Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Albania

2019-03-07 Thread Greta Doçi
 organized through either
> > national chapters or thematic organizations, which should be
> predominantly
> > self-supporting, thus quasi-independent from WMF.  I support Kiril's
> advice
> > that WoALUG should be evolving towards a Wikimedia thematic organization,
> > whilst our WCUGA colleagues in Albania should consider evolving towards a
> > national chapter (thus stepping out of WoALUG's way in anything that has
> to
> > do with ethnic language and culture matters).
> >
> > At the same time, emails below don't seem to provide good enough reasons
> > to force transformation of a recognized UG into a national chapter or
> > thematic organization before they are ready to make that leap, even if
> > having these structures is very important for the ongoing sustainability
> of
> > the movement. I am happy to see that our Thai colleagues seem to have
> > reached this stage
> >
> >
> > UGs are a wonderful tool for greater engagement of volunteers, supporting
> > their desire to take greater steps, so the trend for approving new UGs is
> > probably there for good (every city, sub-region or sub-topic being
> > eligible). Keeping the door open is important, just like the chance to
> fail
> > and get de-recognized. May I remind you that harmony within the community
> > of Wikimedia volunteers is more important than the destiny of whatever
> > Wikimedia affiliate, whose main function is a shell that brings together
> > and gives some recognized identity to local volunteers' that run own
> > projects.
> >
> > regards,
> > farhad
> >
> > --
> > Farkhad Fatkullin - Фархад Фаткуллин Тел.+79274158066 /
> > skype:frhdkazan / Wikipedia:frhdkazan
> >
> >
> > 25.02.2019, 17:09, "Kiril Simeonovski" :
> > > Hi Greta,
> > >
> > > Thank you for the explanation.
> > >
> > > This reminds me a lot to what happened in Macedonia, albeit with
> > different
> > > names of the recognised user groups. The artificially created problem
> by
> > > the Aff Com has eventually ended up in two user groups being eligible
> for
> > > WMF grants (another contentious decision), then a raising concern that
> > the
> > > WMF can not extend funds to two user groups in a small country serving
> > > community with a small number of speakers and finally a substantial
> > > reduction of the annual grants approved for 2019 and threat that no
> > grants
> > > will be extended for 2020 if the conflict does not get resolved. My
> kind
> > > advice for you is to start thinking about external funding for the next
> > > budget year (though it is not an easy task in our region) because this
> is
> > > something that the WMF might do for Albania as well.
> > >
> > > I also strongly agree with Paulo that we need to start thinking about
> > > preventing this from happening in the future. The problem is not only
> > that
> > > people do not care about the consequences from their decisions in a
> > > volunteer community but that they just bagger off after complicating
> > things
> > > and simply leave the issue to be solved by the volunteers who did not
> > want
> > > it to happen. I was thinking about introducing a complaint process on
> > Meta
> > > where people from the communities can directly complain about similar
> > > instances of problems created by the WMF, the Aff Com, the grantmaking
> > > committees or any other decision-making party. Frankly speaking, my
> > > impression is that the movement migrates from decisions about big
> things
> > > made through community-based discussions to a centralised
> decision-making
> > > process made entirely within the WMF or the committees that do not seem
> > to
> > > serve all communities equally.
> > >
> > > Best,
> > > Kiril
> > >
> > > On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 2:17 PM Paulo Santos Perneta <
> > >> wrote:
> > >
> > >>  Hi Greta,
> > >>
> > >>  Thank you very much for your clarifications and insight into this
> > question.
> > >>
> > >>  This is very similar with what happened in Brazil, when the 2013
> > >>  chapter-like UG (Grupo de Usuários Wikimedia no Brasil) and its clone
> > UG
> > >>  (Wiki Educação Brasil) approved by AffCom in 2015 ended up competing
> > for

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Albania

2019-02-25 Thread Greta Doçi
Dear everyone,

First, we want to thank everyone who contributed in this discussion.

We want to start with the first conflict, which is the name. If you read
carefully Affcon's email above, and you check the info online as claimed by
Affcon, you will see that actually Affcon itself has confused both UG
names, crediting events to the other UG, that actually are done by our UG (
and vice versa.

After the new UG was recognized and people started raising questions in
this thread, we received an email by Affcon to explain to them what we
thought was the overlapping. We did send our activities and explained why
we thought there was overlapping. Reading Camelias and Sami email above,
clearly that email was ignored.

