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This is a discussion page about set up a Wikimedia's organization in Taiwan.

中文(Chinese) 英文(English)
  • Wikimedia Taiwan的中文名稱已經由投票決定為「中華民國維基媒體協會」。
  • 臺灣維基人已在6月24日(星期六)下午舉行2006年夏聚,中華民國維基媒體協會發起人並同時舉辦第一次籌備會議,針對章程草案做最後討論。章程草案已進行最後討論,請勿繼續修改。請協助確認章程是否符合籌備會議討論結果,如有疑慮,請至該討論頁
  • 全國性社會團體申請書已遞交內政部。
  • Mingwangx於2006臺灣秋聚中針對協會籌備事宜進行簡報,ppt檔可於這裡下載。
  • 協會籌備狀況事宜已被翻譯為英文
  • 協會章程草案已被翻譯為英文

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社團形式Edit

內政部社會團體許可立案作業規定對社會團體所做的分類中,適合台灣維基人籌組的社團有兩種:

  1. 學術文化團體:以促進教育、文化、藝術活動及增進學術研究為主要功能之團體。
  2. 國際團體:以辦理國際交流活動,促進我與他國人民間之認識及連繫為主要功能,經外交部認定之國際組織同意在我國設立之國內總會組織或經外交部同意之我與他國間之對等交流團體。

設立這兩種團體的差異在於,如果是後者,需要多準備兩份文件:

  1. 國際總會之章程、簡介、立案證明書(含立案機關、日期、文號及團體性質)
  2. 該國際總會同意其成立之證明書(證明書應經我國駐外館處認、驗證或當地法院、公證人公證)中外文本。

請一起討論,決定社團形式。--mingwangx 01:06 2006年2月19日 (UTC)

從元維基Local chapter FAQ裡的Do chapters legally represent the Foundation?看來,似乎成立一個獨立性社團是比較可能的:
No, the chapters do not represent the Foundation legally. The chapters share the same goals the Foundation does, eg support projects such as the Wikimedia projects. They are however separate legal entities, only liable for the work they accomplish in their jurisdiction.
我本來考慮,成立獨立性社團的話使用維基媒體這個名字不知道適不適當,裡頭也有答案:
A trademark agreement might be signed between each chapter and the Foundation to allow them to use of the name and logos, but no other representation beyond that.--mingwangx 08:50 2006年2月19日 (UTC)
小弟建議這方面的問題直接請教元維基上面有成立分會的維基人. 最大的問題是, 若以分會形式, 則命名為"維基媒體基金會台灣分會"時, 會不會被當成是基金會而要準備30000000元呢? --Ellery 15:24, 19 February 2006 (UTC)
  1. 如果要設立獨立的社團,根據內政部申請組織全國性社會團體須知,組織名稱擇用「會」、「社」、「學會」、「學社」、「研究會」、「研究社」、「協會」、「協進會」或其他適當文字。我提議:中華民國維基媒體協會。
  2. 如果是設立國際組織在國內的總會,我提議:維基媒體基金會中華民國總會。--mingwangx 01:09 2006年2月19日 (UTC)
我想到一個問題:如果設立獨立社團,那麼在社團的名稱上使用「維基媒體」四個字,會不會不恰當?--mingwangx 01:49 2006年2月19日 (UTC)
有個問題,維基媒體基金會應該只是美國境內的財團法人吧,嚴格來說不算是“國際團體”。到時送件至內政部時,認定是否有問題?歐洲幾國的維基分會,與美國佛州的維基媒體基金會的關係是平行還是從屬?--Ellery 06:44 2006年2月19日 (UTC)
我不小心在錯誤的地方開了頭。這個問題應該在上面討論。(:p) 從我引的那段文裡看,應該是成立獨立的社團法人比較可能。--mingwangx 08:53 2006年2月19日 (UTC)

是否決定採用獨立社團?Edit

現在看起來,成立獨立社團比較可行:

  1. 名稱和LOGO的使用沒有問題,因為可以跟維基媒體基金會簽trademark agreement。
  2. 維基媒體基金會應該不算是「國際團體」,所以申請成立其台灣總會有困難。
  3. 以分會形式命名為「維基媒體基金會台灣分會」,說不定會被當成是基金會而要準備30000000元。
  4. Local chapter FAQDo chapters legally represent the Foundation?裡說:No, the chapters do not represent the Foundation legally. The chapters share the same goals the Foundation does, eg support projects such as the Wikimedia projects. They are however separate legal entities, only liable for the work they accomplish in their jurisdiction. A trademark agreement might be signed between each chapter and the Foundation to allow them to use of the name and logos, but no other representation beyond that.

