Thanks MZMcBride for your note -- I absolutely sympathize with anyone who's trying to
keep up to speed on everything going on at Wikimedia. We're all trying to strike a
good balance in terms of what's useful, relevant, interesting, and I hope we are
generally getting it fairly close to correct.
As a general rule we only announce new staff and those contractors who are expected to
interact significantly with the community. We don't announce all PT and short-term
people, because we don't think it makes sense to do that.
Whenever anyone has a question that is not answered by a general announcement there are
many options available for interaction with folks like Philippe and Cary and Guillaume
etc. on IRC and by e-mail, and you should feel free to ask questions whenever you like.
If someone doesn't have direct access to other staff I can always be contacted
directly if there is a question about personnel.
On Jun 1, 2010, at 5:26 PM, MZMcBride wrote:
I just noticed a wikimedia.org
e-mail address that I didn't recognize; I
assume it belongs to a new contractor. It reminded me that the announcement
process for contractors (and other non-permanent staff) is still
The last time I asked about this, I was told that I should be picking up
clues from the way people sign blog posts and gathering other pieces of
information (like e-mail address changes) in order to figure out who's
working on what. I don't think this is acceptable.
Is it possible to have some sort of standardized announcement process and
tracking system of Wikimedia's contractors? They're not tracked at the
Wikimedia Foundation's Staff page and I don't know of any public place
where they're announced. Specifically, it would be nice to know who's been
hired, what they're working on, etc.
It's possible that there are announcements being made and I've simply been
missing them, but that would be surprising to me and would indicate a
problem of a different nature.