so now we are judging a candidate because his/her country or government ?
Susana and her team are doing really really great job, I wonder how unfair
a person  could judge a respected wikimedian.



Mardetanha

On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 11:59 PM, Ziko van Dijk <zvand...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> I cannot say much about the specific case, but in general: in small
> countries it is not unusual that there is only one national
> encyclopedia, and that it is directly or indirectly published or
> supported by the government or an institution close to the government.
>
> A good example is the Store Norske from Norway.
>
> http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/buecher/2.1719/kein-geld-fuer-lexika-wer-rettet-das-grosse-norwegische-1639090.html
>
> So it is not necessary to think immediately and exclusively about the
> Soviet Union.
>
> Kind regards
> Ziko
>
>
> 2016-03-02 21:11 GMT+01:00 Yaroslav M. Blanter <pute...@mccme.ru>:
> > On 2016-03-02 20:58, Andreas Kolbe wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Now, why are we bestowing Wikipedian of the Year honours on government
> >> employees of repressive regimes? If we had the US Secretary of Defense
> >> writing Wikipedia articles about the US Army, or had employees of the
> >> German government running Wikimedia Deutschland, I'm sure there'd be an
> >> outcry, even though those are countries with quite favourable records on
> >> human rights, press freedom and so on. The idea of an award would not
> even
> >> arise.
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Susanna is (or was) a researcher, and every researcher in Armenia is a
> state
> > employee. There are just no non-governmental organizations who employ
> > researchers.
> >
> > I do think there is a problem with a potential Armenian board member
> (that
> > is, Turkish and Azeri Wikimedians would basically consider board as not
> > legitimate), but I do not think the fact that she is or was employed by
> the
> > Academy of Sciences is in any way problematic.
> >
> > Cheers
> > Yaroslav
> >
> >
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