Congrats Arun.

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM, Arun Ganesh <arun.plane...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks Sundar and Logic, I was hoping to send a more informal intro here
> :) To give you guys more details, I will be working with the foundation
> l10n engineering team[1] four days a week as a user experience designer.
> During my 6 month contract, I will be required to look into usability
> issues and design a more user friendly interface for language tools, which
> are currently not very simple to use for a complete newbie.
>
> The Goal: Lower the entry barrier for non-english speakers to start using
> and contributing to wikimedia projects.
>
> Since work for the foundation is essentially public work and has an impact
> on all of us, everyone is requested to keep track of our progress and give
> feedback on our outputs to make it better. I'm still trying to figure out
> what the best communication medium with everyone is, I think these lists
> are too noisy and is ignored by a good bunch of people (including me). If
> anyone has better ideas on what would be an appropriate channel to get
> feedback on our outputs, please suggest.
>
> You can track our work and progress in the following ways:
> 1) Current sprint progress and tasks [2]
> 2) Monthly updates and milestones [3]
> 2) Sprint demos every 2nd tuesday at 2030 IST (Next: May 15) [4]
> 3) Localisation team IRC office hours every 3rd wednesday of the month [5]
>
> Logic is a regular at these events, and it would be great to see more
> faces turn up and see the work behind the scenes to make wikipedia better.
> Its also a great opportunity for those wanting to get involved in mediawiki
> development to interact with some awesome coders and help you get started.
>
> For my work, I will be needing a small group of indic language wikipedians
> who are not familiar with English to get feedback on designs. I'm going to
> rely on Logic for helping me out on this, if you can read this mail and you
> know someone else, you can let srikanth know. I'll collect the names from
> him later (thanks srikanth :))
>
> I will probably not be posting anything technical here again. I think the
> best is to have a wiki page and keep discussions/feedback there. I will
> announce that system shortly.
> Cheers,
> Arun
>
> [1] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Localization_team
> [2]
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Internationalization_and_localization_tools/status
> [3]
> https://mingle.corp.wikimedia.org/projects/internationalization/cards?favorite_id=183&view=Task+Status+by+Owner(login:
>  guest / guest)
>  [4] https://wikimedia.webex.com/ <https://wikimedia.webex.com/>
> [5] http://webchat.freenode.net/ (chennel: wikimedia-office)
>
> PS: a reminder about the upcoming hackathon in Bangalore that Yuvi and
> Logic are putting together on May 19. There's tons of coll stuff you can
> do, and its open to everyone.
> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Bangalore_Hackathon_May_2012
>
>
> On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM, BalaSundaraRaman <sundarbe...@yahoo.com>wrote:
>
>> Congrats Arun! :-)
>>
>> Regards,
>> Sundar
>>
>> "That language is an instrument of human reason, and not merely a medium
>> for the expression of thought, is a truth generally admitted."
>> - George Boole, quoted in Iverson's Turing Award Lecture
>>
>>   ------------------------------
>> *From:* Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik....@gmail.com>
>> *To:* Discussion list on Indian language projects of Wikimedia. <
>> wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org>
>> *Sent:* Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:25 PM
>> *Subject:* [Wikimediaindia-l] Fwd: [Wikitech-l] Introduction - Arun
>>
>> Congrats Arun!
>>
>> (Not that he needs introduction on this list)
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: *Arun Ganesh* <arun.plane...@gmail.com>
>> Date: Thu, May 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM
>> Subject: [Wikitech-l] Introduction - Arun
>> To: wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org, wmf...@lists.wikimedia.org
>>
>>
>> Hi everyone,
>> I wanted to introduce myself to the community and the WMF team, I'm Arun
>> Ganesh (user:planemad)[1a] from Bangalore, India and have joined as
>> contractor for the foundation's L10n team[1b] as an Interaction designer
>> along with Pau to improve the user experience of language tools and
>> features.
>>
>> I have been a longtime contributer to both commons[2] and the
>> openstreetmap[3] project and got involved with foundation work during the
>> Mumbai and Pune hackathons recently[4][5][6] where I proposed some of the
>> first ideas for the Universal Language Selector widget with Brandon, with
>> which we want to make language selection for anyone easy peasy.
>>
>> Apart from that, I love cartography and maps [7], which would explain my
>> map contributions and the occasional headline for wikipedia [8], use only
>> public transport[9] and traveling with my pocket camera[10].
>>
>> Its feels great to have this opportunity to work more seriously on a
>> project which has been an important part of my life. I'm new here, I wont
>> claim to know much, but I hope to make a difference in whichever way
>> possible. I also look forward to interacting more closely and learning
>> from
>> the rest of the designers - Brandon, Heather and Pau to do the wonderful
>> things that designers like to do .So keep the usability bugs coming :)
>> -Arun
>>
>> [1a] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Planemad
>> [1b] http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Localization_team
>> [2]
>>
>> http://tools.wikimedia.de/~daniel/WikiSense/Gallery.php?&wiki=commons.wikimedia.org&img_user_text=Planemad
>> [3]
>>
>> http://yosmhm.neis-one.org/?zoom=4&lat=21.96627&lon=81.68268&layers=B0T&u=PlaneMad
>> [4]
>>
>> http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Universal_Language_Selector#Arun_Ganesh.27s_Original_design
>> [5] http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mobile_language_selector.pdf
>> [6]
>>
>> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:L10n-ux-Universal_Language_Selector-Wireframes1.pdf
>> [7] http://bit.ly/timesofindia-osm
>> [8]
>>
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2010/jul/30/information-beautiful-india-cameron
>> [9]
>>
>> http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/article182223.ece
>> [10] http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1663025,00.html
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