The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on
Thursday, September 3, 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.
At next month's meeting, we will:
* Welcome recent hires
* Present a community update
* Review WMF top-level metrics
* Share research findings
* Showcase recent work
* Engage in questions/discussions
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings for further
information about the meeting and how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
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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
Six years is a long time. Over the last six years, I've been privileged to
be a part of so many things with you. And I'm proud of what we've done
together. For the last six years, I've been a part of things that will
excite me until the day that I die - the things that, together, we did in
service of that phrase - "the sum of human knowledge" - were magical. I'll
never forget them, and I've been honored to be a part of this movement.
But it's time for me to move on.
As many of you know, for the last couple of years, I've struggled with my
health. I've come to the unpleasant realization that for my own good, I
need to step back and focus on healing, and then look around for new and
When Sue left, she said that her decision process included looking around
and taking stock of the people and the condition of the Foundation, and
asking herself "Is it safe? If I leave, is it safe?" and when she knew it
was, she began to consider the idea.
I've been doing the same, obviously focused on projects and programs that
are important to me. And I look around and I know that with the
contributors that we have - brilliant, dedicated, passionate people.... and
the staff that we have - dynamic, talented, devoted, and fearless.... it's
safe. So it's time for me to move on, and to leave it to them.
As a housekeeping note: I've agreed with Luis that I'll be available until
9/15, though I'll be out on medical leave, so may be slow to answer
questions. If I owe you something, please remind me so that we can get it
properly assigned out.
You can all reach out to me at any time... philippe(a)beaudette.me.... and
any time I see you will be a celebration.
With my deepest affection,
*Philippe Beaudette * \\ Director, Community Advocacy \\ Wikimedia
T: 1-415-839-6885 x6643 | philippe(a)wikimedia.org | : @Philippewiki
The title of this thread seems a bit hard, but that is practically the
situation as it looks now.
Wiki Loves Monuments is the yearly photo contest since 2010, organised by
many local Wikipedia communities and local chapters. For this contest a
banner is shown on top of Wikipedia pages in the specific countries to
attract attention from the public to participate in enriching Wikipedia
with photos of the local cultural heritage.
Wiki Loves Monuments depends for at least 99% on the banner. When there is
no banner, the uploads and results drop dramatically, as possible
participants are not informed and can't easily find the contest site. Also
participants need time to go on location to take photos and see the banner
above Wikipedia afterwards to find their way back.
*What is the situation?*
* The fundraising team plans to have a fundraising banner in Italy during
the month September.
* The local team of Wiki Loves Monuments in Italy is organising the contest
in Italy and needs a banner as well.
As there can be shown only one banner at the time, there have been talks
about these conflicting banners. Result: Wiki Loves Monuments get only
37,5% of the time, the fundraising banner 62,5% of the time.
Now you maybe think that 37,5% of the time is still large, but the
appearances are deceptive because of the different ways the banner is used,
and because the differences in numbers of upload throughout the month
September. Also the banner is not shown at all during two full weeks,
important weeks to attract participants. In the end I estimate, based on
the usage and issues of previous years, etc, that only 10-15% of the
uploads are made in comparison what normally would have been expected.
This is what I would call a devastating effect.
And this is purely because of bad planning at WMF:
* They haven't checked which countries participated continuously the past
* They haven't informed which countries are likely to participate.
* And they say they can't move the fundraising banner to another month, but
it is still a mystery why that isn't possible.
This same issue was originally the case in two countries, but somehow it
was possible to move it for the second country.
This is really sad for Italy. Extra sad because of the difficult copyright
situation in Italy, what requires the local team already to do much much
much more work than in most other countries, just to have a normal contest.
The Italian team does a great job this year.
The community is working very hard on improving and expanding the content
of Wikipedia by organising Wiki Loves Monuments. I always thought that this
was the number one priority of the whole Wikimedia movement. Did I made a
wrong assumption somehow?
But when it actually matters, the community project bears the bunt. This is
sad, very sad.
Please all, support the Italian team, they do a great job and deserve a
PS: I am one of the international organisers of Wiki Loves Monuments this
year, but this e-mail is written on my personal account only.
The Wikimedia Foundation is an "ANBI registered charity" . It means that
Dutch people may deduct their gift from their income.
In the Netherlands there is much more to tax deductibility, making it
easier to deduct money for taxes even more and increasing the amount of
money that may be had by the WMF..
At the time when the WMF itself became registered as such, it was clear
that it is possible to make it an European charity and by consequence make
gifts in the whole of the European community tax deductible.
I have in the past reached out to the WMF about this topic. I did not get
any reply. It is certain that the process can be optimised for the donors
and for the WMF in a meaningful way.
PS I am professionally involved in raising funds for charities in the
Netherlands. Ie I am not clueless.
Call for Developers
We are planning to create a Digital Library Card Platform for The Wikipedia
Library. We are looking for a developer, or team, with a history of
successfully developing web applications in open development frameworks
(such as Drupal, Angular, Ember, CiviCRM, etc.). Efficient production,
clear communication, and well-structured and secure code are a must.
Additional consideration will go towards applicants who have worked in the
Library and Information Science field, on Open Source projects, or in the
Wikimedia/Mediawiki communities. Our budget currently allows for
$5000-$15,000 for development of a working version within 4- 6 months. We
expect to expand the platform in two later phases to add additional
functionality around standard library services.
The Wikipedia Library helps Wikipedia's top editors receive access to
donations from leading publishers and databases. Now that we have over 3
dozen publishing partners including Elsevier JSTOR, Oxford University
Press, and SAGE, AND nearly a dozen global branches with 2 dozen more
planned for the next year AND commitments to support other TWL programs
across the globe... we need to create a system that will facilitate our
expansion. In the past, manual and separate processes for delivering
access were appropriate, but this year's focus is on scaling and
the Digital Library Card Platform tool is a top priority for us this year.
Qualified and interested applicants should read this project overview and
fill out the form linked on this page:
Please feel free to share this email with friends or colleagues who may
also be interested.
*Head of The Wikipedia Library <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/TWL>*
Obviously discussions on these six topics are not new as they are
frequently discussed on a number of Wikimedia mailing lists and forums.
Ideas are often put forward that attract some who say it will work
wonderfully, while others doubt if it will work at all, while a third group
think it will do harm. One of the issues that frequently arises is the
need for some capacity to experiment Will there be any support for testing
ideas? That is, to be bold and try something instead of just talking about
it? E.g. repeal policy XYZ for a month and see if it makes a difference and
whether it is for better or worse. And of course some ideas might require
engineering support to test. Will that be available?
To illustrate a concrete example, what if we wanted to trial a grace period
for new users (one of the example ideas)? Right now, it is very easy for
anyone to undo a newbie's edit and WP:NOBITE is routinely ignored. So, to
implement a grace period, we would probably need to do some re-engineering,
perhaps require an extra step in the "undo" process where the reverter had
to acknowledge that this was a new user within the grace period and then
asked if the edit appeared to be good faith (and then directed on to more
appropriate ways to respond to good faith edits by newbies) or bad faith
(allowed to continue with the undo action). Will there be support for
experimentation or for engineering needed for experimentation? Will there
be support from the metrics team around those experiments to collect
appropriate qualitative and quantitative data to assist drawing conclusions
as to whether the experiments were beneficial or not?
It seems to me that without support for experimentation it will be
difficult for communities to put forward ideas as even the formulation of
ideas will be bogged down from a lack of evidence. As you say, talk is
cheap and it is clear that years of talking have not made a great
difference. It's time to experiment if only on a small scale (a subset of
users, a subset of articles) etc. Are the resources to do this available?