1. Intrinsic motivation, at this point, appears to be inadequate for
increasing the population of the Wikimedia volunteer community. I am
skeptical that we should rely on the same mechanism which isn't working in
the volunteer community to fill slots on the WMF Board, which
And with chromebooks there is a "powerwash" feature that resets it to "new".
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 5:19 PM, Mardetanha
> as far as I understood from asaf email and meta page, all laptops are fully
> formatted with brand new Ubuntu installed on them, so
as far as I understood from asaf email and meta page, all laptops are fully
formatted with brand new Ubuntu installed on them, so they are safe
On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 2:41 AM, Risker wrote:
> Just noting as an aside that I'd be hesitant for the WMF to accept
I really wish there was a way to ensure the laptop is safe, regardless of
its source. The chances with WMF laptop might be lower ,
but nothing is guaranteed, and a clean reinstall should be done regardless
(not a panacea).
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 7:11 PM Risker
Just noting as an aside that I'd be hesitant for the WMF to accept donated
laptops for redistribution. I expect that the WMF's own depreciated
laptops can be warranted to be virus- and malware-free; I'd be a bit
concerned from the risk mitigation perspective if they were to start
I do know the Equipment exchange page, yes. I do not consider it an
effective vehicle for this program. Reviewing it now, I stand by it that a
dedicated space on Meta with an explicit form gathering the information we
need is a better fit.
Also, the program is about laptops at the moment, and
And as we are spread around the world, distribution through local affiliates
would be less of a logistics problem in many cases.
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Sent: Friday, 17 March 2017
Thanks for this.
If anyone needs context -
There are 10 board seats
- The Wikimedia community of editors votes for 3, with all three seats open
by 13 August 2017 at latest (WMF sets election date, no date set for
- There are 2 chapter selected seats
- Natalia above is talking about
In the last community election a Google employee, a physician, and a
Harvard business professor were selected. These are all higher income
professions. There were a range of reasons for this, but one commonality to
note was that the people favored by the community also might have been
Many of us also get newer laptops while the older ones are still
functional. I bet their are many community members who would also be happy
to donate to such a program.
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:58 PM, Lodewijk
> Sounds like a nice thought :) But
I disagree with the suggestion to pay members of the board. Payment does
not necessarily mean people will invest more time and a fair bit of
literature supports intrinsic motivation resulting in greater engagement
than extrinsic motivation. As most of our movement is not only composed of
It's unusual, and discouraged by the IRS (the United States' tax agency),
for board members to be paid. I won't get into details, but I think this is
a good thing, as it's tough to avoid conflict of interest when earning
money from an entity you're seeking to get funding for. You can read a
Sounds like a nice thought :) But maybe first go through this round, and
see how that works out? It sounds like a big challenge, and I'm really
curious how they are going to limit overhead. It still sounds like a big
project to me. So lets reduce the amount of community requests that may
And... magically... just today, I got the query data thanks to Amanda,
EricB and Roan ! Thanks a lot !
I copied it here :
So in the end, we had 160 unique participants alltogether !
Thank you to sharing. This is truly awesome. :-)
Looking forward to hearing results.
Co-founder Kentucky Wikimedians,
Co-founder WikiWomen User Group,
Co-founder WikiConference North America
Board member of Wiki Project Med Foundation,
I wonder if it would make sense to solicit 3rd party laptop donations for
this program? E.g. some businesses may be happy to donate their old laptops
to Wikipedia volunteers... I am not sure how big of an overhead it would
be, but if WMF is already doing it, 20 vs 200 might not be a significant
Thank you Asaf. Did you know that there is already a Commons page for
It would be worth linking your new Meta page to the existing one.
17 March 2017
Thanks for the update. An issue that keeps coming to my mind is whether WMF
would get higher-quality Board candidates, and whether candidates would
devote more time to Wikimedia matters, if Board membership was treated as a
part-time job and paid accordingly. Many people who have the
Can the issue raised in my second question below be addressed by limiting
REIT purchases to the top-N by capitalization? That is, should REIT and
fixed asset allocations be allocated to achieve the rights to information
about REITs instead of small real estate purchases?
Can we do a bias review
No, because anything larger than a laptop would no longer be simple and
cheap to deliver.
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 9:18 AM Yuri Astrakhan
> Awesome, well done! Does the same program apply to servers?
> On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 1:20 AM Craig Franklin
Awesome, well done! Does the same program apply to servers?
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 1:20 AM Craig Franklin
> This is a fantastic idea. Well done to everyone involved.
> On 17 March 2017 at 15:06, Asaf Bartov wrote:
I have updates about the board recruiting process. As you may recall, March
6 was the original deadline for accepting submissions , but we need more
time to develop more solid candidates. Our original deadlines were
extremely ambitious, thus we decided to extend the deadline by two
Le 17/03/2017 à 05:04, Sailesh Patnaik a écrit :
Inspired by BBC's 100 Women Editathon, The Odia Wikipedia community is
organising an "100 Women Editathon" in collaboration with the Sambad
newspaper. Sambad is one of the largest circulated newspaper in Odisha and
its Eastern Media
On 17 March 2017 at 05:32, Gergő Tisza wrote:
> This is one of those cool ideas which seem really obvious, but only in
> hindsight. Thanks!
Agreed. Thanks to Asaf and all involved in making this happen.
Lead Product Manager, Discovery
I have answered inline :)
On Fri, 17 Mar 2017 at 1:58 PM, Lodewijk
> Wow, thanks for sharing Sailesh! It's exciting to see such a collaboration
> with a newspaper on this topic, and to involve journalists in the writing
Time for some feedback about the #16WikiWomen translation drive !
The #16WikiWomen translate-a-thon was largely successful ! It not only
contributed more content for Wikipedia, but also visibility about the
African women gap !
* Overall, 116 articles have been
I so agree but when it is quality that is to be achieved let it be a
guidance that helps us to achieve quality.
Wikidata should bring things together. I do not aim to achieve the quality
as described because it fails in achieving things that are actionable and
have a measurable effect on the
It's in arxiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.03861
Any feedback is welcome :)
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 3:37 PM Richard Nevell <
> Having guidance on quality helps people learning about Wikidata understand
> what they should be aiming for.
Having guidance on quality helps people learning about Wikidata understand
what they should be aiming for.
The paper on vandalism detection in Wikidata sounds interesting, where can
I find it?
On 17 March 2017 at 09:09, Gerard Meijssen
I noticed the notion about "quality in Wikidata". The approach is very much
in line with what is the norm in Wikipedia. This is inot the right approach
for Wikidata. Many of the items in Wikidata can be of high "quality"; ie
the statements have a source and there are enough labels but the
On Thu, Mar 16, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Àlex Hinojo wrote:
> After two weeks of open elections, I'm glad to announce you the brand *new
> board of Amical Wikimedia*, with 8 members, of which 5 are new.
>- Laia Benito Pericas - Chair
>- Lluís Madurell
This is a laudable effort. I will however suggest that this program be
Local affiliate teams can server as holding bays and dispatchers of donated
So if I want to donate a laptop here in Lagos, Nigeria, I simply send the said
laptop to the local affiliate team and
Wow, thanks for sharing Sailesh! It's exciting to see such a collaboration
with a newspaper on this topic, and to involve journalists in the writing
I'm really curious to how you came to work together, and hope you'll share
a bit more for learning purposes on that. Will this
On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 6:06 AM, Asaf Bartov wrote:
> We currently have approximately 20 laptops ready to be donated.
> Applications are welcome.
asaf, you mind loose a word about the spec or brand of these laptops?
fyi, in CH we work with
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