[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2021-2022 now on-wiki

2023-05-09 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Andreas, just one page further (page 50) it would have become clear that the WMF spent 1,247,211 USD on severance for five people. Why not ask that question instead? Don't distract from the actual issues ;-) On Tue, 9 May 2023 at 19:03, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > Dear all, > > Page 49 of the

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Grants budgets

2022-11-09 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Isn't the amount of money spent in each region already public based on the fact of the budget approved in each grant? Concerning the overall possible budget to spend, I'm not sure that's that fixed to each region based on my time on the simpleAPG committee. Best, Philip On Wed, 9 Nov 2022 at

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Leadership Development Working Group is ready for community feedback!

2022-09-18 Thread Philip Kopetzky
"* This project is specifically to develop a leadership development plan that the Community Development team, a team which has some great people on it and a serious possibility for good in supporting volunteers, can use to do their work effectively. *" - I'm a bit dismayed that we are using

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Affiliations Committee's standing on hubs and its role in the process

2022-07-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Wojciech, thanks for this statement, it will definitely be helpful to have AffCom's insights into the current affiliates network when talking about hubs. While approval by the WMF BoT is one option, wouldn't that require a hub to be a formal organisation? Otherwise the BoT would be involved in

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Emerging human rights concern related to invasion of Ukraine

2022-03-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
icy, the user would > have not been arrested? Similar to the "fact" that no Wikipedian has been > arrested before the inception of the policy? > > What kind of logic is this? > > On Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 3:18 PM Philip Kopetzky > wrote: > >> This situation

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Emerging human rights concern related to invasion of Ukraine

2022-03-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
This situation does raise the question why the WMF decided to widely publish a human rights policy that will make the Wikimedia projects appear in less of a neutral stance than before. The fact that this move will endanger volunteers was even acknowledged in the FAQs [1], but was just waived off

[Wikimedia-l] Re: December 14 Conversation hour about organizing for #WikiForHumanRights 2022

2021-12-14 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Maybe we should also fill the knowledge gap on how Wikimedia's footprint could be reduced, if that isn't too complex ;-) On Tue, 14 Dec 2021 at 17:14, Samuel Klein wrote: > Thanks for organizing this again. 'Getting more complex' is right... > > On Tue, Dec 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM Alex Stinson >

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 348, Issue 3

2021-12-13 Thread Philip Kopetzky
A meta-RfC would also be dominated by English Wikipedia, which of course is in the interest of en.wp, but hardly anyone else. So thanks for that idea, but no thanks. On Mon, 13 Dec 2021 at 11:57, Gerard Meijssen wrote: > Hoi, > Why is it that you consider the "community" a single body that has

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Meet the new Movement Charter Drafting Committee members

2021-11-02 Thread Philip Kopetzky
, 2 Nov 2021 at 21:05, 4nn1l2 <4nn1l2.w...@gmail.com> wrote: > Which bug, Philip? > > On Tue, Nov 2, 2021 at 1:58 PM Philip Kopetzky > wrote: > >> Some people here seem to think that because the outcome had at least most >> regions represented

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Feedback requested on draft updated Wikimedia Foundation Conflict of Interest Policy

2021-11-02 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I would also find that helpful (if this isn't a policy that's been completely rewritten). The legal text isn't especially easy to read and understand either, so my only question would be if this new policy would prevent past events that happened because this kind of policy did not exist back then.

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Meet the new Movement Charter Drafting Committee members

2021-11-02 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Some people here seem to think that because the outcome had at least most regions represented, that the process itself ensured this. This is not the case - we only got this outcome because of a bug/feature in the election software. Just in case anyone else thinks that this kind of process would be

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Report about Regional Hubs Ready

2021-10-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Thanks Anass! It is a very interesting and lengthy paper (which shows how much work went into preparing and conducting the research/discussions), with some familiar questions and problems that still need answering. I'm not sure that using old structures to solve these new issues is necessarily

