Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Fwd: Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda 2018/2019 Report

2019-07-17 Thread Delphine Ménard
Thank you erina!

I hav emoved the report to this page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Uganda/2018-2019_Annual_Report

To make sure it is clearly labeled.

Cheers,

Delphine

On Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 2:11 PM Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Congratulations, Erina and WCUG Uganda, on a clear and informative report!
>
> One area to consider improving would be on-wiki contributions by the core
> user group volunteers.
>
> Cheers,
>
> A.
>
> On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 9:14 PM Erina Mukuta 
> wrote:
>
> >
> > *To whom it may concern*
> > below is the link to the over due annual report for the mentioned
> usergroup
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2018-2019_Annual_Report
> >
> > Kind regards
> > --
> >
> > *Erina Mukuta*Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda
> > Tel:  *+256774424843*
> > skype: mukuta.erina   twitter:
> > @erinamukuta
> > *https://wikiuganda.wordpress.com/ <https://wikiuganda.wordpress.com/>*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Indonesia

2019-02-11 Thread Delphine Ménard
d interested in being actively involved in Wikimedia
> Indonesia's activities. In 2019, she was trusted to serve as the Member of
> Board of Trustees.
>
> Fajarwati is a member of the Wikimedia Indonesia since 2016 and graduated
> from Jakarta State Polytechnic in Accounting Degree and Bachelor of
> Accounting at the University of Persada Indonesia Y.A.I. Before joining the
> project Keterlibatan Masyarakat dalam Teknologi (KMT) and Peningkatan
> Kinerja Teknologi Cipta Media (PKT) as an accountant in 2016–2017, she
> worked in the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Indonesia in the same position.
> She is currently working as a Project Assistant at the
> Kemitraan-Partnership for Governance Reform. Having involved in many
> projects and considerably contributed to Wikimedia Indonesia in providing
> financial insight, she is elected as one of Member of Board of Trustees.
>
> --
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> Wikimedia Indonesia
> Surel: biyanto.re...@wikimedia.or.id
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> Dukung upaya kami membebaskan pengetahuan:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Suspension of FDC grantmaking

2018-04-26 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hi Chris,

Thanks for your question. We have been planning to share an update of what
will happen within the FDC process as part of next year's annual plan and
your question came before that announcement. I'm sorry about that. Before
sharing information with everyone, our team wanted to discuss the approach
with FDC-APG grantees--those who would be most affected by changes to
annual plan grants next year.

The members of the Funds Dissemination Committee, our team (Community
Resources) and the APG grantee organizations are an integral part of
implementing the strategic direction. We want to make sure that everyone
has the time and resources to dedicate to this work. As a result, we are
proposing some changes to the FDC process followed in previous years.

The Foundation budget for APG grants will remain stable for the coming
fiscal year. This will give each APG recipient the opportunity to resubmit
at their current level of funding. This should lighten the demands on
recipients by enabling them to submit a summary of their existing program
plans and budgets, with no additional proposal required. Since this would
work more like a grant renewal, there will be no FDC deliberations, and no
staff assessment.

Instead, we'll use the time and resources to work with the grantee
organizations on developing their program plans during the year, by having
FDC members and staff participate in report reviews or strategic
discussions. The FDC has also been talking about reviewing and assessing
their role and the role of unrestricted annual plan grants in disseminating
movement funds. These conversations will happen hand in hand with the
ongoing movement strategy process.

 We will be sharing more information and updates on this mailing list and
on Meta and I look forward to your contribution to this process. In the
meantime, I hope that we can count on you for reviewing this current round
of FDC proposals
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2017-2018_round_2>.

Best,

Delphine


On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 7:47 PM, Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I read in a Facebook discussion about the Wikimedia Conference that
> the Annual Plan Grants are being paused (or stopped or suspended or
> something) shortly, presumably after the end of the Round 2
> deliberations that are going on.
>
> Can't see any information about this on the list, or the Grantmaking team
> pages.
>
> Is this right? If so I wondered what the rationale might be?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Chris
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New language code for Western Armenian language

2018-01-31 Thread Delphine Ménard
Congratulations to Wikimedia Armenia for those truly great efforts!

best,

Delphine

2018-01-31 11:39 GMT+01:00 David Saroyan <saroyanda...@wikimedia.am>:

> Dear all,
>
> I'm pleased to announce that the efforts of Wikimedia Armenia to get
> separate ISO 639-3 language code for Western Armenian [1] were finally
> succeeded. SIL International, the ISO 639-3 Registration Authority, decided
> to create the code element [hyw] for Western Armenian. [2]
>
> We initiated this process three years ago when we started the collaboration
> with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation [3] in order to foster and improve
> free content in Western Armenian. This resulted in "Western Armenian
> project" where Wikimedia Armenia through different events and activities
> started to disseminate and support the creation of Western Armenian content
> with the help of local and diasporan Western Armenian community members.
>
> From the launch of the "Western Armenian project" we were challenged with
> the problem that Western Armenian has no ISO 639-3 language code which did
> not allow the community to split Western Armenian content into a separate
> language Wikipedia. This problem made lots of  trouble for us, as hy.wiki
> often had two versions of the same page.
>
> Wikimedia Armenia with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation eventually decided to
> apply for code split. [4] This was done mainly with the help of Michael
> Everson. [5] Besides WM AM and Armenian Communities Department of Calouste
> Gulbenkian foundation there were also other parties involved, such as the
> department of Armenian Studies of the Institut National des Langues et
> Civilisations Orientales, Paris and other academic institutions.
>
> Today is a special day for Wikimedia Armenia and Western Armenian speaking
> community as our proposal was accepted. Thanks all Wikimedians who
> supported us in this work.
>
> Best,
> Davit Saroyan
> Program Manager
> Wikimedia Armenia
>
>
> 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Armenian
> 2.
> http://www-01.sil.org/iso639-3/cr_files/PastComments/CR_
> Comments_2017-023.pdf
> 3. https://gulbenkian.pt/en/
> 4. http://www-01.sil.org/iso639-3/cr_files/2017-023.pdf
> 5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Everson
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[Wikimedia-l] New FDC office bearers [was: FDC Recommendations, Round 1 2017-18 ]

2017-11-22 Thread Delphine Ménard
Dear all,

As is custom every year, the FDC during its deliberations has voted for
their new office bearers this round and has elected:

Bishakha Datta as Chair
Liam Wyatt as Vice-Chair
Katherine Bavage as Secretary

We would like to wholeheartedly thank Anne Clin (Risker) for her service as
chair in the last year and Lorenzo Losa for his service as secretary.

The office bearers roles are described in the FDC handbook on meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Handbook#Office-bearers>
.

Welcome to Bishakha and Katherine in their new role and thanks to Liam for
his continuing service.

Best,

Delphine



2017-11-20 18:42 GMT+01:00 Bishakha Datta <bishakhada...@gmail.com>:

> 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
> 11th round of allocations made by the FDC, and we met in person from
> November 17-20, 2017 in Madrid to deliberate on 9 proposals submitted this
> round. Wikimedia Deutschland's annual plan will be reviewed separately.
>
>
> 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 2017-2018 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 December 31,
> 2017.
>
> We received grant requests for approximately USD 2,766,000 this round.
> 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
> recommendation should submit it to the Board representatives to the FDC by
> 23:59 UTC on 8 December 2017 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,
> Nataliia Tymkiv and Dariusz Jemielniak. 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 December 31, 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,
>
> Bishakha Datta
> FDC Chair
>
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2017-2018_
> Round_1
>
>
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/
> Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC
>
>
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Complaints_
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[Wikimedia-l] Community review for Annual Plan Grants FDC Process Round 1 2017-2018

2017-10-13 Thread Delphine Ménard
(Thank you for sharing widely in your communities!)

Dear Wikimedia friends,

The Annual Plan Grants FDC process needs your eyes, brains and analytic
skills again!

Since 1 October, 10 organizations have posted their proposal for review by
the FDC...and you. These consist of annual plans and budgets, with a detail
of what programs and activities those organizations are planning for the
coming 12 months.

This opens the time for community review, a month-long process in which we
need as many people as possible giving their feedback on the proposals,
asking questions or clarifications and analyzing the initiatives that our
movement affiliates and partners have developed for the year to come.

In November, the FDC will meet to make recommendations to Wikimedia
Foundation's Board of Trustees on how to allocate movement funds to these
affiliates in order to achieve the most impact. Your input and
participation will be valuable as they make these recommendations.

You can find the proposals linked from the Community review portal here:
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2017-2018_round_1>
The organizations whose proposals, plans and budgets are available for your
review include: Amical Wikimedia, Wiki Education Foundation, Wikimedia
Argentina, Wikimedia CH, Wikimedia Czech Republic, Wikimedia Israel,
Wikimedia Nederland, Wikimedia Serbia, Wikimedia UK, and Wikimedia
Deutschland, e.V. You can leave your feedback on the proposals discussion
page.

Visit the annual plan grant portal [*] for more information about the
program, the FDC, or upcoming milestones. You can also reach the FDC
support staff at <fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org>. More information about past
APG rounds, Recommendations, and reports from organizations can be found on
the proposals page: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals>.

*More about community review:*
The APG proposal submission date is followed by a 30-day open comment
period, when anyone is invited to provide input on and ask questions about
a specific proposal on its discussion page. Applicants are also expected to
respond to input and questions during this period, although they are not
able to change the proposal form itself after the submission date.

The FDC will review the discussion pages during their deliberations in
November as one of many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone
may comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 31
October, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period
into consideration when reaching its decisions.

*How to review:*
Please visit the community review page to view the proposals being
considered and follow the instructions. While the proposals are only
available in English, your comments can be in any language.

*Why your feedback matters:*
We hope this open comment period will add to an in-depth and robust review
of each proposal, and help keep our grantmaking transparent and
collaborative. The FDC highly values feedback and insights from the
Wikimedia community in making its funding recommendations.

Thank you for the time you’ll take to review these proposals.

Best,
Delphine

[*] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: WMAu Committee - changes

2017-10-09 Thread Delphine Ménard
Congratulations to all committee members, looking forward to continue
working with you all!

