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Internet Relay Chats/November 8, 2015

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Date and Time
November 8, 2015, 09:00 PM - 10:30 PM (IST)

How to connect ?
IRC Channel at #wikimedia-in connect

Topic
WMIN Executive Committee Elections 2015.

Agenda

Question and Answer with Candidates regarding WMIN Executive Committee Elections 2015.

Please post the questions for the candidates here. Candidate profiles are now available. For any other queries related to elections, please use the general talk page.

It is mandated that all the candidates answer the questions and participate in the IRC.

Please note that the IRC session will be logged for documentation purpose. Channel archives are available here.

Log

[15:25:24] <Kasyap>	 Hi Good Evening
[15:30:08] <Santoshi>	 Hello Everyone
[15:30:22] <dbsr>	 Hello Everyone - D B Srinivas Rao here
[15:30:24] <Kasyap>	 hi
[15:31:00] <dbsr>	 Hello Kasyap
[15:31:16] <dbsr>	 Lets wait a few minutes for others to join in
[15:31:29] <Santoshi>	 Sure.
[15:31:33] <Kasyap>	 Yes sure
[15:32:03] <dbsr>	 Hello Santoshi
[15:32:30] <dbsr>	 Let us wait for other candidates and rest of Elecom to join
[15:32:37] <ravidreams>	 Hi
[15:33:00] <PriyankaT>	 Hi everyone
[15:33:15] <dbsr>	 Hi Ravi, Yohann, Priyanka
[15:33:24] <yohannvt>	 hello everyone
[15:34:25] <yohannvt>	 hi nikhil
[15:35:41] <Santoshi>	 Hi everyone. Santoshi Tiwari here.
[15:36:06] <Kasyap>	 Yesterday I received ballot papers
[15:37:16] <yohannvt>	 it took so long even after sending by speed post
[15:38:04] <Santoshi>	 Ya same here. Received it day before yesterday.
[15:38:54] <dbsr>	 Folks are trying to join in. Need a few minutes. We can however start taking questions which can be queued for the candidates.
[15:39:24] <dbsr>	 I see that 2 candidates are yet to join. We only have Kasyab and Santoshi online at the moment
[15:41:21] <yohannvt>	 so i will ask one question.
[15:41:52] <dbsr>	 Go ahead.
[15:42:12] <yohannvt>	 All the 4 candidates have busy professional lives, how many hours can you commit to WMIN?
[15:42:27] <yohannvt>	 in one week
[15:42:30] <dbsr>	 Quetion 1 recorded : For Yohann : All the 4 candidates have busy professional lives, how many hours can you commit to WMIN?
[15:42:54] <dbsr>	 Correction : From Yohann
[15:43:26] <dbsr>	 Candidates can go ahead and answer. No queuing required to answer
[15:43:56] <dbsr>	 Hello Chinmayi and Dr. Subas. Thanks for joining
[15:44:12] <dbsr>	 Quetion 1 recorded : From Yohann : All the 4 candidates have busy professional lives, how many hours can you commit to WMIN?
[15:44:21] <Santoshi>	 	I am currently working with an organization “MIT kumbhathon”. In this organization itself we have Wiki community (I am leading team of 20) who works on different projects and activities. So Wiki related work or role for me is an integral part of community I am working with. With MIT kumbhathon, we conducted an event “Wiki takes Nashik” and uploaded 1500+ photos of Nashik on Wikimedia. By conducting several campaigns in 
[15:44:24] <Subas>	 Hello, every one.
[15:45:20] <Kasyap>	 i am entrepreneur , most of my business  deliverable can done by my team some time I request my team to support me in Wiki activities
[15:45:23] <Santoshi>	 we updated Nashik wiki page
[15:47:31] <Santoshi>	 Yohan. To be precise, i can contribute most of my hours to wiki activities. Complete Weekend as well
[15:48:18] <Kasyap>	 I request one can tell me what are the expected frequent activities of as EC members
[15:49:40] <yohannvt>	 Kashyap, can i answerthat after santoshi replies
[15:49:57] <yohannvt>	 to my question
[15:50:16] <Kasyap>	 Is that required every day attention, what could be feasible turnaround time
[15:50:57] <dbsr>	 @Ravi. Can you please try to reach other candidates to check . We have 2 who are not present
[15:51:22] <yohannvt>	 ok, so as you know we are all volunteers, there is noparticular turnaround time
[15:52:08] <yohannvt>	 there are many times that some EC members reply to emails internally within minutes, on the other hand, some reply in 2-3 days
[15:52:45] <yohannvt>	 it is as per the individual ECmembers convenience
[15:53:16] <yohannvt>	 we are currently undergoing a phase of rapid growth &coordination on many projects
[15:53:29] <Santoshi>	 I have answered few questions of Nominations Q&A. I have a doubt about SIG groups.
[15:54:19] <yohannvt>	 An ideal EC should take decisions swiftly
[15:54:21] <ravidreams>	 dbsr: Sorry, I don't have their numbers at the moment.
[15:55:29] <dbsr>	 SIG - Special Interest Group, for example Bangalore SIG. What is your specific question
[15:55:36] <Kasyap>	 In case of online activity or mail discussion,  I am accessible
[15:55:49] <dbsr>	 Hello Abhinav
[15:55:52] <Abhinav>	 Hello
[15:55:59] <dbsr>	 We have 1 question on the forum
[15:56:09] <Abhinav>	 Yes please
[15:56:18] <dbsr>	 Quetion 1 recorded : From Yohann : All the 4 candidates have busy professional lives, how many hours can you commit to WMIN?
[15:56:55] <Santoshi>	 I wanted to know how these SIG groups are connected to EC communtiy
[15:57:04] <Santoshi>	 currently
[15:57:14] <dbsr>	 I will let EC members answer this
[15:57:35] <Abhinav>	 I am mainly associated with academics and journalism...I am associated with Internet for roughly 16 hours each day...
[15:58:02] <Abhinav>	 I do not have any strict deadlines...hence I am mostly available for wiki projects
[15:58:28] <Abhinav>	 I can spend 1-2 as per requirement
[15:59:45] <yohannvt>	 so about SIG,santoshi have you seen our SIG page
[15:59:59] <Santoshi>	 Please share the link
[16:00:41] <yohannvt>	 sorry im on my phone, just gimme a min
[16:00:55] <Santoshi>	 Sure. Thank you
[16:01:53] <dbsr>	 @Santoshi - you can find the link on homepage :
[16:01:55] <dbsr>	 http://wiki.wikimedia.in/City_and_Language_SIG_subcommittee_chair
[16:02:06] <yohannvt>	 thans dbsr
[16:02:38] <yohannvt>	 *thanks
[16:03:05] <dbsr>	 welcome
[16:03:13] <Santoshi>	 After going through this and understanding about it, will answer the question on Q&A discussion page. Thank you
[16:04:18] <dbsr>	 Yes. It is improtant to update the Q&A page to allow members to understand your point of view on these topics
[16:05:00] <Santoshi>	 Sure Sir. More questions are welcomed.
[16:05:18] <dbsr>	 @Yohann . Can we close question 1 now ?
[16:06:15] <yohannvt>	 yes we can
[16:06:29] <sanket>	 How do you see the role of the Wikimedia India Chapter over the next two years?
[16:07:38] <dbsr>	 Question 2 recorded : From Sanket : How do you see the role of the Wikimedia India Chapter over the next two years?
[16:08:25] <Abhinav>	 Not just Wikipedia and other sister projects also getting a boost...for example, after Hindi Wikipedia time to revive Hindi wiki news
[16:09:13] <Santoshi>	 Outreach is very requisite to involve-guide-encourage more members to be a part of Wiki community
[16:09:49] <Santoshi>	 Secondly I want to brigde the Gender gap. Involve more female members/editors
[16:11:26] <dbsr>	 @Sanket - Can you please clarify your question further for the candidates. I understand your question is pertaining to role of wikimedia India. Please confirm and clarify
[16:13:55] <sanket>	 role of WMIN Chapter in the indic community and the global Wikimedia movement..
[16:14:49] <dbsr>	 Thanks Sanket.
[16:15:01] <dbsr>	 Candidates might want to review their answers
[16:15:25] <Kasyap>	 We need have more editors from Towns, villages as we have much connectivity to Internet, need have SIG groups in every District or Community organizations  like lawyer groups healthcare science history cultural SIGs
