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Formal name and logo for the US coalitionEdit

Let's discuss what we would like to have for our formal group name and logo.

Round 1 of this discussion will consist of proposals for the name. The tentative deadline is August 31st.

Round 2 of this discussion will be a !vote for the choice of name. The tentative deadline is September 30th.

Round 3 of this discussion will consist of proposals for a formal logo based on the chosen name. The tentative deadline is October 31st.

Round 4 of this discussion will be a !vote for the choice of formal logo. The tentative deadline is November 30th.

Please note that the unofficial logo and name of WALRUS may remain unless someone wishes to start a discussion about changing that name and logo.

Round 1: name proposals with abbreviations (no voting yet)Edit

  1. United States Wikimedia Collaborative (USWC)
  2. United States Wikimedia Federation (USWF)
  3. Wikimedia United States Alliance (WUSA)
  4. Wikimedia United States Association (WUSA)
  5. Wikimedia United States Coalition (WUSC)
  6. Wikimedia United States Consortium (WUSC)
  7. Wikimedia United States Collaborative (WUSC)
  8. Wikimedia United States Federation (WUF)
  9. Your proposal here (Your abbreviation here)

Round 2: voting for formal nameEdit

This round is not yet open You may cast a support, neutral, or oppose vote for any of the candidate names.

Round 3: logo proposals based on formal nameEdit

This round is not yet open


This round is not yet open You may cast a support, neutral, or oppose vote for any of the candidate logos.

Applied for Wikimedia Foundation grant - seeking comment and supportEdit


Since March 2018 I have been Wikimedian in Residence (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network) at the University of Virginia. Among other things I organize collaborations with the library. Some notes on my projects are at University of Virginia.

In the above proposal I am assisting some librarians, researchers, and our copyright lawyer in requesting US$15,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation in the November 2018 call for projects as described at Grants:Project. With this money the library would, in summer 2019, develop a tool kit and event package for more libraries to celebrate Public Domain Day and to incorporate Wikimedia engagement into their program. We will be hosting a Public Domain Day event of our own with Wikimedia engagement in January 2019 to get experience before starting the grant funded project.

I am posting this to the WALRUS group because en:2019 in public domain is an unusual event in the United States with a sector of work entering the public domain January 2019, whereas it has been 20 years since this happened because of legal changes. I want this to be an annual holiday for Wikimedians and librarians.

If anyone can sign to support then I appreciate that. If anyone has comments of any kind please post to the talk page. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Regional WALRUS meetup?Edit

I am attending the ESEAP meetup in Bangkok and got a suggestion that there could be a regional meetup for WALRUS WhisperToMe (talk) 09:21, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Movement Strategy - What Are Your Choices For ImplementationEdit

The time has come to put Strategy into work and everyone's invited to participate.

The Movement Strategy Design Group and Support Team are inviting you to organize virtual meetings with your community and colleagues before the end of October. The aim is for you to decide what ideas from the Movement Strategy recommendations respond to your needs and will have an impact in the movement. The recommendations are available in different formats and in many languages. There are 10 awesome recommendations and close to 50 recommended changes and actions or initiatives. Not everything will be implemented. The aim of prioritization is to create an 18-month implementation plan to take some of the initiatives forward starting in 2021.

Prioritization is at the level of your group, affiliate, and community. Think local and relevant! Regional and thematic platforms are great ways to prepare and share ideas. Afterwards, we will come together in November to co-create the implementation plan. More information about November’s global events will be shared soon. For now and until the end of October, organize locally and share your priorities with us.

You can find guidance for the events, the simple reporting template, and other supporting materials here on Meta. You can share your results directly on Meta, by email, or by filling out this survey. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or comments, strategy2030

We will be hosting office hours to answer any questions you might have, Thursday October 1 at 14.00 UTC (Google Meet).

