Wikimedia Chapters Association/Resolutions/12. Change of name

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Purpose[edit]

The WCA wants to change its name in order to reflect the fact that it is not an organisation restricted to chapters (see resolution 11).

State[edit]

Voting is finished. The resolution was rejected.

Resolution[edit]

The WCA Council resolves that the name of the Wikimedia Chapters Association will be changed to "Association of Wikimedia Organisations", short: "AWiO". The name change will become effective with the closing of the voting period. The Charter will be adopted accordingly.

Conditions of voting[edit]

As this is a proposal to change the Charter, a majority of 2/3 of the votes in the Council is is necessary.

  • The quorum will also be 1/2 of Members. As of 1st July, 2013 the quorum is 13.
  • Abstains count to the quorum.
  • Voting will close on July 7th, 2013 @ 23:59UTC

Open questions[edit]

  • Use of "Wikimedia": Most of the suggestions break the naming scheme for Wikimedia affiliates. Will this be a drawback for our chances to get officially affiliated in the future? --Mglaser (talk) 12:37, 16 June 2013 (UTC)
    I would rather call it "Association of Affiliates" and may be we can call ourselves as "Association of Wikimedia Affiliates" unofficially. -- ♪Karthik♫ ♪Nadar♫ 16:03, 16 June 2013 (UTC)
    We are allowed to use the term "Wikimedia" as long as we act only within the movement. Moreover, the proposed renaming does not suggest we are a Wikimedia entity but a association of Wikimedia entities. That's just the reality. I don't think we should be afraid of using that name. Referring to our last telco, I took out the options for other names. Voting will only be on rename or not ;) . --Mglaser (talk) 22:46, 30 June 2013 (UTC)

Voting[edit]

Pro[edit]

  1. Markus Glaser (WMDE) --Mglaser (talk) 22:47, 30 June 2013 (UTC)
  2. Kirill Lokshin (WMUS-DC) 23:53, 30 June 2013 (UTC)
  3. --Itzike (talk) 06:37, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  4. ZvD (WMDE) Ziko (talk) 15:39, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  5. It's ugly but practical. --Oop (talk) 20:41, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  6. It could change to something more attractive, particularly easy if we agree an alternative before incorporation. -- (talk) 15:25, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
  7. -- ♪Karthik♫ ♪Nadar♫ 04:53, 4 July 2013 (UTC)
  8. --Charles Andrès (WMCH) 07:18, 4 July 2013 (UTC)
  9. Manuel Schneider (WMAT) --Manuel Schneider(bla) (+/-) 20:30, 5 July 2013 (UTC)

Contra[edit]

  1. ~ (WMMK) --brest (talk) 07:44, 1 July 2013 (UTC).
  2. -- Obradovic Goran (talk) 20:32, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  3. It's ugly --A1 (talk) 21:55, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
    Do you have a not so ugly alternative suggestion? Any proposals are very welcome! --Mglaser (talk) 21:58, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
    I love the present one. Morover, the question about Wikimedia Affiliates is not resolved, so it seems to be premature to change the name. --A1 (talk) 22:21, 1 July 2013 (UTC)
  4. I'm all for the inclusive concept, but this name just doesn't work for me. What about something like "Wikimedia Network" or "Wikimedia International Exchange"?--Pharos (talk) 03:57, 2 July 2013 (UTC)
    I had a funny idea last night, maybe it could work, playing on both wiki culture and internationalism: the "Interwiki Association" :)--Pharos (talk) 14:11, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
  5. I don't like the proposed name, and we don't need to change it right now. As a general remark, note that names are not description, so we don't need to try to have a name that states exactly what we are (not that it would be really possible anyway...). - Laurentius (talk) 10:11, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
  6. Don't like it and agree with Laurentius and A1. We can let it be WCA for now. --Tarunno (talk) 19:18, 6 July 2013 (UTC)
  7. Agree with the above - what other alternative names were proposed? -- Chuq (talk) (WMAU) 22:47, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

Abstain[edit]

  1. The name ain't what matters --PierreSelim (talk) 09:47, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
  2. Zuirdj (talk) 21:55, 4 July 2013 (UTC)
  3. --Millars (talk) 16:05, 7 July 2013 (UTC)