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.
James On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM, Steven Walling <steven.wall...@gmail.com>wrote: > On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 2:35 PM, ENWP Pine <deyntest...@hotmail.com>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, >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Cascadia, and/or >> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Cascadia. >> >> 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 > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia-SF mailing list > Wikimedia-SF@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-sf > > -- James Alexander jameso...@gmail.com
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