Re: [Wikimedia-l] Updates regarding the Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

2017-04-03 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Congratulations to Masssly Matanya and others.

Best,

Isaac
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From: Nataliia Tymkiv 
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2017 20:49:10 
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Updates regarding the Wikimedia Foundation Elections
Committee

Greetings,

The Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee has been joined by two new
members, Masssly and Matanya. They were appointed by the Board Governance
Committee at the recommendation of the current Elections Committee members
following an open call for additional members earlier this year [1].

They have each been appointed for two-year terms, in accordance with the
new setup for the standing Elections Committee. The now 8-member volunteer
committee is tasked by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees to
facilitate the elections for the Board of Trustees and Funds Dissemination
Committee [2].

Additionally, the committee has selected KTC to serve as its chair for the
upcoming year. As we prepare for an upcoming election, we have also changed
the Board Liaison from Dariusz to myself, and asked Tim Moritz Hector from
the Board Governance Committee to serve as an additional advisor to the
committee.

The upcoming process for both the Board and Funds Dissemination Committee
elections will begin soon and run through June. There will be more
information coming from the committee on the timeline and nomination
process in the coming days.

Please join me in welcoming, congratulating, and thanking Massly, Matanya,
KTC and Tim!

Best regards,
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv

[1]
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-February/086239.html
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_committee


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Occupation of Women on WikiData

2017-03-08 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Awesome! Thanks to  Envel Le Hir for developing this tool and Florence for 
sharing.

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This is a tool done by Envel Le Hir using WikiData and published today.

I actually inspired him the idea during a conference, when talking of my 
desire to get generic data about women professionnal occupation. My main 
argument is that I felt many of the added biographies about women were 
about actors, singers, or football players. Much less about politicians 
and business. But it was a "guess" and I wanted more hard data.

And apparently... he got busy

http://tools.dicare.org/gaps/gender.php

Ok.
Hard data (1950-2005 birth dates):
* 80% of the biographies of porn actors are about women.
* 98.3% of beauty pageant contestants are about women.
* 24% of politicians are about women
* 8.4% of computer scientists are about women.

Or ... In Algeria... the more popular occupation of women by far is... 
Volley Ball !
In France... actors.
And in Guinea... well... hard to say... only 17 biographies about 
Guinean women anyway.

Florence


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] a second commons, prevent cease and desist business

2017-03-06 Thread Olatunde Isaac
I  think bad faith uploaders should be banned from uploading images to Commons. 
A blog which credited image taken from a Wikipedia article to Wikipedia is not 
as terrible as reputable newspaper which uses images from Wikipedia and claimed 
ownership of the image copyright. I think the copyright notice on some of the 
website is what triggered some of this charges. Imagine a website which uses an 
image I upload to Wikipedia without proper attribution and it's copyright 
notice reading "All contents on this website are intellectual property of 
xyz". 

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prevent cease and desist business

On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 6:06 AM, Todd Allen  wrote:

> I'm not a German speaker, and I know context and nuance can be lost in
> machine translation. That being said, the one about someone who was
> offering attribution and then got slapped with a bill for a simple
> technical error is very disturbing. Especially since as brought up before,
> a direct link would always lack the attribution contained on an
> accompanying page.
>

I can read some German and looked into a similar case the last time this
came up (the thread was called "harald bischoff advertising to make images
"for the wikimedia foundation" and then suing users"). It involved (amongst
others) an amateur news blog which took an image from the Wikipedia article
of some politician and credited it to "Wikipedia" (with link to the image
description page; but no author or license), and was slapped with a ~$1000
fee. These kind of predatory tactics hurt the reputation and moral standing
of the movement IMO.

I think asking for damages might be acceptable if
- the reuser is a big organization which has its own copyright lawyers
(e.g. a commercial news publisher) and really should have known better
- the reuser refuses to fix the attribution when asked
- the reuser does not even attempt to indicate that the image is from
elsewhere
but when none of those is the case, threatening to sue violates the spirit
of free content, even if it is in accordance with the fine print of the
license.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Using WMF employee accounts and employee personal accounts in the same community discussions

2017-02-27 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Well, I don't think the WMF staffer is acting in bad faith but I do think they 
need to stick to a single account to avoid confusion. That being said, I don't 
think a discussion like this is necessary here. 

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A very, very small improvement to be sure. I think the guy in question gets
at it when he says that he was no longer using paid time to contribute to
the discussion.

Mods, do you intentionally let the list be used as a platform for this
constant flow of "omg the wmf is evil"? I seems to recall
hearing about days when useful discussions happened here.

