The Discovery's maps team would like to share the progress we have been
making, and our future goals.
* Kartographer extension is getting closer to being deployed. It will allow
editors to insert a map and add article specific data into wiki pages.
Kartographer has a neat Visual Editor interface thanks to Ed Sanders. We
hope to add a good VE maps editor there as well. See 
* Wikipedia Android app now shows all nearby articles on a map (Kudos to
* GeoHack (gps link in the upper right corner) for Russian and Italian
Wikipedias have switched to the new map. English wiki will have it soon as
well (Kudos to Putnik and Legoktm)
* English & Russian WikiVoyage has switched to the new map
* Maps database is automatically refreshed from OSM (thanks to Max Semenik
and Alex Kosiaris)
* We now have a map without place labels 
 DEMO: http://vem3.wmflabs.org/wiki/Main_Page
*== Community Projects ==*
* Simon Legner has been actively developing article map  with some help
from Tim Alder and Daniel Schwen
* Several people are working on Wikimaps Warper  tool to add and
position scanned map images.
* Kartotherian tile server code has been improved  and deployed to a
non-WMF site. This makes us very happy because it shows that our code is
useful to others.
*== Future plans / goals ==*
This quarter, our goal is to improve the content discovery experience on
Wikivoyage by rolling out maps to all Wikivoyages. Specific tasks can be
tracked in Phabricator: #maps , #kartographer . These are some of the
tasks we plan to do:
* Deploy Kartographer extension to Wikivoyage
* Add maps editor to Kartographer
* Work with Operations to make maps a production-level service. This
includes adding more caching and backend servers.
* Offer maps as a more stable and feature rich alternative to
* Implement cross-wiki shared data storage
* Implement static service capable of generating a map image with the
* Allow editors to add maps directly to Wikipedia
* Implement the most requested features from the Future Plans 
The 30-post soft limit for this email is not being applied. I recall
in the past that individuals were warned and even put on moderation;
ensuring that no individual overwhelms this list with their one
viewpoint. I raised this with the list moderators on 4th December, but
have yet to receive a reply.
Anyone interested can check the figures for the last two months:
* November - one person posted 39 emails to the list
* December - the same person has posted 33 times so far
Can the list administrators please make a New Year resolution to start
warning all users exceeding the 30 post limit, and to apply long term
moderation if they persist in pushing their viewpoint aggressively
If anyone thinks the 30-post limit is an unreasonable expectation,
then they are free to test the waters with a proposal to make it 40...
I am happy to announce the Board intends to fill the open community Trustee
seat at our meeting this weekend. On Saturday, María Sefidari will accept
an appointment to the Board of Trustees, stepping into the third
community-nominated seat. The appointment will last the remainder of the
two year term, until Wikimania 2017.
Many of you know María. She previously served as a community-selected
Trustee from August 2013 to July 2015. In the most recent 2015 community
elections, she received the next highest support percentage, and highest
number of support votes. She was born and lives in Madrid, Spain, and has
been a contributor to the Wikimedia projects since 2006. She was a founding
member of Spanish Wikipedia's LGBT Wikiproject, Wikimedia España, and
Wikimujeres Grupo de Usuarias. She has also served on the Affiliations and
Individual Engagement Grants committees. María is passionate about the role
of diversity in our strategic efforts to retain and increase editorship,
and improving channels for community participation in Foundation governance
We consulted with the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee before
deciding how to proceed in identifying a new Trustee. They offered
thoughtful feedback on the possible available options, and we’re grateful
for their considerations. (
We are certain many of you are wondering why we decided against holding
another election. We did consider the option, but the disadvantages
outweighed the benefits. The last election was well-attended, and still
quite recent. Holding a new election would take considerable time, and we
have important issues to address in the near future. It was important to us
that the community perspective is fully represented in these conversations,
without delay. We also didn’t want to distract from the affiliate Trustee
selection process, which is coming up soon.
I am excited by the dedication, compassion, and experience María brings to
the Board at a crucial time. We are confident she will serve our mission
with wisdom and grace.
Please join me in congratulating our friend María, and thanking her service
to our movement.
Yet another hugely surprising decision from the Board, I’m sorry to say.
Considering the results of the 2015 May Board elections, I think it fair to say that María’s appointment to the Board lacks any community legitimacy whatsoever. As a then-active member of the Board of Trustees, Maria stood in the elections, and lost in a vote that was equal and fair for every candidate. For the Board to now appoint María to fill in the vacancy created upon James’s removal from the Board stands in the face of that clear and unequivocal community decision.
This is particularly worrying given the high number of “oppose” votes that María received during the election — over 200 more than Dariusz, James, Denny and Mike (Taketa) each; indeed, more than any other candidate in the top 10.
What is more, the fact that María was specifically voted down from the Board by the community is a clear signal that the electorate did not want her to continue in that role. To see her return to the Board in a “community-selected” seat is just absurd.
What the Board should have done is organise a by-election. If María wants to be a community-selected Trustee, she should earn the seat. Let her run, and convince the community that the reasons she was not re-elected in May are no longer valid. Let her answer questions openly and transparently, and discuss issues with her rivals – the way that by-elections everywhere are run.
Of course, not organising a by-election avoids these highly unpleasant obligations.
But then, maybe that’s the point.
In the medicine, genetics and bioinformatics areas, there are a number of
initiatives under way, mostly efforts to get experts engaged in editing and
reviewing Wikimedia content, aimed at improving reliability. Would the
board of trustees please consider formally recognising reliability as a
serious problem on Wikimedia projects, and mandating the funds
dissemination committee and the WMF to support realistic initiatives
Input would be appreciated from board members and others interested at