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? > >  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 > * > * > > _______________________________________________ > 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, Srikanth Ramakrishnan.
_______________________________________________ Wikimediaindia-l mailing list Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l