If you have an editing event scheduled during the next 24 to 36 hours,
please note this potential problem from yesterday's Tech News:
Only a limited number of accounts can be created from one IP address. An IP
address can be whitelisted so that it can create as many accounts as
needed. This is useful at events where many new persons learn to edit. IP
addresses that are whitelisted for this reason will also not show CAPTCHAs
when you create accounts. This will happen on Wednesday.
If you have an event scheduled, you can work around this by asking people
to create their accounts at home (and bring their new usernames and
passwords with them), or by requesting an exemption for your event (I think
any local admin can do this, but you'll need to know the IP addresses at
User:Whatamidoing (WMF) – Sherry Snyder
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
As some of you may know, I will soon be joining the Board of Trustees
(August 15), and am therefore required to resign my formal role as Chair of
the Wikipedia & Education User Group. This means a new vacancy had to be
filled in the board composition and a new Chair had to be appointed.
I'm happy to report that in an online board meeting earlier this month the
board chose *Filip Maljkovic* to serve as the new Chair of the
As for filling up vacancies -- in addition to me leaving the board, another
board member, *Ananth Subray, *has informed the board that due to other
pressing obligations he will not be able to continue his role as a board
member. Ananth has therefore resigned and will move to a position of
"Adviser to the Board". I'd like to take the opportunity to thank him for
his service to the UG's growth in the passing year.
With both me and Ananth leaving the board, 2 vacancies had to be filled.
The board of the W&E UG has always been a working board, keeping it small
but with highly involved members. In order to foster stability in the
organization and an easy as possible transition, the board has chosen to
co-opt 2 members from our UG that has always been involved and already know
the organization well - *João Alexandre Peschanski from Brazil, *who has
served as an adviser to the board since the UG's approval, throughout the
board election process and ever since; and *LiAnna Davis*, Chief Programs
Officer and Deputy Director at *Wiki Education Foundation*, *from the US*.
As some may remember, LiAnna once worked for the Education team at the WMF
and was the one to initiate the creation of the Education Collaborative,
which later evolved into our current UG. She has been involved in the
different stages of our formation and knows well many of the relevant
Both LiAnna & João were natural choices and bring to the board a wealth of
experience running innovative EDUWiki initiatives. I have no doubt they
will both contribute to the continued growth of the organization, till the
next elections at the end of 2020.
*Thus, the new Wikipedia & Education User Group **board composition is: *
Filip Maljkovic - Chair
Susanna Mkrtchyan - Vice Chair
Krishna Chaitanya Velaga - Membership Admin
João Alexandre Peschanski - Secretary
LiAnna Davis - Treasurer
To summarize, I feel very blessed to be leaving an even stronger board and
look forward to seeing how this organization evolves. I'll remain involved
as an 'adviser to the board' and will continue contributing to EDUWiki
initiatives as a volunteer, educator, researcher and Open Education
Yesterday, we hosted the office hours for the month of August, and maybe
for the very first time we had a very less participation in it. A
Wikimedian joined the call, but was disconnected after a while, which makes
me think there are different challenges for people to participate in the
Office Hours. Please help us find them, also what new topics or discussions
can we bring to the office hours to bring experienced as well as new
editors to the meeting?
We have started this discussion on Wikimedia Space, Please participate in
Also, if you want to schedule a 1:1 discussion with the education team
regarding your projects and activities during the month of September,
please fill this form : https://forms.gle/rLGV2zAjqo7jcCZC6
Communications and Wikimedia Outreach Contractor