Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia DC Statement on Terms of Use Enforcement

2019-06-30 Thread Lucas Teles
Thanks for the statement. I am pretty sure that everyone agrees with what
is stated. However, the statement doesn't address the main and real issue.
We have to identify the issue in order to take action against it. The said
controversy doesn't have to do with preventing harassment - which is
something we all agree that has to be done -, but it has to do with the way
it was done. At the eyes of many community users, unnecessary lack of
transparency was applied on this case with  no chance for defense and no
explanation on why it was no left to be solved by ArbCom.

If you are concerned - as I am -, I don't think we should discuss if
harassment is good or bad. It is obviously bad. We should discuss the
procedure and bring material for a real change.

Teles


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Em dom, 30 de jun de 2019 às 16:32, Robert Fernandez 
escreveu:

> https://wikimediadc.org/wiki/Press:Statement_on_Terms_of_Use_enforcement
>
> June 30, 2019
>
> Wikimedia District of Columbia is deeply concerned by recent events that
> have occurred on the English Wikipedia, including community controversy
> regarding a ban imposed by the Wikimedia Foundation.
>
> Protecting editors from harassment is crucial to the continued success of
> the Wikimedia movement. Many of us have been targets of harassment as a
> result of our contributions to the Wikimedia projects, and have witnessed
> harassment of our colleagues, and we are grateful to the Wikimedia
> Foundation's Trust & Safety team for their support in those incidents.
>
> We make no judgement on the case at the center of the current controversy
> as the Foundation—as per long-standing practice to protect the privacy of
> all concerned—did not identify the specifics of the behavior publicly. We
> are not endorsing or opposing a specific case, policy, or process. However,
> in light of these events, we publicly affirm our support for the following
> principles:
>
>
>- We support the Wikimedia Foundation's efforts in general to make the
>English Wikipedia welcoming and accessible to people of all backgrounds
> and
>gender identities.
>- We believe there are circumstances where the Wikimedia Foundation
>should take action against individual editors who violate the Terms of
> Use
>when it is necessary to protect people of all backgrounds and gender
>identities.
>- We support collaboration between the Foundation and the English
>Wikipedia community to inform the policies and processes surrounding
> these
>efforts.
>- We oppose the use of discriminatory, racist, and homophobic language
>in all Wikimedia discussions, and encourage the community to avoid it,
>regardless of context or intent.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Please welcome the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief Operating Officer, Janeen Uzzell

2019-02-14 Thread Lucas Teles
Warm welcome from Brazil! (It’s actually hot here)

Teles

Em qui, 14 de fev de 2019 às 07:57, camelia boban 
escreveu:

> And a very welcome from Rome (Italy) Janeen  :-).
>
> Camelia
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> Il giorno gio 14 feb 2019 alle ore 11:37 Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
> ktsouroupi...@wikimedia.org> ha scritto:
>
> > Pretty welcome, Janeen :) I hope you settle in well.
> > Greetings from Greece.
> >
> > K.
> >
> > On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 at 8:31 AM Katherine Maher 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hello all!
> > >
> > > I am delighted to share with you that we have added a Chief Operating
> > > Officer to the Wikimedia Foundation leadership (c-level) team. Today,
> I'm
> > > excited to introduce you to Janeen Uzzell. Janeen started on January
> > 23rd,
> > > in time for the  Foundation's All Hands retreat late last month, and
> has
> > > since been working out of our office in San Francisco.
> > >
> > > Janeen was most recently the head of Women in Technology for GE, where
> > she
> > > worked with GE’s global CEOs to revise practices across their workforce
> > of
> > > 300,000 employees, increasing the number of women in technology roles.
> > > Previously, she was GE’s Global Director of External Affairs and
> > Technology
> > > Programs, and before that, she spent 5 years as Director of Healthcare
> > > Programs for GE Africa, based in Accra, Ghana. She also served as the
> > > Director of Global Healthcare Programs, Director of Healthcare
> Disparity
> > > Programs, and Director of Service Operations for GE.
> > >
> > > Janeen has nearly two decades of experience implementing the design and
> > use
> > > of technology to drive impact on global outcomes. She is a people
> > > developer, transformational leader, storyteller, engineer and
> > > self-proclaimed “global citizen” — with a passion for incubation and
> > > impact. She says she is on a mission to use her influence and voice to
> > lead
> > > casual work that changes lives, communities and the world. She has a
> MBA
> > > from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering
> > from
> > > North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
> > >
> > > The Chief Operating Officer is not a new role for the Foundation,
> > although
> > > we haven't had one recently. As the Foundation has grown in recent
> years,
> > > I've been talking to both the Board and the c-team about the value of
> > > reinstating the COO role. We all agreed this was an important addition
> to
> > > the Foundation to help us become more effective.
> > >
> > > At the end of 2018, we met Janeen while recruiting for a different
> > > position. After completing the interview process, many people felt as
> > > though she had the skills for the Chief Operating Officer role. While
> we
> > > generally do not hire before a job is posted, we also do not like to
> miss
> > > out on opportunities. So, in consultation with and support from the
> Board
> > > and c-team team, we agreed to create this new role and ask Janeen to
> join
> > > the Foundation.
> > >
> > > As the Foundation continues to grow and work to meet the needs of the
> > > Wikimedia communities, Janeen's expertise will be instrumental in
> helping
> > > the organization continue to meet the needs of our growing and evolving
> > > movement. Please join me in welcoming Janeen to the Foundation and to
> the
> > > incredible Wikimedia community!
> > >
> > > Katherine
> > >
> > > PS. A public announcement has also been posted on our blog:
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/2019/02/12/wikimedia-foundation-appoints-janeen-uzzell-as-chief-operating-officer/
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lisa Lewin joining Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2019-02-02 Thread Lucas Teles
We should definitely rethink our way of saying “welcome”. :)

I don’t know if Lisa is on the list, but - if she is - welcome to
Wikimedia. We, volunteers, tend to be passionate about projects and
complain about almost everything. Most of the time, with good intentions,
as I am sure those involved in this deletion request are. I already saw
myself in that position. Not hard to be there when overburden with many
wiki issues.

However, let’s not forget about the basics. Sometimes, I miss the good
manners from users that are excellent volunteers as they know a lot about
our rules, but show no empathy to other people.

Just my 2 cents...

Regards.

Teles

Em sáb, 2 de fev de 2019 às 20:20, Andy Mabbett 
escreveu:

> On Fri, 1 Feb 2019 at 23:20, Andy Mabbett 
> wrote:
>
> > P.S. Please see:
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Pigsonthewing#File_tagging_File:Lisa_Lewin.jpg
>
> And now:
>
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Lisa_Lewin.jpg
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ABUSE OF THE SYSTEM

2019-01-08 Thread Lucas Teles
Hello.

Contacting stewards by email seem like the proper venue. Please, wait for
an answer.

Posting it on this list won’t help you and it is out this list’s purpose.

I hope you understand. Regards.

Teles

Em ter, 8 de jan de 2019 às 12:33, 80hnhtv4agou--- via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> escreveu:

>
> I have just been IP globally blocked as an ip;
>
> based on a series of misunderstanding.
>
> coming from page stalking on talk pages and watching list edit tools.
>
> and the fact that anybody can go to the  Steward
> requests/Global
>
> page and ask for a block with out any text
> what so ever
>
> and no notice to the ip user, and that one stewards can
> come
>
> by without any evidence  and
> grant all postings at once.
>
> and yes i have filled out the form and sent the stewards
> e-mail.
>
> also with this abuse going on on individual wiki’s I
> have tried
>
> to contact trust and safety with no reply ever, on
> e-mail or
>
> there talk pages.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Plea from Wikimedia Portugal

2018-10-11 Thread Lucas Teles
I really hope that the reason for de-recognition of any affiliate is not
that “the other side expressed a contrary position”.

We have seen it in Brazil too, as others already started to link the dots.
There where two groups in conflict. Instead of solving the problem, or even
declaring itself unable to solve (which they are and would be
understandable), AffCom de-recognized both of them with no warning. And we
still keep asking why with no answer: [1]


I don’t know why we keep asking (but I don’t plan to stop until I have an
answer). Probably for being long-term volunteers and believing on the
Wikimedia Movement, but after undergoing so many unfair and poor
judgements, I don’t have the answer. And I am still willing to work on the
improvements and not only pointing fingers. Reading the message from AffCom
saying that “The Brazilian community is much broader that the contributors
involved in these two former User Groups” and all the rest, it sounded like
our work was disposable on their eyes, a perfect insult. [2] In my opinion,
this lack of professionalism is a clear sign that the committee was not
able to deal with the case and decided about it in the easiest way for
them, with a terrible outcome for Brazil. But it’s okay... we have other
people to do the job, don’t we?

I can’t understand why did AffCom come up with a roadmap if they were not
willing to respect the terms of it. If WMPT fulfilled the requirements on
roadmap what we all expected is that AffCom would fulfill their part of the
agreement. Just like the discussion I mentioned above on which AffCom
creates a place to discuss and then disappears.

WMPT was inactive for years. I never understood why AffCom allowed that,
but never bothered to ask. We should all be grateful for the users that are
trying to recompose the chapter and clearly willing to do it under the
committee advice, but working with the rules of AffCom itself is not
enough. Sounds like an impossible mission is defined and when it is not
fulfilled, it is used as a reason for de-recognition.

The lack of transparency, the poor judgement, irresponsible decisions, the
apparent inactivity of their members should have an end. As I said, I am
still willing to help like I bet others will, but keeping silent about your
own problems won’t make AffCom better. Sorry for any possible emotional
argument... it’s hard to hide it after a year of expectations and unsolved
conflict.

Teles

[1]-
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliations_Committee/Brazil_Next_Steps#Lack_of_AffCom%E2%80%99s_participation
[2]-
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Brazil_Next_Steps#Communicating_Next_Steps_for_the_Brazil_Communities


Em qui, 11 de out de 2018 às 21:17, Nathan  escreveu:

> Thank you for acknowledging the existence of this thread and the fact that
> AffCom is still making some effort to bring the problem to a resolution. It
> doesn't seem like it should be all that challenging, if one disputant is a
> single individual and the other is a community of people led by those for
> whom they have repeatedly expressed support.
>
> If, as described, AffCom laid out a procedure by which one side could
> legitimize itself and then decided to revoke that procedure after much work
> by those trying to follow it... AffCom could acknowledge an error and
> apologize. That you have described your proposed next step is at least
> progress in the right direction.
>
> In any case, I'm sure we all look forward to AffCom sharing the results of
> its solicitation of advice with the Wikimedia public.
>
> On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 8:07 PM Kirill Lokshin 
> wrote:
>
> > As I believe we mentioned the last time this particular topic came up, we
> > are unlikely to resolve the intricacies of Portuguese nonprofit law by
> > debating them on a mailing list.
> >
> > Gonçalo and his colleagues have quite clearly expressed their position:
> > they believe that the process by which they came to control Wikimedia
> > Portugal complies with the applicable provisions of Portuguese law.  At
> the
> > same time, the other side in this conflict has expressed a contrary
> > position: that the process in question does *not* comply with those
> > provisions.
> >
> > The Affiliations Committee has obviously been unable to make any real
> > headway here, particularly as the dispute hinges in no small part on
> > interpretations of case law rather than a plain reading of the applicable
> > legal codes; consequently, we've solicited advice from actual Portuguese
> > legal experts, which we hope to receive in the near future.  Until that
> > happens, however, we are not going to be able to bring this to closure,
> one
> > way or the other.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Suspensions of affiliates

2018-09-20 Thread Lucas Teles
The way AffCom deals with certain situations is clearly not transparent
enough for the Wikimedia environment.

We have a situation in Brazil that remains unsolved and Affcom wouldn’t
even follow their own ways of dealing with it.

Here is a clearer example:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Affiliations_Committee/Brazil_Next_Steps

AffCom has created a page on Meta to discuss the issues, but it has been
ignored by them. And it’s like they have no need to answer. Regardless of
the many moments my group tried to solve the issues, even when being
ignored about important complaints, we were punished with de-recognition
with no warning. *No warning.*

Is it really the proper way a group should be de-recognized? Despite being
one of the most active groups in the World, we were trying to solve the
problems. However, AffCom dealt with it in the easiest way, as if both
involved groups had done the same and should be punished the same way,
which is not correct.

It is a matter of volunteer time? Being a volunteer body is not a reason
for being absent. If the body is unable to solve an issue, it should
declare itself unable and community can think of better ways of doing it. I
see that the only actions on AffCom are cutting relations and transfering
responsibilities to others when it comes to conflict resolution. Some
should solve the problems, otherwise they will be punished.

I have been asking a lot elsewhere. What is the best way to discuss this
with community. Me and others trie to discuss with AffCom itself, but were
ignored. So, I wonder if there are others interested in discussing it,
because AffCom is not or don’t have the time, which is not that bad, but
then we should be addressed to anyone that would act properly. Should we
create a conflict resolution body to help AffCom? That may be the a good
start in my opinion, but let’s not keep it the way it is, for the best of
our community.

Teles




Em qui, 20 de set de 2018 às 08:55, Paulo Santos Perneta <
paulospern...@gmail.com> escreveu:

> Anyway, getting back to the more abstract case.
>
> I do not agree with total transparency to the "outside world" on
> communications between AffCom and the affiliate. As Lodewijk mentioned, and
> we felt on our skins over here, sometimes (most of the time?) it does more
> harm than good, at least in an initial phase of the process.
>
> I also do not believe that raising the spectre of "de-recognition" before a
> vast audience, especially one directly connected to the chapter -
> especially before any communication has been attempted to the people in
> charge of the chapter - is helpful at all. If anything, it is highly
> counterproductive, sowing confusion and scaring partners and stakeholders
> away, creating a whole new problem the affiliate has to deal with, and
> actively contributing to the situation deterioration. I believe it should
> only be done as a last resource, when the chapter has been irresponsive and
> the situation has been deteriorating significantly.
>
> In a first moment, and if it is working, silent backchannels and backstage
> acting should be the way to go. However, I don't believe the AffCom has any
> legitimacy to impose a vote of silence on an affiliate about his own
> situation, especially when misinformation and rumours about it are
> circulating around wildly.
>
> I absolutely agree this is not a simple issue, and we cannot expect the
> AffCom, who are a group of volunteers as many of us are, to know the
> answers to all of them, and to act perfectly. That's why a more public and
> broader discussion among the Movement is needed about this.
>
> Paulo
>
>
> Paulo Santos Perneta  escreveu no dia quinta,
> 20/09/2018 à(s) 00:56:
>
> > I completely agree with Lodewijk here: Publishing such warnings could
> very
> > well in effect kill off the affiliate, and make the warning moot.
> >
> > This was, however, very much what the AffCom has done to Wikimedia
> > Portugal. In 18 May the AffCom has sent a message to the WMPT general
> > mailing list, which is for general information and includes our partners
> > and people which are just interested in WMPT, not only associates.
> >
> > In that message the AffCom requested* "all members of the chapter to
> > cease from taking part in this conflict and to work to resolve
> differences.*"
> > The so called "conflict" was nothing but a single individual sending
> legal
> > and personal threats against members of the chapter. this is the
> > information we had back then, this is what we had reported to teh AffCom
> -
> > it still is the same information we have today, it has not changed. So
> the
> > AffCom told those on the receiving end to "cease from taking part in this
> > conflict and to work to resolve differences".
> >
> > Then continued: "Y*ou may also officially request a conversation with
> > this committee to discuss a potential mediation plan, which we are more
> > than happy to help with.*" - no conversation with any of the three
> > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: First round of Working Group members

2018-07-30 Thread Lucas Teles
What are the steps now?

