I've faced this many times, and I think most of us who do outreach work
have faced this. I've had people asking me first thing: "What's the pay
like?". Its quite difficult to convince people who approach it with that
mindset. I've not always succeeded, but what I usually do is tell them the
example of English Wikipedia and its enormous reach; I go on saying "Hey,
doesn't your son use Wikipedia for his assignment? Did you know its written
by people like you and me? You can write too, and your knowledge will reach
millions across the world".

Sometimes, I encourage people to write about their Hometown, or upload
pictures of it. Geography is one of the easier things to work on.

Swaroop Rao
(MikeLynch <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:MikeLynch>)



On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 22:31, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
parakara.gh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry guys, looks like Google chopped off the bottom of my mail again.
> What I said was, when I asked my friend to contribute to the Tamil
> Media Contest, he told me- when I'm not getting paid for all my
> photos, why should I upload? Anyone who's gone thru similar
> experiences and can help me out?
>
> On 12/16/11, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <rsrikant...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Heya all. I just wanted to share this quick mail with you and get your
> > feedback. Over the past two years, I've actively been part of Wiki
> > outreach efforts. Thru meetups, volunteering for the Bangalore
> > Samskrit academy, trying to convince friends, classmates etc. I've had
> > a lot of negative experiences with people askin me- What's in it for
> > me? Mere liye kya hai? Ennaku enna kadaka porthu? I get laughed at
> > when I say I'm doing gu voluntarily. Infact recently, when I tried to
> > get a friend to contribute to our
> >
> >
> > --
> > Regards,
> > Srikanth Ramakrishnan,
> > Sathyamangalam-Gobichettipalayam Star Gazers Gang, Ukkadam, Coimbatore.
> > My Commons uploads, now exceeding 75.
> > http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:ListFiles/Rsrikanth05
> >
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> Srikanth Ramakrishnan.
> Wikipedia Coimbatore Meetup on December 10th.
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Meetup/Coimbatore
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