For reference, the resolution said:
* We ask the Executive Director, in consultation with the community, to develop and implement a personal image hiding feature that will enable readers to easily hide images hosted ***on the projects*** that they do not wish to view, either when first viewing the image or ahead of time through preference settings. We affirm that no image should be permanently removed because of this feature, only hidden; that the language used in the interface and development of this feature be as neutral and inclusive as possible; that the principle of least astonishment for the reader is applied; and that the feature be visible, clear and usable on ***all Wikimedia projects*** for both logged-in and logged-out readers.
This doesn't look like Commons is exempt from that, but perhaps the Board might like to clarify that point.
>From: Thyge <ltl.privat(a)gmail.com>
>To: Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)yahoo.com>; Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
>Sent: Monday, 17 October 2011, 2:59
>Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Letter to the community on Controversial Content
>2011/10/17 Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)yahoo.com>:
>> Commons featured prominently in the Harris study, as well as the board resolution on controversial content.
>Indeed, but featured curation on Commons, not filtering Commons. IMHO
>the filter discussion should concentrate on the other projects and
>treat Commons differently and separately.
In the last weeks i hold myself back and watched over the comments at
multiple places to see what is the current development. At first i have
to point out that I'm very disappointed by the current progress. Sue
called for a more general discussion. Ting stated again, like in
Nürnberg, that it is already decided. That is controversial in itself
and can't lead to a constructive discussion.
That aside, I looked at the various comments and the "brainstorming"
pages. It is really boring to look at them, since 99% of the comments
miss the point. There are a whole lot of comments regarding how the
image filter should look like. That are all comments/suggestions not
related to the fundamental questions. But they only serve to disrupt the
thought progress, ignoring anything aside how it should look like, and
even ignoring the basic complaints (non-neutral categorization).
The first question should be: Is controversial content a problem for the
Some might now say "yes" or "no". But I'm not interested in this
answers. I'm also not interested in single examples. I'm interested in
whole view and sources that speak in general about this question.
If we might come to the conclusion that there is a general (not
specific) problem, then we might talk about the image filter and if it
can be a solution to that problem.
> Message: 4
> Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2011 00:40:28 +0100 (BST)
> From: Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)yahoo.com>
> Subject: [Foundation-l] An image filter proposal from German Wikipedia
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
> An editor on the German Wikipedia has proposed an alternative approach to
> the personal image filter -- I provided a translation here?
> 1. There is?no?central
> categorisation of all images in different filter categories.
> 2. Instead, a new "hidden" attribute is
> introduced in Mediawiki when adding an image. "hidden" has the
> following effects:
> ? ?- Unregistered users see the image
> "hidden", meaning it is not visible.
> ? ?- One click on a show/hide button displays the
> image, another click renders it invisible again.
> 3. For registered users, there is a new option for
> "hidden images" in the user preferences: a) invisible, b) visible.
> 4. There are?no?separate
> 5. One and the same image can be "hidden"
> in one article, and "not hidden" in another (principle of least
> 6. The same image can be "hidden" in an
> article in one language version (e.g. Arabic Wikipedia) and "not
> hidden" in an article in another language version (e.g. French Wikipedia).
> Each language version has its own community and can determine the use of
> attribute according to its own guidelines and policies. Cultural aspects
> thus be given due consideration. This is exactly analogous to the current
> principles informing article illustration.
> 7. This solution would leave it to the individual
> wikis to decide which images are encyclopaedically relevant (informative,
> illustrative) ? but still "critical/controversial" ? in which
> articles. Images of spiders could be handled in the same way as images of
> Muhammad, sex or violence.
> 8. The presentation of images outside of the article
> context ? e.g. in galleries for Commons categories or Commons search
> results ?
> would require a separate solution, perhaps to be implemented in a
> What I like about this proposal is its simplicity and elegance.?It has the
> great benefit of leaving the communities and content writers in charge of
> where and to what extent they use the filter, and it also includes
> non-logged-in users.?
Hi Andreas, that's certainly an interesting proposal, but I'm not sure it
meets our needs as a community.
Firstly this would censor images for all logged in users whether they want
this or not. If we need a filter it must be one that individuals can opt in
to, but which does not impose one person's filter on another.
Secondly it would involve all editors in decisions as to which images should
be hidden - this puts the burden of censor on us all, even those who don't
want to be censors. We need a system that has no impact on those who do not
choose to participate in it.
Thirdly by working at the level of an image in an article we are
collectively making a decision for everyone, and rarer phobias or more
extreme positions will not be catered for - each project would in effect
have to decide where to draw lines. If one person is not bothered about
seeing penises, another is OK providing they are flaccid and a third does
not want to see penises then in this system only one can get the result they
Fourthly we are asking people to make their private concerns public, and
some people may be uncomfortable with that. If someone has a fear of heights
and wants to filter out aerial photographs, views down from the tops of
cliffs, towers or minarets then this system would firstly require them to
disclose that phobia, and secondly to convince other editors that it was
sufficiently serious and widespread that an image should be hidden. Even
when they've done that, if their's is a rare phobia they would have that
argument on each image they wanted to hide. Whereas we could give them a
system where they could choose to default image to hidden, unhide or confirm
their decision when they read the description or alt text and if others
share their phobia the system would eventually pickup on that and hide or
display images according to the filter choices of others who make the same
choices on images.
My belief is that many of us would be OK with a filtering system for use by
people with an aversion to images of spiders, penises, gore or whatever
their phobia or cultural aversion is; Provided they don't impose their
concerns on others, or create undue work for others. I think this fails both
tests. Though as the author of a rival option at
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:WereSpielChequers/filter I may be a
> We have two ways: to be passive or to be active. If we choose the
> passivity, it means that we can only organize a system of proxies like
> done in China or to organize some workarounds to make Wikipedia
> available to the person living in totalitarism.
> The Italian community has demonstrated that they would be active: I live
> in Switzerland, where Italian is a national language, and I can assure
> that the Swiss users have understood the problem and approved the strike.
I have great respect for Ray and others who worry that a strike
somehow undercuts the mission of the Wikimedia movement. But (and I'm
speaking only for myself here) I think Ilario's point here is valid --
sometimes the movement has to take active steps to draw attention to
the consequences of bad laws and bad government action. And a strike
is sometimes the best, most effective way to do that.
Ray's point about language groups not being limited to particular
countries (e.g., the Swiss who speak Italian, and the many nations
that speak English or Spanish) is an important one, but there is more
than one way to implement a strike. Properly implemented (by IP
ranges, for example) a strike could be limited, more or less, to a
One of the things I did some preliminary investigation about when I
was a staff member for Wikimedia Foundation was whether a strike of
the sort we've just seen would be workable. I came to the conclusion
that it would be, provided it was done with approval of the
Wikimedians in the nation or geographical territory where the bad law
or bad government action was taking place.
Again, speaking only for myself, I believe the Italian Wikimedians
made the right choice, and I believe that, so long as this tactic is
not overused, a strike may be the best and most effective response to
other anti-free-speech events in the future.
On 10/14/2011 9:17 PM, foundation-l-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org wrote:
> However archiving is rather different from what we are dealing with
> which is more focused on books and other mass market material rather
> than say old planning application maps and minutes of the union of
> postal workers 1937.
Exactly so. Old mass market material tends to be thrown out when it gets
wet, dusty or is in the way, torn up to line drawers, and otherwise
casually treated. It is just this sort of treatment that makes a very
old mass market work valuable - as it may be the only surviving copy of
a large production run.
In my family they've tended to regard 100 year old school textbooks as
having high value. But what of a 100 year old newspaper? Unless it was
of direct concern it is long gone. Newspapers come and go. If that
newspaper or the local library kept archival copies they will be on
microfilm by now.
You'd think that a newspaper morgue would still have original
photographs or negatives of events less than 50 years old - but that is
rarely the case. Unless something at the time of creation was flagged as
having special value it might be thrown out within the year. So (for
example) a photo of Sargent Schriver taken in 1954 when he was a member
of the Chicago Board of Education might have been published in a local
newspaper - but the original negative destroyed within a year or two.
Therefore that newspaper could not republish that same photo several
years later when he became the first director of the Peace Corps in
1961, much less in his obituary this year (unless they extracted it from
the microfilm copy of the published paper).
Going forward, this sort of information will potentially have a longer
life as digital data storage contains more and more recent history, but
the gatekeepers and preservationists will control access to much of that
material. A website I helped create in 1995 was captured by the IA in
1996 (and many times since), but that first capture has already been
destroyed due to a backup failure.
An editor on the German Wikipedia has proposed an alternative approach to the personal image filter -- I provided a translation here
1. There is no central
categorisation of all images in different filter categories.
2. Instead, a new "hidden" attribute is
introduced in Mediawiki when adding an image. "hidden" has the
- Unregistered users see the image
"hidden", meaning it is not visible.
- One click on a show/hide button displays the
image, another click renders it invisible again.
3. For registered users, there is a new option for
"hidden images" in the user preferences: a) invisible, b) visible.
4. There are no separate
5. One and the same image can be "hidden"
in one article, and "not hidden" in another (principle of least
6. The same image can be "hidden" in an
article in one language version (e.g. Arabic Wikipedia) and "not
hidden" in an article in another language version (e.g. French Wikipedia).
