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

2020-11-02 Thread Christophe Henner
Remember how great my spanish is?
¡Impresionante!

Thank you to everyone who worked on it, it is a great ressource. And the
details, the dates of last use on the presentation ^^

Thanks!

--
Christophe


On Mon, 2 Nov 2020 at 13:51, Chen Almog  wrote:

> Hi Anna,
>
> This is really great!! Looks very user friendly and I love the tags.
> I will make sure to add this as one of our recommended resources.
>
> Thank you so much for sharing!
>
> Chen
>
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2020 at 10:38 PM Chris "Jethro" Schilling <
> cschill...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> 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
>>
>> *Chris Schilling* (him/his/they/their)
>> User:I JethroBT (WMF)
>> 
>> Senior Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation Grants
>> Wikimedia Foundation 
>>
>>
>> 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] Moving the technical infrastructure out of the US

2020-09-30 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Options to mitigate any risks are numerous, especially when it comes to
content distribution (private/semi-private/public/delegated/federated/a mix
of everything) but given the current context I would restrain from having
this as a public / community discussion.

We, community members, would most probably have great inputs but when one
is dealing with this kind of topic, designing contingencies plan, one has
to be ful of what information can be public. I have no idea whether staff
is working on such a topic, and it is better that way.

But we, as community members and awesome human beings, must be mindful of
some things:

   - The people in charge of that topic are mostly US Citizens. The current
   political and social climate is most probably draining their energy.
   Imagine having to manage it both from a personal and professional
   standpoint. Top that doing it for something as important as our projects.
   We cannot fathom their anxiety levels and should not add any to it.
   - Sending email about this topic, they have to read it. They most
   probably have to discuss, debate and balance whether they should answer or
   not. Imagine adding that to the first point.
   - They know for a fact, remember a lot of community members are staff,
   that community could be helping. But they can't ask for it.
   - Top all of that with them knowing that whatever course of action they
   might pick, it comes with a toll. Whether it is to talk about it here, and
   perhaps hinder their efforts, or not talk about it here and be perceived as
   ignoring the community.
   - Top all of that with the stress of trying to do their job in a global
   pandemic situation that might have them with loved ones at risk. Or with
   the need to care daily for young / elderly people.
   - Top that with the fact that they most probably all have relatives that
   at best are in financial struggle, or health struggles or are managing with
   the loss of loved ones.

Take a pause. Try to step in that space. Imagine how you would feel.
Multiply that by a hundred.

I would recommend we (community members) restrain from talking about it.
Perhaps what could be helpful, I am saying could, is for the people that do
actually have knowledge on those topics to just say they are available to
help if needs be with your area of expertise.

If no one at the Foundation acknowledges this thread or your emails, it is
ok. It doesn't mean you are not valued, it means that you are being spared
from that weight. We can provide support, but we should be mindful not to
increase their current level of stress.

Please all take care of yourselves, loved ones and each other

PS: I said staff, but read it as "anyone with an official Wikimedia
Foundation capacity". I know for a fact how those situations can be hard to
manage when you are a volunteer board member in the shadow too.


--
Christophe


On Wed, 30 Sep 2020 at 21:32, Steven Walling 
wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 12:22 PM Nathan  wrote:
>
> > Well, to Steven's point that you might need a jurisdiction where
> corporate
> > officers and employees aren't subject to extradition... I believe Germany
> > does in fact have an extradition treaty with the United States.
> >
>
> The chapters do seem like the obvious potentially viable easy
> solution here, if WMF set up that contingency plan.
>
> For instance, if WMDE did take over in an emergency, then the critical
> difference is that Germany doesn't extradite its own citizens to the US. So
> there'd just have to be a complete handoff of primary hosting to outside
> the US and some kind of agreement for WMDE (or pick your chapter) to take
> over operational control. There's probably a lot that real lawyers, of
> which I am not one, would know better here.
>
>
> > So far the criteria I'm hearing from the comments here:
> >
> > 1) Politically stable
> > 2) Liberal political environment
> > 3) Strong protections against government interference in relevant
> > operations
> > 4) Section 230-like protection against liability for user content
> > 5) No natural disasters like fires, floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, etc.
> > 6) Strong technological sophistication - preferably a robust technology
> > industry that can supply local talent for WMF needs
> > 7) Protections in the law for data privacy
> > 8) Availability of renewable energy sources and other resources that
> allow
> > for operation of the WMF with a low climate impact
> > 9) Tax exemption or beneficial tax structure for receiving international
> > fundings by donation
> > 10) Clear and reliable regulatory framework for a charitable organization
> > 11) Safe - low crime, low-risk of violence for WMF stakeholders and
> > community
> > 12) Free from risk of extradition to the U.S. or other jurisdictions
> where
> > criminal or civil law might be used against WMF officers or employees
> >
> > I would guess the list of countries that meet all of these criteria might
> > be short. Norway might 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia

2020-07-02 Thread Christophe Henner
That is a great news!!! Congratulations :)

Just so we are all on the same page, the last approved project was Wikidata
right?

And back then, one of initial core members of the project was someone
called Denny Vrandečić too, right?

Denny, I'm happy to say that is how patterns start...

Stay safe and take care ^^






Le jeu. 2 juil. 2020 à 7:28 PM, Daniel Mietchen via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> a écrit :

> Good to see such an abstract proposal to reach this point on the way
> towards becoming a very real Wikimedia project!
> d.
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 1:05 PM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
> galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Excited to see even how this mind-blowing idea comes to live!
> >
> > Congratulations
> >
> > Galder
> > 
> > From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of
> > Isaac Olatunde 
> > Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2020 7:01 PM
> > To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
> > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new
> > Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia
> >
> > Wow! This is a great news.
> >
> > Thanks for sharing Katherine.
> >
> > With best wishes
> >
> > Isaac.
> >
> > On Thu, 2 Jul 2020, 17:39 Denny Vrandečić,  wrote:
> >
> > > Katherine, thank you for the warm welcome and your kind words!
> > >
> > > I am very happy to be given the opportunity to start this new project,
> > and
> > > deeply honored by the trust and confidence of the Board and the
> > Foundation.
> > >
> > > Thanks to the many who have listened to me talking about this project
> in
> > > the last few years, read my papers and plans, commented on them,
> > > scrutinized them, and offered encouragement, criticism, and advice.
> > Thanks
> > > to everyone who expressed their support and raised their concerns on
> the
> > > proposal page on Meta [1]. It is thanks to you that the Board was
> > confident
> > > enough to make this decision.
> > >
> > > There is a lot of work in front of us, and I will continue to rely on
> > your
> > > guidance and collective wisdom. We will need to foster a new community.
> > > Just as with Wikidata, I hope that some of you will become active in
> the
> > > new community, and I also want to make sure that we will be welcoming
> to
> > > new contributors. We want to extend and grow the Wikimedia movement not
> > > only with new functionalities, but also with new people.
> > >
> > > Settling in this new position will take quite a bit of my attention in
> > the
> > > next few weeks, so please forgive me if I may be slow with answering
> your
> > > questions between now and then. One of the first things we’ll do is to
> > set
> > > up new communication channels. We will continue discussing the project
> > and
> > > planning on Meta [2] for now and also welcome you to the new, dedicated
> > > mailing list [3].
> > >
> > > One of our first tasks together will be to find a name for the
> project. A
> > > first set of proposals have already been made [4], and I invite you all
> > to
> > > come up with more ideas. We will start that off in July or August. Did
> I
> > > mention that you can join us on Meta [2] to discuss proposals for
> names,
> > > the project itself, and much more?
> > >
> > > Again, thank you all! I am super excited about figuring this thing out
> > with
> > > you, and am looking forward to coming back to Wikimedia full-time.
> > >
> > > Stay safe,
> > > Denny
> > >
> > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Abstract_Wikipedia
> > > [2]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
> > > [3] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/abstract-wikipedia
> > > [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Abstract_Wikipedia/Name
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 9:24 AM Brion Vibber 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > I'm extremely excited about this project!
> > > >
> > > > Not only will this be directly useful on its own (and a fascinating
> > > project
> > > > in its own right!), but it will help our volunteer editors to ramp up
> > > good
> > > > base material to work with on the "prose" Wikipedias we already know
> > and
> > > > love.
> > > >
> > > > The idea is really to make the structured data we've all been putting
> > > into
> > > > Wikidata available in a human-readable form at a big scale, that's
> > still
> > > > able to be shaped and made into something real and readable by human
> > > > editors. By moving around where in the chain the data gets expressed
> as
> > > > human language, we hope to make something that's just as editable but
> > > much
> > > > more maintainable in the future and across multiple languages.
> > > >
> > > > -- brion
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Jul 2, 2020 at 9:04 AM Katherine Maher  >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > (A translatable version of this announcement can be found on Meta
> > [1])
> > > > >
> > > > > Hi all,
> > > > >
> > > > > It is my honor to introduce Abstract Wikipedia [1], a new project
> > that
> > > > has
> > > > > been unanimously 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions 2018

2018-07-19 Thread Christophe Henner
And because I can't step down properly, a part of the email was missing,
here is the complete version



*Hello everyone,*





































*I am happy to make some announcements about the Wikimedia Foundation Board
of Trustees. As of today, Tanya Capuano has formally joined the Board.
Tanya is an experienced financial professional who has worked as a Vice
President of Finance for Intuit, and more recently as CFO for the software
firm G5. She is passionate about education, having served on the boards of
various educational nonprofits.Tanya will enrich the financial and
accounting skills critical to the oversight of the Foundation and to her
role as Chair of the Foundation’s Audit Committee, to which she was also
elected today. Please join me in warming welcoming her in the Wikimedia
movement. As Tanya joins us, we also see Kelly Battles and Alice Wiegand,
two very valuable trustees, leave us as their terms of service come to a
close. Both of them have been stellar trustees who helped the board and the
Foundation grow and become a more robust organisation.Kelly and Alice, you
have brought so much to the Foundation and to the movement, and it has been
an immense pleasure serving with you. I can only hope, as has often been
the case with other former trustees, our movement will be lucky enough we
keep seeing both of you around and that you keep on bringing your
experience, skills, and wisdom to all of us. As you might have noticed we
still are one trustee short, with a total of nine. We are currently
searching for a tenth Trustee, with a technology and platform background;
you can read the profile here on Commons
<https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Board_Recruiting_Candidate_Packet_May_2018.pdf>.
Today the Board also voted to appoint María Sefidari as Chair and
Christophe Henner as Vice Chair. After serving as Chair for two terms, I
decided to step down and support María as Chair, hopefully as effectively
as she served me and the organization when she was my Vice Chair. María and
I both have a long history of involvement in the Wikimedia community, and
prior to coming to the Foundation, held leadership roles in local Wikimedia
organizations.In addition, the Board re-elected Nataliia Tymkiv as Chair of
the Board Governance Committee, supported by BGC members James Heilman and
Dariusz Jemielniak, and alternates Raju Narisetti and María. We also
elected Raju as Chair of the Human Resources Committee, with members María
and Dariusz.  Finally, as noted, we elected Tanya Capuano as Chair of the
Audit Committee, with Christophe and Raju as members and María and Jimmy as
alternates.  More about Christophe, María, and the Committee Chairs are
below. I hope you will join me in congratulating them on their new
positions and wish them success in their terms ahead.On a more personal
note, I would like to thank everyone for the last two years. This is not
farewell, but the last two years have been a roller coaster and I am proud
I had the chance to serve as Chair and helped us building up the future of
the movement. We have achieved a lot in the last 24 months, and the best is
yet to come!ChristopheAbout Tanya CapuanoTanya Pine Capuano most recently
was the chief financial officer (CFO) of the data-driven marketing company
G5 in Bend, Oregon. Originally from San Jose, California, she has
wide-ranging experience including strategy and financial planning and
analysis in technology. In addition to her recent role at G5, she has also
worked for Hewlett-Packard and Intuit.She has also supported numerous
education initiatives throughout her career; including serving on the
boards of Education Pioneers, Los Altos Educational Foundation, and “I Have
a Dream” Foundation San Francisco, an organization whose San Francisco
chapter she co-founded.She is very involved with Stanford University alumni
life, having earned a bachelor's in economics, a master's in education, and
a master of business administration from the university. After graduating,
she worked as the university’s Director of Alumni Relations and Development
Director for the Initiative on Improving K-12 Education. She has also
served on the board of the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business.Tanya lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two
children. They enjoy traveling as a family and outdoor sports.About María
SefidariMaría Sefidari Huici is a professor in the Digital Communications,
Culture and Citizenship Master's degree program of Rey Juan Carlos
University at the MediaLab-Prado.Born in Madrid, Spain, where she still
lives today, María graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad
Complutense de Madrid, and later a Master's degree in Management and
Tourism at the Business faculty of the same university. She was a 2014
Techweek Women’s Leadership Fellow, which showcases, celebrates, and
supports emerging female leaders in business and technology.María started
contributing to the Wikimedia pr

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions 2018

2018-07-19 Thread Christophe Henner
*Hello everyone,I am happy to make some announcements about the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees. As of today, Tanya Capuano has formally
joined the Board. Tanya is an experienced financial professional who has
worked as a Vice President of Finance for Intuit, and more recently as CFO
for the software firm G5. She is passionate about education, having served
on the boards of various educational nonprofits.Tanya will enrich the
financial and accounting skills critical to the oversight of the Foundation
and to her role as Chair of the Foundation’s Audit Committee, to which she
was also elected today. Please join me in warming welcoming her in the
Wikimedia movement. As Tanya joins us, we also see Kelly Battles and Alice
Wiegand, two very valuable trustees, leave us as their terms of service
come to a close. Both of them have been stellar trustees who helped the
board and the Foundation grow and become a more robust organisation.Kelly
and Alice, you have brought so much to the Foundation and to the movement,
and it has been an immense pleasure serving with you. I can only hope, as
has often been the case with other former trustees, our movement will be
lucky enough we keep seeing both of you around and that you keep on
bringing your experience, skills, and wisdom to all of us. As you might
have noticed we still are one trustee short, with a total of nine. We are
currently searching for a tenth Trustee, with a technology and platform
background; you can read the profile here on Commons
<https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Board_Recruiting_Candidate_Packet_May_2018.pdf>.
Today the Board also voted to appoint María Sefidari as Chair and
Christophe Henner as Vice Chair. After serving as Chair for two terms, I
decided to step down and support María as Chair, hopefully as effectively
as she served me and the organization when she was my Vice Chair. María and
I both have a long history of involvement in the Wikimedia community, and
prior to coming to the Foundation, held leadership roles in local Wikimedia
organizations.In addition, the Board re-elected Nataliia Tymkiv as Chair of
the Board Governance Committee, supported by BGC members James Heilman and
Dariusz Jemielniak, and alternates Raju Narisetti and María. We also
elected Raju as Chair of the Human Resources Committee, with members María
and Dariusz.  Finally, as noted, we elected Tanya Capuano as Chair of the
Audit Committee, with Christophe and Raju as members and María and Jimmy as
alternates.  More about Christophe, María, and the Committee Chairs are
below. I hope you will join me in congratulating them on their new
positions and wish them success in their terms ahead.On a more personal
note, I would like to thank everyone for the last two years. This is not
farewell, but the last two years have been a roller coaster and I am proud
I had the chance to serve as Chair and helped us building up the future of
the movement. We have achieved a lot in the last 24 months, and the best is
yet to come!ChristopheAbout Tanya CapuanoTanya Pine Capuano most recently
was the chief financial officer (CFO) of the data-driven marketing company
G5 in Bend, Oregon. Originally from San Jose, California, she has
wide-ranging experience including strategy and financial planning and
analysis in technology. In addition to her recent role at G5, she has also
worked for Hewlett-Packard and Intuit.She has also supported numerous
education initiatives throughout her career; including serving on the
boards of Education Pioneers, Los Altos Educational Foundation, and “I Have
a Dream” Foundation San Francisco, an organization whose San Francisco
chapter she co-founded.She is very involved with Stanford University alumni
life, having earned a bachelor's in economics, a master's in education, and
a master of business administration from the university. After graduating,
she worked as the university’s Director of Alumni Relations and Development
Director for the Initiative on Improving K-12 Education. She has also
served on the board of the Stanford University Graduate School of
Business.Tanya lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two
children. They enjoy traveling as a family and outdoor sports.About María
SefidariMaría Sefidari Huici is a professor in the Digital Communications,
Culture and Citizenship Master's degree program of Rey Juan Carlos *



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-25 Thread Christophe Henner
I will only answer for our discussions during the board meeting.

This goes two fold:
* we have many teams, including in tech and product, that are understaffed.
Without pointing at one specifically, I raised that at work I have team I
can compare to the Foundation's one, on the very same topic, that is 5 FTE
larger. Even though my company isn't, yet! :), as big as the projects are.
So we have to invest to catch up on some debt we may have.
* we need to evolve. The web and the way people access information and
learn have changed in the pas few years. Plus we the way people address
knowledge in the world is very diverse. We have need to work on that. To
fit new usages and cultural differences.

On one hand consolidating on the other hand evolving.

What it actually means, I can't answer yet. There will most probably be
more on that in the annual plan. But I hope the intent is clearer.

(And for the minutes thank Chuck who did an amazing work documenting our
meeting :))

Le 25 janv. 2018 09:14, "Anders Wennersten"  a
écrit :

> Many thanks, Tillman,  for your reply and also Christophes. Your analysis
> shows there are factors effecting pageviews that needs a qualified analysis
> to get to understand the numbers .
>
> I am also happy to see that there are clever people looking into this, and
> I was also  very glad to see, in the minutes from the Board meeting in
> November (coming out yesterday), that this negative trend was up on the
> table and discussed (twice?).
>
> On the other hand I am still concerned. Could it be that our readers is
> less interested in our project and/or looking for information from other
> sites? We have been used to a steady increase of page views, and even if
> there are technical reasons (as you put forward) for very much of the
> decline, I still interpret the figures that the fact is it its_not_
> increasing as it has been doing. And this even as our project is getting
> more substantiated and better quality content, and we still see a healthy
> big increase in many ("emerging") versions.
>
> The minutes from November meeting (with its very much expended
> content-thanks for that) talks of a general guideline of increasing
> employed personnel with 10-20% for the coming three years. Is this for
> getting our platform more competitive as users look elsewhere for answers?
> But to have the ambition to match the platforms for Google and Facebook
> must be futile would it not? Or are we being naive making big investment
> for expansion when our "market share" is decreasing (if this is the case),
> and where consolidation would be more appropriate?
>
> Would a proper market survey (of how our users look for info on the  net
> and over time)  be a thing to be made before committing to an expansionist
> three years plan?
>
> Anders
>
>
> Den 2018-01-25 kl. 07:57, skrev Tilman Bayer:
>
>> Hi Anders,
>>
>> some notes about possible reasons below. As a data analyst in the
>> Foundation's Readers department, I am tracking our overall pageview
>> numbers on a monthly basis, which we report to the WMF board alongside
>> other metrics about editor activity etc. (This is also publicly
>> available at [1], where this recent pageview decline had already been
>> remarked upon earlier. What's more, you can check this regularly
>> updated chart for a visual year-over-year comparison: [2] )
>>
>> There are probably multiple causes for this year-over-year decrease
>> observable during the last few months. We know about one of them for
>> certain: The recent rollout of "page previews"[3] to all but two
>> Wikipedia versions. This is a new software feature that shows an
>> excerpt from the linked article when the reader hovers their mouse
>> over a link. It is designed to save readers the effort of clicking
>> through certain links. So a decrease in pageviews was fully expected
>> and is to some extent actually evidence for the feature's success.
>> According to our A/B tests, this decrease is around 2-4% (of desktop
>> pageviews). We are on the other hand going to measure this new,
>> alternative form of reading Wikipedia (i.e. the number of previews
>> seen) just like we measure pageviews now; there is currently a
>> technical discussion about this on the Analytics-l mailing list. But
>> for now it is not yet reflected in our public traffic reports.
>>
>> Google-referred pageviews did indeed see a year-over-year decrease of
>> some percent since November (but not before) [4], although this may
>> still not explain the entire rest of the year-over-year change in
>> overall pageviews. Regarding Google's Knowledge Panel - i.e. their
>> Wikipedia extracts that you mentioned - a research paper published
>> last year [5] has confirmed that it indeed has a negative effect on
>> our pageviews (which had long been the topic of speculation without
>> much actual evidence). However, Google already introduced this feature
>> in 2012, so it has been around over half a decade now and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lower page views

2018-01-24 Thread Christophe Henner
All across the web there is a trend in less page views due to the increase
of mobile.

People on mobile tend to click on less links than on desktop. So you can
witness increase reach in users and less pageviews in total.



Le 24 janv. 2018 08:59, "Shlomi Fish"  a écrit :

> On Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:55:07 +0100
> Anders Wennersten  wrote:
>
> > We are seeing a steady decrease of page views to our projects
> > (Wikipedia). Nov-Dec-Jan it is decreasing in a rate of 5-10%
> > (year-year), and for big languages like Japanese,  Spanish close to 10%,
> > or some months even more  [1]
> >
> > Is there any insights of why this is so? Could it be that Google take
> > over accesses with their ever better way of showing results direct  (but
> > then also with showing extracts of Wikipedia articles) .
>
> I think this is a likely contributing cause.
>
> > Or that our
> > interface on mobiles is inferior so we miss accesses from mobiles (now
> > being 54% of total). Or horror of horror that users look for facts on
> > all new sites with fake news instead of Wikipedia?
> >
> > Anders
> >
> > [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm
> >
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board statement endorsing future resourcing and direction of the movement

2018-01-24 Thread Christophe Henner
Hello everyone,

As many of you know, in October we concluded phase 1 of the movement
strategy process. The result was a final draft of the strategic
direction,[1] summarizing the hundreds of conversations that took place all
over the world, on wiki and off, about where we as a movement want
Wikimedia to go next. Many communities and individuals have signed on to
the direction, expressing their support for the guide we collectively
created for our future.

The Board recognizes the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in
making this direction a reality. In the next phase of the movement
strategy, we will get into more of the specifics of how to make that
happen. With that in mind, we would like to share a statement setting forth
our commitment to the future of Wikimedia, and a clear mandate for the
Wikimedia Foundation to invest the resources necessary to support the
growth and evolution required for the next chapter of Wikimedia’s future.

Our statement is included below, and on Meta-Wiki, where it has been set up
for translation:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/November_2017_-_Statement_endorsing_future_resourcing_and_direction_of_the_organization

The Board greatly appreciates all of the time and energy that thousands of
people have put into the movement strategy process. Special appreciation
goes out to the members of the community who stepped up to help lead local,
language, or global organizing efforts. We are not done yet, but what we
have created is something that we should all be proud of -- for the process
of how we got to this direction, as much as for the direction itself.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,

Christophe Henner, Board Chair

***

Statement

At our most recent Board meeting on the 18th of November, the Wikimedia
Foundation Board focused much of our discussion on the needs and goals of
the Wikimedia 2030 movement strategy process.[1] We carefully considered
the next steps we as a movement, and the Wikimedia Foundation in
particular, need to take to build for our future.

The Board is committed to ensuring the vision outlined in the Wikimedia
2030 process becomes a reality. To support this direction and the future of
the Wikimedia movement, it is our belief that the Wikimedia Foundation must
expand its resources through healthy, sustainable practices. To this end,
we want to give a clear mandate for the Wikimedia Foundation to invest the
resources necessary to support the growth and evolution required for the
next chapter of Wikimedia’s future.

We specifically recommend that the Foundation:

   -

   Increase investment in Foundation staffing and other means of support
   for the movement direction, sufficiently resourcing product, technology,
   and community health commitments in particular;
   -

   Support and engage with individuals, groups, and organizations,
   especially within the Wikimedia movement, to further develop their
   capacities, including the specific needs of emerging communities;
   -

   Support the fundraising team in raising additional funds beyond what is
   called for in the annual plan to prepare us for future growth;
   -

   Increase revenue as needed to support investment and growth;
   -

   Explore alternative revenue streams for the Foundation and movement; and
   -

   Undertake any capacity expansion in a healthy and sustainable way that
   anticipates current and future needs.

Based on anticipated need and past performance, we envision an annual
budgetary growth rate of 10–20% over the next several years.

The Board takes seriously its responsibility to the Foundation and by
extension, to the global Wikimedia movement. We believe this mandate will
better ensure we can realize the future we all have outlined as part of
Wikimedia 2030. We are committed to ensuring the sustainable growth and
success of our movement, and the Wikimedia Foundation’s role in supporting
its future.

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction



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[Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-01 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of months
ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am thrilled to
share that after several months of searching and discussions, we have made
another important appointment. At our November Board Retreat, the Board
appointed and welcomed Esra’a Al Shafei to fill our vacant expert seat.

Esra'a is a prominent international human rights activist and social
entrepreneur. She founded and directs Majal, a nonprofit which utilizes
digital media to amplify under-reported and marginalized voices throughout
the Middle East and North Africa. For those of you that heard her keynote
presentation at this year's Wikimania, I think you will agree she will make
a very valuable addition to the Board and brings an important perspective
and skillset to the Board's efforts.

Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
about Esra’a Al Shafei. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to the
Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the Wikimedia movement!

Christophe
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of Esra’a
may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the privacy
and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any photographs
or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this
important safety consideration.


Press release

Header: Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

Subheader: Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur brings to
the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of experience
in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and
underrepresented communities.

Image: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Esraa.png[a]

[b]

[c]

[d]


San Francisco, California, 1 December 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation today
announced the appointment of Esra'a Al Shafei, a prominent human rights
activist and a passionate defender of free expression, to the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees.

A native of Bahrain, Esra'a’s work aims to increase and protect free
speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa. She
founded and directs Majal, a network of online platforms that
amplify under-reported and marginalized voices.

“Esra'a shares Wikimedia's foundational belief that shared knowledge can
facilitate shared understanding,” said Wikimedia Foundation Executive
Director, Katherine Maher. "Her achievements exemplify how intentional
community building can be a powerful tool for positive change, while
her passion
for beautiful and engaging user experiences will only elevate our work. We
are so fortunate to have her perspective in support of our global Wikimedia
communities."

Esra'a founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth, at the time a series of
blogs bringing a voice to marginalized and underrepresented young
people across the Middle East. Today, the organization's team helps build
communities that celebrate, protect, and promote diversity and social
justice. Their endeavors include CrowdVoice.org, which curates crowdsourced
media to contextualize social movements throughout the world; Mideast
Tunes, the largest web and mobile app showcasing underground musicians in
the Middle East and North Africa who use music as a tool for social change;
and Ahwaa.org, an open discussion platform for Arab LGBTQ individuals that
uses game mechanics to protect and engage its community.


“When I first encountered Wikipedia shortly after obtaining an internet
connection in the early 2000s, I felt that the true purpose of the internet
was realized. With Wikipedia, I accessed research regarding persecuted
communities in my home country and the wider region: ethnic and religious
minorities whom we were discouraged from learning about, and whose
histories and beliefs were dictated to us from a singular government
perspective. Wikipedia’s open source and crowdsourcing practices would
inspire the platforms I built to advocate for underrepresented communities,
and the internet would shape my life’s work in advocating for freedom of
expression and identity around the world,” said Esra'a.

Esra'a received the Berkman Award for Internet Innovation from the Berkman
Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2008 for
"outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society." The
World Economic Forum 

[Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Raju Narisetti to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-10-16 Thread Christophe Henner
 extensive international and journalistic experience will add
valuable perspective to the Board as we look to bring new voices from
around the world into our movement. I am impressed by his willingness to
learn about and embrace the values behind the Wikimedia movement, and look
forward to working with him to support our free knowledge mission,” said
Nataliia Tymkiv, Governance Chair for the Board.

Raju is currently the Vice-chair for the Board of Directors of the
International
Center for Journalists
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Center_for_Journalists>, as
well as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Institute of
International Education
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institute_of_International_Education>, which
administers the Fulbright Scholarship
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulbright_Scholarship> programmes. He lives
in Brooklyn, New York.

Raju joins eight other Foundation Trustees
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees> who collectively
bring expertise in the Wikimedia community, financial oversight,
governance, and organizational development; and a commitment to advancing
Wikimedia’s mission of free knowledge for all.

He was approved unanimously by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
His term is effective October 2017 and will continue for three years.
Please see the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees> for complete
biographies.

