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

2022-04-11 Thread Yair Rand
red. Local community preparatory work for dealing with possible WMF action is ... roughly what I would expect (including the commitments to not cooperate with UCoC efforts, or to implement them). This is a pretty bad situation. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 5 באפר׳ 2022 ב-17:32 מאת ‪Stella Ng‬‏

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Apply to join the Leadership Development Working Group!

2022-03-28 Thread Yair Rand
I don't see how it could be a "community-driven" group if every member of the group is a WMF appointee. I find the practice of WMF staff appointing volunteers to groups to be very problematic. I hope that different methods can be used in the future. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ב׳, 28 ב

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Board statement endorsing community voting on the enforcement guidelines for Universal code of Conduct (UCoC)

2022-01-28 Thread Yair Rand
is a good thing, but this should be accompanied with actions to ensure that it is a vote that will be recognized as a fair and valid representation of the communities' will. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ב׳, 24 בינו׳ 2022 ב-16:36 מאת ‪Shani Evenstein‬‏ <‪ sh...@wikimedia.org‬‏>:‬ > Hello

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

2022-01-13 Thread Yair Rand
reception. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ה׳, 13 בינו׳ 2022 ב-13:53 מאת ‪Lane Chance‬‏ <‪ zinkl...@gmail.com‬‏>:‬ > Dariusz, Chair of the BGC: "Cryptocurrency and blockchains were not a > factor here – the Governance Committee, and then the Board, were > considering other things..."

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Approval of Human Rights Policy

2021-12-09 Thread Yair Rand
taken as a position on the correctness/value of such a policy.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ה׳, 9 בדצמ׳ 2021 ב-10:25 מאת ‪Richard Gaines‬‏ <‪ rgai...@wikimedia.org‬‏>:‬ > Hello, > > The Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Advocacy team is excited to announce the > approv

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Feedback requested on draft updated Wikimedia Foundation Conflict of Interest Policy

2021-11-02 Thread Yair Rand
wish that the WMF itself could provide summaries of changes to its rules. Unfortunately, it often doesn't, and even when it does, it often leaves out critical modifications (e.g. certain things in the last bylaws changes), requiring volunteer effort to determine what the WMF is doing. -- Yair Rand

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Regarding a series of serious office actions / 有关于一系列的办事处行动

2021-09-14 Thread Yair Rand
hile the lack of disclosure makes it impossible to be sure, it looks quite likely to me that the WMF has acted inappropriately in desysopping these users. -- Yair Rand [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2019-10-31/In_focus [2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wik

[Wikimedia-l] Re: Welcoming the first round of grants from the Equity Fund

2021-09-09 Thread Yair Rand
leave that for another time.) Thank you. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ד׳, 8 בספט׳ 2021 ב-10:09 מאת ‪Lisa Gruwell‬‏ <‪ lgruw...@wikimedia.org‬‏>:‬ > Hi everyone, > > We are excited to share that we have chosen the first round of grantees > for the Knowledge Equity Fund pilot. The Equit

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Ratification of Universal Code of Conduct

2021-02-03 Thread Yair Rand
resolutions.) (Also, contrary to the recent WMF blog post on the UCoC, the WMF also does not "administer Wikipedia", a mistake they have made for the second time now.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 2 בפבר׳ 2021 ב-21:34 מאת ‪Risker‬‏ <‪risker...@gmail.com ‬‏>:‬ > While I often a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Ratification of Universal Code of Conduct

2021-02-02 Thread Yair Rand
they can do this unilaterally. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 2 בפבר׳ 2021 ב-6:59 מאת ‪María Sefidari‬‏ <‪ ma...@wikimedia.org‬‏>:‬ > Hi everyone, > > I’m pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously > approved a Universal Code of Conduct for the Wikimedia proje

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bylaws amendments and upcoming call for feedback

2021-01-26 Thread Yair Rand
proposal, and the final text at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard/October_2020_-_Proposed_Bylaws_changes/Three-way_diff . (Turned out to be not quite as readable as I hoped, unfortunately. Also, no summary. Still, might be helpful to some.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bylaws amendments and upcoming call for feedback

2021-01-21 Thread Yair Rand
ki/User:Yair_rand/WMF_membership_proposal> have the legal ability to take that away. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ה׳, 21 בינו׳ 2021 ב-12:15 מאת ‪María Sefidari‬‏ <‪ ma...@wikimedia.org‬‏>:‬ > Hi everyone, > > The Board has discussed and approved some governance improvements in two > rece

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF transfers $8.7 million to "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund"

2020-12-16 Thread Yair Rand
le to ensure transparency in the Board's activities. This is a very disappointing development. I do not understand how WMF internal accounting issues justify transfering the grant money to an outside organization, which additionally appears to have no obligation to publicly report where the t

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF transfers $8.7 million to "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund"

2020-12-13 Thread Yair Rand
No, the Wikimedia Endowment is a separate thing. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום א׳, 13 בדצמ׳ 2020 ב-4:18 מאת ‪Michael Peel‬‏ <‪ em...@mikepeel.net‬‏>:‬ > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment ? > > On 13 Dec 2020, at 08:33, Yair Rand wrote: > > According to t

[Wikimedia-l] WMF transfers $8.7 million to "Wikimedia Knowledge Equity Fund"

2020-12-13 Thread Yair Rand
in the public annual plan, which set out rather less than this amount for the entire grantmaking budget for the year. No application was made through any of the various Wikimedia grants processes. No further information has been provided on the administration of this new Fund, or on the text of the g

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Café online meeting - 15 Nov 2020, focusing on the Global Council

2020-11-15 Thread Yair Rand
Reminder that this begins in about 45 minutes. Please see the page on Meta < https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Caf%C3%A9> for more information. -- Yair Rand (User:Yair_rand) ‫בתאריך יום ד׳, 11 בנוב׳ 2020 ב-3:05 מאת ‪Yair Rand‬‏ <‪yyairr...@gmail.com ‬‏>:‬ > Hi everyon

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Café online meeting - 15 Nov 2020, focusing on the Global Council

2020-11-11 Thread Yair Rand
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Café> for more information. If there are any problems with connecting to the meeting or if you have any questions or comments then please write on the Meta talk page. Hope to see you there. :) -- Yair Rand (User:Yai

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Call for feedback about Wikimedia Foundation Bylaws changes and Board candidate rubric

2020-10-07 Thread Yair Rand
he appointed seats from "non-community-selected, non-chapter-selected" to "non-community-sourced" seems to imply that the Board is prohibited from filling these seats with any community members. Previously, there have been community members in these seats.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתארי

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A Universal Code of Conduct draft for review

2020-09-09 Thread Yair Rand
, threaten, or sue contributors, or to seize control over the projects, that would be the time for all editors and affiliates and donors to level-headedly level the Foundation to its foundations. Until then, we should attempt to work with them, even when their behaviour leaves much to be desired. -- Yair

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Diff – a blog by and for the Wikimedia volunteer community

2020-07-15 Thread Yair Rand
community consultation or input, and the structure and category system are clearly WMF-oriented. Also, it's based on WordPress, yet again, and with a very problematic privacy policy which probably won't be acceptable to many in the community. This is not a positive development, in my opinion. --

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Paid API?

2020-06-14 Thread Yair Rand
free, unrestricted access for non-commercial, research, and small to moderate commercial use." Earlier versions elaborate somewhat, and there were considerable reservations expressed about the idea during the process. It is quite concerning. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום א׳, 14 ביוני 2020 ב-14:33

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

2020-04-27 Thread Yair Rand
identified areas that relate to Wikimedia activities (Access, Censorship, Copyright, Intermediary liability, and Privacy; see the public policy portal and associated documents) is not acceptable, and advocacy is only acceptable even within those areas under limited circumstances. -- Yair Rand [1

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

2020-04-27 Thread Yair Rand
y necessary for the Wikimedia movement to function. (@Nathan re stats: wikimediafoundation.org gets roughly 10,000 views per day, and the banner was up for the full 24-hour period, IIUC.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום א׳, 26 באפר׳ 2020 ב-18:03 מאת ‪Rebecca O'Neill‬‏ <‪ rebeccanin...@gmail.com‬‏>

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

2020-04-26 Thread Yair Rand
;, it's not nonsense, but it's also a position extremely strongly opposed by the Wikimedia community, for good reason. Wikimedia is about allowing people to freely share in the sum of all knowledge. Its purpose is not to influence elections or governments. If one uses a definition of "apolitical&q

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF political activism

2020-04-24 Thread Yair Rand
ate more appropriately in the future. --Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ו׳, 24 באפר׳ 2020 ב-1:18 מאת ‪Gregory Varnum‬‏ <‪ gvar...@wikimedia.org‬‏>:‬ > Hi all, > > I am responding on behalf of the Foundation in my capacity handling > movement communications, includ

[Wikimedia-l] WMF political activism, yet again

2020-04-22 Thread Yair Rand
his constant stream of terrible failures. -- Yair Rand ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community feedback and next steps on movement brand proposal

2019-09-08 Thread Yair Rand
oderate support". Similar things have been happening elsewhere, eg, for the WMF's "Space" project. (Speaking of which, holding a discussion on a private off-wiki forum is not a valid method of community decision making, for branding or otherwise.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך שבת, 7 בספט׳ 2019

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Wikimedia Space: A space for movement news and conversations

2019-06-25 Thread Yair Rand
‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 25 ביוני 2019 ב-18:02 מאת ‪Lucas Werkmeister‬‏ <‪ m...@lucaswerkmeister.de‬‏>:‬ > On 25.06.19 23:18, Yair Rand wrote: > > So far outside Wikimedia > > spaces that the only place it was even _announced_ was an off-wiki > mailing > > list? >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing Wikimedia Space: A space for movement news and conversations

2019-06-25 Thread Yair Rand
-transparent communication? (Closed-source software, unless I'm mistaken?) So far outside Wikimedia spaces that the only place it was even _announced_ was an off-wiki mailing list? Is there something the Wikimedia Foundation would like to tell us? -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 25 ביוני 2019 ב-14:56 מאת

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fram en.wp office yearlock block

2019-06-13 Thread Yair Rand
ents since the discussion of the post began (these statements made on the same page where that discussion occured), none of which denied (or referenced at all) the accuracy of the snippet. That's all we know. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ה׳, 13 ביוני 2019 ב-1:59 מאת ‪David Gerard‬‏ <‪dger

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fram en.wp office yearlock block

2019-06-12 Thread Yair Rand
Philippe, the email from Trust & Safety said quite clearly that the ban was triggered by edit 895438118. I assume that T would not lie about their reasons for something like this. ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 11 ביוני 2019 ב-22:35 מאת ‪Philippe Beaudette‬‏ <‪ phili...@beaudette.me‬‏>:‬ > Nathan writes: > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF and non-WMF funding for Wikimedia work

2018-09-05 Thread Yair Rand
There does not appear to be any intention to hand over responsibility for small grants to the FDC or other non-WMF body. Which leaves us back at the start, with no existing way to avoid WMF influence or interference in grants. -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ג׳, 4 בספט׳ 2018 ב-2:01 מאת ‪Yair Rand‬

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF and non-WMF funding for Wikimedia work

2018-09-04 Thread Yair Rand
irectly fund content creation or Signpost support.) -- Yair Rand ‫בתאריך יום ב׳, 3 בספט׳ 2018 ב-22:07 מאת ‪Pine W‬‏ <‪wiki.p...@gmail.com ‬‏>:‬ > I apologize for the unusually large load of typos, especially misspelling > Kaarel's name. Usually I get enough sleep but last night I d

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

2018-08-05 Thread Yair Rand
of chapters, the Wikimedia Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation will make and keep useful information from its projects available on the Interne

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

2018-08-01 Thread Yair Rand
is in English.) Is there any intention to have somewhere where edits can be at least proposed? -- Yair Rand 2018-08-01 21:51 GMT-04:00 Gregory Varnum : > Hello, > > After many months of work by over 100 individuals around the organization > and movement, the Wikimedia Foundation's new webs

Re: [Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-07 Thread Yair Rand
cacy which can't be reverted, is really damaging. -- Yair Rand On Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 1:41 AM, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote: > Well, Erik...I really don't think my personal beliefs have a role in this > discussion, except as they very narrowly apply to the Wikimedia mission, > vi

[Wikimedia-l] More politics: "WMF Annual Report"

2017-03-01 Thread Yair Rand
month ago specifically calling for a change in refugee policy. Using Wikimedia projects to push politics is not okay. If the WMF does not accept this, I suspect many projects will simply block CentralNotices, avoid associating with WMF statements, and quite possibly fork/leave. This is a serious pro

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Foundation's challenge to recent U.S. immigration executive order

2017-02-06 Thread Yair Rand
On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 12:20 PM, Mike Godwin <mnemo...@gmail.com> wrote: > Yair Rand writes: > > > I find it difficult to believe that this situation is so critical > > and urgent that an RfC in advance was impossible, so if it does fall > under > > that section,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcing the Foundation's challenge to recent U.S. immigration executive order

2017-02-05 Thread Yair Rand
Would this action fall under "Collaborative advocacy" in the Foundation Policy and Political Association Guideline? The section refers to "collaborat[ing] with another organization to take action on a particular policy or political question". The example given is signing a petition by the EFF

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-05 Thread Yair Rand
When and how the Wikimedia Foundation should associate itself publicly on policy and political issues is not a new topic, and (as I have quite recently discovered) official guidelines have been around for nearly five years now. The Guidelines on Foundation Policy and Political Association [1],

[Wikimedia-l] Politics

2017-02-02 Thread Yair Rand
of the mailing list administration and moderators to act against this list's rapid slide into unreadability. Thank you. -- Yair Rand ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages