Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is the death of Wikipedia imminent?

2019-01-01 Thread Jonathan Cardy
Yes the greying of the pedia is a real phenomena, and I am sure that an editor survey would confirm that on average we are getting older. You posit two reasons for the community to be in decline, that the easy articles have been written and that it is difficult to edit Wikipedia on a mobile. I

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

2018-08-13 Thread Jonathan Cardy
Editing via a mailing list is clearly not ideal. I was going to add the missing r to “do not add you own bio”, trivial compared to the licensing issue that Andy mentioned, and typical of the minor edits that I do on Wikipedia and other wikis. But there doesn't seem to be an edit button on

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-03-05 Thread Jonathan Cardy
James, I don't think anyone has suggested using the endowment money to fund translations. That money is being collected for the purpose of guaranteeing the projects future, even if we enter an era where the fundraiser doesn't work. Repurposing that pot of money in such a way would have ethical

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-02-25 Thread Jonathan Cardy
There were two presentations on paid translation at Wikimania in Gdansk. I think that would be 2010? One by, the other by (charity and corporate wings). I'm afraid my memory of the event is far from perfect. But some things stuck in my mind. As one would expect, many of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright enforcement?

2018-01-28 Thread Jonathan Cardy
I wouldn't express it quite so bluntly, but agreed at a time when editing seems to have stabilised again after the 2015/16 rally, shifting the Foundation to a strategy of promoting compliance with both BY and SA would address a lot of problems. It is probably demotivating for editors to see

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome messages at arwiki

2017-12-30 Thread Jonathan Cardy
Hi Amir, It isn't too late to ask about the utility of welcome messages, but be aware that there are reasons for their evolution over the last decade. Your email almost implied that this has been an unreviewed area for the last decade. There was some research a few years ago that concluded

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Update on Wikimania '17 - Scholarships, Registration, Submissions

2017-05-17 Thread Jonathan Cardy
Hi Dr Pavanaja, Back in April you asked for a list of scholarship applicants and people explained why we only publicise the list of people who are awarded a grant, not the people whose applications are declined. The list of people awarded a grant has been published, your request for a list of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] proposal for regular surveys of community opinion

2017-02-26 Thread Jonathan Cardy
I'm keen on surveys, used to work in that line a few years ago, and the first we did was I think at least in part a response to a proposal I made on the 2009 Strategy wiki. In hindsight the big mistakes of that survey were that we didn't repeat it annually, and the lack of community input in

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Discussion about proposed Technical Code of Conduct (TCC)

2016-11-20 Thread Jonathan Cardy
I'm partly in agreement with Pine, this is more about policy than a bug and it should be being discussed on meta not phabricator. I disagree with Pine re the IRC channels. If the people running a particular IRC channel want it to continue as the recommended channel from a particular Wikimedia

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

2016-08-20 Thread Jonathan Cardy
Just one small point, "and to conduct programs and events at least once every two months" reads like a rule set by Americans who deliberately or otherwise don't want too much emphasis on the education program. Most western countries have remuneration packages that put more emphasis on holiday