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Welcome to Meta!Edit

Hello Esh77, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). Happy editing!

-- 00:32, 24 September 2011 (UTC)

Janusz KorczakEdit

Hi Shani,

When we met in Milan and I was talking about en:Janusz Korczak. I worked with the Swiss Janusz Korczak Association ( for my school newspaper projects, and I will try to use their help with my new project. Best regards ! (Gabriel Thullen) GastelEtzwane (talk) 21:35, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

Hi, Gabriel. Great meeting you in Milan. Let me know if you need my help in any way. Good luck with all your projects and we'll keep in touch! :) Shani (talk) 21:46, 22 April 2013 (UTC)

GLAMify has completed a report for you! :)Edit


GLAMify has just completed a report you asked for, with suggestions for integrating media from commons:Category:Media contributed by the Swiss Federal Archives.

The report is waiting for you here. :) Please note that the report pages may get deleted after 60 days, so if you'd like to keep these results around, copy them somewhere else.

Your faithful servant,

GLAMify (run on 2014-12-27)

GLAM/OBC at Wikimania 2016Edit

Ciao Esh, I'd like to anticipate to you that the staff here at Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso would be happy to take part in Wikimania 2016 in order to present their experience with the GLAM OBC project and the impact of the collaboration with WM on their activities. Maybe it's still early to discuss it, but it could be a user digest presentation or another type of event. Best, --Davide Denti (OBC) (talk) 11:47, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Ciao, Davide. Sounds good! Soon enough WM-Italy will open the submissions. I suggest that you when they do (which surely you'll hear about), you make a submission about the project. There's a committee that decides what will be accepted or not, not me. But anything other than that -- you are welcome to submit here. Best, Shani (talk) 13:59, 26 November 2015 (UTC)


UY Scuti Talk 18:06, 2 February 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Original Barnstar
Thank you for your interesting lightning talk at the Wikimedia Conference 2017. Ijon (talk) 08:47, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia Library User Group is being renamed!Edit

Hello! In the past few months, the Wikipedia Library User Group has been undergoing some major planning and developments. We just finished our very first open call with the user group members, which was a great success (see the meeting minutes). If you joined us during the meeting, we’d like to thank you for your interest. If not, not to worry, we have lots of things planned for the user group in which you can participate.

This message is to inform you that based on the input received from the user group members and the founding members, it was agreed that the Wikipedia Library User Group’s name be reconsidered by a voting process. As a valued member of the user group, we’d like to invite you to vote on the list of potential names. You can vote by following this link. The poll will run for a timeframe of two weeks. Sent by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:59, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee ElectionEdit

Hi Esh77! As promised by the Wikipedia Library team at the inception of the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, we are conducting an open-election for the steering committee with 5 to 8 positions. Nominations will be accepted from 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, you can nominate yourself starting January 2nd next year. This position should attract Wikipedians and librarians with dedication and time to lead the user group in its first year. The elections will happen following the nominations phase starting from 10 January 2018 to 23 January 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WikiLibraryUG [at] googlegroups [dot] com. A message will be sent shortly before the dates linking to the venue for nominations and election. Thank you! On behalf of the user group founding members--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:40, 13 December 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Nomination PhaseEdit

Hello again Esh77! As stated in our previous message, nominations for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group steering committee elections are now open and will remain open until the 9th. If you are interested and have read the instructions, please nominate yourself on the election page. Please forward your queries to libraries, and for private correspondence, please get in touch with one of the founding members. And finally, wishing you a prosperous and happy new year on behalf of the user group founding members! On behalf of the user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Updates on the user group election and #1Lib1RefEdit

Hi everyone, two quick but important updates:

Timeline for nominations and votingEdit

  • Nominations are extended until 12 January 2018.
  • Candidates will be lightly vetted by the Founding Members (excluding those who are candidates) to help form a well-functioning committee.
  • Vetting will happen from the 13th up to 21 January 2018.
  • Voting will begin on the 22nd of January and end on the 4th of February.
  • To be able to vote, editors must have joined the usergroup before the 21st of January.
  • Results will be announced on or before the 10th of February.

How you can support #1lib1refEdit

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:50, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting PhaseEdit

Hello once again! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2018 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group by 21 January 2018, you are eligible to vote. As mentioned under the instructions for voters, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Thank you and תודה!Edit

Dear Esh77,

Thank you for your vote of support to have me serve on the Wikipedia Library Steering Committee. I hope that I am able to make an impact on my work on the committee.

