[Wikimedia-l] Re: Save the date: Conversation hour with Maggie Dennis on Community Resilience & Sustainability on August 18

2022-08-15 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)

I'm Maggie Dennis, the Foundation's Vice President of Community Resilience
& Sustainability. I wanted to remind you that this event is in three days,
in case you aren't exhausted after an amazing Wikimania and want to connect
with me. Any Wikimedian in good standing (that is, not Foundation or
community banned) is welcome to attend or submit questions. Given
everything else going on, I won't be surprised if it's a rather low-key
conversation. :D

   - I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
   can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
   as some of the mistakes we've made, some of the things I'm proud of, and
   some of the things we're hoping to do.
   - I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
   me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
   about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won't
   compromise on this.


Oh! The YouTube link is also available now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWaOztj_S1k

Hope to see some of you there!

Best,
Maggie


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> Hi all,
>
> Sending out a save the date: On *August 18 at 13:00 UTC* (check your
> local time <https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1660827657>), the Community
> Resilience & Sustainability
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability>
> team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting a new conversation hour with
> its Vice President Maggie Dennis
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>.
>
> Topics within the scope of this call include Movement Strategy
> coordination, Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct),
> Community Development, and Human Rights.
>
> The conversation hour will take place on Zoom and will be live-streamed on
> Youtube (link to be shared soon). Send us your questions in advance or
> join the call to talk with Maggie. More details on Meta
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2022-08-18>
> .
>
> Cheers
> Cornelius
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Foundation support of election committee [was: Re: Join the new Movement Strategy Forum community review]

2022-06-15 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Risker.

Thanks for bringing this up. :) Pulling it out to separate it from the
other topic. You asked for clarification on the role of staff in this
election related to the role of the EC.

The Elections Committee and the Board Selection Task Force have been
involved in all parts of the election planning and implementation process.
They are the decision-makers. The Movement Strategy and Governance team are
supporting them for communication pieces and administrative processes
(setting up SecurePoll, organizing meetings, publishing on Meta-wiki). We
offer similar support to several other committees–volunteer time is
precious, and elections can be a big demand on time. I wonder if it would
help if staff signed off with “on behalf of” to clarify when they are a
conduit versus when they are acting as leads on work; happy to explore that.

Best regards,

Maggie

On Tue, Jun 14, 2022 at 12:42 AM Risker  wrote:

> Just to change the subject for a short minute:
>
> This is a Board of Trustees election.  It is supposed to be managed by the 
> Elections
> Committee
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_committee>,
> a Board-appointed committee of community members.  Their mandate was
> reviewed and updated within the past month by Board resolution. (Yes, I
> know this used to be the "affiliate-selected" round, but now that it is an
> election, things have changed.)
>
> Is there a reason why every single communication I have seen about this
> election has been authored by staff members, none of whom are listed as
> staff support for the committee?  Did the Elections Committee carry out a
> consultation with the community to make this significant change in the
> manner in which candidate questions will be handled, as is indicated by
> their charter?
>
> There's a reason why these elections have never been managed by WMF staff
> - I think anyone could see the conflict of interest if they were to do so -
> and the Elections Committee or a committee selected by affiliates has
> handled these matters to date.  I'd like to know why this does not seem to
> be the case in this election.
>
> You may now wish to return to your previous discussions about where to
> talk about this election.  Please excuse my interruption.  /s
>
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[Wikimedia-l] A thought on community global bans, inspired by a WMF office action

2022-06-01 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello all,

My name is Maggie Dennis, and I am the Vice President of the Community
Resilience and Sustainability group at the Wikimedia Foundation. Among the
teams I oversee is the Trust & Safety
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trust_and_Safety> unit. This team ensures
that our projects are compliant with applicable law and also explores ways
of keeping the Wikimedia community safe and works to minimize exposure to
harm for volunteer and reader communities.

I’m reaching out today to discuss a potential gap in volunteer community
policy that my teams observed while evaluating and acting on a Trust &
Safety investigation. We wanted to bring this up in case volunteer
community members would like to consider if this is indeed a concern that
you wish to address. Before getting to that, let me give you a little
context on the case.

As many of you know, we are not usually able to talk about office actions
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_actions> due to legal limitations.
However, I am able to speak a little more to this situation since the
majority of the information around this case is already public. Today, the
Foundation issued four global bans and three conduct warnings following an
investigation into the activities of individuals found to be linked to the
“WikiZédia” network. Based on our investigation, we concluded that this
network attempted to use Wikimedia platforms for a targeted disinformation
campaign engineered to influence the outcome of a national election. The
banned users’ actions, which took place over an eight-month period until
their community-backed blocks in February 2022, violated several of our
Terms of Use, which resulted in the Foundation’s office action.

Many of our projects have excellent policies and systems in place to handle
such situations. Certainly French Wikipedia was on top of this. We greatly
admire and appreciate the leadership of community members in identifying
and confronting this situation locally. Wikimedians who work directly with
content are often the first to see evidence of such campaigns, and there
are many volunteers with much experience in identifying problem behaviours
and stopping them. By the time Trust & Safety was asked to investigate by
some of those volunteers, much of the work on the local level had already
been done.

However, one of the questions Trust & Safety asks itself in any case
investigation (disinformation or behavioral) is whether appropriate
community options exist that meet the needs of the movement and community
members across it. In this case, we wondered if the current community
processes support cases where individuals are behaving in ways that suggest
they will never be good faith contributors on any project.

To go more into depth on what I mean: It is not uncommon for users who
create problems on one project to move to another, and for some communities
it is even regarded as a potential path to rehabilitation. Community
applied global bans are, under the existing policy
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_bans>, “exclusively applied where
multiple independent communities have previously elected to ban a user for
a pattern of abuse.” (emphasis in original) If an individual is here as
part of a concerted group effort to undermine our very mission, should it
be easier for community members to assess global banning before they carry
that behavior from one project to another?

Foundation policies do permit banning individuals for behavior on one
project and sometimes require it, especially where Terms of Use violations
are egregious and threats of or acts of violence are involved. This is a
gap where we can step in. Our goal is to support communities where we are
needed and where we can.

However, we wanted to call out  the question of whether community global
bans should be allowed in cases where the behavior is severe but limited to
one project, in case volunteer community members thought it worth
discussing the existing community ban policy. Especially in cases of
disinformation , these are not always the kinds of situations governed by
our Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC), which speaks to the way users treat
each other but not the content.

If there is a desire for the Foundation to support  a conversation about
making such a change to community global ban policy, I hope we would be
able to do so in the near future, as our Trust & Safety Policy team is
dedicated to supporting the evolution of community policy as well as
Foundation policy. However, I’m not suggesting that the Foundation needs to
be involved at all. Trust & Safety Policy is a small team, currently very
busy with the UCoC, and if they are not needed, there is no reason that
this conversation can’t happen spontaneously. We will support if needed,
but really just wanted to bring this question up for your consideration.

In this case, again, we do want to thank the French Wikipedia contributors
who protected th

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Save the date: Conversation hour with Maggie Dennis on Community Resilience & Sustainability on June 2

2022-05-31 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, everybody. :)

I am the aforementioned Maggie Dennis, fresh back from vacation and quite
lost at the moment but looking forward to catching up. I understand some
questions have been pre-submitted, but I wanted to just remind you in case
you have more that I do my best to answer questions related to the
functions that I oversee, including Movement Strategy & Governance, Human
Rights protection, Trust & Safety Policy, Trust & Safety Operations, and
Community Development.

There are a few standard limitations:

   - I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
   can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
   as some of the mistakes we've made, some of the things I'm proud of, and
   some of the things we're hoping to do.
   - I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
   me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
   about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won't
   compromise on this.

Somebody asked me a question about attending the Zoom link and whether or
not their attendance would be visible in the YouTube live stream. I'm told
that if your camera is off and you do not speak, only people in the Zoom
call will be aware. If anybody knows I'm wrong about that, please say so!

I hope to see some of you on Thursday. :)

Best,
Maggie

On Tue, May 24, 2022 at 2:20 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> And in case you want to set a reminder on Youtube to watch the
> conversation hour live on June 2, here's the Youtube link:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-jF0EZB_nU
>
> Cheers
> Cornelius
>
> On Fri, May 20, 2022 at 1:22 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
> ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> Hah!, thanks to those pointing out that the Meta link was wrong. Indeed,
>> here's the correct one:
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2022-06-02
>>
>> Happy weekend,
>> Cornelius
>>
>> On Thu, May 19, 2022 at 3:43 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
>> ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Sending out a save the date: On *June 2 at 17:00 UTC* (check your local
>>> time <https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1648134035>), the Community
>>> Resilience & Sustainability
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability>
>>> team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting a new conversation hour with
>>> its Vice President Maggie Dennis
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>.
>>>
>>> Topics within the scope of this call include Movement Strategy
>>> coordination, Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct),
>>> Community Development, and Human Rights.
>>>
>>> The conversation hour will take place on Zoom and will be live-streamed
>>> on Youtube (link to be shared soon). Send us your questions in advance
>>> or join the call to talk with Maggie. More details on Meta
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2022-03-24>
>>> .
>>>
>>> Cheers
>>> Cornelius
>>>
>>> --
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>>>
>>> Event Coordinator
>>>
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>>>
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>>
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>>
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>> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Next steps: Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) and UCoC Enforcement Guidelines

2022-05-03 Thread Maggie Dennis
>>>> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Congressional_staffer_edits
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Fri, Apr 15, 2022 at 5:09 PM Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight <
>>>> rstephen...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Hello,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> The Community Affairs Committee of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
>>>> Trustees would like to thank everyone who participated in the recently
>>>> concluded community vote on the Enforcement Guidelines for the
>>>> Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC)
>>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Universal_Code_of_Conduct/Enforcement_guidelines>.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> The volunteer scrutinizing group has completed the review of the
>>>> accuracy of the vote and has reported the total number of votes received as
>>>> 2,283. Out of the 2,283 votes received, 1,338 (58.6%) community members
>>>> voted for the enforcement guidelines, and a total of 945 (41.4%) community
>>>> members voted against it. In addition, 658 participants left comments, with
>>>> 77% of the comments written in English.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> We recognize and appreciate the passion and commitment that community
>>>> members have demonstrated in creating a safe and welcoming culture.
>>>> Wikimedia community culture stops hostile and toxic behavior, supports
>>>> people targeted by such behavior, and encourages good faith people to be
>>>> productive on the Wikimedia projects.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Even at this incomplete stage, this is evident in the comments
>>>> received. The Enforcement Guidelines did reach a threshold of support
>>>> necessary for the Board to review. However, we encouraged voters,
>>>> regardless of how they were voting, to provide feedback on the elements of
>>>> the enforcement guidelines. We asked the voters to inform us what changes
>>>> were needed and in case it was prudent to launch a further round of edits
>>>> that would address community concerns.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Foundation staff who have been reviewing comments have advised us of the
>>>> emerging themes. As a result, as Community Affairs Committee, we have
>>>> decided to ask the Foundation to reconvene the Drafting Committee. The
>>>> Drafting Committee will undertake another community engagement to refine
>>>> the enforcement guidelines based on the community feedback received from
>>>> the recently concluded vote.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> For clarity, this feedback has been clustered into four sections as
>>>> follows:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 1.To identify the type, purpose, and applicability of the UCoC
>>>> training;
>>>>
>>>> 2.To simplify the language for more accessible translation and
>>>> comprehension by non-experts;
>>>>
>>>> 3.To explore the concept of affirmation, including its pros and
>>>> cons;
>>>>
>>>> 4.To review the conflicting roles of privacy/victim protection and
>>>> the right to be heard.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Other issues may emerge during conversations, particularly as the draft
>>>> Enforcement Guidelines evolve, but we see these as the primary areas of
>>>> concern for voters. Therefore, we are asking staff to facilitate a review
>>>> of these issues. Then, after the further engagement, the Foundation should
>>>> re-run the community vote to evaluate the redrafted Enforcement Outline to
>>>> see if the new document is ready for its official ratification.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Further, we are aware of the concerns with note 3.1 in the Universal
>>>> Code of Conduct Policy. Therefore, we are directing the Foundation to
>>>> review this part of the Code to ensure that the Policy meets its intended
>>>> purposes of supporting a safe and inclusive community without waiting for
>>>> the planned review of the entire Policy at the end of the year.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Again, we thank all who participated in the vote and discussion,
>>>> thinking about these complex challenges and contributing to better
>>>> approaches to working together well across the movement.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Best,
>>>>
>>>> Rosie
>>>>
>>>> *Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight *(she/her)
>>>>
>>>> Acting Chair, Community Affairs Committee
>>>>
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>>>> Trustees
>>>>
>>>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: UCoC Phase 2 Ratification Results Announcement

2022-04-11 Thread Maggie Dennis
I have been working on the UCoC about as long as anybody, if not as
intensely as some. Hence, I have some confidence in saying that it is the
Foundation's role to shepherd the Movement Strategy recommendation to
reality in creating a baseline of behavioral standards that are
movement-wide. *I* have opinions about what is and is not good conduct and
how conduct can and should be reinforced, but the Code of Conduct was not
written to reflect *my* opinions *or* the Foundation's - the drafting
committee was a disparate group working to incorporate the feedback of
volunteers and staff from all across the movement.

The questions you raise strike me as very good discussion good points for
the planned future policy review. Policies run into gray areas unless they
are so generic as to be toothless. We will occasionally have hard
conversations in application when we discover unintended or negative
consequences.  This is not a new challenge to the movement. I think it's
one of the things Wikimedia does rather well.

In terms of  "in good faith" and "is malicious" - my understanding of
malice from both a linguistic and legal sense is that it includes the
*intent* to do harm. Beyond that, while your question "How can they be
prevented from inserting erroneous material without causing them to doubt
their own perceptions etc. in a way that they may well – in good faith – is
malicious?" - seems to have lost a verb or two perhaps, I think what you
are asking is how people can be prevented from inserting material without
maliciously causing them to doubt their own perceptions: [[WP:V]] and
[[WP:NPOV]] do not require malice in calling for consensus-defined reliable
sources and avoiding fringe material. That said, again, this strikes me as
a discussion for the future policy review, and if actual issues arise in
the meantime I have no doubt discussion will happen.

Best,
Maggie


On Mon, Apr 11, 2022 at 10:47 AM Andreas Kolbe  wrote:

> Dear Maggie,
>
> Could I ask you for help with a couple of things:
>
> 1. The UCoC states that "sharing information concerning other
> contributors' Wikimedia activity outside the projects" is harassment. Is it
> really the WMF's intention to prohibit public discussions of controversial
> editing? To give some examples, in the past English Wikipedia arbitrators
> commented on cases like the Scientology case or the Indian Institute of
> Planning and Management (Wifione) case in the press. Following the letter
> of the UCoC, they would no longer be allowed to do so. Even articles like
> https://www.cnet.com/science/features/wikipedia-is-at-war-over-the-coronavirus-lab-leak-theory/
> fall foul of the letter of the UCoC as written today, with every Wikipedian
> involved in it guilty of harassment, per the UCoC. Is it really your
> intention to prevent volunteers from discussing anyone's Wikipedia activity
> outside the project? And if it isn't – could you help us prevail upon your
> colleagues in the WMF board and the drafting committee to just fix the
> sentence and have it unambiguously say what they really mean?
>
> 2. The UCoC states that the following is harassment: "Psychological
> manipulation: Maliciously causing someone to doubt their own perceptions,
> senses, or understanding with the objective to win an argument or force
> someone to behave the way you want." We have, and always have had, and
> always will have, users with sincerely and passionately held fringe beliefs
> about matters of science, politics, religion, etc., as well as users
> lacking basic compentency in the subject area or language they choose to
> work in. How can they be prevented from inserting erroneous material
> without causing them to doubt their own perceptions etc. in a way that they
> may well – in good faith – is malicious?
>
> Andreas
>
> On Mon, Apr 11, 2022 at 2:02 PM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
>> Let me clarify a few points.
>>
>>- The vote was intended to surface what concerns might exist more
>>broadly in the international communities, not all of whom engage in Meta
>>discussions. Staff were neither asked to convince people to vote for the
>>enforcement guidelines as written nor even encouraged to. They are not 
>> held
>>to account for the speed with which the Guidelines are approved nor for 
>> the
>>language within it. It is their job to facilitate.
>>- The vote threshold is the point at which it is ready to engage
>>the Board for their further directions. We expect to see issues coalescing
>>in a way to help funnel attention to them to provide input 
>> internationally,
>>in multilingual facilitated review.
>>- The intention is indeed that if major issues have been identified
>>in the enforc

[Wikimedia-l] Re: UCoC Phase 2 Ratification Results Announcement

2022-04-11 Thread Maggie Dennis
 of the admin corps as
> required would be disastrous. One of the more egregious problems present in
> the UCoC text is already likely to be the subject of review following an
> open letter by a user group, though many, many others remain largely
> unconsidered. Local community preparatory work for dealing with possible
> WMF action is ... roughly what I would expect (including the commitments to
> not cooperate with UCoC efforts, or to implement them).
>
> This is a pretty bad situation.
>
> -- Yair Rand
>
>
>
> ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 5 באפר׳ 2022 ב-17:32 מאת ‪Stella Ng‬‏ <‪s...@wikimedia.org
> ‬‏>:‬
>
>> Hello All,
>>
>> We would like to thank the over 2300 Wikimedians who participated in the
>> recently concluded community vote on the Enforcement Guidelines for the
>> Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC)
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Universal_Code_of_Conduct/Enforcement_guidelines>.
>> At this time, the volunteer scrutinizing group has completed the review
>> of the accuracy of the vote and the final results are available on
>> Meta-wiki. A quick summary can be found below:
>>
>>
>>-
>>
>>58.6% Yes, 41.4% No
>>
>>
>>-
>>
>>Contributors from 128 home wikis participated in the vote
>>-
>>
>>Over thirty languages were supported in the ballot
>>
>>
>> What this outcome means is that there is enough support for the Board to
>> review the document. It does not mean that the Enforcement Guidelines are
>> automatically complete.
>>
>> From here, the project team will collate and summarize the comments
>> provided in the voting process, and publish them on Meta-wiki. The
>> Enforcement Guidelines will be submitted to the Board of Trustees for their
>> consideration. The Board will review input given during the vote, and
>> examine whether there are aspects of the Guidelines that need further
>> refinement. If so, these comments, and the input provided through Meta-wiki
>> and other community conversations, will provide a good starting point for
>> revising the Guidelines to meet the needs expressed by communities in the
>> voter’s responses.
>>
>> In the event the Board moves forward with ratification, the UCoC project
>> team will begin supporting specific proposals in the Guidelines. Some of
>> these proposals include working with community members to form the U4C
>> Building Committee, starting consultations on training, and supporting
>> conversations on improving our reporting systems. There is still a lot to
>> be done, but we will be able to move into the next phase of this work.
>>
>> Many people took part in making sure the policy and the enforcement
>> guidelines work for our communities. We will continue to collaboratively
>> work on the details of the strong proposals outlined in the Guidelines as
>> presented by the Wikimedians who engaged with the project in different ways
>> over the last year.
>>
>> Once again, we thank everyone who participated in the ratification of
>> the Enforcement Guidelines.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Stella Ng on behalf of the UCoC Project Team
>>
>> Senior Manager, Trust and Safety Policy
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open letter on negating race and ethnicity as "meaningful distinctions" in the UCoC

2022-04-08 Thread Maggie Dennis
y%22_as_meaningful_distinctions_among_people%22
>
> [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Race_(human_categorization)
>
> [4]
> https://whoseknowledge.org/media-section/creative-commons-global-summit-2019/
> and
> https://whoseknowledge.org/media-section/toward-a-wikipedia-for-and-from-us-all/
>
> [5]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017#Our_strategic_direction:_Service_and_Equity
>
>
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>
> *There can be no love without justice... The moment we choose to love we
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> to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate
> ourselves and others.*
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Reminder: Conversation hour with Maggie Dennis on Community Resilience & Sustainability on March 24

2022-03-23 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, everybody!

For those of you who don't know me, I'm the below-mentioned Maggie.
(Actually, that's true for those of you who do know me, too.) I really hope
some of you will be able to join tomorrow to talk with me. I'll be in a
hotel room and feeling even more awkward than usual, but I'm looking
forward to it!

Any Wikimedian in good standing is welcome to join or to submit questions
during or in advance. As a reminder of my basic "friendly space" approach:

   - *I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
   can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
   as some of the mistakes we've made, some of the things I'm proud of, and
   some of the things we're hoping to do.*
   - *I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
   me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
   about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won't
   compromise on this.*


I'll see some of you tomorrow!

Warm regards,
Maggie

On Thu, Mar 17, 2022 at 2:37 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> this is just a reminder that next week, on March 24 at 15:00 UTC (check
> your local time <https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1648134007>)., the Community
> Resilience & Sustainability
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability>
> team at the Wikimedia Foundation will host a new conversation hour led by 
> Maggie
> Dennis <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>.
>
> As you may know, topics under Maggie's leadership are Movement Strategy,
> Trust and Safety (including Universal Code of Conduct), Community
> Development, and Human Rights. You can send us questions in advance! Please
> send them to answ...@wikimedia.org (it helps to add "Question for Maggie"
> in the subject line).
>
> You can join that conversation via Youtube
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlX-4YUnWWA_channel=WikimediaFoundation>,
> either live or watch it afterward. If you would like to join the Zoom call,
> please send us an email to answ...@wikimedia.org ("Conversation with
> Maggie" in the subject line), so we can send you a Zoom invite.
>
> Further details on Meta
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2022-03-24>
> .
>
> Cheers
> Cornelius
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Emerging human rights concern related to invasion of Ukraine

2022-03-11 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I’m writing to update you all on an emerging human rights concern related
to the invasion of Ukraine. We are concerned that an effort is being made
to identify Wikipedia editors whose activities are seen as opposing the
Russian narrative of the war.

I wanted to let you know that we are aware, we are monitoring, and we are
acting in various ways already. While we cannot discuss the details for the
safety of all involved, over a year ago, we hired a Human Rights Lead
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Team> with experience in
individual safety to help us with such situations. This includes
partnerships with allied organizations experienced in human rights
interventions as well as connecting with appropriate community groups and
functionaries to provide safety support. We care about the safety of
Wikimedians, and I know that you do, too. We have heard as much from many
of you directly.

