[Wikimedia-l] Affiliations Committee 2012 Annual Report

Nicole Ebber nicole.ebber at wikimedia.de
Thu May 16 15:10:44 UTC 2013

Hey there,

thanks for the report, quite an interesting read!

I have just published a blog post (in German) with a summary of the
report plus a comment for the community about how they can get
involved and created a project page on DEWP to better inform the DE
community about the work of the AffCom.


Best regards,

On 12 May 2013 19:47, Gregory Varnum <gregory.varnum at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nemo,
> 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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