On 07/11/2010 02:25 PM, Gregory Maxwell wrote: > I suppose it is valuable information to know that you have so little
> respect for my opinions, though I would have preferred to learn of
> this someplace other than on a public mailing list.
One impression from this Wikimania is that we are too weak.
We need to be a stronger, richer, more generous team.
Many people try their best at some projects, and what they
get back is complaints about missing details. We're not generous
enough to offer support and appreciation.
The film "Truth in numbers" was finally released, but questions
from the audience afterwards were not full of amazement that
the film was completed. Instead they contained rather negative
comments about it. It's as if there were a dozen movies about
Wikipedia to chose from and you didn't like this particular one.
At another session, the WMF five year strategy was discussed,
and the decision to help India forward was criticized because
the decision didn't document why Indonesia was less important!
It's all very similar to how some newcomers to Wikipedia have
their first article deleted. The message is that help is unwanted,
so most volunteers give up and leave. In a normal workplace
they might put up with the abuse, knowing that at least they get
a salary. But Wikipedia volunteers don't get any salary, so they
don't have that reason to stay. They leave.
Yes, the Polish organizing team was too weak. They should have
been more people and should have started out earlier. When
Manuel Schneider (of Switzerland) volunteered in May 2010 to
do the video streaming, he should have been told that this was
of course already taken care of. Instead he was told that he
also needed to take care of Wi-Fi. (It's good he wasn't blamed
for the failing air conditioning as well.)
The processes for evaluating the bids for organizing Wikimania
should be stronger, to detect such weakness earlier. This could
lead to a rotation among fewer locations, e.g. Berlin and
Buenos Aires and some place in Asia on a 3 year rotation.
Yes, it will be boring to go back to the same places, but at
least there will be some routine in the organization. It would
also mean that Andrew Keen is right, at least in part, when
he says you can't let amateurs run the show.
Lars Aronsson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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