LSS/foundation-l-archives/2009 September 1-30

  • What is this? A summary of the topics discussed on the mailing list foundation-l, grouped roughly by topic & chronological thread.
  • Time period: September 1-30, 2009
  • NOTES: Each link is to the first post on that topic in the selected time period that was found. In the effort to group topics together, some threads are listed out of chronological order.
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  • Important topics: Topics that generated a lot of discussion or that are especially important are bolded.
  • Announcements: Topics that are official WMF board, staff or chapter announcements or reports are also underlined.
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  1. Announcements and reports
    1. Commons reaches 5 million files [1]
    2. informal Board Member office hours [2]
    3. Report to the Board, June 2009 from Sue Gardner [3]
    4. Fundraising development associate job open at WMF [4]
    5. WMF office moving within SF [5]
    6. Wikizine #117 [6]
    7. Wikizine #118 [7]
    8. reminder of Chapters reports availability [8]
    9. IRC group contacts report [9]
    10. As of Sept. 18, Jennifer Riggs is leaving WMF [10]
    11. Staff IRC office hours with Sue Gardner, Sept 25 [11]; staff office hours with Rand Montoya, Oct. 1 [12]; what time should office hours be? [13]
    12. Report to the board July 2009, from Sue Gardner [14]
    13. Brion Vibber leaving Wikimedia [15]
  2. Foundation, Chapters and community
    1. more on moderation: a request to moderate foundation-l (thread continued from last month) [16]; more about moderation: [17]; more: [18]; more ideas for a better list: [19]
    2. thank you to the Wikimania team [20] [21]
    3. mo.wikipedia still in cyrillic (continued) [22]
    4. WMF seeking to sub-lease office space? [23]
    5. a request to Be nice! [24]
    6. a branded copy of Wikipedia in Polish launches, from the Wikimedia-Orange agreement [25]
    7. about frugality and budgeting in different cultures, re: chapters [26]
    8. is there a Wikimedia Korea now? [27]
    9. a discussion about wikimedia community, board members, and dump status [28]; and continued discussion of Wikimedia's 2007 spending reports [29]; more [30]
    10. Wikimedia Italia is getting sued [31]; more [32]
    11. what's the timeline on the new CTO getting hired [33]
    12. what's the current advisory board composition? [34]
    13. localizationupdate is live [35]
    14. status update of flagged revisions on wp:en [36]; flaggedrevs testing on [37]; discussion [38]
    15. 'abuse log' should be renamed [39]
  3. Licensing
  4. Strategic planning
    1. proposal for a Universal Library on strategy wiki [40]
    2. should there be any new Wikimedia projects? How can we support new projects [41]
    3. strategic planning office hours [42]; Strategic planning office hours [43]; IRC strategic office hours [44]
    4. Strategic planning process update [45]
    5. determining strategic priorities and opportunities [46]
    6. problems with the strategic planning application? [47]
    7. should we use editor count instead of article count as a metric of project growth? [48]; perhaps we need multiple metrics on every project? [49]; more [50]; is measuring users/language relevant? [51]
    8. blog post by Barry Newstead of Bridgespan on Wikimedia's strategic planning [52]
  5. Commons and Gallery, Libraries, Archives, Museums (GLAM) issues
    1. proposal for Commons Force, a wiki used to coordinate efforts to educate the public about the concept of public domain and the commons. [53]
    2. Wikimedian image restorations being sold on ebay [54]
    3. Wikimedia France and cultural materials [55]; special sections from the report [56]
  6. Miscellaneous/other
    1. blogpost: Akahele: Omidyar venturing out [57]
    2. youtube feature helps charities raise money [58]
    3. new platform to fund, license and release CC/GFDL works [59]
    4. results of a CC survey about how people define commercial/non-commercial [60]; discussion of whether Wikipedia is noncommercial: [61]
    5. blogpost about written sign languages [62]
    6. WMF decommissioning some old servers, free to good home [63]
    7. last month's LSS; how should LSS have RSS updates? [64]
    8. FCC advocates free culture? [65]
    9. GPL upheld in France [66]
    10. edit wars in another Macedonian encyclopedia? [67]
    11. life-long learning conference [68]