Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/November 2009

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The 16th New York City Meetup event was held on Sunday, November 15, 2009 in the Columbia University area. This will be the tenth of the meetups with a session dedicated to discussing meta:Wikimedia New York City issues.

Topics on the agenda will include a review of the recent Wikipedia Takes Manhattan 3 and other topics, including the developing projects with the Wikimedia NYC interns.

What, Where, When, and How?[edit]

There is one public meeting in the afternoon at Columbia University, where we take further steps to organize the Wikimedia New York City local chapter, and provide a salon-style forum for discussion of Wikipedia and Wikimedia issues.

Additionally, there is an optional post-meeting dinner at a neighborhood restaurant.

Main public meeting[edit]

(to discuss Wikipedia issues and Wikimedia NYC chapter issues):

  • 1402 Pupin Hall, Columbia University. Enter the Columbia campus at 116th Street and Broadway. Pupin Hall is located in the Northwest corner of the campus, next to the large building under construction. Take the elevator to the 13th floor and then walk up one flight of stairs. Meeting to be held in the library at the east end of the hall. 2:30 PM - 5:00PM

Optional post-meeting meetup[edit]

  • Meetup at Columbia, and then walk together to a neighborhood restaurant, to be decided upon. 5:00 PM onwards.

Late arrival info and Transportation[edit]

If you plan on arriving late, and are concerned about not finding your way to the group, you can drop your mobile phone number ahead of time at Special:Emailuser/Pharos (e-mail will not be able to be checked during the actual meetup time; leave requests ahead of time).

Nearby subway stations:


Bring your own ideas!

Interested Wikipedians[edit]

Meeting Signup List - Likely, Possible, and Regrets

Likely attendees[edit]

Possible attendees[edit]

Depending on how my schedule works out. But, can we go to somewhere other than symposium? Tim Song (talk) 06:49, 15 October 2009 (UTC) moved to likely
I love the Symposium and it's comfortable and convenient (especially the long symposium table), but Tim has a point. Lets discuss trying another place, just for a change of pace if no other reason. — Becksguy (talk) 08:27, 15 October 2009 (UTC)
Yes, of course, a change of pace would be fine. Let's hear some restaurant suggestions, people! (I don't know the area very well myself)--Pharos (talk) 12:50, 15 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Should be all moved by then, long overdue for a meetup. StarM 01:10, 16 October 2009 (UTC)
  • @harej 01:23, 18 October 2009 (UTC)
  • blurpeace (talk) 03:20, 21 October 2009 (UTC) Homework. –blurpeace (talk) 19:38, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Will try, but outlook isn't great.--ragesoss (talk) 15:15, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
  • I will be there if I am in town, but may be travelling for work that week; I should know within a few days. Newyorkbrad (talk) 00:16, 2 November 2009 (UTC) Moved to likely. Newyorkbrad (talk) 21:12, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I get invited and have planned to go to one of these things for at least a year now. Let's see how I feel that day. --Blue387 (talk) 02:06, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Robert Greer (talk) 13:46, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I would really love to come! PanydThe muffin is not subtle 23:44, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
  • I will be recovering from surgery. Will see. Daniel Case (talk) 23:51, 4 November 2009 (UTC) Moving to regrets
  • I've never been to one of these before, so I would like to go... Not sure if I'll be able to, right now. Hopefully!
    V = I * R (talk to Ω) 04:31, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Also interested in photographing NYC. Undecided about whether I want to appear in meatspace, but I'm leaning towards showing up... MirrorLockup (talk) 17:26, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Will try - incognito :) -- (talk) 14:20, 15 November 2009 (UTC)


  • I'll come for the next meeting User:Thundera_m117(talk)
  • Alas, I shall be cruising the Caribbean. Don't have too much fun without me! keɪɑtɪk flʌfi (talk) 14:43, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Be back in the neighborhood in December. Andre (talk) 06:19, 18 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Something has come up, but have a good time fellas. Take care, David Shankbone 00:55, 30 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Will still be in school in Pittsburgh at the specified time. TML (talk) 04:33, 2 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Unfortunately, I'll be away at Rutgers for Model United Nations that weekend, so I can't make it. Have fun guys! Laurinavicius (talk) 23:43, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
    • Cool. I was President of the General Assembly at Nationals in 1984. :) Newyorkbrad (talk) 21:13, 10 November 2009 (UTC)
      Looks like I will be having some home cooked Polish food on Sunday for dinner--Woogie10w (talk) 13:12, 13 November 2009 (UTC)
      You're very welcome to come for just the afternoon meeting at Columbia, and then head out to your Polish feast (sounds tasty!).--Pharos (talk) 17:06, 13 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Other peoples' health situations in my family have combined to lead me to conclude it would be better and less stressful if I skipped this one. Daniel Case (talk) 02:31, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Nope, sorry. No can do. Phooey StarM 05:22, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Second time in the regrets section. Alas, to earn filthy money, there is prep work today that I need for tomorrow. Part-and-parcel with my general absence from Wikipedia of late. Ah! to have all the time in the world and all the money I need... (and how many times does that wish get wished?) Gosgood (talk) 10:46, 15 November 2009 (UTC)


Attendees of record[edit]

Wikipedians/Wikimedians, from the sign-up sheet.

Topics of discussion[edit]

DGG started us off with a look at one of the more vexing dilemmas encountered in articles on fringe ethnicity topics.

Then we moved on to the upcoming CUNY IT conference and educational outreach efforts in general, and also options for the next Wiki-Conference New York in August 2010 and a possible follow-up meta:Wikimania 2011 bid.

We explored 501(c)(3) options and several people were generous in sharing their own nonprofit experiences, and we also passed two resolutions, welcoming Newyorkbrad to the board and Becksguy to the Treasurer position.

Our next meeting should be in January, and maybe we'll do something fun for Wikipedia Day.

And it all ended with dinner and mint tea at Cafe Nana.