Thanks, Anirudh!

Warm regards,

Ashwin Baindur

On Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 6:27 PM, Anirudh Bhati <> wrote:

> Great report, AshLin!  Loved the commentary.  I think the English
> Wikipedia community needs a renewed focus!  We should attempt to organize
> meetups dedicated to the English Wikipedia around the major cities of the
> country.   This is so that we can help young editors who may or may not
> decide to become long-term contributors - and we shouldn't let that
> decision be solely based on their online interaction with enwp editors.
> Konarak Ratnakar has scheduled a Wikimeetup in Ahmedabad on February 19,
> 2012.  He is a new editor who began fairly recently and is currently
> working on cleaning up the article on [[Gujarat]].
> Thank you, once again, for helping jumpstart the English community. :-)
> anirudh
> 2012/2/15 Ashwin Baindur <>
>> The month of January passed quietly for WikiProject India on English
>> Wikipedia. However elsewhere, the SOPA/PIPA discussion in the United States
>> was the hot topic of the month andEnglish Wikipedia went dark on 18 January
>> for 24 hours in protest against these proposed laws.
>> At this point of time, getting the few small initiatives to keep going
>> have been our concern.
>> We have had [[Premchand]] as [[WP:INCOTM]] and [[Mohandas Karamchand
>> Gandhi]] as GA of the month. Premchand has had substantial improvement. The
>> GA Master Class ( a hoity-toity name I picked up as an excuse for
>> periodically giving a few hints on the Wikimedia-in-en list) for Gandhi has
>> begun and some posts made. GA of the month is a misnomer because despites
>> lots of edits, there is tremendous amount of work yet to be done on Gandhi.
>> It seems that we will be doing a GA/FA a quarter instead. :(  The new
>> INCOTM of the month is [[Dance in India]].
>> The Offline Wikipedia for Schools project has been dawdling along and we
>> need people to recommit themselves to this Project. Recently, I realised
>> that the most important parts of Wikipedia which need doing are not "pop
>> corn and fast food". They require commitment and seem too much like work.
>> They are not as much fun as editing on our favourite topics. That fact
>> perhaps is the reason people begn working on this project and finding it is
>> not much fun, gradually stop editing. However, lakhs of Indian children
>> await our output so I'm requesting particiants to return and recommit.
>> On the talk page, we have had a discussion since December and through
>> January into February about whether caste should be mentioned in
>> biographies. The protagonists quoting [[WP:BLP]] and [[WP:V]] took the
>> stand that caste should not be mentioned unless it has been self-identified
>> by the person concerned in a reliable source. Some Indian editors contested
>> it vehemently arguing that caste pervades Indian society and binding
>> strictures on its mention should not be placed. But when it boiled down to
>> a poll, the majority of editors stood up for the conservative position i.e.
>> noinclusion unless self-identified in a reliable source.
>> An earlier discussion about which should be the languages that a title of
>> an article should be translated into in the lead. After lots of discussion,
>> the discussion was closed as no consensus emerged except that IPA should
>> definitely be present for pronunciation. In this regard, I think common
>> sense and not misplaced parochialism should help us decide which all
>> laguanges the title should be transcribed into in the lead.
>> In this month, we saw Swaroop Rao, aka MikeLynch or Lynch7 as he
>> masquerades nowadays become an admin. That is great.
>> However, I am seeing more activity overall on English Wikipedia from the
>> habitual editors - which is a very good sign. Young former CAs are playing
>> up too but the spectre of exams had made its presence known by end January.
>> All in all, a fairly okay month for WikiProject India.
>> AshLin
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