But if you do not help the Wikimedia Movement in California, then why are
you all posted there?

;-)
Erlend, WMNO


2013/4/30 phoebe ayers <phoebe.w...@gmail.com>

> On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM, Erlend Bjørtvedt <erl...@wikimedia.no
> >wrote:
>
> > Dear Nathan,
> > I did not suggest what you say I suggested. My proposal was not to "send
> > funds" away to weak chapters.
> > The WMHK case illustrates exactly the point I wanted to make. The WMF has
> > made reaching out to the world's largest language community (China), in
> the
> > hands of the reporting and planning skills of volunteers in Hong Kong.
> That
> > is disastreous.
> >
> > To clarify, my message is that the WMF should rather open an OFFICE in
> Hong
> > Kong, to serve the 1.3 billion chinese-speaking, and other south-east
> > Asians aswell from there.
> >
> > Your point that the WMF is best suited to support the volunteers, can
> > hardly be correct if the Foundation staff clusters in San Fransisco
> without
> > really supporting people on the ground anywhere else. It is indeed worth
> > celebrating that WMHK volunteers take great efforts to organize the
> > Wikimania, but it is probably not what their resources should be best
> > utilised for. In may eyes, organized that massive event is an obvious
> task
> > for the WMF.
> >
> > Kind regards,
> >
> > Erlend Bjørtvedt
> > WMNO
>
>
> This is getting off-track of the start of the thread. But one quick note:
> as a long-time volunteer in the San Francisco region, I promise you that
> the WMF does not do anything special to support the volunteers here :) We
> occasionally use the WMF offices for local developer community meetings and
> editathons -- that is, if a staff person is also volunteering with the
> group and can open it up -- but that's the main privilege that the
> volunteer community here has versus the volunteer community in any other
> part of the world. Pretty much all of the outreach and events that have
> happened in SF and in California specifically, like talks at universities
> and community meetups and our Wikipedia 10 conference and the like, have
> happened because of volunteers, not because of the WMF -- just like
> anywhere else.
>
> -- phoebe
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