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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).


Voting is finished. The resolution was rejected.


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)[reply]
    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)[reply]
    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)[reply]



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


  1. ~ (WMMK) --brest (talk) 07:44, 1 July 2013 (UTC).[reply]
  2. -- Obradovic Goran (talk) 20:32, 1 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]
  3. It's ugly --A1 (talk) 21:55, 1 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]
    Do you have a not so ugly alternative suggestion? Any proposals are very welcome! --Mglaser (talk) 21:58, 1 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]
    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)[reply]
  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)[reply]
    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)[reply]
  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)[reply]
  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)[reply]
  7. Agree with the above - what other alternative names were proposed? -- Chuq (talk) (WMAU) 22:47, 6 July 2013 (UTC)[reply]


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