We sincerely thank our colleagues from WMDE, WMNL, WMSE, WMUK and WMES.
We have been very happy to receive your wishes of support and help.
Actually, you already did what was the most important for us: make us feel
we are part of a community. Thanks!
We would be glad to accept your feedback on your own chapters experience
and we will contact you soon.
If some of you are considering coming to Strasbourg for the *WikiConvention
francophone* of October 19-21 (https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/WikiConvention_francophone/2017/fr) it would be a great pleasure for
the community to benefit from your input.
At the latest, we will meet you in April in Berlin.
Thanks again to you,
And to all who sent us marks of sympathy,
The board of Wikimédia France
I thought the electoral commission would forward the results but over
24h hours after the GA closed... apparently not.
So very brief summary:
Saturday, Wikimedia France held a full day General Assembly.
The agenda was here :
Results of votes are available there :
* Emeric (chairman until end of June) resigned the day prior to the
* the remaining board (5 people) was constituted of Samuel (Chair),
Marie-Alice (Vice Chair), FloFlo (treasurer), Edouard and Florence
Raymond (not me...)
* Raymond, who was an appointed board member, was confirmed by the
* the General Assembly voted by 73% the "lack of trust" in the previous
* however, the General Assembly voted to retain the remainer of the
previous board despite the distrust, in order to allow transfer of
information and to support the new board during the audit.
* Floflo and Edouard will finish their term in 6 weeks (may resign
earlier). Samuel and Marie-Alice indicated they would resign at the
earliest convenience, only staying to help the transition and the audit
* 6 new people were elected on the board. 4 for slightly more than a
year, 2 for a duration of 6 weeks. All of those are experienced members,
including former board members and former president (I suppose
presentations will follow next week)
* the chapter mailing list is reopened
* the members whose new memberships or renewal had been rejected will be
invited to re-apply
* the prior vote passed in July to expell members will be cancelled
* the GA also voted to support the adoption of a non-discrimination
policy, for a complete revamping of the conflict of interest committee,
and for a financial audit to be done.
Next General Assembly will take place around 20th of October and will be
the opportunity to elect new board members to fill the remaining seats.
Except for the appointed board member, it is likely the board will be
entirely renewed in the next few weeks (compared to this last summer one).
Also, WMF published two documents to guide the next few months
WMFr site visit report - septembre 2017
Grant expectations for Wikimedia France - 2017-2018
I wish the best to the new board. They have a lot of work to do to
rebuild the complete mess left by the previous management. Please, help
them as much as you can.
The Wikimedia Foundation’s lease at 149 New Montgomery is expiring this
month. We announced our intention to move the Foundation to a new office
space in our published 2017-18 Annual Plan and are now pleased to pass
along some exciting news and important updates about our relocation to the
One Montgomery Tower in San Francisco, California.
This new location is only a few blocks from our current office. The
building is a gold LEED Certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) building, allowing us to reduce our environmental footprint. We
will all be on the same floor supporting our office space priorities for
collaboration and reducing our square footage making the move cost neutral.
Our 149 New Montgomery office will be closed for two weeks (September 18 -
September 30) to finalize the move to this new space. During that time, The
San Francisco staff will be working remotely. The move team has spent the
last several months preparing and implementing a smooth transition with
minimal disruption to our work and responsibilities. We will reopen in the
new office space on October 2.
We have posted more information on Meta-Wiki about this new space and the
final move timeline:
Please allow me this opportunity to extend a special thank you to the
members of the Wikimedia Foundation staff, and particularly the Finance and
Facilities teams, who provided input during this process.
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In some cases it would be a lot easier and/or better if it was possible to
identify and not just authenticate an user. This could include such things
as turning on real name for identified users, or limiting elevated rights
to them, thereby avoiding renomination of banned users.
In a lot of countries it is now possible to get access to systems with
highly trustworthy identification. This is at least possible in several
European countries, and I bet it will be quite common in the coming years.
If some users are identified and some not, what would be the pros and cons?
I guess the difference should be visible somehow, but would it be necessary
to show who is identified everywhere? It could perhaps be interesting to
show the persons real names, but that would not be necessary? I can't see
that identification at the system should imply public disclosure of the
- reclaiming user accounts would be somewhat easier
- real names could be used (no impersonation)
- user verification of various public departments
- proofs of identity for copyright claims
- non-identified users might feel they are second rate citizens
- easier to stalk users with real names ((trans)gender problem?)
Last Saturday, September 16, the General Assembly of Wikimedia Argentina
took place. This was an election year and new authorities were chosen. The
new Board was define as follows:
* President: Ivana Lysholm
* Vice-president: Galileo Vidoni
* Secretary: Mariano Pérez
* Deputy Secretary: Ivana Molena
* Treasurer: Nicolás Giorgetti
* Deputy Treasurer: Patricio Molina
* Board members: Esteban Zárate, Andrea Kleiman, Jorge Abreu
* Deputy Board members: Beatrice Murch, Leandro Kibisz
We especially want to congratulate Ivana Lysholm, who takes over her role
as President of the association.
We also want to thank the work of Galileo Vidoni during the last 5 years as
president. During his administration we have grown significantly as an
organization; we have tripled the number of activities and staff, and
fostered our reach and presence nationally and internationally.
We hope that you join in the congratulations and that more than ever, we
continue to build a solid, sustainable and diverse organization in
Anna Torres Adell
*A.C. Wikimedia Argentina*
Wikimedia Foundation’s development team working on Content Translation -
the tool that helps you create new Wikipedia articles by translating from
another article, would like to invite you for an online office hour session
scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 13:00 UTC. This will be an
open session to talk about recent changes to Content Translation and
You can know more about Content Translation on the project page
<https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Content_translation> or even watch a short
video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3btQ5fpn4sA>. We have discussed
Content Translation in the past as part of the office hours hosted by WMF
Language team. The last was in June and you can watch the recording at:
This session is going to be an online discussion over Google
Hangouts/Youtube with a simultaneous IRC conversation. Due to the
limitation of Google Hangouts, only a limited number of participation slots
are available. Hence, do please let us know in advance if you would like to
join in the Hangout. The IRC channel will be open for interactions during
Please read below for the event details, including local time, youtube
session links and do let us know if you have any questions.
== Details ==
# Event: Content Translation office hour session
# When: September 20th, 2017 (Wednesday) at 13:00 UTC (check local time
# Where:On IRC #wikimedia-office (Freenode) and
Recent updates about Content Translation, and Q & A.
Engineering Manager, Global Collaboration (Contributors)
The open call for the Wikimedia Foundation Project Grants program is
currently underway. There is still time to submit a proposal, with a final
deadline of September 26 for all submissions. <
Funds are available to support individuals, groups and organizations to
implement new experiments and proven ideas, whether focused on building a
new tool or gadget, organizing a better process on your wiki, researching
an important issue, coordinating an editathon series or providing other
support for community-building.
We offer the following resources to help you plan your project and complete
a grant proposal:
* Tutorials for writing a strong application:
* General planning page for Project Grants: <
* Program guidelines and criteria:
Program officers are also available to offer individualized proposal
support upon request. Contact us at <projectgrants(a)wikimedia.org> if you
would like feedback or more information.
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 by September 26! <
Please feel free to get in touch with me (mjohnson(a)wikimedia.org) with
questions about getting started with your project!
*Marti JohnsonProgram Officer*
*Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
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