Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sharing a new project: community resources platform

2020-10-30 Thread Chris "Jethro" Schilling
Thanks for sharing this centralized project, Anna. It looks like it can
provide important and comprehensive support for organizers in
planning/managing their programs and operations, especially for those who
are newer to this work. I look forward to sharing this project with some of
our grantees and grant applicants. : )

Take care,

Chris

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On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 12:52 PM Rajeeb Dutta  wrote:

> Thanks Anna for the update will wait to have an English version soon.
>
> Best Regards,
> Rajeeb.
> (U: Marajozkee)
> (Sent from my iPhone pardon the brevity).
>
>
> On 30-Oct-2020, at 10:22 PM, Anna Torres  wrote:
>
> 
>
> Dear all,
>
> I am happy to share with you that during 2020 we have launched a new
> Community Resources platform. This project is the outcome of the effort and
> collaboration between affiliates and allied organizations from the
> Wikimedia movement.
>
> “Recursos Comunitarios” was created to facilitate access and cooperation
> between current and future Wikimedia communities. Its main objective is
> sharing information and resources that we have been developing from our
> contexts. So far, it includes presentations, tutorials, and communication &
> media content, mainly in Spanish and Euskera.
>
>
> You can visit the platform at
> https://recursoscomunitarios.wikimedia.org.ar/
>
> Looking forward to comments or opinions!
>
> Best,
>
> PS: If you would like to create a similar project and need any help,
> please write us an email at proyec...@wikimedia.org.ar.
>
>
> --
> Anna Torres Adell
> Directora Ejecutiva
> *A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikipedia 20] Rapid Grant survey

2020-10-06 Thread Chris "Jethro" Schilling
Hi Ruby,

Thanks for your question. Grantees receiving Simple Annual Plan Grants are
not eligible for additional funding through Rapid Grants, so you do not
need to apply through Rapid Grants to hold an Wikipedia20 anniversary
event.

Affiliates are able to request a reallocation funding from their SAPG
budget to support this kind of event. This can come from a miscellaneous
budget that you mentioned, but funding can also be reallocated from any
other budget where there is underspend that could be used for these
activities.  Please contact sim...@wikimedia.org to request a reallocation
if you need to.

With thanks,

Chris



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On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 5:45 PM ruby damenshie-brown 
wrote:

> Hello Samir,
>
> I want to make an enquiry on behalf of Open Foundation West Africa.
> We will be glad to host a Wikipedia birthday event at our end but what we
> want to be sure is that we have a SAPG grant do we still have to apply for
> the rapid grant or we should spend from our miscellaneous budget.
>
> We will be glad to know your advice on this.
>
> Regards,
> Ruby D-Brown
> Administrative Executive
>
> On Wed, Sep 16, 2020 at 9:06 PM Samir Elsharbaty <
> selsharb...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > (Apologies for cross-posting.)
> >
> > As part of the upcoming celebrations surrounding Wikipedia's 20th
> > birthday[1], the Wikimedia Foundation is publishing a short optional
> > survey[2] that will help us understand the needs of people who would like
> > to host a birthday event. The survey is expected to take three to five
> > minutes to fill in and will remain open until 23:59 UTC on Wednesday, 30
> > September 2020.
> >
> > Before taking the survey, please review the privacy statement policy[3].
> >
> > We would also like to announce that the Foundation will be supporting
> > Wikipedia 20 anniversary celebration events through multiple grant
> > programs:
> >
> > * Rapid Grants[4] to support celebration events up to 2000 USD.
> >
> > * Additional funding for Conference & Events grantees (e.g. for a
> regional
> > or thematic conference) who wish to incorporate a celebration event to an
> > existing conference.
> >
> > * Conference & Event Grants[5] to support celebration events for more
> than
> > 2000 USD.*
> >
> > *Round one applications for conference & event grants [5] is now open
> until
> > 28 September 2020.
> >
> > On behalf of the Wikipedia 20 team, Samir Elsharbaty
> >
> >
> > [1] Wikipedia 20 meta page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_20
> >
> > [2] Survey link:
> > https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4GyxYcdRSSM5M8J
> >
> > [3] Privacy statement:
> >
> >
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_20_Community_Feedback_Survey_Privacy_Statement
> >
> > [4] Rapid grants page on meta:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid
> >
> > [5] Conference grants page on meta:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference
> >
> > Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
> >
> > Brand Associate
> >
> > Wikimedia Foundation 
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[Wikimedia-l] Project Grants program will fund 20 community-led projects

2019-03-01 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Yorg/Wiki_Loves_Africa_2019>
18. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Modjou/Wiki_Kouman_2019_en_C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire_(Local_langua_in_C%C3%B4te_d%27Ivoire)
>
19. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/History_of_Quebec_and_French-speaking_North_America
>
20. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/ISUR/Wikipedia_women_and_ancestral_knowledge_from_the_global_south_in_the_Colombian_context
>
21. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Editathons_in_Pistoia_district
>
22. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/University_of_Virginia/Machine_learning_to_predict_Wikimedia_user_blocks
>

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] November 30 deadline for new Project Grant proposals

2018-11-04 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hi folks,

The open call for Project Grants is officially underway! As you prepare
your proposals this month, please keep in mind that the final deadline is
November 30th, and that this will be only the only open call for Project
Grants during this fiscal year, which ends on June 30th, 2019. To learn
more about this grant program and how to prepare an application, please
visit our landing page on Meta. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>

In addition to the resources mentioned in the prior announcement, we have
scheduled some proposal clinics where applicants will be able to discuss
their proposals or ask questions with Wikimedia Foundation staff using
Google Meet or using IRC. Some of these will be themed toward specific
topics (such as proposals involving a GLAM-related project), and others
will be more general. For a list of scheduled proposal clinics, please
review the Project Grants landing page on Meta. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project#Upcoming_events>. Additional
clinics may be added throughout the month.

