Tell us about your involvement in your home wiki or the broader WM movement. What have you built or contributed to in order to improve your wiki or community? Have you lead or organized any of these activities?
I registered an account at the end of 2009, but my very active contribution history started in early Spring 2012. It was originally about adding to day pages, which continues today as a project, then moved into creating new articles on important modern day phenomena (which later lead to my involvement in ttwiki's List of articles every Wikipedia should have). However, I've quickly discovered that my homewiki has serious issues with community cohesion, respect for Wikimedia principles & policies, etc. (some still unresolved, I am trying to deal with them internally, without bothering Meta-Wiki Community or Stewards too much), so since late 2012 – early 2013 I mainly concentrate on Community member support & Project & Community Development issues.
Since then I've built or significantly improved & continue working on the following issues @ ttwiki:
- Help, Village Pump, Forum & Noticeboards, as well as Policy/Principles/Guidelines section pages
- Categories system (+ Special:WantedCategories, UncategorizedCategories, Templates & Pages)
- Interwiki & Wikidata links (+ Special:UnconnectedPages, WithoutInterwiki)
- Development of Strategy & Action Plan, Administrative Tasks & Functions lists & categories.
- Page wikification and internal linking (+ Special:LonelyPages, DeadendPages)
- Daily ttwiki Advocacy in Tatar groups on Social Networks Program
During my month-long suspension from ttwiki participation (in Feb.2015), I've familiarized myself with Meta-Wiki & started translating various Help pages into Tatar & Guidelines into Russian, an initiative that since then evolved into Meta-Wiki project “Wikipedias in the languages of Russia” (WPLR) that I keep growing further. This forced abstinence from homewiki in a way opened my eyes to the needs of other language communities in Russia, so since then I try participating in various offline community events, for example:
- 2015 Wiki-Sabantuy International Conference (talking points 1, 2)
- 2016 Yanghantau Wiki-seminar (talking points)
- 2016 Finno-Ugric Wikiseminar (poster presentation, unable to attend)
- 2016 Urals Wiki-Seminar (Presenting on WP:LR project)
- 2016 St.Petersburg Wiki-conference (talking points)
What's something great that happened as a result of these activities? This could be descried quantitatively or qualitatively, and could impact online or offline.
- WPLR project's Meta-Wiki page is now multilingual (+ English, Chuvash, Sakha, Tatar, Ukrainian), its Russian-English bilingual newsletter is now being delivered to Forums & Village Pumps in close to 30 various wikis.
- Wikimedia Russia's Meta-Wiki page is now multilingual (+ Avar, Bashkir, German, English, Hungarian, Sakha, Tatar, Ukrainian)
- Wikimedia Russia approved making their WMRU-wiki truly multilingual & organized respective project (I added English & Tatar, colleagues – Bashkir, Kazakh, Sakha & Ukrainian).
- Participants in smaller Wikipedias in the languages of Russia generally feel that they are not fighting for their language all alone
- I've started Selet Wikipedia School (in Tatar, weekly Mentorship meetings for young Wikipedians), Selet movement is now thinking about introducing Wikipedia programs in their clubs throughout Tatarstan & eventually teaching their team leaders how to use Wiki-projects for their educational activities (I've assembled & introduced WikiEdu portal on ttwiki). I have further made some preliminary contacts for a parallel project in Russian to be organized jointly with Tatarstan's Ethnic Groups Friendship Association @ their headquarters building (Virtual Tour) for various language communities' Sunday School teachers (over 30 various linguistic communities, to be conducted in Russian, based on materials I assembled in ttwiki-School & University Projects page).
- Tatar Wikipedia is now Top-visited Content Website on Tatar Internet.
What collaborations with other Wikimedians or Wikimedia organizations are you most proud of?
- Jointly with WMRU's Meta-wiki & SakhaWP representatives, we've prepared a Wikipedia and Turkic cultures: Past, Present and Future report, published in the proceedings of "Traditional Turkic Cultures: Problems & Prospects" scientific-practical conference, Kanash / Chuvash Republic / Russian Federation, 9-11 April, 2015 Section: Linguistics & cross-cultural communication: innovative approaches & development roadmaps.