I want to take this opportunity to raise your awareness of the need to
protect yourselves and each other online. It’s such a cliche that I’m
almost hesitant to write it, but in this world, sharing information is
sometimes a radical act. Because of this, we ask you all to please be aware
of what information you share about yourself on Wikimedia platforms and how
your Wikimedia activities can be connected to your personal identity. Some
Wikimedians have chosen to operate transparently. Others have chosen to
operate under pseudonyms. Whatever path you’ve chosen, there are best
practices for your personal protection. Some guidance has been gathered
here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Voices_under_Threat

At the same time as I share these recommendations, I want to firmly assert
that all who try to get people vital information in times of crisis -
whether Wikimedian or otherwise - should be celebrated. At the core of our
movement is the belief that knowledge belongs to everyone, and the
Foundation is firmly against efforts by anyone to stand in the way of the
flow of verifiable information in whatever forum it is shared. I believe,
as is the way with all Wikimedians, that the path to a better world is to
ensure people everywhere have access to knowledge, and that we, as
collective societies, should provide them the tools to assess the accuracy
of the information they encounter. Censorship is not the solution.

If you have information to share about this situation or about other
potential threats of persecution to the safety of Wikimedia volunteers due
to their good faith contributions to the projects, please share with
talktohumanrig...@wikimedia.org. The team is quite busy and may not be able
to respond to all communications because of that, but they do read them,
and your emails do matter.

I wish the best for all of you who read this and for all seekers of
information and sharers of information in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and
beyond. We will share updates of the situation here as we are able within
the framework of prioritizing people’s safety. In the meantime, I’d like to
take the opportunity to highlight the efforts of some Wikimedians related
to the invasion of Ukraine
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2022_Russian_invasion_of_Ukraine>.

Warm regards,

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-21 Thread Maggie Dennis
Link fail. >_< here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-10-15
(Sorry for the noise!)

On Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 8:43 AM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hi, Nosebagbear.
>
> As I said in my first email on the subject (and I said a lot, so I'm not
> surprised if it gets missed!), I really can only speak to my part of this -
> I work with the Human Rights Team that does on the ground interventions.
> The lead of this team has been a substantial input to this process, but the
> work in the policy is far more expansive than my part. THAT human rights
> intervention is where we have a playbook to which I refer, and although we
> don't talk about how, it's not been intended to be a secret that it exists.
> I first posted about the team on Meta in 2020 and spoke about it at my
> second office hour, here. I believe it has come up in subsequent calls,
> and I have mentioned it in each office hour announcement (at least that I
> wrote myself). I don't think we can safely talk about HOW we are handling
> human rights threats to community members, but it's never been my intention
> to downplay that we're working on it!
>
> I will let the Global Advocacy and Public Policy teams speak to the policy
> as a whole. But in terms of the questions you mailed in, I imagine they
> received others as well and are working to aggregate them.
>
> Best,
> Maggie
>
> On Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 7:31 AM  wrote:
>
>> Hi Maggie,
>>
>> Could you answer a few things, or at least provide your (and the team's)
>> reasoning:
>>
>> 1) It has now been stated multiple times it was urgent to get a policy
>> like this. But you tell us there's a secret playbook already in play, and I
>> can't imagine that has changed immediately just because there's now a
>> visible policy, and with the break shortly occurring, the WMF other teams
>> can't really decide major things with it in mind either. And it also took
>> some time to (seemingly purely internally) write. So why is it taking so
>> long to explain why we're having to wait until after Christmas break to
>> discuss it? *Why is it retroactive discussion at all?*
>>
>> 2) The policy includes the line " use our influence with partners, the
>> private sector, and governments to advance and uphold respect for human
>> rights." - you say you note the tension from needing to have such a
>> playbook be hidden to remain functional and be a collaborative community.
>>
>> I don't doubt your reasoning on the playbook, but this line is in effect
>> "the policy team will lobby for better human rights"...but without us
>> knowing the actual execution of methods, specifically raised areas, a
>> complete listing of ongoing areas of focus and so on. There is already a
>> concern that the WMF spends too much time trying to speak for the movement
>> without actually knowing that their specific positions are backed by the
>> movement as a whole. Doing it with this dichotomy in place surely seems
>> even less wise.
>>
>> 3) Back, more generally, to the process issues. I emailed shortly after
>> this went public, at the time, some considerable time before the Christmas
>> break. I just got a message saying they were collating questions and would
>> answer in the new year. But most of my questions were on either "why was
>> this procedure used" or "why was this paragraph included", rather than
>> substantive content change proposals.
>>
>> If even I know why I included any given thing in a regular old policy
>> that I help draft and can thus answer questions rapidly, why was this not
>> the case here. Surely the reasoning for each bit of content and failure to
>> publicly consult are already known? So why the lag time?
>>
>> Yours,
>>
>> Richard (Nosebagbear)
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-21 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Nosebagbear.

As I said in my first email on the subject (and I said a lot, so I'm not
surprised if it gets missed!), I really can only speak to my part of this -
I work with the Human Rights Team that does on the ground interventions.
The lead of this team has been a substantial input to this process, but the
work in the policy is far more expansive than my part. THAT human rights
intervention is where we have a playbook to which I refer, and although we
don't talk about how, it's not been intended to be a secret that it exists.
I first posted about the team on Meta in 2020 and spoke about it at my
second office hour, here <http://IRC office hours/Office hours 2020-10-15>.
I believe it has come up in subsequent calls, and I have mentioned it in
each office hour announcement (at least that I wrote myself). I don't think
we can safely talk about HOW we are handling human rights threats to
community members, but it's never been my intention to downplay that we're
working on it!

I will let the Global Advocacy and Public Policy teams speak to the policy
as a whole. But in terms of the questions you mailed in, I imagine they
received others as well and are working to aggregate them.

Best,
Maggie

On Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 7:31 AM  wrote:

> Hi Maggie,
>
> Could you answer a few things, or at least provide your (and the team's)
> reasoning:
>
> 1) It has now been stated multiple times it was urgent to get a policy
> like this. But you tell us there's a secret playbook already in play, and I
> can't imagine that has changed immediately just because there's now a
> visible policy, and with the break shortly occurring, the WMF other teams
> can't really decide major things with it in mind either. And it also took
> some time to (seemingly purely internally) write. So why is it taking so
> long to explain why we're having to wait until after Christmas break to
> discuss it? *Why is it retroactive discussion at all?*
>
> 2) The policy includes the line " use our influence with partners, the
> private sector, and governments to advance and uphold respect for human
> rights." - you say you note the tension from needing to have such a
> playbook be hidden to remain functional and be a collaborative community.
>
> I don't doubt your reasoning on the playbook, but this line is in effect
> "the policy team will lobby for better human rights"...but without us
> knowing the actual execution of methods, specifically raised areas, a
> complete listing of ongoing areas of focus and so on. There is already a
> concern that the WMF spends too much time trying to speak for the movement
> without actually knowing that their specific positions are backed by the
> movement as a whole. Doing it with this dichotomy in place surely seems
> even less wise.
>
> 3) Back, more generally, to the process issues. I emailed shortly after
> this went public, at the time, some considerable time before the Christmas
> break. I just got a message saying they were collating questions and would
> answer in the new year. But most of my questions were on either "why was
> this procedure used" or "why was this paragraph included", rather than
> substantive content change proposals.
>
> If even I know why I included any given thing in a regular old policy that
> I help draft and can thus answer questions rapidly, why was this not the
> case here. Surely the reasoning for each bit of content and failure to
> publicly consult are already known? So why the lag time?
>
> Yours,
>
> Richard (Nosebagbear)
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-21 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Dan.

With respect to this - "And telling the community things like that "there's
a secret playbook we have" is making everything worse. *Why* is there a
secret playbook for a collaborative movement? That is not how collaboration
and consensus work." - I *do* understand that there is a tension between
transparency and safety at times, and I'm sure we can do the balance
better. We have talked a bit about our approach with NDA-holding community
groups and iterated a lot on our approach in non-public conversations with
community members who have observed or experienced these kinds of issues on
our platforms. We keep exploring ways to be more transparent. The reason
that we do not discuss our protocols in responding to human rights threats
against users is that not only Wikimedians can see them and make use of
that information. I suspect these are similar reasons that there are other
closed forums like the functionaries mailing lists and a private steward
wiki. The Human Rights Team is, as their Meta page notes, planning to build
out a Human Rights Interest group within the community,  but we are a long
way from being able to publicly discuss what we are and are not well
equipped to handle without essentially highlighting weaknesses in our
system and making community members more vulnerable to exploitation.

I know that doesn't resolve the concern, but I do hope that it helps to
clarify my own position better.

Warm regards,
Maggie


On Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 11:12 PM Dan Szymborski 
wrote:

> The fundamental problem here is that the WMF's response to everything is
> simply *reactive*. A policy is instituted, with zero real collaboration,
> little or no discussion, foggy goals, sparsely answered direct questions
> and then simply announced to the community in faux-press release fashion.
> And then when people in the community like Andreas Kolbe, who has been an
> important voice of caution on many issues, speak up, they're told that this
> isn't the specific bureaucratically appointed time to have a discussion.
>
> Then, various WMF-affiliated people assure that we can talk about this,
> which is basically "this is our decision, not yours, but we'll be happy to
> tell you why we did this, though we're not going to change anything" with
> any substantive changes require near rebellion in the Wiki movement. And
> telling the community things like that "there's a secret playbook we have"
> is making everything worse. *Why* is there a secret playbook for a
> collaborative movement? That is not how collaboration and consensus work.
>
> If I and my five friends are collaborating to make a fancy dinner, that
> involves *discussing*. It doesn't mean that I decide what the six dishes
> will be, inform the other five friends what my decision is, and then simply
> assuage them afterwards that I'd love to hear their input. If K says she
> doesn't like the parsnip dish I decided on, I don't say "well, I considered
> that as part of my decision, so that's that." If P asks why we don't have a
> dessert, I don't tell him that this is not the time of the dinner planning
> that we may talk about dish choices, but he can ask about it between 4 PM
> and 4:30 PM next Tuesday. My friends would get very angry at this very
> quickly.
>
> The WMF likes the *idea* of this being a community-driven, collaborative
> project rather than actually doing the stuff that *makes* it a
> community-driven, collaborative project. How many times does this process
> have to repeat in identical fashion before we stop pretending that this
> *is* a community-driven collaborative project? If the goal is simply to be
> another generic top-down Silicon Valley information charity, just one that
> has somehow procured a gigantic unpaid workforce that the elites can
> command, then just state it outright so that people don't spend their free
> hours toiling in the delusion they're part of a movement.
>
> Best,
>
> Dan
>
>
>
> On Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 8:52 AM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Dec 18, 2021 at 8:07 PM geni  wrote:
>> 
>>
>>
>>> You and who's army? If one of the world's more questionable
>>> governments decides to target Wikipedians within its territory there's
>>> not a thing you can do about about it. You’re not France. You can’t
>>> threaten governments into submission (and if one of the most powerful
>>> states on earth can’t get Zara Radcliffe out you certainly can’t).
>>>
>>> You’re not a mineral extraction company. You don’t have mercenaries on
>>> retainer to try and get your people out.
>>>
>>> You policy is worse than useless. It doesn’t help at all but
>>> marginally increases the risk of being involved

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-20 Thread Maggie Dennis
 both
approaches, and while I know we won't get the balance perfect I will myself
keep trying to figure out how to do it right.

It's also true that it's not yet an "If this/then that" situation. My team
also handles the emergency@ workflow, which is very straightforward -
assess incoming concerns against a protocol developed by a professional
external agency and pass it along to international responders as
appropriate through well-defined contacts. Easy to lay out what we do, how
we do it, why we do it the way we do it. There's nothing straightforward
about this work. We are building out global systems, but work closely with
individuals to understand the nature of the threat and to help them tap
into safe existing systems for their support.

I'm pretty happy about this policy myself. We've been building out these
capacities for a few years now, but there's a lot of ground still to cover.
The policy helps (imo) support that our commitment to this remains top of
mind. And I think it is the right time, with the systems we HAVE created,
to discuss the manifestations of such abuse a little more publicly, in
order to protect our people and to better understand as Wikimedians how our
own systems may put people in danger.

Sorry for the lot of words. I really want this to remain a safe place for
people to write about trains but also about other things. I also will have
limited time to respond to follow-ups over the next few weeks for the
reasons I mentioned above, but I am due for another office hour where I may
be able to talk with those of you who want to about the aspects of our
interventions that can be discussed without raising danger.

Warm regards,
Maggie


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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-16 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

First, Yiufamily, sorry for not defining that term! An "office hour" is an
informal chat (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours) - I've
been doing these about once a quarter with a twist, as they are video calls
that are broadcast afterwards with notes of what was discussed. You can
read more here. (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability#Office%20hours
)

We're not sure when we will be able to do it. Now that our incoming CEO has
been announced, I can say that we are trying to coordinate both that
meeting and parts of her listening tour, and I want to make sure that I do
not overwhelm anyone - staff who support these events or community who
attend them. That said, right now we are hoping for October 7th.

I know not everyone will be able to attend in person. We will be accepting
questions in advance. Details will be out as soon as the date is confirmed.

I also want to note that I have answered a few more questions here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Office_actions/September_2021_statement

Best,
Maggie




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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-14 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I have some responses to your questions posted here and elsewhere that I've
just dropped on Meta on the talk page of the statement there
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Office_actions/September_2021_statement#Follow-up_to_statement:_a_mini_FAQ>.
I was asked to concentrate there because it can be hard for people to find
answers scattered through an email thread. It's very long or I might paste
it here, too. Apologies if folks wish I had; I can do that going forward if
so. Also, if folks feel that statement should be moved to the main page so
that it can be marked for translation, too, I'm happy to accommodate and
don't at all object if somebody just boldly does it. I wanted to get some
answers out quickly and thus didn't ask others on my team for their
recommended approach.

Warm regards,
Maggie

On Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 11:39 AM Alphos OGame 
wrote:

> Hello Maggie, hello all,
>
> If you can communicate on the subject, when was your team first made aware
> of the situation ? Trying to figure out how long this has lasted.
> And were affected users (by which I mean users who had their emails and
> passwords reset) ultimately able to recover their accounts ? Or will they
> be ?
>
> Thank you for letting us know of the issue.
>
> Roger / Alphos
>
>
> Le 14 sept. 2021 à 10:48, William Chan  a écrit :
>
> Hi Andres,
>
> I am not Maggie (definitely here) but as far as I know, some members from
> the zhwp are also affected. If I am correct, it is their email being
> removed and password got reset.
>
> William
>
>
> On Tue, 14 Sept 2021 at 16:45, Andreas Kolbe  wrote:
>
>> Hi Maggie,
>>
>> Thanks for your post; I have two questions.
>>
>> 1. What is the status of Mardetanha, the Iranian steward and past (even
>> very recent) author of Wikimedia blog posts (which link his real name to
>> his user name)?[1][2]
>>
>> Judging by https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?diff=21964430 where he
>> says, using his alt account,
>>
>> Yes, we are all locked until "voluntarily" resign to get back our account
>> back [[User:Mard|Mard]] ([[User talk:Mard|talk]]) 12:06, 1 September 2021
>> (UTC)
>>
>> his account must be locked. But I can't find any recent actions related
>> to his account in the public logs on Meta.[3] What am I missing?
>>
>> 2. Speaking of project capture, the Kazakh Wikipedia was captured by
>> state actors almost a decade ago (with the Foundation's blessing at the
>> time, and public regrets later[4]).
>>
>> Are there any functionaries in Kazakhstan that will be impacted by these
>> changes?
>>
>> Andreas
>>
>> [1] https://diff.wikimedia.org/author/mohsen-salek/
>> [2]
>> https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/north-africa-west-asia/persian-wikipedia-independent-source-or-tool-iranian-state/
>> [3]
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Log?type===User%3AMardetanha==%5B%5D=newusers
>> [4]
>> https://eurasianet.org/wikipedia-founder-distances-himself-from-kazakhstan-pr-machine
>>
>> On Monday, September 13, 2021, Maggie Dennis 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi, again.
>>>
>>> I just realized I failed to answer one of the questions. I'm sorry; it's
>>> rather late in my day, and I didn't mean to overlook it. In addition to
>>> what was noted earlier, I believe it was 12 other users who were contacted
>>> and asked to adjust their behavior to work within community policies,
>>> especially regarding "canvassing" and good faith collaboration with other
>>> users.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Maggie
>>>
>>> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 6:21 PM Maggie Dennis 
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hello, all.
>>>>
>>>> First, our apologies for the translation. We had hoped to provide this
>>>> service to make it easier for our Chinese language communities, but clearly
>>>> it didn't work out as we had hoped. I'm enormously grateful to say that a
>>>> Chinese translation is now available on Meta:
>>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_actions/September_2021_statement/zh
>>>> <3 We are actively seeking to increase our capacity in Chinese and several
>>>> other languages, and I hope some people will apply!
>>>> https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/3374682?gh_src=b62d5dae1us
>>>>
>>>> With respect to the NDA policy change, this was indeed very obliquely
>>>> addressed on September 1st here
>>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Access_to_nonpublic_personal_data_policy#Answers_to_some_questions_arou

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-13 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, again.

I just realized I failed to answer one of the questions. I'm sorry; it's
rather late in my day, and I didn't mean to overlook it. In addition to
what was noted earlier, I believe it was 12 other users who were contacted
and asked to adjust their behavior to work within community policies,
especially regarding "canvassing" and good faith collaboration with other
users.

Best,
Maggie

On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 6:21 PM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> First, our apologies for the translation. We had hoped to provide this
> service to make it easier for our Chinese language communities, but clearly
> it didn't work out as we had hoped. I'm enormously grateful to say that a
> Chinese translation is now available on Meta:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_actions/September_2021_statement/zh
> <3 We are actively seeking to increase our capacity in Chinese and several
> other languages, and I hope some people will apply!
> https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/3374682?gh_src=b62d5dae1us
>
> With respect to the NDA policy change, this was indeed very obliquely
> addressed on September 1st here
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Access_to_nonpublic_personal_data_policy#Answers_to_some_questions_around_policy_change>,[1]
> at which point we felt the need to be very oblique in our response because
> we were still actively attempting to communicate with all users impacted.
> We knew, of course, that experienced Wikimedians would be able to connect
> the dots but were hoping to avoid attracting external attention by bad
> actors that might put some of these people in danger. Not being a lawyer,
> I'm still a little nervous about saying the wrong thing (my teams were more
> involved in implementing than directing that policy change), but it's
> probably obvious to everyone by now that you have correctly named the
> immediate jurisdictions of concern.
>
> I do want to say, though, that the policy was written to address a
> challenge which is likely to be ongoing: we are not just in danger of
> infiltration, but of attack through the extortion or potentially
> persecution of publicly identifiable people with access to personal
> information. The intention is not to shut down access to everyone in every
> such jurisdiction who has ever blocked Wikimedia sites, but to flag for the
> Foundation's legal department the need to review in such cases. Because of
> that, depending on the current risks of which we are aware, the list of
> impacted jurisdictions may change. I would hope that people will not
> hesitate to apply; rejection of a signed NDA in such cases is by no means a
> personal judgment and may be a step taken to protect not only our
> communities, but those users themselves and those they love.
>
> Best,
> Maggie
>
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Access_to_nonpublic_personal_data_policy#Answers_to_some_questions_around_policy_change
>
> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 5:43 PM effe iets anders 
> wrote:
>
>> Thank you Maggie, for the announcement. It's a sad day, and I'm sure
>> there were many sad actions that resulted in this.
>>
>> Two questions from my end:
>> * Could you commit to making a better translation available (through
>> community processes or otherwise) for the record? I think this decision may
>> be referred to quite a bit in the future, so it's valuable to have an
>> accurate translation available to the Chinese community.
>> * What countries are affected currently by the NDA decision
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Confidentiality_agreement_for_nonpublic_information=prev=21925066=source>?
>> It is suggested that China and Iran are, but I can't find an authoritative
>> list (but may be looking at the wrong place). This would be helpful for
>> volunteers from countries that are wondering if they should even bother to
>> apply for positions. The definition "blocked access" is a bit fluid. I'm
>> assuming here that the fact that a country is on this list, is not a secret
>> in itself.
>>
>> Best,
>> Lodewijk
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 11:06 AM William Chan  wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Leo,
>>>
>>> I think that this is a Google Translation product. But yes, it is in
>>> such bad shape where even Chinese natives can barely read. But I
>>> acknowledge the fact that the urgency and secrecy of the matter made
>>> consulting external parties, to the extent, even contractors working for
>>> WMF, impossible.
>>>
>>> To Maggie,
>>>
>>> May I ask if there is a certain number for the amount of users linked
>>> with the unrecognized user group being

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-13 Thread Maggie Dennis
ory, but terrible if not horrifying, disastrous, or outright
>>> shocking for an acclaimed international organization. The issue for this
>>> specific translation is not with 'movement-specific' terms, but a
>>> significant lack of elementary understanding regarding the fundamental
>>> grammatical structure of the Chinese language. I will refrain from listing
>>> specific examples here (there are plenty), but those mistakes are
>>> hilarious, if not outright absurd. Whoever translated this text might
>>> barely pass an AP Chinese exam.
>>>
>>> Please consult a professor in Chinese language at Berkeley or CCSF or
>>> even just a language school, or perhaps consult someone from ChinaSF, maybe
>>> even a Chinese speaking professional from HSBC or wherever. There are
>>> plenty, if you feel it’s necessary. I’m more than certain they will offer
>>> similar opinions.
>>>
>>> Sincere hope for a better translation,
>>> Leo
>>> On Sep 14, 2021, 1:17 AM +0800, Maggie Dennis ,
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hello, all.
>>>
>>> A few responses.
>>>
>>> First, Nathan and William, we will share as much information as we can,
>>> but will need to be careful about what we say about the individuals
>>> involved for legal and safety reasons. This is indeed related to increasing
>>> resilience across Wikipedias and not at all specifically for ZhWP. I do
>>> think it's important for us to offer some additional support there, given
>>> the current situation, but we are looking at increasing safety everywhere.
>>>
>>> Leo, thank you for your feedback on the translation, which was provided
>>> by native Chinese speakers. Since I myself am completely unable to read
>>> Chinese, I don't know the nature of the issue, but I do know that in the
>>> past we have had some issues with movement-specific terms being translated.
>>> I recall once when "free in speech" was mistranslated as "free as in beer"
>>> - which we always deliberately try to avoid. :)
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Maggie
>>>
>>> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 12:45 PM Nathan  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Maggie,
>>>>
>>>> Thank you for taking these very difficult actions to protect both the
>>>> members of our community as well as the values that it seeks to uphold. I
>>>> also appreciate the degree of transparency provided and hope that more
>>>> information will be disclosed as it is appropriate. I imagine questions
>>>> will be asked about how these individual accounts were selected for office
>>>> actions and the contours of the risk both to the individuals behind these
>>>> accounts and the wider community. Any information that the WMF is able to
>>>> safely share will help all of us understand better what the threats are and
>>>> how we may better support the movement's goals in jurisdictions where our
>>>> values are not respected.
>>>>
>>>> Thank you again,
>>>> Nathan
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-13 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

A few responses.

