Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the AfroCROWD User Group

2018-11-17 Thread Derick N. Alangi
Hello Everyone,

Congratulations to AfroCROWD User Group for their official recognition.
Feel the gaps :) 

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On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 11:49 PM Kirill Lokshin 
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> [1] the AfroCROWD User Group [2] as a Wikimedia User Group. The group aims
> to promote participation of people of African descent in the Wikimedia
> community, and to increase content about people and events in Africa and
> the African Diaspora.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_AfroCROWD_User_Group
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/AfroCROWD_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group

2018-11-17 Thread Derick N. Alangi
Hello Everyone,

Congratulations to Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group for
their official recognition. Feel the gaps :)

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On Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM Lane Rasberry  wrote:

> Wo woo w yippee
>
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM Kirill Lokshin 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone!
> >
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> > [1] the Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group [2] as a
> > Wikimedia User Group. The group aims to protect the common elements of
> the
> > Wikimedian in Residence role, creating a peer support network which
> invites
> > new and experienced Wikimedians in Residence to find each other for
> > collaboration, and to encourage a global professional environment which
> > inspires institutions to offer appointments to persons to engage with
> > Wikimedia projects.
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> >
> > [1]
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedians_in_Residence_Exchange_Network_User_Group
> > [2]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_in_Residence_Exchange_Network
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Summit 2019: Registration now open

2018-11-17 Thread Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz
Hello Paulo,

I just wonder, what is the thing you are concretely lacking to realize this 
projects?

Cheers

Le 9 novembre 2018 14:34:54 GMT+01:00, Paulo Santos Perneta 
 a écrit :
>(Just a quick followup on the important GLAM and FOSS events that were
>risking being cancelled here in Portugal due to complete lack of WMF
>support: While looking to all our options, I remember we had already
>planned a meeting with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Lisbon
>about the Wikipedia Asia Month and the divulgation of the Russian
>culture
>here in Portugal, including Madeira Island, where we have a strong
>relation
>since the times of the czars until today, mainly covering arts and
>tourism.
>I've contacted the Embassy, which showed interest on this project, so
>I've
>just added those two events to the project we already add, to try to
>save
>them adjusting them to the scope of the Russian culture, and I expect
>we
>could meet in the next few days, hopefully still in time to save the
>events
>
>Paulo, Wikimedia Portugal)
>
>
>
>Paulo Santos Perneta  escreveu no dia quarta,
>7/11/2018 à(s) 17:57:
>
>> It is very sad that, despite Wikimedia Portugal currently having
>> everything up to date, being a very active and thriving chapter,
>being the
>> only remaining Portuguese-speaking Wikimedia organization in the
>whole
>> Wikimedia movement, also acting as a facilitator to all the Wikimedia
>> communities all over the Portuguese-speaking world on their relation
>with
>> the rest of the Wikimedia movement, and having fulfilled all its
>> obligations, including all those requested by AffCom, AffCom has
>decided to
>> unilaterally force an extension of the chapter suspension for more
>three
>> months, claiming they need more time to look into the case.
>> This not only made it impossible or almost impossible to carry on a
>lot of
>> activities that were already scheduled for those three months,
>including
>> our organization, co-organization and participation on two key
>national
>> scope GLAM and FOSS events, including a GLAM promotion event
>co-organized
>> with the National Library aimed the divulgation of GLAM partnerships
>and
>> projects to other similar institutions in the country, and the first
>Ubuntu
>> Conference in Portugal, with an obvious damage of the name of
>Wikimedia
>> along those GLAM and FOSS institutions and groups, but effectively
>blocked
>> us from taking part on the Wikimedia Summit, as the limit ends next
>17
>> December, much before the new limit of the extension AffCom has
>imposed.
>>
>> These are sad times for the Wikimedia movement here in Portugal.
>>
>> Anyway, I wish the best for those of you that will be attending the
>> Wikimedia Summit next year, and sincerely hope it will be a success.
>>
>> Paulo (DarwIn)
>> Wikimedia Portugal
>>
>> Cornelius Kibelka  escreveu no dia
>sexta,
>> 2/11/2018 à(s) 14:01:
>>
>>> Dear Wikimedians,
>>>
>>> We are delighted to announce that the registration for the Wikimedia
>>> Summit
>>> 2019 [1], which will be held in Berlin at Mercure Hotel Berlin
>Tempelhof
>>> Airport [2] from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31, is now
>open!
>>>
>>> As we have announced previously, the main focus of this redesigned
>event
>>> will be the Movement Strategy Process. We invite affiliates, the
>Wikimedia
>>> Foundation, its committees and Movement Strategy Working Group
>members to
>>> check-in, have a look back and plan the next steps of the process
>>> together.
>>>
>>> We would like to provide you with important information regarding
>the
>>> eligibility for participation, participant number regulation,
>registration
>>> procedure, specifics in regards to the travel and hotel booking as
>well as
>>> the visa application process.
>>>
>>> == Eligibility criteria and participant number regulation ==
>>>
>>> The eligibility criteria for participating in the Wikimedia Summit
>2019
>>> are
>>> aligned to the Affiliates’ Agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation.
>>> Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User Groups must have shown
>signs of
>>> recent activity and be up-to-date on their reporting [3] by the
>>> eligibility
>>> deadline (December 1, 2018). Moreover, affiliations need to have
>been
>>> officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation before January 1,
>2018.
>>> Before registering for the Wikimedia Summit, please check the
>eligibility
>>> and status overview of your affiliate as well as the participant
>number
>>> regulation on meta [4].
>>>
>>> ==Registration information==
>>>
>>> To make the summit a success, it will be essential for the invited
>>> affiliates to deliberately choose their delegates. Affiliates are
>asked to
>>> send delegates that are well-informed in goings-on at the affiliate
>and
>>> able to confidently answer questions about it. We have shared
>specific
>>> registration advices and information regarding this [5].
>>>
>>> We are looking forward to also welcoming members of the Wikimedia
>>> Foundation Board of Trustees and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l diversity and level of participation

2018-11-17 Thread Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz
Hi Pine,

I hope you are doing well. ☺️

It's nice to see your attention for more diversity, thank you for being a voice 
on this concern.

Here are the few suggestions that come to my mind regarding what could be done 
to make people feeling more at ease in contributing on that list :
- explicitly state in the list description that anyone can contribute in any 
language, and conversely provide way to access /contribute to translation of 
each message (this could go on Meta for example), we could also provide links 
to automated translations were such a tool exists for the implied pair of 
language
- actively promote the list in misc. village pumps, either through a global 
message that summerize recent active threads, with a distribution method 
similar to technews, or making sure that a permanent link with an attractive 
punchline in some main discussion place of each wiki.

I don't feel like those feedback have any chance to be given any resource by 
anyone reading the list, so publishing there don't seem of any use to my mind. 
But since reading your message made these ideas pop in my head, I prefer to at 
least share them with you. Feel free to do whatever you feel appropriate with 
that. 

Cheers

Le 7 novembre 2018 22:58:11 GMT+01:00, Pine W  a écrit :
>Hello Wikimedia-l,
>
>One subject that continues to be a source of concern for me is that I'd
>like to have a greater quantity and greater diversity of participants
>on
>Wikimedia-l. I have heard that some people feel that their English
>skills
>are not good enough to participate here, and I don't know what more we
>can
>do to help with them to feel welcome to participate regardless of their
>choice of language or their level of English skills.
>
>Also, I sometimes wonder whether some of our more pointed or stressful
>discussions on this list make good-faith newbies and quieter people
>feel
>too intimidated to post when I think that no one intends to make them
>feel
>unwelcome.
>
>I hope that this will not sound selfish, but I would like to encourage
>people to comment on what could be done to facilitate greater and more
>diverse participation in discussions here, and that includes feedback
>on
>how those of us (including me) who frequently post here could do better
>at
>helping people to feel that they have an opportunity to be heard.
>Although
>I would encourage public discussion of these subjects, I also welcome
>comments off-list. I realize that it is difficult to balance being
>candid
>with being hospitable, and I am hoping that we can be both.
>
>Thanks,
>
>Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group

2018-11-17 Thread Lane Rasberry
Wo woo w yippee



On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 5:47 PM Kirill Lokshin 
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> [1] the Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group [2] as a
> Wikimedia User Group. The group aims to protect the common elements of the
> Wikimedian in Residence role, creating a peer support network which invites
> new and experienced Wikimedians in Residence to find each other for
> collaboration, and to encourage a global professional environment which
> inspires institutions to offer appointments to persons to engage with
> Wikimedia projects.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedians_in_Residence_Exchange_Network_User_Group
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_in_Residence_Exchange_Network
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Subject lines for WMF fundraising emails

2018-11-17 Thread David Cuenca Tudela
On Fri, Nov 16, 2018 at 6:17 PM Caitlin Cogdill 
wrote:

> That said, there is a final input which is harder to measure on a per-test
> basis: how do we, our colleagues, and volunteers feel about our messaging?
> This team cares deeply about Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation, and
> about the mission we all work to achieve. We want to represent it
> faithfully, and do so in a way our readers and donors can engage with and
> understand. This balance can be really hard to strike and it will always be
> an ongoing challenge in our work.


