User talk:Jimbo Wales

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Important subjects

I sometimes reflect on comments by you and others that most of the important subjects have been covered on Wikipedia. I thought about that sentiment recently as I was digging into the history of the Huntsville Democrat and its proprietor John Withers Clay. Also his daughters who took over his paper and property after he became incapacitated and ran it and a boarding school in Huntsville. I also reflected on those ideas as I looked into the extant home on what was once their property near downtown Huntsville.

What are the important subjects? Can we understand the history of Huntsville or the U.S. or the world if we don't cover more of these subjects? It continues to be a struggle to add entries on so many subjects including the newspapers, people, buildings, and communities that shaped who we were and who we've become. I thought these subjects were interesting so I thought I'd share them here with you and others. Take care. (I started Draft:The Weekly Democrat) FloridaArmy (talk) 15:16, 15 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Huntsville Female Seminary was next door to their property. That institution is noted here. FloridaArmy (talk) 15:30, 15 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I love that draft of The Weekly Democrat. I'm traveling in New York at the moment and won't have time to chip in and help for a week or two, but if I can, I will!--Jimbo Wales (talk) 16:02, 21 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the encouragement, enthusiasm, and for your interest Jimbo. FloridaArmy (talk) 20:45, 29 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Question regarding Wikimedia Endowment 2023-24 Plan

Jimbo, could you please give us more details about page 11 of the Wikimedia Endowment 2023-24 Plan?

I would like to know who the $2,300,946 ($874,546 + $1,426,400) in personnel expenses, $584,541 ($407,541 + $177,00) in professional services, etc. were paid to, and who the "interns, contractors and fellows" are. Are they on the Tides payroll? Foundation payroll?(Answered. See below.) What, exactly, is a "fellow" and what do these fellows do? --Guy Macon Alternate Account (talk) 22:20, 23 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OK, anyone who knows my history knows that I've had my pretty legendary scuffles with the WMF (and was vindicated after 7 years), but even I can tell this could be an example in the article loaded question. I'm wondering, what answer would satisfy you? The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 00:56, 25 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Any substantive discussion would satisfy me. An honest "fuck off. I am never going to answer your questions" would satisfy me. Pretty much anything other than a stonewall silence whenever someone asks a reasonable question would satisfy me.
Sure, I would prefer engaging in a polite back and forth discussion as one would hope for among people who are working towards the same goal, but at this point pretty much any response, no matter how rude or evasive, would be a step forward from not responding at all.
I am not the only person asking these sort of questions. See User talk:BilledMammal/2023 Wikimedia RfC#Wikimedia Endowment. --Guy Macon Alternate Account (talk) 03:07, 25 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is a straightforward question. This is a serious question. As a Wikipedian of over 15 years, I want a serious answer. Pecopteris (talk) 03:12, 25 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Another source answered part of the above question. See [1] Still waiting for any response other than silence here. --Guy Macon Alternate Account (talk) 03:02, 27 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The other question that I see up above is about fellows. The WMF accountants have a budget category for "interns, contractors, and fellows". We do not have any fellows on the endowment. The fellows that I know of are on the legal team (of the WMF), usually law school students who do research for them as needed. There is one hourly employee, who manages the endowment's donor database.--Jimbo Wales (talk) 14:40, 27 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Very clear answer. --Guy Macon Alternate Account (talk) 19:13, 27 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Endowment financial information

Just as an FYI, there's a discussion going on right now to finalize some details and new information will be released very soon (I think before the week is out, barring anything unforeseen). Jimbo Wales (talk) 10:54, 27 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Financials have been published for the Wikimedia Endowment for the years 2016-2023. Wikimedia Endowment Financial Statements--Jimbo Wales (talk) 17:24, 28 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]