[16:17:03] <Kasyap>	 in Two years we need to build some mechanism to keep this groups are vibrant
[16:19:06] <Santoshi>	 Wiki Conference India 2016 can be great opportunity to do that..!
[16:19:12] <Kasyap>	 Let all copyright free knowledge, cultural content available in all Indian languages need to have presence in wiki  , with new systems likes OCR
[16:21:01] <Kasyap>	 Yes before Wiki Conference India 2016 every netizan in India must know  wiki in his native language
[16:25:04] <dbsr>	 We can take next question in the queue while we discuss current
[16:25:15] <yohannvt>	 so dbsr,shall we move to the next question if everyone has replied
[16:25:47] <dbsr>	 Yes. We can take next question.
[16:26:12] <sanket>	 apart from your on-wiki experiecne, what are your expertise areas or skills that will benefit WMIN Chapter? (legal, fincance, management, etc)
[16:26:20] <dbsr>	 I note that Abhinav and Santoshi have got dropped. We should allow them some time to rejoin
[16:26:40] <yohannvt>	 sure,lets wait
[16:26:48] <Kasyap>	 yeah
[16:26:53] <dbsr>	 Question 3 recorded : From Sanket : apart from your on-wiki experiecne, what are your expertise areas or skills that will benefit WMIN Chapter? (legal, fincance, management, etc)
[16:27:20] <dbsr>	 This will be in the queue. Candidates can go ahead and answer
[16:28:46] <yohannvt>	 i have another question which can be in queue
[16:28:55] <dbsr>	 Go ahead
[16:30:14] <yohannvt>	 Where according to you as an EC candidate, you feel that Wmin is lacking in & how do you plan to taxkle the deficiency when you get elected
[16:30:28] <yohannvt>	 *tackle
[16:30:53] <PriyankaT>	 even i have a question. Please add it up in queue
[16:30:57] <dbsr>	 Question 4 recorded : From Yohann : Where according to you as an EC candidate, you feel that Wmin is lacking in & how do you plan to tackle the deficiency when you get elected
[16:31:39] <dbsr>	 Go ahead
[16:32:03] <PriyankaT>	 What are your thoughts for outreach programs. Any specific programs that might accelerate WMIN growth?
[16:32:31] <dbsr>	 Question 5 recorded : From Priyanka : What are your thoughts for outreach programs. Any specific programs that might accelerate WMIN growth?
[16:32:45] <dbsr>	 After this , let us wait for answers before any more in queue
[16:33:03] <dbsr>	 Repeating questions in queue
[16:33:14] <dbsr>	 Question 3 recorded : From Sanket : apart from your on-wiki experiecne, what are your expertise areas or skills that will benefit WMIN Chapter? (legal, fincance, management, etc)
[16:33:22] <dbsr>	 Question 4 recorded : From Yohann : Where according to you as an EC candidate, you feel that Wmin is lacking in & how do you plan to tackle the deficiency when you get elected
[16:33:32] <dbsr>	 Question 5 recorded : From Priyanka : What are your thoughts for outreach programs. Any specific programs that might accelerate WMIN growth?
[16:33:38] <Kasyap>	  Question 3 : I am Career and Technology Evangelist. I have spent most of my career in HR & IT  I have ability to interact with new people, people consider me as motivational speaker
[16:33:43] <Santoshi>	 Sorry. There was some network issue.
[16:34:45] <dbsr>	 No issues. I hope you have recieved the questions. I have repeated them for your reference
[16:36:05] <Santoshi>	 Ques 3: Sanket, I come from Computer Engg background and year experience with MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media culture lab.
[16:36:52] <Kasyap>	 Ans for Question 4: wmin has great role to play but I observe some inconsistency
[16:38:15] <Santoshi>	 Management is my key strength that can benefit WMIN. I already lead a team of 20 for few projects.
[16:39:29] <Santoshi>	 Like how Wikimedia works, i have been associated with sort of same organisation process. So I am well aquainted with such experience
