[Wikimedia-l] Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 Organiser Survey

2020-02-11 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Hello everyone,

Earlier in January, Wiki Loves Monuments International Team has launched an
WLM Organiser Survey. We have received a decent number of responses from
the following countries;


   1. Bangladesh
   2. Australia
   3. Brazil
   4. Croatia
   5. France
   6. Georgia
   7. Germany
   8. Greece
   9. India
   10. Ireland
   11. Italy
   12. Malta
   13. Nepal
   14. Nigeria
   15. Romania
   16. Russia
   17. Sweden
   18. Tanzania
   19. UK
   20. USA
   21. Uganda
   22. Ukaraine
   23. Vietnam

However, WLM has been organised in several other countries apart from the
above mentioned countries. If you haven't filled in yet, please do so
within in the next one week. Also if you know any country that had
organised WLM but did not take part in this survey, please pass on the
message to them.

Link: https://wikimedia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_06eJeDmOnFe94iN

Regards,
Krishna Chaitanya
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[Wikimedia-l] Call for Translators: Wiki Loves Monuments 2019 surveys

2019-10-22 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Hello everyone,

Wiki Loves Monuments International team is looking for volunteer
translators to help with the translation of two extensive surveys planned
in the next couple of months. The surveys are intended understand WLM 2019
experience from both participants' and organisers' perspectives. We would
like to have maximum reach by presenting them survey questions in their
languages. So kindly help us with this task.

If you are interested, please fill this form (
https://forms.gle/vjkQbtzNQPDm6Lc49), we will reach out to you soon.

Regards,
Krishna Chaitanya
User:KCVelaga
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimediaindia-l] Fwd: Open Letter to Affiliations Committee : Wikimedia India's Demand For A Fair And Transparent Hearing

2019-07-09 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Hi Abhinav,

I think this discussion will have a better direction if it is first done on
the Wikimedia India community mailing list[1]. I say so because, many
Wikimedians in India (non-members) and active affiliates (such as
user-groups) haven't heard from the Chapter for a long time about its
status (WMF compliance, legal, financial, etc.) and issues faced. We only
heard about the state of the Chapter from this email. Otherwise, we are
unaware of the situation.

It will be better if there is a discussion first on the Indian mailing list
where WMIN's leadership can explain the current state in detail to the
community (what happened till data - including AffCom conversation, and the
future actions planned to take). Personally, as Wikimedian from India, I
was surprised to see this email on wikimedia-l without any prior
information or discussion on about the Chapter or this issue on
wikimediaindia-l.

Best,
Krishna

[1] https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l

On Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 3:37 PM Paulo Santos Perneta 
wrote:

> Hello,
>
> Reading about these developments in India has been absolutely painful, and
> a sad reminiscent of a number of past situations.
>
> Most of all, the case with Wikimedia Portugal, when AffCom started imposing
> restrictions and "mediation plans" without having any kind of official
> hearing with the chapter; the whole environment of secrecy and power/fear
> games; the prerogative of making all kinds of unsubstantiated affirmations,
> presented as if they were god's truth; the notice of suspension for the
> chapter, based on information which remains to be substantiated till today;
> the feeling of hopelessness.
>
> Then the old, cold case of Brazil, where back in 2010, like in India, the
> WMF decided to experiment with local WMF representations, with very tragic
> consequences, heavily disturbing the progress of the local Wikimedia
> community, and hindering its progress for about a decade; the reckless
> approval by AffCom, and subsequent WMF support of clone/conflicting local
> affiliates with the one (s) already existing in the region; and the way it
> was unilaterally "solved" by AffCom, dismantling a community which was
> hanging around Wikimedia since 2008.
>
> And then the recent case which happened to myself where an old and
> exclusively Wikipedia-related case was somehow morphed and cooked in secret
> inside WMF, deceitfully presenting it as affiliate related, and secretly
> judged, with false accusations and sanctions issued without even informing
> the target of what was happening.
>
> One thing common to all those situations is the environment of secrecy and
> obscurity cultivated by AffCom, completely at odds with the values of the
> Wikimedia Movement - starting with the way AffCom deceitfully defines and
> presents itself - "a Wikimedia community-run committee" [1], when it is all
> but run by the Wikimedia community. It's not even chosen by the community,
> to start with, but by the committee itself. But the main question probably
> is: Why is AffCom cultivating all this environment of secrecy and obscurity
> in what should be straightforward and clear proceedings? What may be
> secretive at all, in the quest of a group of Wikimedians to become an
> affiliate? Why those processes do not occur in daylight from their start
> till the end - with the obvious exception of sensitive information
> involving privacy, such as real names? And then - who is AffCom accountable
> to? Who oversees AffCom? The BoT? Are they monitoring AffCom? Does the BoT
> agrees with this way of acting?
>
> All this cult of secrecy by AffCom and other powers-that-be inside WMF
> creates a very unhealthy and toxic environment for everyone. I personally
> appreciate and hold in high esteem a number of members of AffCom, possibly
> the majority of them. And it has been very much mind-boggling watching the
> way AffCom choses to act as a whole. I've suggested to the Strategy WG of
> Roles & Responsibilities that AffCom should be wholly redefined, to make it
> more transparent, community-connected and accountable. The way it is now, I
> don't believe it is properly filling and complying with its role.
>
> I really hope things improve, and our Wikimedian brothers at WMIN - who I
> believe have made the right decision of bringing their case into the
> clarity of daylight - will manage to revert the suspension and continue
> working for a world of free knowledge accessible to everyone, despite the
> difficulties they are passing through at this moment.
>
> And it would be much more motivating for everyone if we could get out of
> this kind of Age of Darkness at AffCom (and WMF in general).
>
> [1] - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee
>
> Best,
> Paulo
>
>
> Abhinav srivastava  escreveu no dia terça, 9/07/2019
> à(s) 08:10:
>
> > Hi Lodewijk,
> >
> > I will try and simplify
> >
> > (a) *What is the exact and complete set of reasons that Affcom put the
> > 

