[Wikimedia-l] Call for Scholarship Committee, Help wanted for new applicants and African community

2017-11-30 Thread Martin Rulsch
Dear Wikimaniacs,

we are now calling for the Scholarship Committee.

The Scholarship Committee is an important and diverse group of volunteers
who help to run the scholarship program. We encourage people from all
Wikimedia wikis to apply for this position so that the committee can handle
applications in many different languages.

The main duties of the committee members prior to Wikimania 2018 are:
* Participation in periodic online meetings with scholarships program
manager and other committee members.
* Review and edit communications material (e.g. application questions).
* Assistance in determination of scholarship applicant requirements.
* Assurance of due consideration and speedy response time to Wikimania
scholarship applications in multiple languages.

For further information please visit
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_Handbook#Scholarships and
https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships.

We are looking for Wikimedians from all over the world, who are:
* fluent in written English and have good communication skills, or can name
local community member(s) who help them with English translations.
* discreet and able to handle confidential applicant information, and
objectively assess candidates.
* willing to review scholarship applications remotely in early 2018,
estimated time is 30 hours. A review guide can be found on
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS/Wikimania_scholars/Reviewer%27s_guide
.
* having either or both:
** previously attended Wikimania,
** strong knowledge of the cross-project Wikimedia community.

Scholarship Committee members may not apply for a scholarship themselves
but there is a small budget for supporting committee members to attend
Wikimania. Please tell us if you need financial support in case you’ll be
selected.

If you're interested in serving on the Scholarship Committee, please send
us an email to  wikimania-scholarsh...@wikimedia.org. If you have any
questions, please don't hesitate to contact us there as well.

Deadline to apply is Sunday, December 10, 2017. The organizers will contact
all candidates and publish the list of scholarship committee members right
afterwards.

Proposed timeline
* Nov 30–Dec 10: Call for Scholarship Committee
* mid-December: Selection of the Scholarship Committee and start of the
submission time
* 5–26 February (estimated time frame): main review time

Before the start of the submission time, we are adapting the application
process to take recent activities more into account than the years before,
as proposed on wikimania-l. On the one hand we want to encourage returning
Wikimania participants to share their knowledge, on the other newcomers to
Wikimania to apply for a scholarship at all. Former scholarship recipients
can help us with the latter by sharing their successful applications on
MetaWiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS/Wikimania_scholars#2017_WMF_Wikimania_Scholarships.
In case you don’t have your text at hand, you can send us a confirmation
mail to wikimania-scholarsh...@wikimedia.org where you allow us to publish
it for you.

Above all, we want to support African community members with applying for
scholarships. To achieve that, we are especially looking for volunteers who
want help us with encouraging people, assisting with the application form,
finding the right level of presenting one’s activities, etc. Please reach
out to us if you'd like to help.

Many thanks,
David Richfield
<https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Slashme> and Martin
Rulsch <https://wikimania2018.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:DerHexer>
Wikimania 2018 Scholarship Committee co-organizers
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 scholarship applications open

2017-01-11 Thread Martin Rulsch
Hi all,

Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2017 which is being held in
Montréal, Canada on August 11–13, 2017 are now being accepted. Applications
are open until Monday, 20 February 2017 23:59 UTC.

Applicants will be able to apply for a partial or full scholarship. A full
scholarship will cover the cost of an individual's round-trip travel,
shared accommodation, and conference registration fees as arranged by the
Wikimedia Foundation. A partial scholarship will cover conference
registration fees and shared accommodation.

Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection process and
selection criteria established by the Scholarship Committee and the
Wikimedia Foundation, who will determine which applications are successful.
To learn more about Wikimania 2017 scholarships, please visit:
https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships

To apply for a scholarship, fill out the multi-language application form
on: https://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply

It is highly recommended that applicants review all the material on the
Scholarships page and the associated FAQ ( https://wikimania2017.
wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships/FAQ ) before submitting an application.

If you have any questions, please contact:
wikimania-scholarships at wikimedia.org

or leave a message at:
https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Scholarships

Please help us spread the word!

Best regards,
for the Scholarship Committee
https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarship_committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to “Engaging local Wikipedians” and “German Wikipedia” Workshop at Wikimania

2016-06-22 Thread Martin Rulsch
Hi Wikimaniacs,

Thank you very much for your interest in these two workshops shown onwiki
and via mail!
Due to some misunderstandings for which we are very sorry, we had to change
the rooms for these workshops. We can luckily use the “Meeting” room right
in the center of Esino Lario in replace:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bids/Esino_Lario/Meeting_rooms/Meeting
http://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=45.99450=9.5#map=19/45.99506/9.33353
.
The “Engaging local Wikipedians” workshop will take place there from 10 am
to noon (12 pm), and the “German Wikipedia” workshop from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in the “Meeting” room!
:-) Hope to see you around in Esino Lario.

