Also not totally sure If I'll be able to make it or not but have generally
made my belief known that broad spanding chapters like this are not a good
idea overall. In addition to the concerns from Steven below I just think
that the requirements and desires of groups in Alaska, Oregon, California
etc are too different. Yes I know that there are large countries with
single chapters but even there the work is really generally segregated to
one area of the country and not the whole place. I would be strongly
against a chapter this big but a user group of people interested is
<shrugs> fine.


On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM, Steven Walling <>wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM, ENWP Pine <>wrote:
>> Tonight in #wikimedia-us at 6 PM Pacific will be the next Wikimedia US
>> meeting. Included on the agenda is discussion of the proposed Wikimedia
>> Cascadia chapter.
>> Possible geography for the Chapter includes California, Oregon,
>> Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska until such time as some of these
>> areas have more localized chapters. Also under discussion is asking
>> WM-Canada to share British Columbia with WM-Cascadia.
>> Please join the discussion in #wikimedia-us,
>>, and/or
>> Anyone who is interested in discussing a potential chapter that would
>> include the Bay area, please join the discussion!
>> Pine
> I may not be able to make it, but wanted to express interest and bring up
> one point of discussion...
> In the past, I have informally asked Chapter Committee members about the
> possibility of a chapter like this. I was told with no equivocation that
> chapters which officially spanned multiple municipalities were forbidden,
> and that we could have a Wikimedia Oregon, Washington, or California only
> because we would have to pick a state in which to become officially
> incorporated in and be responsible for.
> My suggestion would be to avoid seeking official chapter status, and
> instead form a group like Wikimedia Cascadia as a user group or thematic
> organization.
> Steven
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