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
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> 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
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