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 19:30, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

Several issues with this article, incorrect links, looking for etherpad linkEdit

Hello all! I've been active in two (2) of the past walrus online meetups, perhaps over the last 4mos. I had to miss the last one at the last moment and so I came here from a Google search, looking for the etherpad; I understand it is a kind of or similar to a GoogleDoc shared live multi-user edited document, kind of an evolving ever-changing meeting minutes document. Do I have that correct? There are a number of serious issues with this article by the way, if anyone cares! (1) If the user clicks on the word meetups, it says that there are none. (2) If the user clicks the polar bear icon next to the word meetups, it goes to an incorrect URL that just begins with /past events, with the space; but if you click the link to the left of the icon or small graphical image, you see that the page is referenced as walrus/meetups or walrus/past events. (3) There are also problems with the word archive, and the icon to the right of it, and the wording of the link doesn't always match the URL directory naming convention or text used; (4) Lastly, I believe the first link lists all of the meetings that have been held, by year, but right now as of mid-October 2020, the most recent link is July 2020; Where are August through October 2020? (5) I think there are one or two more issues but they are somewhat fleeting to document, going back and forth. I will follow up as a comment to this (my) discussion line item/topic/Talk Subject in a moment after I research. Hope this is helpful so far! -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:22, 14 October 2020 (UTC).

Slight problem too (continued grievance). At the WALRUS article, here ie clicking on /Discussion\ a.k.a. Talk page in the world of Wikipedia, it takes the user to Talk: Wikimedia United States Coalition.. i.e. the broader topic at hand and not precisely as on point as the page I was just at! Why is this setup that way?? Thanks. -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:27, 14 October 2020 (UTC). Edited: -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:30, 14 October 2020 (UTC).
@Vid2vid: There is overlap between the Wikimedia United States Coalition page and the WALRUS page. Some people imagined these as two organizations. In my view, these are one organization, and since 2012, the more popular and consistently used name is WALRUS. I would favor a merge of all content to the WALRUS name and page.
The absence of meeting minutes is due to an absence of volunteer note taker and publisher. Anyone can take on this role. When no one volunteers, the notes are absent.
Likewise, anyone may fix errors. There are no pay staff in this organization and no consistent funding. There may have been some funding at some time, perhaps as much as US$5000 since 2012, or perhaps there has never been any funding. Regardless, if anyone were to fix things here, it would have to be a volunteer. You could bring this up at a future meeting.
I developed a bit of both of these pages. I am not keen on maintaining two pages, but I would help with a merge to WALRUS. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:56, 20 October 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. I will see what I can do to get the text link followed by the icon link to be consistent, or try to figure out the logic there. -From Peter {a.k.a. Vid2vid (talk | contribs)} 00:08, 21 October 2020 (UTC).

WALRUS strategy meeting tonightEdit

For those not on the mailing list, our meeting as part of Strategy/Wikimedia movement/2018-20/Transition/Prioritization events is tonight at 9pm Eastern / 6pm Pacific (Zoom link).--Pharos (talk) 17:43, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

Global Conversations continue on Dec. 5 & 6Edit

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Global Conversations Dec. 5 & 6

Hi folks. 250 people participated in virtual Global Conversations that took place on November 21 and 22. The conversation continues on December 5 and 6 and we warmly invite you to take part. Registration is open until December 4. Looking forward to seeing you.

Since September, many groups have shared their local, regional, and thematic priorities for implementing the Movement Strategy recommendations. During the first set of Global Conversations on Nov. 21 and 22, we focused on initiatives that should be globally prioritized and coordinated. We invite you to read the selected global priorities. What do you like about them? What is missing? And what would make you want to play an active role in implementation? Share your thoughts in advance and continue the conversation on December 5 and 6.

Looking forward to seeing you again or for the first time on December 5 and 6.

MPourzaki (WMF) (talk) 00:25, 1 December 2020 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community-and-Affiliate Board SeatsEdit

Hi there! The WMF starts a Call for Feedback about community-and-affiliated seat selection processes, resulting from the recent approval of bylaws amendments. This call for feedback is going to start on Monday Feb 1 and will run until March 14.

Full details will be published on Monday at Call for Feedback:Community Board Seats. Discuss on the Talk page for general comments. Translated pages welcome discussions in multiple languages. If you are a user of Telegram, you can receive updates in the announcement Telegram group or join the discussion in this discussion Telegram group.

Furthermore we are organizing three different office hour sessions (for different time zones) on Tuesday, Feb 2 (see Call for Feedback:Community Board Seats). There we will introduce the call for feedback and will be available for any questions and comments.