[Wikimedia-l] Re: News about some CTeam transitions in Wikimedia Foundation

2021-07-26 Thread Philip Kopetzky
m Wikimedia Foundation" ? I believe that > was sent within the day. > > Best, > Lodewijk > > On Sun, Jul 25, 2021 at 2:18 PM Philip Kopetzky > wrote: > >> I find it quite worrying that after a month no one has deemed it >> necessary to reply to the concerns v

[Wikimedia-l] Re: News about some CTeam transitions in Wikimedia Foundation

2021-07-25 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I find it quite worrying that after a month no one has deemed it necessary to reply to the concerns voiced by a former chair of the WMF Board of Trustees. There isn't even a PR-level denial of there being a crisis. The C-Suite turnover would be a major challenge for any company or organisation.

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

2021-06-27 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Adding to Chris' points, I would also like to illustrate the point where in the future, founding a user group or chapter (the latter is pretty unlikely nowadays), applying for a grant proposal and being hired by your colleagues as the first staff member of the user group you founded would be

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

2021-06-24 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi SJ! The 12 month waiting/cooldown period is something that was implemented in the Good Governance Kodex of Wikimedia Austria in 2014, see https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_%C3%96sterreich/Good_Governance_Kodex, with an independent committee consisting of a staff, board and community

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

2021-06-23 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Maggie, to be honest this is really difficult to understand. While the WMF, through it's various committees, pushed affiliates to clearly draw the lines between board and staff by introducing stringent governance measures (and rightly so), which also include paragraphs about introducing a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Resolution about the upcoming Board elections

2021-04-25 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Luis, this has been brought up on the talk page of the proposed bylaw changes, including a statement by Jimmy: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/October_2020_-_Proposed_Bylaws_changes#Founder_seat Would be interesting to know if the status has changed

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Ratification of Universal Code of Conduct

2021-02-22 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Congrats to everyone (and I'm talking about 50+ people here) who helped to make this possible! On Mon, 22 Feb 2021 at 15:00, Dan Garry (Deskana) wrote: > It's so great to see the Universal Code of Conduct come to fruition. As a > movement we were severly lagging behind others in adopting a code

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Updates from Wikimedia Foundation Board

2020-10-02 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi, it is a bit puzzling to see an expansion of the WMF Board of Trustess at a time where the start of implementing a global council is not far off. Right now I can't see how these two directions will merge into one, especially since the 2030 strategy does not make an appearance in this statement

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Trust and safety on Wikimedia projects

2020-05-26 Thread Philip Kopetzky
What Martin mentions should be covered in the recommendations for the 2030 strategy, the measures mentioned here being "fast-tracked" to provide a starting point for improving Community Health. Conflict resolution needs to happen on the lowest possible level so that we don't run into situations

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Early thoughts regarding a global code of conduct and a GCC committee

2020-04-20 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Pine, I don't think a global commitee would be the right place - stewards are currently filling this gap involuntarily, and it seems extremely difficult to judge situations on a local project properly (the Azerbaijani case might come to mind here). For me the ideal version of a universal CoC

Re: [Wikimedia-l] FY1819 Fundraising Report

2020-02-20 Thread Philip Kopetzky
rs, or staff members in their personal capacity. For more > on what this means, please see our legal disclaimer > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Legal_Disclaimer>. > > > On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 2:27 AM Philip Kopetzky > wrote: > > > Thanks Chuck for dig

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Candidates for new mandate

2020-01-23 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Perhaps the self-re-electing AffCom members can elighten us what the future of AffCom will look like in the light of the recommendations. On Thu, 23 Jan 2020 at 10:57, Chris Keating wrote: > To me the main surprise is that AffCom continues to exist despite being > obviously broken. > > It does

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Recommendations released, join the conversation

2020-01-21 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I'm not sure why you want to vote on something that you will have to adapt to your community needs and implement accordingly, Ziko. What exactly is contentious about them that needs a vote, especially when the implementation will hopefully lead to more decentralised structures? Or do you think it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: New roles for working group members, synthesis underway, and more

