Erik Moeller states:
Please join me in thanking Rand for all he has done for Wikimedia, and
wishing him the best for his future.
Rand, thanks for your work for the Wikimedia Foundation and its movement.
Best wishes on your future career elsewhere. Should you ever again initiate
a market research survey, I'll again be happy to provide you insights and
In a message dated 7/2/2010 3:20:37 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> Nothing competes with free, why would you pay for an album when your
> mates just download it for nothing? >>
Gee I don't know. Why are people still renting videos from Netflix when
you can watch 500 free movies on YouTube? I think you're being specious.
There are already companies making money with this model. Just because
don't *want* to use it, doesn't mean that they aren't going to be *forced* to
use it, by the market.
Now I can rent a DVD for one dollar a day at 7 eleven. So what is
Blockbuster going to do with that? Go down to one dollar also? Or go out of
business? Or do the online thing for say... fifty cents? And which is smarter?
Fighting or changing?
If you can't adapt, then you're doomed. Just ask the giant tree sloth, and
the woolley mammoth.
(sending on behalf of Ting)
Today, here in Gdansk, at the meeting of the Board of Trustees during the sixth annual Wikimania Conference, the Board made some important changes. I'm pleased to share this news with you. The Foundation will be issuing a public announcement shortly as well.
Every year at Wikimania, the Wikimedia Board appoints its officers for the coming year. This year we have changes to each of the Officer roles. As of today's meeting, I was fortunate to be appointed Chair of the Board - and I'm grateful to have the support of the Board in this new role.. Stuart West was appointed Vice-chair (and continues as Board Treasurer), and Samuel Klein becomes Board Secretary.
Also, the Wikimedia chapters have made their selections for the two chapters-selected Board seats. Arne Klempert has been reappointed to his seat, and Phoebe Ayers has also been appointed to join the Board.
This means that Michael Snow will be leaving the Board: he has been invited to join the Advisory Board, and the Board warmly thanks him for his service.
Michael Snow has been a tireless and dedicated leader of this Board, and the whole Wikimedia movement, over the past two years. I want to express my sincere thanks to him on behalf of the Board and all of the Wikimedia community. I am also excited to congratulate and welcome Phoebe Ayers to the Board, and also to congratulate Arne Klempert for his re-appoitment to the Board in a Chapter-appointed seat.
There are 10 seats on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees and according to the Foundation's bylaws, three members are elected by the Wikimedia community, two members are selected by the Wikimedia chapters, a Community Founder seat held by Jimmy Wales, and four members appointed by the Board itself to provide additional, specific expertise. Currently all seats on the Board of Trustees are filled.
This is the first time that the official Chapters selection process has been carried out. Members of Wikimedia's global chapters, made a call for nominations for new members and voted to elect their two members. In this year's election nine candidates from the Wikimedia community originally stepped forward. Two of those candidates stepped out of the process, leaving seven candidates for selection by the Chapters.
All of the officer appointments are effective immediately, and we are pleased to welcome Phoebe to the Board right away.
I'd like to thank the Chapters for their thoughtful work in convening a process and carrying out their voting process. I would also like to thank all of the candidates who stepped forward for with their nominations.
I'm looking forward to an incredible year ahead. We have an ambitious plan for the Foundation and the projects over the next year, and we have a tremendous group to tackle a busy year ahead.
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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Yesterday at wikimania panel: “Allow, Invite, Encourage: Growing Wikipedia
in the World” Several members of ChapCom and Board recognized they don’t
know what a Chapter is.
I think we should help in clarifying ideas. I just created this draft:
Please help to improve it.
I forward a mail from ThomasV.
This tool as a potential much beyond Wikisource.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: ThomasV <thomasV1 @ gmx . de>
Subject: [Wikisource-l] Recent Changes in Real Time
To: "discussion list for Wikisource, the free library"
Firefox 4 and Chrome 6 have support for Websockets.
I wrote a websocket server that forwards Recent Changes to a web
browser, in order to visualize them dynamically.
Here is a list of pages using it:
*[http://toolserver.org/~thomasv/rcsound.html a page that plays a sound
everytime a page is proofread at the most active wikisources]
*[http://toolserver.org/~thomasv/wprc.html en.WP's recent changes] (it
scrolls kind of fast)
If you decide to write another page that uses this server, please add it
to the list.
It is possible to use this tool directly on any Wikimedia wiki ; here is
a script that turns the RC page of your wiki into a self-updating page:
I hope you enjoy it. If you decide to write a page that uses this tool,
please add it to this list :
Join the working group on developing nations! We welcome any and all who
want to help.
For context, take a look at
This is an initiative of a few Wikimedians, started in the working group on
developing nations in Berlin 2010, but we are looking to engage both the
Foundation and non-Wikimedians around the world, to brainstorm how to best
further the Wikimedia Vision in developing nations, and to plan and hatch
If you're at all interested, even in just passively getting occasional
updates about this, register here:
Asaf Bartov, on behalf of
the working group on developing nations
Asaf Bartov <asaf.bartov(a)gmail.com>
On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM, Ting Chen <tchen(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> This year we have changes to each of the Officer roles. As of today's
> meeting, I was fortunate to be appointed Chair of the Board - and I'm
> grateful to have the support of the Board in this new role.. Stuart West was
> appointed Vice-chair (and continues as Board Treasurer), and Samuel Klein
> becomes Board Secretary.
> Also, the Wikimedia chapters have made their selections for the two
> chapters-selected Board seats. Arne Klempert has been reappointed to his
> seat, and Phoebe Ayers has also been appointed to join the Board.
> This means that Michael Snow will be leaving the Board: he has been invited
> to join the Advisory Board, and the Board warmly thanks him for his service.
> Ting Chen
> Chair of the Board of Trustees
> Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
> E-Mail: tchen(a)wikimedia.org
Congratulations to all the new officers, Phoebe for her selection/election
and Arne for his reelection. With the growth of the foundation and the
projects that is expected in the coming year(s) I don't envy the position
you guys are all in but greatly admire the willingness you all have to help
and guide the foundation down a path that I think could be both bumpy and
Good luck Michael and thank you for all your work (again a big time of
growth within the foundation and projects). We better keep seeing you
I'm really sorry to hear this news. Rand has done a huge amount to help the mission and his fundraising has allowed all of us to pursue the mission in ways we wouldn't have dreamed of a few years ago when he joined. We'll miss him and his commitment.
On Jul 2, 2010, at 11:21 AM, Erik Moeller <erik(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I regret to inform you that Rand Montoya will be leaving the Wikimedia
> Foundation. His last day with us will be September 30, 2010.
> Rand has generously agreed to support and advise us for the next three
> months as we're gearing up for the 2010 fundraiser while he looks for
> opportunities outside Wikimedia.
> Rand will especially help us close the loop on our discussions in
> Bristol: finalizing the next version of the chapters fundraising
> agreement, and coordinating a self-assessment process of the chapters
> fundraising work to-date.
> Since Rand joined us two years ago, he has been tremendously
> successful in his work for the Wikimedia Foundation. The 2008 and 2009
> fundraisers set new record revenue numbers for the organization, and
> have enabled us to expand our mission activities and grow our impact
> world-wide. Rand also helped us to establish good fundraising
> practices, including improved donor communication and cultivation, and
> led efforts to help the international Wikimedia chapters fundraise.
> Please join me in thanking Rand for all he has done for Wikimedia, and
> wishing him the best for his future.
> All best,
> Erik Möller
> Deputy Director, Wikimedia Foundation
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Recently there has been a controversy on Wikipedia in German about
extra articles in simple language. Authors of its medical group wanted
to create sub pages suitable for children, believing in an urgent
In the discussion, the question of creating a Wikipedia in simple
German came up.
As we know, to-day Wikimedia language committee policies prohibit a
new Wikipedia in a language that already has a Wikipedia. The
existence of a Wikipedia in simple English refers to the fact that it
had been created before that policy of 2006.
There are a number of ideas and initiatives to create online
encyclopedias in "simple language", in and outside the Wikimedia
world. Wouldn't it be suitable to reconsider and try to give those
initiatives a place? Who else is more capable to create and support
such encyclopedias than we are?
Ziko van Dijk
Ziko van Dijk