Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustees elections, membership, quorum, and

2020-10-07 Thread Adam Wight
> wrote: >> >> I knew they are theoretically self-appointed, but was under the >> impression >> that at least until now an appearance of democracy and legitimacy >> towards >> the community has been respected, which no longer seems to be the >cas

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustees elections, membership, quorum, and

2020-10-07 Thread Adam Wight
Greetings, this is a semiautomated response pointing out that the Wikimedia Foundation Board is not elected, it's self-appointing. The so-called "elections" are in fact nominations to be considered by the Board.  Therefore, the Bylaws have not been broken. This is an unfortunate arrangement,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A Universal Code of Conduct draft for review

2020-09-11 Thread Adam Wight
Is there somewhere we can refer to the list of offensive and unacceptable expressions, and how they are determined? There were been several explanations already.  It's possible to use mild words in a cruel way, for example a father telling their child "You've always had beans for brains." 

[Wikimedia-l] Writing Wikimedia's history [Re: Institutional memory @ WMF]

2020-08-28 Thread Adam Wight
The Wikimedia-pedia [1] is a treasure, thank you Philippe for linking!  I'd love to see this content migrated to a public wiki, where maybe it can come to life again. Nearly every time I'm involved in onboarding, I find a chance to mention the Visual Editor rollout, Wikimedia's origins and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Institutional memory @ WMF

2020-08-28 Thread Adam Wight
On 8/25/20 10:51 PM, Strainu wrote: It seems the WMF is going through another crisis of institutional memory I think I see where you're coming from, and I appreciate the generous turn away from individuals and towards potential structural problems.  Whatever the latest incident was, we can

[Wikimedia-l] Minor update: AWight upgrading to "volunteer" Wikimedian

2019-02-18 Thread Adam Wight
Greetings, This is just a courtesy notice that I'm no longer employed by the Wikimedia Foundation as of the end of the month, but will continue to stay engaged as a volunteer. I see this as an opportunity, since I'll be free of the conflict of interest caused by my financial and legal

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Security Notification: Malware creating fake Wikipedia donation banner

2019-01-24 Thread Adam Wight
Horrifying! Is there anything we can do from our side, e.g. include some Javascript which can detect and disable the malware banner? [[mw:Adamw]] On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 10:11 AM Paulo Santos Perneta <> wrote: > Hi, > > I seem to recall some OTRS tickets recently sent

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia's sourcing

2018-08-29 Thread Adam Wight
Hi, you might be interested in "Getting to the Source":

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

2018-08-02 Thread Adam Wight
Nice work! I checked on my own face on the staff page and would like to request two changes: Please change my name to "Adam Wight", the longer name was silly. Also, please change the image to , I donno why it was reset to t

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Are we losing out against bad editing?

2018-05-25 Thread Adam Wight
Thank you for this provocation, I share your concern. As a reader, it's disappointing to find material that looks like a press release, and intimidating to flag or edit without doing research into the editing history and editors involved. A quick, "back of the envelope" calculation I did

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategy Report Released: Wikimedia 2030: Wikimedia’s role in shaping the future of the information commons

2018-02-15 Thread Adam Wight
Punk rock! These consultants seem to actually understand what we’re about, and the report is a great collaboration all around. The heavy use of actual Wikimedians’ quotes lets us tell our own story. The recommendations on page 31 look right to me personally, and are “actionable”. Thanks for

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-06 Thread Adam Wight
Dear friends, As wonderful as it is to see this discussion unfold, showing how many of us care deeply about humanism and the movement's impact in the material world, I'd like to observe that it also demonstrates how underdeveloped our movement-wide political processes are. To my understanding,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Our problem with India

2016-06-30 Thread Adam Wight
People concerned with the lack of content in Indic languages might enjoy, "Digital Divisions of Labor and Informational Magnetism: Mapping Participation in Wikipedia", recent research co-authored by Mark Graham of the Oxford Internet Institute. The problem is not specific to India. Quoting from

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-02 Thread Adam Wight
What Michel said... This is a very interesting story, but I'm left to imagine some crucial, looming details. I have no first-hand knowledge of what really happened, but your description of staff contacting a small number of Board members, and asking for confidentiality, strongly indicates that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What New Thing is WMF Doing w. Cookies, & Why is Legal Involved?

