Tim Moritz Hector | 3 May 17:53 2016
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[ASBS] Vote of Wikimedia Deutschland

Dear fellow Wikimedians,

Wikimedia Deutschland’s Board has just casted their vote for the Affiliate
Selected Board Seats, and I would like to share our reasoning behind our
decision. We will vote for three candidates and rank them in the following
order:

#1 Christophe Henner
#2 Nataliia Tymkiv
#3 Jan Ainali

We identified different criteria that helped us making this choice:

* Experience in Wikimedia Movement organizations and with other non-profit
organizations
* Connection to the communities
* Ability to strengthen and to shape the Board, especially in the light of
the current gridlocked situation and challenges
* Excellent communication and negotiation skills
* Clear agenda for the upcoming term
* Diversity with regards to gender and geography

Christophe has lead Wikimédia France through diverse change processes. He
steered the organization through fundraising and governance crises and is
deeply rooted in the global Wikimedia movement. He has a clear vision about
the challenges and changes for Wikimedia as in international Organisation
and movement  in the upcoming term, and has proven to have outstanding
communication and negotiation skills. His leadership experience from being
the deputy CEO at an entertainment online publisher completes his profile.
All this makes him the number one candidate for us, especially in view of
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Lane Rasberry | 3 May 13:43 2016
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election for 2 seats on WMF board of trustees ends May 7...

Hello,

As of now, 13 of 42 eligible organizations have voted in the 2016 chapters'
election for 2 of 10 Wikimedia Foundation seats on the board of trustees.
In the last election, 1/3 of organizations did not vote. Anyone who wishes
to influence the election could do so by asking sleepier chapters to vote
by the May 7 end of election.

Feel free also to pressure more active chapters to do their duty to support
less organized chapters in voting. Support can mean having
chapter-to-chapter encouragement to vote. All chapters appreciate being
reminded. All eligible organizations are supposed to vote. The election
result is more sound with more votes.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2016

yours,

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Lane Rasberry
user:bluerasberry on Wikipedia
206.801.0814
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Bodhisattwa Mandal | 3 May 09:27 2016
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Guerrilla skepticism on Wikipedia

Hi,

Looks like a group of ?trolls are working in a organized way and disrupting
the basic policies of Wikipedia. They call themselves Guerrilla skepticism
on Wikipedia.

<http://www.naturalnews.com/053869_science_skeptics_Wikipedia_guerrilla_propaganda.html>
http://guerrillaskepticismonwikipedia.blogspot.in/

http://www.naturalnews.com/053719_David_Gorski_Wikipedia_VAXXED_documentary.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/053869_science_skeptics_Wikipedia_guerrilla_propaganda.html

https://www.facebook.com/GSoWproject/?fref=nf

Regards,
Bodhisattwa
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Stephen Philbrick | 2 May 20:53 2016
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Re: Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 146, Issue 9

I have some comments on Denny’s summary of events but I would like to
preface my comments by noting that I have Board experience. I served
several years on the Board of an organization of professions, two years on
a governmental board, and (currently) on the board of a non-profit
organization. I am also an active Wikipedian, who understands, but doesn’t
fully buy the message in the guideline “Be Bold” (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Be_bold). To oversimplify, one of
the arguments in favor of Be Bold is that errors are (usually) easily
rectified. While generally true in the Wikipedia world, it is not always
true in other worlds, so one ought to take care in other venues, such as
board actions.

I suspect I share an attribute with many board members – when I learn about
a problem, I want to fix it. This typically involves (or should involve)
gathering information so as to make an informed decision or recommendation.

If I were a Board member and multiple employees reached out to say that
there are concerns requiring action, my first instinct would be to attempt
to gather more information. However, my second instinct, which I hope would
take over before the first is acted upon, is to remember that this isn’t
Wikipedia where a bungled attempt at a fix can be reverted easily. One is a
member of a Board, and one has responsibilities very different than a
Wikipedia editor. We may think that Wikipedia has too much bureaucracy, but
sometimes there are good reasons for processes, and one thing one should
not do is start interactions with employees without the knowledge of other
board members, one should not be promising confidentially if one
simultaneously has a responsibility to share some information with fellow
board members.

