Short version : We need to find solutions to avoid so many africans
being globally IP blocked due to our No Open Proxies policy.
Long version :
I'd like to raise attention on an issue, which has been getting worse in
the past couple of weeks/months.
Increasing number of editors getting blocked due to the No Open Proxies
In particular africans.
In February 2004, the decision was made to block open proxies on Meta
and all other Wikimedia projects.
According to theno open proxiespolicy : Publicly available proxies
(including paid proxies) may be blocked for any period at any time.
While this may affect legitimate users, they are not the intended
targets and may freely use proxies until those are blocked [...]
Non-static IP addresses or hosts that are otherwise not permanent
proxies should typically be blocked for a shorter period of time, as it
is likely the IP address will eventually be transferred or dynamically
reassigned, or the open proxy closed. Once closed, the IP address should
According to the policy page, « the Editors can be permitted to edit by
way of an open proxy with the IP block exempt flag. This is granted on
local projects by administrators and globally by stewards. »
I repeat -----> ... legitimate users... may freely use proxies until
those are blocked. the Editors can be permitted to edit by way of an
open proxy with the IP block exempt flag <------ it is not illegal to
edit using an open proxy
Most editors though... have no idea whatsoever what an open proxy is.
They do not understand well what to do when they are blocked.
In the past few weeks, the number of African editors reporting being
blocked due to open proxy has been VERY significantly increasing.
New editors just as old timers.
Unexperienced editors but also staff members, president of usergroups,
organizers of edit-a-thons and various wikimedia initiatives.
At home, but also during events organized with usergroup members or
trainees, during edit-a-thons, photo uploads sessions etc.
It is NOT the occasional highly unlikely situation. This has become a
There are cases and complains every week. Not one complaint per week.
Several complaints per week.
*This is irritating. This is offending. This is stressful. This is
disrupting activities organized in _good faith_ by _good people_,
activities set-up with _our donors funds. _**And the disruption**is
primarlly taking place in a geographical region supposingly to be
nurtured (per our strategy for diversity, equity, inclusion blahblahblah). *
The open proxy policy page suggests that, should a person be unfairly
blocked, it is recommended
* * to privately email stewards(_AT_)wikimedia.org.
* * or alternatively, to post arequest (if able to edit, if the editor
doesn't mind sharing their IP for global blocks or their reasons to
desire privacy (for Tor usage)).
* * the current message displayed to the blocked editor also suggest
contacting User:Tks4Fish. This editor is involved in vandalism
fighting and is probably the user blocking open proxies IPs the
most. See log
Option 1: contacting stewards : it seems that they are not answering. Or
not quickly. Or requesting lengthy justifications before adding people
to IP block exemption list.
Option 2: posting a request for unblock on meta. For those who want to
look at the process, I suggest looking at it  and think hard about
how a new editor would feel. This is simply incredibly complicated
Option 3 : user:TksFish answers... sometimes...
As a consequence, most editors concerned with those global blocks...
stay blocked several days.
We do not know know why the situation has rapidly got worse recently.
But it got worse. And the reports are spilling all over.
We started collecting negative experiences on this page .
Please note that people who added their names here are not random
newbies. They are known and respected members of our community, often
leaders of activities and/or representant of their usergroups, who are
confronted to this situation on a REGULAR basis.
I do not know how this can be fixed. Should we slow down open proxy
blocking ? Should we add a mecanism and process for an easier and
quicker IP block exemption process post-blocking ? Should we improve a
process for our editors to pre-emptively be added to this IP block
exemption list ? Or what ? I do not know what's the strategy to fix
that. But there is a problem. Who should that problem be addressed to ?
Who has solutions ?
Over the last few months, a small team at the Wikimedia Foundation has been
working on a project that has been discussed by many people in our movement
for many years: building ‘enterprise grade’ services for the high-volume
commercial reusers of Wikimedia content. I am pleased to say that in a
remarkably short amount of time (considering the complexity of the issues:
technical, strategic, legal, and financial) we now have something worthy of
showing to the community, and we are asking for your feedback. Allow me to
introduce you to the Wikimedia Enterprise API project – formerly codenamed
While the general idea for Wikimedia Enterprise predates the current
movement strategy process, its recommendations identify an enterprise API
as one possible solution to both “Increase the sustainability of our
movement” and “Improve User Experience.” That is, to simultaneously
create a new revenue stream to protect Wikimedia’s sustainability, and
improve the quality and quantity of Wikimedia content available to our many
readers who do not visit our websites directly (including more consistent
attribution). Moreover, it does so in a way that is true to our movement’s
culture: with open source software, financial transparency, non-exclusive
contracts or content, no restrictions on existing services, and free access
for Wikimedia volunteers who need it.
