[Wikimedia-l] Re: Small gratitude to our fellow wikimedians

2021-11-08 Thread Tito Dutta
Thank you very much for starting this thread.

I think that's a very important topic. I have been working on related
portals for several years now and I am always available to provide my
little inputs wherever I can. Some projects have their project space:
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q4655446 (see the sitelinks), I agree that we
may think of working on global best practices now (followed by or
simultaneously a policy, if needed).

One think, I have felt, needs more attention for "Deceased Wikimedian"
portal is "privacy". If an editor wanted to remain anonymous (suppose
User:Editor09112021), and the plaque/obit should respect the privacy.

That's my initial thoughts on this.

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মঙ্গল, ৯ নভেম্বর, ২০২১ তারিখে ৫:৪৮ AM টায় তারিখে Alessandro Marchetti via
Wikimedia-l  লিখেছেন:

> Personally I think we should validate first a global policy on deceased
> users. After many years of SUL it's still very fragmented from platform to
> platform. A centralized procedure to confirm death and how to block account
> would be a good starting step.
>
> After that, i think we need a standard obituary page on meta, that can be
> multilingual of course. Do you know
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Deceased_editors exists? Probably not or
> Pier Luigi would be there.
>
> Once you have that, you can go for more initiatives on a solid base.
>
> For example, you can get some agreement to give some names of astronomical
> objects to former wikimedians (real name or username, if code allows it).
> There are 1000s of them waiting for a name (for asteroids, the system was
> in stand by some years ago, not sure when it will resume), but just send
> the list and people will pick them soon or later. You can ask for a
> publication such as a booklet. Or a plaque somewhere, maybe at the WMF
> office... honestly it's not my goal to pick one now.
>
> In any case, you need a standardized system or you can't do these
> initiatives properly. You'll end up with one person remembered and the
> other one forgotten because their friends on wiki are not in the "right"
> circle of more active users. You have to give a fair chance to all users to
> be included in the list, with a standardize guideline on every wiki.
>
> This is something that after years of SUL we should have and we don't...
> to my surprise. When I wrote some to-do-list on the topic years ago I was
> almost sure it would have taken less than 2-3 years to finally write a
> unified guideline. I find some long-term users who are 100% sure that it is
> "like this" or "like that" but it really isn't. One day I will create a
> stub for a page on meta just to see if it grows.
>
> Alessandro
>
>
> Il martedì 9 novembre 2021, 00:52:02 CET, Samuel Klein 
> ha scritto:
>
>
> I'd like us to consider a more serious set of obits, after the fashion of
> the astronomers .
>
> On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 6:25 PM Gnangarra  wrote:
>
> In some ways we do https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2021:In_Memoriam
>
> On Tue, 9 Nov 2021 at 04:46, Camelia Boban 
> wrote:
>
> Hi everybody.
>
> Today, on the social media channels, we received the news about another
> wikimedian who is passed away: Steve Suleeman (User:Stephensuleeman from
> idwiki). As others in the recent or distant past: Spasimir Pilev
> (User:Спасимир Пилев from bgwiki), Pier Luigi Rocco (User:Moroboshi from
> itwiki), Elena Sanz Queiruga (User:ElsaBornFree from
> eswiki), User:SlimVirgin from enwiki, Krzysztof Machocki
> (User:Halibutt from plwiki).
>
> For these losses, I think we - as a community, through the Wikimedia
> Foundation - need to set up a fund to build a commemorative plaque to
> remember all the wikimedians we have lost.
>
> I would suggest it to be a thought from the community, extended also to
> all other major events of a wikimedian's life (marriage, birth of a child).
> We know a wikimedian often sacrifices the free time, dedicating a large
> part of their own real life to our projects and the movement. Would be a
> recognition from the community for the work done and a memory for the
> families, a "small gratitude to our fellow wikimedians" as someone said.
>
> I know that some affiliates are already doing this (eq. Wikimedia
> Indonesia), would be a lovely idea to do it in a centralized way at the
> level of the whole movement.
>
> What do you think?
> Camelia
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees new resolution on branding

2021-10-14 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for the update. I thank the board for taking this action.
What does "supporting flexible naming for all affiliates, including the use
of taglines;" mean, that is mentioned on the Diff blog post?
Sincerely,
User:Titodutta
(Sent from a handheld device, excuse typos etc)

শুক্র, 15 অক্টো., 2021 12:20 AM তারিখে Shani Evenstein 
লিখেছেন:

> Dear all,
>
> I am happy to share with you that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of
> Trustees has passed a new resolution on the topic of branding [1].
>
> Some context
>
> As you may remember, last year the Board paused all work under the 2030
> Movement Brand Project, in order to rethink and improve the Foundation’s
> approach to community participation and decision making around renaming.
> After year-long work, attentive listening and thoughtful conversation
> between the Board, Wikimedia Foundation staff, and community advisors, the
> committee has come up with a recommendation for next steps. The
> recommendation was unanimously approved by the Board and captured in the
> above mentioned resolution. The Wikimedia Foundation will therefore be
> resuming its role to steward and protect Wikimedia brands, in partnership
> with our broader movement, and the ad hoc Brand Committee concludes its
> work .
>
> What are the main aspects of the resolution?
>
> Importantly, this resolution extends the Board’s decision that the
> Wikimedia Foundation should not pursue renaming work for this fiscal year
> (until at least July 2022). Instead, it directs the Foundation to support
> the Wikimedia movement through three main areas of brand work that protect
> and support Wikimedia’s reputation throughout the world. Please read more
> about this decision on the Diff Blog [2].
>
> Next steps?
>
> Wikimedia Foundation teams intend to share more information on new
> projects, including their plans for engaging our community, in the coming
> weeks. In the meantime, Foundation staff and I are available to answer
> clarifying questions on the Wikimedia brand / 2030 movement brand project
> talk page on Meta [3]. You are also welcome to join the Board’s Open
> Meeting on October 20th, where you will be able to ask questions and hear
> from the team directly [4].
>
> Special thanks
>
> On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank the community advisors to
> the Brand Committee. This group has worked with us since February 2021,
> lending their time and expertise. Their input to the process has been
> invaluable and we appreciate their commitment to help us find a productive
> way forward. Thank you -- Lucy Crompton-Reid, Joao Alexandre Peschanski,
> Megan Wacha, Justice Okai-Allotey, Rachmat Wahidi, Erlan Vega Rios, Richard
> Knipel, Phoebe Ayers and Jeffrey Keefer!
>
> I would also like to thank our Brand Studio team at the Wikimedia
> Foundation for their hard work, dedication, professionalism, flexibility,
> openness, and vision they brought to our joint work on the future of
> branding.
>
> Together, we made sure that the next steps for brand work are closely
> connected to our 2030 strategic goals and we have no doubt they will be an
> important service to the Wikimedia movement. I look forward to watching
> these plans come to life and invite the community to actively participate
> in these discussions and decisions as they unfold.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Shani Evenstein Sigalov
>
> Chair, Brand Committee
>
> Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation
>
>
> [1]:
>
>
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Next_Steps_for_Brand_Work,_2021
>
> [2]:
>
>
> https://diff.wikimedia.org/2021/10/14/wikimedia-foundation-board-of-trustees-new-resolution-on-branding/
>
> [3]:
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project
> 
>
> [4]:
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Community_Affairs_Committee/2021-10-20_Conversation_with_Trustees
>
>
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: 100$ million dollars and still obsolete

2021-10-14 Thread Tito Dutta
Indeed, the lack or modernisation of the web interface, and lack of an
improved Android/iPhone (or simply "smartphone") editing app[1] are
possibly some of the major areas to focus.

If the "next billion internet users", a term we often used to use are not
getting involved as much as we expected, possibly "interface" is one reason
behind it.

[1] I am aware of the currently available apps.

শুক্র, 15 অক্টো., 2021 12:03 AM তারিখে Galder Gonzalez Larrañaga <
galder...@hotmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Dear all,
> Today I learned that, despite having $100 million in the Endowment fund,
> we can't have a design team big enough to make our websites not look like
> they're stuck in 2001. I don't know if anyone is behind the wheel, but the
> car is expensive.
>
> Sincerely,
> Galder
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Conference and Events Funds Update

2021-10-01 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
A community is definitely in the best position to do a risk-assessment, so
no comment on that. Good wishes for the proposal.

On another note, in the last couple of years we have widely explored remote
events/online events like never before. New knowledge have been gained, and
over-all it has been fantastic.

I believe we should continue to work on and strengthen this online program
model as much as possible, even after the pandemic.

Currently, there is another thing to note in the Conference Grant model.
Conference grant is a long process and a conference is generally conducted
5–6 months after the proposal. In an uncertain time (possible next wave
etc) it is very difficult to plan things so early. I have read that this is
noted in the proposal.
Regards.
User:Titodutta



শুক্র, 1 অক্টো., 2021 9:41 PM তারিখে Davit Saroyan <
dsaroyan-...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Hi everyone,
>
> The open call for Conference and Events Funds Round 2 2021/22 is over, and
> we have received a grant application from Brazil!
>
> Here is the application link: WikiCon Brasil 2022
> .
> [1]
>
> A few quick facts about this planned conference. It will be the first
> national conference for the Brazilian Wikimedia community, organized by Wiki
> Movement Brazil User Group
> . [2]
> The location will be São Paulo, Brazil; the event will take place in July
> 2022 with about 100 participants. The requested amount is 73,221 USD
> (380,750 BRL).
>
> Please feel free to review the grant proposal
> 
> [1] and leave any feedback or questions on the discussion page
> 
> [3] or under the endorsements
> 
> [4] section. The community review period is open from September 27 to
> October 15.
>
> If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact us
> at: conferencegra...@wikimedia.org.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Davit and Tanveer
>
> 1. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/WikiCon_Brasil_2022
>
> 2. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Movement_Brazil_User_Group
>
> 3.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:Conference/WikiCon_Brasil_2022
>
> 4.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/WikiCon_Brasil_2022#Endorsements
>
> --
>
>
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>
> Junior Program Officer
>
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>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming the new Wikimedia Foundation CEO

2021-09-14 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Good to know about the update Nataliia. Thanks to the Transition team for
working on this. Good wishes (and welcome) to Maryana Iskander in the new
role. Hope to work with you on Movement Strategy and other Wikimedia
projects/areas from January onwards.

ইতি,/Thanks(a
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মঙ্গল, ১৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০২১ তারিখে ৯:০২ PM টায় এ Nataliia Tymkiv <
ntym...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Dear all,
>
> I am pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
> has appointed Maryana Iskander as the new CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation
> [1] [2].
>
> Since 2013, Maryana has served as the CEO of Harambee Youth Employment
> Accelerator [3], a South African non-profit social enterprise focused on
> building African solutions for the global challenge of youth unemployment.
> Prior to this, she spent six years as Chief Operating Officer of Planned
> Parenthood Federation of America [4], a volunteer-led social movement
> focused on access to women’s healthcare. Maryana has also worked in
> academia as the Advisor to the President of Rice University [5], an
> international research university based in the United States.
>
> Her professional career has been motivated by breaking down systemic
> barriers, creating opportunities for collaborative solution-building, and
> community empowerment. She has a proven track record for leading complex
> organisations shaped by shared decision-making.
>
> In looking for the next CEO, we on the Board convened a Transition
> Committee [6], primarily to guide us in finding the right person for this
> critical role and secondly to oversee the executive Transition Team. The
> Transition Committee conducted a far-reaching and competitive global
> search, receiving around 400 recommendations and speaking to about 50
> potential candidates. Throughout this selection process, Maryana impressed
> us as someone who is deeply inspired by the Wikimedia vision and who
> embodies the values of equity and community that inform all Wikimedia work.
> She has extensive leadership experience working with volunteer-led
> initiatives and building partnerships across public, private and social
> sectors. Maryana also brings expertise in technology-led innovation to
> accelerate meaningful social change. She does this with a global
> perspective: Maryana was born in the Middle East, educated in the United
> States and the United Kingdom, and has spent the last decade living and
> working on the African continent.
>
> Maryana joins the Wikimedia Foundation at a crucial time. The movement is
> larger than ever, and it has never been more relevant or more trusted. This
> is an inflection point, as decisions need to be made to execute a shared
> vision for where the Movement wants to be in 2030. We believe that Maryana
> is the right person to help lead the Foundation at this moment.
>
> As Maryana begins, her priorities will include supporting movement efforts
> to implement the Wikimedia 2030 recommendations, such as the development of
> a Movement Charter and the finalization of a Universal Code of Conduct. She
> will continue the Foundation’s focus on knowledge equity and exploring ways
> to address the gaps in content and the diversity of contributors to
> Wikimedia projects. She will be supported by the Board in this journey.
>
> Maryana will officially start at the Wikimedia Foundation on January 5,
> 2022, as she transitions from her current job. Until then, the Foundation
> will continue to be led by the Transition Team, with guidance from the
> Board. In my conversations with her, I have seen that Maryana is a fan of
> direct communication and excited to learn from the movement. In the coming
> weeks, she will share ways to connect. Please join me in welcoming Maryana
> (CCed) to the Foundation!
>
> PS. For translations of this message, or to help translate it into more
> languages, please visit Meta-Wiki [7]
>
> *[1]
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2021/09/14/wikimedia-foundation-appoints-maryana-iskander-as-chief-executive-officer/
> *
>
> *[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maryana_Iskander
>  *
>
> *[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harambee_Youth_Employment_Accelerator
> *
>
> *[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_Parenthood
> *
>
> *[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rice_University
>  *
>
> *[6]
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Creating_a_CEO_Transition_Committee_and_Transition_Team,_2021
> 
>  *
> *[7]
> 

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

2021-09-07 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for the announcement. I was expecting/hopeful to see a little more
diverse result (continent/region etc,)
Anyway, thanks to the organising team for your work.
My good wishes to all the newly selected board members of Wikimedia
Foundation. Congratulations!!

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মঙ্গল, ৭ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০২১ তারিখে ১১:৪১ PM টায় তারিখে Jackie Koerner <
jkoerner-...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> *Translations can be found on
> Meta: 
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/2021/2021-09-07/2021_Election_Results
> *
> Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2021 Board election. The
> Elections Committee has reviewed the votes of the 2021 Wikimedia Foundation
> Board of Trustees election, organized to select four new trustees. A record
> 6,873 people from across 214 projects cast their valid votes. The following
> four candidates received the most support:
>
>
>
>1.
>
>Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
>2.
>
>Victoria Doronina
>3.
>
>Dariusz Jemielniak
>4.
>
>Lorenzo Losa
>
>
> Waiting for the Board’s appointment
>
> While these candidates have been ranked through the community vote, they
> are not yet appointed to the Board of Trustees. They still need to pass a
> successful background check and meet the qualifications outlined in the
> Bylaws. This process can be longer depending on the country of residence of
> the candidates. The Board has set a tentative date to appoint new trustees
> at the end of this month. The Board also has approved
> 
> a short extension to the terms of the exiting trustees to allow a smooth
> transition.
>
> Thanks to all the candidates
> Thanks to all candidates for their participation. They achieved a record
> in the number of candidates and regional diversity, with more than half of
> the 19 candidates from regions outside North America and Western Europe.
> This election used Single Transferable Voting
> 
> for the first time. This system does not indicate a number of votes or
> percentage of support. Rather, it shows in which round each candidate was
> eliminated. You can review the full results on Meta-Wiki
> ,
> which document the order in which the candidates were mathematically
> eliminated.
>
> Thanks to all the election volunteers
>
> The Board of Trustees stressed
> 
> the importance of increasing diversity on the Board. Dozens of volunteers
> supported by a team of multilingual facilitators promoted the election in
> up to 61 languages. They hosted many conversations about the Board election
> in more than 50 languages and encouraged community members to participate
> in all areas of the election.
>
> Statistics
>
> The 2021 Board of Trustees election broke new ground in several areas. The
> Movement Strategy and Governance team will publish a report with the most
> remarkable metrics soon. In the meantime, some statistics
> 
> can be found on Meta-Wiki. Here you have some highlights.
>
>
>-
>
>Participation increased by 1,753 voters over 2017. Overall turnout was
>10.13%, 1.1 percentage points more than in 2017.
>-
>
>The highest participation among wikis with at least 5 eligible voters
>was seen on the Hausa and Igbo Wikipedias. Both wikis had a participation
>of 75% (6 of 8 eligible voters). Other high participation numbers were seen
>on the Telugu, Nepalese, and Punjabi Wikipedias.
>-
>
>The largest increase in participation among wikis with at least 50
>eligible voters was the Catalan Wikipedia, on which 36.3% of eligible
>voters voted (28 percentage points higher than in 2017).
>-
>
>There were 214 wikis represented in the election. This is determined
>by the wiki on which the account was originally created.
>-
>
>A total of 74 wikis that did not participate in 2017 produced voters
>in this election.
>-
>
>A total of 226 wikis had at least one eligible voter but produced no
>voters. The largest electorate in this group was Cantonese Wikipedia, with
>25 eligible voters.
>
>
> In the upcoming days, an anonymized list of votes will be released that
> will allow deeper inspection and publication of more metrics.
>
> 2022 election
> The next Board of Trustees election is planned to take place in 2022.
> Interested community members can watch the Wikimedia Foundation 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Announcing The New Grants Strategy for the Wikimedia Foundation

2021-07-18 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thank you for the update. Currently, I am trying to understand all the
information provided in the pages.
I have started preparing a mapping-table for personal understanding, might
be of some help:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tRSolGdZ0k9CcTQgfUSCHk1Ypp1iPTTDFnn5WrINp4E/edit?usp=sharing

Could you kindly point out what is changing or what's new in each category?
It would also be good to see more details on the Research and Tech grant
and Alliance Grant?

Thanks for the update once again.
ইতি,/With regards,
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শুক্র, ১৬ জুলাই, ২০২১ তারিখে ২:৪৭ AM টায় এ Kassia Echavarri-Queen <
kechavarriqu...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> The Community Resources team is excited to announce on Diff
> 
> the launch of the new Wikimedia funding strategy focused on decentralized
> decision-making, regional committees and reaching underrepresented
> communities [1]. Over the last 10 months we have worked together with
> communities to discuss, understand and develop an approach that addresses
> their needs and moves us towards the realization of the 2030 strategic
> direction [2]. Thank you for all of your participation to make this a
> reality.
>
> The three new funding programs:
>
> The Wikimedia Community Fund
>
>-
>
>The Community Fund is a unified program with flexible support and
>funding for Wikimedians working on knowledge equity aligned with the
>movement’s strategic direction.
>
>
> The Wikimedia Alliances Fund
>
>-
>
>The Alliances Fund, for mission-aligned organizations in
>underrepresented communities who want to collaborate and amplify our work.
>
>
> The Wikimedia Research and Technology Fund
>
>-
>
>The Research and Technology Fund for improving technology, tools, and
>research to nurture a more responsive and accessible environment for
>contributions.
>
>
> This people-centred approach is built on the principles of equity &
> empowerment, collaboration & cooperation, and the promotion of innovation
> and learning.
>
> Our team has also adapted to provide consistent regional support and the
> establishment of a learning mindset for the funding approach. We know this
> is just the beginning and it will be an iterative process. As we implement
> and learn we will adapt. We also understand the worldwide impact of the
> continuing COVID pandemic and our first priority is to be in solidarity and
> have flexibility with communities around the world.
>
> The three programs will be introduced in a phased approach throughout the
> year. We will first launch with the Wikimedia Community Fund now in July.
> We invite you to learn more about the programs on our meta page [3].
>
> We have hosted a series of office hours throughout June and July [4] and
> will continue in the coming weeks to discuss the new programs. Each program
> officer is also reaching out and answering questions with individual
> grantees as part of the transition process.
>
> Office Hours:
>
>-
>
>03:00 UTC – 2021-07-23 (Asia-Pacific friendly time)
>-
>
>18:00 UTC – 2021-07-23 (Europe-Africa-Americas friendly time)
>
>
>
> We thank you again for all of the collaboration to arrive at this new
> strategy and we are excited to begin this journey together.
>
> Wishing everyone the best,
>
> Kassia on behalf of the Community Resources team
>
>
>1.
>
>
>
> https://diff.wikimedia.org/2021/07/15/community-resources-announces-new-funding-strategy/
>2.
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021/Overview
>3.
>
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start
>4.
>
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021/Get_involved
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Join the new Regional Committees for Grants

2021-06-30 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for the update about this second extension. There are unanswered
threads on the talk page such as "Let the regions choose themselves" and a
few other threads.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021#Let_the_regions_choose_themselves

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বুধ, ৩০ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ৬:১৪ PM টায় এ Tanveer Hasan 
লিখেছেন:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> On behalf of the Community Resources Team, I want to share some updates
> regarding the Regional Grant Committees.
>
> We have received many great applications from Wikimedians across the globe
> and are excited to move to the next steps in the process.
>
> We have extended the deadline to apply for regional committees till 12
> July 2021. As we have received a number of requests for more time to send
> in applications.
>
> The Community Resources team will be organising the first round of
> orientation and training meetings for Regional Grants Committee members
> during mid July 2021. Based on the current size and composition of the
> committees and input of the committee members we will invite some
> additional members to complement the existing skills and fill in the
> missing expertise.
>
> Please apply and encourage Wikimedians from your communities to apply to
> the Regional Grant Committees.
>
> We hope to see you during the office hours being organised across the
> regions. Timing and other details regarding the office hours can be found
> here [1].
>
> Regards,
>
> Tanveer Hasan
>
> [1].
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/Grants_Strategy_Relaunch_2020-2021/Get_involved#Office_hours
>
> ಬುಧ, ಮೇ 26, 2021 ರಂದು 03:18 ಪೂರ್ವಾಹ್ನ ಸಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ರಂದು Florence Devouard <
> fdevou...@gmail.com> ಅವರು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ:
>
>> Hello Tanveer
>>
>>
>> Thank you for those answers.
>>
>> Some questions have been moved to meta as suggested, but have not
>> received any answer yet. Can you please have a look ?
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Florence
>>
>>
>> Le 21/05/2021 à 19:12, Tanveer Hasan a écrit :
>>
>> Hi Florence,
>>
>> I wanted to bring to your attention that the CR team has responded to
>> your questions on the discussion page of the Community Resources/Grants
>> Strategy Relaunch 2020-2021
>> .
>> We are doing this (responding on discussion page) because of the importance
>> of the questions that you have raised and hope that the questions and
>> responses would be of help to other community members as well. We request
>> community members to post their questions directly on the discussion page.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> P.S: CR team is going to be copy pasting all the questions raised here on
>> the mailing list on the discussion page of the Grants Strategy Relaunch for
>> the sake of continuity and having the option to translate questions and
>> responses in multiple languages for the benefit of other community members.
>> Please allow us a little time to respond to the questions that have
>> already been raised in this email thread.
>>
>> ಶುಕ್ರ, ಮೇ 21, 2021 ರಂದು 06:03 ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ ಸಮಯಕ್ಕೆ ರಂದು Florence Devouard <
>> fdevou...@gmail.com> ಅವರು ಬರೆದಿದ್ದಾರೆ:
>>
>>> Hello Julia
>>>
>>>
>>> I apology if I missed a step at some point.
>>> In this application, I read that
>>>
>>> "All the current grant committees (both active and inactive) will cease
>>> to function with the implementation of the new grants strategy of the
>>> Community Resources Team effective from 1 July 2021. We strongly encourage
>>> current and former committee members to apply to be part of the regional
>>> committees."
>>>
>>> So... is it to understand that absolutely ALL grants provided by the
>>> Wikimedia Foundation will go through those yet uncreated committees ?
>>>
>>> Does that mean all current recipients of APG grants will have to address
>>> their annual request to those yet unknown teams in the future ? (september
>>> in some cases)
>>>
>>> To whom will grants requests have to be addressed to for those groups
>>> who are not related to a specific region ? Do they have to pick up a region
>>> of their choice and consider themselves attached to it, or will they be
>>> appointed a region by default ?
>>>
>>> Sorry if the questions seem to be unrelated to your call but...
>>> 1) I am trying to understand and measure how much unstable our current
>>> situation is as grantees so that we can anticipate...
>>> 2) I am trying to evaluate the responsibilities that will be on the
>>> shoulders of those new regional committee members
>>>
>>>
>>> Best
>>>
>>>
>>> Florence
>>>
>>>
>>> Le 21/05/2021 à 08:06, Julia Brungs a écrit :
>>>
>>> Dear all,
>>>
>>> We hope this email finds you well and safe. The COVID 19 situation
>>> continues to affect many of us across the globe and our thoughts are with
>>> everyone affected. We are also aware that there are several processes
>>> currently in progress that demand volunteer time and we do not 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Appropriate promotion OR Appropriate canvassing protocol/policy

2021-06-30 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
If it is promotion on mailing lists, it is still open and people can see
that post. I have been more concerned about the numerous one-to-one
communication over different social networking and communication platforms
(chats) and votstacking attempts. In many of the cases, it is just asking
for votes as favour, and it ends up being how many people one knows and can
contact.

I believe, any process where "vote count" is the "only" way to decide the
winners, appropriate canvassing policy should be a behavioral guideline.

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শনি, ২৬ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ৩:৩৮ AM টায় এ Risker  লিখেছেন:

> Speaking personally only, I'd prefer not to have candidate statements or
> self-promotion on this mailing list, although I'd be fine if candidates
> announced their candidacy and gave a link to their statements on Meta.  We
> have to keep in mind that the majority of potential voters do not read this
> mailing list, and it's worthwhile for both the voters and the candidates to
> ensure that all members of the community have an equal opportunity to
> assess each candidate fairly and fully.
>
> Ultimately, this is a decision for the list moderators; however, it's also
> a decision of the readers whether or not to read these statements.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On Fri, 25 Jun 2021 at 15:06, Benjamin Lees  wrote:
>
>> On Fri, Jun 25, 2021 at 3:05 AM টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> In such a situation there is a possibility that if a candidate has many
>>> social media or contacts and friends (Wimimedian), they will end up getting
>>> more votes than someone who entirely relied on their nomination and
>>> performance.
>>>
>>
>> Is this a problem?  That's normally how an election works.  You
>> participate in public debates, Q, or other events to present yourself to
>> voters who have come to look at all the candidates, and then you reach out
>> and try to engage voters who haven't engaged themselves.
>>
>> WP:CANVASS exists in the Wikipedia milieu that proclaims that discussions
>> are not votes, and hence discourages ordinary election behaviors in order
>> to promote consensus-based decision-making. (I don't recall offhand whether
>> or how WP:CANVASS has been applied to the one thing that even the English
>> Wikipedia acknowledges is an election: the ArbCom election.)
>>
>> Nevertheless, I think it would be appropriate for particular venues to
>> consider whether they want to permit themselves to be used for
>> campaigning.  For instance, a couple people announced their candidacies or
>> intended candidacies for things on this mailing list earlier this month,
>> which is fine, I think, but you could imagine it becoming disruptive to the
>> list if it devolved into electioneering by a hundred different candidates.
>> Likewise, the English Wikipedia might not permit a candidate to post a
>> vote-for-me message on the talk pages of all eligible voters.  That's
>> really a question of disruptiveness to the forum, though, not fairness of
>> the election.
>>
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Appropriate promotion OR Appropriate canvassing protocol/policy

2021-06-25 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for your message. Not that particular link, but the
promotion/canvassing policy/protocol and the concept behind it may be
relevant. I believe it is important to work on a behavioral guideline for
major elections and similar processes.
In a few other languages it may be seen here:
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q13365390

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শুক্র, ২৫ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ১০:৪৭ PM টায় এ Gerard Meijssen <
gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hoi,
> Why is a guideline on English Wikipedia the right place for a policy that
> is of a global relevance?
> Thanks,
>  GerardM
>
> On Fri, 25 Jun 2021 at 09:05, টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta 
> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>> This is something I have been thinking about for some time. This
>> June–July we will see a couple of elections/selections. I think wherever a
>> voting is in process, an effective canvassing/promotion policy should be
>> there. We may need to notify our friend Wikimedians about our candidacy,
>> that is understandable, but there should be behavioral guidelines on what
>> is appropriate and what is inappropriate promotion/canvassing.
>> This email thread is about the process, and I won't mention any specific
>> example, however during every election/committee formation we see different
>> votestacking attempts and efforts. In such a situation there is a
>> possibility that if a candidate has many social media or contacts and
>> friends (Wimimedian), they will end up getting more votes than someone who
>> entirely relied on their nomination and performance.
>>
>> There is a behavioral guideline on a Wikipedia project:
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Canvassing
>> I don't think this is globally applicable, and I am note sure if we have
>> one global policy.
>> Hence,
>> 1) We can work on  "Canvassing guidelines", discussing appropriateness,
>> inappropriateness etc.
>> 2) These guidelines should be effectively used and it would be great if
>> the candidates/contestants read and acknowledge that they will adhere to
>> the protocol/policy.
>> Kind regards,
>>
>> ইতি,/Regards
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[Wikimedia-l] Appropriate promotion OR Appropriate canvassing protocol/policy

2021-06-25 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
 Hello,
This is something I have been thinking about for some time. This June–July
we will see a couple of elections/selections. I think wherever a voting is
in process, an effective canvassing/promotion policy should be there. We
may need to notify our friend Wikimedians about our candidacy, that is
understandable, but there should be behavioral guidelines on what is
appropriate and what is inappropriate promotion/canvassing.
This email thread is about the process, and I won't mention any specific
example, however during every election/committee formation we see different
votestacking attempts and efforts. In such a situation there is a
possibility that if a candidate has many social media or contacts and
friends (Wimimedian), they will end up getting more votes than someone who
entirely relied on their nomination and performance.

