[Wikimedia-l] Re: FY2021 Fundraising Report

2021-10-07 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Thanks, Patricia.

Very informative and interesting to read. Especially to see how we are
generating income and where some of those donations are coming from.

Best regards,
Bobby Shabangu


On Tue, 5 Oct 2021 at 14:12, Patricia Pena  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I’m happy to announce the publishing of our annual fundraising report that
> summarises fundraising activities for the financial year covering July 1,
> 2020 - June 30, 2021.
>
> Fiscal year 2021 was an extremely pivotal time for the Wikimedia
> Foundation’s commitment to providing reliable and neutral information to
> the world. The COVID-19 pandemic shaped many of our experiences during this
> time, and as the world moved online, we experienced a significant increase
> in Wikipedia’s traffic as well as donor support. The 2020-2021
> Fundraising Report
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising/2020-21_Report> provides
> insight into our revenue model and the strategy that goes into creating an
> impactful fundraising campaign to ensure the Wikimedia movement has the
> resources it needs to thrive.
>
> We would like to send an immense amount of gratitude to everyone who
> supports our mission. We wouldn't be able to deliver a successful
> fundraiser without the support from our volunteer community, affiliates,
> and generous donors and readers around the world. Special thank you to
> everyone who contributed and collaborated on this report: the fundraising
> teams, Legal, Communications, Finance, Product Analytics and more!
>
> We welcome your feedback and questions on the talk page
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising/2020-21_Report>. [1]
> Thank you,
> Pats
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising/2020-21_Report
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Annual Report 2020-21 from Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong ("WMHKG")

2021-09-20 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Thanks User:だ*ぜ (Dasze)

Will download and go through.

Best,
Bobby Shabangu

On Mon, 20 Sept 2021 at 10:18, Dasze WMHKG  wrote:

> Dear Everyone,
>
> Our (WMHKG) annual report has just been passed in our annual meeting and
> thereafter published. The whole document is in .pdf form and uploaded to
> Wikimedia Commons.
>
> Please feel welcome to read via this link:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WMHKG_Annual_Report_2020-2021.pdf
>
> Cheers,
> User:だ*ぜ (Dasze)
>
> Director,
> Wikimedia Community User Group Hong Kong (WMHKG)
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [African Wikimedians] Virtual WikiIndaba 2021 - Community Feedback Survey

2021-08-17 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Dear all,


The Ugandan local organising committee for WikiIndaba conference would like
you to take a few minutes of your time to fill the survey below to enable
them to design the program for the conference.


http://shorturl.at/ltPR7

If you can fill by this Friday end of day it would be very helpful.


Best regards,

Bobby Shabangu



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> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> Wiki Indaba is the official regional conference of the Wikimedia
> Foundation for Africans both within and in the diaspora with interest in
> African continent in addition to other open knowledge activators who are
> aligned with the open information sharing mission.Topics of presentation
> and dialogue include Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, other wikis,
> open-source software, free knowledge, free content and how these projects
> affect the African continent.
>
> The 2020 edition of the conference was supposed to be held in Kampala,
> Uganda but was postponed and will instead be held as a virtual event hosted
> by the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda from 5th - 7th November 2021
>
> Whether you are a community member of one of the Wikimedia projects (such
> as Wikipedia, Wikidata or others), or a fellow open content creator or
> consumer, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) in Uganda welcomes your
> participation in this survey to identify themes and topics that would not
> only be inclusive but also be of interest to you and your community.
>
> Please give us your feedback by filling this survey
> http://shorturl.at/ltPR7 not later than 12th August 2021
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Geoffrey Kateregga
>
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> Virtual Wiki Indaba 2021
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you + see you around!

2021-04-18 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Hi Katherine,

Congratulations on the job well done and looking forward to what you'll be
doing next.

Best regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Fri, 16 Apr 2021 at 13:01, Brad Patrick  wrote:

> Congratulations on your tenure. I’m excited to see what you do next!
>
> Brad Patrick
>
> b...@baplegal.com
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Apr 16, 2021, at 6:51 AM, Olushola Olaniyan <
> olaniyanshol...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > 
> > Hi Katherine,
> >
> > I am glad you have done so much as an outgoing  Executive Director of
> the Wikimedia Foundation and no one can question it.
> >
> > Sincerely, you have cast your name in Gold with the way you have
> responded to critics and reshaped the movement. Now, we could see ourselves
> not as a tool in the hand of a few but as a platform that stands to sustain
> the revolution of the universe.
> >
> > It takes only a few to do so and you happen to be one of the very few to
> have achieved this feat.
> >
> > Though the journey to the destination desired by you for the movement
> might seem to be far, I am glad that you have laid the track.
> >
> > Continue with your Midas touch and break the glass ceiling.
> >
> > I am wishing you the very best in your next endeavour.
> >
> > I celebrate You.
> >
> > Olushola Olaniyan
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-05 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Dear Katherine,

It's actually sad to see people that we've grown to love who have also
contributed so much in the movement go. It was great working with you,
having those interactions and conversations with you in different parts of
the world, seeing your growth and maturity as well was interesting.

Congratulations on your achievements and wish you success in your future
endeavours.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Thu, 4 Feb 2021 at 19:48, Katherine Maher  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Earlier today, I announced to my colleagues at the Wikimedia Foundation my
> intention to step down as CEO later this spring. April 15th will be my last
> day, marking my seven-year anniversary with the Foundation and the
> movement. This was not an easy decision, but it is the right one. For now,
> I want to share with you why I’m moving on, and what comes next. I’ll save
> the customary email with deeper reflections, memories, and thanks for later
> this spring!
>
> In some ways, this was the easiest hard decision I’ve ever made. It’s
> never exactly a good time to step away -- transitions always have some
> rough edges -- but it’s always best to do so when the organization is
> strong, and before you’ve overstayed your welcome. The movement is in a
> good, strong place. Our communities are growing, our readership is too. Our
> 20th birthday, the launch of our Universal Code of Conduct, and the
> movement strategy recommendations are all milestone moments of solidity and
> strength. I have great hopes and confidence in the upcoming plans for
> strategy implementation, particularly the work on the movement charter and
> interim global council. We are healthy and thriving.
>
> While we will always have more work to do to become the Wikimedia that we
> want to be, our movement and our organization is in a phase of renewal and
> regeneration. We have deepened our practices of consultation,
> collaboration, and inclusion that will be the foundation of the next decade
> of our work. We have a deep and stable financial position that will help us
> grow and protect us from any storm, and the trust in our projects has never
> been higher. Our communities are poised to take on deeper responsibilities
> of governance, accountability, and leadership, populating a rich,
> representative, and leaderful movement for free knowledge.
>
> The Foundation is also strong, and filled with passionate, values-aligned
> leaders at every level of the organization, deeply committed to the work of
> our movement and mission. Although we don’t always all perfectly agree on
> absolutely everything, we are working more openly and cooperatively with
> our movement than ever before. Collaborative strategic planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
> 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Personal news // ED transition

