[Wikimedia-l] The new Signpost issue is out!

2022-11-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Signpost – Volume 18, Issue 11 – 28 November 2022 -- News and notes: English Wikipedia editors: "We don't need no stinking banners" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2022-11-28/News_and_notes

[Wikimedia-l] Re: WMF financial statements for 2021-2022 published

2022-11-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
M Ad Huikeshoven wrote: > The WMF does not invest in stocks, only in bonds. > > Op wo 9 nov. 2022 21:51 schreef Andreas Kolbe : > >> Dear Steven, >> >> Thank you for your explanation. I had naively assumed the investment >> income in the "Support and revenue&qu

[Wikimedia-l] Re: WMF financial statements for 2021-2022 published

2022-11-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ssion_FY21-22_Q3.pdf=5 On Wed, Nov 9, 2022 at 7:36 PM Steven Walling wrote: > > > On Wed, Nov 9, 2022 at 10:37 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Dear WMF Finance staff, >> >> I inquired over a week ago on Meta-Wiki why the WMF is reporting a >> negative investment i

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Grants budgets

2022-11-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Kassia, Thank you very much. I am currently struggling to square the figures in the reports on Meta with the figures provided in the Form 990. For example, the Form 990 for the 2020-2021 financial year lists grantmaking activities for various regions on pages 30–31 (with the same figures

[Wikimedia-l] Re: WMF financial statements for 2021-2022 published

2022-11-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
e=File%3AF%26A_Tuning_Session_FY21-22_Q3.pdf=5 On Tue, Nov 1, 2022 at 3:45 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Dear all, > > The WMF's audited financial statements are now available here: > > > https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/2/26/Wikimedia_Foundation_FY2021-2022_Audit_Report.pdf > &

[Wikimedia-l] WMF financial statements for 2021-2022 published

2022-11-01 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, The WMF's audited financial statements are now available here: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/2/26/Wikimedia_Foundation_FY2021-2022_Audit_Report.pdf Some key figures from the page numbered 4 (page 6 in the pdf): – Net invest income was negative: –$12M (down $16M) –

[Wikimedia-l] The October Signpost is out!

2022-10-31 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Signpost – Volume 18, Issue 10 – 31 October 2022 -- >From the team: A new goose on the roost http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2022-10-31/From_the_team

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Late publication of quarterly WMF tuning sessions

2022-10-19 Thread Andreas Kolbe
_Annual_Plan/End_of_year_report_2022 > > > On Tue, Oct 18, 2022 at 3:42 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Dear Nadee, >> >> Could you kindly provide us with an update on the outstanding tuning >> session decks (see below)? >> >> It would be good to know i

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Late publication of quarterly WMF tuning sessions

2022-10-18 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Nadee, Could you kindly provide us with an update on the outstanding tuning session decks (see below)? It would be good to know if and when they will be published. Best, Andreas On Fri, Oct 14, 2022 at 1:53 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Dear all, > > The Wikimedia Foundation has

[Wikimedia-l] Late publication of quarterly WMF tuning sessions

2022-10-14 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, The Wikimedia Foundation has for many years published the presentation decks from its quarterly "check-ins" – a kind of progress report of each department – on Commons.[1] Each check-in or "tuning session", as they have been called in recent years, covers the relevant department's work

[Wikimedia-l] Re: The new Signpost is out!

2022-10-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
out Wikimedia Commons rather than Wikipedia. >>>>> >>>>> WSC >>>>> >>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>> >>>>>> Message: 2 >>>>>> Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2022 16:35

[Wikimedia-l] The new Signpost is out!

2022-10-01 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Signpost – Volume 18, Issue 9 – 30 September 2022 -- News and notes: Board vote results, bot's big GET, crat chat gives new mop, WMF seeks "sound logo" and "organizer lab" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2022-09-30/News_and_notes

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Leadership Development Working Group is ready for community feedback!

