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Welcome! edit

Hello, Bishakha! Welcome to Wikipedia! :) Below are some useful links to help you. Happy editing! -- Tinu Cherian - 06:59, 14 September 2010 (UTC)Reply
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Availability for Meeting in Mumbai edit

Hi ! This has reference to your message on my talk page.I will feel rather glad to meet u people for the causes of boosting and strengthening projects in English and other Indian languages.Thanks.Angpradesh (talk) 10:58, 9 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

Re: Meeting in Mumbai 20 Sept 2010 edit

I will not be in Mumbai on the said date, but if you will be making trips to other cities in India then i would be interested in meeting with you.

RegardsLihaas (talk) 13:41, 11 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

Sorry. I am unavailable on 20 th. --Redtigerxyz Talk 14:45, 11 September 2010 (UTC)Reply
I'm sorry, I won't be anywhere close to Bombay this month. If it was Bangalore, it'd be great... :) Cheers, Regards, --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 03:15, 12 September 2010 (UTC)Reply
Rsrikanth05, Barry is meeting us on Sep 24 @ Bangalore -- Tinu Cherian - 13:50, 13 September 2010 (UTC)Reply
Bangalore sounds good.(Lihaas (talk) 17:34, 13 September 2010 (UTC)).Reply

You are a Star edit

  The India Star
Indian Wikipedians thank Bhishaka Datta for all the kind help and hardwork in getting us visa for Wikimania 2010 Gdnansk, Poland -- Tinu Cherian - 08:59, 14 September 2010 (UTC)Reply


Agenda (Tentative) for Mumbai Meetups edit

I am listing tentative agendas as follows :

  1. Welcoming Mr. Barry Newstead.
  2. Introductory speech by Bishakha.
  3. Introductions of Wikipedians.
  4. Experience sharing.
  5. Discussions for development of Wikipedia in Indian Languages.
  6. Address by Mr. Barry Newstead.
  7. Closing Speech and Path Forward by Bishakha.

Best Regards. See you. Angpradesh (talk) 08:30, 19 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

Meetup/Mumbai/Mumbai2 edit

As discussed in the Wikipedia:Meetup/Mumbai/Mumbai1 in September,2010, Wikipedians in Mumbai & Suburbs will meet up at least once every month, a Meet up

Wikipedia:Meetup/Mumbai/Mumbai2 has been organised on 10th Oct., 2010 to move the same further.

Would you be available to meet with us on Sun 10th Oct.? or Please suggest a suitable date for your availability in the meet up.

Could u convey this to the attendees of Mumbai Meet up-1? The contact list of the attendees is available with Mr. Aniruddh. Best Regards. Angpradesh (talk) 03:45, 28 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

Meetup/Pune/Pune2 edit

Hi there, Sorry for taking this space, but don't know how else how to connect with you? Can you tell me what happened in the Pune wikipedia meetup? There doesn't seem to be any minutes or any info. of the wikipedia meetup. I did see the the pictures however. Please publish the happenings on the page or give a link to some blog post or something to know what happened. Shirishag75 (talk) 06:20, 25 October 2010 (UTC)Reply

Re the Mumbai Meetup3 edit

Hi Bishakha,

Ashwin Baindur here from Pune, a fauji friend of User:Shyamal. I have aquery. Can we record Jimbo's talk and put up the ogg on Commons? Awaiting response on my talk page or by my wiki-email link. AshLin (talk) 16:25, 28 October 2010 (UTC)Reply

Hi Bishakha. Thanks for your reply. BTW you omitted signing your name while leaving a message on my talk page. Since you are an infrequent editor on Wikipedia, I'll remind you, in case you forgot, that to sign your comments just type four tildes like this: ~~~~.
This automatically adds your name and the current time. Happy editing and see you tomorrow. AshLin (talk) 12:48, 30 October 2010 (UTC)Reply

Great meeting you Bishakha :-), thanks for the opportunities you gave me to interact with User:Jimbo_Wales. Hope to see you in Pune soon. AshLin (talk) 05:19, 1 November 2010 (UTC)Reply

Great talking to you last night. Find Jimbo's speech here :


AshLin (talk) 14:35, 1 November 2010 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia CAT edit

Hello Bishakha,

in order to unblock the situation of Wikimedia CAT chapter, we have clarified and simplified the proposal at m:Wikimedia CAT.

