Hello everyone, sorry for cross-posting.
What does your participation on the Wikimedia projects look like? Do you
edit articles? Upload files? Patrol vandalism? Translate articles?
Translate interface messages? Do you organize people, online or offline? Do
you train new editors, or new trainers? Do you write code?
There are many different ways to contribute to Wikimedia – more than you
would expect just from reading Wikipedia articles. With many kinds of
contributions there are many tools you can use, most of which have been
developed by our volunteer community. But do you know how to find these
Since January the Wikimedia Cloud Services team at the Wikimedia Foundation
has been meeting with contributors, organizers, and tool developers to
learn more about the role tools play in our communities' work. We have also
been researching existing methods for organizing lists of tools – at least
14 of them, including popular tool catalogs like Hay's Tool Directory.
With this research, we hope to figure out how best to put the right tools
in front of the right people.
For this, we need your help. We have a page on Meta summarizing our current
work, as well as a proposed data model for describing tools. Consider
what work you currently do, whether you contribute content, code,
organizing support, what have you – and ask: if there was a tool you needed
to complete a certain task, would you know where to look? How would you
look for it? Please look over  and  and let us know what you think.
Feedback is welcome in any language. If you would like to get in touch
privately, you are also welcome to email me at jhare(a)wikimedia.org.
Associate Product Manager
following yesterday's General Assembly of Wikimedia Polska Association,
held in Katowice, a new composition of the Board and other statutory bodies
of the chapter have been established.
Tomasz "Polimerek" Ganicz decided to resign his long-standing position on
the Board, after 13 years of service - as the Board's Treasurer (first term
of Wikimedia Polska ever) and President (ever since then). Two other
members - Jarosław "Powerek38" Blaszczak and Tomasz "Elfhelm" Skibiński -
have also left the Board. The current composition of the statutory bodies
of the Association for the term 2018-2020 is as follows:
== Board ==
* Michał "Aegis Maelstrom" Buczyński, President
* Małgorzata “Maire” Wilk, Vice-President
* Paweł “Yarl” Marynowski, Vice-President
* Piotr “PMG” Gackowski, Vice-President
* Marek “Masti” Stelmasik, Treasurer
* Wojciech Pędzich, Secretary
* Jacek “Phinek” Fink-Finowicki, Member of the Board
== Revision Board ==
* Juliusz “Julo” Zieliński
* Karol “Karol007” Głąb
* Maciej “Maikking” Król
== Internal Court ==
* Tomasz “Polimerek” Ganicz
* Maria “Gytha” Drozdek
* Julia “Lantuszka” Koszewska
All the best!
I'm really sorry to hear this, and feel your pain.
Having been through this in the past, I know (a bit) of how it feels.
I just disagree with your analysis of seeing money as a mere tool. It can
empower us, it can destroy us. Whoever said money is the root of all evil,
knew what s/he was talking about. It can disrupt the best of movements and
also make us selfish.
I hope I'm wrong here.
In Goa, India.
PS: Regardless of whether it's related or not, I'd like to make a general
observation: burnout over volunteer work can be a real (if unaddressed)
concern for many of us. Why do so many end up feeling so under-appreciated
and taken-for-granted? Are there some tools to cope with this?
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From: David Cuenca Tudela <dacuetu(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2018 at 03:56
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Appropriation of the Wikimedia Blog by the WMF
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Since Ed Erhart didn't honor my request of posting in this mailing lists to
discuss the plans to appropriate the Wikimedia Blog for the Wikimedia
Foundation  (although I would have preferred that he had done it himself
as he is the visible face behind this change, and therefore the burden of
proof is on him to prove to the community that this is the right change), I
am posting to this list with the hope that it can be discussed with people
for whom these things matter.
The Wikimedia Blog  has the title "News from Wikipedia and the Wikimedia
movement", and in case you don't know it it is run by the WMF . This
blog has been operating under the existing URL for many years, and I
believe there was a general satisfaction with the way is run, the quality
of the stories, the amount, etc. However, as I mentioned in the Phabricator
ticket  I find the idea of moving the blog to the Wikimedia Foundation
site not adequate and not in the spirit of the Wikimedia movement.
I do not find the intention to move the blog to the WMF site to be in the
spirit of the Wikimedia movement because our movement is a diverse field
that is based on the idea of "commons" , and I feel that the Wikimedia
Blog is one of those commons. As I see it now the blog sits in the middle
of the community, and although it is run by the WMF, it can be seen as a
shared space between the WMF, the affiliates, and the community. By moving
the blog to the WMF site, the blog would lose its status as a commons and
it would become "the blog of the WMF". I think that if the WMF wants a
blog, they can create a new one, but they should leave the existing blog as
it is, as a shared space.