請大家表達一下意見,是不是就決定採用獨立社團?--Mingwangx 15:17, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

維基媒體基金會所謂的「chapter」(暫譯「分會」)無論運作或組織上都是獨立的。為避免「分會」這個用詞被誤會,最好是避開使用於名稱。華文名稱(非正式提案)宜採「維基媒體台灣協會」(英文:Taiwan Wikimedia Association,簡稱「Wikimedia Taiwan」)。A-giâu 16:58, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

關於身分證影本Edit

我想M大等社團名稱出來以後再請大家寄給你(妳?)身分證影本比較好,因為現在要保護個人資料不被盜用,所以身分證影本上要用紅筆加註「本證僅供XXX使用」,(其中XXX是用途項目,如資料申請、某家信用卡申請、社團申請等)才不會有被盜用的疑慮;這次申請的話就是寫上社團名稱申請,所以等社團名稱出來後才能寫上去唷。--星馬將 18:58 2006年2月18日 (UTC)

贊成:星馬將想得周延。--mingwangx 01:00 2006年2月19日 (UTC)
請考慮使用 PGP. Firefox有適合Gmail的擴充套件。[1][2] A-giâu 17:03, 22 March 2006 (UTC)
有點看不懂耶。可以簡單介紹一下嗎?--mingwangx (talk) 15:30, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

我已在元維基寫上去Edit

我已在元維基寫上去,請看:Ideas_for_new_chapters。另外也請參閱元維基的相關Local chapter FAQ--Ellery 07:22 2006年2月19日 (UTC)

元維基: 如何創立分會Edit

命名問題Edit

開頭用"中華民國"還是"台灣"呢?如果用台灣,是否有可能在國際會議時遭到打壓呢??用中華民國,是否可能牽涉到國內的政治問題呢??雖然這些問題都是很久以後才有可能發生,但現在命名時,還是先謹慎決定吧!!--Alltonight 13:51, 22 February 2006 (UTC)

這個問題要請大家多多表達意見。--Mingwangx
以往是規定一定要用中華民國, 後來取消了此規定. 但如果要打壓, 無論用什麼名稱都會被打壓的.--Ellery 08:30, 26 February 2006 (UTC)
路過留言,我以為用中華民國反而容易引起尷尬呢? -- Tonync 21:13, 3 March 2006 (UTC)
個人認為用台灣比較自然而無爭議 (就像我們的群組也本來就叫台灣維基人, 或是這一頁的 Wikimedia Taiwan 一樣). 維基如此強調"自由"的基金會, 而非政治機構, 若只因我們用了一個正常自然的名稱而被打壓, 那維基也不維基了:D 也同意上方 Ellery 所說, 如果有心人士刻意要打壓, 也不是在名稱上玩文字遊戲就可以避免的. 故支持名稱為<台灣維基媒體協會>. 個人淺見:) -- Astroviolin
我的意見跟Astroviolin差不多,祇是順序顛倒:「維基媒體台灣協會」(參考「維基媒體台灣分會」,但避開「分會」的文字)。A-giâu 17:11, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

活動訊息稿Edit

考慮到各維基計畫裡可能會有一種從來不參與任何社群討論而只編輯頁面因此一直不知道協會籌備計畫的人,我打算刊一篇活動訊息在《破報》上,訊息稿如後,請大家一同修改。《破報》的訊息刊登截稿時間是每週二中12點,所以如有修改意見請在3月7日上午10點前完成編輯。--Mingwangx 13:24, 3 March 2006 (UTC)

活動訊息稿Edit

中華民國維基媒體協會招募發起人
台灣維基人將籌組一全國性非營利組織,需要您的幫助!
◆對象
維基媒體任一計畫使用者,包括維基百科、維基詞典、維基教科書、維基語錄、維基文庫、維基物種、維基共享資源、維基新聞等所有語言版本。
◆參與方法
1.至籌備頁面的發起人名冊簽名(網址:http://wikimedia.tw
2.參加3月19日的臺灣維基人春聚
若有疑問,請洽0915321439王先生或發信給mingwangx@gmail.com

是否有需要在社群討論區之外的地方發佈訊息Edit

因為有維基人對於在報紙上刊登廣告招募發起人有疑慮,這條訊息將不會在達成共識之前提交《破報》。請各位針對是否需要在維基百科的互助客棧以及批踢踢的維基百科板之外的地方作宣傳進行討論。--Mingwangx 03:40, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

