On 20 July 2011 18:26, Nathan <nawrich(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM, WereSpielChequers
There have also been threads on Meta
However rather than rehashing the decision to hold Wikimania in Israel
during Ramadan, or even trying to send out some last minute
invitations, may I suggest that we start focussing in on some of the
lessons to be learned from this?
I'd particularly like to see a commitment that future Wikimanias won't
clash with Ramadan or certain other "culturally sensitive" dates. It
will be difficult to list which ones we can't clash with and which we
can accommodate by having two hours break in a sports bar (Gdansk
clashed with some sort of sporting event). But we should at least try.
Oh and I think there is still time to get more virtual involvement.
It was the World Cup. Like anything, decisions have to be made about
which accommodations are reasonable and which are not. Ramadan for a
Wikimania in the Middle East might make sense... Ramadan for a
Wikimania in North America or Western Europe may not (it is, after
all, not 2 hours but a full month). Wikimanias are typically held in
July and August, and Ramadan will conflict with that timeframe for at
least several more years.
(I suspect WereSpielChequers knew it was the World Cup and was being
facetious. ;-) )
I agree, avoiding Ramadan isn't really feasible. Wikimania is always
held in the summer, and I don't think we should change that. Holding
it in the summer but not in Ramadan gives us very little flexibility
(at least for the next few years - as you say, Ramadan will have moved
out of the usual Wikimania period after that).