Intentions like this makes me think that in the WMF there is not enough
"wisdom", that strange quality that I am trying to make important in our
movement without much success . This lack of wisdom is not only present
in the WMF, also in our movement I percieve, if not lack of wisdom, at
least lack of empathy . It saddens me and it makes me stressed.
Issues like this one about the blog make me think that the movement needs
dedicated people that cultivate wisdom and encyclopedic knowledge about the
movement (I might have the former, but not the later), and that we put the
qualities of those people to the service of our community. I feel like a
little kid who wants to play a nice game with his friends, and then he sees
a big bulldozer coming to destroy his playing field. If it is not clear for
you, the "bulldozer" is how I see the "corporate WMF" coming to destroy the
soul of what I love most.
Tracking these kind of "behind the scenes" events takes me too much time. I
feel that I have reached more than the maximum of my capacity as a
"volunteer" (ha, what a joke of a word), and that I would risk losing my
current job if I am caught again participating in the Wikimedia projects
during my work hours, which I do without restrain. Not only that, it also
takes most of my waking time, specially because the movement has grown so
big that I feel overwhelmed in my capacity as metapedian . I also feel
that it has started affecting my mental health. I do not know if I am the
only one, but as it is right now contributing to the Wikimedia projects is
*very* stressful, and since it is my main activity, I don't have time to
wind down, and since I do it as a "volunteer", I do not have free time to
recover. I also fear that if I would not do it myself nobody else would do
it, and if nobody would take their individual responsibility seriously,
then nobody would care for the good things in this world, and if nobody
would take care of the good things in this world, then we better start
saying goodbye to it RIGHT NOW, because the world is a fucking mess and
nobody is standing up to say the things as they are, or as they should be.
I spent 14 years of my life in the Wikimedia projects with various degrees
of involvement, working for free, and receiving compensation , and I
must say that the quality of my work has been exactly the same, my
responsability has been exactly the same, and it never mattered if I hold a
position of "power" or not, I always acted exactly the same, the only thing
that has changed is my "awareness", and my capacity to listen, which allows
me to have more effective conversations that build real consensus . I
say all that because many people in this movement seem to have an issue
with money. Get over it guys. It is just a tool, like a computer, like a
hammer, like whatever tool you want to imagine. You take it, you use it,
and then you forget about it. That is the way it should be done. All the
rest is stories that people have in their heads that are totally wrong and
To go back to the topic of the Wikimedia Blog, I believe that, as one above
the average wise people said, "the best that can come from it is that
I don't think it is done with bad intentions. I trust Ed as a reputable
member of the community, but I do believe that I am suffering as a result
of his lack of awareness.
So to anyone that feels part of the community and is reading this message,
I would like to ask you to express your view if you really care about all
the things that I am saying here. If you don't have much to say, or you
don't feel that you can't add much to the conversation, a simple "I hear
you, I support you" or something in those lines would make a big difference
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I think a lot of us care. I wish you well!
Some time ago I tried to put some thoughts around volunteering at the WMF.
I thought it needed to be better planed / managed.
I could not get enough interest to progress the conversation.
You may wish to read https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_Management
and the talk page thereof.....
On 10 June 2018 at 06:25, David Cuenca Tudela <dacuetu(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> You speak so much truth in your words that I'm feeling overwhelmed right
I am looking for a public feedback/discussion on Validbook idea. Although
Validbook is not wiki project, I am looking for feedback here as in spirit
and in governance model Validbook is similar to Wikimedia projects.
My original email about Validbook  to this mailing list contained a bit
too much of everything. I hope this email contains the right amount of
details and will trigger an interesting discussion.
In a nutshell Validbook idea is simple:
- create service that allows to create Self-Sovereign Identities
- create service that allows these SSIs to prove that they uniquely
represent human individuals in a digital world
- create Kudos (tokens with daily supply 1 token per 1 living human
(7.5B KDS/day in 2018)
- distribute all daily Kudos only between SSIs that proved to uniquely
represent human individual - thus creating huge continuous incentive for
people to participate in Kudos distribution and support Validbook Services
right from the start (*solving common killer of "big ideas" – the
- use Kudos for development and support of *human-centric* Validbook
Services (low-engaging non-addictive social networking service; end-to-end
encrypted email service; digital signatures service, wallet for
self-sovereign money, etc); as a result create leading implementation,
"killer application" for Self-Sovereign Identity idea, DIDs and
Verifiable Credentials specifications, that will provide pressure and
motivation for governments and organizations to coalesce around it, leading
to widespread adoption of SSI, end-to-end encryption, self-sovereign money,
and ultimately to more freedom and more protection of human rights.
This all might sound as something too grandiose and futuristic, but I
cannot find a reason why it cannot be done. Maybe someone can point me to
See more details and how to login into Validbook alpha version at
 - https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-May/090302.html