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General questions from AffCom[edit]

Hello, Here are some general questions that we ask our affiliates-to-be. Thanks! --Maor X (talk) 18:30, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

  • Who are the people behind this application?
    • How many? (Is the data in Meta current? Please give the most up-to-date info!)
      There are about 15 persons willing to help right now but I can say we can find more poeple if we publicize a little
    • Any prominent Wiki[pm]edians?
      Yes, there are two crats, 7 sysops, and so many other people who are currently work on Persian Wikipedia
    • In which communities are they active in?
      It's specially for Persian Wikipedia right now but we are planning to expend it to other projects,
  • Where have you publicised your organization to gather members? Have you done outreach throughout the projects to recruit interested people?
    for publicizing it I just sent a notice in Persian Wikipedia's VP and asked people to say their opinions
  • What is the mission, or "thematic focus" of your organization?
    If I get you right, We want to work on improving Persian language projects e.g. We want to have an activity and make Persian Wikivoyage happen (and We are finding text donation for fa.wy), or we are working on finding funds and proper people to work and make a brand-new free Persian font (which Persian language doesn't have a proper free font right now) and similar activities
  • Could you give a short overview of the history of your organization up to now?
    We are having Wikimeetups since 2007 and not four or five person meet-ups, sometimes it's up to 15 (We had to split people to split up people!), We talk and we make plans how to do development tasks and what will be our next development plan. I can send you some pictures of it if you want.
  • Could you give us a short overview of the most recent (e.g., last 6 months) activities the association has done?
    We had several meetups in the last 6 months, which they were focused on developments projects like free font, SSL issue, e.g. this plan of development came out of one of our meetups, we had a get-together in Wikimania 2013 and we talked about structure of this thematic organization and I brought up the structure in the community of fa.wp and we worked on it online and offline, another thing is We received some donations and we used it to hire people to work on some hard and hand-needed tasks we needed to be done in order to improve Persian wikipedia, that donations affected and improved Persian Wikipedia deeply if I want to give you an example I need to say because of that, now Persian Wikipedia has a very detailed and good database of Landmarks and Villages of Iran, It has like 50K unique articles about places in Iran.
  • What kind of activities are planned for the future in the organisation?
    Generally any development of Persian language in WMF projects, but I want to give you a detailed list of our activities, It will be very long
  • What are the working languages of your organization? Is it mandatory to use Farsi in the association? Does the organisation accept members that do not speak Farsi, but still wish to promote its culture? How have you dealt with such situations?
    Answering this question is a little hard because I need to explain, Persian language is not just a language, 1-It's a macrolanguage that means It has variations (like en-gb and en-us, it has Iranian Persian (which has variants too) and Dari and Tajik, Tajik uses different writing system but It's still Persian) for example we have a Tajik Wikipedian who is really willing to help us (not the user who translated this page) and so we can't use Persian as a mandatory and sometimes we may need someone technical outside of Persian community to help us, people like User:Amire80 2- Persian is culture too, this language is pretty rich in poetry and literature, It has a great history, and someone who is willing to help us in Persian culture related topics is warmly welcomed no matter how much that person knows Persian.
  • Your page is also translated into Tajik. What about speakers of the other Iranian languages like Luri, Bakhtiari (and others) and their culture? Will your organisation also deal with that?
    As I said above Persian doesn't mean a language who Iranians speaks, People of Iranian languges are welcome too Actually we helped this languages and their cultures (in WMF projects) several times and they were represented in our meetups. Some people of this organization who have no relation to other languages of Iran, came to their projects and helped them
  • Do you have an overview of how many Wikimedians would like to join when founded as a Thematic Org?
    It's safe to say we have 20 to work part time and 5 as board and devoted
  • Do you only accept Wiki/p/m/edia editors, or also non-editors?
    non-editors are welcome, because focus of our activities sometimes we need someone outside of WMF projects (as I exampled above) and sometimes we help Persian language in general (e.g. free font or free Persian OCR or projects like that)
  • Do you have a draft of the bylaws/statutes of the organization? If so, can you publish them on Meta so we can start having a look at them?
    not yet but we will start pretty soon
  • How do you see the relationship and overlap between the thematic organization and the online wikiproject(s) that deal with the Persian language and culture in the different Wikipedias? For example, do you think the thematic organization has a role in editorial decisions on the online content?
    Community will always decide, for example if we spend money and time on free Persian font, and community won't like it, we will not enforce that font on them
  • How can we help you?
    Help us on writing bylaws, help us on legal issues specially registering the thematic org. and help us on having mailing list, subdomain of WM (fa.wikimedia.org), help us on making a blog, (technically I know how to do making mailing list and this kind of stuff but I need AffCom's green light)


Answered by me Amir (talk) 23:57, 28 September 2013 (UTC)

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Follow up questions[edit]

Hi,

as this application process was restarted, this time for a user group, I asked if the questions above are still valid - and that was the case. Hence, only a few follow-up questions based on them:

  • With regards to the focus/scope, would a good summary of the focus be (without examples): "To support and enhance the content of Persian language Wikimedia projects through editing, collaborations with organizations, technical development and organizing activities both online and offline"? Please correct me where I misinterpreted - I'm trying to word it such that it is easily comparable to other scopes.
  • Could you update the history question a little bit about the past few months?
  • Is there a link to meetup pages (it's OK if the pages are not in English)

Please let us know if there is currently any way we can further support your efforts. Effeietsanders (talk) 10:35, 18 May 2014 (UTC) Hi,

  • For your first question: the answer in one word is "outreach", we want to outreach for Persian language in WMF projects (and sometimes free content in general)
  • for past few months: We had three meet ups, two of them was with Dr. w:James Heilman and at the first we talked about improving medical content in Persian WP and collaboration with projects like translators without borders at the second we had a workshop in "center for exceptional students" in w:Tehran University of Medical Sciences for medical students. and the third one was a get-together for several issues ongoing in Persian Wikipedia (including technical and recent important disputes).
  • unfortunately because of security reasons we don't make page for our meet-ups (but we keep track of records in our private PCs) and sometimes we just make a page of decisions after the meet up and even we don't say it is output of a meet up, we say we want to do these

Best Amir (talk) 18:49, 18 May 2014 (UTC)

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Iran and Wiki Loves Monuments 2016[edit]

Hi all. Iran will participate in Wiki Loves Monuments for the second year. If you are interested in helping with the contest in any way, please get in touch with me and/or add your name to this page (in Persian). :) --LilyOfTheWest (talk) 05:38, 23 July 2016 (UTC)