It was a lot of fun along with serious business. The club started on the
14th with over 40+ attendees. The greatest success was that almost 100% of
all students returned the next day. Hence, we hope to have generated a lot
of interest as well as made it clear to them, that editing an encyclopedia
is serious business.
- Lets make this world a better and more informative place*
On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 12:59 AM, Srikeit <srik...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello All
> This is a slightly belated report of the Wiki 11 celebrations in Pune on
> January 15, 2012.
> The celebrations were coincided with the first gathering of Wikipedia
> Club Pune <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Club_Pune>.
> The Club had met on the 14th where participants were instructed on the
> model, nature and basics of Wikipedia.
> The 15th saw 40+ participants gather in the computer lab at SICSR, Pune
> for hands-on Wikipedia editing as well as the 11th anniversary
> celebrations. The numbers therefore made this the *largest Wiki 11
> celebration in India*. The participants were largely high school and
> college students. The morning session involved a detailed explanation of
> the five pillars of
> Wikipedia<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillars> stressing
> the importance of contributing neutral and free content. Feedback for each
> sessions was immediately gathered on the Wikipedia Club Pune Facebook
> The second session involved hands-on editing beginning with talk page
> posting, signing of posts, sandbox editing, wiki-linking etc. Then
> following a detailed explanation of referencing, the participants were
> encouraged (under supervision) to reference articles related to Pune.
> The final session involved the business end of the Wiki-11 celebration
> with a huge Wiki-globe
> We were further buoyed by the presence of the WP English SIG chair Ashwin
> who encouraged and helped the participants in editing and did the honours
> cutting the cake. The participants and the organizers participated in a
> Google+ Hangout with Hisham and the rest of the WMF office in Delhi and
> Nitika and the WP 11 party in Kolkata. The participants were quite excited
> with both Wikipedia and its community. Their enthusiasm was reflected in
> both their editing as well as willingness to return for the next meeting of
> the club.
> The pictures of the event have been uploaded to commons and can be found
> here <http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Wikipedia_11_in_India>.
> The next meeting of the Wikipedia Club Pune will be on Saturday, 21st Jan.
> The Wikipedia Club and celebrations were quite excellently organized by
> Abhishek Suryavanshi and several other Campus Ambassadors in Pune.
> Warm Regards
> Srikeit Tadepalli
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