(cross-posting to wikimediaindia-l and the OpenHatch events list)

I recently read a thought-provoking piece, "The Bardoli Incident," by a
Gujarati open source software contributor.[0]  It's a moving story of
hospitality to newbies and I wanted to share it with you.

I especially appreciate that Pradeepto Bhattacharya personally took it
upon himself to stop newbie attrition at the event.  My Indian parents
taught me a heritage of hospitality, as I remembered in "Be Bold: An
Origin Story".[1] So this kind of heroism, the heroism of the host,
speaks deeply to me.

It's a tough balance, respecting each participant's right to drop out
while ensuring they know that we want them to stay.  I think
Bhattacharya got it right by asking honest questions and adapting the
newbies' experience.  Maybe other event organizers reading this have had
similar experiences?
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

[0] http://pradeepto.livejournal.com/18619.html


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