Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Craig Franklin
Angela, Have you got any official support from the chapter for this bid? Having been the bid leader for the last time an Australian city took a tilt at this, I'd say that it's necessary to have committed support from the chapter to have any hope at all of success. I see that supporting the bid

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Angela
Have you got any official support from the chapter for this bid? As far as I'm aware, the chapter board has not said anything yet. My hope is that making the first step of putting up a bid page will generate some discussion amongst both the committee and members of Wikimedia Australia and of the

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Andrew
I wouldn't doubt that other places have managed to get off the ground without active chapter support, but the fact is that the Australian Wikimedian community is actually fairly small and the great majority of those (including the membership of any likely bid team) who would support such an event

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Andrew
An afterthought: The above, of course, leaves out Canberra, Perth and Adelaide, all of which have centres of Wikimedian activity and all of which would be capable of hosting such an event in terms of venues. I remember a few of us having some discussions with PCEC when there was some talk of a

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Liam Wyatt
On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 12:03 PM, Angela bees...@gmail.com wrote: Have you got any official support from the chapter for this bid? As far as I'm aware, the chapter board has not said anything yet. My hope is that making the first step of putting up a bid page will generate some discussion

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Andrew
Just a note re the above: The Chapter committee gave me permission/support to meet with and canvas ideas with BES on an in-principle basis. Subsequently to the first meeting, I sought committee approval to bring Angela into the discussions too. permission has been sought from the Chapter

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Liam Wyatt
On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM, Andrew orderinchao...@gmail.com wrote: Just a note re the above: The Chapter committee gave me permission/support to meet with and canvas ideas with BES on an in-principle basis. Subsequently to the first meeting, I sought committee approval to bring

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Stephen Bain
On Thu, Nov 26, 2009 at 11:45 PM, Andrew orderinchao...@gmail.com wrote: I think some discussion would need to be entered as to which city would be best. The city with our greatest number of volunteers - and certainly the most accessible city from a national/international point of view - is

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Gnangarra
The BES people were actively canvassing us for the possabillity of a bid from Sydney. Australia will only get one opportunity in the next 5 years(more likely 10) to host a Wikimania we need to maximise the opporunity for locals to attend . I see nothing wrong with starting a sydney bid page

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Andrew
I hope my previous posts were not seen as a desire to stop developing bids. My emphasis was more on chapter or national support for a bid, which can only come through dialogue and working together. As someone who, no matter where it is held, will have to travel a long way to go there to support

Re: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012

2009-11-26 Thread Angela
On Fri, Nov 27, 2009 at 7:51 AM, Virtual Steve virtual-st...@hotmail.com wrote: Liam in response to your message below, I find myself firmly in agreement with Andrew's caution as to what is said that the Chapter supported, particularly given that a new board is about to be elected.  I am also