Lila Tretikov | 31 Oct 23:23 2014

ED response to the recommendations by the FDC Advisory Group on the APG program

Dear all,

As you know, over the last few months I’ve been learning about the work of
the organizations we fund through the many grantmaking programs here at
WMF. I’ve been particularly focusing on the impact evaluations that have
been done on WMF grants with the first round of Impact Reports. [1] I
expect I will learn more from you all in the coming months, and I will be
creating opportunities to do so.

The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) Advisory Group met this past May to
review the first years of the FDC’s grantmaking through the Annual Plan
Grants program. I want to thank them for their thoughtful recommendations. [2]

With the Board of Trustees, I’ve carefully reviewed the Advisory Group
recommendations, in order to understand our successes and our challenges.
I would like to outline my current view of our capabilities and our
opportunities, and I am now publishing my response to these recommendations
on Meta. [3]  Please post questions and comments on the Talk page of that
document. [4]

I would like to offer some time for any feedback  or questions you may have
on my response. To that end, I’ll be holding a virtual meeting on Monday
Nov 3 at 17:00 UTC, and I invite you to watch the streaming video and join
the conversation. [5]  You can ask questions via IRC on #wikimedia-office
directly or message FDC support staff, Katy Love (klove <at> or on
IRC at Katy.Love) with questions or comments; she will voice them in the

I look forward to speaking with you soon.

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Wikipedia Signpost | 31 Oct 17:29 2014

[Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 10, Issue 42 -- 29 October 2014

Featured content: Go West, young man <small>(By the way, there is a monster at the end of this article)</small>

In the media: Wikipedia a trusted source on Ebola; Wikipedia study labeled government waste; football
biography goes viral

Maps tagathon: Find 10,000 digitised maps this weekend

Recent research: Informed consent and privacy; newsmaking on Wikipedia; Wikipedia and organizational theories

Traffic report: Ebola, Ultron, and Creepy Articles

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Please note: all replies sent to this mailing list will be immediately directed to Wikimedia-l, the public
mailing list of the Wikimedia community. For more information about Wikimedia-l:
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Stéphane Coillet-Matillon | 31 Oct 11:11 2014

Re: Chapters and GLAM tooling

Hi Erik,

To specifically respond to your question, and as you know, WMCH does have
plans to hire a developer next year for its offline dissemination program
(ie KIWIX) [1][2].

Since Europeana had indicated its interest into maintaining/developing it
the GWToolset, we decided to focus our efforts on keeping Kiwix going
(that's also where our relationship with the community is strongest). This
being said, we also do intend to be heavily using the GlamWikiToolset next
year already, and may therefore need to develop our own extensions as needs
arise. We however first need to find out what such needs are/will be, and
how Europeana will handle the load.

But yes, to answer your question we do plan on having a dedicated chapter
staff whom you will be able to work with (provided the current APG request
goes well enough, of course).



[1] *

>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Chapters and GLAM tooling
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Federico Leva (Nemo | 31 Oct 08:45 2014

Re: Experimenting on Wikimedians

An interesting piece of corporate communication on the topic was

I've expanded the Meta-Wiki page a bit, including the following additions:
* They number in the dozens and are usually documented in the Meta-Wiki 
[[Research]] namespace.
* Their outcome is often not used for any concrete deliverable, such as 
a merged change to MediaWiki core PHP code or a peer reviewed paper.
* Sometimes changes which are known to be potentially harmful, and would 
never (or hardly) pass standard code review, are deployed as 
"experiments" to bypass tougher public scrutiny. (This is also valid of 
fundraising banners, whose poor translations since 2011 are often 
actively damaging to the public opinion and understanding of Wikimedia 



MZMcBride, 31/10/2014 04:13:
> Of course the stark reality is that A/B testing on users (typically
> readers, not editors) during the annual Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser
> has been a major component of the Wikimedia Foundation's growth.

In part that's a myth. The income has been increased simply by making 
the banners larger, brighter, naughtier and alarming (we're in danger, 
bla bla). Sometimes they take more space than is left to the article; 
sometimes they can't be dismissed.

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MZMcBride | 31 Oct 04:13 2014

Experimenting on Wikimedians


Splitting this out from the GLAMs/Chapters thread, I continue to regularly
wonder whether we need stricter guidelines and guidance in the area of
experimenting on Wikimedians.

Erik mentioned trying to further implement A/B testing in software
development, but to me that quickly raises consent and trust issues. My
view is that Wikimedians should be treated as colleagues, not customers.

Of course the stark reality is that A/B testing on users (typically
readers, not editors) during the annual Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser
has been a major component of the Wikimedia Foundation's growth.

Worth repeating, from <>:

Current practices in Web analytics reflect their commercial origins. For
better or worse, the greatest motor behind the use of Web analytics has
been the profit interests of online retailers and social networks, for
whom the user is a commodity. These profit interests have profoundly
shaped the discourse of Web analytics, setting both the tenor and the tone
of debate (consider the values implicit in "funnels," a term of art).

A thoughtless application of Web analytics to Wikimedia wikis would import
a moral outlook that is incompatible with (and, indeed, rightfully
offensive to) its community. It also wouldn't work well, because neither
Wikimedia wikis nor their editing communities are for sale. It is
therefore crucial that technical efforts be accompanied by a process of
reflection, the goal of which should be to articulate criteria for Web
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Romaine Wiki | 30 Oct 21:18 2014

Foundation of Wikimedia Belgium

We have the honour of inviting you to the celebration of the official
constitution of Wikimedia Belgium asbl/vzw.

