Talk:Mission

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Revert[edit]

Can Someone revert my changes. I thought I was working on another page. Wikiblue

Done. --.anaconda 17:29, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

Excluding Wikisource?[edit]

The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop neutral educational content under a free content license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.

The current language seems to exclude Wikisource, which hosts content that is more often literary than educational (such as "The Time Machine" by H. G. Wells) and often not neutral (such as "A Vindication of the Doctrine that the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry" by John Knox). Adding "or literary works" would work, though awkwardly. Perhaps we could replace "neutral educational content under a free content license" with "free content", and leave the specifics to different policies like Neutral point of view. —{admin} Pathoschild 02:15:26, 26 April 2007 (UTC) The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.

In collaboration with a network of chapters, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation will make and keep useful information from its projects available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity.

"educational" is 'out of place'[edit]

being bold is: "The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect the sum of all human knowledge under a free content license and to disseminate globally." -Edbrown05 07:38, 25 June 2007 (UTC)

You should make this comment on Talk:Mission/Unstable -- sj | translate | + 23:14, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

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Wording[edit]

Currently this page has the following language appearing right after the boxed blockquotation of the Wikimedia mission statement:

"The above is a replica of the original mission statement as is properly worded."

What does this mean? Especially the phrase "as is properly worded?" There is a grammatical mistake present in the sentence but I am not sure what the intent of the phrase "as is properly worded" may be, so I don't feel comfortable correcting the grammar.

Also, it is highly questionable whether calling it "a replica" is respectful of the proper meaning of English words. The connotations of the word "replica" go beyond the dictionary meaning ("an exact copy or model of something") to include the idea of a physical object.

The real test of whether this makes sense is to ask: how would the mission statement be "improperly worded"? Does the phrase "properly worded" make sense? The presence of the word "is" in the phrase complicates matters, since "is" would require a grammatical subject. What word or antecedent phrase in the sentence is being construed as the subject of "is" here? Mcbaldwin (talk)

Update of mission paraphrase in the Bylaws[edit]

The paraphrase of the mission in the Bylaws was updated by Board resolution in February, 2014. The change recognizes the expansion of the variety of recognized movement entities:

As of 2007: In coordination with a network of chapters and individual volunteers, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission.

As of 2014: In coordination with a network of individual volunteers and our independent movement organizations, including recognized Chapters, Thematic Organizations, User Groups, and Partners, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission.

We should consider a similar update to the mission statement. This doesn't legally have to be updated by a Board resolution; but has traditinoally involved community discussion. SJ + 17:27, 1 February 2014 (UTC)


Ambiguous[edit]

"The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally."

Does this mean

1. The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to empower and engage people around the world to disseminate it effectively and globally.

or

2. The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and also for the Wikimedia Foundation to disseminate it effectively and globally.

This distinction is important, and I would argue the natural reading is the first.

Rich Farmbrough 21:35 13 August 2014 (GMT).

Relevant link to a question to the candidates for the Board of Trustees election of 2015: "Responsibility for content dissemination" --CristianCantoro (talk) 00:00, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

Wording needs to catch up with thorgs and UGs[edit]

"In collaboration with a network of chapters, ...".

Could it be changed to: "In collaboration with a network of affiliates, ..."? The link in this proposed wording is to the Affiliates portal.

Tony (talk) 12:00, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

I was thinking the same and I came here to point that out. --CristianCantoro (talk) 23:44, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Text is out of date with revised mission as appears on wikimediafoundation.org[edit]

The Mission has been revised some time ago by the Board, to reflect the broader range of collaborators of the Foundation (from just "a network of chapters"), but this Meta page has not been updated. The text on wikimediafoundation.org reads:

The mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally.
In coordination with a network of individual volunteers and our independent movement organizations, including recognized Chapters, Thematic Organizations, User Groups, and Partners, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission. The Foundation will make and keep useful information from its projects available on the Internet free of charge, in perpetuity.

Unless someone can think of a good reason not to, I shall update the Mission page in a few days to match the actual current mission, as approved by the board. Asaf (WMF) (talk) 01:47, 27 August 2017 (UTC)