[Wikimedia-l] Outage: what I'm telling the press

Andreas Kolbe jayen466 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 7 01:15:10 UTC 2012

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 10:11 PM, Richard Symonds <
richard.symonds at wikimedia.org.uk> wrote:

> Thanks for the nice reply, Andreas. You get bonus points for liking barges!

There are some very homey ones here in Cambridge ... with pot plants
(bananas ...) and hanging baskets and everything, and a mown patch of grass
on the bank, in front of the hatch.

> We've all had things taken out of context, even by the nicest journalists -
> I still remember the Wikipedia Review thread where two Wikipedia
> Review-ians saw my flat on the BBC, and genuinely offered, in private, to
> come round and help me fix it up, so shocked they were at the "squalor".

:)) I didn't know that, but it kind of makes me glad to hear it.

> The fact was, I had stripped half of the wallpaper, and lived nextdoor to
> Wormwood Scrubs prison - and the BBC journalist decided to emphasise those
> points, rather than my immaculate cravat and waistcoat (
> www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12172367)

I specifically noticed the cravat and waistcoat. ;) I guess it would have
helped if they had allowed you to mention that you had started redecorating.

> I can't speak for the rest of the movement, but WMUK is planning to keep 6
> months reserves. I believe good practice for a UK charity is anywhere from
> six to twelve months reserves. Certainly, though, we need to keep an eye on
> the movement's reserves, and ensure that either we shorten the fundraiser
> appropriately, or fund educational outreach programmes as needed,
> worldwide.

That sounds good.


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