[Wikimedia-l] Farewell <3

2016-02-09 Thread Anna Koval
Dear friends,

During the past three years, I have been privileged to be a part of this
movement and this organization.

I have been honored to be your colleague and to work with you in service of
the sum of all knowledge.

In particular, I wish to note particular projects that have inspired me
very much.

   - Working with Philippe Beautdette, Maggie Dennis, James Alexander, and
   Jan Eisfeldt to keep our community safe from threats of harm. [1]
   - Working with Patrick Earley, Nick Wilson, Erica Litrenta, Sherry
   Snyder, Oliver Keyes, and James Forester on the rollout of VisualEditor. [2]
   - Working with Yana Welinder and Heather Walls to design a user-friendly
   trademark policy. [3] [4]
   - Working with Siko Bouterse to support Individual Engagement Grants and
   movement diversity. [5] [6]
   - Working with Jake Orlowitz to promote the Wikipedia Library and the
   Wikipedia Adventure. [7] [8]
   - Working with Jaime Anstee, Edward Galvez, Amanda Bittaker to encourage
   evaluation and learning. [9]
   - Working with Asaf Bartov to encourage regional cooperation in Central
   and Eastern Europe. [10]
   - Working with Floor Koudijs. Tighe Flanagan, Kacie Harold, Samir
   Elsharbaty, Rodney Dunican, Sage Ross, Jami Mathewson, and LiAnna Davis on
   the Wikipedia Education Program. [11]

The Wikipedia Education Program is especially near and dear to my heart. It
is a means of educating readers, recruiting contributors, and creating
quality content. Since 2014, the number of education initiatives around the
world has increased by 36%. [12] [13] And 25% of all education programs are
in one of the regions that I directly supported. [14] I am so proud of what
they have accomplished. And I am enthusiastic about what great things they
have yet to achieve.

I want to thank and compliment my current manager, Floor Koudijs. She is a
competent, considerate, conscientious leader, and her diplomacy skills are
unsurpassed. I am confident that the education team and the education
program will continue to excel under her leadership. They are in the best
hands.

I want to thank and compliment my hiring manager, Maggie Dennis. She had
faith that, although I wasn’t an active community member, I could be taught
to be a good community advocate. I am so proud that I proved her right. She
taught me how to work in accordance with and to have the utmost respect for
the wiki way. [15]

Wikipedia is a miracle, a monument to altruism. It is vital to the internet
ecosystem, and it is vital to the education system. I hope that more young
people especially will find their way to it and help out. And when they do,
I hope that they are met with wise mentorship from veteran community
members, just as I was.

I intend to remain a Wikipedian even after I am no longer a WMF staff
member. And, with that promise, I’ll see you on the wikis. [16]

All the best,
Anna Koval, M.Ed.

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Threats_of_harm
[2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor
[3] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Trademark_policy
[4]
http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/10/29/designing-a-user-friendly-trademark-policy/
[5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG
[6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Diversity_Conference
[7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library
[8] https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Adventure
[9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Evaluation
[10] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Central_and_Eastern_Europe
[11] https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education
[12]
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Education/Countries=70367
[13] https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Countries
[14]
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3ACEE_2015_State_of_the_CEE_Movement_Presentation.pdf=28
[15] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_wiki_way
[16] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msannakoval

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Veteran Malayalam Wikipedian BabuG signed off...

2015-03-06 Thread Anna Koval
3

Thank you, Viswa, for posting this tribute and sharing this eulogy.

My heartfelt condolences to his wife Jagadamma, to his family, and to his
wiki community.

May his repose be blessed.

May his memory be eternal. [1]

Anna

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_Eternal_%28chant%29

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On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:07 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) vp2...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians all over the world,

 One of our stalwarts at ml Wikimedia community, Wikiuser:BabuG
 https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug (
 https://ml.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Babug)  expired yesterday night.

 Despite having paralyzed due to a severe stroke and severely affected by
 several subsequent health problems, he was guided to Wikipedia by his son,
 Dr. Ajay, another prominent Malayalam Wikipedian, as a possible remedy to
 escape perpetual loneliness.

 His real world name was G. Balachandran.He was born on 14th October 1938 in
 a small village off North Parur, Ernakulam District, Kerala, the
 Southernmost state of India.He  joined the Armed Forces Engineering College
 and then continued to serve the Indian Armed forces for long many years.

 He started contributing to Wikimedia, particularly to Malayalam Wikipedia,
 in the year 2008.

 His initial contributions to Malayalam Wikipedia were based upon a
 pulp-converted digital Encyclopedia, released by the Government through
 GFDL licence then.  He continued to create even more full-featured articles
 on his own, later. By 2014 October 18 - the day he edited last in
 Wikipedia- he had 1935 full-blown articles initiated and expanded by
 himself in ml.wikipedia.org. Besides, he also contributed more than 350
 images to Wikimedia commons and a handsome  amount of contributions to
 Wikisource, Wikidata and Wiktionary.

