Budget for 2017-2018 released
The Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan for FY2017-2018 has been released. A surprise item in the report was a reference to “our forthcoming move to a new office space”. A total of 697,000 USD (Table #4) has been budgeted for the move. The foundation moved from Florida to San Francisco in 2008, but there has been little or no information made public about their latest decision to move. Perhaps the Wikimedia Foundation will discover they have an educational rather than a technical mission after all, and will accordingly move to the East Coast to escape the Silicon Valley brogrammer culture.
Legal department mascot
Rory (WMF), The legal department’s mascot has retired. Rory (WMF), who seems to have been a project of the legal interns, was replaced by Purrrrrcy (with 5 r’s), a few days ahead of the arrival of the new general counsel. In the past, Rory’s page has been edited by a number of staff and volunteers, including GeoffBrigham (WMF), the staff account of the former general counsel. Like Rory, Purrrrry’s major role will be inaction. Unlike Rory, who had a static page on meta with a redirect from the user name, Purrrrrcy has a user account, so the edits behind this mascot remain hidden.
Technical Code of Conduct
The foundation’s technology and product departments were reorganized.
Turmoil at Wikimedia France
Reorganization at WP criticism sites
Wikipedia criticism sites have reorganized. Wikipediocracy has announced resignations of its current organizers and moderators with new ones to be determined. During the Wikipediocracy hiatus, the criticism site Wikipedia Review Proboards was formed, and a third site was formed and disappeared.
SuSa and Community Health new staff
The Community Health Initiative has hired four new members, Caroline Sinders, Product Analyst; Sydney Poore, Community Advocate with Support and Safety (SuSa); Trevor Bolliger, Product Manager; and David Barratt, Software Developer. A new hire for the open Community Advocate position has not been announced. The new members will be working with Danny Horn and Ryan Kaldari from Community Tech, and Patrick Early and James Alexander from SuSa. (See Staff and contractors.) In November 2017 the Board of Director endorsed the community health initiative in their Statement on Healthy Community Culture, Inclusivity, and Safe Spaces. In January 2017, the WMF received 500,000 USD for the project from the Craig Newmark Foundation.
Elections: FDC and ombudsperson
Elections for Funds Dissemination Committee and Ombudsperson were held from June 3 to 11, 2017. Elected to the Funds Dissemination Committee were members Michał Buczyński (User:Aegis Maelstrom), Lorenzo Losa (User:Laurentius), Liam Wyatt (User:Wittylama), Osmar Valdebenito (User:B1mbo), Katherine Bavage (User:Leela0808), and ombudsperson Kirill Lokshin (User:Kirill Lokshin).
Strategy process interim results
The Wikimedia strategy process continues. As a result of feedback from Cycle 2, just concluded, it has been announced that the timeline has been changed, and a “New Voices” track has been added. The results of groups participating in Cycle 2 are posted at “Sources“.