Frieda Brioschi | 30 Jun 22:30 2015

[Wikimedia Announcements] Board approval of FDC Recommendations Round 2 2014-2015

Dear members of the Wikimedia community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, I want to
share the news that we have approved [1] the Funds Dissemination
Committee’s Round 2 2014-2015 recommendations [2] for the Annual Plan
Grants. In this round, five Wikimedia organizations will be receiving a
total of roughly $1,248,913, for a total of $5,060,913 allocated in both
rounds in 2014-2015. Grants are made in local currency, so the USD figure
is approximate. The remaining $939,087 from the FDC’s $6 million grants
envelope this year will be returned to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Congratulations to Wikimedia Armenia, Wikimedia Italia, Wikimedia
Norge, Wikimédia
and Centre for Internet and Society (CIS)! To the volunteers, staff, and
boards of these organizations receiving annual plan grants, we commend you
for your good work. It is not easy to develop strategic and impactful
annual plans, and we thank you for all you have done. We look forward to
the year ahead.


Frieda and María, on behalf of the WMF Board of Trustees


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Jonatan Svensson Glad | 30 Jun 06:36 2015 died in 2012

The website findarticles died in 2012 causing over 20 000 articles to have dead links on them. A few of them
was backed up on Wayback, but their robot.txt changed so all those archives were deleted as well. So either
articles have a dead link showing as 200 (which does) or they are claiming to be archived
while they are not.
Read more in my blog post about this:
Can we use a bot to remove all instances of this link, or should we go through them all manually? Can we use bots
such as CItation bot (which is currently blocked) to find doi's and other links to replace these links
with? Ideas people! Barely any of these links are tagged as dead, and can't by Checklinks (unless done
manually) since they show as 200.

Svensson Glad

President of SSU Tyresö and Editor on

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James Salsman | 28 Jun 14:18 2015

Ending discrimination by language


Which do you think would end more language discrimination: a WMF
co-headquarters in Belgium, moving the WEF to Germany, or a Simple language
Wikipedia for the top-25 languages?
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rupert THURNER | 28 Jun 12:44 2015

400 days of lila tretikov and 60 million dollars spent - where is mobile editing?


now we are approaching 400 days of lila tretikov at the helm of the
wikimedia foundation, and 60 million us dollars spent, i was not able
to sign a simple wikipedia page via the mobile app. i think something
is going seriously wrong here :(

what was the use case? the european union wants to harmonize the
freedom of panorama: the
german wikipedia had a wikipedia banner to sign a petition, and also
wrote mails about it. which i thought is a nice idea. i am reading
mails on the phone following links to wikipedia, i tried it this time
as well, and i was not able to accomplish the most simple task of
contribution - to add my signature at the bottom of a list. earlier in
the year i already tried to add a link and i could not do it - but i
admit that is a much more difficult task in the mobile app.

the german links:
* sign here:

just as a side note, up to know this page collected close to 4'000 signatures.


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Pine W | 28 Jun 05:00 2015

US affiliates (was: Re: WMF office location and remodel)

Hi Ricordisamoa,

There are multiple chapters, user groups and thematic organizations that
are active in the US and have a degree of separation from WMF. The US
affiliates are cooperative with each other, and the affiliate leaders
communicate with each other fairly frequently. May I ask what benefits you
think would come from having a consolidated US chapter? We've talked about
this casually among ourselves but so far we seem to be satisfied with a
confederation of smaller affiliates instead of a single national affiliate.


On Jun 27, 2015 7:20 PM, "Ricordisamoa" <ricordisamoa <at>>

> The WMF will become a truly global organization when a Wikimedia US
> chapter is founded ;-)
> Il 08/04/2015 06:58, Pine W ha scritto:
>> Hi Garfield,
>> I'm asking this on Wikimedia-l because a number of Wikimedians have noted
>> the expensiveness of the San Francisco area including its high cost of
>> living for staff, employer competition for engineering talent, and
>> associated high salaries for WMF employees.
>> I see on
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Brian Wolff | 27 Jun 11:07 2015

Unsolicieted email from "wikimedia research"

So as part of
, it appears that unsolicited emails have been sent out encouraging
people to translated articles into needed languages.

