On Sat, Aug 25, 2012 at 3:46 PM, Lodewijk <lodewijk(a)effeietsanders.org>wrote;wrote:
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.
On a general note, I agree with Lodewijk and some of the other sentiment
that it may be wise to take Wikimania back in the direction of a somewhat
more informal, community-centric social experience.
However, I very much disagree that this has to mean a *smaller* Wikimania,
I would rather see Wikimania growing, year by year, as a global social hub
for volunteers and fans in the wide world of the emerging free knowledge
And look forward to our Wiki-Woodstock bid for NY, coming 2019 or so! ;)