Derric Atzrott | 14 Apr 20:07 2014

Joining list, hope to help

Hello all,

I'm not sure if it is proper to introduce yourself upon joining this list, so I
thought I would.  My name is Derric Atzrott.  I'm an editor on the English
Wikipedia and feel that the gender gap on Wikipedia, and honestly in many places
in general, is problematic and something needs to be done about it.  I do a lot
of informal outreach, though in the past month or two I've begun trying to do a
bit more formal outreach, and have, since I realized there was a problem, tried
to place an emphasis on getting females to become editors.

The news of the deaths of both Andrianne and Cynthia is heart breaking.  While I
didn't know either of them it always pains me to hear about members of our
community dying.  The death of both of them, who I understand were active on
this list, has prompted me to try to step up my efforts as well, which is why I
have joined this list.

Honestly, there is a good chance to I'll mostly just lurk on this list like I do
wikitech-l and libraries, but if I see anything I can help with I'll do my best
to do so, and if any of you know of anything I can help with, please ask.

Sorry if this email is inappropriate for the list.

Thank you,
Derric Atzrott

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Sarah Stierch | 14 Apr 03:35 2014

Gender Gap/Systemtic bias related Wikimania submissions

I'm on the program committee, so every year I make a list of submissions that have been submitted to Wikimania related to gender gap/systemic bias. Be sure to add your interest in attending at the end of the submissions that interest you. 


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Federico Leva (Nemo | 12 Apr 12:23 2014

WMF plans for "an executable gender gap strategy"

FYI: «Increase support to challenging the gender gap to at least 1.5 
percent of total grants spending, and host at least two diversity events 
in order to build out an executable gender gap strategy (baseline: 
2013-14 YTD grants to gender gap issues ~1 percent; current year’s 
target: 1 percent).»



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Sydney Poore | 11 Apr 19:32 2014

Asking for volunteers to help assess the WMF FDC Proposal.


I want to encourage people on this mailing list to volunteer to assess the Wikimedia Foundation's draft of the annual plan that is now in the review phase with the Fund Dissemination Committee. I've included a forwarded email from Sue Gardner that gives an overview of the this year's process for drafting the WMF annual plan.

In addition to the general community review, the Fund Dissemination Committee is looking for members of the community to do a through assess of all or part of the draft WMF proposal that is submitted on Meta as part of Round 2 proposals.

As an experiment we are having a team of people do a review of the  WMF proposal that is similar to the Staff Assessment that is done by the WMF staff that support the FDC. We would like to include people from the community at large as well as people in both large and small WMF chapters, and thematic organizations.

In addition to a general call for help, we will be directly asking people to help. If you know of anyone who would be a good fit for this work, or would like to help yourself, let me know. We need to get moving on this work right away, so send me names by next Monday April 14.

Additionally, the talk pages of all Round 2 proposals are available for comments. The organizations writing the proposals spend a good bit of time writing them, and appreciate comments about them from the community.

Warm regards,
Sydney Poore
Member of FDC

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Sue Gardner <sgardner <at>>
Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 11:05 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] WMF FDC Proposal: we invite your participation
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l <at>>

Hey folks,

The purpose of this note is to remind you that the WMF will be
participating in the FDC Process Round 2, which begins tomorrow. I'd
like to invite you to comment on the plan-in-progress, which will be
at this URL within about 24 hours:

The WMF welcomes your thoughts on the draft plan. Of course you're
free to ask questions and make comments on whatever aspects of it
interest you, but we'd probably find high-level input the most useful.
Does it seem to you that the WMF's 2014-15 planning is generally on
the right track? Do you believe the four "crucial initiatives" as
described in the draft are where the WMF should be focusing its
energy? What do you think about our plans WRT the technical
infrastructure, our mobile work, editor engagement, and non-technical
movement support? Bearing in mind that we're an organization focused
fairly narrowly on product & engineering and on grantmaking, is there
anything really significant that you see as missing from the draft?
Are we missing any important risks to the organization or to the
movement overall?

Please don't reply here, because your input might get missed by the
people who should see it. Please reply on meta, at the link above.

And a few explanatory caveats:

First, it's important to know that the plan, at this point, is draft.
That's new. Last year the WMF submitted material after it had been
approved by the WMF Board and after the fiscal year had begun. That
was an okay first step to getting input from community members, but
obviously the input will have more impact if we get it before the
plan's locked down. That's why this year we're submitting a draft
version of the WMF plan, rather than a final version. We've
deliberately synched up the timing of the WMF planning and FDC review
processes such that the community/FDC input will come in during April
and early May, which is exactly when the plan is being actively
refined and revised on a near-daily basis by the team responsible for
it (primarily the C-level people, and also the people who work in
their departments).The benefit of this timing is that community/FDC
input can easily be incorporated into our thinking while we're
actively discussing and rethinking and revising internally at the WMF.
The drawback is it means you'll be reviewing material that is still a
work-in-progress, and so you may find mistakes. The plan may also be a
little confusing, which is partly because it's still in-progress, and
also partly because we are merging this year the original
WMF-Board-only format with the FDC proposal requirements. It'll be a
little clunky: we ask you to bear with us as we work out the kinks.

