Wikipedia talk:Teahouse/Host lounge

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Suggest removal of a host profile[edit]

This profile should be deleted per this, which closely related to this and this. Voceditenore (talk) 10:56, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Go for it. Project members routinely cull the host profiles page when editors who don't have enough experience, etc. create a profile. For editors who don't have enough experience, I usually leave a message on their talk page explaining the removal. For this editor, that's probably not as necessary. - J-Mo Talk to Me Email Me 21:56, 19 November 2013 (UTC)
I'd rather not "go for it", J-Mo :). I'm not a host here and rarely participate in answering queries. I think it's better if Teahouse members do that sort of removal. Voceditenore (talk) 09:39, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Tis done. NtheP (talk) 11:38, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
Can someone remove Bonkers the Clown please? He is blocked indef I think. Thanks, Matty.007 19:51, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Some sad news[edit]

User:Jackson Peebles is no longer with us, he passed away in late October. Jackson was a Western Michigan University Honors student studying behavioral science and biology. He worked as an ice hockey referreee and volunteered with the Red Cross. His Wikipedia efforts focused on counter-vandalism and adoption, "greeting new users, encouraging civility, and [obsessively] reviewing recent changes".

Jackson was a Teahouse host, an instructor in the Education Program, and the lead on a Video Tutorials Project through the WMF. User:Go Phightins! originaly adopted Jackson but he went on to run his own adoption school and facilitated a Western Michigan University course himself. Among his userboxes he said, "This user is not a Wikipedia administrator but would like to be one someday."

Jackson was born in 1992 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He graduated Mattawan High School and was Senior Class President there. At Western Michigan University, he was a 2011 Medallion Scholar. He worked at the Waldo Library at the reference desk and volunteered for the National Alliance for Mental Illness. He was one of three students in the nation invited to represent the US at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent’s Global Youth Conference in Vienna in 2012.[1]

Jackson had recently proposed a WMF Individual Engagment Grant called Reimagining Wikipedia Mentorship. "I think this project is incredibly important and should be pursued," User:EpochFail wrote in an endorsement. The grant scored highly, solid 4 out of 5 and looked likely to be funded. "A very interesting concept...may become a 'keystone piece' in the new editor onboarding process." wrote one IEG committee member. Another wrote, "Taking a 'Teahouse approach' in building sustained motivation and preventing editor dropouts is a wonderful opportunity to develop a true mentor-mentee support system that would increase the activity of new contributors." Finally, "Proposers are highly qualified and driven mentors with a useful background in teaching new editors and understanding the learning process."

On Wikipedia, Jackson earned barnstars in Mentorship, Random Acts of Kindness and Resilience. Friends and teachers glowingly recalled his sense of humor and his hard work ethic.

His last edit to our site was on October 21 2013, the day he died. Jackson welcomed an i.p. editor to Wikipedia: "Thank you for your contributions, such as the one you made to Nikah mut‘ah. I hope you like the place and decide to stay."

Please leave remembrances and condolences on Jackson's talk page. We'll try and contact the family and share your thoughts with them. Donations to the Kalamazoo NAMI chapter would have made Jackson very happy and are the family's wish. Ocaasi t | c 14:26, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

Love templates and design? :)[edit]

We have a paid wiki-design contract position with the Wikimedia Foundation: We need your help making it easier for Wikimedians to participate in the movement and with each other!

  • Travel and Participation Support Grants is looking for someone to help design and build a new portal on meta-wiki to make this grants program easier to navigate and more fun to use. You'd be working with me, to make something suitable for this program that fits with other grants pages on meta-wiki. We’d prefer someone with wiki and template knowledge (this would outweigh other experience). Please see the job description for details, pass it along to anyone you know, and feel free to ask me or Siko if you have any questions. We look forward to speaking with you!
(We’re posting around the community because we’d love to hire a Wikipedian and thought some people here might be interested.)
heather walls (talk) 02:56, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Individual Engagement Grant for Reimagining Mentorship[edit]

Hey hosts. A small team of editors, including myself, have completed a proposal for an Individual Engagement Grant aimed at developing a more lightweight and accessible version of mentorship / adoption. The proposal is located at meta:Grants:IEG/Reimagining Wikipedia Mentorship, and we are open to any feedback or ideas you may have. Please check it out if you have some time. Take care, I, JethroBT drop me a line 07:03, 26 March 2014 (UTC)