The Board Governance Committee (BGC) has been working on finalizing another
potential candidate . The results of the process were successful and the
Board has unanimously appointed the candidate the BGC has recommended. The
announcement is planned for December 1, 2017, so in two days the Wikimedia
Foundation Board will be finally complete (ten members).
But the Board recruitment is actually not over: we have two appointed Board
members, whose terms expire next Wikimania - Kelly Battles and Alice
Wiegand - so we are going to start working on filling those seats. The
ideal timeline is to have potential candidates join us in time for
The Board Governance Committee and I personally are thankful to those
people who were highly involved in the Board recruitment process: Anna
Stillwell, Michelle Paulson and Michelle Muñoz, our Legal and
Communications teams, and of course Katherine Maher. And many, many more.
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
*NOTICE: You may have received this message outside of your normal working
hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
should not feel obligated to answer it during your days off. Thank you in
A recent Signpost piece, "Good faith gibberish",
chooses to mock the claimed incomprehensibility of certain Wikipedia
articles, two of which are mathematics articles by the same author. There
are three things which, taken together make this a matter of concern to the
Firstly, the article is by an account self-described "as a WP Visiting
Scholar, and Wikipedian in Residence". It is thereby flagged as an
emanation of the movement.
Secondly, the alleged incomprehensibility of the mathematics articles,
which are correct and succinct, is entirely attributable to the ignorance
of the Signpost's author and editors. Even those completely ignorant of
mathematics could have used Google Books to discover that the
Federer--Morse Theorem is not, as suggested, a hoax.
Thirdly, the author selected for mockery in this way, user:r.e.b., is not
only an expert, but an extremely distinguished mathematician, at a level
equivalent to a Nobel prize-winner in another discipline. He has written
numerous articles on mathematics and I have long thought that Wikipedia
scarcely deserves his work. Now I'm sure of it.
So there we have it. A Wikpedian-in-Residence makes it clear that "experts
are scum". Is this the message the community chooses to present going
We are delighted to announce that the registration for the Wikimedia
Conference 2018 , which will be held in Berlin from Friday, April
20, through Sunday, April 22, is now open!
Following Abraham’s invitation, we would like to provide you with
important information regarding the eligibility for participation,
participant number regulation, registration procedure, specifics in
regards to the travel and hotel booking as well as the visa
==Eligibility criteria and participant number regulation==
The eligibility criteria for participating in the Wikimedia Conference
2018 are aligned to the Affiliates’ Agreements with the Wikimedia
Foundation. Chapters, Thematic Organizations and User Groups must have
shown signs of recent activity (within the last six months as of
September 30, 2017) and be up-to-date on their reporting  by the
eligibility deadline (December 15, 2017). Moreover, affiliations need
to have been officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation before
January 1, 2017. Before registering for the conference, please check
the eligibility and status overview of your affiliate as well as the
participant number regulation on meta .
To make the conference a success, it will be essential for the invited
affiliates to deliberately choose their delegates. Affiliates are
asked to only send delegates that are well-informed in goings-on at
the affiliate, able to confidently answer questions about it and share
experience from their group. They should also be empowered to commit
their group to involvement in proposed projects or initiatives. We
recommend to follow the “How to select the delegates” information,
which is published on meta .
People, who are selected by their organization to represent them at
the conference, need to register via the registration form . The
registration deadline is Monday at midnight CET, January 15, 2018.
Please note that we won’t be able to accept and process registrations
after this deadline.
We are looking forward to also welcoming members of the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees and staff, the Funds Dissemination
Committee as well as the Affiliations Committee in Berlin. We see a
huge advantage in having their representatives participate on site.
Please also register via the registration link .
In addition to the core-conference, pre-conference Learning Days on
Wednesday and Thursday, April 18+19, are organized by the WMF Learning
and Evaluation team . There is also a Boards Training Workshop 
organized by Frans Grijzenhout (chair of Wikimedia Nederland) and
Tim-Moritz Hector (chair of Wikimedia Deutschland), which will
simultaneously take place on April 18 and 19. Should you be interested
in participating in either of the two pre-conference offers, you can
indicate your interest in the registration form.
