Talk:Cascadia Wikimedians

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Nonprofit insurance[edit]

  • The nonprofit organization carries public liability insurance covering the organization's liability for harm caused to others for which it is directly or vicariously liable of not less than the following amounts:
    • (i) For organizations with gross revenues of less than twenty-five thousand dollars, at least fifty thousand dollars due to the bodily injury or death of one person or at least one hundred thousand dollars due to the bodily injury or death of two or more persons;
    • (ii) For organizations with gross revenues of twenty-five thousand dollars or more but less than one hundred thousand dollars, at least one hundred thousand dollars due to the bodily injury or death of one person or at least two hundred thousand dollars due to the bodily injury or death of two or more persons;
    • (iii) For organizations with gross revenues of one hundred thousand dollars or more, at least five hundred thousand dollars due to bodily injury or death.
Washington state law

This organization will be registered in Washington and it seems that having insurance is a legal requirement. My interpretation of this is that the requirement is to have liability insurance for "harm to others". I am unsure who fits in others. I suppose this always includes people who are not members of the organization but who might somehow be harmed, but I am unsure if organization meeting participants are covered. There are insurance policies for nonprofit organizations and I would presume they all provide the required coverage.

I contacted w:Vern Fonk (YouTube) who referred me to Wagner Insurance Northwest. They tell me that they most basic insurance policy that they provide is $600 / year. To finalize the quote, they needed the following information:

  1. A physical address for the location where most of the organization's physical property is kept. Note that this is separate from meeting location, and no information is needed about meeting location.
    1. Provide the year of construction of the building at this address
    2. The area in square feet of this space
    3. The number of stories of the space and the building itself
  2. Banking information of the person or entity which is managing the insurance agreement
    1. automatic bank transfer can be set up
    2. the policy can be paid monthly or yearly

What I see in this is that someone will need to be identified as a manager of the insurance policy. As the organization itself is not registered and has no bank account, the organization cannot do this at this time.

We have one price quote. It would only be prudent to get another. I will collect it and report back. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:25, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Making a decision[edit]

I hardly understand insurance but here is a proposal for making a policy decision:

  1. Get 2-3 quotes
  2. verify that policies offered by insurers meet minimal needs
  3. Among policies offered which meet minimal needs, select the least expensive option
  4. If in the future we need insurance beyond the minimal, then consider differences in value by reviewing the differences in cost and benefit of various policies

Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:32, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

I have requested quotes from Thomas and Associates and DeFranco Insurance. I chose these after searching for "Seattle nonprofit insurance". Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:03, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

User:OR drohowa in town December 2014[edit]

Hi All! I'm a New York City Wikimedian but I grew up in Mount Vernon, Washington. I'm coming to Seattle/Mount Vernon for the holidays, and would love to meet up with Cascadia Wikimedians. Would people be interested in having an impromptu coffee at cafe allegro with me sometime perhaps on the 28th or January 2nd? I'd love to talk shop and hear how your projects are going. Yours, OR drohowa (talk) 22:49, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Cascadia Wikimedians User Group inaugural board meeting[edit]

See the Seattle monthly meetup on 1/13/2015, 6pm to 10pm for details.

LGBT Cascadia meetup 12 Jan in Vancouver[edit]

I am not sure who is organizing this. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:29, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps the school itself? Hopefully they have someone familiar with Wikipedia on site to help out. I went ahead and created a meetup page at English Wikipedia and also posted about the event on the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group talk page here at Meta. -Another Believer (talk) 23:23, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

Events and activities in the Cascadia region[edit]

I expanded Cascadia Wikimedians/Events a bit (mostly by adding Seattle monthly meetups) and attempted to beautify the page with a few images. If you see something missing, please add! I will try to keep this page updated with events and activities to make reporting easier. --Another Believer (talk) 01:54, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

Board positions[edit]

Dear Wikimedians, We had our first two board meetings this month. Our initial board members are:

  • Another Believer
  • Brianhe
  • Mako
  • Peaceray
  • Pine
  • Ragesoss

The following appointments have been made:

  • President: Peaceray
  • Vice President: Mako
  • Secretary: Another Believer
  • Treasurer: Brianhe
  • Executive Director: Pine


Peaceray, President of Cascadia Wikimedians User Group + Another Believer, Secretary of Cascadia Wikimedians User Group

-Another Believer (talk) 17:38, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Project and Event Grant (PEG) application[edit]

Cascadia Wikimedians User Group Quick Start Grant application approved[edit]

Thank you Wikimedia DC. -Another Believer (talk) 15:57, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

  • Update: Following a majority vote in favor of the grant agreement, a signed document has been returned to Wikimedia DC. This form should be used to provide a report by April 30. -Another Believer (talk) 15:54, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Oregon State University collaboration[edit]

Check out this blog post by the Wiki Education Foundation: The Oregon State Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Club will be participating in a pilot program. I added a bit of information at Cascadia Wikimedians/Education Program, which, by the way, I would ask you to update if you know of any other Education Program collaborations in the Cascadia region.

