Re: [Wikimedia-l] Rethink of observability (Mingli Yuan)

2014-06-05 Thread ENWP Pine



This is an interesting topic about RecentChanges and its many uses and 
variants. I'm copying Analytics, EE and Research lists because I hope that some 
of our colleagues from these lists will hop over to Wikimedia-l to participate 
in this discussion. [a] 

In particular I would call my colleagues' attention to this section of Mingli's 
email:

Content is only one aspect to observe, people are another:


* Who are the experts on some topics?

* Who are my buddies on some articles?

* Who did help me to improve an article originally I wrote?


In all, we may reshape our technical infrastructure in this direction for
new spaces of participation. 

And finally, one open question for the system
designer:


* Towards better content and community, what is the most important things
we want our user to observe?

I'll just note here some observability work on user contributions that has been 
done or is in progress.

1. User Analysis Tool [b], similar to the legacy tool by User:X!. Be sure to 
look at the Future plans tab.

2. Listen to Wikipedia [c] visualization tool of recent changes, mostly for 
aesthetics but there may be ways to adapt some of the ideas or code used here 
for other interesting purposes.

2. Snuggle [d] which is a tool that helps to identify good-faith and bad-faith 
new editors. 

4. Finding a Collaborator [e] is a current research project, also see [f] a 
visualization example. As part of this work the researchers seem to have 
formulated a way of quantifying an editor's impact, although I haven't seen the 
formula yet. As you probably know the quality of edits and editors is a topic 
that gets discussed repeatedly.

5. WikiStats [g] which provides high-level statistics about Wikimedia projects.

6. WikiMetrics [h] cohort analysis, has a lot of potential for expanding its 
tool set.

7. For code and related technical contributions see [i].

8. There are a variety of tools next to users' requests at English Wikipedia's 
Requests for Permissions page [j] such as WikiChecker [k] and automated edits 
logs [l].

This is a good discussion and I would be happy to have an office hour meeting 
for live chat.

Pine

[a] http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-June/072507.html
[b] https://tools.wmflabs.org/supercount/index.php 
[c] http://listen.hatnote.com/
[d] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Snuggle
[e] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Finding_a_Collaborator
[f] https://depts.washington.edu/reflex/
[g] https://stats.wikimedia.org
[h] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimetrics
[i] http://korma.wmflabs.org/browser/
[j] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_permissions
[k] http://en.wikichecker.com/user/?t=Jimbo%20Wales
[l] 
https://tools.wmflabs.org/xtools/autoedits/index.php?user=Jimbo%20Waleslang=enwiki=wikipediabegin=end=



  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor on English Wikipedia

2014-06-04 Thread ENWP Pine
I think having a two part RfC with the first part discussing the minimum 
conditions the community would like VE to meet before having a discussion about 
more widely enabling VE in the second portion of the RfC makes sense. This 
raises the possibility that as VE becomes more and more functional that the 
community will incrementally approve of wider default use over time and 
different presentations of VE to editors.

There are a lot of options for how extensively VE could be enabled and how it 
can be presented to users with the community's consent, which we can discuss in 
the second portion of the RfC. I have a draft for that portion off-wiki that I 
will tweak depending on how the first portion looks before I put it on-wiki for 
other editors to review.

Risker, would you like to set up the first portion of this, if this arrangement 
sounds good to you?

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor on English Wikipedia

2014-06-04 Thread ENWP Pine
Asaf, I agree in some ways. ENWP's email list is a backwater though, and since 
the discussion that got me thinking about this issue started on this list it 
made sense to me to keep it on this list. Also, other wikis' experiences with 
VE are relevant. My personal experience with VE has most recently been on Meta. 
Also, you may remember that I suggested that a recent and much more intensive 
discussion about Commons would have been better elsewhere than this list, but a 
lot of it stayed here. The volume of this conversation about VE is pretty low. 
There should be a single standard on this list, not separate standards for 
Commons and ENWP.

However, I agree that we don't need to keep this conversation here. Risker and 
anyone else who's interested, please continue on my ENWP talk page or start a 
thread somewhere like VP-T.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor on English Wikipedia

2014-06-04 Thread ENWP Pine
GerardM,

Yes, if Asaf or someone else wanted to have a low-frequency discussion about VE 
on Hebrew Wikipedia or some other wiki on this list I think that would be ok 
too. IMO this is a high-traffic general-purpose list, but Asaf is right that 
taking discussions to a more specific place is appreciated by others who may 
not want to get 50 emails about a local issue.

Let's continue discussion about VE on English Wikipedia on the pages I 
suggested.

Thanks,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Signpost is (sort of) published

2014-06-02 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Andy,

The password isn't a single point of failure in the sense that Jarry and Ed 
both had the password and either of them might have become available to publish 
hours or days later, but I felt the Signpost was already late, we had enough 
material to publish, and waiting another week would mean we would lose the work 
that had gone into the Traffic Report and we would need to reformat the 
Featured Content Report to add another week's worth of material. This is the 
first time I have felt confident enough to make a decision to publish in Ed's 
absence with Tony's agreement, so this is the first time I have needed the 
password.

Tony and I now have the password. I hope that future publications are normal 
even if Ed is absent.

Thanks for your interest in the Signpost. Do you have any other questions?

Pete, thanks for your comments. It is good to feel that the Signpost's 
all-volunteer staff is appreciated.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 strategic plan

2014-05-29 Thread ENWP Pine
Thanks Phoebe.

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Edit #1 and Challenge #1 - user privacy

2014-05-29 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Lila,

My read of the *new* Privacy Policy is that nonpublic emails sent 
to WMF should remain nonpublic unless the user gives consent to the 
contrary. The policy states that We may share your information for a 
particular purpose, if you agree. Otherwise emails are considered 
personal information and their redistribution is restricted. See
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Privacy_policy#share-to-experiment
and 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Privacy_policy#Access_to_and_release_of_personally_identifiable_information

So, please do not take the view that Otherwise, we will consider them 
public if you do not hear back from someone who has contacted you.

The general practice in the community is that emails are considered private
by default.

Private doesn't mean absolutely private, for example it's common for
members of certain committees to circulate emails among themselves,
but those emails don't usually get forwarded outside of the group or 
republished without opt-in permission from the sender. Similarly, WMF
may circulate emails internally.

User privacy is a big deal in this community. Perhaps you know more
about the Privacy Policy than I do, but my understanding is that your
announced plans are inconsistent with the current and draft policies. 
Fortunately, that is easy to fix in this situation.

I am glad you have taken an interest in the experiences of new editors. (:

Pine



Date: Thu, 29 May 2014 11:22:21 -0800
From: Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Edit #1 and Challenge #1
Message-ID:
CAByo0cFFWkuHm=_iy0zc598_asmhr2aocu2pa_mcws-feth...@mail.gmail.com
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
All,
 
It'd be wonderful to be able to share these stories publicly in the future.
I'm going to reach out to those who have already shared their experiences
with me to confirm they're comfortable with sharing. If you're not
comfortable with sharing your story, or want to withhold your name, please
let me know in your email. Otherwise, we will consider them public, so we
can build on your experiences and share them widely!
 
Thank you!
Lila  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Edit #1 and Challenge #1 - user privacy

2014-05-29 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Nathan, what you're describing is an opt-out practice. I believe that the
practice should be opt-in.

Take this with a grain of salt. I participate in some grantmaking and 
administrative
groups and I err on the side of privacy, but I'm fairly confident that the 
Privacy
Policy applies in this case and that the practice should be opt-in for 
republication,
even if not explicitly required by policy, because it's the more conservative 
and 
more courteous approach. In general this community is conservative about
privacy issues, although we are also interested in transparency, which makes
for an interesting mix of priorities.

Pine
  
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[Wikimedia-l] FW: Edit #1 and Challenge #1 - user privacy

2014-05-29 Thread ENWP Pine
I was contacted off-list about this situation by someone who wants to remain 
anonymous but has given me permission to forward their input to the list. I am 
not a copyright expert and this isn't professional legal advice. It would be 
interesting to hear what WMF Legal thinks about republishing emails, both from 
the privacy angle and the copyright angle.

Thanks,

Pine



Pine, why not just suggest she invite respondents to adopt a free license, 
instead of reinventing the wheel? Like...I'd like to have the right to 
republish these stories, but it's up to the respondents. If you're willing, 
please explicitly state that you release these under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license; 
or, if you'd rather not be identified, under the CC-0 license.


We have these tools for a reason :)   
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[Wikimedia-l] 2015 strategic plan

2014-05-28 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi, can someone with knowledge of WMF's thinking expand on this statement from 
Lila?

Starting the process for our next strategic planning exercise, which will be 
different from last time, and focused on improving our ability to react quickly 
and adjust as necessary to opportunities and challenges.

Is this implying that the entire strategic plan will focus on agility, or that 
agility will be a priority in the next strategic plan? 

Also, how was this decision reached?

Thanks,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A personal note

2014-05-28 Thread ENWP Pine
Thank you for the explanations, Lila, Molly, and everyone else.

Wil, I happen to be waiting on an email right now so I have a few minutes to 
spare. If you need clarification on anything that has been said in this 
discussion I am happy to meet you on IRC or have a Skype conversation. I would 
suggest that this thread is consuming a lot of bandwidth in this email list and 
we should move the discussion elsewhere. We can also talk on your talk page, 
although I think your more conversational style is better suited to IRC or 
Skype.

Cheers,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Participating on Wikipediocracy

2014-05-24 Thread ENWP Pine
I will say, in Lila's defense, that I've been impressed with what I've seen of 
her in public. (:

However, Wil, I agree with points others have made. I'm concerned that you're 
going to create drama with what you're doing here, and make Lila's and WMF's 
jobs more complicated. I am assuming good faith that you are well-intentioned, 
but I am worried, not so much for your sake but for the community's, Lila's, 
and WMF's. 

I would like to show you some options for places where the style of 
conversation you are using would be a better fit, where you can ask questions 
and have discussions, and which are less politically sensitive than this list 
is. Of course you are welcome on this list if you have cross-wiki suggestions 
or can't get questions answered elsewhere, and I respect your right to free 
speech, but I would ask you to consider these suggestions.

On English Wikipedia, you will find friendly and helpful people at our 
Teahouse. [1] For questions and realtime help you can also visit 
#wikipedia-en-help on Freenode IRC.

If you want to get to know Wikipedians, I suggest that you join local volunteer 
meetups such Wiknic if there is one in your area. In those circumstances most 
people are happy to socialize. [2] If you are able to attend WikiConference USA 
in New York, I think you would enjoy it. [3]

If you want to have electronic conversations that are more chatty and less 
formal than the discussions on this list, I suggest IRC. #wikipedia-en is a 
high profile channel and many of the questions that you asked here could be 
discussed in there. And as I said above, for realtime help you can visit 
#wikipedia-en-help. However, I ask as a personal favor that you don't have 
conversations in #wikimedia-office which is the main WMF channel. I can't stop 
you from talking there any more than I can take away your free speech rights, 
but I think any communications in there from you would create more 
complications. 

I feel it's ok for you or any Wikipedian in good standing to talk on WO if they 
want, but engaging in semi-official diplomacy is a very different matter, if 
that's what you're doing (I haven't checked your edits and I don't want to). 
There may come a time when you have the community's trust and can act in
 high-profile ways with the support of the community, but at the moment the 
discussion on this email list tells me that your actions are creating 
complications to the start of Lila's tenure in ways that have me worried. To 
use an analogy, imagine Michelle Obama saying in public that her personal 
opinion is that Barack Obama should have diplomatic talks with insert hostile 
country here or revoke insert executive order here, or that she personally 
has been conducting outreach to insert hostile country here without going 
through the State Department. That would create complications for Barack Obama 
and lots of other people, even though Michelle has a right to communicate her 
views.

I am available to answer questions if you have any for me. You can ask on my 
Meta talk page, on my English Wikipedia talk page, through email, or set up a 
time to meet me on IRC or Skype. I'm sure other participants in this discussion 
would also be willing to talk with you in places other than this list. 

If I have misunderstood your position please correct me. I appreciate your 
interest in Wikipedia and I hope you will be a net positive to the community. 
(: 

Pine

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Teahouse
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wicnik
[3] http://wikiconferenceusa.org/wiki/Main_Page

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Bad usage of money in Brazil

2014-05-22 Thread ENWP Pine

Hi Rodrigo,

Thank you for these questions. There have been questions about the India
program as well, so these questions about Brazil can be added to the list of 
issues for WMF to investigate.

I am not personally familiar with either of the Brazil or India catalyst 
programs,
but I suggest that you contact Asaf or Anasuya if you don't get a response
on this list or on the discussion page within two days.

Thank you again for bringing up these questions.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons' frontpage probably shouldn't prominently feature a decontextualised stack of corpses.

2014-05-09 Thread ENWP Pine

Hi Kevin,

My comment here expresses my personal opinion only.

I
 understand how bringing this issue to Wikimedia-l could seem appropriate 
because Commons is a project that has an unusual degree
 of cross-wiki influence and activity. While it's ok to
notify Wikimedia-l that this issue is being discussed, 
the main body of the discussion should stay on-wiki on Commons [1]. Per 
the essay about wikidrama on English Wikipedia [2] and the Principle of Least 
Drama, it is best not to make the same point in multiple
 places, as split discussions are often more difficult to follow and
 spread the drama to more places. Also, when placing notices of 
discussions from other wikis to this list, I think it is best to follow 
the detailed guidelines for Requests for Comment from English Wikipedia 
[3] which ask users to write a brief, neutral statement of the issue. In 
general, cross-wiki and cross-list *advocacy* (not mere notification) from 
anywhere else to this mailing list
could be considered 
canvassing [4]. I think you were well-intentioned in posting a notice to this 
list
 but I would ask you to do it a bit differently in the future. 

Thank you for raising the issue for discussion. I think you have good points, 
and you should make them on Commons, where it appears that other Commons 
contributors agree with you that this situation could have been handled 
differently [1].

Pine

[1] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Main_Page#Dead_bodies.3F
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Drama
[3]
 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_comment
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Canvassing
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons' frontpage probably shouldn't prominently feature a decontextualised stack of corpses.

2014-05-09 Thread ENWP Pine
I apologize for that formatting mess. Emails that look beautiful in my Hotmail 
editing window get mangled when I send them to lists, and this seems to happen 
on a regular basis. I'll try sending this again.

--


Hi Kevin,
 
My comment here expresses my personal opinion only.
 
I understand how bringing this issue to Wikimedia-l could seem appropriate 
because Commons is a project that has an unusual degree of cross-wiki influence 
and activity. While it's ok to notify Wikimedia-l that this issue is being 
discussed, the main body of the discussion should stay on-wiki on Commons [1]. 
Per the essay about wikidrama on English Wikipedia [2] and the Principle of 
Least Drama, it is best not to make the same point in multiple places, as 
split discussions are often more difficult to follow and spread the drama to 
more places. Also, when placing notices of discussions from other wikis to this 
list, I think it is best to follow the detailed guidelines for Requests for 
Comment from English Wikipedia [3] which ask users to write a brief, neutral 
statement of the issue. In general, cross-wiki and cross-list *advocacy* (not 
mere notification) from anywhere else to this mailing list could be considered 
canvassing [4]. I think you were well-intentioned in posting a notice to this 
list but I would ask you to do it a bit differently in the future. 
 
