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2016: Recruiting for Interested Particpants[edit]

If you are reading this, please elaborate here on your interest in participating in WikiCon USA and what would make it worth your time and energy. We are looking for broad community involvement, and your interests are extremely important to us as we design the conference. Please post any questions, offers of help, or other comments here. Thank you! DrMel (talk) 18:48, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Is there a venue yet? --Rschen7754 19:13, 6 June 2016 (UTC)
Rschen7754 yes. We will be in San Diego. DrMel can be more specific. --Pine 23:16, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Suggestions for the conference welcoming and registration areas[edit]

Suggestion for background music in the conference registration and welcoming area: https://tools.wmflabs.org/wikiradio/index.php?channel=La_Pianista. This is a "WikiRadio" channel of piano performances of classical music, performed by User:La Pianista.

I also suggest having a display, with no audio, of http://listen.hatnote.com/, which shows a visualization of recent changes. --Pine 16:58, 6 June 2016 (UTC)

Venues[edit]

Plans are coming together quickly! We will having events and activities at both Balboa Park balboapark.org and the San Diego Central Library www.sandiego.gov/public-library. More details coming soon. Save the dates in the meantime - it's going to be a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for the update! -Another Believer (talk) 14:23, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Table Trade[edit]

If you're interested in doing a table trade with a local convention here in San Diego, contact me on my Wikipedia talk page. Also you can visit pacificponycon.com--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 23:41, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

Hotels?[edit]

Hi. The notes at WALRUS/June 2016 implore us to "BOOK YOUR HOTEL FOR WIKICONFERENCE USA NOW!!!", but I'm not sure where? Are there hotels recommended? I couldn't see anything at this page or Grants:PEG/FloNight & Rosiestep & DrMel /WikiConference North America 2016 or https://wikiconference.org/wiki/2016/Main_Page - Thanks! Quiddity (talk) 04:47, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Quiddity I will try to find out. Please ping me over the weekend if this information isn't updated. --Pine 05:38, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
  • Quiddity my audio was cutting in and out during tonight's meeting, but I did hear this information being discussed. I suggest asking DrMel because she seems to have been in contact with at least one hostel. --Pine 02:29, 16 July 2016 (UTC)

The best hotel we have found is Hotel Indigo, walking distance from the library. We have discussed getting a room block there but it's difficult to tell if/when that'll happen so making your own booking directly at your earliest convenience may make the most sense. The HIUSA Downtown Hostel is also walking distance from the library. They've given us two discount codes which are not yet publicly posted (some confusion as to when they will be) but you could still use those promo codes today if you want to book something with them asap. Use [xxxx] if you'd like a bed in one of their dorms (should get you 15% off) or [xxxx] if you'd like one of their more private rooms (usually those sleep between 2 to 4 people, but you get to choose who you want to share with. DrMel (talk) 21:25, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

The "main" website is now a dead link[edit]

What happened? --Orange Mike (talk) 00:14, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Orangemike, the link seems to be working for me; can you please re-check and let me know whether you're still seeing an error? Kirill Lokshin (talk) 04:20, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Hmmm... working fine now. --Orange Mike (talk) 05:12, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Photos and videos of the conference events for re-use?[edit]

I haven't found anything usable yet except the group photo and some attendees' flickr accounts... Is there a spot where these will end up? Stanistani (talk) 02:08, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi Stanistani! The conference photos and related media are being uploaded to commons:Category:WikiConference North America 2016; I'm not sure whether the videos will ultimately wind up in the same place, or if there will be a different location for them. Kirill Lokshin (talk) 04:19, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Kirill Lokshin, I'll watch that category.Stanistani (talk) 08:31, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Dear Stanistani Please check the category. Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:07, 30 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the photos! I'd still like to see the videos for the sessions I missed, and to link them. I saw one for biological Wikidata. Any others in circulation?Stanistani (talk) 05:48, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Kirill Lokshin and Geraldshields11 I am also waiting to see these videos. Thanks! 172.6.186.21 18:47, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
I have lots of videos sitting on a jump drive. I hear that other wiki-people have the same problem of making the videos but having trouble uploading them. I still want to upload these, 2 years old that they are. I talked with someone about possibly setting up a wiki video processing center, where someone who does basic video editing (cuts between speakers, typically) can do the edits and uploads in exchange for videos mailed by jump drive and a file telling exactly where to make the video cuts.
This is a big problem. Many people want the videos, the speakers go to a lot of work to script and present their talks, and a lot of this labor is being lost. I am not sure what to do. There are some other problems, like some people want to see their videos before upload and also upload probably always should happen in a personal logged-in vimeo account then transferred to wiki to keep full-size files. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:43, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

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

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

Recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate - a chapter, thematic organization, or user group - is a privilege that allows an independent group to officially use the Wikimedia name to further the Wikimedia mission. While most Wikimedia affiliates adhere to the basic compliance standards set forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, a protocol has been developed to address the exceptional cases when a Wikimedia affiliate does not meet basic compliance standards and their continued recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate presents a risk to the Wikimedia movement.

In the past year, the Affiliations Committee - with support from Wikimedia Foundation staff - has made a concerted effort to address a handful of chapters with long-standing issues of non-compliance. As a result, in the coming days and months, a small number of chapters that have been unable to return to compliance through their efforts in the past year will not have their chapter agreements renewed. As a consequence, these organizations will no longer have the additional rights to use the Wikimedia trademarks, including the Wikimedia name, that had been granted under those agreements.

If you have questions about what this means for community members in the affected affiliates’ region or language areas, we have put together a basic FAQ. The FAQ talk page is available for additional questions and comments, and the Affiliations Committee is happy to answer questions directly.

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

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The Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. For 15 years, Wikimedians have worked together to build the largest free knowledge resource in human history. During this time, we've grown from a small group of editors to a diverse network of editors, developers, affiliates, readers, donors, and partners. Today, we are more than a group of websites. We are a movement rooted in values and a powerful vision: all knowledge for all people. As a movement, we have an opportunity to decide where we go from here.

This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve. We hope to design an inclusive process that makes space for everyone: editors, community leaders, affiliates, developers, readers, donors, technology platforms, institutional partners, and people we have yet to reach. There will be multiple ways to participate including on-wiki, in private spaces, and in-person meetings. You are warmly invited to join and make your voice heard.

The immediate goal is to have a strategic direction by Wikimania 2017 to help frame a discussion on how we work together toward that strategic direction.

Regular updates are being sent to the Wikimedia-l mailing list, and posted on Meta-Wiki. Beginning with this message, monthly reviews of these updates will be sent 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 review of the updates that have been sent so far:

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

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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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We invite you to join the movement strategy conversation (now through April 15)[edit]

05:00, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

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)wikimedia.org.

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

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Wiki movement strategy 2030[edit]

Hello, our UG's Phase 1 movement strategy conversations started here: WikiConference North America/Wiki 2030, and then continued on Slack. Here is a link to our Phase 1, Cycle 1 statements: Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Sources/WikiConference North American User Group. --Rosiestep (talk) 16:12, 21 April 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for sharing this link. -Another Believer (talk) 23:02, 21 April 2017 (UTC)
Link to our Phase 1, Cycle 2 statements: Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2017/Sources/Cycle 2/WikiConference North America User Group. --Rosiestep (talk) 23:38, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Voting has begun in 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections[edit]

19:02, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Join the next cycle of Wikimedia movement strategy discussions (underway until June 12)[edit]

19:24, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Start of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Funds Dissemination Committee elections[edit]

21:03, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia Conference 2018[edit]

Will anyone from this user group be attending Wikimedia Conference 2018? There are just about 2 weeks left to register. -Another Believer (talk) 05:47, 27 December 2017 (UTC)

@Rosiestep and Fuzheado: Pinging just in case. I'm not sure if this has been discussed by any/other steering committee members. -Another Believer (talk) 05:48, 27 December 2017 (UTC)
@SuperHamster and Kellyjeanne9: Pinging you two as well. If representation has already been determined, sorry for the bother. I just don't see any WCNA participants registered yet, so I want to give a heads up in case decisions still need to be made. -Another Believer (talk) 03:04, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
Hi @Another Believer:. Thanks for the ping and sorry for the delay in responding due to holiday travels. @Fuzheado and Pharos: will be representing WCNAUG at WMCON 2018 and will register before the deadline. --Rosiestep (talk) 09:37, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
@Rosiestep: Wonderful, thanks for confirming! -Another Believer (talk) 18:56, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

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

Dear WikiConference North America!

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)

So, becoming a member...[edit]

I cannot seem to figure out what it takes to actually become a member of the user group... help? Montanabw (talk) 01:57, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

@Montanabw: You can add your name to the members section. hiàn 02:14, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

Share your feedback in this global Wikimedia survey[edit]

Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,
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.
We will be contacting 2 people from each affiliate, based on the primary contact information that we have. Each affiliate will receive an additional third link which they can distribute to any leader in their chapter or user group.
Go to the project page to see the results of last year’s survey, and to see how your feedback helps the Wikimedia Foundation support communities. You can sign up to be notified about the results of the survey, or to learn how you can help with planning the survey next year.
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to send them to Edward Galvez's talk page on Meta-Wiki or email him directly at surveys@wikimedia · org in any language. You can learn more about this project and read about frequently asked questions. You can also share your feedback on Meta-Wiki.

Thank you for your time supporting this project!
María Cruz


MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:42, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: June 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 16 / June 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

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