Archive 2014

Signpost inquiry


Hi, I've emailed you. Thanks. Tony (talk) 16:34, 10 May 2015 (UTC)Reply



Du brauchst mich nicht versuchen zu überzeugen - ich habe schon gewählt. Und du hast die eine meiner beiden Zustimmungen bekommen ;). Marcus Cyron (talk) 01:06, 20 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

Herzlichen Dank fuer den Vertrauensvorschuss. Ich glaube ja nicht, dass ich hier einer der Favoriten bin, aber schauen wir mal, wieviel Unterstuetzung ich zusammenkratzen kann. --Pgallert (talk) 08:53, 22 May 2015 (UTC)Reply
Sagen wir es mal so - bei den Leuten mit denen ich sprach warst du eigentlich immer auf dem Zettel. Was das am Ende heisst, weiß ich nicht. :) Marcus Cyron (talk) 22:52, 23 May 2015 (UTC)Reply
Naja, auf der anderen Seite könnte ich mir vorstellen, dass es viele stimmberechtigte WMF-Benutzerkonten gibt, deren Inhaber nicht allzu scharf darauf sind, dass ihnen zu genau auf die Finger geschaut wird. Anders kann ich mir die gegenwärtige Besetzung der wählbaren Plaetze nicht erklären. Ausserdem bin ich natürlich immer noch relativ unbekannt, im Gegensatz zu einigen meiner Konkurrenten. Abwarten und Tee trinken, schätze ich. --Pgallert (talk) 19:58, 24 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

Schade, dass es nichts geworden ist, ich hätt dich gern im Board gesehen. Mehr als wählen kann ich dich halt leider auch nicht :) Man sieht sich hoffentlich in México → «« Man77 »» [de] 14:44, 6 June 2015 (UTC)Reply

Das Ergebnis war ja einigermassen respektabel, und es war ein starkes Feld. Danke für die Unterstützung, ich scheine ja richtig einen deutschen Fanclub zu haben ;) Bis denne, in Mexico! --Pgallert (talk) 15:42, 6 June 2015 (UTC)Reply
  • With only 3 places to fill it is obvious that not everyone can get one. Nevertheless, congratulations Peter, on still getting a very respectable score. Looking forward to seeing you again soon, if not in Mexico (too far, too expensive for me) perhaps in Italy next year. Best regards, --Kudpung (talk)
    Thanks @Kudpung: I do have the hope and the expectation that the elected community representatives will have the impact the community desires. If not I shall be back in 2017 ;) --Pgallert (talk) 13:44, 7 June 2015 (UTC)Reply

Gute Performance! Dann bis in Mexiko! :) Marcus Cyron (talk) 18:18, 7 June 2015 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Elections 2015


Dear candidate. My general opinion about administration of Wikimedia is negative. Many texts and images had been removed with pretext of protection of rights of the owners of the copyright owners. The special permissions by the copyright owners were just ignored, and removed together with the files. In particular, this refers to images of the Soviet dissidents and their texts.

Below I suggest only few examples in order to let you know what is happening:Софья_Васильевна_Каллистратова&oldid=93595Леонард_Борисович_Терновский&type=revision&diff=1312548&oldid=585736

I investigated the case and I revealed that many removals were performed by bureaucrat Lozman, who has absolutely no experience with obtaining permission from the copyright owners and does not even remember, who made him bureaucrat. However, this is only example.

Sorry for being late, but I just received the invitation to vote. You still have two days to change my opinion about at least one of the candidates suggested. One example of complain by the author is available at site TORI,,_permission I mention it because it has English version, although many Russian authors were offended in the similar way.

Now I formulate the question:

Do you think it is still possible to handle the cases mentioned?

Do you think that you can find time to deal with the cases mentioned?

Sincerely, Domitori (talk) 08:06, 28 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

Dear @Domitori:, image deletions are absolutely no board matter. For donating the copyright by the author, we have the Open-source Ticket Request System (OTRS), but the task of using the system is with the uploader of the image, not with the deleting admin. I'm sorry not to be able to give you a more positive answer. If you need help with OTRS, please let me know. --Pgallert (talk) 22:44, 28 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

How can we improve Wikimedia grants to support you better?


