The Wikimedia Foundation has released the audit report for the fiscal year 2022–2023, prepared by its auditors, KPMG. You can read the full report here and a summary on Diff. The main takeaways are slowed financial growth in line with targets, and record donations income. Here are some key figures.
The table below shows the development of Wikimedia Foundation finances over the past ten years, as indicated by its audit reports. Annual support and revenue has more than tripled, expenses have more than quadrupled, and net assets at the end of the financial year (not including the Wikimedia Endowment, which is organizationally separate) have increased more than fivefold.
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The Foundation also made a belated correction to the Endowment figures published a few weeks ago (see previous Signpost coverage). The table provided in late September had erroneously indicated financial years ending 30 June; in fact, the Foundation said, the figures provided related to fiscal years ending 31 December, in line with the Tides Foundation's accounting period. – NW1223, AK
A large backlog has developed at WP:Sockpuppet investigations, where there are dozens of cases pending in Category:SPI cases awaiting review and, at one point prior to publication of this issue, over 140 cases awaiting administrative finalization in Category:SPI cases awaiting archive.
Key to keeping this process running are the SPI clerks. Currently, only about a dozen are active. Clerks are an important part of alignment of English Wikipedia with Wikimedia Foundation Access to Nonpublic Personal Data Policy, reviewing cases carefully for evidence and endorsing Checkuser use of tools that can reveal users' IP addresses and other private information. Such review and concurrence prior to use of the tools is important to maintain community trust in pseudonymity and integrity surrounding use of Checkuser tools.
From the SPI Clerks page, this is what the clerks actually do:
Any user in good standing is considered qualified to apply at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/SPI/Clerks, and a talkpage discussion there (begun by this Signpost contributor) has indicated interest in new applicants. Applicants go through a semi-formal training process; non-admin trainees
usually show good experience and working knowledge of the community's policies and practices at the point they request traineeship, and clerking can be a step on the way to adminship for some. – B
If you want to run for a place on the Arbitration Committee you've got until this Tuesday, at 23:59 UTC, November 21 to self-nominate in this year's election. Eight editors already have (in random order): , , , , , , , and .
There is one week after the end of the self-nomination period before voting begins on Tuesday, November 28. Editors may use this period to ask questions of the candidates.
You may vote from Tuesday 00:00, 28 November 2023 (UTC) until Monday 23:59, 11 December 2023 (UTC) if you meet the following qualifications:
Founded in 2009, WMNYC is currently looking to hire its founding Executive Director.
Their duties will include:
Wikiconference North America 2023 was held from November 9 to 12, 2023 at the Toronto Reference Library. The program was interrupted on the morning of Saturday, November 11, when the library received a bomb threat. According to local media, the threat was received at 8:44 A.M. and the building was placed in a hold-and-secure state thereafter while police searched the building. No explosive devices were found, and the hold-and-secure state was lifted by 11:45 A.M., allowing programming to resume following that point.
The bomb threat comes two weeks after the Toronto Public Library system, of which the Toronto Reference Library is part, was hit with a ransomware attack on October 27. The ransomware attack resulted in staff social insurance numbers being compromised, and has caused prolonged outages in many of the library's digital systems.