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)

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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
>
> --
>
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>
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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.

Thanks
User:Titodutta



On Mon, 24 Aug 2020 at 02:21, ktsquare  wrote:

> What is AN/I
>
> On Sun., Aug. 23, 2020, 4:43 p.m. Chris Sherlock, <
> chris.sherloc...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > 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.

Thanks
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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
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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
User:Titodutta


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,
User:Titodutta



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
User:Titodutta



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
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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)

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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)
>
> Senior Program Officer, Emerging Wikimedia Communities
>
> Wikimedia Foundation 
>
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> sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
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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
Tito Dutta
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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
> --
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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
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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"
>
>
> https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/02/19/2020-03189/request-for-information-public-access-to-peer-reviewed-scholarly-publications-data-and-code
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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
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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.
> > >
> > > 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*
> Prosjektleder / Prosjektleiar / Prošeaktajođiheaddji / Project Manager
> Wikimedia Norge / Wikimedia Noreg / Wikimedia Norga
>
> +47 977 67 510
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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.

Thanks
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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
Tito Dutta
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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.

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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

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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
>
>
> --
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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



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 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
> > +972-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
> > Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
> > sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment!
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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
> --
> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
> Socio, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 | www.wikimedia.org.ve
> 
> 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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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Changes to Community Engagement

2016-02-08 Thread Tito Dutta
Thanks Luis. :)
All the best Maggie/Moonriddengirl. :)

On 9 February 2016 at 01:46, Lila Tretikov  wrote:

> Dear all,
>
>
> I am sad to let you know that Luis Villa, our lead for the Community
> Engagement department, will be leaving the Wikimedia Foundation. A year
> ago, Luis took on a big challenge, transitioning from the Legal Department
> to lead the newly created  Community Engagement organization. In that role,
> Luis and our teams were tasked with many recent community initiatives, such
> as the creation of the Community Tech team, gender-related and
> anti-harassment programs, and improved alignment of WMF annual planning
> with the Funds Dissemination Committee. Prior to that, as Deputy General
> Counsel he was responsible for a number of legal initiatives, including
> licensing, contracts, and product counseling. I’m grateful for his counsel,
> and his leadership in the WMF movement throughout these years.
>
> Later this month, Luis will transition out of his current position with the
> Wikimedia Foundation to pursue other opportunities. He will remain in a
> consulting role with the Foundation over the next few months, continuing to
> support our ongoing strategy and annual planning processes.
>
> I want to thank Luis for his commitment to the WMF mission, and for the
> inspired energy and contributions he has brought to our movement. I’m
> looking forward to his future accomplishments and staying in close touch as
> he grows in his career.
>
> Maggie Dennis will step in as the interim director for the CE team
> effective immediately. Her deep community background, passion for our
> mission, and outstanding teamwork are great assets in this transition. She
> will also continue to serve as Director of Support and Safety. Maggie is a
> respected leader, colleague, and community member. I am confident she will
> bring critical insights, especially now as we plan for our next year.
>
> The work of of the CE department will continue as planned, and the overall
> structure of the department (including the Community Tech team, which will
> continue to report into the Product organization) will stay on-course. Our
> goal is to ensure a smooth transition as we continue our progress to
> improve the WMF support for our communities.
>
> It is my priority that the WMF continues to build upon the initiatives we
> started in 2015 in support for the global Wikimedia community. Continued
> leadership of the Community Engagement department at executive level in the
> WMF is a part of delivering on those commitments. We will be looking to
> fill the Community Engagement leadership role with someone with a strong
> background in community programs, and an understanding of the Wikimedia
> movement. We will also look to engage with you to find the right person for
> this role. We will send an update on the next steps and the job description
> shortly, which will include a further discussion of the role on-wiki.
>
>
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ESEA Newsletter January 2016

2016-02-01 Thread Tito Dutta
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

On 2 February 2016 at 00:09, Addis Wang  wrote:

> Hi Community!
>
> Here is the latest issue of ESEA (East and Southeast Asia) Newsletter.
> Checkout some recent work done by the ESEA community.
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ESEA_Hub/Seasonal_Newsletter/Jan_2016
>
> Here is the outline:
>
>
>- 4,310 articles in 41 language versions of Wikipedia contributed during
>the Wikipedia Asian Month 2015.
>- 40 Wikimedians celebrated 15th anniversary of Wikipedia in Hong Kong
>.
>- 100 books have been digitalized and uploaded to Wikimedia Projects in
>collaboration between Wikimedia Indonesia and Museum Tamansiswa
> Dewantara
>Kirti Griya.
>- 46 entries of Spoken Wikipedia has contributed to Chinese Wikipedia
>by Wikimedia Taiwan's project partnered with National Chiao Tung
> University.
>- Wikimedia Philippines announces its new project: the Encyclopedia of
>Philippine Heritage (EPH), as the second phase of Cultural Heritage
> Mapping
>Project, which contributed 800 articles in past two years.
>
>
> Previous issues available at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/ESEA_Hub/Seasonal_Newsletter
>
> If you willing to contribute the Newsletter in the future, drop you essay
> at the News Plaza !
> And subscribe the newsletter!
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Global_message_delivery/Targets/ESEA_Newsletter
> >
>
> Best Wishes,
> Addis Wang
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Italia recognized as OpenStreetMap chapter

2016-01-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Congratulations. :)

On 29 January 2016 at 09:12, Katy Love  wrote:

