On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM, Pete Forsyth <petefors...@gmail.com> wrote:

> * Chapters historically came into existence to (1) process donations in
> local currency and (2) deal with local legal issues

I would say it is more
(3) provide an organization that could handle local partnerships and
communication: with content and promotion and other targeted projects.  The
sort of thing that the WMF explicitly leaves to other entities, by virtue
of not accepting targeted donations.

> * The difficulty of forming a chapter that doesn't conform to legal
> borders has caused tension in recent years

This was feared but has not been true in practice.   (It was an issue of
forming an incorporated entity, period, not specific to a chapter.)

> * The WMF Board and many in the community are aware and concerned about
> this

Not sure...  concerned about what here?  The explicit recognition of other
entities was to avoid forcing groups into a narrow mould in order to be
recognized as a stable part of the movement.  It wasn't in response to
issues with geographic groups that weren't national; it was in to recognize
the majority of groups that are not geographic at all.

> * The general solution is not so much to adapt the Chapter model to fit
> other cases, as to establish that other cases are fine *without* carrying
> the name "chapter".

The Wikimedia movement has a new approach to funds dissemination; being a
> chapter is not the only way to get grants or put the name "Wikipedia" (or
> "Wikimedia" etc.) to good use.


In other words, just because the CHAPTERS committee

There is no longer a chapters committee; it is now the Affiliations
Committee :)  And please don't judge what they /might/ think; just ask them.

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