[Wikimedia-l] New email list for Wikimedia Midwest US

2012-06-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, I am pleased to announce that the Midwest region of the United States now has our own email list! https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-us-mw - wikimedia-us...@lists.wikimedia.org. This discussion list allows for individuals in the Midwest US to discuss

[Wikimedia-l] New, lower traffic, announcements only email list for Wikimedia developers

2012-06-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
Cross-posting. -greg Begin forwarded message: From: Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com Subject: New, lower traffic, announcements only email list for Wikimedia developers Date: 30 June, 2012 1:23:11 AM EDT To: wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org Greetings, Following discussions

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New, lower traffic, announcements only email list for Wikimedia developers

2012-07-01 Thread Gregory Varnum
, Could I ask a related common question - why not just send these out on WikimediaAnnounce-l? Thanks, Mike On 30 Jun 2012, at 06:49, Gregory Varnum wrote: Cross-posting. -greg Begin forwarded message: From: Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com Subject: New, lower traffic

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New, lower traffic, announcements only email list for Wikimedia developers

2012-07-01 Thread Gregory Varnum
...@wikimedia.org.uk wrote: Hi Gregory, Could I ask a related common question - why not just send these out on WikimediaAnnounce-l? Thanks, Mike On 30 Jun 2012, at 06:49, Gregory Varnum wrote: Cross-posting. -greg Begin forwarded message: From: Gregory Varnum gregory.var

Re: [Wikimedia-l] IRC office hours The future of e-mail usage in Wikimedia projects 2012-07-18 16:30 UTC

2012-07-08 Thread Gregory Varnum
That is an encouraging update - thank you. -greg aka varnent On 8 Jul, 2012, at 9:39 PM, Steven Walling steven.wall...@gmail.com wrote: On Sun, Jun 24, 2012 at 5:54 PM, Risker risker...@gmail.com wrote: Excuse me. Just about a month ago, we had a discussion about spreading out the times

[Wikimedia-l] Shark IM?

2012-09-11 Thread Gregory Varnum
My work just got this contact submission today. I am kind of annoyed that they offer this service. Has anyone else encountered it? Most aggravating line: Wikipedia editors are notorious for their strict policy in allowing links or company entries. We have realized, over the years- that the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
Condolences to all that knew him - very tragic - especially at such a young age. If my memory is correct (and that's a gamble) I seem to recall knowing about him more from his work on early RSS around the age of 13. I was in college doing websites at the time and recall being rather impressed

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation's support of OTRS

2013-02-20 Thread Gregory Varnum
This could be a good project for one of the developing MediaWiki Groups. MediaWiki Group San Francisco is already approved by AffCom and eligible for grants. -greg aka varnent On 20 Feb, 2013, at 11:25 PM, MZMcBride z...@mzmcbride.com wrote: Hi. OTRS (https://ticket.wikimedia.org/) is a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] movement partners

2013-04-30 Thread Gregory Varnum
Phoebe, As Bishakha indicated, this is still actively being discussed amongst AffCom and WMF folks. Most of what's being discussed is based on on-wiki comments - but the actual conversations are happening via email (AffCom mailing list) and face-to-face conversations. My understanding is this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Selection of winning bid for Wikimania 2014: London

2013-05-01 Thread Gregory Varnum
Congratulations to the London team for your successful bid and to the Arusha team for putting in a solid effort! I look forward to getting my UK groove on next year. -greg aka varnent On 1 May 2013, at 1:28 PM, Sarah Stierch sarah.stie...@gmail.com wrote: Congratulations to the London

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee 2012 Annual Report

2013-05-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
Nemo, I'm not sure what you mean by a single person's POV. Are you referring to Stephen? While it is true that WMF Legal did the final writing of some guidelines - a few points: 1. They are guidelines - and AffCom has flexibility if it so desires and finds necessary. 2. They were written

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia blog moving to WordPress.com

2013-09-05 Thread Gregory Varnum
I think this makes 100% sense from an operations perspective. Anytime you can outsource a lower priority web service - fantastic. However, from a community advocacy perspective - I am less convinced. I would be curious if anyone from that team could chime in as well. The security argument

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-11 Thread Gregory Varnum
While AffCom will likely be making an official statement later, I am having a hard time not chiming in and I do think it is worth pointing out that AffCom was not consulted in a manner I think most of us would have imagined occurring. I have noticed it mentioned a few times that our feedback was

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-11 Thread Gregory Varnum
One of the (many) problems that I have with this is that it both makes these user groups more dependent on movement funds for a longer period of time, but then caps those funds in the same decision. It is easy to tell the org to just find some outside funding (which is mentioned in the FAQ) -

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-13 Thread Gregory Varnum
phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote: On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.comwrote: While AffCom will likely be making an official statement later, I am having a hard time not chiming in and I do think it is worth pointing out that AffCom was not consulted

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decisions on movement funding and approval issues

2014-02-13 Thread Gregory Varnum
or presenting more on this topic at the April conference in Berlin? -greg On Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 3:19 AM, phoebe ayers phoebe.w...@gmail.com wrote: Hi Greg! A few fast notes before I go to bed :) On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:59 PM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.comwrote: Phoebe, I

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Affiliations Committee leadership

2014-04-10 Thread Gregory Varnum
I have been incredibly impressed with Bence's leadership of AffCom (and I don't offer that praise lightly). It was not an easy year to be chair, and he handled it with a level of grace and wisdom which I envy. I appreciate everything you continue to do for our movement. Carlos and Cynthia have

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Cynthia Ashley-Nelson (Cindamuse)

2014-04-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
The Lord giveth, and The Lord taketh away. While the passage of time may allow us to forgive whatever greater presence you may believe in for taking her away, the passage of time will not result in us forgetting the amazing person she was, her passion for our movement, or the brilliance she

[Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, Based on continuing changes to Wikimedia's approach to movement affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups), input from the community, and discussions with WMF board and staff - the Affiliations Committee has begun work on expanding our support of affiliates once the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
AM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: Greetings, Based on continuing changes to Wikimedia's approach to movement affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups), input from the community, and discussions with WMF board and staff - the Affiliations

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
We are moving toward a process that involves 1-2 people primarily and then a full vote by the committee (which right now procedurally takes one week). From my perspective, the delays are often related to confusion over the process, or failure to actually initiate things with AffCom. We have about

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
SJ, Aside from the questions being on Meta (which they soon will), and the one-person authority - this is very close to the process we are working from now. Bence describes it a bit more, but basically a request comes in, someone is assigned it, we ask them some questions, if that person feels

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia movement affiliates liaisons

2014-05-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
As Leigh and people who follow this list and others know, the Wiki Borregos application has more complications. I do not think rehashing that on this public list is the best way to resolve that. Leigh, we are discussing it actively now, and you are welcome to email us for an update. You are

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 24 TB for User:Dispenser on Tool Labs please

2014-07-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
That all seems logical, appropriate, and aligned with our current procedures. So..what's the problem? -greg aka varnent On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:49 PM, Marc A. Pelletier m...@uberbox.org wrote: On 07/03/2014 07:12 AM, James Salsman wrote: Can someone please explain to me why the Foundation

[Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee's first Secretary - Tanvir Rahman (Wikitanvir)

2014-08-08 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, I am pleased to share that the Affiliations Committee has created a new Secretary role for the committee and has elected Tanvir Rahman (User:Wikitanvir) to serve in this role for the upcoming year. Tanvir will be taking on the tough task of facilitating the documentation of the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New movement org?

2014-08-21 Thread Gregory Varnum
I would also like that information. I can confirm that the Affiliations Committee does not have an active (or past) application from them for affiliation. I am checking if anyone on the AffCom heard about it from other channels. -greg aka varnent Vice Chair, Wikimedia Affiliations Committee On

Re: [Wikimedia-l] New movement org?

