[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] 2012-13 Annual Plan of the Wikimedia Foundation

Florence Devouard anthere9 at yahoo.com
Sun Jul 29 11:37:11 UTC 2012

On 7/28/12 5:58 AM, Tilman Bayer wrote:
> Hi all,
> the Wikimedia Foundation's 2012-13 Annual Plan has just been published at
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/File:2012-13_Wikimedia_Foundation_Plan_FINAL_FOR_WEBSITE.pdf
> accompanied by a Q&A:
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/2012-2013_Annual_Plan_Questions_and_Answers
> The plan was approved by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in
> Washington, DC, at Wikimania, and previously outlined to the
> Foundation staff and interested community members at the monthly staff
> meeting on July 5, 2012. We were planning to publish the video
> recording of that meeting at this point, but encountered technical
> difficulties; the video will hopefully become available soon.

Slide 8 : "How are we doing against the 2012 targets"

I was stopped by

"The Global Education Program is now the largest-ever systematic effort 
of the Wikimedia mouvement to boost high quality content creation, with 
a projected addition of 19 million characters to Wikipedia through 
student assignements 2011-2012"

OF COURSE, we all know that WMF needs to glorify what it is actually 
initiating/in charge of. And that's fair enough.

But seriously... I would feel fine with us trying to claim that the GEP 
is the largest system effort to INCREASE the number of articles. It is 
probably true.

But we all know that the result is... so and so. Possibly good content, 
but also lot's of crap being reverted and deleted afterwards. Claiming 
it is the largest effort to boost high quality content is not only 
disingenous... but I actually find it counter productive and a tiny bit 
offensive toward the actual community.

High quality content simply does NOT come from newbie students.


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