我之所以會一直尋找各種途徑刊廣告,考慮到的是各維基計畫裡可能會有一種從來不參與任何社群討論而只編輯頁面因此一直不知道協會籌備計畫的人。在維基的各計畫裡,一定存在著一些人,他們用跟我們這些人完全不同的方式參與著維基計畫。如果我一直只是在維基百科的互助客棧、批踢踢的Wikipedia板上發佈組協會的相關訊息,他們永遠不知道。
再過一陣子,我們就得去和維基媒體基金會商量關於名稱和Logo的trademark agreement,也就是說,未來「維基媒體」這四個字,在台灣,會被我們協會壟斷。因此,我認為我們有義務要利用所有可能的途徑盡可能通知到所有維基計畫的參與者。因為「維基媒體」這四個字應該是所有維基人共享的。當然,我不可能做到面面俱到(比方說,在聯合報上刊或許比在破報上刊更有效,但是我沒有那麼多錢),一定會有些維基人,甚至是活躍的維基人,不知道這件事。不管如何,我認為至少要盡量去做。--Mingwangx 03:48, 4 March 2006 (UTC)

如果連在網路上參與社群討論和協助維基工作都沒有熱情參與,要如何落實到現實生活?如果連最基本參與維基工作的經驗都沒有,要怎麼信賴這個人可以協助台灣的協會和世界其他分會之間的互動,如果連發起人之間都不能互信,大家要怎麼做事?維基媒體是所有人共享沒錯,但是在現實社會執行時,我們的確是需要有一些壟斷的手段,因為不是每個人都了解維基媒體強調每個人的自由和獨立性,即使是維基人,也都希望聽到Jimmy「代表維基」發言。我認為一開始要用最簡單的方式找到有共識的人一起做事,未來才有容納更多不同意見的可能性。--KaurJmeb 08:19, 4 March 2006 (UTC)
同意 KJ 所說的。--眼鏡虎 06:37, 6 March 2006 (UTC)
不需要,畢竟太多人不看破報、聯合報、自由時報、xyz報。「各種途徑」不太可行。維基是最自然、最便宜的途徑。考慮貼幾個sitenotice。A-giâu 17:20, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

== wikimedia.tw == move from zh:Wikipedia:互助客栈/消息

ellery(ImprezaWRX@ptt)已將wikimedia.tw網址註冊下來,感謝ellery。下文轉自PTT Wikipedia版。

作者  ImprezaWRX (繼續收好人卡5000年)                        看板  Wikipedia
標題  wikimedia.tw
時間  Sun Feb 26 16:32:37 2006
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http://wikimedia.tw 已設定導到 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Taiwan
http://www.wikimedia.tw 亦同.
待台灣的分會成立後, 上述domain name會過戶給台灣分會.
--
※ 發信站: 批踢踢實業坊(ptt.cc)
◆ From: 220.130.153.208
※ 編輯: ImprezaWRX      來自: 220.130.153.208      (02/26 16:34)
※ 編輯: ImprezaWRX      來自: 220.130.153.202      (02/26 19:25)
推 mingwangx:啪~啪~啪~太好了!啪~啪~啪~                      02/26 23:50
推 fuzuki:一定要推一下                                             02/27 04:46

--Jasonzhuocn...._交流 22:12 2006年2月26日 (UTC)

依TWNIC的規定, .org.tw 的domain name要為登記有案的非營利組織憑證註冊, 因此建議台灣的分會成立後盡速把wikimedia.org.tw註冊下來. 另外, wikipedia.tw在剛開放.tw時被不知名人士搶註, 由於wikipedia已是美國的維基媒體基金會的註冊商標, 分會成立後要處理一下這個問題. 可參考域名爭議處理.--Ellery 15:17, 31 May 2006 (UTC)

好奇一問Edit

請問中華民國維基媒體協會成立後,會址會設定為何處?會是主籌辦人的住宅地址嗎?-- Tonync 03:23, 12 March 2006 (UTC)

我想,在找到辦公室之前,就只能設在某一個會員的家裡。或者,也許用不著辦公室,那就是會一直設在某位會員的家裡。基本上這個地址唯一的功能應該就是拿來填寫各類文件,喔,還有收信。反正除了收信之外,沒有事情是一定得在辦公室裡進行的。--Mingwangx 00:31, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Wikimedia Taiwan相關事宜將在台灣維基人2006春聚中討論Edit

臺灣維基人即將在3月19日(星期日)下午舉辦春聚,屆時將就籌辦Wikimedia Taiwan事宜進行討論,計有三項討論內容:組織名稱、章程草案、申請表。請至維基百科的Wikipedia talk:聚會/2006臺灣春聚報告中報名。--Mingwangx 01:13, 18 March 2006 (UTC)

春聚時議題很多,沒有時間討論社團的事情。社團名稱將以投票方式決定。請至Wikimedia Taiwan/命名投票進行投票。--Mingwangx 13:01, 22 March 2006 (UTC)

現時春聚沒有討論相關議題,是否另起聚會討論?或者可在吉米·威爾士見面會舉辦時討論?--眼鏡虎 03:43, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

