Re: [Wikimedia-l] A new Wikipedia fork: InfoGalactic

2016-10-12 Thread Chris McKenna

On Wed, 12 Oct 2016, Peter Southwood wrote:

I agree. 
There is a lot of information that could be provided for and by people who are interested in trivia (I am not using the term derogatively - just couldn’t think of a better one). 
Cheers,

P



The subject-specific Wikia wikis seem to generally do this job in their 
areas of interest.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 Harassment Survey - Results Report

2016-02-02 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sat, 30 Jan 2016, Trillium Corsage wrote:


30.01.2016, 14:03, "Maggie Dennis" :


The pictures may not be the individuals at all; they may be pornographic
pictures of others that are misattributed. And sometimes the attribution is
not to a real name, but to their usernames. In all cases, the intent seems
to be to humiliate and hurt the target. Sometimes the goal seems to be to
drive them away.


That was the story of Lightbreather, a English Wiipedia editor that self-identified as female. She ran afoul of some other editor that (IIRC, I'm confident this is basically correct) that labeled some images on a porn site as being her (they were labeled "Lightbreather"). The outcome (GET THIS!) was that she (Lightbreather!) was formally banned by Arbcom for complaining about it at Wikipedia. They said she was "outing" the culprit by calling attention to his off-wiki activities. 


Horrendous I know and tends to shows that Arbcom and the rest of Enwiki 
administrative structure genuinely have a problem with women, which they are 
often alleged to (i.e. in Gamergate and all that).

Trillium Corsage


Unfortunately you memory is not quite correct regarding Lightbreather.
She was not banned for complaining about being harassed, she was banned 
for repeated and persistent breaches of behavioural policies on Wikipedia, 
repeated breaches of topic bans related to gun control, ownership of 
articles, revert and edit warring, casting aspersions, causing disruption 
to make a point and, partictularly, outing attempting to out another 
editor (on and off Wikipedia) - despite being explicitly warned (more 
than once) that she must not do that.


The full decision can be read at 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Lightbreather#Final_decision


She was, very unfortunately and completely unacceptably, harassed 
off-wiki by two individuals during the case (so far as I am aware, 
independently). One of those individuals was banned as soon as we 
(arbcom) were made aware of the harassment as there was a clear and direct 
link to a Wikipedia user.


There was not a direct link between the other harasser and any Wikipedia 
user, and so ArbCom, the English Wikipedia functionaries team and the 
Foundation spent a lot of time and effort investigating who the harasser 
was. This investigation produced an indirect link (with iirc at least 
four intermediate steps) to a specific Wikipedia editor, but there was no 
consensus that the link was strong enough to take action - although there 
was universal agreement that the perpertrator should be banned if 
identified.


Basically there were three possibilities - 1. the Wikipedia editor and the 
harasser were the same person. 2. the Wikipedia editor was being framed. 
3. the harassment was linked to the Wikipedia editor entirely 
coincidentally. Only in the case of 1 would action against the Wikipedia 
editor be justified, but the evidence was not strong enough to be sure 
this was the case. However bad the harassment is, it is important to 
remember that alleged perpretrators are still innocent until proven 
otherwise.


After the case (1-2 months later I think) more evidence was found that 
bypassed the weakest link in the previous chain. After more investigation 
it was found that this link, while still indirect, was sufficient to 
connect the harassment to the Wikipedia editor and they were swiftly 
banned.


Far from punishing Lightbreather for complaining about being harassed, 
Arbcom, Functionaries and the Foundation all offered her as much support 
as they were able to deal with the effects of the harassment, to identify 
her harasser and to take what real-world action she could against that 
person. Unfortunately, as the law in most jurisdictions is years or even 
decades behind the times when it comes to harassment, there is all too 
often very little that can be done through legal channels. In 
Lightbreather's case, I believe that Lightbreather, her harasser, the WMF 
and the external website on which she was harassed are all based in 
different jurisdictions which only makes things even more complicated.


It thus really does not suprise me that the survey respondents report the 
effectiveness of legal action so poorly.


Chris



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF has lost its path

2015-01-20 Thread Chris McKenna
As has been explained multiple times in multiple places, the WMF have been 
advised, for very good legal reasons, not to give details.


