Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread aude
On Apr 13, 2015 8:27 PM, Brion Vibber bvib...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 It's been a long journey -- I remember that 2007 office well, and the
crazy
 times before even that. :)

 Best of luck on what's next!

Huge thanks for all you have done for Wikimedia! :)

Wish you the best in whatever you do next.

Cheers,
Katie


 -- brion
 On Apr 13, 2015 11:12 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Hi all --
 
  As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
  Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
  MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
  involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
  movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
  for me to do something different and new.
 
  It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
  have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
  were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
  lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
  scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
  generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
  the gift of free knowledge.
 
  I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
  mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
  Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
  :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
  lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
  community health and diversity.
 
  I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
  of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
  services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
  always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
  key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
  thrive in years to come.
 
  But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
  want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
  -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
  challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
 
  I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
  collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
  that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
  policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
  communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
  spaces and new ideas.
 
  Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
  how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
  the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
  a very natural point for me to pursue something new.
 
  What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
  will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
  to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.
 
  I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
  myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
  institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
  success and joy :-)
 
  Love,
 
  Erik
  --
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  VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation
 
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[Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Lila Tretikov
Dear Wikimedians,

I have some important news to share with you. Erik Moeller will be leaving
the Wikimedia Foundation on April 30th. Last week he let me know that he
decided it is time for him to explore his passions beyond our walls.

I want to thank Erik. For more than a decade, he gave his all to Wikimedia
-- first as a volunteer, then as a board member, and finally as a leader at
the WMF. For the past year, has been my personal guide, particularly in my
critical few months as the ED.

Earlier this year, I announced a Call to Action
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/State_of_the_Wikimedia_Foundation#2015_Call_to_Action
designed to organize the WMF around focus on product and communities. We
have already started putting some of these key initiatives into place.

In February, we brought the key community-facing functions into one team,
Community Engagement under Luis Villa, to improve support for community
needs and priorities. In March, we brought on Terry Gilbey as our new Chief
Operating Officer, to improve our organizational effectiveness, and
introduce rigor and discipline into our operational processes, metrics, and
reporting. And just two weeks ago, we introduced Kourosh Karimkhany as our
new Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, to build meaningful
partnerships, projects, and relationships that advance our mission.

Improving technology and execution are a major part of our Call to Action,
and I have been working with Erik, Damon, and others to determine our path
forward. Erik has been a key thought partner and thought leader in this
effort. We are near completion in this planning, and I look forward to
sharing more information with you all next Tuesday.

I am excited to see Erik’s next incredible adventure. Please join me in
supporting him on his path.

Lila
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread James Alexander
On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:53 AM, James Alexander jalexan...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

  Denver that a departure from a role like this only allow you to take on
 different roles ;).


Remember that a departure auto correct can be both a dangerous and
wondrous thing.

James Alexander
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Pavel Richter
Thank you, Q577729!

Thank you for what you did for Wikimedia in general, for the Wikimedia
Foundation in particular, for Free Knowledge as a whole.
And thank you for thinking and talking about Wikidata, long before
Wikimedia Deutschland did; and for pointing the right people towards the
right organization at the right moment.

Cheers,

Q15903779


2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi all --

 As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
 Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
 MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
 involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
 movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
 for me to do something different and new.

 It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
 have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
 were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
 lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
 scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
 generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
 the gift of free knowledge.

 I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
 mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
 Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
 :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
 lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
 community
 ​​
 health and diversity.

 I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
 of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
 services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
 always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
 key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
 thrive in years to come.

 But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
 want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
 -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
 challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.

 I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
 collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
 that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
 policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
 communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
 spaces and new ideas.

 Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
 how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
 the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
 a very natural point for me to pursue something new.

 What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
 will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
 to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.

 I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
 myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
 institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
 success and joy :-)

 Love,

 Erik
 --
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 VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Erik Moeller
Hi all --

As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
for me to do something different and new.

It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
the gift of free knowledge.

I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
:) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
community health and diversity.

I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
thrive in years to come.

But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
-- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.

I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
spaces and new ideas.

Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
a very natural point for me to pursue something new.

What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.

I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
success and joy :-)

Love,

Erik
-- 
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VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research

2015-04-13 Thread Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
How that happened?

This group presented objectives based on Education and Research, but all
actives showed  was not even close to the educational scope.


   - Activities:
   
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research#Projects_and_Activities:
   Wiki Loves Earth, not academic, Campus Party Brasil, not even close to be
   academic, edit-a-thon outside the academic world... Book chapter regarding
   Wikipedia Education Program in Brasil = work made trough the WMF Catalyst
   Programme, not a WUG activity = scheming to seem more important than it
   is...

AffCom recently renewal another WUG group here in Brazil that do not do any
activities, and uses chapters tools, and do not give us any criteria used
to explain the renewal, you will give the whys here?

And the creator of this group do not even have the trusty from the ones who
adopted him when he arrived at the Wikimedia Movement in Brazil:

I really do not understand what is happening to this group and what's on your
minds. Helped sling it and defend it and then I was shooed away
without any defined
process or transparency [1] the group that he is talking is the first WUG
created here in Brazil, the dorm one mentioned above, that using the WMF
Brazil Programme + AffCom closed the WMBR initiative (hooray!). And some of
them clearly showed to be oppose to that:[2]


AffCom acts very strange when the topic is Brazil, the WMBR proposal, after
years do not received any justification to why they want so bad to avoid
[3], they force a creation of a new group to assume the leadership in
Brazil, and now are approving another chapter initiative with headers that
not even the guys that the AffCom put against WMBR to create the WUG-BR,
trust...


