I confess.  I have used many adjectives to describe Wikimedians over the
years, but "boring" has never been one of them.

Risker/Anne

On 8 December 2015 at 14:20, Carlos Colina (Maor_X) <ma...@wikimedia.org.ve>
wrote:

> Well....Iberocoopians always have fun ;-)
>
> Sent from my HTC
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> From: "Milos Rancic" <mill...@gmail.com>
> To: "Wikimedia Mailing List" <wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
> Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Why are we so boring?
> Date: Tue, Dec 8, 2015 3:36 PM
>
> We are. It's not about particular thread on this list, it's about our
> existence. Initially I thought it's because the level of our
> responsibility, but eventually I've realized we are simply boring and
> nobody bothers about that.
>
> Our meetings and conferences look like the meetings of a regional branch of
> German Social Democratic Party at the best. In regular occasions they are
> more like the meetings of a village cell of a communist party from an East
> European country during the 80s.
>
> This enormous distance between the value of our work and ideals and
> presenting ourselves to *us* in the range between shiny snake oil merchants
> and demagogues nobody trusts is quite striking. (OK, there is one more end,
> thus making a triangle: highly specialized topics which require highly
> specialized knowledge to participate.)
>
> The distance is also quite striking because the most witty people I ever
> met are from the Wikimedia movement itself.
>
> It's endemic. From local Wikimedian meetings to Wikimania. The most
> interesting part of such events is talking with other Wikimedians.
> Listening talks, lectures and ceremonies is the worst option. Workshops and
> collective decision making are like gambling: it could be constructive, but
> it could also be not just wasting time but occult session with the only one
> goal: to drain the energy from the participants.
>
> On average, I would rather spend two times more time talking with a
> Wikimedian than listening her or his lecture or talk.
>
> There are some straight forward techniques. For example, we could work on
> making our talks much better. We could also ask HR professionals how to
> make our live interaction better.
>
> However, being boring is somehow quite deeply rooted inside of our culture.
> While trying to become "serious", we lost our ability to be playful.
> Creativity is something we treat as the least important of our activities.
>
> This is not something which could be fixed quickly. There is no a pill to
> magically cure it. But we could start thinking about this as a problem and
> start implementing various ideas to tackle it.
>
> I wouldn't say that our revolution forbids us to dance. (Whenever somebody
> from Bay Area is DJ-ing, we dance and it's beautiful, no matter how trashy
> the music is.) But I am sure we can do better.
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