Valid point, Ashwin. But, I don't know how we can avoid such attribution
In the early days (of Tamil Wikipedia), despite repeated emphasis on not
mentioning individual names, the writers like to mention stories around
individuals. Though the community was understanding, those in the spotlight felt
bad about it.
That's why, whenever a press enquiry comes to me, I put a disclaimer similar to
the one below (this one was in my email to Radhika of HT):
First of all, as with anything related to Wikipedia, both these projects are
owned by the entire community and the names mentioned here are the only ones I
can attach to specific tasks. Both projects had significant participation from
at least a dozen Tamil Wikipedians.
I also insist on or directly copy all the concerned wikians on such requests.
Despite that they like to use names. But, with such practices, we can at least
include more contributors. Particularly in long format articles (like the one on
Indian Express eye magazine), the writers have room to mention many people.
We also faced the downside of not putting any name forward in one instance.
During the collaboration with Tamil Nadu government, while a few of us directly
interacted with the government, many others worked online for the contest. So,
we repeatedly emphasised not putting the select few names anywhere. But, during
the announcement ceremony, the IT minister personally wanted us to be thanked
and sent a written note to the person on the podium. In the confusion, he
thanked some non-wikipedians for the whole effort!
"That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
----- Original Message ----
From: Ashwin Baindur <ashwin.baindur(a)gmail.com>
Sent: Thu, February 17, 2011 8:56:03 AM
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Wikimedia.IN the news - Mumbai Hindustan Times,
13th Feb 2011 (CherianTinu Abraham)
The Pune chapter gave details of all its multi-facetted incentives for
W10 including Wikimedia Commons,Marathi Wikipedia. article improvement
program etc to Radhika Raj, the reporter of Hindusthan Times but she
chose to highlight Wikipedia for Schools aspect only and it appears
that the Pune guys are doing nothing else. Wikipedia for Schools is
being done by Nikhil Sheth alone not the whole Pune community so to
say, so its unfair to both - Nikhil who has to share credit and the
community which was selectively ignored. Imho there is a trend of
giving too much emphasis on "Wikipedia Warriors" and less on the work
being done which is not healthy.
I didn't want to actually mention this lest people consider it as a
case of sour grapes, but I felt we needed to view this piece of
publicity from all aspects, not just by being glad at being portrayed
in the press.
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