Wikipedia Signpost | 28 Nov 22:21 2014
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[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 10, Issue 46 -- 26 November 2014

Featured content: Orbital Science: Now you're thinking with explosions
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-11-26/Featured_content

In the media: A Russian alternative Wikipedia; Who's your grandfather?; ArtAndFeminism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-11-26/In_the_media

Recent research: Gender gap and skills gap; academic citations on the rise; European food cultures
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-11-26/Recent_research

Traffic report: Big in Japan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-11-26/Traffic_report

WikiProject report: Back with the military historians
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-11-26/WikiProject_report

Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

PDF version
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-11-26

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Russavia | 28 Nov 14:47 2014
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Issue on Dutch Wikipedia in relation to BLP violating images

It is with some degree of sadness that I have to bring this to
wikimedia-l, but it's something that has to be done I am afraid

In December 2011, I dealt with an OTRS complaint by an individual
relating to a photograph of her which was being used in her articles
on Wikipedia. She was not happy with the image.

Inline with the WMF Resolution dealing with images of living
people,[1] I followed: Treat any person who has a complaint about
images of themselves hosted on our projects with patience, kindness,
and respect, and encourage others to do the same.

The image[2] was removed from the article and replaced with another
suitable image. The subject also provided another image via OTRS.[3]

Fast forward to November 2014, and on Dutch Wikipedia an editor known
as "EvilFreD" performed what is known as BTNI reverts over numerous of
my edits going back several years. It's one of the most pathetic
policies on any project, which basically says that with no thought on
how poor an image is, it should never be replaced without two months
of mindless discussion.[4]

EvilFreD has left a message on my talk page and I responded to him
informing him of the complaint about this image.[5] After my revert
noting BLP, another admin, MoiraMoira has left a message on my talk
page.[6] Given the timeframe (2 minutes) it is possible she didn't see
it, so I asked her to please look at the above note to EvilFreD. Her
response: "Hello, I'm very clear here: this is the Dutch wikipedia.
And there is no space to troll or challenge other people. If you
continue this behaviour, a timeout will follow. You should know
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Dirk Franke | 27 Nov 10:09 2014
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Creation of the Volunteer Supporters Network

Hi everyone,

many Wikimedia organizations have their own programs or initiatives
dedicated to volunteer/community support as well as their respective people
in charge of this key activity. We have people who are primarily active
themselves but who primarily support and help others, the volunteers in the
Wikimedia projects and the Wikimedia movement, being active.

Whereas other fields of action such as Education and GLAM have a longer
tradition of systematic international exchange, the project of a global
volunteer supporters network got going at the Volunteer Support
pre-conference at Wikimania 2014 in London. This pre-conference brought a
first focused discussion between volunteer supporters worldwide and the
people there decided to maintain a steady discussion to learn and share,
inspire and help each other.

We’re glad to announce the news:

We have finally set up a page on Meta about “Volunteer Support” in order to
create the basis for the future collaboration in our field of activity.
Please have a look at it:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_Supporters_Network

Furthermore we’re announcing the launch of the volunteer-supporters
mailing-list. For the moment it’s a private safe space mailing-list,
corresponding to what we collectively decided in August during the
discussion at the end of the pre-conference. This is for people whose main
aim is not doing stuff but supporting and helping others, volunteers, to do
it.
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Kim Bruning | 26 Nov 22:07 2014
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WaPo Wikipedia's 'complicated; relationship with net neutrality


Washington post article
	http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/11/25/wikipedias-complicated-relationship-with-net-neutrality/

sincerely,
	Kim

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David Gerard | 26 Nov 22:40 2014
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Re: Fundraising banners (again)

On 26 November 2014 at 20:33, MZMcBride <z <at> mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banni%C3%A8rePopUpWikipedia2014.png
> Gah.

Didn't we have the lightbox argument last year?

- d.

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Rjd0060 | 26 Nov 22:01 2014
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Re: Fundraising banners (again)

On Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 3:33 PM, MZMcBride <z <at> mzmcbride.com> wrote:

>
> Still, there's an element of basic human decency that must be
> incorporated into our banner designs. Obscuring the page content is not
> cool. Pop-ups (even ones that stay in the same window) are not cool.
>
> MZMcBride
>

I couldn't see the banner in your screenshot link -  it appears that
Wikipedia has sent your computer has a virus or something ... a big pop-up
asking for money!!!

