Dear all,

I'm writing with regard to Wikipatrika.  For the folks who don't know, this
is the community newsletter which has come out twice (in September
2010<http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Wikimedia_India_Community_Newsletter_2010_September.pdf>
 &  June 2011 <http://wiki.wikimedia.in/WikiPatrika/2011-06>)  It's a
really wonderful way documenting and celebrating the amazing work done by
so many community members across so many communities in the various
projects.  It helps share ideas with and helps pick up ideas from other
communities.

I think Wikipatrika is something that could be more frequent - given the
range of activities across communities - and I'd like to support it.  In
this regard, I approached all the editors who were involved in the previous
2 issues to ask their interest in bringing out the next one in end April
covering Jan - Mar 2012, and to see if we can make it more regular
(potentially every quarter.)  5 community members from different languages
have already offered to help.  Another community member will setup a
template that all languages can use (on wiki.wikimedia.in)
I have also started reaching out to editors who might not have been
involved before, and hence this mail.

The template for Wikipatrika will be ready only by April 2nd week.  In the
meantime, can I ask whoever is interested to create a page on
their respective languages wikipedias and start sharing stories and updates
on this page.  I'd encourage everyone to write these in whatever language
they are comfortable in to begin with.   (Once the template is set up on
wiki.wikimedia.in, these individual pages could then be posted there.)  To
start off, you could start with the following sections (which I'm
illustrating using the
Bengali<http://wiki.wikimedia.in/WikiPatrika/2011-06/Community_News/bn>
page
from a previous Wikipatrika), and just start adding content.

   1. General overview
   2. Bengali Wikipedia
   3. Bengali Wikisource
   4. Bengali Wiktionary
   5. Bengali Wikibooks
   6. News reports
   7. Any other section(s) you want to add

 Please do add as much as you want on

   - Updates on the various projects
   - Landmarks, birthdays, celebrations, events, conferences,  etc between
   Jan-Mar 2012
   - Reports on outreach sessions conducted
   - Links to meetups and where to find the next ones
   - Please feel free to add sections that you think would be nice.  I
   could suggest "Featured Wikimedians" and "Featured Newbies" as examples.

Here
<http://This%20should%20go%20on%20India%20and%20Indic%20mailing%20lists%20%28except%20for%20Marathi%20&%20Urdu%29%20and%20the%20respective%20village%20pumps%20%28except%20for%20Marathi%20&%20Urdu%29%2E%20%20In%20addition,%20the%20mail%20can%20then%20be%20forwarded%20by%20Noopur%20to%20as%20many%20editors%20as%20possible%20%28and%20by%20Shiju%20too%2E%29%20%20I%27m%20writing%20with%20regard%20to%20Wikipatrika%2E%20%20For%20the%20folks%20who%20don%27t%20know,%20this%20is%20the%20community%20newsletter%20which%20has%20come%20out%20twice%20%28in%20September%202010%20&%20%20June%202011%29%20%20It%27s%20a%20really%20wonderful%20way%20documenting%20and%20celebrating%20the%20amazing%20work%20done%20by%20so%20many%20community%20members%20across%20so%20many%20communities%20in%20the%20various%20projects%2E%20%20It%20helps%20share%20ideas%20with%20and%20helps%20pick%20up%20ideas%20from%20other%20communities%2E%20%20%20%20I%20think%20Wikipatrika%20is%20something%20that%20could%20be%20more%20frequent%20-%20given%20the%20range%20of%20activities%20across%20communities%20-%20and%20I%27d%20like%20to%20support%20it%2E%20%20In%20this%20regard,%20I%20approached%20all%20the%20editors%20who%20were%20involved%20in%20the%20previous%202%20issues%20to%20ask%20their%20interest%20in%20bringing%20out%20the%20next%20one%20in%20end%20April%20or%20early%20May%20covering%20Jan%20-%20Mar%202012,%20and%20to%20see%20if%20we%20can%20make%20it%20more%20regular%20%28potentially%20every%20quarter%2E%29%20%205%20community%20members%20from%20different%20languages%20have%20already%20offered%20to%20help%2E%20%20Anther%20community%20member%20will%20setup%20a%20template%20that%20all%20languages%20can%20use%20%28on%20the%20chapter%20wiki%29%20%20I%20have%20also%20started%20reaching%20out%20to%20editors%20who%20might%20not%20have%20been%20involved%20before,%20and%20hence%20this%20mail%2E%20%20The%20template%20for%20Wikipatrika%20will%20be%20ready%20only%20by%20April%202nd%20week%2E%20%20In%20the%20meantime,%20can%20I%20ask%20whoever%20is%20interested%20to%20create%20a%20page%20on%20their%20respective%20languages%20wikipedias%20and%20start%20sharing%20stories%20and%20updates%20on%20this%20page%2E%20%20I%27d%20encourage%20everyone%20to%20write%20these%20in%20whatever%20language%20they%20are%20comfortable%20in%20to%20begin%20with%2E%20%20%20%28Once%20the%20template%20is%20set%20up%20on%20Chapter%20Wiki,%20these%20individual%20pages%20could%20then%20be%20posted%20there%2E%29%20%20To%20start%20off,%20you%20could%20start%20with%20the%20following%20sections%20%28which%20I%27m%20illustrating%20using%20the%20Bengali%20page%20from%20a%20previous%20Wikipatrika%29,%20and%20just%20start%20adding%20content%2E%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20General%20overview%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Bengali%20Wikipedia%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Bengali%20Wikisource%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Bengali%20Wiktionary%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Bengali%20Wikibooks%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20News%20reports%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Any%20other%20section%28s%29%20you%20want%20to%20add%20%20Please%20do%20add%20as%20much%20as%20you%20want%20on%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Updates%20on%20the%20various%20projects%20%20%20%20%20Landmarks,%20birthdays,%20celebrations,%20events,%20conferences,%20%20etc%20between%20Jan-Mar%202012%20%20%20%20%20Reports%20on%20outreach%20sessions%20conducted%20%20%20%20%20Links%20to%20meetups%20and%20where%20to%20find%20the%20next%20ones%20%20%20%20%20Please%20feel%20free%20to%20add%20sections%20that%20you%20think%20would%20be%20nice%2E%20%20I%20could%20suggest%20%22Featured%20Wikimedians%22%20and%20%22Featured%20Newbies%22%20as%20examples%2E%20%20After%20you%20set%20up%20the%20page,%20please%20do%20post%20this%20on%20your%20respective%20village%20pumps%20or%20mailing%20lists%20and%20any%20other%20forums%20so%20that%20all%20community%20members%20know%2E%20%20Please%20do%20share%20the%20page%20with%20me%20%28offlist%29%20so%20I%20can%20help%20out%20too%2E%20%20If%20you%20are%20facing%20any%20difficulties,%20please%20do%20not%20hesitate%20to%20contact%20me%20%28noo...@wikimedia.org%29/>is
how the Nepali community did it last time. After you set up the page,
please do post this on your respective village pumps or mailing lists and
any other forums so that all community members know.  Please do share the
page with me (offlist) so I can help out too.

If you would like to help but are not sure how, or if you are facing any
kind of  difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact me (
noo...@wikimedia.org)

Regards
Noopur
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