Thanks Ravi for bringing up this topic. I sent a similar mail regarding this
some time back.

Now a days many so called "wikipedians" are popping up here and there
claiming themselves *as the spokesperson of different Indian language wikis*.
The irony is that *none of the Wiki language communities are aware about
these types of developments*. And some of these spokespersons doesn't even
have an account in the respective language wiki.

I know that *Wiki editing* and *Wiki advocacy* are two different topics. But
we, contributors to different language wikipedias, doesn't want some one
outside the Language community taking the responsibility of spokesperson
with out our knowledge.

It is a good idea to appoint a team of active wikians for each language as
the official Spokespersons/contact persons. Let each Wiki language community
decide how it should be represented outside.


On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 2:25 AM, Ravi shankar <>wrote:

> Hi,
> Recently we came to know that a fraud guy has been claiming himself to be
> the "head" of Tamil Wiki and a director for yet-to-be-formed Indian
> Wikimedia chapter. He has been doing this at many places including Govt
> circles. This was a shock for us. I would like to warn a similar possibility
> for all other Indian Wikis.
> I recommend that each Wiki start a mechanism to officially elect few
> official Spokespersons / contact persons and spread the word about this
> selection. The appointment can be cycled every few months to share
> responsibility with more members. These need not be just the sysops /
> bureaucrats. They can be anyone trust worthy, long serving the community,
> having fair idea of Wiki organization and easy to cooperate and communicate
> with.
> Ravi.
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