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RFC: 2015 Art+Feminism Grant[edit]

Art+Feminism has prepared a combined renewal of our IEG grant and PEG grant. If awarded, these grants will fund: childcare and refreshments for the 2016 international Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons; in-person training sessions for New York-city based volunteers and online training sessions national and international node organizers; the expansion of our outreach to post-secondary institutions and international Wikimedia chapters; building sustainable infrastructure for node organizers; and making our materials more intersectional. We seek community comment to help complete the grant process: here -- Theredproject (talk) 00:04, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list[edit]

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

The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is pleased to introduce the launch of the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list, which is basically a place for all the affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, user groups) to discuss issues related to affiliates, make announcements to other affiliates, and collaborate on activities and community-wide events. The idea is to help facilitate the dialogue affiliates across our movement, plus collaborative discussions like community-wide activities, joint edit-a-thons, regional conferences, blog/report posts, or other communications from affiliates.

Each Wikimedia movement affiliate is allocated three spots on the mailing list. All affiliates may contact the Affiliations Committee to request additional spots if needed.

Please find a bit more information on Meta-Wiki and do not hesitate to contact the Affiliations Committee if you have further questions.

Thank you - Wikimedia Affiliations Committee

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Wikipedia 15 has a mark![edit]

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Wikipedia 15 now has a mark! Be sure to check out the “Material” section of the Wikipedia 15 meta page to see the design, and learn about how to use it. This year's mark is meant to be fun, interactive, and infinitely customisable. We can’t wait to see how you and your Wikimedia community use it!

–For the WMF Communications team, Sam Lien and Joe Sutherland 03:01, 4 November 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Conference 2016[edit]

Nicole Ebber sent an email to the Affiliates and Announcements mailing lists this morning about the 2016 Wikimedia Conference, which will be held in Berlin in April. It says, in part, "WMCON is all about participation. To make the conference a success it will be essential for the invited affiliates to deliberately select their delegates. Participants should come to Berlin to learn and to share, but also to bring the information and learnings back home. We are seeking delegates who will be actively engaged before, during and after the conference and can represent their affiliates. Ideal delegates are those who are involved in the decision making processes in the organization, evaluation specialists, or program leaders."

Regarding eligibility criteria and registration, it says, "To be eligible to attend WMCON16, affiliates must have shown signs of recent activity and be up-to-date on their reporting by January 1. Moreover, affiliates need to have been officially recognized by the Wikimedia Foundation before December 1, 2015. An eligibility criteria overview will be published next week. Chapters and Thematic Organizations can send two delegates, or up to four, if they have paid staff; User Groups can send one delegate ... Registration opens December 1 and closes on January 15. Please note that this is a sharp deadline. In the months between the registration and WMCON, the PEC will work with the registered participants on elaborating the program of the Wikimedia Conference. Because we want to build the program to fit participant needs and experiences, we would like to learn a little more about your interests in advance. We have published an overview of questions that we will use in the registration form. Please make yourself familiar with these questions already, as they can also help you to select the delegates ... We will open the registration on December 1 and send out further information on logistical matters such as travel and accommodation booking."

WMLGBT should begin a discussion about who we would like to send as a delegate. I assume we will be eligible, though I am not sure if there is some reporting that will need to be completed in order to have representation. If you are interested in representing WMLGBT, please indicate your interest below. -Another Believer (talk) 16:39, 19 November 2015 (UTC)

  • I'm unable to go this year as it will be right before my three week trip to Australia and it's very difficult for me to block book time off work which exceeds three weeks. In any case, I was there (informally) last year and I'm probably not the best candidate anyway. We will have to make a decision soon though, as the deadlines are much earlier than last year. CT Cooper · talk 16:28, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
  • I am interested in supporting the representative who does go and would like to have a video chat with that person to discuss the conference agenda and to make requests for what I would like the LGBT+ representative to do on behalf of stakeholders in my region. I would not like to go but I would very much like representation at the event. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:56, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
  • For the record, I am interested in attending, but I also want to give others the opportunity to represent our group. I enjoyed discussing the Wiki Loves Pride campaign with chapter leaders last year, and sharing updates about the status of WMLGBT+. I did notice, however, that at this time WMLGBT+ is not eligible to attend, per Wikimedia Conference 2016/Eligibility Criteria. We need to complete reporting ASAP in order to have representation. I am not sure exactly what report to complete, or who to send it to. Unfortunately, I am on holiday the next few days, but I am happy to tackle this upon my return. I still urge others to indicate their interest in attending on our behalf. -Another Believer (talk) 18:02, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
Take a bit of time to review the other reports. You should only need to assemble evidence of what has been happening, most of which should be published over the year here on meta, and add a bit of executive summary. It might be an idea to attempt a hangout/video conference this month with interested user group participants. It's a good idea to have a couple of virtual meetings a year logged on-line, not just to provide evidence of what we get up to, but also to encourage each other's ideas and ways of getting them to fly (without limiting this to Wikimania participants or similar physical meetings). -- (talk) 13:53, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

