Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mobile fundraising ads

2018-12-10 Thread Peter Southwood
It is slightly less repellent than some I have seen in the past, but in general 
I concur.
Cheers,
Peter

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James Salsman wrote:
>For those of you who have not seen the mobile fundraising banner this
>year, and thus are uncertain of what all the fuss is about, here is an
>example:
>
>https://i.imgur.com/wL4Y5dl.png

Hi.

This type of advertising is noxious and unacceptable. It should be revised
or taken down as soon as possible.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mobile fundraising ads

2018-12-10 Thread MZMcBride
James Salsman wrote:
>For those of you who have not seen the mobile fundraising banner this
>year, and thus are uncertain of what all the fuss is about, here is an
>example:
>
>https://i.imgur.com/wL4Y5dl.png

Hi.

This type of advertising is noxious and unacceptable. It should be revised
or taken down as soon as possible.

MZMcBride



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread Katherine Maher
Congratulations to all. Thank you for the important work that you do on
behalf of free knowledge, in Venezuela and abroad.

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 11:44 AM Jorge Vargas  wrote:

> ¡Muchas felicitaciones, Oscar y equipo! Me alegra mucho leer cómo están
> buscando empoderar a los venezolanos y venezolanas en el exterior con estas
> reformas a los bylaws.
>
> Un abrazo y a tus órdenes en lo que sea útil. :)
>
> On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:35 PM attolippip  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations! And warm welcome to Marianny and Lourdes!
> >
> > Best regards,
> > antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> >
> >
> > пн, 10 груд. 2018 о 10:40 Oscar Costero  пише:
> >
> > > Dear Wikimedians,
> > >
> > > At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of
> Wikimedia
> > > Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:
> > >
> > > * Oscar Costero (re-elected)
> > > * Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
> > > * Marianny Contreras
> > > * Lourdes Herrera
> > > * Samuel Cirilo
> > >
> > > Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and
> Lourdes
> > > are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would
> like
> > > to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
> > > former board members.
> > >
> > > During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
> > > outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past
> > years.
> > > We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
> > > that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
> > > expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and
> > Santiago
> > > de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.
> > >
> > > I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the
> > mission
> > > and vision of our movement.
> > >
> > > Kind regards,
> > >
> > > Oscar Costero
> > > Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
> > > J-40129321-2
> > > http://wikimedia.org.ve
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in an abstract language

2018-12-10 Thread Denny Vrandečić
Hi Ariel,

thanks for the very thoughtful question. I got asked this question every
time I present it, and during the Blue Sky presentation this question - or
a variation of it - was asked three times. It really is on top of people's
mind!

My answer is half inconsistent, I am afraid, because I have by now come up
with three ways to answer this question, and they contradict each other. So
I am glad to hear more thoughts on it.

Here are the three answers:

1) I think that language is a pretty bad delimiter to keep points of view
apart. Yes, sure, it allows the Japanese Wikipedia to offer a different
description of World War 2 than the Korean Wikipedia has, but I am not sure
that is entirely a good thing. We don't have two Wikipedias for Portugal
and Brazil, they have to agree and what they say, but we have Wikipedias in
Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Serbocroatian... and I am not sure that the
outcome of this decision is fully positive. So, my main point is, if we
really want to capture cultural differences, let's align the borders of the
editions of Wikipedia along these cultures. But aligning the cultural
borders solely along language borders is badly imperfect.

2) But in general, I think that accepting that different Wikipedias should
have different contents are incompatible with our NPOV policy. Now we could
have a lengthy discussion whether NPOV is a good policy or not. But in
general, I'd really prefer to have all points of views being presented with
their due weight in all languages, instead of using languages to represent
a point of view only in one language, and have a different point of view in
another language. I would love to be able to read both the Japanese and the
Korean point of view on contentious issues between these two countries - as
I can in Serbian and Croatian, because I can read both languages just fine
- but I think it is rather problematic that language barriers dictate the
point of view I have access to. In fact, in many cases, we can see in the
English speaking Wikipedia how the very same editors from the say Croatian
and Serbian Wikipedia come to a more balanced result in the English
Wikipedia, which they wouldn't accept in their 'home' Wikipedias. Funny,
isn't it?

