I agree in some parts with Robin.
You can choose any date you want there is an excuse not to come. If anyone is
interested, she/he will mark this day to come. Or do we want to attract persons
just walking by, listening only because they have nothing else to do...?
I suggest to identify our target audience and evaluate their calendar. If we
want to target on students, a day during holiday would be bad - if we want to
target on sports people, a bright weekend would be bad - if we want to target
on nerds, a date during a hacker congress would be bad.
So any idea, what audience we want to have on our Wikipedia Day? I think, the
main audience should be the press. But they would come any day as long a good
story can be expected. So our second targeted audience are stundents as they
have a big knowledge and have many time to write excellent articles. ;-)
Therefore I suggest a date about 2-3 weeks before semester end / or 3-4 weeks
after semester beginning.
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Im Auftrag von
> Michael Bimmler
> Gesendet: Samstag, 14. Januar 2006 15:46
> An: Mailing list for Wikimedia Swizerland
> Betreff: Re: [Wikimediach-l] Wikipedia Day - Date - new proposal
> 2006/1/13, Ilario Valdelli <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> > It seems to be a good decision. In my experience (but I've worked a
> > lot with Germany and Italy and not with Swiss companies) all I have
> > fixed in August was after delayed.
> > In any case IMHO it is important, at moment, to fix only a deadline
> > and a period, the date can be fixed some months before
> verifying the
> > avalaibility of seat, avalaibility of persons and more.
> This is unfortunately not so, as we would like to be listed
> in the ch-open directory, and I think, Manuel said, that he
> needs to have a definite date by end of January.
> > Ilario
> > Michael Bimmler wrote:
> > >Hello,
> > >I just remarked, that I am actually not so in favour of the last
> > >saturday of holidays for the following two reasons:
> > >1. People are a) still in holidays b) just coming back
> c)tired, want
> > >to relax a bit before start etc.
> > >2. A lot of people that we need to get in touch with some weeks
> > >before the events will be on holidays during july/early
> august. This
> > >probably includes universitiy employees as well as the
> > >for the places where we want to advertise.
> > >3, During the short Swiss summer, people will spend *a
> lot* of their
> > >free time (especially Saturdays) in "public swimming baths" (blame
> > >leo for this term), e.g. in the lake. I doubt whether
> anybody would
> > >want to be on a hot day (last day of holidays or even last summer
> > >weekend) in a room, listening to presentations or working with
> > >computers. When it's hot, people in CH want to be outside,
> > >barbecueing and so on.
> > >Therefore I "nominate" a date in the second half of september (e.g.
> > >Sat Sept 23), then it won't be so hot and sunny anymore,
> people won't
> > >be swimming anymore and may rather come during the day (remark, we
> > >are not talking about the evening) that in the middle of
> the short summer.
> > >So I'm just afraid, that we decide on a day like the Aug
> 26th and are
> > >then disappointed 'cause the weather guys say that it would be the
> > >last sunny weekend in this year and then nobody comes.
> > >What do you think?
> > >Michael
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