- 1 Upcoming IdeaLab Events: IEG Proposal Clinics
- 2 Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decitions
- 3 added Art+Feminism grants
- 4 Please fill out our Inspire campaign survey
- 5 Community discussion on harassment reporting
- 6 How can we improve Wikimedia grants to support you better?
- 7 Last call for WMF grants feedback!
- 8 Talk of Friday
- 9 What future IdeaLab campaigns would you like to see?
- 10 Thank you for taking part in the Community Health learning campaign!
- 11 First in line!
- 12 Future IdeaLab Campaigns results
- 13 Harassment workshop
- 14 Inspire Campaign on content curation & review
- 15 Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants
- 16 Survey on content curation & review Inspire Campaign
- 17 Re: AGF
- 18 Participate in the Inspire Campaign and help address harassment!
- 19 Thank you
- 20 Survey on Inspire Campaign for addressing harassment
- 21 Whose Knowledge? user group update
- 22 Logotype for Connected Open Heritage
- 23 EB1911
- 24 Whose Knowledge? News - February 2017
- 25 Inspire Campaign survey on outreach to outside knowledge networks
- 26 Survey link error fixed
- 27 Whose Knowledge?: [April 2017]
- 28 Whose Knowledge?: [July 2017]
- 29 Welcome to the Structured Commons focus group!
- 30 Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Focus Group
- 31 Structured Commons focus group update, Nov 21, 2017
- 32 Structured Commons focus group update, December 11, 2017
- 33 Why not join the Simple English Wikipedia?
Upcoming IdeaLab Events: IEG Proposal Clinics
Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decitions
The Wikimedia Foundation recently created a new feature, "superprotect" status. The purpose is to prevent pages from being edited by elected administrators -- but permitting WMF staff to edit them. It has been put to use in only one case: to protect the deployment of the Media Viewer software on German Wikipedia, in defiance of a clear decision of that community to disable the feature by default, unless users decide to enable it.
If you oppose these actions, please add your name to this letter. If you know non-Wikimedians who support our vision for the free sharing of knowledge, and would like to add their names to the list, please ask them to sign an identical version of the letter on change.org.
added Art+Feminism grants
Hello Slowking4, I thought you would be interested to know that we expanded the IdeaLab post into two grants: an IEG grant, and a PEG grant this week We welcome your comments, questions, and endorsement. --Theredproject (talk) 14:10, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Please fill out our Inspire campaign survey
Thank you for participating in the Wikimedia Inspire campaign during March 2015!
Please take our short survey and share your experience during the campaign.
Community discussion on harassment reporting
There are many current proposals as part of the 2015 Inspire Campaign related to harassment management. I’ve created a page, Grants:IdeaLab/Community discussion on harassment reporting meant to serve as a central space where the various stakeholders in these proposals and other community members can discuss which methods might serve our community best so that we can unify our ideas into collective action. I encourage you to join the conversation and contribute your ideas! OR drohowa (talk) 01:13, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
How can we improve Wikimedia grants to support you better?
Hi! The Wikimedia Foundation would like your input on how we can reimagine Wikimedia Foundation grants to better support people and ideas in your Wikimedia project.
After reading the Reimagining WMF grants idea, we ask you to complete this survey to help us improve the idea and learn more about your experience. When you complete the survey, you can enter to win one of five Wikimedia globe sweatshirts!
In addition to taking the the survey, you are welcome to participate in these ways:
- Respond to questions on the discussion page of the idea.
- Join a small group conversation.
- Learn more about this consultation.
This survey is in English, but feedback on the discussion page is welcome in any language.
Last call for WMF grants feedback!
Hi, this is a reminder that the consultation about Reimagining WMF grants is closing on 8 September (0:00 UTC). We encourage you to complete the survey now, if you haven't yet done so, so that we can include your ideas.