Best,

Delphine

2017-10-08 9:53 GMT+02:00 Gnangarra <gnanga...@gmail.com>:

> Wikimedia Australia held its Annual General Meeting(AGM) of members this
> afternoon(8 - Oct) Australian Time.  As a requirement under law here at the
> AGM all committee positions are declared vacant and nominations/elections
> are held just prior.  At the AGM the results are announced
>
>- President - Pru Mitchell
>- Vice President - Gideon Digby
>- Secretary - Tom
>- Treasurer - Robert
>
> Four general members of the committee are also sort for the committee this
> year we have one person continuing from last year, one person returning to
> the committee, one new person joining and 1 position remains vacant to
> filled at a later date
>
>- Caddie
>- Steven
>- Sam
>
> Wikimedia Australia would like to acknowledge the efforts of the 2016-17
> committee and looks forward to further successful progress through 2017-18
>
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> supports the efforts of the Wikimedia Foundation in Australia. Your
> donations keep the Wikimedia mission alive.
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC elections: Call for candidates

2017-05-20 Thread Delphine Ménard
*[TL;DR]*
FDC elections are coming up. If you want to run or know someone who would
be good on the FDC or as an ombudsperson, please see https://meta.wikimedia.
org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2017




Dear Wikimedians,

As you may know, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) [1] is a volunteer
committee that makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on how to
spend funds to achieve the movement’s goals. Each year, the FDC meets twice
in person to deliberate on annual plan grant proposals submitted by
affiliates and aligned partners of the Wikimedia movement. Allocated
through a participatory, transparent, collaborative grantmaking process,
these funds are used by organizations to expand and deepen participation
and enable the creation and curation of quality content on Wikimedia
projects.

As foreseen in the FDC framework [2], five seats on the committee are open
to election this year, as is the position of the ombudsperson. Serving on
this committee is an opportunity to deepen your engagement in the movement,
build your leadership and experience, and work closely with other
colleagues who are interested in helping the movement achieve more impact.

The commitments are significant: you will be expected to come to at least
two face-to-face meetings each year that last up to 5 days, in addition to
reviewing more than 15 proposals and significant background documents each
year. For most committee members, participation in the meetings also
includes significant international travel. Note that the committee will
meet for a four/five-day period mid-November, possibly in San Francisco, so
you must be available during this period. The other mandatory face to face
meeting usually happens around mid-May.

We're looking for a diverse group of people with the following attributes:

* Experience directing or evaluating programs, within or outside of the
Wikimedia movement;
* Expertise with grants (you have received or managed grant funds or you
have experience making grants);
* Knowledge and understanding of, and personal credibility within the
Wikimedia movement and on the Wikimedia projects (that is, experience with
Wikimedia programs, Wikimedia organizations, or on-wiki leadership roles);
* We seek gender, geographic and linguistic diversity on the committee, as
well as experience with diverse roles within the Wikimedia movement (e.g.
content contributors, program leaders, user group leaders, functionaries,
chapter board members)
* To find more information about eligibility requirements, how to nominate
candidates, or to publish your self-nomination, please visit the election
homepage:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2017

Please reach out to me with any questions about these elections or the work
the FDC does.

Cheers,

Delphine Ménard


[1]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Funds_
Dissemination_Committee
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_
Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_
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[Wikimedia-l] FDC elections: Call for candidates

2017-05-19 Thread Delphine Ménard
*[TL;DR]*
FDC elections are coming up. If you want to run or know someone who would
be good on the FDC or as an ombudsperson, please see
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2017




Dear Wikimedians,

As you may know, the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) [1] is a volunteer
committee that makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees on how to
spend funds to achieve the movement’s goals. Each year, the FDC meets twice
in person to deliberate on annual plan grant proposals submitted by
affiliates and aligned partners of the Wikimedia movement. Allocated
through a participatory, transparent, collaborative grantmaking process,
these funds are used by organizations to expand and deepen participation
and enable the creation and curation of quality content on Wikimedia
projects.

As foreseen in the FDC framework [2], five seats on the committee are open
to election this year, as is the position of the ombudsperson. Serving on
this committee is an opportunity to deepen your engagement in the movement,
build your leadership and experience, and work closely with other
colleagues who are interested in helping the movement achieve more impact.

The commitments are significant: you will be expected to come to at least
two face-to-face meetings each year that last up to 5 days, in addition to
reviewing more than 15 proposals and significant background documents each
year. For most committee members, participation in the meetings also
includes significant international travel. Note that the committee will
meet for a four/five-day period mid-November, possibly in San Francisco, so
you must be available during this period. The other mandatory face to face
meeting usually happens around mid-May.

We're looking for a diverse group of people with the following attributes:

* Experience directing or evaluating programs, within or outside of the
Wikimedia movement;
* Expertise with grants (you have received or managed grant funds or you
have experience making grants);
* Knowledge and understanding of, and personal credibility within the
Wikimedia movement and on the Wikimedia projects (that is, experience with
Wikimedia programs, Wikimedia organizations, or on-wiki leadership roles);
* We seek gender, geographic and linguistic diversity on the committee, as
well as experience with diverse roles within the Wikimedia movement (e.g.
content contributors, program leaders, user group leaders, functionaries,
chapter board members)
* To find more information about eligibility requirements, how to nominate
candidates, or to publish your self-nomination, please visit the election
homepage:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2017

Please reach out to me with any questions about these elections or the work
the FDC does.

Cheers,

Delphine Ménard


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https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Funds_Dissemination_Committee
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Mind of the Universe: public broadcaster works with Wikimedia movement

2017-05-16 Thread Delphine Ménard
I am glad this project came to fruition and looking forward to see what
comes out of it!

Thanks for facilitating this discussion Wikimedia Nederland!

Cheers,

Delphine

2017-05-15 10:45 GMT+02:00 Wikimedia Nederland <i...@wikimedia.nl>:

> Hello all,
>
> We would like to share with you:
>
> Dutch public broadcaster VPRO and the Institute for Sound and Vision are
> cooperating with the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Nederland to make
> unique footage about groundbreaking sciene available.
>
> The Mind of the Universe <https://www.vpro.nl/mindenglish> is an
> international tv series and open source digital platform
> <http://www.themindoftheuniverse.org/> about the rapid evolution of our
> knowledge. Through interviews with groundbreaking scientists, it provides a
> glimpse of tomorrow’s world,
>
> The interviews were produced in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Dutch public
> broadcaster VPRO for a tv series, VPRO decided from the start that all
> materials (including footage not used for the documentary) would be made
> available under an open license. The platform Mind of the Universe Open
> Science TV <http://www.themindoftheuniverse.org/> provides access to all
> this material. It also has transcripts of the interviews, which are
>  searchable by keyword. All materials can be downloaded and re-used, as
> they were published under a CC-BY-SA license.
>
> With the help of a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, and working closely
> with Wikimedia Nederland, the Institute for Sound and Vision will host a
> series of events to promote use Mind of the Universe material throughout
> the Wikimedia projects. They will also produce a white paper to share their
> experiences and promote the concept of CC-BY-SA licensing among public
> broadcasters worldwide. For the Wikimedia projects the Mind of the Universe
> material is a valuable contribution: it is professionally made material,
> featuring the leading scientists of today explaining the state of research
> in their fields of work. The material also includes footage of research
> facilities, including some which had never before allowed cameras inside.
> Kind regards,
>
>
> Wikimedia Nederland
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Board WMNL

2017-05-16 Thread Delphine Ménard
Welcome to the new members and congrats to the not so new!

Best,

Delphine

2017-05-16 13:16 GMT+02:00 Frans Grijzenhout <fr...@wikimedia.nl>:

> Dear all,
>
> Wikimedia Netherlands had its AGM on April 22. During this meeting the
> annual Report 2016 was approved and a new Board was elected.
> On May 13 the new Board held its first official meeting and the different
> portfolios were reassigned.
>
> Frans Grijzenhout - chair
> Justus de Bruijn - secretary
> Marike van Roon - education program
> Harriet de Man - institutional relations
> Bart Nieuwenhuis - treasurer
> Mike Nicolaye (new board member) - community liaison
> Michel Wesseling (new board member) - sponsoring and outreach
>
> Mike is an active, long-time Wikipedian and Michel Wesseling is an
> information professional. We are very happy that these new board members
> are willing to share their experience with WMNL. We also want to thank Jan
> Anton Brouwer who did an exellent job as our treasurer over the past 3
> years.
>
> Kind regards, Frans
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Community review for Annual Plan Grants FDC Process Round 2 2016-2017

2017-04-07 Thread Delphine Ménard
(apologies for double posting if indeed it was double posting)

Dear Wikimedia friends,

For the 10th time since the Funds Dissemination Committee was created,
the Annual
Plan Grants FDC process needs your eyes, brains and analytic skills.

Since 1 April, 4 organizations have posted their proposal for review by the
FDC...and you. These consist of annual plans and budgets, with a detail of
what programs and activities those organizations are planning for the
coming 12 months.

This opens the time for community review, a month long process in which we need
as many people as possible giving their feedback on the proposals, asking
questions or clarifications and analyzing the initiatives that our movement
affiliates and partners have developped for the year to come.

In May, the FDC will meet to make recommendations to Wikimedia Foundation's
Board of Trustees on how to allocate movement funds to these affiliates in
order to achieve the most impact. Your input and participation will be
valuable as they make these recommendations.

You can find the proposals linked from the Community review portal here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round_2
The organizations whose proposals, plans and budgets are available for your
review include: The Center for Internet and Society, Wikimedia Armenia,
Wikimedia France, Wikimedia Norge.
The Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan will be posted on 7 April for your
review, we will make a separate announcement then.

You can leave your feedback on the proposals discussion page.

Visit the annual plan grant portal [*] for more information about the program,
the FDC, or upcoming milestones. You can reach the FDC support staff at
fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org. More information about past APG rounds,
recommendations,
reports from organizations can be found on the proposals page: https://meta.
wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals


*More about community review*:
The APG proposal submission date is followed by a 30-day open comment period,
when anyone is invited to provide input on and ask questions about a
specific proposal on its discussion page.
Applicants are also expected to respond to input and questions during
this period,
although they are not able to change the proposal form itself after the
submission date.

The FDC will review the discussion pages during their deliberations in May
as one of many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone may
comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on 30 April, the
FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period into
consideration when reaching its decisions.

*How to review*:
Please visit the community review page to view the proposals being considered
and follow the instructions. While the proposals are only available in
English, your comments can be in any language.

*Why your feedback matters*:
We hope this open comment period will add to an in-depth and robust review of
each proposal, and help keep our grantmaking transparent and collaborative.
The FDC highly values feedback and insights from the Wikimedia community in
making its funding recommendations.

Thank you for the time you’ll take to review these proposals,

Best,

Delphine

[*] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform is online

2017-03-16 Thread Delphine Ménard
This is so great! I've been curious to see how this project would turn out,
and I am glad it's looking so good!