要另外辦個參與者夠多的聚會,實在不是容易的事。而吉米·威爾士見面會,恐怕要進行的議題更多吧。直接在維基上討論,應該是比較方便的方式。--Mingwangx 05:09, 23 March 2006 (UTC)

發起人資格Edit

勞煩各位先進可否幫我問一問,此基金會發起人的資格是否有所限制,比方軍公人員不可參加?謝謝。-163.29.186.250 01:18, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

沒有這樣的限制。(沒聽過哪個組織有這種限制耶~)另外,我們是社團法人,不是財團法人,所以不是基金會,而是協會。--Mingwangx 05:51, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

一个问题Edit

联想到德国wikimedia遇到的诉讼问题,台湾的wikimedia在成立后这方面也要非常注意--Shizhao 07:47, 26 April 2006 (UTC)

什麼訴訟問題啊?(真糟糕,沒有做功課~)--mingwangx (talk) 00:06, 27 April 2006 (UTC)
Shizhao說的應該是德國一死亡駭客Tron的真實姓名Boris Floricic(w:zh:波瑞斯·佛羅瑞斯克)在維基百科上被揭露的問題. --Ellery 15:37, 31 May 2006 (UTC)
這在吉米來台灣時有談到。協會成立後,在法律上與維基媒體基金會是沒有任何從屬關係的。所以所有法律問題都是要找基金會,不會由我們負責。--mingwangx (talk) 01:44, 21 June 2006 (UTC)

維基媒體協會籌備事宜簡報Edit

我在2006年台灣維基人秋聚中將提出一份關於維基媒體協會籌備事宜的簡報。

中華民國維基媒體協會籌備事宜簡報

  • 報告人 mingwangx
  • 開始的時候…
  • 元維基:http://meta.wikimedia.org
  • 元維基的頁面創建
    • 2006年2月19日:
      • Wikimedia Taiwan
      • Wikimedia Taiwan/申請書
      • Wikimedia Taiwan/章程草案
      • Wikimedia Taiwan/發起人名冊
    • 3月22日:
      • Wikimedia Taiwan/命名投票
    • 6月24日:
      • Wikimedia Taiwan/第一次籌備會議
  • 向內政部提出申請需要的東西
    • 申請書
    • 章程草案
    • 發起人名冊
    • 發起人身分證影本
  • 申請書:組織名稱
    • 命名投票
      • 3月22日:開投票頁面
      • 3月22日至3月26日:討論投票之各項規定
      • 3月27日至4月9日:提議社團名稱
      • 4月10日至4月30日:針對各名稱進行投票
      • 5月1日:票數確認和統計完成
    • 確定定名為「中華民國維基媒體協會」
  • 章程草案
    • 2月19日創建頁面
    • 第一次草案投票
      • 4月16日開始規劃
      • 4月16日至4月29日修訂和討論章程草案
      • 4月30日至5月10日投票
      • 未通過
    • 第二次草案議題提案、討論與投票
      • 5月2日,由Sangye提議
      • 一直討論至第一次籌備會議
    • 第一次籌備會議
      • 6月24日配合夏聚舉辦
      • 以討論頁的討論內容為基礎進行最後討論
      • 確認為送交內政部申請的草案版本
  • 發起人
    • 2月19日:創建發起人名冊頁面
      • 4月3日:第30個簽名由愛索簽下
      • 6月24日(第一次籌備會議) :開始填寫紙本名冊並收集身分證影本
      • 9月7日:紙本名冊並收集身分證影本整備完成
  • 關於發起人的補充說明
    • 送交內政部的名單與元維基頁面並不一致
      • 在頁面簽名但後來聯繫不上,無法填寫名冊並提供身分證影本
      • 對提供身分證影本有疑慮
      • 聯繫上的時間過晚,文件已送出
  • 文件送內政部
    • 2006年9月8日下午
    • 中華民國維基媒體協會申請文件送至內政部
    • 依規定兩個月內會有回應
  • 接下來需召開的會議
    • 發起人會議暨第一次籌備會議
    • 第二次籌備會議
    • 成立大會暨第一次理事會監事會
  • 發起人會議
    • 過半數出席
    • 推選籌備委員:籌備委員至少7人
    • 籌備委員互推1人為籌備會主席
  • 第一次籌備會議
    • 過半數出席
    • 任務
      • 決定很多事情:審查章程草案、籌備期間聯絡地址、工作人員、訂定會員入會會員申請入會手續、申請書格式、審定會員格並造名冊、擬定工作計畫及歲入歲出預算表、擬訂成立大會之討論提案及編製大會手冊、決定成立大會召開之日期及地點
    • 籌備會的交接
      • 籌備會應於理、監事選出前,將檔案、財務及人事等造具清冊1式3份,於第一屆理事長選出後,當場以1份移交理事長,移交時由監事會召集人監交,並於15日內,由理事長會同監交人接收完畢,分別於清冊簽章。籌備會於移交後撤銷之。移交清冊由籌備會主任委員、理事長及團體各存1份。
  • 成立大會暨第一次理事會監事會
    • 過半數出席
    • 決議章程
    • 決定團體會址處所(會址處所應取得同意使用證明文件,例如租約、借用同意書)
    • 成立後30日內準備一大份文件
    • 成立大會會後送內政部的文件
  • 成立大會後30天內將下列文件送內政部:
    • 第一屆第一次會員大會紀錄
    • 第一屆第一次理事監事會議紀錄
    • 會員大會決議通過之章程
    • 會員大會決議通過之年度工作計劃
    • 會員大會決議通過之年度經費收支預算表
    • 選任職員(理事監事)簡歷冊
    • 會務工作人員簡歷冊
    • 會址同意使用證明文件
    • 申請理事長當選證明書資料表及理事長照片兩張
    • 會員名冊

--mingwangx (talk) 04:08, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

Requests for comments on Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreementsEdit

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is requesting comments on the approval process and agreements for Wikimedia user groups.

Wikimedia user groups are groups of Wikimedia users who support and promote the Wikimedia projects in the offline world by organizing meetups and other projects. The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee's responsibilities include approval of new Wikimedia user groups.

The committee will seek community input until Friday, May 1, 2015. The committee will then review the community's input, and publish the new process and agreements on Meta-Wiki. The committee will again seek community input approximately six months after any changes are adopted to gauge effectiveness and if any additional changes are necessary.

Please see the RFC page on Meta-Wiki for more information and to provide feedback.

Thank you - Wikimedia Affiliations Committee

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Wikimedia Foundation Funds Dissemination Committee elections 2015Edit

This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) and FDC Ombudsperson will continue during the voting. Nominations for the Board of Trustees will be accepted until 23:59 UTC May 5.

The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities. There are five positions on the committee being filled.

The FDC Ombudsperson receives complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at the request of the Board of Trustees, and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. One position is being filled.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 3 to 23:59 UTC May 10. Click here to vote. Questions and discussion with the candidates will continue during that time. Click here to ask the FDC candidates a question. Click here to ask the FDC Ombudsperson candidates a question. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 FDC election page, the 2015 FDC Ombudsperson election page, and the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

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Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015Edit

This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Board will continue during the voting.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 17 to 23:59 UTC May 31. Click here to vote. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery 17:20, 17 May 2015 (UTC) • TranslateGet help

Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing listEdit

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is pleased to introduce the launch of the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list, which is basically a place for all the affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, user groups) to discuss issues related to affiliates, make announcements to other affiliates, and collaborate on activities and community-wide events. The idea is to help facilitate the dialogue affiliates across our movement, plus collaborative discussions like community-wide activities, joint edit-a-thons, regional conferences, blog/report posts, or other communications from affiliates.

Each Wikimedia movement affiliate is allocated three spots on the mailing list. All affiliates may contact the Affiliations Committee to request additional spots if needed.

Please find a bit more information on Meta-Wiki and do not hesitate to contact the Affiliations Committee if you have further questions.

Thank you - Wikimedia Affiliations Committee

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Your input requested on the proposed #FreeBassel banner campaignEdit

This is a message regarding the proposed 2015 Free Bassel banner. Translations are available.

Hi everyone,

This is to inform all Wikimedia contributors that a straw poll seeking your involvement has just been started on Meta-Wiki.

As some of your might be aware, a small group of Wikimedia volunteers have proposed a banner campaign informing Wikipedia readers about the urgent situation of our fellow Wikipedian, open source software developer and Creative Commons activist, Bassel Khartabil. An exemplary banner and an explanatory page have now been prepared, and translated into about half a dozen languages by volunteer translators.

We are seeking your involvement to decide if the global Wikimedia community approves starting a banner campaign asking Wikipedia readers to call on the Syrian government to release Bassel from prison. We understand that a campaign like this would be unprecedented in Wikipedia's history, which is why we're seeking the widest possible consensus among the community.

Given Bassel's urgent situation and the resulting tight schedule, we ask everyone to get involved with the poll and the discussion to the widest possible extent, and to promote it among your communities as soon as possible.

(Apologies for writing in English; please kindly translate this message into your own language.)

Thank you for your participation!

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2015 Affiliations Committee call for candidatesEdit

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of twelve members, six of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms.