Talk of Friday
Hi Slowking4, are going to have a presentation on Friday, at the Wikisource Conference? How much time do you need? I have to find you a spot in the program (there's plenty for now :-). Please let me know asap. --Aubrey (talk) 21:12, 14 November 2015 (UTC)
- hi Aubrey , i have prepared some slides, since you have me arriving late thursday, i would prefer the afternoon slot, but fell free to put me in where available (i hear the coffee is strong) Slowking4 (talk) 04:16, 15 November 2015 (UTC)
What future IdeaLab campaigns would you like to see?
I’m Jethro, and I’m seeking your help in deciding topics for new IdeaLab campaigns that could be run starting next year. These campaigns aim to bring in proposals and solutions from communities that address a need or problem in Wikimedia projects. I'm interested in hearing your preferences and ideas for campaign topics!
Here’s how to participate:
- Learn more about this consultation
- Vote on and submit new campaign topics in the AllOurIdeas Survey
- Discuss campaign topics and ask questions on the IdeaLab talk page
Thank you for taking part in the Community Health learning campaign!
apologies for writing in English, if this is not your first language.
I want to thank you once more for engaging in conversation on the Community Health learning campaign. It took us a while, but we can finally announce the winner of the prize, as well as share the outcomes of this conversation.
- The winner of the Wikimania 2016 scholarship is Basak! Congratulate her on her Talk page!
- The analysis of the consultation can now be found on Commons. It was presented at Wikiconference USA 2015, together with a more extensive research project on Community Health.
You might also be interested in taking part in the 2015 Harassment consultation. This is the first of several planned consultations on this topic, intended to provide a place to discuss ideas, concerns, proposals and possible solutions regarding Wikimedia communities’ harassment-related challenges.
This conversation would not have been the same without you. If you have more ideas, or follow up comments on the findings of the campaign, don't hesitate to leave me a message my talk page.
Have a great day,
First in line!
- i appreciate the effort, tried pushing at facebook; we'll see. Slowking4 (talk) 16:07, 18 January 2016 (UTC)
Future IdeaLab Campaigns results
Last December, I invited you to help determine future ideaLab campaigns by submitting and voting on different possible topics. I'm happy to announce the results of your participation, and encourage you to review them and our next steps for implementing those campaigns this year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered time to participate and submit ideas.
With great thanks,
Greetings! You are receiving this message because, at some point in the past, you have participated in a discussion around the topic of harassment. The Support and Safety team is holding a series of consultations gathering feedback on the best potential solutions to the problem. The next stage is a workshop where we hope to narrow the focus to individual actionable ideas and explore how to bring some of these ideas to life.
- Please join us at the Harassment workshop!
Inspire Campaign on content curation & review
I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.
All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is welcome - your skills and experience can help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign to improve review and curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and accessible! I JethroBT (WMF) 05:39, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants
Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals until April 12th to fund new tools, research, outreach efforts, and other experiments that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), IEGs can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.
- Submit a grant request or draft your proposal in IdeaLab
- Get help with your proposal in an upcoming Hangout session
- Learn from examples of completed Individual Engagement Grants
Thanks for your participation in IdeaLab during the Inspire Campaign focused on improving content curation & review processes from February to March 2016. I'm interested in hearing your feedback about your participation during campaign, so if you're able, I invite you to complete this brief survey to describe how you contributed to the campaign and how you felt about participating.
Immediate results of the campaign can be found here. Please feel free to review them and let me know if you have any questions about the campaign or the survey. Thanks! I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 02:31, 26 May 2016 (UTC)
I still believe that most users are rooted in AGF. WMF is a degeneration of the worse, but perhaps you're right that they're rather a degeneration of what's worse in each of us. Nemo 06:25, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
- yep, we get the culture we deserve. the naive newbies who AGF are constantly bitten by the cynical admins or staff. the high handed command style of "leadership" is based on ignorance. we won't change because we don't want to learn. Slowking4 (talk) 12:18, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.
