I am surprised at the reaction here. Is it so necessary for UK to have a
bid or a winning bid at that, that you are willing to break convention, and
spend this huge amount on a paid bid.
This is unfair. I don't know the history about the bidding process, but
bids that I saw were written by volunteers, some with or without a chapters
support, or even knowledge in some cases. What about competing bids, since
they can't afford to hire a team to just make a bid that won't be on equal
footing, should they just not bother? or ask for the same grant?
What if the UK still loses the bid? that would be donor money down the
drain. If WMUK members personally finance this, it is one thing, but using
this much money raised in the name of Wikipedia, to finance a bid for a
single chapter to host the annual volunteer-run conference, seems very
irresponsible, and antithetical to the entire spirit of a volunteer-run
On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 1:12 AM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com>wrote;wrote:
On 25 August 2012 20:28, Itzik Edri
Sorry, it's undiplomatic to interfere with
others budget plans - but I
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
To be clear, that plan is still in draft, and that particular item has
received plenty of opposition.
I am in favour of spending money on bids - it is necessary if we want
to get professional quality bids. I am not in favour of spending that
kind of money on bids, though.
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