It is clear to me and others that this strategy initiative could not reach
new faces, especially those more engaged with editing. Or they were
reached, but not selected for some reason.

In case it is desired, whoever is in charge of this process should start
thinking on ways of reaching them or invite others to think with and  find
a solution.

In case it is not desired, it should be clarified to broad community.

I see very good names on the groups and I don’t mean to discredit the work,
good faith, and the value of the whole process, but I just don’t think it
is the right path when editorial community is set aside intentionally or
not.

Best regards.

Teles

Em sáb, 28 de jul de 2018 às 18:11, Gerard Meijssen <
gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> escreveu:

> Hoi,
> I have. I have heard a very senior person in the WMF state that English is
> the only relevant language..
>
> PS We did not agree on that one ..
>
> Thanks,
>GerardM
>
> On 27 July 2018 at 13:35, Paulo Santos Perneta 
> wrote:
>
> > Hello Jane,
> >
> > >
> > ​
> > I think that we are in fact split down the middle into parties that
> believe
> > "some languages are better than others" and "let's save all existing
> > languages on the planet, including all of their fonts ever used on- and
> > offline".
> >
> > ​I don't know why do you wrote this, as I never had this impression, at
> > all. We are split by languages since ​the Babel Tower was embargoed by
> God,
> > but I never, ever remember hearing someone saying or even hinting that
> > "some languages are better than others".
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > Paulo
> >
> >
> > 2018-07-25 8:28 GMT+01:00 Jane Darnell :
> >
> > > Hmm. Yes and no. Yes the May 2017 conference suffered from some
> > interesting
> > > selection bias, but no the people there were not all brainwashed into
> > > forgetting their "wildness". We are all still wild wild Wikipedians at
> > > heart, speaking for the 2006 cohort in its entirety. I really doubt
> > whether
> > > the WMF is trying to shove us all in a direction of their choosing.
> > > ​​
> > > I think
> > > that we are in fact split down the middle into parties that believe
> "some
> > > languages are better than others" and "let's save all existing
> languages
> > on
> > > the planet, including all of their fonts ever used on- and offline".
> Then
> > > there is a huge discrepancy in workflow for these people and the folks
> > who
> > > work in just one language and never think of language as a movement
> topic
> > > at all. Among this monolingual crowd (many of whom do not subscribe to
> > any
> > > mailing list or other communication outlets) are the overlapping groups
> > > between the "field workers" and the "library workers". The field
> workers
> > > tend to operate more by a "drive-by" methodology, and the "library
> > workers"
> > > tend to operate more by a "step-by-step" methodology. I respectfully
> > submit
> > > that we have all dabbled in all of these worlds and therefore we all
> have
> > > enough common sense to shout "Whoa!" if something really really wrong
> > gets
> > > proposed. But in the past I have felt quite strongly that something was
> > > really really wrong, but it turned out it was just a factor of me being
> > > unaware of workflow difficulties experienced by others. So e.g.
> > personally
> > > I was against the idea of "protected pages" but have come around to
> > seeing
> > > they are useful - even on Wikidata.
> > >
> > > On Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 10:12 PM, Anders Wennersten <
> > > m...@anderswennersten.se> wrote:
> > >
> > > > As I see it the strategy process is run for the functionaries in the
> > > > movement and by them. People with focus on contributing to the
> projects
> > > are
> > > > not involved, when volunteers is mentioned it is mostly people
> running
> > > > worskhops for beginners etc, a kind of semi functionaries, not the
> hard
> > > > core contributes.
> > > >
> > > > This could be a good thing and foster a new set of moment leaders,
> > fully
> > > > in agreement with goals and strategy. It could also be seen as a
> > > weakness,
> > > > as we do not recognize the more "wild" (but creative)y culture in our
> > > > communities and only have the "nice" and obedient culture being
> > accepted.
> > > >
> > > > Facts
> > > >
> > > > The vision  was really created in Wikiconf 2017 by functionaries
> > > >
> > > > The way forward was defined by Wikiconf 2017 by functionaries
> > > >
> > > > The set up of work groups was from the beginning set up  to include
> > > (only)
> > > > functionaries (time requirement, and first it was also talked of
> > > candidates
> > > > should be endorsed by local chapters). And the actual selection was
> not
> > > > done transparent as is the culture of the communities but by "boss"
> > > > selection (I only feel the movement is starting to resemble a big
> > > company,
> > > > not the vibrant communities)
> > > >
> > > > Anders
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions 2018

2018-07-19 Thread Lucas Teles
Congrats from Brazil.

Hope for a community of editors and contributors as diverse as the Board
already is.

Teles

Em qui, 19 de jul de 2018 às 12:34, Christophe Henner 
escreveu:

> And because I can't step down properly, a part of the email was missing,
> here is the complete version
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> *I am happy to make some announcements about the Wikimedia Foundation Board
> of Trustees. As of today, Tanya Capuano has formally joined the Board.
> Tanya is an experienced financial professional who has worked as a Vice
> President of Finance for Intuit, and more recently as CFO for the software
> firm G5. She is passionate about education, having served on the boards of
> various educational nonprofits.Tanya will enrich the financial and
> accounting skills critical to the oversight of the Foundation and to her
> role as Chair of the Foundation’s Audit Committee, to which she was also
> elected today. Please join me in warming welcoming her in the Wikimedia
> movement. As Tanya joins us, we also see Kelly Battles and Alice Wiegand,
> two very valuable trustees, leave us as their terms of service come to a
> close. Both of them have been stellar trustees who helped the board and the
> Foundation grow and become a more robust organisation.Kelly and Alice, you
> have brought so much to the Foundation and to the movement, and it has been
> an immense pleasure serving with you. I can only hope, as has often been
> the case with other former trustees, our movement will be lucky enough we
> keep seeing both of you around and that you keep on bringing your
> experience, skills, and wisdom to all of us. As you might have noticed we
> still are one trustee short, with a total of nine. We are currently
> searching for a tenth Trustee, with a technology and platform background;
> you can read the profile here on Commons
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> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a8/Board_Recruiting_Candidate_Packet_May_2018.pdf
> >.
> Today the Board also voted to appoint María Sefidari as Chair and
> Christophe Henner as Vice Chair. After serving as Chair for two terms, I
> decided to step down and support María as Chair, hopefully as effectively
> as she served me and the organization when she was my Vice Chair. María and
> I both have a long history of involvement in the Wikimedia community, and
> prior to coming to the Foundation, held leadership roles in local Wikimedia
> organizations.In addition, the Board re-elected Nataliia Tymkiv as Chair of
> the Board Governance Committee, supported by BGC members James Heilman and
> Dariusz Jemielniak, and alternates Raju Narisetti and María. We also
> elected Raju as Chair of the Human Resources Committee, with members María
> and Dariusz.  Finally, as noted, we elected Tanya Capuano as Chair of the
> Audit Committee, with Christophe and Raju as members and María and Jimmy as
> alternates.  More about Christophe, María, and the Committee Chairs are
> below. I hope you will join me in congratulating them on their new
> positions and wish them success in their terms ahead.On a more personal
> note, I would like to thank everyone for the last two years. This is not
> farewell, but the last two years have been a roller coaster and I am proud
> I had the chance to serve as Chair and helped us building up the future of
> the movement. We have achieved a lot in the last 24 months, and the best is
> yet to come!ChristopheAbout Tanya CapuanoTanya Pine Capuano most recently
> was the chief financial officer (CFO) of the data-driven marketing company
> G5 in Bend, Oregon. Originally from San Jose, California, she has
> wide-ranging experience including strategy and financial planning and
> analysis in technology. In addition to her recent role at G5, she has also
> worked for Hewlett-Packard and Intuit.She has also supported numerous
> education initiatives throughout her career; including serving on the
> boards of Education Pioneers, Los Altos Educational Foundation, and “I Have
> a Dream” Foundation San Francisco, an organization whose San Francisco
> chapter she co-founded.She is very involved with Stanford University alumni
> life, having earned a bachelor's in economics, a master's in education, and
> a master of business administration from the university. After graduating,
> she worked as the university’s Director of Alumni Relations and Development
> Director for the Initiative on Improving K-12 Education. She has also
> served on the board of the Stanford University Graduate School of
> Business.Tanya lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two
> children. They enjoy traveling as a family and outdoor sports.About María
> SefidariMaría Sefidari Huici is a professor in the Digital Communications,
> Culture and Citizenship Master's degree program of Rey Juan Carlos
> University at the MediaLab-Prado.Born in Madrid, Spain, where she still
> lives today, María graduated with a 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