###

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the
world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is
a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Diversity Award for the mentoring program of the 2017 Wikimedia Hackathon in Vienna

2017-10-06 Thread Christophe Henner
Congratulations, it is much much deserved! :)


Christophe

On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 8:41 PM, Alex Wang  wrote:

> Congrats! Creating ways for newcomers to feel more welcome and supportive
> is awesome!
>
> On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 4:16 AM, Isaac Olatunde 
> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations to you all.
> >
> > Greetings from Nigeria.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Isaac
> >
> > On Sep 30, 2017 12:01 PM, "Moheen Reeyad" 
> wrote:
> >
> > > Congratulations!
> > >
> > > --
> > > Moheen
> > >
> > > On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 3:06 PM, Nurunnaby Hasive 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Congratulations!
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Hasive
> > > > WMBD
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 8:13 PM, Tanweer Morshed <
> > wiki.tanw...@gmail.com
> > > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Congratulations to Wikimedia Austria!
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia
> > Nederland
> > > <
> > > > > rient...@wikimedia.nl> wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Congratulations!
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Sandra Rientjes
> > > > > > Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
> > > > > >
> > > > > > tel.(+31) (0)30 3200238
> > > > > > mob. (+31) (0)6 31786379
> > > > > >
> > > > > > www.wikimedia.nl
> > > > > >
> > > > > > *Postadres*: *
> > > > > > Bezoekadres:*
> > > > > > Postbus 167
> > > Mariaplaats
> > > > 3
> > > > > > 3500 AD  Utrecht Utrecht
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 2017-09-28 15:39 GMT+02:00 Claudia Garád <
> > claudia.ga...@wikimedia.at
> > > > > > >:
> > > > > >
> > > > > > > Hello everyone!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > We wanted to share some good news with you: Our international
> > team
> > > > > around
> > > > > > > the Wikimedia Hackathon mentoring program won the first
> Austrian
> > > Open
> > > > > > > Source Award in the category "Diversity" [1].
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > The Austrian Open Source Award was established this year in
> order
> > > to
> > > > > > raise
> > > > > > > awareness and visibility for our local Open Source Communities
> > and
> > > > > their
> > > > > > > projects. The jury consisted of representatives from across the
> > > > various
> > > > > > > Open Communities in Austria (Open Knowledge, Linux, and Drupal
> > > among
> > > > > > > others) and honoured outstanding projects in the categories
> Open
> > > > Data,
> > > > > > Open
> > > > > > > Software, Open Hardware, and Diversity.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > The Jury particularly mentioned our comprehensive documentation
> > > > under a
> > > > > > > free license which enables other event organizers to apply our
> > > ideas
> > > > > and
> > > > > > > concepts and to build on them [2] [3].
> > > > > > > We are very happy about this positive signal for inclusive
> > events,
> > > > > which
> > > > > > > make it easier for all newcomers to join our great communities
> > and
> > > we
> > > > > > hope
> > > > > > > it encourages even more people to also make our other Wikimedia
> > > > events
> > > > > > more
> > > > > > > and more newcomer friendly. A special thanks goes to our
> awesome
> > > > > mentors
> > > > > > > who were the heart and soul of the mentoring program and the
> > > > Hackathon!
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > For more information about what we learned around the mentoring
> > > > program
> > > > > > > you can also check out our post from the Wikimedia Blog [4].
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > [1]: https://www.openminds.at/
> > > > > > > [2]:https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Hackathons/Handbook
> > > > > > > [3]:https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2017/
> > > > > > > Mentoring_Program
> > > > > > > [4]: https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/05/31/vienna-hackathon-
> > > > learnings/
> > > > > > > --
> > > > > > > Claudia Garád
> > > > > > > Executive Director
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > *Wikimedia Österreich*
> > > > > > > Stolzenthalergasse /1
> > > > > > > 1070 Wien
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2017-08-11 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

As is customary, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met right
before Wikimania and appointed new trustees and elected its officers.

This is a rare occasion as I will not need to write a farewell email. The
two Board members that were finishing their terms, María and Dariusz, were
re-elected after the recent community election. And as of today, James
Heilman has formally rejoined the Board of Trustees.

Today the Board also elected the officer positions. I am pleased to report
that the Board has reiterated its trust in the current officers, and both
María and I will continue serving as Vice Chair and Chair of the Board,
respectively, for another year.

It feels a little weird to write this email as there's not much change from
last year. But I believe that stability and continuity are more than
welcome!

So please, join me in "welcoming" María, Dariusz, and James as trustees of
the Wikimedia Foundation Board.

María Sefidari began contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006 and has
since served in several roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
founding member of Wikimedia España and Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias, and
she also helped create Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject. She has served
on several Foundation governance committees, including the Affiliations and
Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is a professor in the
Digital Communications, Culture and Citizenship Master's degree program of
Rey Juan Carlos University at the MediaLab-Prado in Madrid, Spain. She has
previously served on the Board from August 2013 to July 2015, and most
recently joined the Board once again in January 2016. She has been selected
for a second term which will conclude at Wikimania 2020.

Dariusz Jemielniak has held a variety of roles on Wikimedia projects,
including administrator, bureaucrat, checkuser, steward and ombudsman. He
served as the chair of the Wikimedia community’s Funds Dissemination
Committee for three terms and is the author of “Common knowledge?: An
Ethnography of Wikipedia.” Dariusz is a full professor of Management, the
head of the Center for Research on Organizations and Workplaces, and a
co-founder of the New Research on Digital Societies (NeRDS) group at
Kozminski University. Dariusz has been re-appointed for a second term as a
Trustee after first joining the Board in July 2015.

James Heilman, M.D.,  has helped to found both Wikimedia Canada and
WikiProject Med Foundation. As an emergency physician in Cranbrook, British
Columbia, and a faculty member of emergency medicine at the University of
British Columbia, James is an active member of the medical community on
Wikimedia projects. James has also been involved in establishing
collaborations with several organizations, including Translators Without
Borders and the World Health Organization, to improve Wikimedia’s coverage
of medical content. James previously served on the Board of Trustees from
July to December 2015.

Christophe Henner has been a leader within the Wikimedia community for more
than 12 years. Prior to joining the Foundation Board in 2016, he served as
Board Chair of Wikimedia France, and had been a member of the chapter’s
Board since 2007. During this time, he spent nearly three years in Vice
Chair and Chair positions. Christophe is currently the Chief Operating
Officer (COO) of the Blade Group, a cloud computing company headquartered
in France. At Blade, Christophe is scaling up operations to support the
company's transition from a start-up to a global company.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Presentation Code of Conduct Committee candidates and community review

2017-04-24 Thread Christophe Henner
Congratulations and many many thanks to all the members and auxiliary
members to the committee!!!

Really glad to see this moving forward, many thanks to everyone who worked
and collaborated to create the code of conduct for the Wikimedia technical
spaces :)



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On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 11:14 AM, Quim Gil <q...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> The community review period for the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical
> spaces Committee candidates is over, and we haven't received any feedback
> challenging the candidates proposed. Therefore, all they are confirmed now.
> Congratulations!
>
> Committee members:
>
>-
>
>Amir Sarabadani (Ladsgroup)
>-
>
>Lucie-Aimée Kaffee (Frimelle)
>-
>
>Nuria Ruiz (NRuiz-WMF)
>-
>
>Sébastien Santoro (Dereckson)
>-
>
>Tony Thomas (01tonythomas)
>
>
> Auxiliary members:
>
>-
>
>Ariel Glenn (ArielGlenn)
>-
>
>Caroline Becker (Léna)
>-
>
>Florian Schmidt (Florianschmidtwelzow)
>-
>
>Huji
>-
>
>Matanya
>
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_of_Conduct/Committee_members has been
> updated accordingly.
>
> Following the process described in the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia
> technical spaces <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_of_Conduct>, the new
> Committee will be constituted six weeks after the nomination of candidates,
> on 20 May.
>
> Between now and then the new members will go through some training and
> paperwork. You can follow the details at
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T159923.
>
> I expect to send the next and last update about this bootstrapping process
> when the Committee is constituted.
>
> --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of new Affiliations Committee advisors

2017-04-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Awesome! Congratulations :)

Le 3 avr. 2017 11:10 PM, "Pierre-Selim"  a écrit :

> \o/ quite happy to see people with such experience joining the affcom as
> advisors.
>
> 2017-04-03 22:56 GMT+02:00 Tito Dutta :
>
> > Welcome, Anasuya di, Patricio, and Ting and all the best. :)
> >
> > On 4 April 2017 at 01:57, Kirill Lokshin 
> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > I'm very pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> > appointed
> > > three new advisors for the coming year: Anasuya Sengupta, Patricio
> > Lorente,
> > > and Ting Chen.  As non-voting advisors, Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting
> will
> > > lend their unique experience and insight to the committee as we support
> > the
> > > ongoing movement strategy process and the continuing evolution of the
> > > Wikimedia affiliate ecosystem.
> > >
> > > Please join me in welcoming Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting to their new
> > roles!
> > >
> > > Kirill Lokshin
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement from the Chairs regarding the Movement strategy process

2017-04-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Frans and chairpersons,

Thank you to you and everyone that crafted and supported that statement.

It feels really really great to see that Wikimedia organisations are
supportive and participative of the movement strategy process :)

Thank you very very much!



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On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 2:15 PM, Frans Grijzenhout <fr...@wikimedia.nl>
wrote:

> Hi everybody,
>
> Yesterday the chairs of the various affiliates held their meeting and I am
> very pleased to inform all of you that the chairs that were present at this
> meeting all supported the following statement:
>
> "The Wikimedia chairs, meeting in Berlin on 1 April 2017 support the
> Wikimedia strategy process and we will encourage our respectieve
> organizations to contribute."
>
> We kindly request the chairs that could not attend the meeting to also
> motivate their respective organizations to contribute to the process.
>
> Kind regards, Frans Grijzenhout
> --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment Kick-Off: Changes to the Timeline

2017-03-18 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

Many topics covered here :)

1. Paid vs. unpaid: I don't know of the legal situation, but I always felt
that for a NGO it is better to have a volunteer board. Especially for us as
our movement is built thanks to volunteers. I fear it would slightly hinder
our message if trustees were paid. But, when we need a specific expertise,
then we can pay for it. But not as a trustee, as an expert helping us on a
specific matter;

2. Time comitment. So on that, we are actively working on trying to reduce
the mandatory time board members have to allocate to WMF. Goal is between
this year and next year to lower it down to what we benchmarked as average
(and I can't find the number again, I'll dig into that). That work started
after a discussion with Guy on the fact that the time comitment was so high
we migh scare away high profiles. So working to get mandatory board time
down.
But there's also "non-mandatory" time comitment. I can only speak for me,
but right now, it takes me from 2h in the day up to 6h, almost everyday. I
try to have Sundays when I don't work (either for my job or wikimedia). In
that I do include reading (scanning for some mailing lists) emails.

Right now, I think that the most complicated thing to handle is travel
times as you need to take almost a week off every time we travel abroad.
But until we invent teleportation (that would be super cool), I can't see a
way to change that.

3. Staff support to the board : We already have some. First, as the
treasurer and secretary roles are filled by staff members, it unburden
board members a lot. On top of that, we also benefit from support from each
department on a needs basis. Travels are taken care of by staff, I'm
working on slides now, I could ask the communication department to help me
on that. Anna and Michelle work a lot with Natalia on board recruitement.

To be fair, staff does a lot of heavy lifting for us already.

What is true however is that we don't have one personn fully assigned to
support the board. But I'm not sure it is needed right now. That might be a
discussion worth having.

4. Appointed seats "quality": yes we are looking for great board members.
And that is also why we need more time than one could expect.



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On Sat, Mar 18, 2017 at 3:52 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi James,
>
> Two points:
>
> 1. Intrinsic motivation, at this point, appears to be inadequate for
> increasing the population of the Wikimedia volunteer community. I am
> skeptical that we should rely on the same mechanism which isn't working in
> the volunteer community to fill slots on the WMF Board, which also seems to
> be struggling to fill its ranks.
>
> 2. I think that there's some grey between fully intrinsic and fully
> extrinsic motivation. For example, there are a number WMF employees to
> which WMF pays $100,000+ compensation packages. Yet we don't complain that
> their motivations are extrinsic and incompatible with the Wikimedia
> mission. WMF pays them that level of compensation to encourage them to stay
> with WMF instead of working for another organization (probably a for-profit
> one) which would likely pay them similar levels of compensation. It seems
> to me that if WMF is struggling to attract the quantity and quality of
> Board members that it needs, then compensation is a reasonable option to
> consider.
>
> Responding to Pete: although it's unusual for nonprofit board members to be
> paid, as far as I can see the practice isn't forbidden. I imagine that WMF
> Legal could provide guidance about what is and isn't allowed. Whether
> whether it's allowed and whether it should actually happen are, of course,
> two different questions. A resource that I find instructive is
> https://www.asaecenter.org/resources/articles/an_plus/
> 2015/december/should-board-members-of-nonprofit-
> organizations-be-compensated,
> which provides a list of pros and cons for providing compensation to Board
> members. One of the points that they make is along similar lines as Lane's:
> that providing compensation could increase the diversity of candidates. A
> point that I think is also worth making is that if Board members are
> compensated then expectations should be proportionately greater for their
> performance and attendance to Board matters; I don't want anything like a
> repeat of the situation that happened with Lila in which the WMF Board
> seems to have been asleep at the wheel. Given that current Board members
> seem to be struggling with their workloads, I think that exploring the pros
> and cons of compensating WMF Board members is worth serious consideration.
>
> I like the idea of the Board having its own staff separate from the ED.
> This wo

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcoming 19 long-time Wikimedians as Coordinators for Movement strategy

2017-03-09 Thread Christophe Henner
Welcome in your new roles Venus, Tuan, Todd, Takashi, Oleg, Szymon, Satdeep,
Samuel, Robin, Tomasz, Niccolò, Nahid, Marco, Ran, Jonatan, Gereon, Chico,
Bohdan, and Abbad!!!

For years we've been struggling to get involvement from local communities
in global processes, and with you we're finally gonna make it! :)

Thanks for your help!!!



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On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:48 AM, Yaroslav Blanter <ymb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks the coordinators. I do not know everybody on the list, but I
> recognize there names of many excellent people.
>
> I also see there a name which has rung a bell for me, and the sound of the
> bell was somewhat alarming. I checked and found indeed that the coordinator
> has a sizable block log on the Russian Wikipedia, their home project, for
> actions which include trolling and disruptive editing, and at some point
> had to be placed under a topic ban. The most recent block is one and half
> years ago. Which poses a natural questions whether the candidates were
> actually screened.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 7:28 AM, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Welcome. Thank you for joining us and offering your talents.
> > /a
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 9:59 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Welcome all! I am so grateful for your participation and perspective as
> > we
> > > begin this work.
> > >
> > > On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 00:46 Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Welcom to all the 19 Wikimedians! I see, most of the names are
> familiar
> > > to
> > > > me. Thank you all for your dedication for the movement.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Tanweer
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Tanweer
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM, Guillaume Paumier <
> > > > gpaum...@wikimedia.org>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello,
> > > > >
> > > > > As most of you are aware, the Wikimedia movement has embarked on an
> > > > > ambitious initiative to discuss our collective future and
> determine a
> > > > > movement-wide strategic direction. [1]
> > > > >
> > > > > The movement is composed of people in many different roles, notably
> > > > > individual contributors who may not be affiliated with any
> organized
> > > > > group. It can be challenging to reach individual contributors and
> > > > > involve them in strategy discussions, since they may not monitor
> the
> > > > > usual communication channels, and they may not think that strategy
> > > > > discussions are relevant to them.
> > > > >
> > > > > For this year’s movement strategy process, the Wikimedia Foundation
> > > > > has decided to hire 19 part-time discussion coordinators to better
> > > > > bridge the gap between the strategy discussions and local
> communities
> > > > > of contributors.
> > > > >
> > > > > Today, I am thrilled to announce that we have concluded the search
> > and
> > > > > assembled a stellar team of 19 long-time Wikimedians, who have
> agreed
> > > > > to join the movement strategy efforts in this capacity.
> > > > >
> > > > > As you go through the team’s page on Meta-Wiki, you will see many
> > > > > familiar names. [2] The team is composed of Abbad, Bohdan, Chico,
> > > > > Gereon, Jonatan, Ran, Marco, Nahid, Niccolò, Tomasz, Robin, Samuel,
> > > > > Satdeep, Szymon, Oleg, Takashi, Todd, Tuan, and Venus. Because of
> the
> > > > > team’s geographic distribution, Jan Eissfeldt, from the
> Foundation’s
> > > > > Support and Safety team, has agreed to help lead the day-to-day
> > > > > activities of the group of Asian language coordinators.
> > > > >
> > > > > All the coordinators started on Monday for a 3-month contract, and
> > > > > they have already been hard at work, translating materials on Meta
> > and
> > > > > organizing the outreach to their local communities. [3] Some will
> > > > > focus their efforts on 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-07 Thread Christophe Henner
On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 1:49 PM, Leigh Thelmadatter 
wrote:

> The
> people who are loudest in their demands for consensus do not represent the
> Wikimedia movement.
>
>
> The voices loudest for the WMF doing something against the Trump
> administration are not representative of the Wikimedia movement either...
> they have been WMF employees and those closest to them. This is maybe why
> most non-profits hire EDs from outside the organization then from within.
> As you show, Gerard, there has been no effort to find out what the movement
> thinks, and that may have been those behind the statement and amicus brief
> just assumed everybody would agree with them. The world is not San
> Francisco.
>
>


Hi,

I'm sorry but I cannot let that being said.

You are judging a lot of people quickly and harshly. The Wikimedia movement
employees all around the globe ARE wikimedians. They are part of the
movement as much as you and everyone in that thread is.

I am sorry, but your statement is definitly not ok. Being a volunteer
doesn't provide us with a bonus in engagement to our movement. They are
comited and engaged people, we have to respect that.

Second, you also pass judgement regarding our ED discreetly, again judging
without knowing. But Katherine is not where she is by chance but because it
is preceded by a long comitment to our values. Shall I remind you that back
in 2007 in another org, UNICEF, she was working on mediawiki. Looping back
to the first part actually, she was a wikimedian long before being an
employee, and that goes for a lot of the staff, not just her.

Finally, no the world is not San Francisco. And funnily enoug, in the board
there's only one person from San Francisco and two from the US (the second
being Jimmy and he no longer lives in the US). So you are definitly right,
the world is not San Francisco. It's much wider. And being able for the
movement's staff and volunteers to freely travel and exchange is key to our
success. Hence our standing regarding that specific Executive Order as it
prevents us, as an organization, and as a movement, to fullfill our
mission.

I am sorry if my email sounds harsh, but please do keep in mind that you're
passing a judgement on people that work countless hours with a huge
comitment to the movement they belong to.

Christophe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation receives $500, 000 from the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist Charitable Fund to support a healthy and inclusive

2017-02-06 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 5:33 AM, Pete Forsyth  wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 9:17 AM, Lodewijk 
>> wrote:
>>
>> What I am curious about, is whether there are also efforts ongoing that
>>> are
>>> focused on influencing community behavior in a more preventive manner.
>>>
>> On 01/27/2017 09:54 AM, Danny Horn wrote:
>
>> Your idea for using aggression/harassment scores in admin applications is
>> really interesting; I hadn't thought of that before. Nothing's actually
>> planned right now, just research and conversations, but it's neat to see
>> people already coming up with interesting suggestions. :)
>>
> I'm delighted to see this issue getting some attention. I believe the core
> of the problem comes from the WMF's identity, from the start, as a
> technology company; so shifting in this direction might be an uphill
> battle, but I feel strongly that it's the right way to go.



Be careful there, we're agreeing! :D

Joke aside, I'm not sure it is an uphill battle, but that is a shift I
believe we, not just WMF but all of us as a community, need to do. From
mere "tool" to a movement. Which means that the tech and the platform are a
way to enable us  to achieve our goals. But our goals aren't technical,
they're societal. We're a people movement not a tech movement :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-06 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

I love that thread. Touchy topîc and yet an awesome discussion, Thank you
so much :D

A few month ago, little time after my election, I asked that question on
Facebook and provided my own answer. And yes, I do believe that saying
neutral knowledge should be freely accessible by everyone on the planet is
kind of a really really really really strong political statement.

I also think that "politic" discussion is hard to have as the word politics
can bare many different meaning. One of them is derived on how we use it
regarding national politics. We use politics as a word to include all
politics (economic, social, education, etc.). And political party, or a
political organization, will tend to adress all of them (or some).

That is not what we are talking about actually. To me, I mean politic as,
Asaf will love that, in latin (pertaining to public life). We are a
political organization, we stand for strong values, but we are not
political in the sense we're aligned with a specific party or candidate.
And I don't know about the US, but one thing I love with french wikimedian
is knowing some of them are so fare away from me on the political scale and
yet share values (if I had time I would love to explain how I believe this
is an exemple of why our political systems are broken ^^).

So in the end, to me, the question is where do we draw the line when it
comes to standing up for our values and, related questions, what are those
values we should stand up for?

But again, as a movement, we have the potential to have a huge impact on
the world. That is not neutral, that is a force of change and change always
is poltical.



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On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 12:23 AM, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 2:55 PM James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > The question I have been trying to ask, going back years now in fact, is
> > whether "empower" refers to the political power to secure and retain
> > the freedoms necessary and sufficent to contribute to the mission, or
> > some other kind of power.
> >
>
> Well, it's your lucky day: you're finally getting an answer!
>
> WMF's de-facto interpretation of "empower" in the [[m:Mission]] does *not*
> include "political power to secure and retain the freedoms necessary and
> sufficient to contribute to the mission".
>
> We do not directly solve people's lacking infrastructure (except indirectly
> via partnerships like Wikipedia Zero), we do not provide computers to
> billions of people who don't have them, we do not teach literacy to the
> illiterate, we do not feed the poor so that they may contribute, and we do
> not declare war on North Korea to free its poor people from the awful
> tyranny they suffer under, to enable them to contribute.  The list goes on.
>
>
> The concrete ways WMF worked to "empower" have been providing and
> maintaining the main contribution platforms (the wikis), auxiliary
> platforms (Tool Labs, Quarry, PAWS, Wikidata Query, etc.), funding for
> *Wikimedia-related* activities via grants, programmatic resources and
> mentorship, funding and support for international gatherings of the active
> community, and a few other things.
>
> Your aspirational expansive interpretation (which includes paying editors
> to enable them to contribute, if memory serves) of "empower" has never been
> close to what WMF, under its various leaderships, ever considered
> appropriate.
>
> Now that your years-long query has an answer, perhaps you can stop asking.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2017-02-06 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,


Sorry, with everything I forgot to answer this thread. So I'll provide a
general answer if I may. As I've shared back in June, for this year, some
of my goals include building a strong working relationship between the
Board and the Executive Director, and helping the Board focus on the most
important issues in front of them, like movement strategy. Minor changes to
policy do not require the Board's consideration or approval, and so this
resolution delegates a certain amount of authority to the Executive
Director. This delegates authority, not responsability.

In 2004, the Board of Trustees made a decision that certain "global
policies" should be approved by the Board. At the time, the Board did not
go into significant detail about what kind of policies they want to
approve, or what that approval process should look like. This left some
ambiguity around when the Board needs to be involved in policy changes.
Since that time, the Wikimedia Foundation Board and staff have also changed
and grown significantly. The Board is ultimately responsible for governance
and leadership for the Wikimedia Foundation, so we have to be judicious
about where we focus.

Under this new resolution, we are explaining that the Executive Director
has authority to set and change policies for the organization and its work,
without requiring prior Board approval in most circumstances. The baseline
is that the Executive Director has authority over policies, unless the
Board asks otherwise. In some cases (like any changes to the Conflict of
Interest policy), it's considered good governance for the Board to be
responsible for these policies. Decisions to change these policies will
remain with the Board. Other policies (like the internal staff policies)
will be maintained by staff. For policies on the Wikimedia Projects, we may
still review and approve them where appropriate. This will be something the
Board works closely with the Executive Director to determine as part of the
organization's regular work.

A few other questions have come up in this thread, and I hope it's helpful
to clarify:

# Who is accountable for policy changes now?
The Board has delegated some of its authority to set policies, but it will
still remain just as responsible as if it were making the decisions itself.
The Foundation and the Board remains accountable, just as they were before.

# How should we be transparent about policy changes?
We keep track of the Foundation's policies on the Foundation Wiki [1], and
staff will continue to maintain pages similar to this. Major cross-project
policies, like the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use, will still be updated
following an open consultation with notice to the community. Minor changes,
however, will not need to be ratified by the Board.

# Does this affect the community policy process on projects?
This resolution does not change anything for community policies. Policies
that were previously written and enforced by the Wikimedia communities will
remain that way. The policies that have traditionally undergone
community consultations will also continue to do so, for example, as we
have made a commitment to provide advance notice in Section 16 of the Terms
of Use.

I hope I answered most of the questions, if there's more happy to answer
them.

Oh and if I'm not answering after a few days, please feel free to ping me :)

Have all a good day,

[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Policies

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On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 5:15 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Christophe,
>
> Would you provide us an update on this topic, please?
>
> Pine
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 2:23 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi Christophe,
> >
> > Now that the end-of-Western-year holidays are behind us, I'm bumping this
> > thread in the hope that you'll respond to the points that I made in my
> > email from December 23rd.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Pine
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Dec 23, 2016 at 9:31 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Christophe,
> >>
> >> Thank you for responding to my questions.
> >>
> >>
> >>> First, the resolution and its context. "Supervising" the ED is indeed a
> >>> board duty, but this supervision must not become micro-management. That
> >>> resolution provides staff the liberty to do their work more
> efficiently.
> >>> It
> >>> doesn't remove our duty of oversight.
> >>>
> >>> I feel like you think delegating negates ones ability to provide
> >>> supervision, I would tend to think otherwise as delegating free time
> a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Foundation's challenge to recent U.S. immigration executive order

2017-02-06 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Yair,

Yes board was informed in the process.

Plus when situation started a few days ago, board expressed full support
stepping up against that specific EO.





