[Wikimedia-l] Go away, community (from WMF wiki at least)

Leslie Carr lcarr at wikimedia.org
Sat May 11 14:56:10 UTC 2013

Sent from my mobile. Please excuse the brevity and typos.
On May 11, 2013 4:36 PM, "MZMcBride" <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:
> Deryck Chan wrote:
> >Given the foundation's recent tsunami of centralisation I'm not surprised
> >by this at all. The message is clear - the community doesn't belong here.
> >Go back to meta.
> Yeah, I think you're right. It seems to be part of a larger pattern.
> * Blog access has been restricted (as noted).
> * Bugzilla adminship has been restricted to staff only.
> * wikimediafoundation.org adminship is now restricted to staff and Board
> Members.
> * Shell access has been restricted to staff only (no more volunteer
> sysadmins).

Someone better tell that to domas and his ssh key.

As someone tasked with protecting the servers,ssh keys should be restricted
as much as possible, both with staff and volunteers. that is technical and
not political.
> Relatedly, the Toolserver is being slowly killed in favor of a controlled
> sandbox called "Wikimedia Labs" and all Wikimedia accounts are being
> unified (with forceable usurps/renames) to make it easier to track and
> control users across all Wikimedia wikis.
> It's very surprising that the Board has been so quiet about all of this.
> Generally, a few staff members (notably Philippe and his team) have tried
> to create "tiers" in which paid staff are above volunteers. Even the most
> trusted volunteers are no longer allowed to hold positions of trust within
> the Wikimedia community. This is very bad. Are there ways to address this?
> But to blame this on Gayle is kind of insane. It seems clear to me that
> she's being used as a pawn here. There are very few indications that this
> has anything to do with her, aside from a few log entries (from...
> Philippe) inexplicably pointing to her name. And the curt e-mail she sent
> out to affected users. Her involvement with the wiki would charitably be
> described as negligible.
> The director of _community advocacy_ (Philippe) is stripping nearly every
> community member of user rights. And yet there's still no provided
> rationale for the change in policy, other than it being based on a series
> of private discussions. Meanwhile, the home page of
> wikimediafoundation.org stresses how transparent the organization is.
> This is a pretty disappointing day. I'd be interested to hear what Gayle,
> Philippe, or the Board has to say.
> MZMcBride
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