Talk:Ohio Wikimedians User Group

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Congratulations on going through the user group process and getting recognition. You have had cool projects since you started. Blue Rasberry (talk) 11:47, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

I second the congratulations! It was a pleasure to meet Addis at a Wikimedia NYC WikiWednesday recently. As a Wikimedian born in Ohio, I am so happy there is now an Ohio Wikimedians User Group! --Lange.lea (talk) 15:04, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
@Bluerasberry: @Lange.lea: Thank you both very much! We're looking forward to what the future holds. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 05:32, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Planning: Groups, Newsletters, and Meetings[edit]

@SuperHamster, AddisWang, Rimmel.Edits, Parsecboy, Malik Shabazz, Mikeatnip, Fritzmann2002, and Stevexu95:

Hello everyone! Thank you very much for signing up for the Ohio Wikimedians User Group. As you may have noticed, we've formed in just the last few months - which means there is a lot of room for growth :)

I've created an unfinalized list of ideas and proposals I'd like to implement in the coming weeks. Please feel free to provide thoughts, comments, and suggestions within each subsection - and if you have your own ideas, feel free to tack them onto the list. Thank you! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:24, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Member groups[edit]

To get a better idea of each member's level of interest in participating in the Group, I figure it is a good idea to have two types of membership:

  • General Members are active Wikimedians who are interested in the Ohio Wikimedians User Group movement and events; they would like to stay informed of updates through the newsletter.
  • Organizing Members are more involved in the organizing aspect of the User Group, whether it is contributing to newsletters, running social media, and/or organizing events in Ohio. Organizing Members would be expected to participate in regular online group meetings.
    • The Organizing Members could have a Chief and Vice Chief, who are responsible for ensuring the Group works towards its objectives, set up meetings, etc.

~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:24, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

I'd just like to be a general member. I just want to be a part of some Ohio-related collaboration. If you need help making articles or the like, I'd be more than happy to help, but I'm not really available for online or irl meetups, etcetera. Fritzmann2002 (talk) 12:40, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
@Fritzmann2002: Great, no problem! Right now I'm just trying to formulate a plan and hear thoughts; I figure once these are finalized, users can add themselves to whichever group they'd like to be a part of on the user group page. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 13:27, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Since we're a small/new group, I figure we'll hold off on having distinct groups until it's necessary. Might as well keep it simple :) ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 09:30, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Monthly newsletter[edit]

To keep members engaged and informed, I'd like to create a series of monthly newsletters. Some of its contents could include:

  • Upcoming Wikimedia events that are of interest to Ohioans
  • Accomplishments within the last month (WikiProject Ohio article improvements, new images of Ohio, etc.)
  • Featured image of Ohio
  • "Did you know?" section
  • More?

The newsletter could be distributed through both talk pages and e-mail. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:24, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

I think a "Topic of the Month" section would be a good addition. Just some topic within Ohio (ex: birds, a specific county, bridges, companies, and so on) that would be the focus for that month for the user group. Fritzmann2002 (talk) 12:44, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
I think Accomplishments and Featured Image could be a bit bureaucratic and overlapped with WikiProject. I think we can just send some message (maybe thru massmessage) about what's going on and what will happen, in a monthly basis, considering our user group is bit small and does not have that much audience. We can invest some more time if we think there is a sufficient number of members or a simple message can not express everything we want to discuss and inform our members.--AddisWang (talk) 15:53, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
First newsletter has gone out. Feel free to leave an feedback here. March's newsletter skeleton has also been set up; anyone is free to contribute to it. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 10:16, 8 February 2017 (UTC)


As we continue to grow, I figure it would be best to have regular online meetings for our Organizing Members. Since we're just starting out, I think monthly meetings would be sufficient. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 00:24, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

I would proposal that we should have some kind of tradition to have an offline annual meeting/ event.--AddisWang (talk) 15:48, 29 September 2016 (UTC)
Wiknic would be great for this in the summer. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 10:16, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

WikiProject United States: 50,000 Challenge[edit]

50k Challenge poster.jpg You are invited to participate in the 50,000 Challenge, aiming for 50,000 article improvements and creations for articles relating to the United States. This effort began on November 1, 2016 and to reach our goal, we will need editors like you to participate, expand, and create. See more here!

