Hi WALRUS members,
In Cascadia we are in very early discussions about hosting a future
Wikiconference USA. Who can we speak with from the NYC conference team
about how you organized, staffed, and funded the conference?
Just a note for those not already participating in the discussion: I pinged
WMF Legal again yesterday. We are waiting for them to, hopefully, tweak the
Affiliation Agreement to align with our goals and our agreement with Affcom.
As we are considering which projects to do in Cascadia, it would be good
for us to know what WMF Evaluation has learned are the most and least
effective programs for thematic organizations and PEG/APG. Is there a
ranked list of program types, and descriptions of recommended practices for
the most effective programs?
In my day job, I teach at the University of Washington. This quarter,
I'm teaching a class about online communities. The syllabus is here:
As part of the class, I'm trying to get everybody in the class to
learn about Wikipedia and it's, norms, policies, and rules and then
demonstrate this learning by "joining" our community and making a
series of valuable contributions. We're using a lot of the material
that the education program has developed although my goal is a little
more "meta" than usual (i.e., I'm interested in teaching about
Wikipedia as an example of an online community more than I am
concerned about who folks are writing about).
Although I've been around our community long enough that I can play a
pretty convincing Wikipedian, I would love to invite others from
Wikimedia Cascadia in or around Seattle to come visit on either of
these two dates:
1. Monday October 6rd (~5:30-7pm)
We'll be talking quite a bit about their Wikipedia assignments on 10/6
and it might be nice to have another Wikimedian around to help give
some perspective and/or advice. Since we'll be talking about
motivation and incentives, anyone who wants to come along would be
welcome to talk about this as well.
2. November 3rd (430-7pm)
We'll be having a "debrief" about our whole Wikipedia contribution
assignment on this day. I'd love to have as many local Wikipedians as
possible join us!
Send me an email offlist (makohill(a)uw.edu) if you're interested. In
return, I can offer you dinner and the decreasingly dubiously valuable
gifts of my gratitude and company.
Benjamin Mako Hill
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far
as society is free to use the results. --GNU Manifesto
I think the IP editor is a vandal, but I think this question is good for us
to discuss anyway.
We are discussing two points about the affiliation agreement with Affcom
and WMF Legal that I hope will be resolved favorably early next week. I am
also waiting for more information from two potential board members.
Hopefully we can set up our first board meeting in the next few weeks.
For our next regular Seattle meetup we can plan on the second Tuesday in
October at Allegro.
On Sep 20, 2014 11:03 PM, "Raymond Leonard" <raymond.f.leonard.jr(a)gmail.com>
> While I think that the effort to host WikiConference USA would help
> Cascadia Wikimedians itself scale up regardless of the year, I also believe
> that an anonymous edit adding Seattle to the list of Wikimania 2016 bidders
> is unconscionable without first getting a consensus within the user group.
> Even with a consensus, there should be no IP posts "volunteering" Seattle,
> anyway. That's just avoiding taking responsibility.
> BTW, does anybody have any thoughts about when & where to have the first
> Cascadia Wikimedians user group meeting?
> On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM, Pine W <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> We've discussed hosting WikiConference USA in 2016, but someone using an
>> IP went a step further and added Seattle to the list of potential bidders
>> for Wikimania 2016. I understand how scaling up makes sense, especially if
>> we have strong U.W. support and are able to hire an event planner, but the
>> main reason I have not suggested scaling up the event is that we are a
>> young group and we need to grow in a sustainable way; Wikimania is a very
>> large event that may distract us from the kinds of work we have already
>> planned to pursue like forming local partnerships, so I feel that Wikimania
>> would be a more appropriate event for us to host in 2017 or 2018 when we
>> have a firmer foundation and perhaps more numerous local Wikimedians and
>> partners who will assist with coordinating the event. Thoughts?
>> Wikimedia-Cascadia mailing list
> Wikimedia-Cascadia mailing list
We've discussed hosting WikiConference USA in 2016, but someone using an IP
went a step further and added Seattle to the list of potential bidders for
Wikimania 2016. I understand how scaling up makes sense, especially if we
have strong U.W. support and are able to hire an event planner, but the
main reason I have not suggested scaling up the event is that we are a
young group and we need to grow in a sustainable way; Wikimania is a very
large event that may distract us from the kinds of work we have already
planned to pursue like forming local partnerships, so I feel that Wikimania
would be a more appropriate event for us to host in 2017 or 2018 when we
have a firmer foundation and perhaps more numerous local Wikimedians and
partners who will assist with coordinating the event. Thoughts?
A joint holiday party for Wikimedians and TA3M members is tentatively
scheduled for the evening of December 15 in Seattle. More details will be
forthcoming as we approach the date. I believe we will be able to
accommodate about 50 people total and may need RSVPs for food. I am
thinking that we Wikimedians can apply for PEG funding for the food as soon
as our incorporation is finished. TA3M is arranging the venue.
Forwarding to TA3M Seattle (please forward to the local and national TA3M
communication lists for redistribution if that seems appropriate), Cascadia
Wikimedians, WALRUS, and the Wikimedia gender gap list.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Quim Gil" <qgil(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Sep 17, 2014 8:28 AM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] FOSS OPW: looking for female technical contributors
To: "Wikimedia developers" <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>, "Wikimedia
Mailing List" <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The Free and Open Source Souftware Outreach Program for Women offers paid
internships to developers and other technical profiles working on projects
together with free software organizations. Wikimedia is participating
again, and we welcome candidates.
This call is open to Wikimedia volunteers (editors, developers...) and also
to people that would contribute for the first time in our projects. In the
past editions we have seen that candidates coming through a direct
recommendation have good chances of success. It is also known that many
good potential candidates will be reluctant to step in, but they will if
someone (like you) encourages them to apply, or to contact us with any
You can make a difference. If you know women with software development or
open source background / interest and full time availability between
December and March, please forward them this invitation. Thank you!
Engineering Community Manager @ Wikimedia Foundation
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
I have received an email from Stephen in WMF Legal. I believe we have at
least two board members who are willing to sign the agreement and I have
asked them to communicate with Stephen.
I am still waiting to hear from two people about possible board roles. One
person is doing checks for potential conflict of interest.
Thanks everyone for keeping us moving forward.