[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Art+Feminism User Group

2016-10-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of another Wikimedia User Group, and the last one for the 
day: Art+Feminism [1][2]


Art + Feminisim aims to improve the coverage of women and the arts on 
Wikipedia, by organizing edit workshops and sessions. On March of each 
year, a simultaneous Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon takes place in 
many countries. Actually, over 2,500 people at more than 175 locations 
participated in this year's event. Awesome, eh? 8-)


Welcome, colleagues!

1: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism

2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Art%2BFeminism_User_Group

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of GLAM Macedonia User Group

2016-10-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group, the third one today: GLAM 
Macedonia User Group [1]


As its name indicates, the group is composed of wikimedians, teachers 
and researchers interested in organizing projects and events with the 
participation of different GLAM and educational institutions in Macedonia.


Welcome!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM_Macedonia_User_Group


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Tremendous Wiktionary User Group

2016-10-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group: Tremendous Wiktionary User 
Group [1]


The idea behind this new User Group is to promote and develop 
Wiktionaries, raise the awareness of this project and collaborate not 
just between wiktionaries but also with other projects such as Wikidata.


Welcome, Wiktionarians!

1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiktionary/Tremendous_Wiktionary_User_Group



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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Whose Knowledge?

2016-10-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group: Whose Knowlegde? [1]


Our colleagues are organizing their efforts to correct the skewed 
representations of knowledge across the different Wikimedia projects and 
the internet as a whole. It is open to everyone who wants to help 
correcting the bias on our projects, especially those wikimedians who 
identify as women, LGBTQI and people from lesser-developed countries 
-yeah, I saved a kitten :-)


Welcome aboard!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Whose_Knowledge%3F

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria) + opening WUG applications for Chapter and ThOrgs

2016-08-24 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Hello Rogol,

Let me try to clarify that. When the AffCom discussed with the board 
liaisons whether we needed a new resolution at our July meeting, we 
agreed that the existing resolution [1] is already sufficient as we're 
not stepping outside of the existing framework.  These criteria are a 
first attempt to communicate more clearly what the AffCom expects in 
terms of "demonstrable programmatic results" in order for an application 
to be supported and passed on to the board for approval. Still, the idea 
is to have the AffCom work on a coordinated consultation on these 
criteria and other aspects of affiliate strategy in the upcoming 
movement consultations since at the end, all are related.


So instead of keeping Chapter and ThOrg applications on hold for longer, 
and because it's been a long while already, the Board has approved the 
Affiliations Committee to accept applications under the potential new 
criteria to test them and to remove the block on applications 
immediately -and it was about time 8-) Based on this future 
consultation, the proposed new criteria will probably be revised and 
refined to reflect the feedback received from the community before 
putting them as "official" for all Chapters and ThOrgs.


Additionally, and trying to make the discussion clearer: AFAIK the 
discussion is an essential part of the movement, but at this time, this 
is not a coordinated consultation because again, it will be part of a 
larger and coordinated movement consultation. In order that the AffCom 
can focus on reopening Chapter and ThOrg applications, everyone is 
welcome to share valuable input on the talk pages [2] [3] on Meta, as it 
will be better organized and useful for reference when the coordinates 
consultation starts in a few months from now.  In the meantime, we can 
answer questions here, or there, but still, it would be better done on 
the talk pages for transparency, clarity and easiness of interaction, 
since not everyone is on the Wikimedia-l, Affiliates-l or Chapters-L lists.


Thanks,
M.


[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-11#Movement_roles
[2] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/Talk:Affiliations_Committee/Thematic_Organisation_Summary_Matrix
[3] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliations_Committee/Chapter_Summary_Matrix



El 24/08/2016 a las 04:17 p.m., Rogol Domedonfors escribió:

The pronouncement of Fri Aug 19 12:36:01 UTC 2016 states "the Board of
Trustees has instructed the Affiliations Committee to provisionally use
these three new criteria for all new applicants" and as a consequence the
Board Chair has stated, on Tue Aug 23 06:46:47 UTC 2016, "This is not a
discussion".  In the interests of transparency, please could the Community
be informed of the text of the Board Resolution that laid down these
criteria?

The Board chair has also informed us (on Tue Aug 23 12:34:37 UTC 2016) that
*"*Everything is a discussion" and "our main goal for this year is to make
sure we finally have a comprehensive movement strategy".  This is of course
excellent news, especially since dialogue between the Board and the
Community on these issues has been conspicuous by its absence [
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/Archives/2016#Deep_strategy].
Exactly how and where will this engagement take place?  Perhaps
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Strategy_Alpha might be a
place to plan the mechanisms for that engagement?

"Rogol Domedonfors"
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Hi Erika,

If a highly valuable community organizer leaves a chapter, or it changes 
it leadership radically, it's not the end of the world. It has happened 
to many of us. And the solution would not be simply "renaming" it from 
Chapter to UG -that's not going to happen.


We have supported chapters that have had issues in the past. But since 
this is a more radical change, a better defined strategy is needed. And 
we're working on it, based on our experience so far, not just as AffCom 
members but with the experience acquired as members of different 
affiliates. Suggestions and all valuable input is always welcome, too :-)


Thanks!


El 22/08/2016 a las 08:50 a.m., Brill Lyle escribió:

Within this context, if as Pine mentions, an especially strong community
organizer leaves the chapter, or if there is a huge shift in leadership,
the chapter could go through a lot of growing pains, good or bad.

How exactly does the Affiliates committee support this issue? What specific
support is available to chapters who are transitioning or having problems?

It seems like renaming something from X to Y is not doing much to provide
solutions.

- Erika


*Erika Herzog*
Wikipedia *User:BrillLyle <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:BrillLyle>*

On Sun, Aug 21, 2016 at 1:50 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:



How is that damage ameliorated by, as you suggest, re-classifying
a chapter as a user group?

I feel that this is a separate issue. There should be no privilege attached
to
already being a chapter. It is unfair to apply one set of criteria to
existing
chapters, and a much tighter set of criteria to aspiring chapters. Chapter
status should be linked with a substantial level of current or recent
activity
in Wikimedia.

Chapter activity levels may decrease for many reasons, some of which
are beyond their control, such as if a fire breaks out in their office, or
if an
especially strong community organizer leaves the country. If such things
happen and the activity level or membership level of the organization
decrease, it is reasonable (if not desirable) to have the organization,
which
now would resemble a user group rather than a chapter, actually be
categorized as a user group until the organization recovers. I would call
this
"truth in advertising". It's not comfortable, but it is the reality, and it
would give the group a strong incentive to re-energize itself and return
its
levels of membership and activity to the levels that it once had, rather
than
allowing it to keep the privileges of chapter status with few of the
responsibilities and expectations.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina
d be
deemed to meet the standards for a chapter, such as by saying "a
chapter must meet four of the following six criteria" or "this
particular requirement may be met in one or more of the following
ways", it still seems to me that the criteria for chapter status
should be transparent, objective (primarily quantitative), and
easily understood by all affiliates that wish to be chapters.

I realize that this is a complex issue, and I hope that this input
will be included for consideration as AffCom continues to discuss
the criteria for chapters and thematic organizations.

Pine


El 19/08/2016 a las 06:28 p.m., Pine W escribió:

Hi Carlos,

In general, I like the new criteria.

I would like to suggest making the criteria entirely
quantitative, so that
there is minimal subjectivity about whether or not affiliates
are meeting
these standards and therefore there is likely to be less
controversy about
the status of affiliates.


The problem of  making the criteria entirely quantitative is that
the context where affiliates operate is not the same across the
world. We cannot apply a rigid, based in fixed numbers criteria
because the situation of Estonia or The Netherlands, to give an
example, is not the same of Venezuela, where people need to queue
for hours just to buy a loaf of bread, if they happen to be lucky
enough to find a bakery operating, or where scheduled 4-hour daily
blackouts are the norm across the country except for the capital.

If all affiliates operated in the same conditions, that would be
another story.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-20 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Hello Lane,

The proposed criteria will apply to new organizations. However, we 
should all help all affiliates to operate at higher standards, and we're 
willing and happy to assist with anything  affiliates need to grow :-)



El 19/08/2016 a las 05:51 p.m., Lane Rasberry escribió:

Hello,

Do these criteria apply to existing groups? Maybe I misunderstand, but from
this proposal it sounds like new groups will be held to significantly
higher standards than any currently recognized organizations. Is that the
case?

yours,


On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 8:36 AM, Carlos M. Colina <ma...@wikimedia.org.ve>
wrote:


Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I would like to present some
changes to the current chapter and thematic organisation criteria, which we
will begin piloting as we officially reopen applications for chapter and
thematic organization status. Until now, the criteria had not clearly
defined what constitutes sufficient programmatic activity to justify
chapter or thematic organisation status. To address this issue, we have set
out three new criteria:

1. Diversity of Activities: Chapters and thematic organisations are
expected to plan and conduct a variety of different programs and events; to
balance online and offline projects; to strive for continuous activity; and
to conduct programs and events at least once every two months.
2. Planning and Evaluation: Chapters and thematic organisations are
expected to set specific goals and targets for programs, projects, and
events before executing them; to measure the results of programs, projects,
and events against those targets; and to report on those results to the
Wikimedia Foundation and the wider Wikimedia movement.
3. External Partnerships: Chapters and thematic organisations are
expected to engage in programmatic partnerships with external groups and
organizations (for example, cultural, academic, or government institutions,
and so on) to promote the Wikimedia movement and to add and improve content
on Wikimedia projects.

