Dear all, 

I don't know if it is appropriate to discuss this here but I believe I can get 
a useful advice here. The Nigerian language Wikipedia projects (Yoruba, Hausa, 
Igbo) need urgent attention. English language is the official language in 
Nigeria but the Yoruba language constitutes one of the major languages in 
Nigeria. The other two languages are Igbo and Hausa.
Today, Yorubas along with the Igbos are the most educated ethnic groups in 
Africa but in spite of this potentials, there are poor readership level and 
contributions to the Yoruba Wikipedia projects. In fact, several existing and 
prospective Wikipedia editors as well as scholars and student who can 
contribute significantly to the project are not even aware of the existence of 
the Yoruba Wikipedia. Speaking in March 2012, in Lagos State, southwestern 
Nigeria, Jimmy Wales said:  Wikipedia has seven active editors working in 
Yoruba language 
("[http://m.voanews.com/a/wikipedia-co-founder-adding-more-african-languages-144875665/180406.html),
 an extremely low number, less than 0.0001% of active editors on the English 
Wikipedia. In fact, the seven active editors have reduce to 1 or 2. The truth 
is, I can't point to any active editors contributing in that project.
The Wikimedia User Group Nigeria under the leadership of Olaniyan Olusola will 
need every supports at the disposal of the WMF to preserve the Project. We are 
currently planning to organize a conference entitled "WikiYoruba 2016" that 
will involve Yoruba Language scholars and student who can contribute to the 
project.
I'm a native speaker of Yoruba language with good written skills in Yoruba 
language. I'm an experienced Wikipedian who has created over 500 articles on 
the English Wikipedia and I intend to use my experience to improve the Yoruba 
Wikipedia Project. You may also want to see 
(https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG/Wikicology/100_articles_contribution_to_Yoruba_Language_Wikipedia)
The Content translation tool is currently unsupported by Yoruba Language. Had 
it been its working, I would have translate hundreds of English Wikipedia 
contents.

Please we need the help and all forms of support to improve the project.

Cheers,

Olatunde Isaac (User:Wikicology)
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   5. Re: Paris (Christophe Henner)
   6. Celebrating Parisian culture and libertarianism (Fæ)


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Message: 1
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 07:57:30 +0530
From: Bodhisattwa Mandal <bodhisattwa.rg...@gmail.com>
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Solidarity from India for this tragic incident. Good to know that
Wikipedians in and from Paris are all safe.

Bodhisattwa
On 14 November 2015 at 12:28, Natalia Szafran-Kozakowska
<natalia.szaf...@gmail.com> wrote:

> User Paterm, Polish wikipedian living in Paris is also well.

As is John Cummings, a UK citizen currently working as Wikimedian in
Residence at UNESCO in Paris.

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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:04:03 -0800
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By the way, was there any follow up at WMF to Risker's suggestion from
awhile ago that its budget get a peer review from a similarly situated
organization?

I've taken a peek at the discussions in the current round of FDC proposals.
I have some concerns about WMF staff critiquing the budgets of affiliates
while WMF's own budget practices are in need of improvement. I would like
to see WMF make efforts to improve that will be reflected in the new WMF
Annual Plan cycle. I am hoping that the WMF Board takes an interest in
these matters, particularly in light of concerns about fundraising targets
and top-line budget growth.

Thanks,

Pine


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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:09:58 +0330
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my heart goes out to the families of those who have been killed and I am
really hopeful All wikimedians are safe,
stay safe



Mardetanha

On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 6:39 AM, Sydney Poore <sydney.po...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Alex, thanks for sharing this information. My thoughts are with Wikimedians
> and their family and friends.
>
> Take care,
> Sydney
>
> Sydney Poore
> User:FloNight
> Wikipedian in Residence
> at Cochrane Collaboration
>
> On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Alex Cella <ace...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> > All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
> >
> > Thnaks for asking.
> >
> > --
> >
> > *Alex Cella*
> > Finance Fellow
> > ace...@wikimedia.org
> > LinkedIn <http://fr.linkedin.com/in/alexcella>
> >
> > Wikimedia Foundation
> > 149 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA., 94105
> > www.wikimediafoundation.org
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > > May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from Paris
> > are
> > > live and well?
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Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:49:11 -0800
From: Anna Stillwell <astillw...@wikimedia.org>
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Q1 Fundraising Update
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Andreas,

Thank you for this positive feedback. I can't comment on future banner
messages because I don't have the requisite knowledge.

Here's where we are right now... I've seen Megan and the fundraising team
really apply themselves on this concern.  They've interviewed many people
and they are starting to collaborate with some of the people who have not
liked our banners.

I have no promises. None. I am just filling you in on the process. We're
also headed into the busiest times of our year and we are a small team so
we may not be able to update you in a timely fashion.

