My request from September has gone unanswered, so I am trying again. I
don't think that there is a single point of contact for conference funding
and strategy at WMF, but I think that there should be, and perhaps the lack
of such a person is why there hasn't been a response to this email. I don't
know who I should ping but I'm hoping that Katy can provide at least a
partial response, or direct this email to someone who can do so.


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On Sat, Sep 29, 2018 at 5:55 PM Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Mindful of the ongoing discussions about conferences, I think that it
> would be helpful to have a big picture understanding of the goals, plans,
> and budgets for conferences collectively.
> As far as I know, these are the types of recurring conferences:
> (1) Wikimania, which seems to be a multi-purpose international conference,
> with somewhat open admission if someone can afford to attend, is willing to
> attend, and can get the necessary legal permissions;
> (2) the Wikimedia Summit (which I hope will get a name change to reflect
> its actual scope, because it's not an all-Wikimedia summit) which will
> focus on WMF, WMF committees that work with WMF affiliate organizations,
> and WMF affiliate organizations;
> (3) thematic conferences, such as the Wikisource Conference;
> (4) regional conferences, such as WikiConference North America;
> (5) organization-specific meetings of various kinds, including affiliate
> organizations' annual general meetings and WMF All Hands, and
> (6) the Wikimedia Technical Conference.
> I believe that WMF intended to do some strategic planning for the
> collection of conferences as a part of the larger WMF-led strategic
> planning process. Is this type of planning underway for conferences, and if
> so can we get an update from someone who is familiar with the situation? If
> the person who will respond is a paid staff member, then please feel free
> to wait to respond until a convenient workday next week. In the meantime,
> other people may wish to comment or ask questions.
> Thanks!
> Pine
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