Re: [Wikimedia-l] Defamation of Wikipedia in a Telugu (te) Motion Picture

2017-10-02 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala

On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 9:15 PM, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga <> wrote:

> Greetings,
> Introducing myself, I am Krishna Chaitanya Velaga from Andhra Pradesh,
> India. My user name is "Krishna Chaitanya Velaga", I've been actively
> contributing to en Wikipedia and Commons since December 2014. I also form
> the Executive Committee of Wikimedia Chapter (India). My mother tongue is
> Telugu (te).
> A Telugu movie titled Paisa Vasool
> <> was released on 1
> September 2017. In the movie, male lead boasts himself by referring to
> Wikipedia. His statement in the movie is as follows: *"36 brawls, 24
> murders, 36 stabbings, This is visible record in Wikipedia" *(The same may
> be observed from the trailer of the movie, between 0:22 to 0:32 at
> As far I am concerned I feel
> this as serious defamation of the brand, the community and the work we do.
> It really degrades the reality and the efforts we put to produce
> encyclopedic content to the readers.
> In this context, I request the community to take interest in their to voice
> their opinions, and also discuss any legal action to be enforced.

​There is some misunderstanding. The character claims he has a record  of
brawls, murders etc as per Wikipedia. It does not say anything negative
about Wikipedia.​

Arjuna Rao Chavala
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What happened on the Board of Trustees?

2016-01-09 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
Hi Tobias

On Sat, Jan 9, 2016 at 12:06 AM, Tobias <>

> Dear all,
> right now, we know very little about the removal of James. It is hard
> for anyone not involved (which is the vast majority of this community)
> to come up with any safe conclusions, because there is a lack of
> evidence. This opens up the possibility of speculation. I would prefer
> the stating of facts instead of speculation, but since that's not
> happening, I think speculation might be a way to incentivize more
> insiders to come forward with facts, if only to refute the content of
> speculation.
> I am going to attempt to do this in a neutral fashion, and I will also
> follow another important tradition in the movement, assume good faith. I
> do not subscribe to conspiracy theories that allege a secret plan by
> Google or intentions of harming Wikipedia on anyone's part.
> Here's what I think might have happened:
> James, a longstanding community member, is accustomed to how we do
> things on Wikipedia -- with transparency, an open discourse, but also
> endless discussions on talk pages. Other members of the board have less
> of a "Wikipedian" background, and are more accustomed to how things work
> in companies: board meetings in secret, focus on being effective at the
> cost of transparency, with a frank tone on the inside, and a diplomatic
> and collective voice to the outside.
> These very different conceptions clash, for instance when it comes to
> the plans of a "Wikipedia knowledge engine": some prefer early community
> involvement and plead openness, others, perhaps scared of the harsh
> criticism of early announced and unfinished products by the community,
> wish to wait with giving out more information.


I second your thoughts on the most probable root cause for the current
dysfunction, having experienced similar events with various chapters as
well, where at least some members particularly with chapters  lack the
professional/corporate  experience and just get elected because of their
wikipedian experience.  This does call for a better definition of board
member election eligibility rules  at the chapters and WMF.

It is surprising that there does not seem to be well thought out induction
program for new members with one of the experienced board member as a
mentor. If there was such a process and implemented well, the  present
problem could have been nipped in the bud or managed better.

Best wishes
Arjuna Rao Chavala
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2015-12-31 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
Hi Patricio,

I am saddened to hear that the discussions about governance had to result
in removal of a board member.

On Thu, Dec 31, 2015 at 6:32 PM, Patricio Lorente <> wrote:

>  Over the course of the past few months, the Trustees had
> multiple conversations around expectations for Trustee conduct,
> responsibilities, and confidentiality. Ultimately, the majority of the
> Trustees came to the opinion that we were not able to reach a common
> understanding with James on fulfilling those expectations.

It would be useful for the community to know the revised code of conduct,
responsibilities, which the board has agreed on. If such a thing is not
available, it would also help if you can inform the date by which it is
available.  This  would also help for any potential candidates for the next

Best regards

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] (Announcement) CIS-A2K Program Director Transition

2015-03-11 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala

Thanks Subhashish for the update.

Thank you   Vishnu, for your leadership of CIS-A2K team over the past two
years  in growing the Wikipedia movement across India in various languages.
It is not an easy job to work in the open wikimedia movement as a staff
member of NGO funded by Foundation. I am happy that various language
wikipedias got some dedicated resources to support the movement and have
seen some impact for which some of the credit certainly goes to you and
your team. An example of the growth of  Telugu wikipedia can be seen on my
Telugu blogpost[1].

I am sorry to hear that you are leaving the role, as it really takes  a
long time to develop  good understanding of the wiki movement and that
knowledge can't be passed on easily.  I hope that the CIS-A2K uses the
opportunity to reflect and plan for the future to improve the effectiveness
of the engagement even further.

I wish Vishnu and CIS-A2K team all the best.

Arjuna Rao Chavala
On Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 12:56 AM, Subhashish Panigrahi wrote:

 Dear Wikimedians,

 This is to bring to your notice the proposed change in leadership of the
 CIS-A2K Program. The current Program Director, T. Vishnu Vardhan will be
 transitioning by June 2015, due to health and personal concerns.