תודה לך על תמיכתך בהצבעה כדי שאשמש בוועדת ההיגוי של ספריית ויקיפדיה. אני מקווה שאוכל להשפיע על עבודתי בוועדה.

Sincerely, Rachel Wexelbaum RachelWex (talk) 19:55, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election ResultsEdit

Hello everyone! The steering committee election for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group is finally over and the results you were patiently awaiting for is here! We had many great candidates with awesome skillsets and experience, unfortunately not everyone could make it to the final eight. We are grateful to all the candidates for stepping up and boldly throwing their hat in the ring. It was a difficult choice and they made it. Now, the results. The candidates who made it to the final eight are,

On behalf of the founding members, the TWL team and the user group members, we congratulate the candidates on their successful run and welcome them to the committee. The steering committee and the founding members will soon meet to discuss the handover and next steps of the user group. Thank you--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:56, 16 February 2018 (UTC)



What's new from the Wikimedia and Libraries User GroupEdit

Hi Esh77! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Yes, you heard that right! We are now officially known as the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group (previously, Wikipedia Library User Group). New group contacts are User:Merrilee and User:Sodapopinski7. The elected steering committee has been meeting twice a month ever since their election, working on the organisation and details of user group functioning. Progress is being made and we'd like to keep the members updated.
  • The committee decided to use the libraries and has started making announcements on the list. Please join the list for future announcements and for internal discussions and communications.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (May 14-15, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:47, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group updates and WikimaniaEdit

Hi Esh77! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Thank you for participating in the poll to help the steering committee plan activities for the year 2018. We received 84 responses, and the results can be found on the resources page. In addition to that, there are a few more things we'd like to share with you.

If you are attending Wikimania,

Bon voyage and have a wonderful Wikimania!

If you are not attending Wikimania, we have you covered too!

  • Please help us plan activities for this year by sharing your suggestions on how to implement the top two ideas from the poll results. The discussion is open on the user group talk page.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (June 28-29, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:02, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikidata Sixth Birthday with librariansEdit

Hi, I was wondering if you were planning anything with librarians that are new to Wikidata. We'll probably be hosting the birthday party at a library and this aspect would be interesting to us and we're still looking for inspiration. --YaguraStation (talk) 16:58, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi there, not sure. Pinging Aaron from The Wikipedia Library team. Maybe he could be of more help. Best, Shani Evenstein. 17:07, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
Hello YaguraStation, sorry for the late reply. I asked around both in our team and in community programs and there isn't anything planned, at least not yet. But I'll make sure to let you know if I hear something. Truly --AVasanth (WMF) (talk) 10:12, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

your selfEdit

Hi Shani. Just a minor spelling observation. At Wikipedia & Education User Group/User Group election 2018-2020/Nominations you started with If you'd like to nominate your self. However, I think that yourself would be the better choice since it is less abstract. --Gereon K. (talk) 06:40, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

clearly a typo. Corrected now. THanks! Shani Evenstein. 07:40, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

The Community Wishlist SurveyEdit


You get this message because you’ve previously participated in the Community Wishlist Survey. I just wanted to let you know that this year’s survey is now open for proposals. You can suggest technical changes until 11 November: Community Wishlist Survey 2019.

You can vote from November 16 to November 30. To keep the number of messages at a reasonable level, I won’t send out a separate reminder to you about that. /Johan (WMF) 11:24, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

[Wikipedia & Education User Group] Updates: November 2018Edit


Integrating Wikimedia with education is a powerful strategy for the outreach of Wikimedia projects. Realising this concept, a group of leaders promoted this and formed the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. After some time, this evolved to become a user group, officially recognised by the Affiliations Committee in June 2018. The user group had its first board elections earlier in September. In the process to formalise activities and give a shape the user group for long-term sustainability, we are now revamping our processes. Thanks for supporting us during incubation stages, we are now inviting you to formally join the user group by following the instructions on the members' page. Being a member will allow you to be a part of this wonderful collaboration and also do interesting stuff.

Kind regards
On behalf of Wikipedia and Education UG, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:44, 10 November 2018 (UTC)

Wiki Project Medicine Foundation MembershipEdit

Membership renewal

Dear Wiki Project Med Supporter, you are receiving this message as you have shown interest in supporting Wiki Project Med in the past. As our organization grows and evolves, we want to be able to verify peoples ongoing interest in being involved. To that end, the board has decided to require renew of membership every two years. So -- whether you are a current member or not, please fill out our updated membership form, to ensure your membership till the end of 2020. Please note -- We ask that you fill out the form by Feb 3rd, as we are close to elections and only members can nominate themselves for the board and vote!

