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Wikimedia Minnesota User Group[edit]

I'd like to encourage folks to look at the possibility of an informal Wikimedia User Group for Minnesota editors, which should make it easier to get Wikimedia Foundation grant funding for outreach events, and could even lead to an eventual nonprofit chapter like Wikimedia DC. The Wikimedia US Coalition would be more than glad to help you along this process!--Pharos (talk) 14:00, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi Pharos. I think we'll be ready to consider a user group once we have a critical mass of editors. It is good to know that there is a support structure available when we arrive. Gobōnobō + c 01:02, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
This sounds like a good idea. Thanks. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 22:32, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
This could be a good topic of discussion at the 2014 Wiknic - please see Step-by-step user group creation guide. RachelWex joined us at the WikiConference USA session devoted to planning the LGBT usergroup, and her experience can perhaps be an asset here.--Pharos (talk) 20:37, 5 July 2014 (UTC)


Wikipedia Day meetup[edit]

Place: Seward Community Cafe
2129 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
44°57′46″N 93°14′28″W / 44.96265°N 93.24111°W / 44.96265; -93.24111
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: noon

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  • Bobak
  • BenFranske (talk) 23:29, 30 January 2014 (UTC) - Sorry to have missed it, I just saw the notice on this.


We haven't got around to doing anything this fall, but we should have an event around Wikipedia Day, January 15. The Saturday after, January 18, should work best for me and anyone else on break. Any suggestions for locations? The last one was at Brit's Pub, and we should probably have it at somewhere like a cafe, rather than the Central Library, but we do have that to fall back to on the 18th. —innotata 19:09, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

A big thank you to Gobonobo for picking that great restaurant. Vegan outfits are not that easy to find. Only sorry that Ruby2010 couldn't make it. Maybe next time. -SusanLesch (talk) 19:12, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Feb 1: Art And Feminism Editathon[edit]

My apologies for the very late notice, this event was only just confirmed: Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism#Twin Cities: Regis Art Center at University of Minnesota.--Pharos (talk) 05:03, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic 2014 - Minnesota[edit]

I'd like to invite you to add a Minnesota event for the Great American Wiknic. This year we're aiming to coalesce nationally around July 6, 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) 19:57, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

It's always fun to see the other Minnesota Wikipedians, so this sounds like a great idea. We might even have a dry day outdoors by then. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 21:30, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
July 6 works well for me, I'm out of town until shortly before then. Anyone have suggestions for locations other than Minnehaha Park? —innotata 22:44, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
I would suggest locations out my way if the public transportation here were only better. I'm open to any location that's reachable for a lot of us. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 03:10, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
How about Como? The park, zoo, and conservatory are all free (they request a small donation), it's reachable by public transit, there are picnic areas, and places to go if it rains. Jonathunder (talk) 04:04, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Como sounds like a great idea, and a reasonable change of scene from the last few Minnesota meet-up locations. I'll try to remember to wear a Wikipedia tenth anniversary T-shirt for easy identification. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 20:57, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Did anyone else notice that the main page's example event listing is for the fictional Frostbite Falls, Minnesota? Como would be a great place to meet. Does Sunday July 6th sound good? gobonobo + c 20:33, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Frostbite Falls is fictional? Maybe the timeshare there wasn't such a great investment. I may be in St. Paul on that Sunday, though. Jonathunder (talk) 14:22, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
I just put up a link on the national Wiknic page to this talk page section, saying "under discussion". It would be great if you could update the front side of this page with any preliminary details to date and location (which you seem to be coalescing on).--Pharos (talk) 19:16, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
I just responded to Pharos's prompt on my talk page by locking in the discussed details of this event, in these terms. "The Great American Wiknic 2014 - Minnesota will happen at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday 6 July 2014 from noon CDT to 4:00pm CDT. Meet by the entrance of the Conservatory and scout for rain-free locations. (Park pavilions have to be reserved in advanced, but we may get lucky and have good weather that day for using the open part of the park grounds.)" This is a wiki, see feel free to edit the main page announcement as you deem fit. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 15:26, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good! I should send out invitations to the invite list using AWB; however, I might not have access to a Windows machine until I return to the cities on June 26. So, it'd be good if someone else could do so. Oh, and, I have a blue Wikipedia t-shirt too, now. —innotata 20:24, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
does anyone even know if como park is (relatively) dry? after all, we have gotten 12 inches (300 mm) of rain already this month. in anty case, i suppose i could do it, assuming there's a category containing the minnesota members that should be notified. and assuming that I can install the AWB client (shouldn't be a problem) and remember how to use it. -- Aunva6talk - contribs 22:20, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Fwiw, I've pinged the #Wikimedia Minnesota User Group conversation above, which might be a good thing to pursue in person at the Wiknic.--Pharos (talk) 20:45, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

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  • WeijiBaikeBianji — I'll probably bring along much of my family this time.
  • Innotata
  • gobonobo + c
  • I am planning on being there anyways. My last visit was -25 and I found an escaped tree-frog. — (talk) 04:02, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Jonathunder — planning to bring a watermelon.
  • Phil wink — Looks like I'll make it; not sure when I'll arrive.
  • Do feel welcome to attend if you are able. Everyone was young once, and everyone was not an active editor of Wikipedia before becoming active, so you will be in good company. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 03:50, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  • CJLippert (talk)—Sorry. By the time I get to St. Paul, it will be closer to 5pm, and I would have missed the event. Maybe the next event.
  • Bobamnertiopsis – Sudden family reunion up nort', so I actually won't be around. Next summer, I hope!
  • Ibraheem Khalifa — (I would love to attend. In the maybe—depending on transportation from Rushford.), Sadly cant make it. I had no idea it was hard to find any kind of bus or transport from here :).
  • RachelWex — Sorry all...raining and thundering here and in the Cities, according to the Weather Channel...makes for a wrecky drive from St Cloud. Please keep me posted on future events!

Wikipedia Loves Libraries event at the American Craft Council[edit]

On Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 the American Craft Council will host this year's 4th Art + Feminism edit-a-thon in the Twin Cities. The event will take place at the American Craft Council Library at 1224 Marshall Street NE, Suite 200. gobonobo + c 02:25, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

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Edit-a-thon in late November?[edit]

Hi, Minnesota Wikipedians! I've just moved back to Little Canada from California, and I'm wondering if there'd be any interest in holding an edit-a-thon at either the Roseville or Maplewood public library - I'm closer to Maplewood, but I'd be happy to take the extra few minutes to Roseville if that's more convenient for people. We could also chit-chat about starting a mailing list or some other form of off-wiki organization, and I'd be available (as ever) for technical questions (wearing my WMF engineer hat). Let me know if you're interested by signing below! --MarkTraceur (talk) 21:04, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

I'm definitely interested, however, I use public transit (like a lot of past meetup attendees), so Maplewood is much too far, and Roseville would work, but could involve walking a long way. (FYI, there's an invite list for Minnesota we can send out invites to.) —innotata 17:56, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
Mark, is a northern suberb a strong preference? I'd be interested in coming up from the southern part of the state, so I'd be driving some distance anyway, but a more central location is better for those who use transit. Jonathunder (talk) 19:47, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
Alternatively, I might propose St Paul's Sun Ray library, which is a straight shot down from Maplewood, easily accessed from highways coming up from the south, and across the street from a major bus terminal. And just reopened after a massive renovation. -McGhiever (talk)
I'm +1 to Sun Ray. Given the interest, I'll call them today and see if I can't reserve a room for us. --MarkTraceur (talk) 13:16, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Mark, were you able to reserve a room? If so, what date? Jonathunder (talk) 20:29, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
@Jonathunder: Yes, I am submitting the application now, but it's open, so we should be good. The date will be November 29th, 10:00-17:00 or so. --MarkTraceur (talk) 16:53, 13 November 2014 (UTC)
I am currently at Sun Ray, in the 3M community room, ready to start editing :) see you all soon! --MarkTraceur (talk) 16:08, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
And here we are. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 17:14, 29 November 2014 (UTC)
I wasn't able to make it. Hope it went well. Jonathunder (talk) 22:32, 29 November 2014 (UTC)


A mailing list exists![edit]

FYI, I just created a mailing list for us. I'm the admin, I can subscribe people or we can add more admins or moderators if you like. This might make it nicer to plan and announce things in the future! --MarkTraceur (talk) 23:17, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

I think you have my contact info. Thank you for setting this up. It was great to meet you at the last meet-up. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 00:03, 20 December 2014 (UTC)


Edina meetup[edit]

Southdale Library meeting room

Given recent news coverage of Wikipedia's article on Edina, I am proposing an edit-a-thon there focused on improving local coverage. Jonathunder (talk) 22:20, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

You read my mind. I was going to propose another meet-up, and I have already put this on my calendar. I look forward to seeing everyone who attends. Thanks. P.S. Link to news article in StarTribune. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 02:16, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
See also the Signpost article on the Edina edits ("Edina edit war illustrates disconnect between new and experienced editors"). gobonobo + c 12:33, 12 February 2015 (UTC)
I also blanked Rice Park (Saint Paul, Minnesota) yesterday, it could use a rewrite that's not a copyvio or biased. --MarkTraceur (talk) 17:31, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

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Walker Art Center meetup[edit]

Walker Art Center will be hosting an event on International Women's Day (March 8) as part of the global campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts. We'll need experienced Wikipedians on hand to help out newcomers. gobonobo + c 11:57, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Place: Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
44°58′05″N 93°17′19″W / 44.96806°N 93.28861°W / 44.96806; -93.28861
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm

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Information Architecture Summit meetup[edit]

The Association for Information Science and Technology will be presenting an IA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Saturday April 25. Speaker nwhysel is seeking local Wikipedians to help facilitate the session. If you are interested please sign up below and I can contact you about how to gain entry to the conference. Session attendees are information architects and user experience practitioners.
Nwhysel (talk) 12:35, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Place: Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis
1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 3:15pm

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  • I'm sure now that I can attend, and I'm looking forward to meeting information architecture professionals. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 16:00, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic 2015 - Minnesota[edit]

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I'd like to invite you good folks to add a Minnesota 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) 03:59, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Minneapolis arts edit-a-thon[edit]

Midway Contemporary Art edit-a-thon
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  • Date: Saturday, September 12, 2015, 11am–3pm
  • Location: Midway Contemporary Art, 527 SE 2nd Ave, Minneapolis
  • Sponsor: Midway Contemporary Art
You are invited to attend an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at Midway Contemporary Art which will be held on September 12, 2015. This editing event is dedicated to improving and increasing the presence of cultural, historic, and artistic information on Wikipedia pertaining to women and feminist artists.
--gobonobo + c 23:15, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Invite to the Minneapolis Institute of Art[edit]

Minneapolis Institute of Art edit-a-thon
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  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015, 12pm–4pm
  • Location: Minneapolis Institute of Art Friends Community Room, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
  • Sponsor: Minneapolis Institute of Art
You are invited to attend an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon at Minneapolis Institute of Art which will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015. This editing event is dedicated to improving and increasing the presence of cultural, historic, and artistic information on Wikipedia pertaining to women artists.
--gobonobo + c 21:06, 21 October 2015 (UTC)