Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Quarterly Report, October-December 2014

2015-02-19 Thread Tilman Bayer
Thanks, Alice!
The Participation and Content sections in the scorecard already
link to pages where further details on the definition of each metric
can be found, so I take your comment as a vote to include more of that
in the slide itself next time.
Articles means Wikipedia articles.
Page Views refers to all projects, just like in the previous Data
and Trends of the monthly reports - but now focusing on human traffic
only, like the slide says (Crawlers excluded).

(For those interested in the full gory details, see
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T89024 )

As the beta indicates, we may still revisit the selection of metrics
in the next quarterly report.

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 6:32 AM, Alice Wiegand me.ly...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi Tilman,

 I like the focussed view and the compact information. On slide 4, the beta
 scorecard, it would be helpful to know and see (especially for further
 usage) which projects are base for the numbers.

 Alice.

 On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:58 AM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi all,

 As Erik announced in November [1], the Foundation has changed its
 reporting from the monthly cycle that has been in place since 2008 to
 a quarterly rhythm. A main reason being to better align it with the
 quarterly planning and goalsetting process that has been extended to
 the entire organization since Lila took the helm. The first of these
 new quarterly reports has now been published here, in the format of a
 slide deck suitable for a 90 minute presentation:


 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Quarterly_Report,_FY_2014-15_Q2_(October-December).pdf

 As discussed before [2], the main objectives and design principles for
 this report were:

 * Accountability: Help our movement and our supporters understand how
 we spend our effort, and what we accomplish.
 * Learning together: Highlight important internal  external data,
 trends and lessons.
 * Presentable: Anyone, from volunteer to the executive director,
 should be able to present the work of the WMF using this report.
 * Reasonable effort: Pull as much as possible from existing sources,
 e.g., quarterly review slide decks  minutes.

 Please refer to the linked PDF for the full report (I will see to
 provide a wiki version on Meta in the next few days, exploring the
 best technical process for this kind of conversion). But to offer an
 excerpt from the “Key insights and trends” part (slide 5):

 --
 * Readership: Globally, pageviews are flat. Mobile is growing, desktop
 is shrinking. Given a growing global potential audience, this means we
 need to invest in the readership experience, with focus on mobile.
  We have learned that we can move at highest velocity on mobile apps
 due to their self-contained nature.
 * Beyond editing:  Inviting readers to perform classification tasks on
 their smartphone is showing promise; response quality is exceeding
 expectations.
 * Performance: The implementation of HHVM across Wikimedia sites is an
 engineering success story and demonstrates that dedicated focus in the
 area of site performance can pay off relatively quickly.
 * Fundraising: Mobile matters -- thanks to focused effort, we were
 able to increase the mobile revenue share from 1.7% to 16.1% (2013 vs.
 2014 year-end campaign).
 --

 Be aware that in the interest of readability, the report focuses on
 the work done on a number of key priorities rather than attempting a
 comprehensive list of every team’s goals - for a more detailed view,
 consider referring to the documentation of that team’s quarterly
 reviews [3]. This being the first report in this new format, we will
 surely tweak format, content (including the choice of key metrics) and
 process for the subsequent issues. Comments continue to be welcome at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_reports .


 Regards, Tilman


 [1]
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2014-November/001005.html
 [2]
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2015-February/076747.html
 [3]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews


 --
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 Senior Analyst
 Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Renewal of Recognition to Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil

2015-02-19 Thread Everton Zanella Alvarenga
Parabéns!

2015-02-18 21:00 GMT-02:00 Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com:

 Hello Carlos,

 Can you list here the links of the activities report that AffCom checked to
 confirm the level of actitivity of this user group?

 Best regards

 Rodrigo Padula
 Em 18/02/2015 14:24, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve escreveu:

  Dear all,
 
  The Affiliations Committee has recently resolved [1] to renew the
  recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil as a Wikimedia User
  Group for another year. /Parabéns /to our fellow wikimedians in Brazil
 and
  looking forward to see more activities and events from you guys! Tudo de
  bom! :-)
 
  Regards,
  Carlos
 
 
  1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 
 Resolutions/Renewals/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil_-_February_2015
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  junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain.
  Carlos M. Colina
  Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
 www.wikimedia.org.ve
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Lila Tretikov
Dear Wikimedians,

Among the WMF’s top priorities for 2015 is strengthening our engagement
with Wikimedia editors and volunteers. Today we are taking the first step
by bringing together the people who know our communities best and asking
them to break barriers and improve engagement. Everyone at the WMF who
carries responsibilities directly related to the communities will join a
new Community Engagement department.

