Hello, friends in the Wikimedia community,
Organizations that receive Annual Plan Grants from the Funds Dissemination
Committee (FDC) have been hard at work this last quarter! If you haven't
yet had a chance to look at some of their most recent reports, do take a
look to get a sense of some of the exciting developments. As always, the
FDC staff has also produced an overview of these reports, including
observations from global-level trends and program updates.  We've also
highlighted some of the biggest successes and some ongoing challenges for
these organizations, and included a financial summary of spending to date.
I'm happy to say that the overview report is also available in French ;
thank you to our amazing translators!
I encourage you to take a look at the overview report. From there, you can
easily find the progress reports from the organizations in depth, or see
their associated Discussion pages for more in-depth appreciation, questions
and suggestions from the FDC staff. You'll find some beautiful photos and
interesting audio and video files, learn about recent work on Wiki Loves
Monuments, celebrate with those completing tenth Wikipedia anniversaries,
review updates on partnerships with GLAM institutions, and learn more about
Wikipedians-in-Residence programs. And much more! You'll also get good
insight into what is working well and how entities are adapting as they
learn about programs or approaches that aren't working as well.
I want to thank all the organizations submitting Annual Plan Grant reports
to the FDC for their hard work over this last quarter. These progress
reports are from both Round 1 and Round 2 2012-2013 and offer us all a
chance to learn from movement organizations. I thank them for capturing and
sharing what they are learning as they go so that we can celebrate and
build on successes and grow together.
Fell free to contact me with questions or comments. And a very Happy New
Year to all!
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I don't think this has been sent out yet:
(thanks to Itzik for drawing my attention to it, and Johan for coding it up!)
This is fascinating. It's interesting that some languages (like
English) have lots of results that are likely people trying to get to
other sites (Facebook, Google) but other languages less so.
Happy New Year, everyone!
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We had a good 2013 year for readership statistics, fundraising, website reliability, and many other metrics.
We are continuing to have challenges with our editor population declining. Statistics are at http://reportcard.wmflabs.org. WMF discussed some of the research around these issues a monthly metrics meeting. https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/2013-07-11.
We have thousands of new accounts registered each month. However we are still losing more active editors than we gain each month. To date WMF and the chapters haven't solved this problem although resources are being spent on it. Projects include Echo, VisualEditor, Snuggle, GettingStarted, and education outreach.
Some discussion of these issues for English Wikipedia is happening at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Editor_Retention#P….
Also check out the book review that is being published in this week's Signpost https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piotrus/Sandbox/Notes#.C5.BBycie_Wirtual…, and the 2010 editor study results https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/76/Editor_Survey_Report_-_….
I hope there will be many and sustained conversations in 2014 about questions such as these:
* What should WMF, Jimmy, chapters and affiliates, and the online communities do differently regarding editor retention in 2014 and beyond?
* What non-technical initiatives should be done to improve editor recruiting and retention?
* How can we make Wikipedia editing be as mainstream as playing mobile games? I would like to see WMF take leadership on this issue and make a big push in 2014-2015 to make mobile editing a popular activity.
* Since negative feedback is a major reason that editors leave, should we review how we revert and warn editors, how we handle content disputes, and how we deal with editors who are uncivil or disruptive?
* How can we be a community that is efficient while being civil and hospitable?
In the next Annual Plan I hope that someone at WMF will be appointed as a point person for promoting all editor engagement initiatives and regularly initiate discussions such as this one.
"Whatever the weather
We must move
from a Marshall Plan poster, https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/File:Marshall_Plan_poster.JPG, seen on the English WikiQuote main page on December 31, 2013.
Happy new year,
Can nobody stop the URAA Copyright trolls mass deleting perfect fine files
I think it would be the best if _all_ URAA affected files would be kept
until a DMCA take down notice.
But in the case of in the country of origin PD works which are foreign
government works it is needed that the WMF clearly speaks out that such
works could be accepted on Commons even when a written statement of the
foreign government doesn't exist.
See for Canada's crown copyright