Anders Wennersten | 4 Mar 17:44 2015
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Ciritical level for addiction to Wikipedia

On svwp there has over the years been 45 individuals who have each made 
more then 38000 edits.
Of these 45, 44 are still active, only one has  left (in 2009) making 
97,7 still around. For the users with less then 38 000 edits, only about 
6 out of 10 is still active.

Is this a global valid number, that when you have made 38000 edits you 
are fully addicted to Wikipedia ("until death do us part")?

Anders

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Stephen LaPorte | 3 Mar 03:05 2015
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[Wikimedia Announcements] December 2014 and January 2015 minutes of the Board of Trustees

Hi all,

I have posted the minutes from the Board of Trustees meetings on December
22, 2014 and January 12, 2015, which you can find here:

https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2014-12-22
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2015-01-12

Thank you,

Stephen LaPorte
Legal Counsel
Wikimedia Foundation
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Habib M'henni | 2 Mar 14:55 2015
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Re: UTC in politics, editors threaten, or how rev history made the news

Hello,

FYI we had the same issue two years ago in Tunisia when a Tunisian 
politician was shot and an IP made the edit in UTC. See our response in 
(in French) 
http://www.wikimedia.tn/nouvelle-polemique-sur-wikipedia-en-tunisie/

Finally the Radio station who relayed this "scoop" wrote an apologize text.

Habib,
from Wikimedia TN User Group
Le 02/03/2015 14:37, Yuri Astrakhan a écrit :
> A few days ago, a well known Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was
> assassinated <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Boris_Nemtsov> near
> the Kremlin. This murder had a huge political resonance, and conspiracy
> theories flourished. Yet, one of the theories was due to Wikipedia's
> representation of time - anonymous users see change history in UTC. This
> confusion was so big, that several major publications, including Moskovkij
> Komsomolets <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moskovskij_Komsomolets>,
> published articles
> <http://www.mk.ru/politics/2015/02/28/vikipediya-zaranee-otchitalas-ob-ubiystve-nemcova-zapis-poyavilas-v-2140.html>
> (in
> Russian) claiming that the wiki page proclaimed him dead before the
> assassination. The MK article was later updated with the explanation, but
> the damage has been done: a number of threats were made against the editors.
>
> In light of the above, I feel we need to
>    #1 Show a clear message at the top of all history-related pages for
> anonymous users that the time is in UTC until #2
>    #2 JavaScript should fix time on the fly for all users
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Samir Elsharbaty | 26 Feb 18:17 2015
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Re: Wikipedia Education Program is now on Facebook!

Hello everyone,

We are happy to announce a new channel of discussion and collaborative
work. Wikipedia Education Program Facebook group
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikipediaEducationProgram/>.[1] Please
join us in the group and add your facebook friends who are
involved/interested in Wikipedia in Education.

Here's part of the education newsletter post announcing it:

Since the beginning of the program, volunteers around the world were in
contact with each other and with the education team
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/About/Staff> at the
Wikimedia Foundation using several ways including the Wikimedia Education
mailing list <https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/education>,
regular meetings in which program leaders worked together such as Wikipedia
Education Collaborative
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Wikipedia_Education_Collaborative>
meetings,
and social media website accounts for local and regional programs like Arab
World Education Program <https://www.facebook.com/arwep>, Czech Republic
Education <https://www.facebook.com/studenti.pisi.wikipedii?fref=ts>
program accounts
on different social media websites, Armenian WikiCamps
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/wiki.camp>, Wiki Education Foundation
<https://www.facebook.com/WikiEducationFoundation> and other similar
examples, While the global education program stayed away from social media
websites for a while.

There was a growing need for an easier method for program leaders,
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Oliver Keyes | 2 Mar 14:49 2015
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Re: UTC in politics, editors threaten, or how rev history made the news

Well, not all users have JavaScript. But, on the core of the proposal:

What threats? What users? How many, how serious? Have they been
reported to Legal and Community Advocacy? These are the questions we
tend to ask about this sort of issue. "Do we need to insert technical
features to prevent it?" tends to come after a series of occurrences,
and I'm only aware of two in the last six years or so. We shouldn't
let one-offs dictate our UI direction and bandwidth load.

But if we're going to implement something, why not just..have timezone
be an element of the timestamps on history pages? It's UTC unless the
user explicitly changes it, and if they explicitly change it that's
known in the database (and already referenced to decide how to convert
the UTC timestamp when the page is displayed). It's a perfectly
sensible UI change that makes sense independent of this problem.

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 8:37 AM, Yuri Astrakhan <yastrakhan <at> wikimedia.org> wrote:
> A few days ago, a well known Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was
> assassinated <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Boris_Nemtsov> near
> the Kremlin. This murder had a huge political resonance, and conspiracy
> theories flourished. Yet, one of the theories was due to Wikipedia's
> representation of time - anonymous users see change history in UTC. This
> confusion was so big, that several major publications, including Moskovkij
> Komsomolets <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moskovskij_Komsomolets>,
> published articles
> <http://www.mk.ru/politics/2015/02/28/vikipediya-zaranee-otchitalas-ob-ubiystve-nemcova-zapis-poyavilas-v-2140.html>
> (in
> Russian) claiming that the wiki page proclaimed him dead before the
> assassination. The MK article was later updated with the explanation, but
> the damage has been done: a number of threats were made against the editors.
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Yuri Astrakhan | 2 Mar 14:37 2015
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UTC in politics, editors threaten, or how rev history made the news

A few days ago, a well known Russian politician Boris Nemtsov was
assassinated <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Boris_Nemtsov> near
the Kremlin. This murder had a huge political resonance, and conspiracy
theories flourished. Yet, one of the theories was due to Wikipedia's
representation of time - anonymous users see change history in UTC. This
confusion was so big, that several major publications, including Moskovkij
Komsomolets <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moskovskij_Komsomolets>,
published articles
<http://www.mk.ru/politics/2015/02/28/vikipediya-zaranee-otchitalas-ob-ubiystve-nemcova-zapis-poyavilas-v-2140.html>
(in
Russian) claiming that the wiki page proclaimed him dead before the
assassination. The MK article was later updated with the explanation, but
the damage has been done: a number of threats were made against the editors.

