[Foundation-l] Board resolutions (chapters)

Michael Snow wikipedia at verizon.net
Wed Jan 21 17:01:16 UTC 2009

Andrew Whitworth wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2009 at 2:24 AM, Jussi-Ville Heiskanen
> <cimonavaro at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Wow!, just wow. Would you be okay with one country that was
>> very tiny having two chapters?
> If the very tiny country had enough active wikimedians to create
> critical mass for two chapters, and if those two groups found that
> they absolutely could not work together and that it would be far
> easier for them to organize separately, then yes that would be okay.
To clarify, I'm not sure that "absolutely could not work together" is 
the best description of the criteria. Our culture is built on 
collaboration and cooperation, and I expect that all chapters should be 
able to work together when the occasion calls for it. So the question is 
to me is whether there's value in having two different organizations, 
enough to justify the overhead of building the second one.

Suppose we had a Wikimedia Istanbul, and hypothetically its members on 
either side of the Bosporus don't want to work together, that wouldn't 
be a reason to allow a separate chapter. But if it somehow actually 
mattered whether people were in Europe or in Asia, then that might be a 
reason to have two chapters there.

--Michael Snow

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