Here are the final official results of the Wikimedia Foundation board
election (with some more explanation on the process).
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De : Ad Huikeshoven <ad(a)huikeshoven.org>
Date: jeu. 13 juin 2019 à 00:56
Subject: [All-affiliates] ASBS results
*Dear Wikimedians, We are writing to let you know the result of the
election for the 2 Affiliate Selected Board Seats on the Wikimedia
Foundation board. The successful candidates were Nataliia Tymkiv and Shani
Evenstein Sigalov. A total of 122 affiliates voted, 85% of the 143 eligible
to vote, which is a record. As you know the election was conducted under a
variation of the Single Transferable Vote, which meant that prorated votes
were redistributed between candidates to come up with the final result. In
the 10th step of counting the final place, after Nataliia Tymkiv was
elected, was between Shani Evenstein Sigalov (40.519678) and Richard Knipel
(40.480322). We have put the full count narrative on meta so that others
can verify it if they wish. It is the closest ASBS result for some time,
and all candidates brought very valuable perspectives to the work of the
WMF. In the 9th step of counting Reda Kerbouche lost by a very small
margin. Adding a ballot with rank #1 for Richard or Reda would result in
them being elected instead of Shani. The same goes for removing a ballot.
Changing the ranking on one of the ballots in a specific can way can result
in a different outcome for the second seat. This is an election in which
every vote counts. As in any election, there is a chance that some voters
misinterpreted the instructions and voted wrongly. We don't see a
justification for an action as extraordinary and controversial as opening
votes for review after the vote period is over. The instructions were
visible and clear: "Rank any candidate from 1 (your preferred candidate) to
11 (your least preferred candidate)." After voting, voters received a
confirmation email stating the name of each candidate they voted with the
number of their rank: Rank 1, Rank 2, ... The agency of voters should be
respected. As part of the retrospective we may identify areas of
improvements on our side, but still the process was quite simple and
documented. Some voters realized they made a mistake and requested a new
ballot. New ballots were issued in those cases. This choice was done
because of the specific situation of this election, since the process was
complex for new affiliates and participation, diversity and inclusion were
a clear goal. We have published on meta information about who got a new
ballot within the voting deadline. The Election Facilitators have been
available nearly 24 hours a day monitoring the various communication
channels to answer any questions affiliates might have. We did our best at
answering all of them. After our own scrutiny of the data, and based on our
experience in community processes, we strongly advise the community to
respect the integrity of the process, and advise against allowing any
modifications of votes at this point. If the votes had been reopened for
modification with or without publishing vote results, that would have
caused significant confusion and criticism that could have jeopardized the
entire election. We will publish a debrief with recommendations for a next
ASBS process on meta. We invite all representatives of affiliates to a
feedback session at Wikimania. We would like to congratulate Nataliia
Tymkiv and Shani Evenstein Sigalov and thank everyone who stood. Regards,
Ad Huikeshoven, Lane Rasberry, Jeffrey Keefer, Neal McBurnett, Abhinav
Srivastava, Alessandor MarchettiElection Facilitators 
All-affiliates mailing list
I am writing on behalf of Gujarati Wikisource Community.(Gujarati is one of the language native to Western Part of India.)
The Community is pleased to inform that Gujarati Wikisource Community has started "Audio Book" section for the benefit of the visually impaired people as well as for the people who do not take out time to read due to compulsions of busy schedule.
The idea of an audio book was there for a long time in mind but due to small community size the attention could not be made on this front. In the Gujarati Wikisoruce Conference at Ahmadabad, Gujarat, India (23 & 24 February 2019), One of the Participant Mr. Modern Bhatt showed keen interest on this project and he started working on the same. He has single handedly completed 5 books and working on the next book. The community highly appreciates the great work by Mr. Modern Bhatt.
So far 5 full books have been converted to Audio Format. Their links can be found at the Gujarati Wikisource main page. The Audio file link is placed at Chapter Header as well as, as an Audio Book Index, wherein All the Audio files are placed as per Index. an Example of the same can be viewed here https://w.wiki/4j9
on behalf of Gujarati Wikisource Community
I wonder if this is a response to the usual complaints about plagiarised
so-called "books" on Amazon.
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