User talk:MartinPoulter

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Freedom of information request

Please see my note here. Were you involved in the 26 September letter to UKCC? Please let us know. Thanks. Peter Damian 09:19, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

Strategy plan

Hi. I've copied your comment about education staff to Talk:Draft 2012 Five Year Plan, since that is where the rest of the discussion is happening. --Tango (talk) 11:13, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. MartinPoulter (talk) 11:21, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Train the Trainers

I am pleased to announce that the Train the Trainers event which you have expressed interest in will take place on the weekend of 9-10 June at the Wikimedia UK office, 56 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT.

The timings of the training are roughly: Saturday 9:30 am - 6:30pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided; we are also planning to go for a meal after the training on Sunday.

It is vital that you do not miss the start of the training session, so before confirming your availability please do make sure you can make the start time of the training.

We are able to cover travel and sccommodation, including if you need to travel on Friday - an advance notice will be appreciated!

Please reply promptly by emailing (or 0207 065 0994) and confirming your availability - places are limited.

If you are not able to attend this time, we will have another training in October, and you will be more than welcome to sign up then. Richard Symonds (talk) 15:17, 23 May 2012 (UTC)

Edu Wiki pictures

Glad you like them - I have a mental map of which room is where, and some notes of what equipment is included in them, what are the capacities etc. No 'external' picture though! If Emma from Leicester Uni has any, do I need to get her to release under CC? Daria Cybulska (talk) 16:16, 15 June 2012 (UTC)

If you can get her to agree to the CC-By-SA license, and say so in an email, you just need to forward the email to Then phone me and I'll do the OTRS authentication for you. Harry Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 19:51, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes, Emma said the images are "copyright free" so she should be amenable to agreeing in email to their use on Commons. Daria: you will find [1] useful. Don't worry about what room is where: I just think we need an external shot so that people see what a lovely venue Stamford Hall is. Thanks for your help, Harry! MartinPoulter (talk) 11:33, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
Indeed that's what I have done in March when we first met Emma, but will try again this week - thanks for the tips. Daria Cybulska (talk) 09:02, 18 June 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for putting the speakers details into the schedule - was going to do that but run out of time yesterday. I will put more in next week hopefully, as I confirm the speakers etc. Daria Cybulska (talk) 15:42, 22 June 2012 (UTC)

User rights change

Hi, this is to let you know I have requested the removal of your bureaucrats rights on this wiki, which has since been carried out by a Steward, as per the existing policy to restrict bureaucrats rights to current board members and staff. Regards -- Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 16:15, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Wikidata training

Hi, you previously expressed an interest in attending a Wikidata training workshop. The date for the event has now been set for Saturday 28 September. Please sign up at Wikidata training if you are able and plan to attend. Regards -- Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 13:41, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

The time for the event have been set for 10:30am-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided. Please check to make sure the time is okay for you. Regards -- Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 14:42, 10 September 2013 (UTC)

Events and categories

A subject to get the blood racing! I noticed that Veterinary Science editathon is in Category:Events in London or South East England. Breaking down event by region seems like a sensible approach. Having categories for year might also be useful. Combining them (so Category:Events in London or South East England in 2013) would allow us to keep track in broad terms of how our geographic outreach is going by year and would be useful in the long term but might be overkill at this stage.

My idea of the category tree is:

And so on. What do you think? Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 11:40, 11 September 2013 (UTC)

If it's OK if I interject, can I suggest also categorising events by type, along the lines of Category:Editathons? (plus, don't forget that we've had events since 2008, not just 2011... ;-) ) Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 12:38, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
This geographical categorisation is exactly what I was hoping for, so fine by me. I'll implement it on events I create. Mike, we already have a start on event types. See Category:Training events for newcomers and Category:Training events for volunteers. Cheers, MartinPoulter (talk) 12:56, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
Right, I've gone through and categorised the events listed in the 'by type' categories and have updated the category tree above. That's not everything the charity has done, but is at least a reasonable amount. I'm wondering if London should be split from the South East, as in regions of England. At the moment, the London events swamp the combined category, though there are a significant number of events held in Oxford. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 14:40, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
TBH, I'm not sure I like the 'Training events for newcomers/volunteers' categories - where is the line drawn between a newcomer and a volunteer? Also, not all events are training events - although editathons can be classified as that, I wouldn't say that a backstage pass is 'training', nor would events like Wikipedia Takes Chester be training. I'd recommend something more like Category:Editathons, Category:Backstage Passes, Category:Training events, Category:Competitions, Category:Hackathons, etc. Thanks. Mike Peel (talk) 15:15, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
I think 'newcomers' and 'volunteers' is potentially useful for when we have to report to the FDC about what we do for new editors and established editors. Something along the lines you suggest could work too, and might help volunteers who want to organise such events look at what else has been done. I'll have a think about how to make that work. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 15:19, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
I meant to imply that a start had been made on categorising events by type, not that the two types defined are exhaustive. I'm keen on extending the types in the manner you suggest, Mike. The distinction between reaching out to new people and sharing or extending skills within our existing community seems to me to be an important one in an overview of our activity. Cheers, MartinPoulter Jisc (talk) 15:39, 11 September 2013 (UTC)


For updating the list of events on the main page, you beat me to it. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 11:00, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

You've got mail

Hi, did you get my email from Monday about Train the Trainers Cardiff? Katie Chan (WMUK) (talk) 15:19, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi, I have sent you a couple of infobomb e-mails. Did you get them?Fabian Tompsett (WMUK) (talk) 16:14, 1 July 2014 (BST)

Dropping you an email

Hello Martin, there's a couple of things I need to get in touch about so dropping you an email for ease of reference :) Stevie Benton (WMUK) (talk) 09:50, 8 September 2014 (BST)


Martin, did you get the emails I sent a few days ago? Could you please email me? Thanks--MichaelMaggs (talk) 22:06, 16 April 2015 (BST)

You have more email. --MichaelMaggs (talk) 21:07, 30 June 2015 (BST)