[Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Stevie Benton
Wikimedia UK regrets to have to announce to the community that the Wikimedia Foundation’s outgoing Executive Director, Sue Gardner, has given us formal notice of her decision under her mandate from the WMF board not to renew our fundraising agreement, thereby excluding us from this year’s

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Craig Franklin
The Foundation acted to strip chapters of their fundraising authority at the first opportunity, based on what clearly seems to be a pre-determined ideological decision that doesn't take actual evidence into account and centralises movement decision making authority even further in the WMF? Colour

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)
Stevie Benton, 21/05/2014 09:10: We have written an open letter to Sue about this decision. A copy of our letter to Sue can be found herehttps://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/File:Open_letter_to_Sue_Gardner_regarding_non-renewal.pdf on the Wikimedia UK wiki. Ok, but did anyone in the world really

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Silly question? - What list is meant for what?

2014-05-21 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)
Rui Correia, 21/05/2014 00:01: I realised a while back that I have in the past written to the Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List and to the Wikimedia Mailing List without een realising that I was writing to more than one list. Because you were not.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimediauk-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread
We have written an open letter to Sue about this decision. A copy of our letter to Sue can be found here on the Wikimedia UK wiki. This open letter may have some emotive reason for being produced, but after reviewing it carefully, I can see no strategic value for WMUK by publishing it. It

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread David Cuenca
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 10:11 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.comwrote: Ok, but did anyone in the world really believe for a second that WMF was ever going to change their mind after they managed to centralise UK income in WMF bank accounts? Sometimes it is better to take a step back

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Steve Zhang
I have to say I'm quite surprised by this announcement and this course of action taken by the Foundation, though it's not the first time this has happened, and very few chapters are left with a fundraising agreement. I don't know the reasons this action was taken, but I am troubled. :/ On 21

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Silly question? - What list is meant for what?

2014-05-21 Thread Rui Correia
Nemo I am not sure I understand your cryptic message Rui 2014-05-21 10:24 GMT+02:00 Federico Leva (Nemo) nemow...@gmail.com: Rui Correia, 21/05/2014 00:01: I realised a while back that I have in the past written to the Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List and to the Wikimedia Mailing List

[Wikimedia-l] [Reminder] Language Engineering IRC Office Hour on May 21, 2014 (Wednesday) at 1700 UTC

2014-05-21 Thread Runa Bhattacharjee
Hello This is a reminder that the Language Engineering IRC office hour is happening later today at 1700UTC on #wikimedia-office. Please see below for the original announcement and local time. Thanks Runa Monthly IRC Office Hour: == # Date: May 21, 2014 (Wednesday) # Time: 1700

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Russavia
Hi all, A couple of things popped into my head that I am unsure of, but hope someone might be able to answer. 1) I understand that processing of UK donations in the US has significant tax implications on the funds collected. I would imagine that the WMF couldn't claim anywhere near the same tax

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Silly question? - What list is meant for what?

2014-05-21 Thread Theo10011
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM, Rui Correia correia@gmail.com wrote: Nemo I am not sure I understand your cryptic message I believe he meant that you were writing to the same list. (Wikimedia-l was formerly Foundation-l, it was renamed a while ago by Erik). If you read in context, he

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Richard Symonds
Hi Russavia, Just a quick response to your points: 1. Yes. Gift Aid isn't quite the same as tax deductibility. To take Wikipedia's example, when Mr Smith donates £100 to a charity, the charity gets £100 from him, plus an extra £25 from the government. It's more complex than this -

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Silly question? - What list is meant for what?

2014-05-21 Thread Rui Correia
Thanks, Theo Now it makes sense. And whereas I do appreciate the gesture of including the link to the various lists, cryptic reply like that are just not constructive. Regards, Rui 2014-05-21 13:52 GMT+02:00 Theo10011 de10...@gmail.com: On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 4:10 PM, Rui Correia

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread
On 21 May 2014 13:19, Richard Symonds richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote: ... 2. Probably not. See http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/frequently-asked-questions/faqs-about-registering-a-charity/can-i-register-the-uk-branch-of-an-overseas-charity/ This means that the WMF would need

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Simon Knight
To offer a clarification, SORP stands for Statement of Recommended Practice and offers a standard for best practice in charitable accounting. http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk/Charity_requirements_guidance/Accounting_and_reporting/Preparing_charity_accounts/sorpfront.aspx Cheers Simon

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread MZMcBride
Craig Franklin wrote: The Foundation acted to strip chapters of their fundraising authority at the first opportunity, based on what clearly seems to be a pre-determined ideological decision that doesn't take actual evidence into account and centralises movement decision making authority even

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Russavia
Richard, To answer 1 and 2 together, and thanks for your response As you noted, under Gift Aid charities receive a 25% premium on donations (I hope that's correct just going on your figures), and I can't see the WMF really wanting to lose what is essentially, well, a gift. As Fae mentioned

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Nathan
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote: On 21 May 2014 13:19, Richard Symonds richard.symo...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote: ... 2. Probably not. See

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Hubert Laska
Am 21.05.2014 15:33, schrieb MZMcBride: To that end, on the subject of outside observers and open letters: when writing such a letter, it's important to give context and err on the side of formality. I've never seen a professional letter begin with Dear Sue (no last name or contact

[Wikimedia-l] MET allows free image download for 390, 000+ works already in the pubic domain

2014-05-21 Thread Maria Cruz
Hi, anyone knows if this MET initiative[1] is viable to have a reverberation in Commons, or if it is already a project in the community? I see this is very similar to the British Library donation, on December 2013[2], that quickly started to spread on to Commons[3]. Any knowledge about this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Silly question? - What list is meant for what?

2014-05-21 Thread quiddity
On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Rui Correia correia@gmail.com wrote: Hi I realised a while back that I have in the past written to the Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List and to the Wikimedia Mailing List without een realising that I was writing to more than one list. I do now vaguely

Re: [Wikimedia-l] MET allows free image download for 390, 000+ works already in the pubic domain

2014-05-21 Thread Lane Rasberry
Hello, Only their photographs of public domain two-dimensional works are compatible with Wikimedia Commons' upload policy, so that excludes most of what they are sharing. The works that they are sharing which are compatible with Wikipedia are very impressive. I know of no one who is uploading

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons tagging and/versus categorization

2014-05-21 Thread Lane Rasberry
Hello, Here is another perspective on this same issue and an actionable remedy for a lot of the problems we are discussing here. http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/gendergap/2014-May/004287.html That email describes a game in which people use a game on Wikidata to tag biographies with a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliation in username

2014-05-21 Thread
On 10 May 2014 19:02, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote: ... I'll take a look at Faebot keeping a table regularly synchronized on meta using the Google spreadsheets API. For anyone that may be interested in seeing which WMF employees have what advanced permissions, there is now a wikitable on meta

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliation in username

2014-05-21 Thread James Alexander
Thanks so much for the help with this Fæ! James Alexander Legal and Community Advocacy Wikimedia Foundation (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote: On 10 May 2014 19:02, Fæ fae...@gmail.com wrote: ... I'll take a look at Faebot keeping a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread Andrew Gray
On 21 May 2014 12:22, Russavia russavia.wikipe...@gmail.com wrote: Hi all, A couple of things popped into my head that I am unsure of, but hope someone might be able to answer. 1) I understand that processing of UK donations in the US has significant tax implications on the funds collected.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Silly question? - What list is meant for what?

2014-05-21 Thread Rui Correia
Thanks, that was insightful. I'll be in touch off list if I feel the need. Regards, Rui 2014-05-21 22:18 GMT+02:00 quiddity pandiculat...@gmail.com: On Tue, May 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Rui Correia correia@gmail.com wrote: Hi I realised a while back that I have in the past written

Re: [Wikimedia-l] MET allows free image download for 390, 000+ works already in the pubic domain

2014-05-21 Thread David Gerard
On 21 May 2014 21:25, Lane Rasberry l...@bluerasberry.com wrote: Despite what the museum director says in the press release, they are not providing images in accord with open access principles as they forbid reuse in commercial publications, like school textbooks. Well, arguably they are,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Non-renewal of Wikimedia UK fundraiser agreement

2014-05-21 Thread MZMcBride
Hubert Laska wrote: Am 21.05.2014 15:33, schrieb MZMcBride: To that end, on the subject of outside observers and open letters: when writing such a letter, it's important to give context and err on the side of formality. I've never seen a professional letter begin with Dear Sue (no last name or