2022-09-18 Thread Andreas Kolbe
It's not exactly volunteer time. According to the documentation on Meta-Wiki[1] each of the 16 listed working group members is appointed for one year, and receives a stipend of $600 per year for their participation (estimated at 5 hours per week). I am surprised to see that the working group

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Leadership Development Working Group is ready for community feedback!

2022-09-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
t; Saya mengajak para Wikimediawan/wati yang memiliki perhatian khusus pada > hal ini untuk turut serta membantu Kelompok Kerja dalam diskusi yang > penting ini. > > On Sat, Sep 17, 2022, 14:29 Peter Southwood > wrote: > >> I, too, would appreciate such enlightenmen

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Leadership Development Working Group is ready for community feedback!

2022-09-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
process, not an investment in navel-gazing. > > I hope this has helped alleviate some of your concerns. > > Best regards, > Rae > > > User:Vermont <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Vermont> on Wikimedia > projects > they/them/theirs (why pronouns matter >

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Decentralized fundraising, centralized distribution

2022-09-08 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Nate, You say, "By contrast, the bulk of mission-related services from the Wikimedia movement are offered to the world at large centrally by the international office (i.e. the Wikimedia projects)." Just think about this statement for a moment. It is not true. The bulk of mission-related

[Wikimedia-l] Poll of Wikipedians concludes: Wikimedia fundraising emails are misleading

2022-09-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
A poll at the English Wikipedia’s “Village Pump” – one of the prime meeting places for the volunteer editors who write and curate Wikipedia – has overwhelmingly concluded that Wikimedia Foundation fundraising emails due to be sent to donors shortly are unethical and misleading. It is the first

[Wikimedia-l] The new Signpost is out!

2022-09-01 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Signpost – Volume 18, Issue 8 – 31 August 2022 -- News and notes: Admins wanted on English Wikipedia, IP editors not wanted on Farsi Wiki, donations wanted everywhere http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2022-08-31/News_and_notes

[Wikimedia-l] Re: The 2022 Board of Trustees election Community Voting period is now open

2022-08-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The on-wiki voting instructions in all the other languages still make no mention of the videos. Andreas On Tuesday, August 23, 2022, Benjamin Lees wrote: > I'm surprised to see that this announcement includes no mention of the videos that the candidates created answering community questions[1]

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Invitation to join the Movement Strategy Forum

2022-08-21 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Quim and all, On Sun, Aug 21, 2022 at 12:18 AM Quim Gil wrote: > Hi, > > If anyone finds the report > > biased, it would be helpful to share the excerpts or the absences that > prove this bias. We are happy

[Wikimedia-l] 2022 WMF board election - candidates' video answers to questions have been posted

2022-08-21 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, The WMF board candidates' video answers to six questions proposed and selected by the community have been posted on Meta-Wiki. You can find them here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2022/Campaign_Videos Written answers to additional community questions

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Invitation to join the Movement Strategy Forum

2022-08-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, It's unfortunate that this has to be said, but: – A community review report should be written by the community, not the WMF. – The idea of democracy is not that the government should elect a new people. Regards, Andreas On Thu, Aug 18, 2022 at 5:02 PM Quim Gil wrote: > Hello

[Wikimedia-l] The new Signpost issue (Aug. 1) is out

2022-08-02 Thread Andreas Kolbe
July has ended and a new Signpost issue is out – complete with an Election Guide that includes op-eds by all six shortlisted candidates for the WMF Board, and candidates' answers to community questions on the associated talk pages. There's also detailed coverage of the recent hubbub surrounding

[Wikimedia-l] At-Large Directors for the Wikimedia Endowment Board

2022-07-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Lisa, Julie and all, The WMF is apparently looking for four to eleven "At-Large Directors for the Wikimedia Endowment Board".[1][2] Could you provide the community with a little information about this role? Also, there have been no updates on the total funds held in the Endowment[3] since

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Propose statements for the 2022 Election Compass for the Board of Trustees election

