Re: [Wikimedia-l] NEW: Wikimedia Clinic calls, starting June 15th

2020-06-02 Thread Rajeeb Dutta
Dear Asaf,

Thanks for the update and a noble initiative, looking to contribute wherever, 
whenever I am needed.

Best Regards,
Rajeeb.
(U: Marajozkee)
(Sent from my iPhone pardon the brevity) 

> On 03-Jun-2020, at 2:59 AM, Asaf Bartov  wrote:
> 
> Dear Wikimedians,
> 
> In these complex times of pandemic, and the coming complex times of
> post-pandemic, live human contact with fellow Wikimedians, even mediated
> through a video call, can be helpful, relaxing, and fun.  It can also offer
> opportunities to ask questions you have been meaning to ask but never got
> around to, or to explain complex situations that may be hard to articulate
> in writing.
> 
> To better support members of the community during this time, the Community
> Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in trying an
> experiment: scheduling open video calls (using Google Meet) where any
> active Wikimedian would be welcome to attend and ask questions or ask for
> advice about whatever Wikimedia-related goal or problem they're working on.
> 
> You can also just share what you're working on and invite feedback, even if
> you don't have a specific question. Or people can just connect to hang out,
> or to offer their own experience to the people asking questions.
> 
> We are thinking of calling these calls Wikimedia Clinics, and would host
> them once a week (in alternating time zones, to accommodate as many people
> as possible).
> 
> Each clinic session:
> 
> * would be 70-120 minutes in length depending on topics presented and
> volume of conversation
> * would have at least two Wikimedia Foundation staff members guaranteed to
> be present. They are not guaranteed to have the answers you need, but they
> are committed to helping you get them, even if not during the call itself,
> but as later follow-up.
> * would be summarized in an in-depth *digest* of the call that would be
> edited for clarity and available to all volunteers interested. These notes
> would link to any tools and resources mentioned on the call and will be
> shared on this mailing list and archived on Meta[0].
> 
> These calls are *not* replacing any existing channels or
> regularly-scheduled calls!  Every channel or call you are already using
> continues to exist.  No important announcements will be made on these
> calls, and no one should feel stressed or obligated to attend them.
> 
> Rather, they are a new form of live-communication open support calls, less
> narrow in focus than some of the existing channels (where only specific
> topics are expected), and, we hope, more approachable and welcoming for
> people not sure whether their question or dilemma is appropriate for one of
> the other channels.
> 
> If these calls are found useful, we'll try to offer them in some other
> languages, to increase access to those not comfortable speaking English.
> 
> So, let's give this a try!  The first two calls are scheduled for:
> 
> Monday, June 15th, 17:30 (5:30pm) UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[1].
> Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[2].
> 
> and
> 
> Wednesday, June 17th, 08:00am UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[3].
> Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[4].
> 
> Remember, there's no set agenda and no particular preparation needed.  Feel
> free to join us with anything Wikimedia-related that's on your mind, or
> just to hang out.
> 
> Feedback and questions welcome.
> 
> Cheers,
> 
>Asaf
> 
> [0] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Clinics
> [1] https://meet.google.com/kha-nghc-mky
> [2]
> https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26536320=17.5-19.5=show=f924130e-ed00-e1b4-b549-2202e11d660f
> [3] https://meet.google.com/iex-jebd-due
> [4]
> https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26539200=8-10=show=500d54dd-96c7-1934-0910-afe98a3440a5
> 
> 
> Asaf Bartov (he/him/his)
> 
> Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities
> 
> Wikimedia Foundation 
> 
> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] NEW: Wikimedia Clinic calls, starting June 15th

2020-06-02 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
That is a wonderful initiative. This will be helpful for everyone. Thanks
for sharing the news.
Regards.

On Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 2:59 AM Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> In these complex times of pandemic, and the coming complex times of
> post-pandemic, live human contact with fellow Wikimedians, even mediated
> through a video call, can be helpful, relaxing, and fun.  It can also offer
> opportunities to ask questions you have been meaning to ask but never got
> around to, or to explain complex situations that may be hard to articulate
> in writing.
>
> To better support members of the community during this time, the Community
> Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in trying an
> experiment: scheduling open video calls (using Google Meet) where any
> active Wikimedian would be welcome to attend and ask questions or ask for
> advice about whatever Wikimedia-related goal or problem they're working on.
>
> You can also just share what you're working on and invite feedback, even if
> you don't have a specific question. Or people can just connect to hang out,
> or to offer their own experience to the people asking questions.
>
> We are thinking of calling these calls Wikimedia Clinics, and would host
> them once a week (in alternating time zones, to accommodate as many people
> as possible).
>
> Each clinic session:
>
> * would be 70-120 minutes in length depending on topics presented and
> volume of conversation
> * would have at least two Wikimedia Foundation staff members guaranteed to
> be present. They are not guaranteed to have the answers you need, but they
> are committed to helping you get them, even if not during the call itself,
> but as later follow-up.
> * would be summarized in an in-depth *digest* of the call that would be
> edited for clarity and available to all volunteers interested. These notes
> would link to any tools and resources mentioned on the call and will be
> shared on this mailing list and archived on Meta[0].
>
> These calls are *not* replacing any existing channels or
> regularly-scheduled calls!  Every channel or call you are already using
> continues to exist.  No important announcements will be made on these
> calls, and no one should feel stressed or obligated to attend them.
>
> Rather, they are a new form of live-communication open support calls, less
> narrow in focus than some of the existing channels (where only specific
> topics are expected), and, we hope, more approachable and welcoming for
> people not sure whether their question or dilemma is appropriate for one of
> the other channels.
>
> If these calls are found useful, we'll try to offer them in some other
> languages, to increase access to those not comfortable speaking English.
>
> So, let's give this a try!  The first two calls are scheduled for:
>
> Monday, June 15th, 17:30 (5:30pm) UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[1].
> Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[2].
>
> and
>
> Wednesday, June 17th, 08:00am UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[3].
> Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[4].
>
> Remember, there's no set agenda and no particular preparation needed.  Feel
> free to join us with anything Wikimedia-related that's on your mind, or
> just to hang out.
>
> Feedback and questions welcome.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Asaf
>
> [0] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Clinics
> [1] https://meet.google.com/kha-nghc-mky
> [2]
>
> https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26536320=17.5-19.5=show=f924130e-ed00-e1b4-b549-2202e11d660f
> [3] https://meet.google.com/iex-jebd-due
> [4]
>
> https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26539200=8-10=show=500d54dd-96c7-1934-0910-afe98a3440a5
>
>
> Asaf Bartov (he/him/his)
>
> Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities
>
> Wikimedia Foundation 
>
> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
> https://donate.wikimedia.org
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[Wikimedia-l] NEW: Wikimedia Clinic calls, starting June 15th

2020-06-02 Thread Asaf Bartov
Dear Wikimedians,

In these complex times of pandemic, and the coming complex times of
post-pandemic, live human contact with fellow Wikimedians, even mediated
through a video call, can be helpful, relaxing, and fun.  It can also offer
opportunities to ask questions you have been meaning to ask but never got
around to, or to explain complex situations that may be hard to articulate
in writing.

To better support members of the community during this time, the Community
Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in trying an
experiment: scheduling open video calls (using Google Meet) where any
active Wikimedian would be welcome to attend and ask questions or ask for
advice about whatever Wikimedia-related goal or problem they're working on.

You can also just share what you're working on and invite feedback, even if
you don't have a specific question. Or people can just connect to hang out,
or to offer their own experience to the people asking questions.

We are thinking of calling these calls Wikimedia Clinics, and would host
them once a week (in alternating time zones, to accommodate as many people
as possible).

Each clinic session:

* would be 70-120 minutes in length depending on topics presented and
volume of conversation
* would have at least two Wikimedia Foundation staff members guaranteed to
be present. They are not guaranteed to have the answers you need, but they
are committed to helping you get them, even if not during the call itself,
but as later follow-up.
* would be summarized in an in-depth *digest* of the call that would be
edited for clarity and available to all volunteers interested. These notes
would link to any tools and resources mentioned on the call and will be
shared on this mailing list and archived on Meta[0].

These calls are *not* replacing any existing channels or
regularly-scheduled calls!  Every channel or call you are already using
continues to exist.  No important announcements will be made on these
calls, and no one should feel stressed or obligated to attend them.

Rather, they are a new form of live-communication open support calls, less
narrow in focus than some of the existing channels (where only specific
topics are expected), and, we hope, more approachable and welcoming for
people not sure whether their question or dilemma is appropriate for one of
the other channels.

If these calls are found useful, we'll try to offer them in some other
languages, to increase access to those not comfortable speaking English.

So, let's give this a try!  The first two calls are scheduled for:

Monday, June 15th, 17:30 (5:30pm) UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[1].
Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[2].

and

Wednesday, June 17th, 08:00am UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[3].
Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[4].

Remember, there's no set agenda and no particular preparation needed.  Feel
free to join us with anything Wikimedia-related that's on your mind, or
just to hang out.

Feedback and questions welcome.

Cheers,

Asaf

[0] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Clinics
[1] https://meet.google.com/kha-nghc-mky
[2]
https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26536320=17.5-19.5=show=f924130e-ed00-e1b4-b549-2202e11d660f
[3] https://meet.google.com/iex-jebd-due
[4]
https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26539200=8-10=show=500d54dd-96c7-1934-0910-afe98a3440a5


Asaf Bartov (he/him/his)

Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities

Wikimedia Foundation 

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-06-02 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

First, I’m sorry for not doing a better job introducing myself last time.
(I was told I should have done that.) I am Maggie Dennis. Currently I am
the Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability under the
General Counsel of the Foundation. I’ve been with the Foundation for 9
years in various roles, but always connected to the group who now conduct
Trust & Safety in one form or another. I am also a volunteer,
Moonriddengirl, primarily on English Wikipedia, although I am so much
diminished in my volunteering that it embarrasses me to point it out.

