[Wikimedia-l] Approval of Wikimedians of Nepal user group

Bence Damokos bdamokos at gmail.com
Thu May 30 16:32:16 UTC 2013

Dear all,

I am happy to inform you that the Affiliations Committee has approved the
recognition of a Wikimedia User Group today:  Wikimedians of Nepal.

Please join me in welcoming this new group into the fold of Wikimedia
entities, and let's celebrate their success and hard work as Wikipedia
turns eleven in Nepal!

== Wikimedians of Nepal ==

Wikimedians of Nepal <http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Nepal> is a
group of enthusiastic Nepali Wikimedians working towards developing and
promoting Wikimedia projects in Nepal. They've been actively working to
help expand the community, launch projects in more languages of Nepal and
promote and support the existing ones.

The group is working towards chapterhood, and have a good chance of
attaining that status this year. Granting them user group recognition
allows the movement to express its appreciation for their hard work even
while they are working on the bureaucratic aspects of meeting the
requirements of chapterhood. The timing is fortuitous  in that the group is
going to mark the 11th anniversary of Wikipedia in a Nepali language on 3
June, next Monday.

Ganesh, the group's interim president has been invited to this year's Milan
conference, where he gave a comprehensive overview of the group's history,
its projects (including a successful 'wikiwomen" programme) and its
ambitions. The slides are at:

The Affiliations Committee's
valid until 28 May 2014, or until they are recognized as a chapter.

== Wikimedia User Groups ==

Wikimedia User Groups are one of the three new types of affiliations
created last year to empower volunteers wanting to conduct offline work and
provide them recognition from the Wikimedia movement.

User group status is meant to be an easy form of affiliation, where the
main requirements are an agreed goal, plans for offline work, at least
three people participating and a public wiki page with all the relevant

Under the movement roles
, user groups are to be recognized in a quick and easy process directly by
the Affiliations Committee, for a fixed, renewable time-period and they are
to enjoy limited trademark use and simplified access to grants.

Best regards,
Bence Damokos
Chair, Affiliatons Committee

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