The Community Wishlist Survey 2022
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Wishlist_Survey_2022> starts in
less than two weeks (Monday 10 January 2022, 18:00 UTC
We, the team organizing the Survey, need your help.
- Translate important messages
- Promote the Survey
among anyone and everyone you know who has an account on wiki. Promote the
Survey on social media, via instant messaging apps, in other groups and
chats, in your WikiProject, Wikimedia affiliate - wherever contributors
with registered accounts may be.
- You may also start thinking about ideas for technical improvements or
even writing them down in the CWS sandbox
*Why are we asking?*
- We have improved the documentation
friendlier and easier to use. This will mean little if it's only in English.
- Thousands of volunteers haven't participated in the Survey yet. We'd
like to improve that, too. Three years ago, 1387 people participated. Last
year, there were 1773 of them. We hope that in the upcoming edition, there
will be even more - if you help us with translations. Also, you are better
than us in contacting Wikimedians outside of wikis. We have prepared some
images to share. More to come.
*What is the Community Wishlist Survey?*
It's an annual survey that allows contributors to the Wikimedia projects to
propose and vote for tools and platform improvements. Long years of
experience in editing or technical skills are not required.
Thank you for your time and attention. To those who have participated in
the Survey - many thanks for your dedication.
See you in January!
Szymon Grabarczuk (he/him)
Community Relations Specialist
Hi, fellow Wikimedians,
QW2022 (Queering Wikipedia) is a global conference focused on LGBTQ+
communities and our representation on Wikipedia and other Wikimedia
projects in all languages.
If you are a Wikimedian and LGBTQ+ or a committed ally, please help
shape the proposal by providing feedback on what the priorities should
be, and how the event should run. You can give anonymous feedback
through the survey link below, or by copying the questions and
emailing in your responses in plain text.
Survey questions: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/QW2022/Survey
To read the proposal, add your support, ask questions or even
volunteer to join in and help make the event a success, see:
Visit https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/LGBT to find out more about the
Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group and the different ways of talking with
fellow LGBTQ+ volunteers.
Different words and acronyms are used for communities within the
rainbow of sexualities and gender identities/expressions (e.g.
lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, non-binary,
two-spirit, third gender, LGBT+, LGBTQ+, LGBTQQ2IA*, QUILTBAG, SOGI).
"Queer" is used by us to represent all members of these communities
and work toward solidarity for those affected by related
Thank you and happy holidays!
QW2022 proposal team
Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group
I am pleased to announce that the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
has appointed Maryana Iskander as the new CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation
Since 2013, Maryana has served as the CEO of Harambee Youth Employment
Accelerator , a South African non-profit social enterprise focused on
building African solutions for the global challenge of youth unemployment.
Prior to this, she spent six years as Chief Operating Officer of Planned
Parenthood Federation of America , a volunteer-led social movement
focused on access to women’s healthcare. Maryana has also worked in
academia as the Advisor to the President of Rice University , an
international research university based in the United States.
Her professional career has been motivated by breaking down systemic
barriers, creating opportunities for collaborative solution-building, and
community empowerment. She has a proven track record for leading complex
organisations shaped by shared decision-making.
In looking for the next CEO, we on the Board convened a Transition
Committee , primarily to guide us in finding the right person for this
critical role and secondly to oversee the executive Transition Team. The
Transition Committee conducted a far-reaching and competitive global
search, receiving around 400 recommendations and speaking to about 50
potential candidates. Throughout this selection process, Maryana impressed
us as someone who is deeply inspired by the Wikimedia vision and who
embodies the values of equity and community that inform all Wikimedia work.
She has extensive leadership experience working with volunteer-led
initiatives and building partnerships across public, private and social
sectors. Maryana also brings expertise in technology-led innovation to
accelerate meaningful social change. She does this with a global
perspective: Maryana was born in the Middle East, educated in the United
States and the United Kingdom, and has spent the last decade living and
working on the African continent.
Maryana joins the Wikimedia Foundation at a crucial time. The movement is
larger than ever, and it has never been more relevant or more trusted. This
is an inflection point, as decisions need to be made to execute a shared
vision for where the Movement wants to be in 2030. We believe that Maryana
is the right person to help lead the Foundation at this moment.