Thanks,

Chris

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On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 8:08 PM Chris "Jethro" Schilling <
cschill...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> The open call for the Wikimedia Foundation Project Grants program will
> begin on November 1, when we begin public review of new proposals.  The
> final deadline is November 30th for all submissions. <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>. Importantly, this will
> be the only open call for Project Grants in the current fiscal year, which
> ends on June 30th 2019.
>
> We are also seeking additional volunteer candidates to expand the Project
> Grants Committee.  More information is provided at the end of this email.
>
> Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups and
> organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, whether
> focused on building a new tool or gadget, organizing a better process on
> your wiki, researching an important issue, coordinating an editathon series
> or providing other support for community building.
>
> We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and
> complete a grant proposal:
> * Tutorials for writing a strong application: <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Tutorial>
> * General planning page for Project Grants:  <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Plan>
> * Program guidelines and criteria: <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Learn>
>
> Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal
> support upon request.  Contact us at projectgra...@wikimedia.org if you
> would like feedback or more information.
>
> We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and
> make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects.  Put your idea into
> motion, and submit your proposal by November 30th! <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Apply>
>
> Volunteering for the Project Grants Committee
> We are also seeking candidates to participate in the Project Grants
> Committee, the volunteer decision-making body that reviews all Project
> Grant proposals and decides which projects to fund.  Committee members have
> diverse backgrounds with skill sets like:
> * On-wiki editing and experience
> * Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended
> on-wiki or online impact.
> * Background in handling externally provided money and working within
> budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
> * Any grants you've applied for or worked in grant programs (in the
> Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
> * Expertise in areas like knowledge equity or knowledge as a service, that
> will help us move toward our movement strategic direction
> * Software or research expertise
> If you are interested in serving as a committee member, you cand find more
> information and submit your candidacy here by November 15th: <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Committee/Candidates>
>
> Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with
> your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee.
> Contact us at projectgra...@wikimedia.org.
>
> Take care,
>
> Chris
>
> Chris "Jethro" Schilling
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[Wikimedia-l] November 30 deadline for new Project Grant proposals

2018-10-23 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hi everyone,

The open call for the Wikimedia Foundation Project Grants program will
begin on November 1, when we begin public review of new proposals.  The
final deadline is November 30th for all submissions. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>. Importantly, this will be
the only open call for Project Grants in the current fiscal year, which
ends on June 30th 2019.

We are also seeking additional volunteer candidates to expand the Project
Grants Committee.  More information is provided at the end of this email.

Project Grant funds are available to support individuals, groups and
organizations to implement new experiments and proven ideas, whether
focused on building a new tool or gadget, organizing a better process on
your wiki, researching an important issue, coordinating an editathon series
or providing other support for community building.

We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete
a grant proposal:
* Tutorials for writing a strong application: <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Tutorial>
* General planning page for Project Grants:  <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Plan>
* Program guidelines and criteria: <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Learn>

Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal
support upon request.  Contact us at projectgra...@wikimedia.org if you
would like feedback or more information.

We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and
make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects.  Put your idea into
motion, and submit your proposal by November 30th! <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Apply>

Volunteering for the Project Grants Committee
We are also seeking candidates to participate in the Project Grants
Committee, the volunteer decision-making body that reviews all Project
Grant proposals and decides which projects to fund.  Committee members have
diverse backgrounds with skill sets like:
* On-wiki editing and experience
* Experience leading, coordinating, or managing projects with an intended
on-wiki or online impact.
* Background in handling externally provided money and working within
budgets, preferably in a non-profit context.
* Any grants you've applied for or worked in grant programs (in the
Wikimedia, academic, or wider non-profit world).
* Expertise in areas like knowledge equity or knowledge as a service, that
will help us move toward our movement strategic direction
* Software or research expertise
If you are interested in serving as a committee member, you cand find more
information and submit your candidacy here by November 15th: <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Committee/Candidates>

Please feel free to get in touch with questions about getting started with
your grant application, or about serving on the Project Grants Committee.
Contact us at projectgra...@wikimedia.org.

Take care,

Chris

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF and non-WMF funding for Wikimedia work

2018-09-10 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hi folks,

I wanted to respond to a few things related to the Wikimedia Foundation's
grant programs.