 He always attributed his renewed energy and life's aspirations to the
 Wikimedia mission, for having returned to a meaningful life after a 20-year
 long and frustrating solitude while constrained to an immobile chair. Ever
 since 2008, he stood up and started walking and moving around. His was an
 extreme example for us in Malayalam WP to showcase how Wikipedia can change
 lives.

 In almost all our Wikipedia Outreach sessions, we utilized this great
 example to motivate and excite the newcomers to WP.

 Tory Read mentioned about BabuG thus, in a document
 http://cis-india.org/internet-governance/india-chronicles.pdf, a  review
 on the state of Indian Wikimedia Communities, in 2011:

 G. Balachandran, a septuagenarian who lives outside of Ernakulum in Kerala
  state, said that working on Malayalam Wikipedia helped him recover after
 a
  stroke left him paralyzed. “He’s much sharper now,” said his wife
 Jagadamma
  K. “He’s made a lot of new friends, and that’s been good for his health.”


 For us in Malayalam Wikipedia, today is a black day, for having lost a
 great beacon on our voyage to ultimate openness and freedom in knowledge
 and wisdom.


 Yet, we feel, BabuG has made his life stamped immortal for ever and has
 shown us the pathway we should follow in continuing our humble
 contributions to the ultimate cause of mankind.


 -ViswaPrabha
 (On behalf of Malayalam Wikimedia Community)
 http://ml.wikipedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Education Extension

2015-02-05 Thread Anna Koval
Dear Pine,

Thanks for your question.

I think that the idea of merging Outreach into Meta would probably benefit
from some discussion among the users of both wikis, to see if such a change
would work for them. :)

For instance, the Meta community would need to be comfortable with folding
in functionaries from Outreach -- just as Outreach functionaries would need
to be comfortable with Meta functionaries operating in Outreach space --
unless there is some technical way to restrict administrators to only those
projects for which they were chosen.

Obviously, either way, if such a merger happened, we would need to maintain
many redirects, since printed documents
https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Brochures refer to specific
pages within Outreach -- and we would have to make sure to maintain those
redirects if pages on Meta were moved.

I don't know all of the history behind why Outreach and Meta are separate,
since it predates my work in the movement. What matters to me, personally,
is best coordination of the work, wherever that happens.

Your thoughts on this are welcome over at the Outreach wiki village pump.

Kind regards,

Anna


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On Wed, Feb 4, 2015 at 11:22 AM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Anna,

 In the long run I think it would be beneficial to move at least some of the
 content of Outreach into LPL where it would be easier to search.

 Perhaps you can enlighten me about the purpose of keeping Outreach separate
 from Meta. I think the idea is that Outreach is easier to navigate for
 outsiders than Meta is. However we could redirect outreach.wikimedia.org
 to
 a namespace on Meta that is similar to the Grants namespace with a
 restricted search option. Particularly after the recent LPL upgrades, I
 think it would be good to consider fully merging Outreach into Meta. What
 do you think?

 Pine
 On Feb 4, 2015 6:35 AM, Anna Koval ako...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Dear Nemo,
 
  There is, of course, other documentation on mediawiki already.
 
  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Education_Program
  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program
 
  However, having additional how-to type pages in the help namespace is a
  great idea. I didn't realize that there were not already any help pages
 on
  mediawiki about the education program extension. Thank you for pointing
  that out. We can plan to add some.
 
  It is my understanding that Meta and Outreach wikis actually are
  appropriate places to share information about the this extension in these
  contexts.
 
  On Meta wiki, that page is part of the Learning Pattern Library, and as
  such, it explains a problem that the extension solves.
 
  On Outreach wiki, that page provides information for education program
  volunteers who might be wish to more learn about it in order to work with
  their communities to enable it on their projects.
 
  It is true that much of the information, on Outreach, in particular, is
  somewhat technical in nature, and somewhat duplicative of information
 that
  is available on mediawiki.org, but that is that something I am working
 on
  updating and improving. I welcome your input on that process; we could
  discuss it on the talk page.
 
  Kind regards,
 
  Anna
 
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  education.wikimedia.org
 
  On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 11:12 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) 
 nemow...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
   Samir Elsharbaty, 04/02/2015 03:08:
  
   It seems that the
   extension already covers most of what was suggested here:
  
- A teacher or wiki-mentor could make a shared watchlist of their
 student's draft pages.
   - An editathon organiser could create a shared watchlist of all the
 articles within the scope of the event.
   - A wikiproject could create several shared watchlists to group
 related
 articles for members to more easily monitor.
   - probably many other use-cases that might emerge...
  
