Hi Bence, The SIG process is currently located on the Members Wiki of the Chapter, which is accessible only to Members. I think it's high time it is made public so I shall port it to the Public Wiki.
While the Chapter does support volunteers of all kinds, the SIG chair has to be a member. This is for the following reasons: 1. The SIG Chair gets a Wikimedia.in email address. 2. The SIG Chair will be representing the Chapter. 3. As per legal obligations, the SIG Chair signs a Code of Conduct with the Chapter. Apart from this, the Chapter is open to supporting all volunteers. Regards, On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 9:21 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamo...@gmail.com> wrote: > > > > On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 3:33 PM, Theo10011 <de10...@gmail.com> wrote: > >> On Thu, Jan 3, 2013 at 7:45 PM, Bence Damokos <bdamo...@gmail.com> wrote: >> >>> Hi all, >>> >>> In light of recent recommendations to set up an SIG instead of >>> autonomous groups, I was wondering if there is any available documentation >>> on the process and benefits of doing so? >>> >>> I was looking at >>> http://wiki.wikimedia.in/City_and_Language_SIG_subcommittee_chair, the >>> only page I could find on the topic on the Wikimedia India wiki, but that >>> did not seem to explain the process and nature of SIGs. (Also, I haven't >>> seen them defined in Wikimedia India's bylaws.) >>> What did I miss? >>> >> >> As I seem to recall, SIG roles weren't really fleshed out in terms of >> real world implications. Majority of the chapter board that was working on >> it resigned or left after their respective terms. >> >> This new initiative to create user groups within India is being led by >> WMF staff from my perspective. >> > I don't think it should be looked at in that way. I think the main idea is > to empower volunteers (and while many many are self-empowered, labels and > affiliation can still provide the final push) regardless of their location. > This is not about a top down imposition (or even if it was, the costs are > minimal, and the benefits could be big if the empowerment happens). > > The Indian SIG model could be a way to achieve the same goal, perhaps in > parallel, but as long as the process and requirements are not publicly > defined they might not be serving their purpose and it is difficult to > expect people excited by the idea of of the empowerment that comes from > affiliation to choose the (process-wise) undefined SIG model. That is why I > was wondering where the process and requirements are defined; what would a > regular Joe need to do to set up a SIG? > > Best regards, > Bence > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaindia-l mailing list > Wikimediaindiaemail@example.com > To unsubscribe from the list / change mailing preferences visit > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaindia-l > > -- Srikanth Ramakrishnan Member of the Executive Committee Wikimedia Chapter [India]
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