In order to officially reopen the chapter and thematic organization
recognition process, the Board of Trustees has instructed the Affiliations
Committee to provisionally use these three new criteria for all new
applicants. In addition, potential chapters and thematic organisations will
continue to be assessed against the existing legal, governance, and
viability criteria; more details, including the benefits and limitations of
these affiliation models, are available on Meta.[1] [2]

Please note that the use of these three new criteria is a pilot; there
will be opportunities to share feedback about the criteria, as well as
other ways to help define the chapter and thematic organisation affiliate
models, during the upcoming strategy consultation. The Affiliations
Committee and the Board of Trustees will continue to evaluate results and
feedback during the initial pilot period and consider potential revisions
to the criteria before they are finalized.

Thank you,
M.

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
Chapter_Summary_Matrix
2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
Thematic_Organisation_Summary_Matrix
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-20 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Hello Pine,


El 19/08/2016 a las 06:28 p.m., Pine W escribió:

Hi Carlos,

In general, I like the new criteria.

I would like to suggest making the criteria entirely quantitative, so that
there is minimal subjectivity about whether or not affiliates are meeting
these standards and therefore there is likely to be less controversy about
the status of affiliates.


The problem of  making the criteria entirely quantitative is that the 
context where affiliates operate is not the same across the world. We 
cannot apply a rigid, based in fixed numbers criteria because the 
situation of Estonia or The Netherlands, to give an example, is not the 
same of Venezuela, where people need to queue for hours just to buy a 
loaf of bread, if they happen to be lucky enough to find a bakery 
operating, or where scheduled 4-hour daily blackouts are the norm across 
the country except for the capital.


If all affiliates operated in the same conditions, that would be another 
story.


On Aug 19, 2016 05:36, "Carlos M. Colina" <ma...@wikimedia.org.ve> wrote:


Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I would like to present some
changes to the current chapter and thematic organisation criteria, which we
will begin piloting as we officially reopen applications for chapter and
thematic organization status. Until now, the criteria had not clearly
defined what constitutes sufficient programmatic activity to justify
chapter or thematic organisation status. To address this issue, we have set
out three new criteria:

1. Diversity of Activities: Chapters and thematic organisations are
expected to plan and conduct a variety of different programs and events; to
balance online and offline projects; to strive for continuous activity; and
to conduct programs and events at least once every two months.
2. Planning and Evaluation: Chapters and thematic organisations are
expected to set specific goals and targets for programs, projects, and
events before executing them; to measure the results of programs, projects,
and events against those targets; and to report on those results to the
Wikimedia Foundation and the wider Wikimedia movement.
3. External Partnerships: Chapters and thematic organisations are
expected to engage in programmatic partnerships with external groups and
organizations (for example, cultural, academic, or government institutions,
and so on) to promote the Wikimedia movement and to add and improve content
on Wikimedia projects.

In order to officially reopen the chapter and thematic organization
recognition process, the Board of Trustees has instructed the Affiliations
Committee to provisionally use these three new criteria for all new
applicants. In addition, potential chapters and thematic organisations will
continue to be assessed against the existing legal, governance, and
viability criteria; more details, including the benefits and limitations of
these affiliation models, are available on Meta.[1] [2]

Please note that the use of these three new criteria is a pilot; there
will be opportunities to share feedback about the criteria, as well as
other ways to help define the chapter and thematic organisation affiliate
models, during the upcoming strategy consultation. The Affiliations
Committee and the Board of Trustees will continue to evaluate results and
feedback during the initial pilot period and consider potential revisions
to the criteria before they are finalized.

Thank you,
M.

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
Chapter_Summary_Matrix
2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
Thematic_Organisation_Summary_Matrix
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[Wikimedia-l] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I would like to present some 
changes to the current chapter and thematic organisation criteria, which 
we will begin piloting as we officially reopen applications for chapter 
and thematic organization status. Until now, the criteria had not 
clearly defined what constitutes sufficient programmatic activity to 
justify chapter or thematic organisation status. To address this issue, 
we have set out three new criteria:


1. Diversity of Activities: Chapters and thematic organisations are
   expected to plan and conduct a variety of different programs and
   events; to balance online and offline projects; to strive for
   continuous activity; and to conduct programs and events at least
   once every two months.
2. Planning and Evaluation: Chapters and thematic organisations are
   expected to set specific goals and targets for programs, projects,
   and events before executing them; to measure the results of
   programs, projects, and events against those targets; and to report
   on those results to the Wikimedia Foundation and the wider Wikimedia
   movement.
3. External Partnerships: Chapters and thematic organisations are
   expected to engage in programmatic partnerships with external groups
   and organizations (for example, cultural, academic, or government
   institutions, and so on) to promote the Wikimedia movement and to
   add and improve content on Wikimedia projects.

In order to officially reopen the chapter and thematic organization 
recognition process, the Board of Trustees has instructed the 
Affiliations Committee to provisionally use these three new criteria for 
all new applicants. In addition, potential chapters and thematic 
organisations will continue to be assessed against the existing legal, 
governance, and viability criteria; more details, including the benefits 
and limitations of these affiliation models, are available on Meta.[1] [2]


Please note that the use of these three new criteria is a pilot; there 
will be opportunities to share feedback about the criteria, as well as 
other ways to help define the chapter and thematic organisation 
affiliate models, during the upcoming strategy consultation. The 
Affiliations Committee and the Board of Trustees will continue to 
evaluate results and feedback during the initial pilot period and 
consider potential revisions to the criteria before they are finalized.


Thank you,
M.

1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Chapter_Summary_Matrix
2: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Thematic_Organisation_Summary_Matrix


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Iowa User Group

2016-08-08 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am pleased to announce the 
recognition of the newest Wikimedia User Group: Wikimedians of Iowa User 
Group [1]


The group is composed of  wikimedians from Iowa, who seek to organize 
activities all over the state, like editathons and meetups, reaching out 
to local educational institutions, libraries, and holding competitions. 
They can trace the idea for the creation of the group during a Wikimedia 
DC editathon this year ;-)


Welcome, Iowan colleagues!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Iowa_User_Group
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiToLearn User Group

2016-08-08 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am pleased to announce the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group: WikiToLearn User Group [1].


They are dedicated to make the content present on WikiToLearn easily 
accessible from the different Wikimedia projects and make the them more 
interoperable, focusing on the collaboration.


Please, let's welcome the new member of the family of affiliates :-)


1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiToLearn_User_Group
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Ohio Wikimedians User Group

2016-07-26 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am glad to announce the 
recognition of the newest Wikimedia User Group in the United States: 
Ohio Wikimedians User Group [1]. Their focus of activities is in the 
state of Ohio, supporting and helping develop the local community of 
wikimedians.


It is worth noting that some of the founding members of the group have 
been members of Wikipedia Connection[2], a Ohio State University student 
organization devoted to contribute to Wikipedia, who have been joined by 
other wikimedians from Ohio to create this new User Group.


Welcome to the family!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ohio_Wikimedians_User_Group
2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Connection


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-20 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User 
Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]


Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who 
are interested in creating and expanding content in the different 
Wikimedia projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to 
expand their activities in the state.


Welcome!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group


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Carlos M. Colina
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Phone: +972-52-4869915
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikiversity Journal User Group

2016-06-01 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is a pleasure to announce the recognition of a new WIkimedia User 
Group: Wikiversity Journal User Group [1].


Their area of focus is the peer review of different works that have 
undergone the Wikiversity Peer Review process [2], especially for the 
Wikiversity Journal of Medicine and the Second Journal of Science and 
therefore, building upon knowledge and enriching content.



Let's say "welcome" to our colleagues :-)

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikiversity_Journal_User_Group
2: https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Peer_review


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Florida Librarians of Wikipedia

2016-05-12 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, to announce 
the recognition of a new WIkimedia User Group: Florida Librarians of 
Wikipedia [1]


As their name implies, they are librarians, and they want to focus on 
training other librarians on how to contribute to the different 
Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia. Apart from that, they have 
already organized some edit-a-thons and they're looking forward to 
organize more, as well as meetups of Wikimedians (librarians an 
non-librarians).


Welcome to the family!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Florida_Librarians_of_Wikipedia
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikipedia Community Schools Association Greece

2016-04-12 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am glad to share the 
recognitio of a new Wikimedia User Group: Wikipedia Community Schools 
Association Greece [1]


Among their goals are increasing the participation of the hellenic 
wikimedians in the different Wikimedia projects, with a strong emphasis 
on education and outreach, from secondary education to GLAM institutions 
to universities.


Best of luck and success to our greek colleagues!


1: 
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Colorado User Group

2016-03-06 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Afffiliations Committee, I am glad to announce the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in the United States: 
Wikimedians of Colorado User Group [1]


Among their objectives are organizing meetups of wikimedians in 
Colorado, plus organizing events to promote our projects in the state, 
especially in educational institutions and libraries.


