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Submissions/Someone is wrong on the Internet: seven simple ways to fix our fails

After careful consideration, the Programme Committee has decided not to accept the below submission at this time. Thank you to the author(s) for participating in the Wikimania 2015 programme submission, we hope to still see you at Wikimania this July.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Marc-André Pelletier
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

We're doing it wrong!

Or at least: seven provocative ways we could be doing things better managing our communities and projects.

This presentation will take an irreverent look at our most sacred processes and habits, examine the ways in which they end up being unproductive (or, often, counter-productive), and propose radical - sometimes provocative - ways to improve everything from how we're mishandling language to how amusingly inept we are at understanding our own internal culture. We are all creatures of habit, and some of the kinks we acquired at the dawn of (wiki) time have become so ingrained that we no longer see how aburd they have become.

Topics that will be examined are: Commons is for Porn, the Evil Foundation, Why Language-Specific Projects are Evil Incarnate, Adminship is a BIg Deal, How to Scare Away New Editors, Neophobia for Dumies, and Dispute Aggravation.

The session will poke fun at our most baroque traditions, see how we got there, and offer serious proposals of reform. Expect to laugh at our own misfortune, but leave deep in thought at how much improvement can suddenly be within reach if we take a moment to stop presuming that we've been doing things right all along.

WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
50 minutes of material, but it can be trimmed to 30 minutes by abbreviating specific case studies
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Almost certainly
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Ideally, not presented while the Hackathon is in progress

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