On Sun, Mar 17, 2013 at 11:37 PM, Limoke Oscar <oslim...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Such a shame and pain to us that Arusha actually bid for Wikimania 2014,
> with no Organized Chapter down there (-: and we had a very organized Chapter

I don't think it's a shame, and shouldn't be a pain: organizing a bid is a
lot of work, but is almost purely on-wiki, and can be done by one or two
super-motivated individuals.  That is very different from being able to
actually plan and host the event itself, which requires months of work and
more team members.

Anyhow, we should all be happy for our Tanzanian colleagues for having
found the initiative and energy to do this.  It's not a competition. :)

Like I said in my more formal letter, you must not look upon the expiration
of the provisional recognition as a blow or as a failure -- it was merely a
deadline expiring, for a formal process that doesn't actually matter as
much as it used to, because we now have these new affiliation models, which
would have been more suitable in the first place, had they existed at the

So I join the others in saying: let's focus on figuring out what are the
things this group wants to do, then on the subset of them that this group
can do, and go from there.

Cheer up, folks! :)

    Asaf Bartov
    Wikimedia Foundation <http://www.wikimediafoundation.org>

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