I am all for improving article coverage, etc, but I'm concerned about
the use of user account emails to send unsolicited mail that the user
has not opted into. I think use of user email addresses for purposes
other than the user has agreed to, is not ok.


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Wong Rover | 27 Jun 09:08 2015

WMHK's statement on Wikimania 2015

Dear all,

Here is the WMHK's official statement on Wikimania 2015:


Rover T.F. Wong
Wikimedia Hong Kong
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Ed Erhart | 26 Jun 01:02 2015

[Wikimedia Announcements] This week on the Wikimedia blog: Print Wikipedia, Ukraine, and more

Here are some of this week's stories from the Wikimedia blog:

• 7,473 volumes at 700 pages each: meet Print Wikipedia

• Wikimedia Ukraine unlocks ‘secret’ cultural heritage lists

• Documenting the world’s biological diversity, one insect at a time:
Jeevan Jose

• Annual Wikimania conference comes to Mexico City

• News on Wikipedia: Charleston church shooting, Pakistan heat wave, Danish
elections, and more

• Train the Trainer: Running effective outreach activities in India

• World Music Day: What are you listening to?

You can find new articles each day at

Ed Erhart
Editorial Intern
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Fabrice Florin | 26 Jun 00:56 2015

Re: Farewell

Dear Ziko,

Thanks so much for your kind words, which mean a lot to me. :)

I too have enjoyed working with you and appreciate all that you do for our movement.

I will miss our collaborations and hope we’ll get a chance to work together again down the line.

For now, I hope to be able to contribute new content as a volunteer, now that I will have more time for this type
of work.

And you are in good hands with Ed Erhart for your Wikimedia blog post — I’m really impressed with his work
and he’s a great team player.

Be well,


> Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:06:29 +0100
> From: Stevie Benton <stevie.benton <at>>
> To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l <at>>
> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Farewell
> Fabrice, you may not recall my name or know me well, but your thoughtful
> contributions to Wikimedia comms over the past years have been greatly
> appreciated. Seeing your name appear in my inbox has always been an
> indication of something worth reading and giving attention to.
> I wish you the best for the future, and hope you appreciate that you will
> be missed.
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Wikipedia Signpost | 26 Jun 00:12 2015

[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 11, Issue 25 -- 24 June 2015

From the editor: The ''Signpost'' tagging initiative

Op-ed: Content Translation beta is coming to the English Wikipedia

News and notes: Board of Trustees propose bylaw amendments

In the media: Turkish Wikipedia censorship; "Can Wikipedia survive?"; PR editing

Special report: Small impact of the large Google Translation Project on Telugu Wikipedia

Recent research: How Wikipedia built governance capability; readability of plastic surgery articles

Featured content: One eye when begun, two when it's done

Blog: 7,473 volumes at 700 pages each: meet ''Print Wikipedia''

Arbitration report: Politics by other means: The American politics 2 arbitration

Technology report: 2015 MediaWiki architecture focus and Multimedia roadmap announced

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Praveena Maharaj | 25 Jun 22:16 2015

Invitation to WMF June 2015 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Thursday, July 2, 18:00 UTC

Dear all,

The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:00 PM UTC (11 AM PDT). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on, and the meeting will be
broadcast as a live YouTube stream.

Each month at the metrics meeting, we will:

* Welcome recent hires
* Present a community update
* Present reports/updates that are focused on a key topic or theme; the
topic for July's meeting is Community Consultation on Strategy
* Engage in questions/discussions

Please review for further
information about how to participate.

We’ll post the video recording publicly after the meeting.

Thank you,


Praveena Maharaj
Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Engineering
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