This is little strange, I can understand that voting and nominations are
members only regime but why the community is not allowed to participate
even in Q&A is not clear to me.

If it is so, there should be no wiki page or onwiki discussion, or login
process on should be membership number based.
On 5 Nov 2014 18:16, "Anivar Aravind" <> wrote:

> Dear Srikanth,
> This is just trash . Ignore it .
> Engagement with WMIN Election process is limited to Chapter members  and
> mentioning membership No is mandatory for Q&A page . As per Elecom informed
> , non members cannot be allowed to engage with Election process. It is
> mentioned clearly in the page.
> Any questions without membership no will be reverted .
> ~ regards
> Anivar
> On Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 11:31 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
>> wrote:
>> I've got this mail six times in bcc.
>> Please look into it.
>> Any more mails of this nature will go into my trash bin.
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: "IAC techs" <>
>> Date: 05-Nov-2014 10:50 pm
>> Subject: Grossly Obscene pornographic images on WIKIMEDIA.IN
>> To: <>, <>
>> Cc:
>> REBLOGGED BY on behalf of India Against
>> Corruption's members who are users / editors of Wikipedia community
>> This is a protest circulated against the strange decision by Anivar
>> Aravind to hastily close the Q&A session for candidates after IAC
>> poses uncomfortable queries from the "community"
>> To:,  and other candidates and WMIN members.
>> We notice that you are a member of the WIKIMEDIA.IN website and
>> actively promoting LGBT issues there including for your election
>> campaign.
>> We suppose you know that at the present time "carnal intercourse
>> against the order of nature" is against India's laws, and distributing
>> grossly obscene / pornographic images of it via WIKIMEDIA.IN is a
>> serious criminal offence which IAC has reported to the concerned
>> agencies and is seriously prosecuting. IAC is also monitoring
>> WIKIMEDIA.IN to assist law enforcement agencies.
>> This email is being sent to you as the illegally appointed returning
>> officer Anivar Aravind has deleted IAC's query for all candidates for
>> the WMIN EC vacancies (which was publicly posted to WIKIMEDIA.IN by
>> one of IAC's volunteers as a member of the "community").
>> PS: And another editor was banned from WIKIMEDIA.IN for asking queries
>> on racism and discrimination against Indians at WIKIPEDIA, again by
>> Anivar who also refuses to publish the non-existent Karnataka Society
>> Rule 1961 to prevent community members posing queries (which actual
>> official rules can be accessed here)
>> from which it is abundantly clear that you are ineligible to contest
>> elections and Anivar cannot conduct it.
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