[Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Language Engineering IRC Office Hour on November 12, 2014 (Wednesday) at 1700 UTC

2014-11-12 Thread Runa Bhattacharjee
Hello,

A reminder that Language Engineering's monthly office hour will be
happening later today at 1700 UTC on #wikimedia-office. Please see below
for the original announcement, local time, and agenda.

Thank you.
Runa

Monthly IRC Office Hour:
==
# Date: November 12, 2014 (Wednesday)

# Time: 1700 UTC (Check local time:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20141112T1700)

# IRC channel: #wikimedia-office

# Agenda:
1. Content Translation project updates and plans
2. Q  A (Questions can be sent to me before the event)

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[x-posted announcement]

Hello,

The next monthly IRC office hour of the Wikimedia Language Engineering team
will be on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 1700 UTC on #wikimedia-office.
We will be taking questions and also discussing about the availability of
the new version of the Content Translation tool[1][2] and upcoming plans.

Please see below for event details and local time

Thank you.
Runa

[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Content_translation
[2]
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/11/03/announcing-the-second-version-of-the-content-translation-tool/

Monthly IRC Office Hour:
==
# Date: November 12, 2014 (Wednesday)

# Time: 1700 UTC (Check local time:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20141112T1700)

# IRC channel: #wikimedia-office

# Agenda:
1. Content Translation project updates and plans
2. Q  A (Questions can be sent to me before the event)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Au Revoir from WMUK CEO

2014-11-12 Thread rupert THURNER
Hi Jon, it was always a pleasure and very constructive to work with you, as
one who always had open eyes for global or other countries challenges.

What are you up to in future?

Rupert
On Nov 11, 2014 10:11 AM, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

 With some sadness I have to tell you that I will be leaving Wikimedia UK,
 as an employee, if not as a volunteer, at the end of the year. I have
 achieved what I set out to do and leave WMUK in a good state. I now need to
 look for new challenges.

 I was the first chief executive and it has been an amazing three years
 watching the chapter grow and develop. It has not always been smooth
 sailing but we have come through it together in good shape. Wikimania
 proved how professional we had become and the positive feedback from the
 participants makes all the work we put in worthwhile.

 My heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community, particularly the
 volunteers who are at the heart of all we do, my great colleagues at the
 Foundation and the loyal and hardworking staff at WMUK who have supported
 me so ably and with such good humour over the years.

 My best wishes go to my successor in all they seek to achieve.

 Cyhoeddiad gan Jon

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 oedd y Prif Weithredwr cyntaf ac mae'r dair blynedd diwethaf wedi bod yn
 hollol anhygoel,

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[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Kirill Lokshin
Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized Wiki
Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Vishnu

Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!

Best wishes.

Vishnu

On Wednesday 12 November 2014 05:44 PM, Kirill Lokshin wrote:

Hi everyone,

I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized Wiki
Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Nurunnaby Hasive
Great! Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM, Vishnu visdav...@gmail.com wrote:

 Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!

 Best wishes.

 Vishnu


 On Wednesday 12 November 2014 05:44 PM, Kirill Lokshin wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
 Wiki
 Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
 promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
 Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
 Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
 [2]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Lodewijk
I cannot imagine fuzz will be made over that, whether it is official or not
:)

Lodewijk (not an affcom member any longer, so even more so a personal
opinion :) )
On Nov 12, 2014 4:09 PM, Mark A. Hershberger m...@nichework.com wrote:

 Quim Gil q...@wikimedia.org writes:

  PS: Stakeholder's or Stakeholders?

 I did send Gregory an email shortly after he notified me that we were
 accepted when the problematic apostrophe was pointed out to me.

 We'd like to have the apostrophe removed, if possible.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Mark A. Hershberger
Quim Gil q...@wikimedia.org writes:

 PS: Stakeholder's or Stakeholders?

I did send Gregory an email shortly after he notified me that we were
accepted when the problematic apostrophe was pointed out to me.

We'd like to have the apostrophe removed, if possible.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it
sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe?

-greg

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
wrote:

 I cannot imagine fuzz will be made over that, whether it is official or not
 :)

 Lodewijk (not an affcom member any longer, so even more so a personal
 opinion :) )
 On Nov 12, 2014 4:09 PM, Mark A. Hershberger m...@nichework.com wrote:

  Quim Gil q...@wikimedia.org writes:
 
   PS: Stakeholder's or Stakeholders?
 
  I did send Gregory an email shortly after he notified me that we were
  accepted when the problematic apostrophe was pointed out to me.
 
  We'd like to have the apostrophe removed, if possible.
 
  Mark.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Au Revoir from WMUK CEO

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks for all the work together, and the very best, Jon, for every
continuing adventure.

Looking forward to working with you as a volunteer,
Anasuya

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 1:10 AM, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk
wrote:

 With some sadness I have to tell you that I will be leaving Wikimedia UK,
 as an employee, if not as a volunteer, at the end of the year. I have
 achieved what I set out to do and leave WMUK in a good state. I now need to
 look for new challenges.

 I was the first chief executive and it has been an amazing three years
 watching the chapter grow and develop. It has not always been smooth
 sailing but we have come through it together in good shape. Wikimania
 proved how professional we had become and the positive feedback from the
 participants makes all the work we put in worthwhile.

 My heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community, particularly the
 volunteers who are at the heart of all we do, my great colleagues at the
 Foundation and the loyal and hardworking staff at WMUK who have supported
 me so ably and with such good humour over the years.

 My best wishes go to my successor in all they seek to achieve.

 Cyhoeddiad gan Jon

 Gyda pheth tristwch rwy'n eich hysbysu y byddaf yn gadael Wikimedia UK, fel
 cyflogai, os nad

 fel gwirfoddolwr, ar ddiwedd y flwyddyn. Dw i wedi cyflawni'r hyn roeddwn
 wedi'i obeithio a dw

 i'n gadael WMUK ar delerau da. Edrychaf ymlaen rwan am sialensau newydd. Fi
 oedd y Prif Weithredwr cyntaf ac mae'r dair blynedd diwethaf wedi bod yn
 hollol anhygoel,

 wrth i mi weld y siaptr yn tyfu a datblygu. Doedd y daith bob amser ddim yn
 llyfn, ond daethom drwyddi'n y diwedd yn ddianaf! Profodd Wikimania inni
 aeddfedu mewn modd proffesiynol a chafwyd adborth adeiladol gan y cyfranwyr
 ­oedd yn gwneud yr holl waith yn bleser.

 Carwn ddiolch o waelod fy ngalon i bawb o fewn ein cymuned, yn enwedig y
 gwirfoddolwyr sy'n sylfaen i'n gwaith, fy nghydweithwyr bendigedig yn
 Sylfaen Wikimedia a'r staff sydd wedi bod mor driw i mi, wedi fy nghefnogi
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 ceisiant ei gyflawni.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Mark A. Hershberger
Gregory Varnum writes:

 We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it
 sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe?

Yes.

I apologize for the confusion and extra work.

Mark.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
No worries - it happens.  :)  I apologize that we did not bring it up
sooner. To be fair, someone on AffCom (Josh) did ask earlier and I'll
admit, I thought at the time it was intentional so did not bring it up in
our desire to get things approved for the group.

I will make sure the updates are completed later today.

-greg

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Mark A. Hershberger m...@nichework.com
wrote:

 Gregory Varnum writes:

  We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it
  sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe?

 Yes.

 I apologize for the confusion and extra work.

 Mark.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Alex Wang
Congrats! A very exciting project!

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 4:46 AM, Nurunnaby Hasive n...@nhasive.com wrote:

 Great! Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!

 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM, Vishnu visdav...@gmail.com wrote:

  Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!
 
  Best wishes.
 
  Vishnu
 
 
  On Wednesday 12 November 2014 05:44 PM, Kirill Lokshin wrote:
 
  Hi everyone,
 
  I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
  Wiki
  Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
  promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
  Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
  Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
  [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
  [2]
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
  Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Lila Tretikov
Congratulations!

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 4:46 AM, Nurunnaby Hasive n...@nhasive.com wrote:

 Great! Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!

 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 6:31 PM, Vishnu visdav...@gmail.com wrote:

  Congratulations team Wiki Project Med!
 
  Best wishes.
 
  Vishnu
 
 
  On Wednesday 12 November 2014 05:44 PM, Kirill Lokshin wrote:
 
  Hi everyone,
 
  I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
  Wiki
  Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
  promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
  Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
  Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
  [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
  [2]
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
  Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Tanvir Rahman
Dear all,

It is our pleasure to announce of the recognition [1] of the Wikimedians of
Bulgaria User Group. Bulgarian User Group will be an important part of the
Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe.

I would like to thank the fellow Bulgarian Wikimedians for their hard work
over the years. They have several projects running and a significant number
of talented contributors to those projects. We hope that they will continue
their hard work actively so we will get more contributors as well as
initiatives to make knowledge free and easily accessible in Bulgaria.

Please join us to give them a warm welcome!

Tanvir

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/ResolutionsWikimedians_of_Bulgaria_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Au Revoir from WMUK CEO

2014-11-12 Thread Erik Moeller
Jon --

Thank you all the hard work for the movement, and for building a great team
and great foundations!  Hope to see you in different corners of the
movement  globe.

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[Wikimedia-l] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread rubin.happy
Hello, guys!

