Talk:Wikimedians of Kerala

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All the best ..!! മലയാളീ English Wikimediannu pattumo join cheyan ? -- naveenpf (talk) 11:35, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Surely, Please add your name --Sidheeq (talk) 04:22, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Added !!! -- naveenpf (talk) 02:36, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

Merging the other content to here[edit]

We need only one user group. So I am merging all the content of the other proposal to here. Happy to join in the movement. And adding all the members of that page to here. --Ranjithsiji (talk) 07:57, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Hey there. Just stumbled across this post when patrolling. How is the Malayalam Wikimedians User Group set up? I don't think it is allowed to merge like that, unless the Malayalam User Group is not actually a real usergroup. Pinging Dumisani, in case he would have an official opinion. Best wishes and congrats! Rehman 14:47, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
@Rehman:, The initial application was for the Malayalam User Group, by Sidheeq, then it was modified to Kerala. If there is a need for a separate Malayalam Group, this would have to be a new application. But if its the same community, the merge is fine, since Malayalam User Group does not exist. Kindest regards. --DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 15:43, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification, Dumisani. I was just worried if the merge was done between established affiliates, or affiliates that are in separate processes of recognition. :) Rehman 03:10, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
@Rehman: We had a plan to make a user group for Malayalam. That is why we created a page for Malayalam Wikimedians User Group. But Sidheeq was applied already independently. Now I contacted him and we are into this official group. There was some confusion in between. Now it is resolved out. And for Malayalam community we have this user group and I would like to manage it in Kerala. Because Sidheeq is stationed in New Delhi. --Ranjithsiji (talk) 10:44, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
No worries, Ranjithsiji. It was just a passerby comment. Wishing your usergroup all the best! :) Rehman 10:47, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

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2018 Affiliations Committee call for candidates[edit]

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee.

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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 can include up to fifteen members, roughly half of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms. Those joining the committee during the current process will serve a two-year term ending in December 2020.

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 look for a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members, including the following key skills and experience:

- Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
- Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliation, and similar topics.
- Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly two-hour voice/video meeting.
- International orientation.
- Fluency in English.
- Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
- Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the Wikimedia Foundation.
- Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organizing are a plus.
- Skills in other languages are a major plus.
- Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
- Strong track record of effective collaboration (such as evidenced skills at facilitation, mediation, negotiation, and so forth) are a major plus.
- Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

We are looking for people who are excited by the challenge of empowering volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world. In exchange, committee members selected will gain the experience of supporting their world-wide colleagues to develop their communities as well as personal development in guiding organizational development, facilitating affiliate partnerships, and professional communications.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2018 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/December 2018, 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, Wikimedia Foundation staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2019, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please post your application on the nomination page and send an email announcing your application to affcom@lists.wikimedia.org by 31 December 2018. Your application must include the following information:

- Your full name and Wikimedia username
- A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.
- Answers to the following three questions:

  1. How do you think affiliates work best together to partner on effective projects and initiatives?
  2. What do you see as the role of affiliates in the Wikimedia movement in the next three years?
  3. What do you feel you will bring to the committee that makes you a uniquely qualified candidate?


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact 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!

Best regards,
Kirill Lokshin
Chair, Affiliations Committee

Posted by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of the Affiliations Committee, 06:25, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Userbox for usergroup[edit]

Hi greetings, I created a userbox for the members of our usergroup--({{User IN-KL}}). Is it good? Can we use it for the group? Please give your valuable suggestions. Thank you.--Path slopu (talk) 13:34, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

@Path slopu: Thank you for creating this userbox. We will popularize it on our community. --Ranjithsiji (talk) 06:23, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

New Affiliations Committee appointments[edit]

AffCom is excited to share with you the news that the Wikimedia Foundation Board has unanimously approved the changes to the Bylaws during the last Board meeting on January 30, 2019.

This change allows the participation of User Groups in the Affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS) 2019 process.

To read the Board's announcement, please click here

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:45, 21 February 2019 (UTC)