Thank you to everyone (around 25 at the last count!) who helped out on Patrika.
I was going through this again and 5 particular stories caught my attention - from the
HUGE number of stories in Patrika
a) The 10th anniversary plans of the Assamese community. For a small community, you
guys are breath-takingly ambitious and are going about realising your dreams in a
wonderfully collaborative manner.
b) The section of "Why I do it" by User:BPositive regarding the Collaboration
of the Month at the bottom of the English page  is what IT is ALL about. Rock On,
c) The Wikiproject Film  - quietly started by the Hindi community  - is fantastic.
Check out the articles that they have been editing and join them on more!
d) To be honest, the Malayalam page  just blew my mind... Phew. So much has happened
- but the best part for me was the "community interaction" section. That is the
surest sign that there is so much more to come.
e) Isn't it amazing that there is actually an "Experiments" section on the
Tamil page . How cool is that! The trial of site notices and the use of that
information for a planned redesign of the main page to try and attract new users is really
interesting - and tips from the Tamil community would be useful across India, and indeed
I did also want to (re)extend the invite from Kannada Wikimedians for fellow lovers of
Kannada to join in their Articles Enhancement Project. The planning stage is complete
- and the actual work has started but with about 1800 articles to work on, the workload is
huge for a very small set of volunteers. If anyone can help them out, I'm sure
they'd be most appreciative. (Some tasks can be done be be done quite comfortably by
new editors - and some can even be done by non-Kannada speakers! Everyone is welcome!)
I am very happy to tell you all that the third issue of Wikipatrika - the community
newsletter is finally out! You can check it here:
First things first, a humble acknowledgement to all the editors who helped out with this
issue of the newsletter. A special thanks to Gitartha (as), Debanjan (bn), Karthik (en and
mr), Pratik (en), DS Vyas and Sushant (gu), Siddhartha (hi), Omshivaprakash (kn), Anoop,
Kannan, Sreejith, Viswaprabha and Shiju (ml), Abhishek (mr), Rajesh and Saroj (ne), Mkar
and Srikant Kedia (or), Abhiram (sa), Logicwiki and Shanmugam (ta), Arjuna and
Rahimanuddin (te). In other contributions, thanks to Srikanth R for Commons, Logic,
Santhosh, Achal for Free culture news and Tinu for Press news.
This entire venture could not have been possible without Tanvir's constant support
with templates and tweaks. Forgive me if I have missed someone.
So, what has changed from last time? Since all the Wikimeetups are listed on Wikipedia
here and on the respective community pages, we've omitted the section on events and
meetups. Instead, we've added a section on Featured Interviews which has a GLAM
interview this time and the EPOV column (Editor's point of view: INCOTM report).
The idea is to make Wikipatrika a supplement to the mailing lists and village pumps and
not replicate the same information in all places. Hopefully, by the next issue, with more
featured interviews, insightful pieces from editors and free culture persons we will be
able to achieve that.
The way forward:
It's a proud moment to see the amount of activity that all our language communities
are involved in. We should definitely strive to make Wikipatrika regular and hopefully get
more editors to contribute. This is one space where editors can express the dreams,
visions and challenges that their Wikipedia community faces. If you have projects you want
to publicize or successful projects that could be started in other communities, this is
the space to express your opinion! From next time onward, we will coordinate Patrika on
mailing list. I
welcome you all to join right away and we can discuss ideas for features, changing the
format and more! :)
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