> The WMF will become a truly global organization when a Wikimedia US
> chapter is founded ;-)
W
Not quite, but it would be an important step in that direction. Work on USA
projects should be done by USA Wikimedia chapters and other USA
organization, not by the Foundation.

It used to be worse in the past - The example that I recall most easily is
the Public Policy Initiative from 2010, which got American people to work
on American topics. Though not a bad project as far as the created content
goes, I felt discomfort about the fact that it's done by the Foundation
which is supposed to be international.

But that was five years ago. I cannot recall something like that is
happening now. There are local American chapters now; it's good that they
are local, and there should be more of them. Foundation is backing more
international projects and usually gives the backing to organizations or
individuals rather than doing everything by itself.

It can get much more international, but a good process has already begun.


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2015-06-28 6:00 GMT+03:00 Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com>:

> Hi Ricordisamoa,
>
> There are multiple chapters, user groups and thematic organizations that
> are active in the US and have a degree of separation from WMF. The US
> affiliates are cooperative with each other, and the affiliate leaders
> communicate with each other fairly frequently. May I ask what benefits you
> think would come from having a consolidated US chapter? We've talked about
> this casually among ourselves but so far we seem to be satisfied with a
> confederation of smaller affiliates instead of a single national affiliate.
>
> Thanks!
>
> Pine
> On Jun 27, 2015 7:20 PM, "Ricordisamoa" <ricordisa...@openmailbox.org>
> wrote:
>
> > The WMF will become a truly global organization when a Wikimedia US
> > chapter is founded ;-)
> >
> > Il 08/04/2015 06:58, Pine W ha scritto:
> >
> >> Hi Garfield,
> >>
> >> I'm asking this on Wikimedia-l because a number of Wikimedians have
> noted
> >> the expensiveness of the San Francisco area including its high cost of
> >> living for staff, employer competition for engineering talent, and
> >> associated high salaries for WMF employees.
> >>
> >> I see on
> >>
> >>
> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/foundation/8/8a/RFP_for_Real_Estate_Services.pdf
> >> that WMF is considering relocating its offices when its current main
> >> office
> >> lease expires.
> >>
> >> Questions:
> >>
> >> What happens to the remodel expenses that WMF is paying for at its
> current
> >> location? If WMF vacates the premesis, will it be compensated for the
> >> remodel by the building owner?
> >>
> >> I hope that WMF is contemplating fully exiting the San Francisco market
> >> area in order to economize, get better value for our donors' funds, have
> >> less competition for talent, and lower costs of living for staff. Is
> this
> >> being considered?
> >>
> >> Thanks very much,
> >>
> >> Pine
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