Exactly during the time that the new UG was applying, the old one (WoALUG)
was applying for the annual simple grant, which btw took us at least 4
months to complete, all our activities in Albania were clearly stated, and
GLAM and EDUCATION were our main goals. There are also institutions
mentioned and details of what we wanted to do in Albania. So, claiming that
theres no overlapping of activities is not valid.

WoALUG goes beyond Albania or Kosovo, because some Albanian contributors
who don't live in Albania created it at the first place, so we wish we can
help Albanian speakers in diaspora to continue to contribute, and if they
need information, sources or whatever, our team present in Albania, Kosova,
Macedonia, or Arberesh in Italy, will use our resources to make that
happen. Our UG means to be inclusive of what is a small Wikimedia language
community anyways.

GLAM and Education institutions are depended on public institutions. To
collaborate with an institution, let's say Historic Museum of Albania, you
need to get permission from the Ministry of Culture. Think about the
scenario (which is currently happening): one UG requests to collaborate
with Museum of Elbasan and the other UG want to collaborate with Museum of
Tirana, both should sent the request to Ministry of Culture. Wikipedia is a
new thing (still) in Albania, considering that is already hard to establish
collaborations with public institutions, confusing the UGs will result in
bad outcome for both UGs.

And of course, for the other private institutions, it is a competition who
is going to contact them first.

Splitting institutions is also not an option because for sure we will aim
the same ones, since there's not that many of them.

We were confused, we still are and none of our members have the time to
follow this even after a year.

on behalf of Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group


On Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin <> wrote:

> Dear Kiril and Paulo,
> Thank you for explanations.
> You have my deepest respect for showing your concern for our fellow
> colleagues from Albania, so they avoid repeating the mistakes that have
> been made previously elsewhere. Just like you, I certainly hope that our
> volunteer-colleagues serving in AffCom did their best to assess and
> minimize possible risks that might come in case of competition. As for
> Albanian language & Albania centered multilingual UGs, let's hope they are
> getting along well and work hand in hand on the aspects in which they can
> help advancing each other's missions.
> Our current situation is actually encouraging us to consider developing
> Russian-speaking UGs in all regions of Russia, and my home Republic might
> be one of the first ones where this will be useful. Our chapter consist of
> representatives of various Wikimedia projects, languages & ethnic groups,
> but our weakness is rather low regional representation and empowerment,
> which we hope to balance through UGs. The world is in constant flux, so
> eventually we might also witness similar competition for attention that you
> are talking about. We currently don't seem to have reasons for conflict
> between Wikimedia Russia chapter and Russian & other language or
> territorial UGs because:
> * UGs have representatives in the national chapter
> * National chapter meetings are broadcast live on YouTube,
> * Chapter leadership prioritizes country-wide tasks of importance for
> growing the movement,
> * Wikimedia projects in Russian and other languages are not that famous
> yet,
> * neither affiliates, nor individuals in Russia get their grant requests
> approved by WMF (there are reasons for that), and
> * Russian language is teaching us to be anarchic inside (affiliate
> structures are nothing more than just legal tools), whilst locals have
> centuries-old history of living together in Hunnic Empire, Cumania,
> Mongolic Empire, Golden Horde, Russian Empire, Soviet Union & now Russian
> Federation (something we remember despite the fact that Golden Horde and
> earlier ones don't get much 

[Wikimedia-l] Annual Report Wikimedians of Albanian Language UG

2017-01-24 Thread Greta Doçi
Hello everyone,

annual activities report can be found here:

Kind regards,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell <3

2016-02-10 Thread Greta Doçi
Oh :( this is so sad. You were such an inspiration for me. Thank you for
everything that you have done to help Wikimedians of Albania and for me.
All the best for the future <3,
I hope to see you again.
Many hugs,

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 8:16 AM, Josh Lim  wrote:

