User talk:Ral315

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Substing signature[edit]

Please don't do it yourself, I have a bot that can do it without flooding recent changes. MaxSem 00:16, 2 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Anyway thank you for your proposal. Happy new year! --Aphaia 11:22, 3 January 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Moving pages to[edit]

FYI: --.anaconda 13:55, 7 March 2007 (UTC)[reply]



How can I mail you? You did not provide a mail address. Thanks, Yann 07:31, 20 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]

your comment[edit]

replied. --Aphaia 05:59, 26 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Answers by Frieda[edit]

  1. Do you have any other usernames or pseudonyms?
    Yes. I'm well know as Ubi too, a contraction of Ubiqua (from ubiquitous).
  1. What current or former user rights or positions do you have, and on which projects? (i.e. administrator, bureaucrat, arbitrator, developer, steward, board member, etc.)
    I'm bureaucrat on, it.wikt, it.source,, president of WMI, OTRS admin, italian press contact.
  1. Outside of Wikipedia, what do you do for a living?
    According to Newsweek, I currently work as a programmer ;-)
  1. What languages do you speak?
    Italian and english. I can read some spanish and portoguese.
  1. Why do you want to join the Board? What qualities do you feel you can bring to the Board?
    I was asked to run for the Board last here, but when I started to write my presentation I discovered that I didn't have so much to say; then I was asked again this year.. ;-) I try to summarize my ideas in my candidate statement. I think that I can share my experience as a (founder) member of a Chapter, my organizational skill, and my origin (I'm a not-english native speaker, I'm european, I was here when italian community born..)
  1. About how much time do you think you'll put into the role?
    All the necessary, a night is long ;-) More seriously, at least a couple of hours a day.
  1. Ideally, where do you see the Wikimedia Foundation in 5 years?
    I don't have the necessary fancy, but in 5 years every Wikimedia project will be a leader in its field and WMF will be an opinion leader. Moreover we'll have gained stability in our practices and, why not?, finances.
  1. As a board member, how will you ensure a balance between openness and necessary privacy in board matters?
    There isn't a recipe in such a matter, I'll evaluate case by case. OTRS and WMI experiences will help.
  1. Recent discussion has centered around the Wikipedia and Wikimedia brands. How do you feel the Wikimedia brands should be used, or changed?
    In most cases Wikimedia brands must be enforced; in fact Wikipedia is, at present, the only identifiable and well know brand. I gave some answers to the survey on Meta, and I pointed out two facts: the first is that some names are too close to just one language (english) and sounds wrong in approximately all the others; second, all the logos should communicate a family feeling.
  1. Wikimedia projects in developing nations are growing in popularity, but still lag far behind the more popular projects. What steps would you suggest to improve the quality, readership, and number of editors on smaller wikis?
    It depends on different elements (project, language diffusion, number of speakers..) but generally speaking there're two good practice: facing with older and bigger project to learn from their experience, sometimes gathering help from the world outside. A virtual meeting point (pages on meta or an IRC channel) could be useful too. According to my experience in, at the very beginning of a project, its size is the most important factor: it's necessary a certain number of articles to become visible in the Net, catch new contributors and "set up" the virtuous circle.
  1. What do you feel should be done to increase participation on non-Wikipedia projects?
    In part the same as above ;-) Besides anyone (in particular press contacts, chair of Chapters and every one who presents Wikimedia in public events) should cite other projects too.
  1. As a board member, what strategies would you consider to raise money for the Foundation?
    More attention to small donors and more care to OTRS donation queue (which is at present quit abandoned), more attention to proposals forwarded by the Chapters
  1. What else do you want to say to voters? (This is a good place to answer a question specific to your candidacy that you think should be answered)
    Candidates are not names. Please, read our statement and our answers :-)


Frieda 11:38, 27 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Striking your vote[edit]

Hello Ral315,

Thank you for your interest in the Wikimedia Board Election. The Election Committee regretfully informs you that your previous vote was received in error and will be struck according to the election rules, described below.

The Election Committee regretfully announces today that we will have to remove approximately 220 votes submitted. These votes were cast by people not entitled to vote. The election rules state that users must have at least 400 edits by June 1 to be eligible to vote.

The voter lists we sent to Software in the Public Interest (our third party election partner) initially were wrong, and one of your account was eventually included to our initial list. There was a bug in the edit counting program and the sent list contained every account with 201 or more edits, instead of 400 or more edits. So large numbers of people were qualified according to the software who shouldn't be. The bug has been fixed and an amended list was sent to SPI already.

Our first (and wrong) list contains 80,458 accounts as qualified. The proper number of qualified voters in the SPI list is now 52,750. As of the morning of July 4 (UTC), there are 2,773 unique voters and 220 people, including you, have voted who are not qualified based upon this identified error.

In accordance with voting regulations the Election Committee will strike those approximately 220 votes due to lack of voting eligibility. The list of struck votes is available at

We are aware of the possibility that some of the people affected may have other accounts with more than 400 edits, and hence may still be eligible to vote. We encourage you to consider voting again from another account, if you have one. If you have no other account eligible to vote, we hope you reach the criteria in the next Election, and expect to see your participation to the future Elections.

Your comments, questions or messages to the Committee would be appreciated, you can make them at m:Talk:Board elections/2007/en. Other language versions are available at m:Translation requests/Eleccom mail, 07-05.

Again, we would like to deeply apologize for any inconvenience.

Kizu Naoko
Jon Harald Søby
Tim Starling

For Wikimedia Board Election Steering Committee

My steward election[edit]

Thank you for supporting my steward election having passed with 72-1-4-99%.Jusjih 01:53, 25 December 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Translation of statement[edit]

Dear Ral315,

A little question about the upcoming Board elections: you added the statement of mvart4u on the election pages. However, this statement is full of abbreviations, spelling mistakes, non-capitalisations and so on. So, my question is: did the user send his application exactly like that? Because if so, I'll translate it (into Dutch) the same way as it is written on the English page... And if not, I hope it could be changed into the proper application :-)

Eager to hear your answer soon,

Greetings, Kthoelen 16:23, 24 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

The statement was posted exactly as I received it via e-mail. The abbreviations were, I believe, added to remain at the 1,200 character limit, but can be changed in translations to help readability. Spelling mistakes should be corrected. Capitalizations I don't have a preference on; they were probably placed deliberately, but in translating I would encourage you to make the statement readable. Ral315 (talk) 16:41, 24 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

As my work now, basically are converting zh-hant to zh-hans, I will add the missing candidate, thx for your notice-- ※ JéRRy ~ 雨雨  ※  Was?  ※  20:39, 28 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

Just Added, no worry -- ※ JéRRy ~ 雨雨  ※  Was?  ※  20:46, 28 May 2011 (UTC)[reply]

2011 election voter list[edit]

Hi, do you have a copy of the 2011 election voter list? It doesnt appear to be online. See Talk:Board_elections/2011#Voter_list. John Vandenberg (talk) 06:03, 22 June 2013 (UTC)[reply]