[Wikimedia-l] Breaking bots // HTTPS for logged in users on Wednesday August 21st

2013-08-21 Thread Fae
On 21 August 2013 07:49, Terry Chay tc...@wikimedia.org wrote:
...
 Luckily, the standard for the Movement is consensus, not catering to every 
 extremist view with 100% buy-in.

As a Commons user responsible for over 2.5 million edits, I would hope
that the WMF do not label or quickly dismiss me as an extremist if I
raise some questions about this notification.

I am concerned about how many valuable bot activities a mandated move
to https might break. Some will be fixed by operators such as myself
changing account preferences to force an opt-out or re-writing code,
however many useful bot activities have semi-retired operators,
particularly on Commons, and some are bound to just never be fixed and
their value will be lost. In planning this change, has some support
effort been allocated to fixing or re-hosting the bots that break
(such as taking the option of 'remotely' setting community-identified
useful bots to opt-out of https, at least for a test period, rather
than forcing an opt-in) and has there been a survey of this impact?

Though I agree we don't expect 100% buy-in, as an active volunteer,
batch uploader and bot writer, I would have expected to have been
given a friendly, non-confrontational and relaxed opportunity to raise
and consider these issues in a RFC or other consensus building
discussion on my home project and engage in discussion there, rather
than, apparently, no buy-in needed from us unpaid volunteers and
content creators.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [wca] next phone meeting

2013-06-16 Thread Fae
Hi, I'll need the phone in details to join in tonight.

Cheers,
Fae

On 15 June 2013 23:30, Markus Glaser markus.gla...@wikimedia.de wrote:
 Hi WCA and friends,

 we will have a phone meeting on Sunday, 16th of June @ 19:00 UTC [1]. More
 details and the agenda can be found here:

 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Meetings/2013-24

 If you want to join, please contact me for the phone meeting number.

 Please note there is an agenda point about current issues in the chapters.
 If you have anything trouble (or, of course, good news) you'd like to
 discuss, that's the time to do it.

 I think we also should talk about the board elections and a chapter
 perspective on the candidates.

 Best,
 Markus

 [1] http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?iso=20130616T1900

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffComs $40,000 Hong Kong junket

2013-05-14 Thread Fae
On 14 May 2013 08:45, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org wrote:
 2013/5/14 Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org
...
 Personally, I feel that WMF Committee (and board) members should not be
 treated to a lower standard than staff members, simply because they are not
 being paid for their work. But maybe I'm the only one in thát opinion
 though...
 Lodewijk

I am pleased to say that from day 1 of Wikimedia UK employing staff,
our policy has been that precisely the same expenses policy, travel
and hotel standard applies for staff and volunteers. The reason I
helped create this policy a couple of years ago, is that anything else
would separate the staff from volunteers at events in a visible and
unnecessarily community divisive way, and potentially can cause
problems with fulfilling our mission for access which must account
for undeclared ability needs and diversity requirements. I consider
this the *community norm*, rather than WMF's policies.

In line with our shared values of openness, our Chief Executive,
Trustees and our Operations are required by our finance policy to
publish expenses on the public wiki, so I encourage you to email Jon
Davies for the current summary should you wish to compare WMUK for the
nature of staff expenses for travel and accomodation to other chapters
or the WMF.

You can find a summary of WMUK's financial policies and plans at
https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Finances

Should AffCom or any other group wish to benefit from WMUK policies or
procedures, I would be happy to provide some advice as an unpaid
volunteer. The UK Chapter has invested a lot in governance
improvement.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffComs $40,000 Hong Kong junket

2013-05-14 Thread Fae
On 14 May 2013 21:13, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
...
 to be effective in the meeting. In the long run, if the WMF doesn't amend
 its travel practices one can always join any of the WMF volunteer or staff
 communities that result in occasional travel as a perk and more often as a
 cost of doing their business effectively.

Sorry Bence, travel as a perk? No, for me airport security, cramped
on a coach class flight and having to navigate public transport both
ways, in order to find my economy hotel has never been a perk, more of
a ruddy drawn out stressful punishment.

Probably me, I obviously have a jaded old man's perspective compared
to most unpaid volunteers in our community.

Fae

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

2013-05-13 Thread Fae
On 13 May 2013 08:18, Keegan Peterzell keegan.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Mon, May 13, 2013 at 2:03 AM, James Alexander jameso...@gmail.comwrote:
 That's a bit relative, James.  The active folk on this mailing list make
 for a pretty good cross section of thoughts/feelings/opinions of the
 movement.  I've refrained from this discussion and will continue to do so
 on specifics, because it's politics and that's not something I do on
 Wikipedia/Wikimedia.

On this, I have watched this thread with interest. I started following
it when sitting in a chapter board meeting all day on Saturday. From
the outset I knew I would not want to make any specific comment and
get sucked into another dramah, I have too big a pile of these already
anyway.

There are lessons to be learned here. I continue to hope that the WMF
can find a way of learning from these experiences, particularly if
they set a long term pattern, in addition to answering the specific
questions about this incident. For me, I certainly have learned that
for the other organizations I am involved with that control wikis and
have the wonderful luxury of working through the good will of unpaid
volunteer admins and bureaucrats, the policies that apply should only
change with careful and recorded consultation, even if I am personally
sure that there are very clear legal or excellent good and important
or urgent governance reasons to make changes.

For those on Monday morning finding a little egg left on their faces,
perhaps it is time to brew some freshly ground coffee, make some hot
buttered toast and turn this into a productive breakfast? Stay mellow.
;-)

PS I'm not attempting to claim any high ground here, so before anyone
points it out, yes I'm pretty darn flawed myself. Sometimes I do learn
from mistakes though, I have a lifetime of foolishness to regret and
learn from.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] movement blog, not WMF blog, was: Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

2013-05-13 Thread Fae
On 13 May 2013 12:00, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:
...
 Curiously, here you left out one sentence from my 2011 email:

 And while I don't want to pass judgment over your work on the
 projects, the fact that you are currently blocked on Meta etc. makes
 it difficult to justify keeping your access at the moment.

If you did not want to pass judgement in 2011, you certainly seem to
be making up for that retrospectively now. Perhaps it might have been
the better path to stick to that principle, rather than put this
damning email out in public, particularly an email officially from the
Wikimedia Foundation rather than a personal one.

By the way, I am unclear, was the email you are quoting extensively
from, rather than summarizing, a public correspondence, or are you
choosing to publish it now, on a permanently and publicly archived
email list, two year later?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] movement blog, not WMF blog, was: Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

2013-05-13 Thread Fae
On 13 May 2013 12:42, Tilman Bayer tba...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 By the way, I am unclear, was the email you are quoting extensively
 from, rather than summarizing, a public correspondence, or are you
 choosing to publish it now, on a permanently and publicly archived
 email list, two year later?

 Fae

 Hi Fae,

 I believe you may be confusing me and Huib here (perhaps because of
 the similarity of our volunteer user names?). It was not me who posted
 the content of a private email to this list without the sender's
 permission. Only after this had already happened I corrected the
 tampered quotation of what I had written, because this silent omission
 greatly distorted the sense and context of the divulged email.
 --
 Tilman Bayer
 Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
 Wikimedia Foundation
 IRC (Freenode): HaeB

No, I don't think I am confused about the order of events.

Even if Huib posted some of a past private correspondence, I would not
expect trusted staff members to start publishing the rest of that
correspondence from two years ago using their official email account
and therefore representing the Wikimedia Foundation in this action.

It is not that hard to respond to, or correct, perceived misreporting
of the facts, without cutting and pasting from past private
correspondence. Should you have (privately) first asked for permission
to publish extracts from the private correspondence, I suspect you
would have been given permission anyway.

Thanks for your prompt reply on this,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] movement blog, not WMF blog, was: Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

2013-05-13 Thread Fae
On 13 May 2013 12:54, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net wrote:
 All other things aside, misspelling the person's name and then calling them
 an asshole is hardly likely to lead to an amicable solution, peace, love,
 or understanding, is it?

That's correct. However I think we all recognize, that if you call
someone an asshole on an email list, then bang, you automatically lose
any debate. After that language, there is no real need to make any
reply, in fact as a rhetorical strategy, it is the much better option
to walk away rather than attempting to argue and making it appear than
there are two sides to the argument.

In fact, I see this gave Huib the opportunity to now apologise for
using the word. So now we are left with poorly judged emails on public
record from both sides for ever. Not great.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The world's most efficient charity?

2013-05-07 Thread Fae
Interesting case of a low percentage of common sense.

At the moment, I believe that none of our chapters publish figures or
estimates for the ratio between admin, fundraising and admin work, even
if we publish detailed annual reports. Personally, I don't feel we are
in a strong position to be amused by inadequate reporting by other
organizations when we are not clear on this ourselves.

It would be a great improvement to transparency if I could say, even
roughly, whether
my own chapter were spending 90%, 80% or 70% of our donated funds and
grants on planned charitable outcomes, rather than having no figures, and
having to defend the position of not knowing and finding
reasons why we would never try to calculate it from the figures
sitting in our reports. If it turns out that less than 70% of the
money was being spent on the outcomes defined in our shared mission,
this might encourage us to look rather carefully at exactly where the
rest was going, don't you think?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] UK.Gov passes Instagram Act

2013-05-02 Thread Fae
On 2 May 2013 07:54, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com wrote:
...
 If that's it, the law is completely useless, it just parrots general EU
 regulations. The big question in Europe is what qualifies as a diligent
 search: I don't know if as usual UK wants to decide on its own, in any case
 it would be useful for WMUK to ask a committee or whatever to assist the
 Secretary of State in the decision and to be appointed/heard in such
 committee. Usually they only listen to publishers and sometimes librarians.