Thank you for raising the issue for discussion. I think you have good points, 
and you should make them on Commons, where it appears that other Commons 
contributors agree with you that this situation could have been handled 
differently [1].
 
Pine
 
[1] https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Main_Page#Dead_bodies.3F
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Drama
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_comment
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Canvassing
                   
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons' frontpage probably shouldn't prominently feature a decontextualised stack of corpses.

2014-05-09 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Keegan,

I looked for equivalent Meta policies before posting the links to English 
Wikipedia. 

Canvassing is referenced on Meta and Commons although there is no page on Meta 
or Commons specifically describing a canvassing policy that I see. Perhaps 
there should be, since both wikis seem to have an unwritten rule against 
canvassing.

I believe I was clear that the RfC guidelines and the Drama essay are from 
English Wikipedia but I think they are the best practice to follow here, and 
that this is my opinion only.

I agree that posting a notification to this list was appropriate, but not with 
forking or moving the discussion to here.

Pine  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you

2014-05-03 Thread ENWP Pine
 Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 07:57:15 -0300
 From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga everton.alvare...@okfn.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!
 Message-ID:
   caoumejbfrsrnbcai-sj6b8eensfqdaftf-nwefmzseyqi5d...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 2014-05-02 4:56 GMT-03:00 David Cuenca dacu...@gmail.com:
 
 On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 2:39 AM, Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
 is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
 now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit
 daunted.


 Actually it is more like this :-)
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=316AzLYfAzw


 This video should be at WMF job positions page!
 
 Welcome, Lila!
 
 I wish you lots of patience. An old message I sent here I recommend:
 https://www.mail-archive.com/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/msg05071.html
 
 Warm regards from Brazil.
 
 Do vstrechi,
 
 Tom
 


David, thank you. That video is right on target. I can't decide if I should 
laugh or sigh.

Tom, that's an intriguing idea, and it's good to hear from you.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!

2014-05-02 Thread ENWP Pine

Thank you for joining us and for your message, Lila. Many of us have great hope 
for you and your work with us.

Pine


 Date: Thu, 1 May 2014 17:39:42 -0700
 From: Lila Tretikov l...@wikimedia.org
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you!
 Message-ID:
   cabyo0ceug2gwwhyznatnf+gtzqqfoumocemom5hq-1t2ngr...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 Hi everyone,
 
 
 I want to thank you all for the best wishes you've expressed since the
 announcement. I am very excited to be joining you as the new Executive
 Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
 
 
 Let me tell you why I'm joining.
 
 
 Like everyone, I've been a Wikipedia reader for years. I use it to get
 background on events in the news, to look up quick facts and satisfy my
 curiosity, and to better understand the world around me, every day.  My
 nine year old son, like many children around him, has grown up with
 Wikipedia as his native resource for knowledge. It is incredible.
 
 
 But I also realize that as an educated person living in a rich part of the
 world, I have access to a wide range of information resources. That's not
 true for everyone. For people who are less economically fortunate, or who
 live in parts of the world where access to information is heavily
 constrained, Wikipedia is even more critical. It is an utterly unique
 resource that opens possibilities for more equitable and open world.
 
 
 That's why I want to work for the Wikimedia Foundation: to help grow the
 availability of free, unbiased information for everyone around the world,
 in their own language, unimpeded by censorship or other forms of
 interference. It's a colossal mission and I am glad and humbled to be
 playing a leadership role in helping to achieve it.
 
 
 I’m excited to bring my passion for building products that people love and
 growing innovative, high-performing organizations to the Foundation. In
 getting oriented I’ve done lots and lots of reading, and had some wonderful
 conversations with Board members, Sue, and the C-level team. I met a lot of
 staff today at the Metrics Meeting, and I'm hoping to meet them all before
 the end of this month. I've been warned that joining the Wikimedia movement
 is a bit like drinking from a firehose, and so I'd consider myself, right
 now, to be excited, curious, optimistic, and just a tiny little bit daunted.
 
 
 Thank you again for personally welcoming me to your incredible world. I
 have been lucky to have had great opportunities to join with amazing people
 on big quests. This is the largest quest and I am thrilled to be on it with
 all of you. I want to extend my gratitude to Sue for the incredible work
 she has done and all the time she has committed to help bring me on-board.
 To all of you for your warm welcome. And my deepest thanks to the Wikimedia
 Foundation Board of Trustees for giving me this extraordinary opportunity.
 
 
 Truly yours,
 
 Lila
 
 


  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Report, February 2014

2014-04-25 Thread ENWP Pine
Thanks Tilman. I asked a question on the Annual Plan talk page that's relevant 
here as well,
and anyone who knows the answer can respond, especially while Anasuya is busy. 
Can 
someone explain the difference between the functions of the LE and PED groups, 
and is 
there a plan to integrate them?

Thanks,

Pine


 
 === Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation, and Program Evaluation  Design ===
 
 /(The Program Evaluation and Design group, formerly situated in the
 Programs department, became part of the Grantmaking department in
 February, see announcement QA
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/QA_Frank_Schulenburg_announcement_February_2014)/
 
   * Concluded the alpha *test of Fluxx http://fluxx.io/, the
 grantmaking software*, and worked collaboratively with Fluxx labs to
 fix the reported bugs and enhance the user experience based on the
 current workflow of WMF grants programs.
   * Started a community discussion on ArWp to set up *a new micro-grants
 program pilot
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/ARWP_small_individual_grants_pilot*
 that
 would directly support the needs of individual contributors via
 microgrants from the Wikimedia Foundation for access to sources.
   * Prepared development work on *Wikimetrics* (with Analytics), with a
 contract starting 3/3/2014.
   * In partnership with IEG, set up three Grantmaking portals (IEG,
 IdeaLab, and Grants:Start) for *translation*. Developed best
 practices and a workflow for separating translatable content from
 template structure and style in grantmaking portals (see
 Translatable Content Template
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:TCT).
   * In partnership with IEG, began to draft *IdeaLab sprint planning
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Build/March-June_2014_sprint_plan*.
 Focusing
 on technical requirements and impact evaluation criteria.
   * Grants Programs:
   o Annual Plan Grants: published *cost-benefit survey results
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_portal/Feedback_and_continuous_improvement_of_the_FDC_process/Cost-Benefit_Survey*
   o Project  Event Grants: Launched work with consultancy Inspire
 to *map out the spending over time* and prepare potential framework
   * Released revised and expanded *learning module for Wikimetrics
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Learning_modules/1Wikimetrics_Training_Overview*
   * Developed plans for pre-conference workshop sessions for *Wikimedia
 Conference 2014*
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/News#upcoming-events
   * Hosted two evaluation and learning *virtual meet-ups*:
   o The first presented by Jaime Anstee: Program tracking and
 reporting toolkit (February 13, At least 9 program leaders, 4
 GLEE, and 4 PED team members attended live; current youtube
 view count: 24) View the toolkit
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Programs:Evaluation_portal/Library/Tracking_and_Reporting_Toolkit
 or the recording https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmQ50zm_CtA
   o The second presented by Jessie Wild and Siko Bouterse: How to
 be a Star IEG Grantee (February 19), attended by at least 7
 program leaders, 5 from GLEE, and 1 PED member (view count at
 25) View the report
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Learning/Round_1_2013/Impact
 or the recording
 https://plus.google.com/events/c5sud44lefi4nv9cpqu4hck9qec
 
 


 Revenue for the month of January is $3.42MM versus plan of $0.01MM,
 approximately $3.41MM or 58,335% over plan.
 Year-to-date revenue is $38.17MM versus plan of $45.04MM, approximately
$6.87MM or 15% under plan.

Can we please use the word fiscal if we don't mean calendar year?

 Expenses for the month of January is $3.97MM versus plan of $4.53MM,
 approximately $559K or 12% under plan, primarily due to lower personnel
 expenses, capital expenses, internet hosting, legal fees, grants and travel
 expenses partially offset by higher outside contract services and payment
 processing fees.
 Year-to-date expenses is $22.75MM versus plan of $27.39MM, approximately
 $4.64MM or 17% under plan,
 Cash position is $54.67MM as of January 31, 2014.

Imagine a world in which the Foundation wanted to make life easier for
volunteers.
  
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[Wikimedia-l] The Economist: Wikipeaks? The popular online encyclopedia must work out what is next

2014-04-21 Thread ENWP Pine
Here's a recent article from The Economist. Some of the reader comments about 
the article were interesting, especially considering the population that is 
likely to be reading and commenting about an article in The Economist.

http://www.economist.com/news/international/21597959-popular-online-encyclopedia-must-work-out-what-next-wikipeaks

Pine
  
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[Wikimedia-l] Because you don't hear it enough

2014-04-15 Thread ENWP Pine
An editor wrote this on Jimbo's talk page. I hope you will appreciate this as 
much as I do.

Because you don't hear it enough

I love it here. I love Wikipedia. It's got its problems - lots of them. It has 
its issues. It's not perfect. But that, in its way, is the point. It's not a 
complete encyclopedia, it's an encyclopedia that you, and I, and everyone else 
on the planet (and maybe people not on it) are welcome to edit, as long as 
we're trying to make it a better encyclopedia. It is flawed, but that is the 
essence of humanity's works. So I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart 
for making this magical, wonderful, flawed, human endeavor. - Jorgath (talk) 
(contribs) 19:24, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

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

2014-04-12 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Christophe, 

Thank you for these interesting emails. I'm cc'ing Anasuya on this 
discussion with the hope that what you've learned can be disseminated
to other Wikimedia affiliates, especially new or aspiring chapters.

Is the decision matrix that you use for your programs available in English? I
would like to have a copy of it on Meta along with these emails.

I am interested in this subject partly because of the discussion about WMF's
Annual Plan and partly because there are occasional discussions about
forming a new thematic organization or chapter in my region.

Thanks,

Pine
  
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Adrianne Wadewitz (User:Wadewitz)

2014-04-12 Thread ENWP Pine










Hi all,

As you may have heard, we recently lost Adrianne Wadewitz (User:Wadewitz) to a 
climbing accident.

Adrianne served on the board of the Wiki Education Foundation. She had a Ph.D. 
in English Literature and was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for 
Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College.

You can watch a video of her discussing Wikipedia at 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Impact_of_Wikipedia_Adrianne_Wadewitz.webm.
 You may recognize her from 
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Impact_Of_Wikipedia.webm.

Relevant links are below. Condolences are being left on her talk page on 
English Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Wadewitz. Her 
partner has posted on her talk page that memorial services will be held Monday, 
April 14 in Los Angeles and Saturday, April 26 in Indiana.

Pine

* https://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Wikimedian_activist_Adrianne_Wadewitz_dies
* 
http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2014/04/10/remembering-adrianne-wadewitz-scholar-communicator-teacher-leader
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Wadewitz

  

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[Wikimedia-l] OpenSSL vulnerability

2014-04-08 Thread ENWP Pine




I'm cross-posting this email from Wikitech-l from Greg Grossmeier. I think wide 
distribution is appropriate especially for contributors who may use vulnerable 
off-wiki communication tools with their Wikimedia password or for Wikimedia 
activity.

--
Yesterday a widespread issue in OpenSSL was disclosed that would allow
attackers to gain access to privileged information on any site running a
vulnerable version of that software. Unfortunately, all Wikimedia
Foundation hosted wikis are potentially affected. 

We have no evidence of any actual compromise to our systems or our users
information, but as a precautionary measure we are resetting all user
session tokens. In other words, we will be forcing all logged in users
to re-login (ie: we are logging everyone out).

All logged in users send a secret session token with each request to the
site and if a nefarious person were able to intercept that token they
could impersonate other users. Resetting the tokens for all users will
have the benefit of making all users reconnect to our servers using the
updated and fixed version of the OpenSSL software, thus removing this
potential attack. 

As an extra precaution, we recommend all users change their passwords as
well.


Again, there has been no evidence that Wikimedia Foundation users were
targeted by this attack, but we want all of our users to be as safe as
possible. 


Thank you for your understanding and patience, 

Greg Grossmeier


  
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[Wikimedia-l] Strategic goals of Wikimania

2014-04-08 Thread ENWP Pine
Have there been any discussions of the link between the purposes that Wikimania 
serves and the Strategic Plan?

I'm interested in thinking about what kinds of resources are appropriate for 
Wikimania especially regarding attendance for grants committee members. To make 
the case for significant committee attendance I think I need to know what the 
strategic purposes of Wikimania are. (:

Thanks,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690

2014-04-03 Thread ENWP Pine
I'll discuss my original email to Arbcom more specifically. I asked them to 
check if Sandole had been using an undisclosed account for Harvard-related 
editing and if discussing that account on this list would have amounted to 
outing.

However, I no longer have a reason to think that Sandole was using that 
account, so I don't see a need for Arbcom involvement and neither does WTT. He 
has given me permission to say on this list that it's not committee business 
and therefore we won't be commenting on the matter.

There are still unanswered questions but none that need to involve Arbcom at 
this time.

Pine

 Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 07:32:23 -0400
 From: Risker risker...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53,  690
   of WMF funding
 Message-ID:
   CAPXs8yTt4ZOLE0YbNqpYp1HPip0bFius-1N9J_wxewWg5=u...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
 
 I'm still a bit confused as to why you reported this to Arbcom (Wikipedia
 in residence programs, paid editing, and general review of accounts are all
 outside of their purview), or what  they're supposedly looking at.  This is
 a community and WMF issue, and I do not see anything at all for Arbcom to
 do here.  In fact, I'd be concerned if they're poking around on this when
 there are several matters well within their mandate that are not apparently
 being addressed.
 
 Risker/Anne
 
 
 On 2 April 2014 03:07, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
  Although much of my original email to Arbcom about this situation is
  outdated, I can report that Arbcom is having a look at this situation. I
  don't think there is any action needed on their part at the moment. I am
  only relaying my personal views and not speaking on their behalf.
 
  While we wait for further answers and documentation about this issue, I
  hope those who have some spare time will look at the proposed Annual Plan
  for the next fiscal year. I am glad WMF is providing good opportunities for
  community and public input.
 
  Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-04-01 Thread ENWP Pine



Thanks Sue.

I think there are ways WiRs could add valuable content directly such as doing 
mass uploads of archived documents to Commons, or add article content as 
happened here. However I don't think it's a good idea for WMF to involve itself 
so much with content generation, and the manner in which this project was 
started and managed had problems as you described. I think that WiRs need a 
higher level of training and supervision than happened here, especially if the 
WiR is not already an established Wikimedia contributor and familiar with the 
relevant policies for their work.