3) More importantly, and entirely disagreeing with #1 and #2, is that the
Abstract Wikipedia never suggests to replace the current language editions,
but to fill up the gaps in any given language edition. So, if the Croatian
Wikipedia really wants to go into details on Croatian folk songs and
Croatian food items, they should be totally able to do so without having to
feel bad that they might be missing basic information about South American
countries and Australian Aboriginal cultures. In fact, what I hope is that
each language edition can choose to display the renderings from the
Abstract Wikipedia for most articles, and then they can concentrate on
creating in-depth articles on the topics they really care about - local
cities, cultures, traditions. I remember in the beginning when working on
the Croatian Wikipedia - it feels weird to work on the article about a
local dish if you're still missing articles on all chemical elements. How
can I write an article about the town my mom lives in (pop. 148) if there
is no article yet about the country of Mexico? The abstract Wikipedia has
the ability to lessen that pressure and allow the local communities to
focus on their interests more.

I assume that the solution that combines the three answers is that we will
display the local articles whenever available, but be able to take a look
at the article rendered from the abstract version (for contrast and
comparison and maintenance). And if there is no local article, we would
treat the article rendered from the abstract version like a proper article.

So, as said, the actual answer to your question is still work in progress,
but I wanted to write down a first sketch towards the answer. I am also
very happy to hear other people thoughts on this question. But all in all I
think that going toward an Abstract Wikipedia will improve along all the
dimensions discussed. But I am sure I missed important dimensions on this
question.

Cheers,
Denny

On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 11:15 PM Ariel Glenn WMF 
wrote:

> I want to add a caution about the idea of translating one article for all
> audiences. Even articles on some plants or animals will contain different
> information depending on their role in the communities of the speakers of a
> given language; how much more will articles about some politician or a
> religious custom vary depending on the presumed cultural context of the
> community of readers? Even sources vary according to the language of the
> project, with sources in the project language preferred for ease of
> verifiability. One of the strengths of multi-language Wikipedia is this
> very concept of a topic being presented in a fashion that is suitable to
> different communities of readers, and the language of the text is only 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread Jorge Vargas
¡Muchas felicitaciones, Oscar y equipo! Me alegra mucho leer cómo están
buscando empoderar a los venezolanos y venezolanas en el exterior con estas
reformas a los bylaws.

Un abrazo y a tus órdenes en lo que sea útil. :)

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 1:35 PM attolippip  wrote:

> Congratulations! And warm welcome to Marianny and Lourdes!
>
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
>
>
> пн, 10 груд. 2018 о 10:40 Oscar Costero  пише:
>
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of Wikimedia
> > Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:
> >
> > * Oscar Costero (re-elected)
> > * Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
> > * Marianny Contreras
> > * Lourdes Herrera
> > * Samuel Cirilo
> >
> > Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and Lourdes
> > are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would like
> > to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
> > former board members.
> >
> > During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
> > outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past
> years.
> > We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
> > that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
> > expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and
> Santiago
> > de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.
> >
> > I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the
> mission
> > and vision of our movement.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Oscar Costero
> > Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
> > J-40129321-2
> > http://wikimedia.org.ve
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread attolippip
Congratulations! And warm welcome to Marianny and Lourdes!

Best regards,
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv


пн, 10 груд. 2018 о 10:40 Oscar Costero  пише:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of Wikimedia
> Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:
>
> * Oscar Costero (re-elected)
> * Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
> * Marianny Contreras
> * Lourdes Herrera
> * Samuel Cirilo
>
> Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and Lourdes
> are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would like
> to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
> former board members.
>
> During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
> outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past years.
> We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
> that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
> expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and Santiago
> de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.
>
> I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the mission
> and vision of our movement.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Oscar Costero
> Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
> J-40129321-2
> http://wikimedia.org.ve
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Research Showcase] Wednesday, December 12 at 11:30 AM PST, 19:30 UTC

2018-12-10 Thread Janna Layton
Hello again, everyone. Just a reminder that *Why the World Reads Wikipedia*,
this month's Research Showcase, will be livestreaming this Wednesday. More
info below.
On Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 1:43 PM Janna Layton  wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> The next Research Showcase, *Why the World Reads Wikipedia*, will be
> live-streamed this Wednesday, December 12, 2018, at 11:30 AM PST/19:30 UTC.
> This presentation is about Wikipedia usage across languages.
>
> YouTube stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKMFvi_CCB0
>
> As usual, you can join the conversation on IRC at #wikimedia-research. You
> can also watch our past research showcases here:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase
>
> This month's presentation:
>
> *Why the World Reads Wikipedia*
>
> By Florian Lemmerich, RWTH Aachen University; Diego Sáez-Trumper,
> Wikimedia Foundation; Robert West, EPFL; and Leila Zia, Wikimedia Foundation
>
> So far, little is known about why users across the world read Wikipedia's
> various language editions. To bridge this gap, we conducted a comparative
> study by combining a large-scale survey of Wikipedia readers across 14
> language editions with a log-based analysis of user activity. For analysis,
> we proceeded in three steps: First, we analyzed the survey results to
> compare the prevalence of Wikipedia use cases across languages, discovering
> commonalities, but also substantial differences, among Wikipedia languages
> with respect to their usage. Second, we matched survey responses to the
> respondents' traces in Wikipedia's server logs to characterize behavioral
> patterns associated with specific use cases, finding that distinctive
> patterns consistently mark certain use cases across language editions.
> Third, we could show that certain Wikipedia use cases are more common in
> countries with certain socio-economic characteristics; e.g., in-depth
> reading of Wikipedia articles is substantially more common in countries
> with a low Human Development Index. The outcomes of this study provide a
> deeper understanding of Wikipedia readership in a wide range of languages,
> which is important for Wikipedia editors, developers, and the reusers of
> Wikipedia content.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread camelia boban
Hi Oscar, good to hear this.
Congratulations to all the board, elected for the first time or re-elected.

