Cirt 06:22, 18 April 2008 (UTC)
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Movement Wide Finance Report 2014
I’m Alex, currently a finance fellow (i.e intern) at the Wikimedia Foundation. I worked before for Wikimedia France, planning the Hackathon Lyon 2015 mainly. I'm today contacting you because of your activity for Wikimedia Colombia User Group.
Last year, Finance Fellows produced a financial report that included financial activity from every chapters. It was great and has been presented at the Wikimania in Mexico.
If you haven’t seen the results of the Report 2013, here they are: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Chapter-wide_Financial_Trends_Report_2013
We’re currently starting the Report 2014 and this year we also want to include user groups to improve the scope of our work. I want to tell you that I’ve tried to make the process as short and easy as possible, so that shouldn’t require a lot of your time.
The aim of such a report is global. It helps having an idea of how the money is used across the movement, it helps chapters and user groups to learn about best practice and finally it leads to more transparency through a qualitative work, which I believe is important.
Could you briefly tell me if you had any income and expenses in 2014? If you are not the person responsible for this, please tell me who is the user the most likely to know this information.
I’ll be your contact for this project this year, I’m looking forward to working with you!
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Hi Rasco! Thank you for your message. I am really inspired with what you did and I regret that we were not aware of your experiences before because there are some things we would probably use. There are some ideas you had that I especially like. Using the contest to enrich Wikivoyage is such a natural and good idea. Wikivoyage is a very good project to invite newbies to wiki-environment - the rules are much simple that the ones on Wikipedia. And I agree that the project fits well to a vacation contest. And I think that making the topic range much wider was also a good idea (for example I am really surprised that there are not so many good pictures of food on Commons so adding this is a nice thing).
As a person responsible for social media in WMPLI am also really interested in the Facebook competition - according to your report you had a great increase in number of followers.
For now it is difficult for us to tell if our contest will be a success but it seems to me that if we decide to continue with the contest next year then it will be best to do it together and bring it to the international level. As I am not a member of the board I cannot make any decisions but I already informed the board that there is a chance for a nice cooperation here.
Two questions I have:
- did you allow to upload only photos made in Columbia or also made on vacations in other countries?
- you choose the beginning of the year as the contest time. Is it because it is vacation time in Colombia or because you wanted people to upload pictures which they have made during vacation?
Thank you for your message (I am going to my own vacation tomorrow and I want be online frequently so please excuse me if you will have to wait for my answer a bit :) ) Magalia (talk) 20:29, 16 July 2016 (UTC)
- Thanks for the ping. +1 to what Magalia wrote above. I already described that we were unaware of your contest when we organised our version of it - but the more I read about it, the more I regret we didn't get in touch with you in time. There's so many splendid ideas you have there! And the Facebook part of the contest is simply great (why haven't we come up with the same idea?!). I'm also very pleased about the outcome, especially that you managed to achieve all of that for less than a thousand USD. In our case we went for monetary prizes due to the fact that in the past this proved a great way to attract professional photographers who would otherwise not be willing to share their work so freely. Our goals in the past couple of years gradually shifted from having *any* pics of our country to having *good* pictures, which is why our budget for our Wikivacations is over twice as big (over 9k PLN, that's 2.25 thousand USD).
- There's a couple of experiences and tools we might share already. For one, take a look at , or more specifically, the upload map there. This solves the problem of both geographical coordinates (as you have to click on the map when uploading pics) and categories (as the list of historical monuments, national parks and whatnot is pretty much definite, so there's at least one category automagically assigned to every place on a map). Plus, the map's code is free for all to grab :) We also have a tool that streamlines the process of picture selection for the judges (ask User:Yarl for the details). It's worked wonders in the past during WLE and WLM, when the judges had to deal with literally thousands of pictures.
- The problem we didn't solve so far is actually making the pictures count. In the past our Wikigrants program and various contests allowed us to gain thousands of pictures for Commons. Yet, only a small percentage of them is actually used in Wikimedia articles anywhere, even when the corresponding articles lack pictures. Yet forcing the uploaders to also use the pictures is a sure way to attract edit wars over whose picture stays, and plenty of changing good pictures for worse ones. Did you encounter this problem as well?
- I would also love to cooperate on this in the future. One problem I see is that we're halfway across the globe, which means our summer vacations don't overlap. December and January are the middle of winter here, so not the best time to do pictures (people do have free time in the winter though). How to make it work? Also, pinging @Magalia: :) Halibutt (talk) 22:51, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
(I'll start answering in this page; for the record, my previous answers are here)
@Magalia:, @Halibutt:: Don't worry too much about comparing your budget with ours. One of our advantages (for Wikimedia issues only; on "real life", it's actually a hard problem!) is that the change between dollars and Colombian pesos produces a lot of pesos, so money in USD is more valuable. This is partially countered by the fact that technology here is a bit expensive, but in the end is still good for the grant.
About the map: we used something like that for Wiki Loves Monuments, when monuments lists existed. Yet, for Wikivacaciones that didn't work at all, as we allowed an very broad kind of stuff to be pictured (food, people, activities, non-monument landmarks, etc.), so it was impossible to put a map with each of them. However, now I believe that we would be able to use a map with at least each town marked (so each photo gets at least its town information, as we got with our town codes).
About using the pictures: yep, we have the same problem. Our current "solution" is simple: Wikimedians of Colombia volunteers manually put pictures in Wikipedia articles during the contest months. We don't have a "formal" method for that: they simply pick some pictures from the categories according to their personal taste at that moment.
About the vacations overlap: here in Colombia, we have two vacations: one at half year and one at the end of the year. Right now, I can think of two solutions:
- We can switch to half year vacations. However, we'd prefer to used the other ones, as they are bigger and more people actually use them.
- We can make the contests in different months. We are not used to that as every other contest runs simultaneously, but we can think out of the box in this one :).
Cheers. --Racso ¿¿¿??? 00:52, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
Hello, Racso! You receive this message because last year you took part in the CEE Women challenge. This year the challenge repeats, and it will take longer: from now until the end of May (about 10 weeks).
Please, feel invited to visit the page Wikimedia CEE Spring 2018/CEE Women and join the challenge again. Help have more notable women from Central and Eastern Europe in more language versions globally, including Spanish. We again have a list of ideas for biographic articles of women from all over the CEE.
What is different this year is that now you can set your own minimal number of articles as a measure of your challenge (i don't advise you to challenge yourself with more than 70 ;) 10-20 is perfect!). Also, you can receive as a prize a postcard not only from Bulgaria (as in 2017), but also from a list of countries from CEE and around the world. Apart of being a receiver, you can also opt to be a sender of postcards from your country to some of the other participants! That would also be awesome!