We received some alerts from our users that donations are now blocked when
user is from Russia:
http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc237184.png

The only WMF comment I received in #wikimedia-fundraising was that we
don't run fundraising in Russia at the moment. Russia is now blacklisted
like Libya, like Congo, like Iraq.

I always though that WMF is free from politics and tends to be transparent,
but why such a decision was made? And why nobody informed us (at least,
Wikimedia RU) about it?

Now we are starting to receive negative feedbacks from users and readers
who treat WMF as a politically motivated organization, not a non-profit
organization promoting free knowledge.

And as we got no comments from Fundraising team and have no idea what
happened, we at Wikimedia RU are not able to cope with such negative
publicity.

It's now late evening in Russia, but the messages were already posted to
some top websites of Russia, and this will be promoted quickly via social
networks: so, tomorrow will be a bad day for wiki-movement in our country.

WMF, I want to thank you a lot for your transparency.

rubin16
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks for this news, Kirill/AffCom! Congratulations Wiki Project Med. :-)

a-

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wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized Wiki
 Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  The group is working to
 promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects.
 Let's welcome them to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!
 Regards,Kirill LokshinAffiliations Committee
 [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Project_Med
 [2]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wiki_Project_Med_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Thanks Tanvir/AffCom. Congratulations to the Bulgarian User Group, looking
forward to working with you all!

Warmly,
Anasuya

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM, Tanvir Rahman wikitan...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear all,

 It is our pleasure to announce of the recognition [1] of the Wikimedians of
 Bulgaria User Group. Bulgarian User Group will be an important part of the
 Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe.

 I would like to thank the fellow Bulgarian Wikimedians for their hard work
 over the years. They have several projects running and a significant number
 of talented contributors to those projects. We hope that they will continue
 their hard work actively so we will get more contributors as well as
 initiatives to make knowledge free and easily accessible in Bulgaria.

 Please join us to give them a warm welcome!

 Tanvir

 [1]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/ResolutionsWikimedians_of_Bulgaria_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Apostrophe or not (as another pedant, I appreciate its removal ;-)) -
congratulations!

a-

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 No worries - it happens.  :)  I apologize that we did not bring it up
 sooner. To be fair, someone on AffCom (Josh) did ask earlier and I'll
 admit, I thought at the time it was intentional so did not bring it up in
 our desire to get things approved for the group.

 I will make sure the updates are completed later today.

 -greg

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   We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it
   sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe?
 
  Yes.
 
  I apologize for the confusion and extra work.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:

We received some alerts from our users that donations are now blocked
when user is from Russia:
http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc237184.png


Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by 
clicking the Russia link in 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try sending a 
wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a PayPal 
donation?


Nemo

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how to make a bank transfer to the Wikimedia Foundation. In case 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Tomasz Ganicz
Great :-)

2014-11-12 17:47 GMT+01:00 Tanvir Rahman wikitan...@gmail.com:
 Dear all,

 It is our pleasure to announce of the recognition [1] of the Wikimedians of
 Bulgaria User Group. Bulgarian User Group will be an important part of the
 Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe.

 I would like to thank the fellow Bulgarian Wikimedians for their hard work
 over the years. They have several projects running and a significant number
 of talented contributors to those projects. We hope that they will continue
 their hard work actively so we will get more contributors as well as
 initiatives to make knowledge free and easily accessible in Bulgaria.

 Please join us to give them a warm welcome!

 Tanvir

 [1]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/ResolutionsWikimedians_of_Bulgaria_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014

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[Wikimedia-l] The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration Community: How Wikipedia's reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline

2014-11-12 Thread Kim Bruning


I found this document/research paper on wikipedia user retention; FWIW

http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfak/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline/

sincerely,
Kim Bruning

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration Community: How Wikipedia's reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline

2014-11-12 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Kim Bruning, 12/11/2014 19:40:


I found this document/research paper on wikipedia user retention; FWIW

http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfak/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline/


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:The_Rise_and_Decline
http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/63549/focus=63576

Nemo

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Richard Symonds
Congratulations to Bulgaria! How do we get in touch with you?

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United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia
movement. The Wikimedia projects are run by the Wikimedia Foundation (who
operate Wikipedia, amongst other projects).

*Wikimedia UK is an independent non-profit charity with no legal control
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On 12 November 2014 19:49, Tomasz Ganicz polime...@gmail.com wrote:

 Great :-)

 2014-11-12 17:47 GMT+01:00 Tanvir Rahman wikitan...@gmail.com:
  Dear all,
 
  It is our pleasure to announce of the recognition [1] of the Wikimedians
 of
  Bulgaria User Group. Bulgarian User Group will be an important part of
 the
  Wikimedia Central and Eastern Europe.
 
  I would like to thank the fellow Bulgarian Wikimedians for their hard
 work
  over the years. They have several projects running and a significant
 number
  of talented contributors to those projects. We hope that they will
 continue
  their hard work actively so we will get more contributors as well as
  initiatives to make knowledge free and easily accessible in Bulgaria.
 
  Please join us to give them a warm welcome!
 
  Tanvir
 
  [1]
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/ResolutionsWikimedians_of_Bulgaria_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_November_2014
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration Community: How Wikipedia's reaction to sudden popularity is causing its decline

2014-11-12 Thread Kim Bruning
On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 09:04:11PM +0100, Federico Leva (Nemo) wrote:
 Kim Bruning, 12/11/2014 19:40:
 
  I found this document/research paper on wikipedia user retention; FWIW
 
  http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~halfak/publications/The_Rise_and_Decline/
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:The_Rise_and_Decline
 http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.org.wikimedia.foundation/63549/focus=63576


Oohhh, Interesting! :-)


sincerely,
Kim

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread svetlana
Kirill Lokshin wrote:
 I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized Wiki
 Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].  

Could be a good idea for wikiproject folks to work on a RSS feed of recent 
changes (and recent new page creations) within a category and its subcats.  
Sounds like a thing that'd increate all our participation in WikiProjects in 
the first place - and resolve plenty of user retention issues.

Some previous (incomplete) notes on this field: 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Means_for_watching_categories

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread Craig Franklin
I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another example I
think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
*before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the questions
started rolling in.

Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of chapter
and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
potentially controversial issues like this.

Regards,
Craig Franklin
(personal view only)


On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com wrote:

 I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the laws
 that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous and
 renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic sanctions
 and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present, I
 imagine this related to that.

 Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would expose the
 foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past relating
 to unrest.

 Its no slight on the country or its individuals, just a precautionary
 measure.

 Seddon
  On 12 Nov 2014 19:48, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com wrote:

 rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:

 We received some alerts from our users that donations are now blocked
 when user is from Russia:
 http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc2371
 84.png


 Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by clicking
 the Russia link in https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
 Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try sending a
 wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a PayPal
 donation?

 Nemo

 P.s.: ROTFLOL Please email don...@wikimedia.org for more information on
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Asaf Bartov
On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM, Richard Symonds 
richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

 Congratulations to Bulgaria! How do we get in touch with you?


Their Meta page, linked from the announcement linked from the top of this
thread, is useful:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Bulgaria#Communication

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread David Gerard
I'm presuming this is sanctions against Russia kicking in; all sorts
of business has been stopped dead in its tracks, not just charity
donations. There's even serious moves to kick Russia out of the SWIFT
network: 
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/ultimate-sanction-barring-russian-banks-from-swift-money-system
It strikes me as quite unlikely that there's anything at all WMF can
actually do about this. Possibly it could have been handled better,
but that won't change the fact.

On 13 November 2014 00:12, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net wrote:
 I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another example I
 think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
 *before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the questions
 started rolling in.

 Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of chapter
 and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
 potentially controversial issues like this.

 Regards,
 Craig Franklin
 (personal view only)


 On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com wrote:

 I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the laws
 that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous and
 renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic sanctions
 and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present, I
 imagine this related to that.

 Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would expose the
 foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past relating
 to unrest.

 Its no slight on the country or its individuals, just a precautionary
 measure.

 Seddon
  On 12 Nov 2014 19:48, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com wrote:

 rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:

 We received some alerts from our users that donations are now blocked
 when user is from Russia:
 http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc2371
 84.png


 Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by clicking
 the Russia link in https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
 Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try sending a
 wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a PayPal
 donation?

 Nemo

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 how to make a bank transfer to the Wikimedia Foundation. In case someone
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Anthony Cole
Thanks Kirill, James and all involved.

Svetlana, presently we have
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChangesLinked/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Lists_of_pages/Articles
which reports all changes to articles tagged on their talk page as of
interest to WikiProjedt Medicine (about 33,000 so far). I'd like all our
medical articles to have a button at the top saying email me when this
article changes, so interested experts could easily adopt a few articles.
(But we're getting a bit off-topic here.)

Anthony Cole http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Anthonyhcole


On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 3:34 PM, svetlana svetl...@fastmail.com.au wrote:

 Kirill Lokshin wrote:
  I'm pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
 Wiki
  Project Med [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2].

 Could be a good idea for wikiproject folks to work on a RSS feed of recent
 changes (and recent new page creations) within a category and its subcats.
 Sounds like a thing that'd increate all our participation in WikiProjects
 in the first place - and resolve plenty of user retention issues.

 Some previous (incomplete) notes on this field:
 https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Means_for_watching_categories

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread svetlana
Thanks Anthony for sharing your ideas!

