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Board elections template[edit]

Hi Risker - just to let you know I've left a response at User talk:Thehelpfulone#Board elections template re the election template. I've made a bunch of tweaks to Template:Board elections 2013 to see how it's going to work with the Translate extension. Now that I've done my tweaks I've removed the <translate> tags from the Board elections/2013 and unmarked it for translation so that you (the Committee) can write up that page. Please let me know when you're ready for things to get translated and I'll help sort it all out. :-) Thehelpfulone 18:30, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

Thanks Thehelpfulone. As I noted in my revisions, the majority of what had been added has not yet been determined yet, and it is likely that much of it will be rewritten significantly so it would be inconsiderate of us to ask for translations at this point. I note that there are some "blue" links in the template that lead to sections of the main page that have now been removed, but it's probably not critical at this point. I confess I am curious as to where you got those dates from, since the Committee hasn't even started discussing dates. Risker (talk) 18:51, 5 February 2013 (UTC)
Indeed, my apologies for that, I did a lot of work for the steward elections last year and some work on this year so I think I got a little too used to just copying the previous year's content and changing the year which I forgot isn't appropriate for these elections! I've also hidden the blue vote link for now and the one to Board elections/2013/Translation until more pages are ready for translation. Thehelpfulone 23:06, 5 February 2013 (UTC)


Hi Risker. Hope that you're fine. As Board ElectCom member and user that raised concerns regarding the Shultze method for voting I wish to tell you that I've opened Talk:Board elections/2013 now that everything is being set up and nothing seems to be definitive so this can be discussed. Best regards. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 17:58, 6 February 2013 (UTC)

FDC Submissions.[edit]

Thank you for your notification - I knew I was logged out but I tried to submit what I could with a connection I was trying to reanimate; I confirmed my identity afterwards.

I am sorry that I have caused some trouble for you and your committee, you(?) will need to decide whether to keep the submission or flush it. For me it is a lesson "not to get persuaded on the last day" - but who would've thought I will have an Internet connection "like in 1999". ;) Or worse.

Trembling while thinking what I must have written in this turmoil,
aegis maelstrom δ 02:30, 18 May 2013 (UTC)


Hi Risker

I've emailed you on a Signpost matter. Just procedural stuff. Tony (talk) 06:36, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Re:My candidate statement request[edit]

Hi Risker, should be fixed now. May you confirm? Thanks -- CristianCantoro (talk) 14:05, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you, Cristian. This meets the length limit. Risker (talk) 14:07, 18 May 2013 (UTC)

Re: identification[edit]

Hi Risker, Yes check.svg Done. To be honest, I haven't submitted my documents before because I was thinking that I was going to be contacted by someone from WMF before sending it. You may also want to state again that the deadline to send a proof of identity is the same as the one for the candidacy in the instructions. -- CristianCantoro (talk) 09:09, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Thank you and sorry for causing the trouble. --Millosh (talk) 15:13, 7 June 2013 (UTC)

RE: Email[edit]

Alright. I understand. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 16:00, 7 June 2013 (UTC)


Risker, I wasn't aware there was a deadline on answering the questions for the Board elections--is there? I can't edit the sections: "Section is deleted" or something like that. I can edit the page as a whole, but that text is full of scary coding...your help is appreciated. (BTW, this happened to me a few days ago already, before voting started.) Also, I'm PayPalling you my bribe--is $10 enough? Thanks, Drmies (talk) 15:02, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Yeah :( sadly that's a side effect of the translation software when it got used there (one that I know has frustrated me many times as well). It doesn't end up letting you use section editing at all. The easiest way for you to find where to go is likely going to be searching for username on the page (if you want an empty/unanswered question you can search for |Drmies = <translate></translate> and put the answer between the two translates). Templates and translation can help a lot but they also, sadly, cause issues like this. I'm not totally sure where the balance is. I don't think there is a question deadline but I'll leave that for risker. Jalexander (talk) 05:48, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
  • Thanks, James. Drmies, I asked James to respond to you because I didn't know the answer. Risker (talk) 06:32, 9 June 2013 (UTC)

Help voter please[edit]

Hi Risker. Thanks very much for all your help with the elections. And since I'm here, thanks also for your work on ArbCom. It's a very difficult task to take on and has little rewards, so I'm thankful that you and others are willing to help in this area. Anyhoo, a voter from fi:wp is having difficulty voting. Could you please provide some advice at Talk:Wikimedia Foundation elections 2013#I Can't vote when you get a chance. Thanks much. 06:01, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much!Thank you very much! 02:57, 16 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for serving on the committee[edit]

Hi Risker, I just wanted to thank you for serving on the elections committee. I know a number of people thanked you already, but I wanted to specifically thank you for keeping the election running smoothly. It's an awful big job to take on and you're already busy with AC, so I think it was very generous of you to help out in this important election. I am sure there are many people that appreciate the time and effort you've put in. Thanks. 01:18, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your work making the elections possible this year. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:43, 25 June 2013 (UTC)
  • I appreciate your kind words. Seems we managed to pull it off after all. :) Risker (talk) 02:33, 25 June 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for sharing your comments on the name change[edit]

Hi Risker, I wanted to let you know I appreciated your sharing your thoughts on the Annual Plan Grants program (formerly known as the FDC process). It is helpful for me to understand how others interpret the names, and I was glad to know your take on the change. Thanks for sharing it. Warm regards, KLove (WMF) (talk) 22:34, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Your steward candidacy[edit]

It's too late to change my vote.... but I noticed something on Wikipedia that has led me to be much friendlier to the idea of your becoming a steward, if you wish to run again in teh future. Your comments in this case show that you saw some of what I confronted, so long ago. The Scibaby sock farm was created by abusive administration.

Obviously, Wikimedians were looking for more cross-wiki experience. Good luck. --Abd (talk) 19:38, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

I too would love to see you run again next year - I think you could bring a lot of good experience to the role. If you wanted to get more experience cross-wiki, the SWMT is a good place to start, or you could look at getting involved more with projects like Wikidata and Commons. Ajraddatz (Talk) 19:40, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Thank you both for your kind comments. Many people whose opinions I generally respect strongly encouraged me to leave the candidacy open even when it was clear that it would not succeed, with the suggestion that it would leave me in better standing should I run for steward again in the future. Unfortunately, some who disagreed with some of my positions on English Wikipedia took advantage of that and posted blatantly untrue comments about me. As a result, if I run again in the future, this will no doubt rear its ugly head again. I'm not really into self-flaggelation, so it would take a lot of persuasion for me to consider a run again in the future. In particular, I'm not really a vandal-fighter or hat collector, and SWMT is pretty much the antithesis of what I've done over the years on Wikimedia projects. I don't object to the perspective that more multi-project experience is desirable; while I don't agree with it (and there are many stewards who did not have much multi-wiki experience when they were first elected), there is nothing inherently wrong with it. I have experience I thought would be useful, but others don't agree with me. That's okay; there are plenty of other ways that I can contribute to WMF projects. Thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts with me. Risker (talk) 19:56, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
    • Well, I had similar issues in terms of the lies, and I still passed, so it certainly is possible. Anyway, [1] may be of interest to you.
    • You know my thoughts on the whole thing already, but I'm sure that your bigger picture experience could be helpful in the development of projects who are still finding their way (and if you look hard enough, there are plenty of well-meaning projects who just need a bit of assistance). Anyway, I'm sure I'll see you around. --Rschen7754 21:17, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

2014 FDC self-nomination[edit]

Hello Risker! Thank you very much for submitting your nomination to join the Funds Dissemination Committee. I am working with the Board representatives to the FDC on the FDC nominations process. As you know, the public question and answer period is now underway. Please do review the questions and respond to them as you are able. If you are selected for an interview, kindly note that interviews will be held the week of the 23rd June and the 30th, if necessary. If the Board appoints you to the FDC, we will be holding orientation for members prior to Wikimania on August 6 and 7 in London. If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to me on my Talk page or at Once again, thank you very much for putting yourself forward as a candidate for the FDC! KLove (WMF) (talk) 00:07, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, KLove (WMF), so noted. I'm starting to work on the questions tonight. Incidentally, that email address returns an "out of office" notice, so I hope that someone other than Anasuya is monitoring it. Risker (talk) 01:04, 20 June 2014 (UTC)
Hi Risker, thanks for the note. The FDCsupport email address goes to the three WMF staff that work on the FDC most closely: Winifred Olliff, Anasuya Sengupta, and me. Unfortunately, when one of us has an out of office notice up, it is triggered by the FDCsupport email. But worry not, our team is always actively monitoring that inbox and responding as quickly as we can. :) KLove (WMF) (talk) 18:25, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

Request for Comment: Evaluation portal redesign preview[edit]

Dear Risker - The Learning & Evaluation team at the WMF is currently redesigning the Evaluation portal! Before we take the next steps in the redesign process, we'd really like to hear your thoughts and feedback about the new design. You have been involved in evaluation portal over the last year and can help us design an improved site.

When you have a moment, please visit the link below for screenshots and more information. We'd really like to hear your feedback by July 21 07:00 UTC so we can incorporate your ideas or comments into the design process.

Thank you so much! --EGalvez (WMF) (talk) 20:16, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Hey Risker! Just wanted to remind you that we'd really appreciate any feedback on this by Monday July 21 7:00UTC. Thanks so much! --EGalvez (WMF) (talk) 23:05, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

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Meek STV for Persian Wikipedia[edit]

Hey Risker. I was delving deeply into the past discussions of the Board elections. I really appreciate all the great work you have done in the past election committees, especiall 2013 election committee. Your report, which I read thoroughly and eagerly, was really insightful. I want to know the story behind the voting system switch from Schulze to S/N/O system, which is highly vulnerable in my opinion. I noticed that a huge amount of load was carried by you in 2013 election committee. I'd like to know how the committee decided to switch to the enwiki system? Was it a personal choice or a genuine joint one? I wonder how the German user who could barely speak English (en-0) was able to participate in the discussions! Did the members of the committee discuss in a private mailing list? If so, what's wrong with the wiki itself which is available to the public?

Let's do a better work; Let's concentrate on the future (I mean short answers for the above-mentioned questions will suffice). I know that Schulze method is a single-winner system, but what about other alternatives such as en:Meek STV (complex) or Scottish STV (simple)? Take a look at I have raised a discussion about this issue at Denny's talk page and would be more than glad to see you there. Sincerely 4nn1l2 (talk) 11:48, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

The discussion was carried out on a private mailing list, and it was pretty much the first discussion that the 2013 Committee had shortly after it was appointed. (We were appointed in February 2013 for the May/June election.) There was universal support for moving away from Schulze, but two months' lead time was not enough to have a good community consultation on a different voting method and then to have software written and tested on SecurePoll if a system other than one already verified was chosen, so we were more or less stuck with S/N/O. We knew this was a weakness, and it is one of the reasons for recommending a standing Election Committee; such a discussion would take 6-8 months of researching options, discussing it with the community, and then writing and testing software. I'm actually not a big fan of S/N/O (although I do prefer it to Schulze), but the options were pretty limited at that point.

It is my understanding that a standing Election Committee is or is close to being approved, which I'm very happy to see, because I think a discussion on voting systems is overdue, and because I think it would be great to re-examine quite a few elements of the current process which are "legacy" but the rationales that existed 10 years ago may no longer be valid. The 2015 committee was even more time-constrained from the 2013 one, and they relied quite a bit on the structure that we had designed for the 2013 election just to make sure that critical functions were carried out; they certainly didn't have time to do very much tweaking, especially given the focus on driving up diversity and having documents translated into multiple languages. I'm extremely impressed by the work the 2015 committee did in such short time, and I hope some of their members may join the standing committee. Risker (talk) 12:35, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

I am glad to see a former Election Commissioner has supported my proposal on 2015 Community Wishlist Survey. I'm asking you because the current Board members didn't even bother to respond my query on the noticeboard. Based on what criteria the Board members appoint the Election Committee members?

I'd like to submit my candidacy because I think that I would make a good commissioner. I've done a decent job on our local Election Committee at Persian Wikipedia along with my fellow commissioners. We have created a table of potential voting systems with pros and cons and their users both in the real world and on the net. For example, I have found out that the following organizations use Meek STV for their elections: Stack Exchange, Apache Board of Directors, LOPSA (2015), Document Foundation, Zope Foundation, and London Hackspace. Meek STV is also used in local elections in New Zealand. I have also found four free and open-source software that can be used to tally votes using Meek STV method, namely Voting systems toolbox, OpenSTV (when it was free), Droop, and Apache. I have also filed a bug in Phabricator (another one by a fellow commissioner) regarding SecurePoll and elections on WMF projects. I have also studied some academic books and journal articles about social choice theory. I also tried to involve myself in the current ArbCom elections at English Wikipedia and even notified User:Mdann52 about the possible repercussions of MassMessage which seems to have come true according to this tread. I also tried to come up with a solution for gender gap and civility problems at English Wikipedia.

I am from Iran in the Middle East and would make the committee more diverse, given the concerns about diversity in the last Board Elections. I would gladly represent Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, and other Middle Eastern Wikimedia communities and would be more than glad to give all Global South communities a voice. I can communicate decently in English and have a passive understanding of Arabic (i.e. I can read and mostly understand but cannot write), as well as my native Persian. I have also some technical backgrounds which I can develop rapidly if I find the motivation and if need be. 4nn1l2 (talk) 17:46, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

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On the FDC appointment. I know it must be a lot of work.

Thanks for your contributions

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Thanks very much, Smallbones. While it is a lot of work, I've found it to be quite rewarding over the last two years. It's been very educational as well: I've learned a lot about various parts of the movement and some of the brilliant contributions made by our volunteers. I'm looking forward to learning even more as I settle in for the next round. Risker (talk) 01:44, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

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Your revert[edit]

So you reverted to ignorant writing that I had bothered to correct. I don't give my time for free to face that kind of bloody-mindedness. Tony (talk) 12:09, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

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