Wikipedia talk:Meetup/Minnesota

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15th anniversary[edit]

Wikipedia's 15th anniversary is being celebrated around the world on or near January 15. I propose some type of gathering in Minnesota on Saturday, January 16. Let's discuss it here. Jonathunder (talk) 23:47, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

@Jonathunder: It's getting a little close to the date now, but it would be nice to get together as we haven't met up for a while. If not this Saturday, let's do something sometime soon. Any preference for a place to meet? gobonobo + c 20:33, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
I will be in the St. Paul on January 30. An informal gathering in a coffee house is easy to arrange and I'd be free early afternoon. Jonathunder (talk) 20:38, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
Saturday the 30th sounds great. Something like Nina's Coffee Cafe in Blair Flats? Pinging WeijiBaikeBianji, MarkTraceur, McGhiever, innotata, Phil wink, Nwhysel, EpochFail, Bobamnertiopsis, RachelWex, Dinkytown, Bobak, SusanLesch, Ruby2010, Elkman, RandMC, BenFranske. gobonobo + c 16:59, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
(top-posting because the unindent is confusing) I'm in for the 30th at Nina's, that's a pretty easy hop for me. --MarkTraceur (talk) 14:28, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
I'm in. -McGhiever (talk) 20:24, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
Could be fun. I'll watch this page for updates. MarkTraceur & Andrewbogott --EpochFail (talkcontribs) 20:35, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
We're talking the afternoon, right? It looks like Saturday afternoon 30 January 2016 generates a schedule conflict that I think happened last year, too, a board meeting of a nonprofit board I'm on that meets annually on a Saturday in January. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (Watch my talk, How I edit) 21:00, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
Early afternoon or late morning both work for me. Is this an all-day meeting, WBB? Jonathunder (talk) 22:18, 12 January 2016 (UTC)


Woops! Just realized I'm out of town for the last week of Jan., so I won't be able to join ya'll. --EpochFail (talkcontribs) 21:22, 12 January 2016 (UTC)
I too want to join the choir in saying "I will not be there...". I will be working on a tan in Cancun on that date... :) Take care... Dinkytown talk 00:05, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

So how does this look? Is noon OK?

  In the area? You're invited to a
   Minnesota Wikipedia Meetup
Blair Flats.jpg
  Date: Saturday, 30 January 2016
  Time: noon until whenever
  Place: Nina's Café in Blair Flats
  165 Western Avenue, St. Paul
44°56′47.25″N 93°6′58.5″W / 44.9464583°N 93.116250°W / 44.9464583; -93.116250
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Sat Jan 30 at this time looks good to me! I have 8 hour grad school classes on many Saturdays, but this is good. I will block my calendar RIGHT NOW...RachelWex
Yep, that's fine.innotata 20:33, 13 January 2016 (UTC) Probably can't make it. —innotata 00:57, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
I'll see if I can stop in for a bit. I'm going to Landmark Center for a St. Paul Winter Carnival party for kids at 2 PM, so I'll be in my Loki costume for that. So, you'll see me in my Loki horns instead of in my editor hat. --Elkman (Elkspeak) 00:28, 14 January 2016 (UTC)
I should be able to make it. Phil wink (talk) 18:58, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Minnesota usergroup[edit]

Logo proposals for Wikimedia Minnesota User Group... just some ideas. Phil wink (talk) 04:00, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Today would be a good opportunity to jump-start a Minnesota Wikimedia usergroup. It's a very informal and lightweight type of recognition and affiliation with the larger Wikimedia movement, and you just need three Wikipedians present to sign up for it; I talked about this a bit to @Gobonobo: recently.--Pharos (talk) 16:10, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Pharos. Hopefully we'll be setting up the usergroup today. gobonobo + c 17:24, 30 January 2016 (UTC)
Sorry I could not be there today gobonobo...I am having some medical issues today. I am interested in being part of the Minnesota Wikimedia usergroup though. To all of the other Minnesota Wikipedans reading this, I am working with the Hennepin County Libraries to make this happen:

If you can make it, please sign up! :) ([User talk:RachelWex|talk]) — Preceding unsigned comment added by RachelWex (talkcontribs) 20:12, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Thank you RachelWex. Please add yourself to the Wikimedia Minnesota User Group. As to the Pride event, it would be nice to get the folks from Quatrefoil Library involved. gobonobo + c 19:22, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Thank you gobonobo. Quatrefoil is aware of the upcoming Wiki Loves Pride event and some of their staff will be helping me with advertising and generating a list of possible topics for people to work on. (talk)
  • Very cool! Nice to see familiar people gathering to discuss user group organization. Ping me if you ever need anything. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:12, 1 February 2016 (UTC)


We are meeting downstairs at Nina's Coffee Cafe if anyone shows up late. gobonobo + c 19:42, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Wiknic - July 2016[edit]

Powderhorn Park

I'd like to invite folks to add preliminary info for Minnesota's event this year at Wikipedia:Wiknic.--Pharos (talk) 18:39, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

@Gobonobo: @RachelWex: @Innotata: @Jonathunder: Someone on the Minnesota mailing list has suggested Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis, what do folks think? It would be great to have a prelim listing at Wikipedia:Wiknic#Midwest asap.--Pharos (talk) 11:37, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

I think it's a great idea--could someone in Minneapolis check out the space and see if we have to reserve anything in advance or pay a reservation fee? Sundays would be best for me this month. RachelWex 02:28, 8 July 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by RachelWex (talkcontribs)

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) 20:53, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

December 17: Minneapolis Institute of Art edit-a-thon, new group[edit]

Thought folks would be interested in this new initiative: ! --Pharos (talk) 13:40, 5 December 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks! FYI I am the one leading the meetup. Here's my tag, send me talk page message or post a message to the Meetup if your interested in joining! Shaded0 (talk) 00:36, 11 December 2016 (UTC)

January 28: African American Artists/Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)[edit]

Including a link to a January event the MIA is hosting for African American Artists. Shaded0 (talk) 19:54, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

March 11, 2017: Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon at Minneapolis Central Library[edit]

Join us for communal updating of Wikipedia entries on art and feminism. People of all gender identities and expressions welcomed and encouraged to attend. No prior editing experience is necessary; training and resources will be provided. If you have a laptop, please bring it.

This edit-a-thon is presented in association with Art+Feminism.

April 15, 2017: Wikipedia Social Activism Edit-a-thon[edit]

Join us for a Wikipedia Meetup on activism and social justice

Join us for a Wikipedia Meetup on activism and social justice! Put your editing skills to work and make edits that make a difference. Please bring a laptop with you as we will only have a limited number available for use.

No Wikipedia experience necessary; training session at 12:30 p.m. for newcomers on the day of the event. At least one librarian will be on hand to help with research, and there will be volunteers to help with editing and creating articles. We will also be providing light refreshments as well as Wikipedia buttons and stickers. Shaded0 (talk) 03:42, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

May 6, 2017: Women in Art at Saint Catherine[edit]


Shaded0 (talk) 21:40, 11 March 2017 (UTC)