I think it takes a lot of guts to come to the conclusion, and publicly
admit, that the attention of the team needs to better reflect the
community's needs. From personal experience I know it wasn't easy.
This does leave me a little concerned. As a third-party MediaWiki user, a
friendly talk page interface was something I was looking forward too. The
people I support are non-technical and work like VisualEditor have greatly
impacted the contributions from folks. Flow appeared/appears to follow in
the same vein.
How does this impact having a stable release of the Flow extension for
third-party users? It's still very much a beta release (multiple extensions
pseudo-required as an example) and is labeled as such on Mediawiki.org.
This leaves us with unclear options when it comes to enabling a better
Talk: interface from the default wikitext-heavy experience of MediaWiki.
Will Flow reach a 'stable' state for third-party users? One that you would
recommend for use?
P.S. Might I suggest posting this message on the Extension:Flow talk page
as well? Third-party MediaWiki users should know what they're getting into
if they decide to adopt Flow.
Last year, the Wikimedia Foundation published our first ever video
Which covered some of the major news events of 2014 through the lens of
Wikipedia. This year, we’re opening up the idea development and
pre-production process of making a video for 2015 to everyone. This is an
opportunity for you to help shape the narrative of the events of 2015:
Last year’s video was made largely by myself and another video editor over
about 8 weeks at the end of 2014. I spent the first half of my 8 weeks
researching news, comparing that to view and edit counts of Wikipedia
pages, and searching for media to illustrate those events. After I had that
media, it was a matter of taste to place them in a video editing timeline.
When we published it, the press and the general population on the Internet
reacted positively. All things considered, I think that #Edit2014 was a
good start, and I’m happy with the final result—but I’d like to improve a
few things for #Edit2015.
Here’s the plan:
Open Collaboration: I’m opening up the whole idea-development and
pre-production process (research, scriptwriting, brainstorming, finding
media, etc.) for making #Edit2015 to on-wiki collaboration. While
experimental, we have #Edit2014 as a guide to show that a final product can
be done; it taught me that year-in-review videos cover international news
events through a brand (in this case Wikipedia) by telling each news story
in about 5 seconds and then cutting to the next one. After being multiplied
by around 20 stories, your video will be upwards of two minutes long when
the credits, logos and titles are included. If you watch other
year-in-review videos (like Google Zeitgeist Year In Search) you’ll see how
each will spend 5 seconds on a topic and then jump to the next.
First drafts of #Edit2014 were half global news and half wiki-world news. I
wanted to showcase as many Wikimedia tools, events and projects as
possible. What I found was that since this is for a wide audience, and it’s
only a few short minutes long, we only have a chance to communicate one or
two new ideas (for an ordinary person who uses the internet), so we had to
be very selective about what was showcased. In this case, it was a chance
to talk about the edit button and Wiki Loves Monuments briefly. Then we
have to get back to those global shared news events that the public may
have experienced. Aspects like ‘going down the rabbit hole,’ clicking link
after link, was something that ordinary people were familiar with, so this
is something we used to bridge stories.
The idea-development and pre-production process does not require any fancy
video equipment—just a wiki page and an internet connection. I used post-it
notes on my wall to organize my ideas. I think that we—that is, the
Wikimedia crowd—can be very good at story development and collaboration.
I’ve been collecting imagery and ideas online, and I’d like to allow anyone
to use this space as a place to collaborate on this project:
An idea I had for this year is to somehow showcase the talk pages about
Wikipedia articles, to show how we arrive at consensus and a
neutral-point-of-view. Finding the right article(s) and talk page quotes to
use to illustrate that would be key. Last year, we showcased the edit
button using the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. For that, we see closeups of
‘citation needed’ and ‘disputed-discuss’ then we cut to the different
languages of that article. Imagine if you saw a tiny fraction of the
behind-the scenes talk about an article like that and how it aims for
Rules: These are some basic criteria I made to guide what content got into
Has the event made it to the international press or wide regional press?
Does the event have corresponding view or edit counts?
Do we have freely licensed imagery for the event?
Was there a special circumstance about this event per Wikimedia projects?
Does this illustrate some aspect of Wikimedia that the public should know?
Is the media beautiful?
Does the Wikimedia Foundation legal team approve of the media?
Do we have some media and news from every major region of the world?