Best,
Martin


2016-06-17 23:50 GMT+02:00 Martin Rulsch <martin.rul...@wikimedia.de>:

> Hi Wikimaniacs!
>
> Wikimania is just around the corner and many people looking forward to the
> wide range of topics. Following the general idea of sharing knowledge about
> best practices, the Volunteer Support Department of Wikimedia Deutschland
> warmly invites you to the pre-conference workshops “Engaging local
> Wikipedians” and “German Wikipedia”.
>
> *“Engaging local Wikipedians” workshop*
>
> The German Chapter supports several groups with the installation, funding,
> and support of local spaces where community members can sozialize, write
> articles, plan projects, share knowledge, start cooperations, teach new
> editors, and so one. These are places where Wikipedians have a face.
>
> Several local groups will hold lightning talks about their activities.
> Further, a study by Wikimedia Deutschland on the local spaces will be
> presented. Nevertheless, getting local Wikipedians together does not only
> work in actual rooms but in several other ways, fitting to the respective
> needs of the communities and general conditions. One solution for example
> is the Kumusha Bus that educates several communities in Africa about the
> Open Movement. Of course, organizing student groups for Wikipedia in
> several cities is another one.
>
> We warmly invite you to share your experiences in this workshop. Learning
> from each other is the main goal of this workshop.
>
> Basic information for “Engaging local Wikipedians” workshop:
>
>- Date: Thursday, 23 June
>- Time: 9.30–13.00
>- Place: Villa Rogo (20 min away from the center)
>- Find more information on
>
> https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Workshop:_Engaging_local_Wikipedians
>
> *“German Wikipedia” workshop*
>
> The community of the German-language Wikipedia is one of the most active
> ones in the Wikiverse. Several volunteers will attend Wikimania this year
> and prepared presentations on a broad variety of topics they are interested
> in, from a presentation of the Young Wikipedians group to a photography
> workshop focused on flashes.
>
> They warmly invite you into the German house, the Villa Rogo, to the
> “German Wikipedia” workshop that follows the previous “Engaging local
> Wikipedians” workshop (we plan to serve Italian pasta for you in our
> kitchen ;-)).
>
> If you ever wanted to know what the German community is doing, or when you
> are curious what their affairs of the heart are, join this workshop and be
> excited!
>
> Basic information for “German Wikipedia” workshop:
>
>- Date: Thursday, 23 June
>- Time: 14.00–18.00
>- Place: Villa Rogo (20 min away from the center)
>- Find more information on
>https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Workshop:_German_Wikipedia
>
> If you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact me.
>
> Best,
> Martin
>
> --
> Martin Rulsch
> Team Ideenförderung
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
> http://wikimedia.de
>
> Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
> Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
> http://spenden.wikimedia.de/
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
> Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
> der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
> Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
>



-- 
Martin Rulsch
Team Ideenförderung

Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
http://wikimedia.de

Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
http://spenden.wikimedia.de/

Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerka

[Wikimedia-l] Invitation to “Engaging local Wikipedians” and “German Wikipedia” Workshop at Wikimania

2016-06-17 Thread Martin Rulsch
Hi Wikimaniacs!

Wikimania is just around the corner and many people looking forward to the
wide range of topics. Following the general idea of sharing knowledge about
best practices, the Volunteer Support Department of Wikimedia Deutschland
warmly invites you to the pre-conference workshops “Engaging local
Wikipedians” and “German Wikipedia”.

*“Engaging local Wikipedians” workshop*

The German Chapter supports several groups with the installation, funding,
and support of local spaces where community members can sozialize, write
articles, plan projects, share knowledge, start cooperations, teach new
editors, and so one. These are places where Wikipedians have a face.

Several local groups will hold lightning talks about their activities.
Further, a study by Wikimedia Deutschland on the local spaces will be
presented. Nevertheless, getting local Wikipedians together does not only
work in actual rooms but in several other ways, fitting to the respective
needs of the communities and general conditions. One solution for example
is the Kumusha Bus that educates several communities in Africa about the
Open Movement. Of course, organizing student groups for Wikipedia in
several cities is another one.

We warmly invite you to share your experiences in this workshop. Learning
from each other is the main goal of this workshop.

Basic information for “Engaging local Wikipedians” workshop:

   - Date: Thursday, 23 June
   - Time: 9.30–13.00
   - Place: Villa Rogo (20 min away from the center)
   - Find more information on
   https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Workshop:_Engaging_local_Wikipedians

*“German Wikipedia” workshop*

The community of the German-language Wikipedia is one of the most active
ones in the Wikiverse. Several volunteers will attend Wikimania this year
and prepared presentations on a broad variety of topics they are interested
in, from a presentation of the Young Wikipedians group to a photography
workshop focused on flashes.

They warmly invite you into the German house, the Villa Rogo, to the
“German Wikipedia” workshop that follows the previous “Engaging local
Wikipedians” workshop (we plan to serve Italian pasta for you in our
kitchen ;-)).

