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Great to meet you at Wikimania[edit]

Hi! It was great meeting you at Wikimania. I do look forward to continuing the conversation we had cut short about Cameroon and public art! Hope you traveled safely and I hope to see you again before the next Wikimania. SarahStierch (talk) 11:24, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

IRC![edit]

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that we have created an IRC channel for women and Wikipedia: called Wikimedia-gendergap - I hope you'll join us. (And if you need any IRC help, just let me know!) See you there! SarahStierch (talk) 21:38, 20 August 2011 (UTC)

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A message of thanks from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis' star dinosaur, Dracorex, for contributing your opinion in our E-Volunteer survey. Thanks for your time. You're the best! LoriLee (talk) 19:59, 27 September 2011 (UTC)

Feel free to add the GLAM:TCMI userbox ({{User WP GLAM TCMI}}) to your page and if you're interested, here are some more ways you can help. Either way, your opinion's valued! Thanks! LoriLee (talk) 20:26, 27 September 2011 (UTC)


Mystery[edit]

Please solve this mystery if you can...

On September 23rd, traffic to Portal:James Bond doubled, and has stayed at the new level since then. I can't figure out what happened.

See http://stats.grok.se/en/201109/Portal%3AJames_Bond

Traffic to Outline of James Bond stayed the same (though it was at the higher-level already), which leads me to suspect changes made somewhere in Wikipedia.

See http://stats.grok.se/en/201109/Outline%20of%20James_Bond

I'd like to find out what happened, in case it reveals helpful link placement tips that can double the traffic to outlines too!

I look forward to your reply on my talk page. The Transhumanist 00:21, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:WikiAfrica/NABA[edit]

Ambox warning pn.svgTemplate:WikiAfrica/NABA has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. I'm sorry, but this appears to be a method of adding advertisements for a Milan art school to Wikipedia, and I have nominated it for deletion accordingly. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 00:53, 23 November 2011 (UTC)

Talkback[edit]

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Wikimania Video[edit]

Hi Iolanda!

I saw your username on a list of Wikimania attendees. My name is Victor Grigas and I am a 'storyteller' at the Wikimedia foundation. It's my position to find and tell the stories of individual Wikipedians to share to get the public to be engaged and encouraged to support Wikipedia. I will be with a small team and we will be conducting on-camera interviews with Wikipedians at Wikimania from July 10th through July 15th and was hoping that you would be interested in sharing your story with me.

I wonder why you work so much with WikiAfrica?

Please let me know if you are interested. There is limited availability and I expect my schedule to fill up quickly.

Hope we get to meet in person!

Victor

P.S. The best way to reach me is by email: vgrigas@wikimedia.org

216.38.130.162 (talk) 23:25, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

GLAM-WIKI 2012[edit]

You registered your interest for GLAM-WIKI 2012 a while ago - this is to let you know that registration, and the call for papers, are now open. Hope to see you there! Andrew Gray (talk) 22:40, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

Wikimania Barnstar[edit]

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It was great to see you at Wikimania 2012! --evrik (talk) 14:37, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of Sankofa: Revista de História da África e de Estudos da Diáspora Africana[edit]

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Love history & culture? Get involved in WikiProject World Digital Library![edit]

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Hi Iopensa! I'm the Wikipedian In Residence at the World Digital Library, a project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO. I'm recruiting Wikipedians who are passionate about history & culture to participate in improving Wikipedia using the WDL's vast free online resources. Participants can earn our awesome WDL barnstar and help to disseminate free knowledge from over 100 libraries in 7 different languages. Multilingual editing encouraged!!! But being multilingual is not a necessity to make this project a success. Please sign up to participate here. Thanks for editing Wikipedia and I look forward to working with you! SarahStierch (talk) 22:47, 23 May 2013 (UTC)

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Wikiproject: Contemporary Art[edit]