Pine, regarding your personal situation, I know many grantees have been
critical of the Wikimedia Foundation at one point or another, or even have
longstanding disagreements with certain organizational decisions (such as
with SuperProtect). This is not to say we are fully objective (I do not
believe anybody is), but in my experience we do not punish grant applicants
or withhold funding for constructively expressing concerns about
organizational decisions. To the extent that this criticism becomes abusive
or threatening, it becomes a different case, but I don't think that is what
we are discussing here. Expressing disagreement with an organizational
decision is just not an important factor in whether a proposal should be
funded or not. Some applicants have even expressed concern with our grant
programs based on their experience with it, and I am glad they did!  It led
us to decide to run a consultation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants> to
improve how our grants are organized and how they operate. I know our team,
Community Resources, well enough to know we are open to criticism about how
our grants work because we want them to be accessible, and we want to help
Wikimedians run successful projects and events.

Although the WMF,
> for the duration, appears to act as though it's their money to distribute
> and makes many of the relevant decisions, that appears not to be the
> (eventual) intended process.
>

Yair, the degree of decision-making power that the Wikimedia Foundation
varies depending on the type of grant. Rapid Grants
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/Learn> are where
staff has the most decision-making power, and staff ultimately approves
proposals in this program. This design was intentional. A common issue we
faced with small grants from the old Project & Event Grant program (circa
2015 and prior) was that the whole process took way too long between
committee meetings, decisions, and processing, and reporting requirements.
Money wouldn't get to the applicants in time, and this caused practical
financial issues for applicants, and some projects just didn't happen at
all. That kind of outcome was not acceptable for anyone, so we decided to
simplify it based on community feedback. Many projects we receive in Rapid
Grants are common (e.g. editathons, WikiLoves events), and do not require a
lot of scrutiny on the proposal itself. Part of our consultation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Reimagining_WMF_grants/Outcomes>
with
then-current and prospective grantees a few years back made it clear that
this particular change was welcome.

However, in all other grant programs (Project Grants
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>, Conference & Event Grants
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference>, Annual Plan Grants
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG>), Wikimedians in volunteer
committees provide the basis for funding decisions through deliberations.
Program Officers like myself facilitate those discussions, provide guidance
where it is useful or requested, and allow the committee to form its own
conclusions.  We also do not wholly reject committee decisions and
substitute our own.

I also want to remark out that before I started working at the Wikimedia
Foundation in 2015, my impression of program officers was that they were
The Deciders, the gatekeepers saying who gets funding and who doesn't. Now
having worked across our different grant programs for a few years now, I
can easily say I was very much mistaken. We spend a lot of time working
with applicants to help them plan their project out, find support in other
volunteers, and prepare strong applications, because we want applicants to
succeed as project managers, event coordinators, researchers, leaders, and
Wikimedians. While I acknowledge that you want Wikimedia Foundation staff
to be absent from funding decisions, I believe this kind of influence from
staff in the process is a beneficial and productive one.

Take care,

Jethro


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On Sun, Sep 9, 2018 at 7:38 AM Ανώνυμος Βικιπαιδιστής <
anonymuswikiped...@gmail.com> wrote:

> About my comment above:  I was referring ONLY in WMF grants. In Greek
> wikipedia things are very weird and sad when people are being accused of
> paid editing just for getting a WMF grant through the process that we all
> know and always making a good and honest use of the wikimedia logos. The
> ones who lightheartedly accuse people so easily are the ones who need to
> have their interests or use of logos be checked.
>
> Best regar

[Wikimedia-l] Inspire Campaign on Measuring Community Health starts today!

2018-07-09 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hey folks,

I'm happy to announce the launch of the Inspire Campaign on Measuring
Community Health.[1] The goal of this campaign is to gather your ideas on
approaches to measure or evaluate the experience and quality of
participating and interacting with others in Wikimedia projects.

So what is community health? Healthy projects promote high quality content
creation, respectful collaboration, efficient workflows, and effective
conflict resolution. Tasks and experiences that result in patterns of
editor frustration, poor editor retention, harassment, broken workflows,
and unresolved conflicts are unhealthy for a project.

As a movement, Wikimedians have always measured aspects of their
communities. Data points, such as editor activity levels, are regularly
collected. While these metrics provide some useful indications about the
health of a project, they do not give major insights into challenges and
specific areas needing improvement or what areas have been successful.

We want to hear from you what specific areas on your Wikimedia project
should be evaluated or measured, and how it should be done. Share your
ideas, contribute to other people’s submissions, and get involved in the
new Inspire Campaign. After the campaign, grants and other paths are
available to support the formal development of these measures and
evaluation techniques.[2]

With thanks,

Chris Schilling

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Develop

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Winning photographs of Nepal

2017-07-20 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Love these photos, Biplap!  Thanks for sharing them with us.  I'm looking
forward to reading over the Rapid Grant report on how the program went
overall when it's ready.  : )

