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Overview #2 of updates on Wikimedia movement strategy process[edit]

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As we mentioned last month, the Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve.

Regular updates are being sent to the Wikimedia-l mailing list, and posted on Meta-Wiki. Each month, we are sending overviews of these updates to this page as well. Sign up to receive future announcements and monthly highlights of strategy updates on your user talk page.

Here is a overview of the updates that have been sent since our message last month:

More information about the movement strategy is available on the Meta-Wiki 2017 Wikimedia movement strategy portal.

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Start of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections[edit]

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On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee, I am pleased to announce that self-nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Elections.

The Board of Trustees (Board) is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long-term sustainability of the Wikimedia Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection. More information about this role can be found on Meta-Wiki. Please read the letter from the Board of Trustees calling for candidates.

The candidacy submission phase will last from April 7 (00:00 UTC) to April 20 (23:59 UTC).

We will also be accepting questions to ask the candidates from April 7 to April 20. You can submit your questions on Meta-Wiki.

Once the questions submission period has ended on April 20, the Elections Committee will then collate the questions for the candidates to respond to beginning on April 21.

The goal of this process is to fill the three community-selected seats on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. The election results will be used by the Board itself to select its new members.

The full schedule for the Board elections is as follows. All dates are inclusive, that is, from the beginning of the first day (UTC) to the end of the last.

  • April 7 (00:00 UTC) – April 20 (23:59 UTC) – Board nominations
  • April 7 – April 20 – Board candidates questions submission period
  • April 21 – April 30 – Board candidates answer questions
  • May 1 – May 14 – Board voting period
  • May 15–19 – Board vote checking
  • May 20 – Board result announcement goal

In addition to the Board elections, we will also soon be holding elections for the following roles:

  • Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
    • There are five positions being filled. More information about this election will be available on Meta-Wiki.
  • Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson (Ombuds)
    • One position is being filled. More information about this election will be available on Meta-Wiki.

Please note that this year the Board of Trustees elections will be held before the FDC and Ombuds elections. Candidates who are not elected to the Board are explicitly permitted and encouraged to submit themselves as candidates to the FDC or Ombuds positions after the results of the Board elections are announced.

More information on this year's elections can be found on Meta-Wiki. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the election talk page on Meta-Wiki, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections(at)

On behalf of the Election Committee,
Katie Chan, Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
Joe Sutherland, Community Advocate, Wikimedia Foundation

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Wikimedia Conference 2018[edit]

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Wikimedia Conference 2018 will take place from April 20 to 22, 2018 at the Mercure Hotel in Berlin-Neukölln (same location as in 2017). User Groups must have shown signs of recent activity (within the last six months) and be up-to-date on their reporting by the eligibility deadline (December 15, 2017). User Groups may send two delegates. The registration process will start on November 24, and will end on January 15, 2018.

This might seem far away, but really we need to start discussing now who is interested in attending the conference on behalf of the WMLGBT+ User Group. There were some issues last year regarding the decision process, so I'd like to get the ball rolling now. If you are interested in attending the conference, please indicate so here, and perhaps include why you'd like to attend and/or what your goals might be. Thanks! -Another Believer (talk) 17:44, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

I am interested in getting Wiki LGBT up to current reporting and in supporting whomever wishes to go. I do not wish to volunteer to go myself. I have various projects to report, including an upcoming World AIDS Day event at the LGBT Center in NYC, and would like to talk with whomever will go so that they can share my updates. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:38, 23 October 2017 (UTC)
I suggest that the attendees of the Diversity Conference with LGBT+ related interests are approached. The fact that they are active and going to the conference (from a variety of institutions) may mean that they could be interested in representing the user group for the WMCON. There are a number of people chipping in on the Telegram group who have never been to a past WMCON, and there should be a preference for encouraging new reps. Though the criticism that bounces around about sending too many "white men" to Wikimedia events may be unfair at times, there is a benefit to be had in engaging more visible, or at least t-shirt wearing, LGBT+ women and trans folks at events. I'll put a note on the Telegram group, maybe others could craft something for Twitter, the email list and a couple of relevant talk pages or notice boards?
As per Blue, as I went last year, I'll not be putting my name in the hat. -- (talk) 14:31, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
Yes, please do whatever you can to help spread the word and encourage people to express their interest. In the past, very few people expressed interest in attending the conference and representing this group. I would be interested and willing to attend if there is limited interest, but I too would love to see new representatives. -Another Believer (talk) 15:06, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
I went last year and if there is nobody who wants to go, I could do it again in 2018. It would be great if we can find someone else so that not the same persons attend every year. -- Freddy2001 talk 20:54, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. I'm happy to represent our group, and would be willing to attend if no one else expresses interest, but would also like to see new representation. I did not attend the conference last year, but did in 2015 and 2016. -Another Believer (talk) 01:01, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
I'm in Berlin anyway so if it is ok Berlin I might be able to go. I don't have that much free time on my hands though. So I could drop in here and there when it is relevant but likely not attend the whole thing unless it's on a weekend. So that's my two cents. As I would like organize a Wikipedia at World pride New York 2019 if you also be an opportunity to present that and of course everything else...--Earlyspatztalk 12:26, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

