+1

From one another of those silent spectator or quiet one.. :)

A pilot program is undertaken to always test the situation and gauge how it would deliver in a real life situation. That is exactly why it is known as a pilot or a UAT or a test.

With due respect to others in the thread, whoever has been expressing their opinions and thoughts, lets be honest about the fact that the Pune Pilot has been a success, a resounding success. The pilot was intended to be a learning experience and you should be taking back that learning to fine tune the future initiatives. It needs to be gauged on the learning that has been gained and nothing else, absolutely nothing else should be the benchmark.

Let us only look at what has been gained and not at what has been lost. May be that is the Indian mentality, but that is a mentality which is encouraging for all those CA's to contribute further and evolve themselves as better Wikipedians.

Abhi

On 15-Nov-2011 9:52 AM, Hisham wrote:
Hi Folks

I'm deliberately opening a new mail chain on this. This is at the risk of me being told off for doing so - but I believe that email protocol is one thing - but communication philosophy is (arguably) even more critical.

I (and personally upsetting to me, others at India Programs - namely Nitika & the Campus Ambassadors) have taken some beating over the past few days. Some has been personal and not been circumspect or constructive; not pretty. I have been touched by the offlist messages of comfort and support that I and the others have got.

I am exceedingly worried about the impact it has had on team morale. To all those who have criticised the India Education Program, spare a thought for the volunteers who have helped out on this. I want to tell the Campus Ambassadors to be strong and keep your chins up. You guys have been incredible. Hand on heart, you have given your hearts and souls and have conducted probably the single biggest Wikipedia outreach program in the world. (btw, I really don't care if someone wants to tag this as {citation required.}) You have taken time out of your working lives and college days. I know how tough it's been - conducting more than 100 in-class sessions, working with so many students and faculty, reaching out on email and talk pages and SMS and mobile calls and social networks and in canteens, poring over student entries, learning Wikipedia policies, figuring out new tools to help your work, building relationships with other editors across the globe, doing the back-breaking documentation that's been required on project & course pages, and I can go on and on and on. I know that sustaining this level of motivation and energy over months has been hard on you. I also know some of you faltered. I know some of you wanted to scream and kick someone some times, maybe even many people many times! Keep the faith, guys.

I am sorry for the personal attack on Nitika. To her, I want to publicly apologise. I know her to be hard-working, diligent, honest, competent and an all-round professional. She's new and she's learning and has and will make mistakes - like all of us do. It is fantastic to have her on the team. Period.

The program is a pilot - and we made a ton of mistakes. Sorry, let me rephrase that. I led the initiative so all responsibility should be mine. I made a ton of mistakes. I promise the following. We will have a thorough, honest and fact based evaluation. We will be open to make all the changes that are required. We will not let the events of the past few days force us into a bunker mentality. We will be open and we will be intellectually rigorous. We will learn and we will improve. The India opportunity is massive - and our ambitions are huge. It is also fraught with challenges. Unless we try and do things - new and tough and complex things - we will never be able to realise our true potential.

I know that some who have participated in these exchanges are driven by an awe-inspiring love and passion for Wikipedia. I urge you to continue to come forward and work with others and us. Come forward early though - and stay engaged through the journey. It will have ups and downs.

On communication, I urge everyone to maintain WP:CIVILITY and WP:NPOV in all our interactions. On this - and to be fair - quite a few other interactions recently on totally unrelated topics (and involving a whole host of others), I daresay we have drifted from core Wikipedia principles. These should apply to us to all our community's interactions as religiously as we apply them to our projects.

I would urge folks who agree with me to write back. Even a +1 will do. Let's hear the voices of the quieter folks. Let's hear from the folks who don't always get involved in mailing list exchanges out of either apprehension or apathy. Let's move forward.

Warm Regards,

hisham



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