[Foundation-l] Wikipedia:Office Actions

Florence Devouard Anthere9 at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 24 05:20:11 UTC 2007

No, the problem is that the projects aside from the english wikipedia 
have never been informed of this policy, it has never been translated, 
and there is no implementation procedure.

If there is an issue tomorrow on the japenese wikipedian, and cary, on 
our request, go there and edit/protect the page, and put an WP:OFFICE in 
the comment box, and point out to the policy on the english wikipedia, 
do you really believe that "it will just do" ?

We need a more general policy on meta, and communities need to be 
informed of it.


daniwo59 at aol.com wrote:
> So the problems that OFFICE is intended to resolve can only occur on the  
> English Wikipedia? Or alternately, so the office is only responsible for the  
> English Wikipedia? 
> To the best of my knowledge (and I was there), the policy was put into  place 
> by Jimbo in his then capacity as Chair of the Board, with the support of  
> Brad, in his then capacity as ED. Both these titles were  foundation-wide--i.e., 
> Jimbo was chair of the board of the Wikimedia Foundation,  not just the 
> English Wikipedia, and Brad was ED of the Wikimedia Foundation, not  just the 
> English Wikipedia. 
> To me this seems like yet another attempt to isolate the office from the  
> other projects. 
> Danny
> In a message dated 4/23/2007 6:10:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time,  
> cbrown1023 at comcast.net writes:
> For  those who do not  know,
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Office_Actions.
> This  policy has been mislabeled "Wikimedia-wide" official policy until  last
> evening (EST) when Anthere and I (Cbrown1023) cleaned up the page  and
> brought it up to date.  Currently, it is just "Wikimedia" official  policy.
> There is no doubt by any that the Office cannot do anything it  wants
> (basically what this policy states) but the part that needs to be  clarified
> is if it really is "Wikimedia-wide".  Recently, we declined  two requests on
> Meta to move or transwiki the policy page to Meta because  it is labeled as
> "Wikimedia-wide official policy", but we denied it because  it is not in use
> on all of Wikimedia and it appears that it was not  intended for use outside
> of the English Wikipedia at its creation.   The first statement that it was
> used elsewhere was added by an anonymous  editor
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Office_Actions
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Office_Actions&diff=935
> 35379&oldid=93466899>  &diff=93535379&oldid=93466899), before that it had
> said "official  policy on the English Wikipedia".  (Then it changed at least
> twice  more:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Office_Actions
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Office_Actions&diff=994
> 58664&oldid=97871051>  &diff=99458664&oldid=97871051  and
> http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Office_Actions
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Office_Actions&diff=995
> 30111&oldid=99458664>  &diff=99530111&oldid=99458664).
> Anthere and I deduced that it  was not really official Wikimedia policy and
> could be made to be one of it  was approved by either the Board of Trustees
> or the future Executive  Director.  I for one, would like clarification on
> this policy and its  stance in Wikimedia.  Everything else, to our knowledge,
> has been  updated and clarified.
> Casey  Brown
> Cbrown1023
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