Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wiknic 2019

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WiknicNYC Picnic
Wiknic logo.svg
DateSunday, July 14, 2019
(drop-in any time 2:00–7:00 pm!)
AddressRoosevelt Island
(picnic site: Southpoint Park)
City, StateNew York City, New York
Coordinates40°45′08″N 73°57′33″W / 40.752202°N 73.959190°W / 40.752202; -73.959190Coordinates: 40°45′08″N 73°57′33″W / 40.752202°N 73.959190°W / 40.752202; -73.959190

Wikimedia NYC invites you to attend the Wiknic, the "picnic anyone can edit" in Roosevelt Island (picnic site: Southpoint Park) for Sunday July 14, 2019, from about 2:00 - 7:00 pm, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the United States.

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All attendees are subject to Wikimedia NYC's Code of Conduct, and don't forget your sunscreen!

Details & Agenda[edit]

An annual Wiki NYC tradition.
Group photo from this year's Wiknic.
Starting young
  • Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm (come by any time!)
  • WMF Strategic Planning Discussion: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm (session A) 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm (session B)
  • Location: Roosevelt Island (Southpoint Park, look for our Wikipedia/Wikimedia NYC banner). The F train stops there, and a tramway connects to 2nd Avenue Manhattan.

If you get lost and can't find the main group, text or call (214) 945-4692, that is (214) WIKI-NYC.


  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm (session A)
  • 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm (session B)

We'll have two breakout groups for each 30-minute session.


Notetaker/Recorder needed

This year the Wiknic will double as a Strategy Salon, using open space technology to address these two questions facing our social movement:

  • How might we build Wikimedia into an effective convenor of impactful partnerships, coalitions, and collective action based on a shared vision of open knowledge and the “Big Open” Movement?
  • How do we, as a global Wikimedia movement, avoid the pitfall of recentism, tapping in to elder networks, LGBT networks, women’s networks, indigenous communities, etc. to develop volunteers for the project as writers, developers, and document gatherers to find and preserve our hidden collective history?
  • I'll take notes for Session A. - kosboot (talk) 22:22, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I can be a discussion facilitator for Session A or Session B.--Pharos (talk) 22:01, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
  • How does this work? Is the idea that session A discusses the first question and session B the second question? Or is it that each session discusses both? -- RoySmith (talk) 16:11, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Depending on the scale of attendance, we might have two discussion groups (one for each question) during each session.--Pharos (talk) 16:27, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Session A (This is not a transcript of the discussion, rather it has been edited to group similar ideas together. Feel free to edit if you don't see what was spoken.)

  • We must do more reaching out; we need to be pro-active, go out and talk to people, inform and interest them.
  • We should do more outreach to high schools.
  • We need to move into more regional languages.
  • We need to reach out to groups. We can start by going online to reach already organized groups.
Getting started
  • The onboarding process for new users should be improved and needs to be easier.
Authoritative sources and notability
  • We need to rethink the qualifications for an “authoritative source.” We will not be able to reach under-represented communities unless we rethink what is an “authoritative source” without a pro-white, pro-Western bias.
  • An obstacle is the definition of “notability” and the definition of “authoritative.” It might be authoritative to a white-Eurocentric vision, but it could have other meanings to non-white, non-Eurocentric communities. If we stick to the white Eurocentric view we could be missing important information and documentation of non-Western cultures.
  • The Euro/traditional education system excludes non-traditional forms of history and culture. One example are the genre of oral histories. But there too, often it becomes authoritative and a reliable source only once it has been codified and edited in written form.
  • One example is Yiddish Wikipedia. It’s written in academic language. But the majority of current Yiddish speakers don’t speak that way and use a vernacular Yiddish, which results in a split between what is written and what is spoken and understood by ordinary people.
  • As a result of these biases and a too-narrow view of notability, there are too many deleted articles. Wikipedians should be more inclusionist. There should be numerous red-links (indicating articles to-be created). Rather than immediately deleting an article, its author should be notified than the article they created has issues.
  • Instead of deleting, the offending article should be merged with the appropriate article. Perhaps there could exist “supplementary Wikis” that could contain deleted articles as well as other writing that does not meet WP’s notability or criteria. For example: Might it be possible for individual institutions, organizations and groups to have their own wiki (with information that does not pass notability) as a means to supplement Wikipedia.
  • There followed an extended discussion on different language Wikipedias and the difficulty of learning that an article in a particular language may have better coverage than the one in English. But currently there is no tool to indicate which language Wikipedia has the largest article on a specific topic.
  • Maybe one way would be to write an article using zines as the primary source material, rather than newspapers and other media which might no have covered the topic.

Potluck List[edit]

Some food will be provided. However, volunteer to bring potluck food, supplies and recreations as you feel inspired! No fires; no grill. List what you will bring below.


  • Tacos - veggie, chicken, and beef (trays to serve ~25, which Rhododendrites will pick up/bring)
  • I'll bring my world-famous[citation needed] lemon bars. -- RoySmith (talk) 17:18, 7 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Fruit salad ilovepiday (talk) 17:03, 13 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Chips. -- King of ♠ 03:40, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Orange Juice PHENYLALANINE
  • 3 Cantaloupe - Jeremyb
  • smoked blue fish --Jeremyb (talk) 17:27, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • a jar of pickles --Jeremyb (talk) 17:27, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • some kind of small brownie thing from Trader Joe's. If they don't have that, I'll see what other kind of sweet snack I can get. -- TheBankery (talk) 16:49, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Oreos. Legoktm (talk) 17:17, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Pitas & Hummus --Habst (talk) 18:52, 14 July 2019 (UTC)


please move up if you plan to bring any of these

  • Watermelon
  • Salads


  • Seltzer - Perimeander (talk) 15:42, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • have a big cooler, going to try to get some ice/water to put in it. --Jeremyb (talk) 17:27, 14 July 2019 (UTC)


please move up if you plan to bring any of these

  • Water


  • Staking out space and bringing signage - Pharos (talk) 21:32, 6 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Utensils, plates - Rhododendrites will bring enough for 25 people
  • 2 large tables --Jeremyb (talk) 17:25, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • cantelope knife --Jeremyb (talk) 17:25, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • a cooler for drinks/perishables --Jeremyb (talk) 17:25, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • 2 water coolers (a 5 gal and a 10 gal) --Jeremyb (talk) 17:25, 14 July 2019 (UTC)


please move up if you plan to bring any of these

  • We need a knife (and preferably a cutting board, too) for cantaloupe and possible watermelon
  • Does anyone have a small folding table we can put the food on? There are tables available, but they're on the pavement by Cornell Tech.
    • got it see above --Jeremyb (talk) 17:25, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • mobile hotspot?

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  • Emjackson42 (talk) 14:35, 17 June 2019 (UTC) Unfortunately I will be out of town. Have a great Wiknic!
  • BearJere (talk) 11:13, 9 July 2019 (UTC) I cannot come, unfortunately. I hope you guys have fun!
  • Roman Spinner (talkcontribs) 06:47, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Sorry, too much going on, and too darn hot. Bearian (talk) 21:48, 14 July 2019 (UTC)
  • I was at a meeting in a group advocating for reopening closed subway entrances.--Kew Gardens 613 (talk) 00:47, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Hope everyone had a great wiknic, wish I could have been there. See you at the next one --Wil540 art (talk) 01:00, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

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