On Thursday (May 14) and Friday (May 15), prior/parallel to the conference, the Affiliations Committee held its annual real life meeting. As many issues and questions around the committee were to be decided in this two-day-meeting, the content of the session was highly dependent on it and couldn’t be prepare long time in advance.
After a self-introduction of all members of the committee (Emily was not present), the stage was opened for questions from the audience. Most questions were strongly related to the recognition process of user groups. Questions were raised about the requirements (3 or more active WIkimedians with at least 300 contributions and at least an activity of six months), if there was a limit of user groups (the committee is eager to have as many user groups as possible) and the possibility to create user group in a country where a chapters exists (theoretically not a problem, but both organisations are encouraged to work together).
The committee members expressed their concerns about the high workload and the internal structures, but announced that there might be changes in the next months. These were also the reasons for the delay of other ideas and projects, e.g. the on-boarding handbook for new organisations.