Wikipedia talk:Meetup/NYC

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Applied for Wikimedia Foundation grant - seeking comment and support[edit]


Since March 2018 I have been Wikimedian in Residence (meta:Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network) at the University of Virginia. Among other things I organize collaborations with the library. Some notes on my projects are at meta:University of Virginia and WP:UVA.

In the above proposal I am assisting some librarians, researchers, and our copyright lawyer in requesting US$15,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation in the November 2018 call for projects as described at meta:Grants:Project. With this money the library would, in summer 2019, develop a tool kit and event package for more libraries to celebrate Public Domain Day and to incorporate Wikimedia engagement into their program. We will be hosting a Public Domain Day event of our own with Wikimedia engagement in January 2019 to get experience before starting the grant funded project. I am posting here because I want to connect the concept and commemoration of the January 15 Wikipedia Day with the 1 January Public Domain Day. Wiki NYC already celebrates WP:Wikipedia Day enthusiastically.

If anyone can sign to support then I appreciate that. If anyone has comments of any kind please post to the talk page. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Meetup NYC 13 Jan 2019[edit]

I signed up here, but so far I cannot see how to signup on Eventbrite. Perhaps it is too soon?

I am thinking about a lightning talk, but I am unsure about the topic. Perhaps Jersey. No, no, not New Jersey, across the river, Jersey in the Duchy of Normandy.

I need to stay overnight. Ace Hotel is reasonable, but perhaps a New Yorker can make a suggestion here. --Dthomsen8 (talk) 22:41, 29 December 2018 (UTC)

@Dthomsen8: Glad you can make it! You can register on Eventbrite here:
The Paul is another hotel that's right nearby and a bit cheaper, though I've never stayed there. Beyond that, and you'd probably want to factor in the cost of transportation. Ace Hotel is pretty nice, though, so it may be worth it for the convenience of being there in the hotel. I'll ping some other NYC people in case they have tips.
Pharos can answer any questions you may have about the lightning talks. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 05:44, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Will there be a projector available for the Lightning talks? What formats if so?--agr (talk) 17:41, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

@ArnoldReinhold: We will have a projector with a dedicated Chromebook. Slides aren’t required, but if you have them, we have a Google Drive folder where people can upload them. Not linked publicly for obvious reasons, but if you sign up someone will email it to you. Given it's a Chromebook, Google slides or live demos (in a browser) work best, but we can work with PowerPoint as well (Keynote probably will not work, though). Pharos is coordinating the lightning talks, so pinging him here. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 04:12, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for all the organizers for the wonderful event today! I was wondering if the presenters will link to and/or upload their presentations on commons. 03:05, 14 January 2019 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Louize5 (talkcontribs)

@Louize5: Happy to say that the videos are live at commons:Category:Wikipedia Day 18 NYC! — Rhododendrites talk \\ 23:37, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

Bike parking[edit]

If I ride my bike, will there be some secure (i.e. inside) place to put it for the day? -- RoySmith (talk) 03:17, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

@RoySmith: I checked with the venue (Ace Hotel). They said they do not have bike storage either inside or outside, unfortunately. @Jim.henderson: do you have any tips for Roy about securing a bike around there? — Rhododendrites talk \\ 04:12, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
If my wrist injury doesn't get worse I intend to ride Citi Bike. Or else my folding bike and store it inconspicuously behind the coat rack, which is unsecured but hasn't been reported to lose coats in past years. As for my own full size bike, well, insecure parking is a major reason why I seldom ride it in Manhattan. Jim.henderson (talk) 05:26, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Head count[edit]

How many attended? I told a news reporter 150. She didn’t put it in the published story but how far off was I? Jim.henderson (talk) 16:59, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Video Fixes[edit]

I spotted one small glitch. #16 CUNY is longer than it should be.  Done Also, the afternoon keynote, at 220MB, busts wikimedia's filesize limit. Somehow it squeaked through, but now seems to be broken So that'll have to be fixed too.  Done Magically appears to be fixed. If you see anything else LMK. Wwwhatsup (talk) 13:47, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

March schedule[edit]

Is there a schedule that covers edit-athons this weekend and later? Do any of the events have a page? Jim.henderson (talk) 21:14, 27 February 2019 (UTC)

Monthly skillshare[edit]

Couple nights ago we had our monthly meeting. They've become bigger, but in my opinion they have a serious imbalance which has only gotten worse. That is, they are almost entirely about organizational matters. Things like how well we did last month, what we're doing next month, upcoming elections to the master Wikimedia Foundation, etc. Moderately boring to me (that's one reason why I'm not on the Board of Directors anymore) and not useful to the most important audience: newcomers. One newbie politely complained that the promised skill share didn't happen. He's right; it should happen. Others have either complained to me privately or told me of friends who attended one meeting, found it lacking in this regard, and did not return.

The monthly meeting is already too long for the comfort of some members. It is definitely as long as our current landlord will allow, so I do not propose to add an early or late extension. If the organization meeting is to be shortened, it shouldn't be for this reason. Instead, we should have a separate session. Possibly simultaneously in another, smaller room, but more likely a second monthly skill share directed mainly at newbies.

Far as I see, edit-athons are our main recruiting ground. Our host organizations publicize them by using a topical focus, which generally encourages people to attempt a new article, particularly a biography of the living. The least experienced thereby get the toughest job.

Those who found hope, pleasure and understanding from the experience can go to another session with a different topical focus, and sit through the same introductory lecture. That's pretty much a wasted, boring half hour, especially when they hear it a third time. We also tell them how to find all our events (also a less than perfect matter) but when they come to the monthly, they get nothing. Everyone is talking familiarly about matters they don't understand or have a reason to care about. The main thing they need is a chance to learn more of the technical and social aspects of editing. How to judge a good reference, how to weave articles together by links, how to dispute content without sparking explosions, things like that.

There wouldn't be the usual lecture with Five Pillars and Conflict of Interest and such, as long as the majority have already had it. If several have pretty nearly the same questions, then yes we do a long answer but not one requiring slides or other prep work. We could try publicizing a particular technical matter, such as article intros or pictures or Wikidata for some sessions or many, thus requiring a short lecture. Short, thus not taking much time from coaching and, well, sharing skills learned recently or long ago.

Not quite every month. March for example is always crammed; all hands on deck for edit-athons, and in the summer many of the experienced are out of town and others would rather do outdoor things. But, we should do something like this, several times a year and publicized (invited) at edit-athons. Jim.henderson (talk) 15:19, 20 April 2019 (UTC)

  • @Jim.henderson: I would be in favor of more thoughtful agenda planning that determined in advance how much time goes to administration versus discussing content editing. I was at the May meeting and the schedule was tight and included a presentation from the Interference Archive, who regularly host Wikipedia events. I thought that was new and different and enjoyed it.
I agree that people are not attracted to Wikipedia because of the administration - they want to share information. Blue Rasberry (talk) 10:28, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

Request for comment - NYC subways[edit]

This request for comment is NYC-focused and already lively. I thought that I would share. Blue Rasberry (talk) 10:23, 15 June 2019 (UTC)