Approval timelineEdit

Hi Denny. Could you answer a couple quick questions about the what happened around the board approval of Wikilambda?

  • When the board resolution approving the project was made on May 22, were you informed of the decision?
  • If so, did the board (or WMF staff) specifically instruct you to not publicly reveal this information until the announcement six weeks later?

Thanks. --Yair rand (talk) 09:34, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

Hi Yair!

  • yes, I was informed.
  • no, WMF did not instruct me to not reveal the decision, but we worked together on how to get the message out. After all it also involved me giving leave at my previous job, etc.

Thanks. --DVrandecic (WMF) (talk) 19:01, 17 September 2020 (UTC)

James talkpageEdit

Hello, I think it will be better we continue here rather than there. It's alright, we typically allow users to complain or even talk about topics tangentially relevant to their block. The reason why this is different is that the user in particular is blocked for disruption for discussions on the scowiki RFC, and in the meanwhile, they attempted to cause disruption to other similar discussions in which Abstract Wikipedia conversation is sort of similiar to the "other similiar discussions" they disrupted. In addition, they are taking our indulgence way too excessive, abusing talkapage privileges even more by repeating things they get blocked with. The admin team here on meta is close to revoking talk page access only until their global ban discussion took place, this caused us to be wiling to allow them to only participate in the discussion by their talkpage. I.e. their talkpage should be used only for global ban discussion (responses from them), nothing else. This is an unique situation, so I know it will be hard for you to understand if you didn't follow everything. No worries, sorry for the note (I know can be unpleasant) and thanks for your understanding. Regards,Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:46, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

@Camouflaged Mirage: Thank you for the additional explanation, and thank you for your understanding. Thanks for your work around keeping the community healthy, I truly appreciate it. --DVrandecic (WMF) (talk) 18:27, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

Hello from CommonsEdit

Danny I just learned about Abstract Wikipedia and it sounds like an interesting project. The problem how to store information about files and than display it in the language of the person viewing the page is something Wikimedia Commons community was working on for last 15 years. In the old days we mostly used Wikipedia templates which lead to some of the most complicated and unmaintainable codes I have ever encountered. Last few years, Lua and Wikidata changed the landscape a lot, making it much easier to do. Last decade or so I was writing and maintaining most of Commons high use infobox templates, and I am quite interested about your project and how it might help with some of out problems. Commons also might already have a code for a lot of your functions especially the ones related to description of artworks or artists. --Jarekt (talk) 23:46, 10 January 2021 (UTC)

Danny, congratulations, you succeeded to be the subject of an article in the most cited German news magazine ([1]). We met in 2012 at the Lotico CSW – The Berlin Semantic Web Meetup when you introduced Wikidata to the audience at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. Best, Thomas --ThT (talk) 17:12, 17 January 2021 (UTC)