Is there any traditional/ethnic costume party or that kind of gathering
that is being planned already or people might be interested to join for? It
would be fun to showcase the diversity of the Wikimedia community?
To add some fun Wikimedian A can write/print the name of their costume
(preferably English Wikipedia entry) about the costume they would come
wearing, and find a buddy (B) who speaks a different language than theirs.
B can then create an entry on Wikipedia/Wikidata or expand the entry if
already existing, or even record how it is pronounced.
People can also gift their buddies small keepsakes.
This is still an idea_in_brewing_state. Would love to hear more thoughts.
Everyone who applied for a scholarship to Wikimania '17 has been notified
about the status. If you have not heard, please check your spam filter,
or send email to ask about the status to:
April 18 is the deadline for people who were offered a scholarship to
A final list of everyone who was awarded and able to accept will be posted
to on the wiki in early May.
We expect registration for Wikimania '17 to go live on or before May 1st.
Here's an update on various activities pertaining to our the upcoming
Wikimania '17 which is being held August 9-13 in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
WMF Scholarship Program: 110 people were offered and subsequently accepted
a full or partial scholarship to attend. The awardees are listed by user
names and the list is posted here:
Submissions: The program committee has just finished it's review and
deliberations. Rejections and acceptance emails are going out this week
and next. We expect to post the program by the end of this month.
Registration and accommodation information is now up for everyone at:
If you are a scholarship or other WMF funded attendee (staff, contractor,
board, etc), please wait until you hear from the WMF with your registration
and accommodation instructions.
If you have any questions about the conference, please email
Please spread the word!!!!
It's good that we're discussing the hurdle for someone to get their first
scholarship to participate in Wikimania. In addition to the suggestions in
the other thread, I'd like to lead an initiative to help future applicants
who want their first-ever Wikimania scholarship.
As a successful Wikimania 2017 scholarship applicant, I'm publishing
on-wiki all my answers to the scholarship application form, except personal
I encourage all other successful scholarship applicants to do the same. If
you kept a draft of your application form, redact any personally
identifiable information and publish it on wikimania2017wiki. This will
help future scholarship applicants get a feeling of what the reviewers are
I have sent a similar email on 2015 
but I haven't got a clear answer there yet. I simply asked why certain
people get Wikimania Scholarship each year, while other applicants rejected
repeatedly. I have used a comparison of User:Viswaprabha and myself
Please note that this email is not about someone going to Wikimanias again
and again, it is about granting Wikimania scholarships to same persons
again and again. This is not personal, I am just using personalities and
scholarships familiar to me. I am sure that, atleast other Indian language
communities facing similar problem. I occasionally hear people from other
communities mentioning scholarship by terms like "Winkimania Scholarship"
or "Wikimania Permanent Scholarship".
>From my home wiki community (Malayalam Language Community), only year I
remember that User:Viswaprabha didn't recieve the Wikimania scholarship was
2016. I assume that was just because of the thread regarding this issue in
2015. User:Netha Hussain, another user from our premises also get repeating
scholarships (not this year), but I am not sure that whether she represents
Malayalam Language Community. Frankly, I haven't seen any of these
scholarship receivers sharing anything to community in recent years. Then,
what is the advantage of selecting same persons again and again for
scholarship? Isn't it better to let more different people to share and
experience global community?
I also wish to share a personal experience of intolerance. I raised the
issue in 2015 and then in 2016 I applied scholarship. I didn't even pass
"Selection Phase 1" yesteryear. According to Phase 1 criteria, every
serious application must pass to Phase 2. I asked about this to Ellie Young
in a reply, which I didn't get a response yet. Ironically, a very similar
application by me entered Phase 2 this year!
Could someone clarify?
On 13/05/2017 07:59, John Mark Vandenberg wrote:
> DO NOT CLICK THE LINKS.
> This is a forged email, not coming from Katie ;-(
thanks for the heads-up.
A piece of additional (and non-requested) advice:
1. As a general rule, when warning about forged emails, if you reply to
the original email or include content from the original email, eliminate
any non-textual content (e.g. images) and any malicious links. Keeping
them only increases the possibility of somebody clicking on them by
mistake, and the non-textual content can be used as a tracking method.
2. try to limit as much as possible responding to the original thread,
because it keeps the forged email up / highlighted in people's inboxes.
This includes the fact that if somebody already pointed out that an
email is spam/forged, it is better not to reply saying "that's right!"
or "thank you". Open a new thread instead and let the spammy email being
buried in your inbox forever. :-)
I suggest to use another email to follow the mailing list.
This email is hijacked. People know that this email is allowed to send message. The use of an email does not mean necessarily to be able to login in the mailbox.
Inviato da smartphone Samsung Galaxy.
-------- Messaggio originale --------Da: Katie Chan <ktc(a)ktchan.info> Data: 13/05/17 13:41 (GMT+01:00) A: "Wikimania general list (open subscription)" <wikimania-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org> Oggetto: Re: [Wikimania-l] many thanks
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