2014-08-21 Thread Gregory Varnum
Thank you Richard for bringing this to everyone's attention. So folks know, WMF Legal and the Affiliations Committee are investigating and will be reaching out to the group soon. Thanks! -greg aka varnent Wikimedia Affiliations Committee Vice Chair On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Richard

Re: [Wikimedia-l] AffCom - Call for candidates 2015 [UPDATE]

2014-09-05 Thread Gregory Varnum
Thank you everyone for your feedback and ideas. They're already being discussed internally by AffCom and may be reflected in our next call for candidates. There will not be any changes to the process for this call. Some additional information folks may find helpful... This call will add at least

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Conference 2015

2014-09-11 Thread Gregory Varnum
I think Wikimedia Affiliates Meeting or Wikimedia Movement Affiliates Meeting would better match the wording used elsewhere. -greg ___ Sent from my iPhone - a more detailed response may be sent later. On Sep 11, 2014, at 12:42 PM, James Forrester jdforres...@gmail.com wrote: On

[Wikimedia-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-09 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, The Affiliations Committee is pleased to announce the recognition [1] of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group - a user group for MediaWiki developers, admins, users, consultants, and hosting providers who cooperate in order to improve the software and advocate the needs of MediaWiki users

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe? -greg On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:18 AM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org wrote: I cannot imagine fuzz will be made over that, whether it is official or not :) Lodewijk (not

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Recognition of the MediaWiki Stakeholder's Group

2014-11-12 Thread Gregory Varnum
are completed later today. -greg On Wed, Nov 12, 2014 at 10:24 AM, Mark A. Hershberger m...@nichework.com wrote: Gregory Varnum writes: We have updated everything to reflect the correct spelling. Although it sounds like now you'd like no apostrophe? Yes. I apologize for the confusion

[Wikimedia-l] Congratulations to MediaWiki Farmers User Group for being approved as a Wikimedia User Group

2015-01-17 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, Please join the Affiliations Committee in congratulating the MediaWiki Farmers User Group on their official approval as a Wikimedia User Group: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/MediaWiki_Farmers_User_Group_-_Liaison_approval,_January_2015 The

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF is shutting down grantmaking for good projects for 3 months for no reason

2015-01-08 Thread Gregory Varnum
When I first heard about the idea - I was timid and concerned. However, after reading the responses - I am not sure that everyone is looking at this the right way. My concerns have been addressed, largely by the commitment to accept time-sensitive requests and the description of the idea. It has

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Honorary degree for Wikipedia + meeting

2015-01-08 Thread Gregory Varnum
Dr. Wikipedia only specializes in treating CN. -greg ___ Sent from my iPhone - a more detailed response may be sent later. On Jan 8, 2015, at 3:09 PM, Austin Hair adh...@gmail.com wrote: On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 7:09 PM, Lodewijk lodew...@effeietsanders.org wrote: It is an

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Announcement: A new structure for WMF Community Engagement

2015-02-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
Anasuya - I think you know that I adore you - and I am truly sad to see you go. I look forward to seeing you around online - and hope to see you at Wikimanias - but your impact has been immense and you will be missed. :( -greg aka varnent On 19 Feb, 2015, at 5:20 PM, Anasuya Sengupta

[Wikimedia-l] Approval of Tec de Monterrey Wiki Learning application by Affiliations Committee

2015-03-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, Please join me in congratulating Tec de Monterrey Wiki Learning on having their Wikimedia User Group application approved by the Affiliations Committee.[1] The group will be officially recognized once they have signed the new Wikimedia User Group agreement and code of conduct. As a

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement: WMF to file suit against the NSA

2015-03-10 Thread Gregory Varnum
Kudos to the Legal Team on this important case! -greg aka varnent On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 9:01 AM, ViswaPrabha (വിശ്വപ്രഭ) vp2...@gmail.com wrote: Greatly done! This is not just news. It is a mark that will be recorded in bold letters in the history of human's quest for knowledge.

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Renewal of Recognition to Wikimedia Community User Group Brasil

2015-02-24 Thread Gregory Varnum
The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) will be releasing more details about the changes to the Wikimedia User Group (WUG) Renewal Process, but I did want to share some info in this conversation that has already been posted on Meta[1] and will be discussed more in an upcoming blog post. In this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] A transition and a new chapter.

