Staffing is a very good thing to spend money on—while executing the conference. Spending
$62,000 on staff for a bid would be worth the investment if bidding for Wikimania were
anything like bidding for the Olympics, but it is not. The spirit of Wikimania is
ultimately from its volunteer leadership, and if the Wikimedia UK volunteers cannot muster
that spirit to run their own bid, they have no hope and no soul.
On Aug 25, 2012, at 3:28 PM, Itzik Edri wrote:
Sorry, it's undiplomatic to interfere with others
budget plans - but I just can't ignore how the future of Wikimania will look like if
others will follow UK plans to invest £40,000 only for the bid process (about 62,000$).
I wrote my last response on that few minutes ago:
"Hire a production company for half of this cost. It's really waste of donors
money, for what we expect to be done by volunteers, or for a minimum costs. If every one
who going to bid for Wikimania will spent this amount of money (and why them not? if UK
can, why others not?), it's mean that for 4 places every year we are
"spending" more than 260,000$ only for the bid!!!. --184.108.40.206 19:22, 25
August 2012 (UTC)"
I really think the "Wikimania" groups need to speak about that. It's the
first time a group/chapter spending such amount of money for bid, and it's open a door
for next cities to do the same - with money which can uses to invest in Wikimania itself.
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