Oct 24, 2004 Meetup
We met at the University of Chicago, in the Ryerson Physical Laboratory, the 4 of us, augmented by the ACM chapter leadership and students at the University of Chicago, plus at least one financial/trading IT industry representative from downtown. There were over a dozen of us in all. As we were all at least acquainted with Wikipedia, Jimbo Wales gave a quick overview and settled down for a question/answer session. There were several questions about the CD/DVD version of Wikipedia which is to be published. In order to get to that stage, we need to pass the (publishable) articles through a quality procedure, at least at the level of not publishing vandalized articles etc. Jimbo publicly revealed his concepts for a prototype procedure for getting to this stage (ala version 1.0), the most important of which involves separate steps:
- a preliminary statistical step which collects the consensus rating 0 to 3 of each article (0=VfD, 1=Cleanup, 2=usable, 3=Featured Article standard). This includes who gave the rating, revision status of the article, etc.
- the actual vetting of each article.
I had the chance to ask about some history:
- The NPOV concept was physically written by Jimbo Wales, but it was done in true collaborative style with the rest of the readership (i.e. Larry Sanger, etc.).
- WikiLove is Jimbo Wales' own concept for the love and respect that is part and parcel of the community that is Wikipedia.
We got a heads-up about the de.Wikipedia involvement in the Chaos conference in Berlin, December 27,28,29 2004 in Berlin. Jimbo and other Board members will be there, as well as several Wikimedia developers. After the session, 5 of us got a chance to sit down at a restaurant together before Jimbo had to catch his plane home. Ancheta Wis 00:17, 25 Oct 2004 (UTC) (Note: meetup members, please edit the above if you feel I have not conveyed the straight story.)
- Me too. --Interiot 15:34, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
- Count me in. --InShaneee 03:28, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
- I haven't been watching this page for months, but by way of an update: there was a small meetup at a tapas bar last September (I think), attended by Kelly Martin, Bmicomp, and myself. Jimbo had been planning to be in Chicago this May, and I invited him to lecture at the U of Chicago, a prospect in which he initially expressed interest; however, his plans changed and he won't be in town in the near future after all. — Dan | talk 04:57, 19 April 2006 (UTC)
- I'm interested in a wikipedia meet up too. The Chicago area 2600 group meets at a local Boys and Girls club on the first friday of every month. The meetings are open to all, perhaps you could arrange to "crash" one of our meetings. -188.8.131.52 18:58, 20 April 2006 (UTC)
- I'm trying to get together another Chicago-area meetup. I'd like to push for an Evanston location, although other locations are possible. Comments? Kelly Martin (talk) 00:22, 29 May 2006 (UTC)
Sure, count me in, just as long as it isn't on a school day. Student at Northeastern Illinois University here. I'm from Rogers Park neighborhood. Freshmen. August 23, 2006. User:NealIRC
- Kelly, the Evanston location would work for me, I would be driving in from WI. But a weekend Sat or Sun would have to be the day slot. What might an agenda include? --Ancheta Wis 17:58, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
- If anyone would still like to do this anytime this fall, let me know. I'm free most weekends, and would prefer a location that isn't too far from any mass transit (I'll drive if I have to, but I'd rather not - unless everyone is willing to come to the far west suburbs :) --JohnDBuell 02:59, 6 September 2006 (UTC)
Evanston's great for me. Keep me posted. --InShaneee 17:23, 29 October 2006 (UTC)
- Per Kelly's contributions, talk page, and other things, there's a good chance she's not very active on Wikipedia currently, so I don't know that there's someone actively organizing a meetup. I'm in the far north suburbs, so anything will be far for me, but I'd be happy to meet anywhere near a larger library. --Interiot 00:04, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
- I might have suggested one of the College of DuPage LUG meetings, but I'm not sure they still meet, and the campus is rather far from either trains or highways. I might have been able to wrangle something with Aurora University, but it too is far from its Metra stop or I-88. I _could_ look into Messenger Public Library in North Aurora, which is about two miles north of the I-88 interchange with IL 31. Other possibilities include Walter Payton's Roundhouse, which is AT the downtown Aurora Metra stop. The main branch libraries in Aurora and Naperville are going to be a bit too far to walk to from their respective Metra stops in the coming cold, but could be good late spring/summer/early fall possibilities. --JohnDBuell 03:12, 5 November 2006 (UTC)
The Evanston Public Library has meeting rooms and is only two blocks from the Davis CTA station and three block from the Davis Street Metra station on the Union Pacific North Line. -- DS1953 talk 03:46, 2 May 2007 (UTC)
- I could get behind that. --InShaneee 03:00, 3 May 2007 (UTC)
New Meetup announced
Wiki Loves Pride
Are there any Chicago residents interested in participating in Wiki Loves Pride 2014, a multi-national effort to improve coverage of LGBT-related content at Wikimedia projects? Perhaps an edit-a-thon or a photography project? Please visit the project page for details or let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! --Another Believer (Talk) 17:33, 13 May 2014 (UTC)
- I am - there's an Old Town, Chicago historic article that could use some photos: Society for Human Rights More info here: 
- The Pritzker GLAM has added a few articles. Check out what we are doing at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/Pritzker
Wikimedia Chicago usergroup?
Howdy, my name is User:Mitchazenia, I am on the board of Wikimedia New York City until the middle of June. I know there are Wikipedians in Chicago and people have thrown around the idea of a future Chicago chapter. My fellow board members and members of WMNYC are pushing me as I prepare to move to Macomb, Illinois for graduate school to look in being a spearhead. I worked for 8 years at WMNYC and am ready to basically get things started. If there's interest, I am all ears if there are other people interested. Mitch32(The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity.) 03:11, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
Great American Wiknic 2015 - Chicago
I'd like to invite you good folks to add a Chicago event for the Great American Wiknic :) This year we're aiming to coalesce nationally around July 5 or 25, but any date that is convenient to your local community works as well. And don't be shy about putting something preliminary on the national Wiknic page, it all helps!--Pharos (talk) 04:03, 2 June 2015 (UTC)
A Wikipedian who attended this meetup has passed away. See Wikipedia:Deceased_Wikipedians/2015#Belissarius. Anyone wishing to send his condolences or such is welcome to do so at pl:Wikipedysta:Belissarius/(Ostatnie) podziękowania. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 01:25, 10 November 2015 (UTC)