2022-07-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Jackie, Per the timeline you communicated on July 9 (quoted below), upvoting of the proposed statements for the Election Compass was meant to start on July 23rd: *July 21 - 22:* Elections Committee reviews statements for clarity and removes off-topic statements *July 23 - August 1:*

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Seven Wikimedia chapters rejected as permanent observers to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

2022-07-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
r > Wikimedia Foundation > 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600 > San Francisco, CA 94104 > jgerl...@wikimedia.org > > > Andreas Kolbe schrieb am Fr., 22. Juli 2022, 19:44: > >> Dear all, >> >> A week ago, the WMF issued a press release, "Seven Wik

[Wikimedia-l] Maryana Iskander interview in San Francisco Examiner

2022-07-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Maryana, Jeff, and all, Allow me to raise a couple of points with respect to the interview published yesterday in the San Francisco Examiner, titled "What does the CEO who oversees Wikipedia do? We ask her."

[Wikimedia-l] Seven Wikimedia chapters rejected as permanent observers to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

2022-07-22 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, A week ago, the WMF issued a press release, "Seven Wikimedia chapters rejected as permanent observers to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)": https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2022/07/15/seven-wikimedia-chapters-rejected-as-permanent-observers-to-wipo/ This stated,

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sharing the Wikimedia Foundation’s Human Rights Impact Assessment

2022-07-13 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Richard and all, The recommendations from this 2020 report that you have published now make interesting reading. – Some (UCoC, Human Rights Policy) have clearly been implemented since you received the report two years ago. – Others (training for admins and rights holders) are in the process

[Wikimedia-l] The new Signpost is out

2022-06-28 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, It is the end of June and a new Signpost issue has been published: - News and notes: WMF inks new rules on government-ordered takedowns, blasts Russian feds' censor demands, spends big bucks

[Wikimedia-l] Re: The Wikimedia Enterprise API project

2022-06-21 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Liam, There seem to be (at least) two types of presentations on Wikimedia Enterprise here: a PR-optimised one for public consumption, given here, and an internal one. I'd like the difference between the two to be smaller, ideally, and for the community (also) to be given the internal one, as

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-06-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
romotion of the movement to reflect the community as a valuable long term > respectable, trustworthy, reliable, and neutral partner organisation. > > > Boodarwun > Gnangarra > > > On Mon, 20 Jun 2022 at 20:06, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Hi Gnangarra and all, >> >> I

[Wikimedia-l] Re: what do we do with all this opportunity?

2022-06-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi WSC, For some time now, the edit window has included the following phrase: "You agree that a hyperlink or URL is sufficient attribution under the Creative Commons license." This has no bearing on the "share alike" part of your argument, but as far as the "attribution" part of CC BY-SA is

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-06-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
statements are very much questionable, and at the same time we > shouldn't be sending multiple requests close enough to each other that > people are complaining which means many others are just sending emails to > spam which become permanent filters. > > On Sat, 18 Jun 2022 at 23:33, Andrea

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-06-18 Thread Andreas Kolbe
/Wikimedia_Foundation_2020_Form_990.pdf#page=29 On Sat, Jun 18, 2022 at 3:46 PM Dan Garry (Deskana) wrote: > On Fri, 17 Jun 2022 at 23:25, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> If you've spotted an error in my reasoning or think you can provide a >> better estimate, please do so and share your worki

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Inc. design staff

2022-06-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Felipe, Funding open knowledge projects beyond Wikimedia, or other altruistic projects that have nothing to do with Wikimedia at all (the Knowledge Equity Fund is a case in point, of course ...) doesn't seem right to me. The WMF has been fundraising in India (as well as in Latin America and

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-06-17 Thread Andreas Kolbe
tion_Form_990_Frequently_Asked_Questions [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:IRS_tax_related_information/2020_Wikimedia_Foundation_Form_990_Frequently_Asked_Questions#Employees_and_salary_costs [3] https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/e/e4/Wikimedia_Foundation_2020_Form_990.pd