Anthony Cole wrote:
 Svetlana, presently we have
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChangesLinked/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Lists_of_pages/Articles
 which reports all changes to articles tagged on their talk page as of
 interest to WikiProjedt Medicine (about 33,000 so far).

This is a grand tool. Though 
1) it doesn't filter for new page creations (would it be nice to have a new 
page tag?), and 
2) is not as grained as subcats would be (where people would be able to pick a 
more narrow topic to watch).

Anthony Cole wrote:
 I'd like all our
 medical articles to have a button at the top saying email me when this
 article changes, so interested experts could easily adopt a few articles.

Yes, this is a watchlist thing, it's already there (interested people can 
enable email delivery).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread Milos Rancic
I think that this is extremely important moment in the existence of
Wikimedia and contemporary free content movement. The future of the concept
of free knowledge could depend on how Wikimedia positions itself in
relation to this issue and the future similar ones.

This is not about our personal political opinions, this is about very real
consequences, which could define would we have united movement as we know
or just fragments of once great idea. All the lamest Wikipedia edit wars
could look like quite decent past.

Imagine any of our past conflicts. And that could look like a childish game.

This is also the question of how mature our particular and broader
movements are. Are we really a global movement or we are just a sum of
people with good will, strictly determined by our citizenship?

During the last six to seven years we lost few opportunities to become
significant stakeholder on the global stage (cf. contemporary significance
of Facebook). We lost the momentum few times and now we are absolutely
irrelevant as the movement. And if we don't want to lose the movement
itself, we have to be extremely pragmatic from now on.

One very good fact is that it is not anymore a heresy to talk about the
movement instead of data. Yes, our movement is the most important thing to
preserve. Capacity of hard disks and links improved that much, that
preserving data is just a matter of decent organizational work.

Our movement is not just the most important thing to us. In my opinion, our
movement is the best chance of our species to build the future. There were
no and there is no comparable movements.

We have to take this moment extremely seriously and start to work together
on solving numerous obstacles which we'll find in the future.

Our worst-case scenario is to disappear in irrelevance. It will start with
inactive chapters. Formal organization is the most expensive thing to us.
Our events will become less diverse.

Our declining editor community will become less diverse, as well.
Eventually, one by one, Wikipedia in particular languages will become less
important source of information than third party collaborative sums of
knowledge. (Keep in mind that Chinese Wikipedia is not the biggest and the
most useful encyclopedia in Chinese language.)

If we want to keep us as a movement, we have to fight hard for that. It's
not about one challenge, it's about constant challenges which we'll have.
This issue is just the first one.

Wikimedia Foundation's job is to do the best -- and I don't count
conformist answers as valid ones, as the time of plenty is behind us -- to
solve formal obstacles. If the servers have to go to Singapore, they should
go there as soon as possible.

Chapters have to cooperate. That's especially important in relation to the
chapters in the present and future conflict zones. I am aware that such
things are far from an issue presently. However, it could be much harder in
the future.

The rest of us have to take this moment seriously, as well, and do the best
in our personal capacities. That means writing Wikipedia and contributing
to other projects. That means introducing one friend per month into
contributing to Wikimedia projects. That means having active friendships
with people from the other parts of the world.
On Nov 13, 2014 2:01 AM, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'm presuming this is sanctions against Russia kicking in; all sorts
 of business has been stopped dead in its tracks, not just charity
 donations. There's even serious moves to kick Russia out of the SWIFT
 network:
 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/ultimate-sanction-barring-russian-banks-from-swift-money-system
 It strikes me as quite unlikely that there's anything at all WMF can
 actually do about this. Possibly it could have been handled better,
 but that won't change the fact.

 On 13 November 2014 00:12, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net
 wrote:
  I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another example I
  think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
  *before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the
 questions
  started rolling in.
 
  Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of chapter
  and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
  potentially controversial issues like this.
 
  Regards,
  Craig Franklin
  (personal view only)
 
 
  On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the
 laws
  that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous and
  renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic
 sanctions
  and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present, I
  imagine this related to that.
 
  Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would expose
 the
  foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past
 relating
  to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread rubin.happy
There were no recent changes in sanctions and I don't understand why this
turn off in donations happened just now.

Ideas about SWIFT kick out are not relevant here, as it was just a
discussion some months ago but no such action happened.

Furthermore, the sanctions were placed on particular companies and
individuals, there were no prohibitions against all financial relations.
So, I could understand if donations weren't accepted when they were sent
via a couple of banks under sanctions, but I want to repeat that there is,
for example, no prohibition to receive money from Russians.

rubin16
13 нояб. 2014 г. 4:01 пользователь David Gerard dger...@gmail.com
написал:

 I'm presuming this is sanctions against Russia kicking in; all sorts
 of business has been stopped dead in its tracks, not just charity
 donations. There's even serious moves to kick Russia out of the SWIFT
 network:
 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/ultimate-sanction-barring-russian-banks-from-swift-money-system
 It strikes me as quite unlikely that there's anything at all WMF can
 actually do about this. Possibly it could have been handled better,
 but that won't change the fact.

