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General Discussion Area[edit]

This talk page is for L.A. meetup discussions that are NOT specific to any given meetup. To discuss, for example, anything specifically relevant to Meetup #2, please see Wikipedia talk:Meetup/LA/2. Thank you. - Eric 03:34, 28 July 2005 (UTC)

Guidelines for Meeting Cancellation[edit]

If I did my math right, by summing the percentages in the Intent to Attend section of the first meetup, we get a total of 1900% (the approximation that 19 people intended to attend):

100 + 93 + 88 + 67 + 90 + 90 + 90 + 60 + 60 + 60 + 80 + 40 + 80 + 50 + 65 + 70 + 84.3 + 84.2 + 50 + 65 + 70 + 84.3 + 84.2 + 50 + 70 + 75 = 1900.0

Since 6 people showed, this indicates a 32% follow-through rate. (actually high for Los Angeles, in my opinion)

I suggest a de-facto standard that if the sums of the Intent to Attend section for any scheduled meetup do not exceed 1000% (approximation of 10 people intending to show up) by 12:00pm, the day of the meet, then that meet is effectively cancelled, and deferred to the next month's meetup. - Eric 18:07, 30 July 2005 (UTC)

Responsibilities of Host(s)[edit]


  1. Show up. Try to get there a few minutes early, and scope out a good table (or tables, as appropriate). Tell the venue's staff why you're there, and advise them to direct anyone that asks for "Wiki" to where you are. (Don't expect the venue's management to handle this on their own.)
  2. Try to maintain a neutral point of view. If all goes well, the meetup runs itself and everyone is amiable, but sometimes a little diplomacy can really help ensure everything goes smoothly.
  3. Encourage everyone to contribute, but never insist.
  4. Cooperate completely with the venue's staff. Make sure that we'll be welcomed back to use that location again. Be sure to clean up all signs and other materials, so nothing is left behind.


  1. Call the venue's management the day before to confirm that the meetup is welcome there. Post on that meetup's Talk page the results of any such conversations.
  2. Bring a camera. If nothing else, a camera phone would do. Snap a few pictures after most people have showed up; pictures encourage others to attend future gatherings.
  3. Bring some paper, and scotch tape. Make two or three signs that say "WIKI MEETUP" with arrows to the table. After asking permission of the venue's management, post a sign near the entrance, and on/near the meetup spot. Fill out the first line of an attendance registry with your real name and your Wikipedia handle.
  4. Make everyone feel welcome. Introduce yourself to new arrivals, and encourage the others to do the same.
  5. Be bold. Set an example for the others.
  6. Communicate with the other hosts. Coordinate all plans on the meetup's Talk page.

Group offering to host LA Meetups[edit]

I thought you folks should know about this.

There's a group with a standing offer to host regular wikimeetups in Los Angeles.

They're at 4402 W. Pico (between Crenshaw and Pico, MidCity). You can learn more about their group here and here. I believe these photos are of the offered space. I think the organizer of this has also been involved with the USC Network Culture Project. I suggest that someone make contact with them. Thanks.--Pharos (talk) 11:51, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

Edit-a-thons at UC Riverside![edit]

Hi all, FYI: The UCR Libraries are hosting three edit-a-thons focusing on their great special collections (science fiction, water resources and more) on Oct. 12, 2013, Oct. 26, 2013, and Nov. 23, 2013. Please participate if you can, and please help publicize to friends in the area! Details here. All are welcome, new and experienced editors alike! -- phoebe / (talk to me) 22:34, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Looking for GLAM Contacts[edit]

Hi! I'm the Wikipedian in Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. I was contacted by a museum research librarian in L.A. about the GLAM-Wiki projects we're doing in New York and am looking for people or a GLAM-Wiki group in L.A. to refer her to. If you are a GLAM organizer and are interested in the L.A. area please contact me. OR drohowa (talk) 17:20, 2 October 2013 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Pride[edit]

Are there any LA 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) 17:34, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

Take the train down to San Diego for a Wikipedia meetup[edit]

For those interested in coming down to Old Town San Diego for a meetup on Sunday 12 April 2015, there is an ongoing discussion as to where to have the meetup. Looking forward to getting some input and some out of town attendees.--RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 08:57, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic 2015 - LA[edit]

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I'd like to invite you good folks to add an LA 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) 04:02, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Offer of scholarship for your group's representative to attend WikiConference[edit]


I am writing to invite participants in your user group to WikiConference North America to be held in San Diego Friday to Monday 7-10 October. Here are further details:

  • We are accepting submissions until 31 August.
  • We are accepting scholarship applications 9 August - 23 August. About 40 scholarships are available only for people in Canada, the US, and Mexico. Last year about 200 people applied for scholarships.
  • More volunteers are needed. In the usual wiki-way, anyone may comment on program submissions. At the conference in person, all conference organizers will be volunteers. All conference attendees are encouraged check in with conference organizers about volunteering for the task queue even for an hour. Anyone interested may contact Flonight and Rosiestep to offer volunteer support.
  • Major sponsorship for the conference comes from the San Diego Public Library who are providing the venue and a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • This is the third year of this conference, with WikiConference USA being in New York in 2014 and in Washington DC in 2015. Check the schedules of those for examples of what kinds of programming will be offered this year.

Discussion about the conference on-wiki could happen at meta:WikiConference North America.

This year, conference organizers have been able to reserve one scholarship to attend for someone in your organization. I encourage participants in your organization to start a conversation among yourselves about who is available and interested to attend the conference as a representative of your collective interests. If you can identify someone among yourselves to accept this travel scholarship, then please tell me of your choice. The person who wishes to receive a scholarship in this scheme should still complete the scholarship application as soon as possible and before 23 August. After the form is completed and you notify me, then I will note your group's decision for that person. Thanks for your consideration. Write me with any questions.--Pharos (talk) 20:57, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Wiki Culture Crawl at Balboa Park, San Diego, October 7, 2016[edit]

See Wikipedia:GLAM/Balboa Park/Wiki Culture Crawl for more information about the upcoming Wiki Culture Crawl (October 7) at Balboa Park in San Diego. Note: The event is free, but registration is required to participate. Also, if any locals are interested in volunteering, please note your availability here, on the event page, or by contacting conference organizers. All are invited to collaborate online and showcase the results of your work, too. Hope to see you there! ---Another Believer (Talk) 18:43, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Invitation to San Diego 2018 Bonfire[edit]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/April 2018 . RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 18:45, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

Invitation to attend a meetup in Temecula[edit]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Meetup/San Diego/May 2018 . RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 23:41, 15 April 2018 (UTC)