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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.
Superprotect letter update
Along with more hundreds of others, you recently signed Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, which I wrote.
Today, we have 562 signatures here on Meta, and another 61 on change.org, for a total of 623 signatures. Volunteers have fully translated it into 16 languages, and begun other translations. This far exceeds my most optimistic hopes about how many might sign the letter -- I would have been pleased to gain 200 siguatures -- but new signatures continue to come.
I believe this is a significant moment for Wikimedia and Wikipedia. Very rarely have I seen large numbers of people from multiple language and project communities speak with a unified voice. As I understand it, we are unified in a desire for the Wikimedia Foundation to respect -- in actions, in addition to words -- the will of the community who has built the Wikimedia projects for the benefit of all humanity. I strongly believe it is possible to innovate and improve our software tools, together with the Wikimedia Foundation. But substantial changes are necessary in order for us to work together smoothly and productively. I believe this letter identifies important actions that will strongly support those changes.
Have you been discussing these issues in your local community? If so, I think we would all appreciate an update (on the letter's talk page) about how those discussions have gone, and what people are saying. If not, please be bold and start a discussoin on your Village Pump, or in any other venue your project uses -- and then leave a summary of what kind of response you get on the letter's talk page.
Finally, what do you think is the right time, and the right way, to deliver this letter? We could set a date, or establish a threshold of signatures. I have some ideas, but am open to suggestions.
- It's ok, I really appreciate your intention. My idea is that a kind of consultation where people actually discuss ideas is not what many editors are used to. Community's discussions have the form of idea --> list of +1, where no real discussion about ways to move forward take place. If you have ideas about how to make the structure we gave to that page work better, we're certainly interested, that's why I gave you the link above. I also understand people certainly need places to vent, this just doesn't happen to be a good venue for that. --Elitre (WMF) (talk) 11:20, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
- @Elitre (WMF): Indeed. I think I'm going to go ahead and try to articulate my ideas a little bit better under the section heading you created, and then I'm going to take a break from these discussions for the remainder of the day to give myself a chance to calm down and get level headed again. I'm heading to the Renn Fair today, so that should be useful for that. In the meantime maybe I should just listen to Wikipedia and read some articles. Hopefully by the end of the day I'll have thought on it enough to have a better more specific suggestion. I really wish the escalation of things we've seen recently hadn't happened, though I suspect in the end it will eventually lead to some useful reforms (in some ways it already has the (WMF) accounts are something that needed done for a long time). Pass my thanks on to everyone at the WMF who have managed to remain level headed throughout all of this. It can't be easy. I feel awful for Lila, what a hell of a situation to have thrown at her so early in her time here. Ugh... FML. Zellfaze (talk) 11:36, 30 August 2014 (UTC)
Re: No open proxies
On your «I could reach out to the maintainer of ClueBotNG and see what could be done to get it to interface with AbuseFilter such that any edits it sees as unconstructive are tagged, and if that isn't possible maybe just have it log such edits somewhere special»: these talks are already being had for Grants:IEG/Revision_scoring_as_a_service. But ClueBotNG is only en.wiki. --Nemo 05:50, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
Wiki Loves Pride
You are invited to participate in Wiki Loves Pride!
- What? Wiki Loves Pride, a campaign to document and photograph LGBT culture and history, including pride events
- When? June 2015
- How can you help?
- 1.) Create or improve LGBT-related articles and showcase the results of your work here
- 2.) Upload photographs or other media related to LGBT culture and history, including pride events, and add images to relevant Wikipedia articles; feel free to create a subpage with a gallery of your images (see examples from last year)
- 3.) Contribute to an LGBT-related task force at another Wikimedia project (Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, Wikivoyage, etc.)
Or, view or update the current list of Tasks. This campaign is supported by the Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group, an officially recognized affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation. Visit the group's page at Meta-Wiki for more information, or follow Wikimedia LGBT+ on Facebook. Remember, Wiki Loves Pride is about creating and improving LGBT-related content at Wikimedia projects, and content should have a neutral point of view. One does not need to identify as LGBT or any other gender or sexual minority to participate. This campaign is about adding accurate, reliable information to Wikipedia, plain and simple, and all are welcome!
If you have any questions, please leave a message on the campaign's main talk page.
Thanks, and happy editing!
Edit-a-thon Draft Report on Meta
Hello Zellfaze, I’m from the Program Evaluation & Design team at the WMF. Late last year we received data on edit-a-thons which were completed between September 2013 and September 2014--now the edit-a-thon evaluation report draft is ready for your review. I'm reaching out now because we would love your feedback before we announce the report to the broader community.
- Does the analysis and presentation resonate with your programs?
- How is the report useful to you as a program leader?
- What other data would help to tell the story of edit-a-thons?
Also, would you be willing to contribute a quote for the report? For example, what motivated you to lead the edit-a-thon? What did success look like to you? If you can send a quote by August 16th I would love to include it in the report.
In this report we were able to present 121 edit-a-thons that brought in 2,275 participants and included 5,272 articles created or improved. We expect that this report will help our communities have a more comprehensive view of editathons around the world.
If you want to discuss edit-a-thons and the report findings with other program leaders, we’re hosting a virtual panel of program leaders with group discussion on the themes and findings the week of August 24th. If you have key themes you would like to discuss in the hangout, please do share them on the report talk page!
The estimated plan for review:
- Program leaders who submitted data to review until August 16.
- L&E to incorporate feedback and announce on the PE&D mailing list and social media the week of August 17.
- WMF blog post and a virtual panel the week of August 24.
Thank you again for all your work to track and showcase the results of your edit-a-thons. If you can give feedback on this report, we would appreciate the chance to highlight program leader insights and improve both this and future reports. Abittaker (WMF) (talk) 17:58, 5 August 2015 (UTC)
Feedback for the project "Women are everywhere"
Hi Zellfaze. I'm an editor of the Italian Wikipedia. I'm trying to participate to an IEG with the project "Women are everywhere". You will find the draft at this link https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Women_are_everywhere It would be great if you could have a look at it. I need any kind of suggestion or advice to improve it. Support or endorsement would be fantastic. Many thanks,--Kenzia (talk) 13:48, 2 April 2016 (UTC)
- Thank you for your support and for your help Zellfaze! Regarding your question on the IEG, I'm not sure about the answer. This is the first time I try myself and I don't know if it will work. You can always try, I think it is always better try to do something. If you need my support, let me know. Thank you very much! --Kenzia (talk) 03:55, 4 April 2016 (UTC)
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