For a general forum about the WMF or any of its projects, see m:Forum
(the Wikimedia Forum), though the Wikimedia-L
mailing list is more active. This page is for anyone
, including WMF employees, to edit.
The organization grew quickly. In 2006, there were five employees and about $2.7 million in revenue. In 2012, there were approximately 140 employees
and a revenue of about $38 million (mostly from donations). In 2016, there were approximately 280 employees,
and in 2020, there were approximately 450 employees and contractors.
Many current employees had their start as respected Wikipedia volunteers.
Software and tech info
The WMF and volunteers develop software used on the English Wikipedia (and other Wikimedia projects). Even you can become a MediaWiki hacker
. See mw:Wikimedia engineering
for some of the current priorities and m:Tech/News
for news. The WMF is also hiring, see wmf:Work with us
. If you have a specific idea about how to develop a new software feature for the English Wikipedia, it could help to find a wiki-colleague or make a friend who has experience. You might find people by posting your ideas at WP:VPI
, or looking for tech-savvy Wikipedians in Category:Wikipedia bot operators
. You might also consider learning how to code yourself or seeing if an Individual Engagement Grant
(IEG) could suit you (however IEG's are not just about tech stuff). Getting official development time from the WMF for new ideas is unfortunately difficult because there are many old and good ideas in the works, bugs already logged, and feature requests to existing software already requested.
Rollouts and planned new features
Organization, programs, and contact
Board of Trustees
Members of the Wikipedia community
vary in their reactions to WMF initiatives. Many at WP:VisualEditor/Default State RFC
criticized the buggy release of the WP:VisualEditor
(VE). The community disabled some VE features, in line with consensus, but against WMF wishes.WP:Education Working Group/RfC
shows both community support and community skepticism of the value of the WP:Education program
. The recent notification features received generally positive feedback. Sometimes, WMF staff provide direct and organized support to volunteer Wikipedians engaged in advancing the Wikimedia mission
– more perhaps than the volunteer community might be able to muster. For example, the WMF has helped users that faced legal problems that occurred because of their editing of Wikimedia projects.
ACTRIAL was important because it showed how disagreement between the WMF and the community can occasionally reach proportions requiring the Foundation to bend to the volunteers' consensuses for needed organic changes as they finally did at WP:ACPERM
five years later. 
There are about 282 staff members, including employees and individual independent contractors. Staff are generally paid either an hourly wage or a monthly salary. Full-time employees in the US receive employee benefits
, including fully paid health insurance. There are no bonuses, no commissions, no profit-sharing, and no stock options or any other types of equity-based compensation.
The compensation for all Board members (which is US $0.00), all officers, all directors, key employees and other highly compensated staff is publicly available through the Form 990 on Guidestar.org
. In the fiscal year ending in June 2012, the highest-paid employee was Sue Gardner, who had a base salary of US $200,000 per year and also received the equivalent of $19,980 in other forms of compensation (mostly in retirement savings and health insurance premiums). See m:Wikimedia Foundation salaries
for a compilation of salaries from the public 990s over the years.
The Wikimedia Foundation usually has some job openings
and seeks people who are motivated by the mission.
- ^ It also owns many other domains.
- ^ "Frequently asked questions - Wikimedia Foundation". wikimediafoundation.org.
- ^ "Staff and Contractors". Wikimedia Foundation.
- ^ Feature requests are defined as "enhancement" requests to a specific software line in a Phabricator task (see that specified here). A video tutorial is at File:Creating Tasks In Phabricator.webm.
- ^ "Multimedia/Media Viewer/Release Plan".
- ^ "Online-Enzyklopädie: Chefin der Wikipedia-Stiftung tritt zurück". Spiegel Online. February 26, 2016.
- ^ "Resolution:James Heilman Removal - Wikimedia Foundation". wikimediafoundation.org.
- ^ "Wikimedia Foundation ousts community-elected Trustee - Wiki Strategies". wikistrategies.net.
- ^ Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2016-03-16/Wikipedia_Weekly. 51 minutes and 53 seconds in.
- ^ Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2016-04-14/News and notes
- ^ "Comments requested before I implement consensus".
- ^ Noam Cohen (9 September 2012). "Travel Site Built on Wiki Ethos Now Bedevils Its Owner". The New York Times.
- ^ this.
- ^ Wikimedia Foundation (2012-07-11). "Funds Dissemination Committee framework and initial operation". The Executive Director has prepared the framework [...] the Executive Director recommended the formal creation of the FDC
- ^ Sue Gardner (2012-01-05). "Fundraising and Funds Dissemination Recommendations (original version)". Recommendations: Funds Dissemination
- ^ Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2013-10-02/News and notes
- ^ "Work with us".
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