  
   Ah, does it. My understanding is that this has been considered feature
   bloat, to be removed in a rewrite of the extension.
   https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Editor_campaigns
  
   If it works for you, however, it can hopefully scale. I suggest that
 you
   comment on https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Gather to suggest they
   split the shared watchlist feature out of the Education extension
  
  
   If this is the case why shall we have a new extension with the same
   features?
  
   Please have a look at this page which covers the features and use of
 the
   Ed
   extension:
   https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Extension
  
   Also this learning pattern would help understanding how it works:
   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Learning_patterns/
   Using_the_education_extension

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Education Extension

2015-02-04 Thread Anna Koval
Dear Nemo,

There is, of course, other documentation on mediawiki already.

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Education_Program
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program

However, having additional how-to type pages in the help namespace is a
great idea. I didn't realize that there were not already any help pages on
mediawiki about the education program extension. Thank you for pointing
that out. We can plan to add some.

It is my understanding that Meta and Outreach wikis actually are
appropriate places to share information about the this extension in these
contexts.

On Meta wiki, that page is part of the Learning Pattern Library, and as
such, it explains a problem that the extension solves.

On Outreach wiki, that page provides information for education program
volunteers who might be wish to more learn about it in order to work with
their communities to enable it on their projects.

It is true that much of the information, on Outreach, in particular, is
somewhat technical in nature, and somewhat duplicative of information that
is available on mediawiki.org, but that is that something I am working on
updating and improving. I welcome your input on that process; we could
discuss it on the talk page.

Kind regards,

Anna

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Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
Wikimedia Foundation
+1.415.839.6885 x6729
ako...@wikimedia.org
education.wikimedia.org

On Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 11:12 PM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Samir Elsharbaty, 04/02/2015 03:08:

 It seems that the
 extension already covers most of what was suggested here:

  - A teacher or wiki-mentor could make a shared watchlist of their
   student's draft pages.
 - An editathon organiser could create a shared watchlist of all the
   articles within the scope of the event.
 - A wikiproject could create several shared watchlists to group related
   articles for members to more easily monitor.
 - probably many other use-cases that might emerge...


 Ah, does it. My understanding is that this has been considered feature
 bloat, to be removed in a rewrite of the extension.
 https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Editor_campaigns

 If it works for you, however, it can hopefully scale. I suggest that you
 comment on https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Gather to suggest they
 split the shared watchlist feature out of the Education extension


 If this is the case why shall we have a new extension with the same
 features?

 Please have a look at this page which covers the features and use of the
 Ed
 extension:
 https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Extension

 Also this learning pattern would help understanding how it works:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Learning_patterns/
 Using_the_education_extension


 These are not appropriate places for documentation of a MediaWiki
 extension. Please move to the Help namespace of mediawiki.org.

 Nemo


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] NSA

2013-07-31 Thread Anna Koval
very helpful, james. thanks so much for clue-ing me in. definitely want to
know more of the backstory on the chapters sometime. ttyt :)

On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Tim Starling wrote:

 On 01/08/13 14:15, Anthony wrote:
  On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM, Ryan Lane 
  rl...@wikimedia.orgjavascript:;
 wrote:
 
  I would be fired and jailed before I knowingly let that occur. If this
 was
  the case I'd very surely not be working for Wikimedia Foundation.
 
 
  Key word there being knowingly.

 I don't know why the NSA would sneak around in our data centres
 mirroring our ethernet ports if they already have almost all of our
 access logs by capturing unencrypted traffic as it passes through
 XKeyscore nodes.

 I think you should save the conspiracy theories until after we switch
 anons to HTTPS, that's when they will have an incentive.

 -- Tim Starling


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] NSA

2013-07-31 Thread Anna Koval
Whoops! :) That wasn't meant to be a reply-to-all. Sorry, everyone. Rookie
mistake... :]


On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:36 PM, Anna Koval ako...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 very helpful, james. thanks so much for clue-ing me in. definitely want
 to know more of the backstory on the chapters sometime. ttyt :)


 On Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Tim Starling wrote:

 On 01/08/13 14:15, Anthony wrote:
  On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM, Ryan Lane rl...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 
  I would be fired and jailed before I knowingly let that occur. If this
 was
  the case I'd very surely not be working for Wikimedia Foundation.
 
 
  Key word there being knowingly.

 I don't know why the NSA would sneak around in our data centres
 mirroring our ethernet ports if they already have almost all of our
 access logs by capturing unencrypted traffic as it passes through
 XKeyscore nodes.

 I think you should save the conspiracy theories until after we switch
 anons to HTTPS, that's when they will have an incentive.

 -- Tim Starling


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