Key skills

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members. The key skills and experience that we look for in candidates are:

  • Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of volunteers worldwide.
  • Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
  • Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and similar questions.
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting.
  • International orientation.
  • Very good communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF.
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organising are a plus.
  • Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
  • Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

We are looking for people who are not afraid of the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2015 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta (at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/2015), and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, WMF staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2016, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please send an application to affcom@lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2015. You will get a confirmation that your application was received.

Your application should include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact information (including e-mail address and username)
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.

Your statement will be published for community review and feedback, so please do not include any information that you are not comfortable sharing.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

Best regards,
Carlos Colina
Chair, Affiliations Committee

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Get involved in Wikipedia 15!Edit

This is a message from the Wikimedia Foundation. Translations are available.

As many of you know, January 15 is Wikipedia’s 15th Birthday!

People around the world are getting involved in the celebration and have started adding their events on Meta Page. While we are celebrating Wikipedia's birthday, we hope that all projects and affiliates will be able to utilize this celebration to raise awareness of our community's efforts.

Haven’t started planning? Don’t worry, there’s lots of ways to get involved. Here are some ideas:

Everything is linked on the Wikipedia 15 Meta page. You’ll find a set of ten data visualization works that you can show at your events, and a list of all the Wikipedia 15 logos that community members have already designed.

If you have any questions, please contact Zachary McCune or Joe Sutherland.

Thanks and Happy nearly Wikipedia 15!
-The Wikimedia Foundation Communications team

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery, 20:53, 18 December 2015 (UTC) • Please help translate to your languageHelp

De-Recognition of Affiliates with Long-standing Non-ComplianceEdit

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

Recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate - a chapter, thematic organization, or user group - is a privilege that allows an independent group to officially use the Wikimedia name to further the Wikimedia mission. While most Wikimedia affiliates adhere to the basic compliance standards set forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, a protocol has been developed to address the exceptional cases when a Wikimedia affiliate does not meet basic compliance standards and their continued recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate presents a risk to the Wikimedia movement.

In the past year, the Affiliations Committee - with support from Wikimedia Foundation staff - has made a concerted effort to address a handful of chapters with long-standing issues of non-compliance. As a result, in the coming days and months, a small number of chapters that have been unable to return to compliance through their efforts in the past year will not have their chapter agreements renewed. As a consequence, these organizations will no longer have the additional rights to use the Wikimedia trademarks, including the Wikimedia name, that had been granted under those agreements.

If you have questions about what this means for community members in the affected affiliates’ region or language areas, we have put together a basic FAQ. The FAQ talk page is available for additional questions and comments, and the Affiliations Committee is happy to answer questions directly.

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 15:55, 13 February 2017 (UTC) • Please help translate to your languageGet helpSubscribe or unsubscribe.

Review of initial updates on Wikimedia movement strategy processEdit

Note: Apologies for cross-posting and sending in English. Message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.

The Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. For 15 years, Wikimedians have worked together to build the largest free knowledge resource in human history. During this time, we've grown from a small group of editors to a diverse network of editors, developers, affiliates, readers, donors, and partners. Today, we are more than a group of websites. We are a movement rooted in values and a powerful vision: all knowledge for all people. As a movement, we have an opportunity to decide where we go from here.

This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve. We hope to design an inclusive process that makes space for everyone: editors, community leaders, affiliates, developers, readers, donors, technology platforms, institutional partners, and people we have yet to reach. There will be multiple ways to participate including on-wiki, in private spaces, and in-person meetings. You are warmly invited to join and make your voice heard.

The immediate goal is to have a strategic direction by Wikimania 2017 to help frame a discussion on how we work together toward that strategic direction.

Regular updates are being sent to the Wikimedia-l mailing list, and posted on Meta-Wiki. Beginning with this message, monthly reviews of these updates will be sent to this page as well. Sign up to receive future announcements and monthly highlights of strategy updates on your user talk page.

Here is a review of the updates that have been sent so far:

More information about the movement strategy is available on the Meta-Wiki 2017 Wikimedia movement strategy portal.

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, 20:27, 15 February 2017 (UTC) • Please help translate to your languageGet help

Overview #2 of updates on Wikimedia movement strategy processEdit

Note: Apologies for cross-posting and sending in English. This message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.

As we mentioned last month, the Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve.

Regular updates are being sent to the Wikimedia-l mailing list, and posted on Meta-Wiki. Each month, we are sending overviews of these updates to this page as well. Sign up to receive future announcements and monthly highlights of strategy updates on your user talk page.

Here is a overview of the updates that have been sent since our message last month:

More information about the movement strategy is available on the Meta-Wiki 2017 Wikimedia movement strategy portal.