The team believes we are on target to achieve those goals and so we have
written a lot of documentation to get your feedback about our progress and
where it could be further improved before the actual product is ‘launched’
in the next few months. We have been helped in this process over the last
several months by approximately 100 individual volunteers (from many
corners of the wikiverse) and representatives of affiliate organisations
who have reviewed our plans and provided invaluable direction, pointing out
weaknesses and opportunities, or areas lacking clarity and documentation in
our drafts. Thank you to everyone who has shared your time and expertise to
help prepare this new initiative.
A essay describing the “why?” and the “how?” of this project is now on
Also now published on Meta are an extensive FAQ, operating principles, and
technical documentation on MediaWiki.org. You can read these at   and
 respectively. Much of this documentation is already available in
French, German, Italian, and Spanish.
The Wikimedia Enterprise team is particularly interested in your feedback
on how we have designed the checks and balances to this project - to ensure
it is as successful as possible at achieving those two goals described
above while staying true to the movement’s values and culture. For example:
Is everything covered appropriately in the “Principles” list? Is the
technical documentation on MediaWiki.org clear? Are the explanations in the
“FAQ” about free-access for community, or project’s legal structure, or the
financial transparency (etc.) sufficiently detailed?
Meet the team and Ask Us Anything:
The central place to provide written feedback about the project in general
is on the talkpage of the documentation on Meta at:
On this Friday (March 19) we will be hosting two “Office hours”
conversations where anyone can come and give feedback or ask questions:
13:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/95580273732
22:00 UTC via Zoom at https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/92565175760 (note:
this is Saturday in Asia/Oceania)
Other “office hours” meetings can be arranged on-request on a technical
platform of your choosing; and we will organise more calls in the future.
We will also be attending the next SWAN meetings (on March 21)
also the next of the Wikimedia Clinics
Moreover, we would be very happy to accept any invitation to attend an
existing group call that would like to discuss this topic (e.g. an
affiliate’s members’ meeting).
On behalf of the Wikimedia Enterprise team,
Peace, Love & Metadata
-- Liam Wyatt [Wittylama], Wikimedia Enterprise project community liaison.
*Liam Wyatt [Wittylama]*
WikiCite <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiCite> Program Manager & Wikimedia
Enterprise <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Okapi> Community Liaison
Please join me in welcoming Luis Bitencourt-Emilio to the Wikimedia
Foundation Board of Trustees. Luis was unanimously appointed to a 3-year
term and replaces a board-selected Trustee, Lisa Lewin, whose term ended in
November 2021 .
Currently based in São Paulo, Luis is the Chief Technology Officer at Loft,
a technology startup in the real-estate industry. He brings product and
technology experience from a globally diverse career that has spanned large
technology companies including Microsoft, online networking sites like
Reddit, and a series of entrepreneurial technology ventures focused in the
USA and Latin America. Luis has led product and technology teams across
Latin America, the United States, Europe and Asia. He is passionately
involved in building and promoting the entrepreneurial ecosystem for Latin
Luis has more than two decades of experience across product development,
software engineering, and data science. At Microsoft, he led engineering
teams shipping multiple Microsoft Office products. At Reddit, he led the
Knowledge Group, an engineering team that owned critical functions such as
data, machine learning, abuse detection and search. He was deeply involved
in Reddit’s growth stage and worked closely with Reddit’s communities in
that evolution. Luis also co-founded a fintech startup to help millennials
manage and automate their finances.
His career has also been shaped by a visible commitment to recruiting
diverse leaders. At Reddit, Luis was a key member of the recruitment
efforts that achieved equal representation of women engineering directors.
Luis says his proudest achievement at Microsoft was building their
Brazilian talent pipeline by working closely with local universities to
place thousands of engineering candidates at Microsoft, as well as his
involvement in expanding global recruitment to markets including Ukraine,
Poland, Great Britain, the EU and Mexico.
Luis was educated in Brazil and the United States, receiving a Bachelor of
Science in Computer Engineering with Honors from the University of
Maryland. He is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English. He is also a
proud father and dog lover.
