[Wikimedia-l] Funds Dissemination Committee first progress reports

Lodewijk lodewijk at effeietsanders.org
Wed Jun 12 11:37:00 UTC 2013

Hi Katy,

thanks for sharing.

As a minor suggestion, to me it would be helpful if you could be a little
more specific than 'we' in your responses. Are you in those instances
speaking for your own (with your specific expertise), for a group of WMF
staffers, for the FDC, for the whole Foundation etc? Knowing that would
make it a bit more insightful.


2013/6/12 Craig Franklin <cfranklin at halonetwork.net>

> Given that this is an assessment that is being performed by paid staff, I
> think it's unreasonable to think that the staff would issue more than very
> mild criticism ("Your report is so great it makes everyone else look
> terrible!"), even if the report was so poor as to deserve criticism.  I'm
> not saying that it *is*, but I don't think anyone that values their job
> would carpet their employer in a public forum, even if the employer invited
> them to do so.  There should certainly be a note in this report to declare
> the massive COI involved in having WMF staff 'critically' assessing a WMF
> report.
> That said, I do find the assessment for everyone else useful in terms of
> seeing what the WMF staff will think, and I'm sure that chapters
> considering an FDC application will take that on board.  I am a little
> disappointed at the focus by WMF staff on quantitative metrics over
> everything else, which I think may have the unfortunate side-effect of
> encouraging entities to go after easily measurable activities rather than
> the most effective and worthwhile activities.  Hopefully this will be taken
> into account on future assessments.
> Cheers,
> Craig Franklin
> On 12 June 2013 20:52, Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Katy Love, 11/06/2013 22:52:
> >
> >> [2]
> >> http://meta.wikimedia.org/**wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/**
> >> 2012-2013_round1/Staff_**summary/Progress_report_form/**Q1<
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/FDC_portal/Proposals/2012-2013_round1/Staff_summary/Progress_report_form/Q1
> >
> >>
> >
> > Funny: «WMF notes [stats]», «WMFR claims [stats]».
> >
> > Nemo
> >
> >
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