[Wikimedia-l] Re: Nine Month Update & Foundation Leadership Team

2022-09-06 Thread Samuel Klein
Seconded — thank you for these continuing updates, and for always inviting
conversation. Essential, even when it takes time for those seeds to sprout.

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On Tue., Sep. 6, 2022, 7:11 p.m. Craig Newmark, 
wrote:

> Maryana, much appreciated!
>
> Craig Newmark, craigslist founder
> craignewmarkphilanthropies.org
>
> On Tue, Sep 6, 2022, 9:53 AM Maryana Iskander 
> wrote:
>
>> This message is being translated into other languages on Meta-wiki. ‎You
>> can help with more languages.
>> 
>>
>>
>>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>>
>>
>> I’ve started my ninth official month as CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation.
>> Based on feedback from this list and elsewhere, I am trying to proactively
>> communicate every few months on my priorities and what I continue to learn.
>>
>>
>>
>> I regularly return to the five ‘puzzles’
>> 
>> I identified in my original letter to you. For me, these continue to pose
>> big questions about our role in the world and our ways of working with each
>> other. I’ve mentioned that one highlight of the year so far has been
>> bringing colleagues together – volunteers, editors, affiliates, Foundation
>> staff, board members – to reconnect at a human level. Many of you have
>> shared with me the need for more spaces that can help us build (and
>> rebuild) relationships and trust.
>>
>>
>>
>> As more communities return to in-person events, I have benefitted from
>> spending time with volunteers at WikiCon Brasil and at the Wikimania meetup
>> hosted in Cape Town. I look forward to participating in-person and
>> virtually at many more regional gatherings in the months ahead.
>>
>>
>>
>> I am writing today to provide you with an update on the three priorities
>> I identified in January.
>>
>> Priority 1: Strategy and Planning
>>
>> My first priority remains focused on strategy and planning. In June, we
>> shared the successful adoption of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Annual Plan
>> .
>> It is now anchored in the strategic direction of our movement – knowledge
>> equity and knowledge as a service – and it identifies the Foundation’s
>> strengthened focus on regions and on projects. This plan benefited from the
>> contributions and feedback of hundreds of volunteers who provided input
>> on-wiki and through other multilingual channels of communication. We’ll
>> share updates on progress before the end of the calendar year on the Annual
>> Plan meta page and in other forums. Our intention is to continue asking for
>> guidance and input from volunteers, affiliates, and communities.
>>
>> I mentioned in my April message that the Wikimedia Foundation has grown
>> very rapidly over the past 3 years as part of its medium term plan – 
>> increasing
>> its budget by more than 30% in the past year with the addition of more than
>> 200 new people since 2020. This growth will not continue as we stabilize
>> and make sure that new resources are delivering maximum impact for our
>> mission. The Foundation’s approved budget represents a 17% increase, most
>> of this is inflationary and other year-on-year costs. Funding to other
>> movement entities (individual and affiliate) grew by 24% percent.
>>
>> While the annual plan is an important start, it does not address all of
>> the significant strategic issues facing Wikimedia – none of which can be
>> solved in a single year. Within the framework of our movement strategy and
>> emerging charter, I plan to continue partnering with Foundation
>> stakeholders and communities in co-planning approaches to tackle strategic
>> issues that an annual plan cannot fully address. The Board of Trustees will
>> help kick this off with strategic planning engagements at the board’s
>> upcoming meeting in Berlin. This will be followed by important
>> conversations about strategy implementation at the Wikimedia Summit
>>  (returning for
>> the first time since 2019).
>>
>> Priority 2: Leadership
>>
>> I highlighted in January that CEO transitions are disruptive for most
>> organisations and change often continues after a new leader has arrived. I
>> have been trying to build a broader leadership team at the Wikimedia
>> Foundation as I focus on successfully onboarding new hires, investing
>> more in internal talent management, undertaking succession planning for key
>> roles, and providing stronger communications support for the Foundation’s
>> senior team.
>>
>> Product/Technology
>>
>> My top priority when I joined was to actively step in and support the
>> Foundation’s product and technology teams while we recruited executive
>> leadership of these mission critical functions with a new Chief Product and
>> Technology Officer. This goal has 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikivideos - New project proposal

2022-08-23 Thread Samuel Klein
Revisiting this thread: I love these ideas. Crossover design when?

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On Fri., Aug. 5, 2022, 8:48 a.m. James Heilman,  wrote:

> We have a very similar project at VideoWiki which you can see here
>
> https://mdwiki.org/wiki/Video:Tuberculosis
>
> The compiler is here
>
>
> https://videowiki.wmcloud.org/en/videowiki/Video:Tuberculosis?wikiSource=https://mdwiki.org=editor
>
> We have it working in about 19 languages.
>
> This new effort builds the video when you hit play rather than storing
> versions on Commons, which has pluses and minuses.
>
> James
>
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 9:31 PM Felipe Schenone 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi! I just proposed https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikivideos
>>
>> This project proposal is based on an extension I developed recently
>> called https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:WikiVideos that
>> basically introduces a  tag that generates videos with a syntax
>> quite similar to  tags.
>>
>> I also already secured https://wikivideos.org, where you can test the
>> extension.
>>
>> Cheers!
>>
>> PS: Please comment at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikivideos or at
>> https://wikivideos.org (depending on the nature of your comment) to try
>> to keep the discussion together.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Invitation to join the Movement Strategy Forum

2022-08-21 Thread Samuel Klein
Quim, thanks for sharing.  This feels like a project where going part-way
and stopping could make things more confusing, but seriously embracing the
challenge of integrating the strengths of discourse and wikis, and ensuring
the result helps streamline and integrate and improve communication, could
be excellent -- and well received / used by more people than just us.

+ Automatic translation of discussions is essential, tangibly useful for
our communities, and very satisfying.
 --> how can we bring this to Mediawiki?  This is a core question for
community health, movement development, and tech.  It is a straightforward
concept, not exclusive to Discourse, and we should learn from it.

+ Forum threading and features (tags, emotes) are nice, beloved by some.
This is the third attempt to start a WM-related discourse.
 --> how might we support integrating discourse into a) mediawiki, b)
interwiki links? (so that a forum post could link to *m:Power_structure*,
and a meta post could link to *f:Wikischool*)

– Wikimedia Space was closed after a year, and its links no longer resolve.
 --> how can we add discourse into current versioning + archiving workflows?

I would appreciate it if reports on this Forum could explicitly address
~ how & why Space was closed, and implications for the approach here,
~ how to keep links to Space discussions working/redirecting appropriately,
and implications for how to ensure the same linkrot doesn't happen here,
~ how conversations there & on the Meta Forum
 & on other evergreen pages on Meta
are intended to be kept in synch, for both short-term discussions (like
rfcs) and long-term strategizing (like a page describing the history and
state of an initiative)
~ what it might look like for this to later become a more standard part of
our wikiverse (e.g., *forum.wikimedia.org/c/strategy
*).

Warmly, SJ


On Sun, Aug 21, 2022 at 9:18 AM Mike Peel  wrote:

>
> On 21/8/22 00:17:59, Quim Gil wrote:
> > Given that this Forum is especially conceived to better support those
> > who can't or won't use Meta for discussions and collaboration, we don't
> > think a Meta RFC would be the right tool for this task.
>
> I think this is a good example of the problem here. You've already
> decided that on-wiki is not the answer, so any appeals for you to do
> things on-wiki get noted down in documents like this, and promptly
> ignored. It's a very high impact bias that undermines the whole report
> and process. A more neutral (and independent?) review that took into
> account more of the options would have helped.
>
> BTW, personally I'm worried about scope creep here - if it is just
> movement strategy, then the damage is at least limited to that topic,
> but it's already crept into being involved in the WMF board election,
> for example. Hopefully at least that trend won't continue?
>
> Anyhow, see you on-wiki.
>
> Thanks,
> Mike
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Reflections about Visa situation for Wikimedians

2022-08-16 Thread Samuel Klein
F give
>> official
>> > support and help contacting embassies? Is there any way to address this
>> in
>> > a good manner?
>> >
>> > I feel really sad that there is no equity in this matter. I know that it
>> > is naïve to think about a world without borders, but isn't our Wikimedia
>> > movement supposed to support everyone? How can we be better at this?
>> >
>> > P.S: This post is not about myself or situation, but rather a reflection
>> > after talking with many people facing this issue in my region, and who
>> > missed so many events because of Visas. I don't want them to miss events
>> > again in the future! Is it possible?
>> >
>> > Thank you all for taking the time to read this, and I wish you a good
>> > Tuesday!
>> >
>> > Best regards,
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>> > *Anass SEDRATI*
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia integration in OpenRefine: looking for developers

2022-08-12 Thread Samuel Klein
This is indeed an amazing project !!  I encourage anyone interested in
federated approaches to scaling Wikidata, or reconciliation generally, to
engage.

On Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 10:56 AM Antonin Delpeuch 
wrote:

> Hello Wikimedia community,
>
> I posted a message on Wikidata's project chat explaining that I would like
> to stop working on Wikidata integration in OpenRefine (which also applies
> to Wikimedia / Wikibase integration in general):
>
> Wikidata integration in OpenRefine: could this be your project?
> <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Project_chat#Wikidata_integration_in_OpenRefine:_could_this_be_your_project?>
>
>
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Project_chat#Wikidata_integration_in_OpenRefine:_could_this_be_your_project
> ?
>
> I do intend to keep working on OpenRefine and focus my work on the core
> tool. I am by far not the only contributor to Wikibase integration, but I
> want to make it clear that I am keen to let other contributors take the
> lead on this, because I do not have enough time myself to grow this part of
> the tool as much as it deserves.
>
> As I explain in Wikidata's project chat, I think this is a really nice
> project to work on, and you will be supported by Sandra Fauconnier, our
> project director, who is a keen Wikimedian.
>
> So: the floor is yours!
>
> If you are interested in the topic, join us today in our Wikimania
> hackathon session:
>
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T314803
>
> Cheers,
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Seven Wikimedia chapters rejected as permanent observers to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

2022-07-25 Thread Samuel Klein
Jan -- Nice work. Who will represent us to ECOSOC?
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Announcing the six candidates for the 2022 Board of Trustees election

2022-07-21 Thread Samuel Klein
Considering joining the Board of
>> Trustees is no small decision. The time and dedication candidates have
>> shown to this point speaks to their commitment to this movement.
>> Congratulations to those candidates who have been selected. A great amount
>> of appreciation and gratitude for those candidates not selected. Please
>> continue to share your leadership with Wikimedia.
>> Thank you to those who followed the Affiliate process for this Board
>> election. You may review the results of the Affiliate selection process.
>> The next part of the Board election process is the community voting
>> period. You may view the Board election timeline here
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2022#Timeline>.
>> To prepare for the community voting period, there are several things
>> community members can engage with in the following ways:
>>
>>- Read candidates’ statements
>>
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2022/Candidates>
>>  and
>>read the candidates’ answers to the questions posed by the Affiliate
>>Representatives.
>>- Propose and select the 6 questions for candidates to answer during
>>their video Q
>>
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2022/Community_Voting/Questions_for_Candidates>
>>.
>>- See the Analysis Committee’s ratings of candidates on each
>>candidate’s statement
>>
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2022/Candidates>
>>.
>>- Propose statements for the Election Compass
>>
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2022/Community_Voting/Election_Compass>
>>  voters
>>can use to find which candidates best fit their principles.
>>- Encourage others in your community to take part in the election.
>>-
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Movement Strategy and Governance
>> *This message was sent on behalf of the Board Selection Task Force and
>> the Elections Committee*
>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: @Wikipedia losing opportunities in Twitter

2022-07-12 Thread Samuel Klein
+1, not just en:wp. I'd love to see community mods involved in maintaining
the core social accounts. We could certainly queue up messages on a
wikipage using existing scripts and tools, in a way that could be
multiplexed across different media channels (and the workflow used by
anyone federating such updates to other platforms). Slight tweaks to
ITN/DYK formats in many languages (optimizing for embeds, replies,
threading) would make great posts. [and we have solid social media stars in
the community who could help as well or guest-curate from time to time]

On Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 6:10 PM Nathan  wrote:

> The English Wikipedia community has managed the Main Page in English for
> many years, including rapidly updated ITN and DYK sections. The prominence
> of the Main Page has declined a little bit as a landing page, but it
> suggests that there may be better alternatives to staff planning tweets out
> a few weeks ahead and taking submissions via a Google form. Perhaps the
> communications team can look into some of these options that might leverage
> the strength and core competencies of the community?
>
> ~Nate
>
> On Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 6:05 PM Lauren Dickinson 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone, I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the new images
>> from the Webb telescope. They are truly incredible.
>>
>> In response to Lodewijk's question, the Foundation's Communications
>> Department manages the English Wikipedia social media accounts (on
>> Facebook <https://www.facebook.com/wikipedia/>, Twitter
>> <https://twitter.com/Wikipedia>, and Instagram
>> <https://www.instagram.com/Wikipedia/?hl=en>), as well as the Wikimedia
>> Foundation accounts. There is more information about that on Meta-Wiki
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Social_media>.
>>
>> We try to plan the content calendar about one to two weeks in advance,
>> but we stay flexible to react to current events and Wikimedia news. We
>> always welcome ideas for articles and content to share from both the
>> Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia channels. You can share ideas with us at
>> any time via this Google Form
>> <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchEZ_-8jCJP6E6UQguy_MjOYgoNUfSyzNhbnWU5S1D9_aenw/viewform>.
>> Amplifying the work of volunteers in the movement is important to us, and
>> we value suggestions on opportunities for us to do this further.
>>
>> Regarding the Webb telescope news, we are planning to share the related
>> Wikipedia article as this Friday's Article of the Week
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Social_media/Article_of_the_week> on
>> Wikipedia's social media channels, and to highlight that the images are
>> available on Commons. Every Friday, we share an article that is relevant to
>> current global events and conversations (e.g. we shared about Hajj
>> <https://twitter.com/Wikipedia/status/1545492143023820813> last week),
>> so we thought the Webb telescope would be a perfect fit for this week.
>>
>> We also look for opportunities to retweet posts from others related to
>> Wikimedia and current topics. For example, we just shared this post from
>> Wikimedia Chile
>> <https://twitter.com/Wikipedia/status/1546936039968743425> about the
>> Webb images. With this approach, we can share about the same topic in
>> multiple ways, from a range of perspectives, and celebrate community
>> groups. Another way is by sharing blog posts and media coverage that
>> mention us.
>>
>> With that in mind, another idea I would like to propose is a blog post
>> on Diff <https://diff.wikimedia.org/> that tells the story of how
>> Wikimedia communities responded to the release of the images and made sure
>> information and the photos were quickly available on Wikimedia projects.
>> This is just an idea. If anyone is interested in writing that blog, please
>> let us know! We can then amplify the post on social media to bring it more
>> visibility.
>>
>> Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!
>>
>> Lauren
>> *Lauren Dickinson (she/her)*
>> Senior Communications Manager
>> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 1:43 PM effe iets anders <
>> effeietsand...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> How is @Wikipedia (and similar accounts) being managed right now? I'm
>>> mostly curious about the process how the tweets are decided upon - is this
>>> a staff-driven process or is there some community engagement? Is it planned
>>> out long in advance, or reactive (or somewhere in between)?
>>>
>>> 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: @Wikipedia losing opportunities in Twitter

2022-07-12 Thread Samuel Klein
We should all be answering questions :)  The public interest will only grow
with the glorious images coming out today.

On Tue, Jul 12, 2022 at 10:45 AM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Good day,
> Yesterday, the James Webb telescope published its first image, called
> "Webb's Frist Deep Field" (
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webb%27s_First_Deep_Field). An article
> about the image existis in 14 languages. The tweet announcing it has
> collected in less than a day more than 77.000 RTs and 275.000 likes (
> https://twitter.com/NASAWebb/status/1546621080298835970). The main object
> of the image didn't have any article at any Wikipedia (not an item at
> Wikidata) yesterday. Now we have an article in 8 languages:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMACS_J0723.3-7327 and a category in
> Commons.
>
> Well, the Wikipedia twitter handle didn't tweet anything about this
> achievement, and didn't give any contest to the image. (
> https://twitter.com/wikipedia).
>
> We could be answering questions. "By 2030, Wikimedia will become the
> essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge". We could be
> centering free knowledge at Wikimedia.
>
> Best,
> Galder
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: The Wikimedia Enterprise API project

2022-06-21 Thread Samuel Klein
e written a lot of documentation to get your feedback about our progress
>>>> and where it could be further improved before the actual product is
>>>> ‘launched’ in the next few months. We have been helped in this process over
>>>> the last several months by approximately 100 individual volunteers (from
>>>> many corners of the wikiverse) and representatives of affiliate
>>>> organisations who have reviewed our plans and provided invaluable
>>>> direction, pointing out weaknesses and opportunities, or areas lacking
>>>> clarity and documentation in our drafts. Thank you to everyone who has
>>>> shared your time and expertise to help prepare this new initiative.
>>>>
>>>> A essay describing the “why?” and the “how?” of this project is now on
>>>> Meta:
>>>>
>>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/Essay
>>>>
>>>> Also now published on Meta are an extensive FAQ, operating principles,
>>>> and technical documentation on MediaWiki.org. You can read these at [1] [2]
>>>> and [3] respectively. Much of this documentation is already available
>>>> in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
>>>>
>>>> The Wikimedia Enterprise team is particularly interested in your
>>>> feedback on how we have designed the checks and balances to this project -
>>>> to ensure it is as successful as possible at achieving those two goals
>>>> described above while staying true to the movement’s values and culture.
>>>> For example: Is everything covered appropriately in the “Principles” list?
>>>> Is the technical documentation on MediaWiki.org clear? Are the explanations
>>>> in the “FAQ” about free-access for community, or project’s legal structure,
>>>> or the financial transparency (etc.) sufficiently detailed?
>>>>
>>>> Meet the team and Ask Us Anything:
>>>>
>>>> The central place to provide written feedback about the project in
>>>> general is on the talkpage of the documentation on Meta at:
>>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Enterprise
>>>>
>>>> On this Friday (March 19)  we will be hosting two “Office hours”
>>>> conversations where anyone can come and give feedback or ask questions:
>>>>
>>>>-
>>>>
>>>>13:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95580273732
>>>>-
>>>>
>>>>22:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/92565175760
>>>>(note: this is Saturday in Asia/Oceania)
>>>>
>>>> Other “office hours” meetings can be arranged on-request on a technical
>>>> platform of your choosing; and we will organise more calls in the future.
>>>>
>>>> We will also be attending the next SWAN meetings (on March 21)
>>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Wikimedia_Affiliates_Network,
>>>> and also the next of the Wikimedia Clinics
>>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Clinics
>>>>
>>>> Moreover, we would be very happy to accept any invitation to attend an
>>>> existing group call that would like to discuss this topic (e.g.  an
>>>> affiliate’s members’ meeting).
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On behalf of the Wikimedia Enterprise team,
>>>>
>>>> Peace, Love & Metadata
>>>> -- Liam Wyatt [Wittylama], Wikimedia Enterprise project community
>>>> liaison.
>>>>
>>>> [0]
>>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
>>>>
>>>> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/FAQ
>>>>
>>>> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/Principles
>>>>
>>>> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise
>>>>
>>>> *Liam Wyatt [Wittylama]*
>>>> WikiCite <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite> Program Manager & 
>>>> Wikimedia
>>>> Enterprise <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Okapi> Community Liaison
>>>> Wikimedia Foundation
>>>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: The Wikimedia Enterprise API project

2022-06-21 Thread Samuel Klein
 the quality and quantity of Wikimedia content available to our many
>>> readers who do not visit our websites directly (including more consistent
>>> attribution). Moreover, it does so in a way that is true to our movement’s
>>> culture: with open source software, financial transparency, non-exclusive
>>> contracts or content, no restrictions on existing services, and free access
>>> for Wikimedia volunteers who need it.
>>>
>>> The team believes we are on target to achieve those goals and so we have
>>> written a lot of documentation to get your feedback about our progress and
>>> where it could be further improved before the actual product is ‘launched’
>>> in the next few months. We have been helped in this process over the last
>>> several months by approximately 100 individual volunteers (from many
>>> corners of the wikiverse) and representatives of affiliate organisations
>>> who have reviewed our plans and provided invaluable direction, pointing out
>>> weaknesses and opportunities, or areas lacking clarity and documentation in
>>> our drafts. Thank you to everyone who has shared your time and expertise to
>>> help prepare this new initiative.
>>>
>>> A essay describing the “why?” and the “how?” of this project is now on
>>> Meta:
>>>
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/Essay
>>>
>>> Also now published on Meta are an extensive FAQ, operating principles,
>>> and technical documentation on MediaWiki.org. You can read these at [1] [2]
>>> and [3] respectively. Much of this documentation is already available
>>> in French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
>>>
>>> The Wikimedia Enterprise team is particularly interested in your
>>> feedback on how we have designed the checks and balances to this project -
>>> to ensure it is as successful as possible at achieving those two goals
>>> described above while staying true to the movement’s values and culture.
>>> For example: Is everything covered appropriately in the “Principles” list?
>>> Is the technical documentation on MediaWiki.org clear? Are the explanations
>>> in the “FAQ” about free-access for community, or project’s legal structure,
>>> or the financial transparency (etc.) sufficiently detailed?
>>>
>>> Meet the team and Ask Us Anything:
>>>
>>> The central place to provide written feedback about the project in
>>> general is on the talkpage of the documentation on Meta at:
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Enterprise
>>>
>>> On this Friday (March 19)  we will be hosting two “Office hours”
>>> conversations where anyone can come and give feedback or ask questions:
>>>
>>>-
>>>
>>>13:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95580273732
>>>-
>>>
>>>22:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/92565175760 (note:
>>>this is Saturday in Asia/Oceania)
>>>
>>> Other “office hours” meetings can be arranged on-request on a technical
>>> platform of your choosing; and we will organise more calls in the future.
>>>
>>> We will also be attending the next SWAN meetings (on March 21)
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Wikimedia_Affiliates_Network,
>>> and also the next of the Wikimedia Clinics
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Clinics
>>>
>>> Moreover, we would be very happy to accept any invitation to attend an
>>> existing group call that would like to discuss this topic (e.g.  an
>>> affiliate’s members’ meeting).
>>>
>>>
>>> On behalf of the Wikimedia Enterprise team,
>>>
>>> Peace, Love & Metadata
>>> -- Liam Wyatt [Wittylama], Wikimedia Enterprise project community
>>> liaison.
>>>
>>> [0]
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations
>>>
>>> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/FAQ
>>>
>>> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/Principles
>>>
>>> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise
>>>
>>> *Liam Wyatt [Wittylama]*
>>> WikiCite <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite> Program Manager & 
>>> Wikimedia
>>> Enterprise <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Okapi> Community Liaison
>>> Wikimedia Foundation
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikidata] A collaboration between three Wikimedia affiliates to advance the technical capacities of the movement around Wikidata

2022-06-21 Thread Samuel Klein
> Wikimedia Deutschland
>
> --
> Maria Heuschkel
> Projektmanagerin
> Softwareentwicklung
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
> https://wikimedia.de
>
> Unsere Vision ist eine Welt, in der alle Menschen am Wissen der Menschheit
> teilhaben, es nutzen und mehren können. Helfen Sie uns dabei!
> https://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
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[Wikimedia-l] Small joy of the day: Txikipedia

2022-06-19 Thread Samuel Klein
Reminded today of how beautifully this kids encyclopedia has worked out:
Txikipedia:Azala  (main
page),  Txikipedia:Gengis_Khan


More languages should try that.   a) simple skin hack, b) loving and lovely
idea, c) more compelling to me than the standalone kidipedia projects :)
 Anyway, thanks for improving my weekend, Txikipedians.   SJ

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: what do we do with all this opportunity?

2022-06-18 Thread Samuel Klein
James! Thanks for this case in point.

The free knowledge ecosystem includes hundreds of  thousands of devs around
the world. Most don't think to collaborate with us or through our
codebases, most who do bounce off of current systems, and those who stay
still have a hard time getting code reviewed or fit into a roadmap, or
small grants.

But W also have more genuine, unqualified goodwill than any technical
project I know.  Few doors for technical collaboration or future-creation
would be closed if we only learn how to ask and welcome the result.

So instead of asking "which tools should we try to test + implement, if we
can figure out how to configure it" or "which of these independent
proposals seems worthy of a one-time grant" (like any startup or website or
grantor out there, limited by the time of the few people setting it up), we
should Be Bolder.
Sketch in broad strokes what we need and want to see, commit to working
together to make it so, look for partners who want to collaborate with us
in making the best ecosystem on the planet. E.g.

 — what open graph database will scale to support general knowledge graphs
10 and 100x our current size? The whole planet needs one. Whatever we
migrate to next should be <http://should.be/> a community that joins us to
reach that goal.

 — what discourse tools can support our wide ranging and intense
discussions, constantly tested by our active (once rare, but increasingly
possible and important in a networked world) collabs and consensus-building
across language divides?

