Thanks for the heads-up, Chung-ming. If this is true, then this is absolutely incredulous on the part of the Foundation.
After the Wikimania 2016 bidding process, the Manila team was asked by Ellie to consider submitting a bid for Wikimania 2017. We are currently in the early stages of preparing that bid, which we hope to submit for approval by the WMPH Board and to the Wikimania bid committee before the stated November 15th deadline on Meta, and it is a bid that we look forward to submitting for the consideration of the community and everyone involved in the Wikimania bidding process. That said, if everything in these three Google Docs documents is true, then I am at a loss for words as to how to express my utter disappointment at how this process seems to have been rammed through without any sort of consultation taking place whatsoever, despite assurances made to the contrary. While I have a lot of faith in the execution of a Montréal bid, why now when preparations were being made for a bidding process? Why couldn’t this wait until 2018 so that we have more to build on when that bidding cycle comes online next year? At the same time, as someone who has vocally advocated for making Wikimania more accessible to Wikimedians from the developing world, I am at a loss at how the documents in question could possibly even justify the need to predominantly hold Wikimania in the U.S. and/or Europe, especially given all the issues that we’ve had with the scholarship process over the last few years, and even more so given all the Wikimedians who wouldn’t be able to have a chance to go to Wikimania unless it were brought to a place closer and/or more accessible to them, especially visa-wise. Economizing I understand, but at the expense of making Wikimania more accessible to the developing world? All in all I’m at a loss, and while I look forward to hearing the response of everyone involved in that process, my faith in the entire Wikimania process at this point is visibly shaken. Best regards, Josh (on behalf of the Wikimania Manila 2016 bid team) > Wiadomość napisana przez 梁忠明 <sprco...@gmail.com> w dniu 2 paź 2015, o godz. > 10:45: > > Hello everyone, > > I've just noted this ( > https://docs.google.com/document/d/19BpGCFdr9DZIldNTwS66MjFGDPpOs79oy9t-uZ9iIxg/edit) > and the attached drafts < > https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VEPKqDzWiujSCy4qM6KKnaRPyEM-gerInbYmGR7QYUo/edit>, > < > https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CjWKJDvrGXrXY_1aTZNEWskQFFdJSfn06OrjoGXOeOg/edit>. > I wonder if they are useful, though I keep in mind that they are just > drafts. If so, will Montreal experience a walkover? > > Also found is a meeting minutes of a recent meetup of the Perth community < > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Perth/21>, it seems that > they'll move forward, though their bid page is hollow at the moment. > Oceania is also a region that Wikimania has never come before. > > Chung-ming > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> JAMES JOSHUA G. LIM Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Class of 2013, Ateneo de Manila University Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines jamesjoshua...@yahoo.com <mailto:jamesjoshua...@yahoo.com> | +63 (915) 321-7582 Facebook/Twitter: akiestar | Wikimedia: Sky Harbor http://about.me/josh.lim <http://about.me/josh.lim> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>