Talk:Wikimedia New York City

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Requested link to charter and Commons categories[edit]

Could you add a link to your charter and the Commons categories related to the chapter? SJ talk | translate   20:31, 12 September 2011 (UTC)

Where are the Commons categories related to this chapter? Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:48, 26 July 2012 (UTC)


Do you have plans to have a limited number of Spanish translation pages?

While projects in non-English speaking countries have English translation pages, as a collary I think WP NYC should have a limited number of pages in Spanish Thanks, WhisperToMe 23:59, 18 October 2011 (UTC)

PIPA/SOPA protest 18 January[edit]

A 90-minute protest is happening outside the New York City offices of New York's senators, Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand, organized by the New York Tech Meetup. Wikimedians in NYC might be interested in going.

Request for comment[edit]

I am drafting a proposal at and would like input from chapters. I would appreciate comments on the talk page. Thank you! Pine(talk) 10:47, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Meeting minutes[edit]

Is there a repository of meeting minutes posted anywhere? Here is what I have for tonight - Wikimedia New York City/2012July25. Blue Rasberry (talk) 01:15, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Names for events[edit]

There are two names for two events, I think. Something called the Wikipedia Salon seems also to have been called at different times the bi-monthly in-person meetup. Are these events the same? Can their histories be merged?

It seems like Wikipedia Takes Manhattan is a photo scavenger hunt for the autumn, and lately this event seems superseded by Wiki Loves Monuments. Can we merge the history of Wikipedia Takes Manhattan as a scavenger hunt into Wiki Loves Monuments, and then perhaps use "Wikipedia Takes Manhattan" for some other kind of event? Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:36, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Merge of locations[edit]

There are three places where people can get information about this chapter. I think that all the places are important and that we should keep these three, but we ought to plan for what kind of information goes where.

Here is our external website - I propose that this be an exhibition of the chapter's best-sounding accomplishments. This should be the address which we give to non-Wikipedians who want to scrutinize the chapter for some reason, but who would be unlikely themselves to participate in Wikipedia. Very little about this site should be interactive or request that users do anything, and this site should be updated rarely.

Here is the site on meta. Wikimedia New York City I propose that this be the running wiki of all the kinds of information which Wikipedians collect to meta-document their Wikipedia documentation practices in the chapter.

Here is the Wikipedia meetup page. Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC I propose that events be posted here for the sake of users who find it convenient to watch a Wikipedia page rather than a meta page. I propose that no history of any kind be kept here except for sign-ups for specific events. Once the events are over then the event and sign-up list should be moved to the meta page as a historical record.

Is this the way things ought to be? Does anyone have an alternate proposal? If my description of how things are is correct, then I propose to develop the meta page first, then sort out upcoming events on Wikipedia, then plan to have a simple mostly-static website based on what we discover during the meta page development. Thoughts? Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:47, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Spanish page[edit]

I started a Spanish page for Wikimedia NYC. If anyone wants to add more, please do WhisperToMe (talk) 23:15, 8 November 2012 (UTC)

Is the Wiknic going to happen[edit]

It says here that it's slated for June 22 in Prospect Park. I live in Maryland but I am always looking for an excuse to come up to NYC. Where will the latest / greatest info about this even be posted? Klortho (talk) 14:40, 5 May 2013 (UTC)

All NYC events are posted at WP:Meetup/NYC. The wiknic is not posted yet but the park space is reserved. More details are coming. Blue Rasberry (talk) 01:39, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Permission to use logo requested[edit]

File:WP at NLM.jpg
I want this printed on paper and posted around the NLM

Hey guys, I just got tentative news that there will be a public meetup at the National Library of Medicine in Washington DC next week. I think that the meetup will be on Tuesday but that is not confirmed. I was planning on going anyway, but now that there is going to be community outreach, I think that I would like to go as a member of Wikimedia NYC. May I say that I am a member of WM NYC and tell people about the organization?

I would like to use an advertisement at this meeting which incorporates the Wikipedia logo. May I use this with the permission of WM NYC?

Thanks. Also, if anyone from NYC wants to make the trip to DC and join this then you would be welcome. Blue Rasberry (talk) 13:28, 21 May 2013 (UTC)

I apologize for misuse of the Wikipedia logo. I have come to understand that the logo is not to be altered, and in this case, it was altered. This logo was printed on paper three times and posted three times in a single building and displayed for one day. After being displayed for a few hours it was removed. I understand the inappropriateness of this now. I hope that no lasting damage was done. I will not condone this again. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:55, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

Visual Editor & local GSoC interns[edit]


Here is an explanation of what will be ready in the Visual Editor by July 1st.