Based on our positive experience from 2017, there will again be a
chance to directly connect newcomers (who never attended the Wikimedia
Conference before) and experienced participants (who visited the
Wikimedia Conference in Berlin > 1 times) in the so called Buddy
Project . Our aim is that through this offer everyone can make the
most of their experience and take as many impressions, contacts, ideas
and inspirations home with them as possible. If you would like to take
part in the Buddy Project, please specify in the registration form
whether you would like to take part as a newcomer or experienced
For the purpose of helping affiliates to check that only their
selected representatives have registered and enable participants to
connect before the conference and stay involved afterwards, we will
publish all participants’ names on the meta page  shortly after
Further information on the registration process can be retrieved from meta .
==Hotel and travel booking==
The Wikimedia Conference will take place at the Mercure Hotel Berlin
Tempelhof Airport  in Berlin’s neighbourhood Neukölln. A high
number of hotel rooms, which are conveniently located on the levels
above the conference venue, have been reserved for the conference
participants. All rooms include Wifi, breakfast and have their own
Representatives of affiliates with an annual plan grant (group 1) will
need to book and pay for their hotel rooms as well as travel
individually. The hotel booking form and price information can be
found on meta .
Affiliates, which don’t receive funding via an annual plan grant
(group 2), will be supported by WMDE for their hotel needs and travel
Members of the WMF Board, FDC, AffCom or WMF staff (group 3) receive
travel and hotel booking support by the WMF travel department.
As for additional participants specifically invited by the Program and
Engagement Coordinator to complement the conference program (group 4),
WMDE will assist you with your hotel and travel booking.
We advise you to check meta  to which group you belong to.
Please visit the website of the Department of Foreign Affairs in
Berlin  to find out whether you need a visa for travelling to
Germany. In case you are in need of a visa, we advise you to register
until December 11, 2017, so that WMDE can assist you with the
application process and send you the required visa documents
sufficiently in advance. All relevant information and necessary steps
to undertake are also described on meta .
Wikimedia Deutschland is looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin in April!
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us any time via
wmcon(a)wikimedia.de should you have any questions or comments.
WMCON Organizing Team
Hey all! Just a very brief update!
***We are live!***
Banners went up at 1600UTC. It's been 7ish hours and so far things are
ticking over nicely!
Lisa Gruwell and Megan Hernandez have written a blog post announcing the
launch of the campaign and why every donation to Wikipedia is important (
***Supporting the fundraiser on social media!***
There are a number of ways you can support the fundraiser on social media:
 Twitter: Share why you love Wikipedia and free knowledge using the
 Facebook: Put our I Love Wikipedia Facebook frame to your profile pic.
You can add it for a few hours, a day, or forever. We made these frames to
give our supporters another way to show how important Wikipedia is to them.
Over 26,000 Facebook users added the frames during last year’s fundraiser,
with over 500,000 views in the first 24 hours. That’s one huge party, and
you’re invited. :) (https://www.facebook.com/profilepicframes)
 Anywhere: Please share something you love about the Wikimedia movement
with the donation link (https://donate.wikimedia.org) and the hashtag
#ILoveWikipedia. Ask your friends to do it, too! I’m sure teachers, college
students, journalists or librarians in your circle might have something to
 Amplify or share our videos, which will be going up on social media
over the coming days. The first one is a play on the "cup of coffee"
message in our fundraising banner. You can help by sharing on Facebook,
Twitter, or Instagram. Whichever floats your boat!
We're trying something interactive this year on social media. Jimmy Wales
has recorded a series of extremely short and playful videos that will
explain the importance of Wikipedia, ask our readers to respond to
questions in their own words, and/or play on some of our most common
elements. There are a number of videos that will go out over social over
the coming weeks, including some that are funny and some that are simply
informative. We plan to measure how these videos resonate and what effect
they have on donations.
You can see the first video (about 'the cost of a cup of coffee') on
Facebook  Twitter  Commons  YouTube  and Vimeo 
***That’s all for now! Thank you everyone for your support! I’ll update you
again later in the week!***
*Community and Audience Engagement Associate*
*Advancement (Fundraising, Wikimedia Foundation*
Wikimedia Conference 2018
Date: April 20 – April 22, 2018
Registration: November 29 – January 15, 2018
It’s with great pleasure that I invite Wikimedia Affiliates, the WMF Board
of Trustees and staff, the Affiliations Committee, and the Funds
Dissemination Committee to the Wikimedia Conference 2018. The main
conference will take place in Berlin from April 20 to 22, 2018.
Wikimedia Deutschland staff and board are looking forward to creating and
hosting another event that contributes to the development of the Wikimedia
Movement. We are hoping to see a diverse group of participants this year,
and look forward to creating three days of working, thinking, and learning
together. The event is made possible through the generous financial support
of the Wikimedia Foundation.
