Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMDE audited financial statements

2017-04-05 Thread Emeric Vallespi
Hello Nicole & everyone,

Even if it looks like a formality for an organization like WMDE, 
congratulations to all your team! It's still hard work to comply and get that.

Best,
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> On 5 Apr 2017, at 20:24, Nicole Ebber  wrote:
> 
> Dear all,
> 
> We would like to let you know that WMDE has just received the audit of
> our financial statement for the fiscal year 2016, which led to no
> reservations from the auditing company.
> 
> You can find the English version on Commons [1] as well as linked on
> the reports page on Meta [2].
> 
> Best,
> Nicole
> 
> [1] 
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_DE_Audited_Financial_Statement_2016_English.pdf
> 
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reports
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> Movement Strategy Track Lead: Organized Groups
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> V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts
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[Wikimedia-l] "News Integrity Initiative" at CUNY

2017-04-05 Thread wiki.pine
FYI: 
https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/04/04/new-nonprofit-consortium-will-focus-countering-fake-news-building-trust-media/
Involved parties include some names that will be familiar to Wikimedians and 
WMFers: "AppNexus, Betaworks, Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, Democracy Fund, 
Ford Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mozilla, and the Tow 
Foundation."
Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's go gender neutral

2017-04-05 Thread Gordon Joly
On 05/04/17 11:52, Fæ wrote:
> * 
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump#Defaulting_to_gender_neutral_language_in_the_Commons_namespace
> 


Should have been common practice years ago.

IMHO,

El Gordo



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's go gender neutral

2017-04-05 Thread Pax Ahimsa Gethen
I definitely support using gender-neutral language wherever possible, 
especially since I'm agender and prefer being addressed with "singular 
they" pronouns. I'll support your proposal on Commons.


- Pax aka Funcrunch


On 4/5/17 5:54 AM, Amir E. Aharoni wrote:

Writing should, indeed, be gender-neutral when the gender is not known. But
when the gender is known, it is possible in MediaWiki software to write
messaging according to the indicated gender.

Note that in the English grammar it is needed relatively rarely in the
first place. It is relevant for few things other than "he" and "she".
Latina/Latino has a gender, but it is the exception rather than the norm.
In many, many other languages, it is needed far more frequently: for "you"
("Are you sure?"), for imperative verbs ("Upload a media file"), for all
past tense verbs ("Jenny thanked you for your edit"), and in other cases.
MediaWiki and Facebook are the only pieces of software I know (there may be
others) that support adding masculine, feminine, and unknown-gender forms.
(In case you wondered, the default is "unknown".)

There are some cases when this software feature cannot be used, but very
frequently it can, and should be used.


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2017-04-05 13:52 GMT+03:00 Fæ :


* https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump#
Defaulting_to_gender_neutral_language_in_the_Commons_namespace

Hi,

One of the unplanned outcomes from the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
was that the various discussions over /feeling/ more welcoming in our
language presumptions for non-male contributors made me think about
taking some practical steps on my home project. Commons is lucky that
having a standard policy language of English makes it easier to use
neutral gender in policy statements. I'm taking that further by
proposing that we stick to a neutral gender for all our policies and
help pages. In practice this means that policies avoid using "he or
she" and stick to "they" or avoid using a pronoun at all. I'm hoping
that the outcome will feel like a much more natural space for people
like me that prefer to stay gender neutral, possibly give a slightly
safer feeling to the project by the very act of making the effort, as
well as avoiding an over-emphasis on binary gender when it's pretty
easy to simply avoid it.

Comments are welcome on the specific proposal above, or you may have
ideas for other local projects to do something similar. I'm aware that
this is much more difficult to make progress on in languages such as
German or Spanish that have a presumption of male/female gender within
their vocabulary, so any cases of on-project initiatives in
non-English would be especially interesting. Solving these challenges
is an opportunity to make our projects a leader on gender neutrality,
for example getting a Wikimedia based consensus to adopt terms like
"Latinx".[1]

Links:
1. "Latinx" is a reaction against using gendered forms Latino and
Latina, in a language that has no neutral gender. This is becoming an
accepted practice in related forums and academic publications.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-people-are-using-
the-term-latinx_us_57753328e4b0cc0fa136a159

Thanks,
Fae
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's go gender neutral

2017-04-05 Thread Amir E. Aharoni
Writing should, indeed, be gender-neutral when the gender is not known. But
when the gender is known, it is possible in MediaWiki software to write
messaging according to the indicated gender.

Note that in the English grammar it is needed relatively rarely in the
first place. It is relevant for few things other than "he" and "she".
Latina/Latino has a gender, but it is the exception rather than the norm.
In many, many other languages, it is needed far more frequently: for "you"
("Are you sure?"), for imperative verbs ("Upload a media file"), for all
past tense verbs ("Jenny thanked you for your edit"), and in other cases.
MediaWiki and Facebook are the only pieces of software I know (there may be
others) that support adding masculine, feminine, and unknown-gender forms.
(In case you wondered, the default is "unknown".)

There are some cases when this software feature cannot be used, but very
frequently it can, and should be used.


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2017-04-05 13:52 GMT+03:00 Fæ :

> * https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump#
> Defaulting_to_gender_neutral_language_in_the_Commons_namespace
>
> Hi,
>
> One of the unplanned outcomes from the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
> was that the various discussions over /feeling/ more welcoming in our
> language presumptions for non-male contributors made me think about
> taking some practical steps on my home project. Commons is lucky that
> having a standard policy language of English makes it easier to use
> neutral gender in policy statements. I'm taking that further by
> proposing that we stick to a neutral gender for all our policies and
> help pages. In practice this means that policies avoid using "he or
> she" and stick to "they" or avoid using a pronoun at all. I'm hoping
> that the outcome will feel like a much more natural space for people
> like me that prefer to stay gender neutral, possibly give a slightly
> safer feeling to the project by the very act of making the effort, as
> well as avoiding an over-emphasis on binary gender when it's pretty
> easy to simply avoid it.
>
> Comments are welcome on the specific proposal above, or you may have
> ideas for other local projects to do something similar. I'm aware that
> this is much more difficult to make progress on in languages such as
> German or Spanish that have a presumption of male/female gender within
> their vocabulary, so any cases of on-project initiatives in
> non-English would be especially interesting. Solving these challenges
> is an opportunity to make our projects a leader on gender neutrality,
> for example getting a Wikimedia based consensus to adopt terms like
> "Latinx".[1]
>
> Links:
> 1. "Latinx" is a reaction against using gendered forms Latino and
> Latina, in a language that has no neutral gender. This is becoming an
> accepted practice in related forums and academic publications.
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-people-are-using-
> the-term-latinx_us_57753328e4b0cc0fa136a159
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
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[Wikimedia-l] Let's go gender neutral

2017-04-05 Thread
* 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump#Defaulting_to_gender_neutral_language_in_the_Commons_namespace

Hi,

One of the unplanned outcomes from the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin,
was that the various discussions over /feeling/ more welcoming in our
language presumptions for non-male contributors made me think about
taking some practical steps on my home project. Commons is lucky that
having a standard policy language of English makes it easier to use
neutral gender in policy statements. I'm taking that further by
proposing that we stick to a neutral gender for all our policies and
help pages. In practice this means that policies avoid using "he or
she" and stick to "they" or avoid using a pronoun at all. I'm hoping
that the outcome will feel like a much more natural space for people
like me that prefer to stay gender neutral, possibly give a slightly
safer feeling to the project by the very act of making the effort, as
well as avoiding an over-emphasis on binary gender when it's pretty
easy to simply avoid it.

Comments are welcome on the specific proposal above, or you may have
ideas for other local projects to do something similar. I'm aware that
this is much more difficult to make progress on in languages such as
German or Spanish that have a presumption of male/female gender within
their vocabulary, so any cases of on-project initiatives in
non-English would be especially interesting. Solving these challenges
is an opportunity to make our projects a leader on gender neutrality,
for example getting a Wikimedia based consensus to adopt terms like
"Latinx".[1]

Links:
1. "Latinx" is a reaction against using gendered forms Latino and
Latina, in a language that has no neutral gender. This is becoming an
accepted practice in related forums and academic publications.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-people-are-using-the-term-latinx_us_57753328e4b0cc0fa136a159

Thanks,
Fae
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of new Affiliations Committee advisors

2017-04-05 Thread Isla Haddow-Flood
Brilliant news!! The best of the best!

On 4 April 2017 at 21:26, Anna Torres  wrote:

> Congrats to all the new advisors!!! :)
>
> 2017-04-04 16:13 GMT-03:00 Michał Buczyński :
>
> > Let me join the best wishes and write it is great to see you three
> around,
> > sharing your experience and insight in the Movement!Best,  michał.
> > Dnia 3 kwietnia 2017 23:10 Pierre-Selim pierre-se...@huard.info
> > napisał(a):  \o/ quite happy to see people with such experience joining
> the
> > affcom as  advisors.   2017-04-03 22:56 GMT+02:00 Tito Dutta &
> > lt;trulyt...@gmail.com:   Welcome, Anasuya di, Patricio, and Ting
> and
> > all the best. :)   On 4 April 2017 at 01:57, Kirill Lokshin &
> > lt;kirill.loks...@gmail.com wrote:Hi everyone,
> > Im very pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> > appointed   three new advisors for the coming year: Anasuya Sengupta,
> > Patricio  Lorente,   and Ting Chen.  As non-voting advisors, Anasuya,
> > Patricio, and Ting will   lend their unique experience and insight to
> > the committee as we support  the   ongoing movement strategy process
> > and the continuing evolution of the   Wikimedia affiliate ecosystem.
> >Please join me in welcoming Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting to
> their
> > new  roles! Kirill Lokshin   Chair, Affiliations
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