The two GSoC students: Moriel Schottlender - MediaWiki VisualEditor RTL support -- and Nazmul Chowdhury - UploadWizard: Book upload customization. Hope you can invite them to some stuff! Sharihareswara (WMF) (talk) 20:16, 2 June 2013 (UTC)

Wha...wha? That message is almost indecipherable for me. Can this be translated into.....English? Theo10011 (talk) 20:27, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
Sumana was at the annual meeting on Saturday. In the first link she gives information about the upcoming Wikipedia visual editor. Unrelated to that, she said that NYC is home to two developers who are participating in the Google Summer of Code as Wikipedians. One of these editors is working on "right to left" text display in the upcoming visual editor, and that might influence the experience of editors working in en:Right-to-left languages. The other editor is creating a tool to assist Wikimedia users who want to upload entire books, perhaps to Commons. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:59, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the translation. The context puts things in perspective. Thank you. Theo10011 (talk) 10:46, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Sounds like a job for... the Commons[edit]

Hi! There is a discussion underway at "commons:Commons:Village pump#Sounds like a job for... the Commons" you may be interested in. It involves an article published in The New York Times and International Herald Tribune about a New York City-based photographer who is relocating to Florida in July and cannot find a new home for his collection of slides and transparencies about the New York art scene. He is prepared to discard them if no one wants them. Please join the discussion. — Cheers, JackLee talk 14:25, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

WMUS_NYC's Non-Compliance[edit]

Dear Wikimedia New York City members, and dear board members, outgoing and incoming,

I must ask you to take the outstanding grant compliance issues much more seriously. Some of these have been unresolved for long months, and the earliest go back to 2009-2010(!). This is no way for a Wikimedia chapter to behave, and we are extremely concerned (and disappointed) at the fact our repeated communications, over many months, to Richard have largely gone unanswered and unacknowledged. There is clearly still energy here to do things, so it would be a shame if you would have no access to funding, or lose your recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate, because of failing to meet these simple requests.

I urge you to resolve this at once. Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 01:54, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

I understand and appreciate your concerns; however, please realize that this is a growing volunteer effort, and there are multiple priorities that we have had to continually balance between administration and actual programmatic activities. Certainly the time has come for us to focus more on administration, and this is a process that we have begun in catching up on.
We have developed more paperwork (much of it behind-the-scenes) in the last couple of months than in quite a while before then, and today(!) we are about to inaugurate a new board and secretary of the nonprofit, which should greatly expedite this process. With your understanding, we will commit to being completely caught up with the grants processes this summer.--Pharos (talk) 18:07, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

Invite to New York Library Branch Libraries Photo Contest[edit]

METRO is having a photo-contest for photographs of New York Public Library Branch Libraries, Brooklyn Public Library Branch Libraries, and Queens Library Branch Libraries. You are welcome to join in promoting the contest, and we can add your name to it if you like. See: Wikipedia:GLAM/Metropolitan New York Library Council photo contest section. OR drohowa (talk) 17:50, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia LGBT[edit]

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Wikimedia LGBT is a proposed thematic organization that seeks to promote the development of content on Wikimedia projects which is of interest to LGBT communities. Proposed activities include outreach at LGBT events, Wikimania and other Wikimedia events, an international campaign called Wiki Loves Pride, and work on safe space policies, among other collaborations and interwiki projects. Active Wikimedians are welcome to join this cause! Please consider adding your name as a participant/supporter. Current tasks include translating pages, building a strong framework here at Meta, and achieving user group status (with the eventual goal of becoming a thematic organization). Your feedback is welcome on the discussion page.

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NYC photographers[edit]

Wikipedians/Photographers does not list anyone in New York City. Do you know of anyone who can take some photos in New York City for a Wikipedia article I'm working on? The photos do not have to be high quality/professional. Any digital camera photos should be fine. -- Jreferee (talk) 02:31, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for writing Jreferee. Do you mind posting your request here? New York is big and the snow is thick; your photographer will likely be the person closest to your need. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:39, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
Ooh! Me! I recently learned of en:Wikipedia:Wikipedians/Photographers and put my name in. Too bad Commons has no geographical list of wikishutterbugs but a dozen of us provide the majority of recent Commons:Category:New York City pix. Jim.henderson (talk) 17:55, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
Jim.henderson. I'm working on creating Commons:Category:CommonsRoot > Commons:Category:Commons users > Commons:Category:Users by ability > Commons:Category:Commons photographers > Commons:Category:Commons photographers by location > Commons:Category:Commons photographers in North America > Commons:Category:Commons photographers in the United States > Commons:Category:Commons photographers in New York > Commons:Category:Commons photographers in New York City > Commons:Category:Commons photographers in Manhattan, New York City. -- Jreferee (talk) 17:59, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Bluerasberry - do you mean "here" as in Talk:Wikimedia New York City or some place else ("here" was not linked)? -- Jreferee (talk) 17:59, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
I meant right here, here in this thread where we are talking right now. You correctly made a theoretical category structure but none of these seem correctly categorized on Commons yet. If you need help ask, but since you are an en admin, I assume you know what you are doing. There actually are not a lot of people currently identified in the community who regularly take photos, but I hope that putting this kind of system in place would identify them. You still have not stated any request, but if you would like to do so, you may do that here. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:10, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
Oh, sorry. I did not realize I was not specific enough in this thread since I was more specific in posts elsewhere. Do you know of anyone who can take some photos in New York City for the Steve Cuozzo Wikipedia article that I posted? Photos of Steve Cuozzo himself and him and his wife and/or Cuozzo and Rupert Murdoch, would be great. The article has some locations addresses identified 137 Hull St Ocean Hill, 344 West 36th Street, 210 South Street. Also, the New York Post building where he works, Surprise Lake Camp, something representative of Italian-Irish neighborhood in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn. I'm fine with what ever photos the photographer decides to take. WP:IMAGE RELEVANCE also lists image standards for articles, so whatever fits that would be fine. -- Jreferee (talk) 20:37, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
That is interesting. If this article had some illustrations then it may be a candidate to go on to good article review, if you wished for that. Jim.henderson, might you be traveling by any of these places? I wonder if it would be useful to set up a queue for standing requests for local images. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:39, 30 December 2013 (UTC)
Drat; that's what I get for not checking Meta every month. Perhaps Jreferee should bring it up somewhere in Commons, or in the NYC Project of WP. Half an hour from now I'll be crossing West 36th Street walking to West 21st Street, and tomorrow morning and evening I'll be near South Street, and several times a year I bike past the New York Post building at Oak Point in the South Bronx. I only visited Ocean Hill once last year. Anyway I don't intend to find a person of whom I know nothing, without an appointment. I'm shy that way. Jim.henderson (talk) 15:05, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Jreferee, yes it is difficult, we just do not have many people on the ground for this. There will be a big Wikipedia conference in NYC at the end of May - WikiConference USA. Right now there are not a lot of people watching the forum there, but with a lot of Wikipedians congregating in the city, you might be able to find someone who can do this. Sorry that I cannot be more helpful. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:22, 2 February 2014 (UTC)

Board members missing from the chapter's own site[edit]

I think it would be good practice to ensure that those visiting the chapter's own wiki would be able to discover who is on the board, as well as have access to minutes of previous general assemblies. While a "Board" page exists on that wiki, it is not linked from the nav bar or anywhere obvious, and I'm also not sure it's up-to-date. Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 16:51, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Ijon Thanks. I am a member of the organization but not an officer, so I cannot speak for the organization but as the official page is a Wiki I can change it like anyone else. I redirected the board member page to Wikimedia_New_York_City#Participants because that seems up to date.
It has historically been burdensome to maintain the Wikimedia New York City website and perhaps the chapter should discuss its future. One thought that comes to my mind is making the website intentionally static and directing people to Meta or English Wikipedia to see changing information.
I will ask others about minutes. Blue Rasberry (talk) 17:50, 31 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, this is helpful. Yes, a [more-]static official site has been a solution chosen by several chapters (e.g. Wikimedia Israel), transitioning away from the traditional chapter wiki. Whatever works! :) Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 03:59, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Request for comments on Wikimedia user group logos[edit]

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Thanks for updating the board members. Could you also point to an up-to-date location for the AGM minutes? The minutes section on this page is both partial and out of date, and I found no updates on the chapter's own wiki in the past 30 days. I assume it's forthcoming, so this is just a reminder to link to those minutes once they're available. Thanks and best wishes to the new board! :) Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 02:30, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, the minutes are forthcoming, but the AGM was actually held just yesterday, so we're still working on getting everything posted.--Pharos (talk) 03:11, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I didn't realize it was just yesterday. Take your time, of course! :) Asaf Bartov (WMF Grants) talk 03:54, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

IdeaLab Post: WM NYC, NE inter-chapter event and travel compensation[edit]

Hi All, Just wanted to alert members that I've posted an idea on IdeaLab related to a PEG grant application related to providing Wikimedia NYC and New England Wikimedians with compensation for travel and housing at regional events. Grants:IdeaLab/WM NYC, NE inter-chapter event and travel compensation. Please sign your name there in support and comment if interested! Thanks! OR drohowa (talk) 15:05, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Affiliations Committee call for candidates - September 2014[edit]