If you ever wanted to know what the German community is doing, or when you
are curious what their affairs of the heart are, join this workshop and be
excited!

Basic information for “German Wikipedia” workshop:

   - Date: Thursday, 23 June
   - Time: 14.00–18.00
   - Place: Villa Rogo (20 min away from the center)
   - Find more information on
   https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Workshop:_German_Wikipedia

If you have any question, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Best,
Martin

-- 
Martin Rulsch
Team Ideenförderung

Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
http://wikimedia.de

Stellen Sie sich eine Welt vor, in der jeder Mensch an der Menge allen
Wissens frei teilhaben kann. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
http://spenden.wikimedia.de/

Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2016 scholarship applications open

2015-12-08 Thread Martin Rulsch
Thanks again, Dan Garry, for pointing me on this again-ill formatted mail.

Cheers,
Martin

Hi all, Scholarship applications for Wikimania 2016 which is being held in
Esino Lario, Italy on June 22–27, 2016 are now being accepted. Applications
are open until Saturday, January 09 2016 23:59 UTC. Applicants will be able
to apply for a partial or full scholarship. A full scholarship will cover
the cost of an individual's round-trip travel, shared accommodation, and
conference registration fees as arranged by the Wikimedia Foundation. A
partial scholarship will cover conference registration fees and shared
accommodation. Applicants will be rated using a pre-determined selection
process and selection criteria established by the Scholarship Committee and
the Wikimedia Foundation, who will determine which applications are
successful. To learn more about Wikimania 2016 scholarships, please visit:
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships To apply for a
scholarship, fill out the multi-language application form on:
https://scholarships.wikimedia.org/apply It is highly recommended that
applicants review all the material on the Scholarships page and the
associated FAQ ( https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships/FAQ
) before submitting an application. If you have any questions, please
contact: wikimania-scholarships at wikimedia.org
 or leave a message at:
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Scholarships Please help us
spread the word! Best regards, for the Scholarship Committee
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarship_committee
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimania Scholarship committee and ambassadors

2015-11-19 Thread Martin Rulsch
Hi,

I was informed that my last mail was poorly formatted. I hope that this
time it looks better.

Cheers,
Martin




Dear Wikimaniacs,

Thank you very much for all the many applications for the Scholarship
committee for Wikimania 2016. We are happy to present the following
committee members:

* David Richfield (South Africa, languages: en, af, de-3, nl-2)
* Dsvyas (India, languages: gu, en-4, hi-3)
* Eugene Alvin Villar (Philippines, languages: tl, en)
* GastelEtzwane (Switzerland, languages: fr, en, de-2)
* Mel 23 (Argentina, languages: es, en-4)
* Mardetanha (Iran, languages: fa, az, en-3, tr-2)
* Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight (USA, languages: en)
* Ruslik0 (Russia, languages: ru, en-3)
* Venus Lui (Hong Kong, languages: zh, zh-yue, en)
* Federico Leva (Italy, languages: it, en-3, “Scholarships working group
chair”)
* Martin Rulsch (Germany, languages: de, en-3, es-2, “Scholarships working
group deputy chair”)

Assisted by:
* one Wikimania 2017 non-voting observer tbd
* Ellie Young (WMF Conference Coordinator)
* Sati Houston (WMF Staff)

Additionally, around a dozen users offered their help with preparations of
the scholarship applications, required translations, and communications as
Scholarship ambassadors. We invite more people to volunteer. Please contact
us on domande.wikima...@wikimedia.it when you are interested in this
function. We appreciate your help!

Find more information on
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarship_committee .

Thanks,
Federico Leva and Martin Rulsch
Wikimania 2016 team, scholarships subteam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-04 Thread Martin Rulsch
Just what Risker suggested. ;-) (And I'd also support.)

Cheers,
Martin


2014-09-04 22:07 GMT+02:00 Michael Peel em...@mikepeel.net:

 Another option would be an open process on-wiki, along the same lines as
 the FDC board-selected seat nominations. Is there a need to keep
 applications confidential here?

 Thanks,
 Mike

 On 4 Sep 2014, at 20:51, Ad Huikeshoven a...@wikimedia.nl wrote:

  One option to consider is establishing an OTRS queue for AffCom.
 
  How many vacancies are there to be filled?
 
  Greetings,
 
  Ad
 
 
  2014-09-04 21:45 GMT+02:00 Risker risker...@gmail.com:
 
  Committees can have more than one mailing list, Bence.
 
  I suggest that Affcom rethink its approach: there's no good reason to
  assume that the order of candidacy has anything to do with selection,
  particularly if it goes to a second list, and your nominating
  subcommittee all has access.  It is always a bad idea for only one
 person
  to manage anything that results in formal appointments.  Accountability
 is
  important here.  I don't think it will harm your process whatsoever to
 get
  a mailing list set up by the weekend, since self-nominations do not
 close
  until September 30. Indeed, I'm not entirely clear why this isn't
 happening
  onwiki, but I suppose there may be a reason for that which doesn't come
  through in the original email.
 
