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"London" Wikimedia Meetup Number 160


NOTE - This meetup will be virtual due to the Coronavirus pandemic

Date and time: Sunday 8 November 2020 13:00—18:00
(join at any time you can, no need to stay for the whole afternoon)

Location: Online
We will use Zoom video chat. the wub will host. See #Zoom link for the link.

People of all ages and all Wikimedia projects are welcome. Complete newbies also welcome.

Although this meetup is a continuation of the regular "London" gatherings, going virtual means geography is no longer a constraint so do feel free to join from anywhere you may be!

Please also invite any London/UK Wikimedia people you know (or have had wiki dealings with) – spread the word!

Suggested topics

  1. We had an Esquire journalist as a guest last month. His article has now appeared: What We Know And Can Agree On: Wikipedia At 20. It doesn't seem that our meeting made much impact but perhaps we're represented in this list: "anarchists, trainspotters, creators, vandals, world experts, world amateurs, super-grammarians, super-creeps, supremacists and lone-wolf information crackpots"! Andrew D. (talk) 17:07, 28 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]
    @Andrew Davidson: I believe that article was basically finished when Simon joined us. He mentioned that he was working on a potential followup which has more of a focus on editors and particularly what motivates them, so hopefully we'll show up there! the wub "?!" 12:44, 8 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Portuguese Wikipedia has banned unregistered editing, and for legal reasons IP addresses may need to be masked on all Wikipedias. What is the future of unregistered editing? the wub "?!" 12:44, 8 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]



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May be attending


I don’t use an email address for wikipedia, where is the code? Gameshowandsportsfan2007 (talk) 10:02, 8 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Interested but not attending


I've sent this by email to most people already but going to try posting the link here as well this time. We've not had any issues with "zoombombing" in the past, and do have the "waiting room" feature enabled to prevent it. Pinging @Gameshowandsportsfan2007, GhostInTheMachine, LegofanCy, and Excutient: who I couldn't reach via email.

Zoom link:

For the app: Meeting ID = 848 0556 6882, Passcode = 592828

the wub "?!" 12:30, 8 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

About the meetup

The Penderel's Oak in Holborn
Location of The Penderel's Oak

London meetups are generally casual social events where we...

  • Drink coffee, beer, tea and some of us have Sunday brunch. Sunday roasts are no longer offered but they do a reasonable pizza now and have a range of other snacks and dishes.
  • Welcome guests from around the world and other groups which meet there
  • Chat about Wikimedia or any other topics
  • Experienced Wikimedians help out new editors and share experiences about anything from copyright to editing tools.

You can expect to meet some very keen Wikimedians; however, this is also an open invite for anyone interested in finding out more about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects such as Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, and Wikisource.

New and prospective editors are also very welcome.

The pub is quite quiet and family-friendly on a Sunday lunchtime, so younger Wikimedians will also feel welcome and safe. Alcohol consumption is not compulsory!

Disabled access


The pub has an accessible loo on the ground floor. There are some sections of the pub that are only accessible by steps, but we always meet in the main step free section, usually opposite the main doors.

Location: Penderel's Oak


The Penderel's Oak is a Wetherspoons pub in Holborn.
Address: 283-288 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7HP (OpenStreetMap) (Google Maps)

It's easy to find us – we're usually the crowd with several laptops on the large tables straight ahead of you when you enter the pub. If not, then look for a tabletop Wikimedia/Wikipedia poster and laptops with Wikipedia stickers on them. Wikimania t-shirts can also be a good clue.

Getting there

Central line
Chancery Lane 0.2 miles

(350 m)

Central line
Piccadilly line
Circle line
Hammersmith & City line
Metropolitan line

Elizabeth line

Farringdon 0.5 miles

(800 m)

Circle line

District line


The Penderel's Oak is between Holborn tube station and Chancery Lane tube station. Farringdon station and Temple tube station are not too far. The pub is also within walking distance of Waterloo railway station (1.3 miles; 2 km), St Pancras railway station (1.2 miles; 1.9 km) and Kings Cross.

Several bus routes also go directly to Holborn station; if travelling from Waterloo, it is quicker to travel by bus than by tube.

Bike hire (TfL scheme) is in Red Lion Street, just opposite the pub.

Visit the TfL Journey Planner for more information about your fastest route.

Back-up plan


In the rare event of a kitchen closure or another problem at the Penderel's Oak, the meetup will be relocated to the Shakespeare's Head – another Wetherspoons pub located nearby. To get there from the Penderel's Oak, when exiting onto the street turn left, then when walking past Holborn tube station turn left again down Kingsway, and after a short walk the pub will be found on the left-hand side.