Proposals in any language are welcome during the campaign - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign so that we can work together to develop ideas around this important and difficult issue. With thanks,
Hi Slowking4! First of all I wish to thank you for your support for the idea "More culture, less harassment". I think you have perfectly understood my meaning. Maybe someone else will go on with the project, I intend to stop here. I watched on you tube your presentation at the Wikimedia Diversity Conference in Washington, it was very interesting. I gave my support for your idea of training ambassadors. My opinion is that it is really necessary to do something for creating a new and better atmosphere in Wikipedia. Best regards, --Kenzia (talk) 17:18, 22 June 2016 (UTC)
- Thank you very much for your message. It's very kind of you. I confess I'm a little discouraged. Besides, it seems to me that you are the only one who understood the meaning of my idea. I'll write to Wittylama, following your suggestion. --Kenzia (talk) 06:50, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
Survey on Inspire Campaign for addressing harassment
Thanks for your participation during the Inspire Campaign focused on addressing harassment from June 2016. I'm interested in hearing your experience during the campaign, so if you're able, I invite you to complete this brief survey to describe how you contributed to the campaign and how you felt about participating.
Whose Knowledge? user group update
Hi! Thanks for joining the Whose Knowledge user group - we’re so glad to have you involved!
Here are some updates about recent activities:
- User group approved: Our user group was officially approved in October - hooray! Big thanks to Raystorm and FloNight for the idea to create a user group for the Whose Knowledge? campaign :)
- Mapping feminist knowledge at AWID's 2016 Forum: Interested in learning more about what we’ve been doing lately? Read our blog post on what we learned from mapping feminist knowledge at Association for Women's Rights in Developments 2016 Forum.
- New grant proposal:
- We’ve proposed a WMF project grant. It would be great to have your feedback and/or endorsement by November 1 if this project interests you!
- It would also be great to have your help notifying communities already working on systemic bias about this proposal. Here is a draft message to use if you'd like - please translate, change as you see fit for your own context, and share in any communities you’re active in on and off-wiki!
Logotype for Connected Open Heritage
After the public consultation we have decided to pick Logo 1 as the new logotype for Connected Open Heritage. There was a great set of options and the decision was not easy. Thank you kindly for your work and your creativity!
Good to hear from you and to have such a helpful message. Did you mean half way through volume 12 or half way through to volume 12.5? Let me know and I'll add a message to Wikipedia:Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Encyclopaedia Britannica to get some additional helpers. -- PBS (talk) 20:45, 28 November 2016 (UTC)
Whose Knowledge? News - February 2017
Thanks for all of your support for Whose Knowledge? so far! Get ready, we're going to need lots of your help in 2017 :)
What's new in 2017:
1. Volunteers needed
As Whose Knowledge? grows, there are lots of things to do! Can you help?
- Are you good with data entry, categories, mailing lists or social media? We especially need people to help with organizing knowledge for Dalit History Month, and building out our communications (including this monthly newsletter!) right now!
- If you're interested in volunteering for these or any other projects, please signup here
2. Pilot projects
Building partnerships and testing our approach with marginalized communities.
- Dalit History Month: We're working with Equality Labs to support Dalit communities in South Asia and the United States to map knowledge and create Wikipedia content. Dalit History Month edit-a-thons are coming in April!
- Women's Human Rights Defenders: In partnership with Urgent Action Fund, we'll be supporting a group of women's human rights defenders around the world with more mapping and wiki content creation. Themes and geographies coming soon!
- Kumeyaay Wikipedia Initiative: Following the 2016 Indigenous People's Day edit-a-thon, we're continuing to work with members of the Kumeyaay tribe in Southern California and Baja to map and contribute indigenous knowledge to Wikimedia projects. A discussion day with Kumeyaay community in San Diego is being planned for May.
We've got financial support for 2017!
- WMF grant: 6-month funding (February-July 2017) was approved to pilot our approach to mapping knowledge and creating Wikipedia content with the Dalit community and global women's human rights defenders. Thanks for all your endorsements!
- Shuttleworth Fellowship: Anasuya is a Shuttleworth Fellow! This means we'll be able to spend more time organizing, and have support for convenings, campaign infrastructure, etc.
4. Wikimedia Strategy
Find us at Wikimedia Conference.
- Anasuya and Siko will be carrying the Whose Knowledge? vision of diversity, pluralism and representation of marginalized communities into movement strategy conversations in Berlin March 2017.
- What's your vision for the Wikimedia movement? If you have a perspective that you'd like us to help represent in Berlin, please reach out and let us know!
Thanks for your participation during the Inspire Campaign focused on outreach to outside knowledge networks from February 2017. I'm interested in hearing your experience during the campaign, so if you're able, I invite you to complete this brief survey to describe how you contributed to the campaign and how you felt about participating. I want to improve how campaigns are run, so let me know if there's something that could be done better for next time.
Hi there, there was a error with the Inspire survey link that caused the survey to be shown as expired, but has now been fixed. The link in the above message should now bring you to the survey. Apologies, I JethroBT (WMF) 19:20, 31 March 2017 (UTC)
Whose Knowledge?: [April 2017]
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Welcome to the Structured Commons focus group!
Hello! Thank you very much for signing up to the community focus group for Structured Commons :-)
- How to organize ourselves?
This focus group is new and experimental, and I welcome your tips and thoughts on how we can organize this in the most convenient and productive way. For now, I have posted a few separate topics on the focus group's talk page. Please add your questions there too! If we all add that page to our watchlist, that's probably a good way to stay up to date with current discussions. Steinsplitter has also initiated a brand new IRC channel specifically for Structured Commons: wikimedia-commons-sd (webchat) which we invite you to join. Please let me know if you have other ideas on how to work together.
- Current updates
- For your agenda: IRC office hour about Structured Commons, Tuesday 21 November at 18:00 UTC in wikimedia-office (webchat).
- A newsletter about Structured Commons is sent out later today. Its frequency will probably increase from now on. You are warmly invited to contribute to next issues — don't hesitate to add updates.
- The documentation and info pages about Structured Data on Commons have received a thorough (and much overdue) update this week, in order to get them ready for all the upcoming work. Obsolete pages were archived. There are undoubtedly still a lot of omissions and bits that are unclear. You can help by editing boldly, and by leaving feedback and tips on the talk pages.
- More things (logo? tools?) to be discussed on the focus group's talk page!
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Welcome to the Dispute Resolution Focus Group
Thank you for signing up, and welcome to the dispute resolution focus group!
Read over the focus group introduction to get started.
Then read through the first module, which begins now and ends on Monday. The first module will be conducted via email, while later modules will be conducted on a separate page. We will provide additional logistical information as the focus group progresses.
Structured Commons focus group update, Nov 21, 2017
Hello! You are receiving this message because you signed up for the the community focus group for Structured Commons :-)
- IRC office hour today, 21 November, 18.00 UTC
- The IRC office hour about Structured Commons takes place at 18:00 UTC in wikimedia-office webchat. Amanda, Ramsey and I will give updates about the project, and you can ask us questions. The log will be published afterwards.
- Tools update
Many important community tools for Commons and Wikidata will benefit from an update to structured data in the future. You can help indicate which tools will need attention:
- Check this Google spreadsheet and leave your comments (ping me if you'd like full editing access to the spreadsheet)
- More and more tools will also be tracked on Phabricator and on the tools inventory page. Feel free to add and edit.
Structured Commons focus group update, December 11, 2017
Hello! You are receiving this message because you signed up for the community focus group for Structured Commons :-)
Later this week, a full newsletter will be distributed, but you are the first to receive an update on new requests for feedback.
- Three requests for feedback
- We received many additions to the spreadsheet that collects important Commons and Wikidata tools. Thank you! Now, you can participate in a survey that helps us understand and prioritize which tools and functionalities are most important for the Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata communities. The survey runs until December 22. Here's some background.
- Help the team decide on better names for 'captions' and 'descriptions'. You can provide input until January 3, 2018.
- Help collect interesting Commons files, to prepare for the data modelling challenges ahead! Continuous input is welcome there.
Why not join the Simple English Wikipedia?
I can honestly see why you’ve evaded your block so much, you keep reading the English Wikipedia, personally I would advise you not to do it (don't try to acquire free knowledge? Why?), I personally avoid reading the English Wikipedia like the plague, I did it a few weeks ago and I came across an article with so many errors, some sections were unsourced with easy to find sources, some templates didn’t manifest correctly because the wrong parameters were set, there was some hoax information that no one removed in years, and I realised that I had the urge to improve that article, so I quickly closed the tab and now that article (and many others) are still obsessively calling to me every day, so I just avoid reading the English Wikipedia unless I really have to because when you’re used to editing and improving the encyclopedia losing “the privilege” (as the English ArbCom called it) of editing the encyclopedia “anyone can edit” becomes too much, but as the Standard Offer essay was given to me I don't have much choice, blocks are wholly punitive, and so is yours, if you're blocked for uploading bad images then they should develop software to just prevent you from uploading them, the articles you created while evading your block had nothing to do with your block and that’s why I wanted the specialised blocking tools to be a thing, the world is losing quality content because editors are given the full ban hammer for issues could be isolated, and should be individually appealed. Anyhow, as difficult as it sounds (since Wikipedia pops up with every search ) I would advise you not read the English Wikipedia, and maybe even go to the Simple English Wikipedia to write those articles you made and import them after you’ve been unblocked. Honestly in my case I didn't even want to stay on the Dutch Wikipedia as long as I’m now, but because of my prior global lock (which some admins there claimed was a global ban because policies should only be selectively interpreted) I actually started translating a bit more articles than I initially wanted (also because the internal standard offer reads that if you don't do anything on other projects that that alone is a reason for rejection). That aside I’ve been wanting to go to English Wikisource for some time but I still have to finish off some things on Dutch Wikipedia, in your case I would advise you to go to the Simple English Wikipedia (where I actually also wanted to go, but I'm afraid that because I'm the only person to use a few sources such as Art-Hanoi or the University of California at Santa Barbara that I'll be seen as “a cross-wiki spammer” for actually citing content, so I chose not to), though I would have to warn you about Simple English Wikipedia’s one strike policy which is a non-sensical policy that anything that you give you let's say a 5 hour block would give you a first time indefinite block simply because you're blocked on the English Wikipedia (though other wiki's such as Dutch Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons that have policies that officially go against the one strike policy still have admin cultures that enforce them as such).
Is there a reason why you never went to the Simple English Wikipedia? I see that you’re affiliated with Wikimedia DC, are you employed by them or is your affiliation different? Because I saw that the autoblock of your block once disrupted a WikiConference USA. --Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 🔒) (My global unlock 🔓) 12:39, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
I'll be honest, I only appealed my global lock because of two specific reasons, Beetstra falsely accused me of being a spammer, and this edit which reverted content additions (against both global and local policies). If Beetstra never accused me of being a spammer I would've still been locked now and not appealed it, but it's the culture on all Wikimedia projects that educational content should be removed because of the author that bothers me, and honestly I feel really bad that the articles you created were speedy deleted rather than going through a regular request for deletion because I’m pretty sure that if “Banned contributor” would be the only given reason that very little content would actually be deleted solely on that basis alone, you have people who are here to build an encyclopedia, and you have people that are only here to revert and delete while rarely actually caring about content, and the latter group is exactly what's wrong here. Don't mention what wrongs they locally make on that local project because they would still call it “importing problems from other projects” either because the lack the capabilities to logically assess the situation, or because “assume bad faith” is simply the norm (though it's probably a combination of both). Just try joining Simple English Wikipedia, and make some content there, if you’re lucky some uninvolved editor will bring them to English Wikipedia too. --Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 🔒) (My global unlock 🔓) 12:40, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
- beetra has an idiosyncratic view of spam, but he does have some admin support. he is biting a generation of new users, rather than welcoming them, and improving their links. he is a symptom of a broken culture. you noticed that they have a summary process that harms the wiki. even worse you have an editor, who deletes 18000 articles after 30 days, because 1000 of them need some reference cleanup. we see a recent deletion wave to enforce moves of denied AfC reviews. and here are the reputation consequences ;  there is a blocked editor at simple, but i prefer the community at wikisource. my unsatisfactory solution is "recruit 500 editors to vote at arbcom and impose civility code of conduct". we will see. Slowking4 (talk) 13:39, 17 December 2017 (UTC)