I was very glad that the Foundation decided to extend the fundraiser.
I think adding projects outside of the lengthy, formulaic,
overly-committee laden, but necessary in part FDC funding process and
getting a head start on the endowment is essential for retaining the
soul of the Foundation's traditional agility and creativity. Sure, it
made a liar out of Jimmy and other officials this year, and they
should be commended by those of us who think the effective
non-sacrifice to their reputations is worth it.
Accordingly, I propose the following $2.5 million-range projects for
further extension of this year's fundraiser:
1. A study of systemic bias in economics articles on the English Wikipedia;
2. An extension of the (in the interest of full disclosure: my student
and my) Accuracy Review of Wikipedias Google Summer of Code Project
into a general computer-aided educational system including authentic
intelligibility remediation of spoken language skills, as proposed at
3. A study of the top five endowment-grade mutual funds available for
general Foundation investments, their prospects, and opportunities for
divestments and strategic investments consistent with the Mission
4. A study of the social implications of copyright law and regulation
changes in relation to the Foundation's Mission for the Public Policy
That's about $10 million. What other ideas are there?
Pine, thanks for your reply, but Legal will not do anything like this
unless they are instructed by management. That is why I directed my
question to the board and management.
I've asked at Jimbo's talk page (bad timing, archived over the holidays,
will repost) and at Katherine's WP talk page.
Am very interested to hear from the board and/or WMF management on this.
> Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:50:07 -0800
> From: Pine W <wiki.pine(a)gmail.com>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>,
> Wikimedia Legal <legal(a)wikimedia.org>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Where is WMF with pursuing companies that
> offer paid editing services
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> Forwarding to Legal. I'm aware of the general problem of undisclosed COI
> editing, and agree that there should be some enforcement of this,
> particularly given that WMF wants to use Wikipedia's NPOV and RS policies
> as part of WMF's marketing. I also wonder if WMF might be able to recover
> the costs of enforcement expenses somehow, perhaps by including a statement
> in the TOS that says that people and their employers who engage in certain
> types of undisclosed COI editing must (1) reimburse WMF for attorney fees,
> court fees, and other related costs of investigations and enforcement, and
> (2) forfeit all revenue from their related activities to WMF. My guess is
> that significant financial penalties would be a bigger deterrent than
> name-and-shame and cease-and-desist letters.
> Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:50:03 -0500
> From: Jytdog at Wikipedia <jytdogtemp1(a)gmail.com>
> To: wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Where is WMF with pursuing companies that offer
> paid editing services
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
> I am interested to learn if WMF management or the board has discussed
> taking legal action against companies that offer services to edit Wikipedia
> and that have no on-Wiki presence disclosing their edits (in en-WP at
> where they use the Wikipedia name, etc. I have looked and never found
> disclosure by any of those companies in en-WP. I have looked and found no
> public evidence of WMF legal engaging with these companies, other than
> Some en-Wiki editors recently identified a long-term paid editor and
> brought the matter to ANI: thread is here
> This brought this whole thing to mind, and is something I have been wanting
> to ask about.
> Three questions:
> Has this been discussed, and if so, what has/have the outcomes been?
> Also, is there budget for WMF legal to take action against such companies?
> If not, would you all please consider that?
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They are encouraging joint publication on Wikipedia and in their journal
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The Wikipedia Open Textbook of Medicine
Some of you would have become aware of a project in Perth Western Australia
that has been ongoing since 2014. The ultimate aim is have nys.wikipedia.org
currently its at https://incubator.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wp/nys with 500
While everyone has been focused on enjoying the holiday break the people
facilitating this project have been busily writing a report on the project
and it was publish last night.
It looks at working with an Indigenous cultural/language group in the
southwest of Western Australia, the first chapter covers this detail.
The project has been working on a number of very specific challenges facing
minority and Indigenous cultures in contributing to the projects. It
discusses what worked how that evolved, we investigated intangible
knowledge sources and even challenged the methods of collecting the
statistics behind the conclusion that Noongar language is a threatened
The project has worked with multiple generations of Nyoongar people in
differing environments, its worked with students from the early years of
primary school 6,7 8 years old through to post graduate students.
Wikimedia Australia is currently organising opportunities to discuss with
facilitators of the project, the first event is in Darwin in March and
later in Perth during October. As always if you find yourself in Perth let
me know we are always ready to have yarn. In the mean time enjoy reading
about Noongarpedia and we hope it offers insights
President Wikimedia Australia
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