Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open Letter to Affiliations Committee : Wikimedia India's Demand For A Fair And Transparent Hearing

2019-07-15 Thread Samuel Klein
+1 Lodewijk -- I was thinking the same thing.
Abhinav and Kirill: thanks each for sharing these public updates.

On Mon., Jul. 15, 2019, 4:29 p.m. effe iets anders, <
effeietsand...@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> I think it would be at the very least helpful to the wider community to
> better understand that component. Could you spell out in a bit more detail
> what those capacity concerns were, and what other findings may have
> existed? This may especially be helpful to the India community, as it would
> be especially hard to address the issues without a full understanding.
>
> Thank you!
>
> Warmly,
> Lodewijk
>
> On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 3:03 AM Kirill Lokshin 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear Wikimedia-l readers,
> >
> >
> > AffCom understands the complexity and sensitivity of the circumstances
> > surrounding the decision to de-recognize Wikimedia India as a chapter,
> and
> > we would like to share more information around it. This decision was not
> > taken lightly, and only came after consistent warnings, including
> > suspensions of the chapter, and continued attempts by AffCom to bring the
> > chapter’s activities in line with the requirements for chapter status. We
> > understand that volunteers would like more information about this
> decision
> > and past actions that influenced its outcome. We will attempt to provide
> an
> > overview of the factors and history that led to this decision.
> >
> > Wikimedia India has been given ample time to address their lack of
> > compliance with minimum chapter expectations since their initial signs of
> > non-compliance in 2015 and concerns presented to them during their 2015
> > site visits, initial 2016 suspension, and most recent 2018 suspension
> last
> > November. The Wikimedia India Executive Committee (EC) has repeatedly
> > failed to respond in a timely and complete manner to call requests,
> annual
> > reporting timelines, and remediation deadlines for demonstrating
> > compliance.
> >
> > It is worth noting that there may be issues related to incomplete
> > information regarding the current relationship between WMIN and AffCom.
> > Abhinav is a current WMIN representative, but he was recently appointed
> to
> > the EC on June 14, 2019 [1] following the EC’s receipt of the final
> > revocation notice sent on June 13, 2019. He was not informed of, nor did
> he
> > participate in, our communications regarding the current suspension
> process
> > before that time, so he has had to rely on second-hand knowledge of the
> > situation. The remaining four members of the EC appear to have fully
> > abdicated their responsibility for communications leadership and as such
> > further confirm the chapter’s lack of capacity at this time.
> >
> > Suspension notices give explicit requirements for what and how to
> > communicate with respect to a chapter’s capacity and provide a timeline
> for
> > addressing gaps to meet requirements. We’re providing a table reflecting
> > the most recent suspension notice, the requirements included, and the
> date
> > they were to be delivered below for the community’s context:
> >
> > According to the suspension notice, Wikimedia India was to:
> >
> > Status
> >
> > Submit an Action Plan. By January 15, 2019, the chapter was to submit an
> > updated Action Plan including a timeline with dates for completing the
> > tasks outlined.
> >
> > Submitted past deadline.
> >
> > Received on March 4, 2019.
> >
> > Insufficient response; awaiting new action plan for potential
> > reorganization as outlined in April call.
> >
> > Complete and submit the required overdue chapter activities and financial
> > reporting. The chapter was to submit the reporting by December 1, 2018.
> >
> > Submitted past deadline.
> >
> > Received Activities Report on December 3, 2018 and Financial Report on
> > December 22, 2018.
> >
> > Develop a strategy and timeline for addressing the following potential
> gaps
> > in meeting the basic criteria for chapter status in terms of Legal
> > Structure, Open Governance, Active Contributor Involvement, and Capacity.
> > By
> > January 15, 2019, the chapter was to submit a plan, via email or posted
> > online, demonstrating how the chapter meets the specific chapter
> > requirements outlined. If the chapter does not currently meet the
> > requirements, they were to provide a plan and timeline for how to address
> > these issues before June.
> >
> > Submitted past deadline.
> >
> > Received on March 4, 2019.
> >
> > Insufficient response as detailed in April call.
> >
> >
> >
> > Resolve concerns related to organizational best practices. By May 1,
> 2019,
> > the chapter should be able to demonstrate that it is following the
> > Wikimedia Foundation Board’s recommendations for organizational best
> > practices
> > <
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Resolutions/Organizational_best_practices
> > >
> > .
> >
> > Submitted past deadline.
> >
> > Received on June 4, 2019.
> >
> >
> >
> > More information on chapter requirements is 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] An updated design for the Wikimedia Foundation website

2019-07-10 Thread Samuel Klein
rg/wikipedia/foundation/1/1b/Wikimedia_Foundation_website_-_2017-2018_update_-_Discovery_brief.pdf
> [5]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Organization_communications_translators_group
> [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_website
> [7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimania_2019
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fram en.wp office yearlock block

2019-07-05 Thread Samuel Klein
Jonathan + Adrian -- thank you for the thoughtful ideas.  Seconding that:
~ We could use warmer, less confusing ways to handle edit conflicts,
deletion, and edit wars
~ We have the luxury of trying many approaches in different places, and
iterating

Nathan  wrote:

> You want a revolution to make Wikipedia a friendlier place?...

There is no such place... Have you been to a city?


Yes. Some disarmingly well-designed and welcoming, despite their density.
The question is not whether better equilibria exist; they do.  It is why
they are often hard to recognize, try out, and adopt.  Your insistence that
'there is no such place' is quite extraordinary, really: and highlights the
challenge.

Todd Allen writes:
> Well, inclusionism generally is toxic.

  Smooth redefinition of terms.  Jonathan's proposal was so kind +
specific, and you're spoiling for a fight.
Most of us have an opinion on inclu/delight, and would be glad to debate
it, but this thread isn't the place.

Pierre-Selim:
> can people participating to this thread respect the soft limit of this
mailing list, i.e. this is not a chat

Thanks for the reminder.  More than one post per day in a thread is
probably too much...
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fram en.wp office yearlock block

2019-07-03 Thread Samuel Klein
d
> apologetic regarding recent disruption that has stressed many people in the
> community, led to numerous resignations, and consumed countless hours of
> volunteers' valuable time. Perhaps I overlooked them, but I do not see the
> words "apology", "sorry", "regret", or similar words in the statement from
> the WMF Board.
>
> In addition to an apology, I was hoping to see the WMF Board focus on
> supervising the WMF organization, which I think is its principal job.
>
> I feel that this statement is condescending: "We believe that the
> communities should be able to deal with these types of situations and
> should take this as a wake-up call to improve our enforcement processes to
> deal with so-called "unblockables"." I think that many of us in the
> communities are aware of these problems. I do not appreciate WMF creating
> unnecessary and widely harmful disruption in its quest to do top-down
> social engineering. I encourage the WMF Board to develop humility, refrain
> from lecturing the communities, and consider how to support the communities
> in our efforts to improve ourselves.
>
> I would encourage the WMF Board to ponder the harms that have resulted from
> WMF's actions. I hope that we see a public apology from the WMF Board.
>
> Katherine, thank you for your willingness to have a dialogue regarding
> these matters, and your willingness to have a more cautious and respectful
> approach in the future.
>
> Writing solely in a personal capacity,
>
> Pine
> ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-28 Thread Samuel Klein
Indeed... there is no wikiversity phd.  Nor is one planned in the near
future in any language, as far as I know.
Getting WV courses onto accredited platforms seems like a step towards
alignment (or perhaps first: working w/ an existing set of accredited
courses and getting their materials onto WV as a non-accredited space to
find and learn from those materials!)

On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 8:35 PM Thomas Shafee 
wrote:

> Hi Amirouche,
>
> It's definitely possible to write articles in WikiJournals without a PhD (
> example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjs/2018.006>). External peer reviewers
> are invited in the same way whether the author is some top prof or an
> undergrad.
>
> I definitely think that WikiJournal articles can be useful for Wikiversity
> courses (example <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjm/2017.006>, example
> <https://doi.org/10.15347/wjs/2018.005>). Bu I think that the two projects
> have different technical needs.
>
> As far as I know, Wikiversity is currently not accredited in any country -
> a process usually tightly regulated by governments (Australia example
> <https://www.teqsa.gov.au/>). Wikiversity is therefore more like P2PU
> <https://www.p2pu.org/en/about/> than Open University
> <http://www.openuniversity.edu/courses>, in that it can offer courses and
> provide completion badges, but not yet award formal PhDs. I don't now
> whether there are any users working on it, but accreditation for
> Wikiversity courses would probably be most easily achieved by partnering
> with established accredited universities, a bit like coursera
> <https://www.coursera.org/degrees>, but that would still be a pretty major
> project.
>
> Hope that is useful info!
> All the best,
> Thomas
>
> On Fri, 21 Jun 2019 at 15:39, Amirouche Boubekki <
> amirouche.boube...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> >
> > I am new to the mailing list and more generaly on wikipedia as
> contributor
> > and as student in wikiversity.
> >
> > I did not know about WikiJournals as part of Wikiversity. My only remark
> > will be that the wikiveristy
> > PhD program is in poor shape. I was lost in the various tools I had to
> use
> > and broken links.
> > Most if not all conversation are old-ish and doesn't say the PhD program
> is
> > active or working
> > at all. (French wikiveristy is in much better shape).
> >
> > I am certain that the implementation of wikijournal as sister project
> will
> > have more impact for WikiJournal.
> > My point is with a better english wikiversity, both could have more
> impact.
> >
> >
> > I think, forking wikijournals outside wikiverity will have a bad impact
> on
> > wikiversity.
> >
> > Also, is it possible to write a publication in the journal without prior
> > PhD?
> > Can publication in the wikijournal help obtain the wikiveristy PhD?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Amirouche ~ amz3
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Wikimedia Space: A space for movement news and conversations

2019-06-26 Thread Samuel Klein
I love the idea of experimenting like this.
More like this please.  The simpler and lighter weight experiments can be
(w little drama ;) the more of possibility space we can explore.

And that's a space we should all be excited by.

On Wed., Jun. 26, 2019, 12:47 p.m. Quim Gil,  wrote:

> Hi, thank you for your feedback about Wikimedia Space.
>
> So far, there have been many comments focusing on _who_ has released _what_
> and _how_. Let me tell you _why_ we are proposing Wikimedia Space. People
> agreeing on _why_ can agree on the rest way easier.
>
> Wikimedia Space is all about Wikimedia growth. If you are supporting
> newcomers or you are contributing to the growth of the Wikimedia movement
> in other ways, we are very interested in your opinions, your suggestions,
> your needs. And we are especially interested in hearing from you if you are
> a promoter of movement diversity and/or part of any kind of group
> underrepresented in Wikimedia.
>
> Why Wikimedia Space, in more detail:
>
> From the Wikimedia movement strategic direction -
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20
>
> * Knowledge equity
>
>
> From the Wikimedia Foundation medium-term plan -
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Medium-term_plan_2019
>
> * Grow participation globally, focusing on emerging markets
> * Thriving movement
> * Support to newcomers
> * Strong, diverse, and innovative communities that represent the World
> * Strong and empowered movement leaders and affiliates
> * Safe, secure spaces and equitable, efficient processes for all
> participants
>
> I hope this explains our _why_. About some of the points mentioned...
>
> Wikimedia Space is a proposal to the movement in the form of a prototype
> https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/t/what-do-mean-here-by-prototype/188/4.
> We believe it will generate interest, feedback, criticism and contributions
> in a number of ways that a text-only proposal in (say) Meta Wiki wouldn't
> achieve.
>
> For instance, while we discuss here in a black & white and text-only
> environment, more than 60 colorful users have signed up already and
> Wikimedia Space and are getting their own impressions about it.
> https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/u .
>
> Or for instance, several event organizers just signed up and added their
> event to the Wikimedia Space map, which, if you ask me, after just one day
> already looks fresh, beautiful and interesting:
> https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/c/events/l/map
>
> We are happy to discuss possibilities for connection / integration /
> migration between Wikimedia Space and existing community channels. As a
> matter of fact, wikimedia-l could potentially benefit from the features
> offered by Wikimedia Space (a conversation started in this list by
> volunteers years ago):
>
> https://discuss-space.wmflabs.org/t/integrating-mailing-lists-to-wikimedia-space/136
>
> Wikimedia Space doesn't prevent improvements in Meta or other places. If
> anything, we believe it will become an incentive for improvements in all
> community channels willing to keep up. In our opinion, potential
> improvements in Meta shouldn't prevent the release of Wikimedia Space. What
> you see today is the result of about three weeks of part time work by four
> people. Now consider how much time would it take to discuss, agree,
> resource and implement an equivalent feature set in MediaWiki, and (just as
> important) equivalent social expectations and norms in the Meta community.
>
> We are just starting to promote Wikimedia Space. Yesterday we did an
> initial announcement to get a first wave of users, see how the prototype
> would take hold, and gauge the initial response. We plan to continue
> promoting Wikimedia Space in more channels. In fact, you can help. If there
> is a channel missing, please point to its URL, or (even better) feel free
> to forward the announcement yourself.
>
> If you have found an actionable problem, we welcome bug reports and feature
> requests: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/space/
>
> We encourage you to give Wikimedia Space a try. Even if today someone
> remains unconvinced, signing up won't hurt them. Then give it a week, and
> let us know. We really mean it! Prototypes always contribute to better
> discussions.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Foundation management of volunteers

2019-06-23 Thread Samuel Klein
An element of our community which gives me hope, is that we are ready to
earnestly engage with any input, even the tendentious.  This is getting a
bit repetitive, however, and as Martijn notes is not the best use of this
list.



On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 6:06 PM Martijn Hoekstra 
wrote:

> Wikipedia itself can never be more reliable than the sources it cites. If
> it's allowed to cite itself, then there is no "bottom" to lean on, and its
> quality would quickly drop.
>
> That you conclude from that that wikipedia is unreliable and therefore
> failed is IMO such a silly proposition, that I dont know whether you
> seriously think this, in which case we should probably take this off list,
> or that you're engaging in sophistry and using arguments you don't think
> are reasonable in the first place.
>
> On Mon, Jun 17, 2019, 19:56 Mister Thrapostibongles <
> thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Dennis,
> >
> > I started this thread to discuss both conduct and content policies on
> > Wikipedia, and indeed how the two interact.  Wikipedia is a project to
> > build an encyclopaedia.  By its own criteria, encyclopaedias are reliable
> > sources and Wikipedia is not a reliable source; hence by its own
> criteria,
> > Wikipedia is not an encyclopaedia.  That is, it is currently in a state
> of
> > failure with respect to its own mission.
> >
> > One of the reasons for that state of failure is indeed the failure to
> > provide a collegial working atmosphere.
> >
> > Thrapostibongles
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 2:19 PM Dennis During 
> wrote:
> >
> > > "One (and not the most important) pieces of evidence for Wikipedia
> being
> > in
> > > a failed state is precisely that
> > > it does not, by the community's own admission, constitute a reliable
> > source
> > > "
> > >
> > > You have made this argument more than once. That might be a piece of
> > > evidence seems both wrong and not relevant to the sense in which people
> > > here as saying WP has failed, which is as a welcoming, "safe"
> environment
> > > for contributors and would-be contributors.
> > >
> > > It is good policy to make sure that contributors reach out to other
> > > sources, even when one believes that Wikipedia is as reliable as the
> > > average tertiary source we allow as a reference. It prevents us from
> > > relying exclusively on what can easily turn out to be a very narrow set
> > of
> > > points of view.  Does/did the Encyclopedia Britanica cite other EB
> > articles
> > > as references rather than include them as "see alsos"?
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jun 17, 2019 at 8:27 AM Mister Thrapostibongles <
> > > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Vito
> > > >
> > > > This rather tends to support my point.  One (and not the most
> > important)
> > > > pieces of evidence for Wikipedia being in a failed state is precisely
> > > that
> > > > it does not , by the community's own admission, constitute a reliable
> > > > source:whereas "Reputable tertiary sources
> > > > , such as
> > > > introductory-level university textbooks, almanacs, and encyclopedias,
> > may
> > > > be cited".  So Wikipedia fails in its aim of being an encyclopaedia
> on
> > > one
> > > > of the most important tests one could imagine, namely reliability.
> > And a
> > > > reason for that is its lack of effective content management policies
> > and
> > > > mechanisms to put them into effect (in the old days we called that
> > being
> > > an
> > > > editor, but that word on Wikipedia now is more or less a redundant
> > > synonym
> > > > for contributor).
> > > >
> > > > Now suppose that Wikipedia had effective editorial policies and
> > processes
> > > > that allowed it to assume the status of a reliable source, just like
> > the
> > > > encyclopaedia it aims to be.  You say that even in that situation, it
> > > would
> > > > be easy to manipulate.  On that assumption, how much easier it must
> be
> > to
> > > > "trick" it today when it has no such effective policies and processes
> > in
> > > > place!
> > > >
> > > > Thrapostibongles
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement of Wikimedia Taiwan to the Foundation and the global Wikimedia Movement communities

2019-06-18 Thread Samuel Klein
Ahh so. Thank you for thinking about this and sharing the results of your
deliberation.  SJ

On Tue., Jun. 18, 2019, 10:36 a.m. Ted Chien,  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Regarding to the recent Hong Kong Extradition Bill, Wikimedia Taiwan has
> issued the following statement, please have a read.
>
> ***
>
> Wikimedia Taiwan requests the attention of Wikimedia Foundation and global
> communities of Wikimedia movement to the Hong Kong Extradition Bill related
> issues and to draft out related policy accordingly.
>
> To our knowledge, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
> recently has made a legal amendment about extradition to Taiwan, China,
> Macau, etc. Nevertheless, the draft of the amendment creates distrust from
> local residents and international stakeholders. After the major scale of
> protest, Hong Kong SAR Government announced the bill will be suspended for
> the moment.
>
> Wikimedia Taiwan has no comment regarding the internal affairs of Hong
> Kong. However, Hong Kong is a common transit location for the Wikimedia
> community members from Taiwan to attend international events. In 2015, the
> staffs of an independent bookstore in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, were
> disappeared. That incident and the intent of the current amendment cause us
> as a Wikimedia chapter is worrying about the safety risk while traveling
> abroad.
>
> Therefore, we have three requests:
>
>1. To Wikimedia Foundation’s legal and safety department, please stay
>tuned regarding this incident, and co-op with Hong Kong User Group and
>Wikimedia Taiwan to provide possible support on legal and strategic
> issues
>in order to ease the risk concern for the Wikimedia volunteers who
>contribute in the region.
>2. Even though the legal concern is relieved temporarily, we still would
>like to ask for any Wikimedia organizations hosting an international
> event
>while making the travel arrangements to avoid arranging the Taiwanese
>participants to travel by airlines owned by China or Hong Kong, nor
> making
>the transit at Hong Kong or any other airports within China.
>3. The ongoing discussion about Wikimedia movement strategy should
>include evaluation about the possible influence of illiberal democratic
>regime’s threat to free knowledge. These regimes may bring damage such
> as
>legal intimidation, violent threat, and monopoly of ideology. From the
>recent experience of Chinese Wikipedia, we cannot anticipate openness
> and
>inclusion could passively defend from these kinds of sabotage. Instead,
> it
>needs a more powerful strategy and action to respond on.
>
>
>- This statement is open for all Wikimedia volunteers from Taiwan to
>cosign as individual or communities in the following link:
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Taiwan/Declaration/The_statement_of_Wikimedia_Taiwan_regarding_the_Extradition_bill_of_Hong_Kong
>
> This statement is also announced on our Facebook fan page:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiJournals: A proposal to become a new sister project

2019-06-18 Thread Samuel Klein
Nice work.  It will take time, but keep it up.

On Thu., Jun. 6, 2019, 10:05 p.m. Thomas Shafee, 
wrote:

> Some more notes, responses and thoughts on the topics raised above!
>
> *Impact and reach*
> I fully agree that impact factor is of primary importance to many
> researchers. However, many grants that fund research also have started
> looking for evidence that researchers are making genuine efforts in public
> outreach. Example: A researcher spends 30 years on one of the most
> important livestock parasites, publishing review articles read by 100-1000
> people, yet the Wikipedia page is only 2 sentences long
> <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Teladorsagia_circumcincta=860605498
> >.
> Their grant reviewers, potential students, farmers, politicians, and
> journalists read the WP page which gives a false impression of obscurity to
> the topic. Then they publish a review article with a WikiJournal which is
> dual-published as a citable version for their cv and copied into WP to show
> they they are trying hard to keep the general public informed
> (*10.15347/wjs/2019.004
> *).
>
> *Citing WikiJournals in Wikipedia*
> I see the COI point of view. On the other hand, the best cure for coi is
> transparency and I think the publishing of peer reviews that go along with
> papers. Overall, I think WP use of WikiJournals articles as sources
> (e.g. *10.15347/wjm/2017.005
> *) would remain independent and a
> matter for WP:RS discussion once the journals are accredited. However, one
> perennial problem in WP has notable topics lacking citable sources (e.g.
> first nations history / neglected tropical diseases / women historical
> figures). If a wikipedian were able to do the research into an aspect of
> that topic to a level that it meets rigorous scholarly standards and passes
> external peer review, then that may a be a reasonable way of minting a
> valuable new citable source. Again, that'd be up for the community to
> decide as the project progresses.
>
> *Indexing*
> We have started the practice of drafting indexing applications publicly
> <
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Talk:WikiJournal_of_Medicine#SCOPUS_reapplication
> >
> for greater transparency (unique as far as I know).
>
> *Comparison to peer review within Wikipedia*
> WP essentially does post-publication editorial review (rather than peer
> review). External peer review by WikiJournals and internal PR/GA/FA review
> by wp editors perform complementary (not competing) roles. Many FA articles
> are definitely up to academic standards - and indeed their performance
> through peer review proves just that as an additional quality-assurance
> mechanism. That is not universally true (e.g. the review of GA article
> Surface
> tension
> <
> https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Talk:WikiJournal_Preprints/Surface_tension
> >
> includes
> "in some instances the ideas are incorrect ... It will confuse rather then
> enlighten readers new to the field"). FA has unique aspects that external
> academic peer review lacks (e.g. a sharper focus on readability, and
> formatting, spot-chacking of references).
>
> All the best,
> Thomas
>
> On Wed, 5 Jun 2019 at 23:37, Vi to  wrote:
>
> > Il giorno mer 5 giu 2019 alle ore 12:00 John Erling Blad <
> jeb...@gmail.com
> > >
> > ha scritto:
> >
> > > > > One reason; reach.
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > In academia reach -per se- is not a big deal, while impact is.
> > >
> > > Reach leads to impact. You can't get impact without reach, but reach
> > > in non-scientific communities does not necessarily turn into reach in
> > > scientific communities.
> > >
> >
> > Apart from the hype I wouldn't releate reach and scientific impact. Most
> of
> > research community is forced to seek for impact, bibliometric indicators
> > and abiding by the publish or perish principle.
> >
> >
> > > There are nothing that blocks Wikipedia from doing peer review. (It
> > > has implicit peer review.) What you propose for WikiJournal is to make
> > > peer review a policy. That does not in itself turn articles into good
> > > research.
> >
> >
> > I disagree with this, Wikipedia doesn't make original research by
> > definition.
> > I concur we have something similar to peer review, though ours is less
> > "autorithy-centered".
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Be the change you want to see (was: WMF commitment for a Wikimedia projects archive)

2019-05-15 Thread Samuel Klein
> > questions
> > > > may
> > > > > have been inconvenient or troublesome to address.  Yet I think the
> > > > > accountable thing to do would have been to respond, however
> briefly,
> > to
> > > > > prevent the sealioning and sanctimonious posts that filled the list
> > --
> > > > and,
> > > > > I am sure, greatly annoyed and demotivated many subscribers.  Even
> a
> > > > > response stating WMF chooses not to respond to a certain question,
> or
> > > not
> > > > > to dig up certain data, would have been better than the stony
> silence
> > > > that
> > > > > has become the all-too-common stance for WMF on this list.
> > > > >
> > > > > As you know, I also work for WMF (though I am writing this in my
> > > > volunteer
> > > > > capacity, and out of my care for the well-being of this list).
> > While I
> > > > > have never shied away from responding on this list, I have on
> > occasion
> > > > been
> > > > > scolded (internally) for attempting to answer volunteer queries to
> > the
> > > > best
> > > > > of my knowledge, for "outstepping my remit" or interfering in
> someone
> > > > > else's remit.  I have taken this to heart, and accordingly no
> longer
> > > try
> > > > to
> > > > > respond to queries such as Fae's (which in this case I find a
> > perfectly
> > > > > reasonable question, meriting an answer).  Several past attempts by
> > me
> > > to
> > > > > ping appropriate senior staff on questions on this list (or on talk
> > > > pages)
> > > > > have also met with rebuke, so I have ceased those as well.
> > > > >
> > > > > For these reasons I do not accept this wholesale blaming of this
> > list's
> > > > > subscribers on the difficulty having meaningful conversations here:
> > > > >
> > > > > But if we want to see staff members more actively
> > > > > > participating here then those long standing individuals need to
> > > really
> > > > > > thing about the tone in which they engage here, particularly
> those
> > > who
> > > > do
> > > > > > so most often. If that does not change, this list will continue
> to
> > > > > languish
> > > > > > and those few staff members who continue to engage here will
> slowly
> > > > > > disappear. This now increasingly perennial topic keeps coming up
> > and
> > > my
> > > > > > fear is that it will on go away through the increasing
> abandonment
> > > this
> > > > > > list faces.
> > > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > It is WMF that is not behaving collaboratively here.  And it is
> > within
> > > > > WMF's power to change it.  C-levels, the ED, and other managers at
> > WMF
> > > > > could all decide to participate more actively in this list; to
> > respond
> > > to
> > > > > questions or delegate the answering to their subordinates, who are
> > > > awaiting
> > > > > their cue; and indeed, they could themselves make more use of this
> > list
> > > > as
> > > > > a sounding board, a consultation room, and a reserve of experience
> > and
> > > > > diverse context.  They can be the change they (and you, and me)
> would
> > > > like
> > > > > to see.
> > > > >
> > > > > Perhaps this e-mail could convince some of them.  And if not my
> > words,
> > > > then
> > > > > perhaps those of some of the other list subscribers.
> > > > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF commitment for a Wikimedia projects archive

2019-05-14 Thread Samuel Klein
Dearests.

