The Scots Wikipedia Story Reflection

You may have read the story about the bulk of Scots Wikipedia being written by an American teenager who doesn’t speak the language.

I felt the cringe. I’m involved in a volunteer-based translation project with hundreds of languages with a varying maintenance level. Who knows, something like this could happen to us too.

The Guardian article had this part, and I have been curious to know the Wikipedia editors’ next steps:

We are exploring ways of supporting the existing Scots Wikipedia editor community, by offering help with editing training for newcomers, facilitating partnerships with authoritative language organisations and organising editing events to harness current interest and energy.

Then I came across this thread of tweets:

According to Mike Dickison, nearly 100 volunteers gathered on a Facebook group. They’ve held online Zoom training, organized edit-a-thon events, and collectively made over 3,000 edits to Scots Wikipedia in less than a week.

What do you make of this story?

The difficulties of quality control in crowd-sourced content creation. Power of training and helping others learn. What a group of driven individuals can accomplish when they have a common goal for good.

While I saw all the above, I thought the most interesting thing in this was the individual responses as a reflection of where you stand.

Some laughed at the person who made a mistake. Others objectively reported the issue to raise the awareness, gave a helping hand, or organized to make the situation better. You can point out a flaw of an existing system, do nothing, or work with the system and make a difference. You have a choice.

In this particular situation, I was just a bystander reading articles and tweets. But because of those who took positive actions, I have a renewed faith in working as a team. I’m more excited to explore what I can do to take part in the projects I’m involved in. I wanted to share that in a blog post to show appreciation and encouragement.

I also learned about some resources they used for discussion and training:

Kudos to the Scots volunteers for transparency and providing a learning opportunity for others too.

Photo credit: Hellinterface at English Wikipedia / CC BY-SA

WordCamp Asia 2020 “Recap”

WordCamp Asia 2020 is over — before it started.

We as the organizing team have a lot more to do before we can close the books for this year, but the anticipation for the actual event has now ended.

First, I want everyone to know that the cancellation decision was not made lightly. I want to make sure to emphasize this part of the announcement.

[…] there are too many unknowns around the health issues unfolding right now in the region to explicitly encourage a large public gathering bringing together over 1,300 people from around the world.

While I’m comforted to know my fellow local organizers are safe in Bangkok, that’s a completly different story from holding a large international gathering at this point of time.

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Chao Phraya River, August 2019

 

For me, I can truthfully say I have no regret in putting my past 9 months organizing WordCamp Asia 2020 as a global lead. It has been a pleasure to be working closely with Nok, our awesome local lead, and the whole team of very resourceful and smart organizers. We learned from each other, made mistakes and solved difficult issues together. I knew it was going to be great, but the actual experience exceeded what I expected.

Still, it’s super bittersweet. Reading all the caring and thoughtful messages from the global WordPress community make me happy and sad at the same time. And they remind me of the reasons why I started this adventure in the first place: I wanted to help connect more people through this event.

So my wish is that this event that never happened can still somehow trigger you to “meet” (online or offline) someone new, get to know them, help them out, and build a trusting relationship. We always have Twitter, Slack, and blog to help us do that! You can even just leave a comment here to share your story 🙂

Thank you for all those who supported us through the way to WordCamp Asia. It looks like we need a little more time to get there, but I’m sure we are just taking it slow to make it a real good one.

Thanks for 2019, and Happy New Year!

It’s already 2020 in Japan but still 2019 somewhere in the world, right? I’ve written a long Japanese version of my year in review but I also wanted to share something here as well.

Looking back, it’s been a great year thanks to some unexpected (but good!) changes and opportunities, like being selected as an inaugural WordCamp Asia Global Lead, leading Polyglots tables at WordCamp Europe Contributor Day, team change at work, or visiting Bangkok with my daughter and friends.

I’m most grateful not for what happened, but for everyone who has supported and helped me throughout those events – some of them I got to know for the first time in 2019!

Thank you: WordPress Polyglots Team, WordCamp Asia/Tokyo organizers and mentors, WordPress Tokyo Meetup co-organizers, Automatticians, and family and friends.

My hope for 2020 is that I can be as resourceful and helpful as you are. And of course, I’ll do my best to organize WordCamp Asia!

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