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On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 8:05 AM, Yair Rand <yyairr...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Would this action fall under "Collaborative advocacy" in the Foundation
> Policy and Political Association Guideline? The section refers to
> "collaborat[ing] with another organization to take action on a particular
> policy or political question". The example given is signing a petition by
> the EFF against Internet censorship. The required steps include (among
> other requirements) consultation with the Public Policy Advisory Group,
> along with getting consensus in a broader RfC except where time does not
> permit. I find it difficult to believe that this situation is so critical
> and urgent that an RfC in advance was impossible, so if it does fall under
> that section, the policy was yet again violated. Frankly, I don't believe
> that an RfC would pass in the first place. If you've been following the
> earlier thread, you may be aware that there is increasing alarm at the risk
> of the movement being hijacked by political interests, and this new action
> is not helping matters.
>
> This was a unilateral political actions in a sensitive area without prior
> discussion. The Guideline does say that the WMF may deviate from the policy
> if specifically approved by the General Council, although I don't know why
> deviating would be warranted here. Was this done here? Who was involved in
> the decision? Was the Board consulted, as suggested by the guidelines
> (although as an "Optional" step)? Or was it simply considered to not fall
> under the policy at all? Is the guideline still in effect, or was it
> eliminated or changed without the document on Meta being updated?
>
> The amicus brief specifically challenges the refugee suspension, among
> other areas. Is this topic considered to be within the WMF's goals, or was
> bringing the WMF into an irrelevant political battle considered simply an
> unavoidable side-effect in the effort to protect WMF operations by means of
> national political intervention?
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Legal/Foundation_Policy_and_Political_
> Association_Guideline#Collaborative_Advocacy
>
> On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 1:10 AM, Michelle Paulson <mpaul...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Dear All,
> >
> > Today, the Wikimedia Foundation joined with more than 90 other
> > organizations in filing an amicus brief[1] in State of Washington v.
> > Trump[2]
> > currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States.
> > This case challenges the recent executive order[3] issued in the United
> > States on January 27, 2017, which establishes immigration and travel
> > restrictions based on country of origin. Other signatories to the brief
> > include Facebook, Levi Strauss & Co., Microsoft, Mozilla, and Paypal. The
> > brief includes legal arguments against the order itself, and details the
> > real and immediate impact these restrictions will have on the Wikimedia
> > Foundation and other signatories’ staff, users, customers, and
> operations.
> > We expect it to be filed in other current and future cases challenging
> the
> > order, as appropriate.
> >
> > We know that the Foundation’s prior statement[4] on this executive order
> > has generated debate in the communities, on mailing lists and in other
> > forums. Some disapprove, with concern that the Foundation has taken a
> > political stance on behalf of the movement. Others approve, with concerns
> > about the impact of this order on the practicalities and values of open
> > collaboration and sharing. We would like to clarify our perspective on
> this
> > important issue.
> >
> > From our perspective, the implications of this order - and the urgency of
> > our response - are clear. Beyond the issue of the values of open
> > collaboration, this order will also have serious, tangible effects on the
> > Foundation and our ability to support the Wikimedia projects and
> > communities.
> >
> > From an operational standpoint, orders such as these may substantially
> > limit our ability to deliver on support for the global Wikimedia
> > communities. Much of the Foundation's work involves travel across
> borders.
> > We cross borders to develop and sustain strategic partnerships with
> > Wikimedia affiliates and free knowledge advocates. We travel to
> gatherings
> &g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] News regarding Wikimania 2018

2017-01-10 Thread Christophe Henner
Congratulations everyone :)




Le 10 janv. 2017 11:24 AM, "James Heilman"  a écrit :

A big congratulations to Douglas and looking forwards to coming to South
Africa in 2018 :-)

James

On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 12:08 PM, Ellie Young  wrote:

> All,
>
> On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and the Wikimedia
Foundation,
>  I am pleased to announce that we have decided to explore having Wikimania
>  2018 located in Cape Town, South Africa. It would be hosted by a team
>  led Douglas Scott with
> support of the Wikimedia ZA chapter and the WMF. The proposal will be
> further vetted by the WMF staff in the coming months, after which time we
> hope to confirm the award.
>
> This past Fall there were a total of four teams
>  that expressed interest
> in
> hosting in 2018.   We would also like to thank the people from South
> Africa, Armenia, Thailand, and Perth for all their effort in putting
> together materials for our consideration and their time spent discussing
> the possibilities.   As a volunteer-led movement, it is very  encouraging
> to have so many who want to support Wikimania.
>
> Please join us in congratulating the South African team.   If any of you
> would like to get involved or have questions/suggestions, please
> contact Douglas
> Scott  douglas.i.sc...@gmail.com
>
> Sincerely,
>
>
> Ellie Young
>
> WMF Events Manager
>
> On behalf of the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimedia Foundation
>
> ​
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Where is WMF with pursuing companies that offer paid editing services

2017-01-02 Thread Christophe Henner
Heu

To be fair it's a topic that isn't currently in our plate.

So to be honest, from a board level, I can't really give you an answer
right now. As said before, there might be legal constraints we can't
foresee.

I made a not to work on that topic, but it might take some time as the
current focus is on the strategy process.

Have a very good day,



Le 2 janv. 2017 9:46 AM, "Gnangarra"  a écrit :

​Like most in western countries you'll find most of the WMF staff are
currently out of office so I wouldnt expect much back especially not
officially from them until after the 9th​ January.

On 2 January 2017 at 16:42, Jytdog at Wikipedia 
wrote:

> This is something that people can natter over endlessly.
>
> The question is to the WMF board and management.  These are the people who
> can authorize action or not.  Anything else is just talk.
>
> Again - what discussions has the WMF had, at the corporate decision-making
> level, about taking legal action against companies that advertise WP
> editing services and that have no evidence of disclosure as required under
> the ToU?
>
> Thanks.
>
> On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 11:04 PM, Pine W  wrote:
>
> > Good points, Gnangarra. I started to write out a reply before realizing
> > that maybe I would give ideas to our adversaries, so I'll wait here for
> > Legal to talk. Perhaps some of us can continue this conversation behind
> > closed doors.
> >
> > Pine
> >
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 7:59 PM, Gnangarra  wrote:
> >
> > > I think it would be nice for a more direct input from the WMF over
> those
> > > not following the Terms of use.
> > >
> > > I see some potential pitfalls, even in chasing companies that charge
> for
> > > content;
> > >
> > >- would this draw WMF into a legal editorial position
> > >- would it drive them to further hide their activities
> > >- what would damage would be done if a court says its ok for a
> > >company/individual to control its image even on Wikipedia. we
> already
> > > deal
> > >with the EUs right to vanish
> > >
> > > sometimes its better to not open the can.  I think a lot more
> discussion
> > > over the implications and impact is needed unfortunately some of that
> can
> > > only be behind closed doors it going to need community trust(something
> I
> > > think isnt all there at the moment),  before asking the WMF legal to
> > pick a
> > > fight with anyone.
> > >
> > > On 2 January 2017 at 08:52, Pine W  wrote:
> > >
> > > > (: I think that Legal could at least describe in general terms what
> > they
> > > > are currently doing and have plans to do in the near future.
> > > >
> > > > If it turns out that the answers are "we aren't doing much and we
> > aren't
> > > > planning to do more", then yes, asking the higher-ups to do
something
> > > about
> > > > this sounds like a good idea. By the way, I think the timing for
this
> > > > discussion is good, because WMF should be in the early stages of
> > > > formulating the 2017-2018 annual plan.
> > > >
> > > > Happy new year!
> > > >
> > > > Pine
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Sun, Jan 1, 2017 at 3:53 PM, Jytdog at Wikipedia <
> > > jytdogte...@gmail.com
> > > > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Pine, thanks for your reply, but Legal will not do anything like
> this
> > > > > unless they are instructed by management.  That is why I directed
> my
> > > > > question to the board and management.
> > > > >
> > > > > I've asked at Jimbo's talk page (bad timing, archived over the
> > > holidays,
> > > > > will repost) and at Katherine's WP talk page.
> > > > >
> > > > > Am very interested to hear from the board and/or WMF management on
> > > this.
> > > > >
> > > > > Jytdog
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > > Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:50:07 -0800
> > > > > > From: Pine W 
> > > > > > To: Wikimedia Mailing List ,
> > > > > > Wikimedia Legal 
> > > > > > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Where is WMF with pursuing companies
> > that
> > > > > > offer paid editing services
> > > > > > Message-ID:
> > > > > > 

[Wikimedia-l] [WMF] Update regarding expiring Board terms

2016-12-23 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Last week, at our December meeting, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
Trustees made some decisions regarding the two Board terms expiring at the
end of this year. Alice Wiegand sought and received reappointment for a
term which will end at Wikimania 2018. Guy Kawasaki decided not to seek
reappointment, and will complete his term at the end of December.

Alice joined the Board in 2012 when she was selected to serve in one of the
two affiliate-selected board seats. She was subsequently appointed to fill
one of the four appointed expert seats, and will be completing her first
full term in that role this month. Alice lives in Germany, and has been
involved with German Wikipedia since 2004 and Wikimedia Deutschland since
2008. Her unique background brings an important perspective on matters
related to the Wikimedia communities, strategy development, organizational
structuring, and executive accounting and assessment. Given her skills,
experience in the movement, and working knowledge of recent Board history,
we felt it was important to retain her presence for an additional term.

The Board appreciates Guy’s commitment to Wikimedia and the input he
provided while serving on the Board. Guy joined the Board in 2015 when he
was selected to fill one of the four appointed expert seats. A prominent
figure in Silicon Valley, Guy has brought a unique perspective to the
challenges and opportunities the Board has considered during his term. Even
though we only worked together for a short time, I enjoyed his fresh point
of view that forced us to step out of our comfort zone, and reconsider
things we've done for years. In a time of evolution, the value from those
questions was really high.

Alice's new appointment will last 1.5 years as opposed to 2 years[1]. We
have asked Alice to serve a term which ends at Wikimania 2018 (instead of
in December 2018) to help consolidate Board transitions to the annual
meeting at Wikimania, rather than spread throughout the year. Our hope is
this shift will support a more effective onboarding process for new members.

We will provide more information in January on our plans for filling the
vacancy now left by Guy's departure, as well as the other vacancies on the
Board. Until then, I invite you to join me in congratulating Alice on her
reappointment, and thanking Guy for his service to Wikimedia.
Congratulations, Alice, and thank you, Guy!

As 2016 comes to an end, please allow me to take a moment and thank all of
you, on behalf of the Board, for your support, efforts, and contributions
this past year. We overcame many hurdles together and achieved many
collaborative accomplishments. I am confident that we will make 2017 an
amazing year. I am looking forward to continuing to work with all of you as
we come together in service of the movement in new ways. There is still
much to achieve and hurdles to overcome, but, together, we have what it
takes.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
Christophe Henner, Chair

PS. An on-wiki version of this message is available for translation:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
Board_noticeboard/December_2016_-_Update_regarding_expiring_Board_terms

[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Term_
Limit_Proposal_for_Bylaws


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2016-12-21 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

I feel there might be a misunderstanding here :)

Legal team has, for a long time now, always worked with the community on
policy updates.

I don't see that changing.

This is a technical / legal delegation. I fail to see what community input
could have brought. We needed to be able to make changes to policies more
easily, it is now possible.

Does this mean it changes everything else, no.

Le 21 déc. 2016 11:24 PM, "Lodewijk" <lodew...@effeietsanders.org> a écrit :

Hi Christophe, all,

I wonder, was there an urgency to pass this resolution, or did I miss the
invitation for community members to give input on this proposal? It doesn't
look particularly sensitive so that it couldn't be shared in advance. It
has potentially direct impact on the functioning of the community. Seems
like a typical example where requesting input could be valuable. So I'd
like to understand the thinking behind the chosen process a little better.

Basically I'd have liked the discussion in this thread to have been part of
the considerations, rather than a response to the resolution.

Thanks,
Lodewijk

2016-12-21 4:45 GMT+01:00 Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>:

> Hi Pine,
>
> If you don't mind I will address your different points separately.
>
> First, the resolution and its context. "Supervising" the ED is indeed a
> board duty, but this supervision must not become micro-management. That
> resolution provides staff the liberty to do their work more efficiently.
It
> doesn't remove our duty of oversight.
>
> I feel like you think delegating negates ones ability to provide
> supervision, I would tend to think otherwise as delegating free time and
> energy to focus on the core roles of a board.
>
> Second, the requirements to answer the community. I'm sorry, here I
> answered quite spontaneously, you are right nothing forces us to.
>
> But, as I've said in my candidacy and in public some time I believe we
> have, as WMF board, a leadership duty. And I also believe you lead by
> example. I've always believed, in the movement, we are all partners. We
> need each other to push forward our mission. You treat partners the way
> yourself want to be treated by them. That is why I believe it is important
> to communicate. It doesn't mean we have to see eye to eye on everything
but
> that when a question rise we should answer as much as we can. That's
> something I've said to nearly everyone who reached out to me in the past
> few month privately, my answer perhaps won't be the one you want, but at
> least there will be an answer and an explanation every time I can. Like
> right now actually :D
>
> Finally, regarding board governance review, Natalia, as chair of the BGC,
> published minutes of our meetings[1], and that is a key topic we address
> and not push aside. That being said it will be a board review, not one on
> that specific event. We will be able to provide more information on that
> topic soon I think :)
>
> I hope I answered your questions.
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Board_Governance_Committee
>
>
>
>
> Christophe HENNER
> Chair of the board of trustees
> chen...@wikimedia.org
> +33650664739 <+33%206%2050%2066%2047%2039>
>
> twitter *@schiste*skype *christophe_henner*
>
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 4:14 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi Christophe,
> >
> > I wish it was true that the Board is required to answer the community's
> > questions, but that isn't the case. WMF isn't a membership organization,
> > there isn't a policy that requires the Board to be responsive to
> community
> > input and questions, and the community has limited ability to influence
> the
> > Board (though I think it is wise for the Board to listen).
> >
> > My perspective is that the 2015 board was not particularly responsive to
> > community (or WMF employees') questions or input, including questions
and
> > input regarding human resources and governance matters. (For example, I
> > still haven't seen a good explanation of why WMF shouldn't undergo a
> > governance review in the wake of Doc James' dismissal; WMF has appeared
> to
> > try to brush that issue under the rug rather than address it with the
> level
> > of transparency and rigor that I feel it deserves.) Thankfully the level
> of
> > responsiveness has improved since 2015, but it's incorrect to say that
> the
> > Board is required to respond to community questions.
> >
> > The vague nature of the resolution as MZMcBride quotes it makes me
> > uncomfortable. I would suggest revising the language of this resolution
> so
> > that it is clearer which kinds o

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2016-12-20 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Pine,

If you don't mind I will address your different points separately.

First, the resolution and its context. "Supervising" the ED is indeed a
board duty, but this supervision must not become micro-management. That
resolution provides staff the liberty to do their work more efficiently. It
doesn't remove our duty of oversight.

I feel like you think delegating negates ones ability to provide
supervision, I would tend to think otherwise as delegating free time and
energy to focus on the core roles of a board.

Second, the requirements to answer the community. I'm sorry, here I
answered quite spontaneously, you are right nothing forces us to.

But, as I've said in my candidacy and in public some time I believe we
have, as WMF board, a leadership duty. And I also believe you lead by
example. I've always believed, in the movement, we are all partners. We
need each other to push forward our mission. You treat partners the way
yourself want to be treated by them. That is why I believe it is important
to communicate. It doesn't mean we have to see eye to eye on everything but
that when a question rise we should answer as much as we can. That's
something I've said to nearly everyone who reached out to me in the past
few month privately, my answer perhaps won't be the one you want, but at
least there will be an answer and an explanation every time I can. Like
right now actually :D

Finally, regarding board governance review, Natalia, as chair of the BGC,
published minutes of our meetings[1], and that is a key topic we address
and not push aside. That being said it will be a board review, not one on
that specific event. We will be able to provide more information on that
topic soon I think :)

I hope I answered your questions.

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
Board_Governance_Committee




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On Wed, Dec 21, 2016 at 4:14 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Christophe,
>
> I wish it was true that the Board is required to answer the community's
> questions, but that isn't the case. WMF isn't a membership organization,
> there isn't a policy that requires the Board to be responsive to community
> input and questions, and the community has limited ability to influence the
> Board (though I think it is wise for the Board to listen).
>
> My perspective is that the 2015 board was not particularly responsive to
> community (or WMF employees') questions or input, including questions and
> input regarding human resources and governance matters. (For example, I
> still haven't seen a good explanation of why WMF shouldn't undergo a
> governance review in the wake of Doc James' dismissal; WMF has appeared to
> try to brush that issue under the rug rather than address it with the level
> of transparency and rigor that I feel it deserves.) Thankfully the level of
> responsiveness has improved since 2015, but it's incorrect to say that the
> Board is required to respond to community questions.
>
> The vague nature of the resolution as MZMcBride quotes it makes me
> uncomfortable. I would suggest revising the language of this resolution so
> that it is clearer which kinds of changes the Board will require the
> Executive Director to submit to the WMF Board for approval. I realize that
> it may seem expedient to grant the Executive Director wide latitude, but I
> feel that the Board should provide more specificity, particularly given
> what happened when the Board was apparently so lax with the supervision of
> the previous Executive Director.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Pine
>
>
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 12:48 AM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org
> >
> wrote:
>
> > Hey,
> >
> > Basically it's making the legal team life's easier when they need to do
> > small and/or quick changes. They don't have to go through the whole
> > resolution process to change a comma.
> >
> > We're still informed and are talking with staff about those changes.
> >
> > As for responsibility, we decided to delegate responsibility, but at the
> > end of the day we still will have to answer the community's question :)
> >
> > Have a good day
> >
> > Christophe
> >
> >
> >
> > Le 20 déc. 2016 6:50 AM, "MZMcBride" <z...@mzmcbride.com> a écrit :
> >
> > This is probably of interest to this list.
> >
> > https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Delegation_of_policy-ma
> king_authority
> >
> > ---
> > Delegation of policy-making authority
> >
> > This was approved on December 13, 2016 by the Board of Trustees.
> >
> > Whereas, the Board 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2016-12-20 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

Basically it's making the legal team life's easier when they need to do
small and/or quick changes. They don't have to go through the whole
resolution process to change a comma.

We're still informed and are talking with staff about those changes.

As for responsibility, we decided to delegate responsibility, but at the
end of the day we still will have to answer the community's question :)

Have a good day

Christophe



Le 20 déc. 2016 6:50 AM, "MZMcBride" <z...@mzmcbride.com> a écrit :

This is probably of interest to this list.

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Delegation_of_policy-making_authority

---
Delegation of policy-making authority

This was approved on December 13, 2016 by the Board of Trustees.

Whereas, the Board of Trustees has traditionally approved certain global
Wikimedia Foundation policies (such as the Privacy Policy and Terms of
Use) as requested during the July 4, 2004 Board meeting
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Meetings/July_4,_2004>;

Whereas, the Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director has authority to
conduct the affairs of the Wikimedia Foundation, which includes adopting
and implementing policies;

Resolved, the Board hereby delegates the authority to adopt, alter, and
revoke policies to the Executive Director, who may further delegate such
authority to Wikimedia Foundation staff as they deem appropriate;

Resolved, the Board may continue to review and approve policies for the
Wikimedia Foundation upon request to the Executive Director or as required
by law.

Approve

   Christophe Henner (Chair), Maria Sefidari (Vice Chair), Dariusz
   Jemielniak, Kelly Battles, Guy Kawasaki, Jimmy Wales, Nataliia Tymkiv,
   and Alice Wiegand
---

I wonder how much of this resolution is formalizing what was already
happening and how much of this is moving the Wikimedia Foundation in a new
direction. After a very tumultuous year at the Wikimedia Foundation, this
is certainly a notable development.

I also wonder in what ways this abrupt change will alter the relationship
between the editing communities and the Board of Trustees. The Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees seems to be committing itself to downsizing
its role and responsibilities. The concern is that a change like this will
reduce accountability when policies are set, unset, and changed by someone
overseeing a large staff that regularly comes in conflict with an even
larger set of editing communities. The Executive Director, of course, is
unelected and has been a central point of repeated controversies recently.
It's been less than a year since the previous Executive Director resigned
after being forced out by her staff. In the context of the recent history,
this resolution is all the more puzzling.

MZMcBride



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[Wikimedia-l] Statement by Wikimedia Board on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity, and Safe Spaces

2016-12-08 Thread Christophe Henner
Hello everyone,

As many of you know, over the past couple of years the Wikimedia Foundation
has taken a focused look at community health—particularly in regards to
harassment. The Foundation's Board has been monitoring and discussing this
issue over the past year with great interest. We have prepared a statement
offering our thoughts on this topic, and providing a clear mandate for the
Foundation’s leadership to fully engage on this issue.

Our statement is below and has been posted on Meta-Wiki, where it is set up
for translation:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/November_2016_-_Statement_on_Healthy_Community_Culture,_Inclusivity,_and_Safe_Spaces

Since the Foundation was established, we have been invested in building a
positive community culture. As part of these efforts, we have monitored the
projects for instances of harassment, escalating our capacity to respond in
recent years. Thanks to the work of the Foundation's Support and Safety
Team, we now have data in the form of the 2015 Harassment Survey[1] about
the nature of the issue. This has enabled us to identify key areas of
concern, and step up our response appropriately. This research shows that
harassment has a negative impact on participation in our projects. This has
implications for our ability to collect, share, and disseminate free
knowledge in support of the Wikimedia vision. Our statement speaks to the
Board's duty to help the Foundation fulfill its mission.

The Board is committed to making our communities safer and will not accept
harassment and toxic behavior on Wikimedia projects. We believe this matter
deserves the Foundation's attention and resources, and have confirmed this
responsibility at our latest Board meeting on November 13th. The questions
that lay before us all now are how to best address this threat, rather than
if we should attempt to do so.

The Board especially appreciates and applauds the work being done to
address this important issue by many community leaders across the movement
and teams within the Foundation. We look forward to seeing this cooperative
work not only continue, but expand. Finally, we encourage everyone who is
interested in helping the Foundation address this threat to our vision and
mission to engage in the upcoming discussions around this issue.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,

Christophe Henner, Board Chair

María Sefidari, Board Vice Chair

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Harassment_survey_2015


Statement by the Wikimedia Board on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity,
and Safe Spaces


At our Board meeting on November 13, and in Board meetings in September and
June, we spent considerable time discussing the issues of harassment and
hostility on the internet generally, and more specifically on the Wikimedia
projects.

This is an important issue. Approximately 40% of internet users, and 70% of
women internet users, have personally experienced harassment.[1] Of people
who have reported experiencing harassment on Wikimedia projects, more than
50% reported decreasing their participation in our community.[2] Based on
this and other research, we conclude that harassment and toxic behavior on
the Wikimedia projects negatively impacts the ability of the Wikimedia
projects to collect, share, and disseminate free knowledge. This behavior
is contrary to our vision and mission.

Our communities deserve safe spaces in which they can contribute
productively and debate constructively. It is our belief that the Wikimedia
Foundation should be proactively engaged in eliminating harassment,
promoting inclusivity, ensuring a healthier culture of discourse, and
improving the safety of Wikimedia spaces. We request management to dedicate
appropriate resources to this end.

We urge every member of the Wikimedia communities to collaborate in a way
that models the Wikimedia values of openness and diversity, step forward to
do their part to stop hostile and toxic behavior, support people who have
been targeted by such behavior, and help set clear expectations for all
contributors.

[1] 2014 Pew Research Center Study, found at:
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/

[2] 2015 WMF Harassment Survey, found at:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Harassment_Survey_2015_-_Results_Report.pdf



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed Interim Executive Director

2016-12-08 Thread Christophe Henner
Congratulation Abraham.

I'm not sure welcome would be appropriate, but welcome into our new role :)



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On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:51 PM, Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> Earlier this week I informed you that Christian Rickerts might become the
> Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy and
> enterprises. This has been confirmed today and Christian has stepped down
> from his WMDE role.
>
> I am very pleased to announce that the WMDE Supervisory Board appointed
> Abraham Taherivand as Interim Executive Director as of 8 December 2016.
>
> Abraham has joined WMDE in March 2012 and is the Head of our Software
> Development department. He has been on the transition team during the last
> ED search, has headed our works council and has been appointed deputy of
> the Executive Director recently. In his multiple roles, Abraham’s decisions
> have always been made in the sense of the Wikimedia Deutschland as a whole.
> With immediate effect, he has the full rights and duties of the Executive
> Director and will also continue to lead the Software Development
> Department.
>
> This solution allows us as a board to approach the next steps with the
> necessary calmness and deliberate thought. On 28-29 January 2017, we will
> meet for our regular board retreat and discuss all questions regarding the
> permanent filling of the ED position.
>
> Christian, once again a big thank you for your work with us.
> Congratulations and a good start in politics. I would like to thank you,
> Abraham, for your agreement to take on this crucial task and look forward
> to the further, close cooperation with you!
>
> I will keep you posted on future updates in the transition process.
>
> For the Supervisory Board
> Tim Moritz Hector
> Chair
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMDE-update: Christian Rickerts might become Undersecretary of State

2016-12-05 Thread Christophe Henner
Congratulations Christian! That is an amazing news and recognition.

Good luck in your new job!



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On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 1:01 PM, Tanweer Morshed <wiki.tanw...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> This is surely a great news and a positive matter for WMDE. Wish Christian
> all the best.
>
>
> Regards,
> Tanweer
>
> On Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 5:09 PM, attolippip <attolip...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Wow. Good luck with all this :)
> >
> > Best regards,
> > antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> >
> > 2016-12-05 13:06 GMT+02:00 Tim Moritz Hector
> <tim-moritz.hector@wikimedia.
> > de
> > >:
> >
> > > Dear Wikimedians,
> > >
> > > On Saturday, the Green Party has resolved the coalition agreement for
> the
> > > future Berlin government and nominated their future government
> officials.
> > > The
> > > new designated Minister of economics, Ramona Pop, asked Christian to
> > become
> > > her Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy,
> > energy
> > > and enterprises. Now things are going to happen quite quickly: The
> future
> > > senate is scheduled to be constituted on December 8th. Right after
> that,
> > > Christian would take on the new responsibility.
> > >
> > > The Supervisory Board of Wikimedia Deutschland and Christian agree that
> > > this is a great opportunity that he should accept. I also see this as a
> > > huge compliment to our work at Wikimedia Deutschland.
> > >
> > > We are aware that this opportunity brings a lot of change for our
> > > organisation for the near future as well. Christian and I are currently
> > > working on the next steps together with our staff and community. We
> will
> > > provide you with regular updates regarding the transition process.
> > >
> > > Thank you very much and kind regards
> > >
> > > Tim Moritz Hector
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Funds Dissemination Committee Recommendations for Round 1 2016-2017

2016-11-18 Thread Christophe Henner
Thank you everyone for the hard work and all the reading you had to go
through :)

Le 18 nov. 2016 10:19 AM, "Frans Grijzenhout"  a écrit :

> Hi Anne, thank you for this report and for sharing with us the
> deliberations on the requests. We greatly appreciate the constructive and
> thoughtful approach.
> Frans
>
>
>
> *Frans Grijzenhout*, voorzitter / chair
> +31 6 5333 9499  -  http://www.wikimedia.nl/
>
> --
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>
>
>
> 2016-11-18 4:23 GMT+01:00 Risker :
>
> > Dear Wikimedians,
> >
> >
> > The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) meets twice a year to make
> > recommendations about how to effectively allocate movement funds to
> achieve
> > the Wikimedia movement's mission, vision, and strategy.  This is now the
> > 9th round of allocations made by the FDC, and we met in person from
> > November 13-17 in San Francisco to deliberate on 11 proposals submitted
> > this round. We would like to thank all of the participating organizations
> > for the hard work they put into this round’s proposals.
> >
> >
> > Our recommendations for Round 1 2016-2017 on the annual plan grants to
> the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees have now been posted on Meta.[1]
> The
> > Board will review our deliberations and make a decision by January 1,
> 2017.
> >
> >
> > We received grant requests for approximately USD 3,467,000 this round
> > (including two requests for two-year funding). Before we met, committee
> > members reviewed all of the proposals and documents submitted.  We were
> > assisted in this review with input from the FDC staff assessments which
> > included analysis on impact, finances, and programs, as well as community
> > comments on the proposals.
> >
> >
> > As you may know, there is a formal process to submit complaints or
> appeals
> > about these recommendations. Here are the steps for both:
> >
> >
> > Any organization that would like to submit an appeal on the FDC’s Round 1
> > recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC
> by
> > 23:59 UTC on 8 December 2016 in accord with the appeal process outlined
> in
> > the FDC Framework [2]. A formal appeal to challenge the FDC’s
> > recommendation should be in the form of a 500-or-fewer word summary
> > directed to the two non-voting WMF Board representatives to the FDC,
> > Dariusz Jemielniak and Guy Kawasaki. The appeal should be submitted
> > on-wiki, and must be submitted by the Board Chair of a funding-seeking
> > applicant. The Wikimedia Foundation Board will publish its decision on
> this
> > and all recommendations by January 1, 2017.
> >
> >
> > Anyone can file a complaint about the FDC process [3] with the
> Ombudsperson
> > at any time. The complaint should be submitted on wiki, as well. The
> > Ombudsperson will publicly document the complaint, and investigate as
> > needed.
> >
> >
> >
> > On behalf of the FDC,
> >
> >
> > Anne Clin / Risker
> >
> > FDC Chair
> >
> >
> > [1]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendatio
> ns/2016-2017_
> > round_1
> >
> > [2]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Appeals_to_the_Board_on_the_
> > recommendations_of_the_FDC
> >
> > [3]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Complaints_
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Personal Update

2016-11-04 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

On the process, Kelly notified Katherine and myself about the possibility
of conflict shortly after receiving an offer from Quora, in accordance with
the Foundation's Conflict of Interest Policy.[1] Kelly wanted to make sure
the issue was transparently disclosed to the full Board and the Wikimedia
community, and if there were any conflicts, address them directly. She was
very explicit about handling this in any way that was best for Wikimedia.

Kelly then met with Michelle and Stephen. They reviewed the Foundation’s
conflict of interest rules in depth, and worked with her to develop a plan
to manage the potential for a conflict. As you know, our mission is to
empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop
educational content under a free license[2] or in the public domain, and to
disseminate it effectively and globally.