I would like to thank the Governance Committee, chaired by Dariusz
Jemielniak, for this nomination process as well as volunteers in our
Spanish and Portuguese speaking communities who also met with Luis or
shared their experiences.
You can find an official announcement here .
PS. You can help translate or find translations of this message on
 Lisa Lewin served from January 2019 till November 2021:
antanana / Nataliia Tymkiv
Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees
*NOTICE: You may have received this message outside of your normal working
hours/days, as I usually can work more as a volunteer during weekend. You
should not feel obligated to answer it during your days off. Thank you in
As others mentioned in the thread, WMF can't enforce this directly as it is
not the copyright holder. However, in past instances, we have raised the
issue with Google (similar to the KPN example) and will do so for this one
I am meeting with Google later today and will flag this to remind them of
the copyright obligations that come with using this text.
Thanks for surfacing this,
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> From: "Peter Southwood" <peter.southwood(a)telkomsa.net>
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> To: "'F. Xavier Dengra i Grau'" <xavier.dengra(a)protonmail.com>,
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> If I understand the CC-by-sa licence correctly, Wikipedia and WMF
> themselves do not own the copyright, it is owned by the contributors who
> created the text. They can take this up with Google, the WMF cannot. If you
> are one of those contributors you can approach Google as misusing your
> Cheers, Peter
> From: F. Xavier Dengra i Grau via Wikimedia-l [mailto:
> Sent: 29 August 2022 19:00
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> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Is GoogleTV violating Wikipedia's license?
> Hi all,
> I want to bring a legal concern here on Google's misuse of our content. It
> came up today <
> on Twitter that the GoogleTV app had linked a movie description text in
> Catalan language (which in principle it should be good news regarding
> language normalization). However, shortly after a wikipedian colleague
> realised that the text was fully taken by the Catalan Wikipedia. Once I
> downloaded the app by myself, I double-checked that Google does not specify
> anywhere (or at least that I could find minimally visible) that those lines
> belong to Wikipedia: neither the origin, the license, nor a link to the
> full article or to the CC license.
> I'd like to recall the licensing footpage on Wikipedia (Text is available
> under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0 <
> ) and its conditions, as well as to ask others to check whether there's
> more situations like this one. It's worth noting how wrong this is to
> minoritised language Wikipedias: not only the legal issue itself, but also
> the lack of legitimate clicks and views that we end up losing, the
> confusion and misunderstandings from the readers that think this is a win
> by Google (the example I shared, with both screenshots enclosed), and even
> a subsequent chicken-and-egg situation that can lead to deleted articles by
> some users thinking that the content was stolen from Google and not
> actually the opposite.
> I remember that there was a previous thread here, not so long ago, about
> the problems of Google taking over our data and therefore diminishing
> clicks to the Wikimedia projects. Considering that I am fully against the
> GAFAM-drift that the WMF is increasingly adopting by benefiting from Google
> in our human, economical and digital structures, I prefer to share it here
> as well -and not only to the legal team of the WMF (cced).
> Kind regards,
> Xavier Dengra
> Virus-free. <
First, before I talk about our upcoming event, I want to thank you all for
participating in the Board of Trustees (BoT) election process and for your
continued confidence in me. I’m honored and humbled to have been selected
to serve a second term on the BoT, and look forward to continuing to have
important conversations about the Foundation’s work and how we can all best
collaborate to advance our movement’s mission.
With that in mind, I’d like to encourage you all to *join us at our next **Open
Conversation with Trustees on 20 October at 18:00 UTC*
(find your local time <https://zonestamp.toolforge.org/1666288831>), which
will be hosted by the Board of Trustees' Community Affairs Committee (CAC).
As always, it will be a 90 minutes call, and will include both updates from
the Board and an open discussion with your questions. *For now, please save
The call will be held on Zoom with a live YouTube stream
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7lr8jNr1Es>. We’d love to be able to talk
with you directly, so we encourage you to join us on Zoom if you can. *Request
the Zoom* link by emailing askcac(a)wikimedia.org. You can also email
askcac(a)wikimedia.org to *request language interpretation*. We will aim to
provide interpretation for any language where there are five or more
interested community members. Finally, you are welcome to *pre-submit
questions* for the Board via the same email, askcac(a)wikimedia.org. Knowing
in advance what is on your mind will help us give you more informed answers
during the call. The *final agenda will be posted on Meta and shared here
closer to the event.*
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!
