This mailing list is usually positive, but we need to talk about
something rotten. I was linked to this Meta RfC by my Russian colleague:
The author and commentators, with notable evidence, allege that admins
and editors on Croatian Wikipedia are biased in favour of far-right
denialist talking points, especially in regards to World War II, and use
their rights to continue this type of deal. From my further readings,
the problems in Croatian Wikipedia exist for a long time with the same
participating actors. This RfC exists for 2 years already without any
signs of notice from the WMF or Meta stewards, all while nothing is
changing and the local press is continuing to report about this (maybe
authors should get American coverage to get any support, though). What
exactly is the course of action on this and what has already been done
in regards to this by Meta stewards or WMF?
Editors have tried to sound their alarms via different means:
Support of extremist viewpoints should be the most pressing issue for
Wikimedians, as we must recognise that our articles have consequences,
and unabashed defence of Nazis in Wikipedia in one of the official
languages of the EU is a big deal. I personally had to organise with
others before to remove genuine jihadist view points from being reported
as facts in one of Wikipedias (successfully), in the last year I also
had to report to one steward that admin in one Wikipedia was deleting
all (seemingly not bad) content in regards to LGBT without any
Every time significant institutional bias towards non-neutral and
harmful view points goes unnoticed, we poison our readers, especially
students, and discourage other people from constructive contribution in
our projects. Perhaps, on the larger point, it is good to talk about
some kind of committee akin to CoCC that would safely enforce the
founding principles of our projects, if these issues go unnoticed so much.
I hope that something will be done with this eventually.
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Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 at 16:37
Subject: [mySociety-community] New Wikiproject Proposal/Wikidata
post-election updating toolkit
To: mysociety-community <mysociety-community(a)mysociety.org>
Hello everyone —
We at mySociety have posted a new Wikiproject proposal for a 2019 project
We need your feedback and comments on the project.
What we’ve done — and what we want to do
Wikidata now has up-to-date and consistent data on political position
holders in current national legislatures for at least 39 countries
(and work in progress for over 60 countries), thanks to work by volunteer
community members on the Wikiproject every politician. mySociety worked as
part of this project with a Wikimedia Foundation grant in 2017-18.
There is now a real possibility for Wikidata to become the definitive
source of data about democracies worldwide — but only if that data can be
maintained sustainably. A significant risk is that elections and other
major political changes quickly render data on political position holders
and legislatures in Wikidata out-of-date.
We’re proposing a Wikidata post-election updating toolkit
project, which aims to ensure that data on elected representatives is
substantially correct and complete within a month following an election,
leading to improved quality and consistency of data in Wikidata over time.
We’ll work as part of the Wikidata community to create and signpost tools
and pathways that help contributors to quickly, easily and consistently
update data following an election or other political change.
How community members can get involved in the project
If you’re already active around data relevant to political position
holders, legislatures, or elections in Wikidata, we’d like your feedback
and help to test the new tools and guidance and ensure that they are
consistent with the emerging consensus around modelling these types of data.
In particular, if you live in a country or major region that has an
upcoming election, please talk to us about piloting the tools! We’d like
for you to test the project tools and guidance to update data following
your country’s election, and to give us feedback on the value and
appropriateness of the approach in your context and political system.
In general, we’re keen to encourage discussion and evaluation of Wikidata
as a source of current position holder data.
Please review our proposal
If you’re interested in this, and are active on Wiki projects, please have
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* Peter Dewald (had previously been co-opted to the board)
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