In other words, an honest and undoubtedly heartfelt intention to address
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Denny Vrandečić | 2 May 19:10 2016
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Account of the events leading to James Heilman's removal

In the following I want to present a personal account of events leading to
James’ removal as a Board member, as I remember them. It was written while
I was still on the Board, and the Board agreed on having it sent. The text
was heavily discussed and edited amongst members of the Board, but in the
end it remains my personal account. I realize that it potentially includes
post-factum sensemaking, affecting my recollection of events.

October 1 and 2 2015, Dariusz, James, Patricio and I received phone calls
from a small number of Wikimedia Foundation staff expressing concerns about
the Foundation. They asked explicitly for confidentiality. I wanted to
approach the whole Board immediately, but due to considerations for
confidentiality, the sensitive nature of the topic, and the lack of an HR
head at the time, the others decided against at this moment. Effectively,
this created a conspiracy within the Board from then on for the following
weeks.

With Patricio’s approval, Dariusz and James started to personally collect
and ask for reports from staff. Unfortunately, this investigation was not
formally approved by the whole Board. It was also conducted in a manner
that would not secure a professional and impartial process. After a few
weeks, we finally reached out to the rest of Board members. They
immediately recognized the necessity for a separate formal task force which
was set up very quickly.

The formal task force was created end of October. This task force involved
outside legal counsel and conducted professional fact finding. The first
request of the task force to the Board members was to ask for all documents
and notes pertaining to the case. Unfortunately, although there has been
more than a week of time, this has not happened in full.

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ido ivri | 2 May 16:56 2016
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Crisis of Confidence

Fae,

> Your email fits perfectly with my description of the WMF board: "have
> not apologized or even changed a single part of their governance
> processes, despite vague unmeasurable offers to look into it." After
> many months there is no *commitment* to a date for any change to
> governance, nor is there any specific or measurable commitment to what
> the goal is for an "open conversation" or how that works. Knowing the
> history of the WMF board, there will no doubt be a pre-prepared policy
> or process and it will be implemented with barely any regard for
> community views which will be "canvassed" after the fact as a sop to
> "consensus".

Dariusz just remarked: "Currently we have an ongoing discussion on how to
reform the Board composition, and I hope we will be able to have an open
conversation about these ideas soon".

You've been on a board, right? You're aware, then, that changing board
governance procedures and composition is something that takes time, and,
yes, is sometimes an opaque process to start with, as the Board has to
display a policy, or plan, to be commented on. Dariusz and other members
have been actively listening in WMCON Berlin and here, to concerns made by
community members. Do you seriously expect the BoT to just perform a "hard
reset" and redefine itself? This takes time, and patience on behalf
everyone that's involved.

>
> No, I have not forgotten that Arnnon had to resign, thanks for
> pointing that out, and I recall how the WMF board unanimously
> supported him staying just the day before, even though it was
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Wikipedia Signpost | 2 May 05:11 2016
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[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost – Volume 12, Issue 16 – 2 May 2016

News and notes: Wikimedia Switzerland's board and paid-editing firm; passing of Ed Dravecky

In the media: Wikipedia Zero piracy in Bangladesh; bureaucracy; chilling effects; too few cooks; translation gaps

Traffic report: Purple

Featured content: The best... from the past two weeks

Arbitration report: Two editors unbanned; Wikicology case enters workshop phase; Gamaliel restricted from Gamergate at his own request

Recent research: The eight roles of Wikipedians; do edit histories expose social relations among editors?


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Rogol Domedonfors | 1 May 23:36 2016
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Crisis of Confidence

It seems that the engagement between the Board and the Community has broken
down, to the point that there may be a crisis of confidence developing.
Perhaps members of this list would care to express their views at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_Board_noticeboard#Crisis_of_confidence
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Itzik - Wikimedia Israel | 1 May 20:19 2016
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WMIL General Assembly meeting and Board elections

Dear all,

Today, 1.5.16, Wikimedia Israel (WMIL) held a general assembly meeting,
during which the members held the elections for members of the Board of
WMIL.

The results of the elections are as follows:

Itzik Edri,(reelected)
Deror Lin, (reelected)
Ido Ivri, (reelected)
Hana Yariv (reelected)
Dana Dekel

Audit committee: Oved Cohen (reelected).

The new Board then proceeded to reelect Itzik Edri to Chairperson, and to
elect Ido Ivri as Board Secretary.