Thanks for sharing :)

Delphine

2017-03-16 14:55 GMT+01:00 Arne Wossink <woss...@wikimedia.nl>:

> (apologies for cross-posting)
>
> Wikimedia Nederland launches the Netherlands and the World Exchange
> Platform
> <https://netherlandsworld.nl/>. The platform aims to stimulate global
> re-use of Dutch collections on non-European cultural heritage. In
> particular, it aims to stimulate collections on countries with which the
> Netherlands have had historical ties. These countries include Indonesia,
> Sri Lanka, Brazil, Ghana, Suriname, South Africa, and others.
>
> The platform also aims to foster contacts between Dutch cultural heritage
> institutions and Wikimedia contributors across the globe. However,
> participation is not limited to Wikimedia contributors. Anyone can
> participate, making it relevant for education and research as well.
>
> Key properties:
>
>-
>
>Dutch heritage institutions can post offers on (parts of) their
>collections that are relevant to non-European countries
>-
>
>Wikimedia contributors gain insight in the contents of Dutch collections
>and can make requests for digitalisation.
>-
>
>Knowledge exchange and cooperation are key concepts.
>
>
> The platform is easy to use. After registration, users can post
> offer/requests notices, depending on whether they are looking for material,
> or want to offer material for re-use. Statistics on re-use are also
> available.
>
> The Netherlands and the World Exchange Platform is part of the program The
> Netherlands and the World
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Nederland/The_
> Netherlands_and_the_world>.
> This program is supported by Wikimedia Nederland and aims to make available
> knowledge and content on non-European countries.
>
> Development of the platform was financially supported by DEN.
>
> Regards,
>
> Arne Wossink
>
> Projectleider / Project Manager Wikimedia Nederland
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Chapter De-Recognition: Wikimedia Hong Kong

2017-02-08 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hello Rover,

I want to thank you and your team for so much work, and so much great work.
This decision was difficult for everyone, and I am glad to see that it has
come to a conclusion. I think it's important to know how to pause and
breathe deeply sometimes. I am looking forward to seeing more work from
Hong Kong, in an easier environement.

Best regards,

Delphine

On 8 February 2017 at 12:48, Wong Rover  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> On behalf of WMHK, I would like to say something.
>
> Some may think it is pity that WMHK has been de-recognized. But the board
> of WMHK has actually already decided to disband the chapter.
>
> Although WMHK will cease to exist, I still hope the other chapters will
> continue to try their best in the Wikimedia movement.
>
> Regards,
> Rover Wong
> the last president of Wikimedia Hong Kong
>
> 2017年2月8日 下午7:10 於 "James Heilman"  寫道:
>
> > Thanks Kirill
> >
> > In my opinion this is reasonable. We need to have criteria for what
> > affiliation with the movement means and what it requires from those
> > affiliated. If the requirements are consistently not met than removing
> > official affiliation until it is is simply common practice.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Kirill Lokshin  >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > Recognition as a Wikimedia movement affiliate — a chapter, thematic
> > > organization, or user group — is a privilege that allows an independent
> > > group to officially use the Wikimedia trademarks to further the
> Wikimedia
> > > mission. While most affiliates adhere to the basic compliance standards
> > set
> > > forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, a protocol has
> > > been developed to address the exceptional cases when a Wikimedia
> movement
> > > affiliate does not meet basic compliance standards and their continued
> > > recognition as a Wikimedia movement affiliate presents a risk to the
> > > Wikimedia movement.
> > >
> > > On September 9, 2016, Wikimedia Hong Kong was notified of their
> > suspension
> > > as a Wikimedia affiliate due to long standing non-compliance with
> > reporting
> > > requirements, and was provided with an explicit list of tasks and
> > deadlines
> > > in order to return to compliance with their chapter agreement. The
> > chapter
> > > failed to complete these tasks by the deadline of November 1, 2016, and
> > was
> > > consequently notified that they would no longer be recognized as a
> > > Wikimedia chapter after the termination of their Chapter Agreement on
> > > February 1, 2017.
> > >
> > > If you have questions about what this means for the community members
> in
> > > Wikimedia Hong Kong’s geographic area or language scope, we have put
> > > together a very basic FAQ, which may be found at
> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_
> > > affiliate_de-recognition_FAQ
> > > .
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > Vice-Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you for your service, Wikimedia Hong Kong

2017-02-08 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hi Vito,

yes it can. Basically, while there is space for just one chapter per
country, if another group forms and decides to take up the role of
Wikimedia HK, they can apply to be a chapter, since there is no chapter
recognized any more. This happened with Wikimedia UK
, where the first iteration of
the chapter was dissolved, and a second was then recognized as the official
chapter.

Best,

Delphine

On 8 February 2017 at 16:20, Vi to  wrote:

> Just a question: can a former chapter reapply for recognition?
>
> Vito
>
> 2017-02-08 16:13 GMT+01:00 Lodewijk :
>
> > As the chapter status of Wikimedia Hong Kong has come to an end, I would
> > like to thank the volunteers at Wikimedia Hong Kong for their incredible
> > work over the past years. It is easy to start discussions about the
> > validity of the decision, or to play a blame game - but lets at least
> agree
> > some pretty cool stuff has been done over the past years.
> >
> > Most of us will remember the Wikimania conference that was organized in
> > Hong Kong in 2013 - an amazing conference with an incredible amount of
> > volunteers that were collected from all over society to help welcome
> these
> > Wikipedians. Especially in their earliest years, I believe that Wikimedia
> > HK was active in supporting other Asian chapters to collaborate better
> and
> > grow.
> >
> > Thank you, Wikimedians from Hong Kong, for your service! You have helped
> > the Wikimedia movement in Hong Kong a lot over the past years, and I hope
> > that we will still hear a lot from you in this new phase. The end of the
> > organization will hopefully not mean the end of your impactful work.
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Lodewijk
> >
> > 2017-02-08 12:48 GMT+01:00 Wong Rover :
> >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > On behalf of WMHK, I would like to say something.
> > >
> > > Some may think it is pity that WMHK has been de-recognized. But the
> board
> > > of WMHK has actually already decided to disband the chapter.
> > >
> > > Although WMHK will cease to exist, I still hope the other chapters will
> > > continue to try their best in the Wikimedia movement.
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Rover Wong
> > > the last president of Wikimedia Hong Kong
> > >
> > > 2017年2月8日 下午7:10 於 "James Heilman"  寫道:
> > >
> > > > Thanks Kirill
> > > >
> > > > In my opinion this is reasonable. We need to have criteria for what
> > > > affiliation with the movement means and what it requires from those
> > > > affiliated. If the requirements are consistently not met than
> removing
> > > > official affiliation until it is is simply common practice.
> > > >
> > > > James
> > > >
> > > > On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Kirill Lokshin <
> > kirill.loks...@gmail.com
> > > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hi everyone,
> > > > >
> > > > > Recognition as a Wikimedia movement affiliate — a chapter, thematic
> > > > > organization, or user group — is a privilege that allows an
> > independent
> > > > > group to officially use the Wikimedia trademarks to further the
> > > Wikimedia
> > > > > mission. While most affiliates adhere to the basic compliance
> > standards
> > > > set
> > > > > forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, a protocol
> > has
> > > > > been developed to address the exceptional cases when a Wikimedia
> > > movement
> > > > > affiliate does not meet basic compliance standards and their
> > continued
> > > > > recognition as a Wikimedia movement affiliate presents a risk to
> the
> > > > > Wikimedia movement.
> > > > >
> > > > > On September 9, 2016, Wikimedia Hong Kong was notified of their
> > > > suspension
> > > > > as a Wikimedia affiliate due to long standing non-compliance with
> > > > reporting
> > > > > requirements, and was provided with an explicit list of tasks and
> > > > deadlines
> > > > > in order to return to compliance with their chapter agreement. The
> > > > chapter
> > > > > failed to complete these tasks by the deadline of November 1, 2016,
> > and
> > > > was
> > > > > consequently notified that they would no longer be recognized as a
> > > > > Wikimedia chapter after the termination of their Chapter Agreement
> on
> > > > > February 1, 2017.
> > > > >
> > > > > If you have questions about what this means for the community
> members
> > > in
> > > > > Wikimedia Hong Kong’s geographic area or language scope, we have
> put
> > > > > together a very basic FAQ, which may be found at
> > > > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_
> > > > > affiliate_de-recognition_FAQ
> > > > > .
> > > > >
> > > > > Regards,
> > > > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > > > Vice-Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] General Assembly: board + annual reports

2017-02-03 Thread Delphine Ménard
Thank you Romaine for this info and thorough report. :)

Welcome back to all board members and here is to a great new year!

Best,

Delphine

2017-01-28 23:54 GMT+01:00 Romaine Wiki <romaine.w...@gmail.com>:

> Dear all,
>
> Today Wikimedia Belgium had the annual General Assembly
> <https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/2017-01-28_General_Assembly>.
>
> At 1 January 2017 the board had five board members. Every board member is
> elected for a two years term, besides the president who is elected every
> year. From these five board members, the two year term of two of them ended
> (Romaine + Afernand74), as well as the term of the president ended
> (Geertivp).
>
> With no new applications for board members and the General Assembly and
> board happy with how the past period has been dealt and how stable the
> board has become, the General Assembly voted to give the three board
> members a new term. Meaning that the board stays the same and as stable
> team can move forward with our chapter.
>
> The board is composed out of Geertivp (president), Romaine (treasurer),
> SPQRobin (secretary), Afernand74 (National Liaison) and Lfurter (Gender and
> Diversity Liaison).
> See also: https://be.wikimedia.org/wiki/Board
>
>
> Before the voting, the reporting from the past year was discussed, and the
> board has been cleared responsibility.
>
> The financial report from Wikimedia Belgium about 2016 can be found at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters/Reports/
> Wikimedia_Belgium/Financial/2016
>
> The activity report from Wikimedia Belgium about 2016 can be found at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_chapters/Reports/
> Wikimedia_Belgium/Activity/2016
>
>
> Kind regards,
> Romaine
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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

2017-01-27 Thread Delphine Ménard
On 27 January 2017 at 18:17, Lodewijk  wrote:
[snip]

> What I am curious about, is whether there are also efforts ongoing that are
> focused on influencing community behavior in a more preventive manner. I'm
> not sure how that would work out in practice,

[snip]

But I do want to express my hope that somewhere in the
> Foundation (and affiliates), work is being done to also look at preventing
> bullying and harassment - besides handling it effectively. And that you
> maybe keep that work in mind, when developing these tools. Some overlap may
> exist - for example, I could imagine that if the
> harassment-identificationtool is reliable enough, it could trigger warnings
> to users before they save their edit, or the scores could be used in admin
> applications (and for others with example-functions). A more social
> approach that is unrelated, would be to train community members on how to
> respond to poisonous behavior. I'm just thinking out loud here, and others
> may have much better approaches in mind (or actually work on them).