As in the previous years, the program will be built along three thematic
Movement Strategy: The Wikimedia Conference will be one of the major forums
for conversations about the future of the movement. Together, we will
discuss how movement groups can implement Wikimedia’s new Strategic
Direction “Service and Equity”, and how roles, responsibilities and
resources can be shared across the movement.
Partnerships in the Wikimedia Movement: Based on the conversations at the
last Wikimedia Conference, Wikimania, and regional Wikimedia conferences,
we aim to continue to offer a space for conversations, experience sharing
and learning around partnerships within and outside the Wikimedia movement.
Capacity Building & Learning: We will again host a track with sessions that
are designed according to the participants’ needs, wishes and experiences
as expressed during the registration process.
Registration will open on the 29th of November, 2017. Cornelius Kibelka,
Program and Engagement Coordinator, and Daniela Gentner, Event Coordinator,
will keep you updated about the program design and the logistics in the
coming weeks and months.
On behalf of Wikimedia Deutschland, I am looking forward to welcoming many
of you in Berlin in April.
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Tel. (030) 219 158 26-0
Your fellow wikimedian was invited to present the Wikimedia movement in
a conference organized by "Association des Masters en Économie de
Strasbourg", which will occur Tuesday, November 28th, in Strasbourg (who
would have guest?).
More information are below in French, but the main point is that the
conference is entitled "Dissemination of Knowledge: What Limits", and
after a call to better understand what was expected, the main point
which will be presented:
1. How is structured the movement (relation between
2. What are the requirements of Wikipedia regarding information reliability
3. The different knowledge dissemination supports: what limits?
The main point, in term of coverage, will be the second.
No concern worries me about being able to cover all this topics in a way
far more extensive than required for this conference. However, it would
be appreciable if feedback was provided regarding what the community as
a whole think important to highlight. More broadly any other advise that
the topic or the main points might inspire to you would be warmly welcome.
-------- Message transféré --------
Sujet : Re: Conférence Wikipédia
Date : Wed, 1 Nov 2017 06:54:55 +0100
De : Amélie BARBIER-GAUCHARD <abarbier(a)unistra.fr>
Pour : mathieu stumpf guntz <psychoslave(a)culture-libre.org>
Copie à : AMES Strasbourg <ames.strasbourg(a)gmail.com>
Pour faire suite à notre entretien téléphonique de la semaine dernière,
je reviens vers vous pour résumer notre échange sur le déroulement de
cette conférence du mardi 28 novembre 2017 à 18h.
Cette conférence sera donc articulée autour de trois questions que vous
poserons les étudiants organisateurs :
1 - La Fondation Wikimedia, de quoi s’agit-il ?
2 - Quelles sont les exigences de Wikipedia en termes de fiabilité des
3 - Les différents supports de diffusion des connaissances : quelles
Suite à cela, la parole sera donnée au public pour des questions et un
échange avec vous.
Pour l’affiche de promotion de cet événement, nous allons corriger votre
fonction en vous présentant comme « Contributeur aux projets Wikimédia »
et en complétant votre nom en tant que « Mathieu STUMPF GUNTZ" .
Par ailleurs, si vous le souhaitez, vous serait-il possible de me faire
parvenir une photo de vous que nous pourrons ajouter sur l’affiche ?
Tout cela est ok pour vous ?
Tenez moi au courant, par avance merci.
Au plaisir de vous rencontrer, à bientôt donc.
> Le 26 oct. 2017 à 10:11, mathieu stumpf guntz
> <psychoslave(a)culture-libre.org <mailto:email@example.com>>
> a écrit :
> Le 26/10/2017 à 06:43, Amélie BARBIER-GAUCHARD a écrit :
>> Bonjour Mathieu,
>> Entendu comme cela, je vous téléphonerai vers 16h30.
>> Pourriez vous m’indiquer précisément la fonction que vous souhaitez
>> voir apparaitre sur l’affiche de l’événement ?
> Ah, au vu de l’affiche, j’ai bien fait de signaler l’erreur, je ne me
> doutait pas que ce serait mis tellement en avant dans la communication
> en amont. Est-ce que « Contributeur aux projets Wikimédia » pourrait
> convenir ? C’est un peu long, mais un laconique « wikimédien » serait
> sans doute peut parlant.