2015-04-13 Thread Gregory Varnum
Erik - thank you for your years of service to the movement! I agree with much of what others have said - you will be missed - but hopefully not actually gone from the movement. :) -greg On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 9:31 PM, Robert Rohde raro...@gmail.com wrote: Erik, thank you for everything you

[Wikimedia-l] Nominations being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections

2015-04-20 Thread Gregory Varnum
can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-electi...@wikimedia.org On behalf of the Elections Committee, -Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent) Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

[Wikimedia-l] RFC on Meta-Wiki for Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements

2015-04-20 Thread Gregory Varnum
the RFC page for more information and to provide feedback. On behalf of the Affiliations Committee, Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent) Vice-Chair, Wikimedia Affiliations Committee ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Design of BoT election banner

2015-04-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
our users benefit from that. On 22 April 2015 at 16:58, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: To be clear by our banners I meant Wikimedia banners - not elections banners. ;) -greg On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: I

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Design of BoT election banner

2015-04-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
To be clear by our banners I meant Wikimedia banners - not elections banners. ;) -greg On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: I appreciate that there are basically always concerns with our banners. Generally, I hear from volunteers on nearly every

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, Thank you for bringing up this important topic. I wanted to share some info on where things stand right now with this year's elections. 1. The committee did discuss the issue of affiliate staff having a vote. It appears that a number of affiliates (not all) allow their staff to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Design of BoT election banner

2015-04-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
I appreciate that there are basically always concerns with our banners. Generally, I hear from volunteers on nearly every banner we use. ;) That said, it would be helpful to have some more constructive feedback to pass along to the next committee. What exactly would you suggest be changed?

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
Two quick notes: 1. People with a block on more than one wiki are not eligible to vote. 2. Wikimedia User Groups generally are not incorporated - that is just one of the ways they vary from other affiliate models. They are recognized by the AffCom, but are not required to legally incorporate as

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-22 Thread Gregory Varnum
That was three notes - not two - sorry. ;P On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 1:37 PM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: Two quick notes: 1. People with a block on more than one wiki are not eligible to vote. 2. Wikimedia User Groups generally are not incorporated - that is just one

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
Some questions though - if WMUK staff are included, should WUG staff also be included? If they are included, why not include the people doing staff-level volunteer work for non-staffed affiliates? If those volunteers are included, what about user group leaders who are not active editors? User

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-28 Thread Gregory Varnum
tldr: At this point, the requirements will not be changed for this election cycle. I recognize on one level this change seems as simple as changing the election Meta page, but as we realized in discussion, in execution, it requires a bit more than that. See my last thread for more information on

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
Again, this email is not speaking officially for the committee, see my earlier messages for more official thoughts. This is a long-winded personal opinion. As James said, exceptions is a technical term and not really the best way to think of these groups. Which is why it is not one that we use on

[Wikimedia-l] Voting has begun in 2015 FDC elections

2015-05-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/FDC_Ombudsperson_elections/2015, and the 2015 Board election page https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:MyLanguage/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015 on Meta-Wiki. On behalf of the Elections Committee, -Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
29, 2015 at 7:30 AM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: Some questions though - if WMUK staff are included, should WUG staff also be included? If they are included, why not include the people doing staff-level volunteer work for non-staffed affiliates? If those volunteers

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
projects even at a newbie level, should not have an automatic vote in an election for a board to govern Wikimedia is unlikely to change much, but I have not read a solid proposal yet. Fae On 29 April 2015 at 12:30, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: Some questions though - if WMUK

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board of Trustee elections

2015-04-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
, and that over the past year, is not a good use of volunteer time, as it cannot change anything. This could have been a useful reply up front. Fae On 29 Apr 2015 14:36, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: Fae, I should be clearer - I do not expect the community to address

[Wikimedia-l] FINAL DAY: Nominations being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation FDC elections

2015-04-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
the election on your project's village pump. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-electi...@wikimedia.org On behalf of the Elections Committee, -Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent) Volunteer Coordinator, 2015

[Wikimedia-l] Voting open for Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015

2015-05-17 Thread Gregory Varnum
://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:SecurePoll/vote/339 More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015 On behalf of the Elections Committee, -Gregory Varnum

[Wikimedia-l] Results of the 2015 Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) election

2015-05-15 Thread Gregory Varnum
% The questions and discussion period of the board election is still taking place, and we encourage you to participate: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2015/Questions Thank you to everyone that participated in this election, -Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent) Volunteer