Believe it or not, there's a sensible reason behind our refusal to 
comment: we can execute global bans for a wide variety of things (see the 
Terms of Use for some examples - and no, provoking Jimbo is not on the 
list), some of which - including child protection issues - could be quite 
dangerous to openly divulge. Let's say we execute five global bans, and 
tell you the reason behind four of them. Well, the remaining one is pretty 
clearly for something really bad, and open knowledge of that could 
endanger the user, their family, any potential law enforcement case, and 
could result in a quite real miscarriage of justice and/or someone being 
placed in real physical danger. So no, we - as with most internet 
companies - have a very strict policy that we do not comment publicly on 
the reason for global bans. It's a common sense policy and one that's 
followed by - and insisted upon - by almost every reasonable, responsible 
company that executes this type of action. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia 
Foundation (talk) 04:40, 18 January 2015 (UTC)


from https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:WMFOffice#Ban_to_Russavia

Chris

On Tue, 20 Jan 2015, rubin.happy wrote:


Bans without explanations are certainly not acceptible.

rubin

2015-01-20 14:18 GMT+03:00 Ricordisamoa ricordisa...@openmailbox.org:


It is now clear that the superprotect affair was only a preliminary move.
Now they hide themselves behind a collective account 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:WMFOffice issuing batches of global
locks https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ALog;
type=globalauthuser=WMFOfficeyear=2015month=1 and writing boilerplate
replies https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:
WMFOfficediff=10982297.
As with the superprotect, the how is to blame, not the what. Note that I
do not object global locks at all.
What I object is the lack of a published reason for them, and the
community interaction that Lila called so deeply for.
They can play with the Terms Of Use, protecting any page on any project
and global-locking any account to protect the integrity and safety of the
site and users, actually at their sole discretion.
The breach of trust is complete now. The only thing that may stop me from
leaving the projects for good is my loyalty to the volunteer community.
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2014 needs your help!

2014-06-20 Thread Chris McKenna

Hello all

We're looking for extra hands to help with he smooth running of this 
year's Wikimania, so I and the rest of the team would be extremely 
grateful if any of you would consider giving a few hours of your time.


We will need volunteers to:

staff the registration desk, especially on Wednesday, Friday, and 
Saturday, when we expect to be at our busiest

moderate/invigilate sessions
direct attendees around the venue, and between the venue and other 
points (eg tube stations and hotels)

staff the information desk, assisting attendees with queries
help with streaming/recording sessions.


That's a non-exhaustive list, but if any of those roles appeal to you, or 
if you're interested in helping in another capacity, please complete the 
form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dzXSoAnHF6StkBA2mKIklse6gZA6Uw-EIT2egTLC3ew/viewform 
or email me with any questions at ha...@wikimanialondon.org. Being an 
editor is not a prerequisite, so please do share this with anyone else 
you think might be interested.


For those of you in or around London (which I appreciate is a minority on 
this list), we are holding informal social events for volunteers in the 
weeks running up to Wikimania so that volunteers can get to know each 
other and get to know the the team, and these will be a great opportunity 
to learn more about Wikimania and get involved. These are scheduled for 
Sunday evenings: 22 June, 6 July, and 20 July (18:00-20:00); if there is 
significant demand, we may consider scheduling further events. If you'd 
like to come to any of these events, please let Harry know by email 
(ha...@wikimanialondon.org) or sign up on the wiki at 
https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_drinks.


Any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks,
Chris McKenna
Wikimania 2014 Support
Wikimedia UK


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

2014-05-01 Thread Chris McKenna

Congratulations and welcome Lila,

I look forward to meeting you at Wikimania.

Chris

On Thu, 1 May 2014, Jan-Bart de Vreede wrote:


Hi All

FYI

Jan-Bart

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From: Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org
Subject: Please welcome Lila Tretikov, the Wikimedia Foundation's new ED 
Date: 1 May 2014 20:15:04 GMT+2

To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org

Dear fellow community members,

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees I am delighted to 
announce that the new Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation will be 
Lila Tretikov. Lila is a widely respected Bay Area technology leader, most 
recently with SugarCRM.

As many of you know, about a year ago Sue Gardner announced she planned to step down as our ED. As we launched the search for her successor, we spent some time working through the most critical requirements for the role. We decided the new ED should be someone with a product/engineering background, ideally in an open-source or other online community context. We wanted someone experienced with organisations that were growing, who'd managed staff and budgets comparable to ours, and who had experience creating continuous delivery of technology improvements in an agile context. We wanted a person who is oriented towards collaboration, transparency and openness, with some experience with complex stakeholder environments, and with an international orientation. We knew we needed someone with courage and strong personal integrity, who wouldn't be intimidated by attempts to censor the projects. 


