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

2018-12-29 Thread MZMcBride
The current model of having a very top-heavy Wikimedia Foundation Inc. headquartered in San Francisco is bad. While we never want to conflate change with improvement, there's plenty of room for the latter. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l maili

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mobile fundraising ads

2018-12-10 Thread MZMcBride
evised or taken down as soon as possible. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Inc. working with Go Fish Digital, a company that whitewashes Wikipedia

2018-08-08 Thread MZMcBride
n site, removing "Wikipedia" from its list of "primary platforms that define your online reputation" at <https://gofishdigital.com/online-reputation-management/>. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wi

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

2018-08-02 Thread MZMcBride
MZMcBride wrote: >Gregory Varnum wrote: >>After many months of work by over 100 individuals around the organization >>and movement, the Wikimedia Foundation's new website soft launched this >>week! >> >>You can check it out for yourself here (you may need to clea

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

2018-08-02 Thread MZMcBride
raised objections to this decision to move to WordPress and they were ignored. I think this type of behavior by the communications department is really inappropriate, unbecoming, and inconsistent with Wikimedia's values. I also agree with Yair Rand that the focus on "Advocacy&qu

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Inc. working with Go Fish Digital, a company that whitewashes Wikipedia

2018-07-22 Thread MZMcBride
rations like GEICO, the New York Times >and Marriott to startups you haven't heard of (yet). ((Hopefully you'll >be able to add Wikipedia here shortly)). > [...] MZMcBride > ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wiki

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Inc. working with Go Fish Digital, a company that whitewashes Wikipedia

2018-07-21 Thread MZMcBride
I'm curious to know why, given the company's role in selling an "Online Reputation Management" product. This looks bad to me. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and h

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Identified users

2017-09-19 Thread MZMcBride
ontributions as being part of that group, instead of having "User:Herman" and "User:Herman (WMDE)" wiki accounts. GitHub does this pretty well. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Advertizing Wikimania (youtube) livestreams on centralnotice

2017-09-04 Thread MZMcBride
ow been overlooked to date. The exact opposite is demonstrably true and you know this. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l Ne

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New style banner - A heads up

2017-08-23 Thread MZMcBride
as extortive and pay-to-play. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe

Re: [Wikimedia-l] James Heilman joins the Board Governance Committee as a volunteer and advisory member

2017-06-16 Thread MZMcBride
rding his upcoming appointment? https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2017/Results MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.or

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's making you happy this week? (Week of 11 June 2017)

2017-06-11 Thread MZMcBride
wikis should allow us to make wiki markup less cluttered and should give a lot more flexibility to regular users to handle various device sizes and constraints using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). A big thanks to Anomie, Tgr, and others who are helping move this task

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Let's set up a Tor onion service for Wikipedia

2017-06-05 Thread MZMcBride
ot;Tor onion service" in this context is equivalent to a Tor exit node. I'm fairly sure setting up the latter has been discussed previously on wikimedia-l and/or wikitech-l. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Results of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election

2017-05-21 Thread MZMcBride
ed. * https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:James_Heilman_Removal * https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees * https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Former_Board_of_Trustees_members MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guideline

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timeless: a grant proposal

2017-04-01 Thread MZMcBride
onstantly saying "usability" was effective, because after all, who could be against ideas from a usability initiative? Perhaps this new responsive skin for MediaWiki wikis needs a similar marketing strategy. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l maili

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Communicating plans and consultations

2017-03-19 Thread MZMcBride
l?lang=www.mediawiki=T alk:Code+of+Conduct MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Draft Code of Conduct for Technical Spaces

2017-03-07 Thread MZMcBride
onduct#Summary_of_criticisms MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Opening the 2016 Values discussion

2017-02-28 Thread MZMcBride
page: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Values/2016_discussion/Synthesis>. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messag

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Draft Code of Conduct for Technical Spaces

2017-02-26 Thread MZMcBride
examples. I'd like to see links to Gerrit changesets and Phabricator tasks where this new policy and its committee would help. If you want to make claims of serious unacknowledged problems, substantiate them with evidence. This is exactly the same burden of proof you would expect from anyone else.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Draft Code of Conduct for Technical Spaces

2017-02-26 Thread MZMcBride
al vote, presumably because there's a concern that a final vote would result in rejection of this policy. Bleh. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https:/

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Draft Code of Conduct for Technical Spaces

2017-02-25 Thread MZMcBride
opriate for the person who began a discussion to then also close that discussion," you replied that "English Wikipedia policies do not apply here." MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikim

Re: [Wikimedia-l] banner proposals

2017-02-12 Thread MZMcBride
for dessert. And even when many people do agree that it's time for dessert, not everyone agrees with having pudding. Or the flavor of the pudding. Or the means used to make and eat it. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guideline

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Foundation official response re Daily Mail issue

2017-02-09 Thread MZMcBride
es listed at <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications_committee>. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages

Re: [Wikimedia-l] De-Recognition of Affiliates with Long-standing Non-Compliance

2017-02-05 Thread MZMcBride
of them. These two templates are decent attempts: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Affiliates> and <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Affiliations_Committee>. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: h

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-03 Thread MZMcBride
Andy Mabbett wrote: >On 3 February 2017 at 00:00, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote: >> I guess this is referring to >> <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/01/30/knowledge-knows-no-boundaries/>. > >There were speakers and delegates at Wikimania 2012, in Washington

Re: [Wikimedia-l] guidance from Foundation leadership as to where to draw the line on policy requests?

2017-02-02 Thread MZMcBride
propriate for this mailing list. Your recent medium.com, cnbc.com, and aol.com links all fail this test. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@l

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-02 Thread MZMcBride
wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Public_policy>. At least the recent blog post was signed by Katherine. That's better than some of these other essays. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists

Re: [Wikimedia-l] news events impacting the Foundation's ability to hire and its employees' ability to travel

2017-01-31 Thread MZMcBride
oderators? Richard? Thehelpfulone? MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Keeping historical documents related to Wikimedia

2017-01-14 Thread MZMcBride
e so intent on deleting them. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikim

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2016-12-22 Thread MZMcBride
now greatly expanded the group of people who can alter global policies. This is a pretty big and sudden shift. To Lodewijk's point about consultation and notification, was/is the Board of Trustees planning to announce this seemingly large and significant change to the affected Wik

[Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2016-12-19 Thread MZMcBride
evious Executive Director resigned after being forced out by her staff. In the context of the recent history, this resolution is all the more puzzling. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing

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

2016-11-21 Thread MZMcBride
ection?" on the talk page, I suppose: <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Code_of_Conduct/Draft>. It's plain to see in discussions like this that every support vote came from Wikimedia Foundation employees or employees of another Wikimedia affiliate (WMDE and WMFR). The opposing votes came

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising Update - Big English Fundraiser

2016-11-16 Thread MZMcBride
;maintain this for the English campaign. This was an excellent reply and read. Thank you! MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org

Re: [Wikimedia-l] How should security of Wikimedia accounts be better?

2016-11-12 Thread MZMcBride
wiki/?curid=156161 * https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T387 * https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T29242 MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikime

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why don't we have a warrant canary?

2016-11-02 Thread MZMcBride
, 8 January 2016 (UTC) --- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Jimbo_Wales/Archive_199 MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 - 2016 Fundraising Report just published

2016-10-19 Thread MZMcBride
kdown of donations? MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, &

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Governance Committee update

2016-06-27 Thread MZMcBride
Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: >this is an update on the work of the Board Governance Committee over the >last months that some of you have requested. > >[...] Thank you for this update! MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guideline

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Clarifications on 2014 Form 990

2016-06-07 Thread MZMcBride
>compensation from it. I can't help but think about the tempestuous past year that the Wikimedia Foundation has had, including issues with Sue's immediate successor. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wik

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [WikimediaMobile] "Among mobile sites, Wikipedia reigns in terms of popularity"

2016-05-11 Thread MZMcBride
om our URLs and MobileFrontend from our servers. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mai

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board update

2016-05-04 Thread MZMcBride
ta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?diff=15578608=15578561>. The reply is vaguely related to the vacant seats; I imagine its contents will be of interest to this list. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.o

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-03 Thread MZMcBride
r most variations of it that a typical non-profit would enact would really be applicable here. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimed

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Gender gap on "classical" encyclopedias

2016-04-20 Thread MZMcBride
ign to write articles about female scientists >is only the most recent and prominent example illustrating that the >audience is there. This is somewhat tangential, but <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Temple-Wood> exists now. I personally find this to be both unfortunate and potenti

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [recent changes]

2016-04-11 Thread MZMcBride
mandated that anyone be able to do. With multiple copies of the data on the Web, we're better ensuring that the content lives on in perpetuity. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelin

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-03-09 Thread MZMcBride
Gergő Tisza wrote: >On Sat, Mar 5, 2016 at 7:54 AM, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote: >> Removing a roof without also having a plan for an interim roof is a >>really amateur mistake. > >Not really if the roof was radioactive, and on fire. The roof

