An other nice back-of-the-envelope calculation compares developers and
localisers. Suppose that for a particular job a developer costs 100 and a
localiser for one language costs 1. What is more expensive / valuable, the
development of software or the localisation of the same software?
we localise in over three hundred languages ..
This does not take into account the internationalisation and other
management that needs to be done as well.
On 3 June 2010 16:04, <susanpgardner(a)gmail.com> wrote:
James, you're right. I did back-of-the-envelope
calculations last year,
which don't bear scrutiny but are useful for ballparks. If you assume every
word added to the projects is worth a dollar (it isn't, for a variety of
reasons, but it's what professional journalists are often paid) -- then I
believe volunteers contributed about 700 million dollars of work to the
projects in 2008-09. I think --but am not sure-- that that number excluded
It's not a number we would ever use publicly, because as I said it doesn't
bear scrutiny -- but it does suggest that the value of editors' time vastly
outweighs the value of donated cash. It's not a competition, and we value
every contribution of any kind..... But it's obvious that in our unique
context, editors are the main source of value, and the main contributors to
I liked that Zack understood that, and I liked that he wanted the
organization to appropriately understand and value both types of
contributors. (Not to mention contributions of code, PR work, organizational
work, and so forth.)
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From: James Alexander <jamesofur(a)gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:54:45
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List<foundation-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Fwd: Announcing new Chief Global Development
Officer and new Chief Community Officer
On Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 10:23 PM, Sue Gardner <sgardner(a)wikimedia.org>
I am really happy to announce two important new
hires. Zack Exley will be Wikimedia's new Chief Community Officer,
and Barry Newstead will be our Chief Global Development Officer. Both
will start just before Wikimania, and will join us in Gdansk.
Aye grats both to the two new hires and to the Foundation they look like
Without trying a risk a sidetrack to much: I have to agree with the idea of
the fundraising being with everyone else here and I'm really happy to see
that. With the possible exception of the major/foundation gifts (which you
could I guess separate off but it would be odd to have them separate from
the rest of fundraising I think) our donors OUR our community in all ways.
Not only do our readers and editors donate themselves (from what I
understand that is the majority (i.e the annual campaign) but also
the volunteers themselves are donors at least in my mind even without
any monetary support. Their time is what makes us good.
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