[16:40:29] <yohannvt>	 @Kasyap & everyone. for Q4 please be frank & open since that is a very important characterstic required for an EC member & important for wmin to grow
[16:40:52] <Kasyap>	  Ans for Question 4: (Continue) As EC member I need to give high priority to my commitment to wiki, and ensure that there is not conflict of interest with any of my stake holders
[16:42:04] <Santoshi>	 Ques 4: Yohann, I have good faith in WMIN current activities. But, I suppose, there is much efforts/activities required to engage people.
[16:42:35] <Santoshi>	 Sadly, There are very few female editors from India
[16:43:14] <Santoshi>	 If I get elected, My most prior target will be to brigde these gender gap..!!
[16:46:57] <Santoshi>	 Ques 5: Hi Priyanka. Outreach programs are very important according to me. Reaching people, guiding them, educating them about our work structure/edits, Awareness and engaging them to our acitivities is very important
[16:48:05] <Santoshi>	 Our focus of Outreach programs should be sustainability and long term engagement of people we reach..
[16:49:02] <dbsr>	 Time check : About 10 minutes remain. One last question can be taken
[16:50:13] <dbsr>	 Q5 is still pending answer from remaining candidates
[16:50:45] <yohannvt>	 @dbsr if noone has anything to ask, you can ask Q6
[16:52:09] <Kasyap>	 we need to design outreach programs which pulls new comer to edit articles , we have case study we conducted a program with journalist one movie journalist  found that some Movie  information is not accurate in wiki than he started editing all movies content
[16:53:42] <Kasyap>	 Before conducting any outreach programs we have conduct some feasible study to find ability and expatiation from participants
[16:55:24] <Santoshi>	 Editors/members from Medical/Health background can be brought together to create/edit their domain related pages, Music lovers can be communized together to write related to Music. Through these articles and physically reaching (conducting Editathons) to different communities/cities/villages we can deliver free knowledge in India and good outreach programs
[16:56:03] <Santoshi>	 Any inputs/Suggestions?
[16:57:14] <dbsr>	 Last question : From dbsr :  How will you improve the communication between EC and members. Lot of activities happening in EC get discussed only during AGM. It would help publish these on the wikimedia india pages. The homepage is currently needing many updates
[16:58:33] <yohannvt>	 @santoshi great ideas!! Please take this discussion to th
[16:58:53] <yohannvt>	 *to the email list of wmin
[16:59:14] <Santoshi>	 Thank you Yohann. will surely do that.
[16:59:44] <dbsr>	 We have a couple of minutes remaining. The Q&A can continue on http://wiki.wikimedia.in/Elections_2015/Nominations/Q%26A
[17:00:20] <dbsr>	 Pending answers too could be updated on the same.
[17:01:24] <dbsr>	 I will propose that we conclude the IRC now as we have reached the end time. Request Elecom and EC concurrence for the same
[17:02:00] <Kasyap>	 that is very  nice <Santoshi>, we can deliver
[17:02:31] <yohannvt>	 yes, request a reply to all the questions by the candidates on the Q&A page
[17:02:41] <Kasyap>	 sure I will
[17:02:56] <dbsr>	 On behalf of Elecom, I thank the participants .
[17:03:22] <yohannvt>	 thank you dbsr & Elecom for giving yourtime for the irc
[17:03:27] <dbsr>	 We can formally conclude
[17:03:34] <dbsr>	 Thanks everyone
[17:03:38] <chinmayisk>	 Thanks Everyone
[17:03:57] <yohannvt>	 thank you participants & on behalf of the EC all the best for the elections
[17:04:26] <yohannvt>	 Thankyou one & all
[17:05:05] <sanket>	 Thank you everyone for attending the IRC today…logs will be posted to the list soon
[17:05:13] <Kasyap>	 Thanks all
[17:05:42] <Santoshi>	 Thank You so much..