Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiNusantara

2019-05-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Fantastic news. Really pleased to hear of the conference with 100
participants in Indonesia. 
Sydney

On Wed, May 8, 2019 at 7:49 PM Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Thank you for sharing this!  Very glad to see a national wikiconference in
> Indonesia!
>
>   A.
>
> On Wed, May 8, 2019 at 8:25 AM Biyanto Rebin <
> biyanto.re...@wikimedia.or.id>
> wrote:
>
> > Hello all,
> >
> > We just held our first national conference in Indonesia with 82
> > participants for the closed session and 100 selected participants for the
> > open session.[1] Our theme for the conference was "a window of
> > collaboration".
> >
> > Please visit our blog:
> >
> >
> https://wikimedia.or.id/2019/05/08/wikinusantara-the-first-nationwide-conference-for-the-indonesian-wikimedia-community-successfully-took-place/
> >
> > And full documentation is in here:
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:WikiNusantara_2019
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiNusantara_2019
> >
> > --
> > Biyanto Rebin | Ketua Umum (*Chair*) 2016-2018
> > Wikimedia Indonesia
> > Surel: biyanto.re...@wikimedia.or.id
> > -
> > Dukung upaya kami membebaskan pengetahuan:
> > https://wikimedia.or.id/sumbangan/
> > <http://wikimedia.or.id/wiki/Wikimedia_Indonesia:Donasi>
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[Wikimedia-l] User reporting system consultation 2019

2019-04-04 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello all,


The Wikimedia Foundation's Community health initiative
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative> plans to
design and build a new user reporting system to make it easier for people
experiencing harassment and other forms of abuse to provide accurate
information to the appropriate channel for action to be taken.

The success of this project depends on collecting ideas and feedback from
people in a variety of different roles in the Wikimedia movement. To this
end, there will be a multi-phased consultation where you can participate in
ways that you are most comfortable.


At this stage the primary objective is to alert interested parties that
this new feature(s) will be built starting in the first quarter of the next
fiscal year (July 2019.)


Prior to July 2019, there needs to be a rough agreement with contributors
across multiple languages of Wikimedia projects about the direction the
project will take.


Please visit the consultation page
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/User_reporting_system_consultation_2019>
to learn more about the process, ask questions or offer feedback. You can sign
up to be be a liaison for you community
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/User_reporting_system_consultation/Volunteer_sign_up_page>,
join a focus group, or translate pages and messages.

Please share this message with other people who you think would be
interested. I'm looking forward to working together on this important
project.

Warm regards,
Sydney
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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 Sydney Poore
John, I'm thrilled to learn of the these project grants and the
accompanying funding. Congratulations to you and others involved in
securing this funding and the reduced cost for the office space.

This accomplishment should be celebrated far and wide because of the value
that it brings to the whole Wikimedia movement!

Sydney

On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 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
>
> Wikimedia Sverige
>
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Celebrating Women's Day : Wikimedia India

2019-03-08 Thread Sydney Poore
I'm thrilled to see this group of women recognized for the stellar work
that they do for the Wikimedia movement!
Sydney

On Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 12:53 PM Yohann Thomas  wrote:

> Greetings From Wikimedia India !
>
> Wikimedia India takes the opportunity in wishing all the Women Wikimedians,
> A Very Happy Women's Day. Let's join hands and salute all Women's who are
> building our open knowledge ecosystems.
>
> Wikimedia India wishes to celebrate the occasion in its own little way
> through its program, Featured Wikimedian Of The Month.
>
> Every Month, Wikimedia India celebrates editing by recognising and writing
> story for an editor working on Indian language projects. The process is
> same like featured article or featured picture.
>
> Today, Friday, 8th March, we wish to do something different. Wikimedia
> India is happy to recognise 16  different  Women Wikimedians  working on
> different language projects.
> Since it's 2019, so we have covered stories for 19 Women Wikimedians
> Please find the stories on these Super-Women from India <
> http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Featured_Wikimedian/Women_Month/2019>.
>
> Also, we have come up with a blog-post on how previously Featured Women
> Wikimedians are doing today. Please give it a read <
>
> http://blog.wikimedia.in/2019/03/07/growing-women-leadership-in-india-eyes-from-featured-wikimedian-of-the-month-program/
> >
>
>
> We wish to thank User:Netha Hussain and User: Manavpreet Kaur for being the
> special guest facilitators for this exercise.
>
> At last, Wishing All Women Wikimedians, A VERY HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY.
>
> Regards,
> Yohann Thomas
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[Wikimedia-l] Status update about improvements to Special:Block with partial blocks

2019-01-16 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello all,

In 2019, Wikimedia Foundation Anti-Harassment Tools team is continuing to
make improvements to Special:Block with the addition of the ability to set
a Partial block
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Per_user_page,_namespace,_category,_and_upload_blocking>.


While no functionality will change for sitewide blocks, over the next few
months Special:Block will change to allow for the ability to block a named
user account or ip address from:

   1.

   Editing one or more specific page(s)
   2.

   Editing all pages within one or more namespace(s)
   3.

   Uploading files
   4.

   Emailing other users

Changes are being made to the design of the user interface for
Special:Block to enable admins to set partial blocks.

All Wikimedia administrators are invited to try partial blocks on testwiki.

Special:block on testwiki allows admins to block an account from editing on
up to 10 pages.

Administrators on Wikimedia projects are invited to test this new way of
doing blocks on testwiki. Admins can reply off list to this email to
request access to test.

Tell us if your Wikimedia project wiki is interested in being one of first
wikis to enable partial block.

Special:Block with partial block enabled went live on Italian Wikipedia
today (January 16.)

Our team is looking for more Wikimedia wikis that want to use the first
version of partial block.


The first version of partial blocks is simple with new features to be added
in the coming months.

Please spread the word by about these changes to Special:Block by
forwarding this emails to others who might be interested in learning more
about partial blocks.

You can reach our team on Meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per-user_page,_namespace,_and_upload_blocking>
or by email to give us feedback about the changes to Special:Block.
Sydney

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[Wikimedia-l] How to measure the effectiveness of user blocks?

2018-10-01 Thread Sydney Poore
The Community health initiative is starting a project to measure the
effectiveness of blocks. The first step is to discuss with the wikimedia
community ideas about how to do it. To that end, the Anti-Harassment Tools
team and Morten Warncke-Wang have created space to discuss research ideas
about user blocks.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Measuring_the_effectiveness_of_blocks

AHT is particularly interested to learn whether the new partial blocks
feature is successful as a ''tool or instrument''. Therefore, the first
part of this research will mainly focused on the short term gains in the
utility of partial blocks in order to understand whether it appears to be
working and if there appears to be a need for changes. These measurements
will provide us with insight quickly. Currently there is not much known
about how sitewide blocks affect users. This makes a comparison of the
effects of the new partial block feature to sitewide blocks difficult. To
provide all of us with some insight, the Anti-Harassment Tools team would
like to examine historical block data across wikimedia projects to
establish a baseline.

However, our list of measurements that we propose has a lot of longer term
ones, e.g. surveys. These are important and should be considered to be
implemented later, because they can provide all of us with insight that is
otherwise hidden.

Please on wiki to discuss these ideas and your ideas.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Measuring_the_effectiveness_of_blocks

For the Anti-Harassment Tools team and Morten Warncke-Wang

Sydney

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2018-10-01 Thread Sydney Poore
The Community health initiative is starting a project to measure the
effectiveness of blocks. The first step is to discuss with the wikimedia
community ideas about how to do it. To that end, the Anti-Harassment Tools
team and Morten Warncke-Wang have created space to discuss research ideas
about user blocks.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Measuring_the_effectiveness_of_blocks

AHT is particularly interested to learn whether the new partial blocks
feature is successful as a ''tool or instrument''. Therefore, the first
part of this research will mainly focused on the short term gains in the
utility of partial blocks in order to understand whether it appears to be
working and if there appears to be a need for changes. These measurements
will provide us with insight quickly. Currently there is not much known
about how sitewide blocks affect users. This makes a comparison of the
effects of the new partial block feature to sitewide blocks difficult. To
provide all of us with some insight, the Anti-Harassment Tools team would
like to examine historical block data across wikimedia projects to
establish a baseline.

However, our list of measurements that we propose has a lot of longer term
ones, e.g. surveys. These are important and should be considered to be
implemented later, because they can provide all of us with insight that is
otherwise hidden.

Please on wiki to discuss these ideas and your ideas.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Measuring_the_effectiveness_of_blocks

For the Anti-Harassment Tools team and Morten Warncke-Wang

Sydney
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[Wikimedia-l] Special:Block - See the new designs and give feedback about logging blocks

2018-09-11 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello All,

*TL;DR*

*If you’re interested in changes to how Special:Block works, then see the
discussion about Partial blocks
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per-user_page,_namespace,_and_upload_blocking#How_should_partial_blocks_be_logged>.
And give feedback. *

The Wikimedia Foundation Anti-Harassment Tools team is talking with the
Wikimedia community about adding a partial blocks function to Special:Block.
1


While no functionality will change for sitewide blocks, Special:Block will
change to allow the ability to block a user from:

   1.

   Editing one or more specific page(s)
   2.

   Editing all pages within one or more namespace(s)
   3.

   Uploading files
   4.

   Emailing other users

Proposed changes to how logging of blocks happens is being discussed now.2


The third set of designs for the layout are also available for review.3


Please spread the word and forward this email to others (especially
administrators) who might be interested in helping re-design
Special:Block's layout.

1.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Per_user_page,_namespace,_category,_and_upload_blocking

2.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per-user_page,_namespace,_and_upload_blocking#How_should_partial_blocks_be_logged
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per-user_page,_namespace,_and_upload_blocking#Second_designs>

3.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per-user_page,_namespace,_and_upload_blocking#Third_designs

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Sverige receives $65k+ in funding for our Library Data project

2018-08-27 Thread Sydney Poore
Exciting new! Congratulations!
Sydney

On Mon, Aug 27, 2018 at 9:48 AM John Andersson 
wrote:

> *Hi everybody and sorry for crossposting,Wikimedia Sverige is proud to be
> the recipient of $65,500 in support from the Swedish National Library for
> our project Library Data.We will work in collaboration with the Swedish
> National Library to include a number of datasets onto Wikidata, such as
> data about authors, libraries and different special databases of
> bibliographies[1]. This is a pilot project where we aim to discuss with the
> community what to include and what to exclude. Based on the discussions and
> the requests from the community we will design a continuation of this
> project (if this first part is deemed successful continuous funding is
> possible for 3-4 more years).We started investigating a possible long term
> partnership with the National Library in 2017 when Wikimedia Sverige
> delivered inputs to the new National Strategy for the Library Sector on how
> Sweden's libraries can work with Wikimedia for mutual benefits.[2] The
> National Library has just made history as the world's first national
> library to fully transition to Linked Open Data (BIBFRAME 2.0),[3] so the
> timing could not have been better; we are now in position to examine how
> this move can benefit Wikidata and other Wikimedia projects.Please contact
> the project manager André Costa (andre.co...@wikimedia.se
> ) or the developer Alicia Fagerving
> (alicia.fagerv...@wikimedia.se ) if you
> have
> any questions. As always, you can find the full application on our wiki (in
> Swedish):
>
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Strategisk_inkludering_av_biblioteksdata_på_Wikidata_2018/Ansökan
> <
> https://se.wikimedia.org/wiki/Projekt:Strategisk_inkludering_av_biblioteksdata_p%C3%A5_Wikidata_2018/Ans%C3%B6kan
> >[1]
> https://libris.kb.se/deldatabas.jsp <https://libris.kb.se/deldatabas.jsp>
> [2]
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Sverige_-_Wikipedia_och_biblioteken_i_Sverige.pdf
> <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wikimedia_Sverige_-_Wikipedia_och_biblioteken_i_Sverige.pdf
> >
> (in Swedish)[3]
>
> http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/kungliga_biblioteket/pressreleases/kb-becomes-the-first-national-library-to-fully-transition-to-linked-data-2573975
> <
> http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/kungliga_biblioteket/pressreleases/kb-becomes-the-first-national-library-to-fully-transition-to-linked-data-2573975
> >
> *
> Kind regards,
>
> John
> - - - -
> John Andersson
> Executive Director
> Wikimedia Sverige
>
> Phone: +46(0)73-3965189
> Email: john.anders...@wikimedia.se 
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[Wikimedia-l] Special:Block with partial block function, Second set of designs up for comment

2018-08-03 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello all,

The Wikimedia Foundation Anti-Harassment Tools team is continuing to talk
with the Wikimedia community about adding a partial blocks function to
Special:Block.1

No functionality will change for sitewide blocks. All existing blocks will
remain in place and the ability to block users from the entire wiki will
remain as-is.

In addition to sitewide blocks, a partial block would be the ability to
block a user from:

   1.

   Editing one or more specific page(s)
   2.

   Editing all pages within one or more namespace(s)
   3.

   Uploading files
   4.

   Emailing other users


Alex Hollender, a User Experience designer at Wikimedia Foundation, has a
second set of wireframe designs of Special:Block with partial block
included. You can take a look at the wireframes and leave us your feedback
on Meta.2

Please spread the word and forward this email to others (especially
administrators) who might be interested in helping re-design
Special:Block's layout. In particular, feedback is needed about the best
ways to create a log that will work well with the existing administrator
workflows.

1.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Per_user_page,_namespace,_category,_and_upload_blocking

2.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per-user_page,_namespace,_and_upload_blocking#Second_designs

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[Wikimedia-l] First designs for Special:Block with Granular blocks feature

2018-05-31 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello all,

The Wikimedia Foundation Anti-Harassment Tools team enlisted the assistance
of Alex Hollender, a User Experience designer at Wikimedia Foundation to
create wireframe designs of  Special:Block with the Granular block feature
included.1

Our first wireframes are based on the discussions on the Granular block
talk page, the Wishlist proposal, and in Phabricator to date.

Because the Special:Block page is already at its limits with its current
layout, we would like to propose a new organized layout for Special:Block.
This will make it easier to add the granular blocking (page, category,
namespace, etc) and whatever is to come in the future. All of the same
functionality is available on this new layout, but in a more organized,
step-by-step process.

Take a look at the wireframes and leave us your feedback on Meta.2

Please spread the word and forward this email to others (especially
administrators) who might be interested in helping re-design
Special:Block's layout.

1
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Per_user_page,_namespace,_category,_and_upload_blocking
2
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_health_initiative/Per_user_page,_namespace,_category,_and_upload_blocking#First_designs

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was macht dich diese Woche glücklich? / What's making you happy this week? (Week of 15 April 2018)

2018-05-09 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Mz7,

The Anti-Harassment Tools team who is doing this work really appreciates
your comment. We're happy, too, to address this issue. I'll be sure to let
the team's developers, David and Daylann know about your comment.

Sydney Poore
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On Wed, May 9, 2018 at 5:21 PM, Mz7 <mz7.wikipe...@gmail.com> wrote:

> > What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
> > language
>
>
> The Community Tech team at the Wikimedia Foundation is pushing a fix to a
> longstanding issue regarding block notices for users on mobile devices. A
> year ago, if a blocked user attempted to edit a page from their mobile
> device, a notice popped up for just a few seconds before automatically
> disappearing, giving most people insufficient time to read it. Moreover, if
> the reason for a block contained a wikilink or a template, the notice would
> fail to render the link, instead displaying raw HTML. This led to botched
> notifications that looked as bad as this: <https://commons.wikimedia.
> org/wiki/File:Autoblock_of_usernamekiran.png>.
>
> I’m happy to see that a fix is almost ready to be deployed which addresses
> many issues, including rendering links properly. :) <https://phabricator.
> wikimedia.org/T165535>
>
> Mz7
>
>
> > On Apr 15, 2018, at 8:18 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > *Conference*
> >
> > The 2018 Wikimedia Conference
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2018> starts this
> > week in Germany. The core conference will occur from the 20th through the
> > 22nd.
> >
> >
> > *WMF Research Showcase*
> >
> > On Wednesday, the WMF Research Showcase
> > <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Research/Showcase#April_2018>
> > will include presentations on two subjects that I think will interest a
> > number of Wikipedians:
> >
> > 1. "The Critical Relationship of Volunteer Created Wikipedia Content to
> > Large-Scale Online Communities"
> >
> > 2. "The Rise and Decline of an Open Collaboration System, a Closer Look"
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > *Photography*
> > As often happens, Wikimedia Commons contributors have selected some great
> > pictures of the day for this month
> > <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:Potd/2018-04>. Here are a
> few
> > examples:
> >
> > 1. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lynx_lynx_-_05.jpg
> > 2.
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mezquita_de_Agha_
> Bozorg,_Kashan,_Ir%C3%A1n,_2016-09-19,_DD_81.jpg
> > 3. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Soyuz_TMA-13_Edit.jpg
> > 4. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rho_Ophiucus_Widefield.jpg
> > 5.
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indosylvirana_urbis-
> Kadavoor-2017-05-05-001.jpg
> > 6.
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Castillo_de_Zafra,_
> Campillo_de_Due%C3%B1as,_Guadalajara,_Espa%C3%B1a,_
> 2017-01-04,_DD_41-46_PAN.jpg
> > 7
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cirrus_front_over_
> Austnesfjorden,_Austv%C3%A5g%C3%B8ya,_Lofoten,_Norway,_2015_April.jpg
> > 8
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fr%C3%BChlingsallee_
> Tulpenbl%C3%BCte_2010_(1).jpg
> >
> >
> > What's making you happy this week? You are welcome to comment in any
> > language
> >
> > Pine
> > ( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Pine )
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] User:Bhadani has passed

2018-02-12 Thread Sydney Poore
Very sorry to learn of his passing. He will be missed.

Sydney

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On Thu, Feb 8, 2018 at 8:56 PM, Md. Ibrahim Husain <mera...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Our fellow Wikipedian Gangadhar Bhadani has passed away 8th February 2018.
> He was one of the active Indian Wikipedians on English passionately
> contributing since 2005.
> May his soul rest in peace.
>
> Mohammad Ibrahim Husain Meraj
> Member, Wikimedia Bangladesh
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[Wikimedia-l] Invitation to discussion about Blocking Tools

2017-12-13 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello all,

The Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team is inviting all
Wikimedians to discuss new blocking tools and improvements to existing
blocking tools
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Blocking_tools_and_improvements>
in December 2017 for development work in early 2018.

*Other ways that you can help*

*Spread the word that the consultation is happening; this is an important
discussion for making decisions about improving the blocking tools.

*Help with translation.

*If you know of current or previous discussions about blocking tools that
happened on your wiki, share the links
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative/Blocking_tools_and_improvements/Links>
.

*Help summarize the discussion and share back to your wiki.

.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of Esra’a Al Shafei to Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees

2017-12-01 Thread Sydney Poore
Welcome Esra! I'm thrilled to have you join the Board.

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On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 3:59 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> With the appointment of Raju to the Board of Trustees a couple of months
> ago, we were left with a remaining open vacancy to fill. I am thrilled to
> share that after several months of searching and discussions, we have made
> another important appointment. At our November Board Retreat, the Board
> appointed and welcomed Esra’a Al Shafei to fill our vacant expert seat.
>
> Esra'a is a prominent international human rights activist and social
> entrepreneur. She founded and directs Majal, a nonprofit which utilizes
> digital media to amplify under-reported and marginalized voices throughout
> the Middle East and North Africa. For those of you that heard her keynote
> presentation at this year's Wikimania, I think you will agree she will make
> a very valuable addition to the Board and brings an important perspective
> and skillset to the Board's efforts.
>
> Below (and on the Wikimedia Blog) you will find the official announcement
> about Esra’a Al Shafei. Please join me in warmly welcoming her to the
> Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and to the Wikimedia movement!
>
> Christophe
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
>
> P.S. Due to the nature of Esra’a’s work, sharing photos or videos of Esra’a
> may endanger her safety or the safety of others. To help ensure the privacy
> and safety of Esra’a and her colleagues, we are not sharing any photographs
> or videos of Esra'a. We ask that you please join us in supporting this
> important safety consideration.
>
>
> Press release
>
> Header: Esra'a Al Shafei joins Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
>
> Subheader: Bahraini human rights activist and social entrepreneur brings to
> the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees more than a decade of experience
> in applying creative solutions to challenges faced by underserved and
> underrepresented communities.
>
> Image: https://wikimania2017.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Esraa.png[a]
> <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt1>
> [b]
> <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt2>
> [c]
> <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt3>
> [d]
> <https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1wNmwgJkUPp25nVLRVgX5WzU_
> LuEi5a9gJDpB7HWEft4/mobilebasic#cmnt4>
>
> San Francisco, California, 1 December 2017 — The Wikimedia Foundation today
> announced the appointment of Esra'a Al Shafei, a prominent human rights
> activist and a passionate defender of free expression, to the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board of Trustees.
>
> A native of Bahrain, Esra'a’s work aims to increase and protect free
> speech, promote expression for youth and underrepresented voices, and
> improve the lives of LGBTQ people in the Middle East and North Africa. She
> founded and directs Majal, a network of online platforms that
> amplify under-reported and marginalized voices.
>
> “Esra'a shares Wikimedia's foundational belief that shared knowledge can
> facilitate shared understanding,” said Wikimedia Foundation Executive
> Director, Katherine Maher. "Her achievements exemplify how intentional
> community building can be a powerful tool for positive change, while
> her passion
> for beautiful and engaging user experiences will only elevate our work. We
> are so fortunate to have her perspective in support of our global Wikimedia
> communities."
>
> Esra'a founded Majal in 2006 as Mideast Youth, at the time a series of
> blogs bringing a voice to marginalized and underrepresented young
> people across the Middle East. Today, the organization's team helps build
> communities that celebrate, protect, and promote diversity and social
> justice. Their endeavors include CrowdVoice.org, which curates crowdsourced
> media to contextualize social movements throughout the world; Mideast
> Tunes, the largest web and mobile app showcasing underground musicians in
> the Middle East and North Africa who use music as a tool for social change;
> and Ahwaa.org, an open discussion platform for Arab LGBTQ individuals that
> uses game mechanics to protect and engage its community.
>
>
> “When I first encountered Wikipedia shortly after obtaining an internet
> connection in the early 2000s, I felt that the true purpose of the internet
>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Women in red

2017-10-16 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Todd,

This particular grant request is here on meta.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Dr._Blofeld/Contest_toolkits_and_prize_funds

The talk page has details about the review by the community committee and
also an explanation of the funding that was actually give.

There is background information about WMF grants here.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Dr._Blofeld/Contest_toolkits_and_prize_funds

And an evaluation of contests in general. It is several years old and
doesn't include some of the newer contest.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Learning_and_Evaluation/Evaluation_reports/2013/On-wiki_writing_contests

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On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 3:20 PM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Are those applications published anywhere? I'd be curious to see it. I'm
> not really familiar with the grant process.
>
> Todd
>
> On Oct 16, 2017 12:47 PM, "Jean-Philippe Béland" <jpbel...@wikimedia.ca>
> wrote:
>
> > My opinion is that such projects should be supported, we should encourage
> > 'be bold'. That being said, people planning projects at a large scale
> > should communicate with the concerned communities first. As such, the
> > concerns raised in this thread for example would have been raised during
> > the planning phase of that project and hopefully addressed. There is a
> > place in the application forms for grants for projects that asks to list
> > "Community Notification". The Grant Committee should look more closely at
> > that section and ensure that the communities have been notified before
> > granting any fund.
> >
> > JP
> >
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 2:03 PM, Lodewijk <lodew...@effeietsanders.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > I understand from the original email that the venue was chosen based on
> > the
> > > fact that it was WMF-funded as a project. I am guessing he's trying to
> > pull
> > > that leverage.
> > >
> > > The topic is more generic though: should we support projects that are
> > > considered by some to be a little rough on the edges, or should we only
> > > pick 'safe' projects that will land well with the community. And how
> much
> > > of 'be bold' can be applied to projects that operate at a somewhat
> larger
> > > scale.
> > >
> > > While this particular topic seems enwp specific, its theme isn't.
> > >
> > > Lodewijk
> > >
> > > On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 10:34 AM, Jean-Philippe Béland <
> > > jpbel...@wikimedia.ca> wrote:
> > >
> > > > There is so many threads on this list that are only about English
> > > Wikipedia
> > > > like it is the centre of the world... Why other communities are able
> to
> > > > keep their internal discussions internal and not this community?
> > > >
> > > > Jean-Philippe Béland
> > > > Vice President, Wikimedia Canada
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:20 PM, Pax Ahimsa Gethen <
> > > > list-wikime...@funcrunch.org> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > The people whose opinion should most matter in determining whether
> a
> > > > > comment is sexist are women. Not men, and not non-binary
> > transmasculine
> > > > > people like myself.
> > > > >
> > > > > I support and echo Emily and Molly's earlier comments on this
> thread:
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > > Also, in case it's not clear from my forwarding of
> Emily's/Keilana's
> > > > >> message, I endorse it completely and am glad she made her points.
> > > > >>
> > > > >> I agree fully with Keegan and Sydney. I don't think the concerns
> > that
> > > > this
> > > > >> will be overtaken by bots are well-founded; that was planned for
> in
> > > the
> > > > >> document outlining the competition, and editors involved in this
> > > project
> > > > >> will be subject to all expectations of normal editors (including
> not
> > > > >> mass-producing poor-quality content).
> > > > >>
> > > > >> As for Keegan's original post, there is a major difference between
> > > > >> describing an email as sexist versus labeling the sender as a
> > sexist.
> > > I
> &

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Women in red

2017-10-15 Thread Sydney Poore
Nah, the contest is about motivating people to write about a topic area
that is not there normal bailiwick.

That is fine thing to do because the unintended consequences of being
written on a wiki, English Wikipedia initially attracted people who were
less interested in writing about women than the general population in
English speaking world. So, we are still playing catch up to get the low
hanging fruit from Women's Halls of Fame and other books that specialize in
collecting biographies of notable people and their works.

I'm thrilled to see this contest promote writing about notable women from
around the world so the goal of 20% is reached faster.

Sydney
User:FloNight



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On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 6:36 PM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com> wrote:

> If I misread that part, my apologies. That still doesn't change the core
> issue, that money is being offered, and that it's being offered for
> quantity rather than quality.
>
> On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 4:30 PM, Gergo Tisza <gti...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > On Sun, Oct 15, 2017 at 11:04 AM, Todd Allen <toddmal...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > This project is going for 100k articles. There are as of this writing
> 118
> > > editors signed up. That is, even if we presume 100% participation
> (which
> > is
> > > generally wildly optimistic), nearly 1000 articles per editor to reach
> > that
> > > goal. If somehow that does happen, there are four judges who would need
> > to
> > > review, if the goal is reached, 25000 articles each. Those are not
> > > realistic numbers.
> > >
> >
> > Come on. Did you even read the page you are talking about? Clearly you
> are
> > confusing it with the 100,000 Challange [1] which starts at the same time
> > but is a much larger project (the project page mentions a two-year
> > timeframe).
> >
> >
> > [1]
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_
> > in_Red/The_100,000_Challenge
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome the new Board of Wikimedia Argentina!

2017-09-19 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations to the new board.

Thank you to Ivana Lysholm, Galileo Vidoni, Mariano Pérez, Ivana Molena,
Nicolás Giorgetti, Patricio Molina, Esteban Zárate, Andrea Kleiman, Jorge
Abreu, Beatrice Murch, and Leandro Kibisz for the work that you do in the
wikimedia movememnt.

Sydney

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On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 10:27 AM, Anna Torres <d...@wikimedia.org.ar> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> Last Saturday, September 16, the General Assembly of Wikimedia Argentina
> took place. This was an election year and new authorities were chosen. The
> new Board was define as follows:
>
>  * President: Ivana Lysholm
> * Vice-president: Galileo Vidoni
> * Secretary: Mariano Pérez
> * Deputy Secretary: Ivana Molena
> * Treasurer: Nicolás Giorgetti
> * Deputy Treasurer: Patricio Molina
> * Board members: Esteban Zárate, Andrea Kleiman, Jorge Abreu
> * Deputy Board members: Beatrice Murch, Leandro Kibisz
>
> We especially want to congratulate Ivana Lysholm, who takes over her role
> as President of the association.
>
> We also want to thank the work of Galileo Vidoni during the last 5 years as
> president. During his administration we have grown significantly as an
> organization; we have tripled the number of activities and staff, and
> fostered our reach and presence nationally and internationally.
>
> We hope that you join in the congratulations and that more than ever, we
> continue to build a solid, sustainable and diverse organization in
> Argentina!
>
>
> Hugs,
>
> --
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> Directora Ejecutiva
> *A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Appointment of new Affiliations Committee advisors

2017-04-04 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting. Fantastic news for all. We are
very lucky to have these experienced people as advisors.

Sydney

On Apr 3, 2017 4:27 PM, "Kirill Lokshin"  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> I'm very pleased to announce that the Affiliations Committee has appointed
> three new advisors for the coming year: Anasuya Sengupta, Patricio Lorente,
> and Ting Chen.  As non-voting advisors, Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting will
> lend their unique experience and insight to the committee as we support the
> ongoing movement strategy process and the continuing evolution of the
> Wikimedia affiliate ecosystem.
>
> Please join me in welcoming Anasuya, Patricio, and Ting to their new roles!
>
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sambad's 100 Women Editathon

2017-03-17 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you to sharing. This is truly awesome. :-)

Looking forward to hearing results.

Sydney
User FloNight

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On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:04 AM, Sailesh Patnaik <
sailesh.patnaik...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Inspired by BBC's 100 Women Editathon, The Odia Wikipedia community is
> organising an "100 Women Editathon" [1]in collaboration with the Sambad
> newspaper. Sambad is one of the largest circulated newspaper in Odisha and
> its Eastern Media ltd. is also a popular media house. The event is going to
> be organised in Sambad Bhavan on 18th and 19th March 2017. [2]
>
> The theme of this event is to write articles on women achievers of Odisha.
> The Sambad is interested in organising regular events in bridging the
> gender gap in content and will also provide images of Women from its
> archive.
>
> 1. https://or.wikipedia.org/s/13hj
> 2.
> http://cis-india.org/a2k/blogs/women2019s-history-
> month-sambad-collaborates-with-odia-wikipedia-for-a-two-day-edit-a-thon
>
>
> Media mentions:
> 1.
> http://sambad.in/news/state/sambad-wikipedia-to-host-
> first-ever-100-women-edit-a-thon-in-india/40857.html
> 2.
> http://odishasuntimes.com/2017/03/15/sambad-wikipedia-
> to-host-100-women-edit-a-thon-in-odisha/
>
> Thanks and Regards
> Sailesh
> --
> ---
> *Sailesh Patnaik* "*ଶୈଳେଶ ପଟ୍ଟନାୟକ*"
> Programme Associate, Access To Knowledge
> Centre for Internet and Society
> Phone: +91-7537097770
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcoming 19 long-time Wikimedians as Coordinators for Movement strategy

2017-03-10 Thread Sydney Poore
+1 I'm thrilled to see this group from around the globe.

Sydney

On Mar 10, 2017 2:55 AM, "Christophe Henner"  wrote:

Welcome in your new roles Venus, Tuan, Todd, Takashi, Oleg, Szymon, Satdeep,
Samuel, Robin, Tomasz, Niccolò, Nahid, Marco, Ran, Jonatan, Gereon, Chico,
Bohdan, and Abbad!!!

For years we've been struggling to get involvement from local communities
in global processes, and with you we're finally gonna make it! :)

Thanks for your help!!!



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On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 8:48 AM, Yaroslav Blanter  wrote:

> Thanks the coordinators. I do not know everybody on the list, but I
> recognize there names of many excellent people.
>
> I also see there a name which has rung a bell for me, and the sound of the
> bell was somewhat alarming. I checked and found indeed that the
coordinator
> has a sizable block log on the Russian Wikipedia, their home project, for
> actions which include trolling and disruptive editing, and at some point
> had to be placed under a topic ban. The most recent block is one and half
> years ago. Which poses a natural questions whether the candidates were
> actually screened.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
> On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 7:28 AM, Anna Stillwell 
> wrote:
>
> > Welcome. Thank you for joining us and offering your talents.
> > /a
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 9:59 PM, Katherine Maher 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Welcome all! I am so grateful for your participation and perspective
as
> > we
> > > begin this work.
> > >
> > > On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 00:46 Tanweer Morshed 
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Welcom to all the 19 Wikimedians! I see, most of the names are
> familiar
> > > to
> > > > me. Thank you all for your dedication for the movement.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Tanweer
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Tanweer
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 11:08 AM, Guillaume Paumier <
> > > > gpaum...@wikimedia.org>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hello,
> > > > >
> > > > > As most of you are aware, the Wikimedia movement has embarked on
an
> > > > > ambitious initiative to discuss our collective future and
> determine a
> > > > > movement-wide strategic direction. [1]
> > > > >
> > > > > The movement is composed of people in many different roles,
notably
> > > > > individual contributors who may not be affiliated with any
> organized
> > > > > group. It can be challenging to reach individual contributors and
> > > > > involve them in strategy discussions, since they may not monitor
> the
> > > > > usual communication channels, and they may not think that strategy
> > > > > discussions are relevant to them.
> > > > >
> > > > > For this year’s movement strategy process, the Wikimedia
Foundation
> > > > > has decided to hire 19 part-time discussion coordinators to better
> > > > > bridge the gap between the strategy discussions and local
> communities
> > > > > of contributors.
> > > > >
> > > > > Today, I am thrilled to announce that we have concluded the search
> > and
> > > > > assembled a stellar team of 19 long-time Wikimedians, who have
> agreed
> > > > > to join the movement strategy efforts in this capacity.
> > > > >
> > > > > As you go through the team’s page on Meta-Wiki, you will see many
> > > > > familiar names. [2] The team is composed of Abbad, Bohdan, Chico,
> > > > > Gereon, Jonatan, Ran, Marco, Nahid, Niccolò, Tomasz, Robin,
Samuel,
> > > > > Satdeep, Szymon, Oleg, Takashi, Todd, Tuan, and Venus. Because of
> the
> > > > > team’s geographic distribution, Jan Eissfeldt, from the
> Foundation’s
> > > > > Support and Safety team, has agreed to help lead the day-to-day
> > > > > activities of the group of Asian language coordinators.
> > > > >
> > > > > All the coordinators started on Monday for a 3-month contract, and
> > > > > they have already been hard at work, translating materials on Meta
> > and
> > > > > organizing the outreach to their local communities. [3] Some will
> > > > > focus their efforts on specific language communities [4], and
> others
> > > > > will support an array of smaller communities.
> > > > >
> > > > > If you are interested in working with the coordinators to bridge
> the
> > > > > gap with your local communities, I invite you to take a look at
the
> > > > > description of the coordinator role, and sign up using the form on
> > > > > that page. [5] You can also contact them directly via their talk
> > page.
> > > > >
> > > > > I want to express my deepest gratitude to everyone who was
involved
> > in
> > > > > this ultra-fast hiring process, most notably the Foundation’s
> Talent
> > &
> > > > > Culture team, who handled the recruiting and administrative
> > onboarding
> > > > > masterfully, and the Community Engagement department, who reached
> out
> > > > > to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of Wiki Loves Women explainer video

2017-03-08 Thread Sydney Poore
I really like and think it is useful.

Thank you.

Sydney

On Mar 8, 2017 9:38 AM, "Florence Devouard"  wrote:

> Hello everyone
>
> Wiki Loves Women is officially launching its presentation video today.
>
> Please check it out here and tell us what you think :
> https://vimeo.com/207432965
>
> It is also on Commons : https://commons.wikimedia.org/
> wiki/File:Wiki_loves_Women_-_English_WebM_-_Final.webm
>
> This video was a partnership between WikiAfrica, Goethe Institute and
> Blink Tower.
>
> It brought quite a few challenges... such as myself being completely happy
> with the exact terms of the script, succeeding to get every element of the
> video under a free licence including the background music, getting a nice
> african women voice for the narrative, getting curly hair rather than flat
> ones, identifying nice examples of western as well as african concerns...
> etc. We tried to be as inclusive as possible.
>
> Well, we hope you like it.
> If you do... please litterally "like" the video and "like" our facebook
> page
>
> A French version is currently being recorded and should follow shortly.
>
> Last, we would love to see the video subtitled in many langages. If you
> want to give a hand for the translation, please get in touch with us (by
> email, or twitter, or facebook, or on our meta talk page :
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Women)
> I'll set up a page for translation on meta shortly.
>
> http://www.wikiloveswomen.org
> https://www.facebook.com/WikiLovesWomen
> http://www.twitter.com/wikiloveswomen
>
> Isla and Florence
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Occupation of Women on WikiData

2017-03-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Fascinating.  Thanks for sharing.

Sydney

On Mar 8, 2017 8:01 AM, "Florence Devouard"  wrote:

> This is a tool done by Envel Le Hir using WikiData and published today.
>
> I actually inspired him the idea during a conference, when talking of my
> desire to get generic data about women professionnal occupation. My main
> argument is that I felt many of the added biographies about women were
> about actors, singers, or football players. Much less about politicians and
> business. But it was a "guess" and I wanted more hard data.
>
> And apparently... he got busy
>
> http://tools.dicare.org/gaps/gender.php
>
> Ok.
> Hard data (1950-2005 birth dates):
> * 80% of the biographies of porn actors are about women.
> * 98.3% of beauty pageant contestants are about women.
> * 24% of politicians are about women
> * 8.4% of computer scientists are about women.
>
> Or ... In Algeria... the more popular occupation of women by far is...
> Volley Ball !
> In France... actors.
> And in Guinea... well... hard to say... only 17 biographies about Guinean
> women anyway.
>
> Florence
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of the Wikimaps User Group

2017-03-07 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations Wikimaps User Group and welcome to the Wikimedia
affiliate family.
Warm regards,
Sydney

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Co-founder WikiWomen User Group,
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On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:37 AM, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Wikimaps User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
>
> The group aims to gather Wikimedia users engaged in a variety of
> activities related to geographic information from across the movement, so
> that people with different ideas for using geographic components in their
> projects are able to come together, share their expertise, and help each
> other.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimaps_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] Recognition of the Karavali Wikimedians User Group

2017-03-07 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations Karavali Wikimedians User Group, and welcome to the
Wikimedia affiliate family.
Warm regards,
Sydney



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On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:38 AM, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Karavali Wikimedians User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
>
> The group is dedicated to working on the Wikimedia projects in the Indian
> languages used in coastal Karnataka and the northern part of Kerala State
> in India, including the Tulu, Kannada, and Konkani language Wikipedias.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Karavali_Wikimedians
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimedians of Erzyan Language User Group

2017-03-07 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations Wikimedians of Erzyan Language User Group, and welcome to
the Wikimedia affiliate family.
Warm regards,
Sydney

Sydney Poore
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On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 11:38 AM, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> the Wikimedians of Erzyan Language User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User
> Group.
>
> The group aims to promote the development of Wikipedia in the Erzya
> language, and to document topics related to the Erzya language, culture and
> community.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Erzya_
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the West Bengal Wikimedians User Group

2017-03-07 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations West Bengal Wikimedians User Group, and welcome to the
Wikimedia affiliate family.

Sydney

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On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 12:59 PM, Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Congratulations. I look forward to your/their contributions.
> And thank you Affiliations Committee for this work.
> Warmly,
> /a
>
> On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 8:39 AM, Kirill Lokshin <kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone!
> >
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> > the West Bengal Wikimedians User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
> >
> > The group aims to build a strong and diverse volunteer community base
> > throughout West Bengal by increasing interaction among community members,
> > encouraging them to develop content in different Wikimedia projects and
> > organizing various online and offline activities.
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Affiliations Committee
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/West_Bengal_Wikimedians
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the 2017-18 Ombuds Commission

2017-02-01 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulation to Vogone, Lankiveil, Góngora, Richwales, Krd for their
appointment to Ombuds Commission, and to returning as members Pajz,Alan,
Rubin16, Polimerek.

And thank you to the outgoing members, NahidSultan, Taketa, Gnom, Huji, and
Barras, for your service.

I appreciate the time that you put in doing this important work.

Warm regards,
Sydney

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On Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 9:09 AM, Karen Brown <kbr...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> It is time to announce the new and returning members of the 2017 Ombudsman
> Commission (OC), the small group of volunteers who investigate complaints
> about violations of the privacy policy, and in particular concerning the
> use of CheckUser and Oversight[1] tools, on any Wikimedia project for the
> Board of Trustees.
>
> [1]
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Amending_
> the_Scope_of_the_Ombudsman_Commission
>
> I apologize for the length of the announcement. :)
>
> The application period for new commissioners for 2017 recently closed. The
> Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and
> insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.
>
> As it has for the past few years, this year’s OC will consist of seven
> members, with a two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission.
>
> I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2017 OC. First, the new
> members are:
>
> Vogone
>
> User:Vogone has contributed to Wikimedia projects since early 2012. While
> they began their involvement on the German Wikipedia, they quickly branched
> out to Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikivoyage, and Wikiversity. They were the
> first bureaucrat on the Wikidata project. Vogone has worked heavily
> assisting our smaller projects as a global rollbacker, global sysop, and
> member of the Small Wiki Monitoring Team. They have experience in
> translation administration, both on Meta and translatewiki.net.  Vogone
> has
> shown a keen interest in the technical side of user privacy, including
> contributing to MediaWiki software around edit suppression.
>
> Lankiveil
>
> Lankiveil is a long-term user, admin, and oversighter on the English
> Wikipedia, having made his first edits in 2004.  He serves as a clerk to
> the English Wikipedia Arbcom and as an OTRS volunteer. He also sometimes
> edits at Irish Wikipedia and Commons. He is a native speaker of Australian
> English and is a member of Wikimedia Australia.
>
> Góngora
>
> Góngora, J. Gustavo Góngora Goloubintseff, who primarily edits Spanish
> Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia and Norwegian bokmål Wikipedia. He has been an
> administrator and bureaucrat on the Spanish Wikipedia since 2007, and an
> administrator on the Catalan Wikipedia since 2009, where he is also a
> CheckUser.  He was a member of the Spanish ArbCom in 2008, before it was
> dismantled. He was a board member of Wikimedia España in 2011. He is
> currently a member of Wikimedia Norge.
>
> Richwales
>
> User:Richwales has been an active Wikimedian since 2005. He is an
> administrator, oversighter, and sockpuppet investigation clerk on the
> English Wikipedia. Richwales also served on the now-defunct Audit
> subcommittee, which served a similar role to the Ombudsman Commission.
>
> Krd
>
> User:Krd, who is primarily active on German Wikipedia and Wikimedia
> Commons, and also serves at the Volunteer response team as agent and OTRS
> admin, and was a prior member of German Wikipedia Arbcom for more than
> three years.
>
>
> In addition, the following experienced OC members will be returning as
> members
> of the Ombuds Commission:
>
> Pajz
>
> User:Pajz is a Wikipedia editor. He was a Wikipedia administrator between
> 2007 to 2016 and is a member of the Volunteer Response Team ("OTRS team").
> He served as one of the OTRS administrators from 2013 to 2015, before being
> first appointed to the Ombudsman Commission in 2016.
>
> Alan
>
> User:Alan has been a registered Wikimedian for more than three years, but
> 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.
>
> And the following experienced OC members will be returning as advisors to
> the commission (this advisory role provides expertise when needed, but does
> not participate in all discussions):
>
> Ru

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed permanent Executive Director

2017-01-30 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, Abraham. Good work on the smooth transition.

Sydney

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On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 11:13 AM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Congratulations everyone! That is a really good news!!! :)
>
>
>
> Christophe HENNER
> Chair of the board of trustees
> chen...@wikimedia.org
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>
> twitter *@schiste*skype *christophe_henner*
>
>
>
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 5:06 PM, Nabin K. Sapkota <
> nboycreationne...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations Abraham for the new responsibility.  Wish you all the
> > best..
> >
> > Regards,
> > Nabin Sapkota
> > Wikimedians of Nepal
> >
> > On Jan 30, 2017 9:48 PM, "Katherine Maher" <kma...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> >
> > > Congratulations Abraham and WMDE!
> > >
> > > The WMDE supervisory board, WMDE, and Abraham deserve recognition for
> > this
> > > smooth transition. Thank you to the WMDE board for your leadership in
> > this
> > > decision. I look forward to our continued work together.
> > >
> > >
> > > On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 07:57 Tim Moritz Hector <
> > > tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
> > >
> > > Dear Wikimedians,
> > >
> > > It is our great pleasure to announce that during last weekend’s Board
> > > retreat, we voted to appoint Abraham Taherivand as Executive Director
> of
> > > Wikimedia Deutschland with immediate effect.
> > >
> > > Abraham has joined Wikimedia Deutschland in 2012, has been the director
> > of
> > > our Software Development department, and interim ED in the past two
> > months.
> > > In all his roles he has shown vast experience and qualifications as
> well
> > as
> > > the much needed, deep commitment for Free Knowledge. We are convinced
> > that
> > > Abraham is the right person at the right time for Wikimedia Deutschland
> > and
> > > have great confidence that the management of the office is in good
> hands
> > > with him. Abraham will continue to lead the Software Development
> > department
> > > on an interim basis until we have been able to fill this position with
> a
> > > new permanent director.
> > >
> > > Together with Abraham, WMDE staff, our members and communities as well
> as
> > > other interested parties, the board will analyse and – where
> applicable –
> > > revise the composition of leadership and decision making structures at
> > WMDE
> > > in 2017. Kurt Jansson, Sebastian Moleski and myself will be steering
> this
> > > process and are available for your questions and feedback via email (
> > > praesid...@wikimedia.de).
> > >
> > > We wish Abraham the very best in this role, and the Board looks forward
> > to
> > > continuing to work with him. Please join us in congratulating Abraham!
> > >
> > > For the Supervisory Board
> > > Tim Moritz Hector
> > > Chair
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [arbcom-l] Where is WMF with pursuing companies that offer paid editing services

2017-01-27 Thread Sydney Poore
Thanks, Molly. I encouraged people interested in understanding the
different views on the topic as it relates to Wikipedia English (and
perhaps other wikis) to read this discussion.