 Nemo

Nemo, don't underestimate the power of us. :-)

If a GLAM or a magazine with a long term digital archive (just two of
some pressing cases in my mind) would like help with logging an
official record of a diligent search, then they could do much worse
than contacting us regulars on Wikimedia Commons and/or the UK Chapter
for assistance in generating and validating its content. For any
serious collection of orphan works of high public value, I would be
happy to spend several hours of my volunteer time contributing to a
wiki-based public search report and gaining opinions and additional
searches by our volunteers, many having highly developed understanding
of copyright, the nature of orphan works and where to check for
copyright claims and registration.

A couple of such example public reports would be highly likely to be
adopted by government as an reference case studies of implementation.

Shall we just do it?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WCA] [Wikimania 2013] Research and Presentation: Chapters in Numbers

2013-05-01 Thread Fae
I have two presentations in at the conference, one specifically about
the work of the WCA peer review task force :-)
Links:
* 
http://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Peer_review_for_chapters_and_thematic_organizations
* 
http://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Top_risks_for_Wikimedia_Commons_partners

In a week or so's time, I will also start arranging a
chapter/thorg/WMF board members training event, to run either the
day before the Wikimania main schedule starts or later in the year if
timing defeats us. Logistics and details of content have yet to be
worked out (Wikmedia legal issues, risk management and financial
reporting are the sort of core topics to address), but this seemed to
be very warmly received by sufficient chapter folks, and certainly
trustees of the WMF board, as an effective and economic way of
ratcheting up our governance quality across the Wikimedia community.

Michał, I will be following up on admin:fundraising:program ratios.
Obviously we can share any information we pull together in the area of
metrics and performance indicators. There is never going to be a
single metric which tells us good or bad, that is why I like the
idea of very simple one-page dashboard of key indicators and trends for a board
(executives on any board need something they can crib from in 60
seconds while travelling to a meeting ;-) ).

PS I can't *guarantee* that my chapter will fund me to attend yet, the
board cannot commit on which trustees are being sent until after we
elect a new board in June.

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

2013-04-29 Thread Fae
Hi James, thanks for the links.

Keeping in mind that there will be users that unexpectedly find their
much loved account name changed the next time they try to log in, and
this may be central to their established online wiki identity, is
there a community discussion that we can point to where this approach
was consulted on?

Thanks,
Fae

On 30 April 2013 03:29, James Forrester jforres...@wikimedia.org wrote:
 All,

 The developer team at Wikimedia is making some changes to how accounts
 work, as part of our on-going efforts to provide new and better tools
 for our users (like cross-wiki notifications). These changes will mean
 users have the same account name everywhere, will let us give you new
 features that will help you edit  discuss better, and will allow more
 flexible user permissions for tools. One of the pre-conditions for
 this is that user accounts will now have to be unique across all 900
 Wikimedia wikis.[0]

 Unfortunately, some accounts are currently not unique across all our
 wikis, but instead clash with other users who have the same account
 name. To make sure that all of these users can use Wikimedia's wikis
 in future, we will be renaming a number of accounts to have ~” and
 the name of their wiki added to the end of their accounts' name. This
 change will take place on or around 27 May. For example, a user called
 “Example” on the Swedish Wiktionary who will be renamed would become
 “Example~svwiktionary”.

 All accounts will still work as before, and will continue to be
 credited for all their edits made so far. However, users with renamed
 accounts (whom we will be contacting individually) will have to use
 the new account name when they log in.

 It will now only be possible for accounts to be renamed globally; the
 RenameUser tool will no longer work on a local basis - since all
 accounts must be globally unique - therefore it will be withdrawn from
 bureaucrats' tool sets. It will still be possible for users to ask on
 Meta for their account to be renamed further, if they do not like
 their new user name, once this takes place.

 A copy of this note is posted to meta [1] for translation. Please
 forward this to your local communities, and help get it translated.
 Individuals who are affected will be notified via talk page and e-mail
 notices nearer the time.

 [0] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Unified_login
 [1] - 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Single_User_Login_finalisation_announcement

 Yours,
 --
 James D. Forrester
 Product Manager, VisualEditor
 Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

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

2013-04-29 Thread Fae
Thanks James, personally I'm comforted by your prompt reply.

My intuition is that this would be unlikely to affect any accounts
with more than 5,000 edits, possibly fewer. I have no doubt that you
intend to take special care to help users with significant
contributions, such as those with a well established contribution
history at this level.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resignation announcement, and a parting remark to everyone

2013-04-28 Thread Fae
I am very sorry to read this Deryck. I know how completely committed you
are to our movement and you have my sincere respect.

I hope that those with influence carefully consider the issues you raise,
and take a moment for doubt and serious review.

Fae (mobile)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Train Wikiexpedition in Poland

2013-04-26 Thread Fae
Polish Railways will provide us free tickets excellent negotiation!

Hey, train enthusiasts everywhere else (including the UK and USA) here
is an incredibly tough target for the rest of us to try and beat. :-D

Fae

On 26 April 2013 15:19, Tomasz Ganicz polime...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi,

 We are about to organize a wikiexpedition devoted to train
 infrastructure in Poland. It will be officially co-organised with
 Polish Railways. Polish Railways will provide us free tickets for
 traveling across Poland using any trains and special passes to legally
 enter and photograph rail tracks, workshops, rail yards, cargo railway
 stations, museums belonging to Polish Railways  etc.  In order to get
 the pass it will be obligatory to undergo a special basic one-day
 railtrack safety training which will be provided for  free by Polish
 Railways employees. Actually we don't know what time it will happen -
 for sure during summer, but it is actually to negotiate. It is
 possible to have several 2-4 people teams. The requirements will be
 just:
 *being devoted wiki-photographer ready to submit photos to Wikimedia
 Commons under free licences
 *being highly crazy about railways stuff - i.e. be ready to travel
 across Poland using mainly slow, local trains which stops on every
 tiny station, sleep in low cost hostels, feed yourself for 32 PLN a
 day  :-)
 *You don't need to speak Polish - we can try to organize a mixed teams
 fro both training and expeditions.

 If there is anyone ready for such a wiki-safari - just drop me an E-mail...



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Train Wikiexpedition in Poland

2013-04-26 Thread Fae
On 26 April 2013 18:25, geni geni...@gmail.com wrote:
 National Railway Museum in york is free.

LOL, but they have yet to match free tickets for traveling across
sPoland/s the UK!

For a railways related job interview, I once had travel-anywhere
ticket (they were red back then) for free travel for the day anywhere
in the UK, but that was in the days of a more unified railway system.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Question: How much does administration in Chapters cost the Wikimedia movement?

2013-04-25 Thread Fae
 From: Ad Huikeshoven a...@wikimedia.nl
...
 The accounting standards give guidelines about what can be allocated to
 program costs, what should be included in fundraising cost and what are
 administrative cost. FDC entities are required to produce audited financial
 statements. The external auditor will review allocation of cost and
 transparency of explanatory notes.

 International charity guideline is to have
 program:fundraising:administrative cost ratios according to 75:10:15,
 noting the 10 and 15 are maximums. A source for these ratios is
 http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.viewcpid=48


Hi Ad, it was good to chat with you in Milan.

I very much like the rule of thumb 75:10:15, this seems something we
can usefully work with to set our own targets.

I will take a look at SORP in the UK and ask for a small bit of advice
from our leading SORP expert (who is a trustee on our board) to see if
there is a standard good practice WMUK might follow, and then consider
the comparative models for other countries.

 Costs of evaluating impact of programs. Would you include those cost in
 administrative costs?

Yes, the 'cost of quality' would be an administrative cost, however
one conventionally counts the savings from quality improvement,
prevention, and the 'cost of non-quality' wherever they are found -
this would have to be a separate analysis were one looking to
rationalize a quality program. I doubt that the financial standards
you reference would detail exactly how these are reported or analyzed,
this could be something we might decide to point to a best practice
case, rather than laying down arbitrary rules.

 Could costs of impact evaluations be part of program
 cost. If not, why not? If yes, what is your rationale?

Yes, I would expect impact evaluation to be an essential required part
of any program plan. My rationale is that reporting back from any
funded program should be part of the work products defined in the top
level project plan breakdown. I would count this a basic good project
management. Unfortunately I see very few project plans that have
project briefs agreed with beneficiaries and review milestones (or
potential kill points), I see schedules but we lack work breakdowns
and product breakdowns aligned with resource plans. The good news is
that there is plenty of room at the top when it comes to setting best
practice in our movement. :-)

It is disappointing that no organization has readily come forward in
reply to my original question with their pre-calculated
program:fundraising:administrative cost ratios (I love this way of
conceiving of the ratio) it would be really handy to be discussing a
real case at this moment. I will have a bit more time in a couple of
weeks, at which point I will happily dig into the standards you have
linked to, and then pull these out of an example past report, if I can
find a good set of numbers in one of the large chapters (WMDE, WMUK?)
or even the WMF, so that we can discuss the meaningfulness of starting
to make this ratio a top level indicator for all our movement
organizations.

Note, for those of you that have approached my privately with worries,
I believe the value here will be the trend year by year in these
ratios, as comparing the proportionate cost of administration in one
unique organization to another would be impossibly fraught with
difficulties of context, organizational framework and varying
reporting standards. We are looking for better understanding and
improvement, not a witch-hunting campaign, or a race to the bottom.

PS as I was asked in Milan, I am not an accountant (!), though I do
have a background in exec level management.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Question: How much does administration in Chapters cost the Wikimedia movement?

2013-04-25 Thread Fae
On 25 April 2013 14:07, Chris Keating chriskeatingw...@gmail.com wrote:
 Rather than focusing on understanding our costs in detail, I would like to
 understand our benefits in detail.

Sure, it would be great to have a top level performance indicator for
this. Measuring programmes in terms of hard benefit to the
beneficiaries, using measures agreed in the project brief, would be a
pragmatic start.

 The idea of an acceptable fundraising costs ratio is, to be honest, a bit
 of a red herring. In general for a mature organisation it is easy to reduce
 the fundraising costs ratio, by raising less money (fundraising
 opportunities tend to exhibit diminishing marginal returns). I am a donor
 fundraising manager for a British university (and before that a charity and
 a political party). In any of those jobs I could have recommend terminating
 all of my projects and sacking my entire team, and doing that would reduce
 the ratio of fundraising costs. It would not be in the best long-term
 interests of  the organisations or their beneficiaries. In practice,
 growing long-term income tends to involve investment.

Maybe. Though as a donor, I doubt I would be happy if more than 50% of
my donation was spent on fundraising unless there were extremely
good reasons given. To me, this would be an clear indicator that the
mission of the charity was to build an organization of staff or high
value capital items. Our shared mission clearly is not of this nature,
which makes us distinct from, say, hospitals or housing trusts.

Any charity which cannot answer the question, how much of my donation
will be spent on administration and taxes? is one that remains
severely exposed to reputational risk if this is later exposed as so
high as to be unexplainable.

 Administrative overhead, too, while perhaps useful to know, may not be
 not useful if it's a target to be clamped down on. See for instance this
 piece of research, which shows that charities with the minimum
 administrative costs are actually less effective at delivering their
 missions:

 http://www.freakonomics.com/2011/06/09/why-ranking-charities-by-administrative-expenses-is-a-bad-idea/

 So I am relatively relaxed that we are not great at measuring programme vs
 administrative expenditure.

Yes, I was happy that Frank presented the ideas of how programmes
might be evaluated at the top level as a way of supporting the FDC.
However based on a chat I had with him the following day, his
presentation was quite clearly not intended to replace the need for
all programmes to have plans to evaluate their own impact rather than
leaving it to an external team. This remains within the responsibility
of all chapters and thorgs to self-govern.

 I am not at all relaxed, however, that we as a movement are not great at
 measuring the impact of our organisations. I found Frank's session at the
 Wikimedia Conference really helpful, and I think the FDC framework can
 really help with this as well. But please let's focus on defining the
 impact of what we're doing before we worry about what's overhead and what's
 not.

I find it an odd rationale that there must be a choice between
clearly reporting how much of our charitable funds are spent on
internal administration in proportion to delivering the outcomes that
donors are actually giving for, and measuring the impact that the
outcomes have. I suggest we should push for both to be delivered. In
the meantime, there is little excuse in not spending an hour or two
with a calculator and the financial report of any chapter with
published accounts, to produce some simple ratios as a Key Performance
Indicator that we can benchmark from year to year.

Rather than finding reasons to avoid making progress on simple
reporting using measures easy to hand, perhaps we can just get on with
collecting these and then discuss what they mean, and not insist on
first delivering massive effectiveness assessment programmes, that may
never produce hard figures, but are likely to be limited to subjective
statements and soft surveys of beneficiaries?

As WMUK is subject to SORP (Statement of Recommended Practice,
Accounting and Reporting by Charities), the chapter is required to
publish a summary of any measures or indicators used by the charity
to assess its achievements. So as well as the simplistic ratio we are
discussing here, WMUK could provide the movement with an excellent
case study for other chapters on how to address these regulatory
requirements for top level performance indicators focused on achieving
the charitable mission.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategic plans of the Wikimedia entities: could you link your strategy, please?

2013-04-23 Thread Fae
On 22 April 2013 23:22, Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl wrote:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy

 Would you like to make a link to your strategy document?

I added a link to WMUK's five year strategy document, however I am
wondering if this might work even better if the links appeared in a
column of http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Reports?

This then becomes a more central place to find the status of all
chapters (and thorgs) which you can then compare to the published
strategy (and indeed, confirm if the have a published strategy).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal: [WCA][Governance] Training for chapter and thematic org. board members

2013-04-22 Thread Fae
On 22 April 2013 08:25, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com wrote:
 I didn't like the idea, because, chapters are not equal.

I believe the chapters are equal. Yes, yes, I'm a idealist dreamer. :-)

Certainly all chapters (and in the future 'thorgs') have exactly one
voice each, one vote each, one representative each, regardless of how
many staff they employ, how big their budget is, or even how
successful their programmes are in delivering charitable outcomes.

 Why you don't focus your energy sharing experiences in one open wiki,
 creating a cookbook (not a manual), and than another communities can use
 this material too...

I do not think this is an either/or situation. All materials will be
public and volunteers helping the WCA task teams are already working
on making case studies and cookbook materials available.

One benefit of making all materials used in a future training and
workshop session public, is that they can be re-used and improved; for
example by volunteers making these available in different languages or
running their own regional sessions for chapter board members and
others that play a part in chapter governance.

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[Wikimedia-l] Proposal: [WCA][Governance] Training for chapter and thematic org. board members

2013-04-21 Thread Fae
The majority of chapter boards (and the proposed thematic
organizations) do not routinely have an induction process with
training in expected reporting requirements, liability as directors,
the role of oversight and how to maintain a competent and professional
board function, etc.

At the Milan conference, I shall be proposing that the WCA takes a
lead in arranging a shared training course and workshop with the aim
of this being a regular planned activity, so that chapters and other
groups agree basic expectations for the behaviours and competencies of
board members, and benefit from the efficiencies of a shared training
event, hopefully hosted by one of the chapters with handy facilities
to support it.

I have chatted about this proposition during coffee breaks with 4
different 'large' chapters, and the feedback so far is that this would
be an easy way of improving the quality of our governance and of
definite direct benefit to many of our organizations.

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[Wikimedia-l] Info: Wikimedia Conference feedback - Grazie mille!

2013-04-21 Thread Fae
I would like to give a personal thankyou to WMIT for successfully
taking on the scary challenge of hosting the Wikimedia Conference.

We can all see the team has put in a huge amount of effort and
creativity into the conference. I loved visiting Milan for the first
time, and being hosted in such a lovely venue and hotel (I can
recommend eating out in Milan, all the food I have had here has been
excellent). I look forward to being invited again :-D

I'm in the feedback session right now, and I think there are excellent
learning points to make to make life easier for our next host.

Grazie mille!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Question: How do we define lobbying?

2013-04-20 Thread Fae
There are some useful draft definitions here. It would be handy to get
a page on meta started as a list of best practices for chapters and
other groups that may not be sure of what are normal sorts of lobbying
accepted within the Wikimedia movement that could be okay for funding
support.

From my personal experience I have done some stuff that might be
called lobbying in the last year:
* Given evidence to parliament on Wikimedia projects as part of a
joint fact finding committee on (failed) super injunctions.
* Researched proposed changes in UK copyright legislation (open
publishing and recognition of orphan works) and then supported a
position paper back to the parliamentary committee inviting feedback.
* Taken part in hosting a workshop for academic bodies on open
publishing which included how to help Jimmy Wales with approaching the
right political stakeholders in government.
* Written to government funded bodies and the official holders of
Crown Copyright to clarify interpretations claims of copyright over
public domain works.

None of the above amounted to much in terms of costs to the movement
(apart from my unpaid volunteer time), however I think all could be
valid for UK Chapter staff support, travel claims or supporting legal
advice, were we to have asked for any.

Cheers,
Fae

On 20 April 2013 08:19, Andre Engels andreeng...@gmail.com wrote:
 Lobbying is any activity that has the intention of influencing the opinions
 of politicians and other influential people on issues. I think a clear (or
 at least, at first look clear) between black (corruption-like) and white
 (ethic) lobbying would be that white lobbying consists of bringing
 information and opinions to politicians and/or the general public, black
 lobbying consists of bringing them advantages or promises.

 In general, lobbying consists of sending letters, petitions and such to
 politicians, parliaments, governments and such, and talking with those
 about subjects we are interested in. It's comparable to propaganda
 (political advertising), but directed at 'those in power' rather than the
 population as a whole.

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[Wikimedia-l] Question: How much does administration in Chapters cost the Wikimedia movement?

2013-04-19 Thread Fae
After seeing a few recent facts and figures about Wikimedia Chapters
(at the Milan conference), I think that administration versus
project activities is highly varied and may be something like 15% to
40% out of the overall budget. Unfortunately this figure can be a bit
hard to work out and (I think) almost impossible to ensure we would be
comparing like for like based on current reports.

It would make a great top level key performance indicator for our
organizations if this could be reported using an agreed standard
definition as to what administration means, with such a definition we
could even make this an expectation for the public annual financial
reports. Hopefully reporting such a ratio could then be a target for
improvement and any strategic plans for growth could be accountable
against this and other top level performance measures.

