[Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee 2012 Annual Report

Gregory Varnum gregory.varnum at gmail.com
Sun May 12 17:47:19 UTC 2013


I'm not sure what you mean by a single person's POV.  Are you referring to Stephen?

While it is true that WMF Legal did the final writing of some guidelines - a few points:
1. They are guidelines - and AffCom has flexibility if it so desires and finds necessary.
2. They were written based on feedback from non-AffCom folks on talk pages, Milan, and elsewhere - as well as based on input from AffCom.
3. Naming guidelines exist for chapters and other entities - this is nothing new.
4. A final summarizing guideline or document being written by one person with unique skills, such as legal, is also nothing new, unusual, or implies that only their views are represented - that's just not true.

- greg aka varnent

On 12 May, 2013, at 2:04 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemowiki at gmail.com> wrote:

> Bence Damokos, 11/05/2013 15:13:
>> Yes, to be fair, since the closing of the report, we had made some
>> progress on this issue (e.g. we've had some user group name templates
>> pre-approved[1] during a meeting in Milan with Stephen from the legal team
>> and had clarified the process and responsibilities for names that don't
>> match those templates for example in the case of thorgs). It remains to be
>> seen if things do go smoother going forward with these improvements, but
>> the goodwill is there on each side.
> It's a bit weird that "the Affiliations Committee is tasked with ensuring that the name matches" a single person's POV from a talk page.
> Nemo
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