We would highly appreciate that you could take a look at it and kindly give us your opinion at Survey. If you consider so, you can also express your support.

Thanks in advance. --CàlculIntegral (talk) 07:34, 10 November 2010 (UTC)Reply

WikiProject India Newsletter Volume V, Issue no. 2 - November 2010 edit

English WikiProject News

After a missed issue, the WP:IND newsletter is back on track to being a regular bimonthly feature. The Indian WikiProject has seen plenty of online and off-line action, both in English as well as other Indian languages, and we now have a bigger, better format that intends to feature content and news from the English as well as other Indian language Wikipedias.

Reaching out to Indians has been the theme of the Indian Wikiproject over the past couple of months, aiming to involve a greater number of Indians in editing both the English and Indian language Wikipedias. To this end, efforts to set up the Indian chapter of Wikimedia have moved into their final stages, and registration of the society is currently pending. An effort is underway to push for "WikiMarathons" at meetups, where attendees will be encouraged to edit the English and/or Indian language Wikipedias. This is intended to popularise Wikipedia editing among the general public. In addition, a bot to post DYK's from the Indian Wikiproject to Twitter was created and launched by User:Logicwiki.

What's New?

Regrettably, the number of Featured Articles has dropped from 63 in June to 58 at the end of October 2010. Several FAs came up for review and were delisted, while Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles and Fundamental Duties of India was saved. Meanwhile, Chalukya Dynasty appeared on the main page on July 9, 2010. Hearteningly, the number of Good Articles increased from 130 to 136 during the same period, while the number of Featured Lists remained constant at 16.

The source code for the Article Alert Bot is now available and the bot itself is expected to be up and running very shortly. This means that article alerts for the Indian Wikiproject will again be available, enabling editors to easily keep track of developments in respect of reviews, nominations, deletions etc.

The date change vandal mentioned briefly in the previous issue made a reappearance when the range block on his IP range expired in September. Consequently the block was extended till September 2011.

In October there was a heated discussion in the India project noticeboard regarding the copyright status of the Indian party symbols. The discussion was triggered by the deletion of Wiki San Roze's party symbol images by Hammersoft as copyright violations. No resolution was reached, partly because of our inability to explain to Hammersoft how election symbols in India differ from party logos. Comments are requested from anyone with a background in Indian copyright law to clarify this issue.

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News from Indian-language Wikipedias
  • The Bengali Wikisource, which contains the literary works of many prominent writers of Bengali language including Rabindranath Tagore, has crossed the 5,000 pages milestone. According to List of Wikisource page, Bengali Wikisource is now at rank 21 among 56 Wikisource based on number of content pages.
The Tamil Wikipedia stall at the World Classical Tamil Conference 2010 in Coimbatore in June 2010.
Jimmy Wales introduces the Malayalam Wikipedia CD of 500 selected articles during his key note address at Wikimania 2010 at Gdansk.
  • The Hindi Wikipedia and its sister wiki projects migrated to the new vector interface on September 1, 2010. In addition, Hindi is the first (and so far the only) Indian language to be incorporated into the WikiBhasha translation and contribution toolkit developed by Microsoft Research.

Community news
The first meetup in Delhi on 22 September 2010.

Mumbai and Delhi held their first meetups in September, where Wikimedia Board members Barry Newstead and Bishakha Datta met up with Wikipedians and other interested members of the public in these cities. A month later, Hyderabad also held its first meetup.

Arun Ram, Shiju Alex and Barry Newstead releasing the Wikimedia India community newsletter at the nineteenth Bangalore meetup on 24 September 2010.

Wikipedians in Bangalore continued their tradition of meeting up regularly at the Centre for Internet and Society, with the nineteenth meetup in September featuring Barry and Bishaka as attendees, and marking the release of the community newsletter. Along with Delhi and Mumbai, Bangalore is reported to be one of the three cities in contention for the Indian office of the Wikipedia Foundation.

Jimmy Wales speech at the Mumbai Wikipedia Meetup #3 on 31 October 2010. Intro by User:Bishdatta & User:Arunram. (Recorded by User:AshLin.)

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had an interaction with Wikipedians followed by a presentation to members of the public at the third Wikipedia meetup in Mumbai on October 31, 2010.

The first Wikimarathon, where Wikipedians and members of the public were encouraged to contribute to Wikimedia projects onsite, was held simultaneously at the meetups in Bangalore and Chennai on November 14, 2010. Wikipedians in Delhi also held a meetup the same day.

The Malayalam Wikipedia held several academies in different parts of Kerala over the past few months.

Wikimedia Foundation board member Bishakha Datta and Indian Wikipedian Srinivas Gunta co-authored a panel presentation at Wikimania 2010 on the Wikimedia Asia Project.

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Thanks! edit

Thanks for the circular. Looking forward to seeing you on the 15th. will pass the word around. Rimi talk contribs 06:39, 3 January 2011 (UTC)Reply

Politicians arrested and charges with corruption edit

You are invited for discussion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2011 June 1 and Category talk:Politicians arrested and charges with corruption-- . Shlok talk . 18:00, 2 June 2011 (UTC)Reply

Scrutiny of my block edit

Hello Bishdatta, Since you are the Indian face of Wikipedia, I am writing this message to you. I had created the Hindutash article on Wikipedia and had added immense information from acclaimed sources in articles like Hindutash, Sanju Pass and Aksai Chin which was resented by inter alia one Fowler&fowler who is notorious for hatred and prejudice against India. Since he is influential, he has successfully had me blocked by his coterie of deceitful administrators on the basis of the allegation that I have allegedly caused disruption at Hindutash. I was not even properly intimated and these administrators "resolved" to block me with out including me in the deliberations. Though I am the only one who endeavored for consensus and Fowler&fowler and his accomplices only spurned my endeavour, as a perusal of the discussion page of Hindutash as well as my discussion page would show , and Fowler&fowler and his colleagues only were interested in making me just succumb and capitulate to their demands and their preferred version, they have made this sweeping allegation and blocked me and are not substantiating their allegation.When I endeavour for consensus, they have to assume good faith on my part and reciprocate my endeavour, which they did not, and if my adversaries were not cantankerously indulging in slander and vilification campaign against me, I would also not be hostile to them. The crux of the issue is that I was always ready to compromise my edit of the article and arrive at a consensus as a perusal of the Talk pages would reveal , but since they were not amenable to arriving to a consensus, they had to have me blocked by hook or crook in order to circumvent the situation for which they were responsible.

Since you are the Indian face of Wikipedia, I require you to peruse the pages particularly discussion page of Hindutash as well as my discussion page and restore my account and ask Wikipedia Foundation to take action against inter alia YellowMonkey , RegentsPark , and Toddst1. When I approached ArbCom, I have not received a proper response and they have obviously prejudged my case and do not want to take action against the corrupt and deceitful influential administrators likeToddst1 . The issue pertains to conduct of registered users and not about article content . In fact Ottava Rima raised many pertinent issues and questioned RegentsPark but was intimidated by Fowler&fowler
The issue is that when Wikipedia proclaims to be "a free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model", free for all to edit "and anyone with Internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles", and Wikipedia is made available in India on the basis of this assertion and it publishes articles like inter alia Hindutash, Sanju Pass , Aksai Chin, Kashmir, or Jammu and Kashmir which pertain to the territorial integrity of India and are in fact not at all openly editable and are actually the protected version of a coterie who will go to any treacherous lengths to protect their biased and prejudiced versions, and Indian Wikipedia Administrators are required to be subservient, how can we permit Wikipedia to be available in India. What do we have to do with Wikipedia at all? See how Facebook was banned in Pakistan. I, as a patriotic Indian lawyer will have to do something about this. I wouldn’t bother about these articles and would not blink an eyelid had Wikipedia not been proclaimed to be a free to edit encyclopedia. It is as simple as that!I am responding in this manner because I feel hurt, humiliated and indignant.
I don’t expect you to take every thing I have said in its face value. But I expect you to peruse the relevant pages and if you find that what ever I had stated is substantially correct, inform Wikipedia Foundation in no uncertain terms that this user has been wrongly blocked and he should be immediately unblocked and punitive action has to be taken against the deceitful administrators and Fowler&fowler. These rogue elements simply cannot be permitted to block me with out substantiating their allegations and simply go about their business as though nothing has happened! Hindutashravi — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:21, 11 June 2011 (UTC)Reply

Wikimedia Stories Project edit

My name is Victor Grigas and I'm a Storyteller at the Wikimedia Foundation. We're exploring new ways to explain why Wikipedia is so special and we’ve started a Wikipedia Stories Project, where we’re chronicling the inspiring stories of the Wikipedia community, especially editors and active contributors in the movement like you. I'll be traveling to Wikimania next month to collect stories for our 2011 Fundraiser. While there I'd love the chance to meet with you and hear your thoughts about Wikipedia. We’ll have a schedule of available times for you to sign up if you’re interested, but right now, we’d like to make the initial contact to gauge your interest. Please let me know by emailing me at vgrigas@wikimedia.org or responding on my talk page.

thank you,

Victor Grigas (talk) 20:38, 20 July 2011 (UTC)Reply

Women editors edit

Heya Bishakha, I believe I can help out in increasing the number of female editors [for that matter all editors], particularily in English. I think we should talk about this over email. --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 11:02, 16 December 2011 (UTC)Reply

Yes, please! Am very interested, have been discussing with Netha Hussain too from Malayalam wikipedia, who is also interested. And in touch with some others too. Do help. Will email. Bishdatta (talk) 06:34, 17 December 2011 (UTC)Reply

Award edit

  The Golden Mumbai Barnstar
For all your help furthering the goals of the project offline, for nurturing the local Wiki Community and helping make WCI 2011 reality Around The Globeसत्यमेव जयते 14:05, 21 December 2011 (UTC)Reply
  Outreach Barnstar
Awarded to the special few, who were instrumental in making WCI 2011 a reality Around The Globeसत्यमेव जयते 16:26, 21 December 2011 (UTC)Reply

Thank you! I am deeply touched and feel very honoured. Now I must live up to this in 2012. Let's start planning! :) Bishdatta (talk) 05:06, 22 December 2011 (UTC)Reply

Merging South Asia and Indian Subcontinent edit

The [merger discussion] is getting nowhere due to lack of participation. Since you had shown interest in the past, will you take a look at the discussion? Aditya(talkcontribs) 04:32, 8 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Will do, and will also alert some English wikipedia editors in India (there's a new list) in case they are interested. Bishdatta (talk) 06:04, 8 January 2012 (UTC)Reply
As usual, People hostile to the idea of India have taken over the articles. I do not understand their logic! First, they want to include Iran within the ambit of South Asia. Then, they want to merge South Asia and Indian Sub-continent! They are going berserk! They cannot reconcile with the fact that Indian Sub-continent is a geographical expression and has no relevance with Political boundaries whatsoever and it is not proper to say that Aksai Chin is sometimes included within the Indian Sub-continent! Hindutashravi (talk) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:11, 5 July 2012 (UTC)Reply

WikiWomen's Luncheon at Wikimania 2012 edit

WikiWomen's Luncheon at Wikimania - You are invited!
Are you a woman attending Wikimania 2012? If so, join us on Saturday, July 14, for the annual WikiWomen's Luncheon (fka WikiChix Lunch) This event is for any women attending Wikimania. Pick up your lunch, compliments of Wikimania, and join us at 1:30pm in the Grand Ballroom for a lively facilitated discussion hosted by Sue Gardner. We look forward to seeing you there. Please sign up here.
Sarah (talk) 15:06, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

About Kamal Ranadive edit

Hi Bishdatta. I was just about to start tidying that article - starting with the "recipients of the Padma Vibhushan" category - but I'll wait to see if someone tags the article for speedy deletion first. --Shirt58 (talk) 05:39, 20 October 2012 (UTC)Reply

Hey, I just started creating it - barely 15 minutes ago! Bishdatta (talk) 05:42, 20 October 2012 (UTC)Reply
My sincerest apologies, Bishdatta, for not explaning my initial comments clearly enough. What I should have said was that I was wondering whether one of my fellow "new page patrollers" would mark it for deletion, either not knowing or not caring what the Padma Vibhushan means. I think I made the initial comment to prove a point. While I am frustrated in many ways about Wikipedia:New pages patrol, I think it was wholely inappropriate to use your talkpage to express those frustations, whether valid or not. Again, I offer my sincerest apologies.--Shirt58 (talk) 12:10, 20 October 2012 (UTC)Reply
No worries! Your timely warning pushed me to put in a couple of references and try to quickly establish notability and verifiability in some form, so just as well! :) Bishdatta (talk) 17:12, 20 October 2012 (UTC)Reply

Ada Lovelace Award edit

  Ada Lovelace Award
Hi Bishdatta,
Thank you for all of the effort you put into the Ada Lovelace Day editathon! I'm presenting you with the Ada Lovelace Award for starting an article for Kamal Ranadive. Your contributions are always highly appreciated.
Cheers, -- Netha (talk) 08:59, 27 October 2012 (UTC)Reply

