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On Wed, Jan 6, 2021 at 1:22 PM BlackWidow Movie0
> I have a new project proposal, it's called WikiMentor. The link is
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiMentor. I
The simple answer to a simple question is that I created my User:Seddon
volunteer account in 2006 and Visual Editor was first made available to
users seven and a half years later.
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
I believe the nature of the edits speak for themselves.
On Mon, Dec 7, 2020 at 5:55 AM Demian wrote:
> Hey Seddon,
> On Sun, 6 Dec 2020 at 16:23, Joseph Seddon wrote:
>> Short answer: I don't think it's a cynical lie. I think that the
>> donations ou
We have used variations on this line for at the last 7 years and the
counter-intuitive approach approach has been debated by marketing
professionals for much of the last decade.
What you describe is known as social proof and despite it being considered
a core tenet in marketing it
I want to note that my response specifically deals with the messaging you
raised. I will note that the privacy of our users is of paramount
importance across the organisation and is taken seriously and with care.
You can view with Wikimedia Foundation's data retention guidelines on
Short answer: I don't think it's a cynical lie. I think that the donations
our donors give do results in benefits to the community, even if they
aren't transactional or tangible things. We definitely don't want to give
any misleading impression that the benefits are tangible so we will look
On Sat, Dec 5, 2020 at 4:36 PM Michel Vuijlsteke wrote:
> I don't quite think the emoji were the only thing people hated about this.
> On Sat, 5 Dec 2020 at 17:09, Joseph Seddon wrote:
>> Hey all,
>> To avoid burying the lead, the feedback i
To avoid burying the lead, the feedback is appreciated and we do listen
whenever feedback is raised. I've just been coordinating with the team, and
we've rolled back this change.
For some background, the emojis in this messaging were a recent addition
earlier this week. Emojis have
Since the pandemic started the fundraising team has been working flat out
to ensure the Wikimedia movement has the financial resources to continue
with its work. We planned one of the busiest summers we had ever faced and
that put the movement in a good place. Even with that work,
Either way I am okay with it. Youtube chat is one of the worst things on
On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 5:22 PM Ziko van Dijk wrote:
> The chat function on YouTube is turned off, I don't know whether that
> is by purpose or by accident.
> Kind regards
> Am Do., 15. Okt. 2020
Agreed. This is a perennial issue.
I believe options are going to be explored for sustainability but right now
legally speaking the US is the best jurisdiction for hosting us now and the
On Tue, Sep 29, 2020 at 11:30 PM Nathan wrote:
> Which political system would
Wikipedia has been a third tier social media platform since its inception.
Luckily we are better known for being an encyclopedia.
On Thu, Sep 10, 2020 at 10:31 AM Dan Szymborski
> I am absolutely flabbergasted that a generic reference of an organization
> to flatulence, something we see
the requirements will be.
On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 5:26 PM Joseph Seddon wrote:
> Hey all,
> Given that this project is a direct result of the recommendations from the
> strategy process the biggest questions are I feel mainly about how we go
> about this. There are
Given that this project is a direct result of the recommendations from the
strategy process the biggest questions are I feel mainly about how we go
about this. There are really bad ways this project could be approached and
then there are ways which are aligned with our movement and we
I'll reply to some of the more finer legal details tomorrow but to be clear
the repo will be made available publicly and the code base will be open
sourced and based on open source tech.
On Thu, 9 Jul 2020, 19:06 Benjamin Ikuta, wrote:
> I agree, the lack of transparency
Apologies for the delay. Two overview pages covering the technical and
business side of the project:
On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 10:29 PM Samuel Klein wrote:
> A well-provisioned bulk api has been
Just a heads up. Through the summer the WMF fundraising team will be
running system and content tests in preparation for the end of year
fundraiser on the English Wikipedia.
The first test is scheduled for 1500 UTC Wednesday 8 July.
* If you need to report a bug or technical issue,
Is there any merit in us helping them continue to exist?
On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 10:13 PM David Gerard wrote:
> here's the discussion:
> On Sat, 4 Jul 2020 at 22:11, David Gerard wrote:
From reports I am seeing on facebook it seems this problem is localised on
our Africa based users?
On Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 3:05 PM Peter Southwood <
> I get this:
> The connection has timed out
> The server at en.wikipedia.org is taking
I think that saying this happened because of the recommendations remains a
fair statement but for sure there are some caveats with that. I don’t want
to speak for the entire org but I'm also pretty confident in saying that
there are a lot more than just two recommendations with work
This conversation has very quickly veered away from the original topic and
what the scope of this list is.
On Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 2:58 PM Gnangarra wrote:
> yes, when the categories termed Race, when the discussion is about
> enforcing Race as a concept.
> The traits you speak of;
Thanks for your questions. It’s sunday (for me 0400 on a Monday) and a
mailing list isn’t the right venue for a full detailed explanation for this
but I’ll give a little background.
James is correct that the work in this area is coming out of the strategy
process and the
You gotta chuckle.
On Fri, May 15, 2020 at 9:57 PM George Herbert
> Sent from my iPhone
> Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
The latter I believe to be the most applicable, I have dropped the "plural"
which does more imply the former in english.
On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 9:13 PM Amir E. Aharoni <
> Thanks for the invitation.
> In the part that says "We are
gt; Can you run the count for everything in that category, and across all
> Should be a good deal more!
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 4:27 PM Joseph Seddon
> > Dear list,
> > Given the unfolding global events, the Wikimedia Foundations f
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 4:27 PM Joseph Seddon
> > Dear list,
> > Given the unfolding global events, the Wikimedia Foundations feels it is
Given the unfolding global events, the Wikimedia Foundations feels it is
important to reassure readers across the globe.
We'll be displaying a short message at the top of the projects reaffirming
our commitment to keep Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects online, open
and free for
of whom will hopefully have their own strategies in working
towards the 2030 direction.
Fundraisings role is to not aim for those goals but to generate the
resources to support their delivery.
On Fri, Dec 20, 2019 at 8:11 PM Fæ wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Dec 2019 at 19:24, Jos
I know the history of our content and I know the slip ups that have been
made along the way but the team take this seriously. Our internal review
processes have significantly improved over the years and for this
fundraiser it's definitely been our most rigorous yet and I think it's
proven to be
Your dad is right, in some regards. More than 85% of our revenue comes from
the general public. It's how we've survived and has supported our growth
over the last decade.
We have conducted surveys, focus groups and user testing over the years to
get better insights into our
Thank you Michal for your years of service. My favourite memory is having
an ice cream with you at GLAMWIKI in Tel Aviv last year.
I hope to still see you around the movement.
On Thu, 19 Dec 2019, 02:22 Pine W, wrote:
> Michal, many thanks for your service. I remember when we talked
Just wanted to acknowledge your email and let you know I'll respond in full
as soon as possible.
On Wed, Dec 18, 2019 at 8:27 PM Benjamin Ikuta
> My dad recently said to me:
> "I was solitated by them after looking something up. I thought it
Many of you know that the Wikimedia Endowment <
https://wikimediaendowment.org/> was launched in 2016. The purpose of the
Endowment is to act as a permanent safekeeping fund to generate income to
ensure a base level of support for the Wikimedia projects in perpetuity.
When the Endowment
Millions of people donate to our projects because we have in some way
bettered their life. They don't just give money, they take the time to say
thank you as well. In their tens of thousands. .
To brighten your day a little, just read a handful of some of these notes
Hey all! - Fundraising could use your assistance in selecting messaging to
use in one of our fundraising banners. All perform similarly.
Just selected your preferred option on this form:
Just a quick reminder to all that our campaign will be launching in a few
Thank you in advance for your support and patience over the coming weeks.
On Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 10:09 PM Joseph Seddon
> Hey All
> Just wanted to give you a qui
(reposting due to filter rejection)
Fundraising are looking for ideas and suggestions for our writing team to
explore for our messaging in this years fundraiser. I only need a minute of
your time to answer the following question:
--- What’s your favorite thing about Wikipedia that
Just wanted to give you a quick update. With upcoming fundraising in
Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the USA, and the United Kingdom;
along with a completed fundraising campaign in France; Q2 sees us raise
approximately half of the annual funds for the Wikimedia movement and as
Because # of flights is not a useful metric for assessing environmental
On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 3:23 PM Fæ wrote:
> Those publications are where my numbers came from. There is no useful
> transparency to explain how many actual flights are taken, why or by whom.
Before we call out individuals for lack of attendance publicly, I think we
should remember that both volunteers and staff have lives outside of
Wikimedia that include children, families and other commitments in life.
They all come with complications. Sometimes things don't work out. There
> On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 11:43 AM Joseph Seddon
> > Asking as a volunteer with a broad interest in affiliate matters rather
> > than as a staff member:
> > What steps is the Brazilian community taking to ensure there isn't a
Asking as a volunteer with a broad interest in affiliate matters rather
than as a staff member:
What steps is the Brazilian community taking to ensure there isn't a repeat
of past breakdowns in community cooperation?