Each language version has its own community and can determine the use of the
attribute according to its own guidelines and policies. Cultural aspects can
thus be given due consideration. This is exactly analogous to the current
principles informing article illustration.
7. This solution would leave it to the individual
wikis to decide which images are encyclopaedically relevant (informative,
illustrative) – but still "critical/controversial" – in which
articles. Images of spiders could be handled in the same way as images of
Muhammad, sex or violence.
8. The presentation of images outside of the article
context – e.g. in galleries for Commons categories or Commons search results –
would require a separate solution, perhaps to be implemented in a subsequent
What I like about this proposal is its simplicity and elegance. It has the great benefit of leaving the communities and content writers in charge of where and to what extent they use the filter, and it also includes non-logged-in users.
please find below the WMF report for September, in plain text.
As always, the editable and formatted version is on Meta:
The reports are posted on the Wikimedia blog, too:
As an experiment, we are publishing a separate "Highlights" summary of key
Wikimedia Foundation reports.
Please consider helping non-English-language communities to stay updated
on the most important WMF activities in the past month, by providing a
Let us know how we can make this more useful for you :-)
* 1 Data and Trends
* 2 Financials
* 3 Highlights
o 3.1 Public Policy Initiative and Global Education Program
o 3.2 Technology
o 3.3 Community
o 3.4 Global Development
* 4 Technology
o 4.1 Tech Highlights
o 4.2 Operations
o 4.3 Features Engineering
o 4.4 Mobile
o 4.5 Special projects
o 4.6 Platform Engineering
* 5 Research
* 6 Community
o 6.1 Projects
o 6.2 Fundraising
o 6.3 Public Policy Initiative
o 6.4 Fellowship Program
* 7 Global Development
o 7.1 Grants Awarded and Executed
o 7.2 Chapter Relations
o 7.3 Global South
o 7.4 Brazil Catalyst
+ 7.4.1 Research on Portuguese Wikipedia
o 7.5 MENA Catalyst
o 7.6 Mobile Strategy and Business Development
o 7.7 Editor Survey
o 7.8 Reader Survey
o 7.9 Mobile Research
o 7.10 Global Education Program
o 7.11 Student organizations
o 7.12 India Programs
o 7.13 Communications
+ 7.13.1 Global Communications
+ 7.13.2 Storylines through August
+ 7.13.3 Other worthwhile reads
+ 7.13.4 Global media coverage
+ 7.13.5 Wikipedia Signpost
+ 7.13.6 WMF Blog posts
o 7.14 Media Contact
* 8 Human Resources
o 8.1 Staff Changes
o 8.2 Statistics
o 8.3 Department Updates
* 9 Finance and Administration
* 10 Legal
* 11 Visitors and Guests
== Data and Trends ==
Global unique visitors for August:
422 million (+7.9% compared with July; +13.7% compared with the
(comScore data for all Wikimedia Foundation projects; comScore will
release September data later in October)
Page requests for September:
15.8 billion (+5,1% compared with August; +9.0% compared with the
Report Card for August 2011: The report card is currently undergoing
a redesign as a more fully-featured dashboard.
== Financials ==
(Financial information is only available for August 2011 at the time of
Financial information as of August 31, 2011
* Technology Group: $1,474,075
* Community/Fundraiser Group: $493,102
* Global Development Group: $552,953
* Governance Group: $183,732
* Finance/Legal/HR/Admin. Group: $921,318
Total Expenses: $3,625,273
Total surplus/(loss): ($2,210,198)
Revenue was ahead of plan at $1.4M due to an increase in donations.
Expenses were below plan at $3.6M actual vs. $4.5M plan. Expenses were
below plan due to lower than plan expenditures in Capital Expenditures,
Chapter Grants and other activities due to being only two months into
the fiscal year.
Cash of $15.5M, which is six months of cash reserves at current spending
== Highlights ==
=== Public Policy Initiative and Global Education Program ===
Logo of the Wikipedia Ambassador Program (which originated as part of
the Public Policy Initiative) >
In September, the Public Policy Initiative wrapped up after 17 months.
Collaboratively, the team created a final report for the Stanton
Foundation (awaiting financial summary) and documented achievements,
best practices and lessons learned. Other team activities included:
Overall project documentation for Chapters Report; last PPI Regional
Ambassador trainings throughout the United States; wrapping up the
project research components and presenting results on-wiki, in papers
and at the end of the month in a final presentation to the rest of the
staff at one of the Wikimedia Foundation's brown bag meetings.
Additionally, we transitioned specific project activities to the new
Global Education Team. With the end of the Public Policy Initiative, the
contracts of three team members, Sage Ross, Amy Roth and Mishelle
Gonzales, ended by convention. We thank them for their hard work and
their commitment to our mission. Sage's, Amy's and Mishelle's
involvement in the Public Policy Initiative was key in linking Wikipedia
peer production with higher education. We wish them all the very best
for their future.
Also in September, the new Global Education Program team worked on
preparing the first "Global Education Program Metrics and Activities
Meeting" (October 25). This new monthly meeting is targeted at everybody
(educators, students, Wikimedia chapters, individual volunteers) who is
interested in outreach activities at educational institutions. The
meeting aims at ensuring that best practices and lessons learned get
shared across different countries. More information:
Ayush Khanna, who joined the Global Education Program team as a
half-time contractor at the end of the month, will be in charge of
providing quantitative data on our programmatic activities at
universities around the globe.
The Global Education Program team also worked on preparing the start of
a Wikipedia university initiative in the Middle East and North Africa
(MENA). Supported by Sara Yap, Catalyst Project Associate for the Global
Development team, the team embarked on developing a strategy for
kicking-off a MENA Education Program in spring 2012.
=== Technology ===
* The deployment of protocol-relative URLs
paved the way for native HTTPS support.
* Major progress was made by our new Internationalization &
=== Community ===
Jon Harald Søby transitioned into a Fellow position, focused on
community translations  and long-time research fellows Steven Walling
and Maryana Pinchuk transitioned into full time Community Organizer
positions to focus 100% on turning around editor decline.
=== Global Development ===
* Launch of a research project on Portuguese Wikipedia
* Preliminary work for launching projects in the MENA region is underway.
== Technology ==
A detailed report of the Tech Department's activities for September 2011
can be found at:
=== Tech Highlights ===
Apart from progress regarding HTTPS and
internationalization/localization (see general "Highlights" section
above), September's Tech highlights include:
* The deployment of our new mobile front-end
now the default mobile experience;
* The start of the deployment of MediaWiki 1.18
* The completion of the Google Summer of Code
* Ongoing preparation for the upcoming coding events in the USA
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/NOLA_Hackathon>, the UK
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/India_Hackathon_2011> and online
* A revamped, and now maintained, roadmap
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/roadmap> for Wikimedia engineering efforts.
=== Operations ===
* *Tampa Data Center* — Our new data center contractor in Tampa has
finalized the installation of three new racks, which will be used
for networking, application serving, caching and data storage. Two
racks (72 servers) worth of application servers have also been
installed. With each server having 12 CPU cores, this is almost
doubling our existing application server capacity. To-date, we have
deployed and added 58 (of the 72) new application servers to
* *Virginia Data Center* — We completed replicating external storage
(article texts) data to our new data center in Ashburn, for disaster
recovery and usage by eqiad application servers in the future.
Preparations are also being made to deploy bits.wikimedia.org in
eqiad using Varnish 3.
* *HTTPS* — Protocol-relative URLs have been enabled on all sites
SSL termination servers have arrived and are in the process of being
installed, to prepare for the full deployment of HTTPS to all wikis.
* *Virtualization test cluster* — All services except for DNS are up.
The puppet repository has been released in a public repository
We've switched to using git/gerrit for our production puppet
process. New instances have been tested building from scratch using
=== Features Engineering ===
* *Internationalization and localization tools
(i18n/l10n) — A list of initial Indic target languages was created
to improve support in MediaWiki for India's 28 official languages.
The Babel extension
was deployed. MediaWiki's logging system was rewritten to better
support internationalization, and the Narayam extension, which
provides input methods, was improved and deployed to select
* *Article creation and patrol* — In response to a request by a
majority of English Wikipedia community members to restrict new page
creation to autoconfirmed users, discussions are underway to improve
the article creation workflow
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/article_creation_workflow> and the user
interface for new page patrolling
alternative strategies to cope with the new page creation backlog
and reduce high-friction interactions with new users.
* *UploadWizard <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/UploadWizard>* — A number of
bugs were fixed, notably related to the Wiki Loves Monuments
campaign and the deployment of protocol-relative URLs to Wikimedia
Commons. Work was also done on multi-file selection, AJAX uploading
and custom licenses.
* *ResourceLoader <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/ResourceLoader>* — The
back-end for .js/.css page search suggestions was completed, and the
Gadgets API overhauled. The gadget manager and the AJAX gadget
editor are nearing completion: displaying, modifying, saving of
gadgets and autocompletion in all form fields is now implemented.
=== Mobile <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mobile_Projects> ===
* *Mobile Research <https://strategy.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mobile/Research>* —
The team continued to work on the report on their field research in
India and Brazil. Phone interviews in San Francisco, Chicago and
Dallas were completed.
* *MobileFrontend <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MobileFrontend>* —
MobileFrontend was deployed in September
and is now the default Wikipedia mobile experience. We've reached
out to our various communities to create custom main pages, and are
rolling out new ways of viewing Wikimedia projects on mobile. We
also migrated our old WAP gateway traffic to MobileFrontend, so that
we can serve our users from one place.
=== Special projects ===
* *2011 Fundraiser
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/2011_Wikimedia_fundraiser>* — Increased
logging was added to CentralNotice changes, including interfaces and
filters to search and review them. The DonationInterface extension
was abstracted and refactored in preparation for supporting a new
potential payment processor, GlobalCollect. The team also fixed a
number of bugs and added new features.
=== Platform Engineering
* *MediaWiki 1.18 <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.18>* —
Wikimedia engineers worked together relentlessly in September to
ready MediaWiki 1.18 for deployment. They finalized the review of
the code, and fixed all the issues they could find. The deployment
to Wikimedia sites was split into several phases using the
heterogeneous deployment system. Stages 1 and 2 were completed on
select wikis without too much trouble. Deployment to all remaining
Wikimedia sites is scheduled for October 4th, 2011
* *Code review management
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Code_review_management>* — Even though
engineering and code review efforts were focused on MediaWiki 1.18
in September, the backlog of unreviewed commits in trunk still
continued to decrease, which means we will be able to release
MediaWiki 1.19 fairly rapidly, possibly as soon as December 2011.
* *Wikimedia Report Card 2.0* — The process of statistics generation
continued to be automated; summaries for all Wikimedia wikis
were also created, using the India report card as a model.
* *Summer of Code 2011 <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Summer_of_Code_2011>*
(GSoC) — All seven GSoC students passed. Most projects are in a good
even if not totally complete. Work now focuses on getting the
students' code reviewed and polished before it can be merged and
used on production wikis.
== Research ==
Screenshot from the winning entry of the WikiViz 2011 Data Visualization
Challenge. Lines represent readership of different Wikipedia language
versions (lower half) from countries (upper half)>
* The Research Committee (RCom) held its sixth meeting and addressed
procedures for member turnover, new candidates for RCom, the scope
and function of the RCom review process, a proposal for Wikimedians
in residence in science/higher education, licensing requirements for
WMF-supported projects and the preparation of a WMF data policy. 
* We continued to work on the Open Access initiative, led by Daniel
Mietchen. We submitted a response to an EU consultation on Open
Access on behalf of WMF.  Daniel Mietchen and Dario Taraborelli
attended COASP '11  and worked with the Open Access publisher
community on a strategy to increase the visibility of OA contents on
Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons. We released a tool (the Wikipedia
Cite-o-Meter) to measure citations and media used from scholarly
journals across Wikimedia projects. 
* We announced the winner of the WikiViz challenge (co-organized by
WikiSym and WMF): Jen Lowe, for her work titled "A Thousand Fibers
Connect Us – Wikipedia’s Global Reach" . The awarding ceremony
took place at WikiSym 2011 in Mountain View, CA.
* We published the third issue of the Wikimedia Research Newsletter
and presented the project at WikiSym.  We continued reviewing
support requests from external research teams and testing solutions
for open data hosting.
== Community ==
/see general "Highlights" section above/
=== Projects ===
Screenshot of the "answers" system>
Reader Relations and Support
We responded to 39 requests for assistance from the community and the
legal department during the month of September (on average spending
around 60 minutes per request, though some are obviously much longer).
In addition, Maggie has rolled out a trial of the "answers" system - a
system designed for community members to ask questions that they haven't
been able to find answers to before. From this, we'll be building out a
knowledge bank of frequently asked questions about the Foundation, the
communities, and hopefully developing a system that allows users to find
the answers themselves in the future.
Philippe was primarily focused on supporting the Image Filter Referendum
and data analysis from that. Philippe also supported Siko and Jon in the
creation of their translations recruiting system and worked with them to
be sure that the back end contact management system worked as designed
and coordinated form creation with PeterG.
Christine began the process of transitioning to a data analysis project
for Zack, and was on leave to support American Red Cross hurricane
The data competition <http://www.kaggle.com/c/wikichallenge> is over! 96
teams, 193 players and 1019 submissions later we have a winner. We are
right now evaluating the models and we will announce the winners on
Maryana and Steven are working on their first project as Community
Organizers: running a second round of the template experiment performed
by WSoR researchers Stuart Geiger and Aaron Halfaker. They will extend
the experiment to all level one warnings delivered via the
semi-automated editing tool Huggle, in order to see if changing the
content of warning messages (which has remained static since user
warnings were first created in 2006) has an impact on the users who
receive them. They are also working with community members on exploring
ways to extend these A/B testing methods to other areas, such as bots
and help spaces.
=== Fundraising ===
The fundraising team has been working to integrate with a new payment
provider that will allow us to accept many more currencies and local
payment methods in different countries. We have been working to create a
more global campaign to optimize our donations worldwide.
Weekly fundraising testing continued in September. The team put a lot of
effort into designing, building, and testing several new donation form
designs to streamline the donation process.
Messaging testing also continued in September. We had already discovered
effective programmer, staff and founder messages, but this was our first
effective editor appeal. For more details on specific tests, please see
our updates on meta <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011>.
In September, we also held a focus group to learn more about our donors
and why they support the Wikimedia Foundation. A report from this
research will be posted in October.
We made a big leap in translator recruitment for the fundraiser in
September. We streamlined the translation coordination pages to make it
easier for translators to find new work and focus on quality checking,
and we built a signup form and process to easily add recruits to CRM for
email campaigns. As a result, 850 new translators were recruited. We now
have 1000 translators signed up and are tracking end to end
recruitment-translation-quality control for over 50 languages.
Major Gifts and Foundations
We attended a funders' conference sponsored by the Indigo Trust and the
Omidyar Network that focused on how to use technology to produce social
impact in the developing world. We received a $15,000 grant from the
Indigo Trust. Finally, submitted two new proposals for major foundation
=== Public Policy Initiative ===
/see "Highlights" section above/
=== Fellowship Program ===
Jon Harald Søby transitioned into a Fellow position, focusing on
community translations. Jon's announcement can be viewed here . More
metrics for Jon's project are in the Fundraiser Translations update above.
The WikiHistory fellows wrapped up their travel and blogging  and
submitted their final reports at the end of this month. Their full work,
as well as a summary of their findings, will go up on Meta in October.
== Global Development ==
Apart from activities regarding the Portuguese Wikipedia and the MENA
regions (see general "Highlights" section), Global Developments
* Ayush Khanna joins the Global Development Team as Data Analyst.
* Working with chapters to compile program plans for 2011-2012.
=== Grants Awarded and Executed ===
=== Chapter Relations ===
* Compiling chapters' plans at 
* Finalizing chapters tracker for 2011/2012 Fundraiser and identifying
chapters' FR statuses: 
* Tracking 2011/2012 Fundraiser: 
=== Global South ===
* The seTswana Wikipedia Challenge -- a collaboration between Google,
Wikimedia Foundation, BITS (Botswana) and Wikimedians in Kenya -- is
=== Brazil Catalyst <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Brazil_Catalyst_Project> ===
* Said farewell to our fabulous consultant, Carolina Rossini. (She
finished her contract supporting the Brazil Catalyst Project and
left her work in great condition for us to continue pushing forward.)
* Discussions with recruiters and lawyers regarding the logistics of
opening an office in Brazil continue: we hope to have a few program
employees in place by early next year.
* Jessie Wild and Barry Newstead will visit Brazil in October to meet
with the community and visit universities.
==== Research on Portuguese Wikipedia ====
Officially started a research project on the state of the Portuguese
Wikipedia in conjunction with Siko and Fabian from the Community
department. We have a qualitative researcher based out of Porto Alegre,
Brazil, who is working on contract with us as well. Results can be
tracked on the Meta wiki:
Some preliminary results:
* Total number of editors has remained fairly constant since 2008.
* Total number of new editors has also remained fairly constant, and
comprises over 50% of the total editors in any given month.
* According to the Editor Survey, PT-WP is the *least satisified* of
all the language projects based on the WESI score developed by Mani
=== MENA Catalyst ===
* Initiated our efforts to support the growth of the Arabic Wikipedia
in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
* Discussions with the Qatar Foundation intensify, and we are close to
announcing a partnership to work with the Arabic Wikipedia community
to grow the Arabic Wikipedia.
* The Qatar Foundation agreed to host a small Arabic Wikipedia
Convening in Doha on October 20-21.
=== Mobile Strategy and Business Development ===
* Progressing on several partnership discussions with Indian and
Southeast Asian operators to make Wikipedia more widely available on
their devices throughout those regions
* The mobile team is also working on a marketing and technical plan,
in collaboration with the engineering department, to provide
zero-rated (free data access) to Wikipedia in developing countries.
* Will post a position for a Mobile Partner Manager (Technical) later
=== Editor Survey ===
Started work on the second iteration of the editor survey. Ayush Khanna
has also joined the research team (taking the total to 2.5) as a
contractor helping support survey and research efforts. Here is the Meta
page for the survey:
=== Reader Survey ===
Have got results from the fieldwork from consultants. We have
preliminary data from 16 countries and will be sharing output in October.
=== Mobile Research ===
First draft of the report done. Working on the second iteration of the
* Most searches for Wikipedia content start on Google even on the mobile.
* Search in Indic Wikipedias is very hard.
* Readers want more multimedia.
* Editing remains a blind spot for most readers.
=== Global Education Program ===
/see "Highlights" section above/
=== Student organizations ===
* After the first draft of the page creation process was tested, some
changes need to be made and a new layout has been created. Testing
will continue this month.
* WMF is reaching out to student groups to send them "welcome packs"
containing buttons, stickers, and other Wikipedia merchandise.
=== India Programs ===
* Worked on creating a support ecosystem for students in the Education
program - with additional Campus Ambassadors as well as a new layer
of Online Ambassadors. (Both got trained last month - including mock
* Commenced a community-wide collaborative endeavour to develop the
Indic languages plan.
* Formally registered the Wikimedia India Program Trust.
* Initiated meetings with potential mobile partner (manufacturers,
carriers & value added service providors).
* Secured temporary office space in Delhi for the India team, and
started working out of it.
* Working on last hiring 2 team members - Communications & Program Support
=== Communications ===
* Work was completed on a monograph of activities arond the India
Catalyst efforts, set to be released in the next few days.
* Support for identity and design systems for the Global Education
Program kicked off in September.
* Updates and refinements to the Wikimedia Shop (terms of service,
- launch imminent!
* We also further developed a speaking platform for Wikimedia
stakeholders around editor decline and retention > focussing on our
efforts to make Wikipedia more universal.
* Movement communications has been building out a soon-to-be-released
rapid communication tool to share our (and community) progress on
edtior recruitement (and how everyone can help).
* Work continued on the 2010/11 WMF Annual Report, set for release in
==== Global Communications ====
* Building on the Communications Committee's commitment to working
more collaboratively, members now have access to the Internal wiki.
ComCom will work to co-create communications materials and share
best practices on the Internal wiki.
* Global communications worked with Wikimedia Hungary to implement a
communications strategy around the Hungarian Wikipedia's 200,000
article milestone. The celebration included digital and traditional
media outreach and resulted in good media coverage in the region. An
overview of the strategies, tactics and materials are now available
on the Internal wiki to guide other volunteers when conducting
outreach around article milestones.
* Drafted communications plan for Wikimedia India's WikiConference to
be held in Mumbai in November. The team is now working to secure a
pro-bono communications firm to assist with outreach activities.
* Macedonian Wikipedia conducted light media outreach to celebrate its
50,000 article milestone and Polish Wikipedia celebrated its 10 year
* "Wiki Loves Monuments", a pan-European photo competition, launched,
welcomed by an outpouring of positive coverage from media all over
Europe. The contest concluded with 165,000 photos submitted.
==== Storylines through August ====
Wikipedia's cancer coverage explored
Mostly neutral to positive tone coverage of a study that examined the
quality of Wikipedia's articles about cancer topics - declaring it's of
high quality, but sometimes difficult to read.
Continuing coverage of Wikipedia's 'gender gap'
CBC's nationally broadcast radio show 'Spark' conducted an interview
with Sue Gardner in September focussing on the facts around Wikipedia's
gender imbalance. The Atlantic also conducted an interview on the same
==== Other worthwhile reads ====
==== Global media coverage ====
Polish Wikipedia turns 10
Times of India, India
You can't copy-paste this homework
IT Cafe, Hungary
Hungarian Wikipedia celebrates two hundred thousandth article
Portuguese Pousadas in Wiki Loves Monuments Portugal
Le Monde, France
Give the French their architectural landscape back
15 European countries will participate in Wikipedia photo contest
Diari Andorra, Andorra
Andorra participates in a photo contest to promote the cultural heritage
==== Wikipedia Signpost ====
==== WMF Blog posts ====
==== Media Contact ====
== Human Resources ==
=== Staff Changes ====
New Perm Position Hire
* Laura James, Office Travel Coordinator (Admin)
* Michelle Paulson, Legal Counsel (Legal)
* Lisa Seitz-Gruwell, Development Director (Community)
* Michelle Paulson, Legal Associate (Legal)
* Maryana Pinchuk, Community Organizer (Community)
* Steven Walling, Community Organizer (Community)
* Greg DeKoenigsberg
* Aislinn Dewey
* Daniela Fiejó
* Christophe Henner
* Christopher Johnson (Technology)
* Jeannie Mayall
* Santosh Thottingal
* Susan Walling
New Legal Intern
* Andrew Alire
* Pavel Andreev
* Tilman Bayer
* Fabrice Florin
* Fabian Kaelin
* Ayush Khanna
* Yusuke Matsubara
* Ashok Misra
* Jonathan Morgan
* Sam Reed
* Daniel Phelps
* Hampton Catlin
* Mishelle Gonzales
* Skye Kraft
* Sage Ross
* Amy Roth
* Senior Accountant
* U.S. Education Program Associate
* Systems & Operations Engineer
* XML Dumps Help
=== Statistics ===
Total Employee Count
September Attrition: 1
YTD Attrition: 6
Remaining Open positions to fiscal year end: 32
=== Department Updates ===
The HR team continues to make great strides, particularly in recruiting.
Steph Thommen has agreed to a longer term contract. She will be heading
up the recruiting effort, in coordination with the hiring managers,
C-levels and other contract recruiters and agencies. So far she has been
a tremendous help in coordinating and vetting candidates in a timely
manner. Steph has a superb background in hiring, management and
training, so we are lucky to have her with us. We are also welcoming
Jeannie Mayall as a generalist to help us cover some of our areas of
need. Jeanie has great experience in immigration, so she can help us
keep our visa work on track. She's also got awesome compliance chops,
and is helping us with our ongoing HRiS deployment.
The All Hands (All Staff) meeting is right over the horizon, and we've
been working hard to get it organized and ready for the team. Thanks to
the admin team for their support, in particular Isa Munne and Laura
James for travel help and assistance in finding venues and general
organizing. We think the All Hands will be super; the emphasis is on our
current progress and work towards our strategic goals, and practical
work tools for all of us to be as efficient as we can.
When it comes to the All Hands this year, you can't really say the words
without thanking Melanie Brown! She has done a fantastic job of cat
herding, coordinating, emailing and calling to make this event happen,
and we owe her a big round of applause (and probably a cookie) for her
efforts. Thanks Mel!!
Real-time feed for HR updates: http://identi.ca/wikimediaatwork or
== Finance and Administration ==
* Completed setting up all the travel for the All Staff Meeting.
* Completed setting up all the travel for the New Orleans Hack-a-thon.
* The air conditioner on the sixth floor has been repaired.
* Laura James has joined us as permanent employee in the
Administration Department as our travel specialist.
== Legal ==
* Our Deputy General Counsel, Kelly Kay, started (Oct. 1).
* Michelle Paulson received permanent status and a promotion to Legal
* Engaged MarkMonitor for improved brand protection.
* Issued anti-corrupt payments policy for WMF. See
* Issued new article feedback privacy statement.
* Issued survey protocol.
1. contracts signed - 20
2. trademark requests - 2
approved - 2
1. contracts signed in August - 8
2. trademark requests - 15
approved - 7
denied - 3
pending - 5
== Visitors and Guests ==
1. Jonathan Good (Cofounder, 1000Memories)
2. Patrick Kane (WAWD)
3. James Rucker (Citizen Engagement Laboratory)
4. Carole Tang (Board Member, Wikimedia Hong Kong)
5. Kathy Dong (Hiaring + Smith LLP)
6. Vijay Toke (Hiaring + Smith LLP)
7. Anne Hiaring (Hiaring + Smith LLP)
8. Pierre Khawand, People-OnTheGo)
9. Christophe Bisciglia (Cloudera)
10. Carrie Olson (MoveOn.org)
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Dear friends, I'm glad to announce that last saturday Wikimedia
Argentina held its General Assembly. As a result of the Assembly, a new
board was elected and the annual plan for 2012 was approved. The new
President: Patricio Lorente
VicePresident: Galileo Vidoni
Secretary: Ivana Lysholm
Vicesecretary: Nicolás Georgetti
Treasurer: Leandro Ferrari
Vicetreasurer: Patricio Molina
Members: Nahuel Kahles, Lila Pagola, Evelin Heidel
Alternate members: Mariano Pérez, Beatrice Murch
Patricio Lorente on behalf of Wikimedia Argentina
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Reminder that this is happening in a few moments.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Steven Walling <swalling(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 12:10 PM
Subject: IRC office hours with Sue Gardner on Friday, Oct. 14th
Just a quick note that this Friday (Oct 14th) at 17:00 UTC, Sue Gardner will
be in #wikimedia-office to have an open discussion. As usual, instructions
and time conversion links are on Meta.
Also, for those of you who have asked about office hours with someone *other
* than Sue, we heard you. The next meeting after Sue's this week is with
Chief Community Officer Zack Exley, in order to discuss the annual
fundraiser. After that, myself or Community Liason Maggie Dennis
(User:Moonriddengirl) are happy to take requests for other senior staff.
Community Organizer at Wikimedia Foundation
Community Organizer at Wikimedia Foundation