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Fact-checking Raju Narisetti in the Indian Express

2022-06-03 Thread Andreas Kolbe
i/Talk:Fundraising#Raju_Narisetti_interview:_most_of_the_money_is_flowing_into_the_Global_South> > . > > > Thank you, > > > Megan > > > On Thu, Jun 2, 2022 at 6:52 PM Peter Southwood < > peter.southw...@telkomsa.net> wrote: > >> This seems a reasonable

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Fact-checking where resources flow

2022-06-02 Thread Andreas Kolbe
r paradox*: Under what conditions does paying people strengthen > local community? > > We may have answers to most of these questions implicitly embedded in > current processes. But I have not seen explicit answers or discussions in > many years. > > SJ > > (apolog

[Wikimedia-l] Fact-checking Raju Narisetti in the Indian Express

2022-06-02 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, Last weekend, an interview with Raju Narisetti, titled "Wikipedia is building trust with transparency", was published in the Indian Express, one of the major daily newspapers in India. For your convenience, here is an archive link for the article: https://archive.ph/RaCwX The Indian

[Wikimedia-l] Re: 2020 Form 990 published

2022-05-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
e. > > On Sun, May 22, 2022, 9:00 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Hi all, >> >> The WMF published its Form 990 for the 2020 calendar year a week ago[1], >> along with an FAQ on Meta[2]. >> >> Some salient points: >> >> 1. In 2020, the number of Wi

[Wikimedia-l] 2020 Form 990 published

2022-05-22 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, The WMF published its Form 990 for the 2020 calendar year a week ago[1], along with an FAQ on Meta[2]. Some salient points: 1. In 2020, the number of Wikimedia employees whose total compensation and benefits exceeded $300,000 went up to eight. They were:[3] Katherine Maher, ED

[Wikimedia-l] Wording of fundraising emails

2022-05-21 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, Julia Brungs this week kindly posted the wording of the emails for the impending email campaign in India on Meta.[1] I've typed out (copy/paste from the pdfs is blocked; could this be changed in future?) the wording of these emails on the Fundraising talk page, for people's

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Simplifying governance processes

2022-05-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, A couple of thoughts. Lodewijk said: "It would be nice if we can somehow still lower the stakes by making processes more iterative, and accepting that the outcome does not have to be the same for a long period of time." This encapsulates *exactly* what wikis are all about. Wikipedia was

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Are you considering running for the 2022 Wikimedia Foundation board elections?

2022-05-08 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Lodewijk, Board members are required to fulfil a number of different functions, and some of those requirements will inevitably be in tension with each other. For example, board members are supposed: – to represent the volunteer community – to represent the affiliates – to represent the interests

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Are you considering running for the 2022 Wikimedia Foundation board elections?

2022-05-06 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Lorenzo and all, Interestingly enough, in German "diverse" *can* relate to an individual. This is a fairly recent development – following a 2018 court decision, "diverse" was introduced as a third option in census forms and the like, to be used by people who do not identify as "female" or "male".

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Next steps: Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and UCoC Enforcement Guidelines

2022-05-03 Thread Andreas Kolbe
which is what doxxing >>> is nested under, what is important to note is context - specifically that >>> if the information is provided or the behavior is “*intended primarily* >>> to intimidate, outrage or upset a person, or any behaviour where this would >>> reasonably b

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2022 election - updates

2022-04-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
lections in the future. > > I realize it is difficult not to assume that we're secretly plotting to > take over the world, but the mundane reality is that much as we would love > to, we lack the bandwidth and to a large extent focus on things as they > come. > > best, > > Dariusz

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2022 election - updates

2022-04-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
if correctly handled but for sure with the strong > ideological positions we face, it can only lead to more chaos. So far, I > might say that both processes might end up to more open globally than in > the past. Although they could have been much better. > > Like everything, we will deal w

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Next steps: Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and UCoC Enforcement Guidelines

