User talk:GVarnum-WMF

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Covid-19 article on meta[edit]

Hi GVarnum-WMF You are obviously the main contributor to COVID-19 (see:

Just wondering why you are not participating in the Talkpage discussions. btw thanks for including CORONATION IN Category: COVID-19

Cheers, Ottawahitech (talk) 14:39, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

@Ottawahitech: Hello, I have been participating in discussions on topics not related to project content. The Wikimedia Foundation staff does not edit non-meta project content as a part of our roles, and so I have not engaged in project content discussions. Is there a particular issue you were expecting a reply from someone at the Foundation to and have not received one? Thank you! --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) [he/him] (talk) 12:51, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
Wait a minute, I am confused: you say that Foundation staff does not edit project content, but the xtools link I included in my message above clearly says that you contributed 83% of the contents of COVID-19 which you yourself created on 2020-03-17? What is the point of creating a dead-end article on Meta and sitting on this very rare piece of online real-estate that you say you are not permitted to participate in? Why can you not participate in public discussions of a page that you contribute to, instead of doing so on your user talkpage?
Wouldn't you agree that it may appear to some that the wmf is obstructing the community's effort to help in this worldwide crisis?
btw as you well know I can easily be locked out of all wmf sites for posting this here Ottawahitech (talk) 13:58, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
@Ottawahitech: I think you misunderstood. By projects, I meant article content on the primary content projects such as Wikipedia and Wikiversity. Can you clarify what you mean by dead-end? It is linked from the mainpage and many other pages, and links out to dozens of pages. Also, I have no idea what you are talking about regarding potentially being locked out. I also have no idea what you mean by "Wouldn't you agree that it may appear to some that the wmf is obstructing the community's effort to help in this worldwide crisis?" As I said, I have been engaged on that talk page (check its history), and that portal page can be edited by any confirmed user (as you yourself have done). Accusations of obstruction are a rather bad faith approach to a discussion.
To your original point, I simply did not see your comment on that talk page earlier (things are hectic right now) and thought you were talking about a comment on there about a Wikipedia article - which is why I asked if there was something specific you wanted me to reply to. If you felt that you needed my attention on that page, please consider pinging me on that page directly (I agree this talk page is a bad place), or perhaps linking to the specific thread you are referring to if you ping me here.
That all said, thank you for your note on the talk page about the date, I have no thoughts about it either way and I think originally got the info from the English Wikipedia article as it existed at that time. The edit you made seems fine to me as it clearly did to others as well. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) [he/him] (talk) 19:20, 6 April 2020 (UTC)


The article has an "at least" closed date for WMF offices. If there is a new date, would you please consider updating it. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:20, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: Thank you for this inquiry! I updated the page on Monday after we finalized some things in a morning meeting. --Gregory Varnum (Wikimedia Foundation) [he/him] (talk) 17:29, 6 May 2020 (UTC)

Template:WRC tabs nominated for deletion[edit]

Hello. An item which you created or you have editted substantially (Template:WRC tabs) has been nominated for deletion. Please see the ongoing discussion at Meta:Requests for deletion. Thank you. --Pols12 (talk) 13:57, 16 January 2021 (UTC)