I may be basically retired from en.Wiki, but as a seasoned Wikimaniac, a 20-year resident
of Thailand, and knowing Bangkok like the back of my hand, if all goes well for 2021,
I'll be there and more than willing to lend a helping hand. I would welcome the
opportunity to meet some more users for real after years of happy collaboration.
On 1 Aug 2020, at 23:12, Betty Wills
I share your melancholy, Phoebe. While I’ve attended 2 WikiCons (2018 & 2019) this
would have been my first Wikimania, and I was sooo looking forward to it. 😢 I try to keep
up with things via the mailing lists and online meetings but life keeps getting in the
way. I’d like to carve out a little niche for myself as a useful volunteer at the events
so add me to whatever list you think I’ll fit. I’m a retired tv producer/documentary
filmmaker/photog/video photog but I can also pull weeds, plant seeds, wash dishes and
Betty Wills (Atsme on Wikipedia)
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> Dearest Wikimaniacs,
> I've found myself this week catching myself at various times feeling
> melancholy. Yes, there's a lot (a lot) of stuff going on the world and it's
> been a very, very hard year. But there's one particular thing that I've
> been thinking about this week, which is - this was supposed to be Wikimania
> week, starting in a few days.
> If the pandemic hadn't happened, I (and perhaps you) would be on our way to
> Bangkok soon, to celebrate the 16th Wikimania. We'd be connecting in person
> about all the things our movement does, online and off. We'd be making new
> friends and renewing old friendships and getting rejuvenated once again for
> the work we do.
> I miss you all terribly, and I also want to celebrate that we've had 15 --
> and counting -- amazing, life-changing movement-wide conferences, held all
> around the world.
> Andrew, Richard and I are starting a new podcast series to celebrate
> Wikimania and our history, called "Wikipedia: year by year". We'll be
> chatting with invited guests to discuss the world of Wikimedia each year,
> seen through the lens of Wikimania. We're starting with Wikimania 2005, of
> course -- the very first Wikimania, held this week (well, August 4th) in
> 2005 in Frankfurt, Germany.
> Tune in this Sunday, 19:00 UTC (3PM EST) to listen to us and some special
> guests talk about that Wikimania, why it was so cool, and what the world of
> Wikimedia was like in 2005. Send us questions and comments on social media,
> add your own experiences to the etherpad, and watch live (or watch the
> stream afterwards).
> Info on tuning in:
> etherpad for comments & story-telling, before or during the episode:
> And regardless of whether this year would have been your 16th Wikimania,
> your first Wikimania, or you weren't going to attend in person: let's
> remember and celebrate the strength and the joy of our movement in any way
> we can. Let's celebrate the late nights and the dance parties and the
> multilingualism and the hacking and... staying up to make just one more
> I miss you!
> p.s. our hope is to not stop with 2005, but go through all of the years,
> building towards the 20th anniversary of Wikipedia on Jan 15, 2021. Help us
> build out the series and ideas for episodes (and guest suggestions) on