User talk:Sumanah

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Re: GSoC[edit]

Hey Sumana,

I presumed IRC-style chats would be difficult, given the range of timezones and the fact that I have a ton of A-level examinations over the next fortnight. Regards email, then, 5 students answered the original call; I responded three or four weeks ago by telling them specifically what would be best. I have had two responses to that email. Given that they are, after all, volunteer programmers I have avoided reminders. Do you have any thoughts? - Jarry1250 [Weasel? Discuss.] 19:25, 14 June 2011 (UTC)

  • Jarry1250, go ahead and remind them. They're volunteers but we want this coverage and I say it's ok to nag them a little.  :-)

Re: New Orleans Wikimedia Hackathon[edit]

As much as I like the idea, I think you might have me confused with someone else who is already involved in these projects? Or is this a subtle method of recruitment? :) --Joy [shallot] (talk) 18:42, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Good to know :) but the cost of plane tickets to New Orleans is prohibitive for us relative outsiders. If I may suggest an idea - start a sponsorship program like DebConf :) --Joy [shallot] (talk) 20:05, 24 August 2011 (UTC)
We do sometimes sponsor attendees. Thanks for the thought! Sumanah (talk) 20:14, 24 August 2011 (UTC)

Some stroopwafels for you![edit]

Gaufre biscuit.jpg You are the bestestest. Mellsworthy (talk) 01:10, 20 October 2011 (UTC)

Hello there!![edit]

Sorry I've taken so long to respond! Last week was busy and I've been camping this weekend. About IRC, yes it would be good, I'm nearly always on freenode on #apertium as 'spectie', 'spectei' or 'spectre'. I'll add #mediawiki to my autojoin though. - Francis Tyers · 22:05, 12 December 2011 (UTC)


Hello - do you know that you are posting a red link to lots of people's talk pages? Maybe you meant it to be different? SmartSE (talk) 15:05, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Actually, you can ignore that - I fixed it by copying the content from User:Sumanah/UpcomingDevMeetings into {{User:Sumanah/UpcomingDevMeetings}}. SmartSE (talk) 15:08, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, you caught it before I could fix it! Thanks so much. Sumanah (talk) 15:10, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
No problem. SmartSE (talk) 15:20, 16 February 2012 (UTC)


Hey there. While I keep up on some of the WP stuff, based on my account I'm surprised there'd be any reason to promote the bot, template and gadget-maker events on my particular talk page. I was wondering (you know, for science) if the selection process was randomized and I just got lucky, of if I seem qualified in spite of so many months of inactivity :) Equalx (talk) 16:33, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

The "selection process" was not terribly sciencey. ;-) It started with me looking for people who had categorized themselves as having good template or other programming skills, and then widened as I saw who had spoken up about template or userscript/Gadget-related issues on those folks' Talk pages. I saw you on Cacycle's Talk page, followed up on your contributions, saw that you had edited a monobook.js file, and decided you should hear about the events despite the fact that you hadn't edited for a little while. I'm hoping to spread the word about these developers' events to everyone who shows an interest in customizing and improving MediaWiki. Hope that clears things up! :-) Sumanah (talk) 16:38, 16 February 2012 (UTC)
Oh, interesting. I don't even remember all of that (It's been a long time). But thanks for the invite - I'm actually looking to start paying a little more attention to what goes on here again, and I'll pass the info along to a few friends who know more about this stuff than I do. Equalx (talk) 16:44, 16 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello Sumanah! Thanks for the invitation to join WikiMedia developers' days, I'll have to pop over at some point (depending on where I am at the time). All the best. –pjoef (talkcontribs) 10:13, 17 February 2012 (UTC)


That is a redlink. I think you might want to fix your settings on Twinkle so that doesn't show up in the summary. :-) Killiondude (talk) 00:36, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Blargh! I thought this problem had gone away/been fixed - not sure how it reappeared. Fixing, thanks. :-) Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation Volunteer Development Coordinator 00:41, 4 April 2012 (UTC)
I think it's because redirects from the Template: namespace to the User: namespace are frowned upon. It's probably better if you just fix your config file. No problem. Killiondude (talk)

Berlin Hackathon[edit]

Hey Sumanah, thanks for the invitation. =) I've still not decided if I would be willing to attend, but if I did, I would probably need a fair bit of support - I have no experience traveling abroad (I've never even left the state without being accompanied by family, and even in those cases it wasn't a trip of my own planning), no passport, and no money (gah, I'm just a bum! =O ). I'm sure attending would be an incredible experience for me, but I'm not at all convinced it would be worth the effort required to support me for whomever ended up doing so. =/ ディノ千?!? · ☎ Dinoguy1000 04:24, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Tulsi Gabbard[edit]

Hi Sumanah,

Nice work on the Tulsi Gabbard article. One question: you just added the following paragraph:

In February 2011, Gabbard faced harassment from Aniruddha Sherbow, who threatened her via text message and made abusive phone calls to her. She obtained a three-year injunction against Sherbow[18] and urged other harrassment victims to be strong, make that decision to fight back and hold people accountable for their actions — otherwise it won't stop."

