These "emotional" arguments are not practical. In my opinion there is a need
for a USA chapter because there are things that the Office should not handle
and that should be handled by an USA chapter. The NYC is likely to be as
active as any other chapter. My issue is not with their activities, I
welcome them. My issue is that certain things need to be addressed on a
National level and this is NOT what the NYC is best placed to do, they are
largely handled by the office at the moment and this is imho not good.
2009/1/21 Lars Aronsson <lars(a)aronsson.se>
Ziko van Dijk wrote:
Emotional: Having a NYC chapter next to the
French, German etc.
makes France, Germany etc. look the equals to New York.
And in some ways they are. If that makes you feel bad, that's
your problem. Did you feel better when there was no chapter at all
in the United States? Apparently, no nation-wide chapter was
forming. Were you going to set one up?
Having Wikimedia Deutschland (Germany) and France next to
Wikimedia Sverige (Sweden) and Norge (Norway) make these countries
look equal. How do you feel about that?
The greater New York City urban area has a population (18 million)
twice as big as Sweden's (9 million) and almost four times that of
Norway (4.8 million).
The distance from New York City to Chicago, where the next
sub-national chapter might be, is 1000 km, or roughly that from
Paris to Warsaw.
Lars Aronsson (lars(a)aronsson.se)
Aronsson Datateknik - http://aronsson.se
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