Affiliate-selected Board seats/2016/Nominations/Kunal Mehta/fr
- Kunal Mehta
Nom d’utilisateur Wikimedia :
Je ne suis pas un candidat ordinaire, et ne suis pas affilié directement via une section locale ou une organisation thématique (principalement à cause de restrictions géographiques). Et j'ai aussi la (mal)chance de vivre en Californie à San Jose, le cœur de la Silicon Valley. Et je ne parle que l'anglais (à mois qu'on ne compte les langages de programmation 😉).
Un petit historique à propos de moi, d'abord. J'ai commencé à contribuer à Wikipédia en 2007, principalement pour modifier des articles sur le hockey. J'ai entendu parler de Pywikibot, et j'ai appris Python par moi-même en utilisant Wikilivres. Dès lors, j'ai utilisé le contenu libre et le logiciel libre pour apprendre en autodidacte à programmer, et ai finalement été embauché par la WMF comme ingénieur logiciel après un an de développement bénévole de MediaWiki.
La plupart de mon temps libre ces jours ci est consacré à des choses que je veux faire en supplément de Wikimedia et MediaWiki, telles que le lancement de wikis de contenu libre pour des organisations comme MusicBrainz et Uncyclomedia. J'ai aidé à démarrer un groupe relativement inactif d'utilisateurs de MediaWiki Farmers et aidé à lancer la Wikimedia DC wikifarm.
So why am I running?
I am worried about the future of the Wikimedia Foundation and the movement. We have lost our relationship with the community. Announcements that new features are coming should not frighten Wikimedians about what they have to deal with next, but it should excite them about new possiblities. The WMF shouldn't be building features like AFTv5 and Gather that add more work, it should be building infrastructure that empowers the community like Global CSS/JS, Global rename, and Gadgets 2.0 (in progress!). We don't need misfeatures like Special:UserProfile that take away control from wikis, we need tools like GlobalUserPage that bring our wikis closer together, without taking away local wiki autonomy. We shouldn't need a "Community Tech" team, every team at the WMF should be working to help the community.
Finally, the core MediaWiki software is being neglected, and not being treated as a full Wikimedia project. Non-WMF MediaWiki instances are slowly dropping due to difficulties in installing, upgrading, and even using the MediaWiki software. Instead people are moving to closed platforms like Github or Confluence, actively harming our vision of making sure everyone can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
At the top of the Wikimedia power structure is the technocracy. And because the WMF is in near sole control of the technology stack, they can force their decisions upon everyone else as we saw with superprotect. We need to distribute this responsibility amongst affiliates and other volunteers and move towards a more federated model. We need more affiliates doing technical work like WMDE (Wikidata) and WMCH (Kiwix). After the WMF hired up most of the MediaWiki volunteer development pool, the MediaWiki open source project has stagnated due to one organization setting priorities for nearly all developers. The WMF shouldn't be a giant organization doing everything, it should be a smaller organization that lays the framework and foundation so contributors and affiliates are empowered to do what they want to do.
Wikimedia m'a donné la connaissance et m'a permis de gagner ma vie. Et maintenant c'est l'occasion de donner à mon tour.
PS : Je prévoit de quitter mon travail à la WMF si je suis élu.
PPS : Mon moteur de recherche par défaut est DuckDuckGo.
Here are some other highlights:
- Wikipédia anglophone
- Administrator since 2013
- Dealt with sockpuppets and LTA cases as an SPI clerk (now inactive)
- Operate Legobot, which does a lot of things, has 800,000+ edits
- Former administrator and bureaucrat, removed due to inactivity
- Wrote first bot that could add claims based on Wikipedia category data
- d:User:Legobot has 9 million edits, plus does other miscellaneous tasks
- Worked with many individual wiki communities on running a bot to remove local interwiki links from page text
- Assisted with few Wikibase development tasks and patches
- Co-presented about State of Wikidata at Wikimania 2013
- Core developer with merge (+2) rights
- Implemented initial version of Wikidata support in pywikibot-core.
- Administrator and bureaucrat
- Wrote MassMessage tool to replace bot that performed global message delivery
- Maintained and added functionality to Echo (Notifications) feature
- Implemented global.js/global.css pages, replacing manually-run Syncbot system
- Implemented global user pages, also replacing syncbot functionality.
- Wrote global rename tool in preparation for SUL finalization
- Main developer for SUL finalization effort, working with stewards, global renamers, WMF staff and more to pull it all off. See Wikimania presentation for more details.
- Improved Notifications feature, including adding support for cross-wiki notifications
- Re-started dormant Gadgets 2.0 work (still in-progress)
- MediaWiki core developer with merge (+2) rights
- Mentored 3 GSoC projects, which improved MassMessage list support, MediaWiki email bounce handling, and a Tool Labs cross-wiki watchlist tool
- Member of MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group
- Co-creator of MediaWiki Farmers user group
- Volunteer for Wikimedia DC as a sysadmin for our wiki farm
None of the above items have been solely done by me, they were all in collaboration with other people in those communities, always leading to significantly better products than me working alone.
Je suis éligible à servir au Board of Trustees de la Wikimedia Foundation.
- Endorsement from Wikimedia District of Columbia:
Wikimedia District of Columbia is pleased to endorse Kunal Mehta as a candidate for an affiliate-selected seat on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation.
The past few months have been a trying time for all of us in the global Wikimedia movement. In the aftermath of the recent upheavals at the Wikimedia Foundation, the Board of Trustees must steer the organization through another leadership transition, and then support the new Executive Director in formulating and executing an effective strategic plan. Kunal's experience as a Wikimedia Foundation employee gives him a unique perspective on the challenges facing the Board and the new Executive Director, and will allow him to articulate a compelling strategic vision that will be embraced across the organization.
While he has not served on a chapter board, as many other candidates have, Kunal has acquired a deep understanding of affiliate activities through his work with Wikimedia DC and the MediaWiki user groups. Kunal's proposal for a federated model of technology development will give affiliates new opportunities to shape movement strategy, engage more closely with project communities, and collaborate with partners within and outside the Wikimedia movement, and represents the sort of innovative thinking around affiliate roles within the movement that we wish to promote among the Trustees.
We are certain that Kunal has the potential to be an outstanding member of the Board of Trustees, and look forward to supporting his candidacy.
President, Wikimedia District of Columbia
18:02, 8 March 2016 (UTC)
- At the Wikimedia NYC March 2016 public meeting, attendees took part in an open vote to endorse Kunal's participation as a candidate in this election. This is part of our chapter's policy to encourage a more diverse and more transparent process for the WMF board elections.--Pharos (talk) 17:39, 18 March 2016 (UTC)