Hoi,
As this is not a Wikipedia article, it is more of an advertisement, a call
to action. Urgency is key. This is not about the well known patterns of a
Wikipedia article.

This is not understood, it results at this late stage in an edit war.
Either we have a point and make it or we have a Wikipedia style article
which is to long to read. It will not be read because there is nothing
urgent, nothing that demands attention.
Thanks,
     GerardM

On 25 November 2015 at 11:20, Gerard Meijssen <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hoi,
> I have looked at the article. It does not have the necessary urgency. He
> is likely to have been sentenced to death and the article reads like a
> Wikipedia article. This is Meta, it is not Wikipedia and it needs urgency.
> We appeal to the world to get involved to let his death not happen. That is
> imho what the message needs to be.
> Thanks,
>      GerardM
>
> On 25 November 2015 at 02:57, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
>> FYI: User:Odder has now created [[m:Free Bassel
>> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Free_Bassel>]], as a landing page to
>> link
>> from the banner.
>>
>> If anyone would like to help with a design for the banner (I concede not
>> everyone shares my taste for 10pt-black-on-white text), we would be able
>> to
>> move ahead.  There is, so far, nothing but support.
>>
>>    A.
>>
>> On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Katherine Maher <kma...@wikimedia.org>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Hi everyone,
>> >
>> > Thank you for raising this issue here on this list. I wanted to share
>> some
>> > more information about how we’ve been working to support Bassel to this
>> > point, in public and behind the scenes. Unfortunately, some efforts are
>> > sensitive, so can’t be shared in full on public mailing lists. But we’re
>> > committed to supporting next steps or decisions by the community, and
>> > keeping you updated going forward.
>> >
>> > Working with some other colleagues at the Foundation, we have been
>> tracking
>> > Bassel's case for some time now, in direct contact with the organizers
>> of
>> > the #FreeBassel campaign <http://freebassel.org> [1], and Bassel's
>> family.
>> > The actions we have taken to date have been in coordination and approval
>> > with the #FreeBassel campaign, including:
>> >
>> >    - Coordination and communication with related organizations, such as
>> the
>> >    Electronic Frontier Foundation and Amnesty International. (ongoing)
>> >    - Regular contact and updates with senior human rights officials at
>> the
>> >    U.S. State Department. (ongoing)
>> >    - Outreach to the press around Bassel’s arbitrary detention and
>> >    contributions to the free knowledge movement. Please see this WIRED
>> > story, “A
>> >    Jailed Activist’s 3-D Models Could Save Syria’s History From ISIS
>> >    <
>> >
>> http://www.wired.com/2015/10/jailed-activist-bassel-khartabil-3d-models-could-save-syrian-history-from-isis/
>> > >.”
>> >    [2] (Although we did reach out to WIRED, we cannot say for certain if
>> > that
>> >    story was the direct result of our efforts or others within the
>> > #FreeBassel
>> >    coordination community). (10/21)
>> >    - Raising Bassel’s case in public speaking opportunities, including
>> >    Lila’s keynote to the Creative Commons Summit. (10/15)
>> >    - Blog post #FREEBASSEL: Free culture advocate who built 3D
>> renderings
>> >    of Palmyra missing in Syria
>> >    <https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/08/bassel-missing-syria/> [3].
>> >    (10/08)
>> >    - Ongoing participation in #FreeBassel social media campaigns on
>> >    Facebook and Twitter.
>> >
>> > Bassel is in a situation known as arbitrary detention
>> > <
>> >
>> http://en.alkarama.org/1763-syria-un-calls-for-the-release-of-freedom-of-speech-advocate-bassel-khartabil
>> > >
>> > [4]. Arbitrary detentions are characterized by uncertainty, lack of
>> > information, and volatility. They’re scary because we don’t know what’s
>> > happening, and often we are making decisions without a lot of
>> information.
>> > Our goal is always to support Bassel to make sure our efforts help him
>> > without putting him at greater risk. So we’ve been working with
>> experienced
>> > human rights campaigners, including the #FreeBassel campaign, to
>> understand
>> > the best actions to take at different times over the past two months.
>> >
>> > We’ve been in touch with Bassel’s family, who would support continued
>> > efforts to raise awareness about Bassel’s situation through a note on
>> > Wikipedia if that should happen. We can also join action letters (like
>> this
>> > <
>> >
>> http://www.amnesty.nl/nieuwsportaal/pers/syria-fears-life-free-expression-advocate
>> > >
>> > [5]) where the community agrees it's appropriate. If the community
>> decides
>> > to move forward with an action, we are here to help. We are monitoring
>> the
>> > discussions and activity in
>> > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banner:Free_Bassel as a place where
>> > community consensus can form. Please let us know if there’s anything
>> else
>> > we can do to support efforts to raise awareness for Bassel.