Actually Lodewijk, it's happening not too far from you. Wikimedia
Nederland [1] has been working on this for a while, quietly, with
small samples and small steps, but with good results and most
importantly, a lot of hope and resilience to pursue this really really
hard work.

Delphine

[1] 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2016-2017_round1/Wikimedia_Nederland/Proposal_form#Program_1:_Community_health

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

2016-08-25 Thread Delphine Ménard
On 24 August 2016 at 22:50, Michael Peel  wrote:
>

> This process seems to be very harsh as written. For example, it says:
> "an organization’s recognition may be terminated immediately 
> according to the group's agreement (without Board review or appeal)"
> There's no mention of any sort of ombudsperson, or appeal process in this 
> document. Presumably this is delegated to the individual group agreements, 
> but it would be good to see that explicitly mentioned in this process 
> document. There are other examples elsewhere in the process that I won't go 
> into here. But I think this process needs rewriting to make it fairer to all 
> parties.
>

I don't think it's harsh. Experience proves that "trying to get in
touch" and "trying to put together a plan" is a very lengthy process,
and takes months, if not years. In short, every attempt I have seen at
actually making sure a chapter / group was really inexistent before
entering the last phase of derecognition has been more than thorough
(from many emails to activating personal contacts to everything you
can think of to get in touch with people). You do have to draw the
line somewhere though, and at some point get "harsh" and have hard
deadlines. An appeal process would mean having someone at the other
end of the line. More often than not, this is not the case. I think
it's important that we know to "terminate", because dormant entities
often prevent new people from rekindling motivation and starting anew.

Best,

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

2016-08-17 Thread Delphine Ménard
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
>>
>> 
>> , code of conduct
>>
>> 
>> , 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 for more than eight years and was
>> engaged in several positions on national and international level. His most
>> recent engagement (with Frans Grijzenhout from WMNL) is focussed on
>> building the capacities of board members in all Wikimedia-organizations.
>> He
>> is going to finish his B.A. in politics and german philology this month
>> and
>> shall work as an advisor to the ED at the "Academy for volunteerism" in
>> Berlin beginning in September.
>>
>> === Ido Ivry ===
>>
>> Ido Ivry is a board member of Wikimedia Israel. He has extensive NGO
>> experience, as well as 

[Wikimedia-l] Initial eligibility for 2016-2017 Round 1 of the Annual Plan Grants / FDC process

2016-07-15 Thread Delphine Ménard
Dear Wikimedians,

We are pleased to announce initial eligibility of applicants submitting a
Letter of Intent for 2016-2017 Round 1 of the Annual Plan Grants / FDC
process. Only applicants confirmed as eligible by 15 September 2016 may
submit proposals to the Funds Dissemination Committee by the 1 October 2016
proposal deadline. We have published the initial eligibility checklist
here, so that applicants may review eligibility before it is confirmed on
15 September 2016:

http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Eligibility/2016-2017_round1.

Of the eleven organizations submitting a Letter of Intent, all are already
considered eligible provided they continue to meet eligibility requirements
throughout the duration of the FDC process. During the next two months, FDC
staff will work with all potential applicants to make sure eligibility
requirements are maintained.

Please expect another update once eligibility is finally confirmed on 15
September 2016, leading up to the 1 October 2016 proposal deadline.
Proposal forms will be available by 1 October 2016.

Here is a breakdown of upcoming milestones for 2016-2017 Round 1, which you
may also find here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Calendar.

* Eligibility confirmed: 15 September 2016
* Proposals due: by 1 October 2016
* Community review: 1 October 2016 - 31 October 2016
* Staff assessments published: by 8 November 2016
* FDC deliberations: middle of November 2016
* FDC recommendation published: by 1 December 2016
* Board decision: by 1 January 2017
* Start of new grant terms: 1 January 2017 (for most grantees)

We welcome your questions or comments about the Annual Plan Grants / FDC
process at any time: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Comments.
Feel free also to reach out to us over email at fdcsupp...@wikimedia.org.
We would be happy to speak with any organization about specific questions
they may have about eligibility.

Best regards from FDC staff!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-14 Thread Delphine Ménard
Darn. Just when I was thinking we could finally catch up. Well, it
*will* have to be in France then, or somewhere else where the grass is
green and the sea some shade of blue. Thank you for all the fish.

*hugs*

Delphine

On 14 July 2016 at 08:48, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel
 wrote:
> Geoff, thank you for your great service!
>
> At least I know we will may continue to work together as in my work I work
> a lot with YouTube's teams :)
>
> Good luck to you, to Michelle and Stephen.
>
>
>
>
>
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
> +972-(0)-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
> Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 14, 2016 at 12:25 AM, Geoff Brigham 
> wrote:
>
>> 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,
>>
>> Geoff
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[Wikimedia-l] FDC nominations - Community Q: please ask your questions to the candidates!

2016-07-11 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hello all,

This year again, there is a long and diverse set of very strong candidates
that have nominated themselves to be considered for appointment to the FDC
[1]. I am very grateful to them for coming forward and wanting to
participate in this important part of our movement's grants program.

It is now time for you, members of our communities; to ask questions to the
candidates. Since this round of candidates will be appointed, it is crucial
that as many people as possible ask questions to the candidates, so as to
allow the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation to have as much
insight as possible as to the skills, competence and motivation of the
candidates.

You can ask questions to all candidates or to specific candidates on this
page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016/Q%26A

Note that your questions are also a way for existing FDC members to know
what is important to you all as interested members of the community
regarding FDC activities and work, so please, do participate!

Best,

Delphine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016#Nomination

PS. Please forward this announcement to any list you think is appropriate.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to communicate compassionately with non-native English speakers

2016-07-08 Thread Delphine Ménard
On 8 July 2016 at 14:47, Gerard Meijssen  wrote:
> Hoi,
> What you say is how it works for you. At the same time you deny how it is
> experienced by others. I do not want your compassion. What I want is for
> people to use logic in their arguments and use their logic carefully.

Fair enough, sorry if my point came across that way, it was definitely
not my intention to deny anything.

Please accept my apologies for offending you.

Best,

Delphine

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to communicate compassionately with non-native English speakers

2016-07-08 Thread Delphine Ménard
I disagree in so many ways with your words that I don't even know
where to start. Compassion is not trying to put people in a lower
position, or trying to put yourself in a higher position. It never has
and never will be. Compassion is about caring for others and in that
particular instance, making sure you get your point across. Wiktionary
says it all: "Etymology: From Middle English, from Old French, from
Late Latin compassio ‎(“sympathy”), from compati, past participle
compassus ‎(“to suffer together with”), from Latin com- ‎(“together”)
+ pati ‎(“to suffer”); see passion."

I do not know any world where compassion is a bad thing. And as a
French living in Germany and working every day in English, I can tell
you that the article Nick pointed to has excellent tips to make sure
that people around you understand you, and ensure that communication
happens in the best possible way.  The choice of words DOES matter.

And your point "Listening, understanding is where we have a problem"
is probably true on many levels. And if it is, I'd find it interesting
if you considered taking a piece of your own advice and reflected on
the way you address the people on this list.

Best,

Delphine

On 7 July 2016 at 10:00, Gerard Meijssen  wrote:
> Hoi,
> You forget the other part that is so vital. Compassion is for the weak, it
> puts you in a superior position. The problem is much more in the
> understanding of what someone else has to say. It is not only about
> sending, it is as much about receiving. Listening, understanding is where
> we have a problem. Not so much in the choice of words.
> Thanks,
>GerardM
>
> On 7 July 2016 at 09:50, Michael Jahn  wrote:
>
>> "it is not so much
>> the words that are used but it is understanding what points are made and
>> how they challenge the status quo."
>>
>> --> This may be true, and what we should strive for as a movement. But you
>> still need words to make those points, and while one may fail to understand
>> what points are being made, even if all the words are understood properly,
>> the opposite makes the difference. If you _don't_ understand the words in
>> the first place, i. e. attribute a different meaning than the
>> speaker/author had intended, you _cannot_ be in a position to understand
>> the points.
>> So, thanks Nick, for sharing! I like your post very much.
>> Michael
>> Am 07.07.2016 9:35 vorm. schrieb "Gerard Meijssen" <
>> gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>:
>>
>> > Hoi,
>> > I have been thinking about what you say. The problem I see is that your
>> > attitude is one where you have to be compassionate for the benefit of
>> > people for whom English is a second language. What this means is that you
>> > see yourself as superior because your English is so great and they have a
>> > problem with English or Anglo culture.The logical conclusion is probably
>> > that English and Angloism has to be central to what we do.
>> >
>> > This is the Wikimedia list and when you follow this list, it is people
>> from
>> > all over the world that subscribe and comment. It is highly biased by
>> group
>> > think and I have observed that there is little willingness to consider
>> > notions that do not fit in well with the group think.The biggest problem
>> in
>> > this is not language but an unwillingness to consider arguments.
>> >
>> > It is easy to say "we have to be compassionate" and because of that we
>> have
>> > to choose our words well. It is tough to consider that it is not so much
>> > the words that are used but it is understanding what points are made and
>> > how they challenge the status quo.
>> > Thanks,
>> >   GerardM
>> >
>> > On 5 July 2016 at 21:59, Nick Wilson (Quiddity) 
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> > >
>> > >
>> >
>> https://medium.com/@mollyclare/taming-the-steamroller-how-to-communicate-compassionately-with-non-native-english-speakers-d95d8d1845a0
>> > > A good essay.
>> > >
>> > > TL;DR: Some detailed examples of how to improve communication and
>> > > interactions, for the benefit of anyone who uses English as a second
>> > > language.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Excerpts, to whet [sharpen or stimulate] your appetite:
>> > >
>> > > > Phrasal verbs in English can be particularly hard to master. Just
>> think
>> > > about “cut off” vs. “cut up” vs. “cut over” vs. “cut in” vs. “cut out”
>> > vs.
>> > > “cut down” vs. “cut back” and you’ll see how confusing it can be when
>> you
>> > > recommend “cutting back” on something, or asking someone to “cut it
>> out”.
>> > > [...]
>> > >
>> > > > Make your message very clear, especially your request. This is doubly
>> > > true for me, because I work with Germans, who are famously direct. The
>> > > American habit of softening and burying a request is just confusing and
>> > > pointless to them.
>> > >
>> > > > The last thing you and I want to do is overwhelm. We work across
>> > language
>> > > barriers, not because it’s glamorous or fun or easy, 

[Wikimedia-l] [FDC] Call for nominations for appointments to the Funds Dissemination Committee - 2016

2016-06-29 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hello everyone,

As foreseen by the FDC Framework[1], the mandate of current appointed
members to the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) comes to an end, after
two years of service. Four of them have terms that are ending, and we are
therefore looking to appoint 4 members by September 2016.