- Russia wide I'm proud that WMRU is now a Model Russian Organization – the only National-level organization whose website is, at least partly, available in the regional languages of Russia (official status in some part thereof). I'm proud and thankful that WMRU provided me with an opportunity to talk about WPLR & our separate participants during the Plenary on the first day of 2016 Wiki-conference in Saint Petersburg.
- Last year I joined Russian WikiNews, Wikimedians of Bashkortostan User Group, Sakha & other small WP leaders initiated Multilingual News Project, so now we also have Tatar Section on RuWN (though not actively used yet).
- On ttwiki, we've recently co-organized 2016 Wikipedia Asian Month & got Selet Wikipedia School & other local initiatives some attention in mainstream Tatar Media.
I must specifically mention the importance of Wikimedians of Bashkortostan User Group (first on in the regional languages of Russia, actively engaging young and old women in their region to participate in Bashkir Wiki-projects) that is feeling all others among us with hope, so I'm proud to be helping & collaborating with them in their initiatives both online & offline. For example, I've helped them with getting their Meta-Wiki page translated into English, Russian, Tatar & Turkish, and acting as tutor during their 2016 Spring Wiki-camp, sharing useful info & links with them on bawiki Village Pump.
I understand that someday I won't be able to dedicate the same amount of time and attention to Wikimedia projects, so documenting and sharing my experience is a day-to-day priority, both online and offline.
- ttwiki: I add the summary of what I learned into related Help/Guideline pages, Noticeboards/Forums and ping specific Users ASAP (Some examples: 1, 2, 3). I also share Tatar Wikipedia news/discussion groups @ Vk.com & Facebook.com.
- Wikimedia Russia community: I use WMRU mailing list to share something which is of value.
- Wikipedias in the languages of Russia project: I include related links into respective Meta-Wiki project pages or into upcoming newsletter to be delivered to respective Forums/Village Pumps (see links in previous question, I haven't had the time to learn automated delivery, so no deliveries to individual User talk pages just yet).
- Selet WikiSchool
- WMRU & WM Bashkortostan User Group organized events
- Wiki-presentations at various youth summer camps, educational and cultural entities in Kazan & throughout Tatarstan
- person-to-person QAs
Wikimania 2017 submission abstract
The only true freedom we have as human beings is ability to analyze our values critically and rethink what we actually stand for. In this light, faith in some just and kind Creator, valuing sharing or believing WMF vision can't be possibly reconciled with indifference to the fate of any existing language or its culture. How are we doing on this front in our part of the World?
Wikimedia Russia's charter tasks it with providing help to all Wikimedia projects in the languages of Russia. Russian is a country-wide medium of instruction, business & public functions, but there are 49 more languages that have official status somewhere in the Russian Federation and over a 50 more of those majority of native speakers of which reside within the country, and leaving any one of them behind would be going against our mission.
All this diversity of sister language communities have common objectives, somewhat similar challenges, different degree of activity on wiki, in the country-level & international collaboration and initiatives. Volunteer-run Wikimedia Russia is the only country-level organization promoting Russia's indigenous multilingualism, so it would only benefit from all help, expertise & cooperation it can get in bringing this culturally & linguistically rich landscape to blossoming.
Wikipedias in this category:
- 31 Active Wikipedias:
- Russian clearly has the most active community
- 4 more (Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Finnish & Ukrainian) have active (wmfi:, wmua:) or proposed (kk) chapters or user groups (az) outside of the Russian Federation, mainly active within respective national borders
- 2 language-oriented user groups were recently created (Bashkir & Erzya)
- 24 Wikipedias without any affiliate, many even without informally active user groups
- Over 50 more still in the incubator.
Wikimedia Russia organizes various seminars & projects (some co-sponsored by WMF), significant amount of cooperation also takes place in an informal unorganized form.
WM'19: Tell us about your recent involvement in your home wiki or the broader Wikimedia movement. What have you built or contributed to in order to improve your wiki or community? Have you led or organized any of these activities? Please indicate which of these activities took place in the last 12 months.
In the last 12 months:
- I am generally continuing previous activities:
- contributing into Wikipedias in the languages of Russia (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Frhdkazan) in the framework of the project's https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedias_in_the_languages_of_Russia/ActionPlan
- contributing into ttWP service & community development functions: templates, categories, welcoming new users, Village Pump & News forums, Local Contest organization and jury functions, SiteNotice banner proposals, etc. - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Frhdkazan
- organizing Wiki-Meetups & related meetings in Kazan, in the process engaging experienced Wikimedians into off-line events - March 2019 examples:
- Meeting with Tatar Internet Development Fund CEO around including Tatar Wikipedia and Tatar Wikiquote nominations into their Annual Public Awards Ceremonies - see Russian @ https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-ru/2019-March/005057.html
- After Wikimania 2017 I was elected a board member for Wikimedia Russia - https://ru.wikimedia.org/Викимедиа:Членство/en#user-frhdkazan, having since significantly increased:
- my level of activities at :wmru:-wiki (translation, organization) - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Служебная:Вклад/Frhdkazan
- Russia-wide & Wikimedia Languages of Russia related Wikimedia projects support on Meta (translation, CentralNotice banner campaigns) - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Frhdkazan
- contribution into Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community Facebook-group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1942496925980407/
- participation in [Wikimedia-ru] mailing list discussions - https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-ru/2019-March/author.html
- participation in [Wikimedia-l] mailing list discussions - https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2019-February/author.html
- After being named 2018 Wikimedian of the year: - https://wikimediafoundation.org/2018/07/26/farkhad-fatkullin-wikimedian-of-the-year-2018/
- I gave plenty of interviews, mainly in Russian, but some in Tatar and in English - collected @ https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Безнең_турында_матбугатта#Ел_викимедиачысы
- I had a surge in meetings with the Republic of Tatarstan government representatives resulting in:
- Tatarstan.ru moving to free licenses - https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-September/090982.html
- bringing Tatar Wikipedia into mainstream, considering its use in & for Education purposes - https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2018-October/091151.html
- getting local grants to Selet WikiSchool for their off-wiki events
- Fall 2018 Program Closing Conference https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/December_2018/Contents/Russia_report
- Wiki-trips https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/February_2019/Contents/Russia_report#WUG_TAT
- I attended Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2018, giving a number of lightning talks & a presentation on Wikimedia Languages of Russia communities, also translating for those whose English was not good enough - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/October_2018/Contents/Russia_report
- I started developing Smart Region project, around piloting Region-wide application of Wiki for Regional Development idea - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Smart_region
- I motivated and supported my first student & nowadays our Selet WikiSchool coordinator Timerkhan Shaykhutdinov in the initiation of https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/November_2018/Contents/Russia_report#Russia_report:_Tatar_Wikimedians_created_Russia's_4th_Wikimedia_User_Group
- I organized Wikimedia Russia delegation meeting with Kazan Federal University Institute of International Relations Director, who invited to sign a collaboration agreement & bring Wikimedia Education Program into his institution - in Russian https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-ru/2018-December/004999.html
- Presented Smart Region & Selet WikiSchool to Tatarstan President and Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/February_2019/Contents/Russia_report#Tatarstan_pilot_of_%C2%ABSmart_Region%C2%BB_initiative_presented_to_the_Russian_Federation_Deputy_Prime-Minister
- Convinced EDU RUSSIA 2019 organizers to invite Wikimedia Russia Executive Director Stanislav Kozlovsky & WUG TAT member Timerkhan Shaykhutdinov to present during Digital Education section - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/February_2019/Contents/Russia_report#Wikimedia_movement,_Wikimedia_RU_&_WUG_TAT_activities_presented_at_%C2%ABEDU_RUSSIA_2019%C2%BB_Forum
- I initiated a meeting with Tatar Internet Development Fund CEO to include Wikimedia projects into initiatives widely covered by Tatar printed mass-media, radio and TV - see Russian @ https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-ru/2019-March/005057.html
- Tatar Wikipedia nominations into annual Tatar Internet Awards ceremony
- Tatar Wikiquote into Tatar Literary Marathon (4 times a year * 21 days daily quotes promotion in the social networks, covering thousands of people around Tatar World)
WM'19: What’s something great that happened as a result of these activities? This could be described either quantitatively or qualitatively, and could impact either online or offline. Here are some examples that might help.
- Offline - Selet WikiSchool got both monetary and in-kind grants from Tatarstan regional government for the Fall 2018 session, Winter Wiki-trips & now also sending its current coordinator (my first student) Timerkhan Shaykhutdinov to https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia%2BEducation_Conference_2019 (Donostia, Basque Country, Spain) in April 2019, discussing greater funding for Spring 2019 session, a thematic session during Summer 2019 IT BILAR FORUM and other activities - see in Russian @ https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-ru/2019-March/005055.html
- Online - On ttWP, we are seeing an increase in the
- number of Pageviews - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Статистика#Саннар_(ttwiki)
- registration of New Users - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Log?type=newusers&user=&page=&wpdate=&tagfilter=&subtype=create
- User Activity levels - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:ActiveUsers
- Jimmy Wales named me a 2018 Wikimedian of the Year & personally invited to Wikimania 2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jys_0QVqtPw&t=46m00s
- Wikimania 2019 Program Coordinator Liam Wyatt invited me (via Facebook-messenger) to give a talk at the Closing Plenary (right before the announcement of 2019 Wikimedian of the Year) on how my personal & my community's previous and ongoing contribution is supporting https://wikimania.wikimedia.org/wiki/2019:Theme
- Wikimedian of the Year and following attention of the Russian Federal and Tatarstan regional press, then meetings with regional government authorities was useful, as now Wikimedia movement and community has a better recognition in Russia as a phenomenon, as a volunteering activity for the public good & a respectable hobby (though not necessarily widely shared or understood) - in press, discussions, etc.
- I am being regularly invited to Tatar Satellite TV to make Wikimedians' voice heard on various aspects
- Online - I see a shift towards predominantly positive coverage of Wikipedia in both Russian and Tatar websites, groups or individual posts on the social networks.
WM'19: What collaborations with other Wikimedians or Wikimedia organizations are you most proud of?
I am very proud being part of:
- Multilingualism @ Wikimedia Russia wiki - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Викимедиа:Многоязычность
- Multilingual Russian Wikinews - https://ru.wikinews.org/wiki/Викиновости:Многоязычность
- Tatar 4.0 Article writing contest on ttWP - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Проект:Татар_4.0
- Wikimedia Russia article contest banners development and related discussions on Central Notice - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banners/Calendar
- Smart Region project - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Smart_region
- Wikimedia Languages of Russia Community on Facebook - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Banners/Calendar
- Wikimedia Russia discussions on Telegram
- Teaching in-person and remote Selet WikiSchool sessions (since 2016) - https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Selet_WikiSchool
- Press-conference @ Tatar-inform agency around 2018 Wikimedian of the Year - https://tatar-inform.tatar/video/1249/
- Regular meetups of Tatar Wikipedia community in Kazan - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Викиочрашу
- Wikimedia Russia Seminars - see https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/WikiSeminar
- Wikimedia Russia Conferences - see https://ru.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_Russia
- In ttWP, I contribute into
- News forum - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Яңалыклар_форумы
- Press about us page - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Безнең_турында_матбугатта
- Village Pump - https://tt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Википедия:Җәмгыять_үзәге
- Other on-wiki contributions of mine include
- CEE Newsletter (Meta) - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:The_CEE_Newsletter_Russia_reports
- Education Newsletter (Meta) - https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Frhdkazan
- Russian Wikinews (in Russian and Tatar) - https://ru.wikinews.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Frhdkazan
- Mailing lists:
- [Wikimedia-ru] regularly
- [Wikimedia-l] regularly
- On Facebook, I regularly contribute into:
- Wikimedia Languages of Russia group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1942496925980407/
- Wikimedia Foundation social media hub - https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikisocialmediahub/
- Wikipedia Weekly group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/wikipediaweekly/
- Central Eastern European Wikimedia Community group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1535273526719763/
- Tatar Wikipedia group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/352291514949017/
- Tatar Wikipedia page - https://www.facebook.com/tatar.wikipedia/
- and sometimes others
- On Telegram
- Wikimedia General chat
- Wikimedia RU chat
- Russian Wikinews chat
- Russian Wikipedia chat
- I periodically speak to the journalists in my hometown of Kazan, or at Wikimedia events - mainly in Russia, except for two lightning talks at Wikimania 2017 (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Frhdkazan/Wikimania2017) & then lightning talks and a presentation at Wikimedia CEE Meeting 2018 (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/CEE/Newsletter/October_2018/Contents/Russia_report).