The archival question is a good one. The wikiverse could use a more
archival gloss, and currently regularly breaks links where a slight
commitment to longer term reliably would preserve them intact. Nathan: long
term preservation is not yet part of the projects' raison d'etre. Perhaps
it should be.

For instance sep11.wikipedia.org doesn't redirect where it should. We may
not even still have an archival dump online. Deleted articles and their
revs are no longer targetable by links, not even with redaction (like an
oversighted rev in a rev list), making for ephemeralinks.

A better phrasing might be: how are archives made and maintained, where are
full copies of each project, is there any overview of how this is working?
& How can interested parties add to the mirror count of a project?

IA and IPFS each mirror some things. I don't know of any full-wikimedia
mirror that includes all projects and files, and while there may be an
internal mirror including all private userdata, I don't believe there is
one offsite -- a delicate kind of mirroring that calls for some thought.

SJ

On Tue., May 14, 2019, 6:03 p.m. Nathan,  wrote:

> The Internet Archive, incidentally, already seems to maintain copies of
> Wikimedia projects. I don't know to what degree of fidelity. Additionally,
> the WMF's core deliverable is already to provide and sustain access to its
> projects. It has an endowment for that purpose already. Other websites and
> media that might have ephemeral access due to their nature as short-term
> tools need the IA to be preserved, but the WMF's projects seem to occupy a
> different space. It's sort of like asking if the Library of Congress needs
> to invest in some external project to preserve and organize its
> collections. No, that is its actual raison d'etre.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dispute between Common and Outreach

2019-05-13 Thread Samuel Klein
admins, and OTRS agreements - needs deep rethinking.
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > > niedz., 12 maj 2019 o 10:48 Mister Thrapostibongles <
> > > > > > > > thrapostibong...@gmail.com> napisał(a):
> > > > > > > >
> > > > > > > >> Hello all,
> > > > > > > >>
> > > > > > > >> There seems to be a dispute between the Outreach and the
> Commons
> > > > > > > components
> > > > > > > >> of The Community, judging by the article "Wikimedia
> Commons: a
> > > > highly
> > > > > > > >> hostile place for multimedia students contributions" at the
> > > > Education
> > > > > > > >> Newsletter
> > > > > > > >>
> > > > > > > >>
> > > > > > > >>
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News/April_2019/Wikimedia_Commons:_a_highly_hostile_place_for_multimedia_students_contributions
> > > > > > > >>
> > > > > > > >> As far as I can understand it, some students on an Outreach
> > > > project
> > > > > > > >> uploaded some rather well-made video material, and comeone
> on
> > > > Commons
> > > > > > > >> deleted them because they appeared to well-made to be
> student
> > > > projects
> > > > > > > and
> > > > > > > >> so concluded they were copyright violations.  But some
> rather
> > > odd
> > > > > > > remarks
> > > > > > > >> were made "Commons has to fight the endless stream of
> uploaded
> > > > > > > copyrighted
> > > > > > > >> content on behalf of a headquarters in San Francisco that
> > > doesn't
> > > > > > care."
> > > > > > > >> and
> > > > > > > >> "you have regarded Commons as little more than free cloud
> > > storage
> > > > for
> > > > > > > >> images you intend to use on Wikipedia ".
> > > > > > > >>
> > > > > > > >> Perhaps the Foundation needs to resolve this dispute?
> > > > > > > >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Dispute between Common and Outreach

2019-05-13 Thread Samuel Klein
Ditto.  But did not have the impression that this was {a, the} pressing
need.
Perhaps we also need better ways to highlight workload overloads (and
continue conversations about them through time, rather than sporadic
proposals of specific implementations that can easily fail) to stimulate
cross-project brainstorming to solve the most pressing problems of scale

On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 6:02 AM James Heilman  wrote:

> I have a fairly good understanding of copyright. Deal with a fair bit of
> copyright issues occurring via paid editing and flicker washing of images
> and would be happy to do admin work around that if the Commons community
> was interested.
>
> James
>
> On Mon, May 13, 2019 at 4:00 AM Paulo Santos Perneta <
> paulospern...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Wikimedia project communities in general seem to be quite stagnant, if
> not
> > declining, apart from Wikidata, which is and always will be a whole
> > different case. In the case of Commons it was already very much as it is
> > now when I joined in 2009. I always found it a very pleasant place, but
> > overtime I understood I was the exception there, and most people had bad
> > experiences. And it is as Yann has shown there, it's a few sysops running
> > the entire show almost alone, not because they want that, but because
> > nobody else helps with that.
> >
> > IMO the problem is not with the existing sysops, but because people in
> > general do not feel attracted to copyright and other similar minucious
> > stuff which marks everyday life in Commons. And, without that knowledge
> it
> > is pointless, if not counterproductive, to place a candidacy to sysop. No
> > idea what the solution could be, but it certainly is not blaming Commons
> > and the existing sysops. If more people was interested in copyright, less
> > mistakes would be happening in Commons as well. Whatever the solution is,
> > it probably passes by that.
> >
> > Best,
> > Paulo
> >
> > Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga  escreveu no dia
> segunda,
> > 13/05/2019 à(s) 07:09:
> >
> > > A good question to ask would be why the admin group is not growing. And
> > > maybe (maybe) we can find a common answer to both problems pointed
> here.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing Community Strategy Liaisons

2019-04-19 Thread Samuel Klein
/wiki/User:RSharma_(WMF)
>
> [7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Gereon_Kalkuhl_(WMF)
>
> [8] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LShangkuan_(WMF)
>
> [9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:LTeles_(WMF)
>
> [10] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:FFort_(WMF)
>
>
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>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Supporting Wikinews [was: Reviewing our brand system for our 2030 goals]

2019-04-17 Thread Samuel Klein
I see no reason to shut down projects, nor to tell participants to stop
collaborating on X in the spirit of a Wiki.

I see a great reason not to limit conversation about what a project around
X *could be* to the current state of a project that has that domain name.
There is plenty of energy around using wikis for news, or wikis for
courses, which is absolutely not captured by any of our current Projects or
projects.

We need
* Flexible ways to modify, fork, and experiment with names and projects
* Flexible ways to redirect, merge, and split projects and namespaces (as
half-successfully attempted with the incubator) without losing history or
editability

SJ

On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 10:41 AM Yaroslav Blanter  wrote:

> Indeed, I am not a fan of Wikinews and I do not particularly see the
> project as in any way successful. However, if the project is shut down
> against the will of the community (I now mean the Wikinews community, or
> perhaps even specifically the English Wikinews community), I will ask
> myself  whether Wikivoyage (I am active in the Russian Wikivoyage, where we
> have a couple of dozen active users) could also be shut down one day
> against the will of the community, just because we are not successful
> competing with the brands like Lonely Planet, DK, or Michelin, for example.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 4:32 PM Peter Southwood <
> peter.southw...@telkomsa.net> wrote:
>
> > Abandoning a project and shutting it down sends a message to all
> > volunteers that their work could be similarly abandoned and lost one day.
> > Is that a message we want to broadcast?
> > Cheers,
> > Peter
> >
> > -Original Message-
> > From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On
> > Behalf Of Ziko van Dijk
> > Sent: 17 April 2019 00:46
> > To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Supporting Wikinews [was: Reviewing our brand
> > system for our 2030 goals]
> >
> > Hello,
> > Some years ago, some volunteers have proposed a new Wikimedia wiki. It
> did
> > not turn out as expected. That‘s okay, the movement should try out thing
> > from time to time.
> > But this wiki should not be seen as an eternal obligation to be kept.
> > Kind regards
> > Ziko
> >
> >
> >
> > Samuel Klein  schrieb am Di. 16. Apr. 2019 um 23:56:
> >
> > > Jennifer -- as you say, there is a contradiction here in the self-image
> > and
> > > internal narrative of the projects and movement.  A classic branding
> > issue
> > > ;)
> > > * On the one hand, we lack clear, consistent language to talk about
> > topical
> > > subprojects (what do you call 'the Current Events specialists on the
> > major
> > > language Wikpiedias'?  some obvious names have already been taken)
> > > * On the other, for the few Names that we assign to Projects, we
> > > overspecify what they mean ('Wikinews is original news reporting or
> > > synthesis, done on a wikinews.org site').
> > >
> > > We propagate this confusion of identity to those outside the projects
> > > trying to understand them; which in turn leads to misunderstanding in
> the
> > > world at large, and fewer potential collaborators joining the projects:
> > >  I was recently at a gathering of international fact-checkers.
>  They
> > > all prized Wikipedia as a model for what rapid collective editing can
> > > accomplish; assumed wikinews and wikitribune were the best efforts to
> > date
> > > of applying that to current events; and began an enthusiastic
> discussion
> > > about how to do it better.  When I pointed out that Wikipedias did
> > exactly
> > > what they were discussing, for the most popular news, this was
> startling
> > > and satisfying to them.  However as there is no central cafe or village
> > > pump for current events editors, and what portals do exist are
> impossible
> > > to find for all but the most persistent, it is not obvious how to
> engage
> > > with them...
> > >
> > > This is a challenge of naming + identity that really holds us back:
> ways
> > > for people to form groups, projects, message streams; and channel,
> > > advertise, amplify, polish them; use them for flash projects and
> > > coalescence, for awareness and thanks.  We have tried many small steps
> in
> > > this direction but have never made groups or hashtags work as simple,
> > > functional tools of alignment.
> > >
> > > SJ
> > >
> > > On Tue, Apr 16, 2019 at 4:23 PM Jen

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Supporting Wikinews [was: Reviewing our brand system for our 2030 goals]

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reviewing our brand system for our 2030 goals

2019-04-13 Thread Samuel Klein
On Sat., Apr. 13, 2019, 2:27 a.m. Gerard Meijssen, <
gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> Wikipedia is indeed clearly the core global brand. The notion that
> Wikidata will "never match Wikipedia whatever its future success" is a sad
> argument.
>

You misunderstand me. I do not mean in importance: Wikidata will surely be
equally important to knowledge sharing, and more pervasive, though the two
are hard to compare and not independent.

I mean purely in the memetics and brand sense: the history of humanity will
keep a mention of Wikipedia for centuries, should we persist that long.
Its success, elegance, and defiance of previous assumptions remains in many
places the dominant shorthand for crowdsourcing, period; for editable
websites;  the standard visual template for reference works.

Other projects that follow in those footsteps, even if they become much
more influential or pervasive, will not surpass the deep and broad appeal
of the original.



That said !

Aside from recognizing confusion around 'Wikimedia' that we can reduce, I
reckon a central
 branding focus should be making our messaging and core interactions
(including Wikidata and Commons meta pages) truly interlingual.  This takes
a combination of software, translators, and brand focus.  It is the obvious
way to meaningfully amplify reach and participation in underrepresented
regions: literally underrepresented because the projects don't seem to
speak to or to know how to hear from them; and because of iterative network
effects of those on projects inviting their friends, enemies, and
colleagues.

Rather than the somewhat zero sum efforts to change branding in a way that
shifts around community expectations (and may not attract any more
contributors), a branding effort that enhances cross language connection
and reminds people of the global bounty of the projects, would be an
updraft for all.

Run translation drives every month, posting banners in other languages on
each project inviting participation. ;). Revel in the experimental
brokenness of multilingual-talk-page tools and invite pan-language web
designers to.come play + iterate with us, w a bit UN and translator-network
campaign.

We don't have to keep repainting the sign on our house, we can now
relandscape the entire neighborhood.

SJ

p.s. if Commons hates 'Wikicommons' we can vid up and return to its
original name, MultimediaWiki.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reviewing our brand system for our 2030 goals

2019-04-12 Thread Samuel Klein
Wikipedia is clearly the core global brand.
It also has a prominence in the history of the Web and internetworked
society that Wikidata, whatever its future success, will never match.

Internally, as all have noted, the dilemma is that it is associated with
the focus  and policies of one project.  So if we shift towards calling
things "Wikipedia Foo" instead of "Wikimedia Foo", we will have to go out
of our way to expand its connotations.  That takes an internal campaign: w
thoughtful & responsive answers to common questions /concerns.

SJ

P.S. Personally, while these recs encourage keeping the old project names,
I think Wikipictionary, Wikipews, Wikipedanta and Wikiperversity have a
chance of becoming even more popular with new readers & contributors.

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On Fri., Apr. 12, 2019, 11:33 p.m. Andrew Lih,  wrote:

> Responses below:
>
> On Wed, Apr 10, 2019 at 5:07 PM Strainu  wrote:
>
> >
> > I would argue that, on the contrary, for the outside word we were less
> > Wikipedia 10 years ago. Around that time there was still hope that
> > Wikibooks or Wikinews could still be successful, at least in some
> > languages. New language versions of other projects than Wikipedia were
> > created relatively regularly and many people who started with
> > Wikipedia moved on to maintain and develop other projects. Today the
> > Foundation has all but given up on all other projects except the 3 you
> > mention below (and, to some extent, Wikisource), Google is taking data
> > from Wikipedia (but prefers other dictionaries instead of Wikt) and
> > people barely hide a polite yawn when you talk about the other
> > projects.
> >
>
> For the record, I was one of the earliest skeptics of Wikinews and was one
> of the first accredited Wikinewsies in 2005. I believed the best way to
> critically understand its flaws was to actually immerse myself in it. I
> quickly saw it was not viable, and memorialized my thoughts about it for
> Harvard Nieman Lab (below). I say this not to brag, but simply to say that
> the "hope" of that era may be overhyped. :)
>
>
> https://www.niemanlab.org/2010/02/why-wikipedia-beats-wikinews-as-a-collaborative-journalism-project/
>
>
> > > - We stand on three legs (and more): If there was ever a time that
> > > Wikimedia was more than Wikipedia, it is now. The trio of Wikipedia,
> > > Commons and Wikidata is the bedrock of open knowledge sharing in a way
> > that
> > > was not true even 3 years ago.
> >
> > While that is true, the monolingual nature of the last 2 has left all
> > but the most determined outside this revolution. While not directly
> > relevant for the branding issue, it partially explains why people know
> > about Wikipedia more: it's in their language!
> >
>
> Wait, I'm confused. Are you saying Wikidata is a "monolingual" project? As
> a semantic database, it's perhaps the most multilingual-friendly project we
> have. I've collaborated with Portuguese and French GLAM projects on
> Wikidata because of how good it is at providing an interface for a shared
> data set using the user's native tongue. So I'm eager to hear more about
> why you believe Wikidata is in the "monolingual" bin.
>
>
> > Specialization has clear advantages, but again, is not helping with
> > branding towards the general public and that is our target, not GLAM
> > or photographers.
> >
>
> This is a valid critique, though I'm not sure we've ever put the full force
> of Foundation resources behind providing public awareness for Commons. It's
> mostly been through community-level efforts and SiteNotice banners, to my
> knowledge, for WLM, Commons POTY, Wiki Loves Africa, etc.
>
> Not sure what the point is here. System biases are also obvious in
> > Commons (copyright law) and Wikidata (very specific knowledge is
> > required to understand how data is organized).
> >
>
> I think the point is: add the systemic bias of needing to know how to read
> to the stack of the biases you also list here. There are a multitude of
> challenges, and I think you absolutely win with "understanding copyright"
> as the biggest user challenge we have. :)
>
>
> > This war is specific to English Wikipedia and a few other wikis
> > (admittedly, rather larger ones). Smaller communities have already
> > largely embraced Wikidata in infoboxes and elsewhere. This has not
> > changed how they represent themselves and I believe that the same
> > holds true for the renaming.
> >
>
> Oh yes, there are many folks highly envious of Basque and Catalan Wikipedia
> where Wikidata integration is used effectively on a large scale.
>
>
> > Also, I believe it is mistaken to think of the branding proposal as a
> > single, monolithic, yes-or-no proposal. It is rather a series of
> > proposals, some easier and some more complicated to implement. Each
> > should be analyzed independently for its own merits.
> >
>
> Agree. We won't know until/if it happens. I simply wanted to make sure a
> broad set of concerns were being incorporated into the risk assessment.
>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sverige receives a total of USD 500, 000+ in funding for three new projects, and a cost reduction of USD 30, 000/year

2019-03-28 Thread Samuel Klein
Wonderful. Wikispeech will be amazing  :)

On Thu., 28 Mar. 2019, 6:31 am John Andersson, 
wrote:

> Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be the recipient of three new grants totaling
> around USD 500,000. We hope to work with many of you as part of these
> projects. If you are interested in getting involved or receiving updates
> please let me know.
>
> Furthermore, the chapter also has a new heavily subsidized agreement for
> our office space.
>
> Project 1: Wikispeech – The Speech Data Collector
>
> The first project is a continuation of the Wikispeech[1] project, a
> text-to-speech (TTS) system that converts written text into speech. From
> September 2019 to April 2021 we aim to finalize building the MediaWiki
> extension and to build tools to collect speech data to add pronunciations
> to Wikipedia, Wiktionary and Wikidata and to add more languages to the
> text-to-speech solution. The tools should also be possible to use for oral
> citations.
>
> The work happens in partnership with the Royal Technical Institute, STTS (a
> language processing company), Mozilla Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland and
> the Swedish Dyslexia Association.
>
> As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in Swedish):
>
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Wikispeech_–_Talresursinsamlaren_2019/Ansökan
>
> Project 2: Wikipedia in Libraries
>
> From 2019 to 2020 Wikimedia Sverige, together with the National Library of
> Sweden, will develop an online training module for Swedish librarians
> focused around free knowledge and the Wikimedia platforms. This will be a
> mandatory training for all of Sweden's 5,000 public librarians. Our hope is
> to give all of them a basic understanding of the Wikimedia projects, as
> well as to complement the online training with advanced courses for the
> most dedicated. The advanced courses will give them the tools to ongoingly
> organize activities and events independently at their libraries across the
> country.
>
> Furthermore, the librarians will be engaged in the #1Lib1Ref and
> FindingGLAMs campaigns.
>
> There is a great potential to receive continuous funding over the coming 3
> years if successful.
>
> As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in Swedish):
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Wikipedia_i_biblioteken_2019/Ansökan
>
> Project 3: Bibliographical data on Wikidata
>
> We continue our work to include bibliographical data on Wikidata. The
> project details are still being negotiated with the funder. The project
> will start in mid-2019 and last until 2020.
>
> Cost reduction
>
> Starting from March 2019 we have a new agreement in place for a heavily
> subsidized coworking space office from the Swedish Internet Foundation.
> Through the agreement we will save us around USD 30,000 per year compared
> to when we had an office of our own.
>
> We have received this generous subsidy because Wikipedia is considered so
> important for the infrastructure of the Internet. We are very happy that
> the agreement does not have an end date and that we have the possibility to
> grow significantly over time as well (while keeping the generous subsidy).
>
> Please contact John Andersson (john.anders...@wikimedia.se) if you have
> any
> questions.
>
> [1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikispeech
>
> Best,
>
> John
>
> - - - -
>
> John Andersson
>
> Executive Director
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikidata now officially has more total edits than English language Wikipedia

2019-03-20 Thread Samuel Klein
On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 1:50 PM Emilio J. Rodríguez-Posada 
wrote:

> This is the escape velocity, I think that Wikipedia will never surpass
> Wikidata again.
>
> The singularity is near.
>

Hey Emilio!
Or, it passed us a while ago, but so quickly that we're only now noticing
it.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The latest news from the Movement Strategy Process

2019-03-01 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks for the update Nicole, I was just thinking about this. WOW will have
feedback to share.