On Feb 27, 2017 10:18 AM, "Fæ"  wrote:

> They have been repeatedly asked to stick to one account and refused to
> do so. I suggest you read the other contributions from the account(s)
> on the same page.
>
> Having an improved sockpuppeting policy would clear up any future
> confusion by WMF employees or those that happen to interact with their
> multiple accounts in discussions. However improvement here would be
> made a lot easier if WMF HR stated what was their expected mixed usage
> of accounts labelled "(WMF)" and personal accounts by the same
> employee in the same discussion.
>
> Fae
>
> On 27 February 2017 at 18:11, Adrian Raddatz  wrote:
> > Oh please. It might be a bit confusing, but there's no huge issue here.
> You
> > could have just asked the person to remain on one account, rather than
> > accuse him of sockpuppetry and ask an admin to block him if it continues.
> > I'd call that a rule of basic interaction in an online setting - be
> > curtious.
> >
> > On Feb 27, 2017 9:32 AM, "Fæ"  wrote:
> >
> >> Could someone with an appropriate level of managerial authority within
> >> the WMF, such as an HR manager, confirm that staff accounts, which are
> >> supposed to be identified with "(WMF)", are intended to be used for an
> >> employee's job or contract role, rather than for personal editing and
> >> publishing personal views?
> >>
> >> I ask this question after a long term employee has recently caused
> >> confusion in a consensus building discussion, but refuses to stick to
> >> one account when voting and expressing their personal views, making
> >> this not a legitimate use of a staff account as this is outside of
> >> their employed role. As the personal and employee accounts would
> >> appear to most participants to represent the views of two separate
> >> people, this can be judged as a breach of the local policy on
> >> sockpuppet accounts, as well as a misuse of a staff account.
> >>
> >> I'm raising this here as the local policy appears insufficient to
> >> convince the WMF employee that they are not using multiple accounts in
> >> a legitimate way, consequently a clearer statement from the WMF may
> >> help to refine the wording of the sockpuppet policy on the Mediawiki
> >> project, and help decide whether it can apply to WMF employees in the
> >> same way it already applies to unpaid volunteer contributors.
> >>
> >> Links
> >> 1. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Code_of_Conduct/
> >> Draft#WMF_employees_confusingly_using_personal_
> and_staff_accounts_in_the_
> >> same_consensus_building_discussion
> >> 2. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Sock_puppetry
> >> 3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Sock_puppetry#
> Legitimate_uses
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> Fae
> >> --
> >> fae...@gmail.com https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Fae
> >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks of new accounts in Angola?

2017-02-22 Thread Olatunde Isaac
In addition to that thread, see also 
"https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Teles/Angola_Facebook_Case;

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Yes, there are some mass vandalism from Angola last year. Yaroslav, I think you 
may be looking for this thread, 
"https://www.mail-archive.com/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/msg23413.html;

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Did not we have some mass vandalism from Angola some time ago, and then
measures had to be taken? I do not remember the details.

Cheers
Yaroslav

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:57 AM, George William Herbert <
george.herb...@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> Have them hit whatismyip.org and tell us what shows up..,
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 21, 2017, at 5:58 PM, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton <
> rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I've been receiving complains via Facebook from people of Angola about
> not
> > being able to create new accounts, some know something about it? They
> > receive the as if the IP was blocked, however we receive more then 5
> > complains just in the Commons FB page.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > --
> > Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
> > rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com
> > +55 11 979 718 884
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks of new accounts in Angola?

2017-02-22 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Yes, there are some mass vandalism from Angola last year. Yaroslav, I think you 
may be looking for this thread, 
"https://www.mail-archive.com/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/msg23413.html;

Best,

Isaac
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-Original Message-
From: Yaroslav Blanter 
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Feb 2017 16:17:32 
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Blocks of new accounts in Angola?

Did not we have some mass vandalism from Angola some time ago, and then
measures had to be taken? I do not remember the details.

Cheers
Yaroslav

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 8:57 AM, George William Herbert <
george.herb...@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> Have them hit whatismyip.org and tell us what shows up..,
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 21, 2017, at 5:58 PM, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton <
> rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I've been receiving complains via Facebook from people of Angola about
> not
> > being able to create new accounts, some know something about it? They
> > receive the as if the IP was blocked, however we receive more then 5
> > complains just in the Commons FB page.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> >
> > --
> > Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton
> > rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com
> > +55 11 979 718 884
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-02-21 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Thanks for the clarification, Flo.

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H


Needs a bit of process clarification here...

So here is what we did (I know it is not perfect, but we did within our 
constraints and own skills).


1. I created a category on the English Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:WikiProject_Wiki_Loves_Women_translation

I categorized the 16 articles from their talk page.
This category is simply a maintenance one (not used in the article 
mainspace)

In the future (asap I have the time...), I will rather create a template 
which will include the above category and replace the category in the 
talk page by the template. This will allow me to make the information 
prettier and more explicit (using a logo etc.).
But practically... the category is enough.