First, Nathan and William, we will share as much information as we can, but
will need to be careful about what we say about the individuals involved
for legal and safety reasons. This is indeed related to increasing
resilience across Wikipedias and not at all specifically for ZhWP. I do
think it's important for us to offer some additional support there, given
the current situation, but we are looking at increasing safety everywhere.

Leo, thank you for your feedback on the translation, which was provided by
native Chinese speakers. Since I myself am completely unable to read
Chinese, I don't know the nature of the issue, but I do know that in the
past we have had some issues with movement-specific terms being translated.
I recall once when "free in speech" was mistranslated as "free as in beer"
- which we always deliberately try to avoid. :)

Best,
Maggie

On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 12:45 PM Nathan  wrote:

> Maggie,
>
> Thank you for taking these very difficult actions to protect both the
> members of our community as well as the values that it seeks to uphold. I
> also appreciate the degree of transparency provided and hope that more
> information will be disclosed as it is appropriate. I imagine questions
> will be asked about how these individual accounts were selected for office
> actions and the contours of the risk both to the individuals behind these
> accounts and the wider community. Any information that the WMF is able to
> safely share will help all of us understand better what the threats are and
> how we may better support the movement's goals in jurisdictions where our
> values are not respected.
>
> Thank you again,
> Nathan
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-13 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Yaroslav.

No, not all admins residing on the mainland have been desysopped, only
those whose involvement with the group in question have raised significant
concerns about community election processes and whose behavior has been
problematic in relation largely to canvassing or demonstrated abuse of
their roles. We want to work with the Chinese community on improving the
community’s health, including fair election systems that are less
vulnerable to undue outside influence like threatening conduct towards
those who oppose elections--perhaps something like SecurePoll.

This action has no impact on admins residing in mainland China in good
standing and also does not prevent other good users on the mainland from
applying for such rights in proper community process.

Warm regards,
Maggie

On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 12:27 PM Yaroslav Blanter  wrote:

> Hi Maggie,
>
> thanks for sharing. I think this is indeed very important.
>
> Just to understand this better - have all administrators on all projects
> who reside in the Mainland China been desysopped?
>
> If this is the case, is there a policy that no user residing in the
> Mainland China can become administrator on any of our projects?
>
> If this is the case, how it is going to be implemented? As a bureaucrat on
> Wikidata who promotes new admins I obviously do not know where they reside.
>
> Best
> Yaroslav
>
> On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 6:15 PM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
>> (on-wiki:  ; Google translated notice that there is a professional
>> Chinese translation of the email below - 中文翻譯見下文)
>>
>> Hello, everyone.
>>
>> I’m Maggie Dennis, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Vice President of Community
>> Resilience & Sustainability.[1] I’m reaching out to you today to talk about
>> a series of actions the Foundation has recently taken to protect
>> communities across the globe.
>>
>> I apologize in advance for the length and the ambiguity in certain areas.
>> These are complicated issues, and I will try to summarize a lot of what may
>> be unfamiliar information to some of you succinctly. I will answer
>> questions to the best of my ability within safety parameters, and I will be
>> hosting an office hour in a few weeks where I can discuss these issues in
>> more depth. We’re currently getting that set up in regards to availability
>> of support staff and will announce it on Wikimedia-L and Meta as soon as
>> that information is prepared.
>>
>> Many of you are already aware of recent changes that the Foundation has
>> made to its NDA policy. These changes have been discussed on Meta, and I
>> won’t reiterate all of our disclosures there,[2] but I will briefly
>> summarize that due to credible information of threat, the Foundation has
>> modified its approach to accepting “non-disclosure agreements” from
>> individuals. The security risk relates to information about infiltration of
>> Wikimedia systems, including positions with access to personally
>> identifiable information and elected bodies of influence. We could not
>> pre-announce this action, even to our most trusted community partner groups
>> (like the stewards), without fear of triggering the risk to which we’d been
>> alerted. We restricted access to these tools immediately in the
>> jurisdictions of concern, while working with impacted users to determine if
>> the risk applied to them.
>>
>> I want to pause to emphasize that we do not mean to accuse any specific
>> individual whose access was restricted by that policy change of bad intent.
>> Infiltration can occur through multiple mechanisms. What we have seen in
>> our own movement includes not only people deliberately seeking to
>> ingratiate themselves with their communities in order to obtain access and
>> advance an agenda contrary to open knowledge goals, but also individuals
>> who have become vulnerable to exploitation and harm by external groups
>> because they are already trusted insiders. This policy primarily served to
>> address the latter risk, to reduce the likelihood of recruitment or (worse)
>> extortion. We believe that some of the individuals impacted by this policy
>> change were also themselves in danger, not only the people whose personal
>> information they could have been forced to access.
>>
>> Today, the Foundation has rolled out a second phase of addressing
>> infiltration concerns, which has resulted in sweeping actions in one of the
>> two currently affected jurisdictions. We have banned seven users and
>> desysopped a further 12 as a result of long and deep investigations into
>> activities around some members of the unrecognized group Wikimedians of
>> Main

[Wikimedia-l] Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-13 Thread Maggie Dennis
(on-wiki:  ; Google translated notice that there is a professional Chinese
translation of the email below - 中文翻譯見下文)

Hello, everyone.

I’m Maggie Dennis, the Wikimedia Foundation’s Vice President of Community
Resilience & Sustainability.[1] I’m reaching out to you today to talk about
a series of actions the Foundation has recently taken to protect
communities across the globe.

I apologize in advance for the length and the ambiguity in certain areas.
These are complicated issues, and I will try to summarize a lot of what may
be unfamiliar information to some of you succinctly. I will answer
questions to the best of my ability within safety parameters, and I will be
hosting an office hour in a few weeks where I can discuss these issues in
more depth. We’re currently getting that set up in regards to availability
of support staff and will announce it on Wikimedia-L and Meta as soon as
that information is prepared.

Many of you are already aware of recent changes that the Foundation has
made to its NDA policy. These changes have been discussed on Meta, and I
won’t reiterate all of our disclosures there,[2] but I will briefly
summarize that due to credible information of threat, the Foundation has
modified its approach to accepting “non-disclosure agreements” from
individuals. The security risk relates to information about infiltration of
Wikimedia systems, including positions with access to personally
identifiable information and elected bodies of influence. We could not
pre-announce this action, even to our most trusted community partner groups
(like the stewards), without fear of triggering the risk to which we’d been
alerted. We restricted access to these tools immediately in the
jurisdictions of concern, while working with impacted users to determine if
the risk applied to them.

I want to pause to emphasize that we do not mean to accuse any specific
individual whose access was restricted by that policy change of bad intent.
Infiltration can occur through multiple mechanisms. What we have seen in
our own movement includes not only people deliberately seeking to
ingratiate themselves with their communities in order to obtain access and
advance an agenda contrary to open knowledge goals, but also individuals
who have become vulnerable to exploitation and harm by external groups
because they are already trusted insiders. This policy primarily served to
address the latter risk, to reduce the likelihood of recruitment or (worse)
extortion. We believe that some of the individuals impacted by this policy
change were also themselves in danger, not only the people whose personal
information they could have been forced to access.

Today, the Foundation has rolled out a second phase of addressing
infiltration concerns, which has resulted in sweeping actions in one of the
two currently affected jurisdictions. We have banned seven users and
desysopped a further 12 as a result of long and deep investigations into
activities around some members of the unrecognized group Wikimedians of
Mainland China.[3] We have also reached out to a number of other editors
with explanations around canvassing guidelines and doxing policies and
requests to modify their behaviors.

When it comes to office actions, the Wikimedia Foundation typically
defaults to little public communication, but this case is unprecedented in
scope and nature. While there remain limits to what we can reveal in order
to protect the safety and privacy of users in that country and in that
unrecognized group, I want to acknowledge that this action is a radical one
and that this decision was not easily made. We struggled with not wanting
to discourage and destroy the efforts of good faith users in China who have
worked so hard to fight for free and open knowledge, including some of
those involved in this group. We do not want them to fear that their
contributions are unwelcome. We also could not risk exposing them to danger
by doing nothing to protect them after we became aware of credible threats
to their safety.

While some time ago we limited the exposure of personal information to
users in mainland China, we know that there has been the kind of
infiltration we describe above in the project. And we know that some users
have been physically harmed as a result. With this confirmed, we have no
choice but to act swiftly and appropriately in response.

I take it as both a triumph and a challenge that in the years of my own
involvement I have seen Wikimedia go from a suspect non-mainstream website
to a highly trusted and widely relied upon source across the world. When I
first started editing the projects in about 2007, I already believed
Wikimedia had the capacity to be one of the greatest achievements of the
world--collective knowledge, at your fingertips. What an amazing gesture of
goodwill on the part of all of its many editors. It didn’t take me long
after I started editing to realize how entrenched the battles could be over
how to present information and

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Tuesday Foundation office hour

2021-07-01 Thread Maggie Dennis
The notes are now published, including answers to a few questions we didn't
get to in the meeting. You can find them here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2021-06-29

Thank you to all who participated, from volunteers who attended to staff
who put on some impressive speed pulling this together so quickly. (It
usually takes much longer.)

Best,
Maggie

On Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 10:29 AM Cornelius Kibelka <
ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> The office hour starts in about 30 min, here on Youtube:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTND98b_Yg_channel=WikimediaFoundation
>
> Cheers
> Cornelius
>
> On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 9:44 AM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
>> Hello, folks.
>>
>> I'm sorry for the quick self-correction. As implied in yesterday's email,
>> we pulled this together rather quickly, and rather than write the
>> announcement from scratch, we based it off of a different meeting. You
>> don't need to share details about your affiliation, etc., to get the
>> zoomlink. We do try to ensure that people are eligible (Wikimedians in good
>> standing), but otherwise we don't need all that detail. I've updated the
>> Meta page.
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=IRC_office_hours%2FOffice_hours_2021-06-29=revision=21648546=21645324>
>>
>> Sheepish regards,
>> Maggie
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 7:28 PM Maggie Dennis 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello, all.
>>>
>>> Apologies for the rather late Friday notice. We had hoped to get details
>>> on this out earlier today, but it has taken rather all day for us to get
>>> the technical details ironed out!
>>>
>>> ***
>>>
>>> The Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour featuring Chief
>>> Financial Officer Jaime Villagomez
>>> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/profile/jaime-villagomez/> and General
>>> Counsel Amanda Keton
>>> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/profile/amanda-keton/>, two of the
>>> transition team guiding the Wikimedia Foundation during its executive
>>> transition. It will also feature guests from the Wikimedia Foundation’s
>>> Board of Trustees (BoT), to be determined over the next few days, and
>>> Community Resilience & Sustainability Vice President Maggie Dennis
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>. The main purpose
>>> of the call is to discuss questions related to Wikimedia Foundation
>>> executive transition, including the retention of María Sefidari
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Raystorm> as an advisor to
>>> Movement Strategy and supporting and onboarding the expanding BoT. Come
>>> with your questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your
>>> questions in advance.
>>>
>>> This office hour will be on June 29 at 15:00 UTC — see
>>> https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1624978855 for your local time.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> We will officer live interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and
>>> Arabic. To be able to listen to the interpretation, you need to join
>>> the Zoom room (and therefore register via answ...@wikimedia.org;
>>> see below). The Youtube live-stream will be only
>>> in English.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Details
>>>
>>> This call will be streamed and available on demand at
>>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTND98b_Yg
>>>
>>>
>>> We will be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that
>>> is, not Foundation or community banned). In order to be as efficient as
>>> possible, we are encouraging people to send questions in advance.
>>> Please send all questions to answ...@wikimedia.org, by Monday June 28
>>> (midnight, whatever time zone you may be in). We may aggregate similar
>>> questions or truncate them for length. Questions can also be asked live
>>> on Zoom for in-room attendees, in Zoom chat, Telegram and YouTube.
>>>
>>>
>>> Language support
>>>
>>> We will offer automated closed captioning for English, and live
>>> interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and Arabic. This is the
>>> first time we offer such a service for an office hour, and we would like to
>>> experiment with it and see how it works. To be able to listen to the Zoom
>>> interpretation, you need to join the Zoom room (and therefore register, see
>>> below), as live-streaming interpretation channels to Youtube is not
>>> possible.
>>>
>>>

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-27 Thread Maggie Dennis
and
will do so at other opportunities.

Best regards,
Maggie

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Tuesday Foundation office hour

2021-06-26 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, folks.

I'm sorry for the quick self-correction. As implied in yesterday's email,
we pulled this together rather quickly, and rather than write the
announcement from scratch, we based it off of a different meeting. You
don't need to share details about your affiliation, etc., to get the
zoomlink. We do try to ensure that people are eligible (Wikimedians in good
standing), but otherwise we don't need all that detail. I've updated the
Meta page.
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=IRC_office_hours%2FOffice_hours_2021-06-29=revision=21648546=21645324>

Sheepish regards,
Maggie

On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 7:28 PM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> Apologies for the rather late Friday notice. We had hoped to get details
> on this out earlier today, but it has taken rather all day for us to get
> the technical details ironed out!
>
> ***
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour featuring Chief
> Financial Officer Jaime Villagomez
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/profile/jaime-villagomez/> and General
> Counsel Amanda Keton
> <https://wikimediafoundation.org/profile/amanda-keton/>, two of the
> transition team guiding the Wikimedia Foundation during its executive
> transition. It will also feature guests from the Wikimedia Foundation’s
> Board of Trustees (BoT), to be determined over the next few days, and
> Community Resilience & Sustainability Vice President Maggie Dennis
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>. The main purpose of
> the call is to discuss questions related to Wikimedia Foundation executive
> transition, including the retention of María Sefidari
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Raystorm> as an advisor to Movement
> Strategy and supporting and onboarding the expanding BoT. Come with your
> questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your questions
> in advance.
>
> This office hour will be on June 29 at 15:00 UTC — see
> https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1624978855 for your local time.
>
>
>
> We will officer live interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and
> Arabic. To be able to listen to the interpretation, you need to join the
> Zoom room (and therefore register via answ...@wikimedia.org;
> see below). The Youtube live-stream will be only
> in English.
>
>
>
> Details
>
> This call will be streamed and available on demand at
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTND98b_Yg
>
>
> We will be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is,
> not Foundation or community banned). In order to be as efficient as
> possible, we are encouraging people to send questions in advance. Please
> send all questions to answ...@wikimedia.org, by Monday June 28 (midnight,
> whatever time zone you may be in). We may aggregate similar questions or
> truncate them for length. Questions can also be asked live on Zoom for
> in-room attendees, in Zoom chat, Telegram and YouTube.
>
>
> Language support
>
> We will offer automated closed captioning for English, and live
> interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and Arabic. This is the first
> time we offer such a service for an office hour, and we would like to
> experiment with it and see how it works. To be able to listen to the Zoom
> interpretation, you need to join the Zoom room (and therefore register, see
> below), as live-streaming interpretation channels to Youtube is not
> possible.
>
> How to register
>
> For security reasons and specifically to avoid Zoombombing
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoombombing>, we will be sending the Zoom
> link only to people who have registered in advance close to the meeting and
> only to Wikimedians in good standing. In order to register, please send an
> email to answ...@wikimedia.org, indicating your name, username,
> affiliation if you have any. The title should be “Registration for Office
> Hours”. The link will be shared with any Wikimedia in good standing (not
> Foundation or community banned) who requests it  within the hour before the
> meeting.
>
> The meeting will be governed by the Friendly Space Policy
> <https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Friendly_space_policy>. We are
> committed to tackling hard questions bravely in a manner that reflects the
> values of our Universal Code of Conduct
> <https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct>.
>
>
>
>
> --
> Maggie Dennis
> She/her/hers
> Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
>


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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-26 Thread Maggie Dennis
On Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 8:34 AM Fæ  wrote:

> 
> 1.  It is peculiar that "established Wikimedians" appear to be
> expected to out themselves just to take part in Tuesday's Zoom call,
> which seems an unnecessary barrier.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2021-06-29


Haven't even had coffee yet, so just popping in to say - unintentional!
That line was copied from a different kind of meeting. Fixing to what it
usualy says when I do my office hour. Thanks for identifying that, Fae. :)

Maggie




>
> Thanks,
> Fae
> --
> fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
>
> On Sat, 26 Jun 2021 at 00:33, Maggie Dennis  wrote:
> >
> > Hello, all.
> >
> > Following up on Amanda because she mentioned that we were going to hold
> an open meeting to discuss this. I just announced the details in a separate
> email thread titled "Tuesday Foundation office hour." They are also
> available on Meta, here.
> >
> > This office hour will be on June 29 at 15:00 UTC — see
> https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1624978855 for your local time. If you
> can't come, there are ways to submit questions in advance (or
> simultaneously, if you don't want to join Zoom).
> >
> > It's taken quite a bit of time to pull together the technical details
> today, and the team will be sharing information in other fora over the next
> few days, but we wanted to follow up on this thread ASAP.
> >
> > I hope to see you there.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Maggie
> >
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 12:51 AM  wrote:
> >>
> >> Hello, All,
> >> I’m Amanda Keton, the General Counsel of the Foundation, and I’d like
> to clarify some of the questions and comments that have been raised over
> the engagement of María as a Foundation consultant. I want to assure you
> that we carefully followed our policies, compensated this in line with
> similar consultants, and legitimately assessed her as the best person for
> the role.
> >> The need. Maria’s engagement comes at a time of transition for both the
> Board and the Foundation executive staff. This is also a time where the
> Community Resilience & Sustainability (CR) unit is setting up mechanisms
> to ensure that the Foundation provides seamless service to our growing
> community in its areas of responsibility. As many of you know, that team
> has taken on Movement Strategy due to the transition along with maintaining
> their support of Board elections, the Universal Code of Conduct, and
> leading our cross-departmental approach to supporting a Thriving Movement.
> >> As a unit, CR undertook a needs assessment of the workload ahead.
> This needs assessment revealed gaps in implementation of the Foundation’s
> Movement Strategy and in supporting staff with the ongoing Board selection
> process, upcoming onboarding, and supporting a smooth transition. The team
> currently supporting the Board expansion is quite stretched, monitoring
> multiple channels in many languages. Having another person who can step in
> immediately is tremendously helpful to these efforts. Based on this, CR
> considered the necessary skills and expertise for assistance in executing
> this work. While seeking this expertise, numerous factors were considered.
> Some of these factors included experience with the Board, volunteers and
> management. We also considered the qualifications with respect to the
> criteria and role at hand. The unique blend of circumstances at play and
> the importance of moving forward strongly at this time led us to carefully
> assess our needs and explore creative solutions.
> >> The role. In developing the scope of work for this role, we determined
> that María was a very strong candidate to support this critical work. With
> the transition at the executive level, and at the Board level, Maria brings
> long-term familiarity with the strategy process and strategy conversations
> that is crucial for the Foundation and the movement. Furthermore, she has
> been a big believer and a promoter of the Movement Strategy. We believe she
> can help ensure continuity in that work and can also support Maggie and
> others in the Foundation working to help expand the Board in service of
> bringing additional expertise, representation and capacity.
> >> Managing a potential conflict of interest. Maria first considered
> stepping down months ago, but she wanted to help navigate the transition at
> the helm of the Board. I followed our Conflict of Interest policy and
> brought this staff idea to the Transition Committee, the Human Resources
> Committee, and ultimately discussed this idea in principle in the last
> executive session

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-25 Thread Maggie Dennis
his was pointed out.
> Fair compensation. I understand that a lot of questions have been raised
> pertaining to Maria’s remuneration. As many of you already know, we do not
> discuss remuneration of staff or consultants in public forums, although we
> do disclose appropriately as we are required to as a US nonprofit on our
> Form 990. It can be difficult to balance transparency and privacy, and we
> find it best to adhere to a general approach that balances our values of
> transparency and privacy as well as possible. However, all consultant
> compensation is reviewed according to our standard rates and market
> comparables. María’s compensation was set by the same process, and this is
> in line with how others are paid for similar work in similar regions.
> I hope this clarifies any questions and doubts that you may have.
> Best,
> Amanda
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[Wikimedia-l] Tuesday Foundation office hour

2021-06-25 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

Apologies for the rather late Friday notice. We had hoped to get details on
this out earlier today, but it has taken rather all day for us to get the
technical details ironed out!

***

The Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour featuring Chief
Financial Officer Jaime Villagomez
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/profile/jaime-villagomez/> and General
Counsel Amanda Keton <https://wikimediafoundation.org/profile/amanda-keton/>,
two of the transition team guiding the Wikimedia Foundation during its
executive transition. It will also feature guests from the Wikimedia
Foundation’s Board of Trustees (BoT), to be determined over the next few
days, and Community Resilience & Sustainability Vice President Maggie Dennis
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>. The main purpose of
the call is to discuss questions related to Wikimedia Foundation executive
transition, including the retention of María Sefidari
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Raystorm> as an advisor to Movement
Strategy and supporting and onboarding the expanding BoT. Come with your
questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your questions
in advance.

This office hour will be on June 29 at 15:00 UTC — see
https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1624978855 for your local time.



We will officer live interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
To be able to listen to the interpretation, you need to join the Zoom room
(and therefore register via answ...@wikimedia.org; see
below). The Youtube live-stream will be only in English.



Details

This call will be streamed and available on demand at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQTND98b_Yg


We will be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is,
not Foundation or community banned). In order to be as efficient as
possible, we are encouraging people to send questions in advance. Please
send all questions to answ...@wikimedia.org, by Monday June 28 (midnight,
whatever time zone you may be in). We may aggregate similar questions or
truncate them for length. Questions can also be asked live on Zoom for
in-room attendees, in Zoom chat, Telegram and YouTube.


Language support

We will offer automated closed captioning for English, and live
interpretation for German, Spanish, French, and Arabic. This is the first
time we offer such a service for an office hour, and we would like to
experiment with it and see how it works. To be able to listen to the Zoom
interpretation, you need to join the Zoom room (and therefore register, see
below), as live-streaming interpretation channels to Youtube is not
possible.

How to register

For security reasons and specifically to avoid Zoombombing
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoombombing>, we will be sending the Zoom
link only to people who have registered in advance close to the meeting and
only to Wikimedians in good standing. In order to register, please send an
email to answ...@wikimedia.org, indicating your name, username, affiliation
if you have any. The title should be “Registration for Office Hours”. The
link will be shared with any Wikimedia in good standing (not Foundation or
community banned) who requests it  within the hour before the meeting.

The meeting will be governed by the Friendly Space Policy
<https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Friendly_space_policy>. We are
committed to tackling hard questions bravely in a manner that reflects the
values of our Universal Code of Conduct
<https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct>.




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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-23 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I’m sorry for my lack of clarity! María is *not* Foundation staff. She is
an independent consultant. She did not discuss this role with me while she
was on the Board. She quite rightly would not. We talked about it after her
departure.

Best regards,
Maggie

On Wed, Jun 23, 2021 at 5:53 PM টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta 
wrote:

> Greetings,
> This is an unfortunate situation. In general circumstances I would have
> been happy to see the addition.
> "to draw clear lines between staff and board members " — I think this has
> been a practice in different organisation. In a different organisation I
> have seen a director was disallowed to join as a consultant immediately
> after his disassociation.
> But do we have any documented Wikimedia policy that allows or prohibits
> such an appointment? It would be good to know about such guidelines.
>
> ইতি,
> টিটো দত্ত/User:Titodutta
>
>
> বৃহস্পতি, ২৪ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ৩:০৩ AM টায় এ Philip Kopetzky <
> philip.kopet...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:
>
>> Hi Maggie,
>>
>> to be honest this is really difficult to understand. While the WMF,
>> through it's various committees, pushed affiliates to clearly draw the
>> lines between board and staff by introducing stringent governance measures
>> (and rightly so), which also include paragraphs about introducing a
>> cooldown period before switching between board and being employed by the
>> same organisation, the WMF is ignoring all of that governance advice it has
>> given over the last few years.
>>
>> I feel quite silly now having been on the simpleAPG committee for three
>> years and having advised affiliates who wanted to hire staff for the first
>> time to draw clear lines between staff and board members, to now have to
>> see this exact scenario I warned against play out at the WMF. Maria's
>> departure from the BoT, even before her tenure was over and subsequent
>> hiring really calls into question what the WMF thinks good governance
>> should look like, notwithstanding the fact that the BoT now has one
>> community elected seat less at a critical time in the strategy
>> implementation process.
>>
>> All in all I can only call for a governance overhaul at the WMF so that
>> murky situations like this don't happen again.
>>
>> Quite frustrated regards,
>> Philip
>>
>>
>> On Wed, 23 Jun 2021 at 21:46, Maggie Dennis 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello, all. :)
>>>
>>> I hope and trust that everyone is keeping well during these times!
>>>
>>> I’m Maggie Dennis, Vice President of the Community Resilience &
>>> Sustainability group of Wikimedia Foundation, within the Legal department.
>>> I wanted to announce with pleasure that Maria Sefidari has agreed to
>>> consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and the ongoing Board
>>> evolution for the upcoming year. Many of us know María from her role as the
>>> chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, from which she
>>> provided invaluable leadership in governance, oversight, and fundraising.
>>> Others may know her from her volunteer work as User:Raystorm
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Raystorm>, in which she has a
>>> broad range of experience.
>>>
>>> María, based in Spain, commenced her assignment with the Foundation this
>>> week. We intend to tap into her expertise and knowledge of the Foundation
>>> to support a successful implementation of the Movement’s Strategy and to
>>> tap into new opportunities. (With her Board work, she will be supporting
>>> Quim Gil’s team with the Board election and helping Margo Lee in improving
>>> onboarding, documentation practices, and training.) María will report to me
>>> as part of our Community Resilience & Sustainability group. I’m excited
>>> that she accepted our offer for a more hands-on assignment, particularly
>>> given how important all of the work she’ll be supporting is. :) With more
>>> than 15 years of Wikimedia experience, her contributions in the next phase
>>> will be a tremendous benefit to me and my team as we continue settling into
>>> our own work on Movement Strategy.
>>>
>>> Those of you who are involved with Movement Strategy are used to seeing
>>> her at related meetings and still will. :) I anticipate María will be
>>> joining one or more of the Movement Strategy global conversations
>>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Strategy/Updates/June_15,_2021>
>>> this weekend. Advertisement alert: maybe you can, too? Here’s more
>&g

[Wikimedia-l] Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-23 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)

I hope and trust that everyone is keeping well during these times!

I’m Maggie Dennis, Vice President of the Community Resilience &
Sustainability group of Wikimedia Foundation, within the Legal department.
I wanted to announce with pleasure that Maria Sefidari has agreed to
consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and the ongoing Board
evolution for the upcoming year. Many of us know María from her role as the
chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, from which she
provided invaluable leadership in governance, oversight, and fundraising.
Others may know her from her volunteer work as User:Raystorm
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Raystorm>, in which she has a broad
range of experience.

María, based in Spain, commenced her assignment with the Foundation this
week. We intend to tap into her expertise and knowledge of the Foundation
to support a successful implementation of the Movement’s Strategy and to
tap into new opportunities. (With her Board work, she will be supporting
Quim Gil’s team with the Board election and helping Margo Lee in improving
onboarding, documentation practices, and training.) María will report to me
as part of our Community Resilience & Sustainability group. I’m excited
that she accepted our offer for a more hands-on assignment, particularly
given how important all of the work she’ll be supporting is. :) With more
than 15 years of Wikimedia experience, her contributions in the next phase
will be a tremendous benefit to me and my team as we continue settling into
our own work on Movement Strategy.

Those of you who are involved with Movement Strategy are used to seeing her
at related meetings and still will. :) I anticipate María will be joining
one or more of the Movement Strategy global conversations
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Strategy/Updates/June_15,_2021>
this weekend. Advertisement alert: maybe you can, too? Here’s more detail
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Strategy/Updates/June_15,_2021>!
I myself will be attending at least one of those sessions and look forward
to seeing some of you there.

Warm regards,

Maggie


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[Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy update

2021-04-02 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)

I’m Maggie Dennis <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)>,
Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability>,
a division of the Legal Department at the Wikimedia Foundation. I oversee
the functions of  Community Development, Trust & Safety Policy, Trust &
Safety Operations, Human Rights protection, and, now, Movement Strategy.[1]

That last point is the purpose of my outreach. Many of you are aware that
our Chief of Staff, Ryan Merkley, has recently chosen to depart the
Foundation. Movement Strategy was housed with him. A long time Wikimedian
myself - user Moonriddengirl; pretty dormant right now but still very
interested! - I am delighted to step in to do all I can to keep the
momentum of this critical work going and to support however I can the
movement and the Foundation in meeting these strategic goals. Kaarel Vaidla
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:KVaidla_(WMF)>, with whom many of you
have connected during this process, will be part of my division, reporting
to Quim Gil <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Qgil-WMF>.

The transition phase was wrapped up
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations>
last quarter, and it is time to start the implementation phase, looking at
which projects can move forward first.[2] Among these, the Movement Charter
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations/Report/January>
is an essential tool for the implementation of the Strategy 2030, and it is
important to begin its draft.[3] There is also a lot of curiosity
around regional
and thematic hubs
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Follow-up_events/Cluster_D>,
and also many questions, and we are ready to support resolving some of
these.[4]

It has been my goal to do quarterly community meetings, but because of this
and other transitions, I’m a little behind. I had hoped to be able today to
invite you to meet me on Saturday, April 17, and I may be able to do that
in just a few days! If not that week, soon thereafter. There are some
details still being worked out. In that meeting, I will be available to
talk about all matters related to the work of Community Resilience &
Sustainability - which includes Movement Strategy and the Universal Code of
Conduct, among others. You can send your questions now (in any language) to
answ...@wikimedia.org. Please use the term “CR” in the subject line so
that it is identified as a question for me. :)  We will be inviting people
to join the meeting via multiple platforms to ask “live” as well. After the
event, we will release a video recording and a written summary of the
meeting. You can find details of our office hours past, including links to
videos and summaries, at the bottom of our Meta page
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability>.[1
again!]

I’m very excited about all the implementation work ahead of us!  :)


Warm regards,


Maggie


[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations/Report/January

[4]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Follow-up_events/Cluster_D






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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community Resilience & Sustainability office hour

2020-12-10 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I just wanted to remind you all that this is today. I am nervous and
excited and looking forward to seeing some of you. :)

Warm regards,
Maggie

On Thu, Dec 3, 2020 at 11:42 AM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all. :)
>
> My name is Maggie Dennis. I am the Vice President of Community Resilience
> & Sustainability,[1]  and I am hosting another Community Resilience &
> Sustainability Office Hour on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 20:00 UTC. I
> work directly under the General Counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, Amanda
> Keton, who hopes to join us as well. Topics within scope for this call
> include Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct, with a second
> phase launching in January), Community Development, and Human Rights. This
> is not a presentation; it is an open invitation to come with your questions
> or feedback and talk!
>
> The meeting will be on December 10 at 20:00 UTC — see
> https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1607630459 for your local time.
>
> This call will be streamed and available on demand at
> https://youtu.be/oyEYwjio72c
>
> We will host this office hour on Zoom, taking questions from the Zoom
> chat, Telegram, IRC, and YouTube, as well as collecting them in advance
> over email.[2]
>
> We will be taking notes to go alongside the video recording. I will be
> fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is, not
> Foundation or community banned) and will follow up with anything I can't
> get to during the meeting in writing after the call.
>
> The caveats from before remain in place, which I will repeat for
> convenience:
>
>-
>
>I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
>can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches.
>-
>
>I can talk civilly about our work even if you disagree with me or I
>disagree with you. I will not respond to comments or questions that are
>disrespectful to me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I
>won't compromise on this.
>
>
> You can read the notes from our two previous calls here (June 2020)
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04>[3]
> and here (October 2020)
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-10-15>
> .[4]
>
> I hope to see you there.
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability
>
> [2] Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ; IRC:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate;
> email questions to answ...@wikimedia.org with "Office hours" in the
> subject line. We have a limited number of spaces in the actual Zoom call.
> If you want to participate verbally, please ask for the link at
> answ...@wikimedia.org, at least an hour in advance of the meeting's start
> (please use "Office hour" as the subject line).
>
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04
> [4]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-10-15
>
> --
> Maggie Dennis
> Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
>


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[Wikimedia-l] Foundation commitment of support for LGBT+ volunteers

2020-12-08 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello.


My name is Maggie Dennis. I’m the Vice President of Community Resilience
and Sustainability at the Wikimedia Foundation.[1] I oversee the
Foundation’s Trust and Safety teams (operations and policy), the Community
Development team, and the upcoming Foundation Human Rights lead.

On December 2nd, I met with representatives of the Wikimedia LGBT+ User
Group along with several Trust and Safety personnel, including Global Head
Jan Eißfeldt, to understand some of the challenges faced by the members of
the group as volunteers in our international movement.[2] It is apparent
that many volunteers openly identifying as LGBTQIA+ are targeted and
attacked for their identities, with transgender, non-binary, queer, and
queer feminist editors in particular at higher risk for such abuse. The
members of the group who met with us voiced concerns about the safety and
wellbeing of other marginalized communities and groups as well.

In my role, and speaking for the Foundation, I am writing today to restate,
reinforce, and firmly assert our commitment to supporting the LGBTQIA+
volunteers in our movement, as well as others who face exclusion and
hostility on the basis of identity factors.[3]

The Wikimedia movement is based on the value of inclusivity, that anyone
may play a part in not only receiving but curating and sharing knowledge.
What volunteers have been able to accomplish in Wikimedia projects is
extraordinary, but the movement will never reach its full potential if we
do not close the diversity gap which our communities defined so ably in the
Movement Strategy process.[4] There continue to be barriers in our movement
for LGBTQIA+, women, indigenous communities, and other underrepresented
groups. We as a movement have been called upon by a broad and diverse group
of our own movement members to promote inclusivity and reduce harms to our
participants.

In light of this, one of my teams has been directed by the Board of
Trustees to (among other requests) facilitate the drafting of the Universal
Code of Conduct called for in the Movement Strategy recommendations.[5]
This collaboratively drafted document underwent significant community
review in September and October and is currently under review by the Board.
We will next be launching a second phase of that work in January, meant to
result in enforcement pathways that will make our projects safe spaces for
all volunteers.

Following the LGBT+ User Group meeting, we are also building into our plans
facilitated support for the LGBT+ User Group and other Wikimedia affiliate
organizations focused on marginalized communities to come together to
discuss better mechanisms for supporting volunteers who are targeted on the
basis of sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, ethnicity or other
identify factors. We expect to solidify plans and launch conversations in
January and will be putting out information on how to participate.

In addition, we see the urgency and the opportunity to do more to address
the needs of the LGBT+ User Group and others. The Foundation’s Community
Resilience & Sustainability function will be connecting more closely with
the LGBT+ User Group going forward to ensure that the Foundation’s staff
better understand the needs of this community, especially but not solely in
our professional Trust & Safety work.

We are committed to supporting volunteers in participating safely in our
movement and want to be sure that we do not, through lack of understanding,
ourselves do harm. This includes:

   -

   adopting and disseminating to staff best-practice terminology when
   conducting community surveys,
   -

   ensuring that volunteers have easier access to existing reporting
   structures now, even as we build other enforcement pathways in the UCoC,
   -

   being vigilant that incidents where individuals are targeted for
   identity factors are properly recognized and addressed in our Trust &
   Safety systems, and
   -

   exploring peer support options.


I thank the members of the user group for inviting us to join them. I’m
excited and energized by that conversation and looking forward to finding
ways to improve. I hope others in the community will join in the publicly
hosted UCoC discussions starting early in the new year to improve the
safety of all community members. It will help to ensure that volunteers
across the movement, and in all movement spaces online and off, have an
opportunity to contribute safely. People should feel welcomed to contribute
to our collective and important mission of delivering the sum of all
knowledge to everyone.

Warm regards,

Maggie Dennis


P.S. This statement is also on Meta, at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability/2020_December_Foundation_commitment_of_support_for_LGBT%2B_volunteers,
where translation is being enabled today. If you are interested in helping
translate, please do!



[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainabilit

[Wikimedia-l] Community Resilience & Sustainability office hour

2020-12-03 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)

My name is Maggie Dennis. I am the Vice President of Community Resilience &
Sustainability,[1]  and I am hosting another Community Resilience &
Sustainability Office Hour on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 20:00 UTC. I
work directly under the General Counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, Amanda
Keton, who hopes to join us as well. Topics within scope for this call
include Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct, with a second
phase launching in January), Community Development, and Human Rights. This
is not a presentation; it is an open invitation to come with your questions
or feedback and talk!

The meeting will be on December 10 at 20:00 UTC — see
https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1607630459 for your local time.

This call will be streamed and available on demand at
https://youtu.be/oyEYwjio72c

We will host this office hour on Zoom, taking questions from the Zoom chat,
Telegram, IRC, and YouTube, as well as collecting them in advance over
email.[2]

We will be taking notes to go alongside the video recording. I will be
fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is, not
Foundation or community banned) and will follow up with anything I can't
get to during the meeting in writing after the call.

The caveats from before remain in place, which I will repeat for
convenience:

   -

   I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I can
   discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches.
   -

   I can talk civilly about our work even if you disagree with me or I
   disagree with you. I will not respond to comments or questions that are
   disrespectful to me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I
   won't compromise on this.


You can read the notes from our two previous calls here (June 2020)
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04>[3]
and here (October 2020)
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-10-15>
.[4]

I hope to see you there.

Best,

Maggie

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability

[2] Telegram: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ; IRC:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate; email
questions to answ...@wikimedia.org with "Office hours" in the subject line.
We have a limited number of spaces in the actual Zoom call. If you want to
participate verbally, please ask for the link at answ...@wikimedia.org, at
least an hour in advance of the meeting's start (please use "Office hour"
as the subject line).

[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04
[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-10-15

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour: Community Resilience & Sustainability/ T

2020-10-20 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

Some of you had expressed an interest - while translation markup is still
to be added, the notes are now on Meta, here
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-10-15>.

Thanks to all who attended and asked questions or asked question in
advance. I have this fear of sitting in awkward silence. :D I'm very
grateful that didn't happen!

Best regards,
Maggie

On Thu, Oct 15, 2020 at 12:49 PM Maggie Dennis 
wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> As a reminder, I'm holding an office hour today. (You can read more about
> who I am and why you might care in the original email below.)
>
> We will be taking questions in Zoom chat, on Telegram, on IRC, and on the
> YouTube stream. I really hope somebody asks some. Otherwise, anyone who
> joins to watch the YouTube stream may be terribly bored. I should read a
> book out loud or something. :/ (We have three or four questions that were
> submitted in advance, I understand.) We will also make the recording
> available to watch after we're done.
>
> All Wikimedians in good standing (not Foundation or community banned) are
> welcome to attend or submit questions. I can't discuss specific Trust &
> Safety cases, but will do  my best to answer any other question that is
> voiced respectfully. I won't respond to questions or comments that I think
> are disrespectful to me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities.
> I can talk civilly about our work even if you disagree with me or I with
> you, but I can't compromise on treating each other respectfully.
>
> The meeting is today, October 15 at 18:00 UTC — here's a timezone
> converter to work out when that is for you:
> https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1602784823
>
>
> How to participate:
>
>
>-
>
>Youtube: https://youtu.be/V_RekRyjDcI
>-
>
>Telegram link: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
>-
>
>directions for participating in IRC:
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
>
>
> If you want to attend in person,
>
>-
>
>Zoom Meeting:
>
> https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95547797148?pwd=T3BIS09CWm5tQ1ArclBMOGRDRXRPQT09
>
>
>
> For security reasons, you need to write to answ...@wikimedia.org for the
> code. :)
>
>
> You should also be aware that if you have your camera on or speak out loud
> in Zoom, you will be recorded! You can attend if you want, camera off, and
> type your questions if you're shy. :)
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
>
> P.S. I am shy, but I survived last time, and I'll survive this! Just
> please don't come expecting a polished public spokesperson. That is very
> much not me.
>
> On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 3:26 PM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
>> Hello, all.
>>
>> I am Maggie Dennis, Vice President of Community Resilience &
>> Sustainability, working directly under the General Counsel of the Wikimedia
>> Foundation.[1] I've served in various roles at the Foundation over the past
>> 9 years, always in and about the Trust & Safety team. I'm also a volunteer
>> — Moonriddengirl — editing mostly on the English Wikipedia (though much
>> less than in the past).
>>
>> Back in June, we held the first of a series of quarterly office hours
>> which were intended to provide a space for folks to talk to me directly
>> about issues involving "community resilience and sustainability", which
>> includes the Trust & Safety team's activity as well as initiatives such as
>> the Universal Code of Conduct and the Human Rights role for which we’re
>> currently hiring. You can read the notes from the previous call here!
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04>
>> [2]
>>
>> As with last time, in order to meet the request of some to make these
>> meetings more personal, we're going to again host the meeting on Zoom,
>> taking questions from the Zoom chat, Telegram, and IRC, as well as
>> collecting them in advance over email.[3] The meeting will also be streamed
>> to YouTube, since we will only be able to host a limited number of people
>> in the Zoom itself, and this recording will be available to watch after
>> we're done.
>>
>> As with last time around, finding one hour that works for everyone is
>> going to be really difficult, though we will once again be taking detailed
>> (anonymized) notes from the call which we'll be posting onto Meta-Wiki.
>> I'll be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is, not
>> Foundation or community banned), and will follow up with anything asked
>> during or prior to the meeting that I can't get to during th

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hour: Community Resilience & Sustainability/ T

2020-10-15 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

As a reminder, I'm holding an office hour today. (You can read more about
who I am and why you might care in the original email below.)

We will be taking questions in Zoom chat, on Telegram, on IRC, and on the
YouTube stream. I really hope somebody asks some. Otherwise, anyone who
joins to watch the YouTube stream may be terribly bored. I should read a
book out loud or something. :/ (We have three or four questions that were
submitted in advance, I understand.) We will also make the recording
available to watch after we're done.

All Wikimedians in good standing (not Foundation or community banned) are
welcome to attend or submit questions. I can't discuss specific Trust &
Safety cases, but will do  my best to answer any other question that is
voiced respectfully. I won't respond to questions or comments that I think
are disrespectful to me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities.
I can talk civilly about our work even if you disagree with me or I with
you, but I can't compromise on treating each other respectfully.

The meeting is today, October 15 at 18:00 UTC — here's a timezone converter
to work out when that is for you: https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1602784823



How to participate:


   -

   Youtube: https://youtu.be/V_RekRyjDcI
   -

   Telegram link: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
   -

   directions for participating in IRC:
   https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate


If you want to attend in person,

   -

   Zoom Meeting:
   https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95547797148?pwd=T3BIS09CWm5tQ1ArclBMOGRDRXRPQT09



For security reasons, you need to write to answ...@wikimedia.org for the
code. :)


You should also be aware that if you have your camera on or speak out loud
in Zoom, you will be recorded! You can attend if you want, camera off, and
type your questions if you're shy. :)

Best,

Maggie


P.S. I am shy, but I survived last time, and I'll survive this! Just please
don't come expecting a polished public spokesperson. That is very much not
me.