2022-04-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
022 at 11:02 PM Todd Allen wrote: > >> Actually, you're technically even breaching it saying it here, since the >> mailing list is "outside the Wikimedia projects". >> >> I would agree that this needs substantial clarification, especially >> regarding

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2022 election - updates

2022-04-24 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 9:40 AM Chris Keating wrote: > On Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 11:32 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> There is no longer any distinction between community and affiliate >> trustees. For reference, see the "Type of seat" column in the current board >

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2022 election - updates

2022-04-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Keating wrote: > > > On Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 1:32 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Dear Dariusz, >> >> I am surprised your post has not attracted more attention. It's probably >> because you did not spell out what the adopted recommendation involves. It >>

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees 2022 election - updates

2022-04-23 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Dariusz, I am surprised your post has not attracted more attention. It's probably because you did not spell out what the adopted recommendation involves. It says (my emphases):[1] *The Board of Trustees wants to improve the set of skills and the diversity contributed by newly selected

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Next steps: Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and UCoC Enforcement Guidelines

2022-04-15 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Rosie, Could you kindly also look at and clarify the following passage in the Universal Code of Conduct: - *Disclosure of personal data (Doxing):* sharing other contributors' private information, such as name, place of employment, physical or email address without their explicit

[Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Maryana Iskander

2022-04-13 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Frederick, The paragraph in your letter that resonated most with me was this one: (9) The Wikipedia movement also seems to be shifting away from its volunteer model. This is what gave it its strength and vitality. We seem to be moving to an NGO/funded or even corporate model of operations.

[Wikimedia-l] Re: UCoC Phase 2 Ratification Results Announcement

2022-04-11 Thread Andreas Kolbe
iciously causing them to doubt their own perceptions: [[WP:V]] and > [[WP:NPOV]] do not require malice in calling for consensus-defined reliable > sources and avoiding fringe material. That said, again, this strikes me as > a discussion for the future policy review, and if actual issue

[Wikimedia-l] Re: UCoC Phase 2 Ratification Results Announcement

2022-04-11 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Maggie, Could I ask you for help with a couple of things: 1. The UCoC states that "sharing information concerning other contributors' Wikimedia activity outside the projects" is harassment. Is it really the WMF's intention to prohibit public discussions of controversial editing? To give

[Wikimedia-l] Re: WIKIMOVE - New Podcast on our Changing Movement

2022-04-08 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear all, If we really want to "critically question colonial and unequitable systems", maybe we should question the way Wikimedia has become an adjunct to US Big Tech, actively partnering with these firms to help them expand their inequitable and tax-evading business practices into less well-off

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-03-08 Thread Andreas Kolbe
affiliates and communities for future with that money as per > movement strategy recommendation. I think that would be far better an > option for us than to increase the number of growing WMF staffs in India or > pay them salary with that money. > > Regards, > Bodhisattwa &g

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-03-07 Thread Andreas Kolbe
records > and no audited accounts; people have no way of knowing how the money is > invested, what if anything it is spent on, how much Tides and other > consultants and contractors are paid for holding and administering the > fund, and so on. In my view, both the community and the pu

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-03-03 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-03-18/Op-ed [3] https://www.dailydot.com/debug/wikipedia-endownemnt-fundraising/ [4] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=27371849 On Mon, Jan 31, 2022 at 2:10 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Dear WMF accounts staff, > > Could you kindly clarify whether the &quo

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Board statement endorsing community voting on the enforcement guidelines for Universal code of Conduct (UCoC)

2022-02-22 Thread Andreas Kolbe
.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 5:46 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Philippe, Luis, > > Glad to hear that's never been done – though there is always a first time, > and even if there is no compulsion, it's enough for each manager to remind > their dir

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia payroll and related (WAS: Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy)

2022-02-01 Thread Andreas Kolbe
relation to WMF or any of these persons, for the record). > > Best > Yaroslav > > On Tue, Feb 1, 2022 at 1:45 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > >> Christophe, >> >> "First year" applies in Jaime Villagomez' case (who took over as CFO on >> Feb. 1, 2016). Thank you fo

