Dear Indian Wikimedians,
As many of you may have known, one of our fellow Wikimedian was arrested by
Uttar Pradesh Police in October 2020. His name is Siddique Kappan (His
wikimedia username is User:Sidheeq). He is from Kerala, and he was active
in Wikimedia projects (mainly in Malayalam Wikipedia) until his arrest.
Incidently he is a journalist and he was arrested from the home of Hathras
rape and murder victim while reporting the victim Dalit girl's family
members. UP Police has slapped Sedition, Terrorism as well as UAPA charges
Kappen is diabetic and now COVID positive. He was admitted to hospital only
after he collapsed in the jail cell. With his deteriorating health, it was
accused that Kappan was chained to hospital bed like an animal. Today's
news reports say that he is in critical condition. (You could always google
As a tone deaf people I don't expect anything from this mail, I just wish
to share the information.
Stay Inside, Stay Complementary (non-critical), Stay safe, Stay healthy.
Siddique's en.wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Sidheeq
This might be some food for thought, and inputs are welcome. India mailing
list is the largest and most widely used Wikimedia mailing list for the
Indian community. Could we have a practice that all grant requests from the
country (or related to) are informed on the Wikimediaindia-l mailing list?
Whether it is a state-level, project-level, language-level etc, or whether
it is a rapid grant, project grant etc it would be good to see the plan
details on this mailing list in advance. It will ensure greater visibility,
and it will also ensure the community's understanding/knowing of each
If we can have a practice like this, we can inform Wikimedia, or CR team or
relevant support structure(s) as an India community practice.
This post is in my personal capacity. Please assume good faith
We are excited to announce a 3-months long proofread competition which will
run on Bangla Wikisource from September 1 to November 30, 2021 as a result
of an ongoing GLAM collaboration between the Two Centuries of Indian Print
(2CIP) project of the British Library (BL) and the West Bengal Wikimedians
User Group (WBG). This is the second proofread competition under the GLAM
project, the first one happened in March-April.
The event page of the competition is here - https://bn.wikisource.org/s/gwen
The GLAM event page is here - https://bn.wikisource.org/s/gt5i (also in
Under the project, 2CIP officials will be uploading public domain Bangla
books from their collection on Wikimedia Commons and our volunteers will
take care of the rest of the work from indexing, proofreading, transcluding
etc. on Wikisource along with building their data on Wikidata. The prizes
to the top 5 winners for this competition will be sent by WBG and BL will
send digital certificates to each one of them.
For those who are interested to learn more about the project, there is a
video recording of the Wikimania session on this -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQlYepYs3yw (2:32 - 7:42)
(On behalf of West Bengal Wikimedians User Group)
Wikimedia Foundation 2021 Board of Trustees election is going on now, and
votes will be accepted until 1 September 2021, 5:29 am IST. So, it is
around ~4 days to left. If you are interested you may consider
* Board election main page, a page with overview and details about the
* List of Candidates, a page with details about candidates, skill analysis
* Candidate questions and answers, candidates answer their views on
different Wikimedia topics
* Additional answers to community questions:
* Voting details and instruction:
Please use your best understanding, and knowledge to vote for the
candidates, if you wish to do so. This post is for information-purpose only.
During a general conversation with a Wikifriend, someone asked me a
question. I'll treat that question as "anonymous". The question is:
* Why should someone vote in the board election process? How is it going to
affect my project such a a regional-language Wikisource, or Wikivoyage, or
a project without much support?
I have my own view on why I should vote (or voted), very briefly— this is
an important process, and a trustee is a powerful and decision-making
position. Hence it is important to ensure the best candidates are elected.
Every well-thought vote helps in this process.
That's my answer very briefly. I have rechecked the board election project
page, and the FAQ page, and I don't see this question is answered directly
(unless I missed something)
If anyone from the board election organising team, the board/Community
Affairs Committee(CAC), or community wants to help, by answering this
question, kindly feel free to do so. I think it is OK, if someone does not
want to vote, or have their own reasons of not voting (feel free to share
your thoughts). The discussion possibly will help one (I believe "many")
Wikimedian(s) who are wondering "why should I vote?"
 The voting ends on 31 August 2021, 23:59 UTC. In the India mailing
list, I have used Indian Standard Time, that's why it is 1 September 2021,
5:29 am IST.
As a Wikimedia volunteer
This is to announce Tag & Assess 2021 drive for assessing the class and
importance of WikiProject India articles (on English Wikipedia) that
haven't been assessed so far, a total of about 10,800 articles. The drive
is planned for the period from 0001 hrs on 1st September to 2359 hrs on
30th September 2021.
The landing page for the drive is:
On this page, you can find :
* a place to add your name;
* information about the drive;
* guidance about how to participate in the drive;
* the running score of how many articles we have collectively assessed,
* the individual tallies of the participants;
* the rewards;
* and userboxes.
Editors will be classified into two groups, less than 3000 edits and
editors with 3000 or more edits. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place
medals for those with the highest tallies in each group of editors .
In addition, barnstars will be awarded for those who cross 200, 400, 600,
1000, 2000, 300 or 4000 total articles assessed.
For those interested in automated edits, the script '''Rater.js''' has been
tested and found to work on WikiProject India articles.
All are welcome to participate in the drive, including those who are not
part of WikiProject India :) .
Expect to find periodic updates on this talk page and on <wikimedia-india>
and <wikimedia-in-en> mailing lists :)
Ashwin Baindur (User:AshLin)
Congratulations to Wikimedians of the year from India:
- Ananya Mondal - Rich media
- Netha Hussain - Honorable mention
- Jay Prakash - Technology innovator
Happy to see 3 Indian Wikimedians getting such a honour on Indian
Hope you are doing well. As you know Internet Support Program for Indian
Wikimedian is running from 1 June. Now, after three months, we are taking a
break from the program on 31 August for the assessment.
Please note after 31 August requests will not be accepted.
On Sun, May 30, 2021 at 11:18 PM Dhaval S. Vyas <dsvyas(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Nitesh Gill <gillteshu(a)gmail.com>
> Date: Sun, 30 May 2021, 17:08
> Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Internet Support for Wikimedians in India 2021
> To: Wikimedia India Community list <wikimediaindia-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Hello all,
> We hope that you are doing well. We wanted to inform you that A2K is going
> to initiate an internet support program for the Wikimedians in India from 1
> June 2021. This will continue till 31 August 2021. It will be a part of
> Project Tiger, this time we are starting with the internet support, writing
> contest and other things that will follow afterwards. Currently in this
> first phase applications for the Internet will be accepted.
> An event page has been started, you can visit the link:
> You may also see the FAQ section:
> For reviewing the applications, there will be a committee that will make
> decisions for the applications. After the committee's response, support
> will be provided. For more information please visit the event page (linked
> above). The criteria and application procedure is set up already. Please go
> through the page and apply if you find you are eligible for applying.
> Please also share this information with your community.
> Stay safe, stay connected,
> Thanks & Regards,
> Nitesh Gill
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