I feel we have a very real need for the phrase WMUK volunteer. Firstly, as
i have mentioned before, I am not sure that the term "volunteer" is the
best generic term for WM editors - I feel amateur bet captures the
relationship, although indeed often people volunteer for specific tasks.
With WMUK Volunteers I think we can be quite clear about what this means:
people who offer to do tasks within the framework of a WMUk programme with
"Wikimedia UK will ensure that their trainers are adequately covered for
public liability insurance when training, facilitating or attending
meetings on behalf of Wikimedia UK."
This is quite different from being a WM editor where a person is
completely self-directed, not structured in a programme and not protected
by insurance - i.e an amateur.
That is why I think using different words is useful: to convey different
My own view on Wikimania 2014 is that it should be set up as a separate
company, with WMUK as a corporate member on the board. Thought needs to go
into what is the best form for it: e.g. Community Interest Company might
be the most appropriate. This relates to how it is going to be funded.
Having a separate company means that if anything goes wrong, it doesn't
take WMUK down with it, nor does it uncontrollably swallow up all WMUK's
all the best
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:26:56 +0000
From: Charles Matthews <charles.r.matthews(a)ntlworld.com>
To: UK Wikimedia mailing list <wikimediauk-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Subject: Re: [Wikimediauk-l] Wikimania 2014 in London.
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On 18 March 2013 23:16, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 18 March 2013 23:10, Katie Chan
In this case, the bid isn't being submitted
by volunteers and members
Wikimedia UK as part of Wikimedia UK.
The bid is funded by WMUK, the bid team are operating out of the WMUK
office and the intention is for everything to be booked and paid for
in the name of WMUK. Explain to me how this isn't a WMUK bid...
I am unfamiliar with the concept of a "WMUK volunteer". Wikimedian
volunteers who happen to be in the UK may have no connection at all to
WMUK, and throwing the phrase around is unhelpful.