There are So. Many. Other areas where the ecosystem of open tools is
scattered, loving, and small, and focus by and with us could elevate the
possible into the commonplace.
 — embedded annotation, like Hypothesis
 — simultaneous editing, like Etherpad
 — embedded synchronous discussion, like IRC or Brave Talk
 — content translation flows
 — visualizations w embedded data, like OWID
 — media editing, like videowiki
 — format conversion + transcoding
 — working with file formats of existing and emerging fields of
knowledge-worl
 — book creation
 — course creation
 — script creation
 — data reconciliation, like OpenRefine

Most of these ideas have approaches (open tickets in Phab) with some depth,
with internal and external champions, and with potentially modest
implementations that could be distributed if that ever became a burden. But
these opportunities are sitting unresolved because a) they don't fall under
the goals of any existing initiatives, and b) we've built
anti-infrastructure: a system that makes contribution from the edges hard
or risky. Lots of tickets opened by people offering to do the work note
that they want some sort of confirmation that the result could be adopted
or implemented, before they commit months of effort to it.

Our internal models for priority and focus need to consider the broader
picture of the technical ecosystem we could empower and uplift, and need to
register the value of working with and committing to other entire networks
(including having many times more people solving these issues alongside
us). Otherwise we are not providing the infrastructure needed by our own
editing networks, not to mention the rest of th free knowledge ecosystem.




On Sat., Jun. 18, 2022, 6:37 p.m. James Heilman,  wrote:

> I have not found getting funding from the WMF for projects easy. VideoWiki
> for example has mostly been funded by WikiProjectMed / personally funded.
> Our first grant application since fully taking on the effort was declined
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid/WPM:VideoWiki> and
> our programmer working on the project has thus moved on. Our experience has
> been similar regarding our collaboration with Our World in Data. We have
> gotten the interactive graphs working on our own site
> <https://mdwiki.org/wiki/WikiProjectMed:OWID> and offered to work on
> doing the same for Wikipedia (plus making them multilingual). Jumping
> through hoops to meet WMF requirements will; however, cost about 1,000 USD.
> WikiProjectMed has never received funding from the WMF and as a much much
> smaller NGO cannot cover these programming expenses for the movement.
>
> James
>
> On Sat, Jun 18, 2022 at 3:49 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> We face the paradox <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fredkin%27s_paradox>
>> of choice <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overchoice>, the lull of peace,
>> and the fog of distributed bureaucracy.
>> ~ With great possibility comes disfocus. (and a few things with focus!)
>> ~ With no clear challenge or adversary, we've become comfortable fussing
>> over small changes... Even as the world moves on to new frontiers and
>> companies race to enclose derivatives of our work. This peace is coming to
>> an end.
>> ~ Our central overhead costs are quite high. So high^ that it seems

[Wikimedia-l] Re: what do we do with all this opportunity?

2022-06-18 Thread Samuel Klein
We face the paradox  of
choice , the lull of peace, and
the fog of distributed bureaucracy.
~ With great possibility comes disfocus. (and a few things with focus!)
~ With no clear challenge or adversary, we've become comfortable fussing
over small changes... Even as the world moves on to new frontiers and
companies race to enclose derivatives of our work. This peace is coming to
an end.
~ Our central overhead costs are quite high. So high^ that it seems to
baffle everyone involved, each believing the bureaucracy must be caused by
some other part of the system, outside of their or their org's control.

Our projects are already a global standard for multimodal collaboration at
scale, we should embrace that and rise to meet it.  Building some of the
world's best free, mulitilingual, accessible tools for is within our remit,
experience, and budget.
  [Discourse raised a *total *of $20M over its lifetime. we could support +
spin out free-knowledge free-software layers like that every year.]

Let's practice working together, focusing on a few things each year that
can change not only our projects but the world, honoring existing work and
aggressively shedding anything we are doing that others are alreay doing
almost as well.

SJ

*^* Up to 10-to-1 in some areas, plus delays of years inserted into
otherwise continuous processes.  This ratio can slip into the negative if
one includes opportunity cost, or funded work that displaces or drives out
comparable voluntary work; or that demands thousands of hours of input for
little result.


On Fri, Jun 17, 2022 at 8:45 AM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Or, maybe, just making Wikimedia a non-obsolete environment. I'm sure the
> money can go to that effort.
> --
> *From:* Felipe Schenone 
> *Sent:* Friday, June 17, 2022 12:51 PM
> *To:* Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Subject:* [Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Inc. design staff
>
> I agree with the diagnosis, but maybe not with the solution. If Wikimedia
> is getting "overfunding" and doesn't quite know what to so with it, there's
> probably plenty of good things to do. We could start a community process to
> decide it, because as you say, reducing funding efforts or saving
> indefinitely for the future isn't likely to happen or even desirable,
> considering the alternatives.
>
> Here are some ideas:
>
> * Investing in clean energy sources for Wikimedia servers.
> * Funding of external developers and libraries on which MediaWiki depends.
> * Funding of open knowledge projects beyond Wikimedia, to not stray too
> far the original intentions of donors and volunteers.
> * Funding of other non-knowledge altruistic projects (like buying land for
> a natural reserve). I'm sure the funding team could rethink and generalize
> the campaign to justify this use for future donations.
>
> On Fri, Jun 17, 2022, 4:47 AM  wrote:
>
> The question of you is important. The Wikimedia Foundation hired a lot of
> people in the last years and I do not see so big change in the output. It
> is a question that is from my point of view relevant for different areas at
> the Wikimedia Foundation. I dont support a too big focus on efficiency that
> needs a lot of metrics to measure and to create these metrics needs then a
> lot of staff. What is needed and what not is not easy to measure. With
> increasing available resources the staff will probably increase. This is an
> usual behaviour of humans that they try to use resources if available and
> do not only allocate them for the future or say no and try to reduce the
> needed resources if not neccessary. From my point of view the Wikimedia
> Foundation should reduce the Fundraising acitivities and try to reduce in
> the next years the yearly expenses or pay at least attention that they do
> not increase further. The salaries at the Wikimedia Foundation are
> currently from my point of view in relation to Germany based NGOs high. I
> think interesting documents to get an overview about the work of the
> Wikimedia Foundation are the quaterly tuning sessions.
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimedia_Foundation_tuning_sessions,_FY2021-22
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Developer Portal is launched! Discover Wikimedia’s technical areas and how to contribute

2022-06-15 Thread Samuel Klein
multiple rounds
>of user testing
>
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developer_Advocacy/Developer_Portal/History#User_research_and_testing>
>-
>
>the Design Strategy team
><https://design.wikimedia.org/strategy/index.html> at the Foundation
>for helping us with designing a research study and recruiting a diverse
>group of users to test the final version of the site
>-
>
>people who helped with key doc improvements and content reviews: Haley
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:HLepp_(WMF)>, Kamil
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:KBach-WMF>, Komla
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SSapaty_(WMF)>, Nick
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Quiddity_(WMF)>, Srishti
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SSethi_(WMF)>
>-
>
>translators and translatewiki.net community, especially Abijeet
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:APatro_(WMF)>, Niklas
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Nlaxstrom-WMF>, and Verdy_p
><https://translatewiki.net/wiki/User:Verdy_p>
>-
>
>People who helped us with steps towards production and deployment:
>Alexandros <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:AKosiaris_(WMF)>,
>Andrew <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:AndrewBogott_(WMF)>, Brian
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:BKing_(WMF)>, Ryan
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:RKemper_(WMF)>, Valentin
><https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:VGuti%C3%A9rrez_(WMF)>
>
>
> We hope that this new resource will be fun to explore and ultimately be
> useful for your work.
>
>
> If you are interested in learning more about the thinking behind the user
> journey design for the Developer Portal, please see the blog post on Diff
> <https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/06/15/illuminating-pathways-to-technical-documentation/>.
> For more information about the technical implementation and design
> principles, please see the corresponding post on the techblog
> <https://techblog.wikimedia.org/2022/06/15/new-discovery-tool-for-technical-documentation/>.
> All key information is also available on the project page
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developer_Advocacy/Developer_Portal> of
> the Developer Portal.
>
>
> Feedback, ideas and questions are more than welcome on the talk page of
> the project
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Developer_Advocacy/Developer_Portal>.
> Let's keep discussions in one place. :-)
>
>
> Birgit & the Developer Portal project team
>
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Selena Deckelmann joins as Chief Product & Technology Officer

2022-06-13 Thread Samuel Klein
Welcome Selena -- thank you for this kind introduction.
I hope you find the Foundation and projects warm and welcoming, with ample
humor and beauty in them (and in 'practice, not theory'!).

SJ
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Join the new Movement Strategy Forum community review

2022-06-12 Thread Samuel Klein
Hi Tgr :)  Of course you've been involved in Discourse administration as
much as anyone.


> Our community's hostility to experiments is one of the biggest obstacles
> to adaptation and addressing long-present problems
>

That seems unfair.  Please reconsider. (your opinion carries a lot of
weight and can be self-actualizing!)
There is certainly a wariness of fragmenting experiments that don't have
the promise of bringing new ideas back into our core tools and sites. It's
great to borrow from & integrate w other projects, and the integration
needs to happen. We need enough gravitational attraction in the core to tie
things together.

If we had a strong persistent vision for how to support multilingual
discourse on our projects, and someone leading its design was warmly
engaged here, pointing out how this contributes to the ongoing work, most
of the stated concerns would go away.

  One-click translation is important.  Talk page sections (and flow) should
have it.  There are solvable details.
  Automatic link-expansion can be handy.  Talk pages should have it as an
option.  There are solvable details.
  The ability to sort a list by voting is important. (People do this
laboriously on wikis all the time!) We should have an in-band solution.
TASD.

Let's practice fast clear templates for experiments:
 1. Social templates for saying 'we want this', proposing simplest workable
experiments
 2. Clarity of maintainers and decision making. Who (in each area) can say
'we *plan* to have this', update roadmaps or plans of record, allocate
time, iterate onp experiments?
 3. Technical templates for trying new tools in a way that informs and
improves our core, and is persistently reusable. (We have tried many
discourse instances. What is the recommended way to synchronize it with a
wiki?)
 4. Giving shout-outs to existing work. Underrated + uplifting. We have
community scripts or feature requests that have tried to add most of these
features to MediaWiki itself. Naming them and their outcomes can highlight
what we still have to learn from new implementations.

SJ

(PS. I like this experiment & it motivates MW improvements. But for those
who might not immediately think of what we /lose/ by moving a q to a
forum, off the top of my head:
 ~ unified recent changes
 ~ unified notifications
 ~ nestable threading
 ~ coherent archiving
 ~ easy wiki-linking and backlinks
 ~ easy transclusion onto other pages
 ~ the abstraction of talk pages (or other annotation)
 ~ translation flow for non-automated translation
)


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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open Call for Wikimania Volunteers

2022-06-11 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks, Antoni!  Are you also looking for translators?  How is language
support going to work this year?

Warmly, SJ

PS - It's hard to see what is still needed when things happen via forms and
off-wiki.  Any updates you can post to the wiki itself would be welcome ///

On Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 9:53 AM Antoni Mtavangu 
wrote:

> Hello dear Wikimedians!
>
> We would like to let you know that The Wikimania 2022 Core Organizing Team
> wants to work with you in making the Wikimania 2022 Conference inclusive as
> possible. The roles we would like you to support us during Wikimania
> includes Trust and Safety, Session Q Facilitators, Tent Managers, Help
> Desk, Newcomer Host, and Newcomer Desk. In all those tasks, no prior
> experience is necessary as we will provide training for all volunteers.
>
> We kindly ask those who are  interested to join us at the Wikimania
> Festival (August 11-14) in either of the roles mentioned to sign up here
> <https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/06/03/open-call-for-wikimania-volunteers/>
>   to support one of the roles mentioned above.
>
> We look forward to celebrating with you at this year’s Wikimania Festival!
>
> On behalf of Wikimania 2022 COT
> <https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/02/24/announcing-the-wikimania-2022-core-organizing-team/>
> ,
>
>
> Antoni Mtavangu (He/Him)
>
> Wikimania 2022 COT member
> <https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/02/24/announcing-the-wikimania-2022-core-organizing-team/>
>
>
> Cofounder-Wikimedia Tanzania
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Tanzania>
>
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
>
> "By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the
> ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Fact-checking where resources flow

2022-06-02 Thread Samuel Klein
pending on activities outside the US amounted
> to a total of $20,076,181 in 2020.[3] This means well over 80% of WMF
> expenditure was in the US.
>
> The Form 990 also provides a breakdown by global regions, detailing the
> precise amounts the WMF spent in each region. Again, I found this paints a
> very different picture to what the Indian public has been told in the
> Indian Express.
>
> First I added up all the amounts (Program Services, p. 29, and
> Grantmaking, pp. 30–31) that were spent in Europe and North America
> (excluding the US). I arrived at a total of $14.8M – which means that 73.5%
> of the total spending on non-US activities was in these regions of the
> affluent north.
>
> This left only $5.3M, or about 3% of total WMF revenue in 2020/2021, for
> the entire rest of the world, which also includes countries like Saudi
> Arabia, Russia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, which are not usually included in
> the Global South. The actual money flowing into the Global South is thus
> even less than 3% – hardly "most" of the money raised.
>
> Raju mentioned the volunteers. I thought, let's leave Program Services
> expenses (which presumably would include servers and caching centres
> abroad) out of the equation and look at Grantmaking alone (pages 30 and 31
> of the Form 990).
>
> The Grantmaking total for activities outside the US given in the Form 990
> is $3,475,062.
>
> Almost exactly $1.2M (35%) of that went to Europe and North America
> (excluding the US).
>
> So total grantmaking in the entire rest of the world outside Europe and
> North America was $2.3M, or 1.4% of the money the WMF raised in 2020/2021.
>
> Again 1.4% is not "most of the money raised", by any stretch of the
> imagination. And the Global South only accounts for a part of that 1.4%.
>
> Lastly, as Raju was speaking to the Indian public, I wanted to find out
> how much money the WMF actually spent on grantmaking in India. The Form 990
> only gives grantmaking totals for "South Asia" – which along with India
> includes other major countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan.
>
> These totals are $75,198 (grants and other assistance to 22 individuals,
> certainly not rank-and-file Wikipedians, given the average amount) and
> $3,339 (grants to organisations). This yields a total of $78,537 for all of
> South Asia.
>
> I make that 0.048% of the WMF's 2020/2021 revenue. Only a part of that may
> have been spent in India.
>
> Please verify these figures for yourselves; I have provided the sources
> below. If I have made a mistake somewhere, please tell me.
>
> It occurred to me that perhaps some grantmaking figures in 2020 were
> particularly low because of the Covid pandemic, which began in the spring
> of that year. But Covid was a global pandemic affecting countries around
> the world. So all countries would have been affected equally. And Covid was
> not as serious in India in 2020 as it was in 2021.
>
> I also know the WMF increased its grantmaking budget for the current year.
> But even if grants to South Asia were to increase a hundredfold compared to
> 2020, they would still represent only 5% of WMF revenue. Such is the gap
> between what is said in the Indian Express and the reality on the ground.
>
> Allow me to make an appeal to your conscience.
>
> The Wikipedia idea is to provide neutral and accurate information to the
> public. I would say that Wikimedians – especially Indian Wikimedians – who
> believe in that idea have a job to do here, because based on the above,
> what the Indian public has been told in the Indian Express simply does not
> match the reality.
>
> Look at it like a Wikipedia article. If you found an article making claims
> so wildly at variance with published facts, would you let them stand? Or
> would you at least start a discussion on the talk page, to try and find out
> why there is such an apparent discrepancy?
>
> Let's have that discussion now, here and on social media.
>
> Best,
> Andreas
>
> [1]
> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/1/1e/Wikimedia_Foundation_FY2020-2021_Audit_Report.pdf#page=5
> – see also
> https://www.dailydot.com/debug/wikipedia-endownemnt-fundraising/
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising#Indian_email_texts
> [3]
> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/e/e4/Wikimedia_Foundation_2020_Form_990.pdf#page=29
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Congratulations to accepted candidates for Google Summer of Code 2022 & Outreachy Round 24

2022-05-27 Thread Samuel Klein
What a crew!!  Excited to see interest in WDComplete and edit requests
Congrats to all, wishing you an inspiring and productive summer. 

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On Thu., May 26, 2022, 9:04 p.m. Oby Ezeilo,  wrote:

> Congratulations to all of them 
> Regards
> Oby Ezeilo
>
> On Fri, May 27, 2022, 12:59 AM Satdeep Gill  wrote:
>
>> Many many congratulations to all the candidates as well as the mentors!
>>
>> I am sure this will enrich the movement with new tools and developers.
>>
>> Regards
>> Satdeep
>>
>> On Thu, May 26, 2022, 9:37 PM pavan santhosh 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Congratulations to all the successful candidates and mentors!!!
>>>
>>> 26 మే, 2022, గురు 17:08కి, Vasanth Gopa  ఇలా
>>> రాశారు:
>>>
 Hello Folks,

 Please join me in welcoming Wikimedia's accepted candidates for Google
 Summer of Code 2022 and Outreachy Round 24!

 *Google Summer of Code 2022*

1.  Nivas Ramisetty, India,   Campaigns Retention Metrics Dashboard
 
 Mentors: KCVelaga, Jayprakash12345.

2.  Ayan Sarkar, India,  Improve the picture selector of the
 Commons Android app
 
 Mentors:  Syced, Aditya.

3.  Lalit Suthar, India,  Extending the WikidataComplete plugin for
 enabling data donations, recommendations, and gamification
 
 Mentors: Gabinguo
 , Aleksandr Perevalov
 

4.  Ankit Gupta, India,  Edit Request Wizard
 
 Mentors: Enterprisey
 , SD0001
 .

5.  Shashwat Khanna
 , India,  Modernize
 JavaScript build process and dependencies for Wiki Education Dashboard
 ,
 Mentors: Sage (Wiki Ed)
   .

6.   Lennard Hofmann
 , Germany, Rewrite
 the Wikidata Infobox on Commons in Lua
 ,
  Mentors: Mike Peel
 .

7.  Amal Paul, India,  Command-line interface for Canasta
 ,
 
 Mentors: Jeffrey Wang
 , Yaron Koren
 

 *Outreachy Round 24*

1.  Vaidehi Atpadkar,  Add support for tracking specific namespaces
 to Programs & Events Dashboard
 
 Mentors: Sage Ross.

2.  Nazia Tasnim,   Build Python library to work with html-dumps
 
 Mentors: Martin Gerlach, Isaac Johnson.

3.  Feliciss,  What's in a name? Automatically identifying first
 and last author names for Wikicite and Wikidata
 
 Mentors: Mike Peel
 , Pigsonthewing
 .

4.  Luis Roberto,  What's in a name? Automatically identifying
 first and last author names for Wikicite and Wikidata
 
 Mentors: Mike Peel
 , Pigsonthewing
 .

 We would like to encourage accepted candidates to introduce themselves
 on
 this thread, share with us where they are coming from and give a brief
 overview of the project they will be working on.

 We’re so proud of the contributions they have made so far to our
 community,
 and we look forward to having a wonderful time working with them over
 the
 summer! Also, a huge shout-out to the project mentors for their
 enthusiasm
 and commitment!

 Thank you to Srishti, Jay Prakash
  and Aisha Khatun
  for coordinating
 this round along with me!

 [1] Google Summer of Code 2022:
 https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/2022
 [2] Outreachy Round 24:
 https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Outreachy/Round_24

 Regards,

 Gopa Vasanth 
 Twitter  | LinkedIn
  

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Simplifying governance processes

2022-05-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Pascale: you are the best  :)  Let us by all means take inspiration from
math and art.

Erik notes, about UX testing:
> it's also possible to provide volunteers with the resources to do it.

Yes, our ability to let people run A/B/Z tests, is extremely powerful.  We
should make more use of this, and teach more people to use it :
particularly the editors already spending long hours fine-tuning designs.

Lodewijk writes:
> Mostly agree with SJ here, with one exception: I do think that some
standing committee to rule on conduct issues is necessary

Yes, elected conduct-decision bodies make sense.  I'm suggesting we use a
simpler process, not be too particular about it, and iterate. The more
drawn-out and elaborate a selection, the more we filter out people who
would prefer to be doing non-bureaucratic work.

Let's combine a slate of elections into *one annual election process*.
Make the range of elections intriguing rather than daunting.

Also, as Steven notes, we need to rebuild norms for leadership /
stewardship of individual projects + decisions. Whoever is planning and
leading an initiative -- be bold and humble, responsive and iterative,
empowering others to fix what's broken.

SJ


On Thu, May 19, 2022 at 7:34 PM Nathan  wrote:

>
>
> On Thu, May 19, 2022 at 5:38 PM Steven Walling 
> wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, May 19, 2022 at 10:27 AM Evelin Heidel 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> +1 to this, my perception is that we're wasting a lot of volunteer's +
>>> staff time + resources into complex governance processes without clear
>>> results. In theory, the reason why you want this much transparency &
>>> process is to make sure decision making (and in turn resources) are
>>> allocated fairly, but in practice so much bureaucracy makes it very hard
>>> for people to participate, leading to even more inequality.
>>>
>>> It's a complex balance to strike but definitely the current initiatives
>>> are not even a good aim to begin with.
>>>
>>> cheers,
>>> scann
>>
>>
>> 100% this.
>>
>> The intentions behind the complex governance processes are good in that
>> they intend to increase inclusivity. But it’s easy to forget the most
>> limited resource we have is the attention of volunteers. The groups we
>> include the least today have the least free time and money. Longer,
>> multi-step processes to form and elect committees to set up committees to
>> review processes to inform a decision then has exactly the opposite of the
>> intended effect because it reduces participation to the slim group of
>> people who have the time and patience for such a process. The CIA wrote a
>> manual about how to sabotage organizations, and it’s like they wrote a
>> perfect description of exactly how things operate right now: "When
>> possible, refer all matters to committees for further study and
>> consideration. Attempt to make the committee as large as possible–never
>> less than five."[1]
>>
>> The other reason we ended up in this situation is simply a lack of strong
>> leadership. People feel like they don't have the permission or safety to do
>> things unless they've done the maximum amount of consultations possible.
>> This is why decisions flounder in limbo for a long time, with no one really
>> knowing if they are happening or not happening. We're stuck because we're
>> trying to reset our governance to solve the problem where it's unclear who
>> is able to decide what and when... but we're trying to solve that by
>> perpetually punting a decision to some other committee or council of
>> people. It's turtles all the way down.
>>
>> 1:
>> https://www.openculture.com/2022/01/read-the-cias-simple-sabotage-field-manual.html
>>
>>
> I think that means we need to acknowledge some culpability for this
> phenomena - in environments like this list, folks learn that no decision is
> too benign to spark controversy and any actually controversial decision is
> guaranteed to garner a vitriolic backlash.
>
> Combine that with the normal tendencies of bureaucracies, magnified by the
> special nature of the WMF, and the result is explosive growth in
> distributed decision-making organs.
>
> Accurate insights from SJ and others, if not necessarily new, but unlikely
> to lead to change because all the incentives that led to this place remain.
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[Wikimedia-l] Simplifying governance processes

2022-05-18 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear Board (and all),

The growing complexity of governance efforts is defeating us. Process creep
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Avoid_instruction_creep> is an
existential threat for projects like ours – it is self-perpetuating if not
actively curtailed, as it filters out people who dislike excess process.
There's a reason 'bureaucrats' and 'stewards' have unglamorous titles.

Global governance in particular seems to be suffering from this now. Let's
try to scale it back!  Recent developments, all at least somewhat confusing:

*Global Council*: A three-stage vote for the drafting committee.  After 6
months of work in private, we know the charter will cover governance,
resourcing, & community
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_Charter/Content>.  A ratifiable
charter by 2023 should include Council scope, then *another* group may
draft an election process. Council elections would start mid-2024.

*Conduct*: Two years from first draft to realization. Custom review &
revision process for policy, set to change ~once a year. Enforcement by
*another* group (U4C), not yet defined, with an idea about annual elections
for it [starting in 2023?].

*WMF Board*: A *four*-stage election, with a new complex nomination
template. Nominees evaluated by *another* elected 9-person Analysis
Committee, followed by a two-stage vote.
Months of process, 16 staff facilitators.

Something has to give. We don't have time for all of these to be different,
complex affairs.
And this complexity feels self-imposed, like trying to push spaghetti
through a straw.

~ ~ ~
Four short proposals for your consideration:

1. Focus discussions on the decisions we need to resolve, not on process.
We need a foundation Board & global Council for specific practical reasons.
What challenges do they need to resolve this year?  What major issues +
nuances are at play?

2. Make elections simple, flexible, consistent.
Build tools and frameworks that *conserve* rather than soak up community
time.  Make longer processes capture proportionately detailed results.
Empower a standing election committee.

3. Highlight ways people can engage with governance + prioritization,
regionally + globally, beyond winning elections to procedural bodies.
*Support* organizers + facilitators rather than *hiring* them out of their
communities to facilitate on behalf of a central org.

4. Delegate more.  Delegate to community.  Delegate *design* and
*implementation*.
Our communities excel at self-organization, and rebel against arbitrary
mandates. Avoid language or policies that remove agency or
exaggerate staff-community division.

풲♡,  SJ

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Building Partnerships and Identifying and Addressing Harassment Online self-guided courses now available on WikiLearn platform

2022-05-14 Thread Samuel Klein
Cassie + Asaf -- again, very cool, I'd like to share this more widely, but
it's still a bit too confusing.
- Courses  includes some test courses that
should probably be hidden, many copies of each course, and no details for
the Harassment course.
- It's not clear if there is a permanent page to point to for each course
separate from the instances of that course (w/ a given start date).

Mike,

I'm not sure why you chose this frame for your response (open edx is great,
we need better options for courseware, these existing courses should be
more accessible and resuable. *And* it should be integrated into WV, which
is open to courses about the wikis. :)  ...  but I understand the sentiment!

WV is an editable, open space for people to create, collaborate + comment
on, fork, and translate courses (or just lists of resources for learners).
It's permanently versioned, multilingual, crosslinked, transcludable,
*gradual*.  It has the pros and cons of default mediawiki, and [unlike,
say, wikisource] hasn't been updated or customized since the rise of online
courseware platforms; nor have those platforms tried to become very wiki.
A missed opportunity on both sides.

People in the movement who are developing and updating their own courses
should certainly be invited to add them in some way to WV. (here's a
category  for you.) If
we're inviting people to add to learn.wiki, let's please make that an easy
option in the workflow.   And eventually, once the platform is open to
community course-creation, of course some integration in the other
direction would be nice to capture the work of people currently teaching
courses on the wiki (limited by topical scope if that's the intent, or
perhaps there can be self-referential courses about using the wikis and
other wikis on the same instance)

SJ

On Fri, May 13, 2022 at 12:57 PM Mike Peel  wrote:

> Ah, OK, so it's not "intended to serve the entire Wikimedia movement!" -
> it's focused on internal Wikimedia training, not external users? I
> missed that, sorry, and thanks for the correction.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Building Partnerships and Identifying and Addressing Harassment Online self-guided courses now available on WikiLearn platform

2022-05-11 Thread Samuel Klein
This is beautiful.  Nice to see Open edX in use.
Feels like incentive to package a range of workshops and materials up in a
reusable and discoverable way!  Open to WikiEdu + other community courses
also?

SJ

On Wed, May 11, 2022 at 1:25 PM Cassie Casares 
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> The Community Development team
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Development> is pleased to
> announce the courses that were delivered during the WikiLearn Pilot
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiLearn> are now available for
> self-guided study on the new WikiLearn platform <https://learn.wiki/>,
> based on the free software Open edX.
> <https://www.edx.org/?g_acctid=724-505-4034_campaign=gs-b2c-us-brand-core-roas_campaignid=16772388216_adgroupid=140810411408_adid=562435444795_keyword=edx_keywordid=kwd-89882436_network=g_source=google_campaign=gs-b2c-us-brand-core-roas_medium=cpc_term=edx_acc=7245054034_cam=16772388216_grp=140810411408_ad=562435444795_src=g_tgt=kwd-89882436_kw=edx_mt=e_net=adwords_ver=3=CjwKCAjw9LSSBhBsEiwAKtf0n1bwsYmA8VKTTsJnwIR2_8Z_BQd6S1pQWgUItNyY-gI8bRSE27LgbBoCiQYQAvD_BwE>
> Open edX
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-04-30 Thread Samuel Klein
On Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 11:25 AM Steven Walling 
wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 30, 2022 at 12:37 AM effe iets anders <
> effeietsand...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> This family of methods risks a two class community, but I'm not sure if
>> that is worse than the current situation. I'm not sure what would be the
>> 'right' path either.
>>
>> A throttle plus flagging proxy edits to admins are really good ideas.
> Creating visibility for functionaries and ways to dial down volume without
> blocking everyone entirely are the right way to allow more openness
> balanced with control.
>

+1.  We already have many classes, not just two, as we flag accounts by
seniority, an important aspect of soft security.
We should always try to limit hard blocks and expand the capacity +
efficiency of reviews and responses after contribution.


> Thanks for hopping in the conversation Danny, glad to know the team is
> thinking on this. The poorly designed way that proxy blocks and requesting
> IPBE are communicated feels like low hanging fruit that the Foundation
> design and product teams could tackle here?
>

Two other ideas:
- Let people who are vouched for by current users in good standing
automatically get IPBE (linked to the vouching account).  Or let current
users create a new account for someone they bouch for, and ask on-wiki on
their behalf for IPBE for that account.  Simple, transparent.
- Make the steps in the block-exemption process and the range of banners +
messages people see when blocked, more browsable and editable by the
community of editors.

S
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: New co-ED at Wikimedia Deutschland

2022-04-28 Thread Samuel Klein
Wow, fantastic.  Warm regards and kudos to you all.  

On Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 9:39 AM Lukas Mezger 
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> Dear Wikimedia friends,
>
> Our path towards an open digital society can only be achieved through open
> software solutions. This is why the Wikimedia Deutschland Supervisory
> Board adopted a governance reform at our meeting on 9 April and asked 
> Franziska
> Heine <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Franziska_Heine_(WMDE)>, our
> current head of software development, and Christian Humborg
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Christian_Humborg_(WMDE)>, our
> current executive director, to jointly take on the leadership of Wikimedia
> Deutschland starting 1 August. Franziska will be the first female ED in the
> history of Wikimedia Deutschland and Wikimedia Deutschland might be the
> first Wikimedia chapter with a dual leadership.
>
> We believe that our decision to introduce a dual leadership is very much
> in line with the sentiment of the Wikimedia communities that accessible and
> attractive software is and will always be essential for all current and
> future Wikimedia projects. Having two co-EDs lends equal weight to
> requirements of the community and the resulting software solutions.
>
> Together with the rest of the Supervisory Board, I am very much looking
> forward to continuing to work with Franziska and Christian as our new dual
> leadership. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Franziska and
> Christian for their work on our new governance structure and especially
> Christian for convincing us of this path forward.
> Kind regards,
>
> Lukas
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Collection / Special:Book usage

2022-04-24 Thread Samuel Klein
1000 per month!  Interesting.  Do we have readership / download data for
those created?

On Sun, Apr 24, 2022 at 4:24 AM Mike Peel  wrote:

>
>
> On 17/4/22 17:40:35, Strainu wrote:
> >
> >
> > Pe duminică, 17 aprilie 2022, Tito Dutta  > <mailto:trulyt...@gmail.com>> a scris:
> >  > Hello,
> >  > This was a very useful tool for the readers. I used it a lot when it
> > was working.
> >  > User namespace books page category shows 50,000 subpages:
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:User_namespace_book_pages
> > <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:User_namespace_book_pages>
> >  > (Please see language sidebar for other languages)
> >
> > You could probably go though all the pages in all the equivalent
> > categories and have a histogram of usage based on page creation time.
>
> This sounded interesting, so I made the histogram, just for enwiki, here
> it is:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Book_collection_enwiki_histogram.pdf
>
> The count is pages created per month.
>
> Key dates:
> - February 2009 - initial peak, tool enabled?
> - May 2013 - rapid increase, it became more visible?
> - October 2014 - peak usage (1145/month)
> - End of 2017 - rapid decrease, reduced visibility?
> - January 2020 - drop to close to zero, tool disabled?
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Collection / Special:Book usage

2022-04-23 Thread Samuel Klein
How lovely.  Thank you Dirk for your work on this.
I was just today talking with a friend about how one might customize a
beautiful wikibook and potentially give it its own permanent ID and, say,
contribute it to the Open Library.

On Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 10:14 AM Dirk Hünniger via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Juergen,
>
> the mediawiki2latex tool is still used see
> https://qa.debian.org/popcon.php?package=mediawiki2latex
>
> it can handle complex tables. It is fully open source, distributed as a
> debian package, which can run on an OS as a docker container. Currently
> I am only investing little time to keep it working. Still I could do
> more if demand rises in the furtuer
>
> Yours Dirk
>
> On 22.04.22 22:19, Juergen Fenn wrote:
> > Dear Erik,
> > Dear list,
> >
> > Am 22.04.22 um 21:35 Uhr schrieb Erik Moeller:
> >> That specific book is a good example of the problems that we've always
> >> had with PDF generation by way of LaTeX, such as complex tables. Also
> >> note the intermittent appearance of unsupported tags in the output.
> >>
> >> As far as I know, the renderer they use is still partially
> >> proprietary. I'm not sure if it would still be seen as valuable to
> >> open source fully, given that LaTeX is indeed probably a technical
> >> dead-end for these kinds of conversions, and given that the codebase
> >> is very old.
> >
> > You might like to know that there is a more recent free
> > MediaWiki-to-LaTeX project that is actively maintained by Dirk Hünninger
> > and can be tried out on WMF Labs:
> >
> > https://mediawiki2latex.wmflabs.org/
> >
> > I understand that Dirk produced some PDF versions for German Wikibooks,
> > but I do not know whether he is still contributing.
> >
> > I put Dirk in CC to let him know we speak of matters LaTeX. Maybe he
> > would like to join the conversation.
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Jürgen.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-04-21 Thread Samuel Klein
ted on
> local projects by administrators and globally by stewards. »
>
>
> I repeat -> ... legitimate users... may freely use proxies until those
> are blocked. the Editors can be permitted to edit by way of an open proxy
> with the IP block exempt flag <-- it is not illegal to edit using an
> open proxy
>
>
> Most editors though... have no idea whatsoever what an open proxy is. They
> do not understand well what to do when they are blocked.
>
> In the past few weeks, the number of African editors reporting being
> blocked due to open proxy has been VERY significantly increasing.
> New editors just as old timers.
> Unexperienced editors but also staff members, president of usergroups,
> organizers of edit-a-thons and various wikimedia initiatives.
> At home, but also during events organized with usergroup members or
> trainees, during edit-a-thons, photo uploads sessions etc.
>
> It is NOT the occasional highly unlikely situation. This has become a
> regular occurence.
> There are cases and complains every week. Not one complaint per week.
> Several complaints per week.
> *This is irritating. This is offending. This is stressful. This is
> disrupting activities organized in good faith by good people, activities
> set-up with our donors funds. **And the disruption** is primarlly taking
> place in a geographical region supposingly to be nurtured (per our strategy
> for diversity, equity, inclusion blahblahblah). *
>
>
> The open proxy policy page suggests that, should a person be unfairly
> blocked, it is recommended
>
>- * to privately email stewards[image: (_AT_)]wikimedia.org.
>- * or alternatively, to post a request (if able to edit, if the
>editor doesn't mind sharing their IP for global blocks or their reasons to
>desire privacy (for Tor usage)).
>- * the current message displayed to the blocked editor also suggest
>contacting User:Tks4Fish. This editor is involved in vandalism fighting and
>is probably the user blocking open proxies IPs the most. See log
>
>
> So...
> Option 1: contacting stewards : it seems that they are not answering. Or
> not quickly. Or requesting lengthy justifications before adding people to
> IP block exemption list.
> Option 2: posting a request for unblock on meta. For those who want to
> look at the process, I suggest looking at it [3] and think hard about how a
> new editor would feel. This is simply incredibly complicated
> Option 3 : user:TksFish answers... sometimes...
>
> As a consequence, most editors concerned with those global blocks... stay
> blocked several days.
>
> We do not know know why the situation has rapidly got worse recently. But
> it got worse. And the reports are spilling all over.
>
> We started collecting negative experiences on this page [4].
> Please note that people who added their names here are not random newbies.
> They are known and respected members of our community, often leaders of
> activities and/or representant of their usergroups, who are confronted to
> this situation on a REGULAR basis.
>
> I do not know how this can be fixed. Should we slow down open proxy
> blocking ? Should we add a mecanism and process for an easier and quicker
> IP block exemption process post-blocking ? Should we improve a process for
> our editors to pre-emptively be added to this IP block exemption list ? Or
> what ? I do not know what's the strategy to fix that. But there is a
> problem. Who should that problem be addressed to ? Who has solutions ?
>
> Flo
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Log/Tks4Fish
>
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Requests_for_global_IP_block_exemption
>
> *[4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking>*
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open proxies and IP blocking

2022-04-20 Thread Samuel Klein
plicated
>> Option 3 : user:TksFish answers... sometimes...
>>
>> As a consequence, most editors concerned with those global blocks... stay
>> blocked several days.
>>
>> We do not know know why the situation has rapidly got worse recently. But
>> it got worse. And the reports are spilling all over.
>>
>> We started collecting negative experiences on this page [4].
>> Please note that people who added their names here are not random
>> newbies. They are known and respected members of our community, often
>> leaders of activities and/or representant of their usergroups, who are
>> confronted to this situation on a REGULAR basis.
>>
>> I do not know how this can be fixed. Should we slow down open proxy
>> blocking ? Should we add a mecanism and process for an easier and quicker
>> IP block exemption process post-blocking ? Should we improve a process for
>> our editors to pre-emptively be added to this IP block exemption list ? Or
>> what ? I do not know what's the strategy to fix that. But there is a
>> problem. Who should that problem be addressed to ? Who has solutions ?
>>
>> Flo
>>
>> [1] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies
>>
>> [2] <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Log/Tks4Fish>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Log/Tks4Fish
>>
>> [3]
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Requests_for_global_IP_block_exemption>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Requests_for_global_IP_block_exemption
>>
>> *[4]
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/No_open_proxies/Unfair_blocking>*
>>
>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Collection / Special:Book usage

2022-04-17 Thread Samuel Klein
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Open letter on negating race and ethnicity as "meaningful distinctions" in the UCoC

2022-04-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks Anasuya.  +1 to all of this!

For the backlog of specific change proposals like this that have been made
and not yet addressed/rebutted or implemented: how should these be sorted?
(Ditto for the possibility of implied revisions in the recent announcement)

Perhaps we could use more parallel drafts in order to compare specific
revisions.



On Fri., Apr. 8, 2022, 1:38 p.m. Anasuya Sengupta, <
anas...@whoseknowledge.org> wrote:

> Tl;dr Urgent need to address the note denying race and ethnicity as
> “meaningful distinctions among people” in the Universal Code of Conduct
> (UCoC). The current wording is highly problematic and can result in
> endorsing systemic and individual discrimination and violence on the basis
> of race and ethnicity, rather than preventing it.
>
> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> We are writing this letter as the Whose Knowledge? user group, both to
> Wikimedia-l, as well as adding it to the talk page for the UCoC.[0] We
> endorsed the UCoC in the community voting process because we are committed
> to its principles and intentions (indeed, some of us have been expressly
> working towards it within the movement for a very long time, in multiple
> ways).
>
> However, we continue to be deeply concerned about the current wording of a
> specific note in the UCoC: under Section 3.1 about Harassment, the note
> under Insults states that “The Wikimedia movement does not endorse "race"
> and "ethnicity" as meaningful distinctions among people. Their inclusion
> here is to mark that they are prohibited in use against others as the basis
> for personal attacks." (emphasis ours)[1]
>
> This is both manifestly incorrect and entirely against what we believe to
> be the principles and intentions of the UCoC. Other Wikimedians have
> already pointed out the deeply contradictory nature of this statement,
> including WJBScribe on the talk page in May 2021,[2] but their comments
> appear not to have been considered yet.
>
>
>
> By stating that "The Wikimedia movement does not endorse "race" and
> "ethnicity" as meaningful distinctions among people," those responsible
> for this text do not seem to fully grasp that:
>
>
>-
>
>Even though the concept of ‘race’ as a biological distinction has been
>refuted, ‘race’ as a social construct has been fully accepted by modern
>scholars.[3] Even more importantly, we know historically that the concept
>of ‘race’ was created and developed to serve and justify European
>colonialism in its quest to enslave, marginalize, oppress, dominate and
>exterminate black, brown and indigenous peoples in the lands they
>colonized. This form of “racial science” was also responsible for the
>genocide of Europeans who would otherwise be racialized as white outside of
>Europe, in particular during World War II. Since then the concept of ‘race’
>has been used to develop and create some of the most wide ranging systems
>of power and privilege that currently marginalize and oppress the majority
>of the world.
>-
>
>By denying or not ‘endorsing’ the existence of race as a “meaningful
>distinction among people”, the Wikimedia movement is not doing non-white
>people any favors or helping to end racism or racist demonstrations, such
>as insults based on race. As we’ve said before, being silent about racism
>doesn’t make it go away. It only creates the perfect environment for the
>continued existence of the deep structural powers and privileges that
>created it in the first place.[4]
>-
>
>Additionally, it is equally manifestly important to acknowledge the
>ways in which the concept of ‘ethnicity’ is used to create “meaningful” -
>including violently discriminatory - “distinctions” amongst people,
>including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism as two obvious examples. It is
>equally obvious that the concepts of ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are not
>equivalent and/or interchangeable, and cannot be used so.
>-
>
>By including such a problematic statement, the UCoC contradicts the
>movement’s commitment to knowledge equity, clearly stated and approved as
>part of our Wikimedia Movement Strategy for 2030. The Universal Code of
>Conduct of a movement that doesn’t “see” race or ethnicity or acknowledge
>the historical and current effects of our racialized and ethnically-driven
>world, cannot and will not be able to “focus our efforts on the knowledge
>and communities that have been left out by structures of power and
>privilege.”[5]
>-
>
>Leaving this wording in, also negates the ongoing efforts by
>individuals and organizations across the movement who work with passion and
>commitment towards knowledge equity in different ways, including through
>challenging racist and ethnically discriminatory behavior in our projects.
>
>
> As long-time members of our movement, we assume good faith, and recognize
> that this current wording may have happened 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: UCoC Phase 2 Ratification Results Announcement

2022-04-07 Thread Samuel Klein
On Wed, Apr 6, 2022 at 1:25 AM Željko Blaće  wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 6, 2022 at 6:34 AM effe iets anders 
> wrote:
>
>>
>> (sidenote: the fact that this announcement is being made by a WMF staff
>> member probably means that this process is less community driven than I
>> thought. )
>> For a fundamental document like this, I'm surprised to see that there is
>> 40+% opposition. Is there a good understanding of what in the UCoC is
>> causing so much opposition?
>>
>
That's a good question.  I'd like to see a summary of feedback and open
issues.  [NTS: we need an 'Issues' tab alongside Talk pages]
Some common points made in Meta discussions that remain unaddressed:

Oveararching:
* No sufficient mechanism for revision / self-correction   [*and no
'partial support' option, as Z. said. leaving a 'no' as the only way to
push for other revisions*]

Basic concerns:
⁑ Mandatory? training
⁑ Mandatory? pledge‽
⁑ No right to be heard
⁑ Easy to troll + game

Broader concerns:
⁂ Long / confusing text, hard to translate, harder to apply evenly
⁂ Could override rather than support local community governance
⁂ Feels WMF-driven rather than community-driven ...
⁂  ... could become time-eating bureaucracy regardless of benefit


The construction of vote procedure did not allow for partial support (one I
> would also prefer myself) but only binary + comment.
> This is suboptimal for lengthy documents and elaborate (but suboptimal)
> processes.
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Preserving cities and buildings, block by block

2022-03-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Such a beautiful project Nikolay, thank you! With a wide range of locales
<https://domofoto.ru/cities/> (here is Mykolaiv
<https://domofoto.ru/cities/138/>).
Do you know if they accept mundane houses and buildings? That might
overload the current interface.
And I wonder if a parallel interface into the same dataset that is
localized / backed up would be helpful.

On Thu, Mar 24, 2022 at 1:34 PM Коля Красный via Wikimedia-l <
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> Hi!
> There is a Russian project https://domofoto.ru directly on that. IDK if
> there’s same projects on other languages.
>
>
>
> Четверг, 24 марта 2022, 18:32 +03:00 от Samuel Klein :
>
> Are there any projects in the vein of Geograph <https://geograph.co.uk/>,
> OSM, Yelp, or Wikipedia for people remembering and preserving images and
> information about cities, city blocks, buildings?  Particularly for cities
> that are damaged by disaster or war, this seems like a valuable thing to do
> at the granularity of "the unit that individuals photograph, remember,
> share with one another".
>
> It would be good to have a freely-licensed structural history of a city in
> this fashion, block by block. And something that refugees from a crisis
> could do to preserve areas they frequented.
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Preserving cities and buildings, block by block

2022-03-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Are there any projects in the vein of Geograph ,
OSM, Yelp, or Wikipedia for people remembering and preserving images and
information about cities, city blocks, buildings?  Particularly for cities
that are damaged by disaster or war, this seems like a valuable thing to do
at the granularity of "the unit that individuals photograph, remember,
share with one another".

It would be good to have a freely-licensed structural history of a city in
this fashion, block by block. And something that refugees from a crisis
could do to preserve areas they frequented.

SJ
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Announcing the 2022 Wikimedia Hackathon

2022-03-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Wow, fantastic -- I love this model for online facilitation + local
gatherings.  Any sort of available/recommended hackathon event-kit?

On Tue, Mar 8, 2022 at 12:03 AM Risker  wrote:

> (re-sending on behalf of Haley Lepp)
>
> Hello everyone!
>
> Your friendly neighborhood Hackathon committee is thrilled to announce the
> 2022 Global Wikimedia Hackathon! We invite you to join us for three days of
> collaborating, interactive sessions, and social fun from May 20-May 22.
> The Hackathon will be held online and there will be grants available to
> support local in-person meetups around the world. You can find more
> information about this on our MediaWiki.org page
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2022>, which will
> continue to grow over the next few weeks. For more details, read below.
>
> Who: The Hackathon is for anyone who contributes (or wants to contribute
> to) to Wikimedia’s technical areas - as code creators, maintainers,
> translators, designers, technical writers and other technical roles. You
> can come with a project in mind, join an existing project, or create
> something new with others. The choice is yours! Newcomers are welcome.
>
> We will send out more information on how to schedule a session in the
> program soon. You can also add yourself to the participants list
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2022/Participants>,
> and mention if you would like to help with tasks such as facilitation or
> welcoming newcomers. There will be scholarship stipends available- please
> stay tuned for more information.
>
> What: A Wikimedia Hackathon <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Hackathons> is
> a space for the technical community to come together and work together on
> technical projects, learn from each other, and make new friends.
>
> When: May 20-May 22. The schedule will be announced shortly. We are
> trying to plan events so that people in all time zones can participate
> comfortably. There will be core hours several times a day when most events
> will occur, and online social and hacking spaces open 24 hours a day
> throughout the three days.
>
> Where: The Hackathon will primarily be held online. However, very soon we
> will share an application for local affiliates to apply for grants to host
> in-person local meetups. Meetups can be anything from social gatherings
> with food, to a party for watching the opening or closing ceremony, to a
> pre-event workshop, to renting a venue where people can participate
> together in the online event. Grants can range from 500-5000 USD. Stay
> tuned for more information!
>
> How (can you help)?:
>
>1.
>
>We are seeking another committee member! The commitment is around 3
>hours per week. If you are interested, please contact
>hl...@wikimedia.org
>2.
>
>We have an ideas page.
><https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Hackathon_2022>What are
>you interested in? What would you like to see or do in this year’s
>hackathon? Please share your ideas with everyone! This is a community
>Hackathon and we will work together to put on a great event.
>3.
>
>Do you have any accessibility or translation requests? Please contact
>hl...@wikimedia.org
>
>
> Cheers,
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Our World in Data (OWID)

2022-03-02 Thread Samuel Klein
Good to know, would love to help with this on wiki... Easy to do it in a
way they can backport when they have time.

On Wed, Mar 2, 2022 at 10:58 AM James Heilman  wrote:

> Hey SJ
>
> Yes working to add OWID both to the sources tab.
>
> With respect to translation, am in discussion with OWID and they have no
> capacity to add this infrastructure for a couple of years. We will need to
> build something ourselves if we want it sooner. Am looking for volunteers
> who are interested :-) Or funding to help hire someone to work on this.
>
> James
>
> On Wed, Mar 2, 2022 at 8:41 AM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Fantastic.  I would include OWID in the Sources attribution line in the
>> embeds.
>> Do they already have a start at translation?  A strings file associated
>> w/ each map?
>>
>> On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 4:52 PM James Heilman  wrote:
>>
>>> We at Wiki Project Med are working to get Our World in Data (OWID)
>>> working within a mediawiki environment.
>>>
>>> 1) We have created a mirror of their website on WMF servers
>>> <https://owidm.wmcloud.org/grapher/interventions-ntds-sdgs>. Hopefully
>>> this has allowed us to address security and privacy concerns.
>>>
>>> 2) We have created an extension
>>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:OurWorldInDataMirror> that
>>> allows the use of this content within a mediawiki install
>>>
>>> 3) We have made a bunch of changes to formatting, such as removing the
>>> logo, to make it compliant with WP practice and style. You can see an
>>> example on MDWiki in the infobox here
>>> <https://mdwiki.org/wiki/Neglected_tropical_diseases>.
>>>
>>> My question to the movement is are their communities interested in using
>>> this technology? There are about 4,000 of these graphs
>>> <https://owidm.wmcloud.org/charts>. We of course will also need to
>>> develop a framework for translation.
>>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Our World in Data (OWID)

2022-03-02 Thread Samuel Klein
Fantastic.  I would include OWID in the Sources attribution line in the
embeds.
Do they already have a start at translation?  A strings file associated w/
each map?

On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 4:52 PM James Heilman  wrote:

> We at Wiki Project Med are working to get Our World in Data (OWID) working
> within a mediawiki environment.
>
> 1) We have created a mirror of their website on WMF servers
> <https://owidm.wmcloud.org/grapher/interventions-ntds-sdgs>. Hopefully
> this has allowed us to address security and privacy concerns.
>
> 2) We have created an extension
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:OurWorldInDataMirror> that
> allows the use of this content within a mediawiki install
>
> 3) We have made a bunch of changes to formatting, such as removing the
> logo, to make it compliant with WP practice and style. You can see an
> example on MDWiki in the infobox here
> <https://mdwiki.org/wiki/Neglected_tropical_diseases>.
>
> My question to the movement is are their communities interested in using
> this technology? There are about 4,000 of these graphs
> <https://owidm.wmcloud.org/charts>. We of course will also need to
> develop a framework for translation.
>
> Best
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sanctions against the Russian Federation; support for Ukrainian Wikimedians

2022-03-01 Thread Samuel Klein
A great question!  Dear renvoy, antanana and others in Ukraine, please stay
safe.
Not only, what is WMF doing, but what an we all do to help?

Here's a potential Ru block in the works, and a request for better VPN
support for editors in the region.
https://twitter.com/maxseddon/status/1498735210342633473
https://twitter.com/runasand/status/1498742191719694345

//S

On Tue, Mar 1, 2022 at 8:26 AM Andy Mabbett 
wrote:

> How do US, Geman/EU (for Wikidata) and other sanctions affect our
> movement and its projects?
>
> How is WMF supporting Wikimedians in Ukraine? And - where sanctions
> allow - supporting Wikimedians in Russia, who are trying to
> disseminate facts and fight censorship and propaganda?
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikimedia Announcements] Ukraine's Cultural Diplomacy Month: We are back in 2022!

2022-02-23 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks for sharing -- a nice idea and gorgeous page; nice to see the *wikigap
challenge* model proliferating.

On Wed, Feb 23, 2022 at 6:00 PM Valentin Nefedov 
wrote:

> Hello, dear Wikipedians!Wikimedia Ukraine, in cooperation with the
> Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Ukrainian Institute, has
> launched the second edition of writing challenge Ukraine's Cultural
> Diplomacy Month <http://ucdm.wikimedia.org.ua>, which lasts from 17
> February to 17 March 2022. The campaign is dedicated to famous Ukrainian
> artists of cinema, music, literature, architecture, design and cultural
> phenomena of Ukraine that made a contribution to world culture. The most
> active contesters will receive prizes.
>
> We invite you to take part and help us improve the coverage of Ukrainian
> culture on Wikipedia in any language!
>
> Sincerely,
> Valentyn Nefedov a.k.a. Renvoy
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikimedia Announcements] Книжковий Арсенал 2022: потрібні волонтери

2022-02-15 Thread Samuel Klein
Sounds wonderful, thank you for sharing this cool event w/ the list.

I would love to see more public events, and more languages, represented in
the list traffic :)

On Thu, Feb 10, 2022 at 11:12 AM attolippip  wrote:

> Усім привіт!
>
> 25—29 травня пройде XI міжнародний фестиваль «Книжковий Арсенал» у Києві.
> Плануємо мати стенд з презентацією ГО «Вікімедіа Україна» на фестивалі, і
> потрібні волонтери, які будуть у ці дні (або один чи кілька днів) чергувати
> на стенді.
>
> Волонтери отримають футболки, у яких потрібно буде в ці дні там бути. А
> також інші сувеніри із символікою проєктів Фонду Вікімедіа та «Вікімедіа
> Україна». Серед можливих завдань, окрім чергувати на стенді та розказувати
> й представляти проєкти, може бути також фотографування значущих людей для
> Вікіпедії та відвідини заходів на фестивалі для фотографування (звісно,
> чергуючись із іншими волонтерами). За потреби можна буде покрити витрати на
> дорогу та проживання (або розмістити у когось із вікіпедистів у Києві).
>
> Попередньо планували зосередитися на поширенні матеріалів та інформації
> про «свободу панорами», фотоконкурси, освітню програму, і, звісно, про
> залучення до проєктів Фонду Вікімедіа. Але конкретніше це почне
> викрастилізовуватися вже ближче до заходу. Вітаються й ідеї з оформлення
> стенду чи продумування активностей. До 17 лютого ще маємо вирішити чи
> будемо й якісь заходи у програмі організовувати, тож якщо у Вас є якісь
> думки й щодо цього, пишіть.
>
> Якщо Ви могли б долучитися, заповніть, будь ласка, цю коротку форму, щоб
> зібрати необхідну інформацію: посилання на форму для зголошення
> <https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUnadiJMYIGow9nUDDXMmxOIT8ctypqdrSqq6R_ltoG1KVUg/viewform>
>
> З повагою / Best regards,
> antanana
> Wiki Loves Monuments Ukraine
> Wiki Loves Earth International team
>
> Disclaimer: This letter is sent in my Wikimedia volunteer capacity, not as
> a Board member of Wikimedia Foundation
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Rwanda

2022-02-10 Thread Samuel Klein
Hurrah!  Welcome to Derrick, Clementine and all, I hope to see the rw: wiki
grow fro strength to strength.   SJ

On Thu, Feb 10, 2022 at 3:44 AM Camelia Boban 
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> [1] *Wikimedia Community User Group* *Rwanda *[2] as a Wikimedia User
> Group. The group aims to improve articles on Wikimedia Foundation project
> websites and promote free and open access to knowledge locally in
> Kinyarwanda & English. They also invest in projects that sensitize and
> train different communities in Rwanda about Wikipedia with much emphasis on
> Kinyarwanda Wikipedia*.*
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Rwanda
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Rwanda
>
>
> Regards,
>
>
>
> *Camelia Boban*
> *Chair*
>
> *Affiliation <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee>*
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Form 990 clarification request (for the attention of WMF accounts staff)

2022-02-01 Thread Samuel Klein
Andreas,

Are you ... sealioning WMF staff?  Please don't.  

You've been posting a lot
<https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/>
lately,
when that happens one can forget to be kind.  I do find you're taking an
overly jaundiced view.

Fewer, shorter messages keep the list more usable by others. You don't need
to respond to everyone.  Rants and nitpicks are better suited to channels
*without* *mass **push-*notifications, like the wiki.  There's an FAQ
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRS_tax_related_information/2019_Wikimedia_Foundation_Form_990_Frequently_Asked_Questions>
on
Meta for every 990, as you know
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:IRS_tax_related_information/2019_Wikimedia_Foundation_Form_990_Frequently_Asked_Questions>,
for Qs like this.

And you should stop calling out individual staff, period.  Including for
salary analyses. That is the least informative (for reasons Christophe laid
out) and most disruptive use of the public information which we are all
glad to have access to.

Warmly, SJ
(ramping back my own posting for a while!)


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> Dear WMF accounts staff,
>
> Could you kindly clarify whether the "Salaries, other compensation,
> employee benefits" figure in Part I, line 15 of the Form 990 relates solely
> to the 291 employees indicated in Part I, line 5, or whether it also
> includes salaries, compensation and benefits for the 82 contractors listed
> in Part V, line 1a of the Form 990.
>
> Thank you.
>
> Andreas
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Media coverage in Germany: Enterprise / Advocacy

2022-01-31 Thread Samuel Klein
monopolies (unlike in many other
>> countries).
>>
>>
>>> It's also about reach
>>>
>>> Wikimedia has always urged rights compliance and at the same time called
>>> for the modernization of copyright where it no longer functions reasonably
>>> in a digital age. On the other hand, it was the large advertising platforms
>>> such as YouTube whose rise and growth would hardly have been conceivable
>>> without disregard for legal standards. Precisely because Wikimedia respects
>>> copyright, it relies on free licenses that make it possible for everyone to
>>> use and edit content permanently and in a legally secure manner.
>>>
>>> Furthermore, Wikimedia welcomes all considerations for a non-commercial,
>>> European media platform as a basis for the exchange of publicly funded
>>> content. Instead, public broadcasters in EU member states mostly limit
>>> themselves to short-term collaborations, limited also by national
>>> exploitation licenses, while at the same time uploading content to globally
>>> available commercial platforms such as Youtube.
>>>
>>
>> I am sorry to say but if 'Wikimedia welcomes all considerations...' this
>> will never or not likely happen anytime soon. Wikimedia and EU based
>> affiliates can not be a bystander (especially considering the visibility
>> and experience of 20 years), but need to commit to work on this issue with
>> others and bridge those short term (EU funded projects of collaborations).
>>
>>> The example of Terra X from ZDF shows that there are distribution
>>> alternatives, such as the Wikimedia platform Commons. The Terra X clips
>>> posted there alone currently achieve more than two million views per month.
>>> To put it in perspective, that's two million views more than if they were
>>> to appear only in the media libraries of the public broadcasters for a year.
>>>
>>> Making Terra X clips available benefits the quality of Wikipedia, no
>>> question. But it primarily benefits the viewers - and it's good for Terra
>>> X's sustainable reach. Reaching many people is the mission of public
>>> broadcasters. Not to mention, Wikipedia articles committed to a neutral
>>> point of view are certainly a more suitable environment for public service
>>> information content than YouTube and other commercial platforms.
>>>
>>> The collaboration between ZDF and Wikipedia on the Terra-X broadcast
>>> comes from a volunteer group. This group, "Wiki Loves Broadcast," points
>>> out in its response to
>>> <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wiki_Loves_Broadcast/Statement_zum_FAZ-Beitrag_vom_18.01.2022>
>>> David Bernet's post that it is solely up to the volunteer community to
>>> incorporate content like ZDF's clips into Wikipedia. Neither Wikimedia
>>> Deutschland nor the Wikimedia Foundation can influence this.
>>>
>>
>> WMF and WM DE should not influence the project direction directly but
>> give support to these initiatives if it did not before.
>> Thank you for sharing this info.
>>
>>
>>> Knowledge that belongs to everyone
>>>
>>> Wikimedia is financially independent. Wikimedia is financed by donations
>>> and membership fees from the millions of people who use Wikipedia and other
>>> wiki projects. In concrete terms, Wikimedia Deutschland is backed by just
>>> under 100,000 association members. In total, more than 500,000 people
>>> supported Wikimedia Deutschland financially last year. In 2021, there was
>>> actually money from platforms. While the figure in 2020 was 0%, in 2021 it
>>> accounted for about 0.2% of revenue. I do not see any threat to
>>> independence in this order of magnitude.
>>>
>>
>> Hm...
>>
>>> Internationally, too, millions of small donations ensure precisely this
>>> independence. For the coming year - as in previous years - we expect
>>> payments from companies and donations of more than $1,000 to account for
>>> less than 20% of the Wikimedia Foundation's total income.
>>>
>>
>> It would be great to actually not claim just financial independence
>> (valid only for WMF), but also interdependencies of participatory work of
>> supportersvolunteers, contractors and staff with partners in the greater
>> ecosystem of Wikimedia.
>>
>>> Two things are certain: Wikimedia cannot sell content at all, because
>>> Wikimedia does not own any content, unlike any creative person. No profit
>>> flows from Wikimedia to individuals, but all income is used solely for the
>>> non-profit projects. Personally, I'm glad that among the world's major
>>> internet platforms there is at least one that is not concerned with profit.
>>>
>>
>> True. Good point to insert 21 years of continuity in this direction for
>> both CreativeCommons and Wikipedia ;-)
>>
>>
>> As for the comments of Andreas...
>>
>> On Sat, Jan 29, 2022 at 9:39 PM Andreas Kolbe  wrote:
>>
>>> I'd rather like to see you lobby to have programs permanently available
>>> on ARD's/ZDF's (German broadcasters') own media repository sites, where
>>> they can easily be linked to. The concentration of public media access in
>>> the hands of just a small number of US-based Big Tech companies that hoover
>>> up everything – which is the practical result of the strategy you advocate
>>> – is politically and economically unhealthy.
>>>
>>
>> This is a really excellent point and worth investigating in and beyond WM
>> DE only with partners at least in the EU where such regulations and
>> commitments could be supported by the EU.
>>
>>
>>
>>> As for nobody at Wikimedia profiting off the free content created by
>>> volunteers, that is relative. WMF salary costs currently average over
>>> $200,000 per employee. In most parts of the world, that would be considered
>>> wealthy. A minor issue in the grand scheme of things, certainly, but still
>>> relevant to us here at least.
>>>
>>
>> Rather then just discussing payroll of Wikimedia (in separate thread) I
>> think it is useful to discuss what is the spectrum of options and what are
>> the bottlenecks for the compensations to both diversify and distribute with
>> equity in mind as well as for WMF to be acting with bigger commitment as
>> supporter of all Wikimedia entities, participants and partnerships, than
>> just easy and obvious ones.
>>
>> Best
>> Z. Blace
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Community Wishlist Survey 2022 is coming. Help us and prepare

2022-01-26 Thread Samuel Klein
ey will at least consider
>>>>>> community
>>>>>> > requests as they plan upcoming work. We always check to see
>>>>>> if
>>>>>> > other teams are already working on solutions related to
>>>>>> what is
>>>>>> > asked inside of the Wishlist. We plan to do more and are
>>>>>> > energized that the conversation is already beginning to
>>>>>> happen
>>>>>> > in this thread.
>>>>>> >   *
>>>>>> > Why is the Community Tech team so small? Why can't more people
>>>>>> be
>>>>>> > hired, or why can't a second Community Tech team be formed?
>>>>>> >   o
>>>>>> > As a team, we deeply believe in our work, and we hope to
>>>>>> keep
>>>>>> > growing. We know how important it is to work directly with
>>>>>> > community members and fulfill community requests. If you
>>>>>> want
>>>>>> > our team to grow, one of the best ways you can champion us
>>>>>> is to
>>>>>> > participate in the wishlist. As participation rates grow
>>>>>> (and
>>>>>> > they have!), the more effectively we can advocate for our
>>>>>> team
>>>>>> > and its resources.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> > P.S. We are still welcoming help to promote the survey and to
>>>>>> translate
>>>>>> > the updated documentation. Thanks for reading.
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> > Best,
>>>>>> > Natalia Rodriguez
>>>>>> > Senior Product Manager, Community Tech
>>>>>> >
>>>>>> >
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: The Wikipedia Library: Accessing free reliable sources is now easier than ever

2022-01-26 Thread Samuel Klein
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: The Wikipedia Library: Accessing free reliable sources is now easier than ever

2022-01-24 Thread Samuel Klein
This is the best.  Thank you for persisting it making it not just useful
but fantastic. :)

On Wed, Jan 19, 2022 at 12:10 PM Sam Walton  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> We've just published a blog post summarising the new features and
> functionality available to active Wikipedia editors in The Wikipedia
> Library:
> https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/01/19/the-wikipedia-library-accessing-free-reliable-sources-is-now-easier-than-ever/
>
> The Wikipedia Library is a tool providing active Wikipedia editors with
> free access to otherwise-paywalled resources, including journals, books,
> newspapers, magazines, and databases. Over the past 5-10 years the library
> has built up a large collection of content from a wide range of publishers.
>
> In the past couple of years we've been finalising the centralised
> Wikipedia Library tool used for accessing all this content:
> https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/. I'm really pleased to announce
> that we've finished work on some long-requested and planned features which
> make it really simple to use!
>
> The library now has:
>
>- Proxy-based authentication for direct access of resources without a
>secondary login
>- A centralised search feature for browsing multiple collections from
>one place
>- An on-wiki notification to let editors know about the library when
>they have crossed the eligibility threshold (rolling out in stages
>throughout January)
>
> As the project I first joined the Wikimedia Foundation to work on years
> ago I'm personally thrilled that we've finally been able to deploy all
> these features!
>
> If you're eligible to use the library (500+ edits, 6+ months editing) you
> can jump in and start using the library straight away. We're now working on
> expanding and diversifying the content available in the library, so let us
> know on the suggestions page if there are collections you want us to make
> available: https://wikipedialibrary.wmflabs.org/suggest/
>
> If the tool isn't currently localised into your language, you can
> translate it on TranslateWiki:
> https://translatewiki.net/wiki/Translating:Wikipedia_Library_Card_Platform
>
> We're planning to host some Office Hours, which will be a chance to get a
> walkthrough of how to use the library, as well as discuss your research
> needs and requests for new collections with the team. Look out for more on
> that in the coming weeks.
>
> --
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: General Maintenance at Commons

2022-01-23 Thread Samuel Klein
Are those file-management tickets not related to commons?
There does seem to be noone managing file-format related tasks in the
absence of a multimedia team

On Sun, Jan 23, 2022 at 10:26 PM K. Peachey  wrote:

> I will note that a majority of those tasks only have a commons tag due to
> herald rule that adds it ro any task with file-management.
>
> And may not be actual issues
>
> Afaik no one managing that workboard (the site tags are generally managed
> by members of the relevant communities)
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikitech-l] Re: Re: Re: Uplifting the multimedia stack (was: Community Wishlist Survery)

2022-01-22 Thread Samuel Klein
I asked on th talk page, but posting here as well:
 -- what's the intended interaction b/t proposals from past years and the
current list? Do people need to find and repost older proposals they want
to see included? Is there a mechanism for refactoring sets of related
proposals?



On Sat., Jan. 22, 2022, 8:08 a.m. Szymon Grabarczuk, <
sgrabarc...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello, I'd like to refer to the original subject of the discussion -
> tomorrow is the last day for submitting proposals for the Community
> Wishlist Survey 2022.
>
> Apart from that, everyone is welcome to translate, promote, and discuss
> proposals:
> https://diff.wikimedia.org/2022/01/10/what-improvements-in-wikimedia-platforms-would-you-like-to-see-help-the-wikimedia-foundation-to-grant-the-communities-wishes/
>
> Best wishes,
>
> Szymon Grabarczuk (he/him)
>
> Community Relations Specialist
>
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
>
> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 2:43 PM Strainu  wrote:
>
>> În mar., 11 ian. 2022 la 08:01, Kunal Mehta  a scris:
>> >
>> > So I think the status quo can be changed by just about anyone who is
>> > motivated to do so, not by trying to convince the WMF to change its
>> > prioritization, but just by doing the work. We should be empowering
>> > those people rather than continuing to further entrench a WMF technical
>> > monopoly.
>> >
>>
>> Counterexample:
>>
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org/message/G2QTRJFAUKLE45SFTFUHOOTOBR6G3DP3/
>> (this was the situation that I quoted in my first email on this thread
>> as the WMF refusing to even do reviews).
>>
>> Maybe it's just the multimedia part that it's in this desperate
>> situation, but I can totally see volunteer developers getting
>> discouraged quickly if their patches are outright ignored.
>>
>> Strainu
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: The Wikimedia Foundation Research Award of the Year - Call for Nominations

2022-01-13 Thread Samuel Klein
My post was sharded to just the wikidata list, copying the others :)

On Thu, Jan 13, 2022 at 12:59 PM Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thank you, SJ. I fully agree with your recommendations.
>
> El jue, 13 ene 2022 a las 14:55, Samuel Klein ()
> escribió:
>
>> Kay, bless your heart.
>> Galder, Gereon, Xavi: I would be *particularly* interested in research
>> in other languages, since it's harder for me to run across that in my
>> regular feeds. (that may also be true for some of the reviewers :) but
>> they're also lang and time limited)
>>
>> Recommendation that might conceivably be implemented for this cycle:
>>  -- Update "can submit" to "encouraged to submit" in any languages
>>  -- If in a language other than {core langs} <-- which may be only
>> English this year, ask submitters to recommend a reviewer who can share a
>> review of the work in English
>>  -- To Andy's point, confirm the license of the research is one that is
>> open (so that it can be independently translated)
>>  -- Have a two stage award: the first stage, based on a quick review for
>> significance and interest, identifies finalists which are, if not already
>> in one of the {core langs}, translated into one of them. (at least in
>> abstract + summary; we facilitate this translation by supporting /
>> sponsoring community translation; it's a universal benefit for researchers
>> around the world)
>>  -- Second stage is as currently imagined: review of finalist papers in
>> {core langs}.
>>
>> <3.  SJ
>>
>> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 10:27 PM KAY WOODING via Wikidata <
>> wikid...@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>>>  I SPEAK ENGLISH  THABKS I APPRECIATE IT  JESUS LOVES YIU I LOVE YOU GOD
>>> BLESS YOU  HAVE A BLESSED DAY
>>>
>>> On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 09:55:21 PM EST, Leila Zia <
>>> l...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> We gave the option of accepting nominations in more languages some
>>> more thought. I want to be very honest: I don't have a good solution
>>> to accommodate more languages in this cycle. We considered the option
>>> of allowing/encouraging nominations in other languages, and not doing
>>> the broader search we do in English in those languages. However, even
>>> this option is not really guaranteed to work because we consider
>>> "scholarly publications" which can be papers of a few pages or books
>>> that can be hundreds of pages. We cannot guarantee that we can
>>> translate the scholarly publication (independent of its length)
>>> in-time for the review.
>>>
>>> Given the above, my suggestion to you is that if you know of a
>>> scholarly publication that is in another language than English and you
>>> think we should consider it, still nominate it. We will consider it,
>>> even if I can't guarantee that we review it.
>>>
>>> I'm sorry that I am not able to offer a better solution for this
>>> cycle. We will continue thinking about this point for the future
>>> cycles.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>> Leila
>>>
>>> On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 12:46 PM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga
>>>  wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Hi Leila,
>>> > I have read it, that's why I'm confused.
>>> > 
>>> > From: Leila Zia 
>>> > Sent: Monday, January 10, 2022 9:40 PM
>>> > To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
>>> > Cc: wiki-researc...@lists.wikimedia.org <
>>> wiki-researc...@lists.wikimedia.org>; Discussion list for the Wikidata
>>> project. 
>>> > Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wiki-research-l] Re: The Wikimedia
>>> Foundation Research Award of the Year - Call for Nominations
>>> >
>>> > Hi Galder,
>>> >
>>> > Please see below.
>>> >
>>> > On Mon, Jan 10, 2022 at 12:26 PM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga
>>> >  wrote:
>>> > >
>>> > > Thanks, Leila, for answering the question raised.
>>> >
>>> > Anytime.
>>> >
>>> > > I'm a bit confused with this, I supposed that the Wikimedia
>>> Foundation Research Award was an initiative from the Research team of the
>>> WMF (https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research), but I read in
>>> your answer that "WikiResearch is primarily in English and about research
>>> published in English". I under

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Luis Bitencourt-Emilio Joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2022-01-13 Thread Samuel Klein
020, MIT Press,
> z A. Przegalińską), Thick Big Data
> <https://global.oup.com/academic/product/thick-big-data-9780198839705?cc=gb=en>
>  (2020,
> Oxford University Press), Common Knowledge?
> <https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=24010> (2014, Stanford University
> Press)
> *Ostatnie artykuły:*
>
>- Jędrzej Chrzanowski, Julia Sołek, Dariusz Jemielniak, Wojciech
>Fendler (2021) Assessing Public Interest Based on Wikipedia’s Most
>Visited Medical Articles During the SARS-CoV-2 Outbreak
><https://www.jmir.org/2021/4/e26331/>, *Journal of Medical Internet
>Research*, 23(4)::e26331
>- Natalia Banasik-Jemielniak, Dariusz Jemielniak, Wojciech Pędzich
>(2021) Intercessory Rote Prayer, Life Longevity and the Mortality of
>Roman Catholic Bishops: An Exploratory Study
><https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10943-021-01214-9>,  *Journal
>of Religion and Health*, doi.org/10.1007/s10943-021-01214-9
>-   Natalia Banasik-Jemielniak, Dariusz Jemielniak, Maciej Wilamowski
>(2021)  Psychology and Wikipedia: Measuring Psychology Journals’
>Impact by Wikipedia Citations
>
> <http://nerds.kozminski.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Psychology-and-Wikipedia-measuring-psychology-journals-impact-by-Wikipedia-citations.pdf>
>,  *Social Science Computer Review, *doi.org/10.1177/0894439321993836
>- Agata Stasik, Dariusz Jemielniak (2021) Public involvement in risk
>governance in the internet era: impact of new rules of building trust and
>credibility
>
> <http://nerds.kozminski.edu.pl/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Public-involvement-in-risk-governance-in-the-internet-era-impact-of-new-rules-of-building-trust-and-credibility.pdf>,
>Journal of Risk Research, doi.org/10.1080/13669877.2020.1864008
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Is (Wikipedian-in-residence, a proposal) to update?

2022-01-03 Thread Samuel Klein
ZB -- Just seeing this excellent idea.  Yes, it is a good time to revisit
and envision what might be possible if this were a much broader and more
universal practice, with a wide range of templates.

I would suggest combining it with a global scholarship program for younger
students -- a multilingual internationally known wikimedia scholarship
program, with matching funds and support via regional partners, would
elevate the principles, the focus on improving public knowledge, and the
practice of self-organization and learning-by-participating that makes us
tick.