> Congrats to WMI and Simone! Glad to hear of your recognition and will be
> excited to see what comes next.
>
> Katy
>
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 4:51 AM, Lodewijk 
> wrote:
>
> > Congratulations Lorenzo, congratulations Wikimedia Italia. It was indeed
> a
> > long process, and I recall that this question came up - was it more than
> > five years ago? I'm curious what the coming years will bring, and I trust
> > that you will report back about whether it is a satisfying construction
> or
> > not.
> >
> > Best,
> > Lodewijk
> >
> > On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 11:36 PM, Laurentius 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Dear all,
> > > after a long process, today Wikimedia Italia has been officially
> > > recognized as the Italian OpenStreetMap chapter!
> > >
> > > OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project that shares the same value as
> > > the Wikimedia movement. It's not based on a wiki software and it's not
> > > in the Wikimedia family, but from many points of views, it's the
> project
> > > that is more similar to the Wikimedia ones; indeed, many wikipedians
> are
> > > mappers also, and viceversa.
> > >
> > > Similarly to Wikimedia, there is an OpenStreetMap Foundation (based in
> > > the UK) and there are national OpenStreetMap chapters. In Italy, the
> > > OpenStreetMap community has been talking for years about the creation
> of
> > > a chapter. Most people felt that it was important, but also that
> > > founding yet another association was pointless. Associations are not
> > > built only on projects, but also, and mainly, on common values and on a
> > > common vision: Wikimedia and OpenStreetMap share both, and it's just
> > > natural to work together.
> > >
> > > Wikimedia Italy officially started the process of becoming an
> > > OpenStreetMap chapter in 2013 [1]. The association has supported
> > > OpenStreetMap even before that (e.g., supporting the Italian
> > > OpenStreetMap conference), and in the last two years, thanks also to
> the
> > > work of many OpenStreetMap users that became members (and among them,
> > > Simone Cortesi, OpenStreetMap volunteer since the beginning and WMI's
> > > vicepresident), we have increased our efforts (as described also in
> > > WMI's annual plan [2]). The recognition process has been quite long,
> but
> > > today we've signed the chapters agreement, and now Italy is the second
> > > country (after Iceland) to have an official OpenStreetMap chapter! (but
> > > there are actually other unofficial chapters besides these two)
> > >
> > > Lorenzo
> > >
> > > [1]
> > https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2013-July/127304.html
> > > [2]
> > >
> >
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2014-2015_round2/Wikimedia_Italia/Proposal_form#OpenStreetMap
> > >
> > >
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Affiliations Committee appointments, January 2016

2016-01-24 Thread Tito Dutta
Congratulations everyone. :)

On 25 January 2016 at 00:32, Mardetanha  wrote:

> congratulation all new members
>
>
> Mardetanha
>
> On Sun, Jan 24, 2016 at 10:00 PM, Kirill Lokshin  >
> wrote:
>
> > Hello everyone,
> >
> > I'm pleased to announce that, following the recent call for applications,
> > the following candidates have been appointed to seats on the Affiliations
> > Committee:
> >
> > - Salvador Alcantar Morán (re-appointment)
> > - Carlos M. Colina (re-appointment)
> > - Galileo Vidoni (re-appointment)
> > - Emna Mizouni
> > - Tanweer Morshed
> > - Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight
> >
> > The newly appointed (and re-appointed) members will serve two-year terms,
> > ending in December 2017.
> >
> > On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I would like to thank each of
> the
> > applicants, as well as all of the community members who took the time to
> > offer their feedback on the candidates during the public review process.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Affiliations Committee
> >
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[Wikimedia-l] Geographical Indications in India Edit-a-thon 25-31 January 2015

2016-01-21 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,
CIS-A2K going to organize a multi-lingual edit-a-thon during 25-31 January
2015. The goal of this edit-a-thon is to create and improve Indian
Geographical Indications articles.
So far 7 Indic Wikipedia communities have shown interest to join this
edit-a-thon
If you want to participate or if you think your community members may be
interested to join (non-Indic communities are welcome too), please create
an event page on your Wikipedia or let us know.
If you any have suggestion or feedback to improve this initiative, please
share with us.

Please see the event page:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Events/Geographical_Indications_in_India_Edit-a-thon

Thank you. :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How To Recover From Having Made A Mistake [a reminder]

2016-01-14 Thread Tito Dutta
Thanks Asaf for sharing this (for last 3 days I am thinking to send this
email)

Hello Kelly :)

On 14 January 2016 at 12:27, Kelly Battles  wrote:

> Thank you Ad!
> Hi everyone, I am Kelly : ) !
>
> Seriously, very happy to be part of this amazing effort.
> Have lots to learn but committed to doing my best.
> Thank you everyone for giving me this opportunity.
> Happy New Year and here is to a great 2016!
> Best,
> Kelly
>
> On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 1:21 AM, Ad Huikeshoven  wrote:
>
> > Hi All, and Asaf,
> >
> > Thanks for the advice Asaf. I've made a mistake and processed steps 1 and
> > 2.
> > Step 3
> >
> >- what the mistake was, as precisely as possible (e.g. not "I used bad
> >judgment" but "I neglected to look at relevant data before deciding to
> > fund
> >Wikimedia Antarctica");
> >
> > I failed to welcome incoming directors to the board of the Wikimedia
> > Foundation and I failed to thank outgoing directors of the same board for
> > the time and effort they have spent.
> >
> >- that you are sorry about the harm/damage/waste/confusion your
> mistake
> >caused (being specific would demonstrate understanding);
> >
> > I'm sorry for this unpolite and rude behavior.
> >
> >- what you have learned from making this mistake;
> >
> > The Wikimedia Movement depends on volunteers and on the willingness of
> > capable people to contirbute their time and effort. Volunteers not only
> to
> > edit Wikipedia and others projects, and commit to Gerrit but also spend
> > time on governing bodies like the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia
> > Foundation. For the diverse communities of volunteering people in the
> > movement to thrive it is esstential to retain a welcoming culture and
> show
> > respect for those who do boring tasks and the janitoral work.
> >
> >- what steps you have already taken to redress the damage or undo the
> >results of your mistake;
> >
> > So far I've done nothing to repair this mistake, except reading the
> ongoing
> > discussion on wikimedia-l and thinking about what is going on and
> preparing
> > this e-mail.
> > To repair the damage done:
> >
> >1. Hereby my welcome to Kelly Battles. Don't be shy to introduce
> >yourself to this list. I wish you a lot of strength and wisdom while
> >serving your time on the board.
> >2. Hereby my welcome to Arnnon Geshuri. You left Google in 2009. I
> don't
> >know if you were sacked or that you fled from the illegal practices
> you
> >were forced to commit in your position at Google. I sincerely belief
> you
> >have learned your lesson over six years ago. You now have a paid
> > position
> >at Tesla Motors, a company destined to disrupt the automobile
> industry.
> >Welcome again to the Wikimedia movement which does not aim to disrupt
> > the
> >automobile industry. Wikipedia does disrupt a whole range of other
> >industries, but please be aware that Wikipedia started after most
> paper
> >encyclopedias were already out of print. I wish you a lot of strength
> >and wisdom while serving your time on the board.
> >3. La bienvenida al movimiento Jaime Villagomez. I wish you a lot of
> >strength and wisdom while serving your time on the board as CFO. I'll
> >assume you will going to be or become Treasurer of the Board of
> > Trustees of
> >the Wikimedia Foundation. You will have a pivotal role in assisting
> the
> > BoT
> >in performing a series of 'fiduciary duties'. I wish you a lot of
> >strength and wisdom in your job.
> >4. Goodbye James Heilman, and thanks for volunteering your time on the
> >Board of Trustees. You've been fired. Don't take it personally.
> >5. Goodbye Stu West, and thanks for volunteering your time on the
> Board
> >of Trustees.
> >6. Goodbye Jan-Bart de Vreede, and thanks for volunteering your time
> on
> >the Board of Trustees.
> >
> >
> >- what steps you are going to take to mitigate or reduce the odds of a
> >mistake of this sort recurring, including timelines for specific
> > actions,
> >if possible and applicable; and
> >
> > My preferred habit of welcoming and thanking people is in real life
> > meeting, to have the opportunity to shake hands, kiss, hug, whatever, and
> > hand over a symbolic when I feel like to it. Opportunities for them
> abound,
> > including, but not limited to the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin and
> > Wikimania Esino Lario.
> >
> >- invite comments on your understanding as reflected in this post,
> >explicitly encouraging people to tell you if they think you've missed
> > the
> >point or if one of your intended actions is inadvisable, insufficient,
> > or
> >can otherwise be improved.
> >
> >
> > Please comment on my understanding as reflected in this post. Did I miss
> > the point? Please tell me! What do you think about my intended and
> > preferred way of welcoming incoming directors, and thanking 

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Knight Foundation grant for search and discovery

2016-01-06 Thread Tito Dutta
That's an excellent news. :)

On 6 January 2016 at 19:16, Wes Moran  wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I’m happy to announce that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has
> awarded an exploratory grant of $250,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation’s
> Discovery department [1], in order to conduct research and prototyping to
> improve how people discover and engage with information on Wikipedia and
> Wikimedia projects.
>
> The Discovery team has begun six months of research and prototyping, with
> the goal of building better experiences to help people discover knowledge.
> You can learn more about the team’s work here
> .
>
> Our deliverables include:
>
>
>- User testing and research on current user flows to understand the
>search and discovery experience
>- Creation and maintenance of a dashboard of core metrics to use in
>product development
>- Research on search relevancy and the possibility of integrating open
>data sources
>- Open discussion with the Wikimedia community of volunteer editors
>- Creation of sample prototypes to showcase discovery possibilities
>
> The need to improve our search experience has long been recognized across
> the Wikimedia projects.  We need better ways to help everyone discover the
> most relevant, reliable information on Wikipedia and its sister projects.
> For
> example, while people can search within one project (like Wikipedia or
> Wikimedia Commons), they can’t easily search across the different projects.
> Some people still receive zero results if they search and do not include
> the right words in a search. There are open data sources that have the
> potential to improve how people find information, and that should be
> explored.
>
> We look forward to discussing these projects with communities and anyone
> with an interest. You can collaborate with the Discovery department in the
> following ways:
>
>- Subscribe  to
>the Discovery team’s public mailing list
>- Read about these projects and others at the MediaWiki Discovery
> page
>- Reach out to the Discovery team on their IRC channel:
>#wikimedia-discovery on Freenode .
>
> A press release and blog post will follow shortly, and more information in
> the form of an FAQ has been posted here [2].
>
> Wes Moran, VP of Product
>
> User: WMoran_(WMF)
>
> [1]: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery
> [2]: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Discovery/KnightFAQ
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing new Wikimedia Foundation Trustees

2016-01-06 Thread Tito Dutta
Congrats friends. I hope you will do a lot of good works for the Wikimedia
movement. :)

On 6 January 2016 at 18:09, WereSpielChequers 
wrote:

> Dear Anthony,
>
> The community elected Denny knowing that he worked at Google
> <
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015/Candidates#Denny_Vrande.C4.8Di.C4.87_.28Denny.29
> >
> .
>
> If this was an additional conflict of interest taken on after his election
> then things might be different, but this looks to me something better
> resolved by declaring the interest and recusing from relevant votes and
> discussions.
>
> I'm not entirely happy with the current board and especially the loss of
> Doc James. Unless I've missed it neither the GLAM nor Medical sectors now
> have an advocate on the board, but removing an elected board member for a
> conflict of interest that was declared in his election statement would not
> make sense to me.
>
> There is a wider issue that we also have people who have previously been
> connected to various other organisations whose strategies might impinge on
> ours. Do we or should we have some sort of break requirement such
> as requiring directors to recuse from decisions involving recent former
> employers?
>
>
> 
>
> > Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> >
> > Pierre-Selim asked: "Are you suggesting the removal of another communitee
> > selected board member?"
> >
> > I'm sure Denny would make a fine adviser. But having a voting board
> member
> > who is paid by Google, who in turn is almost the (and would like to be
> the)
> > monopoly commercial vendor of knowledge to the world, strikes me as
> wrong.
> > That's much too close an embrace.
> >
> >
> > Anthony Cole
> >
> >
> >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thank you, Jan-Bart and Stu

2016-01-06 Thread Tito Dutta
All the best :) :)

On 6 January 2016 at 16:25, Theo10011  wrote:

> A big Thank you from me too, to both these wonderful people. We've
> certainly had our share of disagreements in other venues, but I've always
> thought highly of both.
>
> Stu is an excellent financial strategists, with an understanding for what
> matters. His work with the audits and general business acumen were big
> resources. I am grateful to have had our share our disagreements, it
> afforded me the opportunity to know how knowledgeable Stu is and how
> passionate he is about our goals. Thank you Stu.
>
> I spent a few days around Jan-Bart, and he truly is a warm, wonderful
> presence to be around - gregarious and funny, a true mensch. He was more
> community oriented and supportive than any elected trustee I've known over
> the years (Perhaps with the exception of Sj). A positive influence and a
> voice of reason in any contentious discussion I've seen. Thank you
> Jan-Bart.
> Warm Regards
> Theo
>
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 3:22 PM, Gerard Meijssen  >
> wrote:
>
> > Hoi,
> > Jan Bart, I am grateful for our trip to Brussels. You have done good.
> >
> > Stu you have done your thing and it is not mine. Thank you that I have
> > never taken an interest.
> > Thanks,
> >  GerardM
> >
> > On 6 January 2016 at 10:44, Tanweer Morshed 
> > wrote:
> >
> > > The contribution of Jan-Bart and Stu cannot be ignored.They have
> > immensely
> > > put effort for the movement, and were involved for a long time. Thank
> you
> > > Jan-Bart and Stu for your commitment and contribution.
> > >
> > >
> > > Regards,
> > > Tanweer
> > >
> > > On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 3:37 PM, Chris Keating <
> > chriskeatingw...@gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > I just wanted to add my thanks as well as both Jan-Bart and Stu have
> > > served
> > > > the movement with a huge amount of dedication and commitment for many
> > > years
> > > > and helped steer the WMF through many challenges. It has been a real
> > > > pleasure to work with both of you.
> > > >
> > > > Thank you both for everything you have done and best wishes for the
> > > future!
> > > >
> > > > On a more practical note as there is now no Dutch person on the WMF
> > > board I
> > > > am concerned that there is now no obvious supplier of stroopwafel at
> > > board
> > > > meetings - has a proper impact assessment been conducted?
> > > >
> > > > Chris
> > > >
> > > > On Wed, Jan 6, 2016 at 8:56 AM, Steven Walling <
> > steven.wall...@gmail.com
> > > >
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Thanks for starting this thread Lodewijk.
> > > > >
> > > > > Jan-Bart and Stu: Wikimedia has been lucky to have your
> participation
> > > > over
> > > > > these years.
> > > > >
> > > > > Stu, thank you in particular for helping steer the financial
> > governance
> > > > of
> > > > > the Wikimedia movement. Your expertise and professionalism have
> been
> > > > deeply
> > > > > important to making sure Wikimedia is a good steward of the money
> > > > entrusted
> > > > > to us by donors.
> > > > >
> > > > > Jan-Bart, my friend, you are a force to be reckoned with. It is
> > > difficult
> > > > > to sum up the total impact of your leadership in the movement. I
> find
> > > > > myself falling back on memories not just of your formal role on the
> > > > board,
> > > > > but of your warmth and generosity of spirit. I hope leaving the
> board
> > > > (this
> > > > > time) doesn't mean your Wikimania streak will be broken. ;-)
> > > > >
> > > > > On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 11:11 PM Lodewijk <
> > lodew...@effeietsanders.org>
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > > While we have long discussions on this list about board
> > composition,
> > > we
> > > > > > seem to almost ignore the fact that two long time veterans are
> > > leaving
> > > > > the
> > > > > > Wikimedia Foundation board, as scheduled. Jan-Bart de Vreede and
> > Stu
> > > > West
> > > > > > have been around longer than many regular editors nowadays, and I
> > > think
> > > > > > there are not many people who can recall the days that the board
> > > didn't
> > > > > > have them on it. I have never had the pleasure to serve on the
> > board
> > > > with
> > > > > > them, but a little thank-you from our community side, would seem
> in
> > > > > place.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Stu joined the board already in 2008 (filling Michael Davis'
> seat),
> > > and
> > > > > has
> > > > > > been a solid power on the board's audit responsibilities (I
> believe
> > > he
> > > > > > chaired the audit committee for quite a while) and was a force
> > behind
> > > > the
> > > > > > accountability of movement affiliates. While we often strongly
> > > > disagreed
> > > > > on
> > > > > > affiliate issues, I appreciate the fact that he always remained
> > > > > > constructive and wanted to think about solutions rather than
> > > problems.
> > > > He
> > > > > > served both as treasurer and vice chair.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > 

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Mailing List Barnstar?

2015-12-30 Thread Tito Dutta
Just now I was talking to User:Pine on-wiki and I informed him that I
thoroughly enjoyed some of his posts on this mailing list. I also thought
to give him a barnstar for this. But, we do not have any "Wikimedia Mailing
list barnstar"

Should we create one? What do you think? If it sounds okay, someone of us
can go ahead and create Template:Wikimedia Mailing List Barnstar on En WP
(and preferably on Meta also).
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Free Basics

2015-12-30 Thread Tito Dutta
Free Basics campaign is both confusing and misleading, They are posting ads
around India "What net neutrality activists won’t tell you” etc.
There are a number of good articles on the web. This one is one of my
favourite:
http://www.catchnews.com/tech-news/should-facebook-become-internet-s-gatekeeper-or-free-basics-must-comply-with-net-neutrality-sunil-abraham-has-some-thoughts-1450954347.html
I don't know anyone who supported it with its understanding. On the other
hand a large number of my friends who signed this Facebook petition (I have
talked to many of them) supported it without having any idea what they are
supporting, In my opinion that's the worst part.

On 31 December 2015 at 06:56, Milos Rancic  wrote:

> Today I've learned about it. And I think WMF is the perfect prey for such
> initiative.
>
> I hope nobody sane is taking that seriously.
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[Wikimedia-l] AWB & Ubuntu: Can really someone help?

2015-12-28 Thread Tito Dutta
In last 2 years I have contacted every help section from AWB talk page,
Ubuntu help forum etc.
Trying this medium as well:
Can someone tell me how to use AWB on Ubuntu?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] AWB & Ubuntu: Can really someone help?

2015-12-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Yes, that's right, Wine, Q4Wine and PlayonLinux don't work.

On 28 December 2015 at 16:09, Fæ <fae...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It's been several years since I used AWB for anything serious, precisely
> because it only runs under Windows.
>
> The conventional advice is to run it in a windows emulator, such as Wine,
> Parallels or Virtualbox. Folks talk about porting it, but I suspect this
> will never happen.
>
> Fae
> On 28 Dec 2015 10:36, "Tito Dutta" <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > In last 2 years I have contacted every help section from AWB talk page,
> > Ubuntu help forum etc.
> > Trying this medium as well:
> > Can someone tell me how to use AWB on Ubuntu?
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-28 Thread Tito Dutta
Add me as well.​
​Eager to know what happened.​
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ¡Wikimedia Argentina community's documentary film, coming on January!

2015-12-24 Thread Tito Dutta
On 24 December 2015 at 20:26, Ricordisamoa 
wrote:

> Commons? Hehe :-D


--
​ Agree. Commons is a good idea. And in my opinion these videos should be
uploaded on Commons first, and then on YouTube, Facebook etc.

​


>
> Il 24/12/2015 15:09, Anna Torres ha scritto:
>
>> Hi!
>>
>> We will be launching it in a cultural center here in Buenos Aires. After,
>> will be available on youtube and vimeo :)
>>
>> I will send it to you all asap!
>>
>> Hugs!
>>
>> 2015-12-24 11:06 GMT-03:00 Mardetanha :
>>
>> ​Great, How can we watch in january ? is it going to be on youtube or
>>> cinema or something ?
>>> ​
>>>
>>> Mardetanha
>>>
>>> On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Anna Torres 
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Dear all,

 On behalf of Wikimedia Argentina we are pleased to announce the new
 documentary film based on our community and that will be launch on

>>> January
>>>
 15th, for Wikipedia 15th anniversary.

 As a preview you can find the trailer in the following link
 , subtitles available in
 english.

 Hope you all like it!

 Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.



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Re: [Wikimedia-l] ¡Wikimedia Argentina community's documentary film, coming on January!

2015-12-24 Thread Tito Dutta
On 24 December 2015 at 20:35, Anna Torres <d...@wikimedia.org.ar> wrote:

> Of course!!! :)
>

--
​ Great :)

​

El dic 24, 2015 12:03 PM, "Tito Dutta" <trulyt...@gmail.com> escribió:
>
> > On 24 December 2015 at 20:26, Ricordisamoa <ricordisa...@openmailbox.org
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Commons? Hehe :-D
> >
> >
> > --
> > ​ Agree. Commons is a good idea. And in my opinion these videos should be
> > uploaded on Commons first, and then on YouTube, Facebook etc.
> >
> > ​
> >
> >
> > >
> > > Il 24/12/2015 15:09, Anna Torres ha scritto:
> > >
> > >> Hi!
> > >>
> > >> We will be launching it in a cultural center here in Buenos Aires.
> > After,
> > >> will be available on youtube and vimeo :)
> > >>
> > >> I will send it to you all asap!
> > >>
> > >> Hugs!
> > >>
> > >> 2015-12-24 11:06 GMT-03:00 Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com>:
> > >>
> > >> ​Great, How can we watch in january ? is it going to be on youtube or
> > >>> cinema or something ?
> > >>> ​
> > >>>
> > >>> Mardetanha
> > >>>
> > >>> On Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Anna Torres <d...@wikimedia.org.ar>
> > >>> wrote:
> > >>>
> > >>> Dear all,
> > >>>>
> > >>>> On behalf of Wikimedia Argentina we are pleased to announce the new
> > >>>> documentary film based on our community and that will be launch on
> > >>>>
> > >>> January
> > >>>
> > >>>> 15th, for Wikipedia 15th anniversary.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> As a preview you can find the trailer in the following link
> > >>>> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYjdk7za0Vg>, subtitles available
> in
> > >>>> english.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Hope you all like it!
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Happy Christmas and Happy New Year.
> > >>>>
> > >>>>
> > >>>>
> > >>>> --
> > >>>> Anna Torres Adell
> > >>>> Directora Ejecutiva
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Old maps of Jerusalem released

2015-12-22 Thread Tito Dutta
Excellent collection. Bravo. :)

On 22 December 2015 at 15:23, Shlomi Fish  wrote:

> On Sat, 19 Dec 2015 18:53:08 +0200
> Michal Lester  wrote:
>
> > I am thrilled to share with you that The National Library of Israel had
> > > released a collection of 200 high-resolution unique maps[1] of
> Jerusalem
> > > in collaboration with Wikimedia Israel. This collection of ancient
> maps,
> > > spanning from 1486 to 1947, contains a variety of styles and
> languages. The
> > > maps released were celbrarted by a Mapathon in the National Library of
> > > Israel, a writinig contest in NOWP (initiated by Wikimedia Norway)[2]
> and
> > > a post in the Wikimaps community blog[3].
> > > The maps are beautiful! Take a peak.
>
> Thanks for everybody’s efforts. I appreciate them.
>
> Regards,
>
> Shlomi Fish
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Train-a-Wikipedian: Update

2015-12-22 Thread Tito Dutta
​​
A month or so ago, I informed you about CIS-A2K's initiative
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Train-a-Wikipedian
Thanks to everyone who shared their suggestions and feedback.

This month we have further improved the portal and started the training. It
is now divided it into 3 parts-

   1. *Editors* to become more editors;
   2. *Potential admin candidates* to become admins
   3. *Admins* to become more skilled and powerful

4 editors have joined this program so far:

   1. User:Bodhisattwa (Bengali Wikipedia admin)
   2. User:Sayant Mahato (Sanskrit Wikipedia editor, potential admin, Sa WP
   RFA going on)
   3. User:Jim Carter (English Wikipedia editor, Arbitration Committee
   clerk, wants to become an En WP admin)
   4. User:Jnanaranjan sahu (Odia Wikipedia editor, wants to better )

We know about Wikipedia Education Program's courses and
Wikipedia:Adopt-a-user, but Indian Wikipedias' environment are different
than the English Wikipedia, so we don't want to directly follow English
Wikipedia training process right now.

Please share your suggestions/feedback to improve this training program. :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 to be held in Montréal in Canada

2015-12-22 Thread Tito Dutta
Great news. Congrats. :)

On 22 December 2015 at 16:23, James Forrester  wrote:

> All,
>
> I am delighted to announce on behalf of the Wikimania Committee that
> Wikimania, the annual Wikimedia community conference, will be held in
> Montréal, Canada in 8–13 August 2017.
>
> 2017 will be the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal as a city,
> which will make it a great time for a cultural event to take place. Despite
> being our twelfth Wikimania, Montréal will be our first in a Francophone
> location, and the Montréal team is working with French-speaking community
> members worldwide to make Montréal a success. WikiFranca and Wikimedia
> Canada will be supporting the local team led by Marc-André Pelletier
> (User:Coren). A press release/announcement from them will be forthcoming.
> You can contact the team via e-mail at team{at}wikimania.ca.
>
> For 2017, we decided to investigate and vet a revised earlier proposal for
> Montréal to host while the selection process itself is being reviewed.
> Selecting and confirming the venue with more lead time ensures cost savings
> in hotel prices and contract terms; affords us favourable dates and rates;
> and allows participation and overlap with current and future teams.
>
> Please join us in congratulating the team, and working to support them in
> holding an excellent conference.
>
> Yours,
>
> James D. Forrester
> Chair, Wikimania Committee
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Certification by IDEAS

2015-12-17 Thread Tito Dutta
That's interesting. Thanks for sharing.

On 17 December 2015 at 22:22, Mardetanha  wrote:

> it is so good news, Thanks for sharing such wonderful news with us
>
> Mardetanha
>
> On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 8:11 PM, Christophe Henner <
> christophe.hen...@wikimedia.fr> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > A quick email to share with you a good news on our side.
> >
> > A few month ago, Wikimedia France started a process to apply for a third
> > party certification called IDEAS. This certification is the first step
> for
> > us in a process to get recognized Wikimedia France as a serious
> > organisation that can be formally trusted by donors.
> >
> > IDEAS label is hard to get as you have to reach high criterias on 3
> grounds
> > :
> > * Governance
> > * Accounting
> > * Actions effectiveness
> >
> > The process took a little over 6 month, and required us to provide them
> > with documents, interviews and explanations of what we are and what we’re
> > doing.
> >
> > I’m proud to say that thanks to the work of many, and especially our
> staff,
> > we received it with flying colors. Usually, IDEAS grant the label and
> > includes recommendations for the organization to even do better.
> >
> > They failed to provide any recommendation in our case and expressed large
> > congratulations for exceeding their expectations.
> >
> > Second step, starting now, is to get formal recognition of Wikimedia
> France
> > as a General Interest organisation by the french government. Around 10
> > non-profits get such recognition every year, and right now only 633
> > organisations have it.
> >
> > We hope to get it in the coming month.
> >
> > All the best,
> >
> > Christophe HENNER | Président
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[Wikimedia-l] Footer link fix request

2015-12-17 Thread Tito Dutta
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The mailing list guidelines link redirect to a non-existing page link
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] UK confirms that copies of public domain images do not create a new copyright

2015-12-15 Thread Tito Dutta
That's interesting.

On 15 December 2015 at 15:32, David Gerard  wrote:

> The NPG may be *less than delighted*:
>
> news: http://www.communia-association.org/2015/12/04/1761/
> PDF:
> https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/481194/c-notice-201401.pdf
>
>
> Are digitised copies of older images protected by copyright?
>
> Simply creating a copy of an image won’t result in a new
> copyright in the new item. However, there is a degree
> of uncertainty regarding whether copyright can exist in
> digitised copies of older images for which copyright has
> expired. Some people argue that a new copyright may
> arise in such copies if specialist skills have been used
> to optimise detail, and/or the original image has been
> touched up to remove blemishes, stains or creases.
>
> However, according to the Court of Justice of the
> European Union which has effect in UK law, copyright
> can only subsist in subject matter that is original in the
> sense that it is the author’s own ‘intellectual creation’.
> Given this criteria, it seems unlikely that what is merely
> a retouched, digitised image of an older work can
> be considered as ‘original’. This is because there will
> generally be minimal scope for a creator to exercise
> free and creative choices if their aim is simply to make a
> faithful reproduction of an existing work.
>
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[Wikimedia-l] CIS-A2K November newsletter

2015-12-15 Thread Tito Dutta
g/wiki/File:TuluWikiTutorial03.webm
⬤ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TuluWikiTutorial04.webm

Tulu Wikipedia tutorial (
http://cis-india.org/openness/news/tulu-wikipedia-tutorial): A series of
"how-to" tutorials were created by Pavanaja for new editors of the Tulu
Wikipedia (https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/tcy/ಮುಖ್ಯ_ಪುಟ). The
tutorials explain in details about various aspects of Wikipedia editing
like creating account/logging in, Wikipedia basics and wiki mark-up,
editing Wikipedia and adding citations. The Tulu Wikipedia is in incubation
at this moment and CIS-A2K is helping build a community in Mangalore and
places around Mangalore where a significant Tulu speaking community
live.

This newsletter is also available on Meta at:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Reports/Newsletter/November_2015


Thank you
Tito Dutta
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Branislav Jovanovic, User:BraneJ in critical condition

2015-12-11 Thread Tito Dutta
Oops, terrible news. :(


On 11 December 2015 at 16:42, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> What terrible news!
>
> I have started a condolences page here:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User_talk:BraneJ
>
>A.
>
> On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 2:19 AM, Milos Rancic  wrote:
>
> > Brane died today. He read your messages and it mattered to him. I am
> > content as we sent him the message while he was alive and able to feel
> it.
> >
> > Thanks to all of you who made him feel better during the last days of his
> > life.
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia User Group China

2015-12-09 Thread Tito Dutta
Sorry :(, but why are we congratulating? I just received these two emails
without much details. Am I missing anything?

On 9 December 2015 at 23:42, Mardetanha  wrote:

> Congratulation Wikimedia User Group China!
>
> Mardetanha
>
> On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 9:28 PM, Tanweer Morshed 
> wrote:
>
> > A warm welcome and congratulations to the Wikimedia User Group China!
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> > Tanweer Morshed
> > Wikimedia Bangladesh
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] New board of Wikimedia DC

2015-12-07 Thread Tito Dutta
Congrats Wikimedia DC.

On 8 December 2015 at 01:25, Kalliope Tsouroupidou <
ktsouroupi...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Congratulations Wikimedia DC! Keep up the great work that you do 
>
> K.
>
> On Monday, 7 December 2015, Katy Love  wrote:
>
> > Congratulations, Wikimedia DC!
> >
> > On Sun, Dec 6, 2015 at 7:11 PM, James Hare  > > wrote:
> >
> > > All,
> > >
> > > Following our annual board election and our first-ever round of board
> > > appointments, I am happy to announce that Wikimedia DC has a new Board
> of
> > > Directors, comprising:
> > >
> > > * Kirill Lokshin, President
> > > * Emily Temple-Wood, Vice President
> > > * James Hare, Secretary
> > > * Walter Gómez Segura, Treasurer
> > > * Rob Fernandez
> > > * Peter Meyer
> > > * John Sadowski
> > > * Diane Shaw
> > > * Rebecca Williams
> > >
> > > Congratulations to all our new directors, and especially to Kirill and
> > > Walter on becoming President and Treasurer!
> > >
> > > Today we also enacted our annual plan for Fiscal Year 2015–16,
> available
> > > here: .
> We
> > > look forward to another year of outreach!
> > >
> > >
> > > —
> > > James Hare
> > > Secretary, Wikimedia DC
> > > https://wikimediadc.org
> > > @wikimediadc
> > >
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Free Bassel

2015-11-24 Thread Tito Dutta
Sad news. Agree with everyone here that we should do something.

On 24 November 2015 at 16:38, Gerard Meijssen 
wrote:

> Hoi,
> Tomorrow we have a platform as well at the Erasmus award ceremony in
> Amsterdam. It is Wikipedia, its community that is receiving the award..
> Thanks,
>  GerardM
>
> On 24 November 2015 at 12:03, Cristian Consonni 
> wrote:
>
> > 2015-11-24 10:47 GMT+01:00 Andrea Zanni :
> > > Use the centralnotice.
> >
> > [...]
> >
> > > A Wikipedian, a member of our community sentenced to death for
> believing
> > in
> > > our Mission and Vision is something extraordinary. I understand the
> > caution
> > > of setting a precedent, but I think it's worth it.
> > >
> > > Also, remember: we have few days before we'll ask money again to all
> the
> > > English-speaking countries.
> > > How could we ask for money when we are not using the power that was
> > > bestowed upon us by the very same spirit, love and courage that is
> > > condemning Bassel to death?
> >
> > I strongly support this.
> >
> > As for the precedent, recall that the Wikimedia Foundation supports
> > the users, we did this with User:Diu in Greece:
> >
> >
> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/02/14/wikimedia-foundation-supports-wikipedia-user-subject-to-defamation-lawsuit-in-greece/
> >
> > This is much more than a lawsuit.
> >
> > A message I do not want us to send is that if you enough force or the
> > threat is big enough, then we, as a movement, will be scared away.
> >
> > C
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Branislav Jovanovic, User:BraneJ in critical condition

2015-11-22 Thread Tito Dutta
Brane,
Good wishes and get well soon.
Regards.

On 22 November 2015 at 06:18, Asaf Bartov  wrote:

> I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Brane at some length, in
> Belgrade, in Hong Kong, and perhaps elsewhere too.  He is thoughtful and
> dedicated, and as Milos said, has played a huge part in building up Serbian
> Wikipedia and Wikimedia Serbia.
>
> Brane, I wish you a full recovery, and hope to have the chance to see you
> again, somewhere in the world or around the wikis.
>
> Regards from the Wikisource gathering in Vienna,
>
> Asaf
>
> On Sat, Nov 21, 2015 at 4:23 PM, Milos Rancic  wrote:
>
> > Pine asked me a good question: Where to express support? I think
> > whatever you think is the most appropriate. This thread works, as
> > well. His email is bra...@gmail.com. You have the link to his Facebook
> > page via WMRS photo. He is using Twitter, as well @branej.
> >
> > On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 12:40 AM, Milos Rancic 
> wrote:
> > > At some point of time, the best you could do is to reach for a
> > > superstition and hope it will work. It doesn't matter how it will be
> > > explained after, but at this point of time, it's only that
> > > superstition which matters.
> > >
> > > My particular superstition is that Brane would be able to see his
> > > eulogy and that we'll be able to laugh together. You know, it's a rare
> > > opportunity to see how your eulogy would look like, so I hope I am
> > > giving it to him.
> > >
> > > An hour ago I heard that he is in critical condition. At first, I was
> > > thinking what should I write after he dies. Then, I realized that I
> > > should write it now and post it after. Then, it's come into my mind
> > > that I should send it immediately as, at least, I could think about
> > > reading with him this eulogy and your comments after he recovers.
> > >
> > > Since August 2014 he is struggling with bone cancer. His curse is that
> > > his body is so strong, that chemotherapy is not working yet.
> > > Paradoxically, we hope that his body is weak enough now that it will
> > > finally accept chemotherapy. Monday would be crucial day for him.
> > >
> > > He is one of those "invisible" Wikimedians who actually contributed
> > > significantly to our movement. Some of you, mostly those who visited
> > > Belgrade, know him.
> > >
> > > He is one of the founders of Wikimedia Serbia. It's a pity that he is
> > > in this condition while WMRS is preparing to celebrate its 10th
> > > anniversary. Here is our photo from the founding assembly [1].
> > >
> > > Presently, he is a board member of Wikimedia Serbia.
> > >
> > > His epic fight for copyright correctness on Serbian Wikipedia created
> > > the foundations of the present day strict copyright rules. It's a
> > > great achievement for a project of such size and it was possible just
> > > because of him.
> > >
> > > While he was active editor, he was highly trusted Wikipedian and he
> > > was administrator, bureaucrat and checkuser on Serbian Wikipedia, as
> > > well as on a number of of other projects in Serbian language.
> > >
> > > Alpha software for transliteration between Cyrillic and Latin scripts
> > > of Serbian language in MediaWiki was his work. That was the basis for
> > > the future implementation. It was the first software of that kind
> > > implemented in one web engine.
> > >
> > > He is my close friend. Besides a lot of things which he did, which
> > > will be mentioned at appropriate time, I want to say that many things
> > > which I did wouldn't be possible without his contribution.
> > >
> > > He is now very exhausted and he won't be able to read this today or
> > > tomorrow. However, I am sure he will be able to read it on Monday,
> > > after he recovers a bit. So, your support matters, no matter of my
> > > superstitious reasons for sending this email.
> > >
> > > [1]
> >
> https://www.facebook.com/wikimedia.rs/photos/a.826279217387658.1073741828.294923960523189/1198903920125184/
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of Punjabi Wikimedians User Group

2015-11-17 Thread Tito Dutta
That's amazing. Congrats Satdeep, Gaurav, Parveer, Gill sir and others. :)

On 18 November 2015 at 02:18, Carlos M. Colina 
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, I am honoured to announce the
> recognition of Punjabi Wikimedians [1] as a Wikimedia User Group.
>
> They are a group of wikimedians who are working together in different
> projects related to the Punjabi language and culture. They have already
> organized a few events and activities, like the edit-a-thon on occasion of
> the 13th anniversary of the Punjabi Wikipedia, another on the International
> Women's day and several Wikipedia Workshops and meetups.
>
> Welcome!!!
>
> 1: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Punjabi_Wikimedians
> --
> "*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
> junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
> Carlos M. Colina
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Superprotect is gone

2015-11-05 Thread Tito Dutta
That's an interesting update. Thanks for sharing.
--
Tito

On 5 November 2015 at 23:05, Quim Gil  wrote:

> Superprotect [1] was introduced by the Wikimedia Foundation to resolve a
> product development disagreement. We have not used it for resolving a
> dispute since. Consequently, today we are removing Superprotect from
> Wikimedia servers.
>
> Without Superprotect, a symbolic point of tension is resolved. However, we
> still have the underlying problem of disagreement and consequent delays at
> the product deployment phase. We need to become better software partners,
> work together towards better products, and ship better features faster. The
> collaboration between the WMF and the communities depends on mutual trust
> and constructive criticism. We need to improve Wikimedia mechanisms to
> build consensus, include more voices, and resolve disputes.
>
> There is a first draft of an updated Product Development Process [2] that
> will guide the work of the WMF Engineering and Product teams.[3] It
> stresses the need for community feedback throughout the process, but
> particularly in the early phases of development. More feedback earlier on
> will allow us to incorporate community-driven improvements and address
> potential controversy while plans and software are most flexible.
>
> We welcome the feedback of technical and non-technical contributors. Check
> the Q for details.[4]
>
> [1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Superprotect
> [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/WMF_Product_Development_Process
> [3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Engineering
> [4]
>
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/WMF_Product_Development_Process/2015-11-05#Q.26A
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Khalid Mahmood is gone

2015-11-01 Thread Tito Dutta
Sad news. :(
I agree with Bodhisattwa that it is a huge loss.


   1. His English Wikipedia userpage is fully protected (WP:DECEASED
   guideline #1)
   2. His name is added here:
   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Deceased_Wikipedians/2015

Thanks.

On 1 November 2015 at 16:16, Shlomi Fish  wrote:

> On Sat, 31 Oct 2015 21:14:11 -0700
> Asaf Bartov  wrote:
>
> > Dear friends,
> >
> > Our colleague User:Khalid Mahmood, the most prolific contributor to the
> > Western Punjabi Wikipedia[1], has died earlier this month, after long
> > illness.
> >
>
> sorry to hear about that. My condolences go to his family and friends.
>
> Regards,
>
> Shlomi Fish
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Train-a-Wikipedian (TAW): New initiative

2015-11-01 Thread Tito Dutta
Hello,

I want to inform you about a new project “Train-a-Wikipedian” (TAW),
powered by CIS-A2K.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CIS-A2K/Train-a-Wikipedian

You may know of the English Wikipedia program Adopt-a-user
. We wanted to start
something similar for the Indian Wikimedia communities.

In February and June this year, CIS-A2K conducted Train the Trainer
 (TTT) and MediaWiki Train
the Trainer

(MWTTT). After conducting these two events, and communicating with the
participants we found the necessity to start a training program that we’ll
be running on regular basis, and from there we conceived this
“Train-a-Wikipedian” program.

Initially, we’ll concentrating on these 5 Indian languages Wikis: 1)
Kannada, 2) Konkani, 3) Marathi, 4) Odia, 5) Telugu. But, we may expand
soon, if our program is a success.

In our TAW main page
, we have
listed a number of topics those we’ll discussing during our training. We
hope to conduct hangout or webinar sessions.

Please provide your feedback and suggestion. :-)

Regards.

User:Titodutta

English Wikipedia administrator
CIS-A2K Program Associate (consultant)
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