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia payroll and related (WAS: Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy)

2022-02-01 Thread Andreas Kolbe
t how people can live when their integrity is > attacked while they are committed). > > So I am happy to jump in Spreadsheet and discuss compensations, but if we > are to do it, let's at the very least do it with a benevolent approach and > minding the people whose job is talked about. &

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia payroll and related (WAS: Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy)

2022-01-31 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Correction: The 2016 base salary figure for Lisa in my previous mail should have read $209,706, not $192,018. Andreas On Mon, Jan 31, 2022 at 1:55 PM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Chris, > > All the numbers are taken from the official Form 990s filed. You can > verify them for y

[Wikimedia-l] Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-01-31 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear WMF accounts staff, Could you kindly clarify whether the "Salaries, other compensation, employee benefits" figure in Part I, line 15 of the Form 990 relates solely to the 291 employees indicated in Part I, line 5, or whether it also includes salaries, compensation and benefits for the 82

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia payroll and related (WAS: Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy)

2022-01-31 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Chris, All the numbers are taken from the official Form 990s filed. You can verify them for yourself here: https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/200049703 There is also a table of top-earners' base salaries on Meta, with data taken from the Form 990:

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Board statement endorsing community voting on the enforcement guidelines for Universal code of Conduct (UCoC)

2022-01-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
audette > wrote: > >> Honestly I don’t remember the NDA, and I don’t even remember if I signed >> one. It was a long time ago. >> >> >> >> On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 11:48 AM Andreas Kolbe >> wrote: >> >>> Philippe, Luis, &

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Board statement endorsing community voting on the enforcement guidelines for Universal code of Conduct (UCoC)

2022-01-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
g the org and the movement. >> It pains me to see so many bytes wasted on this totally imaginary one. >> >> Luis >> >> On Sun, Jan 30, 2022 at 7:20 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: >> >>> Anne, Alphos, >>> >>> There is no reason to assume that staf

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Board statement endorsing community voting on the enforcement guidelines for Universal code of Conduct (UCoC)

2022-01-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
be realistic to have the key to > the election retained by someone outside of the direct Wikimedia community > (e.g., someone from EFF) who can be available to decode the results once > the standard checks are done. > > Risker/Anne > > > > > > On Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 16:17,

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia payroll and related (WAS: Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy)

2022-01-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Anne, Alex, Željko, Very good, Anne. Adding in the Part V, 1a numbers as additional employees, we arrive at the table below.[1] Do you agree this is accurate? It means the average salary cost per employee increased – by 35% from 2013 to 2016, from *$86,493* in 2013 to *$116,726* in 2016, – by

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy

2022-01-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
WMF and affiliates together, I think these statements are >> exaggerations. >> >> Risker/Anne >> >> >> [1] >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019/Annual_Plan_2021-2022 >> >> On Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 20:

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy

2022-01-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
WMF itself > and the WMF and affiliates together, I think these statements are > exaggerations. > > Risker/Anne > > > [1] > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019/Annual_Plan_2021-2022 > > On Sat, 29 Jan 2022 at 20:04, Alex Monk wrote: &

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Board statement endorsing community voting on the enforcement guidelines for Universal code of Conduct (UCoC)

2022-01-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Shani, The prospect of potentially several hundred Wikimedia employees/contractors taking part in this vote is somewhat disturbing, especially in combination with a 50% threshold. Few decisions in the history of Wikipedia and Wikimedia have attracted participation from 1,000 or more volunteers.

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy

2022-01-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Christian, Thanks for providing the translations. Even if he got some obvious things wrong – one thing David Bernet is right about is that the people earning money from this free content are first and foremost Big Tech, who can then host this material on sites like YouTube and put ads on it,

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Are we losing our readers?