-Another Believer (talk) 03:00, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

@Another Believer: Thanks for the invite! I've added it to our events list, and will also be including it in our newsletter that will go out in the coming days. Cheers, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 09:36, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Monthly meetings[edit]

@AddisWang, Rimmel.Edits, Parsecboy, Malik Shabazz, Mikeatnip, Fritzmann2002, and Stevexu95:

Hi all! I'd like to gauge interest in monthly virtual meetings, which would probably last less than 30 minutes and run through Google Hangouts. The goal of these meetings will be to discuss happenings around the state, plan/raise awareness of events, and discuss the contents of each upcoming newsletter. We'd also plan for larger initiatives, such as Wiki Loves Monuments. This would also be a great opportunity to get to know some fellow Ohio Wikimedians :)

If you're interested, could you reply below with a quick affirmative? Thanks, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 09:46, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Sounds good! Rimmel.Edits (talk) 18:38, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
I agree. Malik Shabazz (talk) 23:09, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
Looking forward Aharon (talk) 02:42, 14 February 2017 (UTC)
@Rimmel.Edits, Malik Shabazz, and Aharon: Thanks for the interest all! Let's try to set up a time to meet next week? I have created a Doodle poll here; if you haven't used it before, simply click to expand all options, enter your name/username, and select whichever times you're available for a meeting. If everyone can spend a few minutes filling it out in the next couple days, that would be great. If next week is out of the question, feel free to comment below we can do it later in the month. I don't think our first meeting should last more than 30 minutes - topics I can think of to discuss are the three Art+Feminism events happening around the state, potential photo events later this spring, and just general future planning. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 08:37, 2 March 2017 (UTC)

De-Recognition of Affiliates with Long-standing Non-Compliance[edit]

Review of initial updates on Wikimedia movement strategy process[edit]

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

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Learning Quarterly: October 2017[edit]

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Notification of Past Due Reporting[edit]

Greetings, This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to renew their status as a Wikimedia User Group. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2017 annual reporting became past due in July. Please be sure to

  1. Post your 2017 annual Activities reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your Usergroup agreement.
  2. Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  3. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Kindest regards -- DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 19:27, 29 November 2017 (UTC)

Report for 2016-17 been posted here. Thanks, ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 04:12, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia Strategic Direction endorsement[edit]

Hi all - as you may or may not have seen, the Wikimedia community has been working on coming up with a movement strategy to carry us through 2030. More information can be viewed at Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017. The strategy, as it stands, is as follows:

By 2030, Wikimedia will become the essential infrastructure of the ecosystem of free knowledge, and anyone who shares our vision will be able to join us.
We, the Wikimedia contributors, communities, and organizations, will advance our world by collecting knowledge that fully represents human diversity, and by building the services and structures that enable others to do the same.
We will carry on our mission of developing content as we have done in the past, and we will go further.
Knowledge as a service: To serve our users, we will become a platform that serves open knowledge to the world across interfaces and communities. We will build tools for allies and partners to organize and exchange free knowledge beyond Wikimedia. Our infrastructure will enable us and others to collect and use different forms of free, trusted knowledge.
Knowledge equity: As a social movement, we will focus our efforts on the knowledge and communities that have been left out by structures of power and privilege. We will welcome people from every background to build strong and diverse communities. We will break down the social, political, and technical barriers preventing people from accessing and contributing to free knowledge.

So far, over 80 organized groups endorse the Strategic Direction. I'd like for the Ohio Wikimedians to also endorse the direction. Please do express any support or opposition you may have in doing this; if no opposition comes up, I plan on endorsing the direction on January 20. Thank you! ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 16:01, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Inviting you to participate in the women editing contest "The women you have never met"[edit]

Dear Ohio Wikimedia User Group!

