I’ve set up a user group page at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Community_User_Group_Colorado, which I think of as a first step to setting up an official "Wikimedia Community User Group Colorado”. I pretty much only need two more things to fill out the application form at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Contact/affcomusergroup —
(1) An official description of the group: I’m going to go with the description at the top of the user group page, so please edit and improve it!
(2) Three active Wikimedians as group leaders: please reply to the mailing list if you’re interested!
I’m happy to be a group leader during the setup phase, but it looks likely that I’m going to move out of Colorado this fall, so we’re going to need active leaders to keep the group going and to continue to organise events into the next year. You need to have at least 300 contributions on any Wikimedia project and have an account that’s older than six months old to be a group leader.
The main advantages of becoming an official user group are: (1) recognition by Wikimedia, so maybe increasing our profile with organization interested with working with Wikipedia in the area, (2) free Wikimedia merchandise for use in activities and outreach activities, and (3) one scholarship to attend the Wikimedia Conference in Berlin (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_user_groups#why). I know Buaidh has been thinking about setting up an official organization for our area for a while now, and I think this might be the best way to go about it!
I just heard back from the Boulder Public Library -- it looks like we
can meet there on Tuesday, January 19, to celebrate Wikipedia's 15
anniversary this year! Details are up at
I'm planning to bring a cake or a pie, but if anybody else has better
ideas for this celebration, please be bold and celebrate them on the
list. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement,
and I hope to see you next week!
Wikipedia is almost 15 years old — it was first turned on on January 15, 2001! Which means we ought to have a party. I’ll check with the CU Boulder Libraries to see if they’d be interested in helping us organise an event, but if not, the Boulder Public Library has pretty large rooms available for free.
This is all fine for us Boulder folks, but if we’d rather pool our resources to have one big party down in Denver instead, we *could* ask the Denver Public Library whether they’d let us have one of their rooms for free (https://www.denverlibrary.org/content/meeting-rooms). Would anybody be interested in spearheading this? If not, I’ll start organising a Boulder-based event next week and we can take it from there!
All other ideas and suggestions welcome!