I have asked Luis Villa to lead the Community Engagement organization as
the Senior Director of Community Engagement, reporting to me. Promoting
from within the WMF for this critical role will allow us to leverage the
knowledge and experience with our communities and reinforce the strengths
of our people.

Luis’s experience with communities is lengthy and deep. He has been
involved in open communities since the late 1990s, from communities as
small as the Lego Mindstorms hackers to those as large as Mozilla. He
worked in open communities as a lawyer, a programmer, a bugmaster, an
engineering lead, a community leader, and a board member. Luis has
performed exceptionally within the Foundation and supported some of our
most fruitful community engagements. The Grantmaking, LE, Education,
Community Advocacy and Community Liaisons teams will join the new Community
Engagement department [2] under his leadership.

Unfortunately, Anasuya Sengupta -- our beloved leader of grantmaking --
will be leaving us due to personal health concerns at the end of March. We
will invite you soon to celebrate her time with us, her work at the WMF and
the deep insight she brought to the Foundation. We are saddened to see her
go. The team she has nurtured will provide an important foundation for our
upcoming work.

Siko Bouterse will move up to lead  the day-to-day work of the Grantmaking
team as Director of Community Resources, supervising all department Grant
programs and the Global South strategy. Siko has been instrumental in
innovating programs at the WMF, including initiatives like the Teahouse[1]
and the IdeaLab[2] combining vision with strong support for volunteer
community, tough decision making, and great project management skills.

These changes are an opportunity to improve the coordination of our work
supporting the communities. To accelerate this, I have asked Luis to lead
an internal “tiger” team to better understand the needs, concerns and
priorities of our volunteers, and to develop recommendations for future
programs. This work will be shared with all of you as it becomes available.

Please join me in congratulating Luis and Siko and in supporting our teams.
The Wikimedia communities are what makes the projects strong, unique, and
irreplaceable. This is the next step forward in our support to them, and in
service of our mission.


Lila



[1] As Director of Community Resources, Siko will oversee the IdeaLab,
Annual Plan Grants, Project and Event Grants, and Travel and Participation
Support. Her team will include Katy Love, Winifred Olliff, Alex Wang,
Janice Tud, Jonathan Morgan, and Asaf Bartov. Asaf will also take on a new
title as Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities.

[2] Rachel DiCerbo, Philippe Beaudette, Siko, and Anasuya’s other direct
reports, and their respective teams (CL, CA, and Grantmaking/GLEE) will
report to Luis. The Engineering Community team will be part of the tiger
team but will continue to report to Engineering.

[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse

[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey -

Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir, I’ll
continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
this is not an easy email to write.

As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I will
be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
dancing legs strong again.

That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities worldwide.
Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will stand
him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
next few weeks of transition.

I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
two.

We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We have
been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
established organisations who form critical content and policy partnerships
in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
collective impact. We learned together about what our different communities
are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes for
free knowledge.

In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
_for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.

And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s “unimaginable,
magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]

So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning me
into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I have
done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
on a wiki near you.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Anasuya

p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be sent
to anasuyaATsanmathi.org

[1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)

[2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
this book on sustainability:
http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf

[3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
Wikimania…

[4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)

[5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You

[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Key_theme_-_Global_South,_WMF_Metrics_Meeting_February_2015.pdfpage=20
Ask Florence (User:Anthere) for _that_ story!


On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote:


 Dear Wikimedians,

 Among the WMF’s top priorities for 2015 is strengthening our engagement
 with Wikimedia editors and volunteers. Today we are taking the first step
 by bringing together the people who know our communities best and asking
 them to break barriers and improve engagement. Everyone at the WMF who
 carries 

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Leaving the Wikimedia Foundation

2015-02-19 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey -

Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir, I’ll
continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
this is not an easy email to write.

As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I will
be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
dancing legs strong again.

That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
leave. As Lila’s email just announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy
General Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and
leading the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
worldwide. Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know
will stand him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it
all. As a friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis
through the next few weeks of transition.

I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
two.

We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We have
been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
established organisations who form critical content and policy partnerships
in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
collective impact. We learned together about what our different communities
are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes for
free knowledge.

In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
_for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.

And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s “unimaginable,
magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]

So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning me
into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I have
done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
on a wiki near you.

With appreciation and gratitude,

Anasuya

p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be sent
to anasuyaATsanmathi.org

[1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)

[2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
this book on sustainability:
http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf

[3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
Wikimania…

[4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)

[5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You

[6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Key_theme_-_Global_South,_WMF_Metrics_Meeting_February_2015.pdfpage=20
Ask Florence (User:Anthere) for _that_ story!

-- 


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Luis Villa
Lila, Anasuya, and everyone else-

Lila, thank you so much for the opportunity, and thank you Anasuya, Geoff,
and Erik for your long-term work with the GLEE, CA, and CL teams — you’ve
laid a strong foundation to build on. I would also like to congratulate
Siko on her expanded role — I am looking forward to working together with
her and the rest of the team on some of our most complex challenges.

I am excited to have the opportunity to work with our current leaders and
teams. We are lucky to have some incredible people on the team, and I look
forward to collaborating, learning, and creating even better engagement and
results together.

As Lila mentioned, I’ve been a contributor to a variety of open
communities, large and small, for over a decade and a half. Since the first
time I hacked on Lego software with someone on another continent, I’ve been
a strong believer that healthy communities and personal relationships are
the core of the special thing that we do. I expect to carry that forward
into the leadership of this team, with a focus on making the Foundation a
strong, supportive partner of growing, diverse, global Wikimedian
communities.

The creation of this new team within the Foundation shows a renewed
dedication by WMF to deepen our relationship to the people who create and
drive the projects. This focus will be critically important as we seek to
support and grow our mission. There are a huge number of opportunities to
get us ever-closer to our goal of a world of free knowledge.

Luis

-- 
Luis Villa
Sr. Director of Community Engagement
Wikimedia Foundation
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Ivan Martínez
Well, It's a sad announcement. Anasuya personally I think the goodbyes are
not overrated. Thanks for your kindly way of be, and the energy to push the
mission in other level. Wikimedia is not important but your sooner recovery
are the most and I hope all it will be solved.

And welcome to the new team!

2015-02-20 0:39 GMT-06:00 Subhashish Panigrahi subhash...@cis-india.org:

 Anasuya,

 Thanks so much for all your support and I'm personally so obliged to you
 for being with us during the rough phase of WMF-CIS transition. It will be
 sad to see you go but I'm sure you'll always be part of this great
 community. Hope for your quick recovery. And I'm always up to join for
 having Uttara Kannada delicacies when you're here. :)

 Luis and Siko, congratulations for your new roles and looking forward to
 see you all soon!

 best,
 Subha


 On 20-02-15 07:24, Siko Bouterse wrote:

 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

  Anasuya, I will miss you. You did fabulous work for WMF and I hope that
 we
 will continue to have the benefit of your wisdom.

 Siko, I knew that you'd get promoted someday (: Question: who will
 directly
 run IEG? They will have big shoes to fill.

  Thanks for your support, Pine. I'll sorely miss Anasuya as well, but
 look
 forward to working with Luis and all of you in this expanded capacity. As
 for a program officer for IEG, that who is not yet settled, though we're
 aiming to backfill quickly. For the next few weeks, I'll still be holding
 down the IEG fort with support from the Community Resources team, as we
 work towards a longer-term replacement. More about that soon!

 Siko


  Luis, congrats on the new role.

 Pine

 Pine

 *This is an Encyclopedia* https://www.wikipedia.org/






 *One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
 our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water
 we
 must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
 which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
 fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do
 not
 know.*

 *—Catherine Munro*

 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
 just change dance floors.
 Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*

 Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
 responsibilities.

 Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
 yourself. And congrats for the step!

 All the best,

 Delphine


 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
 asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia

 journey

 -

 Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,

 I’ll

 continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
 department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
 this is not an easy email to write.

 As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past

 few

 months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve

 worked

 to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate

 but

 fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
 point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I

 will

 be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
 dancing legs strong again.