2016-05-02 Thread Adam Wight
stewardship of our shared resources? Anyway, please do keep a critical eye on cookies and their brethren, and if you find anything out of joint I'm sure there will be plenty of allies left within the Foundation to help set it right. Regards, Adam Wight [[mw:User:Adamw] [1] Sorry, there was an all

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikiwand

2016-03-31 Thread Adam Wight
; On 31 March 2016 at 20:39, Keegan Peterzell <> wrote: > > > On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:56 PM, Adam Wight <> > wrote: > > > > > To second what others have said, I personally love the idea that a > > reading >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikiwand

2016-03-31 Thread Adam Wight
To second what others have said, I personally love the idea that a reading interface should include less editor clutter, until it is requested. There's a task for this, if anyone would like to help push that investigation forward: There's also some

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Case for Federation: Should Parts of WMF Be Spun Off?

2016-03-19 Thread Adam Wight
MF staff and Board members past and present would probably be invited to this table, but as equals and individuals, not as the holders of the purse strings. -Adam Wight [[mw:User:Adamw]] This letter represents my personal views and not necessarily those of my employer, the Wikimedia Foundation. [

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-03-09 Thread Adam Wight
org/Profit_Filing_Help.html [3] On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:58 AM Adam Wight <> wrote: > Hi Florence, > > Thanks for jumping into this conversation and sharing your illumina

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The conversation is happening elsewhere :(

2016-02-16 Thread Adam Wight
Thanks for the note! Fwiw, I can't read that without a login. Feel free to urge the owners to make the thread public, if base crook even supports such a thing. On Feb 16, 2016 4:47 PM, "Asaf Bartov" wrote: > Dear colleagues, > > These are difficult and confusing times.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Outcomes from the Consultation on Wikimedia movement conferences/Wikimania

2016-02-09 Thread Adam Wight
Thank you for beginning this important discussion! I have the same concerns as others, especially around how this consultation fits into the decision making process. This sentence from the introduction makes it sound very serious indeed-- maybe this was a misunderstanding? [1] > The outcomes of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Adam Wight
On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 6:09 PM Tomasz W. Kozlowski wrote: > Considering the results of the 2015 May Board elections, I think it fair > to say that María’s appointment to the Board lacks any community legitimacy > whatsoever. I have to disagree with this statement.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voting formula was Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Adam Wight
I found that the "support percentage" formula S/(S+O) fails some important criteria for voting systems, for example it gives more weight to a vote for minor candidates, which violates the one person, one vote principle among others. "Net support" (S-O) is equally obscure and problematic. My

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-01-28 Thread Adam Wight
Hi Florence, Thanks for jumping into this conversation and sharing your illuminating perspective as an "old timer" :-) I wanted to take a moment to also thank you for your initiatives at the time, it's thrilling to imagine what might have happened if more people had taken an interest in your

[Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-01-26 Thread Adam Wight
say about this history is most likely protected speech under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, since we're asking whether state and federal laws were violated. In solidarity, Adam Wight [[mw:User:Adamw]] [1]

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Monetizing Wikimedia APIs

2016-01-17 Thread Adam Wight
_Appliance Speculation on why GEE was recently deprecated, lessons we might learn: Adam Wight mw:user:adamw On Jan 16, 2016 6:12 PM, "Denny Vrandecic" <d

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing new Wikimedia Foundation Trustees

2016-01-06 Thread Adam Wight
, of their vision and the goals they intend to pursue during their time on the Board. Warmly, Adam Wight Fundraising Tech "the sheepdog" Lead Wikimedia Foundation User:Adamw On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 5:01 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak <> wrote: > Dear all, > > As Chair of the W

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Obsessed with secrecy?

2015-12-29 Thread Adam Wight
much easier to > understand and make sense of the huge amount of information coming from > various channels. > > Pete > [[User:Peteforsyth]] > > On Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 2:42 PM, Adam Wight <> wrote: > > > There is a lot of room for improving the W

[Wikimedia-l] Obsessed with secrecy?

2015-12-29 Thread Adam Wight
There is a lot of room for improving the WMF's transparency and accountability to the broader community. Please help identify our shortcomings by contributing to this page: -Adam ___ Wikimedia-l

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-December Fundraiser Update

2015-12-22 Thread Adam Wight
conversations about the relative impact of campaigns. [3] Thank you, Adam Wight Wikimedia Fundraising Tech [1] [2]