WMF has nowhere close to $500k in its bank account(s).
In a message dated 11/6/2006 10:58:45 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
WMF has around $500k in its bank account last I heard, though they're going
to be spending AT LEAST that on servers. Keep in mind nothing I say is
Downtime? I think the concern is more with slowness than downtime.
On 11/6/06, Rory Stolzenberg <rory096(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> How much downtime have we had recently, and is that significant compared
> sites with similar popularities?
> How many new servers do we need right now? How many over the next few
> On 11/6/06, Anthony <wikilegal(a)inbox.org> wrote:
> > On 11/6/06, Daniel Mayer <maveric149(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > A good fundraising appeal succinctly presents some of the great things
> > we previously have done
> > > (with an emphasis on what has been done since the last fundraiser) and
> > presents some ideas on what
> > > can be done in the future with additional funds. The point is to
> > potential donors on our
> > > track record and instill in them confidence that their support will be
> > well spent and they can be
> > > part of something revolutionary.
> > >
> > How much does Wikimedia currently have in cash?
> > How much does the Foundation need for the next 6 months?
> > Anthony
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Wikimedia Deutschland is happy to announce that the German tax office
just confirmed the Verein's tax-exempt status. We now have the
continuing ability to issue donation receipts until October 2011.
We're also glad to tell you that we've ordered 15 servers for more
than 50.000 Euros to serve as squids in the NOC in Amsterdam. Even if
this is not much in comparison to the whole Wikimedia server cluster,
it will more than double the server capacities in Europe, which is a
good start, isn't it?
More information (in German):
A few months ago, the board of the Foundation passed a resolution
regarding the creation of an advisory board.
You will find the copy of this resolution at the end of this message for
Time has come to populate this advisory board.
This has been discussed a few times already on this list, but now, what
we would like from you is to be more specific. We welcome your input on
who should be approached to be added to the advisory board. Please be
If you have a name to suggest, please
* Send it by email at my address (fdevouard #AT# wikimedia.org), and
keep the subject line (for email sorting purpose)
* Mention the name of the person
* If possible, add a couple of links to this person biography (for
famous people, Wikipedia will do :-), for less famous, Wikipedia might
do as well..., for others, blogs, personal websites, user page...)
* shortly (few short sentences at most), the reason why you think this
person would bring to the organisation (try to be specific)
* the cream of cream would be to add a contact (email for example)
I'll report these suggestions on the board wiki, and these will be
discussed during our next (irl) board meeting end of november.
Thanks in advance
Whereas the board considers that an advisory group could be a tremendous
complement to the effectiveness of the official board of directors,
committee and staff
It is hereby resolved that: the board of directors agree to create an
advisory board to serve as a valuable complement to the staff and the
board of directors. The advisory board is a group of individuals,
appointed by the board of directors for the purpose of offering advice
and support on a wide range of issues relevant to Wikimedia Foundation.
These issues are likely to include areas such as partnerships, public
relations, financing, technology, administration, international matters
Appointments: Appointment should be done with a majority of support from
members of the board of trustees. Appointments should be planned to
implement a well-balanced advisory board that should be used effectively
to bring a number of important benefits, among them: Contacts,
Expertise, Perspective, Prestige, Strategic Input, Financial Investment.
Duties of the Advisory Board: The advisory board will not generally get
involved in issues that involve the administration of the non-profit
organisation and should, as a rule leave such matters to the board
(governing board). However, it will up to the board and the advisor, to
agree the range and extent of duties to be performed by the advisor.
Every advisory board member should have a charter of what they’re
expected to bring to the organisation.
Compensation: Advisory board members will not be financially compensated
for their activity.
Length of Service: Advisors will be appointed by the board of Trustees
for one year, renewal being possible.
Since http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Domain_names and
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Squatted_Wikimedia_domains have been moved to
internal wiki (wrong imho), I post these here:
* wikipedia.gr has been squatted and is for sale at sedoparking.com.
* wikimedia.gr has been bought by myself and is a portal to wikimedia
projects (when there is a project in greek language, it links to that one)
* βικιπαιδεια.gr (wikipedia in greek) has been bought by myself and is a
redirect to el.wikipedia.org
I will do anything that is suggested by the Foundation with these domains.
[el.wikipedia (s&b), el.wikisource (s&b), meta, commons]
> Wayyyyyyyyy outside Wikimedia's goals and functional
I don't think so. How is Wikinews "educational"? It's about information, is
> 'Wikistalk' for short.
Thank you to whoever pointed out I'd missed a section on "Privacy"! Of
course, the wiki does not intend to be a "Wikistalk" - merely a collection
of information that would be publicly viewable anyway. See the brand new:
By your reasoning, the Yellow Pages should be called the Stalker Pages.
Lookup directories are not about stalking. They're useful.
All sponsors need the maximum. If someone accepts your proposal I
think that it could be a bad sponsor.
No other to say.
Data: 06.11.06 19.56
A: <valdelli(a)bluemail.ch>, "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List"
Oggetto: Re: [Foundation-l] Wikimania 2007 Team Bulletin, 5
>As I have said in the previous emails, I hope that the
>of following Wikimanias will not ask to have sponsors in advance
>because to say at sponsors that a town has not been chosen will
>in the future to ask other support from them.
I think this is really a matter of how organizers talk with their
potential sponsors. Some level of commitment from sponsors should
required to satisfy the selection committee that local organizers
more available than wishful thinking. It also needs to be made
absolutely clear to sponsors that their support is conditional on
city being awarded Wikimania. Sponsors need to understand that
efforta are being made in other cities. Until Wikimania has been
awarded it would be unethical for a local organizing committee to
anything from the potential sponsor other than a letter of
Please, don't reply to this thread! If you think to be in the right
way and there is nothing to hide, these answers have no sense.
You are replying to an unofficial email.
As President of Wikimedia CH I have supported Turin as seat of
Wikimania 2007 because in my mind there were some candidatures in
previous editions and a different system, but, after the resolution,
I am happy that Turin will not host this event because the committee,
who has organized this candidature, has found different sponsors who
need also an advantage in exchange for support.
To have an half victory in the choose as host of Wikimania 2007
would been a bad way to assure to the sponsors these advantages and
IMHO it would been a start of an organization "with a lot of risks".
It's would be better to have a wide agreement.
As I have said in the previous emails, I hope that the organization
of following Wikimanias will not ask to have sponsors in advance
because to say at sponsors that a town has not been chosen will avoid
in the future to ask other support from them.
I think that, for these reasons, all Italian Wikipedians agree with
me, except some isolated persons.
Data: 06.11.06 9.02
A: "Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List"<foundation-l(a)wikimedia.org>
Oggetto: Re: [Foundation-l] Wikimania 2007 Team Bulletin, 5
Would you really believe that these same people would not be
in being on the program committee if it were in Turin?
PS the way you manifest your displeasure for losing the 2007
makes you a poor loser. If anything you provide excellent arguments
to have a Wikimania in Italy in a future. It is sad that you do
understand this and, I hope other Italian Wikimedians will help
Gatto Nero wrote:
> 2006/11/6, Angela <beesley(a)gmail.com>:
>>> Cute, quite the same members who made the decision of the
>> No, it isn't. Please stop making accusations.
I would like to make something clear here.
In the beginning the members you mentioned were not in the program
committee. They were been asked by the Taipei team to join the program
committee because we know they are trusted people in wikimedia projects and
the board. And the most important thing is, they know the core spirit of
wikimedia projects and know how to organize Wikimania. Taipei team is
willing to have their experiences from the past Wikimania events.
I think you are really making a wrong accusation and you own them an
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> November, 2006
> 2006/11/6, Birgitte SB <birgitte_sb(a)yahoo.com>:
> > Actually Anthere provided a list of jury members some time ago.
> "Jury was Angela, Tim, Anthere, Phoebe, Austin, Sj, Delphine
> and Andrew."
> It's worst I've thought: of the jury members, 4 of 8
> self-perpetrate themselves...
> > I don't see how the program committee has anything to do with the
> > location chosen. This is one of the things that I imagine would be
> > quite similar at any location. I don't see a problem here.
> Self-perpetrating power, as I've said.
> Of course, it's an *opinion*, but when you see strange things...
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