2021-01-26 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Thanks for the heads up Abraham, we are keeping a close eye on the
transition process and wishing you good luck on your future endeavours.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Tue, 26 Jan 2021 at 16:51, Abraham Taherivand <
abraham.taheriv...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
>
> Today I am informing you that I will not be renewing my contract with
> Wikimedia Deutschland, which runs until January 2022. This decision was not
> easy for me because Wikimedia has been such an important, even central,
> part of my life in the past nine years. After thorough introspection, I
> feel that this step is the right one for me and for our organisation.
>
>
> This means that a successor will have to be found for the position of the
> Executive Director. The search is managed by our Supervisory Board and me
> with support of an external executive search firm. The search process has
> been well prepared in recent weeks and I am working closely with our board
> on each of the steps.
>
>
> Together, we will ensure a good handover and transition to my successor.
> This point is very important to me, as is the fact that we will continue to
> work without losing focus on achieving our goals, on working with the
> entire movement, and on collaborating very closely on movement strategy
> implementation. That's why I don't want to say a big goodbye right now.
>
>
> What’s next
>
>-
>
>In cooperation with the external executive search firm Kienbaum, we
>have developed a search profile and a job posting that will go online
>shortly.
>-
>
>We strive to have someone on board well before the end of my term in
>January 2022. As we have commenced the procedure so early, we are on a very
>good track.
>
>
>-
>
>I also consider it essential to be available for a comprehensive
>transition and onboarding of a new Executive Director.
>
>
> If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
>
>
> Best regards,
>
> Abraham
>
>
>
> --
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Universal Code of Conduct Drafting Committee - Call for participation

2020-07-30 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Dear Christel,

Congratulations. We will be following developments closely and wishing the
committee all the best.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Thu, 30 Jul 2020 at 20:24, Peter Southwood 
wrote:

> Hi Christel,
> I wish the committee well, and success in coming up with a workable
> policy. This is fine as long as no assumption is made that these people
> represent the communities in any way other than for themselves. They may be
> fine people and may even have excellent ideas and skills suited to the
> task, but they are not our representatives, and we expect to be consulted
> regarding the results of this work. I understand that this may be your
> intention anyway, but we have seen too many fiascos  resulting from a small
> group of people coming up with some proposal and WMF declaring this to be
> "movement policy" or something to that effect.
> Cheers,
> Peter
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On
> Behalf Of Christel Steigenberger
> Sent: 30 July 2020 19:49
> To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Universal Code of Conduct Drafting Committee -
> Call for participation
>
> Hello everyone,
>
>
> We are happy to announce that the Universal Code of Conduct drafting
> committee has been assembled. We had 26 volunteers apply, either by
> publicly signing up on the Meta page, or by sending an email. Volunteers
> from 18 different countries applied, speaking 11 different languages.
>
> We had Wikimedian applicants with different levels of experience on-wiki,
> from someone who started editing only last year to people who have been
> editing for more than 18 years and/or have more than 300,000 edits.
> Applicants held a variety of different roles within the movement, and also
> informed us about interesting and relevant experiences in their real-life
> careers. It was very hard to narrow down from this diverse and extremely
> qualified pool of applicants.
>
> For the final selection, two aspects guided the decision making - we want a
> committee that at the one hand will represent important parts of the
> movement. Prolific editors as well as Wikimedians whose strength is more in
> organizing events, wikimedians from different demographics, contributors
> from small and large wikis, and people holding different roles within the
> movement. We also wanted a group of people who will collaborate with one
> another effectively and create the best possible Universal Code of Conduct
> for the Wikimedia movement. Experience has taught us that committees that
> are too large find it difficult to work effectively, so we decided to cap
> the number of seats to 6 volunteer seats and 3 staff seats.
>
> More information on the Committee and its new members can be found on Meta
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct/Drafting_committee
> >
> [1], and a timeline for their work is available on the main UCoC page
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct> [2]. Please
> note that more chances for engagement are coming up during the community
> draft review period starting from August 24.
>
> Best regards,
> Christel
>
>   [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct/Drafting_committee
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct
>
> Christel Steigenberger (she/her)
>
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[Wikimedia-l] WikiIndaba 2021 Conference Announcement

2020-06-01 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Dear Wikimedians,

We trust you are keeping safe during this global state of flux.

This email is to affirm that WikiIndaba Steering Committee (WISCom)
continues to be committed to support the Wikimedia User Group in Uganda in
its bid to organise and host WikiIndaba Conference 2021. We were working
closely with the local organising committee and Wikimedia Foundation to
organise the event before the suspension of all in-person Wikimedia events,
and we continue to do so in order to ensure we have a memorable and
impactful conference when everything returns back to normalcy.

Seeing that we now have more time to plan for the programme, scholarships
and other logistics, we ask that you take advantage of the available time
to think deeply about the value that  your participation can add to the
conference.  We hope that from now till the time of the call for
participation you will think about  important questions that will help us
structure the programme to suit your needs, opportunities that the
conference can bring to your community and concerns that need broader
consensus and support from the larger community.

We will announce further developments as they unfold and we look forward to
working with you all in the future to make Wiki Indaba a good place for
Africans and the diaspora to connect on topics of interest and action.

Best regards,

WikiIndaba Steering Committee (WISCom)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Coronavirus outbreak impacts Chinese Wikimedia communities

2020-03-04 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Thanks for the heads up Qiuwen, hopefully a cure will be found soon because
it affects us all.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Tue, 3 Mar 2020 at 19:43, Delphine Ménard  wrote:

> I am so glad nooone has been affected so far. May your friends and families
> remain safe during this difficult time and know that our thoughts are with
> you.
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Delphine
>
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2020 at 1:17 PM 《求闻》编译组/Qiuwen WMCug 
> wrote:
>
> > BEIJING, Feb. 29 (Qiuwen) - The coronavirus outbreak originated from
> > China's Wuhan in Hubei province only two months ago had already claimed
> > thousands of lives with more infected, but none of them are Wikimedians -
> > as far as we know.
> >
> > As of February 28th, Qiuwen can independently confirm that all active
> > Wikimedians living in the Greater China are not infected by the virus,
> > including three of them who live in outbreak's epicenter Wuhan, and
> dozens
> > more who live in other parts of the Hubei province as well as other
> > heavily-infected cities in China. However, many of them were put under
> > citywide lockdowns, and just like other local residents, are not allowed
> to
> > move freely. Meanwhile, one editor in Hong Kong was put under a
> compulsory
> > quarantine by local health authorities due to close contact with a
> > confirmed patient. The editor was forbidden to go outside their home for
> a
> > 14-day quarantine period. Detailed information of those editors
> themselves
> > will not be disclosed for privacy reasons.
> >
> > Several meetups and edit-a-thons in China were either canceled or
> > postponed due to the outbreak. Since many Wikipedia enthusiasts in China
> > are college students, meetups are generally scheduled to cope with the
> > beginnings and endings of academic semesters. However, those meetups were
> > postponed as the 2020 spring semester, which typically begins from late
> > February to early March, was delayed by education authorities. Organizers
> > reported canceling a meetup scheduled to be held in late January in the
> > eastern coastal city of Qingdao, while several others, including those in
> > Beijing and Shenzhen targeting college students, were postponed until
> most
> > schools reopen.
> >
> > Another contributing factor to the suspension of these meetups is
> > governments have been discouraging people from traveling back from their
> > hometowns to big metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai after the Chinese
> > Lunar New Year holiday, which means attendee turnouts for meetups held in
> > these cities may be lower than usual.
> >
> > The community in Hong Kong seemed to have suspended their meetup for the
> > outbreak as well. The Hong Kong community has had four meetups per year
> in
> > the past two years, with the most recent one held in November 2019.
> > However, the next meetup, which supposes to be held in late February
> > according to their routine, was never announced by the community leaders
> in
> > the first place.
> >
> > Communities in Taiwan was not significantly affected by the outbreak, as
> > the island does not have as many reported cases comparing to the mainland
> > and Hong Kong. Nevertheless, the organizer for a Wikimedia photowalk did
> > make a post on Facebook, saying a mandatory body temperature check will
> be
> > implemented before the activity rolls out.
> >
> > The coronavirus outbreak has been ameliorating in China during the past
> > few days, with new confirmed cases dropped dramatically, especially
> outside
> > the epicenter Hubei province. Local Wikimedians in Beijing are currently
> > planning to have their meetups rescheduled for the next public holiday,
> > which is the Tomb-Sweeping Day holiday in early April. But the exact
> > planning is still yet to be decided.
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland canceled physical
> > meetings of the Wikimedia Summit on Friday, which planned to take place
> in
> > Berlin from April 3rd to 5th. The scholarship application for Wikimania
> > this August in Bangkok, Thailand, remains open, and there are no signs
> > indicating the bigger Wikimedians' gathering will be canceled so far.
> >
> > 
> > This piece of news was gathered by Qiuwen, a news service operated by the
> > Wikimedians of Mainland China user group <
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Mainland_China>. We would
> > like to help deliver news from communities among Greater China to the
> wider
> > world.
> >
> > See our on-wiki page h

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Summit 2020 in Berlin cancelled

2020-02-28 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Thanks for letting us know.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Fri, Feb 28, 2020, 21:49 Bodhisattwa Mandal 
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Thank you for letting us know.
>
> Your message has been conveyed to our representative who was going to be
> participating in the "physical" Summit from our side. We will wait for your
> instruction on the process of the upcoming virtual meetings.
>
> Thank you for thinking about the health of the participants.
>
> Regards,
> Bodhisattwa
> West Bengal Wikimedians User Group
>
> On Sat, 29 Feb 2020 at 01:10, Risker  wrote:
>
> > Thank you for informing the global community of this.  More importantly,
> > thank you for recognizing that the safety and well-being of the global
> > community should take precedence over a meeting.  This is the way to
> "walk
> > the talk" about community safety.
> >
> > Risker/Anne
> >
> > On Fri, 28 Feb 2020 at 14:06, Abraham Taherivand <
> > abraham.taheriv...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > > It’s with regret that we have to inform you that due to the global
> health
> > > situation (COVID-19), the physical meeting of the Wikimedia Summit 2020
> > and
> > > related side events in Berlin have been cancelled.
> > >
> > > Since we currently look into hosting the Summit in a series of virtual
> > > meetings, starting at the dates of the Summit, please keep the dates
> > > blocked in your calendar.
> > >
> > > We are aware that this announcement will cause many questions (not only
> > in
> > > relation to the Summit). Please be patient, more information will
> follow
> > > from our teams in the next few days.
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > >
> > > Abraham Taherivand, Executive Director Wikimedia Deutschland
> > >
> > > Katherine Maher, Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation
> > >
> > >
> > > --
> > >
> > > Geschäftsführender Vorstand / Executive Director
> > >
> > > Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> > > Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Haiti

2019-10-21 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congratulations to Haiti Wikimedia UG. Looking forward to seeing great
work from that part of the world.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On 20/10/2019, Kirill Lokshin  wrote:
> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> [1] Wikimedia Community User Group Haiti [2] as a Wikimedia User Group. The
> group aims to strengthen Haiti's presence across the Wikimedia projects by
> developing Wikipedia in Haitian Creole, training contributors throughout
> the country, and working to raise awareness among stakeholders and
> institutions in Haiti.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Haiti
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wikimedia_User_Group_Haïti
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming Wikimedia Foundation’s new CTO, Grant Ingersoll

2019-09-19 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Welcome to your new role Grant, looking forward to working with you and
perhaps meet you in person one day.

Kind regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Thu, 19 Sep 2019 at 11:47, Lucas Werkmeister 
wrote:

> Congratulations to Grant on his new position, and to the Foundation on
> the new CTO! I look forward seeing your work.
>
>
> On 19.09.19 07:35, Philippe Beaudette wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 12:32 PM Andy Mabbett  >
> > wrote:
> >
> >> On Wed, 18 Sep 2019 at 17:55, Katherine Maher 
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>> I’m excited to officially welcome Grant Ingersoll as our Chief
> Technology
> >>> Officer! Grant
> >>
> >> It is UTTERLY OUTRAGEOUS of Katherine to post this...
> >>
> >>> In Grant’s own words
> >>
> >>> We're adjusting to the empty nest life with our dog Allie (a
> >>> black lab mix).
> >>
> >> ...without linking to at least one cute pic of Allie ;-)
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >  Frankly I am shocked ... shocked! that a woman of Katherine’s obvious
> > talents must be reminded of this basic pillar of the movement: If you
> > invoke a cute puppy, you better be prepared to prove it.
> >
> > Geez, K, have we taught you nothing in the, what, half a decade, that
> > you’ve been part of this movement?
> >
> > -philippe
>
>
> Can someone explain to me why it’s so funny to repeat the exact same
> toxic tone that this mailing list is notorious for, but this time
> jokingly? It’s not like this is a fun, harmless reminder of a dreadful
> past we’ve long left behind us…
>
> Cheers,
> Lucas
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming Ryan Merkley to the Wikimedia Foundation

2019-08-14 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congratulations and Welcome on board to Ryan!

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Thu, 15 Aug 2019 at 01:28, Eileen Hershenov 
wrote:

> Wait - how many people did Doug Stamper murder?
>
> On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 5:54 PM effe iets anders  >
> wrote:
>
> > Congrats Ryan!
> >
> > The main question here at Wikimania is really... Will you be more like
> Leo
> > McGarry or like Doug Stamper as far as it comes to problem solving? :)
> >
> > Lodewijk
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 14, 2019, 07:33 Rajeeb Dutta  wrote:
> >
> > > Congrats Ryan & all my best wishes, thanks Katherine for the update.
> > >
> > > Best Regards,
> > > Rajeeb.
> > > (U: Marajozkee)
> > > Sent from my iPhone
> > >
> > > > On 13-Aug-2019, at 10:15 PM, Katherine Maher 
> > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > Hi everyone,
> > > >
> > > > I’m excited to let you all know that Ryan Merkley, formerly CEO of
> > > Creative Commons, is joining the Wikimedia Foundation as my new chief
> of
> > > staff.
> > > >
> > > > Many of you have met Ryan before -- at CC Summit, Wikimania,
> Wikimedia
> > > Summit, or MozFest. He’s a leader in open source, open knowledge, and
> > > free-culture communities, and for the past five years, he’s been the
> CEO
> > of
> > > Creative Commons, initiating programs like CC search to index all 1.6
> > > billion licensed works online. He’s passionate about the power of the
> > > commons, and the role that everyone can play in making it sustainable
> and
> > > open to all. I couldn’t be happier he’s now bringing this passion and
> > > experience to our movement.
> > > >
> > > > In Ryan’s own words, “My heart has always been in open communities,
> and
> > > the power of collective acts --  that is, the things that people can
> only
> > > do when they work together, like building a commons of free knowledge
> for
> > > every person.”
> > > >
> > > > For now, Ryan’s two top priorities will be bolstering the work of the
> > > movement strategy team and supporting the Board. He’ll support the
> > strategy
> > > core team to move the Working Group recommendations into implementation
> > > within the community and Foundation over the course of the coming year.
> > > He’ll also serve as Board liaison to the Board of Trustees,
> strengthening
> > > the connections, communications, and coordination between Trustees and
> > the
> > > Foundation. Internally, he’ll support the office of the Executive
> > Director,
> > > acting in my stead on various projects.
> > > >
> > > > I’m excited by this new role for an old friend of the open community.
> > > Ryan knows our movement well. He has spent many hours with many
> > > Wikimedians, and understands the centrality of the community to the
> > > Wikimedia mission and identity. His background as a partner to
> Wikimedia,
> > > and a leader in the broader open movement will be invaluable to our
> work,
> > > and confirmation of the importance of community experience in
> Foundation
> > > leadership.
> > > >
> > > > Ryan doesn’t start in his new role until Monday, September 16th.
> > > However, he will be at Wikimania, so for those of you attending, please
> > say
> > > hi, and join me in welcoming him to Wikimedia!
> > > >
> > > > Katherine
> > > >
> > > > P.S. This announcement can also be found on our news page:
> > >
> >
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/08/13/wikimedia-foundation-welcomes-ryan-merkley-as-chief-of-staff-to-the-office-of-the-executive-director
> > > >
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> > > > Executive Director
> > > > Wikimedia Foundation
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[Wikimedia-l] WikiIndaba conference announcement

2019-07-17 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Dear all,

We would like to inform you that after long deliberations between the
Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and the WikiIndaba Steering Committee (WISCom)
we have reached an agreement that the suitable dates to host the WikiIndaba
conference 2019 in Abuja, Nigeria will be from 8 - 10 November.

We know that this news will disappoint many of you, who were gearing up for
the meeting. Unfortunately, operational difficulties created some delays.
We have discussed this with the staff of the WMF, and all agree that a
postponement will give us some extra time to ensure that a quality event is
planned for all. WikiIndaba conference is a key pillar in the Wikimedia
movement strategic direction, and an important platform for the African
Wikimedia community.

WISCom and the WMF continue to support Wikimedia Nigeria as the host and
venue for the conference.

We greatly appreciate your support and understanding, and we hope to see
you at WikiIndaba!

Kind regards,

Bobby Shabangu
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you and farewell

2019-05-17 Thread Bobby Shabangu
All the best for the future Sati.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Fri, 17 May 2019 at 09:53, Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
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> Dear Sati,
>
> I wish you all the best for the future and I feel like we are losing a
> very valuable person.
> Thank for sharing your thoughts about the “limit of knowledge”. Of course
> some of us would certainly like to know why we are losing you. I would in
> any case.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Natacha
>
>
>
>
> >> Le 17 mai 2019 à 01:50, Isarra Yos  a écrit :
> >>
> >> On 16/05/2019 23:29, Joseph Fox wrote:
> >> Maybe let's not turn this into a debate about what epistemology is.
> >
> > Would this really be the Wikimedia we all know and love if we didn't?
> >
> > Regardless, I'm glad Sati took the time to write this up. I thought it
> was an excellent description of just how truly terrible and wonderful
> things can be around here, and such poetry put to words only does us good,
> really. Now let's bikeshed!
> >
> > -I
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group

2019-05-13 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congratulations to the new UG.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Sun, 12 May 2019 at 19:18, Shlomi Fish  wrote:

> On Sun, 12 May 2019 11:41:53 -0400
> Kirill Lokshin  wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone!
> >
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> > [1] the Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group [2] as a Wikimedia User Group.
> The
> > group aims to support the community of active contributors that develop
> > content about Bénin, its story, culture, and people; to promote Beninese
> > indigenous languages on Wikipedia and its sister projects; and to develop
> > partnerships with national and international institutions to promote use
> of
> > and contribution to Wikipedia.
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >
>
> Congratulations!
>
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> >
> > [1]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimédiens_du_Bénin_User_Group
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimédiens_du_Bénin_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [strategy process] Fwd: I decided to leave the working group

2019-04-23 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Hi,

   1. Everyone keeps on mentioning the word " money". How much was spent on
   the strategy thus far by WMF here? I keep on searching for this information
   I can't find it.
   2. I totally agree with Anders Warnnersten
   3. I believe Itzik you are doing it the right way, this is the right
   platform and you don't have to apologise for voicing your opinion, it's
   what you feel and the TRUTH, in fact I believe this conversation itself
   should form part of the Strategy and the WMF need to think about and
   address these issues you are raising honestly.
   4. I hear what you are saying Itzik regarding criticising the way WMF
   are going about implementing the strategy movement 2030, but I don't hear
   what you suggest WMF or we as the Wikimedia community should do to
   correctly go about doing or implementing the strategy the right way. You
   are saying " There are so many ways in between that can combine the good in
   both ways."  I want to hear about those* many ways*.
   5. Just to be clear I'm not taking WMF side or Itzik side. I agree with
   Itzik and think Paulo Santos Perneta made some valid points as well, my
   question is can we remedy what Itzik has pointed out, how do we move
   forward as a movement and actually reach a place where we totally agree
   that what will come out of this strategy process truly represents what
   everyone feels and where we want to go.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu





On Sat, 6 Apr 2019 at 11:30, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> Hi Philip and all,
>
> I debated whether to respond and continue this discussion. Finally, I
> decided to do it first to apologize. I stand behind my feedback about the
> process, but I'm afraid it was sent at the wrong time, a few days before
> the Wikimedia Summit. It wasn't my intention to cause a storm a moment
> before the summit and especially not during it, and I didn't take that it
> into consideration when I sent the email. It would have been more
> appropriate if this mail had been sent long enough before, or after, the
> summit.
>
> If my email wasn't clear, let me clarify it: I think the strategy process
> is one of the most important steps we had so far as a movement. And I truly
> believe (or at least desire to) it will bring change. Saying that, I think
> we should also look more deeply and review how we bring these
> recommendations, asking ourselves if this is the only way. In the Friday
> morning session, two extreme directions were presented as to how the
> process could take place. That's exactly the point that bothered me, the
> look of black or white only. There are so many ways in between that can
> combine the good in both ways.
>
> What saddens me the most is our fear of having an open conversation. I
> received many responses to this email, some off-list, but so many in-person
> during the last weekend in Berlin (and because I talked about it two days
> ago with someone, here is a screenshot just for an example:
> https://imgur.com/FM1naPJ).
>
> I told many of them and I say it publicly, I didn't look for any public
> support for what I wrote. Each of us has a different opinion or feedback.
> Good and bad. And all these deserve to be said. It saddens me that we keep
> things in our stomachs. We do things that we don't feel comfortable with
> just because [enter your reason].
>
> In one of the conversations, someone told me that he thinks that the
> process is problematic, but they are his friends, and he doesn't want to
> criticize them. That's one of the things that hurt me more and bothered me
> during the whole weekend, wonder to myself if maybe I did something wrong.
>
> The criticism is not personal towards anyone. Or at least that wasn't the
> intention. There are questions that I think we as a movement, who
> responsible together to this process, should ask about it. This is our duty
> as a movement. Are we using the money correctly? Do we manage the work time
> of the staff and volunteers right? It may be that everything is fine, but
> it may not be. If we don't ask ourselves the questions from time to time,
> we will not do our job. Assessment should be done all along, not just at
> the end of a process. The fact this process is SUPER important is obvious
> to everyone. But you can not go blind because of it.
>
> It doesn't change the fact that the people behind it are my friends too,
> some of them for many years. I love them all. And I know, and sure with all
> my heart, that they do the best they can for the sake of movement. I
> believe feedback, comments, are also important to them to adjust and
> change. To talk about them and criticize their work behind their back it's
> probably the most non-friendship thing to do.
>
> Have a great weekend.
>
>
>
> *Itzik 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisource Handbook

2018-10-07 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Fantastic work Bodhisattwa and Ananth, I'm checking it out right now!

