There is not currently a deadline for making a decision about SF's affiliation, but I ask the question because it would be helpful to Cascadia's initial planning if you clarify your intentions.
It appears that the MediaWiki group focuses on MediaWiki software and its users. Cascadia will focus on mutually beneficial relationships between Wikimedia content sites, the interests of Cascadia members, and mission-aligned interests of organizations in the Cascadia region like GLAMs, research and education institutions, government agencies, and open source technology organizations.
Welp, we have https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Groups/San_Francisco, which hasn't done much lately, and I am partially accountable for that. But that is not completely focused on Wikipedia, and isn't a potential charter group like https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cascadia_Wikimedians.
I don't comprehend what the chapters do, exactly, because we have the WMF in town, and it seems redundant to have a chapter here as well. That may be a good thing, of course.
> If you want to form your own group or want to remain unaffiliated, that is a decision that we will respect.
Thanks for putting that forth, I guess; sounds like we are being visited by benevolent aliens. ^_^
Is there a deadline coming up on your chapter submission? I get that you want to do outreach, so maybe you could explain a bit more about yer chapter and all that, and how it is different from the MediaWiki group.
On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 11:57:29PM -0700, Pine W wrote:
> Hi SF Wikimedians,
> I think we are getting near to the formal formation of Cascadia
> Wikimedians. There have been occasional questions about whether SF is
> forming its own user group or would like to be included in Cascadia. If you
> want to form your own group or want to remain unaffiliated, that is a
> decision that we will respect. If you would like to be included in Cascadia
> please let us know. We are currently proceeding with Oregon, Washington,
> and British Columbia.
> From my point of view, SF is culturally similar to the three planned
> Cascadia territories and there would be an economy of scale in including SF
> in Cascadia.The downsides of including SF are geographic stretch and the
> complicated California regulatory environment. My feeling is that SF would
> do better as its own user group, but we are happy to collaborate with you
> or talk about including you in our membership if you are interested in
> affiliating with Cascadia.
> Regards from your northern neighbor,
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