[Wikimedia-l] Fundraising: Pre-launch Update

2018-11-26 Thread Joseph Seddon
Hey Everyone,

I wanted to send a quick reminder that on Tuesday, 27th November, at 16:00
UTC, we will launch our mobile and banner campaigns. We expect to run the
fundraising campaign on English Wikipedia in 6 countries: USA, Canada, UK,
Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. You may notice some final systems
tests running between now and then.


---Banners and Ideas---

You can see all of our current most effective fundraising banners on our
Fundraising Ideas page where you can also contribute any specific ideas or
stories we should tell via social media, banners, emails etc. (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising/2018-19_Fundraising_ideas )

Like last year, we will come to you for ideas and suggestions to test. In
addition to bringing in donations, we aim to use the campaign to educate
all readers about Wikipedia and the community who creates it. The
fundraising team’s A/B testing strategy works in iterative steps, so look
at our banners and have a think about what one element you would change or
add and how would you make it different. Think of sentences we can use to
tell our story that would make you proud. Look at other non-profit websites
and see if there are ideas that you think we should try.

To get people thinking, here is a list of things of what works and what
does not:

WHAT WORKS

* Localisation - We refer to which country the reader is from, what day it
is and the general type of device they use (mobile or desktop).

* Reverse Social Proof/Exceptionalism - Unlike other commercial or
non-profits, our donors like to feel special. (They should. They are.)

* A personal, frank tone -  Words like humbly or sincerely are important in
asks

* Anchoring the donation amount - We refer to the $3 small amount, we refer
to the average donation amount and in email we refer to past donation
amounts.

* Coffee and Ubiquity - It works, mainly because it is something that is
common in many people’s lives. Coffee, metro lines, libraries, public parks
etc.

WHAT DOESN'T

* Social proof (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_proof) - It’s a well
known concept that individuals will align their actions to others in order
to acquire acceptance from a wider group. It is a concept used very broadly
in both commercial and non-profit worlds. We've been told by people from
all industries, academics and from our communities that this works. For
Wikipedia it doesn't. We've tried and tested and re-tested again and again.
It really doesn't work for us

* Idealism - Wikipedia: As long as the internet/the world exists, we pledge
that Wikipedia will strive to make it a better place. Stories of helping
farmers or children across the world.

* Breadth - Facts like: English Wikipedia just passed 5 million articles.
From Argentina to Zimbabwe, your gift keeps the world learning.


---Reporting Issues---

If you see any technical issues with the banners or payments systems please
do report it on phabricator:
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/task/create/?template=118862

If you see a donor on a talk page, OTRS, or social media with questions
about donating or having difficulties in the donation process, please refer
them to:   donate {{at}} wikimedia.org.

Here is also the ever present fundraising IRC channel to raise urgent
technical issues: #wikimedia-fundraising (
http://webchat.freenode.net?channels=%23wikimedia-fundraising=d4)


---Next Updates & Social Media---

Tomorrow we will be posting a blog and also releasing some updated social
media frames.

A huge thank you to everyone who works to create and support Wikipedia who
make it a resource that people love and want to donate to. Fingers crossed!

-- 
Seddon

*Community and Audience Engagement Associate*
*Advancement (Fundraising), Wikimedia Foundation*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-26 Thread Ilario Valdelli
History does not require a judge. It's the storiography to be judge.

Here the problem is to give relevance to some sources and to neglect
(completely) others.

If a single not neutral source is considered as the Holy Bible, the same
pillars of Wikipedia are infringed.

Kind regards

On Mon, 26 Nov 2018, 14:06 Dennis During  Who is the judge? Are we going to join Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al as
> the new press barons?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-26 Thread Ilario Valdelli
I think that this case is so complicated that the admin or the steward
sometimes are not prepared to face a big problem like this.

They evaluate two opinions without having a background to define what is
true and what is not. In this case the evaluation can be not neutral.

Anyways the bias us present in all several Wikipedias and not only in
Croatian mainly if it concerns the history of the area around Croatia.

It's a pity that still now, after long time, someone us reporting the same
problem. I would know personally what is the problem.

Kind regards

On Mon, 26 Nov 2018, 12:38 stjn  This mailing list is usually positive, but we need to talk about
> something rotten. I was linked to this Meta RfC by my Russian colleague:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Administrator_abuse_on_the_Croatian_Wikipedia
>
> The author and commentators, with notable evidence, allege that admins
> and editors on Croatian Wikipedia are biased in favour of far-right
> denialist talking points, especially in regards to World War II, and use
> their rights to continue this type of deal. From my further readings,
> the problems in Croatian Wikipedia exist for a long time with the same
> participating actors. This RfC exists for 2 years already without any
> signs of notice from the WMF or Meta stewards, all while nothing is
> changing and the local press is continuing to report about this (maybe
> authors should get American coverage to get any support, though). What
> exactly is the course of action on this and what has already been done
> in regards to this by Meta stewards or WMF?
>
> Editors have tried to sound their alarms via different means:
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/?oldid=857974834#2013_controversy_about_right-wing_bias
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales/Archive_231#On_the_state_of_Croatian_Wikipedia
>
> Support of extremist viewpoints should be the most pressing issue for
> Wikimedians, as we must recognise that our articles have consequences,
> and unabashed defence of Nazis in Wikipedia in one of the official
> languages of the EU is a big deal. I personally had to organise with
> others before to remove genuine jihadist view points from being reported
> as facts in one of Wikipedias (successfully), in the last year I also
> had to report to one steward that admin in one Wikipedia was deleting
> all (seemingly not bad) content in regards to LGBT without any
> explanation (unsuccessfully).
>
> Every time significant institutional bias towards non-neutral and
> harmful view points goes unnoticed, we poison our readers, especially
> students, and discourage other people from constructive contribution in
> our projects. Perhaps, on the larger point, it is good to talk about
> some kind of committee akin to CoCC that would safely enforce the
> founding principles of our projects, if these issues go unnoticed so much.
>
> I hope that something will be done with this eventually.
>
> Oleg
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-26 Thread Dennis During
Who is the judge? Are we going to join Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al as
the new press barons?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-26 Thread Chico Venancio
Since no one is pure we should accept and embrace intolerant and hateful
propaganda in Wikimedia projects? Is that the argument you are making,
Dennis?

