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:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate

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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
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> > 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,

Maggie




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".
>
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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,
> -- Legoktm
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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>
wrote:

> 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

On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 12:23 PM, Vira Motorko <vira.moto...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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!

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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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[Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor office hours in February

2014-01-27 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 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
 annual
  Wikimedia Commons photo competition, which recognizes exceptional
  contributions by users on Wikimedia Commons. Wikimedia users are invited
 to
  vote for their favorite images featured on Commons during the last year
  (2013) to produce a single Picture of the Year.
  Hundreds of images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
  international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all
 entered
  in this competition. These images include professional animal and plant
  shots, breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historical
  images, photographs portraying the world's best architecture, impressive
  human portraits, and so much more.
  For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topical categories.
  Two rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you may vote for
 as
  many images as you like. The top 30 overall and the most popular image in
  each category will continue to the final. In the final round, you may
 vote
  for just one image to become the Picture of the Year
  Round 1 will end on 7 February 2014. To vote, visit
 
 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2013/Introduction
  Thanks,User:Mono
  Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee
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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

Thanks!

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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

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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
  From: Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org
  To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,
Functionaries email list for the English Wikipedia
functionaries...@lists.wikimedia.org
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission applications
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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!
 
  Maggie
 
 
 
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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.
  
   --Michael Snow
  
  
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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!
  
   Maggie
  
   [1]
  
 
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19min=00sec=0day=30month=09year=2013
  
   [2]
  
 
 http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=00min=00sec=0day=02month=10year=2013
  
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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)
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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.

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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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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours

2013-01-26 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hi, Rui.

Nothing to pardon. I'd have been asking that question myself not too
awfully long ago. :)

Occasionally, staff members of the Wikimedia Foundation or other groups,
such as chapters, go on IRC to chat with members of the communities that
work on Wikipedia and the other projects we support.[1] Sometimes there is
a set agenda, if there is something that needs particular focus, but often
- as with today's meeting - there is not. It's just an opportunity to ask
questions of staff (or other groups) and to learn a bit from the questions
that others ask and the answers to those questions. It's generally pretty
informal.

If you can't attend the session but are interested in what takes place in
it, you can still review the logs after the fact. These are placed on
Meta.[2]

Maggie

[1] If you aren't familiar with IRC (Internet Relay Chat), there is
information about how to use it at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC and
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate

[2] The logs can be found here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Office_hour_logs To read
them, click on the date of the session in the list. :)





On Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM, Rui Correia correia@gmail.com wrote:

 Dear Maggie,

 Pardon my ignorance, but what exactly is office hours?

 Regards,

 Rui

 On 25 January 2013 22:15, Maggie Dennis mden...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Hello, all.
 
  Just a reminder that Sue Gardner, the Wikimedia Foundation's Executive
  Director, is doing an IRC office hours on Saturday January 26 at 18:30:00
  UTC. There is not currently an agenda set for the meeting, but I will
  update the particulars on Meta if that changes. Please see
  http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hoursfor
  particulars.
 
  Thanks!
 
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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours

2013-01-25 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

Just a reminder that Sue Gardner, the Wikimedia Foundation's Executive
Director, is doing an IRC office hours on Saturday January 26 at 18:30:00
UTC. There is not currently an agenda set for the meeting, but I will
update the particulars on Meta if that changes. Please see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours for
particulars.

Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours with Sue

2013-01-17 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

Sue Gardner, the Wikimedia Foundation's Executive Director, is doing an IRC
office hours on Saturday January 19 at 18:30:00 UTC. There is not currently
an agenda set for the meeting, but I will update the particulars on Meta if
that changes. Please see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours for
particulars.

Thanks!

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[Wikimedia-l] Ombudsman Commission

2013-01-07 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

I just wanted to do a reminder that 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 the final 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 10. Any timezone. :)

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

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Office hours with Sue

2012-12-15 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

This is just a reminder that Sue Gardner, the Wikimedia Foundation's
Executive Director, is doing an IRC office hours today at 18:30:00 UTC.
There is not an agenda set for the meeting. Please see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours for
particulars about Office Hours. I hope you'll be able to attend.

