Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thinking outside the box

2016-09-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 05.09.2016 23:41, Asaf Bartov wrote: You clearly have a strong and abiding interest in movement governance, and have been asking some good questions. You should have submitted your candidacy.[1] To your point, I guess it can be taken as a reminder, but it does not seem to me that the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Writing weeks about cultural heritage started

2016-07-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
Romaine Wiki писал 2016-06-29 16:17: Hi all, Today the Dutch minister for education, culture and science opened the thematic writing week that started with the creation of a first article about a historic painting. On 8 Wikipedias already a project pages has been created, and anyone is free to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why are articles being deleted?

2016-06-27 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
Brill Lyle писал 2016-06-27 04:24: That said, it's down to the quality of the first draft. In this instance, the draft, in my opinion, did a disservice to the subject. Although there were good citations, the content of the page was not strong enough or well developed enough to reflect what

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community survey to support the WMF ED search starts right now

2016-06-05 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-06-05 23:07, Nikola Kalchev wrote: Dariusz, thank you for your clarification. I understand that translations take time. I fear that user groups will be underrepresented again (another notable example is the number of representatives at the WMCON with chapters having up to four

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Museums of 100 masterpieces from Brussels

2016-05-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-05-25 10:31, Romaine Wiki wrote: Hello all, The next step will be talking to the museums to show our interest in them and we hope they want to donate images for usage in these and other articles. Thanks! Romaine Hi Romaine, what is the time scale you have in mind? Cheers

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Source-o-meter

2016-04-22 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-04-22 20:31, George Herbert wrote: Just saw this in The Atlantic. A suggestion Wikipedia implement a source verifiability meter for each article. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/wikipedia-open-access/479364/ George William Herbert Sent from my iPhone

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The Case for Federation: Should Parts of WMF Be Spun Off?

2016-03-19 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-18 07:56, Erik Moeller wrote: 2016-03-17 22:54 GMT-07:00 Pine W : I agree that these options should be explored. I'm wondering what the best way would be to facilitate this conversation. Perhaps, Erik, would you be willing to set up a page on Meta for

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Access and Participation in the ASBS

2016-03-11 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-11 18:00, Sydney Poore wrote: Hello Yaroslav Thanks for your reply. My point is that there is no clear strategy or process for prioritizing which pages get translated. So, perhaps it is easy for some people to be mixed up. But I'm pretty confident that I understand the issues,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Access and Participation in the ASBS

2016-03-11 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-11 15:58, Sydney Poore wrote: I agree with antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv that broader translation of WMF BoT election pages is important. To reach the goal where "every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge" the wikimedia movement needs to

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

2016-03-11 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-11 04:28, Pine W wrote: I think it's a possibility that's worth considering seriously. (: We'll see how things go. Pine I am sure Katherine is an excellent choice currently for an interim ED, with the first task to rebuild trust between staff, the Board, and the community.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Access and Participation in the ASBS

2016-03-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-06 09:26, Gnangarra wrote: You would think though that someone who wanted to represent all of the affiliates would endeavor to have their statement translated into as many languages as possible to ensure their message got heard by the most amount of people, even if they did it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open and recorded WMF Board meetings

2016-03-03 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-03 18:17, Nathan wrote: So instead - why not ask the board to hold quarterly public meetings? The WMF engages with the community through the model of public meetings all the time, and participants have been happy with the opportunity to hear staff work through issues and offer

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Armenia candidate for the board

2016-03-02 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-02 20:58, Andreas Kolbe wrote: Now, why are we bestowing Wikipedian of the Year honours on government employees of repressive regimes? If we had the US Secretary of Defense writing Wikipedia articles about the US Army, or had employees of the German government running Wikimedia

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a *volunteer* organization

2016-03-01 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-03-01 11:01, David Emrany wrote: " .. WIKIMEDIA pornographers who are masquerading as champions of free speech and free internet to promote their obscenities and lies in India ... TO IMMEDIATELY PROHIBIT ANY FREE INTERNET ACCESS OVER MOBILE DEVICES .. " [2] [1]

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Structuring revolution

2016-02-29 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-29 16:41, Milos Rancic wrote: I created the set of pages, starting with [1]. That's the place for structuring our ideas, thoughts etc. I decomposed the thread "What it means to be a high-tech organization" and I needed for the whole task ~5 hours. On the talk page [2] you can find