On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 3:26 PM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> I am Maggie Dennis, Vice President of Community Resilience &
> Sustainability, working directly under the General Counsel of the Wikimedia
> Foundation.[1] I've served in various roles at the Foundation over the past
> 9 years, always in and about the Trust & Safety team. I'm also a volunteer
> — Moonriddengirl — editing mostly on the English Wikipedia (though much
> less than in the past).
>
> Back in June, we held the first of a series of quarterly office hours
> which were intended to provide a space for folks to talk to me directly
> about issues involving "community resilience and sustainability", which
> includes the Trust & Safety team's activity as well as initiatives such as
> the Universal Code of Conduct and the Human Rights role for which we’re
> currently hiring. You can read the notes from the previous call here!
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04>
> [2]
>
> As with last time, in order to meet the request of some to make these
> meetings more personal, we're going to again host the meeting on Zoom,
> taking questions from the Zoom chat, Telegram, and IRC, as well as
> collecting them in advance over email.[3] The meeting will also be streamed
> to YouTube, since we will only be able to host a limited number of people
> in the Zoom itself, and this recording will be available to watch after
> we're done.
>
> As with last time around, finding one hour that works for everyone is
> going to be really difficult, though we will once again be taking detailed
> (anonymized) notes from the call which we'll be posting onto Meta-Wiki.
> I'll be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is, not
> Foundation or community banned), and will follow up with anything asked
> during or prior to the meeting that I can't get to during the meeting in
> writing after the call.
>
> The caveats from before remain in place, which I will repeat for
> convenience:
>
>
>-
>
>I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
>can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
>as some of the mistakes we've made, some of the things I'm proud of, and
>some of the things we're hoping to do.
>-
>
>I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
>me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
>about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won't
>compromise on this.
>
>
> I'm still not sure if Zoom is a permanent solution for these office hours,
> though it has in the past been a good option to provide both text and audio
> opti

[Wikimedia-l] Office hour: Community Resilience & Sustainability/ T

2020-09-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I am Maggie Dennis, Vice President of Community Resilience &
Sustainability, working directly under the General Counsel of the Wikimedia
Foundation.[1] I've served in various roles at the Foundation over the past
9 years, always in and about the Trust & Safety team. I'm also a volunteer
— Moonriddengirl — editing mostly on the English Wikipedia (though much
less than in the past).

Back in June, we held the first of a series of quarterly office hours which
were intended to provide a space for folks to talk to me directly about
issues involving "community resilience and sustainability", which includes
the Trust & Safety team's activity as well as initiatives such as the
Universal Code of Conduct and the Human Rights role for which we’re
currently hiring. You can read the notes from the previous call here!
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04>
[2]

As with last time, in order to meet the request of some to make these
meetings more personal, we're going to again host the meeting on Zoom,
taking questions from the Zoom chat, Telegram, and IRC, as well as
collecting them in advance over email.[3] The meeting will also be streamed
to YouTube, since we will only be able to host a limited number of people
in the Zoom itself, and this recording will be available to watch after
we're done.

As with last time around, finding one hour that works for everyone is going
to be really difficult, though we will once again be taking detailed
(anonymized) notes from the call which we'll be posting onto Meta-Wiki.
I'll be fielding questions from Wikimedians in good standing (that is, not
Foundation or community banned), and will follow up with anything asked
during or prior to the meeting that I can't get to during the meeting in
writing after the call.

The caveats from before remain in place, which I will repeat for
convenience:


   -

   I can't and won't discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I can
   discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well as
   some of the mistakes we've made, some of the things I'm proud of, and some
   of the things we're hoping to do.
   -

   I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
   me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
   about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won't
   compromise on this.


I'm still not sure if Zoom is a permanent solution for these office hours,
though it has in the past been a good option to provide both text and audio
options for those who are interested in contributing. It's also software
that the Foundation's IT folks are familiar with and can help with in a
pinch should we run into any turbulence. :)

We don't yet have direct links set up for the call — those will be provided
when they are available. If you want the link to get in, please ask for it
at answ...@wikimedia.org, at least an hour in advance of the meeting's
start (please use "Trust & Safety" as the subject line - it’s quicker and
easier to remember than Community Resilience & Sustainability). The link
will be sent out via email during the hour before the meeting.

The meeting will be on October 15 at 18:00 UTC — here's a timezone
converter to work out when that is for you:
https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1602784823

I hope to see you there.

Best,

Maggie

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04

[3] Zoom link forthcoming; Telegram link:
https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ;

directions for participating in IRC:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate; email
questions to answ...@wikimedia.org with "Trust & Safety" in the subject line


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] UCoC update, emergency@, and T behavioral investigations

2020-08-24 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Nathan.

I appreciate your recommendations; they are both very good. :)

In a situation that comes through the usual processes, the investigative
team would usually direct the person contacting them to a policy page on
the local project or to a specific functionary group. So, Oversight, for
instance, in case of leaked personal data. In this case, I suspect
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Harassment#Dealing_with_harassment
would have suited the situation better.

Unfortunately, we didn’t anticipate redirecting somebody with a dispute of
this sort via the emergency@ channel. As I mentioned above, staff are
directed not to handle other matters through that channel. When off-topic
requests (for the channel) come in, people are usually asked to mail ca@
and to expect a response within two business days. In this case, given the
level of distress, the emergency responder wanted to offer something more
rapid without being herself deeply familiar with the English Wikipedia
approaches. I’m very supportive of her desire to help, and we are going to
make sure that emergency@ responders have better support in where to direct
these issues while still maintaining our strict protocol of not using that
channel to handle any issues other than threats of physical harm. Nobody
wants to try to help somebody only to increase their distress. :(

I also agree that she should have mentioned ca@ in the email. She actually
included that channel in her response as a cc, but because of the
personally tailored answer seems to have inadvertently omitted mentioning
the fact of the cc. I do want to note that the individual in this case had
already been asked to correspond with ca@ if there were issues that didn’t
merit consideration for escalation to law enforcement. I certainly
understand that he may have overlooked that in his distress, and it should
have been repeated. I myself am very capable of overlooking things even
when NOT distressed, and we should make the processes we DO have as smooth
and painless as possible for people.

We are learning from this. We’ll make the process better.

Best regards,

Maggie


On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 2:54 PM Nathan  wrote:

> Hi Maggie,
>
> First, thank you for the update and for the additional background
> information. How does T determine *which* local processes to refer users
> to? In the particular case here, it might have been better if the user had
> been offered a mix of private or public methods to address the problem. It
> seems as though the only advice given was to a noticeboard, but as others
> have noted communicating privately with an administrator or with the
> functionaries list or other private means may have been more effective.
> That could be true for future inquiries as well, so perhaps reviewing what
> advice regarding local processes is offered would be a good idea.
>
> The emergency@ response also did not offer or suggest sending the inquiry
> to ca@, which might have been helpful.
>
> ~Nathan
>
> On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 2:38 PM Maggie Dennis 
> wrote:
>
> > Hello, all.
> >
> > Yesterday some questions were raised in this channel about Trust &
> Safety’s
> > response to an issue of harassment reported via our emergency email
> > address. The director of that team reports to me, as I am the Vice
> > President of Community Resilience & Sustainability, so I wanted to speak
> to
> > that, to clarify our approaches in the hopes of avoiding unnecessary
> > confusion and distress to individuals in the future. I also wanted to
> give
> > you an update on the Universal Code of Conduct (UCoC) drafting committee.
> > :)
> >
> > Apologies in advance for the length of this!
> >
> > Let’s start with the UCoC.[1] As a brief recap, there is a drafting
> > committee working on a global policy that will set basic minimum
> standards
> > for conduct in the Wikimedia movement. The committee is making good
> > progress, but time challenges in part around the current global health
> > crisis has led them to ask for two more weeks to prepare this draft for
> the
> > month-long community review period on Meta. This means we will be asking
> > for community comment from September 7 to October 6, which will push the
> > delivery of the policy to the Board from September 30 to October 13. The
> > full timeline is on the main Meta page.
> >
> > In terms of the Foundation’s Trust & Safety team and how and when to
> reach
> > out to them, Trust & Safety’s team handles several key workflows with
> > different addresses according to urgency.[2]
> >
> > Our emergency@ channel is set up to deal with threats of physical harm -
> > ranging from terrorism to suicide - which the team triages and escalates
> as
> > appropr

[Wikimedia-l] UCoC update, emergency@, and T behavioral investigations

2020-08-24 Thread Maggie Dennis
oundation to issue sanctions against a person who has
been locally blocked, and we regard this as a healthy functioning of the
system, at least until the Universal Code of Conduct can be created to
potentially streamline the process.

I would like to encourage people to take part in the Universal Code of
Conduct conversations as they happen. The distress conflict causes people
in our movement is real. Helping to find the best way to minimize this
distress and to guide conflict in healthy directions will serve us all.

Best regards,

Maggie

[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct

[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trust_and_Safety
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Threats_of_harm

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Volunteers sought; Interim Trust and Safety Case Review Committee

2020-07-14 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I just wanted to remind people that we are looking for volunteers. I'm
greatly appreciate for those who've volunteered already, but did want to be
sure that those who are considering it don't last track of the deadline of
July 18th.

This committee will be both doing important work by reviewing cases on
request and also helping us to figure out how to make sure that the final
committee is as functional as possible, based on their experiences with
this interim group.

I understand that some may be concerned by the time commitment - we are
asking for "up to" five hours a week, but I hope it will be significantly
less than this, and if the time becomes too much for people we may be able
to expand the group. If not, we will certainly understand if people need to
withdraw or schedule breaks.

I also invite you to share with others the call for applicants (on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trust_and_Safety/Case_Review_Committee/Call_for_applicants
).

Warm regards,
Maggie

On Mon, Jul 6, 2020 at 11:20 AM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> Nutshell: this is a call for applications to volunteer for the Interim
> Trust & Safety Case Review Committee (hereafter Case Review Committee)
> which will stand until the Universal Code of Conduct escalation process
> pathways are defined and established. Text below explains what the
> committee is intended to do and what is required of applicants. If it
> resonates with you, please apply. Please forward this to any groups you
> think appropriate!(Translatable version on Meta [1])
>
> *
>
> The Board of Trustees has recently asked the Wikimedia Foundation to put
> together an interim volunteer community review process to help support
> Trust & Safety behavioral investigations by ensuring that there is a
> functionary appeal process available for borderline cases.[2] For clarity,
> this is to appeal cases handled by the Foundation’s professional Trust &
> Safety staff. It is not to appeal governance decisions by community
> administrators or governance bodies. A permanent review process for Trust &
> Safety team cases will be created later as part of the final stages of the
> Universal Code of Conduct, but this quickly constituted interim Case Review
> Committee will be asked to serve until it is functional, anywhere from
> January 1 2021  to June 30 2021. This is a critical layer of oversight to
> ensure that Foundation actions are fair and unbiased and that the
> Foundation doesn’t step in where it is not necessary to do so.
>
> We are looking for functionaries and experienced volunteers with an
> interest in joining this group. If the work resonates and you qualify,
> please apply.
>
> First, there’s a page on Meta with more information about how this
> committee will work,[3] but, in brief, it will review the case files of
> qualifying Trust & Safety investigations that are appealed either by the
> person who requested the T investigation or by a person sanctioned as a
> result of one. We anticipate that members may need to dedicate an average
> of about 5 hours of work a week reviewing case files. As this is a new
> process, it may prove significantly less; if it proves more, it may be
> necessary to expand the review committee. You will be asked to meet with
> the rest of the group on a quarterly basis to discuss the committee itself
> and how it might be improved.
>
> There are a few very specific requirements for those who are accepted. If
> you are interested in applying, we ask that you first read the Committee
> charter and decide if you are willing and able to abide by the conditions
> of membership and if you meet the criteria outlined there.[3] If you then
> want to apply, please write to le...@wikimedia.org using “Case Review
> Committee” in your subject line. Please include your username, your
> credentials, and a statement of what you hope to bring to the role.
> Credentials in this case refers to community background - have you been an
> administrator? A member of an arbitration committee? Where or when? What
> experiences do you think have prepared you to do this well? Reference to
> professional credentials will also be taken into account, but does require
> legal identification so that it may be confirmed. Otherwise, we will only
> be asking for legal identification from applicants who are finalists.
>
> Unfortunately, English language fluency is a must. While we hope to get as
> much linguistic diversity as possible, Trust & Safety’s case files are
> lengthy documents written in complex English, and expedience and current
> availability of resourcing does not make it possible to provide
> translations for the interim process.
>
> This is an important role and a new direction in collaborations between
> Trust 

[Wikimedia-l] Volunteers sought; Interim Trust and Safety Case Review Committee

2020-07-06 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

Nutshell: this is a call for applications to volunteer for the Interim
Trust & Safety Case Review Committee (hereafter Case Review Committee)
which will stand until the Universal Code of Conduct escalation process
pathways are defined and established. Text below explains what the
committee is intended to do and what is required of applicants. If it
resonates with you, please apply. Please forward this to any groups you
think appropriate!(Translatable version on Meta [1])

*

The Board of Trustees has recently asked the Wikimedia Foundation to put
together an interim volunteer community review process to help support
Trust & Safety behavioral investigations by ensuring that there is a
functionary appeal process available for borderline cases.[2] For clarity,
this is to appeal cases handled by the Foundation’s professional Trust &
Safety staff. It is not to appeal governance decisions by community
administrators or governance bodies. A permanent review process for Trust &
Safety team cases will be created later as part of the final stages of the
Universal Code of Conduct, but this quickly constituted interim Case Review
Committee will be asked to serve until it is functional, anywhere from
January 1 2021  to June 30 2021. This is a critical layer of oversight to
ensure that Foundation actions are fair and unbiased and that the
Foundation doesn’t step in where it is not necessary to do so.

We are looking for functionaries and experienced volunteers with an
interest in joining this group. If the work resonates and you qualify,
please apply.

First, there’s a page on Meta with more information about how this
committee will work,[3] but, in brief, it will review the case files of
qualifying Trust & Safety investigations that are appealed either by the
person who requested the T investigation or by a person sanctioned as a
result of one. We anticipate that members may need to dedicate an average
of about 5 hours of work a week reviewing case files. As this is a new
process, it may prove significantly less; if it proves more, it may be
necessary to expand the review committee. You will be asked to meet with
the rest of the group on a quarterly basis to discuss the committee itself
and how it might be improved.

There are a few very specific requirements for those who are accepted. If
you are interested in applying, we ask that you first read the Committee
charter and decide if you are willing and able to abide by the conditions
of membership and if you meet the criteria outlined there.[3] If you then
want to apply, please write to le...@wikimedia.org using “Case Review
Committee” in your subject line. Please include your username, your
credentials, and a statement of what you hope to bring to the role.
Credentials in this case refers to community background - have you been an
administrator? A member of an arbitration committee? Where or when? What
experiences do you think have prepared you to do this well? Reference to
professional credentials will also be taken into account, but does require
legal identification so that it may be confirmed. Otherwise, we will only
be asking for legal identification from applicants who are finalists.

Unfortunately, English language fluency is a must. While we hope to get as
much linguistic diversity as possible, Trust & Safety’s case files are
lengthy documents written in complex English, and expedience and current
availability of resourcing does not make it possible to provide
translations for the interim process.

This is an important role and a new direction in collaborations between
Trust & Safety staff and volunteers to help make sure we get the balance
right in protecting communities - both in supporting community members and
recognizing community autonomy.

Please submit your application by the end of July 18th.

Best regards,

Maggie

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trust_and_Safety/Case_Review_Committee/Call_for_applicants

[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/May_2020_-_Board_of_Trustees_on_Healthy_Community_Culture,_Inclusivity,_and_Safe_Spaces

[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Trust_and_Safety/Case_Review_Committee/Charter


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-06-09 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all!

The notes of the hour are out now! Apologies for the delay; I wanted to get
answers to a few questions that came in after the session and where I
wasn't able to answer at the time before reading a link. They have been
marked for translation.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours/Office_hours_2020-06-04

Thanks to Ad for saving me from myself and moving them from July to June.
:)

I also thank those of you who said kind things about the hour...and who
asked even hard questions in kind ways. I plan to do this again in a few
months, with more notice this time.

Warm regards,
Maggie

On Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 3:37 AM RhinosF1 -  wrote:

> Thanks for offering to answer questions. I asked one but couldn't log onto
> Zoom due to being busy.
>
> Do we know when notes of the hour will be out?
>
> Samuel/RhinosF1
>
> On Fri, 5 Jun 2020 at 08:30, Pine W  wrote:
>
>> Agreed that office hours are a nice idea, although
>>
>> 1. For privacy reasons,I don't think that they need to be on video.
>> Sue had them on IRC. In the Wikimedia Cafe several of us use audio
>> only.
>>
>> 2. I'm digesting what Maggie said about the incidents of last July.
>> I'm not sure that the version of events that was communicated to her
>> captures how I would describe the multiple bad decisions that
>> happened, and I'm not inclined to believe that the problems can be
>> summed up as poor communications. I don't mean to put words in
>> Maggie's mouth, and I don't think that she was trying to provide a
>> comprehensive view of her briefing, but I also have concerns regarding
>> what I heard in her summary, and I would encourage Maggie to probe
>> extensively into what happened while she was on leave.
>>
>> I don't know what all was going on inside of WMF, but I would have
>> wanted an outsider -- that is, not someone inside of WMF -- to review
>> the actions of the staff, similar to how police departments are
>> sometimes reviewed by outside agencies after high profile incidents,
>> and I would want the report from that review to be public. Given my
>> perspective on what happened, I think that at least one WMF staff
>> person probably should have been demoted or fired, and perhaps more
>> than one, up to and including Katherine. However, I don't have enough
>> information to decide what accountability measures should have been
>> taken. I would have more faith in the integrity of WMF if there had
>> been an outside review as I describe here, including public
>> accountability for the actions of individual staff, much as we do on
>> English Wikipedia for administrators and functionaries.
>>
>> Pine
>> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
>>
>> On Fri, Jun 5, 2020 at 6:30 AM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l
>>  wrote:
>> >
>> > Yes thank you very much. I really liked the sincerity and the straight
>> to the point amswers. It feels great to be listened at and given sincere
>> answers.
>> >
>> > Make this call a best practice, it rocked.
>> >
>> > Warm regards,
>> >
>> > Nattes à chat
>> >
>> > Envoyé de mon iPhone
>> >
>> > > Le 4 juin 2020 à 22:16, Tito Dutta  a écrit :
>> > >
>> > > True, (because of connectivity issues I was disconnected for some
>> time).
>> > > Thanks Maggie for answering the questions and clarifying things. All
>> the
>> > > best and good wishes.
>> > >
>> > > Thanks
>> > > Tito Dutta
>> > > Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to
>> remind
>> > > me over email or phone call.
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >> On Fri, 5 Jun 2020 at 01:17, Aron Manning 
>> wrote:
>> > >>
>> > >> Thank you, Maggie, Elena and Nick for this meeting!
>> > >>
>> > >> The event was very well organized on the first try, focused and
>> > >> informative.
>> > >> Special thanks to Maggie for tirelessly answering all the questions
>> and
>> > >> giving insight to the wide spectrum of challenges.
>> > >>
>> > >> It was great to hear that transparency will be an important part of
>> the
>> > >> processes to be developed and that the communities will be involved
>> in
>> > >> working out the details. I think this is going in the right
>> direction to
>> > >> establish trust and cooperation with the communities and a mutually
>> > >> agreeable outcome.
>> > &g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-06-02 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

First, I’m sorry for not doing a better job introducing myself last time.
(I was told I should have done that.) I am Maggie Dennis. Currently I am
the Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability under the
General Counsel of the Foundation. I’ve been with the Foundation for 9
years in various roles, but always connected to the group who now conduct
Trust & Safety in one form or another. I am also a volunteer,
Moonriddengirl, primarily on English Wikipedia, although I am so much
diminished in my volunteering that it embarrasses me to point it out.

This office hour is still scheduled for 18:00 UTC June 4th. I will be on
camera, and it will be livestreamed here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGRXVx5EeCk

We will post notes from the meeting, with the identity of question-askers
anonymized, afterward. Questions can be submitted on Telegram [1], on IRC
[2] or in the YouTube Chat or by email in advance to answ...@wikimedia.org
(To make sure they are presented during this meeting, please use “Trust &
Safety” as the subject line.)

I want to invite people to join me in the Zoom call itself as well. I’d
much rather be talking to people than nervously answering anonymous
questions. Since I’m told that there are security issues with publishing
the link, we’ll be sharing the link with interested individuals as the
meeting begins. If you want the link to get in, please ask for it at
answ...@wikimedia.org, at least an hour in advance of the meeting’s start
(again, with “Trust & Safety” as the subject line). The link will be sent
out via email during the hour before the meeting.

If you are in Zoom, of course, and on camera or speaking out loud, people
who watch the stream will see you, so if you prefer more anonymity Telegram
or IRC may be more comfortable for you.

Best,

Maggie [3]


P.S. NewYorkBrad, colon added. :D 18:00. I was typing it the way my dad
always said it out loud. That said, I get stagefright and thus wouldn't be
at all unhappy to have finished this over 200 years ago. :)

[1] https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mdennis_(WMF)

On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 7:59 AM Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> With the Board’s recent statement, this seems like a good time to launch
> the quarterly office hours I’ve been wanting to create for people who want
> to talk to me about issues involving “community resilience and
> sustainability,” including the work of Trust & Safety, whom I oversee.
> (after months of wanting to do this I’ve come to realize that I will always
> be "too busy" to feel like it's the perfect time for this. So I’m going to
> do it now anyway!)
>
> There’ve been requests to make office hours more personal, so I will host
> a Zoom hangout where people can join me, but I'll also take questions from
> Telegram and IRC.[1] I know that finding an hour that works for everybody
> is not going to happen, and I know from past office hours I’ve been
> involved in that I may get far more questions than I can answer (or,
> contrarily, nothing at all :)). Nevertheless, I will do my best to answer
> questions posed to me in that hour by Wikimedians in good standing (not
> Foundation or community banned) and to follow up in writing with any I
> don’t have time for over the next few days or week or so, time allowing. I
> might aggregate similar questions into a kind of FAQ. We’ll publish notes,
> anonymizing those who’ve asked questions, after.
>
> I do, however, have the following caveats:
>
>-
>
>I can’t and won’t discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I
>can discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well
>as some of the mistakes we’ve made, some of the things I’m proud of, and
>some of the things we’re hoping to do.
>-
>
>I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
>me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
>about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won’t
>compromise on this.
>
>
> I’m not sure if I will stick with Zoom as the way I do office hours
> forever, but I am responding to some requests for spoken interaction while
> also trying to provide text options for those who prefer. I admit to being
> a little camera shy myself, so this is a challenge for me! If I embarrass
> myself too badly, I may retreat to the safety of text in future.
>
> I was hoping to have the Zoom link already, but while that’s being
> expedited by our office technology team, I don’t have it yet. I wanted to
> give interested people notice as soon as I knew the time. I’ll follow up
> with links again at least two hours in advance.
>
>

[Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-05-28 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

With the Board’s recent statement, this seems like a good time to launch
the quarterly office hours I’ve been wanting to create for people who want
to talk to me about issues involving “community resilience and
sustainability,” including the work of Trust & Safety, whom I oversee.
(after months of wanting to do this I’ve come to realize that I will always
be "too busy" to feel like it's the perfect time for this. So I’m going to
do it now anyway!)