Let's give our colleagues a warm welcome! :-)

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Colorado_User_Group
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Basque Wikimedians User Group

2016-02-25 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of the newest affiliate in Europe: Basque Wikimedians User 
Group [1]


This new group is formed by wikimedians interested in promoting the 
different Wikimedia projects in the Basque Country, and especially the 
projects in Euskera, increasing the users' participation in them as well 
as reaching out to cultural and educational organizations both in France 
and Spain related to the Basque Country.


Ongi etorri!!


1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Basque_Wikimedians_User_Group
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Georgia Piedmont Wikimedians

2016-02-25 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in the US: Georgia Piedmont 
Wikimedians [1]


Among their goals are continuing to organize meetups of wikimedians in 
the region (they have been doing it informally for a few years already) 
and other activities like edit-a-thons, photo-hunts in Atlanta and other 
areas, and collaborating with other organizations.


Welcome to the family!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Piedmont_Wikimedians
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Sri Lanka

2016-02-20 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 
the recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group: Wikimedia Community User 
Group Sri Lanka [1].


Among the goals are increasing the awareness of the different Wikimedia 
Projects in Sri Lanka and empowering people to contribute in English, 
Sinhala and Tamil, especially in those topics related to Sri Lanka. 
Additionally, they plan on collaborating with GLAM institutions and 
hopefully participating soon in inter-affiliate events like Wiki Loves 
Monuments, for instance.


Welcome, colleagues from Sri Lanka!!!


1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Sri_Lanka
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey

2016-02-09 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is my pleasure to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 
the recognition of a new member of the family of affiliates, this time 
in the Middle East: Wikimedia Community User Group Turkey [1]. Among 
their many interests, is the development of projects with educational 
institutions, museums and libraries within Turkey, in order to develop 
free content related to Turkey and of course, in Turkish.


Hoş geldiniz!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Turkey

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Maithili Wikimedians User Group

2016-02-09 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the 
recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in South Asia: Maithili 
Wikimedians User Group [1]. Their main focus is the development of free 
content in Maithili, a language spoken by over 30 million people in 
Nepal and India.


Welcome to the family!!


1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Maithili_Wikimedians_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-30 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Felicidades, María!!

It's refreshing to see you back as a member of the Board. The movement 
needs your wisdom, experience, clarity and attitude!! <3


M.

El 29/01/2016 a las 05:27 p.m., Patricio Lorente escribió:

Dear all,


I am happy to announce the Board intends to fill the open community Trustee
seat at our meeting this weekend. On Saturday, María Sefidari will accept
an appointment to the Board of Trustees, stepping into the third
community-nominated seat. The appointment will last the remainder of the
two year term, until Wikimania 2017.


Many of you know María. She previously served as a community-selected
Trustee from August 2013 to July 2015. In the most recent 2015 community
elections, she received the next highest support percentage, and highest
number of support votes. She was born and lives in Madrid, Spain, and has
been a contributor to the Wikimedia projects since 2006. She was a founding
member of Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject, Wikimedia España, and
Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias. She has also served on the Affiliations and
Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is passionate about the role
of diversity in our strategic efforts to retain and increase editorship,
and improving channels for community participation in Foundation governance
and policymaking.


We consulted with the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee before
deciding how to proceed in identifying a new Trustee. They offered
thoughtful feedback on the possible available options, and we’re grateful
for their considerations. (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015#2015_Foundation_Elections_Committee_thoughts_on_how_to_fill_the_vacancy_in_the_Board_after_the_removal_of_James_Heilman>
)


We are certain many of you are wondering why we decided against holding
another election. We did consider the option, but the disadvantages
outweighed the benefits. The last election was well-attended, and still
quite recent. Holding a new election would take considerable time, and we
have important issues to address in the near future. It was important to us
that the community perspective is fully represented in these conversations,
without delay. We also didn’t want to distract from the affiliate Trustee
selection process, which is coming up soon.


I am excited by the dedication, compassion, and experience María brings to
the Board at a crucial time. We are confident she will serve our mission
with wisdom and grace.


Please join me in congratulating our friend María, and thanking her service
to our movement.


Patricio

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana 2015

2015-12-09 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Excellent! Congrats to all the organizers, keep it up!!!

M.

El 09/12/2015 a las 04:38 p.m., Greta Doçi escribió:

Hello Wikipedians,
Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Albanian_Language_User_Group>
organized
this weekend (5-6 December) Wikipedia Weekend 2015 for the second time.
*Wikipedia Weekend* is the main event of the Albanian speaking Wikipedia
community located in Albania.  Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana was organized
for the first time in November 2014 with participation from Wikipedians
from Albania, Kosova and Serbia. The first edition of the event documented
with photos can be found here (first day
<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.601588873286221.1073741889.252901221488323=3>)
and here (second day
<https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.602023046576137.1073741890.252901221488323=3>
).
The goal of the event is to socialize with other Wikipedians from the
region, inspire potential new Wikipedians, get introduced to Wikimedia
projects, host-hands on edit-athons and raise awareness in the local media
about the importance of knowledge sharing through wiki-related projects.
This year we had speakers from Swiss, Macedonia and Kosova.  And
participants were mostly from Albania and Kosova.
This year we had  collaboration with Municipality of Tirana and the
  National Folklore Center of Albania. Both institutions sent us a lot of
material to add on Wikipedia.
We are now documenting the event on Wikipedia Albania
<https://sq.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategoria:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015> and
on Commons
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015>.
We are working for the grant report and soon we will have the results.
More links:
1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Weekend_in_Tirana_2015
2.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015_Photos
Thank you,
Greta :)
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group

2015-11-17 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the 
recognition of Punjabi Wikimedians [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.


They are a group of wikimedians who are working together in different 
projects related to the Punjabi language and culture. They have already 
organized a few events and activities, like the edit-a-thon on occasion 
of the 13th anniversary of the Punjabi Wikipedia, another on the 
International Women's day and several Wikipedia Workshops and meetups.


Welcome!!!

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Bashkortostan User Group

2015-11-11 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is a pleasure for me to announce on behalf of the Affiliations 
Committee the recognition of Wikimedians of Bashkortostan as a Wikimedia 
User Group [1]. Among their many interests are developing free content 
in the Bashkir language and content related to Bashkortostan in 
different languages.  They have already participated in some events and 
projects with wikimedians from other affiliates, like the CEE Meeting 
2015, a Thematic Week in the Ukrainian Wikipedia and a conference in 
Ufa, the capital of Bashkortostan.


Welcome!!!

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias

2015-11-11 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of Wikimujeres [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.


The focus of Wikimujeres is supporting efforts to increase content and 
contributor diversity across the different Wikimedia projects, 
especially on those in Spanish. Apart from this and among other 
interests, are organizing offline activities such as meetups and events 
about gender diversity.


¡Bienvenidas!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina
till being open to WMF employees

to a

limited degree, then the hosting proposed here makes sense. Personally,

I

get the sense that the affiliate and WMF relationships have generally
(there are exceptions) warmed a bit over the past couple of years as
affiliate governance and leadership have evolved and as WMF's evaluation
capacity has improved, so I'm fine with the new design. Thanks for

working

on this.

Pine
On Oct 15, 2015 8:55 PM, "Gregory Varnum" <gregory.var...@gmail.com>
wrote:


Hey Pine,

As you know, AffCom started looking into this list after some

discussions

with affiliates in Berlin, Wikimania, and at that page you referred to.

We

did talk with that list’s moderators about potentially reusing that

list

(largely why the creation of this list took awhile). However,

ultimately,

we decided to proceed with the creation of this list.

The old list is not on Wikimedia servers or officially connected to
AffCom, so I cannot speak to its future. However, it has becoming
increasingly inactive, is limited to chapters (so excludes a majority

of

our affiliates), and not something we have promoted recently. My

personal

hope is that this new broader list replaces that one over time, but

that

is

not something we can “force” as it’s not a resource we officially help
manage.

-greg (User:Varnent)
Vice Chair, Affiliations Committee



On Oct 15, 2015, at 5:19 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

Hi Carlos,

Can you clarify how this list relates to the existing chapters mailing
list? (Also, please see the discussion at


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Affiliates_Network#Mailing_list_request_for_comment

).

Thanks,

Pine

On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 2:04 PM, Carlos M. Colina <

ma...@wikimedia.org.ve>

wrote:


Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committe, I am pleased to introduce the
launch of the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list, which is basically a

place

for all the affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, user

groups)

to

discuss issues related to affiliates, make announcements to other
affiliates, and collaborate on activities and community-wide events.

The

idea is to help facilitate the dialogue affiliates across our

movement,

plus collaborative discussions like community-wide activities, joint
edit-a-thons, regional conferences, blog/report posts, or other
communications from affiliates.

Each Wikimedia movement affiliate is allocated three spots on the

mailing

list. All affiliates may contact the Affiliations Committee to

request

additional spots if needed.

Please find a bit more information on Meta:


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliates/Affiliates_mailing_list

and do not hesitate contacting us if you have further questions.

Regards,
Carlos
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junain."

