Gerard Meijssen | 27 Apr 08:24 2015

Google rankings and mobile phone support`


It is all over the news. Google will push mobile phone support by changing
its ranking algorithm. A website that does not support mobiles well will
suffer the consequences. Several sources like /. indicate that Wikipedia
has a problem.

I am anxious to learn what we are going to do.

From my perspective this is not a time of endless deliberations; we have
done that, we have been there. Mobile is where we grow. It seems to me a no
brainer that we will move lock stock and barrel to a more mobile friendly

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Ellie Young | 24 Apr 17:50 2015

2015 Wikimania Scholarship Recipients Announced

On behalf of the Scholarship Committeee and WMF, congratulations to the 104 people who were awarded
a scholarship to attend this year's Wikimania being held in  Mexico City July 15-19, 2015.     WMDE is
sponsoring 13
of these.  Other chapters are providing additional scholarships as well, and will announce later on.

The 2015 program involved a major re-design of the application and selection process. Preliminary
outcomes have already been aggregated, including a preliminary list of topics for investigation next
year.   Highlights include:

	• ~28% identified as Female
	• ~73% indicated they were from the Global South
	• ~26% received a scholarship to attend Wikimania 2014
	• Of these repeat applicants, most submitted good/great 2014 post-conference reports
	• The average Phase 2 score for recipients was 8.9, with 70% of recipients scoring a 9 or above


Updated information about registration, accommodations, and the program for Wikimania '15 will be
available on or before
May 1, 2015. 

Ellie Young
WMF Conference Coordinator

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[Wikimedia Announcements] Wikimedia Nederland annual report 2014

The Wikimedia Nederland annual report for 2014 is available :

Dutch version
text - illustrated pdf will follow soon)
English version

Sandra Rientjes
Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland

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mob. (+31) (0)6  31786379

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Fabrice Florin | 24 Apr 01:04 2015

[Wikimedia Announcements] This week on the Wikimedia Blog

Hi folks,

Here are some of the stories featured this week on the Wikimedia Blog:

• Celebrity photographer Allan Warren shares the big shots on Wikipedia

• First 2015 Wikimedia Programs Evaluations reports examine Wiki Loves Monuments and other photo events

• Introducing the new Wikipedia store

• Improving the security of our users on Wikimedia sites

• The first Wikipedia TV spots and awareness campaign in Cameroon (VIDEO)

More stories on the Wikimedia Blog: <>




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Wikipedia Signpost | 24 Apr 00:43 2015

[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 11, Issue 16 -- 22 April 2015

Special report: Sony emails reveal corporate practices and undisclosed advocacy editing

News and notes: Call for candidates as the movement approaches the Wikimedia Board elections

In the media: UK political editing; hoaxes; net neutrality

In focus: 2015 Wikimedia Foundation election preparations underway

Featured content: ''Vanguard'' on guard

Traffic report: A harvest of couch potatoes

Gallery: The bitter end

Single page view Signpost/Single/2015-04-22

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Amir Ladsgroup | 22 Apr 13:18 2015

Design of BoT election banner

It's horribly ugly, I expected more.

I don't want to de-value someone's work (a person or persons that I don't
know) but we had way better designs before.


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Keegan Peterzell | 22 Apr 08:34 2015

Re: [Foundation-l] Single login - decision 2004

On Nov 11, 2004, at 03:27:00 UTC , Erik Moeller <erik_moeller <at>> wrote

> Hi,
> there's been some movement forward on the Single User Login (SUL) issue. I
> ask the Board to review this mail carefully as this has significant long-
> term implications and we need Board input to go ahead. I also ask other
> developers to correct me if I misrepresent anything.
> There are currently three competing strategies. Before I describe these
> strategies, let me point out that one important consideration for any
> system is scalability. That is, single login will be used on all existing
> and future Wikimedia projects, and potentially even on non-Wikimedia sites
> which we allow to participate in our system.
> The three strategies are:
> We try to move towards a single global user namespace for all Wikimedia
> wikis. If a name is already taken in the global namespace, you have to
> find one which isn't.
> For the migration, any names which clearly belong to the same user are
> combined into one. If passwords and email addresses are different, the
> user can manually link together any accounts which belong to him by
> providing the passwords.
> For cases of true name conflicts between the existing wikis, there is a
> resolution phase, where factors like seniority, use on multiple wikis vs.
> a single one, etc., are weighed in - the "loser" has to choose a new
> account name.
> After the manual resolution phase, any remaining accounts are converted to
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Lila Tretikov | 22 Apr 04:19 2015

A new structure for WMF Engineering.

Dear Wikimedians,

Today we had a meeting at the Foundation to announce changes in our Product
and Engineering team structure. They represent the outcome of many
conversations with people from across the Wikimedia community and within
the Foundation. These changes will organize our teams around the needs of
people they serve, and empower them to focus deeply on their audiences to
deliver great outcomes.

We’re bringing together our Product and Engineering departments to form new
audience teams, reporting to Damon Sicore, our VP of Engineering. We’re
grouping core research, architecture, performance, and security functions
together, and will begin the search for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to
lead our engineering future. And we’re integrating support for Community
Engineering into the broader Community Engagement team. These changes are
effective today.

Earlier this year we set out some goals for our work at the Foundation,
described in our Call to Action
for 2015. These goals came out of conversations with you, and with
Foundation staff. You’ll see that the first thing we identified was the
need to improve our technology and execution. These goals focused on
defining commitments, data-driven decision making, support for community
engineering requests, and a commitment to engineering leadership.

The new changes reflect these commitments. We have organized our product
engineering around six teams each with unique audiences. This includes a
Community Tech team dedicated to supporting tools for core contributors, as
well as teams for Editing, Reading, Search & Discovery, Infrastructure, and
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Victoria Shchepakina | 21 Apr 23:13 2015

The Wikipedia store relaunch

Hello everyone,

The Wikipedia store has been relaunched. We closed doors temporarily for a
few months to redesign the website and also to introduce new items.
Besides, we wanted to re-think our store structure and visual identity, as
well as provide creative items made in partnership with socially
responsible and mission aligned partners. So check us out

As a reminder, the store is engaged in giveaway programs rewarding
volunteers, supporting editathons and engaging in hackathons and other
community conferences. As usual, all sales support and reward contributors
all over the world.

The Wikipedia store looks forward to collaborating with the community,
vendors, designers, artists, and people with similar visions to create
meaningful merchandise for our community and readers. Soon you will see
creative representations of Wikipedia and its sister projects originating
from these collaborations. The vision for our merchandise is to motivate
you and people around you to help spread knowledge via Wikimedia projects.

Wikipedia volunteers are special. Without them, we would not exist. We
can’t thank them enough - but we’re trying. That’s why we created the
Giveaway Program <>,
amongst other giveaway projects. Through it, any Wikipedia user can
nominate a Wikipedia contributor to receive a free gift in the mail.

Spread the word about the Wikipedia store <>
and please follow us  <at> wikipediastore on Twitter
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Gregory Varnum | 21 Apr 05:30 2015

RFC on Meta-Wiki for Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements


The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is requesting comments on the approval
process and agreements for Wikimedia user groups:

Wikimedia user groups are groups of Wikimedia users who support and promote
the Wikimedia projects in the offline world by organizing meetups and other
projects. The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee's responsibilities include
approval of new Wikimedia user groups.

The committee will seek community input until Friday, May 1, 2015. The
committee will then review the community's input, and publish the new
process and agreements on Meta-Wiki. The committee will again seek
community input approximately six months after any changes are adopted to
gauge effectiveness and if any additional changes are necessary.

Please see the RFC page for more information and to provide feedback.

On behalf of the Affiliations Committee,
Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Vice-Chair, Wikimedia Affiliations Committee
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Juliet Barbara | 21 Apr 05:24 2015

WMF Communications is looking for interns!

Hi everyone,

The WMF Communications team is recruiting interns for summer 2015! We’re
currently evaluating candidates and welcome any qualified individuals to
apply. Strong candidates have a deep appreciation for the Wikimedia
mission, excellent communications skills, and an interest in the field of
Communications. We encourage any community members to also share their
usernames and their favorite projects.

Open positions with links to job descriptions can be found below. To apply,
click the “Apply Now” button at the top right of the job description. We
strongly encourage a cover letter in addition to a resume. Internships last
at least three months and we are open to remote interns.

Communications Intern

Multimedia Storytelling Intern

Design Intern

Social Media Intern

Research and Insights Intern

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