After reading an interesting related discussion on GenderGap, I have
queried the top 10 users of the thanks feature last month, on both the
English Wikipedia and Commons. Snapshot image attached and report link
Perhaps someone might think of a suitable barnstar and award these
folks for "being nice"? :-)
P.S. This is a long query to run, taking 20 to 30 minutes due to the
nature of the logging tables. However if someone wanted to make a
monthly summary on-wiki somewhere, part of an active "be nice"
campaign, I would be happy to set up an automated monthly report (if
someone discovers this is already reported somewhere, that's cool we
can use that).
It is an honor to announce that the Affiliations Committee has resolved
 recognizing the Wikimedia User Group China as a Wikimedia User
Group; their main focus areas are getting more chinese people know and
use Wikipedia, encouraging people to become contributors to the
different Wikimedia projects, and maintain the community healthy and
growing. Let's welcome the newest member of the family of affiliates
-and the fourth from the Sinosphere!
"*Jülüjain wane mmakat* ein kapülain tü alijunakalirua jee wayuukanairua
junain ekerolaa alümüin supüshuwayale etijaanaka. Ayatashi waya junain."
Carlos M. Colina
Vicepresidente, A.C. Wikimedia Venezuela | RIF J-40129321-2 |
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Affiliations Committee
This is a personal note to clarify a some questions that recently came up,
specifically in the context of my role as the incoming ED.
My partner Wil and I are partners in our private lives. We have always both
been extremely independent, and we respect that in each other. That said we
have different roles: I am the Executive Director with responsibilities
towards the Foundation and the movement, and he is an independent community
member with his own voice.
I make my decisions using my own professional judgement in conjunction with
input from the community and staff. I don’t consult Wil on these matters,
ask him to do anything on my behalf or monitor his engagements with the
community. When I speak here, it is in my capacity as an ED.
Wil, on the other hand, has a very strong personal interest in the
community and agreat deal of curiosity about how the Wikimedia
projectswork. It is very important to him that he remains an
able to speak with his own voice and ask his own questions. He does not
take direction from me. He will not work for the WMF or engage with the WMF
I hope this addresses some of the questions and draws distinction between
my role as ED and Wil’s participation as an independent member. If you have
any questions for Wil you can reach him directly. If you have any questions
for me or the WMF, you can get a hold of me by email or on my talk page.
I am Wikipedian in residence and want to upload a high quality tiff archive
and I can't seem to upload more than 100.00 MB. I get this message: "You
can only upload files with a size of up to 100.00 MB". What is happening ?
Do you know what I can do?
*"Wikipedia es algo especial. Es como una biblioteca o un parque público.
Es como un templo para el pensamiento. Un lugar al que todos podemos ir a
pensar, a aprender, a compartir nuestros conocimientos con otros." JW*
Carmen Alcázar (@metik)
Secretaria, Wikimedia <https://www.facebook.com/wikimediamx>México A.C.
Coordinadora Hospitalidad Wikimanía
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From: WereSpielChequers <werespielchequers(a)gmail.com>
Date: 30 July 2015 at 12:57
Subject: [Wikimediauk-l] visual Editor is now worth using in outreach editathons
If anyone is still running outreach editathons to try and recruit new
editors, you might want to consider using visual editor. I spoke to
some of the WMF people at Wikimania and apparently the issue of it
running very very slowly on old kit has recently been largely
addressed. I've pointed out in the past that as long as that bug was a
"won't fix" you couldn't promote Visual Editor at outreach editathons
because even if all the laptops look pretty new, there could well be
someone present using a borrowed laptop and intending to use an old PC
at home. Since we really can't start an editathon asking the attendees
if they all use new computers at home, and then reverting to the
classic editor if someone says their machine was bought in 2010 I and
several others have been ignoring the Visual Editor for the last
couple of years.
I have just run a quick test on this myself using a friend's old PC
and V/E does now work, though it is still a little slower than the
Jonathan / WereSpielChequers
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Announcing: Wikimedia DC's Exciting New Program: BOOK GRANTS!
We are offering book grants to people in the United States to support their
editing. Please contact me at keilanawiki(a)gmail.com if you have any
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on
Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:00 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.
Each month at the metrics meeting, we will:
* Welcome recent hires
* Present a community update
* Review WMF top-level metrics
* Present reports/updates
For August, we'll present a quarterly report overview & review
VisualEditor AB test and usability results
* Engage in questions/discussions
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.
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I would like to ask, if the ease of media handling (images, photographs on
Wikimedia Commons) is a priority for Wikimedia Foundation? If not, could it
be a priority? Recently we have seen a big step done for editors =
VisualEditor. Contributors have no longer study "wikicode" to be able to
contribute. That removes one of the technological barriers and it looks its
a priority for WMF.
While part of contributing to Wikipedia is still contributing by images. I
am from Wikimedia Czech republic. We run many projects based on media
harvest or organizing *low barrier media harvest activities* to bring new
users to Wikipedia.
As our newbies are not technologically skilled and not native English
speakers, there is a big technology block to contribute to Wikipedia with
1) there is no app for mobile phones and tablets for image upload
2) newbies are lost, when they click on "Upload image" and they are
transferred from Wikipedia to Wikimedia Commons
3) Wikimedia Commons is in English - foreign language for our participants
4) biggest language barrier are categories, which are in English only, we
need to insert name of the category in our mother tongue
5) Wikimedia Commons environment is still pretty "techy"
6) Insert metadata, takes a long time:
e.g.: you have an image of a cathedral in Des Moines, IW. 3 or 4 times you
have to insert same information: a) to file name (*Des Moines,
cathedral.jpg*), b) to file description (*en:** Cathedral in Des Moines,
Iowa, USA*/*es:* *La catedral de XY en Des Moines, Iowa, EEUU*) and c) to
the category (*category:Des Moines* or *Churches in Des Moines*,
Its 2015, there are many social projects around us. You can handle images
much easier on these projects than on mother of all social projects -
Wikipedia. Big step was done with using images allready present in Commons.
Could we do something for those, who contributes with their media to
Wikipedia? Could we do it in one or two years?
Thank you very much for your concern!