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group (PhilWiki Community)

2015-10-18 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the 
recognition [1] of Philippine Wikimedia Community User Group [2] (a.k.a. 
PhilWiki Community) as a Wikimedia User Group. Among their goals are 
creating, organizing, developing and engaging in activities that promote 
free, responsibly open-content resources and reference materials in 
English, and languages from the Philippines, particularly in Bikol 
Sentral, Rinconada Bikol, Tagalog, Pangasinan and Cebuano, and others 
where there are existing communities.


Let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates!

Regards,
Carlos


1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Philippine_Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_provisional_approval_-_October_2015

2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/PhilWiki_Community

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Digitization User Group

2015-10-15 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of Wikimedia Digitization User Group as a Wikimedia User 
Group [1]. Among their goals are brining together people and projects 
who digitize all kinds of public domain works (records, photographs, 
artwork, books) focusing on the practical process, as well as different 
alternatives for equipment (price and performance-wise), creating 
tutorials for different digitization projects, generating a knowledge 
base to outline the process of rightsclearing (which is fundamental for 
safely uploading works to Wikimedia projects) plus organizing workshops 
about the different digitization projects and methods.


Let's welcome this new Wikimedia User Group 8-)

Welcome!!!

1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Digitization_User_Group



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[Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-15 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committe, I am pleased to introduce the 
launch of the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list, which is basically a 
place for all the affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, user 
groups) to discuss issues related to affiliates, make announcements to 
other affiliates, and collaborate on activities and community-wide 
events. The idea is to help facilitate the dialogue affiliates across 
our movement, plus collaborative discussions like community-wide 
activities, joint edit-a-thons, regional conferences, blog/report posts, 
or other communications from affiliates.


Each Wikimedia movement affiliate is allocated three spots on the 
mailing list. All affiliates may contact the Affiliations Committee to 
request additional spots if needed.


Please find a bit more information on Meta: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliates/Affiliates_mailing_list 
and do not hesitate contacting us if you have further questions.


Regards,
Carlos
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Uzbekistan Community

2015-10-15 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of Wikimedians of Uzbekistan Community as a Wikimedia User 
Group [1]. Among their goals are connecting the uzbek wikimedians, 
promote the use the different Wikimedia projects in Uzbekistan and teach 
more people how to contribute to them.


Let's welcome our colleagues in Central Asia 8-)

Welcome!!!

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Iraqi Wikimedians

2015-10-15 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the 
recognition of Iraqi Wikimedians as a Wikimedia User Group [1]. Among 
their goals are supporting the different Wikimedia projects in Iraq, 
supporting Iraqi Wikimedians, and eventually becoming the recognized 
chapter in Iraq. Recently, they have organized a series of workshops in 
Erbil to teach people about Wikipedia and how to edit it, and are 
currently working on flyers regarding Wikipedia and how important it is, 
in both Arabic and Kurdish.


Please, let's welcome our iraqi colleagues :-)

Mabrouk!!!

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Republic of Srpska

2015-10-06 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I have the honor to announce 
the recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in Eastern Europe: the 
Wikimedians of Republic of Srpska.


Among their goals are, apart from expanding the community of 
contributors in the Republic of Srpska, introducing Wikimedia projects 
to educational insititutions of all levels in Republic of Srpska and 
using the different resources available in the Wikimedia projects to 
improve the quality of the education.


Let's say dobrodošli to our colleagues! 8-)


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia MA User Group

2015-10-06 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am honored to announce the recognition of another Wikimedia User Group 
from the Middle East and North Africa: Wikimedia MA User Group [1]. They 
seek to contribute actively to the dissemination, improvement and 
advancement of free knowledge and culture through the development and 
distribution of encyclopedias, collections of quotations, books and 
other educational compilations of documents, especially in the languages 
spoken in Morocco.


Please join us in welcoming a new member of the family of affiliates 8-)

Mabrouk!


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on carrying the Wikimania conversation forward

2015-10-05 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Hi Siko

El 06/10/2015 a las 01:11 a.m., Siko Bouterse escribió:

Hi folks,

Just letting you know that I’m reading the recent Wikimania-focused mailing
list threads with interest, as the Community Resources team is now on-point
for funding and coordinating WMF’s involvement in Wikimania.

A couple of first thoughts to share:

1. WMF has learned from past Wikimanias that we need to do our
due-diligence on venue etc before the host team and location is announced.
One reason for this is that we have a limited budget for Wikimania, and
doing a site visit before the host is finalized helps us ensure that we’re
able to support the costs of the event in a given location. Ellie Young is
headed to Montreal in 2 weeks and based on what she learns from that visit,
we’re aiming to give the steering committee what they need to confirm
selection before the end of 2015.


Seriously? But the committee seems to have already taken a decision as 
early as August, with the e-announcement mail scheduled to be sent 
sometime in October


   ///

   /Wikimania Committee meeting/

   2015-08-21, 16:00 UTC / 09:00 PDT
   DECISION: Committee happy to endorse Montréal as a great choice for
   2017. /

/
/

   /Venue//: wikimedia-l, wikimania-l/

   /Audience: Prospective Wikimania attendees, and other interested
   Wikimedians/

   /What//: Announce 2017 venue/

   /When//: ~ October 2015/

   /From//: James F. as Chair, o/b/o the Wikimania Committee/


   /Subject: //Wikimania 2017 to be held in Montréal in Canada/


   /All,/


   /I am delighted to announce on behalf of the Wikimania Committee
   that Wikimania, the annual Wikimedia community conference, will be
   held for 2017 in Montréal in Canada; congratulations. /




That said, we recognize that
communications around this haven’t gone as planned,


Sort of.

  and we are looking into
improvements…(see thought 2)

2. We, too, would like to see the movement building towards a shared vision
of Wikimania! It is great to see so many people, in true Wikimedian-style,
thinking about big-picture questions of participation, representation, and
content at Wikimania. Knowing that mailing list discussions have their
limits, here’s how my team is thinking about collecting feedback more
systematically for this going forward:

We’ll be launching a community consultation in November to help build
towards more shared vision and process improvements for Wikimania 2018 -
2021. Two key inputs we’ve been thinking about using to launch that
conversation are 1) responses from the survey of last Wikimania’s attendees
and 2) the steering committee’s recommendation for host selection going
forward.

We’re still regrouping from the latest Resources Consultation, and will
begin planning for a Wikimania Consultation next week, so after that we’ll
be able to share more information about what this consultation will look
like and the exact timeline. Meanwhile, suggestions and open questions that
you’d like to see resolved via this consultation are most welcome in this
thread. My hope is that a consultation will help broaden participation in
these conversations and get us from input to action.
The problem here is that even if the reasoning for deciding behind 
closed doors the host for Wikimania 2017 was 100% valid, the way it was 
done, planning everything as early as August and planning when to 
release information to the people to make it seem transparent (as the 
WMF expects from all wikimedians), the way how it was handled lacked 
ethics and the way the WMF seems to react ("yeah well, we think we 
screwed it, let's move forward") happens again and again, and the 
movement receives always the same poor excuses.


Warm regards,
Siko



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-05 Thread Carlos M. Colina



El 05/10/2015 a las 04:18 a.m., Josh Lim escribió:

Pavel, with all do respect, I HIGHLY doubt there’s anything to celebrate here.

+1


While I agree that the Wikimania process is broken, no one would’ve thought 
that the way we’d go about fixing that process would be handing that process 
over to a small group of people who can easily say “Oh!  This doesn’t 
work—let’s throw it out.”  For goodness’ sake, James claimed they talked to 
people—our question then is who did they talk to?  They certainly didn’t talk 
to us, and there DEFINITELY was no discussion taking place on Meta or anywhere 
else!

A lot of work was poured into the Manila and Perth bids, and at least for us 
here in Manila, we’re doing so because it was suggested (by Ellie, 
nonetheless!) to do so for the 2017 bid process.  If you seriously, seriously 
think that we will stand idly by and see this process be rammed down our 
throats while at the same time being advised that all our work is meaningless 
at this point, you’ve really got to be kidding us.
With all due respect to the Montreal team, AFAIK the place where "the 
community" looks for information about future bids for Wikimania is 
Meta. So far, I could see only Perth and Bali.  Well, until James 
deleted what was posted there reflecting this decision -and the best 
part is the edit reason: */Correct this to not lie. Oy./*


So yeah, if you think your idea of meaningful change is top-down diktat by a 
group of people who say “Enough is enough!” but without considering not just 
the open nature of our movement and the inherent need for discussion to take 
place before such drastic moves are taken, then I’m sorry, but this is utter 
hypocrisy.  You can’t have your cake by saying that we should value open 
communication between stakeholders in a movement like Wikimedia, and at the 
same time eat it too by saying that top-down decision making is acceptable when 
a process is broken.

Simply, rename the whole thing to Wikimedia, Inc. and problem solved. 
That way you can /fuck the community /because TBH, you just don't care.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-04 Thread Carlos M. Colina
 a 
community consultation planned on that topic.


Again, I post this in my personal capacity.

Florence








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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Ecuador User Group

2015-09-28 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am pleased to announce the 
recognition [1] of Wikimedians of Ecuador [2]. Among their goals is 
promoting the culture of Free Knowledge in Ecuador, strenghtening the 
digital education in the country, and supporting the access of speakers 
of indigenous languages to the different Wikimedia projects.