2018-07-19 Thread Lucas Teles
Those are excellent news!

I wonder if there are any plans on working on less rich countries. They
usually have less internet access and would benefit from that.

Wikipedia Zero has just expired in Angola and I can’t imagine a best way to
replace that source of knowledge withou having to deal with the negative
side of it.

Concerning the many users from Angola that reached out to me complaining
about the end of Wikipedia Zero in Angola, giving them access to Kiwix will
be of enormous help.

Teles

Em qui, 19 de jul de 2018 às 19:16, Samantha Lien 
escreveu:

> This press release is also available on the Wikimedia blog here:
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/07/18/wikimedia-foundation-and-kiwix-partner-to-grow-offline-access-to-wikipedia/Wikimedia
> Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia
> *The Wikimedia Foundation and Switzerland-based Kiwix announce a global
> collaboration to increase offline access to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
> projects.*
>
> Lausanne, Switzerland, and San Francisco, USA, 18 July 2018 – The
> Wikimedia Foundation has announced a partnership with Kiwix, the free and
> open-source software solution that enables offline access to educational
> content, to expand and improve access to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia
> projects globally. This partnership will include a $275,000 contribution to
> Kiwix to further enhance offline access to Wikipedia in parts of the world
> where consistent, affordable internet connectivity presents a significant
> barrier to accessing Wikipedia.
>
> “Our hope is that one day everyone will have access to the internet, and
> eliminate the need for other offline methods of access to information.”
> said Kiwix CEO Stephane Coillet-Matillon. “But we know that there are still
> serious gaps in internet access globally that require solutions today.
> Kiwix is a tool to start fixing things right now.”
> The Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix have had a long-standing collaborative
> relationship to expand access to Wikipedia around the world. This includes
> recent support to Kiwix and WikiProject Medicine to improve the
> availability of offline Wikipedia medical content [1], as well as
> improvements to the Kiwix desktop experience.
>
> Through this partnership, the two organizations will collaborate to create
> a long-term strategy for third party reuse of Kiwix’s free access platform,
> fix longstanding code debt, improve Kiwix’s usability across mobile
> platforms including Android, and integrate Kiwix’s and the Wikimedia
> Foundation’s technical operations more closely for improved Wikipedia
> offline experiences.
>
> “As part of the 2030 direction for Wikimedia’s future [2], we’re thrilled
> to be partnering with Kiwix to invest in solutions to address one of the
> critical barriers to participating in Wikipedia globally: reliable internet
> access,” said Anne Gomez, Senior Program Manager at the Wikimedia
> Foundation. “We have made a commitment as an organization to actively
> address the challenges and barriers to reaching our global Wikimedia
> vision: a world in which everyone can freely share in knowledge. Today
> marks an important step toward realizing that commitment.”
>
> The Wikimedia vision is global: a world in which everyone can freely share
> in the sum of all knowledge. While there has been a significant reduction
> in high mobile data costs and other barriers to participating in Wikipedia,
> more than half the world’s population is not yet online. [3]
>
> Today, Kiwix sits at the heart of the offline ecosystem with more than 3
> million users from more than 200 countries. It can store millions of
> Wikipedia articles from any of Wikipedia’s nearly 300 languages along with
> thousands of books and videos on a single flash drive or microSD card for
> access on smartphones and computers. Kiwix has also worked with nonprofits
> such as the Orange Foundation, Human Rights Foundation, Internet in a Box,
> WikiFundi, and Digisoft to scale distribution of offline education
> materials around the world to students, teachers, and the general public.
>
> More information about the Wikimedia Foundation’s work to expand access
> and participation to Wikipedia globally, including information about this
> partnership with Kiwix, can be found in the Wikimedia Foundation’s
> 2018-2019 annual plan. [4]
>
>
>
> About the Wikimedia Foundation
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that supports and
> operates Wikipedia and its sister free knowledge projects. Wikipedia is the
> world’s free knowledge resource, spanning more than 45 million articles
> across nearly 300 languages. Every month, more than 200,000 people edit
> Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, collectively creating and improving
> knowledge that is accessed by more than 1 billion unique devices every
> month. This all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in
> the world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is
> a 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of Wikipedia Zero

2018-06-30 Thread Lucas Teles
Hi! This link is very helpful! Thanks.

I was also looking for information on the expiration date for partnerships,
which is when the users will notice the access issues. Not sure if there is
any.

Teles

Em sáb, 30 de jun de 2018 às 14:48, Yaroslav Blanter 
escreveu:

> Hi Lucas,
>
> this one is from February:
>
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/02/16/partnerships-new-approach/
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 7:35 PM, Lucas Teles  wrote:
>
> > Hello.
> >
> > On Portuguese Wikipedia Facebook page, I am receiving lots of messages
> > asking if Wikipedia Zero is over. One of them stated that they were told
> by
> > the internet service provider that WMF has cancelled the program.
> >
> > Do we have any official statement about it? I learnt that WZ would end
> this
> > year, but I am looking for any accurate information in order to reply to
> > the messages. Is it over for all the providers and countries? Is there
> > something se should tell to the affected users?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Teles
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[Wikimedia-l] Status of Wikipedia Zero

2018-06-30 Thread Lucas Teles
Hello.

On Portuguese Wikipedia Facebook page, I am receiving lots of messages
asking if Wikipedia Zero is over. One of them stated that they were told by
the internet service provider that WMF has cancelled the program.

Do we have any official statement about it? I learnt that WZ would end this
year, but I am looking for any accurate information in order to reply to
the messages. Is it over for all the providers and countries? Is there
something se should tell to the affected users?

Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] Portuguese Wikipedia has reached 1 Million articles created

2018-06-27 Thread Lucas Teles
Hello, folks!

I am pleased to report that Portuguese Wikipedia reached 1 Million articles
created yesterday. [1]

Community voted for a commemorative logo and set a sitenotice banner with a
statement mentioning the milestone. [2]

Thanks to the volunteers and supporters!

Links:
[1] https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Especial:Estat%C3%ADsticas

[2]
https://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Um_milh%C3%A3o_de_artigos

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] De-recognition of Wikimedia user groups in Brazil

2018-04-08 Thread Lucas Teles
That’s very unexpected. I actually have been trying to talk with WMF plenty
of times and waiting and waiting for a word from you. Though you probably
received lots of emails from me and others, I don’t think I have a single
email from you guys about this in my inbox

I have literally implored you to provide me and answer for a few cases
opened has been a while in order to have any instruction or advice on how
to act in many situations. But that never came.

This is probably the first time I hear from you, Kirill, and I respectfully
disagree that one can consider that you did well on it. You just let it all
happen and watched this escalate without any help. We were working on our
mistakes, we were building our code of conduct, accepted mediation with
Millos and others, but the feeling is that we were totally alone on that.
Sadly, your actions were always directed to both groups as if you were
avoiding to take any side or decision, like you are doing now, taking a
general action and not addressing any issue specifically.

I hope this change is for the best, but also hope that you can recognize
your own mistakes here as others from WMF did. Just like I don’t think we
did well every single moment and try to learn from it, you can’t really
believe that you did a good job here. If you do (and that is the impression
we have from your message), that is worrying. Then again, I hear from you,
after so much time of silence and what I hear is punishment. You can’t
probably think that you are being any educational on the matter. Sorry if
there is any harsh word above, but that is sincerely unintentional.

Have a good day.

Teles


Em dom, 8 de abr de 2018 às 16:32, Vi to  escreveu:

> Sad outcome though fair, reasonable and expected.
> I hope some new group will arise from these ruins.
>
> Vito
>
> 2018-04-08 20:19 GMT+02:00 Kirill Lokshin :
>
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > Recognition as a Wikimedia movement affiliate — a chapter, thematic
> > organization, or user group — is a privilege that allows an independent
> > group to officially use the Wikimedia trademarks to further the Wikimedia
> > mission. To receive and maintain their status as recognized Wikimedia
> > affiliates, groups are required to comply with certain requirements,
> which
> > are identified in each group's individual chapter, thematic organization,
> > or user group agreement.  In particular, the terms of the Wikimedia User
> > Group Agreement and Code of Conduct prohibit user groups from engaging in
> > activity that poses significant risk to other Wikimedia organizations or
> > Wikimedia projects.
> >
> > As many of you doubtlessly know, the two Wikimedia user groups based in
> > Brazil — Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil and Wiki Education Brazil
> —
> > have been engaged in a severe and protracted conflict, which has resulted
> > in significant harm to past, ongoing, and planned Wikimedia movement
> > activities in Brazil.  As all reasonable attempts to resolve the conflict
> > have failed, the Affiliations Committee is left with no choice but to
> > withdraw the groups' recognition as Wikimedia affiliates.
> >
> > Consequently, the recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil
> and
> > Wiki Education Brazil as Wikimedia user groups has been revoked, and the
> > Wikimedia Foundation's legal department has been requested to formally
> > terminate their respective user group agreements as soon as practicable.
> > Further, the specific individuals who served as the primary contacts for
> > these user groups will be prohibited from serving as primary contacts for
> > any user group application or existing user group for a period of one
> year.
> >
> > The Affiliations Committee recognizes that this is an unprecedented and
> > unfortunate development. However, we hope that this step will allow the
> > Wikimedia community in Brazil to work towards a new organizational
> > structure and model that will better serve the needs of movement
> > participants and stakeholders in the country.
> >
> > Any questions regarding this matter should be addressed directly to the
> > Affiliations Committee.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] New Affiliations Committee appointments

2018-01-24 Thread Lucas Teles
Congratulations to the approved ones and thanks Galio for so many years of
work!

Teles

Em qua, 24 de jan de 2018 às 13:04, Bijay chaurasia <
bijaychaurasi...@gmail.com> escreveu:

> Congratulations.
> Regards
> Bijay
>
> On 24 Jan 2018 8:59 a.m., "Rémy Gerbet"  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations to you all !!
> >
> >
> > *Gerbet Rémy*
> >
> > *Chargé de Mission Politique Territoriale**07 84 37 91 04*
> > *---**-*
> >
> > *WIKIMEDIA FRANCE*Association pour le libre partage de la connaissance
> > *www.wikimedia.fr  *
> > *40 rue de clery, **75002 Paris*
> > 
> >
> >
> > * 
> > *
> >
> > 2018-01-23 17:00 GMT+01:00 Galileo Vidoni :
> >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > Thanks to Kirill and to the rest of the committee for their kind words.
> > > I'm very fond of having served AffCom and I'm always available if you
> > think
> > > my past experience could be useful.
> > >
> > > As to Stu's question —yes, there have been cases of outgoing committee
> > > members not being re-appointed.
> > >
> > > Best,
> > >
> > > Galileo
> > >
> > >
> > > El 23 ene. 2018 4:37 p. m., "Stuart Prior" <
> > stuart.pr...@wikimedia.org.uk>
> > > escribió:
> > >
> > > Congratulations to those re-selected and newly appointed, and
> > > commiserations to those unsuccessful.
> > >
> > > I do have one question spurred on by the consistent re-selection of
> > > existing members for the past two rounds which will might require a
> > little
> > > collective institutional memory to answer.
> > > Has anyone putting themselves forward for re-selection ever not been
> > > re-appointed by the committee?
> > >
> > > Best
> > >
> > > Stuart
> > > (User:Battleofalma)
> > >
> > > On 23 January 2018 at 13:52, Nabin K. Sapkota <
> > nboycreationne...@gmail.com
> > > >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Congratulations to all newly appointed and reappointed members.
> > > >
> > > > Cheers,
> > > > Nabin
> > > >
> > > > On 23 January 2018 at 19:33, Kirill Lokshin <
> kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hi everyone,
> > > > >
> > > > > I'm pleased to announce that Derick Ndimnain Alangi, Biplab Anand,
> > and
> > > > Sami
> > > > > Mlouhi have appointed to the Affiliations Committee as new members.
> > In
> > > > > addition, two incumbent members -- Maor Malul and Emna Mizouni --
> > have
> > > > been
> > > > > re-appointed for an additional term.  Please join me in welcoming
> our
> > > new
> > > > > and returning members.
> > > > >
> > > > > The committee extends its profound gratitude to Galileo Vidoni, who
> > is
> > > > > stepping down after having served six years on the committee, and
> to
> > > > > everyone who participated in the recent selection process, whether
> by
> > > > > standing as a candidate or by providing feedback on the
> applications.
> > > > >
> > > > > Regards,
> > > > > Kirill Lokshin
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Education] non-technical community wish: Invitational essay authorship contest

2017-11-21 Thread Lucas Teles
Maybe you should first discuss any contest like this with community and
then come with a suitable idea.

Your willingness to invest on this is something valuable and should be used
on a project that fits with WMF goals.

Teles

Em ter, 21 de nov de 2017 às 14:19, Tighe Flanagan 
escreveu:

> To echo LiAnna and Wiki Education's take, the Wikimedia Foundation's
> education team support activities that get students to contribute to
> Wikimedia projects as part of their learning. While the contexts may vary
> from country to country and classroom to classroom, the students contribute
> according to Wikimedia project norms (neutrality, citations, etc). This
> type of proposed assignment/competition seems out of scope and we could not
> support it on our end either.
>
> Best,
> Tighe
>
> --
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> Wikimedia Foundation
> tflana...@wikimedia.org
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>
> On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 11:52 AM, LiAnna Davis  wrote:
>
> > On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 1:27 AM, 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 their lifetime than the
> > > present value of the entire amount of their college tuition, room, and
> > > board expenses.
> > >
> > > This contest is open only to the top 50% of participants in the
> > > Wikimedia Education Program or WikiEd Foundation's student editors.
> > >
> > > If there are any objections to this contest, please let me know. If
> > > there are any reasons it shouldn't be communicated to the eligible,
> > > please let me know. I ask both foundations to match my award, taking
> > > the prizes to $150 and $75 if they agree. Thank you!
> > >
> >
> >
> > No. At the Wiki Education Foundation, we focus on teaching students to
> > write neutral, fact-based encyclopedia articles instead of essays; our
> > asking them to write essays would be counterproductive given the mission
> of
> > our program, our organization, and the Wikimedia movement. We will not
> > support this effort, and ask that you do not reach out to them on your
> own.
> >
> > LiAnna
> >
> >
> > --
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> > Wiki Education
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliation Committe candidates - participation required

2017-09-08 Thread Lucas Teles
Hi, Samir.