Take care,

Chris

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On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 11:46 AM, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Beautiful.
> /a
>
> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:44 AM, Edward Galvez <egal...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > These are stunning. Thanks for sharing!
> >
> > On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:39 AM, Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi Biplab,
> > >
> > > Thanks for sharing the winning photographs. Those are really amazing!
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Tanweer
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 6:55 AM, Wn Cenjary khan <wncenj...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hello!  Cool Biplab Cool.  Drcenjary
> > > >
> > > > On Sat, Jul 1, 2017 at 11:07 AM, Biplab Anand <biplaban...@gmail.com
> >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello all,
> > > > > On behalf of Wiki Loves Earth 2017 in Nepal team, I am glad to
> share
> > > the
> > > > > result of the competition. Our national jury carefully reviewed the
> > > > > uploaded photos and chose the top 10 photos from total uplaoded-
> > 4,179
> > > > > photos. The top 10 photos
> > > > > made to the international competition of Wiki Loves Earth.
> > > > >
> > > > > Here are all key metrics of the competition-
> > > > > Number of participants- 233[1]
> > > > > Number of photos uploaded- 4179[2]
> > > > > Uploaders registered after competition start- 184 (78%)
> > > > > Images used in Wikimedia projects- 871 (20.81%)[3]
> > > > > Quality images- 42[4]
> > > > > Featured images- 2
> > > > >
> > > > > Please see the results and enjoy!-
> > > > > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_
> > > > > 2017_in_Nepal/Winners
> > > > >
> > > > > 1. http://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiloves/country/Nepal
> > > > > 2.
> > > > > http://tools.wmflabs.org/ptools/uploadersincat.php?
> > > > > category=Images+from+Wiki+Loves+Earth+2017+in+Nepal
> > > > > 3. https://tools.wmflabs.org/glamtools/glamorous.php
> > > > > 4.
> > > > > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Earth_
> > > > > 2017_in_Nepal/Valued_and_Quality_Images
> > > > >
> > > > > Best
> > > > > Biplab
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Communicating plans and consultations

2017-03-20 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hey Pine,

Had to laugh a little bit about a consultation about consultations, but I
understand the rationale for it.  Your point is well taken that information
management is important to think about when there is much going on.

I think the community notification calendar
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Engagement/Calendar> that Gergő
has mentioned above is a good place to start thinking about improvements of
managing information.  Anecdotally, some of the issues I have seen and
heard about are:

* having to follow mailing lists that are too active (like this one),
* having to follow too many disparate mailing lists,
* getting pinged too many times from user talk page messages sent through
Special:MassMessage.
* Too many consultations focused on overlapping audiences

A centralized calendar can help mitigate some of these issues.  In general,
the calendar has been used for planning and scheduling purposes, but I like
the idea of making it more usable to for folks wanting to know what
consultations are happening.  Lodewijk recently suggested to me that some
filters and other descriptors (e.g. country, projects targeted) will be
needed to help users see what is relevant to them.  Building those
components is one technical challenge, and would be making sure the
calendar gets used by the relevant consultation audience is another.  We
would need to think about how to inform people about the calendar without
also falling back to doing more announcements on the usual channels a la
"Hey, this new consultation is on the calendar."

One issue I don't have a good answer for right now is how we can solve the
problem of having too many announcement channels while also being confident
that when a consultation is announced (by anyone) in some set of approved
channels, can they expect to get sufficient and representative
participation?  That might be something we can figure out in a survey about
consultations generally as you've suggested.

- Chris

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On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 1:40 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Attempting to summon Chris Schilling over here from the other thread. (:
>
> I think that some kind of analysis about optimal use of consultations and
> surveys would be beneficial, and I'd welcome seeing something like that in
> the next Annual Plan. Perhaps there might even be a consultation or survey
> about consultations or surveys, which I know sounds ironic but may be
> helpful in figuring out how much is too much or too little, timing,
> locations, etc.
>
> Information management is a big deal. We have watchlists, email, social
> media channels, Echo, and lots of other tools, but even so -- or perhaps
> because -- there are so many channels, it's easy to drown. I imagine that
> holds true for both staff and community members, and I'd welcome some
> initiatives to improve the situation. Perhaps someone will have some ideas
> that they can submit to IdeaLab.
>
> Pine
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of the Code of Conduct for technical spaces

2017-03-19 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
I think the calendar I mentioned above on Meta probably could be improved
in some ways. If a lot of folks start using it, it will become quite long,
for one. An archiving system for each month might be a good idea.

What ways could there be to sort or segment the calendar that would be
useful for volunteers to search and parse important discussions, surveys,
 and consultations?

- Chris

On Mar 19, 2017 7:57 AM, "Gerard Meijssen" 
wrote:

> Hoi,
> Please ..
>
> From my perspective we should not talk about secondary topics like this. We
> should certainly not be this aggressive. I said it before and I say it
> again. When you are interested in what we aim to achieve talk about WHAT we
> can do to do better and let HOW we can do better from an organisational
> point of view be only supportive of our objectives.
> Thanks,
>   GerardM
>
> On 19 March 2017 at 13:45, Rogol Domedonfors 
> wrote:
>
> > "Jethro"
> >
> > On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 8:15 PM, you wrote:
> >
> > > Well, folks are free to ignore invitations to comment; there are
> indeed a
> > > lot of discussion notices for various matters, so I don't blame them if
> > > they world rather volunteer their time in other places.
> > >
> >
> >
> > > But they cannot then also argue that they didn't know about it. If
> people
> > > want to know what's going on in our projects, it's their responsibility
> > to
> > > follow places where announcements are posted and read them.
> > >
> > > - Chris
> > >
> >
> > Really?  As a Community Organiser within the Community Engagement part of
> > the Foundation, do you not believe that the Foundation has some kind of
> > responsibility too?  Perhaps the Foundation, with its tens of millions of
> > dollars and hundereds of staff, and its ownership and control of the
> means
> > of communcation, might consider whether it can organise its engagement
> with
> > a disparate community on a more sophisticated basis than telling the
> > volunteers that it's their responsbility to know how to engage
> effectively
> > with the Foundation?  Let me ask to to reread your comments from the
> point
> > of view of a volunteer whose work builds the projects and ask yourself
> > whether the attitude embodied in your comment is not just ever so
> slightly
> > sub-optimal?  Are you completely satsifed that there is nothing at all
> that
> > the Foundation could or should do to improve the engagement it has with
> the
> > community?
> >
> > "Rogol"
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of the Code of Conduct for technical spaces