2. Sam (AfricanHope) wrote a bot : 
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utilisateur:CivBot

The bot is updating this page to list articles per language : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/Table

It does not use all languages, but only languages listed on this table : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/languages

Where does that list come from ? Well... it includes all languages used 
at least once in one of the 16 biographies.

One thing the bot does NOT do is identify when a new language (not in 
the list above) is added.

I will have to figure that out on the way... it could certainly be 
automated... at the same time... we talk only of 16 articles to check. 
So... I may be lazy and just check once a day.

But if anyone knows a quick query that is able to tell me "which new 
language has been added as a new translation version on one of the 16 
articles, which is not in the current list"... feel free to contact me ;)



3) There were quite a few already existing articles in various 
languages. So I have done a quick review of the state of those articles 
at start. I summarize those state here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/status



4) The inclusion of the username on the meta page is not really to track 
participants. It is simply a human element, a place where we can meet 
and share and see which people are interested helping. It is more of a 
networking place if you want.



5) The complete list of participants is totally findable anytime Isaac.
I have not tried to do the query myself yet. It is essentially
* list of all usernames
* which edited those 16 biographies
* in any language (or the sublist above)
* between 20th of Feb and the 07 of March

We can even rank the result by "number of characters added" (in case we 
think quantity is a measure of involvement - which I am not fully sure).

Or we can rank the result by "number of biographies edited" by participants.



ANYONE WILLING TO HELP ON THIS ONE ? <--- get in touch

-

It is nice to consider a category or template to tag the talk page of 
each article in all language for "community building" reasons (as in 
"this article participated to the "16WikiWomen translation project"). 
Because it is simply cool for us together to remember what we did, when 
we did it, why we did it. It is cool to see who is interested. That's 
why we stick around doing the things we do. That's the HUMAN element.


But, when it comes to tracking...(to measure success), we do not need 
that category system to know who edited those articles...
Big brother ...


Anthere




Le 21/02/2017 à 00:56, Olatunde Isaac a écrit :
> Hi Romaine,
>
> Thanks for your comment but I think category like this is not uncommon on 
> Wikimedia projects. We often use it for maintenance and navigation (as you 
> have correctly noted above) and not as part of the encyclopedia. It is 
> different from content category. Thus, we don't include it on content 
> categories. We use it to track the number of articles created as part of a 
> project/contest as well as the number of participants.
>
> Let's look at it this way; If I'm participating in 16WikiWomen translation 
> project for example, and I did not include my username on the list of 
> participants on meta, there is no way the organizers would have known that 
> I'm a participant and any article I translate as part of the project would be 
> considered as a routine contribution.
>
> Measure of success is important in every project and I think the 16WikiWomen 
> organizers would be interested in knowing the number of articles translate

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-02-20 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Hi Romaine,

Thanks for your comment but I think category like this is not uncommon on 
Wikimedia projects. We often use it for maintenance and navigation (as you have 
correctly noted above) and not as part of the encyclopedia. It is different 
from content category. Thus, we don't include it on content categories. We use 
it to track the number of articles created as part of a project/contest as well 
as the number of participants. 

Let's look at it this way; If I'm participating in 16WikiWomen translation 
project for example, and I did not include my username on the list of 
participants on meta, there is no way the organizers would have known that I'm 
a participant and any article I translate as part of the project would be 
considered as a routine contribution.

Measure of success is important in every project and I think the 16WikiWomen 
organizers would be interested in knowing the number of articles translated and 
the number of participants, to measure the success of their project.

If there is something like "Category:16WikiWomen" for example, they could visit 
each language Wikipedia they listed on the project page and search for the 
category. This would show the number of articles translated and the translators 
(participants).

"Category:Women footballers" - to check for women footballers or number of 
women footballers. 

"Category:16WikiWomen" - to check for the number of articles translated or the 
number of translator.

The two above illustrative categories have different scope.

Please, correct me if I am wrong.


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Isaac
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Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:46:12 
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Cc: Florence Devouard<anth...@anthere.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

Why using a category?

Categories are especially useful for navigation purposes or maintenance. A
category here seems useless.

The only categories that are useful are the ones for categorising women in
various ways like profession, country, etc. I hope that kind of categories
can be filled with many articles about women in Africa.

