On Nov 2, 2008, at 4:32 PM, Michael Bimmler wrote:
On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 10:12 PM, Dan Rosenthal
WM Canada has been "finishing up
by-laws" since March.
Yes. I happen to be on the wikimedia-canada list and, from what I see
there, not all too much is going on. See, there is a limited amount of
things Chapcom can do: We're always happy to help with advice, and
yes, we might need to get more proactive, but we can't "replace a
community". Either people are there and willing to do this or they
Nobody's suggesting replacing an community. But what has ChapCom done
to proactively find out where the WMF Canada chapter is currently at,
what help they need, what ChapCom can do to speed things up etc?
I had a basic draft of Canadian by-laws at the end of 2007 on Meta,
hoping thar there could be feedback and a consensus built from there.
Instead a self-appointed Ontario steering committee of clueless
dilletantes decided to hijack the process, and write their own by-laws
in a series of chat-room meetings. Their last such meeting was on May
21 I commented extensively at [[meta:Talk:Wikimedia Canada/Proposed
by-laws]] in August, but have not received a single response to these
The only conclusion that I can draw from that is that during their
school holidays they lost interest. For a Canadian chapter in-person
meetings are mostly impractical, and while there may be some value to an
organizational meeting that brings people together from across the
country the homework of getting together by-laws with a modicum of
acceptibility needs to be done before that.