Forwarding questions from Research-l with permission, with the hope that these will spark discussion here on Wikimedia-l.
"Comments: I have not seen any editor make actual use of the Article
Feedback tool -- are there examples? Yes Wikipedians are very proud
of their vast half-billion-person audience. However they do not ask
"what features are most useful for a high school student or teacher/
a university student/ etc""
This is a very interesting question. What have been the benefits of AFT5? I
have seen complaints about spam and suppressible material being written in
AFT5. What benefits has it had?
As a general comment, I think that even without the "narrowing focus" initiative, the idea of a bifurcation of the engineering organization sounds like a good idea to me. I would need to do more detailed analysis of the current structure before I comment on a specific proposal. I appreciate Erik taking the initiative on this idea and bringing it up for discussion on Wikimedia-l.
The inaugural Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) is pleased to announce
recommendations  on Round 1 of funds allocations for the year 2012-13.
The WMF Board of Trustees will make a decision on these recommendations by
December 15, 2012.
The FDC received proposals from 12 movement entities for Round 1 for a
total requested amount of 10.4 million USD. These proposals were from 11
Wikimedia chapters and the Wikimedia Foundation. Three proposals were
received after the deadline of 1 October had passed, but the FDC decided
that since it was the first time for the process, the late proposals would
be accepted and discussed. Since the proposal deadline, the FDC and FDC
support staff have spent many hours reviewing and assessing these proposals
to determine a set of allocations that would best support movement goals.
This assessment included a 4-day in-person deliberation session in San
Francisco over the period October 28-31, where the FDC members discussed
the proposals in depth and determined allocation amounts for each applying
The FDC recognizes that this is not a perfect process, and that the process
and the outcome will improve over time as we learn more about what works in
the movement and what drives impact. We invite the community to provide
overall feedback on these recommendations on the talk page for these
recommendations  and to provide feedback about the FDC process on-wiki
to the Ombudsperson , who will collect this feedback and use it in our
continuous improvement process. For formal complaints about the
recommendations, there is a separate process, outlined below.
If any entity has a complaint about the FDC’s recommendation, it should be
submitted by 23:59 UTC on 22 November 2012 in accordance with the complaint
process outlined in the Framework for the Creation and Initial Operation of
the FDC :
- The complaint should be in the form of a 500-or-fewer word summary
directed to the two non-voting WMF Board representatives on the FDC
(Jan-Bart and Patricio)
- The complaint should be submitted on-wiki, through the FDC portal page
designated for this purpose 
- These board representatives will present the complaint to the WMF
Board at the same time it considers the FDC recommendation.
- Formal complaints can be submitted only by the Board Chair of a
- Formal complaints must be filed within seven days of the submission of
the FDC slate of recommendations to the WMF Board (by end of day UTC
- Any planned or approved disbursements to the organization filing a
complaint will be put on hold until the complaint is resolved.
- If the WMF Board's consideration of the complaint results in an
amendment of the FDC's recommendations (which is expected only in
extraordinary circumstances), the WMF Board may choose to release extra
funds from the WMF reserves to provide additional funds not allocated by
the FDC's initial recommendation.
- Other members of the WMF Board may participate in the investigation if
approved by the Chair of the WMF Board.
on behalf of the FDC
Dariusz Jemielniak (Chair)
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We're running a 24-hour fundraising test today, Thursday, Nov. 15. We're
using today to test out our tech systems with 100% of our traffic, as well
as to refine our estimate on the money we'll raise. The results of this
full-day test will determine when and how we run the full fundraising
campaign. A big goal for the fundraising team is to reduce the total
number of fundraising days this year. We'll learn more about how much we
can reduce the fundraiser with the results of this 1-day test.
We're planning to take the banners down after 24 hours running, and then to
bring them back up after a few days.
We will adjust that launch date, depending on how the 24 hour test goes.
We'll update you as we get more information.
A couple notes about the banners that are running today:
* The banners look different from previous years. We are putting key facts
from the fundraising appeal directly into the banner to educate all our
readers about who we are and how we work. This could maybe make it
possible to run much smaller banners next year.
* We're testing a variety of messages, donation forms, banner colors and
styles throughout the day.
* Banners will run worldwide from Thursday 17:00 UTC to Friday 17:00 UTC.
* We're only running to anonymous users today.
We're collecting feedback and comments on the Fundraiser 2012 meta
discussion page: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Fundraising_2012 If
you spot an error or something we can improve for the donor experience,
please leave us a note there.
We'll be sending around more information as we learn more over the next
days and weeks.
Head of Annual Fundraiser
The Wikivoyage project is online now and i want to thank all of you who
have been involved with this process.
On the former Wikivoyage project we used to have a wiki called general: for
discussions that affect all language versions. I wonder why the WMF project
dont have something like this. Now I am trying to find a new place where we
- discuss new features
- discuss about the travel guide's structure
- coordinate the work with templates to reduce redundant work
- coordinate the work on travel maps
- providing a set of English meta articles with rules and regulations that
we can hand over the community when a new language version is going to start
- providing a list of star articles in all language versions. Contributors
to an article will have an easy access to basic information without looking
through all wikis. Speaking a foreign language is not necessary to pick
basic information (structure of districts, list of sights, addresses,
I know, there is the meta wiki. But I am not sure. Maybe its too meta. And
the discoussion page or a Wikivoyager's Lounge may be too small. Ok... the
set of meta articles can be placed in anywhere the Incubator. But the
remaining stuff? Maybe a separate Namespace for the WMF projects at Meta,
maybe a wiki like our general:
I am going to ask the communities on their traveller's pub site as well.
Stefan aka Fussi
You're invited to the IRC office hours with the Language Engineering
team at the Wikimedia Foundation.
Time: 16.30 UTC
1. Universal Language Selector updates.
2. Upcoming Language team test day
3. India events & Misc.
For more logistical info and time conversion links check the page on
Meta. Thanks, and we hope to talk to you soon!
Wikimedia Language Engineering Team
The fundraiser has begun :-)
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