User:Philippe (WMF)

From Wikimania 2010 • Gdańsk, Poland • July 9-11, 2010

"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

On Wiki

I am the Wikimedia Foundation's Facilitator for the Strategic Planning process. We've interpreted that to mean that my job includes helping to ensure that those who are interested and involved have a voice, and that the process is productive and as transparent as we can possibly make it. In my volunteer capacity, I can usually be found on en:Wikipedia as w:User:Philippe.

As of July 2010, I will become the Wikimedia Foundation's Head of Reader Relations.

I was a member of the Election Committee for 2007, 2008, and 2009.

On IRC, my username is usually Philippe|Wiki. I am a sysop on en:Wikipedia and on Meta. I am also a 'crat on the Foundation's Strategy wiki, by virtue of my role there. I can be emailed, of course: philippe (at)

Follow me on and Twitter! My username is philippewiki in both places.

My new favorite quote is from an ad I saw while at the musical Wicked:

Listen, I have flying monkeys, and I'm not afraid to use them!
There have been so many moments in my life when I wish I could have said that!


I'm awarding this to you for working so damn hard. (Plus, I find the rotating star mesmerizing.) I hope you know that I see not only how much you are putting into this project, but the quality of your work as well. I am incredibly grateful to be working with you. It ain't gonna get easier in the next few months, but we're going to have a heckuva lot of fun. Thanks, and get well soon! --Eekim 21:28, 31 August 2009 (UTC)

The Golden Barnstar
This barnstar is in appreciation of all the hard work you've put into this wiki and for being such a helpful and friendly user. Thanks! Tempodivalse 14:07, 26 September 2009 (UTC)


Egg beater.
Egg beater.
This is what happens to bad eggs. Thanks for being a good one! --MZMcBride 21:49, 3 September 2009 (UTC)

My "I wonder" section

I wonder why the number of male vs. female users is so disproportionate.

I wonder if we've done an adequate job of communicating the core values. What if you aren't inclined to read them in English? How wide are the translations? More precisely, are they being modeled in the farther reaches of the projects? Do the smallest Wikipedias or Wiktionaries or whatever really model the values? And how do we know?

  • How do we do this better? Social networking tools?

How do we better engage those who came to this wiki once and made only a single (or very few) edits?

  • Note on user talk pages: "now that you've created your first proposal...."

To Dos

Maybe you could create a page dedicated to updating us on the advancement of the project (great project by the way! thank you for your work). It could sum up what has been done so far and what remains to be done. You could also include some other data like how many people in each task-force, how many proposals so far, maybe add a to-do list for urgent tasks etc. You could update it every week or so and add a link to the main page. -- Ryk V 00:03, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

       Nice idea, thank you. Those things are all available, but spread out.... I will do as you suggest. :) -- Philippe 00:44, 12 October 2009 (UTC)


Need to report to the community based on translation status, active proposals, etc.

Favorite quotes

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

Word cloud

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