 That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
 leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy

 General

 Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and

 leading

 the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities

 worldwide.

 Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will

 stand

 him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
 friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through

 the

 next few weeks of transition.

 I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
 process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
 department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who

 care

 about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match

 the

 two.

 We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
 supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
 department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We

 have

 been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
 movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
 management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
 established organisations who form critical content and policy

 partnerships

 in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding

 our

 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Subhashish Panigrahi

Anasuya,

Thanks so much for all your support and I'm personally so obliged to you 
for being with us during the rough phase of WMF-CIS transition. It will 
be sad to see you go but I'm sure you'll always be part of this great 
community. Hope for your quick recovery. And I'm always up to join for 
having Uttara Kannada delicacies when you're here. :)


Luis and Siko, congratulations for your new roles and looking forward to 
see you all soon!


best,
Subha

On 20-02-15 07:24, Siko Bouterse wrote:

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:


Anasuya, I will miss you. You did fabulous work for WMF and I hope that we
will continue to have the benefit of your wisdom.

Siko, I knew that you'd get promoted someday (: Question: who will directly
run IEG? They will have big shoes to fill.


Thanks for your support, Pine. I'll sorely miss Anasuya as well, but look
forward to working with Luis and all of you in this expanded capacity. As
for a program officer for IEG, that who is not yet settled, though we're
aiming to backfill quickly. For the next few weeks, I'll still be holding
down the IEG fort with support from the Community Resources team, as we
work towards a longer-term replacement. More about that soon!

Siko



Luis, congrats on the new role.

Pine

Pine

*This is an Encyclopedia* https://www.wikipedia.org/






*One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not
know.*

*—Catherine Munro*

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com
wrote:


Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
just change dance floors.
Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*

Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
responsibilities.

Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
yourself. And congrats for the step!

All the best,

Delphine


On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
asengu...@wikimedia.org
wrote:


Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia

journey

-

Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,

I’ll

continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
this is not an easy email to write.

As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past

few

months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve

worked

to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate

but

fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I

will

be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
dancing legs strong again.

That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy

General

Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and

leading

the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities

worldwide.

Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will

stand

him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through

the

next few weeks of transition.

I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who

care

about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match

the

two.

We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We

have

been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
established organisations who form critical content and policy

partnerships

in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding

our

collective impact. We learned together about what our different

communities

are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and

above

all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes

for

free knowledge.

In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and

with

some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
_for_ all that we 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Quarterly Report, October-December 2014

2015-02-19 Thread Alice Wiegand
Hi Tilman,

I like the focussed view and the compact information. On slide 4, the beta
scorecard, it would be helpful to know and see (especially for further
usage) which projects are base for the numbers.

Alice.

On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 12:58 AM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi all,

 As Erik announced in November [1], the Foundation has changed its
 reporting from the monthly cycle that has been in place since 2008 to
 a quarterly rhythm. A main reason being to better align it with the
 quarterly planning and goalsetting process that has been extended to
 the entire organization since Lila took the helm. The first of these
 new quarterly reports has now been published here, in the format of a
 slide deck suitable for a 90 minute presentation:


 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Foundation_Quarterly_Report,_FY_2014-15_Q2_(October-December).pdf

 As discussed before [2], the main objectives and design principles for
 this report were:

 * Accountability: Help our movement and our supporters understand how
 we spend our effort, and what we accomplish.
 * Learning together: Highlight important internal  external data,
 trends and lessons.
 * Presentable: Anyone, from volunteer to the executive director,
 should be able to present the work of the WMF using this report.
 * Reasonable effort: Pull as much as possible from existing sources,
 e.g., quarterly review slide decks  minutes.