On Sun, 7 Oct 2018 at 19:22, Mathieu Lovato Stumpf Guntz <
psychosl...@culture-libre.org> wrote:

> Thank you very much Ananth I'll look at it as soon as I can. 
>
> Le 6 octobre 2018 14:50:23 GMT+02:00, Ananth Subray <
> ananth.sub...@gmail.com> a écrit :
> >Dear Mathieu,
> >
> >As per your suggestion, I have created the meta version
> >[1] of the
> >Wikisource
> >Handbook. I request you all to have a look and it and give your
> >valuable
> >suggestions.
> >
> >[1].https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikisource_Handbook
> >
> >Thanks and Regards,
> >
> >*ANANTH SUBRAY P V*
> >
> >Programme Associate
> >
> >Access to Knowledge program
> >
> >The Centre for Internet & Society
> >
> >+91-9739811664
> >
> >Thank you Ananth and Tanveer for your answers.
> >
> >CC0 would of course also works to thereafter publishing it on Meta.
> >Please
> >feel free to ping me in the discussion page when the meta version is
> >published.
> >
> >Thanks again to all participants
> >
> >Le 14/09/2018 à 15:08, Ananth Subray a écrit :
> >
> >Dear Mathieu,
> >
> >I don't have any issue in re-licensing the book. I will be starting the
> >meta version soon. Since the final version was directly done on Adobe
> >InDesign
> >.
> >The
> >older version of it is available
> ><
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/11CbKSR4NiNt_qO3N0bBqws5keMwdKeGpLUiDAbFsCR8/edit?usp=sharing
> >.
> >
> >
> >Thanks and Regards,
> >
> >
> >*ANANTH SUBRAY P V*
> >
> >Programme Associate
> >
> >Access to Knowledge program
> >
> >The Centre for Internet & Society
> >
> >+91-9739811664
> >
> >
> >On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 6:29 PM Bodhisattwa Mandal <
> >bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Mathieu,
> >>
> >> I have no problem re-licensing the book at all. I assume, Ananth will
> >> confirm soon from his part. He also assured me that he will start
> >working
> >> on the meta version soon.
> >>
> >> I was responsible for creating the draft of the handbook and I have
> >the
> >> draft text version with me. I guess, the finalized text version is
> >with
> >> Ananth as he did the rest of the work of designing and finalizing the
> >> handbook. I guess, he will share the text version soon, so that it
> >can be
> >> translated into other languages, including Indic languages.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Bodhisattwa
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> On Fri, 14 Sep 2018 at 18:00, mathieu lovato stumpf guntz <
> >> psychosl...@culture-libre.org> wrote:
> >>
> >>> Hey Peter, thank you for the incitive to go on.
> >>>
> >>> Actually, I didn't watched the license before, but it's
> >CC-by-sa-4.0, so
> >>> as it is, I couldn't copy/paste it into a Wikimedia wiki, as most of
> >>> them are CC-by-3.0, and the other licenses used on some wiki are
> >even
> >>> less possibly compatible. I have little doubt Ananth and Bodhisattwa
> >>> will grant us persmission to also publish the document under the
> >>> CC-by-sa-3.0, but we still need their consent.
> >>>
> >>> More importantly, my implicit questioning was "were could I find the
> >>> original working document of from which this PDF was generated
> >from?".
> >>> Sure we can always make copy/paste from the PDF, but having the
> >working
> >>> document is often far more useful as a base to wikify.
> >>>
> >>> Thank you again to Ananth and Bodhisattwa for the document, I hope
> >we
> >>> will be able to make a wiki version together, and thank you Peter
> >for
> >>> pointing the license issue and the lake of explicit demand for the
> >>> working document.
> >>>
> >>> Cheers
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> Le 14/09/2018 à 13:53, Peter Southwood a écrit :
> >>> > It is CC-by-sa. Of course you can.
> >>> > Cheers,
> >>> > Peter
> >>> >
> >>> > -Original Message-
> >>> > From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org]
> >On
> >>> Behalf Of mathieu lovato stumpf guntz
> >>> > Sent: 14 September 2018 10:25
> >>> > To: Wikimedia Mailing List; Ananth Subray; wikimediaindia-l@lists.
> >>> wikimedia.org
> >>> > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisource Handbook
> >>> >
> >>> > Great, thank you.
> >>> >
> >>> > Could we also launch a Wiki version that would allow
> >localizations, for
> >>> > example on Meta or Wikibooks?
> >>> >
> >>> > Cheers
> >>> >
> >>> >
> >>> > Le 11/09/2018 à 20:25, Ananth Subray a écrit :
> >>> >> Dear All,
> >>> >>
> >>> >> We all know that Wikisource is one of the trending Wikimedia
> >projects.
> >>> We
> >>> >> are getting many new editors and new books to Indic language
> >>> Wikisource's.
> >>> >> At the same time, we even noticed that there are many problems
> >faced
> >>> by the
> >>> >> new editors and a few of the existing editors.  To help all of
> >the
> >>> editors
> >>> >> we have created a Handbook titled as *Wikisource Handbook for
> >Indic
> >>> >> communities
> >>> >> 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisource Handbook

2018-09-14 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Fantastic, thanks Ananth!

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Fri, 14 Sep 2018 at 13:53, Peter Southwood 
wrote:

> It is CC-by-sa. Of course you can.
> Cheers,
> Peter
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On
> Behalf Of mathieu lovato stumpf guntz
> Sent: 14 September 2018 10:25
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List; Ananth Subray;
> wikimediaindi...@lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikisource Handbook
>
> Great, thank you.
>
> Could we also launch a Wiki version that would allow localizations, for
> example on Meta or Wikibooks?
>
> Cheers
>
>
> Le 11/09/2018 à 20:25, Ananth Subray a écrit :
> > Dear All,
> >
> > We all know that Wikisource is one of the trending Wikimedia projects. We
> > are getting many new editors and new books to Indic language
> Wikisource's.
> > At the same time, we even noticed that there are many problems faced by
> the
> > new editors and a few of the existing editors.  To help all of the
> editors
> > we have created a Handbook titled as *Wikisource Handbook for Indic
> > communities
> > <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikisource_Handbook_for_Indian_Communities.pdf
> >.
> > *Which is now available[1] to everyone to make the best use of it. I
> > request everyone to share this with all those who are in need of support
> in
> > editing Wikisource.
> >
> >
> > Authors of the book: Bodhisattwa Mandal and Ananth Subray P V.
> >
> >
> > [1].
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikisource_Handbook_for_Indian_Communities.pdf
> >
> > Thanks and Regards,
> >
> >
> > *ANANTH SUBRAY P V*
> >
> > Programme Associate
> >
> > Access to Knowledge program
> >
> > The Centre for Internet & Society
> >
> > +91-9739811664
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] International Commons Contest WLL Recruiting International Team

2018-06-25 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Great thanks for the links I'll check it out.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:23 Rupika Sharma,  wrote:

