User:Philippe (WMF)

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Philippe Beaudette
Director, Community Advocacy, Wikimedia Foundation
"Where else in the world can you have a job that lets you support the people who change the way that the world uses information? It's an amazing job. I'm living the first line of my obituary."
Philippe Beaudette

About me

I first joined the Wikimedia Foundation staff as Facilitator of the Strategic Planning project in July 2009. At the completion of the strategic planning project, I became Head of Reader Relations, and led the 2010 Annual Giving campaign. In February 2012, I was promoted to Director of Community Advocacy and assigned to the Legal and Community Advocacy team.

Prior to becoming a staff member I was a three-year member of the Board of Trustees Election Committee, a two-year administrator for the English Wikipedia, and volunteered for the email response team.

Outside Wikimedia, I have a background in American electoral politics, where I have worked as Deputy Campaign Manager, Operations Manager and Technology Director on a number of state and federal campaigns, as well as for the non-profit Progressive Alliance Foundation. I have also worked as a technology consultant in the for-profit sector in the United States, Italy and the United Kingdom.

My username on the projects is "Philippe (WMF)" - so, for instance, on the English Wikipedia, I'm found here, in my professional capacity. My personal username is found here.

My work

My role is to serve as an advocate for and to the Wikimedia community in matters - primarily governance - that are unrelated to the technical product (except in as much as, for instance, a tool could relate to governance, such as SecurePoll). I also manage the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency response group. I like to engage myself in areas where I think selective and targeted staff interaction can make a difference. And because I like to engage there, my team comes along for the ride. I was temporarily responsible for the Community Engagement (Product) team as well, until their Director was hired and on-boarded.
Disclaimer: I work for or provide services to the Wikimedia Foundation, and this is the account I try to use for edits or statements I make in that role. However, the Foundation does not vet all my activity, and edits, statements, or other contributions made by this account may not reflect the views of the Foundation. Although I am a member of the Legal and Community Advocacy team, I am not a lawyer. The legal team can only represent the Wikimedia Foundation on legal matters, so our team is unable to give legal advice to others, including community members, editors, or contributors. Communications with members of the legal team are not consultations and do not create any confidential relationship.

Contact me

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For your work in notifying authorities about the potential suicide threat on Wikipedia this evening.

FWIW, you may wish to display this on your user page. Either way, thank you.Toddst1 (talk) 05:33, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

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Given to members of the community who help uphold and support other editors in harder times by most of all being a good friend. -- DQ (t) (e) 00:29, 17 October 2011 (UTC)
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Thanks for quick, reassuring, and thorough answers to important questions. A brief look at your talk page archives also suggests that you've earned this. Thank you. Pine 21:45, 8 June 2012 (UTC)
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Thank you for acting so fast on a real world issues Moxy (talk) 14:40, 12 May 2013 (UTC)
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Philippe, I would personally like to say Thank you for the work you've been doing over the past few years both on and off Wikipedia and through the Wikimedia Foundation! A great thing which I noticed is that you like to listen and understand the problems first, and then find the right solutions for it :) I wish you and the rest of the WMF team all the best in doing their work successfully. Best Regards! TheGeneralUser (talk) 18:34, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Favorite quotes[edit]

"Have you ever skied at Jackson Hole in Wyoming?
Well, there is a sign at the top of the mountain that is both enthralling and terrifying:
'Our mountain is like nothing you have skied before!
Give this mountain the special respect it demands!'
Wikimedia is that mountain."

-- Stu West, WMF Board, in discussing Wikimedia Strategic Planning

Werdna: As a developer, I am obliged to forget about things and act like it is obvious when somebody asks.

Word cloud[edit]

I love this. It's a word cloud built from the Skills statements that were submitted in applications for strategic planning task forces.

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