(Some people actually write to us  <at> OTRS saying similar things - an
indicator that it may not be the best way.)

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Risker | 26 Nov 21:40 2014
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Re: Fundraising banners (again)

These banners are problematic in that they are likely to trigger automatic
filtering of Wikimedia sites by certain types/brands of net
nanny/anti-spam/security software - including software used by many
employers, schools and libraries.  And once the sites are filtered/blocked,
it will be difficult if not impossible for many users (particularly if they
don't have administrator permissions for the site) to lift the
filter/block.  Getting donations is not more important than keeping the
sites accessible.

Please reconsider.

Risker/Anne

On 26 November 2014 at 15:33, MZMcBride <z <at> mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banni%C3%A8rePopUpWikipedia2014.png
>
> Gah.
>
> Yes, I understand that more obnoxious banners means more money faster and
> presumably a shorter overall campaign. I also understand that we're only
> punishing certain large wikis with these banners and that these banners
> typically set a cookie so that they'll only appear once for most users.
>
> Still, there's an element of basic human decency that must be
> incorporated into our banner designs. Obscuring the page content is not
> cool. Pop-ups (even ones that stay in the same window) are not cool.
>
> MZMcBride
>
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MZMcBride | 26 Nov 21:33 2014

Fundraising banners (again)

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Banni%C3%A8rePopUpWikipedia2014.png

Gah.

Yes, I understand that more obnoxious banners means more money faster and
presumably a shorter overall campaign. I also understand that we're only
punishing certain large wikis with these banners and that these banners
typically set a cookie so that they'll only appear once for most users.

Still, there's an element of basic human decency that must be
incorporated into our banner designs. Obscuring the page content is not
cool. Pop-ups (even ones that stay in the same window) are not cool.

MZMcBride

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Praveena Maharaj | 26 Nov 21:15 2014
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Invitation to WMF November 2014 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Thursday, December 4, 19:00 UTC

Dear all,
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
December 4, 2014 at 7 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.

The current structure of the meeting is:

* Welcoming recent hires
* Update and Q&A with the Executive Director, if available
* Review of key metrics including the monthly report card, but also
specialized reports and analytic
* Review of financials
* Brief presentations on recent projects, with a focus on highest priority
initiatives

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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Maria Cruz | 26 Nov 20:21 2014
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Wikimania 2014 Evaluation Survey Results Posted!

*tl;dr: *You can find the results of the Wikimania 2014 Evaluation Survey
on Wikimedia Commons *[1]*

Greetings,

Today we posted a slide deck summarizing data from the Wikimania evaluation
survey from this year’s event in London. The survey was a collaborative
effort of the Wikimania Conference and Hackathon organizers and the WMF
Learning and Evaluation team. Conferences and hackathons had been
identified as key programs to develop evaluation insight.   Given the
opportunity to collaborate on an evaluation survey,  WMF team members
partnered with conference and hackathon organizers to provide the technical
support to complete the survey project.

This first survey offers a look into the processes and outcomes of the
conference. It is intended as a means for  participants to share what they
got out of the conference and a platform to collect information on how we
can improve future conferences and their evaluation. We have released  a
basic data summary and meta page with brief highlights of the survey and
link to a pdf slide deck published to Commons *[1]*.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Evaluation/Case_studies/Wikimania_London_Survey_Results

== Methodology ==

* Online survey via Qualtrics *[2]*

* Data collection:

** August 10th – September 15th, 2014
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Florence Devouard | 26 Nov 10:46 2014
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Wiki Loves Africa : crowdfunding and contest last few days

Hello everyone

This is crowdfunding season :)

We are running the last few days of the Wiki Loves Africa Cuisine 
photographic contest.
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Wiki_Loves_Africa

And we need your help in... three possible ways.

First, feel free to contribute more pictures to the contest... as long 
as it fits with this year theme: African Cuisine !
The theme encompass the
* foods
* dishes
* crops and husbandry (or more generally, growth of ingredients)
* Traditions and rituals around food
* cooking methods and processing
* ustensils
* food markets as well as supermarkets or informal traders
* food festivals
* culinary events
* culinary art
* famine food and any other issues related to cuisine on the African 
continent.

Second, please feel free to help categorize the images already uploaded. 
Help translate descriptions when provided (many were provided in arabic 
for example). And help use these pictures to illustrate Wikipedia and 
other Wikimedia projects.
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