2019-11-28 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Yaroslav, the recommendations have always come with the caveat that the actual implementation depends on the communities implementing them themselves, adapting them to fit the needs of a specific community. On Wed, 27 Nov 2019 at 16:36, Yaroslav Blanter wrote: > The recommendations must be

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of the Wikimedians of Saint Petersburg User Group

2019-10-04 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I can only reiterate what Lodewijk said - I'm trying to find the approach and goals in the decision to acknowledge user groups that seem to be an integral part (or from an outside perspective, should be) of the national chapter. In the past this has been an indicator of personal conflicts within a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of the Wikimedians of Saint Petersburg User Group

2019-10-03 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Kirill, so it seems like geographically large countries are being split up into different user groups - do you think that this is a viable model for the future or just happened because of certain circumstances within the Russian community? Would your template allow a User Group from Rome,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] FY1819 Fundraising Report

2019-10-03 Thread Philip Kopetzky
As an attorney for the > > > Wikimedia Foundation, for legal/ethical reasons I cannot give legal > > advice > > > to, or serve as a lawyer for, community members, volunteers, or staff > > > members in their personal capacity. For more on what this means, please > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] FY1819 Fundraising Report

2019-10-01 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Patricia, thanks for the report! Is it possible to get a country-by-country breakdown of the donations as well? Kind regards, Philip On Tue, 1 Oct 2019 at 01:25, Patricia Pena wrote: > Hi all, > > I’m excited to share with you our FY1819 Fundraising Report >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "The Foundation does not care so much of the French-speaking contributors"

2019-09-16 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Gereon, you clearly forget the whole Mediaviewer saga and attendance of WMF staff at the following WikiCon in Cologne ;-) But that was a long time ago :-) On Mon, 16 Sep 2019 at 01:53, Gereon Kalkuhl wrote: > Since 2010 we have the WikiCon for the German language communities with > more than

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Change in WMAU Committee

2019-09-02 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Congrats to the elected members of WMAU :-) On Fri, 30 Aug 2019 at 13:08, Biyanto Rebin wrote: > Congratulations, Robert and all WMAU team! > > Regards, > > Pada tanggal Jum, 30 Agu 2019 pukul 06.01 Robert Myers < > robert.my...@wikimedia.org.au> menulis: > > > Hi all, > > > > On Sunday 25

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The timeline of the Wikimedia strategy: please reconsider!

2019-08-15 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hey Ziko, I'm sure you yourself can point out the recommendations that are based on a year of deliberations and research than those that are not. It is pretty hard work to gather all the feedback from the last year as well as analyse, weight and incorporate it into the final recommendations. This

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Draft recommendations are here!

2019-08-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Andy, the way the recommendations were drafted was not straightforward and they are still drafts, some less defined than might be ideal at this point in time. Personally I would not accept such a statement in a final recommendation, but these are still rather talking points than specific

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Draft recommendations are here!

2019-08-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Please don't generalise frustration with your conduct on this list. You're the only one telling people to shut up here. And just to keep this on track, what is your view on how we can incorporate indigenous knowledge without it becoming commercialised by the current licensing scheme?

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: Draft recommendations are here!

2019-08-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I'm pretty sure that that licensing recommendation is still work-in-progress and the legal implications haven't been analysed yet. I guess that assuming good faith is not your strong suit, Fae? Be part of the solution, for once. On Mon, 12 Aug 2019 at 11:25, Fæ wrote: > I agree that the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Some goodbye to all

2019-06-21 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Questioning is ok - we might indeed need to introduce some oversight, but to be honest, I doubt this would solve the trust issue as long as some people demand full transparency where there can never be full transparency. Speculating and accusing victims of being the actual perpetrators, believing

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Some goodbye to all

2019-06-20 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Thanks Molly for your thoughtful words, I really hope your words make some people think about their own replies in this thread. On Thu, 20 Jun 2019 at 23:42, GorillaWarfare < gorillawarfarewikipe...@gmail.com> wrote: > I do not know Romaine, I do not know Caroline, and I do not know much about >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of the Grupo de Usuários Wiki Movimento Brasil