2017-03-18 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
FYI, Edward Galvez has been maintaining this calendar that has been going
for a while that chapters and staff have been using for various
consultations, surveys, and RfCs.


https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Engagement/Calendar


Seems to me this is a good approach to avoid the issue of "my inbox is
inundated with so many notices" while also informing community members with
what is going on.

- Chris

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On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 4:52 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> My point is more or less the same one that you're making. Communications
> (too much and too little) and information overload are both challenges. I
> don't think there's going to be a silver bullet solution, but I hope that
> WMF will invest effort into addressing this set of problems during the next
> Annual Plan. Some of this is WMF-specific, but some of it also relates to
> how we've organized ourselves in the community through organic growth and
> over time we've developed so many channels that one wonders if we would
> benefit from some consolidation and pruning.
>
> Pine
>
>
> On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 2:15 PM, David Gerard <dger...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > You mean, "how to deal with people who complain they weren't consulted
> > then turn around and complain they were excessively consulted"? At
> > this point, the appropriate thing would be to put forward a plausible
> > solution rather than complain they did the thing you claimed they
> > hadn't sufficiently done.
> >
> >
> > - d.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 18 March 2017 at 20:39, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > Chris,
> > >
> > > That last paragraph assumes that people (1) know where to look and (2)
> > have
> > > hours to spend watching countless channels for announcements. On the
> > other
> > > hand, there's also a problem of burying people in so many
> announcements,
> > > surveys, and consultations that people start to tune it all out. This
> is
> > > part of a larger set of communications and "information overload"
> > problems
> > > that I'm hoping that WMF will address, particularly during its next
> > Annual
> > > Plan.
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of the Code of Conduct for technical spaces

2017-03-18 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Well, folks are free to ignore invitations to comment; there are indeed a
lot of discussion notices for various matters, so I don't blame them if
they world rather volunteer their time in other places.

But they cannot then also argue that they didn't know about it. If people
want to know what's going on in our projects, it's their responsibility to
follow places where announcements are posted and read them.

- Chris

On Mar 11, 2017 3:53 PM, "Isarra Yos"  wrote:

On 09/03/17 20:36, Antoine Musso wrote:

> The RfC has been going on for almost two years already. Given the flood
> of announces on a wide range of mailing lists, I don't see how one could
> have missed it.
>

The flood might be exactly how. Keep being inundated with notices, many
people are likely to just start ignoring all of the notices. This is a
problem for a lot of things, though.

-I


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Inspire Campaign on outside knowledge networks launches today!

2017-01-31 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
I agree.  Working with other volunteer organizations would certainly be
useful as well.  If you have some examples of volunteer organizations that
I could provide as examples, I think it'd be helpful to add them on the
landing page for the campaign so folks are aware of who they can consider
reaching out to.

- Chris

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On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 5:46 AM, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hoi,
> There are all kinds of organisation like the WMF working on their own
> little niche. This proposal firmly concentrates on the "official" knowledge
> organisations. My experience is that they are as committed as we are to
> bring quality information to the world.
>
> So far we absolutely refuse to acknowledge them for the work that they do.
> There are plenty of examples where we do not connect. Would connecting to
> other volunteer organisations with the goal to mutually bring our content
> to a higher level of quality be considered?
> Thanks,
>  GerardM
>
>
>
> On 31 January 2017 at 12:20, Chris "Jethro" Schilling <
> cschill...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I am pleased to announce the launch of the fourth Inspire Campaign for
> > IdeaLab, focused on outreach to outside knowledge networks:
> >
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>
> >
> > There is tremendous potential in cooperative work between Wikimedia
> > contributors and entities such as libraries (and other GLAM
> > institutions[1]), cultural centers, content experts, and other sources of
> > information. Such outreach can lead to rewarding collaborative efforts
> > that, among many benefits, helps us create and offer better quality
> content
> > to readers.
> >
> > All types of proposals are welcome - research projects, software
> > development, and naturally for this campaign, community organizing and
> > outreach.  Wikimedia Foundation staff are also invited to advise on ideas
> > they can offer support and guidance on. Project Grants[2] and Rapid
> > Grants[3] are available for projects developed during this campaign that
> > need financial support.  For ideas that do not require funding, I am
> happy
> > to provide general guidance on projects on how to bring your idea to
> > action.  The campaign runs until 28 February.
> >
> > If you're interested in doing some outreach work to an institution,
> > organization, or group in your area, or want to help with an existing
> > outreach project, I encourage you to check out the submissions of this
> > campaign!
> >
> > With thanks,
> >
> > Jethro
> >
> > [1] <https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM>
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> >
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[Wikimedia-l] Inspire Campaign on outside knowledge networks launches today!

