Hi all,

I wanted to quickly follow up and thank you for being patient.

Zack, Essie, Samir, Elena, and the entire project team was eager, working
very very hard, and prepared to share the planned Naming Convention
Proposals this week. Our colleagues across the Foundation, particularly in
Legal, were also tightly involved in this project that is both important
and close to our hearts. Rescheduling feels a bit disappointing to us all,
but we are excited at the chance for us to add more to the future review,
and to set up a stronger discussion across our Movement about the limits
and possibilities of new naming systems.

Thanks,
Heather


On Wed, May 6, 2020 at 11:34 AM Zack McCune <zmcc...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi everyone-
>
> Today, we are rescheduling the Naming Convention Proposal community review
> planned for May 7 - 21, including tomorrow's live presentation. This
> critical part of the Movement Brand Project is designed to share and
> review compelling,
> unifying naming proposals that would sustain our free knowledge mission far
> into the future. [1]
>
> We are incredibly excited to talk NAMES with our communities. We know how
> important naming is to the Movement, and together we’ve made considerable
> progress on options that would allow us to invite and inspire people to
> join us. People join the movements that move them, and we want our Naming
> Convention Proposals to be both functional and appealing.
>
> We are particularly interested in “Wiki” as a potential direction, often
> suggested by the community and widely used in our Movement. However, there
> are significant practical issues with "Wiki" due to the relevant trademark
> landscape.  We do not want to present to you an option that we could not
> make work. The fastest thing to do would be to remove it from the
> possibilities, but we hear your preferences and we don’t want to do that.
> Instead, we need more time to expand the research and risk evaluation with
> our Legal team and the Board to fully understand what opportunities we
> have.
>
> We recognize that changing timing may appear to avoid a necessary and
> promised discussion. Nothing could be further from our intentions. We want
> to meet our commitment to you to present the best options based on the
> conversations we’ve had so far, instead of a more limited set of options
> that we had to narrow in order to meet our deadline. We want to have more
> exploration and clarity on the risks, costs, and rewards of naming changes
> to share with you at this critical phase.
>
> Collaborating with our Legal team and the Board, we will work to have more
> details to share with you soon. The Project Team will meet with the Board
> of Trustees during their May 22nd summit, and will follow up as soon as we
> can after.
>
> Yours in branding,
>
> - Zack, Essie, Elena, Samir, Rupika and the entire Brand Project team
> [1]
>
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Communications/Wikimedia_brands/2030_movement_brand_project
>
> --
>
> Zack McCune (he/him)
>
> Director of Brand
>
> Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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