Although I may not agree with Ravi or Ashwin completely, I feel that
open-minded discussion about this doesn't hurt. The grant and its details
are public, and Ravi has expressed his opinion on it.

Ravi is a longtime Wikipedian on Tamil Wikipedia, and one of the authors of

(Personally, I don't think his mail intended to denigrate anyone's work.
I've known him as a really committed Wikipedian - he's done some amazing
work in Tamil Nadu)

Ashwin does have a point though when he says that it is quite a task getting
sponsorship for event of this scale. Event organizers hunting for sponsors
almost an year before the event isn't uncommon.


On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 8:10 PM, Theo10011 <> wrote:

> lol +1 to Ashwin.
> Ravishankar, I dont know who you are but please dont denigrate the work of
> my friends and fellow community members with statements like those.
> No one stopped you from getting or anyone else involved, you still can. Go
> get us the in-kind donation please. You have our blessing.
> Theo
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 8:06 PM, Ashwin Baindur 
> <>wrote:
>> Ravi, Thank God someone feels like this. Be our guest, please prove us
>> wrong by getting us a great big sponsorship. We really welcome help in this
>> field. I'm sure if you are succesful, and we have enough funds, we could
>> reduce the grant or use it elsewhere than for the Wiki Conference.
>> Warm regards,
>> Ashwin Baindur
>> On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 8:01 PM, Ravishankar <>wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am not so glad to see the huge grant for Wikiconference and the way it
>>> is spent.
>>> With all due respect for the organising community and volunteers, more
>>> effort should have gone in getting donation in kind ( example: venues ) /
>>> commercial sponsors. That is how most of the events of this scale are run.
>>> This is huge money if directly invested in resources for any Wikipedia
>>> project will give great meassurable results.
>>> Ravi

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