Hey Srikanth,

Just weighing in since I also happen to be supporting this process. Perhaps
a little background is necessary to know why MediaWiki groups have been
started as an initiative. Also copying Quim since he might be able to shed
more light on this issue. As I understand from the proposal page, this is a
part of the new direction taken by the Foundation since the "narrowed
focus..." It was suggested that more impetus be given to help build and
support technical volunteer groups just like all cities and countries have
their Wikipedia, Commons and other communities of interested volunteers.
I am also witness to an IRC conversation where possibilities of setting up
local groups versus national were considered. As the highlighted in the
discussion, I believe that it would be best for volunteers to work in local
proximal groups (like MediaWiki group - Ahmedabad for instance) also with a
language focus possibly (like several gadgets have been added to Gujarati
Wikipedia as a run up to the group and so on). I believe the MediaWiki
India mailing list which hopes to link up communities across the country is
up and running now. As far as I understand forming specific interest groups
doesn't require a formal identity or does not encroach upon other parallel
entities' activities or privileges.

Just trying to fill the gaps since you might not have the background on
MediaWiki groups conversations. Maybe Quim can correct me if I a mistaken.

Best,
Noopur


On Sat, Dec 29, 2012 at 5:24 PM, Srikanth Ramakrishnan <
srik.r...@wikimedia.in> wrote:

> Hi Harsh,
> I have a few questions.
> Was there any specific reason to go for a Separate MW Group? Is it due to
> legal/trademark issues or funding?
> I'm sure that those two could be sorted if it were taken up by the Chapter
> similar to an SIG model.
>
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 3:08 PM, Harsh Kothari 
> <harshkothari...@gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> *Dear friends,
>>
>> This is to inform you all about the creation of the first MediaWiki group
>> in India. For the past several days, I’ve been speaking to Quim Gil, Sumana
>> and Yuvi Panda. I was informed about the setting up of local groups in
>> different countries for technical contributors. With encouragement from all
>> of them and with help from Noopur I submitted a proposal for the formation
>> of MediaWiki Group Ahmedabad. This proposal has been endorsed by 7 people
>> so far.
>>
>> For those who might be interested in setting up similar groups, I think a
>> Wikitech mailing list for India is being set up and personally, I would be
>> happy to help you write a proposal for your community. I think it’s a great
>> idea because with the help of this technical group we intend to make good
>> technical infrastructure and editing environment for Gujarati Wikipedia
>> easier to contribute to.
>>
>> I have already ported HotCat and Popups(on the way) on Gujarati
>> Wikipedia. Please have a look at the areas we want to collaborate on:
>>
>> Areas of collaboration:
>>
>>    - Localize Gadgets for Gujarati Wikipedia and Wikisource
>>    - Create New Gadgets and extensions
>>    - Bug solving for Gujarati Wikipedia and WikiSource and also other
>>    MediaWiki related Bug solving for all Indian languages
>>    - Translate into Gujarati Language, i.e http://translatewiki.net/
>>    - Wikidata
>>
>>
>>
>> You can read the proposal here:
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Groups/Proposals/Ahmedabad
>>
>> Your endorsements, improvements and feedback are welcome at the wiki
>> page. Thank you!
>>
>> Harsh Kothari
>>
>> PS: see also http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Groups/Proposals
>>
>> *
>>  ---
>> Harsh Kothari
>> Research Fellow,
>> Physical Research Laboratory(PRL).
>> Ahmedabad.
>>
>>
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