WEF is currently looking for other groups to participate in this pilot program. Spoiler alert, I will be working with two classes at Reed College later this month. Not sure if it will be part of this pilot program specifically, but the instructor plans to create a page at the WEF dashboard and this will be another institutional collaboration which I hope will lead to more opportunities in the future. -Another Believer (talk) 20:46, 5 February 2015 (UTC)

Tracking participation in editing-focused events[edit]

Hi folks. Pine has set up "course pages" on Wikipedia that we can use to track participation in events like workshops and edit-a-thons:

I've set up an instance of the Dashboard project that can connect to course pages, to give added detail about what people are up to:

If you want to add another course page to the "Cascadia" set on that Dashboard, just give me a ping or add the course id to this page: w:Wikipedia:Education_program/Dashboard/Cascadia

--Ragesoss (talk) 15:47, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

This is an awesome new tool. I have experience using the education extension and if anyone wants to connect to talk about its use in outreach and the utility of this new tool then I would talk with you.
In short, this tool allows for easy on-wiki signup for all participants in a meetup. This is a huge hassle otherwise especially for new users. Additionally, it gives easy to read and very inspiring metrics of the outcomes of meetups, including number of articles edited and the pageviews of readers who are reading those articles.
In my opinion this is a low or zero time commitment procedure change which will immediately have a big payback, assuming that it is minimally functional as it seems to be. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:33, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Safe space policy[edit]

This link contains the Cascadia Wikimedians User Group's safe space policy. I will also post on the Main Page and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you, -Another Believer (talk) 22:11, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

See also Friendly space policies and Code of conduct. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:21, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Reporting our activities[edit]

With formal recognition and potential funding, we will be expected to report on our activities and events (rightly so). I think it would be very helpful if we made it a habit to document and results of our activities immediately (within reason) following events or campaigns so that we are not scrambling at the end of a funding cycle or upon request by WMF or another funder. Plus, reporting retroactively is never easy and it doesn't serve us well as we are trying to learn what works and what doesn't within our region.

I wonder if we can discuss the sorts of things we wish to report/document and what metrics we can use. I admit, most of my reporting for Portland events has been simple stats or even anecdotal, such as the number of attendees, a list of articles worked on, and what went well or what was challenging. But, I know there are great tools for reporting such as WikiMetrics (which I have never used) or even the new Wiki Education Foundation dashboard, which I have also never used.

Can we talk about what we want to record and how we can obtain metrics? It might be helpful to even draft a report template for future use. -Another Believer (talk) 19:35, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Education Program collaboration: ART354 at Reed College[edit]

Tomorrow I will be teaching students in two classes about Wikipedia. This Education page has been created, in case you wish to follow progress or serve as an online volunteer. I can share the WEF Dashboard link, too, once that is available. I've been looking for a way to collaborate with Reed for quite a while now (I live within walking distance, which makes it particularly convenient), so I am glad something finally came to fruition. Hopefully this marks the first of many future collaborations. -Another Believer (talk) 18:37, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

Women's Wikipedia group at University of Oregon[edit]

I suppose that eventually there should be a place to list these things. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:43, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up! Added to main page and to WikiProject Oregon category. -Another Believer (talk) 15:10, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Spring 2015 UW Community Data Science Workshops - register by April 3rd![edit]

Hi Cascadians! There will be another set of Community Data Science Workshops at UW starting on April 10th. Details here. Apply by April 3rd for best consideration. The series consists of one Friday evening and three saturday sessions. It is free and open to the public, and lunch is included! You don't need to know anything about programming or data science to participate. If you do already know a little Python, please consider registering as a mentor—these workshops require a lot of individual mentorship to work, and it's a lot of fun (and you might still learn something!). Ping me if you have any questions. Also: could someone post this annoucement to I don't have an account there yet. Cheers, Jtmorgan (talk) 21:45, 25 March 2015 (UTC)