Angela, Have you got any official support from the chapter for this bid? Having been the bid leader for the last time an Australian city took a tilt at this, I'd say that it's necessary to have committed support from the chapter to have any hope at all of success. I see that supporting the bid is a part of Liam's election platform, but I really think it's not appropriate to count on the chapter's enthusiastic support for a Sydney '12 bid without some sort of chapter-wide discussion on whether that's the best location and the best time to bid. I'm not saying that the idea of bidding is without merit, but I do think that this might not be the best time to proceed. In fact, when the chapter membership was polled in March, there seemed to very little to no support for bidding in 2011 (http://www.wikimedia.org.au/wiki/2009_member_goals_survey), and I'm not sure that opinions on the topic have changed wildly since then.
Cheers, Craig -----Original Message----- From: wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org [mailto:wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Angela Sent: Thursday, 26 November 2009 4:29 PM To: Wikimedia-au Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] Bidding for Wikimania 2012 I think there's an advantage to putting up a bid page early so the jury can see that we're organised so I've started http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2012/Bids/Sydney Please add to it, and add your name if you can sign up to volunteer, either for a particular role or just generally. For inspiration, previous winning bids can be found here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2005:Location http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2006/Boston http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2007/Taipei http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2008/Bids/Alexandria http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2009/Bids/Buenos_Aires http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2010/Bids/Gda%C5%84sk 2011 bids will be here: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2011/Bids Angela _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l _______________________________________________ Wikimediaau-l mailing list Wikimediaauemail@example.com https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l