Siko and Alex,
I like how you've developed the proposals that I've read so far regarding
restructuring the grantmaking processes. My overall impression is that the
new structure will align better with Cascadia Wikimedians, and is a better
design for small affiliates in general. I may have more detailed comments
when some of us meet with Alex and Kacie in September.
On Aug 18, 2015 6:14 PM, "Siko Bouterse" <sbouterse(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> The Wikimedia Foundation would like your feedback about how we can
> reimagine grants to better support people and ideas in the Wikimedia
> We’ve been discussing the idea with the grants committees and are now
> running a survey and collecting feedback on Meta-wiki. Office hours will
> also be held in Hangouts and IRC starting at the end of August.
> Please share your feedback on the idea here, and help make it better:
> You can learn more about this consultation, including dates for office
> hours, here:
> Feedback is welcome in any language.
> Warm regards,
> Siko and the Community Resources team
> Siko Bouterse
> Director of Community Resources
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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Good news discussion below.
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From: "Pine W" <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>
Date: Aug 15, 2015 7:05 AM
Subject: Re: [Wiki-research-l] Has the recent increase in English
wikipedia's core community gone beyond a statistical blip?
To: "Wiki Research-l" <wiki-research-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> VisualEditor and Citoid perhaps? It would be interesting to see if there
is a correlation between the use of those tools and the editor population
> On Aug 15, 2015 6:12 AM, "WereSpielChequers" <werespielchequers(a)gmail.com>
>> With 8% more editors contributing over 100 edits in June 2015 than in
June 2014, we have now had six consecutive months where this particular
metric of the core community is looking positive. One or two months could
easily be a statistical blip, especially when you compare calender months
that may have 5 weekends in one year and four the next. But 6 months in a
row does begin to look like a change in pattern.
>> As far as caveats go I'm aware of several of the reasons why raw edit
count is a suspect measure, but I'm not aware of anything that has come in
in this year that would have artificially inflated edit counts and brought
more of the under 100 editors into the >100 group.
>> I know there was a recent speedup, which should increase subsequent edit
rates, and one of the edit filters got disabled in June, but neither of
those should be relevant to the Jan-May period.
>> Would anyone on this list be aware of something that would have
otherwise thrown that statistic?
>> Otherwise I'm considering submitting something to the Signpost.
>> Wiki-research-l mailing list
Update on Brion's work with video is below. Brion says he can join us next
month on the 8th or 17th.
Also FYI, Peaceray's second part of his Wikimania series appears in this
week's Signpost issue.
If there is enough interest we can have a "general meeting" on the 8th
(probably including Brion's presentation) and hopefully a 2nd event on the
17th with the Wing Luke Museum. Otherwise we can plan on meeting just with
I'd appreciate hearing if there is interest on having two meetups in
September. If you're interested in meeting on the 8th as well as the 17th
please email me off list so that I can get a sense of likely attendance on
the 8th as well as possible agenda items for the 8th.
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From: "Brion Vibber" <bvibber(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Aug 15, 2015 2:44 AM
Subject: [Multimedia] Prep work for WebM VP9 support
To: "Wikimedia Foundation Multimedia Team" <multimedia(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
"Opportunities for video in the Wikimedia universe - tech help" <
Just a quick note -- there's been some ongoing work in preparation for
supporting WebM with the newer VP9 codec:
* fixing up our server configuration with updated ffmpeg & ffmpeg2theora
* fixing up the player to support VP9 as well as VP8
* adding support for producing WebM transcodes in VP9 in addition to VP8
Big thanks to a bunch of folks over on the ops side who have been helping
with the packaging! We had to backport some packages to get VP9 working,
and ffmpeg2theora needed some patches to work correctly in newer versions.
At some point in the coming weeks, the video transcoding servers will
with an updated operating system <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T104747>
(Ubuntu Trusty plus our custom packages). Once this is complete, uploaded
WebM VP9 files should start producing Ogg Theora and WebM VP8 transcodes
(currently you can upload them but they fail to work).
With TMH updates going out some time next week, playback of VP9 originals
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T62272> should also start working in
Chrome and Firefox.