Romaine

2017-02-20 22:11 GMT+01:00 Olatunde Isaac <reachout2is...@gmail.com>:

> Hi Flo,
>
> I am curious, is there a category we could place articles translated as
> part of 16 WikiWomen?
>
> Best,
>
> Isaac.
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>
> -Original Message-
> From: Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com>
> Sender: "Wikimedia-l" <wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:10:52
> To: <wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
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> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen
>
> In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves
> Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon
>
> The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the
> Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16
> languages (African or international languages).
>
> The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women.
> The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
> * International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,
> Mandarin, German
> * African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu,
> Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho,
> Chichewa
>
> The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
> * Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
> * Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best
> initial version was in French
> * Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
> * Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former
> under-secretary-general of the United Nations
> * Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
> * Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
> * Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
> * Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
> * Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
> * Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human
> rights activist
> * Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in
> Arabic
> * Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
> * Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
> * Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
> * Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
> * Nassima Saifi, a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

2017-02-20 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Hi Flo,

I am curious, is there a category we could place articles translated as part of 
16 WikiWomen? 

Best,

Isaac.
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of translation drive #16WikiWomen

In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March, Wiki Loves 
Women is launching the on-Wikipedia translation drive #16WikiWomen.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon

The idea is for Wikipedians to take 16 days to make translate the 
Wikipedia biographies on 16 notable African women, into at least 16 
languages (African or international languages).

The articles to be translated will be the biographies of African women. 
The list of language can be, but is not limited to:
* International languages: Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, 
Mandarin, German
* African languages: Akan, Afrikaans, Igbo, Hausa, Wolof, Tswana, Zulu, 
Xhosa, Shona, Swahili, Yoruba, Sudanese, Amharic, Tsonga, Ewe, Sesotho, 
Chichewa

The list of the 16 women biographies that will be translated are:
* Malouma, a Mauritanian singer, songwriter and politician
* Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a South African politician. The best 
initial version was in French
* Cri-Zelda Brits, a South African cricketer
* Anna Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian politician and former 
under-secretary-general of the United Nations
* Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, a Nigerian women’s rights activist
* Flora Nwapa, a Nigerian author who writes predominantly in Igbo
* Samia Yusuf Omar, Sprinter from Somalia
* Maggie Laubser, a South African painter
* Fatima Massaquoi, a pioneering educator from Liberia
* Frances Ames, a South African neurologist, psychiatrist, and human 
rights activist
* Asmaa Mahfouz, a Egyptian activist. The best version is currently in 
Arabic
* Yaa Asantewaa, the legendary former Queen Mother of Ghana
* Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer
* Martha Karua, a Kenyan politician
* Chinwendu Ihezuo, a Nigerian professional footballer
* Nassima Saifi, a Paralympian athlete from Algeria

Please jump in ! And help relay this message accross communities !


If you wish to participate, please feel free to add your name and any 
comments here : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/participants

Results will be tracked on this page : 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/16_African_Women_Translate-a-thon/tracking




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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF advanced permissions for employees

2017-02-18 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Gnangarra raised some valid and interesting points here. Well, I don't have 
problems with WMF banning anyone from Wikimedia projects as long as there is a 
significant reason to do so and through a transparent process. Nonetheless, I 
think WMF ban should be revocable following a successful appeal. They could set 
up a form of appeal committee comprises of WMF Staff (maybe those from WMF 
legal team), AffCom member, and member of ARBCOM from the project where the 
incident occur as suggested by Gnangarra above. 

Best,

Isaac
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what this discussion reveals is that;

   1. the people here want to know who at the WMF has what permissions, and
   a when why they were granted
   2. they want a system thats has good checks and balances,
   3. there is want to be able to be "consulted' during the process of
   Global bans.


   - Number 1 is just a maintenance issue, an on Meta(maybe Foundation
   wiki) table of employee access would be the simplest to operate and solve
   rather than using a google spread sheet with a bot updating the on Meta.
   - the process described by James Alexander appears to meet that, though
   the duel role currently occurring isnt an ideal long term outlook
   - Create a High Court, or Supreme court type appeal process where the
   person affected can email the committee for a review.  The committee could
   be comprise of WMF Legal person, Affiliate representatives(appropriate
   language speaker), and bureaucrats(ARBCOM member) from the project where
   the person was active or the event took place.  With an after action appeal
   it doesnt impinge on any potential urgency or immediate imperative.  It
   could even allow for the person affected to have someone advocate on their
   behalf.


On 18 February 2017 at 19:59, Tim Landscheidt 
wrote:

> Gerard Meijssen  wrote:
>
> > Hoi,
> > The problem with law enforcement is that it operaties nationally. It is
> not
> > obvious where people are and consequently it is not obvious what
> > jurisdiction is appropriate.
>
> > […]
>
> That's easy: The victim's.
>
> Tim
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] LGBT+ safety considerations for conference venues

2016-11-10 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Hi there,

Gerrad, you wrote ". Particularly women who wear a hijab will always be seen for
what they are." This comment is puzzling! What are they? Could you please 
clarify?

Best,

Isaac

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Hoi,
You do not get it. Wikimania is first and foremost about spreading the word
about what we do and who we are.