Hey, Iopensa! Have you gone to the village pump to see if you can revitalize it? That seems like the best thing to do according to what I saw on the wikiproject page. I was once involved in creating a wikiproject. If you want the wikiproject to be relatively subordinate, but still existing (and in fear of one day being inactive again) then get ready to devote some amount of time. But if you want it to be a really important wikiproject, get ready to devote a lot of time. The wikiproject that I started took me some amount of time to make it visible, and fortunately when I was no longer interested in the subject there were other people to take the helm. The first thing you have to do is to try to get participants. And that's actually something you have no control over. When I started my wikiproject I tried to recruit people who edited on that subject matter, but most people told me that they only had a passing interest. Unfortunately in your case, most people are attracted to novelty. I think that it would be hard to get people interested in a dead wikiproject. If you're looking for something less challenging with the hope of growing to the status of a wikiproject you can start by making it a task force of wikiproject visual arts. I did that one time (not with this subject). But your best bet in anything you do is to get the right participant to your wikiproject or task force. If you get somebody with time, energy and who knows how to operate within the realm of Uncle Wiki, then in that case, you have it made. I on the other hand like Contemporary Arts a good deal, but I don't have any of those qualities, and I've learned that I especially don't have the knack for Wikipolitics. Dealing with that last part can get pretty depressing sometimes. But if you are interested in more tips on how to get a wikiproject up and running just let me know. I don't know a great deal, but I can only tell you what little bit I've learned. I wish you well! Lighthead þ 21:43, 24 September 2013 (UTC)

You're welcome! Lighthead þ 19:07, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Hi, apologies for the very late reply, but I don't log on so much these days. The original contemporary art project closed because there were only a few members, and most of them were engaged in the wider visual arts project anyway. There's also the herding cats problem. And I'm not sure your statement on the contemporary art project page is specific enough to galvanise support (criticism of an anti-intellectual approach, but also an attack on jargon...) Anyway, I don't want to discourage you: start with a single issue, and build up from that.Ethicoaestheticist (talk) 01:43, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

October 2013[edit]

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Conflict of interest editing[edit]

hi iolanda, you might consider to not add information to wikipedia about organisations and people that paid, pay, or will pay you, or organisations and people you are affiliated with. it is also considered not good practice to add books or other material you authored. examples include:

  • lettera27 foundation, iolanda executive board with Roberto Di Puma, Francesco Franceschi, Tania Gianesin, Maria Sebregondi, Alessandro Triulzi. sponsored by moleskine
  • istrike foundation, iolanda founder and board with Francesca Recchia, Kamiel Verschuren, Lucia Babina
  • mobile a2k, linked to lettera27
  • doual'art, and Marilyn Douala Bell
  • hivos, stichting DOEN, mondriaan foundation
  • moleskine
  • Wikipedia:WikiAfrica
  • yourself, e.g on the italian wikipedia

--ThurnerRupert (talk) 19:54, 26 October 2013 (UTC)

I add my reply published on ThurnerRupert's talk page (and erased) also here for reference. You find the text here. --Iopensa (talk) 14:03, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
iolanda, i did not erase information not already here. the original thread started here and i only tried to assure the thread is not scattered around multiple talk pages. you might consider consulting Wikipedia:Talk_page_guidelines#Good_practices_for_all_talk_pages_used_for_collaboration, Wikipedia:Don't_lose_the_thread, Help:Introduction_to_talk_pages/Examples. --ThurnerRupert (talk) 18:32, 10 November 2013 (UTC)

Improper accusations of conflict of interests and systematic removal from Wikipedia of any content mentioning the name of lettera27 Foundation or any other organization or project I am related to
Based on the assumption that I have a conflict of interest with doual'art and related articles, and based on the assumption that I am the author of self-promotional work on Wikipedia, you have been systematically removing from Wikipedia any content mentioning the name of a list of institutions and projects I have been working with. You have added a banner on several pages accusing a major contributor of the article to have a conflict of interest, and you have been erasing content from articles in which you assume I have links or conflict of interest (you indicate in the object of your edits "self promotion").