 On 13 November 2014 00:12, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net
 wrote:
  I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another example I
  think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
  *before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the
 questions
  started rolling in.
 
  Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of chapter
  and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
  potentially controversial issues like this.
 
  Regards,
  Craig Franklin
  (personal view only)
 
 
  On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the
 laws
  that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous and
  renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic
 sanctions
  and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present, I
  imagine this related to that.
 
  Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would expose
 the
  foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past
 relating
  to unrest.
 
  Its no slight on the country or its individuals, just a precautionary
  measure.
 
  Seddon
   On 12 Nov 2014 19:48, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
  rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:
 
  We received some alerts from our users that donations are now blocked
  when user is from Russia:
 
 http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc2371
  84.png
 
 
  Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by
 clicking
  the Russia link in https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
  Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try sending a
  wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a
 PayPal
  donation?
 
  Nemo
 
  P.s.: ROTFLOL Please email don...@wikimedia.org for more information
 on
  how to make a bank transfer to the Wikimedia Foundation. In case
 someone
  forgets there is an ocean between Europe and USA.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread Lisa Gruwell
Hello rubin16,

We are not running fundraising in Russia at this time, but I want to assure
you that this was not a decision motivated by politics.

We take compliance with appropriate laws very seriously in everything we
do. Out of an abundance of caution, we're not fundraising in Russia right
now.

Of course, the fact that we are not fundraising in Russia does and will not
have any impact at all on how the WMF continues to support the Russian
language Wikipedia, its sister projects, and the Russian Wikimedian
community.

Thank you,
Lisa Gruwell

On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM, rubin.happy rubin.ha...@gmail.com wrote:

 There were no recent changes in sanctions and I don't understand why this
 turn off in donations happened just now.

 Ideas about SWIFT kick out are not relevant here, as it was just a
 discussion some months ago but no such action happened.

 Furthermore, the sanctions were placed on particular companies and
 individuals, there were no prohibitions against all financial relations.
 So, I could understand if donations weren't accepted when they were sent
 via a couple of banks under sanctions, but I want to repeat that there is,
 for example, no prohibition to receive money from Russians.

 rubin16
 13 нояб. 2014 г. 4:01 пользователь David Gerard dger...@gmail.com
 написал:

  I'm presuming this is sanctions against Russia kicking in; all sorts
  of business has been stopped dead in its tracks, not just charity
  donations. There's even serious moves to kick Russia out of the SWIFT
  network:
 
 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/ultimate-sanction-barring-russian-banks-from-swift-money-system
  It strikes me as quite unlikely that there's anything at all WMF can
  actually do about this. Possibly it could have been handled better,
  but that won't change the fact.
 
  On 13 November 2014 00:12, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net
  wrote:
   I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another example I
   think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
   *before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the
  questions
   started rolling in.
  
   Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of
 chapter
   and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
   potentially controversial issues like this.
  
   Regards,
   Craig Franklin
   (personal view only)
  
  
   On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com
 wrote:
  
   I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the
  laws
   that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous and
   renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic
  sanctions
   and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present, I
   imagine this related to that.
  
   Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would expose
  the
   foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past
  relating
   to unrest.
  
   Its no slight on the country or its individuals, just a precautionary
   measure.
  
   Seddon
On 12 Nov 2014 19:48, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
  wrote:
  
   rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:
  
   We received some alerts from our users that donations are now
 blocked
   when user is from Russia:
  
  http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc2371
   84.png
  
  
   Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by
  clicking
   the Russia link in
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
   Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try sending a
   wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a
  PayPal
   donation?
  
   Nemo
  
   P.s.: ROTFLOL Please email don...@wikimedia.org for more
 information
  on
   how to make a bank transfer to the Wikimedia Foundation. In case
  someone
   forgets there is an ocean between Europe and USA.
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread Milos Rancic
What about a notice for users from Russia: We are not able to process
money from Russia now, but you are welcome to donate to Wikimedia Russia by
using this bank account -- if nothing more creative could be imagined?
On Nov 13, 2014 4:46 AM, Lisa Gruwell lgruw...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hello rubin16,

 We are not running fundraising in Russia at this time, but I want to assure
 you that this was not a decision motivated by politics.

 We take compliance with appropriate laws very seriously in everything we
 do. Out of an abundance of caution, we're not fundraising in Russia right
 now.