My rule of thumb would be that administration is composed of:
* Staff salaries, contractor payments and professional advice fees
* Offices and fixed or hired assets used for non-project activity
(such as financial reporting, accounts, board meetings)
* Expenses for non-project activity

I have yet to have a confirmed figure for WMUK, but I would be
interested any any current figures for other chapters for
comparison/benchmarking and any explanation of the 'norms' we might
expect to calculate these.

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[Wikimedia-l] Are you interested in being interviewed about your LGBT experience with Wikimedia?

2013-04-16 Thread Fae
Hi,

While I am at the Wikimedia conference in Milan, meeting a wide selection
of Wikimedians from around the globe, I would love to use the opportunity
to start recording a few short interviews with LGBT/queer/gay contributors
about their experiences on our projects.

I am happy to keep your identity confidential, though I would like to be
free to publish transcripts after they are reviewed with you and anything
you are no longer happy with is deleted.

If you would like to meet up with me for a short chat during the
conference, please do either track me down or send me an email and we will
try to coordinate a time.

For those not at Milan, I would love to chat. Drop me an email and perhaps
we can arrange a Skype call and pen a few notes together on etherpad at
some point.

If I can get a few interviews on record, I would like to eventually write a
short piece for Wikinews about what the culture on different Wikimedia
projects feels like for both open LGBT contributors or those that prefer to
keep their sexual orientation (or gender) a secret. There's no hurry, I'm
not a fast article writer. :-D

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

2013-03-29 Thread Fae
On 29 March 2013 19:22, Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu wrote:

 I'd rather be interested in how do you measure _success_ (this question is
 for everybody)


By hard outcomes measured against the original project goals.

Turning that around - projects should not be funded without defined
measurable goals, and good governance reviews would halt funding for a
project that stops regularly reporting against the agreed goals.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia (Foundation) endowment

2013-03-18 Thread Fae
On 18 March 2013 09:03, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl wrote:
 hi Fae,

 I share your commitment to avoiding a bureaucratic monster. However, I have
 to practically point out, that in our case any vision and strategy of a
 long time horizon is a grave mistake. We can't predict technologies and
 Internet trends 10 years in the future, so even vision creation beyond this
 point is a dangerously blinding and binding exercise. Strategy creation and
 its time horizon have to be based on the stability of the environment. The
 only business I know of that relies on something close to 100 years of time
 horizon for strategy is forestry. We, on the other hand, are in the
 Internet business, and going beyond 5 years in terms of strategic plans,
 and beyond 10 years in terms of long-term powerful visions is more likely
 to lull us to sleep, rather than help.

The sum of human knowledge is not about internet technology of the
moment, or limited to the next 5 years.

If the WMF and the leading figures in our movement cannot produce a
vision or even a highest possible level strategy for 100 years, then
the case for having a billion dollar endowment looks exceedingly weak
and probably idle dreaming. There is no sensible case for an endowment
fund that only imagines the next couple of years - that is in fact why
we talk about reserve funds that cover that period and short term
risks that might arise.

If I am looking to leave a million dollars in my will to benefit human
knowledge, I would want the comfort of knowing the organization that
will use my money will exist *long* after my death, it will not
repurpose funds in unexpected ways, or waste it on an empire
building bureaucracy that has the natural priority of paying benefits
to careerist senior management types involved in operations.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia (Foundation) endowment

2013-03-18 Thread Fae
On 18 March 2013 11:28, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl wrote:
...
 I honestly don't believe that anyone with some basic understanding of
 principles of organizational strategic planning would dispute that.
 However, I entirely agree with Fae that we need a powerful, long-term
 vision (and I believe that making all knowledge universally accessible is
 quite good in this respect, and also appealing to donors for endowment).

As I have a MBA specializing in international strategy, hand in hand
with a couple of decades as a consultant, I would count myself as
having a basic understanding. ;-)

 In other words, I completely do not understand why you insist that in spite
 of a long term vision we also need a 100-year spanning strategy. But let's
 assume we do: could you give examples of goals, say for year 10, year 20,
 year 50?...

I suggest you step away from the technology component before this
becomes a mantra. Given a span of 100 years, assumptions become rather
large. We can start to assume that within one or two decades,
*everyone* on the planet is data-connected, we can assume that
language barriers break down or become irrelevant, we can assume that
connection and hardware costs become vanishingly small and we can
assume that engagement with human knowledge is fully immersive.

Developing a strategy would require some big thinking of scenarios:
* Does Wikimedia get subsumed into a new ecology of open knowledge
organizations?
* Does operations become irrelevant as it will be naturally factored out?
* In a future of cheap as chips access, does access mean
socialization and education?

Classically, one might bounce around environmental scenarios such as
religious division, hyper-connection social instability (meme
threats), population crisis etc.

It's a big talk, and above was mentioned spending 5 years on this.
Consider how darn slow us unpaid Wikimedia volunteers are to nit-pick
our way forward, thinking of how we take longer than a year+ to reach
some conclusions is not unreasonable, and it is not as easy as saying
quote examples as if this was a discussion short-cut.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia (Foundation) endowment

2013-03-18 Thread Fae
On 18 March 2013 13:24, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl wrote:
 Fine, let's call it strategy. Off-the-record, can you name some other
 organizations, preferably more or less in our industry, which have
 strategies longer than 20 years?

Google it - some random reading:
* 100 year project
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2199247/The-100-year-Starship-project-plans-transport-humans-solar-system.html
* 100 year plan
http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Industry/Unigen-pens-100-year-plan
* 100 year plan http://www.cnv.org/server.aspx?c=3i=541
* 100 year scenario planning
http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Technology-in-the-next-100-years-the-futurologists-view
* How Google and Virgin wanted to be on Mars in 100 years
http://www.google.com/virgle/plan_1.html :-D

A business search might discover some more down to earth long term
strategy examples. If this gets a bit more serious, I might spend a
couple of hours in the British Library business center tracking some
down.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation: Question time for WCA Council Chair candidates

2013-03-17 Thread Fae
Dear fellow Wikimedians,

Re: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair

Today, Sunday 17th March, is the last day for discussion about the 3
candidates we have for Wikimedia Chapters Association Chair. The
formal question period is over, but everyone is invited to discuss and
react to the answers from the candidates at
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair#Questions_for_the_candidates.

Voting by the Council Members will close today at midnight UTC (which
happens to be the same time as in London), so all Council Members
should add their vote to the election page today. You can check who
your chapter's member is at
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Membership.

A special personal thank you to everyone that took time to raise
questions, and for the candidates in gamely replying with well thought
out and wise rationales.

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

2013-03-17 Thread Fae
Congratulations to Markus on becoming the Chair of the WCAC.

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

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

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

Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] בקשה למרואיין

2013-03-11 Thread Fae
On 11 March 2013 19:56, Michael Snow wikipe...@frontier.com wrote:
 Too bad - I was hoping it was a sign that people were taking seriously the
 notion that this could be a multilingual mailing list, not just
 English-only.

Me too, I thought it was rather refreshing for folks to be
corresponding here in something other than English; even though that's
all I can read. :-)

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[Wikimedia-l] Info: Shabab Mustafa of WMBD joins the WCA Council

2013-03-07 Thread Fae
Dear Wikimedians,

I have the pleasure of announcing that Shabab Mustafa has joined the
Wikimedia Chapters Association Council. This appointment makes a total
of 23 members.[1]

Shabab is a founding member of the Wikimedia Bangladesh Chapter and
currently serves on the Executive.[2] He is a veteran open source
software advocate.

Links
1. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Membership
2. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Bangladesh

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation's non-disclosure agreement

2013-03-05 Thread Fae
On 6 March 2013 07:11, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:
 It's unclear whether Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees members and
 Wikimedia stewards are also required to sign NDAs. It seems all Wikimedia
 Foundation employees are required to sign one.

Staff contracts should effectively do this, though one might need to
add NDAs for temporary contractors and consultants.

(A personal statement, off the top of my head and without doing any
research...) trustees should not be asked to sign a NDA as they should
be free to act with their conscience for the long term benefit of the
charity, which may include being free to publicly discuss negative
material; hard to do if every email and document is covered by a NDA.
Plus one expects trustees to have liability insurance, so unless there
is gross misconduct, such a contract would never be enforceable if the
trustee can claim to be acting within their role as a trustee (i.e.
any civil claim for damages would effectively be the charity acting
against itself).

Wikimedia UK has a Trustee Code of Conduct, which ensures that
trustees do not go off the rails, and sets the behavioural
expectations for prospective trustees rather nicely.[1] As well as a
list of NDAs, it would be good to have an index of similar governance
related codes (Trustee CoC, COI policies,[2] Financial reporting
standards, et al).

Links
1. https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trustee_Code_of_Conduct
2. https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_Interest_Policy,
http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest_policy

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Chapters] Question: Plans for the Wikimedia conference in Milan

2013-03-04 Thread Fae
I agree with the previous thoughts on this thread that any WCA Council
meeting should be in the core time, on the principle that we want any
meeting to be open. Any of the outcomes of research, analysis and
services that we have been discussing should be presentations and
workshops integrated with the core schedule rather than a specific
Council discussion.

For those like Manuel that are unable to come for logistical or
financial reasons, we should ensure that good efforts are made to
enable their virtual presence, even if only for selected slots in the
timetable. This would be an excellent chance to show off recent
progress with open source software for video conferencing.

I'll aim to book my travel to arrive on Thursday afternoon and fly
back late on the Sunday.