[1]
https://br.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia:%C3%81gora#Adequa.C3.A7.C3.A3o_do_wiki

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research/User_Group_Proposal#Oppose

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Brasil/AffCom#A_message_from_the_Affiliations_Committee

On 13 April 2015 at 14:36, Santi Navarro santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es
wrote:

 Parabéns / Congratulations


 El 2015-04-12 13:28, ma...@wikimedia.org.ve escribió:

 Dear all,

 The Affiliations Commitee has approved the recognition[1] of the
 Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research as a
 Wikimedia User Group. The focus[2] of this new group is the
 integration of the Brazilian and Lusophone academic community into the
 Wikimedia movement, thus supporting the development of new projects,
 research, contests, events and other activities.

 Please, join us in welcoming the newest member of the family!

 Parabéns e tudo de bom!

 Carlos

 1:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
 Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_Brazilian_Group_of_
 Education_and_Research_-_Liaison_approval,_April_2015
 2:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brazilian_
 Group_of_Education_and_Research/User_Group_Proposal

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread James Alexander
I know you will find an interesting and awesome next chapter but it is 
certainly a bittersweet pill to see you heading out. I've enjoyed working 
alongside you for the past 5 years from debates about jimbo banners to what 
show we should play at Science Tuesday. You have been a huge presence in the 
movement since it's very creation and you better not completely disappear. 
Denver that a departure from a role like this only allow you to take on 
different roles ;). 

I'll have time to do this more later this month I'm sure but may your next 
adventure be as or more fulfilling then your last :).

Sent from my iPhone


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Legal and Community Advocacy
Wikimedia Foundation
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 On Apr 13, 2015, at 11:27, Brion Vibber bvib...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
 It's been a long journey -- I remember that 2007 office well, and the crazy
 times before even that. :)
 
 Best of luck on what's next!
 
 -- brion
 On Apr 13, 2015 11:12 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
 Hi all --
 
 As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
 Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
 MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
 involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
 movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
 for me to do something different and new.
 
 It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
 have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
 were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
 lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
 scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
 generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
 the gift of free knowledge.
 
 I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
 mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
 Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
 :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
 lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
 community health and diversity.
 
 I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
 of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
 services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
 always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
 key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
 thrive in years to come.
 
 But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
 want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
 -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
 challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
 
 I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
 collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
 that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
 policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
 communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
 spaces and new ideas.
 
 Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
 how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
 the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
 a very natural point for me to pursue something new.
 
 What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
 will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
 to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.
 
 I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
 myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
 institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
 success and joy :-)
 
 Love,
 
 Erik
 --
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 VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Pine W
Hi Erik, best wishes on your new journey. Two things I am grateful to you
for are the development of VisualEditor into a very viable product, and the
support of HHVM implementation.

Lila, will all of Product and Engineering now report to Damon or are there
plans to recruit a replacement for Erik? Also, who will take the Deputy
Director role?

Thanks,
Pine
On Apr 13, 2015 11:07 AM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 I have some important news to share with you. Erik Moeller will be leaving
 the Wikimedia Foundation on April 30th. Last week he let me know that he
 decided it is time for him to explore his passions beyond our walls.

 I want to thank Erik. For more than a decade, he gave his all to Wikimedia
 -- first as a volunteer, then as a board member, and finally as a leader at
 the WMF. For the past year, has been my personal guide, particularly in my
 critical few months as the ED.

 Earlier this year, I announced a Call to Action
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/State_of_the_Wikimedia_Foundation#2015_Call_to_Action
 
 designed to organize the WMF around focus on product and communities. We
 have already started putting some of these key initiatives into place.

 In February, we brought the key community-facing functions into one team,
 Community Engagement under Luis Villa, to improve support for community
 needs and priorities. In March, we brought on Terry Gilbey as our new Chief
 Operating Officer, to improve our organizational effectiveness, and
 introduce rigor and discipline into our operational processes, metrics, and
 reporting. And just two weeks ago, we introduced Kourosh Karimkhany as our
 new Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, to build meaningful
 partnerships, projects, and relationships that advance our mission.

 Improving technology and execution are a major part of our Call to Action,
 and I have been working with Erik, Damon, and others to determine our path
 forward. Erik has been a key thought partner and thought leader in this
 effort. We are near completion in this planning, and I look forward to
 sharing more information with you all next Tuesday.

 I am excited to see Erik’s next incredible adventure. Please join me in
 supporting him on his path.

 Lila
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Brion Vibber
It's been a long journey -- I remember that 2007 office well, and the crazy
times before even that. :)

Best of luck on what's next!

-- brion
On Apr 13, 2015 11:12 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi all --

 As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
 Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
 MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
 involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
 movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
 for me to do something different and new.

 It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
 have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
 were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
 lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
 scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
 generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
 the gift of free knowledge.

 I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
 mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
 Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
 :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
 lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
 community health and diversity.

 I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
 of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
 services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
 always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
 key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
 thrive in years to come.

 But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
 want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
 -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
 challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.

 I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
 collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
 that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
 policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
 communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
 spaces and new ideas.

 Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
 how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
 the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
 a very natural point for me to pursue something new.

 What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
 will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
 to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.

 I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
 myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
 institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
 success and joy :-)

 Love,

 Erik
 --
 Erik Möller
 VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Magnus Manske
Erik, it's been quite a ride. Wikimedia wouldn't be where it is without you.

Good luck and success in your next endeavour!

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 7:27 PM Brion Vibber bvib...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 It's been a long journey -- I remember that 2007 office well, and the crazy
 times before even that. :)

 Best of luck on what's next!

 -- brion
 On Apr 13, 2015 11:12 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Hi all --
 
  As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
  Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
  MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
  involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
  movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
  for me to do something different and new.
 
  It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
  have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
  were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
  lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
  scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
  generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
  the gift of free knowledge.
 
  I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
  mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
  Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
  :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
  lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
  community health and diversity.
 
  I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
  of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
  services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
  always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
  key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
  thrive in years to come.
 
  But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
  want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
  -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
  challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
 
  I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
  collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
  that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
  policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
  communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
  spaces and new ideas.
 
  Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
  how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
  the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
  a very natural point for me to pursue something new.
 
  What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
  will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
  to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.
 
  I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
  myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
  institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
  success and joy :-)
 
  Love,
 
  Erik
  --
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  VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Andrew Lih
To the first Wikimedian to get a tattoo of your item number ... I salute
you.

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM, Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com
wrote:

 2015-04-13 21:27 GMT+02:00 Pavel Richter m...@pavelrichter.de:
  Thank you, Q577729!

 [...]

  Q15903779

 (ROFL, you are the cool kids in town ;-) )

 Goodbye Erik, best of luck for your future endeavors.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Patricio Lorente
You are part of our living memory, Erik. We will miss you. Good luck and
hope to see you soon!

 Patricio

2015-04-13 19:18 GMT-03:00 Andrew Lih andrew@gmail.com:

 To the first Wikimedian to get a tattoo of your item number ... I salute
 you.

 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 6:12 PM, Cristian Consonni 
 kikkocrist...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  2015-04-13 21:27 GMT+02:00 Pavel Richter m...@pavelrichter.de:
   Thank you, Q577729!
 
  [...]
 
   Q15903779
 
  (ROFL, you are the cool kids in town ;-) )
 
  Goodbye Erik, best of luck for your future endeavors.
 
  C
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Leinonen Teemu
Toward Peace, Love  Progress! 

All the best with the new chapter, 

- Teemu

 On 13.4.2015, at 21.12, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. 

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Cristian Consonni
2015-04-13 21:27 GMT+02:00 Pavel Richter m...@pavelrichter.de:
 Thank you, Q577729!

[...]

 Q15903779

(ROFL, you are the cool kids in town ;-) )

Goodbye Erik, best of luck for your future endeavors.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Erik Zachte
Dear Erik, 

You have been serving the movement in many capacities, and contributed an 
awesome amount. 
Thanks much for your commitment, your vision and heartfelt desire to constantly 
promote innovation.
I really enjoyed working together for so many years.
I can't imagine you are leaving as a volunteer. 
Much too early to adopt the title of 'Wikimedia innovator emeritus'.
All best with you next adventure.

Erik Zachte
 


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Access to Private Information Policy: How Long Will This Be Left a Question Mark?

2015-04-13 Thread Trillium Corsage
Mr. Starling, thanks for your response. I have to preface this by saying my 
opinions are legitimate criticism and rightly motivated, but I nevertheless 
fear that they won't be allowed on the mailing list and that I will be kicked 
off it because of them.

 I don't know what identifying people with checkuser permissions is
 meant to achieve, when they are not liable for a breach of the privacy
 policy. I can understand requiring identification for Board members,
 who have legal responsibilities. But what is the point of having a
 photocopy of a CheckUser's passport when there are no conceivable
 circumstances under which you would give that photocopy to police?

No, there are plenty conceivable circumstances under which the WMF would be 
compelled to identify a community administrator to the police, such as a 
lawsuit for cyberstalking. For example WMF Steward Tbloemink and global sysop 
JurgenNL engaged in the stalking of Moiramoira via IRC, harassing phonecalls, 
and a visit to her home in which they peeped in her windows 
(http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Privacy_violation_by_TBloemink_and_JurgenNL).
 They did use their advanced administrative rights to identify her. So a 
criminal or civil case could be brought in which a subpoena for the passport 
would be lawfully issued.

In the broader picture, requiring identification would improve the behavior of 
any bad administrator that has slipped through the cracks and uses the advanced 
tools to violate users' privacy. Why? Because anonymity reduces the risks 
involved with bad behavior. So they are no longer restrained by personal 
accountability in checkusering people. They can do as they like, use the 
information in any way they like, and, beyond desysoping I guess, can never be 
held to account.  

 Maybe the idea is that if a CheckUser publically doxes someone for
 some petty purpose, such as revenge, then the victim may subpoena
 identifying records from the Foundation as part of a suit against the
 CheckUser. Note that I have done my fair share of troll hunting, it
 occupied quite a bit of my time between when I first got shell access
 in early 2004 and when I introduced CheckUser in late 2005. I have
 publically discussed identifying information of logged-in users. I
 never heard any credible theory on how my actions at that time might
 have created legal liability. Surely, if there was such a legal
 remedy, trolls would constantly threaten to use it.

Your presumption here is that administrators across the board are honorable 
troll hunters fulfilling a community duty, but the reality is somewhat 
different. The demonization of an editor as troll and sockpuppet and so 
forth is often falsely used by the administrator as an excuse for acting on his 
or her personal antipathies. They become irritated at an editor and set out to 
attack him or her, there are no controls on or standards for their actions. 

 I think that the most important practical measure we can take to
 protect users' privacy against CheckUser is to regularly audit the
 CheckUser logs. We should also work to improve their auditability. The
 logs have hundreds of entries of the form:

Yeah, that's a great idea, but further make it *publicly* auditable. Redact the 
privacy (IP) information and let the public know whom the checkusers are 
checkusering. Another great step would be to force entry of a *reason* before 
the checkuser tool can be used. As I understand it from all I've read, the 
checkuser tool now has a reason field, but it can be left blank. Reconfigure 
the tool to force entry of a reason for its use. And this also would immensely 
improve the ability to audit the logs.

13.04.2015, 01:56, Tim Starling tstarl...@wikimedia.org:
 On 13/04/15 00:12, Trillium Corsage wrote:

text clipped for brevity

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread MZMcBride
A very bittersweet departure indeed. I find myself reading the replies in
this thread and smiling at the Wikidata IDs and nodding in agreement with
the expressions of gratitude and respect for all the hard work you've put
in over the past decade. There are few people in the world who have been
involved with Wikimedia as much or who understand Wikimedia as well as you.

Pine W wrote:
Lila, will all of Product and Engineering now report to Damon or are there
plans to recruit a replacement for Erik? Also, who will take the Deputy
Director role?

I think this was basically addressed in the quoted paragraph below. :-)

On Apr 13, 2015 11:07 AM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote:
Improving technology and execution are a major part of our Call to
Action, and I have been working with Erik, Damon, and others to
determine our path forward. Erik has been a key thought partner and
thought leader in this effort. We are near completion in this planning,
and I look forward to sharing more information with you all next Tuesday.

MZMcBride



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Gregory Varnum
Erik - thank you for your years of service to the movement!

I agree with much of what others have said - you will be missed - but
hopefully not actually gone from the movement. :)

-greg

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Robert Rohde raro...@gmail.com wrote:

 Erik, thank you for everything you have contributed to Wikimedia over the
 years.  It has made an immeasurable impact, and whatever future projects
 you turn to will be lucky to have you.

 I have often thought that Erik held a somewhat special place in the WMF as
 the highest ranking staff member who began their career as a major editor
 on the projects themselves.  Hence, I have tended to imagine that he would
 be there to provide the outside hires with valuable insights into the
 functioning and feelings of the editor community.  Not a flawless process
 for sure, but still an important one.

 Out of curiosity, with Erik's departure, who will be the highest ranking
 staff member(s) with extensive editing experience (say 5000 edits, or
 something like that)?  I skimmed the WMF bios, and I don't think there is
 anyone left in a VP or C-level position that grew out of the community.  It
 is the nature of the beast that many of the best talents will come to
 Wikimedia from outside of the community, and consequently they will have to
 learn what the community is all about.  However, I am a little surprised
 that there aren't more identifiable community members among the top level
 staff.  I would think that having that background and experience would be
 valuable for some of the roles.

 With Erik's departure it feels like we've passed some sort of milestone in
 the evolution of Wikimedia.  We've moved toward a more professional staff,
 but also a staff that is more distant from the roots of Wikimedia.

 Anyway, best wishes Erik.  Your contributions and eloquence will be missed.
  (Though I won't be shy in reminding you that you can still participate in
 the WMF projects as a volunteer, should you get that itch.  ;-)  )

 -Robert Rohde

 P.S.  Some of the senior staff bios could really use some cleanup and
 expansion (e.g. Lisa Seitz-Gruwell).


 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM, Johan Jönsson brevlis...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
  projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).
 
  Best of luck in your future endeavours.
 
  //Johan Jönsson
  --
 
  2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:
 
   Hi all --
  
   As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
   Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
   MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
   involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
   movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
   for me to do something different and new.
  
   It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
   have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
   were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
   lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
   scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
   generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
   the gift of free knowledge.
  
   I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
   mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
   Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
   :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
   lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
   community health and diversity.
  
   I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
   of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
   services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
   always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
   key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
   thrive in years to come.
  
   But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
   want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
   -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
   challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
  
   I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
   collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
   that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
   policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
   communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
   spaces and new ideas.
  
   Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
   how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
   the years to come, and we’ll have an update on 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Sam Klein
Ah Erik!  I have fond memories of the early ideas of wikidata and omegawiki
as well.

Your dedication and prolific ideas have changed collaboration for the
better, and I'm sure will continue to for a long time.

Good company and bright dreams,
Sam


On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 3:12 PM, Emmanuel Engelhart kel...@kiwix.org
wrote:

 On 13.04.2015 20:12, Erik Moeller wrote:

 I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
 of Wikimedia Germany,


 Yes, from Wikidata (wiktionaryz) where I saw first your name to Wikidata (
 wikidata.org). What a journey!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Johan Jönsson
Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).

Best of luck in your future endeavours.

//Johan Jönsson
--

2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi all --

 As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
 Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
 MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
 involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
 movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
 for me to do something different and new.

 It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
 have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
 were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
 lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
 scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
 generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
 the gift of free knowledge.

 I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
 mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
 Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
 :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
 lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
 community health and diversity.

 I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
 of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
 services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
 always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
 key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
 thrive in years to come.

 But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
 want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
 -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
 challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.

 I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
 collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
 that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
 policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
 communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
 spaces and new ideas.

 Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
 how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
 the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
 a very natural point for me to pursue something new.

 What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
 will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
 to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.

 I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through April, and will make
 myself available as necessary afterwards, for when the org needs human
 institutional memory that surpasses digital archives. I wish you all
 success and joy :-)

 Love,

 Erik
 --
 Erik Möller
 VP of Product  Strategy, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Editing Wikipedia for school community service hours

2015-04-13 Thread Aleksey Bilogur
If editing Wikipedia counted as community service my school ought to start
handing me plaques.

Alas, it does not, for a host of legitimate reasons as I see it, ranging
from academic uncertainty about the usefulness of doing so when it comes to
community impact, to the sheer difficulty of actually measuring. More
meaningful (and, in the spirit of things, selfless) to volunteer at a local
Wikipedia editing event then to sit back in an armchair and do the whole
first-world-netizen-at-a-computer thing.

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 8:57 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi all,

 Many schools in the United States encourage or require students to perform
 community service hours, such as by cleaning up parks, caring for the
 disabled, or tutoring younger students. Sometimes more specialized
 requirements apply, such as university schools of education or health which
 may require experience that is applicable to a student's desired
 coursework. Contributing to Wikimedia is one form of accepted community
 service in a multi-campus Mexican university, and the practice seems to be
 gaining momentum (see
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/04/13/wiki-learning-edit-a-thon-mexico/).

 These community service programs are different from in-class assignments
 that require Wikipedia editing. Wikipedia can  benefit from both kinds of
 activities.

 I am wondering, have other Wikimedia affiliates had success with
 encouraging students to complete community service requirements by
 contributing to Wikimedia? I am thinking that here in Cascadia, we might
 encourage schools to allow this option, and other affiliates also might
 want to explore this possibility.

 Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Editing Wikipedia for school community service hours

2015-04-13 Thread Leigh Thelmadatter
I agree that any community service type editing would have to be planned and 
done carefully as the type of work being done is everything. Obviously adding 
content about businesses and television shows would have no community impact, 
but documenting cultural topics, marginalized peoples, and the like very well 
could. Not to mention academic topics to the same communities as Wikipedia Zero 
serves. No sense students having free access if they information they need does 
not exist.
Servicio social for Mexican universities also has an academic component, 
relating the service to their majors. María José has written a blog post, which 
is in the draft queue, about her experience which I hope gets published 
eventually. 
Leigh



 Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 21:03:50 -0400
 From: aleksey.bilo...@gmail.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 CC: wikimedia-casca...@lists.wikimedia.org; wikimediau...@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Editing Wikipedia for school community service 
 hours
 
 If editing Wikipedia counted as community service my school ought to start
 handing me plaques.
 
 Alas, it does not, for a host of legitimate reasons as I see it, ranging
 from academic uncertainty about the usefulness of doing so when it comes to
 community impact, to the sheer difficulty of actually measuring. More
 meaningful (and, in the spirit of things, selfless) to volunteer at a local
 Wikipedia editing event then to sit back in an armchair and do the whole
 first-world-netizen-at-a-computer thing.
 
 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 8:57 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Hi all,
 
  Many schools in the United States encourage or require students to perform
  community service hours, such as by cleaning up parks, caring for the
  disabled, or tutoring younger students. Sometimes more specialized
  requirements apply, such as university schools of education or health which
  may require experience that is applicable to a student's desired
  coursework. Contributing to Wikimedia is one form of accepted community
  service in a multi-campus Mexican university, and the practice seems to be
  gaining momentum (see
  https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/04/13/wiki-learning-edit-a-thon-mexico/).
 
  These community service programs are different from in-class assignments
  that require Wikipedia editing. Wikipedia can  benefit from both kinds of
  activities.
 
  I am wondering, have other Wikimedia affiliates had success with
  encouraging students to complete community service requirements by
  contributing to Wikimedia? I am thinking that here in Cascadia, we might
  encourage schools to allow this option, and other affiliates also might
  want to explore this possibility.
 
  Thanks,
  Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research

2015-04-13 Thread Rodrigo Padula
Oh my god!!

A guy that was blocked in many Wikimedia projects due to bad behavior come
here to talk about trust sounds funny.

One of the reasons I have focused on work with some teachers and serious
people to create a new proposal of a user group was just that, keep them away
from these fallacies and old discussions regarding the creation of a chapter
.

All these problems and deconstructive arguments keeps people away from the
Wikimedia movement in Brazil.

With this new proposal and the new group recently approved, I intend to work in
another direction, focused more on projects and results than trash talking.

The recognition of AffCom and WMF is only the first step. You surely will
receive frequent reports of our activities and results over the next months.

Thanks to all members of the AffCom, Iberocoop and other chapters by the
support and knowledge shared during the last year, that culminated with
that recognized proposal.

During the next months/years we will try to keep in touch to learn from
your experiences and activities.

Best regards to everyone.

Rodrigo Padula

2015-04-13 15:54 GMT-03:00 Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton 
rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com:

 How that happened?

 This group presented objectives based on Education and Research, but all
 actives showed  was not even close to the educational scope.


- Activities:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research#Projects_and_Activities
 :
Wiki Loves Earth, not academic, Campus Party Brasil, not even close to
 be
academic, edit-a-thon outside the academic world... Book chapter
 regarding
Wikipedia Education Program in Brasil = work made trough the WMF
 Catalyst
Programme, not a WUG activity = scheming to seem more important than it
is...

 AffCom recently renewal another WUG group here in Brazil that do not do any
 activities, and uses chapters tools, and do not give us any criteria used
 to explain the renewal, you will give the whys here?

 And the creator of this group do not even have the trusty from the ones who
 adopted him when he arrived at the Wikimedia Movement in Brazil:

 I really do not understand what is happening to this group and what's on
 your
 minds. Helped sling it and defend it and then I was shooed away
 without any defined
 process or transparency [1] the group that he is talking is the first WUG
 created here in Brazil, the dorm one mentioned above, that using the WMF
 Brazil Programme + AffCom closed the WMBR initiative (hooray!). And some of
 them clearly showed to be oppose to that:[2]


 AffCom acts very strange when the topic is Brazil, the WMBR proposal, after
 years do not received any justification to why they want so bad to avoid
 [3], they force a creation of a new group to assume the leadership in
 Brazil, and now are approving another chapter initiative with headers that
 not even the guys that the AffCom put against WMBR to create the WUG-BR,
 trust...


 [1]

 https://br.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia:%C3%81gora#Adequa.C3.A7.C3.A3o_do_wiki

 [2]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research/User_Group_Proposal#Oppose

 [3]

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Brasil/AffCom#A_message_from_the_Affiliations_Committee

 On 13 April 2015 at 14:36, Santi Navarro santiagonava...@wikimedia.org.es
 
 wrote:

  Parabéns / Congratulations
 
 
  El 2015-04-12 13:28, ma...@wikimedia.org.ve escribió:
 
  Dear all,
 
  The Affiliations Commitee has approved the recognition[1] of the
  Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research as a
  Wikimedia User Group. The focus[2] of this new group is the
  integration of the Brazilian and Lusophone academic community into the
  Wikimedia movement, thus supporting the development of new projects,
  research, contests, events and other activities.
 
  Please, join us in welcoming the newest member of the family!
 
  Parabéns e tudo de bom!
 
  Carlos
 
  1:
 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
  Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_Brazilian_Group_of_
  Education_and_Research_-_Liaison_approval,_April_2015
  2:
 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brazilian_
  Group_of_Education_and_Research/User_Group_Proposal
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Brad Patrick
Erik, I want to publicly offer you the heartiest congratulations for your 
tremendous years of service to the cause and for being a rock of principle in 
the movement all these years. Those who have worked with you and know you 
understand the significance of this shift. I choose to view the change not as a 
loss but a greater gain to the next project you will take on, for which we will 
all be the better.
Best of luck, eloquence!