On Fri., 1 Mar. 2019, 12:10 pm Nicole Ebber, 
wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
> We have some “hot off the press” updates from the Movement Strategy Process
> Wikimedia 2030:
>
> == What are the working groups currently doing? ==
>
> Members of the nine working groups
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
> >[1]
> are busy analyzing their thematic area, exploring how it could evolve by
> 2030 and finalizing their set of guiding questions. The answers to these
> questions will form the basis of recommendations for structural changes
> that will enable the movement to successfully and strongly advance in in
> our Strategic Direction.
>
> The groups are working in the area of Advocacy, Capacity Building,
> Community Health, Diversity, Partnerships, Product and Technology, Resource
> Allocation, Revenue Streams, as well as Roles and Responsibilities. Each
> group is looking to have a first draft of their questions ready by the
> beginning of March. These drafts will then be refined and reworked in the
> run up to the Wikimedia Summit
> [2] at the end
> of March.
>
> == A recap of the in-person working groups' meeting in Berlin ==
>
> In February, three working groups (Roles and Responsibilities, Revenue
> Streams, and Resource Allocation) met in person
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Reports/_meeting_Berlin
> >[3]
> at the Wikimedia Deutschland offices in Berlin. They worked (almost)
> non-stop for three days, and came out with a set of guiding questions that
> they are now refining.
>
> == The Movement Strategy Process at the Wikimedia Summit ==
>
> Our process  will take center stage at the Wikimedia Summit
> [2] (March 29
> to
> 31 in Berlin), with representatives from the nine working groups presenting
> their work so far and engaging with Affiliates, the Wikimedia Foundation
> and its committees on what the next steps will be.
>
> == How can you get involved? Join our community conversation! ==
>
> What are the questions we are seeking answers to? How can the broader
> community contribute to the structural changes? Prepare to take part in our
> community conversations to find out! This will happen in March on the
> Meta-Wiki
> page  >[3],
> on several language wikis, and also via survey. In this online
> conversation, you will be able to offer your insight and feedback on the
> guiding questions.
>
> == What’s next? ==
>
> It is all systems go in the Movement Strategy Process. Alongside providing
> support to all the working groups, the core team is currently on the search
> for Strategy Liaisons
> [4]
> to act as the point of contact between the Working Groups and the Arabic,
> Farsi, French, German, Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese
> communities. We are also looking for representatives from organized groups
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People/Strategy_Liaisons_Organized_Groups
> >[5]
> to become liaisons with the strategy process. And we have just added a
> Community Relations Specialist to our team, who will work with the
> community liaisons and ensure an effective dialogue.
>
> Please reach out to us with any questions or comments you might have.
>
> All the best,
>
> Nicole
>
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Summit_2019
>
> [3]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Reports/_meeting_Berlin
>
> [4] https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/1478679?gh_src=2a6a8b121
> [5]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/People/Strategy_Liaisons_Organized_Groups
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Video Wiki

2019-02-27 Thread Samuel Klein
Brilliant.  Long in the making, much needed.

And for branding, the website devoted to this should be called Wikipedia
Media...

On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:55 AM James Heilman  wrote:

> Hey All
>
> We have a new project called Video Wiki
> <https://videowiki.wmflabs.org/en> which
> allows:
>
>1. The easy creation of videos from scripts from Wikipedia and images /
>short video segments from Commons
>2. Scripts can have inline references and the text of the script with
>references end up in the captions of the video with references. These
>captions can be turned on and off
>3. At the end of the video it automatically adds
>   1.  the license for the text (CC BY SA license)
>   2. attribution of those who have edited the scripts
>   3. all the metadata for the references supporting the scripts
>4. The final video version on Commons lists the files that the video is
>derived from
>5. Attribution for the images is automatically added at the bottom of
>each image
>
>
> Have started a discussion here on Wikipedia and would appreciate peoples
> thoughts. Will be drafting a formal RfC about the use of such videos
> eventually.
>
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Video_Wiki
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] CIS-A2K January Newsletter

2019-02-25 Thread Samuel Klein
urce and help the community better understand the
> scope
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> the
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> >
> > You can find the meta version of the newsletter at:
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> >
> > Thanks and Regards,
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> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [wikicite-discuss] Leaving the Wikimedia Foundation, staying on the wikis

2019-02-13 Thread Samuel Klein
Dario -- what news!  And how close that seems to your recent pushing of us
all.
How lucky the projects have been to have you building a research
constellation, for these many years.

Leila, congrats + warm wishes in your new role.

With wikilove and taxonometrics,
SJ

On Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 4:56 PM Dario Taraborelli <
dtarabore...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hey all,
>
> I've got some personal news to share.
>
> After 8 years with Wikimedia, I have decided to leave the Foundation to
> take up a new role focused on open science. This has been a difficult
> decision but an opportunity arose and I am excited to be moving on to an
> area that’s been so close to my heart for years.
>
> Serving the movement as part of the Research team at WMF has been, and
> will definitely be, the most important gig in my life. I leave a team of
> ridiculously talented and fun people that I can’t possibly imagine not
> spending all of my days with, as well many collaborators and friends in the
> community who have I worked alongside. I am proud and thankful to have been
> part of this journey with you all. With my departure, Leila Zia is taking
> the lead of Research at WMF, and you all couldn't be in better hands.
>
> In March, I’ll be joining CZI Science—a philanthropy based in the Bay
> Area—to help build their portfolio of open science programs and technology.
> I'll continue to be an ally on the same fights in my new role.
>
> Other than that, I look forward to returning to full volunteer mode. I
> started editing English Wikipedia in 2004, working on bloody chapters in
> the history of London <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smithfield,_London>; 
> hypothetical
> astronomy <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planet_Nine>; unsung heroes
> among women in science <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Susan_Potter>; and
> of course natural
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_South_Napa_earthquake>, technical
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_2016_Dyn_cyberattack> and political
> disasters
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_interference_in_the_2016_United_States_elections>.
> I’ve also developed an embarrassing addiction to Wikidata, and you’ll
> continue seeing me around hacking those instances of Q16521
> <https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q16521> for a little while.
>
> I hope our paths cross once again in the future.
>
> Best,
>
> Dario
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikidata used by other then Wikipedia

2019-01-31 Thread Samuel Klein
Hah!  Which genealogy site is it?  A page on WD that compiles these (and
uses that don't use the API but use bulk data) would be lovely.

On Thu, Jan 31, 2019 at 10:45 AM Anders Wennersten 
wrote:

> We are now experiencing a couple of cases where third party uses data
> from Wikidata to create user interface of  data from it without any use
> of Wikipedia, to support their own systems. One is a genealogy website,
> who use Wikidata to present where parish having genealogy records can be
> found on a map, using coordinates etc  for these parisihes from
> Wikidata. Another in an early phase is a water authority who will load
> Wikidata with their data and present data from there.
>
> Is this part of a trend, are there many cases like these?
>
> Does statistics exist giving how many acesses goes to Wikidata from
> 3-parties? Are we missing these in our use statistic by focusing on
> access to Wikipedia?
>
> Anders
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Content showcases? Examples needed

2019-01-11 Thread Samuel Klein
You can make quite lovely little images by making text-wrapped squares w/
lede-sentence text.
I did this once to auto-generate thumbnails for txt files; it may work even
better w/ a little bolding + link highlighting.  That might work for
banners, as well as having a page-style overview.

//S

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 12:12 PM James Heilman  wrote:

> The work of Dr. Subas Chandra Rout from India who has translated more than
> 1,000 medical articles into the language Odia. The language is spoken by
> nearly 40 million people and is not supported by machine translation. For
> many of the articles this is the first time content has existed on the
> topic online.
>
> Details on Odia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odia_language
>
> A list of some of the translated articles
>
> https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%B6%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%B0%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%A3%E0%AD%80:%E0%AC%9A%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%95%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%A4%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%B8%E0%AC%BE_%E0%AC%AC%E0%AC%BF%E0%AC%9C%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%9E%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%A8
>
> An example of one of the translations
>
> https://or.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E0%AC%86%E0%AC%98%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%A4%E0%AD%8B%E0%AC%A4%E0%AD%8D%E0%AC%A4%E0%AC%B0_%E0%AC%9A%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%AA_%E0%AC%AC%E0%AD%87%E0%AC%AE%E0%AC%BE%E0%AC%B0%E0%AD%80
>
> Best
> James
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 6:20 AM Paulo Santos Perneta <
> paulospern...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > Two quick suggestions:
> >
> >- Picture of the year
> >- Integrated and successful GLAMs, where valuable content from GLAM
> >partners is reused in various Wikimedia projects, preferentially in an
> >integrated way, and already being successfully used in educational
> >institutions for teaching.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Paulo
> >
> > Joseph Seddon  escreveu no dia sexta, 11/01/2019
> > à(s) 13:08:
> >
> > > Hey Everyone!
> > >
> > > I have a question. Within the movement, what are the best online
> > showcases
> > > of our content, movement and volunteers?
> > >
> > > Context: We've been featuring the blog post about the Wiki Loves
> > Monuments
> > > winners in thank you email and banners to our readers and donors.
> > >
> > > We want to showcase our best content to our readers and donors and are
> > > looking for ideas about how we can do that.
> > >
> > > Got examples? Ideas? More complex suggestions for next year or future
> > > years?
> > >
> > > --
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> > >
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> > > *Advancement (Fundraising), Wikimedia Foundation*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is the death of Wikipedia imminent?

2018-12-31 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear Kiril, I assume you mean these lovely experiments by Shared Knowledge:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Videos_from_the_Republic_of_Macedonia

They are lovely, and look like they are now in use.  I like specific
examples like these; was there any description of the project afterwards
covering its welcome, the steps towards its inclusion, notes for future
research groups tackling similar projects in the future?

Kiril writes:
> The problem is that a general community consensus can not be easily
bypassed
> even when the novelty is an obvious improvement and the changes usually
get
> rejected as good-faith attempts.

A dedicated Draft-Wiki, like [test] but for text and media, with much
simpler standards for structure, sourcing, and metadata [perhaps combined
w/ incubator?]  would be a simple and welcome solution.  It would help not
only small media projects but also massive uploads from existing archives
and GLAMs take their first steps without overly complicating things.  I
think this is one of the most valuable simple additions we could make.

There is also a more general solution already available: to create a new
tool that participants in a new initiative use (which only later gets
integrated fully into the standard workflow on various projects).  But that
takes a bit of technical preparation each time.

Amir writes:
>   There are two relatively recently developed components in MediaWiki that
>   are important for developers: Content Model and Multi-Content Revisions.
>   They are not discussed very much among the less technical editors
because
>   they are pretty internal, and I'm really not an expert on what they do
>   myself, but as far as I understand them, they can serve as steps to
>   implementing Jane's suggestion.

Yes!  and thanks for bringing up T2167 -- that and adding a simple
mechanism for federating such data (so that every owner of a lowly
small-scale mediawiki instance can add to or revise metadata namespaces)
feel more like a basic expansion of wiki-nature --- with associated
expansion of the kinds and magnitude of knowledge included in our projects
-- than like just another set of features.

Warmly + medialogically, SJ

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 2:18 PM Kiril Simeonovski <
kiril.simeonov...@gmail.com> wrote:

> P.S. I can give you a very nice example of this happening in practice from
> my personal experience. Few years ago, we produced high-quality videos
> documenting physics and chemistry experiments that had to be added to
> related articles. The project was welcomed by some chapters, mostly
> despised by the Wikimedia Foundation, while the communities appeared to be
> not ready for the introduction of such videos with only some users on
> Wikimedia Commons showing some interest and sharing their thoughts.
>
> The main problem seems to be the lack of coordination between various
> stakeholders inside the movement on technology-related questions that are
> strategically important for the future of Wikipedia.
>
> Best,
> Kiril
>
> On Mon 31. Dec 2018 at 19:59, Kiril Simeonovski <
> kiril.simeonov...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Paulo,
> >
> > I agree that more or less we know what activities are intended for new
> and
> > what for experienced users. The challenging part is to make a sensible
> > decision on whether to reach out to new users using the visual editor and
> > the translation tool or to continue with the old-fashioned code editor.
> > There are multiple pros and cons of either decision but it is reasonable
> to
> > believe that these tools were developed for some specific purpose. This
> > will gain even more weight once the mobile editing gets improved.
> >
> > Other examples soliciting important decisions are whether and how to
> allow
> > new users to use videos across articles or how to shape an article's
> > structure that differs from the standard one. In many cases, people that
> we
> > reach out to are smart in pinpointing Wikipedia's weaknesses and are
> eager
> > to propose innovative solutions that primarily aim at making the articles
> > reader-friendlier. The problem is that a general community consensus can
> > not be easily bypassed even when the novelty is an obvious improvement
> and
> > the changes usually get rejected as good-faith attempts.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement: Wikimedia's new Chief of Community Engagement

2018-12-11 Thread Samuel Klein
Superb.  Thank you Katherine, Maggie + all;  and a warm welcome, Valerie!
:)

MS: and ID: remain excellent areas for language outreach; we're privileged
to have a strong community network there.

SJ

On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 4:19 PM camelia boban 
wrote:

> Congratulations both and welcome Valerie. Wish you a wonderful work with
> the Wikimedians community.
>
> Camelia,
> on behalf of WikiDonne UG and AffCom
>
> On Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 8:32 PM Philippe Beaudette  wrote:
>
> > Sounds like an amazing fit for the Wmf. Congrats to you all, and
> Maggie...
> > Take a break now. Good job.
> >
> > Philippe
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 11, 2018, 10:36 AM Maggie Dennis  wrote:
> >
> > > Hello, all.
> > >
> > > On Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 1:32 PM Katherine Maher 
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi everyone,
> > > >
> > > > Just over a month ago, we let you know that we had the reached the
> > final
> > > > stages of our search for a new Chief of Community Engagement.[1]
> > Today, I
> > > > am thrilled to let you know that we have appointed Valerie D’Costa to
> > the
> > > > role.
> > >
> > > 
> > >
> > > I just wanted to follow up myself on Katherine’s note to voice my
> > > enthusiastic and excited congratulations to Valerie on joining us and
> > also
> > > to congratulate *us* on being joined by Valerie. Being part of the
> search
> > > panel looking for our next Chief of Community Engagement was an
> > interesting
> > > and illuminating experience; so many people with so many new...and
> > > different...approaches. I was absolutely electrified when I completed
> my
> > > first interview with Valerie, whose considerate and experienced
> approach
> > to
> > > community resonated with me immediately and deeply. I cannot wait for
> the
> > > opportunity to work with her in her new role. To those of you who
> haven’t
> > > yet: you’ll see what I mean when you meet her. :)
> > >
> > > Best,
> > >
> > > Maggie
> > >
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mobile fundraising ads

2018-12-06 Thread Samuel Klein
I love the focus on mobile and smaller format interfaces, quite generally;
it's increasingly how I use the projects too!

A)  This banner-text-series is clearly impactful, gave me a bit of a jump
scare, and got me to read it to find out why. I'm still not sure how I feel
about it.
~ Visual effect: Messages that flow smoothly in and out of the reading
experience are even nicer.
~ Message: Is there an estimate of the total impact on all readers, as well
as total effective fundraising?  If there is a very effective
compact/delightful banner, and an even more effective large/ambivalent
one, is there some internal calculus about the overal impact of running the
former for longer vs. the latter for a short period?
I'd like to think the best possible messages inspire and delight and
draw on positive emotions while raising funds, including for those who
don't donate, even if they do not yield the most donations per view.

B)  The tracking of whether I've donated, when choosing to show or not show
me banners, is definitely lacking.  Part of this is that we have taken an
overly-paranoid approach to gathering and anonymizing user data.  It is
entirely possible to cluster users for the purposes of
not-continuing-to-show-banners (maintain a dictionary of
user-fingerprint-hashes-already-seen, check to see if the current user is
in there, don't show banners if they are) without being able to see what
pages a given user is viewing.

I wrote more about this here:
https://blogs.harvard.edu/sj/2018/07/25/anonymizing-data-on-the-users-of-wikipedia/
 Please consider doing this; it is really hurting the user-experience of
the wiki projects (not only in this instance -- in so many other basic
instances of usage stats + testing over time!), for no benefit to anyone.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jamal Khashoggi's call to action

2018-10-18 Thread Samuel Klein
The Global Voices translation team
<https://globalvoices.org/global-voices-translation-services/> may have
thoughts.   Syndication services may help use of the translations begets
interest.
Perhaps process insight from the AP?

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 10:52 PM Erik Moeller  wrote:

> Up until recently, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked for
> the Washington Post. What happened to him? I couldn't say it better
> than Wikipedia: [1]
>
> (begin quote)
>
>   On 2 October 2018, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in
>   Istanbul to obtain documents related to his marriage; he never left the
>   building and was subsequently declared a missing person.
>   Anonymous Turkish police sources have alleged that he was murdered
>   and dismembered inside the consulate.
>
> (end quote)
>
> The Washington Post has now published Khashoggi's last column, titled
> appropriately, "What the Arab world needs most is free expression".
> [2] In it, he writes of the need for translation efforts and platforms
> for free expression:
>
> (begin quote)
>
>   Arabs need to read in their own language so they can understand
>   and discuss the various aspects and complications of democracy
>   in the United States and the West. If an Egyptian reads an article
>   exposing the actual cost of a construction project in Washington,
>   then he or she would be able to better understand the implications
>   of similar projects in his or her community.
>
>   The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational
>   media so citizens can be informed about global events. More
>   important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices. We
>   suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education.
>   Through the creation of an independent international forum,
>   isolated from the influence of nationalist governments
>   spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the
>   Arab world would be able to address the structural problems
>   their societies face.
>
> (end quote)
>
> I'm wondering what folks in the Wikimedia community and movement make
> of this call to action. Is there more that Wikimedia can do, for
> example, to support translation of news articles into many languages?
>
> There is nothing in Jamal's own op-ed that indicates that it would be
> legally permissible to translate it. This is, unfortunately, the norm
> for news; there are few outlets that use a Creative Commons license,
> and those that do, typically tend to choose the most restrictive
> variants.
>
> Perhaps there would be value in an organized community effort that
> would pick up news articles [3] that _are_ licensed under free
> licenses, and translate them into as many languages as possible. If
> launched under a prominent umbrella -- e.g., Wikimedia --, this might
> then also help incentivize more outlets to selectively license content
> openly, permitting translation. Beyond its intrinsic value, such an
> effort would also help the Wikimedia projects by expanding the reach
> of impacted citations into more languages.
>
> Thoughts? Does Jamal's call to action resonate in other ways with
> Wikimedia's mission?
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Erik
>
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Khashoggi -- written by
> multiple authors and distributed under Creative Commons Attribution
> ShareAlike-License 3.0 Unported
>
> [2]
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/jamal-khashoggi-what-the-arab-world-needs-most-is-free-expression/2018/10/17/adfc8c44-d21d-11e8-8c22-fa2ef74bd6d6_story.html
> -- quoted as fair use
>
> [3] Likely restricted to some subset of outlets, e.g., sources most
> Wikipedia editions would accept as citations
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Plea from Wikimedia Portugal

2018-10-10 Thread Samuel Klein
rough with it, but can you imagine how we felt, the pressure
> > that was under some of us? It was all a bluff in the end, but this is
> what
> > you put us through.
> >
> > Notwithstanding, WMPT activities were happening in parallel. They are
> > listed on our activities plan for anyone to see [14], and more are
> planned.
> > After several years of inactivity, we are happy to be on a sustainable
> > growth path, gradually building capacity and doing the best we can with
> the
> > resources available to us. We’ve also been using our personal contacts
> with
> > other movements in order to increase our organization’s capacity. Ana,
> > newly appointed to the Board, has just returned from Wiki Takes Zamora,
> > where she was learning from Wikimedia Spain, relaunching the
> collaboration
> > between both chapters. Two of the events we have planned for November are
> > using this paradigm. We’ll celebrate Wikidata’s sixth anniversary with a
> > local group of data enthusiasts in Porto, and near Lisbon we’re helping
> > with the organization and will participate in a FOSS event, so in both
> > cases we’ll also acquire event organization skills. This growth path is
> in
> > peril if you continue to undermine our efforts.
> >
> > Over the last half year we’ve been attacked, offended, insulted, received
> > multiple threats of judicial action by Vasconcelos, and even an actual
> > intimidatory letter from a lawyer working for him (but purportedly on
> > behalf of WMPT); and during this entire time we’ve tried not to escalate
> > the situation, not to engage with such attempts at direct confrontation,
> > nor make them public. You force us now to disclose this in order to clear
> > our name and set the record straight. With the help and support of the
> > legal and security departments of the Wikimedia Foundation, we have dealt
> > with the actions of Vasconcelos so far. And we will follow the
> disciplinary
> > procedures foreseen for these situations in our bylaws which may result
> in
> > his removal from the chapter.
> >
> > We’ve repeatedly complied in unusually strict terms with legal
> > requirements, and with AffCom’s roadmap, while dealing with Vasconcelos’
> > actions as privately as we could in order not to affect the public image
> of
> > the Wikimedia movement, nor its community – but honestly, we’re reaching
> > the point of exhaustion in light of AffCom’s puzzling behavior along this
> > process. We understand that AffCom may have reserves regarding our
> future,
> > but the way it is dealing with the situation is clearly
> counterproductive.
> > How can AffCom keep making new accusations without at least asking us for
> > information or confirmations?
> >
> > Currently, our major source of disruption, distress and anxiety is each
> new
> > message we receive from AffCom, as they repeatedly defy our expectations
> of
> > a partner claiming to be attempting to help us getting back on our feet.
> We
> > are actually wary that the next address could be an announcement that
> > Wikimedia Portugal has been de-recognized, even after we have passed our
> > “road of trials”, due to the ever moving goalposts. Several of our key
> > people have reported insomnia, including myself, after receiving your
> > communications. We’re reaching our physical, psychological, and
> > motivational limit, in great part due to AffCom’s actions and
> inexplicable
> > lack of support and transparency.
> >
> > It is time to stop this! Despite what we still believe were your best
> > intentions, AffCom has inadvertently caused significant destabilization
> for
> > Wikimedia Portugal.
> >
> > Please honor your part of the compromise, lift this suspension and let us
> > proceed in the productive pursuit of our collective mission.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Gonçalo
> > Gonçalo Themudo
> >
> > *Presidente*
> > *Wikimedia Portugal*
> > *Email: *goethe.w...@gmail.com
> > *Website: *http://pt.wikimedia.org <
> https://sites.google.com/view/themudo>
> > *Imagine um mundo onde cada ser humano pode partilhar livremente a soma
> de
> > todo o conhecimento, na sua própria língua.*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia in an abstract language

2018-09-29 Thread Samuel Klein
I just saw this on the conference program!  It looks wonderful. Curious
about the estimated magnitudes :)

Thank you for sharing.

On Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 2:32 PM Denny Vrandečić  wrote:

> Semantic Web languages allow to express ontologies and knowledge bases in a
> way meant to be particularly amenable to the Web. Ontologies formalize the
> shared understanding of a domain. But the most expressive and widespread
> languages that we know of are human natural languages, and the largest
> knowledge base we have is the wealth of text written in human languages.
>
> We looks for a path to bridge the gap between knowledge representation
> languages such as OWL and human natural languages such as English. We
> propose a project to simultaneously expose that gap, allow to collaborate
> on closing it, make progress widely visible, and is highly attractive and
> valuable in its own right: a Wikipedia written in an abstract language to
> be rendered into any natural language on request. This would make current
> Wikipedia editors about 100x more productive, and increase the content of
> Wikipedia by 10x. For billions of users this will unlock knowledge they
> currently do not have access to.
>
> My first talk on this topic will be on October 10, 2018, 16:45-17:00, at
> the Asilomar in Monterey, CA during the Blue Sky track of ISWC. My second,
> longer talk on the topic will be at the DL workshop in Tempe, AZ, October
> 27-29. Comments are very welcome as I prepare the slides and the talk.
>
> Link to the paper: http://simia.net/download/abstractwikipedia.pdf
>
> Cheers,
> Denny
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy: First round of Working Group members

2018-07-31 Thread Samuel Klein
ens e.
> > > > V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts
> > > > Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig
> > > > anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin,
> > > > Steuernummer 27/029/42207.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] [PRESS RELEASE] Wikimedia Foundation and Kiwix partner to grow offline access to Wikipedia

2018-07-25 Thread Samuel Klein
It would be nice to have a little 6-pg workbook describing the idea of
wiki, and explaining how to create + edit your own wiki pages. Texting a
phone # (for tiny facts + images), offline/on a phone, on a local server,
or posting asynchronously to wikimedia; and details of what is expected of
edits + uploads directly to WP.