I don't have this information and could not find it on the pages related on
Meta.

I am forwarding this mail to one of the members of AffCom so you can have
an answer.

Regards.

Em sex, 8 de set de 2017 às 12:40, Samir Elsharbaty <
selsharb...@wikimedia.org> escreveu:

> What is the deadline for voting, Lucas? I would like to include it in the
> community digest on the Wikimedia blog.
>
> Samir Elsharbaty
> Communications|Wikimedia Foundation
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 1:08 AM, Lucas Teles <telesw...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi.
>>
>> This message is only to advertise the ongoing candidacies for the new
>> affiliation committee members.
>>
>> Everyone is invited to participate with questions and to support or not
>> any
>> candidate in this page:
>>
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Candidates/June_2017
>>
>> I am posting here as I haven't seen any message related and the requests
>> could have a better community engagement IMO. I hope it is not duplicated.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Teles
>>
>
>>
>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Affiliation Committe candidates - participation required

2017-08-21 Thread Lucas Teles
Hi.

This message is only to advertise the ongoing candidacies for the new
affiliation committee members.

Everyone is invited to participate with questions and to support or not any
candidate in this page:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Candidates/June_2017

I am posting here as I haven't seen any message related and the requests
could have a better community engagement IMO. I hope it is not duplicated.

Regards,

Teles




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Chapter De-Recognition: Wikimedia Philippines

2017-04-25 Thread Lucas Teles
For a long time, we saw a few chapters with too little or no activity in
the movement and their recognition was kept in spite of it. I saw that and
it bothered me a little but not so much so I didn't say something about it.
Last year, AffCom started to do what it have to be done (better late than
never) and reviewed its affiliates.

I still don't get what happened in the relation between the chapter and
AffCom that didn't go well. Should AffCom have waited more between the
first warnings and the de-recognition? Should have used better words or
offered any other kind of help? Should have waited any ongoing bureaucratic
process to be finished? Clarifying that will be important to the work of
AffCom.

What I am trying to say is that it seems to be a recent experience for both
sides and I believe that everyone that came here with their comments came
in a good stand trying to express themselves to make this a better process.

As I hope WMPH will be back with more activity in a near future, I also
believe that AffCom will pay attention to any possible mistake on their
part, which sounds like something acceptable to occur since those are
recent initiatives. De-recognition is done. What should be done to keep
valuing the volunteer work of WMPH members and help them promoting
Wikimedia?

Teles

Em ter, 25 de abr de 2017 às 13:32, Kirill Lokshin 
escreveu:

> User groups are, indeed, a more "light-weight" model of affiliation, with
> significantly fewer compliance requirements -- at least for groups which
> are unincorporated and do not receive significant grants -- and the
> Affiliations Committee has, in the past, encouraged chapters struggling
> with reporting and similar requirements to consider becoming a user group.
>
> Having said that, there are certain issues that can prevent a smooth
> transition from a chapter to a user group.  In particular, any individuals
> considered to have personal responsibility for an outstanding compliance
> issue -- which means, generally speaking, the actual signatories of a
> chapter or grant agreement, but could potentially include every member of
> the governing board in the case of an incorporated affiliate -- are not
> eligible to serve as signatories of a new user group agreement until the
> original compliance issue has been resolved.  This proves to be a challenge
> when a group is small, or when the existing leadership of a group is
> unwilling to step aside during a transition.
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 12:10 PM, James Heilman  wrote:
>
> > Running a "user group" is much less bureaucratic overhead. Can WMPH not
> > just rejoin the movement as that? When the capacity to return to chapter
> > status develops the group can than apply for chapter status.
> >
> > James
> >
> > On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 5:17 AM, Josh Lim 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > First of all, I'm not blaming anyone. I'm merely stating what is our
> > > position: that is, that we've been dealing with our issues to the best
> of
> > > our ability.  That said, I'm sorry, but I will not tolerate being told
> > that
> > > I am "misleading" the movement by telling people what we've done to get
> > > ourselves out of this mess.  I wouldn't dare stake my own reputation on
> > > misleading the movement, and for people to presume otherwise is
> appalling
> > > for a movement that claims to work on a fundamental assumption of good
> > > faith.
> > > It's perfectly fine that we've come to opposing conclusions as to how
> > > compliant we are, but the facts stand that we've worked our butts off
> to
> > > return to compliance.  And we intend to do so.  If the Wikimedia
> > > Foundation's ideal conclusion is that non-compliant affiliates ought to
> > > disband entirely, then what good is the process in the first place if
> the
> > > idea is to help organizations return to compliance?
> > > I'll affirm that we've received a deadline notice.  I confirmed that in
> > my
> > > last e-mail to this list.  The Wikimedia Foundation did give a list of
> > > things that we had to fix to return to compliance.  We ticked off a
> > number
> > > of items from that list, and have conceded in our internal
> communications
> > > that other items can't be ticked off immediately owing to our capacity
> > and
> > > asked for more time to that effect.  The decision that was ultimately
> > made
> > > was for us to lose our status because not everything was met by the
> > > deadline, and that was DESPITE everything that we've done at WMPH to
> meet
> > > the deadline to begin with.
> > > So no, I will NOT tolerate being told that we did nothing to return to
> > > compliance, and by no less than the chair of the Affiliations Committee
> > --
> > > who otherwise I have a deep respect for -- in fact.  At the very least,
> > > there has to be a concession that we tried.  I have not heard that from
> > the
> > > other 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks of new accounts in Angola?

2017-03-03 Thread Lucas Teles
They were probably caught on this range block:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Log=User%3A105.168.0.0%2F16=block


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2017-02-22 12:54 GMT-03:00 Olatunde Isaac <reachout2is...@gmail.com>:

> In addition to that thread, see also "https://commons.wikimedia.
> org/wiki/User:Teles/Angola_Facebook_Case"
>
> Best,
>
> Isaac
> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.
>
> -Original Message-
> From: "Olatunde Isaac" <reachout2is...@gmail.com>
> Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:30:06
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List<wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Reply-To: reachout2is...@gmail.com
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks of new accounts in Angola?
>
> Yes, there are some mass vandalism from Angola last year. Yaroslav, I
> think you may be looking for this thread, "https://www.mail-archive.com/
> wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/msg23413.html"
>
> Best,
>
> Isaac
> Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless handheld from Glo Mobile.
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Yaroslav Blanter <ymb...@gmail.com>
> Sender: "Wikimedia-l" <wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org>Date: Wed,
> 22 Feb 2017 16:17:32
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List<wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Reply-To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks of new accounts in Angola?
>
> Did not we have some mass vandalism from Angola some time ago, and then
> measures had to be taken? I do not remember the details.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:57 AM, George William Herbert <
> george.herb...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> >
> > Have them hit whatismyip.org and tell us what shows up..,
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On Feb 21, 2017, at 5:58 PM, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton <
> > rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > I've been receiving complains via Facebook from people of Angola about
> > not
> > > being able to create new accounts, some know something about it? They
> > > receive the as if the IP was blocked, however we receive more then 5
> > > complains just in the Commons FB page.
> > >
> > > Any ideas?
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 - 2016 Fundraising Report just published

2016-09-30 Thread Lucas Teles
Wow... the increasing donation on Latin America is really impressive!

Is there any specific country that helped more on that?

Teles

Em sexta-feira, 30 de setembro de 2016, Samuel Patton 
escreveu:

> Hi all,
>
> My name is Sam and I'm part of the online fundraising team. I'm writing to
> let you know that we just published our 2015 - 2016 Fundraising Report, and
> would love for you to check it out.
>
> Link here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2015-2016_
> Fundraising_Report
>
> I've been a happy and small part of the fundraising team for almost two
> years. And I think I speak for everyone when I say *thank you* for the time
> and energy you put into making the Wikimedia projects the vibrant,
> priceless resources that they are for millions of people around the planet.
> It's a joy to help share your work with the world.
>
> Let us know what you think and what we can clarify.
>
> Regards,
> Sam
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero mass effect on Wikimedia projects

2016-03-21 Thread Lucas Teles
WereSpielChequers, the different varieties of Portuguese is not the problem
here. It actually hasn't been a problem for a while. :)))

James and Adele, I am sincerely happy to know that WMF is not only aware of
it but also applying and thinking about measures to solve the problem.

Maybe opening large doors to Wikipedia is not enough. Unfortunately, we are
frustrating many users that come to Wikipedia and Commons expecting a place
to share their selfies and create profiles about themselves. Even though
they are acting in good faith, it is a pain to repeatedly delete files and
tell new users that they can't create an article about themselves. The good
part of dealing with a good faith user is that all we need to do to stop
them or fix the problem somehow is informing them the right. After knowing
the right, previous mistakes won't be repeated in most cases.

We are, however, doing that several times to several users. Maybe we could
use ways of reaching more users in a row with loud speakers. I believe that
if they are told that they can't upload certain files for instance, a large
part of them won't.

What if we use sitenotice with geolocalization to Angola? What if we try
reaching them through social medias as they also have free access to it in
some cases? What if we look for local editors to share Wikipedia
knowledge, communicate with press and engage other local editors to raise
grounds for generating regular editors there? That may be a hard one but
what if we rethink ways of communication and recognize that user talk page
is far from optimal to connect with new users? Sorry if that sounds naive
but I can't come with better ideas.

When I say we should inform them, I am obviously not underestimating people
of Angola and not trying to do some kind of "catechism". It is just trying
to improve their learning curve about wiki. Blocking is a desperate and
sometimes necessary measure but not a solution. Limiting uploads is not so
different though more specific, but actually even on Commons there are many
problems on editing too and not only with uploading.

A well deserved barnstar to the one with an insightfull idea about it.

Kind regards,

Teles


Em segunda-feira, 21 de março de 2016, WereSpielChequers <
werespielchequ...@gmail.com
> escreveu:

> Is much of the problem about differing varieties of Portuguese? Last I
> heard the Portuguese language Wikipedia allowed multiple versions of
> Portuguese in a similar way to English - i.e. standardised at the article
> level not the project level; Though the editing base is much more skewed to
> Brazil than EN is to the US. Assuming Angolan Portuguese is closer to the
> Portuguese spoken in Portugal, then just as in EN you are likely to get
> some goodfaith newbies "correcting" spelling to the version they know. If
> so perhaps edit filters might work. Alternatively, would it be possible to
> do something similar to the Chinese Wikipedia and display different
> versions of Portuguese according to user preference/IP geography?
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero mass effect on Wikimedia projects

2016-03-19 Thread Lucas Teles
Hi, everyone.

It is being recently reported on Portuguese Wikipedia and Commons (at
least) the increasing ammount of improper editing coming from IP addresses
located in Angola. Some users believe that this may be related with
Wikipedia Zero and a partnership between WMF and a cellphone company [1]
that allows reading and editing at free cost.

One of the first reactions to that is a large range block that was just set
on Commons in order to prevent these edits [2], as they are being done in a
way that volunteers can't handle.

That seems to be some kind of "second wave" as the first that hit Commons
[3] had been already reported months ago [4] and seemed to be controled or
just paused for a while. On Portuguese Wikipedia, one thing that seemss to
be clear is that edits are done in good faith. However, they end by being
undone as they are incorrect for some reason, whether being pages of files
about themselves or just test edits. One of the users identified actually
confirm [5] that he is editing through Wikipedia Zero.

Concerning that more partnerships may occur in future, I think it is time
for us to start talking about ways of dealing with that, other than
blocking. Sadly, I don't have an answer to that problem, but I tend to
believe that some way of mass reaching these potential users should be made
out.

The current process is that editors will be the ones to notice that (as I
am not aware of any kind of follow up by WMF on that) and they will try to
solve their way, which may cause too many collateral damage.

I wonder if there is any kind of way to diminish the problem, by using any
off-wiki strategy.

Kind regards.

Teles

[1] -
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/movicel-offers-free-access-to-wikipedia--1116012
[2] -
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User_talk:Steinsplitter=190598884#Unblock
[3] - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Teles/Angola_Facebook_Case
[4] -
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_Forum=12835750#Wikipedia_Zero_being_used_to_violate_copyright
[5] -
https://pt.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Usu%C3%A1rio_Discuss%C3%A3o:Darwinius=prev=45095087


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] I am going to San Francisco

2016-02-27 Thread Lucas Teles
With all due respect to Lila's work, but IIRC before she started working
for Foundation, it was said that the technology background was very
important, but communication could be a problem. That may have been
disregarded because the choice was already made or because volunteers
complain about everything anyway.

We saw improvements on technology at the expense of hiding things from
community or using [super]force on its implementation. A topic suggestion
is to discuss when volunteer community became a barrier on Foundation plans
and how to deal with that peacefully.

Sincerely wishing useful meetings to staff and sending good vibes from the
volunteer/spectator part of the whole thing.


Em sábado, 27 de fevereiro de 2016, Anna Stillwell 
escreveu:

>  +1 to what Oliver and Vibber said.
>
> The situation is still delicate, Jimmy.
>
> Staff are being extremely kind to one another. I was blown away by the
> respect and care that staff showed toward *the entire situation yesterday
> *when
> we met as a group*.* We were mature, measured, civil, reasonable and
> supporting and trusting of one another. Last but not least, we were forward
> thinking.
>
> Still, we've all been through something quite significant and we need a lot
> of care and feeding. This isn't to say that we can't have contentious
> discourse (I, for one, love to battle it out on ideas), but I think we
> would all really appreciate it if you step lightly. It's been really
> intense and I am no delicate flower.
>
> Further, although there are a variety of temperaments and responses to what
> happened, there is very little disagreement that the right decision was
> finally made. Actually, I have yet to find any disagreement--only deep
> relief. I have not spoken to everyone, but I have connected with and
> listened to a lot of people. So the idea that there are (or were) just a
> small group of consistent complainers, is not what I have seen and I have
> been on the ground the entire time. In fact, I saw the opposite. I saw
> people go out of their way, extend AGF beyond any reasonable application,
> and then arrive at a similar, if not identical, conclusion.
>
> There appears to have been a story that has succeeded (and been actively
> perpetuated) in some circles for some time. It's a story that paints staff
> as change averse luddites. It may have been told in a slightly more
> friendly manner in public, but that is the thesis if you dig into it. It
> was top notch spin, but it's not true.
>
> The really powerful and disarming story about what's actually going on
> inside? We are a thriving group of capable and principled people coming
> together to do right by a mission and community that we are genuinely
> devoted to. And that is the only part of what's recently happened that
> feels really, really good.
>
> I believe that staff have proven themselves to be legitimate stakeholders
> in this movement. We are worthy of your respect. We are worthy of the
> movement's respect.
>
> Warmly,
> /a
>
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM, Brion Vibber  > wrote:
>
> > On Feb 26, 2016 3:30 PM, "Oliver Keyes"  > wrote:
> > >
> > > When I hear language about "ignoring those who are going to complain
> > > no matter what" and, in an email premised on visiting and spending
> > > time with staff, a distinction between the pool of people you'll be
> > > talking to and the "serious people", with an implication that only the
> > > concerns of the "serious people" will be taken, well, seriously, that
> > > worries me. It feels a lot like what we're coming out of. It feels
> > > like it will be a hindrance to progressing beyond this awful
> > > situation.
> > >
> > > I appreciate this is almost certainly not what you were trying to
> > > communicate - indeed , I fully expect you'll come back confirming that
> > > it wasn't. But it's best to be aware of the language you chose to use,
> > > within the context of what staff have been going through since 2015. I
> > > of all people know that how you choose to contextualise a situation
> > > with your words has profound implications for how people approach you
> > > and the treatment you receive. It's best to avoid unintentional
> > > ambiguities or implications. When you use language that implies some
> > > people or their concerns are worth ignoring, it's going to resonate
> > > very strongly with the dividing tactics recently found at the
> > > Foundation: where some people found their worries and issues - which
> > > were totally legitimate - dismissed.
> >
> > Seconded all this from Oliver.
> >
> > To Jimmy: we've been doing Wikipedia and Wikimedia a long time, you and
> I.
> > :) And in that time we've both learned good and bad habits.
> >
> > One of those bad habits is known as "setting the bozo bit" in old school
> > geek culture: http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?SetTheBozoBit
> >
> > Tuning out the concerns of people 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Superprotect's first birthday