  1. I edit Wikipedia with my username, I have no sock puppets and I have never asked others to create articles on my behalf on topics I have conflicts of interests. It has happened that I edit Wikipedia anonymously by mistake; I do not recall that this have ever happened on controversial articles or on the content you have been targeting; in any case I have never used anonymous accounts with the intentional objective to manipulate Wikipedia for my interests or related interests. In July 2006 I have opened an account on Wikipedia in Italian called WikiAfrica-provagenerale-25-7-07 and 3 other accounts (Discussant-redattore, Maria Sebregondi-redattore and Elio Grazioli-redattore); the system was tested in collaboration with other Wikipedia in Italian users for an event during which we created live the Wikipedia article Velo; the system was meant to attribute properly oral edits, but it was too complicated and it didn't work efficiently; we did not replicate the experience.
  2. I have a clear bias toward providing African content on Wikipedia. I have been explicitly working since 2006 in contributing to enrich Wikipedia with articles and content (my content and content of others under released under cc by-sa related to Africa); I have been directly involved in GLAMWiki partnerships to assist institutions in releasing content under cc by-sa. I have been contributing to articles related to Africa on Wikipedia before I was working as scientific director of WikiAfrica and I started contributing back more to Wikipedia after I left lettera27 Foundation. I have no interest in promoting a specific image of Africa; as everybody I have institutions and people I admire more than others (among which doual'art, chimurenga, ars collaboratory, prince claus fund...), but I have no conflicts of interests (or indirect benefit on my professional career), that limit my judgment or impose me to promote institutions or to provide a positive image of them. My contributions highlight my preferences, but my edits aim at contributing to Wikipedia with a neutral point of view and relevant sources.
  3. I have been working with lettera27 foundation between 2007 and 2012. This is clearly stated in my user page. I was aware since the very beginning that this collaboration could have lead to a conflict of interest while contributing to Wikipedia and implementing the WikiAfrica project. In particular the synergy between lettera27 projects and Wikipedia (through WikiAfrica and Share Your Knowledge) had the potential role of producing self-promotion; this would have undermined the real intent of the project which was/is clearly and exclusively aiming at enhancing Wikipedia and respecting its rules. For this very reason I have been systematically understating the presence of lettera27 on Wikipedia. I have not created an article about the organization in any language and - as a director of the project - I have opposed any attempt to promote the name and visibility of lettera27 on Wikipedia. Nevertheless there is the legal necessity to attribute work to its authors as a fact and as the cc by-sa license requires.
  4. My contribution to doual'art and the SUD Salon Urbain de Douala does not promote my own interests. I do not have - nor any of my relatives have - direct or indirect business or financial interests with doual'art, the SUD Salon Urbain de Douala or Marilyn Douala Bell or with any other member of doual'art organizers or artists; there are no direct or indirect benefits or favors I receive - or any of my relatives receive - in my contribution to doual'art and the above. Even with the iStrike Foundation I had no direct or indirect business or financial interests. In 2005 my travel costs to Douala have been covered by doual'art since I was an invited guest to the Ars&Urbis 2005 symposium; in 2007 my travel costs to Douala have been covered by Mondriaan Foundation and doual'art to contribute to the Ars&Urbis international workshop. Those are the only financial and professional benefits I received in my collaboration. I have been contributing to support doual'art by triggering financial grants from which I did not benefitted nor directly nor indirectly: notably Doen Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, Orange Foundation (WikiAfrica Cameroon project); doual'art has also been supported by lettera27. I am also currently applying to the IGE Individual Grant Engagement for a project involving doual'art; the project includes my travel costs to Wikimania 2014 London to participate in the project presentation; I contribute to the project as a volunteer and I do not receive from the potential grant any salary (not directly from the grant nor indirectly from doual'art or any person involved in the call).
  5. I am working for SUPSI since 2013 as it is indicated in my user page. I was paid as guest speaker at the Sommerakademie/Paul Klee Musum. I have been working as a payed consultant for Africa e Mediterraneo and the Africa Centre. I have been payed for articles published in the magazines Domus, Gulliver, Flair, Flash Art, Tema Celeste. I received individual grants from Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia, Wikimedia IT, Wikimedia CH, Wikimedia Foundation, the European Commission, ACASA Arts Council of the African Studies Association, Mondriaan Foundation; those grants were supporting specific activities (mainly research and travel costs). I serve as a volunteer consultant for Prince Claus Fund; the only benefit I receive (beyond the pleasure of contributing to an institutions that fosters culture in Africa, Asia and Latin America) is that each year I am invited to the Prince Claus Award Ceremony in Amsterdam and the organization offers me to cover my accommodation for two nights (I cover the travel cost and I took advantage of this invitation last year for the first time). In regards to Moleskine company - you listen, I presume because it supports lettera27 - I have never contributed to its article on Wikipedia in any language; I was aware that a contribution to their visibility might have lead to conflict of interest; they once asked me advice on how to improve their article and I suggested them to make external sources about the company (publications, studies, press reviews) available.
  6. I have been of course contributing to WikiAfrica project page on Wikipedia in different languages. WikiAfrica is a wiki project and it was openly and transparently developed on Wikipedia. The fact that I was editing the project pages WikiAfrica as scientific director for lettera27 foundation was clearly stated in my user page, I was not payed for updating those pages and in any case the project pages were not meant to promote lettera27 but to inform and coordinate the work about the wiki project. The project page was created by Wikimedia Italia on Wikipedia in Italian and then created in other languages. All the institutions involved are mentioned. The name of lettera27 is included in those pages because lettera27 is indeed the institution which have launched and promoted the project since 2006. Not mentioning it means to not attributing it. I have actually argued quite a long time ago that I think WikiAfrica project page could be merged with the Africa project and to prepare it I have been adding more information about the project meta:WikiAfrica - and other projects related to Africa (meta:Africa Portal, meta:Afripédia…) - on meta. But this is not and can not be my own decision. In any case, I strongly believe WikiAfrica project pages have been used to coordinate WikiAfrica on Wikipedia (what project pages are meant for) and they do not represent a promotional initiative to support the