Name change of my user account? That is an odd request. I did look at the
policy and it says
Talk to the user
If you see a username that is problematic but was not obviously created in
bad faith, politely draw the user's attention to this policy, and try to
encourage them to create a new account with a different username. If you
want, you can use the
}} template for this.
I'm sorry if I'm not replying to all the inquiries here, but there are a
lot. I chose Victuallers Ltd as its the name I am associated with and I
wasn't aware that it had a promotional value. Changing my user name is not
an issue if it causes hassle. (I would in retrospect have chosen my own
name to edit under.) Can some send me the link of where this user name
debate is in progress?
I realise that this is a very interesting debate but do try and remember
that these facts that are being discovered are public knowledge. The
project was announced at Wikimania, no less, with a video that set out the
projects plans and expectations. The video made it clear that the minister
for tourism was involved and that this was not a WMUK project. The project
does not involve me in being paid to create articles. I am creating plaques
based on QRpedia, I am supplying training and I am encouraging people to
use and edit wikipedia (and open street map et al).
The ownership of the QRpedia domains has been documented in WMUK minutes
and it was obvious when I made a presentation at the Wikiconference in 2011
(before I was elected as a director). As Chris has noted the transfer of
the intellectual property to WMUK has run on for months. There is no
conspiracy. The rights to QRpedia are intended as a gift and cannot be just
Those who voted for me and/or attended the last wiki AGM/conference are
aware that I was (and am) offering my expertise as a consutant. These are
the same skills as I was paid for at the end of the Monmouthpedia project.
All of this was overseen by the board. The COI conflict meant that I gladly
stepped down as Chair but I was asked to stay on as a board member. The
board agreed to manage the COI conflict, which I am obviously pleased to
I'm hoping that a lleast clears up some of the debate.
Roger Bamkin (prev. known as Victuallers?)
On 19 September 2012 07:59, Doug Weller <dougweller(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I see a request to block Roger's User:Victuallers
account as it is in
contravention of our Username policy on promotional names -
Normally for an account this old (2007) we might not ask for a change
of name, but given the circumstances I think a name change might be a
On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Andreas Kolbe <jayen466(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I've located some more information about
Geovation now by myself:
Wales Coast Path only: What theme of the challenge does your idea
3. Community engagement What problem are you
trying to solve? : Green
tourism: what's around me? What makes it different?
How will your idea work? : There are two parts, fist we meet local groups
and show them how to add information onto a Wikipedia page: and that's
really simple! Secondly we show them how their articles can be geotagged.
The best part is enjoying a walk down the path with a smart phone, with
AR tagged articles shown through the camera,
informing the User (tourist
local) about what's around them: history of
that unusual building or
the nearest Young Farmers Club? What's the
name of that mountain, and
where's the nearest toilet! Take a look at MonmouthpediA on Wikipedia and
multiply it by 10!
How will it provide a solution to the Challenge? : It's the best answer
possible! The local WI (or Merched y Wawr) will bring along old
which would be scanned in and uploaded, and their
would learn new skills on how to edit existing
articles and how to create
new ones. The local chapel could write about the history of their chapel,
and so could the local cafe - including the opening times! Schools could
show off their latest Brochure for Parents and even nature clubs could
about the local habitats. This is about: bringing
people together in
to inform walkers, cyclists and joggers
what's around them.
What is the stage of development? What help and investment you need to
it?: Because Wikipedia is so simple, it's
ideal for this project.
Communities know about the geography and history, and culture of their
MUCH better than an app writer or web-author
sitting in his office in
Manchester! Wikimedia UK would be asked to run the scheme, employing
Wikipedians, just as the National Library does in London... and the
Museum etc. Their help would be crucial. Welsh
Wicipedians have also
their enthusiasm and would filter out any
unwanted vandalism. Wikipedia
a proven track record: why re-create the wheel
all the time? It's an app
which is already installed on most iPads and iPhones! Pure and simple.
Neighbourhood Challenge only: How would you use Ordnance Survey data in
solution? : See below.
Wales Coast Path only: How will you use geographic information in your
solution? : Yes! Geotagging on Wikipedia is so easy! One line and the
article pops up! Through Layar (invisible to the
User), we would view
through the camera's phone what's around us, and automatically a number
Wikipedian "W"s pop up wherever the
article's location is. For example,
User takes a look at a cluster of mountains, and
immediately the "W"
that there is an article written, so the user
chooses a mountain with
her finger and they're straight into the
article! And not just Cymraeg
English: there are over 250 languages on
Wikipedia. All articles would be
geographically and traditionally (OS) tagged.
Living Paths – Roger Bamkin and Robin Owain of Monmouthpedia were the
behind this idea which will allow communities
along the path to create a
Wikipedia page and post stories about their communities allowing diverse
local information to become accessible. Awarded: £17,500.
As I see it, this is a programme whereby Wikimedia UK pays Wikipedians to
get members of the public to become volunteer editors. You can see it as
editor recruitment programme, and as a programme
to secure unemployed
Wikipedian friends paid employment. There has been practically no
of this on wiki to date.
On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Thomas Morton
> Hmm, well this is getting Murkier still. Have people violated these
> Someone on Jimbo's talk linked to this article:
> a) Identifies Roger as WMUK director with implication he is acting in
> official capacity
> b) Says that Gibraltar approached WMUK
> I appreciated this is the media, so inaccuracey is likely. But I suggest
> we quickly resolve the following issues:
> * Did Gibraltar approach WMUK, or is this incorrect & they approached
> Monmouthpedia orgnaisers?
> * If they did not approach WMUK, did they think, or were they led to
> they were approaching WMUK by whoever they
> * Has Roger used his position as WMUK director to obtain this Gibraltar
> I'm AGF that nothing untoward has happened here, but I suggest a
> be issued with some urgency to clear these
matters up. Or it may well
> backfire on the charity.
> On 18 September 2012 08:55, Jon Davies <jon.davies(a)wikimedia.org.uk>
>> Indeed - I think it is even mentioned in one of our many governance
>> On 18 September 2012 08:52, Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com> wrote:
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