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Results of the 2015 Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) election

2015-05-15 Thread Gregory Varnum
Here is the link to the Meta-Wiki page with the results in case it appears odd on your email: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_elections_2015/Results -greg On Fri, May 15, 2015 at 7:48 PM, Gregory Varnum gregory.var...@gmail.com wrote: Greetings, On behalf of the 2015

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Results of 2015 WMF Board elections

2015-06-06 Thread Gregory Varnum
I have a lot of personal opinions on the method, questions process, etc. Many of them will be shared in the committee's post mortem (others I will be discarding as I now process the last several weeks). Also, we are beginning to post some statistics that folks may find helpful:

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

2015-06-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
Quick clarification. The discussion on open votes the committee had earlier was primarily about if the actual votes - as in who people voted for - should be public (as it is with Steward elections). The list of who voted has been and will remain public. Information on who someone voted for is -

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell

2015-06-18 Thread Gregory Varnum
Thank you Fabrice for all of your work over the years! We will miss you - but hopefully will still see you around the project wikis. :) -greg (User:Varnent) On Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 12:25 PM, Fabrice Florin fflo...@wikimedia.org wrote: Hello everyone, After three great years working at the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Recognition of North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians User Group

2015-05-28 Thread Gregory Varnum
Wikimedia user groups are required to have a wiki page of some sort. The NC group is listed on the main affiliates page: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_movement_affiliates Here is a direct link to their page:

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

2015-05-31 Thread Gregory Varnum
There were a lot of factors that went into the vote turnout. Some of it we should be able to build on going into the next election, others are likely snapshot moment in time factors that we may not be able to capture again. James has pointed out a number of key technical considerations, and there

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Priority languages

2015-05-27 Thread Gregory Varnum
For reference, these are the languages which were prioritized for the elections. Additional translation support was utilized to help with the 48-72 hour deadlines: 1. العربية (ar) 2. বাংলা (bn) 3. Deutsch (de) 4. español (es) 5. فارسی (fa) 6. français (fr) 7. हिन्दी (hi)

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

2015-08-24 Thread Gregory Varnum
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 On Aug 24, 2015, at 11:43 AM, Mathias Schindler mathias.schind...@gmail.com wrote: Greetings,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Board of Trustees Chair and Vice Chair positions

2015-07-16 Thread Gregory Varnum
Congratulations (and condolences) to Patricio and Alice! Good news. :) Thank you Jan-Bart for your service as Chair and for staying for sticking around for the transition. :) -greg ___ Sent from my iPhone - a more detailed response may be sent later. On Jul 16, 2015, at 5:04 PM,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board Recruiting Update

2015-10-29 Thread Gregory Varnum
Thank you for your work on this important process and the update. -greg (User:Varnent) > On Oct 29, 2015, at 2:10 PM, Anna Stillwell wrote: > > Well done. A solid process and great communication. > Thank you. > /a > > On Thu, Oct 29, 2015 at 10:55 AM, Boryana Dineva

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Changes in operational management.

2015-11-05 Thread Gregory Varnum
Thank you, Terry, for your service - and best wishes on your next adventure! -greg (User:Varnent) > On Nov 5, 2015, at 12:08 PM, Lila Tretikov wrote: > > All, > > I’m writing to let you know that Terry Gilbey will be leaving the WMF. As > Interim Chief Operating Officer

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-11-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
jointed discussion, give the impression that the list is censoring > and cause people just to not bother with it. > > On 3 November 2015 at 22:10, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> > wrote: > >> We are still contacting affiliates to invite them to join. So far we ha

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-11-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
gt; email from you on both this morning didnt notice the email address change > so my appologies again > > On 4 November 2015 at 07:33, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> > wrote: > >> I have not seen any moderated messages - but will check. That is not >> in

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-11-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
We are still contacting affiliates to invite them to join. So far we have used mailing lists and MassMessage to contact affiliates. Since many of them are not on this list, it is tricky tracking them all down (partly why this list is being created). As it turns out - more heard from the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Number of new User Groups

2015-10-18 Thread Gregory Varnum
>>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_user_groups >>> >>> Basically the affiliation committee creates these entities, but don't >>> monitor them and don't evaluate to retire (or the best would be to >>> freeze) some old entities when they be

