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Jayanta


On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 7:23 PM, sibi kanagaraj <civil.si...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Not sure , who is moderating the general Indian Community Mailing list .
>
> Please approve the mail .
>
> -Sibi
>
> On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM, sibi kanagaraj <civil.si...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi all ,
>>
>> This is to bring to the attention of the larger Wikimedia Community about
>> concerns regarding Abhishek Surywanshi’s ( User profile -
>>
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ACentralAuth&target=AbhiSuryawanshi
>> )  wikimedia activities and use of movement funds.
>>
>> While edit counts are not the only way to assess the value of a
>> contributor and people are encourage to do outreach, I am seeing a clear
>> pattern that he has been *very active consistently only in offline
>> activities that involve large scale funds.*
>>
>> *History of programs or events where he has used or applied to use
>> movement funds:*
>>
>> 1)A Travel and Participation grant request for travel to US from India
>> for Wikimedia Outreach in US -
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants_talk:TPS/AbhiSuryawanshi/NASA_LARSS_program
>> . The community and EC members of Wikimedia India disapproved of this grant
>> request.
>>
>> 2)Wikipedia Summit Pune -
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Summit_Pune . How much
>> was spent and how? Where is the expenses report? Following failure to abide
>> by terms regarding financial transactions, *Wikimedia India banned
>> supporting him financially and passed a resolution regarding this.* ( As
>> per http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Talk:Grants/WikiConnect_Pilot_-_January_2015
>> )
>>
>> 3)Various (mostly flight) travel and stay to many different conferences /
>> meetups across India in the recent past. Community approval for these are
>> not clearly seen.
>>        *Swatantra conference 2014
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Access_To_Knowledge/Requests/Swatantra_2014/Participation#Request_for_Support
>> (On behalf of which community?)
>>         *India Community Consultation 201 4 -
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/India_Community_Consultation_2014#Hindi
>> (Self-nomination (?) on behalf of Hindi Community where he has made 425
>> edits.
>> Bengali Wikipedia 10 years celebration in Kolkatta during Jan 2015 (On
>> behalf of which community?)
>>
>>
>> Following are some of his proposed activities that will need a  grant
>> made in near future:
>>
>> 1)Wikipedia Summit India in Pune during 2015  -
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/WikipediaSummitIndia
>>
>> 2)Travel and participation grant request for 1125 US dollars for round
>> trip travel from Pune to United States for conducting Indic outreach in
>> United states -
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:TPS/Harvard_India_Conference_and_Wiki_Workshop
>>
>> 3)WikiConnect - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiConnect - No
>> idea about the budget. The pilot he is doing in Nashik *needs 6100 INR
>> for a cake itself *and reimbursement for 15 days of his stay and food.
>>
>> 4)Further outreach in US -
>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Indic_Language_Wikipedia_Outreach_in_United_States
>>
>>
>> Some of the concerns:
>>
>> 1.He is using and proposes to keep using movement funds in large scale
>> with questionable impact which are against the learnings already documented
>> at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Evaluation
>>
>> 2.He is *using fictitious and misleading titles like Ambassador,
>> Wikipedia* to establish non-transparent relationships with numerous
>> organizations in and outside India - 
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiConnect/Pilot_Project#mediaviewer/File:Wikipedia_Nashik_Workshop_Participants_January_2015.jpg
>> . This has the risk of damaging goodwill and brand name for Wikipedia.
>>
>> 4)When a current GAC member and former Wikimedia India EC member seeks
>> details regarding his grant request and reminds the current EC about the
>> ban, he is hinting legal action against chapter (As per
>> http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Talk:Grants/WikiConnect_Pilot_-_January_2015 )
>>
>> As a community member, I request the funding agencies in the movement to
>> take stock of this situation and implement intense scrutiny for funding
>> requests with proper evaluation of program design and due process for
>> having community approval by experienced Wikimedians.
>>
>> Please donot proceed ahead without community discussion or approval.
>>
>> Executive decisions circumventing community approval will never help the
>> movement.
>>
>>
>> -Sibi Kanagaraj
>> User:Commons Sibi ( 
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special%3ACentralAuth&target=Commons+sibi
>> )
>>
>>
>>
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