Hi Jyothis,

This is a *commendable* accomplishment.

Hopefully this will inspire more wikipedians from India to take up more
governance roles in Wikipedia.

Best wishes and regards


On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 12:47 PM, Shiju Alex <shijualexonl...@gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi All,
> As all of you are aware, the steward elections (
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Stewards/elections_2010) got over on
> Februray. Many of you might have cast your votes during this elections. The
> results are declared today.
> I am extremely happy to inform all that, one of our colleague 
> *Jyothis*<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Jyothis>(He is an active 
> Malayalam Wikipedian), has been elected as a steward (
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Stewards/elections_2010). He has received
> the *second maximum percentage of votes* among all the candidates who
> contested for the steward post.
> *I assume that he is first Indian language wikipedian elected to that
> post/usergroup. *
> For those who are not aware what is a steward is, the below definition from
> MetaWiki will help.
> Stewards are users with complete access to the wiki interface on all
> Wikimedia wikis, including the ability to change any and all user rights and
> groups. They are tasked with technical implementation of community
> consensus, and dealing with emergencies (for example, cross-wiki vandalism).
> Stewards aim to make no decisions as stewards, but are empowered to act as a
> member of any permissions group on any project with no active member of that
> permissions group. For example: wikis without administrators may call upon
> stewards to fulfill that role; stewards will act as a bureaucrat as needed
> on wikis without bureaucrats.
> As mentioned in his 
> profile<http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Stewards/elections_2010/votes/Jyothis>,
> he can speak 5 languages 
> (Malayalam<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayalam>(his mother tongue),
> Tamil <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_language>, 
> Kannada<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannada_language>,
> Hindi <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindi>, and English) and read and
> write 3 languages (Malayalam, English, and Hindi).
> As an Indian language wikian, he will be able to understand the technical
> problems that we face in Indic langauge wikis. He can surely support most of
> the Indian language Wikis.
> I am extremely happy about the percentage of votes Jyothis recived, since
> rest of the wikians started noticing contributions from non-latin language
> wikis.
> I wish him all the success.
> Shiju Alex
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