visibility of lettera27 or WikiAfrica. I would also argue that project pages are really not the most efficient promotional tool you can find and use on the internet. I read on Wikipedia in Italian that you consider that "wikiafrica is a private initiative of lettera27 and africa center". It is indeed not. The project has been launched in 2006 by lettera27 in collaboration with Wikimedia Italia and it has been involving many other institutions and people through time; notably we were really pleased in 2011 when the Africa Centre has decided to become an active promoter of the project (this is something any institution can do); all the project documentation is in cc by-sa, everything produced is open for reuse; I am not aware of any registered trademark associated to WikiAfrica. The project page of Wiki Loves Monuments 2012 Africa under WikiAfrica project namespace is a case study Elitre produced (both in Italian and English) within the frame of the work we were doing to support the production of 30'000 African contributions to the Wikimedia projects by 2012. if you notice, the page is not a wikipedia article: it is not very neutral neither. It was not our intention to make the Wiki Loves Monuments in Africa being perceived as Wikiafrica has run it. The case study was actually meant to highlight the great result of it. Differently from what you state in South Africa the Africa Centre with WikiAfrica had a specific role within the contest. I have the impression that your edits are motivated by a certain anger as you say "i am unhappy that some unrelated person "brightens" two fotos, donates 10 notebooks for 10 dollars to african participants, then makes a story which can be perceived as wikiafrica would have run this. they are mentioning themselves and forgetting the people who did the real work. this is valid for kenya and south africa as well. they did this on the english wikipedia as well". I agree that the pages can document better all the people and institutions who have contributed to the initiative; but why don't you add that content instead of systematically erasing any reference to WikiAfrica? You have also moved the page away from the project and you didn't even add a note in the discussion page. After you have moved the page Vito reverted your edit and told you "Moving a wikiproject definitely need consensus among its editors"; you then moved again the page. I also want to to add that I continue to contribute to WikiAfrica as a volunteer (please refer to point 2).
  7. I have been founder and board member of the iStrike Foundation between 2005 and 2008. I didn't create an article on the institution but I have added few citations in articles I have been editing. Please note that since its creation the institution have used the cc by-sa license to allow its documentation to be used freely. In case documentation was available there, I used it and I have cited the source.
  8. I have been publishing articles about my area of expertise which is contemporary African art. I have contributing to articles in this field and my publications do represent a source. I have used them and I have cited my work when I believed it was relevant for the articles; I have always cited more sources and I have not deliberately used citations from my work for self-promotion, but to edit articles and contributing to Wikipedia according to the related guidelines (WP:SELFCITE, WP:SELFPUB, WP:SELFPROMOTE). I have included inline citations (Wikipedia:Neutral point of view#Attributing and specifying biased statements) to specify which where my biased statements and I have attributed work when using material I wrote and released in cc by-sa. I have cited self-published work only when specifically related to an interview and relevant for an article. The very fact I did not wrote an article about myself or asked people to do it, I trust is an indicator of my intentions. You are referring to this with your sentence "it is also considered not good practice to add books or other material you authored"; according to the guidelines "Using material you have written or published is allowed within reason, but only if it is relevant, conforms to the content policies, including WP:SELFPUB, and is not excessive. Citations should be in the third person and should not place undue emphasis on your work. When in doubt, defer to the community's opinion." I didn't consistently added citations to my publications on all Wikipedia articles that have a related topic, just to spam the encyclopedia with my work; I used them case by case. If you believe the citations are excessive or they place an undue emphasis on my work, please do not hesitate to specifically refer to the articles.
  9. I have been contributing to Africa e Mediterraneo article (which I created in 2006 on Wikipedia in Italian) and to the SUPSI article on Wikipedia in English. I have a conflict of interest in those articles because I have been working for Africa e Mediterraneo and now I work for SUPSI. Those have not been considered controversial articles and I trust I have been contributing in an informative and neutral way. More specifically in the SUPSI article there is only a mention to my laboratory (Laboratorio Cultura Visiva/Laboratory of Visual Culture) and I trust I avoided any opinion-based content or promotional content. But please do not hesitate to review them and check.
  10. I do have quite a few relatives with encyclopedic articles on paper encyclopedias and on Wikipedia (notably Ferdinand de Saussure, Édouard Naville and François Naville). I have contributed extensively to the Wikipedia in Italian article about my Italian grand-father (author of books and alpinist) and translated the French article in Italian about my Swiss grant-father (author of books as well). Quite frankly I can not recall any personal benefit in my life of having relatives on encyclopedias, but I am aware of the conflict of interest. I have informed members of the community by email to ask for advice specifically about my contribution to Pietro Pensa; they told me be bold. Also those articles don't appear to be considered controversial or promotional.
  11. I have contacts with many institutions and people. This is actually my expertise and what I can bring to Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects. Having an expertise does not mean to have a conflict of interest. My approach on Wikipedia is not to contribute for my own economic/professional interest (direct or indirect interests or to obtain favors and other benefits).
  12. I am currently developing several projects related to Wikipedia and its ecosystem at SUPSI. The projects are all published on meta and none of the project is evaluated based on the number of articles produced on Wikipedia.
  13. I have been working as professor at NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano between 2007 and 2012; my course was on Art Economy and I was teaching with Domenico Sedini and Simona Bodo. I was payed to teach and to make the exams. Independently from my contract, I involved the students in producing wikipedia articles since the beginning (the article was part of the exam); later on the other professors liked the idea too and in 2010-2011 (some of the exams happened in 2012) I invited the students to contribute with their specific work to WikiAfrica. For this reason - in agreement with Marco Scotini, director of the master course - I created a template for NABA; I added the template only to the articles related to Africa and developed within the course (not to all articles made by NABA students, and not to other articles unrelated to the topic). Here is the documentation related to the courses.

