [1] to recognise Wikimedia Belgium as a Wikimedia chapter. The resolution was 
 made public a few days ago.
 
 The first discussions towards the establishment of a Belgian chapter started 
 many years ago, with the local community doing projects related to freedom of 
 knowledge since then, like organisation of WLM Belgium  Luxembourg in 2011, 
 2012 and 2013. Along with these and other activities, the idea of a chapter 
 grew and evolved to the moment when, the decision was taken to start 
 officially the chapter creation process.
 
 This process took longer than usual, due to many reasons, among those the 
 change in the chapter approval process by the WMF Board last year. 
 Nevertheless, after months of intensive discussion and interaction between 
 all parties involved, a recommendation from the AffCom was sent to the WMF 
 regarding Wikimedia Belgium. And here we are :-)
 
 Please welcome the newest member of the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
 
 Regards,
 Carlos
 
 
 1: 
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Belgium
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
2014-09-04 17:07 GMT-03:00 Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net:

 Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as
 the FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep
 applications confidential here?


That is a good idea. But that will not happen any time soon or ever.

Tom
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