Thank you Fae for your continuous support in getting to the bottom of this
issue. Currently, lessons to be learned depends on the WMUK. The event is
over, and I'm sure 'The Kwaku' has already bloated up his CV once more
saying he's been supported by the WMUK.
I don't know what the WMUK are thinking now. Plus I don't know where 'The
Kwaku' is at right now. Perhaps he's left Ghana back to his mother
foundation, the WMUK.
Once again, I don't know how many Wikimedia UK are in the world. The
chapters website tell me there's one, but it seems there are several of
WMUK around. I got an email from User:Leutha who didn't tell me who he/she
was in relation to the Wikimedia UK, but expressed no knowledge as to the
arrangements of 'The Kwaku's" event. I don't know if all WMUK board or
members are aware that an event like that was to happen in Ghana the past
What I don't know are many, and unfortunately, the Wikimedia UK have
managed to confuse me properly. And they are doing so very well, because
even though I raised the conflict of dates of the event of 'The Kwaku',
still, the Wikimedia UK website is reflecting the date as 28th, meanwhile
the event happened on the 29th
Can I say I doubt the efficiency and professionalism of the WMUK, at least
in this instance? If clearly they knew nothing about this event and didn't
support in any way or the other, how long did they want someone to drag
their name around before they take actions? If they still don't even know
when their supported event happened, can something good be written home
I'm glad some of our local Wikipedians were present (in their brand new
Wikipedia branded T-Shirts) to support the event. I was tuned in live on
Saturday to hear some parts of the event, and I can say for sure that such
an opportunity with about 35 persons in attendance could have been *properly
and better *converted into something *more *worthwhile if our local team
were fully aware and allowed to take part in the event right from the
Now that the whole show is over, I rest my case. Something could have been
down before the event, but now that its over, its over.
I hope and wish the confusion among the WMUK also rest. Please, Fae, can
you tell the WMUK to change the date from 28th to 29th?
Thank you Fae, enjoy your day.
On Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 1:54 PM, Fæ <faewik(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 31 March 2014 08:10, Jon Davies
Apologies for delay in replying but I have been
As previously stated our relationship as a chapter in this isntance is
Kwaku as a volunteer.
We organised an editathon last year with BTWSC/BBM as you know. Not
It might be an idea to let one of your employees handle international
events and answer questions like these when you are on holiday rather
than leaving a silence. Questions were raised as far back as 20th
March, which is a long time in advance of the event for there to be no
answers on basic logistics or matters of governance and reputation.
I am puzzled by your statement that WMUK ran an editathon last year in
partnership with BritishBlackMusic.com
without offering to support
with any expenses. For the workshop on Saturday in Accra, the UK did
provide funding and official merchandizing though the amount paid or
promised has not been published.
I am concerned that your statement that there was no relationship with
BTWSC or BritishBlackMusic.com
for Saturday's workshop in Ghana as you
are retrospectively contradicting the published advertizing:
* Wikimedia UK's events page listed the workshop with a link of
"BritishBlackMusic.com_in_assn_with_BTWSC/Wikimedia_UK" which is an
unambiguous claim that BritishBlackMusic.com
were providing it in
association with Wikimedia UK.
* The official Eventbrite listing states that the workshop in Accra
was organized by BritishBlackMusic.com
and that this was officially
supported by Wikimedia UK.
Wikimedia UK was alerted to these questions well in advance of the
workshop. Why did you take no corrective action before the wokshop if
the advertising by BritishBlackMusic.com
falsely claimed a partnership
with Wikimedia UK?
Wikimedia UK did not contact the local Wikimedian community in Ghana,
a significant failure to use the opportunity to create positive
relationships with the proto-chapter there, or to ask them for help to
ensure that the money the UK chapter was spending was put to best use.
Luckily, the local community took the initiative to coordinate their
own attendance and response. However there are serious questions
about the UK charity's management and support of this workshop:
* "I'm not being jealous or envious here for the Wikimedia UK
'empowering' Kwaku, but the question is, on what basis was he given
such a privilege? The less than 50 edits? Or because he's
black-skinned and says verbally he comes from Ghana?"
* "Even after your asking, [no] email has *officially* come in from
[Wikimedia UK]. We're just negligible in their eyes."
As you have a personal interest in inter-chapter relations, you may
wish to follow-up to ameliorate this damage to the reputation of the
charity. As you took time to remind me 11 days ago, it is up to you
what you wish to spend your time on.
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in this email.]
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