Talk:Wikivoyage Association

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Contents

Wow awesome![edit]

How can I get involved in the discussion about the Wikivoyage concept developing into a thematic organization? Is there talk in multiple places or will all the news be here? Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:51, 26 August 2012 (UTC)

Sorry for the late reply. I will let you know. We are just at the beginning. We started the process with this page. -- DerFussi (talk) 18:42, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Questions from AffCom[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Dear WikiVoyage,

It is great to see such a detailed and informative Meta page. I would like to use this opportunity to offer a few suggestions, and to ask a number of questions about your application. Please note that asking these questions is part of our standard way of trying to understand each individual organisation, as well as to gather a simple overview of all organisations (that is why we might ask questions that refer to information available in this Meta page, or on your website – in that case, feel free to simply link to the relevant pages).

It is perfectly okay, if you do not have a ready answer for some of these questions and to conduct discussions on how to answer certain questions either right here or on your normal communication channels. Once you feel that all questions have been answered, please let us know (although, we will be sure to have this page on our watchlists), and we can move forward in the recognition process. --Bence (talk) 13:25, 19 October 2012 (UTC)

General questions[edit]

  • Who are the people behind this application?
    • How many?
The association itself has got 11 members at the moment, although the community is bigger. – DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
8 members are from Germany, one from Belgium, one form Canada and one from Pakistan. -- DerFussi 20:06, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
    • any prominent Wiki[pm]edians?
We have Wiki[pm]edian supporters but none of them is a member of the association. – DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Active in which Wikimedia/Wikivoyage/Wikitravel community?
Our members mainly contribute to Wikivoyage, although all of us have an account at WP. But we grew up with the WT/WV community. Some of us (Hans, both Rolands and me were one of the main contributors to Wikitravel as well. Hans even started the German Wikitravel language version. We have always been interacting with the WM community but focused on the travel related content. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
The story began around seven years ago. We contributed to Wikitravel but have felt uncomfortable with some circumstances (no database dumps, so support). Especially the small language versions have been affected by this. Finally the owner announced that he has sold the WT project. So the main contributors decided to start a new project. We considered several options – an own project, using Wikia, ask the Wikimedia, looking for a company. The last one was no option. On Wikia we would have no access to the servers. And we had some problems to find the right contact to the Wikipedia World. Besides they used a different license. Finally we founded the Wikivoyage e.V. in 2006 and registered it as a non-profit association. The project started as a fork of the German Wikitravel language version. One year later we opened the Italian branch. Since this point of time the project has been growing constantly. During the last couple of years the English Wikitravel community felt more and more uncomfortable with their host as well. This culminate din the decision to move to a new host and getting reunited with the German and Italian community. Finally a proposal to start a travel project was started at Wikimedia Meta. During this process we migrated the Wikitravel content and started five new language versions as an interim host for the Wikitravel community that wanted to move. On November, 2nd we signed a contract with the Wikimedia Foundation, transferred the domains and trademark rights to the WMF and got the license to use the name Wikivoyage. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Outreach - attracting more active community members and raising awareness for free travel content
  • Community support - supporting volunteer editors in order to contribute free travel knowledge more effectively
  • Communication - facilitate discussions and flow of information between the travel community and the broader Wikimedia world
  • Software development - supporting the development of MediaWiki features to accommodate the specific needs of a travel community -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Do you have an overview of how many Wikimedians would like to join the chapter when founded?
I’ve got a lot of positive feedback at the Wikimania 2012 and the WikiCon 2012. There is a plan to collaborate with the English community. But there are no figures, how many of them will become a member of the association Wikivoyage e.V. But we got a first question about the conditions already. -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Have the bylaws been reviewed by a lawyer/specialist?
We had no legal advice when we founded the association. But the by-laws are reviewed by authorities (registration court, tax office) to be in agreement with the German law of associations and German Civil Code, eligibility for benefits for a non-profit organization. This year we had the by-laws translated by a professional interpreter. As he told me, Geoff Brigham has read it. It’s no legal advice but the WMF is aware of the content of the by-laws. -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

More specific questions[edit]

  • What are the main communication channels of the association?
Till now we used E-Mails and the Wikivoyage Wiki. This will change now. We are going to extend the association’s wiki and open it for an international community. The community can participate on the Meta Wiki and the Wikivoyage Mailing list.- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Who and how can join them if they are interested in WV?
The association’s wiki is readable to everybody. Main port too the World of Wikivoyage are the Meta Wiki and the language versions. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • How can one become a member?
Application forms are provided ready to download. The completed form has to be sent to the Association. The form is available in German and English.
  • What is the composition of the Board? Who are the current Board members?

