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Submission no. 2009 Subject - C6
Title of the submission
Criticizing criticism
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)
lightning talk
Author of the submission
Darya Kantor (Daryag)
type of submission
lightning talk
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Israel
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Wikimedia foundation is doing many projects around the world. Some are successful. And some are not. In order to continue our growth and productivity we must be critical of ourselves. But most people in the movement are volunteers. And criticism can be very damaging to motivation. Why bother to try anything if you just get criticized? Criticism can be very hurtful. So what can we do? We need to understand what kind of criticism, are we talking about. Is it to change a project? Is it to stop it completely? We need to listen to the volunteers themselves to better understand their motivation. We need to give them an answer or new purpose. If we can understand how to criticize ourselves, the sky is the limit.

What will attendees take away from this session?

When receiving criticism in the past people often get hurt, or loss some motivation. I hope that my lightning talk will lead to better communication of criticism and as a result the preservation of Contributors.

Theme of presentation

WikiCulture & Community

For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Lightning talk 5 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
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  1. Anne Delong (talk) 12:13, 13 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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