There is a behavioral guideline on a Wikipedia project:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Canvassing
I don't think this is globally applicable, and I am note sure if we have
one global policy.
Hence,
1) We can work on  "Canvassing guidelines", discussing appropriateness,
inappropriateness etc.
2) These guidelines should be effectively used and it would be great if the
candidates/contestants read and acknowledge that they will adhere to the
protocol/policy.
Kind regards,

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

2021-06-23 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
This is an unfortunate situation. In general circumstances I would have
been happy to see the addition.
"to draw clear lines between staff and board members " — I think this has
been a practice in different organisation. In a different organisation I
have seen a director was disallowed to join as a consultant immediately
after his disassociation.
But do we have any documented Wikimedia policy that allows or prohibits
such an appointment? It would be good to know about such guidelines.

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বৃহস্পতি, ২৪ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ৩:০৩ AM টায় এ Philip Kopetzky <
philip.kopet...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hi Maggie,
>
> to be honest this is really difficult to understand. While the WMF,
> through it's various committees, pushed affiliates to clearly draw the
> lines between board and staff by introducing stringent governance measures
> (and rightly so), which also include paragraphs about introducing a
> cooldown period before switching between board and being employed by the
> same organisation, the WMF is ignoring all of that governance advice it has
> given over the last few years.
>
> I feel quite silly now having been on the simpleAPG committee for three
> years and having advised affiliates who wanted to hire staff for the first
> time to draw clear lines between staff and board members, to now have to
> see this exact scenario I warned against play out at the WMF. Maria's
> departure from the BoT, even before her tenure was over and subsequent
> hiring really calls into question what the WMF thinks good governance
> should look like, notwithstanding the fact that the BoT now has one
> community elected seat less at a critical time in the strategy
> implementation process.
>
> All in all I can only call for a governance overhaul at the WMF so that
> murky situations like this don't happen again.
>
> Quite frustrated regards,
> Philip
>
>
> On Wed, 23 Jun 2021 at 21:46, Maggie Dennis  wrote:
>
>> Hello, all. :)
>>
>> I hope and trust that everyone is keeping well during these times!
>>
>> I’m Maggie Dennis, Vice President of the Community Resilience &
>> Sustainability group of Wikimedia Foundation, within the Legal department.
>> I wanted to announce with pleasure that Maria Sefidari has agreed to
>> consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and the ongoing Board
>> evolution for the upcoming year. Many of us know María from her role as the
>> chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, from which she
>> provided invaluable leadership in governance, oversight, and fundraising.
>> Others may know her from her volunteer work as User:Raystorm
>> , in which she has a
>> broad range of experience.
>>
>> María, based in Spain, commenced her assignment with the Foundation this
>> week. We intend to tap into her expertise and knowledge of the Foundation
>> to support a successful implementation of the Movement’s Strategy and to
>> tap into new opportunities. (With her Board work, she will be supporting
>> Quim Gil’s team with the Board election and helping Margo Lee in improving
>> onboarding, documentation practices, and training.) María will report to me
>> as part of our Community Resilience & Sustainability group. I’m excited
>> that she accepted our offer for a more hands-on assignment, particularly
>> given how important all of the work she’ll be supporting is. :) With more
>> than 15 years of Wikimedia experience, her contributions in the next phase
>> will be a tremendous benefit to me and my team as we continue settling into
>> our own work on Movement Strategy.
>>
>> Those of you who are involved with Movement Strategy are used to seeing
>> her at related meetings and still will. :) I anticipate María will be
>> joining one or more of the Movement Strategy global conversations
>> 
>> this weekend. Advertisement alert: maybe you can, too? Here’s more detail
>> !
>> I myself will be attending at least one of those sessions and look forward
>> to seeing some of you there.
>>
>> Warm regards,
>>
>> Maggie
>>
>>
>> --
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>> She/her/hers
>> Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
>> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Movement funding questions

2021-06-08 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Hope this message finds you well. The questions were pretty clear, the
answer was not that much clear to me. However I understand that answers
will be updated once the reports are published, preferably in an inline
answer format.

(A comment in general) I see, these days, more and more questions are taken
from mailing lists to talk pages and are answered there. I'll be very happy
if we use talk pages more to discuss.
But, while a thread is being copied from a mailing list thread to a talk
page, we can perhaps think of a standard procedure.
On thing we may add at the top:
{{Hatnote|1=This was originally posted on [FULL_URL| Wikimedia-l] and is
being answered here for }}
This can also be done creating an easy template with a couple of variables
such as
{{Mailing_list_post| list= |posted_by= |date= }}


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মঙ্গল, ৮ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ৩:১০ PM টায় এ Julia Brungs 
লিখেছেন:

> Hi SJ,
>
> We posted an answer to your questions on meta [1] and will update that
> answer when reports become available in the next few months.
>
> Best wishes,
> Julia
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_2030/2021_Call_for_Movement_Strategy_Implementation_Grants#Making_progress_on_questions_of_resource_allocation
>
>
> On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 5:51 AM Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Adam: well put.
>>
>> We may want to translate '*Service and equity*', from recent strategy
>> discussions, more widely: into a range of contexts as well as languages.
>>
>> 
>>
>> On Thu., May 20, 2021, 3:19 a.m. Adam Wight, 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> In case there really is a question about whether we should be working
>>> towards greater equity, please see the Wikimedia Foundation's vision
>>> statement [1],
>>>
>>>  > Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in
>>> the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment
>>>
>>> and in more detail [2],
>>>
>>>  > ... our goal is to impact the largest-possible number of readers and
>>> contributors, and to eliminate barriers that could preclude people from
>>> accessing or contributing to our projects ...
>>>
>>> Since sj's point is in the context of Wikimedia, "goals of increasing
>>> equity across the world, and supporting underrepresented communities"
>>> should be understood as "goals of increasing equity [to read and
>>> contribute to Wikimedia projects] across the world, and supporting
>>> underrepresented [Wikimedia] communities".  Please correct me if I've
>>> misunderstood these affiliate review suggestions.
>>>
>>> Regards,
>>> [[mw:User:Adamw]]
>>>
>>> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Vision
>>> [2]
>>>
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Guiding_Principles#Serving_every_human_being
>>>
>>> On 5/20/21 7:34 AM, Alexander N Krassotkin wrote:
>>> > Dear Samuel,
>>> >
>>> >   Just a note...
>>> >
>>> > "The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage
>>> > people around the world to collect and develop educational content
>>> > under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it
>>> > effectively and globally".
>>> > https://wikimediafoundation.org/about/mission/
>>> >
>>> >   But not "increasing equity across the world".
>>> >
>>> >   You can create separate funds for this and other good purposes.
>>> >
>>> > sasha.
>>> >
>>> > On Wed, May 19, 2021 at 12:05 PM Julia Brungs 
>>> wrote:
>>> >> Dear SJ,
>>> >>
>>> >> Thank you very much for your questions here and on meta. We are
>>> working on answering them and will post the answers on meta (don't worry I
>>> will reply to this thread again when the answers are live so people can go
>>> and find them).
>>> >>
>>> >> Best wishes,
>>> >> Julia
>>> >>
>>> >>
>>> >> On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:32 PM Samuel Klein 
>>> wrote:
>>> >>> :)   Dimi, do you know of reports on subsets of this, for groups and
>>> projects in Europe?   I discovered to my delight a beautiful summary of WMF
>>> grants made up to 2020 -- thanks Guillaume! -- which partly answers the
>>> first question. But this does not include donations + external grant
>>> funding that directly supports affiliates.
>>> >>>
>>> >>> One other point -- It was noted that 3a and 3d seem similar.  I
>>> updated these Qs on meta to be clearer.  I meant:
>>> >>>
>>> >>>   3a:  What groups do we envision making individual funding
>>> recommendations?  [timing, who decides, what constraints]
>>> >>>   3d:  How do we envision reviewing how things are going?   [peer
>>> feedback on budgets and plans, reflection on the overall balance of funding
>>> across the movement.]
>>> >>>
>>> >>> These inform one another, but are distinct.   And the first is more
>>> than just updating current processes: major gaps to fill include funding
>>> for projects under $500, and multi-year funding for infrastructure and
>>> projects -- among the most common requests.
>>> >>>
>>> >>> SJ
>>> >>>
>>> >>>
>>> >>> On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 6:52 AM Dimitar Parvanov Dimitrov <
>>> 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: First Community Affairs Committee office hour on May 13

2021-06-03 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
Can a copy of this be uploaded on Wikimedia Commons then possibly we can
put it as a thumbnail in the minutes page itself. Thanks for sharing the
YouTube video under Creative Commons license.

ইতি,/Regards
টিটো দত্ত/User:Titodutta
(মাতৃভাষা থাক জীবন জুড়ে)


বৃহস্পতি, ৩ জুন, ২০২১ তারিখে ১০:৩১ PM টায় এ Cornelius Kibelka <
ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Hi all,
>
> notes of the first CAC office hour have been published on Meta:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Community_Affairs_Committee/2021-05-13_Office_Hour#Notes
>
> The recording is available on Youtube:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kegh7cBC1GM_channel=WikimediaFoundation
>
> Cheers
> Cornelius
>
>
> On Thu, May 13, 2021 at 5:59 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
> ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> PPS: Thanks for the hint, LiAnna, the Zonestamp in my previous email
>> seems to be wrong. The office hour takes place at 19:00 UTC (here's the
>> correct zonestamp link .),
>> that means in 3 hours.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Cornelius
>>
>> On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 7:10 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
>> ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>
>>> PS: Nataliia Tymkiv also confirmed her attendance!
>>>
>>> See you tomorrow,
>>> Cornelius
>>>
>>> On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 6:50 PM Cornelius Kibelka <
>>> ckibelka-...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>>
 Hello everyone,

 this is a small reminder that this office hour takes place tomorrow
 (May 13, 19:00 UTC, your local time
 ). You can find all
 details on the Meta page:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Community_Affairs_Committee/2021-05-13_Office_Hour

 The formal agenda is as follows:

- Welcome and introductions (5 minutes)
- Updates from the Community Affairs Committee (40 minutes, *this
time includes updates from the Community Affairs Committee and questions
sent by the community in advance*)


- Live Questions and Answers  (15 minutes; *the final 15 minutes
will be in an “ask us anything” format with live participation*)
- Open Room (30 minutes; *no live-streaming, no note-taking*)


 We're happy to expect the following trustees to attend the office: Shani
 Evenstein (Community Affairs Committee Chair), James Heilman, Raju
 Narisetti, María Sefidari, and Esra'a Al Shafei.

 See you tomorrow,
 best regards,

 Cornelius


 On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 5:46 PM Shani Evenstein 
 wrote:

> Hello, everyone.
>
> TLDR:
>
> The Board of Trustees’ Community Affairs Committee
> 
> (CAC) is hosting its first office hour on May 13, 2021 at 19:00 UTC
> (check for your local time
> )!
>
> Now in more details:
>
> What are we announcing?
>
> The CAC is a new Board of Trustees
> 
> committee established to assess, explore and address current and future
> community-related efforts. The Committee's Charter
> 
> lists its full responsibilities, with the first 3 being a priority for 
> this
> coming year.
>
> As part of our commitment to foster better communications with the
> Wikimedia Movement Community, and based on feedback received from 
> community
> members requesting more availability from the Board of Trustees, the CAC
> will be hosting its first Office hours.
>
> When & Where?
>
> The Office hours will be held on May 13 2021, at 19:00 UTC (check for your
> local time ) via Zoom. At
> least 3 Trustees, as well as relevant WMF staff will be in attendance. The
> session will be streamed live and recorded, so those who cannot 
> participate
> live will be able to watch later.
>
> How will it work?
>
> The meeting will last for 60 minutes and an additional 30 minutes of
> an “open room”. The first 60 minutes will be divided into 45 minutes of
> structured Q & A (based on either updates from the CAC and questions sent
> by the community in advance). The final 15 minutes will be in the “ask us
> anything” format, with live participation. We will be monitoring live
> YouTube, Wikipedia Weekly Facebook group
>  and the Wikimedia
> General Chat Telegram group  and the talk
> page on Meta
> .
> The structure is meant to enable the CAC to not only update the community

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Thank you. And keep up the good work!

2021-06-02 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
"In 2012, when Pavel Richter brought me into the organisation to build up
the Wikidata team and to bootstrap the project together with Denny
Vrandečić, I already had a slight notion that something huge that was about
to emerge; “Wikidata, the next big thing” still echoes in my ears today."
— Thank you for your service and work around Wikidata and Wikimedia. Thanks
also for the recap.
Wishing you all the best for your future endeavours.

ইতি,/Regards
টিটো দত্ত/User:Titodutta
(মাতৃভাষা থাক জীবন জুড়ে)


সোম, ৩১ মে, ২০২১ তারিখে ১০:৩৩ PM টায় এ Abraham Taherivand <
abraham.taheriv...@wikimedia.de> লিখেছেন:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
>
> As you know, today is my last day as the Executive Director of Wikimedia
> Deutschland.
>
>
> What an incredible journey it has been. When I started in 2012, I couldn’t
> have even dreamed of all the things I would experience, what I would do,
> whom I would meet, where I would go, and what I would learn. And then it
> all turned out to be even more intense, more magical, and more fulfilling
> than I had thought or could have imagined in my boldest dreams.
>
>
> In 2012, when Pavel Richter brought me into the organisation to build up
> the Wikidata team and to bootstrap the project together with Denny
> Vrandečić, I already had a slight notion that something huge that was about
> to emerge; “Wikidata, the next big thing” still echoes in my ears today.
> The vision of this free and open knowledge base excited and inspired me
> from day one. It was an honour for me to establish the initial Wikidata
> team and later to build the software development department at Wikimedia
> Deutschland. I could really follow my passion to bring people together,
> empowering them, promoting their strengths and challenging them to be
> innovative, to try new things off the beaten track.
>
>
> Then in 2016, a whole new phase began when I was appointed as Executive
> Director. Over these four and a half years, Wikimedia Deutschland has grown
> considerably: our staff has doubled to 150 and we now have over 85,000
> members. Together with a large and successful community, we work as a
> strong and respected partner together with educational and cultural
> institutions, politics, media and digital civil society to liberate
> knowledge. Alongside these audience groups in Germany, the Wikimedia
> Movement - you! - has always been one of the most exciting and relevant
> stakeholders. I am therefore particularly pleased that we and our members
> unanimously decided in 2017 to support the 2030 Strategic Direction and its
> implementation, that we were able to play a strong role in the development
> of the recommendations, and that we are now continuing to pursue the
> implementation with all our might.
>
>
> I have had the great privilege of getting to know and learning from many
> of you personally. The vast array of experience that Wikimedians bring to
> the Movement, the rich ideas, and the people at the heart of it all are
> truly extraordinary. In each Wikimedian I’ve met, I’ve felt the passion for
> the overarching theme of our common vision. The spark in your eyes when you
> start speaking about your favourite topics, be it the encyclopedia,
> technology, governance, photos, food, commas, fondue, karaoke – it’s
> impressive and a memory that I am glad will remain with me forever. What
> each of you bring to this Movement is inspiring and truly special - and
> that’s what makes this movement more than the sum of its parts.
>
>
> It never gets boring in the wikiverse. There is always something new
> coming along, be it in movement strategy, in our programs, or in how we
> work together and grow our reach. At times, it can take awhile to get
> things done. But that is often because we want to make sure everyone has a
> say and has the opportunity to shape how we do things. It is a testament to
> the respect Wikimedians have for each other and each other’s perspectives.
> Wikimedians are very thoughtful: we take care of each other and treat each
> other's needs and opinions as one of the highest goods.
>
>
> Wikimedia is one of the strongest and last-standing proponents of the free
> and open internet, one that continues to work toward making digital society
> better for the sake of humanity.
>
>
> Don’t give up this fight, don’t lose hope, be bold, unite – the world
> needs you!
>
>
> Yours sincerely,
>
> Abraham
>
>
>
> --
>
> Geschäftsführender Vorstand / Executive Director
>
> Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
> http://wikimedia.de
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[Wikimedia-l] Re: Join the new Regional Committees for Grants

2021-05-21 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for announcing this. I like the decentralisation attempt. For better
understanding, I have the following questions. Thanks for your attention.

A. Decision Making procedure
# Who will be in the decision-making position? Does the committee
recommend, and the Wikimedia Foundation team decide? Or is the committee
going to make a decision with inputs from Wikimedia Foundation?
# Is the process going to be the same for  a) all types of grant support?
and b) across all regions such as Europe, Africa etc?

B. Selection of committee members
# How are the committee members going to be selected? "Following initial
nominations, there will be a review process to confirm the members of the
committees." — who will be in the review committee?
# What is the importance of voting/discussion around a nomination? (however
as nominations can be sent over email also, I don't think we are going to
focus on voting/community discussion. Please confirm.)

C. Eligibility
"Anyone receiving compensation through a Wikimedia affiliate or current
grant project."
Kindly explain what is a "compensation"?
# Is it a remuneration/salary component received from a grant?
# Does it include grants with "project expense only" (eg, a $2,000 rapid
grant where 100% was project expense, and no salary and other component)?
# Does it include support received from an affiliate program?
# Does it include short-term past/recent past involvement?
# Can a WMF contractor (not staff) apply to become a member?
# Can a user group senior member, who is not a user group contact person or
a grant signatory, apply to become a committee member?

D. Conflict of Interest policy
# Conflict of Interest guidelines is not linked in the current version
https://w.wiki/3MtG It would be good to know about the Conflict of Interest
policy applicable here.

E. Financial support
" Committee members will have all costs related to participation covered,
including data costs, transportation, caregiving / childcare, and meals.
Additional stipends are to be determined"
# Is it going to be similar to a staff/contractor position?
# Will there be any contract?

F. Question on Exclusion
I agree with the sentiment expressed already.
# Affiliate chairs, individuals or groups receiving grants, have been in
the ecosystem, proving their eligibility. By completely excluding all such
community leaders, possibly we are losing out a lot of experience from the
nominations and the committee.

Thanks for your kind attention.
Regards.
User:Titodutta









ইতি,
টিটো দত্ত
(মাতৃভাষা থাক জীবন জুড়ে)


শুক্র, ২১ মে, ২০২১ তারিখে ৭:৪৯ PM টায় এ Bodhisattwa Mandal <
bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hi,
>
> I am concerned about the exclusion of affiliate board members in the
> regional committees. This decision would exclude a large portion of
> experienced volunteers who are there in different user group decision
> making committees. For global south countries, that would diminish the pool
> of volunteers who are experienced and suitable for this kind of work.
>
> Regards,
> Bodhisattwa
>
> On Fri, May 21, 2021, 19:27 Risker  wrote:
>
>> I am very concerned that you think you're going to get about 80 qualified
>> and committed volunteers to do this work within the next few weeks.  This
>> is unrealistic. I also agree with Florence's concerns.
>>
>> Risker/Anne
>>
>> On Fri, 21 May 2021 at 08:33, Florence Devouard 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello Julia
>>>
>>>
>>> I apology if I missed a step at some point.
>>> In this application, I read that
>>>
>>> "All the current grant committees (both active and inactive) will cease
>>> to function with the implementation of the new grants strategy of the
>>> Community Resources Team effective from 1 July 2021. We strongly encourage
>>> current and former committee members to apply to be part of the regional
>>> committees."
>>>
>>> So... is it to understand that absolutely ALL grants provided by the
>>> Wikimedia Foundation will go through those yet uncreated committees ?
>>>
>>> Does that mean all current recipients of APG grants will have to address
>>> their annual request to those yet unknown teams in the future ? (september
>>> in some cases)
>>>
>>> To whom will grants requests have to be addressed to for those groups
>>> who are not related to a specific region ? Do they have to pick up a region
>>> of their choice and consider themselves attached to it, or will they be
>>> appointed a region by default ?
>>>
>>> Sorry if the questions seem to be unrelated to your call but...
>>> 1) I am trying to understand and measure how much unstable our current
>>> situation is as grantees so that we can anticipate...
>>> 2) I am trying to evaluate the responsibilities that will be on the
>>> shoulders of those new regional committee members
>>>
>>>
>>> Best
>>>
>>>
>>> Florence
>>>
>>>
>>> Le 21/05/2021 à 08:06, Julia Brungs a écrit :
>>>
>>> Dear all,
>>>
>>> We hope this email finds you well and safe. The COVID 19 situation
>>> continues to affect many 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Affiliations Committee Call for Candidates - June 2021

2021-05-15 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for the notification. Could you please explain what is needed in #5
of the requirements " International orientation"?
Regards


রবি, ১৬ মে, ২০২১ তারিখে ১২:১১ AM টায় এ Jeffrey Keefer 
লিখেছেন:

> The *Affiliations Committee
> * –
> the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia
> chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new
> members!
>
> The main role of the AffCom is to guide groups of volunteers that are
> interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new
> groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia
> affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance
> with requirements and best practices, and update the Wikimedia Foundation
> Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters,
> thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.
>
> The committee consists of five to fifteen members, selected at least once
> every year, to serve two-year terms.
>
> Being a part of the AffCom requires communication with volunteers all over
> the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to
> understand legal texts. We look for a mix of different skill sets in our
> members.
> *Responsibilities*
>
>- Availability of up to 5-8 hours per month
>
>
>- Participate in monthly one and two-hour voice/video meetings
>
>
>- Commitment to carry out assigned tasks in a given time.
>
>
>- Facilitate and support communications
>
>
>- Affiliate Support and growth
>
> *Required and Recommended Abilities, Skills, Knowledge for Affiliations
> Committee Members*
>
> Strong interpersonal relationship among members of the committee and also
> with the Wikimedia community members. Across all committee members, there
> are additional relevant skills as well as requirements which help to
> support the committee and its sustainability which include both required
> and relevant general skills
> *Required*
>
>- Fluency in English
>- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate
>in a monthly one and two-hour voice/video meetings.
>- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities
>(including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when 
> appropriate.
>- Strong track record of effective collaboration
>- International orientation
>
> *Relevant for all members*
>
>- Public Communications (English writing and speaking skills)
>- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
>- Understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the
>Wikimedia Foundation.
>- Documentation practices
>- Interviewing experience
>- Experience with, or in, an active affiliate is a major plus.
>- Teamwork: Project and people management skills to coordinate and
>collaborate with different parties on a shared plan and see it through to
>completion.
>- Problem-Solving: Ability to evaluate various solutions, consider
>multiple interests and points of view, revisit unresolved issues, seek
>compromise and work and communicate across languages and cultures.
>
> Given the expectations for maintaining the course in 2021 and preparing
> for potential 2021 transitions as part of the Movement Strategy
> implementation process, it is important that we are also clear about two
> different skill sets critical to committee support at this time. The first
> skillset is oriented to understanding affiliate dynamics and organizational
> development patterns to successfully process affiliate applications for
> recognition; the other is oriented to conflict prevention and intervention
> support for affiliates in conflict.
> *Relevant to Affiliate Recognitions*
>
>- Administration & Attention to detail
>- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and
>future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
>- Awareness of the affiliates ecosystem and models and understanding
>of community building, organizational development, and group dynamics
>
> *Relevant to Conflict Prevention & Intervention*
>
>- Communication skills for active listening, clear instruction and
>turn-taking.
>- Stress Management skills for maintaining patience and positivity
>- Emotional intelligence to maintain awareness of emotions of oneself
>and others to practice empathy, impartiality, and mutual respect.
>- Facilitation, negotiation, and mediation skills to guide diverse
>individuals and groups toward cooperation.
>- Ability to work within a team
>
> *Do you have relevant skills and interest to support movement affiliates? *
>
> We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering
> volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission
> around the world. In exchange, committee members will 

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

2021-05-10 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
We have started working on this. Details are updated at:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_support_for_Wikimedians/India and
the FAQ page
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19_support_for_Wikimedians/India/FAQ
We have opened up applications and started getting support requests.
Because of lockdown in different states in India, things are a bit slow in
couriering the kits. We'll keep things updated on Meta-Wiki and here.
Regards.


সোম, ১০ মে, ২০২১ তারিখে ১০:২৩ PM টায় এ Samuel Klein 
লিখেছেন:

> Thank you for this.  How is it coming?  SJ
>
> On Fri, Apr 30, 2021 at 11:38 AM Bodhisattwa Mandal <
> bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Today, we have opened up the Google Form for Indian volunteers to fill
>> up. Here is the link -
>> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYcjEeuT7vUxP3NJg7KfIiZaude9IXLyCagsDarTx11J4ymA/viewform
>>
>> There are still some logistical constraints to be fully operational, but
>> we are trying to figure those out as soon as we can. Hopefully, all will be
>> set by next week.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Bodhisattwa
>>
>> On Thu, Apr 29, 2021, 21:54 Samuel Klein  wrote:
>>
>>> Thanks Biyanto, wonderful to see.  Have any other groups done something
>>> similar?  S
>>>
>>> On Thu, Apr 29, 2021 at 4:53 AM Biyanto Rebin <
>>> biyanto.re...@wikimedia.or.id> wrote:
>>>
 Hello all,

 I just want to share that Wikimedia Indonesia has started the
 initiative since last year. We have disbursed a healthy package - we call
 it, wellness package - to our active community members. They are indeed
 very valuable and most of them are vulnerable. Vaccine is another story,
 since our country still prioritizes the most needed first.

 Read more of the story in here:
 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2019-2020_round_2/Wikimedia_Indonesia/Progress_report_form

 Best,

 Pada tanggal Kam, 29 Apr 2021 pukul 14.08 Rajeeb 
 menulis:

> Hello everyone,
>
> Hope my mail finds you all in the best of health and spirits. I like
> to thank Tito and Bodhi for coming up with this initiative and starting 
> the
> conversation. Now, WMF has permitted CIS-A2K to allot funds to reimburse
> vaccines, send COVID protection kits and provide counselling for Wikimedia
> volunteers in India.
> A noble initiative for humanity has begun and I am sure the days
> are not too far where we all will be healthy and happy with our families,
> relatives and friends.
>
> Last but not the least, I am always there for my Wiki Community, for
> anything and everything, anyone wants to speak with me, please feel free 
> to
> contact me.
>
> Wishing everyone and their families a healthy and happy life.
>
> Namaste,
>
> Rajeeb.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, 27 Apr 2021 at 20:55, Samuel Klein  wrote:
>
>> Something like this could definitely make a real difference, GN --
>> either enhancing and focusing pages on WP, or standing up a COVID-19
>> dedicated site that could draw from other projects.
>>
>> At the same time we could also set aside funds to ensure that
>> communityresources is well staffed at this time.
>> A federated approach like this
>>  to
>> explicitly support regional partners, in coordination with other regional
>> sponsors, could work. (Candid has a catalog
>>  of similar
>> efforts).
>>
>> SJ
>>
>>
>> On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 7:04 AM Gnangarra 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Our best skill is collecting, collating, and sharing knowledge, we
>>> have connections deep into communities and countries across the globe.
>>>
>>> In a small way we have networks and we could get limited support
>>> medically to a handful of volunteers, in some ways that will have made 
>>> feel
>>> as if we have done some to help then we can go back to our meetings, our
>>> events, our adding a few more articles.
>>>
>>> Perhaps its time we took our big stick and put the right knowledge
>>> where it can be found quickly, turn over the main pages to Wikimed get 
>>> more
>>> useful support information about reducing transmission risks. We can use
>>> our resources to get knowledge about how bad it is to wider audiences,
>>> importantly link our volunteers into other organisations and help this
>>> knowledge with support to wherever ground zero is.  We can put our skill
>>> sets to translations and knowledge distribution so everyone can learn.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, 25 Apr 2021 at 02:38, Chris Keating <
>>> chriskeatingw...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>

> Personally I feel, insuring individuals against COVID-19 or
> helping people to get vaccines 

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Wikimedia Deutschland’s new Executive Director: Christian Humborg

2021-05-10 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
Good to know that. Thanks for informing about the progress. Good wishes to
Christian Humborg for his new role.
Regards.


সোম, ১০ মে, ২০২১ ৪:০৬ PM তারিখে Lukas Mezger 
লিখেছেন:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
> In January, Abraham Taherivand informed you that he had decided not to
> renew his contract with Wikimedia Deutschland. Today, I am excited to
> announce that our search for a new Executive Director has been successful:
> Christian Humborg will take over office at Wikimedia Deutschland from 1
> June.
>
> One of the most important tasks of the Wikimedia Deutschland Executive
> Board is the appointment of the Executive Director. My colleagues and I are
> very pleased to have found such a fantastic candidate for the vacant
> position. Christian impressed us with his bold ideas and visions, his
> leadership experience at the head of influential civil society
> organisations and his passion for the liberation of knowledge. He clearly
> prevailed among the 59 applicants. The search was managed by our
> Supervisory Board and Abraham with the support of an external executive
> search firm.
>
> Christian knows the Wikimedia Movement and our commitment to free
> knowledge well – because he has helped shape both since 2016 as deputy
> executive director and head of finance at Wikimedia Deutschland. Before
> that, he was the executive director of the anti-corruption organisation
> Transparency International Germany, helped establish the non-profit
> investigative journalism centre Correctiv and was awarded the Grimme Online
> Award as a member of the journalism collective carta.info. He is the
> right fit for the future of Wikimedia Deutschland.
>
> At this point, on behalf of our entire Board, I would like to express my
> heartfelt thanks to Abraham, who has achieved so much as Executive Director
> over the last four years. He has set important strategic impulses that will
> be decisive for the future success of Wikimedia in the world. Abraham
> joined Wikimedia Deutschland in 2012 and has since strengthened the
> organisation in every respect and positioned it very well for this
> handover. Thank you for your great commitment!
>
> It is to Abraham’s credit that he discussed his decision with the Board at
> an early stage and thus made a well thought-out search process possible.
> Together, we are now working on a good transition.
>
> We are looking forward to continuing the success of the last four years
> together with Christian, to tackling new projects, to implementing the 2030
> strategy – and to liberating a few more pieces of knowledge together every
> day.
> Kind regards,
>
> Lukas
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] COVID-19 second wave and protection of our most valuable movement asset

2021-04-22 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
There are non-profits who are supposed to work to improve human life or
health. Actually, there are many non-profits good models. There are other
non-profits whose primary focus is not medical and healthcare but decided
to come forward. So, we can prepare a hybrid model.

Mozilla:
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/05/06/mozilla-announces-the-first-three-covid-19-solutions-fund-awardees/
second:
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2020/06/08/mozilla-announces-second-three-covid-19-solutions-fund-recipients/
etc.
Azim Premji Foundation (works in Education) and WIPRO (information
technology): https://azimpremjifoundation.org/Covid-19
Tata Trusts:
https://www.tatatrusts.org/media/press-releases/tata-trusts-launches-countrywide-health-campaign-on-covid-19
Reliance Foundation: https://www.reliancefoundation.org/covid-19-response
Bill Gates Foundation:
https://www.gatesfoundation.org/ideas/campaigns/covid-19
Ford Foundation:
https://www.fordfoundation.org/campaigns/our-response-to-the-coronavirus/

I can not think of any other similar big non-profit (like Wikimedia
Foundation), that is working on a website like Wikipedia (Alexa global rank
13). This unique position of our movement/projects makes the search
difficult. Although we can draw inspiration, I believe we need to set up
our own model.

>> It's a bit hard to picture what would be the appropriate criteria and
scope of such a support program.
I think the suggestion is to directly support the Wikimedians who need
help. Should it be based on edit count, account age, user rights,
adminship, or location or anything else? It might be. It might be something
else.
I'll personally support every step taken here.
We need a "support committee" to be set up to deal with this question. I am
happy to do whatever I can.

Regards.


শুক্র, ২৩ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ তারিখে ৮:৪২ AM টায় এ Pharos <
pharosofalexand...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Thanks Bodhi and Tito, do you perhaps have some models of non-profits that
> have done something similar? It's a bit hard to picture what would be the
> appropriate criteria and scope of such a support program.
>
> Best,
> Richard
> (User:Pharos)
>
> On Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 1:57 PM টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta 
> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>> Thanks for sharing the thought. I agree that there is a necessity to
>> seriously think of the support, and taking necessary actions. Very rarely
>> we face such a threat directly affecting so many people. This is an
>> exceptional situation, possibly needs exceptional measures (there was a
>> thread/open letter on Wikimedianindia-l:
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2021-April/014955.html
>> )
>>
>> A few countries are badly affected. I believe other than the main
>> pandemic, the simultaneous and post-pandemic socio-economic difficulties
>> will be a huge problem. Other than the humanitarian aspect of it, this will
>> have a direct impact on important areas like editor onboarding, editor
>> retention, educational and institutional partnership etc.
>>
>> I feel, possibly a COVID-19 (support) committee can be set up soon?
>>
>> ইতি,/Regards,
>> টিটো দত্ত/User:Titodutta
>>
>>
>>
>> বৃহস্পতি, ২২ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ তারিখে ২:৪১ PM টায় এ Bodhisattwa Mandal <
>> bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:
>>
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> COVID-19 has hit hard in India again making it the leading epicentre of
>>> the disease caused by the new mutated strains. The infection and death
>>> tolls have reached record high and the health system in different parts of
>>> the country is on the verge of collapse.
>>>
>>> Like other common people, many Wikimedians might have lost their jobs
>>> last year. Like last year, this year too, many volunteers have been
>>> infected and hospitalised. Some of them have lost their family members,
>>> relatives, friends and other dear ones.
>>>
>>> Volunteer online community is the heart of our movement and every
>>> dedicated, experienced and long-term volunteers are our most valuable
>>> asset. It is not at all exaggerating to say that many language Wikimedia
>>> projects or WikiProjects are dependent completely on one (or two or
>>> three...) person's persistence to build it as a tall building from scratch
>>> and if we lose some of those people, those projects might totally stop
>>> forever. There are so many fantastic people in the movement who have been
>>> doing incredible work in their volunteer capacity for such a long time
>>> (sometimes more than a decade) to make what Wikimedia is today.
>>>
>>> I would like to urge people with power and money in the movement to find
>>> a way to pr

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

2021-04-22 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for sharing the thought. I agree that there is a necessity to
seriously think of the support, and taking necessary actions. Very rarely
we face such a threat directly affecting so many people. This is an
exceptional situation, possibly needs exceptional measures (there was a
thread/open letter on Wikimedianindia-l:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2021-April/014955.html
)

A few countries are badly affected. I believe other than the main pandemic,
the simultaneous and post-pandemic socio-economic difficulties will be a
huge problem. Other than the humanitarian aspect of it, this will have a
direct impact on important areas like editor onboarding, editor retention,
educational and institutional partnership etc.

I feel, possibly a COVID-19 (support) committee can be set up soon?

ইতি,/Regards,
টিটো দত্ত/User:Titodutta



বৃহস্পতি, ২২ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ তারিখে ২:৪১ PM টায় এ Bodhisattwa Mandal <
bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hi,
>
> COVID-19 has hit hard in India again making it the leading epicentre of
> the disease caused by the new mutated strains. The infection and death
> tolls have reached record high and the health system in different parts of
> the country is on the verge of collapse.
>
> Like other common people, many Wikimedians might have lost their jobs last
> year. Like last year, this year too, many volunteers have been infected and
> hospitalised. Some of them have lost their family members, relatives,
> friends and other dear ones.
>
> Volunteer online community is the heart of our movement and every
> dedicated, experienced and long-term volunteers are our most valuable
> asset. It is not at all exaggerating to say that many language Wikimedia
> projects or WikiProjects are dependent completely on one (or two or
> three...) person's persistence to build it as a tall building from scratch
> and if we lose some of those people, those projects might totally stop
> forever. There are so many fantastic people in the movement who have been
> doing incredible work in their volunteer capacity for such a long time
> (sometimes more than a decade) to make what Wikimedia is today.
>
> I would like to urge people with power and money in the movement to find a
> way to protect these assets. We not only cannot afford to lose them, but
> also need to proactively protect them. Maybe a small step to provide
> personal or family COVID-19 insurance might help a lot. Maybe sending money
> to buy COVID-19 vaccines might save some of them. Who knows?
>
> If we can spend millions of dollars for conferences or a couple of hundred
> thousand dollars to celebrate 20 years of Wikipedia during Wikimania, can
> we not spend a few thousand dollars to protect at least some of the people
> around the globe to some extent who made it possible to turn Wikipedia into
> its 20th birthday?
>
> Disclaimer: I had tried to convince the grants team from my personal
> capacity last year when COVID-19 was spreading rapidly in India but was
> denied due to their legal concerns regarding insurance registration as
> well as settlement and liability issues. Few others tried to convince them
> too but failed. I am reaching out to the community to start a conversation
> this time and find a way together.
>
> I am sorry for my long mail. I could not help it.
>
> Regards,
> Bodhisattwa
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Movement Strategy update

2021-04-02 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for the update. This is very delighting to see the stepping in. Good
wishes for the interesting work ahead.
Regards.

শুক্র, ২ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ ৮:৩৬ PM তারিখে Maggie Dennis 
লিখেছেন:

> Hello, all. :)
>
> I’m Maggie Dennis ,
> Vice President of Community Resilience & Sustainability
> ,
> a division of the Legal Department at the Wikimedia Foundation. I oversee
> the functions of  Community Development, Trust & Safety Policy, Trust &
> Safety Operations, Human Rights protection, and, now, Movement Strategy.[1]
>
> That last point is the purpose of my outreach. Many of you are aware that
> our Chief of Staff, Ryan Merkley, has recently chosen to depart the
> Foundation. Movement Strategy was housed with him. A long time Wikimedian
> myself - user Moonriddengirl; pretty dormant right now but still very
> interested! - I am delighted to step in to do all I can to keep the
> momentum of this critical work going and to support however I can the
> movement and the Foundation in meeting these strategic goals. Kaarel
> Vaidla , with whom
> many of you have connected during this process, will be part of my
> division, reporting to Quim Gil
> .
>
> The transition phase was wrapped up
> 
> last quarter, and it is time to start the implementation phase, looking at
> which projects can move forward first.[2] Among these, the Movement
> Charter
> 
> is an essential tool for the implementation of the Strategy 2030, and it is
> important to begin its draft.[3] There is also a lot of curiosity around 
> regional
> and thematic hubs
> ,
> and also many questions, and we are ready to support resolving some of
> these.[4]
>
> It has been my goal to do quarterly community meetings, but because of
> this and other transitions, I’m a little behind. I had hoped to be able
> today to invite you to meet me on Saturday, April 17, and I may be able to
> do that in just a few days! If not that week, soon thereafter. There are
> some details still being worked out. In that meeting, I will be available
> to talk about all matters related to the work of Community Resilience &
> Sustainability - which includes Movement Strategy and the Universal Code of
> Conduct, among others. You can send your questions now (in any language) to
> answ...@wikimedia.org. Please use the term “CR” in the subject line so
> that it is identified as a question for me. :)  We will be inviting people
> to join the meeting via multiple platforms to ask “live” as well. After the
> event, we will release a video recording and a written summary of the
> meeting. You can find details of our office hours past, including links to
> videos and summaries, at the bottom of our Meta page
> .[1
> again!]
>
> I’m very excited about all the implementation work ahead of us!  :)
>
>
> Warm regards,
>
>
> Maggie
>
>
> [1]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resilience_and_Sustainability
>
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations
>
> [3]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations/Report/January
>
> [4]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Follow-up_events/Cluster_D
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell video for Katherine Maher

2021-04-01 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for sharing this.
* The email mentions 12 April as the last date, the website mentions 6
April as a due date.
* What is the license of the content to be uploaded on Tribute?
Regards


বৃহস্পতি, ১ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ তারিখে ৪:১৪ AM টায় এ Nadee Gunasena <
ngunas...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Hello all,
>
> As many of you know, Katherine Maher, the ED of the Wikimedia Foundation,
> will be stepping down next month. Her last day is April 15.
>
>
> While Katherine will continue to be a part of our movement, we wanted to
> find a way to celebrate her and send her off. We’ll be putting together a
> video montage of farewell wishes from the movement. For anyone that would
> like to participate, you can record a short video with your message for
> Katherine via your phone or computer by going to the Tribute webpage [1].
> Please keep your message under 30 seconds! The deadline to submit a video
> is Monday, April 12.*
>
> If you have questions, please reach out.
>
>
> Best,
>
> Nadee Gunasena
>
> [1] https://www.tribute.co/katherine-maher/
>
>
>
> *Tribute is a third party service based in the United States, with its
> own terms of service  and privacy
> policy . Please review their terms and
> privacy policy before submitting your video. In order to submit your video,
> you may need to provide Tribute with a name and email address. If you are
> not comfortable submitting your real name or email, we recommend using a
> username or pseudonym instead. By submitting a video, you are giving the
> Foundation consent to include your segment in a video montage that will be
> shared with Katherine.
>
>
> --
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> Executive Communications Manager
> Wikimedia Foundation 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Wikimeet India || International Mother Language Day || The Third Day: 21 February 2021

2021-02-22 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
We concluded the third day of Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021. Thanks to all
the participants. We thank the Wikimedians who helped in designing the
program by commenting on the Meta-Wiki RfC[1], needs-assessment, mailing
list, village pump. We are thanking the program committee members,
organising committee members, event advisor, all the presenters/trainers,
moderators, and note-takers for your kind support and participation.

After the conclusion of the main event, we'll work on these things:
a) Feedback: Your feedback is important, we'll start the feedback process
very soon.
b) Presentations and videos are being uploaded, and please find those on
this page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program (work
under progress)
c) We'll start working on the report, and the report will have multiple
layers.
d) The post-event first newsletter will be published in the first week of
March:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Newsletter
Thanks and regards.

[1]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Request_for_Comments

ইতি,
টিটো দত্ত
(মাতৃভাষা থাক জীবন জুড়ে)


শনি, ২০ ফেব, ২০২১ তারিখে ৯:১০ PM টায় এ টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta <
trulyt...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hello, Namaste, Namaskara, Assalam ‘Alaykum, Sat Srī Akāl , Vanakkam*
> We just concluded the second day of the Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021.
> Tomorrow, 21 February 2021, is the International Mother Language Day. This
> is also our third day of the program.
> These are the details of three tracks and the sessions are below:
> * Language Track: Learn about Digital Archiving in Kannada and other
> languages, Spell4Wiki tool, LinguaLibre tool, Section translation on mobile
> devices
> * Community Track: Internship Program in Tamil Wiki Projects,
> 100wikidays, Rules that Every Wiki Needs, Relicensing initiatives in
> Maharashtra etc,
> * Skill building Track: Wikisource training, Wikivoyage training,
>  Building a diamond open access journal on Wikimedia platform etc,
>
> Tomorrow on the occasion of International Mother Language Day during the
> closing session, we'll talk about: "International Mother Language Day - The
> love for Language and a sound of silence "
> Please join the sessions,
> See the program schedule:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program#Day_3_(Sunday,_21_February)
> Instant registration option is open still for Wikimedians, see the
> procedure:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Registration#Instant_registration
>
> Regards
>
> * "Greetings" (see in different languages:
> https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q45594 )
>
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Wikimeet India || International Mother Language Day || The Third Day: 21 February 2021

2021-02-20 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello, Namaste, Namaskara, Assalam ‘Alaykum, Sat Srī Akāl , Vanakkam*
We just concluded the second day of the Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021.
Tomorrow, 21 February 2021, is the International Mother Language Day. This
is also our third day of the program.
These are the details of three tracks and the sessions are below:
* Language Track: Learn about Digital Archiving in Kannada and other
languages, Spell4Wiki tool, LinguaLibre tool, Section translation on mobile
devices
* Community Track: Internship Program in Tamil Wiki Projects, 100wikidays,
Rules that Every Wiki Needs, Relicensing initiatives in Maharashtra etc,
* Skill building Track: Wikisource training, Wikivoyage training,  Building
a diamond open access journal on Wikimedia platform etc,

Tomorrow on the occasion of International Mother Language Day during the
closing session, we'll talk about: "International Mother Language Day - The
love for Language and a sound of silence "
Please join the sessions,
See the program schedule:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program#Day_3_(Sunday,_21_February)
Instant registration option is open still for Wikimedians, see the
procedure:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Registration#Instant_registration

Regards

* "Greetings" (see in different languages:
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q45594 )


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[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021: Join us for Day 2

2021-02-19 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
We just concluded day one of Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021. Some of the
participants, presenters attended the session during odd hours. Thanks for
the support, and participation.
Tomorrow (20 February) is day two and we have interesting sessions as well.
* Special morning session: We have a special morning session: 10:30 to
11:00 am IST / 5:00 am to 5:30 UTC /10:30 am. Wikimedia Foundation
Executive director Katherine Maher will share remarks about the future of
the movement, movement strategy, and support for emerging communities. She
will be joined by Amanda Keton, General Counsel, and a member of the
Wikimedia Foundation’s Transition Team for open Q
* Main session: Our Main Session starts at 2:00 pm IST and we have sessions
in the Technical and Wikimedia Strategy track. Please see all programs of
day 2:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program#Day_2_(Saturday,_20_February),
All the sessions will be recorded.

Hope to see a similarly enthusiastic response. You may see the "Quick
registration" option:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Registration#Instant_registration

ইতি,
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimediaindia-l] Wikimedia WIkimeet India 2021 - Registration closes in 36 hours

2021-02-15 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
The registration will be closed in ~17 hours.
Wikimedia Wikimeet India is sure to be exciting, check out the program (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program#Schedule
). Happy to announce that Asaf Bartov (User:Ijon) will be the opening
speaker.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program

If you have not registered yet, you may do so.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Registration
The invitation link will be sent over email to the participants right after
the registration closes

Please also read or translate the Friendly Space Policy:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Friendly_space_policy
We invite you to read more about the event on Diff. with a new one from the
Movement Strategy team:
https://diff.wikimedia.org/2021/02/16/movement-strategy-and-much-more-at-wikimeet-india-2021/
See you on 19, 20, and 21 February at Wikimeet India.

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সোম, ১৫ ফেব, ২০২১ তারিখে ১১:৫৯ AM টায় এ Bodhisattwa Mandal <
bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hello all,
>
> The participant registration for Wikimedia WIkimeet India 2021 event will
> close in 36 hours from now.
>
> If you have not registered yet, please do it from this Google form link. --
>
> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSejt2TdhMUEg34FUTpj6HnUe9d0Iv_1ncgOCkjvrsaHs6vP3g/viewform
>
> You can also check our tentative schedule here -
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program
>
> Regards,
> Bodhisattwa
> On behalf of WMWM India 2021
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks for all the fish! / Stepping down April 15

2021-02-04 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Hello,
That's a piece of sudden big news to me, and possibly to others also. Over
the last few years, I was reading your emails and posts on this mailing
list, and at other places.
Thanks for your service to the movement.

ইতি,
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টিটো দত্ত
(মাতৃভাষা থাক জীবন জুড়ে)


বৃহস্পতি, ৪ ফেব, ২০২১ তারিখে ১১:১৮ PM টায় এ Katherine Maher <
kma...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Earlier today, I announced to my colleagues at the Wikimedia Foundation my
> intention to step down as CEO later this spring. April 15th will be my last
> day, marking my seven-year anniversary with the Foundation and the
> movement. This was not an easy decision, but it is the right one. For now,
> I want to share with you why I’m moving on, and what comes next. I’ll save
> the customary email with deeper reflections, memories, and thanks for later
> this spring!
>
> In some ways, this was the easiest hard decision I’ve ever made. It’s
> never exactly a good time to step away -- transitions always have some
> rough edges -- but it’s always best to do so when the organization is
> strong, and before you’ve overstayed your welcome. The movement is in a
> good, strong place. Our communities are growing, our readership is too. Our
> 20th birthday, the launch of our Universal Code of Conduct, and the
> movement strategy recommendations are all milestone moments of solidity and
> strength. I have great hopes and confidence in the upcoming plans for
> strategy implementation, particularly the work on the movement charter and
> interim global council. We are healthy and thriving.
>
> While we will always have more work to do to become the Wikimedia that we
> want to be, our movement and our organization is in a phase of renewal and
> regeneration. We have deepened our practices of consultation,
> collaboration, and inclusion that will be the foundation of the next decade
> of our work. We have a deep and stable financial position that will help us
> grow and protect us from any storm, and the trust in our projects has never
> been higher. Our communities are poised to take on deeper responsibilities
> of governance, accountability, and leadership, populating a rich,
> representative, and leaderful movement for free knowledge.
>
> The Foundation is also strong, and filled with passionate, values-aligned
> leaders at every level of the organization, deeply committed to the work of
> our movement and mission. Although we don’t always all perfectly agree on
> absolutely everything, we are working more openly and cooperatively with
> our movement than ever before. Collaborative strategic planning,
> sustainable programs to support technical communities and tooling,
> co-development and consultation on transformative new experiences welcoming
> newcomers, cooperative partnerships on public health data, bibliographic
> data, and human rights data -- all of these are signals of much great work
> to come. Even difficult topics, such as brand and movement governance,
> continue to bring people together in nothing less than feisty commitment.
>
> Together, we have rich resources of brilliant people, deep passion, and
> compassion. We are making progress on some of our greatest challenges, from
> editor and readership growth, technical debt, representation and
> participation, safety and knowledge equity. I am proud of what we’ve done
> together and grateful for all the ways in which this movement has made my
> life immeasurably richer: friendships that will last a lifetime,
> intellectual curiosity and kinship, and so many memories of *so much
> dancing*, from Accra to Berlin to Chandigarh.
>
> As for me, I’m going to take a break, and a research fellowship, as a
> place to think about what’s next. It’s hard to think about your future when
> you’re fully in your present, and for the past seven years, I’ve been fully
> present for this movement. But as I look around, I see global challenges
> such as polarization, inequality, and climate change, as well as
> opportunities for generational renewal and optimism. As a Wikimedian, I
> lean toward optimism, and plan to apply myself in that direction!
>
> *What’s next*
>
>- We announced this planned transition publicly on our communications
>channels during a Foundation all-staff meeting today.
>- A Board Transition Committee composed of Dariusz Jemielniak, who is
>chair of HR Committee, Tanya Capuano, who is chair of the Audit Committee,
>Raju Narisetti, and María Sefidari as Board Chair, will launch the search
>for a new CEO. They’ll work closely with the executive Transition Team on
>organizational operations, and with the broader board on an open candidate
>call. The Board is working with the goal of onboarding a new CEO by Q2 of
>the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
>- We’ve been working on succession planning for the CEO role since
>2019 as a matter of best practice, and the organization is well-prepared
>for a thoughtful search for the next phase of 

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021: Program Schedule: You are invited to participate

2021-02-04 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
 Hello,
Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021 will take place from 19 to 21 February 2021.
Here is some important information related to the event:
* A tentative schedule of the program is published:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program
* The participation is not restricted to a particular country, and all
Wikimedians are invited to join. There are sessions on different topics
such as Wikimedia Strategy, Growth, Technical etc. You might be interested
to have a look at the schedule.
* If you have not registered as a participant yet, please register to get
an invitation, The last date to register is 16 February 2021.
* Kindly share this information with those who might like to attend the
sessions.

Schedule:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Program
Registration:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Registration

Thanks
Tito Dutta
On behalf of Wikimedia Wikimeet and A2K team
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Last date for Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021 submissions

2021-01-23 Thread টিটো দত্ত Tito Dutta
Namaskara,
Other than submitting proposals (~24 hours left, submission closing on 24
January 2021 18:29 UTC or 23:59 IST), you may also show your interest to
participate in one/many sessions. Each submission has a section where you
can add your name as an "Interested participant". Note, participation is
not restricted to any country. Kindly feel free to join (presenter,
participant etc.).
Several important topics have been proposed such as sessions related to
GLAM, OpenRefine, Wikimedia Strategy, Grants process, Wikidata, User
scripts, etc.
You might be interested to have a look at the submissions:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Submissions
Or
An alternative view (category):
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021_submissions

Note: Submissions review process has not started yet.

ইতি,
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শুক্র, ২২ জানু, ২০২১ তারিখে ১১:১০ PM টায় এ Bodhisattwa Mandal <
bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hello all,
>
> Tomorrow is the *last date to submit* session proposals for Wikimedia
> Wikimeet India 2021, the upcoming online wiki-event which is to be
> conducted from 19 – 21 February 2021 during the occasion of International
> Mother Language Day.
>
> If you are interested to present, run a workshop or organize a panel
> discussion, you can check this link and submit a session proposal.
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Wikimeet_India_2021/Submissions
>
> Regards,
> Bodhisattwa
> On behalf of WMWM India 2021
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bengali Wikipedia is now 100K+ articles strong

2020-12-26 Thread Tito Dutta
অনেক অভিনন্দন (English translation: Many congratulations)।

Thanks
Tito Dutta
Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to remind
me over email or phone call.


শনি, ২৬ ডিসেম্বর, ২০২০ তারিখে ৭:১৯ PM টায় এ Shabab Mustafa <
shabab.must...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Dear Friends,
>
> The year 2020 is full of woes and wonders. Just before the ending of 2020,
> Bengali Wikipedia[1][2] has passed a significant milestone of passing 100K
> articles.
>
> Bengali, an Indo-Aryan language and lingua-franca of the Bengal region of
> South Asia, is the fifth most-spoken native language and the seventh
> most-spoken language by the total number of speakers in the world.[3] The
> Bengali Wikipedia Project launched on 27 January 2004 with very few
> editors. On 25 December 2020, after 16 years of the initial launch, it now
> has passed the milestone of 100k+ articles.[4]
>
> As most of the contributors of Bengali Wikipedia are young and this year's
> long lockdowns and campus shutdowns of educational institutes, Wikipedians
> had managed to utilized their extra free times by contributing to the
> Bengali Wikipedia and it has enjoyed growth at an almost double rate than
> the previous year with an organized approach of topic-based consecutive
> edit-a-thons.
>
> Here is a quick overview of the milestones achieved -
>
> 27 January 2004: Launch of Bengali Wikipedia
> September 2006: 10K  articles
> 28 June 2009: 20K articles
> 13 May 2014: 30K articles
> 04 January 2016: 40K articles
> 30 April 2017: 50K articles
> 08 August 2018: 60K articles
> 16 July 2019: 70K articles
> 23 January 2020: 80K articles
> 22 June 2020: 90K articles
> 25 December 2020: 100K articles
>
> I welcome you to congratulate the Bengali Wikipedia community for their
> achievement and wishing them all the best for future progress and
> prosperity.
>
> Ref:
> 
> [1] https://bn.wikipedia.org
> [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_Wikipedia
> [3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bengali_language
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedias#100_000+_articles
>
> Regards,
> ---
> Shabab Mustafa
> T. @tarunno
> S. shabab.mustafa
> W. https://shabab.me
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] please NOT to Telegram as first or only communication channel (WAS: Wikimedia 2030: Mark your calendars! We are meeting on Nov. 21-22)

2020-10-23 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
I am glad to see the channel on Wikimedia Chat/WMChat.
Thanks
Tito Dutta


শনি, ২৪ অক্টোবর, ২০২০ তারিখে ২:৩৬ AM টায় এ Kaarel Vaidla <
kvai...@wikimedia.org> লিখেছেন:

> Dear all,
>
> For those interested, we are now testing a wikimedia chat channel for
> movement strategy and see how well it will be received and utilized.
> You can join us at:
> https://chat.wmcloud.org/wikimedia/channels/movement-strategy
>
> Thank you for your kind attention!
> Kaarel
>
> On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 1:54 PM Fæ  wrote:
>
>> Thanks for highlighting the issues of access from different countries.
>>
>> Being in the UK, I would never have used Telegram apart from Wikimedia
>> demands, as hardly anyone uses it here. Popularity, accessibility,
>> reliability, are highly variable for the different channel
>> technologies we use. These are also extremely good reasons not to jump
>> to one method, but to ensure our larger events support multiple
>> channels including our oldest or old fashioned like IRC and email.
>> Running editathons with a live dashboard or mash-up of IRC, a twitter
>> hashtag or FB messenger has worked reasonably well to engage remote
>> participants and to supplement videoconferencing. It's also essential
>> to encourage folks planning to participate to *test* their access,
>> preferably by supporting a dry-run session. One thing we can count on
>> is webcams and mics to fail, wifi access to become spotty, or for
>> websites to crash and that's when old methods suddenly look like good
>> options.
>>
>> I guess we can agree a solid recommendation is to aim to support two
>> or three channels when the group gets above 4 or 5 participants, even
>> if some, like IRC, are considered back-ups.
>>
>> P.S. as a community we should seek to keep testing out open-source
>> alternates, folx get comfortable with what they know works on their
>> machines but most of us are happy to support experimenting with
>> alternatives, it does not hurt to keep on suggesting them.
>>
>> Fae
>>
>> On Fri, 23 Oct 2020 at 11:22, Amir Sarabadani 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I want to add a funny story. When I used to live in Iran, I couldn't
>> join any of Wikimedia telegram groups (including three or four wikimedia
>> hackathons when I was participating in them) because my phone number had
>> country code of Iran (duh) and Telegram banned users being able to join
>> large groups for the whole country of Iran on the grounds that lots of
>> spammers are from Iran which is true. I don't know if it's still the case
>> or not but this is one of privileges people have and might not notice it
>> (not to mention the racist behavior of Telegram).
>> >
>> > If I can shamelessly promote my project, you can use Wikimedia Chat
>> instead: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Chat (
>> https://diff.wikimedia.org/2020/09/18/introducing-wikimedia-chat/)
>> >
>> > Best
>> >
>> > On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 12:09 PM Željko Blaće  wrote:
>> >>
>> >> On 10/22/20, Kaarel Vaidla  wrote:
>> >> > How to participate
>> >> ...
>> >> > * Join our Telegram group [2].
>> >>
>> >> It would be amazing if we could embody the values of movement strategy
>> >> whenever we can. Using only Telegram group as recommendation is NOT*.
>> >>
>> >> In general please consider not to endorse commercial and closed source
>> >> software as primary communication channel. It is also bad in terms of
>> >> usability and intensity/velocity of exchanges in conditions and
>> >> context of massive cross-zone/cross-cultural event organizing. Likely
>> >> to be a cute looking mess and info bottleneck. I already have multiple
>> >> Wikimedia Telegram groups that hard to follow and take more personal
>> >> energy then they should at these times of pandemic. Please re-consider
>> >> this!
>> >>
>> >> My arguments are presented on the Telegram group itself and your meta
>> >> page
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Strategy/Wikimedia_movement/2018-20/Transition/Global_Conversations#Use_of_Telegram_for_working_official_communication_for_events_-_pls_NO
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> In Solidarity and with Care
>> >> ~Zblace
>> >>
>> >> *As a queer person without western privileges I can recommend its
>> >> limited use due to phone number privacy and I do also use it myself
>> >> but it should be neither only nor first option

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Indic MediaWiki Developers User Group

2020-10-14 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
This is a good news. Congratulations to the user group. Thanks for sharing.


বুধ, ১৪ অক্টোবর, ২০২০ ১০:০৮ PM তারিখে Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight <
rosiestep.w...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> [1] Indic MediaWiki Developers User Group [2] as a Wikimedia User Group.
> The group aims to provide technical support to Indic Wikimedia projects and
> community members"; technical support is provided in the areas of
> user-scripts, gadgets, tools, extensions, Lua modules, templates, MediaWiki
> core etc. On-Wiki support is the predominant focus of the group, however,
> outreach activities are also taken up from time to time, such as MediaWiki
> training, mentoring Google Summer of Code students etc.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
>
> Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
>
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1]  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Indic_MediaWiki_Developers_User_Group
> 
> [2]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Indic_MediaWiki_Developers_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Summit 2021 in Berlin cancelled

2020-09-24 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings
Considering the brief email mostly talked about the in-person event in
Berlin, has there been any thought to break the usual timing of Wikimedia
Summit, which is generally April, and try "possibly" pushing it in the
later part of the year such as September, October, November 2021?

(I also second the question about the virtual conference)

Thanks
User:Titodutta



বৃহস্পতি, ২৪ সেপ্টেম্বর, ২০২০ তারিখে ১০:৫৯ PM টায় এ Risker <
risker...@gmail.com> লিখেছেন:

> I'm not entirely certain that people outside of Europe necessarily were
> aware that the in-person meeting was going to be cancelled, or at least
> that a decision/announcement to cancel it would be made this far in
> advance. I agree that cancellation, even seven  months before the scheduled
> meeting, is an appropriate decision.
>
> I too am a bit disappointed that there doesn't appear to be any planning
> for some sort of virtual meeting, though. It will definitely affect
> strategy implementation.
>
> Risker/Anne
>
> On Thu, 24 Sep 2020 at 12:59, effe iets anders 
> wrote:
>
> > Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but I think the point of this message is to
> say
> > that nothing virtual will be organized either (we already knew no
> physical
> > meeting was going to happen). Which brings lots of questions as to how
> that
> > affects the strategy implementation.
> >
> > Lodewijk
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 24, 2020 at 12:19 AM Rajeeb  wrote:
> >
> > > Very sad to hear that, hopefully a virtual one will make us happy.
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Rajeeb.
> > > (U:Marajozkee).
> > >
> > > On Thu, 24 Sep 2020 at 12:31, Abraham Taherivand <
> > > abraham.taheriv...@wikimedia.de> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Dear all,
> > > >
> > > > It’s with regret that we have to inform you that due to the continued
> > > > global health situation (COVID-19), the meeting of the Wikimedia
> Summit
> > > > 2021
> > > > and related side events in Berlin have been cancelled.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > We optimistically look forward to safely reconvening in Berlin in
> 2022.
> > > >
> > > > Best regards,
> > > >
> > > > Abraham Taherivand, Executive Director Wikimedia Deutschland
> > > >
> > > > Katherine Maher, Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > >
> > > > Geschäftsführender Vorstand / Executive Director
> > > >
> > > > Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
> > > > Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
> > > > http://wikimedia.de
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update to the Conference Grants program dates and new proposals deadline

2020-08-30 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
I begin with my greetings. I hope this email finds everyone reading this
email safe and healthy.
I have some questions and observations. I have spent  quite some time
trying to understand the changes and newly (re)opened-up avenues. However,
I feel there is a lack of information, and inconsistency. I'd be sincerely
grateful for your kind attention.

a(i). Conference scale: What is the accepted conference scale? Is it
national-conference, global conference, small regional conference? The
example conferences mentioned at the grant page are mostly large-scale and
gives the impression
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/EventCategories#Thematic_Events
The conference/event date of round 2 is between January and June 2021 (we
are just four months away from January).
a(ii) What are the guidelines related to the maximum number of participants
in such a conference?

b. Effective region: Is this effective globally? There are several
countries where COVID-19 is in very serious and damaging condition, and yet
to reach its highest damaging time/peak. My question is, is this globally
applicable for all countries and all regions?

c. The last date of application for round 2 conferences is 28 September. As
far as I know, a large-scale (or any) conference requires a lot of
brainstorming, community consultation etc. This time other than these steps
to be completed in less than a month, one needs to attempt her/his best to
foresee the future (country's
COVID-condition/national-health/restrictions/status of transports etc in
Jan–June).

d) There are some inconsistencies in the grants page:
i) Opening paragraph (Template:Conference banner
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Conference_banner=20395803
)  mentions: "Now, we are extending these cancellations. We are suspending
the application process for all in-person Wikimedia conferences until
further notice. When the WHO declares that the pandemic is over, and it is
once again safe to gather in-person, we will commit to offering support for
smaller community events through a rapid grants process." then right after
a couple of sections all restrictions are lifted.
ii) There are a few minor typos which I'll ignore such as 1) "The new
deadline for submissions will be 7 September 2020", however it is 28
September 2020, 2) Please note that starting September 9, 2019 all recent
temporary restrictions for Conference & Events grants have been lifted, and
all grant proposals will be welcomed and considered. (it is September 9.
2020, not 2019) etc.


User:Titodutta
(Volunteer editor, Wikipedia)

শনি, ২৯ আগস্ট, ২০২০ তারিখে ২:০৭ AM টায় এ Chen Almog 
লিখেছেন:

> Hello everyone!
>
> Following our last update
>  >
> regarding in-person gatherings, we wanted to share another update on the
> new dates for the upcoming Conference Grants program funding round.
>
>
> As we want to allow more time for potential grantees to review and utilize
> the forthcoming September release of guidance for in-person gatherings, we
> have extended the upcoming deadline for new Conference Grants proposals
> until  September 28, 2020. Please see all the specific dates on the
> conference grants meta page
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference#Event_categories_and_dates
> >.
> We will be accepting applications in September for events occurring between
> January - June 2021.
>
> For this round we will also include Growth events
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/EventCategories#Growth_Events
> >
> and innovative ideas that will welcome more contributors to our movements
> and projects; and on gatherings that will support the implementation of the
> Wikimedia 2030 strategy recommendations.
>
> We also wanted to take the opportunity to officially welcome the new member
> of our team, Rachel Farrand
> , who probably
> many of you already know from managing our past Technical Events Ecosystem
> and who has been working at the Wikimedia Foundation on community events
> since 2011. She is now a Senior Program Officer and will be joining me in
> managing our Conference grants program.Rachel will be overseeing our
> Thematic
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/EventCategories#Thematic_Events
> >and
> Growth
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/EventCategories#Growth_Events
> >events,
> and I will continue focusing on our Regional
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Conference/EventCategories#Regional_Events
> >events.
> We will also continue to support other projects related to Community
> Events.
>
>
>  If you have any questions as for the upcoming funding round, potential
> proposals or need feedback on draft proposals - please reach out to us at
> conferencegra...@wikimedia.org .
>
>
> All the best,
>
> Chen
>
> --
>
> Chen Almog (she/her)
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Sexual harassment

2020-08-23 Thread Tito Dutta
>> What is AN/I
:Administrators' Noticeboard/Incidents on-Wiki. This is an administrator's
noticeboard where one can report.

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> On Sun., Aug. 23, 2020, 4:43 p.m. Chris Sherlock, <
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> > Hello all,
> >
> > I have been advised by the WMF that if anyone is concerned about being
> > sexually harassed they must report this to AN/I and there are no private
> > mechanisms to report this sort of thing.
> >
> > Is this for real?
> >
> > Chris Sherlock
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikidata] NEW: Lists of technical resources and recommendations for smaller language wikis!

2020-07-20 Thread Tito Dutta
This is an amazing resource. Excellent initiative. In addition to importing
etc localisation is also pretty important according to a project's need.

On Mon, Jul 20, 2020, 11:48 PM Srishti Sethi  wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> As part of the Small wiki toolkits
>  initiative, a Starter
> kit  has
> been developed for smaller language Wikimedia wikis! This Starter kit lists
> resources, tools, and recommendations in technical areas (e.g., templates,
> bots, gadgets, etc.) relevant to smaller wikis that are just getting
> started. Small wiki contributors can use it to make their community's
> workflow easier. You can now use and promote the Starter kit in your wiki
> community, and start translating the landing page and its subpages in a
> language you want.
>
> If you have any questions, ideas for venues where it should be shared or
> wiki pages where it should be linked, or any other suggestions for
> improving it further, please share on this talk page
> .
>
> If you are interested in helping with the Small Wiki Toolkits initiative
> and can offer help with running workshops, developing toolkits, or
> exchanging problems and challenges in smaller wiki communities, add
> yourself as a member here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Small_wiki_toolkits#Members
>
> Cheers,
> Srishti
>
> *Srishti Sethi*
> Developer Advocate
> Wikimedia Foundation 
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedians of Colorado User Group Annual Report 2019

2020-07-06 Thread Tito Dutta
... all the best for the upcoming year's activities. Good wishes.

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On Tue, 7 Jul 2020 at 00:22, Isarra Yos  wrote:

> Wikimedians of Colorado is proud to announce we've published our report
> for the past year. See it here:
>
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_of_Colorado_User_Group/Annual_Report_2019
>
> I'd make a joke about it being the world's shortest report, but I'm sure
> we'll really outdo ourselves with the next one, the way this year is
> going, and probably have a fair bit of competition from some of the
> other regional groups as well. Nothing wrong with that, though. Lots of
> other ways for folks to keep involved in the meantime!
>
> Thanks, y'all.
>
> -Isarra
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcing a new Wikimedia project: Abstract Wikipedia

2020-07-02 Thread Tito Dutta
Excellent news. Congratulations and glad to see this project being approved.

On Thu, Jul 2, 2020, 9:34 PM Katherine Maher  wrote:

> (A translatable version of this announcement can be found on Meta [1])
>
> Hi all,
>
> It is my honor to introduce Abstract Wikipedia [1], a new project that has
> been unanimously approved by the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.
> Abstract Wikipedia proposes a new way to generate baseline encyclopedic
> content in a multilingual fashion, allowing more contributors and more
> readers to share more knowledge in more languages. It is an approach that
> aims to make cross-lingual cooperation easier on our projects, increase the
> sustainability of our movement through expanding access to participation,
> improve the user experience for readers of all languages, and innovate in
> free knowledge by connecting some of the strengths of our movement to
> create something new.
>
> This is our first new project in over seven years. Abstract Wikipedia was
> submitted as a project proposal by Denny Vrandečić in May of 2020 [2] after
> years of preparation and research, leading to a detailed plan and lively
> discussions in the Wikimedia communities. We know that the energy and the
> creativity of the community often runs up against language barriers, and
> information that is available in one language may not make it to other
> language Wikipedias. Abstract Wikipedia intends to look and feel like a
> Wikipedia, but build on the powerful, language-independent conceptual
> models of Wikidata, with the goal of letting volunteers create and maintain
> Wikipedia articles across our polyglot Wikimedia world.
>
> The project will allow volunteers to assemble the fundamentals of an
> article using words and entities from Wikidata. Because Wikidata uses
> conceptual models that are meant to be universal across languages, it
> should be possible to use and extend these building blocks of knowledge to
> create models for articles that also have universal value. Using code,
> volunteers will be able to translate these abstract “articles” into their
> own languages. If successful, this could eventually allow everyone to read
> about any topic in Wikidata in their own language.
>
> As you can imagine, this work will require a lot of software development,
> and a lot of cooperation among Wikimedians. In order to make this effort
> possible, Denny will join the Foundation as a staff member in July and lead
> this initiative. You may know Denny as the creator of Wikidata, a long-time
> community member, a former staff member at Wikimedia Deutschland, and a
> former Trustee at the Wikimedia Foundation[3]. We are very excited that
> Denny will bring his skills and expertise to work on this project alongside
> the Foundation’s product, technology, and community liaison teams.
>
> It is important to acknowledge that this is an experimental project and
> that every Wikipedia community has different needs. This project may offer
> some communities great advantages. Other communities may engage less. Every
> language Wikipedia community will be free to choose and moderate whether or
> how they would use content from this project.
>
> We are excited that this new wiki-project has the possibility to advance
> knowledge equity through increased access to knowledge. It also invites us
> to consider and engage with critical questions about how and by whom
> knowledge is constructed. We look forward to working in cooperation with
> the communities to think through these important questions.
>
> There is much to do as we begin designing a plan for Abstract Wikipedia in
> close collaboration with our communities. I encourage you to get involved
> by going to the project page and joining the new mailing list[4]. We
> recognize that Abstract Wikipedia is ambitious, but we also recognize its
> potential. We invite you all to join us on a new, unexplored path.
>
> Yours,
> Katherine Maher
>
> Executive Director,
> Wikimedia Foundation
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract
> Wikipedia/June 2020 announcement
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Abstract_Wikipedia
> [3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Denny
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board update on Branding: next steps

2020-06-26 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
The timeline is pretty clear. Glad to know about the special board meeting
in early July. Other than the open letter there was a straw poll also:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/Community_feedback_and_straw_poll
The early July briefing, I hope that will be presenting all the aspects and
opinions.

Thanks
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On Sat, 27 Jun 2020 at 04:57, Nataliia Tymkiv  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I want to share with you the next steps of the Wikimedia Foundation Board
> of Trustees about the Brand Project.
>
> Originally the Board meeting dedicated to the brand project was supposed to
> happen no earlier than October. The expected outcome from the project were
> the recommendations on what the rebranding should look like - from changing
> fonts/logos to renaming. And if there is going to be a renaming - to what.
> Of course, the Board’s role is not in approving a change in fonts, but if a
> recommendation to rename was to be made - the Board’s role would have been
> to make a decision on that recommendation. The timeline has now been
> changed, and the renaming part of rebranding will be discussed in our
> August meeting.
>
> Moreover, the Board will meet in early July to receive a briefing about the
> project and talk about the process between June 2018 - June 2020. The
> consolidated materials on what the brand project team has been working on
> for a while now will be presented to the Board, and these materials are
> also going to be posted publicly. The more-strategic conversation is
> planned for the August meeting. Time to prepare the materials is needed,
> and the ongoing conversations need to be summarised, so the Board can have
> an in-depth discussion about this, before making any kind of decision.
>
> We would like to continue with the survey [1] - we have discussed the
> possibility of technical changes to the survey with an additional option
> like “no renaming is needed” (not the exact words, mind you), but with more
> than 700 respondents it is not methodologically sound to change the survey
> now. Staff have confirmed to the Board that responses to the survey will
> not be calculated as support for a change. The survey was only designed to
> collect feedback on the possible renaming options, not as a yes/no vote on
> whether to adopt them.
>
> Thus the timeline on rebranding for the next 6-7 weeks is as follows:
>
> * Early July - special Board meeting with the Brand project team to review
> and discuss the process so far, and for the Board members to receive the
> briefing on discussions happening;
>
> * July - consolidated materials prepared for the July meeting will be
> posted publicly after the meeting;
>
> * August 5th - the Board meeting on renaming part of the rebranding, not
> about the process. The Board will make the decision about whether to stop,
> pause, or continue the work on this, within the framework of a discussion
> on strategic goals, tensions and tradeoffs, and potential next steps.
>
> * August (after the meeting) - the Board statement on the next steps about
> the Brand project.
>
> I also want to acknowledge receiving the Community open letter on renaming
> [2] that was posted this week. Thank you for this statement on the position
> of those of you who signed. I know there are other perspectives, and that
> some would agree with it who have not signed it, and that there are also
> some who would not agree. We expect that the Board meetings and
> communication after them will address the concerns raised in the letter.
>
> Stay safe,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
> Acting Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
>
> [1] https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9G2dN7P0T7gPqpD
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_open_letter_on_renaming
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brand Project: Who are we as a movement?

2020-06-25 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
There was a continuous practice of citing/overciting the FAQ page,
sometimes without answering the questions directly. This happened more on
the other mailing lists (For example:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2020-April/014589.html
)

Now, the /FAQ page, which was being continuously referred to, has a
"neutrality of this page is disputed" tag
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/FAQ=20200949.
It earlier had an essay tag. I have read its talk page.

Until things are settled, which page is recommended (if there is any)?

(Not to anyone in specific, a question/thought in general)

Regards,
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On Mon, 27 Apr 2020 at 16:57, Tito Dutta  wrote:

> On Mon, 13 Apr 2020 at 02:07, Tito Dutta  wrote:
>
>> ... ...
>> FAQ 2.6: "... findings of the 2030 research and planning community review
>> [link to email],"
>> -- Perhaps a "link to email" is missing? If it so, it's a minor thing of
>> course and can be fixed.
>>
> -- While revisiting the page I saw the changes have been made. Perhaps a
> response to the email could have been better, anyway, thanks for making
> changes on the FAQ
>
> Comment in personal capacity, thanks
> User:Titodutta
>
>
>>
>> Thanks
>> Tito Dutta
>> Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to
>> remind me over email or phone call.
>>
>>
>> On Sun, 12 Apr 2020 at 23:22, David Gerard  wrote:
>>
>>> I think at this point, someone needs to answer: who has predetermined
>>> this outcome?
>>>
>>> It's clear nobody at (say) Samir's level can or will answer this
>>> question - just repeat the same things again, as if nobody ever
>>> objected.
>>>
>>> So precisely who is so gung-ho for this idea?
>>>
>>>
>>> - d.
>>>
>>> On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 13:58, Tito Dutta  wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Hello,
>>> > My comments are in a personal capacity, and kindly note my posts are
>>> not
>>> > directed towards anyone specifically/at all. Sincere thanks for
>>> > understanding these two points.
>>> >
>>> > " We recommend you to have a look at these updates before making
>>> further
>>> > conclusions here.
>>> > -- Thanks for the recommendation. Kindly do not assume that we are not
>>> > reading the updates "before making further conclusions here".
>>> >
>>> > " the Brand team has been watching the RfC and has written a summary
>>> about
>>> > it"
>>> > --Yes, RfC needs a closure/summary, from which we get action points.
>>> Now,
>>> > there is something called WP:INVOLVED. Someone who is
>>> > supporting/opposing/promoting/demoting an idea or in other words
>>> someone
>>> > who is "involved" often may not close or summarise a debate/discussion
>>> with
>>> > due weight to all the arguments. As a result, conclusions may be
>>> faulty,
>>> > and action points may not reflect the actual opinion of the RfC.
>>> Example
>>> > below.
>>> >
>>> > FAQ: Why is this project moving forward after the RfC resulted in clear
>>> > majority opposition?
>>> > (
>>> >
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/FAQ#Why_is_this_project_moving_forward_after_the_RfC_resulted_in_clear_majority_opposition
>>> > ?)
>>> > -- Even after reading the answer I also don't understand "why?" A
>>> point I
>>> > get there is "exploring further options". On the report page, "What is
>>> > happening with the feedback?" (intended action points section perhaps)
>>> is
>>> > taking me to FAQ page. From the FAQ page the last paragraph sends me
>>> back
>>> > to the report page, making it a loop.
>>> >
>>> > " The team has integrated the feedback of the RfC in the development
>>> > process, just as we did with the activities organized by the project
>>> > itself. "
>>> > -- unlike other statements here any footnote or reference is not given.
>>> > Would love to learn what are those activities and how was the RfC
>>> feedback
>>> > integrated into the agenda/activity. (Please note that I have read the
>>> > brand workshop report.)
>>> >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Deutschland: general assembly and new Supervisory Board

2020-06-22 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Interesting change. Could you kindly give link to your updated bylaws
(either on the mailing list or please PM)?
Congratulations and good wishes

Thanks
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On Mon, 22 Jun 2020 at 21:56, Lukas Mezger 
wrote:

> Dear fellow Wikimedians,
>
> On Sunday, Wikimedia Deutschland held its 25th and first-ever virtual
> general assembly with over 250 members attending.
>
> Our members elected a new Supervisory Board, which consists of 7 elected
> members:
>
> * Lukas Mezger (chair, re-elected)
>
> * Daniel Reisener (treasurer, re-elected)
>
> * Sabria David (re-elected)
>
> * Kilian Kluge (re-elected)
>
> * Christina Dinar
>
> * Valerie Mocker
>
> * Alice Wiegand
>
> Christina Dinar and Valerie Mocker are new to the board, so please join me
> in welcoming them as well as in welcoming back Alice Wiegand. We are
> particularly pleased that our measures to increase gender diversity have
> been successful and that our elected board now consists of four women and
> three men.
>
> I would like to wholeheartedly thank our departing elected board members
> Harald Krichel, Peter Dewald, and Marcus Cyron, and our departing appointed
> members Helene Hahn and Mirjam Stegherr for the great work and their
> commitment to Wikimedia Deutschland over the past years.
>
> Sabine Zepp and Lenia Zinßer were elected as auditors. I would like to
> express my gratitude to our departing auditors Daniel Baur, who has been
> serving the association over so many years, and Lena Stammler.
>
> The general assembly also changed our bylaws to allow for virtual board
> meetings and remote board votes. Additionally, our members added a new rule
> concerning appointed officers to ensure that at least one third of the
> board is of non-male or non-female gender. The general assembly also
> approved changes to our strategy and formally approved of the board’s and
> the executive director’s actions for 2019.
>
> The new board will reconvene shortly to discuss Movement Strategy matters,
> among others, and I am very much looking forward to working together with
> the new team.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Lukas
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Update on Branding

2020-06-21 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Thanks for working on this response. I thank you and the board for the care
you have shown in this email. The upcoming August meeting is going to be an
important one, as I understand from the email. We will look forward to its
outcomes.
There have been concerns that opinions or voices have not been heard. Other
than the Qualtrics closed survey, opinions have been and are being shared
in different channels such as Meta-Wiki, mailing list etc. I feel that may
be taken into consideration, kindly, while preceding.

I once again show my gratitude and sincerely thank you for taking time,
especially on the weekends, and reaching out directly with help and
detailed clarification.
Thanks
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On Mon, 22 Jun 2020 at 06:14, Nataliia Tymkiv  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As Acting Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees since March
> [1] I take full responsibility for this situation. I am truly sorry for all
> the frustration this whole situation has caused to volunteers, who have
> engaged in discussions expressing their concerns, and to the staff, who
> have been working and not really sure if that is really the direction the
> Board is prepared to seriously consider, or if it is just an exercise on
> our part. As Chair of the Board, I recognize the Board owes clear
> information to the communities and guidance to the staff.
>
> In 2017, the Board approved the 2030 Movement Strategic Direction,
> recognizing the strategic importance of growing the reach of the Wikimedia
> projects to new languages, communities, and geographies, as part of our
> global mission. In June 2018, the Board approved a Foundation Annual Plan
> that included research into the Wikimedia and Wikipedia brands to
> understand how they could be tools in helping us reach these goals.
>
> In November 2018 [2], the staff presented research to the Board about the
> Wikipedia and Wikimedia brands. I personally, even though a relatively long
> term Wikipedian (and a bit less long term Wikimedian), was basically
> convinced by the findings that a rebranding is needed and beneficial for
> our mission and global vision, and furthermore that it should be based on
> the Wikipedia brand. The information presented there also convinced the
> Board that the team should continue their work, but as you can see from the
> minutes the Board believed that communication is crucial, but already a
> possibility for a new name for the Wikimedia Foundation was seriously
> considered [3].
>
> And I am going to be frank here - intuitively taking the name of something
> like “Wikipedia Foundation” makes a lot of sense, whether or not it makes
> sense upon deeper consideration. But, of course, no one was planning to
> just rename the organisation, more conversations were needed. It was
> convincing enough for us (the Board) to approve the budget for this
> initiative.
>
> The Board has received regular updates about the Brand work along the way,
> including approving continued work in the 2019 and 2020 annual plans.
> However, the Board has not yet had a very serious, frank conversation about
> what the Board will do when the work is finished, including how to balance
> feedback from many communities, and the importance of reaching new
> communities. The Board also has not yet received a final report, as the
> exploratory project was and still is ongoing.
>
> The process itself, even though the brand project team has designed its
> process to be inclusive and transparent, has created bitterness in some
> volunteers, some of whom feel they were led on or even actively
> manipulated. I am sure there was no intent to do that. But, for instance,
> people do point to a reported KPI (key performance indicator) in the
> previous survey as an alleged attempt at deceiving either the community or
> the Board. The Board did not make its decision to support the brand project
> based on that number, nor does the clarification of that number or removal
> of that KPI influence the Board’s support for the project. Good-faith
> mistakes should not undermine trust in our colleagues’ intentions or the
> purpose of an entire process. But this “elephant in the room” feeling is
> hurting all of us - both volunteers and staff, so I acknowledge that this
> created a lot of bitterness.
>
> I want us to take a step back and try to have an honest and constructive
> conversation on what our future work will be together. I know there is
> mistrust towards the Wikimedia Foundation acting in good faith, I also know
> the staff members feel intimidated when talking with the communities, so it
> is really difficult to have a frank dialog. We are all in this vicious
> circle - we do not trust each other, so we do not talk honestly; we do not
> talk honestly so we cannot build that trust. I truly want that to change.
> So I am going to be as direct as possible about the Board’s perspective.
>
> The executive statement says, “A rebrand will happen. This has already been
> decided 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-06-05 Thread Tito Dutta
(I won't make this personal and this is *not* to *anyone* or about any past
incident in specific.)
But I second Legoktm on this. That was surprising to me as well.
We have pages and essays on Wikipedia such as
* IPs are human too (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:IPs_are_human_too),
* Arbs are people too (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Arbs_are_people_too),
* Admins are people too (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Admins_are_people_too)
We may need to have a similar essay/writing "WMF staff are people too" or
something similar (unless we have it already, a quick search on Wikipedia,
and Google showed nothing)

Thanks and regards
User:Titodutta


On Sat, 6 Jun 2020 at 04:39, Kunal Mehta  wrote:

> Hi Pine,
>
> On 2020-06-05 00:29, Pine W wrote:
> > I don't know what all was going on inside of WMF, but I would have
> > wanted an outsider -- that is, not someone inside of WMF -- to review
> > the actions of the staff, similar to how police departments are
> > sometimes reviewed by outside agencies after high profile incidents,
> > and I would want the report from that review to be public. Given my
> > perspective on what happened, I think that at least one WMF staff
> > person probably should have been demoted or fired, and perhaps more
> > than one, up to and including Katherine. However, I don't have enough
> > information to decide what accountability measures should have been
> > taken.
>
> So by your own account, you don't have enough information, yet you're
> still calling for people to be fired. We went over this in January -
> stop it.
>
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2020-January/094131.html
>
> https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2020-January/094130.html
>
> -- Legoktm
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2020 Community Spotlight Survey

2020-06-04 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Good initiative. I'd like to share a couple of India-related stories I can
think of and will get back with that (or I'll email you in person, if that
works, kindly let me know). Thanks for planning this.

A side-comment: It does not look good if links, specially the privacy
policy link which states "your privacy is important to us " is itself
masked by YAMM (yet another mail merge), that's a third party. I used the
MMS tool a few times a long time ago, did not like it. They track too many
things like email clicked, email opened etc.
I was also not aware that Qualtrics records IP addresses.
Thanks
User:Titodutta



On Thu, 4 Jun 2020 at 20:01, Wiegand Alice  wrote:

> Hi Chris,
> this is a great initiative and I would love to nominate at least 2
> projects to spread their energy and motivation as well as to acknowledge
> their work.
> However, as a European with some attentiveness for data reduction and data
> economy I wonder why you have to retain contact information from me and the
> nominees unless we ask you to delete them. I got a first rejection from a
> potential project just because of this kind of data collecting. That’s sad
> and I believe we as a community could do better.
>
> Alice.
>
>
>
> > Am 30.05.2020 um 21:21 schrieb Chris Koerner :
> >
> > Hello Wikimedians around the world
> >
> >
> > In these difficult times many of us miss the chance to connect in person
> > with other Wikimedians. We miss the events and meetings where we could
> > learn from and about each other. So we thought to use this time to learn
> > from each other more about the great people that make up our communities.
> > We would like to give some of them a bit of a spotlight in our virtual
> > spaces like our blogs and social media in the absence of physical
> > connection points.
> >
> > Do you know a community member who has accomplished something new or
> > inspiring in the last year? Someone who you think the rest of the
> community
> > should know about? If so, please take a few minutes and nominate them in
> > the survey below.
> >
> > Let us know about their inspiring work, whatever form it took, online or
> > offline. This can include but is not limited to adding important content
> > directly to one of our projects, encouraging and supporting others in
> > adding content, teaching the public about Wikipedia or other Wikimedia
> > projects, building partnerships, or organizing events and helping your
> > local community thrive. We are also curious to learn about the different
> > ways people enrich our movement!
> >
> > Use the following link to take the survey.
> >
> >
> >   -
> >
> >
> https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0plqKWa1o1ztZ1b?target=ML-l
> >   <
> https://wikimedia-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=1_JszED7z9mHJlC_7Re2_Ii-c3PTOYUhX6BxcSj15bCM-336432506=YAMMID-66517761=https%3A%2F%2Fwikimedia.qualtrics.com%2Fjfe%2Fform%2FSV_0plqKWa1o1ztZ1b%3Ftarget%3DML-l
> >
> >
> >
> > Thank you in advance for helping us highlight more wonderful people and
> > accomplishments from all over the world!
> >
> > Your privacy is important to us and is governed by the linked privacy
> > statement. In this survey, we will request your contact information and
> > that of the individual you are nominating. Please be sure that the person
> > you are nominating understands you are providing us with their
> information.
> > We will use this information to get in touch with nominees, should they
> > meet our selection criteria. We will retain this contact information
> > indefinitely unless you or the person you nominate request its deletion
> or
> > update it in a subsequent survey; please see the privacy statement
> > <
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> >
> > for details.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> > Chris Koerner (he/him)
> > Community Relations Specialist
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> > [image: beacon]
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-06-04 Thread Tito Dutta
True, (because of connectivity issues I was disconnected for some time).
Thanks Maggie for answering the questions and clarifying things. All the
best and good wishes.

Thanks
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On Fri, 5 Jun 2020 at 01:17, Aron Manning  wrote:

> Thank you, Maggie, Elena and Nick for this meeting!
>
> The event was very well organized on the first try, focused and
> informative.
> Special thanks to Maggie for tirelessly answering all the questions and
> giving insight to the wide spectrum of challenges.
>
> It was great to hear that transparency will be an important part of the
> processes to be developed and that the communities will be involved in
> working out the details. I think this is going in the right direction to
> establish trust and cooperation with the communities and a mutually
> agreeable outcome.
>
> Thank you to all participants and I hope there will be more meetings as
> this project progresses!
>
>
> Aron
>
>
> On Tue, 2 Jun 2020 at 23:24, Maggie Dennis  wrote:
>
> > We will post notes from the meeting, with the identity of question-askers
> > anonymized, afterward. Questions can be submitted on Telegram [1], on IRC
> > [2] or in the YouTube Chat or by email in advance to
> answ...@wikimedia.org
> > (To make sure they are presented during this meeting, please use “Trust &
> > Safety” as the subject line.)
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Brand Project] Rescheduling Naming Convention Proposal community review

2020-06-03 Thread Tito Dutta
With kind permission, I would like to further explain my question (in case
it was unclear, and kindly assume good faith):
The resolution (linked above and at [1]) states that "the Board affirms its
support for the brand project and its strategic importance for the
movement, mission, and 2030 strategy, and the Board directs the Foundation
to complete this work by Wikipedia's 20th birthday."
– what is "this work" that is to be completed by January 2021?
I believe it includes implementation (first phase) as well? On Meta-Wiki
the /Timeline page mentions[2] "January 2021" as "Organizational
implementation: adoption by the Foundation with opt-in system for
affiliates.
I see an almost clear action point here that by January 2021 the opt-in
naming comes into picture for the communities, where the brand value of
Wikipedia will be experimented with a few communities/projects with direct
attention.
Wait, aren't we yet to start the review process?
Kindly note, other than the 3 or so models, I have noticed that there was
always another (robust) voice, and that's a "no".
Sincerely,
User:Titodutta


[1]
https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Brand_Project_Support_(May_2020)
[2]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/Timeline=20140879#Post-project:_Adopt_and_advance_brand_(pending_approval_from_the_Board_of_Trustees_and_executive_leadership)

Thanks
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On Thu, 4 Jun 2020 at 04:34, Tito Dutta  wrote:

> Hello,
> From the resolution page (
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Brand_Project_Support_(May_2020)
> :
> "... and the Board directs the Foundation to complete this work by
> Wikipedia's 20th birthday."
> — That is 15 January 2021. Interesting.
> It seems the option is now to select one of three (re)naming options.
> Actually, I was going to suggest a "movement-wide review" may need more
> than 14 days of time for affiliates, and communities etc. .
> Thanks
> User:Titodutta
>
>
> On Thu, 4 Jun 2020 at 00:47, Zack McCune  wrote:
>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> As promised, we are back with an update and a new timeline to discuss
>> names
>> as a movement. We are excited to take on naming together beginning 16
>> June.
>> Here is an overview of what happened and what to expect:
>>
>> After additional weeks of legal review and a conversation with the Board
>> of
>> Trustees at their 22 May meeting, we have alignment to present three
>> naming
>> convention proposals for movement-wide review on 16 June.
>>
>> The Board of Trustees affirmed support for the project [1] and vetted
>> various naming options. They explored legal and financial implications of
>> different approaches, and evaluated them based on their potential to act
>> as
>> compelling, unifying tools to elevate the work we are currently doing and
>> ensure the future of our movement. Based on these assessments, the
>> movement-wide review will revolve around two naming convention proposals
>> centered on Wikipedia, one that is a Wiki/Wikipedia hybrid, and an open
>> response area where respondents can share their own naming proposals.  We
>> feel confident that the vetting process has led to solid proposals, while
>> we also want to ensure we are open to your ideas  and are committed to
>> reviewing suggestions made in the open response area.
>>
>> While these weeks of work have reconfirmed that naming structures centered
>> entirely on “Wiki” would not be legally feasible or financially
>> responsible, we were able to uncover ways in which “Wiki” can be used as
>> part of movement naming. We know there will be questions around this, and
>> look forward to discussing more in detail during the upcoming live
>> presentation.
>>
>> ***Join us for the live presentation [2] of the three Naming Convention
>> Proposals on 16 June at 15:00 UTC.***
>>
>> We will present the various options that were considered, the risks and
>> rewards of each, and how the process arrived at the three options for
>> review.
>>
>> As previously planned, the movement-wide review to follow will be
>> multilingual and will rely on surveys for individual contributors,
>> affiliates, and Foundation depts, as well as open discussion on Meta-Wiki,
>> from 16 June to 30 June. The two weeks of feedback will help to remove,
>> refine and recombine elements from the proposals into a single,
>> synthesized
>> proposal.
>>
>> We look forward to talking names with you soon.
>>
>&g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Brand Project] Rescheduling Naming Convention Proposal community review

2020-06-03 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
From the resolution page (
https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Brand_Project_Support_(May_2020)
:
"... and the Board directs the Foundation to complete this work by
Wikipedia's 20th birthday."
— That is 15 January 2021. Interesting.
It seems the option is now to select one of three (re)naming options.
Actually, I was going to suggest a "movement-wide review" may need more
than 14 days of time for affiliates, and communities etc. .
Thanks
User:Titodutta


On Thu, 4 Jun 2020 at 00:47, Zack McCune  wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> As promised, we are back with an update and a new timeline to discuss names
> as a movement. We are excited to take on naming together beginning 16 June.
> Here is an overview of what happened and what to expect:
>
> After additional weeks of legal review and a conversation with the Board of
> Trustees at their 22 May meeting, we have alignment to present three naming
> convention proposals for movement-wide review on 16 June.
>
> The Board of Trustees affirmed support for the project [1] and vetted
> various naming options. They explored legal and financial implications of
> different approaches, and evaluated them based on their potential to act as
> compelling, unifying tools to elevate the work we are currently doing and
> ensure the future of our movement. Based on these assessments, the
> movement-wide review will revolve around two naming convention proposals
> centered on Wikipedia, one that is a Wiki/Wikipedia hybrid, and an open
> response area where respondents can share their own naming proposals.  We
> feel confident that the vetting process has led to solid proposals, while
> we also want to ensure we are open to your ideas  and are committed to
> reviewing suggestions made in the open response area.
>
> While these weeks of work have reconfirmed that naming structures centered
> entirely on “Wiki” would not be legally feasible or financially
> responsible, we were able to uncover ways in which “Wiki” can be used as
> part of movement naming. We know there will be questions around this, and
> look forward to discussing more in detail during the upcoming live
> presentation.
>
> ***Join us for the live presentation [2] of the three Naming Convention
> Proposals on 16 June at 15:00 UTC.***
>
> We will present the various options that were considered, the risks and
> rewards of each, and how the process arrived at the three options for
> review.
>
> As previously planned, the movement-wide review to follow will be
> multilingual and will rely on surveys for individual contributors,
> affiliates, and Foundation depts, as well as open discussion on Meta-Wiki,
> from 16 June to 30 June. The two weeks of feedback will help to remove,
> refine and recombine elements from the proposals into a single, synthesized
> proposal.
>
> We look forward to talking names with you soon.
>
> Best,
>
> - Zack & the Brand Project Team
>
>
> [1]
>
> https://foundation.wikimedia.org/wiki/Resolution:Brand_Project_Support_(May_2020)
> [2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3zlBGHHHiY
>
> On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 12:12 PM Heather Walls 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I wanted to quickly follow up and thank you for being patient.
> >
> > Zack, Essie, Samir, Elena, and the entire project team was eager, working
> > very very hard, and prepared to share the planned Naming Convention
> > Proposals this week. Our colleagues across the Foundation, particularly
> in
> > Legal, were also tightly involved in this project that is both important
> > and close to our hearts. Rescheduling feels a bit disappointing to us
> all,
> > but we are excited at the chance for us to add more to the future review,
> > and to set up a stronger discussion across our Movement about the limits
> > and possibilities of new naming systems.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Heather
> >
> >
> > On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 11:34 AM Zack McCune 
> wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone-
> > >
> > > Today, we are rescheduling the Naming Convention Proposal community
> > review
> > > planned for May 7 - 21, including tomorrow's live presentation. This
> > > critical part of the Movement Brand Project is designed to share and
> > > review compelling,
> > > unifying naming proposals that would sustain our free knowledge mission
> > far
> > > into the future. [1]
> > >
> > > We are incredibly excited to talk NAMES with our communities. We know
> how
> > > important naming is to the Movement, and together we’ve made
> considerable
> > > progress on options that would allow us to invite and inspire people to
> > > join us. People join the movements that move them, and we want our
> Naming
> > > Convention Proposals to be both functional and appealing.
> > >
> > > We are particularly interested in “Wiki” as a potential direction,
> often
> > > suggested by the community and widely used in our Movement. However,
> > there
> > > are significant practical issues with "Wiki" due to the relevant
> > trademark
> > > landscape.  We do not want to present to 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] NEW: Wikimedia Clinic calls, starting June 15th

2020-06-02 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
That is a wonderful initiative. This will be helpful for everyone. Thanks
for sharing the news.
Regards.

On Wed, Jun 3, 2020, 2:59 AM Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> In these complex times of pandemic, and the coming complex times of
> post-pandemic, live human contact with fellow Wikimedians, even mediated
> through a video call, can be helpful, relaxing, and fun.  It can also offer
> opportunities to ask questions you have been meaning to ask but never got
> around to, or to explain complex situations that may be hard to articulate
> in writing.
>
> To better support members of the community during this time, the Community
> Development team at the Wikimedia Foundation is interested in trying an
> experiment: scheduling open video calls (using Google Meet) where any
> active Wikimedian would be welcome to attend and ask questions or ask for
> advice about whatever Wikimedia-related goal or problem they're working on.
>
> You can also just share what you're working on and invite feedback, even if
> you don't have a specific question. Or people can just connect to hang out,
> or to offer their own experience to the people asking questions.
>
> We are thinking of calling these calls Wikimedia Clinics, and would host
> them once a week (in alternating time zones, to accommodate as many people
> as possible).
>
> Each clinic session:
>
> * would be 70-120 minutes in length depending on topics presented and
> volume of conversation
> * would have at least two Wikimedia Foundation staff members guaranteed to
> be present. They are not guaranteed to have the answers you need, but they
> are committed to helping you get them, even if not during the call itself,
> but as later follow-up.
> * would be summarized in an in-depth *digest* of the call that would be
> edited for clarity and available to all volunteers interested. These notes
> would link to any tools and resources mentioned on the call and will be
> shared on this mailing list and archived on Meta[0].
>
> These calls are *not* replacing any existing channels or
> regularly-scheduled calls!  Every channel or call you are already using
> continues to exist.  No important announcements will be made on these
> calls, and no one should feel stressed or obligated to attend them.
>
> Rather, they are a new form of live-communication open support calls, less
> narrow in focus than some of the existing channels (where only specific
> topics are expected), and, we hope, more approachable and welcoming for
> people not sure whether their question or dilemma is appropriate for one of
> the other channels.
>
> If these calls are found useful, we'll try to offer them in some other
> languages, to increase access to those not comfortable speaking English.
>
> So, let's give this a try!  The first two calls are scheduled for:
>
> Monday, June 15th, 17:30 (5:30pm) UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[1].
> Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[2].
>
> and
>
> Wednesday, June 17th, 08:00am UTC, and this is the Google Meet link[3].
> Link to a WorldTimeBuddy event for timezone convenience[4].
>
> Remember, there's no set agenda and no particular preparation needed.  Feel
> free to join us with anything Wikimedia-related that's on your mind, or
> just to hang out.
>
> Feedback and questions welcome.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Asaf
>
> [0] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Clinics
> [1] https://meet.google.com/kha-nghc-mky
> [2]
>
> https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26536320=17.5-19.5=show=f924130e-ed00-e1b4-b549-2202e11d660f
> [3] https://meet.google.com/iex-jebd-due
> [4]
>
> https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/event?lid=100=100=26539200=8-10=show=500d54dd-96c7-1934-0910-afe98a3440a5
>
>
> Asaf Bartov (he/him/his)
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] June 4 1800 Maggie Dennis office hour (with a twist)

2020-05-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
Excellent news. A few years ago I got a chance to talk to you in details on
some other stuff related to Wikipedia and that discussion was very helpful.
I am sure, this call/initiative related to "community resilience and
sustainability" will be really helpful. Good wishes.

Thanks
User:Titodutta



On Thu, 28 May 2020 at 17:33, Maggie Dennis  wrote:

> Hello, all.
>
> With the Board’s recent statement, this seems like a good time to launch
> the quarterly office hours I’ve been wanting to create for people who want
> to talk to me about issues involving “community resilience and
> sustainability,” including the work of Trust & Safety, whom I oversee.
> (after months of wanting to do this I’ve come to realize that I will always
> be "too busy" to feel like it's the perfect time for this. So I’m going to
> do it now anyway!)
>
> There’ve been requests to make office hours more personal, so I will host a
> Zoom hangout where people can join me, but I'll also take questions from
> Telegram and IRC.[1] I know that finding an hour that works for everybody
> is not going to happen, and I know from past office hours I’ve been
> involved in that I may get far more questions than I can answer (or,
> contrarily, nothing at all :)). Nevertheless, I will do my best to answer
> questions posed to me in that hour by Wikimedians in good standing (not
> Foundation or community banned) and to follow up in writing with any I
> don’t have time for over the next few days or week or so, time allowing. I
> might aggregate similar questions into a kind of FAQ. We’ll publish notes,
> anonymizing those who’ve asked questions, after.
>
> I do, however, have the following caveats:
>
>-
>
>I can’t and won’t discuss specific Trust & Safety cases. Instead, I can
>discuss Trust & Safety protocols and practices and approaches as well as
>some of the mistakes we’ve made, some of the things I’m proud of, and
> some
>of the things we’re hoping to do.
>-
>
>I will not respond to comments or questions that are disrespectful to
>me, to my colleagues, or to anyone in our communities. I can talk
> civilly
>about our work even if you disagree with me or I disagree with you. I
> won’t
>compromise on this.
>
>
> I’m not sure if I will stick with Zoom as the way I do office hours
> forever, but I am responding to some requests for spoken interaction while
> also trying to provide text options for those who prefer. I admit to being
> a little camera shy myself, so this is a challenge for me! If I embarrass
> myself too badly, I may retreat to the safety of text in future.
>
> I was hoping to have the Zoom link already, but while that’s being
> expedited by our office technology team, I don’t have it yet. I wanted to
> give interested people notice as soon as I knew the time. I’ll follow up
> with links again at least two hours in advance.
>
> The meeting will be on June 4th at 1800 UTC.
>
> I hope to see you there.
>
> Best,
>
> Maggie
>
> [1] Zoom link; Telegram link: https://t.me/joinchat/DOlGIB1FRLUWqW9iB3qfTQ
> ;
> directions for participating in IRC:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC_office_hours#How_to_participate
>
> --
> Maggie Dennis
> Vice President, Community Resilience & Sustainability
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons

2020-05-17 Thread Tito Dutta
This discussion, although started with a question "why don't people
contribute to Wikimedia Commons, now after actually the discussion above,
covers more topics. A few notes, observations and comments:
1) I remember a major discussion took place somewhere on Wikimedia Commons
when one of the strategy2030 draft recommendations suggested uploading
non-free images on Wikimedia Commons. That discussion was also on the scope
of Wikimedia Commons. I wish I could recall where exactly it took place.
However, I am pretty sure that many of you have read or participated there.
Most probably there I first read the idea of "uncommon/uncommons" (or an
alternative version of Commons).
2) Wikimedia Commons is most possibly/definitely less popular than
Wikipedia. I believe many editors start from Wikipedia and then move to
Wikimedia Commons. There is, of course, another reason, when someone
gradually becomes more experienced on Wikipedia, they learn they need to
spend some time on Wikimedia Commons for the article–photos they are
working on. I "personally" do "not" feel the solution of this "popularity"
problem is rebranding. We need more Wikimedia Commons-focused plans,
initiatives, and strategies (I find this is true for all other projects).
3) Yes, the difficulty of using the app/web interface might be an issue of
seeing less contribution as well. You have different photo-sharing
platforms which uploads photos in 1-click. Commons upload process is
longer. (I am not saying the process is bad, of course, we need all the
steps, and there is not an unnecessary step there.)
4) The human emotion and interaction part is kind of missing: On Facebook,
Instagram the likes, comments etc one gets, work as a motivation. This is a
major issue. On FB, or Instagram an uploader can connect with people
instantly, and their responses/reactions are quick as well. (Here also, I
am not really suggesting anything, just keeping it as an observation)
Let's talk about Google Photos, their badges, photo views analytics, and
email time to time (eg: Your photo is making a difference, or You are a
star) is good for motivation as well.

Thanks
User:Titodutta



On Sun, 17 May 2020 at 13:03, Fæ  wrote:

> On Sun, 17 May 2020 at 07:20, Roland Unger
>  wrote:
> >
> > There are several causes why people do not upload their photos to
> Commons.
> >
> > -
> >  Wikimedia Commons is less known like the other Wikimedia sisters. We
> had to
> > increase the awareness of these projects including the Foundation
> > itself. But all people speak only about Wikipedia, and nobody starts an
> > ad campaign for the sisters to overcome this. Not only the scope of
> Commons is broader, that of the movement is broader, too. Maybe the
> Foundation can improve its support for the sisters to attract new users for
> the movement.
> >
> > see:
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/news/2019/02/07/how-does-the-world-see-wikimedia-brands/
> > -
> >  Many photographers (and Wikipedians) will be become famous. There is
> the question why to
> > publish at Wikimedia Commons instead of Instagram, Flickr, or Pinterest?
> >
> > -
> >  There is almost no support for the sister projects by Wikipedians. Some
> Wikipedians are
> > living in their own world, and sometimes they argue against their
> > sisters.
> > - For many users it is difficult to use Commons or other Wikimedia
> projects. They have to fight against an ancient and not user-friendly user
> interface (for instance manual edits of things stored in EXIF data or in
> the user account, adding categories without any automatic support, etc.).
> >
> > I am not really sure if an investigation should be done because most
> problems are known already now.
> >
> > I think we should keep the opportunity of commercial use, because all
> Wikimedia products should be used freely. For instance, what shall an
> officer at a travel agency do if she/he cannot use Wikimedia products
> freely because of commercial-usage restrictions?
> >
> > Roland
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > >>> Benjamin Ikuta  05/17/20 5:07 AM >>>
> >
> >
> > Anecdotally, it seems people sometimes don't upload their photos to
> Commons because they don't realize that the scope of Commons is much
> broader than that of Wikipedia.
> >
> > Has there been, or should there be, any research into this, or why
> people don't contribute more broadly?
> >
> > ~Benjamin
>
> A "share" link on image pages would go a long way to fixing this. If
> folks on instagram, flickr etc. got used to seeing nice images with
> links back to Commons, we might expect 1% to 4% of those readers to
> follow the link back to the source, so if a few go viral, that might
> actually attract a few high quality photographers.
>
> A "mirror" tool would also be a great addition. If a photographer
> could easily share some of their photos by picking from their gallery
> and pushing to their flickr/instagram and a Commons account at the
> same time, all on a cc-by-sa license, they would come to see Commons
> as part of 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the WikiBlind User Group

2020-05-12 Thread Tito Dutta
Excellent. For quite some time, especially after being influenced by a
couple of colleagues' and an English Wikipedia admin's work, I personally
developed a feeling of strong support for activities related to
accessibility, so this makes me delighted. Thanks for informing about this
development. Congratulations to the user group.

(Thinking out loud, this portion, not to anyone in specific, I might post a
longer version on the talk page as well)
This is an excellent scope to work with Manual of Style accessibility (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style/Accessibility) and
capable of providing important feedback related to accessibility and user
experience. I am somewhat crazy and dream one day all/majority Wikipedia
article images will have proper alt text. I randomly add ALT texts now and
then. If an event is conducted with a challenge to  alt text, or any
specific accessibility-related editing activity (lists, colors, text etc)
I'd be happy to join.)

PS: Note I have made a couple of very minor formatting changes in the UG
page on Meta-Wiki.

Thanks
Tito Dutta
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On Wed, 13 May 2020 at 00:21, Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight <
rosiestep.w...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
>
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> [1] WikiBlind User Group [2] as a Wikimedia User Group. The group aims to:
> WikiBlind User Group, is a new international online group in which our
> members, blind, low vision and sighted, can connect with each, and discover
> the options we most enjoy for participating in the free and open knowledge
> movement.
>
>
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
>
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_WikiBlind_User_Group
>
> [2]  https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiBlind_User_Group
>
> Respectfully,
>
> Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
>
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Updates from Wikimedia Foundation Board

2020-04-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for the detailed update. This email definitely explains a lot of
things. Thanks for working on this.
One question, how is this new design aligned/(syncing) with Strategy2030
recommendations? (if that is applicable)
Thanks again for the update.
User:Titodutta


On Tue, 28 Apr 2020 at 15:39, Nataliia Tymkiv  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I would like to share with you some updates on Wikimedia Foundation Board
> governance, concerning board composition, annual planning, and more.
>
> The past few weeks and months have been difficult for many of us as
> COVID-19 changes our schedules and lives, but we are being really true to
> the vision of “the world in which every single human being can freely share
> in the sum of all knowledge”—on the whole the visits to Wikimedia projects
> have increased by more than 30% over the past month. It is impressive that
> the volunteer communities continue to produce the information that informs
> everyone through  graphs and data seen by millions and careful synthesis of
> the medical and administrative facts. Wikimedia volunteers’ work is present
> in top stories on the novel coronavirus. We volunteers do this despite the
> need to tend to home chores, take care of kids and the elderly, probably
> feeling depressed or fearing for our jobs, economy, health and the lives of
> relatives and friends all over the world.
>
> In these circumstances, it may seem odd to be hearing about board
> governance updates, but those are still important, for the long-term
> thriving of our movement. I joined the Board because I wanted to explore
> ways of improving understanding between the Foundation and the communities,
> and to help the trustees provide what was needed to our communities. No
> Board will ever do this perfectly, and I know, as do we all, that there
> have been occasions in the long years of the movement on which the Board
> had not supported the Foundation and communities in the ways we all hoped
> and needed. We as Board members want to play our part in building a
> Wikimedia that will sustain our mission far into the future. Please forgive
> the length of this message—it is a lot of things to share in one letter.
>
> == Designing a better Board for Wikimedia ==
>
> One of the most significant initiatives the Board worked on collectively
> over the last year was to run an official Board governance review. In large
> part this review was a response to direct requests for clarification from
> the community over several years. I will explain a few of the
> recommendations that came from this review, and the changes we are making
> based on these recommendations.
>
> In early 2019, the Foundation Board Chair and Executive Director
> commissioned Board Veritas (named Taylor Strategic Partnerships at the
> time) to review how the Board might more effectively support the goals of
> the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia movement. Board Veritas was
> chosen because of their expertise in the governance of U.S. nonprofits with
> global operations and internationally diverse boards, as well as their
> background in developing strategic comparisons with other not-for-profit
> boards.
>
> The resulting recommendations [1] centered on increasing the Board’s
> effectiveness in fulfilling its governance responsibilities, including
> improving the process for selecting Board members; developing greater
> clarity around Board roles, responsibilities and accountabilities; better
> leveraging the talents and skills of trustees in service to the
> Foundation’s mission and strategic goals; improving trust and interactions
> between the Board, the ED/CEO, and staff; and strengthening strategy and
> program oversight.
>
> The Board began taking steps to respond to the recommendations right away,
> at a special meeting in July 2019 [2]. At that meeting, we lengthened the
> terms of Board officer and committee chair positions from one year to three
> years, and we tasked the Board Governance Committee with the preparation of
> proposals for how to implement additional changes.
>
> We will have more to share in the near future when the Board will be
> engaging broadly on the outcomes, but the first big planned change is
> expanding the number of seats on the Board, from 10 to 16. This includes
> increasing the current number of seats sourced from the wider Wikimedia
> community (including affiliates) by three, for a total of eight
> community-sourced seats. The majority of the Board and I feel that this
> overall growth is necessary for us to increase our capacity to meet the
> governance needs of the Foundation—and better reflect the growing and
> diverse communities we serve with the increased number of voices from
> community sources.
>
> == Community-selected Board seats ==
>
> The voting process to select nominees for three Community-selected Board
> seats was intended to open candidate submissions soon. In normal
> circumstances this selection process occurs every three years and 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brand Project: Who are we as a movement?

