My name is Deniz and I am working for the Wikimedia Foundation during
the 2010 Fundraiser as the liaison between the Russian community and the
Foundation. This year's fundraiser is intended to be a collaborative and
global effort, we recognize that banner messages that perform well in
the United States don't necessarily translate well, or appeal to Russian
audiences. And No one knows better what will appeal to Russian readers
and editors than you!
We're currently asking volunteer chapters and a number of language
communities to help us maximize the potential of the fundraiser by
getting deeply involved in the messaging, planning, and execution of
this year's fundraiser. We want everyone in the community to get
involved to make sure we have a fundraiser that represents all of us.
Our first steps are to suggest and translate banners, and start a
discussion in your community. What can we do to improve Fundraising and
localize messages? On the Fundraising meta page we've started the banner
suggestion process, analysis of tested banners, and recruiting
volunteers. There are already quite a few great Russian banner
submissions up on Meta.
I'm here both to answer questions as they come up and to listen to your
feedback about what types of messaging will work and won't work. We'll
constantly be tweaking or changing things, based on your input, to try
to make everything as perfect as possible for the readers and donors in
your language and region.
Use the talk pages on meta, talk to your local communities, talk to
others, talk to us, and add your feedback to the proposed messages as
well. I look forward to working with you during this year's fundraiser,
please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions about
the fundraiser this year.