Wikimedia Foundation elections/2021/Meetings/South Asia + ESEAP/Report

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The event witnessed 62 participants at the highest, excluding facilitators, candidates, and interpreters. 14 of the 20 candidates took part in the session. The live interpretation was made available in five languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bangla, Hindi, Japanese, and Tamil. For the Q&A session, five questions were put forward for the candidates to answer, three of which were taken from the questions asked during the registration and the rest two were taken live during the event. These questions are:

  1. If you are elected, what would be your strategy to grow Global South communities, especially for them to have a crucial role in the decision-making processes of the movement?
  2. Fake news is an increasing concern across all internet platforms, and Wikipedia is no exception. How do you think we should be talking about this problem? or What is your plan to solve the problem of ideologically motivated edits and articles?
  3. What ideas do you have about creating awareness of Wikimedia projects other than Wikipedia, which have strong emerging communities in the recent past, such as Wikisource and Wikidata?
  4. What are your thoughts about harassment on the Wikimedia projects? What do you have to say about the Universal Code of Conduct?
  5. How will you support the minority language Wikipedias?

While some of the candidates answered them live, some answered them or provided clarification to their live answers on the event's talk page. Overall, the meeting went well. The voting period starts on 18 August 2021, and ends on 31 August 2021. Please vote! The voting information is available on this page.