¡Bienvenidos!


1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedians_of_Ecuador_-_Liaison_approval,_September_2015

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Nigeria

2015-09-28 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Commitee, I am pleased to announce the 
recognition [1] of Wikimedia Community User Group Nigeria [2]. Among 
their goals is to increase the usage of the different WIkimedia projects 
in Nigeria not just as viewers, but as editors/contributors and organize 
in-person gatherings and edit-a-thons.


Welcome to the family, guys!


1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Nigeria_-_Liaison_approval,_September_2015

2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Nigeria


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiWomen's User Group

2015-07-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am pleased and honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations 
Committe the recognition [1] of a new member of the family of Wikimedia 
affiliates: The WikiWomen's User Group. Among their goals are providing 
a collaborative space for women to work on projects, discuss 
gender-related issues (but not limited to) and work towards the increase 
in content and contributor diversity.


Please, join us in welcoming them!! :-)


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Iranian Wikimedians UG

2015-07-18 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I'm pleased to announcce the recognition [1] of a new member of the 
family of Wikimedia affilates, the Iranian Wikimedians User Group. Among 
their main interests are encouraging the use of Wikimedia resources in 
education (at cultural centres, associations and Universities), outreach 
work and the use of social media to tell people about Wikipedia and its 
sister projects; edit-a-thons and participation in different cultural 
events, photo trips and upload-a-thons to teach users how to upload 
images to Commons.


Welcome!!

1: 
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community UG Belarus

2015-07-18 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is an honour and a pleasure to announce on behalf of the Affiliations 
Committee the recognition [1] of the newest Wikimedia User Group: 
Wikimedia Community User Group Belarus. Among their objectives are to 
represent both Belarusian Wikipedias (classical and academic) in 
international relations; to widen media presence and public awareness 
about Belarusian Wikipedias' community activities; and to make 
collaborative projects with other interest groups, social initiatives, 
NGOs and local communities in Belarus and abroad.


Please join us in welcoming a new member of the family! :-)


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Albanian Language as a Wikimedia User Group

2015-07-17 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, it is an honor for me to 
announce the recognition [1] of Wikimedians of Albanian Language as a 
WUG. They are working hard to increase (in quantity and quality) the 
free knowledge available in albanian, as well as collaborating with 
other fellow wikimedians in areas of the Balkans outside of Albania 
where their language is also spoken. Hence their name :-)


Welcome!

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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Korea as a Wikimedia User Group

2015-07-17 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

We have another group of wikimedians being recognised [1], the 
Wikimedians of Korea User Group. They have been around for some time and 
among their main interests is the development of educational content in 
South Korea available for all, along with supporting the development of 
other Wikimedia projects.


Welcome!!

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[Wikimedia-l] Renewal of the Recognition to Wikisource Community User Group

2015-06-21 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the 
renewal of the recognition of Wikisource Community User Group as a 
Wikimedia User Group. They have been working hard this past year and it 
is the Affiliations Committee's opinion that they meet the criteria for 
having their user group status renewed indefinitely, starting the date 
of publication of the resolution.


Congratulations!!!


1: 
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians User Group

2015-05-27 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honored to announce the 
recognition [1] of a new User Group in the United States - the North 
Carolina Triangle Wikipedians. As their name implies, they are mostly 
active in the region known as the Research Triangle, or simply The 
Triangle. They have already organized activities in the region, 
especially at Duke and UNC related to MediaWiki, edit-a-thons and the 
Education Program. We'll see more of that in the near future :-)


So please, let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates! 
Congrats!


Regards,
Carlos

1: 
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of the Levant User Group

2015-05-21 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

On behalf of the Affiliations Committe, it is an honor for me to 
announce the recognition [1] of a new Wikimedia User Group, the fourth 
in the Arab World: Wikimedians of the Levant User Group [2]. Our 
Levantine brothers and sisters have been working for several years on 
different projects, not only in Education but also interacting with 
their peers from projects in other languages such as Russian and 
something very important, trying to close the gender gap and increasing 
the free knowledge available in Arabic. They are also thinking of 
organizing WikiArabia 2016.


Please, join us in welcoming the newest member of the wikifamily. 
Mabruk :-)



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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Shared Knowledge as a Wikimedia User Group

2015-02-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

The Affiliations Committee is glad to announce the recognition [1] of 
Shared Knowledge as a Wikimedia User Group [2]. They have been around 
for almost a year, and their main interest is to develop free knowledge 
and make it more accessible, especially in the Macedonian language.


Congratulations and welcome!

Regards,
Carlos

1: 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Renewal of Recognition to Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil

2015-02-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear Rodrigo,

The requirements for WUGs are very simple and the Affiliation Committee 
has been working recently on making the process of renewing the 
recognition of WUGs as straighforward as possible, since it is something 
relatively new and we have seen there is plenty of room for improvement..


This means that in the event a WUG is complying with the basic 
recognition requirements, is not transgreding basic rules of conduct 
against other wikimedians and there are actively committed Wikimedians 
behind it working to advance the mission of our movement, the 
Affiliations Committee will continue recognizing it as a movement 
affiliate and would encourage other volunteers to either join it, create 
another one, or simply work as an individual, which is perfectly valid.


For the AffCom, the simple will expressed from the contact persons from 
a specific WUG regarding their interest in renovating the recognition is 
considered enough proof of activity, along with some details provided in 
the communication. There is no need for a report of activities with a 
raised seal and stuff :-).


I hope this clarifies any doubt you have about the recognition of the 
WCUG Brasil.


Thank you,
Carlos

El 19/02/2015 a las 01:00 a.m., Rodrigo Padula escribió:

Hello Carlos,

Can you list here the links of the activities report that AffCom checked to
confirm the level of actitivity of this user group?

Best regards

Rodrigo Padula
Em 18/02/2015 14:24, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve escreveu:


Dear all,

The Affiliations Committee has recently resolved [1] to renew the
recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil as a Wikimedia User
Group for another year. /Parabéns /to our fellow wikimedians in Brazil and
looking forward to see more activities and events from you guys! Tudo de
bom! :-)

Regards,
Carlos


1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
Resolutions/Renewals/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil_-_February_2015
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia

2015-02-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

We are glad to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognised 
[1] Wikimedia Community User Group Georgia [2] as a Wikimedia User 
Group. They have been around for some time, working on disseminating 
free knowledge in Georgia, but they have decided to join forces. Among 
their main interests we can name promoting the awareness of the Georgian 
Wikimedia projects, engaging the community and gain new contributors for 
the User Group and Wikimedia projects, cooperating with other 
institutions with similar missions and visions to promote free knowledge 
movement in Georgia and working on the formation of Wikimedia Georgia 
chapter.

/
/Now, we can say that there is an affiliate on each country in the 
Caucasus!


Welcome!

Carlos

1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Georgia_-_Liaison_approval,_February_2015 


2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Georgia
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[Wikimedia-l] Renewal of Recognition to Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil

2015-02-18 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

The Affiliations Committee has recently resolved [1] to renew the 
recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil as a Wikimedia User 
Group for another year. /Parabéns /to our fellow wikimedians in Brazil 
and looking forward to see more activities and events from you guys! 
Tudo de bom! :-)


Regards,
Carlos


1: 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons copyright extremism

2014-12-12 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Absolutely not the only one!  


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 Original message 
From: Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net 
Date: 12/12/2014  11:44  (GMT+02:00) 
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org 
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons copyright extremism 
 
Am I the only one that sees the irony in asking folks not to pick on the
Commons community, then immediately asserting that enwp is the source of
all drama?

Cheers,
Craig Franklin
On 12/12/2014 4:56 PM, Pipo Le Clown plecl...@gmail.com wrote:

 As you said, the first issue of Commons is demotivating contributors. And
 this thread is actually doing a good job at it...

 STOP the Commons bashing. Stop calling Commons contributors anal
 retentive or fussy neckbeards.

 I'm an european. In Europe, one does not call another nazi, as Americans
 do. It's insulting. Do you see people coming to Wikimedia-l when an
 american contributor calls someone a nazi (because they do) ?

 No. There are places on projects to deal with those kind of situations
 (even if they do not work properly imo).

 As there are places on Commons to discuss about the scope, the way we
 should handle copyright, etc. Nobody is preventing you to go to this places
 and start a discussion, share your thoughts and your wishes.

 To be clear: Wikimedia is not only ENWP. Other wikipedias and projects are
 using Commons every day. But the drama always come from ENWP...

 On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 12:47 AM, Steven Walling steven.wall...@gmail.com
 
 wrote:

  On Thu Dec 11 2014 at 12:40:09 PM Pipo Le Clown plecl...@gmail.com
  wrote:
 
   I'm on the road every two weekends, and processing pictures the rest of
  the
   time on my free time. I've provided around 8000 pictures to Commons,
 and
   helped to have pictures for articles like Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy
 Hogdson
  or
   Greig Laidlaw...
  