 Please refer to the linked PDF for the full report (I will see to
 provide a wiki version on Meta in the next few days, exploring the
 best technical process for this kind of conversion). But to offer an
 excerpt from the “Key insights and trends” part (slide 5):

 --
 * Readership: Globally, pageviews are flat. Mobile is growing, desktop
 is shrinking. Given a growing global potential audience, this means we
 need to invest in the readership experience, with focus on mobile.
  We have learned that we can move at highest velocity on mobile apps
 due to their self-contained nature.
 * Beyond editing:  Inviting readers to perform classification tasks on
 their smartphone is showing promise; response quality is exceeding
 expectations.
 * Performance: The implementation of HHVM across Wikimedia sites is an
 engineering success story and demonstrates that dedicated focus in the
 area of site performance can pay off relatively quickly.
 * Fundraising: Mobile matters -- thanks to focused effort, we were
 able to increase the mobile revenue share from 1.7% to 16.1% (2013 vs.
 2014 year-end campaign).
 --

 Be aware that in the interest of readability, the report focuses on
 the work done on a number of key priorities rather than attempting a
 comprehensive list of every team’s goals - for a more detailed view,
 consider referring to the documentation of that team’s quarterly
 reviews [3]. This being the first report in this new format, we will
 surely tweak format, content (including the choice of key metrics) and
 process for the subsequent issues. Comments continue to be welcome at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_reports .


 Regards, Tilman


 [1]
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaannounce-l/2014-November/001005.html
 [2]
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2015-February/076747.html
 [3]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews


 --
 Tilman Bayer
 Senior Analyst
 Wikimedia Foundation
 IRC (Freenode): HaeB

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Patricio Lorente
Dear Anasuya:

We will miss you badly. And worst: I will miss you badly. I've learned a
lot from you since our first meeting at Wikimania 2012 in Washington, and I
really hope you've enjoyed the ride in the Wikimedia movement. I know we
will meet again and you will be changing the world for better, cause that
is what you do.

Luis, Siko, congrats for the new roles! It will be a pleasure to work with
you both.

 Patricio

2015-02-19 19:50 GMT-03:00 Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com:

 Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
 just change dance floors.
 Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*

 Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
 responsibilities.

 Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
 yourself. And congrats for the step!

 All the best,

 Delphine


 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
 asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey
 -
 
  Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
 I’ll
  continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
  department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
  this is not an easy email to write.
 
  As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
  months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
  to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
  fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
  point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I
 will
  be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
  dancing legs strong again.
 
  That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
  leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
  Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
  the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
 worldwide.
  Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will
 stand
  him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
  friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
  next few weeks of transition.
 
  I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
  process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
  department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
  about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
  two.
 
  We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
  supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
  department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
 have
  been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
  movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
  management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
  established organisations who form critical content and policy
 partnerships
  in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
  collective impact. We learned together about what our different
 communities
  are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
  all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
 for
  free knowledge.
 
  In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
  some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
  knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
  _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
  knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
 
  And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
  found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
  “unimaginable,
  magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
  look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
  80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
  much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
  then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
 
  So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
 me
  into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I
 have
  done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
  with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
  on a wiki near you.
 
  With appreciation and gratitude,
 
  Anasuya
 
  p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
  Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be
 sent
  to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Katie Chan
Anasuya, thank you for the time and wisdom you have shared with us. We will
miss you dearly.

Luis  Siko, congratulations. Looking forward to working with you in your
new role.

Katie

On 19 February 2015 at 23:02, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Anasuya - I think you know that I adore you - and I am truly sad to see
 you go.

 I look forward to seeing you around online - and hope to see you at
 Wikimanias - but your impact has been immense and you will be missed. :(

 -greg aka varnent


  On 19 Feb, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:
 
  Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey
 -
 
  Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
 I’ll
  continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
  department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
  this is not an easy email to write.
 
  As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
  months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
  to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
  fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
  point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I
 will
  be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
  dancing legs strong again.
 
  That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
  leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
  Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
  the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
 worldwide.
  Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will
 stand
  him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
  friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
  next few weeks of transition.
 
  I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
  process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
  department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
  about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
  two.
 
  We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
  supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
  department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
 have
  been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
  movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
  management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
  established organisations who form critical content and policy
 partnerships
  in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
  collective impact. We learned together about what our different
 communities
  are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
  all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
 for
  free knowledge.
 
  In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
  some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
  knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
  _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
  knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
 
  And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
  found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
 “unimaginable,
  magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
  look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
  80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
  much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
  then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
 
  So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
 me
  into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I
 have
  done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
  with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
  on a wiki near you.
 
