Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board update on Branding: next steps

2020-06-29 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
Thank you WereSpielChequers for writing so clearly and concisely what I have been struggling to put into words for some days. I understand that good faith efforts were made to investigate the usability of the terms "W" and "Wiki". [1] Once these wiki-related terms were off the table, the options

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid API?

2020-06-14 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
I know that the dumps will be freely available to all. Beyond that, I hope one of the people in the project will reply to your concerns. I do suggest that people comment or ask questions on the task itself, as I have no idea if any of the people on the brand new team involved with that project

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brief request for advice about "What's making you happy this week?"

2019-11-25 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
I was thinking earlier about replying to this email. Since other folks have chimed in along similar lines, here's my version of 'make it shorter'. I don't really need or want a full review of all the good stuff in the past week, or even all the good stuff that you in particular noticed. Rather,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fram en.wp office yearlock block

2019-06-30 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
I would urge anyone who is following this thread to read and contemplate the Arbcom open letter to the WMF, posted early on June 30th. Link:

[Wikimedia-l] Wikidata now officially has more total edits than English language Wikipedia

2019-03-20 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
Wikidata surpassed the English language Wikipedia in the number of revisions in the database, about 45 minutes ago today.I was tipped off by a tweet [1] a few day ago and have been watching via a script that displays the largest revision id and its timestamp. Here's the point where Wikidata

Re: [Wikimedia-l] America may go bizarro, but Wikipedia has a choice to make

2019-01-09 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
The files made available as 'Wikimedia dumps' are not intended to be a full backup. And indeed that is not their purpose. People do set up mirrors using these dumps from time to time, though I have not done so recently. Actual honest-to-goodness backups (database snapshots) are another thing

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks which appear to demonstrate prejudice against minorities

2019-01-07 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
A note that the user's talk page may or may not reflect all of the comments made at any given moment, since the user has been engaged in deleting large parts of the discussion. You'll

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks which appear to demonstrate prejudice against minorities

2019-01-02 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
Additional notes: The user's regular page can be viewed on en wikipedia: Queer may have to do with gender identity as opposed to being an indicator of 'sexual behavior', so the blockers didn't even get that right. Example: I am

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in an abstract language

2018-11-15 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
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

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Emerging Communities: a proposed new definition

2017-09-27 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
Would a name like "emerging knowledge communities" be clearer? Yes, you'd think that in the context of Wikipedia and related projects, the word 'knowledge' would be a given, but perhaps it isn't? Ariel On Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 10:36 PM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) <> wrote: >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikitribune!

2017-04-26 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
Hi Jimmy, The articles I've read on the new venture have been like appetizers, providing just enough information to generate a new list of questions. :-) So, in no particular order, here are some things that came to mind: Will the focus be investigative journalism, or "deep dives" in the manner

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Concerns in general

2017-01-27 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
I would not consider the dumps to be backups. They are for purposes of mirroring, research, analysis, offline reading and bot processing among other things, but as a backup of our data they fall short. Not only are they not up to the minute but they do not contain private data, as they are

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Music industry threats to safe harbor?

2016-12-20 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
The Communications Decency Act of 1996, Section 230, mentioned in Todd's email, is the subject of a recent lawsuit: Ariel On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:37 PM, Todd Allen wrote: > What you posted there

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open and recorded WMF Board meetings

2016-03-05 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
I'd like to see more complete minutes that get published more frequently; I suspect the members of the Board would love it if they could make it happen by waving a wand and have it be so. I was once a public observer taking notes for a Board meeting for a different organization, and there was no

[Wikimedia-l] Message just sent to the BoT

2016-02-25 Thread Ariel Glenn WMF
The following is the text of a letter I just sent to the Board of Trustees. -- A tale from the trenches I wake up every day short on sleep, check staff mail, check wikimedia-l, check the facebook discussion group, check signpost comments, check irc, check officewiki