Thought this might be of interest here too:
Creative Commons, those nice people who make all this sharing stuff
possible, are having their annual fundraiser.
So if you are feeling particularly flush during this time of
recession, perhaps you might want to give (or encourage others to
give) to CC as well as Wikimedia.
Hello Wikimedia contributors,
The fundraising team has been testing new messages over the past couple of
months and we're happy to report we've found some new voices that will allow
us to move away from our dependence on Jimmy to appeal to readers for
donations. This year we want the fundraiser to rely as much as possible on
voices of many different members of our community. So far, we've only tested
messages from individuals, but we'd like to test a group appeal from the
community. *That's where you come in!* Please help out by editing this page
Here are a few *successful appeal principles* we've found in our most
- *Authenticity*: We need to tell stories from amazing passionate
Wikipedians in their own real words about why they are passionate about
Wikipedia and what is great about Wikipedia.
- *Beauty*: Wikipedia is an amazing, beautiful thing run by volunteers
doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.
- *Story*: Clarify people's understanding of Wikipedia and that it needs
them to keep the story going.
- *Free and ad free*: People love that it's free to use, free to be used
in any way, and ad free.
- *Importance*: We're #5 and everyone uses us!
- *Efficiency*: Compared to the other top sites, we run on a shoestring
- *Strong, quick start*: It must have a catchy first line.
- *Ask*: tell people where the money goes, be specific and concrete.
*Examples* of the most effective appeals - so far :
- Trusty Jimmy <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/L11_0209_Jimmy/en>
- Brandon Appeal<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/L11_BR2_Junetest_1/en/US>
- Maryana Appeal<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/L11_3009_Maryana_1/en/US>
- Wikipedia editor Alan
- Steven Walling
Please help come up with some ideas and drafts here:
Really looking forward to seeing what we come up with!
Head of Annual Fundraiser
Hello Wiki World,
On *2011-10-18* (today)*@ 20:00 - 21:30 UTC*, we are running a global
campaign for an hour and a half to test our ability to and strategy for
handling donations coming from *every country*! The test will run for
every language but will only have English banners and appeals with a
link to the translation hub for the fundraiser
<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011/Translation>. The idea
being to use this test as an opportunity to recruit more translators as
well as test our methods.
If you would like to help with the translations please check the
Charles A. Barr
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org>
topic was: Re: [Foundation-l] Letter to the community on Controversial Content
On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 5:47 AM, Andreas K. <jayen466(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM, David Levy <lifeisunfair(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>> Andreas Kolbe wrote:
>> > Whether to add a media file to an article or not is always a
>> > cost/benefit not is always a cost/benefit question. It does not make
>> > sense to argue that any benefit, however small and superficial,
>> > outweighs any cost, however large and substantive.
>> Agreed. I'm not arguing that.
>> Your replies seem indicative of a belief that my position is "Let's
>> include every illustrative image, no matter what." That isn't so. My
>> point is merely that we aren't bound by others' decisions.
>> David Levy
> I think we've reached about as much agreement in this stimulating exchange
> as we're likely to. I don't actually know what your position in any specific
> dispute around illustration would be; I don't think we've ever met in one of
> those on-wiki. I don't assume that we'd necessarily be far apart.
Does that mean this stimulating exchange is over!? ;-)
If not, could you both continue this discussion over on Meta,
Wikipedia or in a private email.
There was a 30 post per person monthly "soft" limit on foundation-l.
Is that still in place?
(if its changed, please update [[meta:foundation-l]])
Jayen, you're winning this month at 42 already ;-)
Thomas Morton is coming second with 35.
Jussi-Ville, Nemo, David, Kim, you're at 27, 27, 25 and 25 respectively.
The stats are here
(thanks Erik Zachte)
Somehow David Gerard, Milos Rancic, Kim and Tobias Oelgarte made it to
96, 95, 89 and 83 posts last month. Last month Thomas Dalton,
Jussi-Ville Heiskanen and I posted 39, 37 and 35 times respectively,
and everyone else was under the 30 post soft limit.
Could the mods please enforce this a bit more. I think it has been
detrimental to the list to allow so few people to dominate the
I am pleased to announce that we have two contractors joining the Technology
team. Fabrice Florin will be joining us for the next six months as Product
Consultant, leading the development of the next version of the Article
Feedback Tool. Oliver Keyes (User: Ironholds on enwp) will be joining us as
a community liaison for the next three months. His role is to help ensure
that the community input is better incorporated into WMF’s product
Fabrice has extensive background in the fields of education and journalism.
He is founder and executive director of NewsTrust, a nonprofit social news
site devoted to good journalism -- as well as Truthsquad, a network
dedicated to fact-checking the political claims made during election
campaigns. His previous ventures include: Handtap, a wireless content
service for mobile phones; shockwave.com, a web entertainment site at
Macromedia; Apple Computer's Multimedia Lab, a new media R&D group; and a
variety of other roles in media and technology. Fabrice earned four patents
for his interactive TV work at Apple and was recently elected an Ashoka
Fellow for his work as social entrepreneur . Read more in his online bio.
Oliver has been an editor since 2006 and is both an administrator and an
OTRS volunteer on the English Wikipedia. With strong experience in content
creation as well as administrative tasks, he has a broad base of knowledge
that will undoubtedly be helpful in coordinating community feedback,
organizing discussions, and making sure more voices are heard as part of the
product development process.
As many of you know, the Tech department continues to look for ways to
gather input from our experienced editors when designing new features.
Oliver’s job will be to act as a conduit between WMF’s development team and
members of the community, helping editors make suggestions on feature
development and helping ensure that the Foundation incorporates this input.
Fabrice may be reached at fflorin at wikimedia dot org, as well as his
userpages on the English Wikipedia and Mediawiki ([[User:Fabrice Florin]]).
Oliver will be on the projects as [[User:Ironholds]] and [[User:Okeyes
(WMF)]]; he can also be contacted directly via
We’re very excited to be working with Fabrice and Oliver. Please join me in
Senior Product Manager
I asked about this a few days ago, but I don't think anyone ever responded.
Are the grant agreements that the Wikimedia Foundation enters into posted
anywhere? If so, where? If not, could someone post them, please?
> Message: 2
> Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 16:36:37 +0200
> From: Tobias Oelgarte <tobias.oelgarte(a)googlemail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] category free image filtering
> To: foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Message-ID: <4EA42675.9070608(a)googlemail.com>
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> Am 23.10.2011 15:46, schrieb WereSpielChequers:
> > ------------------------------
> >> Message: 3
> >> Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 02:57:51 +0200
> >> From: Tobias Oelgarte<tobias.oelgarte(a)googlemail.com>
> >> Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] category free image filtering
> >> To: foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> >> Message-ID:<4EA3668F.5010004(a)googlemail.com>
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> >> Am 23.10.2011 01:49, schrieb WereSpielChequers:
> >>> Hi Tobias,
> >>> Do youhave any problems with this category free proposal
> >>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:WereSpielChequers/filter
> >>> WereSpelChequers
> >> The idea isn't bad. But it is based on the premise that there are enough
> >> users of the filter to build such correlations. It requires enough input
> >> to work properly and therefore enough users of the feature, that have
> >> longer lists. But how often does an average logged in user find such an
> >> image and handle accordingly? That would be relatively seldom, resulting
> >> in a very short own list, by relatively few users, which makes it hard
> >> to start the system (warm up time).
> >> Since i love to find ways on how to exploit systems there is one simple
> >> thing on my mind. Just login to put a picture of penis/bondage/... on
> >> the list and than add another one of the football team you don't like.
> >> Repeat this step often enough and the system will believe that all users
> >> that don't like to see a penis would also not like to see images of that
> >> football team.
> >> Another way would be: "I find everything offensive." This would hurt the
> >> system, since correlations would be much harder to find.
> >> If we assume good faith, then it would probably work. But as soon we
> >> have spammers of this kind, it will lay in ruins, considering the amount
> >> of users and corresponding relatively short lists (in average).
> >> Just my thoughts on this idea.
> >> Greetings
> >> nya~
> > Hi Tobias,
> > Yes if it turned out that almost no-one used this then only the "Hide all
> > image - recommended for users with slow internet connections" and the
> > show me this image again" options would be effective. My suspicion is
> > even if globally there were only a few thousand users then it would start
> > be effective on the most contentious images in popular articles in the
> > widely read versions of wikipedia (and I suspect that many of the same
> > will be used on other language versions). The more people using it the
> > effective it would be, and the more varied phobias and cultural taboos it
> > could cater for. We have hundreds of millions of readers, if we offer
> > a free image filter then I suspect that lots will signup, but in a sense
> > doesn't matter how many do so - one of the advantages to this system is
> > when people complain about images they find offensive we will simply be
> > to respond with instructions as to how they can enable the image filter
> > their account.
> > I'm pretty confident that huge numbers, perhaps millions with slow
> > connections would use the hide all images option, and that enabling them
> > do so would be an uncontentious way to further our mission by making our
> > various products much more available in certain parts of the global
> > As far as I'm concerned this is by far the most important part of the
> > feature and the one that I'm most confident will be used, though it may
> > cease to be of use in the future when and if the rest of the world has
> > American Internet speeds.
> > I'm not sure how spammers would try to use this, but I accept that
> > will try various techniques from liking penises to finding pigs and
> > particular politicians equally objectionable. Those who simply use this
> > "like" picture of Mohammed would not be a problem, the system should
> > be able to work out that things they liked would be disliked by another
> > group of users. The much more clever approach of disliking both a
> > type of porn and members of a particular football team is harder to cater
> > for, but I'm hoping that it could be coded to recognise not just where
> > preferences were completely unrelated, as in the people with either
> > arachnaphobia or vertigo, or partially related as in one person having
> > arachnaphobia and vertigo. Those who find everything objectionable and
> > thousands of images as such would easily be identified as having
> > preferences to others, as their preferences would be no more relevant to
> > another filterer as those of an Arachnaphobe would be to a sufferer of
> > vertigo.
> > Of course it's possible that there are people out there who are keen to
> > images for others not to see. In this system there is room for them, if
> > preferences are similar to some such users then the system would pick
> > up. If your preferences are dissimilar or you don't opt in to the filter
> > then they would have no effect on you. The system would work without such
> > self appointed censors, but why not make use of them? I used to live with
> > Arachnaphobe, if I was still doing so I'd have no problem creating an
> > account and tagging a few hundred images of spiders so that they and
> > Arachnaphobes would easily be able to use the image filter and the system
> > would be able to identify those who had a similar preference to that
> > account.
> > I was tempted to augment the design by giving filterers the option of
> > multiple filter lists with their own private user filter labels. This
> > complicate the user experience, but if a user had two lists, one that
> > triggered their vertigo and the other their arachnaphobia it would then
> > much easier for the system to match them with others who shared either of
> > their phobias. It would also be easier for the system to use either of
> > lists to assist the filters of others who shared that preference. However
> > would also give anyone who hacked into the filter database a handy key to
> > the meaning of the various preferences, and it would put us at the top of
> > slippery slope - if the data existed then sooner or later someone would
> > suggest looking at the user filter labels and the images that came up in
> > them. So I thought it safest to omit that feature.
> > Regards
> > WereSpielChequers
> The tagging for others is the way to exploit this system or to make it
> ineffective. You wrote, that you would tag images of spiders for him.
> This would only work if you used his account. If you would use your own,
> then you would just mix his preference with your own, giving the system
> a very different impression, while it did not learn anything about him
> (his account).
> Another issue is the warm up time. While it could happen relatively fast
> (under the assumption that there are enough people that would flag the
> images) to collect the needed initial data for group building and
> relation searches, there would still be the initial task to train the
> system for yourself. That means that someone who has arachnophobia would
> have to view at an image of a spider like creature and the guts to stay
> until he hid it and then calmly set his preferences. Ironically he has
> to look directly at the spider to find that button, while other images
> of the same category might be represented in close proximity. A first
> hard task to do, even if the system has finished it's warm up period.
> To start with "all hidden" as an option would give the system an nearly
> impossible task. While it is easy to determine what a user does not want
> to see, it is a completely different story to determine what he wants to
> see, under the premise that he does not want to be offended. That means
> that he will at least have to view something
> offending/ugly/disgusting/... at least once and to take an action the
> system could use to learn from.
> One open problem is the so called "logic/brain of the system". Until we
> have an exact description on how it will exactly work, we know neither
> it's strong points nor it's weak spots. Until i see an algorithm that is
> able to solve this task, i can't really say, if I'm in favor or against
> the proposal.
Yes if I were to use my own account to tag different sorts of things as
objectionable then that would create a mixed list which the system would
have difficulty matching usefully. But if someone were to create a sock
account that they only used to tag images of spiders then it would be easy
for a computer to match that with other filter lists that overlapped.
As for people needing to see images in order to decide they want to add them
to their filter, no that isn't their only option.
When an image is hidden the filterer will only see the caption, the alt text
and an unhide button.
The unhide button will say one of the following:
1. *Click to view image that you have previously chosen to hide*
2. *Click to view image that no fellow filterer has previously checked*
3. *Click to view image that other filterers have previously chosen to
hide (we estimate from your filter choices there is an x% chance that you
would find this image offensive)*
and also *No thanks, this is the sort of image I don't want to see*.
If the filterer clicks on the unhide button the picture will be displayed
along with a little radio button that allows the filterer to decide:
*Don't show me that image again*. or *That image is OK!*
Clicking *No Thanks* or *Don't show me that image again*. or *That image is
OK!* will all result in updates to that Wikimedian's filter preferences.
So it would be entirely possible to tune your preferences by judging images
on the caption, alt text and context.
The "Hide all images", and "Hide all images that I've tagged to hide"
options would not need any matching with other editors preferences. But the
other options would, so if this went ahead this functionality would need to
be launched with a warning that it was in Beta test and those options either
wouldn't go live or wouldn't be of much use until other editors had used the
system and populated some filters.
Does that sound workable to you, and more importantly would you have any
objection to it?
As you and David Gerrard have pointed out this is a very high level spec
which doesn't specify how the filter lists would be matched to each other,
thus far I've concentrated on the functionality and the user interface. I'm
reluctant to add more detail as to how one would code this because I'm
somewhat rusty and outdated in my IT skills. I'm pretty confident that it is
technically feasible, but it would be helpful to have one of the devs say
how big a task this would be to code and how they would do it.
One of the advantages is that some of the matching need not be in real time.
Obviously the system would need to be able to make a realtime decision as to
whether an image was one you had previously hidden or that had been hidden
by someone who it had previously identified as having similar filters to
you. But the matching of different filter lists to find which were
sufficiently similar need not be instantaneous, which should reduce the
hardware requirement if this eventually were to hold millions of lists some
of which would list thousands of images.