Caitlin, thank you for caring about the concerns that were raised and
taking action to address them. I can imagine that it is difficult to know
how volunteers feel about some action or message. It would be nice if in
case of doubt there would be some invitation to participate assessing the
lines or suggesting alternatives. I'm sure that in this list there are some
people who would be willing to offer their perspective on how the message
comes across. As Pine has suggested a public discussion on how to
incorporate community review would be interesting.

Regards,
Micru
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's making you happy this week? (Week of 11 November 2018)

2018-11-17 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
Wikipedia being Wikipedia, we aim to bring information in a NPOV way.
Particularly when it is about conflicts, it is hard to provide exactly
that. The victory of one party is the defeat of another. The battlefronts
of France and Belgium were only one part of the great war.

The Ottoman Empire was bigger than the Roman Empire, it was present for a
longer time and its demise is not even one hundred years ago. We do not
know the succession of the Beylerbeys of the eyalets and vilayets.
Personally I make an effort of making such lists but when I hit a roadblock
when Wikipedias do not agree on the facts I am stuck. There is no one I can
turn to.

Many soldiers died in the great war but we only report about one side, its
war efforts, its war memorials. While this is easy to explain, it is not
what we say we stand for,
Thanks,
  GerardM

On Sun, 11 Nov 2018 at 04:06, Pine W  wrote:

> This is a more solemn email than is usual. I recognize that this email
> reflects my personal view, and if this email is not something that you
> appreciate then I invite you to disregard it and write your own email
> regarding something that makes you happy or grateful this week.
>
> The 11th of November is commemorated in some parts of the world as
> Armistice Day, Remembrance Sunday, or Veterans Day. The year 2018 marks the
> 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. I would like to take a moment to
> reflect on the subject of Armistice Day, and on the roles of Wikimedia --
> especially Wikipedia -- in sharing knowledge of history and being a
> repository of our collective memory.
>
> "Armistice Day is commemorated... to mark the armistice signed between the
> Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation
> of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at
> eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the
> eleventh month" of 1918." [1  >]
> World War I was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, with a
> total of approximately 17 million civilian and military deaths. [2
> ]
>
> I would like to share a story.
>
> John McCrae (photo here
>  >)
> was a medical doctor and Canadian soldier during World War I. He wrote a
> famous poem, “In Flanders Fields
> <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:In_Flanders_fields_and_other_poems,_handwritten.png
> >”.
> The poem refers to the red poppies that grew over the graves of soldiers
> who died in the Second Battle of Ypres in Belgium. There are variants of
> the wording of the poem. I quote one of them below.
>
> In Flanders fields the poppies blow
> Between the crosses, row on row,
>   That mark our place; and in the sky
>   The larks, still bravely singing, fly
> Scarce heard amid the guns below.
>
> We are the Dead. Short days ago
> We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
>   Loved and were loved, and now we lie
>   In Flanders fields.
>
> Take up our quarrel with the foe:
> To you from failing hands we throw
>   The torch; be yours to hold it high!
>   If ye break faith with us who die
> We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
>   In Flanders fields."
>
> Here are a few images:
>
> * Poppies in the sunset on Lake Geneva, Montreux, Switzerland
> <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Poppies_in_the_Sunset_on_Lake_Geneva.jpg
> >
>
> * Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
> <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Canadian_Tomb_of_the_Unknown_Soldier_with_poppies.jpg
> >
>
> * Remembrance Day 2010 in Ottawa, Canada
> <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Remembrance_Day_National_War_Memorial_Ottawa_2010.jpg
> >
>
> * Memorial of "In Flanders Fields"
> 
>
> In our contemporary world where there are many disputes about history,
> resources are limited, and sometimes it is difficult to be optimistic about
> human nature, I am especially grateful for Wikipedia's aspiration to be a
> place to share neutral, reliable, and verifiable information with an open
> license.
>
> Wikimedia has remarkable success at being a collaborative endeavor for the
> education and information of humanity. Wikimedia content is collaboratively
> developed by thousands of diverse individuals, many of whom are volunteers
> and never meet in person. Content that is shared on Wikimedia sites is
> viewed by millions of people around the world. Although we sometimes
> caution the public that Wikipedia is not a primary source, for many people
> Wikipedia seems to be a good starting point, and the references that we
> provide allow people to perform their own research regarding history and
> many other topics.
>
> Thank you to everyone who documents history on Wikimedia, and to the people
> who support this effort behind the scenes. We all benefit from your
> generosity to our common 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Flash fundraiser for Wikimedia Portugal

2018-11-17 Thread camelia boban
Olá Gonçalo and Wikimedia Portugal.
Was easier for me, on behalf of WikiDonne User Group, to send a PayPal to
your individual email rather than an international money transfer from my
bank (40% were taxes to be added).
Good look.

