Hey,

I did read Pradeepto's "The Bardoli Incident" and kudos to him for helping
those students personally.

This is a very common issue at least in Gujarat and Maharashtra where I
have conducted plenty of Outreach activities.

Students do not ask question, at least not in front of others just because
of shyness or maybe they want to listen everything first and then question.
Thus at the end of sessions when we break up we see many students waiting
eagerly outside the room to ask questions and interact.

In an event like KDE Meetup which AFAIK was the first ever in Gujarat you
are expected to have *newbies* and by newbies I mean a person who does not
know much about IRC channel, mailing list, Open source communities but is
well verse in programming or is already a developer. So the first few
sessions should always be an Introduction to that Community, unless we are
having Hackathons/DevCamps.

Also language barrier is another issue, not all the participants of these
two states are trained to listen in English for hours and hours, so some
kind of demo or hands on should be helpful and if we have a local
contributor in the community then he/she can interact with participants in
local language.

And now talking about WMF and India. I am glad that Language Engineering
Team visits Pune quite often and B'lore too, but maybe its high time now
they start exploring other cities too? Resources can be arranged if someone
from community takes the initiative with the help of Chapter and WMF. (/me
runs away else Alolita will kick him :-D ) . But please do think upon this.
Maybe the next visit of Language Engineering Team should be in an entirely
new city and community (just a suggestion).

Thanks.


On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 11:14 PM, Sumana Harihareswara <suma...@wikimedia.org
> wrote:

> (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
>
> [1]
>
> http://adainitiative.org/2012/06/sumana-harihareswaras-be-bold-an-origin-story-keynote-at-open-source-bridge/
>
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