Hi all,

Thanks for sharing your views.

I will share my response after the Wiki conference is over.

For now, all the best for the event.


On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 8:46 PM, Arjuna Rao Chavala
<arjunar...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Ravi,
> Thanks for your email. Tinu's response has captured some keypoints behind
> the initiative, which was discussed with EC and other stakeholders, so I
> will be brief.  Additional responses inline..
> On Thu, Nov 10, 2011
>  at 6:11 PM, Ravishankar <ravidre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Arjuna,
>> I am not very excited with this idea of a jury for picking noteworthy
>> Wikimedians.
>> 1. Many noteworthy Wikimedians are serving in Jury, conference
>> activities, chapter and WMF. Omitting them from the recognition will
>> not give a real picture to the public.
> I hope you understood that the recognition is for contributions till 2010.
> We had good discussions on the Jury size and the implications. Jury members
> are also have been consulted on the process and only after their consent,
> the Jury is finalized.  While there are other approaches for taking care if
> some of the jury members are nominated, in view of the short lead time, we
> wanted to keep the process simple.
>> 2. Having a jury to pick this seems so Un-Wikipediac. Only in extreme
>> cases, we have a jury in Wikimedia projects. Usually, the nomination
>> and approval is done by the community itself.
> When we talk of a India wide recognition, community driven process is going
> to be extremly difficult, as each one  of  us are not aware of the
> contributions of  Wikimedians outside one's core project.
>> 3.There are tens of noteworthy Wikimedians for each Wikipedia. An
>> example for Tamil Wikipedia alone at
>> http://tawp.in/r/1eyn
>> I can't nominate just one or two as every one's contribution is
>> valuable and unique. Not good to have a competition sort of thing and
>> upset a lot of people.
> Nominations can be done by one or more wikimedians.  You can discuss in your
> core community and come up with  nominations.  Every nomination is itself a
> way of recognising fellow wikimedians who made a difference.
>> 3. What is the point of a citation / certificate in this digital age?
>> What is the purpose achieved after the event is over?
> When you look it as a recognition at Pan India level, even a certificate has
> value.  This can make the noteworthy wikipedians feel that their
> contributions have been recognised, encourage them to share their
> experiences in our outreach events, can  inspire our community members and
> strengthen  the wikimedia movement.
>> I would recommend requesting each language community and project to
>> suggest noteworthy contributions with a mini profile and make a audio
>> / visual out of it. These people can be interviewed and the content
>> can be used in the conference venue and future outreach activities.
>> This will be a powerful way to motivate and recognize a lot of people.
> Agree that there are alternate ways of recognition each with its own
> advantages and disadvantages in terms of lead time, effort etc. Foundation
> is attempting what you said and we can certainly leverage the same.
> We look forward to active participation from all in making this initiative a
> success.
> Cheers
> Arjun

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