Wikimedia Belgium asbl/vzw has been recognised by the worldwide Wikimedia
Foundation as an official chapter, that supports the quest for and promotes
a universal and freely accessible source of free information.

The celebration will take place in the drawing rooms of the president of
the Belgian Chamber of Representatives, Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat 12 on
Wednesday 19th of November 2014 at 15 p.m.

Please confirm your presence by e-mail via wmbe@...

We hope to meet you there.

On behalf of the board of Wikimedia Belgium,


PS: The entrance to the drawing rooms of the president is for visitors at
the rear of the building at the Rue de Louvain/Leuvenseweg.


Foundation of Wikimedia Belgium:

Become a member:

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Praveena Maharaj | 30 Oct 20:04 2014

Invitation to WMF October 2014 Metrics & Activities Meeting: Thursday, November 6, 19:00 UTC

Dear all,
The next WMF metrics and activities meeting will take place on Thursday,
November 6, 2014 at 7 PM UTC (11 AM PST). The IRC channel is
#wikimedia-office on 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

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 VP of Product & Strategy and the VP of
Wikimedia Foundation \\
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Michael Guss | 30 Oct 00:15 2014

WMF Finance Fellows to develop first-ever movement-wide financial report and metrics

Hi folks,

We are the Finance Fellows, a multicultural team consisting of 4 young
professionals. We are happy to introduce a 6-month movement-wide project
that focuses on the consistency of how we operate, which is explained
further in this announcement.

*But here's some information about us*:

Arda [User:Melmas_(WMF)] <> is
from Turkey. He holds a BA in Economics.

Lene [User:Lgillis_(WMF)]
<> is from Belgium. She
holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics and a Master's degree in
Business Communication.

Seyi [User:Oolukoya_(WMF)]
<> is from Nigeria. She
holds a Master's in International Business and a BSc in Economics.

Walter [User:Wagsegura_(WMF)]
<> is from Nicaragua.
He holds a BA in Applied Economics.

*About the project "Movement-wide financial report"*

Driven by the Wikimedia Foundation's guiding principles of transparency and
accountability, our goal is to gather data and develop systematic metrics
in order to provide a better understanding of financial statements. The aim
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rupert THURNER | 28 Oct 22:00 2014

Cc-by-sa 4.0, Wikimedia logos

Hi yana, would you be so kind to explain why wmf did not opt for the newest
commons license, cc-by-sa 4.0?

On Oct 28, 2014 9:06 PM, "Yana Welinder" <ywelinder <at>> wrote:

Good point.  That line can now be deleted from the trademark template.

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 7:40 AM, Romaine Wiki < <at>>

> Practical question:
> The template:
> contains a line: (Consider using {{Copyright by Wikimedia
> <>}}
> instead)
> Should that line be removed from the Wikimedia trademark template?
> (including all translations)
> Romaine
> 2014-10-28 10:36 GMT+01:00 Ting Chen <wing.philopp <at>>:
> > Really cool, great work. Thank you very much.
> >
> > Greetings
> > Ting
> >
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Physikerwelt | 28 Oct 09:12 2014

Re: new Math options: phrasing the preferences

Hi Peter,

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 8:40 AM, Peter Krautzberger
<peter.krautzberger <at>> wrote:
>> While I can understand that the SVG images were orginally optimized of
>> inline use, I do not see any principal reason why inline SVG's are
>> better.
> a) all rendering issues have been due to SVGs not being linine
That's what I do not understand. Do you need to produce different SVG
images for inline and external images? That does not sound intuitive
for me. Or are ther problems in the way browsers render svg-images.
This would indicate that there are browsers with limited MathML and
SVG support.
> b) accessibility of the SVG output: only inline SVG can be styled by
> client-side CSS. A very important accessibility use case are User Style
> Sheets since many users "just" need visual enhancements.
I'm convinced that content MathML is needed for good accessibility.
See the ntcir-11 challange regarding $f_xy=f_yx$ or
$\langle\frac1x\rangle\ge\frac1{\langle x \rangle}$
> c) improve page performance by reducing http requests. A math page seems to
> easily gather 100 and more equations, all of which cause separate http
> requests.  <at> physikerwelt do you have data on how much equations are actually
> used across pages? In particular, beyond simple <math> \mathbb{N} <\math>
> situations.
I see your point. However this is a general problem with images. So we
need a general solution, if the number of requests is a problem. I had
the impression that squid could handle quite a few requests per second
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Yana Welinder | 27 Oct 18:51 2014

Re-licensing Wikimedia logos on Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0

Hi folks,

I'm happy to announce that we are re-licensing the Wikimedia logos on
Commons to CC BY-SA 3.0:

I would really appreciate your help with replacing the {{Copyright by
templates on the logos with the {{Wikimedia trademark}}
<>[2] and
{{cc-by-sa-3.0}} <>[3]
templates. But we don't want to replace templates on the MediaWiki
<>[4] and the Community
logos, which were originally released under free licenses.

There are also some pages on Commons, like this one
<>[6], that may need to
be updated based on the re-licensed logos.





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