Varnent (Gregory Varnum)
Wikimedia Foundation staff: Communications Strategist

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As of December 2015, I am working for the Wikimedia Foundation's Communications Department in the role of Communications Strategist.

I previously worked as a Wikimedia Foundation contractor on the Access Policy project and began in this role as a contractor.

My Wikimedia Foundation account is [[User:GVarnum-WMF]].

Recent Activity

Wed, Feb 7

Varnent updated subscribers of T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo.
Wed, Feb 7, 10:17 PM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo.

It is a rather low priority task for Comms - so no immediate ETA. I know the design folks are working on some options.

Wed, Feb 7, 10:16 PM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Thu, Feb 1

Varnent added a comment to T184847: Unclear licensing on extension-Blackout.

Yes - GPL-3.0-or-later is fine by me - thank you! :)

Thu, Feb 1, 11:57 PM · User-MarcoAurelio, MediaWiki-extensions-Other, Software-Licensing

Jan 17 2018

Varnent added a comment to T179974: Add Annual Report 2017 to git repo.

@Dzahn, @Reedy - let me know if there are any problems with that upload. Pinging @ZMcCune will probably get fastest response from us. :)

Jan 17 2018, 10:14 PM · Security-Team, Annual-Report

Jan 16 2018

Varnent added a comment to T179974: Add Annual Report 2017 to git repo.

I'd suspect there would've been numerous people in the office in SF that could've helped make it easier... Less hassle all round :)

Jan 16 2018, 6:22 PM · Security-Team, Annual-Report

Jan 13 2018

Varnent added a comment to T179974: Add Annual Report 2017 to git repo.

We kept hitting Phabricator's upload file size limit - so had to split to still be upload to upload via Phab ticket. :)

Jan 13 2018, 2:00 AM · Security-Team, Annual-Report

Oct 16 2017

Varnent changed the status of T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task) from Open to Stalled.
Oct 16 2017, 10:00 PM · WMF-Communications
Varnent changed the status of T164786: Update mark on Wikimedia Blog, a subtask of T34101: High-density display issues (HiDPI) (tracking), from Open to Stalled.
Oct 16 2017, 9:59 PM · Tracking, MediaWiki-General-or-Unknown
Varnent changed the status of T164786: Update mark on Wikimedia Blog from Open to Stalled.
Oct 16 2017, 9:59 PM · Wikimedia-Blog, WMF-Communications
Varnent changed the status of T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo from Open to Stalled.
Oct 16 2017, 9:58 PM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent changed the status of T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo, a subtask of T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task), from Open to Stalled.
Oct 16 2017, 9:58 PM · WMF-Communications
Varnent added a subtask for T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task): T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Oct 16 2017, 5:48 PM · WMF-Communications
Varnent added a parent task for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo: T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:48 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a parent task for T164786: Update mark on Wikimedia Blog: T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:46 PM · Wikimedia-Blog, WMF-Communications
Varnent added subtasks for T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task): T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo, T174085: Update to the new WMF logo icon on About this app-page, T168662: Update WMF logo on Coinbase donation page, T168663: Update WMF logo on Square Cash donation page, T164786: Update mark on Wikimedia Blog.
Oct 16 2017, 5:46 PM · WMF-Communications
Varnent added a parent task for T168662: Update WMF logo on Coinbase donation page: T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:46 PM · Wikimedia-Fundraising
Varnent added a parent task for T174085: Update to the new WMF logo icon on About this app-page: T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:46 PM · iOS-app-v5.7.0-Corgi-On-A-Surfboard, Easy, User-Josve05a, Wikipedia-iOS-App-Backlog
Varnent added a parent task for T168663: Update WMF logo on Square Cash donation page: T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:46 PM · Wikimedia-Fundraising
Varnent added a parent task for T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo: T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:46 PM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent created T178318: Updates to Wikimedia Foundation mark (Tracking task).
Oct 16 2017, 5:42 PM · WMF-Communications
Varnent added a comment to T174603: Make footer use new WMF logo.

