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From: Wikimediaindia-l <email@example.com> On Behalf Of pavan santhosh
Sent: Monday, November 11, 2019 4:19 PM
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] [WikiConference India 2020] Closure of initial conversations and next steps
It is well known for many of us that the initial conversations for WikiConference India 2020 started on 2 October 2019. It has been around 40 days (~7 weeks) since then. The support received from both individual Wikimedians and language communities has been incredible, and we are very much delighted to witness this. During this period, 91 Wikimedians endorsed the proposal and 14 language communities have held separate discussions about this on their local village pumps, and officially endorsed the proposal as a community.
As there was an almost consensus, we held an IRC on 20 October 2019 to clarify questions and address concerns community members may have. It was attended by 28 people at peak point, and several queries have been clarified. Post IRC, we took time to address all the outstanding comments by various Wikimedians on the talk page — all of which are now resolved. Finally, acknowledging the response from the larger Indian Wikimedia community, Wikimedians from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana passed a resolution on Telugu Wikipedia to formally take responsibility of the conference and go forward with the next steps. The same has been communicated on the Meta-Wiki proposal page here.
We are considering this as the closure of initial conversations and would like to proceed with the next steps involved. We thank everyone who participated in the discussions related to this proposal, and all of them have been helpful to expand our knowledge in organising a better conference.
The next major step is the Conference Grant proposal to WMF. There are several other smaller steps involved before going submitting proposal, such as the Community Engagement Survey. We will get back to you with the survey soon, and this will be crucial to develop the grant application or more importantly shape the program of WCI 2020 — we look forward to all of your active participation in this regard.
Also before finally submitting the proposal to WMF, we will notify the community after drafting the proposal and keep it for review (including the budget) for at least 2 weeks, which will most probably be around mid-Jan 2020.
Apart from the major announcements, we would like to shift our communication to people interested in WCI 2020 only — we mean that this mailing list might not be the right place to post regular updates. In this regard, community members who wish to receive regular updates regarding WCI 2020 please subscribe yourself to one of the following WCI exclusive communication channels. Few of these still talk WCI 2016, they will soon be updated to reflect the latest changes.
Thank you all again for your enormous support and active participation.
Pavan Santhosh and Krishna Chaitanya,
on behalf of Wikimedians from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana