Here's the log for March 22nd   

There were very interesting discussions on how the community building work for 
Indic languages was conceptualised and how it is evolving.  It is especially 
interesting to see how WikiProjects (like Medical or Translation Enhancement) 
in Indic communities can play multiple roles apart from the most obvious one of 
improving content.  Projects of this nature hold tremendous potential in 
community building - from facilitating collaboration, encouraging 
communication, attracting newbies as well as inviting back retired editors.  
All Indic wikipedians: If you  want any support or clarifications on these 
points, please do reach out to Shiju (  

There was also a very useful conversation started on the role of India Program 
within communities.

Please note that in the IRC log, I have blanked out content in 2 lines. (I have 
marked them BLANKBLANKBLANK)  This was done so that the privacy of a fellow 
community member is not violated.  All of us should remember that IRCs  (and 
for that matter, mailing lists such as this, user pages and talk pages) are 
publicly logged.  We need to be sensitive to personal details - of other 
community members as well as ourselves.  Please do pass on this message to 
other community members, especially newbies.

As always, please do put any additional comments on the talk page for this 

Don't forget we are back on IRC on March 29th at 9pm India and will talk a lot 
about outreach and a little about communications.


On Mar 22, 2012, at 8:45 PM, Hisham wrote:

> We're starting in 15 minutes at 9pm IST.
> Speak soon.
> hisham
> On Mar 22, 2012, at 7:14 AM, Hisham wrote:
>> Dear All
>> Reminder that there's an IRC for the community with India Program on 22nd 
>> March at 9:00 pm IST in #wikimedia-office.  This session is an open house 
>> with no specific topics to be discussed. (This was scheduled because we ran 
>> out of time in the previous IRC.  To avoid spamming lists, I won't be 
>> sending this to any other lists apart from this one.  Please do share this 
>> mail with whoever you know might be interested.
>> (To join the IRC, all you have to do is go to:  
>> and enter a nickname ( it does not require prior registration) and enter 
>> #wikimedia-office as the channel name.)
>> I'll send a reminder 15 minutes before the session.
>> hisham
>> On Mar 17, 2012, at 7:35 PM, Hisham wrote:
>>> Here's the link that gives the log of this meeting - for those who couldn't 
>>> attend.
>>> As planned, the major topic of discussion was the Indic Languages 
>>> initiatives.  We talked about the overall approach that Shiju has been 
>>> following with several dozen community members.  We walked through the  
>>> Medical project - currently underway in Assamese, Telugu, Oriya (Odia) & 
>>> Malayalam.  (This seeks to create vital articles in Indic wikis with the 
>>> help of community members with medical/healthcare background, or users who 
>>> are interested in healthcare articles.)  During the IRC, Jayanta informed 
>>> us that the Bengali community have also started it  - which is great.   We 
>>> also discussed the Translated Articles Enhancement Project which has been 
>>> started by the Kannada community.
>>> Thank you to every one but a special thank you to the new folks who came on 
>>> today.  It's always nice to see new faces!
>>> We ran out of time on this IRC.   As discussed, I would like to suggest 
>>> Thursday March 22nd @9pm IST for another IRC.  (This is in addition to the 
>>> IRC planned for March 29th.)  The March 22nd IRCwill be an open house - and 
>>> will not therefore have a predetermined agenda.
>>> As always, do visit the India Program page for more information on 
>>> everything we do. 
>>> Best
>>> hisham
>>> On Mar 15, 2012, at 8:45 PM, Hisham wrote:
>>>> Reminder that we are starting in 15 minutes.
>>>> Do join in!  Details below.
>>>> hisham
>>>> On Mar 15, 2012, at 8:38 AM, Hisham wrote:
>>>>> Gentle reminder. Do join in.
>>>>> hisham
>>>>> On Mar 11, 2012, at 6:41 AM, Hisham wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Folks
>>>>>> One of the essential things that India Program needs to constantly work 
>>>>>> out is keeping the community informed of the work that we are doing - so 
>>>>>> that this work is clearer but also to help cross-pollinate ideas amongst 
>>>>>> a wider set of community members who might not have been engaged on 
>>>>>> specific village pump / talk page discussion or involved in particular 
>>>>>> activities (e.g. outreach events) or wikiprojects.
>>>>>> We used to have a monthly IRC with the community and India Program.   
>>>>>> (For those who are not familiar with IRC, it is an Internet messaging 
>>>>>> system similar to a regular chat room.  It's very simple to use and you 
>>>>>> can join in by clicking on the following link: 
>>>>>>  I have been 
>>>>>> remiss in conducting these for the past few months - and I'd like to 
>>>>>> make amends by restarting, with a couple of modifications.
>>>>>> a) I'd like to propose fortnightly instead of monthly.  (I was wary of 
>>>>>> doing it any more frequently than monthly earlier because I didn't know 
>>>>>> if there would be enough on the plate to discuss.  I have changed my 
>>>>>> mind now - because there is too much to discuss to cover in a single 
>>>>>> monthly session.)  I'd like to propose that we do it in the 1st and 3rd 
>>>>>> Thursdays of every month at 9pm IST (which is GMT + 0530) - THOUGH NOT 
>>>>>> will do it on March 15th and March 29th (both at 9pm IST which is GMT + 
>>>>>> 0530)
>>>>>> b) I'd like to propose that we do it focussed on specific work streams 
>>>>>> instead of general.  The reason I say this is that - as with many 
>>>>>> community meet-ups, folks will give time to attend a meet-up or 
>>>>>> participate in an IRC only if there is a topic of relevance to them.  To 
>>>>>> that extent, we could do one IRC on Indic languages and one on Outreach 
>>>>>> & Communications.  I'd start both the IRCs with a re-cap of India 
>>>>>> Programs activities for the fortnight (or so) prior to the IRC and 
>>>>>> forward from the IRC - and then we could talk about either Indic 
>>>>>> langauges or Outreach & Communications.
>>>>>> The March 15th one will be focussed on Indic Languages and the one on 
>>>>>> March 29th will be on Outreach & Communications.  

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