It has a close-quote but no open-quote. What's being quoted, and who from? Thanks! --JBL (talk) 15:41, 11 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for catching that, JBL. Fixed, I believe. Also, I hadn't realized that policy is to use the current last name even when talking about what a person did under a previous name -- I want to avoid confusion. Can you point me to a good example of an article that negotiates this kind of problem gracefully? Thanks! Sumana Harihareswara 15:58, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Well, to be honest I have no idea what policy is here. I poked around a bit and was surprised to find (e.g.) that Hillary Clinton goes back and forth between being "Rodham" and "Clinton" in her article, depending what part of her life is under discussion. But obviously that's not quite parallel, since it's a single maiden->married name change. I haven't been able to think of anyone who took a married name and later dropped it for comparison :(. I personally find it confusing when an individual is referred to by multiple names, but perhaps I'm unusual. Probably you should just do whatever feels right to you, since you're doing such a nice job with the article otherwise. --JBL (talk) 16:18, 11 November 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words. I'll follow the example of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and use different names depending on what part of the subject's life is being discussed. Thanks! Sumana Harihareswara 20:46, 17 November 2012 (UTC)

Can We Link It & Toolserver[edit]

I noticed your message on Nickj's talk page. Was source code access an issue? because this mailinglist archive still seems to have a working link to a early (2006-06-22) version of it. V (talk) 21:20, 12 November 2012 (UTC)

Stub tags[edit]

Please take care not to add {{stub}} to an article like Mahamanina Falls which already has a specific stub tag (here it was {{Madagascar-geo-stub}}). It just wastes other editors' time. Thanks. PamD 09:27, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

I shall attempt to do so; thanks for the heads-up. Sumana Harihareswara 13:35, 17 February 2013 (UTC)

Wikilove vs. thanks[edit]

Hey Sumanah, regarding your question about a pointer to measurements of the influence of WikiLove:

There are more thanks notifications than wikilove:

  • Thanks notifications stats ( it seems that "thanks" notifications have fallen from ~400 thanks daily to ~250 thanks daily (since around June 11). I partially blame this on the formulated confirmation text ;-) which should be improved.)

See also some ideas about this kind of positive feedback especially for newbies (and "gesichtete Versionen") at mw:Extension_talk:Thanks#Early_thoughts and de:Benutzer:Atlasowa/WikiDank-EditLob (german, sorry, I hope you can manage with googletranslate).--Atlasowa (talk) 16:04, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn! Saturday September 7[edit]

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Everyone gather at the Brooklyn Public Library to further Wikipedia's coverage of—
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Wikimedia NYC Meetup! Saturday October 5[edit]

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Everyone gather at Jefferson Market Library to further Wikipedia's local outreach
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Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Greenwich Village In The 60s" Editathon! Saturday November 2[edit]

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Wikimedia NYC Meetup- "Queens Open History Edit-a-Thon" at Queens Library! Friday December 6[edit]

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Drop-ins welcome 10am-7pm!--Pharos (talk) ~~~~~

Happy New Year Sumanah![edit]

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Happy New Year!
Hello Sumanah:
Thanks for all of your contributions to improve the encyclopedia for Wikipedia's readers, and have a happy and enjoyable New Year! Cheers, Northamerica1000(talk) 04:35, 1 January 2014 (UTC)

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Purple Barnstar[edit]

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For efforts in the face of toxicity. --Reagle (talk) 17:26, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Saturday: NYC Art And Feminism Wikipedia Editathon[edit]

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Please join Wikipedia "Art and Feminism Editathon" @ Eyebeam on Saturday February 1, 2014,
an event aimed at collaboratively expanding Wikipedia articles covering Art and Feminism, and the biographies of women artists!

There are also regional events that day in Brooklyn, Westchester County, and the Hudson Valley.
--Pharos (talk)

Upcoming Saturday events - March 1: Harlem History Editathon and March 8: NYU Law Editathon[edit]

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Hi Sumana, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed watching your conference talk on video. Your point about hospitality versus liberty was really well made, and I loved the idea of having paid representatives to do the "emotional labour" in certain conflict situations. There are lots of situations on Wikipedia where that's exactly what we need. Thank you so much for a wonderful and thoughtful presentation. SlimVirgin (talk) 00:32, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

@SlimVirgin: - I am so thoroughly happy to have given you some useful ideas and lenses and (I hope) tools! I hope you also take a look at the Ada Initiative's recommendations and consider advocating for them when you see the opportunity. Thank you for your message and for letting me know how my talk affected you; it was wonderful to hear. Sumana Harihareswara 13:12, 12 June 2014 (UTC)

Saturday June 21: Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

Upcoming Saturday event - June 21: Wiki Loves Pride NYC
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You are invited to join us at Jefferson Market Library for "Wiki Loves Pride", hosted by New York Public Library, Metropolitan New York Library Council, Wikimedia LGBT and Wikimedia New York City, where both experienced and new Wikipedia editors will collaboratively improve articles on this theme:

11am–4pm at Jefferson Market Library.

We hope to see you there! Pharos (talk)

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Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic[edit]

Sunday July 6: WikNYC Picnic
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You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" in Central Park, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1pm–8pm at southwest section of the Great Lawn, north of the Delacorte Theater.

Also, before the picnic, you can join in the Wikimedia NYC chapter's annual meeting.

11:30am-12:30pm at Yeoryia Studios, 2067 Broadway.

We hope to see you there!--Pharos (talk) 16:51, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

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Thank you![edit]

Hi, Sumana,
I just wanted to let you know that I applied to Hacker School really because of your presentation at WikiConUSA. I don't have a lot of programming experience and I'm doubtful that I'll be accepted but I wanted to let you know that because of your talk, my life could be heading in a very different direction. I'm so glad I went to the conference and heard your talk. Thank you! Liz Read! Talk! 21:56, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Liz, I'm very grateful to have been able to help you learn of a new opportunity. I am glad you got a lot out of my talk! And best wishes in enjoying programming and learning more! Maybe we'll get to pair program sometime. Sumana Harihareswara 04:28, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

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Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share[edit]

Sunday August 17: NYC Wiki-Salon and Skill Share
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You are invited to join the the Wikimedia NYC community for our upcoming wiki-salon and knowledge-sharing workshop on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

2pm–5pm at Yeoryia Studios at Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway (5th floor).

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