Dear all

Excuse my long absence. I there were quite some emails to catch up with. 
:-) My absence doesn't mean at all that I lost interest in helping 
organizing Wikipedia Day it's more the lack of time due to a time 
consuming job. Therefore I definitly withdraw my candidature for 
president and would in
> as our Wikipedia Day will be in less than 3 months and as the
> foundation of Wikimedia CH might be a bit delayed still (ChapCom +
> board -> it might still pass some time until a definitive vote), I
> think we should definitely start the planning now.
> However I think, that we cannot do all the planning only on this
> mailinglist. Why?
> 1. Not everybody who might be interested in Wikipedia Day is also
> interested in Wikimedia CH and not everybody here on this ml is
> interested in organizing the Wikipedia Day.
> 2. If we start thinking about sponsors, public archiving of that is
> maybe not so good: Imagine the following think (okay, you really have
> to imagine...): Somebody proposes on this list "Let's ask Company XY
> to sponsor the day [because I know somebody there/ because they have
> sponsored similar events etc.]. Now somebody posts a reply "No, please
> not company XY, they are bad/they have done this and this which was
> bad/there CEO is a nasty guy etc.". Now if they find this in the
> archive (and as we saw in two cases, people [and probably also
> companies] do google for themselves and find them here), we can forget
> them as partners. Or a more realistic scenario: They simply won't like
> negotiations being archived in public.
> 3. We don't have a lot of time. If every tiny bit and decision will
> first be discussed here for weeks, we will not come through until next
> year...
> Therefore my proposal:
> We could create some teams [which could later be task groups =
> Arbeitsgruppen of Wikimedia CH] that deal with particular things and
> have a few members (say, 5 or so) and work via private email (you can
> send a mail to 5 people...). When they have reached a decision/solved
> a problem, they can still report to mailinglist at the end.
> Proposed teams: (just jotted down, feel free to add and change):
> 
> ==Core team== (or: coordination team/lead team/whatever)
> This would be the kind of organizing committee as known. They have the
> overview over the whole situation, are the ones who'd also finally
> sign contracts if necessary with partners, look that the budget is not
> exceeded, and so on.
> 
> ==PR and Media team==
> quite an important team:
> a) contact to Media, sending invitations to press etc., making press
> releases, etc.
> b) organising the advertising for the Wikipedia Day (in on-and offline
> agendas, newspapers, maybe create flyers and leaflets etc.
> c) looking for some kind of Internet site, if possible and time is
> there, either we start with www.wikimedia.ch already or we'd use
> www.wikipediaday.ch or whatever.
> 
> ==Technical team==
> they do the technical stuff: If we have an internet website/a section
> on wikimedia.ch, they do the technical bits around it, i.e. put the
> things, PR and Media team wrote on the internet etc.
> further, they look, that everything is fine technically at the day
> itself, so they have to make sure, that beamers and pcs at ETH are
> working and they would help with the technical stuff at the event
> itself
> 
> ==Location team==
> They are responsible for the location itself (connections to technical
> team), i.e. they decide whether we should have food/catering/snaks
> there, they look, that something to drink is available, they make
> sure, that we have really an information desk then, that we have a
> place, where speakers could prepare themselves, they look that the
> chairs etc. are organised nicely and so on
> 
> ==Partners team==
> We have not really discussed this yet, but I think, we might still
> consider finding some sponsors (could be IT companies, but also, if
> you like better, governmental support or other
> foundations/associations/"Stiftungen" that would support us.) Because
> remember, if we want to have some nice flyers/leaflets and so on, and
> if we want catering, we might reach a point, where we'd quite like
> some money... BTW: I recently read at Chapters FAQ on Metawiki that
> Wikimedia Foundation on request also sometimes provides chapters with
> some "start-up budget", so they could also look at this with Delphine
> etc.
> And, if we decide to go to a company and ask for money, this team
> would do the negotiations.
> 
> ==Maybe Budget team==
> If we really get a lot of money (hm...), there might be a need for a
> finance and budget team. But that's not so sure yet..
> 
> I've also thrown this proposal at
> http://ch.wikimedia.org/wiki/Events/Wikipedia_Day_2006/Teams
> 
> Now, please comment. You can deny the need for every team listed
> above, but I think you can't deny, that we need to get active now
> somehow, and that we cannot sit here until in some weeks or months
> Wikimedia CH will be formally created, because remember, even if we
> have final placet of Board, we still need to find a date for a liitle
> formal founding assembly etc., that will take time!
> 
> Michael
> --
> Regards
> Michael Bimmler
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