We would in fact encourage people to see the benefit in our Trustees having
relevant expertise to our mission and operations. In addition to her
financial expertise, Kelly now brings the perspective of another
organization’s experiences supporting a large, dynamic community of
volunteers who create and share knowledge. These volunteers - some of whom
are also Wikimedians - are also passionate about the way their platform,
product, organization, and community supports them. There are many ways the
Foundation, and by extension, the movement, could benefit from learning
from Quora’s successes and challenges.

Kelly proactively disclosed the issue to the Board officers, the full
Board, and the Wikimedia community. Her professional experience as a CFO
means that she is conscientious about conflict rules, and ready to do what
is best for the Wikimedia movement. The Board of Trustees is fortunate to
have her volunteer service, and we are confident that we can address any
issues that may arise.

Now, on a more personal level, I’m really sad to witness the tone of
certain emails in this thread. The Board learned its lessons, and you have
here a factual proof about our commitment to be open with you all.

Criticism and concerns are, of course, to be voiced, but in a proper
manner. With the events we all went through in the past few months,
suggesting a Board member should resign and at the same time saying the
process was properly followed, is not ok.

If there’s one thing we should have learned is that it is when we respect,
listen, and pay attention to each other, we can achieve more.

I do understand and respect the current higher level of scrutiny on Board
actions, but respect is never optional.

Best,

Christophe

[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest_policy
The Foundation's Conflict of Interest Policy ensures that Board members
disclose their possible conflicts to the rest of the Board, and recuse
themselves from discussions as appropriate. When Board members raise a
potential conflict of interest, we talk with them about their legal duties
(which you can read about in the Wikimedia Foundation Board Handbook) and
our policies on Conflicts of Interest and Pledge of Personal Commitment.
Additionally, we keep an up-to-date questionnaire on potential conflicts,
which is also updated on an annual basis with all Board members and
reviewed by the General Counsel. The Foundation has recently reviewed our
conflict of interest procedures against other comparable non-profit
organizations, and I'm confident that our system appropriately thorough and
rigorous.


[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_content



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On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 12:38 AM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com> wrote:

> In case my blanket "I disagree" left doubt, let me state very clearly --
> I'm not seeking anybody's resignation here. (Just reread Dan's message and
> realized it's possible the beginning of my response could be read that way,
> though I think I'm pretty clear further down.)
> -Pete
>
> On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 4:32 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Dan, I disagree. Three points:
> >
> > 1. Rogol explicitly said they *hesitate* to suggest that anybody resign;
> > nobody on this list has asked her to resign. Best not to exaggerate.
> >
> > 2. It is true that there is a higher level of scrutiny of the board than
> > there has been in the past. We should not forget that in the last year,
> the
> > board or its members:
> > * Ousted a community-selected member, for reasons generally regarded as
> > frivolous and insufficient;
> > * Defamed that same person following his ouster
> > * Appointed a new member with insufficient vetting, who subsequently had
> > to resign under pressure
> > * Lost another community-selected member, who cited reasons he had been
> > explicitl

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

2016-11-02 Thread Christophe Henner
\o/

Welcome Victoria! Really really glad to have you joining us!

Welcome again!

And thank you to everyone that contributed to make this search successful!
:)

Le 2 nov. 2016 7:23 PM, "Katherine Maher"  a écrit :

> Hi everyone,
>
> I’m excited today to introduce the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief
> Technology Officer, Victoria Coleman. Victoria’s first day is November 7,
> and she will be based in the Foundation's office in San Francisco.
>
> Victoria comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in consumer and
> enterprise technology. And as you’ll learn quickly when you start getting
> to know her, she is deeply passionate about the importance of education,
> and how the Wikimedia mission advances education and equity around the
> world.
>
> When we started looking for a CTO for the Foundation, projects, and
> communities, we knew we were looking for a unique person - someone with the
> experience to lead confidently, and the confidence to embrace open
> collaboration in leadership. We were looking for someone with a track
> record of success leading strategy and execution for technology platforms
> at scale, someone will be an effective mentor and leader for our Technology
> department, and a strong partner to Product teams. We needed someone who
> would thrive in our culture and be an inclusive collaborator with staff and
> community. We agreed that Victoria met these requirements and then some.
>
> Victoria has deep experience across consumer and enterprise technology
> fields and is a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the
> public sector. She has seen and done many things in her career, from
> mobility platforms to connected devices to cyber security to web services
> at scale. She brings operational excellence in strategic long-term
> planning, execution, delivery, and running large distributed teams.
>
> Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Vice President and Chief
> Technology Officer for the Connected Home Division of Technicolor, where
> she was responsible for innovation strategy, product management, technology
> roadmaps, and technical due diligence for acquisitions and partnerships.
> Previously, as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Harman,
> she led the core technology platforms of the Infotainment Division
> including systems and software, media, tuner, navigation, connectivity, and
> advanced driver assist systems. Before this, she served as Vice President,
> Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Vice President, Software Engineering of
> Hewlett-Packard’s webOS global business unit, and Vice President of
> Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology.
>
> Victoria also has deep familiarity with open source software development,
> having witnessed the rise of the Unix movement first as a student and later
> as an instructor. She has been actively involved in the development of the
> Linux-based LiMo (renamed Tizen). She passionately believes in the power of
> open source and is familiar with how a commitment to open source
> strengthens platforms and products at an integral level.
>
> Victoria received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and
> Computer
> Aided Logic Design respectively from the University of Salford, UK and her
> Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She is the
> author of over 60 articles and books (!). She has worked with teams around
> the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Finland, Germany,
> India, Israel, Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
>
> One thing that struck many of us throughout our conversations was
> Victoria's commitment to volunteering her knowledge and expertise outside
> of her daily professional activities, serving on advisory councils in
> higher education and the public sector. She is on the advisory Board of the
> Santa Clara University Department of Computer Engineering, and she is also
> a Senior Advisor to the Director of the  University of California
> Berkeley’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of
> Society. She serves as a volunteer advisor on both Lockheed Martin’s
> Technology Advisory Group and on the United States Department of Defense’s
> Defense Science Board where she offers advice and recommendations on
> science, technology, manufacturing, and acquisition processes.
>
> As a native of Greece, Victoria is interested in becoming a contributor on
> Greek Wikipedia, and getting to know our colleagues and communities over
> the coming months.
>
> As many of you know, the CTO search has been an intensive process and our
> highest recruiting priority in recent months. Dozens of people from across
> the organization contributed to this effort, most notably the CTO hiring
> committee, which included directors and senior staff from the Technology
> department. Representatives from the C-level, Technology, and Product teams
> also participated in interviews, panels, and lunches. 

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

2016-10-31 Thread Christophe Henner
I would definitly say congrats more than welcome as it wouldn't really
appropriate :)

So congrats to Kelly and Rosy and WMDC!

Le 31 oct. 2016 8:40 PM, "Chris "Jethro" Schilling" <
cschill...@wikimedia.org> a écrit :

> 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
>
> Chris "Jethro" Schilling
> I JethroBT (WMF) 
> Community Organizer, Wikimedia Foundation
> 
>
> 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"  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 :
> > >
> > > > 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
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thinking outside the box

2016-09-06 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Rogol,

The weird thing in this discussion is I kind of agree with everyone.

Yes more diversity would be awesome. But in my opinion diversity should be
something we achieve organicaly.

So, from my biased perspective, the key issue is for us to build room for
people to  emerge but also to feel entitled to run for those position.

To also build ways to train people, to "groom" them and their potential.
And we know that in our movement we have the smart people we will need in
the coming years. It's up to us to help them emerge and take our seats.

I gebuinely haven't a solution ready to work out of the box and there are
people in our movement way more expert in those topics than me.

And that might be something that could be adress during the strategy
process. And the only way we will be able to tackle it properly is if first
we can include everyone in our movement in the process, not just the "usual
suspects".

Le 6 sept. 2016 8:46 AM, "Anders Wennersten"  a
écrit :

> I am very happy how this nowadays works out.
>
> We have now a lot of chapters, each with a Board. And here the members are
> not oldtimers and here is the appropriate first place to get into the
> Wikmedia world.
>
> And there are many bodies who you can then turn to to get further into the
> Wikimedia world, like Affcom or being a member of  Simple Annual Plan
> Grants Committee or other grant committees. Also here more or less
> newcomers are welcome.
>
> But for the core bodies like the Board, FDC or the BGC supporting
> committee, I am very pleased to see that we get a lot of people with long
> Wikimedia experience. And as they are frequently replaced, I see no problem
> and only advantages
>
> Anders
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Den 2016-09-06 kl. 08:33, skrev Rogol Domedonfors:
>
>> I think Pine's message rather illustrates my point.  Pine seems to assume
>> that the alternative is between people experienced in the WMF ways of
>> doing
>> things and novices.  Actually, there are plenty of people in the world
>> with
>> experience in being trustees of non-proft organisations, and technical
>> expertise, and experience of knowledge representation and dissemination,
>> and the robustness to hold senior employees to account, who are not
>> closely
>> connected with the WMF or its affiliates.  They mainly live a long way
>> from
>> Silicon Valley, too.
>>
>> For the avoidance of doubt, I have never been a candidate for, let alone
>> held, any position, paid or voluntary, in or related to the WMF or any
>> associated organisation.
>>
>> "Rogol"
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Changes to current chapter and thematic organisation criteria

2016-08-23 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Brill,

Everything is a discussion. There has been interesting points and
discussions for many mails, and we would like that to continue. Because all
of those opinions are interesting in setting the movement strategy.

Howevere the *temporary* criteria are to be used by AffCom now. So that
AffCom can actually continue its work, and resume approving new chapters
(which was on hold for month) without postponing it.

As we said on other emails few weeks, we want to use the coming year to
form a movement strategy. A strategy that is comprehensive of who we are, a
global movement. So it would be, I believe, a waste of time to work /
discuss over criterieas that will have to be adapted in a few month.

The AffCom came up with, what I think, and from the previous emails, is
good criterias. They might need some interpretation, and I'm sure the
AffCom will not apply them bluntly.  And again they are a temporary
framework.

So again, not shutting down the discussion, discussion is more than welcome
and needed. But the discussion will impact the long term criterias and
AffCom role and responsabilities. which, I believe, is a much more
important discussions. And the different opinions voiced in reaction to
those criterias are really interesting.

Have a nice day :)

Christophe




On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 2:14 PM, Brill Lyle <wp.brilll...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I am fundamentally dismayed to read the response that this is not a
> discussion. I am baffled. Shutting down discussion is rule #1 in NOT
> fostering community.
>
> To create a one-way flow of communication with parties engaged enough to
> take the time to actively discuss concerns is a non-ideal approach to
> engagement on any level.
>
> I haven't heard anything untoward in this discussion. Except the
> dismissive responses by those who seem to be on the committee.
>
> If this was a for-profit organization this response might be more
> understandable but as Wikimedia is most definitely NOT this approach seems
> a real misstep.
>
> - Erika
>
> > On Aug 23, 2016, at 3:44 AM, Gnangarra <gnanga...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I dont see how a dissenting voice would be a surprise, I suppose you
> could be surprised at my choice of language (blunter than I normally use)
> or at my expectations from Affcom but being here in Australia we are
> isolated we dont get the opportunities like people in Europe and America to
> be part of the discussions behind those closed doors. When changes happen
> we dont normally hear about them but are expected to follow them.
> >
> > What I see is that Affcom has drifted from being a voice of the
> affiliates to being just another bureaucracy which has resulted in exactly
> the same response that caused affcom to be initially created back in 2012
> with the loose creation of a Latin America group, SE Asia group, Eastern
> Europe groups being formed to give those chapters a voice they thought they
> had with affcom.
> >
> > All we ever hear down here is the level of distrust and lack assumption
> of good faith with more rules, more  bureaucracy more power cabals.  we
> make rules to address things that might occur using language that shows a
> level of distrust and badt faith .  As a group we need to get back to trust
> and assuming good faith.
> >
> > Choose language carefully, use wording to promote not put down, create
> criteria thats boosts the affiliates we dont need to pull each other down
> to make things better because we  just happen to find it easy to make that
> choice
> >
> >> On 23 August 2016 at 14:46, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> >> Hi Gnangarra,
> >>
> >> This is not a discussion, and this is by design.
> >>
> >> As Carlos said, those are provisional criterias so that our movement can
> >> keep seeing new organizations blooming. But the discussion will not be
> only
> >> about those criterias, but on a much larger, and I believe more
> interesting
> >> and important, topic.
> >>
> >> As we're moving forward regarding the movement strategy process (more to
> >> come soon, it's only been 7 weeks since we announced that, and summer),
> it
> >> is key to have discussions about the organizations in general. How do we
> >> make them work as a whole? What values do we want Wikimedia
> organizations
> >> to live by? etc. And out of those discussions, a criteria discussion
> will
> >> come.
> >>
> >> But it seemed quite a waste of time and energy to first have a
> consultation
> >> about those provisional criterias and then another discussion about the
> >> strategy.
> >>
> >> That's for your point on 

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

2016-08-23 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

What surprized me is the bad faith you assumed regarding AffCom and BoT
when during the past weeks I believe we've shown through actions, and not
talks, that we did listen to the feedback and acted on it. The discussion
on wikimedia-l have been really good to read for a few weeks and I would
love it to keep it that way. Disagreeing is a good thing, when it is done
in a manner that is actually open for a discussion. We will not always be
right, and having people disagreeing and explaining why we might be wrong
is the best way to make sure we make as little wrong decisions as possible.

And I totally agree we need to assume good faith and trust each other, that
is key in the coming strategy process.

And that's also why I'm surprized because setting up those temporaly
criterias is done so that for the next few month AffCom will be able to
work with affiliates to contribute to the strategy process.

Of course for native english speaking / larger chapters, it might not be a
bigh deal. But we also have dozens of smaller organizations that do not
dare be part of this discussion. We also need their opinions, their views,
to know about their needs and expectations. That is where AffCom will be
super useful for the movement.

Again, we have shared that publicly during Wikimania, and I am happy to do
that here to, but our rmain goal for this year is to make sure we finally
have a comprehensive movement strategy. That is where our focus is. So
temporary decisions, like this one, are made so that we focus discussing
about the thing that will shape the movement for years.

I am happy to discuss this here, all I ask is please to assume good faith
and read into the context I'm trying to provide you with.

Have a great day,

Christophe



On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 9:44 AM, Gnangarra <gnanga...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I dont see how a dissenting voice would be a surprise, I suppose you could
> be surprised at my choice of language (blunter than I normally use) or at
> my expectations from Affcom but being here in Australia we are isolated we
> dont get the opportunities like people in Europe and America to be part of
> the discussions behind those closed doors. When changes happen we dont
> normally hear about them but are expected to follow them.
>
> What I see is that Affcom has drifted from being a voice of the affiliates
> to being just another bureaucracy which has resulted in exactly the same
> response that caused affcom to be initially created back in 2012 with the
> loose creation of a Latin America group, SE Asia group, Eastern Europe
> groups being formed to give those chapters a voice they thought they had
> with affcom.
>
> All we ever hear down here is the level of distrust and lack assumption of
> good faith with more rules, more  bureaucracy more power cabals.  we make
> rules to address things that might occur using language that shows a level
> of distrust and badt faith .  As a group we need to get back to trust and
> assuming good faith.
>
> Choose language carefully, use wording to promote not put down, create
> criteria thats boosts the affiliates we dont need to pull each other down
> to make things better because we  just happen to find it easy to make that
> choice
>
> On 23 August 2016 at 14:46, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Gnangarra,
> >
> > This is not a discussion, and this is by design.
> >
> > As Carlos said, those are provisional criterias so that our movement can
> > keep seeing new organizations blooming. But the discussion will not be
> only
> > about those criterias, but on a much larger, and I believe more
> interesting
> > and important, topic.
> >
> > As we're moving forward regarding the movement strategy process (more to
> > come soon, it's only been 7 weeks since we announced that, and summer),
> it
> > is key to have discussions about the organizations in general. How do we
> > make them work as a whole? What values do we want Wikimedia organizations
> > to live by? etc. And out of those discussions, a criteria discussion will
> > come.
> >
> > But it seemed quite a waste of time and energy to first have a
> consultation
> > about those provisional criterias and then another discussion about the
> > strategy.
> >
> > That's for your point on the criterias. Now on the "Affcom whom I thought
> > was there to support the Affiliates not punish them". Yes, AffCom support
> > affiliates, but AffCom also has a duty to make sure that affiliates live
> by
> > their engagements.
> >
> > One doesn't exclude the other, quite the opposite actually.
> >
> > As a whole, I'm a bit surprized by your email. Things aren't black or
> > white.
> >
> > Those criteri

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

2016-08-23 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Gnangarra,

This is not a discussion, and this is by design.

As Carlos said, those are provisional criterias so that our movement can
keep seeing new organizations blooming. But the discussion will not be only
about those criterias, but on a much larger, and I believe more interesting
and important, topic.

As we're moving forward regarding the movement strategy process (more to
come soon, it's only been 7 weeks since we announced that, and summer), it
is key to have discussions about the organizations in general. How do we
make them work as a whole? What values do we want Wikimedia organizations
to live by? etc. And out of those discussions, a criteria discussion will
come.

But it seemed quite a waste of time and energy to first have a consultation
about those provisional criterias and then another discussion about the
strategy.

That's for your point on the criterias. Now on the "Affcom whom I thought
was there to support the Affiliates not punish them". Yes, AffCom support
affiliates, but AffCom also has a duty to make sure that affiliates live by
their engagements.

One doesn't exclude the other, quite the opposite actually.

As a whole, I'm a bit surprized by your email. Things aren't black or
white.

Those criterias aren't up for discussion so that the discussion can happen
on a much larger topic that includes them.
AffCom role is to tend to our movement affiliates, this comes with many
duties and responsabilities amongst which helping organizations to get
recognized, supporting them, helping them, remind them of their duties and
sometime (rarely hopefully) challenge their statuts.

Happy to further that discussion,

Have a all great day

Christophe


On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 8:30 AM, Gnangarra  wrote:

> So to clarify, this isnt a discussion its been mandated to happen, just
> like Wikimania was mandated behind closed doors...
>
> sorry for it sounding like a dummy spit here but its nice to hear after all
> of the upraor and damage done over the last 18 months the community was
> heard and their requests were well and truly ignored by the BoT and now
> Affcom whom I thought was there to support the Affiliates not punish them
>
> On 23 August 2016 at 12:43, Salvador A  wrote:
>
> > I want to close the chapter of this discussion related to
> > quantitative-qualitative criteria in order to call your attention to some
> > consequences of this new criteria for existing affiliates. I want to be
> > clear on this in order to avoid future missunderstandings.
> >
> > Romaine said that it's desirable to have already recognized affiliates to
> > meet this criteria. Both AffCom and BoT want this, and it's would be
> unfair
> > to require this criteria only for groups that want to get the ThOrg and
> > Chapter status and at the same time to have a lesser average of work
> among
> > those that already are recognized as such. Consequently, *every ThOrg and
> > Chapter must comply with this criteria in order to get and keep affiliate
> > status. *The idea is keeping the affiliates moving forward and to avoid
> to
> > get them dormant.
> >
> > This criteria will be checked out during the annual review that WMF staff
> > makes of Chapters and ThOrgs status (yes, the same that make you eligible
> > to go to WMCON in Berlin) in case an affiliate doesn't meet the
> > requirementes it will be reported to AffCom who will decide in every case
> > if a recomendation to Board of Trustees is needed.
> >
> > ---
> > *Possible questions:*
> >
> > *Q1: My chapter/ThOrg exists since many years ago, could I loose my
> > recognition as chapter?*
> >
> > *A1:* Yes, if you don't meet the criteria and you don't repair the
> > situation during some time after AffCom request, you can loose it.
> >
> > *Q2: How can I do to avoid this?*
> >
> > *A2:* Work hard, make activities, set goals and report. Ask for AffCom,
> WMF
> > or other affiliates help if is needed.
> >
> > *Q3: But there are some chapters that have already many years without
> > activity and nothing had happened so far.*
> >
> > *A3:* AffCom is already working on it.
> >
> > ---
> > If you have any other questions on that doesn't hesitate in doing it, I'm
> > sure Carlos will be happy of answer them :P
> >
> > Regards!
> >
> > 2016-08-22 22:31 GMT-05:00 Gnangarra :
> >
> > > Point Im trying to make is focus on the positives to achieve what you
> > > want, your path isnt necessarily be that which will help others, accept
> > > that vague definitions is better than actual numbers to do that you
> need
> > to
> > > assume good faith and trust that the vague will fair to challenges we
> all
> > > face in own circumstances number are hard and fast they cant always be
> > fair
> > >
> > > On 23 August 2016 at 11:20, Pine W  wrote:
> > >
> > >> Gnangarra,
> > >>
> > >> I agree with you about the vision. I think that where we see things
> > >> differently may be in the discussion of how we 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2016 call for Board Governance Committee Volunteer and Advisory members [results]

2016-08-17 Thread Christophe Henner
I hope nobody will mind, but I'll "Yay" with you too.

Thanks and kuddos to Natalia for bringing the idea up, leading the process,
and making it happen so quickly. And thanks to everyone who volunteered to
join bgc on top of their other volunteers position :)

Christophe

On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 11:28 AM, Delphine Ménard 
wrote:

> Anders said it all. This announcement is so many kind of cool I don't
> know where to begin. So just YAY! Thanks for the initiative, thanks
> for volunteering.
>
> Delphine
>
> On 16 August 2016 at 20:57, Anders Wennersten 
> wrote:
> > I joined the movement in 2007. I was then overwhelmed by the beauty and
> > strength of the concept and the content in the projects. But at the same
> > time I was underwhelmed by the support structure behind. Even if Delphine
> > and Brion were good in talking with everyone and fixing technique and
> > Florence in chairing the operations, it was surely not up to the needs.
> >
> > For me a milestone in getting a professional support structure in place
> was
> > in 2012, when the Haifa agreement was realized and the FDC (and
> > narrowing-focus) got in place. FDC was as fascinating for me as the base
> > concept of the projects and as much true to the values of the movement.
> And
> > besides the clever colleagues in the committee I got to know  some truly
> > admirable individuals, like Kate Welsh, Garfield, Gayle and of course
> > Anasuya (and a little later Katy and Bishakha). Sometimes I feel that in
> the
> > movement there are the best people you can find anywhere. But at the same
> > time there were underwhelming issues, like a partly dysfunctional Board
> and
> > that WMF operations was neither properly working nor reviewed (by FDC).
> >
> > I now see that in 2016 a new milestone is being passed when the movement
> (at
> > last) gets a professional support structure on par with the needs.  I
> > perceive the tech org now working well and user driven, that the budget
> > process now has been run professional and that there is a good management
> > team in place for the running of WMF. And after seeing a lot of good
> > initiatives around the working of the Board where this announcement is
> the
> > thing that get the keyelement in place,  I also believe the Board is now
> up
> > to become as professional as is needed for the movement. And the joy of
> > seeing the names of many of my all time favourites back (in part also in
> > FDC) is profound.
> >
> > Welcome all of you and looking forward to read of the resolutions from
> this
> > enhanced BGC
> >
> > Anders
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Den 2016-08-16 kl. 15:47, skrev Nataliia Tymkiv:
> >>
> >> Dear all,
> >>
> >> I am honestly delighted to announce the results of the public call for
> >> Board Governance committee volunteer and Advisory members, announced on
> >> July 15, 2016  [1]. We received nine applications, and after discussing
> >> them with BGC and reviewing the committee's needs and interviewing a
> short
> >> list of candidates,I have chosen five volunteer advisory members for the
> >> committee. I'd like to extend my thanks to everyone who offered to serve
> >> on
> >> the committee.
> >>
> >> Please find below a short introduction for our new volunteer advisory
> >> members. They are all quite well known in the movement and I think their
> >> insights would be helpful. They join the Committee once they sign the
> >> documents that Stephen LaPorte, our Interim Secretary, sent to them (the
> >> same ones as the Board members sign - the confidentiality agreement
> >>
> >>  agreement_of_the_Board_of_Trustees>
> >> , code of conduct
> >>
> >>  the_Board_of_Trustees>
> >> , conflict of interest disclosure
> >> ).
> >>
> >> === Gayle Karen Young ===
> >>
> >> Gayle Karen Young is a WMF's former Chief Talent and Culture office. In
> >> her
> >> time at Wikimedia, she was accountable for building the current HR team
> >> and
> >> had an active hand in board development and staffed the board HR
> >> committee.
> >> She brings experience with the Wikimedia movement, with the workings of
> >> the
> >> Foundation, and through her own consulting work in leadership and board
> >> development with organizations in both the for-profit and non-profit
> >> space,
> >> and in technology and human rights.
> >>
> >> === Kat Walsh ===
> >>
> >> Kat Walsh is a former member of Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
> >> 12/2006-8/2013 (Chair, 2012-2013; Executive Secretary, 2009-2010). Now
> she
> >> works as an attorney specializing in copyright, Internet law, and free
> and
> >> open source software.
> >>
> >>
> >> === Tim Moritz Hector ===
> >>
> >> Tim Moritz Hector is Chair of the Board of Wikimedia Deutschland since
> >> 2014. Tim has been an active Wikimedian 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF C level hiring and retention

2016-08-15 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

As you said you've asked the question during the week-end ^^

Things are moving forward but I'll let Katherine answer the question as
she'll be able a way better answer than me (I talk about that topic nearly
every week with Katherine, it is a high priority topic for all of us).

Please bare in my mind when you ask questions, that staff needs their
week-end off and they also have holidays. We tend to forget that as
volunteers, but we must not.

Even if we have highly dedicated people, we all want them to get proper
rest :)

If your question isn't urgent/critical, it can take a few days to get an
answer. But for today, I'll send quick emails saying that it has been read
and will get an answer so no to leave you with the feeling it's ignored.

Have a great day,

Le 15 août 2016 8:44 AM, "Pine W"  a écrit :

> Returning to one of the original subjects of this thread, which wasn't
> intended to be controversial: can we get an update about how the C level
> hiring schedule looks?
>
> I realize that I asked this questiom on the weekend. There is no rush to
> get an answer. "We're still thinking about this but will have a schedule
> next week" is an okay answer too.
>
> Thanks,
> Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board level strategic planning?

2016-08-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey Ben,

That is exactly what we have in mind. That is way during Wikimania I sent
an email about the board priorities for the on-going year (board
improvement, ED support, movement strategy).

Doing so doesn't mean we're ignoring anything that doesn't fall into one of
this priorities, but that those are the priorities we want to tackle
heavily this year. And of course, we will report on them.

If you want, you can keep an eye on the board governance committee meta
pages. Natalia is doing a really great work documenting our work there.

As for the strategy process it will be an inclusive and open one :)

Happy to discuss those matters!

Christophe



On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 5:10 AM, Ben Creasy <b...@bencreasy.com> wrote:

> Thanks Christophe! I reviewed some of the earlier emails responding to the
> June minutes and realized that Pine actually touched on this same topic
> just a bit ago and as I recall Katherine gave a great overview of her
> approach, so my apologies in bringing it up again so soon. No need to
> respond to this email.
>
> With that said, I hope that when the initial framework is released it will
> have a bit more information on the motivation and background research that
> went into it than the April 2016 Governance recommendations...
>
> If you're coming up with an important overhaul like this and an explicit
> goal is to be transparent with the community, it could be worthwhile to
> start the process with transparency by being explicit in answering
> questions like "who did you talk to", "what did you read and think was
> compelling", "what are you unsure about", "is there any empirical
> evidence", etc. Maybe the answer to some questions (like empirical
> research) is "we don't know and we don't think it's worth the time", but
> I'd be interested in hearing that explicitly rather than implicitly. The
> WMF is unique: the closest I can think of is the Mozilla Foundation (which
> I doubt has great governance) and maybe the Khan Academy (an amazing leader
> like Sal Khan makes careful governance less necessary). GNOME and KDE have
> tiny budgets with almost no employees, so their boards have little
> influence on the software. Environmental nonprofits can be fairly large and
> complex, altho the small ones end up as contractors for foundations (e.g.,
> SEACC, one of the nonprofits I was involved with). Museums are relatively
> simple. Schools and hospitals are the ones that come to mind which grapple
> with commonly grapple difficult management decisions on the scale of WMF.
> Also, elected boards (even partially) are quite uncommon; Sierra Club is a
> notable elected board, but with 15 members it can't be very effective at
> all.
>
> Also, if you want to be transparent and not over scope, it may be worth
> forecasting categories of how the board expects to allocate its limited
> time and then retrospectively reporting on how it actually spent its time
> to the community. I see that the Governance recommendation includes a plan
> is to have solid annual agenda, and perhaps that will basically address the
> issue of the board putting too much on its plate. However, when I read
> "Avoid letting minority perspectives disproportionately take up the
> Foundation and the Board's attention" it actually kind of bothered me. How
> do we know know if something is a minority perspective? Instead of
> "minority perspectives", it should be about "minor issues". The problem in
> the last year or two was more about the board (apparently) ignoring
> perspectives than it was about the board giving them undue attention. My
> personal experience and recollection from the book I recommended
> earlier, *Governance
> as Leadership*, is that it not uncommon for boards to end up spending a lot
> of time on housekeeping small items (e.g., bylaws tweaks), which could be
> relatively minor.
>
> On Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 10:41 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I love to write long emails, but four in a row would too much.
> >
> > As said before we are taking up our leadership role.
> >
> > The strategy process *is* a black box right now. We (Katherine mostly)
> have
> > been working on the process for a few weeks.
> > We will share soon I hope, the first part of that process.
> >
> > I would just ask you a little time, it has only been a month that
> Katherine
> > and I have been in our current positions. Even if works was started
> before
> > that, decisions to move forward with a movement strategy is only a month
> > old.
> >
> > And as said before, this year we are focusing on building the foundations
> > we ne

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board level strategic planning?