Due to our by-laws the board is composed of:

  • a first chairman (Stefan Fussan)
  • a second chairman (Jens Reimann)
  • a treasurer (Rolang Unger)
  • up to three associate board members (Bertold Gabel) - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • What is the intended geographic scope of WV e.V currently?
Currently: Central Europe, mainly Germany and after the start of the Italian version, Italy. One member hails from Belgium, the others from Germany. One of our founding members is from Switzerland. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
IN March 2013 we have members from Germany, Belgium, Pakistan and Canada. -- DerFussi 20:07, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
    • Do you have any plans to change it?
YES. The Wikivoyage e.V. wants to become international. We just got one request for signing up procedure from Canada. -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
    • What steps or resources would you need to achieve this (e.g. possibly translation help; easier method to pay membership fees from abroad; change in official language; etc.)?
Translation help would be helpful and is needed for official documents. We are about to figure out what international payment system is useful for this purpose. I am going to ask the Wikimedia Germany about their experiences. With an increasing amount of international members we have to add English as an official language. Due to the members structure we will stay bilingual. -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Is there any way we (as in the AffCom, or the Wikimedia movement) can be of help to you?
As mentioned above we could need some help with translations of our important public documents. Besides it would be very helpful to benefit from your public relations network by introducing Wikivoyage to the other projects and communities -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Could you describe the way meetings (General Assemblees) are going to be organized? Will there be a possibility for online participation? (a link to a relevant page explaining this in German or English would be OK)
Our by-laws contain the possibility of online assemblies. Currently our annual assembly is held “normal” by coming together in person. The other ones are held online. With an international member community we are going to held all assemblies online. We use a wiki for our meetings. It is readable for public and editable for members. The board has admin rights. Articles for discussions and resolutions will be prepared in advance and locked. Members are invited by email in time. When the meeting starts, all articles are be unlocked for write access. The wiki run on the association’s server and can be reached by using our new domains Wikivoyage-ev.org or Wikivoyage-association.org. The wiki will be renewed to attract an international community. -- DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Suggestions[edit]

Reading the application page, I would have the following suggestions:

  • Include a visible place where interested people can sign up – either to become members right away, or to be notified when you open membership
Yes, that’s what we planned during renewing the association’s wiki. The Wikivoyage sites will also get an information about the association. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Include in the infobox thingy a link also to the communication channels of the association, or the mailing lists where the Wikivoyage project and association and its plans can be discussed
Yes. We are going to add this as well. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Over time it would be useful to have parts of the Wikivoyage website translated (either into English, or perhaps a number of languages if there are volunteer translators), especially the Membership signup form
Yes. We will collaborate with the WMF projects community. To get help with the translation. This will include main information pages, important public documents and the sign up forms. An English form is available already. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
  • It would probably be helpful to continue accepting new members even as this application process is ongoing, given the current momentum behind the new travel project, and the fact that more members will make your application stronger --Bence (talk) 13:52, 19 October 2012 (UTC)
Yes, we are always open for new members. The first English speaking member asked already. - DerFussi 17:42, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

Move Travel Guide pages to Wikivoyage[edit]

Please see Talk:Travel Guide#Move_pages_to_Wikivoyage: Now that the new travel guide will be called Wikivoyage we could move this page and all subpages to Wikivoyage and the latter page to Wikivoyage e.V. which is the complete name of the association. Agreed? – Thx! --Aschmidt (talk) 20:16, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

  • Sounds reasonable.--Ymblanter (talk) 21:25, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Yes, I agree. sumone10154(talk) 04:49, 8 November 2012 (UTC)
  • What else needs to be copied over? As far as I know some pages have to be imported from wikivoyage/wikitravel shared. --Nemo 07:13, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
    My understanding is that here we are only talking about moving Meta pages, not on actual import.--Ymblanter (talk) 14:14, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

Still current?[edit]

I don't understand, is Wikivoyage e.V. still interested in becoming a thematic organisation now that Wikivoyage becomes a Wikimedia project? It would be a bit strange, no Wikimedia project/sister project has or plans to have one. --Nemo 07:58, 5 November 2012 (UTC)

Of course it is. It's the next step we have to do here. Just have been busy with the migration. It would have been nice to get informed about the moveing of the assisciations page here. There are some links that are wrong now.... -- DerFussi 17:56, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
It is a bit strange, but it's a unique situation. No other project has joined Wikimedia already formed and with its own organisation behind it. With Wikivoyage e.V. already exists and has shown itself able to do good work, it seems sensible for it to continue and if it is going to continue it ought to be given formal recognition. I do not think this should be considered a precedent for other projects, though - if an existing project wants to create a new thematic organisation then we need to have a big discussion about whether that is appropriate. Wikivoyage is very much a special case. --Tango (talk) 18:26, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Moving now[edit]

Wikivoyage is moving to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this site will be read-only.
The above [red border added here for emphasis] has been Wikivoyage.org's site notice since at least Thursday, November 8. This is an alarming message! Is it to remain read only indefinitely? Pretty please, give as an update on how the move is going. Next time we do this a more reassuring explanation in the site notice would be good. Thanks! --Rogerhc (talk) 18:29, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
Hi Rogerhc, I think there have been a few issues in the migration that need to be fixed before the launch. Feel free to subscribe to the Wikivoyage mailing list for further updates. sumone10154(talk) 07:51, 10 November 2012 (UTC)

Suggestion regarding membership[edit]

Hi! I have heard about this from the presentation at Wikimania. It's actually very interesting. I have just seen the application form and I have a little comment regarding the fees; it needs to be more internationalized. I know that 25 euros is cheap, or even very cheap, fee for an organization's membership in Europe, however, this wouldn't be the same for other countries. Actually, for me that sounds pretty high. In my country, one euro equals 6 times the amount of the local currency, although they are almost equal in their local value. so a typical organization's annual fee here would be no more than 4 or 5 euros at most! I suggest the fees to be reconsidered on international basis (e. g. global north & south), so it's more reasonable for the less-developed countries --aad_Dira (talk) 12:59, 9 October 2013 (UTC).

Hello, 24 eur is the fee for WMNL, WMDE and maybe some other chapters. I agree that it can be a problem with regard to the different countries and general conditions in the world. The fee might also relate to the amount of money the organization needs to function. Even if money comes also from the Wikipedia donations I think that basic expenses for the functioning of the organization (e.g., the General Assembly) should be covered by membership fees. Ziko (talk) 15:45, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
Part of the dues schedule is also a reduced fee, now 12,50 euros, for people with low income. These are for instance students or unemployed people. When we founded the association all members come from Europe, and 25 euros are cheap for them. But we should discuss an addition of the dues schedule at our next general meeting to support new members from less-developed countries. --RolandUnger (talk) 16:22, 10 October 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia LGBT[edit]

Wikimedia LGBT outreach logo.svg Wikimedia LGBT+
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.

--Another Believer (talk) 17:52, 1 November 2013 (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]

19:25, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

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

21:03, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: October 2017[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 14 / October 2017
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:50, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: January 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 15 / January 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:45, 3 November 2017 (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(_AT_)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!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:45, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Notification of Past Due Chapter Reporting[edit]

Greetings

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Chapters and thematic organizations are required to submit 2 reports each year: an activity report and a financial statement covering all accounts and all incoming and outgoing expenses. Both reports must cover the entirety of the 12-month annual period and must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page.

This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

Annual reporting is due no later than 4 months following the end of an organization's fiscal year.

As noted on the meta reports page, your organization’s 2017 annual activities and financial reporting became past due in MAY.

Please be sure to:

  1. Post your 2017 annual activities and financial reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your chapter agreement.
  2. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Best regards, DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 18:45, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

After a few days I will add the report. Thanks for your hint. --RolandUnger (talk) 09:58, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

Today, we published our report. -- RolandUnger (talk) 09:08, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:10, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

2018 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee.

Affiliations Committee logo.svg

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 can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2020.

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 look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members, including the following key skills and experience:

- 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 affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are 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 excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 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/December 2018, 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, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2019, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to affcom@lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2018. Your application must include the following information:

- Your full name and Wikimedia username
- A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
- Answers to the following three questions:

  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you a uniquely qualified candidate?


