[Noisebridge-discuss] Wikimedia / Wikipedia themed meetup (Bay Area WikiSalon) on March 29?

Ben Creasy ben at bencreasy.com
Mon Mar 20 01:16:37 UTC 2017

Hi folks,

I dropped by for a Tuesday earlier this month (March 2) and mentioned that
I was interested in doing a Wikimedia meetup on Wednesday, March 29th at
one of the classrooms. It looks like that day will be open from the wiki
and meetup page <https://www.meetup.com/noisebridge/#upcoming> (which I
understand is more up-to-date). We've been meeting up the last Wednesday of
the month at the Wikimedia Foundation HQ but are looking to mix it up every
other month.

I created a draft event page to potentially put on the wiki:

I realize this is late notice... let me know if anyone thinks is an issue.
We can cancel and do it another month. Otherwise I'll probably put it up on
the wiki per these instructions
<https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Hosting_an_Event#Event_Listing> in a couple
days. I'm not sure about announcing it to the Noisebridge Announce list, as
I lean towards starting low-key especially since it's late notice.

Based on our history, I expect there will to be anywhere from 5 to 20
attendees and the event will run from 6PM to 8:30 PM. The agenda will be
fairly loose and informal: we'll dedicate some time for community
announcements or potentially lightning talks around 6:30PM, and maybe edit
some articles or look at some code related to the topic, depending on who
shows up and people's interests.

We might look at some of the work that came out of a hackathon a couple
weeks ago. I work as a developer but don't usually work on Wikimedia
open-source projects; interested in spending more time on that. Also,
MediaWiki powers Noisebridge's wiki.

I'm involved with Wikipedia as a long-time volunteer editor. The Wikimedia
Foundation, which is headquartered in SF and hosts the servers for
Wikipedia among many other projects, gave me some money for food/drinks to
organize community meetups, which I've been doing along with some
co-organizers for the past year or so. More information at

Ben Creasy
http://bencreasy.com <http://bencreasy.com?t=email>
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