Foundation Communications is working on some updates to this icon. The font is also outdated and overall has not been touched in several years - so ideal is to start with a new file rather than modify existing. Our graphics folks are working on it. No changes to URL planned or requested.

Oct 16 2017, 5:12 PM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jun 29 2017

Varnent closed T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo as Resolved.

We can safely close this ticket. This set of updates is done. We will have another set soon. On behalf of the Foundation's Communications department, including @Heather (who made that post and I just spoke with), this is the official logo of the Wikimedia Foundation and these were approved changes. :)

Jun 29 2017, 3:56 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jun 14 2017

Varnent added a comment to T167900: Policy listserv link on https://policy.wikimedia.org/ doesn't actually sign people up for the mailing list.

@Slaporte - I am checking with Mule right now on if they still have access. Can we change ownership without moving it off Wordpress server? Sorry - I have not looked into any of this in like a year so playing memory catchup and do not recall where things were left in terms of access to the Wordpress hosted repo. :)

Jun 14 2017, 6:50 PM · WMF-Legal, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown
Varnent added a comment to T167900: Policy listserv link on https://policy.wikimedia.org/ doesn't actually sign people up for the mailing list.

@Slaporte - I have been looking around a bit and think I can. I would just need the ability to submit the file to the Wordpress server. I cannot remember how that access is setup. Does Mule still have that access or do we have it as well now?

Jun 14 2017, 6:10 PM · WMF-Legal, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown
Varnent added a project to T167900: Policy listserv link on https://policy.wikimedia.org/ doesn't actually sign people up for the mailing list: WMF-Legal.
Jun 14 2017, 6:05 PM · WMF-Legal, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown
Varnent added a comment to T167900: Policy listserv link on https://policy.wikimedia.org/ doesn't actually sign people up for the mailing list.

I believe this is related to T116290.

Jun 14 2017, 6:05 PM · WMF-Legal, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown

May 25 2017

Varnent added a comment to T166339: Are watchlists dead?.

Also, the stats for a given page (Page Information link) may shed some light on this, see the following for the VE board at en.wp;

Number of page watchers 339
Number of page watchers who visited recent edits 98

May 25 2017, 8:46 PM · Analytics

May 10 2017

Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

Hi @Varnent and thread, a couple random places still using the old logo - apologies if these are known:

  1. In the CultureAmp Wikimedia Foundation Engagement Survey that just went out
  2. https://blog.wikimedia.org/
May 10 2017, 12:58 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T164786: Update mark on Wikimedia Blog.

I am not yet sure we want to update this specific instance to Wikimedia Foundation specific logo yet. We are discussing in-dept and should have answer soon - although keep in mind we are in the midst of a departure for the digital media team. ;)

May 10 2017, 12:49 AM · Wikimedia-Blog, WMF-Communications

May 4 2017

Varnent added a comment to T156674: Fix or replace Module:Assemble multilingual message.

Would also be helpful if we could figure out a way to allow the headers to be translated as well.

May 4 2017, 2:52 PM · Developer-Wishlist (2017)

Apr 28 2017

Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

This week was a little busy for Comms - so let's wait until next week (we will ping back) - just in case there are questions from folks once this happens. :)

Apr 28 2017, 9:01 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Apr 25 2017

Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

We do not need to do vote.wikimedia.org - the list in top of ticket should be accurate:

Apr 25 2017, 9:40 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Apr 13 2017

Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

@Varnent Fundraising is all set to move forward with this. Looks like @Urbanecm has a patch to make the updates on the main cluster. The patch might need a couple of changes, including adding a new version of the 'a wikimedia project' button. Would comms create that pic?

