Dear Anirudh & Shiju, I would strongly dispose this as NOT the official position of the chapter.
I have a different opinion but again I won't attribute to the chapter. What I say below is my personal opinion. Just because someone decides to work full time ( and paid too) doesn't mean it ceases to do anything as a volunteer. If someone is not able to spend the same extent of time to the movement as a volunteer, there is their own problem. Nobody is going to ask anyone why you are not doing your job as a volunteer. I have a high pressured day job to keep and family & friends to take care, and I do my volunteer work with the limited time , it is my choice. If I decide to work as full time as a paid staff ( for the same movement), I don't need advise from someone else to tell me what I should be doing as a volunteer and what I should not ! On a very hypothetical case, if you were working on a legal position for WMF India, would you like someone to define that what your volunteer work should be ? As I clearly explained earlier, many a times, due to nature of our involvement with the movement, it is practically separate whether we does something as a volunteer, chapter member or chapter board member or even foundation staff. Pranav and Pradeep were working on a Foundation paid Fellowship for an event like WikiConference that was supported by Community and conducted on the banner of the Wikimedia India Chapter. Both are chapter members and leaders ( as well as community members). Where does the work for the Conference end as a Foundation full time Fellow end and where does it start as community or chapter member? Everyone is encouraged to volunteer for the chapter , regardless of what his or her day job is. There is nothing that prevents even a foundation staff or contractor even being the board member of the chapter , less alone any volunteer or member. There are several Wikimedia chapters in the world who has paid and full time staff working for them. The Secretary ( volunteer) of the Dutch chapter is also a Foundation Full time Contractor. Hope that clarifies -TC On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM, Anirudh Bhati <anirudh...@gmail.com> wrote: > On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM, Shiju Alex <shijualexonl...@gmail.com>wrote: > >> I am replying to this mail as a *Malayalam wikimedia community member*. >> >> >> Fact: Subhashish, *former volunteer*, and now paid consultant with >>> India Programs. >>> >> >> What do you mean by this? I Shiju Alex is a Indic language wikipedian now >> close to 6 years. According to Mr. Anirudh (an EC member of India chapter) >> I am a former volunteer. is this is the official position of wikimedia >> India chapter? As a community member I require an explanation for this. >> >> > Shiju, you and Subhashish have been volunteers but now you are paid > contractors hired by the Foundation. Any work you do within the purview of > your contractual relationship with the Foundation will be work as a paid > contractor and cannot be deemed to be the same as a volunteer. You can > continue being volunteers once your contractual assignment is complete. Is > that so difficult to understand? > > The difference is this: I am an unpaid volunteer who cannot expend the > same amount of time and energy towards our projects as you are currently > able to. > > >> _______________________________________________ >> Wikimediaindia-l mailing list >> Wikimediaindiafirstname.lastname@example.org >> To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l >> >> > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > >
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