I have read Pax's original post. He did not go to Wikimania. He asks for
consideration that any Wikimania will be in a place where he feels safe. It
is OK for him to ask this but it is not OK for us to give away what
Wikimania stands for.

There is no safe place and in my experience you are offensive by not
accepting that this is the point that I make. There is no perfect place for
Wikimania. Everywhere and always you have to behave yourself cognisant of
where you are. At all times there is one or the other group that will be
discriminated against.

Fae, muslims are at a greater risk than LGBT people when they come to a
conference. Particularly women who wear a hijab will always be seen for
what they are. It is not a lie that you do not address the point that I
make. The question is why do we have a Wikimania and is it an instrument to
open up new communities and include them in our movement.

This is the dominant question that should be answered. Relative safety is
secondary.
Thanks,
   GerardM

On 10 November 2016 at 08:46, Fæ  wrote:

> Gerard,
>
> Yes you are being offensive. You are deliberately painting a picture
> that somehow Pax, myself and others are attempting to make out that
> safety of LGBT+ Wikimedians is more important than safety of Women
> Wikimedians or the safety of Muslim Wikimedians. The only person doing
> that is you.
>
> You did the same thing on the 18th of October and it was pointed out
> to you that this was unacceptable, yet you are continuing to repeat
> it. Stop doing it, it is a lie, and the only person spreading it is you.
>
> Go back and read Pax's original post of 16th October which was positive
> about the Wikimania experience.
>
> Fae
>
> On 10 November 2016 at 06:57, Gerard Meijssen 
> wrote:
> > Hoi,
> > The notion of offence is one where you take it where there is none
> > certainly no offence is intended.
> >
> > When you consider Wikimanias past, we have been to places where there is
> a
> > "risk". Arguably there has been a risk in going to other countries in the
> > past. When you consider the events themselves, as a group, we have been
> > rather isolated in our conference. Many people were exhausted of the
> > proceedings. Others went partying and came to the conference when they
> felt
> > up to it.
> >
> > This whole notion of security has been high jacked by LGBT concerns. Let
> me
> > say that they are real. It would however be a travesty to say that they
> are
> > the only ones singled out for problems. Ask yourself, how many women
> > wearing a veil were there at the last Wikimania and at the one before.
> > Consider the stories about people, third generation Dutch, who are
> mistaken
> > for refugees and not safe in the streets of the place where I live.
> Stories
> > about not standing close to the gap at a railway station because ... They
> > are as much a reality, they are as real.
> >
> > So you may find it offensive and it is. People are not safe. But when
> that
> > stops us from talking about it, when it can not be said that security is
> > only one concern and not the most dominant one then I take offence. It
> > means that we can no longer exchange opinions. It means that we are only
> > concerned with our own narrow interest losing the big picture.
> >
> > So Fae, take it from me. You are wrong to call me out for being
> > disrespectful. By calling me out in this way you elevate your opinion and
> > put me down. Security is a concern but when fear is exchanged for
> prudence,
> > we will remove the one reason why we have Wikimania in the first place
> as a
> > worldwide conference. It is to go out and show the world who we are and
> > what we have to offer.
> >
> > When this is the prevailing opinion of our movement it does hardly matter
> > that we have Wikipedias in over 280 languages because English and its
> > culture is the only Wikipedia that counts. Now that is effectively an
> > existing prejudice that is dominated in much of what I observe we do. It
> is
> > another argument people feel offended. But hey most of you do not see it
> > this way because "things trickle down".. As an economic measure it failed
> > and it is how we ignore the major cultural 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Can Wikipedia save the internet?": Wikipedia and political neutrality

2016-11-01 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Hoi,

Pine, thanks for sharing this article. I found the entire article very 
interesting. I am glad that Wikipedia is not seen as a vehicle for political 
campaign. Sometimes, people create account on Wikipedia with the aim to use the 
encyclopedia for political campaign and a good number of them end up getting 
blocked either for POV pushing or other disruptive editing/behavior.  

BTWI have a few question. Is it a good idea to protect a page from creation 
if there are indications that the overall intention of the creator is to use 
Wikipedia as a platform for political campaign? If yes, how is such protection 
necessary if the page is neutrally written?

There was an incident that happened sometimes last year when an article on 
"Akinwunmi Ambode"  was protected from creation and unprotected after his 
election.

Is this really a good idea?

Best,

Isaac
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political neutrality

Hello colleagues,

Some of you might be interested in this news article:
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/can-wikipedia-save-the-internet-a7380786.html

When we know that we have countless shortcomings in Wikimedia, I found it
refreshing to hear that some aspects of our content and community are
performing well and, on the whole, are serving the public interest.

Regards,

Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Ohio Wikimedians User Group

2016-07-26 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Congratulations to Ohio Wikimedians!

