My work just got this contact submission today. I am kind of annoyed that they offer this service. Has anyone else encountered it?
Most aggravating line:
" Wikipedia editors are notorious for their strict policy in allowing links or company entries. We have realized, over the years- that the best way to get a link to stick in wikipedia, is to ensure that the content it links to is useful and contributes to the entry. We have formulated fool-proof methods to ensure that links stick;"
-greg aka varnent
From: Shark IM [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:38 AM
Subject: Contact form submission
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Submitted: September 11, 2012 at 1:37 am
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From: Philip Chang <pchang(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 3:41 PM
Subject: Camera users - the Android app is for you!
To: Wiki Loves Monuments Photograph Competition <
Greetings WLM Members,
Version 1.2.3 of the WLM Android App is on Google
here <http://dumps.wikimedia.org/android/WLM-v1.2.3.apk>. We have made some
improvements and in particular, there is an important enhancement related
to camera photos.
Yes, camera photos. Please let me explain.
The app is a great way to find monuments, but many participants in WLM use
cameras to take the photos they will submit to the contest.
It is great to submit mobile photos to the contest as well, but cameras
generally offer better quality and control. So why not upload mobile photos
as placeholders, to make camera submissions easier?
The following blog post, which will be published tomorrow, explains how
Using the Wiki Loves Monuments App as a travel
Posted by Philip Chang <http://blog.wikimedia.org/author/pchang/> on
September 10th, 2012
The Wiki Loves Monuments Android
a great way to take photos and upload them to Wikimedia Commons during the
world’s largest photo
September. But what if you are shooting with a camera and don’t see
yourself taking too many photos with your mobile phone? You can now use the
app as a convenient travel log and make it much easier to organize your
photos when processing and uploading them at home.
Here’s how you use the app as a travel log. As you walk around finding
monuments nearby to shoot with your camera, use the app on your phone to
find the monuments and take a picture of them to upload, either on the road
or when you get home. Back on your computer, your uploaded mobile photos
will be a convenient record of all the monuments you visited, sitting on
Commons under “My uploads.”
As an added bonus, every mobile upload you add to Commons will include a
link to the Special Upload Wizard that automatically allows you to upload
and categorize more photos of that monument based on its campaign and
reference number. This is similar to clicking the “upload photo” button on
the monument lists in Wikipedia, but it is right there in your travel log.
A screenshot of the new travel log feature associated with WLM app photos
uploaded to Commons.
To see your travel log and use this feature, you must login at
commons.wikimedia.org <http://blog.wikimedia.org/commons.wikimedia.org> and
click on “My uploads” at the top. Click on the name of any uploaded photo
and the file page of that photo will open. Scroll down and below the
description you will see the link, “Upload more photos of this monument.”
The travel log can help you in two ways:
1. you will see a sequential list of the monuments you visited, which
helps in identifying the monuments taken on your camera
2. you can submit the photos from your camera for each monument directly
from the travel log
The latest app, version 1.2.3, has been published in the Google
and that version has this new feature. Please update the app if you
downloaded it before and do not have auto-updates turned on. If you have
good ideas about photo uploads in general, or improvements next year, feel
free to post feedback<http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wiki_Loves_Monuments_mobile_application/Feedb…>
send email <mobile-feedback-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>.
You may also download the app
or on the F-Droid
We appreciate your support. Happy uploading!
*Phil Chang, Product Manager, Mobile*
- Copyright notes: "Upload more
by Philinje <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Philinje>,
3.0 Unported <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode>,
from Wikimedia Commons
Phil Inje Chang
Product Manager, Mobile
415-882-7982 x 6810
Phil Inje Chang
Product Manager, Mobile
415-882-7982 x 6810
Great, THANKYOU for finally moving on this.
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:24:39 -0700
> From: Tilman Bayer <tbayer(a)wikimedia.org>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Upcoming Survey, Feedback requested, and
> Office Hour
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1
> Hi Delphine,
> On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 6:57 AM, Delphine M?nard <notafishz(a)gmail.com>
> > On Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 3:32 PM, Tilman Bayer <tbayer(a)wikimedia.org>
> >> Still, I was aware that there had been some objections to that
> >> question by chapter representatives (which I don't assume have to do
> >> with the fact that respondents rated chapters' performance lower than
> >> that of other entities in the two previous surveys), and looked into
> >> these concerns while the present questionnaire was prepared; I also
> >> reached out to one of the critics in person at Wikimania. But I still
> >> haven't seen a compelling argument why the way the question is asked
> >> should be biased against chapters. The argument that the opinion of
> >> Wikimedians who live in countries without chapter should not count
> >> seems weak to me, e.g. because the projects that the work of chapters
> >> aims to support are international, and because the question asked
> >> about chapters in general, not one particular chapter.
> > That is not the argument I was trying to make (ie. voices of
> > Wikimedians in a country without chapter don't count). Rather, there
> > is a long list of things the Foundation does, where people are asked
> > whether they knew about it, or not. And after that, right when people
> > have been made aware of everything the Foundation does, they are asked
> > to rate the work of the Foundation. The same question about the
> > chapters comes after absolutely nothing has been said about chapter
> > work, which, I believe, does introduce a bias. In short, people are
> > being asked to rate something they *at this point in the survey* have
> > an idea about (for the WMF) although they might have had no idea about
> > it before starting the survey.
> > All I'm asking is that we review the context in which this question is
> > being asked so results make more sense.
> OK, after some other people also remarked that preceding this question
> by other questions which conveyed quite some information about the
> Foundation's activities but not about the chapters' activities. we
> have now rearranged the questions so that this is no longer the case.
> This is a bit of a compromise regarding the structuring of the
> questionnaire into sections, but fortunately it could be done without
> invalidating existing translations or changing the variables of the
> resulting dataset.
> Also, the launch of the survey had been postponed into this month for
> various reasons, including allowing more time to respond to feedback
> like this.
> Tilman Bayer
> Senior Operations Analyst (Movement Communications)
> Wikimedia Foundation
> IRC (Freenode): HaeB
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Betreff: Report to the board: WikiCon in Dornbirn, Austria
Datum: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 08:13:06 +0200
Von: Ting Chen <tchen(a)wikimedia.org>
An: Board list <board-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
from August 31st to September 2nd the german speaking chapters organized
the third WikiCon, a regional german speaking conference. This is the
third conference of this kind, after Lüneburg (organized by SkillShare)
and Nürnberg (by the chapters). This is my report about this conference.
I will also cross post part of it on wikimedia-l later.
Like on every WikiCon the struggle on the very tight and high relevance
criteria as well as the deletionism and the rude behavior in village
pumps and talk pages was one of the major topic. But in this year my
feeling is that a critical mass is forming and things may move in the
other direction on de-wp.
One of the major topics that is new on this WikiCon are wiki projects
outside of the Wikimedia projects. There are a few very interesting
speeches on this topic. One was about the RegionWiki, where people
compile and gather local information, many of them deemed by Wikipedia
as not relevant or not encyclopedia content. The other is just started
and got financial support from WMDE, with the name ZeitzeugeWiki (a wiki
that collects contemperary witnesses). The ZeitzeugeWiki remembers me
also on the study of Achal on visual reference. Done right it can really
be a valuable project that can have impact. Markus Bärlocher, a very
active voluntier on Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap and OpenSeeMap is planning
a wiki for water sport and asks if Wikimedia Foundation can host it.
This project is also related to a third big topic that surfaced on this
WikiCon. More and more projects, especially external projects like
OpenStreetMap, is getting interlinked with Wikimedia projects. The
WikiData project which is currently still in preparation had inflicted a
lot of interest. OpenStreetMap and OpenSeeMap are hoping to tap those
data for example. The wiki for water sport is concepted as a wiki that
will automatically tap both data from Wikipedia and WikiData as well as
from OpenSeeMap. The demand on a possibility to single sign on cross
projects is getting louder.
It is very delightful for me to see that on these conferences there are
still new people who show up to see if they can still join the
community. I spoke with at least four of them in Dornbirn. One of them a
very old man, I would guess on his 80s. He is himself an encyclopedist
and wrote many thousand articles for a specialist encyclopedia on
international laws. And when he said that he want to contribute and
asked me on my advice I feel both overwhelmed as well as fearful to lead
him to face the anonymous hostility that a newbie often face when he
starts in our projects.
Personally I was happy to have the oppotunity to camp again, although
the first day and night almost rained continuously. I didn't do it for
years and really enjoyed the fresh morning air and even the patting of
rain drops on the tent.
As always I provide carpool sharing and this time I took User:Alam_ffm
with me. He is native polish and lives almost as long as me in Germany.
He is active on both polish and german Wikipedia and is also active in
the polish chapter. So during the drive he told me a lot of things about
polish german Wikipedia interactions, about cross boarder meet ups and
about the polish Wikipedia, which I know very little about, and which,
as every Wikipedia language version, has a rich and interesting history.
This is happening in about 20 minutes in #wikimedia-office.
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From: Steven Walling <swalling(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Subject: Office hours for editor engagement experiments this Saturday
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Saturday, September 8th at 17:00 UTC, we're going to have the
monthly office hours for the editor engagement experiments team.
We want to discuss the results from our experiment giving new
editors feedback after they edit, and how we're going to iterate on that.
We also have experiments in-progress or upcoming for the English Wikipedia
Community Portal, account creation process, and more.
* Office hours docs, including time conversion:
* Our docs, including links to more on Meta and MediaWiki.org:
Talk to you Saturday,