Registration has opened, and I believe WMLGBT+ is eligible to send two representatives. Any ideas on how to decide who should attend? Don't want to kick this can too far down the road, nor do I want any individuals to be accused of making decisions without wider consensus. -Another Believer (talk) 23:40, 30 November 2017 (UTC)

Today we had a World AIDS Day event in NYC at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. The number of people who participate in LGBT+ wiki events in NYC is large enough and also represents an international demographic as many people here are immigrants. At the same time, even if individuals in this group are interested in wiki, and even interested in wiki organizing, it is challenging to identify people who are that and interested in connecting with wiki organizing issues outside of LGBT topics. Some of us are meeting to talk about next steps the weekend before Monday 11 December, so I might have something to report in that week. I will ask around. Blue Rasberry (talk) 02:49, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
Just to confirm on eligibility, see Wikimedia_Conference_2018/Participants'_List. Thanks everyone for letting new people have an opportunity to grow. --Nemo 13:13, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

Nominations for representatives to attend[edit]


I nominate user:FULBERT to represent Wiki LGBT+ at the Wikimedia Conference in 2018.

User:FULBERT has been engaged with Wikimedia projects since early 2017. In that time he has attended NYC events, collaborated with Wiki Education Foundation to incorporate Wikipedia in the classroom for two classes (1) (2), attended and actively participated in Wikimania Montreal including the LGBT+ meetup, and he has made other efforts to encourage groups of Wikipedians to be more efficient either by scaling up outreach or making administrative changes to be more effective. FULBERT has day jobs as a professor at a major university in New York City and with a major national nonprofit organization in the United States but of international impact. He would be an ideal candidate to attend the Wikimedia Conference because after long conversations, we in NYC are nearing the end of what we can explain to him and his questions would be best answered by him meeting other Wikimedia community organizers at this sort of conference. I know that he is fairly new to engaging in Wikimedia projects, but as a professor who uses Wikipedia in the classroom he has demonstrated his ability to convince graduate students to contribute to Wikipedia and make them see this opportunity for their own benefit and to the mutual benefit of Wikipedia. In his nonprofit network I think that he similarly is in a position to encourage institutional engagement in Wikimedia projects if only he could access a bit more of the training and experience that he needs to speak confidently about wiki.

Although FULBERT does not take the development of LGBT+ content as his focus, he has shown special interest in helping anyone else bring this content to Wikipedia. Also, he has professional training and experience in administration and organizing, and I think that Wiki LGBT+ and the larger Wikimedia community would benefit from having more people with this background. At the conference FULBERT would advocate for greater inclusion of LGBT+ people, allies, and perspectives in every field of outreach. I also like his ideas about better integrating advocacy for LGBT+ projects with issues of fairness and equality for all demographics, because I think that gives Wiki LGBT+ synergy with other, similar groups. I think that his professional and Wikimedia background make him able to advocate in this way to an extent that anyone without his experience could not. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:24, 16 December 2017 (UTC)

Many thanks for the nomination, Blue Rasberry . My work over the past year with all things Wiki, from Wiki NYC to Wikimania, its connection with nonprofits, and its link with the open education movement has convinced me it is one of our ways forward in advocating for equality, equity, and credibility as a counter to the effects of bias and fake news. I accept this nomination and, if given the opportunity to attend and represent Wiki LGBT+ at the Wikimedia Conference in 2018, will do all I can to help us move our shared work and contributions forward. FULBERT (talk) 19:05, 16 December 2017 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support I support User:Fulbert's attendance, and trust he will attempt to document and report appropriately. -Another Believer (talk) 14:41, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

@Earlyspatz: Thank you for offering to attend. However, saying "I could drop in here and there when it is relevant but likely not attend the whole thing" makes me wonder if we can send another representative who is able to be fully present and assist with documentation and reporting. Your presence in Berlin is convenient, but I think we should send 2 people who can commit to all the duties and responsibilities that come with attending the entire conference. -Another Believer (talk) 14:41, 21 December 2017 (UTC)


I would like to nominate User:Freddy2001 to represent Wikimedia LGBT+ at the Wikimedia Conference 2018.

User:Freddy2001 has been involved with Wikimedia projects since 2012, mostly on the German Wikipedia and on Commons. She has attended many Wikimedia activities and conferences, including Wikimania 2016 and 2017 (including the LGBT+ meetups), the Wikimedia Diversity Conference 2017 and German Young Wikipedian meetups (which she helps organising). She is a very keen photographer, which is useful in documenting conferences.

She has also attended the Wikimedia Conference representing Wikimedia LGBT+ before, namely last year. She has shown interest to do so again, and I think it would be valuable for this user group to have her attend. Seeing the nomination of User:FULBERT, I think they would complement each other well, given both users' background and experience.

I would also like to remind that registration closes 15 January, so if Wikimedia LGBT+ would like to send two representatives, we'd need to decide rather quickly. SPQRobin (talk) 15:15, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Symbol support vote.svg Support This user attended last year and did good reporting at Wikimedia LGBT+/2017. This group could use the stability of continuity in representation and participation. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:51, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much for the nomination SPQRobin. I attended last year (Bluerasberry has linked my report) and have heard from many users on different conferences what challenges they face and what successes they have. I do a lot of work for underrepresented groups (not just limited to LGBT+ people) in the Wikimedia projects, for example the young wikimedian project. The WMCON is a precious opportunity to connect to other affiliates and work together on our goals: equality, free knowledge and open possibilities for everyone. I accept the nomination and if I will get the privilege to represent WMLGBT+, I will do everything to bring the project, our work and our values and goals forward. -- Freddy2001 talk 22:56, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Symbol support vote.svg Support I support User:Freddy2001 attending. I want to acknowledge some editors' preference to rotate representatives, but I have no problem with Freddy2001 returning to contribute to the conference with WMLGBT+'s goals in mind, and help with documentation and reporting. I propose waiting a couple more days to see if any other editors express support or concerns, otherwise I believe we've selected two representatives. Thanks to all who have contributed to this discussion. -Another Believer (talk) 04:28, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

*bump* Since there has been no additional discussion, I support having the two reps above going ahead and registering. @FULBERT and Freddy2001: Please confirm once you've registered, thanks! -Another Believer (talk) 14:59, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank you Another Believer for the go ahead. I will register on this today and then report back. It will be a good opportunity to articulate some of our work and needs, per the preparation for the registration questions. FULBERT (talk) 12:28, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
I am now registered for #WMCON2018, and look forward to working with Freddy2001 to represent our community at the conference. FULBERT (talk) 19:26, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
I am registered for the Conference and was accepted to attend the the Learning Days. -- Freddy2001 talk 07:37, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the update! -Another Believer (talk) 16:21, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

Planning for Wikimedia Conference 2018[edit]

Now that Freddy2001 and I are scheduled to attend the conference, it may be a useful time to gather input from our community here. I have some ideas and thoughts about organization, communication, and the like, though really hope to get input from our community here.

What are the greatest needs you think Wikimedia LGBT+ has that we can bring to and hope to be informed by our attending the Wikimedia Conference 2018? FULBERT (talk) 16:58, 3 February 2018 (UTC)

Photo project for anatomy, "Normprojekt"[edit]

In 2016 Wikimedia Sverige commissioned a photo shoot called Normprojekt in which anatomical models show various body parts and poses which could be used to illustrate Wikipedia articles. The project took a queer perspective for staging the shots. I do not recall seeing this raised in Wiki LGBT+ so I thought that I would list it now. I am not sure how to catalog this with other LGBT+ projects but I think that we should collect and sort projects like this.

I am not sure if this project even has a central page describing it and linking out to where on wiki anyone has discussed or used it.

Commons:Category:Uploaded via Campaign:Normprojekt en:Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Anatomy/Archive_10#Wikimedia_Sweden_image_project

Blue Rasberry (talk) 12:35, 10 February 2018 (UTC)