I really didn't like the write up at all.
It seemed a bit sarcastic.
Not something that would help our movement will it?

On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 1:03 AM, Noopur <noopur.ra...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> Here <http://caravanmagazine.in/Story.aspx?StoryId=1345> is a story by
> this reporter who attended the Delhi meet up. Caravan folks had been
> contacting us for a while regarding 'Wikipedia meet ups' and finally their
> reporter Krishn landed up at the 7th meet up. Just a heads up, these are
> entirely his observations and even the quotes are not verbatim. He's
> paraphrased what he heard us say. Subha will agree. Anyway, it's a good
> piece on an outsider's perspective of Wikipedia outreach.
>
> Also, it happens almost always that journalists are clueless about the
> Wiki universe and end up misquoting facts, figures, terms. Maybe a
> journalist outreach session or inviting them to attend an entire editing
> session could remedy this?
>
> [1] http://caravanmagazine.in/Story.aspx?StoryId=1345
>
> --
>
> *FACT CHECK: Krishn Kaushik*
>
>
>
>
> *BALADEVAN RANGARAJAN m**oved his brown beanbag to the centre of the
> room, closer to the round wooden table on which lay a Macbook. He wasn’t
> well acquainted with the laptop’s keyboard, so he used a wireless one
> instead. A wall-mounted flat screen TV transmitted the Macbook’s display to
> a gathering of 14 seated around the unadorned room.*
> *The first step, he instructed the attendees, was to create a Wikipedia
> account. It was this year’s first summertime meeting for Wikipedia Meetup
> Delhi (WMD7, to be exact), and most in attendance were newcomers. Launched
> in 2010, the meetups have helped train aspiring Wikipedians in Delhi the
> art of editing Wikipedia entries about India. *
> *
> While registering for an account, Rangarajan tried typing ‘baladevan’ for
> his username twice—but a prompt informed him that it was already being used
> by someone else. He tried ‘baladevan.rangarajan’ next, and this time the
> system accepted.
>
> Asked by the website to introduce himself to other Wikipedia users in the
> form of a short description, Rangarajan, with side-parted hair and thick
> eyebrows that slope inwards, typed that he was a public policy researcher
> who “loves kids and freedom”. Sweet and grand.
>
> With the formality over, Rangarajan opened his first Wikipedia page as an
> editor: one about Pav Bhaji. The opening sentence read: “‘Pav Bhaji’
> (Marathi) is a fast food dish that originated in Marathi cuisine, and is
> native to Maharashtra and is popular in most metropolitan areas in India,
> particularly in Gujarat.”
>
> Suspicious, he noted that Pav Bhaji is not just famous in the
> metropolitan areas of Gujarat, but in cities in central and western India
> more generally.
>
> He confirmed his claim by citing Retail Franchising, a Tata McGraw Hill
> publication he found on Google Books that talks about the food’s popularity
> in central India. After all, for facts to hold, they require reliable
> sources.
>
> And so he rephrased the sentence: “Pav Bhaji (Marathi) is a fast food
> dish that originated in Marathi cuisine. It is native to Maharashtra and is
> popular in most metropolitan areas in India, especially in those of central
> and western Indian states such as Gujarat.”
>
> Much better; everybody else agreed. Rangarajan had just established a
> fact internationally. And, now, nobody would doubt it.
>
> The Wikipedia Foundation’s office, where Rangarajan had established Pav
> Bhaji’s regional specificity, is situated in a non-descript building in
> Hauz Khas. On a door three floors above the street, a wooden nameplate—each
> letter framed in a small wooden square—reads WIKIPEDIA. Inside are two
> rooms each with white walls and five workstations: airy and minimalist like
> the website. The foundation currently has five people on staff, two of
> which were at the meetup: Subhashish and Nupur.
>
> “We belong to diverse backgrounds,” Subhashish had said before the meetup
> began when there were only four people in the room. Of the 15 Wikipedians
> present by the end of the session, at least 11 had been trained as
> engineers, including Subhashish.
>
> Noopur said that women were underrepresented in the community
> globally—there were just three present at WMD7.
>
> “Thank god! We would have articles about shades of lipsticks otherwise,”
> blurted Abhishek, a lanky man with a goatee. Wikipedia was too serious to
> be “pink” for him. An engineering student from Ghaziabad, he described
> himself as a “write[r]” of poetry and philosophy, on his Wiki profile. “I
> have learnt everything from Wikipedia. More than from anyone else,” he
> added.
>
> As the group focused on the TV screen, which displayed the procedure to
> establish Pav Bhaji’s popularity in particular parts of India, a plump man
> with nascent whiskers—Roboture in his Wikipedian avatar—was surfing for
> more items to edit. An engineer from Jamia Millia Islamia, he surveyed the
> pages for ‘Poha’, ‘Dahi Bhalla’ and ‘Flattened Rice’, among others, but
> changed nothing.
>
> It had been one and a half hours since the meeting began, and the group
> was still mulling over Pav Bhaji. “The lazy bums or those unwilling to
> invest more time in enhancing or creating Wiki pages can start with
> translating already existing entries into one of the many Indian-language
> Wikipedia sites”, Noopur admonished, with a smile.
>
> “Can we reference magazine articles for any edits we make?” someone
> asked. Two senior Wikipedians advised the group against doing so. “Not well
> researched,” said Rangrajan. *
> *
> *
> Important Note : The publisher ( Caravan ) of the above news article owns
> the copyrights of the article / content. Request to kindly not reproduce or
> circulate the content further. The information is only shared only with an
> internal community who have been featured on this article.  All copyrights
> are duly acknowledged.
>
> Thanks,
> Regards
> Noopur
> *
> *
>
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