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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello, Slaporte (WMF). Welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

-- 22:18, 13 January 2012 (UTC)

You've got mail[edit]

Please check your email. --Pine 19:28, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

Bylaws tweaks?[edit]

See the bottom of Talk:Wikimedia_Foundation_board_manual#Votes_vs._resolutions.2C_quorum_and_required_majority - what do you think? SJ talk  21:28, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! I will review and reply on that page. Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 14:09, 17 May 2013 (UTC)


Can you review this or have it reviewed, please?--Elvey (talk) 22:44, 29 May 2013 (UTC)


Dear Stephen,

any update on an official reaction by WMF? We've been waiting since the 21st of June...

Cheers, --Tobias talk · contrib 14:00, 3 July 2013 (UTC) on LinkedIn[edit]

Hey Stephen. This is nothing urgent, but I just thought I would let you know that a marketing company has set up a fake "" company page on LinkedIn, if I am understanding things correctly. And they have themselves listed in "Services" for Dominic (talk) 18:32, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Hello @Dominic: thanks for reporting this. Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 00:35, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Necessary and Proportionate[edit]

A statement on surveillance we should consider signing. SJ talk  01:00, 7 November 2013 (UTC)[edit]

Hi, Slaporte (WMF), I was wondering if it is okay to add this link to the external links section on the Digital Millennium Copyright Act page. Thank you for your time. Lotje (talk) 10:49, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

Hello @Lotje: Yes, you may add a link. I see that there is already an external link to Chilling Effects -- we also submit our takedown notices there, too. Best, Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 00:32, 4 December 2013 (UTC)


Hi! I see you made a posting here. As you can see we are preparing a local voting on the issue. We will within a week or two give you the results of our voting. Our preliminary discussion at Bybrunnen has, however, resulted in a large majority against the proposal. All for now.--Paracel63 (talk) 02:52, 22 February 2014 (UTC)

Hello Paracel63, thanks for pointing me to the discussion on SV Wikipedia. Please let me know if there are any points I can help you clarify! You are also welcome to bring comments to the discussion page on Meta (in Swedish, English, or any other language). Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 21:57, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks but no thanks as for now. I took a quick (that was my intention) look at the discussion, tried to wade through the differing opinions and fell asleep (true!) before I got to the end of the page. It would mean a full-time occupation for me trying to be involved in this, which I just cannot afford, neither have the time to. In due time you will get the results of our svwp voting, with clarified positions and arguments. Just one note: svwp is not the same as enwp; the 50 times less amount of editors mean we are in a quite different position. Best of wishes.--Paracel63 (talk) 00:08, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
It is indeed a long discussion, so I completely understand! I appreciate that you are coordinating the conversation with SVWP and keeping me informed. Thanks a lot! Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 01:27, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for understanding. Me and at least one more svwp editor did cast a vote here and posted some comments. But this discussion page really looks like Hyde Park with a thousand and one soapboxes, each one carrying a politician shouting. And most of the "speakers" seem to be shouting about this issue from different perspectives. I sincerely hope you can get some sort of useful result out of this. Face-smile.svg--Paracel63 (talk) 01:39, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Separate talk pages by language[edit]

Huge talk pages don't currently work for multilingual discussion. How about a separate talk page per language for the big language communities, which can then be transcluded onto one page for tracking? SJ talk  09:11, 24 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes, we can create separate talk pages per language. The biggest difficulty for separate pages is keeping the conversations connected. We hoped that a single, multi-language page would encourage more interaction between languages, but this discussion has grown unusually large. The community advocacy team and a few others are helping us reach out beyond the English language community, and I am following the non-English discussions to the best of my ability (for example, the WikiProjekt Umgang mit bezahltem Schreiben discussion on DEWP and Wikipedia:Bybrunnen discussion on SVWP). Best, Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 21:39, 25 February 2014 (UTC)
Ok. Separate pages on the wikipedias in each language is also fine, though we should fix the meta system before too long. I've moved non-English sections up to the top of the talk page to give them visibility and coherence. Warmly, SJ talk  21:02, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

groups from the Past[edit]

Be well, 21:51, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

Terms of use[edit]

Excellent news. Best wishes. Xxanthippe (talk) 11:18, 20 June 2014 (UTC).

Standard disclaimers[edit]

I suspect you may have forgotten your standard "this is not legal advice" disclaimer in [2]. --Nemo 19:38, 2 July 2014 (UTC)


Hello Slaporte. Maybe you can help me here. Thanks.--Rndmdf (talk) 10:17, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

I responded on that page. Thanks again! Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 16:54, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

WLM and iraqi FOP deletions[edit]

Hi Slaporte, so we have the first Wiki Loves Monuments campaign including Iraq in 2014, but unfortunately there are recurrent deletions of iraqi monument pics based on a questionable interpretation of a questionable 2004 copyright amendment by en:Coalition Provisional Authority (= invading US military = Paul Bremer = actually RIAA lobby draft?!) Please read this and agree with me that this is madness... (see that too) Unbelievable stuff. --Atlasowa (talk) 12:31, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

See also commons:Commons:Deletion_requests/File:Bagdad_moschee01.jpg currently, User:Slaporte (WMF). --Atlasowa (talk) 12:41, 3 November 2014 (UTC)