>> >
>> > Katherine
>> >
>> > [1] http://freebassel.org/
>> > [2]
>> >
>> >
>> http://www.wired.com/2015/10/jailed-activist-bassel-khartabil-3d-models-could-save-syrian-history-from-isis/
>> > [3] https://blog.wikimedia.org/2015/10/08/bassel-missing-syria/
>> > [4]
>> >
>> >
>> http://en.alkarama.org/1763-syria-un-calls-for-the-release-of-freedom-of-speech-advocate-bassel-khartabil
>> > [5]
>> >
>> >
>> http://www.amnesty.nl/nieuwsportaal/pers/syria-fears-life-free-expression-advocate
>> >
>> > On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 7:38 AM, Daniel Mietchen <
>> > daniel.mietc...@googlemail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Yes, a CentralNotice would seem appropriate here.
>> > > Please help flesh it out at
>> > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banner:Free_Bassel .
>> > >
>> > > Daniel
>> > >
>> > > On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 3:38 PM, Gerard Meijssen
>> > > <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > > > Hoi,
>> > > > I have started a text..
>> > > > Thanks,
>> > > >      GerardM
>> > > >
>> > > > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banner:Free_Bassel
>> > > >
>> > > > On 24 November 2015 at 15:25, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com>
>> > > wrote:
>> > > >
>> > > >> +1
>> > > >> Gerard, or Andrea, or anybody who knows better than myself, could
>> you
>> > > start
>> > > >> a draft on Meta Wiki with a proposed text for a banner, and where
>> it
>> > > should
>> > > >> link/what it should advise readers to do?
>> > > >> Pete
>> > > >> On Nov 24, 2015 3:13 AM, "Tito Dutta" <trulyt...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> > > >>
>> > > >> > Sad news. Agree with everyone here that we should do something.
>> > > >> >
>> > > >> > On 24 November 2015 at 16:38, Gerard Meijssen <
>> > > gerard.meijs...@gmail.com
>> > > >> >
>> > > >> > wrote:
>> > > >> >
>> > > >> > > Hoi,
>> > > >> > > Tomorrow we have a platform as well at the Erasmus award
>> ceremony
>> > in
>> > > >> > > Amsterdam. It is Wikipedia, its community that is receiving the
>> > > award..
>> > > >> > > Thanks,
>> > > >> > >      GerardM
>> > > >> > >
>> > > >> > > On 24 November 2015 at 12:03, Cristian Consonni <
>> > > >> kikkocrist...@gmail.com
>> > > >> > >
>> > > >> > > wrote:
>> > > >> > >
>> > > >> > > > 2015-11-24 10:47 GMT+01:00 Andrea Zanni <
>> > zanni.andre...@gmail.com
>> > > >:
>> > > >> > > > > Use the centralnotice.
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > [...]
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > > A Wikipedian, a member of our community sentenced to death
>> for
>> > > >> > > believing
>> > > >> > > > in
>> > > >> > > > > our Mission and Vision is something extraordinary. I
>> > understand
>> > > the
>> > > >> > > > caution
>> > > >> > > > > of setting a precedent, but I think it's worth it.
>> > > >> > > > >
>> > > >> > > > > Also, remember: we have few days before we'll ask money
>> again
>> > to
>> > > >> all
>> > > >> > > the
>> > > >> > > > > English-speaking countries.
>> > > >> > > > > How could we ask for money when we are not using the power
>> > that
>> > > was
>> > > >> > > > > bestowed upon us by the very same spirit, love and courage
>> > that
>> > > is
>> > > >> > > > > condemning Bassel to death?
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > I strongly support this.
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > As for the precedent, recall that the Wikimedia Foundation
>> > > supports
>> > > >> > > > the users, we did this with User:Diu in Greece:
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > >
>> > > >> >
>> > > >>
>> > >
>> >
>> https://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/02/14/wikimedia-foundation-supports-wikipedia-user-subject-to-defamation-lawsuit-in-greece/
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > This is much more than a lawsuit.
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > A message I do not want us to send is that if you enough
>> force
>> > or
>> > > the
>> > > >> > > > threat is big enough, then we, as a movement, will be scared
>> > away.
>> > > >> > > >
>> > > >> > > > C
>> > > >> > > >
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