//S.



On Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 9:35 AM James Heilman  wrote:

> The intro page of the offline medical wiki says that the content is written
> by volunteers and invites the reader to join us and make the next version
> better.
>
> On Wed, Jul 25, 2018, 14:03 Leinonen Teemu 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Anne,
> >
> > On 23 Jul 2018, at 19.24, Anne Gomez  > ago...@wikimedia.org>> wrote:
> > Personally, I see the New Readers efforts as a step in that direction,
> and
> > not the end goal. We're working on bringing more people to understanding
> > Wikipedia/Wikimedia with the hope that they'll contribute down the
> line...
> > but, in my opinion, we can't expect people to contribute if they don't
> > visit our sites or understand the values and structures we have built to
> > support building knowledge.
> >
> > Fair enough. I am just afraid that people who are from the beginning
> > invited to be a “reader”, called “readers”, not having “edit” -button,
> not
> > getting the full Wikipedia -experience, will not get the “values and
> > structure”, either. For them Wikipedia will be a free encyclopedia, not
> the
> > free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
> >
> > I think the message for the people using the offline Wikipedia should be
> > something like that we are really, really sorry that at this point of
> time
> > we can only provide you access to read the content, but we are working
> hard
> > to make it possible that your knowledge, in your own languages will be
> part
> > of the "sum of all knowledge”. :-)
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > - Teemu
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustees participation in the Movement Strategy Process

2018-07-19 Thread Samuel Klein
Many thanks, Kaarel and Chris. :)



On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 11:10 PM Kaarel Vaidla 
wrote:

>  Dear Craig and SJ,
>
> > > Which group focuses on information quality and accuracy?
> >And which group focuses on information breadth and coverage?
> If these are cross-cutting issues touching on many groups, where should
> relevant input go?
>
> Thank you for forwarding your questions and input in relation to the
> strategy process!
>
> We have not yet set up a place or page where collect the input on meta, but
> we plan to do so in the near future. Currently I can invite you to leave
> the questions and comments on the *Working Group talk page* [1], so it can
> be commented on and later be fed into relevant Working Group. You can also
> add tags / comments to state where you think they might fit in.
>
> The topics you have mentioned in this thread are indeed cross-cutting and
> related to various Working Groups. What I can suggest is publish the
> question with rationale behind it in the context of the proposed thematic
> areas for Working Groups. Regarding the wide scope of the proposed
> questions, it would make sense to provide some more context and specify
> diverse aspects of these questions, so their focus would be more clear for
> the Working Groups and they can be better fed into discussions / be
> commented on.
>
> Personally, at a first superficial glance, I can see strongest connections
> for these questions to the Diversity, Partnerships and Product & Technology
> groups, but like I said, it would be easier to say, if the questions would
> be more elaborated. Feel free to share your point of view or understanding!
>
> Thank you for bringing this topic up and looking forward to receiving more
> input from you throughout the process!
>
> Wishing you a nice end of the week!
> Kaarel
>
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Working_Groups
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 9:34 PM Chris Keating 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi SJ,
> >
> > I think everyone who is taking part in this stage of the strategy process
> > already knows about it.
> >
> > There was of course an open call for members of the working groups a few
> > weeks ago, and the working groups will have some unspecified method of
> > involving the broader community in these conversations, though I expect
> the
> > only substantive conversations will happen among working group members -
> > just as to date the only substantive conversations about movement
> strategy
> > have happened at the Wikimedia Conference.
> >
> > I genuinely don't know whether anyone including WMF thinks the WMF
> advisory
> > board still exists.
> >
> > Chris
> >
> > On Thu, 19 Jul 2018, 17:07 Samuel Klein,  wrote:
> >
> > > >
> > > > On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 4:48 PM Craig Newmark <
> craig.newm...@gmail.com
> > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > Maria, thanks, much appreciated!
> > > >
> > >
> > > Hear, hear!  It has been good to see the updates all year.
> > >
> > >
> > > > > Which group focuses on information quality and accuracy?
> > > >
> > >
> > > And which group focuses on information breadth and coverage?
> > > If these are cross-cutting issues touching on many groups, where should
> > > relevant input go?
> > >
> > > On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 5:54 PM Chris Keating <
> > chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > No-one seems to be particularly sure if the Advisory Board is still a
> > > > thing or not.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Let's fix that :)   This seems like something advisors are particularly
> > > suited to.
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustees participation in the Movement Strategy Process

2018-07-19 Thread Samuel Klein
>
> On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 4:48 PM Craig Newmark 
> wrote:
> >
> > Maria, thanks, much appreciated!
>

Hear, hear!  It has been good to see the updates all year.


> > Which group focuses on information quality and accuracy?
>

And which group focuses on information breadth and coverage?
If these are cross-cutting issues touching on many groups, where should
relevant input go?

On Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 5:54 PM Chris Keating 
wrote:

> No-one seems to be particularly sure if the Advisory Board is still a
> thing or not.
>

Let's fix that :)   This seems like something advisors are particularly
suited to.

SJ
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] On traceability and reliability of data we publish [was Re: [Wikidata] Solve legal uncertainty of Wikidata]

2018-07-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Hello Mathieu!  I agree that tracing the full history of a data cite is
important, independent of license.  I'm thinking about scalable solutions
for this.
It's definitely not the only factor in reliability; but it does matter who
entered the data (for instance) as one way to estimate the importance of
doublechecking a cited source to confirm that the data is found there.

On Sat, Jul 7, 2018 at 11:59 AM mathieu lovato stumpf guntz <
psychosl...@culture-libre.org> wrote:


> I agree this is misconception that a copyright license make any direct
> change to data reliability. But attribution requirement does somewhat
> indirectly have an impact on it, as it... enforces traceability.
> That is I strongly disagree with the following assertion: "a license
> that requires BY sucks so hard for data [because] attribution
> requirements grow very quickly". To my mind it is equivalent to say that
> we will throw away traceability because it is subjectively judged too
> large a burden, without providing any start of evidence that it indeed
> can't be managed, at least with Wikimedia current ressources.
>
> Now, I don't say traceability is the sole factor one should take into
> account in data reliability, but certainly it is one of them.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of Jenga Wikipedia ya Kiswahili User Group

2018-06-11 Thread Samuel Klein
Yea!  Kudos to Baba Tabita, Kipala, Mohammed and all.

On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 3:08 PM KuboF Hromoslav 
wrote:

> Big congratulations colleagues! You can make a HUGE change in Africa!
> Regards
>
> KuboF Hromoslav (Michal Matúšov)
>
> 2018-06-10 15:49 GMT+02:00 Kirill Lokshin :
>
> > Hi everyone!
> >
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> > [1] Jenga Wikipedia ya Kiswahili User Group [2] as a Wikimedia User
> Group.
> > The group aims to create and improve content for the Swahili Wikipedia,
> and
> > to support the recruitment and development of Wikimedia contributors from
> > East Africa.
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/
> > Resolutions/Recognition_Jenga_Wikipedia_ya_Kiswahili
> > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Jenga_Wikipedia_ya_Kiswahili
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appropriation of the Wikimedia Blog by the WMF

2018-06-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Hi David!  As always, I appreciate your wisdom and thoughtfulness. I don't
understand the issue at hand, however. A change from blog.wm.org to
blog.wmf.org? Something else?

We do surely need to help individual metapedians grow, mentor, become more
effective over time, without becoming overwhelmed.

Warmly, SJ

On Fri 8 Jun, 2018, 6:26 PM David Cuenca Tudela,  wrote:

> Since Ed Erhart didn't honor my request of posting in this mailing lists to
> discuss the plans to appropriate the Wikimedia Blog for the Wikimedia
> Foundation [1] (although I would have preferred that he had done it himself
> as he is the visible face behind this change, and therefore the burden of
> proof is on him to prove to the community that this is the right change), I
> am posting to this list with the hope that it can be discussed with people
> for whom these things matter.
>
> The Wikimedia Blog [2] has the title "News from Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
> movement", and in case you don't know it it is run by the WMF [3]. This
> blog has been operating under the existing URL for many years, and I
> believe there was a general satisfaction with the way is run, the quality
> of the stories, the amount, etc. However, as I mentioned in the Phabricator
> ticket [1] I find the idea of moving the blog to the Wikimedia Foundation
> site not adequate and not in the spirit of the Wikimedia movement.
>
> I do not find the intention to move the blog to the WMF site to be in the
> spirit of the Wikimedia movement because our movement is a diverse field
> that is based on the idea of "commons" [4], and I feel that the Wikimedia
> Blog is one of those commons. As I see it now the blog sits in the middle
> of the community, and although it is run by the WMF, it can be seen as a
> shared space between the WMF, the affiliates, and the community. By moving
> the blog to the WMF site, the blog would lose its status as a commons and
> it would become "the blog of the WMF". I think that if the WMF wants a
> blog, they can create a new one, but they should leave the existing blog as
> it is, as a shared space.
>
> Intentions like this makes me think that in the WMF there is not enough
> "wisdom", that strange quality that I am trying to make important in our
> movement without much success [5]. This lack of wisdom is not only present
> in the WMF, also in our movement I percieve, if not lack of wisdom, at
> least lack of empathy [6]. It saddens me and it makes me stressed.
>
> Issues like this one about the blog make me think that the movement needs
> dedicated people that cultivate wisdom and encyclopedic knowledge about the
> movement (I might have the former, but not the later), and that we put the
> qualities of those people to the service of our community. I feel like a
> little kid who wants to play a nice game with his friends, and then he sees
> a big bulldozer coming to destroy his playing field. If it is not clear for
> you, the "bulldozer" is how I see the "corporate WMF" coming to destroy the
> soul of what I love most.
>
> Tracking these kind of "behind the scenes" events takes me too much time. I
> feel that I have reached more than the maximum of my capacity as a
> "volunteer" (ha, what a joke of a word), and that I would risk losing my
> current job if I am caught again participating in the Wikimedia projects
> during my work hours, which I do without restrain. Not only that, it also
> takes most of my waking time, specially because the movement has grown so
> big that I feel overwhelmed in my capacity as metapedian [7]. I also feel
> that it has started affecting my mental health. I do not know if I am the
> only one, but as it is right now contributing to the Wikimedia projects is
> *very* stressful, and since it is my main activity, I don't have time to
> wind down, and since I do it as a "volunteer", I do not have free time to
> recover. I also fear that if I would not do it myself nobody else would do
> it, and if nobody would take their individual responsibility seriously,
> then nobody would care for the good things in this world, and if nobody
> would take care of the good things in this world, then we better start
> saying goodbye to it RIGHT NOW, because the world is a fucking mess and
> nobody is standing up to say the things as they are, or as they should be.
>
> I spent 14 years of my life in the Wikimedia projects with various degrees
> of involvement, working for free, and receiving compensation [8], and I
> must say that the quality of my work has been exactly the same, my
> responsability has been exactly the same, and it never mattered if I hold a
> position of "power" or not, I always acted exactly the same, the only thing
> that has changed is my "awareness", and my capacity to listen, which allows
> me to have more effective conversations that build real consensus [9]. I
> say all that because many people in this movement seem to have an issue
> with money. Get over it guys. It is just a tool, like a computer, like a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] temporary changes to WMF's grants programs

2018-06-06 Thread Samuel Klein
se changes, visit our Meta page, where you will find
> > links to all eligibility information.[2]  Please direct your comments and
> > questions there, or reach out to the program officer overseeing the
> > relevant grant program. What happens next? In collaboration with
> Wikimedia
> > communities, including current grantees, grants committees, the Wikimedia
> > Foundation staff and Board, and the forthcoming working group on movement
> > resources from the movement strategy, we will participate in Phase 2 of
> the
> > movement strategy.  This temporary phase will be critical to defining how
> > our movement can direct resources more effectively towards our shared
> goal
> > of becoming the essential infrastructure for free knowledge. We expect
> that
> > there could be major changes to our funding processes in the long term,
> and
> > that these changes will reengineer the roles of participating
> organizations
> > (the Wikimedia Foundation, committees, and grantees alike). This is why
> it
> > is important for everyone interested to participate, and that what comes
> > next derives from a collective effort. Kindly direct any questions or
> > comments to the discussion page on Meta wiki.[2]  Best wishes,Katy
> > LoveDirector, Community Resources team[1]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction
> > <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2017/Direction
> >
> > [2]
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Annual_Plan/Temporary_changes_to_grants_programs
> > <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Annual_Plan/Temporary_changes_to_grants_programs
> >
> > *
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Category: French Jews on en.wp / GDPR

2018-05-31 Thread Samuel Klein
I agree with everything you say 100%.

On Fri 1 Jun, 2018, 2:50 AM sashi,  wrote:

> Another follow-up:
>
> ==
> Benjamin Lees wrote: "No, French Christians are just tagged with
> subcategories of Category:French Christians. The "requiring diffusion"
> category that you complain of is in fact a way to tell editors that
> pages in the category should really be in subcategories instead."
> ==
>
> Aha! You're right, I had not realized that "diffuse" (disseminate/spread
> widely) was being used as specialized en-wiki-jargon for
> "subcategorize". It might be wise to give that hidden category a more
> descriptive name.
>
> I looked into one of the many BLP entries with an unscourced
> Category:French Jews tag, and found a review of a book they wrote. In
> that book, the person stated that while they had a Jewish mother, they
> did not consider themselves Jewish.
>
> Given that the category French Jews contains more members than the
> category French Roman Catholics, and that there are living people
> included in both categories... I seriously wonder what it is that
> motivates folks to anonymously tag others in this way (i.e. whether they
> want to be tagged or not).
>
> The Library of Congress, the BNF,  Wikidata, etc. don't label people
> according to religion, unless their notability is due specifically to
> their religion (e.g. Alfred Dreyfus, Maimonides, etc.).  On en.wp people
> being labeled as Jewish/Catholic, etc. tend to be industrialists,
> politicians, journalists, bankers etc.  I don't think this is "best
> practice" and I'm afraid I do not agree that en.wp is mostly "getting it
> right" with regard to this specific question.  Fr.WP and Wikidata are
> doing much better.
>
> The relevant section on "data subject" privacy rights in the GDPR (in
> English) is based on the 1978 French law I cited earlier (though it has
> become more restrictive since -- see below).  As David Gerard noted, it
> is quite likely that this affects not only Wikipedians (who can petition
> to have libel/slander concerning their *online identity* (cf. definition
> of data subject) removed from (inter alia) block logs), but also the
> *content* of biographies of living people in the encyclopedia.
>
> == GDPR (Article 9)==
>
> *Processing* of personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin,
> political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union
> membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the
> purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health
> or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation
> shall be prohibited.
>
> ==
>
> As one who has contributed to the projects since 2006, I am posting this
> here not because I wish to sow dissent, but because I think some quick
> thinking and corrective action is needed.
>
>sashi
>
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ⠠⠺⠓⠁⠞⠄⠎ ⠍⠁⠅⠊⠝⠛ ⠽⠕⠥ ⠓⠁⠏⠏⠽ ⠞⠓⠊⠎ ⠺⠑⠑⠅⠦ / What's making you happy this week? (Week of 20 May 2018)

2018-05-21 Thread Samuel Klein
and Pine: thanks very much for compiling and sharing these.

On Sun, May 20, 2018 at 12:21 AM Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> *Between the Brackets*
> Yaron Koren produced a 30 minute digest of previous episodes of this
> podcast. Much of the episode will be understandable by people who are not
> developers but are familiar with how MediaWiki works. I enjoyed listening
> to this: https://betweenthebrackets.libsyn.com/episode-8-btb-digest-1
>
>
>
> *WMF awards of Project Grants and Rapid Grants*
> * Nine Rapid Grants, with maximum amounts of $2000 each, were awarded to
> promote readership:
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/05/16/rapid-grants-awarded/
> * Eleven Project Grants, totaling $354,654, were awarded for diverse
> projects:
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-May/090291.html.
> There will be a Project Showcase video meeting on June 14.
>
>
> *Reports from Wikimedia Conference 2018 participants*
> I especially appreciated this detailed report from Peaceray and Joe Mabel
> which mentions a wide range of subjects including Structured Data on
> Commons, Learning Days, possible ways to incorporate more diverse citations
> into Wikipedia, lightning talks, libraries and partnerships, and general
> thoughts about the conference:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_Wikimedians/2018_Wikimedia_Conference_report
> .
> Conference reports are currently available in English, Thai, French,
> Ukrainian, Latvian, German, and Polish:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2018/Further_reports.
>
>
> *Report from the Wikimedia Conference 2018 Strategy Track*
> Significant good-faith effort appears to be invested in the strategy
> process:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2018/Documentation/Movement_Strategy_track
>
>
> What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
> language.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ⠠⠺⠓⠁⠞⠄⠎ ⠍⠁⠅⠊⠝⠛ ⠽⠕⠥ ⠓⠁⠏⠏⠽ ⠞⠓⠊⠎ ⠺⠑⠑⠅⠦ / What's making you happy this week? (Week of 20 May 2018)

2018-05-21 Thread Samuel Klein
Asaf: do tell!

On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 5:23 PM Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hoi,
> I learned that Asaf was at the Nigerian Senate ... A present from me for
> the Nigerian people; Nigerian politicians but in Yoruba :) Quite impressive
> actually what they already have (compared with English)..
> Thanks,
>   GerardM
>
> https://yo.wikipedia.org/wiki/On%C3%AD%E1%B9%A3e:GerardM
>
> On 20 May 2018 at 06:20, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > *Between the Brackets*
> > Yaron Koren produced a 30 minute digest of previous episodes of this
> > podcast. Much of the episode will be understandable by people who are not
> > developers but are familiar with how MediaWiki works. I enjoyed listening
> > to this: https://betweenthebrackets.libsyn.com/episode-8-btb-digest-1
> >
> >
> >
> > *WMF awards of Project Grants and Rapid Grants*
> > * Nine Rapid Grants, with maximum amounts of $2000 each, were awarded to
> > promote readership:
> > https://blog.wikimedia.org/2018/05/16/rapid-grants-awarded/
> > * Eleven Project Grants, totaling $354,654, were awarded for diverse
> > projects:
> > https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-May/090291.html.
> > There will be a Project Showcase video meeting on June 14.
> >
> >
> > *Reports from Wikimedia Conference 2018 participants*
> > I especially appreciated this detailed report from Peaceray and Joe Mabel
> > which mentions a wide range of subjects including Structured Data on
> > Commons, Learning Days, possible ways to incorporate more diverse
> citations
> > into Wikipedia, lightning talks, libraries and partnerships, and general
> > thoughts about the conference:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_Wikimedians/
> > 2018_Wikimedia_Conference_report.
> > Conference reports are currently available in English, Thai, French,
> > Ukrainian, Latvian, German, and Polish:
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2018/Further_reports.
> >
> >
> > *Report from the Wikimedia Conference 2018 Strategy Track*
> > Significant good-faith effort appears to be invested in the strategy
> > process:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_
> > 2018/Documentation/Movement_Strategy_track
> >
> >
> > What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
> > language.
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Request for status update on CC-BY-SA 4.0

2018-05-16 Thread Samuel Klein
No.
OCW uses CC-NC-SA 4.0; Wikimedia uses CC-SA 3.0.

Denny is asking where we are in upgrading to CC-SA 4.0, which is a very
good question. :)
That will provide all of the same modes of reuse as the 3.0 license, but is
more cleanly compatible with other 4.0 licenses, particularly around edge
cases.

SJ

P.S. other MIT groups are moving towards licenses without the NC clause;
with a little high-volume video conversion help we could accelerate this
process!




On Wed, May 16, 2018 at 9:38 PM Info WorldUniversity <
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> I think this CC-4 licensing would allow for 1) sharing, 2) adapting, but 3)
> non-commercially. At least this is what I learned when I was in
> communication a number of times with the MIT associate *dean* of
> digital *learning
> Cecilia d'Oliveira *at the time about sharing CC-4 licensed MIT
> OpenCourseWare now in 5 languages (re WUaS). Would this indeed be the case
> for Wikimedia resources?
>
> Cheers, Scott
>
>
> On Sun, May 13, 2018 at 4:15 PM, Denny Vrandečić <vrande...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > About one and a half years ago, there was a consultation process about
> > updating the Wikimedia Terms of Use to move from CC 3.0 to 4.0 licenses.
> >
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Terms_of_use/Creative_Commons_4.0
> >
> > I would like to ask what the status of this proposal is, and whom to
> bother
> > to get this unstuck in case it is stuck.
> >
> > Cheers,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to deal with spam subscription to mailing list

2018-05-09 Thread Samuel Klein
This is being discussed in detail on listadmins@wikimedia -- all list
admins should consider joining that v. low-traffic list.

I hope we can find a solution other than banning the entire aol network...
We should let aol know as well.


On Wed 9 May, 2018, 6:28 AM Gnangarra,  wrote:

> wikimedfia australia list is getting a lot of aol requests as well
>
> On 9 May 2018 at 18:23, Sam Walton  wrote:
>
> > I take it back, we're now having the same issue with the
> Wikipedia-Library
> > mailing list, and the edit filter mailing list spam has resumed. Is this
> > happening on every list?
> >
> > Sam
> >
> > On 8 May 2018 at 10:57, Sam Walton  wrote:
> >
> > > A couple of days ago we had exactly the same issue on the edit filter
> > > mailing list. It seemed to come through in a single burst and then
> stop,
> > > though. We haven't had any issues since.
> > >
> > > Sam
> > > *In my capacity as a volunteer*
> > >
> > > On 7 May 2018 at 13:58, Isaac Olatunde 
> wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hi all,
> > >>
> > >> We have been receiving tens of subscription to our mailing list (
> > >> wikimedia...@lists.wikimedia.org) from aol.com addresses. Today alone
> > we
> > >> have received over 30 subscription from that domain addresses and we
> > find
> > >> this very problematic. I'll need the help of a more experienced list
> > >> administrators in dealing with this.
> > >>
> > >> Thank you,
> > >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The fact-checked encyclopedia

2018-04-26 Thread Samuel Klein
Yea, looks like a K*mart ad.

On Thu, Apr 26, 2018, 2:55 AM Jan Ainali  wrote:

> Well, I guess Occam has it that a local Kmart store thought it was good to
> use a keyword that put them in the top of a fairiy common search result.
> Sneaky.
>
> Med vänliga hälsningar
> Jan Ainali
> http://ainali.com
>
> 2018-04-26 6:43 GMT+02:00 Gnangarra :
>
> > >
> > > ​No​
> > >> thing to do with Wikimedia Australia, we have made no such request.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
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> > Reflections on Environmental Responsibility after Roe 8*, UWAP, 2017.
> > Order
> > here
> >  > reflections-on-environmental-responsibility-after-roe-8>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The fact-checked encyclopedia

2018-04-15 Thread Samuel Klein
There will always be a use for a fact-checked online encyclopedia.
https://everything2.com/title/The+Everything+credibility+problem

On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 12:47 PM, Jane Darnell <jane...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I just tried googling Wikipedia and am not seeing that result at all. I see
> " *Wikipedia* is a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by
> volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation."
>
> When I do the same search on mobile, I see the same thing, except this time
> it is accompanied by the Dutch version, which I personally find very cute,
> and very Dutch.  Consider it the "Eeyore version of explaining free
> knowlege".
>
> On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 6:42 PM, Peter Southwood <
> peter.southw...@telkomsa.net> wrote:
>
> > I would like to try that but could not work out what to do from the link
> > Cheers,
> > Peter
> >
> > -Original Message-
> > From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On
> > Behalf Of James Salsman
> > Sent: 15 April 2018 18:11
> > To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] The fact-checked encyclopedia
> >
> > If we want to do fact checking, which we do whether Congress has
> > decided publishers are responsible for the content of their
> > publications or not, the way to automate it is shown at
> > https://priyankamandikal.github.io/posts/gsoc-2016-project-overview/
> >
> > Best regards,
> > Jim
> >
> > On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 9:35 AM, Amir E. Aharoni
> > <amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il> wrote:
> > > I'd just stick to "The Free Encyclopedia". It's a thing we can really
> > agree
> > > upon. (We can, right? Please tell me we can.)
> > >
> > > But I am curious - who made this ad?
> > >
> > > בתאריך יום א׳, 15 באפר׳ 2018, 15:54, מאת Anthony Cole ‏<
> > ahcole...@gmail.com
> > >>:
> > >
> > >> I just googled “wikipedia” and the first result was a Google ad
> linking
> > to
> > >> wikipedia.org.[1] It calls Wikipedia the fact-checked encyclopedia. We
> > used
> > >> to call it the encyclopedia anyone can edit. The latter seems more
> > honest
> > >> than this new formulation which to me implies a degree of reliability
> > and
> > >> oversight I'm not sure we can ethically assert. I missed the
> discussion
> > >> about this new self-description. Did it happen on meta? Is anyone else
> > >> uncomfortabe with this?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid translation

2018-03-05 Thread Samuel Klein
+100 to this. Thank you, John.

I have slightly different ideas about what this should cost and how to
encourage translators and support a 100k-person  network of polylinguals +
babelfish + just.in.time conversion tools to melt language barriers.  But
simplicity, focus, persistence are what matter.!

SJ

On Mar 4, 2018 5:28 AM, "John Erling Blad"  wrote:

You guys are making the whole idea way to complex. There should be no
editorial board. That goes against the whole wiki-way of doing things.
There should be no additional foundation, that makes the whole idea
unmanageable. It will also cost way more than the gain.

Make thing DarnSimple™! A single list covering all universally valid topics
that a true encyclopedia should cover. Leave it to the translator to chose
which source article to use, as this creates the best opportunity to find
translators. Allow other editors to join in after publication, but do
respect the primary translators effort. Split the payment in one for the
initial translation, and one for the followup edits. Cap them to avoid
bloated articles.

Make a DarnSimple™ interface to manage the translations, where the only
action is for some identified user to tick of translated articles when they
reach a certain threshold. In another interface the translator must
identify himself with sufficient details to make the payment possible. This
should be an optional part of the usual configuration of an account. All
persons involved in the editing should have a split, but no payment will be
done before the account for each editor reaches some threshold.

Make the core list big enough to create a real encyclopedia, but small
enough that there are room for local additions. There should probably be
some way to specify local articles, like municipalities, important authors,
and politicians. A good test is whether such additional articles makes
sense in neighboring countries or languages. If it isn't possible to
describe such things in a generic way they should probably be left out. I'm
not sure if it should be possible to exclude articles, but I guess it will
be an issue for some languages. Think Armenian genocide, which is
problematic for some countries.

A small single-book encyclopedia is about 60-70k articles, so lets say such
a list would cover 25% of this. That would be a list of 15k articles. There
are perhaps 50 Wikipedias that are large enough to be sustainable, and
still small enough to miss articles on such a list. That would imply 750k
articles,  thus plenty of articles for those that would like to translate
one! Lets say this project is spread over 10 years with a cap on each
article at 2x USD 10, then it would cost about USD 1500k each year. I
believe that would be manageable. (Quite frankly I doubt it would be
possible to find many enough translators, so this will never reach the
proposed levels!)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the 2018 Ombuds Commission members

2018-01-31 Thread Samuel Klein
t an anonymous editor since 2006,
> > working primarily across Spanish language projects. He is a global sysop
> > and global rollbacker, an administrator on Commons, as well as having
> been
> > an OTRS volunteer for ~4 years. In the past he has served as an
> > administrator and bureaucrat on Spanish Wikivoyage. He joined the OC in
> > 2016.
> >
> > *Rubin16*
> > Rubin16 (<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Rubin16>) primarily edits
> > the Russian Wikipedia, where he is a bureaucrat and administrator. He is
> > formerly a member of their Arbitration Committee. He is an administrator
> on
> > Wikimedia Commons and is a Central Notice and translation admin on Meta.
> > (He is also a translation admin on Commons.) He is a member of Wikimedia
> > Russia. He joined the OC in 2015.
> >
> > *Polimerek*
> > Polimerek (<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Polimerek>) primarily
> > edits Polish Wikipedia (where he is an admin and former arbitrator),
> Polish
> > Wikibooks and Wikimedia Commons. He also serves the Wikimedia movement as
> > the president of Wikimedia Poland and on the Grant Advisory Committee. He
> > is a former CheckUser. Polimerek joined the OC in 2014.
> >
> > ---
> >
> > I'd also like to offer a huge “thank you” to those returning and those
> > coming aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. The
> > applications we received this year showed us an extremely able group of
> > volunteers across a diverse array of languages and projects, and while
> this
> > appointed mix of users may best serve the need for this year, I hope that
> > those who applied and were not appointed will consider applying again in
> > future years.
> >
> > Yours,
> > Karen Brown
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 6:29 PM, Karen Brown <kbr...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> >
> > > *Hello all,*
> > >
> > [...]
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Copyright enforcement?

2018-01-29 Thread Samuel Klein
Editors used to do plenty by hand, if you recall. The on-wiki list of
mirrors and forks had compliance info, and individuals would reach out and
ask for license changes or takedowns.

Since having a legal team I don't know how these have happened, or which
individuals have made such claims & requests.

On Jan 29, 2018 10:19 AM, "The Cunctator"  wrote:

> Related, has there ever been any copyright enforcement for Wikipedia, or is
> its copyleft a joke and it's functionally purely public domain?
>
> On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 7:42 AM, Renée Bagslint 
> wrote:
>
> > Does the Foundation have any standing to enforce the copyright, since
> that
> > belongs to the individual contributors?
> >
> > On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 12:12 AM, James Salsman 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Attribution is often considered impractical, but providing the source
> > > date along with e.g. the article name can be used to derive the
> > > attribution, so it should be required. It's not just a good idea to
> > > require this information from content re-users like Amazon, Apple, and
> > > Google, but doing so will help encourage those who find issues to
> > > edit.
> > >
> > > If the Foundation doesn't make attribution or at least article date a
> > > requirement, then they are actively opposing editor recruitment.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Sat, Jan 27, 2018 at 7:34 PM, The Cunctator 
> > > wrote:
> > > > The copyright requirement isn't attribution; it's attribution and
> > > copyleft
> > > > retention for derived works.
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 12:28 AM, James Heilman 
> > wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> It search result only contains a snippet (and thus is fair use).
> Plus
> > > >> Google provide attribution in a lot of their results.
> > > >>
> > > >> J
> > > >>
> > > >> On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 1:03 PM, geni  wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> > On 5 June 2017 at 18:32, The Cunctator 
> wrote:
> > > >> > > Both Google and Graphiq are using pretty much the entire
> Wikipedia
> > > >> corpus
> > > >> > > for their results.
> > > >> >
> > > >> >
> > > >> > However due to the way their output is structured it falls under
> > "you
> > > >> > can't copyright facts".
> > > >> >
> > > >> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to the Wikimedia Foundation January 2018 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Thursday, February 1, 16:00 UTC (WMDE edition)

2018-01-26 Thread Samuel Klein
Now this is a subject line worthy of the Wikipedia Week Week, one that at
times might have seemed far off.  Chapeau!

https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/WWN_sample

On Jan 26, 2018 12:09 PM, "Nicole Ebber"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> We are excited to host the January metrics and activities meeting next week
> and invite you all to join! It will take place on Thursday, February 1,
> 2018 at 4:00 PM UTC (8:00 AM PST) in our office in Berlin. You can join in
> person, tune in via a live YouTube stream[1] or via the IRC channel
> #wikimedia-office on https://webchat.freenode.net.
>
> During the January metrics meeting, we'll hear from different presenters
> about past, present and future endeavours, each with a specific
> movement-relevant angle. We will not only present successes but strive to
> also talk about things that did not go so well – and what we learned from
> these setbacks.
>
> Meeting agenda draft (subject to change):
> * Introduction and welcomes
> * Coding da Vinci
> * WMF topic (tba)
> * Wikidata/Wikibase (tbd)
> * Guest speaker (tba)
> * To wiki or not to wiki
> * WMCON sneak preview
> * Wikilove
> * Questions and discussion
>
> Please review the meeting's Meta-Wiki page for further information about
> the meeting and how to participate:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> metrics_and_activities_meetings
>
> We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
>
> All the best,
> Nicole
>
> [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFzqTxTfq2Y
>
>
> On 24 January 2018 at 02:09, Gregory Varnum  wrote:
>
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > The currently-scheduled January metrics and activities meeting is
> scheduled
> > to occur during the Wikimedia Foundation's annual meeting for staff and
> > contractors (known as All Hands). Given this, we have a need to
> reschedule,
> > and decided to use that change to experiment.
> >
> > So, I am very excited to share that the January metrics and activities
> > meeting will be hosted by Wikimedia Deutschland on February 1 from 16:00
> to
> > 17:00 UTC (8:00-9:00 PT).
> >
> > Please stay tuned for more details from Wikimedia Deutschland in the days
> > to come! I hope that you will turn out and support our friends in Germany
> > in this experiment as part of our ongoing efforts to make the monthly
> > metrics and activities meetings representative of our global movement.
> >
> > Best,
> > Greg and Sam
> > --
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> > Communications Strategist
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Leadership of Wikimedia Foundation's Communications department

2018-01-05 Thread Samuel Klein
e
> > travel team for getting Kui to San Francisco, and of course, Liz Verlade
> > for ensuring it all come together.
> >
> > Again, please join me in congratulating Heather and welcoming Kui!
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Katherine
> >
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> >
> > Executive Director
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
> > 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> > San Francisco, CA 94104
> >
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> > +1 (415) 712 4873 <(415)%20712-4873>
> > kma...@wikimedia.org
> > https://annual.wikimedia.org
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > --
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> >
> > Executive Director
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> >
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> > San Francisco, CA 94104
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-02 Thread Samuel Klein
gt; and the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for
> the betterment of humanity.
>
> Esra'a is a senior TED Fellow, an Echoing Green fellow, and a Director’s
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment: Updates

2017-11-29 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you all for the thoughtful search & updates.

On Nov 29, 2017 7:14 PM, "Nataliia Tymkiv"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> The Board Governance Committee (BGC) has been working on finalizing another
> potential candidate [1]. The results of the process were successful and the
> Board has unanimously appointed the candidate the BGC has recommended. The
> announcement is planned for December 1, 2017, so in two days the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board will be finally complete (ten members).
>
> But the Board recruitment is actually not over: we have two appointed Board
> members, whose terms expire next Wikimania - Kelly Battles and Alice
> Wiegand - so we are going to start working on filling those seats. The
> ideal timeline is to have potential candidates join us in time for
> Wikimania 2018.
>
> The Board Governance Committee and I personally are thankful to those
> people who were highly involved in the Board recruitment process: Anna
> Stillwell, Michelle Paulson and Michelle Muñoz, our Legal and
> Communications teams, and of course Katherine Maher. And many, many more.
>
> [1]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-October/088797.html
>
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Experimental onion service for all Wikimedia projects set up by Alec Muffett

2017-11-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Seconded -- this is an excellent use of Orbot. Worth testing that
experience to see if it could be a comfortable default.

On Nov 24, 2017 3:36 AM, "Dariusz Jemielniak"  wrote:

> Excellent! Still, as I argued before, I believe that a solution we could
> use is defaulting to Tor channeling in our mobile app. Facebook offers it
> as an option in partnership with Orbot - I believe we should do the same,
> but default to it (so that people cannot be held responsible for making a
> choice). For unlogged Wikipedia reading this solution is practically
> transparent for users.
>
> I've recently contacted the WMF with Orbot people and hope that at least we
> can evaluate this approach as a possibility.
>
> best,
>
> Dariusz Jemielniak "pundit"
>
>
>
> On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 2:11 AM, Cristian Consonni 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Some months ago, the idea of setting up an onion service for Wikimedia
> > projects was discussed on this list[1] and as a proposal in IdeaLab on
> > Meta[2].
> >
> > Today, Alec Muffett announced on Twitter[3] that he created «as an
> > experiment» a series of read-only mirrors of all the Wikimedia projects.
> > He will be running them for some time.
> >
> > The service is reachable with a Tor-enabled browser at the following
> > address:
> > https://www.qgssno7jk2xcr2sj.onion/
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > If you want to try out the service, first visit the addresses listed in
> > this page and add exceptions for the SSL certificates:
> > https://gist.github.com/alecmuffett/3da587fde6aef90ba3e49e8858fafdae
> >
> > (this is one of the limits of having a non-official service)
> >
> > Alec Muffett is the author of the Enterprise Onion Toolkit (EOTK)[4], a
> > FLOSS project which "does for Onions what LetsEncrypt does for SSL",
> > that is providing a simple way to transform websites in Onion services
> > (which are accessible only and contained within the Tor network). Alec
> > used EOTK for creating this demo. He was also behind the onion service
> > for Facebook[5].
> >
> > IMO this service, even with its current limitations, is quite awesome
> > and I am very happy to see it. It is exactly the kind of proof of
> > concept that I wanted to create with my proposal. So now there's that.
> >
> > Enjoy!
> >
> > Cristian
> >
> > [1]: https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2017-
> > June/087708.html
> > [2]:
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/A_Tor_
> > Onion_Service_for_Wikipedia
> > [3]:https://twitter.com/AlecMuffett/status/933739816038076419
> > [4]: https://github.com/alecmuffett/eotk
> > [5]:
> > https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/
> > 10/facebook-offers-hidden-service-to-tor-users/
> >
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> kierownik katedry MINDS (Management in Networked and Digital Societies)
> Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego
> http://NeRDS.kozminski.edu.pl  
>
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> Harvard University
> *Ostatnie artykuły:*
>
>- Dariusz Jemielniak, Maciej Wilamowski (2017)  Cultural Diversity of
>Quality of Information on Wikipedias
>
> *Journal
>of the Association for Information Science and Technology* 68:  10.
> 2460–2470.
>- Dariusz Jemielniak (2016)  Wikimedia Movement Governance: The Limits
>of A-Hierarchical Organization
>
> *Journal
>of Organizational Change Management *29:  3.  361-378.
>- Dariusz Jemielniak, Eduard Aibar (2016)  Bridging the Gap Between
>Wikipedia and Academia
> *Journal of the
>Association for Information Science and Technology* 67:  7.  1773-1776.
>- Dariusz Jemielniak (2016)  Breaking the Glass Ceiling on Wikipedia
> *Feminist
>Review *113:  1.  103-108.
>- Tadeusz Chełkowski, Peter Gloor, Dariusz Jemielniak (2016)
> Inequalities
>in Open Source Software Development: Analysis of Contributor’s Commits
> in
>Apache Software Foundation Projects
> 1371%2Fjournal.pone.0152976.PDF>
>, *PLoS ONE* 11:  4.  e0152976.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The other side of the crisis at WMFR

2017-11-23 Thread Samuel Klein
On Nov 23, 2017 2:55 PM, "Emeric Vallespi" 
wrote:



the Wikimedia community protect itself and its members by harassing and
defaming people who question


I cannot imagine why anyone would attempt to defame you, when they cannot
hope to surpass the eloquence and thoroughness of your own writing.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A fundraising banner we'd like to try in a short test

2017-11-14 Thread Samuel Klein
Sam, Thanks for the heads up!  Is there any measure of the negative impact
of a banner (in distraction, self-reported annoyance, abandoned sessions),
separate from its fundraising impact?  I imagine some very noticeable
banners will have high positives as well as negatives; then the question
would be what tradeoffs to make.

On side banners: have there been recent experiments with a thin side banner
in the l.h.s. column?

===
For this test (happen to be on a Win machine today):  Win/IE has render
troubles; covers some of the r.h.s. of the page. Win/Chrome doesn't show it
at all for me; even when turning off all extensions.  The corner 'x' is
hard to see.  text in some boxes is cut off ('Other').   It's not clear how
'Other' works.
Generally: looks busy.  Recurring issues:  Loading after the rest of the
page can be confusing on slow connections.  Underlined text in the quote
that isn't a hyperlink is confusing (and could link to appropriate detail).

Warmly, SJ


On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 2:12 PM, Samuel Patton <spat...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi all, it's Sam from the online fundraising team. I wanted to give you a
> heads up about a desktop banner we'd like to test before the official
> launch of our 'Big English' fundraising banner campaign on Tuesday,
> November 28.
>
> TL;DR: A short test of a new banner concept will help us decide if it's
> worth iteration and improvement.
>
> Here's a link to the banner:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple?banner=dsk_p1_lg_
> right10=US=1
>
> This banner would run against our current best desktop large banner; here's
> that link:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple?banner=B1718_1101_en6C_
> dsk_p1_lg_template=1=US
>
> Undoubtedly, it's an unusual format; that's why we felt it appropriate to
> give you a heads up :) We haven't tried a vertical 'banner on the side' in
> recent memory, and it'll be useful to see exactly how this type of content
> performs.
>
> This test would run for 1 to 2 hours, and then we'd evaluate results to see
> if it's worth spending any more time on the concept. For now, we're simply
> hiding the banner all together below 920px, as at smaller viewports it
> begins to interfere with site navigation elements.
>
> If you have thoughts on this design, please share them here. There will be
> more opportunities for you to weigh in if this banner variant looks
> promising enough to keep testing.
>
> Regards and sincere thanks for all you do.
>
> Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of WMF Chief Product Officer

2017-10-27 Thread Samuel Klein
Fantastic.

On Oct 27, 2017 3:09 PM, "Katherine Maher"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I’m happy to let you know that the Foundation has concluded our search for
> a Chief Product Officer (CPO). Our own Toby Negrin will transition from
> acting as interim lead of the Audiences department to this permanent and
> updated role. Please join me in congratulating Toby!
>
> Toby was unanimously recommended by our CPO search panel, following an
> executive search process very similar to those used for recent executive
> appointments in Legal and Talent & Culture. We kicked off the process by
> developing a job description based on feedback from staff, particularly
> from the Audiences department. This job description attracted hundreds of
> applicants after being posted in August 2017. A pool of approximately 30
> candidates was reviewed by the primary hiring panel, made up of
> stakeholders from Audiences and Technology. We conducted additional
> interviews with six candidates, and two external finalists were interviewed
> by the full panel and myself.
>
> Since joining the Foundation in 2013, Toby has demonstrated leadership
> focussed on outcomes, collaboration with the Wikimedia community, and
> respect for Wikimedia values. He led an expansion of our analytics efforts,
> built a new team focused on Readers, and championed the development of
> intuitive mobile interfaces and mobile applications. Toby played a critical
> role in the creation of the Community Tech team, and supporting the
> creation of the New Readers program. He has a deep interest in partnership
> with the communities, an instinct for assembling and cultivating teams, and
> a record of supporting staff as they develop and explore new skills and
> roles.
>
> Leading our product development efforts takes more than a commitment to the
> Wikimedia mission. As the world around us changes, we too must evaluate how
> we best make progress toward our mission. Changes in demographics,
> language, connectivity, interfaces, and more will have a profound and
> transformative effect on our projects and how we seek to achieve our
> vision. To respond effectively, we will need to develop a vision and plan
> for how the Wikimedia projects will evolve, growing users, expanding
> services, and improving retention and participation. And perhaps more
> importantly, we will need to develop a culture of excellence, service, and
> sustainability across the organization, so that we can retain and attract a
> diverse crow of exceptional colleagues.  I’m excited to see how Toby and
> the department will continue to take on these challenges and opportunities.
>
> Toby brings nearly 20 years of experience if integrating data, research,
> and design to produce effective and popular products. Prior to joining the
> Foundation, he led analytics efforts at DeNA, a mobile social games
> company. At DeNA, he partnered with colleagues in Japan and China to build
> global dashboards used to track gaming performance around the world. He
> also held roles at Yahoo! related to cloud platforms, anti-abuse efforts,
> and content moderation. Toby grew up in Los Angeles and the UK before
> landing in the San Francisco Bay Area, and worked in software development
> at startups in Sweden and The Netherlands. Toby graduated from the NIMBAS
> Graduate School of Management and University of California - Santa Cruz. He
> was a board member and treasurer of the Golden Gate Philharmonic youth
> orchestra. In his free time, he enjoys spending time winemaking and grape
> growing, running, hiking Bay Area trails, and playing tennis.
>
> I want to offer my sincere thanks to the CPO hiring committee for your work
> on this process: Jon Katz, Nirzar Pangarkar, Adam Baso, Grace Gellerman,
> Anne Gomez, James Forrester, Victoria Coleman, and Ryan Kaldari. A special
> thank you to Liz Verlade, Joady Lohr, and Anna Stillwell for their amazing
> work coordinating the process. Finally, thank you to Eileen Hershenov,
> Maggie Dennis, Megan Hernandez, Pau Giner, Danny Horn, Runa Bhattacharjee,
> and Christophe Henner for their input throughout the process.
>
> Again, and especially for those at WikidataCon this week, please join me in
> congratulating Toby on this appointment!
>
> Cheers,
> Katherine
>
> --
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> Executive Director
>
> *We moved! **Our new address:*
>
> Wikimedia Foundation
> 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 1600
> San Francisco, CA 94104
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Berkman Klein Center: Will Wikipedia exist in, 20 years?

2017-10-25 Thread Samuel Klein
On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Cristian Consonni 
wrote:

> If you look at the video on Youtube[1], it says that its license is
>
indeed CC-BY (and indeed CC-BY 3.0 Unported, more info on this page[2])
>
> So, I think that this can be uploaded also on Commons without issue.
>

Yes!  Thanks Asaf for the upload.