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-03-09 Thread MZMcBride
Jimmy Wales wrote: >On 3/5/16 3:07 AM, MZMcBride wrote: >> I don't see it as a sign of strength to abdicate your responsibility in >> this way. > >There are at least two things I disagree with about this remark - one >that seeking the advice and participation and buy-

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-03-07 Thread MZMcBride
now noticed your use of community-selected here. I think sometime this year, we should hold a community straw poll on Meta-Wiki about changing the selection to an election. I think the Board of Trustees needs to hear from the Wikimedia editing community about this issue. MZMcBride

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-03-05 Thread MZMcBride
s were the ones complaining for a new roof, but it's the landlord's responsibility to have the roof replaced in a professional and orderly way. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelin

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-03-04 Thread MZMcBride
t obvious question ("who will be the interim?") is pretty embarrassing and sad. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscr

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transition plans for WMF leadership - Board Reform

2016-02-24 Thread MZMcBride
then redistributed is a huge matter. Are you suggesting we re-open that discussion? The Croatian Wikipedia would be (re)started if LangCom approves it. We have processes for both starting and closing Wikipedias. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, gu

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Timeline of recent events at the Wikimedia Foundation

2016-02-22 Thread MZMcBride
Thank you very much for creating and publishing this timeline, Molly. I really appreciate that you built the timeline in a way that enables tracking changes and allows for collaborative improvements. Well done! MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l ma

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What is the Board's HR Committee doing to stem the tide of staff resignations?

2016-02-18 Thread MZMcBride
ously slowly and the Wikimedia Foundation is no exception in this regard. My respect for the staff of the Wikimedia Foundation has only grown seeing the restraint and maturity with which you all have acted. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guideline

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Your questions about KE.

2016-02-17 Thread MZMcBride
our best to answer all of them >to your satisfaction. I've e-mailed you privately. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubs

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why take grants? (was: Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?)

2016-02-03 Thread MZMcBride
eed six legal counsels (not including the general counsel and two legal directors), eight community liaisons, or a mobile apps team? I'm sure these are all great people doing excellent work, but when I see how much the Wikimedia Foundation staff has ballooned (and frankly bloated), it makes me sad

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-01-30 Thread MZMcBride
y with the full grant agreement being published? MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.o

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-01-28 Thread MZMcBride
unding this Knight Foundation grant? Or do you know who at the Wikimedia Foundation would be the best/most appropriate contact to figure this out? Geoff and the legal team? One of the grants-related staff such as Janice? Any help would be appreciated! MZM

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-01-28 Thread MZMcBride
MZMcBride wrote: >Wes and Katherine: do you know what steps need to be taken in order to >release the documents surrounding this Knight Foundation grant? Or do you >know who at the Wikimedia Foundation would be the best/most appropriate >contact to figure this out? Geoff and the leg

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-22 Thread MZMcBride
understand what you are doing. Please take my vote >as a respectful record of my perplexity. > >(*)Citing community-born members only. Appointed members bring great >perspective, but I do not expect them to know it all about Wikimedia >community.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Monetizing Wikimedia APIs

2016-01-16 Thread MZMcBride
e a fast and dedicated stream for title prefix searches. Apple's built-in Dictionary application has been the primary consumer of this feed, though I believe it's open to anyone. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wiki

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-16 Thread MZMcBride
s been woven. My suspicion is that if you or others put in the time to thoroughly document the connection between the two entities, you'd miraculously find more than a single concern about a failed project, as your reply suggested. MZMcBride ___ Wikime

[Wikimedia-l] Transparency of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2016-01-16 Thread MZMcBride
er>. By my count, the Board of Trustees has passed six separate resolutions to accommodate the Sloan Foundation's request to have a Board observer. I agree with you that the current lack of openness and transparency surrounding the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Advisory Board and Board-appointed seats (was: Beyond the Board)

2016-01-16 Thread MZMcBride
ard>. I think it would be nice to get clarification on the current status of the Advisory Board before discussing ways to improve it. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New mes

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-16 Thread MZMcBride
Yury Bulka wrote: >MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> writes: >> A few years ago, the Wikimedia Foundation switched over to the Google >>Apps platform, which means that most e-mail sent on the wikimedia.org >>domain is now hosted by Google. >Are you sure? It doesn't look

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What happened on the Board of Trustees?

