On 11 Feb 2014, at 20:18, Samuel Klein <meta...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hello Frédéric, a quick comment:
> 
> On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 4:44 AM, Frédéric Schütz <sch...@mathgen.ch> wrote:
>> Your decision is not "you should have a good track
>> record", it is "you should have a good track record AND NOT have bylaws".
> 
> Bylaws are fine, whatever makes sense for each group; just not mandatory.
> The Board is looking for two years of active work when recognizing entities.
> 
> The WMF also wants to let all groups have easier access to trademarks
> and funds.  This is what user groups were designed to allow, with
> minimal overhead.  These two ideas were combined into "be a user group
> for two years".

The board meeting minutes specifically say "unincorporated Wikimedia user 
group”, though, which makes it sound like you don’t want groups to, well, 
incorporate. Which means people involved in those user groups take on personal 
liability for their activities rather than having the protection of a formal 
organisation, which is really bad for the volunteers should anything go badly...

Thanks,
Mike


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