More specifically regarding your systematic edits aiming at erasing all content mentioning the name of lettera27 Foundation, WikiAfrica, Mobile A2K, iStrike Foundation, or adding to articles the COI template:

  1. Referring to your edit in which you remove the reference, a large part of the article on Education in Cameroon is copied and paste from Luca Martinelli's work. I have been adding to the discussion page this fact, but I can not copy and paste something under cc by-sa without attribution. This is the reason why I put the reference in the bibliography and I believe it needs to remain. if you have another system to attribute the work, do not hesitate to use it or let me know.
  2. You have moved the WikiAfrica page to User:Riannedac/WikiAfrica; your object says "moved page WikiAfrica to User:Riannedac/WikiAfrica: see comment of user on talk page"; according to the talk page, your edit seems in conflict with the result of keeping the page after the discussion for delation.
  3. You have systematically removed any reference to lettera27 Foundation also on articles I didn't edit. I think for example that it is a good idea to remove the links to flickr images (like on Henri Sagna or Igiaba Scego) or not relevant links. Festivalleteratura (the major Italian literature festival) and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conferences are considered important venues for authors and scholars; the participation of people to those events are facts, but I believe the articles can live without them (Cristina Ali Farah, Tahar Lamri, Marilyn Douala Bell). I think case by case your edits might be useful, but I object that removing any reference to an institution - without actually considering if it is a fact, a relevant information, a citation, or what - is not the correct approach to use.
  4. Please note that you have removed with the object self promotion the sentence about the project trans but i have no connection at all with this project.
  5. You have added the COI template to doual'art, SUD Salon Urbain de Douala and Marilyn Douala Bell. As clarified above I do not have conflict of interest related to those articles I contributed to.