An award for you! edit

  Women's day award
Thank you for all of the effort you put into the International Women's day edit-a-thon! I am presenting you with the Women's day award for your contributions to the edit-a-thon. Your contributions are highly appreciated!-- Netha (talk) 20:33, 8 April 2013 (UTC) 20:30, 8 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

You've got mail! edit

Hello, Bishdatta. Please check your email; you've got mail!
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Personal and Moral Rights? edit

In a discussion with Jimmy Wales on the moral rights of the photographers and the personal rights of the subjects, he said "I think that the commons community has gone down a very sad and disappointing path with respect to ethical matters. My views on this are not new, and are well known. Our project is a grand humanitarian effort. That it has been hijacked by people who do not share our values is something that needs to be fixed."

We further requested him to bring this matter to the attention of WMF and make a resolution or something to force Commons make enough policies to protect our rights as a photographer and our commitments to our subjects. He replied: "I am just one board member on this issue. I will continue to call this to the attention of the board and staff, but I need help from the community to illustrate that this is a problem that concerns many of us."

So we would like to bring that discussion to the attention of every member on board. JKadavoor Jee 06:03, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply

Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Bishdatta (talk) 07:16, 30 July 2013 (UTC)Reply
Please note a somewhat related discussion at Commons too: Concern about the bureaucrat role of Russavia JKadavoor Jee 04:33, 31 July 2013 (UTC)Reply
I would like to let you know that your strong opinion along with others ([1], [2]) influenced the Commons community to initiate a discussion to develop a policy for courtesy deletions. We expect guidance, opinions, and participation in the development of similar policies and guidelines in future too. Thanks. JKadavoor Jee 02:47, 5 August 2013 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for this amended resolution. JKadavoor Jee 06:27, 6 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

An award for you! edit

  The Hardworking Wikiwoman Award
Hi ,
Thank you for all of the effort you put into the Women's History Month (India), 2014! I'm presenting you with the Hardworking Wikiwoman Award for signing up for the event on English Wikipedia. Your contributions are always highly appreciated.
Cheers, -- Netha (talk) 18:43, 13 April 2014 (UTC)Reply

Mumbai Meetup: 21 Nov 2015 edit

  • Hi, Meet-up for Mumbai Wikipedians has been scheduled on 21 Nov 2015 (Meet-up: Mumbai 21 Nov 2015). I request you to register for the meet. All details can be found on the meet-up page. Many thanks and hope to meet you on 21st Nov. Regards, Arun Kumar SINGH (Talk) 12:36, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply

Please support the Sustainability Initiative! edit

Please support the Sustainability Initiative!

Hi, Bishdatta! Please allow me to follow up on a project that was discussed at the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin a couple of weeks ago:

I am writing you to ask for your support for the Sustainability Initiative, which aims at reducing the environmental impact of the Wikimedia movement. Over the past two years, more than 250 Wikipedians from all over the world have come together to push the Wikimedia movement towards greater sustainability.

The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation has recently passed a resolution stating that the Foundation is committed to seeking ways to reduce the impact of its activities on the environment. Now, we are working with the Wikimedia Foundation staff to have all Wikimedia servers run on renewable energy by 2019.

In order to demonstrate that this is an issue that the community really cares about, I would like to ask you to sign the project page as well. Thank you! --Gnom (talk) 18:59, 14 April 2017 (UTC)Reply

Ways to improve Karthika Naïr edit

Hi, I'm Rosguill. Bishdatta, thanks for creating Karthika Naïr!

I've just tagged the page, using our page curation tools, as having some issues to fix. The article needs some copyediting and section reordering to comply with Wikipedia's Manual of Style. Additionally, it currently has a lot of external links at the bottom of the article that are not contextualized in any way: consider shortening this list, and using hyperlinks describing the webpage (or just giving its title) so that readers know what these links are and where they are going.

The tags can be removed by you or another editor once the issues they mention are addressed. If you have questions, you can leave a comment on my talk page. Or, for more editing help, talk to the volunteers at the Teahouse.

Rosguilltalk 01:33, 4 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thanks User:Rosguill will look into this soonest. Bishdatta (talk) 03:54, 5 September 2018 (UTC)Reply
I have made some edits. Hope it helps Bishdatta. Csgir (talk) 14:29, 7 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

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