Hope this message finds you all well :) On behalf of Iberocoop network I want to invite you to be part of the women editing contest we are organizing along with many other chapters and user groups in the movement. You are doing an excellent work on your local context and we will be so pleased to have you on board. In this very early stage, we are asking the organizations to add their interest in the following meta page Hope to see you there soon! Hugs----Anna Torres (WMAR) --Anna Torres (WMAR) (talk) 15:31, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: January 2018[edit]

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Share your feedback in this global Wikimedia survey[edit]

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My name is María Cruz and I work for the Wikimedia Foundation on the Learning and Evaluation team. In one week or so, the Foundation is starting a global survey to learn about the experiences and feedback of Wikimedians. I am writing here, because I wanted to share with you a bit more about the project.
The survey is called "Wikimedia Communities and Contributors" and is conducted annually. We will send the survey to editors across all the Wikimedia projects, as well as Wikimedia affiliates and volunteer developers. This survey is going to be our way of making sure that we can hear feedback from a significant number of users from across the projects. This research supports editors and Wikipedia’s mission. This is our second annual CE Insights survey, and we look forward to improving it every year.
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Net Neutrality Statement[edit]

Hello all, if you've been keeping up with internet legislation, you'll know that the FCC recently moved to remove many of the protections for net neutrality. There is a short window of opportunity for Congress to act, and block the FCC from implementing the change and preserve the 2015 regulations preserving net neutrality in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation and several other US user groups have expressed support for this effort to preserve net neutrality, and to show Ohio Wikimedians User Group's dedication to a free and open internet in solidarity with the above groups, I would like to propose we issue the following statement:

"To freely share in the sum of all knowledge requires that one be able to freely access that knowledge. Under previous protections, the rights of everyone to use the internet as they saw fit were guaranteed. Now with new FCC regulations repealing Net Neutrality, the ability to use the internet to spread free knowledge with the entire world is now in doubt. It is possible, and in our opinion quite likely, that restrictions on internet usage in the United States would be instituted, limiting access behind paywalls or data caps and ensuring that only those who pay would truly have access to one of mankind's greatest achievements. In order to preserve the spread of knowledge afforded only by a free and open internet, Ohio Wikimedians User Group declares our support for Net Neutrality, and any and all efforts to preserve it in the United States and throughout the world."

Let me know what you all think below and feel free to offer suggestions for improvement. If the group is in favor, we can publish this on our main page and make this important statement. --- Blervis (talk) 12:07, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

  • Support Support I believe this fits into our mission, and as a US affiliate we should make our position known in the midst of the net neutrality debate in Congress. Having our affiliate join other US affiliates and the Foundation with this message can lead to a strong message and actions from the community. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 14:16, 22 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Support Support This is an easy support. Great idea! -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 17:03, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Support Support the broad principle. I'm not familiar enough with the details to suggest any improvements. Some may be concerned about the potential loss of future telecom innovation caused by regulations, but I'm hopeful for innovation that obsoletes the current broadband oligopoly; see this article about community mesh networking Larger last-miles communities should have more leverage for negotiating better deals for access to the backbone. Wbm1058 (talk) 23:21, 24 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Support Support Malik Shabazz (talk) 01:23, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
  • Support Support Parsecboy (talk) 16:34, 26 April 2018 (UTC)
It would appear everyone is in favor, so I'm going to make it official. SuperHamster and I are also working on a more official statement with some other users, in an attempt to get larger messaging in favor of this on Wikipedia at large. I will update you all when we have something to discuss as a community at large. the support you have shown here will be essential if we are going to do something about preserving net neutrality. Thank you all for your support! Blervis (talk) 00:40, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: June 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 16 / June 2018
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Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
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2018 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee.

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The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2020.

Key skills

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members, including the following key skills and experience:

- Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are a major plus.
- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/December 2018, and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2019, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to by 31 December 2018. Your application must include the following information:

- Your full name and Wikimedia username
- A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
- Answers to the following three questions:

  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you a uniquely qualified candidate?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

Best regards,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee

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New Affiliations Committee appointments[edit]

AffCom is excited to share with you the news that the Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to the Bylaws during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019.

This change allows the participation of User Groups in the Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process.

To read the Board's announcement, please click here

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