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Number of new User Groups

2015-10-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
liability which have legal > implications, > > Does the WMF/Affliiates committee check if due diligence is done on the > local legal aspects for UGs before recognising them? > > On 19 October 2015 at 13:27, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> > wrote:

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-15 Thread Gregory Varnum
Hey Pine, As you know, AffCom started looking into this list after some discussions with affiliates in Berlin, Wikimania, and at that page you referred to. We did talk with that list’s moderators about potentially reusing that list (largely why the creation of this list took awhile). However,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Help

2015-10-15 Thread Gregory Varnum
We are getting emails at it. Try: affiliates-ow...@lists.wikimedia.org - there was an extra p in the address you posted. -greg ___ Sent from my iPhone - a more detailed response may be sent later. > On Oct 15, 2015, at 5:46 PM, reachout2is...@gmail.com wrote: > > Hello Wikimedian

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-15 Thread Gregory Varnum
Hey Neil, I’ll let Carlos add his thoughts, but basically, this was a consistent request from affiliates. So the short answer is that the target audience requested it, and we want them to use it. :) The page that Pine mentioned

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
e discussed > on any mailing lists (open or closed). Leaks can and do happen. > > If a chapter needs private advice "on discussing an issue with the broader > community", they might want to look into breaking down the walled garden > they're already in. > >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
e voices count in a > decision to make a list public are generally those already on the list. > And they have access, so they have no pressing need to review whether its > archives should be public. > > Gregory Varnum writes: >> the whole point of creating it would be defeate

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
, > scrap Internal-l entirely, and have an "affiliates" list that is open. > > Chris > > > On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 7:21 PM, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> > wrote: > >> There has already been discussion amongst some affiliates about this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
rather than starting a whole new one. -greg > On Oct 19, 2015, at 3:24 PM, Keegan Peterzell <keegan.w...@gmail.com> wrote: > > On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 2:17 PM, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> > wrote: > >> Chris - and I suspect others - who are already

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

2015-10-19 Thread Gregory Varnum
tion >> capacity has improved, so I'm fine with the new design. Thanks for working >> on this. >> >> Pine >> On Oct 15, 2015 8:55 PM, "Gregory Varnum" <gregory.var...@gmail.com> >> wrote: >> >>> Hey Pine, >>> >&

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Number of new User Groups

2015-10-18 Thread Gregory Varnum
The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) has been preparing for the increased momentum since the user group model was implemented, and it follows a pattern that we’ve been seeing over the past couple of years. In 2013, we approved 10 user groups, last year we approved 19, and so far this year we

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2017 Montreal - scooped by Signpost

2015-10-06 Thread Gregory Varnum
Given that enWP alone has 123,540 active editors as of this morning,[1] it’s not exactly a stretch… -greg [1]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wikipedias > On Oct 6, 2015, at 3:14 PM, MF-Warburg wrote: > > Do you really believe the community consists of

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement

2015-08-31 Thread Gregory Varnum
Philippe, Very sad to hear this news. While the movement and WMF are in a better place because of your work - that is in part why the impact of your departure will be felt movement-wide. It has always been a pleasure working with you and I am happy to hear that you will remain present in the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Departure

2015-09-10 Thread Gregory Varnum
Garfield, I always enjoyed talking with you and greatly appreciated your support at some challenging moments. I am sad to see you go - but hope your next adventure treats you well - you absolutely deserve it. -greg ___ Sent from my iPhone - a more detailed response may be sent

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-27 Thread Gregory Varnum
Personally - I favor third party and community review to a committee of the board - unless the entire board is on that committee along with some skilled community members. IMHO, all of the tasks Pine mentioned the board members on the committee should do are things I would hope all the board

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Branislav Jovanovic, User:BraneJ in critical condition

2015-12-11 Thread Gregory Varnum
Tragic news. Condolences to all that knew him. -greg > On Dec 11, 2015, at 8:42 AM, Mardetanha wrote: > > :(( Rest in peace Brane > > Mardetanha > > On Fri, Dec 11, 2015 at 2:57 PM, Tito Dutta wrote: > >> Oops, terrible news. :( >> >> >>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia France] Certification by IDEAS