We are looking for good volunteer candidates across our communities and
beyond to join the FDC. The next round of proposals will be submitted on
Oct 1, 2016, and the FDC will meet face-to-face to deliberate on them in
November 2016 .


Any information you might need about the FDC and this process is on this
page:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016

but here are a few things you might want to consider:

== Why you'd want to volunteer with the FDC ==

* You will be reviewing annual plans and budgets of Wikimedia affiliate
organisations and making recommendations about the effective spending of
more than US$5 million dollars, shaping the direction of impact of a
significant portion of our movement's financial resources.

* You will apply your analytic skills and experience in assessing programs,
financial plans and strategic plans to support Wikimedia related work.

* You will gain valuable experience in grant-making, project evaluation,
and planning on a global and multi-cultural level.

* You will be working in collaboration with 8 other great and dedicated
individuals from across the movement, to reach consensus and make high
level decisions.

== Why you might not want to volunteer with the FDC ==

* The FDC will commit to, and enforce, a high standard of participation,
and you may not be ready to seriously commit to a high level of
participation (two in person events per year, traditionally one in San
Francisco, the other one in Europe, as well as several weeks of intensive
proposal review, calls, preparation etc.) for two years.

* The FDC's work will be conducted in English, and even with maximal
support and summarization from staff, you will be required to read a lot of
text in English, and to make your contributions in English.

* You don't meet the membership criteria[2], or you're confident other
candidates are better qualified or positioned to serve on the committee, in
which case, please refer them to this announcement!

If you are interested in serving on the FDC, please add your name to the
nominations page before July 10 2016 at 23.59 UTC.:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016#How_to_submit_your_candidacy

You can write your statement and answer the questions there. We will get in
touch with you during the recruitment process, but please feel free to
contact me with any questions you might have.


Feel free to forward this annoucement anywhere you think might be
appropriate.

Thanks and have a good {{timezone}},

Delphine

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#Membership

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/2016#Membership_criteria


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

2016-06-24 Thread Delphine Ménard
Patricio, many many thanks to you for having kept your cool during the
hard times. Thanks to you and Frieda for services rendered, and on to
time off from Wikimedia mandates (it's kinda cool, you'll see).
Congratulations to Christophe and María.

And hugs all around.

:D

Delphine

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 10:39 AM, Risker  wrote:
> Thank you to Christophe and Nataliia for taking on these new and important
> responsibilities.  And thanks to Christophe and Maria for taking on the
> Chair and Vice Chair roles.
>
> I also extend my thanks to Patricio and Frieda for your service on the
> board including the time that Patricio has served as Chair. Thank you as
> well to Alice for her service as Vice Chair.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On 24 June 2016 at 09:49, Jan-Bart de Vreede 
> wrote:
>
>> Congratulations go to Christophe, and also thank you for making yourself a
>> candidate. Your years of experience in the movement and personality are are
>> great asset and we are lucky to have you. The good news is that you have a
>> great organisation to support you in helping you do a good job!
>>
>> Like many others have said: thank you Patricio! I know from experience that
>> this is 'at best' a tough job, and the past year has demanded a lot from
>> you (and many others) Time to take a well deserved rest, and of course we
>> will hopefully see you back contributing somewhere/somehow :)
>>
>> Many thanks to you both!
>>
>> Jan-Bart de Vreede
>>
>> On 23 June 2016 at 23:43:41, Johan Jönsson (jjons...@wikimedia.org) wrote:
>>
>> > Thank you both, Patricio and Alice.
>> >
>> > //Johan Jönsson
>> > --
>> > Den 23 juni 2016 6:02 em skrev "Patricio Lorente" <
>> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com>:
>> >
>> > Hello everyone,
>> >
>> > I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
>> Tymkiv
>> > have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate Board-selected
>> > members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia community, and
>> in
>> > their respective fields. I’m confident they will serve as excellent
>> > contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can learn more
>> > about them in an announcement we made in May:
>> >
>> >
>> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
>> >
>> >
>> > Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
>> María
>> > Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long history of
>> > involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership roles at
>> > Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
>> >
>> > More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will join
>> > me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success in
>> > their terms ahead.
>> >
>> >
>> > I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role as
>> > Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time as
>> > Chair.
>> >
>> > Patricio Lorente
>> >
>> >
>> > About Christophe Henner
>> >
>> > Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
>> > deputy CEO of Webedia 's gaming division, the
>> > international digital media group headquartered in France.
>> >
>> > He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector, including
>> > leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
>> >
>> > Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for more
>> > than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
>> >  and has remained an active Board member in
>> > various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair and
>> > Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the
>> Board,
>> > Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant period of
>> > growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s brand, and
>> > supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and vision
>> > for the chapter.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > About Maria Sefidari
>> >
>> > Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and
>> Citizenship
>> > Master's degree program  of Rey Juan Carlos
>> University
>> >  at the
>> > MediaLab-Prado . 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.
>> >
>> >
>> > María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has
>> since
>> > served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She was a
>> > founding member of Wikimedia España
>> >  and Wikimujeres
>> > Grupo de 

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

2016-06-22 Thread Delphine Ménard
On Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 7:16 AM, Jan-Bart de Vreede
 wrote:
> Of course this is likely to change once your children are old enough to run 
> the approvals process… which could be a year or two away ;)
>

You seem to be speaking from experience here. You're scaring me. o.O


But joke aside, thank you all for the warm welcome to my new role. I
am really looking forward to this, and intend to bring the experience
I gathered over the last 10 years or so as a volunteer to my new job.
;) It's still me, you know...

I'll be User:Delphine (WMF) in my official capacity, I'll stay
User:notafish forever though, after all, I am stil not a fish.


Cheers,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-03-05 Thread Delphine Ménard
Thank you Alice. I find this move pretty bold and welcome it, it renew
with an old tradition ;)

Also many thnaks for sharing with us these kind of developments.

Cheers,

Delphine

On Sat, Mar 5, 2016 at 3:14 AM, Alice Wiegand  wrote:
> Hi all,
> short update, as announced by Patricio:
>
> Our organization needs stability, it needs a chance to rest for a moment
> and to move on with the things that matter at the same time. That’s why the
> Board  is aiming for a quick decision about the interim ED.
>
> If you want to make a difference you need to act differently.
>
> We know that our C-level team is doing a great job in managing the
> day-to-day-operations and they all have a deep understandning of our
> culture, challenges and needs. Who, if not them, knows better what is best
> for the organization in this moment. The Board is not best suited to make a
> decision about the interim which can quickly be established and accepted in
> this situation.
>
> Therefor the board empowers the entire C-level-team to come up with a
> solution for the interim question. We leave it up to them how that
> decisions looks like. We trust them to think traditional or outside of the
> box as it fits to our organization, the Wikimedia Foundation. The
> C-level-team needs some time to deliberate and decide. They will present
> their result to the board which has to vote on it. We plan to finalize
> until the end of next week.
>
> Alice.
>
> --
> Alice Wiegand
> Board of Trustees
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
>
> --
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Wikimedia Foundation BoT

2016-02-20 Thread Delphine Ménard
d to
> plenty of "that Trustee said that" or "no, I talked with Trustee X, and she
> said that this change is a bad idea", etc. - never mind possible legal
> implications.
>
> Since I have been on the Board there was never even really a discussion
> which of these options we should take. And I am not surprised by it -
> considering how creative and dissective some community members can be with
> the statements from Board members. Seriously, I am not feeling comfortable
> with sharing any of my thoughts here, and even this mail I hope I will
> press send before I just delete it.
>
> This mail, please, do not read it as an excuse for the Board. I am not
> trying to downplay the current situation nor to take responsibility away
> from the Board. I am not trying to blame anyone at all, but merely trying
> to explain why the heck we act so fucking dumb sometimes.
>
> Again, thanks,
> Denny
>
>
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 8:17 AM, Delphine Ménard <notafi...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I believe that Dariusz' comment was somewhat blown out of proportions
>> (due in part to difficulties in communication inherent to our
>> multicultural movement). I also think that some of the statements he
>> made were too "blanket" to let go, so I understand the frustration.
>>
>> This said, Ori, I want to thank you for what I believe is the most
>> daring, heartfelt and bold emails ever written to this list.
>>
>> And I use the word bold very specifically because I believe that this
>> is what is missing today. Boldness. Boldness does not only translate
>> in taking (un)calculated risks, it also comes in the capacity of
>> admitting failure.
>>
>> I'll tell you where I think we, as an organisation, have failed. It
>> was already a long time ago, when we started to talk about efficiency.
>> When the Foundation started working and acting like an American Global
>> Corporation, and stopped cherishing our diversity and leverage it to
>> do that thing we once all dreamed of "taking over the world". I will
>> give you a few examples which I think illustrate the failure to be
>> bold in organisational ways. They might shed a light on today's
>> governance chaos.
>>
>> Fundraising & Trademark: For the longest time, we've been analyzing
>> what risks there were if Chapter/Entity XYZ fundraised, or used the
>> trademark. What are the terrible things that would happen if someone
>> got in trouble at the other end of the world and they had anything to
>> do with Wikimedia or Wikimedia money. No-one ever said: "let us find a
>> solution to leverage our diversity and fundraise all over the world,
>> and make sure that we get all there is to get, together". Or: "Let us
>> recognize how every single person using the trademark is an asset to
>> that trademark". No one said, let us work together to make sure that
>> our organisational network represents our diversity, our collective
>> core. We're only afraid of what may happen if. We are afraid, or cosy.
>> After 10 years, Wikimedia Germany and Wikimedia Switzerland are the
>> only parts of the world where fundraising is happening locally. And
>> it's not because anyone ever thought that they did it better (well, I
>> do ;)), but because of technicalities. We have never thanked the
>> thousands of volunteers handing out flyers for their part in making
>> our trademark an amazing thing. instead, we're calculating all the
>> risks, the "what happens if". The "product" by definition is owned by
>> all of us, and more. While protecting it is a good thing, keeping it
>> behind bars isn't. We are diverse, we will make mistakes and learn
>> from them. We freaking built an encyclopedia, of course we can take
>> care of it without having to fear everyone and their brother! And
>> while an organisation is not a wiki, and revert not always an option,
>> I'm pretty sure that
>>
>> Governance: No members at the Foundation. OK, I am not for or against
>> it, but the whole speech "we answer to 8 volunteers" which has
>> been served to me over the years (as opposed to a mere 300 members in
>> that chapter or that other) is a load of BS. Because what I have
>> observed in the past few years, the Board only serves itself or the ED
>> (your pick), or "the Foundation" (the word "fiduciary responsibility"
>> still makes me cringe today).  I am questioning who feels "served"
>> today. Doesn't seem like a lot of people. But you know, nobody
>> represents anyone, they're only "sele

Re: [Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Wikimedia Foundation BoT

2016-02-19 Thread Delphine Ménard
Here you go SJ,


On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 10:09 PM, Sam Klein  wrote:

> Delphine writes:
>>   
>> We freaking built an encyclopedia, of course we can take care of it
> without
>> having to fear everyone and their brother! And while an organisation is
> not
>> a wiki, and revert not always an option, I'm pretty sure that


... reverting sometimes *is* a good idea. And maybe the only idea.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Wikimedia Foundation BoT

2016-02-19 Thread Delphine Ménard
I believe that Dariusz' comment was somewhat blown out of proportions
(due in part to difficulties in communication inherent to our
multicultural movement). I also think that some of the statements he
made were too "blanket" to let go, so I understand the frustration.