Sydney

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On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 2:11 PM, GorillaWarfare <
gorillawarfarewikipe...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Following up, this is the conversation I was remembering:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Harassment/Archive_11
>
> – Molly (GorillaWarfare)
>
> On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 11:59 AM, GorillaWarfare <
> gorillawarfarewikipe...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Pine,
> >
> > We quite rarely receive requests to look into suspicions of paid editing
> > based on private information. We have historically been reluctant to act
> on
> > them for a number of reasons: it's very prone to error, it's often an
> > incredible amount of work, and we open ourselves up personally to legal
> > risk by doing so. I believe there was some discussion on this onwiki
> around
> > six months ago, I will try to dig up a link.
> >
> > – Molly (GorillaWarfare)
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Additional information on community health initiative and next steps

2017-01-26 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Danny and Patrick,

Thank you for the update and the great news about the new grant that will
enable an accelerated time table to do the work around community health.

And also thank you to Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist
Charitable Fund for supporting this important work.

Sydney

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On Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 3:37 PM, Danny Horn <dh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> We have an update on the community health initiative mentioned following
> the Board's Statement on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity, and Safe
> Spaces.[1]
>
> As Patrick Earley from the Support and Safety team noted on Wikimedia-l
> last month[2], we’ve been developing a community health initiative to help
> address the harassment issues discussed in the Board's statement. We
> believe an important aspect of our efforts to combat harassment is
> providing the volunteer community with better tools to more effectively
> respond to instances of harassment as they arise.
>
> We’re excited to announce that the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist
> Charitable Fund have agreed to provide initial funding to help the
> Wikimedia Foundation begin this work. The two seed restricted grants,
> collectively a gift of $500,000, will enable the Foundation to scale up our
> support of these efforts and provide us with the resources to do it right.
>
> In preparing for this work, we’ve been discussing issues with the current
> tools and processes with active administrators and functionaries. These
> discussions have resulted in requested improvements in several key areas
> where admins and functionaries see immediate needs—better reporting systems
> for volunteers, smarter ways to detect and address problems early, and
> improved tools and workflows related to the blocking process.
>
> In the coming months, the Community Tech team, working with the Support and
> Safety team, will be expanding their work on development of these tools.
> The long-term goal for this effort is to build up the toolbox that
> volunteers can use to combat harassment and other disruptive behavior on
> our wikis.
>
> Specifically, there are four areas where we think new tools will help:
>
> 1. Detection - Improve our detection and prevention tools, like
> AbuseFilter, and build new features to detect aggressive behavior.
>
> 2. Reporting - Design ways to report harassment that are less chaotic, more
> respectful of privacy, and less stressful than the current workflow.
>
> 3. Evaluating - Offer admins tools that make evaluating harassment reports
> easier, so that they can make good decisions.
>
> 4. Blocking - When someone is blocked from the site, we can make it more
> difficult for them to return under a different name or IP address.
>
> Of course, these improvements need to be made with the participation and
> support of the volunteers who will be using the tools. We don't want to
> create new systems and workflows that create more work for an already
> overburdened team of wiki administrators. We want to make these tasks less
> grueling and able to more consistently produce effective outcomes.
>
> Work in other areas - such as project policies and better training for
> administrators and functionaries - still needs to be done in order to
> comprehensively tackle the overall issue of harassment and harmful behavior
> on the projects. However, we believe that improving and building better
> tools for volunteers currently most engaged in this effort is a necessary
> first step.
>
> We welcome your feedback on this approach, and invite you to join us in
> thanking Craig and his charitable organizations for their support of this
> initiative!
>
> We’ll be sharing regular updates about the progress of this work in the
> coming months. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out
> to us on the talk page of the Meta-Wiki page where you can find more
> information: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative
>
> You can also find more details about this announcement in this blog post:
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/01/26/community-health-initiative-grant
>
> Danny Horn (Product Manager, Community Tech) and Patrick Earley (Manager,
> Support & Safety)
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Board_noticeboard/November_2016_-_Statement_on_Healthy_Community_Culture,_
> Inclusivity,_and_Safe_Spaces
>
> [2]
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-
> December/085668.html
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Affiliates] New members of the Affiliations Committee

2017-01-16 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations to Camelia Boban (User:Camelia.boban), Kirill Lokshin
(User:Kirill Lokshin), and Satdeep Gill (User:Satdeep Gill).

And thank you to Emily Temple-Wood, Manuel Schneider, Ting Chen, Anirudh
Singh Bhati and Ganesh Paudel for their work on AffCom.

Sydney

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On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 5:50 AM, Maor Malul <mao...@zoho.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Affiliation Committee, I would like to congratulate our
> following colleagues on being elected as members of the committee for the
> term 2017-2019. We have found their expertise and passion for the movement,
> as well as their skills and participation in the wider community as very
> valuable assets the committee needs.
>
> The following candidates have been elected for the 2017-2019 term:
>
> *Camelia Boban (User:Camelia.boban)
> *Kirill Lokshin (User:Kirill Lokshin) (re-elected)
> *Satdeep Gill (User:Satdeep Gill)
>
> Many thanks also to all the wikimedians that submitted an application.
>
> In addition to that, I would like to thank Emily Temple-Wood, Manuel
> Schneider, Ting Chen, Anirudh Singh Bhati and Ganesh Paudel, outgoing
> members of the committee, for their service, expertise and tireless
> dedication. You guys rock and will be missed dearly!
>
> Please, welcome our new members :-)
>
> Regards,
> M.
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Statement by Wikimedia Board on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity, and Safe Spaces

2016-12-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you Christophe and the rest of the Wikimedia Foundation trustees
for dedicating time and thought to this important topic.

I'm optimistic that if we collaborate together as a community we can
make a difference in the level of harassment on Wikimedia projects and
maybe even other parts of the internet.

Sydney
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On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 3:18 PM, Christophe Henner <chen...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> As many of you know, over the past couple of years the Wikimedia Foundation
> has taken a focused look at community health—particularly in regards to
> harassment. The Foundation's Board has been monitoring and discussing this
> issue over the past year with great interest. We have prepared a statement
> offering our thoughts on this topic, and providing a clear mandate for the
> Foundation’s leadership to fully engage on this issue.
>
> Our statement is below and has been posted on Meta-Wiki, where it is set up
> for translation:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/November_2016_-_Statement_on_Healthy_Community_Culture,_Inclusivity,_and_Safe_Spaces
>
> Since the Foundation was established, we have been invested in building a
> positive community culture. As part of these efforts, we have monitored the
> projects for instances of harassment, escalating our capacity to respond in
> recent years. Thanks to the work of the Foundation's Support and Safety
> Team, we now have data in the form of the 2015 Harassment Survey[1] about
> the nature of the issue. This has enabled us to identify key areas of
> concern, and step up our response appropriately. This research shows that
> harassment has a negative impact on participation in our projects. This has
> implications for our ability to collect, share, and disseminate free
> knowledge in support of the Wikimedia vision. Our statement speaks to the
> Board's duty to help the Foundation fulfill its mission.
>
> The Board is committed to making our communities safer and will not accept
> harassment and toxic behavior on Wikimedia projects. We believe this matter
> deserves the Foundation's attention and resources, and have confirmed this
> responsibility at our latest Board meeting on November 13th. The questions
> that lay before us all now are how to best address this threat, rather than
> if we should attempt to do so.
>
> The Board especially appreciates and applauds the work being done to
> address this important issue by many community leaders across the movement
> and teams within the Foundation. We look forward to seeing this cooperative
> work not only continue, but expand. Finally, we encourage everyone who is
> interested in helping the Foundation address this threat to our vision and
> mission to engage in the upcoming discussions around this issue.
>
> On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees,
>
> Christophe Henner, Board Chair
>
> María Sefidari, Board Vice Chair
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Harassment_survey_2015
>
>
> Statement by the Wikimedia Board on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity,
> and Safe Spaces
>
>
> At our Board meeting on November 13, and in Board meetings in September and
> June, we spent considerable time discussing the issues of harassment and
> hostility on the internet generally, and more specifically on the Wikimedia
> projects.
>
> This is an important issue. Approximately 40% of internet users, and 70% of
> women internet users, have personally experienced harassment.[1] Of people
> who have reported experiencing harassment on Wikimedia projects, more than
> 50% reported decreasing their participation in our community.[2] Based on
> this and other research, we conclude that harassment and toxic behavior on
> the Wikimedia projects negatively impacts the ability of the Wikimedia
> projects to collect, share, and disseminate free knowledge. This behavior
> is contrary to our vision and mission.
>
> Our communities deserve safe spaces in which they can contribute
> productively and debate constructively. It is our belief that the Wikimedia
> Foundation should be proactively engaged in eliminating harassment,
> promoting inclusivity, ensuring a healthier culture of discourse, and
> improving the safety of Wikimedia spaces. We request management to dedicate
> appropriate resources to this end.
>
> We urge every member of the Wikimedia communities to collaborate in a way
> that models the Wikimedia values of openness and diversity, step forward to
> do their part to stop hostile and toxic behavior, support people who have
> been targeted by such behavior, and help set clear expectations for all
> contributors.
>
> [1] 2014 Pew Research Center Study, found at:
>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Passing of User:Coyau

2016-12-08 Thread Sydney Poore
I'm sorry to hear this news about the passing of User:Coyau. My
condolences to his wiki friends and colleagues.

Thank you, Guillaume, for suggesting a way that we can recognize and
honor him by adding his images to articles. I'll pass that suggestion
on to Wikimedians I know.

Warm regards,
Sydney
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On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:22 PM, Guillaume Paumier
<guillaume.paum...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> It is with great sadness that I must share the news of the passing of
> User:Coyau, a pillar of the francophone Wikimedia community.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Coyau
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Coyau
>
> He joined our community over a decade ago, and had become an active
> editor on several French-language wikis (Wikipedia, Wikisource,
> Wiktionary), as well as a prolific contributor to Commons and
> Wikidata. He had made over 1.5 million edits across Wikimedia
> projects. We learned of his death on Tuesday; he was 38.
>
> He was deeply committed, delightfully absurd, and absolutely genial.
> You may have met him if you've ever had drinks with Wikimedians in
> Paris. He also had a blog in French where he wrote about Wikimedia
> projects and shared tutorials about topics like photo processing for
> other Wikimedians to learn:
> http://coyau.blogspot.com/
>
> He was a genuine and soulful human being, whose sudden death has left
> many of his wiki friends and colleagues heartbroken. His loss is felt
> profoundly among the communities, where people have been expressing
> their grief and condolences on his talk page:
> https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussion_utilisateur:Coyau#Bip_bip_bip...
>
> He had uploaded thousands of files on Commons, among which a photo of
> a deflated yellow balloon in a tree (which has become emblematic of
> him), and a stitched 360° panorama assembled from 219 photos of a
> seemingly random Parisian street:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Quai_de_la_Seine_(Paris),_baudruche.jpg
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paris,_Rue_Watt.jpg
>
> As an homage, you are invited to browse his photos on Wikimedia
> Commons and add them to articles and pages in need of relevant
> pictures:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Files_by_User:Coyau
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: Abraham Taherivand appointed Interim Executive Director

2016-12-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations to Abraham Taherivand for his new role as Interim
Executive Director, and to Christian for moving into his new position
as Undersecretary.

And I want to recognize the good work of the WMDE Supervisory Board
for managing this transition process well.
Sydney
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On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 12:19 PM, Dan Garry <dga...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Congratulations Christian! Having an advocate for the Wikimedia movement in
> such a position is definitely a good thing. :-)
>
> And, congratulations Abraham! I look forward to working with you in your
> new role.
>
> Dan
>
> On 8 December 2016 at 16:47, Christian Rickerts <
> christian.ricke...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
>
>> Dear Wikimedians,
>>
>> As Tim has already written, with effect from today I have stepped down from
>> the position as Executive Director and handed over the business to Abraham.
>> Tomorrow I will take the oath in my new position.
>>
>> I am looking back today at an incredible exciting, busy and funny time and
>> I am proud to see what we were able to achieve together. I also want to
>> thank you for all the warm and cheering messages I received after Tims
>> announcement.
>>
>> WMDE is in very good hands with Abraham, with a great team and solid
>> structures and processes in place. Therefore I am leaving with a tear in
>> one eye and a smile in the other.
>>
>> Congratulation Abraham (!) and good bye,
>>
>> Christian
>>
>> Am 08.12.2016 15:52 schrieb "Tim Moritz Hector" <
>> tim-moritz.hec...@wikimedia.de>:
>>
>> Dear Wikimedians,
>>
>> Earlier this week I informed you that Christian Rickerts might become the
>> Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy and
>> enterprises. This has been confirmed today and Christian has stepped down
>> from his WMDE role.
>>
>> I am very pleased to announce that the WMDE Supervisory Board appointed
>> Abraham Taherivand as Interim Executive Director as of 8 December 2016.
>>
>> Abraham has joined WMDE in March 2012 and is the Head of our Software
>> Development department. He has been on the transition team during the last
>> ED search, has headed our works council and has been appointed deputy of
>> the Executive Director recently. In his multiple roles, Abraham’s decisions
>> have always been made in the sense of the Wikimedia Deutschland as a whole.
>> With immediate effect, he has the full rights and duties of the Executive
>> Director and will also continue to lead the Software Development
>> Department.
>>
>> This solution allows us as a board to approach the next steps with the
>> necessary calmness and deliberate thought. On 28-29 January 2017, we will
>> meet for our regular board retreat and discuss all questions regarding the
>> permanent filling of the ED position.
>>
>> Christian, once again a big thank you for your work with us.
>> Congratulations and a good start in politics. I would like to thank you,
>> Abraham, for your agreement to take on this crucial task and look forward
>> to the further, close cooperation with you!
>>
>> I will keep you posted on future updates in the transition process.
>>
>> For the Supervisory Board
>> Tim Moritz Hector
>> Chair
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMDE-update: Christian Rickerts might become Undersecretary of State

2016-12-05 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations! And all the best to Christian and everyone else.

Sydney

On Dec 5, 2016 6:06 AM, "Tim Moritz Hector" 
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> On Saturday, the Green Party has resolved the coalition agreement for the
> future Berlin government and nominated their future government officials.
> The
> new designated Minister of economics, Ramona Pop, asked Christian to become
> her Undersecretary of State for the new Berlin ministry of economy, energy
> and enterprises. Now things are going to happen quite quickly: The future
> senate is scheduled to be constituted on December 8th. Right after that,
> Christian would take on the new responsibility.
>
> The Supervisory Board of Wikimedia Deutschland and Christian agree that
> this is a great opportunity that he should accept. I also see this as a
> huge compliment to our work at Wikimedia Deutschland.
>
> We are aware that this opportunity brings a lot of change for our
> organisation for the near future as well. Christian and I are currently
> working on the next steps together with our staff and community. We will
> provide you with regular updates regarding the transition process.
>
> Thank you very much and kind regards
>
> Tim Moritz Hector
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiDonne

2016-11-17 Thread Sydney Poore
WooHoo!! Glad to have you in the Wikimedia affiliate family!

Sydney Poore
User FloNight
Co-Founder
WikiWomen,
Kentucky Wikimedians,
WikiConference North America
User Groups

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On Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 2:29 PM, Maor Malul <mao...@zoho.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
> It is my pleasure to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the
> recognition of another Wikimedia User Group: WikiDonne [1]
>
> As the name indicates, their area of focus is content related to women
> across the different Wikimedia projects, especially in Italian. They also
> look to cooperate with other affiliates and especially with those focused on
> the same topic, such as WikiWomen and WikiMujeres, and are already
> cooperating with other external entities :-)
>
> Welcome!!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiDonne
>
>
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> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Maor Malul
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> <http://wikimedia.org.ve>
> Member, Wikimedia Israel | www.wikimedia.org.il <http://wikimedia.org.il>
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Victoria Coleman, WMF Chief Technology Officer

2016-11-02 Thread Sydney Poore
Welcome, Victoria! Looking forward to having you as a part of the wikimedia
movement!

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On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 2:33 PM, Patricio Lorente <patricio.lore...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> Great news! Welcome, Victoria!
>
> El mié., 2 de nov. de 2016 a la(s) 15:32, Sage Ross <
> ragesoss+wikipe...@gmail.com> escribió:
>
> > In case the link didn't work for anyone else:
> >
> > https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/11/02/victoria-coleman-
> chief-technology-officer/
> >
> > -Sage
> >
> > On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 11:22 AM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > I’m excited today to introduce the Wikimedia Foundation's new Chief
> > > Technology Officer, Victoria Coleman. Victoria’s first day is November
> 7,
> > > and she will be based in the Foundation's office in San Francisco.
> > >
> > > Victoria comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in consumer
> > and
> > > enterprise technology. And as you’ll learn quickly when you start
> getting
> > > to know her, she is deeply passionate about the importance of
> education,
> > > and how the Wikimedia mission advances education and equity around the
> > > world.
> > >
> > > When we started looking for a CTO for the Foundation, projects, and
> > > communities, we knew we were looking for a unique person - someone with
> > the
> > > experience to lead confidently, and the confidence to embrace open
> > > collaboration in leadership. We were looking for someone with a track
> > > record of success leading strategy and execution for technology
> platforms
> > > at scale, someone will be an effective mentor and leader for our
> > Technology
> > > department, and a strong partner to Product teams. We needed someone
> who
> > > would thrive in our culture and be an inclusive collaborator with staff
> > and
> > > community. We agreed that Victoria met these requirements and then
> some.
> > >
> > > Victoria has deep experience across consumer and enterprise technology
> > > fields and is a longtime advocate for innovation in education and the
> > > public sector. She has seen and done many things in her career, from
> > > mobility platforms to connected devices to cyber security to web
> services
> > > at scale. She brings operational excellence in strategic long-term
> > > planning, execution, delivery, and running large distributed teams.
> > >
> > > Most recently, Victoria served as Senior Vice President and Chief
> > > Technology Officer for the Connected Home Division of Technicolor,
> where
> > > she was responsible for innovation strategy, product management,
> > technology
> > > roadmaps, and technical due diligence for acquisitions and
> partnerships.
> > > Previously, as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at
> > Harman,
> > > she led the core technology platforms of the Infotainment Division
> > > including systems and software, media, tuner, navigation, connectivity,
> > and
> > > advanced driver assist systems. Before this, she served as Vice
> > President,
> > > Emerging Technologies at Nokia, Vice President, Software Engineering of
> > > Hewlett-Packard’s webOS global business unit, and Vice President of
> > > Samsung's Advanced Institute of Technology.
> > >
> > > Victoria also has deep familiarity with open source software
> development,
> > > having witnessed the rise of the Unix movement first as a student and
> > later
> > > as an instructor. She has been actively involved in the development of
> > the
> > > Linux-based LiMo (renamed Tizen). She passionately believes in the
> power
> > of
> > > open source and is familiar with how a commitment to open source
> > > strengthens platforms and products at an integral level.
> > >
> > > Victoria received her B.Sc and M.Sc in Electronic Computer Systems and
> > Computer
> > > Aided Logic Design respectively from the University of Salford, UK and
> > her
> > > Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. She is
> > the
> > > author of over 60 articles and books (!). She has worked with teams
> > around
> > > the world, including in Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Finland,
> Germany,
> > > India, Israel, Korea, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United
> States.
> > >
> > > One 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] FDC appointments

2016-09-02 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, Garfield, Anne, Bishakha, and Candelaria.

And a big thank you to  Dumisani, Matanya and Osmar for work that you
did evaluating the grants proposals,  and also making the FDC be a
well functioning committee.
Warm regards,
Sydney
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On Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 12:54 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl> wrote:
> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> We are pleased to inform you that the WMF Board of Trustees has come to a
> decision about which four candidates to appoint to the FDC for the next 2
> years. It wasn't easy, as the caliber of candidates[*] was extremely high,
> and their range of skills and expertise extremely impressive.
>
> The resolution is now published in
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:Funds_Dissemination_Committee_Membership_2016
>
> We have selected four appointees as follows:
>
> 1) Garfield Byrd (User:Gtbiv)
> 2) Anne Clin (User:Risker)
> 3) Bishakha Datta (User:Bishdatta)
> 4) Candelaria Laspeñas (User:Cande_laspe)
>
> On behalf of the Board, we want to thank Dumisani, Matanya and Osmar for
> their service to the FDC. We deeply appreciate the years they have served
> the committee and all the work they have done during many rounds of FDC
> recommendations. Their insights, perspectives and experiences have been
> invaluable to the work of the committee, and have gone a long way in
> shaping the development of the APG process into a successful and important
> part of grant-making in the Wikimedia world.
>
> We hope they will continue to remain engaged in the movement in different
> ways in the years ahead.
>
> We also want to thank all the candidates that participated in this round of
> nominations, and encourage them to consider re-applying for the committee
> next year, when new members will be elected to serve on the committee.
>
> Best,
>
> Dariusz & Guy
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedians of Iowa User Group

2016-08-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Welcome to the United States User Group family, and congratulations!
Warm regards
Sydney

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On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 7:06 AM, Carlos M. Colina <ma...@wikimedia.org.ve>
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am pleased to announce the
> recognition of the newest Wikimedia User Group: Wikimedians of Iowa User
> Group [1]
>
> The group is composed of  wikimedians from Iowa, who seek to organize
> activities all over the state, like editathons and meetups, reaching out to
> local educational institutions, libraries, and holding competitions. They
> can trace the idea for the creation of the group during a Wikimedia DC
> editathon this year ;-)
>
> Welcome, Iowan colleagues!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Iowa_User_Group
> --
> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> <http://wikimedia.org.ve>
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
> El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de lucro.
> Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
>
> Asociación Civil Wikimedia Venezuela (Wikimedia Venezuela) | RIF.:
> J-40129321-2 | Los Teques, Estado Miranda. Venezuela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farsi Wikipedia

2016-07-27 Thread Sydney Poore
Excellent to hear! Congratulations!!

Sydney
FloNight

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On Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 2:10 PM, Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> I would to let everyone know, after 13 years and millions of edits, Finally
> Farsi Wikipedia has reached 500,000 article. This is a very historic moment
> for all us in Farsi Wikipedia.
>
> Mardetanha
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Ohio Wikimedians User Group

2016-07-26 Thread Sydney Poore
Congrats and welcome to the neighborhood! :-)

Sydney Poore
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Kentucky Wikimedians User Group

On Jul 26, 2016 7:30 AM, "Carlos M. Colina" <ma...@wikimedia.org.ve> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am glad to announce the
> recognition of the newest Wikimedia User Group in the United States: Ohio
> Wikimedians User Group [1]. Their focus of activities is in the state of
> Ohio, supporting and helping develop the local community of wikimedians.
>
> It is worth noting that some of the founding members of the group have
> been members of Wikipedia Connection[2], a Ohio State University student
> organization devoted to contribute to Wikipedia, who have been joined by
> other wikimedians from Ohio to create this new User Group.
>
> Welcome to the family!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Ohio_Wikimedians_User_Group
> 2: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Connection
>
>
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> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> <http://wikimedia.org.ve>
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
> El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de lucro.
> Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
>
> Asociación Civil Wikimedia Venezuela (Wikimedia Venezuela) | RIF.:
> J-40129321-2 | Los Teques, Estado Miranda. Venezuela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] With my thanks to everyone ...

2016-07-18 Thread Sydney Poore
Many thanks Geoff for your wise counsel and dedication to the principles
that make Wikimedia Foundation unique.

Congratulations to your new employer. They are lucky to have someone with
your experience and skills.

Take care,
Sydney
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Damage compensation to photographer for violation of license of a photo taken from Commons

2016-06-28 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you for the information about this case. It is good to see it worked
out to all satisfaction.