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Il giorno lun 10 dic 2018 alle ore 15:21 Frans Grijzenhout <
fr...@wikimedia.nl> ha scritto:

> Hi Oscar, congratulations with your reelection and with the new board. It
> is good to read that you continue your work in Venezuela and abroad,
> despite the difficult economic and social situation. Kind regards, Frans
>
> *Frans Grijzenhout*, voorzitter / chair
> +31 6 5333 9499
> --
> *Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland*
> Mariaplaats 3  -  3511 LH Utrecht
> Kamer van Koophandel 17189036
> http://www.wikimedia.nl/
>
>
> Op ma 10 dec. 2018 om 09:41 schreef Oscar Costero  >:
>
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> > At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of Wikimedia
> > Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:
> >
> > * Oscar Costero (re-elected)
> > * Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
> > * Marianny Contreras
> > * Lourdes Herrera
> > * Samuel Cirilo
> >
> > Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and Lourdes
> > are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would like
> > to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
> > former board members.
> >
> > During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
> > outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past
> years.
> > We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
> > that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
> > expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and
> Santiago
> > de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.
> >
> > I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the
> mission
> > and vision of our movement.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Oscar Costero
> > Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
> > J-40129321-2
> > http://wikimedia.org.ve
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread Frans Grijzenhout
Hi Oscar, congratulations with your reelection and with the new board. It
is good to read that you continue your work in Venezuela and abroad,
despite the difficult economic and social situation. Kind regards, Frans

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+31 6 5333 9499
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Op ma 10 dec. 2018 om 09:41 schreef Oscar Costero :

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of Wikimedia
> Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:
>
> * Oscar Costero (re-elected)
> * Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
> * Marianny Contreras
> * Lourdes Herrera
> * Samuel Cirilo
>
> Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and Lourdes
> are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would like
> to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
> former board members.
>
> During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
> outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past years.
> We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
> that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
> expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and Santiago
> de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.
>
> I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the mission
> and vision of our movement.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Oscar Costero
> Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
> J-40129321-2
> http://wikimedia.org.ve
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[Wikimedia-l] Writing weeks about German-speaking Community of Belgium

2018-12-10 Thread Romaine Wiki
Hi all,

From Monday 10 December to Friday 21 December we (community/Wikimedia
Belgium) organise the writing weeks about the German-speaking Community of
Belgium.

The German-speaking Community is one of the three communities in Belgium,
located near the border with Germany and comprises nine municipalities:
Amel, Büllingen, Burg-Reuland, Bütgenbach, Eupen, Kelmis, Lontzen, Raeren
and Sankt Vith. The area stretches from the 3-country point near Vaals
(Netherlands) in the north to the 3-country point near Ouren and Luxembourg
in the south.

This area is unfortunately only very limited described on Wikipedia. That
is why we invite you to write on Wikipedia about this area and help to fill
this gap bit by bit.

Please add the articles you write or translate to the project page. In this
way we know what has been done and it can stimulate other writers to write
and translate.


Project page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Writing_week/German-speaking_Community_of_Belgium


If you would like to stay informed about future writing weeks, please add
yourself to the mass message list and receive a message when a new writing
week starts:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_message_delivery/Targets/WritingWeek


For those who are in the area, on Saturday 15 December we also organise and
edit-a-thon in Eupen, the capital of this area.


Greetings from Belgium!
Romaine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising: Pre-launch Update

2018-12-10 Thread Joseph Seddon
Hey all! Just an update!

The main campaign has been running for a little under two weeks and so far
things are ticking over nicely!

===Procedural notes===

Banners limited: As has been standard practice we are limiting the number
of times a reader will see a banner within a single browser if they choose
to not dismiss the banners. A user should only see a banner a maximum of 5
times per browser. After this it will result in the banners being
suppressed for a period of 1 month.

Latin America: To focus on our English campaign and to reduce potential
technical stresses we disabled our low level Latin America campaign. It
will be re-enabled in January.

Testing: We've been working hard over the past week to incorporate as much
community feedback as we can both in terms of design and text. Will try to
update you on this as soon as possible.

===Supporting the fundraiser on social media!===

You can support the fundraiser on social media:

Anywhere: Please share why you love Wikipedia and free knowledge using the
hashtag #ILoveWikipedia. with the donation link (
https://donate.wikimedia.org) and the hashtag. Ask your friends to do it,
too! I’m sure teachers, college students, journalists, developers or
librarians in your circle might have something to add…

===Fundraising on the Wikipedia Portal===

We have just released a small fundraising appeal on the www.wikipedia.org
portal. This experiment was developed by online fundraising lead production
manager Peter Coombe and UX designer Robin Schoenbaechler. It has been made
possible thanks to extensive collaborations across the foundation, in
particular with engineering manager Sam Smith and portal engineer Jan
Drewniak. We thank them for their guidance and enthusiasm. Thanks also to
Volker Eckl, who supplied input on the integration of our new content into
the portal as well as the legal team for conducting a legal review before
it went live. This experiment is planned to run for the duration of the
English campaign (throughout the month of December).

===Donor Messages===

Here are some messages of thanks from our donors:

--
I have an extensive multidisciplinary academic, info management, and IT
background. Knowledge is my addiction. Thank you for the constant
gratification of my habit!
---
I've trawled through countless articles on this website. i've read the
entire glossary of ice hockey terms and know where and when aleister
crowley was born, lived, and died. i just want to thank you for helping me
find my passion for information.
---
Thank you, and everyone who volunteers their time to help Wikipedia. I have
yet to contribute much myself, but I am incredibly thankful for everything
Wikipedia has done. It's provided so much knowledge and information to
people all over the globe, it's helped me so much personally to learn more
about the world we live in, and it's going to continue helping countless
more to come. Thank you
---
I find the mission of Wikipedia to be extraordinarily generous and provides
me a bit of hope for humanity. My favorite articles tend to be about
historical events, primarily interesting people such as Kings, Generals,
and scholars. Thank you Wikimedia for all the great things you have done
and continue to do.
---
You have saved my ass more times than I can count. College? I'm slaying
that cause of y'all. Thank you so much. You can't understand how useful you
are.
--
Teachers in school used to say not to trust Wikipedia. But I have noticed
that over time it's very reliable- with good soured links. And
misinformation gets corrected very quickly. I think it gets a bad rep in
the public k-12 system. Thank you to the editors for preventing people from
filling pages with misinformation!
--
Thank you for all you do! It's thankless work but, it is very much
appreciated!! You are making the world a better place!! Thank you! Thank
you for the countless hours, the fact checking, and grammatical error
corrections. I implore you to keep going so we can all live in blissful
ignorance until we need to reference something that needs to be accurate.
Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. It has not gone unnoticed.
--

***That’s all for now folks! Thank you everyone for your support! I’ll
update you again soon!***

Regards

--
Seddon

Community and Audience Engagement Associate
Advancement (Fundraising), Wikimedia Foundation

On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 1:31 AM Joseph Seddon  wrote:

> 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 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mobile fundraising ads

2018-12-10 Thread Dan Garry (Deskana)
On Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 11:44, vermont--- via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Entering Wikipedia while not logged in, from both a PC and mobile device,
> lead to an insane amount of large, bright red banners asking for donations.
> Statistics may show that this sort of advertising gains the most clicks
> and donations. That should not be the only metric by which donation
> requests are decided.
>
> We are losing readers because of this.
>

Whilst there are certainly anecdotes to this effect, there's no evidence at
present that we're losing any more readers than normal. For example, page
views to the Simple English Wikipedia

(I chose this wiki because you linked to it in your email) are relatively
stable. Now, eyeballing page view graphs like I did is not really
scientific, but it gives a better indication than relying on isolated
comments.

Criticism of the fundraising banners (and there is plenty of it) will be
better received by the Fundraising team if we all stick to the facts, and
avoid extrapolation and hyperbole.

Dan
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-12-10 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
No point in automating NPOV, we are not at a point where we can. Where we
are is a point where we can collect all sources used to prove a point, any
point. We are at a point where we can indicate what sources are used to
prove or disprove any given point.