Isaac,

Wikimedia UG Nigeria
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Congrats and welcome to the neighborhood! :-)

Sydney Poore
User: FloNight
Kentucky Wikimedians User Group

On Jul 26, 2016 7:30 AM, "Carlos M. Colina"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am glad to announce the
> recognition of the newest Wikimedia User Group in the United States: Ohio
> Wikimedians User Group [1]. Their focus of activities is in the state of
> Ohio, supporting and helping develop the local community of wikimedians.
>
> It is worth noting that some of the founding members of the group have
> been members of Wikipedia Connection[2], a Ohio State University student
> organization devoted to contribute to Wikipedia, who have been joined by
> other wikimedians from Ohio to create this new User Group.
>
> Welcome to the family!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ohio_Wikimedians_User_Group
> 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Connection
>
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> 
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> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
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> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de lucro.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 100k articles written with Content Translation tool

2016-07-18 Thread Olatunde Isaac
This is a very useful tool. I plan to introduce it to our community members and 
new editors. Thanks to the developers. 

All the best

Isaac
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tool

Nice to see. Thank you, Runa and  Language Engineering.

I like video clip too. Thank you, Victor.

Pine

On Jul 18, 2016 04:15, "Runa Bhattacharjee" 
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Our barely 1-year old Content Translation Tool just passed 100,000
> translations <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ContentTranslationStats>.
> We've made a video to celebrate the achievement:
> Wikimedia Commons:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Wikipedia_Content_Translation_Tool_reaches_100,000_translations_(no_subtitles).webm
> Facebook:
> https://www.facebook.com/wikipedia/
> Twitter:
> https://twitter.com/Wikipedia/status/754377307377197060
> YouTube:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3btQ5fpn4sA
> Vimeo:
> https://vimeo.com/174526242
>
> You can read more about it on the blog:
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/07/16/content-translation-milestone/
>
> Thanks
> Runa
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-13 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Thanks for your impeccable service,  Geoff. Wishing you all the best in your 
future endeavors.

Isaac
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Thank you for your service, Geoff. I hope that we will still see you
around. Good luck with the new gig. :)

Regards,

Pine

On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:25 PM, Geoff Brigham 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Over the past five years, I’ve been honored to serve as the General Counsel
> and Secretary of the Wikimedia Foundation. This job has been amazing, and
> I’m grateful to everyone who has made it so rewarding. It's now time for my
> next step, so, in the coming days, I will be leaving the Foundation to
> pursue a new career opportunity.
>
> I depart with such love for the mission, the Foundation, the Wikimedia
> communities, and my colleagues at work. I thank my past and present bosses
> as well as the Board for their support and guidance. I stand in awe of the
> volunteer writers, editors, and photographers who contribute every day to
> the Wikimedia projects. And I will hold special to my heart my past and
> current teams, including legal and community advocacy. :) You have taught,
> given, and enriched me so much.
>
> After my departure, Michelle Paulson will serve as interim head of Legal,
> and, subject to Board approval, Stephen LaPorte will serve as interim
> Secretary to the Board. I can happily report that they have the experience
> and expertise to ensure a smooth and professional transition.
>
> The future of the Foundation under Katherine's leadership is exciting.
> Having had the pleasure of working for her, I know Katherine will take the
> Foundation to its next level in promoting and defending the outstanding
> mission and values of the Wikimedia movement. Although I'm delighted about
> my next opportunity, I will miss this new chapter in the Foundation's
> story.
>
> My last day at the Foundation will be July 18th. After that, I will take a
> month off to recharge my batteries, and then I start my new gig at YouTube
> in the Bay Area. There, I will serve as Director of YouTube Trust & Safety,
> managing global teams for policy, legal, and anti-abuse operations. As with
> Wikimedia, I look forward to learning from those teams and tackling
> together a new set of exciting, novel challenges.
>
> For those who want to stay in touch, please do! My personal email is:
> geoffrey.r.brig...@gmail.com.
>
> With respect, admiration, and gratitude,
>
> Geoff
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-24 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Congratulations to Kentucky Wikimedians.

All the best,

Isaac
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Thank you, Carlos.

Sydney
User: FloNight
On Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM, "Carlos M. Colina"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User
> Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]
>
> Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who
> are interested in creating and expanding content in the different Wikimedia
> projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to expand their
> activities in the state.
>
> Welcome!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group
>
>
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> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> 
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
> El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
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> titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de lucro.
> Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Great news. Congratulations to Katherine.

All the best,

Isaac
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Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
all those involved.

