[Foundation-l] Wiki[p/m]edia

KIZU Naoko aphaia at gmail.com
Fri Dec 10 03:55:55 UTC 2010

On Fri, Dec 10, 2010 at 9:20 AM, Philippe Beaudette
<pbeaudette at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hi everyone -
> First, let me thank you all for your concern about the recent banners.  Michael Snow is right - we tested some things, thinking that we could manage to raise the yield slightly by deliberately attempting to clarify (not to confuse) for people that the Wikimedia Foundation was directly affiliated with Wikipedia.  Yes, it'll come as a shock to all of you <tongue-in-cheek> but there are people who don't know that Wikimedia is anything more than a mis-spelling of Wikipedia. </tongue-in-cheek>.  When we get letters saying things like "I'd donate, but only to Wikipedia, not to Wikimedia", it spells out for us that it's possible we could attract more people with the institution of Wikipedia than the institution of Wikimedia.
> Did we think it would be "drahma free"?  No.  Of course not.  But it was based on our best data and with nothing but the very best of intentions.  Suggesting that it was criminal is... well, regrettable.  I think that our data-driven approach has proven to be very successful this year, and this (hypothesize, test, measure, react) was in line with that method.  Obviously, this topic was more sensitive than many other areas where we've taken this approach.

Thank you for your detailed explanation. It isn't far from what I've
imagined: most of us at the community remember the discussion on
another recent CentralNotice "Work at Wiki[m|p]edia". So regardless of
its evaluation, I guess most of us didn't doubt it was intended on a
good faith to improve something. I'm happy to see you brave to admit
it was more sensitive than you at the team had presumed, perhaps more
sensitive work at wheresoever, and again, as a Wikiquotian & someone
who is concerned with the linguistic diversity of this project,
personally I appreciate your quick reaction to change it.

> To anyone we offended, I offer my personal apologies.

For the record, I at least felt not offended ;)
> With that said, the banners are being changed right now - they'll say Wikimedia.

;) Again, thanks!

> pb
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KIZU Naoko / 木津尚子
member of Wikimedians in Kansai  / 関西ウィキメディアユーザ会 http://kansai.wikimedia.jp

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