> Hi Geni,
>
> To answer your question, I am from Punjabi Wikimedians User Group, Username
> : Wikilover90.
> @psychoslave and I are the Organizers of this contest.
>
> You can find more about the contest at:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Love_2018#WLL_team
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Love
>
> https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesLove/
>
> https://www.twitter.com/wikiloveslove
>
> Thank you for your interest!
>
> Best Regards,
> Rupika Sharma
> Co-Founder
> Punjabi Wikimedians
>
>
> On Mon, Jun 25, 2018, 2:54 PM geni  wrote:
>
> > On 25 June 2018 at 08:37, Rupika Sharma  wrote:
> > >  Hello friends,
> > >
> > > We are pleased to announce that *Wiki Loves Love* is recruiting
> > volunteers
> > > for the international team.
> > > Application deadline: August 1, 2018
> > >
> > > *But What Is WLL?*
> > > Wiki Loves Love (WLL) is an international photography competition of
> > > Wikimedia Commons that is to take place — with the subject love
> > > testimonials — in various locale places. The primary goal of the
> > > competition is to collect photos of love testimonials through human
> > > cultural diversity such as monuments, ceremonies, snapshot of tender
> > > gesture, and miscellaneous objects used as symbol of love; to
> illustrate
> > > articles in the worldwide free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and other
> > Wikimedia
> > > Foundation (WMF) projects.
> > >
> > > *Positions Open:*
> > > Communication and media
> > > Community liaison
> > > Community outreach
> > > Finance team
> > > Tech team: to design banners and templates
> > >
> > > Find out more on: https://t.co/D1yeNclTRm
> > > Don't forget to spread the word!
> > >
> > > Cheers!
> > > Rupika Sharma
> >
> >
> > To be blunt. Who are you? I can't find any links to user accounts or
> > existing chapters. Just a throwaway Gmail address and medium account.
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Jenga Wikipedia ya Kiswahili User Group

2018-06-11 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Awesome. Congratulations.

On Mon, 11 Jun 2018 22:41 kayode yussuf via Wikimedia-l, <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Congratulations to the new usergroup.
> Kayode Yussuf
>
> On Monday, June 11, 2018, 9:26:50 PM GMT+1, Derick N. Alangi <
> alangider...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>  Hello,
>
> A big and wonderful congratulations to the *Jenga Wikipedia ya Kiswahili
> User Group. *Keep up the great work and enjoy your ride :)
>
> *Kind regards,*
> *Derick N. Alangi*
>
> *[image: https://twitter.com/AlangiDerick]
> 
> *
>
>
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 8:54 PM Felix Nartey  wrote:
>
> > Congrats to the team behind this!
> >
> > Excited for new exploits in East Africa.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 11, 2018, 7:52 PM Andy Mabbett 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > On 10 June 2018 at 14:49, Kirill Lokshin 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Jenga Wikipedia
> > >
> > > Is that the one where all the articles are in a big pile and we have
> > > to delete^W remove them one by one?
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2019

2018-02-07 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congratulations Sweden.

On 7 Feb 2018 13:17, "Fæ"  wrote:

> On 7 February 2018 at 11:06, Felix Nartey  wrote:
> > Congratulations Wikimedia Sweden!
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 8:40 AM, Leinonen Teemu 
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Heja Sverige! Congratulations!
> >>
> >> Making me happy this week,
> >>
> >> - Teemu
> >>
> >> On 7 Feb 2018, at 3.58, Ellie Young > yo...@wikimedia.org>> wrote:
> >>
> >> *All,On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and the Wikimedia
> >> Foundation, I am pleased to announce that we have decided to have
> Wikimania
> >> located in Sweden in 2019.
>
> Hi Ellie,
>
> Is there a good on-wiki page for people to leave their names and
> congratulation messages for WMSE and/or the Wikimania Steering
> Committee for their decision?
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
> --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-11 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congratulation to Heather for being appointed to the position of Chief
Creative Officer and Kui, welcome to your new role as VP of Com, we are
looking forward to working with you.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:33 AM, Jack Rabah <jra...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Fantastic stuff! Welcome Kui and congrats Heather.
>
> On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 6:56 AM, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Wonderful to hear this.
> >
> > Big congratulations, Heather--we're lucky to have you stay in the C-suite
> > with your voice and vision!
> >
> > And a warm welcome to you, Kui. I look forward to meeting you and working
> > together.
> >
> > Katy
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 12:58 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hi everyone,
> >>
> >> I am excited to share with you all the results of our search for
> >> permanent leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications
> >> department.
> >>
> >> Our own Heather Walls will transition from interim Chief of
> >> Communications to leading the department full-time, in the newly created
> >> role of Chief Creative Officer. She will be joined by a new Vice
> President
> >> of Communications, Kui Kinyanjui, who will join us from her home in
> >> Nairobi, Kenya in early March. Please join me in congratulating Heather
> and
> >> welcoming Kui!
> >>
> >> *The new roles*
> >>
> >> As Chief Creative Officer, Heather will remain at the Leadership team,
> >> with responsibility for the Communications department operations, and a
> >> mandate that focuses on helping people better understand our values and
> >> mission through our brand. She will oversee the organization and
> movement’s
> >> voice, tone, and visual assets, and how they are incorporated into
> >> everything from our recent awareness videos to our press statements.
> What
> >> do we sound and look like? How do you feel when you interact with us,
> as an
> >> editor, a reader, a donor? How do we spread and share our values? She
> will
> >> be responsible for new and creative initiatives that seek to expand the
> way
> >> people think about Wikipedia and Wikimedia, not only as an encyclopedia
> but
> >> an essential part of the way we understand the world.
> >>
> >> As Vice President of Communications, Kui will report directly to Heather
> >> and oversee our traditional and digital communications efforts. She
> will be
> >> responsible for our overall media positioning and coverage, critical
> issue
> >> management (also known as crisis communications), extending our digital
> >> media strategy, products, and presence, and supporting organizational
> >> leadership, such as myself, the Leadership team, and the Board, with
> >> effective and clear public communications. Kui also brings new and
> valuable
> >> skills that we’re sure to appreciate: first, a background in internal
> >> communications, which should help with improved information flows in our
> >> ever-more distributed organization, as well as a deep background in
> >> communications, campaigns, and marketing for emerging markets -- sure
> to be
> >> a critical skill for our efforts around improving awareness about
> Wikimedia
> >> in places where we want to reach more people.
> >>
> >> *About Heather Walls*
> >>
> >> Since joining the Foundation in 2011, Heather has been a driving force
> in
> >> our creative and brand efforts at the Foundation. Under her stewardship,
> >> the Foundation has dramatically reduced barriers to community usage of
> the
> >> trademarks under our care while also helping increase consistency in
> their
> >> usage. A member of the team before Communications was its own
> department,
> >> Heather was one of the first people I met and worked with when I joined
> as
> >> Chief Communications Officer. She graciously stepped in as leader of the
> >> department when I transitioned to Executive Director and has since grown
> >> into the role while making it her own. During that time, she has helped
> >> find the organization's place in the growing social media channels,
> >> modernized the Foundation’s brand, bringing it into greater alignment
> with
> >> our movement's values and workflows, and overseen pioneering
> >> community-supported awareness campaigns.
> >>
> >> Prior to joining the Foundation, Heath

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sharing sad news about Bassel

2017-08-02 Thread Bobby Shabangu
This is very heartbreaking news indeed!

May his family find strentght in these dark times. 

On 2 Aug 2017 01:01, "Katherine Maher"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I am very deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of our fellow
> community member Bassel Khartabil, also known to some as Bassel Safadi.
>
> Bassel was detained on March 15, 2012 amid arrests on the one-year
> anniversary of the Syrian uprising. He had been missing since October 2015,
> when he was removed from the Syrian prison where he was being held. His
> wife, Noura, confirmed earlier today in a statement on Facebook that he was
> executed by the Syrian government shortly after his disappearance.
>
> Bassel was a leader, advocate, and member of so many open culture
> communities it is difficult to do them all justice. In addition to his
> contributions to Wikimedia, he was project lead and public affiliate for
> Creative Commons Syria, a member of the Global Voices community, a free
> software advocate and contributor to Mozilla, and much more. The European
> Parliament statement on his detention credited him with “opening up the
> Internet in Syria and vastly extending online access and knowledge to the
> Syrian people."[1] He was known for his boundless enthusiasm and passion,
> always encouraging others to share, create, and connect with a better world
> around them.
>
> Many of you cared deeply about Bassel, working to raise awareness of his
> detention and disappearance. Please know that his friends and family knew
> of and appreciated these efforts, both as a voice on his behalf and a
> reminder of the values of the communities to which he devoted his time and
> attention. I personally am grappling with profound anger and sorrow that
> someone so brilliant, humane, and generous should be taken in this way. For
> those who did not know Bassel, you can learn more about his life and work
> at his article [2], and at https://freebassel.org.
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation will publish a statement soon, and ask for your
> support in helping us translate that message to share more broadly. We will
> also work to find a way to celebrate Bassel’s life and honor his
> contributions at Wikimania next week.
>
> Yours, sadly,
>
> Katherine
>
> [1]
> http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//
> TEXT+WQ+E-2013-014046+0+DOC+XML+V0//EN
> [2] (en) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bassel_Khartabil; (ar)
> https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84_%D8%
> AE%D8%B1%D8%B7%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%84
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] General Counsel: Welcome Eileen Hershenov

2017-04-26 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congrats and Welcome to Eileen Hershenov!

On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 3:33 PM, Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I am writing to share some news about the leadership of our Legal
> department at the Wikimedia Foundation. Over the last eight months, we’ve
> worked to identify a permanent General Counsel for the Wikimedia
> Foundation. I am delighted to share that we have found a new General
> Counsel, Eileen Hershenov.  I am sad to say that our respected colleague
> and friend Michelle Paulson has decided this is a good time to move on to
> something new.
>
> *Michelle moving on*
>
> Michelle Paulson, who has been serving as interim General Counsel, has
> decided that after nine years it is time to move on from the Wikimedia
> Foundation. Michelle has made her mark here: she served as interim General
> Counsel twice; created our legal fellowship program, pushed to make key
> policies more user-friendly and aligned with our core values; protected the
> office, organization, and volunteers from threats; helped built a new
> Foundation public policy program; vigorously and passionately defended the
> privacy and security of our users; advocated for truly inclusive policies
> and recruiting practices; and acted as a steadfast voice and advocate for
> the values which make our movement possible.
>
> Michelle’s brilliance, humor, professionalism, and determination have
> fundamentally shaped our organization and movement. We will miss her
> immensely, and I look forward to seeing what she will achieve in the name
> of justice, equity, openness, and opportunity.
>
> *Eileen Hershenov joining our movement*
>
> Today I would like to introduce you to Eileen Hershenov, who will join us
> as General Counsel on May 8th.
>
> Eileen has nearly 30 years of experience in media and intellectual property
> law, as well as in civil rights and civil liberties law, not-for-profit law
> and governance, and privacy and cyber-security. She is passionately
> committed to values that make our movement possible: free expression,
> access to knowledge, freedom of association and an internet that embodies
> the open-source movement and that resists censorship and surveillance.
> Throughout her career, she has applied these values to her work with a
> unique focus on grassroots organizing and advocacy.
>
> Previously, Eileen served as Vice President and General Counsel for
> Consumers Union, the not-for-profit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine
> and ConsumerReports.org, for 10 years. In that role, she worked with tens
> of thousands of volunteers in the organization’s advocacy programs. Before
> Consumer Reports she spent 11 years at the Open Society Foundations, where
> she served as the General Counsel to the global foundation network,
> overseeing the legal work of the foundations in close to 40 countries
> across the globe.
>
> Eileen was also the founding general counsel for the Central European
> University,[1] the first U.S.-accredited liberal arts university located in
> a former Communist country. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties
> Union and the NOW Legal Defense Fund. Most recently, she has been working
> at Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP, a media law firm, and serving on the
> boards of a number of public interest justice organizations.
>
> *Next steps*
>
> Eileen is based in New York City, and will relocate to San Francisco with
> her family this summer. Until then, she will be commuting to the office
> starting in May to begin work with the Legal team.
>
> Transitions can feel uncertain, but I know that this movement is one that
> is welcoming and appreciative of what new colleagues bring to our efforts.
> We had hoped Michelle would stay with us as Deputy General Counsel, but
> after nine years I think we all can appreciate the desire for a wikibreak
> (and rumors of a new puppy!). In the meantime, Eileen and Michelle are
> working together to ensure that we have a smooth transition and no balls
> get dropped. I am so grateful to Michelle for her generosity of time,
> attention, and care in working to make sure this transition supports the
> Legal team, the Foundation, and the movement.
>
> We will publish a formal public announcement closer to Eileen’s first day.
> Until then, please join me in welcoming Eileen and thanking Michelle for
> her years of commitment to our movement.
>
> Yours,
> Katherine
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] New members of the Affiliations Committee

2017-01-16 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Congratulations guys.



On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 12:56 PM, Tanvir Rahman 
wrote:

> Congratulations to two new members and Kirill for getting reelected.
>
> Many thanks to the outgoing members for their invaluable services.
>
> T.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief Technology Officer

2016-11-07 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Impressive resume,

Welcome Victoria.

On 03 Nov 2016 11:44 AM,  wrote:

‎Wow!!!

This is a great news. Welcome Victoria on board.

Best Regards
Olushola

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
  Original Message
From: Tim Moritz Hector
Sent: Thursday, 3 November 2016 08:25
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Reply To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Cc: Victoria Coleman
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief
Technology Officer

A warm welcome to Wikimedia also from Germany, Victoria! I'm happy to see
you joining the movement and wish you a good start at the Wikimedia
Foundation.

Best regards
Tim Moritz Hector

Chair of the Board
Wikimedia Deutschland

Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | D-10963 Berlin
http://www.wikimedia.de

2016-11-02 22:50 GMT+01:00 Damon Sicore :