Chico Venancio

Em seg, 26 de nov de 2018 09:55, Dennis During  It's a good thing that our thoughts and deeds are so pure that we have
> become entitled to purify the thoughts and deeds of others.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-26 Thread Dennis During
It's a good thing that our thoughts and deeds are so pure that we have
become entitled to purify the thoughts and deeds of others.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l diversity and level of participation

2018-11-26 Thread Dakota Ross
I can't find a more formal way to word this message, so I'll hope something
along the lines of a word vomit essay is alright.

I think a major part of the problem you brought up is a lack of easily
accessible resources to get involved. Sure, Meta tells users *how to get on
mailing lists*, but there's no description of the topics regularly
discussed, and no information on those topics. For example, not a ton of
Wikimedia users are all that familiar with the Affiliations Committee—even
I wasn't until reading this mailing list.

In order to get more users involved, we need to focus not just on
international language barriers, but also information barriers for
everybody. Even something as simple as a "Wikimedia-l topic reference" or
"Mailing list topic reference" page on Meta including quick rundowns of
certain things and some links to more in-depth information pages on the
various topics would likely have a positive impact on participation.

When people know what is being discussed, they can learn by observing the
discussions, and feel that much more confident in participation.

I hope this helps!

Dakota (dross)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dross

On Tue, Nov 20, 2018, 15:59 Pine W  Hi Mathieu,
>
> Thank you very much for these suggestions.
>
> Communications inside the Wikiverse and among projects are messy and
> complex. I have some ideas for how to improve our communications, including
> transitioning mailing lists to Discourse and creating a central place where
> people can subscribe or unsubscribe to newsletters. I will add your ideas
> to the mix. Hopefully these issues will get some attention during 2019.
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
>
>
> On Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 4:24 PM Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz <
> psychosl...@culture-libre.org> wrote:
>
> > 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
> >> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
> >> --
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[Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-26 Thread stjn
This mailing list is usually positive, but we need to talk about 
something rotten. I was linked to this Meta RfC by my Russian colleague:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Administrator_abuse_on_the_Croatian_Wikipedia

The author and commentators, with notable evidence, allege that admins 
and editors on Croatian Wikipedia are biased in favour of far-right 
denialist talking points, especially in regards to World War II, and use 
their rights to continue this type of deal. From my further readings, 
the problems in Croatian Wikipedia exist for a long time with the same 
participating actors. This RfC exists for 2 years already without any 
signs of notice from the WMF or Meta stewards, all while nothing is 
changing and the local press is continuing to report about this (maybe 
authors should get American coverage to get any support, though). What 
exactly is the course of action on this and what has already been done 
in regards to this by Meta stewards or WMF?


Editors have tried to sound their alarms via different means:
https://en.wikipedia.org/?oldid=857974834#2013_controversy_about_right-wing_bias
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales/Archive_231#On_the_state_of_Croatian_Wikipedia

Support of extremist viewpoints should be the most pressing issue for 
Wikimedians, as we must recognise that our articles have consequences, 
and unabashed defence of Nazis in Wikipedia in one of the official 
languages of the EU is a big deal. I personally had to organise with 
others before to remove genuine jihadist view points from being reported 
as facts in one of Wikipedias (successfully), in the last year I also 
had to report to one steward that admin in one Wikipedia was deleting 
all (seemingly not bad) content in regards to LGBT without any 
explanation (unsuccessfully).


Every time significant institutional bias towards non-neutral and 
harmful view points goes unnoticed, we poison our readers, especially 
students, and discourage other people from constructive contribution in 
our projects. Perhaps, on the larger point, it is good to talk about 
some kind of committee akin to CoCC that would safely enforce the 
founding principles of our projects, if these issues go unnoticed so much.


I hope that something will be done with this eventually.

Oleg


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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikipedia & Education User Group] Logo Challenge

2018-11-26 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Dear all,

As a step forward to increase community participation in the user group
activities, the Wikipedia & Education User Group is organising logo
challenge to invite Wikimedians (even non-Wikimedians) to design and
nominate a new logo for the newly formed user group. The nomination period
starts from tomorrow i.e. 23 November 2019, and ends on 16 December 2018.
It will be followed by a voting round.

Rules for the challenge and other details can be seen at:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/Logo_challenge

Please reach out to me if you have any questions. We are looking forward to
see your creations.

Thanks,
User:KCVelaga
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikipedia & Education User Group] Logo Challenge

2018-11-26 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Correction: Nomination period starts from tomorrow i.e. 23 November 2018,
and ends on 16 December 2018.

In the earlier email it was mentioned as 2019. Sorry for the confusion.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/Logo_challenge

Thanks

On Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 9:21 PM Krishna Chaitanya Velaga 
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As a step forward to increase community participation in the user group
> activities, the Wikipedia & Education User Group is organising logo
> challenge to invite Wikimedians (even non-Wikimedians) to design and
> nominate a new logo for the newly formed user group. The nomination period
> starts from tomorrow i.e. 23 November 2019, and ends on 16 December 2018.
> It will be followed by a voting round.
>
> Rules for the challenge and other details can be seen at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/Logo_challenge
>
> Please reach out to me if you have any questions. We are looking forward
> to see your creations.
>
> Thanks,
> User:KCVelaga
>
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