SJ

On Wed, Dec 22, 2021 at 1:28 AM Željko Blaće  wrote:

> Before this last 21st day in the 21st year of 21st century
> is globally over, I try to re-initiate re-thinking
> on this 15 years old proposal for a Wikipedian-in-residence
>
> http://original-research.blogspot.com/2006/12/wikipedian-in-residence-proposal.html
> but also articles in (only) 27 language Wikipedias,
>
> Meta, Outreach wiki and elsewhere
> for updating the notion of WIR and roles it performs in Wikimedia,
> an ecosystem of diverse entities, dynamics and relations.
>
> As Wikimedians with wider perspective than a single wiki project, often
> more than a single language and for sure more than single community, gear
> up to discuss and act on 2030 strategy, that includes new initiatives, new
> formations of decentering resources, new content, forms and methods of
> working, with new priorities, conditions, tools, services and what
> not…there is also a value in reflecting and reimagining what is already
> established but often overlooked practice.
>
> Some of the WIR practitioners have been self-reflecting on and off
> publicly https://wikistrategies.net/5-things-wikipedian-in-residence/ and
> engaging with communities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9YgFm2eso
> there was also network establishment.
> 3 years ago WREN UG (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group)
> was recognized with the aim to protect the common elements of the role and
> for creating a peer support network of new and experienced WIRs for
> collaboration and to encourage a global professional environment which
> inspires institutions to appoint persons to engage with Wikimedia.
>
> In recent times Wikipedian-in-Residence, is more often
> Wikimedian-in-Residence, in rapid growth of Commons and Wikidata (but also
> in 2021 first one in Wiktionary) and sometimes Wikimedian-at-Large, in more
> generalized practice of strategy or direction setting work.
> Additionally in time of pandemic when doing physical events is challenging
> and many of the (potential) partner organizations are closing down or
> limiting public events to bare essential, short and transient it is more
> important than ever that individuals (rather than cohorts of editathon
> enthusiasts) keep revisiting institutions and work with them in a most
> flexible mode and scale.
>
> Finally to start both re-visioning and maybe even re-positioning WIRs in
> Wikimedia we should think of what this network of ‘free agents’ can bring
> towards 2030, beyond what WMF, affiliates, UGs, HUBs, WikiProjects and
> other organizational forms can. Also think how much more useful this
> initial inspiration of artists, writers and researchers in residence could
> be if these creative and critical roles in the art and cultural sector get
> embraced and encouraged more often and more intentionally.
>
> Z. Blace
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikitech-l] Re: Uplifting the multimedia stack (was: Community Wishlist Survery)

2022-01-02 Thread Samuel Klein
I appreciate all of the comments; still unsure where to more persistently
host the conversation, but for now I posted this still-arbitrary list on
Commons .  (adding
other items mentioned in this thread)  SJ


- *File formats*: Support high-demand formats – e.g. CSV, CML
, + hundreds of other
 open tickets
- *Uploads*:  Improve bulk, large, and video uploads.
   + *Bulk conversion* for video uploads (videoconverter /
video2commons are broken)
   + *Upload Wizard* upgrades (timeouts
, batch renaming, batch imports
)
- *Downloads*:  Fix multi-download (Imker
 is
broken)
   + Make public dumps  (stale
since 2013)
- *Video playback*:  Debug + roll out the videojs
 player
- *Search*:  Bring CQS back up .
Implement a noauth option  for
tools
- *General*: Move to a blazegraph alternative (for wqcs)
   + *Images*: Update thumbor 
 and librsvg   ||  redesign
 the image table
*- Curation*: Simpler content assessment workflow, like en:wp's
 (QI/VP doesn't
scale)
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[Wikimedia-l] Uplifting the multimedia stack (was: Community Wishlist Survery)

2021-12-30 Thread Samuel Klein
Separate thread.  I'm not sure which list is appropriate.
*... but not all the way to sentience
.*

The annual community wishlist survey (implemented by a small team, possibly
in isolation?) may not be the mechanism for prioritizing large changes, but
the latter also deserves a community-curated priority queue.  To complement
the staff-maintained priorities in phab ~

For core challenges (like Commons stability and capacity), I'd be surprised
if the bottleneck were people or budget.  We do need a shared understanding
of what issues are most important and most urgent, and how to solve them.
For instance, a way to turn Amir's recent email about the problem (and
related phab tickets) into a family of persistent, implementable specs and
proposals and their articulated obstacles.

An issue tracker like phab is good for tracking the progress and
dependencies of agreed-upon tasks, but weak for discussing what is
important, what we know about it, how to address it. And weak for
discussing ecosystem-design issues that are important and need persistent
updating but don't have a simple checklist of steps.

So where is the best current place to discuss scaling Commons, and all that
entails?  Some examples from recent discussions (most from the wm-l thread
below):
- *Uploads*: Support for large file uploads / Keeping bulk upload tools
online
- *Video*: Debugging + rolling out the videojs
 player
- *Formats*: Adding support for CML
 and dozens of other
 common high-demand file formats
- *Thumbs*: Updating thumbor 
and librsvg 
- *Search*: WCQS still  down
, noauth option
 wanted for tools
- *General*: Finish implementing redesign
 of the image table

SJ

On Wed, Dec 29, 2021 at 6:26 AM Amir Sarabadani  wrote:

> I'm not debating your note. It is very valid that we lack proper support
> for multimedia stack. I myself wrote a detailed rant on how broken it is
> [1] but three notes:
>  - Fixing something like this takes time, you need to assign the budget
> for it (which means it has to be done during the annual planning) and if
> gets approved, you need to start it with the fiscal year (meaning July
> 2022) and then hire (meaning, write JD, do recruitment, interview lots of
> people, get them hired) which can take from several months to years. Once
> they are hired, you need to onboard them and let them learn about our
> technical infrastructure which takes at least two good months. Software
> engineering is not magic, it takes time, blood and sweat. [2]
>  - Making another team focus on multimedia requires changes in planning,
> budget, OKR, etc. etc. Are we sure moving the focus of teams is a good
> idea? Most teams are already focusing on vital parts of wikimedia and
> changing the focus will turn this into a whack-a-mole game where we fix
> multimedia but now we have critical issues in security or performance.
>  - Voting Wishlist survey is a good band-aid in the meantime. To at least
> address the worst parts for now.
>
> I don't understand your point tbh, either you think it's a good idea to
> make requests for improvements in multimedia in the wishlist survey or you
> think it's not. If you think it's not, then it's offtopic to this thread.
>
> [1]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/hyperkitty/list/wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org/message/WMPZHMXSLQJ6GONAVTFLDFFMPNJDVORS/
> [2] There is a classic book in this topic called "The Mythical Man-month"
>
> On Wed, Dec 29, 2021 at 11:41 AM Gnangarra  wrote:
>
>> we have to vote for regular maintenance and support for
>> essential functions like uploading files which is the core mission of
>> Wikimedia Commons
>>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Community Wishlist Survey 2022 is coming. Help us and prepare

2021-12-30 Thread Samuel Klein
Szymon: neat, thanks.  How do past suggestions carry over?

We should definitely make more use of community-curated priority lists
(annotated with how separable / hard they are; where they sit on the 'new
solution <--> pay off tech debt' spectrum).  And see if we can support a
broader range of technical hubs + community groups tackling some of them.

Core challenges like Commons stability + capacity deserve their own thread!
I believe the wishlist is traditionally for something else.

NBB: An interesting idea (below).  It would be good for us to develop
patterns w/ more shared creative leeway for experimenting with a collective
call to action around major initiatives.  Mozilla has some approaches to
this. Including bounties, grants, outreach campaigns to recruit new
contributors, awards for essential tools, workshops to train people in
related toolchains so they can help move the space forward.

S.

On Thu, Dec 30, 2021 at 6:52 AM  wrote:

> This is a proposal that would need to be included in next year's funding
> plan. It also would involve an obligation for the other teams within the
> Foundation.
>
> **Part 1: Funding redistribution and Big Ticket team**
> I propose that we stand-up a 2nd community wishlist team... to handle the
> "Big Ticket" items, beyond the capacities of the current team.
> **Part 2: blocked item obligations**
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Fwd: Meta, WikiMedia, and the Hewlett Foundation partner with Africa No Filter

2021-12-21 Thread Samuel Klein
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>>>>> multiple African languages.
>>>>>
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>>>>> callouts on Africa No Filter’s usual platforms.
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>>>>> creation of content that is more representative of what is happening 
>>>>> across
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>>>>> us to increase our reach and impact and ultimately bring awareness of the
>>>>> importance of which story Africans are telling. It means we can do more –
>>>>> it’s an exciting time for Africa No Filter. "
>>>>>
>>>>> Media enquiries: ler...@africanofilter.org
>>>>>
>>>>>  *About Africa No Filter  *
>>>>>
>>>>> Africa No Filter is a donor collaborative shifting stereotypical and
>>>>> harmful narratives within and about Africa through research, grant-making,
>>>>> community building and advocacy by supporting storytellers, investing in
>>>>> media platforms, and driving disruption campaigns. It is funded by Ford
>>>>> Foundation, Bloomberg, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Luminate, Open Society
>>>>> Foundations, Comic Relief, the Hilton Foundation, the British Council and
>>>>> Hewlett Foundation.
>>>>> *About the Wikimedia Foundation*
>>>>>
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>>>>> Wikimedia
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>>>>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: December 14 Conversation hour about organizing for #WikiForHumanRights 2022

2021-12-14 Thread Samuel Klein
What's the latest estimate, for different parts of the movement?
Who has the best model report card for this?

On Tue, Dec 14, 2021 at 2:25 PM Philip Kopetzky 
wrote:

> 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 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi all,
>>>
>>> Reminder that the conversation hour for #WikiForHumanRights starts in 2
>>> hours at 1500 UTC. If you are interested in organizing for this next year,
>>> we hope to see you there,
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>>
>>> Alex Stinson
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Wed, Dec 1, 2021 at 2:39 PM Alex Stinson 
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> *TL:DR --* Join us for a Conversation hour December 14 at 1500 UTC to
>>>> learn how to organize for WikiForHumanRights 2022.
>>>>
>>>> Hello Everyone!
>>>>
>>>> #WikiForHumanRights: Right to a Healthy Environment  2022 [1]is back!
>>>> From April 15  through to June 14 2022 we encourage local affiliates,
>>>> individuals or organizations interested in the campaign to organize
>>>> activities around the intersecting themes of human rights and the
>>>> environment.
>>>>
>>>> If you are interested in organizing your community for the campaign,
>>>> please join us for a conversation hour on December 14 at 1500 UTC [4]
>>>> (more details below) to learn how you can participate.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Why the Right to a Healthy Environment?
>>>>
>>>> This October, the Right to a Healthy Environment was formally
>>>> recognized [1] by the United Nations Human Rights Council. According to
>>>> Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
>>>>
>>>> "A safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is the foundation
>>>> of human life. But today, because of human action – and inhuman inaction –
>>>> the triple planetary crises of climate change, pollution, and nature loss
>>>> is directly and severely impacting a broad range of rights, including the
>>>> rights to adequate food, water, education, housing, health, development,
>>>> and even life itself."[2]
>>>>
>>>> The environmental crisis is getting more complex. Humanity needs to
>>>> make thousands of big and small decisions to address it. As the UN
>>>> Environmental Program described it, we need to make “Peace with Nature”[3]
>>>> and protect the human rights of the most vulnerable.
>>>>
>>>> Wikipedia and other platforms need to fill the knowledge gaps at the
>>>> intersection of sustainability and human rights in every context and
>>>> language.  The world needs access to reliable information about the link
>>>> between environmental sustainability and human rights.
>>>>
>>>> What can you do? Help us organize!
>>>>
>>>> We need your help! The campaign will officially launch on April 15 (one
>>>> week before Earth Day), but we need your help now to begin preparing this
>>>> global call to action.
>>>>
>>>> Last year we had 24 community-led editathons, workshops, webinars, and
>>>> writing contests, with contributions to over 2000 articles in more than 40
>>>> languages. To match (and hopefully exceed) these impacts, we need your help
>>>> to organize your local communities!
>>>>
>>>> Activities related to human rights and sustainability are good topics
>>>> for local communities to both a) identify new partners, b) recruit
>>>> enthusiastic participants and c) fill key topics for impact in their own
>>>> language or context.
>>>>
>>>> Join the Conversation to learn more!
>>>>
>>>> Join us for 1.5 hours of conversation Tuesday the 14th December 2021
>>>> 15:00 UTC on Zoom <https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/84871090509> [4], to
>>>> learn more about:
>>>>
>>>>-
>>>>
>>>>How you can participate in this campaign and organize local events
>>>>in your community or region.
>>>>-
>>>>
>>>>Which topics this campaign will target, and h

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

2021-12-14 Thread Samuel Klein
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>>
>> [3] https://www.unep.org/interactive/making-peace-nature/
>>
>> [4] https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/84871090509
>>
>> [5]https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiForHumanRights
>>
>> [6] https://t.me/joinchat/k_W9SVMG5K44YjJh
>>
>> --
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>> Senior Program Strategist
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> Twitter: @sadads
>>
>> Learn more about how the communities behind Wikipedia, Wikidata and other
>> Wikimedia projects create calls to action to invite new contributors
>> through campaigns: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campaigns
>>
>
>
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> Twitter: @sadads
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-10 Thread Samuel Klein
Hi Richard, thanks.  Keen to see what the team is planning.

- Are there any notes from the session earlier today?
- Can you post the policy to Meta, and link it to the [[m:Human Rights
Team]]?
- You might seed its discussion page with the current FAQ; people may have
other questions.  This would be a better place to gather + respond
to movement-internal questions, even if a clean static version remains on
the foundation-wiki
- The FAQ currently says the policy will be translated (by whom? through
the translation dashboard?) and posted on the Governance Wiki.  Not
everyone realizes that foundation.wikimedia.org was renamed to that so it's
a bit confusing -- you might just link to the page where translations will
be added.

My primary question: Most of the language of the policy is about freedom
*from* threats, rather than freedom *to* (create, share, learn,
self-govern, protect one's own rights, ). The free knowledge policy agenda
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019/Global_advocacy>
is
linked to, but that more often focuses on freedoms *to*.   I'd like to hear
how you are thinking about this.

For instance, we could focus all available energy and resources staffing a
defense league to protect those who are under threat; or focus on training,
empowering, and unblocking active community groups; or on providing them
with new avenues for educating individuals and networks so they have the
skills and resources to do all of the above.

James + Bodhisattwa:

The stated scope does include starting at home, w/ the rights of community
members, staff, and users of the projects; as well as those who might not
be able to engage in any of those ways.  I encourage you to share ideas you
have on how to build a stronger movement, supporting contributors and
identifying approaches to and successes in unionization (or other workplace
practice) for staffed parts of it.  Perhaps here
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Human_rights>?

On Thu, Dec 9, 2021 at 10:26 AM Richard Gaines 
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Advocacy team is excited to announce the
> approval of the Human Rights Policy
> <https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Human_Rights_Policy#Frequently_Asked_Questions>
> by the Board of Trustees on 8 December 2021. Please read our blog post
> <https://diff.wikimedia.org/2021/12/09/what-the-wikimedia-foundations-new-human-rights-policy-means-for-our-movement/>
> about the policy and what it means for the Wikimedia Foundation’s work in
> the coming years on Diff. We invite you to join representatives of the
> Foundation’s Global Advocacy and Human Rights teams here
> <http://meet.google.com/wio-vdkw-phd> for a conversation hour tomorrow,
> 10 December, at 10:00 AM ET (15:00 UTC) to address any immediate concerns,
> questions, or suggestions regarding this policy or how it will be
> implemented. The session will be recorded for later viewing and you may
> submit questions by email to myself (rgai...@wikimedia.org) and Ziski
> Putz (zp...@wikimedia.org) ahead of or following the conversation hour.
> Additional conversation hours on this policy will be made available in the
> coming weeks.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Auction at Christie's

2021-12-03 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks for the post; I appreciate finding out from an internal list before
social media / the news.

Adam, agreed this list isn't a good place for general discussion about it,
bit a heads-up seems fine (and a longer thread on wiki appropriate)




>> *I’ll be around for the next 8 hours or so to answer any questions but to
>> keep it all centralized, let’s keep it on my English wikipedia talk page,
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Jimbo_Wales
>> 
>> 
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Small gratitude to our fellow wikimedians

2021-11-08 Thread Samuel Klein
I'd like us to consider a more serious set of obits, after the fashion of
the astronomers <https://baas.aas.org/obituaries>.

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 6:25 PM Gnangarra  wrote:

> In some ways we do https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2021:In_Memoriam
>
> On Tue, 9 Nov 2021 at 04:46, Camelia Boban 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi everybody.
>>
>> Today, on the social media channels, we received the news about another
>> wikimedian who is passed away: Steve Suleeman (User:Stephensuleeman from
>> idwiki). As others in the recent or distant past: Spasimir Pilev
>> (User:Спасимир Пилев from bgwiki), Pier Luigi Rocco (User:Moroboshi from
>> itwiki), Elena Sanz Queiruga (User:ElsaBornFree from
>> eswiki), User:SlimVirgin from enwiki, Krzysztof Machocki
>> (User:Halibutt from plwiki).
>>
>> For these losses, I think we - as a community, through the Wikimedia
>> Foundation - need to set up a fund to build a commemorative plaque to
>> remember all the wikimedians we have lost.
>>
>> I would suggest it to be a thought from the community, extended also to
>> all other major events of a wikimedian's life (marriage, birth of a child).
>> We know a wikimedian often sacrifices the free time, dedicating a large
>> part of their own real life to our projects and the movement. Would be a
>> recognition from the community for the work done and a memory for the
>> families, a "small gratitude to our fellow wikimedians" as someone said.
>>
>> I know that some affiliates are already doing this (eq. Wikimedia
>> Indonesia), would be a lovely idea to do it in a centralized way at the
>> level of the whole movement.
>>
>> What do you think?
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Meet the new Movement Charter Drafting Committee members

2021-11-01 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you Kaarel, and kudos to the committee; may the work get off to a
solid start.

Bodhisattwa Mandal  writes:

> Coming from South Asia and looking at ESEAP, I am not at all excited
> considering the geographical representation of the committee as per
> Wikimedia regions[1], excluding WMF appointed candidates who will represent
> WMF instead of the regions itself
>

Hi Bodhisattwa,

I don't believe the idea is for anyone to explicitly represent their
geography, affiliations, or organizations -- rather to draft a meaningful
and empowering starting point for us all.

Of course broad geographic and project backgrounds, and good language
diversity (within the drafting group and through available tools to support
work with others) are important for this work.  But please don't exclude
any participant from that, based on the experimental mix of selection
processes.  We are all wikimedians.  Runa and Jorge for instance have been
advancing the global movement towards free knowledge, culture and tools for
a very long time.  And having a translation expert actively involved should
help amplify different voices :).

SJ.

PS - There are still many, many systemic gaps and biases in our communities
and our knowledge.  The focus on elevating and connecting regional hubs may
help address this, and I dearly hope to see thriving hubs in Asia. But I
wouldn't say the next billion participants, editors, and learners will come
from any one region; rather from underserved communities everywhere in the
world! (And by stats like readership
,
communities in Africa are still the least reached, including proportional
to connectivity.)
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Manavpreet Kaur's role in AffCom's issues

2021-10-25 Thread Samuel Klein
Michal,

Don't be absurd.
*Do not use this list for personal attacks*.

You seem to be forum-shopping an ethical disagreement

with
others at WMSVK, and now extending that to attacking anyone who has
interacted with you about it.

Manavpreet is a saint and an excellent communicator, who we are fortunate
to have in our movement. She no doubt responded to your concerns with
kindness -- unlike those who steered clear. For you to attack *her*
character as a result is ridiculous. When you come to your senses you owe
her an apology.

We must all take care of ourselves in mentally trying times.
Find ways to cope that do not involve lashing out.

SJ

(PS - Since this subject line is itself unkind targeting -- if anyone wants
to comment further on-list, please use the previous thread, "*Investigation
of possible AffCom*...")
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Movement Charter Drafting Committee elections are now open!

2021-10-19 Thread Samuel Klein
Risker writes:
> To the best of my knowledge, the Elections Committee has had no
involvement in the MCDC election,
> and there's no indication at all that the Board asked them to assist or
to manage the election.
> I would really like to see a couple of stewards acting as scrutineers for
this election, simply because they are
> really experienced at identifying the kinds of problems that turn up on
elections like this

I do hope there are scrutineers of that sort.  Can someone involved w/ the
process advise on how that is happening?

I'd like to see us have an explicit standing group that keeps up with all
of these large-scale selection processes, shares best practices from a
range of variations implemented on different projects, and can discuss them
publicly in a number of languages. Running polls + votes is broadly useful,
so we should expand the pool of people fluent in their implementation.

It is good to have staff support and complement this work, but it would be
a loss five times over (in cost, delay, warmth, capacity, communal
knowledge) to remove this work from active community maintenance and
oversight.

On Tue, Oct 19, 2021 at 4:28 AM Chris Keating 
wrote:

>
> Agreed.  Is this something that the Election Committee
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_committee>,
>> as a standing committee not tied to a single election, can help with?   SJ
>>
>>
> I would like the answer to this to be 'yes', but the Elections Committee
> doesn't seem to do anything except supervise the community elections to the
> Board (which are, in effect, now run by WMF staff). They did not, for
> instance, appear to be particularly involved in the work that led to the
> changes to the Board election structure. They do not publish any
> information about what they are doing, and they don't appear to be
> particularly responsive to inquiries even when there is a Board election
> on. Making the elections committee a 'standing' committee does not appear
> to have resulted in anything changing, and suggests this committee is not
> the right group to take any further changes forward.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Movement Charter Drafting Committee elections are now open!

2021-10-18 Thread Samuel Klein
l bias into 
>> use
>>   of the tool, so we have chosen the select all approach as default. 
>> Overall,
>>   it is the number of candidates that is creating the bulk of the 
>> navigation
>>   and comparison issues and we are open to feedback on how to improve 
>> this in
>>   the future.
>>   - The length of the statements made by the candidates in the
>>   compass tool was capped to prevent us from creating another wall of 
>> text.
>>   While it helps to better understand the position of the candidate, it 
>> would
>>   create a further barrier for voter engagement, if the expression is not
>>   clear and concise. I believe that the word limits will be an essential 
>> part
>>   of the future elections and candidate statements, because it reduces 
>> the
>>   access barrier for voters and also facilitates translations to a wider
>>   range of languages, which makes the information even more accessible. 
>> What
>>   can be discussed is the exact limit size and also what information is 
>> the
>>   most helpful to collect from candidates.
>>   - The tool that we used is Open Election Compass
>>   <https://open-election-compass.com/>. We did not do a full code
>>   review for this, but we did not experience any anomalies in weighing 
>> of the
>>   votes during testing. If there are people who are interested in doing 
>> the
>>   code review, here is the link to the tool in GitHub
>>   <https://github.com/open-election-compass/client>.
>>- We are truly grateful to the community members who have stepped in
>>and tried to make the information regarding the candidates more easily
>>digestible. This goes a long way in supporting informed voting in this
>>process! Thank you Dušan Kreheľ and Andrew Lih for your proactive and
>>constructive approach!
>>
>> I apologize for the length of the response - I have tried to break it up
>> so the single points are more clear. I am available to respond to any
>> further questions and specifications, as well as happy to receive any
>> further feedback.
>>
>> Wishing everyone a great week ahead!
>> Kaarel
>>
>> On Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 10:44 AM Mario Gómez 
>> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Oct 18, 2021 at 3:57 AM effe iets anders <
>>> effeietsand...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> This is a horribly problematic election. Not only does it take hours to
>>>> go through the candidates if you actually want to rank them, but you would
>>>> also need to be willing to spend about a lot of time to enter them into the
>>>> broken voting interface (which works great for up to 5 candidates - not for
>>>> 70).
>>>>
>>>
>>> I filled about 14 candidates and it was not extremely bad, but for
>>> anyone looking to rank more candidates, I guess it might have been
>>> daunting. I agree that the dropdowns are a very inconvenient UI for this
>>> kind of votation. I can imagine something more efficient like having chips
>>> for every candidate (no dropdown), and then sequentially click on them to
>>> add them to the ballot in order, then maybe supporting drag and drop to
>>> re-order. Changing the order of candidates once the ballot is prepared is
>>> particularly cumbersome.
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Mario
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: 100$ million dollars and still obsolete

2021-10-15 Thread Samuel Klein
Luis writes:
> For what it is worth, I think the current mobile app is pretty good and I
regularly finding pleasant surprises

Yea, the mobile app is sweet, editing and all.

Responding to two specific earlier comments:

1. *Galder* - "It is 2021 and we still can't edit by mobile phone."

-->  Safe to say this is not true :)  But you could say that about your
later comment on the ability to "*write simultaneously ... upload videos
...** autosave*", each of which are common in online collaborative spaces,
and which we do need to make standard for our wikis.  But the bottlenecks
aren't primarily design, but rather coordinated vision and focus -- or at
least unblocking and supporting one another as we design and implement
prototypes.  We need new social norms and clear community use cases
for simultaneous
editing  (resolving
attribution and revision history for multiparty edits), video uploading
 (how to note
the original upload if we only save a transcode), and drafts
 (rallying support behind a
specific client-side use case to realize).