  With appreciation and gratitude,
 
  Anasuya
 
  p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
  Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be
 sent
  to anasuyaATsanmathi.org
 
  [1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)
 
  [2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
  this book on sustainability:
 
 http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf
 
  [3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
  Wikimania…
 
  [4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Pine W
Anasuya, I will miss you. You did fabulous work for WMF and I hope that we
will continue to have the benefit of your wisdom.

Siko, I knew that you'd get promoted someday (: Question: who will directly
run IEG? They will have big shoes to fill.

Luis, congrats on the new role.

Pine

Pine

*This is an Encyclopedia* https://www.wikipedia.org/






*One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not
know.*

*—Catherine Munro*

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
 just change dance floors.
 Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*

 Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
 responsibilities.

 Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
 yourself. And congrats for the step!

 All the best,

 Delphine


 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
 asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey
 -
 
  Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
 I’ll
  continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
  department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
  this is not an easy email to write.
 
  As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
  months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
  to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
  fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
  point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I
 will
  be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
  dancing legs strong again.
 
  That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
  leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
  Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
  the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
 worldwide.
  Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will
 stand
  him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
  friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
  next few weeks of transition.
 
  I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
  process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
  department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
  about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
  two.
 
  We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
  supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
  department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
 have
  been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
  movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
  management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
  established organisations who form critical content and policy
 partnerships
  in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
  collective impact. We learned together about what our different
 communities
  are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
  all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
 for
  free knowledge.
 
  In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
  some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
  knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
  _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
  knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
 
  And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
  found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
  “unimaginable,
  magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
  look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
  80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
  much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
  then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
 
  So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
 me
  into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I
 have
  done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
  with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
  on a wiki near you.
 
  

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
Anasuya - I think you know that I adore you - and I am truly sad to see you go.

I look forward to seeing you around online - and hope to see you at Wikimanias 
- but your impact has been immense and you will be missed. :(

-greg aka varnent


 On 19 Feb, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
 Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey -
 
 Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir, I’ll
 continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
 department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
 this is not an easy email to write.
 
 As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
 months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
 to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
 fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
 point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I will
 be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
 dancing legs strong again.
 
 That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
 leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
 Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
 the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities worldwide.
 Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will stand
 him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
 friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
 next few weeks of transition.
 
 I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
 process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
 department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
 about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
 two.
 
 We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
 supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
 department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We have
 been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
 movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
 management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
 established organisations who form critical content and policy partnerships
 in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
 collective impact. We learned together about what our different communities
 are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
 all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes for
 free knowledge.
 
 In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
 some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
 knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
 _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
 knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
 
 And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
 found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s “unimaginable,
 magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
 look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
 80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
 much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
 then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
 
 So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning me
 into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I have
 done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
 with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
 on a wiki near you.
 
 With appreciation and gratitude,
 
 Anasuya
 
 p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
 Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be sent
 to anasuyaATsanmathi.org
 
 [1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)
 
 [2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
 this book on sustainability:
 http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf
 
 [3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
 Wikimania…
 
 [4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
 insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)
 
 [5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
 https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You
 
 [6]
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Key_theme_-_Global_South,_WMF_Metrics_Meeting_February_2015.pdfpage=20
 Ask Florence (User:Anthere) for _that_ 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Siko Bouterse
On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Anasuya, I will miss you. You did fabulous work for WMF and I hope that we
 will continue to have the benefit of your wisdom.

 Siko, I knew that you'd get promoted someday (: Question: who will directly
 run IEG? They will have big shoes to fill.


Thanks for your support, Pine. I'll sorely miss Anasuya as well, but look
forward to working with Luis and all of you in this expanded capacity. As
for a program officer for IEG, that who is not yet settled, though we're
aiming to backfill quickly. For the next few weeks, I'll still be holding
down the IEG fort with support from the Community Resources team, as we
work towards a longer-term replacement. More about that soon!

Siko


 Luis, congrats on the new role.

 Pine

 Pine

 *This is an Encyclopedia* https://www.wikipedia.org/






 *One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
 our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
 must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
 which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
 fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not
 know.*

 *—Catherine Munro*

 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 2:50 PM, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
  just change dance floors.
  Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*
 
  Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
  responsibilities.
 
  Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
  yourself. And congrats for the step!
 
  All the best,
 
  Delphine
 
 
  On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
  asengu...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
 
   Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia
 journey
  -
  
   Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
  I’ll
   continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
   department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
   this is not an easy email to write.
  