Sydney
On Jun 28, 2016 10:52 AM, "Cristian Consonni" 
wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Last week a small case of copyright violation come to a positive
> conclusion.
>
> Niccolò Caranti [[User:Jaqen]] is a Wikipedian and as a professional
> photographer also a very prolific Commons contributor to the point
> that he is a sysop both on itwiki and Commons.
>
> He recently discovered that one of his photos was used for an event
> without respecting the terms of the CC-BY-SA license, i.e. without
> proper attribution to him and reference to the license.
>
> Supported by Simone Aliprandi - a lawyer specializing in intellectual
> property and author of a number of (free/libre) books on the topic of
> licenses and Creative Commons in particular - they sent a formal
> request to the organizers of the event.
>
> The issue has been resolved amicably with all legal costs paid by the
> agency that was working for the organizers of the event (who admitted
> their mistake) and a compensation for the author.
>
> You can read more about this case here:
>
> https://aliprandi.blogspot.it/2016/06/photo-from-wikipedia-violation-license-caranti.html
>
> Cristian
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Governance Committee update

2016-06-28 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Dariusz,

Thank you for the time that you are sending working on the Governance
Committee.

I appreciate this email that shares your progress and future plans. Many of
the ideas sound helpful and effective to address some long term problems.

With the growth in new methods and processes is the Board planning to have
a method to  monitor/measure the success of these activities?

Sydney Poore/FloNight
On Jun 27, 2016 2:46 PM, "Dariusz Jemielniak" <dar...@alk.edu.pl> wrote:

hi all,

this is an update on the work of the Board Governance Committee over the
last months that some of you have requested.

Among other things, the Board Governance Committee has worked on:
- Creating the Board’s competence matrix[1],
- Discussing the most critical needs for the expert seats, and proposing
technology (deep, intimate understanding of how software works, possibly
coming from open-source involvement), as well as global organization and
community management and change in non-profit world as the major ones,
- Discussing the calendar for the vacant expert seat recruitment, and
adjusting to the WMF HR staff available support (scheduled to start in
August),
- Discussing the vacant community seats solutions (and proposing shortening
the terms and having community elections in early 2017, so that the elected
members would join the Board at April meeting),
- Appointing the new Election Committee (and proposing a process in which
the further development of this body will be partially transferred to the
community),
- Reviewing the possibilities for an external Board review (as recommended
by the FDC),
- Increasing transparency (a set of concrete measures soon to be put
forward by Dariusz and Maria, following several discussions),
- Introducing a workshop[2] for external Board members about wiki-culture
and copyright (topics picked by the community[3]) at Wikimania,
- Conducting an internal Board[4] survey about our understanding of our
tasks, governance practices, etc.
- Discussing general governance improvements[5] for the Board.

We have also considered introducing one centralized place on meta for
Board-community communication, but after discussion with the staff we have
concluded that we're going to rely on small incremental improvements in
communication first.

The remaining topics still include:
- the Advisory Board redesign/restart,
- the Board's composition and structure analysis,
- possible external reviews or consulting,
- introducing workshops on best governance practices (and other topics of
interest) for Board members,
- other governance improvements and tasks.

let me know if you have any questions!

dj "pundit"

(current Trustee and BGC member, passing BGC chairing to Natalia Tymkiv)



[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/2016_competence_matrix
[2]
https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/Training_sessions/Proposals/Wikimedia_Movement_Culture_workshop
[3]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_Governance_Committee/Wikimania_2016_training
[4]  https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2016-03
[5]
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_Governance_Recommendations_(April_2016)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations. I couldn't be more thrilled
Warm regards.
Sydney
On Jun 24, 2016 11:30 AM, "Oona Castro"  wrote:

> Congratulations! Very good news indeed!
> Em 24/06/2016 06:29, "Samuel Klein"  escreveu:
>
> > 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, 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Kentucky Wikimedians

2016-06-24 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Carlos.

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

> Dear all,
>
> It is my pleasure to announce the recognition of a new Wikimedia User
> Group in the United States: Kentucky Wikimedians [1]
>
> Their efforts are focused on providing support to those in Kentucky who
> are interested in creating and expanding content in the different Wikimedia
> projects. They have already organized some meetups and plan to expand their
> activities in the state.
>
> Welcome!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Kentucky_Wikimedians_User_Group
>
>
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> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> 
> Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
> Twitter: @maor_x
>
> El logotipo y el nombre de Wikimedia, Wikimedia Venezuela, Wikipedia,
> Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Incubator, Wiktionary y otros proyectos
> relacionados son marcas registradas usadas bajo permiso expreso de su
> titular, la Fundación Wikimedia, Inc., una organización sin fines de lucro.
> Otros nombres y marcas pertenecen a sus respectivos propietarios.
>
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> J-40129321-2 | Los Teques, Estado Miranda. Venezuela
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Welcome Delphine Ménard as WMF's Annual Plan Grants Program Officer

2016-06-21 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations Delphine!

Sydney
On Jun 21, 2016 12:55 AM, "Katy Love"  wrote:

> Hi Wikimedians,
>
> Today WMF's Community Resources team is joined by Delphine Ménard as our
> newly appointed Annual Plan Grants
>  (APG) Program Officer. In
> that
> role, Delphine will support both funding streams included in the Annual
> Plan Grants program, including Simple Annual Plan Grants and the Funds
> Dissemination Committee's
> 
> (FDC) full process APG, with her focus on the FDC.  We are excited to have
> her join our team.
>
> Some of you may know Delphine as [[user:notafish]]. She's a longtime
> Wikimedian who has played many roles in our movement. She was WMF's
> Chapter's Coordinator many years ago, then a member of the Board of
> Wikimedia Deutschland, and most recently, a member of the Funds
> Dissemination Committee herself. Her wide array of experiences and roles
> will serve her well as the new APG Program Officer.
>
> In the weeks ahead, Delphine will be reaching out to the FDC-funded
> organizations and will also be leading the Board's recruitment to fill four
> open seats on the FDC. I know she is looking forward to working with all of
> you. :)
>
> Cheers,
> Katy Love
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harassment and blaming the victim

2016-06-07 Thread Sydney Poore
My suggestion is to come up with a general type training that can work for
all administrators and functionaries since all have the freedom and
permission to do all types of work on WMF projects. And that training
should be mandatory.

Then people who are focusing on a particular type of administrative or
functionaries work can take more advanced courses that could be mandatory
for doing some types of work.

Sydney





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On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 2:10 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Sydney,
>
> Thanks for that link. I think that for now I would suggest avoiding making
> the training mandatory because we won't know how successful it is until
> after we've used it for awhile. After the training has been tested and
> refined based on feedback, and if the consensus is that the training is
> helpful, then at that point we could consider making this a required annual
> training.
>
> I could foresee is that, on wikis that have arbitration committees or
> other systematic ways of dealing with administrators who mess up, the
> ArbComs and/or the community could say that those administrators who have
> demonstrated weakness in areas that are addressed by the training will be
> required to take or re-take the training as a condition of keeping their
> admin permissions.
>
> My hope is that the training will be of such good quality, and so
> interesting and useful to administrators, that many administrators will
> *want* to take the training or at least be curious enough to try it. Big
> carrot, small stick. We can escalate from there if the training develops a
> track record of success.
>
> I would think of success as being measured in two ways: administrators'
> feedback about the training shows a consensus that they found it helpful,
> and communities report higher levels of satisfaction with their
> administrators as shown in the difference between surveys that are done
> before on multiple wikis (1) before the training starts and (2) after 6 or
> 12 months of the training being rolled out.
>
> Comments welcome, including suggestions about how to measure the success
> of the training.
>
> Pine
>
> On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 7:58 PM, Sydney Poore <sydney.po...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight suggested Annual Training during the
>> Harassment Consultation, 2015.
>>
>>
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Harassment_consultation_2015/Ideas/Annual_training
>>
>> If you've not seen it, it is worth your time to read the talk page
>> discussion.
>>
>> Sydney
>>
>> Sydney Poore
>> User:FloNight
>> Wiki Project Med Foundation
>> WikiWomen's User Group
>> Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sydney.e.poore
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I have created
>>>
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Training_for_administrators
>>> and would welcome feedback there.
>>>
>>> On the subject of block evasion, I have some ideas but would defer to our
>>> experienced CheckUsers.
>>>
>>> Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harassment and blaming the victim

2016-06-06 Thread Sydney Poore
Hi James,

I more or less agree with your comments and suggestions. But one
consideration is the damage that comes from ideas left unchallenged and the
readers of the ideas feel dispirited or alienated that no one spoke up
pointing out the problems/concerns.

That is the reason that take the time to comment on talk pages about ideas
that I both like and don't like.
Warm regards,
Sydney

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On Sun, Jun 5, 2016 at 4:13 PM, James Alexander <jalexan...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> In general discussing specific cases on public mailings lists is not
> useful at helping the situation (Pax is, of course, feel free to do so if
> they feel it would be right). I think if people want to help then thinking
> about, and talking about, ways to do so is the best way to tackle the
> problem. Those discussions (and possible solutions) can take many forms and
> while the inspire campaign right now is a perfect (and tailor made)
> opportunity to do so it is in now way the only one.
>
> Some thoughts to help people having difficulty coming up with what to do:
>
> 1. Do you think that the social or policy rules that currently exist are
> not enough? Then talk about that on the pages and what you think should be
> changed (and why) and how to roll that out. Do we need another policy or a
> global one? Do we need to rewrite an old one? Should it be a local/global
> community policy or a part of the ToU? Something else entirely from the
> board?
>
> 2. Do you think that the current rules are enough but are not being
> enforced properly and/or not ABLE to be enforced properly? Then let's talk
> about what could help. Is it other community members ignoring or
> misunderstanding the rules? Is it people being able to evade too easily? Is
> it that those who enforce the rules get harassed themselves and back off?
> Are they just so overwhelmed that they can't keep up? Something else?
>
> What would be good for this? Is it social pressure or support to enforce
> the rules already in play? A global arbcom type body? Better blocking
> tools? (do we have ideas on better how?) A "reporting" tool that reports to
> admins/the community in some fashion with the ability to escalate to the
> WMF (either harassment specific or made to deal with other reports as well
> such as vandalism or COI)?
>
> These and others have all been brought up to me in conversations by
> community members so I know people are thinking about it. We want to get it
> down where everyone can think about it. On a personal basis I think it's
> likely it's a mix of different things + something we haven't thought about
> before but we can only do so much at once obviously.
>
> If someone sees a proposal that you think would cause more harm then good
> I would strongly encourage them to consider making other proposals that
> they think WOULD help rather then targeting and attacking those who created
> other proposals (or even attacking the proposals themselves). Doing so has
> a tendency only to help people feel harassed and attacked and moves them to
> belittle and ignore your concerns. What we need is more ideas, not more
> shit slung over the fence.
>
> In the end I do agree that any idea that harassment is "not real" or not a
> major problem right now is, at best, naive and could overall be very
> dangerous not only to our users but the projects as a whole. That does not,
> of course, mean we know the answer. In fact, we know we don't, it's what
> we're (all) trying to figure out.
>
> James Alexander
> Manager, Trust & Safety
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jun 5, 2016, at 12:31 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Thanks, Patrick. The community regularly expends considerable volunteer
> > time and effort to protect the intrgrity of article content and to deal
> > with block evasion. I think it would be helpful if further efforts could
> be
> > made to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of tools and processes
> > for addressing block evasion, including the use of Legal Department
> > resources as appropriate. Block evasion is a problem that affects many
> > aspects of Wikimedia, including article integrity and loss of volunteer
> > time as already mentioned, as well as the harms to harassment victims,
> the
> > stress on the volunteer admins and functionaries, and negative impact on
> > community population and health.
> >
> > Thanks for working on this. Is there anything more that you can do to
> > assist with Pax's situation in particular?
> >
> > Pine
> >> On Jun 5, 2016 11:11, "Patrick Earley" <pear...@w

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harassment and blaming the victim

2016-06-06 Thread Sydney Poore
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight suggested Annual Training during the Harassment
Consultation, 2015.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Harassment_consultation_2015/Ideas/Annual_training

If you've not seen it, it is worth your time to read the talk page
discussion.

Sydney

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On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I have created
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Training_for_administrators
> and would welcome feedback there.
>
> On the subject of block evasion, I have some ideas but would defer to our
> experienced CheckUsers.
>
> Pine
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harassment and blaming the victim

2016-06-06 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Pax/Funcrunch, for bringing this topic to the broad wikimedia
community. I'm sorry that you've had a bad experience contributing to
Wikipedia. And I'm glad that you are staying around to add and improve
content, and also to offer your ideas about how to address harassment.

I appreciate that the WMF staff is working on keeping the Inspire Campaign
pages a safe and friendly place to contribute ideas. I hope that some
people with admin, oversight, and checkuser privileges on meta are helping
out, too, because it will be better if it is a shared job.

I too am disappointed that so many of the options getting broad support are
suggesting that the target of harassment needs to be fixed or that they
should leave or reduce their participation in the wikimedia movement in
order to reduce disruption on wiki.

I know that there are many oversighter, checkusers, and stewards all across
the movement who are working hard to fight disruption from trolls and
harassers. But right now we are stuck without outdated tools and processes
to combat harassment.

I know that if we put our minds to finding better solutions, we will! :-)

I look forward to reading more ideas!
Warm regards,
Sydney







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On Sat, Jun 4, 2016 at 9:56 PM, Pax Ahimsa Gethen <
list-wikime...@funcrunch.org> wrote:

> Hi all, I'm Pax aka Funcrunch [1]. I've been a Wikipedian since 2008, but
> this is my first post to this mailing list. (I've been reading list
> messages on the archives page occasionally for the last several months.)
>
> I'm writing because of a concern I have about the community's attitude
> toward harassment on Wikipedia. I got a Wikinotice about this month's
> Inspire Campaign, which specifically asks: "What ideas do you have that can
> help prevent and generally address cases of harassment?" [2] As a victim of
> several of the harassing behaviors mentioned as examples - " name calling,
> threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation" - I was encouraged to
> see that this problem was (hopefully) being taken seriously by the
> Foundation, and submitted a proposal.
>
> Looking at the other proposals submitted, I soon noticed that the most
> popular "ideas" on the list included complaints of "political correctness"
> and suggesting we shouldn't be so sensitive [3], and that we should just
> get some sleep and exercise and reconsider why we're so offended. [4] (That
> first "idea" has since been recategorized by a WMF staffer to remove it
> from the current campaign.)
>
> It really bothers me that a campaign specifically designed to combat
> harassment - which is a very serious and real problem for people of
> marginalized identities like myself [5]- is being co-opted by people saying
> things like " Harassment doesn't cause actual damage," " The existence of
> harassment is an opportunity to improve ourselves further through
> self-discipline," and " Harassment on Wikimedia has been exaggerated." I
> suggest that people who honestly believe this, but are willing to accept
> that they might be wrong, read a recent essay about online harassment by
> Anil Dash: "The Immortal Myths About Online Abuse." [6]
>
> I'm not "looking to be offended," and I'm not trying to "censor" people
> who simply disagree with me. I'm trying to help build an encyclopedia,
> without being harassed by block-evading stalkers hurling hate speech my
> way. The existing tools and policies are *not* sufficient to deal with
> this. That's (what I thought was) the point of this Inspire campaign, not
> complaining about censorship and " crybullying."
>
> I've posted a much shorter version of this concern on the Inspire Campaign
> talk page [7], so feel free to weigh in there instead of here on the list
> if that's more appropriate. Thank you for reading.
>
> - Pax, aka Funcrunch
>
>
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Funcrunch
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Stop_%22Political_Correctness%22_as_gauge
> !
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Don't_feed_the_trolls
> [5] Queer, trans, and black, in my case.
> [6]
> https://medium.com/humane-tech/the-immortal-myths-about-online-abuse-a156e3370aee
> [7]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:IdeaLab/Inspire/Meta#Blaming_the_victim
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Crisis of Confidence

2016-05-02 Thread Sydney Poore
Dariusz*, *

Thank you for continuing to engage with the community.

Responding to highly critical voices in the movement is not fun.

Beside the highly critical voices on the mailing list, there are many
people who read this list and
appreciate communication from you.
Warm regards,
Sydney Poore
User:FloNight

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 10:17 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl>
wrote:

> On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Your email fits perfectly with my description of the WMF board: "have
> > not apologized or even changed a single part of their governance
> > processes, despite vague unmeasurable offers to look into it."
>
>
> I'm not sure if it is typical for the bodies such as Board to issue
> official apologies - but for my part, I definitely apologize for all
> shortcomings of the procedure I've been involved in, mistakes in oversight,
> etc.
>
>
>
> > After
> > many months there is no *commitment* to a date for any change to
> > governance,
>
>
> Again, you seem not to have noticed that we nearly immediately amended the
> recruitment procedure in a way that will make repeating a mistake unlikely.
>
>
>
> > nor is there any specific or measurable commitment to what
> > the goal is for an "open conversation" or how that works.
>
>
> How governance works? In fact, it would be nice to have this conversation
> as well, sure. The problem is that there are multiple demands from the
> community, and there are also external needs for the Board to address.
> We're out of bandwidth. Is the governance talk top priority now? Maybe. But
> I'm not convinced that it is more important than the ED search, or the
> expert seat fulfilment, or comments on strategy/plan, better enculturation
> and on-boarding of external Board members, and so on.
>
>
>
> > Knowing the
> > history of the WMF board, there will no doubt be a pre-prepared policy
> > or process and it will be implemented with barely any regard for
> > community views which will be "canvassed" after the fact as a sop to
> > "consensus".
> >
>
> Well, not engaging with a person who clearly assumes extremely bad faith is
> a privilege I'm going to exercise. Feel free to keep on writing of course,
> just excuse me for not getting involved in replies to you in this thread
> for a while.
>
>
>
> > Am I right that you were the chair of the governance committee
> >
> responsible for recommending Arnnon to the board and that you are
> > still in that position? Why are you still involved in the governance
> > process if you were responsible for this huge mistake and the
> > resulting PR disaster for the WMF and Arnnon?
> >
>
> You are correct - the BGC recommended Arnnon, and I personally had not
> found about the controversy when I was reviewing his files. I stated this
> on the list, admitted the mistake, as well as tried to understand and
> explain how it happened. I also proposed the changes to the future
> recruitment process, which have been introduced.
>
> My understanding is that I'm still in this position, as the Board has
> assumed that this mistake was systematic, not personal. However, I am not
> tied to my seat, or to my presence on the Board. If the community recalls
> me, I will step down from either the BGC or the Board in general.
>
> cheers,
>
> dj
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Crisis of Confidence

2016-05-02 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Fae,

From my perspective, Dariusz is committed to improving the governance of
Board. But, he is in a volunteer position, and is limited in the percentage
of his time that he can devote to WMF Board business.

Even if he personally was devoting 60 hours a week to reforming the Board,
it would be impossible to have a new plan in place this soon.

Sydney



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On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 9:48 AM, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Dariusz,
>
> Your email fits perfectly with my description of the WMF board: "have
> not apologized or even changed a single part of their governance
> processes, despite vague unmeasurable offers to look into it." After
> many months there is no *commitment* to a date for any change to
> governance, nor is there any specific or measurable commitment to what
> the goal is for an "open conversation" or how that works. Knowing the
> history of the WMF board, there will no doubt be a pre-prepared policy
> or process and it will be implemented with barely any regard for
> community views which will be "canvassed" after the fact as a sop to
> "consensus".
>
> No, I have not forgotten that Arnnon had to resign, thanks for
> pointing that out, and I recall how the WMF board unanimously
> supported him staying just the day before, even though it was
> absolutely obvious that he was not fit to be a trustee, and had he
> stayed the WMF board would have been a ghastly joke in terms of ethics
> for HR, at a time when the WMF's inability to do a professional job of
> HR in terms of the most basic staff morale was becoming a public fact.
>
> Am I right that you were the chair of the governance committee
> responsible for recommending Arnnon to the board and that you are
> still in that position? Why are you still involved in the governance
> process if you were responsible for this huge mistake and the
> resulting PR disaster for the WMF and Arnnon?
>
> Thanks,
> Fae
>
> On 2 May 2016 at 14:21, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl> wrote:
> > 02.05.2016 5:22 AM "Fæ" <fae...@gmail.com> napisał(a):
> >>
> >> Perhaps we could stick to facts?
> >>
> >> In the very recent case of Arnnon Geshuri, the WMF board of trustees
> >> proved themselves to be completely out of touch with the
> >> community.[1][2] 314 Wikimedians took part in the vote of no
> >> confidence, hardly just "malcontents", and 95% of those that took part
> >> voted directly against the stated position of the board, who still
> >> remain happy with their decision to keep Geshuri as trustee,
> >
> > You must have missed the announcement that he stepped down from the
> Board.
> >
> > and have
> >> not apologized or even changed a single part of their governance
> >> processes, despite vague unmeasurable offers to look into it.
> >>
> >
> > I posted three items that we're changing in the future recruitment
> process
> > quite quickly. Currently we have an ongoing discussion on how to reform
> the
> > Board composition, and I hope we will be able to have an open
> conversation
> > about these ideas soon (read: before Wikimania).
> >
> > I'm sure that some people would like the WMF to be more like a Telekom. I
> > don't think that corporate standards and procedures are the answer, and I
> > really would like the WMF to be what it was meant to be: a
> mission-driven,
> > knowledge organization in NGO/open-source environment, run by passionate
> > employees in a strong, community- and staff- friendly culture, that
> > delivers visionary results.
> >
> > We're far from there yet, but following Telekom standards is not the
> > answer. The WMF should improve by all means, and it also should be more
> > accountable - but this is why this year it returns to the FDC process
> > (which has been one of my priorities to increase communal control), and
> > that should provide sensible community's feedback.
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [recent changes]

2016-04-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Denny,

Thank you for your very thoughtful email. I appreciate your reasoning.
Sydney

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On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 2:33 PM, Manuel Schneider <
manuel.schnei...@wikimedia.ch> wrote:

> Thanks a lot Denny for your honest and inspiring mail.
> I kept stumm for the most part of the last month's controversy, as I
> merely could have +1ed a lot of stuff that has been said and that's not
> worth spinding bandwidth and people's time.
>
> Now I want to take that time to say thank you, for your time on the
> board and for your role in Wikidata. For a return in a role that
> inspires you again.
>
> /Manuel
>
> On 04/08/2016 08:17 PM, Denny Vrandecic wrote:
> > I exchanged a walk on part in the war for a lead role in the cage.
> >
> > I find myself tied and limited in my actions and projects. In order to
> > avoid the perception or potential for Conflict of Interests I have to act
> > extremely carefully in far too many parts of my life. Instead of being
> able
> > to pursue my projects or some projects at work - which I think would
> align
> > very well with our mission - I found myself trapped between too many
> > constraints. I feel like I cannot offer my thoughts and my considerations
> > openly, since they might easily be perceived as expressions of interests
> -
> > regarding my previous work, regarding my friends, regarding my current
> > employment.
> >
> > This hit home strongly during the FDC deliberations, where I had to deal
> > with the situation of people deliberating a proposal written by my Best
> > Man, around a project that has consumed the best part of the previous
> > decade of my life. Obviously, I explained the conflicts in this case, and
> > refrained from participating in the discussion, as agreed with the FDC.
> >
> > This hit home every time there was a topic that might be perceived as a
> > potential conflict of interest between Wikimedia and my employer, and
> even
> > though I might have been in a unique position to provide insight, I had
> to
> > refrain from doing so in order not to exert influence.
> >
> > There were constant and continuous attacks against me, as being merely
> > Google’s mole on the Board, even of the election being bought by Google.
> I
> > would not have minded these attacks so much - if I would have had the
> > feeling that my input to the Board, based on my skills and experiences,
> > would have been particularly valuable, or if I would have had the feeling
> > of getting anything done while being on the Board. As it is, neither was
> > the case.
> >
> > I discussed with Jan-Bart, then chair, what is and what is not
> appropriate
> > to pursue as a member of the Board. I understood and followed his advice,
> > but it was frustrating. It was infuriatingly limiting.
> >
> > As some of you might know, Wikidata was for me just one step towards my
> > actual goal, a fully multilingual Wikipedia. I hoped that as a Trustee I
> > could pursue that goal, but when even writing a comment on a bug in
> > Phabricator has to be considered under the aspect that it will be read as
> > "it is a Board-member writing that comment" and/or “It’s a Googler
> writing
> > that comment”, I don’t see how I could effectively pursue such a goal.
> >
> > It was at Wikimania 2006 in Boston, when Markus Krötzsch and I had lunch
> > with Dan Connolly, a co-editor of the early HTML specs. Dan gave me an
> > advise that still rings with me - to do the things worth doing that only
> > you can do. This set me, back then, on a path that eventually lead to the
> > creation of Wikidata - which, before then, wasn't something I wanted to
> do
> > myself. I used to think that merely suggesting it would be enough -
> someone
> > will eventually do it, I don’t have to. There’s plenty of committed and
> > smart people at the Foundation, they’ll make it happen. Heck, Erik was
> back
> > then a supporter of the plan (he was the one to secure the domain
> > wikidata.org), and he was deputy director. Things were bound to happen
> > anyway. But that is not what happened. I eventually, half a decade later,
> > realized that if I do not do it, it simply won't happen, at least not in
> a
> > reasonable timeframe.
> >
> > And as said, Wikidata was just one step on the way. But right now I
> cannot
> > take the next steps. Anything that I would do or propose or suggest will
> be
> > regarded through the lense of my current positions. To be fair, I do see
> > that I should not be both the one sugges

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board update

2016-04-08 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you Patricio for the update.

