This is a link I recommend you to bookmark.
This list is useful for outreach & also whenever someone needs Wiki-Help in
a particular city. It would be great if Wikipedians could update this
We have the following completely unrepresented states/UTs:
* Andaman & Nicobar Islands
* Arunachal Pradesh
* Dadra, Nagar & Haveli
* Daman & Diu
* Himachal Pradesh
* Jammu & Kashmir
* Jharkhand (AngPradesh is in Mumbai)
* Punjab (oye, ye ki hoya!)
* Uttar Pradesh
Okay, all you admins, please update your status (Mikey my boy, that means
Abroad, we dont have Indic Wikipedians listed for:
* Asia (other than India)
* Middle East
* North America
* South America
Unless you would like to stay off list, of course that's acceptable too.
May I also request Tinu / list admins to please forward it all the Indic
language & city Wikimedia lists. We need this resource to be as
comprehensible as possible.
You may be aware that we (my family) have released a font family earlier.
Here is some background if you are not aware of it.
On the first death Anniversary of Yogini Joglekar(my aunt), our family
released AksharYogini (Normal) Font on 1st Nov. 2006. This font is
primarily for Marathi language but can also be used for Hindi (for any
language using Devanagari). It also has English support. Later on, on the
occasion of Gudhipadwa (Chaitra Shuddha 1, 1931; that is 27th March 2009) ,
we released the additional fonts to complete the "AksharYogini font
family". This font family was/is made available on the site
http://aksharyogini.sudhanwa.com for free usage/distribution/sharing.
Today, on the occasion of Eighth Death Anniversary of Yogini Joglekar, we
are now releasing an updated "AksharYogini font". This font is also
available on the same website http://aksharyogini.sudhanwa.com
This is an updated font and has support for the new (MS Windows) operating
systems where the internal mechanism for font rendering is changed. Also,
it has additional characters for the current Unicode standard and the Rupee
Sign is also included.
Most important is the licensing. The new release is under the Open Font
License. As such, all Linux distributions will be able to freely use it in
Please feel free to use, share, distribute the new font. You can download
it from http://aksharyogini.sudhanwa.com .
Give us feedback on my email id or the official id for the font "
aksharyogini at sudhanwa.com " You can also comment on the guestbook on the
Do share this news and also the font.
Wishing you a Very Happy Diwali !!
Thanks and regards
web: www.sudhanwa.com blog: www.sudhanwa.in
Twitter: sudhanwa Check on FB, Linkedin for more.
Dear fellow Wikimedians,
(this is important and a rare opportunity -- please do take a few moments
I would like to draw your attention to a major piece of news:
The Wikimedia Foundation is convening a community consultation on the
future of Wikimedia work in India, to be held in October in Bangalore, with
significant representation from across India, the different projects, and
the different language communities.
Please see the following page on Meta for details, context, and to begin
discussion the delegates you would like to see participating. All costs
will be borne by the Foundation.
Let's try and keep discussion on the talk page of that page on Meta, so
everyone can follow, even people not on this list.
Also, your help in forward this widely, translating as necessary, etc.,
would be MUCH appreciated. Again, this is an important opportunity, and we
need to ensure we get every community's attention.
I look forward to this conversation very much!
Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>
Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. Help us make it a reality!
Hi. I'm more active on Hindi Wikipedia. My observation is that many people
who come from english wiki to local wikis tend to enforce quality too much.
Its like forcing diet of a body builder upon a kid. This takes toll on new
contributors who do have good intentions and may be groomed. Keeping in
view the life-cycle thing, we have to compromise a little on quality till a
critical mass is reached and enforce the quality slowly and steadily.
I've been here for last one year and i think hindi wiki is showing a steady
As far as new tech like tablets, smartphones are concerned, i feel they are
helpful as local language typing apps are more easy to operate on tablets
etc than on a pc.
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> I have been noting declining contributions across Indian Wikipedias for the
> last few months.
> triggered to write this mail.
> This is my view on what's happening:
> 1. Most of the Indian Wikipedias have crossed 10 years. Many of the active
> and first generation contributors are burnt out, taking a leave or have
> left for good. If you are not creative, intentional and consistent in your
> efforts to replenish and nurture the next generation, you will see a
> declining trend.
> 2. Malayalam Wikipedia which once had 30 contributors who made 100+ edits a
> month registered only 10 such editors in May 2014. The last time they had
> activity this low was during May 2011. At the same time, their Wiki Source
> is registering a phenomenal growth. So, some resources could be split
> between projects too. This is a good reason to not start too many projects.
> Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource should be good enough unless you have a
> huge community.
> 3. Focus on offline projects like events, celebrations. While they are
> good, over doing can stress few active contributors. In my experience,
> every time after organizing some offline event, there is too much burn out
> and people return after months.
> 4. Things that plague all global Wikipedias - archaic editor, social media
> distractions, increasing use of tablets / smart phones.
> Future will be quite challenging :)
I have been noting declining contributions across Indian Wikipedias for the
last few months.
triggered to write this mail.
This is my view on what's happening:
1. Most of the Indian Wikipedias have crossed 10 years. Many of the active
and first generation contributors are burnt out, taking a leave or have
left for good. If you are not creative, intentional and consistent in your
efforts to replenish and nurture the next generation, you will see a
2. Malayalam Wikipedia which once had 30 contributors who made 100+ edits a
month registered only 10 such editors in May 2014. The last time they had
activity this low was during May 2011. At the same time, their Wiki Source
is registering a phenomenal growth. So, some resources could be split
between projects too. This is a good reason to not start too many projects.
Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikisource should be good enough unless you have a
3. Focus on offline projects like events, celebrations. While they are
good, over doing can stress few active contributors. In my experience,
every time after organizing some offline event, there is too much burn out
and people return after months.
4. Things that plague all global Wikipedias - archaic editor, social media
distractions, increasing use of tablets / smart phones.
Future will be quite challenging :)
I am forwarding this update from the board below, in case this was
overlooked. It seems relevant to the Indian community. It's sad to learn
that Bishakha will not be seeking re-appointment to the board at the end of
the year. The board, the community and the movement at large was always
better for having her in it.
I want to thank her for a lot of things, but I'm not sure if this is the
right time or if I'll be online at the right time. In any case, I want to
say I'm so grateful for her years of service and perseverance through many
contentious topics. I'm the first to admit that we've certainly had our
share of disagreements, and passionate debates over the year, but we also
shared more than a few good laughs in person. I still remember when
Bishakha was trying to tell me the correct pronunciation of "Entschuldigen
sie bitte" over dinner, I'm sure my pronunciation didn't improve but she
tried patiently and resiliently for more than an hour. Our disagreements
stemmed mostly from relatively professional topics related to the board and
the direction things were going, and I'm probably at fault for a lot of
negativity during those times - I'm sorry about that Bishakha. She joined
the board at a difficult time when the foundation was expanding and going
through a lot of big changes, there weren't a lot of female Indian members
around the board or the community back then but she always represented the
Indian community with a smile, grace and resilience and tried to be as
inclusive as possible along the way. I have nothing but the highest opinion
of her personally, she was always warm and good-natured in all our personal
interactions. I'm sure I'm not the only one in the Indian community who
feels the same.
Thanks for all the hard-work Bishakha. You will be missed, Ma'am.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jan-Bart de Vreede <jdevreede(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 6:54 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Board Meeting Update
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
While the minutes of the Board of Trustees meeting will arrive in due time
I wanted to update you on some internal matters at this point because there
have been some changes in the board composition.
Ana Toni joined our board last year but unfortunately the time demands
placed upon a Wikimedia Board member were not compatible with her other
commitments. This has given the board something to think about. We aim to
be a board that is able to incorporate outside expertise to increase our
effectiveness and possible candidates are often not able to commit the time
which we currently require.. In the coming period we want to have a look at
the time which is demanded of a board member (especially our in person
meetings which require a lot of travel) and look at which activities we
need to perform as a board. We want to thank Ana for her contributions. The
insights gained from her position as Chair of Greenpeace International were
especially useful to us as a board. We are sad to see her go, but we hope
to keep her in “our space”.
Bishakha Datta joined our board in March 2010 and has indicated to us that
she is not available for re-appointment after her term runs out in December
of this year. We will take the time to properly thank her for her great
contributions when her term formally ends in December.
While these things are part of of the normal turnover of the composition of
the board (and are also an opportunity to attract new fields of expertise
as needed) there is a matter of board stability during the first year of
the tenure of our new Executive Director. In response to Lila's request for
stability the board has decided the following:
1) Alice Wiegand was appointed to finish out Ana's term ending December
2014. We also appointed Alice to carry out the subsequent term ending
2) Last year at Wikimania I was appointed to the board for a two year
period, but I tendered my resignation effective the end of this year. At
the Board's request I reconsidered that resignation, and will serve out the
rest of my original two year term ending December 2015.
This does mean we will start the search process for a new board member for
the appointed seat that Bishakha will vacate at the end of this year. And
hopefully we will be able to also identify potential candidates to fill the
seats of both Stuart West and me, which will become vacant at the end of
Secondly we have appointed the two officer positions as follows for the
coming fiscal year
Chair - Jan-Bart de Vreede
Vice-Chair - Patricio Lorente
The foundation has a great opportunity to grow under the guidance of our
new Executive Director and realize our ambitions. The board is looking
forward to a year of supporting Lila and providing direction for our
Jan-Bart de Vreede
Board of Trustees
PS: All the relevant resolutions will be published on meta in the coming
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
It's with a heavy heart that I would like to announce my resignation from
as the President and Executive Committee of the Wikimedia India Chapter
with immediate effect. With this, my respect for all of your contributions
to the Movement has only increased, knowing about all the sweat and blood
that goes into the creation of the community that defines the Movement as
we know it, today.
The reasons for my silence on the public list are for the same reasons that
I am quitting today. They are personal. As a Person grows, the
responsibility also grows and a point comes where the personal becomes more
important than the public.
I've had a hard time balancing work, life and my interests. In the
balancing act, it is my family that has missed out the most, especially now
that I have become a father of a 3 month old girl. The demands on me have
grown and I find that I can no longer contribute usefully to the Movement
or that someone else can do more justice to the role.
I thank you all for your love, help and support. I hope to keep
contributing to the Movement when I can.