There are some free and open source minded/Linux group members around Kolkata,They have some knowledge about Wikipedia's philosophy. Some of our community member wants joint on spot payment method,as like we have at WCI2011 . They are not so comfortable with other method.Although On-spot India Chapter membership is not our main project scope. If India community/Wikimedia India chapter feels wrong, we can withdrawn this facility from this project.  

On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 5:47 PM, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik.lak@gmail.com> wrote:

On Thu, Nov 24, 2011 at 15:39, Jayanta Nath <jayantanth@gmail.com> wrote:
1) On-spot India Chapter membership for visitors if they wish.

Was : Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Proposal: Wikipedia participation at 'Kolkata Book Fair 2012' 

I think we are going for numbers game here. Whats the point of on-spot membership? Seriously, does having 50,000 chapter members do any great thing for Wikipedia? I seriously fail to understand (in the past, future), what can the chapter do with just so many members who do not have an idea about Wikipedia community and many of whom may not go beyond attending meetups and conferences.

Sorry if am sound odd here, I just dont like this part of chapter, where the chapter instead of instilling confidence in community and making them members, chooses people who attend a meetup / conference / stall to become its members.(In many cases makes someone member of chapter without having a clue about it. I personally know this since my friend who happen to accompany me to a meetup, just because he had nothing else to spend time is a chapter member now) I do not mean any offense to any of those who sign up(they may be genuinely interested, good guys), but just fail to understand what we are trying to achieve with chapter membership numbers.


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With Warm Regards,
Jayanta Nath
Calcutta,West Bengal