Apr 13 2017, 8:04 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Mar 20 2017

Varnent updated the task description for T160763: Draft clarifying statement email re: Tooling Working Group.
Mar 20 2017, 7:20 PM · Team-Practices (This-Week)

Feb 9 2017

Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Feb 9 2017, 3:45 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Feb 9 2017, 3:40 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Feb 9 2017, 3:40 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Feb 9 2017, 3:32 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Feb 9 2017, 12:22 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Feb 8 2017

Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Feb 8 2017, 11:49 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jan 23 2017

Nemo_bis awarded T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo a Manufacturing Defect? token.
Jan 23 2017, 5:54 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Nov 15 2016

Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Nov 15 2016, 9:22 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

@Dereckson - fair point - we will hold off on those for now.

Nov 15 2016, 9:22 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

@Urbanecm - we are delaying until January 2017 at FR Tech's request.

Nov 15 2016, 9:19 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Oct 19 2016

yuvipanda awarded T148061: Feasibility of hosting podcast setup on Wikimedia servers a Evil Spooky Haunted Tree token.
Oct 19 2016, 6:15 AM · WMF-Communications, Operations

Oct 13 2016

Varnent created T148061: Feasibility of hosting podcast setup on Wikimedia servers.
Oct 13 2016, 6:16 PM · WMF-Communications, Operations

Sep 30 2016

Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

I am waiting on that exact timeline - but was told originally in the next few weeks.

Sep 30 2016, 4:50 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

Comms goal is to wait until FR Tech is ready with the update on Payments Wiki so that donors do not see a different logo at some point in the donation process.

Sep 30 2016, 4:30 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Aug 31 2016

Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Aug 31 2016, 3:57 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

@Urbanecm - Okay - we are talking with FR about timing and should have an update relatively soon.

Aug 31 2016, 3:55 PM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Aug 30 2016

Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

@Urbanecm - great thank you! That was faster than I was expecting - lol - so I just need to verify a couple things first and touch base with FR. :) Should be back to you later today.

Aug 30 2016, 7:14 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

@Urbanecm - also - thank you! That was quick! :)

Aug 30 2016, 6:44 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent added a comment to T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.

I am checking with @Heather on the priority of ones we will need variations for, and if they are ready to be designed now or will come later. I apologize, but I realize I made a typo. The WMF favicon is ready, the officewiki one is not, and internal one is lowest priority.

Aug 30 2016, 6:44 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Aug 30 2016, 6:42 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent reassigned T143450: Wikimedia Blog should provide full article syndication feeds (RSS) from Varnent to EdErhart-WMF.
Aug 30 2016, 5:41 AM · Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent closed T143450: Wikimedia Blog should provide full article syndication feeds (RSS) as Resolved.
Aug 30 2016, 5:41 AM · Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent removed a member for WMF-Communications: jrbs.
Aug 30 2016, 5:38 AM
Varnent removed a member for WMF-Communications: Katherine-WMF.
Aug 30 2016, 5:38 AM
Varnent moved T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo from Backlog to Doing on the WMF-Communications board.
Aug 30 2016, 5:37 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated the task description for T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Aug 30 2016, 5:36 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent updated subscribers of T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Aug 30 2016, 5:33 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent created T144254: Update instances of Wikimedia Foundation logo.
Aug 30 2016, 5:32 AM · WMF-Communications, Wikimedia-Site-requests

May 19 2016

Varnent added a comment to T135461: Exploratory: Making Wikidata content accessible on wikimediafoundation.org.

I believe it is hosted on the same cluster. However, it does not have the same setup - such as not using SUL.

May 19 2016, 5:55 PM · Wikidata

May 17 2016

Varnent updated subscribers of T135461: Exploratory: Making Wikidata content accessible on wikimediafoundation.org.
May 17 2016, 1:00 AM · Wikidata
Varnent created T135461: Exploratory: Making Wikidata content accessible on wikimediafoundation.org.
May 17 2016, 12:59 AM · Wikidata