2016-08-01 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

I love to write long emails, but four in a row would too much.

As said before we are taking up our leadership role.

The strategy process *is* a black box right now. We (Katherine mostly) have
been working on the process for a few weeks.
We will share soon I hope, the first part of that process.

I would just ask you a little time, it has only been a month that Katherine
and I have been in our current positions. Even if works was started before
that, decisions to move forward with a movement strategy is only a month
old.

And as said before, this year we are focusing on building the foundations
we need to get Wikimedia Foundation in a better place. So, basicly, we
won't go down to the feature level and focus on th global level :)

Happy to talk on that topic :)

Le 2 août 2016 7:19 AM, "Joseph Seddon"  a écrit :

> Hey Pine,
>
> The Wikimedia Endowment is specifically set up to
>
> *"act as a permanent safekeeping fund to generate income to support the
> operations and activities of the Wikimedia projects in perpetuity". [1]*
>
> The Endowment acts as the online projects safety net. It will be
> independent of the Wikimedia Foundation board and importantly It's not
> there to support the WMF in perpetuity, it's the Wikimedia projects. Even
> if the WMF is likely to be the main benefactor from the fund; should, in
> the eyes of the Endowment Advisory Board, the WMF be no longer a fit and
> appropriate body to support the Wikimedia projects (as a result of legal,
> fiduciary or other issues), it has the ability to provide fund to an
> alternative organisation to fulfill that work.
>
> Regards
>
> Seddon
>
> [1]
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Establishment_of_Endowment
>
>
>
> > * WMF remains a single point of failure in the Wikimedia network of
> > affiliates. I am hoping that mitigating the community and affiliate
> > dependencies on WMF will be addressed in the strategic plan, so that if
> we
> > have another mess like we had prior to Katherine, the affiliates and
> > community will have a plan that can be executed that ensures the
> viability
> > of the Wikimedia sites and affiliates without WMF. WMF can fail in many
> > ways; besides governance meltdowns, lawsuits and hostile political
> > environments are also risks. The sites and affiliates need to endure even
> > if WMF weakens, loses its way, or dissolves. I hope that we never again
> > have a repeat of last year and that WMF is healthy in the future, but it
> > would be prudent to have a strategty for the affiliates and community to
> > continue whether or not WMF is with us.
> >
> > Thanks again for your post.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Elections Committee

2016-07-25 Thread Christophe Henner
That I definitly will :)

And at the end of the day we will make a decision and provide reasoning.
Just wanted to give you my personal opinion too.

And I really did miss the question, sorry about that.

Have a great day,

Le 26 juil. 2016 7:50 AM, "Pine W" <wiki.p...@gmail.com> a écrit :

> In the time that it took me to compose my answer to Gerard's question,
> Christophe answered. (:
>
> Christophe, I am glad to hear that this will be a part of the governance
> review. I would suggest keeping an open mind about this and letting the
> process take its course.
>
> Pine
>
> On Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 10:39 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org
> >
> wrote:
>
> > Hey,
> >
> > The question is not on the table right now.
> >
> > We're working to perform a gouvernance audit, board composition will be
> > part of it.
> >
> > Now, my personal opinion is it's neither urgent nor critical. And on top
> of
> > that I'm not sure it would be a good idea.
> >
> > All that being said, I'm sure it will come up during the gouvernance
> > review.
> >
> > And yes I missed it, sorry. Gérard, no need for such email, just, as Pine
> > did, reask the question :)
> >
> > Have a nice day
> >
> > Le 26 juil. 2016 6:54 AM, "Pine W" <wiki.p...@gmail.com> a écrit :
> >
> > > Hi BGC,
> > >
> > > I asked a question earlier in this thread which seems to have been
> > > overlooked. Is the BGC (or the Board as a whole) considering whether
> the
> > > Founder's seat will become an elected seat in the forseeable future?
> > >
> > > Pine
> > >
> > > On Jul 20, 2016 21:20, "Pine W" <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Thanks Daruisz and all who worked on this.
> > > >
> > > > Looking at the bigger picture, the tone and pace of changes in WMF
> > > > governance over the past few months feel like a breath of fresh air.
> I
> > > hope
> > > > that this direction and pace continue.
> > > >
> > > > Speaking of elections and governance, will the Founder's seat become
> an
> > > > elected seat? It may be too early to answer this question, but I hope
> > > that
> > > > the BGC gives it some careful thought.
> > > >
> > > > Thanks again,
> > > >
> > > > Pine
> > > >
> > > > On Jul 20, 2016 18:00, "Dariusz Jemielniak" <dar...@alk.edu.pl>
> wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> Dear members of the Wikimedia community,
> > > >>
> > > >> As you know the board passed a resolution allowing for the creation
> > of a
> > > >> standing Elections Committee in November of last year [1]. Per the
> > > >> implementing resolution, the Board Governance Committee (BGC) has
> > > >> appointed
> > > >> the initial members from the recommendation of the Executive
> Director
> > > and
> > > >> her staff. We will be starting with 6 committee members:
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>User:Ajraddatz
> > > >><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Ajraddatz>
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>User:Mardetanha
> > > >><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Mardetanha>
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>User:Ruslik0
> > > >><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Ruslik0>
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>User:Philippe
> > > >><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Philippe
> > >slate
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>User:KTC <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/KTC>
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>User:Atropine
> > > >><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Atropine>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> They will be joined by two official advisors from the Wikimedia
> > > >> Foundation:
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>-
> > > >>
> > > >>James Alexander (Manager, Trust & Safety) from Community
> Engagement
> > > >>-

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] June minutes from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2016-07-22 Thread Christophe Henner
On Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 5:18 AM, Pine W  wrote:

> Christophe and Dariusz,
>
> Thanks for the comments.
>
> I feel that it's important that Board members be able to ask employees at
> any level of the company how things are going. That is different from
> providing direction, which can remain in the management structure. But the
> information flow up from employees to the Board can be insightful. I'm glad
> to hear that C-level exit interviews are happening. Staff surveys are
> another element of upward information flow, and I'm very glad to hear that
> the surveys have shown a positive direction recently. My understanding is
> that there were some intense concerns under previous administration about
> employees talking directly to Board members, to the point where somehow
> that became forbidden. I hope that those days are behind us.
>
I hope you'll pardon my intensity on these matters. As you know, I was
> alarmed and frustrated with some of the incidents in the past year. It'll
> probably be awhile before I feel at ease with WMF governance. All that
> being said, thank you for your your responsiveness and interest in making
> positive change. I really am grateful for the good that I see happening in
> WMF, and my guess is that many other people are too.
>
> Pine
>


Nothing to pardon, those are legitimates questions to ask :)

And it is understandable that it will take time, and until such time comes
we will have to deliver on many levels.

The only thing I can ask for is to assume good faith and engage openly in
those discussions. At the end of the day, we are all in the same boat,
pursuing the same goals.

Christophe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] June minutes from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2016-07-22 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Pine,

Short answer is yes we'll take responsability, but as wikimedians I do need
to elaborate :)

I believe the best way a board can support its ED is by providing
legitimacy and guidance.

Both needs for the board to make decisions and to be consistent. If we're
making a clear decision regarding strategy, and we're consistent about it
if the ED doesn't build on it, it shows at many level.

It's not about giving a blank check but to provide her, and staff and the
larger movement, with direction, from which you can évaluateurs what is
being done.

Second, there is on-going work, started before June's board meeting, to
provide places and processes to provide feedback to the board from staff.

There are different things being worked on with staff. We'll communicate on
the topic in the coming weeks I hope. Not that I don't want to talk about
it but it first needs to gets staff feedback.

Lastly, the board HR is now running exit interviews with leaving C-Levels.
Basicly we spend an hour talking with leaving staff about why they're
leaving, how was their experience at the Foundation, their opinions about
the board and th board can improve and the same for the ED and for WMF at
large.

Which allows us, as a board, to get the insights from employees too. We
can't do that with every single employees as you can imagine, but we now do
with C-Levels.

Alice and I did Geoff's one this week. And as any discussion with Geoff, it
was rich and really insightful.

Anyway, I hope I answered your question :)

Have great day/evening/night

Christophe

PS: I'm sending this email from my smartphone sorry for any typos due to
french autocorrect ^^

Le 23 juil. 2016 3:17 AM, "Pine W"  a écrit :
>
> Thanks Stephen.
>
> A brief question to the Board: the board minutes say, "After discussion,
> the Board identified three goals. First, the Board is responsible for
> maintaining the long-term plan for the organization. The long-term plan is
> designed in partnership with the executive staff, and also needs to be set
> in coordination with other Wikimedia stakeholders. The Chair of the Board
> and the Executive Director are responsible for leading this goal within
the
> Board. Second, the Board has a strong interest in improving its internal
> governance. The Board discussed some potential areas for improvement,
> including ensuring Board continuity. The Chair of the Board Governance
> Committee is responsible for improvements to internal governance. Third,
> the role of the Board is to support and empower the Executive Director.
The
> Chair is responsible for this goal, with the support of the Human
Resources
> Committee."
>
> After the events in the past year, I question whether the statement
"...the
> role of the Board is to support and empower the Executive Director"
> captures the full scope of the Board's role here. It seems to me that it's
> the Board's job to supervise the ED, which hopefully includes supporting
> him/her but also may include providing direction or removing him/her. I
> personally feel that Katherine is doing well and this is not intended to
> express skepticism about her, but being the ED of an organization is not a
> blank check, and I hope that the Board also takes a proactive role in the
> supervision of the ED. After the events in the past year, I hope that the
> Board will be diligent on this point from now on.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Pine
>
> On Fri, Jul 22, 2016 at 5:53 PM, Stephen LaPorte 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > The Board of Trustees have published minutes from the summer Board
meeting
> > on June 22-23 and the Board meeting on June 29 to discuss the endowment.
> > You can find the meeting minutes and accompanying documents on the
> > Foundation Wiki:
> >
> > https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2016-06
> >
> > https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2016-06-29
> >
> > Best,
> > Stephen
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-14 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey,

I've said that privately earlier this week, I'll reiterate publicly.

Thank you so much for all the work and energy you've put into the movement.

I'm sad we won't get to work much together but really happy you've Landes a
great job at YouTube!

Of course any time you come to France I'd be happy to have you and enjoy
wine in my garden :)

Good luck for your new job, even though you won't need any!

And I hope we'll get to see you roaming in the movement in the future.

Christophe

Le 14 juil. 2016 3:31 PM, "Ziko van Dijk"  a écrit :

> It was always great to talk to you, Geofff, I wish you all the best
> and hope that from time to time the Wikimedia movement still will
> enjoy your advice.
> Ziko
>
> 2016-07-14 13:01 GMT+02:00 Michael Jahn :
> > Working with you has been a brief but nonetheless great pleasure, Geoff!
> > Wishing you all the best for this exciting change!
> > Michael
> >
> > --
> >
> > Michael Jahn
> > Leiter Kommunikation & Partnerschaften
> > Head of Communications & Partnerships
> >
> > Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> > Tel. (030) 219 158 260
> >
> > http://wikimedia.de 
> >
> > Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch freien Zugang zu der
> > Gesamtheit des Wissens der Menschheit hat. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
> >
> > Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
> > Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
> unter
> > der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
> > Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
> >
> >
> >
> > 2016-07-13 23:25 GMT+02:00 Geoff Brigham :
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> Over the past five years, I’ve been honored to serve as the General
> Counsel
> >> and Secretary of the Wikimedia Foundation. This job has been amazing,
> and
> >> I’m grateful to everyone who has made it so rewarding. It's now time
> for my
> >> next step, so, in the coming days, I will be leaving the Foundation to
> >> pursue a new career opportunity.
> >>
> >> I depart with such love for the mission, the Foundation, the Wikimedia
> >> communities, and my colleagues at work. I thank my past and present
> bosses
> >> as well as the Board for their support and guidance. I stand in awe of
> the
> >> volunteer writers, editors, and photographers who contribute every day
> to
> >> the Wikimedia projects. And I will hold special to my heart my past and
> >> current teams, including legal and community advocacy. :) You have
> taught,
> >> given, and enriched me so much.
> >>
> >> After my departure, Michelle Paulson will serve as interim head of
> Legal,
> >> and, subject to Board approval, Stephen LaPorte will serve as interim
> >> Secretary to the Board. I can happily report that they have the
> experience
> >> and expertise to ensure a smooth and professional transition.
> >>
> >> The future of the Foundation under Katherine's leadership is exciting.
> >> Having had the pleasure of working for her, I know Katherine will take
> the
> >> Foundation to its next level in promoting and defending the outstanding
> >> mission and values of the Wikimedia movement. Although I'm delighted
> about
> >> my next opportunity, I will miss this new chapter in the Foundation's
> >> story.
> >>
> >> My last day at the Foundation will be July 18th. After that, I will
> take a
> >> month off to recharge my batteries, and then I start my new gig at
> YouTube
> >> in the Bay Area. There, I will serve as Director of YouTube Trust &
> Safety,
> >> managing global teams for policy, legal, and anti-abuse operations. As
> with
> >> Wikimedia, I look forward to learning from those teams and tackling
> >> together a new set of exciting, novel challenges.
> >>
> >> For those who want to stay in touch, please do! My personal email is:
> >> geoffrey.r.brig...@gmail.com.
> >>
> >> With respect, admiration, and gratitude,
> >>
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[Wikimedia-l] [Direction] WMF Board of Trustees 2016 priorities

2016-06-28 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Everyone,

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met in Esino Lario during
Wikimania. The minutes will be published in the coming days, but we deemed
it too important to wait to share the outcome of this really great meeting.

During the meeting, the Board felt that it was important to establish three
clear priorities for the coming year: We will focus on three specific
topics:

* Improving the Board itself

* Supporting the Executive Director, Katherine Maher

* Fostering the creation of a strategy for the movement

Every trustee acknowledges that there's a clear need for the Board to
assume a leadership position for our movement. That being said, the eight
of us are only temporary stewards of our positions. We need to work toward
creating the best environment for all of us to push our mission forward.

That is the reason our first topic is about Board improvement — to work to
become the trustees you all need. The governance committee [1] is
continuing its work on incremental improvements, as well as on defining the
further actions we need to take.

Our second priority is to support  the Executive Director. As you all know,
the Board proposed to Katherine Maher to move from her interim ED position
to a permanent one. We are thrilled she agreed.

We must not consider this decision as the end of the process, but as a
beginning. In order for the Wikimedia Foundation to achieve great things,
the Board needs to be supporting the ED. This means providing her with a
consistent and clear explanation of the intentions in our decisions, and to
act as sparring partners to her.

The HR committee[2] will work toward that end, and the Board as whole is
ready to take any steps necessary to provide her, and the staff, with the
best environment possible.

Finally, the lack, or fuzziness, around movement strategy has been a
pending question for years. One that we never managed to tackle. And
perhaps because no one wanted to take on that charge. The Board of Trustees
decided that within the next 12 months we will have to define our vision
and strategy. A strategy that is suited with our goals, our values, and is
inclusive of every agent of the movement.

The past fifteen years were amazing. But now we have to think of the next
fifteen years. There are many challenges  ahead of us if we want to keep on
changing the world.

We must not shy away from those challenges, nor from the decisions we have
to make.

Within the Board of Trustees, Maria Sefidari and I take the lead on  the
necessary steps are being taken. Katherine and Foundation staff already
have worked on the first steps to reach that goal.

Our goal is to make sure we — as a movement — will have a strategy that we
can all embrace and push forward together.

As ever, decisions need action, and we will take them and share them
quickly so that you know that we walk the talk, and we want to walk it with
all of you.

We will be happy to answer any questions you have whether on list or off
list.

Thank you to everyone for those past fifteen years, and I’m looking forward
to what we'll achieve in the coming ones!

Christophe

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee

[2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/HR_Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-27 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

On top of the formal announcement, I’d like to share a few personal
thoughts.

Katherine Maher has been interim ED of the Wikimedia Foundation since
March. In the past few months, we’ve had the pleasure to witness her
ability to provide healthy leadership to Wikimedia Foundation staff. Thanks
to her abilities, she took the organisation to one with more engaged and
motivated teams.

But not only that, her contribution to Board meetings has been exemplary.
She opened up possibilities and discussions that will allow us to move
forward and become a better organisation. Katherine deeply shares our
values, and fits naturally within our movement.

I am really happy that she agreed to take on the permanent job, and can’t
wait for us to dive into making Wikimedia Foundation a better organisation.

At the same time, I would like to personally thank Frieda and Patricio for
the time they served as Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, as last week
was the conclusion of their Board terms. It also feels weird not to serve
with them as I’ve known the two of them for 10 years and would have love to
spend more time with them.

They served our movement during difficult times. I hope we’ll have the
pleasure to see them keep on wandering in the Wikimedia sphere, and wish
them to enjoy all the free time they’ve just got back with their loved
ones.

Please take the opportunity to share your thanks to Frieda and Patricio,
and to congratulate and welcome Katherine in her new position.

All the best,


Christophe
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome Delphine Ménard as WMF's Annual Plan Grants Program Officer

2016-06-21 Thread Christophe Henner
Oh yeah? Well that was à long time ago she's now way wiser I hope!

On Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 4:44 AM, Christophe Henner
<christophe.hen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Déjà vu!
>
> Welcome to our movement, Delphine!
>
> I hope you will get to like us, even though we are a crazy bunch, don't be
> scared :)

Better watch out! From what I've heard she's not even scared by board
members...

-- Arne

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome Delphine Ménard as WMF's Annual Plan Grants Program Officer

2016-06-20 Thread Christophe Henner
Déjà vu!

Welcome to our movement, Delphine!

I hope you will get to like us, even though we are a crazy bunch, don't be
scared :)
Le 21 juin 2016 12:55 AM, "Katy Love"  a écrit :

> Hi Wikimedians,
>
> Today WMF's Community Resources team is joined by Delphine Ménard as our
> newly appointed Annual Plan Grants
>  (APG) Program Officer. In
> that
> role, Delphine will support both funding streams included in the Annual
> Plan Grants program, including Simple Annual Plan Grants and the Funds
> Dissemination Committee's
> 
> (FDC) full process APG, with her focus on the FDC.  We are excited to have
> her join our team.
>
> Some of you may know Delphine as [[user:notafish]]. She's a longtime
> Wikimedian who has played many roles in our movement. She was WMF's
> Chapter's Coordinator many years ago, then a member of the Board of
> Wikimedia Deutschland, and most recently, a member of the Funds
> Dissemination Committee herself. Her wide array of experiences and roles
> will serve her well as the new APG Program Officer.
>
> In the weeks ahead, Delphine will be reaching out to the FDC-funded
> organizations and will also be leading the Board's recruitment to fill four
> open seats on the FDC. I know she is looking forward to working with all of
> you. :)
>
> Cheers,
> Katy Love
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Spam] Re: Affiliate Selected Board Seats - Result

2016-05-10 Thread Christophe Henner
Thank you everyone :)

Seeing the turnout and the discussions I do hope next "selections" will go
as well, it is just awesome to see that almost everyone voted!

I would also like to thank the FDC staff for publishing the APG assessment
today which is my before last day as chair of Wikimedia France and has me
taking my breakfast over figures to answer it :D

Lucky for me, WMF doesn't go through FDC... oh wait, now it does!

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On 10 May 2016 at 02:25, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Agree. Great to see some new and strong voices on the board.
>
> J
>
> On Mon, May 9, 2016 at 3:17 PM, Andrew Gray <andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk>
> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations to Nataliia and Christophe - and well done to the
> > committee for getting such a good turnout. It was an excellent pool of
> > candidates this year and glad to see we got the votes to match.
> >
> > Andrew.
> >
> > On 9 May 2016 at 15:37, Manuel Schneider <manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch>
> > wrote:
> > > I want to congratulate everyone who has engaged in this election
> > > process. It was for sure a very special one, in this special situation
> > > which was also reflected by the number of candidates.
> > >
> > > Thanks to the election committee and the candidates!
> > >
> > > Nataliia and Christophe, I wish you a good hand in helping the WMF
> board
> > > to steer through the current waters and whatever may come in the
> future.
> > > Also on behalf of the AffCom I hope for a good collaboration.
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > >
> > >
> > > Manuel
> > >
> > > On 09.05.2016 16:11, Chris Keating wrote:
> > >
> > >> The successful candidates were *Christophe Henner* and *Nataliia
> > Tymkiv.*
> > >>
> > >> A total of 40 chapters and thorgs voted - all except for the Macedonia
> > and
> > >> Macau chapters - which is a record.
> > >
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[Wikimedia-l] [Affiliate-selected Board seats] Christophe Henner candidacy

2016-02-29 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

A week ago I published my candidacy to the Affiliates-Selected Board Seats
process :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Nominations/Christophe_Henner

I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have, including (but not
only) funny ones, on the talk page :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Nominations/Christophe_Henner


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A Massive Online Open Course about Wikipedia

2016-02-17 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

A quick update on this project, we've just crossed the 5 000 registered
students.

We'll see how much will complete the course, but so far we're really happy
with this number :)

Of course we'll share more insights once this program is over.

Best,

--
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On 14 December 2015 at 19:17, Emeric Vallespi 
wrote:

> Hello Rodrigo,
>
> Thanks for your support.
> Indeed, it is a course to understand and learn how to contribute to
> Wikipedia.
> That's why the Wikipedia community is involved.
>
> The Mooc platform ("FUN") seemed more adapted to conduct the course,
> manage inscriptions, release the different stages and support the learners.
>
> The content is free licensed (as far as I know) and the Mooc platform
> allows to release the content even after the session.
>
> You can reach out to Jules (jules.xenard AT wikimedia.fr) if you have any
> further questions.
>
> --
> Emeric
>
> > On 14 Dec 2015, at 18:31, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton <
> rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Sorry, but this a course, right? So Why did you not interact with
> > Wikibooks, and Wikiversity?
> >
> > On 14 December 2015 at 14:02, Berard Myriam 
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hello everyone,
> >>
> >> For a few months now, 15 French-speaking Wikipedia editors, supported by
> >> Wikimédia France, have been working to design a Massive Online Open
> Course,
> >> to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and discover more about the way
> it
> >> works.
> >>
> >> The WikiMOOC lasts for 5 weeks (with 2,5h of work/ week, including the
> >> duration of the courses). You can check out the project page on
> Wikipedia
> >> [1].
> >>
> >> The registration for this WikiMOOC opens today, on the FUN [2] platform
> >> (powered by the Ministry of Education and Research, in France) !
> >>
> >> The courses will start on February 22nd, 2016.
> >>
> >> Do not hesitate to share this information to all French-speaking
> >> communities you might know of. Please, note that it is possible to stay
> >> tuned via WikiMOOC's Twitter[3] and Facebook[4] accounts.
> >>
> >> Here is a short trailer about the WikiMOOC in French :) Enjoy ! [5]
> >>
> >> Please, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions,
> >>
> >>
> >> Jules Xénard jules.xen...@wikimedia.fr
> >>
> >> Wikimédia France
> >>
> >> [1] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:WikiMOOC
> >>
> >> [2]
> >>
> >>
> https://www.france-universite-numerique-mooc.fr/courses/WMFr/86001/session01/about
> >>
> >> [3] https://twitter.com/wikimooc
> >> [4] https://www.facebook.com/Wikimooc/
> >> [5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=assiAnG3lv4
> >>
> >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Celebrating Parisian culture and libertarianism

2015-11-16 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

My email was an answer to this topic going to the religion ground, sorry if
it was interpretated otherwise.

More to the point. As a movement, we must never remember that we ARE
diverse. That is one of the thing I love the most is that twice a year I do
actually get to meet people from the other side of the world and learn.
And whatever happens in Paris, I believe, as Wikimedians, this is what we
should push forward. That no matter what, we cherish that diversity. That
we're documentin all of knowledge and culture.

To be slightly more blunt, I'm totally unconfortable with giving a focus on
Paris when, at the same time, people die on a daily basis by the hand of
the same people in many other countries.
Sadly, everyday thre are acts of terror all around the world. And the one
in Paris is not more important in the end. Our westerners bias make it
looks like more important, but it's not.

So if we could, and I don't know if we could, I would rather see an
initiative start to digitally document as best as we can every piece of
culture/architecture/history the're trying to destroy. That would be
meaningful I think. Though, I have no idea how we could achieve it.

I'm sorry I jumped so quickly, but I'm really pissed of by many many things
today and seeing that topic going off track berserked me (that is something
that happens rarely to me :) )

Best,


--
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On 16 November 2015 at 11:20, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hoi,
> Do read about exclusion (a sociology term) and given the people concerned
> it fits. The reason people give and the mechanisms involved are separate.
>
> While we suffer for France, we will suffer the consequences when people no
> longer appreciate that one of the universal human rights is the right to
> religion. I was amused to learn about Pastafinarians who had a strainer on
> their head for their drivers license.. The point is very much each to their
> own.
>
> When it must be ridiculous to call a spade a spade you fail to appreciate
> that the hate that is directed to Islam is exactly what was intended. So
> have a ball and help those assholes achieve their goal.
> Thanks,
>   GerardM
>
> On 16 November 2015 at 09:36, Isarra Yos <zhoris...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Isaac David makes good points, and writing it off as racist and
> > discrimination is ridiculous. The people who did these things may indeed
> be
> > bloodlusty assholes, but what led them to this is important too, and
> > denying that will only ensure that it is not understood, not addressed. I
> > don't care if this is the way to tolerance, either - tolerance by itself
> is
> > meaningless; all you need to do is ignore, and not question, and you can
> > perhaps tolerate anything. What is more difficult is understanding and
> > love, because for these you have to learn, but these are also what
> actually
> > connect people and allow them to help each other, and to help prevent
> > tragedies like these.
> >
> > But if you really don't wish to see this discussed, then simply do not
> > discuss it. Don't tell people to shut the fuck up, simply let this aspect
> > of the thread die on its own.
> >
> > We work on these projects to help people learn, and to learn ourselves.
> > Fae's proposal was not a bad one to this end, and Gnangarra brings up
> > related topics that are also of relevance. These should not be at odds,
> as
> > these are all important, and all worth working on, covering, building
> upon.
> >
> >
> > On 16/11/15 07:14, Pierre-Selim wrote:
> >
> >> Just +1 on the stfu.
> >> Le 16 nov. 2015 7:53 AM, "Christophe Henner" <
> christophe.hen...@gmail.com
> >> >
> >> a écrit :
> >>
> >> I'm sorry but just shut the fuck up about "religion".
> >>>
> >>> They're bloodlusty assholes that wanted to kill and divide. Nothing
> more.
> >>>
> >>> It's not a religious thing (Paris isn't à holy city) or a cultural
> thing.
> >>> It's hate. Simple and plain hate.
> >>>
> >>> They'd like us to say it's about religion and culture. Because that
> jump
> >>> starts the next sentence, it's us versus them where us has a better
> >>> culture. And then to start discriminating in our own country.
> >>>
> >>> Because us vs them is the basis of any racist speech.
> >>>
> >>> So please stop making it about culture and religion. Or if you want to
> >>> make
> >>> it about culture, make it about the real culture they attacked :
> >>> tolerance,
> >>> understanding, love.
> >>&g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paris

2015-11-15 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Thhank you all for your kind words.
We've had confirmation from almost every wikimedians living in Paris that
they're safe. The one we're waiting from are the one we don't have a way to
reach them.