Brad PatrickFormer WMF GC



On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:07 AM -0700, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org 
wrote:










Dear Wikimedians,

I have some important news to share with you. Erik Moeller will be leaving
the Wikimedia Foundation on April 30th. Last week he let me know that he
decided it is time for him to explore his passions beyond our walls.

I want to thank Erik. For more than a decade, he gave his all to Wikimedia
-- first as a volunteer, then as a board member, and finally as a leader at
the WMF. For the past year, has been my personal guide, particularly in my
critical few months as the ED.

Earlier this year, I announced a Call to Action

designed to organize the WMF around focus on product and communities. We
have already started putting some of these key initiatives into place.

In February, we brought the key community-facing functions into one team,
Community Engagement under Luis Villa, to improve support for community
needs and priorities. In March, we brought on Terry Gilbey as our new Chief
Operating Officer, to improve our organizational effectiveness, and
introduce rigor and discipline into our operational processes, metrics, and
reporting. And just two weeks ago, we introduced Kourosh Karimkhany as our
new Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, to build meaningful
partnerships, projects, and relationships that advance our mission.

Improving technology and execution are a major part of our Call to Action,
and I have been working with Erik, Damon, and others to determine our path
forward. Erik has been a key thought partner and thought leader in this
effort. We are near completion in this planning, and I look forward to
sharing more information with you all next Tuesday.

I am excited to see Erik’s next incredible adventure. Please join me in
supporting him on his path.

Lila
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Robert Rohde
Erik, thank you for everything you have contributed to Wikimedia over the
years.  It has made an immeasurable impact, and whatever future projects
you turn to will be lucky to have you.

I have often thought that Erik held a somewhat special place in the WMF as
the highest ranking staff member who began their career as a major editor
on the projects themselves.  Hence, I have tended to imagine that he would
be there to provide the outside hires with valuable insights into the
functioning and feelings of the editor community.  Not a flawless process
for sure, but still an important one.

Out of curiosity, with Erik's departure, who will be the highest ranking
staff member(s) with extensive editing experience (say 5000 edits, or
something like that)?  I skimmed the WMF bios, and I don't think there is
anyone left in a VP or C-level position that grew out of the community.  It
is the nature of the beast that many of the best talents will come to
Wikimedia from outside of the community, and consequently they will have to
learn what the community is all about.  However, I am a little surprised
that there aren't more identifiable community members among the top level
staff.  I would think that having that background and experience would be
valuable for some of the roles.

With Erik's departure it feels like we've passed some sort of milestone in
the evolution of Wikimedia.  We've moved toward a more professional staff,
but also a staff that is more distant from the roots of Wikimedia.

Anyway, best wishes Erik.  Your contributions and eloquence will be missed.
 (Though I won't be shy in reminding you that you can still participate in
the WMF projects as a volunteer, should you get that itch.  ;-)  )

-Robert Rohde

P.S.  Some of the senior staff bios could really use some cleanup and
expansion (e.g. Lisa Seitz-Gruwell).


On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM, Johan Jönsson brevlis...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
 projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).

 Best of luck in your future endeavours.

 //Johan Jönsson
 --

 2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:

  Hi all --
 
  As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
  Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
  MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
  involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
  movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
  for me to do something different and new.
 
  It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
  have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
  were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
  lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
  scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
  generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
  the gift of free knowledge.
 
  I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
  mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
  Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
  :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
  lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
  community health and diversity.
 
  I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
  of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
  services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
  always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
  key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
  thrive in years to come.
 
  But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
  want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
  -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
  challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
 
  I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
  collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
  that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
  policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
  communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
  spaces and new ideas.
 
  Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
  how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
  the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
  a very natural point for me to pursue something new.
 
  What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
  will continue to cross paths with many of you in future as I continue
  to move in free culture circles, and I very much look forward to it.
 
  I’ll continue to be @ WMF full-time through 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Oliver Keyes
I believe (correct me if I'm wrong, somebody) that it'd be Philippe (a Director)

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Robert Rohde raro...@gmail.com wrote:
 Erik, thank you for everything you have contributed to Wikimedia over the
 years.  It has made an immeasurable impact, and whatever future projects
 you turn to will be lucky to have you.

 I have often thought that Erik held a somewhat special place in the WMF as
 the highest ranking staff member who began their career as a major editor
 on the projects themselves.  Hence, I have tended to imagine that he would
 be there to provide the outside hires with valuable insights into the
 functioning and feelings of the editor community.  Not a flawless process
 for sure, but still an important one.

 Out of curiosity, with Erik's departure, who will be the highest ranking
 staff member(s) with extensive editing experience (say 5000 edits, or
 something like that)?  I skimmed the WMF bios, and I don't think there is
 anyone left in a VP or C-level position that grew out of the community.  It
 is the nature of the beast that many of the best talents will come to
 Wikimedia from outside of the community, and consequently they will have to
 learn what the community is all about.  However, I am a little surprised
 that there aren't more identifiable community members among the top level
 staff.  I would think that having that background and experience would be
 valuable for some of the roles.

 With Erik's departure it feels like we've passed some sort of milestone in
 the evolution of Wikimedia.  We've moved toward a more professional staff,
 but also a staff that is more distant from the roots of Wikimedia.

 Anyway, best wishes Erik.  Your contributions and eloquence will be missed.
  (Though I won't be shy in reminding you that you can still participate in
 the WMF projects as a volunteer, should you get that itch.  ;-)  )

 -Robert Rohde

 P.S.  Some of the senior staff bios could really use some cleanup and
 expansion (e.g. Lisa Seitz-Gruwell).


 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM, Johan Jönsson brevlis...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
 projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).

 Best of luck in your future endeavours.