As many of you know, Vishnu has led the A2K Programme since February 2013.
 We at CIS are working with Vishnu and the rest of the A2K team to ensure
 smooth transition so that the momentum of the A2K program does not lose

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Board decision on FDC member appointments

2014-07-14 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala

On Sat, Jul 12, 2014 at 1:37 AM, Patricio Lorente wrote:

 Dear friends:

 We are pleased to inform you that the WMF Board of Trustees has come to a
 decision about which four candidates to appoint to the FDC. It wasn't easy;
 as is evident from the nominations, the caliber of the candidates was very
 high. The resolution is now published in

 We have selected four appointees as follows:

 1)Anne Clin (Risker)

 2)Matanya Moses (matanya)

 3)Dumisani Ndubane (Thuvack)

 4)Osmar Valdebenito (B1mbo)

Thanks Paticio and Bishakha for  handling  the tough job of selecting the
candidates for FDC well.

Congratulations and best wishes to all the new appointees,  I am sure that
FDC  will exceed its past performance in the years to come.


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Bangladesh has completed its local registration in Bangladesh

2014-06-10 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
Hi Tonmoy,

On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 10:58 PM, Tonmoy Khan wrote:

 Dear All,

 It gives me great pleasure to announce that Wikimedia Bangladesh (WMBD) has
 successfully completed its local registration in Bangladesh. Our
 application for registration was approved by the Registrar of Joint Stock
 Companies  Firms - Bangladesh on 9th June, 2014 and I have collected the
 certificate of registration today (10th June, 2014).

Congratulations to you and your colleagues on this important milestone. I
am happy to hear about this, as this used to be a topic of discussion
between us, when we met for FDC meetings during  the last two years.

Best wishes for the growth of WM Bangladesh

Arjuna Rao Chavala
Former Cofounder and President, Wikimedia India
FDC member, 2012-14
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Thanks to the people who made Echo, VisualEditor and Wikidata

2014-04-11 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala

On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:28 AM, Amir E. Aharoni wrote:

 Something positive... I just wanted to express my sincere thanks to the
 people who made Echo, VisualEditor and Wikidata.

+1. IMO Echo is the most useful and easy to use and helps keep the
discussions on relevant talk pages.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] My vision for WMF and the movement

2013-10-15 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
Hi Ting,

On Oct 9, 2013 3:22 PM, Ting Chen wrote:

 Hello dear all,

 the following was one of t'he documents I created for my ED application.
It took me quite some time to create it and thus it was clear for me at the
beginning that I would publish it at some time point. I struggled a long
time with myself though about when to publish it. I didn't want to publish
it as long as I was an aspirant for the position since this seems to me to
be unfair to the other candidates. And now that I am out of the run I think
it is a good time to do this. Many of you may find your own ideas reflected
in it. I think it is not surprising that ideas doesn't come from nowhere
but from the interaction of people with each other. I want to thank you all
for the thoughts you published here or elsewhere (like on Wikimania or on
meta). I didn't change the wording of the text and I know it is quite
inappropriate for this forum. And as I said before, since I am out of
competition it is quite outdated, what makes it bit of embarrassing. I
appologize for that.

Sorry to hear your update about ED pursuit.

Thanks for sharing your position/vision document.  I feel your ideas will
certainly be used in shaping movement future.

Arjuna Rao Chavala
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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Wikimedia India Board(EC) Elections-2013 - Results

2013-08-15 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala

-- Forwarded message --
From: Arjuna Rao Chavala
Date: 2013/8/15
Subject: Wikimedia India Board(EC) Elections-2013 - Results
To: wmin-members, Wikimedia India EC
Cc: masked

We completed the election process  for Wikimedia India Chapter Executive
Committee (EC)  Elections for year 2013 in today's Annual General Body
Meeting. We are happy to announce the results of the Election.

Total eligible Voters: 66 (Excluding 3 members of the Election Committee,
who cant' vote as per the Election rules)
Votes polled: 27 (26 by post and 1 in person), (40.9%)
Valid votes: 26
Invalid vote:1

Candidate- Votes polled
Jayanta Nath - 17
Moksh Juneja - 17
Nikhil Kawale - 3
Santosh Shingare - 6
Yohann Thomas - 7

Hence, Jayanta Nath and Moksh Juneja are declared as elected to EC for the
two vacant positions for term 2013-2015.

We congratulate  Jayanta and Moksh. We thank   EC,  all the candidates and
members for active participation  in the Election process.

We thank the outgoing  Executive Committee led by Sudhanwa for all their
contributions. We  wish the new  EC  all the best  for growing the movement
and the chapter in future.


Arjuna Rao Chavala, Tinu Cherian, Radhakrishna A
Election Committee for EC Elections-2013
Wikimedia India Chapter
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Global Wikipedia: International and cross-cultural issues in online collaboration

2013-01-20 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
2013/1/20 rupert THURNER

 this sounds interesting - but what are the conditions of this book and
 articles written? will there be available for free?

I too have the same question. Will it be available in CC-BY-SA   license
like Wikipedia critical point of view

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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] Fwd: Wikimedia India Annual Report 2011-12 released in 2nd AGM

2012-10-02 Thread Arjuna Rao Chavala
*cross posting*

-- Forwarded message --
From: Arjuna Rao Chavala
Date: Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM
Subject: Wikimedia India Annual Report 2011-12 released in 2nd AGM
To: wmin-members

From Wikimedia India blog.

Chapter held its second Annual General body Meeting on 23 Sep 2012. Arjuna
Rao Chavala, President welcomed the members to the meeting. Naveen PF,
Secretary presented a brief account of Chapter activities during the year
2011-2012. He highlighted the launch of Membership,  large number of Wiki
Academies across India, Wiki Conference India 2011  and Wikimedia India
portal  launch. On behalf of Anirudh Singh Bhati, Treasurer who could not
be present in the meeting, Arjuna presented the report of Auditor.  Report
of activities and auditor’s report were approved by the general
body.Annual report
both the activities and financials was released. Read

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