At the same time, keep some thoughts for all the people in the Middle-East
that suffer and die on a daily basis at the hand of the same people. To the
people trying to flee from them.

And more than that, to all the people that die around the world because of
intolerance, misunderstanding and hatred.

Thank you all again.

Take care,

--
Christophe

On 14 November 2015 at 06:39, Mardetanha  wrote:

> my heart goes out to the families of those who have been killed and I am
> really hopeful All wikimedians are safe,
> stay safe
>
>
>
> Mardetanha
>
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 6:39 AM, Sydney Poore 
> wrote:
>
> > Alex, thanks for sharing this information. My thoughts are with
> Wikimedians
> > and their family and friends.
> >
> > Take care,
> > Sydney
> >
> > Sydney Poore
> > User:FloNight
> > Wikipedian in Residence
> > at Cochrane Collaboration
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Alex Cella 
> wrote:
> >
> > > All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
> > >
> > > Thnaks for asking.
> > >
> > > --
> > >
> > > *Alex Cella*
> > > Finance Fellow
> > > ace...@wikimedia.org
> > > LinkedIn 
> > >
> > > Wikimedia Foundation
> > > 149 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA., 94105
> > > www.wikimediafoundation.org
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Milos Rancic 
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from
> Paris
> > > are
> > > > live and well?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Celebrating Parisian culture and libertarianism

2015-11-15 Thread Christophe Henner
I'm sorry but just shut the fuck up about "religion".

They're bloodlusty assholes that wanted to kill and divide. Nothing more.

It's not a religious thing (Paris isn't à holy city) or a cultural thing.
It's hate. Simple and plain hate.

They'd like us to say it's about religion and culture. Because that jump
starts the next sentence, it's us versus them where us has a better
culture. And then to start discriminating in our own country.

Because us vs them is the basis of any racist speech.

So please stop making it about culture and religion. Or if you want to make
it about culture, make it about the real culture they attacked : tolerance,
understanding, love.

That would the best answer we could make.

Thanks

PS: sorry for this email I don't usually send those but hey after that
week-end I couldn't restrain myself
Le 16 nov. 2015 7:24 AM, "Isaac David"  a
écrit :

> Le dim. 15 nov. 2015 à 23:06, Gerard Meijssen 
> a écrit :
>
>> Hoi,
>> Your sarcasm is nothing but discrimination. You throw everybody who
>> beliefs
>> on one pile.
>>
>
> I don't know how anyone could be more explicit on his treatment of the
> problems of making an overt generalisation, yet you attack me personally on
> the alleged grounds that I have accused all religious people of being
> violent.
>
> Just as if a religion, any religion is needed for people to
>> get off the rails. There are plenty of examples of that.
>>
>
> I never said so. I don't think so. Jainism serves as a good example of how
> faith-based beliefs may be completely harmless depending on what the claims
> are. However, I do think  religion is one of the ways some people get off
> the rails, and that this is a problem that goes largely underestimated and
> unacknowledged, firstly because most people subscribe to a religion and
> second because it is so easy to confuse the criticism of intolerance and
> bigotry with actual intolerance and bigotry. But this is irrelevant as far
> as my original reply to Gnangarra and Vandenberg are concerned because I
> didn't even touch that point. All I said is that I find it extremely
> dishonest to claim that these attacks had nothing to do with Islam,
> whatever the extremism and interpretations of ISIS might be and however
> disconnected and offensive their deeds might look like for the rest of
> Muslims.
>
>
> As to who is an actual Muslim and who understands the sunna and its
>> interpretation particularly in the light of Daesh, they are two distinct
>> questions.
>> Any typical Muslim will leave the finer points to the scholars,
>>
>
> "Leaving" sounds like a bad idea. What is so great about experts is that
> they shortcut the access to wisdom, but they shouldn't be used as an excuse
> to waive intellectual responsibility. Scholars disagree, scholars make
> mistakes , and it will be up to the average person to evaluate the problem
> at hand. Scholars seldom enroll into armed conflict, average people do.
>
> any typical Muslim will disagree with Daesh on many major points.
>>
>
> I'm so glad they do and I would like to thank them for it, but this
> doesn't change a bit the relationship of Islam as a many-stranded religion
> and the attacks at Paris. On the other hand I'm not so comfortable that
> said major points don't include things like intolerance for other faiths,
> specially non-Abrahamic ones, death penalty for adultery, the imposition of
> Sharia in Western judicial systems and other topics which are agreed upon
> by big fractions of Muslims.[1]
>
> By the way, I have no special focus on your religion; it's part of the
> subject of this thread.
> Regards
>
> [1]:
> http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/04/worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society-full-report.pdf
>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>GerardM
>>
>> On 15 November 2015 at 23:09, Isaac David 
>> wrote:
>>
>>  
>>>  Yes, because there are many nice self-avowed Jewish, Muslims,
>>> Christians,
>>>  etc. around the world. Therefore when some bad people do something
>>> horrible
>>>  in the name of their cultural and ideological identity it actually has
>>>  nothing to do with the ideas themselves, it's always got to be some
>>> other
>>>  historical, social or psychological factor, otherwise we would be
>>> linking
>>>  bad guys with good guys.
>>>  
>>>
>>>  But who are you to decide who is an actual Muslim and who isn't?
>>>
>>>  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman
>>>
>>>
>>>  Le dim. 15 nov. 2015 à 15:47, John Mark Vandenberg  a
>>>  écrit :
>>>
>>>  On Sun, Nov 15, 2015 at 11:17 PM, Gnangarra 
 wrote:

   Not sure we should be making such  a link as the events in Paris are
> not
>   about Islam just as the actions of the women in Kentucky was not a
>   reflection of Christianity. Paris is not the only place its
>  unfortunately
>   its not even the latest place to fall victim to ISIS.
>
>   

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paris

2015-11-14 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Everyone,

Sorry didn't thought of coming here (long night for me had to work).

Nathalie, WMFr ED, checked all staff in.
From all we could gather over the last hours, so far all parisians
wikimedians are ok. Can't be 100% sure as we have some who still have to
answer but so far so good.

Thank you all for your kind words. It was a long night, will be a long
week-end and hard time... for the second time in the year.

Thanks again.

Take care of you and the people you love

--
Christophe

On 14 November 2015 at 09:51, Giuliana Mancini <
direttore-gener...@wikimedia.it> wrote:

> Dear Nathalie,
> I want to express our solidariety from Italy with all of you for the awful
> things that happened yesterday.
> If we can do anything, here we are.
>
> Giuliana
>
>
>
> Il 14/11/15 04:09, Sydney Poore ha scritto:
>
> Alex, thanks for sharing this information. My thoughts are with Wikimedians
>> and their family and friends.
>>
>> Take care,
>> Sydney
>>
>> Sydney Poore
>> User:FloNight
>> Wikipedian in Residence
>> at Cochrane Collaboration
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Alex Cella  wrote:
>>
>> All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
>>>
>>> Thnaks for asking.
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> *Alex Cella*
>>> Finance Fellow
>>> ace...@wikimedia.org
>>> LinkedIn 
>>>
>>> Wikimedia Foundation
>>> 149 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA., 94105
>>> www.wikimediafoundation.org
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Milos Rancic  wrote:
>>>
>>> May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from Paris

>>> are
>>>
 live and well?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paris

2015-11-14 Thread Christophe Henner
Drop an email to me or text me +33650664739

@Milos who is it ? Can y ou share his name in private please so I can see
if we can reach out ?

Thanks

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On 14 November 2015 at 12:42, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Also, non-French Wikimedians currently in Paris: May you contact WMFR and
> tell you are OK? (For WMFR: What's the best way to do that?)
>
> I see on Facebook one Wikimedian currently in "affected area" not "marked
> as safe", so I suppose there could be others, as well.
> On Nov 14, 2015 11:50, "Milos Rancic" <mill...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Christophe, thank you for the update! It's good to hear that all of you
> > are well!
> > On Nov 14, 2015 11:26, "Christophe Henner" <christophe.hen...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Everyone,
> >>
> >> Sorry didn't thought of coming here (long night for me had to work).
> >>
> >> Nathalie, WMFr ED, checked all staff in.
> >> From all we could gather over the last hours, so far all parisians
> >> wikimedians are ok. Can't be 100% sure as we have some who still have to
> >> answer but so far so good.
> >>
> >> Thank you all for your kind words. It was a long night, will be a long
> >> week-end and hard time... for the second time in the year.
> >>
> >> Thanks again.
> >>
> >> Take care of you and the people you love
> >>
> >> --
> >> Christophe
> >>
> >> On 14 November 2015 at 09:51, Giuliana Mancini <
> >> direttore-gener...@wikimedia.it> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Dear Nathalie,
> >> > I want to express our solidariety from Italy with all of you for the
> >> awful
> >> > things that happened yesterday.
> >> > If we can do anything, here we are.
> >> >
> >> > Giuliana
> >> >
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > Il 14/11/15 04:09, Sydney Poore ha scritto:
> >> >
> >> > Alex, thanks for sharing this information. My thoughts are with
> >> Wikimedians
> >> >> and their family and friends.
> >> >>
> >> >> Take care,
> >> >> Sydney
> >> >>
> >> >> Sydney Poore
> >> >> User:FloNight
> >> >> Wikipedian in Residence
> >> >> at Cochrane Collaboration
> >> >>
> >> >> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Alex Cella <ace...@wikimedia.org>
> >> wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Thnaks for asking.
> >> >>>
> >> >>> --
> >> >>>
> >> >>> *Alex Cella*
> >> >>> Finance Fellow
> >> >>> ace...@wikimedia.org
> >> >>> LinkedIn <http://fr.linkedin.com/in/alexcella>
> >> >>>
> >> >>> Wikimedia Foundation
> >> >>> 149 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA., 94105
> >> >>> www.wikimediafoundation.org
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>>
> >> >>> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> >>>
> >> >>> May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from
> Paris
> >> >>>>
> >> >>> are
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia French] Summer of french cities and villages

2015-07-21 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Just so you know, Wikimedia France is officially launching a new program:
Summer of french cities and villages

This program is aimed to increase outreach and to raise awareness that
anyone can esaily contribute. That there are many things they can do, such
as sharing their holiday picture.

More infos available there http://etedesvilleswikipedia.fr/

Best,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Board of Trustees Chair and Vice Chair positions

2015-07-16 Thread Christophe Henner
Congrats Patricio and Alice.

Jan-Bart when are you buying rounds?
Le 16 juil. 2015 5:12 PM, Pierre-Selim pierre-se...@huard.info a écrit :

 Congrats Patricio and Alice!

 And thank you Jan-Bart :)

 2015-07-16 17:08 GMT-05:00 Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com:

  Congratulations (and condolences) to Patricio and Alice! Good news. :)
 
  Thank you Jan-Bart for your service as Chair and for staying for sticking
  around for the transition. :)
 
  -greg
 
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   On Jul 16, 2015, at 5:04 PM, Jan-Bart de Vreede 
 jdevre...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
  
   Hello Everyone
  
   I am happy to inform you that the Board has unanimously appointed a new
  Chair and Vice Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
  
   Patricio Lorente will be the new Chair and Alice Wiegand will be the
 new
  Vice-Chair. Both have several.years of experience on the board and we are
  confident that they will help the board grow and be successful in the
  coming years.
  
   Personally I am looking forward to helping them get acquainted with
  their new role in the coming months as my time on the Wikimedia Board
 ends
  in December.
  
   I hope you can join me in congratulating them on their new position and
  wish them success in the challenges facing them.
  
   Jan-Bart de Vreede
   Wikimedia Board of Trustees
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Ask questions, give feedback on six annual plan grant proposals for the FDC!

2015-04-08 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey Pine,

The Advisory group to the FDC actually made that very proposal.

To have a body who would look At the grant system as a whole and not juste
At one of its part.

Not sure if that would ever be implemented sadly.

Best
Le 8 avr. 2015 8:34 AM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com a écrit :

 Hi Luis (wow, I didn't expect to see you here at this hour!)

 I was referring to the qualifications, benefits and limitations of the
 different kinds of grant programs. The way that they're structured provides
 some ups and downs for affiliates when we have the option to choose among
 grant types. FDC/APG's structure recieved a lot of attention in the past
 few years. I think it would be good to take a step back and look
 collectively at the grants programs, and to think about how to engineer
 them with today's environment, goals and tools for affiliates, small teams
 and individual grantees in mind; and to think about transition points among
 grant types.

 I would love to talk with you more about this at the Wikimedia Conference
 if possible (:

 Pine
 On Apr 7, 2015 11:20 PM, Luis Villa lvi...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 11:13 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   Just noting that annual plans can go through APG or PEG, but the
   qualificattions and scope are different. Some chapers choose to
 continue
   with PEG funding becuase it is more flexible. The main limiter on PEG
   funding is that it  will not pay for full time permanent staff; however
   according to Meta it may pay for part time or temporary staff.
  
   APGs and PEGs for annual plans are usually recurring, but PEG funds a
   variety of programs in addition to annual plans.
  
   This is the kind of conversation that I hope Luis and his team will be
   considering holistically in the next several months.
  
 
  Katy of course is part of my team, so we're here, having a conversation
 :)
  Can you elaborate a bit, Pine? You've done a good job answering MZ's
  question, so I'm not clear what conversation you meant to highlight -
  simply suggestions on how to improve the pages MZ linked to, or...?
 
  Luis
 
 
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 share
  in the sum of all knowledge.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Not all pixels are created equals: introducing brand new Wikimedia France's metrics

2015-04-01 Thread Christophe Henner
They are not free pixels.

Only real free pixels deserve to be counted.
Le 1 avr. 2015 23:00, Andrea Zanni zanni.andre...@gmail.com a écrit :

 As always, every tool is developed thinking about Wikipedia and Commons,
 never all the other sister projects!
 What about those poor pixels?
 Are they different from Commons pixels??!?!!1!

 Luckily, today the WMF said otherwise:
 see the Sister projects news here

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-04-01/News_and_notes

 Aubrey


 On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM, Pierre-Selim pierre-se...@huard.info
 wrote:

  2015-04-01 22:09 GMT+02:00 Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org:
 
   On 15-04-01 03:58 PM, Pierre-Selim wrote:
This is only the beginning: next step is the measurement of cute
  pixels,
encyclopedic pixels and amazing pixels.
  
   That metric is all wrong, because it presumes that all pixels are
   equally valuable.  Surely, you should be also assigning weights to
   pixels depending on how much information they carry - background pixels
   out of the FOV aren't worth as much!
  
   Also, some historic pixels may be worth several newer ones.  Pixel
   valuation is an art as much as it is a science.
  
 
  Thank you for your valuable input, we will think about it for next
  iterations.
 
 
  
   -- Marc
  
   Ouais bon, poisson d'avril?  :-)
  
 
  :-)
 
 
 
  
  
  
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[Wikimedia-l] [FDC] Wikimedia France - Proofreading our proposal

2015-03-27 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Like last year, we've published our work in progress FDC proposal on meta :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form

We are currently in the process of improving and proofreading it with our
members .

If you have time to spare and are interested in this, please feel free to
prrofread it or ask questions on the talk page. Don't be afraid, we wrote
less than last year, and this year's half the length of the last one!

In the mean time, if you spot errors or parts you don't totally get, please
tell us, we'll do our best to improve it before Monday evening.

Also, if you have any questions regarding our programs for next year, don't
wait Tuesday to ask us questions about it.

Thanks to anyone who will help us improve our proposal.

All the best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New ED of Wikimedia Norway

2015-02-23 Thread Christophe Henner
Nope, it was not.

Sadly you'll have to buy me some drinks in Berlin... schade.

--
Christophe

On 23 February 2015 at 10:58, Nicole Ebber nicole.eb...@wikimedia.de
wrote:

 Dear Astrid and Erlend,

 On behalf of Wikimedia Deutschland, congratulations Astrid for your
 new role in our movement. :)

 I hope we will be welcoming you in Berlin in May.

 Best regards,
 Nicole




 (Sorry, Christophe, for copying your text. I suppose it was freely
 licensed anyway, right? :D)


 On 23 February 2015 at 09:48, Christophe Henner
 christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:
  Hi Erlend and Astrid,
 
  On behalf of Wikimedia France, congratulations Astrid for your new role
 in
  the movement.
 
  I hope we'll see you in Berlin in May!
 
  All the best,
 
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  On 23 February 2015 at 09:27, Erlend Bjørtvedt erl...@wikimedia.no
 wrote:
 
  Dear friends in the Wikimedia movement,
 
  With much gratitude and anticipation, the Board of WMNO this week named
  Astrid Carlsen, Executive Director of Wikimedia Norway!
 
  Many of you already know Astrid as a dedicated, energetic, and
 knowledgable
  colleague, and we are pleased that Astrid excepted to take the
 challenge of
  more direct responsibility and leadership in the organisation. Astrid
 has
  been our GLAM officer during the last 1,5 years. She has already
 performed
  several executive functions, and this codification of that experience
 is a
  natural next step for all of us.
 
  We are thrilled to have Astrid with us in the future, as we are entering
  a breaking point with new challenges for funding, professionalization,
 and
  clarifying further the divisions of labour between ED, Board, staff, and
  volunteers. The upcoming general assembly in April will further lay
 those
  foundations. We are fully convinced that Astrid will assist and pilot
 our
  chapter through these challenges in an excellent way
 
  All the best from Wikimedia Norway
 
  Erlend Bjørtvedt
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New ED of Wikimedia Norway

2015-02-23 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Erlend and Astrid,

On behalf of Wikimedia France, congratulations Astrid for your new role in
the movement.

I hope we'll see you in Berlin in May!

All the best,

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On 23 February 2015 at 09:27, Erlend Bjørtvedt erl...@wikimedia.no wrote:

 Dear friends in the Wikimedia movement,

 With much gratitude and anticipation, the Board of WMNO this week named
 Astrid Carlsen, Executive Director of Wikimedia Norway!

 Many of you already know Astrid as a dedicated, energetic, and knowledgable
 colleague, and we are pleased that Astrid excepted to take the challenge of
 more direct responsibility and leadership in the organisation. Astrid has
 been our GLAM officer during the last 1,5 years. She has already performed
 several executive functions, and this codification of that experience is a
 natural next step for all of us.

 We are thrilled to have Astrid with us in the future, as we are entering
 a breaking point with new challenges for funding, professionalization, and
 clarifying further the divisions of labour between ED, Board, staff, and
 volunteers. The upcoming general assembly in April will further lay those
 foundations. We are fully convinced that Astrid will assist and pilot our
 chapter through these challenges in an excellent way

 All the best from Wikimedia Norway

 Erlend Bjørtvedt


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-20 Thread Christophe Henner
I hate au revoirs.

I feel like you've been around for a decade. Perhaps it's because you've
bring to us a decade worth of insights, advices, experiences, etc.

I do hope we have turned you into a hardcore Wikimedian and that you won't
resist the appeal to stay among us. Thank you for everything you did :)

Congrats to Luis, Siko and Asaf on the new roles. I knew Luis wasn't a true
lawyer, and now we have proof of that!

All the best,

--
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On 20 February 2015 at 09:52, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl wrote:

 Dear Anasuya,

 there's a lot I've learnt from you and your departure leaves me half way,
 with a a burning appetite for more. You've been a pillar of the grant
 making process, and of WMF. Please, do get better soon, and back on your
 dancing legs!

 dj pundit

 On Thu, Feb 19, 2015 at 11:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
 asengu...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Dear friends and colleagues, fellow adventurers on the Wikimedia journey
 -
 
  Goodbyes are overrated.[1] But since I’m sure this will be au revoir,
 I’ll
  continue: I am leaving the Foundation as head of the Grantmaking
  department, at the end of March. This was not an easy decision to make;
  this is not an easy email to write.
 
  As some of you know, I have been battling health issues over the past few
  months. I’ve learnt sharp and intimate truths about myself as I’ve worked
  to get better, and what I’ve kept coming back to is the compassionate but
  fierce feminist slogan around self-care and sustainability: ‘what’s the
  point of the revolution if we can’t dance?’[2] To reassure you all, I
 will
  be well,[3] but I need a little time and space to focus on getting my
  dancing legs strong again.
 
  That said, I am pleased that we have a really solid plan in place as I
  leave. As Lila’s email announced, Luis Villa (our current Deputy General
  Counsel) will be taking over the team effective immediately, and leading
  the organisation further in our support of Wikimedia communities
 worldwide.
  Luis brings with him a range of skills and qualities that I know will
 stand
  him, the team, and the movement in wonderful stead through it all. As a
  friend and colleague, I am so delighted to be supporting Luis through the
  next few weeks of transition.
 
  I joined the Foundation in July 2012 to oversee and implement the FDC
  process. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of creating and leading a
  department of more than twenty remarkable and passionate people who care
  about our mission, our communities, and the resources needed to match the
  two.
 
  We went from Asaf managing a small grants portfolio on his own, ably
  supported on occasion by Winifred, to a fully fledged grantmaking
  department with a spectrum of monetary and non-monetary resources. We
 have
  been able to offer these in different ways to different parts of our
  movement: to individual volunteers with great ideas in need of project
  management, to small groups experimenting with new initiatives, and to
  established organisations who form critical content and policy
 partnerships
  in their local contexts. We built an infrastructure for understanding our
  collective impact. We learned together about what our different
 communities
  are doing globally, about the successes and challenges we have, and above
  all: about how we can, together, create a more powerful set of outcomes
 for
  free knowledge.
 
  In doing so, I’ve had the joy of discovery,[4] of learning from and with
  some of the most dedicated volunteers in the world, who believe that
  knowledge matters. Most importantly, that it’s not only free knowledge
  _for_ all that we seek, but even more critically, that we believe in
  knowledge _from_ and _with_ all.
 
  And I’ve discovered that the nerdy, geeky, obsessed-with-data part of me
  found a home in this extraordinary universe, where everybody’s
  “unimaginable,
  magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds” can find expression.[5] I
  look forward to the day when my worlds find more space on Wikipedia, when
  80% of the globe is represented by far more than 20% of the edits, when
  much more than 15% of our contributors can self-identify as women. Till
  then, I’ll keep fighting notability one article at a time...[6]
 
  So thank you for sharing your worlds with me, and no thanks for turning
 me
  into an obsessive Wikimedian. :-) As I have learnt with you, I know I
 have
  done so with trust, and as I have challenged you, I hope I have done so
  with respect. I look forward to continuing our friendships and obsessions
  on a wiki near you.
 
  With appreciation and gratitude,
 
  Anasuya
 
  p.s. You can find me in the future at my enWP user page (User:Anasuyas
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Anasuyas) or (dare I say it) on
  Facebook. Longer diatribes on liff, the universe and everything can be
 sent
  to anasuyaATsanmathi.org
 
  [1] Neil Gaiman, American Gods (Chapter 8)
 
  [2] Urgent Action Fund, a funder of women’s human 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] WikiCheese crowdfunding - Let's photograph 'em all

2015-01-29 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

The first WikiCheese event happened last week.

You can find the first selected photos there :
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:WikiCheese or you can wander
in the WikiCheese categories to see more pictures of the first evening :
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikicheeses/1?uselang=fr

The next WikiCheese evening will be February 20th!

We'll keep you posted on the project.

All the best,

PS: no cheese pun in this email, but there was an abondance of puns above.



--
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On 4 December 2014 at 23:31, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 6:13 AM, Pierre-Yves Beaudouin
 pierre.beaudo...@wikimedia.fr wrote:
 
 
  Le 2014-12-04 14:57, Martijn Hoekstra a écrit :
 
  On Dec 4, 2014 2:46 PM, Jean-Frédéric jeanfrederic.w...@gmail.com
 wrote:
  Thanks again, I tried to remain brie-f 2014-12-03 18:06 GMT+00:00
 Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@gmail.com: 110% !!! We bleu our
 first goal. Christophe, whether you are posting out of love for this
 awesome project
 
  or
 
  just for the sake of making puns, I cantal.
 
  A little humor on this thread may annoy some, but it's really a Brie of
  fresh air to me.
 
  Let's be serious. Sweet dreams are made of cheese. Who am I to diss a
  brie. I cheddar the world  the feta cheese. Everybody's looking for
  Stilton...
 
  Pyb

 3 3 3 3 3

 p.s. we are running a California edition too, thanks to Frank
 Schulenburg and his cheese-iful ideas. (Paneer'ing for gold in the
 California foothills?)

 -- phoebe

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Creation of a scientific committee

2015-01-19 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Everyone,

Last Thursday, we held our onboarding meeting for our advisory board.

Some pictures available there :
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Conseil_scientifique_de_Wikimedia_France

A quick summary, we provided the membres with all the printed documentation
we have about Wikimedia and Wikimedia France. During roughly two hours we
explained to them what was Wikimedia as a whole, and the strategy of
Wikimedia France.

I must say I'm delighted by the outcomes. The members showed a deep
interest for what we do. Not only did they show interest in reading and
reviewing our quaterly reports, but they ask for complementary meetings to
provide more insights on specific topic. The one that gathered the most
interest being user retention and what can we, as a local organisation, do.

We have yet to see how things will go, and if the interest of the first
meeting lasts and becomes actions.

As usual if you have any question, feel free to ask.

All the best,

--
Christophe

On 13 January 2015 at 12:56, Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Hi Pine,

 Yes that would be the best translation.

 I hesitated to use advisory board but wanted to keep a coherence between
 the french and the translated name to make it easier in the future to share
 what it brings to us :)

 --
 Christophe

 On 13 January 2015 at 12:52, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Christophe,

 Thanks for this information. It took me a few minutes to figure out what
 the American equivalent to this committee is; at first I thought this
 announcement was about a research committee. I think our equivalent is what
 we would call an advisory board. Please see
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advisory_board; does this look like a good
 description of what WMFR intends for its scientific committee? I ask partly
 because at this very moment I am working on Cascadia Wikimedia User Group's
 budget and goals documents, and it is helpful to know what experiments
 other movement organizations are doing as we think about how we want to
 move forward with the Cascadia group.

 Thank you. (:

 Pine



 Pine

 *This is an Encyclopedia* https://www.wikipedia.org/






 *One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
 our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
 must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
 which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
 fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not
 know.*

 *—Catherine Munro*

 On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 3:36 AM, Christophe Henner 
 christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 First of all, I wish everyone a happy new year.

 Even if the first days of 2015 were tainted by violence, we also
 witnessed
 people shouting how freedom is important. I hope 2015 will be at the
 image
 of the latter.

 Now, to the announcement.

 As you might know, Wikimedia France is working hard at improving its
 governance. A gap we identified month ago was that we lacked external
 point
 of views regarding our activities.

 In order to fix that, we created a scientific committee. This committee
 is
 a test, it doesn't exist in our bylaws. So, in 2015, we're trying this
 out
 to see if it can help us better do our work.

 This first committee is chaired by Rémi Mathis, my awesome and wonderful
 predecessor. It has 8 members, including Rémi :

- *Dominique Cardon*, sociologist at Orange Labs laboratory and
associate professor at Marne-la-Vallée university (
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Cardon)
- *Camille François*, Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center
 for
Internet and Society
- *Laurent Le Bon*, Chief curator, director of Picasso-Paris national
musuem (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent_Le_Bon)
- *Frédéric Martel*, journalist, writer and producer at France Culture
(French public radio) (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Martel)
- *Rémi Mathis*, former Wikimédia France chair, historian, curator (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9mi_Mathis)
- *Louise Merzeau*, associate professor at Paris Ouest university in
information sciences (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Merzeau)
- *Henri Verdier*, Etalab director , Chief Data Officer for France (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Verdier)
- *Cédric Villani*, mathématician, Fields Medalist (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9dric_Villani)


 Those 8 persons will meet for the first time this week to better
 understand
 what Wikimedia is. For the coming year, we will ask their inputs and
 opinions on what we're doing and planning to do for free knowledge.

 As said earlier, this is a test. We will try to share as much as we can
 our
 feedback on how it goes and if it's useful for Wikimedia France.

