I acknowledge that a group of wikipedians may discuss in any forum, they
prefer. Doing
it in a closed forum on FB does not, however, constitute a discussion by
the community,
because it excludes a  lot of people who reject i.e. the FB license, the FB
terms of use, and
last not least the FB privacy policy.

The latter is of special interest to me after having served as an ombudsman
for wikimedia.
Are people aware of the fact, that joining that group and commenting there
could easily lead to
their real identity being linked to their wiki user name - and that this in
some cases could be
more dangerous than "voicing their opinions in other forums"?

Regards,
Thyge


2016-02-22 2:57 GMT+01:00 Andrew Lih <andrew....@gmail.com>:

> Hi all, it’s probably useful to paste in the “What for?” message for the
> Wikipedia Weekly Facebook group. Hopefully it will help clear things up.
>
> —-
> From:
>
> https://www.facebook.com/notes/wikipedia-weekly/introduction-to-the-ww-group/961015923946239
>
> This is a quick note about what goes on here in the Wikipedia Weekly
> Facebook group. Thanks for joining what has become a useful forum in the
> last few years, and especially in recent months.
>
> Perhaps a useful motto for this group is: "High signal, key voices,
> efficient volume." That's a label few would use to describe Wikimedia-L or
> on-wiki discussions, even though those are very necessary and key parts of
> the movement. In many ways, this is a meta-news group, pointing to the best
> and most interesting things happening in our community and the public. It's
> not meant to be a direct replacement for any venue that exists now.
>
> This group started informally as a lively community space in lieu of, or in
> reaction to, Wikipedia Weekly podcast episodes. Signpost, Wikimedia chapter
> folks, WMF comms team, bloggers or any concerned community members are
> welcome in the interest of productive and informative discussions about the
> movement. One of the key aspects is that this is a respectful and highly
> interactive space that, like it or not, is Facebook's main value.
>
> As for the public/private nature of what is said here: we probably don't
> have a great term for it. In some sense, it's like the open access vs TWL
> (The Wikipedia Library) argument – should the comments here be referenced
> (or given prominence) if it's firewalled behind a Facebook login. People
> can be expected to be quoted here, but not truly hyperlinked-to. Signpost,
> for example, has referenced discussions here on multiple occasions in its
> news stories. This group might get people to write opinions they wouldn't
> voice in other forums. I see that as a useful part of our communications
> ecosystem.
>
> Experiments like Discourse (https://discourse.wmflabs.org/) might be the
> answer to help moderate the noisy, disparate and acerbic social spaces in
> our movement, and I welcome it. For now, I like that this group is serving
> an unmet need, and I thank the folks here for making it engaged and
> meaningful.
>
>
> On Sun, Feb 21, 2016 at 7:26 PM, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I can agree with what you're saying, Craig.  I can also understand what
> > Brandon is saying - that some people prefer that interface.
> >
> > Unlike many Facebook pages, though, this one is not public and cannot be
> > viewed by anyone who does not have a FB account.  It's the one venue that
> > many interested parties cannot even read, let alone participate in,
> unless
> > they're willing to give up some fairly significant privacy.  I am
> > disappointed, but I do not hold it against anyone for preferring to
> discuss
> > issues in a venue not associated with Wikimedia.
> >
> > Risker/Anne
> >
> > On 21 February 2016 at 19:01, Craig Franklin <cfrank...@halonetwork.net>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > People will have discussions at a location that is personally
> convenient
> > > for them.  Unless you're going to reprogram human nature, I don't see
> > that
> > > there's anything to be done about the resulting balkanisation of the
> > > discussion.
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > > Craig
> > >
> > > On 22 February 2016 at 09:54, Thyge <ltl.pri...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > I really wonder why wikimedia discussions have migrated to FB. Are we
> > > > applying for a grant?
> > > >
> > > > Thyge
> > > >
> > > > 2016-02-22 0:51 GMT+01:00 Newyorkbrad <newyorkb...@gmail.com>:
> > > >
> > > > > I too am one of those people who is not to be found on Facebook.  I
> > > > > only have room in my life for one online timesink ... and I already
> > > > > have Wikipedia :)
> > > > >
> > > > > Newyorkbrad
> > > > >
> > > > > On 2/21/16, Risker <risker...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > > > As has already been explained on this list, many people do not
> have
> > > > > access
> > > > > > to Facebook.  If this is something germane and useful to a lot of
> > > > people
> > > > > on
> > > > > > this list, perhaps it would be appropriate to ask Jonathan to
> post
> > it
> > > > > here.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Risker/Anne
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On 21 February 2016 at 18:34, Anthony Cole <ahcole...@gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > > > >
> > > > > >> For those not following, I recommend the discussion in response
> to
> > > > > >> Jonathan
> > > > > >> Cardy's comment here:
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>
> > > > >
> > > >
> > >
> >
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/permalink/960989863948845/
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >> Anthony Cole
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