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Good to see some interest in a Boston / New England chapter... I think long overdue. If you have any questions or anything, please let me know. Cheers . Aude 04:45, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

General questions from AffCom[edit]

Dear all,

First of all, thank you for your interest in becoming a Wikimedia affiliate. Now, I would like to ask a few questions to have all the relevant information in one place (one-two paragraph summaries or links to other pages are fine), which we use to get to know you better and to have a catalog of all affiliates as we ask all of them a very similar set of questions. These will be useful for your application both as a chapter and (eventually) as a user group. Please know, that there are no "expected" or wrong answers.

  • Who are the people behind this application?
    • How many?
    • Any active (on local or international level) Wiki[pm]edians?
    • Active in which communities if any?
    • How are they geographically distributed?
  • Could you give a short overview of the time path of the founding up to now?
  • Have there been any activities/meetings etc. of this group of people?
  • What kind of activities are planned for the future in the organization?
  • Do you have an overview of how many Wiki[pm]edians would like to join the WUG/chapter when founded?
  • Have the bylaws been reviewed by a lawyer/specialist?
  • Do you already have a provisional board?
  • How can we help you?
  • [Question only for user group]: If you were recognized first as a user group, what name would you like to use? (There are some templates at Step-by-step_user_group_creation_guide#Naming_of_user_groups.)
  • [Question only for user group]: Do you have 2 contact persons who would be willing to sign the Wikimedia_User_Group_Agreement for the group?
  • [Question only for user group]: For how long do you request the user group recognition? (The default is a renewable one year term; although I expect in your case it would be "1 year or until we are recognized as a chapter")


Thank you for your time in answering these questions. These help us get a feel for your group and determine how far along the process towards chapter-hood you guys are at the moment. Please do not hesitate contacting me if you need any clarifications. --Maor X (talk) 11:52, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

In response to your questions, here goes:


  • Who are the people behind this application?
Local Wikimedians in the the New England region, with a focus on activity in the Boston area.
    • How many?
At this time, we probably have about 10-15 known people interested, although there are more on our Facebook page.
    • Any active (on local or international level) Wiki[pm]edians?
Yes.
    • Active in which communities if any?
We have Samuel Klein, who is on the Board of Trustees, as well as a number of editors who are active in the Education Program.
    • How are they geographically distributed?
Right now, most of our support is in the Boston Metropolitan area, although there is one person from Connecticut and a few people in Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • Could you give a short overview of the time path of the founding up to now?
In the summer of 2011, Alex Stinson suggested to us that we create an interest group in order to eventually found a chapter. In April of 2012, there was a chapter meeting where Wikimedians from all over the Northeastern United States attended, and we will be holding out next chapter meeting on July 20th.
  • Have there been any activities/meetings etc. of this group of people?
We have monthly meetups in Boston, which have been ongoing since 2004. We also have had numerous GLAM events and work with numerous schools in the region.
  • What kind of activities are planned for the future in the organization?
In the future, we plan on continuing GLAM events, and have discussed outreach with the Boston City Archives in order to gain some connections within the city. Eventually, we would like to host Wikimania in the future, due to the proximity of numerous colleges in the area.
  • Do you have an overview of how many Wiki[pm]edians would like to join the WUG/chapter when founded?
At first, we plan on being a small chapter with under twenty-five people, with the eventual goal of expanding our reach out to the New England area.
  • Have the bylaws been reviewed by a lawyer/specialist?
No, although they have been copied directly from the New York page, just to provide a baseline for actions. On Saturday, we will finalize the guidelines and figure out everything else.
  • Do you already have a provisional board?
In 2012, people volunteered for various positions, although we will elect a formal board on Saturday.
  • How can we help you?
We would like assistance with founding a chapter, with the eventual goal of being able to be self-sufficient in a year or so.
Wikimedians of New England User Group.
Myself (Kevin) and one yet-to-be-determined individual.
  • [Question only for user group]: For how long do you request the user group recognition? (The default is a renewable one year term; although I expect in your case it would be "1 year or until we are recognized as a chapter")
One year, or until we are recognized as a chapter. The maximum for this would be three years, at which point we would reevaluate whether we have enough organization to be a chapter, should continue our user group status, or should dissolve due to lack of inactivity.

I hope this answers everything! Kevin Rutherford (talk) 19:40, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Follow-up to the General Questions from AffCom[edit]

Hi Guys,

First of all, congratulations on your 2nd Annual Meeting and that you are moving forward and gaining new members!

Now, Two quick questions:
1) Did you elect the provisional board? , and
2) Did you guys determine who would be the other contact person who along Kevin would be responsible for signing the Wikimedia_User_Group_Agreement for the group?