Where or how is the best way for the community to solicit suggestions about
making these new appointments. On meta?

Sydney

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On Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 2:20 PM, Patricio Lorente <patricio.lore...@gmail.com
> wrote:

> All,
>
> As many of you already know, Denny Vrandečić has announced his resignation
> from the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, effective today, April
> 8th. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Denny for his service to
> the movement and to the Wikimedia Foundation. We wish him the best during
> his wikibreak, and look forward to seeing him on the projects and around
> the movement.
>
> When Denny informed the Board that he was stepping down, we began to
> consider how we would move forward. We recognize the importance of filling
> the two vacancies on the Board, and would like to proceed in a way that
> respects the will of the community and responds to existing Board needs.
> The Board will be meeting in Berlin during the Wikimedia Conference on
> April 22nd and 23rd - during this time we will discuss how we should fill
> the open community-nominated and appointed Trustee seats.
>
> I look forward to sharing more information with you in late April.
>
>   Patricio
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [FDC] Wikimédia France Annual Plan Grant - 2015-2016 R2

2016-03-25 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Emeric. I appreciate the commitment for community engagement.

Warm regards,

Sydney
On Mar 25, 2016 9:44 AM, "Emeric Vallespi" 
wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> Since 2 years, Wikimédia France provides its "APG" proposal in advance on
> meta, even if some parts are still in progress and other require
> improvements.
>
> You'll find our proposal for the 2015-2016 Round 2 here:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2015-2016_round2/Wikimédia_France/Proposal_form
>
> Our staff and volunteers are still working on the document. However, we
> publish it in advance to allow your feedback and proofread.
> If you want to help on these topics: you can fix minor errors, let us know
> if you noticed mistake(s), ask for clarification or suggest improvement(s).
> We'll do our best to implement your feedbacks and improve the proposal
> before the deadline, which is Friday 1st April.
>
> Moreover, if you have any questions about our programs for next year,
> please, ask :)
>
> Thanks to anyone who will help us to improve our proposal.
>
> Warmest regards,
> --
> Emeric Vallespi
> Vice President
>
> Wikimédia France
> www.wikimedia.fr | Twitter: @Wikimedia_Fr
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Case for Federation: Should Parts of WMF Be Spun Off?

2016-03-19 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Erik,

I don't disagree with the premise of your argument that an alternative
structure of the wikimedia movement would let some parts of the wikimedia
movement grow stronger and more effective in delivering a focused impact.

There is no doubt that North America could be self sustaining (people and
resources) with loads of thematic organizations, both affiliates and
independent.  The largest European Chapters would do fine.

The question is whether a Federation would actually strengthen the
diversity of the wikimedia movement or would it weaken the global mission?

The important element is a body of people in the wikimedia movement who
strongly embrace the diversity of the movement and make it the priority.

Currently there is weak support in the wikimedia movement for global
alliances. But the ones that have happened have given the wikimedia
movement a sense of unity. Like Wiki Loves Monuments and Art+Feminism.

Right now the central hub of the global movement is WMF. Despite other
recent problems. The WMF is doing a great job of regularly communicating
about the world wide movement.

There needs to be a successful transfer of the global mission to another
body/bodies or there is the risk that local growth will be even more uneven
than today.

Additionally, the core sense of a movement could be lost unless there is a
strong shared vision. Volunteers and donors contribute to a greater
movement because of the its mission.

So,a priority of a Federation would be to foster a strong shared mission.

Sydney





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On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 10:22 PM, Erik Moeller <eloque...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> Now that the dust has settled a bit, I would like to expand on an idea
> that’s been touched on a few times (most recently, in an editorial by
> William Beutler [1]): the notion that WMF might be a more effective
> organization if it limited its own size in favor of focused spin-off
> organizations and affiliates.
>
> I was very much part of building the current WMF in terms of both size
> and structure, but I also think recent events underscore the fragility
> of the current model. WMF is still tiny compared with other tech
> companies that operate popular websites, but it’s a vast organization
> by Wikimedia movement standards. With nearly 300 staff [2] (beyond
> even our ambitious 2015 strategic plan staffing numbers), it dwarfs
> any other movement org.
>
> I can see three potential benefits from a more federated model:
>
> 1) Resilience. If any one organization experiences a crisis, other
> independent organizations suffer to a lesser degree than departments
> within that organization.
>
> 2) Focus. Wikimedia’s mission is very broad, and an organization with
> a clearly defined mandate is less likely to be pulled in many
> different directions -- at every level.
>
> 3) Accountability. Within a less centralized federation, it is easier
> to ensure that funding flows to those who do work the movement wants
> them to do.
>
> My experience is that growth tends to be self-reinforcing in budgetary
> processes if there are now clear ceilings established. I think that’s
> true in almost any organization. There’s always lots of work to do,
> and new teams will discover new gaps and areas into which they would
> like to expand. Hence, I would argue for the following:
>
> a) To establish 150 as the provisional ceiling for Wikimedia movement
> organizations. This is Dunbar’s number, and it has been used
> (sometimes intentionally, sometimes organically) as a limiting number
> for religious groups, military companies, corporate divisions, tax
> offices, and other human endeavors.  [3][4] This is very specifically
> because it makes organizational units more manageable and
> understandable for those who work there.
>
> b) To slowly, gradually identify parts of the WMF which would benefit
> from being spun off into independent organizations, and to launch such
> spin-offs, narrowing WMF's focus in the process.
>
> c) To aim to more clearly separate funding and evaluation
> responsibilities from programmatic work within the movement -- whether
> that work is keeping websites running, building software, or doing
> GLAM work.
>
> Note that I'm not proposing a quick splintering, but rather a slow and
> gradual process with lots of opportunity to course-correct.
>
> More on these points below.
>
> == Potential test case: MediaWiki Foundation ==
>
> A "MediaWiki Foundation" [5] has been proposed a few times and I
> suspect continues to have some currency within WMF. This org would not
> be focused on all WMF-related development work, but specifically on
> MediaWiki as software that has value to third parties. Its mission
> could in

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cross-wiki notifications beta feature now available on all wikis

2016-03-11 Thread Sydney Poore
Awesome news!!! I really appreciate this new feature.

Sydney

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On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 2:07 AM, Roan Kattouw <rkatt...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> In late 2015 and early 2016, the Collaboration team worked on building a
> cross-wiki notification feature: listing notifications from other wikis in
> the notification panel. We made this feature available on a small set of
> wikis [1] initially, and about six hours ago we made it available on all
> wikis as a beta feature.
>
> You can enable cross-wiki notifications by clicking the "Beta" link [2] in
> the top right corner (or top left in RTL languages) and enabling the
> "Enhanced notifications" setting. The notification panels (accessible
> through the bell and speech bubble icons in the top right/left corner) will
> now display an additional item telling you which other wikis you have
> unread notifications on, and you can click this item to expand it and see
> those notifications [3]. For more information, see the documentation on
> mediawiki.org [4], with mostly complete translations in 13 languages at
> the
> time of this writing.
>
> Because we don't have cross-wiki preferences, enabling the beta feature on
> one wiki doesn't automatically enable it on any other wiki. However, you
> only have to enable the beta feature to see cross-wiki notifications on a
> wiki, not to get them from that wiki. For example, if you only enable the
> beta feature on the French Wikipedia, you will see notifications from the
> French Wikisource, the Spanish Wikipedia and the Upper Sorbian Wiktionary
> even if you haven't enabled the beta feature on those wikis. In fact, if
> you've had an account for a while, you are likely to see some very old
> notifications from wikis you haven't visited in years; Magnus Manske
> tweeted a screenshot of this yesterday [5].
>
> Please try this out and let us know what you think! There's a talk page on
> mediawiki.org [6] where you can leave feedback. If you find a bug, please
> report it on Phabricator [7] or on the feedback page.
>
> Thanks a lot to the Collaboration team [8] as well as community liaisons
> Nick Wilson (Quiddity) and Benoît Evellin (Trizek) for their work on this
> over the past few months.
>
> --Roan Kattouw (User:Catrope)
>
> [1] All French wikis, all Hebrew wikis, Commons, Wikidata and
> mediawiki.org
> [2] Or go to [[Special:Preferences]] and click the "Beta features" tab
> [3]
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Notification_panel_with_cross-wiki_notification.png
> [4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Notifications/Cross-wiki
> [5] https://twitter.com/MagnusManske/status/707712047065210882
> [6] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help_talk:Notifications
> [7]
>
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/task/edit/form/1/?projectPHIDs=Notifications
> [8] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff#Collaboration
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Access and Participation in the ASBS

2016-03-11 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Yaroslav

Thanks for your reply.

My point is that there is no clear strategy or process for prioritizing
which pages get translated. So, perhaps it is easy for some people to be
mixed up.

But I'm pretty confident that I understand the issues, and I'm not getting
anything mixed up. :-)

Looking at the upcoming election's pages on Meta, I see that many of the
basic pages that describe the election are not translated into more than a
few languages and those are not up to date.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats_election_FAQ#What_is_the_chapters_wiki.3F

Additionally, I feel strongly that most everyone in the wikimedia movement
should have the opportunity to read the candidate statements and Q of the
future WMF Trustees. But right now we don't have anyway of making sure that
even the languages of voting Chapters or thematic organizations have a good
method to get it done in a timely way.

It is troubling to me that an Affiliated organization's Board needs to be
proficient in English to do the translation. Not to mention that the Board
members don't select the timing of this election and may have serious
limitations on their time that prevents doing the translation.

This dynamic in the wikimedia movement needs to change. It is exclusionary
and unwelcoming.

We can not reach the people that the wikimedia movement needs to reach if
the burden of translation of these important official WMF processes a
completely volunteer process.

Going forward, I would like to see the percentage of pages translated as a
metric that is tracked, reported, and discussed regularly.

Warm regards,
Sydney











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On Fri, Mar 11, 2016 at 10:29 AM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>
wrote:

> On 2016-03-11 15:58, Sydney Poore wrote:
>
>> I agree with antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv that broader translation of WMF
>> BoT
>> election pages is important.
>>
>> To reach the goal where "every single person on the planet is given free
>> access to the sum of all human knowledge" the wikimedia movement needs to
>> prioritize translation as a regular part of key processes.
>>
>> We are failing at this today. The wikimedia movement lacks a clear
>> strategy
>> to shift the cost (funds and human resources) from non-English speaking
>> volunteers to the broader wikimedia movement.
>>
>> I welcome a hearty discussion about how the Affiliate-selected Board of
>> Trustee election can be made more accessible to more non-English speaking
>> people. And also a larger discussion as part of the WMF Strategic Plan
>> discussion, and the upcoming WMf Annual Plan.
>> Warm regards,
>> Sydney
>> User:FloNight
>>
>> Sydney Poore
>> User:FloNight
>> Wikipedian in Residence
>> at Cochrane Collaboration
>>
>>
> Hi Sydney,
>
> as I mentioned earlier, I am afraid there are two things mixed up here.
> There a big step between making the candidate statements and answers to
> questions to all individuals who are eligible to vote at the forthcoming
> elections, and providing the sum of human knowledge in all languages.
>
> In practical terms, every person who speaks Dutch and is a member of
> Wikimedia Nederland / Belgium also speaks English and would be able to
> understand the candidate statements. On the other hand, Dutch as a language
> is spoken by 20M people, and we need of course to consider support of Dutch
> Wikipedia / sister projects / Wikidata, Commons, and Mediawiki interface
> with a high priority. As another example, I believe we have zero Quechua
> speakers who are eligible to vote, and translating statements into Quechuan
> languages would be a loss of time. On the other hand, these languages have
> 9 million speakers, and definitely need their own projects.
>
> I agree that both should be discussed, but let us separate the things. One
> issue is a global priority of languages in terms of the projects etc and
> whether they need to be supported, another issue is whether there are some
> languages the statements of the candidates should be urgently translated to
> in order to help the voters decide.
>
> Cheers
> Yaroslav
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Access and Participation in the ASBS

2016-03-11 Thread Sydney Poore
I agree with antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv that broader translation of WMF BoT
election pages is important.

To reach the goal where "every single person on the planet is given free
access to the sum of all human knowledge" the wikimedia movement needs to
prioritize translation as a regular part of key processes.

We are failing at this today. The wikimedia movement lacks a clear strategy
to shift the cost (funds and human resources) from non-English speaking
volunteers to the broader wikimedia movement.

I welcome a hearty discussion about how the Affiliate-selected Board of
Trustee election can be made more accessible to more non-English speaking
people. And also a larger discussion as part of the WMF Strategic Plan
discussion, and the upcoming WMf Annual Plan.
Warm regards,
Sydney
User:FloNight

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On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 2:36 AM, attolippip <attolip...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As you are (probably) aware, the 2016 affiliate-selected Board seats
> process has started already. And I do think that the process is broken
> somewhere [1]. The democracy principles even in my country, though it is
> far from being a role model for transparency and governance, state that
> people are equal and they have rights and responsibilities. But the process
> at the moment is not fair and equal footing is not provided for. It is
> great to have dedicated friends across the Movement that can translate your
> statement into German or Chinese, but as long as not all statements are
> translated into the languages used in all affiliates eligible to vote, I
> deem the process broken.
>
> Thus I formally request that WMF spend enough resources to have all
> nominations pages translated into all languages requested by the affiliates
> eligible to vote [2] [3] and all languages used already by the nominees. I
> am sure that the three facilitators cannot provide it. And there are limits
> to what volunteers can do [4] or how fast. If WMF refuses, I am going to
> use my own money [5], it costs 150 UAH (around 6 USD) to have a page
> translated into Swedish, for example :) I can manage 7 pages translated
> into as many languages as my personal budget will allow, but I shall do it
> fairly at least, so we won’t have Susanna’s statement only in English and
> Spanish, while Osmar’s is also in German, Catalan and French. WMF spends
> considerable resources (mostly in staff time) on supporting the three
> "community-elected" seats, but these two seats are not lesser board seats
> than the three "community" ones.
>
> The nominees write their statement in English. Nothing wrong with that, of
> course. But for a tiny little (and big) thing: not everybody understands it
> well enough to make an informed choice. But even among seven board members
> of Wikimedia Ukraine, two DO NOT SPEAK English, so they can read the
> statements only if they [the statements] are translated into Ukrainian.
> They have no choice, actually. In discussing whether to endorse my
> candidacy, they either have to believe the rest of the Board members that I
> am the most wonderful candidate and the others are just not as wonderful
> and that’s it, or they are to ignore the Board meeting where this decision
> is to be made. They can spend time editing Wikipedia or reading instead.
>
> And beyond the language issue, there is the informing and participation
> issue: I am not sure how this process is organised in other affiliates, and
> how you make your decisions to vote for this or that possibility (in terms
> of this, I believe that there are seven possibilities presented at the
> moment, by us, as nominees. So you can accept or decline what we seven
> offer). You (actually) do not know us and if we are going to be great or
> poor as Board members of WMF, and if we are the right-for-the-moment
> choice, but you are going to choose. Are you really going to choose just
> based on your personal contacts? Remember, in most cases administrators are
> chosen more objectively, as it is almost impossible to get to know them
> first personally. They are ‘judged’ by their deeds before, during and
> after… Were you going to ask your communities what they think about the
> candidates? And the members of your affiliate? If not, please consider this
> option. We do have a sad example of an appointed Board member being not
> accepted by us, as the Community.
>
> I am sorry for the long letter. I do believe I have a right to request (and
> suggest) this. I was a part of a team that made sure that the Ukrainian
> community REALLY knows about the elections so the eligible users on UKWP
> have voted [6] [7] And we really worked to make that happen. As you can
> see, Board elections may be of 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wmfall] Wikimedia Foundation executive transition update

2016-03-10 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you Patricio, C-Level-team, and most of all Katherine for agreeing to
take on this role.

Katherine, I'm extremely pleased by your first post to this list and the
page on Meta with the outline of the Leadership Tean transition planning.
the
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/March_2016_-_Leadership_Team_transition_planning

I wish you all the best and wholeheartedly offer you support for the
challenging work that you are taking on.

Warm regards,
Sydney
User:FloNight

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On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 9:59 PM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Thank you, Patricio.
>
> I want to thank the Board for this opportunity, and for their confidence in
> the Foundation. I also want to thank community members and staff for
> continuing to be such committed advocates for our future -- your passion
> and belief in our movement and purpose have been tremendous things to
> behold.
>
> As a movement, we’ve had some challenges lately. We’ve started on a process
> of change, but as Lydia Pintscher (User:Lydia Pintscher (WMDE)) recently
> reminded us,[1] “Change happens at the speed of trust.” We will need to
> work together over these coming months to build that trust, and open
> critical lines of communication and accountability. I get the sense from
> many people that that’s exactly what they’d like to do: absorb the lessons
> we’ve learned, re-engage with each other, and get back to advancing our
> global movement.
>
> At the Foundation, we have an opportunity to center around our values, and
> practice open and collaborative communication. During the interim period, I
> want to get things working well and improve transparency and communication,
> both internally and with the communities. We will work to create a
> supportive, fair environment where people can get things done, engage with
> their colleagues and community members, and understand how their work has
> an impact on our mission. This includes delivering on important deadlines
> for the Annual Plan and strategy,[2] filling key roles, and making progress
> on issues raised in our recent engagement survey.
>
> We are committed to delivering the first version of the 2016-2017 Annual
> Plan no later than April 1st for community and FDC review, and are on track
> to meet this deadline. The WMF 2016-2018 strategy development is also
> underway, with a draft version open for comments until March 18.[3] Over
> the coming weeks, we’ll be moving forward with our Chief Technology Officer
> (CTO) search, and working with the Talent and Culture team to reinvest in
> our culture. As new other emerge, we’ll work together to prioritize them.
>
> To accomplish all of this, we are going to need your help. I want to hear
> from you about what you would like to achieve in this interim period. This
> includes how we can collaborate together to prepare the organization and
> movement to welcome our next Executive Director. The Foundation is prepared
> to actively support the Board in the search, and we will work closely with
> them to share important information and create opportunities to give
> feedback throughout the process.
>
> Just a few weeks ago, we marked the 15th birthday of the movement.[4]
> Millions of people around the world shared their love for Wikimedia. It was
> a celebration of why we do what we do, and how much joy the movement brings
> people everywhere. That’s something I try to keep in mind every day.
>
> Yours sincerely,
> Katherine
>
> [1] https://twitter.com/nightrose/status/660043284841107457
> [2]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Combined_strategy_and_annual_plan_timeline
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/2016_Strategy/Draft_WMF_Strategy
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15
>
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 6:55 PM, Patricio Lorente <
> patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I’m happy to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation leadership team has
> > proposed an interim Executive Director, and the Board has given our full
> > support. Starting on March 14th, current Chief Communications Officer
> > Katherine Maher (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Katherine_(WMF))
> > will step into the role of interim Executive Director. We thank the
> > C-levels for their careful consideration in this process, and Katherine
> for
> > stepping up during this period of transition.
> >
> > In choosing an interim ED, the C-levels started by identifying immediate
> > priorities for the coming months, including building trust, improving
> > communications, and filling key leadership positions. They felt, and we
> > agree,

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

2016-03-06 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations!! Look forward to hearing more about your projects.

Warm regards,
Sydney
On Mar 6, 2016 4:57 PM, "Carlos M. Colina"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Afffiliations Committee, I am glad to announce the
> recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in the United States: Wikimedians
> of Colorado User Group [1]
>
> Among their objectives are organizing meetups of wikimedians in Colorado,
> plus organizing events to promote our projects in the state, especially in
> educational institutions and libraries.
>
> Let's give our colleagues a warm welcome! :-)
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Colorado_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-03-04 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Alice, for the update.

As you say, the the C-level staff are in a good position to develop a
transition plan based on their well informed knowledge of the organization.
I'm looking forward to hearing their recommendation and the Boards
announcement.

Everyone have a great weekend.

Warm regards,
Sydney



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On Fri, Mar 4, 2016 at 9:14 PM, Alice Wiegand <awieg...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hi all,
> short update, as announced by Patricio:
>
> Our organization needs stability, it needs a chance to rest for a moment
> and to move on with the things that matter at the same time. That’s why the
> Board  is aiming for a quick decision about the interim ED.
>
> If you want to make a difference you need to act differently.
>
> We know that our C-level team is doing a great job in managing the
> day-to-day-operations and they all have a deep understandning of our
> culture, challenges and needs. Who, if not them, knows better what is best
> for the organization in this moment. The Board is not best suited to make a
> decision about the interim which can quickly be established and accepted in
> this situation.
>
> Therefor the board empowers the entire C-level-team to come up with a
> solution for the interim question. We leave it up to them how that
> decisions looks like. We trust them to think traditional or outside of the
> box as it fits to our organization, the Wikimedia Foundation. The
> C-level-team needs some time to deliberate and decide. They will present
> their result to the board which has to vote on it. We plan to finalize
> until the end of next week.
>
> Alice.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-26 Thread Sydney Poore
I completely agree with Maggie that promoting Katy Love was the smart
decision. We need someone who can step in and quickly provide strong
leadership.

Sydney

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On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 10:54 AM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hello, Ruslan.
>
> Yes, Katy is stepping into the role in a permanent, full-time basis.
>
> Determining HR direction is not my role. :) Stating how the Board feels
> about open hiring is also not my place (and I don't know). But I am happy
> to share my own opinion.
>
> While some roles will and should be filled in an open, public search, some
> roles may be appropriately filled by promoting existing staff with a proven
> track record. The costs of hiring are not small, both in the amount of time
> it takes to recruit and fill a position and the amount of time it takes to
> onboard a new person. The leadership of our resources team needs to be
> filled quickly. Stability is important in the work they do. And we have a
> person at hand who has been well trained for the role and successfully
> worked with community on this basis for years. She is not being hired, but
> promoted - a promotion she has amply earned.
>
> That said, the role Katy had previously filled will be an open new hire,
> with opportunities for all to apply. It'll just take a little bit of time
> to put the hiring packet together. We are also getting ready to open the
> search for the replacement for the leadership of Community Engagement,
> which I have taken in the interim - and for which I hope to see many
> community applicants.
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 3:01 AM, Ruslan Takayev <ruslan.taka...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Maggie, et al
> >
> > Is Katy "stepping into" the role on a full-time, permanent basis?
> >
> > I ask this question, as questions I asked relating to the "new, open
> > approach" towards recruitment at the WMF are yet to be answered[1] and I
> > don't recall there being any advertisements as a call for applications to
> > fill Siko's position.
> >
> > TBH, this doesn't sound like a "new, open approach" towards recruitment
> at
> > the WMF, but more of the same..."jobs for the boys".
> >
> > Comment would be welcome Maggie.
> >
> > Warm regards,
> >
> > Ruslan Takayev
> >
> > [1]
> >
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2016-February/081677.html
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 7:02 AM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hello, all.
> > >
> > > I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the
> > role
> > > of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department,
> picking
> > up
> > > the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been
> with
> > > the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first
> > program
> > > officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m
> > grateful
> > > to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to
> collaborating
> > > with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.
> > >
> > > We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
> > > grants program in the weeks ahead.
> > >
> > > Best regards,
> > >
> > > Maggie
> > >
> > > P.S. Their page! https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources
> > >
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> > > Director, Support and Safety
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] The right time is now!

2016-02-25 Thread Sydney Poore
The idea of a non-voting seat for a non C-level employee is something that
I could support.

Sydney

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On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 6:10 PM, Vi to <vituzzu.w...@gmail.com> wrote:

> 2016-02-25 23:34 GMT+01:00 Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com>:
>
> > I stopped responding to other emails because the significance of this
> > moment is so large, that we have now we didn't have since the
> > beginnings of Wikipedia.
> >
> > We've got the chance to rebuild the movement.
> >
>
> I was about to write something like this, lots of ideas are arising but I
> fear most of will be lost in confusion.
>
>
>
> > You proved to be capable. Last couple of weeks I read many insightful
> > emails from you, WMF employees -- some of them I didn't know at all. I
> > heard thoughts I've never heard before on this list. They've been born
> > in pain and you mustn't lose them.
> >
> > Now you have the opportunity to lead *the* change. You are not anymore
> > just the most organized part of the movement, you've just articulated
> > yourself as capable to make the change you want to.
> >
> >
> Working at WMF implies two kind of expectations: ...money! (Job -> salary,
> simply!) but also a lot of moral/ethical expectations. What went wrong with
> a stricter management were those expectations being frustrated. There's a
> certain turnover between the volunteers and the paid staff, which should
> never be forgot.
>
> In a future board composition I think a seat (maybe non voting) for
> employees could avoid (or at least warn against) catastrophic failures in
> management.
>
>
> Vito
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-25 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, Katie!

Looking forward to continuing to work with you in your new role.

The FDC will miss you.!
Warm regards,
Sydney

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On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 6:02 PM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org>
wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> I am delighted to announce that Katy Love has agreed to step into the role
> of Director of Resources in the Community Engagement department, picking up
> the baton so ably carried by Siko Bouterse before her. Katy has been with
> the Wikimedia Foundation since January 2013, beginning as the first program
> officer to work with the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC). I’m grateful
> to her for moving into this role and am looking forward to collaborating
> with her closely in WMF’s Community Engagement department.
>
> We will be hiring her replacement to oversee the FDC/full annual plan
> grants program in the weeks ahead.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Maggie
>
> P.S. Their page! https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Executive transition planning

2016-02-25 Thread Sydney Poore
Patricio, thanks for the update.

I appreciate you and Lila informing the wikimedia movement now, before all
of the details of the transition plan are complete.

As the BoT works on a transition strategy and plans for hiring a new ED,
perhaps a member of the Board can take on the role of Chief Communicator.

Understandably, it is not always easy to know when to make announcements
and updates to the wikimedia movement especially when plans are incomplete.

At this moment in time, a good communication strategy that keeps everyone
regularly informed will help build a stronger bond between the WMF Board
and the rest of wikimedia movement.

My thoughts are with you and the rest of the Board as you work through this
situation.

Warm regards,
Sydney


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On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 1:50 PM, Patricio Lorente <
patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear friends,
>
> This week, the Board of Trustees accepted Lila’s resignation. Her last day
> will be  March 31, 2016.
>
> I would like to thank Lila for her efforts over these past two years, and
> her passion for our shared mission. Together, we wish her the best in her
> future endeavors and accomplishments.
>
> The Board of Trustees is meeting regularly to determine next steps. Our
> top priority is to develop a clear transition plan that seeks to build
> confidence with community and staff, appoint interim leadership, and begin
> the search for a new Executive Director. We will continue working closely
> together over the coming days, and will share an update next week.
>
> This work will require extensive collaboration by the Board over the next
> few weeks. Although we know you’ll have questions, it is likely we’ll be
> very focused on planning the next steps. We appreciate your patience and
> understanding during this time.
>
> Patricio
>
> TRANSLATION NOTE: This message is also posted on Meta at the Board
> Noticeboard for for translation. You can find it here:
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you for our time together.

2016-02-25 Thread Sydney Poore
On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 2:33 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel <
it...@wikimedia.org.il> wrote:

> Lila,
>
> I don't want to get into what or who is right. The things I had to say I
> already said in private forums. The discussions here and in others places
> were already to heated and too longs to add more words.
>
> Before we are movement, we are people. with feelings, with soul. I can not
> even imagine how it was to be in your position during the last few months.
> Reading the thing people wrote, the blames, the personal attacks. Some
> people had right and justified concerns to raise, but sadly, we are great
> movement, with great achievements, but we do not always treat and speak to
> people with the respect they are entitled to.
>
> I know many people disagreed with your strategy and your decisions, but as
> I had the privilege to knew your personally during the last 2 years, I know
> each one of them were truly in the favor of the movement in your personal
> point of view.
>
> Thank you for all the works during the last two years. For being available
> to speak personally with each one of us. I learned a lot for each meeting
> or conversation with you.
>
> Thank you Lila, and good luck whatever will the roads will take you.
>
>
>
> *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel


+1

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Georgia Piedmont Wikimedians

2016-02-25 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, Georgia Piedmont Wikipedians.

Sydney
On Feb 25, 2016 1:18 PM, "Carlos M. Colina"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I am honoured to announce, on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, the
> recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in the US: Georgia Piedmont
> Wikimedians [1]
>
> Among their goals are continuing to organize meetups of wikimedians in the
> region (they have been doing it informally for a few years already) and
> other activities like edit-a-thons, photo-hunts in Atlanta and other areas,
> and collaborating with other organizations.
>
> Welcome to the family!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Piedmont_Wikimedians
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-23 Thread Sydney Poore
Thanks for writing this email Brion. I agree that the movement needs to
invest more in people and the processes that support people.

One of the largest challenges facing the wikimedia movement, including WMF,
is creating good models for how people in the movement can successfully
engage with each other.

This means investing in people and structures that provide ample time and
motivation to engage/collaborate with other people.

For the past 4 years (at least), I've had the sense that WMF is attempting
to accomplish important public facing projects/programs/initiatives on a
tight time line, and it is causing strain inside WMF, with affiliate
organization, and with the larger wikimedia community.

Instead of a well executed "continual improvement process"1  like "Kaizen" 2,
"Agile" 3, or "Lean" 4, the timelines are rushed and too often WMf staff is
redirected from their planned activities.

Affiliates and the community have to shift their priories so are not well
positioned to engage with WMF. The work sprints appeal to people in the
wikimedia movement who tend towards addictive personalities and
unfortunately it normalizes the process. And the tight timelines hinder
engagement from people in the global movement who do not regularly engage
on meta.

While there has been justification made in each situations for the
accelerated timelines, this form of community engagement is far from ideal
and it has contributed to the miscommunication and stress felt by WMF staff
and the whole wikimedia movement.

So, while I'm eager to have changes that improve governance of WMF and
strengthen the wikimedia movement as a whole, I strongly urge that an
adequate time, resources and people are invested in the process to
implement the changes.

1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continual_improvement_process
2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaizen
3 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_management
4 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lean_software_development#Lean_principles
Warm regards,
Sydney Poore
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On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 4:29 PM, Brion Vibber <bvib...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> I think there are many different interpretations of what it means to "be a
> high-tech organization", which makes it a difficult label to base arguments
> around; readers will interpret it very differently depending on their
> personal experiences and biases.
>
> One view might concentrate on notions of "innovation", "excellence", or
> "return on investment" achieved through super-smart people creating unique
> technology -- this view associates "high-tech" with success, competitive
> advantage, brand awareness/marketshare, and money (profit for traditional
> corporations, or investment in the mission for non-profits).
>
> Another view might concentrate on other features considered common to
> "high-tech" companies such as toxic work environments, lack of diversity,
> overemphasis on engineering versus other disciplines, disconnection from
> users' needs, and a laser-focus on achieving profits at the expense of
> long-term thinking. This view associates "high-tech" with social and
> economic inequality and exploitation of employees and users for their labor
> & attention to the detriment of their physical and emotional health.
>
> And there are many, much subtler connotations to be found in between.
>
>
> I believe a high-tech organization should invest in smart people creating
> unique technology. But I also think it should invest in people, period.
> Staff and volunteers must be cultivated and supported -- that's how loyalty
> and passion are developed, and I believe they pay dividends in productivity
> and recruitment.
>
> Absolutely Wikimedia Foundation needs to build better technologies --
> technologies to serve the needs of our editors, our readers, our
> photographers, our citation reviewers, etc. This means Wikimedia Foundation
> needs a good relationship with those people to research, brainstorm, plan,
> develop, test, redevelop, retest, and roll out software successfully. The
> people who represent Wikimedia Foundation in those relationships are its
> staff, so it's important for management to support them in their work and
> help them succeed.
>
> It is my sincere hope that when the current crises are resolved, that the
> Board of Trustees and the executive can agree on at least this much as a
> shared vision for the Foundation.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] One Last Ride

2016-02-23 Thread Sydney Poore
Sorry to hear this news. Best wishes for the next phase of your life.

Warm regards,
Sydney
On Feb 23, 2016 6:36 PM, "Oliver Keyes"  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I am leaving the Wikimedia Foundation to take up a job as a Senior
> Data Scientist at an information security company. My last day will be
> on 18 March.
>
> After 12 months of continual stress, losses and workplace fear, I no
> longer wish to work for the Wikimedia Foundation.
>
> While I appreciate that the Board of Trustees may take steps to
> rectify the situation, I have no confidence in their ability to
> effectively do so given their failure to solve for the problem until
> it became a publicity issue as well as a staff complaint.
>
> I wish the movement and community the best of luck in building a
> fairer, more transparent and more representative governing structure.
>
> All the best,
> Oliver Keyes
> Of these last 5 years, Wikimedia Foundation
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transition plans for WMF leadership

2016-02-22 Thread Sydney Poore
On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 2:08 PM, Pine W  wrote:
>>
> I also hope that the current Board members will thoughtfully consider
> whether it's in the best interests of the Wikimedia Foundation and the
> larger Wikimedia movement for them to continue as Board members.

The instability that would result from large scale resignations of
Board members would be devastating to WMF.

That aside, under the best of circumstances, the volunteer BoT of WMF
are faced with an extremely demanding and challenging work load. And,
no volunteer board has the skill set to manage the problems that have
come up over the last few months and have escalated out of control.

I strongly encourage giving the BoT time to react to the most recent
comments, and develop a responsible plan of action.

Sydney
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Wikimedia Foundation BoT

2016-02-18 Thread Sydney Poore
Hi Shani,

Thanks for your post to the mailing list. I appreciate your comments
directed at the BoT.

Hopefully the collective voices will make an impact.
Warm regards,
Sydney Poore
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On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 8:37 PM, Shani <shani.e...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Yury, this is a very important example, but indeed off-topic. It deserves a
> separate thread, but not before addressing the current main crisis, which
> all others stem from.
>
> At this point, it is inconceivable that there is still such a "disconnect"
> between what WMF employees & volunteers accross the movement are saying,
> and what the BoT is thinking, saying & doing.
>
> There have been repeated requests for engagement & action from the BoT,
> both on and off this list. The first step in that direction has to be to
> openly admit something is wrong, as Asaf rightly noted on this list no so
> long ago. It takes courage to look the truth in the face and admit
> mistakes. And itcll be hard for a while. But it has to be done and it's
> worth the effort if we want to move forward positively.
>
> Like others, I believe this is the biggest crisis, crossroad, challenge
> (call it what you will), we have ever faced as a movement. But as wise
> people said, crisis also offers new opportunities and gifts, if confronted.
>
> We have to fix this disconnect before we go on "fixing the internet".
>
> And I wonder -- what else has to happen for the BoT to realize what both
> community and employees are saying for months now, embrace it and act on it.
>
> Respectfully,
> Shani.
> On 19 Feb 2016 01:46, "Yury Bulka" <setthemf...@privacyrequired.com> wrote:
>
>> There are certain things that affect many volunteers
>> directly. A slightly off-topic example:
>> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T59608#1637250
>>
>> The fact that:
>> > "the WMF education team has no engineering resources"
>>
>> ...affects volunteers.
>>
>> Sincerely,
>> Yury Bulka
>> (Wikimedia Ukraine)
>>
>> Craig Franklin <cfrank...@halonetwork.net> writes:
>>
>> > Yaroslav,
>> >
>> > You're correct in that most volunteers don't care directly.  The problem
>> is
>> > that a lot of the BoT's recent difficulties have crossed the line from
>> > "angry encyclopedia people venting on a mailing list" to "serious and
>> > negative attention from the mainstream press".  If there is too much of
>> the
>> > latter, it may create a perception amongst the general public than even
>> if
>> > Wikipedia is a useful resource, that it is incompetent with handling
>> > money.  As a result, donations dry up, and difficult and unpleasant
>> choices
>> > have to be made around budget.
>> >
>> > So yes, this sort of thing can influence rank and file editors most
>> > seriously, albeit indirectly.
>> >
>> > Cheers,
>> > Craig
>> >
>> >
>> > On 19 February 2016 at 07:52, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> >>
>> >> To be honest, most volunteers do not care. We understand of course that
>> if
>> >> things would go really wrong, for example, servers stop running, or
>> money
>> >> runs out and ads are introduced, or English Wikipedia admins continue
>> >> resigning/being desysopped without proper replacement, so that we have
>> ten
>> >> active admins, then we are in serious trouble. But as far as things are
>> >> running quasi-normal, we just continue. I was making 50 to 100 edits per
>> >> day five years ago, I am making 50 to 100 edits per day now, I will
>> >> probably still be making 50 to 100 edits per day in five years, unless I
>> >> die or leave because of a serious demotivation - and this demotivation
>> is
>> >> unlikely to be related to WMF. I think staff are way more vulnerable to
>> all
>> >> kinds of events.
>> >>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] An Open Letter to Wikimedia Foundation BoT

2016-02-18 Thread Sydney Poore
On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 7:47 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak  wrote:

>
> We need to get a grip, have more transparency, but also more bidirectional
> support, and start thinking about the future (I'm not saying this to sound
> as "nothing to watch, move on", but to restore some perspective and
> proportions). There is way too much blaming/bashing/sour expectations
> working both ways - we almost forget how unique we are, irrespective of
> many slips and avoidable failures we make (and WMF  is definitely leading
> here, too! ;)

Dariusz,

While it is important to point out the ways that people can give
useful feedback to WMF today and over the next few months (as Liam
did), we also need to clearly recognize the deep feelings of concern,
frustration, and anger expressed by staff and members of the
community.

It is widespread now to the point that unless constructive measures
are taken to address these legitimate feeling, we risk having people
withdraw from productive venues for engagement.

Most people are likely to think that at least some the staff that
resigned didn't go without attempting to improve the situation before
they left. And that other staff still at WMF are also frustrated and
concerned. We need more validation of concerns that smart and
knowledgeable people's advice and counsel is/was overlooked and that
is going to change.

The staff and community need to believe that their engagement will
influence the outcome.

We need to build confidence that engagement will have an impact on
future actions of the WMF BoT and ED's plans.

Dariusz, I know that you have good intentions, but your comments in
this thread and other place are still not reassuring that you
understand that serious damage has occurred and needs to be repaired
before people are going to want to work collaboratively with WMF.

Warm regards,
Sydney

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] A Massive Online Open Course about Wikipedia

2016-02-17 Thread Sydney Poore
That great to hear!

Thanks for the update. Looking forward to hearing more as the course
progresses.

Sydney

Sydney Poore
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On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 2:19 PM, Christophe Henner <
christophe.hen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> A quick update on this project, we've just crossed the 5 000 registered
> students.
>
> We'll see how much will complete the course, but so far we're really happy
> with this number :)
>
> Of course we'll share more insights once this program is over.
>
> Best,
>
> --
> Christophe
>
> On 14 December 2015 at 19:17, Emeric Vallespi <emeric.valle...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Hello Rodrigo,
> >
> > Thanks for your support.
> > Indeed, it is a course to understand and learn how to contribute to
> > Wikipedia.
> > That's why the Wikipedia community is involved.
> >
> > The Mooc platform ("FUN") seemed more adapted to conduct the course,
> > manage inscriptions, release the different stages and support the
> learners.
> >
> > The content is free licensed (as far as I know) and the Mooc platform
> > allows to release the content even after the session.
> >
> > You can reach out to Jules (jules.xenard AT wikimedia.fr) if you have
> any
> > further questions.
> >
> > --
> > Emeric
> >
> > > On 14 Dec 2015, at 18:31, Rodrigo Tetsuo Argenton <
> > rodrigo.argen...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Sorry, but this a course, right? So Why did you not interact with
> > > Wikibooks, and Wikiversity?
> > >
> > > On 14 December 2015 at 14:02, Berard Myriam <
> myriam.ber...@wikimedia.fr>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >> Hello everyone,
> > >>
> > >> For a few months now, 15 French-speaking Wikipedia editors, supported
> by
> > >> Wikimédia France, have been working to design a Massive Online Open
> > Course,
> > >> to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia and discover more about the
> way
> > it
> > >> works.
> > >>
> > >> The WikiMOOC lasts for 5 weeks (with 2,5h of work/ week, including the
> > >> duration of the courses). You can check out the project page on
> > Wikipedia
> > >> [1].
> > >>
> > >> The registration for this WikiMOOC opens today, on the FUN [2]
> platform
> > >> (powered by the Ministry of Education and Research, in France) !
> > >>
> > >> The courses will start on February 22nd, 2016.
> > >>
> > >> Do not hesitate to share this information to all French-speaking
> > >> communities you might know of. Please, note that it is possible to
> stay
> > >> tuned via WikiMOOC's Twitter[3] and Facebook[4] accounts.
> > >>
> > >> Here is a short trailer about the WikiMOOC in French :) Enjoy ! [5]
> > >>
> > >> Please, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions,
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Jules Xénard jules.xen...@wikimedia.fr
> > >>
> > >> Wikimédia France
> > >>
> > >> [1] https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:WikiMOOC
> > >>
> > >> [2]
> > >>
> > >>
> >
> https://www.france-universite-numerique-mooc.fr/courses/WMFr/86001/session01/about
> > >>
> > >> [3] https://twitter.com/wikimooc
> > >> [4] https://www.facebook.com/Wikimooc/
> > >> [5] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=assiAnG3lv4
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> --
> > >> Myriam Berard
> > >> Wikimédia France
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Another goodbye

2016-02-11 Thread Sydney Poore
Dear Siko,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and for being brave and bold in the way you
support the community and staff.

You will be missed.

Warm regards,
Sydney
On Feb 11, 2016 8:25 PM, "Siko Bouterse"  wrote:

> Dear friends and colleagues,
>
> I’ve had the amazing privilege of serving this movement in a staff capacity
> for the past 4 ½ years, but I’ve now decided to move on from my role at the
> Wikimedia Foundation.
>
> Transparency, integrity, community and free knowledge remain deeply
> important to me, and I believe I will be better placed to represent those
> values in a volunteer capacity at this time. I am and will always remain a
> Wikimedian, so you'll still see me around the projects (User:Seeeko),
> hopefully with renewed energy and joy in volunteering.
>
> This movement has become my home in so many unexpected ways, and I’m truly
> honored to have learned from so many of you. It was an amazing experience
> to have partnered with smart, bold, and dedicated community folks to
> experiment with projects like Teahouse, IdeaLab, Inspire, Individual
> Engagement Grants, and Reimagining Grants. I’ve seen you create some really
> incredible content, ideas, tools, programs, processes, committees and
> organizations, all in the service of free knowledge.
>
> I expect my last day to be Thursday, February 25th. I have full confidence
> in Maggie Dennis's abilities to lead the Community Engagement Department,
> and I trust that my team will remain available to support the community’s
> needs for grants and other resources throughout this time of transition.
>
> Much love,
> Siko
>
> --
> Siko Bouterse
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
>
> *Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> sum of all knowledge. *
> *Donate  or click the "edit" button today,
> and help us make it a reality!*
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Reducing the net cost of Wikimania

2016-02-10 Thread Sydney Poore
February is a very busy month with record number of events planned through
out the United States.

Additionally, The Wiki Ed Foundation works with university based education
programs including parts of the United States outside regions covered by
the U.S. Chapters and User groups.

So, although we are doing it differently in the U.S. than other parts of
the whole, it seems to be working pretty well today and has the potential
to grow as more areas are covered by User Groups.

Sydney

Sydney Poore
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On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 12:51 PM, Pharos <pharosofalexand...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hi Wikimedians,
>
> The "chapter system" in the US and North America is a work in progress.
>
> In addition to the two full regional chapters (New York City - where I am,
> and Washington, DC), there are also usergroups for the New England,
> Cascadia/Northwest, and North Carolina Triangle regions, with other groups
> still in the process of formation.
>
> There is a historical difference from the large-budget Western European
> chapters and the US situation, which has been more grassroots and never
> participated in things like fundraiser payment-sharing, and the funding for
> WMF HQ in San Francisco indeed shouldn't be conflated with funding of US
> volunteer-based activities.
>
> If anyone else is interested in organizing regionally in any part of the US
> / North America, feel free to get in touch; Wikimedia NYC and others would
> be very glad to help you :)
>
> Thanks,
> Pharos
>
> On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:15 AM, Robert Fernandez <wikigamal...@gmail.com
> >
> wrote:
>
> > The US may be too geographically spread out to develop a robust chapter
> > system.  We have vibrant chapters in a few dense population areas.
> > Wikimedia District of Columbia is particularly awesome.  But for most US
> > editors there isn't a critical mass of editors in some areas.  Often we
> > work with with chapters that are geographically distant.  There's at
> least
> > two of us on the Board of Directors of WMDC who don't live particularly
> > close to DC.
> >
> > On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:00 AM, Jane Darnell <jane...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > "We also do not have a strong chapter system"
> > >
> > > This has always puzzled me, because I am a firm believer in the chapter
> > > system, despite its faults and limitations. Isn't it time to address
> this
> > > for the more active areas of the USA?
> > >
> > > On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Andrew Lih <andrew@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > > GerardM,
> > > >
> > > > As much as I agree with you on many things related to Wikimania, your
> > > > statement about en.wp and USA being “over subsidized” is off base.
> > > >
> > > > For the last few years I’ve held my tongue as American applicants
> get a
> > > > fraction of 10% of all the funding for Wikimania scholarships. That’s
> > > > because 10% is allocated to all of North America, so US based folks
> > > compete
> > > > with Canadians for that small slice of the pie. Indeed, key community
> > > > members from the US could not afford to go to Wikimania, and did not,
> > > > because of the limited funding. We also do not have a strong chapter
> > > system
> > > > to make up for that shortcoming, where European chapters can, and do,
> > > > underwrite their local members with other funds.
> > > >
> > > > I am not against the bulk of the scholarship money going to
> > > > underrepresented developing markets and giving new voices a chance to
> > > > attend. But I wanted to dispel the myth that Americans are always
> > gorging
> > > > at the trough.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships#Scholarship_selection_process
> > > >
> > https://wikimania2014.wikimedia.org/wiki/Scholarships#Selection_process
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > -Andrew
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 6:49 AM, Gerard Meijssen <
> > > > gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hoi,
> > > > > Pine with all due respect, the USA is not the problem and English
> > > > Wikipedia
> > > > > has been overly subsidised, given way too much attention. Indeed
> > having
> > > > > more people from the USA at

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell <3

2016-02-09 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you for your dedication to the wikimedia movement for the past 3
years.

Best wishes for your next endeavor.
Warm regards,
Sydney
On Feb 9, 2016 1:18 PM, "Felix Nartey"  wrote:

> You were a great personality to relate to, loved every bit of our chat and
> hope our roads cross again.
>
> Farewell and the best of lock in your next endeavor.
>
> Best regards,
> Felix
>
> On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 5:58 PM, attolippip  wrote:
>
> > <3 <3 <3
> > may you fare well
> > it was pleasure working together...
> > you have inspired me a lot
> > and I am thankful for all your work
> >
> > see you <3
> >
> > warm regards,
> > antanana
> > Wikimedia Ukraine
> >
> > 2016-02-09 19:49 GMT+02:00 Anna Koval :
> >
> > > Dear friends,
> > >
> > > During the past three years, I have been privileged to be a part of
> this
> > > movement and this organization.
> > >
> > > I have been honored to be your colleague and to work with you in
> service
> > of
> > > the sum of all knowledge.
> > >
> > > In particular, I wish to note particular projects that have inspired me
> > > very much.
> > >
> > >- Working with Philippe Beautdette, Maggie Dennis, James Alexander,
> > and
> > >Jan Eisfeldt to keep our community safe from threats of harm. [1]
> > >- Working with Patrick Earley, Nick Wilson, Erica Litrenta, Sherry
> > >Snyder, Oliver Keyes, and James Forester on the rollout of
> > > VisualEditor. [2]
> > >- Working with Yana Welinder and Heather Walls to design a
> > user-friendly
> > >trademark policy. [3] [4]
> > >- Working with Siko Bouterse to support Individual Engagement Grants
> > and
> > >movement diversity. [5] [6]
> > >- Working with Jake Orlowitz to promote the Wikipedia Library and
> the
> > >Wikipedia Adventure. [7] [8]
> > >- Working with Jaime Anstee, Edward Galvez, Amanda Bittaker to
> > encourage
> > >evaluation and learning. [9]
> > >- Working with Asaf Bartov to encourage regional cooperation in
> > Central
> > >and Eastern Europe. [10]
> > >- Working with Floor Koudijs. Tighe Flanagan, Kacie Harold, Samir
> > >Elsharbaty, Rodney Dunican, Sage Ross, Jami Mathewson, and LiAnna
> > Davis
> > > on
> > >the Wikipedia Education Program. [11]
> > >
> > > The Wikipedia Education Program is especially near and dear to my
> heart.
> > It
> > > is a means of educating readers, recruiting contributors, and creating
> > > quality content. Since 2014, the number of education initiatives around
> > the
> > > world has increased by 36%. [12] [13] And 25% of all education programs
> > are
> > > in one of the regions that I directly supported. [14] I am so proud of
> > what
> > > they have accomplished. And I am enthusiastic about what great things
> > they
> > > have yet to achieve.
> > >
> > > I want to thank and compliment my current manager, Floor Koudijs. She
> is
> > a
> > > competent, considerate, conscientious leader, and her diplomacy skills
> > are
> > > unsurpassed. I am confident that the education team and the education
> > > program will continue to excel under her leadership. They are in the
> best
> > > hands.
> > >
> > > I want to thank and compliment my hiring manager, Maggie Dennis. She
> had
> > > faith that, although I wasn’t an active community member, I could be
> > taught
> > > to be a good community advocate. I am so proud that I proved her right.
> > She
> > > taught me how to work in accordance with and to have the utmost respect
> > for
> > > the wiki way. [15]
> > >
> > > Wikipedia is a miracle, a monument to altruism. It is vital to the
> > internet
> > > ecosystem, and it is vital to the education system. I hope that more
> > young
> > > people especially will find their way to it and help out. And when they
> > do,
> > > I hope that they are met with wise mentorship from veteran community
> > > members, just as I was.
> > >
> > > I intend to remain a Wikipedian even after I am no longer a WMF staff
> > > member. And, with that promise, I’ll see you on the wikis. [16]
> > >
> > > All the best,
> > > Anna Koval, M.Ed.
> > >
> > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Threats_of_harm
> > > [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/VisualEditor
> > > [3] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Trademark_policy
> > > [4]
> > >
> > >
> >
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/10/29/designing-a-user-friendly-trademark-policy/
> > > [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG
> > > [6] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Diversity_Conference
> > > [7] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library
> > > [8] https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Adventure
> > > [9] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Evaluation
> > > [10]
> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Central_and_Eastern_Europe
> > > [11] https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education
> > > [12]
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://outreach.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Education/Countries=70367
> > > [13] 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Changes to Community Engagement

2016-02-08 Thread Sydney Poore
All the best to Maggie as she steps into this new role, and Luis as he
figures out what comes next.

Sydney

Sydney Poore
User:FloNight
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration

On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:44 PM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> I’m honored to work in this new way with the other directors in Community
> Engagement through the next few months as we look for the ideal lead for
> the department. While I will serve the role in the interim with their
> critical support, I will also be continuing as Director of Support and
> Safety.
>
> It will be a busy period, and I’m grateful that Luis will be available to
> advise me as I settle in. Luis and I have worked together in some capacity
> for a long time - since he first came on at the Wikimedia Foundation as
> Deputy General Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation in 2013. I was
> immediately impressed by his understanding of and enthusiasm for the open
> culture movement. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with
> him in the last few months and am very happy to have the opportunity to
> continue consulting him during this transition. He will be missed.
>
> Community Engagement will be holding an office hour on February 12 at 1900
> UTC to talk about the department, its teams, and our current divisions of
> work, as well as what we will (and should) be looking for in our new lead
> for Community Engagement. We want to move on this job search quickly, but
> it’s critical that we find the right person for the role. :) I realize that
> office hours are not the best form of communication for everyone; based on
> the office hour and other questions or feedback we may receive, we will
> also be putting together some information for posting on Meta with the goal
> of getting that up later next week or early the week thereafter. If you
> have suggestions for what that page should include, or questions, please
> let me know!
>
> I am, as mentioned, likely to be pretty busy for a little while, but
> keeping people informed is a high priority. :)
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
>
> [1] For more on office hours and localized times:
>
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=19=00=0=12=02=2016
>
> On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 3:31 PM, Luis Villa <lvi...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi, all-
> > This is a bittersweet email to send. I still, and will always, love this
> > place and this movement, but it was also time for me to go.
> >
> > Working with so many awesome Wikimedians (including WMF's staff) has been
> > an honor and a privilege, and has given me many great experiences,
> > memories, and a long watchlist ;) that I'll treasure for a long time. The
> > list of people who I'd like to thank is long, so I won't bore everyone
> with
> > it. However, I do want to particularly thank Kat, who introduced me to
> > Geoff during his first week with WMF. That was ultimately the opportunity
> > that led me to this incredible ride - so I quite literally owe it all to
> > her. Many, many other people have been welcoming and friendly along the
> > way, and I can't ask formore than that.
> >
> > I'm not going too far! I'll continue to be around the movement, both as a
> > contributor, and to support Maggie and the rest of the department during
> > the transition. I look forward to seeing where Community Engagement goes
> > next - I believe the department will continue to support contributors in
> a
> > healthy way, and I'm sure Maggie and my long-term successor will continue
> > to build exciting things on the foundation we laid over the past year.
> >
> > Professionally, I have no firm plans yet. I plan to to take a few deep
> > breaths and then explore some new opportunities in the legal, community,
> > and tech spaces, as well as becoming a parent in May.
> >
> > If you want to be in touch (to talk about interesting opportunities,
> flame
> > me for old time's sake, or just chat) I'm pretty easy to find: lu.is,
> > @tieguy on Twitter, LinkedIn, and of course on my enwiki talk page.
> >
> > See you on the wikis-
> > Luis
> >
> >
> > On Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 12:16 PM, Lila Tretikov <l...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > >
> > > I am sad to let you know that Luis Villa, our lead for the Community
> > > Engagement department, will be leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. A year
> > > ago, Luis took on a big challenge, transitioning from the Legal
> > Department
> > > to lead the newly created  Community Engagement organization. In that
> > role,
> > > Luis and our teams were

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why take grants? (was: Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?)

2016-02-03 Thread Sydney Poore
On Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 11:02 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl>
wrote:

> >
> >
> >
> > Quite the opposite. For several years now, the FDC recommendations for
> > applicant who come from rich countries have requested the Chapter
> > investigate diversifying their funding sources. All have tried, and their
> > success has varied depending on many factors. Some have actually been
> quite
> > successful - I refer in particular to the recently announced grant by
>
>

> I can also add that AFAIK the Foundation has never made the
> diversification of funds for chapters a hard rule. Rather, it encouraged
> organizations to seek alternative funding, when feasible. We have had
> historically cases of chapters that admitted they could relatively easily
> get external support, but just have preferred not to try to get it.
>
> All in all we should balance two things: (a) resources are finite. If we
> can easily get additional funding, especially in the Global North
> countries, that's great! We'll have more to do core work in the areas
> where it is not possible. (b) applying for external funding should not
> divert us from our main mission, and should not make chapters jump the
> loops of insane bureaucracy, irrational strain of effort, etc.
>

Speaking as a former member of the FDC and current member of Simple Annual
Plan grant committee, I agree with Dariusz but add that a good use of
external resources can add more value than just the funded dollar amount.

Instead of speaking of "funding" we should substitute "resources".   By
seeking out external resources, which is more than external grant money,
the wikimedia affiliates can build much greater capacity in a particular
region or topic area (GLAM or STEM or Healthcare.)

>
> I believe we have been relatively successful so far. However, I agree
> that the Foundation perhaps is not using its full potential in engaging
> chapters in a dialogue how to effectively address the local supporters
> (both individuals and on an institutional level). We should use the
> extensive network of committed organizations to our advantage.
>

It is key to the future of the wikimedia movement to identify institutional
partners (big and small) who  can advance the wikimedia mission.

It is happening now with many affiliate organizations, and growing, but it
is not well documented or analysed yet. We need better analysis about the
ways that external partners are benefiting from their relationship with the
wikimedia movement and the wikimedia movement is benefiting from
relationships with external partners.

This needs to be a joint dialogue between WMF and the affiliated
organizations including User Groups. I hope that people will join the WMF
strategic planning discussions and include their thoughts about developing
external resources that can benefit the wikimedia movement. Also, this is a
topic for Wikimedia Conference in Berlin.

Warm regards,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 Harassment Survey - Results Report

2016-01-30 Thread Sydney Poore
Hi Tobias,

Like Maggie, I was not surprised that people (both men and women) were
reporting revenge porn because I know of reports in the Wikimedia
community, but like her I was surprised that this survey showed
revenge porn being reported by this many people.

But it is not surprising that the people who experienced the worst
types of harassment, or type that the WMF and wikimedia community is
the least able to address would respond to this survey.

Without further verification, I would not suggest the 65% figure to be
representative of the whole wikimedia community of people who are
harassed. Most people understand that this type of survey sample would
not produce results that are representative of the whole community.

But it does show an example of a type of extreme harassment that
poorly understood by the community. This information can help educate
the WMF and the wikimedia community, and hopefully will help find
better ways of assisting the people being harassed.

Sydney



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On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 9:03 AM, Maggie Dennis <mden...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi, Tobias.
>
> The pictures may not be the individuals at all; they may be pornographic
> pictures of others that are misattributed. And sometimes the attribution is
> not to a real name, but to their usernames. In all cases, the intent seems
> to be to humiliate and hurt the target. Sometimes the goal seems to be to
> drive them away.
>
> Of course, I don't know the stories of all the respondents who selected
> that - not even a substantial percentage of them. I was surprised by the
> prevalence, too, but maybe not as surprised as you given what I *have* seen
> in nearly 5 years of working in this area at the WMF. People try all
> different kinds of ways to try to hurt each other, and sexualized attacks
> of one kind or another are sadly really common.
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
>
>
> On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 8:47 AM, Tobias <church.of.emacs...@googlemail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Maggie,
>>
>> On 01/30/2016 02:35 PM, Maggie Dennis wrote:
>> > In the time I've worked at the Wikimedia Foundation, I have
>> > (unsurprisingly, given its reported prevalence) come across this kind of
>> > harassment in my work with Support and Safety (formerly Community
>> > Advocacy). There have been cases where perfectly harmless pictures of the
>> > individuals have been doctored to be sexualized and cases where existing
>> > pornographic pictures that were not the individual were selected and
>> > misattributed as being them. I have personally been involved in
>> complaints
>> > of this happening to both men and women.
>>
>> thank you for providing further insights. That is really concerning.
>>
>> At the same time, a great majority of users do not publish photos of
>> themselves, and don't publish their name (which would allow others to
>> find available photos elsewhere), so it is still a mystery to me how
>> this very high percentage can be explained.
>>
>> Tobias
>>
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, María.

In a perfect world, this seat would be confirmed with a community
election. But, the circumstances as they are now, selecting her is a
reasonable decision and one that I support.

The larger conversation about WMF annual plan and strategy, the Board
elections and structure, and other governance issues can not be
completed before an election. In my opinion the priority is robustly
addressing these issues. An election happening simultaneously will
negatively impact the results of all of them.

And since we now know that one (if not more) of the appointed seats
will go to North Americans' with a corporate background, María's
passion for diversity across the movement will be a good fit for the
current Board.

The greatest concern is that some people in wikimedia movement will
not accept a solution unless it gives James Heilman a way to be voted
back into a seat on the Board.

While I understand and share their concern that a community elected
seat can be removed without a formal arbitration process or a finding
of legal incompetence or legal impropriety, I don't think an election
is the correct way to find a resolution to the current situation with
the existing election and governance processes.

Furthermore, James' removal from the Board has drawn greater attention
to serious concern around transparency, WMF strategy, and the
relationship between the WMF Board, WMF staff, and the greater
wikimedia movement.

I have confidence that these conversation will continue, and that
María has gained insight from the discussions.  And will understand
the importance of engaging the broad community to find solutions.

Thank you to the Board of Trustees for moving forward with a decision,
the election committee for their assistance, and María for agreeing to
return to the BoT at this turbulent time.
Sydney Poore
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On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 10:27 AM, Patricio Lorente
<patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear all,
>
>
> I am happy to announce the Board intends to fill the open community Trustee
> seat at our meeting this weekend. On Saturday, María Sefidari will accept
> an appointment to the Board of Trustees, stepping into the third
> community-nominated seat. The appointment will last the remainder of the
> two year term, until Wikimania 2017.
>
>
> Many of you know María. She previously served as a community-selected
> Trustee from August 2013 to July 2015. In the most recent 2015 community
> elections, she received the next highest support percentage, and highest
> number of support votes. She was born and lives in Madrid, Spain, and has
> been a contributor to the Wikimedia projects since 2006. She was a founding
> member of Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject, Wikimedia España, and
> Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias. She has also served on the Affiliations and
> Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is passionate about the role
> of diversity in our strategic efforts to retain and increase editorship,
> and improving channels for community participation in Foundation governance
> and policymaking.
>
>
> We consulted with the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee before
> deciding how to proceed in identifying a new Trustee. They offered
> thoughtful feedback on the possible available options, and we’re grateful
> for their considerations. (
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015#2015_Foundation_Elections_Committee_thoughts_on_how_to_fill_the_vacancy_in_the_Board_after_the_removal_of_James_Heilman>
> )
>
>
> We are certain many of you are wondering why we decided against holding
> another election. We did consider the option, but the disadvantages
> outweighed the benefits. The last election was well-attended, and still
> quite recent. Holding a new election would take considerable time, and we
> have important issues to address in the near future. It was important to us
> that the community perspective is fully represented in these conversations,
> without delay. We also didn’t want to distract from the affiliate Trustee
> selection process, which is coming up soon.
>
>
> I am excited by the dedication, compassion, and experience María brings to
> the Board at a crucial time. We are confident she will serve our mission
> with wisdom and grace.
>
>
> Please join me in congratulating our friend María, and thanking her service
> to our movement.
>
>
> Patricio
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Sydney Poore
I agree. And most importantly, I don't think that the results of the
last election show that the community has a lack of confidence in her
returning to the Board.

Sydney


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On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 12:29 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 12:02 PM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>
> wrote:
>
>> Whereas this is a correct statement, it is irrelevant. The voters voted
>> knowing that only support votes count. If the system were different, they
>> could have voted differently.
>>
>>
> Sure, and with many alternative systems the results could have been
> different. I'm only pointing out that she did have a lot of support by
> common sense metrics.
>
> Btw, it is not true that "only support votes count". In our current system
> the opposing votes count much more, in fact.
>
> dj
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in the Board

2016-01-27 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you Arnnon for helping us move forward.

Sydney
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On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 3:54 PM, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you, Arnnon!
>
> On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 9:52 PM, Patricio Lorente
> <patricio.lore...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear All,
>>
>> Throughout the discussion about the appointment of Arnnon Geshuri to the
>> Board of Trustees, the Board has carefully listened to you and discussed
>> internally. Earlier today, Arnnon decided to step down from the Board. To
>> paraphrase his words, he doesn't want to be a distraction for the important
>> discussions that the community and the Foundation need to face in the times
>> to come. We want to thank Arnnon for his ongoing commitment and for helping
>> us to move forward.
>>
>> The Board Governance Committee is working to improve and update our
>> selection processes before we fill the vacancy left by Arnnon’s departure.
>> We are sorry for the distress and confusion this has caused to some in our
>> community, and also to Arnnon.
>>
>> Patricio and Alice
>>
>> 
>>
>> Patricio Lorente
>> Chair, Board of Trustees
>>
>> Alice Wiegand
>> Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Message from Arnnon Geshuri to the Wikimedia Community

2016-01-26 Thread Sydney Poore
Hello Arnnon,

What you describe as an *inspirational* experience, I see as an extremely
painful event to watch as it damages the Wikimedia Foundation and the
wikimedia movement.

Please keep in mind that you and the Board are not the only people who are
living through this situation.

I doubt that I'm alone in thinking that no matter the positive skills and
traits you bring to the Board, the questions your appointment raise are a
massive distraction to some important current matters such as the WMF
annual plan and strategy.

Forgive me if I don't share your enthusiasm for working through the issues
your appointment is causing the wikimedia movement.

Sydney Poore
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On Jan 26, 2016 3:08 PM, "Arnnon Geshuri" <agesh...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> It has been almost three weeks since my appointment to the Wikimedia
> Foundation Board and I have read the feedback and comments from
> representative members of the community.  My first reaction was how amazing
> the community is in its vibrant culture – there is direct and honest
> dialog, celebration of diverse ideas, debate and counterpoints, and an
> overall genuine passion to ensure that the WMF sustains itself for another
> fifteen years and beyond.   Witnessing firsthand the commitment and energy
> of the community is truly inspirational.  Although I would have preferred
> the tone surrounding my appointment to be more positive and supportive, I
> deeply understand and respect the criticality of free expression, rallying
> around convictions, and open disagreement.
>
>
> Regarding the concerns that have been raised, I have listened closely.
> That said, in my opinion, there are some misconceptions and there are
> mitigating considerations.  As a general matter, I will say that,
> throughout my career, I have been charged with enforcing company policies
> as part of my role as a people manager. I have tried to do so thoughtfully
> and consistently.  I have done so realizing company policies and practices
> evolve over time as circumstances change.
>
>
>
> As part of the current narrative, members of the community generated a
> running theme within the online conversations related to trust.  Comments
> were expressed questioning their trust in the Wikimedia Foundation Board
> and asking if the community could accept me as a new Board Member.  Wanting
> to understand the challenges ahead, I have spent the last few weeks
> speaking with current and former Board members and reaching out to folks in
> the community.  I have more conversations in the coming days and appreciate
> those who have been generous with their time.  Given the story line that
> has been shaped over the last couple weeks and based on the feedback from
> my conversations, I know I have a longer journey than most new Board
> members to prove to the community and WMF alumni that they can put their
> trust in me.  I joined to make a positive difference and be a part of the
> important effort to grow the WMF for the next generation of editors,
> contributors, and users.
> As the community gets to know me, folks will see the way I work is with
> thoughtfulness, transparency, diversity, and a focus on doing what is
> right.  I have key experiences in both my professional and non-profit
> careers which lend a distinctive perspective to the honorable work of a
> Trustee – especially the learnings gained over the last decade.  I
> passionately believe in the core values of the WMF and trust that the
> community and even the most energetic community members come from a place
> of good intent.  And as we all become closer and transition to debating the
> issues and not the people, the community will see I consistently speak from
> the heart, I am passionately committed to the movement with the best
> intent, and I am working hard to earn your trust.
>
> Regards,
> Arnnon
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you, Jan-Bart and Stu

2016-01-06 Thread Sydney Poore
I also want to thank Jan-Bart de Vreede and Stu West for their work as
Trustees. I had the pleasure of working with both of them and know
them to be committed to the wikimedia mission.

