The community too is asking for kindness and consideration. Riding
roughshod over community consensus does not equate to kindness, or even
wisdom, unless it it that of Niccolò Machiavelli!
The Mission Statement of the Foundation says
*The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people
around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free
license <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/en:free_content> or in the public
domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.*
If the WMF would remember the word "empower" we would not get these
issues. The Foundation needs to empower the community to disseminate
content not dictate to the community how content will be disseminated.
All the best, Rich Farmbrough.
On 13 August 2014 13:01, Thehelpfulone <thehelpfulonewiki(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Forwarding on request.
Begin forwarded message:
From: Ad Huikeshoven <ad(a)wikimedia.nl>
Date: 13 August 2014 12:40:14 BST
Subject: Clarification by Lila Tretikov about MediaViewer
Dear fellow Wikipedians and Wikimedians,
Your work in creating the awesome thing Wikipedia is very much
you're all recognized for contributing towards it's
success. Last weekend I have been to Wikimania. I really enjoyed the
presentation by Fabrice Florin about A Culture of Kindness . One of the
slide contains a picture of Jimmy Wales holding a sheet of paper on which
he has written 'be kind to everyone, including the annoying ones'.
There have been multiple threads on this list with many postings about
the German Wikipedia with respect to MediaViewer. On meta Lila
Tretikov has posted several remarks including an additional clarification
, which I copy below:
* Our overall communication, design, prioritization, testing, roll-out
and general product development practices are insufficient and
must be brought on-par with our user’s expectations. We are not planning
any new major deployments until some of those basic improvements are put
into place. This will be done in the open; it is fundamental and urgent.
I've touched on it at Wikimania.
* We are not removing MV. It has been in
production for months. Its
removal will cause more problems and confusion for our
users. We will hold
ourselves accountable to getting it to the level of quality that is
expected of the top site.
* We are working to post next steps to clarify
deployment process including rights and responsibilities; you can
more information in coming days.
* I encourage you to help us improve our process
as a whole as well as
this specific feature by offering your time, advice, and
will be engaging you on it. Please refrain from making unassisted changes
to the feature’s configuration.
What Fabrice and Jimmy ask for is to be kind. What I would like to
express is that
many of the postings about MediaViewer do annoy me, and
some are very annoying. What I do ask of my fellow Wikipedians is to
continue to contribute to Wikipedia in a kind way, to pay attention to what
Lila has posted on meta and which I copied above.
Some of you might be curious to learn to know the ideas of Lila. She
presentation at Wikimania, which can be viewed on line . Please
collaborate in the development of processes in a kind way. Thank you.
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