 The announcement in french is available on our blog :

 http://blog.wikimedia.fr/wikimedia-france-cree-son

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Creation of a scientific committee

2015-01-13 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

First of all, I wish everyone a happy new year.

Even if the first days of 2015 were tainted by violence, we also witnessed
people shouting how freedom is important. I hope 2015 will be at the image
of the latter.

Now, to the announcement.

As you might know, Wikimedia France is working hard at improving its
governance. A gap we identified month ago was that we lacked external point
of views regarding our activities.

In order to fix that, we created a scientific committee. This committee is
a test, it doesn't exist in our bylaws. So, in 2015, we're trying this out
to see if it can help us better do our work.

This first committee is chaired by Rémi Mathis, my awesome and wonderful
predecessor. It has 8 members, including Rémi :

   - *Dominique Cardon*, sociologist at Orange Labs laboratory and
   associate professor at Marne-la-Vallée university (
   http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Cardon)
   - *Camille François*, Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for
   Internet and Society
   - *Laurent Le Bon*, Chief curator, director of Picasso-Paris national
   musuem (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent_Le_Bon)
   - *Frédéric Martel*, journalist, writer and producer at France Culture
   (French public radio) (
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Martel)
   - *Rémi Mathis*, former Wikimédia France chair, historian, curator (
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9mi_Mathis)
   - *Louise Merzeau*, associate professor at Paris Ouest university in
   information sciences (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Merzeau)
   - *Henri Verdier*, Etalab director , Chief Data Officer for France (
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Verdier)
   - *Cédric Villani*, mathématician, Fields Medalist (
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9dric_Villani)


Those 8 persons will meet for the first time this week to better understand
what Wikimedia is. For the coming year, we will ask their inputs and
opinions on what we're doing and planning to do for free knowledge.

As said earlier, this is a test. We will try to share as much as we can our
feedback on how it goes and if it's useful for Wikimedia France.

The announcement in french is available on our blog :
http://blog.wikimedia.fr/wikimedia-france-cree-son-conseil-scientifique-7059

If you have any question feel free to ask here or to Rémi and I off-list.

All the best,

Christophe HENNER | Président
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Creation of a scientific committee

2015-01-13 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi Pine,

Yes that would be the best translation.

I hesitated to use advisory board but wanted to keep a coherence between
the french and the translated name to make it easier in the future to share
what it brings to us :)

--
Christophe

On 13 January 2015 at 12:52, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Christophe,

 Thanks for this information. It took me a few minutes to figure out what
 the American equivalent to this committee is; at first I thought this
 announcement was about a research committee. I think our equivalent is what
 we would call an advisory board. Please see
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advisory_board; does this look like a good
 description of what WMFR intends for its scientific committee? I ask partly
 because at this very moment I am working on Cascadia Wikimedia User Group's
 budget and goals documents, and it is helpful to know what experiments
 other movement organizations are doing as we think about how we want to
 move forward with the Cascadia group.

 Thank you. (:

 Pine



 Pine

 *This is an Encyclopedia* https://www.wikipedia.org/






 *One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
 our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
 must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
 which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
 fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not
 know.*

 *—Catherine Munro*

 On Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 3:36 AM, Christophe Henner 
 christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:

 Hi everyone,

 First of all, I wish everyone a happy new year.

 Even if the first days of 2015 were tainted by violence, we also witnessed
 people shouting how freedom is important. I hope 2015 will be at the image
 of the latter.

 Now, to the announcement.

 As you might know, Wikimedia France is working hard at improving its
 governance. A gap we identified month ago was that we lacked external
 point
 of views regarding our activities.

 In order to fix that, we created a scientific committee. This committee is
 a test, it doesn't exist in our bylaws. So, in 2015, we're trying this out
 to see if it can help us better do our work.

 This first committee is chaired by Rémi Mathis, my awesome and wonderful
 predecessor. It has 8 members, including Rémi :

- *Dominique Cardon*, sociologist at Orange Labs laboratory and
associate professor at Marne-la-Vallée university (
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominique_Cardon)
- *Camille François*, Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for
Internet and Society
- *Laurent Le Bon*, Chief curator, director of Picasso-Paris national
musuem (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurent_Le_Bon)
- *Frédéric Martel*, journalist, writer and producer at France Culture
(French public radio) (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Martel)
- *Rémi Mathis*, former Wikimédia France chair, historian, curator (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%A9mi_Mathis)
- *Louise Merzeau*, associate professor at Paris Ouest university in
information sciences (http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_Merzeau)
- *Henri Verdier*, Etalab director , Chief Data Officer for France (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Verdier)
- *Cédric Villani*, mathématician, Fields Medalist (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9dric_Villani)


 Those 8 persons will meet for the first time this week to better
 understand
 what Wikimedia is. For the coming year, we will ask their inputs and
 opinions on what we're doing and planning to do for free knowledge.

 As said earlier, this is a test. We will try to share as much as we can
 our
 feedback on how it goes and if it's useful for Wikimedia France.

 The announcement in french is available on our blog :

 http://blog.wikimedia.fr/wikimedia-france-cree-son-conseil-scientifique-7059

 If you have any question feel free to ask here or to Rémi and I off-list.

 All the best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] WikiCheese crowdfunding - Let's photograph 'em all

2014-12-03 Thread Christophe Henner
110% !!! We bleu our first goal.
Pierre-Yves Beaudouin writes:

 I'm the project leader of WikiCheese.

 KissKissBankBank

Christophe writes:
 Thanks again, I tried to remain brie-f

I had a dream like this last week, full of smoke and gorgons.

Kudos à Pyb, Christophe and all: this looks delicious.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia Executive Director

2014-12-02 Thread Christophe Henner
On behalf of Wikimedia France, welcome to the mad house Giuliana :)

We're a crazy but lovely bunch, and we enjoy lame puns.

Best,

--
Christophe

On 2 December 2014 at 16:28, Sydney Poore sydney.po...@gmail.com wrote:

 Giuliana Mancini, welcome to the Wikimedia movement. :-)


 Sydney Poore
 User:FloNight
 Member of FDC


 Sydney Poore
 User:FloNight
 Wikipedian in Residence
 at Cochrane Collaboration

 On Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 3:31 AM, Andrea Zanni andrea.za...@wikimedia.it
 wrote:

  Hello everybody,
 
  It's with great pleasure that I announce Giuliana Mancini as the new
  Executive Director of Wikimedia Italia.
 
  It took us over 6 months to select her within a pool of 450 candidates:
 it
  has been an incredibly hard work, and tough decisions were made.
  I'd like to acknowledge that one of the most active members of the
  selective committee was Alessio Guidetti aka Cotton, who recendly passed:
  it saddens us to know that he won't have the chance to see her working
 with
  us.
 
  But this is a moment of joy, because the Wikimedia family just got a new
  member.
  Giuliana will help us become a more mature and structured association:
 her
  deep experience and competence will be used to for make Wikimedia Italia
  scale and increase its impact in the world of free and open knowledge.
 
  Before being appointed Executive Director at Wikimedia Italia, in the
 last
  12 years, she has covered several roles of increasing commitment in the
  field of arts and culture. She spent 9 years in a grant making foundation
  where she supervised the activities of a cello academy and the concerts
 of
  an ensemble of classical musicians, assisting the board in setting
  strategies and coordinating the comprehensive management.
  She participated in the board of a company in the field of Fine Arts
 with a
  mandate for promotion of a multimedia exhibition, creating strategic
  relationship with Italian and foreigner museums.
  She drafted several feasibility studies and business plans for theatres
 and
  other cultural institutions as well as for start up companies.
  She can speak English fluently and has a good understanding of Spanish
 and
  French, and she graduated in Economics and in Law (her second degree was
  completed while working).
 
  She was officially introduced to the Wikimedia Italia assembly this
  Saturday, and this is her second week of work.
 
  Please welcome her in our incredible Wikimedia movement.
 
  Best regards,
 
  Andrea Zanni
 
  --
  Presidente
  Wikimedia Italia
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] WikiCheese crowdfunding - Let's photograph 'em all

2014-11-25 Thread Christophe Henner
So on the wine project, the issue is we would have to target wines bottled
before 1900, just to be quite sure there's no copyright issue on the wine
bottles labels.

Having said that, you could imagine the price we'd have to pay to run that
project.

On Twitter, last night, another wikimedian had a great idea. He suggested
that we would buy a mass spectrometer so we could digitaly record the smell
of the cheeses. Everyone could enjoy how smelly some are



--
Christophe

On 25 November 2014 at 09:59, Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk
wrote:

 And next the wine project? Count me in.

 On 24 November 2014 at 18:22, Christophe Henner 
 christophe.hen...@gmail.com
  wrote:

  Good news everyone,
 
  Cheese articles are gonna get improved!
 
  As french, it was dreadful for us to see so few illustrations of cheese
 on
  Wikipedia. This is about to change.
 
  A group of french Wikimedians, lead by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin, designed a
  project to photograph many cheeses, up to 200 for the moment.
 
  This project is perticular as we aim to have it found through a french
  crowdfunding platform, KissKissBankBank.
 
  Of course Wikimedia France could have funded it itself, but we wanted to
  use the project as a way to get the larger audience aware of their
 ability
  to contribute and to give a fun image of contributing.
 
  The project in few words iss follow :
  * 10 cheeses per session
  * During the session the cheeses are photographed and their articles
  improved
  * During the sessions experimented wikimedian would train new editors
  * At every session every participant would enjoy eating good cheese too
 
  If you want to read more, or even contribute, about the project you can
 go
  on KissKissBankBank :
  http://www.kisskissbankbank.com/fr/projects/wikicheese
 
 
  If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot them on or off list.
 
  All the best,
 
  --
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] WikiCheese crowdfunding - Let's photograph 'em all

2014-11-24 Thread Christophe Henner
Good news everyone,

Cheese articles are gonna get improved!

As french, it was dreadful for us to see so few illustrations of cheese on
Wikipedia. This is about to change.

A group of french Wikimedians, lead by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin, designed a
project to photograph many cheeses, up to 200 for the moment.

This project is perticular as we aim to have it found through a french
crowdfunding platform, KissKissBankBank.

Of course Wikimedia France could have funded it itself, but we wanted to
use the project as a way to get the larger audience aware of their ability
to contribute and to give a fun image of contributing.

The project in few words iss follow :
* 10 cheeses per session
* During the session the cheeses are photographed and their articles
improved
* During the sessions experimented wikimedian would train new editors
* At every session every participant would enjoy eating good cheese too

If you want to read more, or even contribute, about the project you can go
on KissKissBankBank : http://www.kisskissbankbank.com/fr/projects/wikicheese


If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot them on or off list.

All the best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] On relationship gossip and appropriate conversation

2014-06-15 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

I'm puzzled of those emails. Especially melting organisational discussions
and private issues.

Who sleeps with whom is of no importance actually. What you seem to
describe is someone using a personal relationship with a leader of our
movement to push forward its POV.

This asks for an organisational discussion, not a personnal one. What
happens in someone's private life is private.

If you believe that we're facing a leadership issue, as a movement, please
say so.

Now, and this is not a first, you're hinting that there are issues on the
english Wikipedia following last weeks wikimedia-l discussions. Fair
enough, but what ARE those issues? (Austin asked the question I failed to
find a clear answer sadly.)

From my point of view, french wikimedian, all I saw is some drama around
specific topics that stopped days ago. As far as I know, the crisis isn't
going further than that. And what your email, sofar, is doing, is
generating fruitless discussions.

Hinting someone dumping someone else is NOT an organisational solution.
From my culture and my values it's not only rude and violent, but way over
the line.

So if you want to solve the issue wp:en, one of many projects if I dare
remind you, is facing could you please :
* Recap the situation
* Provide links to the discussions you mention
* Provide organisational solutions

Then, we, the larger community you reach out to through that email, will be
able to assess the situation and perhaps help you get through this.

Best,



--
Christophe


On 15 June 2014 19:49, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:

 On Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Pete Forsyth petefors...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  On Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 8:19 AM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  No, I have not recapped the whole situation. What I think is appropriate
 is
  that we find a way to bring the situation to a calm conclusion of some
  kind. I think the ED has far more options at her disposal than anybody
  else, as well as a fair amount of responsibility for it happening in the
  first place, but to date hasn't done anything about it. I think it's
  appropriate to voice concerns about a situation that appears to be
 having a
  strong impact on the existing social structure of Wikipedia.
 
  Finger-wagging about minor gossip is a distraction from the important
  dynamics.
 
  -Pete
  _
 


 You brought this nasty, hurtful gossip to a much larger stage. Wikimedia-L
 is a global list with many subscribers, including Wikimedia employees, Lila
 and Wil themselves, journalists and interested observers. Whether the
 rumors and deeply inappropriate commentary existed elsewhere is irrelevant
 to the fact that you made it much more widely known. You seem unable to
 understand how this kind of thing can effect real, living people with
 feelings. You also seem oblivious to the sexist nature of the gossip
 itself.

 Whatever you think of Wil and Lila and Wil's role so far (and, honestly,
 what you think is well known since you posted your insulting comments about
 Lila to this list), nothing justifies exacerbating the situation by
 republishing hateful gossip. You seem to think the core issue, whatever it
 is now (Wil's effect on Lila's reputation? On her effectiveness in her job?
 On the reputation of WMF in general?), deserves more discussion on this
 list. Yet you offer no evidence of this, or even reasoning in support of
 it. The gossip jabs are incidental, and seem calibrated to generate just
 the sort of drama you claim to disdain. Feel free to try again - start a
 new thread, explain what you think the actual problem is, limit yourself to
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] COI editing by WMF staff

2014-04-17 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Just to share what we do at Wikimedia France.

Employees are allowed to edit Wikimedia Projects from personnal
accounts. When they do as Wikimedia France employees, they use their
professional accounts, that stays they're employed by WMFr.

We do not look at what they do on their personal time with their
personal account. The Wikimedia Project policies are there to prevent
any bad behavior.

We believe our role is to empower our local community. To help it
meet-up, conceive projects and run projects. We want our employees to
support local volunteers. If we want them to do that efficiently, we
need them to understand what editing Wikimedia projects means.

Moreover, I don't know how it is in other countries, but in France, as
an employer, it is really hard to forbid an employee to do a specific
activity on their free time.

Best,
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On 17 April 2014 10:08, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 17 April 2014 08:46, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 ...
 On this, you and I seem to be about as far apart as we can be, so we
 will have to agree to disagree. This is why in threads like the Belfer
 one I encourage people to stay cool and not let this stuff get to
 their heads, because this is the kind of moral panicky BS we need to
 stay the hell clear of.

 Staying cool is something we can all agree with.

 However when long term senior managers of the Foundation respond to
 respectfully written whistle-blowing messages such as Russavia's or
 Tomasz' previous blog post by deriding them as raising moral panicky
 [Bull Shit], you are putting these words in the mouths of your CEO
 and Board of Trustees. If this is the vulgar way that the Foundation
 wishes to be publicly represented, I would be very surprised.

 This is not the first time that Erik has been sarcastic and rude in an
 apparent attempt to close down discussion in public responses to
 whistle-blowers. Perhaps Sue or one of the Trustees would like to say
 something about their expectation for exemplary and mellow behaviour
 towards the Wikimedia Community from their senior management team?

 Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Feedback on the last 2 years

2014-04-15 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

I will try to put up the matrix and its documentation in english on
meta later this week. You can find the matrix itsel in english there
on meta : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form#4._How_will_your_organization_measure_and_report_the_results_of_this_program.3F

As said before, this is a first step. It is far from being perfect,
but it's the first step. Now we have something to build on and draw
experience from.

Thanks to all the person that said this feedback was interesting. We
will try to make such reports, more governance oriented than program
oriented, more oftenly to keep you up to date with what works and what
doesn't.

All the best,
--
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On 14 April 2014 16:27, Andrea Zanni zanni.andre...@gmail.com wrote:
 Thank you Christophe.
 This mail is really useful and I really hope, as Pine said, you will be
 able to share some of the documentation in English.
 It would be really helpful for chapters to understand these issues and,
 above all, the solutions.

 Aubrey


 On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 11:26 PM, Jon Davies 
 jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.ukwrote:

 Merci Christophe - very useful and echoes many issues WMUK experienced.


 On 12 April 2014 20:38, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:

  Hi Christophe,
 
  Thank you for these interesting emails. I'm cc'ing Anasuya on this
  discussion with the hope that what you've learned can be disseminated
  to other Wikimedia affiliates, especially new or aspiring chapters.
 
  Is the decision matrix that you use for your programs available in
  English? I
  would like to have a copy of it on Meta along with these emails.
 
  I am interested in this subject partly because of the discussion about
  WMF's
  Annual Plan and partly because there are occasional discussions about
  forming a new thematic organization or chapter in my region.
 
  Thanks,
 
  Pine
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ASBS sessions update

2014-04-14 Thread Christophe Henner
That could have been a solution, which I believe we lacked to think
about sadly.

However, I believe the questions were noted to be sent to some of the
candidates, perhaps a good way would be to republish them and ask them
to answer on meta ?


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On 14 April 2014 17:15, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 For organizations that pride themselves on openness and transparency,
 being told that WMF Board Trustee candidates have made speeches, been
 asked questions and taken part in thoughtful discussion about our
 Wikimedia Movement in closed sessions that will remain unpublished,
 seems a long way from being open or transparent.

 I feel this could have been easily and cheaply made open, simply by
 anyone with a smartphone recording some of the QA and putting the
 file on Commons. Even poor quality reporting is better than apparent
 secrecy.

 Fae

 On 14 April 2014 15:41, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:
 I just wanted to drop everyone a note about the two sessions in Berlin on
 Sunday morning about the Affiliate Selected Board Seats.

 I regret it proved impossible to stream or properly record the QA session
 - we did not have appropriate equipment to capture audio. Nevertheless we
 heard speeches from Alice, Frieda and Patricio, the latter taking part
 remotely from Argentina. Unfortunately some nearby church bells started
 ringing during Patricio's speech, but after they fell silent Patricio was
 able to continue. Anders was not able to join in by videocall, but was able
 to answer questions posed to him by email.

 I would also like to say a little about the closed discussion session.
 About 40 people attended, including at least one person from most of the
 chapters present and Amical. We also invited User Group representatives to
 participate in the discussion and a number did so. Generally, it was a
 thoughtful discussion about the needs of the WMF Board and the movement.

 Everyone is welcome to continue to pose questions on Meta, here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2014/Questions

 A final list of candidates will be announced on or shortly after 15 April
 (tomorrow) and organisations have until 31 May to cast votes.

 Many thanks,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ASBS sessions update

2014-04-14 Thread Christophe Henner
Awesome, thanks a lot Chris and Crisitian ^^

It's been a long time since we've been that efficient on this mailing
list I believe...
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On 14 April 2014 17:50, Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com wrote:
 Il 14/apr/2014 17:48 Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com ha
 scritto:

 
 
  However, I believe the questions were noted to be sent to some of the
  candidates, perhaps a good way would be to republish them and ask them
  to answer on meta ?


 Good idea. I've done this for two questions aimed at all of the
 candidates.

 And for the records I have forwarded this request to the candidates.

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[Wikimedia-l] [WMFr] Feedback on the last 2 years

2014-04-12 Thread Christophe Henner
 is to ensure
we do everything we can so the organization is runned in a healthy
manner.
* Quality group: open group to every WMFr member. This group goal is
to design and update the metrics we're using to measure our
efficiency.
* Strategy group: open group to every WMFr member. This group ensures
our strategic process is going forward and includes everyone's input.
* Communication group: open group to every WMFr member. This group is
in charge to make sure the voice of WMFr members and Wikimedians is
taken into accounts and is also in charge of international
relationships.

We also restructured the staff organization, for the curious it’s all
detailed there :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form/Organisational_structure

By doing this clear split within the board, we ensured that the few
tactical tasks the board has to be in charge of are taken care of. We
all agreed to trust each group with the topic they're in charge of.
This limits the possibility of burnout, as no one has to care
everything is being done, and efficiency as every board member focuses
on a clear defined set of tasks.

Following that reorganisation, we redesigned the interactions between
board, members and staff. The goal was to improve the way we
communicate and work with each other. One thing we've done is to write
down the clear mandate of the ED. What the ED can and can't do and
what the board can and can't do.

Then we designed a clear vision and strategy for Wikimedia France:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form/Strategic_plan

Once that was done, we tackled THE issue: being able to measure how
efficient we are. Based on our strategic goals, we designed a matrix
of indicators. Every project we now do goes through that matrix.

It's far from being perfect, but at least we now have a common matrix
for everything we do, evaluate our effectiveness and make decisions.

== Where we are now and where we're going ==

Now where are we?

We are in the best situation we've ever been.

WMFr board is a working efficient body, with an internal organization
that prevents burnout and also ensures continuity.

The staff now has clear goals and knows where the organization wants
to go. They also have a clear mandate on what they can and can't do.

We have an evaluation process and people in charge of improving it over time.

I'm not sure this reflects what we went through. But to sum it up, at
some point, we decided to make radical and urgent changes. To be
better, even if that meant to spend months in a painful situation. We
believed back then, and I guess we were right, that it was better for
us to go through a hard time willingly, identify and face our mistakes
and fix them rather than find a quick solution.

Now, it could seem that we're at the end of the process. Well it's
quite the opposite. Everything we did was just the start of our
getting better process.

We share in an other email the next steps of the process.

== Finally...==

We wanted to share our experience because we believe some of the other
Wikimedia organizations could learn from it.

We also wanted to share that because we believe that it is important
for organizations like us to face mistakes, to have a critical eye on
everything you do, even if you've done it for years, and some time
make radical changes in order to improve things on the long run.

If anyone has questions, please, feel free to ask them either on list
or off list.

We hope that sharing this will help some of you.

All the best,

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[Wikimedia-l] [WMFr] Consolidating process

2014-04-12 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone... again

Wikimedia France is just finishing the process of reorganizing.

I explained in a previous email the process we went through:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-April/071080.html

One risk we identified during that process is making the same mistakes
again. This is something we definitely want to avoid.

We also want to work on building on everything we did so far. Improve
how we are organized, have better evaluation of what we do and develop
the tools and processes we need.

With those goals, we believe that we will need a period of time with
as much stability as possible. To ensure that stability, we are going
to try to cap our budget growth to 6% for the next 24 months.

This is a goal we might find ourselves unable to meet it, but we want
to focus on the points described just above and if we put ourselves in
a situation where we keep on growing, we will make it harder for us to
focus on those goals.

This capping up to 6% could be overcome but only through if we
financially valorize volunteering and external partners’ funding for a
specific project. As the funds would be clearly allocated to this
project, we believe it would be easily manageable.

That percentage will allow us to increase our employees salary and
adjust the programs we run and expand their scope a little if we need
to.

But the goal will be to force us to make choices between the programs
we could do and focus on the most efficient ones regarding our
evaluation matrix.

We will try to regularly share our work with the movement so other
organizations can use it and give us feedback.

As usual, if anyone has any questions, feel free to ask them either on
or off list.

All the best,

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

2014-04-07 Thread Christophe Henner
Ok so the quote taken out of context is actually saying the opposite
of the original meaning.

The discussion was about what are the goals of the Wikimedia
Organizations?. Why do they exist?

If we look at what Wikimedia Organizations do, mostly, is investing in
free knowledge. If that's their main goal, well then we don't have to
care about the communities. That was said as a way to shock people and
make them think about why Wikimedia Organizations exist and perhaps
that they should rethink their goal and their focus. Make
organizations think a little more about the communities instead of
sheer free knowledge production.

In that same session I did say some pretty radical things, if you take
some sentences out of my 10 minutes monologue (yeah I kinda tend to
speak a lot :() you could say that I said let's disband all Wikimedia
Organizations.

Taking a single sentence totally out of context can lead, as it is the
case here, to change it's true meaning.

No need for any witch hunt here, I can't think of anyone in our
community that doesn't value a lot volunteer and community work as we
are all part of that community.

Best,
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On 7 April 2014 13:37, Tomasz W. Kozlowski tom...@twkozlowski.net wrote:
 Chris Keating wrote:

 This was exactly because we wanted people to speak freely and not worry
 about a witch-hunt on an email list if a couple of trolls got hold of some
 out-of-context quotes.


 I wish you answered the question instead of smearing me on a public mailing
 list, Chris. I have no idea who you are, but I would expect you to adhere to
 elementary rules of debating, which suggest not to resort to personal
 attacks.

 If you are a Wikipedian, I should not have to explain this to you.

 What a shameful comment, Chris.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [FDC] WMFr Proposal - Call for copyediting

2014-04-02 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

I would like to thank everyone who wasted few minutes to copy edit a
FDC proposal that wasn't theirs. You're crazy for doing so.

We love crazy.

We would like to thank Tony1, Claudia Garad, Cristian Cantoro, Mike
Peel and Petit Tigre (yes even a plush did edit our proposal, how cute
is that? :D). You're crazy, so next time you come to France you've
earned a drink (or more) on us (or mango caramels if you're not that
much into drinking).

Anyway, if you're curious about Wikimedia France ssecret plan to
take over the world/s strategy for 2014 - 2015 I invite you all to
read our FDC proposal on meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form

We know it's long, but we've tried to make it as easy as possible to
read. If you have any comment regarding our programs or ideas on how
we could improve our proposal for next time, please tell us. If not
publicly, you can do it by email :)

All the best,
--
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On 31 March 2014 19:59, Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi everyone,

 As you might know, or not, tomorrow nght the round 2 of this year FDC
 proposal will close.

 Our proposal is on meta :
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form
 and we're copy editing  it.

 In the past it has been brought to our attention that our proposal did
 include slight mistakes.

 If anyone has the courage to help us proofread our proposal, your help
 will be much appreciated.

 In the mean time, if you spot errors or parts you don't totally get,
 please tell us, we'll do our best to improve it before tomorrow
 evening.

 Also, if you have any questions regarding our programs for next year,
 don't wait tomorrow to ask us questions about it.

 Thanks for anyone who will help us improve our proposal.

 Best,

 --
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[Wikimedia-l] [FDC] WMFr Proposal - Call for copyediting

2014-03-31 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

As you might know, or not, tomorrow nght the round 2 of this year FDC
proposal will close.

Our proposal is on meta :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form
and we're copy editing  it.

In the past it has been brought to our attention that our proposal did
include slight mistakes.

If anyone has the courage to help us proofread our proposal, your help
will be much appreciated.

In the mean time, if you spot errors or parts you don't totally get,
please tell us, we'll do our best to improve it before tomorrow
evening.

Also, if you have any questions regarding our programs for next year,
don't wait tomorrow to ask us questions about it.

Thanks for anyone who will help us improve our proposal.

Best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [FDC] WMFr Proposal - Call for copyediting

2014-03-31 Thread Christophe Henner
On our internal wiki. Though now it might be out of date as we're only
proof readin the english version.

Sorry :(
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On 31 March 2014 20:52, Cristian Consonni kikkocrist...@gmail.com wrote:
 2014-03-31 19:59 GMT+02:00 Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@gmail.com:
 As you might know, or not, tomorrow nght the round 2 of this year FDC
 proposal will close.

 Our proposal is on meta :
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/Wikim%C3%A9dia_France/Proposal_form
 and we're copy editing  it.

 In the past it has been brought to our attention that our proposal did
 include slight mistakes.

 If anyone has the courage to help us proofread our proposal, your help
 will be much appreciated.

 Is there also a French version somewhere? (Just asking)

 Cristian

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [FDC] WMFr Proposal - Call for copyediting

2014-03-31 Thread Christophe Henner
1st April 23h59 UTC/GMT. So you have plenty of time ! :)
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On 31 March 2014 21:20, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com wrote:
 Christophe Henner, 31/03/2014 19:59:

 If anyone has the courage to help us proofread our proposal, your help
 will be much appreciated.


 How much time left before the text is frozen and typofixes become strictly
 forbidden? I'd rather not be slapped by the staff for excessive helpfulness
 as happened to some. ;-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Proposed amendment to the Wikimedia Terms of Use

2014-02-21 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

This email is also available on meta :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment#It.27s_all_for_show

Over the last few hours people asked me to re-share my mail from
January regarding paid editing and to even elaborate on it :
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-January/069717.html

I won't elaborate on that.

This amendment is all for show. This is the kind of amendment that is
not enforceable. It's only use is that some board of trustees will be
able to get in front of the press and vigorously claim Paid editing
is bad!.