On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 10:50 AM Paulo Santos Perneta <
You are and will have been one of the single smartest minds we've ever had
at the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedia Foundation, both as a whole and
the individuals who make it up, will be lesser without your presence and
your insight and it will be noticeable and felt throughout for many
> > Wikidata items, and almost none of them have talk pages, but
> > *all
> > of them* can.
> >  I remember when Werdna wrote the first talk page archiving bot in
> > I thought it was cool that someone did that, but looking back on it
> Speaking as a (very) longtime member of this mailing list, and one who is
> carefully observing it for a few years now as a volunteer list
> On Wed, May 15, 2019 at 3:56 AM Joseph Seddon
> > I, like many others, wish to see
Lethargy, indecision, internal strife, and an abiding commitment to
self-enrichment and constant bureaucratic growth? Isn't that what every
maturing community with more than a handful of participants grows up to be?
The strategy process is certainly not except from these flaws. Why would it
Philippe you are absolutely correct. Whilst I never commented on the
importance of any individual on this list nor the questioned the record of
anyone I admit that my tone was not what this list deserves. I also concur
there are merits to Fae's point.
However the intention behind my point is one
Because the Wikimedia Foundation doesn't make long term strategic decisions
based off of a 4 person discussion on a mailing list.
I really don't know why people keep being surprised by this.
On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 6:11 PM Fæ wrote:
> I saw a recent size estimate of Wikimedia Commons
What are the examples of successful citizen news websites?
What could we learn from them?
On Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 5:15 PM Ziko van Dijk wrote:
> One of the central problems of Wikinews is that the content is not
> suitable for collaboration.
> Content suitable for collaboration
** correction - New readers (audiences and global partnerships) are working
in North Africa, Middle East, South America and India at the moment.
On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 12:15 PM Joseph Seddon
> You keep mentioning this Anglo-Centric / Wikipedia centric focus of the
You keep mentioning this Anglo-Centric / Wikipedia centric focus of the
WMDE receives substantial monetary support from WMF for Wikidata. Only two
years ago dedicated grant funded work was made specific for Wikidata on
Commons for both WMF and WMDE. New Editors are working with the Korea and
> We know our statistics and English Wikipedia is not 50% of our traffic. It
> is where over 50% of our resources are spend.
Based on what?
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
From what I know:
* The global brand won't stop Wikidata being Wikidata.
* Wikimedia Russia won't necessarily become Wikipedia Russia
On Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 4:56 PM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
> Think of Wikipedia Russia convincing Russian government that
I have a question. Within the movement, what are the best online showcases
of our content, movement and volunteers?
Context: We've been featuring the blog post about the Wiki Loves Monuments
winners in thank you email and banners to our readers and donors.
We want to showcase our
A it's always nice to quote someone other than Mike Godwin and it seems
Betteridge's law of headlines is alive and well. 
On Sat, Dec 29, 2018 at 10:26 PM Yaroslav Blanter wrote:
> Hi Frederick.
> sure, I know. I am
Just wanted to provide a couple of quick fundraising updates:
**End of year downtime and New Year**
From today, we are bringing banners down across the projects for the next
week as we did last year.
As I mentioned in my December 10th update, you may have noticed that we
The fundraising team genuinely hears and appreciates all the feedback we've
received about this mobile banner. For the past week and a half - for the
majority of our mobile campaign - we have been extensively working and
acting on that feedback to reduce the length of this banner,
As I mentioned in my original reply to Molly, Desktop page views have been
in decline for the past 2-3 years from 4.36 billion (Oct 2016) to 3.64
billion (Oct 2018). Likewise, the relative effectiveness as of mobile as a
fundraising platform has historically been substantially lower
, 2018 at 1:31 AM Joseph Seddon wrote:
> Hey Everyone,
> I wanted to send a quick reminder that on Tuesday, 27th November, at 16:00
> UTC, we will launch our mobile and banner campaigns. We expect to run the
> fundraising campaign on English Wikipedia in 6 countries: USA, Canada
Thank you for your feedback, it is really appreciated. There are a fair few
points you’ve raised so I will do my best cover them all. For some
background, mobile fundraising is vitally important. Desktop page views
have been in decline for the past 2-3 years from 4.36 billion (Oct
Minor correction! The date should have read: Tuesday 27th November :)
On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 12:36 AM Joseph Seddon
> Hey all!
> I wanted to send a quick reminder that our English language fundraiser is
> officially launching tomorrow afternoon (
I wanted to send a quick reminder that on Tuesday, 27th November, at 16:00
UTC, we will launch our mobile and banner campaigns. We expect to run the
fundraising campaign on English Wikipedia in 6 countries: USA, Canada, UK,
Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. You may notice some
"That hasn't been the case in the past when campaign goals are met."
The fundraising team has actively sought to reduce the impact that raising
donations has on readers. We covered this in a blog last year about the
I appreciate and understand your feedback about this subject line.
For some time we have been trying to find an alternative subject line to
-/This is a little awkward/-. That line works and works very well but we
have found it very difficult to effectively translate and adapt into
The Wikimedia Foundation does not hold cryptocurrency in Bitcoin. Whilst we
do accept bitcoin donations, this is currently done indirectly via BitPay
which converts from Bitcoin/Bitcash to Dollars prior to receipt.
This is documented on our Ways to Give page:
The end of the year is extremely productive, rewarding and very busy for
the Wikimedia Fundraising team with fundraising occurring in 14 countries
and 4 languages. Just a quick update on our fundraising activities.
We were originally scheduled to run a
7 countries = the 6 mentioned + Brazil :D
On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 11:24 AM Joseph Seddon wrote:
> Hey all,
> Coffee is always controversial when it comes to fundraising. I can assure
> you that my team constantly works to try to ensure that these lines are
Coffee is always controversial when it comes to fundraising. I can assure
you that my team constantly works to try to ensure that these lines are
appropriate. Our biggest challenge has always been that this line has long
been extremely effective.
Looking back through our banners, it
I'd refer to my previous email relating to the three high GDP Asian
Definitely has potential but no silver bullet.
On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 9:15 PM Amir Sarabadani wrote:
> It might sound naive but Singapore also has lots of potential. Please
> correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't have specific numbers to hand but its safe to assume the majority
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
> and cannot be defined like a "poor" country. I Think that the same is valid
> also for East Asia.
> No it's not simple to compare but the amount donated in Asia is really
> Kind regards
> On Mon, 1 Oct 2018, 15:21 Joseph Seddon, wrote:
Correction: Our readership in Macao, QATAR and Singapore; is a fraction of
that of the United States. (specifically 1.4% of the USA: Percentage
remails effectively unchanged).
On Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 2:17 PM Joseph Seddon wrote:
> Hey Illario.
> It is not as simple
It is not as simple to simply that the contribution from Asia should be 10
times bigger. It is not just about GDP.
Our readership from the three countries in the top 10: Macao, Oman and
Singapore; is a fraction of that of the United States. (specifically 1.4%
of the USA).
The potential for growth in fundraising in the various geographic locations
is limited by a huge number of factors limited but not including:
Population size, Per capita GDP/Purchasing power parity, Disposable income,
Internet penetration rates, Wikimedia project penetration rates,
Is Wikimania still on its programme of "1 EU/US Wikimania" followed by an
On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 11:44 PM Ellie Young wrote:
> The Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimedia Foundation are seeking
> expressions of interest from interested parties for
Your suggestion is noted but there are lot's of things that we want to do
with email but only a finite amount of resources in this area with which to
achieve it so it'll be something for to thinking about in the future.
On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 9:11 PM James
"I am unaware of any laws which would prohibit WMF from publishing the
entirety of executives' compensation
details including their employment contracts, severance agreements,
and the circumstances
in which their departures happen."
Pine, I often appreciate your view and input on a range of
Apologies for the delay on this.
To the best of our knowledge, this ad isn't being run by the Wikimedia
Foundation nor any vendor of the Wikimedia Foundation.
On Wed, Apr 25, 2018 at 7:12 AM, Anthony Cole wrote:
> That Google ad (describing
These emails came in on a weekend and today is a WMF holiday so I suspect
it'll be another 24 hours or so before a response will get to you :)
On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 1:15 AM, Philippe Beaudette
> I suspect that the ad in question is
That's a completely different and unrelated issue to the thread YOU stated.
Whilst I'm impressed at your willingness to hijack your own thread to refer
to a completely unrelated topic after only one response, it is unsurprising
and I'm personally bored of it.
Please stick to the topic at hand or
I don't think it's particularly user/design friendly
On Wed, 7 Mar 2018, 16:22 James Salsman, wrote:
> I wanted to share this because it's pertinent to issues with large
> companies using our information without complying with the license
The question is, does it need a successor?
