Hello, all. :)
As you know, we are launching a movement strategy process and want people
from the community integrally involved at every stage. We are accordingly
seeking active Wikimedians interested in applying for a number of Community
Strategy Coordinator positions. The people hired for these positions will
be part-time, remote contractors of up to 20 hours a week with a contract
of 3 months. Start date should be in early March.
You can see the job descriptions and apply for the positions at <
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Work_with_us>, but here’s a quick
summary of who we’re looking for and what they’ll be doing:
*Language Specialist Strategy Coordinators*
These will be bilingual speakers of a specific list of non-English
languages and English who are experienced in their language project
community or communities. They will be expected to be able to both conduct
deep outreach to these non-English communities and to liaise between these
communities and others, in order to maximize the ability of their
communities to participate in the movement strategy process. They will also
need to be capable of monitoring and summarizing discussions about strategy
topics and will be expected to produce a summary report at the end of their
*Metawiki Strategy Coordinators*
These facilitators need not be multilingual (although it is a plus), but
must be fluent in English and must be experienced contributors to one or
more Wikimedia communities. They will be working alongside the language
specialist coordinators, the global community, the Wikimedia Foundation and
the strategy team to facilitate the most inclusive strategy process
possible. This will include outreach to global communities, offering their
own community experience and advice to those involved in the process, and
leading, monitoring, and summarizing strategy-related discussions. They
will be expected to produce a summary report at the end of their contract.
If you think either of these sounds like you or another community member
you know, I encourage you to visit the job application page and review the
job descriptions for more details (again, that's at <
Please tell us about your experiences as a Wikimedian and why you think you
would be a good fit for this role. Our goal is to run the most inclusive
strategy process we can, and that means we need experienced community
members like you to help!
Interim Chief of Community Engagement
Director, Support, Safety and Programs
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
This press release is also available online here:
And as a blog post on the Wikimedia blog here:
Wikimedia Foundation receives $500,000 from the Craig Newmark Foundation
and craigslist Charitable Fund to support a healthy and inclusive Wikimedia
Grant supports development of more advanced tools for volunteers and staff
to reduce harassing behavior on Wikipedia and block harassers from the site
SAN FRANCISCO — January 26, 2017 — Today, the Wikimedia Foundation
announced the launch of a community health initiative to address harassment
and toxic behavior on Wikipedia, with initial funding of US$500,000 from
the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist Charitable Fund. The two seed
grants, each US$250,000, will support the development of tools for
volunteer editors and staff to reduce harassment on Wikipedia and block
Approximately 40% of internet users
<http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/10/22/online-harassment/>, and as many as
70% of younger users have personally experienced harassment online, with
regional studies showing rates as high as 76%
for young women. While harassment differs across the internet, on Wikipedia
and other Wikimedia projects, harassment has been shown to reduce
participation on the sites. More than 50%
of people who reported experiencing harassment also reported decreasing
their participation in the Wikimedia community.
Volunteer editors on Wikipedia are often the first line of response for
finding and addressing harassment on Wikipedia. "Trolling
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doxing>," and other menacing behaviors are
burdens to Wikipedia's contributors, impeding their ability to do the
writing and editing that makes Wikipedia so comprehensive and useful. This
program seeks to respond to requests from editors over the years for better
tools and support for responding to harassment and toxic behavior.
“To ensure Wikipedia’s vitality, people of good will need to work together
to prevent trolling, harassment and cyber-bullying from interfering with
the common good,” said Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist. “To that end,
I'm supporting the work of the Wikimedia Foundation towards the prevention
The initiative is part of a commitment to community health at the Wikimedia
Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports Wikipedia and the
other Wikimedia projects, in collaboration with the global community of
volunteer editors. In 2015, the Foundation published its first Harassment
about the nature of the issue in order to identify key areas of concern. In
November 2016, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees issued a
statement of support
calling for a more “proactive” approach to addressing harassment as a
barrier to healthy, inclusive communities on Wikipedia.
"If we want everyone to share in the sum of all knowledge, we need to make
sure everyone feels welcome,” said Katherine Maher, Executive Director of
the Wikimedia Foundation. “This grant supports a healthy culture for the
volunteer editors of Wikipedia, so that more people can take part in
sharing knowledge with the world."
The generous funding from the Craig Newmark Foundation and craigslist
Charitable Fund will support the initial phase of a program
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_health_initiative> to strengthen
existing tools and develop additional tools to more quickly identify
potentially harassing behavior, and help volunteer administrators evaluate
harassment reports and respond effectively. These improvements will be made
in close collaboration with the Wikimedia community to evaluate, test, and
give feedback on the tools as they are developed.