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Last call for WMF grants feedback!


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Commons Discussion


Hi Peter,

Thanks for your vote and comments.

While the event cited by you is a genuine and worth mentioning, I request you to please also mention my humble message on Trijnstel's talk page where I've regretted over the event and Trijnstel has graciously replied:

I can understand people reply the way you did before; I probably would have done the same, I don't know. Anyway, thanks again. I'm sure we'll be able to work together in a nice way. With love, Trijnsteltalk 13:12, 6 September 2012 (UTC)Reply

Please note that the aim of my message is in no way meant to effect your vote - its only a request to state the other side of the story as well as we Indians believe in "burying the satchet" i.e. ending things on a positive note. Best,--Muzammil (talk) 19:15, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

Hi Muzammil, I noticed too late that this was a 2012 incident. If it was recent, I would have stayed put because globally and for a Steward, it does not really matter whether a bad comment is a result of weak English or of bad temper. Now, I don't think it was bad temper, and I'm sure your English is much better now. Good luck with the elections! --Pgallert (talk) 19:37, 15 February 2016 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for your thoughtful analysis! Hope we meet once again somewhere at some place!! It was good meeting you in Mexico!!!--Muzammil (talk) 18:12, 28 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

Inspire Campaign on content curation & review


I've recently launched an Inspire Campaign to encourage new ideas focusing on content review and curation in Wikimedia projects. Wikimedia volunteers collaboratively manage vast repositories of knowledge, and we’re looking for your ideas about how to manage that knowledge to make it more meaningful and accessible. We invite you to participate and submit ideas, so please get involved today! The campaign runs until March 28th.

All proposals are welcome - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is welcome - your skills and experience can help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign to improve review and curation tasks so that we can make our content more meaningful and accessible! I JethroBT (WMF) 05:39, 29 February 2016 (UTC)Reply

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Phabricator task-T120738 List Of Contributors



I am interested to work on the project List Of Contributors with phab task . I see that you endorsed the project in the community wishlist survey. It would be great help if you could share how you wish this tool should be implemented. As I am writing my proposal for the project for GSoC 2016 , I am working to make an outline to the project and a timeline for tasks to be completed. Your valuable suggestions are most welcome.

Thanks!Devikrishnan (talk) 11:40, 12 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

Hi Devikrishnan! Where should this dialogue be held? Do point me to a centralised discussion if my talk page is not the right place. Anyway, I see several ways to implement this:
  1. Easy but of little use: A table as suggested here, containing number of edits and user. This will list wikignomes first and not give much recognition to isolated 'major' edits
  2. A lot better: An overview of how much content particular users contributed. This was already operational at some point in time, at least on en-wiki, but currently does not seem to work anymore.
  3. Best but probably very difficult: sourcing the content of the current text, word by word or phrase by phrase, to the author that contributed it. After all, CC-BY does not require or even suggest to credit phrases that are no longer part of the article text. This has been done in academic studies in the past but might be resource intensive.
Hope that helps, all the best, Pgallert (talk) 15:39, 14 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

Through June, we’re organizing an Inspire Campaign to encourage and support new ideas focusing on addressing harassment toward Wikimedia contributors. The 2015 Harassment Survey has shown evidence that harassment in various forms - name calling, threats, discrimination, stalking, and impersonation, among others - is pervasive. Available methods and systems to deal with harassment are also considered to be ineffective. These behaviors are clearly harmful, and in addition, many individuals who experience or witness harassment participate less in Wikimedia projects or stop contributing entirely.

Proposals in any language are welcome during the campaign - research projects, technical solutions, community organizing and outreach initiatives, or something completely new! Funding is available from the Wikimedia Foundation for projects that need financial support. Constructive feedback on ideas is appreciated, and collaboration is encouraged - your skills and experience may help bring someone else’s project to life. Join us at the Inspire Campaign so that we can work together to develop ideas around this important and difficult issue. With thanks,

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2016 Community Wishlist Survey



You’re getting this message because you participated in the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey and we want to make sure you don't miss it this year – or at least can make the conscious choice to ignore if it you want to. The 2015 survey decided what the Community Tech team should work on during 2016. It was also the focus of Wikimedia hackathons and work by other developers. You can see the status of wishes from the 2015 wishlist at 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Results.