Second. You'll need to bear with us if we seem a little slow or
unresponsive during the discussions. It's a busy time for the WMF:
we're currently actively recruiting my successor as ED, which means
Erik, Geoff, Gayle and I are far busier than we normally would be.
And, the WMF will be working through roles-and-responsibilities for
the FDC process in real time during the discussion period, which means
questions may languish for a while before we figure out internally
who's supposed to answer them. It might also be worth me saying that
we won't have unlimited time for the process, and we're hoping it will
be broadly participatory rather than being dominated by a small number
of people. That means that if any particular person has lots of
questions and follow-ups, we may eventually be unable to keep
responding. If that happens to you, please don't be insulted -- it
won't be personal. Also, if questions are asked and you know the
answers (or can link to answers or more information) please feel free
to help each other as well: you don't need to wait for us.

Third. You should know -- the WMF is not asking the FDC to recommend a
dollar allocation for the WMF to the WMF Board for approval. Partly
that's because from a timing perspective there's no good way to make
it work. The WMF Board needs to approve the plan by 1 July 2014 when
the new fiscal year begins, and the FDC input is released 1 June. That
month-long window doesn't leave sufficient time for the WMF to
adequately incorporate a dollar amount recommendation from the FDC
into our cycle, particularly given that the window needs to also
include WMF Board approval. Ultimately, I think it's fine that the WMF
Board would approve a dollar amount from the WMF rather than the FDC:
I think the most important function the FDC can play here is to help
the WMF to evaluate and assess the strength of the plan overall. And
so, I've asked the FDC to i) provide input on the plan on the WMF's
proposal page during the community review period (the month of April),
ii) give the WMF formal feedback (reinforcement, support, suggestions,
concerns) on 8 May, and iii) if it chooses to, give a more full and
detailed assessment of the WMF plan as part of its overall package of
recommendations on 1 June. Any June assessment will not be received in
time to significantly influence the plan upon which the Board votes,
but we would take it under advisement as the year plays out. This is
perhaps not ideal but there is no perfect solution, and I think it's a
step forward from last year, because it'll mean the WMF gets community
and FDC input at the point in the process when it will be most

I am really pleased to have the WMF participating for the first time
with its full draft plan in the FDC process. The draft will be posted
within the next 24 hours, and your input is welcome from then until 30
April. We look forward to hearing what you think.


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Jane Darnell | 11 Apr 16:51 2014

Blogger and Wikipedian Adrianne Wadewitz died while rock-climbing

This is to inform you that one of the contributors to this list who
spent a lot of time working on the Gendergap issue and ways to solve
it, has died in a rock-climbing accident.

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Netha Hussain | 7 Apr 20:11 2014

[Report] Women's History Month events in India

Dear all,


The Women's History Month events, which ran through the month of  March in India, has concluded. The events happened in Malayalam, English, Telugu, Konkani and Marathi languages. Jeph and I have put together a report of the month-long event, which we are pleased to share with this list.


The project pages were created on English, Malayalam, Marathi and Telugu languages. The coordination was done on meta wiki.

In English, a total of 77 articles were created or expanded as a part of the edit-a-thon. 16 editors signed up for the event. The statistics, including the list of articles created/expanded, can be viewed on the website here:

A total of 174 articles were created on Malayalam Wikipedia as a part of the edit-a-thon. The number of signed-up participants was 32. The outcomes of the event can be viewed here:

In Telugu, 108 new articles were created. 6 existing editors and 13 new editors signed up for the edit-a-thon.

Online events:

  • Women Parliamentarians edit-a-thon aimed at increasing the number and quality of articles related to women members of legislative bodies in India. Five participants signed up for the event and 35 new articles were created. The edit-a-thon was led by Parul Thakur.

  • Women Scientists edit-a-thon aimed at increasing the number and quality of articles related to women scientists and academicians. 10 participants signed up for the event and 28 new articles were created. This was also led by Parul Thakur.

  • Wikidata Label-a-thon for labeling articles related to women had 4 signed up participants.


A  dynamic statboard was created by Jeph paul, Harsh Kothari and Aarti Dwivedi at The UI was done by Parul Bhatti. The statboard for Malayalam language was created by Manoj and Nandaja Varma, with help from Jeph Paul. The design for Malayalam was done by Animesh Xavier. The code can be found here.

At the end of the event, the statboard recorded 1015 edits and participation of 90 users articles belonging to Category: Articles created or expanded during Women’s History Month In English. In Malayalam, 1885 edits were recorded from 46 participants at Category: 2014_വനിതാദിന_തിരുത്തൽ_യജ്ഞത്തിന്റെ_ഭാഗമായി_സൃഷ്ടിക്കപ്പെട്ട_താളുകൾ

Offline events:

Thank you for supporting Women's History Month events!

Netha and Jeph

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Maximilian Klein | 3 Apr 00:40 2014

How to Acknowledge an all-male panel.

