Bay Area WikiSalon, Wednesday, August 31:
If you cannot join us in person, we are streaming (and later archiving) the
presentation by former EFF intern Marta Belcher. We expect her to be live
starting between 6:30 to 6:45 p.m. PDT and talking and taking questions for
about 30 minutes thereafter.
Here is the YouTube stream link:
Here is the link to join the Hangout on Air:
You can search for it on the Commons later too.
Co-coordinators: Wayne Calhoon, Pete Forsyth, Ben Creasy, and Stephen
Hello Bay Area Wiki People!
I am excited to announce the 5th of the Bay Area WikiSalon series, which
several of us cooked up and have been coordinating. The last Wednesday
evening of every month (except December will be earlier in the month), we
gather wiki enthusiasts to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new
projects and ideas. Every other month we plan a brief formal program. Some
programs will help orient those new to the wiki world, others will speak
more to experienced wiki editors. We are working hard not to make it a
Our next event is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 31 at 6pm, at the Wikimedia
Foundation offices in downtown SF (see link below for full details).
We have one brief presentation with Q&A lined up this month:
* Former EFF intern Marta Belcher will share with us how she and her
classmates built their Stanford University commencement address using a
wiki. This WikiSpeech attracted prominent national press attention in 2015.
We always leave time for informal conversation and working on articles.
Free Wi-Fi is available. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. Experienced
editors will help anybody requesting assistance. Bring a friend! We will
have beverages and light snacks (including beer and wine), provided by a
recent Rapid Grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.
* Please note: You *should* register here
and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building
policy is strict on the ID point. If you forget to RSVP, please call me at
925-899-4051, or worst case show up and we will figure out how to get you
All the details are here:
If you cannot stay the whole time, just pop your head in and say Hi. We
look forward to seeing you there. If you have any ideas for presenters,
etc., please discuss - and until then, happy editing!
-Wayne Calhoon (and fellow organizers Ben Creasy, Pete Forsyth, Stephen
LaPorte, and Juliet Barbara)
p.s. Any help spreading the word is most welcome! We plan to post on
various sites and invite various groups; if you'd like to join in, check
out this list, and feel free to note any you are inviting:
I am removing myself from all Wikipedia mailing lists and activities -
with the ironic exception of attending Kevin Gorman's memorial this
Sunday. The reason is that I have been gamer-gated, first on Wikipedia
but then they also destroyed my Twitter account. I cannot support or
engage with an organization that allows women to be harassed because
they are women.
Kevin was one of the great advocates for women on Wikipedia. He tried,
and he also put up with a lot of crap himself in doing so. Perhaps one
day it will be a safe place for us. Meanwhile I have lost a community I
cared about, as well as other social media that I found sustaining. I am
not the first, nor will I be that last. An organization that allows this
to happen cannot have my support.
WikiConference North America will take place October 7 through 10 in San
The session tracks are:
2. Advocacy & Outreach
3. Technology & Infrastructure
4. Health care and science
6. Education and Academic Engagement
Please submit proposals here: https://wikiconference.org/wiki/Submissions
The submission deadline is August 31st.