Lila is precisely what we set out to find.

Lila was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the United States alone, as a teenager. She's been working for technology companies, primarily in open source, in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. In 1999 she started her career at Sun Microsystems. Shortly afterwards she founded GrokDigital, a technology and design company. She spent three years as senior director of development at Telespree, a company that provides cloud-based wireless data services for mobile carriers. For the past eight years, she was at SugarCRM, where she held positions of increasing responsibility as the organization grew, including being in charge of internal IT, marketing, customer support and professional services, engineering, and product development. She has a stellar reputation as a leader who is highly skilled, collaborative, open, passionate and curious. 


We think Lila will be a terrific fit for the ED role. The Transition Team 
(Phoebe, Alice, Kat, Sue, Erik, Geoff, Gayle and I) voted unanimously to 
recommend her to the Board, and the Board voted unanimously to accept the 
recommendation. She strikes all of us as smart, brave and unpretentious, and we 
believe she has the skills the WMF needs.

Lila is going to spend the next few weeks in learning-and-listening mode, and 
will take over the ED position from Sue at the end of the month. Her first 
priority will be to immerse herself in deepening her understanding of the 
Wikimedia projects.

I want to close this announcement by saying a heartfelt and deeply appreciative 
thanks to Sue, who has been the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation 
for the past seven years. When the Board and I hired Sue in 2007, we were just 
a chaotic little non-profit in small-town Florida, with a tiny staff and not 
much money. Over the past seven years, Sue's leadership has built the 
Foundation into an effective, well-funded and well-managed organisation, with 
integrity and a clear sense of purpose, and her steady and committed presence 
throughout the search process was integral in helping us come to this excellent 
result. We will be forever grateful for her leadership and vision, and I hope 
we can continue to rely on her support in the months and years ahead.

In June Sue will move into a new role as a special advisor to me and Lila. 
She'll also take a well-earned holiday, and maybe even a bit of a wiki-break, 
before beginning to think about what she's going to do next. Many of us will 
get a chance to see her in London, at Wikimania, in August.

The Wikimedia Foundation is delighted to have reached such a successful outcome 
to the search. My thanks to Lisa Grossman of m/Oppenheim for helping us with 
it, and I ask you to please join me in extending a warm welcome to Lila 
Tretikov, our new ED.

Jan-Bart de Vreede
Chair
Wikimedia Board of Trustees



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

2014-04-20 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sun, 20 Apr 2014, geni wrote:


On 20 April 2014 09:32, Hubert Laska hubert.la...@gmx.at wrote:


What do you want to say with that? That it is thus no longer necessary,
gaelic to lead as an example? Wikipedia does´nt end at national borders!




Wikimedia UK however does. There is also the issue of changing political
status. While Westminister may not be overly concerned with regards to
Gaelic we can't predict how an independent Holyrood would react.



If Scotland votes for independence, it will not become a separate country 
until March 2016 at the earliest. Until such time WMUK is the local 
chapter for Scotland. It may continue to be after that time, as details of 
what happens to WMUK in the event of a yes vote are at present undefined, 
but continuing as one organisation covering both countries is a 
possibility. Even if it doesn't, a project started by WMUK now could 
easily be handed over to a Wikimedia Scotland - not unlikely with the same 
people at the helm.





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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliation in username

2014-04-20 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sun, 20 Apr 2014, Isarra Yos wrote:


Removing the affiliation from the name itself and adding it as a group 
would allow the mediawiki to format the name and group in a way that 
makes sense for the given language. Keep to the parentheses for english 
and such, do other things for ones where that doesn't work or wouldn't 
be the norm.




That sounds like a good plan, although would need to be a plan to cope 
with duplicates, e.g. user:Whatamidoing and user:Whatamidoing (WMF) both 
exist.


Chris


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 10 years of wikimedia-l

2014-04-17 Thread Chris McKenna
Thank you Phoebe, this is one of those threads that are really nice to 
read. It's been less than a year on here for me, and still I think I've 
seen just about every type of post you mention - the sure sign of a 
vigorous and healthy list. And now nostalgia can be added to [[List of 
topics covered on the wikimedia-l mailing list]] :)


Here's to the next 10 years!

Chris

On Thu, 17 Apr 2014, phoebe ayers wrote:


Hello everyone!