This office hour is still scheduled for 18:00 UTC June 4th. I will be on
camera, and it will be livestreamed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGRXVx5EeCk

We will post notes from the meeting, with the identity of question-askers
anonymized, afterward. Questions can be submitted on Telegram [1], on IRC
[2] or in the YouTube Chat or by email in advance to answ...@wikimedia.org
(To make sure they are presented during this meeting, please use “Trust &
Safety” as the subject line.)

I want to invite people to join me in the Zoom call itself as well. I’d
much rather be talking to people than nervously answering anonymous
questions. Since I’m told that there are security issues with publishing
the link, we’ll be sharing the link with interested individuals as the
meeting begins. If you want the link to get in, please ask for it at
answ...@wikimedia.org, at least an hour in advance of the meeting’s start
(again, with “Trust & Safety” as the subject line). The link will be sent
out via email during the hour before the meeting.

If you are in Zoom, of course, and on camera or speaking out loud, people
who watch the stream will see you, so if you prefer more anonymity Telegram
or IRC may be more comfortable for you.

Best,

Maggie [3]


P.S. NewYorkBrad, colon added. :D 18:00. I was typing it the way my dad
always said it out loud. That said, I get stagefright and thus wouldn't be
at all unhappy to have finished this over 200 years ago. :)

[1] https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> With the Board’s recent statement, this seems like a good time to launch
> the quarterly office hours I’ve been wanting to create for people who want
> to talk to me about issues involving “community resilience and
> sustainability,” including the work of Trust & Safety, whom I oversee.
> (after months of wanting to do this I’ve come to realize that I will always
> be "too busy" to feel like it's the perfect time for this. So I’m going to
> do it now anyway!)
>
> There’ve been requests to make office hours more personal, so I will host
> a Zoom hangout where people can join me, but I'll also take questions from
> Telegram and IRC.[1] I know that finding an hour that works for everybody
> is not going to happen, and I know from past office hours I’ve been
> involved in that I may get far more questions than I can answer (or,
> contrarily, nothing at all :)). Nevertheless, I will do my best to answer
> questions posed to me in that hour by Wikimedians in good standing (not
> Foundation or community banned) and to follow up in writing with any I
> don’t have time for over the next few days or week or so, time allowing. I
> might aggregate similar questions into a kind of FAQ. We’ll publish notes,
> anonymizing those who’ve asked questions, after.
>
> I do, however, have the following caveats:
>
>-
>
>I can’t and won’t discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
>can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
>as some of the mistakes we’ve made, some of the things I’m proud of, and
>some of the things we’re hoping to do.
>-
>
>I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
>me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
>about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won’t
>compromise on this.
>
>
> I’m not sure if I will stick with Zoom as the way I do office hours
> forever, but I am responding to some requests for spoken interaction while
> also trying to provide text options for those who prefer. I admit to being
> a little camera shy myself, so this is a challenge for me! If I embarrass
> myself too badly, I may retreat to the safety of text in future.
>
> I was hoping to have the Zoom link already, but while that’s being
> expedited by our office technology team, I don’t have it yet. I wanted to
> give interested people notice as soon as I knew the time. I’ll follow up
> with links again at least two hours in advance.
>
> The meeting will be on June 4th at 1800 UTC.
>
> I hope to see you there.
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
> [1] Zoom link; Telegram link: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ;
> directions for 

[Wikimedia-l] This month in Education, May 2020

2020-06-02 Thread Sailesh Patnaik
Juhar everyone,

Sorry for cross-posting, but we wanted to share some of the amazing
projects the Wikimedia-education community is doing to support teachers,
students and community members in this time of pandemic.

The May edition of the Education Newsletter has been published, you can
find it here:
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Newsletter/May_2020

In case, you have missed the April edition, you can find it here:
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Newsletter/April_2020

This month as a part of the education community highlight series, meet Jacek
Durski from Poland and learn about their work in the newsletter. Thanks to
Klara for the nomination. You can find other stories from Serbia, Armenia,
Turkey, the Philippines and Mexico.

Do you have a great story to share from your Wikimedia education projects
or community members? Submit an article here:
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News/Newsroom

If you want to highlight someone from the education community for their
work, please follow this:
https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/t/highlighting-individuals-involved-with-wikimedia-education/1914

Subscribe here to receive the education newsletter at your talk page!
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_message_delivery/Targets/This_Month_in_Education


Best!
-- 
*Sailesh Patnaik*
Program Coordinator, Education
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