   Just to read that I'm a fascist and an anal retentive because someone
   proposed a fucking picture of KitKat for deletion ? It was not even
   deleted, the discussion is still going on. And even if it was, the
 right
   place to go would have been COM:UDR, with a strong rationale, where
  people
   would have discuss it in a civilised manner. Not in this echo
 chamber...
  
   So yes, one could say that the thread was accusatory from the start,
 and
   quickly went to vicious. One could also say that this is a fucking
   disgrace.
  
   Pleclown
  
 
  To be crystal clear: I didn't link to the DR or mention the nominator
  because I don't actually care much about the individual instance.
  Commons is going to do what it's going to do, and whomever nominated it
 or
  comments in support of deletion is just doing what the policies of
 Commons
  is telling them to do.
 
  The problem is a general one with the goals of Commons, what the
 community
  focuses (and doesn't focus on), as I said. I think it should be clear
 that
  the purpose of discussing it on Wikimedia-l as opposed to Commons is talk
  about whether Commons is doing a good job of serving as the media
  repository for other projects. Not about whether the nominator was
 correct
  in this individual case or something like that.
 
 
  
   On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 7:51 PM, Austin Hair adh...@gmail.com wrote:
  
Okay, guys, let's all take a step back and remember [[WP:Civility]].
(Yeah, I know that's a Wikipedia pillar, but can't we all at least
 get
on board with that one?)
   
The tone of this thread was accusatory from the start, and quickly
went to vicious. Maybe everyone can try it again with a bit of AGF.
   
Austin
   
   
On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM, James Alexander 
 jameso...@gmail.com
wrote:
 On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:

 P.S. Stephen, you are young and handsome, in fact rather dishy to
 my
 ageing eyes. Good for you. Keep in mind that your fellow
 volunteers
 might not have been born so lucky, and that being young and pretty
  all
 too soon passes into memory, sigh.


 Fæ, this is not acceptable for the list (or for that matter on
 wiki).
 Stephen's neckbeard comment certainly wasn't helpful either but
 it's
  no
 excuse.

 James
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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community Ireland as a Wikimedia User Group

2014-12-09 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

The Affiliations Committe has recently recognized [1] Wikimedia 
Community Ireland [2] as a Wikimedia User Group. They have been pretty 
busy doing activities (and participated in WLM) in the green Erin and 
are interested in the growth and distribution of open and multilingual 
knowledge, especially in Ireland.


Let's give them a warm welcome! Fáilte! :-)

Carlos


1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_Community_Ireland_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_December2014

2: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_Ireland
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[Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Delphine Ménard, Lodewijk Gelauff and Bence Damokos as AffCom Advisers

2014-11-29 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

Recently the Affiliations Commitee, in order to improve its governance 
and in its need for improvement and organizational advise, voted in 
favor of appointing Delphine Ménard [1], Lodewijk Gelauff [2] and Bence 
Damokos [3] as non-voting advisers . They have provided this committee 
during their respective tenures as full members of this committee with 
invaluable expertise, governance advise and language and communication 
skills. Hence, this committee has decided to appoint them as advisers 
for a term ending on Deceber 31, 2016.


Many thanks in advance to Delphine, Lodewijk and Bence for their 
contributions and support to the Affiliations Committee. And of course, 
congratulations!


Best regards,
Carlos

1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Appointment_of_Delphine_M%C3%A9nard_as_adviser_%E2%80%93_November_2014
2: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Appointment_of_Delphine_M%C3%A9nard_as_adviser_%E2%80%93_November_2014
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https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Appointment_of_Bence_Damokos_as_adviser_%E2%80%93_November_2014


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Algeria Wikimedians User Group

2014-11-01 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the recognition [1] of the third Wikimedia 
User Group from the Arab World and the fifth from Africa: Algeria 
Wikimedians User Group.


Our Wikimedian brothers and sisters in Algeria have for a long time 
wanted to associate and multiply their contributions tigether, since as 
early as 2009, when started attempts to create projects in different 
languages spoken in Algeria in the Incubator, an education program in an 
Algerian university, and participating in Wiki Loves Monuments in 2013 
Algeria, which was quite a success and created a lot of awareness at a 
local level about the need of making more and more knowledge open in 
Algeria.


So, now we have them joining the family of affiliates.Please, let's give 
them a warm welcome!


Soyez les bienvenus, amis algériens!

Carlos


1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Algeria_Wikimedians_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_October_2014



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[Wikimedia-l] Azerbaijani Wikimedians User Group

2014-09-19 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

I am pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized 
Azerbaijani Wikimedians [1] as a Wikimedia User Group [2]. They are a 
group of very enthusiastic wikimedians interested in expanding the 
access to free knowledge about Azerbaijan and the development of more 
reusable content in the Azerbaijani language (but not exclusively).


Let's give them a warm welcome to the family of Wikimedia affiliates!!!

Regards,
Carlos


1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Azerbaijani_Wikimedians_User_Group
2: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Azerbaijani_Wikimedians_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_September_2014


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[Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Dear all,
 
Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to 
salvador1...@gmail.com instead. 

Kindly apologize for the inconvenience. 

Regards,  
Carlos


Sent from Samsung Mobile

 Original message 
From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve 
Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00) 
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general discussions 
chapt...@wikimedia.ch 
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 
 
(in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my  Thunderbird 
crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )

Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is responsible for 
guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups 
and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is looking 
for new members.

The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming 
affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable (and 
advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance 
with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the Wikimedia 
Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User 
Groups.

This requires communication with volunteers all over the World, negotiating 
skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand legal texts. We 
try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members, are 
typically the following:

  * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
    volunteers worldwide
  * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
    bureaucratic process
  * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions
    on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
    similar questions
  * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate in a
    monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
  * International orientation
  * Very good communication skills in English
  * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
  * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
    WMF
  * Knowledge of different legal systems; experience in community
    building and organising is a plus
  * Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus
  * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
  * Willingness to use full (real) name in committee activities
    (including reaching out to potential affiliates) when appropriate

In 2012, new types of affiliations were introduced, and the role of the 
Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards 
affiliation models that empower them to further our mission, and making 
sure these models meet both the needs of the volunteers and the 
movement. We are looking for new people to help, who are not afraid of 
the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get 
organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year 
terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not 
seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the 
committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the 
above membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of 
the year, with new members expected to join on or around 1 January 2015.

If you are interested, You can send your applications with your full 
name, contact data (e-mail address, wiki username), relevant experience 
and motivation letter to our treasurer Salvador Alcántar at salvador AT 
gmail.com by 30 September 2014. You will get a confirmation that your 
application came through.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the 
committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with 
anyone about our work, if this helps them decide to apply. Please 
distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are 
interested.

Best regards,
Carlos Colina
Chair, Affiliations Committee

[1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please 
follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
[2]: Our member standards of participation are at: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Standard_of_participation_%E2%80%93_September_2012

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[Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015

2014-09-03 Thread Carlos M. Colina
(in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my 
Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )


Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is 
responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User Groups 
and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is 
looking for new members.


The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in forming 
affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be viable 
(and advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance 
with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the 
Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic 
Organizations and User Groups.


This requires communication with volunteers all over the World, 
negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to 
understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill 
sets in our members.


The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate members, 
are typically the following:


 * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
   volunteers worldwide
 * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
   bureaucratic process
 * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political discussions
   on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
   similar questions
 * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate in a
   monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting
 * International orientation
 * Very good communication skills in English
 * Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures
 * Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
   WMF
 * Knowledge of different legal systems; experience in community
   building and organising is a plus
 * Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus
 * Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus
 * Willingness to use full (real) name in committee activities
   (including reaching out to potential affiliates) when appropriate

In 2012, new types of affiliations were introduced, and the role of the 
Committee has increased in guiding through volunteers towards 
affiliation models that empower them to further our mission, and making 
sure these models meet both the needs of the volunteers and the 
movement. We are looking for new people to help, who are not afraid of 
the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get 
organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.


Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year 
terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not 
seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the 
committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the 
above membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of 
the year, with new members expected to join on or around 1 January 2015.


If you are interested, You can send your applications with your full 
name, contact data (e-mail address, wiki username), relevant experience 
and motivation letter to our treasurer Salvador Alcántar at salvador AT 
gmail.com by 30 September 2014. You will get a confirmation that your 
application came through.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the 
committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with 
anyone about our work, if this helps them decide to apply. Please 
distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are 
interested.


Best regards,
Carlos Colina
Chair, Affiliations Committee

[1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee (please 
follow the links and familiarize yourself with our work)
[2]: Our member standards of participation are at: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Standard_of_participation_%E2%80%93_September_2012


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[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Belgium as a Wikimedia chapter by the WMF Board

2014-09-02 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is an honour for me to announce that during Wikimania, the WMF 
resolved [1] to recognise Wikimedia Belgium as a Wikimedia chapter. The 
resolution was made public a few days ago.


The first discussions towards the establishment of a Belgian chapter 
started many years ago, with the local community doing projects related 
to freedom of knowledge since then, like organisation of WLM Belgium  
Luxembourg in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Along with these and other 
activities, the idea of a chapter grew and evolved to the moment when, 
the decision was taken to start officially the chapter creation process.