Thanks!
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[Wikimedia-l] Office hours with Sue

2012-12-10 Thread Maggie Dennis
Hello, all.

Sue Gardner, the Wikimedia Foundation's Executive Director, is doing an IRC
office hours on Saturday December 15 at 18:30:00 UTC. There is not
currently an agenda set for the meeting, but I will update the particulars
on Meta if that changes. Please see
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#Upcoming_office_hours for
particulars.

Thanks!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing the Fellowship News

2012-07-09 Thread Maggie Dennis
I haven't spoken to Siko about this at all (first I'm hearing about it),
but I imagine, Richard, that it will focus on the work being done on
fellowships by WMF Fellows.

Lodewijk, I think it would be great to have a newsletter about the cool
things people are doing around the Wiki World. :) If somebody chooses to
put something like that together, surely having material to incorporate
about Fellows would be useful? The content is freely licensed and can be
reused (and modified) like other material on the projects under the same
terms.

Maggie

On Sat, Jul 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.orgwrote:

 Hi,

 while it is great that you do this responsibly, I am indeed also wondering
 how we can make this a worth while read. Because while it is a nice
 program, there are many other people around Wiki World doing similarly cool
 things (no offence) - as are real staff members. By splitting this off in
 a seperate news section (as we have been splitting off a lot) I'm afraid
 you might be putting the news actually on a bigger distance than you would
 otherwise.

 Lodewijk

 2012/7/6 Richard Symonds richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk

  Thanks Siko!
 
  Could you explain what exactly this covers? Teahouse, translations, small
  Wikis and dispute resolution is a very wide net - and presumably it will
  change according to which fellows are 'employed' at the time it's
 written.
  Is there an overarching theme?
 
  Richard Symonds, Wikimedia UK
  On Jul 6, 2012 11:54 PM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 wrote:
 
   Hi all,
   I am pleased to announce that the first monthly edition of the
 Fellowship
   News is now available on Meta-Wiki!
  
   Come learn what the Wikimedia Fellows have been working on in June:
   http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fellowship_News
  
   Projects covered in this edition include:
   *Dispute Resolution
   *Gender Gap
   *Help Pages Redesign
   *Small Wiki Editor Engagement
   *Teahouse
   *Translations
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2011 Picture of the Year Competition

2012-05-30 Thread Maggie Dennis
Thank you! I look forward to this every year. :) Our community really
creates and curates some stunning photography and browsing through them is
just breathtaking.

Maggie

On Wed, May 30, 2012 at 10:16 AM, Srikant Kedia wikiodis...@gmail.comwrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 Wikimedia Commons is happy to announce that the 2011 Picture of the Year
 competition is now open at last. We're interested in your opinion as to
 which images qualify to be the Picture of the Year for 2011 (not for 2012).
 Any user registered at Commons or a Wikimedia wiki SUL-related to Commons
 with more than 75 edits before 1 April 2012 (UTC) is welcome to vote. Check
 your eligibility
 now
 http://toolserver.org/%7Epathoschild/accounteligibility/?user=wiki=event=24
 
 ! If you meet the criteria, you are eligible to vote.

 Nearly 600 images that have been rated Featured Pictures by the
 international Wikimedia Commons community in the past year are all entered
 in this competition. From professional animal and plant shots to
 breathtaking panoramas and skylines, restorations of historically relevant
 images, images portraying the world's best architecture, maps, emblems,
 diagrams created with the most modern technology, and impressive human
 portraits, Commons features pictures of all flavors.

 For your convenience, we have sorted the images into topic categories. Two
 rounds of voting will be held: In the first round, you can vote for as many
 images as you like. The first round the top 32 images , by number of votes,
 from any category will go to the final round - the categories are
 irrelevant when it comes to counting the votes. If no picture of one topic
 category is not in the top 32s, that will be also promoted to the Final to
 guarantee a diverse final. In the final round, when a limited number of
 images are left, you must decide on the one image that you want to become
 the Picture of the Year.

 To see the candidate images just go to:

 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2011/Galleries

 Wikimedia Commons is interested in hearing your opinions on our featured
 images of 2011. The deadline for first round voting is 2012-06-04 at 23:59
 (UTC).

 Thanks,
 Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year committee
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:POTY/2011
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