I’m writing to share the latest update on the Equity Fund, a pilot program
created by the Wikimedia Foundation to address the barriers to free
knowledge experienced by Black, Indigenous, and communities of color around
As we've shared on Diff today , based on feedback from the first round
of Equity Fund grants we are continuing to iterate on our process for
choosing grantees and increasing community participation. Today, we are
opening up the second round of Equity Fund grantees and are seeking
community recommendations. We know that many of you work closely with and
are aware of external organizations that can help advance the movement’s
goals and address equity gaps. We invite recommendations from current
Wikimedia volunteers and communities through an intake form available on
Google survey  and LimeSurvey . We’ll be taking your suggestions for
Round 2 through February 18. Thank you to those that have already submitted
You can read more about the current status of the Equity Fund, criteria for
grantees, as well as other updates around community participation with the
Equity Fund on Diff . We invite your questions and feedback on Meta .
Nadee Gunasena, on behalf of the Equity Fund Committee
Executive Communications Manager
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Today I am excited to share a document  with you that I hope will help
initiate the conversation around how to ‘innovate in free knowledge’.
This document directly refers to recommendation 9 “Innovate in Free
Knowledge”  of the Movement Strategy that calls for the exploration and
expansion of free knowledge projects. The aim is to stay relevant and to
serve our movement’s vision to give access to the sum of human knowledge.
Building upon this recommendation, our team at Wikimedia Deutschland
outlined different stages of innovation – taking into account the different
structures, people, processes of support that innovators and innovations
might require at each stage in order to grow. The paper maps out how each
innovation stage is or isn’t existent within our movement. And uncovers
what is still clearly lacking: While it is not surprising to see structures
and processes in place to support the development of existing Wikimedia
projects, there are only few support structures and resources to promote
new free knowledge projects that are equally needed for the movement to
evolve, grow and to become sustainable.
The outlined examples are far from exhaustive, so don’t see this as the
final and absolute version of the mapping. This map is one way to raise
awareness and make ‘innovate in free knowledge’ become more relevant in our
Please have a look, and leave your comments and/or questions on the talk
page. We are more than happy to engage in conversations and eager to hear
additional perspectives, insights, and feedback from across the movement
related to this topic. Please also reach out to me directly to explore ways
to take the conversation forward.
All the best
Kannika Thaimai (she/her)*Innovation Engine - Strategy Lead*>> WMDE
innovation engine strategy
>> UNLOCK Accelerator <https://www.wikimedia.de/unlock/>
Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. | Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24 | 10963 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 219 158 26-0
Keep up to date! Current news and exciting stories about Wikimedia,
Wikipedia and Free Knowledge in our newsletter (in German):
Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.
V. Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts
Berlin-Charlottenburg unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig
anerkannt durch das Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin,
I have created a wishlist for Commons to have all the phabricator
tickets(approximately 900) fixed, the video upload issues to be fixed, tfa
to be added to existing tools. Via a team of Staff and volunteers being
created to focus on Commons.
Two fold fix the existing problems, and then make it possible to bring new
multimedia content to the projects.
Its in your hands now.
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
There's an old MediaWiki feature: When an administrator deletes a page, a
bit of its content is automatically added to an edit summary. This is later
viewable in deletion logs.
If you edit in the English, German, or Italian Wikipedia, then you haven't
actually seen this feature in years, because administrators in these wikis
essentially removed it by locally blanking the system messages that make it
In many other wikis, however, this feature is still working.
Is it actually useful? Or should it perhaps be removed?
Here's a Phabricator task about it:
If you have an opinion, weigh in there or here.
Amir Elisha Aharoni · אָמִיר אֱלִישָׁע אַהֲרוֹנִי
“We're living in pieces,
I want to live in peace.” – T. Moore
We want to give you an update related to Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022.
Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2022 (or WMWM2022) was to be conducted on 18 to 20
February 2022, and is postponed now.
Currently we are seeing a new wave of the pandemic that is affecting many
people around. Although WMWM is an online event, it has multiple
preparation components such as submission, registration, RfC etc which
require community involvements.
We feel this may not be the best time for extensive community engagement.
We have also received similar requests from Wikimedians around us.
Following this observation, please note that we are postponing the event,
and the new dates will be informed on the mailing list and on the event
Although the main WMWM is postponed, we may conduct a couple of brief
calls/meets (similar to Stay Safe Stay Connected call) on the mentioned
date, if things go well.
We'll also get back to you about updates related to WMWM once the situation
on behalf of WMWM
Centre for Internet and Society
For some time now there's been a project called Wikidebate on Wikiversity:
The project has matured over the years, receives occasional contributions,
drives some 7000+ views a month and ranks first on some search keywords
like "objective reality" and "subjective reality".
I feel it has potential, but the truth is it hasn't been growing much
lately. So today I thought I could ask others for their wisdom: do you have
any ideas on how to help it grow? Maybe doing something to the home page,
the flow for creating new debates, or the title conventions?
Feel free to reply here or at the main talk page of the project: