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

2016-01-07 Thread SarahSV
On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 7:44 AM, Denny Vrandecic wrote: > I’ll tell you how I experienced it from my point of view: a few weeks ago, > I had to turn to the Board in a confidential and important matter for me. > And while writing my email, I felt that I probably should

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

2016-01-09 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 12:56 PM, Pete Forsyth wrote: > > > I give Lila 100% credit for this change and thank the Board for > supporting > > this change (and also to have recruited Lila with this as main purpose) > > > > I would have to give this final point a big "citation

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

2016-01-09 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 2:21 PM, Pete Forsyth wrote: > I do think there are two significant issues with Mr. Geshuri's appointment, > though -- the second of which has not been brought up yet: > (1) The Board did not apparently do basic due diligence in looking into his >

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF Board of Trustees

2015-12-28 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 3:43 PM, James Heilman wrote: > On Dec 28th 2015 I was removed from the board of the Wikimedia Foundation. > Many thanks to all those who gave me their support during the last > election. I have worked in the last six month to honor the trust placed in >

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

2015-12-28 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 5:45 PM, Pete Forsyth wrote: > > With this action, eight Trustees with little accountability overruled > several hundred volunteers and another Trustee who literally earned the > most support votes of any Trustee in the organization's history. > >

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

2016-01-11 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 5:29 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: > > It was tenth several days ago, in Google.com. unfortunate and silly as it > may sound, it was not in top ten on Google.pl or .de / .it for that matter. > I'm not making excuses, just stating the fact. > > I'm

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

2016-01-11 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Matthew Flaschen < matthew.flasc...@gatech.edu> wrote: > The board had an obligation to fully research both candidates, and insist > on more time as needed to do so. > > Boryana Dineva, the Foundation's Vice-President of Human Resources ​, wrote [1] to this

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

2016-01-10 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 8:40 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: > On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 10:22 AM, Fæ wrote: > > > Thanks for talking about it Dariusz. ​Dariusz, would you please tell us who suggested​ Arnnon Geshuri ​ for a seat on the Board? Sarah​

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

2016-01-10 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Jan 10, 2016 at 5:37 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: > >> ​Dariusz, would you please tell us who suggested​ >> Arnnon Geshuri >> ​ for a seat on the Board? >> >> > AFAIK we have not been sharing this information historically, and I don't > think we are going to now -

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-02-11 Thread SarahSV
On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 3:01 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak wrote: > If we are to survive the next 10 years as the top 10 website, we should > focus externally more, and start building more stuff that our readers care > about. I totally agree that WMF has failed on many occasions

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Another goodbye

2016-02-11 Thread SarahSV
Siko, I'm very sorry to see this. You were a strong supporter of women on Wikipedia and of improved community harmony. It was a pleasure to work with you on the grant application that led to the Ally Skills Workshops. I wish you all the very best. Sarah On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:43 PM, Steven

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-02-11 Thread SarahSV
On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:04 PM, Dariusz Jemielniak <dar...@alk.edu.pl> wrote: > > > On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:11 PM, SarahSV <sarahsv.w...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> >>> >> Dariuz, when I first heard about this, I understood it to mean that the >>

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-01-27 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 8:28 AM, Florence Devouard wrote: I read you Sarah. Good point. Hmmm. > But ianal... > > I am sure it was discussed back then, but I forgot the details. > > I contacted Brad on Facebook to suggest him to read the list. Perhaps he > might be willing to

Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2015 Harassment Survey - Results Report

2016-01-29 Thread SarahSV
Patrick, I also want to thank you and the team for having done this work. It's extremely interesting and informative, and I think it will be very helpful moving forward. Sarah On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 4:17 PM, Lila Tretikov wrote: > Patrick, > > Thank you for posting this

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-01-29 Thread SarahSV
Lila, thank you for posting this. I have no technical background, so I only have a limited understanding of how the Discovery project works. But as an editor and reader I've been frustrated by the limitations of Wikipedia search. Even things that I know are there, because I added them myself, are

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

2016-02-23 Thread SarahSV
On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 2:29 PM, Brion Vibber wrote: > > I believe a high-tech organization should invest in smart people creating > unique technology. But I also think it should invest in people, period. > Staff and volunteers must be cultivated and supported -- that's

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

2016-02-23 Thread SarahSV
On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 4:02 PM, Brion Vibber wrote: > > > I think first we have to ask: why did many people feel attacked or in > unwanted adversarial positions before (both among volunteers, and among > staff)? What sort of interactions and behavior were seen as

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

2016-02-27 Thread SarahSV
On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 6:49 PM, Florence Devouard wrote: > Removing a COI is not the only issue at stake Sarah. > > Would WMF get involved into such a process, it would also possibly change > its legal reponsibility. Right now, WMF does not get involved in the > editorial