2015-12-17 Thread Gregory Varnum
Congratulations to WMFR! -greg ___ Sent from my iPhone - a more detailed response may be sent later. > On Dec 17, 2015, at 3:19 PM, Xabier Cañas wrote: > > Great news! Congratulations! >> On 2015 abe 17 20:38, "Jaime Anstee" wrote: >>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] FDC recommendations for 2015-2016 Round 1 APG grant requests

2015-11-27 Thread Gregory Varnum
I meant User:Varnent. :) I blame the turkey chemicals. :p -greg (User:Varnent) > On Nov 27, 2015, at 2:53 PM, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Personally - I favor third party and community review to a committee of the > board - unles

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Free Bassel

2015-11-28 Thread Gregory Varnum
Reminder that the current discussion on the banner will be continuing on Meta-Wiki for another 12 hours: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Free_Bassel/Banner/Straw_poll As of this email, 142 people have shown support for the banner campaign and 84 have opposed the banner campaign. Thank you to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Free Bassel

2015-11-30 Thread Gregory Varnum
(User:Varnent) > On Nov 28, 2015, at 3:14 AM, Gregory Varnum <gregory.var...@gmail.com> wrote: > > Reminder that the current discussion on the banner will be continuing on > Meta-Wiki for another 12 hours: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Free_Bassel/Banner/Straw_poll > <http

[Wikimedia-l] Something fun to share - Jimmy jokes about his "stare" fundraising photo

2015-12-01 Thread Gregory Varnum
Greetings, I have chatted with a number of folks over the years about ways to help promote the annual fundraising appeal - but in ways that did not feel so serious that it was out of our character to post on social media. Good news - it appears this year Jimmy has participated in a video that

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Board appointment of Executive Director

2016-06-24 Thread Gregory Varnum
Nope - even with my wild imagination - it is simply not possible for me to be more pleased and excited by this news!!! Congratulations, Katherine! I think this is fantastic news for the Foundation and movement! -greg (User:Varnent) > On Jun 24, 2016, at 4:56 PM, Peter Southwood

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation report, July-September 2015

2016-02-24 Thread Gregory Varnum
munity and staff on ways to improve both the process, quarterly reviews, and quarterly reports. I apologize for not sending out an update sooner, but will be sure to keep this list more informed of the process moving forward. -greg -- Gregory Varnum Communications Strategist (Contractor) Wik

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Katy Love to direct WMF Resources team

2016-02-26 Thread Gregory Varnum
I am delighted to see Katy stepping into this role, which IMHO needed to be filled urgently. Congratulations, Katy! You are going to do amazing! :) -greg (User:Varnent) > On Feb 26, 2016, at 10:54 AM, Maggie Dennis wrote: > > Hello, Ruslan. > > Yes, Katy is stepping

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Affiliations Committee appointments, January 2016

2016-01-24 Thread Gregory Varnum
Congratulations to the newly appointed and reappointed members! Also, thank you to Lodewijk and Bence for their kind words. :) I would also like to join them in thanking Josh for his work over the past few years. Not surprisingly, I have a great deal of respect and affection for the AffCom and

[Wikimedia-l] Release of FY2015-2016 Q2 Quarterly Report

2016-03-13 Thread Gregory Varnum
/Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_reports), and I am also available to hear feedback. -greg -- Gregory Varnum Communications Strategist (Contractor) Wikimedia Foundation gvar...@wikimedia.org ___ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki

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

2016-03-03 Thread Gregory Varnum
Speaking from my non-Wikimedia experiences with nonprofit boards, I think Risker makes some good points. Even a very good notetaker is going to make mistakes. There are things said they accidentally didn’t hear, they misunderstood what someone was saying, or simply summarized a point using

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Foundation Form 990 for FY 2014-2015 now on-wiki

2016-05-24 Thread Gregory Varnum
ent expertise, from a diverse set of backgrounds. We announced the appointment of Annette Campbell-White last week as one of the founding board members. You can read more about her here.[4] Again, thanks for your questions and feedback both on this list and elsewhere. -Gregory Varnum W

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