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Fall 2014 Art+Feminism IEG & PEG Grants Notification[edit]

Hello All, the Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon organizers have prepared an IEG grant, and a PEG grant this week for the fall Wikimedia Foundation grant scholarships. These grants will fund several NYC training sessions, another major international Edit-a-thon, and the creation of infrastructure to support this year, and years going forward. The project is seeking community comment / discussion and endorsement signatures (section at the bottom of the page) to help complete the grant process. We encourage you to take a look at these grants, and offer your feedback and/or your endorsement signature if you feel the project worthy. On behalf of the other organizers. --Theredproject (talk) 01:10, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata and Open Copyright presenters[edit]

Hi All, I'm looking for people with specific skill sets to do trainings/workshops/lectures in New York but am having some difficulty locating the right people. I'm looking for someone to give a presentation/demo or introductory training to a group of information professionals (librarians, archivists, data scientists) about Wikidata, and to describe some potential points of entry and applications for WikiData. I'm also looking for someone to give a presentation/demo about Creative Commons and other open licensing options for different types of publications (i.e. academic, blogs/websites, images)... I loved this article and would love to have someone give a general overview that branches from some of its central topics. Ideally these people would have experience giving such talks/presentations at least in some capacity. Any ideas? Please feel free to forward this message to anyone that you think might have experience or interest in this subject! OR drohowa (talk) 16:32, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Hey Dorothy, I posted this query here: Wikidata Administrators noticeboard.... Hope that was okay. It seems very active and they might be able to provide help with Wikidata. Best, Erika BrillLyle (talk) 10:31, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

Safe space policy[edit]

Hello Wikimedian's in the New York City Chapter,

I'm wondering if you have officially adopted a Safe space policy (also called Friendly space policy) for all the events that are sponsored or closely affiliated with the Wikimedia NYC Chapter?

If not the Wikimedia Foundation and several other chapters have them and could be used as guides.

An important aspect of the policy is to let the people planning and attending the events to understand that the policy is in place and how to handle problems if they occur. If I'm not able to see the policy, then if you have one it needs to be more clearly promoted. Thanks, Sydney Poore/FloNight (talk) 04:02, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes, we adopted Friendly space policies (original title Wikimedia New York City/Friendly Space Policy) in Fall 2013, before the page was subsequently generalized so it could be used as a more general page for other communities as well.--Pharos (talk) 04:42, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
Okay, I see the re-direct. But when I looked, I couldn't see a Friendly space policy that appears to be associated directly with Wikimedia NYC events. Is it formally adopted by the chapter as policy? If so, could you make the policy more evident on a page related to NYC Chapter? And are you making it evident to people planning events in the name of Wikimedia NYC that this policy exists? Sydney Poore/FloNight (talk) 04:50, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, that page was originally written as Wikimedia NYC policy (formalized partly in preparation for WikiConference USA), and remains in effect as Wikimedia NYC policy even as the page was somewhat generalized. I agree this should be mentioned more prominently here, and I've made a start at that.--Pharos (talk) 05:09, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Pharos, I appreciate your prompt attention to the matter. :-) It would be great if the big events that are sponsored by the chapter could have a link the policy page here on meta so that it is more evident that the policy is in effect. Sydney Poore/FloNight (talk) 05:20, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

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Requests for comments on Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements[edit]

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Standard communication process[edit]

It is really boring doing communication. For most nonprofits, staff do this, for Wikipedia, volunteers historically have managed it. Whenever Wiki groups get funding, typically they turn communication over to staff because volunteers never enjoy this.

The issue is compulsory simultaneous communication in multiple channels. To alert stakeholders to certain events, many communication channels need to be signaled to reach the diverse audience we need to reach. No one volunteer would enjoy doing this.

I found a Wiki group with paid staff that codified their communication process. See en:Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library/Processes/Announcing partnerships. The page gives a list of ways that they will communicate when they have an important message to give to people who might care.

For this group, eventually, it might be nice if somehow we could simultaneously post announcements for events in the following ways: the English Wikipedia meetup page, through massmessage wiki-subscription, by email list, to Facebook, to Twitter, and We do not have capacity to do this right now but I think the demand exists. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:11, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

"Typically"? Sure. "Never" and "no one"? Certainly not true. There are several groups that have cheerfully done (often quite effective) communications on largely and (for years) exclusively volunteer basis. WMIL and WMUA come readily to mind. It may well be the case that in NYC, there are currently no volunteers interested in doing this (which is fine; I didn't enjoy doing it as a past WMIL volunteer either; happily we had people who did.) But that could change, either serendipitously or through deliberate recruitment of a comms person to help out. Asaf (WMF) (talk) 23:11, 14 August 2015 (UTC)