Im not sure now is the right time to divide affiliates. Thematic organizations and user groups are still new and there is still a heavy preference towards chapters. User groups are not necessarily small, and chapters are not necessarily large. I hear what you are saying about resources being stretched thin. Wiki Learning was one of the first to get approved as a user group after years of trying, but we have not received any mentoring as of yet. Fortunately, we are already pretty well-organized and receive support from the Tec de Monterrey. Im worried that separating affiliates would marginalize groups that just now got some kind of recognition and voice.
> Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2015 03:00:31 -0700 > From: wiki.p...@gmail.com > To: ma...@wikimedia.org.ve; Wikimediaemail@example.com > CC: khar...@wikimedia.org > Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Number of new User Groups > > It's nice to see the recent momentum in the formation of user groups. Can > Affcom shed some light on what may be causing the burst of announced > formations? > > Relatedly, I'm wondering if the number of UGs is now so high that the > budget and/or programmatic capacity of WMCON will be a bit stretched to > accomodate all of the UGs in addition to the larger affiliates. I was > thinking that it would be good to have a track at WMCON devoted to small > affiliates, but now I'm starting to wonder if there are so many of us, with > interests and concerns hopefully now more visible on WMF's radar due to our > increased numbers, that it would make sense to have separate conferences > for the large and small affiliates so that undivided attention from WMF can > be given more evenly to both size classes of affiliates for the duration of > a conference. Any thoughts about those options, from Affcom, WMF, WMDE, or > others? > > Pine > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: > https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines > Wikimediafirstname.lastname@example.org > Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, > <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe> _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>