[Wikimedia-l] [Wikipedia & Education User Group] Logo Challenge

2018-11-26 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Dear all,

As a step forward to increase community participation in the user group
activities, the Wikipedia & Education User Group is organising logo
challenge to invite Wikimedians (even non-Wikimedians) to design and
nominate a new logo for the newly formed user group. The nomination period
starts from tomorrow i.e. 23 November 2019, and ends on 16 December 2018.
It will be followed by a voting round.

Rules for the challenge and other details can be seen at:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/Logo_challenge

Please reach out to me if you have any questions. We are looking forward to
see your creations.

Thanks,
User:KCVelaga
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikipedia & Education User Group] Logo Challenge

2018-11-26 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Correction: Nomination period starts from tomorrow i.e. 23 November 2018,
and ends on 16 December 2018.

In the earlier email it was mentioned as 2019. Sorry for the confusion.

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/Logo_challenge

Thanks

On Thu, Nov 22, 2018 at 9:21 PM Krishna Chaitanya Velaga 
wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> As a step forward to increase community participation in the user group
> activities, the Wikipedia & Education User Group is organising logo
> challenge to invite Wikimedians (even non-Wikimedians) to design and
> nominate a new logo for the newly formed user group. The nomination period
> starts from tomorrow i.e. 23 November 2019, and ends on 16 December 2018.
> It will be followed by a voting round.
>
> Rules for the challenge and other details can be seen at:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_%26_Education_User_Group/Logo_challenge
>
> Please reach out to me if you have any questions. We are looking forward
> to see your creations.
>
> Thanks,
> User:KCVelaga
>
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[Wikimedia-l] Announcing Consortium of Wikipedia Military Historians

2018-06-10 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Greetings,


Following several discussions on English Wikipedia and Meta-Wiki, the planned 
collaboration for the users working on military history content on all of 
Wikipedias (may be other projects as well) is now live. The Consortium of 
Wikipedia Military Historians is intended to bring together military historians 
from various Wikimedia projects and provide a common platform to military 
historians from various language, to exchange ideas, share best practices and 
support each other in the best way possible. The page is at 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Consortium_of_Wikipedia_Military_Historians. If 
you're interested to be a part, please join at 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Consortium_of_Wikipedia_Military_Historians/Members.


As we've just started to form the group, there are several things to work on. 
If you're interested to be the part an informal core working group, kindly 
contact me.


Regards,

Krishna Chaitanya 
Velaga<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Krishna_Chaitanya_Velaga>
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[Wikimedia-l] User group for Military Historians

2017-12-21 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
Greetings everyone,


I've started a discussion on Meta-Wiki to form a user group for Wikipedia 
contributors interested in "Military history".  Comments are welcome at: 
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Discussion_to_incubate_a_user_group_for_Wikipedia_Military_Historians


Regards,

Krishna Chaitanya Velaga

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

2017-09-26 Thread Krishna Chaitanya Velaga
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
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paisa_Vasool_(2017_film)> 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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVUZ-jG_i3c). 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.


Regards,

[image: photo]
*Krishna Chaitanya Velaga*
Member | Executive Committee
<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Executive_Committee_Members>
Wikimedia Chapter (India) <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/>
+91 94948 65420 | kcvelaga.blogspot.in
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