   As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past
 few
   months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve
 worked
   to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate
 but
   fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
   point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I
  will
   be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
   dancing legs strong again.
  
   That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
   leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy
 General
   Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and
 leading
   the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
  worldwide.
   Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will
  stand
   him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
   friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through
 the
   next few weeks of transition.
  
   I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
   process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
   department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who
 care
   about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match
 the
   two.
  
   We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
   supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
   department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
  have
   been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
   movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
   management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
   established organisations who form critical content and policy
  partnerships
   in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding
 our
   collective impact. We learned together about what our different
  communities
   are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and
 above
   all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
  for
   free knowledge.
  
   In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and
 with
   some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
   knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
   _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
   knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
  
   And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of
 me
   found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
   “unimaginable,
   magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find
 expression.[5] I
   look 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Delphine Ménard
Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
just change dance floors.
Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*

Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
responsibilities.

Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
yourself. And congrats for the step!

All the best,

Delphine


On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey -

 Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir, I’ll
 continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
 department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
 this is not an easy email to write.

 As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
 months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
 to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
 fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
 point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I will
 be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
 dancing legs strong again.

 That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
 leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
 Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
 the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities worldwide.
 Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will stand
 him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
 friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
 next few weeks of transition.

 I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
 process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
 department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
 about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
 two.

 We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
 supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
 department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We have
 been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
 movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
 management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
 established organisations who form critical content and policy partnerships
 in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
 collective impact. We learned together about what our different communities
 are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
 all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes for
 free knowledge.

 In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
 some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
 knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
 _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
 knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.

 And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
 found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
 “unimaginable,
 magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
 look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
 80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
 much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
 then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]

 So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning me
 into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I have
 done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
 with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
 on a wiki near you.

 With appreciation and gratitude,

 Anasuya

 p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
 Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be sent
 to anasuyaATsanmathi.org

 [1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)

 [2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human rights defenders, has
 this book on sustainability:

 http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf

 [3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
 Wikimania…

 [4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
 insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)

 [5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
 https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You

 [6]

 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Vinicius Siqueira
Anasuya, it was a pleasure to take profit from your wisdom and joy. I hope
to see you recovered as soon as possible. I'm very grateful for your
kindness with Brazil!

Congratulations for Luis and the team. I wish you do a good job!

Vinicius Siqueira
WUG Brasil

On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 9:22 PM, Katie Chan katie.c...@wikimedia.org.uk
wrote:

 Anasuya, thank you for the time and wisdom you have shared with us. We will
 miss you dearly.

 Luis  Siko, congratulations. Looking forward to working with you in your
 new role.

 Katie

 On 19 February 2015 at 23:02, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Anasuya - I think you know that I adore you - and I am truly sad to see
  you go.
 
  I look forward to seeing you around online - and hope to see you at
  Wikimanias - but your impact has been immense and you will be missed. :(
 
  -greg aka varnent
 
 
   On 19 Feb, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 
  wrote:
  
   Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia
 journey
  -
  
   Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
  I’ll
   continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
   department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
   this is not an easy email to write.
  
   As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past
 few
   months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve
 worked
   to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate
 but
   fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
   point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I
  will
   be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
   dancing legs strong again.
  
   That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
   leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy
 General
   Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and
 leading
   the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
  worldwide.
   Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will
  stand
   him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
   friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through
 the
   next few weeks of transition.
  
   I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
   process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
   department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who
 care
   about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match
 the
   two.
  
   We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
   supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
   department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
  have
   been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
   movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
   management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
   established organisations who form critical content and policy
  partnerships
   in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding
 our
   collective impact. We learned together about what our different
  communities
   are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and
 above
   all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
  for
   free knowledge.
  
   In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and
 with
   some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
   knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
   _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
   knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
  
   And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of
 me
   found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
  “unimaginable,
   magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find
 expression.[5] I
   look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia,
 when
   80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
   much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
   then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
  
   So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
  me
   into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I
  have
   done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
   with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and
 obsessions
   on a wiki near you.
  
   With appreciation and gratitude,
  
   Anasuya
  
   p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
   Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff,