Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] media tarballs announcement

2012-06-19 Thread Benjamin Lees
This is great! Forwarding to wikimedia-l. On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 6:17 AM, Ariel T. Glenn ar...@wikimedia.org wrote: Folks who are interested in downloading tarballs of media for their particular project can now do so from: http://ftpmirror.your.org/pub/wikimedia/imagedumps/tarballs/ In

[Wikimedia-l] Yet Another Cybercrime Law (Philippines)

2012-10-02 Thread Benjamin Lees
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/09/philippines-new-cybercrime-prevention-act-troubling-free-expression I suppose this is old news by now, but I haven't seen it mentioned here yet. Are any projects taking action? ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board resolutions on bylaw amendments and appointment of Foundation staff officers

2012-11-02 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 5:29 AM, Bishakha Datta bishakhada...@gmail.comwrote: Please note the substantive change in Article V: Officers and Duties. As per the amendments, the Secretary and Treasurer are now non-trustee officer positions. This doesn't seem too unreasonable in itself, but it is

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Are chapters part of the community and board seats for affiliates?

2013-02-24 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM, cyrano cyrano.faw...@gmail.com wrote: Why not distinguish the community seats from the Chapters seats with the terms community seats and Chapters seats? Using the word community in both cases may induce to believe that's it's the same community with two

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why not everyone have the right to vote in the Board FDC elections?

2013-04-28 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Sun, Apr 28, 2013 at 1:15 AM, rupert THURNER rupert.thur...@gmail.comwrote: and at least my wish would be that people who donate their time by sending code patches to software considered essential to run the site are included. In the 2011 election, anyone active with commit access (that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thoughts on Admin Rights on WMF Wiki (and other things)

2013-05-25 Thread Benjamin Lees
The way this whole affair was undertaken was unfortunate, but that can be smoothed over with apologies. The remaining issue is that the wrong decision was made, and there's no way to fix that except to reverse the decision. On Sat, May 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com

Re: [Wikimedia-l] PRISM

2013-06-10 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Sun, Jun 9, 2013 at 11:05 PM, Anthony wikim...@inbox.org wrote: By access logs I meant HTTP access logs. It's pretty clear that without taking extraordinary measures, what you're editing is not anonymous. But some people are probably under the impression that what they're reading and

Re: [Wikimedia-l] My choice for ED

2014-02-01 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 3:29 AM, ENWP Pine deyntest...@hotmail.com wrote: Chad, I wonder if Rory has been considered. (: Given his history of biting newbies, I'm not sure he'd be in a good position to help solve the editor retention problem. ___

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimania-l] Setting ticket prices

2014-03-26 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM, John Mark Vandenberg jay...@gmail.comwrote: James, In the past you have supported a hardline position regarding publishing of private correspondence, and in circumstances when the reasons for publishing the private correspondence were of greater importance

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Commons' frontpage probably shouldn't prominently feature a decontextualised stack of corpses.

2014-05-08 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Thu, May 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM, Kevin Gorman kgor...@gmail.com wrote: Can anyone articulate a valid reason why the freezeframe from the video posted on the frontpage was just about the most graphic still possible from the video? Presumably the person who set up the templates thought that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] How many volunteers (not editors) does the movement have????

2014-06-22 Thread Benjamin Lees
There's no master list that I know of, but there are lists of each of those things: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/System_administrators#List https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developers/Accounts https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Press_room#Official_chapters

Re: [Wikimedia-l] How many volunteers (not editors) does the movement have????

2014-06-22 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Alice Wiegand me.ly...@gmail.com wrote: How's your definition of volunteers? In this case, I just mean that some of the people on those lists are paid employees of the WMF or a chapter, so I can't guarantee that everyone on a list of volunteers is acting in a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Voting system (was: Results of 2015 WMF Board elections)

2015-06-07 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Sun, Jun 7, 2015 at 3:31 PM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote: On the other side, I would note that being a member of en.wp's ArbCom is highly stressful position and I don't think that there are many of long-term ArbCom members (in comparison to, let's say, WMF Board). I am sure that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] CAPTCHA issues discouraging new editors

2015-06-19 Thread Benjamin Lees
Events sometimes get whitelisted for account creation purposes: https://noc.wikimedia.org/conf/throttle.php.txt The exceptions there there could be made to set $wgCaptchaWhitelistIP too. On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 8:54 AM, WereSpielChequers werespielchequ...@gmail.com wrote: alternatively perhaps

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Global North/South

2015-06-11 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 6:19 PM, Michał Buczyński sand...@o2.pl wrote: It would be _bad_ if this tag was used as a support more / less flag and financial decisions on particular projects and people were heavily based upon this underexplained and arbitrary list. Well... Based on the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Priority languages

2015-06-01 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 11:53 AM, Milos Rancic mill...@gmail.com wrote: * MediaWiki is developing and messages are changing. While it doesn't matter a lot for the main language to have 99% and not 100% of translated most used messages, the new one won't get a project if it's not 100%. (The

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Cebuano and Waray-waray Wikipedias among Top 10

2015-07-06 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 4:55 AM, Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijs...@gmail.com wrote: https://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined.htm shows clearly how much Cebuano has grown considerably in page views. It's a shame we don't have filtered page view data: it'd be good to know whether

Re: [Wikimedia-l] On toxic communities

2015-11-14 Thread Benjamin Lees
This article highlights the happier side of things, but it appears that Lin's approach also involved completely removing bad actors: "Some players have also asked why we've taken such an aggressive stance when we've been focused on reform; well, the key here is that for most players, reform

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "9 annoying nonprofit trends that need to die"

2016-02-06 Thread Benjamin Lees
Which of these heinous sins do we commit? On Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 2:59 PM, Pine W wrote: > I think that a number of us may appreciate this article, specifically > people who are involved with Wikimedia affiliates, grant committees, and > WMF Community Engagement including CR

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why take grants? (was: Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?)

2016-02-02 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 3:19 PM, C. Scott Ananian wrote: > Sue explained to me that the goal was to have WMF's budget be roughly 50% > grants and 50% user contributions to guard against unexpected fragility > with either of these funding sources. If that was the goal, it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Shared list

2016-02-22 Thread Benjamin Lees
Someone complained to you off-list about the amount you're posting to the list. You immediately forwarded his email to the list. Is this the best approach? On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 12:13 AM, Anthony Cole wrote: > I thought I was bringing a sorely under-represented

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: A conversation?

2016-03-10 Thread Benjamin Lees
I was glad when I saw Jimbo indicate he was reaching out to James. At the risk of sounding hopelessly naive, maybe Jimbo should send James another email, this time extending a clearer olive branch. If we're past the point of no return on that, then so be it, but I would be happy to know that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia Zero mass effect on Wikimedia projects

2016-03-19 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 7:50 PM, Gnangarra wrote: > of course I dont expect > people to know their copyright laws in detail or to have read them but they > do know the principles of it and what they can do Are you sure? In the US, at least, industry groups go to a lot of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikipedia is basically just another giant bureaucracy

2016-04-29 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Fri, Apr 29, 2016 at 8:32 PM, Stephen Philbrick wrote: > and it is astonishing how bad it is. If you're astonished, then I'm afraid you haven't read enough news articles about Wikipedia yet. :-( P.S. MAYBE IT'S TIME WE REEVALUATED OUR STANCE ON ALLCAPS.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliate-selected Board seats voting started

2016-05-01 Thread Benjamin Lees
This is still going on, right? The latest question on the questions page has only gotten one answer in a month. :-( https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016/Questions#Top_board_responsibilities.3F On Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 10:13 AM, Laurentius

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Publicpolicy] news events impacting the Foundation's ability to hire and its employees' ability to travel

2017-01-31 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 5:00 AM, Rogol Domedonfors wrote: > I think this is a very interesting point. Why is the WMF so dependent on > being able to hire staff in one location? A quick scan of the staff page shows more than 60 "international" employees. (A fair number of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] "Delegation of policy-making authority" resolution

2016-12-20 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 10:45 PM, Christophe Henner wrote: > First, the resolution and its context. "Supervising" the ED is indeed a > board duty, but this supervision must not become micro-management. That > resolution provides staff the liberty to do their work more

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Category: French Jews on en.wp / GPDR

2018-05-27 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Sat, May 26, 2018 at 10:41 AM, sashi wrote: > The fact that -- today on en.wp -- these religious categories are being > overwhelmingly applied to Jews (and to a lesser degree to Freemasons) is > certainly striking. (cf. the 862 members of Category:French Jews & the 21

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Category: French Jews on en.wp / GDPR

2018-06-01 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Mon, May 28, 2018 at 9:33 AM, sashi wrote: > Given that the category French Jews contains more members than the category > French Roman Catholics, and that there are living people included in both > categories... I would again recommend caution in looking at numbers, because Category:French

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Executive Director's Letter to Donors

2018-07-06 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Fri, Jul 6, 2018 at 3:33 PM, James Salsman wrote: > Are there any specific reasons that the Foundation should remain > neutral on any topic, economic, political, or otherwise, which clearly > impacts the readership or community? Well, off the top of my head: to avoid compromising the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Survey about the Foundation's Mission

2019-01-16 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 1:48 PM Gerard Meijssen wrote: > Hoi, > I am troubled with the ease doubt is raised about people contributing to > this mailing list/ our community/ our projects. This is a mailing list that > has the option of moderation. That is already in itself a sure way of > driving

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Croatian Wikipedia: persisting far-right bias?

2018-11-27 Thread Benjamin Lees
On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 8:06 AM Dennis During wrote: > > Who is the judge? Are we going to join Facebook, Google, Twitter, et al as > the new press barons? All of our work on the projects necessarily involves making judgments. As a movement we have largely decided that editors on individual

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Is the death of Wikipedia imminent?

2018-12-29 Thread Benjamin Lees
You paint the problem as being about us adapting to changing demographics. I'm not so sure--if only because the notion of attention-impaired millennials appears to be one of those self-propagating ideas whose supposed statistical support turns out to be fabricated.[1][2] If the concern is about

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bounties…

2019-01-24 Thread Benjamin Lees
It's interesting that you chose spellchecking as your example. On the English Wikipedia, I tend to see that as an activity that some people actually do find fun (or relaxing). Plus, spelling errors (or perceived spelling errors[1]) are something that unregistered users really like fixing. But