I hope you all stay engaged.
Warm regards,
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On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Cristian Consonni
<kikkocrist...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 2016-01-06 8:10 GMT+01:00 Lodewijk <lodew...@effeietsanders.org>:
>> [...] But in the mean time, I'd like
>> to do it myself: Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all the time, energy and
>> effort that you poured into our movement. I know that not all of us
>> appreciate this as much as we perhaps should, and sometimes you may even
>> have perceived us as hostile. I do sincerely hope that you had fun with us
>> though, and I'm confident that you made a big dent in our impossible
>> mission of sharing the sum of all knowledge with everyone.
>>
>> I hope to meet you again soon, at least in Italy at Wikimania, and I hope
>> to see you around in our movement in many different ways.
>
> Thank you Jan-Bart and Stu for all your contributions to the movement
> over many years.
>
> Cristian
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Certification by IDEAS

2015-12-17 Thread Sydney Poore
Great news, Christopher.
I'm really proud of you all for this accomplishment!!
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On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Katy Love <kl...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Wow, very cool, Christophe! Congrats to Wikimédia France!
>
> Katy
>
> On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 8:41 AM, Christophe Henner <
> christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr> wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> A quick email to share with you a good news on our side.
>>
>> A few month ago, Wikimedia France started a process to apply for a third
>> party certification called IDEAS. This certification is the first step for
>> us in a process to get recognized Wikimedia France as a serious
>> organisation that can be formally trusted by donors.
>>
>> IDEAS label is hard to get as you have to reach high criterias on 3 grounds
>> :
>> * Governance
>> * Accounting
>> * Actions effectiveness
>>
>> The process took a little over 6 month, and required us to provide them
>> with documents, interviews and explanations of what we are and what we’re
>> doing.
>>
>> I’m proud to say that thanks to the work of many, and especially our staff,
>> we received it with flying colors. Usually, IDEAS grant the label and
>> includes recommendations for the organization to even do better.
>>
>> They failed to provide any recommendation in our case and expressed large
>> congratulations for exceeding their expectations.
>>
>> Second step, starting now, is to get formal recognition of Wikimedia France
>> as a General Interest organisation by the french government. Around 10
>> non-profits get such recognition every year, and right now only 633
>> organisations have it.
>>
>> We hope to get it in the coming month.
>>
>> All the best,
>>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana 2015

2015-12-09 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Greta, it is great to hear and see images aboutthe
Wikipedia Weekend. The category has some of "my newest favorite" image
of women editing and otherwise participating in an Wikipedia event.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015_Photos

Warm regards,

Sydney
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On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM, Greta Doçi <gretad...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Wikipedians,
> Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Albanian_Language_User_Group>
> organized
> this weekend (5-6 December) Wikipedia Weekend 2015 for the second time.
> *Wikipedia Weekend* is the main event of the Albanian speaking Wikipedia
> community located in Albania.  Wikipedia Weekend in Tirana was organized
> for the first time in November 2014 with participation from Wikipedians
> from Albania, Kosova and Serbia. The first edition of the event documented
> with photos can be found here (first day
> <https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.601588873286221.1073741889.252901221488323=3>)
> and here (second day
> <https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.602023046576137.1073741890.252901221488323=3>
> ).
> The goal of the event is to socialize with other Wikipedians from the
> region, inspire potential new Wikipedians, get introduced to Wikimedia
> projects, host-hands on edit-athons and raise awareness in the local media
> about the importance of knowledge sharing through wiki-related projects.
> This year we had speakers from Swiss, Macedonia and Kosova.  And
> participants were mostly from Albania and Kosova.
> This year we had  collaboration with Municipality of Tirana and the
>  National Folklore Center of Albania. Both institutions sent us a lot of
> material to add on Wikipedia.
> We are now documenting the event on Wikipedia Albania
> <https://sq.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kategoria:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015> and
> on Commons
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015>.
> We are working for the grant report and soon we will have the results.
> More links:
> 1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Weekend_in_Tirana_2015
> 2.
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Weekend_Tirana_2015_Photos
> Thank you,
> Greta :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paris

2015-11-13 Thread Sydney Poore
Alex, thanks for sharing this information. My thoughts are with Wikimedians
and their family and friends.

Take care,
Sydney

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On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Alex Cella <ace...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
>
> Thnaks for asking.
>
> --
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>
>
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from Paris
> are
> > live and well?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Departure

2015-09-11 Thread Sydney Poore
Garfield, a huge thank you for all the assistance you provided to the
Wikimedia movement. Especially the FDC.

I'm sad to hear you're leaving. And hope you stay engaged some way with the
community.

Sydney
On Sep 10, 2015 5:55 PM, "Garfield Byrd"  wrote:

> All,
>
> For the last four years, I’ve led the Wikimedia Foundation’s finance,
> administration, and office IT teams. I've had the opportunity to work
> closely with many of you through collaboration with the Wikimedia
> affiliates. They have been remarkable experiences, and I am grateful for
> all I’ve learned from you during my time here. Therefore it is with some
> sadness that today I am letting you know that I’ve decided to take a new
> opportunity outside the WMF, at a California-based foundation focused on
> public education.
>
> It has been a privilege to work with so many exceptional people over the
> years. I’ve watched the WMF mature and take on many new challenges, and our
> community grow and diversify. Our commitment to our free knowledge mission
> is as strong as ever, and now shared by even more people. While I’ll no
> longer be on staff, I plan to find ways to stay involved in the Wikimedia
> community. I look forward to seeing the movement continue to do its
> important work.
>
> My last day will be September 30. I look forward to staying in touch and
> continuing to support our mission.
>
> Best,
>
> Garfield
>
> --
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> 415.839.6885 ext 6787
> 415.882.0495 (fax)
> www.wikimediafoundation.org
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia UK's members elect new trustees

2015-07-28 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations to the new board members.

Sydney

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On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:29 AM, Michael Maggs mich...@maggs.name wrote:

 I am very pleased to announce that at our annual general meeting on
 Saturday 25 July the members of Wikimedia UK elected three new trustees to
 the board from a very strong slate of candidates.

 Please join me in offering a very warm welcome to Doug Taylor, Nick Poole
 and Josie Fraser.

 Doug Taylor will be well known to many readers as a long-standing active
 Wikimedia volunteer and Lead Trainer for WMUK. He previously served on the
 board during 2012-13. Doug is a retired teacher and IT professional.

 Nick Poole is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of
 Library and Information Professionals. His previous roles include serving
 as CEO of the Collections Trust and Chair of the Europeana Network. He
 brings extensive knowledge of and influence in the international GLAM
 community, and has strong connections to policymakers and funders in the UK
 and Europe.

 Josie Fraser has for the past five years worked in local government as the
 strategic technology lead of one of the country's largest and most
 accelerated school building programmes. She is an expert in the
 relationship between education and technology and a vocal advocate for free
 and open knowledge.

 Existing trustees Greyham Dawes (treasurer) and myself (chair) were
 re-elected.

 Three trustees have stepped down from the board: Alastair McCapra, Saad
 Choudri and Joseph Seddon. We thank them for their exceptional expertise,
 commitment and diligence, and we wish them well for the future.

 With these changes, the new board is as follows:

 Michael Maggs (board chair, and chair of governance committee)
 Simon Knight (vice chair)
 Greyham Dawes (treasurer, governance committee, audit and risk committee)
 Chris Keating (audit and risk committee)
 Carol Campbell (chair of audit and risk committee)
 Kate West (governance committee, audit and risk committee)
 Gill Hamilton
 Doug Taylor
 Nick Poole
 Josie Fraser

 The new board will formally meet for the first time on Saturday 12
 Septemberat the Bodleian Library, Oxford, where officer roles will be
 reviewed.

 Please join me in welcoming the new board.

 Michael Maggs

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of WikiWomen's User Group

2015-07-20 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome for this new WikiWomen's User
Group.

Help us spread the work all around the world to chapters and other
affiliated organizations that are working on the gender gap already and
would find this group an useful place to connect with other people with
similar interests.

Also, any women and allies working on any WMF project who are interested in
the gender gap is welcome to join. All languages welcome. Help us translate
the pages.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiWomen%27s_User_Group#Interested_in_participating

Sydney

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On Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 6:24 AM, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
wrote:

 Dear all,

 I am pleased and honoured to announce on behalf of the Affiliations
 Committe the recognition [1] of a new member of the family of Wikimedia
 affiliates: The WikiWomen's User Group. Among their goals are providing a
 collaborative space for women to work on projects, discuss gender-related
 issues (but not limited to) and work towards the increase in content and
 contributor diversity.

 Please, join us in welcoming them!! :-)


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Iranian Wikimedians UG

2015-07-18 Thread Sydney Poore
Excellent news!
Sydney
On Jul 18, 2015 3:10 PM, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve wrote:

 Dear all,

 I'm pleased to announcce the recognition [1] of a new member of the family
 of Wikimedia affilates, the Iranian Wikimedians User Group. Among their
 main interests are encouraging the use of Wikimedia resources in education
 (at cultural centres, associations and Universities), outreach work and the
 use of social media to tell people about Wikipedia and its sister projects;
 edit-a-thons and participation in different cultural events, photo trips
 and upload-a-thons to teach users how to upload images to Commons.

 Welcome!!

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] CAPTCHA issues discouraging new editors

2015-06-19 Thread Sydney Poore
Hi,

I agree with Andrew that is not practical to whitelist ip addresses as a
primary method of overcoming account creation/ CAPTCHA issues at events.
Organizers often will not know the ip range in advance because of changes
in the address, or last minute changes in the location of the event.

The solution(s) needs to be something that is easy to use for people with
minimal tech knowledge so we can expand the group of people who are
sponsoring and holding events.

This problem goes back to a core issue that effect outreach efforts:
Wikipedia was originally set up to be edited by people sitting alone with a
PC/laptop.

Although today many outreach efforts are directed at group events or
partner organizations, these new editors still need to fit into polices and
a tech environment where editing solo is the norm.

To attract different groups of people to WMF projects, changing methods of
dealing with group editing or the new account creation experience needs to
be a priority.

Sydney

Sydney

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On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 2:24 PM, Andrew Gray andrew.g...@dunelm.org.uk
wrote:

 It's true that events *can* get whitelisted, but this is a very
 complex method. It relies on the organiser knowing the IP ranges in
 advance, and knowing who to contact at WMF - and on WMF having the
 time to deal with it. It would rapidly break down if we needed to use
 this method for every small training session. (I used to do two or
 three workshops a week...)

 Andrew.

 On 19 June 2015 at 19:16, Benjamin Lees emufarm...@gmail.com wrote:
  Events sometimes get whitelisted for account creation purposes:
  https://noc.wikimedia.org/conf/throttle.php.txt
  The exceptions there there could be made to set $wgCaptchaWhitelistIP
 too.
 
  On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 8:54 AM, WereSpielChequers
  werespielchequ...@gmail.com wrote:
  alternatively perhaps we could whitelist certain domains as likely to
 be reliable sources and unlikely to be spam.
  There actually already is a whitelist ($wgCaptchaWhitelist in
  https://noc.wikimedia.org/conf/CommonSettings.php.txt).
  Unfortunately, as far as I know, there's no on-wiki way to change it,
  but you could always compile a list of domains and submit it through
  Phabricator.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians User Group

2015-05-28 Thread Sydney Poore
Awesome news!!

Sydney

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On Wed, May 27, 2015 at 5:17 PM, Carlos M. Colina ma...@wikimedia.org.ve
wrote:

 Dear all,

 On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honored to announce the
 recognition [1] of a new User Group in the United States - the North
 Carolina Triangle Wikipedians. As their name implies, they are mostly
 active in the region known as the Research Triangle, or simply The
 Triangle. They have already organized activities in the region, especially
 at Duke and UNC related to MediaWiki, edit-a-thons and the Education
 Program. We'll see more of that in the near future :-)

 So please, let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates!
 Congrats!

 Regards,
 Carlos

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing Marti Johnson as WMF Program Officer for Individual Grants

2015-05-04 Thread Sydney Poore
Congratulations, Marti!

Sydney

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On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 6:15 PM, Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Hi all,
 Following up on the announcement about a new structure in the Community
 Engagement team,[1] I'm happy to say we've now got a new program officer to
 support WMF's Individual Engagement Grants program. Please see below for
 more details. This month, Marti Johnson will be taking over for both the
 IEG and TPS programs.[2] Grantees and committee members will be introduced
 to Marti soon, as her onboarding to both programs begins :) Meanwhile, I
 trust you will help make her feel welcome.
 Warmly,
 Siko

 [1]
 https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2015-February/076864.html
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mjohnson_(WMF)

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 From: Siko Bouterse sboute...@wikimedia.org
 Date: Mon, May 4, 2015 at 3:08 PM
 Subject: Announcing Marti Johnson as Program Officer for Individual Grants
 To: Staff All wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org


 Hi all,

 I'm excited to announce that we've got a new Program Officer for Individual
 Grants. Please join me in congratulating Marti Johnson as she transitions
 to this role!

 Marti joined WMF as Project Coordinator in the Grantmaking and Programs
 (later turned Community Engagement) department in September 2014. She
 quickly demonstrated that she’s a strategic thinker who brings deep respect
 for communities, a facility for organizing systems that foster creativity
 and collaboration, and the warmth and generosity needed to support
 individuals to do their best work.

 In her new role, Marti will be responsible for the Individual Engagement
 Grants and Travel and Participation Support programs. She reports directly
 to me.

 I’m delighted to have Marti move into the Community Resources team to put
 her talents to work, particularly for supporting our Individual Engagement
 Grantees and taking IEG to the next level over the coming year. Among other
 things, Marti will be working on creating more robust mentorship systems
 and a broader network to support grantees, while continuing to offer direct
 support herself to the IEG grantees, proposers, and committee.

 We’ve begun a transition period in which Marti is working to hand-off her
 role in supporting Luis and the Community Engagement team while beginning
 to assume her new responsibilities in Community Resources. Marti has
 already taken on responsibility for Travel and Participation Support, this
 week she will be onboarding our new crop of Inspire grantees in IEG, and
 over the course of May I’ll be handing all day-to-day operations for IEG to
 her as well. More information will be coming from Lynette later this month
 about the backfill for Marti’s former Project Coordinator position. Many
 thanks to Lynette for bringing Marti to WMF and supporting her move to this
 new role :)

 Here’s a bit more about Marti, for those of you who haven’t yet had a
 chance to get to know her:

 Inspired by a senior paper on agrarian community in American literature,
 Marti took her first job after college coordinating Community Supported
 Agriculture on an urban organic farm.   A year of service as an AmeriCorps
 volunteer led to a decade managing collaboratively driven resource
 conservation projects on California farmlands.   She gained extensive
 experience with grants management, including proposal and report writing,
 grantmaking, contract oversight and coordination of budgets ranging from
 hundreds to millions of dollars.  Marti specialized in facilitating
 community-based processes and played a lead role in coordinating a
 private-public alliance which was awarded California’s highest honor for
 environmental and economic leadership.  She gained a reputation for
 building meaningful collaboration--and among other tools, she relied
 heavily on wikis she built with MediaWiki software to do it.  After moving
 to San Francisco, Marti was very excited to join WMF and offer skills in
 community coordination, collaborative strategy-building and grants
 management in the context of Wikimedia projects.  In her free time, Marti
 likes to backpack, write and take long walks in Golden Gate Park.  She has
 recently been working toward a goal to read through the complete works of
 Shakespeare (about 75% complete!) and welcomes read-aloud collaborators.

 Congratulations and welcome to Community Resources, Marti!

 Warm regards,
 Siko

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing Inspire Campaign Grantees

2015-05-01 Thread Sydney Poore
Thank you, Liam, for the supportive positive comments.

Sydney
On May 1, 2015 5:36 PM, Liam Wyatt liamwy...@gmail.com wrote:

 Congratulations on bringing to the surface these 16 project ideas!
 I'm looking forward to seeing how these specific projects go, and also to
 seeing if they can become replicable models for future activities and help
 solve the broad gender-gap problem.

 When the inspire campaign was first announced I was critical - not of the
 importance of the topic - but whether the method of focusing attention on
 only one topic was a good idea. By focusing grants on one topic, would
 that be beneficial to that topic or would it simply be detrimental to all
 other topics?

 It seems the answer is that SPECIFICALLY INVITING people to apply for
 grants on a specific topic DOES draw out many and various good ideas.
 Without that specific invitation, it is likely that only a proportion of
 these would ever have been submitted, and an even smaller number actually
 funded.

 Furthermore, it don't believe any of the grant applications that were
 underway on other topics were delayed or negatively affected because of
 this project.

 So, congratulations WMF grants team on trialling an innovative and tricky
 idea. Let's hope the 16 projects prove to be successful!

 -Liam / Wittylama


 wittylama.com
 Peace, love  metadata

 On 1 May 2015 at 23:01, Alex Wang aw...@wikimedia.org wrote:

  Hi All,
 
  Today we're pleased to announce a new group of grantees working to
 increase
  gender diversity in Wikimedia projects.
 
  In early March, we announced the Inspire campaign
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Inspire, an initiative
  led
  by WMF’s Community Resources team to generate new ideas to address
  Wikimedia's gender gap. From 266 ideas came 42 grant proposals eligible
 for
  consideration. After careful review by a committee of volunteer
 Wikimedians
  and gender-focused experts, 16 projects have been recommended and
 approved
  for funding.
 
  The projects are experimenting with a variety of strategies: organizing
  events and leveraging professional communities, institutions and
  partnerships to create quality content, researching gaps in both content
  and contributors, and testing approaches for training and mentorship to
  better support gender diversity on-wiki. Overall, we’re particularly
  pleased to see projects looking at gender in multiple ways as they work
 to
  improve Wikipedia’s gender diversity across various contexts, and to be
  supporting some returning grantees as well as many new project leaders
 who
  identify as women or allies for increasing gender diversity.
 
  You can also read more about the campaign and each funded project on the
  Wikimedia Foundation blog
  http://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/05/01/meet-the-inspire-grantees/.
 
  The funded projects are:
 
 
 - Wikipedian in Residence for Gender Equity
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedian_in_Residence_for_Gender_Equity
  
 - Gender gap admin training
 
  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Gender-gap_admin_training
 
 
 - Survey women who don't contribute
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Survey_women_who_don%27t_contribute
  
 
 - Wikipedia Gender Index
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/WIGI:_Wikipedia_Gender_Index
  
 
 - Wikipedia Buddy Group
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedia_Buddy_Group
 
 - Wiki Edit-a-thon Work Parties
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wiki_Edit-a-thon_Work_Parties
  
 - More Female Architects on Wikipedia
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/More_Female_Architects_on_Wikipedia
  
 
 - Linguistics Editathon series: Improving female linguists'
 participation and representation on Wikipedia
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Linguistics_Editathon_series:_Improving_female_linguists%27_participation_and_representation_on_Wikipedia
  
 - Wikipedia edit-a-thon for the Aphra Behn Society
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikipedia_edit-a-thon_for_the_Aphra_Behn_Society
  
 - Wikineedsgirls
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wikineedsgirls
 - Gender in East Asia Wikipedia Editing
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Gender_in_East_Asia_Wikipedia_Editing
  
 - Full Circle Gap Protocol: Addressing the Unknown Unknowns
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Full_Circle_Gap_Protocol:_Addressing_the_%E2%80%98Unknown_Unknowns%E2%80%99
  
 - Wellington Wikipedia Meet Up - With Childcare
 
 
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Wellington_Wikipedia_Meet_Up_-_With_Childcare
  !
 
 - Just for the record
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Just_for_the_record
 - Let's fill the gender gap Workshops
 
 
 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-22 Thread Sydney Poore
I find the WMF staff who I interact with to be an inspiration to me with
their dedication to the mission to the global wikimedia movement.

Perhaps the reason that many of them are not volunteering as on site
contributors is because they are too busy with a day job that is solely
focused on the mission of the movement.

I fully support allowing our talented and dedicated WMF staff to have the
opportunity to choose the people who guide the direction of the WMF.

Sydney

Sydney Poore
User:FloNight
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration

On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 11:34 AM, Bohdan Melnychuk bas...@yandex.ru wrote:

 I don't see why employees (no diff whether it's about WMF or affiliates)
 who are not also volunteers should have the vote right. It's up to
 Wikimedia movement to chose it's lead. The non-volunteering employees are
 outsiders who are just hired to do some stuff for us since we tend to be
 lazy. If they want to influence community's way they must become part of
 the community. They have a choice of who's their boss - if they don't like
 boss in WMF they could go look for another job. --Base

 22.04.2015, 18:10, Leigh Thelmadatter osama...@hotmail.com:
  +1
   Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:51:25 -0400
   From: aleksey.bilo...@gmail.com
   To: wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
   Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections
 
   My two cents: no, no, no, absolutely not, by all means no, never.
 
   I am strongly, strongly, strongly opposed to such a move. The chapters
   already elect two members of the Board, and that's quite enough. When
 it
   comes to matters concerning strategic direction chapters are the
 movement
   equivalent of a political interest group. The Board is the entity
   ultimately responsible for the funding reigns, and I strongly suspect
 that
   such a move, *especially given the weakness of community response in
   elections*, would immediately result in an influx of chapter junkies
 who
   will vote as a nearly-united political bloc for whatever candidate
 promises
   a freer flow of money.
 
   The ramifications would be immediate. This is absolutely the wrongest
   possible direction to go in.
 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-22 Thread Sydney Poore
I was speaking in support of keeping the current policy which allows WMF
staff to vote even if they do not meet the eligibility guidelines with a
volunteer account.

The issue of allowing staff in affiliated organizations who are not
volunteers vote is more complex because they could have minimal involvement
with the larger movement, and in some cases already have the ability to
select WMF BoT.

But, I would be inclined to encourage more voices to be heard by inviting
everyone who is part of the wikimedia movement to vote in the WMF BoT
elections.

This could happen by the affiliate organizations encouraging all staff to
become volunteers by giving them time to edit in a volunteer capacity
several hours a month,

or by allowing affiliated organizations to identify a list of staff who are
not on site volunteers but who are part of the wikimedia movement.

Additionally, a strong effort to get more volunteer community members
running for positions as well as voting.

Sydney

Sydney Poore
User:FloNight
Wikipedian in Residence
at Cochrane Collaboration

On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 1:22 PM, Aleksey Bilogur aleksey.bilo...@gmail.com
wrote:

 Frankly, I think such views are naive idealism. There is a political
 reality that would come about as a result of such a change, one at the
 highest level, that need to be understood and addressed. I do not even
 believe that this is a discussion that should occur at the community level.
 This is a discussion that should occur at the board level.

 A former Wikimedian in Residence was recently blocked for constant
 copyright violations on the English Wikipedia. I do not want such people
 voting on a body which will determine their level of monetary and
 non-monetary support---especially now that the requirements for
 incorporation as a user-group are dipping still lower.

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 wrote:

  On 15-04-22 11:54 AM, Sydney Poore wrote:
   I fully support allowing our talented and dedicated WMF staff to have
 the
   opportunity to choose the people who guide the direction of the WMF.
 
  I'd like to add to this that the (pretty small) set of staffers that
  would not otherwise have had eligibility to vote are generally in
  administrative, finance and legal positions - all of which bring other
  perspectives to evaluation of the candidates that may be valuable.
 
  But, more importantly, they share our values and commitment to the
  ideals behind the movement.  They wouldn't be working at the Foundation
  if they didn't because our internal culture is - literally - all about
  the mission.
 
  Disclaimer: I'm staff myself, but eligible to vote as a volunteer.
 
  -- Marc
 
 
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