The Chapter is a legally recognised affiliate of the Chapter. WMF User Groups
are also defined to be something like affiliates designed to share similar
arrangements to what the Chapter has. As a gesture, the Affiliations Committee
does consult the Chapter as the official affiliate in the locale.
At the time, I believe the argument was that the Community would be better
served by one dedicated organisation. The Chapter had a similar entity since
2010 called the Special Interest Group to work in a similar way but with the
affiliations committee work being done by the Chapter.
Vishwa's email seems to suggest the Chapter Exec Comm are now more open to the
possibility of having WMF User Groups.
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> On 06-Sep-2014, at 20:33, Arun Ganesh <arun.plane...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 9:38 AM, Pradeep Mohandas
>> <pradeep.mohan...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> It is perhaps worth considering a format of having multiple user groups
>> model in India rather than having one central Wikimedia India Chapter.
> About a year ago there was some interest in creating a Mediawiki India group
> but met with opposition from the chapter.
> Is there currently a restriction on creating user groups independent of the
> chapter? It would be good to know what this is?
> Do I need permission from the chapter to start a Wikipedia editors club in my
>> I do not think that the Chapter in its current form is representative of the
>> Wikimedia Community in India. I have asked the Chapter to hold membership
>> drives in other language wikis and other regions but this does not seem to
>> have taken off. It has been 4 years since the Chapter was formed.
>> The downside would be that several groups will have to interact with state
>> governments in their respective states but I think this will make them
>> understand and respect the Executive Committee's work more.
>> I think this is worth considering in the present scenario.
>> Warm regards,
>> Pradeep Mohandas
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