[Foundation-l] thank you

Jay Walsh jwalsh at wikimedia.org
Tue Jul 29 22:59:35 UTC 2008

I second that - the very good list thank yous have been offered, but  
really congratulations are also in order.

I've had my nose in the press coverage - almost all of which has been  
enthusiastic and positive.  There were so many encouraging, positive  
voices at Wikimania.  Everyone (participants, attendees, organizers)  
was prepared to ask questions and work through any language challenges  
so we could understand each other and figure out what more could be  
done for the projects.  It was incredibly inspiring.

Working among this incredible group, and with our great partners at  
the BA, was eye-opening, mind-expanding, invigorating and a real  
honor.  Thanks to everyone who made it out and made it happen!

Jay Walsh
Head of Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 609

On Jul 29, 2008, at 10:49 AM, Sue Gardner wrote:

> I would like to add my thanks as well :-)
> I don't want to single out particular individuals, because Michael's
> list was pretty comprehensive, and also because I know that sometimes
> the hardest work is the least visible.   In general though, I will say
> this: staging a conference is really hard. It's stressful, there's  
> tons
> to do, and it's mostly thankless. The worst part is that the  
> organizers
> frequently can't relax and enjoy themselves, because they are too busy
> fixing countless small problems and attending to last-minute details.
> So congratulations to everyone who contributed to a very successful
> Wikimania. It was an impressive conference - and particularly  
> impressive
> that, much of the time, you made it seem easy :-)
> I very much enjoyed myself: thank you.
> Sue
> Michael Snow wrote:
>> Michael Snow wrote:
>>> So I'd
>>> like to again thank those Phoebe named and add a few more, although
>>> there are inevitably some whose names I may not know to recognize  
>>> their
>>> contributions.
>> See, I knew I could never get all the names. I'm adding one that I  
>> missed.
>>> In addition to Mido, others from the planning team that developed  
>>> the
>>> Alexandria bid and had the vision and belief in Wikimedia's  
>>> potential in
>>> Egypt and the Arab world - thanks to Shipmaster (an example of  
>>> someone
>>> who was not at Wikimania, but helped put it together), Hamdy, Amr,  
>>> and
>>> the Egyptian Wikimedia community.
>>> Along with Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director of the Bibliotheca
>>> Alexandrina, and Dr. Noha Adly - thanks to the staff of the ICT
>>> department, especially Moushira, Monia, and Omneya. They were a  
>>> great
>>> help before, during, and after the conference.
>>> For those who contributed their hard work throughout Wikimania,  
>>> either
>>> in preparation or the day-by-day activities - thanks to the amazing
>>> local volunteers, especially Nada, Ashraf, Mohamed, and Ahmed.
>> I've been reminded that I overlooked Abdel Rahman, who wasn't on the
>> list the staff helped me put together. But since he's one of these I
>> know I met in person, I should have remembered. Thanks again to him  
>> and
>> anyone else we've failed to thank personally.
>> --Michael Snow
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