> En effet, au vu de l’angle sous lequel l’affiche est présenté, je
> pense que toucher un mot sur les projets Wikimédia au-delà de
> Wikipédia pourrait s’avérer intéressant. Wikipédia est le plus connu
> des projets soutenu par la fondation Wikimédia, mais d’autres projets
> proposent des plateforme de partage pour des connaissances sortent du
> cadre encyclopédique.
>> Je vous la transmets en PJ en l’état pour info.
> Merci. Du coup comme dit, si je suis cité je préfèrerais apparaître
> comme mathieu stumpf guntz. Aussi, sauf si j’ai mal compris la
> demande, je crois que je ne serais pas le seul intervenant et je
> trouverait plus juste de voir apparaître nos deux noms. Enfin nous
> pourrons discuter de ça plus plus en détail tout à l’heure.
>> Bonne journée à vous, à tout à l’heure.
>> PS 1 : en effet, par habitude de l’usage de Mr dans les échanges en
>> anglais, il m’arrive de commettre cette erreur
>> PS 2 : pour le tutoiement, de mon coté, il faudra attendre de se
> Pas de soucis. :)
>>> Le 26 oct. 2017 à 04:36, mathieu stumpf guntz
>>> <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>> a écrit :
>>> Pas de souci. Je suis joignable au 06.27.42.08.39
>>> Petite correction sur l’annonce de Cyrille, je n’ai pas de statut
>>> d’administrateur sur Wikipédia. Ça n’a pas grande importance pour le
>>> sujet qui nous concerne, par contre ça me semblait d’autant plus
>>> pertinent de rectifier au vu du sujet. :)
>>> Et tant qu’à faire dans le pointillisme, l’usage en français retient
>>> M. plutôt que Mr qui prévaut en anglais. Et j’en profite pour
>>> ajouter que je n’ai pour ma part pas de souci à être nommé par mon
>>> prénom ou mon pseudo, pas plus qu’à être tutoyé par tout à chacun.
>>> Cela étant, je ne m’offusque pas si mon interlocuteur me vouvoie et
>>> m’interpelle par mon nom de famille, qui du reste est passé à Stumpf
>>> Guntz depuis mon mariage.
>>> À tantôt.
>>> Le 25/10/2017 à 22:09, Amélie BARBIER-GAUCHARD a écrit :
>>>> Mr Bertin,
>>>> Merci beaucoup pour votre retour.
>>>> Mr Stumpf, pourrions nous convenir d’un entretien téléphonique
>>>> demain à 16h30 ? De mon côté, je suis joignable au 06 01 84 78 03.
>>>> Tenez moi au courant, par avance merci.
>>>>> Le 25 oct. 2017 à 10:58, Cyrille Bertin
>>>>> <cyrille.bertin(a)wikimedia.fr <mailto:email@example.com>>
>>>>> a écrit :
>>>>> Bonjour Mme BARBIER GAUCHARD,
>>>>> Après consultation de nos acteurs chevronnés, en proximité avec
>>>>> votre université, nous avons pu mettre la main sur un intervenant
>>>>> Il s'agit, en l'occurrence, de M. Mathieu STUMPF, qui offre le
>>>>> double avantage d'être strasbourgeois et, par ailleurs,
>>>>> administrateur de Wikipédia en français.
>>>>> M. STUMPF est en copie de ce mail. Je vous laisse donc vous
>>>>> accorder sur la teneur de son intervention.
>>>>> Espérant avoir répondu à votre demande.
>>>>> Bien à vous,
>>>>> *Cyrille BERTIN*
>>>>> Secrétaire général
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>> Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion - BETA (UMR 7522)
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61, avenue de la Forêt Noire
67085 STRASBOURG cedex - FRANCE
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With the demise of net neutrality in the USA, have their been consideration
for the impact it may have for the services provided by the Wikimedia
We are reliant on servers in the USA, as the quality of the service in the
USA is no longer a given, what are the risks?
We would like to specifically address the allegations related to harassment
in this thread’s original email. We take all allegations of harassment
seriously. Earlier this year, the Board of Trustees was informed that
allegations of harassment had been made against the Wikimedia Foundation
Board Chair dating back to his time as chair of Wikimédia France. We
immediately directed the Foundation to investigate. The Foundation employed
independent, external experts and conducted an investigation. Based on the
information presented, the investigation found no support for the
allegations. That conclusion was conveyed to the Wikimedia Foundation Board
as well as the chair of Wikimédia France.
The Wikimedia Foundation remains committed to independent investigation if
presented with new information. Absent such information, we consider the
allegations to be without merit.
On behalf of the Board,
El 8 oct. 2017 5:20, "John Erling Blad" <jeblad(a)gmail.com> escribió:
When I first saw the posts I thought it would probably be more opinions to
them than the very clear blame-game that were going on. Having a partly
anonymous community and a chapter that only represents some of the users
are an invitation to fierce battles.
Whatever going on at WMFR, I believe it is time for reevaluating the role
of WMF in this. I'm wondering if there should be a new board for WMF,
unless they get a new chair themselves asap. Reorganize, solve the
problems, and move on.
No, I do not know any of the people involved.
John Erling Blad
On Fri, Oct 6, 2017 at 3:11 PM, Marie-Alice Mathis <
> Hello all,
> I haven’t had a real opportunity to introduce myself: I am Marie-Alice
> Mathis, 32, a now ex-member of the Board of Wikimédia France.
> The transition with the newly elected members of the Board is now complete
> and I gladly step down to get away from the violence, exhaustion and
> frustration of these past few months.
> I was a Board candidate because after completing my PhD I finally had more
> time to contribute to the projects and serve the community through the
> French chapter: after watching my husband Rémi Mathis do it for years I
> a pretty good idea of what it meant. I did not know our ED Nathalie Martin
> or our chair Émeric Vallespi before working with them, and now that I have
> I can vouch for their hard work and attachment to the movement’s values.
> Today, I have lost friends or people I thought were friends because I
> defended Nathalie and Émeric in good faith during the smear campaign based
> on the community’s assumption that they were the source and cause of all
> the chapter’s problems, real or perceived. Although I have worked with
> closely for a year, I have been repeatedly informed that I’ve been
> manipulated by Nathalie from the start and should not have blindly
> everything Émeric was saying. I’ve been personally attacked on WMF sites,
> email lists, and social media for weeks, my every word scrutinised,
> questioned and mocked assuming I was either ignorant or lying. I’ve been
> told by so-called feminists who were endorsing a particularly sexist rant
> against me to “stop making inflammatory comments”. I’ve been called a
> conspiracy theorist because I questioned the role of our former chair
> Christophe Henner, now chair of the Board at the WMF, in the threats to
> withdraw our chapter agreement and the cutting of half our FDC funding.
> People close to Christophe who have resigned from the WMFR Board early in
> the crisis rather than take responsibility for their mistakes now call
> themselves victims and whistleblowers. The WMF, who is perfectly aware of
> the charges of sexual harassment filed by Nathalie against Christophe for
> facts dating back to when he was her boss at Wikimédia France, is
> pretending WMFR leadership has used the threat of legal action to
> intimidate chapter members and silence opposition.
> Some unfounded allegations have been made on this very list by prominent
> members of the community (and what is a newbie’s word worth in that case,
> right?): from extremely serious accusations of misuse of chapter funds for
> personal gain (that strangely enough never made it to the French justice
> system despite a so-called “rather convincing rationale”), to gratuitous
> ones that Nathalie was making the Board’s decisions for us and dictating
> our communication (I am old enough to write my own emails, thank you very
> much), to ever vague ones of “quite generous expenses reimbursement“. None
> of this has been supported by proof or tangible facts, but the goal of
> spreading distrust and dissent in the chapter and the wider community has
> clearly been reached. Even now that Nathalie has left her position and the
> Board has resigned, some are still defaming her in the French media in the
> hopes of winning the stupid argument of who were the bad guys in the
> I am also extremely disappointed that no one from this list asked us (the
> Board) what was happening when these allegations were made, with only a
> handful of people suggesting to wait before all the facts were known.
> Instead, you took for granted the very short and extremely biased English
> summaries of the Board’s communications (which were instantly circulated
> this list without our consent and in violation of our chapter’s bylaws),
> and joined in the chorus of outrage, condemnation and verbal abuse.
> But worse to me than all this, I am actually terrified at how easily the
> Wikimedia community can turn on a person, with no regard whatsoever for
> decency or legality, when it has made up its mind about who has no place
> there. I have personally experienced what it means to disagree with this
> angry mob: questioning the dominant opinion or calling out individuals’
> toxic behaviour makes you in turn acceptable collateral damage and a “fair
> game” target for harassment.
> Speaking of this, the movement as a whole needs to address the issue of
> staff-volunteers relations exemplified by the rapid turnover of executive
> staff across chapters. Nathalie stayed at WMFR an almost record breaking 4
> years, but at what cost? I’m being extremely serious in adding that this
> conversation needs to take place before something irreversible happens as
> result of harmful group behaviour within the community.