/a

On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 5:42 AM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I see that the fundraising banners currently running in Germany[1][2] no
> longer speak of "keeping Wikipedia online and ad-free", but instead
> encourage people to "give something back to Wikipedia" if they find it
> useful.
>
> That is a much, much better wording. Thank you. I trust the English banners
> that will run in December will follow the same approach.
>
> Note however that the German FAQ[3] that is linked from the German Donate
> Now page[4] is several years out of date. It refers to 2013/2014 as the
> current financial year, and directs readers to the 2011/2012 annual report
> (!!!).
>
> The English FAQ[5] has much less content than the German one (I'm told all
> the outdated content has been commented out) and now lacks any specifics
> that would give donors an idea of what the Foundation is doing with their
> money.
>
> In all languages, the link to the FAQ on the Donate Now page is in such
> small print as to be barely legible. Please update the FAQs in all
> languages as a matter of urgency, and change the font size of the links to
> something more reasonable.
>
> In general I would like to see the Foundation communicate more clearly,
> transparently and proactively about where the money goes, and what the user
> benefits are. Reports like the one last year on improving access speed[6]
> are useful.
>
> Andreas
>
> [1]
>
> https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:Spendenbanner-de-s5mini-151112_Kopie.jpg
> [2]
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fehlerhafte_Spendenkampagne.png
> [3] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/FAQ/de
> [4]
>
> https://donate.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:FundraiserLandingPage&uselang=de
> [5] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/FAQ/en
> [6]
>
> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/12/29/how-we-made-editing-wikipedia-twice-as-fast/
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 11:17 PM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I was happy to see increasing net assets and increasing revenue. The
> > fundraising messages that WMF sends should to reflect the facts about
> where
> > the money will go and about the current financial status of WMF.
> >
> > I've been told by someone whose history with the Wikimedia community is
> > longer than mine that many years ago, the chapters used to be in stronger
> > financial positions than WMF was. Eventually this flipped. As recently
> as a
> > few years ago were consistent questions about the effectiveness and
> > integrity of the chapters. In more recent history, the chapters seem to
> be
> > doing well in terms of effectiveness and integrity, and now the bulk of
> the
> > revenue is going to WMF where there are more questions about
> effectiveness
> > and integrity. I'm particularly troubled by the lack of responses from
> WMF
> > to a number of questions that I repeatedly asked about the 2015-2016
> Annual
> > Plan, and I'd really like to see some work done on increasing financial
> > transparency in WMF as well as enhancing the integrity of the online
> > fundraising messages.
> >
> > Pine
> >
> > On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 2:59 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > On October 30, the Wikimedia Foundation posted its audited financial
> > > statements for the year ended June 30, 2015.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/0/0b/Audit_Report_-_FY_14-15_-_Final.PDF
> > >
> > > The figures contained in these statements have a bearing on the present
> > > discussion. Some highlights:
> > >
> > > Net assets at end of year:
> > > $77.8 million
> > > (up $24.3 million from $53.5 million)
> > >
> > > Current assets include:
> > > $35.2 million in cash and cash equivalents
> > > $29.0 million in short-term investments.
> > >
> > > Total support and revenue:
> > > $75.8 million
> > > (up $23.3 million from $52.5 million)
> > >
> > > Total expenses:
> > > $52.6 million
> > > (up $6.7 million from $45.9 million)
> > >
> > > Internet hosting costs:
> > > just under $2 million
> > > (down $0.5 million from $2.5 million)
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:13:51 +0100
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Hi everyone,

Thhank you all for your kind words.
We've had confirmation from almost every wikimedians living in Paris that
they're safe. The one we're waiting from are the one we don't have a way to
reach them.

At the same time, keep some thoughts for all the people in the Middle-East
that suffer and die on a daily basis at the hand of the same people. To the
people trying to flee from them.

And more than that, to all the people that die around the world because of
intolerance, misunderstanding and hatred.

Thank you all again.

Take care,

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On 14 November 2015 at 06:39, Mardetanha <mardetanha.w...@gmail.com> wrote:

> my heart goes out to the families of those who have been killed and I am
> really hopeful All wikimedians are safe,
> stay safe
>
>
>
> Mardetanha
>
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2015 at 6:39 AM, Sydney Poore <sydney.po...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Alex, thanks for sharing this information. My thoughts are with
> Wikimedians
> > and their family and friends.
> >
> > Take care,
> > Sydney
> >
> > Sydney Poore
> > User:FloNight
> > Wikipedian in Residence
> > at Cochrane Collaboration
> >
> > On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 7:19 PM, Alex Cella <ace...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> >
> > > All the staff is safe, I'm in touch with them.
> > >
> > > Thnaks for asking.
> > >
> > > --
> > >
> > > *Alex Cella*
> > > Finance Fellow
> > > ace...@wikimedia.org
> > > LinkedIn <http://fr.linkedin.com/in/alexcella>
> > >
> > > Wikimedia Foundation
> > > 149 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA., 94105
> > > www.wikimediafoundation.org
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > On Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 4:09 PM, Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > > May WMFR coordinate efforts to inform us if all Wikimedians from
> Paris
> > > are
> > > > live and well?
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Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 11:12:00 +0000
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Celebrating Parisian culture and libertarianism
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As an international community we have an opportunity to respond in a
positive and healing way to the attacks in Paris as well as sharing
our feelings of shock and sympathy.

Perhaps by planning open knowledge events to celebrate Parisian and
GLAM-related Islamic culture, which we could announce in a few weeks
time?

Thoughts?

Thanks,
Fae
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