> Dear Anna,
> I can’t thank you enough for all the work you’ve done to help us get to
> where we are today.  We wouldn’t have an Education Program, nor would we
> have been able to effectively leverage our partnership with Smart
> Communications here in the Philippines, if it weren’t for your efforts.
> For that, Wikimedia Philippines is forever grateful.
> But at the same time, as a Wikipedian, I am eternally grateful for all the
> advice, the stories, and lessons and, most especially, the laughs.  It was
> definitely awesome seeing you at Wikimania.  I was certainly hoping to see
> you this year if I get the chance to.  But either way, know that we will
> always be here for you, as we hope you will be for us.
> If we had to look for examples of awesome Wikimedians, you definitely
> count as one.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything, and
> we will definitely miss you.  Hopefully, somewhere, someday, our paths will
> cross once again.
> Many hugs from Manila,
> Josh
> > Wiadomość napisana przez Anna Koval  w dniu
> 10.02.2016, o godz. 01:49:
> >
> > Dear friends,
> >
> > During the past three years, I have been privileged to be a part of this
> > movement and this organization.
> >
> > I have been honored to be your colleague and to work with you in service
> of
> > the sum of all knowledge.
> >
> > In particular, I wish to note particular projects that have inspired me
> > very much.
> >
> >   - Working with Philippe Beautdette, Maggie Dennis, James Alexander, and
> >   Jan Eisfeldt to keep our community safe from threats of harm. [1]
> >   - Working with Patrick Earley, Nick Wilson, Erica Litrenta, Sherry
> >   Snyder, Oliver Keyes, and James Forester on the rollout of
> VisualEditor. [2]
> >   - Working with Yana Welinder and Heather Walls to design a
> user-friendly
> >   trademark policy. [3] [4]
> >   - Working with Siko Bouterse to support Individual Engagement Grants
> and
> >   movement diversity. [5] [6]
> >   - Working with Jake Orlowitz to promote the Wikipedia Library and the
> >   Wikipedia Adventure. [7] [8]
> >   - Working with Jaime Anstee, Edward Galvez, Amanda Bittaker to
> encourage
> >   evaluation and learning. [9]
> >   - Working with Asaf Bartov to encourage regional cooperation in Central
> >   and Eastern Europe. [10]
> >   - Working with Floor Koudijs. Tighe Flanagan, Kacie Harold, Samir
> >   Elsharbaty, Rodney Dunican, Sage Ross, Jami Mathewson, and LiAnna
> Davis on
> >   the Wikipedia Education Program. [11]
> >
> > The Wikipedia Education Program is especially near and dear to my heart.
> It
> > is a means of educating readers, recruiting contributors, and creating
> > quality content. Since 2014, the number of education initiatives around
> the
> > world has increased by 36%. [12] [13] And 25% of all education programs
> are
> > in one of the regions that I directly supported. [14] I am so proud of
> what
> > they have accomplished. And I am enthusiastic about what great things
> they
> > have yet to achieve.
> >
> > I want to thank and compliment my current manager, Floor Koudijs. She is
> a
> > competent, considerate, conscientious leader, and her diplomacy skills
> are
> > unsurpassed. I am confident that the education team and the education
> > program will continue to excel under her leadership. They are in the best
> > hands.
> >
> > I want to thank and compliment my hiring manager, Maggie Dennis. She had
> > faith that, although I wasn’t an active community member, I could be
> taught
> > to be a good community advocate. I am so proud that I proved her right.
> She
> > taught me how to work in accordance with and to have the utmost respect
> for
> > the wiki way. [15]
> >
> > Wikipedia is a miracle, a monument to altruism. It is vital to the
> internet
> > ecosystem, and it is vital to the education system. I hope that more
> young
> > people especially will find their way to it and help out. And when they
> do,
> > I hope that they are met with wise mentorship from veteran community
> > members, just as I was.
> >
> > I intend to remain a Wikipedian even after I am no longer a WMF staff
> > member. And, with that promise, I’ll see you on the wikis. [16]
> >
> > All the best,
> > Anna Koval, M.Ed.
> >
> > [1]
> > [2]
> > [3]
> > [4]
> >
> > [5]
> > [6]
> > [7] 

[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana 2015

2015-12-09 Thread Greta Doçi
Hello Wikipedians,
Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group

this weekend (5-6 December) Wikipedia Weekend 2015 for the second time.
*Wikipedia Weekend* is the main event of the Albanian speaking Wikipedia
community located in Albania.  Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana was organized
for the first time in November 2014 with participation from Wikipedians
from Albania, Kosova and Serbia. The first edition of the event documented
with photos can be found here (first day
and here (second day

The goal of the event is to socialize with other Wikipedians from the
region, inspire potential new Wikipedians, get introduced to Wikimedia
projects, host-hands on edit-athons and raise awareness in the local media
about the importance of knowledge sharing through wiki-related projects.
This year we had speakers from Swiss, Macedonia and Kosova.  And
participants were mostly from Albania and Kosova.
This year we had  collaboration with Municipality of Tirana and the
 National Folklore Center of Albania. Both institutions sent us a lot of
material to add on Wikipedia.
We are now documenting the event on Wikipedia Albania
on Commons
We are working for the grant report and soon we will have the results.
More links:
Thank you,
Greta :)
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