This said, Ori, I want to thank you for what I believe is the most
daring, heartfelt and bold emails ever written to this list.

And I use the word bold very specifically because I believe that this
is what is missing today. Boldness. Boldness does not only translate
in taking (un)calculated risks, it also comes in the capacity of
admitting failure.

I'll tell you where I think we, as an organisation, have failed. It
was already a long time ago, when we started to talk about efficiency.
When the Foundation started working and acting like an American Global
Corporation, and stopped cherishing our diversity and leverage it to
do that thing we once all dreamed of "taking over the world". I will
give you a few examples which I think illustrate the failure to be
bold in organisational ways. They might shed a light on today's
governance chaos.

Fundraising & Trademark: For the longest time, we've been analyzing
what risks there were if Chapter/Entity XYZ fundraised, or used the
trademark. What are the terrible things that would happen if someone
got in trouble at the other end of the world and they had anything to
do with Wikimedia or Wikimedia money. No-one ever said: "let us find a
solution to leverage our diversity and fundraise all over the world,
and make sure that we get all there is to get, together". Or: "Let us
recognize how every single person using the trademark is an asset to
that trademark". No one said, let us work together to make sure that
our organisational network represents our diversity, our collective
core. We're only afraid of what may happen if. We are afraid, or cosy.
After 10 years, Wikimedia Germany and Wikimedia Switzerland are the
only parts of the world where fundraising is happening locally. And
it's not because anyone ever thought that they did it better (well, I
do ;)), but because of technicalities. We have never thanked the
thousands of volunteers handing out flyers for their part in making
our trademark an amazing thing. instead, we're calculating all the
risks, the "what happens if". The "product" by definition is owned by
all of us, and more. While protecting it is a good thing, keeping it
behind bars isn't. We are diverse, we will make mistakes and learn
from them. We freaking built an encyclopedia, of course we can take
care of it without having to fear everyone and their brother! And
while an organisation is not a wiki, and revert not always an option,
I'm pretty sure that

Governance: No members at the Foundation. OK, I am not for or against
it, but the whole speech "we answer to 8 volunteers" which has
been served to me over the years (as opposed to a mere 300 members in
that chapter or that other) is a load of BS. Because what I have
observed in the past few years, the Board only serves itself or the ED
(your pick), or "the Foundation" (the word "fiduciary responsibility"
still makes me cringe today).  I am questioning who feels "served"
today. Doesn't seem like a lot of people. But you know, nobody
represents anyone, they're only "selected"...

Governance again: 10 board members. No clear cut majority, ever.
Impossible. No-one can take charge and make things change drastically.
Not the community and "chapter" seats, not the appointed people. An
inertia of the likes I have *never* seen. I have been very close to
the board in extremely different contexts, extremely different
constellations and I have come to the conclusion that however smart
the people on it were, the sum of their intelligence as a collective
body amounted to less than their average intelligence when taken as
individuals. Insane. You cannot "govern" when the gap in opinions is
so huge that you can only always go for the "middle", which makes
nobody happy. I have seen people on the board get lashed at because
their vote on the outside looked like they were betraying the people
they were close to. But we don't know what the options on the table
were, and who knows, how they might have been so much worse. So middle
it is. Bold is but a faint memory (and the bold ones still get lashed
at, look at Dariusz being the only one talking here, and the one who
takes the blows).

Loyalty: We never really prodded for loyalty. Chapters were left to
develop in their own chaotic ways, pushed away because they were a
risk, and when they strayed they were put back under the iron hand of
the Foundation and handled like kids. We never said: "gals and guys,
we're all in this together, let us work together to be better,
together". I know I am not doing justice to all the amazing work that
has been done in the grants department, among others, but hear me out.
I want chapters and affiliates and communities and staff to feel they
owe and own the Foundation at 

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

2015-02-19 Thread Delphine Ménard
Anasuya, I'm whistling to a new tune already, get ready to dance. We'll
just change dance floors.
Thank you for it all and many many *hugs*

Luis, Siko, can't wait to work with you more, congrats on the new
responsibilities.

Asaf, 'bout time you stop killing kittens every time you introduce
yourself. And congrats for the step!

All the best,

Delphine


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 rights defenders, has
 this book on sustainability:

 http://urgentactionfund.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/WTPR-Final-Book.pdf

 [3] And look forward to dancing together on the beaches of a future
 Wikimania…

 [4] Sometimes frustrating, sometimes unbelievable, sometimes somewhat
 insane; but yes mostly, generous beyond belief, and always, joyous. :-)

 [5] More Neil Gaiman, from The Sandman:
 https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Sandman#A_Game_of_You

 [6]

 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising banners (again)

2014-11-27 Thread Delphine Ménard
You know, I think I'll pass on the actual content of the message that talks
about Commercial not being a Monster and The Bad. (and yes I know,
these are in a negative sentence but... seriously?).

This banner looks like an obituary I find. Where are the cool banners on
green leafy foresty background? Those were the days ;)

I know that a lot of thought goes into crafting the best messages for
fundraising banners, I also know that the testing is thorough, and
decisions are made with real data. But sometimes I find we might be
forgetting the number of people we actually scare *away* with things like
this. Not sure that's data we can acquire, but looking at this banner I am
losing faith in my fellow French if they really respond to something like
this more than they do to positive and cheerful looking messages).

*sigh*

Delphine

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 David Gerard wrote:
 Didn't we have the lightbox argument last year?

 Probably. Or the year before. Or the year before that. I did say (again)
 in the subject line. ;-)

 There are various discussions popping up across Wikimedia about these
 banners. It didn't help that a bug earlier this week caused logged-in
 users to be hit with them as well. Talk about eating your own dog food.

 The French Wikipedia held what appears to be a straw poll with
 overwhelming denouncement of the banner. It's also been repeatedly
 described as a phishing attempt. Complaints and confusion aren't uncommon
 during any annual fundraiser, but I think we can and should hold ourselves
 to a higher standard when begging people for money.

 As pointed out on Meta-Wiki's Wikimedia Forum by Jules78120,
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CentralNotice/Usage_guidelines is pretty
 clear that the (primary) goal is that banners be as unobtrusive as
 possible. I wrote this in May 2011, I believe deliberately outside of the
 annual fundraising that takes place in December so that we could have a
 calm and reasonable discussion about appropriate CentralNotice usage. Sigh.

 MZMcBride



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[Wikimedia-l] FDC nominations - please ask your questions to the candidates

2014-06-16 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hello all,

it is with great pleasure that I see the long and diverse list of
people having nominated themselves to participate in the FDC in the
years to come. [1]

The deadline for nominations has passed, and it is now time for the
community to ask questions to the candidates. While the next round FDC
members will be appointed and not elected, it is crucial that everyone
chips in and asks questions to the candidates, so as to allow the
Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation to have as much insight
as possible as to the skills, competence and motivation of the
candidates.

You can ask questions to all candidates or to specific candidates on this page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Nominations/Q%26A

Note that your questions are also a way for existing FDC members to
know what is important to you all as interested members of the
community regarding FDC activities and work, so please, do
participate!

Best,

Delphine
(current FDC member)



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-11 Thread Delphine Ménard
Le 12 févr. 2014 00:10, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com a écrit :


 For me in these debates about funding, which often present the staff on
one
 side pushing to reduce the relative power and centrality of chapters on
one
 side and chapter representatives pushing the opposite way on the other
 side, there is always a little mystery about the role and interests of the
 people commenting.

 While some posters point out that they speak in a personal capacity, few
 offer a disclosure about their personal interests in the funding debate...
 but I would find it both enlightening and interesting if those expressing
 opinions about budgets would disclose whether they receive a salary or
 other financial benefit (including travel, conference fees, etc.) from the
 WMF.

 I would like to know, without further research, if someone arguing that
 chapters should get more money is dependent on a salary drawn from that
 pool of money. Since the list archives form a public record and not all
 list subscribers know everyone else, it would be very helpful if posters
 considered including this kind of a disclosure in posts where it may be
 meaningful.

Well, it's actually pretty straightforward. For members of the Board of
Trustees, FDC and AffCom, as well as Board members of all Chapters. All of
us are volunteers. We do not get any salary from Chapters or Foundation. In
short, we do the work we do here for free.

In our capacity as members, and in order to allow us to fulfill our
duties towards the organisations/committees that we are part of and thus
towards the Wikimedia movement, we do get some or all of our travel
expenses and/or attendance fees for Wikimedia conferences reimbursed out of
movement funds (chapters or foundation budgets) insofar as our presence
in an official capacity is deemed useful.

Hope this clarifies the strange notion you seem to be putting forward of
anyone of those of us *speaking in a personal capacity* having any kind of
financial benefit.

Best,

Delphine
(Speaking in her capacity as Delphine, you know, the not-a-fish)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-11 Thread Delphine Ménard
Le 12 févr. 2014 04:20, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com a écrit :

 On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 6:55 PM, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com
wrote:

  Le 12 févr. 2014 00:10, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com a écrit :
 
 
  Well, it's actually pretty straightforward. For members of the Board of
  Trustees, FDC and AffCom, as well as Board members of all Chapters. All
of
  us are volunteers. We do not get any salary from Chapters or
Foundation. In
  short, we do the work we do here for free.
 
  In our capacity as members, and in order to allow us to fulfill our
  duties towards the organisations/committees that we are part of and thus
  towards the Wikimedia movement, we do get some or all of our travel
  expenses and/or attendance fees for Wikimedia conferences reimbursed
out of
  movement funds (chapters or foundation budgets) insofar as our
presence
  in an official capacity is deemed useful.
 
  Hope this clarifies the strange notion you seem to be putting forward of
  anyone of those of us *speaking in a personal capacity* having any kind
of
  financial benefit.
 
  Best,
 
  Delphine
  (Speaking in her capacity as Delphine, you know, the not-a-fish)
 
 
 Perhaps you misunderstood what I was wondering about, which is probably my
 fault as I was trying to avoid giving any specific examples. But without
at
 all attempting to disparage her or suggest that her intentions are
anything
 but sincere, let's take the example of Nicole Ebbers. She of course
 discloses in her e-mail signature that she is an employee of WMDE, so its
 clear (though not stated in the form of a disclosure) that her income
 depends, in part, on WMF funding. It's typical in professional
 circumstances, at least in my business, to disclose personal conflicts
when
 discussing virtually any topic where the audience would not naturally
 assume that a conflict exists.

Ah I see. So I suppose, following your line of thought, that any and all of
the wikimedia staff (all organisations included) involved in any part of
the fundraising should attach some kind of disclaimer about how they
benefit from the work they're paid to do? Since, after all, they're
working to raise money that *will* pay their salary.

This might prove an interesting thing to implement.

Delphine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] (Announcement) Ana Toni Announced as New Wikimedia Foundation Board Member

2013-07-08 Thread Delphine Ménard
Dear Ana,

I am extremely excited to see you join the Board of the Wikimedia
Foundation, I know the experience you bring in international
organisations is going to be invaluable to our movement.

An enormous thanks to those who have made this possible. And a great
great thank you to you Ana, for accepting to walk the path ahead with
us.

Best regards,

Delphine



On Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM, Jay Walsh jwa...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 (This announcement is being shared in advance of a public release with the
 Wikimedia community. We will be posting a press release, blog post, and
 Ana's bio to the WMF wiki this afternoon, PT. Thanks)

 Ana Toni Announced as New Wikimedia Foundation Board Member

 San Francisco -- July 8, 2013 -- The Wikimedia Foundation today announced
 its newest Board of Trustees member, Ana Toni. Ana is currently the CEO for
 GIP (Public Interest Management), a consultancy firm based in Rio de
 Janeiro, Brazil, which works for foundations, non-profit organizations and
 businesses on social and environmental issues.

 According to Ana, It is an honor to be part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s
 Board and to participate with this amazing Wikipedia community. I
 especially look forward to supporting the Foundation’s efforts to
 strengthen the Wikipedia community in the Global South and to advance the
 organization's mission to empower and engage people in building the common
 good.

 Since 2011, Ana has served as the Board Chair of Greenpeace International.
 From 2003 until 2011, Ana was the Ford Foundation’s representative in
 Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of
 human rights, sustainable development, racial and ethical discrimination,
 sexuality and reproductive health, media democratization and land rights.
 She was also responsible for coordinating a regional Latin America
 Initiative on Economics and Globalization, an IBSA initiative (joint work
 between Brazil, South Africa and India) and the International Initiative on
 Intellectual Property Rights.

 From 1998 to 2002, Ana was ActionAid’s Executive Director in Brazil,
 working to contribute in the eradication of poverty and inequality through
 community development projects, as well as public policy advocacy and
 campaigning at both the national and international levels. Ana also worked
 for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993), representing the
 organization at the United Nations Conference on Environment and
 Development.

 Ana worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997, first as the International
 Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam,
 and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany. She was
 responsible for, among other things, the work of Greenpeace on the World
 Trade Organization (in particular the Committee on Trade and Environment)
 and she also contributed in the development of Greenpeace’s work in the
 Amazon region in its early stage.

 Ana holds a masters degree in Politics of the World Economy from the London
 School of Economics and is a candidate for a PhD on Social Politics at the
 Rio de Janeiro State University. In addition, Ana is a member of the
 Editorial Board of Le Monde Diplomatique Brazil, and a Board member of the
 Baobá Fund for Racial Equity and the Forum of Women’s Leaders on
 Sustainability. Ana is Brazilian and lives in Rio de Janeiro.

 There are 10 seats on the Wikimedia Foundation Board and according to the
 Foundation's bylaws, three members are elected by the Wikimedia community,
 two are selected by the Wikimedia chapters, the Founder seat is held by
 Jimmy Wales, and four members are appointed by the Board itself to provide
 additional, specific expertise.

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[Wikimedia-l] FDC election: thanks and more

2013-06-28 Thread Delphine Ménard
Dear all,

We wanted to thank all of you who participated in this election,
voters as well as candidates who helped stir the debate around the
Funds Dissemination Committee. We are aware of the responsibility that
you have chosen us to take up and are looking forward to working with
the other FDC members and FDC dedicated staff, as well as all the
volunteers and staff in Wikimedia organisations that are taking part
in the FDC process.

As first community elected members, we are bringing your voice to the
FDC process and hope that you will participate as much as possible in
the forthcoming debates, evaluations and assessments and support us in
making the right decisions concerning funds dissemination to all
entities supporting Wikimedia's mission and sharing our vision. The
FDC process will only work better and develop smoothly if we all
participate in it. The FDC portal on meta [1] is a good way to start
learning more about the FDC and the Community participation page [2]
is a good bookmark to have on your watchlist to know where your
participation and feedback are needed.

In any case, should you have any questions about the FDC or the FDC
process, please do ask them and we will do our best to answer them
timely and accurately, along with our fellows FDC members and staff.

We want to extend our congratulations to Susanna for being reappointed
as FDC Ombudsperson and to the newly (re-)elected Trustees of the
Wikimedia Foundation, María, Phoebe and Sj. And our thanks to all
members of the election committee for the tremendous work in this
election.

Best,

Delphine  Cristian

[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal
[2] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Community_participation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMIL new Executive Director

2013-04-10 Thread Delphine Ménard
Bienvenue/Wilkommen Dorit! I am looking forward to meeting you in Milan.

Delphine

On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM, Itzik Edri it...@infra.co.il wrote:
 Hi,

 After four months

 After 6 years without employees, and 4 months of the recruitment process
 (collecting resumes and interviews)  I happy to announce that last month
 WMIL hired Executive Director to support the increase in WMIL's activities,
 projects, volunteers and professionalization..

 Meet Dorit Shafir Dyamant:

 Over the last decade she mainly worked at NGO's in a variety of roles: from
 marketing  through projects management and producing conferences. She have
 MA degree in nonprofit management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem
 and B.A in literature and comparative philosophy from University of Haifa.

 As a student at the Hebrew University, she founded and produced for 6 years
 the project Words and poets' - an open evenings meetings for young poets.

 She married to Itay, and mother to Marom and Shalev. And I quote her, I
 love to read three books at the same time, I write primarily for myself all
 my life, and I fervently supports positive thinking and action based
 sharing and cross-fertilization.

 She will attend the ChapConf in Milan next week and I encourage her
 colleagues (CEO/ED and any chapters representatives or WMF's staff) to meet
 her, share tips and welcome her to our Wikimedia family!

 Dorit email is do...@wikimedia.org.il and she already been subscribed to
 all the relevant mailing lists.

 I will use this opportunity also to share our new website (we just launched
 it today) - we still have lot of bugs to fix and text improvement, but as
 most of you can't understand Hebrew, it will not really change a lot for
 you :) (We will launch the English version in the next few weeks):
 http://www.wikimedia.org.il


 Regards,
 Itzik Edri
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Chapters Dialogue

2013-04-10 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hi Thomas,

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:

 How does this project relate to the project Seb was running a couple
 of years ago that sounded very similar?

I'm not sure it is similar at all. The project run with a few chapters
by Sebastian  Anna was specifically aimed at assisting chapters in
their strategic development. This is not what we're trying to do here
at all, at least definitely not in this first phase. The project
Chapters Dialogue aims at exactly what it says, ie. make sure that
Chapters are talking to each other, but also to all relevant
stakeholders (Communities, other Wikimedia organisations, WMF,
committees, relevant third parties). To be very honest, the project
as such is not exactly defined for the longer run, but we hope that
everyone interested will help shape it, because although Wikimedia
Deutschland has the will and the means to kickstart it today, we don't
intend to be running it all by ourselves, if that makes sense. The
first step we're looking at, which we believe has been a bit
overlooked so far, is the gathering of information in a more
structured way than just on-wiki on a thousand different meta pages or
on different mailing lists etc. in order to present the relevant
stakeholders with a very far reaching State of the chapters (by far
reaching, I mean more detailled than the 3 min presentation we do at
the chapters conference), destined to give us all a solid foundation
for further work.


 How does this project relate to the work of the WCA?

When we (at length and in a heated manner) discussed the WCA within
the board of Wikimedia Deutschland, we came to the conclusion that we
were more than ever dedicated to the idea that chapters development
is a key component to how the Wikimedia movement develops
sustainability and fosters diversity. We were maybe lesson the same
page when it came to how exactly this can be achieved, and whether the
WCA progress was actually going in that direction. The WCA reboot
(the London meeting) was, at least in my view, a step in the right
direction. The WCA (of which, for the record, Wikimedia Deutschland is
quite an active member ;)) intends to focus on doing, and that is a
good thing. So of course Chapters Dialogue intends to work hand in
hand with the WCA, providing insight where it can (a chapters survey
for example, will tremendously help with crafting Peer Review and
activities along those lines), offer tools where they are needed,
seeking input from its members and interested observers...

Hope that helps.


Delphine

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Markus Glaser is elected Chair of the Wikimedia Chapters Association Council

2013-03-19 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hi Fae,

Wikimedia Deutschland is thankful for Markus' election, and we will
support him as best as we can in his future endeavours.

But this email is more to you Fae. I wanted to thank you for the work
done on the WCA so far. I know it hasn't been easy on you.
Nevertheless you kept going forward, pushing and prodding and making
sure things would happen, with sometimes great critic, other times
hopefully great support. For this I am thankful. Sometimes politics is
ungrateful to the hard working, and I am sorry it came to this, but I
applaud how you managed all possible situations, and especially how
you made sure that the WCA and the spirit of chapters working together
live on. I strongly believe that Wikimedia's diversity is one of its
biggest strengths, and I am convinced that working towards
sustainability of chapters definitely is one way to make sure this
diversity lives on.

I look forward to working with you on all the tasks still to
accomplish, within or outside the WCA.

Best,

Delphine

Delphine Ménard
Vice-president
Wikimedia Deutschland

On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 1:08 AM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 Congratulations to Markus on becoming the Chair of the WCAC.

 The election results is available at
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair#Votes,
 with an associated detailed QA from the candidates on the associated
 talk page.

 Thank you to all candidates for coming forward and taking part in the
 public debate so well.

 I look forward to supporting Markus in his role as our Chair, and the
 discussions with everyone at the Milan conference next month.

