On Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 21:56, Oliver Keyes <okeyes(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
> The first is that the tool is directly saying "what do you think about the
> content" and not "what do you think about the subject of the content",
> which might cut *some* junk. Second
This is partly true, also an option to "move the feedback to talk page" can
help, so not just the feedback viewers get access to feedback (which would
help improve the article), everyone else also has it.
On the second front, there will be a full range of "hide" tools (and
> possibly the ability to block), and the oversight function is being
> included.. It is still to be determined who will be able to use these
> "hide" tools.
I would also prefer to keep this barrier low. Am slightly concerned that
one day the number of tools will grow more than the number of people there
to monitor them (esp WikiProject India and other smaller projects)
(exaggeration!) But growing editors is key and I hope this will directly /
indirectly involve more people and make people to start editing (along with
visual editor etc).
Thanks for pointers.
It was a almost a unimaginable surprise when I heard a Samsung camera has a
Tamil interface! See pic. It is important milestone when Indic is
starting to reach beyond computers, mobiles. While this also reinforces the
Indic growth theory(not just wikimedia in non-profit space, even for
business in for-profit space), it also means more work for those who are
working on Indic space (translation, content creation,technology). Their
work will directly or indirectly reach more people outside wikimedia
projects. Projects like wiktionary will be source for many languages which
might not have any other largest source of vocabulary elsewhere. I would
not be surprised if in future translations for real world things are done
openly through projects like translatewiki :)
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From: Siko Bouterse <sbouterse(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 13:06:25 -0800
Subject: [Foundation-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Community Fellow Sarah Stierch
The Wikimedia Foundation is pleased to announce Sarah Stierch as our newest
Community Fellow. Sarah's fellowship begins in January, and she'll be
working on projects focused on the gender gap and editor retention. Read
all about it in our blog post:
Head of Community Fellowships
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
How Pradeep uses email - http://goo.gl/6v1I9
Some of you might have followed the recent improvement with Artcle Feedback
Tool v5 (AFTv5) , for those who didnt please read. Even before reading
the entire page, something struck me. The design is strangely synonymous
with Indian comment boards. I strongly feel, having this on India articles
will generate more trash than any feedback and 100x load more on editors to
cut the junk, moderate etc. If you are not familiar with Indian message
boards, please read (That was a very tough RS to catch which is self
mocking given the site's reputation!). AFTv5 is looking for feedback, I
hope this thread can give some constructive feedback given the list
audience's familiarity with Indian message boards.
PS : Am also poking Oliver Keyes to follow this thread.
In an effort to reduce the traffic on the India list and keep all our
discussions regarding WLM-IN 2012 in one place, we thought it would be
great to have a separate list: wlm-in(a)lists.wmnederland.nl. It is being
hosted and administered by User:Effeietsanders from WM-NL who has been kind
enough to suggest this idea and get the list made.
I invite you all interested in starting and contributing to discussions
regarding WLM-IN to join the list. :) Happy posting and do spread the word!
Arts and Aesthetics
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
As part of fund raising, Dr. Sengai Podhuvan's appeal is running now. Few
communities asked why there is no link for translating the Sengai
Podhuvan's appeal. I found this banner is targeted for translating only to
The page for transition is here:
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Fundraising_2011/Sengai_Letter/en I found
Hindi translation is already done. Requesting the support of other language
communities to translate this.
There were no laptops for the participants or the internet connection was weak - so I could only give a lecture on wikipedia but could not give hands-on training
I conducted sessions but I really don't know if anything productive came out of it since I'm not confident that anyone of the participants will actually start editing. My time is limited and I really want to figure out how to make the best use of it.
I keep reading that outreach sessions should be done in a fun manner - but I just don't know how to handle such a serious topic like Wikipedia in a fun manner.
I could not get more than 7 people to create user accounts because of the 7 per day limit for creating user logins from an single IP address - so the rest of the participants were not able to be more actively involved in the session.
I want to help out on outreach because I love doing it - but I'm relatively new to Wikipedia and not sure if I can convey the right messages.
I prepared standard presentations introducing Wikipedia and the basics of editing - but I wish I had structured material available on the difference between paraphrasing, close paraphrasing and plagiarism/copyvio.
I asked the participants to write down their names and email IDs so that I could stay in touch with them after the session - but could not read the handwriting of a couple of them.
I really want to do outreach - but I am not confident of my public speaking skills. I really wish I could help out but not sure how.
I got irritated preparing the presentations because I am sure many others would have already prepared these and it seem like a waste of time.
It would have been really good if I have left handouts for each participants so they could read and refer to them at leisure.
