Gerard is right. Kudos to Liam on behalf of Wikipedia Weekly. His interview with Sue Gardner should be required listening for all Wikimedians who care about the Foundation’s influence on the future of Wikimedia.
I kinda hope Ben Yates is busy drafting a transcript at the moment, because someone should. :)
- The chapters will meet yearly in April, for inter-chapter communication, and also chapter/WMF communication, probably held in Europe. The “richer” chapters will help fund the poorer/further away chapters, and WMF will pick up any difference, to make sure that all chapters can participate.
- WMF is setting up a “volunteer development” fund that could be used for, e.g. a Wikinews conference.
- There will be some focus on usability in tech over the next year.
- There is a desire to set up a volunteer database, to better match people’s interests and talents against tasks and events.
From the 2008-09 financial plan Q&A:
What is “[…]volunteer development” funding?
The “volunteer development” money is an experiment, and if it works we will probably increase the size of allocation in future. It will pay for a variety of small, one-off initiatives – for example, it might be used to pay for printing costs for brochures for a volunteer outreach event. It might subsidize a workshop, or offset small costs for other specific initiatives.
Why so little for volunteer development?
The volunteer development fund primarily relates to volunteer organizational work, such as press work, participation through chapters, technical contributions, and so forth. As we are still in the process of developing policies and best practices around volunteer development, we have deliberately kept the overall amount relatively low in this budget, but we hope to scale up these efforts intelligently in the coming years.
Hm. I find there is a scale difference between printing fliers and holding a Wikinews conference.
His interview with Sue Gardner should be required listening for all Wikimedians who care about the Foundation’s influence on the future of Wikimedia.
then please make textual version of it ;_; unlike writings, it's much more difficult for most strangers to understand spoken english
— Darkoneko · 7. August 2008, 04:41
Yeah... it's very long, but I will try and transcribe some sections.
— pfctdayelise · 7. August 2008, 10:58
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