2015-08-12 Thread Lucas Teles
How would superprotect be used in a legal situation and how would that be
different from any other way that community and WMF have found to deal with
that without the tool in the past? Can somebody provide a hyphotethical
example please?

Is WMF willing to discuss with community how superprotect should be used?
That was done before for other important policies and avoiding to explain
this apparent unwillingness to openly discuss that does not leave a good
impression, especially concerning the obscure ways on its creation and the
fact it was created in order to make part of a wiki community... which is
very contrasting. That maybe wouldn't disallow its creation, but just
enforces a better procedure and more talking.

Regards.


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2015-08-12 11:17 GMT-03:00 Steinsplitter Wiki steinsplitter-w...@live.com:

 We all know for what the tool was initially created. I am not sure if it
  is ethically okay to keep status quo. Maybe it is time to move on and
 remove the tool or to start a RFC to see if the community want the tool?
  :-)

 Not advocating - just some thoughts and either way here... :)


 Regards,
 Steinsplitter

 No comment about Gerard Meijssen's  grin comment. It is explaining
 itself perfectly.

  Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:16:37 +1000
  From: cfrank...@halonetwork.net
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Superprotect's first birthday
 
  On 12 August 2015 at 14:41, Bohdan Melnychuk bas...@yandex.ru wrote:
 
   ... It has a trail of bad usage it is connected with. ...
 
 
  I'm not sure I agree with that.  There are two known uses.  The first
 one,
  where a software tool was locked in over the consensus of the community
 was
  a bad usage I'll agree; if anything the hamfisted way that the whole
  situation was handled just made matters much worse.  The second use,
  locking a page on Wikidata where serious outages were being caused to
  another project, strikes me as a far more reasonable use of the tool.
 The
  fact that that usage seems to have been largely unknown until today, and
  didn't garner any controversy, seems to indicate to me that the community
  doesn't find it to be a troubling case.
 
  I'm all for having a discussion over the community's expectations on when
  this tool will be used, but let us not walk down a path of hyperbole and
  exaggeration.
 
  Cheers,
  Craig
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] User Group Brazil Activities Report

2015-02-25 Thread Lucas Teles
Nobody ever said that the Catalyst was a total failure. It had indeed good
points. The thing is that I am not the only one with the opinion that the
results were clearly not good enough for what was expected from all money
invested and it is quite not fair to compare them with a volunteer effort
with obviously less resources.

Catalyst was cited 3 times in all report, and its members were always kind
and helpful on relating with User Group. Sometimes they were just the
contact and other times they were crucial for the work, but there were also
other moments in which they had absolutely nothing to do with what was done
by User Group members.

It actually just doesn't serve as a good measure, nor comparison to
evaluate Catalyst Program.

Regards.

2015-02-25 23:31 GMT-03:00 Rodrigo Padula rodrigopad...@gmail.com:

 Interestingly to see on the report that even under so much criticism,
 the Brazilian Catalyst Program, coordinated by Oona Castro through a
 partnership between the Wikimedia Foundation and Ação Educativa was
 crucial in creating and supporting great part of the activities listed
 by the user group, since its foundation.

 Best regards and congratulations to all the people involved.

 Rodrigo Padula

 2015-02-25 21:19 GMT-03:00 Vinicius Siqueira vinicius.sme...@gmail.com:
  The Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil just published its descriptive
  report regarding to the activities developed since January 2014.
 
  This report summarizes the activities developed as part of the effort to
  consolidate the Group in Brazil and to empower the Wikimedia projects in
  the country.
 
  Link:
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Brasil/Report/2014
 
  Sincerely,
  Vinicius Siqueira
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[Wikimedia-l] What community initiatives have made an impact on editor engagement?

2013-07-30 Thread Lucas Teles
Thankfully, this change was thought to be temporary. 
I wonder though how many fundamental violations is removing such an important 
feature without warning community. As mentioned on Erik's comment above, that 
was suddenly changed without any warning and preparation. Not providing proper 
community participation was a mistake that should have been acknowledged 
already. Sometimes Bugzilla is used in ways that it shouldn't. Community should 
be aware that CAPTCHA would be removed soon, but it wasn't. Most users were 
aware only when it was already removed. It is not that you needed permission to 
do it as it was mistakenly understood by some; it is just a heads up so 
community could prepare for it.
Teles

 Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 23:29:30 -0400
 From: z...@mzmcbride.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] What community initiatives have made an impact on 
 editor engagement?
 
 Tim Starling wrote:
 Note that CAPTCHAs have now been re-enabled on the Portuguese
 Wikipedia. Erik made the decision, in response to on-wiki consensus. I
 deployed the change just now.
 
 https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=49860#c75
 
 Lest there be any confusion or doubt: this is a Bad Thing. We should take
 this time to explicitly state here (or even re-state here, it's important)
 that using CAPTCHAs in this way is a fundamental violation of our core
 principles, particularly site accessibility and openness.
 
 As a compromise measure between wiki sovereignty and autonomy and our
 deeply held values, there's been a temporary reinstatement of the CAPTCHAs
 on the Portuguese Wikipedia for the remainder of 2013. After December 31,
 2013, these CAPTCHAs will be re-disabled. Hopefully no other wiki will
 feel the need to invoke such a drastic measure ever again.
 
 MZMcBride
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia goes on strike

2012-07-09 Thread Lucas Teles

Btw, the project should be (at least) visible for stewards. I was trying to 
check edits done by an account [1] that may be a spambot, but I couldn't. As 
the edit on ru.wiki is the only one, despite account is registered in other 
projects, it would help to have an idea on what kind of account is that.

[1] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Romka3003

Regards,
Teles

 From: salvadore...@hotmail.com
 To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 03:17:37 +0300
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia goes on strike
 
 
 I've left a note on pt.wikipedia Village Pump.
 http://pt.wikipedia.org/?oldid=31243386#Wikip.C3.A9dia_em_russo_em_protesto
 
 Teles
 
  From: mill...@gmail.com
  Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 01:01:30 +0200
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Russian Wikipedia goes on strike
  
  I sent email to Russian ambassador in Serbia. Please, do the same in
  your countries!
  
  On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 9:41 PM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote:
   In less than half an hour Russian Wikipedia will go on one-day strike
   against SOPA/PIPA-like law in Russia [1] (in Russian).
  
   As in previous cases with Italian and English Wikipedia, it would be
   good if the wider community would be activated in support of our
   fellow Wikimedians. They need wider promotion on Meta etc.
  
   Party is on #wikipedia-ru@freenode
  
   [1] http://tinyurl.com/law89417-6
  
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