[Wikimedia-l] The new narrowed focus by WMF

Yaroslav M. Blanter putevod at mccme.ru
Sun Oct 21 20:30:48 UTC 2012

On Sun, 21 Oct 2012 19:19:59 +0300, Dan Rosenthal wrote:
> I too have to say that while I agree with a narrowing focus, I 
> disagree
> with the tabling of Fellowships. Not only have they brought a lot of 
> great
> talent into the foundation (as I saw when I worked there, as well as
> after), but more than anything the WMF is an agent of disruptive
> innovation, and I feel strongly that encouraging Fellows to explore 
> things
> that might not be viable for the rest of the staff (whether due to
> resources or interest) serves that innovation, and thus the 
> foundation
> itself. I believe at one point there was a Fellow working on studying 
> ways
> to improve en.wp's internal governance. After witnessing the utter 
> debacle
> that is going on in the clarifications on Malleus' ban, I'm more 
> convinced
> than ever that such a review is critical and that the WMF should 
> actually
> be devoting MORE resources to this. Editor engagement comes not just
> through things like Visual Editor (which is awesome), but also 
> creating a
> conducive environment for new editors from a policy standpoint. I'm 
> afraid
> we're going to lose that in a narrowing focus.
> Dan Rosenthal
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Hi Dan,

whereas I can agree or disagree with you on your points, I fail to see 
the connection to the Malleus's ban debate. Could you please elaborate? 
I am not sure I would like to see WMF involved there, if this is your 
point (probably not).


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