Well speaking only for myself,

 I love tacking things seriously and I'm probably a boring guy.
However I seems to have a lot of very fun memories of all the wikimedia
related time I spent.

Selective memory, or somehow dullness might be fun too :)

2015-12-10 16:17 GMT+01:00 Milos Rancic <mill...@gmail.com>:

> First of all, it's obvious that the part of our movement already
> suffers from the "old grey man" illusion, although the most of us are
> not old nor grey.
> That's typical modernist paradigm, which brought many achievements to
> our civilization, but also removed decision-making power from the
> majority of population: women + minorities consist definitely more
> than 50% of population.
> We have to move from that point. Yes, it's hard as our main product is
> of modernist nature, but I think we are clever enough to overcome it.
> Participation in Wikimedia movement requires a lot of time. That's the
> reason why we have to have fun while working on it. Otherwise, anyone
> not willing not to have fun during significant portion of their
> everyday life wouldn't be excited to be with us. And there are many
> reasons why we need them.
> And not just that. I am sure I am not the only Wikimedian
> significantly demotivated to work on important things for our movement
> just because we are boring. It's exhausting to work on various issues
> if the only set of benefits is consisted of "Thanks! This is
> important!" and similar more or less elaborate variants. I want to be
> eager to do those things, to expect fun after spending time on doing
> "important things". Although my beard is partially grey, I definitely
> don't strive to be an "old grey man", emotionally fulfilled
> exclusively by the fact that I did something important.
> Think about what we are offering to any of us, as well as to newcomers:
> * You are working on an epochal project.
> * You have to have all "serious" qualities to do that.
> * If you are suffering from OCD, you'll find that it's extremely fun
> to correct typos and categorize pages.
> * You could become a member of your own local organization and spend a
> lot of time arguing with other people suffering from OCD. You know,
> it's a kind of fulfilling.
> * We are more and more important and you'll find it's fun to
> participate in official ceremonies and cocktails with important
> people.
> * <put your own idea here>
> Basically, we tell us and newcomers that we have to work an unpaid and
> boring part time job because we'll be more successful in doing other
> boring things. It is important, but it works for just a small part of
> population. And, of course, it's not fun.
> * * *
> But let's go to the brighter side... From your responses, including a
> couple of them sent to me privately, I'd conclude the next and call
> for action.
> * There is one thing I missed while writing this. Obviously, some
> Wikimedians do have fun anyway. It could be because of different
> cultural expectations, but also because some of you know and
> practicing something the rest of us don't. So, please, share with us
> how you have fun during Wikimedia meetings and conferences! Let's
> start here, then we could create a Meta page for sharing ideas.
> * There are a number of fixable things and they are related to what
> Chris said: event management and meeting skills. I think we are mature
> enough to find a way how to get and share the knowledge on those
> topics.
> If WMF requires from chapters and other affiliate groups to develop
> strong formal procedures, it could also at least offer help in making
> our events and meetings more interesting.
> If contemporary progressive companies all over the world are able to
> make things a bit more shiny with all of those "team buildings" and
> similar bullshits, I am sure it would be much easier to achieve that
> inside of our, mostly volunteering environment. Mostly, we are not
> here to do boring things; we are here to have a kind of fun, no matter
> how weird it could look like. So, it shouldn't be hard to get positive
> outcome if we implement some of the contemporary straight-forward HR
> and organizational methods.
> * Software. How hard is to implement XMPP-based web chat? I see a
> number of contemporary free software web platforms offering it. Yes,
> we are a decade late, but it's better sooner than later anyway. Other
> social features? Any *really* *interesting* and educational game
> around? And, of course, opt-in only because we have "old grey men"
> which would be offended by the idea that serious work could be also
> fun and social.
> * The level of our culture is the most complex one. Bad news is the
> fact that there are no howtos for making a culture more fun. Good news
> is that it's not hard to have fun and to spread it around yourselves.
> And that should help. And, yes, everything above counts in changing
> the culture from being boring to being fun.
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