[Wikimediaindia-l] Affiliates meeting tomorrow on current situation of Rebranding

Hi all,

I hope that the Indian community members are aware of the turmoil in the community which has arisen from the entire process of rebranding initiative of WMF and its recent updates. I hope many of you have noticed the RfC, brand name proposal etc and the widespread opposition this process faced due to several valid reasons, which were largely ignored in the process. Recently, I guess, all affiliate contacts got a closed survey link to choose from three ‘‘Wikipedia’’ variants as the future brand.

Yesterday, the head of Communications department of WMF published an Executive statement, where she said the decision of rebranding was already made by the WMF board. If that is true, the community and affiliates do not have the option to discuss the necessity of the process or stop the process by raising their valid concerns.

In this current situation, affiliates are meeting on an emergency basis to discuss about what is happening and the next course of action from bottom-up. Details of the meeting can be found here.

1st call: 21st January, 2020, 8:30 am IST

2nd call: 22nd January, 2020, 00:30 am IST

All affiliates from India are requested to send at least one contact person or representative to join the meeting.

Regards,

Bodhisattwa

(As a Wikimedia volunteer)

[P.S. - This post is only for information about the meeting. I do not have any link with the brand team and the process or WMF.]

Greetings,

Thanks for the update Bodhi. The meeting date is tomorrow, but as it says the meeting has been tagged as “urgent”, and hence it is in short notice (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/All-Affiliates_Brand_Meeting). I presume, a major discussion topic will be around the latest development, and possibly there will be more topics.

I do believe Wikimedia communities and editors in India have an important role in the process, the naming convention discussion/the survey. It would also be good if we can discuss our thoughts about the naming conventions here or separately, if people are interested.

Thanks and regards,

User:Titodutta

(Wikipedia editor)

It should be June right?
Please check and correct.

Subodh

Thanks Subodhji. Sorry, I made that unintentional mistake. Yes, it is June (not January)

1st call: 21st June, 2020, 8:30 am IST

2nd call: 22nd June, 2020, 00:30 am IST

Regards,

Bodhisattwa

Thank you for sharing this Bodhisattva. Do try hard and protect Wikimedia. Keep us volunteers updated.

On a personal note it is very disheartening to see how they are ignoring us and moving forward.