This process took longer than usual, due to many reasons, among those 
the change in the chapter approval process by the WMF Board last year. 
Nevertheless, after months of intensive discussion and interaction 
between all parties involved, a recommendation from the AffCom was sent 
to the WMF regarding Wikimedia Belgium. And here we are :-)


Please welcome the newest member of the family of Wikimedia affiliates!

Regards,
Carlos


1: 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Belgium


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee's first Secretary - Tanvir Rahman (Wikitanvir)

2014-08-08 Thread Carlos M. Colina
All the best to Tanvir! Not an easy task but we're confident you will excel at 
it!


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Subject:[Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee's first Secretary - Tanvir Rahman 
(Wikitanvir)

Greetings,

I am pleased to share that the Affiliations Committee has created a new
Secretary role for the committee and has elected Tanvir Rahman
(User:Wikitanvir) to serve in this role for the upcoming year. Tanvir will
be taking on the tough task of facilitating the documentation of the
committee's activities. I am confident that he is up to the task and will
do a fine job serving as the committee's first-ever Secretary.

Please join me in congratulating Tanvir!

Resolution:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Secretary_creation_and_selection_2014

-greg aka varnent
Vice Chair, Wikimedia Affiliations Committee
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia User Group China

2014-07-30 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is an honor to announce that the Affiliations Committee has resolved 
[1] recognizing the Wikimedia User Group China as a Wikimedia User 
Group; their main focus areas are getting more chinese people know and 
use Wikipedia, encouraging people to become contributors to the 
different Wikimedia projects, and maintain the community healthy and 
growing.  Let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates 
-and the fourth from the Sinosphere!



Regards,
Carlos

1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedia_User_Group_China_-_July_2014

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[Wikimedia-l] Egypt Wikimedians User Group

2014-07-28 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Dear all,

It is an honor to announce that the Affiliations Committee has resolved 
[1] recognizing the Egypt Wikimedians User Group as a Wikimedia User 
Group; their main focus areas are supporting the Wikimedia projects in 
Egypt as well as their fellow Egyptian Wikimedians, and becoming 
eventually the recognized chapter in the land of the Pharaohs and the 
Nile.  Let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates -and 
the second one from the Arab World!



Regards,
Carlos

1: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Egypt_Wikimedians_User_Group_-_July_2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Excellent news! Congrats to everyone at WMBD


Carlos


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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local
registration in Bangladesh 
 
Dear All,


It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).



Wikimedia Bangladesh has been registered under the Societies Registration
Act of Bangladesh  our official name is Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation.

The registration process was a very long and demanding one, but our
perseverance and determination finally prevailed. It has become very
difficult to get registration of a society/foundation in Bangladesh as the
incumbents have to have security clearance from the National Security
Intelligence (NSI) of Bangladesh, which is very difficult to get if not
impossible. In the course of dealing with the registration process of WMBD,
I learned that less than 5 applications for registration as societies get
approved out of every 100. We submitted our application in May 2012 and it
took us a little over two years to get the security clearance from NSI 
complete all the bureaucratic process!


It gives us a great sense of achievement that we could uphold the Wikimedia
movement volunteerism spirit with passion, integrity and professionalism
despite being a small volunteer community. The pending registration issue
could not hold us from doing outreach activities locally  taking in the
greater Wikimedia Movement. We organized some excellent programs, workshops
 meet-ups with our limited resources during this time period. This effort
successfully brought in good number of new contributors to Bengali
Wikipedia  increased the article count. Volunteers from WMBD/Bangladesh
are also actively participating in the international Wikimedia movement by
taking part in discussions, conferences  as committee members in different
Wikimedia committees.



We, as a chapter, want to make small but steady steps towards sustainable
progress in fostering the Wikimedia movement in Bangladesh so that we can
make the sum of all human knowledge accessible to the people of this region.


Cheers


Ali Haidar Khan (tOnmOy)
Treasurer
Wikimedia Bangladesh

ভাবুনতো এমন এক পৃথিবীর কথা, যেখানে প্রতিটি মানুষ সমস্ত জ্ঞান বাধাহীন ভাবে
আদান প্রদান করতে পারবে। এটাই আমাদের অঙ্গীকার।
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Carlos M. Colina
 to a few weeks.

When the user group model was proposed, the idea was that this should
take no more than 15 minutes.  What currently takes time?

Sam

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Hi Leigh,

As Greg just said it, we are all aware that your application has more 
complications. We are doing the best we can to speed the process up, but 
the AffCom is not the only actor involved in our investigations, as it 
is with other cases. We also know that you have included the WMF Board 
on your communications, and let me remind you that WUG recognitions do 
not depend on the WMF Board, as the AffCom has a mandate from it to 
recognize those groups seeking to affiliate. -and more than that, there 
are two Board Liaisons on the AffCom mailing list, so all the 
communication between us has been read by them. I don't think is 
necessary to send two copies of the same e-mail to the same people :-)


M.

El 29/05/2014 10:31 p.m., Leigh Thelmadatter escribió:

We have been doing all of that including the board members for a year now. This 
is the first bit of information Ive had from you in months.  This seems to work 
a lot faster.




Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 15:28:49 -0400
From: gregory.var...@gmail.com
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

As Leigh and people who follow this list and others know, the Wiki Borregos
application has more complications. I do not think rehashing that on this
public list is the best way to resolve that. Leigh, we are discussing it
actively now, and you are welcome to email us for an update. You are
welcome to CC a couple of board members if you feel that will help the
process along.

-greg
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED

2014-05-01 Thread Carlos M. Colina
 etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How Wikimedia could help languages to survive

2014-04-22 Thread Carlos M. Colina


El 21/04/2014 02:15 a.m., Asaf Bartov escribió:

3. An example: some time ago, our colleagues in Chile wanted to spend (not
a lot of) movement funds on printing the Welcome to Wikipedia booklet in
Rapa Nui.  Rapa Nui is (perhaps) spoken by fewer than 3000 people, no doubt
mostly without facility with or regular access to the Internet.
   There is not, and there never will be, a Wikipedia that is a useful
reference source in Rapa Nui.  And that's okay, because there is also not,
and never will be, a person on this planet who _needs_ free knowledge in
Rapa Nui, that is, who cannot consume knowledge in another language
(indeed, I dare wager fully 100% of Rapa Nui speakers not only _can_
consume knowledge in Spanish, but would _prefer_ to do so.  In practical
terms, I mean, e.g. if they needed medical information and had a page of
Rapa Nui and a page of Spanish providing that information before them).
Speakers of minority languages, and especially, aboriginal languages, 
have for hundreds of years been used or forced to rely on a 
dominant/colonial language (in this particular case, Spanish) to access 
information unrelated to their own culture -medicine, science, 
technology, world history-. That does not exactly mean they _prefer_ to 
use it.



4. What does interest me, as a grantmaker, is where to draw the line
between the Rapa Nui end of the spectrum and languages that, with some
active promotion, could well become useful and much-needed reference
sources in some cultures.  In other words, *what are the prerequisites for
a viable Wikipedia in a given language?*  At least good odds for one.
Instinctively, I think those prerequisites would be some combination of:
- number of literate speakers with Internet access (audience)
- number of literate speakers with Internet access, education, and spare
time (prospective editors)
- availability of secondary sources in that language
- availability of news sources in that language
- reasonable way to type the language into a computer

Of these, only the last one is something we can do something about (and
indeed have been doing).

I would welcome some thinking from all interested, including the Language
Committee, on what might a reasonable set of criteria be for a language we
would consider it reasonable to promote a _Wikipedia_ in.


In this part, I agree more with you and still think that a Wiktionary 
and a Wikisource would help more the speakers of a particular language 
to enter the wiki-world, with a fully functional Wikipedia being the 
next stage; I still remember there was a Wikipedia, the Afar Wikipedia, 
with ONE article. That did not make any sense to me.



M.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] I'm back

2014-04-17 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Welcome back :-)



Sent from Samsung Mobile

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To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org 
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] I'm back 
 
For those who care, I'm back.

My absence wasn't related to Wikimedia. It was about first world
problems, which hit me quite hard. I never thought that the transition
from the second to the first world problems would be painful. Few
years ago I'd have called it decadence.

So, lesson learned.

Anyway, I thought that I would see something completely different here
and was worried a bit about my ability to adapt. But, I see that
everything is as it was. Good old heated debates. And known [virtual]
faces :D

I feel I am home again :)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee leadership

2014-04-11 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Thank you very much for your good vibes, really appreciated! It's going 
to be quite a challenge to do as well as Bence did during his tenure as 
Chair of the AffCom; but I will do my best, with the help and support of 
the rest of the team, of whom I am really proud of.


Oh, and for those who need to get in touch, feel free to just shoot an 
e-mail whenever you find it convenient. We're here to help :)


M.

El 11/04/2014 03:35 p.m., Itzik Edri escribió:

Congratulation Carlos! WMIL are proud of you!

And thank you Bence for your long commitment till now!



On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:20 PM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:


Hi all,

It is with great pleasure that I can announce today that the Affiliations
Committee has appointed Carlos Colina as the chair (who previously served
as the vice-chair), and Cynthia Ashley-Nelson as the vice-chair of the
committee for a one year term ending in April 2015.