Katherine's talk was a welcome update & provocation.  A few notes from the
afternoon discussion w/Berkman fellows that followed:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/14QYg3iNWFIvWXkWALLxbYzuDS3Tj9faltJKwoHuhW1o/edit#

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] September 28: Strategy update - Final draft of movement direction and endorsement process (#25)

2017-10-25 Thread Samuel Klein
>
> (Oddly enough, I am more likely to read a Wikipedia article
> from beginning to end if I'm looking something up on the Kindle, while I'm
> reading a book.)
>

There's definitely some appetite for [WP-branded and -supported!] reading
and research devices tuned for this sort of work: hyperlinked referencing,
bookmarking, reading, annotating, and compiling into an overview of one's
thoughts while working through an original document [book, article,
encyclopedia article].


> I think it would be more interesting to spin off the existing
> > "Wikipedia Library" into its own international organization (or home
> > it with an existing one), tasked with giving free knowledge
> > contributors (including potentially to other free knowledge projects
> > like OSM) access to proprietary resources


Warmly agreed.  Related essential services: curating and organizing
proprietary resources, and transmogrifying them into reusable elements [cf.
ContentMine/FactMine].
A few narrow areas of this are covered by commercial services, but most are
not.

Sam.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The other side of the crisis at WMFR

2017-10-19 Thread Samuel Klein
On Oct 19, 2017 7:41 PM, "Richard Farmbrough" 
wrote:

I think it very clear that these allegations were the last gasp of an
ancient regime,


Legal threats are surely the universal language of bad faith.  And I have
complete trust in Pierre-Selim and Caroline.

Thanks Katherine, for sharing details of what has been happening.

Sam.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation Board Recruitment: Updates

2017-10-05 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you for this detailed update.

On Oct 5, 2017 5:24 PM, "Nataliia Tymkiv"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> Board recruiting has been demanding. We launched our first truly global
> search. It was far more work than we expected. But I am glad to say that we
> have significantly expanded our talent network and are engaged in
> conversation with four, uniquely talented finalists.
>
> We have missed some deadlines given our focus on movement strategy and the
> “all fronts” nature of the search for talent at the executive and board
> level.
>
> Now, I am able to present you with the new timeline and process, as we
> decide among final candidates. We hope they will be able to join the Board
> for our November meeting (the original plan was to have them join the Board
> for Wikimania 2017).
>
> Below is the last published timeline with comments and explanations at each
> stage.
>
> 1) Application and referral submission period (January 23 - August)
>
> We asked applicants to apply online:
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us#Wikimedia_Careers. We
> accepted applications and referrals by email at
> board-nominati...@lists.wikimedia.org.
>
> The overview: We decided to start from our own networks and expand outward.
> We reached far and wide, proactively, looking in Africa, Latin America,
> Asia. In the course of our work, Katherine met a non-profit executive
> recruiter. She volunteered to look for us. She delivered many very strong
> and exciting candidates from multiple continents, one finalist. Slowly, our
> networks then also produced three, very strong finalists as well.
>
> Initially we planned for this stage to be over by March 6 [1], but the
> timeline was ambitious  It took us longer to find the right fit. We decided
> the right fit is worth the wait. So we extended the deadline to May 6 [2].
>
> It took us longer. The process required more networking.
>
> At the end of May, Katherine was introduced to a non-profit recruiter. They
> volunteered to look for us and they sourced a pool of very promising
> additional candidates - 23 people with very diverse backgrounds - for the
> BGC to evaluate on June 3.
>
> We accepted referrals until August 10. For the record: we should always be
> constantly looking for potential candidates, so it would not take so much
> time for us in the future.
>
> 2) Application and referral review, proactive candidate recruitment, and
> interviews (January - ongoing)
>
> 2a) Initial application review and screenings (January - August)
>
> This stage was entirely conducted by Wikimedia Foundation staff. By
> mid-April Katherine Maher and Anna Stillwell had spoken to 21 people,
> either potential candidates themselves or people who could recommend
> candidates. We also considered some of our former Trustees. They did not
> have capacity, and required travel time seemed to be an issue.
>
> We identified 4 candidates for the Growing a Global Movement and 4
> candidates for Engaging New Communities, and 2 candidates for Social Sector
> Governance.
>
> One of the tangible results for this stage was structuring an emerging
> talent network and gathering a pool of potential candidates, that we can
> reach out to in  future searches.
>
> 2b) Board Governance Committee
>  Board_Governance_Committee>
> (BGC) discussions with candidates
>
> The BGC (as a whole group) did not meet with the candidates. Instead,
> people spoke one on one.
>
> 2c) BGC meets and makes short list (May - June)
>
> We all agreed to reach out to candidates consecutively.We did not want to
> reach out to all of the potential candidates at once, because we do not
> want to incentivize unhealthy competition. If we are talking to someone, we
> are interested. We are not interested in playing people against each other.
>
>
> The BGC prioritized the list, Katherine reached out to them in that order
> to understand if they are interested, and take it from there. If they are
> not interested in working with us, or they do not fit, we shall move to the
> next candidate in the relevant pool.
>
> It turned out to require a lot more time than we planned for this stage: we
> had to wait some time before we could assess genuine commitment and
> interest in the position, so we could schedule further calls. And moving to
> the next candidate seemed justified only after enough time passed between
> our letters of offering this position and the response. This is not
> uncommon.
>
> 2d) Second-round interviews (May - August)
>
> This stage was not conducted as a group interview. Rather, we  organised
> one on one meetings for all voting members of the BGC with the finalists.
>
> The meetings with a candidate from Engaging New Communities took place from
> the end of May till the beginning of August, given the vacation / travel
> times for some of us.
>
> We are still scheduling interviews for our top candidate for Growing a
> Global Movement 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Mailing lists (was Encyclopedic Writing Guide)

2017-09-26 Thread Samuel Klein
in the same way that say, Wikiversity languishing while Wikidata flourishes
should tell us something about the optimum number of projects we can
support.


Did we figure out this is zero-sum? Because there are some peach projects
I'd like to replace Wikiquote & Wookiepedia with.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Encyclopedic Writing Guide

2017-09-26 Thread Samuel Klein
A crosspost to wp-l would be fine.
The guide is of wide interest, not only to wikipedians, but to anyone
assessing reliable sources, writing neutrally and concisely and for a
general audience.

W, SJ

On Sep 26, 2017 9:35 AM, "Jean-Philippe Béland" 
wrote:

So what is Wikipedia-l
 for? It is
describe "for issues specific to Wikipedia (and not sister projects such as
Wiktionary) but affecting editions of Wikipedia in more than one language".
Exactly what you are talking about "content about Wikipedia,
*particularly* when not specific to any one language"...

JP


On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 5:05 PM, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> On Sep 25, 2017 18:57, "Jean-Philippe Béland" 
> wrote:
>
> This should have been posted to the Wikipedia mailing list since it
doesn't
> have anything to do with the other projects or the movement in general.
>
>
> Um, no. This list is a general list, and content about Wikipedia,
> *particularly* when not specific to any one language, is welcome here.
>
> There is no active Wikipedia-only alternative to this list that would
reach
> this international audience.
>
> A.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Encyclopedic Writing Guide

2017-09-25 Thread Samuel Klein
How I needed this last week :) Are you looking for translations? Have any
in progress?

On Sep 25, 2017 12:14 PM, "Michal Lester"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I’m excited to share with you our new interactive tool *teaching
> encyclopedic writing*[1]. Encyclopedic writing differs from other kinds of
> writing, such as academic, journalistic, or creative writing. In order to
> learn how to contribute substantial content to Wikipedia, it is not enough
> to learn the technicalities of using Wikipedia's interface, as taught by
> the interactive educational software[2]. The Encyclopedic Writing Guide was
> born of a need to instruct participants in our Educational projects, as
> well as the general public, on the principles of encyclopedic writing, and
> specifically those of Wikipedia. The guide is aimed at teaching the rules
> and "best practices" that apply at various stages of contributing content
> to Wikipedia: from choosing a topic for an article, to finding sources, to
> structuring the article, and finally, the required writing style. The guide
> thus teaches how to asses the encyclopedic importance of a topic, how to
> find independent and reliable sources on that topic, how to structure the
> information according to Wikipedia's article format, and how to produce
> neutral and succinct writing.
>
> The guide is built as a website. Users are invited to choose between two
> tracks: a track for expanding existing articles and a track for writing new
> ones. In both tracks, each of the four stages is presented on a different
> page, where the related information, tips, examples and practical tools are
> concentrated. The information is presented in a basic concise form, and the
> users are invited to open links and pop-ups to obtain more information and
> practical examples.
>
> Editing Wikipedia is not just a technical skill. While learning how to use
> Wikipedia's interface is necessary, it is not sufficient in order to learn
> how to contribute substantial content to the platform. The Encyclopedic
> Writing Guide is the first tool of its kind teaching how to create
> encyclopedic content.
>
> Best,
>
> *Michal Lester,*
>
>
>
> *Executive DirectorWikimedia Israel*
> [1] https://guide.wikimedia.org.il/
> [2] http://www.wikimedia.org.il/%D7%9C%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%93%D7%94/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia France short update

2017-09-12 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you to Florence for the update and links.  Thanks also for the public
WMF report; and to the many members helping with the transformation.  //SJ

On Sun, Sep 10, 2017 at 8:12 PM, Florence Devouard <anth...@anthere.org>
wrote:

> I thought the electoral commission would forward the results but over 24h
> hours after the GA closed... apparently not.
>
>
> So very brief summary:
>
>
> Saturday, Wikimedia France held a full day General Assembly.
>
>
> The agenda was here : https://meta.wikimedia.org/wik
> i/Wikimédia_France/Assemblée_générale/septembre_2017
>
> Results of votes are available there : https://upload.wikimedia.org/w
> ikipedia/commons/0/04/WMFR_AG_2017-09-09.pdf
>
>
> Key points
> * Emeric (chairman until end of June) resigned the day prior to the
> General Assembly
> * the remaining board (5 people) was constituted of Samuel (Chair),
> Marie-Alice (Vice Chair), FloFlo (treasurer), Edouard and Florence Raymond
> (not me...)
> * Raymond, who was an appointed board member, was confirmed by the General
> Assembly
> * the General Assembly voted by 73% the "lack of trust" in the previous
> board
> * however, the General Assembly voted to retain the remainer of the
> previous board despite the distrust, in order to allow transfer of
> information and to support the new board during the audit.
> * Floflo and Edouard will finish their term in 6 weeks (may resign
> earlier). Samuel and Marie-Alice indicated they would resign at the
> earliest convenience, only staying to help the transition and the audit
>
> * 6 new people were elected on the board. 4 for slightly more than a year,
> 2 for a duration of 6 weeks. All of those are experienced members,
> including former board members and former president (I suppose
> presentations will follow next week)
> * the chapter mailing list is reopened
> * the members whose new memberships or renewal had been rejected will be
> invited to re-apply
> * the prior vote passed in July to expell members will be cancelled
> * the GA also voted to support the adoption of a non-discrimination
> policy, for a complete revamping of the conflict of interest committee, and
> for a financial audit to be done.
>
> Sides notes
>
> Next General Assembly will take place around 20th of October and will be
> the opportunity to elect new board members to fill the remaining seats.
> Except for the appointed board member, it is likely the board will be
> entirely renewed in the next few weeks (compared to this last summer one).
>
> Also, WMF published two documents to guide the next few months
>
>
> WMFr site visit report - septembre 2017
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMFr_site_visit_report_-_septembre_2017
>
> Grant expectations for Wikimedia France - 2017-2018
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grant_expectations_for_Wikim
> edia_France_-_2017-2018
>
> I wish the best to the new board. They have a lot of work to do to rebuild
> the complete mess left by the previous management. Please, help them as
> much as you can.
>
> Florence
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] RFC on wikimedia-l posting limits

2017-08-23 Thread Samuel Klein
Thoughtful, practical, good. Thank you.

On Aug 22, 2017 9:03 PM, "John Mark Vandenberg"  wrote:

Hi list members,

The list admins (hereafter 'we', being Austin, Asaf, Shani and I, your
humble narrator) regularly receive complaints about the frequent
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posters (some of them frequent) create.

It is natural that frequent posters will say specific things that more
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to the volume of messages rather than the content of the messages.

We are floating some suggestions aimed specifically at reducing the
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but these proposed limits are actually intending to increasing the
quality of the discourse without heavy subjective moderation.

The first proposal impacts all posters to this list, and the last
three proposals are aimed at providing a more clear framework within
which criticism and whistle-blowing are permitted, but that critics
are prevented from drowning out other discussions. The bandwidth that
will be given to critics should be established in advance, reducing
need to use subjective moderation of the content when a limit to the
volume will often achieve the same result.
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Proposal #1: Monthly 'soft quota' reduced from 30 to 15

The existing soft quota of 30 posts per person has practically never
been exceeded in the past year, and yet many list subscribers still
clearly feel that a few individuals overwhelm the list. This suggests
the current quota is too high.

A review of the stats at
https://stats.wikimedia.org/mail-lists/wikimedia-l.html show very few
people go over 15 in a month, and quite often the reason for people
exceeding 15 per month is because they are replying to other list
members who have already exceeded 15 per month, and sometimes they are
repeatedly directly or indirectly asking the person to stop repeating
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their actions. This provision to allow fake identities on wikimedia-l
is necessary for whistle-blowing, and this mailing list has been used
for that purpose at important junctures in the history of the
Wikimedia movement.

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have used incessant hyperbole and snark and baiting to generally cause
stress to many readers. Sometimes this is also accompanied with many
list posts on various unrelated threads as the ‘critic’ believes their
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on Wikimédia France

2017-07-23 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you kindly Édouard for sharing this update on all fronts.  I am so
terribly sorry to hear about the passing of Louise Merzeau.

Warm thoughts and regards. SJ

On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 6:24 AM, Édouard Hue <edouard@wikimedia.fr>
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedia community,
>
> Here are the latest news from Wikimedia France.
>
> First of all, we are devastated by the passing of our estimate trustee Mrs.
> Louise Merzeau on July 15th. Louise had been appointed by the Board in
> February with the ambition to learn and profit from her deep knowledge of
> and academic research on the commons. Sadly, the current problems of
> Wikimedia France did not give her the opportunity to get seriously involved
> with the movement before she passed away.
>
> This sad news reached us a few days after the resignation of Mr. Guillaume
> Goursat, treasurer, from the Board.
>
> The Board has appointed a new treasurer, Mr. Florian Pépellin, who already
> had a mandate from the Board for banking and financial matters. The
> executive team (chair, vice-chair and secretary) remains otherwise
> unchanged.
>
> The Board has also acknowledged the demand for a general assembly expressed
> by more than 25% of our members. This assembly will take place on September
> 9th and will be the opportunity for members to elect six new Board members
> to fill the vacant seats, and discuss current issues. The regular General
> Assembly where the certified and audited accounts are presented and voted
> will be held in October as usual. Six Board seats will also be renewed
> then.
>
> Wikimédia France will receive a site visit from the Wikimedia Foundation on
> the 25th and 26th of July.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Édouard, on behalf of the board of Wikimédia France
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimédia France - informations sur la situation actuelle

2017-07-12 Thread Samuel Klein
s été
>> recueillis, et que nous avons demandé quelle procédure officielle de
>> la fondation encadrait cette enquête, nous avons appris que celle-ci
>> avait finalement été abandonnée. Ces procédures dysfonctionnelles
>> montrent bien, pour nous, la volonté d’alimenter une polémique visant
>> à affaiblir notre association, mais sans fondement réel.
>>
>>
>>
>> En outre, nous tenons à dire que Caroline Becker n’est pas une «
>> lanceuse d’alerte ». Elle n’a révélé aucun péril pour l’association et
>> n’a pas essayé de régler le problème dont elle avait connaissance
>> durant le week-end stratégie. Au contraire, elle a tenu des propos
>> diffamants contre Nathalie, au lieu de respecter un processus normal,
>> transparent et encadré. Elle n’a pas non plus averti le reste du CA
>> des risques encourus du fait de cette enquête.
>>
>> Pierre-Selim a confirmé par écrit qu’il n’avait pas connaissance du
>> témoignage de sa compagne ni de l’enquête, et a reconnu que Caroline
>> ne pouvait rester au CA, eu égard à ses agissements.
>>
>> Il a finalement démissionné, sa position en tant que conjoint de
>> Caroline étant trop difficile à gérer, ce que nous respectons.
>>
>> Ce que nous n’acceptons pas, ce sont ses propos publics et ceux
>> d’autres personnes qui déforment la réalité pour faire de Caroline une
>> victime du CA.
>>
>> De plus, Pierre-Sélim a utilisé, après sa démission, son accès
>> “exécutif” aux données de l’association, alors qu’il n’en avait plus
>> le droit. Il s’est servi de ces données pour signaler à des membres
>> que plusieurs personnes avaient été désabonnées de la liste
>> discussions, ce qui n’a pas manqué de provoquer une nouvelle vague
>> d’accusations de censure et d’autoritarisme.
>>
>> Or, si le CA l’a fait, c’est en responsabilité. Constatant les
>> débordements sur la liste malgré la modération a priori, il a décidé
>> en premier lieu d’en retirer les membres non à jour de leur
>> cotisation, comme il aurait été en droit de le faire depuis longtemps.
>> Sans doute aurions-nous dû communiquer simplement et directement sur
>> ce fait, mais ce n’est pas chose facile quand nous sommes pris de
>> court par des tentatives de nuire venant de membres avec lesquels nous
>> travaillions encore de bonne foi très récemment au sein du CA !
>>
>> Instrumentalisation par d’autres acteurs
>>
>> Enfin, nous vous faisons part de notre indignation concernant le fait
>> que certaines attaques très virulentes au sujet du CA et de la
>> direction émanent de personnes qui, loin de poursuivre les idéaux
>> qu’elles affichent, tentent de masquer leurs motivations réelles et
>> leurs conflits d’intérêts (paid editing, formation rémunérée déguisée
>> en bénévolat; tentative de récupérer les demandes de formations
>> arrivant à l’association via OTRS pour les facturer pour son activité
>> personnelle, etc). Il est clair que ces personnes cherchent à
>> désavouer le CA et la direction dans l’espoir de pouvoir continuer ou
>> de reprendre ces pratiques douteuses.
>>
>> 5. La possible création d’un fonds de dotation
>>
>>
>>
>> La réflexion en cours au CA sur la part conséquente que représente le
>> lobbying dans l'activité de l’association (et ce pour des champs plus
>> larges que l'objet même de Wikimédia France) a abouti à étudier la
>> pertinence d’un fonds de dotation qui concernerait l’ensemble des
>> parties prenantes œuvrant pour la connaissance libre.
>>
>> En effet, bien que le fait de mener des actions de lobbying bénéficie
>> d’un large consensus chez nos adhérents et dans la communauté, il
>> implique beaucoup de ressources qui bénéficient plus largement qu’à la
>> communauté des contributeurs.
>>
>> Des bénévoles et des salariés ont donc mené, au sujet d’un éventuel
>> fonds de dotation, différentes consultations d’experts mais aussi de
>> potentiels financeurs, qui n’ont par ailleurs rien de confidentiel.
>>
>> Il n'en demeure pas moins que si le choix de créer un fonds de
>> dotation avec des partenaires était fait, le CA devrait statuer sur la
>> création d'une telle structure, en informer l'AG, et en fonction de la
>> structuration, faire voter l'AG. Dans le contexte de diversification
>> des fonds et alors que l'association est en passe d’être reconnue
>> d’utilité publique (RUP), ce fonds pourrait être une idée à creuser
>> pour le financement de WMFr puisqu’il pourrait faire appel aux
>> fondations d'entreprise.
>>
>>
>>
>> Pourtant, cette étude non confidentielle menée par les salariés a été
>> présentée de façon très ambiguë par Florence Devouard sur la liste
>> discussions, ce qui a éveillé des suspicions chez les autres
>> adhérents. Un deuxième mail de Florence, rejeté par les modérateurs
>> mais publié sur une liste de discussion parallèle, évoque même « une
>> suspicion d'usage des biens de l'association, de la (bonne) réputation
>> de l'association, à des fins personnelles indirectes ».
>>
>> Nous condamnons fermement ce qui là encore est une tentative de mettre
>> le CA en difficulté par des allégations infondées. Nous réaffirmons
>> également que si des adhérents possèdent des preuves de malversations,
>> ils sont tout à fait à même de les transmettre aux autorités
>> compétentes ; le reste n’est que on-dit et intimidation.
>>
>> 
>>
>> Wikimédia France
>> 40 rue de Cléry
>> 75002 Paris
>> France
>> www.wikimedia.fr
>>
>>
>> Je ne souhaite plus être contacté par Wikimédia France
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimédia France - informations sur la situation actuelle

2017-07-12 Thread Samuel Klein
nd nous avons signalé à la fondation notre surprise
> que les témoignages des différentes parties n’aient pas été
> recueillis, et que nous avons demandé quelle procédure officielle de
> la fondation encadrait cette enquête, nous avons appris que celle-ci
> avait finalement été abandonnée. Ces procédures dysfonctionnelles
> montrent bien, pour nous, la volonté d’alimenter une polémique visant
> à affaiblir notre association, mais sans fondement réel.
>
>
>
> En outre, nous tenons à dire que Caroline Becker n’est pas une «
> lanceuse d’alerte ». Elle n’a révélé aucun péril pour l’association et
> n’a pas essayé de régler le problème dont elle avait connaissance
> durant le week-end stratégie. Au contraire, elle a tenu des propos
> diffamants contre Nathalie, au lieu de respecter un processus normal,
> transparent et encadré. Elle n’a pas non plus averti le reste du CA
> des risques encourus du fait de cette enquête.
>
> Pierre-Selim a confirmé par écrit qu’il n’avait pas connaissance du
> témoignage de sa compagne ni de l’enquête, et a reconnu que Caroline
> ne pouvait rester au CA, eu égard à ses agissements.
>
> Il a finalement démissionné, sa position en tant que conjoint de
> Caroline étant trop difficile à gérer, ce que nous respectons.
>
> Ce que nous n’acceptons pas, ce sont ses propos publics et ceux
> d’autres personnes qui déforment la réalité pour faire de Caroline une
> victime du CA.
>
> De plus, Pierre-Sélim a utilisé, après sa démission, son accès
> “exécutif” aux données de l’association, alors qu’il n’en avait plus
> le droit. Il s’est servi de ces données pour signaler à des membres
> que plusieurs personnes avaient été désabonnées de la liste
> discussions, ce qui n’a pas manqué de provoquer une nouvelle vague
> d’accusations de censure et d’autoritarisme.
>
> Or, si le CA l’a fait, c’est en responsabilité. Constatant les
> débordements sur la liste malgré la modération a priori, il a décidé
> en premier lieu d’en retirer les membres non à jour de leur
> cotisation, comme il aurait été en droit de le faire depuis longtemps.
> Sans doute aurions-nous dû communiquer simplement et directement sur
> ce fait, mais ce n’est pas chose facile quand nous sommes pris de
> court par des tentatives de nuire venant de membres avec lesquels nous
> travaillions encore de bonne foi très récemment au sein du CA !
>
> Instrumentalisation par d’autres acteurs
>
> Enfin, nous vous faisons part de notre indignation concernant le fait
> que certaines attaques très virulentes au sujet du CA et de la
> direction émanent de personnes qui, loin de poursuivre les idéaux
> qu’elles affichent, tentent de masquer leurs motivations réelles et
> leurs conflits d’intérêts (paid editing, formation rémunérée déguisée
> en bénévolat; tentative de récupérer les demandes de formations
> arrivant à l’association via OTRS pour les facturer pour son activité
> personnelle, etc). Il est clair que ces personnes cherchent à
> désavouer le CA et la direction dans l’espoir de pouvoir continuer ou
> de reprendre ces pratiques douteuses.
>
> 5. La possible création d’un fonds de dotation
>
>
>
> La réflexion en cours au CA sur la part conséquente que représente le
> lobbying dans l'activité de l’association (et ce pour des champs plus
> larges que l'objet même de Wikimédia France) a abouti à étudier la
> pertinence d’un fonds de dotation qui concernerait l’ensemble des
> parties prenantes œuvrant pour la connaissance libre.
>
> En effet, bien que le fait de mener des actions de lobbying bénéficie
> d’un large consensus chez nos adhérents et dans la communauté, il
> implique beaucoup de ressources qui bénéficient plus largement qu’à la
> communauté des contributeurs.
>
> Des bénévoles et des salariés ont donc mené, au sujet d’un éventuel
> fonds de dotation, différentes consultations d’experts mais aussi de
> potentiels financeurs, qui n’ont par ailleurs rien de confidentiel.
>
> Il n'en demeure pas moins que si le choix de créer un fonds de
> dotation avec des partenaires était fait, le CA devrait statuer sur la
> création d'une telle structure, en informer l'AG, et en fonction de la
> structuration, faire voter l'AG. Dans le contexte de diversification
> des fonds et alors que l'association est en passe d’être reconnue
> d’utilité publique (RUP), ce fonds pourrait être une idée à creuser
> pour le financement de WMFr puisqu’il pourrait faire appel aux
> fondations d'entreprise.
>
>
>
> Pourtant, cette étude non confidentielle menée par les salariés a été
> présentée de façon très ambiguë par Florence Devouard sur la liste
> discussions, ce qui a éveillé des suspicions chez les autres
> adhérents. Un deuxième mail de Florence, rejeté par les modérateurs
> mais publié sur une liste de discussion parallèle, évoque même « une
> suspicion d'usage des biens de l'association, de la (bonne) réputation
> de l'association, à des fins personnelles indirectes ».
>
> Nous condamnons fermement ce qui là encore est une tentative de mettre
> le CA en difficulté par des allégations infondées. Nous réaffirmons
> également que si des adhérents possèdent des preuves de malversations,
> ils sont tout à fait à même de les transmettre aux autorités
> compétentes ; le reste n’est que on-dit et intimidation.
>
> 
>
> Wikimédia France
> 40 rue de Cléry
> 75002 Paris
> France
> www.wikimedia.fr
>
>
> Je ne souhaite plus être contacté par Wikimédia France
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Conference 2017: Report and more learning material published

2017-06-30 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you for compiling this!  SJ

On Jun 30, 2017 6:29 PM, "Cornelius Kibelka" 
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
>
>
> Three months ago, we welcomed many of you in Berlin to work, discuss and
> get inspired at the Wikimedia Conference 2017. We have now published our
> extensive and colorful grant report for this event, and you can read it on
> Meta:
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Report
>
>
>
> In the meantime, the documentation of all sessions is complete. Check it
> out on Meta as well:
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2017/Documentation
>
>
>
> While preparing the report, we have also written three learning patterns
> to capture and share our experiences with other movement event organizers.
>
>
>
> 1) “Timing, Communication, Preparation: How to support your event
> participants in the best way to get a Schengen Visa”
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/Timing,
> _Communication,_Preparation:_How_to_support_your_event_
> participants_in_the_best_way_to_get_a_Schengen_Visa
>
>
>
> 2) “Briefing calls with speakers: A simple way to improve conference
> sessions”
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/
> Briefing_calls_with_speakers:_A_simple_way_to_improve_conference_sessions
>
>
>
> 3) “The Buddy Project: Let’s make your conference more newbie friendly!”
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_patterns/The_
> Buddy_Project:_Let%E2%80%99s_make_your_conference_more_newbie_friendly!
>
>
>
> And if you think, “wow, that’s a lot!”: David Saroyan, Visiting Wikimedian
> at Wikimedia Deutschland from January until April, wrote a blog post about
> his experience in the Wikimedia blog:
>
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/06/30/why-i-visiting-wikimedian/
>
>
>
> We would like to thank all participants, partners, affiliates and experts
> who have contributed to making this such a great event, and the Wikimedia
> Foundation for their generous support.
>
>
>
> Thank you,
>
> Happy reading,
>
>
>
> Cornelius, Nicole, Daniela and Wenke
> (the WMCON team)
>
>
> PS: Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement of the Wikimedia Conference
> 2018 dates.
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikipedia Library User Group

2017-06-29 Thread Samuel Klein
Awesome.

On Thu, Jun 29, 2017 at 8:26 AM, Tito Dutta <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Congratulations on getting the recognition. :)  I wish you all the best.
>
> On 29 June 2017 at 17:53, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone!
> >
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> >  the Wikipedia Library User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.  The
> > group aims
> > to combine and multiply collaboration with libraries and librarians, from
> > edit-a-thons hosted at libraries to the Wiki Loves Libraries outreach
> > campaign and the broader institutional and publisher outreach of the
> > Wikipedia Library, and to serve as a forum open to all Wikimedia
> community
> > members and any librarians interested in working with Wikipedia.
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Library_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] June 2017 agenda of the Board of Trustees

2017-06-16 Thread Samuel Klein
This is great; thank you, Stephen.  It is good to see additional transfers
to the endowment on the agenda.

Regards, SJ

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> Hi all,
>
> The agenda for the next Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees meeting on
> June 16, 2017 is now available on Meta Wiki: https://meta.wikimedia.o
> rg/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_board_agenda_2017-06
>
> Best,
> Stephen
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Code of Conduct Committee for Wikimedia technical spaces constituted!

2017-05-20 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you.

On Sat, May 20, 2017 at 4:38 AM, Quim Gil <q...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi, as promised, here is the last update about the constitution of the Code
> of Conduct Committee for Wikimedia technical spaces, happening today.
>
> -- Forwarded message --
> From: Quim Gil <q...@wikimedia.org>
> Date: Sat, May 20, 2017 at 10:35 AM
> Subject: Code of Conduct Committee for Wikimedia technical spaces
> constituted!
> To: Wikimedia developers <wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org>, MediaWiki
> announcements and site admin list <mediawik...@lists.wikimedia.org>,
> Development and Operations Engineers <engineer...@lists.wikimedia.org>,
> Wikimedia Labs <lab...@lists.wikimedia.org>, "A mailing list for the
> Analytics Team at WMF and everybody who has an interest in Wikipedia and
> analytics." <analyt...@lists.wikimedia.org>, Research into Wikimedia
> content and communities <wiki-researc...@lists.wikimedia.org>, "A list for
> the design team." <des...@lists.wikimedia.org>,
> pywiki...@lists.wikimedia.org
>
>
> Hello everybody,
>
> The Code of Conduct Committee
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_of_Conduct/Committee_members>
> bootstrapping
> process has been completed. Some intermediate updates were posted in
> phab:T159923 <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T159923>. Starting today,
> the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia technical spaces is enforced by the new
> Committe formed by Amir Sarabadani (Ladsgroup
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Ladsgroup>), Lucie-Aimée Kaffee (
> Frimelle <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Frimelle>), Nuria Ruiz (
> Nurieta <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Nurieta>), Sébastien Santoro
> (
> Dereckson <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Dereckson>), and Tony
> Thomas
> (01tonythomas <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:01tonythomas>).
> Congratulations to them, to the additional five auxiliary members
> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_of_Conduct/
> Committee_members#Auxiliary>
>  (Απεργός, Léna, Florianschmidtwelzow, Huji, Matanya), and to everybody
> else who contributed to this process!
>
> Source: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Code_of_Conduct#
> Process_completed.2C_CoC_Commitee_constituted
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Join us for a conversation with Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustee candidates

2017-05-05 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks ElecComm, this is great to hear.   SJ

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> Hi all!
>
> Upon request User:Matanya (from the Election Committee) will be hosting a
> discussion with the Candidates currently running for the community spots on
> the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees[1]. The conversation will take
> place at 17:00 UTC (10:00 Pacific) on Sunday May 7th and we currently
> expect up to 8 of the 9 Candidates to be able to attend and all candidates
> attending will get equal time. If you'd like to watch you can do so on
> Youtube[2] and a back channel will be set up for conversation on the
> #wikimedia-office IRC channel on Freenode. We will also send a reminder
> email to this list shortly before the event.
>
> I hope to see you all there!
>
>
> 1.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> elections/2017/Board_of_Trustees
> 2. The event will be live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AhwrJ9qcgc
> once it starts.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] General Counsel: Welcome Eileen Hershenov

2017-04-26 Thread Samuel Klein
Welcome Eileen, I wish you every success.
And tremendous love and thanks to Michelle, for all of your help and
inspiration.-Sam

On Wed, Apr 26, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Tomasz Ganicz  wrote:

> 2017-04-26 15:33 GMT+02:00 Katherine Maher :
>
> > Michelle
>
>
> Michelle was one of my personally favourite employees of WMF with which I
> had occasion to meet face to face - so I wish her great continuation of her
> carrier somewhere else and be missing her.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikitribune!

2017-04-26 Thread Samuel Klein
To the initial thread:

Jimbo, Thanks for sharing this, and good luck with the project. Do you see
WikiTribune collaborating with De Correspondent and other
reader-collaborative news efforts? How are you thinking about the topic
selection, and work in various languages? Are you focusing more on
investigating the unknown, or clarifying messy current events where
'reliable sources' are dominated by rumor and propaganda?

SJ

On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 5:59 PM, Jimmy Wales <jimmywa...@wikia-inc.com>
wrote:

>
> Today I announced a new initiative, outside of my Wikimedia activities,
> to combat fake news. It is important to me that I share directly with
> all of you information about this new initiative early on.
>
> The new project  will use a wiki-style setup and experiment with
> bringing together professional journalists and community contributors to
> produce fact-checked, global news stories.  At launch, we'll be using a
> hacked version of wordpress and we'll be evaluating whether that's the
> right tool moving forward.  Wordpress has a lot to
> commend it (free software, mature platform, used by lots of newsrooms,
> active developer ecosystem) but also has some philosophy that's quite
> "top down" in a way.
> (Not many people would think in a wiki way when setting up a newsroom!)
>
> This new initiative, Wikitribune, will be a learning experience - my
> vision is one that I've had a hard time explaining... except to
> Wikimedians who tend to immediately
> get it.
>
> While I am launching this project independent from Wikipedia and the
> Wikimedia Foundation, it is my plan that this new project will work
> alongside Wikimedia in the free knowledge movement. For example, I hope
> that the numerous Wikinews/Wikinoticias/Wikinotizie/etc. communities can
> collaborate with the  Wikitribune community in way that allows both to
> learn and benefit from each other. Additionally, Wikitribune will
> utilize the same Creative Commons license (CC-BY) as other free content
> projects in
> the news space - so they can take the stories written by our
> professional journalists and communities and make use of them.
>
> You can find out more information about Wikitribune at:
> https://www.wikitribune.com
>
> Thank you for your time and I'm happy to answer questions!  (But I'm
> quite swamped with everything at the moment so please forgive me if I
> answer in bursts!)
>
> --Jimbo
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikitribune!

2017-04-26 Thread Samuel Klein
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia, right, but on the blockchain

2017-04-25 Thread Samuel Klein
Right.  "Let's take all of the bad takes on how Wikipedia, incentives, and
decentralized production work, pile them onto a raft made of Ether and
magnesium, and float into the future!"


On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 7:06 PM, David Gerard <dger...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Advertising-funded Wikipedia that micropays participants from
> advertising revenue, on the Ethereum blockchain! The important bit is
> to give them startup money.
>
> "Lunyr: Decentralized Wikipedia on the blockchain"
> https://medium.com/@cryptojudgement/lunyr-decentralized-wikipedia-on-
> the-blockchain-4072606d5fc5
>
> I have a number of thoughts on this, all negative:
> https://davidgerard.co.uk/notes/2017/04/25/wikipedia-
> right-but-on-the-blockchain/
>
> Jimbo wasn't impressed either:
> https://twitter.com/jimmy_wales/status/856060215577464833
>
>
> - d.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikitribune!

2017-04-25 Thread Samuel Klein
Fae.

On Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 11:19 PM, Fæ  wrote:
>
> because the new company "will compete for staff, stories and
> donations".[1] Will you be resigning from the WMF board of trustees
>

I hope not.  I hardly see a conflict of loyalties; to the extent there is
an overlap of focus, the output of WikiTribune will be available to both WN
and WP, the only current sister projects covering news.


> considering the unique nature of your permanent unelected seat
>

Not permanent, only exempt from term limits. It requires regular
appointment, else sits empty.


> In fact apart from denying the possibility that this was an issue with
> your
>
statement "",

you refused properly to engage further...


Someone refusing to engage further in being badgered?  Never. :-)

I'm not sure what you're missing here.  Ties to Wikia carry COI; this has
come up in public discussions about the Board since the very first slate of
Trustees & is not in question. There's a formal annual COI process for
Trustees, which mandates declaring potential conflicts, and recusing as
appropriate from related decisions.  Those declarations haven't been made
public for anyone (Allowing me to keep the extent of my investment in
Newpedia private.)  In Jimbo's case, conflicts are pretty well hashed out
in public as well.

SJ

P.S.  Nice launch and a most elegant design, Wikitribunnies!
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Conference 2017 versus movement strategy

2017-04-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Yaroslav: thanks for these thoughts.  Could you link to the RU Voyage
document?  How was it different from what a facilitator expected?

Let's see if we can all make a better central discussion space, and make
brainstorming by individual-contributors more satisfying & w/fast feedback
loops from one another.  I think individuals, smaller/newer projects, and
interested non-Wikimedians have a natural advantage in imagining new
possibilities, so their brainstorming deserves every attention.

A related question: will the result of this process be a strategy for the
movement?  How will large groups within the movement (the WMF, the largest
WP communities, the largest affiliates) connect this with their own
existing strategies?  Let's make this much clearer than it was in 2010!

Wiki♥, SJ


On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 8:29 AM, Yaroslav Blanter <ymb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Tomasz,
>
> may be the Polish Wikipedia is an exception, I do not know. I have the
> strategy discussions on the English Wikipedia, Wikidata, Meta, and Russian
> Wikivoyage on my watchlists, and I posted on all of them. On the first
> three I do not see any discussion happening (and on Wikidata, Szymon even
> posted on my talk page asking my opinion on how the discussion could be
> facilitated - and unfortunately I did not had much to answer), just users
> come and post their opinions (which often are not even related to
> strategy). On the Russian Wikivoyage, all of our active partipants produced
> a document, to be told by the facilitator that this is not what WMF wants
> to see. None of us has been to the Wikimedia Conference, and, in fact, we
> do have issues with Wikimedia.ru for years, so I do not expect this
> document to go anywhere. May be I am wrong, but, again, I participated in
> the last time strategy discussion, and I had a feeling that we are being
> listened to. Now I do not have this feeling anymore, quite the opposite.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Sat, Apr 8, 2017 at 1:47 PM, Tomasz Ganicz <polime...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > 2017-04-08 12:44 GMT+02:00 Yaroslav Blanter <ymb...@gmail.com>:
> >
> > > Thanks Jane. No, 15 April 15 is the Easter, I will be hopefully
> > travelling.
> > > May be we will have another opportunity.
> > >
> > > However, I still believe that Track 2 has been so far essentially a
> > > failure.
> > >
> > >
> > Why? On at least several languages and projects on-wiki discussions are
> > quite active. On Polish Wikipedia 31 people participated till now, and 3
> of
> > them were also participating in the discussions in Berlin. We would never
> > heard those 29 if the track B wouldn't been set up. It is true that it is
> > hard to persuade people from small projects to join discussion, mainly
> > because they are usually focused on their own little corners of wikimedia
> > world, and simply have no any opinion about the future of the movement
> as a
> > whole, but that is OK, at least they got opportunity to participate in
> the
> > process.
> >
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update on Discovery search efforts and upcoming releases

2017-04-06 Thread Samuel Klein
ured_data
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> > >> tured-data/
> > >> [14] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_Result_
> > Improvements
> > >> [15] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Cross-wiki_
> > >> Search_Result_Improvements
> > >> [16] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_
> > >> Result_Improvements/Testing#A.2FB_test:_Add_cross-wiki_
> > >> search_results_in_a_right_hand_sidebar
> > >> [17] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_
> > >> Result_Improvements/Testing#A.2FB_test:_Add_.27explore_simil
> > >> ar.27_pages_and_
> > >> categories_for_search_results
> > >> [18] https://www.wikipedia.org/
> > >> [19] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Cross-wiki_Search_
> > >> Result_Improvements/self-guided_testing
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation supports legal challenge to new travel-related executive order

2017-03-16 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you Michelle, and to the team, for doing this and keeping us
abreast.  Sam

On Mar 15, 2017 20:48, "Michelle Paulson"  wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> I’m writing with a brief update; this afternoon, Judge Derrick K. Watson
> granted the temporary restraining order [1], blocking the executive order
> from enforcement nationwide. We are pleased with this result, and look
> forward to the next stages of the case, when the court will examine the
> order and its effects more thoroughly. We have updated the Foundation blog
> to reflect the hearing’s outcome [2].
>
> Best,
>
> Michelle Paulson
>
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13780#Hawaii
> [2]
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/03/15/amicus-brief-us-travel-restrictions/
>
> ==
> Michelle Paulson
> Interim General Counsel
> Wikimedia Foundation
> 149 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor
> San Francisco, CA 94105
> mpaul...@wikimedia.org
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> .*
>
> On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 9:11 AM, Michelle Paulson 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear All,
> >
> > Yesterday, the Wikimedia Foundation joined more than 50 other
> > organizations, including Electronic Arts, Pinterest, and Zendesk, in
> > signing an amicus brief[1] that was filed in State of Hawaii v. Trump,[2]
> > a challenge to the new immigration-related executive order issued in the
> > United States.[3] This order was issued following legal challenges to a
> > previous executive order that instituted restrictions on immigration and
> > travel based upon national origin.[4]
> >
> > The amicus brief was filed in support of an application for a temporary
> > restraining order,[5] which would prevent the executive order from going
> > into effect until legal challenges to its substance can be heard by a
> > court. It details how the order’s provisions would harm the operations of
> > the signatories, including the Wikimedia Foundation. As an organization
> > that collaborates across borders daily, with staff, contractors, and
> > members of the Wikimedia communities, these restrictions will hamper the
> > Foundation’s ability to work effectively in pursuit of our mission to
> make
> > free knowledge globally available.
> >
> > The Wikimedia Foundation continuously monitors events around the world
> > that may impact the Foundation’s ability to support the projects and
> > communities. When that capacity is threatened, as in the case of these
> > travel restrictions, we will take action to protect the future of the
> > projects, our mission, and our team's ability to serve both. This is not
> > about political ideology, it is about preservation. More about today’s
> > filing is available on the Wikimedia blog.[6]
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Michelle Paulson
> >
> > [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/File:Tech_Amici_
> > Curiae_Brief,_Hawaii_v._Trump,_3.14.17.pdf
> >
> > [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13780#Hawaii
> >
> > [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13780
> >
> > [4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769
> >
> > [5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Injunction
> >
> > [6] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/03/15/amicus-brief-us-
> > travel-restrictions/
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Using non-free elements vs our values (Apple Maps vs Wikipedia iOS app)

2017-03-11 Thread Samuel Klein
> and reuse.
>
> At the creation level, we want to provide the editing community with
> freely-licensed tools for participation and collaboration. Our community
> should also have the freedom to fork thanks to freely available dumps.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of the Code of Conduct for technical spaces

2017-03-09 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear Pine,

I see your concern, but it seems exaggerated.

There was an early suggestion of a final RfC on the complete draft. That
changed, as stated and debated last April: there would be a code of
conduct, no two ways about it.  The subject for consensus was only what it
said, topic by topic.  There are pros and cons to that change, but that's a
valid way to do things, especially with such a gradual & public review of
the text.  A year-old process change, even if awkward, is not grounds for
reverting brion's close (!) or forum-shopping the conversation.

The current code is as clean and thorough as any I've seen, a model for
other communities, thanks to discussion in drafting. Even the bits left on
the cutting room floor were well done.  It seems reasonable to try it, see
how it works, revise it.  Hats off to those working on this, and thanks
Quim for continuing to share updates here for us wikizens not subscribed to
the technical lists.

Warmly,
Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Status of the Code of Conduct for technical spaces

2017-03-08 Thread Samuel Klein
Quim, Thank you for the update.

This code of conduct isn't half-bad.   //SJ

On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 7:31 AM, Quim Gil <q...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi, let me share a status update about the Code of Conduct for Wikimedia
> technical spaces, especially targeted to people not familiar with this CoC
> and/or Wikimedia technical spaces.
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_of_Conduct
>
> The CoC drafting phase was completed yesterday [0], 18 months after a
> kick-off session at the Wikimania 2015 Hackathon. Since then, 142 unique
> editors have contributed to the Talk page through 147 sections, 21 voting
> rounds abut sections of the CoC announced through the main technical
> communication channels, and a total of 2,718 edits.[1] That Talk page has
> 88 watchers, about 20 editors have participated regularly in discussions,
> and about half of them heavily.[2] To put these numbers in context,
> MediaWiki.org counts 1,420 active editors, and Phabricator 829.
>
> The next step is to create the first Code of Conduct Committee, a process
> defined in the CoC itself.[3] A subset of the Technical Collaboration team
> at the Wikimedia Foundation [4] (which I am part of) is preparing an
> announcement about the search of candidates, inviting everyone to volunteer
> themselves or send us recommendations. We are tracking the progress of this
> task in Phabricator [5] and we will communicate major updates in the CoC
> Talk page and other technical venues as needed.
>
> I hope this clarifies the current situation. If you have questions or
> suggestions, please share them here or in the CoC Talk page.
>
>
> [0]
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Code_of_Conduct#
> Removing_.27draft.27_status
> [1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Code_of_Conduct#
> Drafting_phase_data
> [2]
> http://vs.aka-online.de/cgi-bin/wppagehiststat.pl?lang=
> www.mediawiki=Talk%3ACode+of+Conduct
> [3]
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_of_Conduct/Committee#Selection_of_new_
> members
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Technical_Collaboration/
> Community_health
> [5] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T159923
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-02 Thread Samuel Klein
sis.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> This is a very obviously liberally biased document --  and I say
> > that
> > > > >> as someone who lives in a country so liberal that it makes
> > > > >> Californians look like they're still back in the early 1960s.
> Maybe
> > it
> > > > >> takes an outsider to see this.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> If you're going to try to play the "facts" game, you have to have
> > your
> > > > >> facts bang on - and you have to admit that there is more than one
> > side
> > > > >> to the story. This "report" reads as though the authors chose
> their
> > > > >> favourite advocacy positions and then twisted and turned and did
> > some
> > > > >> more contortions to make it look as though it had something to do
> > with
> > > > >> the Wikimedia family of projects. (Seriously. Refugees and global
> > > > >> warming don't have anything to do with the WMF.) It is so biased
> > that
> > > > >> most of those "fact" pages would have to be massively rewritten in
> > > > >> order to meet the neutrality expectations of just about every
> > > > >> Wikipedia regardless of the language.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> And that is my biggest concern. It is not neutral by any stretch
> of
> > > > >> the imagination. And if the WMF can't write neutrally about these
> > > > >> topics in its annual report, there is no reason for the average
> > reader
> > > > >> to think that Wikipedia and other projects will be written
> > neutrally,
> > > > >> fairly, based on references, and including the significant other
> > > > >> opinions.  This document is a weapon that can be used against
> > > > >> Wikimedia projects by any tinpot dictator or other suppressive
> > > > >> government because it "proves" that WMF projects are biased.  It
> > gives
> > > > >> ammunition to the very movements that create "alternative facts" -
> > it
> > > > >> sure doesn't help when the WMF is coming up with a few of its own.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> That does a huge disservice to the hundreds of thousands of
> editors
> > > > >> who have worked for years to create accurate, neutral,
> > well-referenced
> > > > >> educational material and information.  It doesn't do any good to
> > those
> > > > >> editors contributing from countries where participation in an
> > > > >> international web-based information project is already viewed
> with a
> > > > >> jaundiced eye. And for those editors who don't adhere to the
> > political
> > > > >> advocacy positions being put forward in this "annual report", or
> > > > >> simply believe that the WMF should not be producing political
> > advocacy
> > > > >> documents, it may well cause them to reflect whether or not they
> > want
> > > > to keep contributing.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> I really hope that Craig is wrong, that this can be pulled back
> and
> > > > >> edited properly, preferably by a bunch of actual Wikipedia editors
> > who
> > > > >> know how to write neutrally on controversial topics. I've
> > volunteered
> > > > >> in the Wikimedia movement for more than a decade at least in part
> > > > >> because it was not a political advocacy organization, so I find
> this
> > > > >> annual report to be very disturbing.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> Risker/Anne
> > > > >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-01 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear reporters,

I really like the streamlined layout, the background video and the
non-linear presentation online.  Lovely work; you are wonderful.


> If the photo remains, I recommend changing this caption to use either
> "travel ban" or "entry ban"; both phrases are used in the Wikipedia
> article.
>

Yes.

The one starkly political message in the Report is the choice of a protest
photo from the US for the story about travel.  On the nose, but reasonably
on topic (with a corrected caption).

In general, I like the spirit and content of this report.  A lead-in to the
facts putting them in context would be nice; the implied context is "Facts
Matter!"  However I feel this claim and the report could be even more
powerful if it were presented with another half-step of remove.  The most
unparalleled success of Wikipedia is not that it summarizes topics like
"scientific consensus on global warming" — that, one can find elsewhere.
It is that you can find thorough coverage of *all* aspects of such
important and difficult topics: fledgling + disputed theories, major
controversies and factions, and both begrudgingly + enthusiastically
accepted conclusions.

My one concern: The highlighted fact about travel is wrong.  As far as I
can tell it's closer to 1 in 20 people. "International tourism arrivals"
passed 1.2B this year, but the average tourist "arrives in another country"
3+ times per year.[1][2]  If the publishers find a way to retract this mote
of misinfo, I will be duly awed :)

Wikilove,
SJ

[1]
http://www2.unwto.org/press-release/2017-01-17/sustained-growth-international-tourism-despite-challenges
http://stats.areppim.com/glossaire/ita_def.htm
https://usa.visa.com/dam/VCOM/global/visa-everywhere/documents/visa-global-travel-and-tourism-study-infographic.pdf


[2] A quick round of community review (say, of any reputed facts!) and even
citations might not hurt, for statements of fact that are going out to a
large audience.  You have access to plentiful world-class fact checkers,
you don't have to limit yourself to those in the office.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-04 Thread Samuel Klein
Katherine: Thank you, that was beautifully written.

We all have our work cut out for us to preserve the free sharing of
knowledge and experience across borders, and the very notion of reliable
sources.

Mike, your perspective is deeply welcome.

Sharing the world's knowledge is fundamentally political. It has brought
wikimedia directly into political disagreement with a number of national
policies.  We seem to be in the early stages of an all-out information war
of global scope, and I expect the number of those regimes and policies to
grow. I am proud that the WMF has principled stands on issues of freedom,
access, and communication.

And The WMF does sometimes declare positions that I disagree with; as does
the FSF! This is better than having no principles at all. I am firmly
committed to the projects those foundations support because their goals,
their understanding of how part of the world should work, and the people
involved are all extraordinary.

Sam.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] don't run away from the mess we've made, fix it (Re: Concerns in general)

2017-01-27 Thread Samuel Klein
LopeCosby used to be xx legit before their Soylent Green period. Not
surprised their depressed fans would turn to petty counterfactualism.

//$

On Jan 27, 2017 2:08 PM, "Liam Wyatt"  wrote:

> What a coincidence! "longstanding, pervasive, counter-factual, systemic
> bias towards supply side trickle-down austerity libertarian objectivist
> economics" was the name of the band I saw last week at the local pub. They
> weren't very good though - I liked their earlier stuff.
>
>
>
> On Fri, 27 Jan 2017 at 19:39, James Salsman  wrote:
>
> > Does anyone doubt that the English Wikipedia's longstanding,
> >
> > pervasive, counter-factual, systemic bias towards supply side
> >
> > trickle-down austerity libertarian objectivist economics due at least
> >
> > in part to early influence of editors attracted to Jimmy Wales' former
> >
> > public positions isn't at least partially responsible for the
> >
> > situation Romaine describes below?
> >
> >
> >
> > Would it be better to move the Foundation out of the U.S., fix the
> >
> > bias, or both?
> >
> >
> >
> > https://twitter.com/JaneMayerNYer/status/808003564291244033
> >
> >
> >
> > Sincerely,
> >
> > Jim Salsman
> >
> >
> >
> >  forwarded message 
> >
> > Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 04:33:53 +0100
> >
> > From: Romaine Wiki 
> >
> > To: Wikimedia 
> >
> > Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Concerns in general
> >
> >
> >
> > Today I was reading in the (international) news about websites with
> >
> > knowledge on the topic of climate change disappear from the internet as
> >
> > result of the Trump administration. The second thing I read is that
> before
> >
> > something can be published about this topic, the government needs to
> >
> > approve this.
> >
> >
> >
> > Do you realise what the right word for this is? censorship.
> >
> > Even if it is only partially.
> >
> >
> >
> > Luckily there are many scientists working on getting all the data abroad,
> >
> > out of the US to ensure the research data is saved, including on servers
> in
> >
> > the Netherlands where Trump (hopefully) has no reach.
> >
> >
> >
> > In the past week I was reading about the Internet Archive organisation,
> who
> >
> > is making a back up in Canada because of the Trump administration. I did
> >
> > not understood this, you may call me naive, but now I do understand,
> >
> > apparently they have some visionary people at the Internet Archive.
> >
> >
> >
> > I miss a good answer to this situation from the Wikimedia Foundation.
> >
> >
> >
> > Trump is now promoting harassment and disrespect, already for some time,
> >
> >
> >
> > What signal is given to the rest of the world if an America based
> >
> > organisation is spreading the thought of a harassment free Wikipedia and
> >
> > the free word, while the president of the US is promoting harassment,
> >
> > disrespect and censorship on a massive scale.
> >
> >
> >
> > This is just the first week of this president!
> >
> >
> >
> > I am 100% sure everyone in the Wikimedia movement is willing to make sure
> >
> > Wikimedia faces no damage whatsoever, including in WMF, but to me this
> >
> > still starts to get concerning.
> >
> >
> >
> > If we as Wikimedia movement think that free knowledge, free speech,
> freedom
> >
> > of information, etc are important, I would think that the location where
> >
> > the organisation is based is that country where liberty is the largest, I
> >
> > do not know where this is but it is definitely not the US.
> >
> >
> >
> > To my impression WMF is stuck in the US, so I do not believe they would
> >
> > actually move when the danger grows.
> >
> >
> >
> > But I think it is possible to make sure risks are spread over the world.
> >
> > Certainly as we are an international movement that intends to cover the
> >
> > knowledge of the whole humanoid civilisation.
> >
> >
> >
> > To come to a conclusion, I think WMF and the Wikimedia movement should
> >
> > think about a back-up plan if it actually goes wrong.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > If you do not agree with me: that is perfectly fine, that's your right
> and
> >
> > should be protected.
> >
> >
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> >
> >
> > Romaine
> >
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Exciting update about development of structured data on Commons

2017-01-09 Thread Samuel Klein
Thanks Wes and Lisa, this is really wonderful news.  Just the sort of area
where Commons can and should point the way forward for all the world's
archives.

And thanks to Sloan for the support and  Commonists for maintaining one of
the quiet, consistent wonders of theodern Web.

Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Agenda for the November 13, 2016 Board Meeting

2016-11-13 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you, Stephen.

On Nov 12, 2016 6:37 PM, "Stephen LaPorte"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The agenda for the next Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees meeting is
> now available on Meta Wiki: https://meta.wikimedia.
> org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_board_agenda_2016-11
>
> Thank you,
> Stephen
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Peter Baldwin joins the Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board

2016-09-09 Thread Samuel Klein
Wonderful news! Thank you for the update.

On Sep 9, 2016 16:00, "Marc H. Brent"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I wanted to share an announcement that I’ve posted to the Wikimedia blog
> .
> The
> Wikimedia Endowment Advisory Board has appointed Peter Baldwin as the third
> founding member of the Endowment Advisory Board.
>
> Peter and his wife Lisbet Rausing have been longtime supporters of the
> Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia vision. He has supported a number of
> free knowledge and open access projects throughout his work with Arcadia,
> the nonprofit he and Lisbet founded in 2002, dedicated to preserving
> cultural heritage, the environment, and supporting open access resources.
> We
> are thrilled to have his expertise in nonprofit Board management and shared
> passion for free knowledge on the Board.
>
> Please join me in welcoming Peter!
>
> Best,
> Marc Brent
>
> --
> Marc H. Brent
> Endowment Director
> Wikimedia Foundation
> (617) 416-4624 <16174164624>
> mbr...@wikimedia.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-14 Thread Samuel Klein
Dear Geoff –

What a beautiful note. YouTube is in for a treat, as you are yourself a
source of trust and stability and safety. The initiatives and examples you
have set will serve Wikimedia for some time to come.

Warmly,
Sam
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Governance Committee update

2016-06-27 Thread Samuel Klein
On Jun 28, 2016 00:42, "MZMcBride"  wrote:
>
> Dariusz Jemielniak wrote:
> >this is an update on the work of the Board Governance Committee over the
> >last months that some of you have requested.
> >
> >[...]
>
> Thank you for this update!

Warmly seconded.  Following up on one of the threads from Wikimania: this
is the sort of practical transparency that helps us all improve in our own
work :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Samuel Klein
Brilliant news for the foundation!  Thank you for resolving this so
swiftly.   ~SJ
On Jun 24, 2016 11:26, "James Heilman"  wrote:

> Wonderful news. Katherine is an amazing selection. Congrats and thanks to
> all those involved.
>
> James
>
> On Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Patricio Lorente <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > It is our great pleasure to share that during the Board meeting at
> > Wikimania 2016 in Esino Lario, we unanimously voted to appoint Katherine
> > Maher as Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. This is
> effective
> > as of our resolution dated Thursday, 23 June.
> >
> > Katherine served as interim Executive Director for the past three months,
> > during which time she consistently and repeatedly demonstrated the kind
> of
> > leadership our organization needs. She is deeply committed to our
> > movement’s values, and brings expertise in civic technology and
> > international development that will be an asset to the Wikimedia
> Foundation
> > and the movement.
> >
> > We came to this conclusion after an intensive discovery process led by
> the
> > ED search committee. Our decision was also informed by direct feedback
> from
> > staff and community, and our own experience working closely with
> Katherine.
> >
> > In March, we assembled an Executive Director search committee[1]
> > consisting of four Board members¹ who were chosen to represent different
> > perspectives and capacities.² Additionally, the Board asked the
> > Foundation’s Chief Advancement Officer Lisa Gruwell to represent the
> > executive team, and Foundation staff member Katie Horn was selected by
> her
> > peers as someone who could represent staff perspectives. The committee
> was
> > charged with keeping the process on track and on time, engaging important
> > stakeholders, and facilitating transparency in communications. Their
> first
> > tasks were to identify a search firm, and define the position
> description.
> > You can review the committee’s updates on Meta.[2]
> >
> > The committee recruited Viewcrest Advisors,³ to identify our leadership
> > needs and design a hiring process. Kathleen Yazbak of Viewcrest worked
> with
> > the committee to conduct interviews with every Foundation department, the
> > executive, the Board, and nearly 20 additional one-on-one interviews with
> > staff. Kathleen attended the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin, collecting
> > feedback from community members and affiliates. The committee launched a
> > community survey in June, receiving more than 1,600 responses about the
> > qualities needed in the next ED; they also asked for feedback on Meta.[3]
> > Taking all of this into account, the transition team developed a profile
> > and requirements for the next Executive Director that reflect our values
> > and our communities.
> >
> > Throughout this process, the Board and the transition team received very
> > clear and often unsolicited feedback from both staff and community
> members
> > that Katherine embodies the values of our movement and the traits needed
> in
> > our next ED. This feedback was only reinforced by the latest Foundation
> > engagement survey results, which showed a strong shift toward renewed
> trust
> > in leadership. After taking this all into account, and considering what
> the
> > organization needs at this moment of transition, we moved to appoint
> > Katherine now.
> >
> > In just three months as interim ED, Katherine worked with the
> organization
> > and community to make huge strides in management, execution, and
> > transparency. She brought much-needed clarity to our strategic direction,
> > and mobilized the organization to clearly communicate that direction
> > through this year’s annual plan.
> >
> > After her appointment, she worked with the leadership team to swiftly
> > identify the organization’s priorities during the transition period and
> > execute against them, setting ambitious but reachable targets. Under
> > Katherine’s leadership, the Foundation submitted its annual plan to the
> > Funds Dissemination Committee, leaving ample time for community feedback
> > and discussion.
> >
> > Katherine is an excellent fit for our movement. She is longtime advocate
> > for global open communities, culture, and technology. She was the
> > Foundation’s Chief Communications Officer from April 2014 until she was
> > appointed interim ED in March. Throughout her career she has focused on
> > freedom of expression, access to information, and digital rights;
> > supporting the efforts of people around the world to deepen
> participation,
> > advance transparency, and strengthen their communities through her work
> > with UNICEF, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, and
> > the World Bank.  If you don’t already know Katherine, you can learn more
> > about her on Meta.[4]
> >
> > With this appointment, we feel strongly that the Foundation has the
> > leadership and clarity to move 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Board of Trustees appointments and officer positions

2016-06-23 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you Patricio!  It is great to see these updates.  ×SJ
On Jun 23, 2016 19:34, "Tanweer Morshed"  wrote:

> Thanks to Patricio for your service in the movement. Congratulations to
> Christophe, Maria on being elected to the positions, as well as to
> Nataliia. :)
>
> On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Galileo Vidoni  wrote:
>
> > Congrats to Christophe and María. We're sure the Foundation will be in
> good
> > hands ;).
> >
> > Gracias Patro!
> >
> > Galileo Vidoni
> > Presidente
> > A. C. Wikimedia Argentina
> > Thank you for all of your work,
> > nice persons are leaving, nice persons are joining.
> >
> > You know that for me you be always Patricio, Natalia, Cristophe, Maria,
> > Frieda, Alice. All Wikipedians.
> >
> > On Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 6:02 PM, Patricio Lorente <
> > patricio.lore...@gmail.com > wrote:
> >
> > > Hello everyone,
> > >
> > > I am happy to share that as of today, Christophe Henner and Nataliia
> > > Tymkiv have formally joined the Board of Trustees as affiliate
> > > Board-selected members. They both bring deep expertise in the Wikimedia
> > > community, and in their respective fields. I’m confident they will
> serve
> > as
> > > excellent contributors, rooted in the values of our movement. You can
> > learn
> > > more about them in an announcement we made in May:
> > >
> >
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/05/24/affiliate-selected-board-trustees-election/
> > >
> > >
> > > Today the Board also voted to appoint Christophe Henner as Chair, and
> > > María Sefidari as Vice Chair. Both Christophe and María have a long
> > history
> > > of involvement in the Wikimedia community, and have held leadership
> roles
> > > at Wikimedia France and Wikimedia Spain, respectively.
> > >
> > > More about Christophe, María, and Natallia is below. I hope you will
> join
> > > me in congratulating them on their new positions and wish them success
> in
> > > their terms ahead.
> > >
> > >
> > > I would like to thank my friend Alice for working with me in her role
> as
> > > Vice Chair, and many thanks to you all for your support during my time
> as
> > > Chair.
> > >
> > > Patricio Lorente
> > >
> > >
> > > About Christophe Henner
> > >
> > > Christophe Henner is the former Chair of Wikimedia France and current
> > > deputy CEO of Webedia 's gaming division, the
> > > international digital media group headquartered in France.
> > >
> > > He has deep and varied experience across the marketing sector,
> including
> > > leadership roles at at Webedia and L'Odyssée Interactive.
> > >
> > > Christophe has been an active member of the Wikimedia community for
> more
> > > than 12 years. In 2007, he joined the Board of Wikimedia France
> > >  and has remained an active Board member in
> > > various positions for the past ten years. He has served as both Chair
> and
> > > Vice Chair of the Board of Wikimedia France. During his time on the
> > > Board, Christophe helped lead Wikimedia France through a significant
> > period
> > > of growth. This included leading the development of the chapter’s
> brand,
> > > and supporting the development of a clear organizational strategy and
> > > vision for the chapter.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > About Maria Sefidari
> > >
> > > Maria is a professor in the Digital Communications, Culture and
> > > Citizenship Master's degree program  of Rey Juan
> > > Carlos University
> > >  at the
> > > MediaLab-Prado .
> María
> > > graduated with a Psychology degree from Universidad Complutense de
> Madrid
> > > , and
> > > later a Master's degree in Management and Tourism at the Business
> faculty
> > > of the same university.
> > >
> > >
> > > María started contributing to the Wikimedia projects in 2006, and has
> > > since served in many different roles across the Wikimedia movement. She
> > was
> > > a founding member of Wikimedia España
> > >  and
> Wikimujeres
> > > Grupo de Usuarias , and
> > also
> > > created Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject
> > > . She has served
> on
> > > several Wikimedia governance committees, including the Affiliations
> > >  and
> Individual
> > > Engagement Grants 
> > > committees. In her time on the Affiliations committee, María served as
> > the
> > > first Treasurer of the committee, effectively overseeing and monitoring
> > > disbursement of the committee's budget. Maria served a prior term on
> the
> > > Wikimedia Foundation board from 2013 to 2015.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > About Nataliia Tymkiv
> > >
> > 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan FY2016-2017

2016-05-27 Thread Samuel Klein
Awesome — thanks for the update and the work!
On May 27, 2016 21:20, "Katherine Maher"  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm pleased to share that the Wikimedia Foundation has now posted a
> revised version of our FY2016-2017 Annual Plan. [1] This revised version
> has been updated based on feedback from community and affiliates, and in
> response to FDC recommendations [2]. For convenience, we've summarized the
> changes as an appendix, [3] and of course, you can also view the diff page
> for detailed review. [4]
>
> The Foundation's responses to the FDC's comments are available on a
> general and program-by-program basis on the FDC talk page. [5]
>
> I'd like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who provided feedback on
> the WMF's Annual Plan throughout this process, and to Foundation staff for
> their efforts responding to comments and updating the plan accordingly.
>
> Have a great weekend,
>
> Katherine
>
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/revised
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round_2
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/revised#Appendix_3:_Log_of_changes_made_to_initial_draft_based_on_FDC_recommendations
> [4]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan%2F2016-2017%2Frevised=revision=15654560=15649356
> [5]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:APG/FDC_recommendations/2015-2016_round_2#Wikimedia_Foundation_response_to_FDC.27s_recommendations_on_WMF_annual_plan
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 8:24 PM, Katherine Maher 
> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>>
>> The Foundation is pleased to announce that our Annual Plan is now on
>> Meta.[1] This year's plan focuses on improving support for--and
>> consultation with--community, responding effectively to changing user
>> needs, and addressing strategic challenges facing our movement. We're
>> investing in areas that we believe the Foundation is uniquely positioned to
>> address, including readership and reach, volunteer retention and
>> engagement, and support for knowledge creation.
>>
>> Thank you to everyone who contributed earlier this year to the strategy
>> consultations, which helped guide our thinking.
>>
>> We look forward to your feedback!
>>
>> Warmly,
>>
>> Katherine
>>
>>
>> [1]
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Annual_Plan/2016-2017/draft
>>
>> --
>> Katherine Maher
>>
>> Wikimedia Foundation
>> 149 New Montgomery Street
>> San Francisco, CA 94105
>>
>> +1 (415) 839-6885 ext. 6635
>> +1 (415) 712 4873
>> kma...@wikimedia.org
>>
>
>
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to get help (an essay)

2016-05-18 Thread Samuel Klein
I really appreciate your sharing this (last winter and now). Kindness is
indeed a higher calling, and tightly bound to sharing & protecting the
rights and opportunities of others.  Sj
On May 18, 2016 14:21, "Jake Orlowitz"  wrote:

Hi,

In light of yesterday's public call for help from one of our editors, I'd
like to share something I wrote last winter.

It's called, Journey of a Wikipedian.
https://medium.com/@jakeorlowitz/journey-of-a-wikipedian-c2890e3a8d0c#.o2hypa43i
<
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JRXqb6IcsVi3nEpXnN1FBSVLveAJgazJxPJj1tlFw30/edit?usp=sharing
>

--
It reminds me of a few things worth stating:

1. We are a community of very real people with deep emotions and human
complexities.
2. We are deeply invested in this project, so much so it hurts us at times
even if it is also a passion or refuge for many.
3. You never know what someone has been through, or is going through.
4. We all need help at some point. There is no shame in needing help,
asking for help, or receiving help.
5. If you are ever feeling completely hopeless: Wait. Things really can get
better. Talk to someone about it.
6. Mental health carries a powerful stigma. The more we are open about it,
the less that weighs all of us down.
7. If we listen, we can learn from each other.
8. We need to be kind. This is a higher calling than civility, and entirely
compatible with rigorously sharing knowledge.
9. Our movement depends on its people. We are our most valuable resource.
10. We are not finished products. With time, space, support, and
practice--people can, and do, grow and change.

Hugs,
Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)

p.s. If you ever see someone in need of help, or are seeking it yourself,
please contact emerge...@wikimedia.org.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] March 2016 minutes of the Board of Trustees

2016-05-12 Thread Samuel Klein
Thank you!
On May 12, 2016 2:52 PM, "Stephen LaPorte"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> The Board of Trustees has published minutes from the Board meeting on
> March 21, 2016. You can find the Board's minutes on the Foundation Wiki:
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2016-03
>
> Best,
> Stephen
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