Great to see the momentum with Kannada wiki projects. Congrats for the team.

- Sundar

 "That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium for 
the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
- George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture


>
>From: Hari Prasad Nadig <hpna...@gmail.com>
>To: "Kannada Wikipedia Discussion List wikik...@wikipedia.org" 
><wikik...@lists.wikimedia.org>; Wikimedia India List 
><wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
>Sent: Sun, December 26, 2010 7:46:45 PM
>Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Kannada Wikipedia meet-up of 25th December 2010
>
>Hi all,
>
>It was quite overwhelming to see loads of people joining in for the Kannada 
>Wikipedia meet-up beyond the expected numbers!
>
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/hpnadig/5290761488/
>
>It was thought that less people would turn up given the difficulty getting to 
>the venue and more importantly the holiday season. But it turned out to be a 
>great day discussing Kannada Wikipedia and having some fun as well. 
>
>
>Most of the audience felt that everyone should do a bit more to improve 
>Kannada 
>version, and the difficulty mainly was in the 'input method' for Kannada and 
>fonts. 
>
>
>There was this active set of several Wikimedians from Kannada wiktionary 
>(which 
>has of late been faring quite well). Few people using Google translator 
>toolkit 
>to add articles to Kannada Wikipedia were also present from the host, 
>inetFrame 
>solutions. There was an interaction between community members and this team on 
>the translation process. Several doubts were resolved and few issues were 
>sorted 
>out. It was decided that a  feedback/guidelines page would be put up on the 
>Wiki 
>for everyone using Google translator toolkit or the Microsoft Bhasha tool 
>including those that were discussed today.
>
>There was discussion about bringing back the weekly collaborations that were 
>happening once upon a time. Community members were also keen to know more 
>about 
>using the Google kit to translate lengthy articles.
>
>It was great fun discussing about translations and sharing some experiences on 
>Wikipedia. Several people added in their thoughts about translations and about 
>improving the overall quality of articles. 
>
>
>It was decided that work should be started on putting up videos to help normal 
>(non-techie) users edit Wikipedia. *[In fact, it would be a good idea to start 
>this for most of the Indian language Wikipedias - drop me an email if any of 
>you 
>are interested in participating]
>
>Some of them (especially some contributors who have been on and off on the 
>wiki 
>due to several roadblocks they faced while editing) were keen to know whether 
>a 
>PDF with hands-on FAQ (an e-book) could be readied in Kannada that would help 
>them figure out how to overcome the issues they face without having to contact 
>sysops or active editors who already have their hands full. *[Any volunteers 
>for 
>this one? Again, we could do the same for all Indian languages. Sharing what 
>we've learned all these days editing Wikipedia should be fun. Please enlist by 
>dropping an email off the list.]
>
>The participants were keen to have regular meet-ups of the kind that would 
>allow 
>more interactions off-line to clear the doubts, help each other clearing 
>roadblocks in contributing. 
>
>
>More pictures here:
>http://twitpic.com/3jejbl
>
>http://twitpic.com/3jejnp
>
>http://twitpic.com/3jdung
>
>http://twitpic.com/3jdhfx
>
>http://twitpic.com/3jddq4
>
>The entire album of the event is here:
>http://www.flickr.com/photos/hpnadig/sets/72157625670383158/
>
>Thanks to the inetFrame solutions who allowed us to use the venue for free and 
>for the tea. 
>
>
>Cheers,
>
>-- 
>Hari Prasad Nadig 
>http://hpnadig.net | http://twitter.com/hpnadig
>http://flickr.com/hpnadig 
>
>
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