As for production and post-production – Continuity, music, audio mixing, et
cetera are all things that should ideally be online and in a collaborative
manner but currently there is no system in place to collaborate on those
things using Wikimedia projects. I’d love to develop that system, but I
don’t think that it is practical for this year. I’d also like to aim to
make the video as close to 2 minutes in length as possible.
Schedule: So the logical publication date for #Edit2015 is December 15th
because that’s when the press, who would republish and spread the video on
social media, are still at work and this is an easy story for them to
publish before they go on vacation at the end of December. Getting this in
the press gets more eyeballs on the video. That means that actual video
editing should be well on its way in October and November. This is my
current schedule (for now):
Brainstorm and pre-production: now – October 1st
Production (assemble the footage): October 1st – November 15th
Post-Production (lock all the details): November 15th – December 1st
Distribution (captions and translations, thumbnails, text copy, uploading,
and any last-minute edits): December 1st – December 15th
Internationalism: My biggest problem with #Edit2014 was that so much of it
was in English. While we tried to cover as many regions and languages as
possible, a non-English speaker probably had to watch it with the captions
on—and then your eyes are stuck reading text on the bottom of the screen
rather than viewing the interplay of images and text. I think that opening
up the development and pre-production phase would flatten out the
perspective quite a bit, or at least help to point out flaws and suggest
other ideas. We shouldn’t have to rely on captions to make it universally
understandable, and since we’ll be jumping from one story to the next in 5
seconds, we can express a story in any local language. There may also be
‘universal’ communication media like video, imagery or numbers that are
associated with the text that they can understand.
Media Content: There are a few sources for freely-licensed imagery that we
can use for #Edit 2015: still imagery, video imagery, Wikimedia project
pages, audio, and imagery we make ourselves. I’d love if we could somehow
have more audio/video content for #Edit2015. I looked for freely-licensed
video and .gifs on Wikimedia Commons, Vimeo, Internet Archive and YouTube,
and I know there are many more I could have used. The first few versions of
#Edit2014 incorporated more video than the final cut did, but much was cut
out because it was too busy or complicated to communicate an idea quickly.
Sometimes a still frame of a Wikipedia article or a still photo might
communicate the idea more neutrally or succinctly than portions of
freely-licensed videos could.
For every still image you see in #Edit2014, there’s probably 10 more that
didn’t make the final cut. It took a lot of research to find appropriate
and compelling imagery.
I’m very optimistic that this will be a fruitful initiative, and I can’t
wait to see all the usernames of everyone who contributes. Please share
this link with your friends:
Let’s collaborate and tell the story of Wikipedia and 2015 together.
Guess no organization can be completely safe vs. a few bad actors exploiting their positions of trust in it. But with so many people acting as voluntary editors, it's hard to see how the WF can protect itself from exposure when stuff like this happens. I mean, some of the victims are sure to sue the WF, since where there's money and a criminal offense, there's usually lawsuits. But worse than that is the black eye it gives the WF.
No winners in this mess. Sad day all around.
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
This is Chris Schilling (User:I JethroBT). The Wikimedia Foundation
Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals for
funding new experiments from August 31st to September 29th. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG> As a former grantee in
developing the Co-op mentorship space, I encourage you to explore IEG as a
way to realize your idea for improving Wikimedia projects. <
Your idea could involve building new tools or software, organizing a better
process on your wiki, conducting research to investigate an important
issue, or providing other support for community-building.Whether you need a
small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD) Individual Engagement
Grants can support you and your team’s project development time in addition
to other expenses like travel, materials, and rental space. Project
schedules and reporting are flexible for grantees, and staff are available
on Meta to support you through all stages of your project.
Do you have have an idea, but would like some feedback before applying?
Put it into the IdeaLab, where volunteers and staff can give you advice and
guidance on how to bring it to life. <
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab> Once your idea is ready,
it can be easily migrated into a grant request. IEG Program Officer Marti
Johnson and I will also be hosting several Hangouts for real-time
discussions to answer questions and help you make your proposal better -
the first will happen on September 8th. <
Please feel free to get in touch with Marti (mjohnson(a)wikimedia.org) or me
with questions about getting started with your idea.
We are excited to see your grant ideas that will support our community and
make an impact on the future of Wikimedia projects. Put your idea into
motion, and submit your proposal this September! <
Chris "Jethro" Schilling
I JethroBT (WMF) <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:I_JethroBT_(WMF)>
Community Organizer, Wikimedia Foundation