[Foundation-l] Board resolutions (chapters)

Geoffrey Plourde geo.plrd at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 21 00:47:58 UTC 2009

Nathan, a sub national chapter does not preclude a national chapter. I am unable to foresee a national chapter in places where we are implementing sub national chapters, making this a moot point.  

From: Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com>
To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at lists.wikimedia.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2009 3:07:01 PM
Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Board resolutions (chapters)

On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 5:52 PM, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:

> 2009/1/20 Ting Chen <wing.philopp at gmx.de>:
> > Not quite. One criteria is that the chapters should have well defined
> > geographical areas and they should not overlap. So an Amsterdam chapter
> > beside a Dutch chapter is not possible.
> It was my understanding from the sub-national chapters document that
> such chapters might be permitted to form anyway:
> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Sub-national_chapters
> (Question: "Aren't we setting up sub-national chapters to compete for
> funding with nation-based chapters?")
> What I'm taking your statement to mean is that when a subnational
> chapter is formed where a national chapter could be later formed, the
> overlap and potential harmful consequences of such overlap would have
> to be carefully considered before national chapter is approved. Would
> that be a fair characterization? Or are you meaning 'is not possible'
> truly in the sense of 'will never happen'?

Earlier in this thread, Ting clearly stated that recognition of a
sub-national chapter meant a national chapter could not later be formed.
Andrew Whitworth indicated the same. Is that not the definitive answer to
the question?


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