2.* Jonathan* -
   "[In my new sw company] we have the autonomy to make the changes in the
first place, see what happens, and then build from there..."
   "WMF product teams work in an environment where [...] one set of end
users (editors) has a great deal of both *soft* and *hard* power to block
changes, even when those changes are intended for--and indeed, primarily
affect--a different set of end users (readers)."

--> These comments highlight a common misframing, about autonomy and
curation of the reading experience, worth addressing.  (Likely deserves its
own thread!)

Much of the friction and tension in our movement stems from different
understandings of autonomy; and the impedance mismatch

of a step function between the norms (of communication, delegation, and
planning) of a) broad community wikiocracies and b) narrow staff
hierarchies. Our community has thousands of designers; the staff has
scores, who may feel constrained to work on only their particular projects.
There is abundant talent.

Most active editors and curators are not "end users" of the site, any more
than developers are -- they are involved before the end, up and down the
design and implementation stack, building bridges, interfaces,
translations.  They are project stewards, schedulers, templaters,
designers, and maintainers.  So when interface designers deploying a new
language-selector design are talking with layout designers maintaining
article flair like geo-coordinates

and article status indicators
, they should
feel they are on the same team: improving the site skin together.

This is a solved problem in some corners, but the solutions are not evenly
distributed.  Within Wikimedia, and within the WMF, there are groups and
projects of all sizes that have developed without this sort of contention.
But we spend most of our time and energy talking about the ones that fail
to do so.  [*The article always ends on the wrong version
; confusion is always
due to the other person* :-]   Let's learn from the successes, and not fall
into stereotyping any parts of our nexus.

Wishing all a beautiful week's end,
SJ
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: 100$ million dollars and still obsolete

2021-10-15 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks Galder for the provocative thread and Jonathan for your reflections
(in this thread and in issues elsewhere, past and present).

Galder -- I'm thinking about how to refactor your observations to make them
less personal, more general, easier to work with.
This issue and these patterns are not specific to {design | the foundation
| a developer/user feedback loop}, but the example you raise makes it
tangible.  Design is often an area that amplifies them - there's a reason
that *barn-raising* and *shed-painting* are analogies for very
different human tendencies...

You might call this class of interactions *feedback tropes* – like fiction
tropes , there are thousands of
common ones, not just a handful. They are mostly not "excuses" [other than
what you numbered 5.x].  Many tropes which you mention but did not number
("don't change anything", "better than nothing [don't take forever]", "this
doesn't even scratch the surface [so why bother]", "what have you done for
us lately", "you are bad at this") are part of their own cycle.

Naming more of these tropes might help defuse tension and avoid spiralling
– most tropes have known and relatively straightforward resolutions.

I can also see how these two cycles can amplify one another, though it
doesn't need to be that way.  For instance, in the thoughtfully
detailed Phab tickets you linked, where both you and others participating
feel fed up for different reasons.

SJ
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Toolhub 1.0 is launched! Discover software tools used at Wikimedia

2021-10-14 Thread Samuel Klein
ug reports, ideas and questions are more than welcome on the talk
>> page of the project <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Toolhub>, or
>> in Phabricator <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/board/3224/>.
>> Bryan (tech lead) & Seve (our new Product Manager) will be there to chat
>> with interested folks and help with any questions. We are looking
>> forward to evolving this project step-by-step and jointly with everyone!
>>
>> Birgit – on behalf of Technical Engagement & our Toolhub project team
>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Endowment reaches initial $100 million goal and welcomes new board members

2021-09-22 Thread Samuel Klein
Wonderful news, and an amazing set of board members. Thanks to the team for
making the endowment a steady and growing pillar of support, and tending to
its governance too with care :)



On Wed., Sep. 22, 2021, 10:58 a.m. Lisa Gruwell, 
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> Today I am very happy to announce the Wikimedia Endowment [1] has reached
> its initial $100 million goal. The Endowment was started in 2016 as a 
> permanent
> fund to support the Wikimedia projects in perpetuity [2].
>
> My deep gratitude goes out to our generous donors, the Endowment board,
> Foundation staff, and volunteers who made this possible. I am grateful to
> the future-focused community members who began considering the idea of an
> endowment years ago, to those who participated in community conversations
> on Meta [3] to help us think through initial decisions regarding its
> launch, and to all contributors whose work creating Wikimedia content has
> brought free knowledge to the world.
>
> As part of this milestone, the Wikimedia Endowment Board has also welcomed
> three new members: Phoebe Ayers, Patricio Lorente, and Doron Weber,
> bringing in important expertise of the Wikimedia movement and priorities as
> well as in nonprofit management.
>
> You can read more about this milestone, what it means for the movement,
> and what comes next for the Endowment on Diff [4] and the Endowment Meta
> page [5]. We invite you to share any questions or feedback on the Endowment
> talk page [6].
>
> Thank you to everyone who has made this incredible achievement possible.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Lisa
>
> [1] https://wikimediaendowment.org/
>
> [2] https://wikimediafoundation.org/about/mission/
> 
>
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Endowment_Essay
>
> [4]
> https://diff.wikimedia.org/2021/09/22/the-wikimedia-endowment-reaches-100-million-milestone-and-welcomes-three-new-members-to-its-board-more-on-what-these-developments-mean-for-the-projects-and-movement/
> 
>
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment
> 
> [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Endowment
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: [Wikimedia Announcements] Welcoming the new Wikimedia Foundation CEO

2021-09-14 Thread Samuel Klein
Hello Maryana!  This is superb news.

Brad 'OG' Patrick  wrote:

> Congratulations and welcome to the best job in the world!
>

You're not wrong :)

Access to knowledge seems to becoming more unequal these days in new ways,
with the volume of convincing un-knowledge increasing much faster than the
modest pace of the real thing.  So our work is not getting easier.  But
humor, joy, and a commitment to empowering one another across the varied
texture of our planet, is as good a foundation for it as any I know.  Thank
you Maryana, for sharing your thoughts and wishes.

Sending a warm welcome,
Sam.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming the first round of grants from the Equity Fund

2021-09-11 Thread Samuel Klein
Broadly agreeing with Gergő — our central challenge in this arena is that
the Foundation's total investment in things outside of staffing its own
growing org has historically been quite small — even though we recognize
that WP itself needed well under $1M to take off, and that we need a wide
range of innovative ideas - and recognition for the most creative community
efforts - to have a chance of repeating that in other arenas. The amount we
invest in new outside projects and regional affiliates was modest a decade
ago, and since then has grown more slowly the internal budget.

So I was glad to see these funds earmarked last year, and the results seem
healthy; at the same time the Foundation seems to be increasing
community-overseen grantmaking, which is essential. The two are not
mutually exclusive.

S.



On Sat., Sep. 11, 2021, 3:14 p.m. Gergő Tisza,  wrote:

> One can argue about whether it was a good idea to give 15% of the
> Foundation's annual grant budget to largely-unrelated charities as a snap
> reaction to a wave of US political protests. But assuming it was - this
> happened in the middle of the pandemic, with the WMF operating on extremely
> restricted resources (with many staff working half-time, see [1]), and was
> trying to react to an unexpected event quickly, so I doubt it could have
> been done in a significantly more transparent or participatory manner. And
> the community was also stretched pretty thin, there were constant
> complaints of being consulted about too many things at the same time, with
> the movement strategy discussions, board election discussions, code of
> conduct discussions, branding discussions etc. going on, while people's
> personal lives were in disarray due to the lockdowns and other
> virus-related disruptions; some consultations had to be delayed, even the
> board elections had to be delayed. So I doubt the community would have had
> the capacity to practice oversight, had it been invited to.
>
> That's not to say those we shouldn't ask for more transparency and
> participation *going forward*, as those circumstances are now largely
> behind us (at least in the Global North; not sure about community capacity
> in the countries which would be the most logical beneficiaries of an equity
> fund). But we should acknowledge the severe constraints the WMF was under a
> year ago.
>
> (disclaimer: I work at the WMF, in a non-grantmaking-related position. All
> of the above is my personal opinion as a long-time community member.)
>
> [1]:
> https://medium.com/freely-sharing-the-sum-of-all-knowledge/wikimedia-coronavirus-response-people-first-8bd99ea6214b
>
> On Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 10:21 PM Yair Rand  wrote:
>
>> I haven't yet had time to look over the grantee organizations, and the
>> general issue of funding non-Wikimedia efforts has been fairly well-covered
>> by statements from all four recently-elected trustees, so I'm just going to
>> take a moment to bring up some points about the specific process used here:
>> * This was not participatory. Neither the community nor any
>> community-elected group were invited to look these over even to give
>> advance feedback, much less make a decision.
>> * This was not transparent. Even after the fact, no notes were given on
>> what the WMF used to judge the options; no metrics, no pros-and-cons
>> analysis of each, no general review. Nor was a list of rejected applicants
>> made public, as far as I can see.
>> * COI concerns: Given the lack of any mentioned standards about this (I
>> haven't seen anything resembling the FDC's COI rules, and the WMF's general
>> COI policy seems quite lacking for something like this), and given the
>> problematic history this Fund in particular has in this area, I must ask:
>> Did any staff, trustees, or committee members involved in this process have
>> any personal associations to any of the grantee organizations, and if so,
>> were they (/would they have been) required to recuse themselves from the
>> relevant decisions?
>> * The Committee appears to have committed to sharing "terms of each grant
>> and updates on their progress" on Meta, per the FAQ. I don't see any links
>> to the grant terms. Should we still expect these things?
>>
>> (A few excerpts from answers given by the recently elected, at the Q on
>> the topic of funding non-Wikimedia efforts in general:
>> "I don’t think WF has any money to spare for any other causes
>> irrespective of their worth. There’s an NGO or 100 for any cause, and WF
>> cause is exclusively Wikimedia movement support." - Victoria
>> "At this time, I'd be reluctant to start funding projects entirely
>> unrelated to Wikimedia projects." - Pundit
>> "The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to support and empower the
>> communities of the Wikimedia projects and the projects themselves. Among
>> the many worthy goals that one can set, we choose to pursue this one. [...]
>> The Wikimedia Foundation looks relatively big and well-resourced (in terms
>> of 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Paid editing dashboard and metrics?

2021-09-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you Mario!  I'll ask further there. S

On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 4:29 PM Mario Gómez  wrote:

> You might want to discuss this topic at
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikiproject:Antispam
>
> This page is watched by many people working against UPE in various
> projects. Many are familiar with large-scale UPE operations. Some of us
> already work with tools for automated and semi-automated detection. So it
> might be more fruitful to discuss it with contributors experienced in that
> area.
>
> Best,
>
> Mario
>
> On Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 7:22 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Hi Steven :)  Good points.  I agree with Adam that this is a major energy
>> and enthusiasm drain for eitors.
>>
>> As to how we could start with data collection:
>>
>> * Monitor the market.
>>   a) Work with groups that are in the market and completely transparent
>> about their work to maintain a sense of rates and volume
>>   b) Search general contracting sites, general search engines, and
>> specific reputation brokers for new options; maintain a catalog
>>   c) Spot-check and commission work. As with Böhmermann
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3%B6hmermann>'s show - he spent
>> under 500 Euros and identified two networks of UPE.
>>
>>  * Build better tools for tracking and countering undisclosed paid editing
>>   a)  Tracking: automated scoring, as with ORES
>>   b)  Countering: As you say: tools to help people coordinate work,
>> making it more fun and collaborative to take on UPE. Especially for
>> often-targeted categories -- politicians + companies..
>>   b)  Both: Focus on tools for detecting large farms over time, and
>> cleaning up the mess left by a farm.
>>
>> You're right about community size being a defense.  But only for a time
>> -- the growing demand for this actively subverts community members. Olaf
>> was one!  So we also need to think of ways to reduce and divert that demand
>> into constructive channels.
>>
>> SJ
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:11 PM Steven Walling 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Given that it’s completely trivial to make new pseudonymous accounts how
>>> would you propose even remotely accurate data collection to measure paid
>>> editing?
>>>
>>> If we are worried about the impact of paid editors on the integrity of
>>> content, we are much better served investing even more in efforts to
>>> dramatically strengthen our volunteer community’s ability to defend the
>>> projects. That means better software to help each editor do more, making it
>>> fun, easy and welcoming for new contributors, and fighting the attrition in
>>> admins and other functionaries. If our volunteer community was larger and
>>> healthier, the threat of paid interference would be less scary.
>>>
>>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 7:20 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Aha -- I was pointed to en:wp's List of paid editing companies
>>>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_paid_editing_companies>.
>>>> (thanks!)  This is a great resource and deserves to be better linked.   The
>>>> page is semi-active - 4 additions in the last month, including the Olaf
>>>> case. I've cleaned it up a bit and linked it to the German page. This
>>>> really needs some automated scripting and tracking, at the scale of ORES...
>>>>
>>>> Is there any routine analysis / stats compiled of edits associated with
>>>> these orgs, or of their activity online?
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 2:19 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Jan Böhmermann <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3%B6hmermann>
>>>>> published an amazing expose on political WP editing in Germany; it gets
>>>>> good around 15 minutes in
>>>>> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNsTaKwyAzI=900s>. In the video he
>>>>> exposed the workings of a paid editing farm run (by Olaf Kosinsky (
>>>>> Wikidata <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q30108329>; CheckUser
>>>>> discussion
>>>>> <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Umgang_mit_bezahltem_Schreiben/Verdachtsf%C3%A4lle/Olaf_Kosinsky>
>>>>> ; archived PR-services site
>>>>> <https://web.archive.org/web/20210416110100/https://kosinsky.eu/>),
>>>>> an excellent long-time editor with over 3 million edits.
>>>>>
>>>>> *We need to distinguish paid editing from general COI editing*.  Paid
>>>>&

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Paid editing dashboard and metrics?

2021-09-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Hi Steven :)  Good points.  I agree with Adam that this is a major energy
and enthusiasm drain for eitors.

As to how we could start with data collection:

* Monitor the market.
  a) Work with groups that are in the market and completely transparent
about their work to maintain a sense of rates and volume
  b) Search general contracting sites, general search engines, and specific
reputation brokers for new options; maintain a catalog
  c) Spot-check and commission work. As with Böhmermann
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3%B6hmermann>'s show - he spent under
500 Euros and identified two networks of UPE.

 * Build better tools for tracking and countering undisclosed paid editing
  a)  Tracking: automated scoring, as with ORES
  b)  Countering: As you say: tools to help people coordinate work, making
it more fun and collaborative to take on UPE. Especially for often-targeted
categories -- politicians + companies..
  b)  Both: Focus on tools for detecting large farms over time, and
cleaning up the mess left by a farm.

You're right about community size being a defense.  But only for a time --
the growing demand for this actively subverts community members. Olaf was
one!  So we also need to think of ways to reduce and divert that demand
into constructive channels.

SJ

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 11:11 PM Steven Walling 
wrote:

> Given that it’s completely trivial to make new pseudonymous accounts how
> would you propose even remotely accurate data collection to measure paid
> editing?
>
> If we are worried about the impact of paid editors on the integrity of
> content, we are much better served investing even more in efforts to
> dramatically strengthen our volunteer community’s ability to defend the
> projects. That means better software to help each editor do more, making it
> fun, easy and welcoming for new contributors, and fighting the attrition in
> admins and other functionaries. If our volunteer community was larger and
> healthier, the threat of paid interference would be less scary.
>
> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 7:20 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Aha -- I was pointed to en:wp's List of paid editing companies
>> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_paid_editing_companies>.
>> (thanks!)  This is a great resource and deserves to be better linked.   The
>> page is semi-active - 4 additions in the last month, including the Olaf
>> case. I've cleaned it up a bit and linked it to the German page. This
>> really needs some automated scripting and tracking, at the scale of ORES...
>>
>> Is there any routine analysis / stats compiled of edits associated with
>> these orgs, or of their activity online?
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 2:19 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>>
>>> Jan Böhmermann <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3%B6hmermann>
>>> published an amazing expose on political WP editing in Germany; it gets
>>> good around 15 minutes in
>>> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNsTaKwyAzI=900s>. In the video he
>>> exposed the workings of a paid editing farm run (by Olaf Kosinsky (
>>> Wikidata <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q30108329>; CheckUser discussion
>>> <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Umgang_mit_bezahltem_Schreiben/Verdachtsf%C3%A4lle/Olaf_Kosinsky>
>>> ; archived PR-services site
>>> <https://web.archive.org/web/20210416110100/https://kosinsky.eu/>), an
>>> excellent long-time editor with over 3 million edits.
>>>
>>> *We need to distinguish paid editing from general COI editing*.  Paid
>>> editing is COI editing by professionals, who have strong external
>>> incentives to persist, no leeway in the outcome they are aiming
>>> for, experience in doing this in dozens of cases, and may have colleagues
>>> who can drop in as 'uninvolved' editors to forge consensus or social
>>> proof.[1]
>>>
>>> This is one of our great recurring challenges, siphoning off both our
>>> reputation and our community.  There are many things we can do about paid
>>> editing, starting with maintaining *paid-editing metrics and a
>>> dashboard* of known and estimated paid editing.  We can estimate its
>>> prevalence by the availabiity of services online[2]; and look for patterns
>>> of such editing on wiki.  Even with large error margins, this would be a
>>> step above simply waiting for outbreaks to be discovered and reacting to
>>> the visible bits of the iceberg.
>>>
>>> What sort of metrics like this do we have already?  Who is working on
>>> such things?
>>> Since the above video came out, de:wp started a table of WP editing
>>> services
>>> <https://de.wikip

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Paid editing dashboard and metrics?

2021-09-07 Thread Samuel Klein
Aha -- I was pointed to en:wp's List of paid editing companies
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:List_of_paid_editing_companies>.
(thanks!)  This is a great resource and deserves to be better linked.   The
page is semi-active - 4 additions in the last month, including the Olaf
case. I've cleaned it up a bit and linked it to the German page. This
really needs some automated scripting and tracking, at the scale of ORES...

Is there any routine analysis / stats compiled of edits associated with
these orgs, or of their activity online?

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 2:19 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:

> Jan Böhmermann <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3%B6hmermann>
> published an amazing expose on political WP editing in Germany; it gets
> good around 15 minutes in
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNsTaKwyAzI=900s>. In the video he
> exposed the workings of a paid editing farm run (by Olaf Kosinsky (
> Wikidata <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q30108329>; CheckUser discussion
> <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Umgang_mit_bezahltem_Schreiben/Verdachtsf%C3%A4lle/Olaf_Kosinsky>
> ; archived PR-services site
> <https://web.archive.org/web/20210416110100/https://kosinsky.eu/>), an
> excellent long-time editor with over 3 million edits.
>
> *We need to distinguish paid editing from general COI editing*.  Paid
> editing is COI editing by professionals, who have strong external
> incentives to persist, no leeway in the outcome they are aiming
> for, experience in doing this in dozens of cases, and may have colleagues
> who can drop in as 'uninvolved' editors to forge consensus or social
> proof.[1]
>
> This is one of our great recurring challenges, siphoning off both our
> reputation and our community.  There are many things we can do about paid
> editing, starting with maintaining *paid-editing metrics and a dashboard*
> of known and estimated paid editing.  We can estimate its prevalence by the
> availabiity of services online[2]; and look for patterns of such editing on
> wiki.  Even with large error margins, this would be a step above simply
> waiting for outbreaks to be discovered and reacting to the visible bits of
> the iceberg.
>
> What sort of metrics like this do we have already?  Who is working on such
> things?
> Since the above video came out, de:wp started a table of WP editing
> services
> <https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProjekt_Umgang_mit_bezahltem_Schreiben/F%C3%A4lle#Wikipedia-Web-Agenturen_auf_dem_Markt>.
> It currently includes an initial dozen examples, with no estimate of
> activity (the 1 account known to be associated with each is in most cases
> blocked; but most have active websites soliciting work) This would be
> useful in all languages.
>
> SJ
>
>  [1] as Melmann wrote
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_(policy)/Archive_167#Limiting_the_scope_of_COI_edit_requests>
>  recently:
> "*in my experience, **all the most difficult edits are WP:PAID
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:PAID>**. Most non-paid COI comes
> from a place of desire to make things better, and often can be relatively
> easily guided towards a better place... [or] it is relatively easy to use
> existing enforcement mechanisms to to correct and ultimately control their
> behaviours. PR professionals, on the other hand, are subtle and sometimes
> downright deceptive, and it takes lots of effort to check their edits when
> most of the time you lack context and expertise and you really have to
> research in depth to see their edits for what they really are. I think that
> one of the fundamental mistakes of the current policy is lumping paid
> editors with general COI editing as paid editors are fundamentally playing
> on a different level in terms of PR expertise and incentives*"
>
> [2] Just searching for this online led to ads from dozens of services.
> The first 10 below seem to be clones of the same service (perhaps run by
> the same farm)
>  Elite Wiki Writers
>  Wiki Curators
>  Wiki Genies
>  Wikipedia Legends
>  Wiki Page Writing
>  Wiki Page Creator
>  WikiProfs
>  Wiki Specialist LLC
>  Wiki Writers Workshop
>  Wikipedia Publisher
>  Wikipedia Services
>  360 Ghostwriting
>  Contentfly
>  Otter PR
>  Premium Content Writing
>  ReputationX
>  Upwork
>
>
>

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Results for the most contended Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election

2021-09-07 Thread Samuel Klein
Congratulations to Rosie, Victoria, Dariusz and Lorenzo!

This system offers a helpful way of seeing whether there is a natural break
in the election results.
In this case there was a growing gap between 5th and 6th place results as
the process resolved.

Looking at the gap between (1 + 4), (4 + 5), and (5 + 6) as the # of
remaining candidates dropped:

# left   | 1st-4th | 4th-5th | 5th-6th |
19   |  185 |27 |  141 |
 9|  131 |25 |  223 |
 6|   97  |50 |  313 |
 5|  146 |19 |–   |



On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 3:40 PM Chris Keating 
wrote:

> I too am disappointed (but not surprised) that STV had almost no effect at
>> all on the outcome of this election
>>
>
> This may be true, but if it's true, it was only true very narrowly. The
> margin between the 4th and 5th placed candidates was 12.27 votes in a
> situation where 1,188 were needed to win.
>
> Had that gone very marginally differently, we'd all be talking about how
> amazing it was that a black African woman had been elected to the Board for
> the first time in history.
>
> We can observe a few other things about how it worked out:
> - by and large votes did not seem to transfer between Global South
> candidates - when one Global south candidate was knocked out their votes
> did not usually go to other Global South candidates
> - most votes ending up counting; of 6,800 or so initially there were 6,000
> counted in the final round, that is a fairly low dropout rate
> - also, if all 8 Board seats had been elected at the same time rather than
> in 2 batches in 2 years, we'd have 2 Global South candidates in the final 8
> and probably be pretty pleased with the results. (Is it still an option for
> the Board to do this and appoint Eliane, Mike, Pascale and Ivan and then
> skip next year's planned election?)
>
> Thanks,
>
> Chris
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[Wikimedia-l] Paid editing dashboard and metrics?

2021-09-07 Thread Samuel Klein
Jan Böhmermann 
published an amazing expose on political WP editing in Germany; it gets
good around 15 minutes in
. In the video he
exposed the workings of a paid editing farm run (by Olaf Kosinsky (Wikidata
; CheckUser discussion

; archived PR-services site
), an
excellent long-time editor with over 3 million edits.

*We need to distinguish paid editing from general COI editing*.  Paid
editing is COI editing by professionals, who have strong external
incentives to persist, no leeway in the outcome they are aiming
for, experience in doing this in dozens of cases, and may have colleagues
who can drop in as 'uninvolved' editors to forge consensus or social
proof.[1]

This is one of our great recurring challenges, siphoning off both our
reputation and our community.  There are many things we can do about paid
editing, starting with maintaining *paid-editing metrics and a dashboard*
of known and estimated paid editing.  We can estimate its prevalence by the
availabiity of services online[2]; and look for patterns of such editing on
wiki.  Even with large error margins, this would be a step above simply
waiting for outbreaks to be discovered and reacting to the visible bits of
the iceberg.

What sort of metrics like this do we have already?  Who is working on such
things?
Since the above video came out, de:wp started a table of WP editing services
.
It currently includes an initial dozen examples, with no estimate of
activity (the 1 account known to be associated with each is in most cases
blocked; but most have active websites soliciting work) This would be
useful in all languages.

SJ

 [1] as Melmann wrote

recently:
"*in my experience, **all the most difficult edits are WP:PAID
**. Most non-paid COI comes
from a place of desire to make things better, and often can be relatively
easily guided towards a better place... [or] it is relatively easy to use
existing enforcement mechanisms to to correct and ultimately control their
behaviours. PR professionals, on the other hand, are subtle and sometimes
downright deceptive, and it takes lots of effort to check their edits when
most of the time you lack context and expertise and you really have to
research in depth to see their edits for what they really are. I think that
one of the fundamental mistakes of the current policy is lumping paid
editors with general COI editing as paid editors are fundamentally playing
on a different level in terms of PR expertise and incentives*"

[2] Just searching for this online led to ads from dozens of services.  The
first 10 below seem to be clones of the same service (perhaps run by the
same farm)
 Elite Wiki Writers
 Wiki Curators
 Wiki Genies
 Wikipedia Legends
 Wiki Page Writing
 Wiki Page Creator
 WikiProfs
 Wiki Specialist LLC
 Wiki Writers Workshop
 Wikipedia Publisher
 Wikipedia Services
 360 Ghostwriting
 Contentfly
 Otter PR
 Premium Content Writing
 ReputationX
 Upwork
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Voting closes for the 2021 Board of Trustees election with a record participation

2021-09-01 Thread Samuel Klein
On Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 3:26 PM Jackie Koerner 
wrote:

> Diversity was an important goal with these elections. Messages about the
> Board election were translated into 61 languages. This outreach worked
> well. There were 70 communities with eligible voters voting in this
> election for the first time. With your help, next year’s Board of Trustees
> election will be even better.
>

Thank you Jackie + all involved.