2019-06-11 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Well, I just hope things turn out better this time. Fingers crossed! On Sat, 8 Jun 2019 at 09:31, Paulo Santos Perneta wrote: > Hey, > > The affiliate was originally formed in 2008 as the wannabe chapter > Wikimedia Brasil, and made its life as a chapter until 2010 when it was > noticed that it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of the Grupo de Usuários Wiki Movimento Brasil

2019-06-05 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Chico, I'm still confused who "we" is and what the history of this group is compared to the previous user groups. Is there now one big community that is represented in this user group? Because that would be a great step forward :-) Best, Philip On Tue, 4 Jun 2019 at 05:32, Chico Venancio

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dispute between Common and Outreach

2019-05-14 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I really think that the main problem here is not automation but the problem Asaf pointed out: A small circle of people dictating the rules and who's allowed to participate and who isn't. Automation just perpetuates the cycle of those same people being in control of those processes. On Mon, 13 May

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing our newest chapter, Wikimedia Korea

2019-04-24 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Congrats Korea! :-) On Wed, 24 Apr 2019 at 05:17, Roman Bustria Jr. wrote: > In behalf of the East, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Regional Cooperation > (ESEAP) we would like to extend our congratulations to our member country > for being elevated as a fully recognized chapter! > > We are

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [strategy process] Fwd: I decided to leave the working group

2019-04-01 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Itzik, I'm sorry you feel this way and would hope you would still feel inclined to provide a critical point of view on the process. I agree with you that we're bad at changing processes that are evidently broken, but don't you think that we are exactly changing this fact by moving on from an

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Albania

2019-02-12 Thread Philip Kopetzky
f users and volunteers (embryonic future national >> chapters or just regional associations), language-oriented associations >> created to involve minorities or cross-projects of interested users unified >> by a topic. They all have different purpose and should be rationalized >>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposed changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws

2019-02-10 Thread Philip Kopetzky
I just wanted to re-iterate Chris' point - meetings and plans are starting to be put together for the summit, so if this is actually happening, it should start soon. (Just to appear as non-committal as possible ;-) ) Cheers, Philip On Thu, 7 Feb 2019 at 16:43, Chris Keating wrote: > Hi Maria,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Albania

2019-02-06 Thread Philip Kopetzky
ld you please respond, I had the >> very same question. >> >> >> >> Mardetanha >> >> On Wed, May 23, 2018 at 3:12 PM, Philip Kopetzky < >> philip.kopet...@gmail.com> >> wrote: >> >> > Hi Kirill, >> > >> > what's the diffe

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimedia Community of Tatar Language User Group

2018-12-05 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Congrats Farhad :-) On Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 12:51, Фархад Фаткуллин / Farkhad Fatkullin < f...@yandex.com> wrote: > Our St.Petersburg colleagues wrote a Russian Wikinews article dedicated to > the event. > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Call for Proposals to Host Wikimania in 2020

2018-09-19 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Ellie, is there an official statement by the WMF that explains why Wikimania 2020 is happening and that the funding for this event is secured? Wikimania does cost quite a lot of money and I was under the impression that it was unclear as to if, how and why Wikimania should take place 2020. But

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Commons 2017 Picture of the Year competition is now open

2018-06-13 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Thanks Steinplitter! Especially the topic categories are very helpful! :-) On 13 June 2018 at 12:39, Steinsplitter Wiki wrote: > >> Not trying to criticize anyone or anything, but why is this starting so > late in the year? I think it would make more sense to have it as early as > possible. > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Albania

2018-05-23 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Kirill, what's the difference/relationship between this group and the Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group, which is currently applying for a simpleAPG grant? How do we avoid creating more Brazilian scenarios by reconising even more user groups from the same area? Best, Philip On 22

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Grŵp Defnyddwyr Cymuned Wicimedia Cymru

2018-03-20 Thread Philip Kopetzky
Hi Kirill! It would be really helpful to outline these kind of decisions with arguments/deliberations that AffCom decided to follow, considering that this sets a precedence in the worldwide community. For example, UG Wales states that they "cooperate with and represent Wikimedia UK in Wales" -