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[Wikimedia-l] Info: Karthik Nadar appointed as WCA Council member for Wikimedia India

2013-03-04 Thread Fae
Dear Wikimedians,

I am delighted to announce that Karthik Nadar has joined the Wikimedia
Chapters Association Council. This appointment makes a total of 22
members.[1]

Karthik is on the board of the Wikimedia India Chapter and serves as
the secretary. He jumped to Wikimedia fame after volunteering to
become a poster boy for the 2011 fundraiser.[2]

Links
1. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Membership
2. 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011#Karthik_Nadar.27s_Appeal_December_3.2C_2011

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Chapters] Question: Plans for the Wikimedia conference in Milan

2013-03-04 Thread Fae
On 4 March 2013 12:40, Laurentius puntoesclamat...@email.it wrote:
 In data lunedì 4 marzo 2013 10:38:49, Fae ha scritto:
 [...]
 I'll aim to book my travel to arrive on Thursday afternoon [...]

 Note that the WCA council meeting is currently planned for Thursday (as
 discussed in a WCA meeting some time ago).

Okay, I haven't booked flights yet so I should be able to include all
of Thursday. Discussing the agenda in any detail will have to defer
until after the current election for Chair, however I suggest
arranging an afternoon meeting so that people can arrive in the
morning without too much hassle. As previously discussed, we should
aim to keep material of general interest to the main schedule, however
programme status resulting from actions from the last coordination
meeting and getting the best out of the conference are suitable to
walk through.

If there are a few of us available on Thursday morning, we might be
able to workshop some details from the WCA action teams (research,
peer reviews etc.).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Commons-l] FOP in Europe: does this include WWII monuments with art?

2013-03-03 Thread Fae
On 3 March 2013 12:10, Jane Darnell jane...@gmail.com wrote:
...
 In that discussion, the whole category for the Washington, DC Vietnam
 memorial was nominated for deletion, see here:
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:WhatLinksHere/Category:Vietnam_Veterans_Memorial
 The last word on that discussion was I called the Smithsonian and the
 Park Service about this. Aside from laughing, they were confused why
 anyone would assume that the copyright was owned by anyone except the
 USGov, or that it wan't in the PD. I can't get anyone on the record
 about this.

 I would go so far as to assume that the same is true for Dutch WWII
 memorials, and if we cannot come up with a good way of preserving
 Dutch WWII memorial images for the Dutch Wikimedia community to use in
 any Wikipedia project (so not just the NL wiki), then I propose a
 Dutch Wikipedia blackout on May 4th out of protest, since obviously
 the only hindrance is the fear of Wikimedia Commons users that they
 will be legally pursued, and I assume that this fear is real enough
 that we can go public with it.

 On a personal level, as a Dutch citizen, I would be willing to be the
 first to be tried legally on such an issue, and after my discussion
 this morning, I believe I could crowd source my legal fees with
 support from the Dutch Wikipedia community.

Hi Jane,

I know it's all rather frustrating. I suggest a common sense approach
to the Commons community. There are a few rather good copyright
wikilawyers that dominate the discussion on Commons, the primary way
of handling them (us?) is to make sure that there is (i) clear policy
or agreed guidelines and (ii) legal clarification and external advice
where this would be helpful. Our critical wikilawyers do not make the
law, but they do help highlight how daft it can be at times. :-)

Now, in the *real world*, there is unlikely to be any issue were the
GLAM project you envisage to upload 1,000 or 100,000 images. A tiny
percentage will be deleted for various reasons, as a matter of course,
no matter how hard you try to run detailed guidelines. The idea that
such a project either must not proceed, or would be judged a failure
by the Wikimedia community, were a single image to be a potential
copyright problem, is not feasible, and we do not want such great
projects to be paralysed for fear of criticism because we have not got
full answers to every possible risk. The key Commons policy to
consider is the Precautionary Principle, so long as there are no
*significant* doubts with regard to copyright, then this indicates it
is perfectly okay to upload images where one has taken simple and
obvious precautions.[1]

Commons benefits from another great community approach, that of
staying mellow, you may want to take the Smithsonian's approach and
laugh most of this away. I suggest rather than brinkmanship and
calling for black-outs and legal cases, you consider different avenues
of community consultation, such as relevant questions on the village
pump, the copyright noticeboard and set up a GLAM Commons WikiProject
page for long term guidelines for your project members to discuss and
improve. With such consultation banked, it would be hard for anyone to
come along later and criticise you for not trying to address the issue
and reach a practical conclusion.[2][3][4][5]

My viewpoint is as a well known Wikimedia Commons contributor with
40,000+ image uploads, 600,000+ edits and over 1.2 million further
edits by bot. Oh, and I do other more important stuff too. :-D

Links
1. 
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Project_scope/Precautionary_principle
2. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Staying_mellow
3. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GLAM
4. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Copyright
5. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Commons-l] FOP in Europe: does this include WWII monuments with art?

2013-03-02 Thread Fae
Hi Jane,

I am sorry to hear this has been a concern. My intuition is that this
would be far less of a tangible risk to a team project than the fuss
about this stuff might lead you to believe, so long as we can
demonstrate sensible advice, review and precautions being taken.

In the UK, FOP tends to be very liberal, however memorials have
special issues to consider if the intention is for a free release on
Commons. I would have encouraged some guidelines for
photographers/uploaders to be written up, and then continued with the
event with these in place, possibly with a means of contributors
asking further questions and having their uploads reviewed for
compliance via an on-wiki project page.

A few nuts and bolts of it based on my experiences on Commons (from a
UK perspective, so this will vary somewhat in other parts of Europe)
are:
1. Any memorial must be a permanent feature. Any work of art that
appears temporary is unlikely to be covered by FOP.
2. Text on a memorial may be under its own copyright even though it is
on permanent public display, so the text itself must be demonstrably
out of copyright. This is a separate issue from the general FOP
provisions. If the text is incidental to the photograph, i.e. not a
close up and the text is effectively de minimus, then FOP is likely to
be valid.
3. Text which is embossed and made 3D, such as being part of an
inscribed plaque, may be considered a 3D work and covered by FOP.
4. Any memorial photographed whilst standing on private land may not
be covered by FOP.

The US has free speech, but is a long way from a country that accepts
FOP, however so long as the photo is taken in the EU and is of a fixed
and identified memorial, EU copyright law is the principle one to
consider and FOP applies.

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[Wikimedia-l] Question: Plans for the Wikimedia conference in Milan

2013-03-02 Thread Fae
I'm about to book my travel for Milan, and wondered if there were any
views from Council members or other chapter enthusiasts if we might
try to arrange meetings outside of the core Friday 19th to Sunday 21st
April.

If there are no particular plans for meeting during Thursday 18 April,
then I'll plan on arriving late that day.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open Knowledge Foundation and Wikimedia Foundation

2013-03-01 Thread Fae
On 1 March 2013 13:42, Sarah Stierch sarah.stie...@gmail.com wrote:
 We're actually even considering making the wiki internal because it's not
 fruitful for anyone outside of the internal community. So..don't expect much
 to happen with that wiki space.

I think it would be great to have a public page like this to
demonstrate our partnerships between the two organizations. It is a
handy thing to point to, in order to show off some of the stuff our
global networks of volunteers work together on. It seems a pity to
only do this on a country-by-country basis.

The UK chapter has a page for active GLAM partnerships
https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cultural_partnerships and a historical
record forms part of our Annual Report (the next one will be at
https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/2013_Annual_Report/Partnerships). I
think doing something wider like this for a couple of close partners
is sensible (i.e. those partners where our Mission greatly over-laps),
so long as it can be maintained and is somewhere where we can find it
again (!)  ;-)

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[Wikimedia-l] Announcement: Nominations are invited for Chair of the Wikimedia Chapters Association Council

2013-02-26 Thread Fae
Re: 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair

Nominations for candidates for the position of WCAC Chair are invited
above. The schedule for nominations and votes is:
Nominations open midnight on Monday 25 February 2013.
Nominations close midnight on Wednesday 6 March 2013 and voting is opened.
Voting closes midnight Sunday 17 March 2013.

If your chapter does not currently have a representative on the
council and would like to put forward a candidate, please contact me
now so that your candidate can be nominated before the 6th March.
There are no costs, and non-English nominations and nominations for
candidates outside Europe are welcome. There is an explanation of what
the WCA is and what it does at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WCA.

Voting will be limited to Council members registered before voting
opens, anyone is welcome to add their views, ask questions and
influence the outcome on
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Term limits for WMF board members?

2013-02-25 Thread Fae
On 24 February 2013 17:14, Alice Wiegand awieg...@wikimedia.org wrote:
...
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Democratizing_the_Wikimedia_Foundation#Result_of_the_Board.27s_discussion_about_term_limits

I am pleased to see that the WMF notes that term limits are
recommended by Compass Partnership for WMUK's Board and has taken
this into account, even though the conclusion is that the WMF board
prefers to not be bound by a hard rule.

The UK Chapter appreciated this recommendation from Compass which
re-enforced the board's past discussions in this area, and personally
I would hope to see this pass as a change to process in our next
general meeting or as advised by our Governance Committee. I would
recommend this improvement to every maturing Chapter, the WMF board,
and every other long term management board, as our collective
demonstration that we are fully committed to adopting charity best
practice in our governance processes.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Term limits for WMF board members?

2013-02-25 Thread Fae
On 25 February 2013 11:43, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 25 February 2013 11:30, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 The UK Chapter appreciated this recommendation from Compass which
 re-enforced the board's past discussions in this area

 What discussions did it reinforce? The last discussion about term
 limits I'm aware of (February 2012, if memory serves) was very short
 because the board was unanimously against it. It sounds like there has
 been a big swing since then...

I think we must have been in different meetings, my intuitive sense
tells me that the board has never been unanimously against it though I
would be happy to be corrected against the minutes. I have always been
for term limits, and the classic 2x3 limit suggested by Compass
happens to fit perfectly with discussion the board had about a term
limit of a maximum of 5 or 6 years. This dates as far back as
discussions when Andrew was Chairman, and though we always want to
retain continuity and the knowledge that long serving volunteers
offer, this must be balanced against ensuring suitable turn-over as
part of a demonstration of openness.

In practice, we still draw upon ex-trustees with brains full of
valuable knowledge by adopting them as advisor, associates, inviting
them to join Committees or having them retained as committed and
recognized leading volunteers. I would like to see past trustees
re-join the board after a year or more away doing more interesting
things, I have been around long enough to appreciate their value and
special talents, especially yours Tom.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Election for WCA Chairperson

2013-02-25 Thread Fae
For those commenting here that they would like to see all AffCom
recognized chapters voting for the Chair, please note this would take
a resolution to change the charter (section B Art 3) Each Chapter
selects one Council Member, by announcement of the Chapter to the
Chair of the Council.

I estimate that in practice such a resolution would mean that we could
not run the election for Chair until after the Milan conference, and I
would have no confidence that it would pass.

@Jan-Bart, as the only WMF trustee discussing this here so far, and as
the person who started this line of discussion, would the WMF trustees
be content to see me stay in place for so long whilst we reach a
consensus?

I was aiming to open nominations at midnight today my time, so
apologies if by the time you read this it is already too late to
change the schedule.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Election for WCA Chairperson

2013-02-25 Thread Fae
Sorry wrong ref, easily done - I meant to paste in The Council elects
from its own Members a Chair and a Deputy Chair. (Section 3 Art 6).

Fae

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Election for WCA Chairperson

2013-02-25 Thread Fae
On 25 February 2013 04:17, Newyorkbrad newyorkb...@gmail.com wrote:
...
 voting. To the extent that a given member might wish to decide his or her
 vote through consultation with his or her chapter -- through internal
 discussion and consensus or a vote of the chapter board members or all the
 chapter's members, on a mailing list or at a chapter meeting -- I'm not
 sure one week is a long enough period in which all chapters can do so.

I have added a week to the overall process, which would not seem to be
an issue with installing a Chairperson well in advance of the Milan
conference.

The dates I have added are:
Nominations open midnight (UTC) on Monday 25 February 2013.
Nominations close midnight on Wednesday 6 March 2013 and voting is opened.
Voting closes midnight Sunday 17 March 2013.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Are chapters part of the community and board seats for affiliates?

2013-02-24 Thread Fae
On 24 February 2013 10:27, Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu wrote:
 Maybe I wasn't clear enough, imo chapters are NOT part of the communities
 (nor the global community), just a tool for them to achieve certain goals
 that otherwise would be much more difficult or (almost) impossible to reach.

+1

With the logical extension that so are AffCom, the FDC, the WCA, the
WMF ... If these tools become ineffective, then we should look again
at what we (the movement) need in our tool box. Indeed I believe we
have been doing precisely that by creating the FDC and the WCA in the
last two years and the WMF has strategically been 'narrowing focus'.

As an unpaid volunteer and thus with no vested interest, I would be
perfectly happy with a completely new and improved tool box for
Christmas. It is only human nature that it is much, much harder to see
the world this way and accept change, when your employment may depend
on the existing tools.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Election for WCA Chairperson

2013-02-24 Thread Fae
Hi,

The schedule of election for the Chapters Association Council Chair
has been announced at
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2013_Chair

The schedule is:
Nominations open midnight (UTC) on Monday 25 February 2013.
Nominations close midnight on Monday 4 March 2013 and voting is opened.
Voting closes midnight Monday 11 March 2013.

Note that all 21 Council members will be eligible to vote, including
those that stand for election. In a heavily contested election,
expecting nominated candidates to refrain from voting would not be
workable.

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[Wikimedia-l] Info: Election for WCA Chairperson

2013-02-23 Thread Fae
Hi,

I have started a draft of the process for the WCA election for a
Chairperson at 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Elections/2012_Chairperson.
This is in line with the discussion at the London meeting last
weekend. The election for a Chairperson is limited to votes by Council
members (as defined at the time of opening the vote) and the
Chairperson needs to be a member of the Council.

I invite Council members to not only consider if they have some skill
and experience to bring to the role of Chair, but also to take an
selfless viewpoint, and consider if there are individuals with skills
elsewhere in their Chapter that might mean that now would be a good
time to quickly swap their position with someone else in their
Chapter,  so that the WCA benefits overall.

I strongly recommend that this is a contested election, particularly
with representatives from smaller Chapters running for Chair. A key
reason that I planned last year for a re-election for Chair to happen
before the Milan conference, was that I was uncomfortable that my
appointment without contest. In my view, this was a weak demonstration
of our democratic process. If anyone has good tips for improving the
process then please chip in, preferably on the meta talk page. My
objective is to keep this as simple as possible to understand, and as
non-bureaucratic as possible, so please try to make any suggestions
with that in mind. :-)

I propose we accept self nomination statements in languages other than
English, and allow others to help with good translations. I would
expect to be opening for nominations on Monday 25 February 2013,
unless there are significant objections (such as prospective
candidates being unavailable for this coming week and needing an
extension to this schedule).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMCH resolution about providing a web conferencing system for the Wikimedia Movement

2013-02-22 Thread Fae
On 22 February 2013 09:46, Charles Andrès charles.andres.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 We plan to give access to these tools at first to all the chapters and 
 affiliated group, as then as well for thematic groups.

 Deployment is planned for the next Wikimedia Conference in Milan.

Hi Charles,

Thanks for choosing to open this up as a service. I will be
recommending to my own chapter that we should test out this tool in
preference to non-open source solutions that we are currently using
(such as Skype and Google Hangout) and I would like to offer it to the
GLAMtoolset project (there are regular sprint reviews that rely on
video conferencing). It would be great if we could share a test
platform in advance of deployment for Milan so that we can make sure
that on-line guides and advice are well established.

Could we make a general offer to all chapters that if they want to use
this tool to have open board meetings or committee meetings (and
preferably record proceedings), that we will offer this as an actively
supported service? This may mean setting aside a small budget for
technical support. It seems exactly like the type of inter-chapter
initiative that the WCA should seek to promote.

As part of a supported service, it might be an idea to recommend what
sorts of hardware kit work well with video conferencing. In my own
chapter we have a history of poor audio problems, and sharing
experiences of good value multi-directional microphones, recommended
bandwidth and so forth, would be helpful in deciding how to minimize
our spend on hardware and provide high quality recordings at the same
time. It may even be an idea to have a recommended virtual meeting kit
box for chapters (mini-sound mixer, mic types, mini-tripod etc.), this
would make it easy for any chapter to estimate and add a
non-controversial line item in their funding proposals to support good
quality virtual access, in line with our shared values of openness and
transparency. ;-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Are chapters part of the community and board seats for affiliates?

2013-02-22 Thread Fae
On 22 February 2013 20:15, Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu wrote:
 I believe chapters are tools for the local communities to achieve certain
 goals that otherwise would be very difficult or (almost) impossible, and a
 great aid in local community building.

+1

The vast majority of volunteers like the idea that there is a Chapter
they can turn to to ask for help, or to get their idea for a project
reviewed, funded and looking official. If a volunteer came to a
wikimeet with a brilliant idea for a project, but said they could not
stand the stupid bureaucracy of chapters, I'd say excellent mate, you
go for it and I'll see what I can do to help with funding if you need
it.

Most of us started this stuff before our chapters were anything more
that a society for a handful of embarrassed lonely encyclopedia
fanatics meeting in a pub, confessing how much they loved the idea of
the open knowledge movement. It's just unavoidable that chapters have
to get formal once you have projects spending six figure sums rather
than three figure sums.

Getting formal without sucking all the joy out of it, well that's the
real challenge for all of us.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looking back at the London Conference

2013-02-20 Thread Fae
On 20 February 2013 08:59, Christophe Henner
christophe.hen...@gmail.com wrote:
 Why do we need two announce mailing lists? Can't we all use
 wikimedia-announce ?

I don't really care much about how it works, just that it does. Manuel
Schneider took an action at the weekend to advise on points of
contact, and set up the system where needed. He is wonderfully
knowledgeable about our sites and systems, and has the technical skill
to sort this out.

Even if we do start using our WCA announcements list, I would want to
cross post everything of any possible interest. Whether logistics for
the WCA action teams needs to be on Wikimedia-announce, I don't know,
though if doubt remains I would rather keep cross-posting until there
are requests to stop clogging up these extra channels with our
info-spam. :-)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Looking back at the London Conference

2013-02-19 Thread Fae
On 19 February 2013 23:47, James Alexander jameso...@gmail.com wrote:
...
 Groups should grow naturally, they should incorporate only when necessary
 and get staff only when necessary, trying to push them before they are
 ready only makes things worse.  We have been having a long standing habit
 within the meta movement to rush towards organizations and staff long
 before it's necessary, pissing away money and good will.