This is impressive.  I'd love to see more of an analysis of those
communities + participants.

What do we know about the distribution of community activity among voters,
across communities?
(I would imagine activity was higher on Wikidata because of how edits are
counted)
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikipedia issues in UNDARK.org #Opinion article to check...

2021-08-17 Thread Samuel Klein
We do need, among other things, the sum of all Wikipedias.  :)
A shared commons, wikidata, global templates, abstract WP! are all ways to
get there.  The suggestions in this article are not...

In particular, as long as reliability and verifiability and research norms
are siloed by language -- with the barrier of translation making it much
more difficult to parse and evaluate claims made in a mutually
incomprehensible language -- articles about a topic T in language X will
depend on reliable secondary sources in that language about T.

But we can move towards making this more possible, with
- better on-wiki / inline translation options [G! Translate is a step in
that direction, but only one]
- better options for multilingual review and consensus [some languages and
Meta have tried some versions of this in the past, so far w/o great
success]
- better translation-linkage tracking between articles: indicating which
parts of article in one language are synched/branched from parts of the
same article in another language.  [there is research + practical
literature on approaches to this in other media]
- (many more...)



On Tue, Aug 17, 2021 at 12:18 AM Željko Blaće  wrote:

> ...considering recent discussions on Wikimania and here, this is maybe a
> useful opinion piece from  https://
>  UNDARK.org/2021/08/12/wikipedia-has-a-language-problem-heres-how-to-fix-it/
>
> It is packed with good insights and while I do not agree with all this,
> the final sentence feels kind of brilliant: ... to achieve its stated
> mission to “help everyone share in the sum of all knowledge,” they might
> first need to create the sum of all Wikipedias.
>
> Best Z. Blace
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Fwd: FW: Professor Jing Wang (1950–2021)

2021-07-30 Thread Samuel Klein
Rh1iIwgFcYzyHQ/aHR0cHM6Ly9lbi53aWtpcGVkaWEub3JnL3dpa2kvQ3JlYXRpdmVfQ29tbW9ucw>
> for China.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-25 Thread Samuel Klein
¹ OK, the existence of the Good Governance Kodex, and its Good Governance
Gremium <https://mitglieder.wikimedia.at/Good_Governance_Kodex>, may be the
best thing I learned all day.  Thank you, WMAT!

Some precedents:
~ As Florence noted, in 2007, Erik made a similar transition.  (A bit
contentious; there was a long internal-l thread).
~ In 2013, Ting stepped down from the Board to apply to the ED search; and
addressed concerns at the time. (Discussion on this list
<https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0?ui=2=7f4d33b442=lg=msg-f%3A1433039687338740686>
)

Since then we've thought more intently about this sort of transition across
the movement, and shared many excellent learning patterns
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Governance_Codex>,¹ but
I haven't seen a resulting global rule of thumb honoring that work. This
feels like a good moment to develop such a lightweight overview.  E.g.,
"orgs over size X should review this list of [[common patterns]], and
consider implementing a version of each [links to global + regional
WM-wide examples]".

SJ
--
topnoting >> topposting
*the community that norms together, warms together*, 

On Thu, Jun 24, 2021 at 4:18 PM Philip Kopetzky 
wrote:

> 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
> representative deciding cases that do not fulfill the 12 months waiting
> period.
>
> Best,
> Philip
>
> On Thu, 24 Jun 2021 at 16:28, Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Jan-Bart: Spot on.  It is always uplifting to see one of your measured
>> notes come over the wire.
>>
>> Jan-Bart de Vreede  writes:
>>
>>> The Foundation is supposed to be an example of good Governance for our
>>> entire movement. We (as a movement) have come a long way in the past 20
>>> years (and that is important: as our organisation and budget grows, so do
>>> our responsibilities and the critical questions we get from the world)
>>>
>>> It is NOT good governance to have a current board member suddenly resign
>>> and then create a situation where that person receives compensation for a
>>> position that seems to have been created specifically for that board member
>>> (or at least was not publicly posted?).
>>>
>>
>> The impact of this increases as the movement grows, and clear
>> communication is at a premium. How can we use this moment to model the
>> norms we want for the future?  Any *particular* moment can feel like a
>> special exception when you are close to it, but the WMF's actions set a
>> standard, translated across time and context, more instantly and
>> effectively than words.
>>
>>
>>> It is a good practice to create a 12 month waiting period before board
>>> members of non-profits can become a staff member/paid contractor/consultant.
>>>
>>
>> A few people mentioned that their own orgs or committees have norms or
>> policies around this (Chris, Philip, Tito); could you describe specifics
>> that are in place now around the movement?
>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming María Sefidari as a Foundation consultant. :)

2021-06-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Jan-Bart: Spot on.  It is always uplifting to see one of your measured
notes come over the wire.

Jan-Bart de Vreede  writes:

> The Foundation is supposed to be an example of good Governance for our
> entire movement. We (as a movement) have come a long way in the past 20
> years (and that is important: as our organisation and budget grows, so do
> our responsibilities and the critical questions we get from the world)
>
> It is NOT good governance to have a current board member suddenly resign
> and then create a situation where that person receives compensation for a
> position that seems to have been created specifically for that board member
> (or at least was not publicly posted?).
>

The impact of this increases as the movement grows, and clear communication
is at a premium. How can we use this moment to model the norms we want for
the future?  Any *particular* moment can feel like a special exception when
you are close to it, but the WMF's actions set a standard, translated
across time and context, more instantly and effectively than words.


> It is a good practice to create a 12 month waiting period before board
> members of non-profits can become a staff member/paid contractor/consultant.
>

A few people mentioned that their own orgs or committees have norms or
policies around this (Chris, Philip, Tito); could you describe specifics
that are in place now around the movement?

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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Sharing more details about the Equity Fund

2021-06-10 Thread Samuel Klein
Lisa + all -- Excellent to see this take shape.  It pairs well with a
vintage CSB

...

Thank you for putting out a call for potential projects to support.  I'll
think more on it before filling out the form
; some categories that come to mind
that can't happen on-wiki projects today:
 * Reliable secondary sources that write prolifically about
under-documented people and projects
 * Reliable interlocutors that record and index oral and other histories,
and under-documented languages (cf Rosetta and PanLex)
* Making representative subsets of essential collections available
digitally (ex.
)
+ under a free license. (ex.

)

Sam.

PS - some thoughts on your comments, Geni:

Geni writes:
> 3 [internet access] isn't really viable at our kind of funding levels and
has significant enviromental concerns.

Efforts to get libraries online, in regions whose lit + historical + public
records are underrepresented on the searchable web, is quite impactful as
part of digitization + mirroring efforts.  Many regional groups work in
collab w existing infrastructure-efforts providing the bandwidth [such as
Giga ]

> 4 [digital literacy]  Again not really viable at our funding levels

Not my experience; especially as knowledge propagates like a taper flame.

> (also english language lessions would have more impact).

I imagine this is not meant to be limited to the english-speaking world and
projects.

> 5 [non-traditional records of knowledge] runs into the issue that the
community has not historicaly proven accepting of attempts to lower RS and
notability standards for non western areas.

This comment seems a bit off-topic.  These grants as described are not
constrained by what is accepted by current wiki projects; archiving and
indexing non-traditional records allows them to be cited and allows the
archives to become recognized as reliable sources; only a few
project-language-editions to my knowledge have been prickly about engaging
with oral histories, and such records exist in every culture and part of
the world.



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On Wed., Jun. 9, 2021, 1:15 p.m. Lisa Gruwell, 
wrote:

>
> This is a $4.5 million USD fund to address racial inequities that impact
> the work of free knowledge. It was created to provide focused grants to
> organizations that are advancing knowledge equity, one of two key pillars
> of our 2030 strategic direction of becoming the essential infrastructure of
> free knowledge. Specifically, the fund is meant to support organizations
> working to address the racial injustices and barriers that prevent
> participation in free knowledge.
>
>
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_Equity_Fund
>
> [5] https://forms.gle/gzqRH7yMFEGgZb4e6
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: June WMF Board meeting update

2021-06-03 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you -- good to see these updates shared to the list.
I also appreciate that the mid-year recalibration
<https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Board_Priorities_Mid-year_Recalibration_FY20-21>
was
shared as a public resolution.

Warmly, SJ

On Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 1:55 PM María Sefidari 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> On June 1st and 2nd, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees had our
> regular meeting for Quarter 4 (April – June) of the Foundation’s fiscal
> year. We will have more details about what transpired at the meeting once
> the minutes have been prepared and approved, but we wanted to quickly
> release this brief update on some key topics and decisions:
>
>- We have unanimously approved the Call for Candidates for the 2021
>selection process for Community-and Affiliate selected Trustees. There is a
>revised timeline that accommodates the implementation of single
>transferable vote in the SecurePoll extension, as follows:
>
>
>- June 9 - 29:  Call for candidates
>- June 30 - July 2:  Announcement of confirmed candidates
>- July 7 - August 3: Candidates campaign and answer questions
>- August 4 - 17: Voting
>- August 18 - 24: Vote counting and processing
>- August 25:  Announcement of vote results
>- August 25 - 31: Foundation vetting of selected candidates
>- September: Board appoints selected candidates
>
> More information on the process will follow over the next few
> weeks.
>
>- We have unanimously approved a committee evolution plan to maintain
>and improve the Board’s effectiveness, to be implemented in stages.
>- We have unanimously approved the donation of $5 million in FY
>2020-21 to the Wikimedia Endowment.
>- We have reviewed the proposed Annual Plan for the Foundation for
>2021/22, and unanimously authorised the Audit Committee to approve minor
>adjustments to the 2021-22 fiscal year budget in response to Board input
>during the June meeting. More information on the Annual Plan will follow
>once the Audit Committee has met.
>- We also unanimously approved the minutes from the previous Board
>meeting, to be published on Foundation-Wiki.
>
> On behalf of the Board,
>
> María
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Thank you. And keep up the good work!

2021-06-02 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear Abraham, it is wonderful to have you in the movement; thank you as
ever for all of your inspiration and support, and the work you have done +
enabled in others.

> Wikimedia is one of the strongest and last-standing proponents of the
free and open internet,

Just so. Let us make sure it continues to be a support and model for future
proponents as well.

And to Christian, wishing you congratulations and success.--SJ

On Mon, May 31, 2021 at 1:03 PM Abraham Taherivand <
abraham.taheriv...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
>
> As you know, today is my last day as the Executive Director of Wikimedia
> Deutschland.
>
>
> What an incredible journey it has been. When I started in 2012, I couldn’t
> have even dreamed of all the things I would experience, what I would do,
> whom I would meet, where I would go, and what I would learn. And then it
> all turned out to be even more intense, more magical, and more fulfilling
> than I had thought or could have imagined in my boldest dreams.
>
>
> In 2012, when Pavel Richter brought me into the organisation to build up
> the Wikidata team and to bootstrap the project together with Denny
> Vrandečić, I already had a slight notion that something huge that was about
> to emerge; “Wikidata, the next big thing” still echoes in my ears today.
> The vision of this free and open knowledge base excited and inspired me
> from day one. It was an honour for me to establish the initial Wikidata
> team and later to build the software development department at Wikimedia
> Deutschland. I could really follow my passion to bring people together,
> empowering them, promoting their strengths and challenging them to be
> innovative, to try new things off the beaten track.
>
>
> Then in 2016, a whole new phase began when I was appointed as Executive
> Director. Over these four and a half years, Wikimedia Deutschland has grown
> considerably: our staff has doubled to 150 and we now have over 85,000
> members. Together with a large and successful community, we work as a
> strong and respected partner together with educational and cultural
> institutions, politics, media and digital civil society to liberate
> knowledge. Alongside these audience groups in Germany, the Wikimedia
> Movement - you! - has always been one of the most exciting and relevant
> stakeholders. I am therefore particularly pleased that we and our members
> unanimously decided in 2017 to support the 2030 Strategic Direction and its
> implementation, that we were able to play a strong role in the development
> of the recommendations, and that we are now continuing to pursue the
> implementation with all our might.
>
>
> I have had the great privilege of getting to know and learning from many
> of you personally. The vast array of experience that Wikimedians bring to
> the Movement, the rich ideas, and the people at the heart of it all are
> truly extraordinary. In each Wikimedian I’ve met, I’ve felt the passion for
> the overarching theme of our common vision. The spark in your eyes when you
> start speaking about your favourite topics, be it the encyclopedia,
> technology, governance, photos, food, commas, fondue, karaoke – it’s
> impressive and a memory that I am glad will remain with me forever. What
> each of you bring to this Movement is inspiring and truly special - and
> that’s what makes this movement more than the sum of its parts.
>
>
> It never gets boring in the wikiverse. There is always something new
> coming along, be it in movement strategy, in our programs, or in how we
> work together and grow our reach. At times, it can take awhile to get
> things done. But that is often because we want to make sure everyone has a
> say and has the opportunity to shape how we do things. It is a testament to
> the respect Wikimedians have for each other and each other’s perspectives.
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> other's needs and opinions as one of the highest goods.
>
>
> Wikimedia is one of the strongest and last-standing proponents of the free
> and open internet, one that continues to work toward making digital society
> better for the sake of humanity.
>
>
> Don’t give up this fight, don’t lose hope, be bold, unite – the world
> needs you!
>
>
> Yours sincerely,
>
> Abraham
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Announcing an academic conference on Wikipedia translation

2021-06-02 Thread Samuel Klein
This looks lovely, thank you for organizing it Mark.
You can submit a rapid grant request
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Rapid> for support for
online participation.

This seems like something of interest to developers of Translate
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:Translate> + Content Translation
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Content_translation> + translatewiki
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Translatewiki.net>, the current WMF language
& translation team <https://wikimediafoundation.org/role/staff-contractors/>,
and the people working on Lexicographical data
<https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:Lexicographical_data> in
Wikidata :)  You might want to explicitly invite some of those networks.

SJ

On Thu, May 27, 2021 at 1:48 AM Mark SHUTTLEWORTH 
wrote:

> Dear friends and colleagues
>
> Further to my message at the end of last month and the queries that one or
> two of you made, I'd like to notify you of the following:
>
> 1. the conference will now be 100% online
> 2. the deadline for submission of proposals has been extended to 30th June
> 2021
>
> Full updated details and Call for Papers can be found on the conference
> website at https://ctn.hkbu.edu.hk/wikiconf2021/.
>
> Best regards
>
> Mark Shuttleworth
>
> On Tue, 27 Apr 2021 at 12:13, Mark SHUTTLEWORTH 
> wrote:
>
>> Dear friends and colleagues
>>
>> Please permit me to publicise an academic conference that we're holding
>> at Hong Kong Baptist University on 15-17 December 2021.
>>
>> The conference will be an ideal forum in which to discuss research
>> methodologies, issues of collaborativity, theoretical frameworks that have
>> proven valuable for the study of Wikipedia translation, the use of
>> Wikipedia in the translation classroom and by translation professionals,
>> and the nature of Wikipedia translation and how it differs not only from
>> other more traditional types of translation but also from other newly
>> emerging types. While the conference's main focus is interlingual
>> translation within the online encyclopaedia, we are also interested
>> in research into the multilingual Wikipedia that makes no explicit
>> reference to translation issues.
>>
>> The conference will be online, face-to-face or mixed mode, depending on
>> prevailing circumstances. Please see the conference website at
>> https://ctn.hkbu.edu.hk/wikiconf2021/ for full details and the Call for
>> Papers.
>>
>> I hope to see some of you there!
>>
>> Mark
>>
>> Professor Mark Shuttleworth 夏致遠
>> Department of Translation, Interpreting and Intercultural Studies
>> Hong Kong Baptist University
>> Phone: +852 3411 6641
>> http://www.tran.hkbu.edu.hk
>> https://ctn.hkbu.edu.hk/wikiconf2021/
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Movement funding questions

2021-05-20 Thread Samuel Klein
Adam: well put.

We may want to translate '*Service and equity*', from recent strategy
discussions, more widely: into a range of contexts as well as languages.

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On Thu., May 20, 2021, 3:19 a.m. Adam Wight, 
wrote:

> In case there really is a question about whether we should be working
> towards greater equity, please see the Wikimedia Foundation's vision
> statement [1],
>
>  > Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
> the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment
>
> and in more detail [2],
>
>  > ... our goal is to impact the largest-possible number of readers and
> contributors, and to eliminate barriers that could preclude people from
> accessing or contributing to our projects ...
>
> Since sj's point is in the context of Wikimedia, "goals of increasing
> equity across the world, and supporting underrepresented communities"
> should be understood as "goals of increasing equity [to read and
> contribute to Wikimedia projects] across the world, and supporting
> underrepresented [Wikimedia] communities".  Please correct me if I've
> misunderstood these affiliate review suggestions.
>
> Regards,
> [[mw:User:Adamw]]
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vision
> [2]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Guiding_Principles#Serving_every_human_being
>
> On 5/20/21 7:34 AM, Alexander N Krassotkin wrote:
> > Dear Samuel,
> >
> >   Just a note...
> >
> > "The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage
> > people around the world to collect and develop educational content
> > under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it
> > effectively and globally".
> > https://wikimediafoundation.org/about/mission/
> >
> >   But not "increasing equity across the world".
> >
> >   You can create separate funds for this and other good purposes.
> >
> > sasha.
> >
> > On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 12:05 PM Julia Brungs 
> wrote:
> >> Dear SJ,
> >>
> >> Thank you very much for your questions here and on meta. We are working
> on answering them and will post the answers on meta (don't worry I will
> reply to this thread again when the answers are live so people can go and
> find them).
> >>
> >> Best wishes,
> >> Julia
> >>
> >>
> >> On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:32 PM Samuel Klein  wrote:
> >>> :)   Dimi, do you know of reports on subsets of this, for groups and
> projects in Europe?   I discovered to my delight a beautiful summary of WMF
> grants made up to 2020 -- thanks Guillaume! -- which partly answers the
> first question. But this does not include donations + external grant
> funding that directly supports affiliates.
> >>>
> >>> One other point -- It was noted that 3a and 3d seem similar.  I
> updated these Qs on meta to be clearer.  I meant:
> >>>
> >>>   3a:  What groups do we envision making individual funding
> recommendations?  [timing, who decides, what constraints]
> >>>   3d:  How do we envision reviewing how things are going?   [peer
> feedback on budgets and plans, reflection on the overall balance of funding
> across the movement.]
> >>>
> >>> These inform one another, but are distinct.   And the first is more
> than just updating current processes: major gaps to fill include funding
> for projects under $500, and multi-year funding for infrastructure and
> projects -- among the most common requests.
> >>>
> >>> SJ
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 6:52 AM Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov <
> dimitar.parvanov.dimit...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>> Hi Samuel,
> >>>>
> >>>> Thanks for structuring these questions regarding funding and
> fundraising. I just wanted to pitch in a +1.
> >>>>
> >>>> It would be very useful to have answers to some of these for our
> public facing work. Such questions pop up naturally in conversations and
> the more granular we can be in our answers the better the reaction we get.
> >>>>
> >>>> Cheers,
> >>>> Dimi
> >>>>
> >>>> На пн, 17.05.2021 г. в 21:13 ч. Samuel Klein 
> написа:
> >>>>> Dear list,
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Risker posed an excellent question in the AffCom thread about review
> and development of movement funding, which could use its own dedicated
> thread.  Riffing on the theme, here are a dozen questions for anyone who
> knows part of the ans

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Movement funding questions

2021-05-18 Thread Samuel Klein
:)   Dimi, do you know of reports on subsets of this, for groups and
projects in Europe?   I discovered to my delight a beautiful summary of WMF
grants made up to 2020
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grantmaking/Reports/2019-2020> -- thanks
Guillaume! -- which partly answers the first question. But this does not
include donations + external grant funding that directly supports
affiliates.

One other point -- It was noted that 3a and 3d seem similar.  I updated
these Qs on meta <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:MSIG> to be
clearer.  I meant:

 *3a*:  What groups do we envision making individual funding
recommendations?  [timing, who decides, what constraints]
 *3d*:  How do we envision reviewing how things are going?   [peer feedback
on budgets and plans, reflection on the overall balance of funding across
the movement.]

These inform one another, but are distinct.   And the first is more than
just updating current processes: major gaps to fill include funding for
projects under $500, and multi-year funding for infrastructure and projects
-- among the most common requests.

SJ


On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 6:52 AM Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov <
dimitar.parvanov.dimit...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Samuel,
>
> Thanks for structuring these questions regarding funding and fundraising.
> I just wanted to pitch in a +1.
>
> It would be very useful to have answers to some of these for our public
> facing work. Such questions pop up naturally in conversations and the more
> granular we can be in our answers the better the reaction we get.
>
> Cheers,
> Dimi
>
> На пн, 17.05.2021 г. в 21:13 ч. Samuel Klein  написа:
>
>> Dear list,
>>
>> Risker posed an excellent question in the AffCom thread about *review
>> and development of movement funding*, which could use its own dedicated
>> thread.  Riffing on the theme, here are a dozen questions for anyone who
>> knows part of the answer -- particularly those who helped develop the 2019
>> recommendations on resource allocation
>> <http://Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups/Resource_Allocation#Recommendations>
>>  ,
>> the 2020 approach to hubs and participatory resource allocation
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Ensure_Equity_in_Decision-making#Participatory_resource_allocation>,
>> and the grants strategy relaunch
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021>
>> .
>>
>> We can move this discussion to meta
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/MSIG> if the thread becomes unwieldy.
>> (:
>>
>> *1. Current state of movement funding*
>>
>>  1a. Roughly what % of global fundraising is currently allocated to
>> affiliates, or other entities + projects not run by the WMF?  (*my poor
>> guess*)
>>
>>  1b. Roughly how much regional fundraising goes directly to major
>> affiliates?
>>
>>  1c. Which affiliates with annual plan grants have been growing over
>> time, and how is the expansion of existing budgets approved?
>>
>>  1d. Which affiliates have gotten their first APG in the past five years,
>> and how has that developed over time?
>>
>> *2. Current review process*
>>
>>  2a. How is funding by WMF of movement affiliates (general operations,
>> and large specific projects) currently determined?  Does the Board engage
>> with this?
>>
>>  2b. Is the funding of affiliate work linked to goals of increasing
>> equity across the world, and supporting underrepresented communities?
>> If so, how / how is this visualized?
>>
>>  2c. What other mechanisms for focusing and allocating resources are good
>> examples to replicate?
>>
>>  2d. What other bilateral projects (such as joint projects, and grant  or
>> microgrant programs), run by large affiliates and hubs other than the WMF,
>> currently exist?  Which seem like examples to replicate?
>>
>> *3. Desired futures!*
>>
>>  3a. What movement bodies are expected to play any role in
>> recommendations about funding (extending, withdrawing, denying funding) to
>> new and existing affiliates, now that the FDC is inactive?
>>
>>  3b. Is there a possibility of the FDC returning? How do past FDC members
>> have about this? What was found to be good and bad about the FDC process?
>>
>>  3c.  What elements of this is the global council expected to take up in
>> its first year? What elements are hubs expected to take up, now and in the
>> future?
>>
>>  3d. What roles do we envision each of {WMF, hubs, affiliates, community
>> members} to play in reviewing mov

[Wikimedia-l] Movement funding questions

2021-05-17 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear list,

Risker posed an excellent question in the AffCom thread about *review and
development of movement funding*, which could use its own dedicated
thread.  Riffing on the theme, here are a dozen questions for anyone who
knows part of the answer -- particularly those who helped develop the 2019
recommendations on resource allocation

,
the 2020 approach to hubs and participatory resource allocation
,
and the grants strategy relaunch

.

We can move this discussion to meta 
if the thread becomes unwieldy.  (:

*1. Current state of movement funding*

 1a. Roughly what % of global fundraising is currently allocated to
affiliates, or other entities + projects not run by the WMF?  (*my poor
guess *)

 1b. Roughly how much regional fundraising goes directly to major
affiliates?

 1c. Which affiliates with annual plan grants have been growing over time,
and how is the expansion of existing budgets approved?

 1d. Which affiliates have gotten their first APG in the past five years,
and how has that developed over time?

*2. Current review process*

 2a. How is funding by WMF of movement affiliates (general operations, and
large specific projects) currently determined?  Does the Board engage with
this?

 2b. Is the funding of affiliate work linked to goals of increasing equity
across the world, and supporting underrepresented communities? If so, how /
how is this visualized?