 //Johan Jönsson
 --

 2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:

  Hi all --
 
  As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
  Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
  MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
  involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
  movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
  for me to do something different and new.
 
  It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
  have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
  were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
  lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
  scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
  generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
  the gift of free knowledge.
 
  I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
  mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
  Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
  :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
  lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
  community health and diversity.
 
  I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
  of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
  services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
  always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
  key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
  thrive in years to come.
 
  But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
  want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
  -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
  challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
 
  I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
  collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
  that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
  policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
  communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
  spaces and new ideas.
 
  Lila, Damon, Terry, myself and others in the org have been discussing
  how to organize product going forward to set the org up for success in
  the years to come, and we’ll have an update on that very soon. This is
  a very natural point for me to pursue something new.
 
  What Wikimedia does in the world is wonderful  important. I’m sure I
  will 

[Wikimedia-l] Editing Wikipedia for school community service hours

2015-04-13 Thread Pine W
Hi all,

Many schools in the United States encourage or require students to perform
community service hours, such as by cleaning up parks, caring for the
disabled, or tutoring younger students. Sometimes more specialized
requirements apply, such as university schools of education or health which
may require experience that is applicable to a student's desired
coursework. Contributing to Wikimedia is one form of accepted community
service in a multi-campus Mexican university, and the practice seems to be
gaining momentum (see
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/04/13/wiki-learning-edit-a-thon-mexico/).

These community service programs are different from in-class assignments
that require Wikipedia editing. Wikipedia can  benefit from both kinds of
activities.

I am wondering, have other Wikimedia affiliates had success with
encouraging students to complete community service requirements by
contributing to Wikimedia? I am thinking that here in Cascadia, we might
encourage schools to allow this option, and other affiliates also might
want to explore this possibility.

Thanks,
Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread phoebe ayers
Dear Erik,

On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 11:12 AM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi all --

 As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
 Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
 MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
 involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :)

Every so often when we talk, you will surprise me by telling me about
one more thing in the Wikimedia universe that you thought of or
created or were involved in over the past many years that I didn't
realize you had a role in. It seems the list is never-ending.

Thank you: for your innovation and creativity, your (superhuman)
persistence, your boldness, your commitment to our shared values.
Thank you for your role in creating so many parts of this thing that
we now call a movement.


 I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
 collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
 that domain. I also want to explore how to make patterns of ethics,
 policy, and self-governance more accessible and re-usable for
 communities. In short, I’m itching to immerse myself in new problem
 spaces and new ideas.

I am excited to see what's next for you! And I have no doubt that all
of us who work on collaboration will be the richer.

(First, though, I hope you have a lovely restful vacation, and then
come to Wikimania to sheckle us/s hang out!).

Here's to your next projects! Your likelihood of success seems alarmingly high.*

-- Phoebe

* http://nostalgia.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_Wikipedia_is_so_great


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

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Pine W
Editing-wise, I think that's right. We also have Damon and Luis who I
believe have considerable open source credentials  outside of Wikimedia.
Also, at the director level, I like and respect Siko who has extensive
experience coordinating Wikimedia community-facing projects.

We also hope that the community and affiliate trustees bring their
perspectives to benefit the organization.

Pine
On Apr 13, 2015 7:46 PM, Oliver Keyes ironho...@gmail.com wrote:

 I believe (correct me if I'm wrong, somebody) that it'd be Philippe (a
 Director)

 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Robert Rohde raro...@gmail.com wrote:
  Erik, thank you for everything you have contributed to Wikimedia over the
  years.  It has made an immeasurable impact, and whatever future projects
  you turn to will be lucky to have you.
 
  I have often thought that Erik held a somewhat special place in the WMF
 as
  the highest ranking staff member who began their career as a major editor
  on the projects themselves.  Hence, I have tended to imagine that he
 would
  be there to provide the outside hires with valuable insights into the
  functioning and feelings of the editor community.  Not a flawless process
  for sure, but still an important one.
 
  Out of curiosity, with Erik's departure, who will be the highest ranking
  staff member(s) with extensive editing experience (say 5000 edits, or
  something like that)?  I skimmed the WMF bios, and I don't think there is
  anyone left in a VP or C-level position that grew out of the community.
 It
  is the nature of the beast that many of the best talents will come to
  Wikimedia from outside of the community, and consequently they will have
 to
  learn what the community is all about.  However, I am a little surprised
  that there aren't more identifiable community members among the top level
  staff.  I would think that having that background and experience would be
  valuable for some of the roles.
 
  With Erik's departure it feels like we've passed some sort of milestone
 in
  the evolution of Wikimedia.  We've moved toward a more professional
 staff,
  but also a staff that is more distant from the roots of Wikimedia.
 
  Anyway, best wishes Erik.  Your contributions and eloquence will be
 missed.
   (Though I won't be shy in reminding you that you can still participate
 in
  the WMF projects as a volunteer, should you get that itch.  ;-)  )
 
  -Robert Rohde
 
  P.S.  Some of the senior staff bios could really use some cleanup and
  expansion (e.g. Lisa Seitz-Gruwell).
 
 
  On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM, Johan Jönsson brevlis...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
  Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
  projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).
 
  Best of luck in your future endeavours.
 
  //Johan Jönsson
  --
 
  2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:
 
   Hi all --
  
   As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
   Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
   MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
   involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
   movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
   for me to do something different and new.
  
   It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
   have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
   were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
   lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
   scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
   generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
   the gift of free knowledge.
  
   I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
   mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
   Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
   :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
   lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
   community health and diversity.
  
   I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
   of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
   services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
   always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
   key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
   thrive in years to come.
  
   But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
   want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
   -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to tackle
   challenges outside of my areas of comfort and familiarity.
  