This initiative addresses the major forms of harassment reported on the
Wikimedia Foundation’s 2015 Harassment Survey
which covers a wide range of different behaviors: content vandalism,
stalking, name-calling, trolling, doxxing, discrimination—anything that
targets individuals for unfair and harmful attention. From research and
community feedback, four areas have been identified where new tools could
be beneficial in addressing and responding to harassment:
* Detection and prevention - making it easier and faster for editors to
identify and flag harassing behavior
* Reporting - providing victims and respondents of harassment improved ways
to report instances that offer a clearer, more streamlined approach
* Evaluating - supporting tools that help volunteers better evaluate
harassing behavior and inform the best way to respond
* Blocking - making it more difficult for someone who is blocked from the
site to return
For more information, please visit:
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and
operates Wikipedia and its sister projects. More than a billion unique
devices access the Wikimedia sites each month. Roughly 75,000 people edit
Wikipedia and its sister projects every month, collectively creating and
improving its more than 40 million articles across hundreds of languages –
this all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in the
world. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a
501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
Wikipedia is the world’s free knowledge resource. It is a collaborative
creation that has been added to and edited by millions of people from
around the globe since it was created in 2001: anyone can edit it, at any
time. Wikipedia is offered in hundreds of languages containing more than 40
million articles. Wikimedia and its sister projects are collectively
visited by more than a billion unique devices each month.
Harassment takes different forms on Wikipedia than it does on other major
websites. Unlike other platforms, Wikipedia editors generally don’t write
about their personal lives. Instead, on Wikipedia, harassment usually
begins as a content dispute between editors that results in an attack on an
editor’s personal attributes—their gender, race, religion, sexual
orientation, political affiliation—based on something that they’ve shared,
or an assumption based on the user’s edit history.
About the Craig Newmark Foundation
The Craig Newmark Foundation (CNF) is a private foundation created by
craigslist founder Craig Newmark in 2016 to support and connect nonprofit
communities and drive powerful civic engagement. The Foundation’s
priorities include Trustworthy Journalism, Veterans and Military Families,
Voter Protection and Education, Consumer Protection and Education, Public
Diplomacy, Government Transparency, Micro-Lending to Alleviate Poverty, and
Women in Tech.
About craigslist Charitable Fund
The craigslist Charitable Fund (CCF) provides millions of dollars each year
in one-time and recurring grants to hundreds of partner organizations
addressing four broad areas of interest including Environment and
Transportation; Education, Rights, Justice, and Reason; Nonviolence,
Veterans and Peace; and Journalism, Open Source, and Internet.
Craig Newmark Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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REMINDER: This meeting starts in 30 minutes.
On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 4:41 PM, Lena Traer <ltraer(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> The next Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting will take
> place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC
> channel is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be
> broadcast as a live YouTube stream.
> The theme of the January meeting is: "Building our future” – Exploring how
> we can build for the future of the Wikimedia movement together.
> Meeting agenda:
> * Welcomes, theme introduction
> * Movement update
> * Reconstructing MediaWiki history
> * Community capacity development
> * Movement strategy update
> * Questions and discussion
> * Wikilove
> Please review
> for further information about the meeting and how to participate.
> We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
> Thank you,
> Lena Traer
> Project Assistant // Communications // Advancement
> Wikimedia Foundation
> 149 New Montgomery Street
> San Francisco, CA 94105
The next Wikimedia Foundation metrics and activities meeting will take
place on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC
channel is #wikimedia-office on irc.freenode.net, and the meeting will be
broadcast as a live YouTube stream.
The theme of the January meeting is: "Building our future” – Exploring how
we can build for the future of the Wikimedia movement together.
* Welcomes, theme introduction
* Movement update
* Reconstructing MediaWiki history
* Community capacity development
* Executive update
* Questions and discussion
for further information about the meeting and how to participate.
We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.
Project Assistant // Communications // Advancement
149 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
The annual report for Cascadia Wikimedians User Group is available on
Note that there may be some updates.
No members stood for election to the January 1, 2017 through December 31,
2019 term. The current board and officer assignments are below:
2016-01-01 through 2018-12-31 terms (3 year)
* Benjamin Mako Hill
2016-01-01 through 2017-12-31 terms (2 year, initial staggered)
Board appointment to fill a vacant seat until next election (2017-01-01
through 2017-12-31 )
* Another Believer (continuing from 2016 board)
We have 2 remaining open seats on our board that may be appointed by the
other board members, or may be filled during the next regular election.
*President: Peaceray (continuing from 2016)
*Vice President: Benjamin Mako Hill (continuing from 2016)
*Treasurer: Brianhe (continuing from 2016)
Brianhe will act as the Secretary until we fill this role.
You may reach me for questions by email or on my talk page.
Raymond F. Leonard, Jr.
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Peaceray>Cascadia Wikimedians User Group
<http://cascadia.wiki/> board member & president
peaceray(a)cascadia.wiki (forwards to)
Cascadia Wikimedians User Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable
organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and
distribution of free, multilingual, educational Wikimedia content in
partnership with our members and mission-aligned organizations in Oregon,
Washington, and British Columbia.
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