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Talk:Wikimedia United States Coalition/Archive 1

Formal name and logo for the US coalition[edit]

Let's discuss what we would like to have for our formal group name and logo.

Round 1 of this discussion will consist of proposals for the name. The tentative deadline is August 31st.

Round 2 of this discussion will be a !vote for the choice of name. The tentative deadline is September 30th.

Round 3 of this discussion will consist of proposals for a formal logo based on the chosen name. The tentative deadline is October 31st.

Round 4 of this discussion will be a !vote for the choice of formal logo. The tentative deadline is November 30th.

Please note that the unofficial logo and name of WALRUS may remain unless someone wishes to start a discussion about changing that name and logo.

Round 1: name proposals with abbreviations (no voting yet)[edit]

  1. United States Wikimedia Collaborative (USWC)
  2. United States Wikimedia Federation (USWF)
  3. Wikimedia United States Alliance (WUSA)
  4. Wikimedia United States Association (WUSA)
  5. Wikimedia United States Coalition (WUSC)
  6. Wikimedia United States Consortium (WUSC)
  7. Wikimedia United States Collaborative (WUSC)
  8. Wikimedia United States Federation (WUF)
  9. Your proposal here (Your abbreviation here)

Round 2: voting for formal name[edit]

This round is not yet open You may cast a support, neutral, or oppose vote for any of the candidate names.

Round 3: logo proposals based on formal name[edit]

This round is not yet open


This round is not yet open You may cast a support, neutral, or oppose vote for any of the candidate logos.

Applied for Wikimedia Foundation grant - seeking comment and support[edit]


Since March 2018 I have been Wikimedian in Residence (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network) at the University of Virginia. Among other things I organize collaborations with the library. Some notes on my projects are at University of Virginia.

In the above proposal I am assisting some librarians, researchers, and our copyright lawyer in requesting US$15,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation in the November 2018 call for projects as described at Grants:Project. With this money the library would, in summer 2019, develop a tool kit and event package for more libraries to celebrate Public Domain Day and to incorporate Wikimedia engagement into their program. We will be hosting a Public Domain Day event of our own with Wikimedia engagement in January 2019 to get experience before starting the grant funded project.

I am posting this to the WALRUS group because en:2019 in public domain is an unusual event in the United States with a sector of work entering the public domain January 2019, whereas it has been 20 years since this happened because of legal changes. I want this to be an annual holiday for Wikimedians and librarians.

If anyone can sign to support then I appreciate that. If anyone has comments of any kind please post to the talk page. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Regional WALRUS meetup?[edit]

I am attending the ESEAP meetup in Bangkok and got a suggestion that there could be a regional meetup for WALRUS WhisperToMe (talk) 09:21, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Movement Strategy - What Are Your Choices For Implementation[edit]

The time has come to put Strategy into work and everyone's invited to participate.

The Movement Strategy Design Group and Support Team are inviting you to organize virtual meetings with your community and colleagues before the end of October. The aim is for you to decide what ideas from the Movement Strategy recommendations respond to your needs and will have an impact in the movement. The recommendations are available in different formats and in many languages. There are 10 awesome recommendations and close to 50 recommended changes and actions or initiatives. Not everything will be implemented. The aim of prioritization is to create an 18-month implementation plan to take some of the initiatives forward starting in 2021.

Prioritization is at the level of your group, affiliate, and community. Think local and relevant! Regional and thematic platforms are great ways to prepare and share ideas. Afterwards, we will come together in November to co-create the implementation plan. More information about November’s global events will be shared soon. For now and until the end of October, organize locally and share your priorities with us.

You can find guidance for the events, the simple reporting template, and other supporting materials here on Meta. You can share your results directly on Meta, by email, or by filling out this survey. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments, strategy2030(_AT_)

We will be hosting office hours to answer any questions you might have, Thursday October 1 at 14.00 UTC (Google Meet).

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 19:30, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

Several issues with this article, incorrect links, looking for etherpad link[edit]

Hello all! I've been active in two (2) of the past walrus online meetups, perhaps over the last 4mos. I had to miss the last one at the last moment and so I came here from a Google search, looking for the etherpad; I understand it is a kind of or similar to a GoogleDoc shared live multi-user edited document, kind of an evolving ever-changing meeting minutes document. Do I have that correct? There are a number of serious issues with this article by the way, if anyone cares! (1) If the user clicks on the word meetups, it says that there are none. (2) If the user clicks the polar bear icon next to the word meetups, it goes to an incorrect URL that just begins with /past events, with the space; but if you click the link to the left of the icon or small graphical image, you see that the page is referenced as walrus/meetups or walrus/past events. (3) There are also problems with the word archive, and the icon to the right of it, and the wording of the link doesn't always match the URL directory naming convention or text used; (4) Lastly, I believe the first link lists all of the meetings that have been held, by year, but right now as of mid-October 2020, the most recent link is July 2020; Where are August through October 2020? (5) I think there are one or two more issues but they are somewhat fleeting to document, going back and forth. I will follow up as a comment to this (my) discussion line item/topic/Talk Subject in a moment after I research. Hope this is helpful so far! -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:22, 14 October 2020 (UTC).

Slight problem too (continued grievance). At the WALRUS article, here ie clicking on /Discussion\ a.k.a. Talk page in the world of Wikipedia, it takes the user to Talk: Wikimedia United States Coalition.. i.e. the broader topic at hand and not precisely as on point as the page I was just at! Why is this setup that way?? Thanks. -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:27, 14 October 2020 (UTC). Edited: -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:30, 14 October 2020 (UTC).
@Vid2vid: There is overlap between the Wikimedia United States Coalition page and the WALRUS page. Some people imagined these as two organizations. In my view, these are one organization, and since 2012, the more popular and consistently used name is WALRUS. I would favor a merge of all content to the WALRUS name and page.
The absence of meeting minutes is due to an absence of volunteer note taker and publisher. Anyone can take on this role. When no one volunteers, the notes are absent.
Likewise, anyone may fix errors. There are no pay staff in this organization and no consistent funding. There may have been some funding at some time, perhaps as much as US$5000 since 2012, or perhaps there has never been any funding. Regardless, if anyone were to fix things here, it would have to be a volunteer. You could bring this up at a future meeting.
I developed a bit of both of these pages. I am not keen on maintaining two pages, but I would help with a merge to WALRUS. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:56, 20 October 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. I will see what I can do to get the text link followed by the icon link to be consistent, or try to figure out the logic there. -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:08, 21 October 2020 (UTC).