I'm in the process (last minute!) of finishing my Wikimedia Individual Engagement Grant proposal and moving it from draft to submitted status. I wanted to notify this mailing list as per required, but I also wanted to welcome any and all feedback. Sadly, because of my own linguistic limits and to be realistic regarding scoping, I've had to focus only on en.wikipedia.org.
Amanda Menking / Mssemantics
Dear diversity enthusiasts,
at the Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2013 in Berlin we all felt that it is
necessary to keep the discussion going, exchange our experience with
working in the field of Diversity and make future plans together.
Therefore we would like to kick-off a series of Google Hangouts together
As a pilot, we suggest to start now, experiment until Wikimania and then
see what happens next. We need you to contribute your own ideas and topics
to this dialogue!
We are hoping that we can schedule the first hangout in the next week
We would love to see many of you joining. If you are interested, please
fill-in the Doodle <http://doodle.com/ua6erh7p72z53ft2> to find the best
suiting date. We will close the Doodle on Sunday and communicate the date
for the Hangout on
via this mailinglist.
As a topic for the first hangout we would like to take a fresh look at the
issues covered in the round up
the Diversity Conference and discuss and share what happened since then. We
can also discuss other forms of shaping the dialogue about diversity.
To make the best of this hangout, we would like to encourage you to prepare
yourselves by reading through the minutes of the round-up sessions, and by
reflecting on your own work in the last couple of months.
We are looking forward to hearing about your projects and everything else
you want to share with us!
Merle von Wittich
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 219158 26-0
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg unter
der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für
Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
We're hosting our first edit-a-thon during my role as the Susan B. Miller
Fellow at the Berkeley Center for New Media, at the University of
The event will open with a brief review of Wikipedia policies and
procedures, and launch into editing.
If you find yourself in the area on April 5, please join us, and spread the
word through your channels.
You can register on Wikipedia:
And also spread the word via Facebook:
You can also participate remotely by using the #WikiWomen hashtag. See you
Diverse and engaging consulting for your organization.
I've had a variation of this on my user page for a while. I could leave
it anywhere on Wikimedia or en.Wikipedia. I am really pissed to be in
an arbitration on issues that decent administratorship should have dealt
with 8-10 months ago. The repeated references to females of course will
doubtless be mocked. I just pray I can pull myself away from an
essentially time wasting and masochistic effort. I can do far more for
advancing the knowledge of the world by just rewriting articles of
interest to me and putting them on my own carolmoorepedia.org or
something. (What a glorious concept!!)
====Is the real problem ineffective action by administrators?====
:Right now administrators refuse to stop POV editing, misuse of RS,
concerted attacks on BLPs, harassment (especially of clearly identified
females), tag-team editing, sockpuppetry that is obvious from clear
patterns of similar editing on the same articles using the same language
style/POVs, etc. etc. What good is it to have a policy on COI editing
or ''anything else'' if some administrators are terrified of editors who
threaten to try to take away their administrator rights? Or some are
too intimidated/confused by professional B.S. artists and/or those who
scream discrimination? Or if others are too nice a guy or too much of a
"good old boy" to enforce policies? Or if admins only enforce them on
editors perceived as "weak" politically but not those perceived as
"strong" politically? Where issues that should have been handled by
admins months ago have to go to Arbitration. And then you still will end
up with too many ineffective decisions that are either too wussy or too
harsh (and sometimes against the wrong individuals), all because they
were not dealt with effectively earlier by admins.
:Unless Wikipedia figures out how to have a few hundred truly
independent admins committed first and foremost to enforcing Wikipedia
policy through frequent short blocks which escalate for those who don't
get the point, the whole project is doomed. The bad editors continue to
drive out good and/or new ones, especially females who aren't willing to
enter into a field of combat.
:/''If the Foundation can't figure out how to set up some procedure and
or independent body to hire and train a few dozen (or hundred) tough and
fair administrators to do the dirty work that volunteer admins refuse to
take on, the Foundation might as well fold it's tent and hand the whole
project over to Citizenpedia. Also, make sure half or more of those paid
admins are women who won't play those good old boy games and will get
the job done.'' /
Applications for GNOME outreach program for women is now open. Wikimedia
is a participating organization in this program. More details:
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is software that gives the user the
freedom to use, copy, study, change, and improve it. FOSS contributors
believe that this is the best way to develop software because it benefits
society, creates a fun collaborative community around a project, and allows
anyone to make innovative changes that reach many people.
In an effort to improve the gender diversity in FOSS, a number of
organizations are offering Outreach Program for Women internships through a
program organized by the GNOME Foundation. These internships are open to
women (cis and trans) and genderqueer. The application deadline for the
Outreach Program for Women is March 19 and the program dates are May 19 to
August 18. In addition to coding, projects include such tasks as graphic
design, user experience design, documentation, bug triage and community
To apply for this program, you need to connect with a participating
organization early, select a project you want to work on, create a project
plan, and make a few relevant contributions.
The mentorship opportunities are also available throughout the year for
anyone interested in getting started contributing to FOSS outside of the
formal internship program. In addition to the organizations participating
in the Outreach Program for Women, more organizations that offer informal
mentorship to all newcomers are listed here:
A collection of questions that newcomers to FOSS often have is answered in
this recent article:
Please consider applying for FOSS Outreach Program for Women, encourage
someone else to apply, or help spread the word by forwarding this message
to any interested university and community groups.
Student of Medicine and Surgery
Govt. Medical College, Kozhikode