2016-01-10 Thread MZMcBride
member; * strongly urge the Board of Trustees to be more transparent and communicative, embracing the values that keep our projects running; and * evaluate the process for filling community-selected Board of Trustees seats, perhaps changing the seats to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-09 Thread MZMcBride
undation's responsibilities, keeping the sites running fast, reliably, and securely, is being appropriately handled. The world continues to be able to read and contribute to our shared free content and for that I'm grateful. The rest is commentary, as they say. MZMcBride ___

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-09 Thread MZMcBride
oard has any unhealthy relationship with Google.--Jimbo Wales (talk) 08:02, 9 January 2016 (UTC) --- Source: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Permalink/699004139>. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikime

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-09 Thread MZMcBride
information related to this removal, but it seemed remiss to omit an official statement from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on the subject, especially when we have already included a number of other statements from individual trustees and the Board in this thread. MZMcBride _

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-09 Thread MZMcBride
e a plan of action, write the necessary code, and get it deployed. But for now, it seems pretty silly to try to give credit for essentially having a group of people vote on Phabricator Maniphest tasks. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, gui

[Wikimedia-l] Changing the subject line

2016-01-09 Thread MZMcBride
e, starting and continuing a tangential (meta-)discussion without changing the subject line to create a new thread. We'll all strive indeed. :-) MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Something

2016-01-03 Thread MZMcBride
mes to the rescue: <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IEP> and <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IEG>. Maybe we should start selling decoder rings. Acronyms and abbreviations are fine, especially in a long document, but at minimum the first reference should always be spelled out. MZMc

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-29 Thread MZMcBride
long-time trusted and respected Wikimedians and all of whom take their role seriously. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscri

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-28 Thread MZMcBride
my mind, he's the person likely able to speak most freely about this removal and probably is more familiar with it than most. For now, he seems to have chosen not to say very much. Others involved in the removal likely can't (or maybe won't) say much more, which of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-28 Thread MZMcBride
rising vote, it was a nearly unanimous decision (8 to 1). I have a good deal of respect for many of the current Board of Trustees members and I have no doubt that all of them understand and appreciate the gravity of removing a colleague. This wasn't a close vote and to me that says quite a bit. MZM

[Wikimedia-l] Fund-raising principles and strategy

2015-12-04 Thread MZMcBride
teers, would go far toward a more sustainable fund-raising model. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lis

Re: [Wikimedia-l] (no subject)

2015-12-03 Thread MZMcBride
g much smaller and faster paid ad campaigns? MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikim

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising banner (again)

2015-12-01 Thread MZMcBride
en expand in-your-face banners as far as they can, >and only stop once their sites are quite difficult to use. It happens >gradually (I'm looking at you, Wikia ;) but the result is the usability >equivalent of linkrot. Let's not let WP end up like that. I d

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Redirect blog.wikipedia.org to the Wikimedia Blog

2015-11-29 Thread MZMcBride
ical capacity and capability to add more redirects. We already support a ton of them (donate.wikipedia.org, careers.wikipedia.org, textbook.wikipedia.org, etc.), the question is whether we want to add a small number of redirects to the pile. MZMcBride _

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Redirect blog.wikipedia.org to the Wikimedia Blog

2015-11-28 Thread MZMcBride
Amir Ladsgroup wrote: >The subject is self-explanatory (also I have this suggestion for >blog.wikiquote.org and other projects as well) > >What do you think? Hi. Why? The request is self-explanatory, but the uses and use-cases are not

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-26 Thread MZMcBride
Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: >On Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 2:37 PM, MZMcBride <z...@mzmcbride.com> wrote: >>Or from a different angle: how is the Wikimedia Foundation budget >>allocated? Does the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees currently do >>its own direct allocation, b

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-25 Thread MZMcBride
data :: Wikimedia Foundation : Wikipedia, right? If one organization is expected to separate out costs for its largest technical project, shouldn't the other be as well? MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedi

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-24 Thread MZMcBride
gt;strategic and annual planning, and the WMF’s approach to budget >transparency (or lack thereof). Sort of inline with the first question, but perhaps more direct: what power does the Funds Dissemination Committee have over the amount of donor money allocated toward the Wikimedia Foundation? Can

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A personal note.

2015-11-20 Thread MZMcBride
Wil Sinclair wrote: >Thanks for bringing me up, MZMcBride; should get a lot more people to look >at those IRC logs I was hoping to bring to everyone's attention. I'm looking forward to your posts about the current and upcoming Wikimedia Foundation strategic plans. That's why you came

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A personal note.