As Maryana begins, her priorities will include supporting movement efforts
to implement the Wikimedia 2030 recommendations, such as the development of
a Movement Charter and the finalization of a Universal Code of Conduct. She
will continue the Foundation’s focus on knowledge equity and exploring ways
to address the gaps in content and the diversity of contributors to
Wikimedia projects. She will be supported by the Board in this journey.
Maryana will officially start at the Wikimedia Foundation on January 5,
2022, as she transitions from her current job. Until then, the Foundation
will continue to be led by the Transition Team, with guidance from the
Board. In my conversations with her, I have seen that Maryana is a fan of
direct communication and excited to learn from the movement. In the coming
weeks, she will share ways to connect. Please join me in welcoming Maryana
(CCed) to the Foundation!
PS. For translations of this message, or to help translate it into more
languages, please visit Meta-Wiki 
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
Acting Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
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The Wikimania Foundation events team, the Wikimania steering committee, and
members of the 2021 Wikimania organizing team would like to invite you to
help organize Wikimania 2022! Wikimania 2022 will again primarily be a
virtual event, with distributed in-person events if local and global
We need volunteers to be a part of the core organizing team as well as for
other roles. You can find more information here:
The core team will help determine the structure and timeline of the event,
lead programming, scholarship, communication and other teams for the event,
and help ensure our global conference is a success.
For the process to volunteer, see:
There's a set of questions on the meta page linked above; you can email
your answers to the events team or post on meta by January 9th, 2022.
Events staff and Wikimania steering committee members will review
applications, meet with shortlisted candidates the following week, and
announce the core organizing team by January 21st. Please post any
questions on the talk page. We look forward to building an amazing
vice-chair Wikimania Steering Committee
* I use this address for lists; send personal messages to phoebe.ayers <at>
Problem statement: Various movement processes, programs, often request
feedback, suggestions or comments. In the process, they get feedback and
questions through different channels such as mailing lists, office hours,
talk pages etc. Now, sometimes it remains unclear what happens next.
Sometimes it remains unclear if a requested feedback is taken/incorporated
or not (and why?). And sometimes feedback and questions remain just
Possible solution: "Feedback was requested" and "Feedback is received" —
now this loop needs to be closed. Closing the loop in a consultation
process is important. (narration below)
A technology policy analyst spoke at Wikimedia Summit 2019. I'll quote a
part from the video. He told—
"The core of responsive regulation is community consultation processes.
However, closing the loop on the consultation process is critical,
otherwise participants feel that they have wasted time providing feedback.
For example, the Indian telecom regulator first issues a consultation
paper. Then solicits the first round of feedback, then solicits a second
round of counter comments, then they hold round tables, and, finally, they
issue the recommendation or the regulation. But when they do that, they
make sure they close the loop. They provide reasoned explanations for why
suggestions were rejected... ..."
When any important major Wikimedia process comes forward and asks for
feedback or suggestions, there might be different results such as
feedback/suggestion accepted, partially accepted, rejected, not actionable,
kept on hold etc. However, closing the loop in this process is important,
example: "we received "this" feedback and this feedback was not
incorporated or was not actionable "because _______"..."
How can it help?
"Closure of a feedback loop" can:
a) help to understand how a feedback/suggestion was taken/noted, and what
were the observations?
b) show respect to the people and their feedback, and most possibly
encourage people to share feedback and ask questions in the next
c) eliminate duplication. If a particular feedback is taken to a
conclusion, several other people don't need to suggest the same thing in
I am posting this as an individual, and over-all this is a process-related
If the major Wikimedia processes or programs soliciting feedback or
questions consider this, I think that will be very helpful.
(quoted timestamp: around 3:40 of the video). Used as a general citation
from resource available on Wikimedia Commons
Before this last 21st day in the 21st year of 21st century
is globally over, I try to re-initiate re-thinking
on this 15 years old proposal for a Wikipedian-in-residence
but also articles in (only) 27 language Wikipedias,
Meta, Outreach wiki and elsewhere
for updating the notion of WIR and roles it performs in Wikimedia,
an ecosystem of diverse entities, dynamics and relations.