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Il giorno mar 13 nov 2018 alle ore 13:56 GoEthe.wiki 
ha scritto:

> Dear all,
>
> As you may know, AffCom and the Wikimedia Foundation has decided to extend
> the suspension of Wikimedia Portugal, while waiting for legal counsel for
> our case. This has put our programmatic activities in jeopardy, as we have
> been barred from applying to funding from WMF while the suspension is in
> effect.
>
> We have therefore started an emergency fundraiser campaign [1] to raise
> 500€ by the end of this week, in order to salvage as much of the activities
> as we can. Even if we only raise a third of this goal will allow us to, for
> example, participate at a conference we have helped organize [2] and
> present a workshop at the National Library of Portugal [3]. If we reach our
> goal in full, it will allow us a bit of air to organize events in the first
> trimester of 2019, while we wait for a final decision from AffCom.
>
> If you would like to contribute, please use the information on the first
> link. We will be eternally grateful.
>
> [1] https://pt.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campanha_2018
> [2] https://moita2018.softwarelivre.eu/
> [3]
>
> https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipédia:GLAM/Biblioteca_Nacional_de_Portugal/BNP_GLAM_Days_2018
>
> Best regards,
>
> Gonçalo Themudo
>
> *Presidente*
> *Wikimedia Portugal*
> *Email: *goethe.w...@gmail.com
> *Website: *http://pt.wikimedia.org 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Subject lines for WMF fundraising emails

2018-11-17 Thread Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz

Hello Caitlin,

Thank you for your feedback. Is there a comprehensive list of data 
inputs which are processed, and maybe even more extensive information on 
your processes? That might come as an interesting source of inspiration 
for other stakeholders  in the movement, whether to provide more 
feedback or feed their own processes.


Cheers

Le 16/11/2018 à 18:16, Caitlin Cogdill a écrit :

Hi all,

Thank you for sharing your concerns. We hear them and we take them
seriously. *As of today, we have pulled this subject line from our testing
rotation.*

On the Fundraising team, we pride ourselves on making data-driven
decisions, and there are many types of data inputs we process outside of
dollar amount raised. For example, how many people choose to unsubscribe
from our list or submit an abuse complaint when we send an email? Does a
certain subject line get very high opens but a low rate of donations per
open--indicating that it is more clickbait than effective content? How much
and what kind of feedback is our Donor Services team getting?

We watched these inputs closely while sending this subject line to donors.
Our unsubscribe and abuse rates were low, the donation per open rate was
even higher than usual, and while our Donor Services team flagged some
negative responses from donors, they determined these comments were not in
a significant volume.

That said, there is a final input which is harder to measure on a per-test
basis: how do we, our colleagues, and volunteers feel about our messaging?
This team cares deeply about Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation, and
about the mission we all work to achieve. We want to represent it
faithfully, and do so in a way our readers and donors can engage with and
understand. This balance can be really hard to strike and it will always be
an ongoing challenge in our work.

We are grateful to be presented with this challenge and with the joy of
telling millions of people about this movement. Thank you for caring so
deeply, for all your contributions, and for keeping this feedback loop
alive.

Sincerely,
Caitlin

On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 1:47 PM Pine W  wrote:


  Hi Seddon,

While the fundraising appeal may be successful, the problem that I have
with this subject line is that it can mislead readers into thinking that
someone with the ability to do so is seriously considering, or making an
effort to, delete Wikipedia in entirety. I think that a subject line of
"Block Wikipedia?" might be okay, and I am supportive of encouraging people
not to take Wikipedia for granted. But regarding "Delete Wikipedia?", as
far as I know that generally misrepresents the current situation. I believe
that using "Delete Wikipedia?" as a subject line is inconsistent with
Wikipedia's goals of providing neutral, verifiable, and reliable
information.

I am starting to think that if WMF wants to use the Wikipedia brand name
for WMF fundraising then WMF should first publicly discuss its proposed
uses of the Wikipedia brand name with Wikipedians.