Re: [Wikimedia-l] The reinstatement of James Heilman

2016-02-27 Thread SarahSV
Doc James has asked Jimbo to release a 30 December 2015 email from Jimbo to James, which explained the reasons for the removal. [1] Apparently referring to James's removal, Jimbo has called for "full publication of the details." [2] Given that both parties have requested transparency, and that

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

2016-02-25 Thread SarahSV
On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 10:31 AM, Yaroslav M. Blanter wrote: - Possibly POV will be compromised in paid articles. > - Unhealthy situation within the editing community. In the debates with > WMF staff when we disagreed, I always felt awkward, because they were paid > arguing

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter: Issues needing addressing by the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees

2016-02-28 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 7:39 PM, SarahSV <sarahsv.w...@gmail.com> wrote: > Jimmy, would you please release the 30 December 2015 email you sent Doc > James telling him why he had been removed? > > ​Jimmy, I see you responded to this in another thread, so I apologize for the rep

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter: Issues needing addressing by the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees

2016-02-28 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 10:10 AM, Jimmy Wales wrote: > > No, this is wrong. I think things should be much more transparent at > the WMF generally, and with the board in particular. > Jimmy, would you please release the 30 December 2015 email you sent Doc James telling

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter: Issues needing addressing by the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees

2016-02-28 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 7:42 PM, Jimmy Wales wrote: > On 2/28/16 5:45 PM, Chris Sherlock wrote: > > > Jimmy, will you respond to some of the other points I made? In > > particular, what you wrote to James was dreadful. Even if you feel > > that his actions were wrong,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transition plans for WMF leadership - Board Reform

2016-02-24 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 7:09 PM, Anthony Cole wrote: > Sarah, if the volunteer community was organised and had its own, functional > representative body that had the community's trust and respect, that would, > to some degree, correct the present asymmetry between us and the

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

2016-02-24 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 4:20 PM, phoebe ayers wrote: > > And here I thought you were going to suggest giving each editor a pool > of $$ to assign to their favorite skunkworks projects. > > If we divide the current WMF budget ($58M) by the current number of > monthly active

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Transition plans for WMF leadership - Board Reform

2016-02-24 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 6:23 PM, Denny Vrandecic wrote: > To make a few things about the Board of Trustees clear - things that will > be true now matter how much you reorganize it: > > - the Board members have duties of care and loyalty to the Foundation - not > to the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] My posts going to spam

2016-02-29 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 3:10 PM, George Herbert wrote: > > Just to confirm, all Jimmy's email in these threads were in my Gmail spam > folder when I looked. > > If you're using Gmail, go look at the spam folder and bring his messages > back in... > > That is why I asked

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Open letter: Issues needing addressing by the Wikimedia Foundation's Board of Trustees

2016-02-29 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM, Jimmy Wales wrote: > > James had gotten, from somewhere, the idea that there really was a > secret project to build a Google-competing search engine. We had a > discussion where I told him that wasn't right. We had further >

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

2016-02-26 Thread SarahSV
On Fri, Feb 26, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Pete Forsyth wrote: > > However, if the core interest (as Sarah suggests) is to create paid > opportunities for those who excel at Wikipedia writing and editing, those > opportunities exist, and are increasingly available. The money

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Was the Wikimedia Foundation's removal of membership in 2006 legal?

2016-01-27 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Jan 27, 2016 at 1:58 AM, Florence Devouard wrote: > Hi Adam > > The WMF has never been a membership based organization. > > > ​Hi Anthere, The bylaws as of September 2004 said: [1] "​ This membership [ ​v​ olunteer active membership] shall consist of all persons

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Can we see the Knight grant application and grant offer?

2016-02-16 Thread SarahSV
The grant application to the Knight Foundation says that the "Search Engine by Wikipedia" budget for 2015–2016 is $2.4 million, and that this was approved by the Board of Trustees. [1] I can't find any reference to this in the minutes. Could one of the trustees tell us which meeting approved it

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Your questions about KE.