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-28 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-28 16:24, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 10:18 AM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru> wrote: A direct consequence would be that one should think again whether San Francisco is the best location for the WMF office, rather than a place better

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-28 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-28 16:10, Guettarda wrote: On Sat, Feb 27, 2016 at 8:54 PM, Gnangarra wrote: ​ technology is our tool not our purpose This should be printed on a banner and hung on the wall every time the Board meets. Actually, in the facebook discussion which was

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What should happen next? My 5 ideas

2016-02-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-26 21:20, Pete Forsyth wrote: All: Now that Wikimedia's Executive Director is leaving, a central point of contention has been resolved. But as many have said, the "real work" of getting back on track comes next. I have been thinking about what the next specific steps should be, and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] I am going to San Francisco

2016-02-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-26 16:23, Risker wrote: Andreas, I think you are being unfair here. Whatever anyone's personal opinion of Jimmy, the bottom line is that WMF staff have expressed that the Board has not been listening to them. Jimmy is a board member. He's directly saying "I'm coming to listen to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The right time is now!

2016-02-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-26 00:16, Sydney Poore wrote: The idea of a non-voting seat for a non C-level employee is something that I could support. Sydney Sydney Poore User:FloNight Wikipedian in Residence at Cochrane Collaboration Actually, it could be more observers (non-voting seats) than just one;

Re: [Wikimedia-l] What it means to be a high-tech organization

2016-02-25 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-25 03:09, SarahSV wrote: On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 4:20 PM, phoebe ayers wrote: The Foundation could pay that number of workers, especially if it found imaginative ways to do it. For example, it could set up a department that accepts contracts from

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Anybody alive?

2016-02-24 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-24 18:47, Milos Rancic wrote: On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 6:43 PM, Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru> wrote: No, there are other lists which are active. For example, the last message on the wikidata-l by Lydia was several minutes ago. (May be she is abducted by the aliens tho

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Anybody alive?

2016-02-24 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-24 18:39, Milos Rancic wrote: 8 (eight) hours have passed without any email. Am I the last Wikimedian not abducted by aliens? No, there are other lists which are active. For example, the last message on the wikidata-l by Lydia was several minutes ago. (May be she is abducted by

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Post mortems (second attempt)

2016-02-22 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-22 10:31, Erik Moeller wrote: 2016-02-22 1:14 GMT-08:00 Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>: Absolutely. This is absolutely what happened. At some point I had to state that if FLOW gets introduced on all talk pages I would stop using talk pages. I was replied that they are

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Post mortems (second attempt)

2016-02-22 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-22 04:42, SarahSV wrote: So from the start, it felt as though staffers had ruled out the community as people who might know something about what tools are needed to collaborate on an article (which is not the same as chatting). People who had been doing something for years were

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Post mortems

2016-02-22 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-22 04:01, Gergő Tisza wrote: One example of the shortcomings of emails as a medium for complex discussions is how this thread about postmortems continues to be diverted into discussions about Facebook, despite Pete's best efforts. At the end of the day, people will prefer tools

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

2016-02-21 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-21 14:03, Dan Andreescu wrote: Allow me to give one specific limited example that touches on some of the themes you raised here, Yaroslav. My main point is that from the outside, correlation of what happened during Sue's and Lila's leadership might seem to imply causation,

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

2016-02-21 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-21 09:52, Jane Darnell wrote: Risker thanks for this. I would add that the biggest problem for outsiders is trying to sift through the emails in this thread, looking for valid concerns and first-hand accounts among the cynical and/or ironic comments only understandable to a few

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

2016-02-19 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-19 23:24, Delphine Ménard wrote: Here you go SJ, On Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 10:09 PM, Sam Klein wrote: Delphine writes: We freaking built an encyclopedia, of course we can take care of it without having to fear everyone and their brother! And while an

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

2016-02-19 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
Hi Craig, Amir, and Nat, On 2016-02-19 00:13, Craig Franklin wrote: Yaroslav, You're correct in that most volunteers don't care directly. The problem is that a lot of the BoT's recent difficulties have crossed the line from "angry encyclopedia people venting on a mailing list" to "serious

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

2016-02-18 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-18 21:20, Leila Zia wrote: Hi Dariusz, I want to share with you the following relatively scattered thoughts and leave it to you to decide how to continue engaging with us. :-) I hope you find them helpful: * BoT has been too silent, given the state of matters. I'm much more

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia at 15 & its African language editions

2016-02-01 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-02-01 16:18, Don Osborn wrote: Am interested in feedback on accuracy, as well as observations or comments from people active in any of the African language Wikipedias or other Wikimedia projects about their experience and hopes. Thanks in advance, Don Osborn I was following Hausa

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voting formula was Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-30 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
While we're at it...diversity remains a very serious problem for the Board. Does the community voting process want to try to take that on? How would we do such a thing? Risker/Anne I think here we only have two options: 1) To decide that one (or two) of the community-elected seats is

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Appointment of María Sefidari to Wikimedia Foundation Board

2016-01-29 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-29 17:56, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 11:43 AM, Milos Rancic wrote: If I remember well (not willing to check), Maria got the most of the votes on the elections (more than any of the elected members), which means that it's fair that she

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Meta is apparently down

2016-01-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-26 19:44, Pharos wrote: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ Thanks, Pharos Commons as well. Cheers Yaroslav ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines New messages to:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Profile of Magnus Manske

2016-01-21 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-19 16:58, Jens Best wrote: I like the idea of Wikidata. I like the idea of combining Encylopedia with structured data to enable understanding and easy re-use at the reader-side of Wikiprojects. So many things are imaginable there when the culture of conveying the needed individual

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia's 15th BD

2016-01-15 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-15 00:30, Mardetanha wrote: Dear Fellow Wikimedians I would like to congratulate you on Wikipedia's 15th birthday, it was historic moment for all of us, I am glad to let you know we had a celebration in Tehran and we were the first country to celebrate it. you can find images here

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Beyond the Board (was: WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google)

2016-01-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-13 16:32, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 8:33 PM, Milos Rancic wrote: I think it is a good idea to have a sort of community council. To give credit, Guy Kawasaki just recently proposed something along these lines in internal discussions. My

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategic planning

2016-01-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-13 06:06, rupert THURNER wrote: Interesting summary, what are the three major outcomes of this plan, and one example what should not have gone into the plan? I do not know. It was six years ago after all, and I was not involved in drafting of the final plan. I can of course

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Strategic planning

2016-01-12 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-12 04:21, Pete Forsyth wrote: All: And beyond this video -- what do those who participated in the last round (or those who have observed it) think the important lessons are? How should we be moving foward? -Pete [[User:Peteforsyth]] I did not watch the video, but I did

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

2016-01-11 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-11 19:37, Asaf Bartov wrote: Hello, everyone. It occurs to me this might be a good time to recycle this piece of advice I have had some past occasions to offer some newcomers to the movement: <...> Q: Are you suggesting this applies to current goings-on? A: I suggest it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-10 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-10 10:49, Lilburne wrote: Meanwhile one knows that a Google appointed board member objected to James, presence at a meeting where they were most likely to be finalizing the appointment of another from the Googleplex, who is a little tarnished. Would you please remain civil. We do

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-09 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-09 13:14, Ilario Valdelli wrote: Yes but this overlapping generates this kind of misunderstanding. For people being outside wikimedia community there are several changes too much complicated. Il 09/Gen/2016 13:08, "Yaroslav M. Blanter" <pute...@mccme.ru

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF trustee Arnnon Geshuri and part in anticompetitive agreements in Google

2016-01-09 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-09 12:54, Steinsplitter Wiki wrote: That James was replaced with Geshuri, who was involved in a scandal is yet a other scandal. James Heilman was never replaced by Arnnon Geshuri. Arnnon replaced Stu West, and James will be replaced by a to-be-elected community member later this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Something

2016-01-04 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-04 00:50, Theo10011 wrote: I'm not sure why we keep perpetuating this us vs them mentality. Whether its the action of singular staff member or the board or large decision by the executive, the end result is always the same and I'm not sure we are making any progress over the years.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-02 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2016-01-02 09:37, Peter Southwood wrote: Just as you say. No threat to WMF if they don’t care about retaining the editing community. If all else fails thy could just sell advertising Cheers, Peter This is an interesting theoretical discussion, and I criticized WMF in the past on a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-31 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-12-31 14:44, Fæ wrote: On 31 December 2015 at 13:31, Andreas Kolbe wrote: If James can be bothered to run again for election back on the WMF board of trustees, he'll be getting my vote. As far as I can make out, being kicked off the board for woolly, secretive or

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why are we so boring?

2015-12-08 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-12-08 17:57, Andreas Kolbe wrote: I like that post, Milos. :) The other day someone suggested to me in a chat Wikipedia should have a function like Skype, or IM, so people could chat about stuff privately. I think it's a great idea. (Obviously you would have to make it so people can

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why are we so boring?

2015-12-08 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-12-08 17:39, Sebastian Moleski wrote: On Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 1:47 PM, Anders Wennersten wrote: Indeed, I would agree with Milos here. I'd like for many of our events to become more approachable by and relatable to the non-nerdy general public. We've built

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quality issues

2015-12-07 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-12-01 12:27, Andreas Kolbe wrote: Article by Mark Graham in Slate, Nov. 30, 2015: Why Does Google Say Jerusalem Is the Capital of Israel? It has to do with the fact that the Web is now optimized for machines, not people. Second, because of the stripping away of context, it can be

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Just to be sure: this is the location

2015-11-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-11-25 22:31, Yaroslav M. Blanter wrote: On 2015-11-25 13:27, Amir E. Aharoni wrote: I don't remember such a... stately location since Library of Congress 2012 (though I didn't attend the recent Princess of Asturias event). בתאריך 25 בנוב׳ 2015 13:28,‏ "Romaine Wiki"

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [GLAM] Video: "Wikipedia, an introduction - Erasmus Prize 2015"

2015-11-26 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-11-26 19:48, Jens Best wrote: Nice try, GerardM, but I don't think that the Erasmus Prize was given to Wikipedia because some people in the Foundation made same questionable deals with some access providers in the Global South. Zero-Rating is a clear violation of the net neutrality

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Just to be sure: this is the location

2015-11-25 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-11-25 13:27, Amir E. Aharoni wrote: I don't remember such a... stately location since Library of Congress 2012 (though I didn't attend the recent Princess of Asturias event). בתאריך 25 בנוב׳ 2015 13:28,‏ "Romaine Wiki" כתב: The location was nice indeed as

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Superprotect is gone

2015-11-05 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-11-05 18:35, 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. Great, thank you, it is

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Biggest disappointment from Wikimania 2017

2015-10-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-10-06 16:27, Richard Symonds wrote: Yaroslav, To be fair to Ellie (and speaking as an outsider), she is extremely busy and usually answers direct emails quite quickly, but doesn't usually get involved in big community discussion threads on mailing lists because she spends a lot of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Biggest disappointment from Wikimania 2017

2015-10-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-10-06 16:21, Yaroslav M. Blanter wrote: To be honest, I can not recollect a single instance WMF people ever apologized to the community for any decision, even when it was immediately clear that they screwed up badly (like removing admin rights on WMF Wiki etc). I do not expect

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Biggest disappointment from Wikimania 2017

2015-10-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-10-06 06:25, Gnangarra wrote: This has been going on for three days, yet not one person involved in this decision has take a moment to reachout personally to the people who worked on bids, They have tabled justifications on list discussions, they have changed the status of Meta pages

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Imminent block of access to Wikipedia in Russia

2015-08-25 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
2015-08-24 17:24 GMT+02:00 Yaroslav M. Blanter pute...@mccme.ru: Today, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications instructed all Russian internet providers to block all user access to Wikipedia. All involved parties

[Wikimedia-l] Imminent block of access to Wikipedia in Russia

2015-08-24 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
Today, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications instructed all Russian internet providers to block all user access to Wikipedia. All involved parties are aware of the development. I am not sure whether only

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Imminent block of access to Wikipedia in Russia

2015-08-24 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-08-24 17:46, Gregory Varnum wrote: Does anyone know more about the article on an illegal drug they are referring to? Sounds like it’s just Russian Wikipedia and not the other languages or projects. Anyone able to verify? -greg This is the article:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Future of Wikipedia

2015-07-15 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-07-15 06:47, Pine W wrote: I agree that finding correct, accurate, current, and NPOV information can be a challenging task, and media literacy is an important skill these days. Good research tasks today go beyond the goal of finding just any book, magazine, journal or webpage that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thousands of images on Wikipedia and Commons in danger, action needed

2015-06-22 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-06-22 19:07, Gergő Tisza wrote: On Mon, Jun 22, 2015 at 8:16 AM, Newyorkbrad newyorkb...@gmail.com wrote: Just out of curiosity, if this legislation were to pass in Europe, and (for example) an American tourist took a photograph of a covered building in Europe and posted it when he or

[Wikimedia-l] Global North/South

2015-06-11 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
Does anybody happen to know why Russia and Moldova are classified as Global North whereas Ukraine and Belarus are classified as Global South, from the WMF point of view? There is some discussion (specifically about Belarus) at the talk page, but it is too heated and I was not able to get the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Global North/South

2015-06-11 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-06-11 22:03, Milos Rancic wrote: I think the reason is more than obvious: Belarus is south of Moldova and Ukraine is in between, so it went south. As Russia is basically on the east of all of three countries, it's logical to put it among the northern countries. Not that I object the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Community Assembly

2015-06-07 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-06-07 20:43, Milos Rancic wrote: I suppose that nobody commented my idea about the Assembly because of two main reasons: it's a different paradigm, as well as it doesn't seem realistic. Hi Milos, I do not think community assembly as a replacement for the Board would work. A body of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] While Election committee counts the votes...

2015-06-04 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-06-04 20:48, James Alexander wrote: On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 11:27 AM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote: Small point -- because this is the first election we've done using SUL (hooray!!) the wiki listed is whatever someone's home wiki is according to SUL (I think) and not, as

Re: [Wikimedia-l] While Election committee counts the votes...

2015-06-03 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-06-01 11:17, Anders Wennersten wrote: Just a clarification on numbers In James (internal) table enwps share of total number of eligible votes is 35,4% Participation rate state from enwp was 8,26% against mean for all 9,5%. If enwp is excluded the participation rate for all of the rest

Re: [Wikimedia-l] While Election committee counts the votes...

2015-06-03 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-06-03 17:42, Raymond Leonard wrote: Folks, At the link, you can find List votes: Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Elections 2015 https://vote.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:SecurePoll/list/512 Yours, Peaceray -- Thank you. I am indeed listed as voting from Meta, where I barely

[Wikimedia-l] 25M files on Commons

2015-03-12 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
Dear all, I am not sure why it so far got little publicity, but yesterday the 25 millionth file was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The image itself is a cityscape, a depiction of the courtyard of the Mevlid-i Halil Mosque, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF has lost its path

2015-01-20 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-01-20 18:21, Sydney Poore wrote: Frankly, I'm much more concerned about the large number of community indefinite blocks done by a single administrator with no training than these few bans that are investigated and signed off on by a professional whose work is being evaluated. Sydney

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 1000 Little Masters on-line, a Wikimedia CH / Swiss National Library project

2015-01-20 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-01-20 18:51, Charles Andrès wrote: Dear Wikimedians, please find here an information about one of the outcomes of the Wikipedian in Residence experience at the Swiss National Library, a Wikimedia CH initiative. Charles Hi Charles, this is absolutely great, congratulations. Is

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF has lost its path

2015-01-20 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-01-20 20:12, Chris Keating wrote: My point is that reducing the number of anti WMF people in senior positions on commons by one they might have converted some pro WMF people in senior positions on commons to anti WMF people, producing more damage for themselves than they hoped to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF has lost its path

2015-01-20 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-01-20 20:20, Thomas Goldammer wrote: I really wonder why it's anyone (except Russavia)'s business why Russavia was banned. Or in other words, why don't you guys just ask Russavia about it? If they want to tell you, fine, if not, fine as well... And no, that's not a speech against

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF has lost its path

2015-01-20 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-01-20 19:10, geni wrote: The reality is that its recent actions have made no difference in that respect other than reducing the number of anti WMF people in senior positions on commons by one. Realistically there was no course of action that the WMF people could take that would bring

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is there some Wikimedia project to host contents based on original research?

2015-01-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2015-01-05 14:56, Andrea Zanni wrote: IMHO, this issue will get bigger and bigger over the years, and there could be room for another Wikimedia project that would allow open access, collaborative peer review and editing of original research. It could be a sort of new environment between

Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to fix Commons

2014-12-15 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2014-12-15 10:30, svetlana wrote: In addition to the fact that the search sucks, and other issues mentioned here earlier, there are some issues with Commons. 1) Unlike Imgur, it doesn't have a big -- and useable -- upload button on the homepage. I know about media freedom, yet for sharing of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to fix Commons

2014-12-14 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2014-12-14 06:49, Bruentrup wrote: Hi One of those 6 successful DMCA's of 2014 was filed by us. http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/DMCA_India_Against_Corruption_logo I would suggest to the list moderators that every poster identified as IAC would be blocked on sight, due to the high

Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to fix Commons

2014-12-14 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 2014-12-14 14:05, Bruentrup wrote: And that will magically make all the infringements of IAC's IP at Commons somehow acceptable and usable ? If you have reliable hard evidence of disruption and socking by / against IAC, carried out from India, please share it with us so that my clients can

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fundraising banners (again)

2014-12-04 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 04.12.2014 02:30, John Mark Vandenberg wrote: On Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 7:46 AM, svetlana svetl...@fastmail.com.au wrote: John Mark Vandenberg wrote: i.e. specifically asking previously highly productive volunteers who have stopped contributing whether they feel the increase in funds has not

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Fundraiser] fundraising blocked in Russia

2014-11-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 13.11.2014 21:08, Geoff Brigham wrote: Hello rubin16 and all, ... I appreciate the additional questions, but, as these are matters currently under consideration, I'm not in a position to share further right now. Thank you, Geoff Hi Geoff, thanks for your clarification. As I guess

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Earth Brasil - Exhibition

2014-10-17 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 15.10.2014 18:33, Rodrigo Padula wrote: Hello fellows! Concluding our participation and activities on Wiki Loves Earth, we organized an exhibition during the event Paraty em Foco in the historical city of Paraty - Rio de Janeiro. ... Rodrigo Padula

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Wikimania 2016 - Jury Announcement and Start of Bidding

2014-10-10 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 10.10.2014 18:56, Fæ wrote: As for transparency, you are not in a strong position to lecture, considering that your behind-the-scenes actions got me banned from the English Wikipedia just a couple of days after Phillipe Beadette had a supposedly personal and private conversation with you

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Monument for Wikipedia in Poland

2014-10-10 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 10.10.2014 20:33, Michael Peel wrote: This is very, very cool. :-) I don’t suppose the monument is freely licensed? Can Creative Commons licenses even be applied to monuments? Thanks, Mike First, yes it can. A sculptor can give a permission, which would mean that every photo of a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2014-10-05 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 05.10.2014 14:24, John Mark Vandenberg wrote: On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM, Itzik - Wikimedia Israel it...@wikimedia.org.il wrote: Pine, IMO the minimum thresholds should be set at levels such that any staff member who has employed for a reasonable period of time is likely to be

Re: [Wikimedia-l] To Flow or not to Flow

2014-09-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 11.09.2014 10:53, Peter Southwood wrote: Exactly what I was thinking. Doesn’t mean it would necessarily work, but you are not alone... Cheers, Peter Actually, if I get it correctly, Wikinews uses three pages per item (news, talk, and smth else). Cheers Yaroslav -Original

Re: [Wikimedia-l] To Flow or not to Flow

2014-09-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 06.09.2014 13:39, Quim Gil wrote: On Saturday, September 6, 2014, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote: So we think a support forum like the Teahouse, and its equivalent in other languages may be a good place to start -- provided the hosts agree that there are no dealbreaker issues for

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Next steps regarding WMF-community disputes about deployments

2014-09-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 06.09.2014 19:18, Gerard Meijssen wrote: Hoi, The subject is discussion / talk space not article space editing.. Yaroslav please stay on topic..Surely Marc has more than 13 edits in all kinds of discussion on multiple wikis. Thanks, GerardM On 6 September 2014 19:14, Yaroslav M

Re: [Wikimedia-l] To Flow or not to Flow - it does not flow

2014-09-06 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 06.09.2014 23:14, Romaine Wiki wrote: Hello all, I did a couple if simple tests on MediaWiki on Flow pages with often occurring edits. The tests failed. ... So, there is flow, and instead of the community can work with it as it needs to work with, it does not flow but got stuck... To

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Next steps regarding WMF-community disputes about deployments

2014-09-05 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 25.08.2014 06:07, Marc A. Pelletier wrote: On 08/24/2014 11:19 PM, Pine W wrote: I have heard people say don't force an interface change on me that I don't think is an improvement. I do not recall a recent interface change deployment that wasn't accompanied with, at the very least, some

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The reader, who doesn't exist

2014-08-21 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 21.08.2014 14:26, Risker wrote: On 21 August 2014 05:31, Strainu strain...@gmail.com wrote: ... I went to look at some of those same articles using my smartphone with the desktop option turned on. Many of them timed out without fully loading; others took several minutes. There was a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The reader, who doesn't exist

2014-08-21 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 21.08.2014 15:24, Risker wrote: On 21 August 2014 09:18, Yaroslav M. Blanter pute...@mccme.ru wrote: On 21.08.2014 14:26, Risker wrote: On 21 August 2014 05:31, Strainu strain...@gmail.com wrote: ... Many of these templates have over 100 links in them; a surprisingly large number

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The reader, who doesn't exist

2014-08-21 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 21.08.2014 21:17, Steven Walling wrote: On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:04 AM, Magnus Manske magnusman...@googlemail.com wrote: Or, have them filled from Wikidata. Then, {{Infobox}} would be all the wikitext you need. This could also help to abstract infoboxes to load a placeholder/hint on

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Superprotect user right, Comming to a wiki near you

2014-08-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 13.08.2014 02:48, svetlana wrote: On Wed, 13 Aug 2014, at 10:46, svetlana wrote: this community thinks that its power structures allow to tromp onto other people sysops aren't even held accountable they are elected once for an infinite term nobody reviews their contribution in position

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Superprotect user right, Comming to a wiki near you

2014-08-13 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 13.08.2014 05:57, Pine W wrote: Two points I have heard off list are that 1. While it may be that disabling MV by default for logged-in users can be done, disabling it for those not logged-in is effectively another major UI change which a study shows likely will make some of them leave and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Superprotect user right, Comming to a wiki near you

2014-08-12 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 12.08.2014 02:26, svetlana wrote: If we accept the policy in principle, I don't care who enforces such policy, that be community or WMF. Such policy does not go against community entirely, unless WMF shows a will to reject community patches related to issues which community finds important.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Underwater photos and videos / WMRS Microgrants 2014

2014-07-19 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 18.07.2014 22:05, Milos Rancic wrote: On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 9:53 PM, Jan Ainali jan.ain...@wikimedia.se wrote: I see that the video is marked CC BY-NC-ND. Will all other videos also be under that license? That's their proprietary, artistic work. We are getting scientific/educational

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Underwater photos and videos / WMRS Microgrants 2014

2014-07-18 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 15.07.2014 06:42, Milos Rancic wrote: For the last month or so I want to share with you the initial success of the Microgrants 2014 project of Wikimedia Serbia. However, there are a number of stories and it was too much to me to write about all of them at once. So, I am splitting it, which

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The tragedy of Commons

2014-06-17 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 17.06.2014 16:47, Osmar Valdebenito wrote: If you take a look at the undeletion requests after the URAA discussion, most of the images restored were deleted afterwards anyway.[1][2] The only exception that I've seen are some German stamps that haven't been deleted (yet). The problem is

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The tragedy of Commons

2014-06-17 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 17.06.2014 18:13, Jeevan Jose wrote: Accidentally, I have one of these FFD nomination pages on my watchlist. Yesterday it was renominated for the THIRD time by the same user (the second one was keep as well). And I can not act on it anymore. Apparently, at some point the user will get an

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 10 years of wikimedia-l

2014-04-18 Thread Yaroslav M. Blanter
On 18.04.2014 00:13, phoebe ayers wrote: Hello everyone! ... -- phoebe Thanks Phoebe for - how should I say - an exciting post? I enjoyed reading it a lot. And, well, yes - happy birthday to all of us. Cheers Yaroslav ___ Wikimedia-l mailing

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