In addition, the board will re-approach the two external board members,
Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli and Prof. Karine Nahon, and Adi Zamir to the audit
committee, to stay with the board for another year and keep providing their
excellent mentorship and advice.

We would like to take this opportunity and extend our many thanks to Yan
Nasonov, the departing Board Member, for his long and good service to WMIL
and its community.

Cheers,
Itzik
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Stephen Philbrick | 30 Apr 02:32 2016
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Wikipedia is basically just another giant bureaucracy

I just scanned an article: "Wikipedia is basically just another giant
bureaucracy",
http://www.sciencealert.com/wikipedia-is-basically-just-another-old-fashioned-bureaucracy-study-finds

and it is astonishing how bad it is.

I don't really quibble with the headline - it is a bureaucracy, but some of
the content of the article is head-scratching.

For example, how many editors do you know who have achieved the rank of
super-contributor?

Can one take an article seriously that blunders this badly?

Phil
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Toby Dollmann | 29 Apr 20:20 2016
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Re: Personality rights for individual photos in Vietnam

At Wikimedia Commons the country specific consent guidelines at
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Country_specific_consent_requirements
 (especially for Asian countries) are quite distorted by some over
enthusiastic members of that project. (See the recent edit warring at
that page)

Now whereas Commons theoretically has a policy called the
precautionary principle which requires uploaders and site users to err
on the side of caution, in practice a handful of editors seem to have
ensured anarchy on site.

Your government's policy is well aligned to the UNHCR declarations,
and empowers against  the use of a photographic image of identifiable
persons without their consent. The country entry for Vietnam ought to
mention that reality clearly and in the accompanying graphic / table.
You could use the talk page to get consensus for your additions as
there is considerable edit warring for this guideline.

In a a very recent case at Commons involving this official guideline,
a female worker from India had requested deletion of a photograph
taken at her workplace, clearly identifying her, and published without
her consent and which was automatically copied from a Flickr account.
Although the file was deleted from Commons a few days back after a
public deltion review where the uploader admitted the file lacked
permissions, a former Commons sysop (now globally banned by WMF for
reasons not made public)  then extensively sockpuppeted on the
talkpage of another Common Sysop and got the image undeleted, and 2
Commons admins (both proteges of the banned sysop) have stubbornly
refused to take down the image file which is a serious violation of
the.individual's privacy and despite that publication of the image now
constitutes sexual harassment under India's gender protection laws eg.
the "Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act"since the victim, the
uploader and the photographer are all Indians, and one of the admins
kept the image saying  "sexual harassment"? Well, I think Indian
people have sex in a different way than in Europe,

For the reason this matter is now declared to be with the WMF legal
team [ref#1], I am not posting the other Commons 'diffs' in this
email, but.such aberrations where WMF's globally banned sysops acting
through sockpuppets still call the shots over at Commons raises
concerns over commitment to enforce Terms of Usage.

Toby

[ref#1] https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Commons%3ADeletion_requests%2FFile%3AAn_Oberoi_Hotel_employee_doing_Namaste%2C_New_Delhi.jpg&type=revision&diff=194767245&oldid=194766636&uselang=en

On 4/29/16, Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy <minhhuywiki <at> gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all.
>
> I sent this mail to discuss about adding (or no) Vietnam section into <
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Country_specific_consent_requirements
>>
>
> In Civil Code of Vietnam, The Article 31 has refers to the use of personal
> photos.
> <
> http://moj.gov.vn/vbpq/en/lists/vn%20bn%20php%20lut/view_detail.aspx?itemid=6595
>>
>
> Quotations:
>
> *Article 31.-** The right of an individual with respect to his/her picture*
>
> 1. An individual shall have the right with respect to his/her picture.
>
> 2. The use of a picture of an individual must have his/her consent; where
> such person has died, lost his/her civil act capacity or is under full
> fifteen years old, the consent of his/her father, mother, husband, wife,
> adult children or representative is required, unless it is for State
> interests, public interests or otherwise provided for by law.
>
> 3. It is strictly forbidden to use pictures of other persons to infringe
> upon their honor, dignity and/or prestige.
>
> But seem this law only focus about "rights for their photos/pictures", not
> "photos about themself taken by others".
>
> Could this law can be considered as a part of our guideline about
> Photographs of identifiable?
>
> Best regards.
>
>
> Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy
> Supporter, Wikimedia Projects
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