2016-02-17 Thread SarahSV
Lila, thank you for setting this up. I think it will help a lot. Sarah On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 12:22 PM, Bence Damokos wrote: > Thanks Lila for posting this. > Just as a courtesy to those who follow the topic here on the mailing list, > can you please send an update to this

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

2016-02-20 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 5:16 PM, James Alexander wrote: It is probably best for me not to get into a long count/counterpoint here but I couldn't avoid not responding at all. James, several staffers have talked about feeling unappreciated and demoralized.​ ​But that's how

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

2016-02-20 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 9:35 PM, Asaf Bartov wrote: > Despite everything, Anders, it is inappropriate for staff to publicly > prosecute Lila. The board is aware of the many issues, quite a few not yet > public on any forum. And it is for the board to solve. > > Asaf, I

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

2016-02-20 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Feb 20, 2016 at 10:23 PM, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com> wrote: > On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 5:43 AM, SarahSV <sarahsv.w...@gmail.com> wrote: > > This isn't about how much people know. It's obvious that the KE was just > a > > flashpoint. It's about how t

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

2016-02-21 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 8:19 PM, Pete Forsyth wrote: > > Is it possible to imagine an effort that would not be shot down, but > embraced? > > What would need to be different? > > These are the kinds of questions I wish the Wikimedia Foundation would get > better at asking

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

2016-02-21 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 8:48 PM, Pete Forsyth wrote: > > Do you agree that an annotated summary of what has gone well and what > hasn't, in the case of discussion technology like Liquid Threads and Flow, > might help us to have generative conversations on this topic? Or do

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

2016-03-09 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 9:26 PM, Keegan Peterzell wrote: > But whatever, let's open up yet another thread for people to go after each > other. > > ​Keegan, we've been told since the end of December that Jimmy favours radical transparency regarding James's removal and

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

2016-03-09 Thread SarahSV
On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Erik Moeller wrote: > And no, I'm not a fan how things have played out so far, and I'm not > arguing for just moving on without addressing remaining grievances. > But this isn't how we should move forward. > ​Erik, what do you see as the

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

2016-03-10 Thread SarahSV
On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 2:25 AM, Jimmy Wales wrote: > > ​... ​ > The truth is, I am genuinely > bewildered and finding it very hard to understand why James says things > that the entire rest of the board find contrary to fact. > > With one exception that I can think of,

Re: [Wikimedia-l] any open search engine for web project starting

2016-03-18 Thread SarahSV
On Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 5:17 PM, carl hansen wrote: > https://about.commonsearch.org/ > > "We are building a nonprofit search engine for the Web" > > Sounds alot like Knowledge Engine, if there were such a thing. > Any overlap with wikimedia projects? > ​Thanks for the

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

2016-03-09 Thread SarahSV
​​ On Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 4:42 PM, John Mark Vandenberg wrote: > > Are we still waiting for Jimmy to agree/reject to James' request to > release an email? > ​Yes. Jimmy said on 28 February that he wanted to speak to others about whether it was okay to release his 30 December

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement clauses

2016-03-12 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 7:09 PM, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > > This seems to be a recurring (and daunting) pattern. People call for > transparency about a particular issue. Eventually, someone in a leadership > position responds that yes, demands for transparency about this issue

Re: [Wikimedia-l] WMF non-disclosure agreements and non-disparagement clauses

2016-03-12 Thread SarahSV
On Sat, Mar 12, 2016 at 8:11 PM, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > As Sarah says, a dedicated transparency officer within the community > engagement department would be a great idea, because this is a > community-facing issue. I'd be interested in hearing Maggie's views on > that. > ​

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wiki-research-l] Research showcase: Evolution of privacy loss in Wikipedia

2016-03-19 Thread SarahSV
Dario and Aaron, thanks for letting us know about this. Is the research available in writing for people who don't want to sit through the video? Sarah On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 12:55 PM, Aaron Halfaker wrote: > Reminder, this showcase is starting in 5 minutes. See the

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

2016-03-06 Thread SarahSV
On Sun, Mar 6, 2016 at 10:11 PM, jytdog wrote: > How do we work out what actually happened, and how do we resolve the > contradictions? > ​Several people have asked Jimmy to release his 30 December 2015 email to James, in which he apparently explains in part why James was

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-03 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 9:57 PM, Andreas Kolbe wrote: > On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 6:10 PM, Denny Vrandečić > wrote: > > > The formal task force was created end of October. This task force > involved > > outside legal counsel and conducted professional fact

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-02 Thread SarahSV
Denny, you wrote: "I was particularly worried about James’ lack of understanding of confidential matters ..." But you seem to be saying that James wanted to respect the confidentiality that had been promised to staff. Sarah On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 10:39 AM, Michel Vuijlsteke

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

2016-05-02 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:07 AM, Denny Vrandečić wrote: > The protection of any personal or confidential information was, to the best > of my knowledge, at all time guaranteed and has not been compromised. The > official task force, set up by the Trustees, worked under the

Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Invitation for review: Technical Collaboration Guideline

2016-10-25 Thread SarahSV
On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 11:43 AM, Keegan Peterzell wrote: > > Greetings, > > Wikimedians, please review something we are working on for the Wikimedia > Foundation, the Technical Collaboration Guideline [0]. > > > Keegan, thank you for this, to you and everyone who has