For all those who have conducted (or thought about) outreach sessions, do these sound familiar? I've been talking to a whole host of community members and participating in outreach session and I wanted to share some thoughts with you and to ask your help and advice. I'm a new mail thread on this because I am trying to combine some fantastic points from a series of recent, related (and somewhat related) threads
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-December/005815.… (Srikanth R's thread on "What's in it for me")
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-December/005657.… (Pradeep's thread on improving infrastructure)
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-December/005453.… (Arnav S' thread on help for outreach in Gujarat)
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2011-December/005632.… (Noopur's post on GLAM - and specfically the point that GLAM and outreach should inter-linked.)
Most of us believe that we need to attract more newbies to our projects to help our Indic projects grow and to improve Indian content on English Wikipedia. I also think that many would agree that not enough outreach is happening and that results from the outreach that is happening can be improved. I suspect that a lot more people might be interested in doing outreach but are often not sure how to do it. I think that we need to figure out what are all the various things we can do to make sure that every minute spent by volunteers on outreach is as productive as possible.
I would like to propose that I start working on these aspects. My current (very initial) thinking is as follows:
Speak to as many more community members as possible who have conducted outreach sessions, plan to conduct them or even attended session and learn from them their experiences on outreach. Document and share tips and best practices to the entire community.
Create a repository for all presentations as well as handouts, FAQs pages, etc. (prepared in English to begin with, but later translated to Indic languages). These presentations must be in distinct module so that there could be a standard basic introduction section, editing basics and then separate sections for specific sub-topics such as NPOV, referencing, WP:MOS, etc. These could be accessed at will by any community member and used / edited / adapted at will by them. I realise there might be some duplication because a lot of this exists in various places - but it will be useful to have them all together in one place.
Identify what kind of audience is most receptive to outreach by volunteers - and try and help organise more outreach sessions for these. To illustrate, are there interest groups that might hold particular potential like college festival or an ornithology society or a language club. Also, do a lot of hands-on outreach in areas where the current volunteer community is particularly small, such as in Delhi.
Work closely with community groups (like we did for Pune's recently concluded CDMA expo or I am working with the West Bengal community on the upcoming Kolkata Book Fair) to help in the planning and organising and conducting of various outreach programs. I can help in many things from background support or (wo)manning a stall!
Provide ad hoc support for any kind of outreach activity that anyone needs help with. (I am not sure about what this might involve but I'm putting it down because I'm sure there will be things that need need to be done!)
I need some help from you.
Would you let me know if the above 5 points would be useful? Please feel free to share ideas, comments, suggestions, modifications, warnings, etc.
Please do go through the following page (http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_-_India_Programs/Outrea…) even though it is still in early-stages but will house my work. Please feel free to edit the page or to add comments on the talk page or offline to me. (My email ID is nitika(a)wikimedia.org)
Would you let me know (offlist, please) if I can connect with if you are interested in sharing your experiences, can help me out on this work or just need some help on outreach? I really would like to talk to as many of you as I can to learn from you and to offer whatever help I can, however little it might be. (...To the folks who I have reached out but are still ignoring me - you know who you are... :-( Do talk to me. I'm really very nice! :-)
Thank you so very much.
Today, I went to download WordPress and it told me it is also available in
Tamil. Very neatly done as it somehow detected that I am from Tamilnadu.
See the screenshot at: http://ravidreams.com/ta-wordpress.png
A similar announcement in English Wiki projects is sure to double or triple
traffic to Indic Wiki projects.
We have been requesting this feature for years.
Curious when it will be implemented.
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From: Arjuna Rao Chavala <arjunaraoc(a)gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Dec 18, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Subject: [WMIN-Members] Call for participation of Members in Chapter Task
With the objective of increasing the engagement of members of the chapter
actively in various initiatives that would align to their interests and
passions, the Executive Committee (EC) has come up with focused Task Forces
for coordinating and driving various chapter activities.
There are two types of Task Forces - Project Task Forces and Operations
Task Forces. The Project Task Forces are focused on growing Wikimedia
projects. The Operations Task Forces are critical functions to enable the
Project Task Forces and the Chapter in growing the movement.
Project Task Forces
City and Language Special Interest
Chair, City and Language Special Interest Groups: Sudhanwa Jogalekar
Special Projects <http://members.wikimedia.in/Special_Projects> (Special
projects requiring coordination across multiple SIGs. GLAM is one such
Chair, Special Projects: Arun Ramarathnam
Operations Task Forces
Head, Administration: Srinivas Gunta
Head, Fundraising: Anirudh Bhati
Communications, PR & Media Relations<http://members.wikimedia.in/Communications>
Head, Communications, PR & Media Relations: Tinu Cherian
Task Force Stewardship
The Task Force stewardship will be provided by EC members in terms of
encouraging volunteers to join the Task Force, coordinating for financial
resources and other resources across the Task Forces and the EC. EC
members will work with the Task Forces to grow volunteer base, support and
enable planning and execution.
