Hi Theo,

Response in line.

On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM, Theo10011 <de10011@gmail.com> wrote:
This was a great initiative by such a young group of volunteers - Karthik, Naveen and everyone involved, a big Thank you and Congratulations, for getting this done. India desperately needed to be included in WLM, I hope you can keep up the momentum.

On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM, Arjuna Rao Chavala <arjunaraoc@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks for the update. Thanks to you, Naveen and the jury  for all the  hardwork and perseverance.
Can you update the (user names/ real names and location of winners on the web site?  I am sure that the winners must be eagerly waiting to receive the prizes and hope you will have some more updates on the same.

I'm not sure which "web site" you are referring to above - commons? chapter wiki? Karthik's email mentions the link to each winning picture on commons, and if you look closely below each picture is a section for "Author". 

I'm not sure how familiar you are with WLM. But if you look on the commons page for the winners[1], a large majority of them are redlinks with next to no information about real names and locations of photographers. I believe the competition has more to do with the pictures themselves than the photographers. Some of the winners created their account for the sole purpose of uploading the pics, some chose their names, some didn't. It is their right if they choose to not declare their real name and location. Putting this information on commons without their permission, can be tantamount to WP:OUTING[2] and against the Wikimedia privacy policy.

I very much am involved with WLM and also know the policies.  You seem to have missed some mails on this topic from me.

BTW, this is just not a virtual world event  as there is lot of prize money at stake. I am not advocating  that Karthik share  the real names without contacting the winners. If my mail was not clear in that aspect, I am sorry.


On Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 5:01 PM, Arjuna Rao Chavala <arjunaraoc@gmail.com> wrote:

Disappointed that there are no user pages or  information on background of contributors of winning entries.

Let's try and contain the disappointment, shall we? ;) This was a big initiative taken by such a young group of volunteers. They deserve to lauded for their achievement. The information about the individual photographer is rarely a priority during these initiatives.
Sorry to disagree. As mentioned, this is just not a pure  virtual world event. Once we know the winning photographs, there is a curiosity to know the author/photographers of the award winning entries.

Also after spending quite a lot of effort and money, there are more expectations on leveraging this for the movement. May be some of these people will become passionate Wikimedians and start initiatives to improve media about India.

Hope the winners will take  action to update their pages soon so that the community knows bit about them and their passion for Photography/monuments and their approach towards the contest and also few words about their winning entry.

If they choose to mention those details, sure. They don't have to do anything, like the majority of winners from other countries.
Agreed. Again there is an opportunity for India to be different while respecting the policies. That is the focus of my message.

Hope that helps in bringing clarity to  my message.