In light of the above, I feel we need to
  #1 Show a clear message at the top of all history-related pages for
anonymous users that the time is in UTC until #2
  #2 JavaScript should fix time on the fly for all users

Suggestions welcome.

Thanks!
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Tim Moritz Hector | 2 Mar 10:00 2015
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Wikimedia Deutschland's new Executive Director will be Christian Rickerts

Dear Wikimedia friends,

On behalf of our board, I am delighted to announce that Christian Rickerts
will be the new Executive Director of Wikimedia Deutschland. The board
followed the transition team’s unanimous recommendation and hired Christian
effective May 1, 2015.

Wikimedia Deutschland is shaped by the work of volunteers as well as paid
professionals. Christian Rickerts comes with experience from both
perspectives. In 1995, he co-founded Schüler Helfen Leben e. V., a
non-profit association that promotes equal access to education for children
and young people in the Balkans. Later, he served as the association’s
first Executive Director and led the Schüler Helfen Leben Foundation. After
that, he worked in the for-profit as well as the non-profit sector, first
as a consultant for strategy and organizational development at Capgemini,
then as the Executive Director of the German section of Reporters Without
Borders. Since 2012, he has been Vice President Corporate Communication at
the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the largest privately held non-profit foundation
in Germany.

Christian’s profound knowledge of the intersection between voluntary and
paid work as well as his value-driven thinking and methodological diversity
have deeply impressed us. We are thrilled to get him on board and to shape
Wikimedia Deutschland’s future together. Christian is highly motivated to
join the Wikimedia movement. We are confident that he is the perfect fit
for the role of the Executive Director.

Jan Engelmann will continue to be our interim ED until May. On behalf of
the board, I would like to express my gratitude for his outstanding
efforts. A huge thank you goes to the transition team[1], which has
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Vishnu | 1 Mar 04:47 2015
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CIS-A2K Quarterly Reports

Dear Wikimedians,

We are happy to share with you the quarterly reports of CIS-A2K for the 
period July to December 2014. These reports give a comprehensive 
overview of all the Wikimedia activities undertaken by CIS-A2K under the 
current FDC Grant in India. We welcome your suggestions and feedback on 
the Talk page of the reports.

July-September 2014:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Progress_report_form/Q1

October-December 2014:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:APG/Proposals/2013-2014_round2/The_Centre_for_Internet_and_Society/Progress_report_form/Q2

Apologies for the delayed submission of the first quarterly report.

Best,
Vishnu

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Fabrice Florin | 28 Feb 01:14 2015
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[Wikimedia Announcements] How can the Wikimedia Blog help you?

Hi folks,

We’d love to hear what you think of the Wikimedia Blog, so we can improve it to better serve you.

Could you please take this short survey?

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wikimedia-blog?c=email-ann

If you are not familiar with the blog, we invite you to visit it before you take the survey:

https://blog.wikimedia.org/

We look forward to improving its contents and features in coming months, based on what you and others tell us.

We will post survey results at the end of March, both on the blog and on Meta.

Thanks for sharing your feedback! 

Fabrice

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Wikipedia Signpost | 27 Feb 10:59 2015
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[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 11, Issue 8 -- 25 February 2015

News and notes: Did WMF "participate" in nefarious activity?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/News_and_notes

Op-ed: Text from Wikipedia good enough for Oxford University Press to claim as own
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/Op-ed

In the media: WikiGnomes and Bigfoot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/In_the_media

Traffic report: Fifty Shades of...  self-denial?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/Traffic_report

Featured content: The Moon, Mars, Venus, and Saturn, in no particular order. Also, Kaiser Kong.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/Featured_content

Recent research: Gender bias, SOPA blackout, and a student assignment that backfired
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/Recent_research

Gallery: Far from home
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/Gallery

WikiProject report: Be prepared... Scouts in the spotlight
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/WikiProject_report

Blog: Join the Wikimedia strategy consultation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2015-02-25/Blog

Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single/2015-02-25

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Praveena Maharaj | 27 Feb 07:08 2015
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Invitation to WMF February 2015 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Thursday, March 5, 19:00 UTC

Dear all,

The next WMF metrics and activities will take place on Thursday, March 5,
2015 at 7:00 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC channel is #wikimedia-office on
irc.freenode.net and the meeting will be broadcast as a live YouTube stream.

Each month at the metrics meeting, we will:

* Welcome recent hires
* Present reports/updates that are focused on a key theme or topic. For
March, we will do a combined update of VisualEditor & Mobile.
* Engage in questions/discussions

Please review https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_
meetings for further information about how to participate.

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

Thank you,

Praveena

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Praveena Maharaj
Executive Assistant to the VP of Product & Strategy and the VP of
Engineering
Wikimedia Foundation \\ www.wikimediafoundation.org
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