Re: [Wikimedia-l] April could be our Wikimedia month of kindness

2020-03-12 Thread Mike Peel
More generally, is it a good time to encourage more people to start editing the 
projects? Presumably people have a lot more free time at the moment if they are 
off work / not spending time on commutes / not socialising / etc.

Thanks,
Mike

> On 12 Mar 2020, at 14:51:53, Samuel Klein  wrote:
> 
> What a great idea!  Thakn you for sharing.  We could also strongly
> encourage shutting down most bitey aspects of tools and scripts.
> 
> This can be a nice sanity check to see if we discover, as wikihow did, that
> talking to people by hand rather than via cold template increases
> participation significantly over time.  ///S
> 
> On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 10:40 AM Fæ  wrote:
> 
>> Wikimedia Commons is proposing that April becomes a Month of Kindness.
>> 
>> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Village_pump/Proposals#Votes,_month_of_kindness
>> 
>> The pandemic is affecting everyone and is likely to be very stressful
>> for many. This proposal aims to remind everyone throughout April to
>> make extra efforts to be kinder in their interactions, making our
>> Wikimedia project a kinder and more supportive space as our default.
>> 
>> Do any other projects fancy joining this initiative?
>> 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Snøhetta and Wikimedia

2020-01-19 Thread Mike Peel
This meta RfC might be of interest:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Should_the_Foundation_call_itself_Wikipedia

Gracias,
Mike

> On 19 Jan 2020, at 08:54:12, geni  wrote:
> 
> On Sat, 18 Jan 2020 at 00:50, Pine W  wrote:
>> 
>> There are ways that Wikimedia rebranding consultations could be done
>> collaboratively, politely, and with careful stewardship of donor's money.
>> This is not one of them.
> 
> Eh questionable. The community is difficult to engage at the best of
> times and tends to be reflexively conservative about such things. It
> may well be that it is impossible to get any meaningful agreement on
> rebranding.
> 
>> I think that it's time for some people in WMF to move on.
> 
> This kind of thing has happened from time to time despite significant
> staff turnover over the years. Probably just a natural function of
> certain organisations. All we can really do is try and limit the
> damage.
> 
>> but I've had enough of poor coordination,
> 
> Unavoidable from time to time since there is too much going on for any
> one person to keep track of.
> 
>> questionable financial decisions,
> 
> Again a function of size. It would frankly be concerning if every
> editor agreed with every financial decisions. There is also the long
> standing problem of balancing the risk of wasting money with the risk
> of paralysis.
> 
> 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Greener travel and the ethics of carbon offset for Wikimedia community events

2019-10-11 Thread Mike Peel
I would suggest taking a different approach. Paying for carbon offsets does not 
further Wikimedia’s goals. It is, at best, a shortcut to brownie points as 
measured by other organisations. Requiring volunteers to pay extra for carbon 
offsets is doubly worse as they can’t then spend that money on their other 
Wikimedia activities.

Instead, perhaps we could invest in projects that will improve our coverage of 
climate change? Imagine the impact that improving our freely licensed 
information about climate change could make. Good/featured articles about the 
organisations that have been named here already? More referenced information in 
the articles on this topic? More images to illustrate those articles? If that 
doesn’t make a difference, then we have to answer a rather more fundamental 
question about our impact on the world.

Thanks,
Mike

> On 11 Oct 2019, at 22:27, Bence Damokos  wrote:
> 
> In case it is interesting, for the tenders at my workplace that require
> offsetting, we include this requirement:
> 
> "
> Carbon offsetting will be achieved by means of projects of the following
> type: CDM (Clean Development Mechanism), JI (Joint Implementation) or VER
> (Voluntary Emissions Reduction), all certified as 'Gold Standard' by bodies
> accredited by the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate
> Change)."
> 
> In practice, https://offset.climateneutralnow.org/ is a place I've used
> personally where one can easily find projects meeting the above criteria.
> 
> For more context, to save a bit of Google-ing:
> 
> CDM projects are those assessed and verified by the United Nations
> Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in developing countries
> which can sell certified emission reduction (CER) credits, each one
> equivalent to one ton of CO2. These CERs can be traded and sold and are
> currently used by industrialized countries to meet a part of their emission
> reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol(link is external)
> 
> .
> 
> Gold Standard projects are CDM or voluntary offset projects giving an
> additional guarantee concerning sustainable development benefits. These are
> projects awarded the 'Gold Standard'(link is external)
>  quality label by a Swiss-based non-profit
> foundation, supported by a group of 50 NGOs.[1]
> 
> 
> 
> [1] From
> https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/funding/faqs-toolkit-and-glossary/frequently-asked-questions-general_en
> 
> Best regards,
> Bence
> 
> On Fri, 11 Oct 2019, 22:55 Fæ,  wrote:
> 
>> Any general questions like catering for virtual attendees can be
>> raised at the talk page for the 2020 LGBT+ conference.[1] The
>> conference is at the proposal stage with funding yet to be agreed with
>> the WMF. The proposers will be happy to receive feedback and respond
>> to questions.
>> 
>> If no previous conference within our wider Wikimedia movement has used
>> carbon offset projects to benefit its green footprint, that's an
>> interesting fact to confirm as this may well be a great opportunity to
>> try this out.
>> 
>> Links
>> 1.
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:Conference/Kawayashu/Queering_Wikipedia
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Fae
>> 
>> On Fri, 11 Oct 2019 at 20:47, Chris Keating 
>> wrote:
>>> 
 
 This has nothing to do with how green WMF operations might be. It has
 to do with the greener choices /we/ as volunteers can make for /our/
 conferences.
 
>>> 
>>> Since a fortnight ago you were haranguing* the WMF for using too much air
>>> travel and lacking "any actual measurable commitment to picking up a
>>> telephone, holding a video conference, or holding a VR conference
>> session",
>>> it will be interesting to see what solutions you can come up with for
>> this
>>> conference you're organising. Did you consider the options other than an
>>> in-person conference that you recommended the WMF adopt, out of interest?
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>> *
>>> 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community feedback and next steps on movement brand proposal

2019-09-13 Thread Mike Peel


> On 13 Sep 2019, at 06:03, MZMcBride  wrote:
> 
> Mike Peel wrote:
>> I haven't been following this discussion too closely, but my sense is that
>> a few people on this mailing list have already decided on an
>> outcome and are seeking “oppose" and "feedback" to legitimize and
>> validate that predetermined decision.
>> 
>> Mike
>> (Seriously - please give more constructive feedback, and engage in
>> conversation, everyone's working towards the same goals here.)
> 
> I'm genuinely curious what you think a "Director of Brand" does. Other
> than leading a rebranding effort, what does that role entail?
> 
> We're talking about the same organization that hired search engine
> optimization consultants. For Wikipedia, a site with notoriously
> incredible search engine results page placement. And even among the sleazy
> underbelly of search engine optimization consultants, Wikimedia Foundation
> Inc. partnered with a particularly bad group.
> 
> We're also talking about the same organization that unilaterally changed
> its logo in a dramatic "fade to black".
> 
> Operating in good faith only works bidirectionally. When people are
> spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and making bad decisions without
> community consultation, much less community endorsement, it becomes clear
> that at least one party is no longer acting in good faith.
> 
> So, no, I don't think everyone is working toward the same goals here.
> Should we have a conversation about the neglected sister projects?
> Absolutely. This isn't it.

My “engage in conversation” comment was pointed in both directions - hopefully 
Wikimedians at the WMF will also comment on this thread? On Zack’s title, he 
describes his role as "I work to raise awareness and usage of Wikimedia 
projects around the world, expanding the global reach of free knowledge.” 
(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:ZMcCune_(WMF) 
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:ZMcCune_(WMF)> ).

Thanks,
Mike
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community feedback and next steps on movement brand proposal

2019-09-12 Thread Mike Peel


> On 12 Sep 2019, at 17:47, MZMcBride  wrote:
> 
> Andrew Lih wrote:
>> Folks, it's not clear this email thread is going to register at all as
>> feedback for this process.
> 
> Hi.
> 
> I haven't been following this discussion too closely, but my sense is that
> a few people within Wikimedia Foundation Inc. have already decided on an
> outcome and are seeking "support" and "feedback" to legitimize and
> validate that predetermined decision.

Hi.

I haven't been following this discussion too closely, but my sense is that
a few people on this mailing list have already decided on an
outcome and are seeking “oppose" and "feedback" to legitimize and
validate that predetermined decision.

Mike
(Seriously - please give more constructive feedback, and engage in 
conversation, everyone's working towards the same goals here.)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks to the people who made Echo, VisualEditor and Wikidata

2014-04-12 Thread Mike Peel


 On 12 Apr 2014, at 08:45, Yaroslav M. Blanter pute...@mccme.ru wrote:
 
 On 09.04.2014 21:03, Tomasz W. Kozlowski wrote:
 But I want to join you in thanking the people behind Echo; it's a
 feature I use virtually everyday, and one without which I cannot
 imagine discussing any issue on-wiki; I only wish more people used it
 so I wouldn't miss all those interesting debates!
Tomasz
 
 Echo is an absolutely great thing, and I am a heavy echo user, however, I am 
 not sure it is scalable. Getting one, two or even ten notifications per day 
 is ok, but if I start getting dozens, I am not sure I would be able to handle 
 them for example after a day off. So that I am not sure it would survive if 
 everybody starts using it heavily.

If notifications are batched, then I think echo would work well for this. For 
example, I'd love to see it giving notifications of when photos from Commons 
are used in the projects, along the lines of '10 of your photos were added to 
Wikipedia articles. Click to expand this notification/find out more.'

Thanks,
Mike
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimediach-l] Wikimedia CH is hiring two new staff

2013-06-12 Thread Mike Peel
Isn't that more program/project management rather than science?

Thanks,
Mike

On 12 Jun 2013, at 10:53, Ilario Valdelli wrote:

 https://www.wikimedia.ch/scientific-director
 
 
 Reporting directly to the board and working in close collaboration with the
 Chief Administrative Officer, the CSO will be responsible for all the free
 knowledge related projects conducted inside the association.
 He/she will work with the community, the Wikimedia movement and other
 partners in order to achieve our goals. He/she will actively search and
 promote collaborations with external partners (cultural institutions in
 particular). He/she will search for external funding, and will be in
 particular responsible for the annual grant request to the Wikimedia
 Foundation.
 He/she will manage the annual call for projects, making recommendations to
 the board with regards to the annual plan. He/she will directly manage
 staff and contractors working on projects, will lead some of the projects,
 will be responsible for the delivery of reports and will manage the
 communication. He/she will also participate in the strategic management of
 the association
 
 Regards
 .
 
 
 On Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 11:30 AM, Chris Keating
 chriskeatingw...@gmail.comwrote:
 
 That sounds interesting!
 
 What does a Chapter's Chief Scientific Officer do?
 
 On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM, Manuel Schneider 
 manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch wrote:
 
  Original-Nachricht 
 Datum:  Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:05:45 +0200
 Von:Chantal Ebongué chantal.ebon...@wikimedia.ch
 
 Dear all,
 
 We are looking for two new staff members :
 1.   Chief Administrative Officer, 80-100 %, since 1.9.2013
 2.   Chief Scientific Officer, 80-100 %, since 1.9.2013
 
 Ads are also published on www.wikimedia.ch, www.jobs.ch and
 www.linkedin.com.
 
 Applications (or request for information) can be send to me or to
 i...@wikimedia.ch.
 
 Please inform you network !
 
 
 Regards
 
 
 Chantal Ebongué, CAO
 
 *Wikimedia CH - *www.wikimedia.ch http://www.wikimedia.ch/
 Escaliers-du-Marché 2 - 1003 Lausanne - Switzerland
 Office +41 (0)21 340 66 20 - cell phone +41 (0)78 744 21 82
 Skype : chantal.ebongue - chantal.ebon...@wikimedia.ch
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