 Of course, the fact that we are not fundraising in Russia does and will not
 have any impact at all on how the WMF continues to support the Russian
 language Wikipedia, its sister projects, and the Russian Wikimedian
 community.

 Thank you,
 Lisa Gruwell

 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM, rubin.happy rubin.ha...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  There were no recent changes in sanctions and I don't understand why this
  turn off in donations happened just now.
 
  Ideas about SWIFT kick out are not relevant here, as it was just a
  discussion some months ago but no such action happened.
 
  Furthermore, the sanctions were placed on particular companies and
  individuals, there were no prohibitions against all financial relations.
  So, I could understand if donations weren't accepted when they were sent
  via a couple of banks under sanctions, but I want to repeat that there
 is,
  for example, no prohibition to receive money from Russians.
 
  rubin16
  13 нояб. 2014 г. 4:01 пользователь David Gerard dger...@gmail.com
  написал:
 
   I'm presuming this is sanctions against Russia kicking in; all sorts
   of business has been stopped dead in its tracks, not just charity
   donations. There's even serious moves to kick Russia out of the SWIFT
   network:
  
 
 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/ultimate-sanction-barring-russian-banks-from-swift-money-system
   It strikes me as quite unlikely that there's anything at all WMF can
   actually do about this. Possibly it could have been handled better,
   but that won't change the fact.
  
   On 13 November 2014 00:12, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net
   wrote:
I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another
 example I
think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
*before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the
   questions
started rolling in.
   
Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of
  chapter
and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
potentially controversial issues like this.
   
Regards,
Craig Franklin
(personal view only)
   
   
On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com
  wrote:
   
I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the
   laws
that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous
 and
renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic
   sanctions
and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present,
 I
imagine this related to that.
   
Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would
 expose
   the
foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past
   relating
to unrest.
   
Its no slight on the country or its individuals, just a
 precautionary
measure.
   
Seddon
 On 12 Nov 2014 19:48, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
   wrote:
   
rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:
   
We received some alerts from our users that donations are now
  blocked
when user is from Russia:
   
  
 http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc2371
84.png
   
   
Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by
   clicking
the Russia link in
  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try
 sending a
wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a
   PayPal
donation?
   
Nemo
   
P.s.: ROTFLOL Please email don...@wikimedia.org for more
  information
   on
how to make a bank transfer to the Wikimedia Foundation. In case
   someone
forgets there is an ocean between Europe and USA.
   
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Anthony Cole
Agree with all that, Svetlana - though we don't have a button at the top of
articles making it easy for readers to enable email alerts. 99.999% of
readers wouldn't know it was available. (This is something BLP subjects
would appreciate too, I'm sure.)

Anthony Cole http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Anthonyhcole


On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM, svetlana svetl...@fastmail.com.au wrote:

 Thanks Anthony for sharing your ideas!

 Anthony Cole wrote:
  Svetlana, presently we have
 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChangesLinked/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Lists_of_pages/Articles
  which reports all changes to articles tagged on their talk page as of
  interest to WikiProjedt Medicine (about 33,000 so far).

 This is a grand tool. Though
 1) it doesn't filter for new page creations (would it be nice to have a
 new page tag?), and
 2) is not as grained as subcats would be (where people would be able to
 pick a more narrow topic to watch).

 Anthony Cole wrote:
  I'd like all our
  medical articles to have a button at the top saying email me when this
  article changes, so interested experts could easily adopt a few
 articles.

 Yes, this is a watchlist thing, it's already there (interested people can
 enable email delivery).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Project Med

2014-11-12 Thread Risker
Actually, as I recall, email alerts for changes in articles has never been
activated on English Wikipedia.

Risker/Anne



On 12 November 2014 22:53, Anthony Cole ahcole...@gmail.com wrote:

 Agree with all that, Svetlana - though we don't have a button at the top of
 articles making it easy for readers to enable email alerts. 99.999% of
 readers wouldn't know it was available. (This is something BLP subjects
 would appreciate too, I'm sure.)

 Anthony Cole http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Anthonyhcole


 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM, svetlana svetl...@fastmail.com.au
 wrote:

  Thanks Anthony for sharing your ideas!
 
  Anthony Cole wrote:
   Svetlana, presently we have
  
 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChangesLinked/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Lists_of_pages/Articles
   which reports all changes to articles tagged on their talk page as of
   interest to WikiProjedt Medicine (about 33,000 so far).
 
  This is a grand tool. Though
  1) it doesn't filter for new page creations (would it be nice to have a
  new page tag?), and
  2) is not as grained as subcats would be (where people would be able to
  pick a more narrow topic to watch).
 
  Anthony Cole wrote:
   I'd like all our
   medical articles to have a button at the top saying email me when this
   article changes, so interested experts could easily adopt a few
  articles.
 