Could WMF also discuss the copyright issues involved? 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Timothysandole#Copyright_release_for_excerpts_from_reports

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Russia%E2%80%93United_States_relations#Recent_removal_of_apparent_copyright_violation:_context

https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Russia%E2%80%93United_States_relationsdiff=601379035oldid=524953814

Thanks,

Pine
 
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-23 Thread ENWP Pine
Before we start thinking about the implications for WiR in general or WMF's 
relationship with Stanton, I think we should focus on establishing the facts of 
what happened here. After we have a good understanding of the facts we can 
discuss the implications.

I'm still waiting for Arbcom to get back to me before I comment more 
extensively. I'm guessing that they may take awhile if they need to establish 
consensus among themselves before responding.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-22 Thread ENWP Pine
Thanks Erik.

I am going to be discussing this in private with the English Wikipedia 
Arbitration Committee before making further comments here. 

Pine


  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-22 Thread ENWP Pine
As important as this issue is let's remember that the big picture mission is to 
have high quality content that is easy and free to access. WMF management has a 
lot to handle in addition to this investigation and the Sandole situation 
shouldn't consume such a large portion of management's time that other 
priorities get neglected. For example I heard that WMF is very close to finally 
appointing a new ED and they're also working on VE, Flow, mobile, grants, legal 
issues, the Annual Plan, and a million other things that we also care about.

I may have more to say about the Sandole situation after I hear back from 
Arbcom. 

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[Wikimedia-l] Annual Plan process

2014-03-22 Thread ENWP Pine
Some time ago I requested a timeline for the Annual Plan process. It's now up 
on Meta in case anyone else is curious. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-21 Thread ENWP Pine



Russiavia, thanks for your efforts to make a comprehensive report. It's 
certainly worth reading, although I am refraining from personally reaching 
major conclusions until after we have heard more details from WMF.

Regarding Timothy Sandole's qualifications for the job, he could have been an 
experienced Wikipedian who had solid editing experience in an anonymous account 
before he registered the Sandole account for the purpose of Belfair-related 
editing. I hope this is the case.

I'm surprised that Belfair would hire him if he knew very little about 
copyright, but Belfair may not have had enough experience with Wikipedia to 
know what questions to ask. I hope that WMF asks basic questions about 
copyright if someone will be editing for pay or training new editors.

It's very problematic to hear from Timothy that anyone at WMF was his direct 
boss. This raises lots of red flags and adds more complex problems. This is 
also one of the reasons I hope WMF Legal is aware of this situation because I 
can think of multiple types of liability this could create.

I would encourage WMF not to rush the process of investigating what happened 
here including what seem to be contradictory statements in WMF documents and 
from WMF employees. It would be best to get a comprehensive report even if that 
takes a week or two.

I appreciate WMF investigating this and that WMF board members have taken an 
interest.

Pine



  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-20 Thread ENWP Pine
That's a very interesting blog post, and at first glance situation looks bad in 
a number of ways. I'm bothered by the lack of reporting as well as the COI 
issues involved.

Anasuya, at I don't think the $53,690 number is the right one, but regardless 
of how much money was involved,  can you look at this issue, figure out what 
happened from start to finish, and respond to the other questions raised in 
this discussion? Can you confirm what the amount of money involved was, clarify 
why Sandole was listed as a WMF Fundraiser contractor which implied that he 
raised money for WMF instead of being a grantee receiving money from WMF, that 
the money came entirely from Stanton, how it was accounted for in the financial 
statements referenced by Tomasz, and what reports were produced that may have 
been sent back to Stanton or WMF about what the outcomes of the grant were?

I would also be interested in knowing what COI rules were established as 
conditions of this grant, by Stanton, Harvard, and/or WMF. It would be 
interesting to get full copies of any contracts or grant award documents 
although that may be appropriate for review by the Board in private.

I'm also CCing this to Garfield and WMF Legal. It looks like something went 
very wrong here.

Thanks,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timothy Sandole and (apparently) $53, 690 of WMF funding

2014-03-20 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Jan-Bart,

I'm saying that this looks bad and asking what happened. I directed my email to 
the people who I think are in the best positions to respond or would want to 
look at this for themselves.

There is a point at which asking questions becomes trolling or wasting 
resources but I think the consensus here is that this situation should be 
investigated.

Please assume good faith (:

Pine
  
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Honoring deceased Wikimedian Ihor Kostenko (user Ig2000)

2014-03-03 Thread ENWP Pine
In case anyone on WikimediaAnnounce-l missed the news:

http://wikimediaukraine.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/in-memoriam-of-ihor-kostenko/

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/02/24/wikipedia-ihor-kostenko-dies/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-02-26/Special_report





Memorials are being left on Ihor's talk page: 
https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9E%D0%B1%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%BD%D1%8F_%D0%BA%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82%D1%83%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%87%D0%B0:Ig2000

James Alexander posted this quote on Wikimedia-l:

Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing 
we cannot say, it is you who must say this.

We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We 
have died; remember us.

 --Archibald MacLeish

User:Wnt has proposed that we 
create an annual award in Ihor's name. ...If the editor 
desired, he could accept the award at a WMF event in a public way, but 
the news of the selection could always be released first on February 20,
 so that reporters covering these stories would always take a moment to 
explain who Ihor Kostenko was and what the day means. And just maybe,
 by educating more people before a conflict comes to a head, some day 
one of these award winners will have stayed some future sniper's hand 
and saved some other Ihor, even if we will never know it. -- 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales/Archive_158#Death_of_a_Wikipedian

I hope that we can honor Ihor in a way that takes no sides with regard to 
geopolitics while memorializing Ihor's life and promoting values which are 
important to the Wikimedia movement.

RIP Ihor.

Pine


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release)

2014-02-13 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi LiAnna, who wrote the FAQ for the press release? I have some concerns.
Thanks,
Pine


 Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:19:42 -0800
 From: LiAnna Davis lda...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release)
   Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education
   Foundation
 Message-ID:
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 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
 
 Forwarding on for those of you not on the Wikimedia Announcements list.
 
 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Jay Walsh jwa...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM
 Subject: [Wikimedia Announcements] (press release) Frank Schulenburg named
 executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation
 To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org 
 wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
 
 
 Passing along for your information. This release is posted on the WMF wiki
 at
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_releases/Frank_Schulenburg_named_executive_director_of_new_WEF
 
 An accompanying QA can also be found here:
 https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/QA_Frank_Schulenburg_announcement_February_2014
 
 ---
 
 Frank Schulenburg named executive director of new Wiki Education Foundation
 
 (San Francisco, California) 12 February 2014 -- The Wiki Education
 Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Wikipedia
 Education Program in the United States and Canada, has named Frank
 Schulenburg as its inaugural executive director. Schulenburg, formerly
 senior director of programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, will begin
 his new role February 18, 2014.
 
 I look forward to leading the Wiki Education Foundation, said
 Schulenburg. We are off to a great start, and will build on the
 strong success of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education
 Program to further engage educators, researchers and students to
 provide more high-quality content for Wikipedia's readers.
 
 Started by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2010, the Wikipedia Education
 Program encourages students to contribute content to Wikipedia
 articles on course-related subjects as part of classroom assignments
 developed by their faculty and instructors. Over the past four years,
 more than 6,000 students in the United States and Canada have
 contributed content to Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education
 Program, adding the equivalent of 36,600 printed pages of content to
 Wikipedia and significantly increasing the amount of high-quality
 content that Wikipedia offers its half-billion readers.
 
 In response to that success and to give the program more focused and
 specialized support, in 2012 the Wikimedia Foundation began a process
 to spin off the United States and Canada work into its own,
 independent nonprofit organization. The resulting Wiki Education
 Foundation was created in late 2013, and Schulenburg will be its first
 executive director. The Wiki Education Foundation will continue to
 support the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and
 Canada, and will develop additional programs to promote academic
 research and teaching that engage with Wikipedia.
 
 I am delighted that Frank has agreed to lead the Wiki Education
 Foundation as executive director, said Dr. Diana Strassmann, Carolyn
 and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice at Rice
 University and chair of the board of the Wiki Education Foundation,
 who began using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in her classes in 2007.
 Under Frank's leadership, the Wiki Education Foundation will continue
 to expand engagement among educators, students, and Wikipedia, and
 will continue to diversify the community of Wikipedians, while
 improving the quality and depth of Wikipedia.
 
 Frank is the perfect person to lead the Wiki Education Foundation,
 said Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner. Frank's a
 very experienced Wikipedia contributor with a long track record of
 inventing and leading successful programs that make Wikipedia better
 and more useful for its readers. I am sorry we will lose him from the
 Wikimedia Foundation, but I look forward to seeing the Wiki Education
 Foundation thrive and succeed under his leadership.
 
 A longtime Wikipedian and an employee of the Wikimedia Foundation
 since 2008, Schulenburg has focused on broadening participation and
 developing the public understanding of Wikipedia, especially among
 subject matter experts. He has spoken globally about efforts to
 increase the relevance of Wikipedia in academia. In 2006, he founded
 Wikipedia Academy, an event aimed at cultivating dialogue between
 Wikipedia contributors and academics. In 2009, he initiated the
 Bookshelf Project, which created the first educational materials for
 new Wikipedia contributors. In 2010 he designed and implemented the
 Wikipedia Education Program. From 2012 on he was a member of the
 executive 

[Wikimedia-l] Annual Plan development

2014-02-07 Thread ENWP Pine
What is the plan for community and board involvement in the development phases 
of the Annual Plan?

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] My choice for ED

2014-02-03 Thread ENWP Pine
If the transition team declined the entire first panel of candidates
I think we can AGF that they're being careful.

Also, it's wrong to take out current complaints with WMF on 
the executive candidates who may want to make positive
change.

Pine




 Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2014 11:31:45 +
 From: Andrew Gray andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l]  My choice for ED
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 To me, these proposals always sound a bit like:
 
 We want this person to be resilient and good-humoured. So we're going to
 punch all our possible candidates in the face a few times and see where
 they want to go from there.
 
 I know that's not the intention, but it's certainly the plausible effect...
 
 Andrew.
 
 On Monday, 3 February 2014, Martijn Hoekstra
 martijnhoeks...@gmail.comjavascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','martijnhoeks...@gmail.com');
 wrote:
 
  I understand your reasoning, but we already have an extremely difficult
  time finding a suitable candidate. While such community vetting would
  definitely weed out the people we don't want, it will also slim down the
  pool we do want, which currently sits  around a cool 0. I don't think we
  can afford that either.
  On Feb 1, 2014 4:47 PM, Todd Allen toddmal...@gmail.com wrote:
 
   I'm sure dismissively calling people's legitimate concerns playing with
   (a) toy will help greatly in that regard.
  
   If someone's going to apply for a job where they'll be scrutinized by a
   large volunteer community, it is not unreasonable to determine if they
  can
   withstand that type of scrutiny by a real world test, nor to find whether
   they'll be responsive and direct to concerns brought up when that
  happens.
   The community has had enough of diplomatic null statements with lots of
   words, and should be. Someone needs to give an answer, not just blather
  on
   and wind up saying nothing concrete at all.
  
   It is right for the community to be fed up with that and demand that a
   candidate go through that process. Yes, it would be hard. Yes, it would
   discourage some applicants. Those are the applicants we want to
  discourage.
   We want someone who fits well with our particular project, and who will
  be
   responsive and direct with our volunteer community. They are the
   underpinnings of every project WMF undertakes.
  
   Todd Allen
  
  
   On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 8:13 AM, Tony Souter to...@iinet.net.au wrote:
  
Folks: are we still playing with this toy?
   
I've sat here and watched this discourse - variously frivolous,
  slightly
insulting, and embarrassing - and said nothing in the hope it would
  just
fizzle away.
   
But amazingly, it's still here.
   
We have to accept that while crowdsourcing is the genius of Wikipedia
  and
a few of its sister projects, it's totally inappropriate for choosing
  the
executive director of a big, prominent Foundation that lives in a
competitive, complex, and often negative jungle. There's a bunch of
   reasons
for doing this largely away from the gaze of the rest of the world. Do
  I
really need to spell them out?
   
It would be good to move on to more useful and practical topics.
   
Tony
   
   
   
   
   
   
On 02/02/2014, at 1:32 AM, Benjamin Lees emufarm...@gmail.com wrote:
   
 On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 3:29 AM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com
wrote:


 Chad, I wonder if Rory has been considered. (:


 Given his history of biting newbies, I'm not sure he'd be in a good
 position to help solve the editor retention problem.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ED profile

2014-01-31 Thread ENWP Pine
Jan-Bart de Vreede wrote:
...
 a large part will never be contacted as a potential candidate,
 simply because they are not close to matching the profile

Is the profile documented or subjective?

I think that this is the only written profile being used.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Executive_Director_Transition_Team/Position_description

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ED qualifications

2014-01-31 Thread ENWP Pine
 Actually, I think that we should consider it a strength in an individual to
 refuse to consider applying for a position where every aspect of their
 career and personal life would be microscopically examined by thousands of
 people. Self-respect is a positive attribute.
 
 Risker

Risker, let's look on the bright side say that a high profile job like this 
one requires resilience. (:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_resilience
 
Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 118, Issue 2

2014-01-03 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Rupert,

I agree that individual outreach can be effective. How do you suggest that we 
get a substantial number of our existing editors to feel motivated to recruit 
new editors?

I think our problems with editor retention are widespread enough that they need 
to be addressed on a meta scale, even if that is simply to find effective 
ways of motivating existing users to assume good faith, be civil, and invite 
new people to edit on an individual basis.

Pine


 Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:14:45 +0100
 From: rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] New year's plans for editor engagement
 Message-ID:
   cajs9az_zyndu8jeeeahzjekiu3rieh7vcrj2vwuddwf9a0o...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 hi pine,
 
 as a volunteer, my personal stance is that editor engagement is best
 experienced on a personal, pragmatic, and not-meta level. let me give an
 example:
 
 when i met anasuya sengupta last year i was very impressed by her. such a
 nice and welcoming person to talk to. such a bright person, making
 intelligent suggestions to topics we have. she told us at wikimedia ch,
 that we do not reach the volunteers very well - basically 50 times more
 people edit wikipedia than the ones willing to engage in any form with an
 organisation around the movement, like wikimedia.ch. besides that, she is
 kind of the dream wikimedian who would be able to correct two of the most
 prominent editor statistics: she is woman, she is from india. and she is
 educated, she is organized, she is successful.
 
 after meeting, i did what i usually do, look on the contributions. to my
 great surprise, anasuya seems not have any billable edits (billable is,
 in my personal definition, an edit on a page where a donor would click and
 give money, so no talk page, meta, etc.). she as well does not seem to
 write open source software used by the movement. i cannot say if she really
 does not edit - she just does it in a way that a regular volunteer like me
 would not notice.
 
 funny enough, anasuya sits for one and a half years next to sue gardner in
 the san francisco office of the wikimedia foundation. sue gardner supported
 the editor engagement program, and the india program, she put efforts in
 making wikipedia nicer for women. and wmf put hundred thousands of dollars
 into efforts which basic target is to win anasuya as a contributor.
 
 happy new year as well!
 
 rupert.
 
 ps: if this mail is the cause to have one additional editor, its goal is
 fullfilled ;) and if every volunteer convinces one person to become
 wikimedia volunteer this year, you, pine, will write a different mail at
 the beginning of 2015.
 