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation, 19:42, 9 March 2017 (UTC) • Please help translate to your languageGet help

We invite you to join the movement strategy conversation (now through April 15)Edit

05:00, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Start of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees electionsEdit

Please accept our apologies for cross-posting this message. This message is available for translation on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee, I am pleased to announce that self-nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Elections.

The Board of Trustees (Board) is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long-term sustainability of the Wikimedia Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection. More information about this role can be found on Meta-Wiki. Please read the letter from the Board of Trustees calling for candidates.

The candidacy submission phase will last from April 7 (00:00 UTC) to April 20 (23:59 UTC).

We will also be accepting questions to ask the candidates from April 7 to April 20. You can submit your questions on Meta-Wiki.

Once the questions submission period has ended on April 20, the Elections Committee will then collate the questions for the candidates to respond to beginning on April 21.

The goal of this process is to fill the three community-selected seats on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. The election results will be used by the Board itself to select its new members.

The full schedule for the Board elections is as follows. All dates are inclusive, that is, from the beginning of the first day (UTC) to the end of the last.

  • April 7 (00:00 UTC) – April 20 (23:59 UTC) – Board nominations
  • April 7 – April 20 – Board candidates questions submission period
  • April 21 – April 30 – Board candidates answer questions
  • May 1 – May 14 – Board voting period
  • May 15–19 – Board vote checking
  • May 20 – Board result announcement goal

In addition to the Board elections, we will also soon be holding elections for the following roles:

  • Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
    • There are five positions being filled. More information about this election will be available on Meta-Wiki.
  • Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson (Ombuds)
    • One position is being filled. More information about this election will be available on Meta-Wiki.

Please note that this year the Board of Trustees elections will be held before the FDC and Ombuds elections. Candidates who are not elected to the Board are explicitly permitted and encouraged to submit themselves as candidates to the FDC or Ombuds positions after the results of the Board elections are announced.

More information on this year's elections can be found on Meta-Wiki. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the election talk page on Meta-Wiki, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections wikimedia.org.

On behalf of the Election Committee,
Katie Chan, Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
Joe Sutherland, Community Advocate, Wikimedia Foundation

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee, 03:35, 7 April 2017 (UTC) • Please help translate to your languageGet help

Voting has begun in 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees electionsEdit

19:02, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Join the next cycle of Wikimedia movement strategy discussions (underway until June 12)Edit

19:25, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Start of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Funds Dissemination Committee electionsEdit

21:03, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: October 2017Edit

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 14 / October 2017
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:50, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: January 2018Edit

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 15 / January 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:45, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Share your feedback in this global Wikimedia surveyEdit

Dear Wikimedia Affiliates,
My name is María Cruz and I work for the Wikimedia Foundation on the Learning and Evaluation team. In one week or so, the Foundation is starting a global survey to learn about the experiences and feedback of Wikimedians. I am writing here, because I wanted to share with you a bit more about the project.
The survey is called "Wikimedia Communities and Contributors" and is conducted annually. We will send the survey to editors across all the Wikimedia projects, as well as Wikimedia affiliates and volunteer developers. This survey is going to be our way of making sure that we can hear feedback from a significant number of users from across the projects. This research supports editors and Wikipedia’s mission. This is our second annual CE Insights survey, and we look forward to improving it every year.
We will be contacting 2 people from each affiliate, based on the primary contact information that we have. Each affiliate will receive an additional third link which they can distribute to any leader in their chapter or user group.
Go to the project page to see the results of last year’s survey, and to see how your feedback helps the Wikimedia Foundation support communities. You can sign up to be notified about the results of the survey, or to learn how you can help with planning the survey next year.
If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please feel free to send them to Edward Galvez's talk page on Meta-Wiki or email him directly at surveys wikimedia · org in any language. You can learn more about this project and read about frequently asked questions. You can also share your feedback on Meta-Wiki.

Thank you for your time supporting this project!
María Cruz


MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:42, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: June 2018Edit

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 16 / June 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:45, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: November 2018Edit

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
blogs, events
& more!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:10, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

2018 Affiliations Committee call for candidatesEdit

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee.

The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2020.

Key skills

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members, including the following key skills and experience:

- Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are a major plus.
- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/December 2018, and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2019, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to affcom@lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2018. Your application must include the following information:

- Your full name and Wikimedia username
- A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
- Answers to the following three questions:

  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you a uniquely qualified candidate?


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

Best regards,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 06:25, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

New Affiliations Committee appointmentsEdit

AffCom is excited to share with you the news that the Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to the Bylaws during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019.

This change allows the participation of User Groups in the Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process.

To read the Board's announcement, please click here

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:45, 21 February 2019 (UTC)

Help us make Wikipedia talk pages more accessible to more participantsEdit

Hello!