  Risker/Anne
 
 
 
 
  On 4 September 2014 15:34, Bence Damokos bdamo...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  Thank you for the suggestion, Anne!
 
  As some background, the reason the private e-mail address is used
 instead
  of the AffCom mailing list is that  it allows the incoming applications
  to
  be looked at all at the same time - thus not giving anyone an advantage
  or
  disadvantage based on the time they apply  especially if there are any
  outgoing AffCom members who are reapplying for another term (which may
  not
  be relevant this time around, I am not sure, but we tend to rely on
  existing processes and improve on them iteratively where we can based
 on
  suggestions like yours).
 
  Having a @wikimedia.org address would be cool, but they are not
  allocated
  to individual volunteers - we did ask a while ago. AffCom itself does
  have
  a mailing list on a wikimedia server, which we are not using for this
  purpose.Setting up a separate mailing list for the purpose might be
  something to consider next year.
 
  Hope this helps.
 
  Best regards,
  Bence
  (A member of AffCom, with some experience on how this process runs, but
  this is my personal view)
 
 
  On Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 8:50 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  A gmail address?
 
  I am sure if you ask nicely the committee can be granted a
  wikimedia.org
  email address through Mailman that will allow more than one person to
  handle applications. It could probably be done pretty quickly.
 
  Risker/Anne
 
 
  On 4 September 2014 14:35, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  wrote:
 
  Dear all,
 
  Please note that, due a technical issue, direct your emails to
  salvador1...@gmail.com instead.
 
  Kindly apologize for the inconvenience.
 
  Regards,
  Carlos
 
 
  Sent from Samsung Mobile
 
   Original message 
  From: Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
  Date: 03/09/2014  19:58  (GMT+02:00)
  To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org,Wikimedia Chapters general
  discussions chapt...@wikimedia.ch
  Subject: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015
 
  (in the case you received it already, sorry for re-sending it, my
  Thunderbird crashed just as I clicked the send button :-( )
 
  Dear all, The Affiliations Committee [1], the committee that is
  responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Chapters, User
  Groups
  and Thematic Organizations and approving them when they are ready is
  looking for new members.
 
  The main focus of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers in
  forming
  affiliates. We make sure that the groups are large enough to be
  viable
  (and
  advise them on how to get bigger), review bylaws for compliance
  with the requirements and best practices, and advise the Board of the
  Wikimedia Foundation on issues connected to Chapters, Thematic
  Organizations and User Groups.
 
  This requires communication with volunteers all over the World,
  negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to
  understand
  legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in
  our
  members.
 
  The key skills/experience that we are looking for in candidate
  members,
  are typically the following:
 
   * Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of
 volunteers worldwide
   * Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps
 bureaucratic process
   * Readiness to participate in (movement roles) political
  discussions
 on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and
 similar questions
   * 5 hours per week availability [2], and the time to participate
  in a
 monthly ~2 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Next steps regarding WMF-community disputes about deployments

2014-08-19 Thread Martin Rulsch
Thank you, Erik, for your clarifications and understanding. Personally, I
hope that most anger will calm down now although not everyone will agree
with everything that was said or done (e.g. ignoring RfCs under some
conditions, using superprotect instead of counting on local procedures to
stop wheel warring) and we all can concentrate again on “working together
to make Wikimedia projects are more welcome place for readers, authors, and
anyone”. As this can only be done with mutual discussions, I'm looking
forward to the intensified inclusion of the communities for future software
developents as announced. Whether stewards can help here, I cannot tell,
but I would abstain myself from getting involved for obvious reasons.

Cheers,
Martin


2014-08-19 21:12 GMT+02:00 Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi folks,

 This is a response to Martin's note here:
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-August/073936.html

 .. and also a more general update on the next steps regarding disputes
 about deployments. As you may have seen, Lila has also posted an
 update to her talk page, here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:LilaTretikov#Working_Together

 I want to use this opportunity to respond to Martin's and other
 people's criticisms, and to talk about next steps from WMF’s
 perspective following discussions with Lila and the team. I’m also
 sending a copy of this note to all the stewards, to better involve
 them in the process going forward.

 I am -- genuinely -- sorry that this escalation occurred. We would
 have preferred to avoid it.

 I would like to recap how we find ourselves in this situation: As
 early as July, we stated that the Wikimedia Foundation reserves the
 right to determine the final configuration of the MediaViewer feature,
 and we explicitly included MediaWiki: namespace hacks in that
 statement. [1] When an admin implemented a hack to disable
 MediaViewer, another local admin reverted the edit. The original admin
 reinstated it. We then reverted it with a clear warning that we may
 limit editability of the page. [2] The original admin reinstated the
 hack. This is when we protected the page.