2017-01-31 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hi everyone,

I am pleased to announce the launch of the fourth Inspire Campaign for
IdeaLab, focused on outreach to outside knowledge networks:

<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>

There is tremendous potential in cooperative work between Wikimedia
contributors and entities such as libraries (and other GLAM
institutions[1]), cultural centers, content experts, and other sources of
information. Such outreach can lead to rewarding collaborative efforts
that, among many benefits, helps us create and offer better quality content
to readers.

All types of proposals are welcome - research projects, software
development, and naturally for this campaign, community organizing and
outreach.  Wikimedia Foundation staff are also invited to advise on ideas
they can offer support and guidance on. Project Grants[2] and Rapid
Grants[3] are available for projects developed during this campaign that
need financial support.  For ideas that do not require funding, I am happy
to provide general guidance on projects on how to bring your idea to
action.  The campaign runs until 28 February.

If you're interested in doing some outreach work to an institution,
organization, or group in your area, or want to help with an existing
outreach project, I encourage you to check out the submissions of this
campaign!

With thanks,

Jethro

[1] <https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM>
[2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project>
[3] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid>

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] New Wikimedia DC Board Members

2016-10-31 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Congrats to our DC chapter in addition to Kelly and Rosie!  It is splendid
to see both of you continuing to lead in our movement. : )

- Chris

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On Mon, Oct 31, 2016 at 1:08 PM, Nabin Sapkota <nboycreationne...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Congratulations to the new Board members!  Wish you all the best for the
> time ahead.
>
> Cheers,
> Nabin Sapkota
> Wikimedians of Nepal
>
> On Oct 31, 2016 11:35 PM, "Ivan Martínez" <gala...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations to the new Board members! This is a positive movement in
> > benefit of more women in directive positions in the Wikimedia movement.
> > Best,
> >
> > 2016-10-31 10:03 GMT-06:00 Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org>:
> >
> > > Congratulations, Kelly and Rosie, and to the Board of Wikimedia DC!
> Very
> > > cool. :)
> > >
> > > Katy
> > >
> > > On Sun, Oct 30, 2016 at 1:27 PM, Kirill Lokshin <
> > > kirill.loks...@wikimediadc.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hello everyone,
> > > >
> > > > I'm very pleased to announce that Kelly Doyle and Rosie
> > > > Stephenson-Goodknight have joined the Wikimedia DC Board of
> Directors.
> > > >
> > > > I'm sure that most of you already know Kelly and Rosie; for anyone
> who
> > > > doesn't, Kelly currently serves as the Wikipedian in Residence for
> > Gender
> > > > Equity at West Virginia University Libraries, while Rosie is a
> > co-founder
> > > > of WikiProject Women in Red and the WikiWomen's User Group, among
> many
> > > > other projects.
> > > >
> > > > Please join me in congratulating them on their new roles!
> > > >
> > > > Cheers,
> > > > Kirill
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > > President
> > > > Wikimedia District of Columbia
> > > > kirill.loks...@wikimediadc.org
> > > > https://wikimediadc.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight

2016-06-30 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Gerard,

Please don't fall back on the "ends justify the means" argument here.
There were many, many other ways to call attention to this problem.  You
chose a way that was needlessly aggressive and accusatory.  You didn't have
to.  Here is how I would have done it with only minor changes to what you
wrote:


Hi folks,

At Wikimania two wikipedians of the year were elected. The article for one of
them and the data at Wikidata are somewhat lacking, and I think we can work
together to put them in better shape given the recognition they received.  The
article is a one liner stub, and the Wikidata item had no statements
and I added
the few that were minimally needed.

I've gotten started by adding some material, but any help would be
appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Jethro

PS I have not looked at any of the others and I would welcome it when they get
some proper attention.


The results would have been the same, and perhaps you would have even
gotten more engagement and better content from folks watching this list.

- Jethro


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On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 12:55 PM, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Hoi,
> Maybe but both the article and the data have improved considerably.
> Thanks,
> GerardM
>
> On 30 June 2016 at 15:37, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > I agree with Ziko.
> >
> > Gerard, please believe us, even if you don't perceive it yourself, that
> > your aggressive language, however well-intentioned, is counterproductive,
> > and is keeping others from engaging with you, or even engaging on the
> list
> > in general.
> >
> >A.
> > On Jun 30, 2016 4:22 PM, "Gerard Meijssen" <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hoi,
> > > Yes that is incorrect. There is a Wikipedia article, it is one line
> and I
> > > have the distinct feeling that it is incorrect.
> > > Thanks,
> > >  GerardM
> > >
> > > On 30 June 2016 at 13:07, Joseph Fox <josephfoxw...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Gerard, I feel like you are basically describing the role of the
> > > Wikimedia
> > > > Blog. Is that incorrect?
> > > >
> > > > Joe
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, 30 Jun 2016 at 11:35 Gerard Meijssen <
> > gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hoi,
> > > > > Wikipedia is not my thing. I hardly ever write on articles. The
> > article
> > > > > states that Rosie wrote 1000 articles.. Hardly an argument why she
> > > > became a
> > > > > Wikipedian of the year.
> > > > >
> > > > > The other aspect I give attention to is that we are REALLY bad at
> > > doing a
> > > > > good job for our own. There is a lot that is uncontroversial that
> can
> > > be
> > > > > added. It it the least that can be done to indicate why she is a
> > > > Wikipedian
> > > > > of the year.
> > > > > Thanks,
> > > > >  GerardM
> > > > >
> > > > > On 30 June 2016 at 12:05, Erik Zachte <ezac...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Gerard, feel free to follow-up on your call to action with more
> > > action.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Erik Zachte
> > > > > >
> > > > > > -Original Message-
> > > > > > From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:
> wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org]
> > > On
> > > > > > Behalf Of Gerard Meijssen
> > > > > > Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2016 11:38
> > > > > > To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> > > > > > Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Hoi,
> > > > > >
> > > > > > At Wikimania two wikipedians of the year were elected. The
> article
> > > for
> > > > > one
> > > > > > of them and the data at Wikidata are pathetic.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > The article is a one liner stub. The Wikidata item had no
> > statements
> > > > and
> > > > > I
> > > > > > added the few that were minimally needed.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >

[Wikimedia-l] Participate in the Inspire Campaign on Addressing Harassment

2016-06-01 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
I am pleased to announce the launch of the third Inspire Campaign for
IdeaLab, focused on addressing harassment of Wikimedia project contributors:

<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>

Harassment diminishes the experience of contributing and participation for
a substantial number of individuals, even those who simply witness it.
Current methods of dealing with harassment are considered unacceptable as
they often do not lead to productive outcomes.[1]

During the month-long campaign, you are invited to submit & review ideas on
how to better address harassment. Consider joining a team to help make an
idea happen.  Ideas can be submitted in any language, and focus on
research, building tools or software, outreach efforts, or something
completely new.  Grants are available from the Wikimedia Foundation to fund
projects that are eligible for financial support.[2]  Ideas focused on
changes to community policies and guidelines are also welcome.  Google
Hangout sessions are also scheduled in June if you’d like to discuss your
idea or have questions about WMF grants.[3]

Questions about the campaign can be directed at the Inspire talk page.[4]
 An FAQ page about the campaign is also available.[5]

If you want to help make your projects safer for everyone to participate
in, I encourage you to participate in this Inspire Campaign.  I believe we
can work together to address this difficult and important issue.

With thanks,

Chris "Jethro" Schilling
I JethroBT (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:I_JethroBT_(WMF)>
Community Organizer, Wikimedia Foundation
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>

[1] <
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harassment_Survey_2015_-_Results_Report.pdf
>
[2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start>
[3] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events>
[4] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IdeaLab/Inspire>
[5] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/FAQ>
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[Wikimedia-l] Inspire Campaign on Addressing Harassment to Begin on May 31st

2016-05-25 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hi everyone,

We’ve had two Inspire Campaigns so far -- on the gender gap and on content
curation & review -- to encourage ideas and grant proposals on challenging
issues affecting the Wikimedia projects you work on.  The third Inspire
Campaign, starting on May 31st, will run for one month and focus on
addressing harassment that occurs on Wikimedia projects:

<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>

The 2015 Harassment Survey[1] has shown evidence that harassment is
pervasive; 38% of participants reported experiencing it, and 51% reported
witnessing harassment.  These include behaviors such as name calling,
threats of violence, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among
others.  Furthermore, available methods and systems to deal with harassment
are considered to be ineffective.  These behaviors are clearly harmful, and
in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment
participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.

Starting May 31st, everyone is invited to submit and work together in
developing ideas to prevent and handle cases of harassment.  Ideas can
include research, software, events, training programs, outreach efforts,
etc.  If you need funding, ideas can easily be submitted as a proposal for
a WMF grant.  Ideas can also encourage discussions to consider changes in
policies, guidelines, or best practices on your local Wikimedia project(s).


An FAQ page about this campaign and Inspire Campaigns generally is
available.[2]  An announcement e-mail will be sent out on the 31st.  For
folks who are interested in helping translate so we can reach a wide
audience, I welcome your help on the FAQ page[2] and main landing page.[3]


If you have an idea or want to help develop ideas to address harassment, I
encourage you to join me so that we can work together in addressing this
important and difficult issue.

With thanks,

Chris "Jethro" Schilling
I JethroBT (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:I_JethroBT_(WMF)>
Community Organizer, Wikimedia Foundation
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>

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[1] <
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Harassment_Survey_2015_-_Results_Report.pdf
>
[2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire/FAQ>
[3] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>
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[Wikimedia-l] Inspire Campaign on content curation & review launches today!

