While we're on the topic of translations... if you could translate
the following film into other languages, I would greatly appreciate
it! I also plan to show it in about a week in Japan, so if someone
could translate the Japanese subtitles, that would be great! Just
create an account, scroll right on the video and then click choose
which language you want to translate under "Translate this film".
Ok, so this may be a bit off-topic, but I did show this at the
Wikimania last year, so I hope you'll excuse the intrusion...
Although I will not be attending Wikimania this year, I have put my name down to be part of the Online Team.
I have a few questions as I will be monitoring IRC, maintaining the wiki pages and watching streams from my laptop at home during the event.
1) Is there anything else I can do to help without being at Wikimania?
2) Will I need to know any further information than what I already know to be a part of the Online Team?
I am on IRC most of the time as TheLetterE or TheLetterE-WiFi if you need to speak with me.
>From personal experience in Taiwan, I found it enormously helpful to be able
to meet other Wikimedians from so many different places. (Japan, Taiwan,
Australia, India, the Middle East, Europe, Canada, the U.S., and many other
places) As well, there are positive benefits of cultural exchange, and
outreach to Egypt and other nearby countries also has positive benefits.
There will always be a certain percentage of attendees that are from the
local country or region, who otherwise will not attend. As mentioned
already, for whatever reasons, the Arabic Wikipedia is still small (compared
to the number of speakers of the language). This is an excellent
opportunity to outreach to them and grow the community.
Then in 2009, we will have Wikimania in another place (maybe Atlanta or
Toronto?), which will draw different people from the local region. Though,
I'm sure there will be people from Taiwan and Egypt who will continue to
come to Wikimania, regardless of where it is. In my experience of
organizing conferences, I find this to be the case.