Thanks and have a great week, --Maor X (talk) 06:47, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

I tried to push people to do a board, but it was met with a lot of skepticism. I really didn't want to turn people off, so I decided to shelve it until the next meeting in October, so that people could digest this. I think the main problem is that many people had no idea we were planning on doing this (even though it was advertised, but oh well), so it came as a shock for some people. Right now, we're between a structured board, and a bunch people who will have a leader to make sure things are done. In terms of our other contact, Maia Weinstock (Girona7) has volunteered to be the other contact, so I planned on doing that in October, unless you guys would want it sooner. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 17:20, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
We did decide to move ahead on the usergroup thing, and Maia and I will be leading the discussion between now and our next meetup. Currently, we will decide whether we want to possibly become a chapter at the next meeting, and will elect a board as well. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 00:44, 3 August 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia LGBT[edit]

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Seeking help with upgrading and migrating a circa 2008 WikiMedia web site to a new server[edit]

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Request for comments on Wikimedia user group logos[edit]

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The Affiliations Committee is requesting comments on proposed best practices for Wikimedia user group logos. The committee will seek community input until Saturday, May 24, 2014. After considering the community's input, the Affiliations Committee will publish on Meta-Wiki guidelines for Wikimedia user group logos.

There is already a standard format used by chapters, and that format is being applied to thematic organizations as well. Chapters and thematic organizations have also worked with Wikimedia Foundation legal in the past on custom logos. Wikimedia user groups may also create custom logos, and the new trademark policy allows for logos to be based off the community or Wikimedia Foundation logos. However, there remains a question of the best practice for standard user group logos.

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IdeaLab Post: WM NYC, NE inter-chapter event and travel compensation[edit]

Hi All, Just wanted to alert members that I've posted an idea on IdeaLab related to a PEG grant application related to providing Wikimedia NYC and New England Wikimedians with compensation for travel and housing at regional events. Grants:IdeaLab/WM NYC, NE inter-chapter event and travel compensation. Please sign your name there in support and comment if interested! Thanks! OR drohowa (talk) 15:05, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Affiliations Committee call for candidates - September 2014[edit]

The Affiliations Committee is looking for new members. The committee's work requires communication with volunteers all over the World, negotiating skills and cultural sensitivity and the ability to understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members.

Members are usually selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. The applications will be voted on by the current members not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisers, WMF staff and board liaisons based on the membership criteria. A final decision will be made by the end of October 2014, with new members expected to join on or around 1 November 2014.

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Wikidata and Open Copyright Presenters[edit]

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Nominations are being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections[edit]

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I am pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections. This year the Board and the FDC Staff are looking for a diverse set of candidates from regions and projects that are traditionally under-represented on the board and in the movement as well as candidates with experience in technology, product or finance. To this end they have published letters describing what they think is needed and, recognizing that those who know the community the best are the community themselves, the election committee is accepting nominations for community members you think should run and will reach out to those nominated to provide them with information about the job and the election process.

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Requests for comments on Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements[edit]

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The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is requesting comments on the approval process and agreements for Wikimedia user groups.

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The committee will seek community input until Friday, May 1, 2015. The committee will then review the community's input, and publish the new process and agreements on Meta-Wiki. The committee will again seek community input approximately six months after any changes are adopted to gauge effectiveness and if any additional changes are necessary.

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Regional US/Canada Wikimedia conference - Washington DC - 9-11 October[edit]

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Persons interested in participating may present a submission, request one of about 25 travel scholarships, or plan to attend. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:18, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia's 15th birthday - get involved![edit]

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The 15th birthday of Wikipedia, and the Wikimedia movement, is coming soon! We’re eager to make plans to celebrate on January 15, 2016.

As a way to kickstart planning around the 15th, there is a page on Meta for Wikipedia 15. Eventually, we plan for the page to have resources including:

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Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list[edit]

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Your input requested on the proposed #FreeBassel banner campaign[edit]

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This is to inform all Wikimedia contributors that a straw poll seeking your involvement has just been started on Meta-Wiki.

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2015 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

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The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of twelve members, six of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms.

Key skills

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members. The key skills and experience that we look for in candidates are:

  • Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of volunteers worldwide.
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  • Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
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We are looking for people who are not afraid of the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

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As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2015 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta (at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/2015), and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, WMF staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2016, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please send an application to affcom@lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2015. You will get a confirmation that your application was received.

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If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

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Get involved in Wikipedia 15![edit]

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As many of you know, January 15 is Wikipedia’s 15th Birthday!

People around the world are getting involved in the celebration and have started adding their events on Meta Page. While we are celebrating Wikipedia's birthday, we hope that all projects and affiliates will be able to utilize this celebration to raise awareness of our community's efforts.

Haven’t started planning? Don’t worry, there’s lots of ways to get involved. Here are some ideas:

Everything is linked on the Wikipedia 15 Meta page. You’ll find a set of ten data visualization works that you can show at your events, and a list of all the Wikipedia 15 logos that community members have already designed.

If you have any questions, please contact Zachary McCune or Joe Sutherland.