On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 10:42 PM, Pine W wrote:
> For some time there have been periodic mentions of the idea of moving
> Wikimedia-l to Discourse. 
> I am considering establishing a Discourse installation myself and
This conversation started in the middle of the Christmas break following
which I suspect many staff took extended holidays, most departments are in
the middle annual planning and this week WMF are gathering for their annual
all hands meetings. So lets firtst consider the fact that senior legal
For those heavy users of the English Wikipedia, you'll have noticed its
been quiet on the banner front over the last week or so. This was to give
the team a much needed and appreciated break over the Christmas period.
We'll be doing a final push over the next 24 hours and we will be
==TODAY’S ASK ==
Today we are going to be testing a banner with a community quote included
alongside the main appeal:
This quote originated from a fundraising interview of Rosie
==REALLY IMPORTANT ASK==
Before updating you on our first week. I have and ask
We need your help. We've had some really close results with some of our
best messages in banners recently.
Rather than the fundraising team making the decision what to do, we would
like the community to help us
Hey all! Just a very brief update!
***We are live!***
Banners went up at 1600UTC. It's been 7ish hours and so far things are
ticking over nicely!
Lisa Gruwell and Megan Hernandez have written a blog post announcing the
launch of the campaign and why every donation to Wikipedia is
I wanted to send a quick reminder that our English language fundraiser is
officially launching tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 28th November, at 16.00
UTC) with some final systems tests running between now and then.
---Banners and Ideas---
You can see the all of our current most effective
How is this relevant to wikimedia-l?
On 21 Nov 2017 09:28, "James Salsman" wrote:
> I offer $50 USD first prize and $25 for the runner-up for the best
> twelve paragraph essay on the topic of whether college students are
> likely to pay more in income taxes over
Just a quick update and heads up on our upcoming fundraising activities.
This quarter marks an exciting time for the Wikimedia Foundation
Fundraising team as we run our English fundraiser, the largest campaign of
the year. As with previous years, that means running banners on English
The conference was born from the old affiliate model but that is not
representative of where we are now and for all its flaws and advantages,
the affiliate model has become very different.
Affiliates in some cases really do represent, projects, languages and
topics to varying degrees.
I must echo Lodewijk's words.
Washing dirty linen in public is beneficial to no one and damages everyone
involved including those making the accusations. There will be and are
lessons to be learned but right now there is a huge chilling effect from
the presence of lawyers on many sides and there
I believe that the 1.2million reflected Wikimedia France expenditure for
the previous financial year. I suspect the staff numbers are simply out of
On 14 Oct 2017 12:23, "rupert THURNER" wrote:
> the linkedin page of emeric says that WMFR has 1.2 Mio Eur
Based on your definition of community does that mean that mediawiki
developers are not part of the Wikimedia community?
Are people who volunteer in the real world or teachers who incorporate
Wikipedia into their classes not part of the Wikimedia community?
Members of staff of GLAM institutions
e Russia in Moscow, Oct.14-15?
> At Montreal meeting with WMF staff (James Baldwin, Jaime Villagomez,
> Winifred Olliff, Stephen LaPorte & Charles M. Roslof), it was said Mr.
> Joseph Seddon would be the person to ask for help, but I got no reply to my
> Sept.19 email.
say but I am constantly logged in and do see fundraising
> banners every year.
> Each time when it was announced fundraising banners would come, I have seen
> them logged in, in multiple countries.
> Op dinsdag 5 september 2017 heeft Joseph Seddon <jsed...
logged in for a while.
> > Best,
> > Lodewijk
> > On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 2:16 PM, David Emrany <david.emr...@gmail.com>
> >> a) This is incorrect
> >> b) how many years would "for several years" enc
wrong start reaching levels of sigma that not even I would attempt to claim
On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 1:38 PM, Strainu <strain...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Changing subject, the other thread is about something totally different.
> 2017-09-05 14:38 GMT+03:00 Jose
WMF hasn't shown fundraising banners to logged in users for several years.
On 5 Sep 2017 08:33, "Lodewijk" wrote:
> Hey Ori,
> I like the creative thinking :) For the fundraising that could indeed work
> well (although I have no numbers on what
whether this is the
> sort of behaviour that she expects you to exhibit in a public forum.
> On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 8:07 PM, Joseph Seddon <jsed...@wikimedia.org>
> > Real identity does not equal real-life identity. You can mask your
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