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact 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,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 06:25, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

New Affiliations Committee appointments[edit]

AffCom is excited to share with you the news that the Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to the Bylaws during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019.

This change allows the participation of User Groups in the Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process.

To read the Board's announcement, please click here

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:45, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Help us make Wikipedia talk pages more accessible to more participants[edit]

Hello!

Our team at the Wikimedia Foundation is working on a project to improve the ease-of-use and productivity of wiki talk pages. As an affiliate, I can imagine you’ve run into challenges explaining talk pages to first-time participants, or it is an consultation that would interest your members.

We want all contributors to be able to talk to each other on the wikis – to ask questions, to resolve differences, to organize projects and to make decisions. Communication is essential for the depth and quality of our content, and the health of our communities.

We're currently leading a global consultation on how to improve talk pages, and we're looking for groups that can discuss and report on their experiences using (or helping other people to use) wiki talk pages. We'd like to invite you to participate, with the user groups that you belong to. You can learn more about the consultation at Mediawiki.org and if you're interested in hosting a group discussion (on-wiki or off-wiki), you can sign up at the participant sign-up group.

If you’d like to participate or if you have any questions, please contact us and let us know. The more people participate from many horizons, the better the outcome will be.

Thank you! Trizek (WMF) 15:29, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Call for complementary facilitators and more to get the ASBS 2019 process started![edit]

User (13635) - The Noun Project.svg

Hi everyone, hope all is fine with you!

The next weeks will be intense, as affiliates figure out their participation in the process that will soon select 2 people for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Since new Bylaws established that the user groups are for the first time going to be involved in such process, a lot more support than before is certainly going to be necessary, among other things, for big and healthy conversations on the topic. Hence, please encourage members of your group to become a complementary facilitator, or sign up yourself! You can add yourself to the list on Meta or reply to me to flag availability. One person from the facilitators group should soon be selected to liaise with the Foundation Board’s Chair, María Sefidari, on behalf of all affiliates, and it may be wise to also find a deputy for them.

Finally, if you can think of any huge obstacles that would prevent your group from participating to the process (for instance, a language barrier, or lack of good decision-making mechanisms, etc.), please reach out to me directly: it is really important that we hear about them as early as possible. Thank you! Elitre (WMF) 15:23, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

Update on the Affiliate-selected Board seats 2019 process[edit]

Hi all,

The Election Facilitators met on Friday, April 5. We finalized the resolution, which is now frozen. The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation will be asked to approve the resolution.

We have made two small changes to be more inclusive. We extended the date for compliance with AffCom reporting and being in good standing to May 7 to allow time for as many Affiliates as possible to be current with these requirements. The Election Facilitators adjusted the language in case a quorum is not met during the election.

On the talk page of the resolution one issue was raised. The issue looks like to be about a possible candidate. Affiliates will have ample time to discuss the merits of candidates during nomination time, screening time, and they can cast their votes on candidates. The Election Facilitators didn't see the necessity for this change, and left the resolution on this point unchanged.

The Election Facilitators will be Abhinav Srivastava, Lane Rasberry, Jeffrey Keefer, Ad Huikeshoven, Neal McBurnett and Alessandro Marchetti. We will welcome more volunteers to assist us in this process, to reach out to the diversity in language and gender in our communities, and do so in an advisory role.

The nomination period opens on April 15. We are going to prepare nomination pages on Meta. You can expect a call for nominations. There is a draft call, including a candidates' profile section with non-binding guidelines about experience and characteristics for nominees. You are welcome to add your insights, or discuss on the talk page.

Erica Litrenta (WMF staff) supports us in this process. She will reach out to all affiliates through mail and other channels to make sure we are up to date with (user)name and contact details of your primary contact.

On behalf of the Election Facilitators, Ad Huikeshoven 10:52, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Update about the Affiliate-selected Board seats process 2019[edit]

ASBS 2019.pdf

Hello everyone!

