I didn't see the banner, but the page definitely looks... 'funny'. I'm especially confused on what the purpose of the campaign/page is, even after reading the different sections. It mostly feels either like a political statement about refugees (which takes very clearly center stage) or an 'unfinished' page which is work in progress. The landing page is confusing (why am i taken there? What am I supposed to discover?), the 'refugees' banner is repeated on each page (which seems to emphasize it should be the focus) and there's a few (minor) errors to be improved (visible paragraph separator characters in the sustaining donor list, the balance sheet is claiming to span a whole year).
Is this perhaps still work in progress? On the visual end, it looks great though. I love the chatting group of Wikipedians as a background. Best, Lodewijk 2017-03-01 20:59 GMT+01:00 Joseph Seddon <jsed...@wikimedia.org>: > Hi James. > > You can find out more about the Endowment here: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Endowment > > Seddon > > On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 7:54 PM, James Salsman <jsals...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > The statements Yair quoted are appropriate unless you believe > > "empower" in the Foundation's Mission statement merely means "enable" > > or "facilitate," without regard to economic or political power, so I'm > > very glad to see them, as I am to see all of the eleven sections in > > https://annual.wikimedia.org/2016/consider-the-facts.html > > > > Yair omitted mention of the descriptions of how, in each of those > > eleven cases, our volunteers are using Foundation projects to address > > the identified issues. Those who think discussion of these issues > > should be suppressed or are cause to leave could talk with the > > volunteers whose work has been profiled so that both sides can > > understand the motivations and concerns of the other. Maybe Roxana > > Sordo or Andreas Weith are on this list and can address the concerns > > raised about the description of their work directly? In any case, free > > culture isn't compatible with prohibition of discussion and > > censorship. And the impulses toward such suppression aren't rational, > > given the extent to which the human endocrine system regulates > > personal, group, hierarchical, and reciprocal relationships, as shown > > in Table 1 on page 192 of Daphne Bugental's (2000) "Acquisition of the > > Algorithms of Social Life: A Domain-Based Approach," in Psychological > > Bulletin 126(2):187-219, at http://talknicer.com/Bugental2000.pdf > > > > Regarding the Annual Report financials, it looks like the investment > > income the Foundation is earning has fallen below 1%. I don't think > > it's fair to donors to hold $47 million dollars in cash and > > equivalents as per https://annual.wikimedia.org/2016/financials.html > > -- Are people waiting for the Endowment Committee to meet before > > investing? Does anyone know when the Endowment Committee will ever > > meet? > > > > > > On Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:58 AM, Yair Rand <yyairr...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > An unscheduled CentralNotice just started running, linking to a rather > > > bizarre page . Purporting to be the WMF's 2016 Annual Report, it > > starts > > > off with some text about refugees. "FACT: Half of refugees are > > school-age", > > > followed by some completely unencyclopedic text about the topic: "That > > > means 10 million children are away from their homes, their communities, > > and > > > their traditional education. Each refugee child’s experience is unique, > > but > > > every single one loses time from their important learning years. Many > of > > > them face the added pressure of being surrounded by new languages and > > > cultures." The linked page goes on to detail some of Wikimedia's vision > > and > > > how Wikimedia projects aid refugee populations. Following that, we have > > an > > > entire page on climate change and some of its effects, similarly > written > > in > > > a style that is not befitting the movement: "In 2015, [Wikimedian > Andreas > > > Weith] photographed starving polar bears in the Arctic. As the ice > > > declines, so does their ability to find food. “It’s heartbreaking,” he > > > says." After all that, we finally have some pages on interesting > > statistics > > > about Wikimedia, mixed in with some general odd facts about the world, > > > followed by a call to donate. There are also letters from the ED and > > > founder linked. > > > > > > So, this could be a mix of coincidence and bad stylistic choices, and > not > > > politically motivated at all, but it is getting increasingly hard to > > assume > > > good faith on this, especially with the blog post a month ago > > specifically > > > calling for a change in refugee policy. > > > > > > Using Wikimedia projects to push politics is not okay. If the WMF does > > not > > > accept this, I suspect many projects will simply block CentralNotices, > > > avoid associating with WMF statements, and quite possibly fork/leave. > > > > > > This is a serious problem. > > > > > > -- Yair Rand > > > > > >  https://annual.wikimedia.org/2016/?pk_campaign= > > > WikiBanners&pk_kwd=AR2016_dsk_short > > > _______________________________________________ > > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > > wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > > wiki/Wikimedia-l > > > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > > > _______________________________________________ > > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > > wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > > wiki/Wikimedia-l > > New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > > > > > > -- > Seddon > > *Advancement Associate (Community Engagement)* > *Wikimedia Foundation* > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/ > wiki/Wikimedia-l > New messages to: Wikimediaemail@example.com > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> > _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia-l New messages to: Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>