New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

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Renée Bagslint
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New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by Renée Bagslint » Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:32 am

That's what Gregory Varnum's over-excited posting says. Actually, he was referring to a new look for the web site. But perhaps he's not too far wrong after all. The website has a new section Advocacy which proclaims
The WMF wrote:From fighting censorship in Turkey, to joining with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in challenging the United States National Security Agency (NSA) to protect privacy, the Wikimedia Foundation stands up for human rights online. [...] We routinely join legal efforts like the opposition to the 2017 US travel ban.
I wonder if that is what the donors thought they were contributing to?

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Re: New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by The Joy » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:16 am

Since when has Wikipedia or the Foundation caused a revolution to alleviate the human condition? Do governments even care what the Foundation thinks?
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Re: New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by Dysklyver » Thu Aug 02, 2018 12:25 pm

The Joy wrote:
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:16 am
[...] Do governments even care what the Foundation thinks?
Nope.
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Re: New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by Auggie » Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:47 pm

wow. WMF is just completely off-mission at this point.

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Re: New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by Dysklyver » Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:03 pm

Maybe the WMF is forging a new mission?

Forget the free encyclopedia, they are now a free copyright lobby group. No doubt this is highly compatible with the careers the WMF staff want to have, which is why it's happening.
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Re: New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by Auggie » Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:40 pm

It must be nice to have jobs where you can pick and choose what you want to do every day.

Work on mobile? Nah, boring. Let hassle the government.

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Re: New Wikimedia Foundation has soft launched!

Post by Renée Bagslint » Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:18 pm

Andy Mabbett points out that the Foundation doesn't even understand its own licenses. Where do they get these people from?

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