Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Sources/Cycle 2/Summary May 21 to 28

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This is a short summary overview of the Source pages on Meta from 21st to 28th of May of Cycle 2 discussion. Shortcuts used here rely on the established language and project code and languages are grouped alphabetically. For example, the Arabic language Wikipedia is Ar. This page contains the second summary of source pages since the cycle 2 discussion has started. The first summary can be found in here at Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Sources/Cycle 2/Summary 11th to 21st May. To provide a rough sense of activities on the projects and platforms the Source pages summarize, the text indicates how many source statements were available and therefore taken into account at the time of writing. (3s to 4s), for example, means total 4 statements were available on the referenced source page at the time the summary was drafted and the summary started from statement 3.

Theme key
  1. Healthy, inclusive communities
  2. The augmented age
  3. A truly global movement
  4. The most trusted source of knowledge
  5. Engaging in the knowledge ecosystem

Healthy, inclusive communities - A

  • On the English Wikipedia discussion (64s to 85s) participants stressed that if we follow theme A, we will be able to cover many projects effectively and on time (§EN84) though one user commented that our community can stay healthy if we create multilingual wiki and stop separating projects based on language. (§EN85) One user commented we should also research whether allowing unregistered users to edit helps or harms the community and then consider using the data to act accordingly to make this theme more stronger. (§EN69) Also there are some overall comment on this theme such as, incivility is difficult to define...it is better to stay well clear of gray areas (§EN65), demographic diversity for diversity's sake is pointless (§EN66) and de-prioritize pseudonymity in favor of real names associated with accounts. (§EN67)
  • On the French Wikipedia discussion (5s to 39s) One user said that if we follow theme A, we'll be just another social network (§FR5) though s(he) also commented that any threat to the community could jeopardize its projects (§FR6) and suggested to humanization our projects by reducing automation and machine impact. (§FR7) Participants also suggested that MediaWiki strings should be managed directly by a WMF project instead of a third-party tool. (§FR10)
  • On the Italian Wikipedia (36s to 64s), regarding theme A, participants think that we need to proactively search for new users with targeted campaigns, not at random (§IT62) and those who come to promote their unsourced ideas should be removed. (§IT43) We should also give attention to our readers (§IT50) though one participant thinks that this theme is not important. (§IT48)
  • On Meta wiki (58s to 67s), participants think that this theme is important, (§Meta62) (§Meta63) and we could learn, and then teach, so much more about how to structure factual, polite discourse online at a global scale if we follow this theme. (§Meta60)
  • On the Polish Wikipedia (15s) one user suggested that we can change the community attitude toward newbies via real life meetings and trainings.(§PL15)
  • On the Vietnamese Wikipedia (12s) participants think that theme A is important (§VI2) and by following this theme we can make the world come closer in the pursuit of free sharing knowledge. (§VI1)
  • On the Wikidata discussion (34s to 43s) one user said that we need to do the touchy-feely work to build healthy teams... and goals without a healthy community is empty rhetoric.(§DATA34)

The augmented age - B

  • On the English Wikipedia discussion (64s to 85s) users commented that given the speed of computational and AI innovation, a 15-year plan is impossible, (§EN71) we should give adequate support and PR attention to AI projects like ORES (§EN73) and suggested to improve site's design. (§EN74)
  • On the French Wikipedia discussion (5s to 39s) users said that if developed in accordance with transparency this theme can allow Wikimedia projects and wikimedians to evolve while remaining relevant; (§FR11) tools and models of improvement of our wikis can be reusable by other users of internet; (§FR12) this theme can be transversal to others; (§FR14) this theme also ensure that the "augmented" aspect does provoke an enormous consumption of electricity. (§FR17)
  • On the Italian Wikipedia (36s to 64s), Users are not against innovation (§IT52) and the community appreciates innovations if allows improvement of content. (§IT51) Projects like Wikisource could make use of some sort of "time capsule" to host in some hidden way content which is now copyrighted. (§IT64)
  • On Meta wiki (58s to 67s), participants think that we should augment our front-end, cross-projects interaction, and knowledge with skills including communication tools (§Meta65) and should not reduce effort in human communication.(§Meta66)
  • On the Wikidata discussion (34s to 43s) users commented that if we follow theme B, we will be leaders in the development of those technologies that will define this new age, (§DATA35) will be a counterfoil to those who actively spread disinformation, propaganda and fake news (§DATA36) and our encyclopedic base has to be radically extended to non-English wikis. (§DATA39) One participant thinks that this theme can work if Wikidata breaks the language issues. (§DATA41)

A truly global movement - C

  • On the French Wikipedia discussion (5s to 39s) participants discussed if we follow theme C, we will be much better implanted in the third world (§FR21) and we need to teach NGOs how to access, use our resources. (§FR22) We can also broaden the dissemination of knowledge to low awareness regions. (§FR32)
  • On the Hebrew Wikipedia village pump (14s) participants emphasis that we should think about how we can extend and expand Wikipedia to include the diversity of opinions and information, and to preserve local culture in every language. (§HE5)
  • On the Italian Wikipedia (36s to 64s), participants suggested we should enable article feedback form (§IT55) and need good statistics about readers. (§IT61)
  • On the Spanish Wikipedia (18s to 30s) participants commented that to be truly global, we must combat localism (§ES27) and if we follow this theme the impact would be the gaps reduction of knowledge. (§ES28) On the Spanish -speaking community - Telegram group (8s to 24s) users commented that We must have, as a movement, a minority languages preservation role, and we should appoint language ambassadors to achieve representativeness at the organizational level. (§ES13)

The most trusted source of knowledge - D

  • On the English Wikipedia discussion (64s to 85s) participants suggested that stricter controls are now urgently needed to maintain the quality and standards of our contents (§EN76) and we should also implement optional identity verification for users to ensure account's responsibility. (§EN78)
  • On the French Wikipedia discussion (5s to 39s) participants said that this theme is complementary to others. (§FR27) We should emphasis on projects other than Wikipedia, (§FR24) put a strong emphasis on credibility of our information. (§FR25)
  • On the Hebrew Wikipedia village pump (14s) participants suggested that Wikipedia must preserve knowledge and make sure knowledge is reliable (§HE6) and there is a need for a friendly and automatic mechanism for standardized citations of articles in scientific databases. (§HE10)
  • On the Italian Wikipedia (36s to 64s), users suggested that We need to cooperate with research and education institutions to verify content and we should cooperate with schools (§IT39) and universities to develop critical thinking in readers.(§IT41)
  • On the Spanish Wikipedia (18s to 30s) participants think that it is fundamental for Wikipedia being the most respected source of knowledge (§ES23) and it is necessary to exercise greater control over contents to improve reliability & credibility. (§ES22)
  • On the Vietnamese Wikipedia (12s) one user thinks this theme is the second most important, only after community health. (§VI6)

Engaging in the knowledge ecosystem - E

  • On the French Wikipedia discussion (5s to 39s) participants think we should involve experts to improve the verifiability of content, (§FR34) stop confronting human against machines (§FR37) and if we want to include Wikimedia in the broader knowledge ecosystem we should provide reliable information and bring institutional actors to demonstrate legitimization. (§FR39)
  • On the Italian Wikipedia (36s to 64s), one user commented that Theme E is more important theme A. (§IT46) Wikipedia projects have a role in education. (§IT47)
  • On the Spanish Wikipedia (18s to 30s) discussion participants agreed that this theme will have a big impact (§ES18) and the issue has enormous importance. (§ES19)

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