 2c. What other mechanisms for focusing and allocating resources are good
examples to replicate?

 2d. What other bilateral projects (such as joint projects, and grant  or
microgrant programs), run by large affiliates and hubs other than the WMF,
currently exist?  Which seem like examples to replicate?

*3. Desired futures!*

 3a. What movement bodies are expected to play any role in recommendations
about funding (extending, withdrawing, denying funding) to new and existing
affiliates, now that the FDC is inactive?

 3b. Is there a possibility of the FDC returning? How do past FDC members
have about this? What was found to be good and bad about the FDC process?

 3c.  What elements of this is the global council expected to take up in
its first year? What elements are hubs expected to take up, now and in the
future?

 3d. What roles do we envision each of {WMF, hubs, affiliates, community
members} to play in reviewing movement budgets/plans and the volume and
focus of future funding [re]allocation?
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most valuable movement asset

2021-05-10 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you for this.  How is it coming?  SJ

On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 11:38 AM Bodhisattwa Mandal <
bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Today, we have opened up the Google Form for Indian volunteers to fill up.
> Here is the link -
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYcjEeuT7vUxP3NJg7KfIiZaude9IXLyCagsDarTx11J4ymA/viewform
>
> There are still some logistical constraints to be fully operational, but
> we are trying to figure those out as soon as we can. Hopefully, all will be
> set by next week.
>
> Regards,
> Bodhisattwa
>
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2021, 21:54 Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Thanks Biyanto, wonderful to see.  Have any other groups done something
>> similar?  S
>>
>> On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 4:53 AM Biyanto Rebin <
>> biyanto.re...@wikimedia.or.id> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello all,
>>>
>>> I just want to share that Wikimedia Indonesia has started the initiative
>>> since last year. We have disbursed a healthy package - we call it, wellness
>>> package - to our active community members. They are indeed very valuable
>>> and most of them are vulnerable. Vaccine is another story, since our
>>> country still prioritizes the most needed first.
>>>
>>> Read more of the story in here:
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020_round_2/Wikimedia_Indonesia/Progress_report_form
>>>
>>> Best,
>>>
>>> Pada tanggal Kam, 29 Apr 2021 pukul 14.08 Rajeeb 
>>> menulis:
>>>
>>>> Hello everyone,
>>>>
>>>> Hope my mail finds you all in the best of health and spirits. I like to
>>>> thank Tito and Bodhi for coming up with this initiative and starting the
>>>> conversation. Now, WMF has permitted CIS-A2K to allot funds to reimburse
>>>> vaccines, send COVID protection kits and provide counselling for Wikimedia
>>>> volunteers in India.
>>>> A noble initiative for humanity has begun and I am sure the days
>>>> are not too far where we all will be healthy and happy with our families,
>>>> relatives and friends.
>>>>
>>>> Last but not the least, I am always there for my Wiki Community, for
>>>> anything and everything, anyone wants to speak with me, please feel free to
>>>> contact me.
>>>>
>>>> Wishing everyone and their families a healthy and happy life.
>>>>
>>>> Namaste,
>>>>
>>>> Rajeeb.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, 27 Apr 2021 at 20:55, Samuel Klein  wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Something like this could definitely make a real difference, GN --
>>>>> either enhancing and focusing pages on WP, or standing up a COVID-19
>>>>> dedicated site that could draw from other projects.
>>>>>
>>>>> At the same time we could also set aside funds to ensure that
>>>>> communityresources is well staffed at this time.
>>>>> A federated approach like this
>>>>> <https://losaltoscf.org/lacf-2020-nonprofit-relief-fund/> to
>>>>> explicitly support regional partners, in coordination with other regional
>>>>> sponsors, could work. (Candid has a catalog
>>>>> <https://candid.org/explore-issues/coronavirus/funds> of similar
>>>>> efforts).
>>>>>
>>>>> SJ
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 7:04 AM Gnangarra  wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Our best skill is collecting, collating, and sharing knowledge, we
>>>>>> have connections deep into communities and countries across the globe.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> In a small way we have networks and we could get limited support
>>>>>> medically to a handful of volunteers, in some ways that will have made 
>>>>>> feel
>>>>>> as if we have done some to help then we can go back to our meetings, our
>>>>>> events, our adding a few more articles.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Perhaps its time we took our big stick and put the right knowledge
>>>>>> where it can be found quickly, turn over the main pages to Wikimed get 
>>>>>> more
>>>>>> useful support information about reducing transmission risks. We can use
>>>>>> our resources to get knowledge about 

[Wikimedia-l] Flourishing of the Endowment

2021-04-29 Thread Samuel Klein
(Retitling this thread, which is now focused on the endowment)

As a meta note, it is a true delight that our primary concerns surrounding
the endowment, 5 years in, are that it is flourishing well beyond
expectations*.  An extremely warm *thank you* to everyone who has made that
possible, it sets an anxious part of my mind at ease :)

Andreas writes:

> So according to the financial statements for the last five years, the WMF
>>> had a revenue surplus of over $100 million over that time period (measured
>>> as increase in net assets, from $77.8 million to $180.3 million). But over
>>> the same period, the Foundation also accumulated $100 million in Tides
>>> Foundation funds (i.e. the Endowment, reported[6] to have passed $90
>>> million in early February, and the $8.7 million in Tides Advocacy).
>>>
>>> This means that the Foundation has actually had a revenue surplus of
>>> more than $200 million over the past five years, averaging over $40 million
>>> per annum.
>>>
>>
That's not usually what revenue surplus means!

A key reason for a strong endowment, and the primary one that many of us
have wanted one, is as a source of long-term support (specifically: for
critical operations) that is managed independently, and can not be simply
used as a cash reserve.

As explained on Meta, it is inaccurate to think of the endowment as "an
investment that the WMF is the beneficiary of". The endowment is there to
support the Projects, rain or shine.

To quote from my initial proposal
 (*NB: past proposals
may not reflect current or future endowment goals; among other things I
don't know that we've ever tried to narrowly define and optimize core
services ;*) :

"The endowment should be large enough to sustainably support the basic
operation of the Projects (see iii. below), able to grow with inflation
while supporting any needed central server farms and technical support with
its interest, and of a size that we can raise."

2. Would it be possible to provide, say, monthly updates for the Endowment
> on Meta?
>

Once a year is standard and would suffice here, I should think.

3. Could a mention of the Endowment, and the fact that the posted expenses
> include $5 million paid to the endowment, be added to the FAQ?
>
> (The FAQ refers to the most recent audited accounts, and thus is still a
> live document. For Awards and grants, which includes the $5 million paid to
> the endowment, the FAQ summary is: "We increased our awards and grants as
> we continue our commitment to support our Affiliates, Organized Groups, and
> Community Members."
>

I agree with clarifying the 'Awards and grants' category.  I try to keep
track of the % of total global donations that are redistributed as awards
and APG or other grants (*current guess: 9%
?*),
and must remember to subtract the endowment transfer each year.  It would
be excellent if that were called out as its own line item.

Wikilove,
SJ.

* I remain of the opinion that the endowment should be doing even better,
as a hedge against the growth in complexity and maintenance cost of our
toolchains and services -- that we should implement a policy assigning a
minimum % of all windfall gifts or donations over the expected target to
the endowment.  But it may make sense to revisit that in earnest once the
Endowment org & what it supports are more crisply defined.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most valuable movement asset

2021-04-29 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks Biyanto, wonderful to see.  Have any other groups done something
similar?  S

On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 4:53 AM Biyanto Rebin 
wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> I just want to share that Wikimedia Indonesia has started the initiative
> since last year. We have disbursed a healthy package - we call it, wellness
> package - to our active community members. They are indeed very valuable
> and most of them are vulnerable. Vaccine is another story, since our
> country still prioritizes the most needed first.
>
> Read more of the story in here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020_round_2/Wikimedia_Indonesia/Progress_report_form
>
> Best,
>
> Pada tanggal Kam, 29 Apr 2021 pukul 14.08 Rajeeb 
> menulis:
>
>> Hello everyone,
>>
>> Hope my mail finds you all in the best of health and spirits. I like to
>> thank Tito and Bodhi for coming up with this initiative and starting the
>> conversation. Now, WMF has permitted CIS-A2K to allot funds to reimburse
>> vaccines, send COVID protection kits and provide counselling for Wikimedia
>> volunteers in India.
>> A noble initiative for humanity has begun and I am sure the days are not
>> too far where we all will be healthy and happy with our families, relatives
>> and friends.
>>
>> Last but not the least, I am always there for my Wiki Community, for
>> anything and everything, anyone wants to speak with me, please feel free to
>> contact me.
>>
>> Wishing everyone and their families a healthy and happy life.
>>
>> Namaste,
>>
>> Rajeeb.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, 27 Apr 2021 at 20:55, Samuel Klein  wrote:
>>
>>> Something like this could definitely make a real difference, GN --
>>> either enhancing and focusing pages on WP, or standing up a COVID-19
>>> dedicated site that could draw from other projects.
>>>
>>> At the same time we could also set aside funds to ensure that
>>> communityresources is well staffed at this time.
>>> A federated approach like this
>>> <https://losaltoscf.org/lacf-2020-nonprofit-relief-fund/> to explicitly
>>> support regional partners, in coordination with other regional sponsors,
>>> could work. (Candid has a catalog
>>> <https://candid.org/explore-issues/coronavirus/funds> of similar
>>> efforts).
>>>
>>> SJ
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 7:04 AM Gnangarra  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Our best skill is collecting, collating, and sharing knowledge, we have
>>>> connections deep into communities and countries across the globe.
>>>>
>>>> In a small way we have networks and we could get limited support
>>>> medically to a handful of volunteers, in some ways that will have made feel
>>>> as if we have done some to help then we can go back to our meetings, our
>>>> events, our adding a few more articles.
>>>>
>>>> Perhaps its time we took our big stick and put the right knowledge
>>>> where it can be found quickly, turn over the main pages to Wikimed get more
>>>> useful support information about reducing transmission risks. We can use
>>>> our resources to get knowledge about how bad it is to wider audiences,
>>>> importantly link our volunteers into other organisations and help this
>>>> knowledge with support to wherever ground zero is.  We can put our skill
>>>> sets to translations and knowledge distribution so everyone can learn.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 at 02:38, Chris Keating 
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Personally I feel, insuring individuals against COVID-19 or helping
>>>>>> people to get vaccines or sending other supports can be better handled
>>>>>> locally by local affiliates (or local committees as proposed by Tito,
>>>>>> whichevers seems fit) instead of a central organization like WMF. Local
>>>>>> affiliates have better information about the vulnerable section of the
>>>>>> community, government orders concerning the available vaccines, local
>>>>>> market value of insurance premiums, vaccines, disinfectants etc. 
>>>>>> Sometimes
>>>>>> they even have the money and/or the intention to extend this kind of
>>>>>> support too, all they need is just a permission from the donor i.e. WMF
>>>>>> Grants team

Re: [Wikimedia-l] COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most valuable movement asset

2021-04-27 Thread Samuel Klein
Something like this could definitely make a real difference, GN -- either
enhancing and focusing pages on WP, or standing up a COVID-19 dedicated
site that could draw from other projects.

At the same time we could also set aside funds to ensure that
communityresources is well staffed at this time.
A federated approach like this
<https://losaltoscf.org/lacf-2020-nonprofit-relief-fund/> to explicitly
support regional partners, in coordination with other regional sponsors,
could work. (Candid has a catalog
<https://candid.org/explore-issues/coronavirus/funds> of similar efforts).

SJ


On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 7:04 AM Gnangarra  wrote:

> Our best skill is collecting, collating, and sharing knowledge, we have
> connections deep into communities and countries across the globe.
>
> In a small way we have networks and we could get limited support medically
> to a handful of volunteers, in some ways that will have made feel as if we
> have done some to help then we can go back to our meetings, our events, our
> adding a few more articles.
>
> Perhaps its time we took our big stick and put the right knowledge where
> it can be found quickly, turn over the main pages to Wikimed get more
> useful support information about reducing transmission risks. We can use
> our resources to get knowledge about how bad it is to wider audiences,
> importantly link our volunteers into other organisations and help this
> knowledge with support to wherever ground zero is.  We can put our skill
> sets to translations and knowledge distribution so everyone can learn.
>
>
> On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 at 02:38, Chris Keating 
> wrote:
>
>>
>>> Personally I feel, insuring individuals against COVID-19 or helping
>>> people to get vaccines or sending other supports can be better handled
>>> locally by local affiliates (or local committees as proposed by Tito,
>>> whichevers seems fit) instead of a central organization like WMF. Local
>>> affiliates have better information about the vulnerable section of the
>>> community, government orders concerning the available vaccines, local
>>> market value of insurance premiums, vaccines, disinfectants etc. Sometimes
>>> they even have the money and/or the intention to extend this kind of
>>> support too, all they need is just a permission from the donor i.e. WMF
>>> Grants team.
>>>
>>
>> The more I think about this, the more I come to think that we should at
>> least attempt it.
>>
>> It might be unusual for a nonprofit to provide this kind of support to
>> its volunteers, but this is a truly exceptional situation. And while the
>> entire world is struggling with Covid, the nature of the struggle is deeply
>> different in most wealthy countries compared to what India is going through
>> now. And India will probably not be the last nation to see its healthcare
>> system not just threatened but entirely overwhelmed.
>>
>> Of course the WMF is not going to be able to start airlifting
>> Wikimedia-branded vaccines or oxygen supplies, but there must be some form
>> practical help that can be given to support Wikimedia volunteers.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Chris
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Logo of MediaWiki has changed

2021-03-31 Thread Samuel Klein
I love this.  It looks great on the site.  Thanks Serhio and all :)

On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 7:28 PM Amir Sarabadani  wrote:

> Hello,
> After more than one year of design, discussion, vote, iteration, and
> months of legal work, I’m happy to announce that the logo of MediaWiki has
> been officially changed. This applies to both the software and logo of
> https://mediawiki.org.
>
> The old logo of MediaWiki was adopted slightly more than fifteen years
> ago. This logo was featuring the nice concept of a sunflower representing
> diversity, constant growth and also wilderness.
>
> However, with years, the logo became outdated and we realized that it had
> several problems, including but not limited to:
>
>- It was a bitmap picture so it’s unusable in large sizes
>- Its high details (“too realistic”) made it unusable in small sizes
>- Its fixed and realistic style made it hard to have variations or
>adaptations
>
> Most, virtually all, software products use a simpler and more abstract
> form following basic logo design guidelines and best-practices to avoid
> above (and more) issues. For example, docker, kubernetes, Ubuntu, Vue.js,
> React, Apache Kafka and many more.
>
> You can find the discussion of changing the logo in
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:Proposal_for_changing_logo_of_MediaWiki,_2020
> . As you can see on this page, a lot of interesting practical and
> theoretical exchanges happened, leading to the final vote and decision.
>
> The new logo represents a collection of projects built on our engine: each
> petal is one of the many wikis that we support, and the lack of an explicit
> core shows that we are part of these projects, as well as and they are part
> of MediaWiki. The new logo also reflects the fact that evolution never
> stops, and like the petals of a flower, the development of each project,
> the growth of each community built on our engine allows everyone else to
> grow.
>
> The designer of the new logo is [[User:Serhio Magpie]]. With the nice
> abstraction baked-in, you can use it in large or small sizes or you can
> adapt it for different usecases (there’s one already for mediawiki on
> docker: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T274678). There is a logo
> guideline for MediaWiki now:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Manual:MediaWiki_logo_guidelines
>
> We already deployed changes to mediawiki.org and landed related patches
> on master, meaning from 1.36 release onwards, it’ll come with the new logo.
> You can follow the work of rolling it out in
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T268230.
>
> I humbly ask Wikimedians to update their wikis, for example usages on the
> main pages, Wikipedia articles, templates, and more. You can use the logos
> in this category on Commons. The files are already protected against upload
> vandalism.
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:MediaWiki_logo_(2020)
>
> A big thank you to all who helped this project to finish. From designers,
> community members, people who voted and discussed it intensively for
> months, Wikimedia Legal for doing all the necessary work for transferring
> the rights, clearing it and filing it for trademark. And many many more
> people.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Report of grants given out by the Wikimedia Foundation in 2019−2020

2021-03-31 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks for calling this out and working on this aspect, Kassia!

A critical bottleneck for supporting emerging communities is a plan for
comprehensive regional microgrant programs, run through affiliate groups.
We should set these up where they don't exist so as to cover the world.

S

On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 1:58 PM Kassia Echavarri-Queen <
kechavarriqu...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> The report created by my colleagues in the Advancement Team is useful for
> providing aggregated data on the distribution of grants since 2016 and has
> helped the Community Resources team understand where we stand today in
> terms of equity. The current grants have seen an increase in access from
> emerging Wikimedia communities. However, the distribution of funds to those
> communities is still lagging far behind. With the relaunch of the Grants
> strategy
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021/Proposed_programs>
> we will work towards overcoming this challenge and shape an equitable
> future for the distribution of grants resources across the movement.
>
> The information from this report has been analyzed and already
> incorporated into the current grants strategy relaunch process. In the
> newly proposed grants strategy a priority is to substantially increase
> funding in emerging communities also taking into account the need for peer
> learning and knowledge sharing. The feedback period is still open, please
> help the grants relaunch process by letting us know how to adapt and
> improve the strategy.
>
> The new grants strategy is aligned with the strategic direction of the
> movement and is founded on the principles
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Movement_Strategy_Principles#Subsidiarity_&_Self-Management>
> of Subsidiarity & Self management, Equity & Empowerment, Collaboration &
> Cooperation, and People Centeredness, as well as efficient data and
> iterative practices. This has grounded our approach in the values
> identified by the movement.
>
> We are grateful to all the community members who have already helped to
> enrich this strategy relaunch. Please come to the grants meta page to
> engage, learn more about the proposed changes, and to provide your
> feedback.The month of feedback on the new grants strategy proposal will
> come to a close Monday April 5th, 2021.
>
> All the best,
> Kassia Echavarri-Queen
>
> On Behalf of the CR team
>
>
> [1] Grants Relaunch Meta Page
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021
> [2] Movement Strategy principles -
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Recommendations/Movement_Strategy_Principles#Subsidiarity_&_Self-Management
>
> On Wed, Mar 31, 2021 at 10:25 AM Guillaume Paumier 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi folks,
>>
>> I wanted to share the link to a report covering grants given out by the
>> Wikimedia Foundation during the 2019−2020 fiscal year. This was inspired by
>> the Fundraising reports that fundraising teams have prepared for many
>> years. The intent is to publish similar yearly reports for grantmaking
>> going forward.
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grantmaking/Reports/2019-2020
>>
>> Questions and comments are welcome, preferably on the talk page.
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Wikimedia Enterprise API project

2021-03-20 Thread Samuel Klein
ommendations
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/FAQ
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise/Principles
>
> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Enterprise
>
> *Liam Wyatt [Wittylama]*
> WikiCite <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite> Program Manager & 
> Wikimedia
> Enterprise <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Okapi> Community Liaison
> Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Research Showcase] March 17: Curiosity

2021-03-11 Thread Samuel Klein
I was *so* hoping this was going to be about the Machine Queen of Mars
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_(rover)>.
But this looks amazing too...

On Thu, Mar 11, 2021 at 3:50 PM Janna Layton  wrote:

> In this showcase, Prof. Danielle Bassett will present recent work studying
> individual and collective curiosity as network building processes using
> Wikipedia.
>
> Date/Time: March 17, 16:30 UTC (9:30am PT/12:30pm ET/17:30pm CET)
> Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw2s_Y4J2tI
>
> Speaker: Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania)
>
> Title: The curious human
>
> Abstract: The human mind is curious. It is strange, remarkable, and
> mystifying; it is eager, probing, questioning. Despite its pervasiveness
> and its relevance for our well-being, scientific studies of human curiosity
> that bridge both the organ of curiosity and the object of curiosity remain
> in their infancy. In this talk, I will integrate historical, philosophical,
> and psychological perspectives with techniques from applied mathematics and
> statistical physics to study individual and collective curiosity. In the
> former, I will evaluate how humans walk on the knowledge network of
> Wikipedia during unconstrained browsing. In doing so, we will capture
> idiosyncratic forms of curiosity that span multiple millennia, cultures,
> languages, and timescales. In the latter, I will consider the fruition of
> collective curiosity in the building of scientific knowledge as encoded in
> Wikipedia. Throughout, I will make a case for the position that individual
> and collective curiosity are both network building processes, providing a
> connective counterpoint to the common acquisitional account of curiosity in
> humans.
>
> Related papers:
>
> Hunters, busybodies, and the knowledge network building associated with
> curiosity. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/undy4
>
> The network structure of scientific revolutions.
> http://arxiv.org/abs/2010.08381
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#March_2021
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Idea of a new project: Wikifacts ?

2021-02-10 Thread Samuel Klein
Teemu: you might start making a demonstration of this idea + workflow
*on* Wikinews
pages in the language(s) you care about, before moving to something new.
And link to that from the new project proposal.

On Tue, Feb 9, 2021 at 6:25 AM Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
galder...@hotmail.com> wrote:

> But you can do that on Wikinews!
> --
> *From:* Wikimedia-l  on behalf
> of Leinonen Teemu 
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:21 PM
> *To:* Wikimedia Mailing List 
> *Subject:* Re: [Wikimedia-l] Idea of a new project: Wikifacts ?
>
>
> Jimmy has a project that does exactly that.
>
>
> I like Jimmy’s project but do not see it progressing to the direction what
> I was imagining.
>
> Having said that, what we could do is have a project investigating the
> missing information in Wikidata.
>
>
> Wikidata is great, but I do not see how it could serves the purpose, I was
> thinking about.I was visioning a wiki site where one could start a page
> with the title:
>
> General Min Aung Hlaing's[1] speech on TV Feb 8th 2021[2]
>
> On this page people could edit transcript of the speech and do fact
> checking on the claims he make.
>
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Min_Aung_Hlaing
> [2] https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55975746
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread Samuel Klein
ommittee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of our mission. The Board has
>decided to work with Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest Advisors[1] for the
>executive search: I’ve worked closely with Kathleen on a number of
>occasions, and she is a true Wikimedian at heart.
>- I’ll be drawing back from day-to-day operational work to transition
>interim responsibilities starting February 8th. A C-level Transition Team
>of Jaime Villagomez, Amanda Keton, and Robyn Arville, our two board
>officers and chief people leader, will take up key responsibilities and
>decision making around planning, community, and people, and work closely
>with the broader C-team and VP leadership cohort.
>- I’ll spend the next three months supporting the Foundation in
>readying itself for a transition. I’ll spend February preparing with this
>group and other organizational and community leaders on movement strategy
>and institutional knowledge transfer, sharing lessons learned, and
>supporting the organization in developing the next year’s strategic plan.
>- I look forward to celebrating with you in March and April!
>
> I'll be around for a bit, so feel free to reach out, and after that, I'll
> see you on the wikis!
>
>
>
> Cheers,
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://viewcrestadvisors.com/
>
>
>
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Ratification of Universal Code of Conduct

2021-02-02 Thread Samuel Klein
Excellent!  My brother in Chile sent me a news story about this, so... word
is already getting around.
Thank you Maria + all who worked on this.   S

On Tue, Feb 2, 2021 at 6:59 AM María Sefidari  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously
> approved a Universal Code of Conduct for the Wikimedia projects and
> movement.[1]  A Universal Code of Conduct was one of the final
> recommendations of the Movement Strategy 2030 process - a multi-year,
> participatory community effort to define the future of our movement. The
> final Universal Code of Conduct seeks to address disparities in conduct
> policies across our hundreds of projects and communities, by creating a
> binding minimum set of standards for conduct on the Wikimedia projects that
> directly address many of the challenges that contributors face.
>
> The Board is deeply grateful to the communities who have grappled with
> these challenging topics. Over the past six months, communities around the
> world have participated in conversations and consultations to help build
> this code collectively, including local discussions in 19 languages,
> surveys, discussions on Meta, and policy drafting by a committee of
> volunteers and staff. The document presented to us reflects a significant
> investment of time and effort by many of you, and especially by the joint
> staff/volunteer committee who created the base draft after reviewing input
> collected from community outreach efforts. We also appreciate the
> dedication of the Foundation, and its Trust & Safety policy team, in
> getting us to this phase.
>
> This was the first phase of our Universal Code of Conduct - from here, the
> Trust & Safety team will begin consultations on how best to enforce this
> code. In the coming weeks, they will follow-up with more instructions on
> how you can participate in discussions around enforcing the new code. Over
> the next few months, they will be facilitating consultation discussions in
> many local languages, with our affiliates, and on Meta to support a new
> volunteer/staff committee in drafting enforcement pathways. For more
> information on the process, timeline, and how to participate in this next
> phase, please review the Universal Code of Conduct page on Meta.[2]
>
> The Universal Code of Conduct represents an essential step towards our
> vision of a world in which all people can participate in the sum of all
> knowledge. Together, we have built something extraordinary. Today, we
> celebrate this milestone in making our movement a safer space for
> contribution for all.
>
> On behalf of the Board of Trustees,
>
> María Sefidari
> Board Chair
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct/Draft_review
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> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Universal_Code_of_Conduct
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