  • The Resolution has been approved by the Board of Trustees;
  • Nominations phase is now open, from April 15 00:00 UTC to April 30 23:59 UTC. See the Call for Candidates and Nominations pages;
    • Community members may ask questions of the candidates;
  • Your main representative has just received an email to confirm that they are indeed the primary contact and will perform official actions on behalf of your group (such as endorsing candidates and then voting). Some groups also need to verify their eligibility status in due time, as explained in the email;
  • New content is available to spread awareness around the process - the infographic on this page has clickable links and can be translated, and a primer is available, that we hope will be particularly helpful to those new to such a process;
  • Finally, you are welcome to help with translations! Pick one page from the ASBS category and, in the next couple of weeks, please consider translating profiles of the candidates in particular.

Thanks for your attention! The Facilitators for ASBS 2019, 07:33, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Affiliate-selected Board seats 2019 process: your representative[edit]

Nuvola apps important.png

Hello. The name of the only person who will vote on behalf of this group to select the next two Board members is now at m:Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019/Eligible entities. Please contact me directly as soon as possible if you need any kind of corrections there. There's only a few hours left to endorse candidates, and only the official voter can do that. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can make a difference with the necessary translations.

Appreciate your attention and your support so far! Thank you! Elitre (WMF) and Facilitators of ASBS 2019, 12:15, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

Upcoming 2019 Affiliate-selected trustee position on the Board of Wikimedia Foundation[edit]

Greetings Wikivoyage Association,

My name is Gerald Shields, also known as user:Geraldshields11. I am asking for your top rank vote for me in the election for one of two open trustee positions on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees.

I am asking for your vote to help support emerging communities and promote an inclusive education environment on all wiki projects. Also, I plan to promote various other issues as I mention in my statement and answers to various questions. I ask that you show your support for the issues that need to be address by voting for me as one of your preferences.

My candidacy information page is Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019/Nominations/Gerald Shields on Meta or can be found at Gerald Shields candidate. I have responded to the “Questions for all candidates - Questions for this individual candidate that do not apply to other candidates”. My answers give more details on why your affiliate should vote for me.

Thank you for your time, discussion, and consideration of my candidacy. I appreciate it.

My best regards,

Gerald Shields

Geraldshields11 (talk) 00:32, 9 May 2019 (UTC) Thank you for your organization's vote during the 2019 trustee election. With your organization’s, Igbo's, and AfroCrowd's votes, I was able to score better than expected. Geraldshields11 (talk) 18:15, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Introducing Wikimedia Space: A platform for movement news and organizations[edit]

Hi Wikivoyage Association,
I’m writing to let you know that the Community Engagement department [1]at the Wikimedia Foundation is launching a new platform, Wikimedia Space. Here, you will find stories for and by contributors to the Wikimedia movement, and a space for discussions of different topics.

We know that finding information about Wikimedia activities and processes is very complicated, which makes the learning curve to enter our movement and be successful afterwards, really steep. By centralizing community stories and conversations in one shared space, we believe we are facilitating access and discoverability of topics across the movement, improving, in turn, connections among Wikimedians.

As an affiliated organization to the Wikimedia Foundation, we hope that you can share this platform with your local community, and we count on you to encourage them to add their voices. If you’d like to contribute stories, and overall, participate in the discussion section, please read our blogging guidelines and our code of conduct and join the conversation. Find more information about the project on its page on Meta.

Looking forward to seeing you at Wikimedia Space,
María Cruz, Communications and Outreach Manager, Wikimedia Foundation.
MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:53, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

References

Notification of User Group Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reporting[edit]

Greetings @RolandUnger: & @Balou46:,

This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page. This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2018 annual reporting became past due in May. Please be sure to

  1. Post your 2018 annual reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  2. Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  3. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Best regards, DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 21:13, 7 August 2019 (UTC)

@DNdubane (WMF): Thanks for your hint. We will post our report within the next week. --RolandUnger (talk) 14:11, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Introducing Wikimedia Diary: A memory book (notebook) for all[edit]

Wikipedia Education Globe 1.png Wikimedia Diary
Hello Wikivoyage Association, I wanna share you about Wikimedia Diary, a public memory book (notebook) in which Wikimedians from all over the world are free to write any worth noting event/activities/experiences by them or community in this Wiki world. It is a more casual place to write about what one is up to.

