I think Florence resumed quite well what I was trying to express. 
It’s not a criticism - its a fact : I would have been happy to chat with her to 
understand the ligic behind the recent rapid grant changes. 
Kind regards,
Nattes à chat

> Le 16 sept. 2019 à 13:14, Florence Devouard <fdevou...@gmail.com> a écrit :
> 
> Sorry to say Jane, but your answer strikes me as being completely beside the 
> point :(
> 
> The issue Natachat was raising is related to funding our local activities, a 
> situation currently made difficult by the new rapid grant system (*) She gave 
> the example of the Art and Feminism, but this is a single example and other 
> projects are also impacted by those changes.
> I do not see how a problem with WMF funding scheme could be solved by talking 
> to other volunteers. I very much doubt Natachat would need Valerie to explain 
> her how to set up and run a local project on gender-gap issues. We are 
> slightly beyond this...
> 
> The bottom line is that the community engagement department changed a LOT in 
> the past few months, with arrivals and departures. And this department is 
> essential for the smoothness of volunteer-run initiatives.
> 
> So yes, it was to be expected that the project leads would have been happy to 
> meet WMF staff to have the opportunity to better understand the changes and 
> the new directions the WMF is heading to.
> 
> Florence
> 
> 
> * in the new system, grant requests for some targetted drive (such as art and 
> feminism or wiki loves) must be made during specific time frame. The idea in 
> itself is not a bad one and could help the grant team to be more efficient. 
> The problem is that the agenda is too tight, which means volunteers have to 
> start activities before they get the financial support and to a certain 
> extent even start the activities before they get the approval of support.
> 
>> Le 16/09/2019 à 08:45, Jane Darnell a écrit :
>> As far as Art+Feminism goes, this project concentrates on biographies of
>> female artists. The English Wikipedia project "Women in Red" is open 24x7
>> all year round and concentrates on biographies of women on English
>> Wikipedia, period. So you can take all of your local Wikipedia questions
>> about A+F to your local WiR women for each non-English Wikipedia, and if
>> there is no overlap yet, I suggest starting your own local A+F/WiR in your
>> local Wikipedia. We should probably start a multi-lingual one for Commons,
>> since it has proven so difficult to get pictures of female artists to
>> illustrate articles about them.
>> On Sun, Sep 15, 2019 at 8:27 PM Natacha Rault via Wikimedia-l <
>> wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> Thank you Thierry. To be honnest a few of us were really waiting for
>>> Valerie D'Costa, the new Chief of Community Engagement because we had
>>> questions for her about the new rapid grant funding agenda which seems
>>> totally inadapted to volunteer’s need in terms of flexibility. One has to
>>> wait a soecific month for Art+feminism and very often the timing has not
>>> been adapted to when the events are actually taking place. For a volunteer
>>> this is way too procedural. We need more flexibility.
>>> We had other questions regarding the departure of several people which
>>> were very important for the gender gap.
>>> So ... Some of us were disappointed indeed.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Natacha
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 
>>>> Le 15 sept. 2019 à 20:02, Thierry Coudray <tcoud...@gmail.com> a écrit :
>>>> 
>>>> Valerie D'Costa, the new Chief of Community Engagement,
>>> 
>>> 
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