These updates also improve support of Opus audio files
<https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T42193>, both standalone in Ogg audio
and in WebM videos.
Once we're satisfied everything works, we'll consider enabling production
of VP9 transcodes <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T63805>. These will be
about the same quality as VP8, but use only half the bandwidth. Later when
we figure out how to rig up adaptive streaming, this'll mean
bandwidth-constrained clients can bump up one resolution step in VP9 versus
One big warning -- VP9 encoding is 2-4x slower than VP8 encoding at the
same resolution... so we'll have to investigate comparative CPU load and
whether 1080p transcodes actually complete reliably before timeouts etc
hit. This may be something we have to roll out later after more testing.
But even if it takes us time to get VP9 output working, having VP9 input
functional will fix some existing files, make it easier to import from
YouTube and other sources that are more aggressively using VP9, and
generally makes us more future-proof.
Multimedia mailing list
There has been discussion that Wikipedians want more video. Videos are
requested as tutorials, to document events, and to document presentations
that individuals give.
My friend Nadya will be at the Wikipedia Cascadia meetup scheduled for
tomorrow at Cafe Allegro. She is an amateur filmmaker. I like her work
<https://vimeo.com/16081451>. I was thinking that perhaps it might be fun
for all involved if she did filming at wiki-events.
Please multiple people at the meetup tomorrow be kind to be ready to speak
on camera for 1-3 minutes about the wiki-topic of your choice. Rehearse a
friendly message. Be ready. I am hoping to help her integrate more videos
into more places on Wikipedia. Perhaps any of you could explain your
favorite Wikipedia policy or, or chose one of the CSD criteria and speak
for a minute on why Wikipedia needs to delete that kind of article. A lot
of new users wonder about the codes so maybe a video for one of the codes
would clarify things. You all are the talent but she will convert the
videos and I will help her with upload and posting them.
More videos is better. Please, at least a few of you in attendance, be kind
to be on camera for something just for a few minutes. No shyness! We do not
have enough videographers among us and if she fits then I hope she can find
a place as wiki enters the future.
user:bluerasberry on Wikipedia
Would the second Tuesday in August work?
I am hoping that we can get a Wikimania report from Peaceray.
I also hope to be able to report on meetings with WMUK and Wikimedia
Community Ireland regarding their experiences with growth strategies.
Brian and I have bank paperwork to sign.
We are scheduling a meeting with UW about plans for the upcoming academic
We also need to plan board elections for next year. At this time I'm not
aware of any new candidates or anyone who wants to step down.
Please indicate if the 2nd Tuesday in August is ok, and if you need to
Peaceray and I have been talking with UW Research Commons staff about some
potential editathons with them during fall quarter. One of the themes that
I proposed for an editathon series is the history, geography and culture of
Seattle. It just ocurred to me that for this particular theme, MOHAI might
be a great resource. Do any of you have contacts at MOHAI that you could
share with us off-list?
I believe that we *will* have some events at UW. We are working out the
particulars. Depending on interest, I could see us also working with MOHAI
In other news, we're talking with the Wing Luke museum in very preliminary
discussions about GLAM activities, potentially in September before the UW
school year starts.
Please do let me know if you have MOHAI contacts that you can share.
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From: Pine W <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 1:56 PM
Subject: Seeking comments and translations for proposed video project
Dear Wikimedia colleagues:
I am developing a proposal for a video series that's designed to introduce
Wikimedia to new contributors (particularly in GLAM and education
programs), and to motivate them to participate in the community in a
constructive way. I would appreciate your input. The video is intended for
translation into multiple languages; there are already volunteers for
Spanish and German translation.
The proposal's main draft page is here:
The proposal talk page is here; it includes a draft outline of specific
subjects to cover:
Please note that the scope and budget of the project are still under
consideration. At this point it would be especially helpful to have input
on the subjects that the video should cover, and how best to cover them.
This information will help as the project scope and budget are refined.
Please add your questions and comments to the talk page.
If you would like to support the project with your endorsement, please do
If you would like to volunteer to translate the video, please email me or
comment on the talk page.
Thanks and regards,