Actual things have been going on in WikiLand this year and before it all gets too dated, we have to say something about these items.
María Sefidari Huici quits being WMF Chairperson, becomes a WMF "consultant"
We are going to be brutally honest - before we read about her quitting, we did not know who was Wikimedia Foundation Chair. Sefidari Huici was Chairperson for eight years, which is one year longer than this blog has been running, and I have not heard a peep about her or how she has been operating the Wikimedia Foundation. She resigned on the 3rd of June with the following email:
Dear All, There is one last bit of news I would like to share following the Board meeting update. After ~ 8 years on the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation - a long time! - I have notified the Board that I am stepping down as Chair and trustee, effective end of day today. As all of you know, the community-selected seats were due to expire last year and were extended at the request of the Board to see through these difficult and unprecedented times. Now, after chairing the last meeting of the fiscal year and having the call for candidates for the upcoming elections approved, it is the least disruptive moment for me to step down. The Foundation has asked me to consider an advisory role to support Movement Strategy and the onboarding of new trustees and the new CEO/ED, to help support leadership and this strategic transition. Nataliia Tymkiv, currently Vice Chair, will act as Chair until a new one is elected by the Board ensuring continuity. Hopefully this news will not come as too much of a surprise. I am grateful to the community members who lent me their trust and support to become a trustee on two different occasions, to the staff, and to the trustees for their confidence in me in the different leadership positions I have held within the Board - first as committee chair, then two terms as Vice Chair, and two terms as Chair. Together we have accomplished many things during this time, but if I had to single out only a few they would be the following: launching the Movement Strategy process, engaging in the most ambitious governance reform in the history of the Board, and working to ensure the stability and sustainability of the Foundation. It has been a time of change, of discussing strategy and our future, and deciding together what the path forward should be. Of course, the work is never finished - it will be the task of the Board to continue what has been done and face the newer and complex challenges that will no doubt arise. I hope that we will see many of the women of the movement and people from the Global South as candidates in the upcoming community elections - I know there are many qualified people ready to step into these important roles. I look forward to supporting an increasingly capable and diverse Board. Be safe and well everyone. Tupananchiskama, [This is a Quechua farewell meaning "till we meet again" - S.] María -- María Sefidari Huici Chair of the Board Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
Then twenty days later she was hired to "consult with the Foundation on Movement Strategy and the ongoing Board evolution for the upcoming year" and the uproar was something.
Epic, unbelievably stupid battles happen there, as with any noticeboard. Used to be a lot of Giano and Malleus abuse.
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/IRC/wiki ... /User_list
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia: ... in_channel
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia: ... s%27_Abuse
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia ... ration/IRC
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia ... C_channels
And that's not all, folks!
Other "secret" English Wikipedia IRC channels include:
#countervandalism, used by the highly secretive "Countervandalism Unit". They also have a private wiki.
Plus, nutcases open private channels routinely to discuss harassing/blocking someone they don't like. No one on WP will ever discuss any of that.