 James

I don't disagree with the sentiment. I recall the WMUK strategy
weekend when the chapter board and staff all stood in the room to
indicate how important to the new charity fundraising was. I was the
Chair at the time, and I think I annoyed almost everyone there by
being the only one standing in the middle of the room, and saying that
I could do everything in our mission with a bag of crisps and money
for a coffee, while almost everyone else was putting fundraising as
the highest importance.

Money is not in our mission statement or our values. It's a burden and
a governance nightmare. I already have a track record of doing good
things relying on *other people's* money, it does not have to be in my
bank account in order to have institutions and others eventually agree
that:
* archives should be on a fully free license
* governments should support open knowledge for selfish reasons
* everyone should consider becoming immortal by releasing the
copyright on their creations in their wills
* publishers should stop worrying about being gatekeepers and become
knowledge facilitators
* academics should help their careers by sharing early rather than hoarding
* knowledge institutions should really mean their mission for the
public good, and make it happen in the real world

To change everything, all we need is time, perhaps a life-time, an
off-peak train ticket and maybe a cheap sandwich. With a bit of money
we can do a little more, but you know, it's not the most important
thing, what matters is the vision we have to share and not being let
down too many times by the hierarchy we have chosen to create.

Now, if you want it faster than folks like me, on our own, liberating
knowledge and having enormous fun talking to one person at a time and
evangelizing the bejesus out of them, we might need to talk about
using some donated money in smart ways and we might need to have
something more reliable and consistent than wacky volunteers like me
who tend to burn out all too quickly and all too often.

Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WCA - Meeting Report / WCA - Bericht

2013-02-18 Thread Fae
Hi Manuel,

Thanks for sending around an early quick personal report. I will be
sending out a very brief summary of next steps as the Chair shortly to
Wikimedia-l, the chapters list and on meta.

I need to put in a little time going through the notes on etherpad and
I am aiming to release these as minutes tomorrow, but anyone who is
curious can read these in provisional form at
http://etherpad.wikimedia.org/WCA. Anyone quoted in the etherpad
notes - today is a good day to make any changes you would like to see
whilst your memory is fresh. :-)

Once the minutes are posted, I would welcome help on meta adding
cross-links and fixing layout and typo problems (it's a wiki!).
Significant content or context changes should be checked with the
person quoted, or back with myself as the Chair.

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[Wikimedia-l] Info: [Chapters Association] Next steps from the WCA coordination weekend // 16-17 Feb

2013-02-18 Thread Fae
Dear fellow committed Wikimedians and Chapter enthusiasts,

Last weekend a number of Wikimedia Chapters Association Council
members, two trustees from the WMF board and some welcome guests,
worked together to review in detail the current progress of the
association and feedback given by the WMF board.[1][2]

A total of nine Council members took part with several being able to
join using video conferencing and etherpad. There were a number of
firm recommendations, along with a series of immediate actions. The
meeting minutes will be issued later this week and everyone can
preview all the notes taken during the meeting.[3][4] The meeting was
fully open and the Council will continue to use open public
communication channels, in preference to closed lists or meetings,
recognizing recent community feedback on how best to meet our shared
values of openness and transparency.

As the Council chair, I can summarize these points as follows, and
will be happy to refine and discuss these with an open dialogue on
meta[4]:
1) A small set of action teams have been agreed with a focus on
external deliverables including chapter peer reviews, providing advice
and analysing chapter practices. The time-frame is *three months* for
key deliverables and all are expected to be part of the Milan
conference in April.[3][6]
2) The recruitment of a Secretary General is parked until such a time
as the council is confident of securing a budget and there is a strong
consensus on the immediate necessity of such a role or its equivalent.
Legally incorporating the Association will also be similarly parked,
as the driving factor would have been the need to employ staff.
3) The previously planned elections for Wikimedia Chapters Association
Council Chair will be brought forward one month, to starting this
week. A separate note/email will explain the process of one week
calling for nomination statements, questions and a similar time for
the council vote.

Thank you to those who have engaged already with feedback and those
that were available to take part in the meeting last weekend. For
those Council members and interested Wikimedians who were unable to
take part, I welcome your feedback on this pragmatic way forward as
early as possible, and I encourage you to lend a hand with the action
teams, as they will benefit your chapter directly.

A special thanks to Wikimedia UK for offering to host the London
meeting, including Richard Nevell's support with practical logistics
all weekend, including much needed coffee and sandwiches. I look
forward to seeing many Chapters helping the action teams and future
activities of the Association, with suggestions and practical offers
of staff support. :-)

Links
1. 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association#WMF_Board_letter_regarding_the_Chapters_Association
2. 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Meetings/2013-07/Questionnaire
3. 
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Meetings/2013-07
4. http://etherpad.wikimedia.org/ep/pad/view/WCA/latest
5. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association
6. http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2013

Thank you,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Patent claim relating to QRpedia

2013-02-08 Thread Fae
On 8 February 2013 10:22, David Richfield davidrichfi...@gmail.com wrote:
 It would be greatly appreciated if you would consider the Walk and
 Talk Tours patented system in 1999 with regards to information signage
 relating back to electronic media to obtain information in respect of
 a site.

 A brief review of the patent seems to indicate that it doesn't cover
 anything except for phone calls, but the wording is sufficiently broad
 that one could construe it to refer to any data sent over a wireless
 network.  Can someone on this list please give an opinion?

I suggest you consider it as they requested, file it, and do not
reply. I see nothing in this patent that could be considered anything
infringed by QRPedia technology that is not long established as open
source or irrelevant.

My past experience, having worked in mobile technology for some years
and been part of managing the international IP for new technology, is
that the mobile technology sector lawyers (or more often
proto-lawyers) will scour the internet hunting for anything that might
get them a decent commission. Speculative letters are cheap to send
and as QRPedia gets more press coverage, this sort of contact is
likely to become very frequent.

This is not professional advice, I am not writing in my capacity in
any organization I am affiliated with or was affiliated with, blah,
blah, imagine a lengthy disclaimer here...

Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voice Intro Project

2013-02-08 Thread Fae
On 8 February 2013 17:09, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:
 Okay.  So I looked at this a couple of times, and couldn't come up with a
 good idea for notable people to want to deliberately record and upload
 with an open license a recording of their own voice - knowing that it
 *will* be abused and misused and mashed.  (There's little question that
 this will happen. Just because Wikimedians are pretty decent sorts doesn't
 mean the rest of the world is.)

 Now, I have no objection whatsoever to supporting article subjects who
 *wish* to do this, but I'm not convinced it's a good idea to actively try
 to persuade them.  I'm not convinced that recordings of a person's voice is
 actually information about the person, either, except in the way that
 their fingerprints are.

 Risker/Anne

I'm afraid, rather sadly, I have to agree. At a minimum, I would
recommend that those donating their audio or video are cautioned very
clearly about what free re-use might mean, and that the licence is
certain to be irrevocable, even if we do later make a community
decision to delete a file from Commons (which is highly unlikely if
they are notable and the release was unambiguous).

It's a nice idea, but my frank advice to a notable person would be to
release on a CC-BY-SA-ND licence which means that re-use is far more
likely to stay respectful and even though this means that Commons
could not host, articles on Wikipedias could still provide a link to a
stable host site that did accept the ND restriction. This is the same
advice I have provided for sensitive modern cultural content, such as
photographs of the general public at festivals where there is no
specific release from the models, or tribal rituals which may contain
children or partial nudity. Sometimes this means turning away super
content, but I would much rather do that than have upset partners who
may suffer reputational damage as a result.

Obviously if you are notable and you don't care because your voice and
image is everywhere already (and perhaps massively misused or used in
parody), then perhaps the caution will not put you off that much
anyway, as it would be water off a duck's back.

Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Patent claim relating to QRpedia

2013-02-08 Thread Fae
On 8 February 2013 17:53, James Heilman jmh...@gmail.com wrote:
 QRpedia is still owned by Roger Bamkin I think
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QRpedia The projects code appears to be
 open source.

 What does this mean for long term stability? How is the site licensed?
 What authority do the volunteers / cities putting these up involved
 have over its functioning?

Hi James,

See discussions at
http://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/Water_cooler#QR_codes (and the later
thread on the same page), lots of information and discussion there,
and the Water Cooler will stay up to date as events progress. I
welcome further questions that have not already been raised to be
added there, I find it a handy place to reference.

As it happens, the UK Board is reviewing the negotiation tomorrow and
there may be an announcement to make then.

Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strange, surprising, bold and unnecessary - reply to the WMF board statement

2013-02-06 Thread Fae
On 6 February 2013 13:52, Tom Morris t...@tommorris.org wrote:
 Sell us, the editors, on why these things are necessary, and the
 process of getting approval from the WMF Board will be easy because
 the political winds will shift in your favour. What exactly are
 Chapters trying to do now that they are failing at that necessitates
 the creation of the WCA?

My pick list of things we know that some chapters are failing at, and
that having an Association will help with - off the top of my head:

* Shared processes and requirements for good governance
* Shared (Chapter) best practices (such as financial reporting,
activity reporting, records and reporting)
* Peer review
* Benchmark independent review and assessment
* Managing effective boards
* Effective and efficient programme management
* Holding senior management to account
* Credible public reporting on funding outcomes
* Transparency

Of course, I am personally happy to help chapters with this sort of
thing, but I'm only one man with a few scars from painful experience;
so having an Association helps folks like me to help others.