 Because all admins have equal access to the MediaWiki: namespace,
 short of desysopping, there are few mechanisms to actually prevent
 edit wars about the user experience for millions of readers.
 Desysopping actions could have gotten just as messy -- and we felt
 that waiting for a better hack to come along (the likeliest eventual
 outcome of doing nothing) or disabling the feature ourselves would not
 be any better, either from a process or outcome standpoint.

 Our processes clearly need to be improved to avoid these situations in
 the future. We recognize that simply rejecting a community request
 rather than resolving a conflict together is not the right answer.
 We’ve been listening to feedback, and we’ve come to the following
 conclusions:

 - We intend to undertake a review of our present processes immediately
 and propose a new approach that allows for feedback at more critical
 and relevant junctures in the next 90 days. This will be a transparent
 process that includes your voices.

 - As the WMF, we need to improve the process for managing changes that
 impact all users. That includes the MediaWiki: namespace. For WMF to
 fulfill its role of leading consistent improvements to the user
 experience across Wikimedia projects, we need to be able to review
 code and manage deployments. This can be done in partnership with
 trusted volunteers, but WMF needs to be able to make an ultimate
 determination after receiving community feedback regarding production
 changes that impact all users.

 - We are prepared to unprotect MediaWiki:Common.js on German Wikipedia
 and enter constructive, open-ended conversations about the way
 forward, provided we can mutually agree to do so on the basis of the
 current consistent configuration -- for now. We would like to request
 a moratorium on any attempts to disable the feature during this
 conflict resolution process. The goal would be to make a final,
 cross-wiki determination regarding this specific feature, in
 partnership with the community, within at most 90 days.

 With regard to the German Wikipedia situation, we’d like to know if
 stewards want to at all be involved in this process: In a situation
 like this, it can be helpful to have a third party support the
 conversation. Stewards are accountable to valid community consensus
 within the bounds of the Foundation's goals [3], which seems to be
 precisely the intersection of concerns at issue here. We would like to
 suggest an IRC meeting with stewards ASAP to talk about the specific
 question of stewards’ involvement, if any. If stewards prefer not to
 be involved, we understand, but it's probably a good idea to have a
 sync-up conversation regardless.

 I hope we can move forward in good faith from here, and find better
 ways to work together. As Lila has expressed, we believe 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board statement on the Media Viewer roll out

2014-08-14 Thread Martin Rulsch
The Board did not even consider to apologize for the rushed interference of
WMF staff on de:MediaWiki:Common.js which caused so much trouble in the
last days? No empathy for German Wikimedians who feel completely overruled
and locked out from maintaining its display and implementing community
consensus, a long established procedure btw.? No urge on WMF staff to
implement policies on who should use superprotect and when in order to
maintain our display the best, together? By just telling us that they did
what they had to do and would even repeat it identically (without warnings,
discussions, or anything) just in order to remove some bad JavaScript code
which was not covered by community consensus either and hence would have
been removed by local administrators anyway, you most likely will lose much
more trust there and globally which cannot be the goal you wanted to
achieve. Personally, I know that superprotect can be helpful in certain
circumstances because I had to deal with JavaScript abuse on Common.js'es
as a Wikimedia steward from time to time. That is why I support creating a
tool which prevents inexperienced admins from maintaining our display. But
does that necessarily be rushed which will leave an impression of attacking
the community by interfering in their originated responsibilities although
this was not intended? Without any idea which groups from now on will
maintain the display (crats? stewards? on consensus? on WMF instruction),
or does WMF staff wants to maintain all Commons.js, Vector.js, Monobook.js,
etc. on all 900 wikis alone? Some clarifications are needed in order to
solve this problem together. And that should be our goal: working together
to make Wikimedia projects are more welcome place for readers, authors, and
anyone.

Cheers,
Martin


2014-08-14 15:42 GMT+02:00 Jan-Bart de Vreede jdevre...@wikimedia.org:

 Hi all,

 Some of you have asked the Board and its individual members for feedback.
 Some of us are already in conversation with you or are planning to answer
 on different pages. This is our general common statement:

 The Board supports the decision to protect the Media Viewer roll out. Our
 platform powers a top-5 website. We need operational protocols that are
 consistent with this position. This includes making improvements, rather
 than a tendency towards reverting to the status quo.

 At the Board meeting before Wikimania, Lila laid out her strategy to put
 in place best practices for product development. We will communicate
 sooner, we will prioritize smarter, we will test more, and we will achieve
 better outcomes. Her vision is to involve the community at each step of
 product development, including more structured feedback stages and reviews.
 We endorse this vision.

 We realize that there is concern about the superprotect user right and how
 it affects power balance and influence on content and administration. We
 recognize the concern that we need to explain and introduce our measures
 better. However, stability of the platform is necessary as we seek to
 improve our sites, and, for that reason, we support the creation of this
 tool. We also understand that with more robust rollout plans and better
 staged community feedback - as Lila envisions - the tool should rarely be
 used.
 We urge you to focus on specific improvements you'd like to see in the
 Media Viewer and the roll-out process. Lila intends to incorporate that
 feedback as she plans to improve Media Viewer and the process for future
 product roll outs.
 The Wikimedia Foundation needs to be in a position to make software and
 configuration changes for which it is responsible. We expect restrictions
 of MediaWiki code-level editing to be a temporary step to enable us to move
 forward with improvements. As we say, Media Viewer should be improved; our
 procedures to date have not yet met the high standards we want to set for
 ourselves. Lila wants to address both now, and we need to give her the
 space to do so. She has our full support and confidence as she tackles this
 tough challenge.

 On behalf of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees

 Jan-Bart de Vreede
 Chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikiconference USA in the media

2014-06-08 Thread Martin Rulsch
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-06-04/Op-ed

Martin

2014-06-08 12:35 GMT+02:00 edward edw...@logicmuseum.com:


 On 08/06/2014 11:28, Chris Keating wrote:

 It's interesting how much this thread reinforces what Sumana said in her
 keynote at the conference!

 Chris


 What did Sumana say in her keynote at the conference?


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikiconference USA in the media

2014-06-07 Thread Martin Rulsch
And what's the purpose of your question(s)? How does it help you to know
what he said or not? Do you want to get an impression of his character?
Then better start over with fresh questions than the tendentious ones the
journalist asked him (but please off-list). Or do you want to hit on him
(or claim your disgust) if it comes out that he said roughly what was
printed although the situation was differently than told by the journalist
and he meant it differently what he has already confirmed? This cannot be
useful on this list either. This is not a trial. Who are we to demand the
truth here? … I met him for five minutes in Berlin and don't know him
onwiki, so will this story (whose common theme I still cannot find—is it
really just giving some quotes here and then said?) create or change my
impression on him? No, not at all. I haven't been there, I cannot judge the
situation, even if this or that party tells me their impressions. I should
not even do this, this is not my task and if I have an impression why is it
important that others know about it? The journalist had her “story” (and as
far as I know journalists, they emphasize the most stupid things one can
imagine [if that counts, my lumberjack shirt should be notable for
Wikipedia as often as journalists made fun of it 9.9]), Kevin already said
that words were taken out of (a non-serious) context, misinterpreted, etc.
What do I have to know more about this story? Nothing. Next story please.

Cheers,
Martin


2014-06-07 16:30 GMT+02:00 edward edw...@logicmuseum.com:

 On 07/06/2014 15:08, MZMcBride wrote:
 I'm not sure what your specific _focus_ [my emphasis] is here with these
 questions. Perhaps you could clarify?

 I think you mean 'intention' rather than 'focus'. I already spelled out
 the _focus_, which was on whether Kevin _said_ those things attributed to
 him or not, or whether it was complete journalistic invention. As I said,
 journalists tend to embellish and varnish, rarely is there complete
 invention.

 Regarding _intention_ I would rather like to get to the truth about
 whether he said that or not (rather than whether what he was supposed to
 have said was true).  For example, he is supposed to have said We’re the
 well-dressed, chill ones.  I suppose at the back of my mind was, if he
 really said that, what on earth was he thinking of, if he knew he was
 speaking to a journalist?  I mean, if you talk to these people you want to
 be as open as you can, without being deceptive, but always mindful that
 anything you say may be taken as it is and published in the Daily Mail. So
 think carefully about what you say. If Kevin did say that, then two things
 are publishable, (i) that he is mentally dividing, perhaps not very nicely,
 the Wikipedians who aren't cool or hip, and himself and his 'chill' mates,
 and (ii) he is rather risibly signifying that he is cool and hip, which is
 something you should be generally careful of doing, even with mates, and
 especially with journalists, who are sort of programmed to pick up on these
 things.

 Note I said 'taken as it is' and not 'taken out of context'. People talk
 about 'remarks taken out of context' but when you look at what they said,
 it is nearly always that they weren't thinking carefully about what they
 were saying, and inadvertently gave away thoughts that they would rather
 have kept inside their heads.

 But we don't know whether he actually did say that or not.

 Thanks for explaining 'chill'.

 , Ed


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Chair of the Supervisory Board – the 14th WMDE General Assembly in retrospect

2014-05-27 Thread Martin Rulsch
Have a look at our Charter §§3–4, esp. §3 (3)–(5)
http://wikimedia.de/wiki/Satzung/en : §3 (3) Active members have the right
to elect and to stand for election as well as the right to file motions,
vote, and speak at the Members Assembly. §3 (4) Sustaining members have the
right to speak and file motions at assemblies, but no right to vote or
elect. §3 (5) Honorary members (currently just Jimbo Wales) are exempt from
the obligation to pay fees but have all the rights and duties of active
members.

Cheers,
Martin


2014-05-27 15:18 GMT+02:00 Andy Mabbett a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk:

 On 26 May 2014 13:38, Tim Moritz Hector tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de
 wrote:
  The wording regarding the quorum to hold an exceptional general assembly
 has
  been changed from “members” to “active members”.

 How is active members defined?

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Hackathon 2014 - Save the Date! May 9th - 11th 2014

2013-12-10 Thread Martin Rulsch
 A preliminary page can be found on MediaWiki.org


Obviously here: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Z%C3%BCrich_Hackathon_2014

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-11-16 Thread Martin Rulsch
According to the road map, the Toolserver will not be shut down before June
30, 2014.

Cheers
Martin


2013/11/16 MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com

 Martin Rulsch wrote:
 In German Nov 2, 24:00 equals Nov 3, 0:00. For further information have a
 look at Wikipedia:
 
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12-hour_clock#Confusion_at_noon_and_midnight
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24-hour_clock#Midnight_00:00_and_24:00

 Thanks for this. DaB. announced his retirement from the Toolserver at
 FRIDAY, 3. January 2014 24:00 MEZ. and I had no idea (precisely when)
 that meant. Of course, what it really means is that I need to dump my
 Toolserver home directory by the end of 2013. :-/

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright infringement - The real elephant in the room

2013-11-13 Thread Martin Rulsch
 Unquestionably, there are also many instances where the systems fails and
 where lots of copyrighted material gets uploaded. Back in 2005, we had a
 case similar to the one you described in German Wikipedia, where various
 IPs copied content from old books. It is a big mess to clean up, but it can
 be done. And luckily the cases of massive copyvios are quite rare.


For further information see
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Archiv/DDR-URV/Presseinfo (German).

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Martin Rulsch
In German Nov 2, 24:00 equals Nov 3, 0:00. For further information have a
look at Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/12-hour_clock#Confusion_at_noon_and_midnight
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/24-hour_clock#Midnight_00:00_and_24:00

Cheers
Martin


2013/10/30 Newyorkbrad newyorkb...@gmail.com

 It's simple enough to use 0001 instead of .

 Newyorkbrad


 On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM, Nathan nawr...@gmail.com wrote:

  On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM, Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org
  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 makes as much sense to be
   hesitant about it as it does wondering whether Jan 1 is part of the
   previous year or not*.
  
   -- Marc
  
   * Hint:  It's not.
  
  
  Just a shot in the dark, but maybe Risker asked because she's confused.
 So,
  now you have at last seen someone confused by it! Congrats, and may all
  your future demands for citations supporting the personal reactions of
  other people be met so easily ;)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Office hours for VisualEditor

2013-10-30 Thread Martin Rulsch
As far as I know, just in German and about German topics:
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:10_Jahre_Wikipedia/Wikipedia-Buch
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alles_%C3%BCber_Wikipedia_und_die_Menschen_hinter_der_gr%C3%B6%C3%9Ften_Enzyklop%C3%A4die_der_Welt;
for an English abstract see
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Das_Wikipedia-Buch

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2013/10/30 Everton Zanella Alvarenga everton.alvare...@okfn.org

 Has someone already started a book about wikidramas? One chapter
 called 00:00 would be a good one.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] is wikipedia zero illegal because it violates net neutrality?

2013-08-28 Thread Martin Rulsch
 Wikipedia, or at least portions of it, is illegal under many countries'
 laws. Any article showing a swastika, even if it's a neutral article about
 Nazi Germany or the like, is illegal under German law. Probably almost all
 of Wikipedia is illegal under North Korean law.

 It cannot reasonably be expected that WMF would follow the laws of every
 country in the world. Wikimedia's infrastructure and staff are located in
 the United States, so WMF must respect US law. No other really is relevant.

 I live in the US. I don't follow the laws of Germany, or Iran, or China, in
 my day to day life. Why should I? I'm not subject to them.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_§_86ahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strafgesetzbuch_%C3%82%C2%A7_86a:
“(3) Subsection (1) shall not be applicable if the means of propaganda
or
the act serves to further civil enlightenment, to avert unconstitutional
aims, to promote art or science, research or teaching, reporting about
current historical events or similar purposes. […]” Hence, German law of
course allows usage of the swastika in Wikipedia, one of the best places to
further civil enlightenment. Yet, one German left-wing party member, Katina
Schubert ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katina_Schubert ), “filed criminal
charges against German Wikipedia […] for featuring Nazi symbols such as the
swastika in its articles [… but] after criticism from other members of her
party, Schubert withdrew her charges.”

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Btw., great combination of country laws …
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Fwd: Re: Swedish Wikipedia reach 1 million (with supportof bots)

2013-06-17 Thread Martin Rulsch
As far as I know, that's even planned by the Wikidata team.

Cheers
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2013/6/18 Ziko van Dijk vand...@wmnederland.nl

 Hello,
 I am also unhappy with the mail from Hubertl, and also some remarks that
 good be understood as a criticism of the German Wikipedia editing
 community. Actually, both opinions coexist also in de.WP, although the anti
 bot faction is obviously stronger.
 My concern is that bot articles usually stay the same and don't grow much.
 They give a bad impression about a Wikipedia language version, and there is
 no one to update them. Maybe it would be better to support WikiData and
 later find a solution with WikiData to provide data to small or large
 Wikipedia language versions.
 Kind regards
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 2013/6/17 Per A.J. Andersson p...@telia.com

  Hi!
 
  Sad for seeing you so disappointed. Good to see you have insight in
  butterflies. So I hope you will make your knowledge visible on dewp,
 where
  neither genera so far have found its way into articles. enwp (together
 with
  viwp!) has at least the genus Jameela as an article.
 
  That aside, is it really a disaster that svwp relies on scientific texts
  that was unquestioned until three years ago? I think maybe there are more
  pressing concerns in the development of our wikipedias.
 
  Best of wishes,
  /Per
  Paracel63 at svwp
 
  2013-06-17, 22:29, skrev Kurt Kulac:
 
 
   i don´t want to repeat all those arguments already quoted (lennard
  already mentioned achim raschkas criticism, which i fully agree with),
  since what happend, already happend, and will unstoppably happen in the
  future.  but i would say first of all the strategic goal is not to
  contribute hundreds of mistakes a day. just to take the 1 millionth
  article Erysichton elaborata: after an advice on the talk page a HUMAN
  added, that the species is probably synonymized with Erysichton palmyra.
  so far, so good. but even this correction is not enough. in 2010 the
  genus erysichton was redefined and a new genus, jameela was described.
  both taxa now desrcibed as in sv.wikipedia are invalid.
 
  so just concerning this tiny tiny group of articles, there is already a
  bunch of mistakes, the bot copied out of outdated databases. wouldn´t be
  a big deal, if somebody mentioned that the articles sticked to the old
  view. but that´s something a bot can´t handle. so how reliable is the
  rest of the articles?
 
  a bot can be a convenient helper for authors, who know, how to handle
  it, as it seems has happened with the creation of the articles about
  swedish lakes (i´m no expert with that though). but it is a desastrous
  tool for our whole movement, if you create hundreds of thousands (!)
  articles, without the slightest idea, how to handle the contradictions,
  that will appear doubtlessly?
 
  it´s a sad thing, that you mention quality and this action in one
  centence...
 
  truly utterly disappointed encyclopedic greetings,
  kurt
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Swedish Wikipedia reach 1 million (with support of bots)

2013-06-16 Thread Martin Rulsch
Well, precisely to the bots. But we can congratulate the Swedish
Wikipedians on more than 500k manually created articles:
http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/BotActivityMatrixCreates.htm

Best regards
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2013/6/16 Patricio Lorente patricio.lore...@gmail.com

 Congratulations to the swedish wikipedians!

 2013/6/16 Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.se:
  Yesterday sv:wp reached 1 M articles. The one who did the passing was a
 bot
  generated article of a butterfly
  http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erysichton_elaborata.
 
  The bot behind this article is Lsjbot who creates articles from the
 database
  Catalogue of Life
  http://www.catalogueoflife.org/services/res/2011AC_26July.zip which
  (complemented by other databases) which holds data of around 1.5 million
  species. The bot genrates about 5000 new articles per day and has
 generated
  just under 400 000 of the sv:wps million and continues...
 
  The guy who runs he bot is a member of the Swedish chapters board
  http://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kandidater_2013/Sverker_Johansson and is
 in his
  civil life a University teacher. In this capacity he is also a guest
  lecturer at the university of the Phillipines where he stayed the last
  couple of months (and the bot was on hold). He is there active in
  Cebuano-Wikipedia http://ceb.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unang_Panid and
 supporting
  their local community, and he is now running his bot on their wikipedia
 as
  well as on the Warai-Warai Wikipedia
  http://war.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syahan_nga_Pakli. So perhaps at the end
 of the
  year these two language versions will also pass the 1 million mark!
 
  Anders
  PS out other major botgenerating effort of all lakes in Sweden is also
  making very nice progress, done 25% of all DS
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Gadgets

2013-04-07 Thread Martin Rulsch
Free give-aways are okay. But a shop where Wiki* stuff can be sold, might
be a problem.

Cheers
Martin

2013/4/7 Balázs Viczián balazs.vicz...@wikimedia.hu

 I'd love to see this available to buy as a T-shirt: [1] and these posters
 [2] (here, in Hungary we have plans to do both)

 btw Wikimedia Hungary had some own merchandise too [3]

 [1] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikipedia_-_T-shirt.jpg
 [2] http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bookshelf#Posters
 [3]
 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimedia_Hungary_merchandise

 cheers,
 Balázs
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