Thought you might be interested to see the learning pattern I've created on
policy campaigning. It's very much focused on the freedom of panorama but
there is scope to extend it.
Please do take a look and if you'd like, please feel free to edit!
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I've had the opportunity to address some of the substantive objections to
including general issues affecting the editor base in advocacy goals
off-list, and I would like to propose something different as an alternative.
I propose that we establish quantative measures of potential advocacy
actions which score the extent to which they would advance the mission. In
practice, this would mean using aggregate rubric scores for each clause of
the mission, asking a randomly selected subset of the community how much
success in a specific advocacy goal would advance that clause, and then
using the median (not mean, to prevent outlier effects) scores to rank the
different potential advocacy actions.
Here is some background information on organizations which have done
I wanted to make a proposal for the list: let's rename the Advocacy
Advisory Group (advocacy_advisors(a)lists.wikimedia.org) to
publicpolicy(a)lists.wikimedia.org. It's not a big change, but I think that
it's more accurate since the list includes expert discussions of public
policy that are not always limited to advocacy actions.
The proposal will only affect the name -- we will continue to keep the same
focus and great discussions. We set up this mailing list nearly three years
ago to provide an open venue for Wikimedians and others supporting the
Wikimedia mission to discuss public policy and legislative developments
around the world that could affect our movement's work. The Wikimedia
Foundation also sends proposals to this list to get feedback on particular
policy issues, following the Wikimedia Foundation Policy and Political
Association Guideline (
I've enjoyed all of the great discussions with the Wikimedia community, and
particularly appreciate the great updates from the EU prepared by Dimi and
If there are no concerns about changing the name, we can set it up next
Friday (August 14). We will update the Policy and Political Association
Guideline to continue to refer to this list.
As Yana, Geoff, and I presented at Wikimania (
we are also working on a site communicating significant public policy
positions. That site will also invite people to sign up to this list to
discuss public policy issues that affect the Wikimedia projects.
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reasons, I cannot give legal advice to, or serve as a lawyer for, community
members, volunteers, or staff members in their personal capacity. For more
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