 Cheers,
 Fae
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 Chapters Association Council sChair/s http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WCA

Heh. ;)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Call for chapter peer review participation

2013-03-04 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hi Bence,


On Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 12:30 AM, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi all,

 Speaking of chapter peer review, you might be interested in this great
 cooperation between WM DE and WM AR that might serve as a model:
 http://blog.wikimedia.de/2013/03/01/tutoria-in-buenos-aires/

Just to give credit where credit is due. This really is an initiative
from Cornelius as an individual, and from WMAR. As an organisation,
Wikimedia Deutschland actually only opened its doors to Cornelius so
that he could get up to date with ongoing projects and use this as a
background to work with WMAR on their development. We are hoping that
Cornelius will also come back with lots of new ideas from Argentina
that we can tap into to get a fresh look on what can be done to
support free knowledge.

Cheers,

Delphine

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Survey, Feedback requested, and Office Hour

2012-09-10 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hello Tilman,


On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 7:24 PM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi Delphine,

 On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:57 AM, Delphine Ménard notafi...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 ...

 Still, I was aware that there had been some objections to that
 question by chapter representatives (which I don't assume have to do
 with the fact that respondents rated chapters' performance lower than
 that of other entities in the two previous surveys), and looked into
 these concerns while the present questionnaire was prepared; I also
 reached out to one of the critics in person at Wikimania. But I still
 haven't seen a compelling argument why the way the question is asked
 should be biased against chapters. The argument that the opinion of
 Wikimedians who live in countries without chapter should not count
 seems weak to me, e.g. because the projects that the work of chapters
 aims to support are international, and because the question asked
 about chapters in general, not one particular chapter.

 That is not the argument I was trying to make (ie. voices of
 Wikimedians in a country without chapter don't count). Rather, there
 is a long list of things the Foundation does, where people are asked
 whether they knew about it, or not. And after that, right when people
 have been made aware of everything the Foundation does, they are asked
 to rate the work of the Foundation. The same question about the
 chapters comes after absolutely nothing has been said about chapter
 work, which, I believe, does introduce a bias. In short, people are
 being asked to rate something they *at this point in the survey* have
 an idea about (for the WMF) although they might have had no idea about
 it before starting the survey.
 All I'm asking is that we review the context in which this question is
 being asked so results make more sense.
 OK, after some other people also remarked that preceding this question
 by other questions which conveyed quite some information about the
 Foundation's activities but not about the chapters' activities. we
 have now rearranged the questions so that this is no longer the case.

 This is a bit of a compromise regarding the structuring of the
 questionnaire into sections, but fortunately it could be done without
 invalidating existing translations or changing the variables of the
 resulting dataset.

Thanks. I will not hide that I am still not sure whether we don't now
have two out of context questions instead of just one, but I guess
it's what we could do for this round, so thank you for doing this.

I sincerely hope that we can all together revisit this part of the
survey to give results that can be used by all of us to increase
satisfaction and performance in the future. Contrarily to Sue, I do
think that these surveys (should) have a real-world impact and
(should) keep us all on our toes, fine tuned to the critisicism, needs
and wishes of the editors of the WIkimedia projects. As such I expect
us to make sure that we do get as precise a picture as possible of
what those are.

Best,

Delphine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Survey, Feedback requested, and Office Hour

2012-08-21 Thread Delphine Ménard
Hi, sorry to fish out a very old message, but since the survey is
about to go live, I would like to share some concerns I have about it.
Unfortunately, I was on holidays as this announcement came out, so
couldn't do it earlier.

I find the idea of an editor's survey to be extremely important, since
it is (among other) a good indicator of how the editing community
perceives the atmosphere in the projects, the evolution of the
software and such things. However, I feel this survey is a bit of a
missed opportunity on different aspects.

There is a mix of feedback about the projects and the community and
satisfaction about the WMF, which does not, in my opinion, quite fit
together. I find we should separate those things so as to keep people
free of personal opinions about what the organisation may or may not
do for/with them and let them focus better on their editor's
experience as such. Moreover, this would allow for more questions
about editing, maybe a short presentation of new tools, rating them
etc. which seems to be quite absent from this questionnaire. For
example, I would love to see a question in the technology part about
whether people want/edit from their mobile device, or if they are
familiar with the mobile apps and use them, that kind of stuff.
(rationale given for taking these questions out was length of the
survey, but I think these things are much more relevant to the
well-editing of the contributors than how well they rate the WMF
work). Not to mention that trying to get some feedback from sister
projects would be good also (Commons is already a good first step).

If, however, we're going to mix editor's experience and satisfaction
about Wikimedia, I am cruelly missing any kind of feedback question
about the work of the chapters and/or other organisations or groups in
the Wikimedia Universe that would give people the right scope about
what is happening in a more offline kind of way. Of course, we could
do a separate survey for chapters, but if we're truly an international
movement, then all Wikimedia entities that support/interact with the
community probably would benefit from being put in the same bag in
order to fine tune their support and help for the Wikimedia
communities.

Sue in Washington at Wikimania pulled out the results of one question
that was asked in the editor's survey about whether people were
satisfied about the work of the Foundation and the work of the
chapters. She underlined herself that the results to this question
were probably difficult to interpret out of the box since at no point
in the survey was there a question about whether people were aware
that there was a chapter in their country, which would have qulified
the results a bit. This was already quite criticized last time, yet
the question is still there, unchanged, and without more context than
it had last time. (under FINAL THOUGHTS). In short people are asked to
rate the Foundation about everything it does, while the chapters are
never mentionned, and then people are asked to rate the work of both.
Interesting way to look at it.

We're doing much better, but there is still some English Wikipedia
centrism in Question F2 for example. ;-)
: How well do you believe the Foundation supports:
English Wikipedia?
Wikipedia sites in other languages?


Finally, what I regret most, is that so little time was allocated to
reviewing this survey collaboratively. There was about 20 days to
review, comment, give feedback, translate etc. and this in the mist of
the summer holiday for a big part of our community. When I see such
processes as the ToS revision [1] conducted successfully allowing for
120 days of discussion, and such surveys rushed through the summer,
when their data will probably be used to decide much of the strategic
orientation of the next year, I'm thinking we're missing out on trying
to collect data that is truly relevant to the work we do and that
helps us to review our orientations and adjust how well we support our
editing community.

Best,

Delphine



[1] http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use

On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 7:28 AM, Christine Moellenberndt
christine...@gmail.com wrote:
 *Hi everyone,

 It's been a bit since I last emailed this list (or any list, for that
 matter!)... you may remember me, I worked at the Foundation last year in the
 Community Department, working with Philippe on any number of issues, as well
 as with the OTRS team.  I've come back to work on a short term project with
 the Foundation, and I have to say it's great to be back! (and a great break
 from my Master's thesis!)

 We're getting ready to run the next version of the Editor Survey, for August
 2012. This will be the third incarnation we've run since 2011.  As with the
 prior incarnations of the survey, we'll be looking at a variety of topics,
 this time with the goal of not only understanding your needs and pressing
 issues while interacting with fellow editors, but also focusing on editors'
 satisfaction with the 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Survey, Feedback requested, and Office Hour

2012-08-21 Thread Delphine Ménard
On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 I'm not sure she actually said that. In any case, it is wrong -
 question D6 in the last survey asked if there was a Wikimedia chapter
 in the country where the respondent lived
 (https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:December_2011_Wikipedia_Editor_Survey_topline.pdfpage=5
 ).

My bad, glad it was there. And yes she did. Maybe not in those exact
words, but she did put the results into context.

 This was already quite criticized last time, yet
 the question is still there, unchanged, and without more context than
 it had last time. (under FINAL THOUGHTS).
 We tried to avoid modifying questions in order to preserve consistence
 and be able  to do some longitudinal analysis (as it was already begun
 for that question in http://blog.wikimedia.org/?p=14296 ).

So if a question is poorly phrased, we'll continue having it till the
end of time to preserve consistency? Mind you, I do want that question
in, I just want it within the same context frame that is given to the
same question about the Foundation. And I'm also missing a question
about other entities that might actually help Wikimedians that we're
or we're not aware of.


 Still, I was aware that there had been some objections to that
 question by chapter representatives (which I don't assume have to do
 with the fact that respondents rated chapters' performance lower than
 that of other entities in the two previous surveys), and looked into
 these concerns while the present questionnaire was prepared; I also
 reached out to one of the critics in person at Wikimania. But I still
 haven't seen a compelling argument why the way the question is asked
 should be biased against chapters. The argument that the opinion of
 Wikimedians who live in countries without chapter should not count
 seems weak to me, e.g. because the projects that the work of chapters
 aims to support are international, and because the question asked
 about chapters in general, not one particular chapter.

That is not the argument I was trying to make (ie. voices of
Wikimedians in a country without chapter don't count). Rather, there
is a long list of things the Foundation does, where people are asked
whether they knew about it, or not. And after that, right when people
have been made aware of everything the Foundation does, they are asked
to rate the work of the Foundation. The same question about the
chapters comes after absolutely nothing has been said about chapter
work, which, I believe, does introduce a bias. In short, people are
being asked to rate something they *at this point in the survey* have
an idea about (for the WMF) although they might have had no idea about
it before starting the survey.
All I'm asking is that we review the context in which this question is
being asked so results make more sense.


 In any case, in parallel to preparing the upcoming survey, we have
 recently been compiling the public dataset with the anonymized
 responses from the last survey, which was uploaded yesterday here:
 http://dumps.wikimedia.org/other/surveys/editorsurveynov-dec2011/
 Using this, anyone can do the analysis you suggest and check if
 ratings differed significantly in chapter/non-chapter countries.

That's great. Thanks. For the record, I'm not expecting the results to
be so extremely different, but I think the fact that they might be or
might not be is extremely important to know.



 Finally, what I regret most, is that o little time was allocated to
 reviewing this survey collaboratively. There was about 20 days to
 review, comment, give feedback, translate etc. and this in the mist of
 the summer holiday for a big part of our community. When I see such
 processes as the ToS revision [1] conducted successfully allowing for
 120 days of discussion, and such surveys rushed through the summer,
 when their data will probably be used to decide much of the strategic
 orientation of the next year, I'm thinking we're missing out on trying
 to collect data that is truly relevant to the work we do and that
 helps us to review our orientations and adjust how well we support our
 editing community.

 Of course there are lots of interesting and important questions that
 had to be left out of this survey. As said earlier, the idea is to run
 the editor survey more frequently from now on, probably quarterly and
 in a more lightweight version, with a different focus in each.


That's good news and I hope the collaborative process can be
reinforced and more time is allowed for comments, reviews, changes and
finetuning.

Best,

Delphine

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