Talk:Wikimania checklist

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Provide the organisers/volunteers with a different colout T-shirt.[edit]

I do not agree with this request. Wikimania is an event organized by volunteers for volunteers. Creating two groups with different t-shirt is a way to state that someone is attending and the others are serving and taking care of the attendees. Quite a few participants are very demanding because they feel Wikimania is a sort of their personal club med. I have the impression that if they understand they are not served but they are involved in a project in which they clean up the coffee break table too is much better. For Wikimania Esino Lario "we are one team" was the first pillar: no locals vs. international, no Wikipedians vs. non Wikipedian (by the way anyone can be a Wikipedian by clicking the edit button and the "local" team involve also the scholarship and programme committee with people who ara based anywhere). People feel more comfortable by dividing volunteers/organizers from participants: I think Wikimania is not about what makes you feel comfortable but about the meaning of why and how we make things. I trust Wikimania attendees are there to contribute to the Wikimedia projects and free knowledge for free (volunteers) and they are meant to be contribute to the event (organizers). Wikimania is not Expo; we can do things differently and you do not need a person on a specific color t-shirt to ask someone where the toilets are or to find them yourself. --iopensa (talk) 07:13, 8 July 2016 (UTC)[reply]

I think you have completely misunderstood the spirit in which I made this suggestion. I have been to several Wikimanias and a lot more international conferences and I can assure you that even with their best intentions, the organisation at Esino was sadly lacking on some points, and one was precisely that people were wasting valuable time trying to find their way around and trying to find out who to ask. Kudpung (talk) 15:00, 8 July 2016 (UTC)[reply]