So, to change the subject entirely, I just discovered that this is the 10
year anniversary of foundation-l/wikimedia-l!

Foundation-l was founded in April 2004, and was renamed to wikimedia-l two
years ago:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/

Foundation-l was originally an offshoot from wikipedia-l, which is where
the first discussions about policies and issues on the projects were held.
It was proposed as a separate list in order to discuss Wikimedia-wide
issues.

Over the years, we have had debates on every subject under the sun. We've
gone through high points, hammering out constructive policies and debates,
sharing our experiences as encyclopedists and free culture enthusiasts; and
we've gone through low points, with allegations of bad behavior flying left
and right and people belaboring points beyond all reason. Sometimes --
usually, in fact -- it's both at once, in different threads. The list has
been a place to send ideas, manifestos, and information as well as a place
to discuss with others who share our passions.

We've debated the list and its place a lot over the years. We have talked
about moderation, but rarely done anything with it. We've implemented
posting limits (still in place: 30 posts/person/month); enforced posting
limits; forgotten to enforce posting limits; talked about stricter or
weaker limits. We've split sub-topic lists out; we've merged lists back
together. We've debated the cost in time and energy of each email, the
burden that being subscribed to the list means, how impossible to keep up
it is. We've tried summaries, filters, translations. We've talked about
languages, and tried many times (unsuccessfully to date) to make the list
truly multilingual. We've called each other out on bad behavior, and every
once in a while we've remembered to praise each other too.

The list has chronicled the growth of the Wikimedia Foundation from the
days when we celebrated raising $50,000 in the fundraiser and held the
first board elections to today. And it has chronicled the growth of the
Wikimedia movement, across languages and communities, and of the projects,
as they changed from rather odd novelties to a core part of the internet.

People on the list have come and gone. Sometimes, for months or years at a
time, someone will post on nearly every thread and every subject. Usually
they eventually taper off, and then someone new will take their place,
making the rest of the subscribers wonder how do they have so much time?!
For those who have been subscribed for a long time, these names are
recognizable because of their many posts and their (in)famous dedication to
the list. (Wouldn't it be fun if we could get those folks all together in
person, for a Wikimania panel or something?) Many subscribers never post;
others are able to find a balance. It is a truism that those who rarely
post often send the most thoughtful mails.

People have used the list to join the movement, to get to know others.
They've also used the list to quit the movement, sometimes loudly and
angrily, sometimes thoughtfully, sometimes silently; it is always sad when
this happens. Sometimes, people have used the list to return (welcome back!)

The list can be endlessly irritating. It's a source of conversation: wow,
the list is blowing up right now, can you believe it?! It also can be a
source of connection with other people who we may only know through their
emails, and a source of joy and inventive new ideas. It is disconnected
from the on-wiki communities, but is connected too. It serves as a place to
share with people across our movement, when there are few general channels
to do so. It is thousands of mails in thousands of in-boxes, over many
years.

The list is ours, our commons, ours to take care of and to try to make
better. Happy anniversary, Wikimedia-l.

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[Wikimedia-l] Which articles are widely shared accorss languages (was Re: ELWP reaches 100000 articles)

2014-04-10 Thread Chris McKenna
I'm no expert, but I would expect that finding which articles are and are 
not present in a given set of Wikipedias would be an easy task now that 
Wikidata handles all the interwiki links.


Chris

On Thu, 10 Apr 2014, Stevie Benton wrote:


This is excellent news, well done to everyone involved!

It's actually got me thinking a little. I wonder if it would be possible to
do a study of the, say, 50 largest Wikipedias and get a handle on which
articles are shared across all of them. This could then be used to analyse
where there are gaps that might usefully be filled - both in terms of
quality and content. Could be based around which articles are considered
the most important in each Wikipedia, akin to the list of vital articles on
EN:WP.

Is this something that could easily be done? Would it be useful?

Thanks and regards,

Stevie


On 10 April 2014 09:12, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote:


Outstanding. Well done everyone.


On 10 April 2014 06:39, Nurunnaby Chowdhury n...@nhasive.com wrote:

 Wow..congratulations..

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 On Apr 10, 2014 3:19 AM, Amir E. Aharoni amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il

 wrote:

  Callooh! Callay! Congratulations to the language that gave so many
other
  languages[1] the word Encyclopedia.
 