2020-04-27 Thread Tito Dutta
 On Mon, 13 Apr 2020 at 02:07, Tito Dutta  wrote:

> ... ...
> FAQ 2.6: "... findings of the 2030 research and planning community review
> [link to email],"
> -- Perhaps a "link to email" is missing? If it so, it's a minor thing of
> course and can be fixed.
>
-- While revisiting the page I saw the changes have been made. Perhaps a
response to the email could have been better, anyway, thanks for making
changes on the FAQ

Comment in personal capacity, thanks
User:Titodutta


>
> Thanks
> Tito Dutta
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>
>
> On Sun, 12 Apr 2020 at 23:22, David Gerard  wrote:
>
>> I think at this point, someone needs to answer: who has predetermined
>> this outcome?
>>
>> It's clear nobody at (say) Samir's level can or will answer this
>> question - just repeat the same things again, as if nobody ever
>> objected.
>>
>> So precisely who is so gung-ho for this idea?
>>
>>
>> - d.
>>
>> On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 13:58, Tito Dutta  wrote:
>> >
>> > Hello,
>> > My comments are in a personal capacity, and kindly note my posts are not
>> > directed towards anyone specifically/at all. Sincere thanks for
>> > understanding these two points.
>> >
>> > " We recommend you to have a look at these updates before making further
>> > conclusions here.
>> > -- Thanks for the recommendation. Kindly do not assume that we are not
>> > reading the updates "before making further conclusions here".
>> >
>> > " the Brand team has been watching the RfC and has written a summary
>> about
>> > it"
>> > --Yes, RfC needs a closure/summary, from which we get action points.
>> Now,
>> > there is something called WP:INVOLVED. Someone who is
>> > supporting/opposing/promoting/demoting an idea or in other words someone
>> > who is "involved" often may not close or summarise a debate/discussion
>> with
>> > due weight to all the arguments. As a result, conclusions may be faulty,
>> > and action points may not reflect the actual opinion of the RfC. Example
>> > below.
>> >
>> > FAQ: Why is this project moving forward after the RfC resulted in clear
>> > majority opposition?
>> > (
>> >
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/FAQ#Why_is_this_project_moving_forward_after_the_RfC_resulted_in_clear_majority_opposition
>> > ?)
>> > -- Even after reading the answer I also don't understand "why?" A point
>> I
>> > get there is "exploring further options". On the report page, "What is
>> > happening with the feedback?" (intended action points section perhaps)
>> is
>> > taking me to FAQ page. From the FAQ page the last paragraph sends me
>> back
>> > to the report page, making it a loop.
>> >
>> > " The team has integrated the feedback of the RfC in the development
>> > process, just as we did with the activities organized by the project
>> > itself. "
>> > -- unlike other statements here any footnote or reference is not given.
>> > Would love to learn what are those activities and how was the RfC
>> feedback
>> > integrated into the agenda/activity. (Please note that I have read the
>> > brand workshop report.)
>> >
>> > That's all for now, with regards, and good wishes during the global
>> > pandemic time,
>> > User:Titodutta
>> >
>> >
>> > On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 14:19, Samir Elsharbaty <
>> selsharb...@wikimedia.org>
>> > wrote:
>> >
>> > > Hi, the Brand team has been watching the RfC and has written a summary
>> > > about it [1] that was shared both in the RfC [2] and the project page
>> [3]
>> > > in Meta. The team has integrated the feedback of the RfC in the
>> development
>> > > process, just as we did with the activities organized by the project
>> > > itself.
>> > >
>> > > The RfC is covered in the main project page as well as in the FAQ
>> [4]. The
>> > > RfC has been a recurrent topic of discussion in the Brand project
>> talk page
>> > > [5], where we are answering questions and discussing topics whenever
>> they
>> > > are posted. We recommend you to have a look at these updates before
>> making
>> > > further conclusions here

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is the Wikimedia-movement apolitical?

2020-04-25 Thread Tito Dutta
Greetings,
It is asked: "are we apolitical?" A spin-off question: "are we unbiased?"
On Wikipedia, we (are to) provide and serve knowledge/information, not any
particular view(s)

Thanks
Tito Dutta



On Sun, 26 Apr 2020 at 00:34, Chris Gates via Wikimedia-l <
wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Agreed. There is no way to get around the fact that some people oppose our
> message of free access to our projects for everyone, and the actions we
> make in favor of that goal are often political.
>
> However, there is a very large gap between publicly supporting such
> policies as a less regulated internet, copyright advocacy, etc., and Earth
> Day Live's endorsed viewpoint.
>
> If they were solely about Earth Day, we'd have no issues, as the few people
> who oppose Earth Day are probably living in the mountains somewhere with a
> half dozen solar panels and tinfoil hats to protect themselves from the
> flying saucers surveying the flat earth.
>
> The problem I have with Earth Day Live is that, were the Wikimedia
> Foundation to publicly endorse those views, it would inherently be
> isolating of people who do not share them. For example, there were many
> people on the endorsed streams advocating for all industries to have unions
> and a universal $15 minimum wage. Ignoring the fact that it's specifically
> American and was shown to everyone globally, I do not support either of
> those policies for various reasons (primarily that much of my work is done
> for under $15/hr, and I would likely lose some of those jobs), and should
> not be forced at odds with the WMF's party line.
>
> If the Foundation begins publicly endorsing certain policies or viewpoints
> that are not directly a part of the mission which we all agree with and
> work towards, people who disagree with those viewpoints would be forced
> into opposition of the foundation intended to represent the work they
> volunteer for Wikimedia projects. Our intention is to deliver unbiased
> information to people, and if the Foundation has a declared political
> stance other than our mission statement, it also opens the Foundation to
> legitimate criticism on claims of bias.
>
> There is also the argument of timelessness. Two hundred years ago there was
> a very different political landscape with very different arguments taking
> place. Two hundred years from now, provided humanity still exists, would
> likely be very different than today. Assuming that the WMF and Wikipedia
> will still be around, is it better to attempt to remain out of political
> advocacy (with the exception of our mission), or to take distinct political
> stances whenever the political field shifts? I fall in the former category.
>
> Best regards,
> Chris Gates
> (User:Vermont)
>
> On Sat, Apr 25, 2020 at 12:45 PM Camelia Boban 
> wrote:
>
> > Absolutely agree with both. Everything we do in the wiki movement (as
> > everything we do in our whole life) has (also) a political meaning.
> > As we have certain goals and we take certain positions.
> >
> > Camelia
> >
> > --
> > *Camelia Boban*
> >
> > *| Java EE Developer |*
> >
> >
> >
> > *Affiliations Committee - **Wikimedia Foundation*
> > Diversity WG for Wikimedia Strategy 2030
> > *Interwiki Women
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Interwiki_Women_Collaboration> | **Wiki
> > Loves Sport <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Sport> | Wiki
> > Loves
> > Fashion <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Fashion>*
> > WMIT <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Italia> - WMSE
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Sverige> - WMAR
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Argentina> - WMCH
> > <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_CH> Member
> >
> > M. +39 3383385545
> > camelia.bo...@gmail.com
> > *Aissa Technologies* <http://aissatechnologies.eu/>* | *Twitter
> > <https://twitter.com/cameliaboban> *|* *LinkedIn
> > <https://www.linkedin.com/in/camelia-boban-31319122>*
> > *Wikipedia <https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utente:Camelia.boban> **|
> > **WikiDonne
> > UG <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiDonne>* | *WikiDonne Project
> > <https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progetto:WikiDonne> *
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Il giorno sab 25 apr 2020 alle ore 18:12 Rebecca O'Neill <
> > rebeccanin...@gmail.com> ha scritto:
> >
> > > Well said. Everything is political, and when the movement choses not to
> > > speak out or state an opi

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Meet

2020-04-25 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
That's super great news. I definitely want to try it. Thanks a lot for
working on this.

Thanks
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On Sun, 26 Apr 2020 at 01:57, Amir Sarabadani  wrote:

> Hey,
> "Wikimedia Meet" [0] (https://meet.wmcloud.org), is a project in Wikimedia
> CloudVPS for Wikimedians to meet virtually instead of using commercial
> services like Zoom which might have security and privacy implications
> [1][2]. Currently it's a jitsi (jitsi.org) installation.
>
> If you want to just use/test it, let me know and I create you a user and
> password. You can share the username and password with anyone you want to
> meet but please do not post it publicly. In your email you can also give me
> your desired user and password. **Do not reuse any password**. You can also
> contact any of the ticketmasters instead of me:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Meet#List_of_ticketmasters
>
> In order to make this project more robust, I'm looking for Ticketmasters
> too, Ticketmasters create accounts for others (It doesn't require any
> technical knowledge, you fill a form in web for others)
>
> If you want to help maintaining it (which would be greatly appreciated) let
> me know and I give you the needed access. I put the technical documentation
> in mediawiki.org [3]. There are several bits you can help with, like
> puppetizing it, scalability, observability, improving authentication,
> trying to see if BBB can be used as well, and so much more. You can find
> the tickets in the phabricator board and assign a ticket to yourself if you
> feel like helping out.
>
> [0] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Meet
> [1] https://blogs.harvard.edu/doc/2020/03/27/zoom/
> [2]
>
> https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/apr/02/zoom-technology-security-coronavirus-video-conferencing
> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Meet
>
> Hope that would be useful for our users :)
> Best
> --
> Amir (he/him)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] คุณมีความสุขกับอะไรในสัปดาห์นี้? / What's making you happy this week? (Week of 19 April 2020)

2020-04-23 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello, Pine, thanks for sharing the quote of Dinah Maria Craik. Very timely
and helpful. I stopped for a while after reading this quotation in your
email.

2 things I can think of, right now, which make me happy this week
a) The Wikidata COVID-19 dashboards: I saw 2 dashboards:
https://sites.google.com/view/covid19-dashboard (and another is:
https://speed.ieee.tn/)
b) Wikidata WikiProject India COVID-19 task force and their effort:
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_India/COVID-19_task_force

My good wishes,

Thanks
Tito Dutta
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On Fri, 24 Apr 2020 at 01:12, Yaroslav Blanter  wrote:

> I actually also had a train identified this week, by User:Altona
> <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Altona>  with whom I never
> interacted as far as I know.
>
> My train is from Canada, uploaded a week ago.
>
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:West_Coast_Railway_Heritage_Park_08.jpg
>
> Best
> Yaroslav
>
> On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 9:35 PM Michael Peel  wrote:
>
> >
> > > On 23 Apr 2020, at 20:21, Pine W  wrote:
> > >
> > > What’s making you happy this week? You are welcome to write in any
> > > language. You are also welcome to start a WMYHTW thread next week.
> >
> > A few years ago, I took some photos of some abandoned and heavily-decayed
> > trains in Paranapiacaba, an old railway town in southern Brazil, and
> > uploaded them to Commons. This week, User:Sorocabano_32 came along and
> > identified several of them!
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Siemens-Schuckert_B-B_(RFFSA)
> > These seem to be the only photos we have of this locomotive class, as
> it’s
> > the last of its kind.
> >
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:TUE_S%C3%A9rie_100_(EFCB)
> > <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:TUE_S%C3%A9rie_100_%28EFCB%29>
> > It turns out these were built in the UK!
> >
> > (There are still many more still to be identified in
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Vila_Ferrovi%C3%A1ria_de_Paranapiacaba
> > !)
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Mike
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Comment Open on U.S. Open Access Policy

2020-04-20 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Very well-written and well-supported by statistics. Thanks for sharing.
Regards.
User:Titodutta


On Tue, Apr 21, 2020, 1:41 AM Jake Orlowitz  wrote:

> My Letter to the U.S. Office for Science and Technology Policy regarding a
> proposal for federally mandate open access to publicly-funded research...
>
> ---
>
> Wikipedia is one of the ten most popular websites in the world. Each month
> 200,000 editors improve over 6 million articles. This vital public
> information is viewed on 1 billion unique devices as our pages are loaded
> by people around the globe 7,000 times per second.
>
> Wikipedia is the "free encyclopedia", both in its open CC-BY-SA licensing
> as well as the unpaid contributions of its volunteer editors. Yet
> Wikipedia's hundreds of thousands of editors struggle to access scholarly
> research. And, if they are able to read and cite it, then hundreds of
> millions of readers cannot verify or explore it for deeper research.
>
> Citations are the bridge between Wikipedia articles and a broader landscape
> of reliable, secondary sources. Citations not only allow readers to verify
> the reliability of the facts they find in Wikipedia; through citations
> readers can also deep-dive into any given topic by exploring the books,
> scholarly publications, and news stories referenced in an article.
>
> A recently released dataset of all citations with identifiers in Wikipedia
> found that less than half of the official versions of scholarly
> publications cited with an identifier in Wikipedia are freely available on
> the web. This chasm of for editors and for readers is a tragedy of public
> education and digital literacy.
>
> Just look at the most recent global catastrophe with Coronavirus. By April
> 2020 the main articles on COVID-19 had received 50 million views.
> Wikipedia's medical content--made up of more than 155,000 articles and 1
> billion bytes of text across more than 255 languages--has been ranked as
> one of the top-3 most viewed sources for medical information on the entire
> internet.
>
> References are essential to the public's trust in Wikipedia. Indeed,
> Wikipedia's medical content is supported by 757,855 references in English
> and 1,596,528 in other languages, for a total of 2,354,383 across all
> languages. In English 168,985 have a PMID while 261,850 do in other
> languages. This means at least 430,835 references are journal articles.
>
> What happens when those journal articles lie behind a paywall? The public
> suffers from a dearth of good information to make decisions about their
> lives as independent citizens and members of a global community.
>
> As founder of The Wikipedia Library, I arranged partnerships with dozens of
> leading scholarly journals, to give Wikipedia editors free access to their
> reliable content and so they would be able to do effective and rigorous
> research. This time-intensive process took 6 years to amass access to only
> 1/5th of the most highly regarded academic publications. Frankly, Wikipedia
> editors--volunteers who selflessly give of their intelligence and passion
> to educate--should not have to beg and borrow to access publicly-funded
> research. Readers should not hit paywalls when they are seeking
> citizen-supported knowledge.
>
> I implore you to make the bold but entirely reasonable decision and ensure
> that taxpayers have access to the vital scientific and scholarly studies
> that they themselves fund. This is not only sensible, it is essential to
> civic health, societal progress, and human flourishing.
>
>
> Sincerely,
> Jake Orlowitz
> Founder of The Wikipedia Library
>
>
> ---
>
> "Public Access to Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Publications, Data and Code
> Resulting From Federally Funded Research"
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brand Project: Who are we as a movement?

2020-04-12 Thread Tito Dutta
It would be good to reflect the new changes/progress in the FAQ. 1.1–1.6,
maybe revisited perhaps.

An email above notifies about "slowing down the process", the /Timeline
page also mentions a possible delay because of the crisis. FAQ 1.5 timeline
has not been edited or contains such details (a link to the main timeline
page might be a good idea).

"Exploring new options" seem to be an important point in the last update.
In the FAQ it is mentioned once at FAQ 2.4 while answering "Why is this
project moving forward after the RfC?" However, this might be a separate
FAQ point.

FAQ 2.6: "... findings of the 2030 research and planning community review
[link to email],"
-- Perhaps a "link to email" is missing? If it so, it's a minor thing of
course and can be fixed.

Regards, in a personal capacity

Thanks
Tito Dutta
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me over email or phone call.


On Sun, 12 Apr 2020 at 23:22, David Gerard  wrote:

> I think at this point, someone needs to answer: who has predetermined
> this outcome?
>
> It's clear nobody at (say) Samir's level can or will answer this
> question - just repeat the same things again, as if nobody ever
> objected.
>
> So precisely who is so gung-ho for this idea?
>
>
> - d.
>
> On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 13:58, Tito Dutta  wrote:
> >
> > Hello,
> > My comments are in a personal capacity, and kindly note my posts are not
> > directed towards anyone specifically/at all. Sincere thanks for
> > understanding these two points.
> >
> > " We recommend you to have a look at these updates before making further
> > conclusions here.
> > -- Thanks for the recommendation. Kindly do not assume that we are not
> > reading the updates "before making further conclusions here".
> >
> > " the Brand team has been watching the RfC and has written a summary
> about
> > it"
> > --Yes, RfC needs a closure/summary, from which we get action points. Now,
> > there is something called WP:INVOLVED. Someone who is
> > supporting/opposing/promoting/demoting an idea or in other words someone
> > who is "involved" often may not close or summarise a debate/discussion
> with
> > due weight to all the arguments. As a result, conclusions may be faulty,
> > and action points may not reflect the actual opinion of the RfC. Example
> > below.
> >
> > FAQ: Why is this project moving forward after the RfC resulted in clear
> > majority opposition?
> > (
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/FAQ#Why_is_this_project_moving_forward_after_the_RfC_resulted_in_clear_majority_opposition
> > ?)
> > -- Even after reading the answer I also don't understand "why?" A point I
> > get there is "exploring further options". On the report page, "What is
> > happening with the feedback?" (intended action points section perhaps) is
> > taking me to FAQ page. From the FAQ page the last paragraph sends me back
> > to the report page, making it a loop.
> >
> > " The team has integrated the feedback of the RfC in the development
> > process, just as we did with the activities organized by the project
> > itself. "
> > -- unlike other statements here any footnote or reference is not given.
> > Would love to learn what are those activities and how was the RfC
> feedback
> > integrated into the agenda/activity. (Please note that I have read the
> > brand workshop report.)
> >
> > That's all for now, with regards, and good wishes during the global
> > pandemic time,
> > User:Titodutta
> >
> >
> > On Sat, 11 Apr 2020 at 14:19, Samir Elsharbaty <
> selsharb...@wikimedia.org>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi, the Brand team has been watching the RfC and has written a summary
> > > about it [1] that was shared both in the RfC [2] and the project page
> [3]
> > > in Meta. The team has integrated the feedback of the RfC in the
> development
> > > process, just as we did with the activities organized by the project
> > > itself.
> > >
> > > The RfC is covered in the main project page as well as in the FAQ [4].
> The
> > > RfC has been a recurrent topic of discussion in the Brand project talk
> page
> > > [5], where we are answering questions and discussing topics whenever
> they
> > > are posted. We recommend you to have a look at these updates before
> making
> > > further conclusions here.
> > >
> > > The RfC is about the use of the word “Wik

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brand Project: Who are we as a movement?

2020-04-11 Thread Tito Dutta
cross as aggressively ignoring all feedback to date? Could we have a
> > word with them here?
> >
> >
> > - d.
> >
> > On Fri, 10 Apr 2020 at 14:12, Peter Southwood
> >  wrote:
> > >
> > > When you speak for someone who is hard of listening, it is an
> > occupational hazard that you will be shouted at occasionally by those
> whose
> > voices are being ignored. It is not necessarily anything personal, just
> > part of the heat in the kitchen.
> > > Cheers,
> > > Peter
> > >
> > > -Original Message-
> > > From: Wikimedia-l [mailto:wikimedia-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On
> > Behalf Of Yaroslav Blanter
> > > Sent: Friday, April 10, 2020 11:28 AM
> > > To: Wikimedia Mailing List
> > > Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brand Project: Who are we as a movement?
> > >
> > > In all honesty, this should not have been directed at Samir. I do not
> > think
> > > he has the authority to stop the process. And whoever has probably
> spends
> > > more time in Twitter that in Wikimedia projects.
> > >
> > > Best
> > > Yaroslav
> > >
> > > On Fri, Apr 10, 2020 at 11:12 AM Tito Dutta 
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > There is something called [[WP:IDHT,]] i.e. I didn't hear that.
> > > > No matter how many times, how many people (90% in the RFC) speak, I
> > just
> > > > didn't hear that.
> > > > Kind regards,
> > > > (Comment in personal capacity)
> > > >
> > > > Thanks
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > On Fri, 10 Apr 2020 at 00:15, Samir Elsharbaty <
> > selsharb...@wikimedia.org>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Hi All,
> > > > >
> > > > > We wanted to follow up with a brief update on the project timeline
> > and
> > > > > share an invitation to join an event this month.
> > > > >
> > > > > We know there continues to be so much uncertainty in the world, so
> > we are
> > > > > slowing down the process of the project. Big changes are happening
> > to all
> > > > > of us these days. We want to make sure that we respect the time and
> > > > > priorities of the project collaborators. This means updating the
> > project
> > > > > timeline approach to have more flexibility for participants and
> > smaller
> > > > > time commitments [1], revising the project schedule month by month
> > and
> > > > > keeping the Brand Network [2] and other participants informed on a
> > more
> > > > > regular basis with any updates and changes. The naming discussions
> > > > planned
> > > > > for April are now pushed to May, at the earliest. Design proposals
> > are
> > > > > likewise shifted +4 weeks.
> > > > >
> > > > > But we do have things to share:
> > > > >
> > > > > *This month: live brand concept presentation!*
> > > > >
> > > > > To honor, celebrate, and conclude the work around the concepts
> > referred
> > > > to
> > > > > in Essie’s email above [3], Snohetta and the Brand Project team
> will
> > > > > present the Unified Concept LIVE on 16 April, 15:00 - 16:00 GMT.
> > Snøhetta
> > > > > will explain how they used the ideas, feedback and conceptual
> models
> > from
> > > > > the workshops and online exercises to arrive at a final, unified
> > concept.
> > > > > This unified concept  will be the foundation for the upcoming work
> > around
> > > > > the naming conventions, visual decisions, and the overall design
> > system.
> > > > > The session will also be recorded and made available for viewing
> > after.
> > > > You
> > > > > can join us using these links. [4] Note: this is not a presentation
> > of a
> > > > > proposal for a naming convention or design.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thank you!
> > > > >
> > > > > Samir and the brand project team
> > > > >
> > > > > [1]
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/Timeline
> > > > >
> > > > > [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brand_Network
> > > > >
> >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Brand Project: Who are we as a movement?

2020-04-10 Thread Tito Dutta
There is something called [[WP:IDHT,]] i.e. I didn't hear that.
No matter how many times, how many people (90% in the RFC) speak, I just
didn't hear that.
Kind regards,
(Comment in personal capacity)

Thanks


On Fri, 10 Apr 2020 at 00:15, Samir Elsharbaty 
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> We wanted to follow up with a brief update on the project timeline and
> share an invitation to join an event this month.
>
> We know there continues to be so much uncertainty in the world, so we are
> slowing down the process of the project. Big changes are happening to all
> of us these days. We want to make sure that we respect the time and
> priorities of the project collaborators. This means updating the project
> timeline approach to have more flexibility for participants and smaller
> time commitments [1], revising the project schedule month by month and
> keeping the Brand Network [2] and other participants informed on a more
> regular basis with any updates and changes. The naming discussions planned
> for April are now pushed to May, at the earliest. Design proposals are
> likewise shifted +4 weeks.
>
> But we do have things to share:
>
> *This month: live brand concept presentation!*
>
> To honor, celebrate, and conclude the work around the concepts referred to
> in Essie’s email above [3], Snohetta and the Brand Project team will
> present the Unified Concept LIVE on 16 April, 15:00 - 16:00 GMT. Snøhetta
> will explain how they used the ideas, feedback and conceptual models from
> the workshops and online exercises to arrive at a final, unified concept.
> This unified concept  will be the foundation for the upcoming work around
> the naming conventions, visual decisions, and the overall design system.
> The session will also be recorded and made available for viewing after. You
> can join us using these links. [4] Note: this is not a presentation of a
> proposal for a naming convention or design.
>
> Thank you!
>
> Samir and the brand project team
>
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project/Timeline
>
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brand_Network
>
> [3] https://brandingwikipedia.org/concepts/
>
> [4] Join via Zoom:
>
> https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/769565325
>
> Steam via Youtube Live:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS72O6Si94Q
>
> Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
>
> Community Brand and Marketing coordinator
>
> Wikimedia Foundation 
>
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:32 AM David Gerard  wrote:
>
> > The article itself is spammy brochure-style nonsense, and this is even
> > after some cleanup. Editorial eyes welcomed.
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sn%C3%B8hetta_(company)
> >
> >
> > - d.
> >
> > On Wed, 25 Mar 2020 at 23:16, Samir Elsharbaty
> >  wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi everyone,
> > >
> > > The Brand Project Team felt it was important to address the concerns
> and
> > > questions around Snøhetta and the English Wikipedia, and have now added
> > an
> > > FAQ about it. [1] Please refer there for the full details about the
> block
> > > and what is being done. The project team is in the process of updating
> > the
> > > project materials, including the FAQ, so feel free to add those pages
> to
> > > your watchlist to stay up to date on the latest information.
> > >
> > >
> > > Best,
> > >
> > > Samir
> > >
> > > [1] https://w.wiki/LEF
> > >
> > > Samir Elsharbaty (he/him)
> > >
> > > Community Brand and Marketing coordinator
> > >
> > > Wikimedia Foundation 
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 4:43 AM Gnangarra  wrote:
> > >
> > > > This does have feeling of a company creating a financial relationship
> > with
> > > > the Foundation as way to bypass or backdoor a community ban thats
> been
> > > > reviewed already.   Over the years I've worked with many users who
> been
> > > > blocked and help them become productive contributors but before they
> > start
> > > > making recommendation or decisions about who we are there needs to be
> > > > something done to get them back to good standing with the community
> > first
> > > > untiil thats taken place.It's like asking the fox to rebuild the
> > hen
> > > > house,  I just dont see how I could support anything they recommend.
> > > >
> > > > After the dollars, and t=volunteer time that has been pumped into the
> > 2030
> > > > strategy shouldnt we already know who we are, as it is that should
> have
> > > > been the key starting point for a strategy process. Its
> comprehensible
> > not
> > > > to have known or explored that before deciding where, how, why we
> will
> > be
> > > > doing anything for the next 10 years.
> > > >
> > > > On Tue, 24 Mar 2020 at 03:20, David Gerard 
> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Particularly as they've demonstrated by their actions an
> > unwillingness
> > > > > to work with Wikipedia properly:
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > > >
> > > >
> >
> 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedians for Sustainable Development - March Newsletter

2020-04-03 Thread Tito Dutta
Good Morrow,
Good to see this newsletter. Thanks for working on this.
I was going to ask for the Meta-Wiki newsletter page. It looks like I have
found it myself:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedians_for_Sustainable_Development/Newsletter/2020-03
The page needs (
https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikimedians_for_Sustainable_Development/Newsletter/2020-03=19950768
some Wiki-copyediting (references, section formatting etc. Let me know if
you think I can help here to make changes)
#18, #19, in your post, perhaps it would be good to mention about the Task
Force, who worked on this:
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_India/COVID-19_task_force

Thanks
Tito Dutta



On Sat, 4 Apr 2020 at 02:45, Jan Ainali  wrote:

> This is our fourth newsletter, covering March 2020. This issue has news
> related to SDGs 1, 3, 4, 11 and 17.
>
> *Becoming a User Group*
>
>- Wikimedians for Sustainable Development are recognized as a Wikimedia
>user Group [5]
>
> *In the news*
>
>- Wikipedia is flooded with information — but it has a blind spot (SDG
>11) [1]
>
> *New WikiProjects*
>
>- Wikidata:WikiProject COVID-19 (SDG 3) [9]
>- (Arabic) ويكيبيديا:مشروع ويكي طب/فريق عمل كوفيد-19 (SDG 3) [10]
>- (Czech) Wikipedie:WikiProjekt SARS-CoV-2 (SDG 3) [11]
>- (English) Wikipedia:WikiProject COVID-19 (SDG 3) [12]
>
> *Academic studies*
>
>- Uneven Coverage of Natural Disasters in Wikipedia: the Case of Floods
>(SDG 11) [2]
>
> *Events*
>
>- The COVID-19 pandemic halts all in-person events funded through the
>Wikimedia Foundation (SDG 3) [6]
>   - Which lead to a renewed interest in remote events (SDG 17) [8]
>
> *Information from the Wikimedia Foundation*
>
>- COVID-19 (SDG 3) [20]
>
> *The Sustainable Development Goals*
>
>- The United Nations adopt changes to the Sustainable Development Goal
>Indicators (SDG-all) [7]
>
> *New Wikidata properties*
>
>- GreatSchools ID (SDG 4) [4]
>- food energy (SDG 1) [14]
>- number of recoveries (SDG 3) [15]
>- number of clinical tests (SDG 3) [16]
>
> *New Wikidata example queries*
>
>- Updated chart of the number of infections and deaths caused since the
>outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, as reported by the World Health Organisation
> (SDG
>3) [3]
>- World map of hospitals (SDG 3) [13]
>- Notable people with COVID-19 by number of sitelinks (SDG 3) [17]
>
>
>- COVID-19 case statistics for India (SDG 3):
>   - State-level map [18]
>   - State-level line graph [19]
>
> *Links*
>
>- [1]
>
> https://grist.org/justice/wikipedia-is-flooded-with-information-but-it-has-a-blind-spot/
>- [2] https://arxiv.org/pdf/2001.08810.pdf
>- [3] https://w.wiki/J8S
>- [4] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P7948
>- [5]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Recognition_of_Wikimedians_for_Sustainable_Development
>- [6]
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Resources/COVID-19_Notice
>- [7]
>
> http://sdg.iisd.org/news/un-statistical-commission-adopts-36-changes-to-sdg-indicators/
>- [8]
>https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiProject_remote_event_participation
>- [9] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_COVID-19
>- [10]
>
> https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%88%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A7:%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%B9_%D9%88%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%8A_%D8%B7%D8%A8/%D9%81%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%82_%D8%B9%D9%85%D9%84_%D9%83%D9%88%D9%81%D9%8A%D8%AF-19
>- [11] https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedie:WikiProjekt_SARS-CoV-2
>- [12] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_COVID-19
>- [13] https://w.wiki/JnC
>- [14] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P7971
>- [15] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P8010
>- [16] https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Property:P8011
>- [17] https://w.wiki/KqP
>- [18] https://w.wiki/KzH
>- [19] https://w.wiki/KtX
>- [20] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/COVID-19
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New board of Wikimedia Norge

2020-04-03 Thread Tito Dutta
Namaskara,
Thanks for the notification. Good wishes to the (new) board members, and
all the members of Wikimedia Norge for the upcoming year.
Thanks
Tito Dutta



On Fri, 3 Apr 2020 at 17:24, Jon Harald Søby  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Wikimedia Norge held its general assembly on Saturday, March 14th, for the
> first time as a video conference due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
>
> The results of the board election were:
> * Sigrun Espe (User:Sigrunespe) elected as board chair for the 2020–2022
> term
> * Tore Sætre (User:Toresetre) elected for the 2020–2021 term
> * Trond Trosterud (User:Trondtr) elected for the 2020–2021 term
> * Hilde Blix (User:Hildeblix) elected for the  2020–2022 term
> * Hogne Neteland (User:Hogne) elected as deputy board member for the
> 2020–2021 term
>
> In addition, there is Andrea Hegdahl Tiltnes (User:AndreaHT) who is the
> vice chair, who was not up for election this year. Wikimedia Norge has
> staggered board elections to ensure board continuity, where half of the
> members are up for election every second year. Because there was an
> imbalance in who was up for election when (only one board member, the vice
> chair, was not up for election this year), two of the board members (Tore
> Sætre and Trond Trosterud) agreed to stand for 1-year terms instead of the
> normal 2-year terms, in order to restore the balance.
>
> Thank you very much to all the volunteer board members, and a special
> thanks to Hogne Neteland, who has now stepped down as board chair, a
> position he served in since 2015!
>
> The minutes from the general assembly can be read here
> <https://no.wikimedia.org/wiki/%C3%85rsm%C3%B8te_2020/Protokoll> (in
> Norwegian).
>
> --
> *Jon Harald Søby*
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>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How the Dutch language WP handles COVID-19 (just some inspiration for other small communities)

2020-03-19 Thread Tito Dutta
>
> Therefore, the community decided to take a different approach: through our
> featured article section on the main page <
> https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoofdpagina>, we now highlight articles to
> put the COVID-19 in a broader perspective.
>
-- That's interesting. It also highlights if anyone/a group of editors
want(s) to focus on "topic of the week/month" or topic-specific online
edit-a-thon, this " COVID-19 in a broader perspective" might be a good
idea. I remember reading a similar message on a Wikipedia talk page.
Thanks for sharing.

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On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 at 22:38, Ciell Wikipedia 
wrote:

> Hi!
>
> I read about the beautiful COVID-19 Wikiproject here on wikimedia-l, and
> through Twitter, about the Italian, German en English Wikipedia giving the
> relevant articles on COVID-19 their own box on the front page, to inform
> readers looking for information.
>
> We discussed this
> <
> https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:De_kroeg#Corona_wat_prominenter_op_de_hoofdpagina
> ?>
> on the Dutch language Wikipedia and concluded that our community is to
> small and not knowledgable enough, to act as health information portal. We
> have governmental institutes in place where people are being directed if
> they want to know what to do and what not. These websites will always be
> more up to date, and also there is no (large-scaled) mistrust in the
> measures that are now being taken.
>
> Therefore, the community decided to take a different approach: through our
> featured article section on the main page
> <https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoofdpagina>, we now highlight articles to
> put the COVID-19 in a broader perspective.
> Today's FA is on Alexander Fleming (Nobel prize winner for his discovery of
> penicillin), the upcoming days for instance will be about the Spanish flu
> (the influenza epidemic that hit Europe just after WW1) and about
> Decamerone (for some reading inspiration).
>
> Maybe a thought for other small communities, that wrestle with the same
> topic.
>
> Vriendelijke groet,
> Ciell
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Message to readers from the Wikimedia Foundation regarding COVID-19

2020-03-19 Thread Tito Dutta
Like Lane, I also could saw the content security error, anyway... I looked
at the Meta-Wiki translate page to understand the template.

I completely agree that Wikimedians, specially WikiMed team and volunteers
are doing excellent work on Wikipedia and other projects. Other than
(English Wikipedia), I personally really liked the Wikidata WikiProject (
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Wikidata:WikiProject_COVID-19), and
especially the Wikivoyage article (
https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%932020_coronavirus_pandemic)

About the banner (I am reading from the Meta-Wiki page)
" Wikipedia will remain online and available for anyone who needs a trusted
source of unbiased information." and "
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019%E2%80%9320_coronavirus_pandemic >> Add a
full link to the Wikipedia article in the respective language to the
translation."
-- Perhaps it is also good to note the Wikipedia Medical Disclaimer (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Medical_disclaimer) which says: "
Wikipedia contains articles on many medical topics; however, *no warranty*
is made that any of the articles are accurate..." or General disclaimers (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:General_disclaimer). The
possibility remains that in some languages information are not up-to-date,
or fully accurate.

Again it is really good to see extra-ordinary effort by Wikimedians who are
working in this area on different Wikimedia projects.

Thanks
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On Fri, 20 Mar 2020 at 07:40, Florence Devouard  wrote:

> Hello
>
> Worth it if someone also took the time to craft us a message to relay on
> social media. Maybe a good punchy visual reusing that site notice message.
>
> Le jeu. 19 mars 2020 à 21:27, Joseph Seddon  a
> écrit :
>
> > Dear list,
> >
> > Given the unfolding global events, the Wikimedia Foundations feels it is
> > important to reassure readers across the globe.
> >
> > We'll be displaying a short message at the top of the projects
> reaffirming
> > our commitment to keep Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects online, open
> > and free for all. Readers often turn to Wikipedia for neutral information
> > in times of stress. This is a critical moment for students who can't go
> to
> > school, people who have to stay home with their families, and anyone who
> > needs a trusted source of unbiased information.
> >
> > We also want to take a moment to acknowledge the invaluable work of all
> the
> > medical contributors on Wikipedia. Thank you for keeping a close watch
> and
> > keeping misinformation at bay. Coronavirus topics have received tens of
> > thousands of edits by thousands of editors since the start of the
> pandemic.
> > The article has been read more than 30 million times, in English alone.
> >
> > The message will be displayed just once to readers, and you can preview
> the
> > banner [1]. The draft is in English but we want this message to be
> > multilingual. If you have a moment, please help translate this banner
> into
> > your language [2]. Thank you all, for your work and efforts.
> >
> > Stay safe, and wash your hands!
> >
> > --
> > Seddon
> >
> > [1] - Banner Preview:
> >
> >
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA?banner=programmatic_mlWW_rsp_covid19=1=US
> >
> >
> > [2] - Translate link:
> >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate=Centralnotice-tgroup-Programmatic_translations_2020=view=%21translated=translate
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Covid-19] Postponing Wikimania Bangkok until 2021

2020-03-18 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for the message and the information. This is a difficult situation,
thanks for the care WMF has shown. Regards.

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 2:27 AM Katherine Maher  wrote:

> Dear everyone,
>
> As a part of the Wikimedia movement’s ongoing response to the COVID-19
> pandemic, we are postponing Wikimania Bangkok 2020. This decision was made
> with the full support of the ESEAP host team and Wikimania Committee.
> Together, we will hold Wikimania in Bangkok in 2021.
>
> We are filled with sadness to not see you all in Bangkok in August.
> However, we are confident that this is the best possible decision for the
> well-being of our global community and public health overall. This decision
> was proposed by the ESEAP organizers in line with their countries’ response
> to the COVID-19 pandemic and is in line with recommendations from the World
> Health Organization (WHO).
>
> You are certain to have many questions. We hope to answer some of your
> questions below. We will continue to answer questions on the Wikimania
> Meta-Wiki page and on the Wikimania Telegram group chat (more information
> below).
>
>
> *== What does “postponing” Wikimania mean? ==*
> We will not host an in-person Wikimania in 2020. We are rescheduling
> Wikimania Bangkok until 2021. The ESEAP organizing team[2] will continue
> their work as a regional collaborative between affiliates in the East,
> South East, and Pacific regions to host us in Thailand next year.
>
> The hotel and venue[3] in Bangkok will remain the same. We have not yet
> finalized dates for 2021. We will work with the ESEAP team and Wikimania
> Steering Committee to confirm new dates. We will let you know these dates
> by the end of 2020.
>
> The good news is that Wikimania 2021 will coincide with Wikipedia’s 20th
> birthday year. We expect this to be a truly memorable Wikimania -- an
> opportunity to celebrate reconnection after a year apart, along with the
> remarkable accomplishment of two decades of free knowledge.
>
> *== Will there be an alternative to the in-person event? ==*
>
> There are no plans by the 2020 Wikimania hosts to organize a virtual,
> online event. Hosting Wikimania is a lot of work. The ESEAP team is
> committed to hosting the best possible in-person event in Bangkok in 2021.
> Therefore, they will not have the capacity to organize a virtual Wikimania
> this year.
>
> However, the Wikimania committee, the ESEAP host team, and the Wikimedia
> Foundation all recognize that other members of the community may be
> interested in organizing a remote, global Wikimedia event for 2020.
> Although the Wikimedia Foundation does not have the capacity at this time
> to lead the organizing of a virtual online conference, we recognize others
> may have the desire to do so.
>
> We welcome discussion about online events. Interested parties are welcome
> to contact the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimania Foundation staff
> for advice on the Wikimania Meta-Wiki page[1].
>
> We are also considering proposals for improving the capacity of communities
> to organize local virtual convenings, and for how we can support
> communities in organizing impromptu local and regional Wikimedia events
> once the pandemic passes. As the situation has been changing rapidly we are
> still working on specifics and will share more information in the coming
> weeks.
>
> *== What does this mean for scholarship applications? ==*
>
> We are working on a plan for how to process Wikimania 2020 scholarship
> applications.[4] We will share more information in the coming weeks.
>
> *== How was this decision made? ==*
>
> This recommendation was made by the ESEAP organizers based on what we know
> about the current COVID-19 global health pandemic and current WHO
> guidelines. The decision was made together with the ESEAP team in
> consultation with the Wikimania Steering Committee and Wikimedia
> Foundation. Together we are fully and unanimously aligned around this
> decision.
>
> Although we are genuinely sad to not have the opportunity to see you all
> this year, we also are fully supportive of this decision in all of our best
> interests. It allows our ESEAP community hosts to focus on the immediate
> needs of their families, local Wikimedia communities, and local communities
> as a whole. It is in line with global public health guidance and aligns the
> Wikimedia movement as a responsible actor in support of our common public
> good.
>
> We want to thank all volunteers and affiliates that have been involved with
> planning Wikimania. We’re especially appreciative of the ESEAP for their
> leadership, flexibility, and compassion, as we have worked together to make
> some difficult decisions on this important event.
>
> *== Where can I learn more about Wikimania 2021? ==*
>
> There are a number of channels where Wikimania is regularly discussed and
> where plans for 2021 will be posted as they develop. We welcome all
> interested participants to bring together our collective 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiProject COVID-19 (English Wikipedia) is started

2020-03-15 Thread Tito Dutta
Please read the noticeboard/talk page link as:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_COVID-19. It looks
like I had another noticeboard open at that time. Apologies for the wrong
link in the last post.

Thanks
Tito Dutta


On Mon, 16 Mar 2020 at 01:15, Tito Dutta  wrote:

> Hello,
> A few Wikipedians on English Wikipedia have decided to start a WikiProject
> on COVID-19 on English Wikipedia to work more systematically and
> collaboratively on the subject. The WikiProject is started by
> [[User:Another Believer]] on 15 March, and very quickly got ~20
> participants and several discussions started on the talk page.
> Please have a look at WikiProject:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_COVID-19
> Questions or comments or suggestions at:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Noticeboard_for_India-related_topics
>
> Thanks
> Tito Dutta
> [[User:Titodutta]]
>
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[Wikimedia-l] WikiProject COVID-19 (English Wikipedia) is started

2020-03-15 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
A few Wikipedians on English Wikipedia have decided to start a WikiProject
on COVID-19 on English Wikipedia to work more systematically and
collaboratively on the subject. The WikiProject is started by
[[User:Another Believer]] on 15 March, and very quickly got ~20
participants and several discussions started on the talk page.
Please have a look at WikiProject:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_COVID-19
Questions or comments or suggestions at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Noticeboard_for_India-related_topics

Thanks
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Launch of Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal

2020-03-06 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for the update. The third point you mentioned about (structured)
data and data query, that sounds really interesting, and I would love to
run such query or attend the (online) seminars you have proposed.
About "Tired of the affiliate reports [2] wiki table of death? SO are we"
-- I am unsure, the people who wrote long report pages with infographics,
and Wikicodes, perhaps could edit that simple Reports table as well.

I started studying the portal and made a minor change to update something
{{Diff|19875666}}. I understand the portal will be gradually improved, and
more information, details will be added (such as for " Attach report link"
should it be full URL or [[Wikilink]], or should "What type of Report are
you attaching?" have more options? anyway...) I'll further study this, but
I don't want to submit the form just to study things. :) So a test/sandbox
option for the module/portal would be good.

Thanks
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On Sat, 7 Mar 2020 at 01:56, Chico Venancio 
wrote:

> Congratulations on the launch! Knowing the competence of both involved I'm
> confident the project will be an asset in improving communication between
> affiliates and wmf as well as improving data collection of reports and good
> practices of affiliates.
>
> Thanks to all involved for their efforts and as soon as I can I'll check it
> more closely and help the affiliates I participate in to use and give
> meaningful feedback to further improve on the new platform.
>
> I'm excited to try it out and participate in the onboarding sessions.
>
> Congrats again on the launch.
>
> Chico Venancio
>
> Em sex, 6 de mar de 2020 14:52, Dumisani Ndubane 
> escreveu:
>
> > TL;DR: Launch of Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal
> >
> > We are launching a new form-based annual reporting system for Wikimedia
> > affiliates [1], as well as a basic Affiliates data query system. We would
> > love your feedback.
> > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> - -
> > - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
> >
> > Hello, Affiliate Leaders & Community Members,
> >
> > Tired of the affiliate reports [2] wiki table of death? SO are we!
> >
> > The Learning & Evaluation team is pleased to announce the launch of the
> > Wikimedia Affiliates Data (WAD) Portal [1]. This portal will serve three
> > purposes as follows:
> >
> >1. It introduces a new Object-Oriented User Interface (OOUI) [3]
> >form-based report submission interface for annual activity and
> financial
> >reports. This replaces the wiki mark-up based submission via the
> >[[Reports]] page on meta.
> >2. It introduces the ability for Organizations to update their
> >information using OOUI forms on the fly.
> >3. It introduces a new simple data query form that allows anyone
> >logged-in to their public wiki accounts to run a query and view
> results
> > on
> >available Affiliates data. The query tool will be improved in the
> coming
> >financial year, as we work to code data in Affiliate reports into
> >structured data, to allow for richer analysis.
> >
> >
> > The [[Reports]] page on meta will continue to be visible on meta until
> the
> > end of June 2020, after which it will be protected and archived. All
> > organizations that are due to submit annual reports at the end of March
> are
> > encouraged to use the new report submission forms. If you do use the new
> > forms, please share any feedback you have about this new process on the
> > Portal’s talk page
> >
> > We will hold training seminars for those who wish to be onboarded to the
> > submission forms and the Query system during the months of March and
> April
> > 2020 (Dates will be communicated soon).
> >
> > We have taken time to pre-populate the system with basic information
> about
> > each recognized Wikimedia affiliate, however, should you find any
> incorrect
> > or outdated information about your group, please use the organization
> > information page[4] to provide updated information.
> >
> > We trust that you will enjoy the new portal and that you will find it
> > useful. Should you have any problems or encounter bugs in the new forms,
> > please use the Portal talk page [5] to log these, or to simply ask
> > questions. We will collect similar questions to create an FAQ page in due
> > time.
> >
> > Kindest regards
> >
> > *Dumisani Ndubane* - Lead Designer
> > *Derick Alan

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Summit 2020 in Berlin cancelled

2020-02-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
Thanks for the message. Sorry to know about the news. Looking forward to
more updates, and will be eager to join in the virtual meetings (and
on-wiki discussions)
Regards

Thanks
Tito Dutta



On Sat, 29 Feb 2020 at 00:35, Abraham Taherivand <
abraham.taheriv...@wikimedia.de> wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> It’s with regret that we have to inform you that due to the global health
> situation (COVID-19), the physical meeting of the Wikimedia Summit 2020 and
> related side events in Berlin have been cancelled.
>
> Since we currently look into hosting the Summit in a series of virtual
> meetings, starting at the dates of the Summit, please keep the dates
> blocked in your calendar.
>
> We are aware that this announcement will cause many questions (not only in
> relation to the Summit). Please be patient, more information will follow
> from our teams in the next few days.
>
> Best regards,
>
> Abraham Taherivand, Executive Director Wikimedia Deutschland
>
> Katherine Maher, Executive Director Wikimedia Foundation
>
>
> --
>
> Geschäftsführender Vorstand / Executive Director
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Monthly skill share idea

2018-10-15 Thread Tito Dutta
Excellent idea. There was an idea to start something similar "what have you
learnt recently/Share your exciting new learning (of course Wiki-related)".

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On Mon, 15 Oct 2018 at 16:45, John Lubbock 
wrote:

> Hi all, after talking to community members at the London meetup yesterday,
> I want to suggest that we start running a monthly skillshare after work at
> the Wikimedia UK office. It would be good to organise a 12 month programme
> with skillshares on things like 'getting an article to featured article
> status', AWB, Wikidata infoboxes, something on commons or photography
> perhaps.
>
> Would anybody like to suggest other subjects which it would be good to have
> a workshop on? We need a list of 12 which would have some broad appeal to
> the community and chapter members.
>
> I would suggest Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, maybe first week of the
> month. How does that sound to everyone?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing launch of Santali Language Wikipedia

2018-08-08 Thread Tito Dutta
Amazing news. Congratulations and best wishes.

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On Wed, 8 Aug 2018 at 23:01, Jean-Philippe Béland 
wrote:

> Congratulations and thank you for sharing your experience!
>
> JP
> User:Amqui
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 12:34 PM, Subhashish Panigrahi <
> psubhash...@gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
> > Thank you Haidar for sharing in details about the amazing support that
> > Wikimedia Bangladesh has provided to the community there. Kudos to the
> > Santali community for this achievement and all the best for their
> > activities. And Odia Wikimedians User Group will continue to work with
> them
> > more in the future.
> >
> > Subhashish
> >
> >
> > On Wed, Aug 8, 2018 at 8:27 PM Amir E. Aharoni <
> > amir.ahar...@mail.huji.ac.il>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > This is a wonderful achievement. Shows that dedication and organization
> > can
> > > take you far. Good luck in continuing and developing it further!
> > >
> > > בתאריך יום ד׳, 8 באוג׳ 2018, 17:49, מאת Ali Haidar Khan ‏<
> > > tonmoy...@gmail.com>:
> > >
> > > > Dear All,
> > > >
> > > > We are very pleased to announce the launch of Santali Language
> > Wikipedia
> > > (
> > > > https://sat.wikipedia.org). The site has been launched on August 2,
> > 2018
> > > > and, after the import of pages from Wikimedia Incubator and some
> > > > maintenance work, it’s now open for all. Santali Language’s own
> > alphabet,
> > > > Ol Chiki, has been used as the alphabet of this Wikipedia. Santali is
> > > > a language in the Munda subfamily of Austroasiatic languages, spoken
> by
> > > > around 7.4 million people in South Asia (Bangladesh, India and
> Nepal).
> > > >
> > > > This is a very special moment for us and has been made possible
> because
> > > of
> > > > the joint effort by Santali Language Wikipedian’s from Bangladesh,
> > India
> > > > and Nepal. Wikimedia Bangladesh and Bangla Wikimedia Community
> > > > congratulates the Santali Language Community for their accomplishment
> > and
> > > > are honored to be a part of this tremendous achievement. Manik
> Soren, a
> > > > dedicated Santali Wikipedian from Bangladesh, along with some very
> > active
> > > > Santali Language Wikipedians from Bangladesh and India has been
> > > > instrumental in this effort. We would also like to thank Shabab
> > Mustafa,
> > > > President of Wikimedia Bangladesh and Nahid Sultan, a very active
> > steward
> > > > and Secretary of Wikimedia Bangladesh, for coordinating the effort in
> > > > Bangladesh and Odia Wikimedians User Group for coordinating the
> effort
> > in
> > > > India.
> > > >
> > > > It is worth mentioning that the process of creating a Santali
> Language
> > > > Wikipedia began in 2012 and, later on, got momentum in February,
> 2017.
> > > Back
> > > > in 2012, Wikimedia Bangladesh organized a Wikipedia meetup and
> workshop
> > > > with the Santali Language Community in Dinajpur District of
> Bangladesh
> > > with
> > > > the goal of launching a Santali Language Wikipedia. However, that
> > process
> > > > slowed down after some time. Then in September 2017, Wikimedia
> > Bangladesh
> > > > organized another meeting with Santali Language Community in a Dhaka
> > > > Wikipedia meetup where a decision was made to expedite the launch of
> > the
> > > > Wikipedia. Following that discussion, a workshop was organized by
> > > Wikimedia
> > > > Bangladesh for Santali Language Wikipedians on December 30, 2017.
> > Santali
> > > > Language Wikipedians from India also participated in that program
> > through
> > > > online discussion. Subsequently, another workshop was organized for
> > > Santali
> > > > Language Community in India on March 11, 2018 in collaboration with
> > Odia
> > > > Wikimedians User Group.
> > > >
> > > > After months of work, Santali Language Wikipedia got the approval of
> > > > Language Committee on June 28, 2018 and finally, the Santali
> Wikipedia
> > > site
> > > > was launched on August 2, 2018.
> > > >
> > > > Let us congratulate and welcome the Santali

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cheat sheets visual editing on Wikipedia

2018-07-10 Thread Tito Dutta
+1. This is interesting, and much needed

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On Tue, 10 Jul 2018 at 15:05, Rupika Sharma  wrote:

> Hello Arne,
>
> These are wonderful! Thank you for putting such hardwork for these.
>
> Best,
> Rupika Sharma
> Co-Founder
> Punjabi Wikimedians
>
> On Tue, Jul 10, 2018, 3:01 PM Arne Wossink  wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > For WMNL I've been working on several 1-page cheat sheets on how to edit
> > Wikipedia in visual editing mode, to be used during editathons. These
> > currently include "create an account", "make your first edit", "insert a
> > reference", "upload an image to Wikimedia Commons", and a general cheat
> > sheet on the visual editor. They're all in Dutch, except for the Visual
> > editing cheat sheet, which is also available in English.
> >
> > If anyone's interested in having these available in their own language,
> I'm
> > more than happy to work with them to make these available (time
> > permitting). Source files are available in Adobe Illustrator format, so I
> > can make those available as well to those who would like to do the
> editing
> > themselves.
> >
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cheat_sheet_Visual_editing_on_Wikipedia.pdf
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spiekbriefje_Visueel_bewerken.pdf
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maak_een_account_aan_op_Wikipedia.pdf
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Doe_je_eerste_bewerking_op_Wikipedia.pdf
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Voeg_je_eerste_referentie_toe_aan_Wikipedia.pdf
> >
> >
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Upload_je_eerste_foto_naar_Wikimedia_Commons.pdf
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Arne Wossink
> >
> > Projectleider / Project Manager Wikimedia Nederland
> >
> > *(Werkdagen: maandag, dinsdag, donderdag / Office hours: Monday, Tuesday,
> > Thursday)*
> >
> > Tel. +31 (0)6 11000505
> > E-mail: woss...@wikimedia.nl
> >
> > *Post/bezoekadres / Mail/visiting address:*
> > Mariaplaats 3
> > 3511 LH Utrecht
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikidata] SPARQL tutorial video (2 hours)

2018-07-06 Thread Tito Dutta
Great. Many thanks for sharing.

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On Fri, 6 Jul 2018 at 16:14, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Hullo.
>
> I recently recorded a video of my 2-hour SPARQL tutorial.  It is better
> than the SPARQL section in my 3-hour Intro to Wikidata video from a couple
> of years ago, and is easier to follow, with the query screen fed directly
> rather than through the video camera.
>
> It is now available here:
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Querying_Wikidata_with_SPARQL_for_Absolute_Beginners.webm
>
>
> Enjoy!
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Future of video summaries of diseases on EN WP

2018-03-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Hi
Really interesting discussion. Thanks for informing. Will watch and add
comment after a little study of the videos for accessibility etc.


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On 29 March 2018 at 02:15, James Heilman <jmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hey All
>
> We are having a discussion about the future of video summaries of diseases.
> This pertains to a collaboration with the Khan Academy / Osmosis and as the
> videos are used across multiple languages and video has been one of the top
> requested items am posting a link to this RfC here
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_
> Medicine#RfC:_Should_Wikipedia_contain_video_summaries_of_diseases?_And_
> how_should_they_be_presented
> ?
>
> Best
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Wikimedia Community User Group Botswana

2017-12-15 Thread Tito Dutta
Great. Congratulations and good wishes.
On Dec 15, 2017 8:27 PM, "Natacha Rault"  wrote:

> Glad to see a new user group in Africa! Welcome and all the best! Nattes à
> chat
> > Le 15 déc. 2017 à 15:52, Samuel Patton  a écrit :
> >
> > Awesome! Congratulations and welcome.
> >
> > On Thu, Dec 14, 2017 at 9:34 PM, Kirill Lokshin <
> kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Hi everyone!
> >>
> >> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> recognized
> >> Wikimedia Community User Group Botswana [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
> The
> >> group aims to promote the use of Wikipedia and its sister projects by
> the
> >> residents of Botswana, effectively engaging people to help contribute
> >> online content and promoting the use of the free online resources of the
> >> Wikimedia Foundation to enhance the life of every individual.
> >>
> >> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Kirill Lokshin
> >> Chair, Affiliations Committee
> >>
> >> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_
> >> Group_Botswana
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] First content made for Wikipedia in space!

2017-11-29 Thread Tito Dutta
Really interesting, thanks for sharing.


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On 29 November 2017 at 21:28, Andy Mabbett <a...@pigsonthewing.org.uk>
wrote:

> As some of you may have seen on social media already, the first ever
> content made specifically for Wikipedia, in space, was uploaded to
> Commons today, and is now in use on Wikipedia articles.
>
> ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli made recordings of his speaking voice in
> English and his native Italian, as part of the 'Voice Intro Project'.
>
> I wrote a blog post about how this came to happen, for the WMF blog:
>
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/11/29/astronaut-spoken-voice/
>
> If you have a social media account, you might like to retweet me:
>
>https://twitter.com/pigsonthewing/status/935871619247104000
>
> and/ or this thread:
>
>https://twitter.com/Wikipedia/status/935844854260813824
>
> or share the Wikipedia Facebook page's post:
>
>https://www.facebook.com/wikipedia/
>
> or of course post in your own words, with the hashtag #WikiVIP
>
> And remember, please, to ask other people who have Wikipedia
> biographies, or an item on Wikidata, to record their voice, as
> described at:
>
>https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Voice_intro_project
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Banners for logged-in users (was:How can we fix the two-stage page loading problem?)

2017-09-05 Thread Tito Dutta
​--​ True. I also saw the banner several times (not this year)​ until I
enabled " Suppress display of fundraiser banners" in preferences>>gadgets
(tried on En Wikipedia). As a sidenote I found it very difficult to donate
using an Indian Visa debit card or internet banking (that's all I have). It
would be great if someone can suggest me (feel free to PM me or write to
User talk:Titodutta directly) how to donate using the mentioned payment
options.


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On 5 September 2017 at 18:08, Strainu <strain...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Changing subject, the other thread is about something totally different.
>
> 2017-09-05 14:38 GMT+03:00 Joseph Seddon <jsed...@wikimedia.org>:
> > WMF hasn't shown fundraising banners to logged in users for several
> years.
>
> While I wouldn't bet my life on it, I'm pretty sure I saw banners on
> mobile just last month, while being logged in.
>
> Strainu
>
>
> >
> > Regards
> > Seddon
> >
> >
> >
> > On 5 Sep 2017 08:33, "Lodewijk" <lodew...@effeietsanders.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Hey Ori,
> >>
> >> I like the creative thinking :) For the fundraising that could indeed
> work
> >> well (although I have no numbers on what percentage of domations comes
> from
> >> logged in users etc), but there are also campaigns tht are quite
> relevant
> >> for logged in users.
> >>
> >> Lodewijk
> >>
> >> On Sun, Sep 3, 2017 at 7:16 PM, Ori Livneh <ori.liv...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> > On Sep 3, 2017 13:02, "David Gerard" <dger...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > On 2 September 2017 at 02:09, Michael Peel <em...@mikepeel.net>
> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > > This is possibly the most annoying feature of the Wikimedia
> projects at
> >> > the moment. You access a page. Then you start reading or editing it.
> And
> >> > then suddenly the page jumps when a fundraising banner / central
> notice /
> >> > gadget / beta feature loads. So you have to start reading the page
> again,
> >> > or you have to find where you were editing again, or you have to undo
> the
> >> > change you just made since you made it in the wrong part of the page.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > Or you click "edit" and it hits the banner that suddenly popped up
> >> > under your click. 
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > One possible solution would be to exempt anyone who edits an article
> from
> >> > being shown a banner by means of a cookie with a suitable expiry.
> Since
> >> > only a tiny fraction of visitors edit, I would expect the impact on
> the
> >> > WMF's bottom line to be negligible.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Core content policy

2017-08-02 Thread Tito Dutta
Hi,
Some works and study was done for Indic Wikimedia projects (there are 24
communities) after a detailed consultation and needs-assessment, please
see:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Indic_Wikipedia_Policies_and_Guidelines_Handbook.pdf
There are three types of issues:
a) Localizing policies (translating is not the only way, but localizing
keeping a project in mind)
b) Enforce them
c) For smaller communities having a group of editors working on these



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On 2 August 2017 at 19:35, John Erling Blad <jeb...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Nearly all Wikipedia projects has virtually the same core content policies,
> but with slightly different wording. Nearly all, because a lot of the
> smaller lacks them, and a lot has outdated or only partial policies. It
> takes a lot of time to actually make them and keep them updated.
>
> Creating and maintaining the core content policies should not be something
> that small projects should invest a lot of time in, they should simply be
> able to point to existing policies on Meta. The central policies should be
> localized if necessary.
>
> Checking Meta I find
> - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_no_original_research_policy
> - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Neutral_point_of_view
>
> I can't find anything like "Verifiability".
>
> Would it be possible for Wikimedia Foundation to make some sound baseline
> policies, and with the option for local projects to refine those? Perhaps
> with assistance from editors on Wikipedia?
>
> Lets try to make the policies accurate, without "no original research"
> diverging into verifiability of external sources. It should be about
> original research in content on Wikipedia. Likewise, at some projects
> neutral point of view has become "do not diverge from creators point of
> view"…
>
> Would this be possible? It would be really nice if those baseline policies
> pages could be copied to the individual projects like central user pages,
> so they would be "internal" to the projects. Thus the projects would have
> more "ownership" of them.
>
> The same thing apply to other meta projects (Wikipedia, Wikibooks,
> Wiktionary, etc).
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Odia Wikimedians User Group

2017-07-10 Thread Tito Dutta
Many congratulations. All the best.
On Jul 10, 2017 6:35 PM, "Katy Love"  wrote:

> Congratulations to the new user group!! I'm excited to see where you take
> the group and what you do together.
>
> Katy
>
> On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 9:32 AM, Kirill Lokshin 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone!
> >
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> > the Odia Wikimedians User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group. The group
> > aims to bring together contributors to Odia-language Wikimedia projects,
> as
> > well as individuals who contribute to other Wikimedia projects on topics
> > related to the Odia language, the Odia people, and the Indian state of
> > Odisha.
> >
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> >
> > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Odia_Wikimedians_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikipedia Library User Group

2017-06-29 Thread Tito Dutta
Congratulations on getting the recognition. :)  I wish you all the best.

On 29 June 2017 at 17:53, Kirill Lokshin  wrote:

> Hi everyone!
>
> I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
>  the Wikipedia Library User Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.  The
> group aims
> to combine and multiply collaboration with libraries and librarians, from
> edit-a-thons hosted at libraries to the Wiki Loves Libraries outreach
> campaign and the broader institutional and publisher outreach of the
> Wikipedia Library, and to serve as a forum open to all Wikimedia community
> members and any librarians interested in working with Wikipedia.
>
> Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
>
> Regards,
> Kirill Lokshin
> Chair, Affiliations Committee
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Library_User_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] James Heilman joins the Board Governance Committee as a volunteer and advisory member

2017-06-15 Thread Tito Dutta
That's great. All the best James.

On 15 June 2017 at 17:55, Nataliia Tymkiv  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
>
>
> I wanted to inform you that starting today James Heilman joins the Board
> Governance Committee (BGC) as a volunteer and advisory member [1]. That
> means that he will be working with the BGC as a non-voting member, together
> with Ira B. Matetsky, Gayle Karen Young, Tim Moritz Hector, Ido Ivry and
> Kat Walsh [2].
>
>
>
> The BGC believes that in case James is approved by the Board as a Board
> member [3] it would also be a good onboarding opportunity for him.
>
>
>
> === James Heilman ===
> James Heilman is “an active contributor to WikiProject Medicine, is a
> volunteer Wikipedia administrator, was the president of Wikimedia Canada
> between 2010 and 2013, and founded and was formerly the president of Wiki
> Project Med Foundation. He is also the founder of WikiProject Medicine's
> Medicine Translation Task Force. In June 2015, he was elected to the
> Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, a position which he held until he
> was removed on December 28, 2015” [4]. He is among top three candidates for
> the community selected seats selected by the community to be recommended to
> the Board for approval, according to the results from the 2017 Wikimedia
> Foundation Board of Trustees selection process [5].
>
>
>
> If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask me.
>
>
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Board_Governance_Committee_Charter#Volunteer_and_Advisory_Members
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_
> Board_Governance_Committee#Composition_2016-2017
>
> [3] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Bylaws#ARTICLE_III_-_MEMBERSHIP
>
> [4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Heilman
>
> [5] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2017/05/20/board-of-trustees-
> elections-2017/
>
> Best regards,
> antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the Wikimedia Tool Developers Group

2017-05-22 Thread Tito Dutta
Interesting. Congrats.
On May 22, 2017 8:00 PM, "Shani Evenstein"  wrote:

> Very exciting news. Good luck to this group!
> Looking forward to collaborating with you regarding EDU-Wiki & Wiki-Med
> tools if you're up to it.. :)
>
> Cheers,
> Shani.
>
> On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 4:32 AM, Anna Stillwell 
> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations.
> > /a
> >
> > On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 5:41 PM, Kirill Lokshin <
> kirill.loks...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Hi everyone!
> > >
> > > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has
> recognized
> > >  the Wikimedia Tool Developers Group [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
> The
> > > group is international cooperative of developers who create
> > freely-licensed
> > > tools for improving the Wikimedia projects.
> > >
> > > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Kirill Lokshin
> > > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> > >
> > > [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Tool_Developers_Group
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Results of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election

2017-05-22 Thread Tito Dutta
Many congrats to all the members. Good wishes and all the best.


On 22 May 2017 at 11:53, Rogol Domedonfors  wrote:

> Indeed.  It would be appropriate for members of the Board to state now, in
> public and for the record, that they accept the democratically expressed
> wishes of the community and will reappoint James at the due time.
>
>
>
> On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:18 AM, MZMcBride  wrote:
>
> > matanya moses wrote:
> > >Congratulations to María Sefidari (User:Raystorm), Dariusz Jemielniak
> > >(User:pundit), and James Heilman (User:Doc James) for receiving the most
> > >community support. Subject to a standard background check, they will be
> > >appointed by the Board at their August meeting at Wikimania.
> >
> > For those wondering, two of the people who supported James' removal from
> > the Board of Trustees in December 2015 are still serving: Alice and
> Jimmy.
> >
> > And the two people who opposed the resolution (Dariusz and James) are now
> > among the three people being reappointed.
> >
> > * https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Resolution:James_Heilman_Removal
> > * https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Board_of_Trustees
> > * https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Former_Board_of_Trustees_members
> >
> > MZMcBride
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of new Affiliations Committee advisors

2017-04-03 Thread Tito Dutta
Welcome, Anasuya di, Patricio, and Ting and all the best. :)

On 4 April 2017 at 01:57, 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] Announcing the Hardware donation program

2017-03-16 Thread Tito Dutta
This is an excellent initiative. This should help several editors. Thanks


On 17 March 2017 at 10:36, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Dear Wikimedians,
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce a small new program called
> the Hardware Donation Program.  In a word, it is a program designed to
> donate depreciated (but fully working) hardware from the WMF office to
> community members who would put it to good use.
>
> The program, including instructions on how to apply, is described on Meta,
> here:
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Hardware_donation_program
>
> Please read the information carefully. I especially encourage you to pay
> attention to the program's design considerations, which determine most of
> the decisions we'll be making.
>
> We currently have approximately 20 laptops ready to be donated.
> Applications are welcome.
>
> The upcoming Wikimedia Conference in Berlin (in about two weeks) would be
> an excellent opportunity to deliver some of those laptops in person to
> approved applications, so if you think you might be interested, I'd
> encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
>
> Please also help spread the word about this program, by forwarding this
> e-mail to other Wikimedia lists you're on, and posting the link to the
> program page on village pumps and *community* (not public) social media
> channels or other communication forms you use.
>
> Special thanks to User:Anntinomy from Wikimedia Ukraine, who had the idea
> of asking about possible donation of older machines from WMF, and inspired
> this program.
>
> Mini-FAQ:
>
> Q: Why are you doing this?
> A: WMF's Office IT determines a lifetime for work machines, and regularly
> replaces older machines.  This creates a stock of older, working machines,
> that are available for donation.  We can donate them locally to San
> Francisco charities, but figure that if we can find low-cost ways to
> deliver them to our own community members, that's so much better.
>
> Q: Am I eligible?
> A: Read the fine program documentation.
>
> Q: If I'm eligible, am I guaranteed a donated laptop?
> A: no.
>
> Q: Once these 20 laptops are donated, will there be others?
> A: yes, eventually.
>
> Q: How can you ensure people would use the machines for Wikimedia purposes?
> A: We can't.  We'll be making a good-effort assessment of the likelihood of
> Wikimedia use, and make a decision to donate (or not) the equipment. Once
> donated, the equipment no longer belongs to WMF. We encourage, but can't
> enforce, reporting on impact achieved using the equipment.
>
> Q: I need a few laptops for my event in two weeks! Can I get them through
> this program?
> A: No. Read the fine program documentation.
>
> Q: I'm really happy about this!
> A: So are we! :)
>
> Q: I'm really angry about this!
> A: So it goes.
>
> Q: I have more questions!
> A: Hit 'Reply'. :)
>
> Cheers,
>
>Asaf
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] WikiProject Medicine Foundation: New Board Elected

2017-01-29 Thread Tito Dutta
Congratulation and all the best to the new board. :)

On 29 January 2017 at 18:31, Nabin K. Sapkota 
wrote:

> Hi there,
>
> Congratulations to the new board ..
>
> Cheers,
> Nabin Sapkota
> Wikimedians of Nepal
>
>
> On 29 January 2017 at 18:41, Shani Evenstein  wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I'm happy to announce that the user group "WikiProject Med Foundation"
> has
> > a
> > new board 
> > elected,
> > which includes:
> >
> > 1) *James Heilman* - chair
> > 2) *Shani Evenstein* - vice chair; membership admin.
> > 3) *Doug Taylor* - treasurer
> > 4) *James Hare* - secretary
> > 5) *Jacob F. de Wolff*
> > 6) *Sydney Poore*
> > 7) *Carl Fredrik Sjoland*
> > 8) *Daniel Mietchen*
> > 9) *Vinicius Siqueira*
> > 10) *Subas Chandra Rout*
> > 11) *Jake Orlowitz*
> > 12) *Emily Temple-Wood *
> >
> > Please join me in thanking previous board members *Anthony Cole*, *Peter
> > Coti* & *Brian Basden, *as well as *Lane Rasberry, *for their service
> thus
> > far and their support during the transition period.
> >
> > Wishing all of us a fruitful and productive term,
> >
> > Shani Evenstein,
> > On behalf of the WikiProject Med Foundation Board.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia 16 across Bangladesh

2017-01-16 Thread Tito Dutta
Great news. Conducting events simultaneously at 7 places in a country shows
the community strength. I am glad that you did it and informed the mailing
list. I do hope this will help to increase Wikipedia's and specially the
Bengali Wikipedia's reach.
Thanks.

On 17 January 2017 at 09:23, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Lovely! :)
>
>   A.
>
> On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM Tanweer Morshed 
> wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > We are happy to let you know that Wiki(p/m)edians across 7 cities in
> > Bangladesh celebrated the 16th anniversary of Wikipedia. Wikipedia's
> > anniversary was celebrated with much spontaneity by so many enthusiastic
> > Wiki(p/m)edians in the country. They organized meetups on the occasion
> > where educators, senior citizens and people from diverse background took
> > part in the celebration. Photos of the events can be found in the
> > Commons[1].
> >
> > [1]
> >
> > https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_Day_
> 2017_in_Bangladesh
> >
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> > Tanweer Morshed
> > Treasurer, Wikimedia Bangladesh
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Maithili Wikipedia surpasses 10k articles

2017-01-01 Thread Tito Dutta
Congrats :)

On 1 January 2017 at 14:59, Saroj Dhakal  wrote:

> It's amazing to see comparatively new Wikipedia like Maithili Wikipedia to
> surpass 10 K article in just about 2 years time.
>
> Congratulations goes to all the contributors.
>
> Thanks,
> Saroj
>
> On Jan 1, 2017 1:01 PM, "Biplab Anand"  wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I am delighted to share with you that Maithili Wikipedia has reached
> 10,000
> > articles .
> >
> > To reach the milestone Maithili Wikimedians has taken a challenge
> > named Maithili
> > Wikipedia Mission 10
> >  > User_Group/Events/Mission_10>.
> > In the month of December, Maithili Wikipedia shows high level of activity
> > .
> >
> > We are really proud of the Maithili Wikipedia Community and Maithili
> > Wikimedians volunteers who run and support the Mission 10. We would also
> > like to thanks each and one contributor who contributed to the Mission
> 10.
> >
> > Happy New Year 2017!!!
> >
> > Best
> > Biplab
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Congratulation, Hebrew Wikipedia

2016-12-29 Thread Tito Dutta
Great news. Congratulations.

On 29 December 2016 at 21:34, Shlomi Fish  wrote:

> Hi all!
>
> On Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:10:57 +0200
> Itzik - Wikimedia Israel  wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > I'm happy to share with you that this morning the 200,000th article has
> > been written on the Hebrew Wikipedia - The Southern Pudu (there is not
> > article about him in English!):
> > https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%A4%D7%95%D7%93%D7%95_%D7%
> 93%D7%A8%D7%95%D7%9E%D7%99
> >
> > Yesterday we released to the press a list of the top 20 most viewed
> > articles on HEWP during the last year. Most of the news outlets in Israel
> > published the list, but alongside the list, we added also some
> statistics:
> > An average of 45 articles are written on by 760 active editors and 150
> very
> > active editors. The number of very active editors increased by 20%
> compare
> > to last year [1] - while number globally increased only by 0.11% [2] and
> 0%
> > on ENWP [3] .
> >
> > We are really proud of the Hebrew community and Wikimedia Israel
> volunteers
> > who run and support great projects and initiatives, alongside the
> community
> > members, to consistently increase the number of editors and their
> activity.
> > This achievement is thanks to their efforts!.
> >
> >
> > Happy near year from Israel!
> >
>
> Congratulations and מזל טוב (= Mazal Tov) from a fellow Israeli and Hebrew
> speaker wikimedian!
>
> Regards,
>
> Shlomi Fish
>
>
>
> >
> > Some of the coverage about the most viewed articles on HEWP:
> >
> >- http://net.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1225240
> >-
> >http://www.mako.co.il/news-money/tech-q4_2016/Article-
> c3f561fba944951004.htm
> >-
> >http://reshet.tv/item/news/economics/computers-science-
> technology/wikipedia-most-read-2016-79561/
> >- http://hakolkalul.nana10.co.il/Article/?ArticleID=1225272 (minute
> >21:15)
> >-
> >http://www.mako.co.il/news-channel2/first-edition-q4_2016/Article-
> c7cea84f8464951004.htm?sCh=e3be6603e7478110=25483675
> >(minute 38:39)
> >- http://www.calcalist.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3704729,00.html
> >- http://www.ch10.co.il/news/335964/#.WGUkkht97mE
> >- http://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/439575
> >- http://mizbala.com/news/117472
> >- http://www.maariv.co.il/news/israel/Article-568404
> >- http://www.kipa.co.il/tarbut/70410.html
> >- http://www.kipa.co.il/tarbut/70410.html
> >- http://www.pc.co.il/it-news/231238/
> >- http://www.ice.co.il/media/news/article/460324
> >- http://tech.walla.co.il/item/3026625
> >- http://www.hidabroot.org/article/215941
> >
> > [1] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/SummaryHE.htm
> > [2] http://reportcard.wmflabs.org/#secondary-graphs-tab
> > [3] https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/SummaryEN.htm
> >
> >
> >
> > *Regards,Itzik Edri*
> > Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Kevin Gorman has passed away

2016-07-29 Thread Tito Dutta
Very sad news. :(

On 30 July 2016 at 02:55, Ed Erhart  wrote:

> I regret to inform everyone that Kevin Gorman, a Wikipedian who was the
> first Wikipedian-in-residence at a US university or college, has passed
> away. There is a memorial page on Facebook, and editors are leaving
> condolences on his English Wikipedia talk page.
>
> https://www.facebook.com/bombus.memoriam/
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:Kevin_Gorman
>
> Best,
> --Ed
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Our problem with India

2016-06-28 Thread Tito Dutta
> lack of representation of the "lower
> ​ ​
> classes" from India in Wikimania
>
-
​ This is also not very clear to me.

(All my comments here are personal)​
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Tito Dutta
Congrats, good luck and all the best.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Italy Board

2016-04-13 Thread Tito Dutta
Congratulations and all the best :)

On 13 April 2016 at 22:23, Mounir Touzri  wrote:

> Congratulations مبروك 
> Le 13 avr. 2016 15:59, "Ginevra Sanvitale"  a
> écrit :
>
> > Dear all,
> > I'm glad to announce the new composition of Wikimedia Italy board:
> >
> > Board of Directors
> > *President: Lorenzo Losa [[User:Laurentius]]
> > *Vice-President: Cristian Consonni [[User:CristianCantoro]]
> > *Secretary: Ginevra Sanvitale [[User:Atropine]]
> > *Treasurer: Simone Cortesi [[User:Cortesi]]
> > *Programme Coordinator: Luca Martinelli [[User:Sannita]]
> >
> > Ombudspersons:
> > *Maurizio Codogno [[User:.mau.]]
> > *Roberto Corda [[User:DracoRoboter]]
> > *Iolanda Pensa [[User:Iopensa]]
> > *Francesco Carbonara [[User:Fcarbonara]] (stand-in)
> > *Giovanni Augulino [[User:Triquetra]] (stand-in)
> >
> > We would also like to thank the former ombudspersons Marina Milella and
> > Federico Cantoni, as well as Saverio Giulio Malatesta for his candidacy.
> >
> > Best,
> > (and sorry for the double posting!)
> >
> >
> > Ginevra
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] English Wikipedia India / Project WIN planning

2016-03-01 Thread Tito Dutta
Earlier I told you about this discussion. Now we'll move ahead. You may
revisit the thread:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Noticeboard_for_India-related_topics#Planning_a_few_initiatives
These are the tasks for now:

   1. Barnstar, noticeboard barnstar, regular recognition to encourage
   editors, some brainstorming need to be done for experienced/senior
   Wikipedians (as User:Dharmadhyaksha
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Dharmadhyaksha> pointed out).
   Barnstar name has been suggested ""WikiProject India: Star of the month" or
   "WikiProject India: Hall of fame" by User:Yash!
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Yash%21>
   2. WP:INCOTM <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:INCOTM> restarting.
   3. Working on improving quality of vital articles, important articles;
   4. Add an initiative to identify largely unsourced or poorly sourced
   higher traffic articles (> 100 views avg per day) in this and directly
   related project spaces (Hinduism/Jainism/Buddhism/Sikhism/etc) (as
   suggested by User:Ms Sarah Welch
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ms_Sarah_Welch>)
   5. Working on edit-a-thons;
   6. Trying to involve more admins/experienced editors, as User:Vin09
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Vin09> mentioned "*regular
   India-article related admins*".
   7. Creating tool page, resource page, uploading quality images needed
   for/to improve edit-a-thons (see the post of User:Ms Sarah Welch
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Ms_Sarah_Welch> for more details).
   8. meta:100wikidays <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/100wikidays>
   promotion;
   9. Starting a WikiProject India monthly newsletter, as suggested by
   User:Yash! <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Yash%21>




On 19 February 2016 at 23:04, Tito Dutta <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:

> ​Hi WikiFriends,
> *We need your suggestions and feedback. *
>
> We are planning a few initiatives for WikiProject India (English
> Wikipedia). For a long time we have been feeling:
>
>- *On one hand:* WikiProject India is one of the largest projects in
>Wikimedia
>- *On the other hand: *We sometimes face it difficult to organize
>simple co-ordination projects.
>
> We are planning a few initiatives, *please see*:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Noticeboard_for_India-related_topics#Planning_a_few_initiatives
>
> If you have a look at this, you'll clearly understand that we are not
> planning anything big at this moment.
>
> Please share you suggestions.
>
> PS. The main project page is here on Meta Wiki:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiProject_India_Nurturing and here on
> English Wikipedia:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_India/Project_WIN
>
> Regards.
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [WMCEE-l] Wikimedia Ukraine’s Board

2016-02-29 Thread Tito Dutta
Welcome all, and all the best. :)

On 1 March 2016 at 04:54, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> Welcome, new board members, and thank you for your service, departing
> members.
>
> And thank you, Nataliia, for taking the time to introduce them to folks who
> haven't had the opportunity to get to know them in person.
>
>A.
>
> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:09 PM, attolippip  wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > I want formally introduce to you Wikimedia Ukraine’s Board, elected by
> our
> > General Assembly on December 27, 2015.
> >
> > We can do it only now, as we have just recently successfully completed
> the
> > requirements from our state to change the people responsible for the
> > chapter officially [1].
> >
> > Three people has decided not to run this year, and I want to thank them
> > wholeheartedly for all their time and efforts spent on our projects and
> > making this world better for a change:
> >
> >
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Amakuha]], Andrii Makuha. He has been our Chair for the last
> >two years; his calm personality helped us a lot, especially during
> the most
> >turbulent times of transferring «power» from one to another Chapter
> Board
> >«without pain» [2], as Andrii has tried his best to understand
> everyone and
> >continue the dialogues even when it seems that we won’t be able to
> come to
> >any acceptable terms. By the way, awarding Wikizghushchivka [3] was
> his
> >idea.
> >-
> >
> >[[User:NickK]], Mykola Kozlenko, our Treasurer, with great analytical
> >skills and profound knowledge about the Community (and I am talking
> not
> >only about our local community, but the global one as well) and the
> >Wikimedia Movement. He is actively engaged in Wikimedia Ukraine’s
> projects,
> >though he lives in France and can contribute almost only via
> Internet. But
> >he was able to be a vital part of organizing the rather successful
> regional
> >conference WIkimedia CEE Meeting in Kyiv in December 2014.
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Ліонкінг]], Levon Azizian. He is a lawyer in real life, a
> >passionate Wiki(m|p)edian. He is blessed with the skills to make the
> >dreams ideas come into reality, as he is very convincing and
> one
> >just gets the feeling that (s)he can do it. And so they do it :) And
> then
> >there is only a pure wonder of: wow, we have organized a
> wikiconference in
> >2 weeks; wow, we have organized a CEE Meeting in a month; wow, we can
> >actually (but it is really hard!) organize wikitrainings for two weeks
> >non-stop in Luhansk region, go to librarians, preach about editing
> >Wikipedia… and just around the corner there is a real war zone…
> >
> >
> > These three are my dear friends, and I was really sorry to see them not
> > running. But it was our dream from a long ago: to have more great
> > Wiki(m|p)edians join the chapter and get interested in our projects. So
> > here we have our newly elected three Board members:
> >
> >
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Olena Zakharian]], Olena Zakharian. She was (and still is!) our
> >press secretary, she is very keen about Nature and Freedom of Speech,
> she
> >believes in our Mission and has contributed greatly to most of our
> projects
> >before and she is a crucial part of our Board becoming more
> transparent for
> >our Community.
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Helgi]], Oleh Yatsozhynskyi. He is an active member of
> >Ukrainian Wikipedia community, he has joined the organization only in
> >September, but he is an invaluable part of us now (especially his
> >directness :)) He is responsible for Wikiexpeditions now [4], and he
> is
> >full of ideas and desire to implement them (and that’s something
> really
> >really important, you know)
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Pavlo1]], Pavlo Lakiichuk. He is the Secretary of the Board
> >now, so he is responsible for all the boring stuff around the process
> of
> >making decisions. He is also an active member of our local community,
> he
> >cares about wikiprojects a lot. He has initiated a number of meetings
> for
> >creators of “real” encyclopedias and wikipedians to talk a few issues
> over
> >and get to know each other better (well, it works! quite a few myths
> were
> >dismissed by talking over a cup of tea :) )
> >
> >
> > The other four members of the Board, re-elected for this year, are:
> >
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Ilya]], Illia Korniiko. He is our Chair now. He codes. :) WLX
> >Jury Tool is his pet project, but he was deprived of almost all
> chances to
> >work on it, as our state’s bureaucratic system is quite a monster to
> >overcome...
> >-
> >
> >[[User:Юрій Булка]], Yurii Bulka. He is responsible for Wikipedia
> >Education Program in Ukraine. And he was the one to suggest and
> implement
> >the project of digitizing and making available the phonograph cylinder
> >collection 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-25 Thread Tito Dutta
Congratulations and all the best.

On 26 February 2016 at 06:14, Anna Torres  wrote:

> Congrats Katy! You are the best and the right person!!
>
> So happy for you!
> El feb 25, 2016 9:27 PM, "Cristian Consonni" 
> escribió:
>
> > Congrats Katy!
> >
> > C
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[Wikimedia-l] English Wikipedia India / Project WIN planning

2016-02-19 Thread Tito Dutta
​Hi WikiFriends,
*We need your suggestions and feedback. *

We are planning a few initiatives for WikiProject India (English
Wikipedia). For a long time we have been feeling:

   - *On one hand:* WikiProject India is one of the largest projects in
   Wikimedia
   - *On the other hand: *We sometimes face it difficult to organize simple
   co-ordination projects.

We are planning a few initiatives, *please see*:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Noticeboard_for_India-related_topics#Planning_a_few_initiatives

If you have a look at this, you'll clearly understand that we are not
planning anything big at this moment.

Please share you suggestions.

PS. The main project page is here on Meta Wiki:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiProject_India_Nurturing and here on
English Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_India/Project_WIN

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

2016-02-09 Thread Tito Dutta
Great. Congratulations.

On 10 February 2016 at 02:29, Carlos M. Colina 
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the
> recognition of a new Wikimedia User Group in South Asia: Maithili
> Wikimedians User Group [1]. Their main focus is the development of free
> content in Maithili, a language spoken by over 30 million people in Nepal
> and India.
>
> Welcome to the family!!
>
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Maithili_Wikimedians_User_Group
> --
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> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> 
> Member, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
> Phone: +972-52-4869915
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell <3

2016-02-09 Thread Tito Dutta
Thanks for all your works. All the best.

On 9 February 2016 at 23:19, Anna Koval  wrote:

> 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] https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Countries
> [14]
>
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File%3ACEE_2015_State_of_the_CEE_Movement_Presentation.pdf=28
> [15] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_wiki_way
> [16] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Msannakoval
>
> --
>
> Anna Koval, M.Ed.
> Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
> Wikimedia Foundation
> +1.415.839.6885 x 6729
> Skype: annakoval.wiki
> ako...@wikimedia.org
> education.wikimedia.org
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