Hello list, especially Sydneysiders,
A friend of mine, Donna Benjamin, is organising an event in Sydney in
October called "Open-Edge" (as in education I think).
http://open-edge.info/ They have relatively short speaking slots
(15-30 minutes) and I think it would be great if there was a
Wikimedian presentation there.
Does anyone feel up for it? She is looking to finalise the line-up
If you have never presented before, those of us who have can give you
some tips for what to cover, common questions etc. There are also
quite a few existing slide sets etc you can draw on. It's quite a
short time so you don't need to present the comprehensive thing ever,
and the audience should be quite friendly.
Just a quick reminder that there's only a few more days to donate to CC's 2009 fundraising campaign.
It's been a hard year financially for everyone, including CC, and unfortunately at this point we're only just over halfway to our goal of $500,000. So while we're all winding down 2009, see if you've got a bit of change in your pocket to support CC's good work in free culture. Anything and everything is appreciated.
I saw a post on the UK mailing list (
and I sort of felt that it raised some questions in relation to how we
things down here - I also recently asked on the WMAU wiki about how an
'official chapter position' might be formed (on the ISP filtering stuff),
and andrew responded that the official chapter position would be determined
by the committee... obviously some sort of structured discussion space (or
the more open behaviours of the UK committee?) would offer greater
transparency, and I see them as quite desirable - what do you think?
Also - merry christmas to everyone, I'm sort of throwing this rock in the
pond and running, 'cos I'll be off-wiki until the new year now, so season's
greetings and festive merriness and all that to one and all, and maybe see
you for Wikipedia Day in January :-)
Fellow members and supporters,
A key priority for 2009-10 has to be building the chapter and make it
Before being elected to my present role, I heard lots of people saying they
felt this chapter was overly Sydney- and Melbourne-focussed not just in
activity but in priorities. There was also a fair few people saying (both
among those who stayed/newly joined, and some who lapsed) that the chapter
was overly focused on central or headline priorities and, in their view,
gave insufficient support to members.
Using the figures from the secretary's report at the AGM, in regional terms
our numbers were stable, here in WA we went from 5 to 3 members (I am in
fact the only original WA member left) and, even more concerningly,
nationally we lost 2/3 of our initial intake although we actually gained a
fair number of people. We need to do *far* more to retain members, and to
give those outside the two biggest cities reasons to join and ways to
participate - otherwise this chapter will fail. I ran on a platform to that
effect and got support for it, so I'm hoping that means the members trust me
to find ways to act on those concerns.
I am happy for people to approach me privately with project ideas they want
feedback on or support for. I think peer support is vital to keeping
people's enthusiasm up, and I understand not everyone wants to go public
with projects before they're ready. I would note in saying so that I can't
give "official chapter approval" to anything although I can certainly seek
it on your behalf from the committee if you wish me to.
On the wiki I've been working on an early draft for a regional participation
drive, and I'd also appreciate comments on that. I'll be adding more to it
after the first committee meeting on the 20th as I'll know then what I have
(WM-AU committee general member)
Hi, I'm a fairly new Wikimedian. I hope this is the right place as there is two lists.
I would like to get a discussion started on how to approach institutions. I am a confident speaker but to senior people to whom I am Mr Joe Blow off the street, I don't have any firm ideas on gaining trust then commitment from them. It does not help that Public Perception #1 is Wikipedia = unreliable, full of useless trivia. Telling them this isn't Wikipedia is likely to confuse them.
So what ideas have others tried that have worked or that may work?
Also as a new member while I received a very nice welcome email, and I am grateful for that, I think Wikimedia should have a standard pdf email as well to inform people of relevant contacts in their city, what the org is and what it stands for and why it exists, etc. This should be simple enough to show or pass on to potential members. Interesting fact from uni student associations - New members are your best recruiters, all you have to do is make it easy for them.
As everybody seems to be very invested in who should edit the chapter wiki, which to me is an unimportant issue, I would say only that if you want people to support you, you have to look professional. Wikis are good for geekd but discourage tech newbies, so you get very 'filtered' feedback. People also get upset when their contribs get reverted or written over. The obvious solution is to start an open access blog - people love blogs, some of the ones I read attract over 100 comments a day and they are full of useful feedback and ideas while still being moderated spaces protected from spam. Visitors will not confuse a blog with the chapter's official website so you get the best of both worlds.
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Just wondering if it's possible to edit the left hand side menu at all?
See http://wikimedia.org.au/wiki/Talk:Billabong - I think it's probably
better not to prominently link to areas which aren't currently in use. I'm
actually quite curious as to how the left hand menu is in fact created - is
it editable in some clever way that I'm unaware of, or is it all clever and
I'm sort of going through the wiki trying to make sure it's in good shape,
so check 'recent changes' for more :-)
best to all,
It's not directly related to us, except that it currently results in
refused classification "content" that is not legally allowed in
Mark Hurd, B.Sc.(Ma.)(Hons.)