This is a friendly reminder that The Community Development team
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Calls> at the Wikimedia
Foundation is hosting our first ever community call on Wednesday, February
23, 2022 from 15:00 - 16:00 UTC on Zoom
We want to thank those who have expressed interest in speaking during this
call, we had an overwhelming response. Unfortunately we were only able to
choose 3 speakers from the community. We will be sending invitations to
those who have been selected to participate in the meeting shortly. At this
time sign ups for speaking during the call has closed.
To join in the community call:
To attend the call, please find the link here
Please ensure you have zoom downloaded on your personal device prior to
We are excited to see and hear from you in our first ever Community
Development community call!
The Community Development team
Program Support Associate
Dear Gender Gap:
I am writing to share that Art+Feminism has released a new report (of
which I am a co-lead) that may be of interest to the group - Unreliable
Guidelines - I'll paste the announcement and link below. Apologies for
cross-posting. In any case, I do invite you to read and share.
Our findings, particularly around issues of consensus -- "silence is
consensus" -- and lack of rigor in the guidelines in these three languages
are painful to name and relevant for issues this group has grappled with
over the years. The report also identifies the important work of trainers
and proposes several recommendations.
Early on in the project I had the benefit of an email conversation with
User:SarahSV, who was supportive of the research, and it's with sadness
that I share the final report only after learning of her passing.
Condolences to all who knew her. I hope that this report can be seen as
engaging with the spirit of the initiatives of which she was involved, and
also Adrianne Wadewitz (whom I had the benefit of learning Wikipedia with
at an edit-a-thon in 2011), and others in the movement who have passed on.
We will hopefully have opportunities to present the report at future
convening, but until then, are available by email. What would you like to
see us do next?
Warm regards, Monika (on behalf of Monika Sengul-Jones, Amber Berson and
New report released: Unreliable Guidelines and marginalized communities in
Art+Feminism is pleased to announce the release of *Unreliable Guidelines:
Reliable Sources and Marginalized Communities in French, English and
Spanish Wikipedia*, the report for our inaugural research project Reading
Together: Reliability and Multilingual Global Communities. The project used
an intersectional feminist methodology to address how Wikipedia trainers
involved in the Art+Feminism movement approach the reliable source
guidelines in French, English and Spanish Wikipedias. Rigorous analysis
ends with recommendations for more inclusive and diverse Wikipedias.
This research was led by Amber Berson, Monika Sengul-Jones and Melissa
Tamani and was partially funded by Wikicred. The report is initially
available in English. You can read the final report here:
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> To better understand the perspectives of individuals in the Wikimedia
> community who have experienced harassment, Wikimedia Foundation researched
> our community members’ knowledge of, and comfort with, existing enforcement
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> Sydney Poore
To better understand the perspectives of individuals in the Wikimedia
community who have experienced harassment, Wikimedia Foundation researched
our community members’ knowledge of, and comfort with, existing enforcement
and reporting processes.
An executive summary of the research report is now available on Meta. <
Currently, the executive summary is available in English, Spanish, and
Please share the results of the research with your community by forwarding
this email, posting a link to the report, or translating the report into
You can discuss the results or raise questions on Meta or by contacting
Sydney Poore (she/her)
Trust and Safety team
Congratulations to all winners and the organisers for successfully organising the event.
Stay safe and healthy.
(Sent from my iPhone pardon the brevity).
> On 04-Jun-2021, at 8:23 PM, Eric Luth <eric.luth(a)wikimedia.se> wrote:
After calculating and validating the results, the organizers of WikiGap
Challenge 2021 have now published the results and winners! You can read
In short, the user Tuga1143 received the most points in the challenge,
after having created or improved 429 articles in Portuguese! Kushared and
Armineaghayan shared the first place for the newly launched "Best Article"
challenge, focusing on qualitative improvements; Kushared for their article
on Frida Kahlo in Kurdish Sorani, and Armineaghayan for their article on
Vera Kholodnaya in Armenian. You can see these and more results here:
In total, almost 100 participants registered, and created or improved 2,940
articles! We got help from the UN Human Rights office to propose a list of
29 women human rights defenders
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiGap_Challenge/List> that yielded bonus
points. The WikiGap Challenge resulted in 337 articles about these women,
in 30 different languages!
Thanks to all the participants, for making a substantial impact on
Wikipedia, and congratulations to the winners!
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Hey folks! it's been a while.
The Gendergap mailing list just got migrated to Mailman 3, which means I
now have my admin access back (I'd lost access to the previous system and
hadn't had a chance to restore it for... several years.)
The list had been set to new posters being moderated, which resulted in a
number of messages being caught and I wasn't able to release them.
Unfortunately those messages didn't survive the migration, but I've
adjusted the moderation settings and going forward new messages should go
I've adjusted the list description to be a bit more concise: it is now
"Addressing gender equity and exploring ways to increase gender diversity
in Wikimedia projects."
This part is sad, but as a heads up and for transparency's sake:
I also went ahead and removed Kevin as an Owner/Moderator of the list as I
don't know who now controls his former email accounts. For those who had
missed his passing, there is a lovely tribute to his life and work on the
Hope that everyone has been keeping well through this difficult time, and I
look forward to seeing more activity on this list in the future with the
new Mailman migration.
All the best,
Dear friends and Wikimedians,
(apologies for cross-posting!)
The Community Resources team announced in January the intention and process
to review its current grants programs (Annual Plan Grants, Simple Annual
Plan Grants, Project Grants and Rapid Grants) to ensure we are aligning
with the strategic direction of the Wikimedia movement, with a focus on
knowledge equity and building a thriving movement.
Now that we have finished our needs review, key stakeholders discussions,
community brainstorms, and grantee surveys, we are excited to share with
you the draft proposal that has resulted from this work:
We are requesting your feedback on how the proposed grant programs would
impact you and how well they align with our movement strategy, which can be
provided in the following ways :
* Complete a feedback form
* Participate in office hours
* Discuss on-wiki
* E-mail the Community Resources team (<communityresources(a)wikimedia.org>)
More information about these options can be found on our feedback page.
After one month when the planned feedback period is over, the Community
Resources team will review all community input and make final adjustments
to complete the redesign. In April 2021, the Community Resources team will
review and incorporate suggested changes and send a final proposal for
endorsement and approval by the leadership of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Working with all our communities to update our grants programs is essential
to ensuring that they are useful and address real needs for our
communities. Thank you for all of the participation that has brought us to
this point. We look forward to the continued engagement in this next step
and listening to your ideas.
On behalf of the Community Resources team,
*Chris Schilling* (him//they)
User:I JethroBT (WMF)
Senior Program Officer, Rapid Grants
(Apologies for cross-posting!)
The Community Resources team is inviting you to an exciting opportunity to
be a committee member as part of the grants programs' participatory
Participatory grantmaking ensures that resourcing community efforts in the
movement is diverse, equal and inclusive. This practice aligns with
movement strategy recommendation 4. Ensure Equity in Decision-making:
Establishing shared responsibility and accountability for decision-making
and distribution of resources.
Serving committee members will have the opportunity to inform and advise
funding decisions and proactively share recommendations and mentorship to
support grantees worldwide in their development, growth, and sustainability
strategies; that contribute to a world in which every single human being
can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
You will also strengthen your capacity in participatory decision-making
processes while learning about our community's incredible work and the
different contexts that influence their work.
Here is statement by current committee member, Thepwnco, on their
My experiences with Wikimedia Foundation grant programs have been very
rewarding and I feel so fortunate to have served as a volunteer committee
member since 2014. Grant programs contribute to equity and sustainability
in our movement through funding unmet and under-resourced needs. Under our
participatory approach to grantmaking, volunteers play a key role in
decision-making. Volunteers also help support and strengthen community-led
initiatives by reviewing grant proposals for impact and providing feedback
and other support to prospective grantees. But being a volunteer committee
member is much more than just a way to share your knowledge and insights,
it’s also an incredible opportunity to learn and be inspired by the breadth
of amazing and innovative work taking place across the movement and in
diverse communities and regions.
Here are the committees that are currently soliciting new members:
* Project Grants: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that inspire and coordinate
volunteers, via campaigns, training, contests and other forms of community
organizing. You can learn more about Project Grants here:
** Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals: This
committee reviews proposals for projects that create or maintain software
that supports the Wikimedia movement, or that conduct research to answer
questions important for Wikimedia communities and projects.
* Simple Annual Plan Grants:
** Simple APG Committee: This committee reviews proposals to fund a group
or organization's programs and operating expenses for 12 months. The groups
and organizations need to already have experience managing programs and
Orientation and training is provided for new members and you don’t have to
have previous experience to sign up.
Committee responsibilities include:
* Providing review and constructive feedback to help support applicants and
strengthen grant proposals
* Evaluating and recommending promising proposals for funding
* Helping recruit and spread the word about grants
* Optional: Becoming a project advisor for proposals that interest you
Eligibility requirements for committee members can be found here:
* Project Grants :
* Simple APG: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Simple/Committee
You can sign up as a candidate for a committee here:
Deadlines for submitting committee candidacy:
* Project Grants Committee reviewing Community Organizing proposals --
February 5, 2020
* Project Grants Committee reviewing Research and Software proposals --
March 5, 2020
* Simple APG Committee -- February 5, 2020
Please reach out to projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Project Grants Committee and simple(a)wikimedia.org for questions on the
Simple APG Committee.
Veronica Thamaini, Program Officer for Simple APG
Marti Johnson, Program Officer for Project Grants
Chris Schilling, Program Officer for Rapid Grants
*Chris Schilling* (him/his/they/their)
User:I JethroBT (WMF)
Senior Program Officer, Wikimedia Foundation Grants
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>