Best, Shani & Doc James. 01:57, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting PhaseEdit

Hello Esh77! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2019 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group before 28 February 2019, you are eligible to vote. Not unlike last year, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:43, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

Elections for 5 seats on the board of WPMEDF & Annual MeetingEdit

Dear WikiProject Medicine member, the election for 5 seats on the board is underway and voting is now open till March 24th. We encourage you to use your right to vote by supporting the candidates you prefer HERE. Please also note that on Monday, March 25, between 1900-2000 UTC we will be holding our open annual meeting online. A link will be sent via the mailing list / Facebook group so stay tuned. We hope you can join us! Best, James & Shani. 14:16, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

ASBS processEdit

Hi Shani, thanks for nominating yourself in the ASBS process. Could you answer the set of general questions (Affiliate-selected_Board_seats/2019/Questions) to all candidates on that page please?

WikiDonne out of time endorsementEdit

Hi Shani. Today we have slow reflexes, after Nat we arrived later with you too; immediately after Wikimedia Indonesia   so we have not the opportunity to show our appreciation. But I still want to inform you and the community about our decision below:

During the official discussion (via email) of 30 April 2019, the Members of WikiDonne User Group, unanimously decided:

To endorse the candidacy of Shani Evenstein at the election of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), for the reasons you can find here Endorsement

On behalf of WikiDonne UG, --Camelia (talk) 13:56, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

Thanks so much, Camelia and WikiDonne UG! I truly appreciate your support. <3 Shani Evenstein. 15:03, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

Questions for all candidatesEdit

Hi Shani, on the page Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019/Questions are questions to all candidates. Voters would love to see you answer them all. Ad Huikeshoven (talk) 19:06, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, Ad! Already working on answers. It takes its time. There are many questions.. Best, Shani Evenstein. 19:09, 6 May 2019 (UTC)


Congratulations on your election to the Wikimedia Foundation's board and all the best! --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 23:09, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Thanks so much, Frank! Your support means a lot. <3 Shani Evenstein. 23:17, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Dear Shani Evenstein, Congratulations on the new position on the Wikimedia Foundation Board. I look forward to working with you. --Geraldshields11 (talk) 12:28, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Dear Gerald, thanks so much, to you and to all the other candidates, for the courage and hard work it took to run. I also want to thank the facilitators, who did a great job in almost impossible conditions. I am excited and humbled to see the wide support from affiliates across the movement. I will do my best to represent and support all of you, and will especially work hard on better connecting with affiliates who chose not to vote for me this time. I don't take it personally; but rather see it as a personal challenge to change their minds and make sure they know I'm on their side as well. We have a lot of work a head of us, and as always, I'll strive to do it together. I look forward to going on this journey with all of you. With gratitude, Shani Evenstein. 13:10, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Todo listEdit

First of all, (belated) congratulations on your election to the board.

I read your candidate statement, and I'm very happy to see that you're focused on a lot of things the WMF really needs, particularly the focus on transparency and accountability (including FDC compliance). I was wondering if you've considered posting a "Todo list" (agenda, list of priorities...) of your major objectives to accomplish while you're on the board, and checking them off as they're solved, like User:Pundit did when they were elected. I think it would help give a sense of progress, especially for those who have the list on their watchlists.

Just a suggestion :) --Yair rand (talk) 21:18, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, Yair. I appreciate the suggestion! The short answer is -- yes, it's on my mind. The longer answer is -- I like transparency and lists, so I might just do something of the sort. At least that's what I was thinking about doing before. But first things first -- I'll have to be officially appointed, which will hopefully happen on August 14th. This will be followed by a period of on-boarding and better understanding how the BoT operates. After that, I'll be wiser about agenda, priorities and how to best communicate with the community. So, step by step... :) Best, Shani Evenstein. 21:54, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Happy DiwaliEdit

 Happy Diwali  
"Hello, In this festive season of lights, rangoli, fireworks and sweets. I like to wish you & your family a very Happy and Prosperous Diwali". Regards,--Rajeeb  (talk!)
Thanks so much! To you and your family as well! Shani Evenstein. 12:46, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

Wiki World Heritage User GroupEdit

Dear World Heritage enthusiast,
We are thrilled to announce that Wiki World Heritage User Group has been finally recognized ! This wouldn't have been possible without your support !
Please join us on:

Wishing you an excellent week ahead !

Nassima Chahboun (talk) 15:54, 3 November 2020 (UTC)
On behalf of the founding members.