Hello Bay Area Wiki People! I am excited to announce the 6th of the Bay Area WikiSalon series, which several of us cooked up and have been coordinating. The last Wednesday evening of every month (except December will be earlier in the month), we gather Wikipedia and Wikimedia enthusiasts to collaborate, mingle, and learn about new projects and ideas. Every other month we plan a brief formal program. Some programs will help orient those new to the wiki world, others will speak more to experienced wiki editors. We are working hard not to make it a geekfest.
Our next event is Wednesday, September 28 at 6pm, at the Wikimedia Foundation offices in downtown SF (see link below for full details). We will have no formal agenda this month to allow people to freely socialize, share ideas and perhaps learn about Wikipedia and Wikimedia through hands-on editing. Co-organizer Ben Creasy will be looking at election-related articles to enhance the information available in the upcoming November elections. Co-organizer Stephen LaPorte has suggested doing an upload-a-thon for Wiki Loves Monuments. Niki, the California coordinator for WLM will be in attendance. WLM is an annual event and the official deadline is Friday the 30th for submissions to count towards awards. Or, you can grab a couch, a booth, or a stool and do your own thing. Free Wi-Fi is available. Newcomers are encouraged to attend. Experienced editors will help anybody requesting assistance. Bring a friend! We will have beverages and light snacks (including beer and wine), provided by a recent Rapid Grant from the Wikimedia Foundation. * Please note: You *should* register here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cjLRrSTlEkGOPTQ-h6A0WvSFI4ZmIUl6jEHp_RYas-E/viewform, and bring a photo ID that matches your registration name. The building policy is strict on the ID point. If you forget to RSVP, please call me at 925-899-4051, or worst case show up and we will figure out how to get you in :-) All the details are here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bay_Area_WikiSalon_September_2016 We look forward to seeing you there - and until then, happy editing! -Wayne Calhoon (and fellow organizers Ben Creasy, Pete Forsyth, Stephen LaPorte, and Julia Barbara) P.S.: Any help spreading the word is most welcome! I plan to post on various sites and invite various groups; if you'd like to join in, check out this list, and feel free to note any you are inviting: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Monthly_WikiSalon_in_San_Francisco#Announcements_and_promotion PPS: Here is our planning page on meta if you want to dig in and help: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Bay_Area_WikiSalon
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