 
 On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 4:32 AM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
 
  We had a good 2013 year for readership statistics, fundraising, website
  reliability, and many other metrics.
 
  We are continuing to have challenges with our editor population declining.
  Statistics are at http://reportcard.wmflabs.org. WMF discussed some of
  the research around these issues a monthly metrics meeting.
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/2013-07-11
  .
 
  We have thousands of new accounts registered each month. However we are
  still losing more active editors than we gain each month. To date WMF and
  the chapters haven't solved this problem although resources are being spent
  on it. Projects include Echo, VisualEditor, Snuggle, GettingStarted, and
  education outreach.
 
  Some discussion of these issues for English Wikipedia is happening at
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Editor_Retention#Possible_paths.2C_after_some_thoughts
  .
 
  Also check out the book review that is being published in this week's
  Signpost
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piotrus/Sandbox/Notes#.C5.BBycie_Wirtualnych_Dzikich,
  and the 2010 editor study results
  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Editor_Survey_Report_-_April_2011.pdf
  .
 
  I hope there will be many and sustained conversations in 2014 about
  questions such as these:
 
  * What should WMF, Jimmy, chapters and affiliates, and the online
  communities do differently regarding editor retention in 2014 and beyond?
 
  * What non-technical initiatives should be done to improve editor
  recruiting and retention?
 
  * How can we make Wikipedia editing be as mainstream as playing mobile
  games? I would like to see WMF take leadership on this issue and make a big
  push in 2014-2015 to make mobile editing a popular activity.
 
  * Since negative feedback is a major reason that editors leave, should we
  review how we revert and warn editors, how we handle content disputes, and
  how we deal with editors who are uncivil or disruptive?
 
  * How can we be a community that is efficient while being civil and
  hospitable?
 
  In the next Annual Plan I hope that someone at WMF will be appointed

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New year's plans for editor engagement

2014-01-03 Thread ENWP Pine
Sorry. Email subject line corrected.




Hi Rupert,

I agree that individual outreach can be effective. How do you suggest that we 
get a substantial number of our existing editors to feel motivated to recruit 
new editors?

I think our problems with editor retention are widespread enough that they need 
to be addressed on a meta scale, even if that is simply to find effective 
ways of motivating existing users to assume good faith, be civil, and invite 
new people to edit on an individual basis.

Pine


 Date: Thu, 2 Jan 2014 12:14:45 +0100
 From: rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] New year's plans for editor engagement
 Message-ID:
   cajs9az_zyndu8jeeeahzjekiu3rieh7vcrj2vwuddwf9a0o...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 hi pine,
 
 as a volunteer, my personal stance is that editor engagement is best
 experienced on a personal, pragmatic, and not-meta level. let me give an
 example:
 
 when i met anasuya sengupta last year i was very impressed by her. such a
 nice and welcoming person to talk to. such a bright person, making
 intelligent suggestions to topics we have. she told us at wikimedia ch,
 that we do not reach the volunteers very well - basically 50 times more
 people edit wikipedia than the ones willing to engage in any form with an
 organisation around the movement, like wikimedia.ch. besides that, she is
 kind of the dream wikimedian who would be able to correct two of the most
 prominent editor statistics: she is woman, she is from india. and she is
 educated, she is organized, she is successful.
 
 after meeting, i did what i usually do, look on the contributions. to my
 great surprise, anasuya seems not have any billable edits (billable is,
 in my personal definition, an edit on a page where a donor would click and
 give money, so no talk page, meta, etc.). she as well does not seem to
 write open source software used by the movement. i cannot say if she really
 does not edit - she just does it in a way that a regular volunteer like me
 would not notice.
 
 funny enough, anasuya sits for one and a half years next to sue gardner in
 the san francisco office of the wikimedia foundation. sue gardner supported
 the editor engagement program, and the india program, she put efforts in
 making wikipedia nicer for women. and wmf put hundred thousands of dollars
 into efforts which basic target is to win anasuya as a contributor.
 
 happy new year as well!
 
 rupert.
 
 ps: if this mail is the cause to have one additional editor, its goal is
 fullfilled ;) and if every volunteer convinces one person to become
 wikimedia volunteer this year, you, pine, will write a different mail at
 the beginning of 2015.
 
 
 On Thu, Jan 2, 2014 at 4:32 AM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
 
  We had a good 2013 year for readership statistics, fundraising, website
  reliability, and many other metrics.
 
  We are continuing to have challenges with our editor population declining.
  Statistics are at http://reportcard.wmflabs.org. WMF discussed some of
  the research around these issues a monthly metrics meeting.
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/2013-07-11
  .
 
  We have thousands of new accounts registered each month. However we are
  still losing more active editors than we gain each month. To date WMF and
  the chapters haven't solved this problem although resources are being spent
  on it. Projects include Echo, VisualEditor, Snuggle, GettingStarted, and
  education outreach.
 
  Some discussion of these issues for English Wikipedia is happening at
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Editor_Retention#Possible_paths.2C_after_some_thoughts
  .
 
  Also check out the book review that is being published in this week's
  Signpost
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piotrus/Sandbox/Notes#.C5.BBycie_Wirtualnych_Dzikich,
  and the 2010 editor study results
  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Editor_Survey_Report_-_April_2011.pdf
  .
 
  I hope there will be many and sustained conversations in 2014 about
  questions such as these:
 
  * What should WMF, Jimmy, chapters and affiliates, and the online
  communities do differently regarding editor retention in 2014 and beyond?
 
  * What non-technical initiatives should be done to improve editor
  recruiting and retention?
 
  * How can we make Wikipedia editing be as mainstream as playing mobile
  games? I would like to see WMF take leadership on this issue and make a big
  push in 2014-2015 to make mobile editing a popular activity.
 
  * Since negative feedback is a major reason that editors leave, should we
  review how we revert and warn editors, how we handle content disputes, and
  how we deal with editors who are uncivil or disruptive?
 
  * How can we be a community that is efficient while being civil and
  hospitable?
 
  In the next Annual Plan I hope

[Wikimedia-l] New year's plans for editor engagement

2014-01-01 Thread ENWP Pine












We had a good 2013 year for readership statistics, fundraising, website 
reliability, and many other metrics. 

We are continuing to have challenges with our editor population declining. 
Statistics are at http://reportcard.wmflabs.org. WMF discussed some of the 
research around these issues a monthly metrics meeting. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/2013-07-11.

We have thousands of new accounts registered each month. However we are still 
losing more active editors than we gain each month. To date WMF and the 
chapters haven't solved this problem although resources are being spent on it. 
Projects include Echo, VisualEditor, Snuggle, GettingStarted, and education 
outreach.

Some discussion of these issues for English Wikipedia is happening at 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Editor_Retention#Possible_paths.2C_after_some_thoughts.

Also check out the book review that is being published in this week's Signpost 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piotrus/Sandbox/Notes#.C5.BBycie_Wirtualnych_Dzikich,
 and the 2010 editor study results 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Editor_Survey_Report_-_April_2011.pdf.

I hope there will be many and sustained conversations in 2014 about questions 
such as these:

* What should WMF, Jimmy, chapters and affiliates, and the online communities 
do differently regarding editor retention in 2014 and beyond?

* What non-technical initiatives should be done to improve editor recruiting 
and retention?

* How can we make Wikipedia editing be as mainstream as playing mobile games? I 
would like to see WMF take leadership on this issue and make a big push in 
2014-2015 to make mobile editing a popular activity.

* Since negative feedback is a major reason that editors leave, should we 
review how we revert and warn editors, how we handle content disputes, and how 
we deal with editors who are uncivil or disruptive?

* How can we be a community that is efficient while being civil and hospitable?

In the next Annual Plan I hope that someone at WMF will be appointed as a point 
person for promoting all editor engagement initiatives and regularly initiate 
discussions such as this one.

Closing thought:

Whatever the weather
We must move 
together 

from a Marshall Plan poster, 
https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:Marshall_Plan_poster.JPG, seen on the 
English WikiQuote main page on December 31, 2013.

Happy new year,

Pine

  

  
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission applications

2013-12-10 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Maggie, what's happening with the Ombudsman Commission scope RFC? 

Thanks,

Pine


 Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:04:09 -0800
 From: Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,
   Functionaries email list for the English Wikipedia
   functionaries...@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission applications
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 Hi
 
 It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members
 to serve on the Ombudsman commission. This commission works on all
 Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
 privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser tools, and to mediate
 between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being
 investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
 Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
 more on their duties and roles, see
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission
 
 This is a call for community members interested in volunteering
 for appointment to this commission. Commissioners should be
 experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
 the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
 CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
 able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
 to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict. (In the
 past, commissioners have turned in other roles that could cause conflict.)
 
 Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and
 must be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as
 the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is
 a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.
 
 If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a
 note detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the
 commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission is
 deliberately quite small, so slots are limited, but all applications are
 appreciated. The deadline for applications is January 1. Any timezone. :)
 
 Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you
 think may be interested.
 
 Thank you!
 
 Maggie
 
 
 
 --
 Maggie Dennis
 Senior Community Advocate
 Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
 
 
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you

2013-12-08 Thread ENWP Pine
Thanks very much, Megan. It's very nice to hear this.

Pine


 Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2013 19:42:06 -0800
 From: Megan Hernandez mhernan...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Readers love you
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 Hi everyone,
 
 Each year that we run the fundraiser, readers write in really lovely notes.
  Please take two minutes to listen to our readers.
 
 Enjoy!
 
 
 The story I like to tell is that whilst I had heard of Wikipedia but only
 looked at it a few times thereafter, when the 2004 Tsunami occurred the day
 after Christmas, mainstream news organisations (TV, newspapers) were all
 away from their offices. That day I turned to Wikipedia to try to
 understand the scale of the event. It was Wiki editors 'on the ground' that
 created the sort of information and coverage usually considered the
 province of rolling news organisations only. This I now dub my 'Wiki
 Epiphany'.
 
 
 Wikipedia is an amazing service. Almost always, I am able to find
 information on subjects I am interested in. Thanks and Kudos to all staff
 and volunteers!!
 
 My world has been opened up time and time again by Wikipedia. From studying
 Detroit and computer programming to finding unbiased information on
 America's history, Wikipedia has been a beacon of free speech and
 information for over ten years. Sometimes, I just sit in awe of the fact
 that the greatest accomplishment of man was assembled mostly by volunteers,
 people who just wanted to make the world a better place.
 
 Its made life easier for me and expanded my knowledge by allowing me to
 more easily find trusted and verified information on the internet. It
 organizes all the noise out there on the web and gives a great concise to
 the point fact summary of what I want to know. Thank you and thank you to
 the millions of volunteer editors. Wikipedia is a necessity in my life and
 not just a luxury.
 
 Wikipedia is a source of unbiased information. The caveats and notes from
 the editors alert to questionable information. The links within the
 articles are amazingly helpful and have led me on wonderful information
 expeditions.
 
 I'd like to thank the entire staff of wikipedia and its editors for my high
 school graduation.
 
 It's impossible to put in words. I cannot imagine Planet Earth without it
 [Wikipedia]. It has changed my life forever.
 
 My 17 year old son uses you constantly. You have made him a smarter human
 being.
 
 You guys are ^^%$#* unbelievably awesome, keep it up!
 
 web sites like Wikipedia are invaluable and I felt it my duty to try help
 even if only a tad.
 
 so much of the Internet has turned into self serving and unreliable junque;
 so I am very, very grateful for the Wiki resource.
 
 I regard W as the best and most reliable source of information available
 anywhere. I don't know how you do it so please keep on with your Excellence
 }i{  That;s a butterfly for you
 This is one of the best things on the internet. It goes back to the
 original development of the internet and has remained ethical and true to
 its origins. There appears to be no discrimination and it is available to
 everyone at no cost.
 
 I am 60 years old and I am still so cruious and interested in so many
 things. Wikipedia gives me reasonable information whenever I may want it.
 
 
 I use wikipedia all the time and credit it more toward my education than
 college did!
 
 
 It's nice to see humanity get together without any external forces for a
 common good!
 
 
 I am inspired by the high quality of Wikipedia and the high ideals of its
 founder and its myriad contributors and editors. What a magnificent
 collaborative human achievement you are building!
 
 
 It has simultaneously answered and given me more questions than I can
 comprehend.
 This represents to me what college should be like. Free and collective
 knowledge by and for all.
 
 When I want to know something, I google it and 99% of the time Wikipedia
 has what I want to know. Even drinking arguments, about what Biff from Back
 to the Future is doing now, are solved by Wikipedia. It's all there.
 
 Without Wikipedia I would be about 30% less intelligent. :(
 
 it is like a gift from the gods of knowledge
 
 I am a teacher and a writer, and I am amazed how often Wikipedia is useful
 to me. I consider Wikipedia to be one of the great democratic projects
 maybe ever, and it is one of the reasons why I try to stay optimistic about
 the world. Thank you.
 
 I honestly feel like the next generation of humans in general, will be much
 smarter than the previous because of this site. Well, at least they will
 know a whole lot more useless shit. I've heard (don't know for sure if it's
 true, doesn't matter) that the bigger a person's brain is, typically, the
 smarter that person is. So, if that is true, I think it's likely that
 because of this 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Overloaded with CentralNotices

2013-10-30 Thread ENWP Pine
For English Wikipedia I also feel that the FDC banner is annoying and probably 
not very useful for editors or effective for requesting community input. A 
watchlist notice would be more proportionate but even that is a stretch because 
FDC is far removed from most editors' on-wiki interests. The FDC's work is 
important but I think requests for community input should be better targeted. 
Along the lines of what Nemo said, I think recruiting editors to become active 
in affiliates would be a better on-wiki action and an indirect way to get more 
comments on FDC proposals. There could also be work done to have more 
affiliates do peer reviews of each others' budgets.

Pine

 Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2013 10:37:18 +0100
 From: Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Overloaded with CentralNotices (Tilman
   Bayer)
 Message-ID: 5270d34e.5080...@gmail.com
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 Jane Darnell, 30/10/2013 09:30:
  I second your skepticism. Especially since most Dutch Wikipedians have no 
  idea what WMNL is, according to a survey.
 
 Good point. Maybe all those who care about a chapter and its spending 
 are already members of the chapter so that they can participate in the 
 assembly which decide on it (and related online discussions)? :)
 
 If we want greater community review of their spending, perhaps it would 
 make sense to run campaigns for community members to join the chapter. 
 Maybe other people have different experiences, but the associations I 
 know of usually try to convince you to join the association (it's cool 
 for X! you are important for Y!) and then they try to gradually involve 
 you more; I've never seen an association on a street distributing 
 dozens-pages books hey! do you want to review our budget? it's great 
 fun! we value your input.
 
 Nemo
 
 
 
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers

2013-09-24 Thread ENWP Pine
Yes, logs for all office hours are at 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_hours#Office_hour_logs.

