Maybe the question should first be: what kind of Wikimania do we want.
Personally, I would be totally happy with down scaling the conference a
bit. Less visitors (500-600), less events and less professional. Let it be
more volunteer focused, and yes, perhaps also a bit more chaotic. That also
means we can change the nature of bids: more back to basic and more focus
on location, venue and accomodation. If we can bring the budget down, we
also need to focus less on sponsorships etc, which should make the bidding
easier and more open to more groups of dedicated volunteers.
I know other people have a different opinion about it, and would rather
make the conference more professional, less risky, more fancy etc. I prefer
it to be a lower key community event.
2012/8/25 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com>
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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