2022-01-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Ronnie, The reported –21.23% drop seems to be based on a comparison of the December 2021 figure (4,970,053 edits) to the January 2021 figure (6,309,228 edits): 4,970,053/6,309,228 = 78.77% (so the reduction from January 2021 to December 2021 is 100% – 78.77% = 21.23%). However, highlighting

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Are we losing our readers?

2022-01-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Xavier and all, You say, "even the WMF tried to rebrand itself from «Wikimedia Foundation» to «Wikipedia Foundation» in a move that I consider a disbelief towards its own content legacies" It seems these rebranding efforts are in fact ongoing after all. According to Meta,[1] the fundraising

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Community Wishlist Survey 2022 is coming. Help us and prepare

2022-01-03 Thread Andreas Kolbe
. This should not be difficult for the administration to accomplish. Do you know how many employees there currently are? Best, Andreas On Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 9:28 AM Antoine Musso wrote: > On 30/12/2021 15:36, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > [...] > > WMF salary costs have increased further since

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Community Wishlist Survey 2022 is coming. Help us and prepare

2021-12-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Nosebagbear and all, On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 11:52 AM wrote: > Going off the average salaries, and the standard non-salary overhead for > equivalent organisations, it should support a 16-18 person team. > This calculation would benefit from some WMF salary data. In its 2019 Form 990[1]

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-19 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Tito and all, Tito said, in part, 1) Okay, we have an "urgent" policy. What is the plan and procedure to > safeguard the human rights of someone? Example: If a Wikimedian's human > right is in danger for using Wikimedia's/OSM's disputed map[1], what's the > "exact" procedure? > I do

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Translating Wikipedia articles

2021-12-16 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Thanks, Ziko. Does anyone use Simple English Wikipedia as a basis for their translations? I reckon DeepL – which is by far the best machine translation program around, in the languages it covers – might do an even better job with those (provided the Simple English article is itself of good

[Wikimedia-l] Old-style mailing list archive

2021-12-11 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, I think I'm not alone in finding it a little hard to get used to the new format of the hyperkitty mailing list archive. Those who miss the old archive format can find something very similar here, allowing posts to be listed by date or thread, as they used to be:

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-09 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Given the topic of human rights, I would like to point out that we have not had any reply on what happened to the $500k UAE award Jimmy Wales pledged he would use – every last penny – for human rights work with his Jimmy Wales Foundation.

[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Marketing Mail] Re: Closing the comment period for the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Draft Guidelines and next step

2021-12-06 Thread Andreas Kolbe
ment and ratification. The review will likely follow established policy > update formats, such as those used for the Terms of Use. [1] > > Patrick > > [1] > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment > > On Thu, Dec 2, 2021 at 11:10 AM Andreas Kol

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Auction at Christie's

2021-12-06 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi all, As regards the use of the proceeds from this auction, Jimmy Wales posted the following rather non-committal statement on his English Wikipedia talk page:[1] "I'm planning to donate a significant portion and use a significant portion for wt.social. I haven't made any final decisions. I

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Auction at Christie's

2021-12-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
reaction here, not so muted elsewhere. :) Best, Andreas On Sun, Dec 5, 2021 at 10:57 PM Mike Peel wrote: > I missed this. Link to the on-wiki discussions? (Presumably on meta, since > this isn’t just enwiki-specific?) > > Thanks, > Mike > > On 5 Dec 2021, at 22:51,

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Auction at Christie's

2021-12-05 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Well, all the sturm und drang on this one is on Facebook, in the Wikipedia Weekly group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/posts/4534171036630692/ Other than that, there was a bit of drama on Jimmy Wales' talk page, where an admin removed the talk page section Jimmy had created

[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Marketing Mail] Re: Closing the comment period for the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Draft Guidelines and next step

2021-12-02 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Patrick, Thanks. You say, *The policy was ratified by the Board last February.[1] That said, a policy must be adapted over time as it is put into practice and complications arise. The main text of the UCoC must be adaptable, and there will be a full review and update of the text one year

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Closing the comment period for the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Draft Guidelines and next step

