Since end of June I am following closely (via Listerialists) all changes
in Wikdata on the 15000 object i have created and have special interest
in. They are about adm units in Sweden, mostly historical and I had not
anticipated any big amount of change., But in reality there are lots,
10-30 a week, and even if mostly on iw-links and update on descriptions,
it has been positive and rewarding (like a change followed by a
constructive discussion with a user from Russia)
BUT there has ben a lot of bad edits (around a dozen), mostly
wellmeaning, but also some a bit worse. Some by bot, where the user
undid the changes, but worst has been the merges initiated with hash-tag
Distr game. Here really stupid and devastating merges has been done and
crazy totally erroneous updates. And here feedback does not work.
For me it look like children using much too powerful tools, and they
perceive them as games. (the tools seems to give a list of suggestion of
things, like merges, and you just press a key to have it done, and when
it is so easy, it invites unintelligent users to "play" and win points
by pressing key for whatever suggesting turning up, in my cases anything
sharing a coordinate, a village, church, adm area etc)
I do hope this is not a misdirected initiative to get new users, by
letting them go havoc on our data? (the tools could of course be good,
when used constructively in the hands of competent users, but ?game?)
Thanks very much indeed for your kind words and warm welcome to the
Wikipedians of Goa User Group.
Our real work starts now! We hope we can live up to the confidence placed
in us, and fulfil our commitments to be an effective user group.
Since we are more geography-focussed (and also looking at Goa's connections
with the rest of India and the outside world), we look forward to working
with all possible groups and individuals on any project that intersects
with Goa. Paulo, we would love to do a lot more in the world of lusophony.
We need your help and involvement too!
Regards and good wishes,
On Thu, 1 Aug 2019 at 03:37, Paulo Santos Perneta <paulosperneta(a)gmail.com>
> Splendid news, congratulations Wikipedians of Goa!! :D
> Frederick: It was really great and a privilege meeting you at CC Global
> Summit. We at WMPT are very much looking forward to partner with you in
> Wikimedia projects, specially those related to lusophony!
> Kirill Lokshin <kirill.lokshin(a)gmail.com> escreveu no dia quarta,
> 31/07/2019 à(s) 16:41:
> > Hi everyone!
> > I'm very happy to announce that the Affiliations Committee has recognized
> >  the Wikipedians of Goa User Group  as a Wikimedia User Group. The
> > group aims to build content related to Goa in all possible languages, to
> > conduct Wikipedia-related training in Goa, and to help build and sustain
> > the Konkani Wikipedia.
> > Please join me in congratulating the members of this new user group!
> > Regards,
> > Kirill Lokshin
> > Chair, Affiliations Committee
> > 
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Romaine has decided to step down as Board member of Wikimedia Belgium (WMBE). Following an international escalating conflict and an
unauthorized email, he has been feeling stressed and prefers to live in a safe environment, and give priority to his own health. 
It is important to provide a safe environment for all volunteers. As such the board of Wikimedia Belgium, based on a proposal of the
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Wikimedia Portugal has signed a new chapter agreement with the Wikimedia
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has approved the recognition of Wikimedia Colombia  as a Wikimedia
Over the past five years, Wikimedia Colombia has successfully planned and
executed a significant portfolio of innovative and effective programs,
attracting new contributors, forming partnerships with local institutions,
promoting the Wikimedia movement throughout the Republic of Colombia, and
demonstrating a substantial record of programmatic impact.
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Wikimedia Colombia community to continue fostering the Wikimedia movement
in Colombia and enable them to more effectively engage with government
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communities in the surrounding geographic areas, furthering affiliate
development across northern South America and Central America.
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chapter, and recognize their commitment and patience over the past two
years as we've worked through the chapter recognition process. Please join
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