> Marie-Alice Mathis // AlienSpoon
> PS: for your information about my position regarding the WMF’s role in
> crisis and their recent unilaterally added conditions [
> for payment of our FDC-attributed grant, I attach my email to Katy Love
> from Sept 20.
> Katy, (Cc WMFr Board and Rémi)
> In the WMF "Grant expectations" document sent to the Board of WMFr, you
> mention as a condition for APG funds payment that I do not resign from my
> position on the Board until the governance review is complete, and that
> Board member planning to resign must report and justify it to WMF.
> You also mention that you retain the right to cease funding WMFr if you
> consider that legal threats are being used inappropriately to stifle civil
> and appropriate participation in the chapter. Moreover, you condition
> payment to being informed if the chapter leadership feels that legal
> is appropriate to take against current or former board members or staff.
> Let me be clear: these conditions are outrageous and unacceptable.
> First of all, my legitimacy as a Board member of WMFr does not come from
> any commitment to WMF but from being democratically elected by French
> chapter members. WMF has no say in who stays or not on the Board, and
> trying to intervene on such governance issues is, again, putting both
> organisations at risk of being legally recognised as co-employers.
> Second, as a (volunteer) Board member I have been subjected to harassment,
> sexist abuse, and unjustified allegations of misconduct by community
> members, that have impacted my health and mental well being to the point
> where I was no longer able to do my (paid) job in cancer patient care and
> my GP put me on medical leave. A large volume of this abuse took place on
> WMF property (fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipédia:Le_Bistro
> <http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikip%C3%A9dia:Le_Bistro> and the
> publicly archived mailing lists wikimedia-l and wikimediafr).
> You personally and on behalf of WMF encouraged French community members to
> challenge chapter leadership citing governance issues, without a word
> mentioning the violence suffered by the Board and executive staff at the
> hands of some French members during this crisis. Worse, you presented the
> Board's email condemning the harassment as inaccurate and problematic,
> which made the community feel all the more legitimate in their harmful
> When I reported the abuse in person to WMF employees during the site visit
> you personally empathised with my distress at the time, and thanked me for
> being honest about how your email to the wikimediafr list had made our
> already precarious situation untenable. And then you did nothing.
> My husband Rémi, who witnessed first hand the effects of the harassment on
> my health, called on you to release the site visit report so the
> allegations would stop. You didn't, until 3 days before our General
> Assembly (where the allegations were repeated), on the same day you asked
> that I stay on as a Board member. Even your choice of words in the "Grant
> expectations" document is telling: "egregious incivility" is not what we
> are talking about here. We are talking about unacceptable and illegal
> defamation and harassment with serious real life consequences.
> Rémi also called on the wikimedia-l list to stop the unfounded
> and was attacked in turn because of "his conflict of interest as the
> husband of a Board member". He also reported the abuse to the WMF
> governance committee, to the Suport and Safety team and mentioned it to
> Christophe Henner and Katherine Maher on Twitter, to no avail. To this day
> we haven't received any support or acknowledgement whatsoever. All the
> while the sexist abuse continues, and French editor MrButler was moderated
> on the wikimediafr maling list for his continued personal attacks against
> me. This is exactly the kind of behaviour the Board's email to the members
> was calling out, yet you continue to deliberately ignore it and refuse to
> do anything about it.
> Finally, your asking to be informed of any legal action against chapter
> members or staff is yet another example of the WMF taking sides while
> posing as a neutral arbitrator. Calling someone out on their toxic
> behaviour or actually filing a complaint are no legal threats or
> intimidation, but by claiming they are you are trying to silence victims
> denying them their basic rights to legal protection. At least two
> complaints have been filed against community members and more may be
> coming, including on my behalf. You will not be informed because it is not
> for WMF to decide whether they are justified or frivolous.
> For all these reasons I am deeply shocked and hurt by your payment
> conditions and will not abide by the terms of your grant expectations.
> most of WMFr funding hanging in the balance your unilaterally revised
> conditions amount to blackmail but I will not stay in harm's way at the
> request of the organisation who has failed me in every aspect when I came
> in good faith to work for the community. I will resign when I see fit to
> protect my health, and continue to speak honestly and publicly about your
> actions and empty words of safety and inclusivity.
> Marie-Alice Mathis, vice chair of WMFr
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