Please consider joining the wiki-research-l mailing list if you're not already 
subscribed.

Pine


  Reminder, office hour is happening now.
 
 Hi,
 
 I have missed the announcement, but I would have enjoyed to join.
 Are there some minutes or transcript of the Office hours?
 
 Thank you.
 
 Cristian
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers

2013-09-23 Thread ENWP Pine
Reminder, office hour is happening now.

Pine

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Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2013 00:15:16 -0700













Hi everyone,


WMF researchers have agreed to participate in an office hour. This 
will be in the same format as the meeting we had in April 2013 with 
researcher introductions followed by open QA and discussion.

The currently scheduled participants are:


* Henrique Andrade, Brazil Data and Experiments Consultant (Grantmaking 
Catalyst programs)
* Aaron Halfaker, Research Analyst (Analytics)
* Jonathan Morgan, Learning Strategist (Grantmaking Learning and Evaluation)

* Aaron Shaw, Assistant Professor, School of Communication, Northwestern 
University
* Dario Taraborelli, Senior Research Analyst, Strategy (Analytics)

The
 meeting will be on IRC in #wikimedia-office on Monday, September 23 at 
1800 UTC / 1100 PST. Please spread the word and join if you are 
interested.

Pine



  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on Admin Rights on WMF Wiki (and other things)

2013-05-28 Thread ENWP Pine



Sigh. This is a difficult situation. I don't think anyone has suggested that 
firing Gayle or Philippe should happen. However, I have concerns about keeping 
Gayle in the Chief Talent and Culture Officer position. I directed that concern 
to her and I want to hear what she thinks. There may be good reasons to keep 
her in that position, on the other hand it might be better if she had some time 
to learn in a WMF position for which she's a better fit at the moment. At a top 
5 website I think the performance expectations for C-level positions are high 
with good reason. I have significant concerns when someone with many years of 
leadership development experience makes the kind of mistakes that she appears 
to have made, especially when that person is the C-level officer that is 
supposed to be the subject matter expert in that area for all of WMF and that 
person is heavily involved in selecting the next ED. My experiences with Gayle 
prior to this one were positive and I've heard good things about her from 
others, but this situation should be examined with great care.

I currently hope that Gayle stays with WMF, but perhaps in a different position 
for awhile with the option of returning to the C-level some distance in the 
future. I want to hear what Gayle thinks. My views at this point are based on 
the incomplete information that's publicly available, and there are important 
unanswered questions in this situation. I hope we learn more from Gayle.

I know that the easy thing to do is to drop this issue and move on to the next 
problem, but I agree with Thomasz that easy thing to do isn't necessarily the 
best thing to do. Sometimes the best things and the right things involve asking 
hard questions and having difficult conversations.

 I think it's probably tough on a lot of us to 
read and participate in this discussion. On-wiki discussions about whether 
people should be de-adminned or blocked
 are often public, and while I think it's appropriate that we have this 
difficult conversation in public since the actions that started this 
situation were public, this is an awfully difficult situation and I'm sorry 
that we're all in it. We need to deal with it as best we can. I wish it was 
easy.

Pine

  
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[Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on Admin Rights on WMF Wiki (and other things)

2013-05-28 Thread ENWP Pine
I don't know what to do. I lost sleep thinking about this situation last night. 
I think I'm still in shock and I'm frustrated. The normal situation on wiki is 
to have this kind of discussion in public for actions that happen on any wiki 
that I know of. There were similarly public discussions about what happened in 
WMUK. Maybe that's wrong. I don't know. I worried that if I said nothing that 
it would be wrong, and I worry that saying something is wrong too. 

I'm withdrawing from this discussion for now. I wish I knew what the right 
thing to do was. I'm very sorry. 

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-05-25 Thread ENWP Pine
Tilman,

Is there a schedule for these reviews on Meta? Also, did Grants have a review 
recently? 

Thanks,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on Admin Rights on WMF Wiki (and other things)

2013-05-25 Thread ENWP Pine
 Date: Thu, 23 May 2013 20:33:57 +0200
 From: Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Cc: Gayle Karen Young gyo...@wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on Admin Rights on WMF Wiki (and
   other things)
 Message-ID: 519e6115@gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8; format=flowed
 
 Just in case someone wonders,
 
 Gayle Karen Young, 23/05/2013 06:22:
  [...]  goal was to ensure that the function of a wiki
  adminstrator, which is often identified with community self-governance, is
  clearly mapped against the governance model of the site: [...] [...]
 
 doesn't answers the questions on the table at all. Especially as the 
 governance model of the site doesn't exist at all and nobody has any 
 idea of who is going to take care of it.
 
 Or in other words:
 
 Tomasz W. Kozlowski, 13/05/2013 02:04:
   Gayle Karen Young wrote:
  
   Hello folks,
  
   [...]
  
   Gayle
  
   So what did you want to say? I haven't been able to find any answers to
   any questions that have been asked by so many people in this thread.
 
 So, to quote yourself, you committed criticism and now you're insisting 
 with stonewalling, with a flavour of defensiveness. I admit that my 
 knowledge of Gottman is limited to a recent magazine article I read by 
 chance a few days ago, so I may be wrong, but it seems to me that 
 there's little room to do worse in this relationship.
 
 Nemo
 


Nemo, I think someone posted a list of good questions in this thread awhile 
back. I tried to find them but I gave up after ten minutes. If you can find them
would you please repost them? If you can't find them either then I'd ask you
to repeat the questions that you remember and think are most important.

Gayle, I am going to be frank. I think I know a little more about you and 
your work than the average member of this list does. I appreciate your 
explanations and apologies, but I'm continuing to have a hard time with 
this situation. With your many years of leadership experience, and in your 
position as Chief Culture and Talent Officer, it's shocking that you would 
implement such a significant change in the unprofessional way that you did, 
and of all people I would have expected you and Philippe (Director of 
Community Advocacy) to be acutely aware of our consensus-based culture 
and how to implement changes in a diplomatic and professional way. This 
situation has been a disaster for WMF-Community relations, and I'm sorry 
to say that my feeling is that the credibility of you and Philippe has been 
harmed beyond repair. Do you think you should continue to be WMF's 
Chief Culture and Talent Officer? I have a hard time believing that you 
should continue in that role after this disaster, but I want to hear your 
point of view.

Thanks,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Spanish Wikipedia first million

2013-05-17 Thread ENWP Pine
   Felicitaciones a la española Wikipedia! 
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fogos_artificiais.jpg

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Patience

2013-05-17 Thread ENWP Pine
 Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 12:47:08 -0700
 From: Michael Snow wikipe...@frontier.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Patience
 Message-ID: 519537bc.6000...@frontier.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8; format=flowed
 
 On 5/16/2013 11:52 AM, ENWP Pine wrote:
  I agree that patience is a very important virtue in some situations, such 
  as when we coach newbies or seek consensus among many people. But it's 
  sometimes not a virtue, such as in many crisis situations. As a metrics and 
  performance enthusiast, I feel that it's possible to have an appropriate 
  mix of patience and impatience, and people should be appropriately 
  accountable for their performance.
 I suppose it depends what implications you attach to those words, but I 
 would not recommend using impatience when what you really want is 
 urgency. In my experience, the self-discipline that goes into everyday 
 patience can actually remain a virtue in crisis situations as well, as 
 it may help you remain clear-headed and make better decisions than you 
 would if you let the circumstances overwhelm your ability to think 
 rationally. And as Fred points out, a big part of my message relates 
 especially to making emergencies out of things that are not.
 
 I also do not believe that patience is in any way incompatible with 
 accountability. Patience does not require ignoring commitments, 
 discarding performance evaluation, or even disregarding agreed 
 timeframes. However, it does mean that the results of the evaluation 
 should be well-considered and any consequences appropriate to the 
 circumstances. Impatience tends to drive us to choose excessive 
 consequences, like a lot of the somebody should be fired kind of talk 
 over things that are honest mistakes.
 
 --Michael Snow
 
 
 

I think I understand your distinction between urgency and impatience in
the sense that the former doesn't necessarily imply the brusqueness
that the latter can.

Whether a situation is an emergency is sometimes subjective. I think
that someone on this list pointed out that something that's a crisis
for one entity may be viewed as a minor issue by another entity.

I agree that employment consequences for poor performance
should be carefully considered prior to implementation. However, 
sometimes demoting or firing someone is appropriate, even if a poor 
decision was an honest mistake. Serious negligence is unacceptable.

On the other hand, it's also a good idea do praise and celebrate
success and good performance, as we're doing now with regards 
to Spanish Wikipedia's significant milestone.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Patience

2013-05-16 Thread ENWP Pine
I agree that patience is a very important virtue in some situations, such as 
when we coach newbies or seek consensus among many people. But it's sometimes 
not a virtue, such as in many crisis situations. As a metrics and performance 
enthusiast, I feel that it's possible to have an appropriate mix of patience 
and impatience, and people should be appropriately accountable for their 
performance.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comments on compliance and the FDC Round 2 decisions

2013-05-09 Thread ENWP Pine
Thanks a lot for the replies, Anasuya and Jessie. It will be interesting to see 
the evolution and impact of WMF grantmaking in the months and years ahead.

Pine


 Date: Wed, 8 May 2013 15:43:15 -0700
 From: Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comments on compliance and the FDC Round 2
   decisions
 Message-ID:
   CAKK0PRxtmW8tyq=O_bCyCA696H8ObvCtgBTm==4wfpoeth3...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
 
 Hi Pine,
 
 My apologies for the tardiness of this reply; I've been away in India with
 family and am only just back.
 
 It's an important question to ask, because the Grantmaking team's programs
 - including the FDC process - have and are being set up with a strong
 self-evaluation component. We exist to support our movement through grants
 and shared knowledge as key resources, and we can only do this well if
 we're good at listening and learning ourselves.
 
 Overall, we're looking at multiple feedback mechanisms (including surveys
 and discussion groups at conferences like WMConf, Wikimania). As an
 example, we did a survey of the FDC Round 1 process which we shared in
 Milan, and used as a way to get more face-to-face feedback. This helps us
 know both broad and specific areas that we need to improve on and to do so
 quickly and appropriately. One thing to keep in mind with grantmaking
 programs is that process feedback is easily and quickly incorporated (like
 wiki-tables that made life miserable for FDC Round 1 applicants and we
 could improve for Round 2 applicants). However, substantive feedback (like
 the nature of questions, or entirely new sections of inquiry) need to be
 incorporated at the end of the year for the new year, so that the nature of
 the proposal doesn't change dramatically over the year, or from one round
 to the next: it's not fair on either the new folks applying, or the
 committee reviewing the proposals. We intend to do surveys of all our major
 grantmaking programs over the next few months, so that we have a good
 baseline against which to measure our progress as a team.
 
 Again, it's useful to remember that our proposal processes might seem
 'heavy' to many in the movement, but they're pretty light-weight (with the
 possible exception of wiki-tables) in comparison to other grantmaking
 processes that are far more demanding for far smaller grant amounts. As a
 comparison, in the human rights and social justice grantmaking world, most
 grants are in the range of 5,000-50,000 USD.
 
 For the FDC in particular, the FDC Advisory Group will assess the first
 year, and towards the end of the second year (March 2014), give the Board a
 recommendation on whether the mechanism works (or not) and should continue
 (or not).  The FDC Ombudsperson also gives an annual report which is
 independent and autonomous on the FDC process.[1] With these various
 inputs, the staff and FDC will create a report for Year 1 which we hope
 will be shared back with the community at Wikimania.
 
 Other forms of external or independent assessments will also be part of our
 process: Kevin Gorman's retrospective of the grants program so far, for
 instance, was really useful and we've already incorporated several of his
 recommendations.[2] With the Program Evaluation team, we're also going to
 get much better at sharing the good and best practices that already exist
 in the movement, and at pointing out work that's relevant from other
 movements.
 
 Finally, we're planning some internal and external research to better
 provide guidance to grant applicants on issues like potential growth
 trajectories and useful ways of thinking about moving from entirely
 volunteer to staffed groups. We're obviously not working on this in
 isolation - there has already been some good thinking within the movement
 on this - and we'd be glad to be in conversation with anyone who wants to
 work with us on these issues.
 
 The Grantmaking team is a work in progress - we didn't exist in our present
 form last year, we've essentially restructured and reconfigured ourselves
 over the past few months, set up the FDC and IEG processes, and learnt
 rapidly about what works (and what might not) - and we're always open to
 feedback. If people are uncertain about who to reach out to, please do get
 in touch with me: as the person who heads the Grantmaking team, (some
 element of) the buck does stop with me. :-)
 
 thanks,
 Anasuya
 
 [1]
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee/Framework_for_the_Creation_and_Initial_Operation_of_the_FDC#FDC_Ombudsperson
 [2]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Retrospective_2009-2012
 
 
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comments on compliance and the FDC Round 2 decisions

2013-04-29 Thread ENWP Pine
Asaf,

Thank you for sharing your perspective.

This situation is complicated. I think it should be reviewed by an uninvolved 
third party, probably the FDC ombudsperson. I think it would take significant 
time and a lot of emails in this thread to accomplish what a review by the 
ombudsperson could accomplish in a faster and more thorough manner.

Would you or someone else from the Grants staff please address the more broader 
questions that I raised earlier? I realize that these may have been easily 
overlooked due to the high volume of email on this list recently, so I'll 
repeat here. 

Several interesting comments have been made in this thread regarding the value 
of a more holistic evaluation of the FDC and GAC processes with regards to 
chapters especially regarding the hiring of a chapter's first full time 
employee. There have also been comments made regarding the heavy nature of 
the FDC grant application process. Would the WMF staff please indicate whether 
a review of these concerns is under consideration, if so, how they plan to 
conduct the review? 

I think you partially addressed these questions in your response but I would 
appreciate a more direct reply from you, Anasuya, Jessie, or anyone else in the 
Grantmaking and Programs group. Please feel free to fork into a separate thread 
if you like. 
Thanks,

Pine
  
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[Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers

2013-04-22 Thread ENWP Pine
Reminder, meeting starts in about 10 minutes.

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers

2013-04-20 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Mathieu,

I think that WMF has used a tool like this in the past for an office hour with 
Sue. For this research office hour, I believe that two researchers and I agreed 
on this time, and then J-Mo recruited additional WMF participants. So there's 
more than one way to go about scheduling an office hour. If there's significant 
interest, such as with Sue's office hours, then it's possible to have multiple 
office hours scheduled at different times about the same subject. If there's a 
lot of interest in this research office hour then we can schedule additional 
sessions, perhaps on a recurring basis, if the WMF staff agree to that. 

Pine


 Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:37:43 +0200
 From: Mathieu Stumpf psychosl...@culture-libre.org
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers
 Message-ID: f44ce9f2ff76c0c6dca5c5438a971...@culture-libre.org
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8; format=flowed
 
 Le 2013-04-17 21:11, ENWP Pine a écrit :
  Hi everyone,
 
  We'll meet on IRC in #wikimedia-office on April 22 at 1800 UTC. 
  Please join us.
 