  [1] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q5292#sitelinks-wikipedia
 
 
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  I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore‬
 
 
  2014-04-10 0:13 GMT+03:00 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org:
 
   Dear colleagues,
  
   Please join me in congratulating our colleagues of the Greek
Wikipedia,
   upon reaching 10 articles, a symbolic milestone for Wikipedias.
  
   Some of them are on this list, but a lot more people would see and
   appreciate your message on-wiki, so you can sign and (if you like)
add
 a
   message in your language, here:
  
  
 

https://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A3%CF%85%CE%B6%CE%AE%CF%84%CE%B7%CF%83%CE%B7_%CE%92%CE%B9%CE%BA%CE%B9%CF%80%CE%B1%CE%AF%CE%B4%CE%B5%CE%B9%CE%B1:100.000_%CE%BB%CE%AE%CE%BC%CE%BC%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%B1
  
   Cheers,
  
  Asaf
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter from Wikimedia Argentina regarding URAA

2014-03-02 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sun, 2 Mar 2014, geni wrote:


On 2 March 2014 08:55, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:


On 2 March 2014 02:01, Mark delir...@hackish.org wrote:

 I personally would welcome more attention to our actual mission,
producing
 free content, rather than the mission some of our members seem to be
engaged
 in, making the *.wikipedia.org sites look nice in the short term, even
if
 nobody external can reuse the content.


There seems to be a disconnect between what Commons sees as it's mission: 
To be a repository of Free media; and what other projects see as Commons' 
mission: To be a repository of media for use on Wikimedia projects.


There is a further disconnect in that Commons is taking an increasingly 
ultra-conservative approach to the definition of Free, whereas most 
other projects are working to a definition of Free for all practical 
purposes. It is the latter interpretation that the board, in consultation 
with the legal team, are recommending as the way forward but is being 
resisted strongly by many on Commons.


These days I wouldn't dare upload an image that was not either my own 
work or public doman due to life+100 because I couldn't guarantee that it 
wont be delted. Even with my own work I'm wary because of recent cases of 
amateur lawyering over the definition of permanent for the purposes of 
UK freedom of panorama.



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

2014-03-02 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sun, 2 Mar 2014, Mark wrote:


On 3/2/14, 5:31 PM, Chris McKenna wrote:
There seems to be a disconnect between what Commons sees as it's 
mission: To be a repository of Free media; and what other projects see 
as Commons' mission: To be a repository of media for use on Wikimedia 
projects.
But since the other Wikimedia projects should be producing free-content 
encyclopedias, this is no disconnect: Commons should host Free media, 
and the other projects should include Free media. Otherwise the other 
projects' content cannot be reused externally, and they are not 
free-content encyclopedias.


You've missed the point. Commons is not at present a reliable source of 
media, Free or otherwise, because media gets deleted because once someone 
alleges that it is not free it gets deleted if the original uploader 
cannot prove it is free, regardless of the merits of the allegation.


The Foundation has said do not delete images that *might* be unfree 
under URAA unless there is a takedown notice yet the images continue to 
be deleted.




There is a further disconnect in that Commons is taking an 
increasingly ultra-conservative approach to the definition of Free, 
whereas most other projects are working to a definition of Free for 
all practical purposes. It is the latter interpretation that the 
board, in consultation with the legal team, are recommending as the 
way forward but is being resisted strongly by many on Commons.
This is more the crux of the issue, I think. I'm mostly familiar with 
en.wiki, but on there the definition swings pretty far to the opposite 
extreme, with a lot of content that is *not* Free for most practical 
purposes. For example, a large number of our articles on 20th-century 
artists cannot be legally republished in their home countries, or even 
other English-speaking countries, without stripping the images, due to 
the author having died less than 70 years ago. As a result, the 
illustrated version of en.wiki is effectively Free only for *American* 
reusers specifically; someone in the UK or Spain cannot legally 
republish [[en:Pablo Picasso]].


This is entirely irrelevant to the attitude at Commons. English Wikipedia 
is Free according to the definition it uses, which is essentally Free for 
practical purposes as an Encyclopaedia and that is applied reliably. In 
contrast, Commons is arbitrarily and inconsistently Free and appears to be 
prioritising point making over being a practical media repository. You are 
free to disagree about en.wp's choices, but this does not excuse the 
attitude of Commons to the Wikimedia community.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright infringement - The real elephant in the room

2013-11-13 Thread Chris McKenna

On Wed, 13 Nov 2013, Marco Chiesa wrote:


On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com

wrote:



Hoi
I know several authors who publish and use their original text to publish
on Wikipedia as well.. This is another source of false positives because
they have the copyright to the original source... To recognise this you
have to be even more sophisticated.



