If I'm reading Gordon's post right, I think I share some of his hesitancy. I'm
very wary of anything that makes what we do more formal, and I think it needs to be made
as easy as possible to start doing things for WMUK - anything that makes it more difficult
for people to just turn up is a bad thing.
I don't think anybody is naive enough to believe that we shouldn't have any
formality or paid staff given the amount of (voluntarily donated) money involved, but
it's essential that we remember that the overwhelming majority of the people involved
with WMUK do it for pleasure and/or out of passion for the Wikimedia movement - those
people *are* Wikimedia UK. The staff roles and the bureaucracy exist to support them..
That said, Jon's clarification that it was intended primarily for interns/kids on work
experience/etc put my mind more at rest.
From: Gordon Joly <gordon.joly(a)pobox.com>
To: wikimediauk-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org; chriskeatingwiki(a)gmail.com
Sent: Friday, 17 February 2012, 20:34
Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Wikimedia UK staff policies
On 17/02/2012 19:05, Gordon Joly wrote:
On 09/02/2012 17:51, Chris Keating wrote:
Gordon - have you actually read the draft policy - if so is there anything you
particularly object to about it?
Yes, I have. Thanks for asking.
Apologies Chris. Let me explain.
I was in full time work in 1999, but since then I started to spend more time as a
"volunteer" and less time making hard cash. Some say that I might be building
"social capital". I Chair two active local groups, I have been a Trustee of
registered charity, I am very active with various parts of my local housing association,
and also with local NHS bodies.
The housing association has a "volunteer policy", and the application pack was
34 pages in length (I think that has changed). They have a lot of volunteering effort. But
there is a real divide between those are "official" volunteers and those who
contribute to the community in different ways. What bugs me is some will get awards, get
their picture taken, get invited to special events and others will just on with it.
Wikipedia started as a volunteer effort. Wikimedia UK wanted to label some people as
volunteers, since those volunteers will take take part (online and offline we assume) at
workshops, competitions, hack days, GLAM events etc etc run by the organization.
I guess I need to used to the idea ...... bit like Usenet being transformed into Google
Groups, perhaps (or Dejanews).... if you get my drift.
Don't Leave Space To The Professionals!
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