What I can say about this new-old not surprising decision?
When WMDE posted their feedback about the FDC, the responses from the
board/fdc was "wait, we want to finish 2 years cycle and then talk about
the it". Of course it didn't stopped the WMF, before having such a
discussion, to decide and limit already from now the future of this
process. the process itself without a budget or ability to grove, makes the
FDC kind of powerless, having to face him over the next 2 year with a
really hard decisions about really limiting the allocation for the
chapters, without of course, having enough time, knowledge or resources for
them to prepare for self fundraising.

I have a lot what to say about it, but from a past experience from the
"board's letters" i believe it will end with 1000 emails on this list, but
nothing will be change, so I'll save my time. I'll just again doubt why we
reached for such a decision, without open call for comment before.

On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM, phoebe ayers <phoebe.w...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I want to draw your attention to two Wikimedia Board of Trustees decisions
> that were recently published, regarding funds allocated to the FDC/Annual
> plan grant process and Board approval of chapter/thematic organization
> status. In a nutshell, the Board decided to allocate approximately the same
> amount of funding to the FDC for the next two years. The Board also decided
> that new organizations should first form as a user group and have two years
> of programmatic experience before being approved as a legally incorporated
> entity (either a chapter or thematic organization).
> The decisions are published in the meeting minutes here:
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Minutes/2013-11-24#Movement_roles
> There is also a FAQ on Meta:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Movement_roles_FAQ
> You will notice these decisions are published in the minutes for the
> November meeting. We originally took these decisions at that meeting;
> however as the FAQ explains it took us some time to talk to community
> groups, clarify our wording and write the FAQ.
> Hopefully the FAQ will answer many of your questions about these decisions;
> however, if there are other questions please do ask them, here or on the
> meta talk page. Thank you!
> for the Board,
> Phoebe
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