PS Tom, knowing you as long as I have, I would not dream of trying to
sell you anything. ;-)

Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strange, surprising, bold and unnecessary - reply to the WMF board statement

2013-02-06 Thread Fae
Hi James,

I added REJECTED several times to that page yesterday, just to make
the situation clear. Based on your email, I have now made that word
big and red so there can be no mistake by anyone when they land on the
page.

Doing an analysis and lambasting the Chapters Association for a
concept document that the majority of the Council Members quickly
rejected, is a bit of a waste of your time. Certainly I have
absolutely no interest in defending this document, as I was personally
unconvinced by it (though grateful for the volunteers that worked on it
in good faith), and spent hardly any time reviewing it when it was
presented.

Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Outcome of Wikimedia board discussion on the Chapters Association

2013-02-05 Thread Fae
On 5 February 2013 15:05, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:
 ... Is it fair to assume that the WMF will take a dim view of
 FDC-allocated funds being transferred to the WCA? I'm sure no chapters
 anticipating an FDC allocation would like to put that at risk.

Would someone sitting on the FDC like to pick this one up?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Fae
On 12 January 2013 12:04, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
 Killed himself.

 http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html

Awful news.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Request: Location proposals for the Wikimedia Chapters Association

2012-11-09 Thread Fae
[off topic]
On 10 November 2012 01:02, James Alexander jameso...@gmail.com wrote:
...
 On an incredibly picky Wikipedian side note: What are you meaning by the
 ':meta' notation? It seems like interwiki links but the colon is in the
 wrong location (a wikilink would obviously be meta:, m: or wikt: etc ).
 They were just a bit confusing to me, I may be missing something :).

I tend to use this as my convention in emails as word: may be
confused for being the start of some sort of list but :word would
not be and if I use wmuk: I might mean the UK chapter but by :wmuk
I always mean the UK chapter wiki. On wiki I often stick a colon in
front of a link as I am used to this being the convention to link to
images rather than embedding them. If left in by accident, the colon
does not hurt any interwiki link as I believe it is always parsed out.
For example [[m:Main page]], [[:m:Main page]] and [[::m:Main page]]
all go to the same place.

Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Recruitment process for Secretary General of the Wikimedia Chapters Association

2012-10-11 Thread Fae
On 11 October 2012 22:01, Andrew Turvey andrewrtur...@googlemail.com wrote:
 This sets out that the organisation would incorporate first and then
 recruit the SG, which appears to be a more logical sequence of events.
 However, I notice that the incorporation step is not part of the process
 that the interim consultant will help with.

 Could you expand on the rationale for this please?

Hi Andrew,

Recruiting a Secretary General is likely to take more than 6 weeks and
we would all like to see this done by the end of this year.

Incorporation could be done in a few days in several alternative
countries as soon as one is chosen. Unfortunately, discussing where
might be the best location for WCA administration may take several
months due to the political, tax and financial implications that
everyone is keen to worry about. In fact there is no guarantee we
would ever reach a conclusion if only volunteers are available to do
this analysis in their spare time.

The city/country for incorporation has been a topic of hot debate as
many assume that this will also be where any administration for the
WCA is likely to be located (not necessarily true). By unlocking the
location for incorporation from getting the recruitment process
started, I hope to avoid us taking several more months debating
locations when it is not clear that this is necessary for an SG to be
appointed - the SG can be paid a competitive market rate for their
country of residence and their employment contract could either be
negotiated in their home country or a legal initial incorporation
(say, in London) for convenience later to be superseded by a location
that the SG can make proposals for.

The Council Members may well end up delaying the recruitment process
until 2013 while we continue the (mostly political) debate on WCA
office/administrative location if we insist on planning and doing
these things sequentially. This would mean that we would struggle to
appoint a SG before the Chapters Conference next year. However, a
legal or other firm argument as to why the initial stages of
recruitment cannot start in parallel has yet to be presented.

So that this is nominally on the recruitment schedule in the
resolution, I have added a footnote to step 4 and I suggest we plan to
incorporate a body that can employ the SG without that being a
commitment to have an office in that same country. Either London or
Berlin would be good choices considering we only need to know legal
and accounting firms that can help us sort this out and there are no
implications for any physical office.

PS I am not going to be available for the next few days due to the CEE
conference, so it may be an idea to continue this discussion on the
:meta talk page so that Ziko, Stefan and others might pick up and
discuss some alternative options.

Thanks,
Fae

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Info: Recruitment process for Secretary General of the Wikimedia Chapters Association

2012-10-11 Thread Fae
On 11 October 2012 22:10, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 The consultant has apparently been chosen already based on a recommendation
 from Pavel. What other consultants were considered? What was the process?
 Did you get competing quotes?

No, I did not get competing quotes. This is limited to 3 to 4 thousand
euros of part time work over two months. I have had agencies and
consultants approaching me but Pavel's recommendation was solid.
Unfortunately Ziko was unavailable on the day for the interview.
Considering that Stefan comes with a great recommendation and
experience of doing very similar work, this seemed a low risk
decision. I have never worked with Stefan before and have no conflict
of loyalties in this regard, I am merely going for a low risk
pragmatic decision to ensure tangible progress on our first and most
important goal for this year - getting a Secretary General
established.

If the Council wishes to pause progress and consider a more detailed
recruitment process with a number of bids against an open
specification, I can ask Stefan to stop or terminate at any time and
WMDE will cover those costs. Considering the relatively low amount of
money involved, this might seem a poor use of our time, but I realize
that I am only the Chair, and apart from my passion and charisma, have
little real authority to proceed without a resolution in place.

Cheers,
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[Wikimedia-l] Info: Recruitment process for Secretary General of the Wikimedia Chapters Association

2012-10-10 Thread Fae
Hi,

I have created 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Resolutions/2012_SG_recruitment
for a resolution of the WCA Council Members to support a resourced plan to
recruit the WCA Secretary General.

Should you have questions, please raise them on 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Chapters_Association/Resolutions/2012_SG_recruitment
.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What is the status of the WCA?

2012-10-06 Thread Fae
On 6 October 2012 16:12, Thomas Dalton thomas.dal...@gmail.com wrote:
 What is the current status of the WCA? The last update I can find is an
 email from Ziko to this list on 24 August (a month and a half ago) saying
 there would be a full report soon. Have I missed that report or are we
 still waiting for it?

Yes the report did not happen. Here is my update sent to the Chapters
list 2 days ago to avoid any confusion about what is planned:

Subject: Re: [Chapters] Calling for WCA meeting
...
A more detailed email is being prepared explaining the supported
recruitment process that we expect to establish the Secretary General
by the end of this year. I am recommending that:
* this is not dependent on finalizing a budget, as we can now confirm
sufficient budget commitment to the WCA to, at a minimum, have
sufficient to cover wind-up costs for the SG after employment
* the process will piggy-back on the WCA committees already formed,
however I would expect the recruitment process itself to be open to
all Council Members at every stage
* I have asked for a telecon schedule to be published on :meta next
week, so that Council Members can ask questions of the recruitment
manager and be updated on progress through out the recruitment
process.

I want first to raise this as a proposal with the Council Members, to
check if we need a resolution and a vote or they are content to
proceed. This will be the key purpose of the above email being
prepared. So I am being naughty in telling you first on this list
before we do that. :-)


Cheers,
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[Wikimedia-l] Info: Richard Symonds email last night

2012-09-21 Thread Fae
Forwarding message from Jon Davies as his email bounced from the list.

Thanks,
Fae

 -- Forwarded message --
 From: Jon Davies jon.dav...@wikimedia.org.uk
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Cc:
 Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 09:25:46 +0100
 Subject: Richard Symonds email last night
 I'd like to point out that Richard's email last night regarding the Slate 
 article was meant to be in a personal capacity. In haste he used his work 
 email address.

 Jon Davies.

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 United Kingdom. Wikimedia UK is the UK chapter of a global Wikimedia 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Equipment exchange forum on Wikimedia Commons

2012-09-05 Thread Fae
On 5 September 2012 16:50, Tomasz W. Kozłowski odder.w...@gmail.com wrote:
 Over a month ago, an equipment exchange forum has been started on
 Wikimedia Commons at
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Equipment_exchange, aiming
 to be a place where media contributors (...) can request, donate,
 sell, or barter equipment for the production of free content,
 including camera equipment, computer equipment, art supplies, and
 software.

I recently raised this Commons page as an idea for Wikimedia UK to
support modest costs of international postage for items of obvious
benefit (and of reasonable quality) to the open knowledge projects.
This could be an interesting and relatively simple way for
inter-chapter collaboration to work at the small scale. See
https://uk.wikimedia.org/wiki/2013_Activity_Plan/Ideas#International_Camera_Exchange
for the UK proposal. I would encourage representatives from other
Chapters to make a comment on that ideas page, if you can imagine this
being a practical thing to get working.

Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Breivik: My Biggest Influence Was Wikipedia

2012-04-18 Thread Fae
I find this context upsetting regardless of the points being raised.

My personal request for any reader of this email thread, is that if
there are any changes you would like to see on Wikipedia or other
Wikimedia projects, please don't use anything that this monster says
as a reason for action. It would be a terrible starting point and
taint any discussion.

Nothing he has to say has any chance of being notable or rational
enough for us to concern ourselves about. I look forward to him being
permanently locked away from society and we can turn our backs and
move on.

Thanks,
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