As Wikimedians with wider perspective than a single wiki project, often
more than a single language and for sure more than single community, gear
up to discuss and act on 2030 strategy, that includes new initiatives, new
formations of decentering resources, new content, forms and methods of
working, with new priorities, conditions, tools, services and what
not…there is also a value in reflecting and reimagining what is already
established but often overlooked practice.
Some of the WIR practitioners have been self-reflecting on and off publicly
https://wikistrategies.net/5-things-wikipedian-in-residence/ and engaging
with communities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc9YgFm2eso there was also
3 years ago WREN UG (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network User Group)
was recognized with the aim to protect the common elements of the role and
for creating a peer support network of new and experienced WIRs for
collaboration and to encourage a global professional environment which
inspires institutions to appoint persons to engage with Wikimedia.
In recent times Wikipedian-in-Residence, is more often
Wikimedian-in-Residence, in rapid growth of Commons and Wikidata (but also
in 2021 first one in Wiktionary) and sometimes Wikimedian-at-Large, in more
generalized practice of strategy or direction setting work.
Additionally in time of pandemic when doing physical events is challenging
and many of the (potential) partner organizations are closing down or
limiting public events to bare essential, short and transient it is more
important than ever that individuals (rather than cohorts of editathon
enthusiasts) keep revisiting institutions and work with them in a most
flexible mode and scale.
Finally to start both re-visioning and maybe even re-positioning WIRs in
Wikimedia we should think of what this network of ‘free agents’ can bring
towards 2030, beyond what WMF, affiliates, UGs, HUBs, WikiProjects and
other organizational forms can. Also think how much more useful this
initial inspiration of artists, writers and researchers in residence could
be if these creative and critical roles in the art and cultural sector get
embraced and encouraged more often and more intentionally.
*You can find this message translated into additional languages on
help translate to your language
The Board of Trustees is preparing a call for feedback about the upcoming
Board Elections, from January 7 - February 10, 2022.
While details will be finalized the week before the call, we have confirmed
at least two questions that will be asked during this call for feedback:
- What is the best way to ensure fair representation of emerging
communities among the Board?
- What involvement should candidates have during the election?
While additional questions may be added, the Movement Strategy and
Governance team wants to provide time for community members and affiliates
to consider and prepare ideas on the confirmed questions before the call
opens. We apologize for not having a complete list of questions at this
time. The list of questions should only grow by one or two questions. The
intention is to not overwhelm the community with requests, but provide
notice and welcome feedback on these important questions.
*Do you want to help organize local conversation during this Call?*
Contact the Movement Strategy and Governance team
Meta, on Telegram <https://t.me/wmboardgovernancechat> or via email at
Reach out if you have any questions or concerns. The Movement Strategy and
Governance team will be minimally staffed until January 3. Please excuse
any delayed response during this time. We also recognize some community
members and affiliates are offline during the December holidays. We
apologize if our message has reached you while you are on holiday.
Movement Strategy and Governance
Jackie Koerner (she/her) Facilitator, Movement Strategy and Governance
Location: Midwestern US (UTC-6)
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
The Wikimedia Foundation’s Global Advocacy team is excited to announce the
approval of the Human Rights Policy
by the Board of Trustees on 8 December 2021. Please read our blog post
about the policy and what it means for the Wikimedia Foundation’s work in
the coming years on Diff. We invite you to join representatives of the
Foundation’s Global Advocacy and Human Rights teams here
<http://meet.google.com/wio-vdkw-phd> for a conversation hour tomorrow, 10
December, at 10:00 AM ET (15:00 UTC) to address any immediate concerns,
questions, or suggestions regarding this policy or how it will be
implemented. The session will be recorded for later viewing and you may
submit questions by email to myself (rgaines(a)wikimedia.org) and Ziski Putz (
zputz(a)wikimedia.org) ahead of or following the conversation hour.
Additional conversation hours on this policy will be made available in the
*Ricky Gaines *(he/him/his)
Senior Manager, Advocacy Audiences