Thankyou from me as well, it's refreshing to see such a candid summary of
the failings that occurred in this case, and to see the Foundation taking
responsibility for those. I hope that the opportunity can be taken for all
of us to learn from this so that it does not happen with future projects.
On 1 April 2014 15:27, Liam Wyatt <liamwyatt(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 1 April 2014 16:22, MZMcBride
Sue Gardner wrote:
For everyone: following up on Erik's e-mail,
the WMF has done a
postmortem of the Belfer situation, which I've just posted at the link
from Erik above. Suffice to say here that we implemented the Belfer
Wikipedian-in-Residence project with editing as a core activity of the
WIR role, despite internal and external voices strongly advising us
not to. That was a mistake, and we shouldn't have done it.
Thank you for taking the time to put the postmortem together. I've been
very impressed with and appreciate the candor and thoughtfulness that
gone into the responses to this discussion.
Growing pains are still
pains, of course, but I'm hopefully optimistic that the Wikimedia
Foundation is learning from its experiences, good and bad, as it matures.
Let me second that sentiment. Thank you Sue, Erik et al. at the WMF.
I'm sure there will be ongoing discussions about this topic on the mailing
lists and on-wiki, I too am heartened by the genuine concern,
non-defensiveness (in the face of criticism - including mine), and
willingness to investigate this issue.
-Liam / Wittylama
Peace, love & metadata
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