There’ve been requests to make office hours more personal, so I will host a
Zoom hangout where people can join me, but I'll also take questions from
Telegram and IRC.[1] I know that finding an hour that works for everybody
is not going to happen, and I know from past office hours I’ve been
involved in that I may get far more questions than I can answer (or,
contrarily, nothing at all :)). Nevertheless, I will do my best to answer
questions posed to me in that hour by Wikimedians in good standing (not
Foundation or community banned) and to follow up in writing with any I
don’t have time for over the next few days or week or so, time allowing. I
might aggregate similar questions into a kind of FAQ. We’ll publish notes,
anonymizing those who’ve asked questions, after.

I do, however, have the following caveats:

   -

   I can’t and won’t discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I can
   discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well as
   some of the mistakes we’ve made, some of the things I’m proud of, and some
   of the things we’re hoping to do.
   -

   I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
   me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk civilly
   about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I won’t
   compromise on this.


I’m not sure if I will stick with Zoom as the way I do office hours
forever, but I am responding to some requests for spoken interaction while
also trying to provide text options for those who prefer. I admit to being
a little camera shy myself, so this is a challenge for me! If I embarrass
myself too badly, I may retreat to the safety of text in future.

I was hoping to have the Zoom link already, but while that’s being
expedited by our office technology team, I don’t have it yet. I wanted to
give interested people notice as soon as I knew the time. I’ll follow up
with links again at least two hours in advance.

The meeting will be on June 4th at 1800 UTC.

I hope to see you there.

Best,

Maggie

[1] Zoom link; Telegram link: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ;
directions for participating in IRC:
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[Wikimedia-l] New Foundation events team

2019-03-05 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello. :)

I want to introduce you all to three new events-focused people at the
Foundation and also to inform you about the formation of a new team. Events
are an important infrastructure in Wikimedia movement, enabling movement
building, knowledge sharing, partnership and outreach opportunities, and
much more. They enable us to connect, to learn from one another, to
collaborate on shared goals, and to unify around common agendas. To enable
more efficient support and collaboration, we have created this new Events
Team, which will be focused on convenorship -- a critical part of our
outreach and growth dynamic.

Joël Letang is the Events Team Manager, a newly created position designed
to oversee an events strategy to deepen the impact and partnerships of
movement events. He will be your contact point for strategy and
partnerships in events.

Isabel Cueva is a Program Manager for Community Events and will be working
predominantly on Wikimania.

Also part of the new Events Team is Rachel Farrand, who has been with the
Foundation since 2011 and has for four years been the primary Events
Program Manager for technical events supported by the Foundation.

Distinct from the Events Team but an important contributor to that work is Chen
Almog, the Program Officer for Conferences & Events on the Community
Resources team. She is your contact point for grants on movement events.
You can read more about that program here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference

I look forward to working with all four in our ever-improving events
ecosystem!

Best,

Maggie

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement: Wikimedia's new Chief of Community Engagement

2018-12-11 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 1:32 PM Katherine Maher 
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Just over a month ago, we let you know that we had the reached the final
> stages of our search for a new Chief of Community Engagement.[1] Today, I
> am thrilled to let you know that we have appointed Valerie D’Costa to the
> role.



I just wanted to follow up myself on Katherine’s note to voice my
enthusiastic and excited congratulations to Valerie on joining us and also
to congratulate *us* on being joined by Valerie. Being part of the search
panel looking for our next Chief of Community Engagement was an interesting
and illuminating experience; so many people with so many new...and
different...approaches. I was absolutely electrified when I completed my
first interview with Valerie, whose considerate and experienced approach to
community resonated with me immediately and deeply. I cannot wait for the
opportunity to work with her in her new role. To those of you who haven’t
yet: you’ll see what I mean when you meet her. :)

Best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Concerns about WMF's "Manager of Community Development" job posting

2018-07-18 Thread Maggie Dennis
 Mailing List <
> > wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Concerns
> > about WMF's "Manager of Community
> >   Development" job posting
> > Dear friends,
> >
> > Pine wrote "The idea of WMF placing itself in the position of managing
> > community development is problematic."
> > I disagree with Pine. It has been recognized in the past that community
> is
> > the key asset in the movement. I do belief that it is a fiduciary duty to
> > manage your key asset wisely and responsively. Editing / contributing to
> > Wikimedia projects has a radically decentralized nature. Your concern
> > regards paying due respect to that radically decentralized nature.
> > Community health has been or is an issue for example. I am very glad
> there
> > is going to be a person leading a team of professionals to provide
> guidance
> > to volunteer leaders. And the person will have a challenge to gain trust
> of
> > the community, and to build trust within the communities.
> >
> > Have a nice weekend,
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Concerns about WMF's "Manager of Community Development" job posting

2018-07-13 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Pine.

Sorry for my brevity. It's rather late on Friday, and I'd like to give you
a response. This position is output 1.2 of the CE "Strategy" program
discussed on Meta in Community Engagement's plan here
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Engagement/Annual_Plan_2018-2019#Program_Name:_Strategy>.
This role consolidates some of the work that is currently distributed in
Community Resources and some that is currently being done in Learning &
Evaluation and also plays a part in the Movement Organizers program. The
full scope of what this team is and what they do will be determined in
conjunction with phase 2 of strategy and subsequent Foundation plans. The
role is designated as "Manager" as they will have staff for whom they are
responsible, just as other manager positions in the Foundation do.

Best regards,

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On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 4:31 PM Pine W  wrote:

> Hello WMF folks,
>
> I have some concerns about this job posting:
> https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1239209
>
> In some ways I appreciate that WMF wants to invest more money and time in
> identifying and developing potential volunteer leaders. However, I also
> have some concerns.
>
> * This role appears to have multiple redundancies with efforts that are
> already being done, or are planned to be done, in areas of WMF such as
> GLAM, Community Resources, and Audiences, plus activities that are
> undertaken by affiliates and grantees, so I wonder whether this position is
> adding unnecessary overhead expense and/or attempting to take over work
> that is already being done by community members. Can you clarify what value
> this position is adding, and whether WMF intends to take over scopes of
> work that are currently generally done by affiliates and grantees?
>
> * Was this position described in the 2018-2019 WMF Annual Plan? I was not
> able to find this position, or a scope of work that seemed to fit this
> position, in the Community Engagement Annual Plan. I was able to find a
> statement that talked about researching the needs of community organizers
> (which I think is a good idea!), but this position seems to have multiple
> objectives that are outside of that scope of work. Where is this specific
> position, or its specific scope of work, articulated in the Annual Plan for
> Community Engagement?
>
> * I have a more general concern. The idea of WMF placing itself in the
> position of managing community development is problematic. I generally
> would not want community organizers to learn directly from WMF how the
> Wikimedia community works and/or give new aspiring community leaders the
> idea that they should look to WMF for guidance. WMF's purpose is to serve
> the community, not to manage it, and generally WMF's idea of managing the
> community seems to go something like this: "We will decide what choices you
> get to make" (such as with Superprotect) and "We will decide what to fund
> and how the trademarks are used" (given WMF's centralization of funding and
> its legal monopoly on Wikimedia trademarks). If this position will be
> funded then I think that "Community Development Support Specialist" would
> be a much better title, and could be aligned with a scope of work that is
> more supportive of community goals and respectful of community autonomy.
>
> Thank you for listening to my concerns. I look forward to reading your
> response.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Positions open for strategy coordinator contractors.

2017-01-31 Thread Maggie Dennis
Thanks for the question, Tomasz, and for the answer, Dan. :)

That's right - it's built into the form. I'm told it can't be removed.
Candidates based outside the U.S. are very welcome to apply! I'd guess that
the question may be relevant for some folks in the U.S., for instance
international students who do not have a work visa.

Best,

Maggie

On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:41 AM, Dan Garry <dga...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> On 31 January 2017 at 07:08, Tomasz Ganicz <polime...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Just simple technical question. In the application form there is one
> tricky
> > question:
> >
> > "Are you legally authorized to work in the United States"
> >
> > I guess vast majority of potential candidates are not legally authorized
> to
> > work in US as they are citizens of countries which need a special
> > work-permit to be legally employed in US.  Does it mean they cannot apply
> > for this position or that WMF is able to organize  a work-permit for such
> > persons?
> >
>
> The work authorisation question is a standard one included in job postings,
> irrespective of work location. I would assume there are no issues with
> candidates based outside the United States applying, especially since all
> the new positions are advertised as "San Francisco, CA or Remote".
>
> Dan
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed permanent Executive Director

2017-01-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Congratulations, Abraham, and WMDE. :)

Best,

Maggie

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 10:57 AM, Tim Moritz Hector <
tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> It is our great pleasure to announce that during last weekend’s Board
> retreat, we voted to appoint Abraham Taherivand as Executive Director of
> Wikimedia Deutschland with immediate effect.
>
> Abraham has joined Wikimedia Deutschland in 2012, has been the director of
> our Software Development department, and interim ED in the past two months.
> In all his roles he has shown vast experience and qualifications as well as
> the much needed, deep commitment for Free Knowledge. We are convinced that
> Abraham is the right person at the right time for Wikimedia Deutschland and
> have great confidence that the management of the office is in good hands
> with him. Abraham will continue to lead the Software Development department
> on an interim basis until we have been able to fill this position with a
> new permanent director.
>
> Together with Abraham, WMDE staff, our members and communities as well as
> other interested parties, the board will analyse and – where applicable –
> revise the composition of leadership and decision making structures at WMDE
> in 2017. Kurt Jansson, Sebastian Moleski and myself will be steering this
> process and are available for your questions and feedback via email (
> praesid...@wikimedia.de).
>
> We wish Abraham the very best in this role, and the Board looks forward to
> continuing to work with him. Please join us in congratulating Abraham!
>
> For the Supervisory Board
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[Wikimedia-l] Positions open for strategy coordinator contractors.

2017-01-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)

As you know, we are launching a movement strategy process and want people
from the community integrally involved at every stage. We are accordingly
seeking active Wikimedians interested in applying for a number of Community
Strategy Coordinator positions. The people hired for these positions will
be part-time, remote contractors of up to 20 hours a week with a contract
of 3 months. Start date should be in early March.

You can see the job descriptions and apply for the positions at <
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us>, but here’s a quick
summary of who we’re looking for and what they’ll be doing:

*Language Specialist Strategy Coordinators*

These will be bilingual speakers of a specific list of non-English
languages[1] and English who are experienced in their language project
community or communities. They will be expected to be able to both conduct
deep outreach to these non-English communities and to liaise between these
communities and others, in order to maximize the ability of their
communities to participate in the movement strategy process. They will also
need to be capable of monitoring and summarizing discussions about strategy
topics and will be expected to produce a summary report at the end of their
contract.

*Metawiki Strategy Coordinators*

These facilitators need not be multilingual (although it is a plus), but
must be fluent in English and must be experienced contributors to one or
more Wikimedia communities. They will be working alongside the language
specialist coordinators, the global community, the Wikimedia Foundation and
the strategy team to facilitate the most inclusive strategy process
possible. This will include outreach to global communities, offering their
own community experience and advice to those involved in the process, and
leading, monitoring, and summarizing strategy-related discussions. They
will be expected to produce a summary report at the end of their contract.

If you think either of these sounds like you or another community member
you know, I encourage you to visit the job application page and review the
job descriptions for more details (again, that's at <
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us#Wikimedia_Careers>).
Please tell us about your experiences as a Wikimedian and why you think you
would be a good fit for this role. Our goal is to run the most inclusive
strategy process we can, and that means we need experienced community
members like you to help!

Best,

Maggie


[1]

   - Arabic
   - Bengali
   - Chinese
   - Dutch
   - French
   - German
   - Hebrew
   - Hindi
   - Italian
   - Japanese
   - Malayam
   - Polish
   - Portuguese
   - Russian
   - Spanish
   - Swedish
   - Vietnamese

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation holiday 24 December - 2 January

2016-12-22 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, everyone. :)

The winter holiday season is upon us, and the Foundation office will be
closed from 24 December to 2 January, returning 3 January. We will, of
course, be maintaining essential services, but we're encouraging staff to
take this time to rest and prepare for the work of the upcoming quarter and
calendar year. Emails sent to staff may be read but (unless urgent)
probably won't be responded to until we return.

Best wishes to all!

Best,

Maggie

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[Wikimedia-l] Notes on current structure of CE

2016-07-01 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

This email gives a brief update on the current structure of the Community
Engagement department of the WMF. :)

As many of you are aware, through over the last few months the Community
Engagement department has been undergoing further reorganization and
transition. While the core work that our teams are doing has been
uninterrupted, we’ve been reviewing the department from the perspective of
reporting structures to make sure that those make sense. One of my goals as
the interim head of Community Engagement is to provide lean, targeted
management support to staff while focusing department resources on
programmatic activities.


Program Capacity & Learning (PC)
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Program_Capacity_and_Learning> has been
divided into two groups: Learning & Evaluation (L) and Programs. These
groups will continue to deliver on their 2016-17 annual plan commitments,
with cross-team goals being reported at the department rather than team
level.

The Learning & Evaluation team will continue to support learning and
sharing tools for connecting community leaders to one another, to learning
resources, and to capacity development opportunities. L  also works with
other CE teams and across departments within the Wikimedia Foundation to
support good practices, such as improving survey report standards and in
building out the annual planning process. I’m delighted to say that Jaime
Anstee, who has been with the Wikimedia Foundation since 2013 and has been
leading that group since Rosemary Rein’s leave, has agreed to manage that
team permanently. She will report directly to the head of the Community
Engagement department.

The Programs group consists of our team members supporting the Wikipedia
Education Program <https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education>, GLAM
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM> and the Wikipedia Library
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library>. Their goal is to
provide community and affiliated groups with the non-monetary resources
they need to succeed in running these core programs, whether those
resources are access to free scholarly reference works, building program
tools, or connecting across communities. The Programs team, with team
managers Tighe Flanagan and Jake Orlowitz, will report to the director of
the expanded Support, Safety and Programs team, which includes the
existing Support
and Safety team <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Support_and_Safety>.
Support and Safety retains the specialized Trust and Safety subteam managed
by James Alexander. Their work remains unchanged. Combining these teams
aligns reporting structures for many of our activities focused on
supporting targeted non-technical communities and initiatives. We believe a
closer connection between them will help integrate best practices for all
involved.

Two of CE’s other teams are currently untouched: Technical Collaboration
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Technical_Collaboration> and Community
Resources <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources>. There may
be further small adjustments in coming weeks as we settle into the new
fiscal year, but I’m not anticipating any other major restructuring. We’ll
be updating our Meta pages in the next few weeks, but I wanted to let you
know where we are with that at the moment. :)

Also, we'll schedule another CE office hour after the dust settles from
Wikimania. We'll let you know as soon as a date and time are set.

Best regards,

Maggie


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2016 Strategic Approaches Report

2016-02-29 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, Legoktm. :)

I've copied your questions to
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:2016_Strategy/Community_consultation
and will make sure those are seen. I don't know if our consultant has an
account on Wikimedia-L, and it'll probably be helpful to keep questions in
that one central place. Easier to track them for future, for instance. :)

Suzie is traveling today, so it may not be today that she is able to
respond.

Best,

Maggie

On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 3:19 AM, Legoktm <legoktm.wikipe...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> On 02/26/2016 10:25 PM, Patrick Earley wrote:
> > A summary report of the first stage of community consultation for the
> 2016
> > Wikimedia Foundation strategy process has uploaded to Commons in PDF
> > format.[1]
>
> Two quick questions:
> 1. How was a user's "home wiki" determined?
> 2. Page 29 says that 17 users have 0 edits. AIUI you had to edit the
> wiki to participate, so how do they have 0 edits?
>
>
> > [1]
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2016_Strategic_Approaches_Report.pdf
>
> Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-26 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, Ruslan.

Yes, Katy is stepping into the role in a permanent, full-time basis.

Determining HR direction is not my role. :) Stating how the Board feels
about open hiring is also not my place (and I don't know). But I am happy
to share my own opinion.

While some roles will and should be filled in an open, public search, some
roles may be appropriately filled by promoting existing staff with a proven
track record. The costs of hiring are not small, both in the amount of time
it takes to recruit and fill a position and the amount of time it takes to
onboard a new person. The leadership of our resources team needs to be
filled quickly. Stability is important in the work they do. And we have a
person at hand who has been well trained for the role and successfully
worked with community on this basis for years. She is not being hired, but
promoted - a promotion she has amply earned.

That said, the role Katy had previously filled will be an open new hire,
with opportunities for all to apply. It'll just take a little bit of time
to put the hiring packet together. We are also getting ready to open the
search for the replacement for the leadership of Community Engagement,
which I have taken in the interim - and for which I hope to see many
community applicants.

Best,

Maggie

On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 3:01 AM, Ruslan Takayev <ruslan.taka...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Maggie, et al
>
> Is Katy "stepping into" the role on a full-time, permanent basis?
>
> I ask this question, as questions I asked relating to the "new, open
> approach" towards recruitment at the WMF are yet to be answered[1] and I
> don't recall there being any advertisements as a call for applications to
> fill Siko's position.
>
> TBH, this doesn't sound like a "new, open approach" towards recruitment at
> the WMF, but more of the same..."jobs for the boys".
>
> Comment would be welcome Maggie.
>
> Warm regards,
>
> Ruslan Takayev
>
> [1]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-February/081677.html
>
>
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 7:02 AM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
>
> > Hello, all.
> >
> > I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the
> role
> > of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department, picking
> up
> > the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been with
> > the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first
> program
> > officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m
> grateful
> > to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to collaborating
> > with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.
> >
> > We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
> > grants program in the weeks ahead.
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Maggie
> >
> > P.S. Their page! https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources
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[Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-25 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the role
of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department, picking up
the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been with
the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first program
officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m grateful
to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to collaborating
with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.

We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
grants program in the weeks ahead.

Best regards,

Maggie

P.S. Their page! https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources

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[Wikimedia-l] Community Engagement reorg - the official announcement

2016-02-08 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

As some of you know, Community Engagement had a small realignment last
quarter. Now that it’s further along, we thought it was a good time to
formally share. :)

So, welcome to the reformed Community Engagement!

What’s the major change?

We've restructured Community Engagement, to four primary groups:

   -

   Program Capacity and Learning (integrating Learning & Evaluation,
   Education, and Library), under Rosemary Rein, tasked with supporting
community partnerships, programs and learning.
   -

   Resources, under Siko Bouterse, tasked with supporting community-led
   impact through grants and other resources.
   -

   Support & Safety (formerly known as Community Advocacy), under me
   (Maggie Dennis), tasked with helping improve trust, safety and collegiality
   within our projects as well as facilitating communication and understanding
   broadly between the WMF and contributors,
   -

   Technical Collaboration (grouping Community Liaisons and Developer
   Relations), under Quim Gil, tasked with improving collaboration between
   software development teams, Wikimedia contributors, readers, and volunteer
   developers.

Four people within Community Engagement have changed which teams they
report to: Floor and Jake (to Program, Capacity, and Learning), Haitham (to
Support and Safety), and Sati (to Resources). This will more closely align
their leadership and reporting structure with the work they’re doing.
Rachel will also be stepping back from leadership of the Liaisons team and
supporting Quim in annual plan and strategic work.

Why did we do this?

For most people outside of the department, this will have very little
impact on your day-to-day relationships with Community Engagement, but
we’re hoping for major impact within our department! The main goal of the
reorganization was more responsive leadership, decision making and improved
lines of communication within, into and out of the department, with a
strong secondary goal of giving the affected teams more flexibility and
clarity around their missions, so that they can adapt better to our
evolving work. When we began this transformation last quarter, we expected
that it would mean most teams (and especially the affected leaders) would
be more engaged, receive more day-to-day mentorship, and that they'd be
able to work more constructively with peers to better craft shared goals
and projects. At the same time we hoped that the team executive would be
able to put more into handling upcoming planning efforts like the strategic
and annual plans. While we are still fine-tuning, this seems to be bearing
out, and we hope that it will continue.

Our ultimate goal, of course, is to figure out the best ways to serve our
communities and our movement through better internal and external
collaboration and through well-defined roles, responsibilities and
processes that are clear and work well for everyone. While this is one step
towards that goal, we are working on others through the strategic process
and the upcoming Annual Plan and through other conversations with you.

We are hosting an office hour on IRC on Friday February 12th at 1900 UTC to
talk over the reorganization and also to discuss the qualities we should be
looking for in a new department lead.[1] (As announced earlier today, I
will be filling in during the search.) I hope you will be able to join us.
If not, we will of course publish the logs and will also be putting
together a brief FAQ to publish on Meta of emerging questions we may
receive about the department. If you have questions you’d like addressed
there, please feel free to ask. :)

Best,

Maggie
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Changes to Community Engagement

2016-02-08 Thread Maggie Dennis
. He will remain in a
> > consulting role with the Foundation over the next few months, continuing
> to
> > support our ongoing strategy and annual planning processes.
> >
> > I want to thank Luis for his commitment to the WMF mission, and for the
> > inspired energy and contributions he has brought to our movement. I’m
> > looking forward to his future accomplishments and staying in close touch
> as
> > he grows in his career.
> >
> > Maggie Dennis will step in as the interim director for the CE team
> > effective immediately. Her deep community background, passion for our
> > mission, and outstanding teamwork are great assets in this transition.
> She
> > will also continue to serve as Director of Support and Safety. Maggie is
> a
> > respected leader, colleague, and community member. I am confident she
> will
> > bring critical insights, especially now as we plan for our next year.
> >
> > The work of of the CE department will continue as planned, and the
> overall
> > structure of the department (including the Community Tech team, which
> will
> > continue to report into the Product organization) will stay on-course.
> Our
> > goal is to ensure a smooth transition as we continue our progress to
> > improve the WMF support for our communities.
> >
> > It is my priority that the WMF continues to build upon the initiatives we
> > started in 2015 in support for the global Wikimedia community. Continued
> > leadership of the Community Engagement department at executive level in
> the
> > WMF is a part of delivering on those commitments. We will be looking to
> > fill the Community Engagement leadership role with someone with a strong
> > background in community programs, and an understanding of the Wikimedia
> > movement. We will also look to engage with you to find the right person
> for
> > this role. We will send an update on the next steps and the job
> description
> > shortly, which will include a further discussion of the role on-wiki.
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 Harassment Survey - Results Report

2016-01-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Tobias.

In the time I've worked at the Wikimedia Foundation, I have
(unsurprisingly, given its reported prevalence) come across this kind of
harassment in my work with Support and Safety (formerly Community
Advocacy). There have been cases where perfectly harmless pictures of the
individuals have been doctored to be sexualized and cases where existing
pornographic pictures that were not the individual were selected and
misattributed as being them. I have personally been involved in complaints
of this happening to both men and women.

Best,

Maggie



On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:14 AM, Tobias <church.of.emacs...@googlemail.com>
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> Thank you Patrick.
>
> The (preliminary) report is in my mind deeply disturbing, not merely by
> how widespread harassment is, but also by what types of harassment
> respondents cite.
>
> User page vandalism and flaming I would have expected, but around 35% of
> respondents in our community* apparently were subject to Outing, Threats
> of Violence, Impersonation and Hacking.
>
> Almost one third (!) of the respondents were themselves the subject of
> revenge porn, defined by the survey as: "publishing of sexually explicit
> or sexualised photos of without one's consent".
>
>
> Wait, what? How could that possibly be...?
>
> Either a substantial number of respondents did not answer truthfully, or
> they didn't understand the question, or I really have no clue what's
> going on in this community.
>
>
> Tobias
>
> * I multiplied the percentage of responses (~65%) with the number of
> users who were asked this question because they reported they'd been
> harassed or maybe harassed (54%).
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 Harassment Survey - Results Report

2016-01-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Tobias.

The pictures may not be the individuals at all; they may be pornographic
pictures of others that are misattributed. And sometimes the attribution is
not to a real name, but to their usernames. In all cases, the intent seems
to be to humiliate and hurt the target. Sometimes the goal seems to be to
drive them away.

Of course, I don't know the stories of all the respondents who selected
that - not even a substantial percentage of them. I was surprised by the
prevalence, too, but maybe not as surprised as you given what I *have* seen
in nearly 5 years of working in this area at the WMF. People try all
different kinds of ways to try to hurt each other, and sexualized attacks
of one kind or another are sadly really common.

Best,

Maggie



On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:47 AM, Tobias <church.of.emacs...@googlemail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Maggie,
>
> On 01/30/2016 02:35 PM, Maggie Dennis wrote:
> > In the time I've worked at the Wikimedia Foundation, I have
> > (unsurprisingly, given its reported prevalence) come across this kind of
> > harassment in my work with Support and Safety (formerly Community
> > Advocacy). There have been cases where perfectly harmless pictures of the
> > individuals have been doctored to be sexualized and cases where existing
> > pornographic pictures that were not the individual were selected and
> > misattributed as being them. I have personally been involved in
> complaints
> > of this happening to both men and women.
>
> thank you for providing further insights. That is really concerning.
>
> At the same time, a great majority of users do not publish photos of
> themselves, and don't publish their name (which would allow others to
> find available photos elsewhere), so it is still a mystery to me how
> this very high percentage can be explained.
>
> Tobias
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Strategy consultation - translation help?

2016-01-12 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all. :)

As I know many of you are aware, the strategic planning consultation pages
went up on Meta yesterday at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Community_consultation. The
actual consultation should launch on January 18th. Right now, we are
seeking translations.

I've requested help from the translator community but just wanted to
request it here as well. We've put together a list of pages that need
translation in the consultation at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Translations

I appreciate any help that you can offer and look forward to hearing your
thoughts about strategy starting on January 18.

Best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategy consultation - translation help?

2016-01-12 Thread Maggie Dennis
I thank you! :D I used the "notify translators" option on Meta, but wasn't
quite sure where it sent notifications to.

Maggie

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> I dare to send this to translators-l :)
> ​
>
>
>
> *2016-01-12 17:11 GMT+02:00 Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org
> <mden...@wikimedia.org>>:*
>
> > Hello, all. :)
>
> >
> As I know many of you are aware, the strategic planning consultation pages
>
> > went up on Meta yesterday at
>
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Community_consultation.
> The
>
> > actual consultation should launch on January 18th. Right now, we are
>
> > seeking translations.
>
> >
> I've requested help from the translator community but just wanted to
>
> > request it here as well. We've put together a list of pages that need
>
> > translation in the consultation at
>
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Translations
>
> >
> I appreciate any help that you can offer and look forward to hearing your
>
> > thoughts about strategy starting on January 18.
>
> >
> Best,
>
> >
> Maggie
>
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harassment consultation on Meta

2015-11-18 Thread Maggie Dennis
gh. You seem to ask for
> > 'thoughts'
> > > on a number of issues, but then you only allow a field for 'ideas'
> (which
> > > sounds like 'solutions' to me). Maybe this is a language issue, but
> would
> > > there be a lower threshold pathway to contribute to the conversation
> than
> > > putting an 'idea' out there which suggests that it is good all by
> itself?
> > >
> > > I hope you can clarify the page a bit. But then, maybe it's just me.
> > >
> > > Best,
> > > Lodewijk
> > >
> > > On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 2:30 AM, Anna Stillwell <
> > astillw...@wikimedia.org>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > I've heard about the hard work that this team has done to launch this
> > and
> > > > the kind of transformation you're seeking. Well done.
> Congratulations.
> > > > /a
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 4:44 PM, Patrick Earley <
> pear...@wikimedia.org
> > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello all,
> > > > >
> > > > > Community Advocacy at the WMF is running a month-long discussion on
> > the
> > > > > topic of harassment on our projects.  This will be the first in a
> > > series
> > > > -
> > > > > as it is the initial discussion, we are keeping it open and broad
> to
> > > > > encourage brainstorming and creativity.
> > > > >
> > > > > It is currently live on Meta, and will be open until at least Dec.
> > 16:
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >- https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Harassment_consultation_2015
> > > > >
> > > > > We encourage all to participate, share ideas, and provide feedback
> on
> > > the
> > > > > ideas of others.  Online harassment is a complex, pervasive issue,
> > and
> > > we
> > > > > can't make progress without exploring the best ways forward.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community Advocacy Office Hour

2015-09-18 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, everyone.

Just a reminder that we're having this office hour in a little over an
hour. Hope to see you there!

Maggie

On Sat, Sep 12, 2015 at 5:44 PM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
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> Hi, everyone. :)
>
> I just wanted to let you know so you could mark your calendars if
> interested that CA is having a very informal office hour next Friday,
> September 18, at 1500 UTC. (See
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours
> for time conversion links.)
>
> In the original spirit of these events, we have no particular agenda - we
> are available for drop-by conversation.
>
> If you'd like to talk, please join us. :) The logs will be posted on meta
> after the office hour completes.
>
> Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
> information on what office hours are and how to join in.
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Community Advocacy Office Hour

2015-09-12 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, everyone. :)

I just wanted to let you know so you could mark your calendars if
interested that CA is having a very informal office hour next Friday,
September 18, at 1500 UTC. (See
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours for
time conversion links.)

In the original spirit of these events, we have no particular agenda - we
are available for drop-by conversation.

If you'd like to talk, please join us. :) The logs will be posted on meta
after the office hour completes.

Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
information on what office hours are and how to join in.

Best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office Hours with Lila re: NSA suit - 23 March 2015 18:00 UTC / 11:00 PDT

2015-03-23 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, all. :)

I just wanted to point out that this is due to start in a bit less than 30
minutes.

Lila will be joined by Ashley Gorski from the ACLU  to discuss the
Wikimedia Foundation’s decision to file suit against the NSA.

Please come by if interested in participating!

Best,

Maggie


On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 9:56 PM, Philippe Beaudette phili...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Hello everyone,

 We’ll be holding IRC office hours on Monday, March 23 at 18:00 UTC / 11:00
 PDT to discuss the Wikimedia Foundation’s decision to file suit against the
 NSA http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/03/10/wikimedia-v-nsa/. Wikimedia
 Foundation Executive director Lila Tretikov will be there to answer
 questions about why we decided to file suit, the importance of this action,
 and to hear your thoughts on the issue.

 The office hours will be held in #Wikimedia-office on the Freenode network.
 You can find information on how to get online, including a link to a
 webchat option if you don't have an IRC client, on the meta office hours
 page https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
 .
 You can also find a time converter for the start of the start of the hour
 here
 
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=IRC+Office+Hours%3A+Wikimedia+Foundation+and+NSA+Complaint+iso=20150323T11p1=224ah=1
 .
 Note that the U.S. has just switched to Daylight Savings Time, so you may
 want to double check for the time in your location.

 Like most of our public office hours, this one will be publicly logged and
 will be posted on the meta office hour page shortly after it's conclusion.

 Due to the legal issues surrounding this topic, this will be a moderated
 session and Lila will not be able to comment on specific legal arguments or
 theory. We are currently finalizing the selection of a moderator and will
 update the meta office hours page prior to the office hours.

 Also, tomorrow (Friday, March 20), Jimmy, Lila, and ACLU attorney Jameel
 Jaffer will be doing a Reddit AMA at 4:00 PM UTC to answer questions about
 this topic. Anyone who would like to join can do so via this link:
 https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA.

 Thank you,

 Philippe

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Join the Wikimedia strategy consultation

2015-02-23 Thread Maggie Dennis
You could be on to something there, Craig. :) I think it's fair to say that
somebody might change his mind in five years for all kinds of reasons -
including being asked nicely. This process is obviously geared to differ
widely from the last. Hopefully it will be a good approach for everyone.

In terms of the nature of the conversation, it is about the future of the
movement. There's already quite a lot of feedback on the talk page from
people who seem happy to discuss exactly that. If you want to join in
specifically to share your thoughts on the future of the Wikimedia
Foundation, MZ, that would be welcome, too.

Maggie


On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:52 PM, Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net
wrote:

 On 24 February 2015 at 09:40, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

  Philippe Beaudette wrote:
  Five years ago, I was part of the work on a strategic plan for the
  Wikimedia movement.  Much has changed since then.  Now, I’m back...and
  we’re working on strategic direction again.  :-)
 
  Hi.
 
  I distinctly remember you swearing not to be involved in the next
  strategic plan. I may even have logs of such statements. What has
 changed?
 
 I'm guessing that Philippe's boss has informed him that he's going to be
 working on it whether he likes it or not ;-)

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[Wikimedia-l] 2015 Ombudsman Commission

2015-02-02 Thread Maggie Dennis
 you to those returning and those coming
aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. Again, it was
an extremely able group of volunteers, and while this mix of users may best
serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied will consider
applying again for future commissions.


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[Wikimedia-l] 2015 Ombudsman Commission applications

2014-12-09 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman Commission. This commission works on all Wikimedia
projects to investigate complaints about violations of the privacy policy,
especially in the use of CheckUser tools, and to mediate between the
complaining party and the individual whose work is being investigated. They
may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive Director or the Board of
Trustees in investigations of these issues. For more on their duties and
roles, please see http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission

This is call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission.

Commissioners should be experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who
have previously used the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability
to understand the CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are
expected to be able to engage neutrally in investigating these kinds of
concerns and to know when to recuse when other roles and relationships may
cause conflict. (In the past, commissioners have turned in other roles that
could cause conflict, but per-case recusal is generally sufficient at our
current levels of staffing this role.)

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies, such as the
access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy. This is a position
that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a note
detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the commission,
and what you hope to bring to the role. Operating proficiency in English is
necessary; other languages are a plus, although not required - the OC is
international in scope. The commission is deliberately quite small, so
slots are limited, but all applications are appreciated. The deadline for
applications is January 1. Any timezone. :)

Please pass this invitation along to any users who you think may be
interested.

Thank you!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor office hours

2014-06-19 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, guys.

Just a reminder that the first of these starts in about 10 minutes. :) Hope
to see you there!

Maggie


On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Hi, everyone.

 I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
 interested, that the June and July IRC office hour to discuss VisualEditor
 will be held on Thursday June 19th at 1500 UTC and on Saturday July 19th at
 2100 UTC. (See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time
 conversion links.)

 The logs will be posted on meta after the office hour completes. You'll
 find it, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
 information on what office hours and how to join in.

 Hope to see you there. :)
 Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor office hours

2014-06-17 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, everyone.

I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
interested, that the June and July IRC office hour to discuss VisualEditor
will be held on Thursday June 19th at 1500 UTC and on Saturday July 19th at
2100 UTC. (See https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time
conversion links.)

The logs will be posted on meta after the office hour completes. You'll
find it, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
information on what office hours and how to join in.

Hope to see you there. :)
Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] Upcoming office hour with Lila Tretikov

2014-05-19 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, guys.

The WMF Incoming Executive Director Lila Tretikov will be hosting an office
hour on IRC starting at 2330 UTC on Wednesday 5/21 and ending at 0030 on
Thursday 5/22. (See
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=23min=30sec=0day=21month=05year=2014for
time conversion links.)

The log will be posted after the office hour completes.

For more information about office hours, including how to join, please see
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours

Hope to see you there!

Best,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] May VisualEditor Office Hour

2014-05-19 Thread Maggie Dennis
Just a reminder that this meeting is happening today, 19 May, at 1800 UTC.

Hope to see you there!

Maggie


On Fri, May 9, 2014 at 9:59 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 Hi, everyone.

 I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
 interested, that the May IRC office hour to discuss VisualEditor will be
 held on Monday the 19th at 1800 UTC. (See
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time conversion
 links.)

 The log will be posted on meta after the office hour completes. You'll
 find it, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
 information on what office hours and how to join in.

 Hope to see you there. :)

 Thanks!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to Criticize with Kindness

2014-05-15 Thread Maggie Dennis
Andy, you seem concerned that people won't take the time to fully read
responses composed this way. I think it's important to get to the point as
well and appreciate the reminder. However, I think it may be possible to
follow the form and keep disagreements brief. :)

Maggie


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 On 14 May 2014 14:26, Everton Zanella Alvarenga
 everton.alvare...@okfn.org wrote:

  How to compose a successful critical commentary [...]

 That strikes me as very long winded, and so not conducive to a
 succinct email exchange.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor Office Hours for March April

2014-04-19 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, guys.

The April office hour for VisualEditor is coming up in about 90 minutes. :)
Hope to see you there!

Maggie




On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 10:30 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Just a reminder: the April office hour for VisualEditor is taking place in
 a few days, on Saturday April 19 at 2000 UTC.

 Thanks!

 Maggie


 On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Reminder - the first of these is taking place today in about 10 minutes.
 The second will be on March 19 at 0100 UTC.

 Hope to see you there!

 Maggie


 On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi, guys.

 I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
 interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss
 VisualEditor in March and one in April.

 The first will be held on Monday March 17 at 1500 UTC and the second
 will be held on Wednesday March 19 at 0100 UTC. (See
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time conversion
 links.)

 Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll
 find them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 The April office hour is scheduled for Saturday April 19 at 2000 UTC.

 Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
 information on what office hours are and how to join in.

 Thanks!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor Office Hours for March April

2014-04-14 Thread Maggie Dennis
Just a reminder: the April office hour for VisualEditor is taking place in
a few days, on Saturday April 19 at 2000 UTC.

Thanks!

Maggie


On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Reminder - the first of these is taking place today in about 10 minutes.
 The second will be on March 19 at 0100 UTC.

 Hope to see you there!

 Maggie


 On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi, guys.

 I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
 interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss
 VisualEditor in March and one in April.

 The first will be held on Monday March 17 at 1500 UTC and the second will
 be held on Wednesday March 19 at 0100 UTC. (See
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time conversion
 links.)

 Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find
 them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 The April office hour is scheduled for Saturday April 19 at 2000 UTC.

 Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
 information on what office hours are and how to join in.

 Thanks!

 Maggie

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Our next strategy plan-Paid editing

2014-03-26 Thread Maggie Dennis
Gryllida, the section is here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment/Archives/2014-03-07

Maggie


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 3:31 AM, Gryllida gryll...@fastmail.fm wrote:

 On Wed, 26 Mar 2014, at 3:06, Anders Wennersten wrote:
  The discussion on the proposed amendment is now closed [1)

 I don't see my edit in the final archived version. Namely, the What to
 ask to disclose: paid contributions or COI? section I created. Link
 provided. I hope someone here can provide insight on where it's gone.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor Office Hours for March April

2014-03-17 Thread Maggie Dennis
Reminder - the first of these is taking place today in about 10 minutes.
The second will be on March 19 at 0100 UTC.

Hope to see you there!

Maggie


On Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 5:28 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi, guys.

 I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
 interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss
 VisualEditor in March and one in April.

 The first will be held on Monday March 17 at 1500 UTC and the second will
 be held on Wednesday March 19 at 0100 UTC. (See
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time conversion
 links.)

 Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find
 them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 The April office hour is scheduled for Saturday April 19 at 2000 UTC.

 Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
 information on what office hours are and how to join in.

 Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor Office Hours for March April

2014-02-26 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, guys.

I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss
VisualEditor in March and one in April.

The first will be held on Monday March 17 at 1500 UTC and the second will
be held on Wednesday March 19 at 0100 UTC. (See
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time conversion
links.)

Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find
them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

The April office hour is scheduled for Saturday April 19 at 2000 UTC.

Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
information on what office hours are and how to join in.

Thanks!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor office hours in February

2014-02-15 Thread Maggie Dennis
Just a reminder that these are coming up directly. :) 1700 UTC
todayhttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=17min=00sec=0day=15month=02year=2014and
00:00
UTC 
tomorrowhttp://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=00min=00sec=0day=16month=02year=2014.
For those unfamiliar, these IRC live chats are explained in more detail at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours. Logs of VisualEditor
office hours, when completed, can be found here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

Hope to see you there!

Maggie


On Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 7:30 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi, guys.

 I just wanted to let you know, so you could mark your calendars if
 interested, that there are two IRC office hours scheduled to discuss
 VisualEditor in February.

 The first will be held on Saturday February 15 at 1700 UTC and the second
 will be held on Sunday February 16 at 00:00 UTC. (See
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for time conversion
 links.)

 Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find
 them, along with logs for older office hours on the topic, at
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 Please see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours for more
 information on how to join in.

 Thanks!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Round 1 of Picture of the Year 2013 is open!

2014-01-27 Thread Maggie Dennis
Agree with Asaf. It's a wonderful time every year to reflect on the
incredible work taking place at Commons. I not only appreciate the
incredible job you guys have done in making this beautiful and functional
but also that you're highlighting this work in this way. :)

Maggie


On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 11:08 PM, Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org wrote:

 for convenience, the correct link is of course without the thanks bit:

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2013/Introduction

 I've started voting, and I've had to stop to express my thanks and
 admiration for the _fantastic_ experience provided this year.  I'm sure it
 was a tremendous amount of work -- it's really appreciated!  Everything is
 neat and responsive, the announcement comes when the information is already
 localized to quite a few languages, and the whole thing is just
 tremendously appealing.

 So thank you, everyone involved with all aspects of making this the
 awesomest POTY experience ever, right from the start.

 Even if you've never participated in POTY before, or didn't like the
 process previously, I encourage you to give it a shot this year!

 (those who know my wiki ways will know I am very much a verbal rather than
 visual kind of Wikimedian; I assure you some of my colleagues at WMF are
 double-checking the From: line in disbelief.  I'm really that impressed!)

Asaf




 On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM, User Mono userm...@outlook.com wrote:

  Dear Wikimedians,
  Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2013 Picture of the Year
  competition is now open. This year will be the eighth edition of the
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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours today on VE

2014-01-22 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, guys

I just wanted to shoot out a reminder that later today there will be
another office hour for VisualEditor, featuring James Forrester. This
meeting is at 2300 UTC (
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=23min=00sec=0day=22month=01year=2014
)

You can read more about office hours, including how and where they are
held, at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours

The log for this hour will be posted when finished on Meta. VisualEditor
office hour logs are categorized here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours today on VE

2014-01-22 Thread Maggie Dennis
Office hour at 2300 UTC (
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=23min=00sec=0day=22month=01year=2014)
to discuss VE. Please stop by, if you can make it!

Maggie


On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi, guys

 I just wanted to shoot out a reminder that later today there will be
 another office hour for VisualEditor, featuring James Forrester. This
 meeting is at 2300 UTC (
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=23min=00sec=0day=22month=01year=2014
 )

 You can read more about office hours, including how and where they are
 held, at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours

 The log for this hour will be posted when finished on Meta. VisualEditor
 office hour logs are categorized here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

 Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] 2014 Ombudsman Commission

2014-01-17 Thread Maggie Dennis
 or
recusal of seated commissioners.

*User:Sir48 primarily edits the Danish Wikipedia, where he has previously
served as a CheckUser. He also has focused on Meta and Commons, especially
in translation. He joined the OC in 2011.

*User:Thogo primarily edits the German Wikipedia, where he is an
administrator and former arbitrator, and has also focused on the German
Wiktionary and Meta. He is a steward and has served as an administrator on
several other projects. He joined the OC in 2011.


Please join me in thanking the following volunteers, who have given
substantially of their time to serve the commission, and who are not
returning:


* User:FloNight primarily edits English Wikipedia, where she is an
administrator, CheckUser and oversighter and a former arbitrator. She has
also focused on Commons, English Wikiquote and English Wikisource. She
serves on the Funds Dissemination Committee. She joined the OC in 2011.

* User:Erzbischof primarily edits German Wikipedia, where he is an
administrator and former arbitrator. He joined the OC in 2013.

*User:Deskana primarily edits English Wikipedia, where he is an
administrator, CheckUser, oversighter and bureaucrat as well as a former
arbitrator. He jointed the OC in 2013, but left in September after taking a
position at the Wikimedia Foundation.


I'd also like to say a hearty thank you to those returning and those coming
aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. Again, it was
an extremely able group of volunteers, and while this mix of users may best
serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied will consider
applying again for future commissions.

Regards,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission applications

2013-12-19 Thread Maggie Dennis
With thanks to those who have already submitted applications, I wanted to
just push out a reminder here.

The deadline for applications is January 1, any timezone. With major
holidays coming for many parts of the world, I didn't want people to
overlook the opportunity. If you are interested in serving on the ombudsman
commission, please drop me a note detailing your experience on the
projects, your thoughts on the commission, and what you hope to bring to
the role.

Thanks!

Maggie


On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hi

 It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members
 to serve on the Ombudsman commission. This commission works on all
 Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
 privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser tools, and to mediate
 between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being
 investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
 Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
 more on their duties and roles, see
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission

 This is a call for community members interested in volunteering
 for appointment to this commission. Commissioners should be
 experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
 the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
 CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
 able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
 to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict. (In the
 past, commissioners have turned in other roles that could cause conflict.)

 Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and
 must be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as
 the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is
 a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

 If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a
 note detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the
 commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission is
 deliberately quite small, so slots are limited, but all applications are
 appreciated. The deadline for applications is January 1. Any timezone. :)

 Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you
 think may be interested.

 Thank you!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission applications

2013-12-11 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Pine.

I'm afraid that I'm not in the loop as to where it is at the moment. The
last I heard about it was in September, when it was to undergo legal review
before being submitted to the Board. But I'll try to find out where it is
right now. :)

Maggie


On Tue, Dec 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Hi Maggie, what's happening with the Ombudsman Commission scope RFC?

 Thanks,

 Pine


  Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 06:04:09 -0800
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  To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,
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  Hi
 
  It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members
  to serve on the Ombudsman commission. This commission works on all
  Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
  privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser tools, and to mediate
  between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being
  investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
  Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
  more on their duties and roles, see
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission
 
  This is a call for community members interested in volunteering
  for appointment to this commission. Commissioners should be
  experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
  the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
  CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
  able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
  to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict. (In the
  past, commissioners have turned in other roles that could cause
 conflict.)
 
  Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and
  must be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as
  the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is
  a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.
 
  If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a
  note detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the
  commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission is
  deliberately quite small, so slots are limited, but all applications are
  appreciated. The deadline for applications is January 1. Any timezone. :)
 
  Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you
  think may be interested.
 
  Thank you!
 
  Maggie
 
 
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission applications

2013-12-10 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi

It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members
to serve on the Ombudsman commission. This commission works on all
Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser tools, and to mediate
between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being
investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
more on their duties and roles, see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ombudsman_commission

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering
for appointment to this commission. Commissioners should be
experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict. (In the
past, commissioners have turned in other roles that could cause conflict.)

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and
must be willing to comply with the appropriate board policies (such as
the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is
a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please drop me a
note detailing your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the
commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission is
deliberately quite small, so slots are limited, but all applications are
appreciated. The deadline for applications is January 1. Any timezone. :)

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you
think may be interested.

Thank you!

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[Wikimedia-l] VE Office Hours today tomorrow

2013-12-02 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi.

I just wanted to remind everyone that starting today we are again having office
hours for VisualEditor. The first will be held on Monday, 2 December, at
1900 UTC and the second on 3 December at 0100. (See
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_hours for time conversion links.)

Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find
them and logs for older office hours on the topic at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

Hope to see you there. :)

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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours reminder

2013-11-25 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi.

I just wanted to remind everyone that in a week we are again having office
hours for VisualEditor. The first will be held on Monday, 2 December, at
1900 UTC and the second on 3 December at 0100. (See
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_hours for time conversion links.)

Logs will be posted on meta after each office hour completes. You'll find
them and logs for older office hours on the topic at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] December 2 3 office hours for VisualEditor

2013-11-06 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, guys.

I will push out a reminder closer to date, but I wanted to let people know
early of the next set of office hours for VisualEditor.


   - Monday, December 2, 1900 UTC
   - Tuesday, December 3, 0100 UTC.

You can see local time conversions by scrolling to the listings on Meta:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours

James Forrester will be addressing questions about the VisualEditor.

Logs of previous office hours on the subject are located here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:VisualEditor_office_hours_logs

While I'm here, I might as well remind people that there is an office hour
this Friday, November 8, to discuss Beta Features (
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/About_Beta_Features), which includes some
VisualEditor elements. That hour will be hosted by Fabrice Florin, James
Forrester, Mark Holmquist, Keegan Peterzell and other team members and
begins at 18:30 UTC.

Hope you can make it. :)

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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi. :)

I wanted to let you know that James Forrester is holding a second set of
office hours to discuss VisualEditor. These are scheduled for 1700 UTC on 2
November and  UTC on 3 November. For local time conversions, see
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_hours and click on the starting time
As always, logs will be posted on Meta (same page) after each hour
completes.

Thanks!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
It confuses me, too, Risker. :) I'm terrified of time conversions, so I
rely on the link they give us on the office hours page itself. :D

It is 7 hours after the first session. The first time I listed a session at
that time, I tried for 2400, but they couldn't process that one. I myself
would prefer to just declare that hour off limits, but alas.

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=00min=00sec=0day=3month=11year=2013
should
cover most localities.

Maggie




On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:

 Hi Maggie -

 Just to clarify, since  UTC is a confusing time for most of us...is
 that the minute after 2359 UTC on November 2 (i.e., 7 hours after the first
 session), or is it the minute after 2359 UTC on November 3?

 I've seen it used both ways so I just want to be clear.

 Risker

 On 30 October 2013 10:45, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Hi. :)
 
  I wanted to let you know that James Forrester is holding a second set of
  office hours to discuss VisualEditor. These are scheduled for 1700 UTC
 on 2
  November and  UTC on 3 November. For local time conversions, see
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Office_hours and click on the starting
  time
  As always, logs will be posted on Meta (same page) after each hour
  completes.
 
  Thanks!
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Good one, Brad. :)

Katherine, I think you  meant about *nothing*. ;)

Maggie


On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM, Katherine Casey 
fluffernutter.w...@gmail.com wrote:

 You know, I didn't believe them when they said Wikimedians could fight
 about *anything*...and then I read this thread.



 On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM, Newyorkbrad newyorkb...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Are you saying that our extensive discussion of the meaning of 
 counts
  for naught?
 
  Newyorkbrad
 
 
  On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM, Michael Snow wikipe...@frontier.com
  wrote:
 
   On 10/30/2013 8:39 AM, Marc A. Pelletier wrote:
  
   On 10/30/2013 11:20 AM, Risker wrote:
  
   Just to clarify, since  UTC is a confusing time for most of us
  
   {{cn}}
  
   I've heard that said very often (that 00:00 is somehow confusing to
 many
   people), but I've yet to actually see someone being actually confused
 by
   it.
  
   There is exactly one minute labeled 00:00 in every day, and that is
   unambiguously the first of the day.
  
   It ought to be straightforward, yes, since in numeric sequences 00:00
   clearly comes before other possible time values, and therefore is not
   nearly as confusing as, say, 12:00 (is noon AM and midnight PM, or is
 it
   the other way around?). However, it is definitely possible to overthink
   things, and as this conversation demonstrates, of all the faults of
 which
   our community is capable, overthinking things is one of the easiest for
  us
   to fall into.
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM, Isarra Yos zhoris...@gmail.com wrote:

 On 30/10/13 16:32, Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:

 * Risker wrote:

 Just to clarify, since  UTC is a confusing time for most of us...is
 that the minute after 2359 UTC on November 2 (i.e., 7 hours after the
 first
 session), or is it the minute after 2359 UTC on November 3?

 I've seen it used both ways so I just want to be clear.

 Could you elaborate on this confusion and where you think it is common?
 The 24 hour clock divides a day into 24 hours from 0 to 23 starting at
 midnight. 23:59 is 23 hours and 59 minutes after 00:00 on the same day.

2013-11-03T00:00Z --+
2013-11-03T00:01Z   |
... |
2013-11-03T00:59Z   |-- November 3rd
2013-11-03T01:00Z   |
... |
2013-11-03T23:59Z --+
2013-11-04T00:00Z
...

 The minute after 2013-11-03T23:59Z is on November 4th. I do understand
 that when setting a deadline you are better off giving the end of a day
 as deadline so the time is up when the day is over, otherwise people see
 a contradiction and get confused, but beyond that I've not encountered
 this particular confusion.

 It's probably more common in places where people use 12-hour time for more
 things. Because many 12-hour conventions make absolutely no sense, folks
 can learn to expect time standards to make no sense and then don't know
 whether or not to expect 24-hour time to make sense because the precedent
 they're used to says it may not either.

 So while 24-hour time does follow fairly logical conventions, if we're
 less used to using it we won't necessarily know to expect that, which might
 explain some of the confusion.


I think you're probably onto something there, Isarra. :) (I hate the 12
a.m./p.m. confusion.)

The Combined Communications Electronics Board at least at one point
recommended avoiding  because of its potential to confuse - see
http://jcs.dtic.mil/j6/cceb/acps/acp121/ACP121I.pdf, section 327 (page  25
of the pdf). (Thank you, Wikipedia. :D)

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours to discuss VisualEditor

2013-09-28 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Rupert.

Oh, I see. Upcoming plans would include deployment plans and ongoing
development. It's not a big reveal, but a general conversation. :)

Maggie


On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 2:14 PM, rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.comwrote:

 hi maggie, _this_ page is well known i guess, i was hoping that you
 could publish some information about the upcoming plans to be
 discussed :)

 On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:
  Hi, Rupert.
 
  The VisualEditor portal on MediaWiki has good information in general on
  VisualEditor, although the deployment schedule needs to be updated.
  https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor/Portal :)
 
  (The September 24 deployment was postponed to September 30th.)
 
  Maggie
 
 
  On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 10:50 AM, rupert THURNER
  rupert.thur...@gmail.comwrote:
 
  hi maggie, james, is there anything which one could read before to be
  not so unprepared?
 
  On Sat, Sep 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org
  wrote:
   Hello.
  
   I wanted to let you know that the engineering department is hosting
 two
   office hours next week to discuss VisualEditor. The first of these
 will
  be
   held on Monday, 30 September, at 1700 UTC.[1]  The second will be
 held on
   Wednesday, 2 October, at  UTC.[2] Please join as Product Manager
  James
   Forrester discusses VisualEditor and upcoming plans.
  
   Thanks!
  
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[Wikimedia-l] Round one voting: Wikivoyage logo selection process

2013-07-25 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I'm delighted to announce that round one voting is now open for the 2013
Wikivoyage logo selection process. Voting is open to all editors who have
contributed on any project prior to 31 May 2013.

Please visit http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Logo_selection_procedure for
the general rules and http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikivoyage/Logo_2013 for
a few specific notes, such as about weighted voting. When you are ready to
vote, please follow the link in the header to show proposals and vote.
You may vote for up to three images - you will indicate your preference by
the order in which you vote. Your first vote will be ranked as your first
choice, etc.

There are some very impressive logo ideas there. I hope you will all join
in to help narrow down the field in the first round to a few finalists.
Thanks to everyone who submitted logos and who helped discuss and refine
those, and a special thank you to Rainer (
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rillke) for pulling it together so
beautifully thus far.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage logo

2013-06-04 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I'm delighted to issue an update here. :)

Even though Michelle Paulson is out until Thursday because she was
subpoenaed as a witness in a trial (unrelated to WMF), she has continued
talking to WTO about the possibility of extending the end of July deadline
they had already granted us. We now have until the end of August.
Obviously, this gives us considerably more time to work out the best
process for choosing the logo and getting things in place. I'm so grateful
that Michelle has continued working on this and that WTO is being so
reasonable about timing. And I really appreciate those people who are
discussing the procedure at Meta. :)

If you want to join on that discussion, again, it's here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Logo_selection_procedure

Maggie



On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.orgwrote:

 Hello, all.

 I've just posted an announcement by legal on Meta (
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikivoyage/Logo_announcement) about the
 Wikivoyage logo - unfortunately, we are going to have to choose a new one.
 To save you all from having to click on the link, I'll reproduce the
 announcement at the bottom of my email.

 Sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will need to launch a contest for
 the new Wikivoyage logo, but first I'm hoping to get feedback and
 assistance in making the best process for that possible. We had been
 considering ways to optimize logo selection by the community, with the idea
 that we would have plenty of time to talk about the process before needing
 it. Unfortunately, we now need something quite quickly. Accordingly, I'd be
 really grateful for feedback on the process, which has been posted here:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Logo_contest_procedure

 You can read a little more about it here:
 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Logo_contest_procedure

 I hope you will share your questions, comments and suggestions there.

 Thanks.

 Maggie

 

 As many of you know, the community held a contest to design and decide
 upon the new logo that would come to represent Wikivoyage, the latest open
 and collaborative project to be hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. After
 review of quite a few fantastic entries and much debate, the logo below was
 decided upon by community consensus: [omitted; see linked discussion]

 Unfortunately, both the Foundation and several members of the community
 discovered that the eventually chosen logo bore a striking resemblance to
 the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) logo: [omitted; see linked discussion]

 At that time, the Foundation reviewed the two logos and believed that,
 while some risk existed, there were significant enough differences between
 the designs and the markets the two organizations occupied for both logos
 to co-exist.

 Since then, the Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from the
 WTO, requesting that we change the logo. While we wish that the WTO agreed
 with our assessment that the two logos contain substantial differences and
 could co-exist, we understand their concern. We still believe that there
 are some significant differences between the Wikivoyage logo and the WTO,
 however, such arguments are not guaranteed to win if we were to legally
 oppose this request because there are also some substantial similarities.
 With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Wikivoyage logo is still
 relatively new and has not had a chance to build significant brand
 recognition yet, we believe the better solution is to hold a new community
 contest for a new logo.

 We believe that the community is the best body to decide what logo should
 represent their hard work and hope that interested community members will
 take this opportunity to once again showcase their creativity and talent by
 submitting designs. The WTO has been very understanding of the Wikimedia
 movement’s values and need for community consensus and has agreed to grant
 us ample time to develop a new logo through community processes. (Please
 see the proposed Logo contest 
 procedurehttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Logo_contest_procedure.)
 That said, we hope to begin the process of community consultation and input
 in the next few days so that the new logo can be in place by the end of
 July. With that, we look forward to seeing new designs!


 Michelle Paulson http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mpaulson_(WMF)
 Legal and Community Advocacy
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage logo

2013-06-03 Thread Maggie Dennis
On Mon, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:46 AM, Yaroslav M. Blanter pute...@mccme.ruwrote:

 On 03.06.2013 14:29, David Gerard wrote:

 On 3 June 2013 13:22, Lionel Allorge (lionel.allo...@lunerouge.org)
 lionel.allo...@lunerouge.org wrote:

  If it is so urgent, why start a new contest ?
 It would be a lot faster to take the second best choice from the first
 contest.



 This was the obvious thing that occurred to me too. I assume there was
 a reason why not?


 - d.


 This particular question is being discussed in detail on Meta for I
 believe a couple of days.

 Cheers
 Yaroslav



Indeed. Lovely to have more people in that discussion, if you'd like to
join in. :)

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[Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage logo

2013-05-31 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I've just posted an announcement by legal on Meta (
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikivoyage/Logo_announcement) about the
Wikivoyage logo - unfortunately, we are going to have to choose a new one.
To save you all from having to click on the link, I'll reproduce the
announcement at the bottom of my email.

Sometime in the next couple of weeks, we will need to launch a contest for
the new Wikivoyage logo, but first I'm hoping to get feedback and
assistance in making the best process for that possible. We had been
considering ways to optimize logo selection by the community, with the idea
that we would have plenty of time to talk about the process before needing
it. Unfortunately, we now need something quite quickly. Accordingly, I'd be
really grateful for feedback on the process, which has been posted here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Logo_contest_procedure

You can read a little more about it here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Logo_contest_procedure

I hope you will share your questions, comments and suggestions there.

Thanks.

Maggie



As many of you know, the community held a contest to design and decide upon
the new logo that would come to represent Wikivoyage, the latest open and
collaborative project to be hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. After
review of quite a few fantastic entries and much debate, the logo below was
decided upon by community consensus: [omitted; see linked discussion]

Unfortunately, both the Foundation and several members of the community
discovered that the eventually chosen logo bore a striking resemblance to
the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) logo: [omitted; see linked discussion]

At that time, the Foundation reviewed the two logos and believed that,
while some risk existed, there were significant enough differences between
the designs and the markets the two organizations occupied for both logos
to co-exist.

Since then, the Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from the
WTO, requesting that we change the logo. While we wish that the WTO agreed
with our assessment that the two logos contain substantial differences and
could co-exist, we understand their concern. We still believe that there
are some significant differences between the Wikivoyage logo and the WTO,
however, such arguments are not guaranteed to win if we were to legally
oppose this request because there are also some substantial similarities.
With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Wikivoyage logo is still
relatively new and has not had a chance to build significant brand
recognition yet, we believe the better solution is to hold a new community
contest for a new logo.

We believe that the community is the best body to decide what logo should
represent their hard work and hope that interested community members will
take this opportunity to once again showcase their creativity and talent by
submitting designs. The WTO has been very understanding of the Wikimedia
movement’s values and need for community consensus and has agreed to grant
us ample time to develop a new logo through community processes. (Please
see the proposed Logo contest
procedurehttp://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Logo_contest_procedure.)
That said, we hope to begin the process of community consultation and input
in the next few days so that the new logo can be in place by the end of
July. With that, we look forward to seeing new designs!


Michelle Paulson http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mpaulson_(WMF)
Legal and Community Advocacy
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage logo

2013-05-31 Thread Maggie Dennis
On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote:

 Michelle Paulson wrote:
 Since then, the Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from the
 WTO, requesting that we change the logo. While we wish that the WTO agreed
 with our assessment that the two logos contain substantial differences and
 could co-exist, we understand their concern. We still believe that there
 are some significant differences between the Wikivoyage logo and the WTO,
 however, such arguments are not guaranteed to win if we were to legally
 oppose this request because there are also some substantial similarities.
 With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Wikivoyage logo is still
 relatively new and has not had a chance to build significant brand
 recognition yet, we believe the better solution is to hold a new community
 contest for a new logo.

 Will the current Wikivoyage logo be an option in this upcoming logo
 selection contest? If the Wikivoyage community is strongly in favor of
 retaining the logo it already approved, what are options?



On behalf of a Wikivoyager, I've already asked the legal team if
derivatives of the current logo would be usable, and I'm afraid the answer
is no. It must be a new logo.


 I don't believe there's any precedent for the Wikimedia Foundation vetoing
 a community-approved logo in this manner. (Is there?) This seems like
 unchartered territory for Wikimedia, so it's important to be cautious and
 careful, I think.


I think that the reason why there's no precedent is because this is the
first time that we have run into a trademark infringement claim against a
logo.


 We believe that the community is the best body to decide what logo should
 represent their hard work and hope that interested community members will
 take this opportunity to once again showcase their creativity and talent
 by submitting designs.

 As I posted on the relevant Meta-Wiki talk page just now, the Wikimedia
 community cannot feel rushed or pressured to accept this new logo
 selection procedure. Typically a discussion of this nature would last at
 least thirty days, from my experience.

 This leaves two options, as I see it: pushing back the timeline for the
 selection of a Wikivoyage logo by a few weeks or not using this procedure
 for the selection of the next Wikivoyage logo.


The question of process is one for Meta, where discussion is already
underway. No reason to fracture it. :) I appreciate your input there.

Maggie


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[Wikimedia-l] 2013 Ombudsmen Commission

2013-02-02 Thread Maggie Dennis
*Hello, everyone.

I'm writing with information about the Ombudsman Commission (OC), the small
group of volunteers who investigate complaints about violations of the
privacy policy, and in particular concerning the use of CheckUser tools, on
any Wikimedia project for the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees has
delegated some of the decisions about the OC (including composition and
size) to the Wikimedia Foundation staff.

The application period for new commissioners for 2013 has recently closed.
We are extremely grateful to the many dedicated and knowledgeable
volunteers who offered to assist with this work. Before announcing the
composition of the 2013 commission, however, I would like to let you all
know about a trial change in the OC. Although the OC is kept intentionally
small due to the high level of trust required of its members, this year we
are expanding the commission (on a trial basis) from five members to seven.
This expansion has two primary purposes. First, the commission bears a
heavy responsibility of ensuring that users are granted the privacy that is
their due under the Wikimedia Foundation's privacy policy. We hope that an
expansion of the commission will help them remain swiftly responsive to
issues sent to them even when some of the commissioners have pressing
matters beyond their volunteer work. Second, commissioners have
traditionally been asked to surrender their CheckUser functions on their
home wikis during their term on the commission, a request that helps to
reduce the potential for conflict of interest between the roles but which
may also place an undue burden on smaller projects that have fewer
CheckUsers to assist. With a larger commission, we expect that
commissioners will be able to continue in this also critical function, only
recusing if issues are raised relating to their direct colleagues.

It's important that we carefully balance the need to keep this group small
against the requirements that they remain flexible and available. At the
end of the year, we will explore the impact of this expansion to ensure
that the benefit is sufficient to the functioning of the OC to warrant the
growth.

In addition, the Wikimedia Foundation is committing to more closely work
with the Commission this year, in an attempt to learn how we can more fully
support their work. We will also be working with them to generate more
regular reporting to the community in the form of at least an annual report
on case load (of course, non-specific due to privacy considerations).

With that in mind, we are pleased to announce the composition of the 2013
OC.

Returning to the commission are three members who have served since 2011:*
*
*User:FloNight, who primarily edits Wikipedia en (where she is an
administrator and a former member of the Arbitration Committee) but who has
also contributed to Commons.She is newly editing Wikivoyage and involved
with US GLAM. She is also one of the initial members of the Funds
Dissemination Committee.

*User:Sir48, who primarily edits Wikipedia da (where he has been a
CheckUser), but is also active on Commons and Meta (particularly in
translations) along with a number of other language Wikipedias.  He took
part in vandalfighting initiatives a few years back.

*User:Thogo, who primarily Wikipedia de (where he is currently an
administrator and is a former arbitrator). but who has also contributed
substantially to Wiktionary de and Meta. He is formerly a steward as well
as having served as an administrator on several other projects.

We appreciate their willingness to remain, to bring their familiarity with
processes and experiences to the new arrivals.

Joining them are*
*
*User:Deskana, who primarily edits Wikipedia en. There, he is an
administrator, CheckUser and bureaucrat. He is also a former arbitrator.

*User:Erzbischof, who primarily edits Wikipedia de, where he is currently
an administrator and formerly an arbitrator.

*User:Huji, who primarily edits Wikipedia fa, where he is an administrator,
CheckUser and bureaucrat. He has also contributed substantially to Simple
Wikipedia, Wikipedia en and Meta, and is a Wikimedia developer.

*User:Levg, who primarily edits Wikipedia ru, where he is an administrator,
oversighter and bureaucrat and where he has twice served as an arbitrator.

Please join me in thanking the following volunteers, who have given
substantially of their time to serve on the commission the past years, and
who are not returning:*
*
* User:Mwpnl

*
** User:Dweller

I'd also like to say a hearty thank you to those returning and those coming
aboard for a first time, as well as to all those who applied. Again, it was
an extremely knowledgeable group of volunteers, and while we believe that
this mix of users may best serve the need for this year, I hope that those
who applied will consider applying again for future commissions.

Maggie
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