  Yes, this is a watchlist thing, it's already there (interested people can
  enable email delivery).
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-12 Thread rubin.happy
Hello, Lisa.

Could you, please, provide us with more details?

- why did it happen just now though restrictions due to the US sanctions
were I'mposed quite a long time ago? Probably, you have received some
warning from authorities, haven't you?

- what is the exact problem and applicable legislative restriction? Have
your bank stopped processing of payments from Russia or have something else
happen?

- is it an indefinite stop of fundraising here (till the end of sanctions)?

You know, relations between Russia and the US are not in their perfect
state and this a sensitive question where we need maximum of information to
make readers believe that it is not a political campaign of US-based WMF .

rubin16
13 нояб. 2014 г. 6:46 пользователь Lisa Gruwell lgruw...@wikimedia.org
написал:

 Hello rubin16,

 We are not running fundraising in Russia at this time, but I want to assure
 you that this was not a decision motivated by politics.

 We take compliance with appropriate laws very seriously in everything we
 do. Out of an abundance of caution, we're not fundraising in Russia right
 now.

 Of course, the fact that we are not fundraising in Russia does and will not
 have any impact at all on how the WMF continues to support the Russian
 language Wikipedia, its sister projects, and the Russian Wikimedian
 community.

 Thank you,
 Lisa Gruwell

 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 7:44 PM, rubin.happy rubin.ha...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  There were no recent changes in sanctions and I don't understand why this
  turn off in donations happened just now.
 
  Ideas about SWIFT kick out are not relevant here, as it was just a
  discussion some months ago but no such action happened.
 
  Furthermore, the sanctions were placed on particular companies and
  individuals, there were no prohibitions against all financial relations.
  So, I could understand if donations weren't accepted when they were sent
  via a couple of banks under sanctions, but I want to repeat that there
 is,
  for example, no prohibition to receive money from Russians.
 
  rubin16
  13 нояб. 2014 г. 4:01 пользователь David Gerard dger...@gmail.com
  написал:
 
   I'm presuming this is sanctions against Russia kicking in; all sorts
   of business has been stopped dead in its tracks, not just charity
   donations. There's even serious moves to kick Russia out of the SWIFT
   network:
  
 
 http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-09-04/ultimate-sanction-barring-russian-banks-from-swift-money-system
   It strikes me as quite unlikely that there's anything at all WMF can
   actually do about this. Possibly it could have been handled better,
   but that won't change the fact.
  
   On 13 November 2014 00:12, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net
   wrote:
I'm sure that you're correct here Joseph, but this is another
 example I
think where the Foundation should have notified the relevant chapter
*before* taking the action, so that they would be ready when the
   questions
started rolling in.
   
Unfortunately, I think we're getting back to the bad old days of
  chapter
and user group press contacts being the last people to find out about
potentially controversial issues like this.
   
Regards,
Craig Franklin
(personal view only)
   
   
On 13 November 2014 10:07, Joseph Seddon josephsed...@gmail.com
  wrote:
   
I would hate to preclude any answer from the foundation. However the
   laws
that govern the foundation are that of the US. Given the previous
 and
renewed ongoing palaver with Ukraine and the presence of economic
   sanctions
and the increasing likelihood of on top of what is already present,
 I
imagine this related to that.
   
Im not sure of what legal risks accepting such donations would
 expose
   the
foundation to. However such precautions have been made in the past
   relating
to unrest.
   
Its no slight on the country or its individuals, just a
 precautionary
measure.
   
Seddon
 On 12 Nov 2014 19:48, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
   wrote:
   
rubin.happy, 12/11/2014 18:48:
   
We received some alerts from our users that donations are now
  blocked
when user is from Russia:
   
  
 http://habrastorage.org/files/31b/b1f/ec9/31bb1fec9b9e45abb6ac4babcc2371
84.png
   
   
Thanks for the information. Everyone can see the same warning by
   clicking
the Russia link in
  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Ways_to_Give
Through what channels are donations blocked? Did anyone try
 sending a
wire to the EU (SEPA) account (IBAN GB54CHAS60924241034640), or a
   PayPal
donation?
   
Nemo
   
P.s.: ROTFLOL Please email don...@wikimedia.org for more
  information
   on
how to make a bank transfer to the Wikimedia Foundation. In case
   someone
forgets there is an ocean between Europe and USA.
   
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bulgaria User Group

2014-11-12 Thread Nurunnaby Hasive
 Congratulations to the Bulgarian User Group!

On Thu, Nov 13, 2014 at 6:43 AM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM, Richard Symonds 
 richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:

  Congratulations to Bulgaria! How do we get in touch with you?
 

 Their Meta page, linked from the announcement linked from the top of this
 thread, is useful:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Bulgaria#Communication

A.
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