Great that things are moving. I have some further suggestions:

* let's make a short film with Jimmy and/or Sue that we can show the people at the 10th anniversary event as a surprise. It would be great if they could say something in the lines of "good job, guys - look at what you've done" and then show how incredibly far we've come in just 10 years

* I suggested as a joke to Steven and SJ during our trip to Barcelona that we shut down Wikipedia on January 15 and instead have a sign that says "Where would you be without Wikipedia?". But how about we go the other way and roll out some new feature on January 15, such as another background color (just for that day), switching to a right-hand side menu (just for that day - and of course on the left in language versions where they normally have it on the right), or some other feature that is already in the works but that is not already rolled out? Something to show that Wikipedia is forever improving. We talked in Barcelona about what would make people who are not Wikipedians to come to an event and that is fine (however difficult) but we would get the most effect if we did something *on* Wikipedia.

* how about we publish a wish list for our 10 year anniversary? For example, during our 10th year, we wish for 100 000 new images freely licensed from GLAMs around the world, 20 millions in donations (which is what one soccer team can pay when they are buying one player - and a little more than what Transformers 2 made in it's first day), 50 new universities around the world with an ambassadors programme, etc, etc. We can start with the 5 year plan to find things that we can wish from others. Perhaps one thing could be 5 minutes of your time - to learn how Wikipedia works.

Best wishes,


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From: jwalsh@wikimedia.org
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2010 18:44:35 -0800
To: wikix-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [WikiX-l] Update on anniversary organizing

Thanks Steven - and I'd like to add that momentarily I'll be uploading a big pack of graphic elements like the one on the main page of the ten.wikipedia.org page.  These were developed by David Peters at Exbrook design - David's done some great work for us over the past year or so, and this really scalable and easy-to-localize concept is something that should help us tie together a style for all of the celebrations.

Use of the designs isn't obligatory of course, but we will be using versions and styles of these marks in a series of awesome WP 10th themed merchandise that we're going to want to send anyone (globally) who is hosting a party.

That includes:
* tshirts (two styles, one a basic Wikipedia shirt and the other a Wikipedia '10' 'team shirt')
* a pack of 12 Wikipedia 10th anniversary buttons, and simple Wikipedia puzzle globe buttons
* paper labels with the Wikipedia tenth logo and style
* and Wikipedia vinyl stickers
* (and maybe some other cool stuff)

We'll be sending out 'kits' with up to about 50 shirts of varying sizes/styles, and if you expect your event to be much bigger, we'll try to help get you more.

We're really excited about the designs and getting everyone cool merchandise as soon as possible!

Thanks - and big thanks to Steven for kicking this off and carrying it forward.


On Nov 12, 2010, at 3:55 PM, Steven Walling wrote:

Hi friends,

I just wanted to give everyone an update on what's been accomplished here at the Wikimedia Foundation so far and what we've got in store for the near future. We've got roughly two months until the 15th is here. With that deadline rapidly approaching, I want to really step up our efforts here at the WMF to help local events happen.

Just to restate it: our goal is to help make the tenth anniversary a memorable one for Wikimedia editors/readers/donors wherever you are. To that effect, we've launched ten.wikipedia.org in the last couple days. Many of you probably saw the pages on Outreach wiki that have since been migrated. Thanks to the editors who stepped up to help wiki-garden so far.

We've tried to structure the wiki to make it clear what it's for. Here's some more detail on what I want to include:

1. A list of all the events that will happen. Lots of organizing work is happening on other wikis and off-wiki, such as through Facebook events. That's great, and of course we want that to continue. But having a single list of what's happening is immensely useful for organizers, attendees, and the press.

2. On-wiki activities for reflecting on our anniversary and conveying the magnitude of our first decade of work. There is a list of preliminary ideas on the [[Share]] and [[Ideas]] pages.

3. Providing a space to gather resources for organizers, including a basic press kit and a set of anniversary designs put together by Jay Walsh and David Peters, whose work you will recognize from the 2009 Annual Report. The designs will all be uploaded to Commons shortly and will be in a gallery on the anniversary wiki. I'm really excited about this part of what's been prepared, since it's ideal for the customization and localization that needs to happen.

These designs are yours to run wild with, and some of them will be incorporated into products (t-shirts, buttons, stickers etc.) that will be provided to event organizers that want them. All we need to give you these materials is a basic set of event details and contact information, all of which can go on your event page. If it's unclear on the wiki what we're asking for, then that's my fault, so please let me know.

4. A place to document everything that goes on. Encouraging taking photos, video, and making written records of what everyone is up to in their celebrations is essential (and it's fun, at least to me). Media should probably go on Commons, as is standard procedure, but I'd love to see everything aggregated into the event pages on the wiki. Sharing the cool things that you're doing will be both a gift to other Wikimedians who can't be there, and will create a permanent record of our first double-digit anniversary.

If you have any questions, either about the wiki or however else the Foundation can support you in planning, I'm your best point of contact. I'll also be posting more regular updates to this list.

Thanks for reading,

Steven Walling
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