James

On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is effective
> as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
>
> Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind of
> leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia Foundation
> and the movement.
>
> We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by the
> ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback from
> staff and community, and our own experience working closely with Katherine.
>
> In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by her
> peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee was
> charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their first
> tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position description.
> You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
>
> The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked with
> the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> and our communities.
>
> Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community members
> that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed in
> our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed trust
> in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what the
> organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> Katherine now.
>
> In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the organization
> and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> through this year’s annual plan.
>
> After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> and discussion.
>
> Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen participation,
> advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> with UNICEF, National 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiProject Accuracy

2016-03-25 Thread Olatunde Isaac
The WikiProject is likely to be extended to other Wikipedias. See: 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Accuracy
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Is this restricted to en: or across all Wikipedias or something else?
Is there a project discussion page somewhere?
Cheers,
Peter

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Dear all,

We seek community input on a proposed WikiProject called "WikiProject Accuracy" 
conceptualized by Ms. Betty Wills (User:Atsme). Following a recent discussion 
with Betty, I decided to bring it here for community input because of the 
possible controversy that may arise from establishing a WikiProject like this.

The primary goals of  WikiProject Accuracy are to:

*Increase quality of Wikipedia articles
*Increase reliability of Wikipedia articles *Promote/improve collaboration 
among experienced editors *Promote existing editors retention

Betty's ideas are to form a team of Project Accuracy Coordinators to oversee 
the project, help establish criteria and minimum qualifications for fact-check 
teams, help with the project's page design and tasks and to form additional 
teams comprising appointed representatives from other project teams to help 
coordinate and organize a list of articles for review, and who will serve as 
members of Project Accuracy's Editorial Review Board (PAERB). The PAERB will be 
responsible for review and approval of articles nominated to bear the "reviewed 
and approved for accuracy" seal in the top right corner of the article. The 
ideas also aim to support the WMF's "Reach" campaign and help establish or 
re-establish credibility in Wikipedia articles that carry the RAAFA seal as a 
trusted source worthy of citing at all levels of academia, government, 
research, etc.

This seem like a unique approach to improving the quality of articles on 
Wikipedia and increasing reliability of Wikipedia as an encyclopedia. The idea 
to bring experienced editors together to serve in the editorial board of the 
project sounds like a great way to benefit from the specialized skills of all 
participants. 

However, an editor (User:Smallbones) raised a concern on whether this is in 
line with the spirit of Wikipedia which permit anyone to freely edit its 
content at all levels. User:Smallbones said " An Editorial Review Board sounds 
like a very interesting idea and could be fun. But actually I think it could 
easily violate Wikipedia rules, such as forming some sort of exclusive club 
that others couldn't join without an invitation. If it's just another rating 
scheme (that anybody can participate in whenever they want)" 


I respect Smallbones concerns but I don't see a major problem with the idea of 
establishing an Editorial Review Board (ERB) comprising of trusted and 
experienced editors as board members. From the look of things, WikiProject 
Accuracy is likely to generate controversy among Wikipedians. The controversy 
will centered on whether this idea is against the vision of Wikipedia or not. 
Thus, we seek broader community input on this proposed project.

Best,

Olatunde Isaac.

Manager, Wikipedia Education Program Nigeria.
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[Wikimedia-l] WikiProject Accuracy

2016-03-25 Thread Olatunde Isaac
Dear all,

We seek community input on a proposed WikiProject called "WikiProject Accuracy" 
conceptualized by Ms. Betty Wills (User:Atsme). Following a recent discussion 
with Betty, I decided to bring it here for community input because of the 
possible controversy that may arise from establishing a WikiProject like this.

The primary goals of  WikiProject Accuracy are to:

*Increase quality of Wikipedia articles
*Increase reliability of Wikipedia articles
*Promote/improve collaboration among experienced editors
*Promote existing editors retention

Betty's ideas are to form a team of Project Accuracy Coordinators to oversee 
the project, help establish criteria and minimum qualifications for fact-check 
teams, help with the project's page design and tasks and to form additional 
teams comprising appointed representatives from other project teams to help 
coordinate and organize a list of articles for review, and who will serve as 
members of Project Accuracy's Editorial Review Board (PAERB). The PAERB will be 
responsible for review and approval of articles nominated to bear the "reviewed 
and approved for accuracy" seal in the top right corner of the article. The 
ideas also aim to support the WMF's "Reach" campaign and help establish or 
re-establish credibility in Wikipedia articles that carry the RAAFA seal as a 
trusted source worthy of citing at all levels of academia, government, 
research, etc.

This seem like a unique approach to improving the quality of articles on 
Wikipedia and increasing reliability of Wikipedia as an encyclopedia. The idea 
to bring experienced editors together to serve in the editorial board of the 
project sounds like a great way to benefit from the specialized skills of all 
participants. 

However, an editor (User:Smallbones) raised a concern on whether this is in 
line with the spirit of Wikipedia which permit anyone to freely edit its 
content at all levels. User:Smallbones said " An Editorial Review Board sounds 
like a very interesting idea and could be fun. But actually I think it could 
easily violate Wikipedia rules, such as forming some sort of exclusive club 
that others couldn't join without an invitation. If it's just another rating 
scheme (that anybody can participate in whenever they want)" 


I respect Smallbones concerns but I don't see a major problem with the idea of 
establishing an Editorial Review Board (ERB) comprising of trusted and 
experienced editors as board members. From the look of things, WikiProject 
Accuracy is likely to generate controversy among Wikipedians. The controversy 
will centered on whether this idea is against the vision of Wikipedia or not. 
Thus, we seek broader community input on this proposed project.

Best,

Olatunde Isaac.

Manager, Wikipedia Education Program Nigeria.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Smartphone editing

2016-01-25 Thread olatunde isaac
Distinguish Wikipedians,

I earlier thought I'm probably the only Wikipedian who edit and create articles 
with smartphone until I saw User:Cullen328's essay on "Smartphone editing" 
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Cullen328/Smartphone_editing). Although, I 
have a personal computer but there are millions of people out there who do not 
have their own personal computer. we do not all live in suburbia with unlimited 
access to computers. I can say that almost everyone have access to smartphones 
(Android, Blackberry etc). I created over 500 articles with smartphone, 9 of 
the articles featured on DYK and I promoted one of the articles to GA status.
I hope that this will help motivate public intellectuals, Wikimedia outreach 
coordinators, Wikipedia education managers and opinion leaders who explain 
Wikipedia editing to the general public to acknowledge that editing by 
smartphone is practical for those who are interested, even if it is not every 
editor's cup of tea and outreach to new editors should include positive 
information about smartphone editing per user:Cullen328's essay. 


Warm regards,

Olatunde Isaac.


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Magnus moved Wikipedia forward by coding mediawiki.

And he is still creating useful tools. Thanks Magnus for your hard work!

We can be proud to have Magnus in the Wikimedia movement.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Affiliations Committee appointments, January 2016

2016-01-24 Thread olatunde isaac
Congratulations to the newly appointed Afcom members.
 
Warm regards,

Olatunde Isaac.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Workshop for student of Fountain University

2016-01-17 Thread olatunde isaac
Dear all,
On behalf of WUGN,  this is to congratulate all the Wikimedia communities for 
the success of the celebration of Wikipedia at 15.
We held an event at Fountain University in Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria as a way 
of commemorating the 15th years anniversary in the country. It was also a 
moment to reflect on the significance of Wikipedia, as the largest encyclopedia 
in the world and her plans for the future.
No doubt, the event was a great  success. We were hosted by the Vice Chancellor 
of the Institution with over 100 students in Attendance. One of the major 
highlights is the cutting of cake to celebrate the event.
The event was followed with 3days workshop tagged: Wikipedia Workshop for 
student of Fountain University, to be concluded on the 28th January, 2016.

Best, 

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You called? :)

On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 1:42 AM, Chris Keating <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
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> Ok, spot the idiot who can't send an offlist email offlist.
> On 13 Jan 2016 09:38, "Chris Keating" <chriskeatingw...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> > That's what the Googleplex wants you to think!
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> > > (perhaps it would be nice to stop wasting everyone's time with this.)
> > >
> > >A.
> > >
> > > On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 4:32 PM, Nathan <nawr...@gmail.com> wrote:
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> > > > I've written a guess on what Damon is hinting at. I will reveal this
> > > guess
> > > > at some later date, but for now here is the hash value:
> > > >
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> > > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-30 Thread olatunde isaac
I'm very disappointed to know that the board meeting was still ongoing as at 
the time James revealed that he was ejected from the board. It is a silly idea! 
Perhaps he felt the community can stop the meeting or override the decision of 
the board of trustee. The WMF BoT is not a parliament where the house do not 
have the veto power to remove an elected member. 
Section 7 (remover) of the WMF's bylaws clearly stipulated that
“Any Trustee may be removed, with or without cause, by a majority vote of the 
Trustees then in office in accordance with the procedures set forth in Section 
617.0808(1), or other relevant provisions of the Act”. Based on this bylaw, 
James remover is justified!
I understand that majority of the community members who elected James are 
likely not to be aware of this provisions but James is aware of it and will 
probably have an answer to (1) the reason for his remover (2) why his remover 
was supported by eight members and (3) why the third community-elected trustee, 
Denny Vrandečić, lost confidence supported his removal.
The fact that James never stated the reasons why he was ejected from the board 
as at the time he disclosed his remover is worrisome.
James, I'm sorry if I'm too factual here.

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Olatunde Isaac.
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2015-12-29 Thread olatunde isaac
I find the remover of James very disappointing. He was elected by the community 
and his remover should follow a due process and be transparent to the community 
who elected him. 

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