May 12 2016

Varnent renamed T135144: Fix RSS feed link under "Get Connected" section on Wikimedia Blog from Fix RSS feed link on Wikimedia Blog to Fix RSS feed link under "Get Connected" section on Wikimedia Blog.
May 12 2016, 4:30 PM · Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent updated subscribers of T135144: Fix RSS feed link under "Get Connected" section on Wikimedia Blog.
May 12 2016, 4:29 PM · Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent created T135144: Fix RSS feed link under "Get Connected" section on Wikimedia Blog.
May 12 2016, 4:28 PM · Wikimedia-Blog

May 4 2016

Varnent updated subscribers of T127296: Better promotion of smaller tech events (Tech Talks, Office Hours, Lightning Talks...).
May 4 2016, 3:45 PM · Developer-Relations (Apr-Jun-2016), Community-Liaisons (Apr-Jun-2016), Liaisons-March-2016, DevRel-March-2016
Varnent awarded T133465: Mailing lists for Iberocoop a Like token.
May 4 2016, 2:26 PM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists

Apr 12 2016

Varnent added a member for WMF-Communications: ZMcCune.
Apr 12 2016, 3:50 PM
Varnent added members for WMF-Communications: VictorGrigas, jeffelder.
Apr 12 2016, 3:48 PM
Varnent closed T97341: Redirect for Wikimedia v NSA as Resolved.

Thank you @faidon for your quick work on this!!!

Apr 12 2016, 3:20 PM · Patch-For-Review, Operations, Wikimedia-Apache-configuration
Varnent added a comment to T66122: Translate and related extensions on AffCom wiki.

@Dereckson - I am no longer connected to AffCom having joined WMF as a contractor. However, I still have access to their wiki, and am still in touch with their members and staff liaison (Jaime Anstee). As such, I am happy to help with this ticket in whatever ways would be helpful and logical.

Apr 12 2016, 1:38 PM · Wikimedia-Site-requests, Wikimedia-Extension-setup

Apr 7 2016

Varnent added a comment to T97341: Redirect for Wikimedia v NSA.

I was following the same process as the last time the redirect was changed - which is what Dzahn suggested we do: "If the redirect target is supposed to change later you can either make a new ticket or simply reopen this one again."

Apr 7 2016, 9:43 PM · Patch-For-Review, Operations, Wikimedia-Apache-configuration
Varnent raised the priority of T97341: Redirect for Wikimedia v NSA from Normal to High.
Apr 7 2016, 6:03 PM · Patch-For-Review, Operations, Wikimedia-Apache-configuration
Varnent reopened T97341: Redirect for Wikimedia v NSA as "Open".

We would like to change the redirect for an announcement on Monday (if possible) to this URL: https://policy.wikimedia.org/stopsurveillance

Apr 7 2016, 6:03 PM · Patch-For-Review, Operations, Wikimedia-Apache-configuration

Mar 4 2016

Varnent added a comment to T127546: delete communicationsintern@ mail alias ?.

Just got confirmation, sounds like we are ready to live without this alias. :)

Mar 4 2016, 5:59 AM · Mail, Operations
Varnent added a comment to T127546: delete communicationsintern@ mail alias ?.

@Dzahn We have team interns, but I do not have one working with me in particular. :) We have talked about this list a bit on our staff list. It doesn't sound like we are in need of this list anymore, but I am waiting on final verification of that. Essentially it is a holdover from when we had a team of interns helping with the blog.

Mar 4 2016, 5:51 AM · Mail, Operations

Jan 29 2016

Varnent updated subscribers of T124260: Select a host of the 2017 Wikimedia Hackathon .
Jan 29 2016, 8:54 PM · DevRel-March-2016, Developer-Relations, DevRel-February-2016
Varnent updated subscribers of T107025: Integrate WMAT's feedback to the Wikimedia Hackathon 2017 selection process.
Jan 29 2016, 8:54 PM · DevRel-January-2016, DevRel-October-2015, DevRel-September-2015, Developer-Relations
Varnent claimed T112442: PHP Warning: OutputPage::getModuleStyles: style module should define its position explicitly: ext.wikiShare.main.
Jan 29 2016, 6:24 AM · MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare
Varnent moved T112442: PHP Warning: OutputPage::getModuleStyles: style module should define its position explicitly: ext.wikiShare.main from Backlog to Alpha on the MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare board.
Jan 29 2016, 6:23 AM · MediaWiki-extensions-WikiShare

Jan 28 2016

Varnent added a comment to T105905: Switch blog to HTTPS-only.

Is there a status update on this? Just curious as it came up on IRC. :)

Jan 28 2016, 8:21 PM · Traffic, Operations, HTTPS, Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent added a subtask for T104728: make blog links from wmfwiki front page use HTTPS links: T105905: Switch blog to HTTPS-only.
Jan 28 2016, 8:20 PM · Operations, Traffic, HTTPS, Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent added a parent task for T105905: Switch blog to HTTPS-only: T104728: make blog links from wmfwiki front page use HTTPS links.
Jan 28 2016, 8:20 PM · Traffic, Operations, HTTPS, Wikimedia-Blog
Varnent added a member for Wikimedia-Blog: Varnent.
Jan 28 2016, 8:19 PM

Jan 22 2016

Varnent closed T86237: Add flood/Flooders group on Officewiki as Resolved.

Thank you!

Jan 22 2016, 12:23 AM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jan 20 2016

Varnent changed the edit policy for WMF-Communications.
Jan 20 2016, 5:53 PM
Varnent added a member for WMF-Communications: Varnent.
Jan 20 2016, 5:52 PM
Varnent awarded T114297: As an iOS9 user I want to access common features from a force touch on OS Home screen a Love token.
Jan 20 2016, 8:45 AM · Wikipedia-iOS-App-Development, iOS-app-v5-production
Varnent updated subscribers of T114297: As an iOS9 user I want to access common features from a force touch on OS Home screen.
Jan 20 2016, 8:44 AM · Wikipedia-iOS-App-Development, iOS-app-v5-production

Jan 19 2016

Varnent added a member for Wikimedia-Site-requests: Varnent.
Jan 19 2016, 5:55 AM
Varnent updated subscribers of T86237: Add flood/Flooders group on Officewiki.
Jan 19 2016, 5:54 AM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests
Varnent reopened T86237: Add flood/Flooders group on Officewiki as "Open".
In T86237#978379, @Mattflaschen wrote:

I don't know. Only modifiable by bureaucrats is more conservative, so I'll do that unless it's clear we want to go the other way.

I don't have an enormous issue with everyone having the ability to do it though I'd probably lean towards sysops/crats being able to add/remove to anyone. This is less a question of trust and more just forgetfulness. The "oops, I've been on flooder/bot for months now" accident is a lot more common on private wikis and is even more likely for users who are less comfortable/understanding of the interface and consequences.

but, as said, not a huge preference.

Jan 19 2016, 5:53 AM · Patch-For-Review, Wikimedia-Site-requests

Jan 14 2016

Varnent closed T116388: Remove links to non-certified translations of WMF Privacy Policy as Resolved.
Jan 14 2016, 1:27 AM · MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-12-08_(1.27.0-wmf.8)), MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-10-27_(1.27.0-wmf.4)), WikimediaMessages
Varnent closed T111282: Transfer names of volunteers that have signed new confidentiality agreement to relevant Meta-Wiki noticeboard as Resolved.
Jan 14 2016, 1:25 AM · Access-Policy
Varnent closed T111271: Set up translated confidentiality agreements on Phabricator, a subtask of T111276: Send out initial email notification to volunteers regarding need to sign confidentiality agreement, as Resolved.
Jan 14 2016, 1:25 AM · Access-Policy
Varnent closed T111271: Set up translated confidentiality agreements on Phabricator as Resolved.
Jan 14 2016, 1:25 AM · Legalpad, Access-Policy
Varnent closed T111278: November follow-up email to volunteers needing to sign confidentiality agreement, a subtask of T111279: Weekly follow-up emails to volunteers needing to sign confidentiality agreement, as Resolved.
Jan 14 2016, 1:25 AM · Access-Policy