I am puzzled that your edits started by removing seven bibliographical references from doual'art article with the object "Dead links". I presume "dead links" referred to the link to Zayd Mini article which was not any longer directly associated to the specific article but only to the magazine. I also presume you considered the bibliography too generic; therefore I added references to the specific page and a description of the content of the publication even if I do not believe this is a common practice. I also trust that your edits are not related to my disobedience to the request you made to me on the phone in June 2013, that all contacts with Swiss institutions have to be previously authorized by you; I clearly disobeyed and I will always do.

We are in a period in which conflict of interest is at the centre of a lot of attention on Wikipedia. I do share those concerns and I think it is important to monitor content and editor's behaviors. I also understand that it is not always easy to properly check information, but i trust this very long massage (sorry) provides you all possible clarifications. I remain at your disposal for any further clarification or detail you might need. --Iopensa (talk) 14:03, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

About your Third Opinion request: I am a regular volunteer at 3O. Your request has been removed because 3O requires thorough discussion of an issue before bringing it to dispute resolution and a single warning and response is not thorough. Moreover, COI editing is really a conduct matter, not a content matter, and 3O does not handle conduct disputes. I'd recommend seeking advice at the COI noticeboard if you wish to do anything right now. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 15:06, 29 October 2013 (UTC)

definition of COI according to Conflict of interest: "A COI is a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgement or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest." --ThurnerRupert (talk) 20:09, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

Dear ThurnerRupert, lets focus on content. I would like to ask you to please consider your edits according if they are making a better or worst Wikipedia. I think by targeting the institutions linked to my biography you highlighted some irrelevant stuff and I have no problem in having you erasing it; good job. I think though by systematically erasing whatever, you are NOT getting all edits right. This is the case of Moleskine and Africa Centre were you are specifically removing content not because it is not true or promotional but simply because it refers to lettera27 and WikiAfrica. Please respect attributions (or rewrite the article with your own words, no problem) and make sure there are the appropriate citations and the correct information in the text. It is good to check the neutrality of an article; but it would be useful if you explain what is not neutral (the author?). I think moving WikiAfrica page after the delation process is a very strange choice; my experience is that it is something which normally you discuss about; the question should be if that page brings relevant content to Wikipedia or if it doesn't. --Iopensa (talk) 21:57, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

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I am not going to do any edits myself as I could be said to have a COI with regards to Africa Centre (I actually not only do not have any COI with the other organisations, but do not even know them and what they do and how important they are. So would not edit anything about them anyway). But I'd like to make a few comments :

