In the lights of all the excitement towards the next Indaba, let's not
forget to tell the world our progress after Indaba. As that is a perfect
way to share what the ROI has been for such a conference and the exploits
it seeks to achieve in the future.
Thanks Douglas for adding your voice and for emphasizing the need to report
on progress in our various countries. I will entreat all that we need to
announce our presence as Africans and ready to move to the top in the
movement, but we can only do this if we share (or make noise!!) about what
we are doing. I am ready to rally my support behind any country that takes
up the challenge and willing to render service if need be.
On Fri, Dec 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM, Douglas Scott <douglas.i.scott(a)gmail.com>
I feel I did not do a very good job of explaining the situation. I am NOT
saying that we need staff at Wikimedia ZA to make a future WikiIndaba
happen just as I am not saying that WikiIndaba is based on edits (although
edits and new editors are super important).
What I am saying is that Wikimedia ZA is not currently (for 2016 at least
that is) in a position to move forward with hosting such an event at this
current time and I would like to second Isla and Florence's suggestion that
anyone amongst us is encouraged to be bold and take up the WikiIndaba
I agree that the basis of WikiIndaba is to focus on strategies and
learning opportunities to promote Wikipedia and other Wikis in Africa. A
very important part of that promotion work is growing the Wiki editing
community in Africa and now is the period to build on the legacy of
WikiIndaba by focusing on growing the community and reporting.
Felix is absolutely right to point out that we need to be better at
retrieving, recording and reporting the work we have all done following
WikiIndaba. The structures we setup at WikiIndaba is a fantastic way to
start reporting and sharing those experiences, lets use them. That way we
will be better prepared for a future WikiIndaba that will be able to grow
from the strong foundations put down at the last Indaba. Now is the time
to build on the resolutions and strategies made at WikiIndaba 2014 to set
the scene for a successful future WikiIndaba.
All the best,
On 15 December 2015 at 22:22, Felix Nartey <flixtey(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> Even though i concur with some of your thoughts i must confess that most
> of the reasons outlined are not very convincing in my opinion. Are we
> saying that until we have a staff at Wikimedia ZA to handle logistics
> support then we can't have the next Indaba? I am of the opinion that a
> committee be created for the purposes of Indaba and a representation from
> each affiliate country present in the committee. I am not sure about the
> small size of editing communities but i can say for a fact that a couple of
> affiliates have sprung after Indaba ( i can recollect Ghana, Nigeria,
> Algeria, and a few more) and these new additions have grown new editing
> Many good things have been achieved after Indaba but i think people have
> not reported and little work has also been done in retrieving such
> information, which is why i believe a dedicated committee for the purposes
> of Indaba will be great. The various representations in the committee will
> also ensure a more effective way of collecting feedback and help monitor
> the progress of work done in each country and Africa as a whole.
> I am of a very strong view that the basis of hosting Wikiindaba should
> not be based on edits, but should be seen more as a strategy session for
> the African continent and an opportunity to learn from what has worked or
> is working for other countries. More of like a networking forum (whether
> yearly or biannually) to discuss and forge the way forward for Africans and
> what will best work in Africa.
> My thoughts,
> On Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 9:50 AM, Douglas Scott <douglas.i.scott(a)gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Whilst it might not be dead it certainly looks like it is in a period of
>> extended hiatus. This is partially due to the scaling down of Wikimedia
>> South Africa as we no longer have a full time employee who can provide the
>> logistical support necessary to make another event happen. It is also
>> partly due to the still very small size of the editing community on the
>> continent as well as a lack of feedback and input on motions made during
>> However this does not mean at all the WikiIndaba is dead or that one
>> will not happen again in the future. It does mean that we as a community
>> of editors in Africa need to work more at building the community of editors
>> in Africa by encouraging people to edit Wikipedia and become committed
>> volunteer editors and established members of the Wikipedia community. The
>> more editors there are in Africa the greater the need for a future
>> WikiIndaba becomes and the sooner it will happen again.
>> WikiIndaba is all about supporting and growing the Wikipedia editing
>> community in Africa. Now is our time to build off the foundations of the
>> first WikiIndaba to expand and support our community.
>> On 12 December 2015 at 20:49, olatunde isaac <reachout2isaac(a)gmail.com>
>>> Dear all,
>>> Compliment of the season to you all. I can see that no one seem to be
>>> commenting on the planning for the next edition of Wikidaba. Is Wikidaba
>>> Olatunde Isaac.
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