Shani, on behalf of the CAC.
Shani Evenstein Sigalov
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Community Affairs Committee
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
*Tl;dr: *Looking for a way to learn how to effectively organize around
sustainability? Join the beta version of the Organizer Lab on WikiLearn to
understand how to effectively organize a global campaign around
sustainability and climate change! Applications are open from Sep. 22 -
Oct. 19. Information session coming up on September 30 at 14:00 UTC
The Campaigns Team
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campaigns/Foundation_Programs_Team> at the
Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce the beta version of a new
program called the Organizer Lab
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campaigns/Organizer_Lab>. This call is
open to any Wikimedia community organizers with some local organizing
experience, who believe in the potential of the Wikimedia movement to
effectively mobilize around Topics for Impact
and who are keen to improve their skills to organize at the international
Why an Organizer Lab?
Campaigns and other topic-based calls to action have been some of the most
impactful organized activities in the Wikimedia movement. However, as
observed consistently across Foundation grantmaking programs and in other
community settings, we hear organizers asking for additional support for
designing programs that successfully recruit and retain new contributors
drawn to address specific knowledge gaps on the projects, and which can
join with other movement activities beyond their local context.
Additionally, the Organizer Lab is aligned with other Movement Strategy
priorities and Foundation investment areas:
It is designed to generate replicable approaches to implementing
elements of several Movement Strategy recommendations: Invest in Skills &
Leadership Development, Identify Topics for Impact, and
It is will generate new insights and adoption opportunities for new
event and campaign action software being developed by our close
collaborators, the WMF Campaigns Product team
Its initial topic of focus also supports the Wikimedia Foundation’s
The Organizer Lab will provide a structured way for organizers to refine
their abilities, learning how to design campaigns and other effective calls
to action to address strategic knowledge gaps on Wikimedia projects. Though
we hope to expand to support other topics and themes in the coming years,
the first cohort will be themed around a topic of rising interest across
the movement: Climate Change and Sustainability.
What can I expect from the Lab?
The Organizer Lab will be a 9-week online learning experience from the end
of October until mid-December that prepares participants to design
strategic calls to action around prioritized knowledge gaps and more
generalized Wikimedia organizing and campaign/event design skills.
Participating organizers will leave the course with:
A firm understanding of how to develop a locally-relevant topic list for
a knowledge gap-focused campaign
A process for identifying local audiences and organizations who would be
good candidates for activation and recruitment
Understanding of the menu of tactics, tools, and newcomer engagement
strategies available for effective event design
A scalable and fundable project proposal for events or projects
connected to a global campaign around Earth Day (April 2023) (building on
or other regional and international campaigns.
By the end of this program, successful participants will not only be able
to lead campaigns targeted at climate and sustainability but should also be
able to transfer these skills to other topics for impact areas.
Participants who complete the program will also have access to a special
pool of grant funding that can support their first implementation of a
campaign or topics for an impact project. Applications are open from September
22 - October 19, 2022.
Apply now or learn more
To apply to join the cohort, please read the instructions on Meta
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Campaigns/Organizer_Lab>, where you will
find: an application form, important dates, and general guidance. Also,
check out our publication on Diff
the campaign newsletter
for wider campaign organizing news and updates.
You’re also invited to join the information session on September 30 at
14:00 UTC <https://wikimedia.zoom.us/j/89032870014> where we’ll share more
details and answer questions. A recording will be made available after the
info session. If you have any further queries ahead of this event, please
don’t hesitate to reach out to the team via campaigns(a)wikimedia.org.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Senior Program Officer, Campaigns
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
The eighth workshop on the topic of "How to interact with Wikidata via
Pywikibot" is coming up - it will take place on Friday, October 7th at
16:00 UTC. You can find more details on the workshop and a link to join
This workshop will summarise how to access and save information to
Wikidata, including through page generators and queries*, using Pywikibot.
It will also cover the Wikidata conventions about the bot editing,
including the bot approvals process (*queries not included, please bring
your own!). This session will be run by Mike Peel.
To participate in this workshop, you would need basic familiarity with
Wikidata and Pywikibot installation.
We look forward to your participation!
On behalf of the SWT Workshops Organization team
Senior Developer Advocate
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>