Will it prevent people to edit without disclosing anything? No.

Will it encourage companies to embrace our values and improve articles
in fields they're experts in? No.

Will it prevent biased volunteers to edit? No.

So if we look at what our main issues are (increasing the number of
editors, increasing quality) I don't see any way where this amendment
will help us in any of this cases. And this is an issue we've had for
7 to 9 years, our projects didn't collapse. I'm really not sure why it
is needed to have such amendment now.

So, I don't care if this amendment is approved in the end, or not, as
it will be useless and non-enforceable. Instead I'll keep on working
with other people on proposing real solutions.

Though I do have a quick question for the legal team, is it ok for a
hosting organization to enforce rules that have an editorial inpact on
the services it hosts? I mean, lawyers have been trying for years to
sue Wikimedia organizations and prove that WMF has some level of
editorial control over Wikipedia. If WMF is the one deciding how a
specific set of editors must behave when editing, couldn't they use
that to prove that WMF does, indeend, have some editorial power? Much
alike an editor-in-chief chooses who's published in its paper and how
they're credited.
Best,

Christophe

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Proposed amendment to the Wikimedia Terms of Use

2014-02-21 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

As people seems to follow the conversation here, I paste the
discussion I'm having with Geoff here too, otherwise people can
participate directly on meta :
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment#It.27s_all_for_show
d. If so, sorry I missed those changes. 

Hi everyone,
Over the last few hours people asked me to re-share my mail from January 
regarding paid editing and to even elaborate on it : 
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-January/069717.html
I won't elaborate on that.
This amendment is all for show. This is the kind of amendment that is not 
enforceable. It's only use is that some board of trustees will be able to get 
in front of the press and vigorously claim Paid editing is bad!.
Will it prevent people to edit without disclosing anything? No.
Will it encourage companies to embrace our values and improve articles in 
fields they're experts in? No.
Will it prevent biased volunteers to edit? No.
So if we look at what our main issues are (increasing the number of editors, 
increasing quality) I don't see any way where this amendment will help us in 
any of this cases. And this is an issue we've had for 7 to 9 years, our 
projects didn't collapse. I'm really not sure why it is needed to have such 
amendment now.
So, I don't care if this amendment is approved in the end, or not, as it will 
be useless and non-enforceable. Instead I'll keep on working with other 
people on proposing real solutions.
Though I do have a quick question for the legal team, is it ok for a hosting 
organization to enforce rules that have an editorial inpact on the services 
it hosts? I mean, lawyers have been trying for years to sue Wikimedia 
organizations and prove that WMF has some level of editorial control over 
Wikipedia. If WMF is the one deciding how a specific set of editors must 
behave when editing, couldn't they use that to prove that WMF does, indeend, 
have some editorial power? Much alike an editor-in-chief chooses who's 
published in its paper and how they're credited.
Best Schiste (talk) 08:41, 21 February 2014 (UTC)
Hi Schiste. Thanks for your comments. I actually think the amendment may have 
a positive effect, and I summarize some of the reasons here. Your question on 
hosting liability is a smart one. Hosting companies can set out general rules 
in their terms of use, even when those rules affect the content of the site. 
Also this proposed amendment simply explains how to disclose an affiliation 
without any regulation on the content itself. (The terms already prohibit 
misrepresentation of an affiliation.) The proposed amendment thus would not 
affect our hosting liability exemption. Thanks. Geoffbrigham (talk) 14:26, 21 
February 2014 (UTC)

I've read the FAQ and I fail to find the positive outcome. However I
can clearly see the possible harm to our project. The projects where
created on the belief that anyone could help improve our knowledge. I
still do believe that strongly. And when I say everyone, I mean
everyone, no exclusion.Our job, as a community was to make sure the
edits where ok. Now we're shifting toward making sure the editors are
ok.How can we be surprized that we're loosing contributors when we
have that stance? Do you believe that asking people that are paid
editing to display their affiliations is going to :
* Stabilize infrastructure
* Increase participation
* Improve quality
* Increase reach
* Encourage innovation

I don't believe it will.

Actually it's a rather conservative move that will make some
companies, that would be ready to participate in good faith, feel
targeted and marked and hinder their wish to participate.

Thus preventing new contributors to join our projects and not
increasing the quality of the projects.

It will, and the question has been asked on my Facebook feed once
already, make researchers and GLAM partners ponder weither they should
or not display their affiliation.

And, I'm sure you know it, incertainity, fear and doubt are the things
you try to avoid when negociating partnerships.

So, at best this change will actually not change anything as paid
editing will still happen under the hood and no one will be able to
check everyone's affiliation. And at worse we'll lose potential
partners, or make the work of volunteers negotiating those
partnerships harder, and make it even harder to innovate with
companies to find new ways to increase our reach, participation and
quality. But perhaps our core values (everyone can edit) and the
movement strategic orientation (the five points above) have changed.
If so, sorry I missed those changes. Schiste (talk) 15:35, 21 February
2014 (UTC)
--
Christophe


On 21 February 2014 16:28, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hoi,
 When people make information available that fits in the notability
 requirements of Wikidata and, when the information is factually correct,
 then I do not think that anyone really cares if the person uploading it is
 gets 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid editing v. paid advocacy (editing)

2014-01-10 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

I'll try to elaborate on this topic :)

First of all, in 2011 in Haifa I did a first talk about companies and
Wikipedia. I did that because I was making a study (emphasis on the
 as I'm not keen to say it's a study and more of a detailed
observation) of the state of the articles of the top 40 french
companies.

During that talk I explained how I believe companies could help us
improve our projects. I won't get too much into that as, since then,
the debate evolved from companies editing Wikipedia to Paid editing
is evil.

This year at Wikimania I gave two talks about this very topic, one
about how third party organizations can help us and the second on a
framework to have editing.

Of course, as usual, some people were against it.

But how can we, as a community, be against paid editing on one hand
when on the other hand we seek paid editing from GLAMs, researchers
from state organizations, etc.

The question whether we allow, or not, paid editing is non-existent.
Paid editing is allowed, we already allowed it, we even support it;

Now, the question about paid advocacy. Again, one of our core
principle is NPOV. We don't want people to push their POV. Whether
they're paid or not, is not relevant.

So, to me, the paid foobar question is not the one in debate here.
The one we're actually debating about is do we want for profit
organization to edit Wikipedia.

So yes, paid organizations have an interest in editing Wikipedia, but
just as much as GLAMs have an interest in editing our projects. In
fact, when Wikimedian meets GLAMs one of the key arguments is look at
(pick past project that got great coverage such as the bundesarchives,
British Museum, etc). We show them they have an interest in
committing resources, both financial and human, to improve Wikimedia
projects.

So the they have an interest in editing isn't an argument in the
end, as, of course a lot of editors have an interest in editing. And
we're using it. When we think or work on how researchers valorize
their edits in their cursus, those researchers have an interest in
editing Wikipedia.

So, really what is that people working for a company have that makes
it so we have to ban them to edit? If we already have people paid to
edit, if we have people with interests (henceforth some sort of COI),
what do they have the others don't?

Now, why do I strongly believe we should encourage companies to edit Wikipedia.

First of all, as I said some years ago I evaluated the quality of
company articles on the French Wikipedia. Most of them were crap.
Either outdated, incomplete or with wrong information, all those
articles were poor; And we're talking about the top 40 french
companies, such as Orange, L'Oréal, Renault, BNP, etc.

The volunteer community isn't keen to improve and maintain those
articles. Companies are willing to do it. So we prefer to have poor
articles instead of good ones because there's a risk companies will
act wrongfully (I hope I'm not the only one to see the irony in this
situation where we prefer to ban editors because there's a risk
they'll do wrong. We should do that for all the projects, Close them
to editing because there's a risk people will do wrong.).

Adapting our projects to provide a framework where companies can
easily fit in and edit as a direct consequence, improve the quality of
their articles.

Companies that have the resources to commit to such things are,
usually, big and sometimes old company. Imagine that in a few year,
being involved with the Wikimedia projects is so natural for those
companies that they release their archives on the Wikimedia Projects.
What archives do you ask?

Orange, for example, is the former organization in charge of the
french telecom. They managed telephone for a very long time and have a
long history in RD. Their archives must be astounding. Containing
documents, pictures and videos about telecomunication that should be
awesome. That are part of our history.
Right now, those archives are dusting in some building. And in few
years they might disappear.
Our stance, being so opposed to companies making the first step
(editing) prevent companies to go the next step, release. And in fact,
indirectly, we're preventing knowledge to be freed. Awesome.

Lastly, those companies have huge RD budgets and employ thousands of
researchers and engineers. Imagine a company that employs 1 000
researchers. And imagine that company to do 2 things:
1/ that a company, as part of its CSR politic, says they commit 1 day
per year per researcher to improve one article. And to provide to
those researchers a one day training session about Wikipedia. This
means 1 000 days of editing from specialized researchers and 1 000
researchers evangelized and trained to edit.
2/ that this company would commit 0.0001% of it's RD global budget to
open a QA desk so wikimedians could ask their researchers for
bibliography or proof reading articles

Those things are not wild dreams, they could definitely happen

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid editing v. paid advocacy (editing)

2014-01-10 Thread Christophe Henner
A track about that \o/

It took me years to have 2 sessions and they were the only 2 tackling
that issue last year :)
--
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On 10 January 2014 16:17, Andrew Lih andrew@gmail.com wrote:
 Ting and Christophe,

 Glad to hear we are moving forward on finding more sophisticated ways of
 thinking about paid editing. At least for the English Wikipedians I've
 talked to, many are pleasantly surprised that the European editions are
 able to find a cooperative relationship with paid, corporate entities. The
 Signpost article out today details some of that, but it merits a
 comprehensive inventory and study to compare best practices. (Of course,
 the argument can always be made about English Wikipedia as a weird special
 case because of its profile and large community. I intentionally choose not
 to use the horrible word exceptionalism!)

 In last night's episode of Wikipedia Weekly podcast, we talked about this
 as well [1]. In general, there are multiple parameters regarding the issue
 of COI editing that goes beyond pay.

 1. Pay
 2. Neutrality
 3. Advocacy
 4. Transparency

 Even then, the term advocacy is an imprecise and nearly useless term. Are
 you advocating for a client? Are you advocating for the public good? Same
 word, completely different motivations. So paid advocacy as a phrase,
 uncontextualized, is not useful.

 That's why I really like the GLAM use of the phrase of choosing to work
 with like minded institutions. A national museum with editorial
 independence is a good like-minded institution for the Wikimedia community.
 A think tank that works to convince the public that global warming is a
 myth… not so much.

 If an institution is not like-minded, then the process of educating and
 working with them with appropriate strict guidelines is a viable solution.
 We see that this can work with the examples of Swedish and German
 Wikipedias (and, it seems, others)

 Back to the four factors above: You can have paid, neutral, transparent
 editors that advocate for something good -- like better public access to
 public records. GLAM Wikipedians-in-residence are a good example of this,
 where they ensure that the interests of the public and Wikipedia's
 principles come first. So their advocacy is for the principles of better
 public knowledge, and a full time employee is working on it. This is a 4x
 positive outcome, even though the words paid and advocacy are used.

 On the other hand, in the case of Wiki-PR: it's editing for pay, without
 transparency, without neutrality and advocating for a paying customer's
 benefit. That's a quadruple no-no. This type of activity must be banned.
 But if there is a middle way on this, in working with corporations in a
 straightforward way, we would be silly not to investigate this, as certain
 Wikipedia editions already show that it is possible.

 I've highlighted in the past that we have systemic problems in Wikipedia
 with unpaid editors resulting in persistent non-neutral content. The
 university and college articles are the best (ie. worst) examples of this
 -- these always read like brochures that brag about the top accomplishments
 and rankings of a university because the number of alumni and students that
 put in positive statements far outnumber anyone who could pull them back
 into neutral territory. Unpaid, non-neutral, alma mater-advocacy is rampant
 and persistent.

 I hope we can start a longer dialogue about this at Wikimania. I'd be happy
 to propose not just a session, but an entire track at Wikimania to address
 this, including brainstorming/sharing sessions to get more views from other
 language editions.

 -Andrew

 [1] Wikipedia Weekly episode 108 -
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0698SX41VsE
 Discussion of paid editing at 33 minutes into the podcast



 On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 7:40 AM, Ting Chen wing.phil...@gmx.de wrote:

 Hello dear all,

 I would like to be more cautious about the difference between the good
 paid editing and the bad paid advocacy.

 There are two reasons why I don't want to separate in this way.

 First of there is no clear boundary between the good and bad like
 black and white. There is a gradient of grey between the two. And that
 gradient is not a narrow one but a very broad one. And it depends from the
 perspective of the people who look upon the matter. For one maybe a
 behavior is the dark white but for the other one it may be a bright black.

 Second I want to especially respond to the idea that Erik brought up: an
 organization that hire people to write qualified articles. I wrote in the
 other mail that I believe paid editing changes the collaboratory nature of
 our projects but did not really elaborate on why I think so. I want to do
 this now. Let me construct an example to emphasize why I think so. I will
 now take an example which leaves almost no room for interpretation about
 black and white: the theoretical physics. Let's say there is a charitable
 non-profit organization that hires reknowned 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Registration open for Chapter Board workshop

2013-12-05 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey Chris,

Hope you're fine.

The eventbrite link isn't working properly from France :(

Thanks for your help

Best,
--
Christophe


On 5 December 2013 18:59, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:
 ***Registration is now open for the Wikimedia Boards Training Workshop in
 London, 1-2 March 2014.***

 Are you a Board member of a Wikimedia Chapter or Thematic Organisation?
 Then this workshop is for you! We are drawing on expertise from within the
 Wikimedia movement and beyond to produce a two-day training session which
 will aim to give Board members the skills and knowledge to do a great job.

 The programme and venue details for the workshop is here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Boards_training_workshop_March_2014

 You can register for the event here:
 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/register?orderid=233759341483

 Registration is open to all Wikimedia chapter / thematic org board members
 but those who have, or expect to recruit, staff will gain the most out of
 it. Registration costs £50, and accommodation options will cost £70 or cost
 £120 per night. There is a maximum of 20 places available.

 Some frequently asked questions:

 * Are there scholarships?
 Yes. If your chapter / organisation is not able to cover the costs, please
 fill in the Will you require a scholarship to attend? box on the form
 with an estimate of how much your travel will be. There will be a number of
 scholarships on offer. All scholarships offered will cover registration,
 food, accommodation and travel (no-one is expected to pay for this event
 out of their own pocket). We will be in touch with everyone requesting a
 scholarship within 2 weeks with a definite answer.

 * What if my attendance depends on visas / being re-elected?
 If you register but are unable to attend because of visa issues, or if you
 leave your organisation's Board before the workshop, we will offer your
 place to someone else from your chapter/organisation. Also, if you need a
 visa, Wikimedia UK will help (e.g. with a letter of invitation).

 * This is a great idea but is too far away from me - what can I do?
 This is a first step and hopefully, if it succeeds, there will be more
 similar events in future. (Hopefully not all of them will be in London or
 in English, either). If you feel that training and supporting boards is
 important, then you can also raise this in the calls for programme for the
 Wikimedia Conference and Wikimania.

 Regards,

 Chris
 on behalf of Wikimedia UK and the organising committee
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Welcome to Nathalie, our new ED

2013-10-01 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

We have the great pleasure to announce Nathalie Martin is starting
today as the new Executive Director of Wikimédia France!

Her hiring is the tipping point of a process we started last January
when we hired a HR firm to audit our organization and support us in
finding the right person for this key role.

With a background in political science and organizations strategy,
Nathalie has a deep experience managing several associations of
similar or bigger size as Wikimedia France. Even though she is not
from the movement, we believe she'll adapt quickly to who we are.

She came to Wikimania in Hong-Kong, and some of you may have had the
pleasure to meet her. By coming to Wikimania she had the luck to
experience in 3 day what Wikimedia is at large, to meet wikimedians
from all around the world. I'm happy to say that she too suffered from
PWD (Post-Wikimania Depression).

If you need to contact her, her email address is
nathalie.mar...@wikimedia.fr. Please keep in mind that it's her first
day within our movement and she still will need few days to adapt to
our awesomeness

Please join us in welcoming Nathalie!

Best,

PS: please keep her in copy of your answers :)

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[Wikimedia-l] [WLM] DataViz of all the monnuments in the world

2013-09-12 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi everyone,

Bastien Guerry, member of Wikimedia France, just sent out an email
about a tool he developped : http://www.panoramap.org/fr/#

The tool is pretty straightforward, it allows you to display country
per country all the monuments in the world where we already have a
picture on Commons.

It still needs developement, or so he says, but it's already quite impressive.

If you have any feedback, keep him in the loop (he's in cc of my
email) or send him an email offlist. And if you want to help him
improve the tool, the source code is available there :
https://github.com/bzg/wlmmap

Felt that people here would like this kinda of things :)

Best,

--
Christophe

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Internal-l] 2013-2014 Round 1 FDC eligibility status IRC office hours

2013-07-16 Thread Christophe Henner
Hi,

Garfield correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember that WMF said that
even an automated translation of the annual report was fine, same was
for the financial report.

Is that still the case or do you need human translation?

As, as far as I know, most entities are already doing an annual
activity and financial report, automated translation wouldn't burden
entities much.

Best,
--
Christophe


On 16 July 2013 15:21, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi Itzik,

 As far as I understand, the activity report is a requirement in the
 chapters agreement, which the WMF is finally starting to take somewhat
 seriously. (§8 [1])

 But otherwise I agree that the FDC process requires quite a bit of time
 spent on it throughout the year.

 Best regards,
 Bence

 [1]
 http://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Agreement_between_chapters_and_Wikimedia_Foundationoldid=86480




 On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:12 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:

 Hi Garfield,

 I must say I'm surprised from the new requirements. Eligible entities of
 last year now need to send by 15 September documents about 2012 - a year
 that is totally unrelated to the FDC process that started only this year?
 Why it been decided only now?
  We are not hiding a thing, but not only by 30th July we need to send FDC
 Q2 report, by 1st October annual plan budget for 2014, and by 31 October
 FDC Q3 report.. Hey, not everyone are big chapters, and we are really need
 time also to *work* and execute the program we asked the money for...

 So financial report can be translated from the financial report we sent to
 the Israeli authority (again, more money spends on translation as probably
 our employees don't have time for that and have other paper work, and this
 is also going to work if there is no special format and different numbers
 and metrics requsted by the FDC and not different from what we already have
 on the report we made..). But about the 2012 activity report? What format?
 what information need to be there? this is totally something we need to
 collect from start and mean more administrative work.


 Itzik


 On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 3:06 AM, Garfield Byrd gb...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:

  Dear members of the Wikimedia community:
 
  Today, July 15, the Wikimedia Foundation published a list of Funds
  Dissemination Committee (FDC) eligible entities [1] based the eligibility
  criteria [2] established in the FDC framework.  Entities that submitted
  Letters of Intent [3] are categorized in 'Yes', 'Yes, If',  and 'No'
  categories based the eligibility criteria.  Please let us know if you
  believe there are any corrections to be made to this list.
 
  A more detailed eligibility checklist document has also been created.
 
  [4]
 
  This document outlines eligibility gaps that need to be closed by
 September
  15, 2013. Any entity in the Yes, If category must post all missing
  documents on Meta by September 15 to be eligible for FDC funding.
  Entities in the “No” column who are currently ineligible for FDC funding
 or
  those who decide not to proceed with an FDC application are welcome to
  consider applying to the WMF Grants program. [5]
 
  On September 15, WMF will post the final list of the entities eligible to
  apply for FDC funding if they are eligible. Please note that entities
 will
  need to remain in compliance with all Chapter Agreements and Grant
  Agreements until funds are sent in order to receive a grant through the
 FDC
  process, even if eligibility is confirmed as Yes on 15 September.
 
  The detailed eligibility checklist has improved since the last round.
  You’ll now note that the final column now outlines upcoming requirements
  (e.g. per chapter or grant agreements or current grant requirements) to
  maintain FDC eligibility status. These are noted as “potential gaps,” and
  as those deadlines come up, entities will need to fill those gaps (for
  example, by posting their documents and linking to them from the Reports
  page on Meta) in order to maintain their eligibility status with the
 FDC. We
  hope this change allows entities, the FDC, and the FDC staff to track
  eligibility better and ensure that everyone is informed of potential as
  well as current issues that may affect eligibility.
 
  All entities that apply for FDC funding will be required to maintain
  eligibility throughout the duration of the proposal review process until
  funds are sent (or until the decision on whether to send funds is made).
 We
  encourage you to get in touch with us if you have any questions about
 your
  entity's gaps or potential gaps.
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index
 
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Index
 
  As a reminder, all applications for FDC funding from eligible entities
  must be submitted by October 1, 2013 via the FDC portal. [6] The FDC
  proposal form will be posted by August 15, 2013 on the FDC portal. Please
  contact us if you have any questions about submitting your proposal.
 
 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Staff Images

2013-07-12 Thread Christophe Henner
Funny thing is, at my work I'm trying to get my staff to take crazy
picture for our public staff page. Pictures with stupid/crazy objects,
cosplaying, playing games, etc.

Because I believe my staff are not well represented by ID Card photos
(those are great for passports, but to provide an insight of what we
are... not so much). They're awesome people, with great personality
and I want people from the outside to know it, and I want people to
want to join us and knowing if they're hired they're walking into a
mad house.

So for one, I love Rory, and Brandon picture is just awesome.

My 2 cts
--
Christophe


On 12 July 2013 10:18, Eddy Paine bloggin...@outlook.com wrote:
 Dan,
 A placeholder for people without pictures shouldn't be a problem. Thats 
 common use. And they are all the same so thats a OK thing.
 The picture of Rory is a picture of Rory. It even says its a mascot and I 
 agree with Erik we need Tux for Engineering.
 And no, we are not in the 1950's but as a international organisation we 
 should still keep in mind that tattoos aren't accepted world wide. Placing 
 your tattoo on a staff page and your face faded away is provocating the fact 
 that he has tattoo's and not proffesional.
 Secondly all staff pictures are made by a professional photographer? Or kind 
 of in the same setting. That will keep the page uniform also.
 Ed
 From: swatjes...@gmail.com
 Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:02:56 -0400
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Staff Images

 I don't see any problem with it. I'm not sure how it is somehow more
 unprofessional than absentee (for lack of a better term) pictures being
 labeled Cloak of invisibility? Or the picture of Rory as mascot?

 Further, what does all but neutral mean?

 Really, aren't there better things to do than play morality police because
 someone might be upset about some ink? This isn't the 1950's. Who is
 upset, and why?

 -Dan


 Dan Rosenthal


 On Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 3:16 AM, Eddy Paine bloggin...@outlook.com wrote:

  Hi,
  While its maybe not something for the whole community. Since only Staff
  can edit Wikimedia Foundation website I believe this will be the correct
  place to post this.
  I feel that the staff images on the Foundation site should show the staff
  in a good way where nobody can have a problem with it. The images being
  made by professionals for that.
  I believe the image Brandon Harris is using since this night is not
  suitable for a staff picture. The ink he is showing can discourage people
  and the picture is all but neutral. Secondly he isn't even really on the
  picture his is faded out.
  I would strongly advice to keep the images there proffesional.
  Ed
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[Wikimedia-l] [Chapters] 40 000 free media supported by Wikimedia France

2013-07-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey everyone,

Today, a french contributor informed us that this morning he uploade
the 40 000th file on commons in the media supported by Wikimedia
France category
(http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Media_supported_by_Wikimedia_France)

The file is a picture of the Solidays festival stage in Paris
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solidays_2013_-_La_sc%C3%A8ne_Paris_-_030.jpg

This program started few years ago, in 2007, when we asked for
accreditations for french contributiors to music festival, and then
for the political rallies during the 2007 presidential election.

Through the years we have supported more and more users to get press
accreditations. We went one step further by buying photo material,
owned by the chapter, and lent to contributors.

I just wanted to let you know about this milestone that is really
really cool for us :)

Best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Chapters] 40 000 free media supported by Wikimedia France

2013-07-03 Thread Christophe Henner
Ho and Jean-Fred just slapped my hand, gently, because I forgot to
share with you this awesome page that helps you follow what WMFr do
regarding commons : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:WMFR

Mistake fixed :)

Have a nice day :)
Christophe HENNER | Membre du Conseil d'Administration
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On 3 July 2013 10:29, Christophe Henner christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:
 Hey everyone,

 Today, a french contributor informed us that this morning he uploade
 the 40 000th file on commons in the media supported by Wikimedia
 France category
 (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Media_supported_by_Wikimedia_France)

 The file is a picture of the Solidays festival stage in Paris
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Solidays_2013_-_La_sc%C3%A8ne_Paris_-_030.jpg

 This program started few years ago, in 2007, when we asked for
 accreditations for french contributiors to music festival, and then
 for the political rallies during the 2007 presidential election.

 Through the years we have supported more and more users to get press
 accreditations. We went one step further by buying photo material,
 owned by the chapter, and lent to contributors.

 I just wanted to let you know about this milestone that is really
 really cool for us :)

 Best,

 Christophe HENNER | Vice-chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] PRISM

2013-06-09 Thread Christophe Henner
My understanding is that PRISM focused on private electronic
communication. I can't see a situation where we would be concerned by
that.

But some official statement could help put at ease people worries :)
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On 10 June 2013 03:34, Fred Bauder fredb...@fairpoint.net wrote:
 All edits and other actions are archived, but I would think there would
 be zero interest or utility to NSA. I would simply ignore the matter.

 Fred

 This is a simple question with a potentially very complicated answer.

 What, if any, are the implications of the PRISM scandal for Wikimedia?
 Does the fact that our servers are based in the US now compromise our
 mission either in a technical, privacy or an ethical sense?


 - Liam / Wittylama


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraising 2013] Wikimedia France stepping back from payment processing

2013-04-30 Thread Christophe Henner
Hey Dan,

Sure : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconnaissance_d'utilit%C3%A9_publique
and http://vosdroits.service-public.fr/associations/F1131.xhtml

In France all associations are, a priori, charities. The french fiscal
services can withdraw that status for many reasons. One of them is if
they believe the money raised using tax deductibility is not
supporting french citizen/culture enough. Once you have that
recognition, this charity status is much much harder to remove.

We've been planning to ask for that status in 2013 for few month,
Sébastien Baijard, our fundraiser, had that as one of his goal when
hired. We didn't before because the process is a really complex one.
We actually rewrote our bylaws in 2010 and 2011 to best fit RUP needs
(it includes information about board member being forbiden to get
paid, the rules for employees to run for board once they leave their
paid job in the association, and other informations like that).

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask
--
Christophe


On 30 April 2013 12:37, Dan Rosenthal swatjes...@gmail.com wrote:
 Christophe,

 About this reconnaissance d'utilite publique or supercharity concept;
 is there a link to an analysis (preferable) or even just the text of the
 law/provision/regulation? Even one in French only would be OK, I'm just
 curious to know more about how it works in practice.

 -Dan

 Dan Rosenthal


 On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 29 April 2013 21:28, Christophe Henner
 christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr wrote:
 ...
  In face of that situation, Wikimedia France board has asked WMF to
  stop being a payment processor in 2013

 Hi Christophe, thank you for giving this difficult decision some
 suitable context, and for doing so openly and promptly.

 Could someone advise me, is there an official table on meta showing
 the current list of Chapters with payment processing agreements in
 place for the 2013 fund raiser?

 Independently of any hat I happen to be wearing, I am planning on
 putting aside some volunteer time to examine the
 admin:fundraising:program ratio for our organizations over the next
 few months, so it makes sense to ensure this is achieved for the
 current payment processors, rather than just those organizations that
 are easy to find the figures for or come forward spontaneously. I
 would support other sensible top level performance indicators should
 they be identified and become available soon, FDC members may have
 a view on what might work well as the top 5 indicators. Hopefully at
 least the admin ratio can be publicly shared before October this year to
 help foster a pragmatic discussion on simple dashboards and governance.

 I'm hoping that the WMF can set a lead by publishing a calculation of
 admin ratio for themselves. ;-)

 PS staff salaries are not all automatically 'admin', I hope we can
 agree that some
 program activities are entirely justifiably supported by paid staff
 and contractors.

 Thanks,
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