2021-11-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi, There are various unanswered queries on the UCoC talk pages.[1][2] I wonder if you or someone else involved in drafting the UCoC could comment. Several of these queries concern the wording of the Harassment section, in particular the "Disclosure of personal data (Doxing)" subsection included

[Wikimedia-l] Re: License for Wikifunctions and Abstract Wikipedia

2021-11-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Thanks. The key question to my mind is whether abstract content and the resulting foreign-language text output should be CC0 (like Wikidata) or CC BY-SA (like Wikipedia). The difference is that with CC0, re-users do not have to credit Wikimedia or Wikipedia for the material they use. Voice

[Wikimedia-l] Re: What happened to the cc-by-sa-4.0 initiative?

2021-10-29 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Wikidata's CC0 licence and database rights are the reason why there was a proposed amendment[1] to the WMF Terms of Use that was supposed to accompany any upgrade to 4.0. This included the words: Where you own Sui Generis Database Rights covered by CC BY-SA 4.0, you waive these rights. As an

[Wikimedia-l] Re: An Uzbek praktical joke and Wikimedia Enterprise

2021-10-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:19 PM Andy Mabbett wrote: > > > Hear the articles > > > > Not sure that duplicating the work of a range of screen readers is the > > best use of our resources. > > I agree; such functionality belongs in the user client (screen reader, > browser, whatever), not in the

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Enterprise website (was: An Uzbek praktical joke and Wikimedia Enterprise)

2021-10-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
lating to revenue principles, methods of free-access to the > service for community, forthcoming public 'office hours' meetings). > Moreover, it also included notification of this impending launch. > > - Liam > Nowhere in this thread do I see the URL of the enterprise.wikimedia.com

[Wikimedia-l] Re: What happened to the cc-by-sa-4.0 initiative?

2021-10-20 Thread Andreas Kolbe
.0 for its content. Andreas On Thu, Sep 30, 2021 at 9:01 AM Andreas Kolbe wrote: > See also > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_Commons_4.0/Diff > > The proposed waiver of database rights that was to accompany the move from > 3.0 to 4.0 was one of the s

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-10-04 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Dear Lisa and all, According to Meta and the just-released WMF Advancement fourth-quarter tuning session deck, the Endowment actually passed the $100-million mark not this month, but three months ago – in June, before the start of this current financial year. The Meta page e.g. says: The

[Wikimedia-l] Re: What happened to the cc-by-sa-4.0 initiative?

2021-09-30 Thread Andreas Kolbe
See also https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_Commons_4.0/Diff The proposed waiver of database rights that was to accompany the move from 3.0 to 4.0 was one of the sticking points, I believe. To quote: Where you own Sui Generis Database Rights covered by CC BY-SA 4.0, you waive

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-09-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
anding is > that none of the information copied is copyrightable. Feel free to argue > about this on-wiki if you want.) > > Thanks, > Mike > > On 27/9/21 14:02:23, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > > The Cunctator's point about Wikidata's copyright-free CC0 licence is > > actuall

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-09-27 Thread Andreas Kolbe
The Cunctator's point about Wikidata's copyright-free CC0 licence is actually one issue that I had meant to include in the list of WMF ethical lapses in my other post . Wikidata has imported very large amounts of content from Wikipedia, which, as The Cunctator points out, has a Creative Commons

[Wikimedia-l] Re: About raising money

2021-09-26 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Hi Guillaume, Thanks for a thoughtful, perceptive, enlightening and multidimensional post that's been a pleasure to read. I think we grow as people when we can see things from more than one perspective, and there is much in your post that is worth pondering. I will try to add some complementary

[Wikimedia-l] Re: About raising money

2021-09-25 Thread Andreas Kolbe
Comparing the Wikimedia Foundation's annual revenue targets for the past five financial years against actual revenue, I find that the Wikimedia Foundation exceeded its revenue target (and also its actual expenditure) by an average of $30 million per year. The figures (all excluding Endowment

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