Hello Gender Gap,

With some collaborators, I submitted this panel for Wikimania 2014 "Reform of citation structure for all Wikimedia project" [1]. Despite my best efforts (and continuing efforts), I couldn't find any non-men to be on the panel. I asked each of the potential panelists if they knew any other qualified speakers (not specifically women, just other people), asked my old colleagues, put a call out on social media. But it just ended up being all-men.

Is it desirable to write something to the effect of "we are cognizant this is an all-male panel, and would like to change the underlying factors" as a preamble to the submissions? And if so, what is the right way?

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Sarah Stierch | 1 Apr 19:40 2014

best DYK ever for april fools

pretty rare when you can get a laugh out of bell hooks

well done wikipedia!!!


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Netha Hussain | 1 Apr 15:44 2014

[Blog]: [Huffington Post U.K] : An interview with Emily Temple-Wood

Dear all,

  Here is a blog post interviewing Emily Temple-Wood, the co-founder of Wikiproject: Women Scientists. Congratulations, Emily!

- Netha


Countering the Systemic Bias on Wikipedia : An Interview With Emily Temple-Wood

Posted: 01/04/2014 14:28


"I love to collect information, and I love that I get to share that information with the world," says Emily Temple-Wood, a veteran editor on English Wikipedia. Emily, who likes reading encyclopedias from cover-to-cover, finds writing on Wikipedia a transition from being a consumer to a creator of knowledge.

Her first attempt at writing on Wikipedia was in 2005, when she was 10 years old. She wrote a page about her little sister saying that she was a "stupid butthead", which got removed from Wikipedia instantly. As she grew older, she knew that she could do more productive things on Wikipedia.

In 2007, when Emily Temple-Wood created an account on Wikipedia, she was just 12 years old. She started off by categorizing and cleaning up existing wikipedia articles. Eventually, she found it and useful to contribute knowledge to Wikipedia. Her first interest was endangered languages. She created several articles related to endangered languages and became dedicated to Wikipedia.

Emily, now 19, has written over 200 articles on Wikipedia. Lately, she has been writing about rare genetic diseases, Islamic history and mythology. Her pet project is Wikiproject: Women scientists, an initiative to create and expand articles about women scientists. "WikiProject Women Scientists is growing into a nice space for contributing to this less-covered area and we are gaining some active participants, so that is great! I'm so glad to be a part of something that is making a real difference on Wikipedia," she says. She is also an administrator on Wikipedia, a trusted editor who has been granted the technical ability to perform special actions on English Wikipedia.

Emily is an undergraduate student at the Loyola University in Chicago, majoring in molecular biology with additional two minors : Arabic and Islamic world studies. She aspires to go to graduate school and get an MD/ PhD in medicine to fulfil her dream of becoming research physician. She has basic knowledge of Arabic, Korean and French and wants to be a fluent speaker of these three languages someday. She is undergoing training as an emergency medical technician along with her undergraduate studies. Because of the many real-life commitments, Emily is not being able to spend as much time for writing articles as she wants.

"First of all, I schedule time to edit, either with workshops or with friends. Editing with friends makes it a lot easier to make the time for it. I also edit as I read. Like many of us, I use Wikipedia every day to look up facts and whenever I see something that needs to be fixed, I do it. Treating my editing as a social endeavor has been really helpful and definitely motivates me to contribute more, and I think that's my message to fellow women. Have fun together while editing - enjoy food and drink and socialize! Some people take Wikipedia too seriously and make it an anti-social space a lot of the time, so you can counter that by enjoying wiki-socialization in real life and being serious online.", says Emily when asked about how she manages her time to be able to do a variety of real-life and online volunteering.

She is also a Individual Engagement Grantee of the Wikimedia Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that hosts Wikipedia. In her role as a grantee, she is aiming to create a new model for bringing women into the Wikimedia movement and creating more content to fill the coverage gap with topics related to women, especially biographies of women. She is trying to change the gender situation on English Wikipedia where only around 10-25 percent of all contributors are women. She is also looking forward to create a best practice kit for running workshops on systemic bias. Systemic bias is an insidious problem on Wikipedia, where women, people of color, and non-Western topics are severely underrepresented. She thinks that her biggest contribution to the Wikipedia community has been helping to bring awareness about the systemic bias problem. She has attended three international conferences, where she presented her learnings and experiences in working with Wikipedia. She finds it exciting to get to travel around the world and meet amazing Wikipedians from different language communities.

Emily thinks that "women's voices are so important in this [Wikipedia] community and [women] need to speak up, especially because there are so few women participating in the movement". She asks women "to trust in their own competence and jump in, and don't take criticism too hard," to be a successful writer on Wikipedia. You can view Emily's userpage on Wikipedia here.

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Amanda Menking | 31 Mar 20:09 2014

Wikimedia IEG - Request for feedback (Notification)



I’m in the process (last minute!) of finishing my Wikimedia Individual Engagement Grant proposal and moving it from draft to submitted status. I wanted to notify this mailing list as per required, but I also wanted to welcome any and all feedback. Sadly, because of my own linguistic limits and to be realistic regarding scoping, I’ve had to focus only on



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Michael J. Lowrey | 31 Mar 03:06 2014

19th Century Indian women who attended med school in the U.S.

Surely at least one of these is notable?


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