Now a NPOV does not mean that facts can be denied because "a" source says
something is a fact. There is plenty of literature where facts are plain
untrue and when this is a given, a source cannot be used. This mechanism to
validate sources in a bigger context is what I propose.

The facts will fall as they may. However calling the Croations names is
only justified when it is justified.
Thanks,
  GerardM

On Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 23:45, Tomasz Ganicz  wrote:

> I don't clearly understand Gerard what is your idea. Do you want to measure
> NPOV by calculating how often the sources are used after somehow marking
> them to belong to one or another group of political, religous or other type
> of  POV? And when you find that one group of them are more often cited than
> the others, this is a symptom of systematic bias of given Wikimedia
> project? Well that might be quite misleading because the issue is the
> honesty and context of using sources.
>
> For example: One can write an article about any controversial topic using
> equal number of  sources supporting opposite POVs, but the text can still
> be quite biased:
>
> "According to unfaithful bastard X [source X] the true is A. But, according
> to honourable and widely recognized expert Y [source Y] A it is not true,
> but the true is B."
>
> I don't believe in any kind of automated method of measuring NPOV. NPOV is
> very complex issue needed human judgment. You can't avoid it.
>
>
> śr., 28 lis 2018 o 12:43 Gerard Meijssen 
> napisał(a):
>
> > Hoi,
> > I take offence calling it a faith-based process. We have a database with
> > the citations of all Wikipedias. We have overriding principles that
> include
> > the NPOV and what the role of functionaries is in Wikimedia projects.
> When
> > they are a faith, they are our faith.
> >
> > My question to you is, why are you reluctant to start a process that will
> > bring down many hobby horses including yours and the ones in your
> favourite
> > project. Why not start where we face an urgency? An urgency that
> undermines
> > Wikipedia as NPOV!
> > Thanks,
> >   GerardM
> >
> > On Wed, 28 Nov 2018 at 00:31, Dennis During  wrote:
> >
> > > Why not test-run the process on my favorite project - or yours?  We
> > should
> > > get started.
> > >
> > > I am skeptical of the quality of judgment without a foundation of
> facts.
> > > At Wiktionary we have two main definition evaluation processes, one
> > > dependent on citations to which interpretative judgment is applies. IMO
> > > this process works very well.  The other depends on opinion, votes,
> > > supported by whatever facts or authority or bluster (my specialty)
> > > advocates bring to bear.  That process, though adequate, is not as
> > > satisfactory.
> > >
> > > Gerard Meijssen has suggested a faith-based process. If it is almost
> > ready
> > > to go, let it be validated and put to use.
> > >
> > > On Tue, Nov 27, 2018, 16:45 Benjamin Lees  > >
> > > > On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 8:06 AM Dennis During 
> > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Who is the judge? Are we going to join Facebook, Google, Twitter,
> et
> > al
> > > > as
> > > > > the new press barons?
> > > >
> > > > All of our work on the projects necessarily involves making
> judgments.
> > > > As a movement we have largely decided that editors on individual
> > > > projects should be the ones to make those judgments.  But in some
> > > > extreme cases, our judgment may be that we need different judges.
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 1:03 PM Dennis During 
> > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > It is important that any wiki process be applied fairly.  In this
> > case
> > > I
> > > > > think the Croatian wiki cannot be the first to have a new process
> > > > applied.
> > > >
> > > > I don't know whether this is the process we want.  But if it is,
> > > > somebody's gotta go first.
> > > >
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[Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Venezuela

2018-12-10 Thread Oscar Costero
Dear Wikimedians,

At our seventh general assembly on November 24, the members of Wikimedia
Venezuela elected its new board, whose members are the following:

* Oscar Costero (re-elected)
* Ybsen Lucero (re-elected)
* Marianny Contreras
* Lourdes Herrera
* Samuel Cirilo

Ybsen and Samuel have been in previous boards, while Marianny and Lourdes
are new to our board, please join me in welcoming them. I also would like
to thank Kevin Dels, Jin Kadaba and Tomas Guardia for their work as now
former board members.

During our assembly we proposed a new set bylaws to tackle the current
outflow of volunteers and members that migrated the country in past years.
We decided to have a new volunteer role in communication with the board
that oversight our activities and engage with members, volunteers and
expats in wiki activities around the globe. Jin Kadaba (Perú) and Santiago
de Viana (Spain) were elected to this new post.

I am delighted to be able to work with these people in favor of the mission
and vision of our movement.

Kind regards,

Oscar Costero
Presidente | Wikimedia Venezuela
J-40129321-2
http://wikimedia.org.ve
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