2015-11-19 Thread MZMcBride
trolling a few Wikipedia-related IRC channels on freenode. Such productivity. :-/ MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https:/

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Superprotect is gone

2015-11-05 Thread MZMcBride
at news to read that "superprotection" is dead! Erik brought an invaluable amount of good to Wikimedia, but that mis-feature was unequivocally bad. Personally, I think it was more of an albatross than a red herring. ;-) Good riddance. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l

[Wikimedia-l] Histography, a visualization of history powered by Wikipedia

2015-10-12 Thread MZMcBride
ia and self-updates daily with new recorded events. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mai

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-05 Thread MZMcBride
planning for Montreal started in 2010 for an eventual 2017 bid. However, you continue on to write that it's wasted effort if a bid fails in a particular year. Wouldn't failed bids be re-usable in subsequent years? My guess is that sponsors and venues are capable of understand

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Collaboration team reprioritization

2015-09-04 Thread MZMcBride
nsequently, it seems most prudent to be asking what went wrong and how it will be better next time. The underlying reality is that we still need a better on-wiki discussion system and it now looks like neither LiquidThreads nor Flow are going to be it. MZMcBride _

[Wikimedia-l] Collaboration team reprioritization

2015-09-01 Thread MZMcBride
Forwarding this to wikimedia-l as it doesn't seem to be very technical in nature, but definitely seems worthy of discussion. MZMcBride Danny Horn wrote: >For a while now, the Collaboration team has been working on Flow, the >structured discussion system. I want to let you know abou

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Collaboration team reprioritization

2015-09-01 Thread MZMcBride
r why the previous work has failed and what will be better next time. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedi

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

2015-08-13 Thread MZMcBride
this misfeature's existence, in my opinion. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l

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

2015-08-13 Thread MZMcBride
account, did you seriously just suggest that stewards would try to go around randomly super-protecting pages instead of simply removing admin rights from the compromised account? I'm boggling pretty hard at your reply here. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Does this article exist in your language?

2015-06-27 Thread MZMcBride
(English) has an article. And https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q918113#sitelinks-wikipedia tracks which other Wikipedias have similar articles. :-) MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Unsolicieted email from wikimedia research

2015-06-27 Thread MZMcBride
hadn't investigated what the e-mail was about. The text of the e-mail I received is pasted below. MZMcBride Bonjour MZMcBride, L’équipe Recherche de la Fondation Wikimédia (Wikimedia Research) travaille actuellement sur l’identification d’articles populaires et importants[1] dans certaines

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's cool?

2015-06-23 Thread MZMcBride
MZMcBride wrote: http://nyti.ms/1Bl9VpB This story about an art exhibit opening in New York on Thursday is pretty neat. A Wikipedian has been working for years to create a print version of Wikipedia, described as half utilitarian data visualization project, half absurdist poetic gesture

[Wikimedia-l] Can Wikipedia Survive? op-ed

2015-06-21 Thread MZMcBride
Hi. This op-ed by Andrew Lih appeared in today's New York Times. I'm sending it here in case anyone is interested in reading or discussing it. I enjoyed the piece; congrats to Mr. Lih on getting this published! MZMcBride http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/21/opinion/can-wikipedia-survive.html

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What's cool?

2015-06-17 Thread MZMcBride
. Hopefully we'll have photos of the project on Wikimedia Commons soon. Related reading: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Size_in_volumes. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists

Re: [Wikimedia-l] While Election committee counts the votes...

2015-06-01 Thread MZMcBride
to have this feed in their inbox. But the opt-in, open, and public nature of this list is such that people who are (overly!) involved with Wikimedia are quite often subscribed. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Priority languages

2015-06-01 Thread MZMcBride
is actually softer than I thought (it is recommended instead of a hard requirement). MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org Unsubscribe: https

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Building a we in the wikimedia movement

2015-05-23 Thread MZMcBride
that Wikimedians sat down and discussed user groups. ;-) Problems of the past like VE deployment schedule, and the upcoming Commons reform could profit of the sit-and-talk approach. Like Jane, I'm curious what you mean by Commons reform. Can you please elaborate? MZMcBride

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread MZMcBride
leader in this effort. We are near completion in this planning, and I look forward to sharing more information with you all next Tuesday. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Ask questions, give feedback on six annual plan grant proposals for the FDC!

2015-04-07 Thread MZMcBride
is specifically intended to fund annual plans of other organizations, but I'm struggling to find a clear definition on Meta-Wiki at the moment. MZMcBride ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines

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