  • I rather agree with some of Rupert edits as I tend to be rather deletionist in nature (for example, I like to keep external links as few as possible). As such, edits such as [1] or [2] do not bother me much. I would probably do the same in similar circumstances
  • I find less sense in other edits as they do not focus on the interest of the information, but only on removing ANY information where there might be a COI. But what really matters is not the potential COI, but the interest of the information. As such, I do not understand this edit. If Africa Center does have a Wikipedia page and if the projects Africa Center deal with ARE mentionned in the page, why on earth keeping all projects except one ? Either all projects are described. Or none. But this in-between situation simply does not make sense. Similarly, some removal such as that one let me dubious. Indeed, it might create an advertisement for the funding organization. ON THE OTHER HAND, when I inform myself of an organisation (say, Doutart), it is important to me as a *reader* to know who are the companies funding this organisation. This tells me much about Doulart. Removing the information may "remove an advertisement", but it also prevent me to be aware of certain connexions that it might be useful for me as a reader to be aware of. Doubly because as the list of financing companies is long, I might assume that the list is complete. Which it is not. I think the clean-up is in this case is detrimental. I think you have been pushing the clean-up a little bit too much Rupert.
  • With regards to placating COI tag on pages where a COI might have been involved, I am supportive. It brings other editors attention and help improve pages.
  • last, my *own* perspective is that I would not keep the WikiAfrica page. BUT, there was already a proposition to delete that page in the past. And the page was voted keep. As such, I find it hard to understand why a page already proposed for deletion, already voted keep... could be speedy deleted today. Rupert, if you think this page should be deleted, please propose it for deletion and reopen the discussion. But I do not think you should be in charge of deciding for the speedy deletion of a page voted keep previously. You probably did not notice it was already voted in the past so I understand. But given it was previously kept, I think you should reconsider that move.

Anthere (talk) 14:16, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

COI giudance[edit]

I'd like to add some context to this discussion, based off of the Plain and Simple Conflict of Interest Guide:

Practices not regarded as COI
  • Wikipedians-in-Residence (WIRs): Experienced and trusted Wikipedians often align themselves with an institution to facilitate common goals. WIRs can be paid, and that is not inherently a COI, as long as the objectives are aligned with Wikipedia's mission. Be careful not to take on the marketing or promotional goals of the organization; you're a Wikipedian first, and always keep that in context. Disclosure is recommended when working on the Wikipedia articles about the institutions themselves.
  • Consultants for mission-aligned organizations: When an organization like an educational non-profit – one that largely shares our mission of sharing knowledge – seeks someone to help facilitate an informal collaborative relationship, that is often a mutually beneficial situation. These positions may be for-profit. Be careful of areas where missions are not aligned. Avoid even the appearance of impropriety by limiting scope to mission-aligned areas and using full disclosure for any potential areas of concern.
  • Employees at cultural and academic institutions: We want experts editing Wikipedia articles. Merely being employed by an institution is not a conflict of interest.

It's important to note the difference between paid editors and paid advocates. It's not a problem if paid editors edit neutrally and add content that is notable and verifiable. It is a problem if paid editors advocate for organizations' interest over Wikipedia's interests. Also, as noted above, full disclosure is key here, both on userpages and related article talk pages. Best, Ocaasi t | c 15:54, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

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you mentioned in the conflict of interest discussion above that you would like to focus a little on contents, and quality. when do you plan to bring (perceived) forever draft state documents to something which is final or not moving any more? examples:

--ThurnerRupert (talk) 11:08, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

I'm Cameroon right now. i write you later but in general i like beta versions, i always believe they remain beta because we always need to change them and improve them (or allow others to do it). I can give you references of what happened afterwards which maybe provides an idea of what is now going on which relies on this (previous and never finished) work. but can't you write me once with a good news? something you are excited and happy about, or something maybe i can support you with or vice-versa? maybe i have a wrong impression, but your messages sound to me like you are investigating some terrible thing i'm doing, while in reality I spend my time (a lot, a lot of time) trying to convince people and institutions in different places to move in directions they are not thinking of going, just because i think it is right. I don't fancy tropical weather and I assure you that in my up and down mood I need sometimes people to tell me that it makes sense rather than only and consistently investigate and persecute me like i'm a creature of evil payed by a non profit cultural organization based in Douala to do promotional work on Wikipedia (quite frankly if i'am able to do this – which please believe I am really not – I am a genius). I really do not understand why you believe a Swiss university researcher with a 100% contract - my case - need to get payed by a Cameroonian non profit organization to do promotional work on a website that in their country the majority of people do not even know it exists and that the art world (and a lot of other worlds) do not regard as relevant. If i uploaded twice the feasibility study i presume is a mistake. i'll have a look at it once i'm home; i gave for granted that you didn't find it online when you asked me about it and probably I re-uploaded it, but i don't remember. hope to get trapped with you in more visionary conversations; i'm sure you have great stories and ideas and it would be nice to move on to the next better chapter. --Iopensa (talk) 11:41, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

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