User talk:GVarnum-WMF

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Hi. Re: this edit and similar, I'm not really sure I understand the purpose of this category. I read Category:Maintained by Advancement department. Is this some team at the Wikimedia Foundation staking a claim to a bunch of pages on this wiki? Does this team really want all of these pages? Some of them are pretty old and probably no longer used or needed. Is this team now committing to keeping these wiki pages accurate and up-to-date? Should this team now be a point-of-contact for questions about these pages? If so, who specifically should be contacted? --MZMcBride (talk) 23:39, 8 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]

@MZMcBride: Thank you for checking. It is for tracking purposes and as the description mentions, is for active and historical maintenance. It is not meant to imply that they are actively maintaining it and does not impact maintenance practices. --GVarnum-WMF (talk) 23:51, 8 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]

While you've added yourself to the "flooder" user group, it looks like many of your edits are not being marked as bot edits, for what it's worth. Looking at currently, I only see one edit with a little 'b'. --MZMcBride (talk) 23:48, 8 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]

@MZMcBride: Strange - I will take a look. Thank you for heads up. --GVarnum-WMF (talk) 23:51, 8 November 2016 (UTC)[reply]

How we will see unregistered users


You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

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Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

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We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:15, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

"Volunteers" and "community members"

Since we were talking about language the other day, I thought I'd float this here :)

I've started to notice places where community groups are referred to as 'volunteers' in a context that excludes anyone working as staff or contractor of a movement entity, or in some other professional role. In most of these places, the relevant discussions apply to all community members, not just that subset of the community.

  • This language is generally used by WMF staff, in communication with parts of the movement, and the implication is that the speaker doesn't consider themselves or their colleagues in the mentioned group
  • This creates an unnecessary self-imposed barrier between parts of the community
  • The distinction is fuzzy, as thousands of people have at one point been staff or contractors, gotten grants, or worked as liaisons within other orgs.
  • For newcomers, the distinction can convey the sense that [volunteer] community members are less experienced than [staff of some org] community members, or than [external contractors]. Whereas in practice, some of the more experienced developers, architects, legal scholars, arbitrators, analysts, non-profit execs, data archivists, db optimizers, regional experts, &c. are part of the non-staff community.

I wonder whether we've unintentionally been exacerbating arbitrary divides rather than taking those opportunities to reaffirm that we're all part of a shared community of creation, empowerment, communication, and defense of our shared work.

While there are a few places where we explicitly mean the 'volunteer' subset of the community as a whole, what do you think about using 'community member' where possible? Recognizing again that as you note not everyone uses the same style guide. SJ + 00:12, 4 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Spam at foundation wiki

Hi GVarnum-WMF, to my surprise I see that since recently everyone is now free to open an account at the foundation wiki and to create a user page. Unfortunately, this privilege will attract cross-wiki spammers and you got already some of them like User:Byblos coffee, User:MD Mainul Islam Mohin or User talk:Cà Phê Khoa Nam. Trying to be more open is laudable but I am not sure whether it is the best approach to have another meta wiki when at meta you have already the necessary policy pages and patrolling admins. Regards, AFBorchert (talk) 08:59, 8 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Home lacks tl:languages and localization in vain

@GVarnum-WMF, hello, would you grant us translators to publish our work on please ? I wish Talk:Home and my query be answered by you or some body in charge.
As facilitators from the Governance Team are working so hard to discuss UCoC Enforcement at local community, I could support them in any way, but IMHO, I am afraid that the message we give to our users is that, the official site, or the landing page Home not being offered in local languages contrasts to how endeavours for i18n is respected anywhere among the Wikimedia wiki, and to avoid such leg-pulling, I translated that page.
Yes, it is quite heartbreaking to see that the link I attached herein has been put into ja over a month ago, but yet shown in en only /: If the procedure involves Board decision, it would be practical to plainly message it at the top of the page. Cheers, -- Omotecho (talk) 11:49, 20 February 2022 (UTC) / --Omotecho (talk) 11:53, 20 February 2022 (UTC) sorry, forgot to add section title.[reply]

WMF edit

@GVarnum-WMF: I go through random section and I see every pages are protected. I can't edit on here. Help Me. Scadrode (talk) 06:25, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Scadrode: Only staff has edit rights on content pages, but you can use talk pages and translate content in other languages. --Ameisenigel (talk) 09:13, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Ameisenigel: I want to be an Translator, how to apply for Translator ? So I can Translate pages without any barrier. Please guide me. Scadrode (talk) 09:23, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Scadrode: You can just choose a page from Special:PageTranslation, visit that page and click on "Translate this page". --Ameisenigel (talk) 09:26, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Ameisenigel: I'm talking about this [1] what is this ? Scadrode (talk) 11:45, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Scadrode: This is just for getting notifications about pages that should be translated. --Ameisenigel (talk) 16:47, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Ameisenigel: Can i signup as a Translator ?[2] Scadrode (talk) 19:09, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Scadrode: Sure, but that is Meta Wiki. This is not available for this wiki. --Ameisenigel (talk) 20:11, 25 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]