Dear Wikimedians of India,
As part of the Small wiki toolkits (South Asia) initiative, we would like
to announce the third workshop of this year on “Designing responsive main
pages”. The workshop will take place on 30 April (Friday). During this
workshop, we will learn to design main pages of a wiki to be responsive.
This will allow the pages to be mobile-friendly, by adjusting the width and
the height according to various screen sizes..
Participants are expected to have a good understanding of Wikitext/markup
and optionally basic CSS.
Details of the workshop are as follows:
- Date: 30 April (Friday)
- Timings: 18:00 to 19:30 (IST)
- Meeting link: https://meet.google.com/zfs-qfvj-hts
- to add this to your Google Calendar, please use click here
If you are interested, please sign-up on the registration page at
Note: We are providing modest internet stipends to attend the workshops,
for those who need and wouldn't otherwise be able to attend. More
information on this can be found on the registration page.
Small wiki toolkits - South Asia organizers
QUOTE FROM A DISCUSSION:
I have been contacted by a WMF employee requesting that Wikipedia KaiOS app
interface be translated into Konkani. They say there is high use of KaiOS
in India and it will be useful to have Konkani interface translated to it.
Anyone who knows Devanagari and Romi Konkani (preferably standard dialect)
can help. You can find the link here -
*If someone wants to promote a particular player in the market, they should
pay and get the work done. I believe in supporting technology that is open,
free and vendor-neutral. --FN *
India-based telecom operator Reliance Jio also invested $7 million for a
16% stake in the company. In May 2019, KaiOS raised an additional US$50
million from Cathay Innovation, and previous investors Google and TCL
In market share study results announced in May 2018, KaiOS beat Apple's iOS
for second place in India, while Android dominates with 71%, albeit
down by 9%. KaiOS growth is being largely attributed to the popularity of
the competitively-priced Jio phone. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KaiOS
Hello Titodutta, and thank you for your message.
My name is Kelsi, and I'm part of the somewhat new Movement Communications
team at the Foundation. One of the areas I work on is improving internal
coordination and reducing overload around consultations and other community
facing work. I appreciate your frank and earnest discussion of these
challenges, and for taking the time to suggest some solutions. Furthermore,
I strongly agree that care for communities should be at the forefront of
our decision making. There is definitely room to improve in this area and I
will be sure to share your message with my colleagues across different
teams so that thoughtful attention to reducing volunteer stress is
considered when planning new projects. I'm also happy to connect directly
to discuss further, and can be reached via my email.
Kelsi Stine-Rowe (WMF)
Kelsi Stine-Rowe (she/her)
Project Manager, Movement Consultations
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
"Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the
sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment."
I believe that it is a shared feeling that there are too many important
processes going on simultaneously or starting one after another, asking,
reminding and re-reminding for community inputs/involvement. This is not
only adding stress on the community, but the community input process is
also becoming ineffective gradually.
This is also alarming during the pandemic when people are already stressed
for various reasons.
We are currently having the Strategy2030 implementation process, at the
same time Wikimedia Board redesign process, and at the same time new grants
relaunch process, at the same time several other things such as UCoC, A2K
needs-assessment and various other things etc. In case you are not getting
a lot of response, I believe one of the major reasons is: there are just
too many things.
Thinking from a volunteer’s perspective, an editor gets an hour or two in a
day and has very limited time to make contributions to a Wikimedia project
such as Wikidata or Wikisource.
FOMO: We can’t really say that all the processes and RfCs are optional and
no one is forcing anything. There is a concept called “FOMO (Fear of
Missing Out)”. If there is an important process like Strategy2030, Board
redesign, grants redesign or some A2K RfC is going on, there will
definitely be a sense of guilt inside a Wikimedian that they did not
participate. More importantly, all these need maximum participation.
Think of this: If you want to put a Wikimedia central notice or banner, you
don’t go directly and put the banner. Isn't it so? But you go through a
process, discuss on a central noticeboard, where the Meta-Wiki
stewards/admins align things, place things in the queue and eliminate
Let’s think of a situation when you open a Wiki(m/p)edia page and you see
there are four or five banners covering everything at the top asking for
inputs on various things. So many banners — how bad it would look like.
Unfortunately, something similar is happening with the community input
== Solution process ==
To ensure a) care towards the community, b) that we get the best inputs for
the most important processes, here are a few suggestions (I believe
collectively we can find a more detailed and better process)
* There should be a central body ensuring that there are not too many
overlapping things for a particular community, project or zone. Currently,
all the things are simultaneous, without noting or caring that there are
several other things.
* Please do a community health check: I am seeing everywhere there is not
much response/involvement these days. I believe Community involvement and
Community health need some serious study.
* During a pandemic, make a priority list, and please postpone/stop the
things which are not really urgent.
I am sending this email too to Wikimediaindia-l, I am more comfortable at
my home-mailing-list. I hope the message will be relayed if you think it
Wishing you a Happy Ugadi (Kn: ಯುಗಾದಿ, Te: ఉగాది), Pahela Baishakh (Bn:
পহেলা বৈশাখ, As: ৰঙালী বিহু) or greetings for your new year/festival.
(Message sent in a volunteer capacity)
PS: You may also see a similar email sent “Open letter to Wikimedia
Foundation Board: COVID-19: Exceptional Situation Needs Exceptional
Attention participant! Only 2 days left to end the national photographic
competition about Indian food entitled as Wiki Loves Food 2021 in India.
Wiki Loves Food 2021 in India is a public photo competition on Wikimedia
Commons. It shall aim at developing and improving the quality and quantity
of pictures of various cuisines found from all over India and thus
highlighting and celebrating the profusion, diversity and ethnicity of
Those who have not participated yet, hurry and upload images of Indian food to
Wikimedia Commons and get a chance to win exciting prizes! We will be very
delighted to see you!
Event page link: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki
(on behalf of Wiki Loves Food 2021 in India team)
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প্রেরক: Delphine Ménard <dmenard(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: বৃহস্পতি, ৮ এপ্রিল, ২০২১ তারিখে ৭:৫৭ PM টায়
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Reminder: Katherine Maher's farewell video -
Participate before 12 April!
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <wikimedia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Dear friends and colleagues,
As we announced a few days back, we're compiling a video farewell for
Katherine, and we would love for you all to participate and send her off
with a few words. This takes 30 seconds! Maybe a thank you or a joke in
your language, maybe parts of a song, maybe just a hand-held picture and a
few words, maybe a funny memory you have with her so that she gets to keep
a live feeling of all of her Wikimedia community friends and colleagues for
years to come.
Katherine’s last day as ED of the Wikimedia Foundation will be next
Thursday, April 15. If you’d like to share a short message, please record
the video via your phone or computer by going to the Tribute webpage
<https://www.tribute.co/katherine-maher/> . Please keep your message
under 30 seconds! The deadline to submit a video is Monday, April 12.*
This will be shared with her and something she'll get to look at to recall
all the people who make our movement, beyond the nicknames and the
Please share this message on other mailing lists as widely as you can!
Thank you for your participation!
*Tribute is a third party service based in the United States, with its own
you may need to provide Tribute with a name and email address. If you are
not comfortable submitting your real name or email, we recommend using a
username or pseudonym instead. By submitting a video, you are giving the
Foundation consent to include your segment in a video montage that will be
shared with Katherine.
*Delphine Ménard* (she/her)
Lead Orientation Specialist
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>
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