As we all know, a diary is a book in which diarist keeps a daily record of events and experiences. Likewise, the basic idea of Wikimedia Diary is that we do many activities here in wiki world which we are proud of, but unfortunately it became only the history anytime. So, It is meant to record those activities on the happened date with a signature (~~~~) which is worth noting, and letting fellow Wikimedians know about what inspirational you've did. It would motivate users from all around the world to keep on cool activities and publish a note. I hope you share your activities with all of us on the page, and please let your friends know about Wikimedia Diary. Also, your feedback is welcome on the discussion page. Thank you!
Kind regards,
Tulsi Bhagat, Initiator of Wikimedia Diary, Wikimedia movement communications group.
MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:09, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

2019 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

The Affiliations Committee (AffCom) – 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 update the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees as well as advise them on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of fourteen members, selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2021.

AffCom continues to closely monitor the Wikimedia 2030 Strategy process that was initiated in 2016. While the affiliation models continue to be discussed as part of the broader strategy discussion, as no decisions have been made to change the current affiliation models yet, AffCom will continue to work in the same manner with regard to affiliate recognitions and intervention support for affiliates with issues of non-compliance in 2020. Specifically, AffCom will continue to process applications for user group and chapter/thematic organization creation, while we await the strategy next steps and begin to prepare for a smooth transition of the committee and affiliates ecosystem to any changing movement structures and systems in 2021.

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 look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

Required and Recommended Skills for Affiliations Committee Members[edit]

Across all committee members there are additional relevant skills as well as requirements which help to support the committee and its sustainability which include both required and relevant general skills

Required Skills[edit]

  • Fluency in English
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly one and two-hour voice/video meetings.
  • Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.
  • Strong track record of effective collaboration
  • International orientation

Relevant Skills[edit]

  • Skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Public Communications (English writing and speaking skills)
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Documentation practices
  • Interviewing experience
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus
  • Experience with, or in, an active affiliate is a major plus.
  • Teamwork
    • Focusing on shared goals instead of disagreements
    • Focusing on the conflict at hand and not past ones
    • Ensuring each member of the team has a clearly defined role, which can help reduce disagreements over areas of responsibility
    • Project and people management to coordinate different parties on a shared plan and seeing it through to completion.
  • Problem-Solving
    • Ability to evaluate various solutions
    • Ability to consider multiple interests and points of view
    • Willingness to revisit unresolved issues
    • The capacity to recognize and respond to important matters
    • The ability to seek compromise and avoid punishing
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.

Given the expectations for maintaining course in 2020 and preparing for potential 2021 transitions, it is important that we are also clear about two different skill sets critical to committee support at this time. The first skillset is oriented to understanding affiliate dynamics and organizational development patterns to successfully process affiliate applications for recognition; the other is oriented to conflict prevention and intervention support for affiliates in conflict.

Affiliate Recognitions Relevant Skills[edit]

  • Administration
    • Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
    • Attention to detail
  • Monitoring & Strategic Development
    • Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
  • Organizational Awareness
    • Understanding of and community building and organizational development
    • Understanding of group dynamics
    • Awareness of the affiliates ecosystem and models

Conflict Prevention & Intervention Relevant Skills[edit]

  • Communication
    • Active listening
    • Reading nonverbal cues
    • Knowing when to interrupt and when to stay quiet
    • Being culturally sensitive at the same time remaining clear and concise when explaining a concept or opinion
  • Stress Management
    • Patience
    • Positivity
    • Ability to inject a dose of humor to dilute anger and frustration when needed
    • Taking well-timed breaks that can bring calm in the midst of flared tempers
    • Ability to manage stress while remaining alert and calm
  • Emotional Intelligence
    • Being emotionally aware,
    • Ability to control emotions and behaviors,
    • Ability to practice empathy,
    • Impartiality,
    • Don’t take anything personally,
    • Being aware of and respectful of differences.
  • Facilitation skills
    • Meeting facilitation experience
    • Peer or community mediation training
    • Peer or community mediation experience

Do you have any of these skill sets and an interest to support movement affiliates?

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process[edit]

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2019 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. We invite you to share with us you applications, specifying your focus area you’re interested in. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta, 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, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2020, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply[edit]

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to AffCom(_AT_)lists.wikimedia.org by 10 January 2020. Your application must include the following information:

  • Your full name and Wikimedia username
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
  • Answers to the following questions:
  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you uniquely qualified?
  4. Which subcommittee are you most interested in serving on: Recognitions OR Conflict Prevention & Intervention?

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact 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!


On behalf of the committee,

Camelia Boban, AffCom member