   I’m very interested in the technical challenges of federated
   collaboration, and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty in
   that domain. I also want to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Luis Villa
On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 7:46 PM, Oliver Keyes ironho...@gmail.com wrote:

 I believe (correct me if I'm wrong, somebody) that it'd be Philippe (a
 Director)


Yes, at the C-level, I'm probably the most active editor (1K+ edits on
enwiki since 2007, plus probably several hundred more as an IP before that
since c. 2003). How much cred my longer-than-Wikipedia-has-existed FOSS
experience gets me is of course up for debate, but I'd like to think it
demonstrates similar values and experiences.

More generally, Erik's departure is obviously a big loss in many ways; both
his experience and his deep commitment to our values will be hard to
replace. But overall I think we are continuing to mature in mostly healthy
ways, and I hope we'll get a chance to show that over time.

Luis



 On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Robert Rohde raro...@gmail.com wrote:
  Erik, thank you for everything you have contributed to Wikimedia over the
  years.  It has made an immeasurable impact, and whatever future projects
  you turn to will be lucky to have you.
 
  I have often thought that Erik held a somewhat special place in the WMF
 as
  the highest ranking staff member who began their career as a major editor
  on the projects themselves.  Hence, I have tended to imagine that he
 would
  be there to provide the outside hires with valuable insights into the
  functioning and feelings of the editor community.  Not a flawless process
  for sure, but still an important one.
 
  Out of curiosity, with Erik's departure, who will be the highest ranking
  staff member(s) with extensive editing experience (say 5000 edits, or
  something like that)?  I skimmed the WMF bios, and I don't think there is
  anyone left in a VP or C-level position that grew out of the community.
 It
  is the nature of the beast that many of the best talents will come to
  Wikimedia from outside of the community, and consequently they will have
 to
  learn what the community is all about.  However, I am a little surprised
  that there aren't more identifiable community members among the top level
  staff.  I would think that having that background and experience would be
  valuable for some of the roles.
 
  With Erik's departure it feels like we've passed some sort of milestone
 in
  the evolution of Wikimedia.  We've moved toward a more professional
 staff,
  but also a staff that is more distant from the roots of Wikimedia.
 
  Anyway, best wishes Erik.  Your contributions and eloquence will be
 missed.
   (Though I won't be shy in reminding you that you can still participate
 in
  the WMF projects as a volunteer, should you get that itch.  ;-)  )
 
  -Robert Rohde
 
  P.S.  Some of the senior staff bios could really use some cleanup and
  expansion (e.g. Lisa Seitz-Gruwell).
 
 
  On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 4:41 PM, Johan Jönsson brevlis...@gmail.com
 wrote:
 
  Thank you, Erik, for the time and effort you've spent on the Wikimedia
  projects (and will continue spending, I hope, in some capacity).
 
  Best of luck in your future endeavours.
 
  //Johan Jönsson
  --
 
  2015-04-13 20:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:
 
   Hi all --
  
   As Lila noted, since January 2008 I've worn many hats at the Wikimedia
   Foundation, and in the six years before that I was a Wikipedian,
   MediaWiki developer, and member of the WMF board of trustees. I became
   involved in Wikipedia when I was 22 years old. :) The Wikimedia
   movement has accomplished amazing things, but I believe it's time now
   for me to do something different and new.
  
   It's been a long and incredible journey, and one I am privileged to
   have helped to shape. When I joined the Foundation in December 2007 we
   were a staff of a dozen people, with barely enough funds to keep the
   lights on. Since then, we've tackled challenges of a complexity and
   scale faced by few other organisations. In doing so, we’ve been
   generously supported by people all over the world who are grateful for
   the gift of free knowledge.
  
   I’m proud of and happy with what we've achieved. Reaching people on
   mobile. Pioneering new approaches working with universities.
   Painstakingly building a visual editing experience on top of wikitext.
   :) I’m glad we’ve taken a stand when it matters (SOPA blackout, NSA
   lawsuit) and that we don’t shy away from complex issues such as
   community health and diversity.
  
   I’m excited that Wikidata is growing in leaps and bounds with the help
   of Wikimedia Germany, and that more and more powerful tools and
   services are being built on the basis of Wikimedia APIs and data. I’ve
   always believed that Wikimedia chapter and affiliate organizations are
   key to the success of the movement, and I hope they are going to truly
   thrive in years to come.
  
   But it's time. As the leadership team begins to coalesce under Lila, I
   want to open up space for the organization to learn and explore anew
   -- and I’d like to rediscover for myself what it means to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research

2015-04-13 Thread Santi Navarro

Parabéns / Congratulations

El 2015-04-12 13:28, ma...@wikimedia.org.ve escribió:

Dear all,

The Affiliations Commitee has approved the recognition[1] of the
Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research as a
Wikimedia User Group. The focus[2] of this new group is the
integration of the Brazilian and Lusophone academic community into 
the

Wikimedia movement, thus supporting the development of new projects,
research, contests, events and other activities.

Please, join us in welcoming the newest member of the family!

Parabéns e tudo de bom!

Carlos

1:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research_-_Liaison_approval,_April_2015
2:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research/User_Group_Proposal

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research

2015-04-13 Thread Samir Elsharbaty
Congratulations, guys!

I'm really happy to see a new user group focusing on Education!



On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 3:34 PM, Leigh Thelmadatter osama...@hotmail.com
wrote:

 Welcome!  Im definitely interested in what you all are doing!

  Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 06:28:49 -0500
  From: ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community Brazilian
 Group of Education and Research
 
  Dear all,
 
  The Affiliations Commitee has approved the recognition[1] of the
  Wikimedia Community Brazilian Group of Education and Research as a
  Wikimedia User Group. The focus[2] of this new group is the integration
  of the Brazilian and Lusophone academic community into the Wikimedia
  movement, thus supporting the development of new projects, research,
  contests, events and other activities.
 
  Please, join us in welcoming the newest member of the family!
 
  Parabéns e tudo de bom!
 
  Carlos
 
  1:
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research_-_Liaison_approval,_April_2015
  2:
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Brazilian_Group_of_Education_and_Research/User_Group_Proposal
 
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