 I won't be able to join, but I wish I was able to do so. Did you use a 
 shedule software such as [1] to organize this event? If not, please 
 consider using one in the future.
 
 [1] http://framadate.org/index.php?lang=en_GB Note that this website is 
 powered by a free software, so Wikimedia may install its own instance if 
 needed.
 
 Kind regards,
 mathieu
 
 -- 
 Association Culture-Libre
 http://www.culture-libre.org/
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers

2013-04-20 Thread ENWP Pine
Credit goes to J-Mo for enthusiastically supporting this idea. I mused
that I'd like to have a WMF researcher for an office hour, and largely
thanks to J-Mo's suggestions and recruiting, there will be a panel's 
worth of researchers and analysts. Thanks also to the people at WMF
who made time on their schedules for this discussion.

For those who are unable to attend, the office hour will be logged.

Hopefully we'll have a good crowd at the meeting. (:

Pine


 BTW, this looks amazing. Thanks to you all for organizing it.  I will
 be travelling, but hope to see more office hours like this, perhaps
 also including outside/partner researchers studying related issues.
 
 SJ

  
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[Wikimedia-l] Office hour with WMF researchers

2013-04-17 Thread ENWP Pine






Hi everyone,

WMF researchers have agreed to participate in an office hour about WMF research 
projects and methodologies.

The currently scheduled participants are:

* Aaron Halfaker, Research Analyst (contractor)
* Jonathan Morgan, Research Strategist (contractor)
* Evan Rosen, Data Analytics Manager, Global Development
* Haitham Shammaa, Contribution Research Manager
* Dario Taraborelli, Senior Research Analyst, Strategy

We'll meet on IRC in #wikimedia-office on April 22 at 1800 UTC. Please join us.

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with Jessie Wild from Global Learning Evaluation

2013-04-15 Thread ENWP Pine
Reminder, discussion starting in about 10 minutes. We're in #wikimedia-office.

Pine

From: deyntest...@hotmail.com
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Office hour with Jessie Wild from Global Learning  Evaluation
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 19:53:37 -0700







Hi everyone, Jessie plans to be available on IRC on April 15, 1800-1900 UTC. I 
plan to be there with questions about WMF program planning and evaluation, and 
I hope many of you are also able to attend the discussion.

Cheers,

Pine


  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour with Jessie Wild from Global Learning Evaluation

2013-04-15 Thread ENWP Pine
Changed due to meeting collision. We'll be in #wikimedia-office-learningeval.

Pine

From: deyntest...@hotmail.com
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: RE: Office hour with Jessie Wild from Global Learning  Evaluation
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:51:53 -0700




Reminder, discussion starting in about 10 minutes. We're in #wikimedia-office.

Pine

From: deyntest...@hotmail.com
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Office hour with Jessie Wild from Global Learning  Evaluation
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2013 19:53:37 -0700







Hi everyone, Jessie plans to be available on IRC on April 15, 1800-1900 UTC. I 
plan to be there with questions about WMF program planning and evaluation, and 
I hope many of you are also able to attend the discussion.

Cheers,

Pine


  
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[Wikimedia-l] Office hour with Jessie Wild from Global Learning Evaluation

2013-04-09 Thread ENWP Pine



Hi everyone, Jessie plans to be available on IRC on April 15, 1800-1900 UTC. I 
plan to be there with questions about WMF program planning and evaluation, and 
I hope many of you are also able to attend the discussion.

Cheers,

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-31 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi Asaf, WSC made several points here that address your question and that are 
very similar to my own views. 
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2013-March/124824.html  

After re-reading my email to Jessie and looking again at some of the recent WMF 
Monthly Reports, I think I may be making some assumptions about how Programs 
and Evaluations works that may be incorrect. Jessie, would you be willing to 
have an IRC office hour? I think that might address my questions and concerns 
faster than a prolonged email discussion on this list, although it has the 
disadvantage that fewer people are able to participate. Please email me 
off-list if you're willing to set up a time when we're both available.

Thanks, and happy Easter.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Adopt a page

2013-03-31 Thread ENWP Pine
Hmm. Once again, I largely agree with WSC. Unless I'm missing something, this 
idea is largely about fundraising, and I think it could introduce more problems 
than it solves.

The evidence that I've seen suggest that WMF is very successful at fundraising, 
but has ongoing difficulties with making progress toward the goal to get 
200,000 active editors by 2015. So, I see little reason to implement page 
adoption if the goal is to fundraise, but if there is something about the 
proposal that's relevant to improving the active editor count from the current 
85,000, I'd be interested in at least learning more about that.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-29 Thread ENWP Pine



Hi Jessie,

Thanks for following up. 

I think Gayle will be responding to this thread also, but she is a little
busy right now as I think we can all understand.

In the meantime, I hope that you add to your list of all places receiving 
movement funding resources any major projects within WMF. I think the 
situation with AFT5 repeating some errors from IEP which were well 
documented by a consultant that WMF hired, which tells me there is need 
for improvement within WMF. I think WMF should get its own house in order 
before, or at least concurrently, with looking at evaluations and 
accountability for outside organizations like chapters. 

May I ask, if you're working on things like the Learning Portal, what
are Frank and other people within the programs and evaluations
group working on? I'm interested in seeing a list of the current 
initiatives, what their goals are, when they started, who the task
leads are, and what progress has been made so far. I think Frank's
appointment was in August 2012 and it would be great to get an
overview about what's been happening in Programs and Evaluations 
a since then. I've been hoping to see that information in the WMF
monthly reports but I've seen surprisingly little info in the
past few reports.

Thanks,

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-26 Thread ENWP Pine
Hi WSC,

I agree with you on several points, although I think I am more 
supportive of holding project supervisors accountable for problems.

I hope that WMF is paying attention to this conversation. I'll be very 
interested in hearing what Gayle has to say. After hearing from Gayle, 
I may have some questions for Frank.

Cheers,

Pine

--

If we try out a new initiative and it turns out not to work we should  not
regard that trial as a mistake. Rather as something we have tested and
found not to work. Our focus should be on what we should learn from such
experiments, not who we should blame and fire. One of the downsides of a
hire and fire culture is that people who are running a failing project have
a vested interest in keeping it going until they can move on to something
else. It is much healthier if such people have the attitude that ending a
failing project as soon as it is clearly failed is a positive thing to do.
More importantly a culture of willingness to end experiments that have
failed would have seen both the IEP and the AFT killed far more quickly
with far less waste and angst in the process.

One of the things that the IEP and the AFT had in common was that they
required a lot of support from the existing editor community, and they were
seen by some as disrespectful to the existing community because of their
substantial cost in editor time. (Disclosure, I was one of the early
critics of the AFT, but IEP I largely ignored until February 2012 when I
made a number of proposals in edits on Meta, for example
http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=IEP%2FMeasure_of_successdiff=3384211oldid=3345498-
but I found that no-one else was editing the IEP pages there). Another
thing they had in common was that they were top down initiatives in a
community that works better with approaches that stem from the community
and start by seeing consensus.

If we truly want to learn from these two, I would suggest running an
election on meta where editors can lobby for the next initiative. This is
what I'd hoed that the Strategy wiki would foster, and it might have done
if the Strategy debate had been on Meta rather than hidden on a separate
wiki made more complex by liquid threads. Maybe the result would be Global
watchlists, maybe it would be software changes to resolve more edit
conflicts without losing edits (both currently languishing as low
 priorities in Bugzilla). The important thing is that the resulting
initiative would be likely to make a positive difference to the project and
unlikely to share the fate of liquid threads, the IEP or the AFT.


WSC   
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Will Beback, Arbcom and Community oversight

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine
James,

If you're interested in starting a broader discussion about the usefulness 
of arbcoms and alternatives to them, and the relationship of Jimbo to arbcoms,
I think the best place to do that is at Meta. There have also discussions 
there about asking for some kind of outside intervention in the Russian 
Wikipedia due to infighting there, so your request for this kind of
discussion already has a parallel on Meta. But the consensus seems to be 
that outsiders shouldn't overrule the decision of a project's arbcom. I think
it would take a significant Meta RFC to come up with a mechanism that
changes this situation, and right now I think that's highly unlikely. If
you are dissatisfied with a decision made by ENWP Arbcom and you think that
the constitutional arrangements for ENWP Arbcom should be changed, I think
you are best served by having that discussion on ENWP and/or on the ENWP email
list. This is a long way of saying that I agree with Maria and Risker. I feel 
that the tone of Risker's first email should have been more respectful, but I
also understand that Risker and Arbcom probably get an endless series of
complaints and keeping one's composure in that situation can be difficult.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine



Tom, I'm glad that you studied the IEP.

Gayle, I would be interested in hearing about the topics that you're
covering during your training sessions for WMF supervisors, especially
whether you make sure that every supervisor has had an opportunity
to learn about the experience of IEP. My impression is that the AFT5
leadership didn't make connections between IEP and AFT5 during
the AFT5 design and planning. I'm not sure if this is because
the AFT5 program leadership never read the IEP report, or if it's
because the AFT5 leadership didn't see how lessons from IEP could be
relevant to the AFT5 program. I hope that every program leader at WMF
makes a point of learning about IEP early in their leadership career.
I think IEP is a very useful case study in program management.

Thanks,

Pine 
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Will Beback, Arbcom and Community oversight

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine
 Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:00:05 +0100
 From: nemow...@gmail.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 CC: deyntest...@hotmail.com
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Will Beback, Arbcom and Community oversight
 
 ENWP Pine, 24/03/2013 18:39:
  If you're interested in starting a broader discussion about the usefulness
  of arbcoms and alternatives to them, and the relationship of Jimbo to 
  arbcoms,
  I think the best place to do that is at Meta. [...]
 
 I doubt it, the page would get deleted.
 
 Nemo

An RFC about the topics that I mentioned would be within scope for Meta,
although I'm not predicting a successful RFC.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine
Tom,

Thanks for the good email.

It's important to learn from mistakes, but admitting mistakes does not absolve 
someone from accountability. 
When people are being paid to do something right or to achieve a certain 
outcome, and that doesn't happen 
or it happens late, it's sometimes a very good and appropriate thing to 
consider replacing them for the sake
of the organization and the program.

In the case of IEP, the consultant said that firing people would have been 
premature. I'm not sure
that I would have reached the same conclusion, and I think if I had been on 
WMF's board at the time that 
this report was released, I might have had things to say about holding 
individual employees accountable.
But in the here and now, I am mostly interested in making sure that lessons 
from this program are deeply 
embedded into the institutional memory of WMF throughout the organization and 
on a long-term basis. 

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 108, Issue 82

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine
Peter, thanks, I agree on that point. Taking calculated risks is much different
from being negligent. Some risks work and some don't, and that can be OK in
some contexts.

Pine


From: Peter Southwood peter.southw...@telkomsa.net
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)
Message-ID: EB1424C3329A454784D1EDE5684713D7@peter
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Make interesting mistakes.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine
And speaking of mistakes, I need to remember to change the subject lines of my 
emails to this list.

Pine

From: deyntest...@hotmail.com
To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: RE: Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 108, Issue 82
Date: Sun, 24 Mar 2013 15:35:58 -0700




Peter, thanks, I agree on that point. Taking calculated risks is much different
from being negligent. Some risks work and some don't, and that can be OK in
some contexts.

Pine


From: Peter Southwood peter.southw...@telkomsa.net
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)
Message-ID: EB1424C3329A454784D1EDE5684713D7@peter
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-03-24 Thread ENWP Pine
Awesome. Thank you, Maryana and Steven!

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-23 Thread ENWP Pine
I agree that the general ideas about IEP and AFT5 were worth considering,
but I get the impression that there were preventable shortcomings in their 
designs and planning, and it bothers me a lot that I think I see *similar* 
flaws in the two programs. I get the impression that lessons from the IEP's
catastrophic failure were not absorbed by the AFT5 planners and designers. 
I would need to do a deep dive comparison of IEP and AFT5 before I'm 
sure of the commonalities in planning and design problems, but I sure hope 
that someone at WMF is looking at this and shares the lessons widely.

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-03-23 Thread ENWP Pine
Tilman,

Thanks, it's great to see the momentum here in Mobile Contributions.

Was there any discussion about how to convert the selfies uploaders and 
people who sign up for the watchlist
feature into more active contributors? This seems like an opportunity to make 
progress on what I think should
be the #1 WMF-wide priority right now, which making progress on the active 
contributor statistics.

Pine



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Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:32:54 -0700
From: Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF
initiatives
Message-ID:
CAPDdKA6M+PLM7OHfJNKQcNVp_cS0EUEeBMATjvS=jjydv01...@mail.gmail.com
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
 
Minutes and links to slides from this week's Quarterly Review meeting
of the mobile contributions team have been posted at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Mobile_contributions,_2013-03-18
 
 
On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 Hi folks,

 to increase accountability and create more opportunities for course
 corrections and resourcing adjustments as necessary, Sue's asked me
 and Howie Fung to set up a quarterly project evaluation process,
 starting with our highest priority initiatives. These are, according
 to Sue's narrowing focus recommendations which were approved by the
 Board [1]:

 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (mobile contributions + Wikipedia Zero)
 - Editor Engagement (also known as the E2 and E3 teams)
 - Funds Dissemination Committe and expanded grant-making capacity

 I'm proposing the following initial schedule:

 January:
 - Editor Engagement Experiments

 February:
 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (Contribs + Zero)

 March:
 - Editor Engagement Features (Echo, Flow projects)
 - Funds Dissemination Committee

 We’ll try doing this on the same day or adjacent to the monthly
 metrics meetings [2], since the team(s) will give a presentation on
 their recent progress, which will help set some context that would
 otherwise need to be covered in the quarterly review itself. This will
 also create open opportunities for feedback and questions.

 My goal is to do this in a manner where even though the quarterly
 review meetings themselves are internal, the outcomes are captured as
 meeting minutes and shared publicly, which is why I'm starting this
 discussion on a public list as well. I've created a wiki page here
 which we can use to discuss the concept further:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews

 The internal review will, at minimum, include:

 Sue Gardner
 myself
 Howie Fung
 Team members and relevant director(s)
 Designated minute-taker

 So for example, for Visual Editor, the review team would be the Visual
 Editor / Parsoid teams, Sue, me, Howie, Terry, and a minute-taker.

 I imagine the structure of the review roughly as follows, with a
 duration of about 2 1/2 hours divided into 25-30 minute blocks:

 - Brief team intro and recap of team's activities through the quarter,
 compared with goals
 - Drill into goals and targets: Did we achieve what we said we would?
 - Review of challenges, blockers and successes
 - Discussion of proposed changes (e.g. resourcing, targets) and other
 action items
 - Buffer time, debriefing

 Once again, the primary purpose of these reviews is to create improved
 structures for internal accountability, escalation points in cases
 where serious changes are necessary, and transparency to the world.

 In addition to these priority initiatives, my recommendation would be
 to conduct quarterly reviews for any activity that requires more than
 a set amount of resources (people/dollars). These additional reviews
 may however be conducted in a more lightweight manner and internally
 to the departments. We’re slowly getting into that habit in
 engineering.