Call for member participation
We encourage every member of the chapter to volunteer for a Project and/or
a Operations Task Force based on his/her interests. This would allow
members to actively participate in chapter activities and strengthen the
various projects and functions. The Task Forces also allow for creating a
leadership pipeline for the chapter EC.
Please review the scope of activities of the various Task Forces by
following the hyperlinks against the names of the task force (above) on
the members wiki and use the discussion pages for seeking clarifications.
You can also reach the leads of the various Task Forces for any
Please sign up to the various Task Forces as per your interest and help in
shaping the chapter initiatives and executing the same.
Looking forward to your active participation in the Task Forces.
Arjuna Rao Chavala,
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The Wikimedia India chapter is forming a volunteer team/task force
to manage *Communications, Public & Media Relations* ( In short,
Communications) and various aspects of communications (internal & external
) related to India chapter and the Wikimedia movement in India. This
includes development & execution of a communications plan for India,
digital outreach (including social media) to increase participation (both
reading and editing) & awareness, all aspects of PR as well as preparation
of collateral to support various outreach efforts in the country. This
doesn't include statutory communications to Auditing agencies/persons,
Governmental or legal bodies and the Wikimedia Foundation, the
responsibilities which resides primarily with the President, Secretary and
Treasurer of the Wikimedia Chapter.
The primary aim of the Communications, PR & Media Relations Team is to
facilitate communication between the Wikimedia Chapter, community at large
and the public including the media.
*Scope of Work*
Duties and Responsibilities of the team include, but are not limited to the
- Supporting and overseeing communication with Wikimedia community which
includes Chapter members, general public and media.
- Helping the Chapter Secretary in the monthly report that is send to
the members and the community.
- Handling press enquiries and answering them.
- Coordinating communications with the press, including press releases,
interviews, and inquiries.
- Build a close partnership and working relation with a network of
journalists and news editors all over India and abroad.
- Maintaining a list of people willing to be contacted & interviewed by
- Identify potential "media worthy" stories and getting them published
into the mass media.
- Contacting editors and publishers of Wikipedia press coverage to
request that corrections be published as needed.
- Development of a comprehensive multi-language Communications Plan for
Wikimedia Movement in India to support the Chapter's strategic objectives.
This plan must include social media, digital outreach, Public Relations
(PR) and supporting community and chapter outreach.
- Implementation of the Communications Plan - including measuring of
results focused on growth in participation and readership within India and
continuous improvement as required.
- Identification, selection and on boarding of specialised agencies as
- Public Relations (PR) to build and manage relationships with media and
drive messaging that promotes participation.
- Build a close partnership with the Community and Wikimedia Foundation
India Programs to support communications and media outreach.
- Providing ad hoc support to the Community on all aspects of
communications as may be deemed necessary.
- Researching press lists, monitoring and analyzing media coverage, both
negative and positive.
- will be responsible for executing and carrying out PR campaigns on
behalf of the chapter.
- Improve Wikimedia media coverage especially on Indian local languages.
- Digital outreach comprises how to drive awareness and education
and motivation to participate in various projects from within the existing
- Social media includes managing and driving social media vehicles to
drive participation (i.e., building awareness and driving traffic to Indic
language editions, raising awareness of how content is created on various
projects and motivating and enabling participation.)
- Maintain the official IRC channel on freenode: #wikimedia-in and
regularly conduct planned IRC sessions.
- Maintain the social media properties including the ones on facebook &
twitter and Youtube channels, and all Public facing Digital resources like
the wiki, blog and website.
- Keeping the Wikimedia India Press kit and In the News sections on the
public wiki up to date.
- Interacting with the Chapter OTRS team.
- Working on contingency and PR response plans in the event of PR crisis
related to the chapter or the Wikimedia movement in India.
- Participating in Global Wikimedia Communications committee and
subscribed to its mailing list: wmfcc-l(a)mail.wikimedia.org
- Help and co-ordinate the Community Newsletter, WikiPatrika
- Supporting media coverage of Chapter , Wikimedia Foundation and
Community led events and initiatives in India like Wikiconference,
wikimeeetups, wikiacademies, workshops etc
More Information : http://members.wikimedia.in/Communications
*How to Volunteer?*
If you are interested to volunteer to this team, please drop a private mail
to *tinucherian(at)wikimedia(dot)in* expressing your interest, expertise
and previous experience in field of Communications, PR & Media Relations
and Social Media.
Looking forward to hear from you.
Head of Communications, PR & Media Relations, Wikimedia Chapter.