I looked at my contribution in the German Wikipedia and noticed some
* I have many more contributions there than I thought I do.
* I did some very strange edits, such as adding a category with an
"Why would I do such a thing?", I thought.
Then I realized that some articles in the German Wikipedia are imported
with all their old versions when they are being translated. So these edits
were actually in the English Wikipedia.
Is it a usual practice in the German Wikipedia? What is the reason for it?
Is there a policy page about it?
Are there are Wikipedia projects that do this?
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
TL;DR: Please comment on any or all of the 11 2014-2015 Round 1 proposals
from Wikimedia movement organizations to the Annual Plan Grants program
from now til 31 October!
Greetings, Wikimedia community:
We are happy to share with you that eleven applicants have submitted
proposals in 2014-2015 Round 1 of the Annual Plan Grants (APG) process.
These Wikimedia organizations are requesting general funding to support
their annual plans, which include both programmatic and operational costs.
These eleven requests in Round 1 total about US$5.2 million of US$6 million
available in both rounds this year. In November, the Funds Dissemination
Committee (FDC) will meet to review and deliberate on these proposals. They
will make a recommendation to the WMF Board of Trustees about how to
strategically grant funds to these applicants in order to achieve the most
>From now until October 31, we invite everyone to review the proposals, and
to provide thoughts and ask questions on the discussion pages of the
About community review: The APG proposal submission date on October 1 is
followed by a 30-day open comment period, when anyone is invited to provide
input on and ask questions about specific proposals on the discussion pages
of the proposal forms. Applicants are also expected to respond to input and
questions during this period, although they are not able to change the
proposal form itself after the submission date.
The FDC will review the discussion pages during their deliberations in
November as one of many inputs to the decision-making process. While anyone
can comment on proposals after the open comment period closes on October
31, the FDC may not be able to take comments made after this period into
consideration when making its decisions.
How to join in the review: Please visit the community review page to view
the proposals being considered and follow the instructions on that page.
The proposals are only available in English, but your comments on the
discussion pages can be in your own language.
Why your feedback matters: We hope that this open comment period will add
to an in-depth and robust review of each proposal. The community review
process also helps make our grantmaking transparent and collaborative. The
FDC highly values feedback and insights from the Wikimedia community in
making its funding recommendations.
Here are a few milestones to keep in mind with the FDC process:
* Proposal forms submitted: 1 October 2014
* Open comment period / Community review: 2 October 2014, until 31 October
* Staff proposal assessments published: 8 November 2014
* FDC deliberations: 15-18 November 2014
* FDC recommendation published: by 1 December 2014
* Board decision: by 1 January 2015
* Start of new grant terms: 1 January 2015
Visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Information for more
information about the APG program, the FDC, or the dates listed here. Please
let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the
process. We are always happy to talk! The FDC support staff can be reached
Katy Love and the FDC staff
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The Individual Engagement Grants Committee (IEGCom) is pleased to announce
that the following contributors are appointed as new members of the
For the Committee,
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
October 2, 2014 at 6 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be broadcast as
a live YouTube stream.
The current structure of the meeting is:
* Welcoming recent hires
* Update and Q&A with the Executive Director, if available
* Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
specialized reports and analytic
* Review of financials
* Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Executive Assistant to the VP of Engineering & Product Development
We are excited to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation now has a Vice
President of Engineering. Damon Sicore will be filling this vital role.
Please join us in welcoming him to the team.
The VPE role will be crucial to further developing and maintaining the
technology that supports the very core of the Wikimedia movement, and
ensuring the development, scale, and stability of the MediaWiki
Damon joins us as part of planned growth of our product and engineering
teams, first announced in November 2012. As we have grown, we need
dedicated focus on product and engineering as separate departments, to
ensure development of best practices like performance engineering,
continuous delivery, A/B testing, software re-architecture, UI/UX work, and
user research. Erik Moeller, who filled the role of VP for both product and
engineering since 2011, led in the creation of this new role and was
essential to the search process. From today onward, Erik will focus on his
role as VP of Product and Strategy and Deputy Director of the WMF, while
Damon will take over leadership of the Engineering team; both will report
to me as part of the c-level team.
Damon has a unique track record of managing large platform rollouts using
distributed teams like ours, while understanding the essential role of
community contributions and working in a transparent, open source
environment. These skills and experiences will be invaluable in his work
here at the Foundation. It’s unusual to find someone who understands us so
well, and so I want to thank the many people from across the organization,
especially in the engineering, product, and human resources teams, who have
been involved in making this search successful.
We are very happy to have Damon on board. His proven track record of
managing large platform rollouts using distributed teams like ours, while
understanding the essential role of community contributions and working in
a transparent, open source environment, is unique and invaluable as part of
We’ll be sending around a copy of the press release shortly. You’ll also be
be able to meet Damon, and ask him questions, this Thursday at our monthly
Please join us there!
Please join me in welcoming Damon.