Talk:Wikimedia Summit 2019
Format and name
I'm happy that the event is going back more closer to the original format, rather than the overcrowded fair it had become lately. Florence explains why. It's just a pity that it took such a disruptive name change, where "summit" is such a charged word that nobody knows what it might mean. To avoid upsetting volunteers who might wonder in what sense this might be a summit, or a summit for Wikimedia as a whole, it might be better to also go back to the original name and call it a chapters meeting (where "chapters" is a reasonable approximation of "Wikimedia affiliates entities").
A straightforward name wouldn't negate the possibility or usefulness of other people coming, but it would make clear that the participants are not expected to include hundreds of representative of every possible project out there, and that the event doesn't claim to be representative of the overall Wikimedia movements, but "only" to be a functional meeting between a group which shares some characteristics and issues. --Nemo 14:18, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
- I'm quite happy with "summit", because it's pretty unused within the movement and has no strong connotations. Furthermore, as the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia committees participate, I would not like to call "Wikimedia Affiliates something". I understood that Wikimedia Conference was quite ambiguous as there were many Wikimedia Conferences that had a similar name – Summit, on the contrary, does not have any name competitor. Cheers, --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 08:46, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
- It does have competition, first search result for "Wikimedia Summit" brings Wikimedia Developer Summit. It has a different name this year, but I am do not know if that is permanent. --Nikerabbit (talk) 09:03, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Number of participants
I would highly encourage to place a hard cap to the number of participants, lower than the Dunbar number. Nobody should be forced to join just because of their role or title, either. --Nemo 14:21, 1 October 2018 (UTC)
- Bit difficult when there are so many user groups eligible... Braveheart (talk) 08:06, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
- I would have loved to limit the number of participants to 150. However, that is pretty impossible if every affiliate has equally the right to participate (which is I think undoubtful). As you know, there are 37 chapters, 1 thematic organizations, 96 user groups and 2 movement partners/allied organizations = 136 affiliates. How do you want to limit the number of participants to 150 knowing that the Wikimedia Foundation and the certain committees need to be present as well? 200 is, I think, in the end a good compromise. --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 08:46, 2 October 2018 (UTC)
- @Nikerabbit: Good to know, how would you change it? --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 09:11, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Additionally invited communities
Hi, Last year some oppurtunity was given in the name of "Additionally invited communities". But this year I couldnt see any section. For example Tamil language doesnt have a user group on its own. But has a good wiki presence through different projects. Is there a way for participation of such larger communities this year too? -- Balajijagadesh (talk) 17:42, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
- Hello @Balajijagadesh:,
- indeed, the Wikimedia Conference 2018 had this. However, as we are changing the whole concept of the event and limiting the number of participants to 200 max., we cannot invited unaffiliated group ( = group that do not have an affiliate status [yet]). Both, the Wikimedia Conference and the Wikimedia Summit are affiliate conferences, means we want to keep focussing on Wikimedia affiliates. Best regards, --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 17:45, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
Request for volunteer facilitator to assist with Affiliate-selected Board seats election
Hello. I am writing to ask for someone attending the Wikimedia Summit to volunteer as a facilitator in the Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019 process.
The specific role that I want is for someone to make an announcement or preferably host a discussion about what the election means and how organizations can participate.
In previous years the Wikimedia conference did not formally participate in this election. This year, because of board rules which suggest that Wikimedia user groups might vote, the election delayed a bit and it is likely that the candidate nomination period will occur during the Wikimedia Summit.
Because the Wikimedia Summit convenes representatives of the organizations which can vote, and because this election is for those voting organizations, I think that the Summit should include some programming to advertise the election.
Anyone who wants to participate in managing the election can post to Talk:Affiliate-selected Board seats/2019, but again specifically, is there someone here who can make a commitment to speak in some public forum at the Summit to tell everyone to get their chapter or user group to participate in the election? Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:59, 11 February 2019 (UTC)