On a related issue, I don't know if it's happening this year, but in the
past another concern that I've had is the conflation of donating to
Wikipedia with donating to WMF. Wikipedia and WMF are related but there is
not a 1:1 relationship, and I hope that WMF makes that clear in its
fundraising. The use of "Delete Wikipedia?" reminds me of these concerns.

I would prefer to avoid diverting the community's limited time into
reviewing WMF's choices, but unfortunately the issues are too significant
to ignore. I don't know how many community members want to volunteer their
time to review fundraising appeals before they go into production, but I
think that it would be good for WMF to ask.

Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Subject lines for WMF fundraising emails

2018-11-17 Thread Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz

Hello Joseph,

Thank you for clarifying the context. For being able to even better 
understand the topic, could we have a copy of the full email, or a link 
to a page containing its text?


Here is a direct permanent link to the discussion Pine was referring to: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Jimbo_Wales=869210030#Latest_WMF_email 
(conversation might have moved forward at the time you read this)


Interestingly a thread was also launched this week on Wikimedia France 
on the same topic of communication within fund-raising campaign (the one 
for Wikimedia France)[1]. The main difference with this thread is that 
it was launched by Amélie Cabon, the chapter fundraising officer, asking 
feedback on the communication material she produced so far. Similar 
discomforts were raised on punchline wordings that, citing how a 
misleading statement was evoking fakenews. I don't know how the email 
"Delete Wikipedia?" redaction was realized, with or without community 
feedback, if feedback was requested and given, it would be interesting 
to give references.


Personnaly, I think that "Deleting Wikipedia?" is fine as a punchline, 
if it does the job of catching and keeping attention toward a detailed 
explanation of what is the campaign about and make clear and and 
truthful statements of the expected outcomes depending on the campaign 
results (and possibly to make situation even clearer, things that are 
not depending on campaign results). So to my mind, as long as the 
punchline let open an honest development without contradiction, what 
matter is the full text.


[1] https://lists.wikimedia.fr/arc/comm/2018-11/msg3.html


Cheers,
Mathieu

Le 14/11/2018 à 02:12, Joseph Seddon a écrit :

Hey Pine,

I appreciate and understand your feedback about this subject line.

For some time we have been trying to find an alternative subject line to
-/This is a little awkward/-. That line works and works very well but we
have found it very difficult to effectively translate and adapt into other
languages, and despite our best efforts have struggled to find an
alternative.

We first tested -/Deleting Wikipedia?/- as a subject line a couple of weeks
ago and it was the only winning variant in hundreds of tests. We retested
in case it was a statistical fluke and continued to see it perform well.
The effectiveness of this subject line for the most part does not come from
its apparent clickbaiting. The change in the number of people opening the
emails was relatively small and unsubscribes remained extremely low. The
big driver in terms of its success was from a significant increase in those
people who opened AND read our email appeal. We posed a question and donors
were motivated to donate when presented with the idea of imagining a world
without Wikipedia.

Our motivation behind this sort of subject line is the fact that in three
countries today it is already as if Wikipedia does not exist. The risk that
this could happen in more countries is greater now that it ever has been.
Censorship, impediments to free speech and over regulation of copyright are
threats that Wikipedia, Wikimedia and its communities face every single day
and it is with that context that we want to lead.

Any email that included this subject line came with at least some context
to flesh out the idea, i.e., “If Wikipedia were deleted, it would be a
great loss to the world,”, but going forward it is our full intention to
make even clearer that we intend for the donor to imagine a world without
Wikipedia and the threats it faces every day, not threaten that it is going
away.

Our plan is to continue to testing on this theme, exploring censorship and
copyright restrictions as well as our increasing role as the backbone of
knowledge on the internet, and help donors see that knowledge can and is
threatened all the time. We are definitely and eagerly open to any
feedback, suggestions and ideas you might have.

Best,
Seddon

On Tue, Nov 13, 2018 at 11:04 PM Pine W  wrote:


There is a report from a user on Jimbo's talk page on ENWP regarding
receiving fundraising a fundraising email with the subject line "[NAME] -
Deleting Wikipedia?"

In previous years I've disagreed with some of WMF's fundraising choices,
and it would be unfortunate if in the era of "fake news" becoming
mainstream WMF chooses to continue to be a part of the problem. If this is
happening then I request that WMF put a stop to it. Regardless of how
effective it is to send misleading fundraising appeals and that WMF has
received minimal repercussions for doing so over the years, it's wrong and
it should stop.

Pine
( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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