There is always a way to look at happenings positively. Even falls and
failures, if at all they do happen, are valuable lessons!
To me, that is the greatest lesson and principle I have learnt from editing
Wikipedia itself. Wikipedia constantly compelled me to realize my own
mistakes (edits) and correct. Every instance of them was a positive
On lamenting about stillborn help, just as a matter of fact and point of
In our small community, we are very much aware of the possible help (*and
our standard rights and privileges to that*) from chapter or IP/foundation.
But so far,
when we need help, we do not yearn for that from higher ups.
Instead, we seek help from 'bottom downs'.
Instead of San Francisco, Delhi or Bangalore, we try, get and accomplish
assistance from little kids and humble rural people.
And that we get immensely.
(And vice versa, our community members have helped the chapter
We have been able to digitize and upsource entire volumes of ancient texts
to our Wikisources and elsewhere through pleasant collaboration from
primary school kids from hitherto unknown villages.
Our most successful outreach programs were conducted by infrastructural and
program assistance from barely internet-powered commons.
Perhaps, the only time we have sought help or assistance from chapter / IP
/ WMF was when we conducted our massive outreach program
(Wikisangamotsavam) a few months back. And we are very content and thankful
for whatever they provided. We even did not distinguish who among them were
My humble opinion: Grow your community bottom up. Grow self-reliant as far
as possible. Your rights will always be reserved and accumulated for more
needy and pressing occasions.
-just a bottom level community member from ml.wikipedia.org
On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM, Ravishankar <ravidreams(a)gmail.com> wrote:
Whatever has been done through the IP, both the community and WMF are
equally responsible. It is not good to attribute
failure or sucess to
When some one is leaving any movement, it is basic courtesy to wish him
well. By doing so, he or she will have good
memories of the movement and
may remain a life long ambassador for us. This is not the time to evaluate