Our team at the Wikimedia Foundation is working on a project to improve the ease-of-use and productivity of wiki talk pages. As an affiliate, I can imagine you’ve run into challenges explaining talk pages to first-time participants, or it is an consultation that would interest your members.

We want all contributors to be able to talk to each other on the wikis – to ask questions, to resolve differences, to organize projects and to make decisions. Communication is essential for the depth and quality of our content, and the health of our communities.

We're currently leading a global consultation on how to improve talk pages, and we're looking for groups that can discuss and report on their experiences using (or helping other people to use) wiki talk pages. We'd like to invite you to participate, with the user groups that you belong to. You can learn more about the consultation at Mediawiki.org and if you're interested in hosting a group discussion (on-wiki or off-wiki), you can sign up at the participant sign-up group.

If you’d like to participate or if you have any questions, please contact us and let us know. The more people participate from many horizons, the better the outcome will be.

Thank you! Trizek (WMF) 15:29, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Call for complementary facilitators and more to get the ASBS 2019 process started!Edit

Hi everyone, hope all is fine with you!

The next weeks will be intense, as affiliates figure out their participation in the process that will soon select 2 people for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Since new Bylaws established that the user groups are for the first time going to be involved in such process, a lot more support than before is certainly going to be necessary, among other things, for big and healthy conversations on the topic. Hence, please encourage members of your group to become a complementary facilitator, or sign up yourself! You can add yourself to the list on Meta or reply to me to flag availability. One person from the facilitators group should soon be selected to liaise with the Foundation Board’s Chair, María Sefidari, on behalf of all affiliates, and it may be wise to also find a deputy for them.

Finally, if you can think of any huge obstacles that would prevent your group from participating to the process (for instance, a language barrier, or lack of good decision-making mechanisms, etc.), please reach out to me directly: it is really important that we hear about them as early as possible. Thank you! Elitre (WMF) 15:23, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

Update on the Affiliate-selected Board seats 2019 processEdit

Hi all,

The Election Facilitators met on Friday, April 5. We finalized the resolution, which is now frozen. The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation will be asked to approve the resolution.

We have made two small changes to be more inclusive. We extended the date for compliance with AffCom reporting and being in good standing to May 7 to allow time for as many Affiliates as possible to be current with these requirements. The Election Facilitators adjusted the language in case a quorum is not met during the election.

On the talk page of the resolution one issue was raised. The issue looks like to be about a possible candidate. Affiliates will have ample time to discuss the merits of candidates during nomination time, screening time, and they can cast their votes on candidates. The Election Facilitators didn't see the necessity for this change, and left the resolution on this point unchanged.

The Election Facilitators will be Abhinav Srivastava, Lane Rasberry, Jeffrey Keefer, Ad Huikeshoven, Neal McBurnett and Alessandro Marchetti. We will welcome more volunteers to assist us in this process, to reach out to the diversity in language and gender in our communities, and do so in an advisory role.

The nomination period opens on April 15. We are going to prepare nomination pages on Meta. You can expect a call for nominations. There is a draft call, including a candidates' profile section with non-binding guidelines about experience and characteristics for nominees. You are welcome to add your insights, or discuss on the talk page.

Erica Litrenta (WMF staff) supports us in this process. She will reach out to all affiliates through mail and other channels to make sure we are up to date with (user)name and contact details of your primary contact.

On behalf of the Election Facilitators, Ad Huikeshoven 10:52, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Update about the Affiliate-selected Board seats process 2019Edit

Hello everyone!

  • The Resolution has been approved by the Board of Trustees;
  • Nominations phase is now open, from April 15 00:00 UTC to April 30 23:59 UTC. See the Call for Candidates and Nominations pages;
    • Community members may ask questions of the candidates;
  • Your main representative has just received an email to confirm that they are indeed the primary contact and will perform official actions on behalf of your group (such as endorsing candidates and then voting). Some groups also need to verify their eligibility status in due time, as explained in the email;
  • New content is available to spread awareness around the process - the infographic on this page has clickable links and can be translated, and a primer is available, that we hope will be particularly helpful to those new to such a process;
  • Finally, you are welcome to help with translations! Pick one page from the ASBS category and, in the next couple of weeks, please consider translating profiles of the candidates in particular.

Thanks for your attention! The Facilitators for ASBS 2019, 07:33, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Affiliate-selected Board seats 2019 process: your representativeEdit

Hello. The name of the only person who will vote on behalf of this group to select the next two Board members is now at m:Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019/Eligible entities. Please contact me directly as soon as possible if you need any kind of corrections there. There's only a few hours left to endorse candidates, and only the official voter can do that. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that you can make a difference with the necessary translations.

Appreciate your attention and your support so far! Thank you! Elitre (WMF) and Facilitators of ASBS 2019, 12:15, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

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