As most of you know, I resigned
at the beginning of this year from the chapter, promising that I will most
probably return to the chapter at the end of the year. This isolation from the
chapter gave me however a broader perspective of the chapter and also the
Wikimedia movement in general. I made use of this time to thoughtfully make a
decision regarding my future involvement.
If you are a lazy reader and do
not care, the short answer is that I am not coming back. I am however going to
try and keep the longer explanation as concise as possible. Normally I tell
people that when you have a problem with something, do not walk away, rather
try to improve the situation and be an example to others. Currently I have a
few problems with both the global Wikimedia movement and our local chapter. The
problem is, I believe that even if I dedicated large amounts time and energy to
both of these, it will still be insufficient to fix these problems. I do
however hope that the movement will sort these issues out automatically with
time, whatever that is supposed to mean.
I do not want to go into these
issues now, because that is a discussion for another day. Just to hint in the
direction of my problems, it is of my opinion that those people in the leading
positions of the movement are good in what they are doing, but that they do not
have the insight to make the movement succeed in certain fields. It is obvious
that no one person could have the capacity to do this, but from my experience
the majority of these people are not open to the input of those with feasible and
reasonable ideas. And this is where my elaboration ends.
Some of you might also know that
I strongly considered to get involved with Creative Commons, with the intention
of working in the science and data subprojects. Due to similar and other
reasons I also decided not to get involved there. Those of you that know me
will be able to agree to my admiration towards open movements such as these, meaning
that I always still support it.
Within the next few days I will
also ask to get removed from certain closed mailing lists as well as those that
I manage and moderate. There is also now some new blood in the chapter and I
wish everyone good luck with the adventure ahead! I will see you around. :)
Dear Wikimedians in South Africa
As some of you know, I have been talking to Colin Cullis at Primedia about
Primedia¹s stations and media houses holding a special focus day the
Wikipedia Word-a-thon on the 19th September where staff, and potentially
listeners, contribute to Wikipedia en-mass.
Many of the staff are nervous of starting and not sure how to go about it.
We are looking for Wikipedians to assist on the day the 19th at the
Primedia offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and one person in
Johannesburg to walk through a pre-training nerves-settling session sometime
Please email me if you can do the pre-event training day next week in
Johannesburg, and are keen to be involved in either events on the day in
Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Project Manager: Africa tel: +27 21 418 3336
skype: islahaddow twitter: @wikiafrica
www.africacentre.net/wikiafrica get started:
Check out http://wikilovesmonuments.co.za/wiki/Lists_of_monuments -
I've made a umap with the locations that we have of the monuments, but
you'll see many of the locations are wildly inaccurate. You can also
edit the map to fix locations and to add monuments - ask me if you
don't know how.
Wiki Loves Monuments will be doing a treasure hunt next week Saturday the
14th September in Stellenbosch. We will be meeting at the Dorp Street Deli
on 56 Dorpstreet at 10am and will be heading out 11am to take some pictures
of the surrounding monuments. So if you are in Stellenbosch please join us!
If you are interested to see what monuments are in Stellenbosch and which
ones are in need of pictures then check this
Call Douglas at 079 515 8727 if you have any questions.
Douglas Ian Scott
South African mobile number: +27 (0)79 515 8727
I just got the following request on my talk page from Roger:
John Cummings and I are giving a talk about Wikitowns at an open
source conference in two weeks. As Joburgpedia seems to be such a
growing success (Gandhis House!!) I wonder if someone would care to
share : Top reasons its succeeding : Problems: Interesting anecdotes,
etc. A couple of paragraphs would be great and more would be splendid.
If there is stuff published (presentation from Wikimania?) then please
point me at it.
Can I thank all those who have been sharing with me (e.g. Dumi etc.)
Obviously full credit will be given in the talk .... but I'm not sure
who to credit. Can you help?
I've told him that everyone's busy with WLM, but that someone will get
back to him soon.
Who can help Roger out?