 As we pilot this process, the format of the high priority reviews can
 help inform and support reviews across the organization.

 Feedback and questions are appreciated.

 All best,
 Erik

 [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Vote:Narrowing_Focus
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings
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 VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour inside out (program evaluation)

2013-03-20 Thread ENWP Pine

 Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:31:57 -0700
 From: Frank Schulenburg frank.schulenb...@gmail.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Tomorrow: Office hour inside out (program
   evaluation)
 Message-ID:
   cakoobqbk6rcui1bthp41mbvjtdzdqvvsjrlgsfywxuuogap...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 Hi folks,
 
 Tomorrow at 17:00 UTC, I will be holding an office hour about program
 evaluation on #wikimedia-office. The target audience for this office
 hour will be chapter representatives and volunteers who are currently
 running (or planning to run) programs and programmatic activities.
 You'll find some background information about why program evaluation
 might be worth talking about in my most recent blog post on the
 Foundation's blog:
 
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/01/lets-start-talking-about-program-evaluation/
 
 As we all know, most office hours follow a certain rule: there's one
 poor staffer who is getting grilled by the people on the IRC channel –
 people ask a variety of questions and the staff person tries to answer
 every question in a limited amount of time. It's a lot of fun (I
 guess, at least for the people who're asking the questions) and it has
 been a good way of direct communication between WMF employees and the
 community.
 
 Now, this office hour will be different. Not that I don't enjoy being
 grilled for one hour :-) I've done IRC office hours several times
 before and I always enjoyed answering questions. The reason for this
 office hour to be different is that I want to _listen to you in the
 first place_. I would like to learn more about
 
 * _your_ thoughts about why evaluation might be important
 * _your_ experiences with making evaluation a part of program design
 * _your_ hopes and fears when it comes to increasingly evaluating
 programs and programmatic activities in the future
 * _your_ ideas and feedback on evaluation practices
 
 Ideally, we would have some people in the room tomorrow who have done
 some kind evaluation in the past or who are planning to embark on
 evaluation work in the near future. With that said – if you have no
 idea about what program evaluation is and you'd like to learn more
 about it, you're invited as well! Or maybe you're just curious to see
 if this office hour inside out is going to play out well ;-)
 
 I'm looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at 17:00 UTC,
 
 Frank
 
 
 

I'd encourage people who are interested in this subject
to read up on program management and related subjects. 
This sort of management has been studied extensively in 
academia and in business, and in some ways I feel that
WMF has catch-up work to do and lacks expertise, 
although I'm hopeful that WMF is trying to improve
in this area.

I'd also suggest that people read the report about 
projects that encountered significant problems at 
WMF, particularly the IEP, and a more recent example 
is the mixed reception to AFT5. I hope that program 
managers at WMF learn both good practices and what 
to avoid. I also hope that WMF ties program metrics 
to evaluations for the responsible supervisors when 
considering whether to continue or renew 
employment contracts, as well as when
considering promotions.

Cheers,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements

2013-03-20 Thread ENWP Pine
Thomas, I agree with you that it would make sense to have a more
thoroughly defined reserve policy, but I also caution against
micromanaging the reserve. I believe that I said in my previous 
email directed to Erik that I'm wondering what the downside is
of having some underspend for payroll due to hiring that happens
later than planned. Unless the underspend is significant enough
that it should impact the targets used by the Annual Fundraiser
in a significant way, believe that the underspend isn't much of
a concern. The issue that worries me about delayed hiring is the 
possibility of delays or disruptions to program schedules.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements

2013-03-15 Thread ENWP Pine
Erik,

Thanks for the explanation. Let me ask about this issue from another
angle.

Is it much of a problem to have a requisition planned to fill early in the year 
with the possibility that it won't be filled until late in the year? The delay 
likely 
provides  some excess financial capacity but I don't know if the amount would 
be 
large enough to be significant. 

Also, similar one of your points, I wonder about the downsides to 
unrealistically 
precise predictions of when requisitions will be filled. I imagine that HR has 
unplanned 
turnover during the year that they are tasked to deal with, and demanding that 
they 
fill planned vacancies on a tight schedule might have the undesirable effect of 
limiting 
their flexibility to deal with unplanned vacancies as turnover happens.

Pine

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 Date: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:58:12 -0700
 From: Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements
 Message-ID:
   caeg6zhmd4dntsec+-f+z4yjapd2pbxrgo+pt27clw1+-hs8...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
 
 On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 11:12 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
  Hm, I guess a planning problem could be the root cause, but since Erik
  seems to be saying that WMF has found a number of good candidates
  outside of SF and yet the statement in the FAQ for the mid-year financials
  said that the competition in the SF region for engineers is the reason for 
  WMF
  hiring being slower than planned
 
 On the tech side, we've filled 11 position in the first half of 12-13,
 and we'll have filled another 6 by end of March. I'm confident that
 we'll have filled at least about 20 positions by the end of the fiscal
 (some of those are replacements for people who've left rather than new
 positions). We've also made 9 of 10 planned conversions of temporary
 contractors.
 
 While the competition for local talent does affect our velocity to
 some extent, I actually don't think the problem is with hiring
 velocity per se (we're hiring at a pretty reasonable rate), but rather
 with being more data-driven in how we construct the estimates for the
 plan, both in terms of # of requisitions, and in terms of calculating
 the spend for the planned hires.
 
 In the 12-13 Plan (and that was also largely the process before),
 hiring managers were generally asked to fill in estimated start dates
 for each hire. These estimates, with a little buffer to correct for a
 known tendency to optimism, were then used as the basis for the
 financial input into the plan.
 
 That may sound reasonable, but it essentially turns the question of
 hiring velocity into guesswork at the level of the individual hiring
 manager. Moreover, it has had a weird incentivizing effect of
 budgeting hires as early as possible, because that would give hiring
 managers the runway to open a position early, and the buffer to fill
 any backlogged requisitions in the second half of the fiscal year. If
 you review the hiring plan on the last page of the 12-13 plan, you'll
 notice that almost all start dates are in the first half of the
 fiscal. That's risk mitigation -- but not a very good way to do it.
 
 For 13-14, I've asked for finance and HR to work with us in applying
 performance metrics based on our hiring velocity and attrition rate in
 12-13 against the hiring plan for the purpose of estimating the actual
 dollar spend. I've applied those same metrics to our total req # ask,
 as well. Instead of attaching unrealistically precise timing to each
 position, we'll develop a hiring plan that's focused on an a rough
 overall prioritization of requisitions.
 
 So there's definitely potential for a more accurate estimation while
 moving away from false precision. That said, I always caution people
 about the delusions of planning. An exercise like the Narrowing
 Focus this year was both very necessary, but has also had a
 significant impact on the organization as a whole and many planned
 expenditures, for example. We need to retain the flexibility to make
 conscious decisions that deviate from the plan, and the realism to
 acknowledge uncertainty.
 
 On the second point, while we have a record to look back on, obviously
 we don't really know what our true hiring velocity and attrition rate
 are going to be for 2013-14, and we can reasonably expect to be off by
 a few positions. I would much rather acknowledge that explicitly in
 the plan than pretend that this uncertainty doesn't exist.
 
 For this reason, I've proposed to Sue an explicit stage-gating of a
 set of hires. By that I mean that we would unlock a set of
 requisitions (we're considering building out a new team that could be
 easily gated) only if specific hiring objectives are met by a given
 date, and we'd clearly flag the associated expenses as being
 stage-gated in this fashion. I don't know if Sue or the Board will
 accept that proposal

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements

2013-03-13 Thread ENWP Pine
Hm, I guess a planning problem could be the root cause, but since Erik seems to 
be saying that WMF has found a number of good candidates outside of SF and yet 
the statement in the FAQ for the mid-year financials said that the competition 
in the SF region for engineers is the reason for WMF hiring being slower than 
planned, I'm having a hard time figuring out what is truly causing hiring to be 
slower than planned. After hearing Erik's comments, I'm not getting the feeling 
that the competition in the SF area for engineering talent should be a reason 
for hiring being slower than planned, so I too would appreciate some further 
explanation about why there is a disconnect between the plan and the pace of 
hiring.

Pine

 
 Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:13:36 +0100
 From: Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements
 Message-ID:
   caltqccck4tr92usclaajnmdrzpzcysjgdufjdsp-a_h5xgy...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 Garfield,
 
 Thanks for sharing the report. Once again, there is a significant
 underspend. Does that concern you? It seems the WMF is consistently
 not fully utilising its capital (so, either, you're fundraising too
 much or doing too little). It often seems to be the case that the
 underspend is due to not hiring new staff as quickly as expected. The
 FAQ mentions that the plan was overly ambitious. Do you have a plan in
 place to ensure your future annual plans include more realistic
 projections of hiring and other spending?
 
 On 11 March 2013 20:17, Garfield Byrd gb...@wikimedia.org wrote:
  Hello:
 
  The mid-year financial statements of the Wikimedia Foundation are available
  at the Wikimedia Foundation - Financial Reports
  page.http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Financial_reports
  This report is for the period from July 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
 
  Please contact me with any questions.
 
  Regards,
 
  Garfield Byrd
 
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  Wikimedia Foundation
  415.839.6885 ext 6787
  415.882.0495 (fax)
  www.wikimediafoundation.org
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimedia Education] School of Open has launched!

2013-03-12 Thread ENWP Pine
Boldly forwarding an email that was sent to the Wikimedia Education list.

Pine

-- Forwarded message --

From: Jane Park janep...@creativecommons.org
Date: Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 3:05 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia Education] School of Open has launched!

To: Wikimedia Education educat...@lists.wikimedia.org


Hey guys, in case you haven't seen School of Open launched its first set of 
courses today, including several on Wikipedia/Wikimedia: 
http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/37179.



Sign up for these facilitated courses
 this week (sign-up will remain open through Sunday, March 17). These
 courses will start the week of March 18 (next week!). To sign up, 
simply click the “Start Course” button under the course’s menu 
navigation on the left.
Copyright 4 Educators (US) – Sign up if you’re an educator who wants to learn 
about US copyright law in the education context.

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about Australian copyright, statutory licenses and open educational resources 
(OER).

Creative Commons for K-12 Educators – Sign up
 if you’re a K-12 educator (anywhere in the world) who wants to learn 
how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classroom, and 
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 if you want to learn how to edit Wikipedia or improve your editing 
skills — especially if you are interested in and knowledgeable about 
open educational resources (OER) (however, no background in this area is
 required).
All other courses are now ready for you to take
 at any time, with or without your peers. They include:
Get a CC license. Put it on your website
 – This course is exactly what the title says: it will help you with the
 steps of getting a CC license and putting it on your work. It’s 
tailored to websites, although the same steps apply to most other works.
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 – This course is a collaborative learning environment meant to 
introduce the idea of Open Science to young scientists, academics, and 
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[Wikimedia-l] MediaWiki data browser

2013-03-11 Thread ENWP Pine
There seems to be considerable interest on this email list about WikiData and 
similar projects, so I think some people may be interested in this proposal at 
Individual Engagement Grants. 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/MediaWiki_data_browser. 

Note that the community comment period is closed and the Committee has finished 
its evaluations of all IEG proposals that passed the initial eligibility 
screening. Further work is being done by WMF. The scheduled announcement date 
for grant selections from this IEG round is March 29.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mid-Year Financial Statements

2013-03-11 Thread ENWP Pine



Garfield,

Thanks for the report.

Congrats again to the fundraising team for what they accomplished this for this 
round of fundraising.

The QA for the mid-year report talks about a hiring pace that is slower than 
planned, and says We attribute this to the fact that the market for
engineers is extremely competitive in San Francisco right now. I'd like to ask 
you or Gayle about how aggressive WMF is about recruiting outside of SF. I 
think there are probably engineers at large tech companies outside of SF who 
would enjoy a change of culture from their current employers to WMF if they're 
willing to take a pay cut. I think that they would be good candidates for the 
recruiting team, so I'd strongly encourage aggressive recruiting outside of San 
Francisco.

Thanks,

Pine

  
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[Wikimedia-l] 2014 calendar of POTY 2012 top twelve

2013-02-24 Thread ENWP Pine



(: A 2014 calendar of the top twelve from the 2012 POTY contest 
would be a great addition to the Wikimedia shop!


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[Wikimedia-l] Feedback wanted on Individual Engagement Grant proposals

2013-02-19 Thread ENWP Pine
Reminder to all that feedback is welcome on Individual Engagement Grant 
proposals. The public comment phase ends on February 22. 

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG#ieg-reviewing

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation named Knight News Challenge winner

2013-01-17 Thread ENWP Pine



This is great news. Congratulations to those who worked on this grant proposal. 
I'm always glad to hear that progress continues to be made at making Wikimedia 
content more accessible and/or editable on mobile. 

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] This is an encyclopedia

2013-01-17 Thread ENWP Pine
Tom,

I too like that work of Catherine. I have it on my userpage also.

Pine

-

Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 10:41:26 -0200
From: Everton Zanella Alvarenga ezalvare...@wikimedia.org
To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,  Mailing
list do Cap?tulo brasileiro da Wikimedia.
wikimediab...@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] This is an encyclopedia
Message-ID:
caexlhe_d2mylt5bhj75mogaqe24yjkgcqcqrgod9ox_y1sx...@mail.gmail.com
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
 
THIS
 
IS AN
ENCYCLOPEDIA
 
One gateway to the wide garden
of knowledge, where lies
The deep rock of our past,
in which we must delve
the well of our future,
The clear water we must leave untainted
for those who come after us,
The fertile earth, in which
truth may grow in bright places,
tended by many hands,
And the broad fall of sunshine,
warming our first steps toward knowing
how much we do not know.
 
 
*Catherine Munro*
 
 
inspired by *This is a printing
officehttp://infoshare1.princeton.edu/rbsc2/ga/unseenhands/labels/wardePrintOffice.html
*,
by Beatrice Warde http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatrice_Warde
 
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:CatherineMunro
 
 
Just discovered from a wikipedian friend from Kenya.
 
Tom
 
-- 
Everton Zanella Alvarenga (also Tom)
A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful
than a life spent doing nothing. 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead - memorials

2013-01-13 Thread ENWP Pine
Numerous Wikipedians are leaving memorials on AaronSw's user talk page on 
English Wikipedia. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:AaronSw

I've also added a link to there from Aaron's entry in WP:RIP.

Pine

  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Compromise?

2013-01-06 Thread ENWP Pine
James,

Is there evidence that WMF has a worrisome talent retention problem? Gayle 
seems to think that the answer is generally no. If there is evidence to the 
contrary that has more weight than anecdotal Glassdoor reviews, I would be 
interested in seeing that evidence.

