[Foundation-l] Wikimedia Kosovo Chapter? Re: Fwd: SFK100 Press Release

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Fri Oct 1 11:27:32 UTC 2010

On 30 September 2010 20:31, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 29 September 2010 17:57, Nathan <nawrich at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Wed, Sep 29, 2010 at 12:39 PM, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Actually, I'm quite the pragmatist. You are being an idealist by
>>>> assuming that can just go with the nice solution and it will all work
>>>> out fine, despite the very real risks involved with a top-5 website
>>>> appearing to take sides in a major international dispute.
>>> What might these terrible consequences actually be? "Wikipedia sides
>>> with Kosovo independence, gives local organization chapter status:
>>> U.N. Security Council resolution condemns interference"? Pragmatism
>>> would have you first identify the actual consequences, then determine
>>> if they are significant, then decide if they present an insurmountable
>>> hurdle to action. I don't think the issue of chapters is particularly
>>> politically radioactive, so... If the groups of people in Kosovo and
>>> in Serbia are non-overlapping, then I don't see why we would allow
>>> political issues, that have nothing to do with the Wikimedia
>>> Foundation, to unnecessarily limit Wikimedia reach and resources in
>>> that region.
>> I very much doubt the UN would do anything. The consequences are
>> likely to be primarily restricted to Serbia/Kosovo and the surrounding
>> area. As I've already said in this thread, people that know more about
>> the issue will be better able to judge what the consequences will be.
>> Assuming there will be no consequences just because you don't know
>> what the consequences will be seems like a very bad idea to me.
> Ah, I just that that when you wrote "very real risks" you had some in
> mind. Thanks for clarifying.

I have lots in mind (I'm sure you can think of lots too if you try).
It's the severity of them that I don't have enough information to

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