>
> Victoria,
>
> This is great news! I believe your talent, knowledge, and insight will
> boost and elevate the WMF community, and I know your positive personality
> will be warmly welcomed.
>
> Yours faithfully,
> Damon Sicore
> https://damon.sicore.com 
> 6E98 FBFB D192 D325 B85D D4FF FD2A 20ED DC1D 3975
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Nov 2, 2016, at 11:22 AM, Katherine Maher 
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I’m excited today to introduce the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief
> > Technology Officer, Victoria Coleman. Victoria’s first day is November
7,
> > and she will be based in the Foundation's office in San Francisco.
> >
> > Victoria comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in consumer
> and
> > enterprise technology. And as you’ll learn quickly when you start
getting
> > to know her, she is deeply passionate about the importance of education,
> > and how the Wikimedia mission advances education and equity around the
> > world.
> >
> > When we started looking for a CTO for the Foundation, projects, and
> > communities, we knew we were looking for a unique person - someone with
> the
> > experience to lead confidently, and the confidence to embrace open
> > collaboration in leadership. We were looking for someone with a track
> > record of success leading strategy and execution for technology
platforms
> > at scale, someone will be an effective mentor and leader for our
> Technology
> > department, and a strong partner to Product teams. We needed someone who
> > would thrive in our culture and be an inclusive collaborator with staff
> and
> > community. We agreed that Victoria met these requirements and then some.
> >
> > Victoria has deep experience across consumer and enterprise technology
> > fields and is a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the
> > public sector. She has seen and done many things in her career, from
> > mobility platforms to connected devices to cyber security to web
services
> > at scale. She brings operational excellence in strategic long-term
> > planning, execution, delivery, and running large distributed teams.
> >
> > Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Vice President and Chief
> > Technology Officer for the Connected Home Division of Technicolor, where
> > she was responsible for innovation strategy, product management,
> technology
> > roadmaps, and technical due diligence for acquisitions and partnerships.
> > Previously, as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at
> Harman,
> > she led the core technology platforms of the Infotainment Division
> > including systems and software, media, tuner, navigation, connectivity,
> and
> > advanced driver assist systems. Before this, she served as Vice
> President,
> > Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Vice President, Software Engineering of
> > Hewlett-Packard’s webOS global business unit, and Vice President of
> > Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology.
> >
> > Victoria also has deep familiarity with open source software
development,
> > having witnessed the rise of the Unix movement first as a student and
> later
> > as an instructor. She has been actively involved in the development of
> the
> > Linux-based LiMo (renamed Tizen). She passionately believes in the power
> of
> > open source and is familiar with how a commitment to open source
> > strengthens platforms and products at an integral level.
> >
> > Victoria received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and
> Computer
> > Aided Logic Design respectively from the University of Salford, UK and
> her
> > Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She is
> the
> > author of over 60 articles and books (!). She has worked with teams
> around
> > the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Finland,
Germany,
> > India, Israel, Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
> >
> > One thing that struck many of us throughout our conversations was
> > Victoria's commitment to volunteering her knowledge and expertise
outside
> > of her daily professional activities, serving on advisory councils in
> > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief Technology Officer

2016-11-07 Thread Bobby Shabangu
Impressive resume,

Welcome Victoria.

On 03 Nov 2016 11:44 AM,  wrote:

> ‎Wow!!!
>
> This is a great news. Welcome Victoria on board.
>
> Best Regards
> Olushola
>
> Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
>   Original Message
> From: Tim Moritz Hector
> Sent: Thursday, 3 November 2016 08:25
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> Reply To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> Cc: Victoria Coleman
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief
> Technology Officer
>
> A warm welcome to Wikimedia also from Germany, Victoria! I'm happy to see
> you joining the movement and wish you a good start at the Wikimedia
> Foundation.
>
> Best regards
> Tim Moritz Hector
>
> Chair of the Board
> Wikimedia Deutschland
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | D-10963 Berlin
> http://www.wikimedia.de
>
> 2016-11-02 22:50 GMT+01:00 Damon Sicore :
>
> >
> > Victoria,
> >
> > This is great news! I believe your talent, knowledge, and insight will
> > boost and elevate the WMF community, and I know your positive personality
> > will be warmly welcomed.
> >
> > Yours faithfully,
> > Damon Sicore
> > https://damon.sicore.com 
> > 6E98 FBFB D192 D325 B85D D4FF FD2A 20ED DC1D 3975
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > > On Nov 2, 2016, at 11:22 AM, Katherine Maher 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > I’m excited today to introduce the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief
> > > Technology Officer, Victoria Coleman. Victoria’s first day is November
> 7,
> > > and she will be based in the Foundation's office in San Francisco.
> > >
> > > Victoria comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in consumer
> > and
> > > enterprise technology. And as you’ll learn quickly when you start
> getting
> > > to know her, she is deeply passionate about the importance of
> education,
> > > and how the Wikimedia mission advances education and equity around the
> > > world.
> > >
> > > When we started looking for a CTO for the Foundation, projects, and
> > > communities, we knew we were looking for a unique person - someone with
> > the
> > > experience to lead confidently, and the confidence to embrace open
> > > collaboration in leadership. We were looking for someone with a track
> > > record of success leading strategy and execution for technology
> platforms
> > > at scale, someone will be an effective mentor and leader for our
> > Technology
> > > department, and a strong partner to Product teams. We needed someone
> who
> > > would thrive in our culture and be an inclusive collaborator with staff
> > and
> > > community. We agreed that Victoria met these requirements and then
> some.
> > >
> > > Victoria has deep experience across consumer and enterprise technology
> > > fields and is a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the
> > > public sector. She has seen and done many things in her career, from
> > > mobility platforms to connected devices to cyber security to web
> services
> > > at scale. She brings operational excellence in strategic long-term
> > > planning, execution, delivery, and running large distributed teams.
> > >
> > > Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Vice President and Chief
> > > Technology Officer for the Connected Home Division of Technicolor,
> where
> > > she was responsible for innovation strategy, product management,
> > technology
> > > roadmaps, and technical due diligence for acquisitions and
> partnerships.
> > > Previously, as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at
> > Harman,
> > > she led the core technology platforms of the Infotainment Division
> > > including systems and software, media, tuner, navigation, connectivity,
> > and
> > > advanced driver assist systems. Before this, she served as Vice
> > President,
> > > Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Vice President, Software Engineering of
> > > Hewlett-Packard’s webOS global business unit, and Vice President of
> > > Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology.
> > >
> > > Victoria also has deep familiarity with open source software
> development,
> > > having witnessed the rise of the Unix movement first as a student and
> > later
> > > as an instructor. She has been actively involved in the development of
> > the
> > > Linux-based LiMo (renamed Tizen). She passionately believes in the
> power
> > of
> > > open source and is familiar with how a commitment to open source
> > > strengthens platforms and products at an integral level.
> > >
> > > Victoria received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and
> > Computer
> > > Aided Logic Design respectively from the University of Salford, UK and
> > her
> > > Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She is
> > the
> > > author of over 60 articles and books (!). She has worked with teams
> > around
> > > the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Finland,
> Germany,
> > > India, Israel, Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Kevin Gorman has passed away

2016-07-30 Thread bobby shabangu
My condolences to his family.

On Sat, Jul 30, 2016 at 6:32 AM, Tito Dutta  wrote:

> Very sad news. :(
>
> On 30 July 2016 at 02:55, Ed Erhart  wrote:
>
> > I regret to inform everyone that Kevin Gorman, a Wikipedian who was the
> > first Wikipedian-in-residence at a US university or college, has passed
> > away. There is a memorial page on Facebook, and editors are leaving
> > condolences on his English Wikipedia talk page.
> >
> > https://www.facebook.com/bombus.memoriam/
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Kevin_Gorman
> >
> > Best,
> > --Ed
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome Delphine Ménard as WMF's Annual Plan Grants Program Officer

2016-06-22 Thread bobby shabangu
Delphine,

I don't think you need a warm welcome because this has been your home for
centuries I see.

All I can say is that congrats and have fun.

Regards,
Bobby Shabangu

On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:02 AM, Delphine Ménard <notafi...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:16 AM, Jan-Bart de Vreede
> <jdevre...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> > Of course this is likely to change once your children are old enough to
> run the approvals process… which could be a year or two away ;)
> >
>
> You seem to be speaking from experience here. You're scaring me. o.O
>
>
> But joke aside, thank you all for the warm welcome to my new role. I
> am really looking forward to this, and intend to bring the experience
> I gathered over the last 10 years or so as a volunteer to my new job.
> ;) It's still me, you know...
>
> I'll be User:Delphine (WMF) in my official capacity, I'll stay
> User:notafish forever though, after all, I am stil not a fish.
>
>
> Cheers,
>
> Delphine
> --
> @notafish
>
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> lost.
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