Submissions:2016/Wikimedia US website design workshop

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Cascadia Wikimedians User Group
Roundtable discussion with US affiliate board members, US affiliate officers, and community members regarding goals and design for a US Wikimedians national website.
Discussion topics:
  • What are the benefits of having a dedicated website? What we want to achieve with the site?
  • What kinds of externally focused campaigns and activities do we want the website to support?
  • Should we have a public calendar on the site using Google Calendar, or another calendaring solution? (There has been discussion for years about having an option of a MediaWiki-based calendar, but this task is stalled.)
  • Should we have a blog like WMF does and other affiliates do? If so, who will manage the blog?
  • Look at sites of other affiliates such as,, and to consider what design elements we might like to borrow
  • What color scheme should we use? The Wikimedia logo colors are red, green and blue by default. Should we use those, or go for red, blue and white? Or a different scheme?
  • What kinds of internal communications do we want the website to support, if any?
  • Note the higher risk of internal conflict
  • Insurance and liability issues and expenses. For example, what if there is an alleged copyright violation or libel?
  • What kind of terms of use or friendly space policy should we have?
  • Which US affiliate should own the domain, or should we create a dedicated organization for this purpose?
  • Who should be the webmaster? Should we ask for a WMF grant to contract someone to build the site, or is there enough volunteer capacity with the right skills?
  • How do we pay for domain hosting?
  • Who should have administrator roles?
  • Insurance matters specific to online content
Length of presentation
60 minutes preferred, but can be 45 or 30 minutes if necessary
Special schedule requests
Prefer Saturday or Sunday
Preferred room size
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  1. Smallbones alt (talk) 15:26, 1 August 2016 (EDT) could be very interesting
  2. Montanabw (talk) 20:31, 4 August 2016 (EDT) I like the idea of a national group.
  3. Jlwarner (talk) 02:12, 30 August 2016 (EDT)
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