I would distinguish between motivation and performance. Highly motivated people 
may perform poorly and/or perform in ways that are inconsistent with the 
organization's interests. Consider the cases of financial professionals who 
were so highly motivated that they were willing to risk criminal prosecutions 
and serious harm or outright demise of their organizations. I get emails every 
week from the SEC and almost all of them seem to include announcements of legal 
actions brought by the SEC against people who were highly motivated and made 
decisions that are questionable at best. Also consider the case of someone who 
may be highly financially motivated to get a degree in engineering but lacks 
the math skills to do so. Very highly motivated people may be unable to achieve 
their performance objectives or may take significant, potentially illegal and 
unethical risks to achieve those objectives.

Looking mainly at the abstracts, I think the final study that you linked is the 
most relevant of the set to the discussion here. In that case a financial 
incentive was added in addition to whatever other incentives already existed 
for the reviewers to complete their work. But I would argue that doing the 
same work faster is more analogous to the rule-based work, rather than the 
creative work, discussed in the video that Erik linked. 

I am not opposed to WMF offering performance bonuses - money, recognition, PTO, 
greater discretion, conferences, training, desirable assignments - but in 
general I think you seem to be overstating the nature of WMF's issues with 
retaining personnel. Also, I would distinguish between incentives to perform 
and incentives to remain with the organization. 

On the accountability side, I do think that there's room for improvement, and 
the employee survey data seem to agree with that. I support the consideration 
of making personnel changes if important targets are not met or issues do not 
receive adequate responses. (I am currently concerned about the Board, as I 
have mentioned elsewhere). But that's a different issue than the alleged 
talent retention problem for paid staff.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] compromise?

2013-01-05 Thread ENWP Pine
James,

I'm a little confounded as to why you're still looking to Glassdoor as your 
primary source of information on employee satisfaction after Gayle indicated
that she has much more comprehensive data on this subject from the employee
survey.

Also, I will stand up and say that I, for one, am not a fan of WMF trying to 
match market pay in the SF area. I am interested WMF in retaining qualified
and motivated employees, and I am interested in employee job satisfaction 
which includes pay as only one of many factors. If pay was a widespread 
problem then I'm sure Gayle and Eric would be seeing that. I expect that,
as with many nonprofits, the mission of the nonprofit and the satisfaction
of working on the mission with like-minded people will compensate for the 
lower monetary compensation.

It seems to me that your concerns about HR issues have been generally well 
addressed by Eric and Gayle. Gayle has also agreed to do an IRC office hour, 
which would be a good opportunity for you to ask more questions if you're 
still not clear on the applicability of Glassdoor vs. the applicability of 
the employee survey data.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Big data benefits and limitations (relevance: WMF editor engagement, fundraising, and HR practices)

2013-01-01 Thread ENWP Pine

 
 Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:19:25 +0200
 From: Strainu strain...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Cc: wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org,
   wiki-researc...@lists.wikimedia.org
   wiki-researc...@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Big data benefits and limitations
   (relevance: WMF editor engagement, fundraising, and HR practices)
 Message-ID:
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 Hi Pine,
 
 It might be because of the alcohol I've ingested these last days, but
 - what are you proposing exactly?
 
 Hapy new year,
   strainu
 

I wasn't proposing any specific action. I was thinking, Big Data is a 
cool topic, it's a big topic in its own right, it's relevant to several 
aspects of Wikimedia, and other people might be interested in reading 
about it or thinking about it in relation to work that they're doing or 
priorities that they have.

Happy new year,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee activity levels

2012-12-29 Thread ENWP Pine
Nathan,

I agree that other qualitative and quantitative information would be helpful 
and I hope that Sj or other trustees will comment on the level of trustee 
engagement.

From what I've seen in the public records, the attendance of WMF trustees at 
Board events seems to be fairly good, but that says nothing about whether 
trustees were asking valuable questions and contributing substantially to 
conversations with staff and other trustees. 

I am wondering if we could have live broadcasts of the non-confidential 
portions of Board meetings, similar to how the monthly live metrics meetings 
are broadcast. Would anyone on the board or from staff (Sue? Geoff?) like to 
comment on that idea?

Thanks,

Pine

 Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2012 16:52:32 -0500
 From: Nathan nawr...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee activity levels
 Message-ID:
   calkx9dqxurtpzd-degvem2s3fcveopcdff4fetrhomhygxv...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
 
 The obvious point, which has been made many times on this list over the
 years, is that activity on mailing lists or meta is not a good proxy for
 measuring the activity of a member of the board. The best measure would be
 engagement with the duties of the board (which don't include posting on the
 lists or being an active editor). We'd need peer evaluations and meeting
 attendance records to really get to that. If we had that information, I
 know it would figure in my voting for board elections.
 
 

  
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[Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee activity levels

2012-12-28 Thread ENWP Pine
Sj,

I'm addressing this question to you because you seem to be the most active 
trustee in the areas where I checked for trustee activity, and also because you 
were one of the authors of the “Building a lasting movement” workshop 
submission to Wikimania 2012. I would also be interested in hearing comments 
from other trustees.

This information is from April 2012 to present, showing the number of posts and 
edits by each trustee.

Trustee  Meta usernameWikimedia-lMeta   Combined
   
Kat WalshMindspillage   8  13  21
Jan-Bart de Vreede   Jan-Bart  16  47  63
Stu West Stu0   4   4
Bishakha Datta   Bishdatta 30  34  64
Jimmy Wales  Jimbo Wales0   3   3
Ting ChenWing   0   2   2
Samuel Klein Sj   107 751 858
Matt Halprin Mhalprin   0   5   5
Alice WeigandLyzzy 12 241 253
Patricio Lorente Patricio.lorente   7  26  33


I would appreciate hearing your comments about these statistics and about 
trustee activity levels in general. Do each of the trustees demonstrate a 
strong personal interest in the health and direction of the Foundation and the 
volunteer community? Do each of the trustees participate actively at Board 
meetings? Do each of the trustees proactively and regularly communicate with 
Foundation staff, volunteer contributors, and/or organizations which have 
significant interactions with the Foundation or the content projects? 

Personally, I feel that a vibrant, engaged, and proactive board is important 
for the health of any public nonprofit organization, and for “building a 
lasting movement” for the near future and for future generations. I think of 
Wikipedia as a digital “wonder of the world” and a remarkable work of 
civilization. I hope that the trustees take a strong personal interest in the 
health and future of Wikipedia, its sister projects, and the foundation and 
people that sustain and build them.

Thank you,

Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2012-12-21 Thread ENWP Pine
Eric,

This is great. I think this initiative may lead to benefits on multiple fronts. 
Thank you for this good news!

Cheers,

Pine
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] News24 (.za): SA learners lobby for free Wikipedia

2012-12-11 Thread ENWP Pine

Thanks for forwarding. I'll forward this to link to the Signpost staff.

I love the concept of Wikipedia Zero and I'm glad to hear that users are 
finding it valuable.

Pine

 Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 11:33:00 +
 From: David Gerard dger...@gmail.com
 To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List
   wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] News24 (.za): SA learners lobby for free
   Wikipedia
 Message-ID:
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 Wikipedia Zero is popular! This sort of thing should remind us why we
 bother doing all of this.
 
 http://www.news24.com/Technology/News/SA-learners-lobby-for-free-Wikipedia-20121210
 
 
 - d.
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Announcement: Wikimedia Foundation restructure (Global Dev Engineering)

2012-12-09 Thread ENWP Pine










This reorg sounds reasonable to me as Sue has presented it. 

Since I've spent a number of hours studying WMF's org chart, financials, and 
related documents, I'd be bold here and answer some questions that have been 
asked on this list. Let me make an important disclaimer: I am not a member of 
WMF's staff or on the board of any WMF organization so these answers are 100% 
unofficial. (:

The FDC is the Funds Dissemination Committee. You can learn about them at 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Funds_Dissemination_Committee

The C-team refers to C-level staff. This is a term borrowed from corporate 
lingo. C refers to chief as in chief executive officer and chief 
financial officer but usually also means positions such as general counsel 
and, in WMF's case, Vice President of Engineering. There is an English 
Wikipedia article about this topic at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-level.

Mathieu asked, On the other hand, don't you fear a reaction from contributors 
who could feel wronged when they see some people got money where they get 
nothing? There are already contributors who have applied for grants and were 
denied. What may change are what grants are available, who awards them, and 
what criteria are used for awarding them.

Regarding the WMF org chart: you can see an approximation of it at 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors

Regarding what WMF's strategy is: you can find information about it at 
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Movement_Strategic_Plan_Summary. 
You can also find annual and monthly documents such as monthly reports and the 
most recent annual plan at https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home .

Cheers,

Pine



  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF narrowing focus (was Re: Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 105, Issue 1)

2012-12-03 Thread ENWP Pine

Thanks Sue.

I am cautious when there are specific cuts such as Fellowships in exchange for 
indeterminate benefits. That makes a cost-benefit analysis difficult to do. 
Maybe this is a good tradeoff, but from the information that's publicly 
available, I'm still particularly concerned about the loss of the Fellowships. 
Could those be funded by increasing the amount of the fundraising goal?

Some of the other possible tradeoffs and outsourcing do make sense to me. The 
loss of the fellowships is my main concern.

Looking at the bright side, I would be very glad if one of the benefits from 
narrowing focus is that the progress of the Visual Editor is hastened.

Thanks,

Pine


 
 From: Sue Gardner sgard...@wikimedia.org
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 105, Issue 1
 Message-ID:
   CAGZ0=LNMvd+mYRLyRxOVxcFMPcHhhD4iUaxodgFF6dw=mmd...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
 
 Hi Pine,
 
 We haven't articulated specific and measurable benefits: that's why you
 haven't gotten an answer to your question. That's because the Narrowing
 Focus exercise is not a one-off immediate-term event: it's a longer-term
 decision which will have multiple implications in this year and in future
 years.
 
 The Board approved the general principle: that narrowing focus would
 benefit the organization, which had been spread too thinly. But, the
 precise implications won't be known until the process begins to play out.
 For example, we've made a decision to outsource some of the WMF work
 associated with Wikimania, but until we define the terms of the
 outsourcing, we can't know what the exact implications will be. (Because we
 don't know what it will cost, or what work the contractor/consultant will
 be able to do. We *will* know those things in future, and I could make
 educated guesses about them now, but we can't know with certainty until we
 run an RFP process or similar.)
 
 Upshot: this is a long-term-focused decision, and it'll take a while for
 the implications to begin to play out. I've told the Board we shouldn't
 expect to see too much in the way of benefits in 2012-13 (the current
 fiscal year) because there will be work required to execute the various
 components of it, which will offset whatever gain we might otherwise have
 seen this year. We may see a little pay-off  this year, but mostly it will
 start to happen in 2023-14.
 
 Thanks,
 Sue
 On Dec 2, 2012 3:56 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:
 
 
  Tilman,
 
  Thanks, I always like reading these reports.
 
  Again, I'd like to ask what specific and measurable benefits the changing
  focus changes will accomplish. I've been asking this for awhile.
 
  Thanks,
 
  Pine
 
   Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:55:37 -0800
   From: Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org
   To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
   Subject: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation
 Report, October 2012
   Message-ID:
 CAPDdKA5QRw_+kn=Pdb9Ryc9=
  vpoeztxxbgfz5kwncphee7m...@mail.gmail.com
   Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
  
   Hi all,
  
   please find below the WMF report for October 2012, in plain text.
  
   As always, the editable and formatted version has been published on Meta:
  
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_October_2012
  
   and the reports are being posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:
   https://blog.wikimedia.org/c/corporate/wmf-monthly-reports/
  
   As usual, we are also publishing a separate Highlights summary.
   Please consider helping non-English-language communities to stay
   updated, by providing a translation:
   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Highlights,_October_2012
   Many thanks those who have translated the September Highlights into
   Arabic, Breton, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Piedmontese, Russian,
   Ukrainian, Chinese and Telugu!
  
   While still focussing on WMF activities, the Highlights include a
   small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
   Suggestions for the soon to be published November issue are welcome
   until Wednesday (December 5) at
   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Highlights
  
   Regards, Tilman
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 105, Issue 1

2012-12-02 Thread ENWP Pine

Tilman,

Thanks, I always like reading these reports.

Again, I'd like to ask what specific and measurable benefits the changing 
focus changes will accomplish. I've been asking this for awhile.

Thanks,

Pine

 Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:55:37 -0800
 From: Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org
 To: wikimediaannounc...@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation
   Report, October 2012
 Message-ID:
   CAPDdKA5QRw_+kn=Pdb9Ryc9=vpoeztxxbgfz5kwncphee7m...@mail.gmail.com
 Content-Type: text/plain; charset=windows-1252
 
 Hi all,
 
 please find below the WMF report for October 2012, in plain text.
 
 As always, the editable and formatted version has been published on Meta:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Report,_October_2012
 
 and the reports are being posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:
 https://blog.wikimedia.org/c/corporate/wmf-monthly-reports/
 
 As usual, we are also publishing a separate Highlights summary.
 Please consider helping non-English-language communities to stay
 updated, by providing a translation:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Highlights,_October_2012
 Many thanks those who have translated the September Highlights into
 Arabic, Breton, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Piedmontese, Russian,
 Ukrainian, Chinese and Telugu!
 
 While still focussing on WMF activities, the Highlights include a
 small selection of the most noteworthy events from the whole movement.
 Suggestions for the soon to be published November issue are welcome
 until Wednesday (December 5) at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Highlights
 
 Regards, Tilman
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Recent Research report: collaboration between editors of different political affiliations, predicting box office revenue, the Essjay controversy, and more

2012-11-28 Thread ENWP Pine

There are a number of interesting topics in this month's Recent Research 
report. The detailed list of contents for the Research Report may intrigue some 
readers of Wikimedia-l and Research-l. The report is at 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2012-11-26/Recent_research.
 More information about the report is available at 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Newsletter.

Personally, I was most appreciative of the information under Being Wikipedian 
is more important than the political affiliation. Quoting from the report: 
Based on an analysis of a sample of 1390 editors with known political 
affiliation – either US Democrat or Republican – (the authors) conclude that 
although the social identity of editors is strongly reflected in their 
editorial interests – that is, the topics on which they are more active – but 
that being Wikipedian dominates the political affiliation when it comes to 
user pages. In contrast with other social media e.g., blogosphere, where 
cross-party interactions are very much underrepresented, it appears that 
Wikipedian dialogues between editors from opposing parties are relatively 
profound and notable. On the day before the US presidential election, the 
paper's results were highlighted on the Wikimedia blog under the headline In 
divisive times, Wikipedia brings political opponents together.

Recent Research report topics for November 2012:

Early prediction of movie box-office revenues with Wikipedia data

Readability of the English Wikipedia, Simple Wikipedia, and Britannica 
compared

Wikipedia favors established views and scientifically backed knowledge

Trust, authority and credentials on Wikipedia: The case of the Essjay 
controversy

Being Wikipedian is more important than the political affiliation

Eye-tracking study: Readers look at TOC first, then infobox

Edit categories in featured and non-featured articles

How the TV schedule influences Wikipedia pageviews

A truthfulness verification system based on Wikipedia

Characterizing Wikipedia traffic

One-year article ratings dump released

Measuring countries' visibility on Wikipedia

Ratio of African Wikipedia readers rising, but still low


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