It would be a step called professionalisation, too, if the WMF would use the amount of money they collected and still collecting and pay for writers and content. For sure it would be more professional. But it would not be the Wikipedia project thousands of volunteers work for anymore.

And that's the same point I see for Wikimania.


Am 05.10.2015 um 17:03 schrieb Balázs Viczián:
As long as the "cabal" who "took full control" of Wikimania is capable of
fully organizing it (or able to set up an organizing team anywhere in the
world), I think this is nothing else but a step called: professionalisation.

Actually if it works well, it can bring this event to regions and places
where otherwise it could not be made (i.e. lack of or insufficient or
unreliable local volunteer manpower / no local org / whatever ) reducing
the location problem only to logistics, thus widening the possibilities

I would love to see a fix event organizer team, let it be volunteer based
(like the CEE meeting, which was a success) or paid staff (like WMDE has).


2015-10-05 15:53 GMT+02:00 Steffen Prößdorf <>:

Am 04.10.2015 um 20:06 schrieb Ilario Valdelli:

On 04.10.2015 19:48, Pavel Richter wrote:

2015-10-04 17:42 GMT+02:00 Florence Devouard <>:

Le 04/10/15 16:15, Theo10011 a écrit :
Now, beside head rolling... (uh, ouch :)) what do you suggest to fix
that ?

So, what happened? The Wikimania committee came to the conclusion
that the
current process to select the next Wikimania host is broken (and I think
the committee was right about that). So something needed to happen - and
the committee did something that we
​see ​
not often enough in Wikimedia-land: *they made a decision*.

This is good.

But I think that the main point to fix is that a decision is valid as
soon it is communicated.

At the moment it does not seem that the local communities were
informed in order to know that the process was broken.

Kind regards

This fits in quite a number of decisions. Better no one can say that
Wikimania isn't a community event anymore, but a Foundation event instead

Why asking anyone else?

Fuck the community, who cares?

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