Great news! Jaime (WMF) has confirmed receipt of our report. WMLGBT+ has been renewed as a user group and is eligible for representation at the Wikimedia Conference. -Another Believer (talk) 18:42, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Update: The registration deadline is in just over a week. No one else has expressed interest in representing our group, so speak now or forever hold your peace. Otherwise I plan to register for the conference within the next few days to avoid any complications with the registration process. -Another Believer (talk) 20:39, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

  • I support AB going. I encourage anyone else interested to speak up for consideration. Blue Rasberry (talk) 21:41, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

Your input requested on the proposed #FreeBassel banner campaign[edit]

This is a message regarding the proposed 2015 Free Bassel banner. Translations are available.

Hi everyone,

This is to inform all Wikimedia contributors that a straw poll seeking your involvement has just been started on Meta-Wiki.

As some of your might be aware, a small group of Wikimedia volunteers have proposed a banner campaign informing Wikipedia readers about the urgent situation of our fellow Wikipedian, open source software developer and Creative Commons activist, Bassel Khartabil. An exemplary banner and an explanatory page have now been prepared, and translated into about half a dozen languages by volunteer translators.

We are seeking your involvement to decide if the global Wikimedia community approves starting a banner campaign asking Wikipedia readers to call on the Syrian government to release Bassel from prison. We understand that a campaign like this would be unprecedented in Wikipedia's history, which is why we're seeking the widest possible consensus among the community.

Given Bassel's urgent situation and the resulting tight schedule, we ask everyone to get involved with the poll and the discussion to the widest possible extent, and to promote it among your communities as soon as possible.

(Apologies for writing in English; please kindly translate this message into your own language.)

Thank you for your participation!

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2015 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

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

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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 consists of twelve members, six of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms.

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 try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members. The key skills and experience that we look for in candidates are:

  • Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of volunteers worldwide.
  • 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 affiliations, and similar questions.
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting.
  • International orientation.
  • Very good communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF.
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organising are a plus.
  • Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Experience with or in an active affiliate is 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 not afraid of the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2015 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/2015), 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, WMF staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2016, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please send an application to by 31 December 2015. You will get a confirmation that your application was received.

Your application should include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact information (including e-mail address and username)
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.

Your statement will be published for community review and feedback, so please do not include any information that you are not comfortable sharing.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email 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,
Carlos Colina
Chair, Affiliations Committee

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Report: 2015[edit]

Project members, in order to have representation at Wikimedia Conference 2016, we need to submit a report outlining our activities. Our user group was approved in September 2014. The status of our group has expired, so we will need to resubmit approval after submitting a report, which should be pretty easy. I don't see a standard report template, so I invite anyone to contribute to our 2015 report at Wikimedia LGBT/2015.

Feel free to edit this page or add comments to the talk page. WMLGBT's activities span several Wikimedia projects and languages, so the more input from others, the better. Thanks for your consideration. -Another Believer (talk) 19:05, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

I've taken a stab at a first draft. Does anyone have content to add? Could be related to social media, Wikimania (User:CT Cooper?), Wikimedia Conference, non-English Wikipedia activities, etc. Fae, is there anything you wish to add re: Commons? User:Hexatekin? -Another Believer (talk) 20:12, 17 December 2015 (UTC)
I've expanded the Wikimania section and tried to it justice – feel free to expand it further. I think we've got a good yearly report coming together here. CT Cooper · talk 21:19, 21 December 2015 (UTC)
Thank you so much for contributing, CT. -Another Believer (talk) 22:15, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Get involved in Wikipedia 15![edit]

This is a message from the Wikimedia Foundation. Translations are available.

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As many of you know, January 15 is Wikipedia’s 15th Birthday!

People around the world are getting involved in the celebration and have started adding their events on Meta Page. While we are celebrating Wikipedia's birthday, we hope that all projects and affiliates will be able to utilize this celebration to raise awareness of our community's efforts.

Haven’t started planning? Don’t worry, there’s lots of ways to get involved. Here are some ideas:

Everything is linked on the Wikipedia 15 Meta page. You’ll find a set of ten data visualization works that you can show at your events, and a list of all the Wikipedia 15 logos that community members have already designed.

If you have any questions, please contact Zachary McCune or Joe Sutherland.

Thanks and Happy nearly Wikipedia 15!
-The Wikimedia Foundation Communications team

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