2016-02-28 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Hi everyone,

I am pleased to announce the launch of the second Inspire Campaign for
IdeaLab.[1]  The theme of this campaign is focused on improving tasks
related to content curation & review in our projects:

<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire>

Reviewing and organizing tasks are fundamental to all WIkimedia projects,
and these efforts maintain and directly improve the quality of our projects
in addition to increasing the visibility of their content.  We invite
everyone to participate by sharing your ideas and proposals on how to
enhance these efforts. Constructive feedback and collaboration on ideas is
encouraged - your skills and advice can elevate a project into action. The
campaign runs until 29 March.

All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions,
community organizing and outreach, or something completely new! Grants are
available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects developed during this
campaign that need financial support.[2]  Google Hangout sessions are
available in March if you'd like to have a conversation about your ideas.[3]

Join the Inspire Campaign and let’s work together to improve review and
curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and
accessible.

With thanks,

Jethro

[1] You can learn more about the results of the first Inspire Campaign
here: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Spring_2015_Inspire_campaign
>
[2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start>
[3] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events>  (Note: If
another time would work better for you, feel free to e-mail me or ping me
on-wiki).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Sri Lanka

2016-02-20 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
Fantastic news.  Thanks for sharing with us, Carlos.

It's exciting to read over some of the group's future plans to do some
institutional engagement with museums, archives, and with local
universities.  : )

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On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 12:52 PM, Carlos M. Colina <ma...@wikimedia.org.ve>
wrote:

> 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
> --
> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> <http://wikimedia.org.ve>
> Member, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Outcomes from the Consultation on Wikimedia movement conferences/Wikimania

2016-02-18 Thread Chris &quot;Jethro" Schilling
>
> > 4) I don't see a 55-47 vote on a menu of 3 options as being a
> particularly
> > > strong indication of community consensus. Indeed, it's pretty clear
> there
> > > isn't a consensus, and it would be a shame if people proceeded on the
> basis
> > > that "There was a consultation and the answer was X - so we're doing
> X".
> > > That said, I would be really happy to hear voices from the WMF or the
> > > Wikimania Committee saying "The important factors we see are X, Y and
> Z.
> > > From the consultation showed lots of other people were thinking X and Y
> > > (though less Z) and P and Q were also important which we hadn't thought
> > > about. As a result, we are intending to do: This.
> >
> >
> > For now, I'll point to this response I made to a similar question on the
> > discussion page,[2] but I can elaborate more on this if you'd like.
>
> Yes please, that would be helpful!


Certainly!  The feedback our team reviewed from participants indicated a
few important factors supporting the conclusions in the consultation.  As
you and others have stated, the differences in the frequency of instances
of support or concern were not substantial, so this difference was only a
minor factor.

One prominent factor that arose supporting Option 3 was a general desire
for balance in support for for Wikimania and regional/thematic
conferences.  Participants supporting this option frequently expressed that
these conferences both have independent, but important value for the work
or projects in which they or others are engaged.   For instance, many
pointed to the importance of regional collaboration-- travel arrangements
and matters of communication (particularly non-English) are easier, local
needs of projects can be prioritized in programming, and there are
opportunities for people to form working groups.  At the same time,
participants recognized the value of meeting together as a unified
movement.  Participants also voiced one benefit we did not consider-- that
taking this balanced approach could be an opportunity for better
interaction between Wikimania and regional/thematic conferences:  e.g.
Wikimania could serve to initiate projects relevant for a subsequent
regional conference. Conversely, a regional/thematic conference could serve
as good preparation for engagement at Wikimania.

A second factor were concerns over the costs of Wikimania itself, though
the "what" varied between the cost of attending, travel, and cost to
"movement resources" overall.  Given the discussion on the discussion page
and mailing lists, there are clearly a diversity of views over whether
Wikimania should cost more or less, but it was clear from participant
feedback that there were concerns with the overall cost.  This was also
true for folks who supported an annual Wikimania.  (On a related note, I
also would have expected that a summary of this budget to have been
presented from the outset, and I apologize that our team did not have this
ready until recently.)

A third factor was about the accessibility and exclusivity of Wikimania.
Many participants reported that they and others in their communities have
routinely been unable to attend Wikimania.  Consequently, they feel they've
been denied important opportunities and conversations with fellow
contributors, and to the extent that regional/thematic conferences can be
made more accessible, the better.  Organizers also noted that a consequence
of an annual Wikimania is that there is less motivation to plan/organize
regional conferences, which harms local solidarity and understanding of
regional issues.

I hope these themes provide a bit more depth to the feedback and context
for the conclusions in the consultation.

Thanks,

Jethro

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On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 4:40 PM, Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hello Chris (or Jethro)! Thanks for taking time to reply.
>
> > Is it the WMF's view that Wikimania in its current form is
> > >
> > broken and change is needed - if so who represents that view to the
> > > community? (Or if not, what *is* the WMF's view?)
> >
> >
> > It is fair to say that our team does view the past planning process for
> > Wikimania (i.e. 2015 and prior) as problematic and not feasible, for the
> > reasons described in the consultation itself.[1]
>
> Great. I thought that table of issues was helpful, though wasn't quite
> clear whose it was  (so to speak). If the answer is "it's generally the
> view of the WMF staff working with this", that is good to know.
>
> > 4) I don't see a 55-47 vo