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NY Meet[edit]

Hi Pharos, I received an invitation for the wiki meet in NY this sunday but I cant find the invitation msg anymore, can you please tell why, as I'm relatively new Wikiuser7777 18:24, 13 November 2009 (UTC)

"Belonging"[edit]

It doesn't belong anywhere on Earth. That's sort of the point. Your removing the note implies your support for the content. -- Thekohser 18:31, 15 April 2009 (UTC)

RfA[edit]

Hello Pharos. I have promoted you to Administrator. Your RfA was certainly a peculiar beast; the trend swung quite unexpectedly, no? Goes to show that sticking it out can be well worth it. If you have any questions about your new position, don't hesitate to ask. Best, —Anonymous DissidentTalk 08:21, 16 August 2009 (UTC)

Chapters Activity Calendar[edit]

Hi Pharos! I started a chapters calendar on the outreach wiki. [1]. I think this can help us to better support the activities of the chapters. Could you please add all NY activities? Thank you! --KathrinJ 20:17, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Notice of review of adminship[edit]

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Notice of review of adminship[edit]

Hello Pharos. In accordance with Meta:Administrators/Removal and because you have made fewer than ten logged actions over the past six months, your adminship is under review at Meta:Administrators/Removal/October 2010. If you would like to retain your adminship, please sign there before October 24, 2014. Kind regards, --dferg ☎ talk 14:37, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

Images without license[edit]

Hi! You are sent a few images without a license. Please add the license, otherwise the images may be deleted. Thanks. mickit 22:35, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

Category:Proposed projects work[edit]

Wow, this is among the most messed categories we have. :-) You may use the flood flag. ;-) --Nemo 09:07, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Thank you, well done! I think that the main problem is what to do with pages listed in strategy:Category:Proposals for new projects.
With regard to categorization, some proposals are already marked as {{historical}}; if possible, it would be interesting to see if there are many outdated proposals around, and in that case to reduce the clutter marking them as historical with a specific category and then using DynamicPageList in each category or on some page to separately list valid and outdated proposals. --Nemo 16:20, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Categories[edit]

Hi Pharos! I see that you're doing a large categorization work. You may be interested in Meta:Flood flag, perhaps? :-) Thanks and regards, --dferg ☎ talk 19:29, 14 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia and women[edit]

please add info on your workshops here: en:Wikipedia:Wikipedia is Also a Woman this way we'd be able to raise not only local consciousness about this issue but more globally. thanks in advance :) Lantuszka 23:59, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

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Well done[edit]

This is a great idea. We need to make this happen. GLAMs love awards and hate not getting them. Victuallers 15:27, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

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Adding amendment[edit]

Hi, thanks for adding, I only added those from the protocol of the session I lead. Kind regards Ziko (talk) 19:40, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

Wiknic CN banner[edit]

Hey Pharos,

I noticed your CN banner scheduled for 3 weeks coming up anon and logged in. I think that's extreme over kill and wanted to think about a smaller broadcast. Broadcasting to the whole US is an incredibly large audience for something that is a 'relatively' small draw. Even if we get 1000 people which I think is reasonable it's still a tiny tiny portion of the people seeing the banner and most of them won't be interested (and possibly annoyed) and it makes them look at banners less and less. This especially true when we get almost 100M page views a day from the US.

I think if you want something up for 'longer' you may want to consider a geonotice on enWiki. For the CN, if you still want one, we probably want to think much shorter with only 1-2 days anonymous and 3-4 days logged in or 2 small spurts of 1 day logged in/logged out soon and 1 closer to the event. Jalexander (talk) 18:46, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

This campaign appeals to a universal reader interest I think, moreso even than the numerous nationally-promoted wiki-conferences on CN that are confined to a single event in a single city. The Great American Wiknic was quite successful last year in running for this period of time (2 weeks, not 3), without any complaint at all, and also succeeded in spawning Wikipedia Loves Libraries- which we will be pushing again during this Wiknic season. And I don't think that radically cutting down on the exposure to the general readership will be helpful for these efforts.--Pharos (talk) 02:30, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
It seems to me that we had this conversation last year too... the Wiknic brought in, what, 500 people total, nationally? Pharos, I have to tell you, you're underestimating the value of this tool. You're using what would - in a commercial buy - be an effective value of several MILLION dollars to advertise this event. I agree with James. Your request is too broad. Far, far, too broad. Philippe (WMF) (talk) 18:46, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
I note that you disregarded our comments about this, and turned the campaign on anyway. That's not how things work, Pharos. You're supposed to demonstrate consensus for a banner, and you're far from that. Beyond that, James is the Foundation's designee for the tool and he raised an objection. I also raised an objection. That's a long way from consensus. I've disabled anon, but left logged-in on while we figure this out. James may choose to overrule me on that, and he has my blessing and support either way. Philippe (WMF) (talk) 00:21, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
Philippe, the campaign has been on the calendar since April, with not one negative comment; that was community consensus here. This is not an exclusive WMF tool, and objections at the last minute are less than ideal. For now, I'm going to talk to James and try to work out a standard system for these types of events, and when logged-in and anonymous get activated.--Pharos (talk) 01:02, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
Hey Pharos, I thinking having it up some is totally acceptable but given that we have it up on the watchlist now and how much it's seen as well we probably don't need it up forever. I'm sure we can come up with something though to make sure that it has enough exposure. How about a week at anonymous (perhaps at less the 100% , maybe 25-50? ), I have less of an issue with 2 weeks for logged in users though it may not be as necessary with the geonotice you have up (though would be good for non enwiki users). At some level this is a WMF owned tool (and always has been) but I do think the community should be able to use it where needed, we just don't want to have it be the 'wild wild west' that it has been for a very long time (as you know from last year etc). Jalexander (talk) 02:13, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
That sounds reasonable James, a 2 week run logged-in, with the only second half including anonymous (at a reduced %). This type of schedule could also work for WLL-type events too. And we can probably drop the national watchlist notice when CN is on.--Pharos (talk) 02:07, 9 June 2012 (UTC)
I've dropped the national watchlist notice a few days ago, and I'm going to turn on anonymous with the CN starting Monday.--Pharos (talk) 02:34, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

For what it's worth, I don't disagree with James/Philippe regarding the use of CentralNotice to advertise Wiknics. This is the type of event that's better with (strict) geotargeting and watchlist notices, in my opinion. There are a number of tangential issues that need to be addressed, though. --MZMcBride (talk) 18:06, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Made an attempt to fix the URL[edit]

Hi Pharos...I made an attempt to fix the banner URL, and it looked like it worked, but it looks like you may have overwritten my change. See http://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=MediaWiki:Centralnotice-Wiknic2012-url&action=history . The protocol relative URL (starting with "//") will make it so that those using https will stay https, and those using http will stay http. -- RobLa-WMF (talk) 00:22, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

OK, it's fixed now.--Pharos (talk) 00:29, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia Cascadia[edit]

I was with user:DGG until late and could not attend the last WALRUS meeting. The Seattle Wiknic is coming up and my friends will introduce the Wikimedia Cascadia group there. I hope to present it at the WALRUS meetup at Wikimania. In the meantime I will get more people to sign on and issue opinions. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:45, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

The only real tourist[edit]

In fact the only real tourist is he who visits his home-town with the eyes of a tourist, e. g. me as an inhabitant of Trostberg, living some 50 km away, by train or bicycle. It' s by far not just a return - it's ... different! --Hellsepp (talk) 20:58, 22 July 2012 (UTC)

on organization and structure[edit]

Hi Pharos,

Recently you commented that you feel local groups become a bit more active when they elect officers, assign roles, and form structure. You also suggested that this seems connected with incorporation in your mind.

I just want to reiterate that there is no actual connection between that sort of internal organization and the legal step of incorporation. Incorporation can be useful when handling finances, insurance, or legal matters. But it is totally independent of the organization and role structure of a group. Most community groups at all levels of civic life elect officers, have a treasurer and local bank account, and have varying levels of formality in how they define what each person handles. And for the most part these groups are not incorporated -- especially when they are only a few dozen people, or handling a few thousand dollars a year. That's just an extra expense and formality.

Incorporation does not magically make people become more active. Within Wikimedia we have some chapters that both incorporated and jumped through the further hoops of chapter recognition, and ended up doing no more, and sometimes less, than they had before becoming a chapter. On the other hand, when a group is passionate about what they are doing - say, WikiProject Tree of Life, or Wiki Loves Monuments, they have no trouble divvying up work, appointing people to specialize in different dimensions, and getting things done.

Once you have an active group that is growing and needs administrative support, forming an organization around their work makes sense. If you form a group in order to form a group, you attract people who like that sort of Nomic, and not people who like to get project work done; which doesn't always lead to the best-tasting pancakes.

Cheers, SJ talk  05:42, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

A large part of the motivation for incorporating a US federation is actually so that local groups can be full and equal participants ***without having to incorporate or file any paperwork***, as the federation would "sponsor" or "incubate" their activities, while also giving them a democratic voice in the management of the larger federation.--Pharos (talk) 16:29, 14 September 2012 (UTC)
Okay. Can you make that clearer in the pages here? SJ talk  05:27, 27 September 2012 (UTC)

Wikimedia Travel Guide: Naming poll open[edit]

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Uhhhh.[edit]

Made them. Still trying to get properly drunk. Apologies for getting sidetracked playing guild wars in the meantime. Ta. -— Isarra 06:19, 16 March 2013 (UTC)

Notice of review of adminship (April 2013)[edit]

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language on Wiknic CN[edit]

Hi Pharos, The language in the wiknic central notice seems odd to me:

"Celebrate the Great American Wiknic in 20+ cities around June 22nd."

Isn't on June 22nd? I would think it would read better replacing "around" with "on"

Cheers, Matthew (WMF) (talk) 18:48, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

New Chicago person[edit]

Please put User:I JethroBT on your list for Chicago.--108.69.73.22 01:01, 31 August 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia genealogy project[edit]

Please visit this page if you wish to contribute to a centralized discussion about a Wikimedia genealogy project. Thank you! --Another Believer (talk) 19:22, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Pharos, I'd really like to keep the ball rolling on the genealogy project. On the talk page, you mentioned the possibility of creating an incubator/beta page, perhaps as an example entry? Do you know where this could be done, or who might be interested? This concept seems to be something people generally support, but momentum stalls. Feel free to comment directly at the talk page, if you wish. --Another Believer (talk) 19:44, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Copyright problem with File:US-World-visas.png[edit]

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Tou amendment banner campaign[edit]

Hey Pharos,

I noticed you turned off the ToU banner campaign, the legal team has said that needs to be up for the whole 30 days as notice so I've put it back on. Right now it's up for a maximum of 20% and 2 views, I wish we could have it auto fall back for that 20% ( instead of showing empty) but sadly that isn't possible yet. I'm not sure if you did it by accident or on purpose (I know I've done some silly things with fat fingers when doing CN campaigns from my phone for example) but If it's causing issues with the wicnic banner or something like that I'm happy to try and work with you of course. I'm currently out at dinner but will be keeping an eye here and when I get home :) Jalexander--WMF 03:33, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Piedmont Wikimedians[edit]

Hi Pharos, we have 6 signatures in support. What is the next step? Ganeshk (talk) 17:29, 3 August 2014 (UTC)