I am happy to leave the committee in the very capable hands of Carlos and
Cynthia, and will remain an ordinary member of AffCom going forward.

Best regards,
Bence Damokos
Member, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fuck the community, who cares

2014-04-07 Thread Carlos M. Colina
I don't find it deeply disturbing. What, now everybody must love 
absolutely all wiki[mp]edians?


Let her air her thoughts. Or has that also become forbidden?

M.

El 07/04/2014 12:16 p.m., Tomasz W. Kozlowski escribió:

Ziko van Dijk wrote


I think that a single quote by a unnamed female Wikimedian, said in
public or in private, is a very small basis for any substantiate
criticism...


Thanks to Chris e-mail's, we now know that the comment was made during 
a public session (though I can't find the relevant section in the 
minutes on Meta).


That the identity of the person is currently unknown is due to the 
fact that it has not been revealed by other participants in that 
workshop; I'm sure Chris, and Steffen, and other people know very well 
who that person is.


I'm used to the secrecy, but I find it deeply disturbing that such a 
comment could have been made during a public workshop in passing; 
however, it would fit perfectly in the alleged divisions between some 
chapters and their respective communities.


Where the idea that a single entity (here: a chapter) knows better 
what's best for a community than the community does itself come from, 
I'm not sure.


Tomasz

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fuck the community, who cares

2014-04-07 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Look, there is too much drama in telenovelas to add another one. You 
guys are overreacting over it.



M.

El 07/04/2014 11:36 p.m., Tomasz W. Kozlowski escribió:

Carlos M. Colina wrote:
I don't find it deeply disturbing. What, now everybody must love 
absolutely all wiki[mp]edians?


Yes, what's wrong with fucking the community? Let's go do it, we don't 
need that useless bunch of moaning robots!


Tomasz

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia has a new board

2014-04-06 Thread Carlos M. Colina

Tanti auguri!!!

M.

El 06/04/2014 03:25 p.m., Cristian Consonni escribió:

Hi all,

yesterday April 6th, 2014, in Florence at The Impact Hub Wikimedia
Italia held his general assembly which comprised the vote on the final
budget for 2013 and the budget for 2014 the election of 3 new board
members[*].

The new board is:
* Andrea Zanni, President
* Simone Cortesi, Vice-president (newly elected)
* Luca Martinelli, Secretary (newly elected)
* Cristian Consonni, Treasurer
* Ginevra Sanvitale, Director of Programmes (newly elected)

Please join me in applauding the new members and wishing them good luck :-)

We would also like to thank Alessio Guidetti, Lorenzo Losa, Francesco
Tarantini and Frieda Brioschi for their service in the board.

Cristian Consonni

[*] Wikimedia Italia adopted since last year to have two-year long
board mandates with staggered deadlines so we will be electing either
2 or 3 board members each year.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ED transition responsibility

2014-03-25 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Sometimes I have the perception that it is not just not aligned but diverting 
more and more as time passes by..

M


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Date: 25/03/2014  02:23  (GMT+02:00) 
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Gayle Karen Young 
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] ED transition responsibility 
 
Hi Gayle,

During the ED transition, who is responsible for insuring that
Foundation advocacy is aligned with the interests of Foundation
volunteers?

Thank you!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ED transition responsibility

2014-03-25 Thread Carlos M. Colina
What, now we cannot have a different perception?  Or worse, we are not allowed 
to say it on this list? 


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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] ED transition responsibility 
 
Guys... c'mon...

Austin

On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:11 AM, Carlos M. Colina
ma...@wikimedia.org.ve wrote:
 Sometimes I have the perception that it is not just not aligned but diverting 
 more and more as time passes by..

 M


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 Date: 25/03/2014  02:23  (GMT+02:00)
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Gayle Karen 
 Young gyo...@wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] ED transition responsibility

 Hi Gayle,

 During the ED transition, who is responsible for insuring that
 Foundation advocacy is aligned with the interests of Foundation
 volunteers?

 Thank you!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Setting ticket prices

2014-03-23 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Wait, are we in kindergarden? I think Rupert's email was sent off-list, 
so basically there is no need to bring it up to the list, regardless how 
related it is to the thread. Private discussions between two people 
should remain that, _private_, no?


I just don't get it.

M.
El 23/03/2014 04:33 p.m., MZMcBride escribió:

I just wanted to chime in here to say that, at least in a vacuum, I found
Rupert's e-mail to be highly inappropriate and I found Nathan's response
to it to be wholly appropriate.

Rupert, I hope to never see a repeat of this incident, in which you
attempt to badger a list participant and Wikimedia volunteer off-list with
uninformed and irrelevant questions under the guise of saving bandwidth
and faux concern. Cut it out.

MZMcBride



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Setting ticket prices

2014-03-23 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Definitely a cultural thing -I still don't understand why someone can feel 
intimidated or harassed by that e-mailI'd better not go into details 
because it can be understood as  I'm attacking an ethnic/linguistic group of 
wikimedians :-)


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On Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 11:34 AM, Carlos M. Colina
ma...@wikimedia.org.vewrote:

 Wait, are we in kindergarden? I think Rupert's email was sent off-list, so
 basically there is no need to bring it up to the list, regardless how
 related it is to the thread. Private discussions between two people should
 remain that, _private_, no?

 I just don't get it.

 M.


While in general that is the goal (private emails staying private) I would
say that in a case like this, no, you have no expectation of privacy when
you go 'off list' to, in my opinion, harass and intimidate someone about
what they did on the list. I think Nathan was completely reasonable to
bring it back on list and that MZs comment is completely correct. It's like
'taking it outside' of a bar to have a fight, the bar is completely
reasonable in banning you for it and it's still illegal.

Rupert's email was completely unacceptable and I'm glad Nathan brought it
to our attention rather then either getting into a prolonged off-list
debate that helps no one or letting it lie so that no one else was aware of
the attacks.

James


 El 23/03/2014 04:33 p.m., MZMcBride escribió:

  I just wanted to chime in here to say that, at least in a vacuum, I found
 Rupert's e-mail to be highly inappropriate and I found Nathan's response
 to it to be wholly appropriate.

 Rupert, I hope to never see a repeat of this incident, in which you
 attempt to badger a list participant and Wikimedia volunteer off-list with
 uninformed and irrelevant questions under the guise of saving bandwidth
 and faux concern. Cut it out.

 MZMcBride



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA

2014-02-27 Thread Carlos M. Colina
And what about the [apparently lack of] self-criticism of some Commons 
sysops/admins?


I think being able to accept criticism and moreover being able to say 
hey, somebody is questioning what we do. Why would that be? instead of 
plainly rejecting any questioning, is one essential part of civility..


M

El 27/02/2014 09:19 p.m., Pierre-Selim escribió:

Still no explanation (nor appologies) on usage of inappropriate wording
towards volunteer by the board of Wikimedia Argentina.

It quite amazing when almost all projects have policies on civility ...


2014-02-27 0:24 GMT+01:00 geni geni...@gmail.com:


On 26 February 2014 22:39, Galileo Vidoni gali...@gmail.com wrote:


[Sorry for this excurse]

Dear Geni, the 20 years indeed come from article 24 of law 11 723. The 25
years come from the Berne Convention.


But that merely established a minimum under international law. Unless you
have some case law that says otherwise I'd suggest that article 6 applies
to unpublished photographs which results in an effective term of life+10
for unpublished photographs (although life+30 could be gained through
careful timing of publication).




In any case, Argentine copyright law
is already known and documented in Commons, and we have been using a
specific template (PD-AR-Photo) for years.


See the last section of the template talk page which covers some of the
issues the template has with US law. I'm afraid years of use doesn't mean
that it has been reviewed by common's more serious copyright nerds.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter on open letters (Was: Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA)

2014-02-26 Thread Carlos M. Colina
Wait, aren't the chapters composed from people from the wikimedia community?

Also, didn't  you guys stop by a second to think the chapter thoroughly 
discussed the contents of the letter with its members,  which may vote in favor 
or against publishing it?

And if it is on Meta, is open to discussion,  no?

Finally,  in Venezuela we say el que se pica es porque ají come. No need to 
take it personally if you are not among those certain Commons admins, right?


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On 26 February 2014 13:51, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com wrote:
 Maybe it's a cultural issue, does e.g.
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_letter have a geopolitically limited
 point of view? Open letters are a common tool of *discussion* with the
 public (= community in our case) in the corners of the world that I know
 best.

As a major unpaid Commons contributor, I find these emotive and
political emails to lists and open letters elsewhere confusing and
rather wasteful of the good faith volunteer effort behind them.

If anyone wants to create meaningful and lasting change to Commons,
then please create a Request for Comment on Commons[1] rather than
making a fuss and criticising Commons (volunteer) administrators in
non-Commons discussion channels, which most Commons volunteers are
unlikely to either notice or care much about.

For Chapters, I suggest you check who among your active volunteers are
most active on Commons[2] and ask them to help engage or create
discussion about policy and guideline changes. If you cannot find
anyone close to your chapter that is active and engaged on Commons,
perhaps you should change that situation before firing off official
letters.

Links:
1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:RFC
2. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae/Userlist

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