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.
It is time to vote on the Community Tech Wishlist. This *directly
determines* what the Community Tech team at WMF will work on, and every
If you want to help out spreading the word in your communities, feel very
welcome to do so.
You can see the final proposals here:
Just click on the categories. Voting will close on December 10.
We are delighted to inform that the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) 2018 programme
organised by CIS-A2K will be held from 26-28 January 2018, in Mysore,
*What is TTT?*
Train the Trainer or TTT is a residential training program. The program
attempts to groom leadership skills among the Indian Wikimedia community
(including English) members. Earlier TTT have been conducted in 2013, 2015,
2016 and 2017.
*Who should join?*
An editor who is interested to conduct real-life and online Wiki-events
such as outreach, workshop, GLAM, edit-a-thon, photowalk etc.
Any active Wikimedian contributing to any Indic language Wikimedia project
is eligible to apply.
The editor must have 500+ global edits before 1 November 2017
Anyone who has already participated in an earlier iteration of TTT, can not
Please see more about this program and apply to participate or encourage the
deserving candidates from your community to do so:
Note: In an effort to encourage participation from women and other
minorities, at least 20 percent of the participants at TTT 2018 would
comprise of women and/ or other minorities.
Please consider sharing this workshop details with your community members.
If you have any question, please let us know.
I am happy to announce the Featured Wikimedian for November 2017.
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth/Balajijagadesh> is one
of the top contributors from the Tamil Wikimedia community. Though he
started contributing since 2009, he was quite active after his
participation in WikiConference India 2011. Initially he started
contributing to Tamil Wikipedia, but was later attracted towards Tamil
Wikisource, Tamil Wikitionary, and Wikidata. His global contributions count
to whooping 2,50,000 edits. He is an admin on Tamil Wikitionary.
After his interaction with Mr. Loganathan (User:Info-farmer
Balaji was very much motivated to contribute to Wikimedia projects. He
says, "When I was editing in Tamil Wikipedia, I used to translate science
articles from English to Tamil. But faced problem in finding equivalent
Tamil words. The English to Tamil dictionaries were inadequate. Hence I
felt the need to work in the Tamil Wikitionary. After a while there was a
collaboration with Tamil Wikisource and Tamil Nadu Government through Tamil
Virtual University through 2000 CC0 books were uploaded".
As an active contributor to Wikidata, he says that the vision of Wikimedia
movement is, "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely
share in the sum of all knowledge", but with Wikidata we can make it,
"Imagine a world in which every single human being *and every single
machine* can freely share in the sum of all knowledge". Apart from regular
contributions, he also created templates to Tamil Wikimedia projects, and
also maintains Tamil Wikisource's official Twitter handle
Balaji hails from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, and is a post-graduate is
Physics. He currently works as a Senior Geophysicist in Oil and Natural Gas
Corporation Limited (ONGC).
*Nominations for Featured Wikimedian can be made at:* https://goo.gl/Fpf4D2,
*or can be suggested to this email ID.*
Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
An IRC discussion will be conducted on 24 November 2017 at 9:00 pm Indian
Possible topics of discussions are but not limited to:
a) Community discussion about current events and upcoming events related to
Indic Wikimedia projects.
b) Supporting Indian Language Wikipedias Program (
c) Community discussion to each other and questions and answers.
The channel will be #cis-a2k at Freenode, may be accessed from any chat
client or using the web version: https://webchat.freenode.net/?
Please free to suggest topics.
Note: If I don't reply to your email in 2 days, please feel free to remind
me over email or phone call.
Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Karen Brown <kbrown(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 10:55 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Reminder: Currently accepting nominations for the
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
*I'm sending this out as a reminder, since nominations are still open and
will remain so until mid-December*. *You may have already seen messages
similar to this when I did my last round of requesting-nominations;
apologies if I'm cluttering any inboxes.*
It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to
serve on the Ombudsman commission (OC). This commission works on all
Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the
between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being
investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive
Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For
more on their duties and roles, see http://meta.wikimedia.org/
This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for
appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be
experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used
the CheckUser tool OR who have the technical ability to understand the
CheckUser tool and the willingness to learn it. They are expected to be
able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when
to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.
Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must
be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board
policies (such as the access to non-public data policy and the privacy
policy). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion
If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me an
email off-list to detail your experience on the projects, your thoughts on
the commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission
consists of nine members; all applications are appreciated and will be
carefully considered. The deadline for applications is end of day on 18
Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think
may be qualified and interested.
On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Support & Safety team
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/
wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines and https://meta.wikimedia.org/
New messages to: Wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
We are sending this message to select community mailing lists and all
previous recipients of a Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grant. We have three
announcements regarding the Rapid Grants Program:
*1. New Rapid Grants Program Officer! *
We are very happy to announce we have hired a Program Officer for Rapid
Grants -- Woubzena Jifar! She started at WMF on November 13th. Over the
last year we have struggled to keep up with the growing demand for Rapid
Grants and are excited to be able to add capacity to our team to better
(and more rapidly) support the Wikimedia communities. Please see her staff
bio here: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:WJifar_(WMF). You can
contact her at wjifar(a)wikimedia.org or rapidgrants(a)wikimedia.org.
*2. Three grant cap for individuals, groups, and organizations*
Beginning December 1, 2017 any individual, group, or organization will only
be allowed to have three open grants at any one time . This includes
both Rapid Grants and Project Grants. For example, you can have 2 Rapid
Grants and 1 Project Grant, 3 Rapid Grants, etc. This is to ensure that
grantees and project managers have enough capacity to reach their goals and
meet the requirements of the grant agreement. Conference Grants are not
included in this cap. Annual Plan Grantees are not eligible for Rapid or
*3. Rapid Grants will be closed December 18, 2017 - January 14, 2018*
We will not be accepting new grant proposals December 18-January 14. The
last day to submit a new proposal before the end of the year will be
December 15th. This will give us a week before our offices close for the
remainder of 2017 to review and make decisions. We will begin accepting new
proposals again on Monday, January 15th.
If you have any questions, please email rapidgrants(a)wikimedia.org
Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>
My name is Anne Gomez <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:AGomez_(WMF)>,
and I'm a senior program manager at the Wikimedia Foundation working on the
New Readers program. We're working to bring more readers to Wikipedia,
primarily in India, Nigeria, and Mexico. Learn more about the program on
I'm excited to announce that Satdeep Gill
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:SGill_(WMF)> will be joining the team
as our Community Outreach Coordinator for India. We know that it's critical
to partner with you on our projects and support yours. Satdeep will work
closely with the New Readers team, including Ravi Ayyakkannu
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:RAyyakkannu_(WMF)>, to make sure that
you are informed of what we're working on and how we can work together.
Satdeep has been in the Wikimedia world for a long time and in many roles,
starting with editing Wikipedia in 2009. He is a key member of the Punjabi
community and served as the program leader for the WikiConference India.
Most recently, he was working as a Strategy Coordinator for the Wikimedia
movement strategy to facilitate discussion with Hindi Wikimedians.
If you have any questions about New Readers, please reach out to me, Satdeep,
or Ravi. We're excited to work with you :D
*Anne Gomez* // Senior Program Manager, New Readers
*Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment. Donate
This is regarding the recent activity notice on Marathi Wikipedia. An
Administrator (User:Mahitgar) has been removed out from Administrators
powers by Wikimedia Stewards' for *misusing administrative powers.*
The link for the discussion of the same can be found at <
The whole of mrwp. community should take note of this recent changes of