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Offline medical app in Chinese[edit]

Hey All The offline medical app is now available in Chinese here. Please share as appropriate. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 15:09, 20 July 2016 (UTC)


Hello, why I can't add the name of my country in Participant demographics section? when I save the show this (Multiple translation unit markers for one translation unit.)?, thanks --Alaa :)..! 18:53, 20 July 2016 (UTC)

You mean here [1]? What country do you wish to add User:علاء Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 03:44, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
Yes Doc James, and I wish to add my country Palestine, thanks for replay --Alaa :)..! 11:16, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
Done Wiki_Project_Med#Participant_demographics :-) Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 16:38, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Doc.James :) --Alaa :)..! 09:42, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Offline Medical App Launched in Arabic[edit]

Hey All Excited to announce that we have launched the offline medical app in Arabic. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 09:49, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Active voting[edit]

In case anyone is curious and watching this talk page, there have been recent edits to Talk:Wiki_Project_Med/Archives/2016#Return_of_James_to_our_board. Others voted there recently, and I followed course. I just thought it would be proper to leave a note here just in case. Biosthmors (talk) 17:02, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Bios Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:07, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

New project with Cochrane[edit]

This is innovative in the sense that it is a new sort of program but also routine in that it includes typical Wikipedia training with an established friend of Wiki Project Med. I think people here are already familiar with Cochrane.

I am posting here because I named Wiki Project Med as a supporter. Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:14, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Great opportunity. Do you know if they have had any applicants yet? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:10, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

2016-17 chapter election[edit]

Election planning[edit]

There is discussion about a board appointment. Beyond that, the by-laws require an annual board election. This organization is due for an election.

I have told some Wiki Project Med members that I would draft an election process. I still would like to do that, but I have some challenges, and I wonder if anyone would volunteer to help.

The election should be by "members". There is some ambiguity of what constitutes a member and how they might be notified for an election. Assuming that we have a list of vote-eligible members, then there should be an election process.

I am not aware of any Wikimedia chapter which has documentation of an online election process. Wiki Project Med is an international online organization, so it requires a virtual election. In the past the chapter has had small email and phone officer appointment elections, but there is some demand to open up the organization to an easier and broader election process.

An obvious choice would be SecurePoll. This is the in-wiki voting system used for wiki elections, including Wikimedia Foundation board elections, English Wikipedia Arbitration committee elections, and the Meta-Wiki Steward Elections. As of now, all SecurePoll elections have been set up by WMF staff, and that election system is not available by request. It would be nice to use that system, because with SecurePoll, voting is restricted to people who have Wikipedia accounts. With any off-wiki system, that raises the challenge of confirming that votes are coming from people with Wikipedia accounts.

If we used an off-wiki option for an election, then I am not sure what system is best. SurveyMonkey is extremely popular but I am not sure it fits our need.

If I am left to my own, then eventually I will create a poll in some off-wiki system and draft some Wiki text to be mass-messaged to all members. This organization should probably have an election in October. Thoughts from anyone? In summary, here is what must be done:

  • compile member list
  • confirm voter criteria
  • call for candidates
  • set up off-wiki election tool
  • mass message voters to visit election tool
  • 2-week voting period
  • count votes
  • the current board makes appointments on basis of votes

Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:29, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

User:Bluerasberry thanks for taking this on. Let's move it forwards. What I will do is share the member list with you.
We can than create a mass online mail inviting members to vote. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 21:09, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

Call for candidates for the board of the WPMEDF[edit]

Currently, the board of WPMEDF has 10 members and we are considering expanding it to 12. We are looking at running an election this fall / spring. Can all those interested in running in the board election please add their name below. Applications will be open for a month (closing Nov 22, 2016). Half will be elected for a two year term and half for a 4 year term.


It might encourage those who are not already insiders to apply if you say what board membership involves. How often are the meetings held, where, what are the legal and practical preconditions to be a member, what legal fiduciary and financial obligations will a board member assume, what are the governing terms of the trust, how long is the term of office, ... Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 21:27, 23 October 2016 (UTC)

We are looking at 2 and four year terms. With half the board seats standing for election every 2 years.
The organization has no funding at this point in time. We are looking for active board members that will run projects as volunteers. If people are interested in working on grands through WPMEDF for specific project that would also be excellent.
We meet formally once a year at Wikimania and then primarily communicate by email and on Wikipedia. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 10:40, 7 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for that – it seems quite important for potential members to know what they are signing up for. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 18:10, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
There is always lots to do :-) Am looking for someone who would be interested in managing membership as our organization in that respect is less formal than it should be. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 18:16, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Closing this election[edit]

I am serving as election coordinator. As described above this organization is due for an election. The nomination period for candidates closed on 22 November 2016. All of the nominated candidates meet the organization's criteria to stand for election.

For this term there are 12 candidates and there are 12 seats. The next step would normally be a member vote, but the voting process which would have been held would select the top 12 candidates on the ballot if an election were held as planned. Because the only possible outcome of an election would be to select all 12 candidates, as election coordinator, I am comfortable presenting this slate to the current board as the chosen board for the next term. The organization of a vote among members would be an exercise with no effect on the election outcome. I propose that the current board deem the election resolved by this outcome which is equivalent to the planned vote.

Going forward, I would like to ask the current board to either accept or reject this statement of 2016-17 election results -

  1. Formally raise the number of candidates from 10 as in the last term, to 12 this term, as mentioned here and discussed more off-wiki
  2. Each individual in this slate of candidates is eligible to stand for election
  3. The vote planned would accept 12 candidates on the ballot
  4. In this case, the vote can be skipped due to its having no bearing on the election's outcome
  5. The current term described in the by-laws is one year, but -
  6. As discussed, with these candidates the board is instituting a change in terms. 6 of these candidates will get a 4-year term, and 6 will get a 2 year term, as appointed by the new board when it comes to office.
  7. As always, elected candidates agree to keep the organization's by-laws

Membership elections remain important, but in this instance, the election can end without calling for all members to vote. The membership has had the usual and expected opportunity to engage in the election in this most central forum, and for this term, the membership is getting an election which is appropriate for the current level of member engagement and participation. Anyone who wants reform and more engaged elections for next term can make proposals for change and build more election infrastructure now.

Will a quorum of the the 2015-16 board accept or reject this statement of the election results? Blue Rasberry (talk) 22:13, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

We were looking to go to 2 years and 4 years for the duration. But otherwise looks good. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:31, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
Bluerasberry, have you received legal advice to the effect that what you're proposing is actually permitted under New York law? (For what it's worth, my layman's reading of NPC § 703 suggests that, if the bylaws state that the board will be elected by the membership, then the board must be elected by the membership; the mere fact that such an election would not be competitive would not give the currently-serving board the authority to simply appoint a successor.) Kirill Lokshin (talk) 22:48, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks User:Kirill Lokshin. I will see about asking a lawyer. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:52, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Community Tech Proposal[edit]

I have submitted a tech proposal here regarding introducing further offline capability to the main Wikipedia app. People's thoughts? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:20, 9 November 2016 (UTC)

Voting is open here Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 03:51, 3 December 2016 (UTC)