We are looking for a broad representation of opinions. We welcome conversations in any language and in any channel. If you want us to organize a conversation or a meeting for your wiki project or your affiliate, please contact us. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 21:45, 27 January 2021 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community Board seats - Midpoint UpdateEdit

Community Board seats

Hi all, I am writing here to let you know a few things:

  1. The third weekly report is now available for the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats.
  2. This is the middle of the Call for Feedback, which means we are halfway through! If you have not joined the conversation, please do so. The facilitation team does not want to miss hearing your feedback.
  3. For the second half of the Call for Feedback the plan is to promote further discussion around four topics that need disentanglement: regional quotas, candidates' skills, vetting of candidates, and the connection of Board elections with the Global Council and the Regional Hubs.

Do reach out if you have any questions or comments. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 18:00, 25 February 2021 (UTC)

Four panel discussions - Call for Feedback: Community Board seats final sprintEdit

The final sprint

The Facilitation team invites you to a round of panel sessions March 12 - 14 in the last days of the Call for feedback: Community Board seats.

We are confirming guests and times, and we are updating the wiki pages accordingly. Expect 90-minute sessions with video recording: 45 minutes for a panel to dive deep into possible scenarios followed by 45 minutes to continue the conversation with open mic for all participants. You can share your questions and comments now on the panel Talk pages. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:39, 5 March 2021 (UTC)

Call for Feedback: Community Board seats - Main Report draft comment periodEdit

Questions? Comments?

We have concluded the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats. Thank you everyone who participated.

During the Call for Feedback period from February 1 to March 14, a team of 10 facilitators organized open and inclusive community discussions to gather feedback about ideas for trustee selection processes for community-and-affiliate Board seats. Some facilitators had a regional focus; some had a language focus. The intention was for the combined facilitation team to obtain a fair representation of the movement’s diversity and create a report for the Board. The facilitation team used the Weekly Reports as the main source of information to create the main report.

A draft of the Call for Feedback: Community Board seats main report is now available. It will be available for community comment until Monday, March 29.

After the community comment period the facilitation team will send the main report to the Board. The feedback in the main report informs the Board’s decision about these potential changes to trustee selection processes, procedures, and tools to meet the goals of the Board.

Please reach out if you have any questions or comments. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 13:17, 24 March 2021 (UTC)

Community Resilience & Sustainability office hour April 17 15:00 UTCEdit

Hi all! The Community Resilience & Sustainability team at the Wikimedia Foundation is hosting an office hour led by its Vice President Maggie Dennis. Topics within scope for this call include Movement Strategy coordination (recently transferred to CR&S), Trust and Safety (and the Universal Code of Conduct), Community Development, and Human Rights. Come with your questions or feedback, and let’s talk! You can also send us your questions in advance. 
 The meeting will be on April 17 at 15:00 UTC check your local time. 
 You can check all the details on Meta. Hope to see you there!

Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:21, 8 April 2021 (UTC)

Resolution about the upcoming Board electionsEdit

Community-and-Affiliate Board Seats

Hi All! The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees met last week to decide on a plan for the 2021 Board elections. The Board Governance Committee created this proposal, based on the Call for Feedback about Community Board Seats. Please check the related announcement for details. Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 16:19, 22 April 2021 (UTC)

Who are the Election Volunteers in your community?Edit

Do you want to be an Election Volunteer?

Would you like to get more people taking part in the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees election?

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees announced the plan for the 2021 Board elections. That plan includes outreach and communication support for the Board elections. The Board election facilitators will:

  • Inform communities of the trustee selection process
  • Invite communities to engage in voting
  • Encourage people representing emerging Wikimedia communities to run as candidates

Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. It was better in communities with volunteer election support. Some of those communities reached over 20% voter turnout. We know we can get more voters to help assess and promote the best candidates, but to do that, we need your help.

We are looking for volunteers to serve as Election Volunteers. Election Volunteers should have a good understanding of their communities. The facilitation team sees Election Volunteers as doing the following:

  • Promote the election in their communities’ channels
  • Organize discussions about the election in their communities
  • Translate messages for their communities

Who are the Election Volunteers to connect your community with this movement effort? Is it you? Or someone you know? Check out more details about Election Volunteers and add your name next to the community you will support in this table or get in contact with a facilitator. We aim to have at least one Election Volunteer for Wiki Projects in the top 30 for eligible voters. Even better if there are two or more sharing the work.

Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 19:47, 3 May 2021 (UTC)

First Community Affairs Committee office hour on May 13Edit

Come talk with the Community Affairs Committee!

Hello, all. The Board of Trustees’ Community Affairs Committee (CAC) is hosting its first office hour on May 13, 2021 at 19:00 UTC.

The CAC is a new Board of Trustees committee established to assess, explore and address current and future community-related efforts. The Committee's Charter lists its full responsibilities, with the first 3 being a priority for this coming year. As part of our commitment to foster better communications with the Wikimedia Movement Community, and based on feedback received from community members requesting more availability from the Board of Trustees, the CAC will be hosting its first Office hours.

All the details are on Meta. Send registration requests and questions to: askcac Please help us spread the word by sharing this message with your local / online communities. Hoping to see as many of you as possible! Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 20:40, 4 May 2021 (UTC)

Join the new Regional Committees for GrantsEdit

Dear all,

We hope this email finds you well and safe. The COVID 19 situation continues to affect many of us across the globe and our thoughts are with everyone affected. We are also aware that there are several processes currently in progress that demand volunteer time and we do not want to add more work to anyone's plate.

We do want to draw your attention to our new Regional Committees for Grants though as they are an opportunity for you to have an active say in the future of our Movement!

📣 So today, we invite you to join our new Regional Committees for Grants! 📣

We encourage Wikimedians and Free Knowledge advocates to be part of the new Regional Committees that the WMF Community Resources team is setting up as part of the grants strategy relaunch [1]. You will be a key strategic thought partner to help understand the complexities of any region, provide knowledge and expertise to applicants, to support successful movement activities, and make funding decisions for grant applications in the region.

👉Find out more on meta [2].

Regional Committees will be established for the following regions:

  • Middle East and Africa
  • SAARC [3] region (Includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka)
  • East, Southeast Asia, and Pacific (ESEAP) region
  • Latin America (LATAM) and The Caribbean
  • United States and Canada
  • Northern and Western Europe
  • Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

👉All details about the Committees and how to apply can be found on meta [4]. Applications have to be submitted by June 4, 2021!

If you have any questions or comments, please use the meta discussion page [5].

Please do share this announcement widely with your Network.

Best wishes,

JBrungs (WMF) (talk) 07:10, 21 May 2021 (UTC) on behalf of the Community Resources Team JBrungs (WMF) (talk) 07:10, 21 May 2021 (UTC)

2021 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Call for CandidatesEdit

Submit your candidacy for the 2021 Board of Trustees election.

The 2021 Board of Trustees election is coming soon. Candidates from the community are needed to fill the available seats.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees oversees the Wikimedia Foundation's operations. Community trustees and appointed trustees make up the Board of Trustees. Each trustee serves a three year term. The Wikimedia community has the opportunity to vote for community trustees.

Wikimedia contributors will vote to fill four seats on the Board in 2021. This is an opportunity to improve the representation, diversity, and expertise of the Board as a team.

Who are potential candidates? Are you a potential candidate? Find out more on the Call for Candidates announcement.

Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 22:21, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

An invitation to discuss three questions regarding the Movement Charter drafting committeeEdit

Discuss questions about the Movement Charter drafting committee

Hi there! This is an invitation to discuss three questions that need answers to create the Movement Charter drafting committee:

  • What composition should the committee have in terms of movement roles, gender, regions, affiliations and other diversity factors?
  • What is the best process to select the committee members to form a competent and diverse team?
  • How much dedication is it reasonable to expect from committee members, in terms of hours per week and months of work? Should the initial members commit for the whole duration of the project or should renewals be expected?

The objective is to collect questions, opinions, ideas, points of agreement and disagreement. A first report of this conversation will be published by the end of Friday, June 25 to inform the Global Conversations on the 26-27 of June.

Find more about the questions and conversations in other languages.

I am glad to join meetings or community conversations to pose the questions and receive feedback. Please reach out if you would like me to attend any meeting or community conversation.

Best, JKoerner (WMF) (talk) 22:32, 16 June 2021 (UTC)

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