The 2016 Community Wishlist Survey is now open for wishes. You can create proposals until November 20. You will be able to vote on which wishes you think are best or most important between November 28 and December 12. /Johan (WMF) (talk) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:17, 14 November 2016 (UTC)Reply

2017 Board Elections candidate interviews


Dear candidate,

Thank you for running for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees in this year's community elections. I am contacting you on behalf of the community podcasts Wikipedia Weekly and Source Code Berlin. We are sure you recognize the importance of transparency and a fully-informed community when it comes to these elections. To that end, we would like to conduct short audio interviews (under 30 minutes) with each of the candidates for publication in podcast form prior to the conclusion of the election. If you agree, we will contact you via email to coordinate the time and date of these interviews. Please let me know if you have any questions. Gamaliel (talk) 16:42, 2 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

We have decided that we will not be conducting our proposed candidate interviews this year. We feel that Sunday's video interview has accomplished the goal of providing the community with exposure to the candidates and we are currently exploring ways that our potential election coverage can supplement and not duplicate that exposure. Gamaliel (talk) 18:46, 8 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

Uncontrolled spending increases


(I am asking this question of all board candidates.)

In my essay at User:Guy Macon/Wikipedia has Cancer I make several proposals.

Whether of not you agree with the essay as a whole, would you be willing to propose and/or support any of the following?

  • Make spending largely transparent, publish a detailed account of what money is being spent on and answer any reasonable questions asking for more details. There is no need for you to remind us that some things cannot be published because of legal or privacy issues. I am asking whether we should be as open and transparent as possible, not asking the board to do something stupid or illegal.
  • Limit spending increases to no more than inflation plus some percentage (adjusted for any increases in page views). Are you willing to support any limit at all on spending growth, and if so roughly how much? 10%? 20%? 30%?
  • Build up our endowment and structure the endowment so that the WMF cannot legally dip into the principal when times get bad. There is no need to answer with something to the effect that either you or the WMF have good intentions. I am specifically asking whether you support making the endowment principle legally untouchable, allowing the WMF to only spend the endowment interest.

If we do these things now, in a few short years we could be in a position to do everything we are doing now, while living off of the endowment interest, and would have no need for further fundraising. Or we could keep fundraising, using the donations to do many new and useful things, knowing that whatever we do there is a guaranteed income stream from the endowment that will be large enough to keep the servers running indefinitely. --Guy Macon (talk) 14:40, 13 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

Questions of Hindi Wiki Community to WMF elections 2017 Board of Trustees Candidates


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Thanks --Suyash Dwivedi (talk) 07:53, 14 May 2017 (UTC) (Executive Committee Member- Wikimedia India Chapter)Reply

Feedback request



The team that made ORES is working on a new tool called JADE. The new tool is for humans to review the work of ORES, to provide human feedback and oversight. The team would like to hear about how your experience using ORES has been on your wiki, and what you might expect from a tool like the one proposed. If you are interested, you can comment on this page on

The team is also interested in sharing updates with you as JADE is developed. Short messages will be sent to this talk page every month or two, linking to a page with further information. Is this something you would like to sign up for? Simply reply to me here if so and I will put your name on the list.

Happy editing to you. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 19:22, 4 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

You can also sign yourself up for updates anytime. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 17:37, 6 October 2017 (UTC)Reply

Jul'hoan Wikipedia


I have a lot of contacts and I may have actually spoken with a native online in the past, but this will take some time. I will try emailing some missionaries, they have regular contact with the Jul'hoansi. ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (talk) 21:22, 20 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

UPDATE: The missionaries have spoken with me and will allow me to use their tapes, but they have not answered my questions concerning the existance of literate speakers and their availability or interest in this project. ᠬᠠᠭᠠᠨ (talk) 18:53, 27 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Wikioperations in Namibia


Great, witty and honest article - I have found it via the recent Signpost. Ta.

FYI, I wrote a related mini-essay (about similar campaigns tending to increase systemic THE_TRUTH, in short) but it is in Polish.

Zezen (talk) 15:25, 27 July 2021 (UTC)Reply