It seems the whole world is full of spreading lies nowadays.

I feel very sad that now even we are following this trend

If we stated we would stop when the target was met, so we should stop when the target was met

who are commited to spread correct facts through Wikipedia, as a counterforce to all loose statement

016-12-17 kl. 07:06, skrev Peter Southwood:
If you wanted to continue past the target, the message should NOT imply that 
you would stop at the target.

-----Original Message-----
From: Wikimedia-l [] On Behalf Of 
Lisa Gruwell
Sent: Friday, 16 December 2016 8:05 PM
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] English Fundraiser Update

Hi everyone,

As most of you know, we run our English-language online fundraiser on Wikipedia 
every year in December. It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year.
During this time we raise the bulk of funds to support our operating budget to 
support the projects, fund community efforts around the world, and run the 
Wikimedia Foundation.

This year, we are happy to report we’ve reached our goal of US$25 million in 
record time. This is a testament to the importance of Wikimedia and how much 
support we have from people all over the world.

Given this momentum, we believe that it would be wise and worthwhile to 
continue to fundraise more in the month of December, for the following

1. While we have reached our goal for the December campaign, we have not yet 
reached our fundraising goal for Fiscal Year 2016-17 (July 2016 - July 2017).

Continuing the English fundraiser gives us security and flexibility through the 
end of the fiscal year. It allows us to have a less aggressive banner schedule 
in coming months, which gives us time for more research and better localization.

2. We have clear programmatic uses for additional funds.

We have some important projects that could use additional funds and are ready 
to proceed. We plan to direct additional funds to the following work:


    The buildout of an additional caching center, to improve site
    performance for users across Asia and Oceania [1].

    Investment in additional support for structured data on Wikimedia
    Commons and improved integration with the Wikidata roadmap [2].

    Support for community health initiatives, including additional support
    for the Community Engagement team [3].

    Support for an inclusive and truly global movement strategy process [4].

    Growing the endowment in order to secure our future [5].

You can find more information about each of these areas of work below.

We have chosen these projects because they directly support our mission and 
respond to the needs of Wikimedia communities and users. We also believe these 
investments are investments in our future: support for a diverse global 
community, increased resourcing for sister projects, a healthier community 
culture, a shared direction for the future of the movement, and security for 
our mission in perpetuity.

Here is what we will do: We intend to continue with the banners for a few more 
days. We would then take them down over the Christmas holiday, before making an 
end-of-year push in the final couple days of the year. (Many people choose to 
give at the very end of the year, and they are expecting to hear from us as 
usual -- so it is an opportunity to give people who plan to give the easiest 
means to participate).

We’ve been following the conversations on this list about the fundraiser and 
the target. On Wednesday, we sent this recommendation to our Board of Trustees, 
who were broadly supportive of this course of action. Today, we are sending it 
to you. We believe we can make good use of the funds in the coming year, 
without additional unsustainable commitments into coming fiscal years. It is 
fiscally responsible and programmatically sound. The additional work 
strengthens our movement, and the additional funds make these efforts possible.

We welcome your questions and feedback.

Best regards,

Lisa Seitz Gruwell and Jaime Villagomez

More information about the projects:

[1] An additional caching center to improve performance in Asia and Oceania

Our current caching centers in have provided significant value to users, and 
the Wikimedia Foundation invested further in them in 2014-15. We believe that 
further expanding these efforts and their reach into other parts of the world 
would further help us provide the best user experience to our global audience. 
With that in mind, we are considering a number of different locations for an 
additional caching center to enhance our performance for Wikimedia communities 
in Asia and Oceania. Most internet organizations compete to reach users by 
establishing local points of presence, and as a result the performance 
expectations of users in Asia are getting higher. Establishing this new caching 
center will help us meet those expectations for site performance.

[2] Structured data on Commons*

The Structured Data project
<> is an effort to 
store information for media files in a structured way on Wikimedia Commons, so they 
are easier to view, translate, search, edit, curate and use. This would be done on 
Commons with the same technology as the one developed for Wikidata. Wikimedia Commons 
holds a lot of data about the files it hosts. Structuring this data more and making 
it machine-readable would have many benefits to making our files more accessible in 
multiple languages, improving the process for uploading media, increasing the 
usability of the search function, and decreasing ambiguity for people interested in 
re-use of media on Commons. A demo system is currently

[3] Responding to harassment and toxic behaviour*

On November 13th, the Board issued a letter 
to the Wikimedia community in support of efforts to improve overall community 
culture and health. The letter confirmed the value of allocating resources to 
this work. The WMF Support and Safety team detailed some of the possible 
approaches in a letter by Patrick Earley. Funding from this year’s fundraiser 
would be directed at supporting these approaches, including technical tools for 
better blocking and detection.

[4] Movement strategy process

Katherine recently shared the exciting news that the Board has approved a 
US$2.5million spending resolution to support the development of a Wikimedia movement 
strategy <>. 
Coming to consensus on a strategic direction will help us know what destination we 
are headed, which path we will take, and how we will ensure our work is well 

[5] The Wikimedia Endowment

The Wikimedia Endowment <>, launched 
earlier this year during the Wikipedia 15 celebration, serves as a perpetual source 
of support for Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Since then, we have already received some major gifts and are recruiting a 
talented and committed board for the endowment. In June, we seeded the 
endowment in part with contributions from last year's campaign. Further 
investment in the endowment is an investment in building a sustainable future 
for Wikimedia projects.

*Note: We are also seeking foundation grants for these projects – Structured 
Data on Commons and responding to harassing and toxic behavior – which may 
cover all or a portion of their costs this fiscal year.
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