User talk:Aschmidt/2013

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Flow FundingEdit

Dear Aschmidt, thanks for sharing your interest to become a flow funding member once the Pilot Project has finished (expected date: July 20, 2013). Meanwhile, please participate in the discussions taking place on the Flow Funding Portal. TSB (talk) 18:54, 9 March 2013 (UTC)


I was reading de:Wikipedia:Kurier. The autotranslation is " the Wikipedia author User: Aschmidt of the men's Sucomo Consulting , an innovative promising agency whose focus is situated to advise interested companies on how they the Wikipedia as use effective PR platform ,". Is this an accurate translation? I asked a German speaker and they implied this translation was accurate in that you work for Sucomo Consulting. Are you a PR consultant who advises companies on how to effectively use Wikipedia as a PR platform? And unrelated, do you subscribe to the code of journalistic ethics found here and here? --LauraHale (talk) 01:10, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

The autotranslation is horribly wrong. Maybe ask a native German speaker next time. Thanks. -- 01:21, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Dear Laura, in fact, the opposite is true. I do not work for that company. Indeed, Markus Franz of Sucomo had harassed me with telephone calls and e-mails for months because I had spoken out bluntly against paid editing in Wikipedia. Cf. this text of mine which I compiled from a discussion in the German Wikipedia's Grillenwaage. When he threatened me in the said e-mail I made it public at once, which lead to Mr Franz apologising and leaving Wikimedia Deutschland and Wikimedia Austria as a corporate member as a result of the whole affair. However, he still advocates in favour of Paid editing in Blog posts and on Twitter.--Aschmidt (talk) 01:27, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
I apologize for my comment. It does indeed look like translater screwed up. --LauraHale (talk) 01:29, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Thank you.--Aschmidt (talk) 01:31, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

enWN toolsEdit

  • Didn't want to draw a lot of attention to tools for Wikinews, that's a need which is - hopefully - going to be transitory. You can see what enNW already has.
I'm sure you can see some of the truck-sized holes in these, their fragile nature, and how-readily that could be taken as trying to influence other languages to adopt the policies from enWN and esWN. We've relied on these for some time now. But, I still consider them not much more than "proof-of-concept".
Coverage that might satisfy those who find Wikinews inadequate as a one-stop-shop for news is hard. Not to write, but to do so day, upon day; to follow along after the mainstream, counter the biases of such sources, and try to stay head-and-shoulders above base plagiarism. It causes burn-out, and learning to do it well has a very steep learning curve, albeit a thankfully short one.
The lasting need, beyond any magic box of tricks which might help cut steps into that learning curve, is Wikinewsies having the same degree of access as mainstream media. --Brian McNeil / talk 13:38, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Dear Brian, thanks for addressing me personally. I am sorry to say that for about a week I will be that busy I won't be able to take part in the discussion. I'll have a look at the tools you've linked to, and I'll probably meet a sysop of German Wikinews this weekend. I think by now that the main problem with founding a user group or thematic organisation for Wikinews might be that the language versions are really that different. In German Wikinews, e.g., we have hardly any original reporting. German Wikinews consists of only a handful of editors. When I joined the project—which I have left a few times already, only to return to it—there were no more active accredited wikireporters at all. This may be different for the English version, maybe also for other projects. I'll have a look into this. Anyway, I would like to see a truly international group founded that supports wikireporters from all language versions of Wikinews, taking into account their respective problems and wishes. And even though you seem to like the term "Wikinewsie", it really does not sound serious to a non-native speaker of English. So, you might like to think of a different name, as I already said in the main discussion.--Aschmidt (talk) 23:06, 10 April 2013 (UTC)
Journalism is a field rich with derogatory terms. Where we're viewed negatively, we're called "hacks". I can't comment on how a term such as Wikinewsie appears where English is not your mother-tongue, but I do not believe it carries the negative connotations that the project's most-vocal detractors attach to it within the WMF community. --Brian McNeil / talk 06:36, 11 April 2013 (UTC)
Yes, it does. Wikinewsie sounds like children's talk. You really should change it. I have given you some hints on that.--Aschmidt (talk) 00:49, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Re your comments at the RFCEdit

Hi Aschmidt. If your community has an active/formal policy of inactivity of "no review", that then becomes a review process and excludes the wiki from the #proposal3. More than that, the intention of this proposal is to not automatically remove anybody, its intention is to identify inactive/moribund accounts so that the community can make an informed decision about inactive accounts. The whole purpose is not to hinder projects but to help, as we have many small communities that are floundering as their "leaders" are missing. You have your experience with your community, and the stewards have many stories and experiences from communities that are floundering. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:10, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for elaborating, billinghurst. That's an important point. However, I strongly oppose that Stewards interfere with local communities at all. We have an eye on who is an active member of our community and who isn't. The bigger projects usually have a policy for dealing with inactive sysops, while the small wikis usually do not need one. — Please note that I am now (after signing this message) taking a wikibreak for a while, so I will no longer participate in the RFC discussion. Apologies for the inconvenience.--Aschmidt (talk) 10:26, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Say your opinionEdit

You can say your opinion or comment in meta: Requests for comment/Move betawikiversity and oldwikisource to Incubator, to decide the future of Wikiversity Beta.--Biol. Cons. (talk) 01:53, 15 August 2013 (UTC)

Ireland and WikiMediaEdit

Hi Aschmidt,

There is no reference to Ireland on your mind map re. WikiMedia. Is there a reason for that?


Yes. I did not refer to countries, but to organisations...--Aschmidt (talk) 13:10, 22 November 2013 (UTC)
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