Hi,

I can speak only in a personal capacity.

My occasional readings of information about WMCH have been positive. I
anticipate that visa problems will be no greater than they were at
Wikimania London. The admittedly limited information about the bid sounds
reasonable, as far as it goes. I assume that there will be a thorough
review of the budget and program by WMF and WMCH to ensure that the ROIs
for both organizations are reasonable. It seems to me that *if* this
conference is to be held (I am still a bit skeptical that having this
conference separate from Wikimania makes financial sense), that it is
reasonable to proceed with WMCH as host.

Perhaps the name, scope, purpose, timing, and outcomes of this conference
from past years and for the future can be discussed at the WMCH event.

My understanding is that there is not a community committee that reviews
bids for this conference and that the Chapters Association is likely to
remain in a deep freeze; if the location of this conference is subject to
community consensus, I would vote to support the WMCH bid subject to the
conditions and suggestions I made elsewhere in this email.

Thank you WMCH for offering to host.

Pine


On Oct 15, 2014 7:23 PM, "Asaf Bartov" <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>
> Hello, everyone.
>
> Weeks go by, and the previous conversation was throughly derailed, so out
> of a profound interest in ensuring a high-value event, I am bringing this
> up again: we[3] *need to make progress* with planning the
>
working-meeting-featuring-Wikimedia-affiliates-and-WMF-and-the-WMF-Board-and-AffCom[4],
> whatever we may end up calling it[1].
>
> In the interest of moving on to focus on more substantive issues, and in
> light of there being only a single bid submitted so far[5], may I
> boldly *suggest
> that it be accepted* and that we devote the rest of the time until the
> spring to ensuring the lessons[6] of the previous years be heeded in
> *significant
> preparatory work* by the program team and the affiliates?
>
>    Asaf
>
> [1] or whatever we may choose to rename it.  The previous thread was
> successfully killed by the digression into the event's name.  Let's try to
> keep this one on track, and discuss the name ELSEWHERE[2], shall we?
> [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Conference_2015
> [3] yes, not all the hundreds of people on this mailing list.  But this is
> still the channel that reaches the greatest number of Wikimedia
affiliates.
> [4] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2015
> [5] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Conference_2015/Bids
> [6]
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Future_of_the_Wikimedia_Conference
> --
>     Asaf Bartov
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