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Comment by JoalpeEdit

Thank you for the work you do for the movement, DannyS712. There was quite some engagement in the previous grant request, and I would suggest editors that contributed to the previous grant and communities in general are surveyed to provide more feedbacks --than just bug report, which is most of the activity on the phabricator list you have brought up here-- on the development of the GlobalWatchlist extension. If a survey is not feasible right now, I recommend you ping editors who have contributed on the previous grant so that they can re-assess the tool. Having this kind of feedback would make a much stronger case for the extension you are requesting a grant for, IMO. --Joalpe (talk) 03:50, 1 April 2021 (UTC)

@Joalpe I'll send a notification to the users that commented on the last grant, and post some other notifications. I thought that should wait until after the WMF review DannyS712 (talk) 03:54, 1 April 2021 (UTC)
@DannyS712: Oh, I thought eligibility assessment was already made, as it was scheduled to happen by March 25. If it did not happen on this proposal, you should definitely wait. To be clear: I am a member of the project grants volunteer committee, but this does not entail I have any say on the eligibility of your proposal. Sorry for the confusion. --Joalpe (talk) 04:05, 1 April 2021 (UTC)
@Joalpe I haven't gotten any notifications about eligibility DannyS712 (talk) 04:10, 1 April 2021 (UTC)
@DannyS712: The grants team has been very busy with the relaunch of the grants strategy and a large first round of project grant requests; there have been some changes in staff as well. This is probably the context for the lateness of notification. Don't hesitate to getting in touch with the team for more information if needed; I am pinging MCasoValdes (WMF), as she might want to review the schedule of this round. Cheers. --Joalpe (talk) 04:17, 1 April 2021 (UTC)

DannyS712, please feel free to go ahead with notification about your proposal. Joalpe is correct about the cause of staff delays with eligibility review. We have been extraordinarily busy and I regret confusion that may have caused. Unfortunately, because of constraints related to timing of the Wikimedia Foundation's end of fiscal year, we are not able to further delay scoring, despite the staff delay in eligibility review. As a result, we will ask the committee to take this into consideration when reviewing community engagement in their first round, understanding that some applicants may have delayed notification. At this point, I do encourage you to begin community notification right away. Warm regards, Marti (WMF) (talk) 05:52, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

@Joalpe @Mjohnson (WMF) notifications sent, thanks DannyS712 (talk) 00:57, 19 April 2021 (UTC)

Eligibility provisionally confirmed, Round 2 2021 - Research and Software proposalEdit

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Marti (WMF) (talk) 05:42, 17 April 2021 (UTC)

Aggregated feedback from the committee for Continued work on GlobalWatchlist extensionEdit

Scoring rubric Score
(A) Impact potential
  • Does it have the potential to increase gender diversity in Wikimedia projects, either in terms of content, contributors, or both?
  • Does it have the potential for online impact?
  • Can it be sustained, scaled, or adapted elsewhere after the grant ends?
(B) Community engagement
  • Does it have a specific target community and plan to engage it often?
  • Does it have community support?
(C) Ability to execute
  • Can the scope be accomplished in the proposed timeframe?
  • Is the budget realistic/efficient ?
  • Do the participants have the necessary skills/experience?
(D) Measures of success
  • Are there both quantitative and qualitative measures of success?
  • Are they realistic?
  • Can they be measured?
Additional comments from the Committee:
  • The project fits with Wikimedia's strategic priorities and can probably be scaled and sustained in the future.
  • It is a concern that Danny is the main/only maintainer and that code stewardship from WMF was provided on the volunteer basis only. Otherwise, the proposal looks is good.
  • Code available in Gerrit, bugs - in Phab, everything open for others to contribute
  • Proposal is the continuation of the development of a tool that improves cross-wiki work, thus our services.
  • The project seeks to fit wikimedia strategic priorities. It is a tech related project and its already in operation. It can be used and adopted elsewhere.
  • Since this project is a continuation of a previous grant, I think it still fits with Wikimedia strategy priorities. Having read the previous grant, I believe this project can be scaled and further expand to support other tools. I don't know if the grantee will continue the request for funding for every update but I think it should create a platform for other volunteers to support in future.
  • The project is iterative. The potential benefits are high while the risks are manageable. There is a clear evaluation plan.
  • iterative replication of prior project
  • The project seeks to use innovative approach to solve it using technology. The impact of the project is highly great us compared to its risk. The project was a successful in its development in the initial stage, so what it’s seeks to do at the moment is to upgrade.
  • Global watchlist extension has proven useful for Wikimedia projects, so improving the existing one would be useful. Again, I am vouching for this project because it is a continuation of an active Wikimedia extension tool.
  • The scope can be accomplished in 12 months and the budget is realistic. Based on the results of the previous grant the grantee has necessary skills.
  • Certainly, the original developer continues to work on his project. Need information about the availability of prior code reviewer and technical advisors from WMF
  • The scope of the project can be completed in 12 months or less. The budget of the project is realistic but if there is a reduction or changes in the budget would be good. The participants or team have the relevant skills set for the project.
  • This project can be completed within 12 months, looking at the activities involved. I think $35/hr ok ok unless the proposer is clear on the project timeline.
  • The proposer has the necessary skills/experience to carry out this project and may bring fresh skills to improve the extension further.
  • The has been visible community engagement.
  • Largely supported by community
  • The project seeks to target the wikimedia movement globally. It has community support. It supports diversity.
  • The target community for this project is the developer community and the media wiki volunteers. The discussion on the extension page on meta suggests that the project already has community support.
  • The project deserves the continued support as its first phase funded under the previous grant has been largely successful.
  • Perfect project!
  • This is an incremental addition to previous grant. There is community engagement on Phabricator. Hopefully, the WMF tech team may connect with proponent, so another round of funding is not necessary.
  • Yes I choose to support the project fully but if there is a change in the budget, it would be very good.
  • I am recommending this project because it is an extension of a previous project. I also think the solution it provides fits well and should be considered. Also, this project involves bugs fixing, implementing and investigating the GlobalWatchlist extension.

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DannyS712, can you reach out to us at projectgrants   wikimedia  · org and provide us with a new email address? The one we have on file is bouncing back. I tried to send you a message today about scheduling an interview for next week. I've leaving for the weekend (going camping, so won't have internet access) but I will check email when I get back on Monday and we can work on scheduling. Have a good weekend yourself! Marti (WMF) (talk) 21:47, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

  Done DannyS712 (talk) 22:02, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

Round 2 2021 decisionEdit


Congratulations! Your proposal has been selected for a Project Grant.

The committee has recommended this proposal and WMF has approved funding for the full amount of your request, $8,000

Comments regarding this decision:
The committee is pleased to support an experienced Wikimedia community developer to continue the development of the GlobalWatchlist, a tool that improves cross-wiki workflows for highly active contributors.

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Marti (WMF) (talk) 04:39, 28 May 2021 (UTC)
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