Actually, we consider these as copyvios, we delete the text straight away,
and we tell the editor if you're the author write to OTRS. Of course, if
the text is already somewhere else under a compatible free-license, we
don't need this. Until you can't be sure that User:MrX is actually the
physical person MrX, we need to protect the author's right.



But an automated tool can not know whether OTRS verification has happened 
or not.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright infringement - The real elephant in the room

2013-11-13 Thread Chris McKenna

On Wed, 13 Nov 2013, Gerard Meijssen wrote:


The point I want to make is that having a tool that is KNOWN to be
deficient in specific ways can still be a huge advantage over not having a
tool at all. So PLEASE lets not make perfection the enemy of the good.


The problem isn't that we're waiting for perfection. We're waiting for the 
proportion of false positives and false negatives to fall to a level where 
don't overwhelm the true positives.



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[Wikimedia-l] Invalid security certificate for en.wikipedia.beta.wmflabs.org

2013-10-01 Thread Chris McKenna
Trying to access almost anything on en.wikipedia.beta.wmflabs.org using 
https results in dire warnings from Firefox that the security certificate 
is not valid.


Looking at the details it is issued to *.wmflabs.org, which at least as 
far as Firefox 24 on linux is concerned doesn't seem to cover deeper 
levels of subdomains.


Chris


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimania-l] git.wikimedia.org dead due to wikimania ; )

2013-08-13 Thread Chris McKenna

On Tue, 13 Aug 2013, Oliver Keyes wrote:


I'd like to think Engineering do a pretty good job at uptime for core
services - when was the last time you saw Wikipedia down for any extended
period of time? - regardless of what day of the week it is.


Wikipedia uptime is certianly much better these days than it was around 
2005/6 when there were at least two websites dedicated to reporting its 
status. Back then it wasn't uncommon to experience major slowdowns, 
periods of non-responsiveness, extended read only periods and edits 
failing (sometimes silently) due to (iirc) overloaded servers. I can't 
remember the last time I saw anything like that, but it certainly wasn't 
2013.


The folks responsible for this certainly deserve kudos for their efforts.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Single User Login finalisation: some accounts will be renamed

2013-08-03 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sat, 3 Aug 2013, MZMcBride wrote:


It needs to be made explicit here and now that this change needs to be
managed _incredibly carefully_ or it will result in very negative
consequences for Wikimedia.

[...]

The process outlined at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/SUL_finalisation
is currently unacceptable and needs to be rewritten. We must not have a
repeat of the recent VisualEditor deployment fiasco in which arbitrary
deadlines and requirements lead to thousands of Wikimedians being angry.


I completely agree with this. Regardless of whether any of the same people 
are involved, the VE deployment has used up all (and more) of the well of 
good feeling about the WMF. With a full compliment of good will you 
/might/ be able to get away with that timetable resulting in only a small 
number of unforgiving users and minor bad press. With the negative amounts 
of this resource the WMF has it would be an unmitigated disaster. The 
forced renaming needs to happen no earlier than the later of August 2014 
or one year after individual notification. The individual notfications 
MUST include encouragemnt to voluntary renaming and should be sent at 1 
year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 10 days, 5 days, 2 days and 1 
day in advance of the renaming, and that is at a minimum.


Remember that this is affecting real people, many of whom will already be 
pissed off at the Foundation for VE and this will affect them directly and 
individually. Forcibly changing someone's identity is about the most major 
thing you could possibly do.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Single User Login finalisation: some accounts will be renamed

2013-08-03 Thread Chris McKenna

On Sat, 3 Aug 2013, Katie Chan wrote:


On 03/08/2013 09:41, Chris McKenna wrote:

and should
be sent at 1 year, 6 months, 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 10 days, 5
days, 2 days and 1 day in advance of the renaming, and that is at a
minimum.



Why not ten years, or maybe twenty years just to be on the same side?


A year is a reasonable amount of notice to expect - it's a long time in 
the digital world (it is extremely rare that people are temporarily banned 
from en.wp for longer than this for example). Much beyond that is 
pointless as people wont think it's ever going to happen and will ignore 
it. This will happen with some people for 1 year, but less so.


Remember that we want to get people on our side, so we need to work with 
their psychology.



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