[Wikimedia-l] is the German/EU Policy Issues Survey a push-poll from empowerment to enabling?

James Salsman jsalsman at gmail.com
Sun Dec 1 07:33:09 UTC 2013

Recently there was a discussion on the Advocacy Advisors list about
the difference between empowering editors as per the Foundation's
mission, and merely enabling them. In trying to understand the
feedback, I took a look at the subjects listed on the Wikimedia EP
Election Questionnaire from the recent German/EU Policy Issues Survey:


There is more information about the survey at

My concern is that the topics listed, while legitimate concerns all of
which I have been active on over the past year and past several years,
include far fewer categories which can be construed as actually
empowering people to edit, as opposed to merely altering various
technical and social systems which enable them to edit or perform
various editing-related tasks.

I strongly recommend countering this very likely source of survey
outcome bias by asking the community about specific ways to empower
more editors, such as linking to fixmyjob.com from a banner and
supporting the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the
Child and its protocols without reservation.

Best regards,
James Salsman

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