Only after the last editor has been been driven away
Only after the last article written by a volunteer has been published
Only after the last vandal has been reverted by a volunteer
Then will you find that money alone cannot write an encyclopædia.
2014-08-14 15:42 GMT+02:00 Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevreede(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
Some of you have asked the Board and its individual members for feedback. Some of us are
already in conversation with you or are planning to answer on different pages. This is our
general common statement:
The Board supports the decision to protect the Media Viewer roll out. Our platform powers
a top-5 website. We need operational protocols that are consistent with this position.
This includes making improvements, rather than a tendency towards reverting to the status
At the Board meeting before Wikimania, Lila laid out her strategy to put in place best
practices for product development. We will communicate sooner, we will prioritize smarter,
we will test more, and we will achieve better outcomes. Her vision is to involve the
community at each step of product development, including more structured feedback stages
and reviews. We endorse this vision.
We realize that there is concern about the superprotect user right and how it affects
power balance and influence on content and administration. We recognize the concern that
we need to explain and introduce our measures better. However, stability of the platform
is necessary as we seek to improve our sites, and, for that reason, we support the
creation of this tool. We also understand that with more robust rollout plans and better
staged community feedback - as Lila envisions - the tool should rarely be used.
We urge you to focus on specific improvements you'd like to see in the Media Viewer
and the roll-out process. Lila intends to incorporate that feedback as she plans to
improve Media Viewer and the process for future product roll outs.
The Wikimedia Foundation needs to be in a position to make software and configuration
changes for which it is responsible. We expect restrictions of MediaWiki code-level
editing to be a temporary step to enable us to move forward with improvements. As we say,
Media Viewer should be improved; our procedures to date have not yet met the high
standards we want to set for ourselves. Lila wants to address both now, and we need to
give her the space to do so. She has our full support and confidence as she tackles this
On behalf of the Wikimedia Board of Trustees
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Board of Trustees
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