[Foundation-l] Wikimania 2008 and reflecting on what Wikimania is all about

Delphine Ménard notafishz at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 23:09:35 UTC 2006

On 8/17/06, George Herbert <george.herbert at gmail.com> wrote:

> And yet all those US people whose involvement in en.wikipedia.org is
> significant and who should be allowed to come to a conference, if they
> are interested.
> The foundation has competing interests with the conference: one
> predominantly huge-sized project, and the whole of everything
> including the much smaller ones and the global picture.
> If the interests of the two collide to some degree, there are
> solutions: split the conference into World and US conferences,
> dual-track the conference, etc.

I am not sure I understand you correctly, but I seem to read that you
are hinting at the fact that the English Wikipedia is predominantely
US contributors. If that is the case, and although I am not a
contributor there myself, I believe this is forgetting the diversity
of our biggest project. My take is there are enough international
contributors who contribute to the English Wikipedia to never fall
into a US/rest of the world kind of split, which at any rate, would
seem to be an ultimate failure of Wikimedia ever pretending to any
kind of international scope.

> Rather than artificially constraining the size of Wikimania,
> structural solutions and a review of the goals of the conference and
> foundation are in order.

I believe this is what I have proposed.

PS. It might be that I have not exactly understood what you meant,
being an Englis as Foreign language pkind of person and all. In which
case, I thank you for making sure I get your point.

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