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

Samuel Klein meta.sj at gmail.com
Fri May 31 19:02:17 UTC 2013

Congrats, this is wonderful news!  It was good to meet you in Milan;
good luck with your anniversary celebration.

remembering when Bibhustan Bista came to Wikimania and shared stories
about the early Nepali wikiprojects...

On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM, Deryck Chan <deryckchan at wikimedia.hk> wrote:
> Congratulations Ganesh and the Nepal team! Are there plans to move on and
> transition to an incorporated Wikimedia chapter?
> Deryck
> On 30 May 2013 17:32, Bence Damokos <bdamokos at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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:
>> http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/45/WMNepal_WMC_2013.pdf
>> The Affiliations Committee's
>> recognition<
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Affiliations_Committee/Resolutions/Wikimedians_of_Nepal_-_May_2013
>> >is
>> 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
>> information).
>> Under the movement roles
>> recommendations<
>> http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_affiliation_models/User_Groups>
>> , 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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