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Brown University[edit]

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WikiProject United States: 50,000 Challenge[edit]

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Wikimedia Conference[edit]

Has there been any discussion about a representative attending the Wikimedia Conference? Registration closes in a few days... -Another Believer (talk) 17:39, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

E-mail sent to the mailing list. Thanks for reminder. AbhiSuryawanshi (talk) 21:24, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

De-Recognition of Affiliates with Long-standing Non-Compliance[edit]

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Recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate - a chapter, thematic organization, or user group - is a privilege that allows an independent group to officially use the Wikimedia name to further the Wikimedia mission. While most Wikimedia affiliates adhere to the basic compliance standards set forth in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation, a protocol has been developed to address the exceptional cases when a Wikimedia affiliate does not meet basic compliance standards and their continued recognition as a Wikimedia affiliate presents a risk to the Wikimedia movement.

In the past year, the Affiliations Committee - with support from Wikimedia Foundation staff - has made a concerted effort to address a handful of chapters with long-standing issues of non-compliance. As a result, in the coming days and months, a small number of chapters that have been unable to return to compliance through their efforts in the past year will not have their chapter agreements renewed. As a consequence, these organizations will no longer have the additional rights to use the Wikimedia trademarks, including the Wikimedia name, that had been granted under those agreements.

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Review of initial updates on Wikimedia movement strategy process[edit]

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The Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. For 15 years, Wikimedians have worked together to build the largest free knowledge resource in human history. During this time, we've grown from a small group of editors to a diverse network of editors, developers, affiliates, readers, donors, and partners. Today, we are more than a group of websites. We are a movement rooted in values and a powerful vision: all knowledge for all people. As a movement, we have an opportunity to decide where we go from here.

This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve. We hope to design an inclusive process that makes space for everyone: editors, community leaders, affiliates, developers, readers, donors, technology platforms, institutional partners, and people we have yet to reach. There will be multiple ways to participate including on-wiki, in private spaces, and in-person meetings. You are warmly invited to join and make your voice heard.

The immediate goal is to have a strategic direction by Wikimania 2017 to help frame a discussion on how we work together toward that strategic direction.

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Overview #2 of updates on Wikimedia movement strategy process[edit]

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As we mentioned last month, the Wikimedia movement is beginning a movement-wide strategy discussion, a process which will run throughout 2017. This movement strategy discussion will focus on the future of our movement: where we want to go together, and what we want to achieve.

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More information about the movement strategy is available on the Meta-Wiki 2017 Wikimedia movement strategy portal.

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We invite you to join the movement strategy conversation (now through April 15)[edit]

05:00, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Start of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections[edit]

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On behalf of the Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee, I am pleased to announce that self-nominations are being accepted for the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Elections.

The Board of Trustees (Board) is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long-term sustainability of the Wikimedia Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection. More information about this role can be found on Meta-Wiki. Please read the letter from the Board of Trustees calling for candidates.

The candidacy submission phase will last from April 7 (00:00 UTC) to April 20 (23:59 UTC).

We will also be accepting questions to ask the candidates from April 7 to April 20. You can submit your questions on Meta-Wiki.

Once the questions submission period has ended on April 20, the Elections Committee will then collate the questions for the candidates to respond to beginning on April 21.

The goal of this process is to fill the three community-selected seats on the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. The election results will be used by the Board itself to select its new members.

The full schedule for the Board elections is as follows. All dates are inclusive, that is, from the beginning of the first day (UTC) to the end of the last.

  • April 7 (00:00 UTC) – April 20 (23:59 UTC) – Board nominations
  • April 7 – April 20 – Board candidates questions submission period
  • April 21 – April 30 – Board candidates answer questions
  • May 1 – May 14 – Board voting period
  • May 15–19 – Board vote checking
  • May 20 – Board result announcement goal

In addition to the Board elections, we will also soon be holding elections for the following roles:

  • Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
    • There are five positions being filled. More information about this election will be available on Meta-Wiki.
  • Funds Dissemination Committee Ombudsperson (Ombuds)
    • One position is being filled. More information about this election will be available on Meta-Wiki.

Please note that this year the Board of Trustees elections will be held before the FDC and Ombuds elections. Candidates who are not elected to the Board are explicitly permitted and encouraged to submit themselves as candidates to the FDC or Ombuds positions after the results of the Board elections are announced.

More information on this year's elections can be found on Meta-Wiki. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the election talk page on Meta-Wiki, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections(at)wikimedia.org.

On behalf of the Election Committee,
Katie Chan, Chair, Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee
Joe Sutherland, Community Advocate, Wikimedia Foundation

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Notification of User Group Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reporting[edit]

Greetings, This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page. This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2015-2016 annual reporting became past due in July. Please be sure to

  1. Post your 2015-2016 annual reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  2. Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  3. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Best regards, --EGalvez (WMF) (talk) 19:53, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Voting has begun in 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections[edit]

19:02, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Join the next cycle of Wikimedia movement strategy discussions (underway until June 12)[edit]

19:24, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

Start of the 2017 Wikimedia Foundation Funds Dissemination Committee elections[edit]

21:03, 23 May 2017 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: October 2017[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 4 / Issue 14 / October 2017
Learning Quarterly

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 10:50, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia Conference 2018[edit]

According to a recent email from WMDE, no representatives from New England Wikimedians have registered to attend the upcoming Wikimedia Conference. There are only a couple days left to register. Are there any interested contributors? -Another Believer (talk) 23:28, 12 January 2018 (UTC)