My two paise: Point 1: I myself am a student, and I kind of agree with Srikanth on this one. Students aren't really interested in learning to edit Wikipedia at a fest. If I was a newbie, I wouldn't even look at the stall for more than say once or twice.
A better idea is to have a photo scavenger hunt to upload to commons and use that somehow in an article in one of these fest. Anyone who can do it successfully after a brief tutorial, say gets rewarded with a tshirt. The t-shirt isn't that symbolic. It is necessary to attract a person to the stall, but what will drive them is the competitive spirit. Point 2: I do believe that Wikipedia has a lot of techies (my opinion, may be wrong). When you target techies, they are the easiest as they will like the concept of open source, coding, etc etc. But I doubt how many non-technical articles they chose to even touch in a short span. What we do not touch upon are non-tech fests, esp sciences and arts. Because, students of sciences generally have to do a lot of research but all this research just goes to their professors and rots. While literature students are always looking for avenues of self expression. Maybe Wikipedia is not the best place for that, but it will attract them more because of the audience. So why not give non-tech fests a try also? The most recent I can think of is Sympulse, which is in 9days. But Nitika or Hisham, maybe you can talk to them and if they agree, we can also help out? Contact info: Aditya Krishnamurthy : +91 9867559891 Aparna Prasad : +91 9673399903 http://www.sympulsefest.com/ Otherwise, I don't think you will get students to edit Wikipedia seriously other than the IEP model. -- Regards, Debanjan * - Lets make this world a better and more informative place* On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 7:50 PM, Gunit Kalada <gunit....@gmail.com> wrote: > Hi Pratik, > > It is nice to get that kind of response from people. Maybe the scenario in > my college is exceptionally different. But if some colleges feel > differently, then I guess we can really go ahead and do this. > > Regards, > Gunit. > > On 20 January 2012 19:04, Aditya Sengupta <apsengu...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> Bishakha and I did a short session at VJTI during the previous edition of >> the technical festival. Money never came up. >> >> The kinds of places that are going to ask for money for these specific >> activities are the kinds of places you do not want to do these >> workshops/sessions at in the first place- a very clear and simple filter. >> >> On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 18:57, Pratik Lahoti <pr4tiklah...@gmail.com>wrote: >> >>> Hey Gunit, >>> >>> Its not all about sponsorship. We got a stall for free at the CMDA IT >>> Expo as well. >>> Infact, I just had a chat yesterday with one of my friends from Cummins >>> College of Engineering for Women regarding the outreach activities and she >>> was asking me how much do they have to pay to us for the workshop if it was >>> organized in their college during the fest. Clearly, people don't expect >>> any money from us. Infact, they are ready to pay us :P >>> >>> We can conduct workshops, if a stall is not possible. And the ultimate >>> aim is to spread the word about Wikipedia. >>> >>> --Pratik Lahoti. >>> User:BPositive >>> >>> >>> _______________________________________________ >>> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >>> Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com >>> To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit >>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >>> >>> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >> Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org >> To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >> >> > > > -- > Regards, > Gunit. > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > >
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